Active Round Table Discussion Considers Status of Volunteer—President Ill at Home Large Attendance at Meeting

IN THE absence of President Charles Greenfield, who was ill, the quarterly meeting of the New Jersey Fire Chief’s Association was called to order in Millburn, January 14, by VicePresident Charles Nickerson, with more than 150 members present.

G. Howard Wilson, chairman of the township committee, welcomed the chiefs and the Rev. Hugh W. Dickinson, chaplain of the Millburn Fire Department and pastor of the St. Stephen’s Church, gave the invocation. T. Howell Johnson reported that the present membership is 577, an increase of forty-five since the last meeting. Chief Stagg of Paterson was the only chief who passed away since the last gathering.

Col. Norman H. Schwartzkopf spoke on the relation of the fire department and the state troopers.

A luncheon was given the chiefs at the Parish House by the Millburn board of trade and busses were provided for transporting them to and from the convention place.

Following the luncheon, the chiefs went to the high school, where a motion picture on fire prevention, the one which was shown at the Louisville Convention, was exhibited. The students helped to entertain the visitors with songs and school yells, with three lusty “Firemen” on the end.

At the round table discussion in the afternoon, considerable discussion was given over to the question of whether a large annual fee for service to the volunteer fireman would change his status as a volunteer and make him eligible for the pension fund. Chief Schmidt, of Millburn, was given a vote of thanks for the excellent preparations for the meeting.

Among those who attended were the following:

Elias S. Amerman, Morristown; Charles M. Allen, Basking Ridge; James W. Adams, West Berlin; W. F. Adams, New Providence; Charles E. Bun, Bordentown; John J. Bauries, Milltown; O. F. Beutell, Red Bank; C. Brooks. Millburn; Walter J. Bond, Union; Peter Braen, Hawthorne; Aaron E. Baker, Maplewood; Harry J. Becker, South Orange; H. W. Breder, Egg Harbor City; Fred J. Collard, Dover; Joseph C. Chevenyer, Long Branch; Henry A. Christ, Milltown; Harvey Campbell, Irvington; R. M. Cadman, Newark; James Clark. East Rutherford; A. T. Callahan, Harrison; John J. Cullinan, Morristown; Hugh W. Dickinson, Millburn; Albert Chamberlain Hillside; Wilbur F. Day, Morristown; George P. Dorer, Hillside; F. C. Decker, Westfield; Alfred Davis, Bayonne; William Duff. Carteret; William Exall. Newark; Howard Fox, Oaklyn; Stuart H. Fairservice, Mahwah: Harry J. Frances, New Brunswick.

B. Green, Long Branch; August Gerstung, Elizabeth; Frank D. Griffith, Long Branch; Samuel A. Graver, Madison; F. M. Greene, MorristownCharles B. Meckel. Mountainside; James G. Hofan Bayonne; Charles E. Heil, Ridgefield Park; W. M. Hunter, Ridgefield Park; Benjamin Helmlinger, South Orange; Chris. H. Hasselhuhn, Carlstadt; Alex L. Herrlich, New Market; F. A. Helmlinger, South Orange; L. House, Bernardsville; Charles F. Johnson, Harrison; Adolph Jost, Oaklyn; T. H. lohnson, Bloomfield; Andrew G. Koehler, Somerville; Frederick H. Knapp, Harrison; E. H. King, Lebanon; George E. Koeber, Bloomfield; Joseph B. Kronenberg, Bernardsville; William H. Lewis, Mountain Lakes; A. B. Lembeek, Demarest; Henry J. Lentz, Keansburg; John J. Lehman, Bloomfield; Charles Lohson, Garfield; E. Bertram Mott, Rockaway; Paul J. Moore, Newark; Charles L. Nickerson, Wildwood; Frank T. Miller, Linden; C. A. Morris, Long Branch, A. Marotta, Louis Marzitelli, Garfield; John J. Masterson, N. Caldwell; S. B. Milliken, Bloomfield; W. H. Matthews, Greystone Park; B. R. Mascutello, Long Branch; M. Murphy, Eureka Fire Hose Co.; James J. McMillan, Orange; McConnell, Newark; John B. McGrath, Madison; E. H. McAllister, Morristown; John A. McIntyre, Morristown.

H. M. Norman. Boontown; A. C. Ogden, Kenilworth; E. R. Oales. East Rutherford; W. J. Presley. Long Branch; James Pennoycr, Millburn; Thomas Pryor, Lebanon; K. F. Pierce, Kearney; W. J. Quinn. Plainfield; C. E. Ripley. Jr.. Dover; T. H. Ryan, Harrison; W. H. Ritzman, Rahway: George W. Reeve, Wyoming; Arthur Russer, Glen Ridge; T. Stalfa, Port Monmouth; Col. H. N. Schwartzkopf, Newark; J. W. Sutphen. Newark: R. Shamberger, Garfield: Frederick Schweitzer, Garfield; James T. Sheehan, West Orange; B. C. Stavely. Boontown; A. P. Smith, Madison; E. S. Sprinning, Bernardsville; F. M. Scantlebury, Amdyco Co.; Frank M. Schmidt, Millburn; John J. Towey, Newark; Fred A. Trowbridge, Morristown; Harvey G. Tarmin, Demarest; H. A. Trice, Ridgewood; N. N. Wolpert. Fire Engineering; G. H. Wilson, Short Hills, L. A. Waters, Madison; Charles A. White, Dover; G. B. Worth, Westfield; T. H. Wallace, Island Heights; W. R. Whittingham, Millburn; I. R. Wilson. Madison; Harry Wright, Bernardsville; J. A. Woods, Bernardsville; William Ziegler, Hackensack.

Leaky Pipes at Springfield, Mass.—The Water Department at West Springfield, Mass., attributes the latest trouble with its water pipes to a leak caused by turning on the water while there was air in the pipes, producing water hammer.

Large Main Breaks in Burlington, Ia.—A weak spot which developed in a 16-inch water main in Burlington, Ia., tore a large hole in the pavement and was responsible for a large part of the city being without water. Several of the cellars in the business section were flooded.

Milwaukee May Increase Water Rates—Milwaukee, Wis., is considering the advisability of raising its minimum water rate from $1.50 for 300 cubic feet to $1.75, and for excess water used by consumers from 15 cents to 25 cents. Increased operating expenses make this course necessary.

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