LEON F. FELTZ was born in New Jersey on June 10, 1897 to John and Annie Feltz. His parents were natives of what was then Germany and became Poland after 1919. They had come to American in 1890 with sons John, Joseph, and Frank, and moved to Camden at some point after 1906. When the census was taken in 1910 John Feltz Sr. worked at an iron foundry, the three older sons working at a chemical plant. The family lived at 1057 Diamond Street, just off of Chestnut Street in a neighborhood where many other of Camden's early Polish families settled.
Factory work had little appeal for American-born Leon Feltz. He enlisted in the United States Army as a teenager. He saw duty along the Mexican border under General Pershing in 1916, and served with the army during World War I.
Leon Feltz returned to Camden after the war and married at the age of 23. He became a member of the Camden Police Department on March 1, 1928. Other officers who joined the force that day included John V. Wilkie, Francis Guetherman, Earl Wright, August Riehm, William Schriber, Walter Vecander, Edward Cahill, Edward Shapiro, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Thomas Stanton, and Otto Toperzer.
When the Census was taken in April of 1930 Leon Feltz, his wife Laura, and their daughters Mildred and Cecelia were living at 1060 Everett Street, just off of Mount Ephraim Avenue. The 1947 City Directory shows Leon Feltz living in an apartment at 400 Broadway. He remained at that address into the 1960s. He had moved into the then-new Westfield Towers apartment building at 3199 Westfield Avenue by 1970, and was still at that address as late as 1977.
Leon Feltz was still on the force as late as 1958. He reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in 1962. Leon Feltz passed away in December of 1991.
"Leon told me he had the same 6 bullets in his Police 38 that they gave him when he went on the Department in the 30's. Never had to use his gun in all these years."-
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers
today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman
Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William
Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial
secretary and Walter Vecander
is unopposed for the new post of assistant
financial secretary. All these are police officers.
The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.
Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.
Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert
a patrolman attached to the
Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden
Police and Firemen's Association.
praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast
in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed
a three-cornered fight, William
a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73
His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and
Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.
unopposed for office were: William
financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary;
Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield
recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are
After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..
Camden Courier-Post * December 27, 1938
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