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Adelheid Buckow Specht
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Birth: 1855
Death: 1933
Atlantic County
New Jersey, USA

One October night in 1875, the Disston Lumber Mill in Atlantic City, New Jersey, caught fire. The resort town was protected by only one volunteer fire company, United States Fire Company No. 1. Pitching in to help out at the huge blaze was a 20-year-old woman named Adelheid von Buckow. She worked all night long, pumping water with the old hand pumper alongside the regular members of the company, who were amazed by her strength and endurance. Several years later, von Buckow married one of the members of the company (William Specht)and before the company disbanded in 1904, they voted her into membership. Adelheid von Buckow Specht is the first woman ever to be a member of the Atlantic City Fire Department. (from www.wfsi.org-Women in Firefighting)

*As of 6/2007 there are now two women firefighters on the ACFD.

Note: No mention in family history of using "von" in the Buckow family name. Buried in plot with Buckow family with 4 small unmarked graves (infants or young children). Adelheid is my cousin on my father's family tree (Buckow/Stadtmueller) 
 
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 Parents:
  Adolph Buckow (____ - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  William F. Specht (1855 - 1934)*
 
 Sibling:
  Augusta Buckow (____ - 1912)*
  Adelheid Buckow Specht (1855 - 1933)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Germania Cemetery
Germania
Atlantic County
New Jersey, USA
 
Created by: Kathleen Stadtmuller-Gad
Record added: Jul 13, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11350513
Adelheid <i>Buckow</i> Specht
Added by: Kathleen Stadtmuller-Gad
 
Adelheid <i>Buckow</i> Specht
Added by: Kathleen Stadtmuller-Gad
 
Adelheid <i>Buckow</i> Specht
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Added by: Kathleen Stadtmuller-Gad
 
 
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- JUDY L.
 Added: Apr. 26, 2008

- DER
 Added: Jul. 3, 2006
To honor your service with the Atlantic City Fire Department.
- Kathleen Stadtmuller-Gad
 Added: Jul. 13, 2005
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