Massachusetts State Firemen Meet
The 42nd annual convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association was held in Boston on September 28. 29 and 30 with a large attendance and many interesting features.
On the opening day there was a business meeting in Faneuil Hall, at which addresses were made by Fire Commissioner John R. Murphy and Chief Peter K. Walsh, of Boston. Chief Fred A. Leonard, of Taunton. the retiring president of the association. presided. Chief John P. Doyle, of Wellesley, Mass., spoke on the subject, “Efficient Fire Departments and Fire Prevention in Towns.” Reports were received from officers and committees. In the evening there was an entertainment in Hibernian Hall on Dudley Street, the program including vaudeville, buffet supper, a n d dancing.
The second day was a busy one for the delegates. There was a special exhibition drill at fire headquarters on Bristol Street, by a picked squad of Boston firemen under command of Capt. Charles A. Donohoe, acting department drill master. The exercises consisted of hose and ladder drills, climbing with pompier or scaling ladders, rescue work, etc. Other events of the morning were a baseball game between two Boston fire department teams and an automobile trip to Marblehead for the ladies’ auxiliary. A business meeting was held in Faneuil Hall in the afternoon with addresses by Frederick W. Cook, secretary of state; C. H. J. Kimball, president of the Boston Board of Fire Underwriters; Victor A. Heath, vice-president of the Retail Trade Board of the Boston chamber of commerce; James M. Curley, ex-mayor of Boston; Hon. William H. O’Brien, and Mrs. Ella B. Belcher, president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary. At 5:30 P. M. a test alarm was sounded from box 1411, corner of Congress Street and Dorchester Avenue, and an exhibition given of fire-fighting by engine 44 (fire boat) and the land apparatus assigned to respond to the box. Memorial services for members of the association who died during the year were held in Convention Hall. Prayer was offered by Rev. William H. Grant, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, South Boston. City Councilman Francis J. W. Ford delivered the memorial address. A buffet supper and entertainment followed.
On Friday, the last day of the convention, the election of officers took place. Chief Peter E. Walsh, of Boston, was elected president for the ensuing year. The other officers elected were as follows: Capt. Henry Hilton, Gloucester, first vice-president; Fred J. Bottomly, Haverhill, second vice-president; Daniel J. Looney, Boston, secretary; H. R. William son. Worcester, treasurer; Chief F. O. Whitmarsh, Braintree, sergeant-at-anns; M. Joseph Manning, of Milton; John H. Day, of Lynn; and William F. McGrath, of Cambridge, were elected to the hoard of directors. Chief W. B. Randlett, of Newton, was elected commissioner for the firemen’s relief fund.
Addresses were made by Attorney Thomas D. Lavelle and Attorney T. E. P. Wilson. In the afternoon a baseball game was played between teams from the fire departments of Boston and Fall River, the latter city being the winner. Vaudeville, buffet supper, and dancing in Convention Hall closed the program.
Frank B. Cook, of tower 2, B. F. D., president of the Russell Club, was chairman of the Boston Firemen’s Entertainment Committee. H. BKI.KNAP.