Leon
F.
Feltz


LEON F. FELTZ was born in New Jersey on June 10, 1897 to John and Annie Feltz. His parents were natives of what was then Germany and became Poland after 1919. They had come to American in 1890 with sons John, Joseph, and Frank, and moved to Camden at some point after 1906. When the census was taken in 1910 John Feltz Sr. worked at an iron foundry, the three older sons working at a chemical plant. The family lived at 1057 Diamond Street, just off of Chestnut Street in a neighborhood where many other of Camden's early Polish families settled.

Factory work had little appeal for American-born Leon Feltz. He enlisted in the United States Army as a teenager. He saw duty along the Mexican border under General Pershing in 1916, and served with the army during World War I.

Leon Feltz returned to Camden after the war and married at the age of 23. He became a member of the Camden Police Department on March 1, 1928. Other officers who joined the force that day included John V. Wilkie, Francis Guetherman, Earl Wright, August Riehm, William Schriber, Walter Vecander, Edward Cahill, Edward Shapiro, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Thomas Stanton, and Otto Toperzer.

When the Census was taken in April of 1930 Leon Feltz, his wife Laura, and their daughters Mildred and Cecelia were living at 1060 Everett Street, just off of Mount Ephraim Avenue. The 1947 City Directory shows Leon Feltz living in an apartment at 400 Broadway. He remained at that address into the 1960s. He had moved into the then-new Westfield Towers apartment building at 3199 Westfield Avenue by 1970, and was still at that address as late as 1977. 

Leon Feltz was still on the force as late as 1958. He reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in 1962. Leon Feltz passed away in December of 1991.


One of the
Best of the East Side Cops
 

Patrolman Leon Feltz
in
Car 31
1958 photo by Bob Bartosz

"Leon told me he had the same 6 bullets in his Police 38 that  they  gave him when he went on the Department in the 30's. Never had to use his gun in all these years."-

Bob Bartosz
September 2006

 


Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

COPS AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Herbert Bott Is Unopposed for Presidency of Camden Association

The Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Herbert Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial secretary and Walter Vecander is unopposed for the new post of assistant financial secretary. All these are police officers.

The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.

Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.

Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.


Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933

BOTT CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
Spencer Wins 3-Corner Fight for Vice-President of Association

Lauded by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert Bott, a  patrolman attached to the Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden Police and Firemen's Association.

The praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed for reelection.

In a three-cornered fight, William Spencer, a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73 votes. His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and Albert Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.

Others unopposed for office were: William Thorn, financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary; Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield Leviseur, assistant recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are policemen.

Lieutenant George Ward, Patrolman William Marter, and Firemen William Taylor, William Getner, James Young and Lawrence Newton were elected to the board of trustees.

Sergeants-at-arms named were Stanley Wirtz and George Clayton, police, and William Judge and John Mulligan, firemen. All had opposition.

After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..


Camden Courier-Post * December 27, 1938

WOMAN SHOT 10 TIMES
BY NO. CAMDEN SUITOR
SPURNED FOR 3 YEARS

VICTIM IS NEAR DEATH; ADMIRER GIVES UP SELF

Emil Mascher, 46, Empties Gun 3 Times at Florence Gottwald, 26

ANGERED OVER RETURN OF XMAS CANDY GIFT

WPA Worker Opens Fire as RCA Employee Returns Home in Auto

Shot 10 times last night by a suitor she had spurned for months, Florence Gottwald, 26, of 1036 Segal Street, lay near death in Cooper Hospital today while her assailant, Emil Mascher, 46, awaited a police court hearing in a city jail cell.

Mascher, with a reputation of being a quiet, unassuming man in his neighborhood, emptied a revolver at Miss Gottwald in front of her home. Ignoring her screams for mercy as she lay on the sidewalk, he twice reloaded his weapon and emptied it at her.

Then he calmly walked to the corner of Front and Erie street

and waited until police arrived and arrested him.

Gift of Candy Returned

Police said Mascher brooded over the fact that Miss Gottwald refused his advances of friendship. The accused man said he tried to get her to marry him for three years. Yesterday she returned, unopened, his Christmas gift of a five-pound box of candy

The shooting occurred as Miss Gottwald was alighting from the automobile of a friend who had brought her home. As she stepped to the sidewalk, Mascher walked from the shadows and without warning opened fire.

