Annual Reports of the
City Officers of the,
City of Trenton
Year Ending February 28, 1899

Report of Board of Police Commissioners
and
Report of Chief of Police


  


  


  

Report of Police Commissioners.


To the Honorable the Common Council of the City of Trenton, N.J.

     GENTLEMEN &mdash The Board of Police Commissioners herewith submit to your Honorable Body their report for the year ending February 28, 1899.

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Report of Chief of Police


Office of Chief of Police
To the Honorable Board of Police Commissioners:

     GENTLEMEN &mdash My annual report of the operation of the department for fiscal year ending February 28, 1899, is herewith submitted. Your attention is directed to the tables annexed to the report, showing briefly the work performed during the past year.

WORK OF THE FORCE

     Shows the total number of arrests made during the year were 2,594 against 2,443 the previous year, being and increase of 151 arrests. They show arrests made by each officer, the disposition of the same, and their ages; also time lost by sickness and other causes, with suck other matters of interest connected with the department.

CONDITION OF THE FORCE

     The personnel of the force has been slightly changed since my last report by the addition of four (4) officers of the subordinate grade to the department. One death and two dismissals have occurred during the year. Time lost by sickness and other causes show 735 days, against 581 days of the previous year, being an increase of 154 days. The discipline of the department is in keeping with its usual standing. The deportment of the officers is commendable; as a whole the condition of the force is worthy of special mention.

CIMES AND OFFENSES

     We have had more than usual robberies committed within the past year, and they seem to have been epidemic, as they were

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not confined to any special locality. While they have been in excess of former years, we have suffered no serious losses &mdash a large proportion of the depredations were petty offences. In the aggregate the property stolen was not in value excessive.

GOOD ORDER OF THE CITY

     The usual good order of the city has been maintained; no disturbing elements or serious disturbances of any kind have occurred requiring the special service of the department.

POLICE SIGNAL SYSTEM

     This arm of the department has been greatly improved, the result of which has added much efficiency of the force. Its present condition is due to those having the supervision of the system.

PATROL SERVICE

     This department has fully sustained its efficiency in rendering important service, and the condition of the horses, wagons and other equipments connected with the department is good and serviceable.

AMBULANCE SERVICE

     This branch of the department is steadily increasing in the demands made for its service, and it is difficult to respond promptly to the many calls made by the community, owing to the fact that we are required to do the work of the entire city, including the three hospitals.

      In concluding my report I wish to extend the thanks of the members of the department to your Honorable Body for the uniform kindness extended and the many favors received.

Respectfully submitted,
          CHAS. H. McCHESNEY
               Chief of Police.


  

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Board of Police Commissioners.

William J. Convery, President,
Robert Surtees,
Harry Maddock,
Samuel Walker, Jr.
    R R. Lutes, Clerk.

Roster of Police.


  

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Rank

No.

Name

Entry into Service

Character of Duty

Promotion

Character of Duty

Former Occupation

Nativity

Chief

 

Charles H. McChesney

April 20, 1881

Chief

 

Chief

Cutter

United States

Captain

 

John J. Cleary

May 4, 1881

Patrolman

April 16, 1886

Lieutenant

Iron refiner

England

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 25, 1892

Captain

 

 

Captain

 

William Hartman

May 25, 1876

Patrolman

May 18, 1887

Lieutenant

Butcher

United States

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 25, 1892

Captain

 

 

Sergeant

 

Andrew Sweeny

May 4, 1881

Sergeant

 

 

Carpenter

United States

Sergeant

 

Frank Vanhorn

May 6, 1879

Patrolman

July 19, 1887

Sergeant

Chain Maker

United States

Sergeant

 

Michael McGowan

May 4, 1881

Patrolman

May 31, 1889

Sergeant

Baker

United States

Sergeant

 

William Dettmar

Feb. 5, 1889

Sergeant

 

 

Baker

United States

Sergeant

 

Judson Hiner

May 13, 1885

Patrolman

Feb. 5, 1889

Sergeant

Rubberworker

United States

Sergeant

 

William Alcutt

Nov. 2, 1887

Patrolman

Feb. 5, 1889

Sergeant

Car inspector

United States

Detective

 

Charles Pilger

May 4, 1881

Patrolman

Feb. 26, 1891

Det. Sgt.

Chain Maker

United States

Detective

 

Liscomb Applegate

April 29, 1892

Patrolman

Aug. 24, 1894

Det. Sgt.

