Before The Shop Numbers

The CFD began purchasing motorized apparatus in earnest in 1911. Many of these early vehicles didn't last long enough to receive a brass plaque with shop number in early 1923. Numbering on this page comes from the excellent Ken Little/John McNalis History of Chicago Firehouses (volumes I - IV).

Shop # Year Make/Model Original Assignment Second Assignment Third Assignment Notes Image Links
A-none 1911 Halladay J30 roadster Assistant Fire Marshal (6th Battalion Chief?) (1911? - 1916) Image can be found on page 22 of American Fire Engines Since 1900 by Walter McCall
A-none 1911 Apperson "Jack Rabbit" touring sedan Assistant Fire Marshal (10th Battalion Chief?) (1911? - 1916) A-2 or A-3?; only one purchased
A-none 1911 Overland 45 roadster Assistant Fire Marshal (7th Battalion Chief?) - Arthur R. Seyferlich (1911 - 1916)
A-none 1906 Buick Fire Marshal: Chief of Brigade - James Horan (1906 - ?)
A-none 1914 Speedwell touring car Assistant Fire Marshal Five purchased for Assistant Fire Marshals
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 1st Battalion (1915 - 1917) Twelve purchased; had brass radiator and a gong
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 2nd Battalion (1915 - 1918)
A-none 1913 Kissel LD11 touring car Chief: 3rd Battalion (1913? - 1916)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 4th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 5th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 6th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 7th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 8th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 9th Battalion (1915 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 10th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 11th Battalion (1915 - 1917)
A-none 1911 Overland 45 roadster Chief: 12th Battalion (1911? - 1916)
A-none 1911 Overland 45 roadster Chief: 13th Battalion (1911? - 1916)
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 14th Battalion (1915 - 1918)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 15th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1911 Halladay J30 roadster Chief: 16th Battalion (1911? - 1916)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 16th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 17th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 18th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 19th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 20th Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 21st Battalion (1915 - 1918)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 22nd Battalion (1914? - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 23rd Battalion (2/3/1914 - 1917)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 24th Battalion (2/3/1914 - 1917)
A-none 1915 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 25th Battalion (1915 - 1918)
A-none 1914 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 26th Battalion (7/1/1914 - 1917)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 1st Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 2nd Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 3rd Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1917 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 4th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 5th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 6th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 7th Battalion (1918 - 7/18/1920)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 8th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 9th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 10th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 11th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 12th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 13th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 14th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 15th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 16th Battalion (1916 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 17th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 18th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 19th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 20th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 21st Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 22nd Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 23rd Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 24th Battalion (1917 - 1918)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 25th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1916 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 26th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 1st Battalion (1918 - 1919)
