Robert
Gick




Robert Gick
Chief of Stockton Fire Department
1897

ROBERT GICK was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1857, the son of Christopher Gick. By 1887 he had moved to what was then called Main Street in the Pavonia section of Stockton Township. This area is commonly known today as the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Main Street was renamed North 26th Street by 1905. He appears in the Camden City Directories from 1887 through 1891 as being employed as a driver.

Robert Gick became a volunteer firefighter during this period. He began his career as a volunteer with Pavonia Hose Company No. 3 at Cambridge Avenue and River Road. Robert Gick was elected Chief of the Stockton Fire Department in 1897, and joined Camden's paid fire department as a firefighter when Stockton was merged into Camden, eventually becoming Lieutenant of Hose and Chemical Company Number 2.

Robert Gick married Anna Miller, and their were at least three sons. One son, Howard L. Gick was born on August 22, 1895 in Camden. Howard L. Gick followed his father into the Camden Fire Department, serving 33 years, before retiring as a Battalion Chief in 1956. Charles Gick, the eldest, lived for several years at 2744 Pierce Avenue in Cramer Hill. 

By 1906 Robert Gick and his wife Anna lived at 928 North 26th Street in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood. They lived next door to Henry and Sophia Strahle, who operated a tavern known as Strahle's Hotel, and later as the Pavonia House. Robert Gick was still working for the Camden Fire department when the census was taken. 

Robert Gick passed away in  at the age of 69 on April 23, 1926 and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery. He was survived by his sons and wife Anna.


Left:
Robert Gick
Chief
of
Stockton Fire Department
1897

Right:
Lieutenant
Robert Gick

Camden Fire Department
1913

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Philadelphia Inquirer - January 3, 1895
Robert Gick - Edward Heimach - George W. Marple
Louis Sasse - Charles Worthington - Charles Ridgely
Alfred Taylor

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1897
Robert Gick - Martin J. Ryan - George Bremen - Millard Daly - Jesse Milby  Samuel N. Johnson - William Abels - Samuel S. Elfreth - J.C.T. Trachsel 
Colonel A.H. Troth - Stockton Hose Company - Citizens Fire Company
Rosedale Fire Company - William Penn Fire Hook & Ladder Company

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 21, 1898

Samuel Jaquillard - Peter Hagan - Robert Gick - Appledoor - William Houseman

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 24, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
William Penn Hook & Ladder Company No. 1
First Baptist Church - Edgar Boulton
John W. Vanhart - W. Scott Franklin
Benjamin Kellum - Charles Robinson
George B. Wade - Albert Jones
George Cox - Edward Weston
Samuel Peoples - Harry B. Middleton
Harry Burroughs - Robert W. Colkett
William G. Hillman - James E. Navins
Charles Todd - Daniel Smith
Peter B. Carter - Alfred Hayden
Henry Elliott - Josiah Sage
Samuel Price - William Rose
Charles Sturgis - Daniel Grimes
Harry Wagner - Augustus Kester
William Simpson

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Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1899
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Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte - Edgar Boulton - John W. Vanhart - W. Scott Franklin
Robert Gick - Joseph Till - Edward Kelly - Christian Stark - Frank Powell - Lewis H. Sasse
Samuel Collins - William Madison - John F. Renner - Josiah Pedigree 

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 28, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
Edgar Boulton - John W. Vanhart
W. Scott Franklin - Robert Gick - Joseph Till
Edward Kelly - Christian Stark
Samuel Collins - William Madison
John F. Renner - Josiah Pedigree
Charles Robinson - George B. Wade
Albert Jones - George Cox
Edward Weston - Samuel Peoples

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