"Don't, please don't," the girl screamed as she fell to the street.

Ignoring her plea, Mascher recharged his revolver, emptied it again at her. Again he refilled the chamber. There was no plea for mercy as he emptied it the third time. She lay on the walk unconscious.

Little Chance to Live

Rushed to Cooper Hospital in a police patrol, it was found 10 bullets struck the girl. Attendants said there was "one chance in a thousand" she would survive.

Her condition became critical at 1:30 a.m., and she was placed in an oxygen tent.

One bullet pierced her body, entering the right breast. Another struck her in the abdomen. Three lodged in her left wrist, one in her left palm. Two bullets entered the right forearm, another the right shoulder.

As he emptied the revolver the last time, Mascher, a WPA worker living at 1004 Segal Street tossed the gun aside and walked to Front and Erie streets, where police found him.

"I loved her," Mascher told them. "I loved her madly but she never paid any attention to me. For three years I tried to get her to marry me, but she wouldn't have anything to do with me. I don't know why I did this."

After questioning Mascher at headquarters, detectives took him to the hospital and into the operating room where surgeons prepared for an operation in an attempt to save Miss Gottwald's life.

"That's the man," the girl said.

"Let me kiss her, please," Mascher begged Detectives Clarence Arthur, James McLaughlin, and Leon Feltz.

"Take him away," the girl begged in a voice barely audible.

Mascher, who has lived alone since the death of his mother three weeks ago, told detectives he brooded "all day" over Miss Gottwald's rejection of his attentions. The return of his Christmas present, a five-pound box of candy, he said, was the "final blow."

He said he visited relatives in Philadelphia and returned home. He learned Miss Gottwald was away from home for the evening. He said he sat in a room from which he could observe her return.

He saw her step from the cae of Donald Osmund, 23, of 2904 Carman Street, whose wife, Gertrude, and Miss Gottwald are intimate friends. She had spent the evening with them. With them was Osmund's seven-year-old nephew, Vincent Macrina, of 542 North 7th Street.

"I don't know what happened then," Mascher told detectives.

Fired Without Warning

Osmund, however said he saw Mascher come from the shadow of the Gottwald home and with no warning began firing at the girl.

Mascher was 20 feet or less away when he fired the first shots, Osmund said, and kept walking toward Miss Gottwald as he fired.

When the girl fell to the ground, Osmund said, Mascher reloaded the revolver and walked a few feet closer to her. The last shots were fired, Osmund said, as she lay unconscious. 

Osmund said the first shots "paralyzed" him and he was fearful Mascher would fire at him and his nephew. He said he "finally managed" to get his car started, drove a few blocks and called police.

Neighbors Call Police

Neighbors had summoned police. Feltz and McLaughlin were first to arrive in a police car. About the same time as the patrol wagon of the First District arrived. The crew placed the girl, whose clothing was saturated with blood, in the patrol wagon and proceeded to the hospital.

Staff physicians ordered an operation as a last resort to save her life.

Miss Gottwald, an attractive brunette, is employed as a radio tester by the RCA Manufacturing Co., Inc. She lives with her mother, Mrs. Catherine Gottwald.

Though she heard the shooting, the mother did not know her daughter was the victim until notified by police.

She collapsed but was revived and insisted on being taken to the hospital. She was allowed to see her daughter for a moment and then was led to a seat outside the operating room.

After taking Mascher to the hospital, detectives returned him to police headquarters for further questioning in which County Detective Chief Lawrence T. Doran took part.

According to Doran, there were three other witnesses of the shooting. They are Wilson Peiffer, 32, of 1040 Segal Street, and two small girls, Grace Kelly, 10, of 1016 Segal Street and Alberta Bosco, 13, of 1014 Segal Street.

Peiffer told detectives he was asleep when aroused by a shot. He said he ran to the window of his bedroom and saw Mascher firing at Miss Gottwald.

The girls said they, too, were aroused from sleep and from their bedroom windows saw the shooting.

Miss Gottwald was employed at the RCA plant for nine years and is widely known as an amateur impersonator. She appeared in that role a number of times with the Holy Name Minstrels and won several prizes in contests for amateurs, several of them at Convention Hall. 


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