JAMES H. LONG was born in Virginia in 1865, his family was from Pennsylvania. By 1880 he was living in Camden, with his older sister Mary, the second wife of Rueben Parvin, a ship's carpenter. Parvin, originally from Salem, was already living in Camden by 1870. James and Mary Long are not listed in the 1870 Census in Camden, however.
When the census was taken in 1880 James Long had already gone to work in one of Camden's shipyards. By 1887 Rueben Parvin had died. James Long remained with his sister, and worked as a machinist. He lived at 310 Birch Street from 1887 to 1890, when he moved to 319 Cole Street, a few blocks south. Cole Street, which no longer exists, ran for one block between North 3rd and North 4th Streets below Pearl Street.
In 1911 James H. Long served as the first Exalted Ruler of Camden Lodge 293 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. On September 7, 1919 he served as Marshal for Camden's Victory Jubilee parade, celebrating the return of the city's soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen from World War I.
By January of 1920 James H. Long had risen to the position of Chief of the Water Department of the City of Camden, He worked alongside Frank S. Fithian, Chief Clerk of the Water Department. He lived at the home of his sister, Mary Long Parvin, at 702 North 4th Street in North Camden. His nephew Robert also lived there, and worked as a helper in one of Camden's many shipyards.
Mr. Long was still Chief of the Water Department in April of 1930. Also employed there at that time was James Long's nephew, Robert Parvin, a stationary engineer. Mr. Long, then 64 and a bachelor, was still residing at 702 North 4th Street in North Camden with his nephew, his sister having passed away.
James H. Long lived at 702 North 4th Street until he passed away, on September 1, 1940. His nephew apparently pre-deceased him.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - July 21, 1903|
Peterson - Marshall W. Taylor - George D. Borton - John H. Irwin - Samuel Kilpatrick
John S. Smith - John G. Colsey - James Long - Joseph Kolb - Frank S. Fithian
Fred J. Newton - Joseph H. Pfeiffer - John McCabe - Martin Frand - Christopher J. Mines Jr.
Joseph Burt - Isaac Moffett - Henry J. West - Richard C. Mason - Thomas Curley
John Fort - D. Harry Condit - John Beaston
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
|Philadelphia Inquirer - October 27, 1918|
Morse Archer - National
State Bank - William
T. Boyle - William
Walter J. Staats - E.A. Stoll - David S. Rush Jr. - E.G.C. Bleakly - James H. Long
William L. Hurley - Francis B. Wallen - Wilbert Pike - Volney Bennett
September 7, 1919
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Camden Courier-Post * January 18, 1922
TO PROBE $200,000 KAIGHN AVE. FIRE
FIRE CAPTAIN MAY DIE, FOUR OTHERS INJURED; DAMAGE IS $200,000
Economy Store and Other Buildings Near Broadway Swept by Flames Early This Morning-
Falling Debris Carries Men Through Roof And Into Cellar- Sleeping Inmates of Apartments Roused and Invalid Carried to Safety- Mayor Sees Rescues
Mayor Ellis has ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the $2000,000 fire which swept the properties at 427 and 429 Kaighn Avenue and caused injury to five firemen, one of whom may be fatally hurt.
The fire centered about the property occupied by the Economy Store, formerly Handle’s, and quickly spread to four adjoining buildings.
The fireman whose recovery is despaired of is Captain Martin B. Carrigan, of Engine Company No. 2, Fifth and Arch Streets. Carrigan, who lives at 618 West Street, is suffering from a fractured skull and severe burns and cuts of the face, legs, and body. He is unconscious at Cooper Hospital.
The firemen were injured when a wall, weakened by the intense heat, crumbled and crashed through a roof upon which they were standing, dragging them through the floor below, and into a cellar. Sensational rescues followed as police, firemen, and citizens with bare hands tore at the hot debris. The men were quickly extricated and carried to the street.
“We certainly shall investigate this fire,” the Mayor declared today. “Just what was the cause and who is to blame has not been determined but there will be a thorough investigation.”
“There have been too many of these fires during the past few weeks” continued the mayor. “Surely all of them did not just happen and I am sure there has been someone responsible in one or two of the fires.”
