The John Fritz Banquet to Celebrate the Founda¬ tion OF THE John Fritz Gold Medal, Waldorp-As- TORiA, New York, October 31, 1902.*
THE JOPIN fritz MEDAL,
Early in the spring of 1902, at the caU of Mr. S. T. Well- man, of Cleveland, a number of prominent engineers and manufacturers met in New York to discuss the question of a suitable celebration of Mr. Fritz's eightieth birthday, the outcome of these meetings being the appointment of the following committee, which decided to invite subscriptions to a John Fritz gold-medal fund:
President, S. T. Wellman; treasurer, John Thomson; secretary, C. Kirch¬ hoff; S. W. Baldwin, R. W. Hunt, F. R. Hutton, C. Warren Hunt, J. C. Kafer, T. C. Marrin, [E. E. [Olcott, R. W. Pope, H. G. Prout, E. G. Spilsbury, Jesse M. Smith, Ambrose Swasey, Oliver Williams, Calvin W. Rice, Wm. Maver, Jr.
The organization was effected by the appointment of four sub-committees, as follows:
Medal Committee. — C. Warren Hunt, chairman; F. R. Hutton, R. W. Pope,
C. Kirchhoff. Finance Commillcc. — John Thomson, chairman; Ambrose Swasey, Jesse M.
Smith, E. E. Olcott. Dinner Committee. — T. C. Martin, chairman; J. C. Kafer, H. G. Prout,
E. G. Spilsbury. Invitation Committee. — S. W. Baldwin, chairman; R. W. Hunt, OHver
The task of designmg a gold medal and cutting the dies was intrusted to Victor D. Brenner, of New York City. There was contributed by about 500 persons a sum which,
* Reprint of a pamphlet issued at the time by the subscribers to the banquet.