Frank Crosby Paine, Jr.
|Posted 2018-05-13 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Prescott Evening Courier, Prescott, Arizona|
Monday, March 24, 1930, page 1, column 6
Death Beckons Young Fireman
Crosby Paine, employed in the meter department of the Arizona Power
company and active member of the Prescott Volunteer Fire department,
died at 4 o'clock this morning in Mercy hospital following an
illness of less than a week. He was 26 years old on February 17.
His attending physician gave the cause of death as acute nephritis
He took sick last Monday and that night the physician counselled
against attempting to go to work the next day. On Saturday he was
removed to the hospital for treatment for what was given out by the
relatives as infected tonsillitis.
Relatives here are awaiting the arrival tomorrow of Mason L. Paine,
a brother, residing in South Gate, Calif., before deciding
definitely about the funeral services, although it is probable they
will be conducted Wednesday afternoon.
Crosby Paine's death came as a distinct shock to his relatives,
fellow members of the fire department, and other friends. Speaking
as chief of the firemen, Art E. Henry today said: 'Crosby was one of
the best members of the fire department. He was very active,
indeed. We thought the world of him and feel keenly the shock of
his untimely death. He had been very active as a fireman and
several responsibilities were placed on his shoulder. One of these
duties was captain of the salvage corps, in which he did outstanding
work and was instrumental in saving thousands of dollars worth of
property from water damage at fires. He also was foreman of hook
and ladder company No. 1 and a member of the inhalator squad. It
will be impossible to find another man for these places exactly like
Mr. Paine was born in Prescott, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank C.
Paine. His mother died in 1914 and his father on January 29, 1929.
The deceased received his elementary education in the Prescott
public schools and then held various jobs about Prescott until about
nine years ago he was employed by the Arizona Power company and
assigned to what then was known as the Hopewell sub-station in the
smelter yard of the Verde Copper company in Clarkdale. Before that
sub-station was abandoned about six years ago, Mr. Paine was made
the operator in charge. From that post, he came to Prescott for the
power company and since then he had been an electric meter reader
and tester. At the time of his death his residence was 223 East
Those surviving are the full brother, Mason L. Paine, already
mentioned; half-brother, E. C. Paine, of Oakland, Calif.; six second
cousins, E. C. Paine of the Bashford-Burmister company grocery
department; Morris W. and Maxwell S. Payne, operator of the Dells
resort; Stanley T. Payne of Socorro, M. Mex., Ed. C. Payne, Jr., of
Cottonwood, and Mrs. Mary Ruth Todd of Prescott; an aunt, Mrs. Isaac
Paine of Brookline, Mass., and an uncle, Ed Mathewson of Prescott.
Because of his outstanding work with the fire department, the
firemen will turn out in uniform at the burial services. Mr. Paine
was an active member of the Moose lodge here and at one time was an
officer in that organization.
Transcriber's note: Mr. Paine is buried at the Citizens Cemetery in
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