Capt. George P. Fohs, 79, who retired from the Newark police department 14 years ago, died in his home, 271 Rose St., last night after an illness of four months.
Capt. Fohs, who also served briefly on two occasions as deputy chief, was on the force 39 years, starting as a chanceman in 1896 and winning his first promotion two years later.
He was cited several times by the Board of Police Commissioners. His citations included his investigation of a murder case in 1903, when he was a detective sergeant; his smashing of a swindlers’ ring earlier the same year, and solution of a series of thefts in 1928.
Promoted to lieutenant in 1912 and captain in 1916, he served in virtually every bureau and precinct.
He was in charge of the detective bureau when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in 1935.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, and two daughters, Mrs. Caroline O. Lesser of Maplewood, and Mrs. Bertha Wirth of Newark.
Funeral arrangements by Haeberle and Barth, 971 Clinton ave., Irvington, will, will be announced later.
News Article – Newark Star-Ledger – January 26, 1950 page 23
Research by Guy Sterling.