Joseph
Leonhardt


JOSEPH HENRY LEONHARDT was born on July 1, 1894 in Camden, New Jersey to Charles Leonhardt and his wife, the former Mary Moore. The 1900 Census shows him living with his parents and older brother Frank at 553 Division Street. His father worked as a machinist and the Leonhardt's owned their home. Sadly, on May 22, 1907 Charles Leonhardt passed away. The Leonhardt's were still at the Division Street address when the Census was taken in 1910. Michael Moore, Joseph Leonhardt's 85 year-old maternal grandfather was also living with them.

On October 20, 1914 Joseph H. Leonhardt married Margaret Eva Keenan. A son, Charles Leonhardt, was born in May of 1915, followed quickly by a daughter, Margaret Mary in October of 1916. When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 he was working at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards and living at 1421 Norris Street. On May 8, 1919 his wife gave birth to a daughter, Anita. The 1920 Census shows the Joseph Leonhardt family, his mother and brother Frank all living at 553 Division Street. Both of the brothers were working as shipfitters. In December of 1924 another daughter, Mary V. Leonhardt, was born. The 1930 Census shows Joseph Leonhardt and his family at 514 Division Street. The moved back to 553 Division Street by the fall of 1932. On April 9, 1931 Joseph Leonhardt's mother, Mary Moore Leonhardt, passed away. On November 14, 1932 his wife, Margaret Eva died.

Joseph Leonhardt was appointed to the Camden Police Department on April 15, 1924. He was promoted to Detective in the summer of 1934 and almost immediately was thrown into the center of controversy. He was with Detective William T. Feitz on September 2, 1934 when Feitz walked into a hold-up at a disorderly house at 243 Sycamore Street and was shot to death. A probe of in the wake of the killing yielded indictments against six Camden police officers, including Joseph Leonhardt. He and four others were acquitted on April 1, 1935. He was reinstated on June 29, 1935 and returned to duty with the Camden Police Department a few days later.

Charles Leonhardt married Sarah Murphy and Anita Leonhardt married George Peyton. Late in 1939 Joseph Leonhardt retired on pension from the Camden Police Department. The 1940 Census shows Joseph Leonhardt, his brother Frank, son Charles and his wife, and daughters Margaret and Mary all at 553 Division Street. Joseph Leonhardt died May 8, 1941 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery.

World War I Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post * April 29, 1929

John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue

Russell Sage - Mechanic Street - James "Jimmie" Toland - Nonpareil Club
Charles Riehm - Haddon Avenue - William Kelly aka Leo Morton - Van Hook Street
Harry Selah - South 3rd Street - William J. Merrick - Liberty Street - Lorenzo Cole - Jefferson Avenue
Ernest Matsios - Leo McKenna - Mt. Vernon Street - United Shoe Repair - Amber Street

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Joseph Leonhardt - Samuel Johnson - Gustav Koerner - Joseph Carpani - Thomas Cheeseman
Sylvester McGrath - Fiore Troncone - Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Lewis Stehr
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Frank T. Lloyd Sr.
David S. Rhone
Rocco Palese
Lawrence T. Doran

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Raymond O'Connor - Hughy McLoon

Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1929

John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Abraham Lutz
Rose Gibbs -
Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy
Joseph Leonhardt - John B. Toland
Rocco Palese - Dr. Ralph Warwick
Walter S. Keown - William King

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Nonpareil Club - Russell Sage - William Jones - Lillie R. Kelton - Bessie Kunitz
William Wescott - Bernice Branch -  Mrs. F.L. Barber - David Rolle - Abbie Lewis
Mary Heake - Stella McGowan - Catherine LeSage - Michael Carrigan
Alva P. Joseph - Frank Doris - Clifford A. Baldwin - Joseph "Mose" Flannery

Camden Courier-Post - July 6, 1932

POLICE SERGEANT TRUAX BURIED AT HARLEIGH

Police Sergeant Frank Truax, who died Thursday night from a complication of diseases, was buried yesterday in Harleigh Cemetery.

More than two score policemen, as well as city officials, attended services at the funeral parlor of Frank J. Leonard, 1451 Broadway. Rev. E.M. Munyon, pastor of Eighth Street M.E. Church, officiated. More than 50 cars were in the procession that wound its way to the cemetery. A patrol wagon was used to carry the flowers sent by numerous individuals and organizations.

Pallbearers, all policemen, were John Cole, Joseph Leonhardt, James McTaggart, Andrew Truman, William McGrath, Paul Jackson, Joseph Mardino, and Clarence Boyer.

Sergeant Truax was 50 and resided at 1139 Kenwood Avenue. He died five minutes after being taken to Cooper Hospital. He had been a member of the police department since 1917, and was made a sergeant in 1930. he is survived by a widow, Linda, and a sister, Mrs. Viola Wilkinson.

