Winfield
D.
Leviseur


WINFIELD DEURY LEVISEUR was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1898, the son of John G.L. LeViseur and his wife, the former Mary Berger. At some point in his adult life (most likely in the 1920s) Winfield began using the "Leviseur" spelling.

John G.L. Leviseur was a native of the Alsace region of France. He worked as an insurance agent, but sadly, he died during the 1900s, leaving his wife, Mrs. Mary Leviseur, to raise their six children. Winfield was the fifth born of the six, coming after Marie, Carl, Kurt, and Edward, and before the youngest, Elizabeth. All the children were at home at the time of the 1910 Census. Mrs. Leviseur worked as a janitress at a school, and the three oldest children also worked. When the census was taken in January of 1920, Winfield Leviseur and his sister Elizabeth were living with older brother Carl Leviseur and his wife and family. Both men worked at a forge, Carl as a machinist, Winfield as a rigger. He enlisted in the United States Navy shortly thereafter.

The 1924 Camden City Directory shows Winfield Leviseur had married. He and his wife, the former Sarah Stevenson, lived at 1028 Line Street. At that time he was still in Navy. By the time the 1929 Directory was compiled, he had fulfilled his commitment to the Navy. He and wife Sarah were still living at 1028 Line Street. Winfield Leviseur was then working as a cook.


Winfield Leviseur was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on March 16, 1929. He reported for duty with
Engine Company 3 at 1813 Broadway the same day. 

The April 1930 Census shows that Winfield Leviseur and his wife were living at 854 Mt. Ephraim Avenue. Their next door neighbor at 856 Mt. Ephraim Avenue was brother fire fighter Arthur Batten and his wife Mabel. Fire Department records from 1931 show that Winfield Leviceur had moved to 803 Haddon Avenue.

On March 18, 1936 Winfield Leviseur was transferred to Ladder Company 3 at North 27th Street and Federal Street in East Camden, where he served until his promotion to Junior Captain on July 1, 1939. Once promoted Winfield Leviseur was transferred to Ladder Company 2, stationed at the old Fire headquarters at North 5th and Arch Streets, where he served until May 1, 1940, when he was returned to Ladder Company 3. Another assignment came on December 13, 1942 which took him to Engine Company 7 on Kaighn Avenue. Winfield Leviseur was promoted to Senior Captain  on February 23, 1943 and to Battalion Chief on December 16, 1949. 

By 1947 Winfield and Sarah Leviseur had moved to 1034 Princess Avenue in Parkside, where they lived through at least the fall of 1960.

After a career that lasted well over 31 years, Winfield Leviseur retired on pension on September 1, 1960. He was replaced in the Fire Department by Daniel Jianetto. 

After leaving the Fire Department Winfield LeViseur moved to the suburbs. Last a resident of Somerdale, New Jersey, he passed away on November 3, 1967.


Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

COPS AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
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

BOTT CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
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 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..


Camden Courier-Post * June 5, 1940
CHANGES ANNOUNCED IN FIRE DEPARTMENT
Truck Disbanded, Engine Company Created; 13 Men Transferred

Commissioner Mary W. Kobus yesterday announced a number of changes in the fire department, including the disbanding of Truck Company No. 4; creation of a new engine company. No. 10, and the transfer of 18 officers and men, 12 of them captains.

Most of the new captains have been serving as acting captains and promotion to full rank will involve no pay increases, inasmuch as the men signed waivers foregoing the raises.

Commissioner Kobus explained most of the changes were made to conform with regulations of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. The board, Mrs. Kobus explained, made a survey of the department and advised appointments of acting captains to full rank.

The commissioner also announced she had appointed Junior Captain Raymond Smith as director of the school for firemen at Engine Company No. 10, Ninth and Morgan streets. Smith, one of the youngest at the recently appointed junior captains, will succeed the late Battalion Chief Rollo Jones.

Senior Captain Leonard Megee was appointed acting battalion chief to succeed Jones. He will continue at the Fifth and Arch streets fire headquarters.

Junior Captain William Spencer, of headquarters company, was named relief captain.

Engine Company No. 10 will use the headquarters of the old truck
company, at Ninth and Morgan streets.

To the new company Mrs. Kobus assigned Senior Captain Mortica Clark and Firemen Frank Burt, Frank Esperance and Clifford Lane.

Junior Captain Frank Oberman was transferred from Engine Company No. 10 to Engine Company No. 1, at fire headquarters.

