Frank
L.
Stillwell


 

FRANK L. STILLWELL was born in New Jersey in January of 1857. He married in 1878. He was a shoemaker by trade, as were other members of his family. He appears in the 1878-1879 Camden City Directory at 924 South 4th Street, then relocated to 322 Sycamore Street prior to the compilation of the 1879-1880 edition. Frank Stillwell next appears in Camden City Directories in the 1883-1884 edition. He was then living at the corner of Ferry Avenue and Fillmore Street, working at the F.P. Dietrick & Company shoe factory at 25 Market Street in Camden. 

In the spring of 1884 Frank Stillwell was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as an extra man with the Hook and Ladder Company, taking the place of James Read. Frank Stillwell served until July 1, 1885 when the Fire Department was reorganized and eighteen of the extra men were laid off.
  

Frank Stillwell continued to work as a shoemaker throughout the 1880s and 1890s. The 1885 City Directory shows him at 1241 South 4th Street. He was at 502 Liberty Street in the 1887-1888 edition, at 118 Mount Vernon Street in the 1888-1889 edition, and at 525 Mechanic Street in the 1890 Directory. The 1892-1893 City Directory gives his address as 152 Cox Street, and the 1893-1894 book shows him at 120 Mount Vernon Street. By the end of 1894 Frank Stillwell and family had moved to 1136 Baring Street, where they stayed through 1899.

The June 1900 Census shows Frank L. Stllwell living at 1069 South 2nd Street. He was still working as a shoemaker, most likely for Abraham Wessell, who lived at 1063 South 2nd and who owned a shoe factory nearby. The Stillwell family is listed as consisting of Frank Stillwell, his wife Louisa, and their six surviving children, Clara, Andrew, John, Emma, Mamie, and Ella. There appears to be a conflict in that Louisa Stillwell passed away in February of that year.

The 1906 Camden City Directory shows Frank Stillwell at 1063 Francis Street. When the Census was taken in 1910 he was living at 1060 Francis Street with his daughter, Emma Arthur and her husband Edward. Frank Stillwell does not appear in the 1914 Camden City Directory but is listed in the 1918-1919 edition at 973 Florence Street. He was then working in one of Camden's shipyards. 

Frank Stillwell was still residing in the same neighborhood when the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled. He was then staying at 804 Tulip Street. When the Census was taken in April of 1933 Frank Stillwell was living with his daughter Clara Meyers and her husband Charles at 833 Tulip Street.

Frank L. Stillwell died in December of 1931 from sarcoma of the blades. He was buried with his wife at New Camden Cemetery.


Philadelphia Inquirer * February 12, 1900


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