Ex-Chief Bundy of Watertown, Dead
H. C. Bundy, formerly chief of the fire department in Watertown, N. Y., and former superintendent of the fire alarm system died at his home at the age of fifty-nine. Death followed an illness of several months.
Born in Black River, he came to Watertown while a young man. He learned the blacksmith trade and was employed at the New York Air Brake Company. Later he became a machinist.
Mr. Bundy was in the fire service for thirty-one years—first as a volunteer fireman and finally as the head of the department. He joined the volunteers in 1889. In 1896 when a paid company of four men was formed as an auxiliary to the volunteers, Bundy was selected as its foreman.
The volunteer organization was disbanded in 1900 and he was promoted to assistant chief engineer. He was in charge of the fire alarm system with the rating of fire alarm superintendent and electrician. For the next thirteen years, he often commanded the department in the absence of Chief Morrison.
Following the death of Chief Morrison in 1913, he was placed in charge. He held this office until June, 1920, when he applied to the city council for retirement. He suffered from an eye infection which developed as the result of a fire, and continued fire service appeared to aggravate the condition.
Two years later in June, 1922, he became a member of the firm of Bundy-Hale, fire engineers and fire apparatus agents. Mr. Bundy is credited with a number of inventions to improve the fire alarm system, and he was active in the International Association of Municipal Electricians.
Chief Bundy is survived by a sister and a brother. He was a member of the Masons, B. P. O. Elks, Knights of Pythias and Red Men.