Samuel
Dodd Jr.


SAMUEL DODD JR. was born near Moorestown NJ on June 25, 1841, one of seven sons of Samuel and Mary Dodd. His father was a shoemaker, and Samuel Dodd followed him into this trade. he settled in Camden in 1874. He made his home at 510 Vine Street in North Camden.

Samuel Dodd was appointed Chief of Police in 1887, and was appointed Chief every year thereafter save 1894 when William Davis was Chief, until 1898. He was succeeded by John Foster in July of 1898. 

Chief Dodd passed away on February 10, 1901 after a two-week illness. 


Trenton Evening Times - January 17, 1888

William Drake - Marwood Derrickson - Samuel Dodd

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 10, 1888

Jesse Pratt - Thomas Johnson - Frank C. Reeves - Officer Edward S. Cooper - Samuel Dodd
James Farrell - Sing Lee - Joseph Russell - Christian Kline -
Benjamin Braker - Sinnickson Chew
Royden Street - Cherry Street - Washington Street - Cooper Street

New York Times - January 27, 1889

Annie Eisenhardt - Joseph Ellis - Dr. Harry Jarrett
Jesse Pratt - Samuel Dodd - Wilson H. Jenkins


Philadelphia Inquirer - January 28, 1889

Annie Eisenhardt - Joseph Ellis - Dr. Harry Jarrett
Jesse Pratt - Samuel Dodd - Wilson H. Jenkins


Philadelphia Inquirer - August 7, 1889

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 1889

George Kappel
David Baird Jr.
Alfred Hugg
Richard Kerswell
Samuel Dodd
Jesse Pratt 

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 2, 1890
William Carrigan - J.W. Stow - Annie Genther - Jesse Pratt - Charles R. Bacon
George H. Wheaton -
Edward Powell - John Kilmartin - Philip Harris
William J. Browning - Front Street - Elm Street - Samuel Dodd

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1890

W.B.E. Miller - E.E. Jefferis
Samuel Dodd - Jesse Pratt 
Jennings' Sixth Regiment Band
Robert Bender - Samuel S. Buzine
John A. Stockton - Henry Grosscup
Mortimer WIlson - Amadee Middleton
Thomas Murphy -
Isaac McKinley
Albert Gilbert - Chalkley Leconey
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 2
Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 4

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Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 1890

Samuel Dodd - Charles O. Pedrick
Samuel E. Lee -
George Horner
John Anderson - Samuel S. Bakley (Baker)
William Parker
Royden Street
Maurice Hinchman
Charles H. Mead
North 2nd Street
Mabel Gray 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer

August 28, 1891

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 27, 1893

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Ella Ford - Charles Wesley Law - Rebecca Price - Ella Price - William Johnson 
John Foster
  - Edward E. Jefferis - Richard S. Ridgway
T. Casper Hart - Samuel Dodd - Dr. William H. Iszard
Locust Street - Pine Street - Cherry Street


Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 1895

 

William Joyce Sewell
Harrison H. Voorhees
James R. Carson
Andrew Blair Frazee

William C. Dayton
Martin J. O'Brien
Maggie Longworth

South 3rd Street
Royden Street

Church of the
Immaculate Conception

Martin Coyne
John M. Kelly
Francis X. O'Brien
Charles Livingstone

Ferry Avenue

Fillmore Street


John Foster
Samuel Dodd

Legion of the Red Cross

Harry B. Paul
Howland Croft

Oliver M. Smith
Mary A. Gregory

Mickle Street


Rev. J.B. Graw

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 28, 1896

H.F. Ackley - Charles H. Ellis - Samuel Dodd
John Courter - George G. Paul - Elks Lodge 293


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 1896

H. Frank Pettit
Samuel Dodd
Federal Street

 

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 16, 1897

John Leighton Wescott - Charles H. Ellis - Samuel Dodd
Mina Geist -
Second Street - Arch Street
Samuel W. Beldon

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 14, 1897
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Emma Zane - Sarah Shaw - Eli Shaw - Wilson H. Jenkins - Line Street

