SAMUEL LODGE was born in September of 1856 in Pennsylvania to John H. and Hannah Lodge. The family was living in Philadelphia when the census was taken in 1860. Samuel was the oldest child, younger brothers James and Charles had also arrived. The family was still in Philadelphia when the Census was taken in 1870. Three daughters had been born, Clara, Kate, and Anna Lodge.

Samuel Lodge married in 1877. His father and brother James both appear in the 1878-1879 Camden City Directory, working as watermen on the Delaware. Samuel Lodge's wife gave birth to a daughter, Lillie, in July of 1879.  

When the Census was taken in 1880 Samuel Lodge was living at 322 Sycamore Street with his brother James. Samuel Lodge was also working on the Delaware. The 1881-1882 Directory shows that he had moved to 206 Walnut Street. The 1883-1884 Directory shows that Samuel Lodge had moved to Camden's Eighth Ward. He was living at 415 Emerald Street. The Directory states his occupations was farmer. The Lodge family was still living at 415 Emerald Street when the 1885 City Directory was compiled. Samuel Lodge had by then opened up a variety store.

By the spring of 1887 Samuel Lodge was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as Stoker of Engine Company 1. He is listed at 262 Mount Vernon Street in the 1887-1888 and 1888-1889 Directories. By 1890 he had moved to 1139 South 3rd Street, where he remained through 1899. 

On June 1, 1890 Engine Company 3 of the Camden Fire Department went into service in its newly build firehouse at 1813 Broadway. When first organized, Engine Company 3 consisted of a Foreman, an Engineer, a Driver, and two hosemen.

The first members of Engine Company 3 are as follows.




Mortimer Wilson


Samuel Lodge


William Deno


Joseph Reed


George W. Shields


John  Ware

Annual salaries for the members of the paid force in  1869 were $600 for the Engineer, $450 for the Driver and the Stoker and $50 for the extra men. All but the extra men were paid monthly. The Chief Marshall received $800, and the Assistant Marshall $200 per year as well.

The 1900 Census shows that Samuel Lodge and family had moved to 1631 Broadway. The family then consisted of Samuel and Anna C. Lodge, and children Lillie, Maud, Catherine "Kate", and James. The Lodge family was still at 1631 Broadway when the 1910 Census was taken. Only children Kate and James were still living at home.

When the 1914 City Directory was compiled Samuel Lodge was still working with the Camden Fire Department. He had by this time moved to 418  Mechanic Street. Samuel Lodge retired shortly afterwards. He was still living at 418 Mechanic Street when the 1918-1919 Directory was being assembled. On November 22, 1918 Samuel Lodge was killed when he fell from a scaffold while painting window frames. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 12, 1889

Samuel Lodge - Jeremiah Bennett - John Brothers - George Hunt - George Meyers
Hugh McLaughlin - Harry Mines - George Morgan

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 30, 1890
South 6th Street - Mechanic Street - John J. Hayes - Engine Company 3  
Engine Company 1 - Samuel Lodge - Mortimer Wilson - William Bogia
Charles Robinson - Ladder Company 1 - Cooper Hospital - Daniel Scofield

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 12, 1894

Samuel Lodge - Engine Company 3

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 26, 1896
Harry A. Goodman - William H. Cole - J. Oscar Nichuals - Richard C. Mason
Owen B. Jones - William T. G. Young Jr. -
Levi Farnham - Frank S. Fithian
Samuel Lee -
John Cherry - Samuel Lodge - C. Harry Price - Frank Vacke
Arthur Bedell - Thaddeus P. Varney - Edward Van Dyke Joline
George D. Barton - Charles Hollingshed - Councilman Charles P. Sayrs

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 28, 1897
Samuel Lodge - South 3rd Street

Camden Evening Courier
June 29, 1899

Samuel Lodge
George Shields
Lewis Buzine
John Ware
John A. Dold
William Deno
Albert James

Engine Company 3

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 29, 1903

Samuel Lodge - Broadway - Engine Company 3

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 6, 1910

John H. Vickers - William O. Sawyer - Newton Ash  
William Miller -
Samuel Lodge - William Rose
- William Elberson - Scott Franklin - Andrew Miller

Camden Post-Telegram -  October 11, 1912

Strapped to Seat, Lewis Buzine was Helpless in Run of Many Squares

Stricken with paralysis while strapped to his seat of his engine Lewis Buzine, driver of No. 3 Engine Company, held the reins for many squares before his plight was discovered. Not until the horses were stopped by the apparatus striking the side of the engine house were fellow members of the company aware of his illness .

Answering a false alarm coming in from the new Colored High School at Eighth and Chestnut Streets, Stoker Samuel Lodge noticed that the engine was not being driven by Buzine with his usual care. On reaching Eighth and Chestnut Streets, and finding there was no fire Lodge ordered Buzine to drive near a horse trough for water to extinguish the embers under the engine. He was surprised when Buzine paid no heed to him.

 As the apparatus rolled in Chestnut Street Captain Charles Robinson, of No. 2 Chemical Engine Company on Kaighn Avenue got on behind with Lodge,

 As they neared Seventh street the rumble of an approaching electric train was heard. The horses were galloping and Lodge called to Buzine to drive more carefully. The gates dropped suddenly, the horses came to a quick halt and the train passed. Captain Robinson then pulled the bell and on the first clang the horses started with a jump, and unrestrained by the usually trained hand of the driver they sped along to Broadway when they turned suddenly, nearly crashing into the curb in front or Davis' saloon.

The animals then started down Broadway at full speed, narrowly escaping hitting many wagons.

 Shaken up and suffering from bruises on the hips and sides caused by being thrown against the engine as it wobbled from side to side, Stoker Lodge jumped when the horses veered into the engine house, and hurried to Buzine, supported by straps about his waist. The driver was leaning forward with his right arm hanging by his side.

 Not responding to questions Buzine, who is a brother of ex-Assistant Fire Chief Samuel Buzine was unstrapped and tenderly carried to his home at 1606 Broadway and Dr. Kirk was summoned. He feared that a ruptured blood vessel caused the paralysis of the right side. His condition today is serious.

Camden Post-Telegram
 July 11, 1913

Samuel Lodge
Engine Company 3
Daniel Smith
James E. Navin
John H. Carroll

Robert Whitley



Philadelphia Inquirer - November 23, 1918

Samuel Lodge - Mechanic Street