Charles W. Whitcomb Passes Away Charles W. Whitcomb, who was the first state fire marshal of Massachusetts, appointed when the office was created in 1894, died at Knoxville, Tenn., on February 10. Mr. Whitcomb, when the office of fire marshal of Boston was created in 1886, was appointed to that office by Governor Robinson. His executive ability attracted attention and when the office of state fire marshal was established he was selected for appointment by Governor Greenhalge. He remainded in office until the fire marshal’s department was abolished in 1902 and the work taken over by the Massachusetts state police. Mr. Whitcomb moved to Knoxville several years ago to engage in the lumber business.