Harry
Selby


 

HARRY SELBY was burn on August 20, 1881 to William Henry Selby and his wife the former  Emma Dunn Gibbon. He was the fourth of nine children born to the Selbys, coming after brothers William H. (1875-1876), George L. (1879-1950), and sister Elizabeth M. (1877-1882). He was followed by Mabel (1884-1948), Mary E. (1997-1953), Walter W.(1891-1974), John G. (1895-1969) and Dorothy (19800-1974). His father was active in Republican politics and served with the Camden Police Department for 14 years, and later with the Water Department. Both Harry and older brother George were somewhat active politically and involved in the early 1900s with Company C, Third Regiment, New Jersey National Guard. George L. Selby was still active with the Guard when the United States went to war in 1917 and served heroically at the Battle of the Argonne Forest, and served the public for many years after his retune at war's end. 

Harry Selby was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on January 1, 1908. He initially served at the firehouse in the 600 block of Kaighn Avenue. Assigned to Engine Company 2, he was was injured when the combination hose and chemical wagon he was in was involved in an accident on May 19, 1910 at Haddon Avenue and Line Street. Colliding into an iron pole that supported the elevated railway, one of the horse pulling the apparatus was killed on impact, driver Arthur Wingate was seriously injured and Harry Selby, John Lennox, and John Lutts were thrown to the ground. Harry Selby was able to return to service but the injury, most likely to his back, plagued him for the rest of his days. Harry Selby later served as driver for Deputy Chief Samuel S. Buzine. After Buzine's retirement he was appointed stoker, and in 1920 was promoted to Lieutenant and was transferred to Engine Company 10.

Suffering from chronic pain as a result of the injury suffered in 1910, Harry Selby took his own life on May 4, 1923.

Harry Selby married Daisy Mae Harris on March 7, 1908. The Selby's lived at 330 Beckett Street, adjacent to his father's residence at 328 Beckett Street until 1920. By 1921 they had moved to 326 Beckett Street, and younger brother Walter and his family occupied 330 Beckett Street. The marriage produced three children, William H. Selby, Thelma May Selby, and Norman H. "Norm" Selby. Norm Selby was a star athlete at Woodrow Wilson High School in the 1930s. Extremely fast, he was an All-South Jersey end and a hall of fame baseball player who also excelled in track and basketball. The Second World War ended his bid to play with the New York Giants but he excelled in top semi-pro ball for two decades, and was enshrined in the South Jersey Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.


Camden Post-Telegram
March 9, 1908

Harry Selby
Daisy Mae Harris
Mrs. Mary Harris
Rev. J. Morgan Read
Alfred Hayden
Pine Street


Camden Post-Telegram
October 9, 1908

Harry Selby
John Baskett
William Kiker
John Page
Kaighn Avenue

 

 


Camden Post-Telegram
January 16, 1909

Harry Selby
Samuel S. Buzine
Richard Marter
Charles H. Fitzsimmons IV




















Camden Post-Telegram
January 3, 1910

Harry Selby
Samuel S. Buzine
Arthur Wingate
Richard Marter
Samuel S. Elfreth
George B. Wade
Peter B. Carter
Peter S. Gray
John A. Dold
Newton G. Ash
Joseph Johnson
Joseph Maxwell
Harry Burroughs
William Elberson
Henry "Harry" Green
William Tatem
John Lennox
John Lutts

Charles H. Fitzsimmons IV

John Gardner
Charles Minckle
Harry Lee
Charles Hose










Camden Post-Telegram * May 20, 1910
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John Lutts - Arthur Wingate - Harry Selby - John Lennox - William Butler
Haddon Avenue -
Line Street - Pine Street - Engine Company 2


Camden Post-Telegram
June 13, 1913

Harry Selby
John A. Stockton
Cooper Street


Camden Post-Telegram
January 2, 1914

Harry Selby
Charles Worthington
William B. McCauley
John A. Stockton
Engine Company 2

Article's mention of "Engine Company 1" is incorrect


Camden Post-Telegram
August 10, 1916

Harry Selby


Camden Post-Telegram
October 16, 1916

Harry Selby


World War I Draft Card

Camden Post-Telegram * February 19, 1919
Frank G. Hitchner - William Patterson - Peter Carter - Harry Selby
 J.H. Harrington

Camden Post-Telegram * October 19, 1920

Harry Selby - Engine Company 10


Camden Post-Telegram
December 8, 1921

William H. Selby
Third Ward Republican Club
Wiley Methodist Episcopal Church
Beckett Street
Improved Order of Red Men

Jesse W. Pratt

John L. Westcott

Harry Paul
Cooper B. Hatch
Harry Selby
George Selby


Camden Post-Telegram
May 4, 1923

Engine Company 10
Samuel S. Buzine
George Selby
Beckett Street


Camden Post-Telegram
July 30, 1923

Harry Selby
Daisy Mae Selby
Beckett Street

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