Frederick
W.S.
Morse


 

FREDERICK WILLIAM SHEPPARD MORSE was born in New Jersey on February 18, 1880 to Captain William and Annie Morse. His father had been born in Germany and over time become a sea captain after coming to America in 1870, his mother had been born in Nova Scotia. The family appears in the 1881-1882 City Directory at 625 Line Street. By the fall of 1883 they had moved to what is now North 28th Street in East Camden, the the town of Stockton. City Directories prior to 1894 did not give street numbers outside of Camden's city limits, and the names changed through the 1880s and 1890s, but in all probability William Morse and family had moved into a newly built frame house at what is now 200 North 28th Street. The 1894 City Directory shows William Morse, waterman, at 200 North 28th Street in what was then the Town of Stockton. The June 1900 Census shows the Morse family living in a home that they owned at 200 North 28th Street, which had become part of Camden in 1899. Frederick Morse had was recently married, he and wife Mary had been joined in marriage only two months previously, according to the Census. The Census states that Frederick Morse worked as a clothing cutter. 

Frederick Morse was active in fraternal organizations, as a member of Black Hawk Tribe No. 78, Improved Order of Red Men and Camden Lodge 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He probably was also active politically, which resulted in his being appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 4, 1904. By June of 1909 he was stationed with Ladder Company 3, a short walk away at North 27th and Federal Streets. Frederick Morse was promoted to Lieutenant on March 5, 1913. He was still a member of the Fire Department later in the year, when the 1914 City Directory was compiled, however, by September of 1918 he had left the Department and had taken a position with the Camden Board of Educations as the custodian of the Alfred Cramer School at South 28th and Mickle Streets, where he remained in service through at least 1946. 

Frederick and Mary S. Morse were not blessed with children. Captain William Morse passed during the 1920s. Annie Morse stayed with her son and daughter-in-law until her passing in 1933. Mary S. Morse is listed in the 1943 City Directory, the 1947 edition indicates that Frederick Morse was married to a Helen Morse when that book was compiled.

Frederick Morse is listed in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory at 200 North 28th Street in Camden. He is not listed in the 1959 edition, and given his age had most likely passed away.


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 28, 1903


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 4. 1903
George Christy - Allan Palmer - Charles Mangold - Charles Christy 
Frederick Morse - Frank Eckle

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



Ladder Company 3
 About 1905

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1905

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1909

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 1909

Ladder Company 3
Edward Kelly
W. Scott Franklin
Frederick Morse
Dr. H.H. Sherk
North 27th Street
Westfield Avenue


Bridgeton Evening News - March 5, 1913

William Hertline - John Lennox - Sylvester McGrath - Fred Morse

Camden Post-Telegram * July 20, 1916

LAWYER F.A. REX IS LAID TO REST

The funeral of Lawyer Frederick A. Rex, who died last Monday at a sanitarium in South Jersey, took place to day from the parlors of Funeral Director Martin J. O’Brien, 611 Market Street.

Members of Camden Lodge of Elks held services last night. He services today were conducted by Reverend J.W. Ohl, rector of the P.E. Church at Collingswood. The body was interred in Colestown Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Harry Blackburn, F.L. Vinton, Frederick Morse, John Schlorer, Harry Mayer, Harry Stains, James Thoirs, members of Camden Lodge of Elks. The remains rested in a polished oak casket with silver handles and name plate. The casket was adorned by many floral tributes.


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MRS. ANNIE MORSE

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Friday for Mrs. Annie Morse, widow of the late Captain William Morse, who died Monday in her 88th year.

The services will be at the home of a son, Frederick Morse, 200 North Twenty-eighth Street. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery.

Mrs. Morse has been a resident of East Camden for more than 55 years and was widely known in the section. Besides her son, a grandchild and great-grandchild survive. 

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1933

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