SUBERS was appointed to the Camden Fire Department at some
point not long after November 12, 1874 as a replacement for Alfred
S. Ivins as an extra man with Engine Company 1. He served
until April of 1876, when incoming Chief of the department Claudius
Bradshaw made wholesale personnel changes within the
department. He was reappointed in April 8, 1878 and served until
April 5, 1882, again as an extra man with Engine
M. Subers was born in Camden on January 11, 1854 to Matilda and
Robert Subers. The family was living in the South Ward at the
time of the 1850 Census, his father then working as a carpenter.
Samuel M. Subers was one of at least seven children, coming
after Benjamin, William, and Robert; and before Isabella,
Richard, and Frank. The family was still in Camden at the time
of the 1860 Census. Joseph B Green and family lived next door at
the time of the 1860 Census. Both Samuel Subers and Joseph B.
Green's son Joseph Green
would become Camden fire fighters as adults. Robert Subers
and his family moved to Philadelphia prior to the enumeration of
Census. Samuel Subers soon returned to Camden.
indicated above, Samuel M. Subers was a member of the Camden Fire
Company 1 in the mid-1970s and early 1880s. Fire Department
records do not give an address for him nor do they reveal what his
occupation was when he first served, but it is safe to assume that
he lived in South Camden, and not too far from Engine
Company 1's fire house at 409 Pine
Street. Samuel Subers married Christiana Voll in the
mid-1870s, a son, William "Willie" Subers, was born in
1876. The 1878 Camden City Directory states that Samuel M. Subers
was a produce dealer and that he lived at 340 Hartman
Street (renamed Clinton
Street in 1882). The 1880 Census shows Samuel M. Subers with
his wife and son at 610 West
Street. He was then working as a painter.
went somewhat awry for Samule Subers after the Census was taken.
He deserted his wife and child, and in June of 1882 a hearing was
held on a charge of desertion. City Directories in the 1880s and
1890s state that Christiana Subers was a widow. This however, was
not the case. Samuel M. Subers was living near 63rd Street and
Elmwood Avenue in Philadelphia in 1890, according to the
Philadelphia City Directory for that year. He eventually made his
way to California. Samuel M. Subers died in Los Angeles,
California on December 19, 1941.
Subers' wife, Christiana Voll, was the aunt of Camden fire fighter
John C. Voll Jr. and the
great-aunt of Camden fire fighter John