In accordance with a resolution adopted at their annual convention held in Mansfield on Tuesday, April 29, the members of the North Western Ohio Volunteer Firemen s Association assembled at Fremont, Ohio, the place celebrated as the residence of President Hayes, on Wednesday, June 25, for the purpose of participating in, or viewing, the 6th annual tournament.

The representative of THE JOURNAL was early on the ground, but found that many delegates had arrived the night before and on the early trains. They continued to pour into the city, each train being loaded down, and a special excursion train over the Lake Shore road add d to the already large number present. All the visitors were met at the depot by local committies and escorted to the headquarters at the beautiful city hall, where they reported to Dan Underhill, Chief of the Fremont Fire Department and Grand Marshal of the day. When all had been assigned their places in the procession, the order “forward ” was given and the citizens of Feemont were afforded the sight of witnessing, in their streets, the protection of their homes and property in a little different costume than they were in the habit of appearing. Nearly all the companies wore tights of varied hues, with trunks and gay hats or caps. The sporting Trucks and Hose Carriages appearing to disadvantage when in line alongside of the splendid Steamers, whose powerful machinery made a strong contrast to the light apparatus and fancy dress of the Volunteer Firemen. The procession, an imposing one, moved at 11 o’clock, and was composed of the following companies, which did not include all that were present; several came to late to uniform, and did not take part:

Fremont Light Guard Band; Mayor and City Council in carriages; Visiting Chiefs in carriages; Fremont Fire Department; Steamer No. 2; Hose Cart; Steamer No, 1; General Bell Hand Engine; Rescue Hook and Ladder Company ; Mohawk Hose Company; Junior Mohawks; Third Ward Juniors; Steamer, Clyde; Cornet Band, Clyde ; Hose Cart, Clyde; Steamer, Tiffin; Seneca Chief Hose Company; Steamer, Gabon; Hand Engine No. 1, Tiffin; Young America Hand Engine, Urbana; Star Hose Company, Galion; Church Hose Company, Green Spring; Young America Hose Company, Urbana; Live Oaks Hose Company, North Amherst; Wide Awake Hose Company, Defiance; Athlete Hose Company, Bryan : Alert Hose Company, Norwalk; Roby Hose Company, Monroeville; AJtna Hose Company, Elyria; Lively Hook and Ladder, Bluffton ; Bainbridge Hook and Ladder, Clinton; Dread Not Hook and I.addef, Findlay ; McPherson Hook and Ladder, Clyde ; Red Rover Hook and Ladder, Elyria; McPherson Junior, Clyde; Actives Junior, Tiffiin ; Rescue Hand Engine, Oak Harbor; Rosey Hook and Ladder, Oak Harbor; Smuggler Hose Company, Crestline ; Rescue Hook and Ladder, Norwalk; Empire Steamer, Olmstead ; Higbee Hook and Ladder, Bellevue; Bellevue Band ; Ever Ready Hand Engine, Bellevue; Tiger Junior Hook and Ladder, Bellevue; Rescue Junior Hook and Ladder, Norwalk; Brooklyn Junior Hook and Ladder, Norwalk; officers of the association in a dray.

The procession, under command of Chief Underhill and Chief Marshal Chas. Bell, Jr., marched in the prinicpal streets and the companies then disbanded, each proceeding to the place assigned to await the contest. The Chiefs of the different companies then met at the city hall and selected their judges, after which the contest for prizes began.


There were 13 entries, and the distance run was 40 rods, aoo feet of hose unreeled and nozzle attached. The competition was lively, and resulted In the Mohawks, of Fremont, taking first prize of $100 in cash and champion belt; time, 3S)f seconds. The second prize, a $75 trumpet, was awarded to the Smugglers, of Crestline ; time 37 seconds. The third prize, $20 in cash, was awarded to the Young Americas, of Urbana; time, 37X seconds.

At 3 o’clock P. M., the tests commenced on State street. The course was across the bridge and reached to Opera Hall building. All companies present, except Clyde, competed. The following is the summary: Athlete, Bryan, 38 seconds; Alert, Norwalk, 38K ; Stars, Gallon, 42)4 ; Wide Awake, Defiance, 4254 ; ACtna, Elyria, 41 ; Seneca, Tiffin, 37y; Young America, Urbana, 37X; Live Oaks, North Amherst, 37; Smugglers, Crestline, 37; Church, Green Spring, 38: Mohawk, Fremont, 35 ; Rohy, Monroeville, 4054.

The Live Oaks were not allowed to take third money though the time was given them because their hose was not properly coupled and dropped apart. Several of the companies made splendid runs but were slow in attaching the nozzle.


The Hook and Ladder contests commenced about the same time as the hose contests, on Front street between Garrison street and Birchard Avenue. Distance run was 40 rods, ladder to be stacked, and man to have leg over top rung.

The Rescues, of Norwalk, the Champions, of America, took the first prize, $100 in money, in 33 seconds. The McPhersons, of Clyde, took the second prize, a $75 trumpet, in 35 seconds. The Higbees, of Believue, took the third prize, $20 in money, in 36# seconds. The summary is as follows: Olmstead Falls, No. I, 3714; Livlies, of Bluffton, 4154; Bainbridge, of Port Clinton, 42; Rescues, of Norwalk, 33 ; Dreadnaught, of Findlay, 3554 ; J. A. Higbee, of Bellevue, 36)4 ; Red Rover, of Elyria, 36# ; McPherson, of Clyde, 35.

In the first run the Higbees and Red Rover tied, and in the second, the Higbees were victorious, taking the third prize.

