Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention of the New England Water Works AssociationInteresting and Instructive Papers Thoroughly Discussed—Unusually Well Planned Entertainment Program—Excellent Attendance and Well Displayed Exhibits

(Report by the Special Representative of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING)


Morning Session

THE thirty-eighth annual convention of the New England Water Works Association was called to order in the ball room of the Hotel Ten Eyck, Albany, N. Y., at 10 o’clock, a. m., Tuesday, September 30, 1919, by Russell Suter, chairman of the committee of local members, who introduced the Hon. James R. Watt, Mayor of Albany. Mayor Watt welcomed the members in the following words:

Address of Welcome by Hon. James R. Watt

It is indeed a pleasure to be here this morning to welcome you delegates to the little old City of Albany. I say “old” city, because it is the second oldest incorporated city in the United States. We are very proud of Albany, we are very proud to call this a convention city. During the past year and a half under my administration and the New Chamber of Commerce, both working together, we have strived to make it a convention city, and we have been successful. We therefore appreciate all the conventions that can be brought here, and gladly welcome each and every one of you to the city. While you are here we want you to feel free and easy to take in all the sights. We have many historical sights here. And to the ladies particularly I would suggest that if possible they take in the Educational Building, which will entertain them easily for a whole day, if they can spare that time. The chairman has said that I am an engineer and contractor. I would like to correct that by saying that I am a contractor and half an engineer. But I appreciate the troubles engineers have, and I also appreciate, and no doubt you do, that the work which you have before you now—principally water—is an all-absorbing topic at the present time, has been since July 1. (Laughter.) And it probably will continue to be for some time to come. Water, of course, has been considered a food product; now it will be a food and beverage. Do not hesitate on our water. We are proud of our water system. We have, we think, as fine a water system as there is in the country. I understand that you are going to inspect the system, and I hope that you will agree with us on the conclusion of that trip that our judgment is correct. We feel that our water here is a little better than Ivory Soap, which is advertised as 99.44. Our chemists say our water is 99.90. Now, seriously, we do welcome you, each and every one of you, to the city, and I sincerely hope that your visit here will be one of pleasure and profit, not only to yourselves but to the City of Albany. I thank you. (Applause.)

MR. SUTER then introduced Roy S. Smith of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, who said:

Address of Welcome by Mr. Roy S. Smith

The mayor has presented to you the formal and official welcome from the city; I desire to extend to you, in cooperating with him and supporting him, the official welcome of the civic organization, the Albany Chamber of Commerce. The mayor could have spoken as well for the Chamber of Commerce, because it so happens that he is a member of the board of directors of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, and so while I am on behalf of the board of directors speaking to you, I am also cooperating with one of my bosses who is a member of the board. It is true that the Chamber of Commerce and the city administration have worked in perfect harmony for the development of this magnificent community. And on behalf of our organization—which I am very pleased to say to those ladies who are present, numbers nearly 100 women members— we extend to each and every one of you a very cordial welcome to this city, of which we are so proud. If any of you like it so well while you are here that you desire to change your addresses, you will find our offices down in the corner of this building, where we will be very glad to make arrangements Jo permanently locate you here. While we know that you are all loyal citizens of your communities, yet we desire while you are here to make you feel perfectly at home in Albany. It will interest you to know that the first steam railroad train which operated in the world started its trip from this city. The first long distance aeroplane trip in the world started from Albany to New York City, when Glen Curtis made the famous ride down the Hudson River. And at the present time the Albany Chamber of Commerce, working with the city administration, has established the first aeroplane landing field in the United States. It was here that the first electric spark was invented which ultimately made possible the telegraph and the electric motor. And here we have a community which we are very proud to say contains 100 per cent. Americans. Albany, as the mayor said, is the second oldest incorporated city in the United States, having been incorporated in 1686. It is the third largest mail transfer point in the United States; it is the second largest express transfer point in the United States, excelling both New York and Philadelphia in those two particular points. Now, there are a great many things of interest for you to see in Albany, and while I know it will be impossible for you to see them all, I ask you to go as far as you can and consider the city is yours. The offices of the Chamber of Commerce are on the ground floor of the Ten Eyck Hotel. Everything that we have there, including writing materials, will be at your disposal. The more the members of your convention take advantage of the Chamber of Commerce, the more pleased we will be. I understand there has been arranged an entertainment program for you. I am authorized by Mr. Winchester, President of the Woolferts Roost Country Club, to invite each and every one of you to make use of the privileges of the club, which are at your disposal while you are in the city. If any of you get in trouble the mayor will be at the telephone at his office and will, see to it that you get out of that trouble. Seriously, we are very glad you are here. Our entire facilities are at your disposal, ana I would like you to appreciate that this city is noted for its wealth of hospitality and the warmth of its greeting. (Applause).

