NEW FITE STATION FOR JACKSONVILLE
The fire department at Jacksonville, Fla., has just taken possesisou of a new tire station. The building takes the place of the old Riverside station. which has hcen occupied during the past fourteen years TSy Company No. 5. Illustrations are given herewith of both the old and the new stations, for the photographs of which this journal is indebted to the Times-Union of that city. FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING has had occasions before to speak a good word for the Jacksonville fire department, and it is again a pleasure to note the latest move toward improvement.
The new structure is a handsome edifice and one of which the city may well he proud. It was erected at a cost of $14,000 and is a twostory buff brick building, with red brick base and red tile roof. It is large and commodious and will accommodate two pieces of apparatus, five horses and fourteen men. It is modern in every particular, is of extremely handsome design, and will prove an ornament to the neighborhood it adorns. It is located on Riverside avenue, opposite Forrest street, and occupies the site of the old wooden structure, which was erected in 1897. The old station has quite an interesting history during the fourteen years of its existence, and many an alarm has been answered from the building, including the one which called the men to the never-to-be-forgotten fire of 1901. It is not thought that there will be any change for the present at least in the personnel of company No. 5, hut a few more men may he added later. Just how many men are to be added to the strength of the company, and just what appartaus will be placed there, has not been determined as yet, and is a matter for the bond trustees to decide.
R. D. Brand, foreman or captain of Company No. 5, is a firefighter of renowned ability and is considered one of the best men in the department. He has been a member for the past 18 years; has always attended strictly to duty, and has risked his life on numerous occasions to save property. He has been foreman of the Riverside station for eleven years, and is exceedingly popular with his men and the general public. The other men comprising Company No. 5 at the present time are George Donohue, driver; W. -M. Kressel, W. Gurganious, James Crews, Clyde Allen and E. D. Floyd. At present No. 5 has but one piece of apparatus, a hose wagon, but more will very probably be added in the near future.
Fire Chief Haney is much pleased with the new Riverside station, and is anxious to have the company in its new quarters. Improvements in the fire department are not confined to the Riverside station. The hoys at headquarters have been engaged for the past few weeks in making improvments in those quarters. They have wainscoted the walls on the second door, where the plastering had fallen into decay, and have repainted the interior of the station in red and gray, and all who visit headquarters have congratulated the boys upon the artistic manner in which the work has been done. The growth of the Jacksonville fire department has been wonderful during the past few years, and has kept fully abreast with the development of the rest of the city.
The illustrations show the old Riverside fire station and the handsome modern structure that takes its place. They were made by FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING from photographs kindly furnished by the Times-Union of Jacksonville.
Telephone in Fire Service.
A paper on the “Relation of the telephone to the general organization of lire department service” was read at the recent convention of fire engineers at Syracuse by II. C. Bundy as follows:
It is surprising indeed to note the rapid and enormous increase which the telephone has acquired in the last few years over the regular fire alarm system for fire calls. I dare say that twothirds of the fire alarms in the second and thirdsize cities, as well as in some of the larger cities, come into the fire houses through the telephone. If this rapid increase continues I wonder what will become of our present day fire alarm telegraph system. It is fair to assume that the telephone has come to stay. It certainly has become an indispensable item in connection with all kinds of business, both commercial and private. With its thousands of uses its value can hardly he estimated. Acknowledging all of these facts there is a remarkable and distinct difference, as between its use for fire calls and any other service it has to perform. The fire alarm telegraph which was tiesigned absolutely and solely for fire alarm service, necessarily must be accurate and perfect at all times. The custom and trouble that usually prevails on telephone systems would not he tolerated for one moment by any city, village or town on a fire alarm telegraph system. 1 mean by this,that if one had to pull a fire alarm box three or four different times before he could arouse the fire department, after which he would have great difficulty in making the firemen understand what was wanted of them, and if it was as uncertain in as many ways as the telephone it would he considered absolutely inadequate and unfit for fire service, and would be thrown in the junk pile.
