THE BIRTH OF THE ORGANIZATION.
BALTIMORE ITS CRADLE.
ITS GROWTH DURING TWENTY SEVEN YEARS.
SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS CHIEFS.
BALTIMORE, MD., was the real cradle of the International Association of Fire Engineers, although the idea of originating it was conceived in New York, in June, 1873, where a number of fire chiefs had assembled to witness a trial exhibition of a Scott-Uda aerial ladder. The chiefs there gathered were Eli Bates, New York; T. J. Nevins, Brooklyn; John S. Damrell, Boston; A. G. Hendrick, New Haven, Conn.; Oliver E. Green, Providence, R. I.; Martin Cronin, Washington, D. C., and E. R. Carhuff, Newark, N. J. To former Chief Damrell is due the credit of broaching the suggestions that an annual convention of fire chiefs and others concerned in the question be held to discuss the improvementof fire service throughout thecountry—the outcome of the suggestion being a call to the fire chiefs of thelJnited States, to form a committee which met in Baltimore in the following September,and to be present at a convention of fire chiefs to be held in that city on October 20, 1878. This call was signed by Eli Bates, New York ; H. Clay Sexton, St. Louis, Mo.; Henry Spilman, Baltimore, Md ; S. Damrell, Boston; George W. Levi, Louisville, Ky., and Martin Cronin. Washington D. C.
The call was answered by forty-nine chiefs, four assistant chiefs, one superintendent of salvage brlgade, four fire commissioners,and two underwriters— sixty-nine in all—from twenty-one different States, Of those who met at Baltimore on October 20, 1873. twenty-three chiefs and one assistant chief are dead.
The convention was held under the chairman ship of Chief Damrell, with Chief Hall, of Vickeburg, Miss., as secretary, and after the association had been formally organized as the National Association of Fire Engineers, Chief Damrell was elected its first president; R. H. Raymond, Cambridge, Mass., secretary; Henry A. Hills, Rome, Ga., corresponding secretary, and T. F. Nevins. Brooklyn, treasurer; eighteen vice-presidents were also elected.
The second convention was held on October 3, 1874, at St. Louis, Mo., and was attended by fiftynine chiefs, six former chiefs, ten assistant chiefs, Beven tire commissioners, seven insurance underwriters, aud twenty-six representatives of builders and dealers in fire apparatus and supplies, who had exhibits of their goods besides members of the press, visitors, etc. Of the seventy-five chiefs, former chiefs and assistant chiefs present at the second convention, only four are in service today—namely, Henry J. Eaton, Hartford—the senior chief inactive service in the country, with thirty-two consecutive years to his credit; George C. Hale, Kansas City, Mo.; George O. Wilmarth, Topeka, Kan., and George Fendrick Vincennes, Ind. Chief James K. Hopkins, Somerville, Mass., was present at the first convention, Henry Clay Sexton, St. Louis, succeeded Chief Damrell as president—the latter,being no longer a fire chief, was made an honorary member, with theprivilegeof participating in all further deliberations.
The third convention was held in the old fire department headquarters building, Mercer street, New York, on October 4-8, 1875, aud showed an increase ofattendauce. Of the chiefs present only Chiefs Eaton, Hartford, Thomas O’Connor, New Orleans, La. (his first appearance)—the second in seniority of chiefs in continuous service—and Hopkins, of Somerville, the three senior chiefs of the whole country, are the only ones now in service. Chief Eli Bates, who was unanimously elected president, declined the honor, and Chief Hendrick, New Haven, was elected in his stead.
The fourth convention was held at Philadelphia during the Centennial exposition on September 4-7, 1876, and Chief Johnson, of Philadelphia, was elected president.
The fifth convention was held at Nashville.’Tenn., on September 4-7, 1877, and Chief William Stocked of that city, was elected president by resolution. Recording Secretary P. H. Raymond declined re election, and Corresponding Secretary Henry A. Hills was chosen in his stead—his former office being consolidated with his new one, which he has since occupied continuously. Chief Hendrick was elected treasurer—an office which he filled for twelve years. He declined a re-election in 1889, and his place was takeu by the present treasurer, Chief D. C. Larkin, of Dayton, Ohio.
The sixth convention was held at Cleveland, Ohio, September 10-12, 1878, and Chief Job A. Bennett was elected president.
The seventh convention was at Washington, D.C.. on September 9-12, 1879. Chief Martin Cronin was elected president.
The eighth convention—the largestinpointoi num bers ever held—was at Boston on September 14-16,” 1880, at which Chief William A. Green was elected president. At this convention Chief D. J. Swenie, of the Chicago fire department, appeared for the first time.
Since 1880 there have been nineteen conventions— the names of the presidents elected at each place being subjoined: 1881, Richmond, Va , George W. Taylor; 1882, Joseph Bunker, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1883, New Orleans, La., Thomas O’Connor; 1884, Chicago, 111., D. J. Swenie; 1885, Long Branch, N. J., Thomas L. Worthiey; 1886, Providence, R. I., George A. Steere; 1887, Atlanta, Ga., W. R. Joyner; 1888, Minneapolis, Minn., F. L. Stetson; 1890, Kansas City, Mo., George C.Hale; 1891, Springfield, Mass., A. P. Leshure; 1892,Louisville, Ky., Edward Hughes; 1893, Milwaukee, Wis., James Foley; 1894, Montreal, Que., Z Benoit; 1895, Augusta, Ga.. F. J. Roulett; 1896, Salt Lake City, Utah, James Devine; 1897, New Haven, Conn., Andrew J. Kennedy; 1898, St. Louis, Mo., Charles E. Swingley; 1899, Syracuse, N. Y., John P. Quigley. Of these, H. Clay Sexton, St, Louis, William Stocked, Nashville, Martin Cronin, Washington, Joseph Bunker, Cincinnati, James Battle, Detroit, are dead.
It will be observed that the present style of the orgauization is The International (notas originally The National) Association of Fire Engineers. This change was made to admit Canadian and other foreigners to membership.
The officers for the year 1899-1900 are as follows: President, John P. Quigley, Syracuse, N. Y.; vicepresident, J. H. Screws, Alabama; Hon. A. C. Hendrick, Connecticut; W. E. Roberts, Colorado; Geo. W. Sasse, Delaware; A. J. Harris, Florida; A. M. Word, Georgia; Carl Moeller, Illinois; J.J. Daugherty, Indiana; Geo. M. Kellogg, Iowa; A. G. Walden, Kansas; Maj. Edw. Hughes, Kentucky; Thos. O’Connor, Louisiana; David S. Ray. Maine; E. L. Vaughn, Massachusetts; Wm. C. McAfee, Maryland; John Kendall, Michigan; J. R. Canterbury, Minnesota; P. P. Kane, Missouri; John Redell, Nebraska; J. J. Cashman, jr., New York; J. B. Stevens, New Jersey; Thos. W. Lane, New Hampshire; Arthur Bassett, North Dakota; W. P. Monroe, North Carolina; P. Provost, Ontario; C F. Wall. Ohio; Chas. H. Cohn, Pennsylvania; E.A. Kerwin, Rhode Island; O. G. Marjenh off, South Carolina; Harry A. Mc Quade, Tennessee; H. F. Magee, Texas; James L. Berry, Utah; M. M. Murray, Vermont; W. G. Puller,
VICE-PRESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.
VICE-PRESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FIRE ENGINEERS.
SOME CHIEFS, MEMBERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.
SOME PROMINENT MEMBERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.