Indiana Firemen Hold Convention
The eighth annual convention of the Indiana Firemen’s Association was held in Evansville, Ind., from September 9-12. The convention was welcomed by Mayor Elmendorf.
On the first day the delegates were entertained by an automobile tour of the city and a large barbecue in the afternoon, followed by a dance in the evening.
On the second day the firemen went on a trip down the Ohio river and acting on the invitation of Henderson city officials, they stopped off at that city. The Melody Maids’ orchestra, composed of four young women of this city, furnished the music for the afternoon boat ride while some of the more gifted of the firemen sang songs and did fancy steps for the entertainment of all.
At Henderson, where the boat was docked for an hour, the citizens of the Kentucky city met the Indiana fire fighters with 50 automobiles and the caravan, headed by Henderson’s new fire truck, passed through the principal streets of the city, through the Audubon and Atkinson parks, and through the principal residence sections.
The two-platoon system now almost in universal use throughout the state, was heartily endorsed by Newman T. Miller, state fire marshal. Miller also urged upon the firemen their importance in the life of a community and urged more and better education to the general public of the importance of the fire department. He also cited statistics on the fire losses of the state and the nation and declared that 87 percent of all fires are due to carelessness.
The wives of the firemen were entertained at a banquet at the Shrine mosque following the boat ride and later were the guests of the city’s theaters. Mrs. S. E. Carter, Mrs. E. E. Hoskinson, and Mrs. Ed Davis were in charge of the entertainment for the women.
Two Evansville men were honored by the firemen at the business meeting yesterday morning by being elected to offices in the state body. E. E. Hoskinson was named second vice-president and William Steinmetz was named a member of the board of directors.
Frank Stevens, for two years president of the state body, was again elected president by an overwhelming majority. Other officers are: W. D. Mock, Anderson, first vice-president; Frank R. Miller, Terre Haute, secretary; Harry Fulmer, Indianapolis, treasurer; Irving Bauman, Michigan City, national convention delegate.
Those elected to the board of directors were: James Hutsell, Indianapolis; Frank Carr, Lafayette; Hugo Botell, East Chicago, and William Steinmetz, Evansville.
Marion, the only city bidding, was named the convention city for 1926.