BARTHOLOMEW A. SHEEHAN was born December 18, 1907 to Jeremiah and Mary (McCarthy) Sheehan. The family lived at 882 Haddon Avenue in Camden, where Jeremiah Sheehan worked as mechanic in one of the city's shipyards, as did four out five of Bart Sheehan's older brothers by 1920. There also was an older sister and one younger brother.
Bart Sheehan attended Camden Catholic High School at Broadway and Federal Streets and St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, where he was a star basketball player. His older brother Joseph was also a fine basketball player, playing professionally with the Cleveland Rosenblums and other early pro teams in the 1920s.
Trained as a lawyer, Bart A. Sheehan ran for the New Jersey Assembly as a Democrat in 1934. He later was elevated to the bench, and was serving as a judge in December of 1940. During the early 1940s he served as Chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Camden, and oversaw the construction of the William Stanley Ablett Village homes for defense workers in Cramer Hill.
The 1947 Camden City Directory reveals that he was living with wife Kathryn at 2359 Baird Boulevard in East Camden, and serving as a judge in the Camden Court of Common Pleas. As a judge he presided over many cases, including the capital murder case of Howard Auld, who went to New Jersey's electric chair. By 1959 the Sheehan family had moved to 153 Hopkins Avenue in Haddonfield.
When Bart Sheehan's wife died in 1971, he became a Jesuit brother. Brother Sheehan passed away on November 12, 2001 in Philadelphia.
|Camden Evening Courier - January 24, 1927|
Laxton - Grover
Wearshing - Abe
Corotis - Eddie Brandt - George Boone - Bart
Jarry Cuneff - Joe Murray - Bill Johns - Joe Burns - Charley Sheets - Russ Ogden - Bill Copeland
Camden Courier-Post - January 14, 1928
If the Camden County League has in its player rosters a man destined to reach the top in this basketball profession Bart Sheehan is the man. Only 20 years of age the former St. Joseph’s College sensation has already had his baptism of fire in high class court circles. He seems certain to follow the footsteps of his brother, Joe, now with Cleveland in the American League.
Bart has all the requisites that go to make a gnat star. He Is fast and a splendid dribbler, with expert control of the ball at all times. He has a wonderful eye on long shots and is skillful at cutting, with the knack of taking passes while traveling at full speed and scoring as he cuts.
Courage he possesses in abundance. In fact, if Bart has a fault it is his willingness to take chances unnecessarily hazardous. He knows no superiors at darting in to take the bail on the jump at center.
Sheehan began his basketball career at the ripe age of 13 years. He broke in with the Holy Name Reserves during the 1921-22 season. The next year saw him at Camden Catholic High, and then, for the next four years, he scintillated at St. Joseph’s College. He topped the St. Joe scorers in every one of those campaigns. Bart was captain of the team in his Junior year.
During his sophomore year, the 1924-25 season, he played with Holy Name of Camden, champions of the National Catholic League. The next year saw him with St. Michael’s in the American Catholic League while captaining his college five.
St. Mike’s, which has beaten Holy Name in the inter-league series the previous year, won the second-half crown in the American Catholic League; took St. Boniface over in the playoff, and defeated Manayunk, National League title winners, for its second inter-league championship.
Last year Sheehan starred with Immaculate Conception, champions of the Camden County League. He is again with the Irish this season, and with Pattison in the Philadelphia league, besides. Bart lives at 882 Haddon Avenue, Camden.
Tomorrow—Charles O’Neill, Immaculate Conception and Marlton.
Trenton Times * February 12, 1928
Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1931
GETS FRANCHISE IN EASTERN COURT LOOP
Howard Wood's Jasper Club, or Kensington, was admitted to the Eastern Basketball League last night, to round out a six-club circuit.
Jasper, one of the standbys of the Eastern League a decade or more ago, was given the preference by the Eastern League moguls over several applicants for the vacant berth at the final meeting of the circuit in Philadelphia last night.