Potter

United States

Roundsman

 

Phineas Randolph

April 16, 1886

Patrolman

April 1, 1890

Roundsman

Boatman

United States

Roundsman

 

James Mullen

Dec. 19, 1895

Patrolman

April 1, 1890

Roundsman

Teamster

United States

Roundsman

 

Cornelius McNamara

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

April 1, 1890

Roundsman

Blacksmith

United States

Roundsman

 

John Zenker

June 2, 1888

Patrolman

Sept. 28, 1896

Roundsman

Teamster

United States

Surgeon

 

William B. Van Duyn

Nov. 21, 1889

Surgeon

 

 

Physician

United States

Electrician

 

Charles C. Drake

Oct. 6, 1887

Electrician

 

 

Telegrapher

United States

Lineman

 

Riley Twigg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrol Driver

Allen Rogers

April 1, 1892

 

 

Brickmaker

United States

Patrol Driver

Wesley Wooly

May 5, 1892

 

 

Butcher

United States

Janitor

 

George Crozier

Sept. 8, 1890

Janitor

 

 

Saw maker

United States

Janitor

 

Louis Hartman

May 4, 1881

Patrolman

Dec. 1, 1893

Janitor

Chain maker

United States

Patrolman

1

Theodore Weigand

May 4, 1881

Patrolman

 

 

Chain maker

United States

Patrolman

2

William Hibbs

May 4, 1891

Patrolman

 

 

Iron Worker

United States

Patrolman

3

Henry Richter

May 3, 1882

Patrolman

 

 

Shoemaker

Germany

Patrolman

4

Patrick O'Hara

April 16, 1886

Patrolman

 

 

Iron Worker

Ireland

Patrolman

5

John Maguire

Jan. 21, 1887

Patrolman

 

 

Car conductor

Ireland

Patrolman

6

James B. Culliton

May 1, 1888

Patrolman

 

 

Potter

England

Patrolman

7

James H. Smith

May 1, 1888

Patrolman

 

 

Potter

United States

Patrolman

8

Dennis Lane

June 25, 1888

Patrolman

 

 

Rubber worker

Ireland

Patrolman

9

Charles H. Schanck

May 1, 1888

Patrolman

 

 

Cigarmaker

United States

Patrolman

10

Anthony Alcutt

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Car inspector

United States

Patrolman

11

Edward Fitzzpatrick

Dec. 14, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Marble cutter

Ireland

Patrolman

12

James J. Fay

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Park policeman

Ireland

Patrolman

13

Charles Irving

Feb. 6, 1889

Chanceman

Mar. 20, 1889

Patrolman

Clerk

United States

Patrolman

14

William H. Schenck

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Rubber worker

United States

Patrolman

15

John Hoffman

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Brick maker

Germany


  

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Patrolman

16

William Deck

Feb. 6, 1889

Patrolman

 

 

Cigarmaker

United States

Patrolman

17

William V. Adams

Nov. 10, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Laborer

United States

Patrolman

18

Richard Pilger

Feb. 15, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Chain maker

United States

Patrolman

19

James R. Laird

Mar. 22, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Carpenter

United States

Patrolman

20

John J. McCarthy

Mar. 22, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Kilnman

United States

Patrolman

21

Peter J. Smith

Mar. 22, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Kilnman

United States

Patrolman

22

Charles H. Smith

Mar. 22, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Heater

United States

Patrolman

23

George A. Clark

April 18, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Bleacher

United States

Patrolman

24

John H. Hutchinson

Mar. 22, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Railroader

United States

Patrolman

25

William Shockley

April 29, 1890

Chanceman

Aug. 28, 1890

Patrolman

Teamster

United States

Patrolman

26

Samuel Stout

Sept. 6, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Brakeman

United States

Patrolman

27

Edward Kelly

Sept. 6, 1890

Patrolman

 

 

Potter

United States

Patrolman

28

William Higgins

Sept. 6, 1890

Chanceman

Sept. 25, 1890

Patrolman

Kilnman

United States

Patrolman

29

Joseph Tyrrell

Jan. 1, 1891

Chanceman

Jan. 29, 1891

Patrolman

Wire drawer

United States

Patrolman

30

Frank S. Higbee

Jan. 30, 1891

Chanceman

Feb. 25, 1891

Patrolman

Carpenter

United States

Patrolman

31

Michael Shannon

May 25, 1891

Chanceman

May 28, 1891

Patrolman

Car conductor

United States

Patrolman

32

Oliver G. Cockram

June 27, 1891

Chanceman

Aug. 6, 1891

Patrolman

Potter

England

Patrolman

33

George Mathias

Aug. 7, 1891

Chanceman

Sept. 9, 1891

Patrolman

Brick maker

United States

Patrolman

34

Charles Huependen

June 23, 1891

Patrolman

 

 

