Earl A. Traeger Chief of Minneapolis
Ending the long controversy over the position of Chief of the Minneapolis, Minn., Fire Department, Battalion Chief Earl A. Traeger was finally appointed as head of the department. Mr. Traeger had been serving as Acting Chief since April 26, as successor to Charles W. Ringer, who retired on that date, after a long service with the firefighting forces.
Earl A. Traeger was appointed to the Fire Department of Minneapolis on July 1, 1910. His first promotion came on November 14, 1914, when he was made a lieutenant. The next advancement was on August 23, 1918, when he was appointed as Captain. He served in this position until April 22, 1926, on which date he was made Assistant Fire Marshal. On February 1, 1928, he was again advanced to the post of Battalion Chief. He served in this capacity until the retirement of Chief Ringer.
Four men were recently sentenced to the penitentiary in connection with the burning of ice houses of the Waltham, Mass., Ice Company.