On October 29th, 1965, Horace W. Kragler passed suddenly in his home. Horace Kragler was chief of the Auburn Fire Company for many years. Chief Kragler was a prominent figure in his community and for his love for it manifested itself in the many ways he labored to protect and beautify it. He played a major part in the construction of the fire company’s new building.
Chief Kragler was a man with that rare quality that endears him to all his townspeople. He helped his neighbors by clearing driveways and pavements when it snowed and he took it upon himself the task of beautifying the little Auburn Cemetery. For decades, the cemetery was overgrown with briers and poison ivy that the graves could not be reached. He cleared it, planted trees and flower, and kept it attractive for the past several years.
Chief Kragler was a member of the Salem County Fire Police and a past president of the Oldmans Board of Education. He had 23 years of service with the DuPont Company at the Chambers Works, Deepwater.