Fortunately, however, owing to brains, experience, with the expenditure of thousands of dollars, there has been installed in 99 per cent, of the cities of the United States, fire alarm telegraph systems, supervised by an army of trained men, whose ever watchful brain and eye are strained that nothing can destroy its wonderful accuracy and efficiency. It is unnecessary. I believe, for me to stand here before this body of men and dwell longer upon the accuracy and efficiency of the systems of which 99 per cent, of you gentlemen are being held responsible throughout the cities and towns of the United States and Canada. I believe, however, there are some methods whereby still quicker service can he obtained, and systems can be extended in headquarters at lesser expense than is now being done by many cities both large and small. I am not going to repeat my language of a previous paper by enumerating the peculiar and perplexing difficulties and hazards which subject our fire departments throughout the country to criticism by being forced to receive telephone fire calls. I remember that only a few years ago one of the most famous fire chiefs the world ever knew was removed from his position on account of his persistent attempts to install a telephone fire alarm system, so great was the prejudice against the use of telephones m lire service at that time. I am also satisfied that even at the present day there is a decided lack of confidence in the accuracy of the telephone service, even by those who resoi’t to it. As an evidence of this, you can all testify that many times in your own departments, you get your fire calls from your regular system, after someone has spent valuable time trying to get a correct and satisfactory message to your department over the telephone wire.
In many cities where overhead construction prevails, fire alarm wires are subjected to wind and sleet storms and other difficulties as are telephone wires, but 1 have known many times, after the wind and storms have put them out of commission the fire alarm wire is the first one to be repaired as compared with the thousands of telephone wires which sometimes require a week to restore and put in commission. These troubles and many others occur on the telephone systems, they sharing no responsibility whatever; they consider with entire indifference the fact that hundreds of business places and residences have been temporarily deprived of their means of fire protection.
Il is strange indeed that even the telephone companies themselves maintain in their own offices and equip their entire buildings with the Gamewell auxiliary lire alarm telegraph system, connected directly with the street system of fire alarm telegraph. 1 his fact alone is conclusive evidence that even the promoters and maintainers of telephone franchises are alive to the fact of the superiority, accuracy and efficiency of the fire alarm telegraph over the ordinary telephone system in case of fire calls where delays and misunderstandings might cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
My opinion, after reviewing these facts, is stronger than ever that every municipality should gain the right by some legislation (providing, where telephones continue to he used in fire calls) that the telephone companies should he responsible in that they should keep in their employ expert operators especially for the fire service, thereby obviating a large portion of the trouble now existing, by reason of inexperience, nervous and excitable operators who become confused, and do not take or transmit the call of fire properly and distinctly.
Chief Byers of Westfield Resigns.
George H. Byers, chief of the fire department of Westfield, Mass., has resigned, to take effect on or before November t. This resignation is from the board of engineers of which he is chief. Chief Byers takes this step so as to enter business. He has been for 34 years with the Westfield fire department and for 24 years he has served on the hoard of engineers. For 20 years he has been chief, 15 years of which have been on a permanent basis. He has served the town faithfully, and by his recommendations many modern facilities have been added to the firefighting equipment of the town. He had also acted as superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph system in which line he is an expert. His salary is $1,100.
Oliver R. Currier has resigned as chief of the fire department of Havre de Grace, Md.
Prof. Bemis Asked to Resign.
Commissioner Thompson, of the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity of New Y ork, has asked for the resignation of Prof. Edward VV. Bemis, the water supply expert, whom the commissioner appointed upon taking office January 1 last. The reasons given by the commissioner are the expensive manner in which the professor has been conducting the water waste bureau and a disagreement between them over a certain type of meter. Professor Bemis is regarded throughout the country as an authority on water supply matters. He was for years at the head of the water department iti Cleveland, Ohio, which is said to have one of the model systems in the country. When Commissioner Thompson appointed Professor Bemis, Mayor Gaynor declared that the city was very fortunate in having obtained his services. He was placed at the head of the water waste bureau, which the new commissioner created.
The Freeport Convention.
Volunteer firemen from all sections of southern New York were in attendance at the fifteenth annual convention of the Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, at Freeport, L. I„ October 3-8. More than five hundred were present at the first session, over which Archer B. Wallace, second vice-president, presided. The principal business of the morning sessions was the passing of the resolution to the effect that intlucnce be exerted in the legislature to have a law passed allowing volunteer firemen both active and exempt, who are in the city employ, and who are delegated to attend conventions, to be allowed a leave of one day with full pay.
