Richard Grimes

  RICHARD J. GRIMES was born in Pennsylvania on April 13, 1892 to Daniel J. Grimes and his wife, the former Elizabeth Lee. The Grimes family came to New Jersey in the mid-1890s. By 1900 the family was living at 586 Auburn Street, with four children at home, Margaret, 10; Richard, 9; Rose, 5; and Daniel Jr., 2 years of age.

Daniel Grimes served as a member of the Camden Fire Department for 32 years and nine months. He joined the department on March 1, 1900 and retired on December 30, 1932. During the 1910s he was assigned to Engine Company No. 5 at 14th and Federal Streets. 

As early as 1906 and through at least 1924, the Grimes family lived at 623 Vine Street in North Camden. Richard J. Grimes appears in the 1914 Camden City Directory as a machinist. He later went to work as a truck driver. In July of 1914 he enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard. By June 18, 1918 he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. When the National Guard was mobilized after America entered into World War I, Richard Grimes went on active duty, serving with the 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. His younger brother Daniel Jr. also served. Sadly, Daniel Grimes Jr. was badly injured by poison gas while fighting the Germans in France, and died not long after returning to the United States. 

The 1919 Camden City Directory shows Richard Grimes living at 138 Birch Street, working as a driver. He was not living with his parents when the Census was taken in 1920. He began serving with the Camden Fire Department on May 3, 1920. By the time the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled, he had moved back in with his parents at 623 Vine Street.

By 1920 Daughter Rose was still living with her parents, but had married Clarence Wurst, who wasn't the boy next door, but was the boy two doors away, at 617 Vine street. They remained at that address through at least 1924. 

The 1927 Camden City Directory shows the Grimes family living at 715 North 10th Street. By 1929 the Grimes family had moved to 3216 Saunders Street in East Camden. The neighbors at 3218 was the Nicholas Romaine family. Nicholas Romaine, like Daniel Grimes, was a Camden fire fighter. Camden policeman Ralph Cline lived just around the corner at 379 North 33rd Street. The Grimes family was still on Saunders Street in April of 1930. By 1931 Daniel Grimes, his wife Elizabeth and son Richard had moved to 2823 Pleasant Street. Fire Department records from 1931 show that Richard Grimes was still a Camden firefighter. He left the department late in the year or in 1932.

Last a resident of 111 North 25th Street, Richard Grimes passed away on December 11, 1932 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill), New Jersey. 

Daniel Grimes last residence was at 973 North Twenty-seventh street. He passed away on June 6, 1933 at the age of 70 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery. 

World War I Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


The funeral of Daniel J. Grimes, 66, veteran city fireman, who died Tuesday night in Cooper Hospital, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Wurst, 326 Elm street.

Mr. Grimes was taken to Cooper Hospital a week ago after several weeks illness at home, 973 North Twenty-seventh street.

He entered the fire department March 1, 1900, and retired last December 30. He was a member of the Elks, Eleventh Ward Republican Club and the Police and Firemen's Benevolent Association. His widow, Elizabeth, also survives.

Requiem mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Church, Fifth and Vine streets, at 9 a. m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. .