E. HINCH was born in Pennsylvania on January 17, 1916 to Joseph and Catherine Hinch.
The family was living in Philadelphia when the 1920 census was taken.
Joseph and Catherine Hinch and their ten children were living at 832
Federal Street in Camden when the Census was taken in April of 1930. The
Hinch family was living at 403 South 5th Street in South Camden when the
1940 Camden City Directory was compiled, Joseph Hinch, however, had
passed away. Joseph A. Hinch, the oldest son of Joseph and Catherine
Hinch, married during the 1930s and appears to have moved away from
Camden. By 1956 they were living on Lincoln Avenue in Atco, New Jersey.
William E. Hinch, his mother and brother John were still at 403 South 5th Street
when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. Another
brother, Michael Hinch, was then living at 821 Fern Street in
E. Hinch was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in the first
quarter of 1948. Not long after his appointment he was assigned to Engine
Company 9 at North
Federal Street in East
Odell, a career Camden fire fighter, and the only Camden fire fighter to
be drafted during the Korean War, wrote in 2009:
When I was enslaved into the US army out of
Engine 9 Bill Hinch ( Hinchy) took my spot in 9s, when I was finally freed
Hinchy was still at 9s. Was told I could have my spot back and they would send Hinchy to 11s or I could go to 11s, God told me take 11s with
Jake [John D. "Jake"
Huelas]. If I remember right he had a home at the shore called East
Point or something like that, off Route 47.
The 1956 and 1959 New Jersey
Directories show William Hinch living at 1535 Wildwood
Avenue in Camden's Parkside neighborhood. It appears that he left
Parkside in the 1960s. Their is a listing in the 1970 New Jersey Bell
Telephone Directory for W.E. Hinch at 1113 North 18th Street in
Cramer Hill, and one for William E. Hinch at Lincoln Avenue in Atco. His
nephew, William E. Hinch II
was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in the summer of 1969, and
it appears that both men utilized the address for employment purposes.
By 1976 residency restrictions had been lifted, and the North 18th Street
address was no longer used. Sadly, William E. Hinch II died of
injuries sustained in an automobile accident in April of 1976.
Hinch was still an active member of the Camden Fire Department as late
as 1977. Assuming he worked until the mandatory retirement age of 65, he
would have retired in 1981.
E. Hinch was last a resident of Villas in Cape May County, New Jersey.
He died on September 4, 1996.