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Devotion St. Engine House
Looking south from Babcock Pond toward Devotion St. behind the Devotion School. Gallagher house mid-left photo; Charles Stearns house far left. Babcock Pond was part of a creek system flowing south from Commonwealth Ave. and was filled in
Devotion St. Engine House
Devotion St. Engine House
Engine #2, later moved to Washington Sq. Firehouse
Fire Station, Washington Sq.
With first steamer, bought in 1873
Washington Sq. Engine #2 House
Washington St., Washington Sq. In use today. Engine relocated from Devotion Engine House
Washington Sq. Engine #2 House
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House, Snow Plow
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House
Hose House #1, Brookline Village, 1891
Decorated, in a deliberately macabre fashion, for the annual Horribles Parade, 7/4/1891, for which it won the best-decorated building town prize.
Good Intent Hose Company, Lower Washington St., Brookline Village
Start of Boylston St. to the right going west; lower Washington St. toward Boston to the left. Built in 1870. Forerunner of Hose House #1.

From stereoscope. "Engine and Hose House, Brookline. E.R. Hills, Photographer, Brookline Mass.” Gift of Natick Historical Society.
Hose #1 House, Lower Washington St., Brookline Village, circa 1905
Formerly Good Intent Hose Company. Note mural in middle of façade.
Lower Washington St., Brookline Village, circa 1905
The businesses viewed here, along the south side of Lower Washington St., were together at this location from 1904 - 1906. They, along with the old Hose House #1, were demolished 1907-8. The current smaller location hosts the replacement fire station, still in use today, which opened in 1909. Note the man with his wheeled bucket, center photo, presumably scooping up horse droppings. Viewed from left to right:
-An enigmatic sign over the alleyway that seems to advertise a shooting gallery.
-A “boot black” store sharing #126 Washington St. with William Frawley, shoemaker
-C. E. Riley, Cigars at #128 Washington St.
-George W. Rix, Provisions and Transfer Market (awning) #132 Washington St.
-Sing Lee, laundry, who was at #134 Washington St. for over 20 years
-Hose House #1 and Chemical Engine #1 at #140 Washington St.
-P. J. Burns, Horse Shoe Forge at #152 Washington St.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, circa 1908
Washington St. in foreground coming from Huntington Ave. Boston, looking west to Boylston St. Hose House #1 and adjacent buildings torn down. New station completed in 1908 and is still in use today.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1909
Trolley station not yet evident.

From postcard mailed October 8, 1909 by Katie, 150 Cypress St. Brookline
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1909
Brookline Village, circa 1910
Fire station #1 and the new trolley island
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, circa 1910
Trolley station erected. Small bushes planted on side of station.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village, 1912
Bushes are larger.
Fire Station #1, Brookline Village
The 1909 Knox chemical and hose wagon, the first motorized fire-fighting vehicle purchased by the town.It was known as "Combination A" and ushered in the end of the horse-drawn era.
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