Address of President Samuel E. Killam

PRESIDENT SAMUEL E. KILLAM then delivered his annual address. He spoke of how much he was impressed by the warmth of the greeting of the city of Albany. He pointed out that the country was passing through a period of unrest and that in common with all others the association had felt this. He spoke of the necessity of increasing the associate membership, and the need of the cooperation of all of the superintendents. Especially was vigilance necessary in watching the bills introduced in the various legislatures. The members should get together and keep an eye on the measures introduced in the legislatures which might prove antagonistic to the best interests of the water departments and companies. He suggested the plan of having committees appointed in each of the 37 States represented in the association’s membership to perform this work and cooperate with the secretary, so as to systematize matters. President Killam advocated the appointment of a committee of three to consider the adoption of a budget system, so that the association’s finances would be placed on a businesslike basis. Another suggestion was that a committee of three be appointed to consider and report any changes considered necessary in the constitution and by-laws of the association, so that these could be adopted before the publication of the 1920 year book; also a committee on cooperation with other organizations of water works men and engineers. The president thanked the local committee and those of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association for their work in connection with the convention. In conclusion he pointed out the great opportunities and future in store for the association, and felt sure that the members realized their responsibilities.

THOMAS J. CARMODY moved a vote of thanks to the president for his very able address, which, being seconded, was put by Secretary Kent, and carried.

Award of Dexter Brackett Medal

PRESIDENT Killam—The first thing on our program is the presentation of the Dexter Brackett Memorial Medal. I will ask Mr. Barnes, chairman of the committee, to step forward, and also David A. Heffeman.

WILLIAM T. Barnes.—It was about twenty-five years ago that I first had the pleasure of attending one of these conventions in Boston, and at that time the one person, outside of our revered friend Mr. Coggeshall, whom I had known before,— the one person whom I remember more particularly than anyone else, was Dexter Brackett. Dexter Brackett at that time was comparatively young, and he showed a keen interest in this Association by his attention to the various duties Of committees, his individual support of the Association in the work, the presentation of papers. And I remember him very well at that convention for the detail which he cared for in the carrying out of the excursions. It is fitting that his friends and associates should have established as a memorial to Dexter Brackett the award of the Dexter Brackett Memorial Medal each year for the most meritorious paper delivered during that year to this organization. And it falls to me, as Chairman of the Committee on Awards, to make the announcement of this award for the most meritorious paper during the year 1918. It was not an easy task for the members of that committee to decide this question, but I am glad to say that by a unanimous vote it was decided that Mr. David A. Heffernan, Superintendent of Water Works at Milton, in the delivery of his paper entitled “Practical Methods for Detecting Leaks in Underground Pipes”, was entitled to the medal for the year 1918. It is needless for me to say more, Mr. Heffernan, in presenting this medal to you. The paper speaks for itself. It gives me great pleasure, therefore, to make this award. (Handing medal to Mr. Heffernan.)

DAVID A. Heffernan.—Really, I am surprised. I do not really know what to say; I never expected anything like this. But I want to thank the association, also the committee, for their generous gift. I think that every superintendent interested in water works should try to keep up the best interests of the association, bringing forth papers, and so forth, so as to keep the work of the association up to standard. I will say that I will try always to work for anything that comes up that will be any improvement, and if there is anything that I can do to be of assistance I will be glad to do it. I thank you.

PATRICK Gear.—In regard to the awarding of this medal to Mr. Heffernan, I hope that the superintendents all over New England will realize that they have a chance to get this medal themselves at some future time. When the giving of a medal was first proposed we all thought that nobody would ever get the medal but an engineer. I am glad to say that this has not been the case. An engineer got the first one, a water adjuster got the second one, and a practical superintendent has now gotten the third one. So that we are now even with the engineers, and it is up to the superintendents now to see if they can’t beat them right along.

PRESIDENT Killam.—I might say that without doubt this is a genuine surprise to Mr. Heffernan to receive the medal today. I am inclined to believe that he did not know anything about it until he was called up on the floor. The award was made by the Executive Committee recently, and the Executive Committee saw fit not to tell Mr. Heffernan until they got him here on the floor.

The next business to come before the Association was the election of new members. The secretary read the following names of applicants for membership, all of whom had been approved by the executive committee:

Actives—Charles R. Barker, Boston, Mass., Engineer, New England Insurance Exchange; Samuel A. Sewell, St. John, N. B., Superintendent Water and Sewerage Department; John S. Caldwell, Boston, Fire Protection Engineer; John A. McKone, Hartford. Conn., President Board of Fire Commissioners; Francis W. Collins, New York City, Consulting Engineer; Francis J. Seery, Ithaca, N. Y., Hydraulic Engineer, U. S. Geological Survey; Francis C. Millspaugh, Lowell, Mass., Hydraulic Engineer; Irving H. Henderson, Cambridge, Mass., Foreman Meter Department, Cambridge Water Works; John F. Laboon, Pittsburgh, Pa., Civil Engineer; Elliot B. Norton, Cambridge, N. Y., Superintendent Water Works—10.

