LEWIS CURRIE was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 21, 1880 to Howard
H. Currie and his wife Rose, of 434 Arch
Street, Camden. His father was working
as a bartender when he was born. Howard H.
Currie became involved with the Camden Fire Department by 1886 as
a "Call Man", although City Directories from 1887 through
1890 also state that Howard H.
Currie worked as a lithographer in
Philadelphia. During these years the family lived at 326
Taylor Avenue. Howard H.
Currie eventually went to work full time for the Camden Fire Department.
L. Currie married around 1901. His wife Sarah (also known as Sadie),
bore a son, John H. Currie around 1904. Howard and Sarah Currie lived
with his parents through at least 1906.
the 1906 Camden City Directory was published, Howard L. Currie was
working as a conductor for either the streetcar line or the railroad.
His father, Howard H. Currie,
was at that time on the Fire Department. The family was
living at 109 North 4th
Street. The 1910 Census shows that Howard L.
Currie had moved with his wife and son to 214 Point
Street. he was
then working as a switchman for the railroad.
mid-1912 Howard L. Currie had joined the Camden Fire department. He
was still living at 214 Point
Street with his wife, Sadie. His
father was still with the Fire Department as well, however, by 1914 Howard H.
Currie had retired from the department. He was still living
at 109 North 4th
September of 1918 Howard L. Currie's marriage had ended in divorce. He
was living with his parents at 220 North 3rd Street, and no mention of
a wife is on his draft card. Howard H.
Currie died at some point in time between September 12, 1918 and
January 1, 1920. The 1920 Census shows that Howard L. Currie was living
with his son John and by this time widowed mother at 220 North 3rd
after the Census was taken Howard Currie remarried. The City Directory
for 1924 lists him at 933 North 4th
Street with his wife, the
former Millie Ericson. His son John remained behind to take care of
his grandmother. The Curries had moved to 1135 Beideman Avenue in Cramer
Hill by 1929. By April of 1930 they had again moved, to 1059 North
31st Street, also in Cramer
L. Currie had retired from the Fire Department by the summer of 1942.
He was still living with his wife Millie at 1059 North
31st Street in
Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood. He was still residing at that
address, and supplementing his income working as a watchman, when the
1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. It is unclear as to when
Howard L. Currie passed away. He was still listed in New Jersey Bell
Telephone directories at the North
31st Street address as late as the
fall of 1980. His wife, Millie Currie, died in September of 1981.