President G. E. Batchelder.
George E. Batchelder of Worcester, Mass., the recently elected president of the New England Water-Works Association, is water registrar of that city. He is a popular official, ambitious and enterprising, and serves the city with eminent satisfaction. He was born in Middleton, Mass., February 16, 1836. He began life as a clerk in a grocery store where he remained until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted and served his country three years. Upon the breaking up of the war Mr. Batchelder went to Worcester and engaged with the Bay State Shoe and Leather Company, remaining with them many years. He became a member of the city council in 1879, being elected for three years. His public services attracted attention while serving on the water, fire department, claims and street lighting committees. As a result the people elected him to the State Legislature in 1883, and again in 1884. It was while serving the second term that he was appointed registrar, and he at once resigned from the leglslature. As president of the New England Water-Works Association Mr. Batchelder will be able to lend it the assistance that will enable it to extend its usefulness in the special field of its labors.