Like a Grain of Mustard Seed it has Grown up and Prospered.
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE RISE OF THE ORGANISATION.
ITS TWENTY-FIRST CONVENTION.
Once more the New England Waterworks association is in evidence with its annual convention— perhaps, it would be more strictly correct to say is more prominently in evidence, as it is kept well to the front during the greater part of the year by its frequent meetings, its excursions, which have always an objectively business point in view, and its valuable publications. The convention, however, naturally attracts more attention and commands a fuller attendance outside than the other gatherings, on account of the more diversified nature of the proceedings and the more elaborate character of the papers read and the discussions arising from them.
As has been already observed, the conventions, like the smaller meetings of the New England Waterworks association during the year, are held rather for business than for social purposes, their immediate objects being the diffusion of information on waterworks subjects and the exchange of ideas among the members. The convention is, therefore, more exclusive than that of the American Water Works association, the social element coming less to the front, while the first and chief aim of the members, who, of course, owing to their being able to meet more easily and more frequently than those of the older society, are more intimately acquainted with each other, is to keep strictly to the work in hand. That the work of the association has been so successful is undoubtedly due to the high type of men selected to serve as president. Of its eighteen presiding officers not one has been a man of mediocre standing in his profession—of itself a sufficient guarantee for the high reputation the association has won for itself. These have been as follows: 1848, James W. Lyon—virtually the parent of the organisation: 1883-84, Frank E. Hall; 1884. George A. Ellis; 1885, R. C. Coggeshall: 1886, Henry W. Rogers: 1887, Edwin Darling; 1888, Hiram Nevons; 1889, Dexter Brackett; 1890. Albert F. Noyes; 1891, Horace F. Holden; 1892, George F. Chace; 1893. George Batchelder; 1894-95, George A. Stacy; 189697, John C. Haskell; 1898, E. F. Forbes; 1899, Byron J. Cook; 1900, F. H. Crandall; 1901, Frank E. Merrill.
The idea of founding the association was conceived in 1879 by James W. Lyon, superintendent of the waterworks of Salem, Mass. It bore fruit in February, 1892, when Superintendent Henry Golden, of Lowell; R. C. P. Coggeshall, of New Bedford, and Henry W. Rogers, of Lawrence—all Massachusetts men, met together and discussed the proposed organisation. The matter was brought to a head in the succeeding April, when seven New England waterworks men met at Young’s hotel, Boston, with James Lyon as temporary chairman, and R. C. P. Coggeshall as temporary secretary, and Messrs. Darling, of Pawtucket, R. I., Grannis. of New Haven, Conn., and Nevons, of Cambridge, Mass. These drafted a constitution and bye-laws, which were afterwards adopted on June 2t at an adjourned meeting at Boston.
On that day the New England Waterworks association came into being, with the following officers: President. James W. Lyon : vicepresidents. Charles K. Walker, Manchester. N. H.: Hiram Nevons; Edwin Darling: H. L. Schlester. Meriden. Conn.: secretary, R. C. T. Coggeshall; treasurer. Edwin Darling: executive committee, the above officers, with Frank E. Hall. Worcester. Mass.: A. H. Martine, Pal) River, Mass., and J, G. Tenney, Leominster, Mass.; financial committee, J. Warren Cotton, Cambridge, Mass.; Horace G. Holden; and Phineas Sprague. The membership was then twenty-seven: by the time of the next meeting, held at Worcester, Mass., in 1883, it was forty-three. Its present membership is over 600.
The various conventions have been held in the following order at Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Springfield, and New Bedford. Mass.; Portland, Me.; Hartford, Conn.: Holyoke, Mass.; Newport, R. I.; Portsmouth, N. H.: Syracuse, N. Y. (the only one as yet ever held out of New England territory); Rutland, Vt.; and Portland, Me.
This year the convention will be held on September 10, 11, 12 at the Hotel Brunswick, Boston, under the following officers: President, Frank E. Merrill, Somerville, Mass.; vicepresidents, Charles K. Walker, Manchester, N. H.; James Burnie, Biddeford, Me.; Edwin C. Brooks, Cambridge, Mass.; H. O. Smith, Leicester, Mass.; William B. Sherman, Providence, R. I.; J. C. Hammond, jr., Rockville, Conn.; secretary, Willard Kent, Narragansett Pier, R. I.; treasurer, L. M. Bancroft, Reading, Mass.; editor, C. W. Sherman. Boston, Mass.; additional members of executive committee besides president, vicepresidents, secretary, and treasurer, P. Kieran, Fall River. Mass.. George A. Stacy. Marlboro. Mass.: H. G. Holden, Nashua, N. H.; finance committee. A. W. F. Brown, Fitchburg, Mass., W. F. Cord. Nantucket, Mass., J. W. Crawford, Lowell, Mass.
