ILLINOIS STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION.
The sixteenth annual convention of the Illinois State Firemen’s association was held at Waukegan, with President Frank B. Bolte in the chair. The Rev. W, G. Toll, rector of Christ church, offered the opening prayer, and Mayor Pearce, of Waukegan, welcomed the visitors, B. F. Staymates, statistician replying. The secretary reported 140 departments and eight past officers represented, with $2,395 receipts for the year, and eighty-four departments protected by the indemnity plan. Among the deceased members was former Chief Swenie, of Chicago. The old officers were all re-elected as follows: President, Frank E. Bolte, East St. Louis; secretary, Walter E. Price. Champaign; treasurer, M. T. Quirk, Arcola; statistician, B. F. Staymates, Areola. The vicepresidents are as follows: G. Detrick, Dixon; A. Schoeberlein. Aurora; C. C. Chain, Ruslmell; W. L. Doebler, Princeton; C. D. Devore, Decatur; Peter Kipley, Riverdale; J. J. Doherty, Ottowa; J. D. Hill. Mattoon. The convention was a very successful one. Several very useful and well written papers were read, among them being one on “The conditions of spontaneous combustion,” by Dr. Nesbit. of Waukegan. and another on the “Benefits to the town and its fire department of a good running team,” by Capt. Neales, of La Grange. The next convention will again be held at Waukegan. A trip to Zion City and a visit to Fort Sheridan formed part of the entertainment committee’s program.