JOHN S. ROBERTS was born in Philadelphia PA on July 10, 1858 to George Harrison Roberts and his wife Sarah W. (Stoddart) Roberts. He first came to Camden in 1883, and began a wholesale tobacco business at 4th and Royden Streets which, by 1897, had grown to be one of the largest such businesses in the state of New Jersey. He made his home at 603 South 4th Street. John S. Roberts became prominent in Camden politics, and as a Republican, was elected to City Council from the Third Ward. He also served on the Water Commission, which awarded a contract to George Pfeiffer to build Camden's water works, and later as the Secretary on the City Tax Board.
On April 7, 1880 John S. Roberts married Annie Holden. The Roberts had four children, Howard S., George H., John S. Jr., and Sara W. Roberts. Annie Holden Roberts passed away in 1913. He remarried to a woman named Anne Clark.
By 1922 John S. Roberts was working in the City Clerk's office. He resigned under accusations of graft in May of 1922 and moved to Margate, New Jersey. John S. Roberts passed away on July 21, 1923, and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery.
As of 1897 John S. Roberts was a member of Camden Lodge No. 15, A.F. & A.M.; Siloam Chapter No. 19, Royal Arch Masons; Camden Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Lenni Lenape Tribe No. 2 of the Improved Order of Red Men; all in Camden, and of other groups in Philadelphia.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - October 10, 1891|
|John S. Roberts - John Van Sciver|
Inquirer - March 18, 1898
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Dodd - John
Foster - H.
Frank Pettit - John
S. Roberts - Charles E. Day
George W. Jessup - Cooper B. Hatch - Charles V.D. Joline - Harry C. Kramer - Thaddeus P. Varney
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 5, 1903
Baird Sr. - J.
Wesley Sell - Frank
F. Patterson Jr. - E.V.D.
E. Ambler Armstrong - Frank T. Lloyd - F. Morse Archer - Robert L. Barber
William J. Bradley - William D. Brown - Thomas P. Curley - Charles F. Currie
Isaac W. Coles - E.W. Delacroix - John J. Burleigh - John Cherry - William Graeff
Theodore Gibbs - John S. Roberts - Henry J. West - George Pfeiffer Jr.
Irving Buckle - Samuel Wood - Jonathan Watson - Maurice Redrow
Richard R. Miller - Lewis H. Mohrman - David M. Anderson - G. WIlliam Harned
Edward H. Chew - William Coffin - Dr. John B. Davis - Dr. Henry H. Davis
Samuel S. Elfreth - Charles H. Ellis - Levi Farnham - John Blowe - J. Palmer Earl
Samuel P. Jones - George W. Turner - Henry M. Snyder - Lewis Stehr Sr.
Charles P. Sayrs - Henry J. Rumrille - William M. Palmer - Frank Peterson
Martin J. O'Brien - J. WIllard Morgan - J. Alpheus McCracken - John R. McCabe
A.G. McCausland - Joseph Kolb - John M. Kelly - E.E. Jefferies - Jacob S. Justice
Robert Jaggard - Harry L. Jones - Upton S. Jefferys - William Kettler
John D. Courter - Dr. William S. Jones - Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
Samuel G. Hufty - Ephraim T. Gill - Francis Fithian
|Philadelphia Inquirer - November 23, 1904|
|John S. Roberts - Morris Odell|
Philadelphia Inquirer * August 30, 1910
H. Ellis - Dr. William H. Kensinger - O. Glen Stackhouse - John
S. Roberts - George A. Frey
Camden Post-Telegram * January 19, 1915
Ward Republican Club - Turn Verein Hall - J. Edward Way -
William H. Hall - John T. Rodan - Rushton's Orchestra - Harry Hertline - Walter J. Stanton - Jesse Hillman
Lemuel Toy - Jesse Smith - Morris Steelman - William Elberson - Samuel S. Bacon - Albert Keaser
Harry Miller - Frank Smith - John S. Roberts - George Murry - Harry Selby - Harry C. Sharp
Robert Schroeder - James Vickers - Elwyn D. Steen - William Horay - Clarence H. Thorn - Wright Cox
Frank S. Fithian - George F. Hammond - Albert J. Meyer - Harry Stowe - Wesley J. Stanton
Thomas Dickinson - Edwin Fields - William H. Dill - Frank S. Ireton - Gustav Jans
Charles H. Errickson - Henry Gerke - James MacDemott - George Schu - William M. Fithian
Julius R. Schaaf - James Monahan - Thomas Madden - George Cox - Robert J. Garrison
|Camden Courier - January 31, 1922|
V. Murry -
Joseph Totarella - James
John S. Roberts - Charles A. Wolverton - Arthur H. Holl
|John S. Roberts lived from the 1880s through the 1920s at home at 603 South 4th Street|
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