JOHN T. RODAN was born in Tuckahoe NJ on May 11, 1863. He had moved to Camden by 1890, when he turns up in the 1890-1891 City Directory, living at 325 Line Street, working as a stock fitter. He worked at the Camden City Water Works until 1902, when he took a job as superintendent with the Stockton Water Works, remaining with that firm until 1906 when it was taken over by the New Jersey Water Company, known today as the New Jersey American Water Company. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1932. 

Active in Republican publics, he was elected as a County freeholder from Camden's 3rd Ward, and served in that capacity for 14 years. He had also served on Camden's City Council prior to the change in City Charter that brought in the City Commission. At the time of the 1920 Census he lived along with wife Florence and son Rodman, at 607 South 4th Street, After moving to East Camden he became active in politics there, and was one of the organizers of the East End Republican League. He served as president of that organization for a time. In 1925 he became president of the East Camden Building and Loan Association, and held that position until 1946. His last home in East Camden was 61 South 27th Street. Socially, John T. Rodan was active in the Masons, Elks, Moose, and Red Men in Camden.  

John T. Rodan died at the age of 87 on May 31, 1950, at Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ. He is buried at Harleigh cemetery in Camden. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 27, 1898

A. Lincoln James - Albert Stein - John Sinclair - William Selby - Caleb Williams - Abraham Jackson
Jacob Hicks - Frederick Laird - Isaac Lovett - Albert Keyser - Robert F. Miller - John Wagner
Isaac Brown - Thomas Moore - William Harrison - Albert Batten - Martin McNeil - John Wallace
Henry Taliefarro - Joseph Cline - Horace Huelings - George Riley - Owen Macey - Lee S. Mills
Albert Primrose - George Davis - Joseph Wagner - Henry Schafer - Henry Hertline
Joseph Wilgus - John T. Rodan - James Melon - John K. Esler Jr. - Harry C. Kramer - William L. Hurley

Camden Daily Courier * January 26, 1903
George V. Tucker - Charles V.D. Joline - Harry Shuster - Odd Fellows - Emmanuel Baptist Church
Robert F. Miller - Albert Keaser - George V. Murry - F. Morse Archer - John Wagner - Harry Miller
Edward Hartman - John T. Rodan - William Laws - Spencer Moore - Howard Roberts
Assemblyman John S. Roberts -
Ike Toy - Daniel Ayres - Albert S. Shaw - William D. Hart
Mrs. Abbie L. Widener -  Thomas J. Cheeseman Sr. - Charles Wagner

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 7, 1911
  Amos Richard Dease - John A. Mather - Melbourne F. Middleton Jr. - William D. Brown - Arthur Colsey William F. Kelly - R.J. Garrison - James E. Hewitt - Lawrence Reader - Dr. Grant E. Kirk
George Kleinheinz - James F. Walton - David A. Henderson - John T. Rodan - Charles Laib

Camden Post-Telegram * January 19, 1915

Third Ward Republican Club - Turn Verein Hall - J. Edward Way - A. Benjamin Sparks
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-Post - October 26, 1931

Three-cornered Fights In Freeholder Contest
Clementon and Delaware Township to Have Bitter Battles
6 Additional Offices Created by Law; Candidates Listed

Three-cornered battles in Clementon and Delaware township will mark freeholder contests at the November 3 election. Ballots will be casts for an entire new board of freeholders, with 38 to be elected.

Boroughs to have freeholders representation for the first time as a result of recent legislation are Clementon, Lindenwold, Oaklyn, Woodlynne, Mt. Ephraim and Runnemede.

Rivals in the three-cornered fight in Clementon are Theodore W. Gibbs, Republican Organization nominee; Frank C. Somers, running as a Republican Independent, and Herbert P. McAdams, the Democratic nominee.

The triangular race in Delaware township finds Frank N. Walton, Republican Organization; J. Watson Matlack, Republican Independent, and Augustus A. Cornet, Democrat, as the contestants.

Nine members of the present board of freeholders will not be on the ballot for re-election. All are Repub­licans. They are Benjamin W. Sykes, Eighth Ward; Joseph Tarpine, First Ward, Gloucester; Philip Stohlbergel, Audubon; Joseph H. Van Meter, Collingswood; William J. Dallas, Haddon Heights; James W. Davis, Clementon; Charles C. Durges, Haddon township; Theodore Schleinkofer, Waterford township, and William A. Robinson, Winslow ..

Joseph Bennie, Third Ward, Camden, is the only Democratic member on the present board. He is seeking a re-election and is opposed by Daniel Auletto, Republican nominee.

Candidates listed on the ballots in the various wards and municipalities follow:

Camden Wards

First Ward-Samuel D. Payne, R.; Thomas J. Kittel, D.

Second-William H. Heiser, R.; William Kunitz, D.

Third-Daniel Auletto, R.; Joseph Bennie, D.

Fourth-William L. Roberts, R.; Nicholas A. La Marra, D. 

Fifth-C. Leonard Brehm, R.; Leon Perozzi. D.

Sixth-Harry J. Burrichter, R.; A. W. Lazro, D.

Seventh-Mrs. Mary D. Guthridge, R.; Theodore Buczkowski, D.

Eighth-Walter Sekula, R.; George S. W. Spaide.

Ninth-Francis B. Bodine, R.; S. V. Waddy, D.

Tenth-Samuel J. Edwards, R.; Edward J. Fox, Sr., D.

Eleventh - Howard Firth, R.; Charles T. Johnston, D.

Twelfth-John T. Rodan, R.; Wilbert H. Joslin, D.

Thirteenth-William P. Cotter, R.; Frank E. Zimmerman, D.

Fourteenth-Charles H. Genther, R.; George E. Brunner, D.

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933


Pleas for Reopening of Vocational School

To the Editor:

Sir-Please publish this letter I sent to Mr. John T. Rodan, freeholder, 61 South Twenty-seventh Street.

Sir - You have heard from many different sources about the matter on which I am writing to you, perhaps from both points of view. It is concerned with the clos­ing of the Camden County Vocational School.

Until the fall of 1932 I was a student at Camden High School. I always had the intention of finishing high school and then attending some technical college. My plans were shattered when I found that I could not afford to attend college. Not then wishing to finish out high school, I did the only thing that was open to me so that I could get training in the line I had chosen. I enrolled in the Camden County Vocational School as an electrical student.

Now, it seems that I am going to be deprived of that opportunity also.

I am not only thinking of myself, but I am thinking of the several hundred other boys who would not go back to other schools if the vocational school closes. Where would they go'? They will join the already large army of young unemployed.

They will try to find jobs. When they fail to find work, time will be a burden to them. No doubt many of the weaker of their number will fall by the wayside and be a burden to society.

The younger boys who will go back to the already overcrowded junior schools and high schools will lose the years they put in here, and will not have anything to show for it, when they are not able to finish their respective courses. They can never make up the years they lost in the other schools and therefore, they will be quite old when they graduate from the other schools.

Another angle to look at in closing the vocational school is the building and the teachers. If the schools should close it would mean that approximately 35 teachers, not to mention the office staff and janitors, would be thrown out of work.

Are times so good that even these well-trained men and women can get another job the next day? And the building, no matter how many janitors are here to take care of it, will depreciate in value in some way. It is bound to. When it should open again, after remaining idle for several years, I think it would cost almost as much for repairs as it would take to keep the school open now.    


Camden Courier-Post * May 31, 1950 

John T. Rodan, 87, former

Above: 47 to 61 South 27th Street, as seen from 2 North 27th Street, 
where Baird Boulevard and South 27th Street meet at Federal Street 
John Rodan lived twelve houses from the corner