FRANK ANTHONY OBERMAN was born on August 25, 1890 to William and Tekla Oberman in Philadelphia. The family name was originally spelled Obermann, and different documents show the name spelled both ways. His parents were born in Germany. They came to America in 1882. His father was a saloonkeeper, and the family remained in the bar business in Camden for five decades. They appear to have moved to Camden in 1895, as they first appear in City Directories in 1896.

The 1896 City Directory and the 1900 Census shows the family living at 1618 Ferry Avenue, near the corner of Ferry Avenue and Jackson Street. Besides Frank the family included older brother William Jr. The Obermans were still at 1618 Ferry Avenue as late as 1904.

By 1906 the Obermans had moved to 505 Main Street in North Camden where they operated a bar that would come to be known as the Main Cafe. The bar was still in the family's hands as late as 1947. Frank Oberman worked in the family business as a bartender as late as June of 1917, when he registered for the draft.. 

Frank Oberman married Emily McQueen not long after registering for the draft. They were living at 947 Elm Street with Emily's son, Herbert and Walter when the 1919 Camden City Directory was compiled.

According to the 1920 Census, he worked as a "machine hand" at the Victor Talking Machine Co. factory in Camden before going to work as a fire fighter. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 23, 1920, and reported for duty on January 1, 1921 with Engine Company 4. He was serving with Engine Company 10 when promoted to Junior Captain in 1940, and with Engine Company 1 when promoted to Senior Captain in February of 1943. From October 1, 1944 through September 1, 1945 Frank Oberman worked as Acting Battalion Chief, and from December 16, 1949 through November 1, 1953 he served as Acting District Chief. He was transferred to the Fire Marshal's office on March 1, 1955 and retired on June 1, 1955. Frank A. Oberman Lived out his days at 947 Elm Street. He died in March of 1965, survived by his wife, Emily G. Oberman, and a stepson, Walter McQueen.

Brother firefighter Harry Kleinfelder boarded with Frank and Emily Oberman from the late 1920s until his death in 1958.

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Camden Courier-Post
April 24, 1948

William Earl Toy
William Harring Sr.
Harry Wagner Jr.
Frank Oberman
Morris Odell
Ervin Brennan
Christopher Moll
William Van Pfefferle
Lemuel Toy
Margaret Voll Toy
William Earl Toy Jr.
West Street
Federal Street
South 17th Street

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Camden Courier-Post * April 3, 1953

Elm Street - North 7th Street - Frank A. Oberman - James Stewart - William Van Pfefferle - Mary Lee




Camden Courier-Post
March 30, 1965

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