DEATH OF FORMER CHIEF MUSHAM.

DEATH OF FORMER CHIEF MUSHAM.

The Late Chief W. H. Musham, Chicago, Ill.

The death of former Chief Musham of the fire department of Chicago took place on Sunday last from pneumonia. The deceased fireman rose from the lowest rung to the top of the ladder, as did the late Chief Swenie, his immediate predecessor. He joined the old volunteer fire department of Chicago when he was a boy of sixteen, and with first Assistant Chief Campion, his successor, threw the first water on the great fire, in remembrance of which conflagration he organised in 1903 an association of the firemen who have survived that disaster. In 1861 he joined the paid department, which Chief Swenie had organised three years before, and after an absence for some time in Philadelphia, during which he served in the ranks of the volunteer firemen of that city, lie rejoined the Chicago department in 1868 as foreman of bis old company No. 6, Chief Campion being his assistant. He became third assistant marshal in 1872, and was appointed first assistant marshal in 1879. I11 1891. on the death of Chief Swenie, he succeeded him as fire marshal, retiring in October 1901 on a pension of $3,000 a year. Chief Musham, who was as brave a fireman as he was conscientious in the performance of bis duties, was 70 years of age at the time of bis death.

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