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Felton Fire Company, No. 3 Members
3rd & Yarnall, Chester, PA

Felton Fire Company, Chester and Vicinity  1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Photo from Chester and Vicinity 1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Many thanks to Florence E. O'Bryan, FOBionicBlonde@aol.com, for providing Dates of Death for many of these members.

Some known members of the Felton Fire Company:

ID Last Name First Name Middle Name Date of Death Biography Obituary Picture Notes Source
484 Allvord George L 10/5/1992   Obituary   Honorary member of Felton Fire Company Florence E O'Bryan
250 Arty Ben         Picture   William H. Crystle, 3rd
489 Artymovicz Benjamin "Benny"   3/23/1992   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
131 Ashby John B 09/19/94   Obituary      
251 Barbacane Joseph              
11 Bardsley George R 08/02/99   Obituary      
13 Barrowclough Milton   1971          
249 Baumgart Joseph   9/21/1980       "As a child I can remember that my uncles -- Joseph Baumgart and William Baumgart were members of the Felton Fire Company. William was in the Navy and always responded to the fire alarm whenever he was home on call. I seem to remember that Joseph Baumgart was a treasurer at one point."; My name is Katie Lamb [katienine@yahoo.com]. I am the youngest daughter of Joseph Baumgart. My Dad passed away on September 21, 1980. He was born on June 5, 1906. He died of lung Cancer in Pennsylvania, while visiting my sister Joan. My dad made his home in Texas, which is where I was raised. He was buried in Boothwyn Maryland. The Felton Fire Department was very gracious, it was wonderful to meet a few of the gentlemen who served with him as firefighters. My son Aaron follows in his footsteps as a firefighter. He is a firefighter for the BLM. He is with the Idaho City Hotshots. Judy DiMeglio
252 Baumgart William   c. 1982-1983       "As a child I can remember that my uncles -- Joseph Baumgart and William Baumgart were members of the Felton Fire Company. William was in the Navy and always responded to the fire alarm whenever he was home on call. I seem to remember that Joseph Baumgart was a treasurer at one point."; My Uncle William (Bill), passed away sometime around 1982-83. He married a woman by the name of Alice, whe ran a boarding house in Waco Texas. Katie Lamb [katienine@yahoo.com] Judy DiMeglio
18 Boulden Louis Frederick 1/15/1995   Obituary      
20 Capasso Albert   2/22/1995   Obituary     Jim Owens, son of James "Porky" Owens, Jr.
26 Coombs Robert M 08/23/99   Obituary      
253 Creilly Bill             Bill Crielly
254 Detwiler George              
31 DeVito Andrew Joseph "Sonny"   04/06/96   Obituary      
35 Dill James   04/13/99   Obituary      
36 Dobson Frank   04/13/99          
37 Dougherty George W 10/23/97   Obituary      
38 Downey Joseph R 04/24/96   Obituary      
255 Downey, Sr. Phil         Picture "Later owned the popular pool room next door to the fire house" - Lee Bennington William H. Crystle, 3rd
39 Doyle Norman              
256 Ehrenzeller Elwood              
44 Evans Harry J 11/16/94   Obituary      
46 Ford Robert W 05/24/97   Obituary      
491 Fry Robert Allen 8/15/1991   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
48 Garman Lloyd H 12/01/96   Obituary      
257 Grayson John         December 4, 1945 News Article   Lee Bennington
258 Grayson Robert         Picture   William H. Crystle, 3rd
53 Haines Joseph E 11/20/94   Obituary      
259 Haines, Sr. Joseph              
481 Hallman Jacob "Jake"   1940     Picture Jacob "Jake" Hallman was believed to be Chester's oldest fireman in 1924. He had been a driver since 1902. Jacob Hallman is my Great Grandfather; my mother's maternal grandfather. He was born in 1860 and died in 1940. He lived on 4th street just off the corner of 4th and Yarnell, about a half block from the Felton Fire House, if I recall. I have attached a photo of Jacob in the driver's seat of his fire truck ... but I do not know the name of his horse. he was a driver for Felton, my mother still has his badge. John Pennington, great grandson
260 Harper Blair              
261 Harper Lewis           Later a Chester Fire Chief  
465 Holt Walter S 10/12/1997   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
59 Howlett Robert F 01/26/00          
262 Knarr William              
138 Kokoszka Peter S 4/15/93          
263 Kokoszka Walter "Koke" "Koko" F 3/14/2001       "My husband Walter F. Kokoszka, better know as Koke or Koko was a Felton Fire Company member and was with the City of Chester Fire Department from 1967 until his retirement in 1992. He passed away on March 14, 2001." Marie Borcky Kokoszka
511 McCarty John J 1942       John J. McCarty, my grandfather, was a a paid driver for Felton until he left to go to work for Sinclair. He continued as a member until his death in 1942. We lived on Jeffery Street at the time. Loretta Gallagher, granddaughter
73 McCarty Joseph H 12/08/98   Obituary   Joseph H. McCarty was a member of the Felton Fire Company from the time he returned from the Occupation Forces after WWII until he passed away on December 8, 1998. He worked for AH Wirz, later Teledyne Wirz for over 50 years. He went to Dewey School and CHS. Lived in Brookhaven when he passed away. He went to and fought fires until his death.  
264 McDowell W S         President c. 1903  
265 McKay Francis "Franny"         Picture    
266 McKay Frank              
267 McKay Joseph W 3/15/1996   Obituary      
83 McKay, Sr. Joseph W 03/15/96          
268 McKnight Jack              
269 McMaster Charles "Snooky"   2/10/1991   Obituary Picture   William H. Crystle, 3rd
85 Middleton Robert   05/02/98   Obituary      
87 Minshall Clifton W 02/22/99          
270 O'Brien Henry              
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If you have any additional information or pictures that you would like to contribute about any of the members of this fire company, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com. Be sure to include the number in the "ID" column in your email so that I can accurately identify the individual.

2001, 2002 John A. Bullock III.

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