A. G. WALDEN DEAD
Chief A. G. Walden, of the Wichita, Kans., Fire Department, died on November 23, in that city after a remarkably successful service, as its head, of thirty-one years. Chief Walden was greatly loved and respected not only by the men of his department but by all those with whom he came in contact, on account of his geniality and kindly consideration. He served in the Civil War as a drummer boy, and his long connection with the fire department of Wichita resulted in bringing the fire-fighting forces of that city to a very high state of efficiency. The funeral, which was held on November 26, was in the nature of a civic event and was said to be one of the most impressive ever held in the city. The mayor, L. W. Clapp, spoke of Chief Walden’s long service as follows: “It is thirty-one years ago this month that casting my life line in Wichita I first knew Mr. Walden. During every year of that period of the working life of most men, Mr. Walden was engrossed with the theory and practice of the profession he had adopted. With an unerring insight of men’s capacity, he selected his helpers and his men. In them Jie aroused the same understanding of the duties of his office and the same determination to at all times give to the city, the department and the service their honest and best effort.” Chief Walden resigned in November, 1910, owing to illhealth, but recovered and was soon hack again in harness. He was a prominent member of the International Association of Fire Engineers, and one of its most earnest supporters. It was very seldom that Chief Walden was absent from its annual conventions, so that the loss its members have been called upon to bear will be greatly felt for many years to come.