Heater

Germany

Patrolman

35

Samuel Meyers

Sept. 25, 1891

Chanceman

Dec. 31, 1891

Patrolman

Boatman

United States

Patrolman

36

John McDonough

Sept. 11, 1891

Patrolman

 

 

Laborer

Ireland

Patrolman

37

Martin McDonald

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrolman

 

 

Kilnman

United States

Patrolman

38

Edward Coughlin

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrol driver

July 13, 1892

Patrolman

Iron worker

United States

Patrolman

39

Jacob Walters

Mar. 31, 1892

Chanceman

April 20, 1892

Patrolman

Wire drawer

United States

Patrolman

40

John McKehon

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrolman

 

 

Laborer

Ireland

Patrolman

41

Ernest Hillman

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrolman

 

 

Rope maker

Germany

Patrolman

42

Richard Bamford

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrolman

 

 

Saw maker

United States

Patrolman

43

John J. Donnelly

Mar. 31, 1892

Patrolman

 

 

Wire drawer

United States

Patrolman

44

John Heher

July 14, 1892

Chanceman

Aug. 31, 1892

Patrolman

Laborer

Ireland

Patrolman

45

John Ryan

Dec. 1, 1893

Chanceman

Aug. 29, 1893

Patrolman

Wire drawer

United States

Patrolman

46

James Feenan

Feb. 27, 1893

Chanceman

May 17, 1893

Patrolman

Wire drawer

Ireland

Patrolman

47

Peter McLaughlin

Feb. 25, 1893

Patrolman

 

 

Boiler maker

Ireland

Patrolman

48

William Thompson

May 23, 1893

Chanceman

July 26, 1893

Patrolman

Potter

Scotland

Patrolman

49

Luke D. Johnson

Aug. 10, 1893

Chanceman

Nov. 29, 1893

Patrolman

Iron worker

United States

Patrolman

50

Jacob Rieman

Jan. 8, 1896

Chanceman

Dec. 31, 1896

Patrolman

Clerk

Germany

Patrolman

51

Williamm. H. Hammill

Aug. 31, 1894

Chanceman

Jan. 8, 1897

Patrolman

Butcher

Germany

Patrolman

52

William Sandhoff

Dec. 30, 1896

Chanceman

Jan. 8, 1897

Patrolman

Laborer

Germany

Patrolman

53

John Geller

April 22, 1897

Chanceman

Mar. 28, 1898

Patrolman

Teamster

United States

Patrolman

54

William McLea

Aug. 12, 1896

Chanceman

Feb. 10, 1897

Patrolman

Iron Worker

United States

Patrolman

55

Harry Walker

April 14, 1898

Chanceman

Oct. 14, 1898

Patrolman

Decorator

England

Patrolman

56

Bernard Trainor

April 16, 1898

Chanceman

Oct. 16, 1898

Patrolman

Trolley Cond.

United States

Patrolman

57

George Fox

April 14, 1898

Chanceman

Oct. 14, 1898

Patrolman

Switchman

United States

Patrolman

58

Charles Connor

July 25, 1898

Chanceman

Jan. 25, 1898

Patrolman

Hoseman

United States

Patrolman

59

James G. Ross

Oct. 18, 1898

Chanceman

 

 

Teamster

Ireland

Patrolman

60

Augustus Kulp

Oct. 26, 1898

Chanceman

 

 

Potter

United States

Patrolman

61

John Goldenbaum

Mar. 30, 1898

Chanceman

Sept. 30, 1908

Patrolman

Carpenter

Germany


  

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RESIGNATIONS, DEATHS AND DISMISSALS IN THE DEPARTMENT
FROM MAY 23d, 1889 TO MARCH 1st, 1895

Name.

Deaths, Etc.

Date.

