1903, age 12 years 4 1/2 months · Moberly MO
by Master Walter Willison Stephens
Moberly MO, 1903, age 12 years 4 1/2 months. Although meticulous in detail, penmanship is scrawling. Misspelling throughout. A fine 12 year old's accounting.. A 56 pp composition book with an accounting of Master Stephens in 18 chapters. A drawing of fire equipment with crossed axe and nozzle is captioned No. 7 Nozzle (with dyslexic Zs). The first 17 deal strictly with intricate details about what appears to be every fire in his town of Moberly for quite some time. The first chapter describes the advancements of the town and their fire equipment, moving from steam engines. His writes about company's 1-7 with an emphasis on No. 7, a company started by three teenage boys, Jack Reynolds a lad of 15 and two of his chums Will Hathaway age 18 and Clement Robers , 15. The narrative describes their equipment in great detail including information on stopcocks, the length and diameter of their hoses and much more. Chapter 2 begins the detailed recollections of the fire starting with the sound of the alarm bells, through the hitching of horses to equipment, who was working, the distance to the fire and comprehensive details of the events at the fire."About 12:15 on a mild spring day the alarm rang out no. 17. The roar of horses hoofs rumbled to it and the doors snapped open. The hitch was quickly made and so the company leaped into their places, the wagon tore off. Jack had the reins and he skillfully guided the...." In Chapter 15 he begins with "Company 7 received its mounthly (sp) salary that week and all the bills were paid off and the members of the company received $60 a piece for themselves. Also two 6-gallon chemical Babcock fire extinguishers to be cared on one's back by modern shoulder straps were bought and placed in a rack in the wagon:. The accountings continue through Chapter 17 and abruptly on page 37 his interest turns to baseball beginning with a table of pitch counts for Baton Rouge, Mobile, Meridian, etc. The remainder of the book is dedicated to grids of hits by player by inning on various teams, with the exception of two drawings of distressed baseball players.Measures 8 1/2" x 6 3/4".
(Inventory #: 29001765)