Annual Convention of Illinois Firemen

Annual Convention of Illinois Firemen

James J. Dougherty, a vice-president of the Illinois Firemen’s Association, was elected chief executive of that organization at the annual convention held in Ottawa on January 16. Mr. Dougherty defeated Otto Sorgenfrey, of Blue Island, by a majority of three votes, the total for each being 112 to 109. The other officers elected were: Secretary, Walter S. Price, Champaign; treasurer, Michael Quirke, Areola; statistician, Simon Kellerman, Jr., Edwardsville; vicepresidents, H. J. Lohman, Aurora; H. Kenge, Collinsville; O. Riche, Naperville; E. Keiser, Mt. Olive; F. Danner, Mt. Pulaski; Thomas Denney, Vandalia; P. Smith, Madison; Jacob Meyers, Lemont; A. Hasse, Peru. Canton, the only contender for the 1913 convention, won the honor unopposed. This convention was the biggest in the history of the association. Out of the 197 cities affiliated, 192 were represented. From a practical standpoint the convention was also very profitable to the delegates, much valuable information being gleaned irom the topics discussed The paper of James J. Dougherty, ot Ottawa, on “The Equipment and Efficiency of the Volunteer Fire Service,” was read at the morning session by Simon Kellerman, chairman ot the programme committee. Mr. Kellerman also read the address prepared by T. D. Stinson, superintendent of water works in Aurora, entitled “High Pressure Lire Service; Its Operation and Efficiency.” The address of Chief William Plaible, of Elgin, on “Why Should the Chief ot the Fire Department Be Blamed for Conditions Over Which He Has No Control?” was read by F. E. Smith, of Akron, O. Feasting, speech-making and entertainment were participated in by over four hundred firemen, merchants and professional men. The big banquet at which the visiting delegates were the guests of honor was served in the Fisher-Myers & Co. building and was the largest banquet ever served in this city. The entire delegation was seated at one time. Simon Geiger, of this city, was the caterer, and much credit is due him for the efficient service rendered. Chas. E. Hook, of this city, presided as toastmaster, and responses were made to these subjects by the following men: “Our Organization,” State President H. J. Lohman, Aurora; “The False Alarm,” Judge W. E. Hadley, Edwardsville; “Progress,” Congressman W. H. llinebaugh, Ottawa; “Advice,” Dean Quinn, oi Ottawa; “Just a Minute,” C. C. Chain, Bushncll; “Blanket Policy,” C. Willis Terry, Edwardsville; “Reminiscences,” Al. F. Schoch, Ottawa; “Fire Prevention,” Carroll L. Davitts, Chicago; “Wise Firemen,” Jas. F. Farrell, Ottawa. The invocation was given by Dean Quinn. Following the feasting and program in the banquet hall all adjourned to the Gaiety Theater, where entertainment was furnished. It was voted that the legislative committee take action to have amended the law governing insurance tax, making it possible in cities where there are paid fire departments, for the firemen to receive the entire 2 per cent, tax paid by out-of-town insurance companies having local agencies. At the present time, in many cities, the firemen receive only one-half of the insurance tax, while the rest is used by the city government for other purposes. The report of Walter E. Price, of Champaign, secretary of the association, showed that there are 182 fire departments in good standing in the associaion at present.

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