DANIEL BROMLEY was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as an extra man with Engine Company 1 on April 5, 1882. He replaced Solomon Clark. Daniel Bromley served for two years, then was replaced in turn by John Collins. Daniel Bromley was the first of three brothers to serve with the Camden Fire Department. He was followed by his brothers Joseph Bromley and Wilson Bromley

Daniel Bromley was born in New Jersey in October of 1855 to Joseph Bromley and his wife Anna Eliza. Joseph Bromley supported his family working as a boilermaker. The family was living in Camden's South Ward by 1860. When the Census was taken there were four children at home, Joseph Jr., Wilson, Daniel, and Emma. The Bromley's were still in the South Ward in April of 1870, sadly, Emma had died, but another daughter, Elizabeth, had been born around 1862.


The 1878-1879 Camden City Directory shows Daniel Bromley living with his parents and brother Joseph Jr. at 639 Spruce Street in South Camden. Older brother Wilson had moved out and was living at 248 Pine Street. The 1879-1880 Directory shows Daniel Bromley living at 638 Division Street. Joseph Bromley is also listed, the directory, however, does not mention if it is the father or the son, however the 1880 Census indicates that both were living at the Division Street address..

Daniel Bromley married in late 1878 or early 1879. The June 1880 Census shows Daniel Bromley, his wife Emma, and their 10 month old son Charles living at 425 Walnut Street. Their next-door neighbors at 427 Walnut Street were the John Guthridge family, sons William Guthridge, Thomas Guthridge, and Richard Guthridge all worked in various government positions in the ensuing years.

The 1881-1882 Camden City Directory shows Daniel Bromley at 616 Division Street, and his parents at 638 Division Street. The 1883-1884 Directory shows Daniel Bromley at 636 Division Street and his parents at 638. Daniel Bromley worked at the John H. Dialogue shipyard in these years. The 1884-1885 Directory shows Daniel Bromley and his parents and brother Joseph at 571 Division Street. By the next year Daniel Bromley was living at 569 Division Street, next door to his parents at 571 Division Street.

The 1887-1888 and 1888-1889 Directories show Daniel Bromley at 518 Division Street. He was working as a laborer in 1887. The 1888-1889 edition gives his occupation as transfer clerk for the West Jersey Railroad. His parents had by this time moved to 827 South 6th Street.

The 1890-1891 Directory shows Daniel Bromley living at 507 Line Street. He was working with his father at the R.D. Wood Foundry. He was living at 620 Line Street in 1891 and at 642 Line Street in 1893.

The 1897 City Directory seems to indicate that Daniel Bromley and his wife may have parted ways. Daniel Bromley was working as a mail agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad and was living at 827 South 6th Street with his parents. Emma Bromley is listed at 405 Taylor Avenue as "widow of Daniel".  

Daniel Bromley was still residing with his parents at 827 South 6th Street when the Census was taken in 1900 and still working as a mail agent. He moved to 1503 South 10th Street at some point after the Census, the home of his brother-in-law, Alvin Wilke.

On September 1, 1904 Daniel Bromley died at home. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

Daniel Bromley was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Camden Mutual Association, and of Sioux Tribe No. 25 of the Improved Order of Red Men. James P. Shinn and George Adam Tenner, who were appointed to the Camden Fire Department at the same time Daniel Bromley was, were also member of Sioux Tribe No. 25. George Reeser Prowell, in his History of Camden County, New Jersey, published in 1886, wrote the following about this organization:

Sioux Tribe, No. 25, was instituted in Wildey Hall, March 2:J, 1871, by Great Sachem John E. Cheeseman, with members of Sioux Tribe, Philadelphia, who presented them with a set of tomahawks, still in use. The officers were: .S., Silas Letchford; S. S., John A. Parker; J. S., John Fox ; C. of N., F. W. Wilson ; K. of W., David C. Vannote; Prophet, Theodore L. Parker. The Past Sachems are Silas Letchford, James Broughton, Aaron Hand, William T. Mears, William F. Mason, Samuel H. Deal, .Sr., .lohn H. Mason, W. E. Campbell, Charles H. Hagelman, Henry F. Snyder, George A. Tenner, Isaac King, Theodore L. I'arker, l)avid B. Peterson, John B. Wright, William Hagelman, James Barton, Edward B. Chew, George W. Kleaver, J.P.R. Carney, James C. Mason, Edward A. Martin and .John Barrett. The officers for 1886 are: S., James G. Smith ; .S. S., Franklin H. Drake; J.S., Daniel England; P., J.P. R. Carney; C. of R.. John P. Wright; .Assistant C. of R., David B. Peterson. The tribe has a membership of two hundred and ninety-three, and a reserve fund of $455.76.



Philadelphia Inquirer * April 7, 1882

G. Rudolph Tenner
James McCracken
Daniel Bromley - John S. Kelly
Michael McCaffery
James H. Brown
Thomas McKenna
James Shinn - Smith Moore
William Irelan
William Bassett
John Hill - James Read
Robert Miller - William Marsh
George Moffett - John J. Logan
Isaac M. Shreve - Samuel Welsh
Lewis Ferrell - Logan Bates
Isaac Collings - Harry Miles
John W. Elliott - William Turner
Charles Holl - John J. Hibbs
John Seybold - James H. McCann
Edward Swope - William Suders

Philadelphia Inquirer * September 2, 1904

Annie Smith - Mechanic Street - Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Daniel Bromley
South 10th Street - A.C. McCausland - David M. Chambers - Cooper Street
Benjamin Eppinger -
Federal Street - North 12th Street

Philadelphia Inquirer * September 2, 1904