WILLIAM BAXTER SR. was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 29,
in either 1885, 1886, or 1887 to John and Hannah Baxter. For
reasons unknown, he told The 1900 Census and Social Security
Administration indicate 1885, the local Draft Board 1886 in World War I,
and to another draft board in 1942 he gave his birth year as
1887. 1885 is the most likely year. The 1895 New Jersey Census
shows the family living in South Camden in the Third Ward.
the Census was taken in 1900 Herbert Baxter, then 15, was living
at the home of his cousin, Joseph Baxter, at 666 South 2nd
Street. His father, by this time a widower, was also living at
this location. Herbert Baxter married around 1905, and a
daughter, Anna, was born in short order. The 1906 City
Directory lists him at 1406 South
3rd Street. The 1910 Census shows Elizabeth
and Herbert Baxter renting a house at 322 Atlantic
Avenue. Twin sons, John and Herbert
W. Baxter Jr.
were born in 1911. Herbert Baxter Sr. was working then as a
"general laborer". The family was still at that
address when he registered for the draft on September 12, 1918.
He had by that time gone to work as an iron moulder at the
Camden Iron Works.
January 30, 1920, when the Census was enumerated, Herbert Baxter
appointed to the Camden Fire Department. The family had moved to 320 Liberty
Street in and were still there in April of
Baxter Sr. was a member of the Camden Fire Department through at
least 1930. All three Baxter children were still living at home
at the time of the Census. By 1931 he had moved to 2791
Yorkship Road, and later moved to 940 Thurman Street.
the spring of 1942 Herbert Baxter Sr. had retired from the Fire
department and had moved with his wife to Wildwood, New Jersey. Later in life he returned to Camden, passing away in February of
1969, survived by his son, Herbert
W. Baxter Jr.
W. Baxter Jr. served with the Camden Fire Department from
1948 until his retirement in May of 1966. He was Chief Fire
Marshall for the City of Camden at the time of his