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

One Gets 60 Days for Attack on Plain Clothes Cop

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

Carrie 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

Pancoast Says He Will Send Intoxicated Offenders to Cells in Future

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

Whisky and 65 Bottles Also Seized by Cops in Segal Street Speakeasy

Modest Moonshinery Found in 'Empty' House

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

Former Boxer Jailed on Speakeasy Charge,
Held on Stolen Goods Count

James "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 Street.

In 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.

Greer turned state's evidence against Rodgers in police court yesterday, and for a reward, received a suspended sentence.

District 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.

3 Others Nabbed

Three 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 Kimber Street. Spencer has been arrested approximately 75 times, the police said.

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.

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.

Rodgers 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.

Greer 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 

Spencer refused to testify against Rodgers. He said he did not know l "what was going on there" and that he was there painting.

"You won't be painting there for 90 days," retorted the court in pronouncing sentence.

Wood, the other man arrested in the place, did not appear in court and forfeited $10 security he had posted after the raid.

Rodgers 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.

Camden Courier-Post
October 11, 1933

George Hetterick
Moore Street
Michael DiOrio
Ralph Di Servio
James Licchetto
South 3rd Street
Gustav Koerner
Walter Smith
John Trout
Marshall Thompson


Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936


A South Camden woman was burned seriously yesterday when her clothing caught tire while she was working in the kitchen of her home.

Mrs. 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

Girl Accused of Vagrancy When Found
in Closet of House With Smoking Stove

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.

Two 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 man.

Taken to police headquarters the young woman, who identified herself as Margaret Pone, 17, of Park Avenue, Maple Shade, was held on a charge of vagrancy.

Margaret Johns, and Louis Archer, 39, both Negroes, who were also found in the three-story dwelling at 230 Taylor Avenue, were also held as material witnesses.

The reported fire turned out to be the smoking stove.  

Camden Courier-Post - February 29, 1936

Police Seize 2 Decks of Cards, Pair of Dice; Miss Cash

Seven men were arrested last night when police raided a private home I after receiving a "tip" that a card game was in progress. 

William 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 Liberman.

Others 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 witnesses.

Detectives John Trout, John Kaighn and Patrolmen Marshall Thompson 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

John Lennox - Marshall Thompson - Leonard Megee 
Walter Mertz - Rocco Fanelle - George W. Jackson
Cherry Street

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938


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


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

Barber Indicted in Murder Cuts Patrolman With Shattered Plate

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

Clifford Carr - Thomas Murphy - Marshall Thompson
Viola Street - Mary W. Kobus


Camden Courier-Post
July 28, 1941




Manly McDowell Jr. - Col. Manly McDowell Sr. - Col. Joseph McDowell
Harry Kyler - Marshall Thompson - John G. Opfer - Heber McCord
Clifford Del Rossi - Frank Nelson

Camden Courier-Post
September 7, 1949

Charley Humes

Howard 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

Marshall Thompson
Walter H. Lehman


Camden Courier-Post * October 11, 1949

Walter H. Lehman - South 7th Street - Burma Road - Olympia Road
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

Lillian Heard - Leon 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
Thomas Murphy - George Wilmer - Liberty Street - Earl Quinton - William Kelly - William H. Neale
Clifford Carr - William O'Brien - John Huston - August Pflederer - George Ellis - Marshall Thompson 

Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1953


Benjamin Dzick - George Ellis - Marshall Thompson - 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 10, 1957

Market Street
Wilkie W. Faust Jr
Joseph Allman
Herman Z. Cutler
George Ellis
John Erickson
John Gosik
Andrew Oliver

Marshall Thompson

Camden Ink & Color Co.
Asam Brothers, Inc.
Fit-Well Coat Company

Camden Courier-Post - December 19, 1957
Howard 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

E. George Aaron - Anthony C. Mitchell - Walter E. Rowand - Harry Kyler Sr. - John Stanton
Benjamin Simon - Samuel Corsella - Karl Friedrichs - Thomas P. Murphy - Marshall Thompson
Clifford Carr - William Thorn - Joseph Hooven Sr. - Joseph W. Cowgill - Anthony Skolski