The conflagration was one of the most spectacular of a series of large fires that have visited the city in the past six weeks. The block in which it occurred- Kaighn Avenue between Broadway and Fourth Street is one of the most prominent business squares in Camden.
Flames shot 200 feet in the air, giving the sky a fiery hue and attracted attention for miles before the firemen brought it under control. The flame-lit sky was clearly seen in Philadelphia, Merchantville, East Camden, Gloucester and other communities.
More than a score of families living in the vicinity were forced to flee from their homes in scant attire when the fire threatened them. They were cared for by neighbors.
Fireman George Boone, 46 years old, of Engine Company No. 2, also is in a serious condition. He is suffering from burns of the right hand, right thigh and foot and probable internal injuries. Boone lives at 607 Mount Vernon Street.
The other injured foremen are:
John Voll, 22 years old, 509 Royden Street: both hands badly burned.
C.J. Andrus, aged 31 years, 570 Mount Vernon Street: burns of hands and legs.
Harold Lorang, 29 years old, 19 Hudson Street: burns of right hand and legs and sprained ankle.
Firemen Prove Heroes
Carrigan and Boone are in the hospital. The other firemen were discharged after their wounds were dressed. After being released from the hospital they returned to the scene of the fire and insisted upon continuing their duties. Chief Peter B. Carter, however, ordered them home.
Most of the loss was suffered by the Economy Store. A few charred walls remain of the large building. The interior was completely gutted. It was estimated today that the damage to that property will total $60,000 At least $50,000 damage, it was said, was done to the stock.
Morris Handle, local theatrical man, who owns the building, declared today that the property was insured for $30,000. “My loss will be quite heavy,” said Mr. Handle. “The insurance will not pay one-half the property damage.”
The adjoining building at 431 Kaighn Avenue is occupied by Dr. S.I. Yubas, optometrist, and L.R. Yubas, his father, a jeweler.
Invalid is Rescued
The rear and upper floors of the Yubas property were gutted and the stock sustained a heavy loss, due to water and smoke. The damage will total $40,000, Mr. Yubas estimated today.
persons who were asleep on the upper floors of the Yubas dwelling had
narrow escapes. They were awakened by Samuel Goldstein, haberdasher,
who discovered the fire in the Economy Store and turned in the alarm.
Mrs. L.R. Yubas, an invalid, was rescued with difficulty.
property occupied by Mrs. Sadie Bodner, a widow, at 433 Kaighn
as a house furnishings store, was scorched and also damaged by water
Adjoining the Economy Store on the west at 425 Kaighn Avenue is a vacant one-story structure, formerly occupy by the United Beef Company. Firemen were on the roof of that building when the west wall of the Economy Store collapsed. The wall tumbled down on the small roof and hurled the firemen through a hole in the roof, through the floor and then into the cellar.
Several Stores Damaged
Three policemen, Joseph Sparks, Thomas Cheeseman, and George Hill- and several spectators braved the fire and smoke to rescue the trapped firemen.
The property at 423 Kaighn Avenue, occupied by the Charles Jamison Department Store, was damaged in the rear and the stock ruined by water and smoke. The Kresge Five-and-Ten-Cent Store, at 519-531 Kaighn Avenue, was also damaged by water.
Richelson, who owns the properties from 519 to 525 Kaighn
was unable to estimate his loss today.
of spectators, who were watching the fire from the opposite side of
the street, shuddered as they saw a brick wall, weakened by the
intense heat, totter and sway. Before the firemen on the smaller roof
below could scurry to safety, it collapsed.
groan escaped the crowd as they heard the cries of the entrapped
firemen and the deafening thud of the brocks as they landed on the
roof where the firemen were at work.
the full weight of the brocks struck the roof, it caved in forming a
gaping hole. The firemen were literally swept into the opening.
bricks tumbled down, causing another hole in the floor between the
firs story and the cellar and dragging the imperiled firemen into the
cellar with them.
Mayor Charles H. Ellis was among the spectators who witnessed the collapse of the wall. Other officials were Chief James H. Long, of the Water Department; Fire Chief Carter, Assistant Police Chief Edward S. Hyde, Captain Lewis Stehr of the Second Police District, and Street Commissioner Alfred L. Sayers.
