10/14/06 144 W - + 16 - 17 The Hook

Regarding Raleigh's volunteer hook and ladder company (circa 1870s), recalls a 1944 historical sketch: "As most of the houses, at that time, were constructed of wood, fire, if not promptly checked, would jump from house to house. To overcome this much work was done [using] the 'hook'. This hook resembled a large grab-hook and to it was attached about fifty feet of chain and a hundred or more feet of rope. The method used to sop the fire from spreading was to throw the hook through a window and then [have] all hands pull the house down. This, however, was seldom done without the consent of the owner. To the keep the owner remind of the willingness of the company, their slogan on a big sign was attacked to the [hand-pulled] truck and was 'SAY THE WORD AND DOWN COMES YOUR HOUSE!'"

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