Frank
Kuda


 

FRANK KUDA was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 27, 1892 to Joseph and Lena Kuda. His father had come to America in 1890. The 1899 City Directory shows the Kuda family at 709 Jane Street, a small street that ran south from 1062 Line Street for one block to Pine Street. The Kudas soon moved to Camden's Centerville section, where they remained into the 1970s. The family was living at 1841 Mulford Street when the 1906 City Directory was compiled.

When the Census was taken in 1910 Frank Kuda was living with his parents, older step-brother Joseph Caster, brother George and sister Mary at 1841 Mulford Street. His father's occupation was given as farmer, there were at that time small farm south of Ferry Avenue near Mulford Street in what was then called Sweet Potato Hill. 

Frank Kuda appears in the 1914 Camden City Directory, working as a laborer and living at 1841 Mulford Street. His father is not listed and may have by this time passed away. Frank Kuda was living with his mother at 1821 Tioga Street when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He was then working as a dyer at the R.H. Comey Company plant on Jefferson Avenue and the railroad tracks east of South 6th Street.

When the census was taken in January of 1920 Frank Kuda had returned to 1841 Mulford Street, where he lived with his mother, brother George, and younger sister Mary, who had married James Whitehead, a truck driver. Also living at the address were the Whiteheads two daughters, Madeline and Anna. Frank and George Kuda were then working together at a paper mill.

Frank Kuda married around 1921. By 1924 he and his wife Catherine had moved to 1869 Mulford Street. By January 1, 1927 he had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He served at Ladder Company 4, South 10th And Morgan Streets, through April 9, 1928 when he was transferred to Engine Company 8.

The 1930 Census shows him living with his wife Catherine and sons Frank, Joseph, and Albert, at 1869 Mulford Street. Fire Department records indicate that he was still at that address in 1931. Before the 1930s had ended, the Kudas had moved to 1875 Mulford Street

Frank Kuda continued to served with the Camden Fire Department as late as the spring of 1942, when he again registered for the draft. Frank and Catherine Kuda were then living at 1875 Mulford Street. It is unclear as to when Frank Kuda left the Fire Department. The 1947 Camden City Directory gives no indication of current occupation.

Frank Kuda was still listed in the New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories as late as October of 1959 at 1875 Mulford Street. By the fall of 1970 he had moved to 1841 Tioga Street. Last a resident of Gloucester City, New Jersey, he passed away in July of 1973.

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Camden Post-Telegram * December 30, 1920

Peter B. Carter - Thomas Nicholas - Walter Browning - George B. Wade - William W. Patterson
Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - Charles H. Ellis - David Jester - Joseph Forsyth

Engine Co. 1 - Alfred E. Green - Charles Errickson  Charles W Cooke - Leroy Hatchett

Engine Co. 2 - Howard Landon - John K. Voll 
Edgar Ellender - Harold Lohrang - Chester Andrus  Harry G. Layton

Engine Co. 3 - Charles B. Haines - Charles Clements
August HaverkampFrank Kuda - Louis Quinton

Engine Co. 4 - Frank A. Obermann - Walter B. Gray
Albert Raeuber
- Fred Schucker - Harry Kleinfelder

Engine Co. 5 - Richard A. Farris - Frank Fennrio

Engine Co. 6 - William H. Reed - Manuel J. Kane Edward Perairia - Thomas Shanahan
Rocco De Varro

"Frank Fennrio" is for the moment a mystery

Engine Co. 7 - August Scholl - Nicholas Romaine
Lawrence H. Mathews

Engine Co. 8 - Samuel Oshushek - Edward C. Crane Adam Mead - Frank Sapp - William J. Taylor Sr.

Engine Co. 9 - Kennard Naylor - Daniel McSurdy John Mohrfeld

Engine Co. 10 - William Schwartz - Hugh Rementer Harry Greenan - Rocco Abbott

Hose & Chemical Co. 2 - Laurence Newton
Edward Hauser - William Getner

Ladder Co. 1 - Thomas Cunningham
Leonard Megee

Ladder Co. 2 - John Gaylor - Walter White

Ladder Co. 3  David Ellis - George W. Attison
John Mulligan - David Humphries - Albert Dukes

Tennie G. Hutchison Jr. - Ladder Co. 4 - George A. Quimby


Camden Post-Telegram * August 19, 1925

...continued...
Charles Younger - Y.M.C.A - Lewis H. Stehr Jr.
Joseph Connell -
John W. Golden
Charles T. Humes - Archie Riess
Walter A. Mertz - Engine Company 1

Everett Joslin - Joseph McDonald - Vernon Jones
Frank Nelson - William Rogers - Harold Dunnit
John Bright -
Edwin Callahan - Walter Larson
August Pflederer - Clarence Phifer - Thomas Welch
Stanley Wirtz - Charles Naylor - George Rothwell
Richard Donnelly - Lester Gleason - Joseph Keefe

Fred Schucker - Harry Wagner - Chris Moll
Harry Layton - Edgar Ellender - August Haverkamp
Frank Kuda - Harry Kleinfelder - William Foehle
Thomas Shanahan - Harrison Pike
Lester Anderson - William Wood
George Townsend - Allen Palmer - William Swartz Nelson Till - William MountneyJohn A.Strauss
Frank Obermann - Edward Menzies
John Mulligan - Frank Kates - Clifford Lane
Nelson Andrews - Harry Leigh

John Lennox - William Merrigan
Howard Walker - Harry Greenan - Peter Laird

Smith- could be David, George, Roy, or Spencer William Rudd?

Camden Motorcycle Sporting Club
Joseph Bernart
Frank DeViney
Carl Preisendanz
Edward Paul
Charles Ellis
George Gummel
Bennett Arnold
Clayton Albertson

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