PAGE HUBBS SR. was born in New Jersey in October of 1871 to Allen Hubbs and
the former Lucy G. Page. His father was a farmer. The family is listed in the 1870
Census as living in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, and it is likely that he
was born there. The family included an older brother, Charles Hubbs, and
a younger brother, Royden Keith "Roy" Hubbs. By the time the
Census was taken in 1880 the family had moved to Stockton Township,
which consisted of what is now Camden, north of the Cooper River.
Stockton reorganized from a township to a town in the 1890s and
subsequently was unified with Camden in 1899. Allen Hubbs was
politically active in Stockton and in Camden County politics, serving
for several years as a county freeholder and also as the tax collector
for Stockton. He moved to Palmyra in
the mid-1890s, dying on December
26, 1896 from injuries suffered when he was struck by a train two days
Page Hubbs became engaged to Laura Jenkins, the daughter of Samuel
Jenkins, who lived in Stockton in what was the referred to as
Wrightsville, more or less in the vicinity of 25th and Federal Streets.
The engagement was announced in January of 1895. Walter and Laura Hubbs
wed in October of that year. Their plans were to live in Palmyra changed
at the end of 1896 with the death of Allen Hubbs. The 1898 Camden City
Directory shows Walter Hubbs as 1539 Federal
Street, working as a
salesman at a feed store. The Hubbs' were still at that address in 1900,
Walter Hubbs still at the feed store when the census was taken.
Hubbs had been an active member of the Democrat party, and when the
Democrats won the city government election in 1902, Walter Hubbs was
appointed to the police department. The 1903 City Directory shows that
he had moved to 201 North
27th Street. The Hubbs family would maintain a presence at this
address into the early 1980s.
the Republican came back to power in 1905, Walter Hubbs' career as a
police officer came to an end. He found work at the nearby Pavonia
railroad yards as a railroad car repairer, and worked there into the
1930s. By 1940 he had retired. Laura Hubbs died on September 22,1940 and
was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken. Walter Hubbs Sr. passed away at some
point after April of 1953.
and Laura Hubbs had a large family. The children were, in order of birth,
Allen, Lucy, Harold, Beulah, Myrtle, Walter P. Jr., Evelyn, and Joseph
Hubbs. Sadly, young Lucy died in 1904 at the age of eight from spinal
Jenkins Hubbs' nephew, Private Jacob
Kessler Jenkins, was killed in action while serving with the United
States Army during World War II, when, on November 26, 1943 the troop
transport HMTS Rohna
was sunk by an air-to-sea guided missile of the coast of North Africa.
It was the first such attack of its kind, and was kept secret for almost