Firemen Under Debris
the peril of the trapped firemen, Policemen Sparks, Cheeseman and
Hill, together with a dozen other spectators, rushed across the street
to the vacant store. They rushed through the smoke and fire, leaped
into the cellar and 5reached the struggling firemen.
the first to leap into the cellar, reached Voll, who had been pinned
beneath a pile of debris and was pleading to be rescued. The policeman
feverishly extricated Voll from his precarious position and carried
him out into the street to safety.
Cheeseman had accidentally fallen into the cellar and, though himself
injured, groped about in the dark until he found Boone, whom he
Hill carried Carrigan out of the cellar in his arms.
five firemen were carried to a waiting police ambulance and rushed to
Cooper Hospital. Carrigan was unconscious. He haws a slim fighting
chance to recover.
Carrigan was promoted to a captaincy the first of the year. He is popular among his comrades and has the reputation of being a fearless fireman.
Mayor Praises Firemen
Mayor Ellis praised the work of the firemen and the bravery of the policemen who had risked their lives to effect the rescue.
“Never did I see such remarkable work” said the Mayor. “When I arrived at the scene, it looked as if the whole block was doomed. The flames were shooting upward and the whole sky seemed lit up. The firemen tackled their job with dispatch and courage. I was proud of them. They knew their business and showed it by confining it to a comparatively small area. The work of the police also was commendable.
Mr. Goldstein discovered the fire shortly before midnight.
“I had just left my home at 417 Kaighn Avenue,” explained Mr. Goldstein, “intending to get a soda. As I passed the Economy Store I noticed strong odor of smoke. I peered into the glass doorway of the store. I immediately saw the place was afire.”
Rescues Sleeping Family
“Then I ran back to my store” continued Mr. Goldstein, “and I telephoned police headquarters. I went out again and returned to the scene. I remembered that the Yubas family were asleep on the second and third floors and rapped on the doors. Mr. Yubas came down in a bathrobe. He was not aware of the fire.”
The six persons asleep in the Yubas home were Dr. Yubas, Mr. And Mrs. L.R. Yubas, Bernard Helfand, Miss Bertha Cuden and Anna Recowitz, a domestic.
Mrs. Yubas, who is recovering from an illness, was too weak to make her way outside through the smoke. Assisted by her husband, Policemen Becker and Cheeseman and Constable John Cunningham, Mrs. Yubas was half carried downstairs, and out through the rear of the building to safety.
Blaze Had Big Start
“The fire had gained such rapid headway,” said Sergeant Thomas Cunningham, “that when the firemen arrived, smoke was actually issuing from cracks in the sidewalks and between the cobbles near the trolley tracks.”
The second and third floors of 419 to 423 Kaighn Avenue are occupied by private families as apartments. In the rear were number of frame dwellings. More than a score of families were obliged to leave their homes in scant attire when the firemen began playing hose upon their properties as a precaution against the fire spreading.
Mrs. Catherine Fox, 410 Sycamore Street, and Mrs. E. Chambers, 412 Sycamore Street, whose homes are in the rear of the Economy Store property, had removed part of the furniture to the street. Even after firemen assured them the danger of their homes catching on fire was over, the women and children could hardly be persuaded to return.
Crumbling walls and cracking of glass hampered the foremen in their work and made their task hazardous. The firemen were further handicapped by the big start the fire had gained. Despite this, they stuck dangerously close to the flames.
To play hose upon the fire to advantage, several firemen scaled the outside walls of adjoining properties and reached cornices, from which they directed streams of water.
High Wind Fanned Flames
A high wind gave them great difficulty. A number of times, when the firemen seemed to have the fire under control, the flames burst out afresh and compelled them to retreat. Then the reflection would light up the sky overhead.
Water Chief Long gave the firemen great service in maintaining the water at a high pressure to ensure facility in getting the streams to play upon the flames.
Kaighn Avenue, between Broadway and Fourth Street, was literally alive with residents and passers-by attracted by the flames. Included among the spectators were scores of persons who came from Philadelphia and distant points, in the belief the blaze was much more serious.
According to the estimate of the loss made today, the insurance on the property and stock damaged by the fore will not pay for one-half the loss sustained.
