By 1914 the
Kern family had moved to 40 York
Street in North Camden.
Kern and Charles E. Watkin were both appointed to the Camden Fire
Department not long after the 1914
Camden City Directory was compiled. Abraham Kern was working as a Camden fire
fighter and still living at 40 York
Street when he registered
for the draft on September 12, 1918.
1924 City Directory shows Abraham and Carrie May Kern had moved to 298 Vine
Street in North Camden, a few doors away from Engine
Company 4, at 320 Vine
Street. The 1930 Census shows them and their son Charles were still
living at 298 Vine
Street. Older son David had married and was living with his wife and
children in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Kern was most likely serving with Engine
Company 4 at the time of the census. This company was disbanded on
January 1, 1933 for economic reasons, as Camden and the rest of the
country were in the throes of the Great Depression. Abraham Kern was
reassigned to another company, and continued to served with the Camden
Fire Department as late as the spring of 1942, when he again registered
for the draft. Abraham and Carrie May Kern were then still living at 298
By the end of 1946 they had moved to 227 Vine
Street, where they would live out their lives. Carrie May Kern
died in 1956.
Kern died at his Vine
Street. home on February 20, 1961 and was buried at Harleigh