William
K.
Buzine


 

WILLIAM K. BUZINE was born in Camden, New Jersey in January of 1869 to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Buzine. The 1870 Census shows the Buzine family living in Camden. During the 1860s Samuel S. Buzine had married. Two children had been born, Clara and William. During the 1860s Samuel Buzine had been active as a volunteer fire fighter. On December 7, 1869 Samuel Buzine and forty other men became founding members of the Camden Fire Department when Engine Company 1, Engine Company 2, and the Hook and Ladder Company (Ladder Company 1) went into service. Samuel Buzine was assigned to Engine Company 1, under the command of Engineer 

G. Rudolph Tenner. Samuel S. Buzine was living at 411 Spruce Street when he was appointed to the Fire Department. By September of 1871 he had moved to 506 Walnut Street.

By 1879 Samuel Buzine and family had moved to 724 Spruce Street. With Republicans regaining control of the city in 1879, Samuel Buzine returned to service, this time as foreman of Engine Company 2. Cornelius Brown continued as Engine Company 1 foreman. Both men remained in these positions until March 27, 1882. G. Rudolph Tenner was then named Engine Company 1 foreman.  In 1884 Samuel Buzine was named Foreman of Engine Company 1. He was promoted to Assistant Engineer the following year, his place being taken by John Stockton, who later became Chief of the department. The Assistant Engineer title was the equivalent of today's Deputy Chief. Samuel Buzine served in that capacity until his retirement in 1911, for all but three years under Samuel S. Elfreth.

The 1880 Census shows the family residing at 724 Spruce Street. Two more daughters had joined the Buzine family, Ella and Wilhelmina. Another daughter, Stella, was born in September of 1882. Samuel Buzine again left the Fire Department when Daniel A. Carter was elected Chief in 1882, but returned again three years later, this time to stay. Samuel S. Buzine worked at the Browning Brothers dye works at Cooper's Creek and Pine Street during his time away from the Fire Department.

The 1885 City Directory lists the Buzine family at 709 Spruce Street. City Directories from 1887 through 1893 show the Buzine family at 708 Spruce Street. The 1894 through 1899 Directories lists the family at 701 Cherry Street. Sarah Buzine was also running confectionary out of the address at the time. The family moved to 757 Spruce Street late in 1899 or early in 1900.

The 1900 Census shows William Buzine living at 840 Line Street. He was then working as a crane operator. His parents, Samuel & Sarah Buzine and sister Stella were living at 757 Spruce Street. Of the five Buzine children, only Stella was still living at home. 

William K. Buzine joined the Camden Fire Department in December of 1904. By 1909 all the Buzine children had married. Brother-in-law Joseph Ernst had joined the Camden Fire Department, another brother-in-law, Edward Hyde, later became the Chief of Police in Camden. Sister Clara had married James Roach, who served briefly as a fireman in the 1880s, as a policeman and constable in the 1890s and 1900s, and as tender of the State Street Bridge in the 1910s.

The 1906 City Directory, and the 1910 Census list Samuel Buzine and his wife at 765 Spruce Street. On July 1, 1911 Samuel Buzine retired from active service with the Camden Fire Department. He was still residing at 765 Spruce Street when the 1912-1913 City Directory was compiled.

William Buzine served with Engine Company 7 as its engineer in 1911. He was transferred to Engine Company 5 during the 1910s. In 1919 he was returned as engineer to Engine Company 7.

On October 11, 1912 while responding to a false alarm at South 8th and Chestnut Street, Samuel Buzine's younger brother, Camden Fire Department firefighter Lewis Buzine, suffered a stroke while at the reins of Engine Company 3's apparatus. Strapped to his seat and clutching the reins in his paralyzed hand, his plight was not discovered until his team of horses arrived, of there own volition and at a full gallop, at the Engine Company 3 fire house at 1813 Broadway. Taken to his home, Lewis Buzine died on October 13, 1912. 

Shortly thereafter, Samuel Buzine retired to Holly Beach, New Jersey which in 1912 had become a part of Wildwood. Interestingly enough, another original member of the Camden Fire Department, Thomas Grapevine, had moved to Holly Beach several years earlier. Samuel Buzine is not listed in the 1914 Camden City Directory, his obituary however, indicates that he kept his home in Camden and only spent summers in Holly Beach..

Samuel S. Buzine passed away at Holly Beach, New Jersey on August 5, 1917.

William K. Buzine was living at 856 Haddon Avenue in April of 1930 with his wife Katherine. He was still working for the Fire Department at that time. He was still living there in 1931.




Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 1904
Martin Carrigan
Rollo Jones
Charles Cook
James White
Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley
Joseph Daly
Joseph Ernst
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse
Harry C. Anderson
William Miller
Engine Company 5

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 1905

Charles Cook
James White
Harry C. Anderson

Edward Finley
Martin Carrigan
James Willis
Harry Green
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
William Miller
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse


Philadelphia Inquirer * December 5, 1909

Harry Prevost
William Sofield
William Buzine
Edward Hyde
Joseph Ernst
James Roach
Samuel Buzine
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Engine Company 7 - 1911

Pictured with 1910 American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon are George C. Boone, driver; and William Buzine, engineer. Driver Edward Simpson is atop 1902 Metropolitan 2nd class steamer with Stoker James Navin standing in front of the engine.


Engine Company No. 5 at 14th and Federal Streets, with newly converted hose wagon. Originally a horse drawn rig, it was modified to electric power by the Commercial Truck Company of Philadelphia PA. A storage battery powered each wheel. 
Pictured with apparatus are (I to r): Chief
Peter Carter, Fireman Scott Franklin, Chauffeur Bert Coffman, Firemen Edward Kelley, William Buzine, John Prucella, Charles Schultz, Horace Cairns, Daniel Grimes and Chief's Aide, Fireman Harry Hankins.


Philadelphia Inquirer * August 6, 1917


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 2, 1919
John A. Dold - William Buzine - Robert Whitley - Arthur Wingate
Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 5

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