HARRY J. ALLEBACH was born in Norristown PA on November 24, 1897. He married Consuelo Elverson around 1917. When the 1920 Census was taken he was living at 2913 High Street in East Camden with his wife and daughter Frances at the home of his widowed mother-in-law. Harry J. Allebach was then working as an electrician at a "car shop", most likely the railroad car repair shops in the switching yard near his home. Their neighbors at 2919 High were Carl and Lulu Kellman. By 1924 Harry and Consuelo Allebach moved down the block to 2931 High Street, remaining at that address as late as 1943. The 1930 Census also shows brother firefighter David Humphries living at 2925 High Street with his wife and young son, future Camden firefighter David W. Humphries.

Harry J. Allebach was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on February 1, 1930. He reported for duty at Engine Company 4 on the same day.  

On August 13, 1930 he was transferred to Ladder Company 3, quartered at North 27th and Federal Streets in East Camden. Harry J. Allebach served with Ladder Company 3 until February 13, 1945 when he was assigned the post of Chief's Aide for the Second Fire District..

When the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, Harry Allebach was living at 1903 Tinsman Avenue in Pennsauken. He eventually returned to Camden, and made his home at 2941 Cramer Street in East Camden, around the corner from his earlier residences.

Harry J. Allebach served as Chief's Aide until June 16, 1951, when he was transferred to Engine Company 11 on North 27th Street in Cramer Hill. He was returned to District Chief's Aide duty on January 14, 1952. On February 2, 1957 Harry Allebach was once again assigned to duty with Engine Company 11. He retired on pension from the Fire Department on February 1, 1958.

Harry J. Allebach was listed in the October, 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory as living at 2941 Cramer Street. He is not listed in the October, 1959 edition. Last a resident of Deland, Florida, Harry J. Allebach passed away on September 2, 1981.

Engine Company 9 & Ladder Company 3
Engine Company 9 & Ladder Company 3 - circa 1946
John Mulligan passed away on July 28, 1947

E9 Tim Shanahan, Howard "Waxie" Harrington, Howard Gick, unknown, Newton Ash
Johnny Mulligan, Dave Humphries. Clarence Madden, Harry Allebach , unknown, Henry Zook

The Firehouse Family
Engine Company 11 - 1958
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Photo by Bob Bartosz

Seated, From left: Fireman Matthew Davies, Fireman Frank Deal, Captain Edwin Robbins; Fireman William D. O'Connor. 
Standing: Fireman Harry J. Allebach, who retired February 1, 1958.