Dr. William I. Kelchner was born in Reading PA on December 27, 1869. He was a prominent physician in Camden NJ around the turn of the century. He came to Camden in 1888, and began practicing medicine in 1894. In June of that year he married Edith R. Campbell, a daughter of Joseph S. Campbell, of the Campbell Preserving Company, better known in these times as Campbell's Soup. Their daughter, Miriam Kelchner, married William P. Partenheimer Jr., who was associated with the Camden YMCA for many years. It appears that the Kelcners also had a son William I. Kelchner Jr., born in 1897 after the publication of the sketch below.,
An ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Kelchner was a member of many professional and fraternal organizations, including the Trimble Lodge, No. 117 Free and Accepted Masons, the Odd fellows, and the Improved Order of Red Men. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Camden.
Dr. Kelchner had passed away by April of 1930, when his wife appears on the census as living at the home of daughter Miriam Partenheimer. His grandson, Private David M. Kelchner, was killed in action while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Germany in February of 1945.
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