THE LATE JOHN S. JONES.
It is with the deepest and most heartfelt regret that FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING announces the death of former Chief Engineer John S. Jones, which took place at his home in Westport, Conn., on November 13, after an attack of heart trouble and nervous postration which lasted six weeks. Mr. Jones was well known to, and most highly esteemed by the fire chiefs of the United States and all those who had to do with the manufacture or sale of firefighting appliances, as well as to the newspaper men of his own State, of whose editorial association he was president. He was an old and experienced fireman of fortynine years’ standing, and during that time had done much both as a fire chief and a journalist in the way of improving the fire service. He was a familiar figure at the conventions of the International Association of Fire Engineers. and the State Firemen’s association, which he helped to organise in 1884, and of which lie was the zealous and efficient secretary from its inception till the day of his death. He was also one of the organisers of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ cluh in 1902, and had been its secretary since its formation. By all of these bodies he will be sadly missed, not only because of his usefulness as a member and officer, but on account of his kindliness and geniality to all with whom he came in contact. He was an all-round, practical fireman and was devoted to his calling. In 1857 he organised the Campo engine company, of which he was a member un to the day of his death. He was its first foreman and held that office for many years. On the formation of the Westport fire department he was at once appointed its chief, remaining in office for fifteen years in succession. The duties of all these positions he fulfilled as faithfully and conscientiously as he did those of citizenship, and it may safely be said that no man in Westport had a higher reputation for probity and incorruptibility than John S. Jones. He had filled more than one office in his city to the fullest satisfaction of all his fellow citizens. He was postmaster several years, clerk of the Probate court for twenty-five years, vestry clerk of the Episcopal church, and president of the Westport board of trade. As a journalist, while firmly maintaining his own political opinions, he was liberal and broadminded in the conduct of his paper, the Westport Herald, which he established thirty years ago and edited with consummate ability and fairness till 1902, when he turned it over to his son. Having reached the ripe age of over threescore years and ten, he has been gathered in to the Master’s garner as a full-ripe shock of golden grain. The funeral took place in Christ church, the Rev. Ellis B. Dean, rector, officiating, assisted by the Revv. Kenneth Mackenzie, jr.. of Trinity church, and Neilson Poe Carey, of Christ church. Norwich, chaplain of the Connecticut State Firemen’s association. The church was crowded, and the floral tributes were many and handsome. A special choir sang several hymns that the deceased had loved during his life. The services at the grave in Willow Brook cemetery were in charge of Temple lodge F. and A. M. They were in charge of Edward Lehn, jr., master, and the Rev. E. B. Dean, chaplain. The honorary bearers were A. C. Hendrick, New Haven; Howard L. Stanton, Norwich; George S. Pitt, Middletown; S. C. Snagg, Waterbury; Robert McGee, Watertown. R. I. P.