From the March 5, 1930, edition of the News & Observer comes this obituary for Eugene A. Lasater, one of the original members of Raleigh's career fire department. He was also a member of the volunteer Hook & Ladder Company. His name was mentioned at the recent Retiree Day, as he's the great step-grandfather on her mother's side of retired Captain Ann Lynn. The obit:
OLDEST RALEIGH FIREMAN PASSES
E. A. Lasater, Over 30 Years in Service, Dies Suddenly at Home Here
E. A. Lasater, 67 year old veteran of the Raleigh Fire Department, died suddenly early yesterday morning at his home at 404 West Morgan Street. Death was unexpected, since Mr. Lasater had been active about Fire Station No. One where he was still employed on Monday.
Mr. Lasater had been a member of the Raleigh fire department for more than 30 years. He was on the force back in the old days when well-trained horses ran swiftly down the streets with smoking fire engines. He was the oldest fireman on the Raleigh fire force, both in point of years and service.
Broke World Record.
According to some of the older residents of Raleigh, Mr. Lasaster used to excel at fireman's tournaments. He broke one of the world's records in carrying the ladder300 yards and raising it with 11 men on it in 41 seconds. He was employed regularly back in the days when the fire department was largely a volunteer proposition. He was one of the few who drew any pay for services at that time.
Mr. Lasater was born in Chatham county, but lived in Raleigh for the major portion of his life. He is survived by his widow and the following children: E. L. Lasaster, of Lakeworth, Fla.; Gradothe E. , Frank and Jack Lasater all of Raleigh; Miss Lillie Lasate, of Jersey City, N.J.; Mrs. Dosay Clement, of Greensboro; and Mrs. Otis Christie, of Fayetteville.
He is also survived by two step children, James Holleman and Mrs. A. T. Parnell, both of Raleigh and by the following brothers and sisters: Thomas Lasater, of Durham; John Lasater, of Pittsboro; Mrs. E. L. Singleton, of Durham and Mrs. Cornie Thomas, of Wilmington.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where Mr. Lasater was a member for many years. Burial will follow in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. E. Gibson Davis, pastor of the church, will conduct the ceremonies.
The following will service as pallbearers, active, Lieut. R. L. Matthews, L. E. Winters, N. L. Crabtree, D. C. Reynolds, R. L. Randolph, E. T. Warren. Honorary, Chief W. E. Holland, Assistant Chief E. B. Smith, H. L. Martin, Capt. W. L. Choplin, Capt. A. B. Lloyd, Lieut. E. B. Buffalo, J. G. Wilkins, H. R. Winston, W. R. Butts, V. G. Mims, J. M. Burnette, J. T. White, L. H. Glenn, and J. R. Marshall.