Alfred
Ivins


 

ALFRED IVINS was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on April 21, 1872 in order to replace Andrew Rabeau as an extra man with Engine Company 2. He had been a volunteer firefighter in Camden in the 1860s. Prior to entering the fire department he worked on the railroad. He lived at 919 South 4th Street during his time with the Fire Department. Alfred Ivins worked with Engine Company 2 until October 21, 1873 when he was transferred to Engine Company 1, taking the place of John Graham, who had been dismissed two weeks previously. Alfred Ivins was not re-appointed in May of 1874. He returned to the Fire Department in April of 1876, and served for one more year with Engine Company 1 as its foreman. 

Alfred Ivins was the son of Isaac Ivins and the former Hannah Brown. He was born in Camden in May of 1843, the second of six known children, coming after Ellen and before Elizabeth, Henry, Drucilla, Josephine, and William. The family lived in Camden's South Ward. During the Civil War Alfred Ivins served with Company E, 6th New Jersey Infantry  Regiment.

On April 23, 1866 Alfred Ivins married Emma L. Streeper. This marriage produced six children, beginning with Alfred Jr. in 1868, followed  by Mary Ann, Hannah, Matilda, Ellen, and Emma. Her brother, John W. Streeper, was a member of the Camden Fire Department on two separate occasions in the 1870s. Alfred Ivins sister Ellen married William Gleason, sister Drucilla married Barton Lane. Both men served with the Camden Fire Department in the 1870s. Brother-in-law James M. Lane was a charter member of the Fire Department, and served on and off into the 1880s, and later served on City Council.

Alfred Ivins began collecting on his Civil War Invalid's Pension in 1871.

The 1880 Census shows Alfred Ivins and family living at 332 Hartman Street, next door to his mother and father and brother William, who lived at 334 Hartman Street. Hartman Street was renamed Clinton Street in 1882. This would be Alfred Ivins's home for the rest of his life.

Alfred Ivins died in is 62nd year on April 16, 1905. He had been a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Freight and Baggagemen of America, and of the Volunteer Firemen's Association of Camden. He also had been a member of William B. Hatch Post No. 37, Grand Army of the Republic. His wife, Emma Ivins, was active in the Hatch League No. 2, Loyal Ladies League, and the Ladies of Friendship..


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 17, 1905

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