Richard
S.
Marter


 

RICHARD 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. 

A son, William 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 Street. The 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 Marter had joined the Camden Police Department. Richard Marter was still with the Fire Department as late as April of 1930, but retired shortly afterwards. 

Camden 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. 

By 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 Mickle 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 Directories. William Marter's son, Richard B. Marter, served for over 31 years with the Camden Fire Department, retiring as a Captain on May 1, 1999.


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 27, 1914 Joseph A. Ware
Rev. Martin Stockett
Charles Cook
Richard Marter
James Navin
Louis Shaw
Spencer Smith
Alfred Hayden
Engine Company 1
Church of Our Saviour

 






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