George
Hemphill


OFFICER GEORGE T. HEMPHILL, of the Camden Police Department, was serving on the vandalism squad when, on January 27, 1940, he was sent to the Cooper River, just south of the State Street Bridge, where he found that ten-year old Johnny Bernard had fallen throw the thin layer of ice that had been coating the stream.

Officer Hemphill proceeded to hop from ice floe to ice floe himself to get to the boy, who was losing his grip on the chunk of ice that was keeping him afloat. A rescue was made before the boy went under.

George Hemphill had already joined the Camden police department by 1929. By that year he was living with his wife Edna at 707 York Street in North Camden. George and Edna Hemphill had left Camden by the time the 1947 City Directory was compiled.

 

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

RODGERS, EX-BOXER NABBED AGAIN IN RAID
Whisky and 65 Bottles Also Seized by Cops in Segal Street Speakeasy

Modest Moonshinery Found in 'Empty' House

James "Jimmy" Rodgers, 28, former boxer; fell into the hands of police again last night when they raided a speakeasy at 1000 Segal Street, allegedly operated by him.

One gallon of whisky and 65 pint bottles were confiscated by the raiders, who were led by District Detectives Walter Smith, Marshall Thompson and Harry Kyler.

Three others were arrested. One of them, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second street, placed a charge of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers when police unearthed some articles stolen from Greer two months ago.

Others arrested were Thomas Spencer, 33, of the Segal Street address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928 Kimber Street.

Rodgers has fallen afoul of the , law on numerous occasions. He has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness in the "Shooey" Bonner murder two years ago.

He will be given a police court hearing today,

Detectives raided a vacant dwelling at 225 Chestnut Street last night and seized a "moonshine" plant consisting of two stills, 36 barrels of mash and oil and gas stove cookers.

The place had been under observation by Detective Vernon Jones for two weeks.

No one was inside when Jones and Patrolmen George Hemphill and John Houston entered. A 50 gallon still was on the second floor and a 35 gallon still on the first floor.


Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

William Buss
Francis O. Engstrom
Bailey Street
Cedar Street
Gene R. Mariano

 


Camden Courier-Post - January 26, 1940

Camden
Courier-Post

January 26, 1940

Johnny Bernard
in front of a coal stove
532
Byron Street

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