Gift of Proceedings of Fire Engineers
Ex-Chief James R. Hopkins, of Somerville, Mass., recently presented to the public library of that city nine volumes containing the printed proceedings of the 43 conventions of the International Association of Fire Engineers, which he had paged and indexed by volumes and elaborately bound. It is one of a very few complete volumes of the proceedings of the chiefs’ association in existence and probably the best arranged indexed and bound of them all. This act of Chief Hopkins is just what would be expected of one so deeply interested in the success and achievements of the Association as he is and affords an excellent means of perpetuating the proceedings of the conventions and bringing the Association and its doings to the attention of the general public. Ex-Chief Hopkins, who is now in his 80th year and enjoying excellent health, was chief of the Somerville department 38 years, from 1872 to 1910, and a fireman for 52 years. He is one of the few survivors of the 60 chiefs who organized the Chiefs’ Association at Baltimore, October 22, 1873.