Edgar
Boulton


EDGAR BOULTON (or Bolton, the name appears in print both ways) was born in New Jersey around 1872, one of at least four children born to Josiah Boulton and his wife, the former Amanda F. Chew. His parents were living in Lumberton, New Jersey when the 1870 Census was taken. The 1880 Census shows the family living at 518 Vine Street in North Camden. Besides Edgar the family included older brothers Charles and Gilbert, and a younger sister, Ida. Mrs. Boulton's teenage siblings, Hannah and John, also lived there. The Boltons were at 522 Vine in 1882, Josiah Boulton running a variety store at the time. He subsequently went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Josiah and Amanda Boulton seem to have parted ways in the mid-1880s. Charles Bolton in time moved to South Camden, Gilbert and Edgar remaining with their mother. The 1896 City Directory shows Edgar, Gilbert, and Amanda Boulton at 817 Bridge Avenue. Edgar Bolton then working as a printer.


Edgar Boulton was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 27, 1899. He worked out of Fire headquarters at North 5th and Arch Streets for several years. In May of 1905 he was selected to be the Captain of the then-new Engine Company 5, whose firehouse was being built at 1401 Federal Street, near the Cooper River drawbridge. Engine Company 5 entered service on July 1, 1905

Edgar Boulton's captaincy did not last for very long, however. In February of 1906 he was charged with assaulting a brother fire fighter, Charles Worthington. Bolton resigned from the Fire Department a few days later.

Edgar Boulton's nephew, Lawrence Boulton, had a long career as a Camden firefighter, serving for over 33 years prior to retiring in the fall of 1961.


Philadelphia Inquirer
October 24, 1894

William Bogia
Thomas Hambrose - Gus Smith
Gilbert Bolton -
Edgar Bolton
Harry Leach - T. R. Chambers
C. Patton - "Spider Gang"
Samuel Bakley - John Anderson

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Philadelphia Inquirer

November 24, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
William Penn Hook & Ladder Company No. 1
First Baptist Church - Edgar Bolton
John W. Vanhart - W. Scott Franklin
Benjamin Kellum - Charles Robinson
George B. Wade - Albert Jones
George Cox - Edward Weston
Samuel Peoples - Harry B. Middleton
Harry Burroughs - Robert W. Colkett
William G. Hillman - James E. Navin
Charles Todd - Daniel Smith
Peter B. Carter - Alfred Hayden
Henry Elliott - Josiah Sage
Samuel Price - William Rose
Charles Sturgis - Daniel Grimes
Harry Wagner - Augustus Kester
William Simpson

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Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1899
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Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte - Edgar Bolton - John W. Vanhart - W. Scott Franklin
Robert Gick - Joseph Till - Edward Kelly - Christian Stark - Frank Powell - Lewis H. Sasse
Samuel Collins - William Madison - John F. Renner - Josiah Pedigree 

Philadelphia Inquirer

November 28, 1899

Cooper B. Hatch - George W. Whyte
Edgar Bolton
- John W. Vanhart
W. Scott Franklin - Robert Gick - Joseph Till
Edward Kelly - Christian Stark
Samuel Collins - William Madison
John F. Renner - Josiah Pedigree
Charles Robinson - George B. Wade
Albert Jones - George Cox
Edward Weston - Samuel Peoples

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Philadelphia
Inquirer

November 30, 1903

Kaighn School
Cooper Hospital
Newton Avenue
Sycamore Street
John Campbell
Edgar Boulton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Philadelphia Inquirer - May 20, 1905
 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 22, 1905

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ENGINE COMPANY 5
1905
1906

Philadelphia
Inquirer

February 18, 1906

William E. Albert
Edgar Boulton
Samuel Elfreth
Charles Worthington
Engine Company 5
Cooper Hospital


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 20, 1906
Arthur Wingate - Edgar Bolton

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 21, 1910
 

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