WILLIAM THORN was born in New Jersey on September 19, 1891 to Edward and Lizzie Thorn. His father worked as a bookkeeper. The Thorn family lived at 1106 Locust Street in the late 1880s and early 1890s, but had moved to 1125 Locust Street by the time of the census of 1900. Older siblings, John, Edward, and Mary were also living at this address. By 1910 Edward Thorn had died. Lizzie Thorn and her three sons still lived at 1125 Locust Street. William Thorn was then working as a shipper at the C.B. Coles lumber yard, Front Street and Kaighn Avenue.
William Thorn married Florence Keating around 1913. When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 he was still working at the C.B. Coles business. A daughter, Mary, had been born. The Thorn's lived at 620 South 4th Street at that time. William Thorn was not called up for military service, possibly because he had taken a job at one of Camden's shipyards.
When the census was taken in 1920 the Thorns lived at 571 Line Street, the home of John & Florence Keating. Both John Keating and William Thorn were working in a shipyard as shipfitters at this time, as was John Keating Jr.
During the 1920s William Thorn joined the Camden Police Department. In April of 1930, when the next census was enumerated, William and Florence Thorn were still living at 571 Line Street. Father-in-law John Keating had passed by this time. Also at this address were Mrs. Thorn's mother, brothers John, Edward, and Martin Keating, and sister Mrs. Mary Keating Yeager.
William Thorn was still working for the Camden Police Department in 1947. He was still living at 571 Line Street as late as the fall of 1956. He later moved to 153 Boyd Street. Last a resident of Oaklyn NJ, William Thorn passed away in June of 1967.
Camden Courier-Post - October 30,1931
MAN JAILED AS TIPSY AFTER ZIGZAG DRIVING
Ralph Manna, 24. of 1924 South Eleventh Street, Philadelphia, was sentenced to the county jail for 30 days yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast when Manna, was unable to pay a fine of $220 for drunken driving.
Manna was arrested early today by Patrolman William Thorn, who testified he pursued Manna from Broadway and Federal Street to the Camden bridge plaza after Manna had refused to stop when he sounded his whistle. Manna's car was being driven in a zigzag manner on Broadway, Thorn testified.
Dr. Garnett Summerill pronounced Manna intoxicated. Manna entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.
Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1933
WIFE TIED IN CHAIR, PERILED WITH KNIFE
Charges Husband Trapped on Pretense of Returning Child
Accused by his wife of binding her to a chair and threatening her life with a knife and with gas, Charles Flippen, 26, of 609 Grant street, was held without bail for the grand jury by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday.
Flippen's wife, Lillian, 24, lives at 1626 Wingohocking street, Philadelphia. She said the threats took place Saturday afternoon in the third floor front room of a rooming house in Penn street near Sixth. Patrolmen William Thorn, Walter Patton and Raymond Stark said they found adhesive tape and towel strippings in the room, and took two knives from Flippen.
Mrs. Flippen said her husband went to California last September, leaving her and their four-and-a-half year old daughter at his mother's home in Grant street. She heard nothing from him, she said, and in December she moved with the baby to Philadelphia. Last month, she charged, he returned and kidnapped the child in the street near her home.
On Saturday, she said, she received a telegram from Flippen, telling her he would give her the baby if she would meet him. She met him in Philadelphia and he took her to the Penn street house, where, he said, his brother was to bring the baby.
They went to a room ostensibly to wait for the brother to bring the baby, she said, and he told her he was going to ki11 her and himself.
He bound her arms and legs to a chair with adhesive tape and strips from a towel, she said. Then he waved a knife about her head and turned on the illuminating gas, Mrs. Flippen charged.
She pleaded with him and finally induced him to take her to a restaurant, where she whispered to a waitress to can the police, the wife testified in Police Court. The waitress did so, and the police arrived shortly afterward.
Flippen pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening to kill. He did not testify.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers
today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman
Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William
Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial
secretary and Walter Vecander
is unopposed for the new post of assistant
financial secretary. All these are police officers.
The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.
Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.
Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert
a patrolman attached to the
Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden
Police and Firemen's Association.
praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast
in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed
a three-cornered fight, William
a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73
His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and
Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.
unopposed for office were: William
financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary;
Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield
recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are
After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..
FIRE AT SALOON, OUTRACE POLICE
Occupants of a roadster who are alleged to have fired two shots through a saloon window escaped early today after police fired a dozen shots at the car during a chase of a mile and a half.
Shortly after 1 p. m., Thomas "Bluch" Golding, proprietor of a cafe at 650 Central avenue, notified police of the attack.
Motorcycle Policemen Frank Guetherman and William Thorn saw the car described by Golding, at Ninth and Ferry Avenue. When the officers ordered the car to halt, its lights were extinguished and it sped away.
The car was seen to swerve just before it disappeared and police believe the drivel' may have been struck.
Camden Bridge police were notified to watch for the car, which bore a Camden county license.
Golding is a well known Eighth ward politician. He could give no reason for the attack.
Camden Courier-Post - June 27, 1967
Wm. Thorn, Patrolman, Dies at 75
services for William Thorn, 75, a patrolman retired from the Camden
police force after 29
years service, will be Thursday.
Thorn, who formerly lived at 153 Boyd Street, died Saturday
was a member of the Police Benevolent Association and the East End
Republican League, 12th Ward.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary Capaldi of Woodlynne;
four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. in the David F. Harrigan Funeral Home, 1451 Broadway, where friends may call tomorrow night. Burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.
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