Mortica
Clark


 

MORTICA MATLACK CLARK was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 19, 1881 to James and his wife, the former Amelia Griffin. He was one of nine children, only three of whom were still living in 1900, the others being younger siblings Bessie, 13, and John, 11. The 1900 Census shows the Clark family at 1032 South 8th Street in South Camden. James Clark worked as a boilermaker. He married around 1901. The 1906 City Directory and 1910 Census show him living at 1017 South 8th Street. The 1910 Census list him, his wife Emma, son John A. "Archie", and daughter Florence at the South 8th Street address. 

Mortica Clark was appointed to the Camden Fire Department shortly after the Census was enumerated in April of 1910. The 1912 Camden City Directory lists him and wife Jennie at 1017 South 8th Street. Sadly, Jennie Clark appears to have passed away during the 1910s. Mortica Clark had remarried by September of 1918. Second wife Emma brought two children to the marriage, fraternal twins George and Catherine. He was still living at 1017 South 8th Street at the time.

The 1920 Census shows Mortica Clark and family at 750 Mount Vernon Street.

When the census was taken in April of 1930 Mortica and Emma Clark were living at 1455 Crestmont Avenue, just off Haddon Avenue, near Whitman Avenue. Of the Clark children, only Catherine was still living at home. He was still living at that address when the 1940 City Directory was compiled. Mortica Clark had been promoted to captain and was assigned to Engine Company 10 at that time. 
 

By the spring of 1942 Mortica Clark had retired from the Camden Fire Department. He moved to Palermo, in Upper Township, Cape May County, New Jersey. He was living there as late as the spring of 1942. Emma Clark passed away in 1947 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) New Jersey. Mortica Clark joined her in 1949.


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Philadelphia Inquirer - August 10, 1913
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 2 
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mount Vernon Street - Rev. William Brubaker
Mortica Clark - James Norris Ellis - George H. Hunt 
Seth Monnell - John McTaggart - Fred Hall - William Rose

Camden Post-Telegram
December 11, 1914

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Master Street - Mary J. Ball Home & Day Nursery
Thomas Nicholas - Dr. Emma Richardson - Frank Gondolf
Charles H. Fitsimmons IV
- James H. McDermott - 
Mortica Clark
- Harry A. Haines Sr.
Charles Sturgis - Eva Grey - Mary McKeown
"Brown" is George C. Boone
Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 3


Camden Courier-Post * June 5, 1940
CHANGES ANNOUNCED IN FIRE DEPARTMENT
Truck Disbanded, Engine Company Created; 13 Men Transferred

Commissioner Mary W. Kobus yesterday announced a number of changes in the fire department, including the disbanding of Truck Company No. 4; creation of a new engine company. No. 10, and the transfer of 18 officers and men, 12 of them captains.

Most of the new captains have been serving as acting captains and promotion to full rank will involve no pay increases, inasmuch as the men signed waivers foregoing the raises.

Commissioner Kobus explained most of the changes were made to conform with regulations of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. The board, Mrs. Kobus explained, made a survey of the department and advised appointments of acting captains to full rank.

The commissioner also announced she had appointed Junior Captain Raymond Smith as director of the school for firemen at Engine Company No. 10, Ninth and Morgan streets. Smith, one of the youngest at the recently appointed junior captains, will succeed the late Battalion Chief Rollo Jones.

Senior Captain Leonard Megee was appointed acting battalion chief to succeed Jones. He will continue at the Fifth and Arch streets fire headquarters.

Junior Captain William Spencer, of headquarters company, was named relief captain.

Engine Company No. 10 will use the headquarters of the old truck
company, at Ninth and Morgan streets.

To the new company Mrs. Kobus assigned Senior Captain Mortica Clark and Firemen Frank Burt, Frank Esperance and Clifford Lane.

Junior Captain Frank Oberman was transferred from Engine Company No. 10 to Engine Company No. 1, at fire headquarters.

Other assignments are as follows:

Junior Captain Robert Wonsetler, Engine Company No. 11, to Engine Company No. 2.

Fireman Harry Kleinfelder, Engine Company No. 6, to Engine Company No. 2

Junior Captain Edgar Ellender, Engine Company No. 2, to Engine Company No. 6

Junior Captain Ralph Bingemann, Truck Company No. 2, to Engine Company No. 7.

Fireman David Humphries, Truck Company No. 3, to Engine Company No. 11.

Junior Captain Nelson Andrews, Engine Company No. 2, to Truck Company No. 1.

Fireman Albert Dukes, Jr., Truck Company No. 1, to Engine Company No. 2.

Junior Captain Winfield Levisuer, Truck Company No. 2, to Truck Company No. 3.

Junior Captain Edward McDowell retains assignment to Engine Company No. 3.

Junior Captain Maurice O’Brien assigned to Engine Company No. 10.

The changes were contained in notice to the Civil Service Commission, are effective as of June 1 and will appear on the June 15 payroll.


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