11 March 2013

An 1886 Hyde Park Fireman--Hook and Ladder Company Driver

Early twentieth-century records indicated that Frank Vanderlinden was a Chicago policeman. Apparently in the 1880s he worked for the Hyde Park, Illinois, fire department as indicated in this partial clipping from a local newspaper.

Date: Saturday, May 1, 1886  


Paper: Hyde Park Herald (Chicago, IL) --obtained on Genealogybank.com 

The article also indicates that the drivers of the hook and ladder companies received a pay raise of $5 per month, from $55 to $65.

If your relative was a public employee, there may be some mention of him in a local newspaper--if only to indicate that he had been hired at a regular meeting.