Associates—Flower Valve Manufacturing Co., Detroit, Mich., Manufacturers Hydrants, Valves, etc.; Engineering and Contracting, Chicago, Ill.; Municipal Journal & Public Works, New York City; New York Continental Jewel Filteration Co., Nutley, N. J., manufacturers of gravity and pressure filters—4.

On motion of Frank L. Fuller, the secretary was directed to cast one ballot in favor of the applicants.

Roosevelt Memorial Resolution

The secretary then read a communication from the Roosevelt Memorial Association, suggesting the adoption by the New England Water Works Association of the following resolution:

“WHEREAS, The Roosevelt Memorial Association has been formed by the friends of the late Colonel Theodore Roosevelt to honor his memory; and

“WHEREAS, The Roosevelt Memorial Association aims to provide memorials in accordance with the plans of the National Committee which will include the erection of a suitable and adequate monumental memorial in Washington; and acquiring, developing and maintainance of a park in the town of Oyster Bay which may ultimately, perhaps, include Sagamore Hill, to be preserved like Mount Vernon and Mr. Lincoln’s home at Springfield; and

“WHEREAS, The Roosevelt Memorial Association announces a National campaign for funds in the week of October 20th-27th; and

“WHEREAS, The sum of five million dollars is to be raised through the subscription of millions of individuals; therefore, be it

“Resolved, That the New England Water Works Association recognizing his superlative Americanism and his inestimable services to our nation as citizen and statesman, hereby records its hearty endorsement of the plans of the Roosevelt Memorial Association and pledges its support to the National campaign to be conducted by that association.”

This resolution provoked quite a lively discussion, some members being in favor of its adoption and others doubting the wisdom of establishing a precedent in binding the association to the objects set forth, as others of equal importance might hereafter be brought before it which would also perforce have to be fathered. Finally, on motion of Richard W. Sherman, the communication was ordered received, placed on file and laid on the table.

They Posed for Our Own Camera Man Top Row, John M. Diven, Wm. R. Conard, and Wm. J. Kay; Center, Misses Edgley, Anderson, and Nelson ; Lower, Chas. H. White, Miss Geraldine White, and T. Halpin.

R. J. Thomas.—Mr. President, I move that the Chair be authorized to appoint a nominating committee of live members to bring in a list of candidates for officers of the association for the coming year. (Carried.)

National Department of Public Works Discussed

H. V. MACKSEY brought up a matter which he said had been referred to him by the executive committee, namely, a bill introduced in the United States Senate to create a Department of Public Works, which the association had been asked to endorse. “The idea,” Mr. Macksey said, “is this: that at the present time the public works of the United States are managed piecemeal by various departments, and a very large proportion of the engineering works of the country, which are built mainly to assist in the peaceable pursuits of the people, are in charge of the Army and Navy. And it has been felt by the civil engineers of the country, architects, builders, workers and others, that that was an improper method of managing our affairs. And so a bill has been introduced that a Department of Public Works be established, which will take care of the planning and designing of all our civil public works, leaving to the Army and Navy only the military affairs. And this association has been asked to endorse that. Now, the idea is simply this,—that they wish the endorsement of this association as to the general movements, and whether the members of this society are sufficiently posted to be willing to give that endorsement or not I do not know. But if we do give that endorsement, we should ive it simply as an endorsement, and not bind this society, irectly or by implication, to provide funds to carry it through. It is simply an engineer’s problem, and this society, although it is composed largely of civil engineers, is not a society of engineers. This would be a benefit, of course, to many men who are in public works designing and constructing, who are not engineers, but if they wish to help it they could help it individually, both by their efforts and financially. The principal object is “To educate the people concerning the need of consolidating the vast public enterprises of the nation under one single department, which would be known as The Department of Public Works.” And, therefore, Mr. Chairman, I move that the Chair appoint a committee of three to consider this matter and advise the society of the action it should take in the matter, if any. (Carried.)

The secretary read a communication from the “National Drainage Congress”, which on motion of Hugh McLean, duly seconded, was received and placed on file.

The committee to Consider Collection and Standardization of Rainfall and Runoff Measurements then submitted its report which was received and the committee continued.

The Committtee on A National Water Law submitted its report through Caleb M. Saville, Chairman. It was voted that tho report be received, the recommendations adopted, and the committee continued.

The Committee to represent The New England Water Works Association at the Public Hearings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the discussion of power test codes of that society, made its report which was accepted.

