EDWIN THOMAS MILLS was born in Ossining, New York on April 13, 1891 to Jacob and Katie Mills. His father was a shoemaker. When the census was taken in 1900 the family, which included a younger brother, lived on North Highland Avenue in Ossining. The Mills family was still on North Highland Avenue in Ossining as late as 1910. Edwin Mills was by then working as a driver for an express company.
Edwin Mills had moved to Camden by 1914. He was then working as a driver and living at 2614 Federal Street. When he registered for the draft in June of 1917 he had married. He was at that time working at the Keystone Leather Company plant at 16th and Mickle Streets. By 1919 he had taken another job as a machinist at one of Camden's shipyards. Edwin and Eulalia Mills were still living at 2614 Federal Street as late as 1920.
By 1924 Edwin Mills had joined the Camden Police Department. 2614 Federal Street was by this time the location of the East End Trust Bank. Edwin and Eulalia Mills had moved to 2214 Federal Street when the 1924 City Directory was compiled. By 1929 he had moved to 240 Eutaw Avenue. Edwin T. Mills had been promoted to Detective by February of 1933.
On June 9, 1944 Detective Mills was granted a disability pension by the Camden Police Department. He had been suffering with kidney disease. Sadly, his kidneys failed completely while he was at his summer home in Wildwood NJ. On June 11, 1944 he died from uremic poisoning at Atlantic Shores Hospital in Somers Point NJ.
|Camden Courier-Post * August 22, 1931|
Kirby - Roy
R. Stewart - Eugene Lorenzo - Garfield
North 5th Street - Walter Smith - Alfred Shire - Edwin Mills - Gus Koerner
Bernard Dempsey - Sydney Wilkins - Robert Sweeney - Betty Doyle
Helen Wright - Albert Malmsbury - Frank Smith - Joseph A. Kirby
John C. Gibson - Main Street - Pearl Street - Bailey Street
Borton Street - York Street - Dayton Street
Marlton Avenue - Haddon Avenue - Newton Avenue
South 7th Street - Cedar Street
|Camden Courier-Post - March 21, 1932|
STORE HELD UP BY 3 ARMED BANDITS
Three armed bandits held up and robbed the manager of an American Store at 752 Ferry Avenue, Saturday night and escaped with $40 taken from the cash register.
The victim of the robbers was F. M. Willis, of 109 Wayne Terrace, Collingswood.
told police the three men entered the store shortly before 10 p. m., all
flourishing revolvers. They commanded him to stand against the wall and
while two of them kept their guns leveled at him, the third man ran to the
"cash register and took its contents, about $40.
you make any noise for the next five minutes we'll come back and kill
you," one of the bandits said as they bolted out of the door.
waited several minutes before venturing out of the store to summon police.
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Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1933
LIGHT IN BASEMENT STARTS BURGLAR SCARE
Abe Block had a burglar scare at 1 :30 a. m. Saturday in his tailor shop at 527 North Eighth Street. Block was passing the shop on his way home when he saw a light in the basement. He thought thieves were ransacking the place. He telephoned police and Detectives Walter Smith, Edwin Mills and John Trout sped to the shop.
Letting themselves in cautiously, they made their way to the cellar, and found that occupants of the second floor of the house were fixing the heater fire for the night.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933|
CHARGES E. C. CADES WITH ATTEMPT TO KILL
C. Cades, 26, one of the owners of
Cades apartment houses in North Camden, was held under $500 bail
yesterday pending grand jury disposition of a charge that he assaulted
an employee In an attempt to kill him.
accuser is Walter Devlin, 54, of 111 North
asked why his employer would want him dead, Devlin testified
In police court that he has two insurance policies, one for $3000 with
double indemnity for death by accident and another for $1500. In both
policies, Devlin declared, Cades is named as the beneficiary.
did not testify yesterday, but entered a plea of not guilty.
was found unconscious at Nineteenth street and River road late at night
on May 16. Taken to West Jersey Homeopathic
Hospital, he was found to
have suffered a fractured
skull and broken jaw. Police at first believed he was a hit-run victim
but nevertheless, City Detective Edwin
Mills was assigned to investigate the case.
testified yesterday that Cades invited him out for an automobile
ride, alighted somewhere to look at a soft tire. Devlin asserted he
found the tire to be hard and was getting back into the car when
something struck him on the head. That was all he remembered, he said
until he regained consciousness in the hospital.
could not positively say that Cades was his assailant, but asserted that
person was present.
Scott Cherchesky, attorney for Cades, said he had a statement obtained
by Cades from Devlin in the hospital on May 17 in the· presence of
Detective Mills. In the statement, Devlin purportedly asserted that
Cades did not attack him and he did not know who his assailant was.
also had two affidavits from tenants in the same apartment house where
Devlin resides. They are William H. Dougherty and William
Widerman. Dougherty attested he saw Cades return at 8.30 p. m. with
Devlin and the latter went into the house, "mumbling
drunkenly." Widerman also added that at about 9:45 a. m., he saw
Devlin leave the house, alone.
declared he did not remember
making any statement in the hospital to Cades, but that a nurse told him
"later, when I came out of my daze and the room stopped
swirling", that he had made such a statement.
accuser's complaint charges Cades with assault and battery with intent
to kill by beating him over the head with a blunt instrument.
been working for Cades for 13 years," testified Devlin. "On
the evening of May 17 at about 7 o'clock Mr. Cades called for me to take
a ride with him in his car. We rode around the city in circles and while
we were passing over a rough road somewhere Cades told me he thought he
had a soft tire. He got out of the car and looked at it and then told me
to get out and come around and help him fix it.
looked at the tire, felt it and it was hard. I told Cades it was all
right. As I started to get back into the car, I was struck over the head
and that is all I remember until I woke up in the hospital."
questioning by Judge Pancoast,
who held a statement given earlier to the police by Devlin, the latter
said that Cades bought him a bottle of whisky on that night. He asserted
it was his job to collect rents and take care of the apartments in the
North Camden section and as pay he received an apartment and food
Not See Assailant
said he could not positively swear that it was Cades who struck him as
Cades was behind him. He declared, however, that he saw no one else in
the immediate vicinity and no one else was in the car.
there was no one else there," declared Devlin.
would Cades want to strike you or kill you?"
he is carrying a big insurance
policy on me and has been for two years," responded Devlin.