Frederick Beckman

Died

December 8th, 1889

Bernard McManus

Died

April 19th, 1892

Clet R. Whildey

Died

February 6th, 1893

Henry Leahy

Died

August 6th, 1894

John J. Maloney

Died

December 29th, 1895

John H. Gilbert

Died

December 16th, 1896

Charles Higham

Died

July 12th, 1898

Thomas Corbett

Resigned

October 4th, 1889

Amos Greib

Resigned

October 10th, 1889

Louis Hartman

Resigned

November 22d, 1893

Amos Quigg

Resigned

February 14th, 1890

Henry C. Cook

Resigned

April 30th, 1890

Daniel Kane

Resigned

September 2d, 1890

Henry McCully

Resigned

September 1st, 1890

Peter Killmurray

Resigned

November 26th, 1890

James Jackson

Resigned

April 22d, 1891

Thomas Colclough

Resigned

August 6th, 1891

Joseph Kirkham

Resigned

September 6th, 1891

William Naylor

Resigned

September 2d, 1891

Theodore Trimmer

Resigned

September 24th, 1891

Henry Vanness

Resigned

September 25th, 1890

Charles G. Smith

Resigned

June 25th, 1891

William Compton

Resigned

April 27th, 1892

John J. Roddy

Resigned

July 16th, 1893

Andrew Haley

Resigned

February 28th, 1897

George W. Parker

Resigned

March 28, 1898

William Willis

Dismissed

April 2d, 1889

John J. Vanhorn

Dismissed

December 30th, 1890

James Brindley

Dismissed

August 28th, 1890

Simeon Housell

Dismissed

December 31st, 1891

Thomas Carman

Dismissed

September 24th, 1891

Frank P. Crilly

Dismissed

May 28th, 1891

Theodore Wolfarth

Dismissed

April 20th, 1892

John Raywood

Dismissed

August 24th, 1892

John Traverse

Dismissed

August 29th, 1894

William Chambers

Dismissed

February 15th, 1893

George W. Cook

Dismissed

October 12, 1898

George W. Ford

Dismissed

October 16th, 1898


  

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In Memorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLES HIGHAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATROLMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Report of Surgeon of Police


Trenton, N.J., April 4th, 1899.
To the Honorable Board of Police Commissioners:

     GENTLEMEN &mdash I herewith submit my annual report as Surgeon of Police for the year ending February 28th, 1899.
     The table below sets forth the diseases, injuries and number of each treated, occurring on the force the past year.

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     Two hundred and seventy-five (275) visits were made to the sick and injured members of the force during the year, and sixty-one (61) day and night visits to the Central and Second Precinct Stations, on call, to attend prisoners, and those without home or friends found ill and brought in from the streets.

     Of the prisoners, two (2) suicide by hanging and three (3) attempted suicide by taking laudanum, but were resuscitated by timely administration of antidotes.

     Eight (8) applicants were examined for membership of the force during the year, and were found, upon rigid examination, to be physically qualified for appointment in accordance with the rules of the Department.

     Patrolman Charles Higham died during the year from cholera morbus; illness of only a few hours.

     One (1) prisoner examined and found to be insane was sent to the State Hospital. One (1) female, aged 15 years, was examined at Second Precinct Station during the year, in order to verify a charge for indecent assault alleged to have been made on the person of said female.

     The general health of the force throughout the year has been good, and the amount of sickness comparatively small, with the exception of the months January and February, when many of the officers were stricken with La Grippe, which prevailed extensively at this time not only in our city, but in many sections of the commonwealth.

Respectfully submitted,
          WM. B. VAN DUYN
               Surgeon of Police.


  

Report ofSuperintendent of Patrol
Telegraph


Trenton, N.J., May 15th, 1899.
To the Honorable Board of Police Commissioners:

     GENTLEMEN &mdash I have the honor to report that during the year the main lines have been extended seven and one-half miles, six new boxes added to the system, telephones placed in all of the boxes, and are now owned by the city; they give entire satisfaction. The storage battery introduced for bell work at Central Station, which has been in service about nine months, gives much better results than the dry.

     The main lines have been greatly improved; the improvements are as follows: Forty-five 35-foot poles; nine 45-foot poles; three fifty-foot poles.

     Four and one-half miles of No 10 H.D. copper wire, with weather-proof insulation, have been put up in place or bare iron wire.

     New conduit and conductors have been placed at South Broad street crossing.

     A new conductor has been pulled at Perry street crossing.

     New conduit and conductors at Central Station.

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     The system has given general satisfaction during the year. There was a very marked improvement in the working and maintenance of the storage battery from the introduction of the six-circuit Gamewell switchboard, which was introduced by Commissioner Convery and installed by Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company, of New York, on the 28th day of February 1897, which has worked without failure or repairs, to entire satisfaction of the department and myself and has proved a saving in the maintenance of the accumulators.

     In closing this report, I wish to thank your Honorable Body &mdash and especially Mr. Convery &mdash for the improvements in this department.

Very respectfully,
          CHARLES C. DRAKE,
               Superintendent Police Patrol Telegraph


  

Report of the Chief of Detectives


To the Honorable Board of Police Commissioners:

     GENTLEMEN I herewith respectfully submit my annual report, showing the detail of work accomplished by the detective branch of the Police Department during the fiscal year ending February 28th, 1899. The tables annexed set forth briefly a protion of the work performed.

     The officers have devoted their attention to the many duties required of them, with the result of their labor as shown by the report.

     I desire to express our thanks to your Honorable Body for your interest in behalf of this department.

Respectfully submitted,
          CHAS. H. McCHESNEY
               Chief of Police.

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