VERNON CULLEN JONES was born in Delaware in September of 1897 to Edward and Evelyn Jones. His father was a teamster. The third of five children, he was living with his widowed mother and siblings Camley, Rueben, Clufford and Edith in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, New Jersey by the summer of 1910. Edward Jones passed sometime after 1904.
Vernon Jones married at 19, and when he registered for the draft in September of 1918 he was living with wife Olive at 1011 South 6th Street. Vernon Jones was then working as a truck driver for P. Mealy & Sons in Gloucester City, New Jersey.
Shortly after the compilation of the 1929 Camden City Directory, Vernon Jones and family moved to 1017 South 6th Street. The Census of April of 1930 shows the Jones family, which consisted of Vernon C. Jones, wife Olive and sons Vernon E. and Harry C. Jones at a house they now owned at 1017 South 6th Street. Vernon C. Jones was by this time a member of the Camden Police Department. Vernon C. Jones had been promoted to Detective by 1932, and was still serving in that capacity as late as the summer of 1940. The Coty Directory for that year shows him back at 1011 South 6th Street. A Vernon and Sally Jones are listed at 779 Spruce Street in the 1943 City Directory, but it is unclear as to exactly who they were.
Vernon C. Jones appears to have left Camden by 1947. He passed away in 1961 and was buried at Locustwood Cemetery, where he rests besides his wife.
Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1928
Targets for Camden’s new desperado eliminators. Bandits, burglars,
snipers and their ilk are requested by Chief of Police James
E. Tatem to apply at police headquarters Monday morning at 10
o’clock, when a practice shooting party will be held.
Tatem said today Camden’s bandit-chasing squad is “just rarin’
to go” with six new automatic rifles guaranteed to shoot full of holes
the toughest bandit in less time than it takes to say “Aligoop.”
the further enlightenment of the bandit fraternity, Chief
Tatem announced detailed instructions on how to0 use the new
carbines will be given this afternoon at 3 o’clock to bandit chasing
police by Captain Arthur Colsey
and Herman Engle, a representative of Stein Brothers, this city.
The rifles arrived at police headquarters yesterday afternoon. They will be distributed in each of the city’s three police districts in the campaign to rid the city of desperadoes.
weapons can fire a magazine of 20 shots in a few seconds. They will be
mounted in the three red bandit chasing coupes used by the district
squad members. One of the coupes is now being used by Archie Reiss and Vernon
Jones in South Camden, while two others are expected to be delivered
within a few days, according to Chief of Police James
E. Tatem. They will be assigned to Walter Smith
Carpani, First district detectives and Louis Schlam and Richard
Donnelly in the East Camden district.
attachments make it possible to fire the guns from a fixed point in an
automobile. Detached they may be fired from the shoulder. Besides firing a magazine of 20 shots without stopping, they can be
adjusted to single fire, using .45 caliber cartridges.
Instruction in the adjustment and use of the
weapons will be given today by a representative of the company that sold
them- at $175 each— to the city.
February 7, 1928
Camden Courier-Post - March 21, 1932
NABBED IN DRIVE
Two women charged with soliciting, another with operating a disorderly house and one man were arrested by Second district police over the weekend in a drive against disorderly persons.
One of the women, Louise Noel, 23, and the man, Jake Keller, 45, of 3061 Mickle Street, were arrested when District Detectives Vernon Jones and Thomas Cheeseman raided an alleged disorderly house at 652 South Second street.
The Noel woman was released in $500 bail while Keller was freed in $25 security as a material witness.
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932
Becker - North
33rd Street - Harry E. Renders - Charles Luers
North 2nd Street - George W. Rush - Farragut Avenue - Watson Street
Joseph Benson - Charles Benson - Edward Marshman - Morse Street
John Grogan - North 22nd Street - Charles Dudley - North 3rd Street
Ralph Bakley - Vernon Jones - Thomas Cheeseman - Marshall Thompson
George Thomas - Clinton Street - James Williams - South 2nd Street
John B. Simons - Samuel Aronow - Kaighn Avenue
Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1933
DISORDERLY HOUSE CASE POSTPONED FIFTH TIME
The police court hearing of a man arrested on charges of operating a disorderly house and of two women arrested there, was postponed yesterday because District Detective Vernon Jones, who made the raid, was not in court to testify. It was the fifth time within a month that the case had come up for a hearing and was postponed.