On Tuesday Colonel Roosevelt addressed the convention, taking for his subject, “Good Citizenship.” The Colonel paid the firemen a tribute in saying that among the fire companies where men have nerve to face danger and risk their lives is developed the model, decent, courageous and thoroughly trustworthy American citizen.
The convention was drawn to a close shortly after noon on Wednesday. More than 2,500 volunteer firemen, active and exempt, from Long Island, Brooklyn, Richmond Borough and New Y’ork City, representing between 00 and 70 companies with 25 bands, appeared in line in the parade held Thursday. Friday and Saturday were devoted to tournaments and contests.
Pennsylvania Firemen at Altoona.
The thirty-first annual convention of the Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Association was held in Altoona Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4 and 5. The opening session was called to order by President W. 11. Long, of Hanover. Hon. Samuel M. Hover, mayor of the city, made the opening address. The day was devoted principally to routine business, including the reports of committees and officers. At the second day’s session. York was selected for the 1911 convention and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President, Henry I Fcrber, Scranton; vicepresidents, H. M Zundlc. Greenburg; George F. Black, Columbia; Richard Smith, Altoona; Harry Trumhauer, Danville ; recording secretary, \ . W. Wunder. Reading; corresponding secretary, James A. Green, Carlisle: treasurer, A. L. Reichenbach, Allentown ; chaplain, the Rev. Seth Russell Downie, Bath.
Among papers read were “Emergency Service,” by Captain Loti is Kcmbler, of Pittsburg; “The Automobile as a Firefighting Apparatus,” by Robert B. Keller, of Stroudsburg; “ The Value of the State Association to All Firemen,” by Irwin A. Hahne. of Lock Haven, and “Then and Now,” an historical sketch, by Dr. G. \ . Barntheizel, of Columbia. Gilbert Greenberg, of Huntingdon, made the memorial address. An important consideration of the convention was that increasing death benefits from $85 to $100. The fire department of the Pennsylvania railroad applied for membership in the state association. Thursday was devoted to a parade in which visiting departments took part
Conventions and Tournaments.
Albuquerque, N M—The New Mexico Fire men’s Association met in annual session in this city October 7. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Patrick D. McElroy, of Las Vegas, president; J. J. McGee, of Clovis, vice-president-at-large; B. Rttppe, Albuquerque, secretary; T. P. Delgado, Santa Fe, treasurer; Frank Owens, Santa F’e, and J. Hightower, Portales, board of control.
liureka, Kan.—The twenty-third annual convention and tournament of the Kansas State Firemen’s Association was held September 20-22. Delegates were present from Solomon, Clay Center, Marion, Marysville, Peabody, Emporia, El Dorado, Russell, Seneca, lola, Beloit, Wamego, Lindsborg, McPherson, Caldwell, Belleville, F’.llsworth, Junction City, Manhattan, Parsons, Gypsum City, and Yates Center. Dr. Howard, of Beloit, was elected president for the coming year; Charles Weiser, of F’.ureka, first vice-president; Harry Helser, of Seneca, second vice-president; George F. Mohrbacher, of Marysville, treasurer, and IF. D. Doyle, of Wamego, secretary. The 191J meeting will he held at Wamego.
Meredith, N. 11.—The annual convention of the New Hampshire State Firemen’s Association was held here September 28. The following officers were elected : P. J. Shridan, of Claremont, president; Charles Paquette, of Laconia; R. A. Starling, of Newmarket; H. K. Davis, of Lebanon;A. F’. Curtis, of Nashua, and Fred M. Dodge, of Concord, vice-presidents; D. L. Osgood, of Concord, secretary; D. Randall, of Portsmouth, treasurer; George S. Whitney, of Nashua, and John II. Harrison, of Meredith, executive committee; Joseph ]•’. Stoneham, of Boscawen, sergeant-at-arms.
Inspections and Parades.—Reports of annual autumn inspections and parades have reached us from Alexandria Bay, N. Y. jCatasaqua, Pa.; Greenfield, Mass.; Hackensack, N. J.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Lovvville, N. Y.; Middletown, N. Y.; Natick, Mass.; Nunda, N. Y.; New Paltz, N. Y.; New Rochelle, N. Patton, Pa.; Plaqueminc, La.; Racine, Wis.; Rochester, N. Y.; Rockledge, Pa.; Schenectady, N. Y.; Weehawken, N. J., and York. Pa. ‘
The Budget Exhibit in New York.