The report of the Committee on Uniform Accounting was read and the communication was received and the committee continued.

HUGH MCLEAN.-I would like to ask the gentleman who made that motion what his reason is for continuing the committee? Now is the time to change those things. If a man has resigned, what is the object in not letting him resign? Do you know of any information that has not been imparted to this body here, so that we can vote inteligently on that? I do not know how to vote on it. If there is something you know about that, I would like to know it.

R. J. Thomas.—My reason for making the motion that the committee be continued is that I know that these men are well qualified for this work. We all know that it has been difficult to get men together during the last two or three years. I think Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Hathaway, and the other members of the committee, are very well versed in that matter, and I think ought to be given another opportunity. The work of the committees for the last year or two has been greatly hampered, and I think if we continue this committee a little longer we can get some results. That was the only object I had in making that motion.

PRESIDENT Killam.—Perhaps it would be well for the President to make a statement right here. I think one of the hardest things that the President has to do is the appointment of committees. If you appoint men in a certain section where they can get together to a committee, sometimes it looks as though it was a clique; if you appoint them from various sections, various districts, it is impossible many times for them to get together and report. Now, the President this year, during the last three or four months, since we got down to a working basis, has attempted to prod all these committees. And I think perhaps that is the reason why some of them are asking to be relieved. Now, personally, I know that this committee has invaluable information, if they will only get together and compile it, but the local conditions have been such that they have not been able to give their time to it. I appreciate it very much. But still we would like to clear up the calendar, and I am in hopes that the calendar will be cleared up before the end of this year on these special committees. And so, no matter who is your president, do not criticise the committee appointments, until you know his reasons for. making those appointments. Sometimes it is advisable to appoint a local committee where they can get together and clear up a subject promptly; at other times it is advisable to appoint a committee, the same as this one, from various sections, who have the information and who in time will give it to us, and which will be invaluable when it is compiled. I can say that about this committee because I did not appoint them it was appointed before I assumed the chair.

Progress Report of the Committee on Standard Specifications for Water Meters, was read by Charles W. Sherman, Chairman, which was received and the committee continued.

PRESIDENT KILLAM stated that the committee on Leakage of Pipe Joints hoped to be able to make a report before the close of the convention.

The session then adjourned.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session opened at 2 o’clock, with President Killam in the chair.

Theodore Horton, Chief Engineer, N. Y. State Department of Health, read a paper entitled “The Supervision of Public Water Supplies by the N. Y. State Department of Health.” The paper was discussed by Messrs. William P. Mason, Frank L. Fuller, R. W. Sherman, L. M. Hastings, Frank A. Barbour, Caleb M. Saville, F. W. Green, Dow R. Gwinn and Bertram Brewer.

William P. Mason, Professor of Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y., gave a talk on “Swimming Pool Management.” The subject was discussed by Mr. Arthur L. Crane. (Excerpts from these papers will be published in later issues of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.)

The session then adjourned.

Evening Session

At eight o’clock the evening session convened, President Killam presiding. The secretary read the names of the following applicants for membership, all of whom had been approved by the Executive Committee and were elected by the secretary’s ballot. Active: Harry A. Burnham, Newtonville, Mass., Fire Protection Engineer; William B. McCaleb, Philadelphia, Pa., General Superintendent, Water Companies, Pennsylvania R. R. —2. Associate: Badger Meter Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, Wis.—1.

PRESIDENT Killam.—For the committee on the bill now before the United States Senate, establishing the Department of Public Works, I will appoint Henry V. Macksey, Caleb Mills Saville, and Charles W. Sherman; for the nominating committee I will appoint the following past-presidents: Robert J. Thomas, Frank A. Mclnnes, Robert C. P. Coggeshall, William F. Sullivan and George W. Batchelder. Is there anything further to be brought before the association?

CALEB M. Saville.—There is one thing I want to speak of before the business meeting. The president this morning gave what we all thought was a very fine address, which seemed to be well received, and you gave him a vote of thanks, which seemed to me to be rather an empty honor after all because you did-not do what he asked you to do. He had several very excellent suggestions in his address, and I think that we better consider some of them and see if we do not want to do something with them. Two of them, I think, are that a committee of three be appointed to study the finances of the association and report on a budget system for 1920, on or before the December meeting, and that a committee of three be appointed to make a study of the constitution and by-laws of the association, to ascertain if there are any changes that it seems desirable to make. Now, Mr. President, I would like to make a motion that those committees be appointed by the President. (Carried.)

J. Waldo Smith, Chief Engineer, Board of Water Supply, New York City, read a paper on “Schoharie Development of the New York Water Supply.”

William T. Barnes, read a paper entitled “The Ten Million Gallon Covered Reservoir of the Dayton Water Works”, prepared by Leonard Metcalf and William T. Barnes, Consulting Engineers, Boston. (Excerpts from these papers will be published in later issues.)

