Charles Bunting

I’ve added a page about my great-grandfather, Charles Bunting (1863-1933), which includes one of his pen & ink drawings at the bottom.

Charles Bunting was trained as an engineer (Swarthmore College). He worked in the steel industry as a factory superintendent, and later supervised other industrial concerns. I’ve listed his employment history, as described by his sister, Martha Bunting. One oddity in this history was the year he spent working at Swarthmore College, during the school year 1899-1900 (or perhaps 1900-1901; the time frame isn’t clear), as superintendent of the school. This was clearly quite different from his previous and later positions. I believe that his duties were limited to financial supervision. (His cash book for the year 1900-1901 is archived at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.) After this year he returned to industrial work.

Charles suffered from severe deafness in his later years. His condition was attributed to auditory nerve damage, from his many years of working in noisy environments. But according to Martha, although he was “shut out of much which would have given him pleasure and information,” he remained happy, “taking his affliction philosophically.” In fact he seems to have had an extremely pleasant personality. The eminent surgeon Edward Martin, who knew Charles for over half a century (they were friends at Swarthmore), wrote about him to Martha after his death: “This is to thank thee for thy letter bearing on Charlie, a heart of gold, a certain splendor in his attitude towards life, a joyous glory in service to others and complete forgetfulness of self.”

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