The interesting exhibit arranged by the hoard of estimate and apportionment of New York attracted large crowds since it was opened for inspection early this month. Illustrations of the public works under construction, the parks, streets, fire department, water supply and other important subjects are shown. The object of the exhibition is to give the people some idea of how the money collected in taxes is expended. On 400 green burlap screens 6×6, charts and diagrams of the principal features of each department are hung. On some of these are figures stating that in 1898 it cost $77,473,084 to administer the city’s affairs, the per-capita cost being only $23.80. This year it has cost $163,128,270, the percapita cost being $33.38, an increase of $9.58. F’rom January 1, 1898, to August last the city issued in bonds, $649,609,162. f’he largest item has been water, $97,067,668. Extension of the water system includes $22,000,000 spent for cutting the rock tunnel under the Catskill, as well as $4,000,000 for increasing the water supply and detecting water wastes. The next largest item is public works and streets and roads, $93,935,116. Of this amount $35,000,000 was spent for sewers, and the balance for the construction of roads and parkways. The street cleaning department reclaims each year. $200,000 of saleable shown in physical models and clear charts and diagrams. In the basement of the building an interesting exhibit of old and new lire apparatus is shown and firemen are there to instruct any one how to send in an alarm. A model of the Catskill aqueduct is also a very fine piece of work. The idea of holding such an exhibition emanated from the president of Manhattan borough and the carrying out of the work is highly creditable to all concerned.
The Peerless Meter Seal.
An investigation as to the effectiveness of meter seals was recently made and a report was made showing that the “Peerless maintained a high standard of efficiency. I he report says:
“These seals are made of the best material, are durable in use and will give entire satisfaction at all times, and the company is thoroughly reliable in every respect Its business is conducted on a line that is pleasing to each and every customer and promptitude is a special feature of their business methods. They also stand high commercially.”
Notes on Filtration.
The city of Geneva, N. Y„ will for a filtration plant and othc^OTju’o4.i^te|its to the water system.
In order to hasten the construction* orafhe filtration plant for Bangor, ,L^ eraployqss’ihave been arranged in two shifts, are working nights.
The council water committee of Minneapolis, Minn., recommends an increase in the capacity of the filtration plant at an estimated cost of $50,000.
The South Fork, Pa., Water Company has employed Chester & Fleming, consulting engineers, of Pittsburg, to prepare plans for the installation of a filter plant. The plant will be of the mechanical type and will have a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons.
The engineer in charge of the construction of the filtration plant for Toronto, Can., reports that the work will not he completed until in the fall of 1911, one year later than the time specified in the contract. A great part of the difficulty in constructing the plant has been because of inability to secure enough , workmen.
Soon after the November election the electors of Sacramento, Cal., will again be called upon, to vote to bond the city for $666,000 to purchase a site and construct a mechanical filtration plant which will assure plenty of clear water for the city* when it shall have 150,000 people. The–same proposition was defeated at a previous election.
A filtration plant is being established at New Market, Pa., which will supply every town and village from that point to Mechanicsburg with water from the Yellow Breeches creek. The plant will have a daily capacity of 1,500,000 gallons of water. It will cover an acre and its construction is under the direction of the Riverton Consolidated Water Company.
The proposed filtration plant for Port Clinton, O., will not be built this fall, as had been planned. In the injunction suit brought by the propertyowners who reside along the lake front facing the park where the building was to have been located, the plantinffs won against the board of public service in Judge Alexander’s court.
The gist of the order received by the Akron Waterworks Company is as follows:
“The state board of health found and determined at a meeting in Cleveland, June 29, 1910, that the following improvements or changes are necessary: that the Akron Waterworks Company be required on or before January 1, 1912, to install and place in operation a water purification plant which will meet the approval of the state board of health, or secure a new source of watersupply satisfactory to the board.” Unless the company acquiesces in this action the. city will take serious measures for compelling it to do so.
The water commissioners of Baltimore. Md.. consisting of Messrs. A. M. Quick, Richard Bernard, Charles T. Mitchell and J. Henry Strohmeycr, have returned from a tour of inspection of water plants. Besides seeing the two greatest existing American water plants—those of New York and Boston—they saw the latest and most up-to-date filtration at Wilmington, Del., the largest filtration plant in the world, at Philadelphia. Pa., and the oldest filtration plant of the country, which is at Albany, N. Y. The Albany establishment is, however, brought up to date My kite changes and additions and in it the commissioners observed how a preliminary or rough filtration can be made to increase very largely the output of a previously built slow-san.d filter.
