Death of Thomas Sturgis
Thomas Sturgis, who was appointed Fire Commissioner when Seth Low was elected Mayor in 1901, died last Wednesday at Eastbourne, England, aged 68 years. He was born here. At the close of his civil war service, during the latter part of which he served as an Assistant Adjutant General, he went to Cheyenne, Wyo., where he lived twenty years, engaged in stock raising and banking. He was a member of the State Senate there in 1882-83. Returning here in 1887, he established a building business. Mayor Strong appointed Mr. Sturgis a member of the Civil Service Commission in 1896. Gov. Roosevelt appointed him a trustee of the Elmira Reformatory in 1899. After his appointment by Mayor Low as Fire Commissioner Mr. Sturgis removed Chief Edward F. Croker as head of the uniformed force of the department. The courts reinstated Croker. Mr. Sturgis had a long controversy with Comptroller Grout over the system of financial accounting between the city and the fire department.