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Dave Houseal Books Dave Houseal, 3rd generation Harrisburg, Pa. Firefighter and Historian, wrote books about his career and other Central Pa. historical fire incidents
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02/13/2021

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Washington Hose No. 4's 1915 Brockway/American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon.  Replaced in 1928 with a ne...
02/13/2021

Washington Hose No. 4's 1915 Brockway/American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon. Replaced in 1928 with a new ALF pumper. Final disposition is unknown.

Some of my dad's artwork.  He did a lot in watercolors.
01/27/2021

Some of my dad's artwork. He did a lot in watercolors.

Harrisburg Fire Department Citizen No. 3's 1918 Reo wagon down in the flood zone off S. 10th Street during the 1936 Floo...
01/27/2021

Harrisburg Fire Department Citizen No. 3's 1918 Reo wagon down in the flood zone off S. 10th Street during the 1936 Flood. The rotary light eventually went to Progress after this rig was replaced and used on their 1929 Seagrave. Eventually found in an old locker downstairs and Karl Marzolf took it to have it rebuilt. Never knew what happened to it afterward. This was the first Buckeye Roto-Ray in the HFD. The big bell was off Engine 3's 1908 ALF steamer. Disposition of the bell is unknown. This rig was rebuilt by the HFD shop on a new Reo chassis in 1939. Driver was Cornelius Toomey

Dave Houseal Books
01/21/2021

Dave Houseal Books

Harrisburg' Hope Engine Co. No. 2 in Market Square, 1921.  The white rig on the left is a 1915 American LaFrance combina...
01/21/2021

Harrisburg' Hope Engine Co. No. 2 in Market Square, 1921. The white rig on the left is a 1915 American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon mounted on a Brockway chassis. The steamer is a 1897 American 700 gpm piston engine coupled to a 1915 Christie Front Drive tractor.

Book No. 5 is out and available at the Pa. National Fire Museum or on line at PNFM.org and davehousealbooks.com  Get you...
11/24/2020

Book No. 5 is out and available at the Pa. National Fire Museum or on line at PNFM.org and davehousealbooks.com Get your copy today!

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11/15/2020

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I'm hoping the end of this week!
11/10/2020

I'm hoping the end of this week!

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11/02/2020

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Late 50's, the Reily wagon 10 pouring it into the Sanitary Laundry, where  Harrisburg Station 2 is located today.
10/24/2020

Late 50's, the Reily wagon 10 pouring it into the Sanitary Laundry, where Harrisburg Station 2 is located today.

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10/16/2020

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Youth Center fire-May 27, 1960. 305 Market St. 4 alarms equivalent. The photo on the cover to We Can See It From the Bri...
10/10/2020

Youth Center fire-May 27, 1960. 305 Market St. 4 alarms equivalent. The photo on the cover to We Can See It From the Bridge was taken on Market Street. This view is from S. 3rd & Blackberry looking north. The Feller Building is behind the aerial. In keeping with the title of The Reily Chronicles, this pair of workhorses were from the Reily firehouse. The truck is the 1937 Reily ladder 75' Pirsch wooden stick with two big lines run up to the roof of the buildings for hose crews to shoot water down into the Youth Center. The engine is a 1954 GMC-General 750 gpm of the Good Will Engine 7.

One of my two all time favorite HFD rig!  The BIG Squad, taken by the late Earnie Wagner circa 1974.
10/01/2020

One of my two all time favorite HFD rig! The BIG Squad, taken by the late Earnie Wagner circa 1974.

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09/27/2020

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Box 231, 7th & Boas hanging on the pole was pulled for a fire in a rag shop on December 12, 1940.   It was a rag shop. ....
09/13/2020

Box 231, 7th & Boas hanging on the pole was pulled for a fire in a rag shop on December 12, 1940. It was a rag shop. . . and naturally went to extra alarms. Good Will's Engine 7(1923 American laFrance 750 gpm) with hard suction on the plug. Ladder 1's 85' ALF wooden stick behind it. The detail in this photo is wonderful, but not much other info on it. Love to know who the driver on the right is with the bell cap.

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09/11/2020

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09/04/2020

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08/23/2020

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07/28/2020

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The late Curtie Quigley pinning the outrigger on Tower 1, August 1, 1974.  Curtie passed away this past week.  RIP Broth...
07/20/2020

The late Curtie Quigley pinning the outrigger on Tower 1, August 1, 1974. Curtie passed away this past week. RIP Brother.

Image courtesy of Steve Marzolf from his collection.
07/11/2020

Image courtesy of Steve Marzolf from his collection.