A-none 1919 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 1st Battalion (1919 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 3rd Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 4th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 5th Battalion (1918 - 1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 8th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 11th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 12th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 13th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 15th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 15th Battalion (1918 - 12/18/1920)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 17th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 18th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 19th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 20th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 22nd Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 23rd Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 24th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
A-none 1918 Ford Model T roadster Chief: 26th Battalion (1918 - 12/16/1921)
Doyle C-1 1912 Harder Squad 1 (1/15/1913 - 8/1916) First apparatus for Squad 1
Doyle C-2 1912 Harder Squad 2 (1/15/1913 - 9/1916) First apparatus for Squad 2
Doyle C-3 1912 Harder Squad 3 (1/15/1913 - 8/1916) First apparatus for Squad 3
Doyle D-1 1912 Nott Universal Engine Co. 5 (2/29/1912 - 12/1916) Engine Co. 94 (12/1916 - 1918) First motorized steamer in CFD; weighed 11 tons; First motorized apparatus for Engine 5 (concurrent with Doyle HW-H1); First motorized apparatus for Engine 94 (concurrent with Doyle HW-H1); converted to horse-drawn steamer in 1918 after traffic accident
Doyle D-2 1914/1907 Christie/Continental Ahrens Engine Co. 45 (4/1914 - 3/1916) Engine Co. 120 (4/1916 - 3/4/1922) First apparatus for Engine 120; seen pictured as spare for Engine 82 with Engine 120 markings in 1920 Engine 120 (Terry Spirek)
Doyle D-3 1914/1912 Christie/Continental Ahrens Engine Co. 48 (9/1914 - 11/1915) Engine Co. 122 (1/6/1916 - 1/4/1921) First apparatus for Engine 122
Doyle D-4 1914/1912 Christie/Continental Ahrens Engine Co. 12 (9/1914 - 10/1916) Engine Co. 123 (11/16/1916 - 11/30/1921) First apparatus for Engine 123
Doyle D-5 1915/1907 Christie/LaFrance Engine Co. 38 (? - 11/29/1919) Engine Co. 124 (1920 - 12/24/1921)
Doyle D-6 1917/1912 Christie/Nott Engine Co. 80 (8/1917 - 2/5/1923) First motorized apparatus for Engine 80 (concurrent with G-34)
Doyle D-7 1917/1905 Christie/Metropolitan LaFrance Engine Co. 126 (12/1/1918 - 6/30/1922) First apparatus for Engine 126
Doyle E-1 1914 Christie Truck Co. 2 (4/1914 - 1916) Delivered 4/1914; first motorized apparatus for Truck 2
Doyle E-2 1914 Knox Martin Truck Co. 11 (1914 - 10/1916) Truck Co. 7 (1917 - 1918) Knox vehicles were 3-wheeled tractors; first stand-alone tractor purchased by CFD, first motorized apparatus for Truck 11
Doyle E-3 1914 Christie Truck Co. 4 (1/1915 - early 1918) Delivered 11/1914 or 12/1914; may have been in service in late 1914; first motorized apparatus for Truck 4
Doyle E-4 1914 Christie Truck Co. 3 (9/1914 - 8/1917) Delivered 9/1914; first motorized apparatus for Truck 3
Doyle E-5 1914 Christie Truck Co. 15 (9/1914 - 4/1918) Delivered 9/1914; first motorized apparatus for Truck 15
Doyle E-6 1915 Knox Martin Truck Co. 5 (1915 - 1/1918) First motorized apparatus for Truck 5
Doyle E-7 1915 Knox Martin Truck Co. 7 (9/1915 - 4/20/1918) First motorized apparatus for Truck 7; end date at Truck 7 may have been 1917
Doyle F-1 1890 Babcock 77’ Truck Co. 5 (1915 - 5/18/1918) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1915
Doyle F-2 1890 Babcock 77’ Truck Co. 11 (1914 - 10/1916) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1914
Doyle G-1 1881 C.F. Elmes Engine Co. 37 (“Alpha:” 9/9/1885 - 11/29/1886) Former tugboat purchased in 1885, this was the CFD’s first fireboat
Doyle G-2 1882 Bay City/C.F. Elmes pumps Engine Co. 41 (“W.H. Alley:” 12/31/1886 - Fall 1887) Engine Co. 41 (“Chicago:” Fall 1887 - 12/3/1891) Engine Co. 58 (“Chicago:” 12/3/1891 - 1/14/1899) Former lumber towing tug purchased in 1886; pumps transferred from Alpha in Fall 1887
Doyle G-3 1890 C.F. Elmes Engine Co. 37 (“Yosemite:” 1890 - 1/14/1899) Engine Co. 58 (“Yosemite:” 1/14/1899 - 1/1/1903) Engine Co. 58 (“Protector:” 1/1/1903 - 1/1/1907) Rebuilt 1905
Doyle G-4 1892 Engine Co. 71 (“Fire Queen:” 12/31/1892 - 12/3/1902) Engine Co. 92 (“Fire Queen:” 12/31/1902 - 1906) Engine Co. 71 Carried 2350’ of 2-1/2” & 3-1/2” hose; no turret nozzle; purchased by Columbian Exposition and manned by CFD; turned over to CFD after Exposition closed
Doyle HW-H1 1911 Harder Engine Co. 5 Hose Wagon (2/29/1912 - 12/1916) Engine Co. 94 Hose Wagon (12/1916 - 1918) First motorized apparatus for Engine 5 (concurrent with Doyle D-1); First motorized apparatus for Engine 94 (concurrent with Doyle D-1); Engine 94 returned to a horse drawn hose wagon from 1918 - 1922
Doyle HW-H2 1911 Harder Engine Co. 3 Hose Wagon Motorization of CFD began with purchase of 7 Harder hose wagons in 1911; all came equipped with a 60 gallon chemical tank
Doyle HW-H3 1911 Harder Engine Co. 78 Hose Wagon (10/1911 - 11/1915) Engine Co. 38 Hose Wagon (? - 4/1918) First motorized apparatus for Engine 78