Alderman McDonald, a member of the Fargo, N. D.. water committee, that recently made a trip of inspection of large filtration plants throughout the F’ast, has this to say: “In Toledo the water supply is taken from tire Maumee river, and in Washington it is taken from the Potomac river, which, according to the general analysis of each, are both inferior in quality to what we have here in the Red river. Elyria and Lorain both use Lake Erie water. In all Ohio cities, which are perhaps the best in the country outside the Government plant in Washington, the results arc exceptionally good. Probably thefi greatest exhibition in filtration plants we saw was j the Bubbly creek filtration plant in the Union j Stock Y’ards in Chicago, where the water supply , is taken right from an open sewer, and the plant turns out better water than the Chicago cityplant and of the purest quality. The plant was started originally for the watering of the stockin the yards, but it has now been so enlarged that it supplies 350,000 people in that section of the city.”
The La Crosse. Wis., water department has 4,176 taps and 1,538 meters in service, leaving 30 per cent, of the taps to he metered.
With a view of saving the water supply as much as possible, the taxpayers of Slippery Rock, Pa., have had meters installed on all downtown services. Heretofore the total of water rentals has been less than the cost of pumping alone.
Recently the city of Rochester opened bids for two large meters, 24 and 36 inches in diameter, respectively. They are to be placed at the Rush reservoir, to determine the amount of water drawn from it daily.
During August of this year the cash collected for water rentals at Seattle, Wash., amounted to $72,644.23, against $69,025.27 for the same period of last year. The most interesting feature of the report from this department is shown in the number of meter and fixed rate consumers. In August of last year there were 9,215 meter consumers and 5,678 on flat rate, a total of 14,893 consumers or accounts. For the same period of this year, while the receipts are approximately $3,000 more than those of August of last year, tiie number of consumers has been increased to 22,198, while the number of meters has almost doubled. The fixed rate patrons for August of this year were 3.974, against 5,678 in 1909, and the meter consumers during the same period increased from 9,215 in 1909 to 18.224 in 1910. Taking the month of August for the two years, the figures of the city treasurer show that while the number of receipts issued for water service has been increased 7,305, the receipts for the same period have been increased by $3,418.96. This difference is explained by the number of meters installed during the last year, and while a number of consumers have been required to pay more money for a water supply, many of them have benefited by the installation of the measuring system.
Pumping Engine Notes.
Because of the low condition of the borough reservoir, the council of Fleetwood, Pa., will install pumping machinery.
The city council of Bedford, la., has purchased a deep well pump and engine and will give the municipal wells a thorough test.
A larger engine will be installed at the Owl creek reservoir, at Tamaqua, Pa., to gaurantee a greater supply from the artesian wells.
L. C. Chapman, of Chelan Falls, Wash., has installed a private pumping system, including a 60-horsepower and a large centrifugal pump.
The board of waterworks of New Orleans, La., has contracted for the installation of a Smith valve power pump of large caliber for increasing the present capacity of the city plant.
The Laursen Automatic Pump Company has been incorporated in Wisconsin at $200,000. The company will have offices in Eau Claire and will manufacture a newly patented pump, the invention of L. A. Larsen, of Holcombe.
The city council of Junction City, Kan., has ordered the installation of a new 3,000,000-gallon Corliss engine of the latest type for the waterworks plant. The present equipment consists of two engines with a combined capacity of 2,000,000 gallons.
The pumping system of the Nampa, Idaho, fire department consists of a pump with a capacity of 1.000 gallons per minute over one well and a pump of 400 gallons capacity over another. A three-pump unit can supply water from four V/%inch streams.
The Egelman reservoir supply at Reading, Pa., is practically exhausted, and the high pressure pumps at the head of Hampdon street have been put into operation for the purpose of pumping a portion of the Maiden creek supply to the elevated points of the city.
The water board of Hartford, Conn., has decided to commence at once the work of installing the Worthington pumps for use in case of emergency. The work involved will require about six weeks. The supply of water in the reservoirs iast week was about 1,222,000,000 gallons, against 1,288,000.000 gallons on October 1.
