Henry M. Lovering, Water Commissioner of Taunton, Mass., Retires
The Municipal Council, of Taunton, Mass., on October 9, passed the following resolution upon the retirement of Commissioner Henry M. Lovering, after a service of more than thirty-seven years:
Whereas, Henry M. Lovering has, on account of ill health, been impelled to resign the office of water commissioner of this city, which resignation the municipal council has felt constrained to accept, it is fitting that we take note of his long and faithful services. Mr. Lovering was elected a water commissioner in January, 1880, succeeding Mr. Marcus M. Rhodes, one of the original water commissioners, who declined re-election. He was elected president of the commissioners in January, 1894, succeeding Parley I. Perrin, who has served as its president from the foundation of the department, and his services have been continuous until this time. His services, therefore, have nearly covered the whole period since the water works were established in 1876. While he has held office the water works system has grown from 28 miles of main pipe to 96 miles, 1,355 services to 5,846 services, and the receipts from sixteen thousand dollars to over one hundred thousand dollars, and the plant to a valuation of one million dollars. During the long period from 1880 to the present time he has given to the service of his city the time and attention of a busy man. Resolved, therefore, that we sincerely regret that his resignation has been caused by illness; that we acknowledge the city’s obligation to him for services marked by honesty, intelligence and unselfishness, and that we express our appreciation of him as a loyal citizen who has found time to give his valuable services to the end that the inhabitants of Taunton may have for years ago come an adequate supply of pure water. Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to him. Edwin A. Tetlow, clerk.
Former Mayor Willis K. Hodgman has been elected to succeed Mr. Lovering.