Elizabeth Fire Veterans Meet
Thirteen members of the Osceola Hose Association gathered at a banquet in Lott’s restaurant, Elizabeth, N. J., last Tuesday night to celebrate the fifty-sixth anniversaary of the organization of Osceola Hose Company, one of the first fire companies formed in Elizabeth. The spirit of good fellowship that existed in “the good old days” when the men hauled the fire apparatus to a fire prevailed that night. The affair marked the annual reunion of the former fire fighters. Incidents that occurred nearly half a century ago were related and heartily enjoyed. With each departing year the attendance at the annual banquet has grown smaller, some of the members dying, others becoming too old to attend. The weather helped to keep several of the old members who now reside outside of Elizabeth from attending. Louis A. Gartz acted as toastmaster. After telling amusing stories of the various members, he introduced each guest. Especially interesting were the remarks of J. E. Adams, 77 years old, and the oldest member of the organization. Mr. Adams told of the improvements that have been made since he ran as a young man on the end of the rope, dragging the apparatus behind him. Among the guests were Mr. Adams, Thomas R. Trimble, William H. Dixon, Edward P. Seibold, Thomas C. Caywood, Charles C. Harris, Abe C. Schank, Louis A. Gartz, W. W. Moore, William A. Bourdon, Willis C. Hand, George LaBarr and Joseph H. Neil.