Music by Jack Smith's Orchestra
Tues, November 24th 1938
Dancing from 9PM to 1AM
The present efficient police department of Ilion with it's staff of well
trained officers and its modern equipment is of comparatively recent growth.
Although the department was organized as far back as 1878 it had but one
officer and had but two patrolmen and a chief as late as 1898. Equipment was
Today the force, directed by Chief Jesse Babcock, consists of eight regular
officers and a number of reserves. Day and night service is maintained
through the medium of a switch board in charge of police clerks, four
telephone call boxes and 14 signal lights.
Close cooperation is maintained with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
at Washington and the State Department of Correction at Albany. The
department is hooked up with the FBI and state bureaus for the quick and sure
identification of criminals and furnished these bureaus with photographs and
fingerprints of convicted felons. Tear gas guns and gas are kept for
The department under Chief Babcock organized one of the first of two
junior safety patrols in the state. In four years the movement has spread
over the entire country. Since it first started there has never been an
injury to a school child at the grade school street intersection.
The Ilion Policemen's Benefit Association was organized January 1, 1938.
Most of the work done by the unit seldom reaches the notice of the public.
It is dedicated to the welfare of the community, relieves a large number of
emergency relief calls and joins with the other organizations in supplying
Christmas and Thanksgiving cheer to the poor and needy.
In conjunction with the Police Chiefs Association and other benefit
associations it has helped secure better hours and working conditions.
Eventually it hopes to have a larger force of officers and a radio hookup
with other valley towns and the state police.
Chief Babcock took office as chief August 1, 1931, succeeding the late
Chief George Huck. Previously he had served six years as deputy chief and 10
years as a patrolman. Most of his force have had many years experience.
Old records indicate the Ilion Police department was organized in 1878
with one officer whose name is now forgotten. Louis Bowers and W. E.
Crockett served from 1885. Ten years later W. J. King was appointed chief of
police and apparently was the first to hold the office. George Luley also was
patrolman. William Stitt was made chief in 1898.
In 1908 Stitt was still head of the department with Albert Meehan and
Joseph Durenback as policemen. Then, in 1909 he gave way for a year to Frank
Beckwith who was assisted by officers Atkins and Hamlin. When Stitt returned
the following year his officers were Henry Fults and Tom McTague.
George Huck assumed charge in 1914. McTague remained as a patrolman
and two others, Arleigh Slocum and Charles Edwards were added. The present
Chief Babcock put on a uniform the next year.
Present staff consists of Silas Mott, Clifford Hall, Royal Doud,
Sidney Watson, Frank Ford, Earl Mott, Edward Murphy and Leon Wooley.
COMMITTEES OF THE FIRST POLICEMAN'S BALL
Chief J.E. Babcock, Chairman
|Frank Ford|| Edward Murphy|
|R.B. Doud||S. Watson|
|FLOOR COMMITTEE||MUSIC COMMITTEE|
|Joseph Meehan||S.D. Mott|
|Leon Jarvis||C.R. Hall|
|DOOR COMMITTEE||PROGRAM COMMITTEE|
|Earl Mott||Edward Murphy|
|S.D. Mott||William Malloy|
|Kenneth Lyons||Harold Whittemore||Howard Moore|
|C.R. Hall||Frank Ford|
1. So Help Me
2. Small Fry
3. I Won't Tell A Soul
4. Heart and Soul
5. Two Sleepy People
6. I've Got A Date With A Dream
7. My Own
9. My Walking Stick
10. My Reverie
11. This May Be The Night
12. At Long Last Love
13. Deep In A Dream
14. Summer Souvenirs
15. You Go To My Head
16. There's No Place Like Your Arms
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