FOR the second time within a month Syracuse, N. Y., will be the scene of another convention in whose proceedings the readers of FIRE AND WATER are deeply interested. For the first time in its history the New England Water Works association has sought_____’ fresh woods and pastures new,” and, leaving the geographical confines of the organization, has determined this year to meet at Syracuse, being moved to do so by the desire to be in the way of broadening out still farther and, not least, by that of visiting the far famed water works system of the city under the guidance of so apt a icerone as Superintendent W. R. Mill.


The eighteenth annual convention promises to be not one whit less interesting and profitable than any of its predecessors, as a glance at its program will show. The sessions of the convention will be held in the large hall of the Yates hotel, which will be the headquarters of the association. It is particularly requested that members and guests will report at the secretary’s office immediately on their arrival and register their names. They will then be supplied with badges, which they will be expected to wear during the convention.


With respect to the arrangements for transportation: A train leaves Boston on the Boston and Albany road at 8:30a.m.on Tuesday,September 12,on which special cars will be provided. It leaves South Framingham at{):8;Worcester,9:45;Springfield,2:43 p.m. Very favorable rates have been granted by the Trunk Line association, and the New England Passenger association, the reduction being conditional upon there being in attendance at Syracuse not less than one hundred persons who have traveled thereto on some legitimate form of railroad transportation. The rate is one fare and a third on association’s certificate.


On the arrival of the Boston train at Albany, N V ., at 2:43 p. m., barges will meet it in which the members will be conveyed to the pumping station of the water works,where lunch will be served, after which the construction of the large sand filters recently completed will be explained by Mr. Allen Ilazen, O.E. A train leaves Albany for Syracuse at 7:50, so that the filtration plant, the water works, and other points of interest can be fully examined before its departure.


Mr. H. Van Winkle, 921 Prudential Building, Newark, N J.,-who is in charge of the above exhibit, has secured space in the hotel. Charges to New England Water Works association, the Yates hotel, Syracuse, N. Y., must be prepaid: cartage both ways to be


borne by the exhibitor. Exhibits should be in Syracuse not later than Monday, September 11.


is as follows:

Wednesday, September 13— 10 a. m.—Meeting of the executive and finance committees.

11 a. m.—The association will assemble in convention and be received by His Honor James K. McGuire, mayor of Syracuse.

Opening exercises; consideration of applications for membership; president’s address; reports of executive and finance committees, treasurer, and seen tary.

Paper by W. R. Hill, C. E., superintendent and engineer of the water works, Syracuse—“The method of removing vegetable organisms from the water in the distributing reservoir of the city of Syracuse.”

Vfternoon Session.—A drive through the city and to the distributing reservoir, where the operation of removing vegetable organisms from the water can be been. Samples of the organisms in different stages of decomposition will be on exhibition. Upon return to the city an exhibition will be given by the fire department of water streams from engines, water tower, and direct from hydrants.

Evening Session.—7:30.—Informal talk, illustrated with lantern slides, describing the new filter at Albany, N. Y. Allen Ilazen, C. E., New York city.

Flood waterehannel of the Altoona, Pa., reservoirs. (Lantern slides.) Chas. W. Knight, C. E., engineer Stanwix Engineering company, Rome, N. Y.

The new hydraulic laboratory of the College of Civil Engineering, Cornell University. (Lantern slides.) Prof. E. A Fuertes, director College of Civil Engineering, Ithaca, N. Y.

Thursday, September 14.—Morning.—A special train will convey the delegates and guests to Skan eateles. After viewing the dam and gatehouse, the party will be taken by steamer to Glen Haven (at the head of Skaneateles lake) where lunch will be served. After resting, the party will return to the city. The scenery from Skaneateles lake is believed to equal that of lake George. The lake is fifteen miles long; the bills reaching an elevation of 1,200 feet above the lake.

Evening —The ladies will be entertained at the (ladies’) Ka nas-te-uah club, where a dinner and musical will be given. A banquet will be given to the gentlemen at the Yates hotel, at which many prominent citizens of the city will be present.

Friday, September 15.—Morning 10 a. in.—Election of officers.

Engineering in connection with the Detroit water works. Prof. Gardner S. Williams,engineer in charge of hydraulic laboratory, Cornell University.

A paper on standpipes. Ryron 1. Cook, superintendent, Woonsocket, R. 1.

Care of fire hydrants in winter. Geo. I. Bailey, superintendent, Albany, N. V.

The Glasgow water works. James M. Gale, C. E., engineer-in-chief loch Katrine water works,Glasgow, Scotland.

Afternoon session.—2:30 p. m.—Covered reservoirs. Freeman C Coffin, C. E., Boston, Mass.

The Buffalo Water Works. Louis H. Knapp, engineer water works. Buffalo, N. V.