Excelsior Fire Brigade, early 1900's, Enhaut
07/11/2020

Excelsior Fire Brigade, early 1900's, Enhaut

Three Houseal Brothers, May 1916. On the Citizen No. 3 wagon.   Left to right, Uncle Lou, Foreman, Uncle Ray in cap and ...
06/20/2020

Three Houseal Brothers, May 1916. On the Citizen No. 3 wagon. Left to right, Uncle Lou, Foreman, Uncle Ray in cap and Grandpa lower right. Man above him is unidentified.

Dave Houseal Books
06/20/2020

Dave Houseal Books

Love those big turret pipes on top of L Model Macks.
06/20/2020

Love those big turret pipes on top of L Model Macks.

Oh, for a time machine.  Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Truck E, 1905 Hayes 85' aerial backing into their very tight quarters...
06/07/2020

Oh, for a time machine. Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Truck E, 1905 Hayes 85' aerial backing into their very tight quarters downtown. Man I would love to be the kid on the left watching the horses and men struggle with this heavy machine! Even looks like the company mascot is standing in the middle of the street keeping an eye on his horse buds.
From the book "We Have A Box Working" by John R. Schmidt(1997)

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05/10/2020

Dave Houseal Books's cover photo

Dave Houseal Books
05/10/2020

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Dave Houseal Books
04/16/2020

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Harrisburg's Shamrock No. 11's combination hose and chemical wagon. This company never had an engine, always a wagon how...
04/10/2020

Harrisburg's Shamrock No. 11's combination hose and chemical wagon. This company never had an engine, always a wagon however in 1959, the former Hope No. 2's GMC General pumper was moved to the Shamrock and lettered as Engine 11. By then the Shamrock's volunteers were no longer active on the fireground. This rig is a 1917 Reo chassis with an older horse drawn body and equipment mounted by Boyd Brothers of Phila. Photo taken in 1927

HFD's Susquehanna Engine 9.  1956 B-85 750 gpm assigned to the Susquehanna firehouse on S. Cameron.  Station closed in '...
02/24/2020

HFD's Susquehanna Engine 9. 1956 B-85 750 gpm assigned to the Susquehanna firehouse on S. Cameron. Station closed in '69, rig moved to the Allison No. 12, but didn't stay long there as it was used in a "relief" or reserve rig moving all over the city while all the Mack open cabs engines were being fitted with plexi-glass enclosures and blitz boxes dictated by the War years. Went to Engine 7 at the Reily, then bumped to Engine 11. Motor blew up on a run in 1977. Rig then sat dead at Station 1 being stripped of parts, finally towed to a junkyard. Presumed scrapped.

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Dave, based on the middle guy’s ‘stache is he any relation?
Down from NH on vacation this week/weekend, and we are in Harrisburg the next couple days. Any place local to pick up copies of these great books?
Just got the book today , started reading it, it is a great book and I cant wait to continue!!
Dave, It was great meeting you in Harrisburg at the expo. It is also an honor to add your book to my fire library. Looking forward to reading it and adding your other books. All the best
Few weeks ago I bought the newest book Box Comin' In. I'll be the first to admit I'm not much into reading books. After four days I finished the book. I picked up the book and started reading it, I found myself unable to put it down. The stories, the history is amazing. I'm glad I also have 4 of your other books at home. I can't wait to dive into them.
Dave it was nice to finally meet you a few weeks ago in Mt.Airy. I didn't take your advice and read the new book slowly. It has been finished for about a week now. Good job on this book.
This photo was displayed in a booth we were sitting in at The Firehouse Restaurant (2nd St, Hbg) last night, depicting what firefighters do while “waiting” for a call to come in. (Not sure if I believe the depiction....LOL!!) I forget who the credit went to for the taking of this photo. This man looks like it could be Ronnie Hivner, my brother-in-law who has since passed away. Do any of you know if this is Ronnie Hivner in this photo? Thanks!
Hi Dave, I just came across your story about visiting Riverdale in 1970 to see the new ladder truck. I was on the design committee and made several trips to Allentown at various build stages. Our salesman was Ennie Carr and was for many many years.The asst.Chief was Frankie Heinicke and the guy driving the truck was Billie Wingo. I need to get you book.😎😎😎
Haha. The things you find, when you're not really looking. Feb. 1984
First of all great pics Dave, thanks for sharing. While at HACC getting my commercial art degree, my B&W photography class required people at work. These r the two I submitted. Got an A in the class too. Refresh my memory who they r.
Hi David Houseal, I thought I would see where the Hook and ladder now ? My father rode the back of the hook truck when he was a firemen for the city of Ing before he retired back in the 70 or 80's (I forget ). Lol his name was Joseph W. Smith Sr. I had a brother was a fireman to John M. Smith. He wasn't there as long as my dad. My dad was at the Paxton firehouse them they moved him to14 Street firehouse.