JACOB APT, a bricklayer by trade, served with the Camden Fire Department in the 1870s and early 1880s. His name variously appears as "Apt" and "App".
Jacob App was born in Pennsylvania around 1831 to Jacob and Hannah App. He was living with his parents in the Kensington section of Philadelphia at the time of the 1850 Census. He moved to Camden shortly before the 1860 Census was taken. Jacob App was living in Camden's South Ward with his wife Mary and children Jacob and Mary. He was then working as a laborer. He bacame a bricklayer during the 1860s.
Jacob Apt was first appointed to the Fire Department on December 5, 1871 as a replacement for Richard Houghtaling, an extra man with Engine Company 2. He served until April of 1876, brought was brought back one year later. He was again a member of Engine Company 2, remaining with that unit until the spring of 1882, when a shift in politics dictated many changes in the fire department.
Jacob Apt was living at 622 Carman Street when he was first appointed to the Fire Department and was still at that address when he left in in 1892. By the time the 1893-1894 Camden City Directory was being compiled, Jacob App had moved to 728 Carman Street.
Jacob Apt passed away on March 23, 1896. He was living at 728 Carman Street in Camden at the time of his demise.
Philadelphia Inquirer * March 26, 1877
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