FRANCIS B. BODINE was born in New Jersey around 1875. He married his wife Ella Blowe in 1903. At the time of the 1930 Census, the Bodines were living at 630 Benson Street, in what was then Camden's 9th Ward. When the census was taken, he was working as a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and serving as a Camden County freeholder.
Francis Bodine was still serving as a freeholder from the 9th Ward when in October of 1936 he was one of a group of 20 Republican freeholders who defied party boss David Baird Jr. to bring Civil Service rules to Camden County hiring. In 1938 he was appointed to a three year post on the Camden Sinking Fund Commission. Francis and Ella Bodine were still living on Benson Street as late as 1947. Francis Bodine passed away sometime prior to 1959, by which time his wife had moved to an apartment in Collingswood NJ.
Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931
Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931
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:
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.
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.
Mary D. Guthridge, R.; Theodore Buczkowski, D.
Sekula, R.; George S. W. Spaide.
B. Bodine, R.; S. V. Waddy, D.
J. Edwards, R.; Edward J. Fox, Sr., D.
- Howard Firth,
R.; Charles T. Johnston, D.
T. Rodan, R.; Wilbert H. Joslin, D.
P. Cotter, R.; Frank E. Zimmerman, D.
Fourteenth-Charles H. Genther, R.; George E. Brunner, D.
October 1, 1936
|Making Sure Civil Service Vote Is Taken|
Democrats and Republicans forgot politics yesterday and stamped out technicalities which threatened to block the vote for Civil Service protection for Camden County employees on November 3rd. Freeholder Francis B. Bodine, Sheriff Joseph H. Van Meter, and Fred George, freeholder's clerk, left to right, with Bodine handing George a three-man petition which forced home to cal a special session for Monday to permit action to get the vote.
W. George - Anthony Marino
Andrew J. McMahon - Raymond G. Price
January 11, 1938
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