WILLIAM GETNER was born in Lambertville, New Jersey on December 12, 1891. He appears to have come to Camden after 1910. William Getner married Gertrude Selah in the early 1910s. A daughter, Emma, was born around 1914. The 1914 City Directory shows them living at 2306 River Road.

When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 William Getner was married and a father. He was living at 2020 River Road in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood. He was then working at the Victor Talking Machine Company factory. Another daughter, also named Gertrude, was born in 1919. When the census was taken in January of 1920, the Getners were still living at 2020 River Road, along with Gertrude's parents, Joseph and Emma Selah, and their son Abraham. William Getner was then working as a ship carpenter in one of the many shipyards in Camden. By 1924 the family had moved to 1205 North 26th Street. William Getner was appointed to the Camden Fire Department at some point prior to the compilation of the 1927 Camden City Directory. 

William Getner was still serving with the Camden Fire Department in the spring of 1942 when he registered for the draft. By 1947 he had left the Fire Department and was working as a guard. He was still living at 1205 North 26th Street

The Getners are not listed in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory.

World War I Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

Herbert Bott Is Unopposed for Presidency of Camden Association

The Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Herbert Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial secretary and Walter Vecander is unopposed for the new post of assistant financial secretary. All these are police officers.

The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.

Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.

Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.

Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933

Spencer Wins 3-Corner Fight for Vice-President of Association

Lauded by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert Bott, a  patrolman attached to the Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden Police and Firemen's Association.

The praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed for reelection.

In a three-cornered fight, William P. Spencer, a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73 votes. His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and Albert Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.

Others unopposed for office were: William Thorn, financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary; Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield Leviseur, assistant recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are policemen.

Lieutenant George Ward, Patrolman William Marter, and Firemen William Taylor, William Getner, James Young and Lawrence Newton were elected to the board of trustees.

Sergeants-at-arms named were Stanley Wirtz and George Clayton, police, and William Judge and John Mulligan, firemen. All had opposition.

After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..

World War II Draft Card