GEORGE E. GETLEY was the son of George Thomas Getley and his wife, the former Laura Zane. An only child, he was born September 29, 1906 in Camden, New Jersey. The 1906 City Directory shows Geoge Getley, a machinist, living at 629 Line Street in South Camden.
The 1910 Census shows George E. Getley and his parents living at 611 South 7th Street., near the corner of South 7th & Line Streets. He lived much of his life near this intersection. The Getleys were still at that adress as late as 1913. By the end of 1913 the family had moved to 653 Line Street.
George Thomas Getley registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was woring as a steamfitter and living at 653 Line Street when he registered for the draft that day. Sadly, he died shortly thereafter, very possibly in the world-wide influenza pandemic that ravaged Camden in the fall of 1918. The 1918-1919 Camden City Directory shows Laura Getley, the widow of George T. Getley, still residing at 653 Line Street in South Camden. Laura Getley and her son were still at that address when the Census was taken in January of 1920.
On March 1, 1928 George Getley was appointed to the Camden Police Department along with the following men, Francis Guetherman, August Riehm, William Schriver, Edward Shapiro, John V. Wilkie, Earl Wright, Edward Cahill, Marshall Thompson, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Leon Feltz, Walter Vecander, Joseph Lack, Thomas Stanton, Otto Toperzer, and Frank Wilmot.
The 1930 Census shows George Getley and his mother living at 610 Roberts Street.
By the spring of 1933 Officer George Getley was assigned to motorcycle duty. He spent the bulk of his career in law enforcement in this capacity.
In 1934 George Getley married Leah Mae Mattison, the daughter of Camden policeman Walter S. Mattison.
The April 1940 Federal Census and the City Directory both show George and Leah Getley living at 337 North 38th Street in East Camden. His widowed mother was living at 705 Blaine Street and working at laundress at nearby Cooper Hospital. The census shows that two children had been born, Janet L., 4 and George E. Getley Jr., eight months.
George & Leah Getley's marriage foundered shortly before the compilation of the 1943 City Directory. The had been living at 3272 Remington Street in East Camden at that time. Leah Mattison Getley remarried after 1946, moved to Pennsauken by 1954, and later moved to Texas.
George and Anna Getley returned to South Camden in the late 1950s and 1960s, making there home at 649 Line Street. Christine Hickman, who grew up on the block recalls the following:
He and his wife Ann lived at 649 Line Street and he used to come home with his motorcycle and sidecar, I guess on breaks or for lunch. I was about 12 or 13. I had heard he was sick when they moved and that is the year. My family moved in 1969. I loved them both and always thought of them when we moved away.
By the fall of 1969 they left Camden. The Getleys had moved to Cape May, New Jersey shortly before his death in November of 1972. Anna Mae Getley, last a resdident of Berlin, New Jersey, passed away in October of 2003 at the age of 94.
Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933
|Camden Courier-Post * June 19, 1933|
Jobless Men Aid Police
to Trap Suspects
Surrounding a vacant house at 331 Boyd Street which two alleged thieves had entered, a group of unemployed men yesterday cut off every avenue of escape until police arrived.
A telephone call to the home of Patrolman Earl Stopfer, of 226 Boyd Street, by a resident in the vicinity of the vacant house, informed Mrs. Stopfer that two men were in the house. With her husband on desk duty at city hall, Mrs. Stopfer went to the home of Lieutenant Nathan Petit, 320 Boyd Street, but he was out. She then sent a group of unemployed men working on community gardens in the rear of her home to the scene and telephoned police.
The unemployed men were circled about the house when a patrol crew, under Patrolman George Getley arrived. The two men already had dismantled plumbing fixtures, Getley said. They were committed in default of $500 bail each for a hearing in police court this morning.
Courier-Post * June 29, 1933
MAN HELD IN THREAT
AS WOMAN FAINTS
Residents along the 900 block on Howard Street were thrown into a turmoil at 9:15 a.m. yesterday by a reported shooting, after a woman, screaming for help, ran from her home and fainted on the street.
A few minutes later Police Judge Pancoast held Bensley without bail for the grand jury. He admitted having the pistol at the hearing, but. had denied possession of the weapon when first arrested.
"Were you going to shoot her?" the court asked.
"No,“ Bensley replied, "I don't know what made me do this, I think I'm half-crazy. I own the house and wanted to collect the rent or make her move."
When Motorcycle Patrolmen Russell Young and George Getley arrived in front of Bensley's home, 100 neighbors were crowding the street outside.
Bensley, they said, eluded them and ran out the front door after pretending to make for the back. He was grabbed by August Hasher, 41, of 217 Erie street, a bystander.
Meanwhile, a motorist had taken the unconscious Mrs. Morgan to Cooper Hospital when she fainted in front of. her home. She was questioned at the hospital by Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and George Zeitz.
The detectives quoted Mrs. Morgan all saying that Bensley, who owns the house in which she lives, came into her home this morning to talk about rent which was two months overdue.
"He asked me," she said, "if I had received a court notice to move, and I said I had, but was waiting for an eviction notice.
"Then he said, 'Well, I'm going to take the law in my own hands', and with that he pulled out a pistol and began brandishing it. I ran out the front door calling for help and then I fainted. That‘s all I remember."
Bensley admitted asking Mrs. Morgan to move out. The police found a 38-caliber revolver and a box of bullets hidden behind a rafter in the cellar of his home, they said.
August 10, 1936
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