Methods of assessment and collection of water rates. F. H. Crandall, C. E., superintendent and treasurer, Burlington, Vt.

A rumpus in collecting meter rates, causes, and consequences. George F. Chaco, superintendent, Taunton, Mass.

Afternoon.—A trolley ride will be given the ladies to resorts on Onondaga lake.

Evening. —7:30.—Short business session, after which all are invited to the Century club where potatoes boiled in natural brine and other refreshments will be served.


President, F. F. Forbes. Brookline, Mass.; secretary, .1. C. Whitney, West Newton, Mass.; vice-presidents, M. A. Sinclair, Bangor, Me.; C. K. Walker, Manchester, N. II.; K. H. Crandall, Burlington, Vt.; Robert J. Thomas, Lowell, Mass.; Byron I. Cook, Woonsocket, R. U; R. S. Bartlett, Norwich, Conn.; treasurer, Lewis M. Bancroft, Reading, Mass.; senior editor, Joseph E. Beals, Middleboro, Mass.; junior editor, VV. 11. Itiehards, New London, Conn.; executive committee, Patrick Kierun, Fall River, Mass.; John C. Haskell, Lynn, Mass.; George A. Stacy, Marlboro, Mass ; lluaneeeommittee, A. VV. E. Brown, Fitchburg, Mass.; William E.Codd,Nantucket Mass.; Horace Kingman, Brockton, Mass.; committee on annual convention, President Fayette F. Forbes, Brookline, Mass.; VV. R. Hill, chief engineer,Syracuse, N Y.; Chas. II Baldwin, Boston, Muss ; John Venner, water department, Syracuse, N. Y., Secretary J. C. Whitney, Newton. Mass; exhibit of associate members, VV” IL Van Winkle, Newark, N. J.



The nominating committee submits the following list as officers of the New England Water Works association for the ensuing year:

President, Byron I. Cook, superintendent, Woonsocket, R I.; vice presidents. C. K. Walker, superintendent, Manchester, N II.; M. A. Sinclair, superintendent. Bangor, Me ; R S. Bartlett, superintendent, Norwich. Conn.; VV. E Hawks, president, Benning, ton. Vt.; F. E. Merrill, superintendent, Somerville, Mass.; T. G. Hazard, jr., civil engineer. Narragansett Pier R. I.; executive committee, P. Kierati, superintendent, Fall River, Mass.; J. C Haskell, superintendent, Lynn. Mass.; R. J. Thomas, superintendent, Lowell, Mass.: secretary. Willard Kent, manager, Narragansett Pier, IU I.; treasurer. L. M Bancroft, superintendent, Reading, Mass.; senior editor, J. L. Beals, superintendent, MiddleBoro, Mass,; junior editor, C. W. Sherman, assistant superintendent Metropolitan Water Works, Cambridge, Mass.; finance committee, A. W. K. Brown, registrar, Fitchburg, Mass.; W. F. Codd, superintendent, Nantucket, Muss.; J. W Crawford, secretary, Lowell, Mass.

A large attendance is expected, and Superintendent Hill, of Syracuse, and Superintendent Bailey, of Albany,are doing all they can to make the meeting a success from every point of view.



The engineering experience of William H. Hill, M.A. Soc. C. E., chief engineer and superintendent of the Syracuse water department is as follows: His first work was in the year 1871, when he acted as a rodman on the surveys during the construction of the Westchester avenue and Mamaroneck avenue boulevards in Westchester county, N. Y. He was then engaged on the location of the Boston, Ilousatonic and Northern railway, which wua a projected line from New York city to Danbury, Conn. Leaving that work, he went to Brooklyn, where he was engaged on surveys for the Brooklyn steam rapid transit railway, which was the first projected elevated railroad for that city About the year 1874 he was engaged by the New York Central and Hudson River Railway company, and had charge of building th e retaining walls, bridges, etc., on Fourth avenue from One Hundred and Fifteenth street to the Harlem river. At that time, while having responsible charge of this work,he was only twenty years of age. After that ho was employed as engineer and superintendent for contractors during the construction of the Riverside drive. After that work he was employed on the surveys and construction of the elevated railroads in New York city. He was then employed, first as draughtsman, then as engineer, by the Boston, Hoosic Tunnel and Western railway, having charge of building depots, roundhouses, watering stations, etc.; he had also charge of the construction of the Saratoga division of that line. He then went to Pennsylvania, where he had charge of an engineering party making extensive topographical surveys and locating the South Pennsylvania, railway through the western ridges of the Alleghany mountains in Westmoreland ami Fayette counties. Returning to New York city, he was employed by the Suburban Rapid Transit company, ha ving charge of the construct ion of machine shops, car sheds, tracklaying, etc. He then went to Brooklyn, where he had charge of the erection of the superstructure, track-laying, and equipping of the Third avenue branch of the Uuion elevated railway. He was tlrst employed by the city of Syracuse in tin* year 1883. He had charge of making the preliminary surveys, estimates, ami selecting the source of a water supply for that city under the direction of .1 ..I. R. Croes, C.E. At the commencement, of the work of construction Mr. Hill was appointed chief engineer These works have been very thoroughly and substantially built at a cost of about $4 000.000. In addition to his duties as chief engineer, in the year 1804 he was appointed superintendent, and he is now employed as chief engineer and superintendent of the Syracuse water department. Mr. Hill is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers who have honored him by presenting him with a diploma for having presented, in the year 1805, the best paper describing in detail accomplished works of construction. I lie title of this paper is “The Water Works of Syracuse, N. Y.” Mr. Hill is forty-four years of age. He was educated at Ttomont seminary, Norristown, Pa, where he took u special course in engineering. Ho is a. member of the American and the New England Waterworks associations.


