L. "SHAD" ALCOTT was born in New Jersey around 1857.
The Census indicates July of 1858. Sorting him out can be
confusing as there was a Charles M. Alcott, born February of
1857, who lived in Camden at the same time. If they were
related, it was not a close relationship.
L. Alcott was the son of Logan
Alcott and his wife, the former Elizabeth Ann Bodine. The
Alcotts were living in Camden as early as 1854. Logan Alcott was
one of the founding stewards of Broadway
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Alcott was in the coal business. The
Alcott family was living at 440 West
Street in 1864. By the
following year they had moved to 425 West
Street. When the
Census was taken in 1870, the Alcott family consisted of Logan
and Elizabeth Alcott and children William,
Emeline, Daniel, Mary,
Nicholas, and Charles
Alcott. The Alcotts lived next door to Micijah
and Emeline Bates. Emeline Bates and Elizabeth Alcott were
sisters. George W. Bates, the son of Micijah and
was an charter member of the Camden Fire Department.
His brother Logan Bates,
served with the Department as would
Charles Alcott's older brother William
Alcott was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in September
of 1871 to replace Benjamin
H. Connelly as an extra man with Engine Company
who was removed from service September 5,
1871. When appointed to the
Fire Department he and the rest of his family were making their home at 435 South 5th
Alcott died on April 30, 1874. William
Alcott remained in
service with the Camden Fire Department until his death on
November 4, 1874. The
still making their home at 435 South 5th
Street when he passed,
and would continue to reside there for
some time after his passing.
1880 Census shows Charles L. Alcott living with his widowed mother,
sister-in-law Susan Alcott and her son Charles, aunt Emiline Bates and uncle Micijah
Bates, and cousins Laura and Logan
Bates at 435 South 5th
Street. Charles Alcott was working as a laborer at the time of
L. Alcott was one of a number of exceptional baseball players who
came from Camden in the 19th Century. Although he never made it
to the major leagues, he played at least nine seasons of
professional baseball and played semi-pro baseball in other
years. Records for the 1880s and 1890s are somewhat spotty, but
what is known is that he played in 1882 for the Camden Merrits
of the Interstate Association, and spent 1883 with the
Pottsville Anthracites in the same league. 1884 was spent with
Allentown Dukes in the Eastern League, and in 1885 he played for
the Trenton Trentonians in the same loop. In 1887 he went to
play for the Williamsport Lumber Citys with another Camden
native, William "Kid"
Gleason, playing in the
Pennsylvania State Association. He played in 31 games for
Williamsport and in one for the Scranton Miners of the same
league, then went to Ashland in the Central Pennsylvania League,
where he played in 40 games. Charles Alcott played in three
games for Hazleton and in one game for Danville in the same
league before the season ended. In 1888 Charles L. Alcott went to
Canada after signing with the London Tecumsehs in the
International Association, and played in 18 games before going
over to the Albany (New York) Governors team in the same league,
where he appeared in 11 more contests. Charles Alcott finished
the season with the St. Louis Whites of the Western Association.
1889 saw Charles Alcott with the Mansfield, Ohio team of the
Tri-State League. Charles Alcott's known professional career
ended with the 1890 season, where he played with the Altoona
Mountaineers team of the Eastern Interstate League. In 1891
Charles L. Alcott played for the semi-pro Camden team which appears
not to have a league affiliation but which did play a good
number of professional teams. At one time or another Charles L. Alcott played all four infield positions, the outfield, and
appeared in three games as a pitcher for Allentown in 1883.
Alcott was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on March 30,
1883 to serve as an extra man with Engine
Company 1, taking the place of James
P. Shinn. Charles Alcott was not reappointed the following
year, John C. Edwards taking his place in the Fire Department.
This appears to have been Charles M. Alcott, as Charles L.
Alcott was busy playing baseball out of town.
Directories through 1888 indicate that Charles L. Alcott lived with
his mother at 435 South 5th
Street when not out of town playing
baseball. The Alcotts had moved to 532 South 5th
Street by the
time the 1890-1891 Camden City Directory was compiled. Charles
L. Alcott married at some point after the 1880 Census, most likely
around 1890 or 1891. The 1892-1893 Camden City Directory
indicates that he had moved to "Washington av nr 25th, W-ville"
which translates due to the annexation of the town of Stockton
by Camden in 1899 and the subsequent renaming of streets to
"Berwick Street near
Street, East Camden".
The directory shows that he had taken a job as a motorman with
the C.H.R.R., the Camden Horse Railroad, which ran trolley cars
in the area. In 1893 the Camden Horse Railroad merged with the
West Jersey Traction Company to form the Camden Suburban Railway
Company. The 1893-1894 Directory gives Charles L. Alcott's address
as 2515 Washington Avenue, which, as stated above would be 2515 Berwick Street. He was still at that address in 1894, but was
then working as a laborer. By 1895 he had moved to 101 South
26th Street. The 1896 Directory shows that Charles L. Alcott had
returned to South Camden, where he lived with his wife Della and
son Charles Alcott Jr. at 523 William Street and worked as a car
cleaner. Charles L. Alcott was still on William Street the
following year, working as a laborer. The 1898 Directory shows
that he and his wife were living at 616 Roberts
Della Alcott passed away in September of 1898.
1900 Census shows Charles L. Alcott residing at 518 South 5th
Street. By 1910 Charles Alcott was living with his cousin, Logan Bates,
at 532 South
5th Street, a home that appears to have been in the family
since at least 1890. Charles
L. Alcott worked as a watchman, and was till in that line of
work when the census was taken in 1920. The 1914 City Directory
shows Charles Alcott living with Logan and Susan Bates at 636 Berkley
Street. Logan and Susan Bates and Charles L. Alcott all
resided at 440 South
5th Street when the Census was taken in January of 1920.
L. Alcott died on January 14, 1920.