Charles Bunting

Charles Andrews Bunting (1863-1933)

By Martha Bunting [written circa 1935]

Charles Andrews Bunting, son of Samuel and Susanna Lloyd (Andrews) Bunting, b. 12-23-1863; d. 12-25-1933; m. 4-12-1888, Helen C. Pyle, daughter of Cyrus and Mary Bassett (Rumford) Pyle, b. 4-12-1863.

As a boy he was a great reader, especially of books on Indians and those on adventure; he delighted in the historical novels of James Fenimore Cooper and of Sir Walter Scott. He was fond of all nature studies, and made quite a large collection of minerals. He had a talent for drawing and used this often as a copyist of pictures of well known artists, especially the animal studies of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, making some excellent pen and ink and crayon studies from the works of this noted artist. In later life his love of nature was especially shown in his work in gardening, devoting his leisure daylight hours to this occupation, as he did the evenings to reading and the construction of mechanical objects, or to mechanical repairs.

He was educated at Darby Friends’ School, Lauderbach’s Academy, and Swarthmore College. At college he majored in engineering, and graduated in the class of 1883.

Like the rest of the children of Samuel and Susan Bunting, he was not a birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, but he was brought up according to that faith and in adult life he joined the Society.*

*Samuel and Susan Bunting didn’t follow the correct protocol when they got married (in 1850). They didn’t get prior approval from their Quaker meeting – a process known as “passing meeting” – and so they were forced to leave the Society of Friends. However, culturally and socially they remained Quakers, sent their children to Quaker schools, etc.

Employment:  First he worked at the Southwark Foundry and Machine Co., Philadelphia, 1883-1887. In 1887 he took a position in the Pennsylvania Steel Company at Steelton, Penn., and became Superintendent of the Works a few years before his resignation in 1898. Then he spent one year at Hilles & Jones, Del., designing and erecting a new shop. Charles Bunting was Superintendent [i.e., financial manager, in this case] of Swarthmore College, 1899-1900. His next position was Superintendent of the Allentown Rolling Mills, Allentown, Pa., 1901-1904. On January 1, 1904, he became Superintendent of the Mansfield Engineering Co., Mansf1eld, Ohio, through 1907. Returning to Philadelphia in 1908, he procured the position of head engineer of the Power Plant of the John Wanamaker Store, where he remained until 1918. From 1918 until 1933 he was employed by the Simplex Valve and Meter Co.

Community Service:  When located in Steelton he gave lessons in draughting at the YMCA, devoting some of his evenings to this service. Throughout his life he rendered service to his family and his friends, always wishing to do things for which he was fitted by his mechanical skill or by his success in gardening.

World War I Service:  In addition to cultivating his garden at his home, he secured a large plot of ground on which he planted vegetables, to increase the food supply. He worked long hours over this garden, at first assisted by his daughter Isabel, who later went to Chester Co. to serve as a farmerette and road-mender.

[End of text quoted from Martha Bunting.]


Children

  • Mary Pyle Bunting (Apr 1889-Sep 1889).
  • Edith Caroline Bunting (1890-1960). Dietitian, cafe owner. Unmarried.
  • Isabel Pyle Bunting (1892-1976). Artist, designer, teacher. Unmarried.
  • Charles Bunting (1894-1905).
  • Charlotte Andrews Bunting (1898-1982). Homemaker. Married Sheldon R. Green.

Drawing

This pen & ink drawing (7 in. x 9 in.) is signed “Charles A. Bunting, 1883.” It’s after a famous painting by Edwin Landseer, from 1845, usually referred to as: King Charles Spaniels (‘The Cavalier’s Pets’). A larger version (1054 x 817, 352 KB) is linked to below:

Drawing by Charles A. Bunting
Drawing by Charles A. Bunting, 1883.

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