Chief Mcllhargey, Hibbing, Minn., Recovers
Chief Charles Mcllhargey, of the Hibbing, Minn., fire department, who was injured in a large church fire in that city in the latter part of December, has fully recovered and is back again at his desk at headquarters. This injury, which according to the chief, was slight, came from the falling of the church roof, parts of which struck him.
This was the fourth injury Chief McIlhargey has suffered since he began his fire-fighting career in Duluth years ago and the second since he took the reins of the Hibbing department. He was injured in a large fire eleven years ago, but although he has fought alongside his men in all the major fires he has escaped unscathed. His injuries this time were slight as compared with those in previous years.
Much of the chief’s ability to shake off hurts is due to the splendid physical condition in which he keeps himself at all times. He takes his “daily dozen” regularly and is one of the most enthusiastic handball players in the department, and handball is one of the most strenuous games in the world. He is always ready for a wrestling match and it is said that there is not a fireman in the department that can pin the veteran’s shoulders to the mat.
Thomas C. McBride, Worthington Pump Corp. Receives Medal—In recognition of his invention of the Worthington locomotive feed-water heater, Thomas C. McBride, Philadelphia manager of the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation has been awarded the Edward Longstreth medal of the Franklin Institute. Mr. McBride has been experimenting with locomotive feed-water heating since 1903, and evolved the basic principles of the present Worthington design in 1915. The first of these heaters was manufactured in 1917, and since that year their development has been steady until at the present time there are several thousand of them in use.