JAMES J. MONAHAN was born in Pennsylvania on August 18, 1892. After coming to Camden, he met and married Anna Schmidt, the daughter of Ludwig (Louis) and Barbara Schmidt, who had come to America in the 1890s. The Monahans lived with Anna's parents at 675 Morgan Street in Camden's Eighth Ward, not far from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards. During Would War I James J. Monahan worked at the shipyard, and he was still working there in January of 1920. Meanwhile, his brother-in-law Louis Schmidt had secured a position with the Camden Police Department.
While it is not known if James J. Monahan served with the military during World War I, he was member of the Marine Corps Reserve and played clarinet in the Marine Band in parades in Philadelphia.
In 1923 James J. Monahan was appointed to Engine Company No. 10 at Ninth and Morgan Streets, not far from his home at 675 Morgan Street. For much of his career he drove a pumper. He served alongside brother firefighters such as Frank L'Esperance, James Shaffer, Maurice O'Brien and Patrick Greenan, among others.
The 1930 Census shows James J. Monahan, wife Anna, and their children; Louis, 11; William 7; and Anna, 4; still living at the 675 Morgan Street address.
Camden Post-Telegram * January 19, 1915
Ward Republican Club - Turn Verein Hall - J. Edward Way -
William H. Hall - John T. Rodan - Rushton's Orchestra - Harry Hertline - Walter J. Stanton - Jesse Hillman
Lemuel Toy - Jesse Smith - Morris Steelman - William Elberson - Samuel S. Bacon - Albert Keaser
Harry Miller - Frank Smith - John S. Roberts - George Murry - Harry Selby - Harry C. Sharp
Robert Schroeder - James Vickers - Elwyn D. Steen - William Horay - Clarence H. Thorn - Wright Cox
Frank S. Fithian - George F. Hammond - Albert J. Meyer - Harry Stowe - Wesley J. Stanton
Thomas Dickinson - Edwin Fields - William H. Dill - Frank S. Ireton - Gustav Jans
Charles H. Errickson - Henry Gerke - James MacDemott - George Schu - William M. Fithian
Julius R. Schaaf - James Monahan - Thomas Madden - George Cox - Robert J. Garrison
James J. Monahan in Fire Department uniform with a deer he shot while hunting with his father-in-law and brother-in-law
J. Monahan in his Marine Reserve uniform in the yard of
James J. Monahan in Marine Band uniform used in Parades in Philadelphia and elsewhere. James J. Monahan played clarinet,.
Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938
ALBERT DUKES, JR., APPOINTED FIREMAN
Dukes, Commissioner' Kobus said, will replace James Monahan, who died last Saturday in the West Jersey Hospital of kidney disease. Monahan had been a member of Engine Company No. 10, Ninth and Morgan Streets, since 1923.
|Camden Fire Department First Annual Retirement Dinner - May 3, 1965|
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