Benjamin W. Courter wrote a column called Along Memory Lane for the Camden Courier-Post newspapers in the late 1920s up until his death on November 8, 1934. This column was the successor to Charles L. McKeone's "Peppery Pot by Mack" column, which had been very popular for almost a dozen years prior to McKeone's death. The son of a career newspaperman, Ben Courter died in harness, seated at his desk at the Courier-Post building in Camden on November 8, 1934. He had completed another column devoted to Camden's history at home the night before, which was published on November 20.
In July of 1920 Ben Courter wrote two columns concerning the Camden Police department in the 1890s, one of which was accompanied by a group picture of 46 of Camden's officers. These are presented on this page, as is an article about an officer, William Harvey, who was not present when the photo was taken
Concerning the photo, most of the men depicted were identified. One, Harry Mines, was named in the column but not in the caption, and apparently where two guesses (George Johnson and John Barrett) were made as to the identity of one man, both were wrong.
Where I have pages about the men named in the article and picture I have provided links. If you have further knowledge about any of these men, please e-mail me.
|Camden Courier-Post - July 6, 1930|
William H. Davis
Cooper B. Hatch
Lewis H. Stehr Sr.
Dr. A.B. Reader
Camden Courier-Post - July 15, 1930
Here's Camden's Finest, With Whiskers, in 1898
D. Brown - Charles Hose - Christopher
Mines - Col.
George Selby - William
Anderson - David
|William Harvey - Jesse Pratt - J. Leighton Wescott|
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