Charles L. McKeone
&
The Peppery Pot by MACK


 

CHARLES LEO McKEONE was a well-known and much loved reporter in Camden, whose career spanned four decades. He was born in Philadelphia in 1867 and first started in journalism there. His father, Irish born Charles McKeone, was a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin who had come to Philadelphia and became wealthy as a soap manufacturer. The elder McKeone, in his later years, dabbled in journalism and as a war correspondent, wrote for The Freeman's Journal from India and Sudan.

Charles Leo McKeone was afforded a college education but did not follow his father's wished to go into business. Instead he followed the path of the reporter, fist in Philadelphia. He came to Camden in the late 1880s and wrote at one time or another for all of the major daily papers in the city, The Post, The Daily Telegram, The Post-Telegram, The Daily Courier, and in the last year of his life after the acquisition of the Post-Telegram by the Courier, the Courier-Post, which published two editions, the Morning Post and the Evening Courier. 

In the late 1910s.... the first found as of this writing is from January of 1919.... Charles L. McKeone began writing a column called "Out of the Peppery Pot", which soon became a daily feature. He was soon given the "by Mack" by-line for his column. In December of 1920 or January of 1921 the column became "The Peppery Pot- By Mack". He also wrote a column from 1925 to 1927 called "Do You Remember" recounting events that happened 20 years previously.

The Peppery Pot was filled with McKeone's reminisces of bygone days in Camden. As his obituary, which is immediately below, relates, he covered everything from sports to hangings, was well known and knew just about everybody. The Peppery Pot set the example for a host of men whose writings about Camden's past graced the Courier-Post for the next 83 years, including Ben Courter, Dan McConnell, Frank Sheridan, Charley Humes, James O'Neill, Stephen O'Keefe, and Tom Bergbauer, whose last column appeared in 2010. 

Charles L. McKeone passed away on December 16, 1927 at Cooper Hospital, he had been ill and in pain for quite some time, but had continued writing his daily column until shortly before his death, with one appearing on December 7, 1927. As no papers from the next 8 days are currently on-line, it is not know n if that was the last "Peppery Pot". What is known is that when it did not appear, the Courier-Post received many inquiries as to where their beloved Peppery Pot was.

Charles L. McKeone was buried at Calvary Cemetery in what was then Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill), New Jersey after services at the Church of the Holy Name in North Camden. His funeral was the first requiem mass held at Holy Name's new building which was also dedicated that day. His pall bearers were Will Paul, Ben Courter, Stephen O'Keefe, Edward Teall, Frank Sheridan, and Benjamin Zorek, all members of the Courier's staff.

Charles L. McKeone was a life-long bachelor. When he passed, his parents were long gone and it is unknown if any surviving relatives were located.

Click Here to Read The Peppery Pot by Mack

Click Here to Read Do You Remember by Charles L. McKeone

 

Camden Courier-Post - December 16, 1927

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Camden Courier-Post - December 17, 1927

 

Camden Courier-Post - December 17, 1927

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Camden Courier-Post
December
19, 1927

Charles L. McKeone
Church of the Holy Name
B.F. Schroeder
Rev. Thomas Whelan
Edward N. Teal
William J. Paul
Frank Sheridan
Stephen O'Keefe
Benjamin Zorek
Ben Courter

 

Camden Courier-Post
January 11, 1938

Excerpt from
Dan McConnell's Scrapbook

 

 

Not forgetting a friend since boyhood days as an embryo news gatherer— the revered Charles Leo McKeone, of "Peppery Pot" fame.

Back in the days when this young scrivener wrote one of the pioneer columns, "The Razzberry Chorus", it was "Old Mac" who when meeting him on our Police Court beat would chuckle at something we had written.

They were days when we sported those tortoise shell spectacles and our hirsutal adornment consisted of a wavy, pompadour. Mac repeating our resemblance to Harold Lloyd, the screen comic who was then earning possibly $100,000 a year and our pay check was for all of $15.

Camden Courier-Post
February 22, 1938

Excerpt from
Dan McConnell's Scrapbook

Camden Courier-Post
June 20, 1941

J. David Stern

 

 

 

 

 


Out of the Peppery Pot & The Peppery Pot by Mack

1919

January 23, 1919

February 2, 1919

March 10, 1919

April 3, 1919

May 10, 1919

June 20, 1919

July 10, 1919

August 3, 1919

September 10, 1919

October 20, 1919

November 10, 1919

December 20, 1919

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March 17, 1924

 

 

 

 

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October 7, 1924

 

 

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May 10, 1926

 
           

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October 27, 1927

 

December 7, 1927


Camden Daily Courier - January 23, 1919
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David Baird Sr.  - John L. Semple 
William "Kid" Gleason - Wid Conroy - Danny Green - Billy Eagan - Eggie Lennox - Harry Davis
Billy Husted - Sam Easton - Charles Toy - Phil Lurkett - Garrett Cowls - Thomas Sullivan
Walt Whitman - "a Morris Station shampoo"

Camden Courier-Post
July 14, 1921

 

Camden Courier-Post * March 17, 1924

Turner Hall - Morgan Hall - Wildey Hall - Sweinhagen Hal - Mechanic's Hall - Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall
Jake Vissell - William Glennon - General Philip Sheridan - John Ryan - James McKenna
John "Reddy" McGinely - Thomas Crane - Joseph Connell - Chambers Avenue

Camden Daily Courier - August 22, 1924

Dr. WIlliam S. Jones - Patrick J. Jordan - Ed Jubb - Mrs. Jolly - Ella Jubilee - William J. Browning - William Jubilee
Locust Street - Berkley Street - Burns Street - Baxter Street - Jacob Justice - Richard S. Justice - Main Street - North 5th Street

Camden Daily Courier - October 7, 1924

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Charles H. Miskelly
Nicholas Miskelly
Bob Mitchell - "Doughty" Christman
Kaighn Avenue
Wilmer Mitchell
Henry "Harry" Moffett - Chauncey Moffett
Ike Moffett - Edward Moffett
Jack Lynch's Saloon - Lewis Mohrman
State Street - Cooper B. Hatch
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Camden Lodge No. 293
Benevolent Protective Order of  Elks
Christopher Moll Sr.
Maple Street
Harry Moll
Christopher Moll Jr.
Frank Moll
William Moll
Gus Moll
 

Camden Daily Courier - May 10, 1926

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Fogarty Avenue - Martin Kenney - "Mackerelville" - Ulie G. Lee - Andrew Lyons - Bishop Bailey
Bella Place - Pennsylvania Avenue - Columbia Avenue - Coates Avenue - Pavonia Street
Centennial Avenue - Wagner Court - Cleveland Terrace - Ann Street - Hyde Park
Segal Street aka "Battle Ax Row" - Joint Alley aka "Old Buzzard's Glory"

Camden Daily Courier - March 29, 1927

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Claudius Bradshaw - David Baird - William Joyce Sewell
Rudolphus Climes - Lewis Stehr - John Carroll - Joseph Potter - Charles Young - Royden Street

Camden Daily Courier - October 27, 1927

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Henry "Harry" Moffett - Charles Moffett - Samuel Dodd - Samuel Lee - Isaac M. Shreeve
John Zanders - Edward Cooper - George Cooper - Thomas Reed - Charles Lederman
Caleb "Cale" Williams - Charles Poekertoe  

Camden Daily Courier
December 7, 1927

Market Street Ferry
Vine Street Ferry
Kaighn's Point Ferry|
West Jersey Hotel

 

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