MILTON K. STANLEY was the son of Arthur Stanley, who retired as a captain on the Camden Police Department in 1916. Arthur Stanley was a veteran of the Civil War who was appointed to the Camden Police Department in 1898, and was made Captain of the Second District. The 1899 Camden City Directory lists Arthur Stanley's occupation as Captain of Police. It appears that his military background may have given cause for him to be assigned an officer's post when he came into the department.

Milton K. Stanley was born in Camden, New Jersey around 1872 to Arthur Stanley and his wife, the former  Frances Irene Kirby, and a son, Milton K. Stanley. It appears that Frances Stanley passed away by the time of the 1880 Census. Arthur Stanley is listed at 929 Newton Avenue in Camden City Directories from 1874 and through 1881, along with Milton, his sister Mrs. Louisa Vennell and her daughter Clara. Arthur Stanley and family moved in with James Stanley, Milton's grandfather, at 428 Line Street by 1883, and stayed at that address through at least January of 1910.

Milton K. Stanley left home at the age of fourteen to join a circus, and was successful. He toured Europe and the United States, had a long career in vaudeville, ran a theater in Louisville, Kentucky and a theatrical booking agency in Newark, New Jersey. In 1909 he was offered a job with the Camden Police Department. In 1914 he joined the Camden County Prosecutor's office as a detective. In 1926 he went to work as a detective for the U.S. Government as a Prohibition agent and as a narcotics investigator. He also organized the Police Carnival shows at the old armory at Haddon Avenue and Mickle Street, known in years after his death as Convention Hall. 

Milton K. Stanley died on October 21, 1945. he had been ill for several months. He was survived by his wife Alice, sons Charles M. and Arthur, and a daughter, Frances. Milton K. Stanley's last address was 45 North 35th Street.

Philadelphia inquirer
February 16, 1914

Charles Rudolph
Margaret Rudolph
Milton Stanley
Edward S. Hyde
Elbridge B. McClong
Frank Crawford
Peter Gondolf
William Lyons
Harry Miller
Arthur Colsey
Thomas Reed
John T. Potter
Tabor Quinn
Charles Whaland
George W. Anderson
Albert Shaw
Thomas Cunningham
William C. Horner


Philadelphia Public Ledger
November 11, 1914

John Carney
Benson Street

O. Glen Stackhouse
Milton K. Stanley


Philadelphia Inquirer 
May 27, 1918

Lewis H. Stehr Jr.
Milton Stanley
Alfred S. Snow
Henry C. Moffett
George Murry
O. Glenn Stackhouse
Etta Shorts
David Castin
Mary Peoples
Kossuth Street
Baxter Street
South 7th Street
Joint Alley
Frank Jackson
Louis Jackson


Philadelphia Inquirer
November 26, 1922

E.G.C. Bleakly
John Golden
William E. Albert
John Painter
Charles Fitzsimmons 
Thomas Brothers
Edwin Thomas
Richard Golden
William Lyons
Milton Stanley - Howard Smith
Charles A. Wolverton
James E. Tatem
Edward Hyde

This story erred in reporting, as retirement at age 65 was NOT mandatory at the time. William E. Albert, Richard Golden, Frank Matlack, and Edwin Thomas did retire. John Golden, John Painter, Charles Fitzsimmons, Thomas Brothers, and William Lyons continued to work in the Police Department. John Golden was eventually promoted to Chief of Police.

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938


Rehearsals are being held for the 1938 Revue to be presented for the benefit of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church, Westfield avenue and Dudley street, on February 24 and 25.

Milton K. Stanley, former county detective, is directing the play. Electrical effects and scenery are under the direction of Ellsworth Marcoe. The women of the church are preparing new wardrobes for the cast. Jimmy Lang and his band will provide music for the show.

Camden Courier-Post - February 25, 1938

Parishioners of St Wilfrid's Church Present Varied Features in Show

Three hundred greeted the initial production of the "Revue of 1938" last night in the Guild Hall of St. Wilfrid's Church, Dudley street and Westfield avenue.

The program, which will be repeated tonight, opens with a minstrel show. The show includes vaudeville acts and a comedy presentation of an amateur hour radio broadcast, entitled "Major Shows His Amateur Hour."

Robert Burgy is interlocutor of the minstrel show. The end men are Jimmie Jones, Bud Ashton, Joe Hamilton, old time minstrel man, and Milton K. Stanley, former county detective, who directed the show.

Frances Allen, Maurice Atger, Mrs. Irma Weller, Mrs. Alice Stanley, George Braunwarth, Jr., Jones, Frances Stanley and Doris Gray are soloists in the minstrel troupe. Miss Weller does a novelty dance and Miss Kray a monologue. Jimmy Lang and his orchestra provide music. Florence Geragussi's Sophisticated High Steppers and Dorothy and Charles Ganter give song and dance specialties.    

Marcus Matthias takes the role of Major Show. In the "broadcast," Harry Riley, Charles Pelouze and Robert Shoemaker appear as Tennessee Hill Billies. Florence Donahue, Elizabeth Martin, June Daryman and. Freda Nuss are sunshine girls. Other characters are George Wysocki, "Signor Tomato';" Atger, "Rollo Winesap;" Mary Riley, "Mrs. Winesap" Braunwarth, "Epsom Salts;" Ellsworth Marcoe Jr., “Ferdinand Squidge;" Lillian Petit, “Mlle. Fefi Flitters;" Miss Weller" "Madame Coco;" Pelouze and Edward Mortimer, "Pluto, the Trained Mule," and Babe Shoemaker, "life of the party."

The above also appear in the general ensemble together with Doris Dodd, Dorothy Schmidt, Eleanor Dryer, Vern Burgy, Marie Dodd, Florence Feick, Robert Burgy, Theodore Tessier, Jerry Nicholson, David Lacy and Bud Ashton.

Camden Courier-Post * October 22, 1945
Ma Drew's Theater - John Barrymore - Ethel Barrymore - Lionel Barrymore - Buffalo Bill Cody
Jim West - Billy West - Milton Scott - Caleb Williams - North 35th Street
Pawnee Bill Wild West Show - George Childs - Harry Wieble