Chief Carter was determined to take no chances with the fire because of the high wind and the fire was attacked on all sides. While firemen were fighting the flames from Kaighn Avenue several companies of firemen had worked their way into the yard in the rear, from whence they played streams of hose.
An effort is being made today to determine the origin of the blaze.
Thomas Shanahan, Engine Company 6, was a spectator when the wall crashed in. Hearing the cries of the buried men, he immediately dashed into the dirt. Six men, including Harry Seeley, formed a human chain and pulled four of the men from the heap of rubbish.
Someone had the presence of min to turn off the nozzle of a hose, which was playing directly o the mound. When found, the water was trickling through to the pinned men.
Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928
Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball
Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.
The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton.
David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.
April 4, 1928
R. Stewart - James
H. Long - William B. Knight - William Hopkins Iszard
William F. Lehman - Albert Austermuhl - Homer F. Lotier - Samuel A. Kilpatrick
George Fisher - Rud Preisandanz Jr. - William L. Sauerhoff
Harry G. Robinson
Lodge No. 293
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933
CAMDEN ELKS TO HONOR PAST EXALTED RULERS
Past exalted rulers will be honored tonight by Camden Lodge of Elks with a dinner, ceremonial and entertainment.
The program will be nation-wide. A dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, followed by a business session. Harry G. Robinson, present exalted ruler, will open the ceremonial and turn the lodge over to the past officers.
The past exalted rulers expected are Samuel Kilpatrick, who served in 1900 and 1921; Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, Alexander J. Milliette, J. Harry Switzer, James H. Long, Marian Moriarity, Allen Jarvis, Albert Austermuhl, William L. Sauerhoff, former Mayor Frank S. Van Hart, D. Trueman Stackhouse, Harry Ellis, William G. Ferat, Judge Garfield Pancoast, Rudolph Preisendanz, Jr., Theodore T. Kausel, Edward J. Kelley, Mayor Roy R. Stewart, William H. lszard, William S. Lehman and J. Harry Todd.
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933
HOPE TO GET CONVENTION
twenty-first annual reunion and the convention of the New Jersey State
Elks Association will be held in Camden next June if efforts of the
advisory board of' Camden Lodge of Elks are successful at the state
meeting in Newark on June 15, 16 and 17.
of the advisory board for the local lodge, who are past exalted rulers
of the Camden lodge, will present the invitation to hold the 1934
meeting in Camden, at the twentieth reunion and convention in Newark.
of the lodge have adopted a
confirming the action of the advisory board and plans were made to set
the necessary machinery in motion to bring the 1934 convention to
Camden. It was pointed out that Camden Elks have the largest home in the
Kilpatrick, the oldest past exalted ruler of the lodge, is head of the
advisory board, and Harry G. Robinson, youngest past exalted ruler, is
delegate to the state association, which is composed of past exalted
rulers of all Elks lodges in New Jersey.
the state association was formed in Camden, there has never been a
reunion or convention of the association held here, it was pointed out.
outstanding feature of each annual convention is the mammoth sessions,
with thousands of Elks in line. It is estimated the parade would draw
more than 50,000 persons to Camden, if the local lodge's invitation is
Camden lodge is sending the band and patrol to Newark for the parade,
which will start at 7 p. m. on June 17. Arrangements are being made to
have the largest delegation in the parade represent Camden.
exalted rulers who comprise the advisory board, and the year they took
office, follow: Samuel
Kirkpatrick, 1900; Dr.
A. Haines Lippincott, 1901; Alex
J. Milliette, 1906; J. Harry Switzer, 1908; James
H. Long, 1911; Marion Moriarty, 11113; Allen Jarvis, 1914; Albert
Austermuhl, 1915; William L. Sauerhoff, 1917; Theodore
T. Kausel, 1918; Garfield
Pancoast, 1919; William G. Ferat, 1920; Harry Ellis, 1921; Samuel A.
Dobbins, 1923; D. Trueman Stackhouse, 1924; Frank
S. Van Hart, 1925; Edward J. Kelly, 1926; Rud
Preisendanz, Jr., 1927; Roy
R. Stewart, 1928; William H. lszard, 1929; William Lehman, 1930; J.
Todd, 1931, and Harry G. Robinson, 1932.
