Author: Camden History

Arthur C. Dorrance
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Arthur C. Dorrance

Inspired by his brother’s success at Campbell Soup, Arthur joined the company and became an integral part of its growth and transformation. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, he played a pivotal role in expanding Campbell Soup’s reach and solidifying its position as a household name worldwide.

John T. Dorrance, inventor of condensed soup and making Campbell Soup a household name.
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John T. Dorrance

Dr. Dorrance invented condensed soup, propelling Campbell Soup to global recognition. He eventually became president of Campbell Soup until his death in 1930.

Photo from 1905 of the building that served as Turner Hall in 1880 and 1881. This building had been built in 1864 as the Church of the Immaculate Conception , and served in that capacity from 1859 to 1864, when the present church at Broadway and Market Street was put into use. From 1882 until 1924 the Thomas M.K. Lee Post No.5 of the G.A.R. met at this building.
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Turner Hall

Turner Hall held a prominent position within the German-American community in Camden and played a multifaceted role in promoting athletic, political, and social activities. Following the unsuccessful 1848 revolution in Germany, a substantial number of German immigrants, including members of the Turners, sought refuge in the United States.

Ethan P. Wescott
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Ethan P. Wescott

Ethan P. Wescott (1883-1954) was a lawyer in New Jersey, following in his father’s footsteps. Active in fraternal organizations, he had a successful legal career and later ventured into the dairy business. Buried in Camden, NJ.

1876 Fireman - AI Photo
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Abraham J. Stow

Abraham J. Stow joined the Camden Fire Department on April 8, 1876, replacing John Fallan as an extra man in Engine Company 2. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a teamster driller and continued in that profession after leaving the Fire Department.

Carl F Kellman
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Carl F. Kellman

Carl Kellman was shot and fatally injured during a robbery a few blocks away from his home while returning from a church carnival on October 13, 1912. He passed away the following morning.

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Samuel Lanning

Samuel Lanning, or Laning, was selected as the inaugural Mayor of Camden, appointed by his fellow council members in both 1828 and 1829.

Clayton Trueax - 1858-1860
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Clayton Truax

Clayton Truax was a Camden shoemaker and politician, serving as mayor, on city council, and on the board of education.

John V Wilkie - 1936-08-06
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John V. Wilkie

John V. Wilkie, a Camden Police Officer, was born on June 29, 1898, and had a remarkable and tumultuous life in Camden. His father, William Wilkie, a Scottish merchant seaman, instilled in him a strong work ethic and a sense of adventure.

ABOVE LEFT: Police Chief Arthur Colsey and detectives leaving the house at 242 Sycamore Street, where Detective William T. FEITZ was slain. The place, police said, was operated as a disorderly house by Mrs. Emma Heisler, 38, who is under arrest as a material witness. INSET: Detective William T. Feitz
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William T. Feitz

Detective Feitz was investigating three men who had entered a home at 243 Sycamore Street when he was gunned down from behind. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at West Jersey Hospital.

Fred W. Klosterman, 1955
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Fred Klosterman

Fred Klosterman and his brother Joseph were heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or “numbers” racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s.

Joseph Klosterman (left) and Fred Klosterman (right). Brothers, who were identified yesterday by former employes of Camden numbers operators.
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Joseph Klosterman

Along with his brother Fred Klosterman, Joseph became heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or “numbers” racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s. The Klosterman brothers were very active in Camden in the early 1930s.