John
A.
Furey


JOHN A. FUREY was born in Pennsylvania, according to most Census records, in June of 1851, although some indicate 1853. He married his wife Jennie around 1874, and a son, Walter was born soon afterwards. By 1879 he was working in Camden as a policeman, and living at 527 Jackson Street. The Census shows the Furey family still at 527 Jackson Street. John Furey was then working as a riveter. His son Walter was then five years of age. Soon after the Census was taken, John A. Furey went into the saloon business. He had already become involved in politics, serving as the Republican committeeman from the Eighth Ward in 1880 and as a tax collector. He later was elected as freeholder from the Eighth Ward, holding that post from from 1888 until 1890

A well known man for a number of reasons, John Furey is listed in the 1881-1882, 1882-1883 and 1883-1884 Camden City Directories as a saloonkeeper at 214 Federal Street. From 1884 through 1887 City Directories show him running a bar at the corner of South 2nd Street and Kaighn Avene.

After leaving Camden County's Board of Chosen Freeholders, John Furey was appointed to the Excise Commission, which oversaw bars and liquor licenses in Camden. In May he was made a member of City Council, replacing Isaac Ferris, who had resigned. This however created quite a stir as the City Solicitor serving at that time declared that John Furey could not hold two posts at the same time. The case went to the New Jersey Supreme Court which ruled against his holding both positions.

Sadly, son Walter Furey died around 1892. John Furey remained politically active through the 1890s. This building was still operating as Furey's Hall as late as 1914. He worked as a private detective until at least 1906, and with his wife conducted a drugstore. The 1892 Camden City Directory Lists "Furey's Hall at South 4th Street and Kaighn Avenue. He also became involved in real estate.

By 1892 John A. Furey and his family were then living at 1627 Fillmore Street in Camden's Eighth Ward. They remained at that address through 1899.The 1900 Census reveals the Furey's had moved to 1647 Broadway by the summer of that year. 

When the census was taken in 1910 John A. Furey had retired. Mr. and Mrs. Furey were still living at 1647 Broadway. He later became active in another sort of business enterprise, as the 1914 Camden City Directory lists Furey's Hall on the northwest corner of South 4th Street and Kaighn Avenue. This building, still standing and in use in 2009, was for many years the home of Camden Bar and Restaurant Supply. Gene Robison, who grew up in the neighborhood and worked briefly in the building, noticed the small sign high up on the building saying "Furey's Hall", which has now been covered by stucco.

During America's involvement in World War I, John A. Furey served on the local Public Safety Council. However, his health had been failing for some time and he died on June 1, 1917. A man of considerable means, his will left an endowment for the establishment of a clinic hospital "for the worthy poor", it is not known to this writer if that was ever done. 

Mrs. Jennie Furey was still living at 1647 Broadway, where she was operating a drugstore as late as January 5, 1920. 


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 19, 1879
John A. Furey - Officer Watson

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 29, 1880
Richard F. Shannon - John A. Furey - Joseph C. Lee
Joseph C. Nichols - George M. Thrasher

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 2, 1883

Josiah Rawlings - John A. Furey - James Ayres - James Dudley
Claudius Bradshaw - James M. Cassady - John W. Donges
Josiah D. Rogers -
Henry B. Wilson Sr.  - Jonathan Burr
Edmund E. Reed -
Christopher J. Mines Sr. - William P. Tatem
Jesse E. Hueston - E.E. Reed Jr. - George W. Gilbert - William S. Scull
William W. Bozarth - John Burr - Charles Wilson - Rudolph W. Birdsell
John W. Wartman - Samuel Hibbs -
St. John's Episcopal Church
Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church
Camden Fire Insurance Association

Philadelphia Inquirer * March 14, 1888

...continued...

