CHIEF ENGINEER FRANK L. STETSON.

CHIEF ENGINEER FRANK L. STETSON.

Frank L. Stetson, the chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department, and who will be the next president of the National Assocition of Fire Engineers if the precedent is followed, was born at Lincolnville, Me., on December 19, 1853. He is therefore not yet thirty-six years of age. He came to Minneapolis, or rather St. Anthony, when he was a boy fourteen years of age, and two years later identified himself with Cataract Engine Companyof the old volunteer fire department. He has seen continuous service ever since. His brothers have all been active fire men. During the days of the old volunteer fire department he followed the occupation of saw mill operative, and in that capacity learned some of the requisites for commanding bodies of men. From 1873 to 1879 he was foreman of Cataract Engine Company, and then from rS77 to r878 he was second assistant chief engineer on the east side of the river. When the volunteer fire department was mustered out and the paid depirtment was organized, his brother Watren was made second assistant chief and Frank L. became again foreman of Cataract Company. At the end of a year Warren retired, and he was appointed second assistant chief, succeeding in December, 1881, to the position made vacant by the accidental death of First Assistant Frederichs, and in r882, when W. M. Brackett retired, he was chosen as Mr. Brackett’s legitimate successor. S.nce that time he has given recurring evidence of his fitness for the position he now fills, and has won the confidence of the public and the respect of the men under him. He is still a young man, with many years of usefulness before him. His long residence in Minneapolis and his identification with the fire department now for nearly twenty years has made him thoroughly acquainted with the city and all its means of protection from fire. He is a good fireman and a competent executive officer.

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