Ex-Chief H. F. Ferber of Scranton Dead Henry F. Ferber, Chief of Fire Department. Scranton, Pa., from the volunteer firemen days in 1868 until he retired as head of the paid force in 1916, died at his home in Scranton after a long siege of ill health. He would have been eightyone on April 1. He was born in Pittston, Pa., on April 1, 1853. When the old volunteer force was organized in 1868, he became a member and he became Chief in 1876. Chief Ferber was also head of the department in 1882, 1883, 1884, 1893 and also from the time the paid force was established in 1901. He retired from active service in 1916. Chief Ferber is survived by his widow and a son who is a retired Battalion Chief of the Scranton Fire Department, two daughters and a brother.