George T. Quinn

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George Tabor Quinn was born on January 23, 1875, in New Jersey, to parents Davis Quinn and Estelle Abel. The Quinn family, comprising George, his older sister Violet, and later, younger siblings Leila A. Quinn (born in 1880) and Albert Quinn (born in 1886), resided at 448 Benson Street from 1878 to 1888. They later moved to 450 Benson Street by 1890.

According to the 1900 Census, George T. Quinn had married Clara and was living with her at 538 Federal Street. At that time, he worked as a paperhanger and was already employed as a fireman according to Fire Department records. The 1906 City Directory listed George’s address as 453 Royden Street. By April 22, 1910, George and Clara had moved to 622 South 5th Street, where they resided for at least the next two decades. Although they did not have children, they raised their nephew Charles F. Mills from the 1920s through the 1930s.

George T. Quinn joined the Camden Fire Department in the 1890s. Initially serving as a ladderman with Hook & Ladder Company (later Ladder Company 1), he was reassigned to another company, possibly the Chemical Engine Company, on November 4, 1902. He returned to Ladder Company 1 on May 1, 1903, and later joined Engine Company 8. Tragically, on March 19, 1906, during a fire at the Sixth Regiment Armory, three firefighters lost their lives, and George T. Quinn left the Fire Department soon after.

On January 1, 1908, George T. Quinn became a member of the Camden Police Department, a position he held until at least April 1930. The 1930 Census captured George and Clara living at 622 South 5th Street with their nephew Charles F. Mills. George continued his service with the Camden Police Department until at least April 1930. Unfortunately, neither George nor Clara Quinn is listed in the 1940 Camden City Directory.


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