Hon. E B Judson was president of the commission appointed in the year 1888 to select a source of water supply for Syracuse. He was an advocate of 8kanonteJeH lake from the tlrst. On the commission he was a power, and his might was all for Skaneateles lake.

The late Henry ,f. Mowry was president of the Syracuse water commission from its organization until his death. He had given a great part of his time to the close inspection of the work as it was proceeding, and his long experience in contracting made him as valuable to the commission as though lie were an engineer.

Hon. Peter B McLennan was a member of the commission appointed by Mayor Kirk to investigate the sources of supply for the city as well as a commissioner in charge of the work of construction, llis legal ability proved of great value in the problem. He has since been chosen as judge of the Appellate division of this State.

Hon. William B. Kirk was mayor of Syracuse when the agitation for Skaneateles water began, and appointed the commission toseleet the source of supply, lie never lost interest in the great work and was a strong fighter for municipal ownership. To his good judgment in the choice of the water commission* rs is largely due the success of the undertaking. He was afterwards appointed a water commissioner.

William II Warner was a member of the commission appointed to select a source of supply as well as a commissioner during the construction of the work, and gave his valuable time to the success of the work. He was on the finance committee,of the commission.

Charles Hubbard is a business nmn whose experience made him a valuable water commissioner. He also was on the finance committee and performed his duties carefully and faithfully.


James B. Brooks was a member of the commission appointed to select a source of supply, as well as a commissioner since the beginning of the work of construction. His services and legal ability were very valuable to the city. He is now president of the water board.

William K. Niver is a business man, and, owing to having had much experience in the management of large enterprises, lends great aid to the work, and lias ever been ready to do his part for the success of the water department. He is now secretary of the water board.

William B. Cogswell was appointed a commissioner upon the resignation of Hon. Peter B. McLennan. Mr. Cogswell is an engineer of great ability, and his experience in the management of large and important enterprises qualifies him to be a very valuable commissioner.

Daniel Ackerman was appointed a water commissioner upon the retirement of Hon. William B. Kirk. He is a business man and has never been found wanting in his attention to his office.

John Dunfee was appointed a water commissioner by Hon James K. McGuire. He is well qualified for the position, as he is one of the leading contractors of the State.

Frederick A. Archer was appointed water commissioner in January, 1809 He is a leading light of several organizations of the city and has given the water department his close attention.


John Venner, chief inspector of the water department, is a member of the New England Water Works association and the American Water Works association and has been associated with the water works of Syracuse for the past nineteen years. He has charge of the meter department. He is an energetic and able man in his particular line, and it is due to his diligence that the services are all in good condition and that good plumbing is installed. His knowledge of the entire plant and fixtures renders his services of very great value.

L. O. Morgan, past post commander Root Post 151, department N. Y., G. A. R., is cashier. His thorough business methods and his pleasant manner make it a pleasure for people to meet him to pay their water bills.

Colonel John G. Butler, past post commander Root Post 151, Department N. Y., G. A. R., has been associated with the water works of this city for twelve years. He has acted as bookkeeper, cashier, and clerk of the board, and is familiar with all branches of the department.

James Tobin, purchasing agent, is particularly fitted for the responsible position which he holds, having had experience in a like position for several railroad companies.

Frank M. Wakefield, who is now chief bookkeeper, served on the engineering corps and survey for the commission appointed to select a source of supply, and after that served in a like position during the work of construction.

Mr. William Casey acted as inspector while laying the main conduit from Skuueuteles lake. He is now general foreman and has complete knowledge of the plant.

Mr William 11. Kiefer is foreman in charge of hydrants, the excellent condition of which testifies to the value of his services

Thomas McE. Vickers, C E , is a graduate of Cornell University. He lias been connected with the department since the beginning of the work and 1ms charge of draughting, engineering work, and records of the plant.

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