Southwest Water Works Convention Has Record Attendance
Most Successful Convention in Association’s History Held at Wichita Falls, Texas—Instructive Papers Read—Fine Line of Exhibits
VOTED the largest and most successful meeting the association has ever held, the twelfth annual convention of the Southwest Water Works Association opened on the second floor of the Prothro Building in Wichita Falls. Texas, on June 18. The delegates representing the States of Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska began arriving at the headquarters, Kemp Hotel, on Saturday and Sunday and by Monday, the eighteenth, some 300 delegates were on hand for the opening session at 10 A. M. Many of the delegates were delayed on account of recent floods and several did not arrive until Tuesday morning. Joe Patterson, president of the association and commissioner of public utilities of Oklahoma City, who was detained on account of a washout, promptly took passage in an airplane and arrived on time from his city.
Morning Session, June 18
The morning session opened at 10 o’clock. President Patterson presiding. The invocation was by Rev. Fred T. Datson, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd. The delegates were welcomed by Burton Stayton, commissioner of public utilities, who said that the city, chamber of commerce and the citizens in general deemed it a distinct honor when the association selected Wichita Falls as its meeting place for 1923. He referred briefly to some of the city’s progress and developments and pointed out some of the things that were being done in it for civic betterment. In concluding, he urged the delegates to take full advantage of the hospitality offered them. R. E. McDonnell, of Kansas City, having been one of those delaved, Jesse Shaw, public utilities commissioner of Tyler, Texas, responded to the address of welcome. Mr. Shaw has served the association twice as president.
President Patterson’s Annual Address
President Patterson then made his annual address, saying that it was just like Texas people to place no limit in offering freely what they had so earnestly planned for the benefit of the water works men. He referred to the splendid early history of Texas and said that the reception of the convention by the city was a visual demonstration of the natural characteristics of the people of the State. Mr. Patterson pointed out the many things that were scheduled for the entertainment and betterment of the association and urged the delegates to take full advantage of them in order to make the convention the most successful one in the history of the organization. He felt that all would “look back with pride and eclat of spirit upon our attendance at the 1923 convention being held in the. best city in the world.” The roll was then called by Secretary R. D. Morgan, city engineer of Mexia. Texas, who also gave the financial report of the organization for the year. Upon the conclusion of this report Jesse Shaw moved a rising vote of thanks to R. D. Morgan and the city of Mexia for the assistance that it had given in carrying on the work of the organization.
A round table discussion, which was led by Paul S. Fox, state sanitary engineer of New Mexico, was on the subject of “The Treatment of Water with Chlorine.” The convention adjourned at noon.
Afternoon Session, 2 O’Clock
The afternoon session convened at 2 o’clock. The features of this session were two contrasting papers setting forth respectively the advantages of the ownership of water works by private companies and those of their operation by the municipality. The first paper was on “Private Ownership of Water Companies,” by J. W. Kelley of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The second paper was by W. A, Stanfield of Topeka, Kan., on “The Advantages of Municipal Ownership.” Following this, R. O. Grant, of Wichita Falls, gave a talk on “Modern Water Works Accounting.” This paper was illustrated by a new bookkeeping and calculating machine recently purchased by the local water works. The manner in which bills were computed, ledger sheets posted, bill cards printed ready for mailing and carbon records made all in one operation was shown.
Banquet in Evening
In the evening a banquet was held at the Kemp Hotel, the toastmaster being Hubert Harrison, general manager of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce. The speakers on this occasion were J. A. Kemp, who conceived and is carrying out the huge irrigation project now under construction and who described the work in some detail; C. C. McDonnell, who spoke on “Is the Water Works Manager a Human Being?”; C. E. Calder, president of the Texas Power and Light Company, whose subject was “The Public Utilities and the Community”; Joe Patterson, president of the association; Charles Ade. Jesse Shaw, Taylor, Texas; and Judge W, B. Garrett, Austin, Texas. The speakers interspersed their remarks with bits of humor and the banquet was enjoyable in every waypossible.
