JOHN T. RODAN was born in Tuckahoe NJ on May 11, 1863. He had moved to Camden by 1890, when he turns up in the 1890-1891 City Directory, living at 325 Line Street, working as a stock fitter. He worked at the Camden City Water Works until 1902, when he took a job as superintendent with the Stockton Water Works, remaining with that firm until 1906 when it was taken over by the New Jersey Water Company, known today as the New Jersey American Water Company. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1932.
Active in Republican publics, he was elected as a County freeholder from Camden's 3rd Ward, and served in that capacity for 14 years. He had also served on Camden's City Council prior to the change in City Charter that brought in the City Commission. At the time of the 1920 Census he lived along with wife Florence and son Rodman, at 607 South 4th Street, After moving to East Camden he became active in politics there, and was one of the organizers of the East End Republican League. He served as president of that organization for a time. In 1925 he became president of the East Camden Building and Loan Association, and held that position until 1946. His last home in East Camden was 61 South 27th Street. Socially, John T. Rodan was active in the Masons, Elks, Moose, and Red Men in Camden.
John T. Rodan died at the age of 87 on May 31, 1950, at Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ. He is buried at Harleigh cemetery in Camden.
Philadelphia Inquirer - May 27, 1898
James - Albert Stein - John Sinclair - William Selby - Caleb Williams -
Jacob Hicks - Frederick Laird - Isaac Lovett - Albert Keyser - Robert F. Miller - John Wagner
Isaac Brown - Thomas Moore - William Harrison - Albert Batten - Martin McNeil - John Wallace
Henry Taliefarro - Joseph Cline - Horace Huelings - George Riley - Owen Macey - Lee S. Mills
Albert Primrose - George Davis - Joseph Wagner - Henry Schafer - Henry Hertline
Joseph Wilgus - John T. Rodan - James Melon - John K. Esler Jr. - Harry C. Kramer - William L. Hurley
|Camden Daily Courier * January 26, 1903|
V. Tucker - Charles V.D. Joline - Harry Shuster - Odd Fellows - Emmanuel
Robert F. Miller - Albert Keaser - George V. Murry - F. Morse Archer - John Wagner - Harry Miller
Edward Hartman - John T. Rodan - William Laws - Spencer Moore - Howard Roberts
Assemblyman John S. Roberts - Ike Toy - Daniel Ayres - Albert S. Shaw - William D. Hart
Mrs. Abbie L. Widener - Thomas J. Cheeseman Sr. - Charles Wagner
|Philadelphia Inquirer - September 7, 1911|
Dease - John
A. Mather - Melbourne
F. Middleton Jr. - William
D. Brown - Arthur
Colsey William F. Kelly
- R.J. Garrison - James
E. Hewitt - Lawrence
Reader - Dr.
Grant E. Kirk
George Kleinheinz - James F. Walton - David A. Henderson - John T. Rodan - Charles Laib
Camden Post-Telegram * January 19, 1915
Ward Republican Club - Turn Verein Hall - J. Edward Way -
William H. Hall - John T. Rodan - Rushton's Orchestra - Harry Hertline - Walter J. Stanton - Jesse Hillman
Lemuel Toy - Jesse Smith - Morris Steelman - William Elberson - Samuel S. Bacon - Albert Keaser
Harry Miller - Frank Smith - John S. Roberts - George Murry - Harry Selby - Harry C. Sharp
Robert Schroeder - James Vickers - Elwyn D. Steen - William Horay - Clarence H. Thorn - Wright Cox
Frank S. Fithian - George F. Hammond - Albert J. Meyer - Harry Stowe - Wesley J. Stanton
Thomas Dickinson - Edwin Fields - William H. Dill - Frank S. Ireton - Gustav Jans
Charles H. Errickson - Henry Gerke - James MacDemott - George Schu - William M. Fithian
Julius R. Schaaf - James Monahan - Thomas Madden - George Cox - Robert J. Garrison
Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931
Three-cornered battles in Clementon and Delaware township will mark freeholder contests at the November 3 election. Ballots will be casts for an entire new board of freeholders, with 38 to be elected.
