Dr. Carleton

DR. CARLTON DEANE HAIGIS was an electrical engineer, inventor, and a ham radio operator who lived in Camden in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was born January 26, 1893 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts to Louis T. Haigis and his wife, the former Altie Avery. His father worked as a house painter. 

By 1912 Carleton Haigis was living and going to school in Worcester,  Massachusetts. He remained in the Worcester area through the early 1920s. Upon graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute he began working as an instructor there. On June 5, 1917 Carleton Haigis registered for the draft. He was still living in Worcester, Massachusetts and was still single. The January 1920 Census reveals that he had married and moved to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He was still teaching at Worcester Polytechnic. He was continuing his education and eventually earned his doctorate.

During his time in Worcester Carleton Haigis worked with pioneer rocket scientist Dr. Robert H. Goddard. This association began early in 1917. Unfortunately the two had a falling out and separated in the spring of 1918. Dr. Haigis left the Worcester Polytechnic faculty in 1923.

By 1926 Dr. Haigis was employed as the chief physicist by the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden. He was living at  108 North 34th Street, Apartment D. He took a job-related trip to Europe in 1929, returning aboard the SS America on April 28, 1929 after departing from Cherbourg, France nine days earlier.

Dr. Haigis developed the original walkie-talkie units used by the U.S. military.

In 1932 Dr. Haigis registered a patent for a ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio. RCA, his employer at the time, owned the rights to the patent. This apparently spurred Dr. haigis to leave and start his own business.

Dr. Haigis was still living in Camden as late as 1933. It is known that in 1934 he was operating a radio manufacturing business at Maple Shade NJ called Haigis Laboratories. The firm employed four people and manufactured ultra-high frequency (UHF) radios. From this work the original walkie-talkie units used by the U.S. military were developed. Haigis Laboratories was still operating in Maple Shade as late as 1940. In the meantime, however Dr. Haigis in 1935 became a radio engineer with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, where he established the forest radio service system for the state. A few years later, he became chief of communications for the Control and Communications Branch of the Office of Civil Defense.

By 1942 Dr. Haigis had relocated his home and business to Martinsville NJ, in Somerset County. While in Martinsville he conducted experiments. He also took the time to build a radio for the local fire department, connecting it to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. This was the first radio hookup established between a fire company and another agency. Besides Martinsville and the Forest Fire service, Dr. Haigis also serviced the Princeton Police department.

Although Dr. Haigis did not serve on active duty during World War II, he was employed by the Army Air Corps as an operations analyst. Dr. Haigis was traveling on government business when he was killed in a plane crash in 1944. 

Dr. Haigis was a passenger aboard Cessna UC-78 # 42-58475, which went missing in mountainous terrain in the vicinity of Maggie, North Carolina, on January 31, 1944.  The airplane took off at 0942 EWT from Morris Field, North Carolina, on an administrative flight to Lebanon, Tennessee. Lost with Dr. Haigis were the pilot, Second Lieutenant Irving Bumberg, and two other passengers, First Lieutenant Thomas B. Wheeler, and First Lieutenant George M. Maty Jr. The search for the missing aircraft was officially ended January 23, 1945. The wreckage was discovered in Spetember of 1946, and the bodies of Dr. Haigis along with Lieutenants Bumberg and Wheeler were recovered. 

In July of 1945 Dr. Haigis' estate received a patent for a radio control device with interference suppression.

Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1933

Innovation in Amateur Circles Scheduled Here on July 9

An innovation in amateur radio ac tivities is being scheduled for Sunday, July 9, when the South Jersey Radio Association will conduct a hunt for a "hidden" radio station. 

The hunt will take place in the South Jersey pines and the starting point has so far beep kept a secret together with the point where equipment will be set up. The test will take place under the supervision of L. L. Hardin, Jr., operator of W3AQC, of Audubon, president of he association, and Dr. Carleton D. Haigis, W3XAF, Camden, and C. H. Jenkins, of W3VX, Audubon. The experiments will be con ducted on a five-meter wave.

Although the project will furnish any number of South Jersey radio amateurs with a new kind of contest, there will be several practical purposes in the event. First, there will be opportunity to study ultra-short wave transmission over flat topography with low power equipment. 

Other objects will be to test the effectiveness, of direction finding equipment for locating a source of unknown origin with a set located in an automobile, in addition to providing a field day wind-up of the association's activities. Prizes will be awarded the first four men locating the hidden station. 

It is thought that the various experiments will show the value of locating 
equipment on mobile craft such as airplanes and boats. The transmitter to be used will be on a high point in the pine belt. It will be set up on a hill accessible by one of the pine trails.

Camden Courier-Post * August 28, 1935

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Springfield Republican * September 11, 1946