Other assignments are as follows:

Junior Captain Robert Wonsetler, Engine Company No. 11, to Engine Company No. 2.

Fireman Harry Kleinfelder, Engine Company No. 6, to Engine Company No. 2

Junior Captain Edgar Ellender, Engine Company No. 2, to Engine Company No. 6

Junior Captain Ralph Bingemann, Truck Company No. 2, to Engine Company No. 7.

Fireman David Humphries, Truck Company No. 3, to Engine Company No. 11.

Junior Captain Nelson Andrews, Engine Company No. 2, to Truck Company No. 1.

Fireman Albert Dukes, Jr., Truck Company No. 1, to Engine Company No. 2.

Junior Captain Winfield Levisuer, Truck Company No. 2, to Truck Company No. 3.

Junior Captain Edward McDowell retains assignment to Engine Company No. 3.

Junior Captain Maurice O’Brien assigned to Engine Company No. 10.

The changes were contained in notice to the Civil Service Commission, are effective as of June 1 and will appear on the June 15 payroll.


Camden Courier-Post - July 1, 1941

POLICE, FIRE GROUP TO HONOR WALLACE

The Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold an informal buffet supper tonight at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman Avenue, for Bruce A. Wallace, counsel for the association and member of the Delaware River Joint Commission. Invitations have been issued to police chiefs throughout the county, as well as to other officials.

Patrolman William Schriver, president of the association, is chairman of the committee. Other members are Fire Captain Winfield Leviseur, Sergeant Edward Carroll, and Patrolman John Kowal, William McGrath and Arthur Batten.

Camden Courier-Post
November 6, 1951

FATHER WHO SAVED his three children is shown holding the tots after the rescue Monday from their smoke-filled apartment at 216 State Street. The children were taking their afternoon nap when the blaze was discovered. From left, Joseph, David Jr., and Jacqueline , are held by their father David Kaluhiokalani.

State Street - Haddon Avenue - Howard Gick
John Henson - James Creato
Winfield Leviseur - Cora Panatella
Etta Kocher - Fred Kocher - David Kocher
Ladder Company 2 - Engine Company 6
Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8

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Camden Courier-Post
December 27, 1952

ONE OF SEVEN children rescued from a burning house at 444 South 5th Street Friday is shown being carried to safety in the arms of a fireman. Three of the children and a fireman were overcome by smoke. Two civilians rescue four of the children before firemen arrived.

 



Jose Castiano - Luis Colon - Henry Rodriguez
Concha Garcia - Rev. Hipolito Garcia
Church of the Living God
Mrs. Yolanda Castiano
Huberto Casiano - Margie Casiano
Jesu Casiano - Yolanda Casianio
Mrs. Margaret Young
Washington Street - North 22nd Street
Philip Rossi - Michael Cimini
Charles Cooke
Engine Company 1
Winfield Leviseur


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Camden Courier-Post
January 12, 1953

Winfield Leviseur
William Van Pfefferle
Thomas Winstanley
Eugene Alston
Frank Deal
Charles Davis
Howard Lewis
Michael Cimini
North 22nd Street
South 5th Street

Camden Courier-Post
January 3, 1955


Camden Courier-Post * January 4, 1955
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Irvin Gibbs - Winfield Leviseur - Morris Boone - Otto Kaiser - William H. Neale - Nathaniel Jones
Edward Gibbs - Thomas J. Danks - Mary Valentine -  Ladder Company 2 - Engine Company 3
William W. Messenger - Vanessa Gibbs - Dorothy Ann Gibbs - Howard Ma Dougal - Edward Eckman
Charles Van Fossen - South 8th Street

Camden Courier-Post
January 4 1955

Camden Courier-Post
March 3, 1958

Whitman Avenue
Thomas J. Carr Sr.
John K. Voll
Harrison Pike
Joseph Gfrorer
Arthur C. Batten
Winfield D. Leviseur
Joseph Ballinghoff
John E. Moore
Howard Brickner
Joseph Dmochowski
Leon Puszczykowski
Ernest Tartagalia
Spencer Smith Jr.
George Bowen
Bruce A. Wallace

Camden Courier-Post
January 23, 1960

James A. Garfield School

 

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James A. Garfield School - North 29th Street - Cramer Street - Dr. Anthony Catrambone
Winfield Leviseur - Edward R. McDowell - John Gaffney Sr. - Carl Greenwald - North 33rd Street

Camden Courier-Post
October 4, 1967

Mathews-Purnell Post 518
Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



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