W. CARTER was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 28, 1892. By the
summer of 1900 his father had died, leaving his mother, Mrs. Ella
Carter, to care for him and older sister Mary, then 12. Ella Carter
worked as washerwoman. The family then lived at 907 Chelton
The 1910 Census shows that Walter Carter and his mother were living at
Avenue. His mother had remarried and had lost another
husband by this time. They moved to 962 Ferry
Avenue by 1914. Walter
Carter is listed in the City Directory for that year as a laborer.
he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 Walter Carter was still living
at 962 Ferry
Avenue with his wife and mother. He listed his occupation as a
chauffer (driver) and mechanic. The 1920 Census shows that he had
separated from his wife. He was boarding at 1868 Miller
home of Isaac and Harriet Cotton. He was still living at that address
when the 1927 Camden City Directory was compiled.
W. Carter was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 22, 1920 and reported for duty with Engine
Company 1 at 409 Pine
Street on January 1, 1921. He spent his entire career as a
fire fighter with Engine
Company 1. Walter W. Carter was one of six Black fire fighters, the others being Charles
W. Cooke, Leroy Hatchett, George Johnson, Roscoe Tribbett and
Benjamin Walters who were hired when the department reintegrated. The following year three more were added-
Byron Davis, Alfred
Greene, and Louis Stevens.
1929 Camden City Directory shows Walter Carter living at 1728 Mulford
Street, and the Census taken in April of 1930 shows that he was
staying with a divorcee, Viola Thomas. He was still there as late as
191. He later moved to 819 Kaighn
Avenue. After serving the City of Camden as a fireman for almost
20 years, Walter W. Carter died on October 7, 1940. He was buried at
Mt. Peace Cemetery in Lawnside, New Jersey.