The Junior Hook and Ladder Companies ran 30 rods, and put up 20 foot ladder, with the following result: Brooklyn, Norwalk, 30)4 ; Rescue No. t, Norwalk, 27S4 ; Active, Tiffin, 2954 ; Tiger, Bellevue, 31J4 ; McPherson, Clyde, 2854 ; Mohawk. Fremont, no time. Prizes—Rescue, of Norwalk, first, $40; McPherson, of Clyde, second, $10. The Rescues, of Norwalk, won the champion belt of America, at Chicago last summer. They carried the belt with them in the procession. The Mohawk Juniors made a good run, but no time was given them as theclimber did not get his foot over the ladder.


In the Steamer contest there were but three entries; the record was as follows ; Seneca Chief, of Tiffin, O., Silsby, third class, through 300 feet of Eureka and Maltese Cross hose, threw 201 feet 7 inches. Steamer No. 1, of Galeon, O., Ahrens, second class, through 301 feet of White Anchor hose, threw 316 feet 6 inches. Clyde No. x, of Clyde, O., Clapp and Jones, fifth class, through 301 feet of Caswell ” Cable ” cotton hose, threw 215 feet 10 inches (210 feet 10 inches—allowance five feet on account of fifth class. Awards : First prize, $75 cash, to Galeon ; second prize. $50 trumpet, to Clyde.


Water was thrown through 200 feet of hose, as follows: Tiffin No. X, threw 18354 feet, taking first prize of $75 in money. Ever Ready, of Bellevue, threw 14454 feet, taking second prize, a $50 trumpet. The Hand Engine Company of Urbana—the Young Americas—are the champions of the State, and in this contest they were handicapped 30 feet, which they considered unfair, and withdrew from the contest leaving it to the others. The Oak Harbor Engine is the old Ogoutz, of Sandusky, which has taken several prizes. It is a powerful Engine, and, had it not been for the bursting of the hose, it would have come ofl best. As it was, they threw a stream of 181 feet before the hose burst the first time; but no account was taken of this, as they were entitled to another trial, and expected to do better.

This ended the regular programme at the late hour of seven o’clock, and, the day being very warm, all were glad the conclusion had been reached.

Among the more prominent persons from abroad were noticed Mr. J. H. Foster, of Van Wert, President of the Association and editor of the Van Wert Bulletin ; Mr. W. H. Kisinger, of Tiffin, Vice-President; Mr. H. H. Schriner, of Shelby, Secretary; Mr. D. White, of Kenton, Treasurer; Mr. H. F. Wheeler, of the Akron Rubber Works; Mr. L. P. Dodge, of the Caswell Fire Department Supply Co., of Chicago; Mr. T. S. Bradford, of the Guttapercha and Rubber Co. of N. Y.; Mr. D. Monroe, of the Cleveland Rubber Co.; Mr. J. H. Winder, of the American Fire Hose Co. of Chelsea, Mass , and ex-Chief of the Dayton, O., Fire Department; Col. J. F. Deatrick, Chief of the Defiance Fire Department; Chief Underhill, of Fremont; ex-Chief Rafferty, of Sandusky ; Chief Tiffany, of Clyde; Assistant Chief Jno. Nagely, of Toledo ; K. Border. Captain Hook and Ladder No. J, Toledo ; Foreman Cook, of Bellevue Hook and Ladder ; Chief Cook, of Belle view; E. J. Miller, of Clyde; Heimlich & Dehnel, manufacturers, of Sandusky J. M. Grcmcr, of Tiffin ; Chief Herman Zellers, of Galeon, and J. T. Kaup, of Cleveland, members of the Executive Committee; W. S. Hammakcr, of the Findlay Jefficnonian; J. S. Bletcher, Sandusky Tribune: Dr. Baker, of Bellevue Local News ; H. N. Ray, of Clyde Enterprise and ihe Western manager of the FIREMAN’S JOURNAL.

An efficient police force preserved very good order considering that the town was accommodating about 10,000 guests, who, owing to the warm and dusty weather, were obliged to occasionally indulge in lemonade and ice cream. The Clyde Steamer, a fifth-class Clapp & Jones, is beautifully nickle plated throughout, and is the same one that attracted so much attention at the Centennial, it was afterwards sold to the city of Clyde by Mr. L. P. Dodge. It was said to be a slow track, by experts. The time made by the Rescues of Norwalk was better average time than they made in Chicago—their Laddermen and Foremen are perfection—and the rank and file seem to be the same. The Wide Awake Hose of Defiance numbered 16 men. The Tiger Jrs., of Bellevue, are boys from 8 to 14 years of age; sixteen members in the Company, of whom Chief Ccok is justly proud. The Leiters, of Shelby, have had for three years the best time on record34 seconds—and now that the Rescues have made 33 the Leiters will be obliged to run again, which they have promised to do. whenever the record was beaten. The Rescues, of Norwalk, claim they can now repeat their Chicago run of 400 yards in 45 seconds; their average time in Chicago was 4854.

The Clyde Band looked sensible in their long linen dusters and chip hats, in happy contrast with the bear-skin cap and brass coats and blue buttons of their rivals. The best marching was done by the Young Americas, of Urbana. The man ” on the hand-Engine was the subject of much interest. The Norwalk Hose were Firemanlike in their black pants, blue shirts and black soft hats. A bespangled clown, or rather, Fireman, guarded by two assistants in Scotch plaid trunks and flesh-colored tights, lent kind of a curious air to one companv. The J A. Higher,s were led by a negro, who is a celebrated runner.

Many of ihe visitors drove through the grounds surrounding the house of President Hayes. Fremont is getting to be kind of a Niagara Fall for the hack driver. Flirting was the most popular of amusements, and was participated in by all the ladies—or nearly all.

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