Doyle HW-H4 1911 Harder Engine Co. 70 Hose Wagon (10/1911 - 8/1918) First motorized apparatus for Engine 70
Doyle HW-H5 1911 Harder
Doyle HW-H6 1911 Harder Engine Co. 51 Hose Wagon (10/1911 - 11/1917) First motorized apparatus for Engine 51
Doyle HW-H7 1911 Harder Engine Co. 107 Hose Wagon (10/1911 - 11/1917) First motorized apparatus for Engine 107
Doyle HW-H8 1912 Harder Engine Co. 12 Hose Wagon (7/1912 - 10/1916) Engine Co. 120 Hose Wagon (10/1916 - 1917) Engine Co. 123 Hose Wagon (1918 - 1919) First motorized apparatus for Engine 12
Doyle HW-H9 1912 Harder Engine Co. 98 Hose Wagon (9/12/1912 - 11/22/1916) Engine Co. 43 Hose Wagon (11/22/1916 - 1918)
Doyle HW-H10 1912 Harder Engine Co. 120 Hose Wagon (1918 - 1920)
Doyle HW-H11 1912 Harder Engine Co. 103 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 10/1/1916)
Doyle HW-H12 1912 Harder Engine Co. 48 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 11/1915) Engine Co. 122 Hose Wagon (1/6/1916 - 7/1916) Engine Co. 121 Hose Wagon (1917 - 1920) First motorized apparatus for Engine 48; Image of Engine 121 can be found on page 25 of <em>American Fire Engines Since 1900</em> by Walter McCall
Doyle HW-H13 1912 Harder Engine Co. 55 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 9/5/1917) First motorized apparatus for Engine 55
Doyle HW-H14 1912 Harder Engine Co. 39 Hose Wagon (7/1912 - 1916)
Doyle HW-H15 1912 Harder Engine Co. 104 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 11/16/1916) Engine Co. 123 Hose Wagon (11/16/1916 - 1917)
Doyle HW-H16 1912 Harder Engine Co. 95 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 1915?) Engine Co. 82 Hose Wagon (12/31/1916 - 1918)
Doyle HW-H17 1912 Harder Engine Co. 57 Hose Wagon (8/1912 - 12/1919) First motorized apparatus for Engine 57
Doyle HW-H18 1912 Harder Engine Co. 1 Hose Wagon (1913 - 1916) First motorized apparatus for Engine 1
Doyle HW-H19 1912 Harder Engine Co. 3 Hose Wagon Engine Co. 121 Hose Wagon (3/1/1915 - 1917) First apparatus for Engine 121
Doyle HW-M1 1911 Mais/Pirsch Engine Co. 45 Hose Wagon (1912 - 3/1916) Engine Co. 7 Hose Wagon (1918 - 1919) Engine Co. 69 Hose Wagon (1920 - 1920) First motorized apparatus for Engine 45; first motorized apparatus for Engine 69
Doyle HW-M2 1911 Mais/Pirsch Emergency Wagon (1/1912 - ?) Used for motorized apparatus repair; placed at Engine 103’s house
Doyle HW-M3 1911 Mais/Pirsch Engine Co. 63 Hose Wagon (1912 - 1917) Engine Co. 58 Hose Wagon (1918 - 1921) First motorized apparatus for Engine 63
Doyle HW-R1 1911 Robinson Engine Co. 2 Hose Wagon (1912 - 1916) Engine Co. 7 Hose Wagon (1916 - 1917) First motorized apparatus for Engine 2; first motorized apparatus for Engine 7
Doyle HW-R2 1911 Robinson Engine Co. 13 Hose Wagon (1912 - 1916) Engine Co. 124 Hose Wagon (11/16/1916 - 1918) First motorized apparatus for Engine 13
Doyle HW-R3 1911 Robinson Engine Co. 83 Hose Wagon (1/1912 - 11/1916) First motorized apparatus for Engine 83
Doyle HW-S1 1907 Seagrave AC-30 Engine Co. 104 Hose Wagon (5/1908 - 5/1908) First motorized gasoline rig in CFD; Image can be found on p. 10 of American Fire Engines Since 1900 by Walter McCall Engine 104 Hose Wagon (David Nemecek)
Doyle HW-W1 1911 White Engine Co. 93 Hose Wagon (1921 - 5/10/1923) First motorized apparatus for Engine 93 (concurrent with D-93)
Doyle HW-W2 1911 White Model 30 Engine Co. 124 Hose Wagon (1918 - 12/24/1921) Shops service rig Delivered 9/18/1917, this rig was purchased used
Doyle SP-1 1876 Amoskeag Engine Co. 1 (6/1/1877 - Fall 1878) Self-propelled by design, but changed to horse-drawn steamer in the fall of 1878
Doyle SP-2 1876 Amoskeag Engine Co. 10 (5/1877 - Fall 1878) Self-propelled by design, but changed to horse-drawn steamer in the fall of 1878
Doyle SP-3 1876 Amoskeag Engine Co. 17 (1/1877 - Fall 1878) Self-propelled by design, but changed to horse-drawn steamer in the fall of 1878
F-none LaFrance SF Truck Co. 26 (12/15/1915 - 2/13/1918) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1915
F-none 19?? LaFrance SF Truck Co. 28 (10/1915 - 12/30/1918) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1915; Truck 28 end date may have been 1/1919
F-none 19?? CFD SF Truck Co. 20 (12/9/1916 - 11/1/1921) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor; shop rebuilt
F-none 1884 LaFrance SF Truck Co. 21 (10/1915 - 7/18/1917) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1915
F-none 188? LaFrance SF Truck Co. 14 (9/1917 - 11/1/1921) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1917
F-none 188? Unknown SF Truck Co. 18 (6/19/1917 - 8/7/1917) Spare truck (8/7/1917 - ?) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1917
F-none 19?? CFD SF Truck Co. 19 (3/1918 - 6/19/1922) Rebuilt & modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1918?
F-none 1906 Unknown SF Truck Co. 23 (1916 - 2/13/1918) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in 1916
F-none 1908 Unknown SF Truck Co. 33 (8/1919 - 4/13/1920) Modified for fifth-wheel tractor in August 1919