RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

—Watertown, Mass, has finally decided, by a majority vote, to have water works.

—A correspondent of a Chicago daily nominated Ex-Chief Benner for County Treasurer.

—The water works at Minneapolis, Minn., pumped $52,578,550 gallons of water during August.

—The St. Joseph, Nevada, Common Council have let the contract for the building of city water works.

—On August 20, married at Blackhawk, Colorado, Gus Rholint of the Blackhawk Fire and Hose Company and Miss Johanna Rudolphe.

—The city of Polo, Ill., has a wise and liberal city council. They took a liberal fit a while ago, and appropriated $113 to buy a HOOK and Ladder Truck.

—The greatest number of alarms answered by any one Engine of the Boston Fire Department the past year was 157; the lowest 9. The Fire-boat responded to 91 alarms.

—One member of the Indianapolis, Ind., Fire Board suggests that the city cut off all fire hydrants on three and four-inch mains, which he thinks arc useless for protection. The rest he is willing to pay for.

—The Firemen of St. Joseph, Mo., boast that they are ahead of the world in the matter of fast hitching. The apparatus, or snap, which enables them to attain the speed that calls for this claim, is the product of a local inventor’s mind.

—Engine Company No. 18, of the St. Louis Fire Department, covers a district one mile wide by eight miles long, on first alarm, which is entirely too much to ask of any company. The Steamer is the oldest in the Department, a second-class Ahren’s, and weighs, with men, about 8,000 pounds. The city should provide an additional Steamer and cut this district into two.

—Alliance, O., has two Hose Companies, named Nos. 1 and 2. L. E. Graham, Foreman of No. 1, and F. Bradshaw Foreman of No. 2. The Steamer Company have disbanded, and the Silsby third.class Steamer is kept in reserve. A. G. Griham is Foreman of Active Hook and Ladder Company. C. W. Koch is Chief, E. W. McNally First Assistant, C. N. Seely, Second Assistant.

—The Newport, R. I., Fire Commissioners allow themselves, on account of uncalled for personal prejudices, to negative any and every motion that may be made by Chief Engineer Henry W. Cossens. If they had the members of the Fire Department and citizens generally 0.1 their side there would be some reason for their hostile actions, but they have not. Chief Cozz ns is a man respected as a man, and he enjoys the high esteem of his brother Chief Engineers.

—The city of Crestline, O., is the home of the well-known running company, the Smuggler Hose Company No. 3. Lindsey, the Foreman of this company, is an ex-Chief, and at the present moment one of the most active Firemen in the Department. Relief Hose and Germania No. a are good companies. Joseph Croea is Foreman of No. j, and Adam Cook of No. a. The Department has two Hand Engines, but they are not in use. The water supply comes from a reservoir, L. P. Hesser is the present Chief.

—An immense crowd of people were in attendance at the first annual tournament of the Indiana Hook and ladder Association at Goshen, Ind., September 14. The first prise, $100 and the champion belt, was won by the Tucker Hook and Ladder Company, of Elkhart. Time 26 1/4 seconds. The second prise, $50, was taken by Rescue No. 1, of Goshen. Time, 28 seconds. The third prise went to No. 1 of Bourbon. Time, 28 1/2 seconds. The fourth was won by the Angola Company, Time 30 seconds. The distance run was 150 yards.

—A number of the friends of Hans Haerting, the recently-appointed secretary of the Chicago Fire Department, assembled on Saturday, September 13, and presented him with a massive and elaborately-designed gold badge in proof of their esteem. The presentation was made by ex-Mayor Colvill, and Mr. Haering 19 responding, alluded to the honor of belonging to the Fire Department of Chicago a sentiment that was appropriately acknowledged by Fire Marshal Sweenie. The bevy of friends had a very good time, and the meeting will be tong remembered u a very pleasant occasion.

—The Chief of Massillon, O., F. Aitekruse, is actively engaged in canvassing for the office of county sheriff, and P. Stilgenbauer, the First Assistant, is acting as Chief during hi s absence. The Department consists of Massilion Steamer Company No. t, Clapp & Jones, with Philip Hess, Foreman ; Vigilant Hand Engine Company. Wm. Hoss. Foreman; Good Will Hook and Ladder Company, John Spooler, Foreman; Independent Hose Company, Henry Wagner, Foreman. White Shield and Akron Hose lay peacefully side by side here. The Department numbers 162 volunteers.