In connection with this subject Frank L. Fuller of Wellesley, Mass., told of the 1,600,000 gallon covered reservoir, flat slab, which was constructed for the town of Webster, Mass., in 1914. Caleb M. Saville and Morris Knowles also took part in the discussion.

The session then adjourned.


Under the auspices of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association, the steamer Rensselal was chartered for a day’s trip on the Hudson River. The morning and afternoon business sessions were conducted abroad the boat.

Morning Session

The session opened at 10 a. m., with President Killam in the chair.

Charles W. Sherman, Consulting Engineer, Boston, read a paper entitled “Protecting Iron and Steel Standpipes from Corrosion.” The discussion was participated in by Frank L. Fuller, Rudolph Hering, Francis T. Kemble, Frank A. Barbour, Lewis M. Bancroft, A. P. Folwell, J. M. Diven, John Cullen, H. T. Gidley, S. E. Killam, E. M. Nichols, J. P. Sullivan, T. R. Kendall and Frank J. Gifford.

At this point Vice-President H. V. Macksey took the chair.

Bertram Brewer, Assistant Engineer, State Department of Health, Boston, read a paper on “Public Control over New Streets, in Relation to Extension of Water Mains.”

F. J. Gifford, David A. Heffernan, J. M. Diven, T. J. Carmody, W. A. MacKenzie, George A. Stacy, M. N. Baker, Beekman C. Little, Caleb M. Saville and Francis F. Longley, participated in the discussion.

(Excerpts from these papers will be published in later issues.)

MR. SAVILLE moved that a committee be designated by the president to consider, collect data and report with recommendations on the matter of assessments of the cost of main pipe extensions, and the relation of new street layout in connection therewith, this report to be submitted not later than the next annual convention.

FRANCIS F. Longley.—It seems to me that in proposing a motion of this sort, such as Mr. Saville has proposed, for the consideration of this question, it would be well to include therein a proposal for the consideration also of cooperation that might be secured on the part of real estate men, of the architectural profession, in order to well round out the question.

J. F. SULLIVAN moved that inasmuch as the subject was a very interesting one and the discussion has not been completed on it, the matter of the resolution be laid on the table until the discussion of Mr. Brewer’s paper is completed.

Mr. Sullivan’s motion was duly seconded and carried and the meeting adjourned.

Afternoon Session

This session began at about 3:30, as the luncheon, served by the courtesy of the Manufacturers’ Association, was not completed until then. President Killam presided.

Col. Francis F. Longley, Consulting Engineer, New York City, gave a talk on “Water Supplies for the American Expeditionary Forces.”

In the absence of Frank A. Mclnnes, Chairman of the Committee on Grading Water Works with Reference to Fire Protection, Henry V. Macksey, a member of the Committee, read a progress report. In commenting on the report Mr. Macksey said:

“Now, gentlemen, the only comment I personally have to make upon that is the fact that the representative of the Underwriters, Mr. Booth, thinks that we in the cities are all very well satisfied. Perhaps when you read over the classification you are given you may feel satisfied. In the city of Weyburn I feel sure the people will not feel satisfied, because they have been led to believe that they were in Class 3, and by doing certain things would come into Class 2, and here we find we are in Class 5. And we intend to get a copy of our grading and go through it point by point and see what we can do to improve our conditions and to claim what we believe to be fair treatment from the Underwriters. Now, of course you all understand that the Underwriter’s idea is perfection at other people’s expense, particularly at other people’s expense. No matter what we do, they will ask for something better. That is not an awful thing after all, because it will keep us trying to do better; we will never be perfect but we will keep doing better. In regard to the 4-inch fire hydrant. I think I speak for a number of men who deal with small cities and towns and where it would be foolish to spend our money on hydrants with 5 or 6-inch valves, when we could have a greater number of hydrants with 4-inch valves more advantageously placed and where they could do greater service for our cities and towns. We intend to stick to and defend the 4-inch valve hydrant until they show us that is not so.”

It was voted that the report of progress be accepted and the committee continued. The meeting then adjourned.

Evening Session

The evening session was held in the Ball Room of the Hotel Ten Eyck, President Killam in the chair. The secretary read the following list of applicants for membership, approved by the executive committee:

ACTIVES: James Bedell, Ossing, N. Y.; Floyd A. Nagler, Albany, N. Y., Hydraulic Engineer—2.

On motion of Frank L. Fuller, the secretary was instructed to cast the ballot of the association in favor of the applicants named, and he having done so, they were declared to be elected.

H. S. R. McCurdy, Engineer Miami Conservancy District, Englewood, Ohio, read a paper entitled “Hydraulic Fill Dams of the Miami Conservancy District.” Frank L. Fuller, Robert E. Horton, Stephen H. Taylor, Morris Knowles and G. Edward Gibson took part in the discussion.

