OSCAR WILLIAMS MAGNUSON was born in Philadelphia PA in 1891 to Wilhelm and Frederika Magnusson, who had come to America in 1888 and 1889 respectively. He married Bertha Mae Murphy on August 24, 1923 in Philadelphia.
At the time of the 1930 census Oscar and Bertha Magnuson were living in a rented house at 119 South 27th Street in East Camden. Mr. Magnuson was then working for the City of Camden, while Bertha Magnuson was the office manager for a company involved in direct advertising. Also at home were Mr. Magnuson's elderly parents. The couple had children after the census was taken.
Oscar W. Magnuson served as Deputy to Parks Commissioner Clay W. Reesman during the administration of Mayor Winfield S. Price, which ran from 1927 through 1931. During the 1930s the Magnuson family purchased a home at 365 Burwood Avenue in East Camden. Oscar Magnuson's mother passed away during the 1930s, as did his father, Wilhelm Magnuson, on June 16, 1939 at the age of 84.
After leaving city government in the 1930s, Oscar Magnuson worked as a reporter for the Camden Courier-Post, and stayed with that paper for many years. In his later years with the Courier- Post he was the obituaries writer.
Oscar Magnuson passed away on May 11, 1956 of cancer of the tongue. Bertha Magnuson remained a Camden resident until her death on June 7, 1975, a month before her 82nd birthday. The Magnuson family remained in Camden as late as the fall of 2012.
Courier-Post * July 26, 1941
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