Convention of Firemen of Philadelphia
The thirty-seventh annual convention of the Firemen’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania, at Scranton, Pa., was formally opened by Judge Eugene C. Bonniwell, president of the association. He introduced M. J. Lynott, chairman of the committee on arrangements, saying: “It is to Mr. Lynott and Peter J. Rosar, chief of the Scranton fire department, that we owe the success of this convention.” Mr. Lynott then introduced Mayor Jermvn, who in his address of welcome dwelt on the progress of the Scranton bureau of fire and declared that since he went into office the salaries of the firemen have been increased, that the department has been reorganized and motorized and that it has increased its efficiency wonderfully. Mayor Jermvn said that during the first year of his administration $40,000 was spent for motor-driven apparatus. He uttered words of praise for Superintendent Rosar and the men under him.
Many ladies had seats in the convention hall and on motion of former Chief Henry F. Ferber, of the local bureau of fire, a rising vote of thanks was tendered them. At the election of officers Judge Bonniwell was reelected president. The following vice-presidents were elected; Chief Peter J. Rosar, Scranton; II. O. Holstein, Harrisburg; Daniel Harris, Catasauqua, and M. J. Cronin, brie. The Rev. S. If. Stein was re-elected chaplain of the organization. Irvin A. Hahne was unanimously re-elected financial secretary and O. F. Weaber, of Allentown, elected secretarytreasurer. The parade included firemen from all sections of Pennsylvania, and a delegation from New Jersey and a delegation front Binghamton. There were eight divisions and Richard J. Botirke was marshal of the parade.