Plainfield Honors Chief Doane
The life of Chief T. O. Doane as a boy, as a citizen, as a soldier, as a politician and as a firefighter was extolled by the citizens of Plainfield. N. J., at a banquet recently given in honor of his 69th birthday The speaking following the banquet was at times sentimental and unusually inspiring and brought tears to the eyes of the honored guest. Among those sealed around the table to pay their respects to the chief were brother members of the local Order of Elks, some men who had fought side by side with him in the Civil War, cailmen of the fire department and some prominent in business, civic and political affairs of Plainfield. W illiam N. Runyon acted as toastmaster. During the festivities Mr. Runyon in an appropriate address presented Chief Doane with an Elks’ charm, the gift of hTs son. “My friends,” said Chief Doane. “I am too full for utterance, hut I want to thank you for this token of your esteem and friendship. I have always taken a stand for the best of the city, both as chief engineer of the Plainfield fire department and as a private citizen. 1 feel proud of my friends. Although in the years past many have opposed me at various times, 1 feel to-night that my enemies of years ago are now my good friends. 1 really cannot express my thanks and sentiments to-night.”
As toastmaster William N. Runyon said: “It is a great privilege and honor to cxtoll the virtues of those boys of 61 who risked their lives that this country might live, and to-night we are assembled here to honor on his 69th birthday one of those boys of ’61. There are men here tonight who knew Thad as the boy who went to the front in defense of the nation, and who fought with him; those who are intimate and have traveled through life with him and wonder at his youthfulness in mind and spirit. We all have for him that same feeling of affection and have always found him true to himself, and in being true to himself he has been true to those about him. He has performed responsible work for his country, State, city and family, and in the performance of these duties has never flinched.”
At the beginning of the Civil War Chief Doane enlisted as a private in Company B. 11th New Jersey Volunteers. He was wounded three times, the last time being during the second day of the battle of Gettysburg. He is the oldest member of Jerusalem Lodge. F. A. M., an exempt fireman, a member of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs’ Association, former vice-president of the International Association of Fire Engineers. Mr Doane was appointed as second assistant chief of the Plainfield department in 1870, when Jeremiah H. Van Winkle was chief, which was the first office he held in the department. The following year he was made first assistant and in 1876 was made chief. He was also chief in 1877 and 1879. In 1888 Job Male, the first mayor of Plainfield following the incorporation of the city, appointed Doane chief, and he has served in this capacity until the present time.