BENJAMIN W. SYKES was born in Pennsylvania in 1874. A bachelor, when the 1920 census was taken, he was working as a railroad telegraph operator, and boarding at 1725 Fillmore Street in Camden's Eighth Ward, where Charles and Catherine Collins operated a boardinghouse. He was still working for the railroad and boarding at 1725 Fillmore Street when the next census was taken, in April of 1930. 

Active in politics, Benjamin W. Sykes served as Camden County Freeholder from Camden's volatile Eighth Ward in 1930 and 1931. 

Camden Courier-Post
December 3, 1930

Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club
Benjamin W. Sykes
Richard Scarduzio
Joseph Scarduzio
William Lane
Samuel Kragler
Joseph Underwood
George Hess
Theodore Woods
James Murray

Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931

Three-cornered Fights In Freeholder Contest
Clementon and Delaware Township to Have Bitter Battles
6 Additional Offices Created by Law; Candidates Listed

Three-cornered battles in Clementon and Delaware township will mark freeholder contests at the November 3 election. Ballots will be casts for an entire new board of freeholders, with 38 to be elected.

Boroughs to have freeholders representation for the first time as a result of recent legislation are Clementon, Lindenwold, Oaklyn, Woodlynne, Mt. Ephraim and Runnemede.

Rivals in the three-cornered fight in Clementon are Theodore W. Gibbs, Republican Organization nominee; Frank C. Somers, running as a Republican Independent, and Herbert P. McAdams, the Democratic nominee.

The triangular race in Delaware township finds Frank N. Walton, Republican Organization; J. Watson Matlack, Republican Independent, and Augustus A. Cornet, Democrat, as the contestants.

Nine members of the present board of freeholders will not be on the ballot for re-election. All are Republicans. They are Benjamin W. Sykes, Eighth Ward; Joseph Tarpine, First Ward, Gloucester; Philip Stohlbergel, Audubon; Joseph H. Van Meter, Collingswood; William J. Dallas, Haddon Heights; James W. Davis, Clementon; Charles C. Durges, Haddon township; Theodore Schleinkofer, Waterford township, and William A. Robinson, Winslow ..

Joseph Bennie, Third Ward, Camden, is the only Democratic member on the present board. He is seeking a re-election and is opposed by Daniel Auletto, Republican nominee.

Candidates listed on the ballots in the various wards and municipalities follow:

Camden Wards

First Ward-Samuel D. Payne, R.; Thomas J. Kittel, D.

Second-William H. Heiser, R.; William Kunitz, D.

Third-Daniel Auletto, R.; Joseph Bennie, D.

Fourth-William L. Roberts, R.; Nicholas A. La Marra, D. 

Fifth-C. Leonard Brehm, R.; Leon Perozzi. D.

Sixth-Harry J. Burrichter, R.; A. W. Lazro, D.

Seventh-Mrs. Mary D. Guthridge, R.; Theodore Buczkowski, D.

Eighth-Walter Sekula, R.; George S. W. Spaide.

Ninth-Francis B. Bodine, R.; S. V. Waddy, D.

Tenth-Samuel J. Edwards, R.; Edward J. Fox, Sr., D.

Eleventh - Howard Firth, R.; Charles T. Johnston, D.

Twelfth-John T. Rodan, R.; Wilbert H. Joslin, D.

Thirteenth-William P. Cotter, R.; Frank E. Zimmerman, D.

Fourteenth-Charles H. Genther, R.; George E. Brunner, D.

Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1931

Political Paragraphs

The Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club will hold a Baird rally tonight at its headquarters, 521 Ferry Avenue. Freeholder Benjamin W. Sykes, president of the club, will preside. The rally committee includes Maurice Di Nicolo, Richard Scarduzio, Nicholas Scarduzio, John Clements, George W. Hess, William Lane and Louis Quinton.

  Announcement was made at Republican headquarters that a special meeting will be conducted tomorrow evening in Brooklawn borough hall by the Baird for Governor Men's Club in recognition of the Republican gubernatorial nominee's successful efforts toward bring­ing about the sale of the U. S. Shipping Board's holding in Brooklawn.

 The Elizabeth C. Verga First Ward Women's Republican Club will hold a rally tomorrow night at 6.30 p. m at the home of its president, Mrs. Annie Pappon, 607 North Third Street. Mrs. Etta Pfrommer will be among the speakers,

 Runnemede Republicans will stage a big rally tonight with Mayor Robert G. Downer presiding. Harry Fluharty, regular Republican candidate for an unexpired term in borough council, faces a three-cornered fight. Wallie Becker, a candidate in the personal choice column while John W. Schoeler is the Democratic aspir­ant,

 The Women's Republican Club of Gloucester, of which Mrs. Annie E. C. Moffett is the president, tonight will hold a meeting at 104 North King Street when county and local candidates will speak,