GEORGE W. ANDERSON was born in New Jersey in May of 1862. He married around 1882, by the time the census was taken in 1900 his wife Lizzie had bore eight children, four of whom were living at the time, Harry, Nellie, Herbert, and Russell Anderson, another son, Albert, was born around 1902. George W. Anderson was already serving as a member of the Camden Police Department, having joined the force sometime after 1890. The Anderson family was then living at 711 Carman Street, in what was then Camden’s 9th Ward. The Andersons had moved to 605 Carman Street by 1906, and remained at that address through the summer of 1910.
By 1914 the Andersons had moved to 582 Clinton Street, where they would remain through 1920. This home had been the residence in the 1880s and 1890s of Camden educators Professor Horatio Draper and his daughter Agnes Draper.
George W. Anderson had been promoted to Sergeant by 1916, and was still on the Camden police force in January of 1920.
In 1921 Sergeant Anderson took ill. He was operated on in Philadelphia, surviving only due to the availability of blood donated by his brother officers. He took ill again in January of 1922. George W. Anderson and Lizzie Anderson do not appear in the 1924 City Directory or the 1930 Census. It is likely that they had passed on by then. Son Herbert Anderson joined the Camden Police Department in the early 1920s and rose to the rank of lieutenant before passing away in November of 1939. Another son, Russell J. Anderson, served with the Camden Fire Department for over 27 years, from December of 1930 until his death in June of 1958.
EDWIN FORREST ALLEN was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on October 9, 1872, as a replacement for David B. Sparks, who had resigned. He served as an extra man with the Hook and Ladder Company (present-day Ladder Company 1). He was resigned from his position with the Fire Department on June 30, 1873. He was replaced by John Gray. Edwin F. Allen was on occasion recorded as Edward F. Allen, however, Edwin was his given name.
With four suspects, including Roxie Allen, Camden welterweight boxer, still held without bail, the State Police today continued their search for the fifth bandit in the $200 holdup of a Landisville poolroom Sunday afternoon.
Roxie Allen, Camden’s famed welterweight boxer, and one of his pals were arrested last night and Identified, according to police, as two of four men who held up a craps game early yesterday at Landisville. Loot is said to have totaled between $150 and $200.
Identified as four of the five bandits who held up and robbed 15 men at a craps game in a Landisville poolroom yesterday, Roxie Allen, well-known South Jersey boxer, and three other South Camden youths are under arrest today.
The many friends of Sergeant George W. Anderson of the Third District will be sorry indeed to learn that he is again seriously ill at his South Camden home, 582 Clinton Street. Several months ago Sergeant Anderson underwent an operation in a Philadelphia hospital, his life being saved by the transfusion of blood from the arms of heroic comrades. Last week he suffered a relapse from an internal ailment and yesterday was said to be in a critical condition.
Attacked at Third and Mickle streets, Camden, late Monday night by a man, Mrs. Bessie O. Day, of Seventh and Clinton streets, had her clothing cutt in strips. The man, said to be a male acquaintance, followed Mrs. Day off a ferryboat and attacked her near the P. R. R. Y. M. C. A. A. Building into which the frightened woman ran for protection. He wielded a razor and came within an inch of slashing the woman’s throat. The police were notified and are looking for the man, whose name is known.