SAMUEL E. JOHNSON was born in 1879 in Pennsylvania. He began service with the Camden Police Department on April 19, 1910, and served 40 years before applying for his pension in July of 1950. He retired the following month.
Samuel Johnson served as an Officer until 1920, when he was promoted to detective. At the time of the 1920 census, he was living at 526 North Front Street with wife Fredericka (Freda), daughter Mildred, 17, and mother-in-law Clara Staron. The Johnsons were still at that address in April of 1930, when the census was retaken. Samuel Johnson was elevated to sergeant in 1928, and lieutenant, in 1930. In 1942 he was raised to Captain by the Public Safety Director Mary Walsh Kobus. Captain Johnson was named acting police chief from December of 1947, replacing George E. Frost. Samuel Johnson served as acting chief for two years, when he was relieved by Gustav Koerner in December of 1949.
By 1947 Samuel and Freda Johnson had moved to 211 Elm Street. He applied for his pension in July of 1950, a mandatory retirement at 65 law having been passed covering police and firemen. His last day on the police force was August 31, 1950, when he retired along with Captain John T. Garrity, Detective Frank Crawford, and Patrolman Harry Stahl.
Samuel E. Johnson died at his home at 211 Elm Street, Camden on March 14, 1962 and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery on March 17. He was survived by three sisters and two grandchildren.
|Philadelphia Inquirer * October 22, 1915|
|William Schregler - Samuel Johnson - North 3rd Street - Penn Street|
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JANUARY 20, 1928|
When Joseph Verneeren returned to his home at 221 Elm Street last night, he discovered thieves had taken jewelry and money.
A diamond ring and a $300, a wrist-watch worth $35 and $7 in money had been taken, Verneeren told the detective bureau.
City Detective Samuel Johnson
found that entrance had been gained
by jimmying a side window. Johnson said he believed
the robbery was the
work of the same gang who had been pulling off petty thefts in the
neighborhood for the past few weeks
|Camden Courier-Post - February 13, 1928|
FRAMEUP BY 'REAL PHANTOM'
Police Letter Written by His Enemy, Downtown Youth Insists
NEW SHOTS HIT AUTO AND FIRE ALARM BOX
Courier Reporter Locates Most Sought By Police At Jasper Street Home
|John Golden - Samuel Johnson - Kaighn Avenue|
|Camden Evening Courier - September 18, 1928|
David Hunt - Thomas Cheeseman - Walter Smith - Rox Saponare
|Camden Courier-Post * April 9, 1930|
|Camden Courier-Post - November 29, 1930|
Austin - John Cullen - John Drexel - Gordon Feltz
Samuel Johnson* - Russell Kaighn - Dr. Charles Ley - Irma Marconi
Sylvester McGrath - Alfred Shires - Walter Smith - Nathan Wine
Earl Wright - John Yovankin - North 3rd Street - North 8th Street
Broadway - Friends Avenue - Lansdowne Avenue - Louis Street
Penn Street - South Common Road
* Samuel Johnson was erroneously named "Thompson" in the above article
|CAMDEN COIROER-POST * - June 2, 1933|
FAULTY ALARM CAUSES BANK ROBBERY SCARE
2.28 p. m., the alarm connecting the bank, at Broadway
with police headquarters, sounded, Lieutenant Samuel Johnson
communicated with, every patrolmen and motorcycle policeman
available in the business section.
descended upon the bank, but found a prevailing calm. No one, either in
the bank or outside, knew what was wrong. There had been no holdup and
no one had touched off the alarm.
Bank officials said they had been having some trouble with the alarm system, and they laid the false warning to a crossed wire.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - AUGUST 3, 1935|
FORCE POLITICS BANNED COMMISSIONER KOBUS DECLARES
“I want 100% efficient police department and not a political machine.”
Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, new director of public safety, made that declaration yesterday afternoon at a joint police-press conference in her office at city hall before she was served with a writ restraining her from taking that office.
Commissioner Kobus was the kindly mother talking to her “boys” for the most of the conference- but at times she became the stern parent- with the birchrod in the cupboard- as she instructed the police heads to “divorce themselves from politics.”
“For many years I have nursed in my heart a desire to see Camden with a 100% efficient police department”, the commissioner said. “Now that time is at hand.”
“I have known all of you men for many years,” she told the assembled commanders, “and I don’t care what your respective political affiliations might be. You have a right to you opinions, but I want the police department to divorce itself from politics.
. “You must know what is going on in your
city and you must let me know. I must have 100 percent cooperation if I
am to succeed in this new undertaking.
“If you have any complaints, don’t go around and growl, undermining the department. Lay your cards on the table, I guarantee you a fair deal.
“Chief Colsey is head of the police department and not in name only. You others in the rank you occupy are also commanders in fact and not in name. It is up to you.”
The commissioner urged a closer co-operation between police and the press and concluded by saying she wanted her “family” to be honest-to-goodness policemen “because there is no room in the department for those who are not.”
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - AUGUST 31, 1935|
|JOHNSON GETS WARD'S JOB AS
KOBUS ORDERS COP SHAKEUP
SHAW MADE ASSISTANT IN PLACE OF KOERNER
Detective Louis Shaw was made assistant to Johnson, replacing Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner. Koerner was transferred to the Second District, for radio car and street duty. The new order became effective at 4:00 PM yesterday
no other changes were made public, it is believed yesterday’s are a
forerunner of numerous shifts to be made today or early next week.’
“These changes are being made for the good of the service,” Commissioner Kobus declared. “There will be other transfers of officers and men so that all the police may familiarize themselves with all the branches of the department.”
Lieutenant Johnson was a appointed a policeman on January 1, 1910. After 10 years as a patrolman, he was promoted to a detective, where he made a splendid record. On November 28, 1928 he was made a sergeant, and again promoted on April 8, 1930, when he became a lieutenant.
Ward was appointed a policeman on August 2, 1917, promoted to detective January 1, 1927, sergeant November 14, 1928 and lieutenant on January 24, 1930.
Ward has been in and out of the detective bureau several times. He served for a time as the commander of the First District and later was ion charge of the police headquarters on the 12:00 midnight to 8:00 AM shift. He was a political lieutenant of former Public Safety Director David S. Rhone.
Times * March 30, 1942
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|Samuel Johnson - Pearson Lessy - Louise Abate - Charlotte Cloverdale Carlotta Dale|
| Trenton Times *
December 23, 1947
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| George W. Frost - David S. Rhone - Samuel Johnson - Nathan Petit
George E. Brunner
Camden Courier-Post - January 18, 1949
SIGNING ON AS a new patrolman is William Bennett, 27, of 313 North Eleventh street. Watching are Director of Public Safety Rhone, Police Judge DiMona, and Police Chief Johnson. New officers, grouped from left to right, are James J. Large, William J. Miller, William C. Lewis, Edward W. Campbell, Carmin J. Fuscellaro, Charles W. Richards, Robert J. Kelly, and Franciesco Senatore.
Camden Courier-Post * November 29, 1949
NAMED CHIEF of the Camden police department today, Captain‘Gustav Koerner, a 26-year veteran of the department and one time baseball player, is shown receiving the congratulations of Public Safety Director Aaron. A native of Camden, Chief Koerner succeeds George W. Frost, who resigned Jan. 1, 1948. Captain Samuel Johnson had been acting chief since then.
A. Koerner - George
|Camden Courier-Post * March 15, 1962|
|George W. Frost - Samuel Johnson - Camden Lodge 111, Loyal Order of Moose - Elm Street|
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