Texas Firemen Hold Convention
The Texas State Firemen’s Association held its forty-fifth annual convention at Weatherford on May 10 to 12. The parade of volunteer firemen which preceded the convention is said to have been the largest that Weatherford has ever seen. The convention was opened at 11 o’clock on May 10 at the First Methodist Church in Weatherford, President George J. Kemper in the chair. Mayor Nolan Queen welcomed the visitors and County Judge Suilivan extended to the convention the greetings of Parker County. Miss Myrtle Murray, sponsor of the Weatherford department, after giving a concise history of that department, said that she knew of no better way to celebrate its founding than to have the state firemen to assist. The convention then went into a business session and several committees were named. Two medals, presented by W. L. Beardsley of Dallas, were awarded, one to the volunteer fireman who made the most heroic effort and performed the most daring deed in saving a life while fighting fire, and the other to a paid fireman in the same class. On the evening of Wednesday a barbecue was held at 7:30 o’clock. Brown wood, Texas, was chosen as the next place of meeting. On Wednesday evening a memorial service was held for those who had passed away during the year. On Thursday the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, V. F. Fritz; first, second, third and fourth vice-presidents, respectively, W. P. Hallmark, Dublin; Frank Baker, Lampsasa; T. W. Falkenbert, Taylor; R. F. Heyer, Cuero; treasurer, T. L. Barrington, Sabinal; recording and assistant recording secretaries, Olin Culberson, Hillsboro, and Louis Scholl, New Braunfels; corresponding secretary, W. P. Walker. A talk was given by Charles Maulen of the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company of Texas on the subject of fire alarms. A series of races closed the convention.