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Figure 10. First New York Steam Plant
Vice-President; Mr. Wolls, Secretary-Treasurer;
and Messrs. Gwynne, Wolls, Cope and Hard, the
Mr. Wolls invited Mr. Gaskill to attend the
Columbus meeting, and he was elected NDHA
Secretary-Treasurer. The record indicates there
were about thirty in attendance. Their names can
be ascertained by a search of the First Annual
Mr. Gaskill is said to have paid personally for
the first 87-page Proceedings which cost $132, about
three per cent of present ones. His first year's
salary was $300.
One of the first things attempted by Secretary
Gaskill was to learn how many heating utilities
actually were in existence. He found about 150,
whereas it had been thought there were 300 to 400.
Since there are about 250 at present, it can be
seen there has been no loss in numbers and no
loss in properties. It was said that practically all
were "in the red."
Year after year the Association continued to
expand its activities and broaden its investigations.
Mr. Gaskill, originally elected for a one-year term,
served 25; and when he resigned in 1934, was
elected an Honorary Member of the Association.
Miss Melissa C. Stocker, Secretary to Mr. Gaskill,
served efficiently as Acting-Secretary for two years
after he resigned.
At that time, Landis Shaw Smith of Rochester
was editor of the magazine which had been published quarterly since 1909. He greatly improved
its appearance by making the covers attractive.
Space will not permit discussion of the many
changes that have taken place over the years.
About all that can be done is to bring to your
attention a few things that have taken place from
time to time.
In 1884 Marsh produced the first automatic air
valve; and six years later William Penn Powers, a
'!\Tallace C. Andrews of New York in 1891 was
granted a patent for pumping powdered coal in
water, something which has only recently been
As early as 1894 the heating of railroad cars
was accomplished by the Edison Light and Fuel
Company in Grand Rapids.
Mr. Holly died in 1894 and Mr. Robert Hall
began his long career with the American District
Steam Company. Warren Webster opened his
factory the following year, his first big contract
calling for replacing the stoves in the Palmer
House in Chicago with radiation.
Nineteen twelve was a year of near disaster for
NDHA. One day of the annual meeting was spent
on a boat in the St. Clair River near Detroit. It
is said the session was not too successful because
the scenery was too interesting. The session ended
abruptly when two nearby boats collided, one
sinking and several persons being drowned.
F. A. Hyde-1952
c. W. Deeg-1953
L. F. Collins-1954