TENNIE GAGE HUTCHISON was born in Camden, New Jersey in May of 1898 to Tennie and Lillie Hutchison. Tennie G. Hutchison was the grandson of Captain John G. Hutchison, who had "sailed the seven seas" before marrying a girl from Camden and settling in the city. For over 30 years Captain Hutchison served as Superintendent of the West Jersey Ferry, a post he held with distinction prior to his passing at the age of 68 on June 29, 1896.

Captain Hutchison survived by four sons and four daughters. One son was Tennie Hutchison, who had a plumbing business in Camden for many years. The 1900 Census shows Tennie Hutchison, his wife Lillie and sons George, Harold, and young Tennie G. living at 324 Berkley Street in South Camden. By 1906 the family had moved to 414 Stevens Street where they remained through at least 1914. 

The 1918 City Directory reveals that Tennie G. Hutchison had married. He was working as a plumber and living with his wife Veronica at 623 Line Street. A son, Tennie G. Hutchison Jr., was born in July of 1918. The Hutchisons were still at 623 Line Street when the 1920 Census was enumerated. Tennie G. Hutchison was then working as a repairman at a garage.

On December 30, 1920 Tennie G. Hutchison had been appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He and his family were then living at 648 Clinton Street. His parents and brother Harold then lived at 617 Clinton Street, while brother George lived at 619 Clinton Street

The 1927 City Directory states that Tennie G, Hutchison was working as an auto mechanic and living at 925 South 9th Street. However, the 1929 City Directory shows Tennie G. Hutchison was again working as a Camden fire fighter. He was then living at 708 Spruce Street.  

Fire Department records from 1931 show that Tennie G. Hutchison Jr. was an active member of the department and was then living at 530 Trenton Avenue. There were a number of disciplinary infractions during the 1930s. For going absent without leave in September of 1937 he was given a month-long suspension on October 1, 1937. He was suspended again on August 18, 1938 with intention to dismiss on August 8. He was tried and found guilty during a departmental trial on November 4, and dismissed on November 18, 1938.  

By 1940 Tennie G. Hutchison he had gone to work as a machinist at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards in South Camden. Tennie G. Hutchison was then living with his wife Veronica and sons Tennie Jr. and Kenneth at 935 Pearl Street. By the time the 1943 City Directory was compiled the Hutchisons had separated. Mrs. Hutchson and the children had settled at 49 North 22nd Street in East Camden. By 1944 Tennie Hutchison had gone down to Salem County and had found emplyment at the du Pont plant in Gibbstown.

In October of 1944 Tennie Hutchison was shot by his wife during an  attempt to break into the home on North 22nd Street. He survived his wounds and eventually left New Jersey. He was working as a truck driver when he died of acute cardiac failure brought on by arteriosclerotic heart disease on September 11, 1961 in Houston, Texas. 

Tennie Gage Hutchison Jr. was living in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill), New Jersey in 1955 and later moved to Atco, New Jersey.

Camden Post-Telegram * December 30, 1920

Peter B. Carter - Thomas Nicholas - Walter Browning - George B. Wade - William W. Patterson
Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - Charles H. Ellis - David Jester - Joseph Forsyth

Engine Co. 1 - Alfred E. Green - Charles Errickson  Charles W Cooke - Leroy Hatchett

Engine Co. 2 - Howard Landon - John K. Voll 
Edgar Ellender - Harold Lohrang - Chester Andrus  Harry G. Layton

Engine Co. 3 - Charles B. Haines - Charles Clements
August HaverkampFrank Kuda - Louis Quinton

Engine Co. 4 - Frank A. Obermann - Walter B. Gray
Albert Raeuber
- Fred Schucker - Harry Kleinfelder

Engine Co. 5 - Richard A. Farris - Frank Fennrio

Engine Co. 6 - William H. Reed - Manuel J. Kane Edward Perairia - Thomas Shanahan
Rocco De Varro

"Frank Fennrio" is for the moment a mystery

Engine Co. 7 - August Scholl - Nicholas Romaine
Lawrence H. Mathews

Engine Co. 8 - Samuel Oshushek - Edward C. Crane Adam Mead - Frank Sapp - William J. Taylor Sr.

Engine Co. 9 - Kennard Naylor - Daniel McSurdy John Mohrfeld

Engine Co. 10 - William Schwartz - Hugh Rementer Harry Greenan - Rocco Abbott

Hose & Chemical Co. 2 - Laurence Newton
Edward Hauser - William Getner

Ladder Co. 1 - Thomas Cunningham 
Leonard Megee

Ladder Co. 2 - John Gaylor - Walter White

Ladder Co. 3  David Ellis - George W. Attison
John Mulligan - David Humphries - Albert Dukes

Tennie G. Hutchison - Ladder Co. 4 - George A. Quimby

Camden Courier-Post
November 18, 1938


Tennie G. Hutchison
Ladder Company 1
John H. Lennox
William R. Harring
Mary Kobus

Camden Courier-Post
November 21, 1938

Mary Kobus
Charles S. Lawyer
North 35th Street
Maurice Di Nicuolo
Edward Y. Scott
Westfield Acres
Tennie G. Hutchison

Camden Courier-Post
December 1, 1938

Ladder Company 1
Mary Kobus
Tennie G. Hutchison


Camden Courier-Post * October 9, 1944

Tennie G. Hutchison
North 22nd Street
Eleanor Knighton
Rev. Newton C. Conant
Gustav Koerner
John Trout
August Pflederer
George Ellis
Peter B. Carter
Veronica Hutchison
Tennie G. Hutchison Jr.
Kenneth Hutchison
Douglas Hutchison
George H. Hutchison
Clinton Street

State of Texas Certificate of Death
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