JOHN KAMINSKI was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 16,
1912 to Anthony Kaminski and his wife, the former Laura Budniewski. The
family moved to Camden in the early 1920s. The 1924 City Directory shows
the family at 1458 South
10th Street. By 1929 the family had moved to 1145 Thurman
the Census was taken in April of 1930, Stanley Kaminski was living with
his parents and siblings at 1145 Thurman
Street. Also at home were his
older brother Joseph and his wife Genevieve, brothers Leon, Edward, and
Henry, and a sister, Rita. Two older sisters, Martha and Helen, had
already wed and moved out by that time.
1940 Stanley Kaminski had married a neighborhood girl, Frances Stella
Wysocki. He and his wife made their home at 1464 South 10th
far from St. Joseph's Polish Catholic
Church, which was also the home of
Frances' parents. The 1956 and 1959 New Jersey Bell telephone
Directories lists an "S.J. Kaminski" at 1119 Liberty
Kaminski worked as a butter maker from the late 1920s through at least
1940. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on April 20, 1944
and reported for duty on May 1, 1944. Stanley Kaminski was assigned to Engine
Company 3 at 1815
where he served his entire career except for a short period where he
was assigned to the Fire School, which began on October 18, 1948 and
concluded on January 14, 1949.
Kaminski died on January 20, 1960. He was survived by his wife and three
children. After his death Robert Troutman was appointed to take his
place with the Camden Fire Department.
Kaminski's nephew, J. Stanley
Wysocki, was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in 1965, where
he served for over 25 years, retiring as a Captain in April of 1991.