—J. Kruck, formerly the efficient Chief of the Delaware, O., Fire Department, is in the Department no more. His place has been filled, through the manipulations of the City Council, by one W. J. Davies, who takes no interest whatever, in the Department outside the few dollars he gets for his services. The city has four paid men and two Silsby Steamers, one horse Hose Carriage, and one Hook and Ladder Truck. The officers are: D. E. Jones, Captain of Hose; G. H. Aigen, Foreman of Engine; C. V. Owston, Foreman Hook and Ladder; W. E. Kruck, Engineer; W. T. Watson, Hose Driver.

—The Owego, N. Y., Water Works are being built by S. L. Wiley & Co., of Boston, Mass. They are gravitation works, with a head of 225 feet above the main street of the town. The construction is now fairly under way, and a large force is at work on the dam for the reservoir, and another force is laying the mains in town at the rate of over a mile a week. Cast-iron and lap-weld wrought-iron pipes are used, and no size less than six inches is admitted. Fifty hydrants will be located, giving an ample protection to the town. It is expected to get the works in operation this Fall, if the weather permits.

—The city of Gallion, O., is fortunate in having as efficient an officer in charge of its Fire Department as is Herman Zeller, the present Chief. T. B, Berger is First Assistant. The Department consists of Star Steamer Company No. 1, Jacob Lamb, Foreman; Niagara Engine Company, Eli Fissell, Foreman. Each Engine Company has a hose carriage run in connection with it. The Steamer is an Ahrens. The Engine-house is a handsome one, and in good trim. The Hand Engine is a Button & Blake. The House is also neat and in good order, showing the interest taken by the men in keeping it up. The Department use Akron hose.

—Pittsfield, Mass., has adopted an economical self-acting Fire Alarm. It has been put up in the First Church steeple. A strong iron frame supports a pulley and some cams and levers, and a weight of 400 pounds, similar to a clock weight, gives the levers and cams their motion. Three 10-pound sledges are brought into operation, making 40 blows a minute, but they can be arranged to strike fast or slow, and the strength of the blow can be adjusted. Thirty feet of rope run the apparatus 10 minutes, and wires are to be introduced into the Police Headquarters, by pulling which the alarm can be set in operation. Another alarm is to be placed in the Baptist Church tower in the course of a week.

—Ravenna, O., has lost her Babcock Company, the company disbanding a short time ago. The present Department consists of Steamer Company No. 2, W. F. Town, Foreman. The Steamer is a third-class Silsby, and is kept in first-class order by H. E. Barber, the Engineer, who is a full paid man. Phoenix Hand Engine Company, H. Osborn, Foreman, and 40 men. Rescue Hook and Ladder Company, O. C. Resden, Foreman, 30 men. Good Will Hose Company, W. S. Krake, Foreman. Alert Hose Company No. 2, Geo. Fairchild, Foreman, H. L. Miller, Chief, and H. Waterman, First Assistant, and C. F. Geffinger, Second Assistant, are all active Firemen. Ravenna used the Vandevelde heater on their Steamer.

—Stuart, Ia, is building for fire purposes two cisterns of 500 barrels capacity each. They are to be filled with water from the eaves of adjacent buildings, and the pipes from the eaves do not connect directly with the cisterns, but run only to the street gutters, which are made of wood or stone, and of course kept as clean as possible. The water, however, before it finds its way to the cisterns, is filtered through catch basins, being simply small barrels covered with strainers, and with the es ape pipe issuing at a point near the top. The plan seems to be an effective one; the subject at least furnishes food for thought on an important question, that is, How can a small town best provide itself with water for the purpose of extinguishing fires?

—Henry L. Bixby, Cbiei of the Newton, Mass., Fire Department, was surprised upon his return from the Washington Convention with a reception which partook largely of an ovation, the entiie force of the Fire Department, together with the officers of the city government being drawn up in line as he alighted from the train. The Chief was placed in a Carriage; a procession was formed headed by a platoon of police, and a brass band, and the line of march to the City Hall was begun. Arrived thither there was a display of fireworks and then the Company repaired to the large hall to find spread a banquet fit for a king. The evening’s festivities were brought to a close by speeches from a number of prominent persons present. Chief Bixby should feel proud of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow-citizens.

