Past Chief William Young Dead
William Young, the first paid fire chief of the Ottawa. Ont., fire department and holder of that position for 25 years, died on March 10 from acute indigestion. He was 76 years of age. He was born in Quebec in 1837 and went to Ottawa in 1859. where he engaged in the jewelry business. He at once allied himself with the volunteer fire department, and in 1872 was appointed chief. In 1874 the department was organized on a paid basis, and Chief Young was retained at its head. This position he held until 1897, when, after 25 years of hard work, he retired. He was a charter member of Fidelity Lodge. A. F. & A. M., and the oldest member of the First Congregational church”. He is. survived by three sons and one daughter. His wife died some years ago and one son was killed last fall in an explosion. The funeral took place on March 13, and was one of the largest seen in Ottawa for many years. Over a hundred members and ex-members of the fire department took part in the procession. The body was placed in the vault at Beechwood cemetery. Chief Graham, who served under the late Chief Young, says: “He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, a first-class fireman, who did not know what fear was and yet he was careful and considerate at all times. He never asked a man to go where he would not go himself. In his death Ottawa loses a splendid citizen.”
The Star Electric Company, of Binghamton, N. Y., has received a contract from the city of Springfield, Mo., to extend and improve its present fire alarm system.