Samuel Dodd - John Foster - John H. Beard - Edward Zane
Harry G. Geesey - John J. Doonan - Charles Kleeman - Stockton Park Hotel
West Jersey Hotel - John Polk - East Camden
Foster S. Zane - Beckett Street - Charles Higgins - Howard Ross - South 3rd Street
Pine Street - O.B. Blizzard  - James H. Carey - Liberty Alley
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - William A. Husted - Thomas Benkert - Martin J. O'Brien
William Anderson - Charles Folwell - John Irwin - Rev. John W. Marshall
Broadway M.E. Church - Rev. William A. Massey - Wiley M.E. Church
James Hough - Policeman Albert F. Meyer
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Philadelphia Inquirer - October 30, 1897
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Emma Zane - Eli Shaw - Wilson H. Jenkins

Henry S. Scovel
Dr. William S. Jones - Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - William A. Husted - Thomas Benkert
Martin J. O'Brien - William Anderson - Charles Folwell - John Irwin
Elwin Steen
...continued...
Harry Delameter - O. Glen Stackhouse - John Foster - H. Frank Pettit
James E. Tatem - Frank B. Haines - Albert Fogg - John Painter - John H. Beard - Albert Hollingshead
...continued...
William Stein - Charles M. Lane - Elwin Steen
...continued...
John Sinclair - Mrs. Anna Knight

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Philadelphia Inquirer - December 19, 1897
Samuel Dodd - Jake Moulton aka Jake Morton

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 18, 1898
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Samuel Dodd - John Foster - H. Frank Pettit - John S. Roberts - Charles E. Day
George W. Jessup - Cooper B. Hatch - Edward V.D. Joline - Harry C. Kramer - Thaddeus P. Varney


Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 1898

Samuel Dodd - Michael Fleming
South 2nd Street 
William Comley - Edward Powell
 Richard Golden - John Sinclair
William Selby - Edward Hartman
Albert Meyers - Ralph Bond
Jules Bosch - Caleb Williams
Alfred Shaw - Jacob A. Hicks
Isaac Shreeve


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 1, 1898

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Cooper B. Hatch - Samuel Dodd - John Foster - John Beard - John Painter - Samuel Gray

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 1898

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Samuel Dodd - Alexander Osborne - Thomas Cunningham - John Lightenberg - Fred W. Triplett
Camillus Appley - John Sailor - Harry Miller - Josiah Sage - Charles Evans - Nelson Hibbs
Thomas Buchanan - Thomas Pooley - Thaddeus P. Varney - Isaac Lovett - George Pfeiffer Jr.
Charles H. Peters


Philadelphia
Inquirer

September 2, 1898

Cooper B. Hatch
Samuel Dodd
John Foster

William Hart


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 8, 1900


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 10, 1900

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Philadelphia Inquirer
February 11, 1901

Samuel Dodd
Warren Avenue - Wright Avenue
First Methodist Episcopal Church
Jesse Pratt - John L. Westcott
Cooper B. Hatch
Brotherhood of the Union
Loyal Orange Institution
Ancient Order of United Workmen
Legion of the Red Cross


New York Times - February 11, 1901


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Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933

A False Alarm of Long Ago 
Spectacular Run of Firemen and Steeds in '79 When First 
Alarm System Was Given Try-out

By BEN COURTER

THERE were two alarms of fire Saturday evening, one at Fourth and Hamilton streets at 8:29 o'clock, and another at the West Jersey Ferry, an hour later. People in the vicinity of the first-named place turned out to look at the machines propelled at lightning speed by snorting equines, and wondered what it was all about; and some of them thought the wide-awake fire boys were beside themselves, as they asked, for the particular house, in the neighborhood of box 24 upon which, with steam up, their apparatus was able to put on, the water. The firemen and people were quietly informed by a party that drove away in a barouche that it was a designed deception.

Under date of October 6, 1879, that was the introduction to a two-column story under a display headline. But, it was, a single line-"False Alarms." Readers of the period must have been as much mystified as were the firemen and citizens mentioned in the article, for it was not until more than half a column had been devoted to that incident that the public was let into the great secret. It was a test of the first fire alarm system introduced into Camden. 

