ARTHUR JEFFERSON PODMORE was for many years affiliated with the Camden Pottery Company, which manufactured among other things toilets and sinks at the factory at 1048 Orchard Street in Camden. He was hired in the mid-1900s by Murrell Dobbins, and continued with the firm when it passed to son Munroe Dobbins. By 1905 he was general manager of the factory.
Arthur J. Podmore's son, Harry J. Podmore was a prolific writer, producing fiction, essays, and a number of works relating to the local history of the Trenton NJ area in which he lived. Most notable among his works is the 1927 book, Trenton Old and New. .
ARTHUR JEFFERSON PODMORE comes from a family of potters, whose taking up of the ancient aesthetic trade began many generations ago in England, and he is treasurer of the Camden Pottery Company. Mr. Podmore is a well-known dog fancier of Camden County and finds expression and expansion of his artistic inclinations, born of following the pottery craft, in reading classical and historical literature. Active in civic affairs, he has held two public positions. He is also a bank director.
Arthur Jefferson Podmore was born in Trenton, December 2, 1871, the son of Harry and Lucy Podmore, his father a native of England, who, having served his apprenticeship to a potter in the British Isles, entered the Empire Pottery Company's employ at Trenton, New Jersey, and eventually became general manager.
Arthur Jefferson Podmore was educated in the public schools of Trenton, in the Trenton High School and in business college, wherein he spent three years. At an early age he went to work in his father's plant, the Empire Pottery Company, becoming superintendent of the Crescent Pottery department. When the Empire Pottery Company was absorbed by the Trenton Potteries Company, he remained with the merged firm, being with it eighteen years. In 1905, he became superintendent and general manager of the Camden Pottery Company, eventually rising to treasurer, which post he still holds. He is a director in the Liberty Building and Loan Association and during the war, was solicitor for the Liberty and Victory loan campaigns in his plant.
Mr. Podmore was a freeholder from the thirteenth ward in Camden for three years and he has been a county commissioner [freeholder- PMC] from the same ward for many years. He belongs to the Camden Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Camden Club and the Camden Chamber of Commerce.
He married (first) Mary Quinn, a native of Trenton, in the State capital, in 1890, her death occurring shortly after their marriage; he married (second) Florence Hall, in Camden, September 2, 1904. The second Mrs. Podmore was the daughter of John Hall and Elizabeth Hall, natives of England, who settled first in Trenton and later in Camden. Mr. Podmore has one son by his first wife: Harry Jefferson Podmore, now living in Trenton, a historian, fiction-writer and essayist.
Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931
MORE MEN JOIN LEAGUE TO AID BAIRD
Forty-seven more prominent professional and business men yesterday joined the Baird-for-Governor Business Men's League and pledged themselves to work actively in interest of David Baird Jr., for governor, and add special impetus to his campaign.
The league was organized this week at an enthusiastic meeting of 18 outstanding Baird supporters in professional and business life at the Camden Club, 315 Cooper Street. The league membership is open only to business, professional and industrial leaders who are not holding public office and who are not politicians.
The latest enrollments among community leaders pledging themselves to devote themselves to the Baird cause are the following:
F. Morse Archer, president of the First Camden National Bank; Clinton. L. Bardo, president of the New York Shipbuilding Company and of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association; George C. Baker, of the BakerFlick Company; Watson Shallcross, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; Howard J. Dudley, Broadway merchant; Thomas E. French, prominent attorney; J. David Stern, publisher of the Courier-Post newspapers and of the Philadelphia Record; Wellington K. Barto, of the West Jersey Trust Company; Dr. Joseph Roberts, Cooper Hospital; William Clement, of the Clement Coverall Paint Company; Robert Wright, of the Haddonfield National Bank; Arthur J. Podmore, of the Camden Pottery Company; Nathan Leopold, Haddonfield druggist; Dr. J. Edgar Howard, of Haddonfield.
Dr. Alfred N. Elwell, of this city; Edward Preisendanz, Clarence Peters, N. Franks, of. Franks & Sweeney; U. G. Peters, Ralph D. Baker, prominent real estate man; Archibald Dingo, George Bachman, Sr., and George Bachman, Jr., Dr. O. W. Saunders, Henry Cooperson, Leon Cooperson, Herman Z. Cutler. Charles Bauman, Harry Rose, George Austermuhl, Walter Gulick, Albert Voeglin, Howard Fearn, John A. Schlorer, Ernest L. Bartelt.
William S. Casselman, George M. Carr, J. Price Myers, Carl R. Evered, former president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Francis B. Wallen, former president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; William H. Alff, Edmund J. Alff, Harry Pelouze, Walter Campbell, Dr. Thomas R. Bunting, Joseph F. Kobus and Henry E. Kobus.
Enrollments, it was announced, may be made through the following committee of the league:
Ludwig A. Kind, Thomas Gordon Coulter, Charles H. Laird, Walter J. Staats, Frank C. Middleton, Jr., Frank J. Hineline, William T. Read, Charles S. Boyer, W. W. Robinson, George R. Pelouze, Paul A. Kind, Dr. Paul A. Mecray, Jerome Hurley, Harry A. Moran, James V. Moran, William J. Strandwitz, former Judge Lewis Starr and Frank C. Norcross.
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