MARSHALL THOMPSON was born in New Jersey around 1906 to a family that had a long history in the city. His father, George Robeson Thompson, was justice of the peace, and his grandfather, John Reeve Thompson, was a member of Camden's first City Council. He was one of at least 7 children born to the Thompsons. The family lived at 1113 South 4th Street when the Census was taken in 1910. By January of 1920 they had moved to 325 Walnut Street.
Marshall Thompson married at the age of 21, and his wife, the former Emma Holloway, bore a daughter, Caroline, around 1928. On March 1, 1928 Marshall Thompson was appointed to the Camden Police Department along with the following men, Francis Guetherman, August Riehm, William Schriver, Edward Shapiro, John V. Wilkie, Earl Wright, Edward Cahill, Walter Vecander, Stanley Bobiak, Paul Edwards, Leon Feltz, George Getley, Joseph Lack, Thomas Stanton, Otto Toperzer, and Frank Wilmot. Vecander's younger brother Harold Vecander joined the force on September 20, 1940. Both brothers were still on the force in January of 1949.
At the time of his appointment to the police force, Marshall Thompson and his family were renting a home at 943 North 32nd Street in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood. His parents had also moved to Cramer Hill, living at 900 Beideman Avenue.
In 1936 Officer Thompson was often partnered with Sergeant Nathan Petit. Camden Courier-Post columnist Dan McConnell, wrote this about Officer Thompson in his November 3, 1939 column:
"Marshall Thompson, one of Camden's finest, is a talented pianist. he never took a music lesson."
Officer Thompson had been taught to play by his mother, Harriette Thompson
Marshall Thompson had been promoted to Detective by 1947. He then lived at 126 North 32nd Street in East Camden. He was still working as a detective with the Camden Police department as late as December of 1957. He retired from the Camden Police Department on a police pension sometime prior to 1967.
Camden Courier-Post - January 2, 1928
THREE MEN NABBED IN NORTH CAMDEN ROW
Three young men were found guilty of disorderly conduct in police court this morning when they were charged with creating a disturbance In front of a restaurant near Sixth and Market streets.
Fiore Rossi, 23 years old, 329 Mickle Street, brother of ‘Pee Wee’ Rossi, local pugilist, was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail. Thomas O’Neill, 22 years old, 204 Berkley Street, was fined $20 and sentence was suspended on John Develin, 21 years old, 1002 Penn Street.
Rossi was charged with severely beating August Fortune, a policeman assigned to special duty at the restaurant.
Patrolman Fred Mueller testified that at 3:30 o’clock Sunday morning he had told the men to “move on” from Fifth and Market Streets when he found them creating a disturbance. The men walked away and in front of the restaurant again became boisterous. Moeller and policeman Marshall Thompson then arrested O’Neill who had become “sassy”. The other two objected to the arrest, and when Fortune came from inside the building to assist his brother officers, he was struck in the face and knocked down by Rossi. The three succeeded in taking the men to headquarters.
Rossi this morning admitted hitting Fortune but said he did not know he was an officer and “thought he was a wise guy trying to go big with a woman’.
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932
Becker - North
33rd Street - Harry E. Renders - Charles Luers
North 2nd Street - George W. Rush - Farragut Avenue - Watson Street
Joseph Benson - Charles Benson - Edward Marshman - Morse Street
John Grogan - North 22nd Street - Charles Dudley - North 3rd Street
Ralph Bakley - Vernon Jones - Thomas Cheeseman - Marshall Thompson
George Thomas - Clinton Street - James Williams - South 2nd Street
John B. Simons - Samuel Aronow - Kaighn Avenue
|Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933|
JAILS 2 MEN GETTING CITY RELIEF
Police Judge Pancoast Saturday expressed angry impatience with men who get relief orders on the plea that they have no money with which to purchase food but in some strange manner can procure liquor.
He sentenced two such men to 30 days each in jail, and declared that all future offenders of this ilk can expect nothing but jail sentences, as he will accept no excuses.
Those sentenced are Edward Maxwell, 38, of 110 State Street, and Earl Eckman, 38, of 412 Liberty street.
Both admitted they are on the city relief list. They are married, Eckman having eight children and Maxwell one.