Judging from its progress and the good work the New England Waterworks association has done in the past, there seems no doubt that a similar meed of success may be prophesied for it in the future. With officers as progressive in their ideas and members so thoroughly imbued with the desire to further the cause of waterworks engineering—one that should go hand in hand with that of fire protection there seems no reason to doubt the association will more than continue to hold its own.
The following is the program of the proceedings of the twenty-first convention :
Wednesday, September to.— to a. m.—Meeting of the executive committee. 11 a. m.—The association will assemble in the convention hall at the Hotel Brunswick, where it will be received by his Honor, Mayor Collins. A brief business meeting will then he held.
Afternoon session.—2 p. m—”Duties of municipalities regarding water supply,” Hon. J. O. Hall, Quincy, Mass.; report of committee on “Standard specifications for cast iron pipe.” Freeman C. Coffin, Dexter Brackett, Boston, F. F. Forbes, Brookline, committee; topical discussion.
Evening session.—8 p. m.—Illustrated talk on recent construction on the Metropolitan waterworks, Frederic P. Stearns, chief engineer Metropolitan water and sewerage board. Boston, Mass.; “The water supply of Nashua, N. H.,” Horace G. Holden, superintendent. Nashua, N. H.; topical discussion.
Thursday, September Tt.—10 a. m.—Report of committee on “Apportionment of charges for private fire protection, and the means of controling the supply thereto,” Byron I. Cook, Woonsocket, R. I., Edward V. French, Boston, Mass., J. C. Hammond, jr., Rockville, Conn.. Charles K. Walker, Manchester, N. H.. John C. Chase, Derry, N. H., F. H. Crandall, Burlington, Vt.. Henry A. Fiske, Boston, Mass., committee; “A new turbidimeter,” Charles Anthony, jr., civil engineer, Glenview. Hereford, England; “The removal of color and odor from water,” H. W. Clark, chemist. Massachusetts State Board of Health, Boston, Mass.; topical discussion.
Afternoon session.—2 D. m.—”The physical properties of water,” Allen Hazen, civil engineer, New York, N. Y.: report of committee on “Uniform statistics,” Joseph E. Beals. Middleboro, Mass.. George F. Chase, Taunton, Mass., J. C. Whitney, Newton, Mass., M. N. Baker. New York. N. Y., Charles W. Sherman, Boston, Mass., committee: “Recent investigations in purification methods,” Prof. Leonard P. Kinnicutt, Worcester, Mass.: topical discussion.
Evening session.—8 p. m.—“What an engineer saw in Venice.” Desmond Fitz Gerald, engineer Sudbury department Metropolitan waterworks, Boston, Mass.; historical address—“Twenty years after—A retrospect,” R. C. P. Coggeshall, New Bedford. Mass.: topical discussion.
Friday, September 12.—Through the courtesy of the Metropolitan water board a visit of inspection will be made to the works in process of construction under their supervision. Details of this trip will be made known at the convention.
The headquarters of the association will be at the Hotel Brunswick, in the banquet hall of which the meetings of the convention will be held, and where, also, the exhibits of the associate members will be shown. The hotel rates will be as follows: American plan, room (when occupied by one person) and board, $4 per day; room and board (two persons occupying the same room and bed), $7 per day— that is, $3.50 each. Rooms with bath, $1 per day extra. European plan, single rooms, $1.50 per day and upwards.
REGISTRATION OF ATTENDANCE.
Members will please report to, and register with the secretary immediately on arrival. All interested in problems relating to water supply are cordially welcomed at the meetings of the association, and an invitation is extended to all who are eligible to become members.
EXHIBIT OF WATERWORKS APPLIANCES.
The above exhibit is in charge of Messrs. Harold L. Bond. Boston: Robert J. Thomas, Lowell, Mass.; Henry F. Jenks. Pawtucket. R. I.