THE YEAR 1896

SPAN OF A CENTURY
1828-1928

100 YEARS IN THE HISTORY OF CAMDEN AS A CITY

COMPILED FROM NOTES ANDS DATA COLLECTED BY
CHARLES S. BOYER

PRESIDENT CAMDEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PUBLISHED BY
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE
OF CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND NOTES BY PHILLIP COHEN IN 2003

The cornerstone of the Armory on Haddon Avenue was laid by Governor Griggs on September 7, 1896. Its total cost was about $300,000. The contract for his building was awarded to George W. Roydhouse in April of 1896. The inaugural ball was held in the new armory on Friday, February 18, 1898. The ground upon which this building was erected was purchased from the estates of Sarah W. and Elizabeth B. Cooper (Peter L. and Peter V. Voorhees, Trustees) in June of 1894, for about $16,000, and presented to the State.. 

On May 2, 1896, all of the lines owned and leased by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in South Jersey, except the Camden and Amboy, and its branch lines, were merged into the West Jersey & Seashore Railroad Company

The railroad bridge over the Delaware River from Delair to North Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania & New Jersey Bridge and Railroad Company, was completed, and the first regular train run over it in April of 1896. The law for the erection of this bridge was approved by President Grover Cleveland in 1894.

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