T. Frank
Boardman


 

T. FRANK BOARDMAN was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on July 8, 1875 as a replacement for John Fallan as an extra man with Engine Company 2. Howard H. Currie was appointed the same day, to serve with the Hook and Ladder Company. Frank Boardman served until April of 1876, when incoming Chief of the department Claudius Bradshaw made wholesale personnel changes within the department. He was reappointed April 8, 1877 and removed from service on November 24 of the same year. He was replaced by George Kelley.

T. Frank Boardman was born Thomas Franklin Boardman in Camden in July of 1856 to Thomas Boardman and his wife, the former Mary Edwards. The Boardmans were living in Camden's Middle Ward when the census was taken in 1850, Thomas Boardman working as a carriage maker to support his family. By the time the census was taken in 1850, Thomas Boardman had passed, leaving his wife to take care of a large family. Besides Frank, there were older siblings Alexander, Josiah, Oscar, and Caroline Boardman. The family was still living in the Middle Ward at the time of the 1860 Census and the 1870 Census. 

T. Frank Boardman was working in a stationary store when the census was taken in 1870. When he was appointed to the Fire Department in July of 1875, he was living at 436 Arch Street. Frank Boardman married Adalaide Page around 1875. From this marriage came two children, Oscar, born in October of 1875, and Elsie, who came in December of 1886. 

When the 1878 City Directory was compiled, T. Frank and Addie Boardman were living at 614 Walnut Street. This would remain his home for the rest of his days. His in-laws, John W. and Rachel Page lived next door at 616 Walnut Street. T. Frank Boardman was then working as a clerk in a real estate office. In 1883 he was working as a clerk for James M. Cassady. 

When he was associated with the Fire Department, T. Frank Boardman was known simply as Frank Boardman. In the early 1880s, he begins to appear in City Directories as T. Frank Boardman and as Thomas F. Boardman.

In time, T. Frank Boardman went into real estate for himself, and did well. He had an office at 128 Federal Street in the mid 1890s, then opened a real estate agency at 810 Broadway in 1898, moving to 822 Broadway in 1899. He was elected Justice of the Peace around 1899. He kept the office open at 822 Broadway as late as 1914. He was still working, although he did not keep a public office, when the 1918-1919 City Directory was compiled.

Thomas Franklin Boardman passed away on January 10, 1919. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.  

Frank Boardman was a member of Fidelity Lodge No. 3, Ancient Order of United Workmen. George Reeser Prowell wrote the following about this organization in his History of Camden County, New Jersey which was published in 1886:  

Ancient Order of United Workmen

The object of this order is to embrace and give equal protection to all classes and kinds of labor, mental and physical ; to strive earnestly to improve the moral, intellectual and social condition of its members ; to create a fund for the benefit of its members during sickness or other disability, and, in case of death, to pay a stipulated sum for each member, thus guaranteeing his family against want. Its jurisdictions are a Supreme Lodge, Grand and Subordinate Lodges. The Grand Lodge of Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware is thus officered: G. M. W., John J. Gallagher, of Wilmington, Del.; G. F., William H. Vermilye, Jersey City, N. J. ; G. O., James A. Vansant, Camden, N. J. ; G. G., John W. Diefendorf, Wilmington, Del.; G. R., A. F. Colbert, Baltimore; G. Receiver, Myer Hirsch, Baltimore ; G. M. E., G. S. Wilkins, M.D., Baltimore. 

Camden Lodge, No. 1. was chartered January 27, 1879, with these officers : Master Workman, Joseph R. Leaming; Foreman, Charles Markley; Overseer, George W. Coles; Recorder, Harry Ladow; Financier, William Thegen; Receiver, Albert P. Brown; Guide, William P. Partenheimer; Inside Watchman, Benjamin M. Denny; Outside Watchman, William Jones; Medical Examiner, H. Genet Taylor, M.D. These were also charter members, Moore Beideman, Robert L. Barber, John F. Benner, De Witt C. France, Joel H. Evaul, Henry S. Fortiner, George R. Fortiner, Howard L. Gandy, Merritt Horner, William Struthers, Benjamin G. Smith, William H. Stans bury, Marmaduke B. Taylor, Frank S. Wells, John S. Wells. The lodge has one hundred and forty-eight members, with these officers: P. M. W., J. C. Prickett; M. W., Virgil Willetts; F., J. H. Le Chard; 0., R. R. Lewellen ; R., W. R. Lundrum; Fin. Sec, Charles Markley ; Rec. Sec, John Woltjen; G., J. S. Pike ; I. W., John W. Clopper, Jr. ; O. W., J. H. Evaul ; Medical Examiner, E. R. Smiley, M.D. 

