Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Samuel H. Christy, chief of the fire department of Pueblo, was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. September 18, 1867, and is a son of David and Rachel (Hamilton) Christy, the former now deceased. He is indebted to the public school system for his educational training and in the school of experience he has also learned many valuable lessons. His youthful days were passed in Irwin, Pennsylvania, and in his boyhood he began working in the coal mines, while later he spent three years in different clerical positions. He left home at the age of eighteen, determined to try his fortune in the west, and proceeded across the country to Puget Sound. He spent eight years, from 1886 until 1894, in that section of the country and in the latter year came to Pueblo, where he spent eleven years as a smelter man and steel worker. He then joined the fire department as engineer and has since been identified therewith, being advanced to the position of chief in April, 1911. The department under his regime has been most thoroughly organized and completely modernized. There are six stations with fifty-three men and the equipment is of the latest, while the efficiency of the men has reached a high standard under the direction and instruction of the chief. Mr. Christy was united in marriage to Miss Marguerite Fisher and they are highly esteemed in the city. Mr. Christy is a democrat, a Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the Baptist church. He is also a member of the Fire Chiefs' Association and is devoted to his work. The splendid efficiency of the department is something of which Pueblo is proud. Great improvement has been made under the direction of Mr. Christy, who has succeeded in supplanting the old equipment by the most modern means and methods of fire fighting, thus lessening insurance rates and the great losses caused by the fire fiend. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume II Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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