This property was the subject of an earlier blog post that detailed the unlawful business practices of the owner, dating back to the 1940s. It also got me to thinking about who lived there over the years.
As it turns out, this property was lived in by not one, but two Baltimore City firemen. The first one, Milton R. Quigley, was a former plumber and gasfitter. He was appointed as a lieutenant in the fire department on November 20, 1897 at the age of 40. There seems to be a discrepancy in Lt. Quigley’s year of birth — he was born sometime between 1856 and 1869.
During the time Lt. Quigley lived at 701 W Baltimore Street, the home was owned by a merchant named George Kabernagle and his family. On the 1900 census, Lt. Quigley’s age was listed as 36.
At some point, Lt. Quigley married — he and his wife Mary moved to Washington DC, and they had no children. They dropped off the census records after 1940.
Another fireman lived at 701 W Lafayette Avenue during this time — James S. Welsh, a pipeman for Engine Company 23, which is still in service today. According to the 1907 Annual Report of the Board of Fire Commisioners, James Welsh was appointed to E23 January 22, 1901 at the age of 31. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any additional information on him.
This post, along with the one I wrote last night on 1001 W Baltimore Street are the beginnings of trying to research who lived in some of these homes — another way to illustrate why these homes are important, and should be treated as such.