Deceased past exalted. rulers and the year they took office are: John H. Foster, 1895; W. E. B. Miller, 1896; Philip Burch, 1897; D. Harry Condit, 1898; H. L. Hartshorn, 1891; George D. Borton, 1902; Maurice Rogers, 1904; Francis Warren, 1907; E. Wilmer Collins, 1909; Lewis H. Leigh, 1910; Morris Odell, 1912, and W. Wallace Balcom, 1922.
|Camden Courier-Post - July 11, 1933|
Coles & Sons Lumber Co. - Kaighn's Point - Knight
Street - Front Street - Mechanic
Atlantic Avenue - Kaighn Avenue - South Second Street - Margaret Dolson - Robert Dolson
|Engine Company 8 - George Tucker - Charles Voll|
|Dr. Arthur L. Stone - Mrs. Marion Richards|
C. Coles - John Bircher - John
H. Lennox - James
H. Long - Harry Hertline
Joseph Novack - E.H. Stewart
Clown Club - James Shay - Alice Williams - Alice Shay - William Shay
Stanley Berthelot - Henry Small - James Rice - William Haines - Anna Parker - Mary Numbers
Company 2 - Engine
Company 7 - William
Hopkins - Felix
Dennis Block - C.E. Wells - Howe Street - Cedar Street - Wiley Mission
|Camden Courier-Post * February 15, 1938|
CITY WATER PROFITS SET RECORD IN
Hartmann Reveals Earnings at Rate of $1000 a Day; Equals 27c Tax Cut
Camden's water bureau operated at an unprecedented profit of $365,804.24 last year, Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann announced yesterday. The figure is equivalent to 27 cents on the tax rate.
Actual collections—current and delinquent—totaled $651,456.08, or $43,299.11 in excess of the total assessment of $608,156.97. Expenditures were listed in Hartmann's report at $367,823.24.
City's Water Bureau
The actual cash surplus turned over to the city's treasury reached the record figure of $253,804.24, according to the commissioner. This figure compares with $181,000 for 1936.
To the cash balance Hartmann adds $17,000 paid out of water receipts to the New Jersey Water Company for fire-hydrant rental in the Eleventh and Twelfth wards, $85,000 in free hydrant service in the other 12 wards, and $10,000 for water supplied free to public schools, hospitals, all public buildings, street sprinklers and municipal wading and swimming pools.
Demand Nearly Up to 1936
Despite the increase in revenues and profit the daily average pumpage for the year was 16,256,139 gallons, compared with 17,780,167 in 1936, Hartmann revealed. The biggest single day m 1937 was Aug. 19 when 29,870,000 gallons were pumped; the smallest was Nov. 21 with 10,805,000. In 1936, the maximum was reached Aug. 25 with 28,644,000. The minimum was on Nov. 15 with 11,362,000.
The municipal water bureau has 24,866 customers, exclusive of 6000 served in the two East Camden wards by the private company, Hartmann's report discloses. Flat rate services number 23,444; meters, 1442. Camden has 140 miles of mains and 1500 fire hydrants.
The 1937 assessment was made up of $382,506.67 for flat rates and $225,650.30, meters.
Actual ash collections were $325,966.92 and $206,431.53, respectively.
In addition, miscellaneous water revenue produced $15,195.95, one-year delinquent flat rates $52,-262.36, one-year meters $19,586.02, outstanding flats $26,792.28 and outstanding meters $5221.02.
Against this total revenue of $651,456.08, expenses were $367,823.24, made up as follows:
Debt service, $122,054.75, or 33.2 percent (interest, $71,104.97;
maturing bonds, $46,475; sinking fund, f4474.78). Payroll, $104,538.77, or 28.41 percent.
Light and power $92,395.72, or 25.1 percent. Fire hydrant rentals $17,064.01, or 4.65 percent.
Staff Praised by Hartmann
In his report, Hartmann praises the work of James H. Long, Edward Sheehan and James W. Connor, respectively superintendent of water distribution, assistant superintendent and chief clerk.
"The water bureau last year rendered service to 24,866 cus tomers with complaints that were negligible in nature and few in number," Hartmann said.
