WALTER W. BROWNING was born on December 1, 1866 to Jacob and Rebecca Browning. His early years were spent in Camden, where his father was a ferry boat pilot. The 1880 Census shows the family living at 403 Bridge Avenue, a few doors away from Camden Fire Department member Benjamin L. Kellum. By 1882 the family was living at 571 Carman Street. They were still at that address into the mid 1890s. Walter W. Browning worked as a painter in these years, until appointed to the Fire Department in 1890.

Walter W. Browning joined the Camden Fire Department on June 1, 1890 as a charter member of Engine Company 4. Engine Company 4 was organized on June 1, 1890 at 320 Vine Street in North Camden, with a two-hitch, second class Button steam engine and a one-hitch Button hose carriage. The charter members were as follows; Company Foreman, Amadee Middleton; engineer, Francis Turner; stoker C. Barney Harvey; driver, Edward Hartman; and hosemen Walter W. Browning and Charles Berry

Walter Browning lived at 571 Carman Street with his parents into 1893. City Directories shows him living at 593 Bridge Avenue in 1894 and 1895, at 18 Haddon Avenue in 1896, at 215 Broadway in 1897 and at 334 Vine Street in 1898.

The 1899 City Directory shows that Walter W. Browing had returned to Carman Street. His address in that year;s Directory was 588 Carman Street. By the time the Census was taken in 1900 he had moved to 592 Carman Street

Walter W. Browning lived his wife Laura and son Howard at 592 Carman Street from 1900 until his retirement from the Fire Department on a pension in 1929. When he retired, Walter Browning had risen to the rank of battalion chief within the Fire Department.

After he retired, Walter Browning moved to Tuckahoe NJ. He and his wife would spend the winters in St. Petersburg FL. Walter Browning passed away on January 16, 1938.  He was survived by his son, sister Mrs. Mary Zander, nephew Harry Zander, also a Camden fireman. He was also survived by his brother, John Browning, who had retired as the Superintendent of Streets for the city of Camden.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 24, 1889

Camden Post - March 23, 1893

First Ward Republican Club - John L. Westcott - Robert Smith - George Barrett - Rev. A.G. Lawson
North Baptist Church - Engine Company 4 - Jesse Conley - James Dunn - Joseph Love
Samuel Elfreth - Amedee Middleton - Frank Turner - Edward Hartman - Walter Browning
Robert Steer - William Bogia - Charles Jefferson Kay - George Martin

Philadelphia Inquirer * June 17, 1906

Henry Grosscup - George P. Cox - Walter Browning - John A. Stockton Samuel S. Elfreth

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 11, 1910
Charles Worthington - Walter Browning - Samuel Elfreth

Camden Post-Telegram * January 2, 1913

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... continued...
Charles A. Todd - John W. Kelly Jr. - John H. Lutts - William K. Buzine - James Navin - Richard Marter
 Joseph Sparks - George Boone  - Roy A. Smith  - Edward Simpson - Henry C. Knowles
Samuel S. Elfreth - George P. Cox - Walter W. Browning - George B. Wade - John A. Stockton
Joseph F. Ernst - John A. Dold - Josiah Sage - Daniel Smith - Arthur Wingate - Joseph T. Johnson
Harry Hankins - William Laird - William Elberson - John H. Lennox - Martin Carrigan - Charles Cook
Harry Selby - Herman O. Kreher - Daniel P. McConnell - William Howell Tatem  
Harry C. Anderson - Steward Bakley - Joseph Maxwell
William Robinson - Richard Sauer - John Watson - Albert Glanders - Ladder Company 1
Charles Menke - Edward S. Gahan - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 2

Camden Daily Courier
January 25, 1915

Robert Steer
William W. Patterson

James Elberson
Robert Brice
Ephraim T. Hires
Joseph Logue
Howard L. Currie
Joseph T. Daley
Howard Street
Rev. J.L. Surtees
Rev. Isaac Bagley
State Street Methodist Episcopal Church
Engine Company 4
John A. Stockton
Peter B. Carter
Walter Browning
Daniel Grimes
Charles Watkin
Joseph Logue
Engine Company 5
Robert Steer Jr.
Carrie Steer

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 2, 1915
  John A. Stockton - Peter B. Carter - Thomas J. Nicholas
William Patterson - Walter W. Browning - George P. Cox
Engine Company 3  

Camden Post-Telegram * December 30, 1920

Peter B. Carter - Thomas Nicholas - Walter Browning - George B. Wade - William W. Patterson
Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - Charles H. Ellis - David Jester - Joseph Forsyth

Engine Co. 1 - Alfred E. Green - Charles Errickson  Charles W Cooke - Leroy Hatchett

Engine Co. 2 - Howard Landon - John K. Voll 
Edgar Ellender - Harold Lohrang - Chester Andrus  Harry G. Layton

Engine Co. 3 - Charles B. Haines - Charles Clements
August HaverkampFrank Kuda - Louis Quinton

Engine Co. 4 - Frank A. Obermann - Walter B. Gray
Albert Raeuber
- Fred Schucker - Harry Kleinfelder

Engine Co. 5 - Richard A. Farris - Frank Fennrio

Engine Co. 6 - William H. Reed - Manuel J. Kane Edward Perairia - Thomas Shanahan
Rocco De Varro

"Frank Fennrio" is for the moment a mystery

Engine Co. 7 - August Scholl - Nicholas Romaine
Lawrence H. Mathews

Engine Co. 8 - Samuel Oshushek - Edward C. Crane Adam Mead - Frank Sapp - William J. Taylor Sr.

Engine Co. 9 - Kennard Naylor - Daniel McSurdy John Mohrfeld

Engine Co. 10 - William Schwartz - Hugh Rementer Harry Greenan - Rocco Abbott

Hose & Chemical Co. 2 - Laurence Newton
Edward Hauser - William Getner

Ladder Co. 1 - Thomas Cunningham 
Leonard Megee

Ladder Co. 2 - John Gaylor - Walter White

Ladder Co. 3  David Ellis - George W. Attison
John Mulligan - David Humphries - Albert Dukes

Tennie G. Hutchison Jr. - Ladder Co. 4 - George A. Quimby

Camden Courier-Post 

January 18, 1938