The defendants are Alexander Lopez, Irene Brodowicz and Jean Welsh, all of 1334 Dayton Street. Lopez has been at liberty in $1000 bail since his home was raided January 9, while the two women have been released in $25 security each.
On the other occasion, postponements were granted for various reasons, among them being the fact that defense counsel was not in court for one hearing while Lopez pleaded illness for not appearing for another scheduled hearing. Today, Lopez was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charge, but Jones was not in court, whereupon Judge Pancoast deferred the case.
It was the fourth time that the Dayton Street house had been raided. On one occasion the police said they found a bar in the basement and ordered Lopez to remove it.
ARREST THREE, SEIZE WASH BOILER
District police seized a "wash boiler" still and arrested
three persons last night when they raided a dwelling at 954 South Ninth
were George Young, 29; his wife, Ethel, 19, and Anna Fussel, 37, of 614 Chestnut
Street. Police also took along the Young's three year-old son,
Julian, and lodged him in the detention room under the care of a police
matron until his parents obtain bail.
Young was held as proprietor and the others as material witnesses. He will be given a hearing today.
June 2, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
STOREKEEPERS ARE PENALIZED
excuses offered by two men for the presence of beer in their stores
failed to impress Police Judge Pancoast
yesterday. One storekeeper went to jail for 30 days in default of a
$50 fine and the other storekeeper
was fined $200.
Avenue, went to jail because he was unable to explain how he was able
to purchase beer and whiskey when he was on the verge of becoming
a charge of the city emergency relief administration.
Lieutenant Ralph Bakley had testified
beer and whisky were found in his store, Yatzus said he was
expecting friends from Wilmington and had purchased the liquor for
use while they were at his house. Then he said he didn't have any
money and was running a small store to keep from becoming an
emergency relief charge.
Third Street, insisted Earl Foy, 1016 South
Sixth Street, came into his store to buy a bottle of root beer and
not 3.2 beer. Foy, who said he was directed by Lieutenant Bakley to
make a "buy" of beer at Teto's store, testified Teto told,
his 11 year-old daughter to get a bottle of beer from the ice box.
Before the deal could be completed, Foy said, Detective Vernon
Jones entered the store.
said Teto ordered his daughter to return the beer to the icebox, saying
he recognized Jones.
The beer, Teto said, was purchased for his own use. Teto insisted
that Foy had asked for root beer and was to be served root beer.
Judge Pancoast said
he did not believe Teto's excuse
and fined him $200.
he refused to follow the friendly advice of
policeman and "go home to sober up," Louis
is in the county jail today, beginning a 60-day sentence, in
addition to paying
faces another hearing tomorrow on charges of selling beer illegally.
according to Motorcycle
Policeman George Jefferis,
was creating a disturbance at Broadway
and Fairview Street yesterday. He became abusive when told, to
"go home and sober up," Jefferis
said, so he went to jail. Judge Pancoast
sentenced him to 60 days on the charge of being intoxicated.
Powell, 430 Stevens
Street, a taxicab driver, filed a charge of disorderly conduct
refused to pay a taxicab bill of $12.35.
charge brought a fine of $25.
Lieutenant Ralph Bakley alleged Schechtman had been violating the temporary beer law of New Jersey by selling beer without a license. Judge Pancoast said Schechtman will be taken into court tomorrow morning for a hearing on the beer charge.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
MISSING HUSBAND IS FOUND IN
Missing since Wednesday night when he failed to return home after work, Albert J. Berberick, 39, of Pine Avenue, Runnemede, was found last night wandering about Camden in a dazed condition.
He was discovered by City Detective Vernon Jones on Chestnut Street near Ninth. In fear he might have suffered from poisoning he was taken to West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital where a stomach pump was administered.
He was so weak he was unable to answer questions but he was identified through his driver's license and by troopers from the Mt. Ephraim barracks who were summoned to take him home.
Berberick's car was found abandoned Wednesday night on Forrest Avenue, three blocks from his home. On the front seat was a note reading: "The finder of the car kindly deliver to my home on Park Avenue, signed, Albert J. Berberick."
