Firemen’s Standard Editor Dead
FIRE DEPARTMENT INTERESTS
James M. Gould, publisher of the Firemen’s Standard of Boston, died at his home in Melrose. Mass., December 19, aged 69 years. Mr. Gould, who was a member of the Somerville, Mass., fire department for many years, established the Firemen’s Standard in 1879, and was its sole owner and editor during its 34 years’ existence.
Mr. Gould died of pneumonia after a two weeks’ sickness. He is survived by a widow and one married daughter. Deceased was born in Charlestown, now a part of Boston, but lived most of his life in Somerville. He moved to Melrose 14 years ago. For 27 years he was a member of the Somerville fire department; was clerk of Hose Company 3 in 1873, and held the same position with Truck Company No. 1 from 1888 to 1890. He was one of the organizers of the State Firemen’s Association in 1881 and attended most if not all of its annual conventions. He was also a member of the Veteran Firemen’s Association of Somerville and Charlestowm, of the I. O. O. F. and the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Gould was a printer for many years in the employ of one of the largest printing establishments of Boston. For some years he was a correspondent for the New York Mercury, which was the firemen’s newspaper of the country before FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, originally the Firemen’s Journal, was established in 1877. In 1879 he established the Firemen’s Standard, which he published, until his death, first as a monthly and in recent years as a semi-monthly. No one had a larger acquaintance among New England firemen.