BERNARD GALLAGHER was born in July of 1872. He was living with his wife Celia at 278 Mt. Vernon Street and working as a bill collector from the 1890s through at least 1906. He moved to Gloucester City where he had a cigar store in the late 1900s, and did not return to Camden until after 1914. Bernard Gallagher worked as a detective, most likely at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard, but possibly with the Camden Police Department in the late 1910s and 1920s before obtaining a position as the City Fire Marshal in Camden NJ in 1928. He was named temporary fire marshal as early as 1928, and served in that capacity until 1931, when the job was abolished. He was rehired in 1936, and stayed with the city until August 8, 1949, when he went out on sick leave. He was succeded as Fire MArshall by Maurice O'Brien.
Bernard Gallagher was left without his city pension when it was discovered that his appointment was in violation of a city ordinance requiring the fire marshal be named from the ranks of the city fire department, of which he never was a member.
Bernard Gallagher was living at 1250 Princess Avenue, in Camden's Parkside neighborhood with wife Celia and daughter Hazel when the 1918-1919 City Directory was compiled. His wife had passed prior to the April 1930 Census. Bernard Gallagher is shown in the 1947 City Directory as living with his second wife, Therese, at the Princess Avenue address, and his daughter Hazel resided there as well. Bernard Gallagher passed away on June 2, 1951.
|Letter to the Editor - February 29, 1928|
Metal Stamping Company - John R. Evans
Bernard Gallagher - George W. Johnson
North 2nd Street - Erie Street - Front Street - Segal Street
|Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933|
L. GALLAGHER DIES IN SAN FRANCISCO
Word was received in Camden yesterday of the death of Charles L. Gallagher, former well-known resident of this city and brother of Bernard A. Gallagher, former fire marshal.
The deceased was 80 yeas old and died yesterday in San Francisco. He was a retired engineer on the American Shipping Line.
|Trenton Evening Times - March 13, 1947|
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