"Water supplied to Camden comes from 10 sources within the city limits and three outside, Morris, Puchack and Delair. Each wellhouse was repaired and painted during the year.
"An example of what is being done is the reconditioning of well No. 5, in the rear of Convention Hall, which was damaged by electrolysis. This well was pulled, cleaned and had a new silicon-bronze screen installed and repacked, with the result that where the well formerly produced 900 gallons of water a minute, it now regularly produces more than 1100.
"The well crew is systematically and continually overhauling and cleaning all wells in our system, with the result that today we find the production of our water supply : in better condition and more adequate than at any other time in the history of Camden.
"No new wells were installed during the last year at any location. While our water mains still contain a little foreign matter which was accumulated during the days when Camden received its supply from other sources, this situation is gradually being remedied by flushing mains and opening fireplugs.
"Because the temperature of Camden's water is so low (between 52 and 56 degrees) and because it is relatively free from chemicals and foreign matter, air conditioning is bound to make great strides in the city.
"Food and beverage companies are discovering that Camden water is valuable for their business, and a combination of all these is definitely sure to result in a greater demand for the product."
Listing operations, Hartmann said service was turned off Jan. 1, 1937 at 492 properties; 33 new meters were installed, 54 new permits granted, 180 fixture installations made, 383 fire hydrants repaired, 13 new hydrants set, one hydrant removed, mains and valves repaired, meters tested and repaired, 370 ferrules replaced and 44 ferrules taken out.
"Inspectors' reports show 2930 inspections, 1340 complaints found, 529 shutoffs, 11,389 bills delivered, 6888 meters read, 336 fire hydrants examined, 988 leaks found, 8432 notices served and 295 turn-ons," Hartmann said.
"In line with our policy of cooperation among bureaus, our inspectors made 553 reports to the building bureau, 49 to the board of health, 167 to the highway bureau and four to the electrical bureau.
"The office force comprising five clerks worked daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p. m. except on those days at the end of each tax quarter, when the office remained open until 9 p. m. The bureau has 62 men on the payroll in all."
Camden Courier-Post - September 2, 1940
H. LONG DIES, RETIRED AS CHIEF OF CITY WATER BUREAU
H. Long, "Chief" to thousands of Camdenites, and veteran of
the Camden water bureau, died yesterday in West Jersey Hospital where he
was taken last Tuesday.
Long, who was 75, lived alone at 702 North
seeing the water department system built from a ninewell plant
capable of pumping only 14,000,000 gallons of water a day to a 27-well
system pumping 45,000,000 gallons, Mr. Long was retired last February 1,
with more than 27 years of active service to his record.
Long joined the city department in 1912. He was born at Norfolk,
Virginia, and learned the machinist trade in Camden. He became
superintendent of the Dodge Coal Conveyor Company at Port Richmond,
Philadelphia; and worked for 19 years as a gauger in the U. S.
Department of Internal Revenue before coming to Camden.
Camden, Mr. Long and the municipal water plant were synonymous. When he
took charge on January 1, 1912. the supply was insufficient to meet even
normal conditions, let alone peak loads. He fought for and put over the
idea of developing the Delair plant and had new type air wells
installed. His activities were credited with helping attract industry to
Camden and encouraging expansion of existing plants, including
Campbell Soup Company.
of Mr. Long's successful fights was to have the city's water system
constructed to such a point there would be no interruption in service
in the event the main feeder main from the principal artesian wells of
the city at Morris and Delair stations was broken. He had a sub-feeder
main installed and the foresight of this was, illustrated about two
years ago when the feeder main at Twelfth and Federal streets broke
beneath the bridge of the Amboy division of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Days of Repairs
it had not been for the subfeeder Mr. Long had installed, the city
water supply would have been materially reduced and the northern part of
the city would have been without water for the three days it took to fix
the break. Mr. Long worked night and day, to repair the damage.
Long was active in civic and social affairs. He was a member many years
of the Camden Lodge 293, B. P.
O. E and a past ,exalted ruler of that organization. He was a 33rd
Degree member of Ionic Lodge, F. and A.
M., and a member of North
only surviving relative of Mr. Long is a cousin, Mrs. Clara Hann, of 307
Twenty-third Street, Wildwood.
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