01/22/15 1927 W - + 10 - 6 City Firefighters in City Directory, 1963

As mentioned prior postings, city directories are superb sources for fire department historical information. Such as personnel names and timeframes of service. Back in the day, the only "searching" of such directories was skimming page by page. Looking across rows upon rows upon rows of names for the occupation "city firefighter" (as were called, at least in Raleigh).

A century's worth of North Carolina city directories were made available online in 2013. Here's that prior posting. Each directory can be downloaded as a single PDF document. They've been converted to "searchable text," so you can easily people names containing "city firefighter" or "fire dept" or "engine co" in their occupation.

Below are Raleigh firefighter names found in the 1963 city directory. Matches were made on the string "city fire." The results were cut 'n' pasted with warts and all. Such as duplicate entries, misspelled entries, and... missing entries. Where's, say, Fire Chief Jack Keeter? His directory entry is:

KEETER JACK B (Blois G) Chief Fire Dept City of Raleigh, 222 S Dawson, Tel TEmple 2-7736, h L-l Country Club Homes, 2508 Fairview rd, Tel TEmple 2-3402

Ergo, no match on "city fire." These listings also contain "funky characters" as a result of the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process.

How closely does this match the actual roster of firefighters that year? Good question. Don't know if the year (1963) represents when the thing was produced (and thus people were queried for their occupations), or when the thing was published (meaning these were firefighters in, say, 1962).

Food for thought. Enjoy the list.

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