The team managed by Wood, former Hancock star of the old Philadelphia League, is expected to be one of the strongest in the circuit. While Wood gave no inkling to his possible roster, it is reported that several of last season's Reading players, notably Teddy Kearns and George Glascoe, will be in the lineup as well as several other stars well known to local fandom.
The season will open on Monday, November 10, when Philadelphia Moose (formerly the Elks) invade Kensington to test the new Jasper team. The following night the champion Sphas travel to Bridgeton, while the Norman Cochrane-Jimmy Brown coached Camden "Skeeters" will open their season here on Wednesday night of the same week when Bridgeton is entertained.
The remainder or the first week's schedule finds Jasper invading Wilmington on Wednesday night, the Sphas entertaining Jasper on Thursday night, and Camden stacking up against the Moose on Friday night at. Broad and Thompson Streets, Philadelphia.
The remainder or the first halt schedule will be released shortly by Caddy Franklin, league secretary.
With the brilliant Joey Sheehan and "Skin" Bollerman added to the already tine Camden team, the Skeeters appear due for a great campaign on the wooden way.
'The local pilots announced last night that the opening lineup will probably have Eddie Lobley and "Sure Shot" Johnson as the for, wards; Jacobs, center, with Joe Sheehan and Bill Bergen at the defensive positions. Bart Sheehan and Bollerman also are available and either may get the last minute call for starting duty.
Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933
MEDALS PRESENTED TO C.C.H.S. PUPILS
Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933
43 RECEIVE LETTERS AT CATHOLIC HIGH
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
IN CAMDEN PASS STATE BAR TESTS
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1936
JOE CREAN, Bud Sheehan, Sam Godfrey and Worm Wearshing all play in the Delaware River Basketball League ... Joe Barry considers Walt Roman, a little chip, one of the best performers on his Catholic High quintet, and the coach recently had the diminutive guard showing the others on the varsity a few tricks ... Haddon Heights High goes in for gymnastics in a big way and the school has all types of equipment ... Norman Ford is the member of the faculty who teaches that sport ... Joe Shields, former Camden High and Springfield College star, is attending Jefferson Medical College, .. Newt Danford, ex-Camden athlete, teaches at Westmont Junior High, and Ted Nitka, the Fordham Flash, is a faculty member at his alma mater, also Camden High ... The senior William Denof is a swell bowler and the missus is a swell hostess ... Johnny Vogeding and Jack Bitting, popular Woodbury athletes, are employed at the Mannington Mills plant in Salem ... Frank Duffy is active in athletics at the RCA here.
Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936
FROM FIRE, YOUTH FIGHTS DEATH
and a barred window yesterday trapped a youthful employee after an
explosion on the second floor of the shoe repair establishment of Harry
Sykes, 536 Federal Street.
Di Giacomo, 19, of 1919 South Fourth street, is fighting death at Cooper
Hospital from serious burns of the arms and face. Doctors are seeking to
determine whether he
Sykes, the proprietor, was burned on the hands when he ran through the flames and pulled Di Giacomo from between the bars of the window, with his arms and legs dangling on the outside and with fire licking at his back from the room. Sykes dressed his own wounds.
Giacomo, panic-stricken, had broken the glass of the barred window in a
desperate effort to escape. He could not reach an unbarred window in the
room, divided by a partition and
blocking egress in that direction.
Lazo, manager of Locustwood Memorial Park, Marlton Pike, Delaware
township, and Bartholomew A. Sheehan, an attorney, rushed the burned youth
to the hospital in Lazo's automobile. The rear of the offices of Lazo and
Sheehan, at 5 Hudson Street, are in view of the back of the shoe repair
said he and Sheehan ran to the rear of the Sykes establishment after they
had heard the crash of glass and saw Di Giacomo trapped in the barred
heard the shattering of glass, then screams," Lazo said. "We
looked in the direction of the noise and saw the arms and legs of the
victim dangling from a window."
said that he and Sheehan, hurrying to the scene, saw Di Giacomo
staggering, half-crazed by the agony of his burns, into the back yard.
