SMITH MARTER was born in New Jersey on December 29, 1872.
He first appears in Camden City Directories in 1894, working as
a butcher and living at 630 Line
Street. The 1896 edition shows him working as a driver, and
residing at 3212 Federal
Street in Stockton. By the following year he had returned to
South Camden, and is listed in 1897 and 1898 at 608 South
5th Street. The 1899 City Directory shows him and his wife,
the former Lillie Wood, living at 589 Clinton
Street. He worked as a driver during these years.
Roscoe Wood Marter, was born on the 30th of November, 1899.
He was the Marter's only child. The
1900 and 1910 Censuses shows the Marters living at 412 Kaighn
Avenue with his in-laws, William
and Emma Wood. Richard Marter was working as a milk dealer in 1900 and
as a driver when the 1906 Camden City Directory was compiled. By 1910 he
had joined the Camden Fire Department, and served with Engine Compnay 1
at 409 Pine
Marters were still living at 412 Kaighn
Avenue when the 1914 City Directory was published. Richard Marter registered for the draft in September of
1918. By this time the family had
moved to 463 Mechanic
Street. Son William
Marter was living with his parents and had gone to
work as shipfitter at the Pusey & Jones shipyard in Gloucester City.
The 1924 City Directory shows the same information. The 1927 City
Directory shows that William
had joined the Camden Police Department.
Richard Marter was still with the Fire Department as late as April of
1930, but retired shortly afterwards.
Fire Department records from 1931 show Richard Marter still
living at 463 Mechanic
Street. The family was still at that address when Lillie Marter
passed away on September 28, 1933. It appears that Richard
Marter also had passed by 1940, as he is not listed in that
year's City Directory or the two published thereafter.
April of 1930, when the census was taken, William
Marter had married and
bought a home at 3060 Mickle
Street in East Camden,
where he lived with his wife Elsie and daughter Jeanne. A son, Richard
B. Marter, was born afterwards. The
1947 Camden City Directory lists William Marter as a sergeant in the
Detective Bureau of the Camden Police Department. He was still living on
Street at that time. By 1949 William Marter had left Camden's police
force. He is not listed in any Camden County New Jersey Bell telephone
son, Richard B. Marter, served for over 31 years with the Camden
Fire Department, retiring as a Captain on May 1, 1999.