Interest in that incident is revived by the city commissioners last week entering into a contract with that same concern to install in the new City Hall a system for somewhat more than $51,000. That first "system" cost the city $2000 but it was a big sum then and just about 10 times more space was devoted to it in the old Post than in the Courier-Post last Thursday week.

Paid Department 10 Years Old 

Camden's paid fire department in 1879 was just 10 years old. It already was winning approval of even the recalcitrants, who had asserted back in 1869, that the old volunteer companies would certainly be missed; that the "professionals" would not have as much interest in putting out a fire as the boys who ran with the Perseverance, the Weccacoe and other organizations, usually bitter rivals. Not infrequently the volunteers battled over hooking up their hose while the fire burned, a event by no means outgrown since that occasionally happens even now, as files of the newspapers prove.

But on that Saturday night 54 years ago, it developed that those who drove away in the mysterious barouche were J. W. Morgan, Crawford Miller and F. P. Pfeiffer; fire commissioners of city council, along with R. S. Bender and Thomas Beatty. They were but carrying out orders to see that the system worked and it was John T. Bottomley who issued those orders. He was Camden's big mill owner but more to the purpose in that particular incident, president of city Council. He had approved the fire alarm system but did not intend putting his O. K. on that $2000 bill until he had seen it in practical operation.

So unknown to the firemen, and the citizens as well, it was determined to test that system by way of turning in the alarms. So an alarm was pulled at 8.29 and "Bart" Bonsall, son of Henry L. Bonsall, publisher of the Post, narrates, in just 15 seconds flat the bell was sounded at No.1 Engine House at Fourth and Pine Streets. In two minutes hose cart No. 1 went bounding out with Driver George Hunt at the reins, followed by Ben Cavanaugh and his faithful nag "Jim" with cart No. 2. Then came Jake Kellum and William Davies with the engine No. 2 drawn by "Dolly" in 2.45. After that was engine No.1 driven by Edmund Shaw and the horse "Alec," coming along in 3 minutes and 5 seconds. It was explained Shaw was held up by the sandy roadway at Fourth and Line

Spectacular Sight 

Anyhow, it must have been a great sight for the old-time families who then resided along the Middle Ward Streets as the racing steeds bounded over Fourth Street, then into Third over a mighty bumpy roadway.

But they arrived and vainly sought the blaze. It was while they were hunting that the barouche came along and the commissioners let them into the great secret. "Bart" doesn't relate what the firemen said about the false alarm, but, like as not the heat of their expressions was a good substitution for the fire they failed to find. 

The system was one of those nine­day wonders that had the town on its toes. Everybody listened for the alarms in those days, for when they were sent in the bells in the fire houses pealed the number of the box. The strokes could be heard surprisingly far. Since there were but 11 boxes it was not long before many knew just where the fire was located and made a bee line for the scene. Old volunteers, particularly, never quite lost their interest in fires and, whenever they heard the alarm, hot footed it to the scene of excitement. 

That was all right when Camden was little more than a village, but as the community grew it became a serious proposition, since the racing citizens often interfered with the firemen. Thus about 30 years ago the fire bells were silenced. Now none know of an alarm coming in save the various houses and the Courier-Post which has a wire attached from headquarters bringing in the alarms so that reporters and cameramen may get on the scene quickly as possible. 

Ordinarily, little thought is given to the need for instant and accurate sounding of an alarm made possible through the expert work of City Electrician Jim Howell and his aides. If it were not for that perfection and the speed with which friend reach the scene the losses would he large. And the insurance companies would be around with a "pink slip" as they were some 20 years ago. That meant a 25 percent addition to fire rates. Camden's motorized department plus the work of City Electrician John W. Kelly soon rid the city of that "slip." 

That system of long ago didn't include the cops. Now it takes in both departments, as it has done since the days of Chief Samuel Dodd, back in the early 90's. 


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