Edwin Thomas Mills was born on April 13, 1891, in Ossining, New York, to Jacob and Katie Mills. His father worked as a shoemaker. In the 1900 census, the Mills family, including Edwin and his younger brother, resided on North Highland Avenue in Ossining. They continued to live there until at least 1910. By that time, Edwin was employed as a driver for an express company.
Around 1914, Edwin Mills relocated to Camden, New Jersey. He worked as a driver and resided at 2614 Federal Street. When he registered for the draft in June 1917, he was already married and working at the Keystone Leather Company plant on 16th and Mickle Streets. By 1919, he had taken a machinist position at one of Camden’s shipyards. Edwin and his wife Eulalia still lived at 2614 Federal Street as of 1920.
In 1924, Edwin Mills joined the Camden Police Department. The former location of 2614 Federal Street had become the site of the East End Trust Bank. When the 1924 City Directory was compiled, Edwin and Eulalia Mills had moved to 2214 Federal Street. Subsequently, they relocated to 240 Eutaw Avenue by 1929. By February 1933, Edwin T. Mills had been promoted to Detective.
Detective Mills was granted a disability pension by the Camden Police Department on June 9, 1944, due to his ongoing battle with kidney disease. Tragically, while at his summer home in Wildwood, New Jersey, his kidneys completely failed, leading to his death from uremic poisoning on June 11, 1944, at Atlantic Shores Hospital in Somers Point.
At the time the 1947 City Directory was compiled, Mrs. Mills and their daughter Ruth Mills were still residing at 240 Eutaw Avenue. Notably, this address later became the home of Camden Fireman Earl A. Smith Sr.
Edwin Mills joined the Camden Police Department and while traveling in a police radio car, a bus collided with their vehicle resulting in injuries to both officers.
A reputed employee of Fred Klosterman, Camden numbers baron, was shot and killed in Philadelphia last night in what police there believed was an inter-city fight for control of the numbers racket.
“Eddie” Adamski, most notorious of local gangland’s safecrackers, has escaped from a Mt. Holly jail. He was in solitary confinement, allegedly under special guard and allowed no visitors other than his sister.
Walter Devlin testified yesterday that Edwin Cades invited him out for an automobile ride, alighted somewhere to look at a soft tire and struck him on the head.