Box 52 Association
A new Boston fire association was recently formed and held its first annual banquet last week. The guests were Fire Commissioner Charles H. Cole. Russell Potter, ex-fire commissioner of Buffalo; Superintendent Samuel Abbott. Jr., Chief John A. Mullen, of the Boston fire department and Henry J. Cunningham. Commissioner of Public Safety of Cambridge. Harry N. Haven was the toastmaster. Mr. Haven said:
“The purposes of this organization, which is Composed of representatives of all branches of business and professions is to take an active interest in all questions pertinent to the fire department of the city, and to do everything within their power to be of real material aid to Boston’s fire-fighters.” Commissioner Cole spoke of the Boston departments, its historyand needs. He said: “Just as the up-to-date physician is practising methods of prevention as well as those securing disease, just so is the fire department of every big city working along lines which will tend to prevent fires and its associated damages.” He favored pensioning all members of the department after 30 years’ of service. Superintendent Abbott recalled the days when the men wore tall hats and ran to fires on foot. Ex-Commissioner Potter complimented the Boston department on ranking first in the United States. Commissioner Cunningham told of a move to establish fire drills in the Cambridge schools. J. J. Fairbank and D. Arthur Burt were appointed to represent the Box 52 Association at a hearing before the Legislature in reference to fire protection. Other members present were George W. Austin, E. E. Anderson, George Y. Berry, F. J. Carroll, H. G. Carver, Arthur D. Curtis, George D. Curwen, Harry Rockett, John Decrow, E. H. Dickinson, William E. Dolan, Nathan Flynn, Harry’ A. Gilman, Theodore Grant. Frank M. Kelliher. William F. Lehman. Kenneth O. Mansfield, G. R. Merrill, John A. Mulloy, Clifford Sennott, Howard K. Spaulding, Clarence Sylvester, William Tighe, Henry Warren, John J, Walsh. Warren Weeks, George Whitney, Nelson Whitney, G. Garfield McLean.