B. M. Downs represented Hemingray at the NELA Convention

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Electrical Review and Western Electrician

Chicago, IL, United States
vol. 62, no. 23, p. 1209-1210, col. 1-3;1

Convention Notes.


The thirty-sixth annual convention of the National Electric Light Association was opened formally on Monday evening, June 2, with a reception in honor of President and Mrs. Frank M. Tait, at the Medinah Temple. Prior to the reception, which began about 9:00 p. m., there was an inspection of the exhibits. The stage of the temple auditorium was used for the formal reception, which was followed by dancing. Among those in the receiving line were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Insull, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gilchrist, Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Tait, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McCall, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Gaylord, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Ellicott and Messrs. H. A. Wagner, R. S. Orr and H. H. Scott. Refreshments were served in the lobby during the evening.

On Sunday evening prior to the convention Mr. Tait gave a dinner party to the members of the Association office staff on duty at Chicago. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Tait, Mr. and Mrs. Martin, Misses Burkhalter, Bursiel, Van Court, McIntyre and Laird. S. A. Newall, assitant to the secretary, and Fred Schmidt, auditor of the Association accounts, were also present.

Mr. and Mrs. K. E. Van Kuren of Los Angeles gave a dinner at the Congress Hotel on Monday evening to S. M. Kennedy, general agent of the Southern California Edison Company, William Baurhyte, vice-president of the Los Angeles Gas & Electric Company, and H. H. Rudd of Pittsburgh.

B. M. Downs was one of the distinguished attendants at the convention, representing the Hemingray Glass Company. Mrs. Downs, of course, accompanied the genial Bertram. It is hard to find a more popular couple, and they seem to gain in grace and charm with each convention.

Henry J. Gille, who was chairman of the Commercial Section last year, has again joined the Stone & Webster interests and will shortly assume his new duties as commercial manager of the Puget Sound District with headquarters at Seattle. Mr. Gille for many years was commercial agent of the Minneapolis General Electric Company, and when Stone & Webster relinquished the property to H. M. Byllesby & Company, he was made manager of the electrical department of the St. Paul Gas Light Company. Mr. Gille was one of the founders of the Minnesota Electrical Association and the withdrawal of his active support will be keenly felt by this organization as well as by the many other associations and clubs of the Twin cities with which he was so prominently identified.

Frank H. Golding, of Rockford, Ill., was busy during convention week receiving congratulations on his appointment to the office of general manager of the Atlantic City Electric Company. Previous reports to the effect that he was to go to Jersey City were in error. Mr. Golding goes East with the best wishes of a host of friends.

Since it has been known that Eugene Holcomb, president of the Minnesota Electrical Association, has resigned as general manager of the Consumers Power Company to become associated with W. T. McCaskey & Company, of Lansing, Mich., fears have been expressed that Mr. Holcomb may find it necessary to resign the presidency of the Minnesota Association. Mr. Holcomb advises, however, that as the Continental Utilities Company, of which he is now vice-president and general manager, operates properties in Minnesota as well as in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa, he will continue as chief executive of the Association.

Van Dusen Rickert, president of the Pennsylvania Section of the National Electric Light Association, who led a large delegation of Pennsylvania members to the convention, announced that the annual state meeting will be held at Delaware Water Gap, Pa., on September 16, 17 and 18. This is the largest state section of the N. E. L. A.

The Cutler-Hammer Manufacturing Company distributed a beautiful souvenir entitled "Cutler-Hammer Control in Chicago." This book was composed of fine half-