Sheriff Morgan, of Camden county, has had William Abels, Frank Jones and John Mauderfield, arrested on the charge of conspiracy. They are members of the Camden Paid Fire Department, Mr. Abels being Chief Engineer. From evidence at the hearing before Justice Cassaday on Friday, it appears that the glass factory belonging to the Rosenbaum estate and Malaga, had been sold by the sheriff, and Mr. Morgan, of Camden, had purchased them. The works were placed in charge of an agent, who was directed to keep them closed until the matter was legally settled, and watch them carefully day and night.
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Conspiracy

Sheriff Morgan, of Camden county, has had William Abels, Frank Jones and John Mauderfield, arrested on the charge of conspiracy. They are members of the Camden Paid Fire Department,

Political Organization. -- The Republicans of Camden have organized a Ward Association for South Ward, adopted a Constitution and By-laws, and elected the following gentlemen as officers: -- President, J. Kelley Brown; Vice Presidents -- James H. Townsend, Samuel M. Gaul, William Wiatt, John Stevens; Recording Secretary, Charles P. Capewell; Corresponding Secretary, J. H. Morris; Treasurer, Thomas A. Wilson; Executive Committee - Christopher J. Mines, H. S. Bender, A. J. Morris, S. M. Gaul, James R. Kerns, Charles Wood, A. D. Nichols, Edward Cline, George G. Bundick. The Association contemplate building a fine hall.
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Political Organization

Political Organization. — The Republicans of Camden have organized a Ward Association for South Ward, adopted a Constitution and By-laws, and elected the following gentlemen as officers: — President, J. Kelley Brown; Vice Presidents — James H. Townsend, Samuel M. Gaul, William Wiatt, John Stevens; Recording Secretary, Charles P. Capewell; Corresponding Secretary, J. H. Morris; Treasurer, Thomas A. Wilson; Executive Committee – Christopher J. Mines, H. S. Bender, A. J. Morris, S. M. Gaul, James R. Kerns, Charles Wood, A. D. Nichols, Edward Cline, George G. Bundick. The Association contemplate building a fine hall.

A bill has been introduced into the New jersey Legislature authorizing the establishment of a fund for the relief of indigent and disabled firemen in Camden, and their families, if in necessitous circumstances. The following gentlemen are named in teh bill as trustees: Samuel Hufty, Robert S. Bender, Jacob Daubman, William Abels, James W. Ayers, Frank B. Holt. These gentlemen represent the different companies composing the Camden Fire Department.
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Indigent and Disabled Firemen

A bill has been introduced into the New jersey Legislature authorizing the establishment of a fund for the relief of indigent and disabled firemen in Camden, and their families, if in necessitous circumstances. The following gentlemen are named in the bill as trustees: Samuel Hufty, Robert S. Bender, Jacob Daubman, William Abels, James W. Ayers, Frank B. Holt. These gentlemen represent the different companies composing the Camden Fire Department.

Photo taken 5-20-1871 in front of the Friendship Engine & Hose Company No.1 of Chambersburg, PA. The steam engine on the right has just arrived after being purchased from Millville, N.J. This apparatus was originally purchased by the Independence Fire Company No.3 of Camden in June 1864. It was a class two Amoskeag steamer bearing serial No. 92. Independence sold the apparatus to Millville in 1869.
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Inception of the First Paid Fire Department in the US

On June 7, 1866 Camden’s City Council enacted an ordinance reorganizing the volunteer fire service to improve efficiency in operations. This ordinance provided for increased compensation to the fire companies (Weccacoe and Independence got $800 per annum to be paid quarterly, the Weccacoe and Shiffler Hose companies and the United States Fire Company received $200 annually). The volunteer fire companies were also directed to select a Chief Fire Marshal and three Assistant Marshals, one from each district. The selections were subject to approval by Council. The new department was called “The Fire Department of the City of Camden”. In protest of this ordinance the New Jersey Fire Company No.4 withdrew from the new, organized volunteer department.

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The Year 1861 – Camden, NJ

A great Union meeting was held in the Court House in April of 1861. John W. Mickle, for whom Mickle Street and Boulevard was named, presided and resolutions were adopted calling on the Board of Freeholders and City Council to appropriate money for the equipment of persons who might volunteer in defense of the country. The first official tender of a company of uniformed and drilled militia was that of the Camden Zouaves made to the Governor on April 18,m 1861. The Stockton Cadets, Captain Edward G. Jackson and the Zouaves, Captain John R. Cunningham, were also mustered into the service, the cadets becoming a part of Company A and the Zouaves a part of Company G, Fourth Regiment.

The First Camden County Courthouse, Camden, NJ.
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The Year 1848 – Camden, NJ

In 1852 a plot of ground at Second and Cherry Streets was purchased for $3200 and upon it was erected the first gas works in Camden.

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Morgan Hall

Morgan’s Hall, also known as Morgan Hall, was built by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The cornerstone of Morgan’s Hall, or as it was originally called, Odd Fellows Hall, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Market Streets, was laid on October 5, 1848.

Camden, NJ's first City Hall built in 1844
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The Year 1846 – Camden, NJ

The First Presbyterian Church effected a permanent organization on June 25, 1846. The West Jersey Presbytery had organized the church on September 27, 1840, but owing to a lack of funds to build a church edifice the project was temporarily abandoned in December of 1841.

The First Camden County Courthouse, Camden, NJ.
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The Year 1845 – Camden, NJ

A paper mill with a capacity of 45 tons of paper a month was erected on Cooper’s creek, north of Federal Street and extending from the creek to Twelfth Street, then known as Paper Mill Road.

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The Year 1844 – Camden, NJ

John K. Cowperthwaite, the first Mayor of Camden, was chosen under the Act of March 9, 1844.

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The Year 1843 – Camden, NJ

The first election in New Jersey of Members of Congress by Congressional Districts, instead of at large, was held in 1843. The First District comprised Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, and Atlantic Counties. Camden County had not yet been created, and was still a part of Gloucester County.

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The Year 1842 – Camden, NJ

The first night boat between Camden and Philadelphia was put on July 4, 1842, by the Camden and Philadelphia Ferry Company, the last boat leaving Camden at 9:00 PM and Philadelphia at 9:30 PM.