George F.

aka George Cable


GEORGE FREDERICK KAPPEL was born in Camden around 1866 to Frederick and Lizzie Kappel. The family name appears spelled "Cable" in City Directories and newspapers into the early 1890s.

George F. Kappel's father, Frederick Kappel,  came to Camden from Germany, and in his young manhood fought in the Civil War. He later worked in a lumber yard. The Frederick Kappel family made its home on 530 North Front Street from the 1870s through the 1890s, except for a brief period around 1880. The family was at 530 North Front Street in 1878. The 1880 Census shows the family, which included younger sisters Lizzie and Amelia, living at 538 French's Court, a short street that was in the 400 block of Sycamore Street in South Camden. The family moved back to 530 North Front Street by the middle of 1882. By 1884 they had settled in at 538 North Front Street.

The 1879-1880 City Directory states that George Kappel had gone to work as a spinner in one of Camden's textile mills. He was listed in the 1884-1885 and 1885 City Directories at 538 North Front Street, living with his parents. George Kappel married early in 1887. The 1887-1888 City Directory states that George F. Kappel was living at 5 England Place in Camden and working as a bleacher in 1887. His son, George W.A. Kappel was born that September, daughter Anna and son Elwoood came soon after.  

George F. Kappel was worked as an extra man with the Engine Company 2 of the Camden Fire Department in 1887. By the middle of 1887 the Kappel family had moved to 523 North Front Street, and George F. Kappel had secured an appointment to the Camden Police Department. He would remain connected with the Camden Police Department for twenty-three years. The family had moved to 108 Birch Street in North Camden by the middle of 1890. The 1892-1893 and 1893-1894 Directories shows George Cable residing at 609 North Front Street. He is not listed in the 1894-1895 City Directory, but was still being referred to as "George Cable" in the press as late as December of 1894.

In 1895 George F. Kappel appears to have stopped using the "Cable" spelling once and for all. The 1895-1896 City Directory shows that he had moved to 102 Pearl Street, next door to the saloon owned by John Dugan and family. The Kappel family was still at that address when the census was taken in 1910. George F. Kappel retired from the Camden Police Department on May 14, 1910.

After Mr. Kappel's son George W.A. Kappel, mastered the steamfitter's and heating trade, father and son formed The Camden Heating Company in May, 1905, and the concern was incorporated in 1907. The firm became well known as specialists in heating and ventilating of all sorts, and were located at 8 Market Street, in Camden. With the family business well in hand, George F. Kappel retired from the Camden Police Department on May 14, 1910.

Wife Emma having died in the 1910s, George F. Kappel was a widower by January of 1920. His later years were spent at 311 Penn Street in Camden. He passed away on July 6, 1924.

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 21, 1888
Joseph J. Hubb - George "George Cable" Kappel


Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 1889


George "George Cable" Kappel
Beideman's Station
David Baird Sr.
Alfred Hugg
Richard Kerswell
Samuel Dodd
Jesse Pratt

Camden Post
November 7, 1889

William "Policy Bill" Smith
Harriet Smith
Owen G. Stackhouse
George F. Kappel
James Brown

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 26, 1890

Market Street
George "George Cable" Kappel
Harry Hugson


Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 1890

Front Street
Market Street
George "George Cable" Kappel
Lillie Miller
Mrs. Frank O'Neil
Frank Humphreys


Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 1891


Cassie Humphreys - Morris & Mathis' Shipyard - Thomas Holland - George "George Cable" Kappel
Mrs. Msrgaret Kohlmeirer - Beach Street - Vine Street Ferry - Charles Simkins - 

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 2, 1891

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 6, 1894

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 7, 1902


O. Glen Stackhouse - Hugh Boyle - George F. Kappel - Isaac Toy
Charles D. Ridgley - Paul Woodward - Rev. C.A. Adams - George M. Beringer
Rev. John Lyell - Rev. William H. Fishburn - Cooper School

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 1902

George F,Kappel
Isaac Toy
Harry Miller
O. Glen Stackhouse
Harry Livermore
John Mares
Henry E. Nunnich
Market Street
South 3rd Street
Clinton Street
Pennsylvania Bottling & Supply Co.

Camden Daily Courier * January 12, 1904
First Ward Republican Club - William E. Alberts - O. Glen Stackhouse - Joseph Kolb - Ephraim T. Hires
George F. Kappel - John Beard - Francis F. Patterson Jr. - George P. Pechin - Thomas Walton
Joseph Burt - Walter Banks - William Lyons - Charles Cook - William Weaver - Robert Finley
Samuel P. Jones - Antonio Mecca - John Leighton Westcott - William J. Bradley - Walter Banks
Joseph Potter - Joseph Baumeister - Dr. John F. Leavitt - Dr. William Iszard -
Joseph Logue

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 12, 1905

Thomas Walton - Vine Street - Rev. Kittridge Wheeler - Rev. C.K. Binder
John Stowe - Rudolph Preisendanz - George Kappel - Powell Steele
O. Glen Stackhouse

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 5, 1906

William J. Sewell - Mount Vernon Street - John Foster
Charles H. Ellis - Ionic Lodge of Masons
First Italian Republican Club - Tall Cedars of Lebanon
Improved Order of Red Men - John Carroll - John R. Campbell
Rev. Gilbert Underhill - St. John's Episcopal Church
Elisha Albert Gravenor
- John Brothers - Maurice A. Rogers
George Hammond - Joseph Nowrey - Albert Shaw
Thomas Brothers - Camillus Appley - Robert Colkett
Jules Busch - Thomas J. Murphy - Harry Mines 
George Kappel - George Kleaver - Albert Snow - Casper Hart
Arthur Stanley - Fifth Ward Republican Club - William Horner - 
Aaron Matlack - Third Street - Walnut Street - Broadway
Benson Street
- Haddon Avenue - City Hall - Harleigh Cemetery  

Philadelphia Inquirer * June 18, 1907

George Kappel - George W.A. Kappell - G. Edward Bull


Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 1907



Rollo Jones - Henry Green - John Lutts - George KappelCharles H. Ellis - David Baird Jr. 
Captain Ricardo Pericoli -
Italian Royal Navy cruiser R.M. Etruria - Howard Mulford
Ladder  Company 1 - Pearl  Street 

Philadelphia Inquirer * May 15, 1910

George Kappel - Howard Pike - Charles H. Ellis