Massachusetts Firemen in Convention
The Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association held its thirty-seventh annual convention at Gloucester, Mass., on September 20 to 22, and the officers elected were: President, Chief William S. Smith, of Gloucester; first vicepresident, K. J. Coveney, Boston; second vicepresident, Chief H. J. Montgomery, North Adams; secretary, D. Arthur Burt, Taunton: treasurer, Superintendent H. R. Williamson, Worcester; Commissioner of $15,000 Relief Fund, Lieutenant A. M. Laskey, Boston; Sergeant-at-Arms, Chief F. O. Witmarsh, Braintree; directors, Captain J. F. McKissock, Lowell, and Lieutenant A. M. Kimball, Hingham; honorary vice-presidents, Captain W. A. Adams. Chief Edward E. Chase, Chief John W. O’Hearn, Lieutenant William Jones, Chief P. J. Hurley, Captain A. Parks and Captain T. J. Blatchford. A motion was adopted to appoint a committee to confer with the Massachusetts Permanent Firemen’s Association on matters affecting all firemen of the state so that concerted action could be assured. Secretary Burt’s report showed that the membership in good standing August 31st, was 4,593, a gain of 540. The membership consists of. individual members, 4,361; companies, 186; life members, 9; honorary, 21; manufacturers, 16. During the convention papers on a number of topics were read. The treasurer’s report showed the association’s finances to be in very good condition, the year showing a total of over $700 receipts in excess of expenditures. Memorial exercises were held in honor of deceased members of the association.
The annual field event of members of the Police and Fire Departments of Dayton, O., was well carried out this year and was attended by a large number of interested spectators. The great event was the tug-o-war between teams of the Toledo and Dayton fire departments, which was won by the Toledo men. who easily carried off the cup offered by Chief Ramby and Chief Allaback