Michigan Firemen Hold Convention
The fifty-first annual convention of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association was held at Grand Rapids, Mich, on June 9 to 11. there being a large attendance of delegates present. The Convention was opened at the Hotel Pantland. at one o’clock, by President William Kuhn, who introduced Mayor Elvin Swarthout and Lee H. Bierce. Those gentlemen welcomed the visitors and extended to them the hospitality of the city Following this meeting the delegates were guests on a tour of inspection of the Berkey & Gay Furniture factory.
In the evening, headed by the Metropolitan hand, the delegates marched to the Westminster Presbyterian church where the service of memorial was conducted by Dr. William Samuel Hess, pastor. Sixteen members of the organization have died during the year.
Filedrical Fires were discussed by George Cotton. municipal electrical inspector of Grand Rapids. I. G. Hoagland, New York, discussed automatic control of fire and sprinkler sys terns. Flarrv K. Rogers of the Western Actuarial bureau ol Chicago, fire-fighter and entertainer, put on a program for children of North Division school during the afternoon session in the Pantland ballroom.
Mr. Rogers spoke on fire prevention at the morning session and Chester Scanlon of Bloomington, Ill., on oil hurtling equip ment. Discussion was led hv State Fire Marshal Lane and Marshal George Boughner, chief of the Grand Rapids fire department.
Women attending the convention were guests at Ramona theatre on the afternoon of June 11 following a tour of the city in the Grand Rapids Railway company’s new electric coaches.
A parade of the Grand Rapids fire department was held on the evening of the tenth, with a demonstration in the rapidity of answering an alarm of fire.
The following officers were elected for tile coming year: F’rank Riddle, Caro, president; W. G. Heasley, Zeeland, first vice president; Chief John Krutzberger, Saginaw, second vice president; Fred P. Higgins, assistant marshal, Grand Rapids, third vice president; H. L. Williams, I.udington. secretary and treasurer and William Brockless, Saginaw, statistician. W yandotte was selected as the next convention city.
Fred Armstrong of the state fire marshal’s office addressed the delegates on the fire hug menace and declared that the arsonist, the pyromaniac and the thrill-seeker must he stamped out.
The visitors were taken to lire station No. 1 where a speed demonstration was given, the firemen getting water on the roof of a six-story building within one minute after starting from the engine house.
Clovis, Cal.. Considers Fire Equipment—The Chamber of Commerce held a meeting recently to consider better fire equipment for Clovis, Cal.
Cordelia, Cal., Organized Fire Department—The people of Green Valley and Suisan Valley were enthusiastic over the organization of the Cordelia fire department.
Suit on Chlorination Patents— The suit to sustain the Ornstein Patent for the application of chlorine to sterilize water and sewage, brought by the Electro Bleaching Gas Company of New York City, owners of the patent, and Wallace & Tienian Co., Inc., of Newark, N. J., licensees under the patent, against the Paradon Engineering Company of Long Island i ity, was concluded on June 17lh in the U. S. District Court, Brooklyn, N. Y. Decision is expected shortly.
New Representatives Darling Valve— E. S. Boyd and R. K. Johnson have been appointed New York representatives for the Darling Valve & Mfg. Co., to succeed the late H. D. I borpe. Tiie offices will remain in the Singer Building as heretofore, anil their territory will embrace northern New Jersey, southern New York and Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Mr. Thorpe, who had been with the company for many years, died two months ago following a throat operation.