THE NEW JERSEY STATE ASSOCIATION.
The New Jersey State Firemen’s Association was organized expressly for the purpose of obtaining legislation relative to the two per cent insurance tax for the benefit of Firemen’s Relief Funds. As yet it has not considered other matters to any extent, but efforts are being made to develop it into an association similar to those of other Stites.
The Association held its annual meeting at Elizabeth on Tuesday of last week, there being a larger representation of Departments than ever before. Bird W. Spencer, of Passaic, called the Convention to order, and Mayor Ryder, of Elizabeth, made the welcoming address. The roll was called, and nearly all the Departments were found represented, eight small districts only failing to respond.
The officers elected were: President, Brd W. Spencer; Vice-Presidents, Charles W. Byles, Trenton; C. F. Ruh, Hudson; John Stevens, Camden; Frederick H. Beach,’Dover; John T. Dunn, Elizabeth; Treasurer, John McKiernan, Paterson; Secretary, Horace H. Brown, Newark; Financial Secretary, W. W. Slack, Burlington.
There was a temporary adjournment for dinner, which was spread at the Sherman House. There were ten courses and a band.
At 3.05 the Convention re-assembled. The Treasurer’s annual report showed that thirty-lour Departments were represented by payment of $5 each, total $170. Total expenses, $63.75; balance, $106.25. Voluntee, reports of Relief Associations were made, and showed good balances in treasuries, Newark being the highest, with over $30,000 on hand. Orange reported $7000, Paterson $5700, Elizabeth near $7000, Jersey City near $4000, Morristown $1600, Camden $8000, Plainfield $3000, Trenton $12,000, Hoboken $18,000, East Orange $900, Burlington $1200, Bordentown $480, Dover $1300, Carlstadt $400, Fanwood $350, Gloucester $450, Hackettstown $400 Hackensack $940, Lambertville $700, Long Branch $700, Newton $1800, Passaic $1500, Phillipsburg $350. Rahway $4300, Rutherford $1 too, Somerville $350, Salem $700, Union $1200, Westfield $550, West Hoboken $900, Washington $550. Other delegates reported progress. The treasurer of each Department was directed by resolution to report to State Secretary thirty days before the meeting of the Convention each year.
Messrs. Jno. Kennell, Wm. H. Brown and J. A. Fay, Jr., were appointed a Legislative Committee.
THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL and Firemens Herald were made official papers.
After adjournment the delegates marched to a special train and were taken to First street, when Chief Leonard was serenaded. They then visited the houses of Hibernia No. 5, Red Jacket No. 4, Jackson Hook and Ladder No. 2, Washington Engine No. 3 and Firemen’s Hall, and witnessed the working of the Department during an alarm.