Norman J. Howard, Bacteriologist in Charge, Toronto Filteration Plant, Toronto, Ont., read a paper on “The Operation of and Purification Effected by the New Drifting Sand Filter System at Toronto.” This paper evoked a very lively discussion, those taking part being Howard W. Green, G. A. Sampson, James M. Caird, Theodore Horton, M. N. Baker, W. C. Wawley, William J. Orchard, Paul Lanham, Morris Knowles, F. F. Longley and Charles W. Sherman. Many questions as to the working of the drifting sand system were asked, which Mr. Howard answered without a moment’s hesitation. The session then adjourned.

(Excerpts from these papers will be published in later issues.)


Morning Session

This session at which President Killam presided was made a superintendents’ experience meeting and was opened by David A. Heffernan, superintendent water works, Milton, Mass., who chose as his subject, “Damages to Hydrants by Motor Vehicles, Their Repairs and Preventives.” The matter of trouble with paint coming off the inside of pipe and the re-painting of the pipe, was also discussed, as well as the relative merits of various pipe linings. The discussion on these subjects was participated in by Messrs. S. H. MacKenzie, Frank J. Gifford, H. T. Gidley, George A. King, W. A. MacKenzie, Francis H. Luce, Dow’ R. Gwinn, Frank L. Fuller, Stephen H. Taylor, John Cullen, Charles W. Sherman, Samuel E. Killam, William R. Conrad, W. C. Hawley, Edward D. Eldredge, and George A. Benjamin.

The motion of Mr. Caleb M. Saville, which was laid on the table at the morning session of October 1, 1919, that a committee be appointed by the President to consider, collect data and report with recommendations on the matter of assessment of the cost of main pipe extensions and the relation of new street layout in connection therewith, this report to be submitted not later than the next annual convention, was taken from the table, and after discussion the motion was carried. The meeting then adjourned.

The Trip to Troy

Under the auspices and through the courtesy of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y., a visit was made to their new swimming pool starting at 11:30 a. m., and luncheon was served at the Institute. After the luncheon President Killam introduced Hon. Cornelius F. Burns, Mayor of Troy, who said: “I did not know that I was to be called upon, but it makes no difference to Trojans when they are called upon as they are always ready to perform the duty that is assigned to them. It is always a pleasure to have people come into our municipality. Our only regret is that the elements are such that we are unable to carry out the program which we had outlined for the day. This is our day for the inspection of our municipal departments, and I had arranged to have a band here and take you down two blocks and have you look over one of the greatest departments in the State of New York—that is, we always make that claim, and we think we are justified in it. However, we can’t do it, and I expect it is due in great measure because you people are in the water works business, and therefore I presume God is with you and he is sending the rain so that when you go back home there won’t be any question about having the reservoir full. And that is the only way you will get full under the present laws of the country. However, I can assure you it is my great pleasure to be with you today in this short space of time and extend to you a cordial and hearty greeting on behalf of the people of Troy, and we only hope that it will be but a short time when we may be honored by having you with us again, but I assure you that I will not be in office when you come. However, I will be here just the same. I thank you very much.”

President Killam replied in these words: “I thank you, Mr. Mayor. We greatly appreciate all that has been done for us here in Troy. Only a day or two ago Dr. Mason said that we should have come to Troy instead of Albany for our headquarters. Perhaps Dr. Mason knew better than we did, but he should have advised us earlier in the year. We are very grateful to Dr. Mason for all that he has done for us. To Mr. Caldwell, who is also Chairman of the Manufacturers Committee of Arrangements, Vice-President of the R. P. I., and President of no end of concerns in Troy and other places, we extend our heart-felt thanks for all that he has done for us to make our visit to Albany and Troy one round of pleasure. To Dr. Ricketts, who has been called away to the city, I would say that everything I have seen about this Institution, from the time we entered the gates until we sat down to what they call a luncheon, has been efficiency,—efficiency first, last and always; and if this is a luncheon I should like a real good dinner here sometime. I understand that the autos are nearly ready and I will call upon Patrick Gear to lead us in three cheers.”

Under the leadership of Mr. Gear three rousing cheers were given for the Mayor of Troy, three cheers for the City of Troy, and three for Mr. Caldwell.

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New England Water Works Convention

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After the luncheon, through the courtesy of the water department of the city of Troy, a very enjoyable motor trip was made over the Troy watershed, 45 automobiles, many of which were loaned for the occasion by the citizens of Troy, being called into service to transport the members and guests of the association. The return to Troy was by way of the State Barge Canal, at which time operation of the locks was demonstrated for the benefit of the members of the Association.

