William
E.
Albert


WILLIAM E. ALBERT was born in New Jersey around 1870. He was the son of Ernest and Hannah Albert. Ernest Albert had emigrated to America from Wurttemburg in what is now Germany. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1860, married there, and came to Camden around 1865. When the Census was taken in 1870, Ernest Albert was keeping a hotel, a term then also to refer to a bar or saloon, at 619 North Front Street in North Camden. By 1880 the family also included older siblings Charles, Pauline, and Yetta, and younger siblings Harry, Louis, and Louis. Ernest Albert was still in business according to  the 1888-1889 Camden 

City Directory, oldest son Charles Albert by then working as a bartender.  William E. Albert appears in the City Directory for that year, living on North Front Street, and working for William McDonnell, who was operating a butcher shop at 628 North Front Street.

Ernst Albert passed away shortly afterwards, as the 1890-1891 City Directory shows that Hannah Albert was then a widow. The Albert family was then living at 328 State Street. William E. Albert is also named in this directory, his occupation listed as butcher. The Albert's saloon was acquired by John F. Hoelzle, who operated it under the name Mechanic's Hotel. 

William McDonnell resided in the Pavonia section of Stockton Township, what is commonly known today as Cramer Hill. William E. Albert soon followed his employer, and eventually bought a home at 2923 Westfield Avenue in what is known today as East Camden

By 1910 William E. Albert had been appointed as a Captain on the Camden Police department. Legend has it that Albert, who had not served on Stockton Township's police force, was appointed to the captaincy when the township merged with Camden in 1899, because he owned a horse and had a thorough knowledge of the streets in the new Eleventh and Twelfth wards. He had married his wife Louise around 1903, and a daughter, also named Louise, was born on March 24, 1904. When the next Census was taken, in January of 1920, the Albert family had purchased a home around the corner, at 2947 Cramer Street,  the corner of North 30th and Cramer Street. William E. Albert was still working as captain on Camden's police department at that time.

William Albert left the police department during the 1920s. Still living on Cramer Street, he worked as a night watchman at a clubhouse according to the 1930 census. During World War II he served as an air raid warden, and was still living at 2947 Cramer Street as late as 1946. His daughter, Louise Albert, remained in residence at 2947 Cramer Street into the late 1980s, passing away on June 8, 1989.  


Captain William E. Albert
on patrol in Dudley Grange
early 1900s

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Captain William E. Albert
on patrol in Dudley Grange
early 1900s
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Harrisburg Patriot - July 17, 1899
William E. Albert - George Horner - Stockton Park - Samuel Flick - Robert Abbott
Walter S. Jones -
South 17th Street - Mickle Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 23, 1901

Jackson Street
Colonel D.B. Murphy
Jennings Third Regiment Band
John Foster
Arthur Stanley - William E. Albert
Hugh Boyle
George Horner - Sergeant Bentley
George A. Donovan
Edward S. Hyde
Samuel S. Elfreth
Samuel Buzine - Benjamin Kellum
Ivy Fife & Drum Corps
Cooper B. Hatch

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Philadelphia Inquirer - September 7, 1903
William E. Albert - Hoosey's Grove - Hebrew Social & Educational Club

Philadelphia
Inquirer

February 18, 1906

William E. Albert
Edgar Boulton
Samuel Elfreth
Charles Worthington
Engine Company 5
Cooper Hospital




Jersey Journal

August 11, 1908


John S. Smith
Jacob Schiller
Hugh Boyle
William Albert










Camden Daily Courier
January 21, 1909



William E. Albert - Thomas Adams - Frank Stones - William Godfreys - Richard F. Smith
Charles E. Scheffer - Frank Adams - Espin Ashton - J.M. Pennock
Frederick Spuhler - James Shaw - Jersey Devil

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 1919

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Admiral Henry Wilson - Charles H. Ellis
Elisha A. Gravenor - Edward S. Hyde
William E. Albert - James H. Long
Frank S. Van Hart - William D. Sayrs Jr.
Frank S. Fithian - A. Benjamin Sparks
Kessel Webster - William H. Iszard
Robert D. Clow - Andrew B.F. Smith
William H. Lorigan
Charles Austermuhl
David Doane -
William C. Davis
William Vanaman -
David Baird Sr.
J. Wesley Sell - William D. Brown
Charles A. Wolverton
William J. Browning

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Philadelphia Inquirer
November 26, 1922

E.G.C. Bleakly
John Golden
William E. Albert
John Painter
Charles Fitzsimmons 
Thomas Brothers
Edwin Thomas
Richard Golden
William Lyons
Milton Stanley - Howard Smith
Charles A. Wolverton
James E. Tatem
Edward Hyde

This story erred in reporting, as retirement at age 65 was NOT mandatory at the time. William E. Albert, Richard Golden, Frank Matlack, and Edwin Thomas did retire. John Golden, John Painter, Charles Fitzsimmons, Thomas Brothes, and William Lyons continued to work in the Police Department. John Golden was eventually promoted to Chief of Police.



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