Archive for the ‘Dog Heroes’ Category

Comments Off on 1911: Buster, Topsy, and Yaller, the Police Mascots of NYC’s Lower East Side, Part 2

In December 1911, the policemen of the old Eldridge Street police station in New York City’s Lower East Side moved into the new station house constructed for the men of the old Delancey Street station. Although the new station at the corner of Clinton and Delancey streets was more than big enough to accommodate everyone, the rival police cats, […]

Comments Off on 1900: Major Van Buren Stephens, the Hero Dog of New York’s Chelsea

In July 1900, Mrs. John T. Stephens lost the canine love of her life. Having lost her young son just two years before, the death of her dog Major was more than she could bear.

“We had tried policemen on bicycles, motorcycles and even automobiles to run down plunderers, but had poor results until we got the dogs.”—Long Island Rail Road Police Superintendent Robert E. Kirkham America’s Safe-Blowing Belt In the 1800s and early 1900s, the wide open territory along the tracks of the Long Island Railroad was like something […]