May 22, 2019


Conshohocken Man HUNG for Committing Murder

Conshohocken Man HUNG for Committing Murder


by Jack Coll

      Most residents won’t recognize this hood. It was THE HOOD placed over the head of Conshohocken resident James Clemmer moments before he was hung at the Montgomery County prison gallows on May 4th, 1899.

       Clemmer committed a murder on October 28th, 1896 and avoided capture until 1899.

       Conshohocken physician Dr. David Bearer pronounced Clemmer dead at the hanging site on Airy Street.

       This hanging mask is stored at the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

       You can read all about the entire episode in Conshohocken & West Conshohocken – People, Places and Stories. The Murder, Mystery & Scandal chapter is in Volume 1 of the 2 Volume set.


      Here is more info about the books:

In Volume One of “Conshohocken & West Conshohocken—People, Places and Stories” are the following chapters:


INDUSTRY —————–There Was A Time

RESIDENTS—————–All Good People

FEMALES——————–Prominent Ladies About Town

TROLLEY’S——————They Looked Good, But

SPRING MILL—————They Had Their Own Village

HOUSES———————-It’s Pretty Interesting


FAMILY BUSINESSES——So You Think You Had It Rough

CORNER STORES (Part One)—– You Might Remember Some Of These

WEST CONSHY————What A Great Story

POLICE———————–Short And Sweet

SCOUTS———————-They Deserve A Chapter

EVENTS———————-Way Too Many To Mention

The Industry Chapter will have lots of photographs and will touch-on many of the long-gone and long-forgotten factories the town was built-on. Current residents, parents and grandparents likely worked at one or more of these factories.

The Residents chapter is also a chapter of photographs while the Females chapter gives a brief history of some of the more prominent women that have lived in the two boroughs.

The Trolley’s chapter gives a detailed history of the trolley cars that ran in Conshohocken along Fayette and Hector Streets from 1894 until 1933, while trolley cars running up and down a tree lined Fayette Street sounds very charming, the trolley story is and was far from charming.

The Spring Mill Chapter covers a little bit on the far end of Hector Street, Barren Hill and the section in-between where Lee Park and the Spring Mill Fire Company now stand.

We couldn’t write about every House in the borough so we picked out some of the different sections in town and talked about the time of their construction in an attempt to give all the residents an idea as to when their house might have been built, it really is a pretty interesting chapter.

That brings us to the Murder/Mystery and Scandal chapter of the book. Every town has had a good scandal and Conshohocken is no different, it a sad story. The Murder stories in Conshohocken are many, we picked a few out that dominated the headlines back in the day.  The mystery tag in the title “Murder, Mystery and Scandal refers to the many sink-holes or cave-ins that have taken place in the borough over the years and makes me wonder do we really have an underground river flowing through the middle of the borough.

Family Businesses and Corner Stores just might be my favorite part of the book. These stories will inspire you and make you take a look at what Conshohocken really is all about. Conshohocken has always been about the residents and there is no better way to tell that story than to recall some of the corner stores and family owned businesses.

West Conshohocken is always a good story but in this chapter a heartwarming story by a former resident who grew up at Front and Ford streets recalls her childhood memories and will take you back to a great era these two boroughs shared.

The Police chapter is a short chapter made up of mostly photographs, Conshohocken has a long police department history, one that was written in “Remembering Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.” Residents of the borough are very blessed that we get to brag about living in one of the safest boroughs in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Scouts chapter is also a very short chapter due to lack of photographs but over the years the boroughs scouting programs have worked extremely hard for our children and should be included in the history memoirs of our borough.

Events and Celebrations The book highlights quite a few of these events and celebrations with photographs as recently as 2016 showing off highlights from the St. Patty’s Day Parade, to the car shows and parades. The chapters also looks back on events like St. Mary’s Church feast and SS Cosmas & Damien 100th, and final feast in 2013.

As we stated the two books are packed with more than 1600 photographs and more than 500 pages in each volume. Below are the chapters for Volume Two:

RESIDENT PROFILES——————–Interesting People

RECREATION—————————–Conshohocken Had Lots of It

BLACK HISTORY————————-Now You Know


CORNER STORE’S (Part Two)————It Was A Glorious Time

LIST OF BUSINESSES——————–Lots of Em’

MUSIC————————————–Conshohocken Style

SOAP BOX———————————One Of The Best In The Country

WEDDINGS——————————–We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

SCHOOLS———————————–They’re All Gone

CELEBRATIONS—————————Lots of Em’

MILITARY———————————-Conshohocken Proud

IRISH—————————————-They Were The First

URBAN REDEVELOPMENT————-Who Would’ve Thought




If you pre-order both books the cost is $120.00 ($127.20 with tax)

If you pre-order just one book, or order them as they come out $65.00 ($68.90) for each book

If you don’t pre-order the cost for each book will be $70.00 per book


Only a very limited amount of books will be available if you don’t pre-order


To order your book or books you can send a check or stop at

Coll’s Custom Framing

324 Fayette Street

Conshohocken PA 19428                 

Or you can call us with a credit card at 610-825-7072

We accept most major credit cards


These are books that will last a lifetime and be handed down through the families for decades to come.

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