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Thomas R Allibone Civil War Pension Card

Thomas R. Allibone

THOMAS R. ALLIBONE was one of the original members of the Camden Fire Department, entering service on September 2, 1869 as an extra man with Engine Company 1. Prior to entering the fire department he had worked as a coppersmith, and had served as a volunteer fire fighter with Independence Steam Engine Fire Company. Thomas Allibone was living at 250 Pine Street when he joined the department in the fall of 1869. 

IMPROVING NAvigaTion. - The Camden and Atlantic Railroad Company are negotiating for the construction of a canal through the sandbar in the Delaware opposite Cooper's Point, for the better navigation of thelr ferry boats. The channel is to be from fifty to seventy-five feet in width, eight feet deep at low water, and, according to the needs of the company, the contractor will be required to keep it in good condition for the period of five years, It is the intention of the company to have it completed during the coming season, so that it may be available when the river is full of ice next winter. The City Hall Imbroglio - Yesterday Mr. Samuel Hufty, Charles P. Stratton and other members of the Finance Committee of Camden City Council, went to Trenton to answer before the Chancellor a writ to show cause why Mr. Hufty refused, in obedience to a previously-issued mandatory writ from Chancellor Runyon, to return to the possession of Alfred Hugg, city solicitor, the books, documents and papers taken from his office a week ago. After argument by counsel on both sides the Chancellor rendered a decision adversely to Mr. Hufty and the Finance Committee, the effect of which is to replace the books into the solicitor's office, May Term. -- The May term of the Camden County Courts commenced yesterday morning, with Judges Woodhull, Pancoast, Tatem and Horner on the bench. After the grand jury had been impanneled the usual preliminary mo tions were made, officers appoluted, and then an adjournment took place until this morning. Held to Answer. -- George B. Anderson, ex-police oficer, had Frank Jones arraigned before Justice Cassady, of Camden, charging him with assault and battery, Jones was held to answer in $200. This was a cross-action for an affray which occurred on Friday night last. Commmitted. -- Yesterday Ware Green was arraigned before Mayor Ayres, of Camden, on a charge of the larceny of a quantity of butter, and committed to the county jail for trial. Lodgers. -- During the month of April there were 632 persons furnished with lodgings at the Camden Station House.

Over the River

IMPROVING Navigation. – The Camden and Atlantic Railroad Company are negotiating for the construction of a canal through the sandbar in the Delaware opposite Cooper’s Point, for the better navigation of thelr ferry boats. The channel is to be from fifty to seventy-five feet in width, eight feet deep at low water, and, according to the needs of the company, the contractor will be required to keep it in good condition for the period of five years, It is the intention of the company to have it completed during the coming season, so that it may be available when the river is full of ice next winter.

The City Hall Imbroglio – Yesterday Mr. Samuel Hufty, Charles P. Stratton and other members of the Finance Committee of Camden City Council, went to Trenton to answer before the Chancellor a writ to show cause why Mr. Hufty refused, in obedience to a previously-issued mandatory writ from Chancellor Runyon, to return to the possession of Alfred Hugg, city solicitor, the books, documents and papers taken from his office a week ago. After argument by counsel on both sides the Chancellor rendered a decision adversely to Mr. Hufty and the Finance Committee, the effect of which is to replace the books into the solicitor’s office,

May Term. — The May term of the Camden County Courts commenced yesterday morning, with Judges Woodhull, Pancoast, Tatem and Horner on the bench. After the grand jury had been impanneled the usual preliminary mo tions were made, officers appoluted, and then an adjournment took place until this morning.

Held to Answer. — George B. Anderson, ex-police oficer, had Frank Jones arraigned before Justice Cassady, of Camden, charging him with assault and battery, Jones was held to answer in $200. This was a cross-action for an affray which occurred on Friday night last.

Commmitted. — Yesterday Ware Green was arraigned before Mayor Ayres, of Camden, on a charge of the larceny of a quantity of butter, and committed to the county jail for trial.

Lodgers. — During the month of April there were 632 persons furnished with lodgings at the
Camden Station House.

On Thursday, the newly-appointed police force of Camden will receive their stars and uniforms, and enter upon the discharge of their duties. The following is the corrected list of officers: -- Daniel W. Curlis, chief. Officers. -- First Ward -- John I. Smith, Charles M. Hay, Thomas E. Mason. Second Ward -- James W. Ayres, Daniel Johntry, Charles Catting. Third Ward -- William Chambers, Theodore W. Jones, Abraham Lower. Fourth Ward -- William H. Hawkins, William D. Middleton, Thos H. Cols. Fifth Ward - John W. Campbell, Smuel Mortland, William A White. Sixth Ward - John J. Brown, Jesse C. Chew, Cornelius N. Brown. Seventh Ward. -- Joseph Muinbaeck, Jacob Hefflenger, Miles Morgan. Eight Ward - Henry L. Johnson, William Campbell, William Howard.

The New Police Force

On Thursday, the newly-appointed police force of Camden will receive their stars and uniforms, and enter upon the discharge of their duties.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.