Boroughs to have freeholders representation for the first time as a result of recent legislation are Clementon, Lindenwold, Oaklyn, Woodlynne, Mt. Ephraim and Runnemede.
Rivals in the three-cornered fight in Clementon are Theodore W. Gibbs, Republican Organization nominee; Frank C. Somers, running as a Republican Independent, and Herbert P. McAdams, the Democratic nominee.
The triangular race in Delaware township finds Frank N. Walton, Republican Organization; J. Watson Matlack, Republican Independent, and Augustus A. Cornet, Democrat, as the contestants.
Nine members of the present board of freeholders will not be on the ballot for re-election. All are Republicans. They are Benjamin W. Sykes, Eighth Ward; Joseph Tarpine, First Ward, Gloucester; Philip Stohlbergel, Audubon; Joseph H. Van Meter, Collingswood; William J. Dallas, Haddon Heights; James W. Davis, Clementon; Charles C. Durges, Haddon township; Theodore Schleinkofer, Waterford township, and William A. Robinson, Winslow ..
Joseph Bennie, Third Ward, Camden, is the only Democratic member on the present board. He is seeking a re-election and is opposed by Daniel Auletto, Republican nominee.
Candidates listed on the ballots in the various wards and municipalities follow:
First Ward-Samuel D. Payne, R.; Thomas J. Kittel, D.
Second-William H. Heiser, R.; William Kunitz, D.
Third-Daniel Auletto, R.; Joseph Bennie, D.
L. Roberts, R.; Nicholas A. La Marra, D.
Fifth-C. Leonard Brehm, R.; Leon Perozzi. D.
Sixth-Harry J. Burrichter, R.; A. W. Lazro, D.
Mary D. Guthridge, R.; Theodore Buczkowski, D.
Sekula, R.; George S. W. Spaide.
B. Bodine, R.; S. V. Waddy, D.
J. Edwards, R.; Edward J. Fox, Sr., D.
- Howard Firth,
R.; Charles T. Johnston, D.
T. Rodan, R.; Wilbert H. Joslin, D.
P. Cotter, R.; Frank E. Zimmerman, D.
Fourteenth-Charles H. Genther, R.; George E. Brunner, D.
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
Pleas for Reopening of Vocational School
publish this letter I sent to Mr. John
T. Rodan, freeholder, 61 South
- You have heard from many different sources about the
matter on which I am writing to you, perhaps from both
points of view. It is concerned with the closing of the Camden
County Vocational School.
the fall of 1932 I was a student at Camden
High School. I always had the intention of finishing
high school and then attending some technical college. My
plans were shattered when I found that I could not afford
to attend college. Not then wishing to finish out high
school, I did the only thing that was open to me so that I
could get training in the line I had chosen. I enrolled in
County Vocational School as an electrical student.
it seems that I am going to be deprived of that
am not only thinking of myself, but I am thinking of the
several hundred other boys who would not go back to other
schools if the vocational school closes. Where would they
go'? They will join the already large army of young
will try to find jobs. When they fail to find work, time
will be a burden to them. No doubt many of the weaker of
their number will fall by the wayside and be a burden to
younger boys who will go back to the already overcrowded
junior schools and high schools will lose the years they
put in here, and will not have anything to show for it,
when they are not able to finish their respective courses.
They can never make up the years they lost in the other
schools and therefore, they will be quite old when they
graduate from the other schools.
angle to look at in closing the vocational school is the building
and the teachers. If the schools should close it would
approximately 35 teachers, not to mention the office staff
and janitors, would be thrown out of work.
times so good that even these well-trained men and women
can get another job the next day? And the building, no
matter how many janitors are here to take care of it, will
depreciate in value in some way. It is bound to. When it
should open again, after remaining idle for several years,
I think it would cost almost as much for repairs as it
would take to keep the school open now.
A STUDENT .
47 to 61 South 27th Street, as seen from 2 North 27th Street,
where Baird Boulevard and South 27th Street meet at Federal Street
John Rodan lived twelve houses from the corner
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