JOHN C. HARPER was the son of John Harper, an Irish immigrant who was born born September 15, 1799 in Ballymeena, and Nancy French, born in Ireland in 1811.

John C. Harper was the oldest child, born in Pittsburgh PA on February 10, 1833. He was followed by brothers William and Samuel and sisters Nancy and Margaret, two other sisters died as infants. His father passed in April of 1846, his mother however lived to be 90, passing in Pittsburgh in 1901. 

After attending public schools in Pittsburgh John C. Harper entered Washington and Jefferson College. By 1854 he was working as a reporter. In 1864 he co-founded the Sunday Leader which evolved into the Pittsburgh Leader. He stayed in Pittsburgh until 1877, when the ill-health of his wife gave him cause to move to Philadelphia. In 1884 he came to Camden to assume the position of editor of the Daily Courier, a position he held until his death on May 9, 1918. He was survived by his wife Caroline, daughter Mrs. Annie Bingham, son William, and his younger sister Margaret.

A keen judge of talent, John C, Harper hired S. Conrad Ott as a reporter for the Daily Courier in 1889. By 1891, Ott, not yet 24 years old, was promoted to City Editor, a post he held until leaving journalism to practice law full-time in September of 1902.

John C. Harper's brother William Harper was also a career journalist. William was working in California during the Civil War and worked for the San Francisco Call up until his death in 1882. Brother Samuel served in the Union Army before returning to Pittsburgh, where he passed in 1889. 

Camden Daily Courier * May 10, 1918

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Camden Daily Courier * May 10, 1918

David Baird Sr. - George A. Frey - S. Conrad Ott - Frank F. Patterson Jr.
Louis T. Derousse - Harry M. Knight - Walter L. Tushingham

Camden Daily Courier * May 13, 1918

Charles J. Haags - Louis Gates