Evening—Motion Pictures

On Thursday evening, under the auspices of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association, and through the courtesy of the National Tube Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., a film was shown of the various processes in the manufacture of steel pipe and boiler tubes. This was accompanied by a running description by H. T. Miller, of the company. This exhibition was followed by a moving picture of the manufacture of the Ludlow Valve Company’s products, described by James H. Caldwell, Troy, N. Y., of that company. The evening entertainment closed by a comedy film, by the courtesy of the Hudson Theatre Company. The Municipal Gas Company lent their auditorium for this occasion, it being situated opposite the Hotel Ten Eyck.


Morning Session

This meeting was held in the Hotel Ten Eyck ball room, President Killam in the chair. The secretary read the following list of applicants for membership, approved by the Executive Committee, who were duly elected: Thomas E. Lawler, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Consulting Engineer; B. E. Fox, West Springfield, Mass., Clerk Water Department; J. Frank Whiting, West Springfield, Mass., Superintendent Water Department—3.

The Members and Guests of the New England Water Works Association Lined Up for the Camera Artisl st After Disembarking from the Steamer Rensselaer, following an Enjoyable Day on the Hudson River

Paul Lanham, Engineer in Charge of Waste Detection, Washington, D. C., read a paper on “Detection of Losses from Underground Piping Systems.”

The discussion was participated in by Frank L. Fuller, Dow R. Gwinn, George H. Abbott, S. H. MacKenzie, W. C. Hawley, E. G. Reynolds, A. P. Folwell and D. A. Heffeman.

Robert E. Horton, Consulting Engineer, Voorheesville, N. Y., read a paper entitled “Watershed Leakage.”

Messrs. W. A. MacKenzie, L. M. Hastings, Lincoln Van Gilder and Charles W. Sherman took part in the discussion.

(Excerpts from these papers will appear in later issues.)

PRESIDENT KILLAM.-I will take this opportunity to appoint the following committees:

Constitution and By-laws: H. V. Macksey, F. J. Gifford and R. J. Newsom.

Budget: George A. Carpenter, Frank A. Marston and Edwin L. Pride.

Extension of Mains: Caleb M. Saville, W. C. Hawley and Bertram Brewer.

After this the meeting adjourned.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session was held in the same place with President Killam in the chair. The president read the applications for membership, approved by the executive committee, of the following persons who were elected: Arthur T. Clark, Herkimer, N. Y., Superintendent and Engineer Municipal Commission; Paul Lanham, Washington, D. C., Waste Prevention Engineer.

Frederic E. Beck, Chief Engineer, Consolidated Water Comr pany, Utica, N. Y., read a paper on “Experience in Metering Fire Services.”

Frank L. Fuller, J. M. Diven, G. H. Abbott, Robert E. Horton, Dow R. Gwinn, Paul Lanham, Lincoln Van Gilder, Charles W. Sherman. W. C. Hawley, Harry H. Burnham, Samuel E. Killam, H. T. Gidley, William F. Sullivan, A. E. Martin and Edward D. Eldredge took part in the discussion.

A paper entitled “Dangerous Reduction to Insulation Resistance in High Pressure Fire Service Motors due to Moisture,” by William W. Brush, deputy chief engineer, department of water supply, gas and electricity, New York City, was read, in the absence of Mr. Brush, by Charles W. Sherman.

(Excerpts from these papers will appear in later issues.)

Invitation for 1920 Convention

PRESIDENT KILLAM then announced that he had received two telegrams from Springfield, Mass., in regard to the next annual convention. The first one read as follows:

“In behalf of the citizens of Springfield, wish to extend cordial invitation to hold next meeting in our city.


The second one read:

“We want you in 1920. Let us welcome you to our city.


President Chamber of Commerce.”

The telegrams were referred to the next executive committee.

The meeting then adjourned.

Evening Session

The final session was held in the ball room, President Killam presiding. The secretary read the application for membership, approved by the Executive Committee, of Stephen Bond Story, Civil Engineer, Rochester, N. Y., who on motion of Charles W. Sherman, was elected member of the association.

PRESIDENT KILLAM.-IS there anything further to come before the association?

CHARLES W. Sherman.—I wish we had one of our real orators of the association here to say the words that ought to be said in recognition of the many courtesies which have been extended to this association during this convention. I can’t remember when a convention has seemed to be more enjoyable. Although I have not attended all, I have attended the greater part of them for the last twenty-five years. ‘ This has not been the largest convention we have ever had, I do not know that it has been the best, but it has been one of the best, and certainly it has been extremely enjoyable from every point of view. W have been indebted to a great many persons, organizations, corporations, and I don’t know what else for courtesies of all kinds, and they have helped to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. We owe them a great deal more than our thanks, but all we can really give them is our thanks, which I am sure we do most heartily. In order that it may be on our records, I formally move that the thanks of the New England Water Works Association be extended to the City of Albany, the City of Troy, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Chambers of Commerce of Albany and Troy, the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association, the Municipal Gas Company and the Ten Eyck Hotel for all they have done to make the Convention now closing so successful and enjoyable.

