Firemen of Western Pennsylvania Hold Convention
At the annual convention of the Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association at Connellsville, the following officers were elected: President, B. Q. McHenry of New Kensington; vice-presidents, Thomas E. Clark of Pitcairn, Martin Klein of St. Clair and George E. Spears of East Pittsburgh; secretary, W. H. Shara of Braddock; treasurer, James H. Steel of Wilkinsburg; state delegate, W. D. Alcorn of Mt. Oliver; alternate, David Shannon of McKees Rocks. W. D. Alcorn, the retiring president,, was presented with a gold watch. Erection of a statute in Pittsburgh, in honor of the dead firemen of the association was proposed, but final action was postponed until the next convention to be held at Sharpsburg. With 40,488 votes. Miss Helen Belle Rush, of Dawson, was elected queen of the convention and rode on a special float in the parade. Quay R. Hewitt of Punxsutawney was chosen the most popular fireman. Secretary Shara reported that the association has a membership of 112 companies and 434 individual members in good standing. Treasurer James H. Steele reported expenses for the year as $1,096.43, receipts as $734.50 and the balance to the total fund as $2,081.10. Stewart S. Cunningham of Pittsburgh, the oldest member of the association, was delegate. He is 84 years old. and drove the first ladder truck in Pennsylvania in 1848. He was then a member o-f the Vigilant hose company.