Policeman Marshall Thompson testified he found Maxwell stretched out on the sidewalk at Ninth and State Streets, at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, completely intoxicated. Maxwell said he had a wife and child, and Judge Pancoast asked:
"You can't buy any food, yet you have enough money for liquor. Where did you buy it?"
"I didn't buy it," answered Maxwell. "A fellow had some wine and give me some.”
After passing sentence, Judge Pancoast heard Eckman's case. The prisoner's wife, Jane, testified she has eight children, gets a food order, but doesn't get any money from her husband, although he occasionally does an "odd job."
Judge Pancoast didn't even ask Eckman where he got his liquor, but pronounced sentence immediately.
"I'm not going to tolerate this any longer," declared the court. "When someone getting a food order is found drunk, I'm going to send him 'to jail immediately. There won't be any excuses.".
|Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933|
EX-BOXER NABBED AGAIN IN RAID
James "Jimmy" Rodgers, 28, former boxer; fell into the hands of police again last night when they raided a speakeasy at 1000 Segal Street, allegedly operated by him.
One gallon of whisky and 65 pint bottles were confiscated by the raiders, who were led by District Detectives Walter Smith, Marshall Thompson and Harry Kyler.
Three others were arrested. One of them, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second street, placed a charge of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers when police unearthed some articles stolen from Greer two months ago.
Others arrested were Thomas Spencer, 33, of the Segal Street address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928 Kimber Street.
Rodgers has fallen afoul of the , law on numerous occasions. He has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness in the "Shooey" Bonner murder two years ago.
He will be given a police court hearing today,
Detectives raided a vacant dwelling at 225 Chestnut Street last night and seized a "moonshine" plant consisting of two stills, 36 barrels of mash and oil and gas stove cookers.
The place had been under observation by Detective Vernon Jones for two weeks.
No one was inside when Jones and Patrolmen George Hemphill and John Houston entered. A 50 gallon still was on the second floor and a 35 gallon still on the first floor.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933|
RODGERS IS GIVEN 180 DAYS
"Jimmy" Rodgers, 28-year-old former boxer who on numerous
occasions has run afoul of the law, was sentenced yesterday to serve 180
days in the county jail for operating a speakeasy at 1000 Segal
addition, he was held without bail by Police
Judge Pancoast on a charge of possession of stolen goods. The goods
were identified by their owner, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second Street,
who was in the speakeasy when police raided it Monday night.
turned state's evidence against Rodgers in police court yesterday, and for
a reward, received a suspended sentence.
Detective Harry Kyler, Marshall
Thompson and Walter Smith
raided the speakeasy and confiscated 65
pints of whisky in bottles and a gallon of whisky in a jug. Kyler
testified Rodgers was not there when the raiders entered the place but
appeared later and was arrested.
others were arrested in the place. These were Greer, Thomas Spencer, 33,
who gave the speakeasy as his home address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928
Street. Spencer has been arrested approximately 75 times, the
detectives, when searching the premises, found a suitcase filled with
shoestrings, collar buttons and other merchandise. Greer identified the
case and its contents as having been stolen from his car when it was
parked on Segal Street near Front some time ago. He lodged the complaint
of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers.
was arraigned on three charges, including the stolen goods count. The
other complaints were that he sold beer without a license and violated
Section 422 of the city ordinances which prohibits disorderly persons to
congregate on the premises.
pleaded not guilty on all three charges, and told the court he had
"nothing to say." He was fined $200 on each of the charges of
violating Section 422, and selling without a license, and when he did not
pay, he was sentenced to 90 days on each of the two counts. He was
committed to the county jail without bail on Greer's complaint of
possession of stolen goods.
testified that he had purchased liquor in Rodgers' place several times, as
late as last night. Greer's sentence was suspended.
Spencer Refuses to Talk
refused to testify against Rodgers. He said he did not know
"what was going on
there" and that he was there painting.
won't be painting there for 90 days," retorted the court in
the other man arrested in the place, did not appear in court and forfeited
$10 security he had posted after the raid.
has been arrested several times
for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness two
years ago in the murder of William "Shooey" Bonner."
Spencer was arrested so often when he resided in Gloucester that he became known as "Gloucester's Peck's Bad Boy," the police said. Since moving to Camden he has been arrested arrested nearly 50 times, police stated.