He obtained work at the RCA Victor plant here several days ago after having been without employment several months. His wife said he had been despondent.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933|
RAIDERS CAPTURE STILL, 'MULE' AND 3 IN HOUSE
Crayton Hopkins, 19, of that address, was held in default of $500 bail as the proprietor pending a hearing today. Lucille Johnson, 28, also of that address, and William Makson, 26, of 3709 Warren Street, Philadelphia, were held in default of $100 bail as material witnesses.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933|
3 CAUGHT IN RAID ARE SENT TO JAIL
Police Judge Garfield Pancoast expressed indignation Saturday against what he termed' "lying defendants" and sentenced three of them to jail in default of fines as the result of a South Camden liquor raid.
A 40 gallon still and five gallons of "white mule" were seized by Thomas Cheesman and Vernon Jones, detectives, at 838 South Second Street Friday night. After Crayton Hopkins, 19, arrested as the proprietor, testified that he did not know who, owned the still, and that he was merely hired at the place, the court expressed skepticism and sentenced Hopkins to 100' days in default of a $100 fine. Hopkins had named "George Smith" as his employer.
Lucille Johnson, 28, also of the South Second Street address, and William Makson, 26, of 3109 Warren Street, Philadelphia, were sentenced to 90 days each in default of $100 fine when they testified they knew nothing about the place or its ownership.
"I'm tired of people lying who are caught doing something they shouldn't be doing," Pancoast said, imposing the sentences.
The still was found on the second floor of the house, according to Detective Jones. He said Makson was arrested as he left the rear of the place with a 2 gallon container of liquor around his waist.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933|
Still Operators Jailed By Pancoast
police believed they had broken the first link in a chain sys tem of
stills yesterday when Police Judge Pancoast
sentenced 13 persons, several of them from Philadelphia, to 90 days each
in the county jail None was able to pay a $200 fine.
believe you're all implicated in this chain system," said Judge Pancoast
in sentencing the first group. "I believe it is directed in
Philadelphia and that the police have broken the first link.' I think
your stills are scattered all through Camden."
and Trout arrested Martha
Norman, 38, of 833 Jackson
Street; Margaret Baner, 35, same address; Jessie Fife, 23, of 1120 Carpenter
Street, and Jolie Brandy, 33, of 618 North Forty-sixth street,
Philadelphia, in a raid at 432 Senate
detectives testified they had been watching the place for some time. Trout,
alone, saw Brandy drive up and take three bags of sugar inside. Trout
left to get Smith
and when they returned all four defendants were sitting in Brandy's
automobile: The Norman woman, they said had a. one-gallon can of
moonshine on her lap.
the detectives stated, they found a 50-gallon still in operation and
four barrels of mash. Brandy denied he was the operator and said the
owner was a man, known only as "John."
Ray Shedrick, 22, of 433
Senate Street, pleaded guilty to operating a 50-gallon still in his
home. He said he sold his whisky where he could but refused to name his
buyers. He also was arrested by Trout
with him were Marion Smith, 26, of 615 North Forty-fifth Street; Charles
Marton, 34, of 2131 North Twenty-first Street; Felix Carroll, 31, of
2006 North Gratz Street; Gladys Little, 28, of 612 North Forty-sixth
Street, and Beatrice Hill, 32, of 5733 Commerce Street, all
The alleged operators all were charged with violating the city speakeasy ordinance, which prohibits gathering of "disorderly persons." The others were charged with being material witnesses or frequenters.
July 12, 1933
|Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933|
NABBED AGAIN IN RAID
Three others were arrested. One of them, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second street, placed a charge of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers when police unearthed some articles stolen from Greer two months ago.
Rodgers has fallen afoul of the , law on numerous occasions. He has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness in the "Shooey" Bonner murder two years ago.
He will be given a police court hearing today,
Detectives raided a vacant dwelling at 225 Chestnut Street last night and seized a "moonshine" plant consisting of two stills, 36 barrels of mash and oil and gas stove cookers.
The place had been under observation by Detective Vernon Jones for two weeks.
No one was inside when Jones and Patrolmen George Hemphill and John Houston entered. A 50 gallon still was on the second floor and a 35 gallon still on the first floor.
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