I hope I have not omitted in this list any one of the larger organizations. There are, of course, many individuals whom it is impracticable to attempt to mention by name.

This motion was seconded and unanimously adopted by a rising vote.

D. A. Decrow, Manager Water Works Department, Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, New York City, read a paper entitled, “Tests of the Unaflow Pumping Engine.” Harry Gardner, A. P. Folwell, William F. Sullivan, Edward D. Eldredge and Charles W. Sherman took part in the discussion.

W. P. Mosteller, U. S. Iron Pipe & Foundry Co., Philadelphia, Pa., gave a talk on the “Test of Bell and Spigot Joint for Gas Pipe at 25 lbs. Pressure.”

The discussion was participated in by Messrs. Edward D. Eldredge, Charles W. Sherman, Harry Gardner, Samuel E. Killam, R. L. Hall, William F. Sullivan and George H. Abbott.

(Excerpts from the foregoing will appear in later issues of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.)

PRESIDENT KILLAM. We are now closing what seems to me to be a very interesting and instructive convention,—one, I think, which we have all enjoyed, both from a business point of view and through the entertainments which have been furnished us. We have endeavored to work while we worked and play while we played. And as far as I know, everyone has enjoyed himself. A motion to adjourn is in order.

CHARLES W. SHERMAN. I move the convention now adjourn. (Carried.)

Entertainments for the Ladies

Tuesday—Under the auspices of the local committee of arrangements a trip was arranged for the ladies, including a visit to the State Capitol, educational buildings and the museum.

Wednesday—Under the auspices and through the courtesy of the Water Works Manufacturers Association the ladies were presented with tickets to theaters.

Friday—Under the auspices of the Water Works Manufactured Association and through the courtesy of the Albany Chamber of Commerce the ladies of the convention were entertained at a bridge party at the Wolferts Roost Country Club. Light refreshments were served. The ladies’ local committee met the visitors at the Ten Eyck and the party were conveyed to the club in automobiles.

Other Features

On the boat on Wednesday, the members and guests were entertained by a witty monologist, a very fine quartet, the members of which rendered some well known selections, among them the sextet from Lucia, a jazz band and last, but not least, Miss Geraldine White, the talented little daughter of the Superintendent of Asbury Park water works, who tripped the light fantastic toe in a most fascinating way.

Several members who were golf enthusiasts took advantage of the invitation of the Wolfetts Roost Country Club to use their links. Among the chief enthusiasts, was Kienle, of the Electro Bleaching Gas Company, who never misses an opportunity to boost the time-honored game.

Several side trips were arranged for the delegates, including visits to manufactories in Albany and nearby places and these were taken advantage of by members interested.

The Exhibits

An unusually fine group of exhibits were arranged in booths in the lobby of the Hotel Ten Eyck, the members showing considerable interest in them. The list of exhibitors is as follows:

New York Continental Jewell Filtration Company, Nutley, N. J.

Union Water Meter Company, Worcester. Mass.

Lead Lined Iron Pipe Company, Wakefield, Mass.

United Brass Manufacturing Company, Cleveland, Ohio.

Pittsburgh Meter Company, East Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hays Manufacturing Company, Erie, Pa.

Wallace & Tiernan Company, New York City.

Electro Bleaching Gas Company, New York City.

Ford Meter Box Company, Wabash, Ind.

Ross Valve Manufacturing Company. Troy, N. Y.

Central Foundry Company, New York City.

Horsey Manufacturing Company. South Boston. Mass.

Badger Meter Manufacturing Company. Milwaukee. Wis.

S. E. T. Valve & Hydraulic Company, New York City.

S. E. T. Valve & Hydrant Company. New York City.

A. M. Byers Company, Pittsburgh. Pa.

Look Joint Pipe Company. Ampere. N. J.

National Tube Company. Pittsburgh, Pa.

A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company. East Orange. N. J.

Neptune Meter Company. New York City.

Carbic Manufacturing Company. Duluth. Minn.

Thomson Meter Company. Brooklyn. N. Y.

National Water Main Cleaning Company. New’ York City.

National Meter Company. New York City.

R. D. Wood & Co., Philadelphia. Pa.

Pitometer Company. New York City.

Worthington Pump & Machinery Corporation, New York City.

H. Mueller Manufacturing Company. Decatur. Ill.

Eddy Valve Company. Waterford, N. Y.

Municipal Journal. New York City.

Engineering News-Record. New York City.

American City, New York City.

Engineering and Contracting. Chicago. III.


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