Funeral of Chief Arthur M. Prescott
The funeral of Arthur M. Prescott, chief of the Waco, Tex., fire department, who died on Monday, April 5, was held on Tuesday from the Church of the Assumption, with burial in the firemen’s square at Oakwood cemetery. It was the largest attended funeral ever held in Waco, with chiefs and men prominent in fire circles present from all over Texas. The eulogy was pronounced by Rev. P. A. Heckman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Temple, who is chaplain of the State Firemen’s Association of Texas, of which organization Chief Prescott was one of the founders. Chief Prescott was the second oldest in Texas in point of continuous service, having served continuously in that capacity since December 10, 1886. Chief Clinton of Abilene, Tex., is the senior chief of the State in point of service. Chief Prescott was a native of Texas, being born in San Antonio, and was a resident of the State all his life. He had been a resident of Waco since the late seventies and joined the fire department shortly after becoming a resident there. He saw the fire department grow from an humble beginning to an organization comprising five steam fire engines, two motor pumping engines, two ladder trucks, a motor chemical, hose company, etc. He was a member of the State association and of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and prominent in fire circles all over the Southwest. Among the men prominent in fire circles who attended the funeral were Fred Seibert, Chief of the Houston Fire Department; Tom Wright, Chief of Temple, Tex., and treasurer of the State association; J. Ed Schmitz, of Dallas, secretary of the association; Dick Joyner, of Atlanta, Ga., son of former Chief Joyner of that city; also chiefs and firemen from many of the smaller cities and towns of the State. Chiefs Magee, of Dallas, and Bideker, of Fort Worth, were unable to attend owing to elections being held in their respective cities. At present, Eugene Trott, first assistant chief, is acting as chief of department. The name of Ed. Baurle, at present second assistant chief, has been mentioned as probable successor to Chief Prescott.