Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Inventory created by Archives Staff 04/1986. Last revised 03/2019.
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.
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EXTENT: 0.42 linear feet
DATE: 1831 - 2013
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains new clipping, histories, souvenir booklets, and membership rolls of Winchester Fire Departments, 1897 to present.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The two earliest fire companies in Winchester, Virginia were Friendship (organized in 1831), and Union (organized in 1833). Union was later renamed Rouse Fire Company after Charles Broadway Rouss donated $10,000 to the company. The City later organized two other fire companies: the Sarah Zane Fire Company in 1840 and the South End Fire Company in 1895.
RELATED MATERIAL: Friendship Fire Company Collection, 437 WFCHS; Rouss Fire Company Records, 1459 THL; South End Fire Company Records, 1284 THL; Sarah Zane Volunteer Fire Company Records, 440 WFCHS.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Morton, Owen Frederic. The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley. Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925.
CITE AS: Winchester Fire Departments Collection, 698 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift
“Fire Chiefs of the City of Winchester (9/5/1939-6/24/2013)”—6 leaves, typescript; contains collective history and timeline of the Fire Chiefs of Winchester, Virginia, compiled by Nathan Newlin, 2013
Winchester Fire Companies by Frederic Morton, n.d., 1 leaf, typescript
Winchester Fire Companies of Long Ago, essay by Margaret Owens, Oct. 8, 1940, 5 leaves, manuscript
The Winchester Fire Departments, essay by Vincent Fansler, n.d., 4 leaves, typescript
Winchester Fire Companies Souvenir Booklets, 1897, 7 copies
Winchester Fire Department – Souvenir, July 7, 1897, includes membership rolls, and photos, 2 items, printed (3 copies)