Charles H. Helmbold - Dr. John D. Leckner - James Ware Jr. - John Furey - J. Wesley Sell
B.F. Archer  

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 16, 1890

John Furey - Jacob Gnang - John Cherry
Lewis McDowell - John Evans

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 14, 1890

John Furey - J, Oscar Nichuals - Howard Carrow - Jacob Neutze- Dr. William S. Jones
Emil Mettler - Henry Sparrow -
Dr. John W. Donges - John Cherry - Lewis McDowell
Samuel Mowery - Scheimer - Kendall - Hatton - Bowden - Cowperthwaite - Kellum - Cleary

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 28, 1890

John Leighton Wescott - Cooper B. Hatch
John Campbell -
James M. Lane - Mahlon F. Ivins Sr. Dr. John D. Leckner - Eugene B. Roberts
Joseph Starr - Charles H. Sharp -
John Furey

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 1, 1891

John A. Furey
James M. Lane
Frank Burdsall
Charles Helmbold
Edward E. Jefferis
Charles Lederman
George A. Frey


Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 1891


John A. Furey
John Cherry


Philadelphia Inquirer - May 21, 1891
John A. Furey - Thaddeus P. Varney

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 19, 1891
John Furey - John Cherry - Lewis McDowell

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 25, 1891

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 29, 1891

Philadelphia Inquirer

June 29, 1891

James M. Lane - Robert F. Smith
John A. Furey - Arthur Bedell
Andrew Rabeau
Col. Daniel B. Murphy
Gen. William J. Sewell
Frank Ford Patterson Sr.
Frank Ford Patterson Jr.
John Fort - Daniel Carter
U.G. Styron - Wallace Armstrong
Joseph W. Cooper - C.C. Reeve
Frank S. Heister - Fred Newton
Frank L. Vinton - Howard Pine
Richard Evans
Judge Alfred Hugg
Judge Thomas McDowell
James S. Henry - William Sexton
John Smith Jr. - Charles Bosch
W.H. Fredericks


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 14, 1897
...continued...
John A. Furey - J. Henri Hall - George E. Martin - William Fithian - Charles E. Toy

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 22, 1898

Robert T. Lee
Alexander Heith
George Thompson
David Rankin
Benjamin M. Braker
John A. Furey
James O. Smith
Gabriel Hill
Charles Sattler
Benjamin E. Mellor
F. Morse Archer

Committee of One Hundred

Wildey Hall


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 27, 1898
John A. Furey - William James - South 5th Street

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 1903

Edna Jackson
John A. Furey
Charles Sattler

Camden Aerie No. 65
Fraternal Order of Eagles

Turner Hall

South 5th Street
Pine Street


Philadelphia Inquirer * April 2, 1903
 

Frank Ford Patterson Jr.
F. Joseph Rouh
William Schmid
George W. Jessup
John Furey


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 12, 1905

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 8, 1905

John A. Furey
Charles M. Ferat


Philadelphia Inquirer * August 12, 1905


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 16, 1905

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 28, 1906

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 2, 1917
Broadway - Van Hook Street - Rev. Charles Bowden

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 1917

Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1933

When G.O.P. Battled G.O.P.
Typical Convention Rumpus Stirred 'Regular' and 'True' Republicans as Gibbs and Morgan Were Nominated for Sheriff in '81

(Another in a series of articles on
Camden affairs and personalities of yesteryear
)

By BEN COURTER

Rival factions in the political conventions of long ago were more bitter toward one another than toward the common foe. So-called "rump" conventions were by no means exceptions. By "rump" was meant merely those who refused to play with the regulars and who set up the nominations, as did the Bull Moose on the national scale in the historic scrap of 1912 which resulted in the three-cornered battle of Wilson, Roosevelt and Taft, giving the Princeton professor the start that was to make him a world figure. Factions we still have, of course, and it is quite proper, since too much regularity often breeds party decay. But present-day political methods are certainly lacking in the spectacular rumpuses that stirred the rank and file in the period when delegates met and made their nominations.

In a recent article allusion was made to the Democratic convention of September 20, 1878, when Nathan T. Stratton, of Millville, was nominated for Congress by the Democrats in the midst of downright fisticuffs, when "liar" and "hypocrite" and worse was hurled about the hall.

Lest it may be assumed the party of Jefferson and Jackson only was given to such methods, it is fitting to give a picture on the other side of the political house. Dr. William H. Iszard's inexhaustible scrap book, loaned me by his son, former Assemblyman Iszard comes across with a copy of a tabloid political sheet, "The True Republican," which gives a recital of a battle royal in the G.O.P. ranks which will be of interest to some old-timers I know are still about.

Rival Conventions

That was the convention to nominate a sheriff called at Gloucester City Hall on Saturday, October 8, 1881, where we find the redoubtable Colonel James Matlack Scovel once more a moving factor, but this time in the ranks of the "regular Republicans" or at least so they called themselves as opposed to the "rump" set up by a rival group. Christopher J. Mines, long Fifth ward leader and later sheriff, apparently had been selected as temporary chairman with William A. Husted, who died last year well in his 70's, as secretary. But when that part of the delegation marched up to city hall, like the famed king's horses- they marched down again.

