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 15, 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 - 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.


 



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