Banquet to Honor John S. M’Taggart

John S. McTaggart, 1934

Camden Courier-Post – March 10, 1934

Popular Patrolman Will Be Guest at G.O.P. Club in Sixth Ward

A testimonial dinner will be tendered Patrolman John S. McTaggart, well known member of the Camden police force, at 8 p.m. next Friday at the Sixth Ward Republican Club.

Officer McTaggart, who resides at 806 South Sixth street, is particularly popular in the Sixth ward. He has worked there a number of years an distributes a large quantity of food and clothing to the poor throughout the year. His charitable activities and made him innumerable friends. He was a member of the city fire department before becoming a policeman. He was working in William Mills’ butcher shop, at Broadway and Jackson street, in 1910 when he was appointed to the fire department by Monte Bessor, then a city councilman. McTaggart was the youngest man to have ever won appointment to the fire department.

Acting Mayor Frank S. Van Hart transferred McTaggart to the police department in 1922.

Among the invited dinner guests will be former U.S. Senator David Baird, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, State Senator Albert S. Woodruff, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, the five city commissioners and a large group of Sixth ward Republicans. The committee in charge of the dinner comprises Michael Durkin, former City Detective Theodore Guthrie, George Chambers, Joseph Leonards, Howard B. Dyer, John Breslin, Miss Mary Hartung and Miss Marie Doyle.


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