JOHN MARTIN PETERSON was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 15, 1892 to John and Maggie Peterson. By 1896 his family had moved to 1042 Dayton Avenue in the town of Stockton, which after uniting with Camden in 1899, was renamed North 18th Street. The Peterson remained at this address into the 1920s. The family next door for a number of years were the Behrends, their son Charles Behrend, was killed in action while serving with the United States Army during World War I.
When John M. Peterson registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 he was living with his mother at 1042 North 18th Street in Camden's Cramer Hill section.
John M. Peterson was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 16, 1919. he reported for duty at Engine Company 11 on January 1, 1920.
Fire Department records from 1931 show John M. Peterson residing at 1049 North 34th Street.
Having reached the mandatory retirement age and having completed 36 years of distinguished service with Engine Company 11 of the Camden Fire Department, John M. Peterson retired on pension January 1, 1956. He moved out of Camden shortly afterwards.
John Martin Peterson's last days were spent in the area served by the Merchantville, New Jersey post office, i.e., in Merchantville or Pennsauken. He passed away in March of 1971.
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