Keystone Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Keystone Fire Chiefs’ Association.

A regular stated meeting of the Keystone Fire Chiefs’ Association was held at Reading, Pa., on Thursday, May 13.

The members were met by Chief George W. Miller and a committee of the Firemen’s Union and escorted to the hotel Brighter, where lunch was served, and they were taken on special trolley cars for a trip through the city and over Neversink mountain. On return, other cars were taken for a trip to Mt. Penn and the Eagle’s Mountain house, where a Dutch lunch was partaken of, and was enlivened by the music of the Philharmonic band.

At 8 p. m. a business meeting was held at the Eagle’s house, and 10 new members elected. A very pleasant feature of the evening was the presentation of a handsome vase to Chief Baxter, of Philadelphia, by President Harbster, of the Liberty Fire company, on behalf of the Firemen’s Union.

The members were then taken to the Bijou theatre, where was shown a fine series of moving picturs of the Reading fire department in action. The next meeting of the association will be held in South Bethlehem on September 23. Invitations to the parade at Newark, N. J., on June 14 and Reading, Pa., on September 6 were accepted.

The members left for their homes on Friday morning and were loud in their praise of the very elegant entertainment given them by the firemen of Reading. Those present were:

President, J. C. Baxter, Philadelphia; vicepresidents, Herbert Heston, Philadelphia, and D. E. Benedict, Newark, N. J.; secretary, Fred. Hcech, West Chester, Pa.; treasurer, A. T. Heney, Ardmore, Pa.; Chiefs C. H. Cohn, Allentown, Pa.; F. Gilkeson, Bristol, Pa.; H. A. Foster, Glenside, Pa.; H. F. Ferber, Scranton, Pa.; S. S. Elfreth, Camden, N. J.; Geo. J. Kinkle, Bridgeton, N. J.: Wm. Irvine, Port Reading, N. J.; E. O. Mahan, Chester, Pa.; Samuel Coats, Bridgeport, Pa.; E. Krebs, Mount Carmel, Pa.; C. H. Shlagel, Shamokin, Pa.; S. J. Wolf, South Bethlehem, Pa.; Geo. W. Miller, Reading, Pa.; H. R. Guss, West Chester, Pa.;F. E. Campbell, Carbondale, Pa.; Former Chiefs P. E. Jeffcris, West Chester, Pa.; Fred Meisurnkle, Pottsville, Pa.; H. J. Boyer, Pottsville, Pa.; P. Bushar, Pottsville, Pa.; P. H. Baltz, Pottsville, Pa.; Edward McCarey, Chester, Pa.; E. O. Hartman, Lebanon, Pa.; Max Silberman, Jenkintown, Pa.

KEYSTONE FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION.

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KEYSTONE FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION.

On April 25 the Keystone Fire Chief’s association held its annual session in the hall of the American hose house, Pottsville, Pa., Chief Baxter, of Philadelphia, in the chair. Three new members, William Bray and Timothy Sullivan, former chief and present chief of the Pottsville fire department, and Otto Krause, chief of the Hackensack, N. J., fire department joined the association. There were present besides Chief Baxter, Herbert Heston, superintendent of the Pennsylvania railway fire brigade, and former Chief D. E. Benedict, of Newark, N. J., vicepresidents; Frederick Heed, of West Chester, and Arthur Huey, of Ardmore, Pa., respectively secretary and treasurer; S. S. Elfretli, Camden, N. J.; Geo. W. Horton. Baltimore, Md.; P. C. Jeffries, West Chester, Pa.; C. H. Cohn. Allentown, Pa.; Bernard Bosch, Philadelphia; Max Silberman, Jenkinstown, Pa.; John H. Clay, Philadelphia: E. O.. Hartman, Lebanon, Pa.; fired Meiswinkel and II. J. Boyer, Pottsville; Samuel Coats, Bridgeport; Elias Krebs, Mt. Carmel; George Hess, Bethlehem; Hugh Stevenson, W. W. Martin and P. H. Boltz, Pottsville; Irwin Waltermire, Hackensack, N. J.; George Frank, Hackensack, N. J.; George Fank, Hackensack, N. J.; John F. .Busbar and John Spangler, Pottsville; George Kinkel, Bridgeton, N. J. The association has a membership of about 150 members. The local committee that had charge of the visitors and their entertainment were the following: P. H. Boltz, chairman; Fred. Meiswinkle; Jno. F. Bushar; Hiester J. Boyer; W. W. Martin; Hugh J. Stevenson; and John Spangler. The business having come to an end the remainder of the time was given up to entertaining the visitors. They were taken in a special trolley to Coal Castle, where, in addition to being feasted, they went down and inspected the East Pine colliery, one of the newest and deepest of those owned by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Tron company. They also picknicked at the Nellie Bly boathouse at Tumbling run and wound up with a banquet. The members spent a most enjoyable time.