The majority of his arrests have been on charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, but in 1925 and in 1926, he was arrested on a charge of larceny of automobile. Again in 1929 he was charged with non support, when he was ordered to pay his wife $10 weekly. Back In 1916 he was arrested on a charge of stealing a gold watch.
October 11, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936
BEAT OUT FLAMES IN WOMAN'S CLOTHING
South Camden woman was burned seriously yesterday when her clothing
caught tire while she was working in the kitchen of her home.
Ihlelgn Brown, 35, of 1026 South Second
street, is in serious
condition in Cooper Hospital. She was taken to the hospital after two
policemen, Sergeant Nathan Petit and Marshall
Thompson, smothered the
flames with blankets.
After her clothing caught fire, Mrs. Brown ran to the second floor of her home, where her husband, Abraham, was sleeping. He shouted to a neighbor who called police.
Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936
ALARM LEADS TO
ARREST OF THREE
A passerby who thought he saw a house afire on Taylor Avenue near Third street, turned in an alarm that brought four fire companies on a monkey run yesterday. It required more than five minutes to find the house reported afire when the apparatus pulled up at the alarm box at Third and Federal streets.
policemen, Sergeant Nathan Petit and Marshall
Thompson, who followed
firemen to the scene were quicker
than that for they found the house and a young woman hiding in the
closet on the second floor. She was arrested along with a woman and a
to police headquarters the young
woman, who identified herself as
Margaret Pone, 17, of Park Avenue, Maple Shade, was held on a charge
and Louis Archer, 39,
both Negroes, who were also found in the three-story dwelling
at 230 Taylor Avenue,
were also held as
reported fire turned out to be the smoking stove.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 29, 1936|
HELD AS COPS RAID CARD GAME IN HOME
men were arrested last night when
police raided a private home I after
receiving a "tip" that a card game
was in progress.
J. Stephan, 29, of 403 Friends
avenue, the scene of the raid, was
arrested as the alleged proprietor and held in $2000 bail for a
hearing today before Judge Lewis
arrested are John H. Ridge, 42, of 418 North
Third Street; Ernest Ridge, of Milner Hotel, Delaware avenue and
Market street; Nat Green, 34, of 562 Carman
Street; John Podhar, 31, of 1944 Bristol street, Philadelphia;
Charles Luffy, 32, of 1418 Erie avenue, Philadelphia, and Robert Ramsey,
23, of the Camden Y. M. C. A. All were held in $100 bail as material
Kaighn and Patrolmen Marshall
and Earl Hamby conducted the raid and said they confiscated two decks of
cards and a pair of dice. They said a quantity of money on the table was
scooped up by the players before they reached the playing room.
|Camden Courier-Post - January 11, 1938|
Lennox - Marshall
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938|
THIEF BITES OFF END OF CAPTOR'S FINGER
Seized by the owner of a bicycle which he allegedly was trying to steal, Thomas Fletcher, 25, of 814 South Second street, bit off the end of Herman Lundy's right forefinger last night at Broadway and Liberty streets in his efforts to escape.
Lundy, 19, of 530 Kaighn avenue, clung to Fletcher, however, until Police Sergeant Nathan Petit and Patrolman Marshall Thompson arrived and arrested the man. He was charged with mayhem and attempted larceny.
The police rushed Fletcher to detective headquarters as an angry throng of more than 50 men assembled and began muttering ominously against the prisoner.
Lundy told police he saw Fletcher attempt to take his bicycle, parked near the butcher shop where he worked, and that someone called police while he grappled with the man.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938|
BIKE THIEF SENTENCED ON CHARGE OF MAYHEM
Charged with mayhem and larceny, Thomas Fletcher, 25, of 814 South Second street, was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail on the latter charge by Police Judge Mariano and held in $5000 bail for the Grand Jury on the other charge.
Appearing against Fletcher was Herman Lundy, 19, of 530 Kaighn avenue, his left hand in a sling.
Lundy charged that Fletcher bit off the end of his left forefinger when he grappled with the man to prevent theft of his bicycle.
Sergeant Nathan Petit and Patrolman Marshall Thompson, who arrested Fletcher, told Judge Mariano that 200 persons were assembled around the man and threatening him when they arrived at the scene.