Camden Courier-Post * January 25, 1933


William J. "Shooey" Bonner - William Pernier - Julius Sklar - Rocco Palese - Liberty Street
Kaighn Avenue - Locust Street - William Whaland - Joseph Lack - Joseph Leonhardt - Samuel M. Shay

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 3, 1934
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William T. Feitz - Sycamore Street - Joseph Leonhardt - Stanley Wirtz - Arthur Colsey - George Ward
Samuel P. Orlando - Gustav Koerner - Emma Heisler - Cornelius Murphy - Thomas Bonelli
Edward Grapatin - Joseph McKenna - Catherine Loughead - Edith Miller - Edna Butler
Joseph "Joey" Powell - Stanley Powell Thomas Cheeseman - Frank T. Lloyd


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Detective William Feitz
Arthur Holl - Vernon Jones - Cecelia Spencer - Roy R. Stewart - Frank Adams - Joseph MacDonald
Henry Gorba - Edward McKenna -
Rox Saponare - Edward B. Rogers

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 3, 1934

Detective William Feitz

Detective William Feitz

Detective William Feitz

Police Chief Arthur Colsey examining a bullet hole in the wall of the living room of 243 Sycamore Street. 

ABOVE LEFT: Police Chief Arthur Colsey and detectives leaving the house at 242 Sycamore Street, where Detective William T. FEITZ was slain. The place, police said, was operated as a disorderly house by Mrs. Emma Heisler, 38, who is under arrest as a material witness. INSET: Detective William T. Feitz

Detective William Feitz Detective William Feitz Detective William Feitz

LEFT: Detective Lieutenant George A. Ward and Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner at the rear of 243 Sycamore Street 
CENTER: Mrs. Emma Heisler, 38, who conducted a disorderly house at 243 Sycamore Street; and RIGHT: Thomas Bonnelli, of 370 Walnut Street, were held as material witnesses in the shooting.


Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 4, 1934
MAYOR HINTS SHAKEUP IN POLICE
AS RESULT OF DETECTIVE FEITZ MURDER

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Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 8, 1934

William T. Feitz - Rev. Christian Hansen - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Arthur Colsey
Ralph Bakley
- E. Howard Broome - Roy R. Stewart - George Ward - Liberty Street
 Pauline Liebich Feitz - Frank M. Travaline - Albert Austermuhl
Camden Lodge No. 293, B.P.O. of Elks

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 10, 1934

Pall-bearers removing William Feitz's body from the undertaking establishment of Coroner Arthur H. Holl, at left. 
The pall-bearers, left to right:
Patrolman Joseph Leonhart, Feitz's companion the night he was slain;
Otto Toperzer
Delaware Palmer
William Weaver
Paul Jackson.

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Police officials at the funeral service. 
Left to right: 
Lt. Herbert Anderson,
Chief of Police Arthur Colsey,
Lt. Ralph Bakley
E. Howard Broome,
secretary to Mayor Roy R. Stewart,
Lt. George A. Ward

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Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 10, 1934

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Arthur Colsey - Ralph Bakley - William T. Feitz - Frank T. Lloyd - Samuel P. Orlando - Emma Heisler
George Ward - Michael Tenerelli aka Mickey Blair - Edward V. Martino - John Garrity
Walter S. Mattison - Edward Leonard - Richard Cornog - George Weber - Joseph Leonhardt
Leon Branch - Thomas Cheeseman - Frank Wilmot - John Houston - Vernon Jones

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 11, 1934
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Arthur Colsey - Ralph Bakley - William T. Feitz - Frank T. Lloyd - Samuel P. Orlando - Emma Heisler
George Ward - Michael Tenerelli aka Mickey Blair - John Garrity - J. Harry Switzer
Walter S. Mattison - Edward Leonard - Richard Cornog - George Weber - Joseph Leonhardt
Leon Branch - Thomas Cheeseman - Frank Wilmot - John Houston - Vernon Jones
John Potter -
Walter Welch - Herbert Anderson

Camden Courier-Post * October 12, 1934

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Left: Thomas Cheeseman
Right: Vernon Jones

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Frank T. Lloyd - William T. Feitz
Emma Heisler - Roy R. Stewart
Glenn Brown - Michael Tocco
Thomas Cheeseman - Vernon Jones

George Weber - Frank Wilmot
Howard Fisher - Joseph Leonhardt
Frank F. Neutze - Arthur Colsey
Lawrence T. Doran - Samuel P. Orlando
Rand Street - Baring Street
Division Street - South 6th Street
Kaighn Avenue - Princess Avenue
Sycamore Street


George Weber - Frank Wilmot - Howard Fisher - Joseph Leonhardt
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 Frank Martz - Erie Street - Albert Young - North 2nd Street - Andrew Pointkowski - South 9th Street
Crawford Smith - Carman Street - Charles Simonin - Fairview Street - John Studinger - Federal Street Samuel Ford - John Geronio - Cooper Street - James Davis - Mt. Vernon Street - Oscar Conway
Mitchell Street - Mary Angelo - Pine Street - Thomas Kirk -
Carpenter Street - Samuel Karon
Mt. Ephraim Avenue - Walter Hart - Thurman Street - Frank Kulczynski - Orchard Street
Clarence Arthur - Clifford Del Rossi - Benjamin Simon - Leon Branch - Walter Smith - Howard M. Smith
Michael Tenerelli aka Mickey Blair - Anna Smallwood - Fred Klosterman - Joseph Klosterman
Lillian Vincent - Frank Tyson - Edmund Powell - William Kinsler - John Feitz - Walter Taylor - Joseph Rea
Harry Smith - John Lockwood - Edward Troutman - Thomas Moreland 

 

Camden Courier-Post
May 9, 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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