An exhibtion of pumping plants was an interesting feature of the fair recently in progress at Fresno, Cal. Among exhibitors were the Donohoo-Emmons, Airmotor, the Archibald Implement Co., the Barrett-Hicks Co., the FairbanksMorse Co., the Fresno Agriculture Co., and the Morton Gas Co.
Improvements arc being made at the Buda, 111., waterworks which it is believed will add greatly to the efficiency of the service. A new cement reservoir has been constructed and a new pump of late design has been purchased. The water will probably be pumped from deep wells into the reservoir and then to the standpipe as needed.
Mayor Gunter, of Montgomery, Ala., has signed an ordinance whereby contracts for the new machinery for installation in the municipal water plant were awarded. The ordinance calls for the purchase of an electrically driven pump of 4,000,000 gallons capacity daily, a motor and a motor and air compressor to be operated in connection with the pump. The new machinery will cost approximately $30,000. The capacity of the plant will be doubled.
Arrangements have been made to supplement the water supply furnished by the Palmer, Mass., Water Company by pumping from the Burleigh brook. Investigation has shown that this place is much more feasible than to draw it from wells dug at Blanchardville. The supply at Burleigh is a never failing one and the water is of excellent quality. About 2,300 feet of hose will be laid from a basin near the brook, where the pump will be stationed to the hydrant on Orchard street, and a suitable pump will be connected.
According to a report submitted to the board of municipal works of Winona, Minn., by Secretary Strouse, more water was pumped during September of the present year than during the same month of 1909. The record for last month was 34,874,285 gallons, and for the same month in 1909 it was 31,312,524; but the increase is not large and the showing is considered a good one. The total water pumped so far this municipal year from April 1 to September 30 has been 310,395,300, and for the previous year during this period it was 242,874,605 gallons.
Some noteworthy improvements are in progress at the power station in Oskaloosa, la. In addition to various extensions to the building, considerable new machinery is to be installed. The most important equipment is the 8-inch horizontal type double section, single stage, De Laval centrifugal pump, for circulating the water on the district heating system. This pump has a rated capacity of 1,650 gallons of water per minute, and is driven by a steam turbine. The pump is intended to supplement the work of the two Gardiner reciprocating pumps, which have been in operation since the inauguration of the plant.
Fire Bids Opened.
EDWARDSVII.LE, Pa.—The contract for furnishing 1,000 feet of fire hose has been awarded to the Eureka hire Hose Mfg. Co., of New York City.
LUNION, Cot.o.—The contract for furnishing 1,000 feet of 2*/S-inch hose with 2 reels, 4-ply pipe and other equipment has been awarded to the Eureka Fire Hose Mfg. Co., of New York City, at $1,190.
OAI.A, Fi.a.—The Webb Motor Eire Apparatus Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a contract for furnishing an automobile engine.
RAHWAY, N. J.—The following bids have been opened for supplying a fire engine: International Power Co., of Providence, R. I., third-size steam fire engine, $4,050. The American-La France hire Engine Co., of Elmira, N. Y., standard engine complete. $4,675; fourth-size, Metropolitan steam fire engine, $4,750. James Boyd & Bro., of Philadelphia, combination chemical engine and hose wagon, motor driven, $4,385. Nott Fire Engine Co., of Minneapolis, Minn., Universal steam fire engine, No. 4, $4,750; weight, 6,000 pounds; capacity, 500 gallons per minute; engine No. 3, $5,000; weight, 7,000 pounds; capacity, 600 gallons per minute. Webb Motor Fire Apparatus Co., of St. Louis, Mo., third-size, motor driven engine and hose wagon, $6,250.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—The contract for furnishing fire extinguishers for the District of Columbia has been awarded to the Combination Ladder Co., of Providence, R. I.
CARSON CITY, NEV.-A contract has been awarded for 700 feet of fire hose, at a cost of $770.
NORFOLK, Va.—R. H. Richardson & Son have been awarded a contract for the erection of a police and fire station, at $17,963.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The following bids have been opened for supplying 2,000 feet of 2j4-incb hose : Manhattan Rubber Mfg. Co., Passaic, N. J., 95, 90 and 70 cents per foot; John G. Christopher & Co., Jacksonville. Fla., 81 cents; Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Co., Boston, Mass., $1.10, $1.05 and $1; Voorhees Rubber Mfg. Co., Jersey City, N. J., $1 and 99 cents; Eureka Eire Hose Mfg. Co., New York City, $1.10, $1, 95, 90 and 85 cents.
