Leadership

Chaplain Wm. St. Elmo Smith Dead

Issue 18 and Volume 49.

Chaplain Wm. St. Elmo Smith Dead After an illness of less than a week, Rev. William St. Elmo Smith, the first Catholic chaplain attached to the New York Fire Department, died last Friday in the French Hospital, in West Thirty-fourth street, Father Smith was attached to St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, West Twenty-third street A week ago he complained of being ill and went from his home. No. 120 West Twenty-fourth street, to the hospital. On March 28. 1899. Father Smith was appointed chaplain in the department. He ranked as a battalion chief, and attended every large fire in the last ten years. He was popular with the firemen, whom he often encouraged at their work and administered the rites of the church when called upon. The funeral was held Monday from St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, all battalion chiefs attending. The regulation number of men, eighty firemen, attended the…

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