,"One is a $3000 policy with double indemnity for accidental death,
and the other is a $1500 newspaper policy.
both of them Cades is named beneficiary.
payment of the premium on the policies was to come out of the wages I
was entitled to and I was to be retired in 10 years, when I was 64, and
kept for the rest of my life."
you ever hurt before?" Judge Pancoast
I was struck on the head with a brick once before and I told my wife to
notify my brother immediately
if anything happened to me
as I thought I was in danger because
of these insurance" policies."
was then cross, examined by Cherchesky and admitted, that several
months ago he had been beaten by a son-in-law and on another occasion
was struck by a man named Conway.
in a statement he requested the Courier-Post to publish after his
arraignment in police court, emphatically
denied the 'charges made by Devlin.
took Walter Devlin out in my automobile, as had been my custom, at 7
o'clock and took him home at 8
on the night of May 16. William
H. Dougherty, who lives in the first-floor apartment at 111 North
saw Devlin get out of the car and walk up to his apartment, and has
signed an affidavit to that effect, which I have.
Widerman, who also lives at the same address, saw Devlin in his
apartment that same evening, and also saw him leave the apartment
about 10 o'clock that night, and has given me a signed affidavit to that
did not see Devlin until the next morning' when I was called to the
hospital by detectives. I cannot account
for Devlin's whereabouts after I left him at the apartment house at 8
"I voted at 8:30 at the polling place at Cooper School, and after that spent the evening with my family. This case appears to me as one of extortion by either Walter Devlin or some other interested party.
"Devlin has been working for me for the past 13 years, and our relations have been extremely friendly. I am at loss, therefore, to account for this action."
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
Fires Gun After Mistaking Cop for Prowler
A wakened by
a noise at 3 a. m. yesterday, Mrs. Prossie Corbett, proprietor of a
drug store at 725 Broadway,
looked out of her third-story bedroom window and saw a man get in a
car and hurriedly drive away.
whose store burglars attempted to enter last Friday
by climbing a ladder and removing a window on the second floor, fired
three shots to attract the police, but the car already had disappeared
A few moments
later, in answer to her call, half a dozen motorcycle patrolmen were outside her place. Just then Detective Edwin
Mills came along in his car.
Told of what had occurred, Mills declared it was he who had gotten into the car Mrs. Corbett described to the police. Mills said he had left the car parked there while he made a routine inspection of the neighborhood.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1933|
FATHER HELD ON CHARGE MADE BY DAUGHTER
Charles Hellings, 52, of 2164 Berwick Street, was held without bail yesterday on a statutory charge by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast after he heard testimony from the man's daughter, 14, and a granddaughter, 12.
Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
Boys Smash Desks In Camden School But Take Nothing
Hiding in the
H. B. Wilson
School, Ninth and
Florence streets, until a Parent-Teacher Association meeting was over and the school locked for the
Lawrence Miller, of 814 Florence street, janitor, reported the incident to police yesterday. Detective
Clifford Carr after an inspection
of the school
DETECTIVE RECOVERS 300-POUND STOLEN PIPE
A pipe 25 feet long, 10 inches in diameter, weighing 300 pounds and valued at $25, stolen from in front of the blacksmith shop of Horace S. Greenwell at 7 North Second street, was recovered today less than an hour after its theft had been reported.
The pipe was recovered by Detective
Edwin Mills in a junkyard at
Second and Pine
streets. Joseph Fugaro, an employee at the establishment, told Mills that two boys, about 16, brought the pipe last
Camden Courier-Post * February 15, 1938
RACKET IN CLEANERS LAID TO PRISONER
One of the strangest gyp rackets discovered in Camden in recent
years—a vacuum cleaner sales scheme—was believed broken up yesterday with arraignment of Leonard Hauser, 218
street, before Police Judge Mariano. Hauser was arrested at his home by
Ferry testified Hauser paid $10 down on a cleaner for a certain trial period. Then, Ferry said, he represented himself as a salesman for the company and sold it to Mrs. Mary Kirby, 552 Bailey street, for $25, plus her old cleaner for a trade in.
Later, the cleaner mysteriously broke down. Hauser called and said he would take it back, Ferry testified, and bring a new one. He took the cleaner, said Ferry, but never was seen at the Kirby home again.
"If he had taken the broom," remarked City Prosecutor Cohen, "would you call it a clean sweep?"
C. Lawrence Gregorio, defense counsel, waived a hearing and the suspect was held in $2000 bail for the Grand Jury.
Detective Edwin Mills said after the hearing that Hauser did not restrict his activities to vacuum cleaners.
William Shaw, of 1474 Broadway, i dentified Hauser, according to Mills, as the man who collected $5 from him for an electric toy which was to have been Shaw's little son's Christmas present.- The toy never arrived, Mills said Shaw told him.
Mrs. Emily C. Hedley, of Berlin, and Mrs. Howard Brown, of Williamstown, also identified Hauser as the "vacuum cleaner salesman" who duped them, Mills declared..
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