THE GREAT FIRES OF WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
"Where they traded a bass for a biscuit"







    a jewel along the Charles




    19th CENTURY WATERTOWN FIRES right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 4th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John interviews Joan, Scooter and Walter Rundlett about their grandfather (and his historic journal), who was a secretary for the Watertown Fire Department. Joyce Kelly, Marilynne Roach and Karl Neugebauer from the Historical Society of Watertown were also present. 24:08 (23 MB)


The Rundlett Family with Joyce Kelly and Marilynne Roach of the Historical Society

  • The Rundlett family meets the Historical Society of Watertown. L-R: Joyce Kelly, Scooter Rundlett, Joan Rundlett, Walter Rundlett, Marilynne Roach


    THE FRUIT STORE FIRE - January 26th, 1935 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a fire in a fruit store ($800.00 loss) in 1935. :49 (1 MB)


    SNOW FIRE - January 24th, 1935 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a fire on Arsenal Street during a bad snowstorm in 1935. :30 (1 MB)


    SNOW STORM - January 24th, 1935 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a major snowstorm (16") that hits Watertown in January of 1935. :51 (1 MB)


    THE COLD FIRES OF WATERTOWN - 1935 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from a 1935 copy of the Watertown Tribune Enterprise about a series of fires throughout Watertown on a cold January day. :30 (1 MB)


    GILBERT NICHOLS (1935) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a legendary firefighter who served as an active Watertown firefighter for 45 years! 2:48 (3 MB)


    THE MAJOR FREEZE FIRE (1933) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about the fire in bitterly cold weather in late December of 1933. 3:31 (3 MB)


    FALSE ALARM (1931) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joyce Kelly of the Historical Society of Watertown reads about a false alarm that was pulled by a very daffy person. 1:02 (2 MB)


    BLOCK OF STORES GOES UP IN FLAMES (1931) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joyce Kelly of the Historical Society of Watertown reads about a fire in a storefront on Mount Auburn Street. 1:02 (2 MB)


    ALLIGATOR IN THE CHARLES RIVER (1931) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about an alligator that is captured in the Charles River in Watertown in July of 1931. 1:00 (2 MB)


    THE MUSHROOM FACTORY FIRE (1931) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a Mushroom plant in Watertown that bursts into flames on January 31st of 1931. 1:29 (2 MB)


    THE LAST HORSE TROUGH (1930) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about the removal of the last horse trough in Watertown on July 24th, 1930. :50 (1 MB)


    BEHOLD THE LOS ANGELES!! (1930) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about the rigid airship Los Angeles soaring over Watertown on July 17th, 1930. :49 (1 MB)


    THE WATERTOWN FACTORY FIRE OF JULY, 1919 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 16th, 2006 at Watertown Free Library in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from the Watertown Tribune Enterprise of Friday, August 1st, 1919 about a fire at a factory in Watertown, Massachusetts that took place on July 28th, 1919.


    THE WATERTOWN PAINT FACTORY FIRE OF 1919 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 16th, 2006 at Watertown Free Library in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from the Watertown Tribune Enterprise of Friday, May 2nd, 1919 about a fire at a paint factory in Watertown, Massachusetts that took place on April 26th, 1919.


    THE FIRE AT TOMASETTI BLOCK OF 1919 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 16th, 2006 at Watertown Free Library in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from the Watertown Tribune Enterprise of Friday, March 28th, 1919 about a fire at the apartment building where he once lived. This fire took place ninety years ago in Watertown, Massachusetts on March 23rd, 1919.


    AIRPLANE LANDS IN WATERTOWN: FEBRUARY, 1919 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 16th, 2006 at Watertown Free Library in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from the Watertown Tribune Enterprise of Friday, February 28th, 1919 about an army "airship" heading for Soldier Field in Brighton (and subsequently on to President Wilson's reception in Boston) that is forced to land in Watertown on Sunday, February 23rd, 1919 after suffering engine trouble. It took them several days (and attempts) to get airborne. This is the only time in the history of Watertown, Massachusetts that an airplane has landed there.


    THE COMMONWEALTH MOTOR CLUB FIRE (1913) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a suspicious fire at a trendy club. 6:06 (6 MB)


    THE BARN FIRES (1904) right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about two barns that caught on fire on December 9th, 1904. 1:21 (2 MB)


    THE GREAT WATERTOWN FIRE OF 1841 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on December 16th, 2006 at Watertown Free Library in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads from the Boston Traveler and the Boston Atlas about a great fire that took place in 1841 in Watertown, Massachusetts.


    THE BRIGHT LINE OF LIGHT - 1885 right click - Save Target As - to download

    Recorded on February 5th, 2009 at the Edmund Fowle House in Watertown, Massachusetts. John reads about a bizarre light in the sky that was witnessed by many residents of Watertown and surrounding communities. :55 (2 MB)







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