Testimonial to Ex-Chief Crowe, Westboro
A testimonial dinner was given to Ex-Chief John P. Crowe, of Westboro, Mass., on December 17 in Odd Fellows’ Hall. Members of the Westboro fire department, board of selectmen, out-of-town chiefs, and officers of the Massachusetts Forestry Department attended.
Chief Crowe was recently appointed a state forest fire warden and has therefore severed his connection with the fire department. He first joined the Westboro department in 1890 as a member of the Curtis Hose Co., and served later as assistant foreman, foreman, and lieutenant, being made a captain in 1889. He was appointed to the Board of Fire Engineers on May 8, 1900, and served as chief of department for a number of years.
The committee in charge of the banquet was composed of Chief Thomas H. Hackett, Thomas W. Humphrey, clerk of the Board of Engineers; William H. Edmands, Janies H. Higgins, and William Blois, of the Board of Engineers; and Capt. Gibbs Braley, George C. Sheehan, Daniel Moynihan, Porter Dorr, Charles Kane, and Clarence Leland, of the fire department.
Mr. Crowe was presented with a gold watch and his wife was given a cameo pin. Flowers were sent together with a congratulatory message by the Massachusetts’ Fire Chiefs’ Club which was represented at the banquet by Chief George L. Johnson, of Waltham, Chief James M. Casey, of Cambridge; Chief Charles L. McCarthy, of Worcester, and Ex-Chief Peter E. Walsh, of Boston. Among the speakers were Commissioner William A. L. Bazeley, of the State Department of Conservation; State Fire Warden M. C. Hutchins, Ex-Rep. J. P. Keating and former fire engineers James Brady and Henry L. Chase, of Westboro.