LAWRENCE HUGH MATHEWS was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on November 16, 1892. He was one of at least 10 children born to Peter and Annie Mathews. He married Emma Boltz in 1909. Their first child, daughter Dorothy, was born in March of 1910. The April 1910 Census shows Lawrence Mathews and family living with His wife's brother, Walter Boltz, in South Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania.

Lawrence Mathews was living with his wife and children in Norristown, Pennsylvania when he registered for the draft in June of 1917. Lawrence Mathews was then working as a laborer.

The 1920 Census shows that Lawrence Mathews and his family had moved to Camden. He, wife Emma and daughters Dorothy and Margaret were living at 1471 Pershing Street, the home of Emma's cousin, Raymond Eck. Lawrence Mathews was then working as a streetcar conductor. Two more daughters, Emma and Dolores, were born to the family in the 1920s.

The 1924 City Directory shows that he had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department. The family was then living at 1347 Whitman Avenue and were still at that address when the 1927 City Directory was being compiled. By 1929 they had moved to 1463 Pershing Street. Lawrence Mathews was still at that address as late as the fall of 1959.

The 1940 City Directory does not show Lawrence Mathews working for the Camden Fire Department. He was unemployed when he registered for the draft in the spring of 1942. He was still residing on at the Pershing Street address when he passed away on September 15, 1967.

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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

Trenton Evening Times - March 24, 1924

Charles Watkin - Lawrence Mathews - George Hunt

Camden Courier-Post * February 15, 1933

Ladder Co. 1 - Lawrence Mathews - Joseph Pollitt - North 12th Street - North 9th Street - Penn Street

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Camden Courier-Post
September 19, 1967

Charles Watkin - Lawrence Mathews - George Hunt