Virginia State Firemen Hold TwentyEighth Annual Convention
The twenty-eighth annual convention and parade of the Virginia State Firemen’s Association was held at Portsmouth August 26-27. It was one of the best and largest conventions in the history of the association. Thousands of people saw the parade. The Hampton company won the first best appearance prize and the Charlottesville company the second. George G. Gumming, of Portsmouth, for a number of years secretary of the association, read a paper, his subject being “Is the Automobile so Far a Success and Is the Faithful Old Horse to Be Replaced by the Motor.” He read reports of the many exhaustive tests made in various cities with tractor engines and also with gasoline propelled and operated engines. In conclusion Mr. Cumming stated that in his opinion the day of the motor propelled apparatus was near at hand and that it would be only a short time before the faithful old horse which had served the department for years would be discarded and the motor applied to all pieces of apparatus in use in the cities throughout the state. The delegates marched to the several cemeteries in Portsmouth and decorated the graves of deceased firemen. At the grave of Captain R. C. Marshill, who was for many years foreman of the Chambers Engine Company, a special service was held, also at the grave of Captain R. L. Herbert, where Captain J. H. Redford, of Richman, made an address. The following officers were elected: President, F. E. Jesser, of Covington; vice-president, Charles H. Hewins, of Hampton; secretary, J. E. Glenn, Harrisburg; treasurer, Chief T. J. Williams, Charlottesville; statistician, J. J. Holt, Covington ; chairman legislative committee, Chief W. K. Stow, of Newport News; chaplain. Rev. C. H. Smith, of Richmond. The convention next year will be held in Covington. A relief feature which had been proposed at several previous conventions was adopted. The Shenandoah City won first prize and Luray second in the reel race.