As a matter of fact, not much marching was done in the hall- for it was asserted by the "true Republicans" that when they essayed to enter the portals they found Colonel Scovel and Henry M. Jewett, father of Harry Jewett, a Camden newspaperman of the long ago and for years later Jersey editor of the Inquirer, in command. More, it was charged "people representing the worst elements of society" were on guard and presented a phalanx which even the huskies of the opposing force could not break. Mines was strong-armed by the minions of Scovel and Jewett and there was so much hooting and yelling and cussin' that the "true" part of the outfit walked out, all 29 of them, over to Moss' hall where they proceeded to carryon their convention to their own taste.

And all 29 of these valiant Republicans voted for Eli B. Morgan as their candidate for sheriff. You old timers will be interested in recalling these delegates who refused to kowtow to 'Colonel Jim.' In the Third ward there was James M. Lane, Charles S. Cotting and George Martin, in the Fourth, Husted, the Sixth, C. C. Smith, Thad Varney, Charles A. Sawyer: in the Seventh, Stephen Walters, Charles Lederman, William Simpson; in Gloucester, John W. Wright, David Anderson, Frank Mills, Robert Lafferty, Richard Allen, Jesse Daisey, Samuel Wood; in Haddon, Charles M. Macready, Elwood J. Haines in Delaware, William Brick, William Graff, Isaac Coles; in Merchantville, Matthias Homer, William Naylor, and in Center, James Davis, Garrett Patton and Gilbert Shaw.

Hot Statement

These "true Republicans" in a statement to the party rank and file, under the Algeresque title of "Now or Never," scathingly said: "It becomes the duty of every Republican voter of Camden county, who has the future interest of the party at heart, to administer a severe and lasting rebuke to all candidates who employ the element and encourage the means that were used in controlling the Sheriff's convention at City Hall, Gloucester City. It discounted anything within the memory of the oldest Democrat inhabitant. What with Col. Joseph Nichols urging the crowd to go elsewhere and nominate Gibbs, and the immaculate Billy Warner of the Fifth ward ordering them to burst the door in, coupled with the commanding voice of that great patriot and life-long Republican, James M. Scovel, alias Mountain Partridge, together with the curses and threats from John Furey, Jack Quigley, Pud Young, Bill Derr, "Tar Heel" Jim Hayes, the able city solicitor, and a gang of Philadelphia roughs, a beautiful spectacle was presented."

The "Gibbs" mentioned was Theodore B. Gibbs who long lived in the white mansion on the banks of Clementon lake and whose ancient grist mills ground the grain for farmers from miles around. None in the county was held in higher esteem and in later years most of the valiant 29 were among his closest friends, unnecessary proof the political animosities are, as a rule, not very enduring. Gibbs was nominated by the "regular" Convention which ousted the 29 and a mighty hot shrievalty campaign ended on November 10 with his ejection, in spite of the "now or never" demand of his opponents headed by Eli Morgan.

The latter was a real estate man, son of Randall Morgan, elected sheriff by a whisker over "Ham" Bitten in 1869, and brother of J. Willard Morgan, long a Republican chieftain. It was the elder Morgan who defeated Bitten, a rough and ready character nominated as a joke, by a narrow squeak.

In the shrievalty scrap of 1881, Gibbs received 5381 and Morgan, 1189. Angus Camerson, the Democratic candidate was given 4450 votes. Nor did the "true" nominees for coroner fare any better. Sam Bennett, William Thompson and Alexander Powell being defeated by 'Doc' John D. Leckner, Jacob Justice and William Duble.

But the "true" Republicans licked their wounds and most of them were ready to "yen their heads off" when Colonel Scovel in later campaigns made the welkin ring with his call from the rostrum to wallop the enemy. If you now come across any of the few actors of that period still in the flesh an allusion to that "spectacle" of half century ago will sure bring one big chuckle with the declaration "them was the days."


277 to 341-347
Kaighn Avenue

Northwest Corner

341-347 was at one time
called Furey's Hall

Photo taken July 4, 1984

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341-347
Kaighn Avenue

341-347 was at one time called Furey's Hall. 
From1934 till into the 1990s it was the home of Camden Bar & Restaurant Supplies Inc.

Photo Taken July 1984

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