David
W.
HUmphries


DAVID W. HUMPHRIES was born on January 24, 1925, the only child of David and Rhoda Humphries. His father had been born in Stockton prior to the 1899 merger with Camden, and like his father David Humphries lived all his days out in East Camden. His father was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Camden Fire Department.

When the 1924 and 1929 City Directories were compiled, the David Humphries family lived at 2925 High Street, and they were still at that address in April of 1930. During these years their neighbors included a brother fire fighter, Harry J. Allebach, who lived at 2931 High Street.

The family had moved to 56 South 28th Street when the 1940 Camden City Directory was compiled. When David Humphries registered for the draft in the spring of 1942, he and his family were still at 56 South 28th Street and he was still with the Fire Department. Shortly thereafter they 

moved again, to 14 Leonard Avenue. David Humphries appears to have left the Fire Department by 1943. He died on February 22, 1947. The Humphries' were still living at the Leonard Avenue address when the 1947 Directory was compiled, but apparently David W. Humphries, moved to 208 North 35th Street shortly thereafter.

David W. Humphries attended school through the 9th grade and then, like the majority of boys of his time in Camden, went to work. The 1947 City Directory states he was an apprentice, but does not say where or for what trade. 

David W. Humphries was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 30, 1950. He reported for duty the following day to Ladder Company 3 at North 27th Street and Federal Street in East Camden. He was by this time married and was living at 208 South 35th Street

Between the time of his appointment to the Fire Department and  his death in 1974 David W. Humphries does not appear in any New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories. Fire Department records indicate that he lived at 206 South 35th Street, 206 South 35th Street, 113 South 35th Street and 121 South 35th Street, but the dates he lived at these addresses are not noted. His mother, Rhoda Humphries is listed at 3017 Mickle Street in the 1956 and 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories. She died in September 1,1964 and was buried next to her husband at Beverly National Cemetery. 

During his career with the Camden Fire Department, David Humphries received a citation for the rescue of three children.  

David W. Humphries passed away on April 19, 1974.

David W. Humphries' uncle, Elwood R. Humphries, was a Camden police officer from the late 1920s into early 1940s.


 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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