SHELBY VILLE, Kv.—The contract for supplying a 4-cylinder, 48-horsepower motor fire wagon, with a carrying capacity of 1,000 feet of hose, has been awarded to the Webb Motor Eire Apparatus Co., of St. Louis, Mo.
Water Bids Opened.
ALBANY, N. Y.—Charles Miller & Sons Co. has been awarded a contract for furnishing castiron at $22 per ton.
ASHBORO, N. C.—The contract for a complete system of waterworks, including 3 miles of water mains, 7 miles of sewers pipe, 125,000-gallon reservoir, 75,000-gallon tank erected on steel tower, and pump with capacity of 750,000 gallons, has been awarded to J. B. McCrary & Co., of Atlanta, Ga.
AUDUBON, Ia.—The contract for constructing a 75,000-gallon tank on a steel tower has been awarded to the Des Moines Bridge and Iron Works, at $2,478.
EUGENE, Ore.—The city council has placed orders with Portland firms for 14,500 feet of 4-inch iron pipe, 3,700 feet of 6-inch iron pipe, 5,000 feet of wood pipe, and a 10-inch centrifugal, pump of 300 gallons per minute capacity.
FAIRMONT, W. Va.—The contract for furnishing 900 tons of water pipe and specials has been awarded to the United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Co., at $22 and $49 per ton.
HAMMOND, Ind.—The following bids have been received for furnishing a new pump for tlte waterworks: Snow Steam Pump Works, Buffalo, N. Y., $25,430; Wisconsin Engr. Co., Corliss, W is., $33,950; Allis-Chalmers Co., Milwaukee, Wis., $26,680 and $32,150.
IRONDEQUOITE, N. Y.—The contract for the construction of a waterworks system has been awarded by the Summerville water district to F. J. LeValley, of Lockport, and the Seneca Engine Co., of Montour Falls, at an estimated cost of $20,000.
ITHACA, N. Y.—The contract for constructing reservaoir and laying about 9,000 feet of 21 inch cast-iron pipe, has been awarded to the B. G. Coon Const r. Co., of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at $138,470.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Bids for furnishing 3,000,yoo-gallon, covered, reinforced concrete reservoir, have been opened as follows: The Logan Concrete and Engr. Co., $57,500; J. D. McGee, $54,850; Bryan & Co., $62,137.50; b. W. Lang & Co., $74,445; Municipal Engr. and Contr. Co., $59,436; and Writ. T. Cotter, $62,500. The bids have been referred to the water committee for a report.
LEMOIN, Cot.o.—The following contracts have been awarded in connection with proposed waterworks construction : Marshall Bros., of Las Animas, Cal., general, $7,400; pumps, $1,350; hydrants and valves, $725; tower and tank, $3,492; cast-iron pipe, $6,276.83; and int. comb, engine, $1,770. Total, $21,013.83.
OCHBDYAN, [a.—The Des Moines Bridge and Iron Co., of Des Moines, has been awarded a contract for the construction of a waterworks system, including a 50,000-gallon steel tank, a tower 120 feet high, a 15–horsepower gasoline engine, and about 8,000 feet of 8, 6 and 4-inch pipe, at $10,251.
OSMOND, Neb.—The Des Moines Bridge and Iron Co., has been awarded a contract for the installation of a water system.
PERTH AMBOY, N. J.—The contract for furnishing about 96 tons of 12-inch pipe has been awarded to the United States Cast-Iron Pipe and Foundry Co., at $20.30 per ton. John Fox & Co. was awarded the contract for supplying about 36 tons of 6-inch pipe at $20.75 per ton.
ST. MARYS, O.—The Teisler Co. has been awarded a contract for an air compressor with a capacity of 300 cubic feet per minute, for use at the water station.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah.—The contract for constructing an 18-inch cast-iron water main in City Creek canyon has been awarded to P. J. Moran, at $109,739.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The water board has awarded a contract for a heater and condenser at the Centreville pumping station to Robinson, Cary & Sands, of this city, at $2,300 and for special castings to the St. Paul Foundry Co., at $1,200.