WALTER VECANDER was born in Pennsylvania around 1906 to Gustaf Edward and Hilma Vecander, who had come to America from Sweden in 1904 with there two older children, Gustaf E. Jr. and Elsie. The elder Vecander worked as a welder. The family was living in Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania in 1910. Younger brothers Francis and Harold were also born in Pennsylvania.
By 1916 the Vecander family had come to New Jersey, where daughter Lila was born. When the census was taken in 1920 the family lived at 1122 Cambridge Street in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. The 1929 City Directory shows the family living at 1354 North 29th Street.
On March 1, 1928 Walter Vecander was appointed to the Camden Police Department along with the following men, Francis Guetherman, August Riehm, William Schriver, Edward Shapiro, John V. Wilkie, Earl Wright, Edward Cahill, Marshall Thompson, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Leon Feltz, George Getley, Joseph Lack, Thomas Stanton, Otto Toperzer, and Frank Wilmot. Younger brother Harold Vecander joined the force on September 20, 1940. Both brothers were still on the force in January of 1949. Walter Vecander had been promoted to Sergeant by this time.
The 1947 Camden City Directory shows Walter Vecander and his wife Julia living at 1289 Sayrs Avenue. Walter Vecander died of a stroke in the mid-1950s. He is not listed in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
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.
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
CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert
a patrolman attached to the
Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden
Police and Firemen's Association.
praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast
in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed
a three-cornered fight, William
a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73
His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and
Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.
unopposed for office were: William
financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary;
Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield
recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are
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 16, 1933|
NAP IN PARKED AUTO BRINGS 30 DAYS IN JAIL
Because Samuel Boykin, 29, of 1022 Penn Street, insisted on sleeping in an automobile parked in a restricted area, he will pass the next 30 nights in jail. Police Judge Pancoast, in sending Boykin to jail on a charge of being drunk and disorderly, also indicated he would spend the same number of days in jail.
Motorcycle Policeman Walter Vecander testified he went to Broadway and Market street on complaint of a motorist who said a man was sleeping in his car. Boykin was taken to police headquarters but released when the motorist refused to sign a complaint.
Fifteen minutes later Boykin was sound asleep in the same automobile, Vecander said. Boykin admitted he had been drinking but denied he had been driving while intoxicated or that he was disorderly. A charge of illegal parking was dismissed..
Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933
MAN IS GIVEN LIFT AND ROBBED IN AUTO
Accepting a ride which he thought was a friendly "lift," Frank Clayton, 58, of 157 Wyoming avenue, Audubon, was struck over the head, rob bed of $8 and thrown from the machine early yesterday.
Motorcycle Policeman Walter Vecander found Clayton, wandering around the streets in a daze more than a mile from where he was put out of the car. He told detectives that he was waiting for a bus to go home at Broadway and Federal street at 2:30 a. m. when two men came along in an automobile and stopped near where he was standing.
They asked him where he was going and when he told them they said they were going that way and would take him in their car. They drove out Haddon Avenue, he told the police, and turned off at Euclid Avenue. When he objected and told the men they were going the wrong way, he was struck on the head, he said. The car stopped near the Hatch Junior High School, Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, and one of the men went through his pockets. He tried to fight them off, he said, and was again struck. Then he was thrown out.
Policeman Vecander, found him walking near
Avenue and Park Boulevard
and took him to West Jersey Homeopathic
Hospital, where he was
|Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933|
TWO NEW AUTOMOBILES RECOVERED AFTER THEFT
Two of three automobiles stolen from a Collingswood agency early Wednesday, have been recovered by local and state police.
State Trooper Stanley Austin found, the second one last night in a vacant garage at Nicholson Road and Black Horse Pike, West Collingswood Heights. It bore stolen tags and a number of fingerprints.
The cars were stolen from the show rooms of Edward Berglund, 622 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - FEBRUARY 28, 1938|
Middleton Felled by Gas In House Here
With gas flowing from a pipe detached from a gas range, former City Commissioner Melbourne F. Middleton, Jr., was found unconscious in the kitchen of his former home at 538 Cooper street early Saturday night.
Middleton was reported last night to still be in a critical condition at West Jersey Hospital, where he was taken. The Camden Fire Department First Aid Squad worked over him for an hour at the house in a vain effort to revive him.
Middleton, a former president of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and one time city councilman, was found by a son, C. Barry Middleton, and a friend, John Williams Rossell, who lives with the Middletons on Laurel road, Moorestown. Middleton was clad in overalls and two large pipe wrenches were lying on the kitchen floor near him.
Young Middleton said his father told his family he intended to take up some linoleum in the kitchen of his former home. Middleton first went to his office Saturday and then to St. Paul's Episcopal Church to a service. From there he was traced to his former home, which is owned by him.
When Middleton failed to return home for dinner at the usual time Saturday his son and Rossell decided to search for him. When young Middleton discovered his father's plight he notified police. Patrolmen Frank Cavallo, Henry Lutz, Walter Vecander and George Getley responded in radio cars and gave first aid until the fire department squad arrived.
The firemen worked on the former commissioner one hour with an inhalator before ordering his removal to the hospital, where they continued to work on Middleton for another hour but were unable to revive him. Hospital physicians continued working on him without success. They said his condition was critical.
Gas Man Called
4 p. m. Saturday the family living next to Middlemen's home telephoned
Public Service that gas was coming from the house. Public Service sent a
man to investigate but he was unable to get into the house.
Middleton and Rossell said they reached the house at 6.17 p. m.
While he was a member of the first city commission Middleton was director of finance but never missed responding to all alarms of fire. He was a member of the fire committee while serving in City Council as a member from the Second ward. In that capacity he also answered all alarms.
Members of the Firemen's First Aid Squad responding to the call were Deputy Chief William R. Harring, Hosemen Christopher Moll, William Spencer, Harry Haines, Russell Anderson, William Harry Deitz and Nelson Andrews.
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