HOWARD CLARK WALKER was born on January 4, 1883 in New Jersey. Of his early life, there is not much record. He may have been living in Camden in 1906, as a Howard Walker was living at 411 Pine Street, working as a driver. He may have had ties to Burlington County, as he indicated in 1918 that his closest relative, George Walker, lived there.

When the Census was taken in 1910, Howard Walker was working as a driver for a furniture store in Camden. He was boarding at 710 Berkley Street in Camden's 9th Ward. He appears in the 1914 Camden City Directory at 619 Clinton Street, a short walk from his previous lodgings, then working as a chauffer, a term then interchangeable with truck driver. When he registered for the draft on September 12, 1918 Howard Walker was working for the J.B. Van Sciver furniture company in Camden as a truck driver. He was then living on New Jersey Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey. It is probable that Howard Walker had been employed by Van Sciver's all through these years.

The 1920 Census shows Howard Walker living at 140 New Jersey Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey. He was still single at the time, and boarding with a widow , Louise Brewington, and her 27 year-old daughter, Edna. Howard Walker was then working as a shipping clerk at a furniture store, most likely the Van Sciver store in downtown Camden. During these years he also served as a volunteer fireman with the Fairview Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, a short-lived organization that serviced the newly built homes in the Yorkship Square neighborhood, which had not been incorporated in the City of Camden at that point. 

On September 16, 1920 the Camden Fire Department organized Engine Company 10 at the then-new firehouse at 2500 Morgan Boulevard, in the Fairview section of Camden. The unit shared quarters with Ladder Company 4, which was organized on the same date. Howard Walker may have been one of the original Engine 10 members, at this time this is not known. What is knows is that he married Mabel Roberts shortly after the 1920 Census. By the time the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled he and his wife were living at 2750 Constitution Road in Fairview. This would be his home for the rest of his days. The 1930 Census shows the Walkers with three children, Mary V., Howard E., and Arthur A. Walker, and also shows that his in-laws, Abraham and Mary Roberts, lived with them

Howard C. Walker died on October 20, 1935 and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery.

World War I Draft Card

This breast badge reads "Fairview Hook & Ladder Co. No.2" is all that apparently remains from this unknown fire company. The badge belonged "to Fireman Howard Walker who later became a member of Engine Company 10 when that unit was organized in 1920. 

A high front aluminum helmet worn by Fireman Howard Walker
Badge 91, Engine Company 10. Circa 1930.

Engine Company 10
Photo from 1924. Horace Cairns, Captain; Howard Walker, chauffer


1928 American LaFrance
750 GPM Pumper