CHARLES S. WOLVERTON was born in Camden about 1857. A lifelong resident of North Camden, He married Martha Anderson about 1878. He was a close friend of David Baird Sr. and involved in many civic activities. He served on City Council, and was president of the Council for a time. He was one of the prime movers behind the drive that culminated in the establishment of Pyne Point Park. He lived at 601 State Street in North Camden for over 25 years, until his passing on August 8, 1935.
Charles S. Wolverton worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for almost 50 years. He worked for many years on the ferry. The 1880 Census shows him working as a steam boat pilot and living at 313 Birch Street. By 1887 he was working as a toll collector at the Vine Street Ferry. In the mid 1880s the Wolverton family lived at 66 Vine Street, where they are listed as living in the 1887-1888 Camden City Directory. He is listed in the city directories from 1888 through 1891 as living at 612 North 5th Street. Charles S. Wolverton rose to the position of Superintendent of the Cooper's Point Ferry, and held that post until it discontinued its service on October 31, 1926. He also served on the Camden Board of Education up until the time of his death in August of 1935. In that role he was the first chairman of the Camden Training and High School, later known as Burrough Junior High, Charles S. Wolverton grew up as a member of Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church and served in a number of capacities as a church officer over the course of his lifetime of Tabernacle and, after the 1924 merger, of Centenary-Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church.
Charles S. Wolverton was survived by two sons, Walter P. Wolverton, and Charles A. Wolverton, who served 16 terms as a Congressman from New Jersey.
The Vine Street Ferry Terminal
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Operated for many years by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Cooper's Point, or Vine Street Ferry operated between Camden and Philadelphia. The Ferry was able to remain profitable even with competition from three other ferries in Camden, but the opening of the Delaware River Bridge brought a quick end to the service. The last run of the ferry was made on October 31, 1926, only a few months after the opening of the then new bridge. The top photo dates from the 1890s. Charles S. Wolverton was the superintendent of the ferry for many years, retiring when it closed.
Vine Street Ferry
|Philadelphia Inquirer - August 26, 1884|
Dudley - Frank
Turner - William Parker - Charles
J. Willard Morgan - Richard H. Lee - George Doughten
Frederick A. Rex - Daniel Johntra - Charles Henry Peters
Joseph B. Green - Amos Richard Dease - Robert Gilmore - Jesse Pratt
Philadelphia Inquirer * February 11, 1890
S. Elfreth. -
Frank Michellon - Cooper
B. Hatch - Charles
S. Wolverton - Dr.
W.B.E. Miler - Harry
James M. Lane - Frank B. Sweeten - Harvey Flitcraft - William Schregler - Dr. John D. Leckner - J. Wesley Sell
Frank A. Ward - James Ware Jr. - Frank S. Heisler - Thomas Thornley - Ulie G. Lee - Edward Weston
Dr. P.W. Beale - Charles H. Helmbold - John Carmany
Isaac C. McKinley - John N. Zanders - Edward E. Jefferis
December 15, 1909
B. Hatch -
Wilbur F. Rose
|Philadelphia Inquirer * September 26, 1922|
|Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928|
PROTEST COOPER STREET WIDENING
of the Cooper Street
property owners who appeared at a hearing this morning at City Hall
protested assessments to be levied against them for the widening of the
thoroughfare from Fourth to Ninth Streets.
objectors declared they did not feel that it was fair that they should be
taxed for improvements from which they derive no benefit. Their protests
were beard by the Commissioner of Assessments in the commission chambers
at the hall.
commissioners, Charles S.
Wolverton, Wilbur B. Ellis, and James F. Lennon, said after the
hearing that they will give further consideration to the complaints before
submitting their report to the city commission. This will be done, they
said, in the case of two complaints from property owners along Baird
Boulevard, who protested being taxed for the planting of trees and the
grading of “islands” on that thoroughfare from Bank Street lo
Maplewood Avenue. A public hearing on this improvement also was conducted
J. Daley, city engineer and clerk of the assessment commission by
virtue of his position, explained after the hearing that the two Baird
Boulevard property owners said they felt that the expenses of the improvement
should be borne by the people who erected the properties along the
said that each abutting property owner on Cooper
Street, from Fourth to Ninth Street, will pay an assessment of
approximately $5.50 per front foot for the widening. The city taxpayers
as a whole, he said, will also bear $5.50 per front foot, the other half
of the cost of the improvement. The total cost of the widening, he
reported was $35126, of which abutting property owners will pay $17,400,
and the city taxpayers about $17,700.
Baird Boulevard improvement, Daley
said, cost a total of $3,020, of which the abutting property owners will
pay $2,140 and the city taxpayer, as whole, $880. The cost to such
property owner per lot, he explained, will be about $10, all lots being
about 20 feet wide.
assessment on both improvements, Daley
reported, will be fixed by the city after the commissioners of assessment
file their report. The city commission will then fix a date when property
owners who may have objections may appear at a public hearing.
February 21, 1928
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