St. John's Cemetery Individual Record

John "Scottie" CampbellJohn "Scottie" Campbell

John "Scottie" Campbell
(May 12, 1863 -- November 30, 1942)

Section: 60
Space: 10
Lot: 28
Spouse: Jane Elizabeth Campbell
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation: Government
Comments: Fireman

John “Scottie” Campbell, 79 who until he was stricken ill about a month ago was a captain in the Pensacola fire department, died early today at Pensacola hospital.  


A native of Scotland, Campbell had been a fireman here for most of his adult life, having served with the old volunteer fire fighters in the days when horses pulled the fire engines and before water mains were laid in the city.


He came to the U.S. in 1878 and landed at Pensacola from a schooner.  The ship paid off here and “Scottie”, as he became known to thousands of Pensacola’s, decided to settle here, and has since resided here.


In an interview about three years ago he recalled some of the incidents of the days when men organized to fight fires as a civic duty, before a paid department was created.  He missed most, he said, the horses in which the firemen once took such great pride.  


But mechanization of fire-fighting did not decommission him and until he was stricken with his last illness he remained an active member of the force.  


Mr. Campbell was born at Glasgow on May 12, 1863.  When he was 15, he came to the U.S.  


In the old volunteer fire department, he was assistant chief under the late Captain Baker.  


Shortly after coming here, he married Miss Elizabeth Steele, who died several years ago.  


He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. R.A. Weber; four sons, Allen A., Hargis T., Thomas B., and Willie J. of this city; 18 grandchildren, one great grandchild; and three brothers, Jim, George, and Tom, and other relatives in Scotland.  


Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Waters and Hibbert Tuesday at 4 pm with internment in St. John’s Cemetery.


Members of the fire department will act as honorary pallbearers as well as George J. Roark, G.C. Hallmark, William O’Connell, Willie Connors, John Humphreys, Fred Muller and Edo Swaine.  Active pallbearers will be Clarence Kramer, Leon Johnson, Charles O’Connell, Gilbert Hubbard, Henry Brown, and Robert Godwin.