Convention of Connecticut State Association
The thirty-first annual convention of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association was held at Greenwich. August 26th. with nearly 300 delegates in attendance. It was an ideal day, clear and cool. President J. J. Toomey. of New Britain, called the convention to order in Town Hall at 2:20 o’clock, and at 4:20 it adjourned, having completed all its important business. A great deal of time was saved by having all the annual reports printed and distributed to delegates and members before the convention, instead of reading them. Governor Baldwin received a royal welcome when he entered the hall to address the delegates. He spoke principally along historical lines. It took just five minutes to dispose of the opening ceremonies, which consisted of a prayer and addresses of welcome from the Warden and a Selectman of Greenwich. Secretary R. V. Magee, in his annual report, in part said: “For thirty years the work of the Association has kept going steadily forward, each year showing a gain over its predecessor; the year just closed has been no exception to the rule, we have gained in strength financially and in influence in the work for which the Association was organized. To work for the best interests of the firemen of the State has always been kept clearly in view. This singleness of purpose has been responsible for the success which can be rightfully claimed by its founders and promoters. Claims for benefits during this year have not been so heavy as they were last year. Total claims from the regular fund paid during the year ending May 1, 1914, amounted to $10,630.73, as against $11,129.28 for the preceding year. We have a good margin of safety for the present year, and unless we have unusual claims to meet, we should have ample funds to carry us through the year and up to the end of the fiscal year of the State, October 1, 1915. My last report showed the balance in the Special Fund amounted to $7,398.20. The Treasurer’s report as of May 12, 1914. shows a balance on hand of $7,854.20. a gain in surplus of $456.00. In the Association account there has been a corresponding gain. The amount received for admission and dues has been sufficient to pay running expenses, with a small balance, $12.13, left over. This amount, together with an item of interest on the funds invested amounting to $368.44, all of which we are permitted to cover into the Association account, gives us a net gain of $380.57, making the total balance on hand in this fund May 12th, 1914, $3,055.80. This good showing made in the accounts is due to the fact that we had more than the usual number of new companies join during the year, thirteen in all having been added to the. roll, with only six disbanding, only two of which disbanded outright, the others being consolidations or having gone out of commission through reorganization. There were three meetings of the Executive Committee held during the year. There was only one death of a member due to injuries received while in the discharge of his duties as a fireman, that of John Crain, ofNoroton, who was injured at a fire on July 4th, 1909, from which he died March 4, 1914. He is survived by a widow and four minor children. Companies enrolled as members May r, 1913, 275; joined during the past year, 13; retired. 6; total companies members May 1, 1914, 282; department members, 361. Total membership May 1, 1914, 471. Amount collected for dues. $1,941.75. Treasurer S. G. Snagg reported in State account a balance on hand last report of $7,398.20; received from State Treasurer, $1,000.00; total, $8,398.20. Expended for benefits, $544, leaving a balance on hand of $7,854.20. Association account, including receipts and balance on hand, $4,985.42; total expenditures. $1,929.62; balance on hand, $3,055.80. Total balance on hand, both State and association accounts. $10,910.00. The individual membership of the association is more than 10.000. The following officers were elected: President. M. J. Dailey, Bridgeport: vice-president-at-large. Wade U. Webster, Willimantic; by counties. Hartfort. Thomas Bennison. of South Manchester; Fairfield. J. M. Sullivan, of Greenwich. Pitchfield. C. M. Stone, of Winsted: Middlesex, Chief G. S. Pitt. Middletown: New Haven, D. B. Mercer. Westville: New London. T. F. Cragan, of New London; Tollard. Charles Scholl, o: Rockville; Windsor. J H. Maynard, of Putnam: Secretary. R. V. Magee, of Watertown, and Treasurer. Chief S. C. Snagg. of Waterbury: Chaplain. Rev. M. J. Ryan, of Greenwich. The only contest was for the vice-president-at-large. Mr. Webster received 135 votes, and Lieutenant J. E. Kelley, of New Haven, received 116 votes. Chief Snagg has been treasurer of the association since it was organized. May 22. 1884. Secretary Magee, by a unanimous vote, was elected a life member. After adjournment the delegates went across the street to the Haventeyer Auditorium, where a memorial service was held. Rev. S. S. Kilbourne. of New York City, presided and made the address. Sixty-one members have passed away during the year. After the service there was a parade of the Greenwich fire department, with visiting companies from East Port Chester. Glenville, Sound Beach, and Mianus. There were seven pieces of motor apparatus and six pieces of horse apparatus in line. Chief James N. Sullivan was marshal. In the evening the delegates and others, numbering about 600, were entertained by the Greenwich fire department with a clam bake in a large tent in Bruce Park.