Josiah
Matlack


 

JOSIAH MATLACK was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1830. His family moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey when he was two. He came to Camden in his teens. After an accident made carpentry work impossible, he went into business and did well. A nomination to Camden's school board in 1871, and although did not win, was elected to City Council the following year. The 1867 City Directory shows Bowman Matlack at 931 South 5th Street. He was still at that address as late as 1894.

Josiah Matlack was appointed Chief of Police in 1880 by Mayor Claudius Bradshaw, replacing Charles F. Daubman. Josiah Matlack served in that position for six years. He was succeeded by Harry H. Franks, who was appointed by Jesse Pratt after Pratt's victory in the 1886 mayoral election.

Josiah Matlack died at the home of city council president Charles H. Ellis on August 23, 1896. He was interred at Harleigh Cemetery on August 25, 1896

Camden County Courier - November 13, 1880
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Philadelphia Inquirer - December 21, 1882

Josiah Matlack - John W. Streeper
E.A. Stevens School - Horace Hammell - Sadie Hammell
Henry Hakeman - York Street - William Sheldon - William H. Shearman
Third Street Methodist Episcopal Church - Rev. Dr. J.B. Graw 

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 1884

Charles Peterson
John Streeper
Sylvester Kelly
John W. Baynard
George M. Johnson
Joint Alley
Claudius Bradshaw
South 4th Street
Josiah Matlack

Camden Daily Courier
January 4, 1886

William "Policy Bill" Smith
Harriet Smith

Claudius Bradshaw
South 8th Street
Josiah Matlack

 

 


Camden Daily Courier
January 5, 1886

William "Policy Bill" Smith
Harriet Smith

Claudius Bradshaw
South 8th Street
Josiah Matlack
Oscar Stein

 

 

Camden Post
January 5, 1886

William "Policy Bill" Smith
Harriet Smith

Claudius Bradshaw

South 8th Street

Josiah Matlack
Abraham Bradshaw
Oscar Stein


Camden Daily Courier
January 7, 1886

William "Policy Bill" Smith
Harriet Smith
South 8th Street
Abraham Bradshaw
Josiah Matlack


Camden Daily Courier * April 1, 1886

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Harry H. Franks - Jesse Pratt - Josiah Matlack - John Jacobs - Albert Summers - Simpson Long
Samuel Lee - Charles Peterson - Charles O. Pedrick - Bowman Matlack - Christian Tenner
John Fox - John Dall - Harry Griffin - Charles H. Peters

Camden Post
August 24, 1896

Josiah Matlack
Charles H. Ellis
Lodge 155, Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Ionic Lodge No. 94, F. & A.M.
Improved Order of Red Men
Masonic Temple Association
First Methodist Episcopal Church
Claudius Bradshaw
Jesse Pratt
Levi Newton

 


Camden Post
August 25, 1896

Josiah Matlack
Charles H. Ellis
South 5th Street

 


Camden Daily Courier
August 25, 1896

Josiah Matlack
Charles H. Ellis
South 5th Street
Union Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. J.S. Heisler

 

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