Great Dam Visited on Tuesday
Tuesday was occupied by a trip over the new irrigation system of Wichita Falls. After a brief stop at the diversion dam the party, about 2S0 strong, was taken to the main storage lake at Maybelle, where a luncheon was served by the Callahan Construction Company. After this, R. A. Thompson, chief engineer of the project, described the entire work. The party was then taken over the irrigation system.
In the evening J. D. Capron, of the United States Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company, described the centrifugal process of making cast iron pipe and illustrated his talk with moving pictures.
Election of Officers on Wednesday
The morning session on Wednesday began with an address by W. A. Stanfield, of Topeka, Kan., who substituted for Thomas L. Amiss, of Shreveport, La., the latter being unable to come. Mr. Stanfield read Mr. Amiss’ paper on “Taking the Operation of Water Works Out of Politics.” This was followed by an illustrated lecture “The Maintenance of Sanitary Conditions of Water Supply,” by E. M. Ehlers, state sanitary engineer of Texas.
A general round table discussion of water works matters closed the morning session. At the afternoon session the principal feature was the election of officers for the ensuing year. F. M. Larkin, the present vice-president, was elected president unanimously. Mr. Lawton has been active in the work of the association since he became associated with the water works business in Wichita Falls. He was largely responsible for the success of the 1923 convention as the arrangements have been to a great extent in his hands.
W. F. Anderson, Tulsa, Okla., was elected vice-president, and R. D. Morgan, city engineer of Mexia, was re-elected secretary and treasurer. The other officers elected were state governors of seven of the eight states included in the association. No executive from Nebraska was named.
The governors of the different states elected were as follows: J. W. Hockaday of Cleburne was elected governor of Texas. Mr. Anderson was re-elected for Oklahoma, B. F. Ulrich of Manhattan for Kansas. Joe W. Kelley of Las Vegas re-elected for New Mexico. W. M. Fowler of New Orleans for Louisiana, W. H. Gallagher of Independence re-elected for Missouri and H. J. Foster of Helena for Arkansas.
The nominating committee of the convention was composed of Jesse Shaw of Tyler, Ed. Bullock of Hillsboro, Bert. Carroll of Waco and Tom LaRue of Chickasha, Okla.
Dinner at Kemp Hotel
In the evening a dinner was given in the ballroom of the Kemp Hotel under the auspices of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association. Included was an excellent entertainment given by the association and also several addresses. This was under the chairmanship of Burt B. Hodgman, of the National Water Main Cleaning Company.
Final Session on Thursday
The final session at 9 o’clock on Thursday was opened by a paper by W. H. Mahlie, chief chemist of the Fort Worth, Texas, water works, on “Algae and Its Treatment.” This was followed by a paper on “Tests for Overdose of Alum and Chlorine,” by N. G. Tyler. Dean of the College of Engineering, Oklahoma, A. & M. The final paper was by S. L. Williams, superintendent of the water works of Wichita Falls, on “New Methods of Water Service Distribution.” The convention closed with a round table discussion of water works topics.
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Topeka Next Convention City
At the final meeting on Thursday Topeka, Kan., was decided upon as the city in which the next convention would be held. Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., and New Orleans, La., were candidates for this honor, but announced finally that they would withdraw in favor of Topeka and the vote to choose that city was unanimous. Communications from Waco and Mexia, Texas, announced that those cities would be in the running for the 1925 convention.
Excellent Exhibits Shown
More than twenty-five water works manufacturers exhibited in the convention hall in the Prothro Building, practically all machinery and appliances used in water works practice being represented. Included in the list of exhibitors were: Badger Meter Company, Columbian Iron Works. Birch Manufacturing Company, H. W. Clark Company, The Leadite Company. Neptune Meter Company. Rensselaer Valve Company. Wallace & Tiernan Company, Inc., Electro Bleaching Gas Company, Thomson Meter Company, United Brass Manufacturing Company. U. S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundn Company, National Water Main Cleaning Company, New York Continental Jewell Filtration Company. Ford Meter Box Company. Mathieson Alkali Works, Hershey Manufacturing Company. A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company, McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company, Lock Joint Pipe Company. Pittsburgh Meter Company, National Meter Company. R. D. Wood & Co., Electrolytic Chlorine Company, Sullivan Machinery Company.