McKENZIE "BERT" COFFMAN JR. was born on April 24, 1875 in New York to Robert
and Amelia Coffman. His parents had lived in Philadelphia in the late
1860s and early 1870s. There were three older
siblings at home in 1880 as well, May, Gertrude, and Harry.
1878 City Directory reveals that the Coffman family was living
at 224 Arch
Street. In 1879 his younger brother Richard was born. Another
John Coffman, came later. When the 1879 City Directory was compiled, the Coffmans lived at 40
Street, where they
remained through 1894. The 1895 City Directory shows the family at 509 Arch
Street. Robert M. Coffman Jr. was at that time working as a
stableman at the J.B. Van Sciver & Company furniture
factory. The 1896 City Directory shows the family still residing
at 509 Arch Street. Robert M. Coffman Sr. had gone into the
furniture delivery business, and Robert Jr. was working with his
father. By 1897 thehe Coffman family had moved to 34 North 5th
1897 Robert M. Coffman Jr. had married Charlotte "Lottie"
Camp. A son, Robert 3rd, was born in 1897, and four other children
followed by 1910, Elmer, Elaine, Anna, and Alma. He worked for his
father into the early 1900s. By 1906 Robert M. Coffman had been
appointed to the
Camden Fire Department.
the Census was taken in 1910 Robert M. Coffman Jr. was a driver for the
Camden Fire Department in Camden NJ. The family lived with his
parents and siblings at 34 North 5th
Street, across the street from
Camden Fire headquarters. The family remained there through 1914, when
the City Directory for 1914-1915 was compiled.
In the late 1910s he was working with Engine
Company 5 at 14th and Federal
Streets. By September of 1918,
when he registered for the draft, Robert M. Coffman Jr. had moved to 541
Place in North Camden. The family remained at that address through
at least April of 1930. Robert M. Coffman Jr. was still with the fire
department at that time. During this period another Camden Fire Fighter,
Edgar R. Ellender Sr.,
lived five doors away, at 531 Fulton
Coffman retired from the Fire Department during the 1930s. By 1940 he
had left Camden. Robert M. Coffman Jr. eventually moved to Miami,
Florida where he
passed away on May 5, 1973.