SAMUEL OSHUSHEK was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 9, 1894 to Alexander and Carrie Oshushek. The 1900 Census shows the family at 515 Wolf Street in South Philadelphia, where Alexander Oshushek worked as a day laborer. Eight children had been born to the family of which five were alive, Claude, Alice, Agnes, Samuel and Raymond.

By September of 1918 Samuel Oshushek had married. He was then living in Philadelphia and working for E.I. DuPont an Carney's Point, New Jersey. He later moved to Camden, where, by 1924 he had joined the Fire Department. He and his family, which included sons Leonard and Edwin, lived at 1639 Pulaski Street. Samuel Oshushek would make this his home for the rest of his days.

Samuel and Clara Oshushek experienced some marital difficulties in the late 1920s but had reconciled by April of 1930, as the Census records of that year show the family intact and living at 1639 Pulaski Street. Fire Department records from 1931 give an address of 1068 Everett Street but this appears to have been a short term situation, other records indicate that the family returned to Pulaski Street. Selective Service records show that Samuel Oshushek was still with the Fire Department in the spring of 1942. Son Leonard Oshushek had joined the Fire Department the previous November.

Samuel Oshushek was still living at 1639 Pulaski Street when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. By 1956 he had passed away, survived by his wife Clara and sons Leonard Oshushek and Edwin O'Shea. Clara Oshushek was still living at the Pulaski Street address as late as the fall of 1959. She died on March 20, 1992.

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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 Courier-Post - January 31, 1928

City Fireman Seeks $200,000 From Manufacturer for Loss of Wife

Hearing in the suit of a city fireman demanding from a Camden manufacturer $200,000, alleging alienation or his wife’s affections and defamation of his character was scheduled to start before Judge Ralph W. Donges and a jury in Camden Circuit Court late this afternoon.

Samuel Oshushek, 30 years old, 1639 Pulaski Street, asks $150,000 for the loss of his wife’s love, which he says was stolen by Peter Malinowski, 47 years old, of Drexel Hill PA, proprietor of a concrete block factory at Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Decatur Street, Camden. The fireman also seeks $50,000 for reflections alleged to have been made against his name and character by Malinowski.

According to Oshushek’s affidavit, his wife, Clara, 27 years old, also is living in Drexel Hill. He contends that Malinowski and Mrs. Oshushek became intimate in June 1926, and that the manufacturer finally induced Mrs. Oshushek to leave her husband,

Oshushek further alleges that before his wife’s purported elopement, she received letters from the manufacturer in which the latter attacked the character of the fireman.

Police court records show that the wives of the two men engaged in a quarrel on March 30, 1927 and came to blows. When a date for hearing was set, Mrs. Malinowski did not appear in court. She afterward the told police that her husband had beat her so severely that she could not appear.  


February 4, 1928

Ralph W.E. Donges
William C. French
Frank F. Neutze
Peter Malinowski
Samuel Oshushek

Pulaski Street

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