W. MINES was one of the original members of the Camden Fire Department,
entering service on September 2, 1869 as the Assistant Marshall, a post
similar in nature to that of Deputy Chief.
W. Mines was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 12, 1943 to
Christopher J. Mines Sr. and his wife, the former Elizabeth Keen.
He was the oldest of eleven children, coming before Christopher
Jr., Jesse K., Hannah, Marcus
H., Elizabeth, Charles, Rachel,
George W., Kate, Elmer E., and Henry W. Mines. Christopher Mines
Sr. was active in local politics and civic affairs. A Carpenter by
trade, Christopher Mines taught his son William that profession
and he followed it into the 1870s.