RICHARD C. MASON was born in new Jersey in 1832. When the Census was taken in 1880 he was working as a shoemaker and living at 441 Royden Street with his wife Rebecca and sons Bethuel and Thomas. By 1886 he had moved to 445 South 5th. He was then teaching piano and organ, and had opened a piano sales business at 528 Market Street, in which he remained involved with through at least 1890.

Richard C. Mason does not appear at the South 5th Street Address in the 1900 Census, however, his son Bethuel Mason was living there and working as a "piano polisher". His younger son Thomas was also still living at that address, following the bricklayer's trade, which he had been engaged in since the late 1870s.

Historical and Industrial Review of Camden, N.J. - 1890


AMONG the most prominent houses in the city may be mentioned that of Mr. R.C. Mason. The business was established by the present proprietor about three years ago (although Mr. Mason had for many years handled and sold various makes of pianos, for other houses), and has met with the greatest success. The building is about 25 x 90 feet in dimensions. The first floor is used solely as a piano wareroom, and the, second floor for organs. 

Mr. Mason was born in Camden, and has both worked and done business in this city all his life. When a boy he was put at the piano, and received a good musical education; in later years started as teacher, and by degrees drifted into the dealing and selling of Pianos and Organs. Through perseverance and honest dealings he managed to start in business for himself at the above address with a small stock of Pianos and Organs. 'The business has steadily increased.

Mr. Mason is the agent for many of the best makes of Pianos and Organs, among them the celebrated Sohmer Piano, Hardman, Colby & Co., Jacob Bros., Trowbridge Pianos, and the Story & Clark Organ. 

Within the past year a repairing and rebuilding department has been added to the already established business, giving employment to about ten hands. This new feature of the business has so rapidly grown that a contract has already been given for the erection of a handsome repairing factory. 

In the employ of Mr. Mason are six of the best workmen in the different branches of piano making that can be secured, they all coming from the best factories in New York. 
He is a prominent man in social, commercial and political circles, being a member of the band of Freeholders and Chairman of the Court House Committee. 

The illustration with this article is a reproduction of the famous Sohmer Piano, at present the most popular and preferred by all leading artists. 

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Camden Post - March 1, 1892

Camden Liedertathel - Anthony J. Oberst - Sixth Regiment Armory - John Lock - Elizabeth Lock
Joseph Schaeffer - Leon Streisman - Samuel Dodd - Charles Schultz - August Weber - William Maier
Jacob Seibert - August Hiller - Richard Mason

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 26, 1896
Harry A. Goodman - William H. Cole - J. Oscar Nichuals - Richard C. Mason
Owen B. Jones - William T. G. Young Jr. -
Levi Farnham - Frank S. Fithian
Samuel Lee -
John Cherry - Samuel Lodge - C. Harry Price - Frank Vacke
Arthur Bedell - Thaddeus P. Varney - Charles Van Dyke Joline
George D. Borton - Charles Hollingshed - Councilman Charles P. Sayrs

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 21, 1903
Frank Peterson - Marshall W. Taylor - George D. Borton - John H. Irwin - Samuel Kilpatrick
John S. Smith - John G. Colsey - James Long - Joseph Kolb - Frank S. Fithian
Fred J. Newton - Joseph H. Pfeiffer - John McCabe - Martin Frand -
Christopher J. Mines Jr.
Joseph Burt - Isaac Moffett - Henry J. West -
Richard C. Mason - Thomas Curley
John Fort - D. Harry Condit - John Beaston

Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks