JAMES P.M. McTAGGART served as a member of the Camden Police department for many years, as did his brother John  McTaggart. He was one of the first officers on the scene when the activities of "voodoo doctor" H.H. Hyghcock were discovered, at 413 Liberty Street in April of 1925. He eventually reached the rank of sergeant before his career ended.  

James McTaggart was born in Camden on May 19, 1894 to Mary and Hugh McTaggart Sr. Hugh McTaggart was a plumber by trade.  The McTaggart family moved to Camden in the early 1890s. They lived at 645-1/2 Van Hook Street from 1893 to 1895, then moved to 630 Jackson Street in 1897, 498 Jackson Street in 1898, and 

1010 Sycamore Street by 1899. When the census was taken in the summer of 1900 the family resided at 1102 Sycamore Street. Nearby neighbors, according to the Census sheet, included Camden police officer Camillus Appley at 1118 Mount Ephraim Avenue and Dr. Paul Litchfield at 1123 Kaighn Avenue. Hugh McTaggart Sr. passed away during the 1900s. By 1910 his widow and her children had moved to 681 Van Hook Street, where they remained into 1914.  

James McTaggart was married when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. he was working at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards and living with his wife Josephine, widowed mother and siblings at 1709 Broadway. He was still living at that address in 1918. A son, Joseph McTaggart, was born in 1919.

James McTaggart was living at 1713 Fillmore Street when the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled. He was still working at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards. He was appointed to the Camden Police Department shortly afterwards. James McTaggart was still at the Fillmore Street address as late as 1927.

The 1929 Camden City Directory shows James McTaggart living at 1236 Browning Street. By 1940 he had moved to 3189 Merriel Avenue in East Camden. He was still serving with the Camden Police Department as late as the spring of 1943.  

By 1947 James McTaggart had passed away. He was survived by his wife Josephine and son Joseph, who was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 30, 1950. Joseph McTaggart served over 27 years with the Camden Fire Department before retiring in April of 1978.

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Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928

Loot Valued at $2000 Taken From Broadway Shop;
Second Visit of Thieves

Climbing to the roof of a shed in the rear of the Greenetz & Pellicoff jewelry store, 833 Broadway, burglars entered the shop early today and carried away $2,000 in loot. 

At noon today, Joseph Shapiro, 29 years old, 215 South Fifth Street, a clerk in the store, was being grilled by Detectives George Ward and Thomas Cheeseman, after being booked at police headquarters as having been arrested “on suspicion.” 

August 29 four suspected robbers were captured by police only a few minutes after they had smashed the plate glass window and snatched a tray of jewels at the same store. 

Policeman John McTaggert reported the burglary this morning. He is the brother of Policeman James McTaggert, who participated in the capture of the four suspects last August. 

Included in the loot of the burglars this morning were 35 watches left at the shop by their owners for repairs. At the shop it was said the owners of the watches would be reimbursed. Other articles stolen included 26 bracelets, 12 diamond bar pins, 15 pair of earrings, three fountain pen sets, and six strings of beads. 

At 7:30 this morning, Patrolman McTaggert noticed several men standing in front of the jewelry store. He learned that they had just discovered an open window and, investigating, found the shop had been robbed. 

The watches and other articles of jewelry were taken from trays and showcases. A safe in the store was left untouched. 

The building next to the jewelry store at 831 Broadway is unoccupied and it was through this structure that the burglars entered. They climbed to the roof of a shed at the rear, entered a second story window and followed a corridor to an inner door of the jewelry store, forced open the door, and entered. 

The capture of the four men at the store more than four months ago resulted in commendation from Chief James E. Tatem for the three officers who participated. With Policeman Edward Smith and Frank Truax, Patrolman James McTaggert took the four men at revolver’s point. The men arrested at that time, still awaiting trial, are James Toner, 54 years old, 1204 Vine Street, Philadelphia; Mervin Campbell, 24 years old, 2309 Carlisle Street; James J. Kelly, 25 years old, 2121 Brandywine Street; and Frank MacCrossan, 33 years old, of 1328 Pearl Street. 

The proprietors of the store are Joseph and Michael Greenetz, 1468 Haddon Avenue, and Abraham Pellicoff, 1417 Haddon Avenue.

CAMDEN COURIER-POST - February 17, 1928

Clothing Stolen From Store, Teacher's Desk Looted; Bell-Ringer Arrested 

Frank Evans - John W. Golden - Gus Koerner - James McTaggert
Ann Street - Atlantic Avenue - Broadway - Erie Street - Front Street Locust Street - Sycamore Street - Woodland Avenue
Broadway School - North Camden
Francis Smith - Raymond Walker   

Camden Courier-Post - March 29, 1930

78 Departments Represented at Benevolent Association Session

More than 300 state officers and delegates representing 78 New Jersey police departments were present yesterday at a meeting of the State Patrolmen's Benevolent Association at Tenth Street and Kaighn Avenue yesterday.

All state officers were present at the afternoon meeting, including State President Dennis Byrne, of New Brunswick; First Vice President Henry Miller, of Rahway; Second Vice president, August Harasdzira, of Garfield; Recording Secretary Michael McKeever, of Trenton; Financial Secretary Thomas Higgins, of West Orange, and State Treasurer William Mallon, of West New York.

Police work used in various cities was discussed. Plans were made for the state convention in Wildwood September 14, 15 and 16. Everett Joslin, Herbert Bott and George Weber were named local delegates to represent the local union, No. 35 at the Wildwood convention.

Chief of Police Lewis H. Stehr welcomed the delegates. A telegram of welcome was read from Director of Public Safety David S. Rhone, who is in Washington.

The committee in charge of yesterday's meeting consisted of Clifford Flenard, president of Local No. 35; Stanley Wirtz, Edward Cahill, Frank Wilmot, John McTaggart, James McTaggart and Howard Henery .

Camden Courier-Post - July 6, 1932


Police Sergeant Frank Truax, who died Thursday night from a complication of diseases, was buried yesterday in Harleigh Cemetery.

More than two score policemen, as well as city officials, attended services at the funeral parlor of Frank J. Leonard, 1451 Broadway. Rev. E.M. Munyon, pastor of Eighth Street M.E. Church, officiated. More than 50 cars were in the procession that wound its way to the cemetery. A patrol wagon was used to carry the flowers sent by numerous individuals and organizations.

Pallbearers, all policemen, were John Cole, Joseph Lenhart, James McTaggart, Andrew Truman, William McGrath, Paul Jackson, Joseph Mardino, and Clarence Boyer.

Sergeant Truax was 50 and resided at 1139 Kenwood Avenue. He died five minutes after being taken to Cooper Hospital. He had been a member of the police department since 1917, and was made a sergeant in 1930. he is survived by a widow, Linda, and a sister, Mrs. Viola Wilkinson.

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Trenton Times
May 6, 1943

Ethel H. Waters
Charles Waters
Mary Woods Waters
Joseph Mardino
Thomas Welch
Howard Bean
James McTaggart
Fred Garbrecht
Anthony Moffa

Ethel Waters was from Trenton. She had worked as a clerk for Selective Service Board 8 in Camden prior to her death. Miss Waters had lived at 222 North 41st Street in East Camden. Not having any family in Camden, it appears the six policemen took it upon themselves to bring her home.