Fletcher told the court he was drunk. The policemen said he was not. They told Judge Mariano that Fletcher recently was released from Ancora, where he had served six months on a larceny charge..
Camden Courier-Post * February 14, 1938
POLICE JAILER HURT AS BOSCO HURLS PLATTER
Sam Bosco, Camden barber indicted and arrested on a murder charge last Friday, went temporarily berserk in the city jail late Saturday, police revealed yesterday.
In a fit of nerves and rage, according to the police, the heavy-set prisoner flung a platter of food in the face of the jailer, Policeman William Michalak, who had opened Bosco's cell to give him a hot meal he brought from a nearby restaurant.
Bosco then menaced the jailer with a jagged fragment of the platter that shattered on the cell floor. Michalak rang an alarm which attracted Police Lieut. Herbert Anderson, Detective Thomas Murphy, Motorcycle Policeman Marshall Thompson, Sgt. Gus Koerner and Policeman James McLaughlin from the adjacent police headquarters in City Hall.
Anderson and Murphy went into the cell tier at the end of which Bosco stood, still brandishing the piece of broken dish. After grabbing his arms, they led him back to his cell. He offered no resistance.
"I was excited," he told them later.
|Camden Courier-Post - April 6, 1940|
Thomas Murphy -
McDowell Jr. - Col. Manly McDowell Sr. - Col. Joseph McDowell
Harry Kyler - Marshall Thompson - John G. Opfer - Heber McCord
Clifford Del Rossi - Frank Nelson
September 7, 1949
Unruh - Walt Carley -
Jake Weiner - Stanley Bobiak - William
Deery - Russ Maurer
Charles Hance - Everett Joslin - Cecil Picou - Thomas Carr - William Moll - Martin "Sid" Nelson
Harry J. "Barney" Tracey - William Kelly Sr. - Marshall Thompson
Vince Conley - Leonard Andruzza - William Rogers - John Ferry
Camden Courier-Post * October 11, 1949
H. Lehman - South
7th Street - Burma Road - Olympia
Dr. R. Dean Cavalli - Lawrence T. Doran - Walter Carley
Edward Watson - Joel White - Frank Cavallo - Frank Senatore - Thomas Murphy
Marshall Thompson - Harry Lehman - Sheridan Street - Alice Ollick - Frank Lehman - Rose Lehman
Camden Courier-Post * December 19, 1949
Branch - Marshall
Thompson - Lester F. Cranmer - Rose Garriola
Union Methodist Episcopal Church
Broadway - Spruce Street - Coates Alley - Mechanic Street - Liberty Street
South 2nd Street - Kaighn Avenue - South 5th Street - Mt. Vernon Street - Cherry Street
|Camden Courier-Post * April 5, 1952|
Murphy - George Wilmer - Liberty
Street - Earl Quinton - William
Kelly - William
Clifford Carr - William O'Brien - John Huston - August Pflederer - George Ellis - Marshall Thompson
|Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1953|
Dzick - George
Ellis - Marshall
- Stanley Slagle - James J. Lenahan
Robert Sharp - Mary Lynch - Charles Clark - Lynch's Cafe - North Front Street
Thomas Murphy - Harry Tracy - William Kelly - Oliver Morgan - John J. Hegar
Harry Kyler - Vincent Conley - Broadway - Federal Street - South 7th Street - John V. Wilkie
Kaighn Avenue - Liberty Street - North 3rd Street
|Camden Courier-Post - December 19, 1957|
L. James - Joann Green - Jean Porter - William Porter
Marshall Thompson - Thomas Scarduzio - George Ellis - Russell Young Anthony Marino - Richard Brooks - Earl Quinton
Carman Street - Chestnut Street - Cooper Street - Fern Street
Federal Street - Fogarty Avenue - Market Street - South 3rd Street
Asam Brothers, Inc. - Cooper Hospital - Cutler Metal Products
Camden Courier-Post * May 7, 1958
George Aaron - Anthony C. Mitchell - Walter E. Rowand - Harry
Kyler Sr. - John
Benjamin Simon - Samuel Corsella - Karl Friedrichs - Thomas P. Murphy - Marshall Thompson
Clifford Carr - William Thorn - Joseph Hooven Sr. - Joseph W. Cowgill - Anthony Skolski
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