John
H.
Vickers


 

JOHN H. VICKERS born in September of 1863 in Pennsylvania to Henry W. and Sophia Vickers. His father was a printer, and John Vickers worked at this trade for several years prior to joining the Camden Fire Department. The Vickers family, which included a brother, Abram Vickers, was living in Egg Harbor Township in Atlantic County, New Jersey when the census was taken in 1880. John H. Vickers married Anna M. Jeffries in 1884. They were still living in Atlantic County when son Arthur Templeton Vickers was born in January of 1885. 

By the time daughter Mary was born in November of 1890, the Vickers had moved to Camden County, settling at 18 Cleveland Avenue (most likely 2718 Cleveland Avenue after 1899) in what was then the town of Stockton. Stockton was united with Camden in 1899. John H. Vickers first appears in Camden's City Directories in the 1890-1891 edition. He had gone into partnership with Andrew H. Strang and William T. Royda in a building and carpentry business, known as Strang, Vickers, and Royda. The partnership had broken up by the fall of 1890. John H. Vickers continued in that business into 1893. By the spring of 1893 the Vickers family had moved from Cleveland Avenue to 19 North 22nd Street in East Camden.

The 1894-1895 City Directory shows that John Vickers parents, Henry and Sophia, and brother Abram had come to Stockton. The entire Vickers clan lived at 41 Marlton Avenue, where Henry Vickers had a printing business. By 1896 the Vickers had moved to 16 North 21st Street, and the three adult males, Henry W. Vickers and sons John H. and Abram Vickers had gone to work for the Philadelphia Public Ledger newspaper. 

When the 1900 Census was enumerated, the Vickers family still resided at 16 North 21st Street in East Camden. John H. Vickers' occupation is listed in the census sheet as "Steryotyper". By this time John H. and Anna Vickers had been blessed with five children, all of whom were living. At home were Arthur, Mary, Irene, Henry A., and Joseph H. Vickers. Another daughter, Ruth, was born in the early 1900s. 

John H. Vickers was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 4, 1904. In December of 1908 Edward Weston and brother firefighter John Vickers were badly injured when their apparatus collided with a trolley car at 26th and Federal Streets. 

By 1906 John H. Vickers and family were living at 15 North 21st Street. They were still at that address in 1910 when the Census was taken. Sadly, as was all too common in those times, by the time the Census was taken sons Henry and Joseph had died. Arthur Vickers, still unmarried, had studied dentistry and was preparing to go into practice. By the 1914 he had set up an office in the Courthouse Square building in downtown Camden.

In October of 1912 John H. Vickers' tip to the Camden police resulted in the arrest of Harry Duffield, wanted for the robbery and murder of Karl Kellman at North 27th Street and Sherman Avenue.

The 1914 City Directory shows the Vickers family had moved to 24 North 30th Street. They had moved to 10 North 30th Street by the summer of 1918, and by January of 1920 John H. Vickers and family had moved to 202 North 27th Street. All four children were still living at home at the time.

John H. Vickers was promoted to Captain in 1924, serving with Engine Company 9 at the East Camden fire house at North 27th Street between Westfield Avenue and Federal Street, a short walk from his home. He was still serving with the Camden Fire Department when the 1927 City Directory was compiled. By the time the 1929 edition was being worked on, John H. Vickers had retired. The Census enumerated in April of 1930 shows John H. Vickers and his wife Anna were still living at 202 North 27th Street, with son Arthur, who had never married, and their divorced daughter, Irene Matlack. John H. Vickers died May 28, 1939 at the age of 75. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

John H. Vickers had been a member of Grace Baptist Church at North 27th and Cramer Streets in East Camden, a stone's throw from his home at 202 North 27th Street.


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 1904
Martin Carrigan
Rollo Jones
Charles Cook
James White
Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley
Joseph Daly
Joseph Ernst
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse
Harry C. Anderson
William Miller
Engine Company 5

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 1905

Charles Cook
James White
Harry C. Anderson

Edward Finley
Martin Carrigan
James WIllis
Harry Green
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
William Miller
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 12, 1908

Edward Weston 
John Vickers
Thomas Love
East State Street
Federal Street
North 24th Street
North 26th Street


Philadelphia Inquirer - January 6, 1910

John H. Vickers - William O. Sawyer - Newton Ash  
Scott Franklin -
Andrew Miller - William Miller
Samuel Lodge - William Rose - William Elberson


Camden Post-Telegram * October 14, 1912
BOY'S BRUTAL MURDERER COLLAPSES AT HEARING


...continued...
O. Glenn Stackhouse -
John Painter - Frank B. Frost
 
Jeff Kay - William T. Boyle
...continued...
Elisha Gravenor - Grace Presbyterian Church - Bertha Skillen Bessie Skillen - Albert Ludlow - Joseph Wittick
North 21st Street - North 27th Street - North 30th Street - North 34th Street - Sherman Avenue - High Street - Federal Street 
...continued...
Thomas Sink - Abraham L. James - William Schregler
Henry C. Moffett - John Brothers - William C. Horner
Arthur Colsey - Anson Kelly - Robert T. Abbott
John H. Vickers - Frederick A. Finkeldey - "Indian Bill" May
Eugene McCafferty
...continued...
...continued...
Dr. E.A.Y. Schellenger Sr. - John T. Potter
Elbridge B. McClong
Dr. Jones - John T. Cleary - Charles A. Wolverton
Thomas Gallagher's Saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 5, 1912

John H. Vickers - Henry W. Vickers - Sophia H. Vickers - North 30th Street  


Hook & Ladder Company 3, Hose & Chemical Company 1 & Engine Company 9 - 1924

Hook & Ladder Company 3: Captain Joseph B. Ayres, FF Dave Humphries, Al Dukes, John Mulligan, Bill Mountney, Bill Hopkins. Hose & Chemical Company 1: Captain Charles H. Robinson, FF William E "Pud" Jaeckel, George Townsend, Ken Naylor, Howard Gick. Engine Company 9: Captain John H. Vickers, FF Irv Lederman, Newton Ash, Joe Gentlesk, Al Palmer



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