GEORGE W. JOHNSON was born in New Jersey in 1872. He appears as a carpenter living at 571 Clinton Street in the 1890-1891 Camden City Directory. 

George Johnson married late in life, at the age of 43. At the time of the 1920 Census, he was living with his wife, Loretta, at 765 Line Street and working as a building inspector for the City of Camden. Mrs. Johnson was an active member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at South 6th and Stevens Street.

George W. Johnson later served as the head City Building Inspector for the city of Camden, under the direction of Winfield S. Price, who served as Mayor of Camden from 1927 to 1931.

George and Loretta Johnson were still living at 765 Line Street as late as 1947. He had long since retired.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 17, 1895
William D. Hart - Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Charles N. Robinson - George A. Frey W.H. Tice - Jacob S. Justice - Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - William J. Browning
George W. Johnson - John Baker - C.E.W. Moore - A.J. Milliette - Charles Preusch
Dr. Phillip Wendell Beale - W.W. Mines Jr. - Harry Davis - D.W. Pierce

The Chimes - First Methodist Episcopal Church - May 11, 1924
Rev. Thomas S. Brock - Rev. Maurice A. Clare - Lucy V. Graham - C. Harold Lowden
James T. Wakeman
Mrs. George W. Johnson - Line Street - Mrs. Fred J. Carrick - Mrs. James Parsons
Mrs. G.W. Yard - Mrs. S.F. Fox

Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928

Commissioner Rhone Tells Building Inspector, Fire Marshal to Investigate
State Street Residents Complain After Robbers Use House as Rendezvous

Termed a ‘rendezvous of thieves, a haven for spooners and a general nightmare, the deserted and broken­ down mansion at Third and State Streets, was ordered torn down by Commissioner David S. Rhone, director of public safety.

‘It’s been a it public nuisance for several years and if the owners don’t raze it after they are so notified, the city will,” Commissioner Rhone said.

Residents of the neighborhood declared yesterday that the old mansion has been a den for thieves, and that complaints to the city have gone unheeded. They said three robberies in one block in one week occurred this month because of it. The thieves, they explain watched the movements of the families from the deserted house, and robbed the dwellings after they had left for a few hours at night.

Once Palatial Home

The ramshackle building is at the northeast corner of Third and State Streets, opposite the James M. Cassady School. It was once the palatial residence of the late Augustus Reeve, brick manufacturer, but has been in a state of decay for about five years.

A “For Rent” sign has been on the property for a long period. Theater posters cover part of the exterior, its staircase has been torn away, practically all windows have been smashed by schoolboys and other marauders have removed doors, front steps and fence, and have ripped plaster from the walls.

Robberies attributed in the neighborhood to thieves, who used the dilapidated property as a “den”’ were those at 313 State Street, next door, on January 7, 327 State Street, January 13, and 302 State Street, January 21. Police made no report of the facts, explaining to the victims that any release of information would interfere with the arrest of “a young man under suspicion in your own neighborhood.”

Orders Not Revealed

Commissioner Rhone indicated he had given orders to George Johnson, building inspector, and Bernard Gallagher, fire marshal, relative to the dilapidated property.

Commissioner Rhone declined to explain what orders he had given  the building inspector and the fire marshal relative to the old property.

Johnson had said earlier in the day that he had received no orders from Commissioner Rhone. Later Johnson said he “did not know what the orders are.”

Questioned further and told that Rhone had said that he had given him orders Johnson said they pertained to “just see what the condition of the place was”.

“All the windows are out and the doors are off,” he said, reporting on an inspection he asserted he conducted. “If there is a health menace there, that comes under the health Department, not the building department.”

Asked what he would do about the place which was declared unsafe by the residents of the neighborhood, he said he did not know until he received “further orders” from Commissioner Rhone.

Gallagher, the fire marshal, could not be reached this morning.

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1928

Bride-to-Be is 'Kidnapped'
for Shower at City Hall
George W. Johnson - Joseph J. Roszkowiak - Lewis Stehr
Jack Weinberg
- Atlantic Avenue - Mechanic Street
Genevieve Chudzinski - Frank Chudzinski
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

Camden Courier-Post

February 21, 1928

Kaighn Avenue
Camac Street

Camden Courier-Post

February 25, 1928

George W. Johnson - Rosie Scott

Pennsylvania Avenue

Camden Courier-Post * February 29, 1928
Allied Metal Stamping Company - John R. Evans Company
Bernard Gallagher - George W. Johnson  
North 2nd Street - Erie Street - Front Street - Segal Street