William
H.
Miller


 

WILLIAM H. MILLER was born in New Jersey in February of 1871. He married around 1891. The 1893-1894 City Directory has William H. Miller at 424 Jasper Street in Camden's Eighth Ward. The 1896 and the 1898 City Directory shows him at 648 Ferry Avenue, and the 1899 Directory has him at 1718 Broadway. When the census was taken in 1900, William and Laura Miller lived at 1718 Broadway. During these years he was employed as a wool sorter at the Howland Croft Mill. At the time of the 1900 Census the Millers had three children at home, Louise, 8; William G., 6; and Albert H., 2.

William Miller was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 4, 1904. It is likely, given his address, that he was stationed with Engine Company 3, a short walk away at 1815 Broadway. When the 1906 City Directory was compiled William Miller, wife Laura and sons William and Albert were living at 1722 Fillmore Street. They were still at this address as late as 1914.

The 1918 Census shows that William Miller and wife Laura had moved to 1718 Fillmore Street. They were still at that address in 1927. The 1927 City Directory states that William Miller had been promoted to Captain and was stationed at Engine Company 10. By 1929 he and wife Laura had moved to 2831 North Constitution Road in the then-new Yorkship Square section of Camden, a short walk away from Fire Department Captain and future Chief of Department Walter Mertz, who lived at 3016 North Constitution Road. 

William Miller retired on pension from the Camden Fire Department in the early 1930s. He and wife Laura were still living at the North Constitution Road Address as late as 1946. He passed away on April 19, 1948 and was buried at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. His wife joined him in 1958.

Camden Evening Courier
December 3, 1904

Dr. Frank Neall Robinson - Linden Street
Rollo Jones - Charles Cook
James White - Harry C. Anderson
Ephraim Davis - Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley - Martin Carrigan
Joseph T. Daley - Joseph Ernst
William K. Buzine
"William Munson" aka
Seth Monell
Charles Sturgis - Samuel W. Whitzell
J. Oscar Till Jr. -
William Miller
John H. Vickers - Fred Morse



Camden Post-Telegram
December 3, 1904

John Ware - Samuel Peoples
Rollo Jones - Charles Cook
James White - Harry C. Anderson
Ephraim Davis - Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley - Martin Carrigan
Joseph T. Daley - Joseph Ernst
William K. Buzine -
Seth Monell
Charles Sturgis - Samuel W. Whitzell
J. Oscar Till Jr. -
William Miller
John H. Vickers - Fred Morse
Dr. Wlliam H. Iszard
William Hertline
Samuel S. Elfreth

 




Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 1904
Martin Carrigan
Rollo Jones
Charles Cook
James White
Samuel Sheer
Edward Finley
Joseph T. Daley
Joseph Ernst
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse
Harry C. Anderson
William Miller
Engine Company 5

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 1905

Charles Cook
James White
Harry C. Anderson

Edward Finley
Martin Carrigan
James Willis
Harry Green
Seth D. Monnell
William K. Buzine
Charles Sturgis
William Miller
Samuel T. Whitezell
Ephraim T. Davis
J. Oscar Till Jr.
John H. Vickers
Frederick Morse


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 4, 1907

Lewis Buzine - Wright Cox - Seth D. Monnell - William Miller  - William Rose William Elberson


Philadelphia Inquirer - January 6, 1910

John H. Vickers - William O. Sawyer - Newton Ash
Scott Franklin -
Andrew Miller - William Miller
Samuel Lodge - William Rose - William Elberson


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 26, 1912

 Volney G. Bennet's Lumber Yard- William Miller

Camden Daily Courier
May 21, 1920

Engine Company 10
Ladder Company 4
James White
Horace Cairns
Mortica Clark
John Vickers
Charles Watkin
Herman O. Kreher
John A.S. Hunt
George Hunt
James McDermott
William Miller
Harry Selby

Joseph T. Daley
Roy A. Smith
Seth Monell
William Madison

 

Camden Post-Telegram * August 9, 1921

Mortica Clark - William Miller - Charles Gall - Howard Walker
Harry Hallowell - Hugh Rementer - Thomas Clark - James Durkin
Al Haley - Adolph Gall -
George C. Wade - Engine Company 10

Camden Courier-Post - December 31, 1932
Charles T. Humes - Albert York - David Hunt - Clarence Thorn - James R. White  
Harry Haines
- William H. Miller Jr. - Charles H. Ellis - William G. Schregler
Charles Powell - "Honest John" Brunen - Wilson Ashbridge
James Navin - George W. Hollins - Richard S. Marter - Steward Bakley
Arthur Wingate - Joseph Earnest - Samuel Harring - Daniel Grimes - Andrew Miller
...continued...
 
