CASPER JOHN MARTELLI was born on December 1, 1927 in Camden, New Jersey. He was the eighth of ten children born to Frank Martelli and his wife, the former Carmella Ambrose, coming after Nicholas, Louis Joseph, Frank, Anthony, Joseph, Dominic, Angelino aka Charles, and before Annie and Josephine.
Frank Maretlli had come to America from Sicily in 1899, Carmella Ambrose in 1900. They married around 1904. The 1930 Census shows the family living at 220 Mount Vernon Street in South Camden. Frank Martelli was then working as a wool packer. Son Nicholas was working as a plasterer's helper, and son Louis was working at Campbell Soup.
By 1935 the Martelli family had moved to the Chews Landing section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, where Frank Martelli operated a farm along Chews Landing-Clementon Road. The family was still there at the time of the 1940 Census. By that time the three oldest sons had moved out of the family home. Frank Mrtelli passed away in the latter half of 1942.
November 16, 1950 Casper J. Martelli joined the United States Army. He
was discharged on December 5, 1952, and went directly to work with the
Camden Fire Department,
On May 9, 1953 Casper J. Martelli married Elizabeth "Betty" Hansleman. The Martellis moved to 429 Viola Street and started their family. There were four Martelli children, Casper J. Jr., Joseph, Nancy, and Mary Ellen
The family stayed on Viola Street into 1970, when they moved to 4103 Camden Avenue in East Camden, where they lived until 1978, when they moved to Maple Shade, New Jersey, where they resided until 1993. At that time they moved to Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Having completed over 27 years of service to the Camden Fire Department, Casper J. Martelli retired on February 1, 1980.
Casper J. Martelli passed away on May 7, 1995. He was survived by his Betty and his four children.
Camden Courier-Post * August 19, 1957
Firemen Here Get Advanced First Aid Course
More than 40 members of the Camden Fire Department have completed the Red Cross course in advanced first aid according to announcement today by Howard F. Keller, Collingswood, chairman of the Camden County Chapter's first aid committee.
Instruction sessions were under the direction of Fire Chief William V. Pfefferle, Drillmaster Anthony Dzinski, a member of the local chapter first aid group, assisted by Nicholas E. George, were instructors. Dzinski is a member of the Red Cross faculty at the National Aquatic School held in this area each year for instruction in advance safety techniques. Dick Harris, director of Red Cross safety services, supervised.
All members of the graduating class are personnel of several units housed at fire department headquarters here. These include the Headquarters Company, Engine Company 2, Rescue Squad 1 and Truck Company 1. These groups include:
Truck Company 1: Captains Daniel Jiannetto, Robert E. Dukes and Otto V. Kaiser; William Watkin, Chester Gedrich, George Baxter, John Mogck, George C. Hennessy, Charles Devlin, Ambrose W. Faust, Joseph McTaggart, Howard R. Taggart, William G. Winstanley and Elmer Johnson Jr.
Engine Company 2: Captains James R. Asher, Thomas Winstanley; Carl Wirtz, James McGrory, Edwin V. Decker, James Stewart, Francis X. McTaggart, Anthony T. Orme, Mario D. Fattore, James O. Jones, Francis P. Stibi, William Hopkins, Robert E. Briggs, John Giuliano, Casper Martelli, Harold H. Pike, John J. Vane, William Stibi, John DiMaggio and Harry Kleinfelder.
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