—The annual parade of the Hornellsville, N. Y., Fire Department occurred September 11. The following was the order of the procession : Chief Engineer, R?T. Faulkner; First Assistant, F. W. Gates ; Second, Wm. Prengen ; Chief Engineer, J. L. Andrews, of Bradford ; Chief Engineer J. M. Walkinshaw, of Batavia, N. Y.; First Assistant, A. C. Covert ; Second, C. J. Crabb; Police; Tioga Hose Company Band ; Tioga Hose Company, Waverly, N. Y., 38 men ; Maple City Hose, 39 men ; Batavia Band, Alert Hose, Batavia. N. Y., 28 men; Emerald Hose No. 2, 28 men; Seventy-fourth Regiment Band, Buffalo; Era Hook and Ladder Company, Bradford, 25 men ; F. G. Babcock Hook and Ladder Company, No. 4, 29 men ; (Truck drawn by four horses,) Alfred Center, N. Y., Band ; Whitney Hose Company, Bradford, 40 men; John McDougall, Protective No. 3, 29 men; (Truck drawn by two horses,) Hornellsville Band; McConnell Hose No. 5, 20 men ; Steamer No. 1, drawn by two horses ; President and Board of Trustees in carriages.

—A gallant piece of work, illustrating the utility of the Pompier Corps, was performed at St. Louis, September 14. A fire broke out in a frame tenement house. The flames had enveloped the staircase, and were spurting in every direction when the alarm was given. The lower portion of the structure was a mass of flames when the Pompier team came up at a gallop. There was a cry that some people had.been caught in the upper part of the house. The Pompier men leaped from the wagon before it was drawn up, and, with their hand-ladders, scaled the sides of the burning building. In one of the upper rooms Phelim Toole, the Captain of the Pompiers, found a woman, Mrs. Connelly, lying unconscious on the bed, having been overcome by the smoke. He carried her to the window, and she was lifted down the Pompier ladders to the ground. As complete a search was made of other rooms as possible, and it is thought no lives were lost, although there was a rumor that others had been caught in a manner similar to this woman.

—A Fireman’s tournament was held at Beloit, Wis., September 5, the following companies being present, as noted in the order of the procession : Beloit City Band; Colonel Stephenson Engine Company, Freeport, Ill.; Washington Engine Company, Janesville, Wis.; Washington Hose Company, Janesville; Ever Ready Engine Company, Beloit; Freeport Hose Company, Freeport; S. N. Pinney Hose Company, Madison; Rescue Hook and Ladder, Freeport; Victor Hook and Ladder Company, Shannon, Ill. ; Rescue Hook and Ladder Company, Janesville; Water Witch Hose Company, Beloit; Ever Ready Hose Company, Beloit; Union Hose Company, Rockfotd. In the Hose contest six companies entered. Ever Ready Hose, of Beloit, took the first prize, and Freeport Hose, of Freeport, the second; best time, 52 seconds. Four entries were made in the Hook and Ladder contest, and the first prize was taken by the Rescue, of Janesville ; time, 36 1/2. Two companies entered in the Steamer contest, and the prize was won by Washington, of J anesville.

—The Saginaw City, Mich., Fire Department a short time ago was in a state of decay, but since the new and enterprising Chief, R. Wiley, has taken hold it has revived, and it is at present one of the liveliest volunteer organizations in Michigan. The Department consists of Saginaw Steamer Company No. 1, John Grabner Foreman, and nine men ; Active Hose and Hook and Ladder Company, R. Wiley, Foreman, and forty men ; Protection Hose Company, No. 2, A. McIntyre, Foreman, and twenty-five men; Hill Boys Hose Company No. 3, George OxingiU Foreman, Foreman, and twenty-one men; Rescue Hose No. 4. Thomas Showers, Foreman, and eighteen men. Mr. Wiley became Chief May 1 of this year, and has been connected with the Department for fourteen years. He is a thorough and practical Fireman. This is one of the heaviest lumbering towns in the State of Michigan, consequently it keeps the Department busy keeping the town from being consumed. Under the present management we hope to see the Department join the State Association, which will greatly add to it as an organization.

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