THE LATE CHIEF KENDALL.

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THE LATE CHIEF KENDALL.

DEATH, which always loves a shining mark.” has smitten George H. Kendall, and now Fitchburg, Mass., deplores the loss of one of its best known and most esteemed citizens, and the fire department the untimely taking-off of its chief, who departed out of this life at his residence, No. 9 Cherry street, on the morning of Sunday, July 19.

Chief Kendall was born at West Fitchburg on July 28,1852, so that, had he !ived but a few days longer, he would have rounded out his forty-fourth year. He was the oldest child of the late Gilbert B. Fitchburg and his wife Marcella A. (nee Harley), to whom were born five sons and one daughter. After attending the public schools of the city, he went to work while still very young, and from the age of about seventeen till he was one and twenty was at Newark, N, J, In 1875. he went to Dayton, O,, where he entered the employ of Augustus A. Simonds, with whom he remained for about two years. The rest of his working life up to 1894, when the fire department required all his time, he spent in the blacksmith shop of the Simonds Manufacturing Company, of Fitchburg, devoting himself to the occupation of hardening and tempering knives.

Mr. Kendall was an enthusiastic fireman from his earliest years. At the age of fifteen he served as torch-boy for the old hand engine Undine No. 4. From 1869 he “ran with” Fire King No. 2, till it was put out of service in 1872, when he became a member of Hope hose No. 4 (its name was afterwards changed to Niagara hose), being elected assistant foreman in 1873, and foreman in 1874, which office he filled till his removal to Dayton necessitated his leaving the department. On his return to Fitchburg two years afterwards he became a private in his old company, hose 4, and before the close of the year was once more elected foreman, holding that position till 1881, when he resigned from the department, only to re-enter Hope hose again as a private in 1882. In 1883 he was chosen assistant foreman, and in 1884, third assistant engineer of the fire department, clerk in 1886, and three years after chief engineer.

In this capacity both to the city and the department he ” did some service.” Disorganizing powers and his executive ability were exceptionally good; he was quick to grasp the situation at any critical moment; and,when the emergency arose he knew exactly how to meet it. He was as apt a scholar as he was an intelligent master in the school of fire-fighting. He was quick to recommend and to adopt any improvement in the art, and directed all his energies towards placing the fire department of Fitchburg on the high plane on which it at present rests. On his recommendation new fire stations were built, and these were at once equipj ed with the best and the most modern apparatus and appliances. Hence he succeeded in keeping down large conflagrations and saving the city from any very serious fire loss. By his men, who looked up to him as a leader ** to the manner born,” he was beloved. While a strict disciplinarian, he won the esteem and regaid of his fellow officers and the privates of the department by his rigid impartiality and fairness, and their admiration by his promptness and pluck in time of danger. He was in touch with each successive city government, between whom and himself the most cordial relations always existed.

For some months before he died,Chief Kendall’s health had been fading,and just 10 days before his death he had returned from a trip he had taken to Jeffrey, in the hope (a vain hope as it turned out) of regaining his former strength. It was not to be , and death removed from the midst of a loving family and an equally loving community a man just in his prime, who had given much of his time and devoted all his energies to the welfare of his fellow citizens.

These proved themselves not ungrateful, as the large attendance at his burial proved. The board of assistant engineers and the committee on fire department placed the arrangments for the funeral in the hands of Second Assistant Engineer R. C. Eaton, Foreman Harley, of hose 4, and Foreman Allen, of hose I; Mr. Eaton and the foremen of all the fire companies being a committee on flowers. The funeral services took plate in the Universalist church, of which the deceased chief, with his family, was a member. The officiating ministers were Revv. F. O. Hall, of Cambridge, and Abram Conklin, of Fitchburg. The address was delivered by Mr. Hall. In it he eulogized the deceased as a good citizen, a brave fireman, a consistent churchman, and a man of large and open-handed charity. The funeral cortege was headed by a platoon of police, followed by all the firemen, the members of the committee on the fire department,and principal citizens. The pall-bearers were selected from the board of fire engineers, the Knights of Pythias, and the Odd Fellows. The chief’s buggy and horse, draped with crape, was led by the superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph;the trumpet of thedeceased, also draped in crape, was prominently in evidence, both in church and in the procession; the body itself, lying in the casket was borne, in the fire patrol wagon, hidden from sight by the number of splendid floral offerings sent by the members of the department and others. Several fire chiefs from a distance were present; in fact, everyone from far and near seemed to vie, each one with his neighbor, in showing in what high esteem the dead chief was held—a fitting testimonial to his worth, a well deserved tribute of gratitude for all George Kendall had done for the good of Fitchburg.

Mr. Kendall, on December 22, 1875, married Ella B., daughter of William B. and Nellie Kempton of Fitchburg, who, with one daughter and one son, two brothers,and one sister survive him. He was a past chancellor of Alpine lodge, Knights of Pythias, a member of Apollo lodge. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Fitchburg lodge, AncientOrder of United Workingmen.