Harry Mailahn


HARRY MAILAHN was born on June 17, 1926 to William Harry Mailahn and his wife, the former Florence Cummiskey. 

The 1927 and 1928 City Directories shows the family residing as 1117 Lawrence Street. William Mailahn was working as a driver. The 1930 Census shows the family at 1015 Lawrence Street, with William Mailahn working as a driver for an ice company.

The 1940 Census shows the family, which included older siblings Anna and Louis, and a younger brother, Albert, living at 3108 River Avenue in Cramer Hill. William Mailahn was then working as a deckhand.

Harry Mailahn served in the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to Camden and married Evelyn Winner. A son Harry Jr., was born in October of 1949. In May of 1950 Harry Mailahn took the Civil Service test for a position on the Camden Police Department. In October it was announced that he was one of seventy-seven who passed. He successfully tested for the Fire Department around the same time. The Mailahns were then living at 405 Beideman Avenue, in the Westfield Acres public housing project. They were still at that address when, on January 16, 1951 Harry Mailahn was appointed to the Camden Fire  Department. He was soon assigned to Engine Company 9. They had moved to 243 South 32nd Street by April of 1953.

By 1956 the family had moved to 905 North 21st Street. By the 1959 the Mailahn family had moved to a house at 2924 Royden Street in East Camden.

Harry Mailahn was still working for the Fire Department when he died of heart failure at his home, 2924 Royden Street, on February 1, 1971. He was survived by his wife, sons Harry Mailahn Jr. and Charles Mailahn, daughter Sandra Mailahn, and his mother, Mrs. Florence Mailahn.

After the Fire
that destroyed
The Market Street Ferry Terminal

Engine Company 9
October 6, 1954

Standing: Howard Harrington
Thomas McParland
Harry Mailahn
Clarence McMullen
Daniel F. Jiannetto

Photo by Bob Bartosz

Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1962

Harry Mailahn - Leonard Oshushek - Royden Street
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 11 - Ladder Company 3

Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1971

Camden Courier-Post
February 4, 1971