VERMONT STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION.
The annual convention of the Vermont State Firemen’s Association was held at Fair Haven on July 24 and 25. Its proceedings were harmonious, and great enthusiasm was manifested by all present. President Carmody opened the convention in Knight’s Opera House by introducing Mr. W. H. Preston, who delivered the address of welcome to the visitors, the president aptly replying. Secretary Moore’s annual report shows the membership of the association to be: Life members, 56; fire companies, 55; chief engineers, 6; fire board, 1; total 118; showing a gain of five. Two fire companies have also joined the association this year. The Vermont State championship hose badge having been won three times by the C. C. Knight company of Fair Haven, they were presented with it by the association. The hand-engine championship of Vermont was won by Boxer engine company, Burlington. The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $623.04 in hand.
The following officers were elected: O. D. Clark, Montpelier, president; 8. D. Miner, Vergennes, W. H. Lane, Jr., Burlington, E. R. Green, Rutland, M. E. Orr, Poultnoy, and R. 8. Buss, Bennington, vice-presidents; L. C. Grant, Burlington, treasurer; E. D. Moore, Bennington, secretaryW. E. Morse, Burlington; N. D. Phelps, Barre, C. II. Stevens of Winooski, J. H. Donnelly, Vergennes.and C. E. Little of Fair Haven, executive committee; D. F. Carmody, Fair Haven, national representative; G. H. Burch, Bennington, statistician.
The parade through the streets, which were handsomely decorated for the occasion, showed a fine display of twenty – six companies and five bands in line, under the marshalship of Ira R. Allen. General Schuyler engine company, of Schuylerville, N. Y., was awarded the prize for having the largest number of men in line. After the parade was dismissed at the Fair Grounds the contests came off and excited great interest. The next convention will be held in Barre and Montpelier, which are closely connected by car lines.