Fidelity Lodoe, No. 3, was instituted February 12, 1880, with forty-three charter members. At the end of first year it had sixty-five members, and it now has three hundred and thirty-eight. It is the largest lodge in the jurisdiction, which comprises the States of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. The first officers were : Master Workman, William T. Brewer; Foreman, Isaac Shivers; Overseer, David C. Brewer; Recorder, August F. Richter; Financier, James F. Davis; Receiver, Thomas I. Gifford ; Guide, John E. Stratton ; Inside Watchman, William H. Cattman; Outside Watchman, J. Alfred Allen ; Trustees, Merritt Horner, George H. Amon, Richard D. Sheldon ; Past Master Workman, Merritt Horner. 

The present officers are Past Master Workman Jacob S. Jones; Master Workman, William C. Husted; Foreman, D. C. Vanote; Overseer, William H. Collins ; Recorder, Merritt Horner; Financier, N. C. Stowell ; Receiver, B. S. M. Branning; Guide, Joseph Ridgway; Inside Watchman, L. C. Harris; Outside Watchman, Robert D. Swain, Jr.; Trustees, John Harris, C. H. Sayre, Jacob S. Jones. 

Provident Lodge, No. 4, was organized March 11, 1880, with these charter members: Officers P. W. M., B. F. Browning; W. M., Richard F. Smith ; F., Frank L. Vinton ; O., George B. Sellers; Fin., Charles J. Rainey; R., Irvine C. Beatty ; Rec, Goldson Test ; G., Alvah Bushnell ; I. W., C. S. Ball; O. W., Elwood Davis; M. E., Dr. Alexander Marcy ; Trustees, Rufus Hill, J. C. Hires. 

Those officiating at the organization in Association Hall were Past Masters Marmaduke B. Taylor, Charles Markley, George W. Coles, William Thegen, Harry Ladow, and others of Camden Lodge, No. 1. The Past Officers are: B. F. Browning, R. F. Smith, F. L. Vinton, G. B. Sellers, A. Bushnell, C. J.. Ball, Frank W. Tussey, E. Clark Yardley, J. E. Lippincott, Joseph A. Porter, G. Test, C. J. Rainey, I. C. Beatty, E. Davis, Harris Graflen, Charles H. Schitzler. The Present Officers are P. M. W., George C. Spooner; M. W., William J. Searle; Foreman, A. C. Smith ; O., John M. Eldridge ; Rec, G. Test; F., F. W. Tussey; G., C. A. Nicholson; I. W., K. McClung; O. W., G. W. Jackson; Trustees, Harris Graflen, J. E. Lippincott, C. V. D. Joline. The lodge has three hundred and nine members. 

Enterprise Lodge, No. 12, was organized in Odd-Fellows' lodge-room, Morgan's Hall, January 4, 1882, by George W. Coles and William Thegen, with these charter members : A. P. Brown, William Thegen, George W. Coles, George W. Doak, John T. Harker, Onan B. Gross, George C. Randall, John D. Kinsler, Frank P. Stoy, E. B. Slifer, Richard H. Brown, Jr., Lewis Simons, Thomas S. Hess, Jacob Schumacher, William T. Wentz, Henry E. Collins, Joseph Franklin, Alfred W. Test, Charles Hartzell, G. N. Buzby, Theo. B. Sage, Charles S. Gilbert, Ambrose R. Fish, James Watts, William A. Hamilton, William H. Swindell, Nathan F. Shinn, John Nulty, Samuel Robbins, Charles Bosch, C. Stanley French, H. B. Fowler, William J. Street, Robert H. Patton. The first officers were: P. M. W., William Thegen ; M. W., A. P. Brown ; Foreman, George W. Doak; Overseer, George C. Randall ; Recorder, Franklin P. Stoy ; p^inancier, G. N. Buzby, Receiver, Samuel Robbins ; Medical Examiner, O. B. Gross, M.D. The Past Master Workmen arc George W. Coles, William Thegen, A. P. Brown, George W. Doak, William J. Bradley, P. A. Fowler, C. H. Fowler, Charles H. Barnard, G. N. Buzby, Dr. Onan B. Gross, Samuel Robbins, William T. Wentz. The officers for 1886 are P. M. W., William T. Wentz; R., George W. Doak; M. W., George W. Steed; Fin., William Thegen; F., R. H. Brown, Jr. ; Receiver, Samuel Robbins ; Overseer, H. B. Fowler; Medical Examiner, O. B. Gross, M.D. The lodge has ninety members.


Philadelphia Inquirer * March 26, 1877


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 12, 1882


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