Western New York Firemens’ Association.
To-day witnesses the close of the tenth annual convention of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Dansville was host this year, and her hospitality fully justified the confidence reposed in her on this important occasion. The citizens showed their interest by actively co-operating with the firemen, and everything possible was done to make the event a memorable one. Special rates and convenient train service were arranged, and yesterday about sixty companies and forty bands arrived to take part in the business “pow wow,” the sports, and to-day’s parade.
Just ten years ago this month the first annual convention and parade were held in Lockport. At that time the association comprised thirty-two companies and sixty-four delegates representing the counties of F.rie, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans. Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Genesee. The association now boasts one hundred twenty-six companies and four hundred sixty-six delegates, representing over three thousand active and exempt volunteer firemen in eleven counties, the counties of Alleghany. Livingston. Wyoming, and Steuben having been admitted to membership.
Fifteen companies have joined during the past year, as follows: First Volunteer Hose company. West Seneca: Edwin C. Cook Hose company. Bath: Willard Hose company, Geneseo: Neptune Hose and Ladder company, Nunda: Wadsworth Hose company, Geneseo: Living Stream Engine and Hose company, Mount Morris; Hook and Ladder company, Mount Morris; Sloan Hose company, Sloan: Hook and Ladder company, Bath; Imperial Hose company, Livonia; Frank Campbell Hose company, Bath; Big Tree Hose and Ladder company, Geneseo; Hope Hose company, Nunda; Temple Hill Hose company; Geneseo; Chemical Hose company, Caledonia.
The association has accomplished much in the interests of the firemen, both fraternally and financially, and has yet many projects in mind looking toward the welfare of its members. The fitting observation of it’s tenth anniversary added one more milestone to it’s useful career, and will long be remembered as a most enjoyable and profitable meeting.