P. CAIRNS was born
in Pennsylvania around 1872. The 1906 Camden City Directory
shows Horace Cairns living at 515 Newton
Avenue. He was then working as a streetcar conductor.
the census was taken on April 15, 1910 Horace Cairns was living
at 497 Newton
in South Camden with his wife Annie, mother-in-law Mary
Coile and brother Michael Coile.
July 1, 1910 the Camden Fire Department's Engine Company 7 went
into service at its new firehouse at 1115 Kaighn
Avenue. Horace Cairns was one of the original members of the
company. He was then living at 621 Newton
was still his address in 1918. Horace Cairns was promoted to
captain during the 1920s, and was assigned to the newly formed Engine
Company 10. By 1924 he had moved to 623 Newton
Avenue. He was
still living at 623 Newton
Avenue when the
census was enumerated in April of 1930. Shortly afterwards he
retired. Fire Department records from 1931 show him living in
Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Cairns was last a resident of 115 Oakland Avenue in Audubon, New Jersey.
He passed away on March 11, 1942 and was buried at New St. Mary's
Cemetery in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
Fire Department - 1914 Chief Engineer's Report
Company No. 5 at 14th and Federal
Streets, with newly converted hose wagon. Originally a
horse drawn rig, it was modified to electric power by the Commercial
Truck Company of Philadelphia PA. A storage battery powered each
Pictured with apparatus are (I to r): Chief
Carter, Fireman Scott Franklin,
Coffman, Firemen Edward Kelley,
Grimes and Chief's Aide, Fireman
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