Joseph
F.
Ernst
aka Joseph Ernest


JOSEPH F. ERNST was born around 1871 in Pennsylvania to Anna M. and Joseph S. Ernst. His father worked as a shoemaker. The family was living in Palmyra, New Jersey when the census was taken in 1880. Besides Joseph, the family included an older sister, Mary Frances.

By 1887 the family had moved to Camden. Joseph S. Ernst is listed at 728 Spruce Street in South Camden in the 1887-1888 and 1888-1889 City Directories

Joseph Ernst married Ella Buzine, daughter of Camden Fire Department assistant chief Samuel S. Buzine, around 1891

Joseph F. Ernst appears in the 1894-1895 City Directory, living at 286 Sycamore Street. He was then working as a plater in Philadelphia. By that time his father and mother had moved to 1112 South 4th Street. The 1895-1896 and 1896 Directory shows Joseph F. Ernst living at 702 Cherry Street, near his in-laws.

Joseph F. Ernst mother passed away in September of 1907 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery. His father later re-married and moved to Philadelphia. After the death of his mother, Joseph F.  

Ernst and his wife and children moved to 1112 South 4th Street. He continued working in Philadelphia as a plater and later as polisher into the late 1890s.

The 1900 Census shows Joseph and Ella Ernst had three children, two of whom were still living in June of 1900, Jesse Hastings Ernst and Raydie Ernst. Joseph Ernst was still working in Philadelphia when the Census was taken.

On December 3, 1904 Joseph F. Ernst was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. During his time in service with the department, his name often appeared in print as Joseph Ernest, including department records from 1931. Obituaries for his parents, census records and City Directories prior to, during, and after his time with the Fire Department refer to him as Joseph F. Ernst.

All of Ella Ernst's siblings, the children of Camden Fire Department assistant chief Samuel S. Buzine had married by 1909. Son William K. Buzine, Ella Ernst's brother, had also joined the Camden Fire Department, as had son-in-law Joseph F. Ernst. Her brother-in-law Edward Hyde later became the Chief of police in Camden. Sister Clara Enst married James Roach, who served briefly as a fireman in the 1880s, as a policeman and constable in the 1890s and 1900s, and as tender of the State Street Bridge in the 1910s.

In February Joseph F. Ernst's father, Joseph S. Ernst, passed away at his home in Philadelphia. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Camden, by his first wife's side.

Joseph Ernst and family were still living at 1112 South 4th Street when the 1910 Census was enumerated. Ella Ernst's sister Stella, her husband Harry Prevost and their son Samuel then also lived at that address. 

On July 1, 1911 Samuel S. Buzine retired from active service with the Camden Fire Department. He was still residing at 765 Spruce Street when the 1912-1913 City Directory was compiled. Shortly thereafter, Samuel Buzine retired to Holly Beach, New Jersey which in 1912 had become a part of Wildwood. Samuel Buzine is not listed in the 1914 Camden City Directory, his obituary however, indicates that he kept his home in Camden and only spent summers in Holly Beach, where he passed away on August 5, 1917.

The 1914 Camden City Directory shows that Joseph F. and Nellie Ernst had moved to 612 Pine Street. The Ernsts bought the home. 

The 1930 Census shows Joseph F. Ernst still working for the Camden Fire Department. He was by this time a widower. Living with him at 612 Pine Street was his son J. Hastings, daughter-in-law Hattie, and grandchildren Roland and Ella May. Joseph F. Ernst retired from the Camden Fire Department during the 1930s.

Joseph Ernst, his son and grandchildren were still living at 612 Pine Street as late as 1946. Although 75 years of age, he was was then working as a watchman. The family is not listed in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory. Son J. Hastings Ernst did live in Camden until his passing in 1972.


Philadelphia Inquirer - September 24, 1896

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 1904
Martin Carrigan
Rollo Jones
Charles Cook
James White
Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley
Joseph Daly
Joseph Ernst
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse
Harry C. Anderson
William Miller
Engine Company 5

 


Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 1905

Charles Cook
James White
Harry C. Anderson

Edward Finley
Martin Carrigan
James WIllis
Harry Green
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
William Miller
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 19, 1906

George Shields - William Hillman - William Jobes
Josiah Sage - Seth D. Monnell - George Quinn
Martin Carrigan - J.W. Simpson - James Elberson
William Elberson - Charles Worthington
Harry Dease - Isaac Toy -
Harry A. Haines Sr.
Joseph Ernst - Joseph Gail - Samuel S. Elfreth
William SchreglerCharles H. Ellis 

West Street - Mickle Street - Beckett Street
Kaighn Avenue - Line Street - South 8th Street
Mt. Vernon Street - Clinton Street - Cedar Street
North 4th Street - Taylor AvenuePenn Street
Haddon Avenue - Bridge Avenue

Engine Company 1 -  Engine Company 2
Engine Company 4 - Chemical Engine Company

6th Regiment, New Jersey National Guard
Farmers & Merchants Market
Camden Opera House

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Frank G. Hitchener - William Morgenweck - Sperry & Hutchinson - Camden Bowling Alleys
M.W. Taylor Theatrical Agency - John Sherwood - Louis Certain - Richard Carpenter - Daniel Mehlin
Mrs. Ida Paul - Mrs. Farley - John Campbell - Harry Chase - John WIdden - H.W. Wilson
Gardner Corson - Mrs. Borquin - C.M. Alcott

Gardner Corson was appointed to the Fire Department in November of 1907.


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 22, 1906
Charles H. Ellis - First Baptist Church - Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church
George Shields - William Jobes - William Hillman - Kaighn Avenue - Rev. John S. Heisler
Samuel S. Elfreth - Samuel Price - William Deno - Charles Robinson - Peter Carter
Joseph Ernst - George Quinn

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 1907

Joseph Ernst
South 4th Street
Frank Voight
William Drennan
North 2nd Street
Elm Street


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 17, 1909

Philadelphia Inquirer * December 5, 1909

Harry Prevost
William Sofield
William Buzine
Edward Hyde
Joseph F. Ernst
James Roach
Samuel Buzine
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This 1912 Robinson Combination Chemical and Hose Wagon was assigned to Engine Company 2. It was one of two purchased as the first motorized apparatus in the Department. Pictured in this 1913 photograph are (l to r): Fireman John Lennox, Wagon Chauffer Harry Hankins, Firemen William Elberson, Joseph Ernst, Martin Carrigan, and Captain George Wade. Accompanying them are members of the engine crew: Stoker Arthur Wingate, Driver Joseph Johnson and Engineer John Augusts "Gus" Dold.


Hook & Ladder Company No.1
with new 1914 American LaFrance 75', 4 cyliner aerial ladder, in front of Fire Headquarters

From Left: tillerman Bill Tatem, firemen Edward Finley, Charles Gladney, and Harry Green, Lt. Harry Anderson,
Firemen
George Hollins and Steward Bakley, Captain Joseph Maxwell, and driver Harry Burroughs


Philadelphia Inquirer
January 2, 1920

Joseph Ernst
Pine Street
Ladder Company 2
Cooper Hospital
North 2nd Street
Cooper Street

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