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CPT William Walb “Bill” Walton

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CPT William Walb “Bill” Walton

  • Birth 24 Mar 1876
  • Death 1 Dec 1937
  • Burial Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Lot 711, Section G
  • Memorial ID 34691189

William was a Philadelphia fireman.

Bill was the son of a shoemaker Mahlon Walton and his wife Emma.He was the younhgest of five children and had four sisters, the oldest which was Francis; aged nine years older than Bill. They grew up in Cheltenham, Pa.

His grand-neice Helen Garretson remembered that he would not marry until after his sister died. 1910 census: William Walton, city fireman, living at 2403 Turner St. with sister Frances Walton in the 47th Ward.

Frances died June 27, 1919 in Philadelphia. Her address was 1607 N. 21st St.

On September 17, 1919 he married Helen McArthur. His address at the time was 1607 N. 21st St. Once married, he moved in with his in-laws and her brother Bill at 1941 Ridge Avenue.

August 19, 1920 Inquirer: William W. Walton qualified for promotion to Captain in a recent Civil Service Commission examination.

March 16, 1921 Inquirer: William W. Walton selected for promotion to Captain; his address was listed as 1607 N. 21st St.

On May 29, 1924, the couple purchased a house at 288 N. Highland Ave. in Lansdowne, Delaware Co., Pa. They lived here with her brother William.

William was known as being so stingy that he would take the train downtown to the Inquirer just to get a free newspaper. In 1922 and 1937 he purchased properties in Ventnor, NJ.; 116 N. Portland Ave. and 6720 Monmouth Ave.

Fall 1934 voter registration lists him as the only registered voter at 1941 Ridge Avenue (Republican). He did not actually live here. Helen (Ridge) Garretson remembered that he used this address because he was a City employee.

William died of a massive heart attack on December 1, 1937. He and his wife are in an unmarked grave at Montrose cemetery.

The following information was provided by the Fireman's Hall Museum:

Name: William W. Walton
Date of appointment: January 6, 1901
Age at appointment: 24 Ward: 29
Address at appointment: 2043 Turner St.
Occupation at appointment: Spice Packer
Position of appointment: Hoseman
Station assigned: Engine 17 @ North side of Race St east of Broad St.
Transferred to: Engine 27, February 1, 1901 @ 2202 W. Columbia Ave
Promoted to: Assistant Foreman, December 18, 1903 (remained at Engine 27)
Transferred to: Engine 46, July 2, 1910 @ Water and Reed Sts.
Transferred to: Engine 10, August 20, 1910 @ 808-10 Morris St.
Transferred to: Engine 27, September 1, 1911
Transferred to: Engine 32, May 6, 1914 @ 239-41 S. 6th St. (as Lieutenant)
Transferred to: Truck 1, August 1, 1917 @ 2132 Fairmount Ave
Promoted to: Captain, March 16, 1921
Transferred to: Engine 1, March 16, 1921 @ 1839 South St.
Transferred to: Engine 27, May 1, 1927
Retired: June 1, 1936

A Truck company is now known as a ladder company.

On July 1, 1912 the designations for Assistant Foreman and Foreman were change to Lieutenant and Captain respectively. That is probably why there is a notation when he transferred to Engine 32 as a Lieutenant.

A search of our Injury Journal shows that Assistant Foreman Walton sustained a sprained ankle on January 28, 1909.

Our family thanks the Fireman's Hall Museum at 147 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia.



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  • Added: 11 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34691189
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT William Walb “Bill” Walton (24 Mar 1876–1 Dec 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34691189, citing Montrose Cemetery, Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Researcher (contributor 46902961) .