 
 







 

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Old Centreville Families 
Dr. Donges, Mills, Schepperkittes, Covely and Other Men Wrought Through Years to Bring Needed Improvements to District

By BEN COURTER

WHEN a larger community annexes an adjoining district the newer area is generally regarded, for a time at least, as a step-child. Older residents of East Camden will bear out that truism when they recall how difficult it was to obtain improvements. Years before, Newton Township which became part of Camden, had had the same experience. Under such circumstances, it requires tireless energy on the part of leading men to get what their district needs. Demands often go unheeded unless the community is fortunate in having those of spirit who insist on street improvements, water extension, lighting facilities and schools. That was more in evidence half a century ago than now, of course, for Camden itself was little more than a large village. 

Down in Centreville there were men who looked after the interests of their constituents, who slowly but surely obtained, improvements and who insisted on being recognized by the powers that be. No one may think of old Centreville without thought of Dr. John W. Donges, whose value to not only that section but Camden at large, has been expatiated upon in these annals. He was not only a leading physician, with a practice extending into Camden, but a leader in many civic movements, and any article on that era would be incomplete without allusion again to the doctor whose services as a real family physician are part of the traditions of many old families. 

Came Here In 1872 

He came here in 1872 from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, when his health was affected by overwork through loyalty to his patients. He bought the drugstore at Ferry Avenue and Broadway, remaining there for many years. It was there Supreme Court Justice Ralph W. E. Donges spent his boyhood. 

There, too, Dr. Clarence B. Donges and Attorney Raymond Donges were boys. Grant E. Kirk, clerk in his store, later becoming a physician and for several years a member of council and at one time being prominently boomed for mayor, married their sister. Dr. Donges was elected to council in 1878 on the Democratic ticket, itself an evidence of the high regard in which he was held, for the Eighth Ward generally was rock­ribbed Republican. Until the early part of this century he resided in his old place, but later went to Broadway and Clinton Streets. In later years, after he had retired, he was city assessor, "just to keep busy." He died a few years ago, well in his 80s, mourned by a great host of Camdenites.

There was another widely known Centreville family of the old days, that of Samuel Mills, who had his own abattoir at Broadway and Jackson Street, where city-dressed meats were provided before the days of car refrigeration brought supplies from the great packing places in Chicago. His son, Charlie, was long a member of the Board of Education, while another, William, was a city councilman. Edward Milis, another son, was excise commissioner 35 years ago in the days when there was plenty of trouble with Sunday sellers. 

Cornelius Schepperkotter was a factor in politics down that way, too, having a grocery store on Ferry Avenue at Ninth, later moving to the southwest corner when the Charles Sumner School was built. That school was torn down two years ago for the recreation center. Schepperkotter was a member of the old Board of Public Instruction in the late 90's, named by Mayor Cooper B. Hatch. In later years and until his death, he was superintendent of Evergreen Cemetery. He was father of Mrs. Frank S. Albright, wife of City Clerk Albright

Frank Covely 

Shortly after the New York shipyard was opened, there moved to the "Hill" Frank D. L. Covely, who became a joiner and for years was foreman of the joiner shop. He was widely known as a secret society man and also as an effective campaign speaker for the G. O. P. He was a member of the Board of Education. 

He sought to go to council, but that was at the time Kirk was a power in the ward. Covely laughingly used to tell of a meeting all set for him from which all save the colored folk were drawn away through strategy of his party opponents. But for ten years he was a member of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. 

That movement owed much to his work. Nor did he forget his colored friends, for he had a playground established for them at Ferry Avenue and Phillips Street and the large one [Staley Park- PMC] at Seventh and Jefferson streets. Long afterward that was named for another city official, but Covely's friends said it should have been for him, as a monument to his services for the boys and girls of Centreville. He died a few years ago at Bellmawr in his 70s, after a hectic experience as a chicken raiser at Port Norris. 

There, too, was William Dorrell, superjntendent of the old "Narrow Guage" who was one of the leading spirits in the paving of Broadway, nearly 60 years ago the big issue of that section. He lived in a house along the railroad still standing, as the hospital and dispensary of the shipyard. 

Mention has been made of the Ferrises, the Helmbolds, the Yeagers, of Squire James D. Chester and Squire F. Joseph Rouh. There was also William O. Thompson, the leading contractor down that way for many years and Theodore Tiedeken, who established the wagon works on Van Hook Street, Martin Ewe, who had the hotel at Broadway and Emerald, and down the street a bit James Croker, who operated Tammany Hall. Forty years ago there was one of the best young athletes of the city, Thomas Nicholas, now retired Camden fire chief. He was down in old No. 3 with Bill Rose, long a fire captain, Bill Miller, Al James, Sam Lodge, Gus Dold and Jim Ware.

Many of these old timers have passed on, but others are still in the flesh but scattered to all parts of the city but it may be said the survivors look back on the days that were down there in Centreville with an interest that does not dim with the passing years.


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