JAMES HENRY McDERMOTT was born in Pennsylvania in May of 1862, according to the 1900 Census. He married around 1885. A daughter, Bertha was born in 1887 and a son, David, in January of 1890. The family came to Camden shortly afterwards. The family had come to new Jersey by the time wife Anna McDermott gave birth to a daughter, Catherine, in November of 1892. The 1900 census shows the family at 318 Evans Street. James McDermott was working as a railroad flagman.  The family was still at 318 Evans Street when the 1906 City Directory was compiled. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on Aril 25, 1906 along with Frederick Hawk, Silas Boyer, and Robert M. Coffman to fill the three vacancies caused by the tragic deaths of George Shields, William Jobes, and William Hillman, and the resignation of William Hill.

The 1910 Census shows that he and wife Anna lived at 310 Royden Street in South Camden with their children Bertha, David, and Catherine. In 1923 James H. McDermott and his wife purchased a home built by Lorigan and Hurley at 23 North 28th Street in East Camden. 

By January 1, 1927 James H. McDermott had been promoted to Captain. He was then serving at Ladder Company 4, and would finish his career there. James Mac Dermott retired on October 1, 1932. 

The 1930 Census shows James H. McDermott, his wife, son David, along with  daughter-in-law Ruth and grandson Joseph were living at 23 North 28th Street. He was still at the North 28th Street address as late as 1943. Son David McDermott and family had by then moved to 921 Pearl Street. Anna McDermott died on October of 1943. James H. McDermott passed away on July 1, 1948.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 13, 1906

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 26, 1908

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 29, 1909

Camden Post-Telegram * December 27, 1910

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Charles Robinson
Samuel Price
Harry Haines
Mortica Clark
James McDermott
John McTaggart
Roy A. Smith
Peter Gray
Harvey Watts
Samuel S. Elfreth
George P. Cox
Mrs. Tillie Sackett
Harry Ehrlich - Lena Ehrlich
Florence Ehrlich - Martha Ehrlich
Edward T. Sackett - Harry Pinsky
Mary Palosky - Joseph Hermann
Harry Nurock
Albertson L. Matlack
Engine Company 7

Camden Post-Telegram - December 11, 1914


Master Street - Mary J. Ball Home & Day Nursery
Thomas Nicholas
- Dr. Emma Richardson - Frank Gondolf
Charles H. Fitzsimmons 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 Post-Telegram * January 19, 1915

Third Ward Republican Club - Turn Verein Hall - J. Edward Way - A. Benjamin Sparks
William H. Hall - John T. Rodan - Rushton's Orchestra - Harry Hertline - Walter J. Stanton - Jesse Hillman
Lemuel Toy - Jesse Smith - Morris Steelman - William Elberson - Samuel S. Bacon - Albert Keaser 
Harry Miller - Frank Smith - John S. Roberts - George Murry - Harry Selby - Harry C. Sharp
Robert Schroeder - James Vickers - Elwyn D. Steen - William Horay - Clarence H. Thorn - Wright Cox
Frank S. Fithian - George F. Hammond - Albert J. Meyer - Harry Stowe - Wesley J. Stanton
Thomas Dickinson - Edwin Fields - William H. Dill  - Frank S. Ireton - Gustav Jans

Charles H. Errickson - Henry Gerke - James MacDemott - George Schu - William M. Fithian
Julius R. Schaaf - James Monahan - Thomas Madden - George Cox - Robert J. Garrison

Camden Daily Courier
May 21, 1920

Engine Company 10
Ladder Company 4
James White
Horace Cairns
Mortica Clark
John Vickers
Charles Watkin
Herman O. Kreher
John A.S. Hunt
George Hunt
James McDermott
William Miller
Harry Selby

Joseph T. Daley
Roy A. Smith
Seth Monell
William Madison


Camden Daily Courier
September 18, 1920

Horace Cairns - William Miller
Harry Selby - Charles Gall
Spencer Smith - Howard C. Walker
Rocco Fanelli - Harry J. Zander
Mortica Clark - James McDermott
James Durkin - Frank Burt
George C. Wade - Samuel Patton
William Reynolds - Harry Hallowell
Howard Harrington - Henry Baumgartel
Walter Carter - George Henry Johnson
Louis D. Stevens - Roscoe Tribbett
Benjamin Walters - W. Scott Franklin
George Cattell - Joseph Daley 
Anthony Valentine - David Smith
Carlo Lombardo - George Pursglove
John Hunt - Robert Gick
Nelson Till - Herman Kreher

Engine Company 10 - Ladder Company 4 - Engine Company 1
Engine Company 2 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 2  - Engine Company 7
Engine Company 8  - Engine Company 9
Hose & Chemical Company 2 (Engine Company 11)

Camden Post-Telegram
October 20, 1923

William Leonard Hurley - William J. Lorigan
James H. McDermott - North 28th Street

Camden Courier-Post * October 8, 1932


Thomas J. Murphy - Josiah Pedigree - William W. Patterson - Fred Schaar - Roy. R. Stewart 
David S. Rhone - John W. Golden - Arthur Colsey - Thomas P. Murphy - Thomas J. Nicholas
Daniel W. Leach - Harry Hankins - James McDermott - Joseph T. Johnson - Harry Bakley - Irving Varley James M. Ellis - William Bryant - Samuel Hibbert -  William C. Horner

Camden Courier-Post
October 7, 1943

North 28th Street