W. Sutton was working as an moulder and living at 926 Howard
Street in North Camden when he was appointed as tillerman with the Hook
& Ladder Company on April 8, 1876, replacing Edward
J. Dodamead. John W. Sutton served for one year, leaving when Dodamead
was recalled to the Fire Department.
1878-1879 City Directory shows John W. Sutton, working as a laborer at
Street. By 1880 he had married, and was living with his wife Eunice
at 416 South
2nd Street and working as an engineer. He was reappointed to the
Fire Department in April of 1882 and served in the same capacity as
before for two years. The 1884-1885 Camden City Directory shows him at
610 South 2nd
Stree, working as a boxmaker. He was still at that address the
following year, then working as an engineer for Samuel P. Wright &
the 1887-1889 City Directory was compiled John W. Sutton was living at
and running a saloon and South
2nd Stree and Line
Streets. By mid-1891 he had relocated to 451 South
3rd Street where he remained in business through 1898. During the
years at 451 South
3rd Street, John Sutton's brother James
Sutton worked for him as a bartender.
W. Sutton is not listed in the 1899 Camden City Directory.
some time during the 1880s or 1890s John W. Sutton's marriage ended.
Census records indicate that he remarried in 1898. The 1900 Census shows
him living with his wife Stella, 26, and four-month old daughter Cecelia
at 604 Federal
Street, and that he was back in business as a saloonkeeper. The 1906
City Directory has the Suttons at 602 Federal
Street. Sadly, young Cecelia did not live out the decade, however, a
son, John W. Sutton Jr., was born around 1902.
1910 John W. Sutton had acquired the bar at 28 Haddon
Avenue. Possibly because he finally acquired ownership of real
estate, he also reverted to his birthname of John Suthel on some
documents. Known in later years as the Century
Bar, John and Stella Suthel operated it through 1931, when H.
Roy Steele took over management. The Suttons continued to live on
premises. John W. Sutton, also known as John W. Suthel, died on January
30, 1936. He was buried at Harleigh Cemetery.