S. Conrad Ott

S. CONRAD OTT was born Sylvius Conrad Ott in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 30, 1868 to Abraham Ott and his wife the former Susannah Maria Musick. He was the sixth of seven children, of which only two others survived childhood, the oldest, Ida Rebecca Ott Field (1857 - 1938), and the youngest, Frank Charles Ott, who died while serving with the United States Army as a storekeeper aboard the U.S. Army Transport ship Grant in the Philippines on January 31, 1900. 

S. Conrad Ott married Mary Anthony in Philadelphia in 1888. 

S. Conrad Ott worked a reporter for the Camden Post, then was hired by the Philadelphia Public Ledger to cover Camden. His ability was recognized by John C. Harper of the Camden Courier, who hired young Ott as a reporter in 1889. By 1891, still in his early twenties, S. Conrad Ott had been promoted to city editor. He also wrote a column under the nom de plume Connaught which was concerned with over the road bicycling, a very popular pastime in the 1890s. He was involved with the Camden chapter of the League of American Wheelmen, a group that promoted bicycling, and was instrumental in getting a bicycle path built on the Mt. Ephraim Pike (present-day Mount Ephraim Avenue and Black Horse Pike).

The 1891 and 1892 Camden City Directories show S. Conrad Ott boarding at 214 South 6th Street in Camden, where he was employed as an editor for the Camden Courier. Directories from 1893 through 1895 give his address as 810 North 6th Street and employment as City Editor. Directories from 1896 through 1900 show that he had moved to 641 State Street and was still employed by the Courier as City Editor. 

S. Conrad Ott, in the course of his activities as a reporter, had spent a lot of time in court and gained a good working knowledge of the law. He began studying and in 1899 was admitted to the bar. Directories from 1899 and 1901 show that he had also become a lawyer, with an office at 418 Market Street.

S. Conrad Ott's career as a lawyer quickly blossomed. He was appointed as a referee in bankruptcy court, was considered for a judgeship, and served as president of the  Camden County Bar Association . 

The 1900 Census shows S. Conrad and Mary Ott had moved to an apartment at 515 Cooper Street. Also residing in that building was merchant Elmer Ellsworth Long. They stayed their though at least 1903. City Directories from 1904 through 1907 give an address of 517 Cooper Street. In 1906 

S. Conrad Ott moved his law office to the Security Trust Building at 301 Market Street. By 1908 the Otts had moved to the Robeson Apartments at 232 Penn Street, where they stayed through 1913. City Directories from 1914 and 1915 show them at the Helene Apartments on Cooper Street.

S. Conrad Ott took on a young lawyer, Joseph H. Carr, as a partner in 1912. Two other men who worked for S. Conrad Ott went on to successful careers in law, Albert Scheffin and Henry M. Evans.

The Otts visited went to Europe in 1912, and returned home from Copenhagen, Denmark aboard the Oscar II, arriving in New York on September 12, 1912.

In addition to his activities as a journalist and lawyer, S. Conrad Ott was very active as a member of Linden Baptist Church.

By 1916 S. Conrad and Mary Ott had moved to 55 West Maple Avenue in Merchantville, New Jersey. Three doors away at 39 West Maple lived Judge Howard Carrow

Last a resident of Merchantville, S. Conrad Ott died on July 29, 1922. His wife Mary, who had been quite ill prior to his death, joined him on September 8, 1923. They are buried side by side at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.

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Linden Baptist Church
August 4, 1891

Found folded inside a book belonging to S. Conrad Ott

Jersey Journal - April 13, 1900
USS New Jersey BB-16

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 15, 1900
Charles G. Garrison - S. Conrad Ott - John Gaunt

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 20, 1900
John L. Semple - S. Conrad Ott - S.H. Hann - William Moebius
Philip Flancher - Mrs. Ellen McCormic - Thomas leach - Adam T. Davis - John Toy
Market Street - Broadway - Union M.E. Church - President Bedell

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 22, 1903
Cooper Street - Mrs. John T. Bottomley - Mrs. S. Conrad Ott

Camden Post-Telegram - October 4, 1909
Newspaper Account of the opening of Linden Baptist Church

Linden Baptist Bible School

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 8, 1912

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 1912

S. Conrad Ott
First Presbyterian Church
First Methodist Church














Philadelphia Inquirer - March 21, 1915

Dr. Emma M. Richardson - S. Conrad Ott 
Mary J. Ball Day Nursery

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 1915

William Durham
S. Conrad Ott
John H. Dialogue Jr.
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
Lucy Becker
Jackson Street
Frank Maghaccio
Rev. William Grum
Garfield Pancoast
Charles H. Ellis

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 9, 1915
S. Conrad Ott - Henry J. West - Delaware River Shoe Company

Linden Baptist Church
School Staff, 1917

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 1918

Joseph Carr
S. Conrad Ott
Levering Minister
Engine Company 4
William Michalak
Liberty Street



Joseph H. Carr - S. Conrad Ott 

Bridgeton Evening News - July 19, 1922

Bridgeton Evening News - July 31, 1922

Camden Post-Telegram - July 31, 1922
Joseph H. Carr - Albert Scheffin - Henry M. Evans - George Bergen - Philip Scovel

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 31, 1922

Trenton Evening Times
July 31, 1922


West Jersey Press
August 1922

William Early - F. Morse Archer
Joseph Carr - Oscar J. Clair
Austin M. Clark - E. Spencer Webster
Jacob H. Lippincott - Dr. Harry Jarrett
Andrew McIntyre - Charles H. Laird Jr.
Francis Ford Patterson Jr.
George H. Frey
Rev. Frederick Blauser
Rev. George Peck
West Jersey Trust
First National State Bank



Camden Post-Telegram - Spetember 9, 1923