This was after Sykes had freed the youth from the window.
almost collapsed before us," Lazo said. "Sheehan quickly wrapped
him in a blanket; we carried him to the automobile, and took him to the
explosion occurred in the cleaning room for hats, Sykes said, and resulted
from a short circuit on the electric fan setting off the naphtha used as a
said he ran upstairs when he heard his employee's screams. At the top of
the staircase, he grabbed a can containing a chemical to extinguish the
flames and poured out
chemical reduced, but did not extinguish the flames," Sykes said. "I
ran through them to Di Giacomo.
He was trapped. The fire was at his back. His arms and legs hung outside
the window. I freed him, he got to his feet and staggered down the stairs before I
could reach him again. He was
crazed with the agony of his pain."
blast occurred about 10:30 a. m. The excitement attracted many shoppers
.in the area, in the heart of the Federal Street
who arrived promptly in response to alarms, confined the flames to the
Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936
ST. PATRICK'S DANCE PLANNED BY A. O. H.
are under way for the annual St. Patrick's Night dance held by Division
No. 4 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which will take place on Tuesday
evening, March 17, in SS.
Peter and Paul Hall, Spruce
Street east of Broadway.
chairman is James Mulligan, assisted by Joseph P. McShane, Joseph Myrtetus,
John Callaghan, Vincent deP. Costello, Paul J. Rilatt, Bartholomew
A. Sheehan, Martin Kelly, Dr. John P. Brennan, Bryan McKernan, Ferdinand
Larkin, Thomas Madden, John J.
Leo Rea and Joseph H. McCullough.
Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936
FIGHTS, RIPS BAIRD AGAIN
Factional fights within the
Democratic organization of Camden county are "out" and will not
be permitted during his leadership, City Commissioner George E. Brunner
said last night. He recently became leader of the organization through his
election as state committeeman.
Addressing members of the Pennsauken Men's Democratic Club,
Brunner said the only reason Camden county had not been a Democratic
stronghold in the past "was because of fights among the leaders."
"There will be no more of those scraps as long as I am
state committeeman," Brunner said. "Factionalism is 'out.' It is
now a case of all for one and one for all and we will go through with that
and win the political victories we should have won."
Referring to a speech he made last
week in which he termed former U. S. Senator David
Baird, Jr., Republican leader, as being "punch drunk,"
Repeats Baird Charge
""I not only repeat tonight that Baird is punch drunk but I go farther than that: Baird's outfit is fed up with him and is preparing to give him the bum's rush.
"Democratic clubs throughout the
country are gaining new members every day. I have been told your
membership is increasing at the rate of 30 or more members a week. Many of
these new members formerly were Republicans.
"But reputable citizens,
earnestly desiring to see Camden county progress, are leaving the
Republican organization to join with us. They know their wishes for
Camden's welfare will be realized with us. All they have gotten from Baird
and his organization is a headache."
Oliver Bond, Negro Democratic leader
of the township, also addressed the meeting, and urged support of
Empty Pledges Hit
of Camden county," Bond said, "have received nothing but a lot
of empty promises from the Republican organization and particularly from David
are fed up on empty promises. Men and women of my race feel their
interests are with the Democrats and we are supporting George Brunner. You
do your part, we will do ours. When the votes are counted in the next
election, you will see that the Negroes of Camden county are for President
Roosevelt and the whole Democratic ticket."
speakers included William Harker, president of the club; Robert W. Wren,
county committeeman; and Bart
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - February 1, 1938|
PLANT BILL SUBMITTED TO PWA
Federal Aides Asked to study Burling Measure for Camden Utility
City Commissioner Hartmann yesterday sent State Senator Burling's bill to enable Camden to borrow money for construction of a light plant to Dr. Clark Foreman, PWA counsel in Washington, for his perusal.
Immediately upon return of the measure Hartmann and Burling will confer and make any changes that may be suggested by the Federal official before the Senator introduces the bill.
The plan of procedure was out lined Saturday, when Hartmann appeared before the county legislative delegation at its weekly session. Burling introduced the bill last, year but was unsuccessful in getting it out of committee, although a companion measure, sponsored by former Assemblyman Bartholomew A. Sheehan, passed the House.
Mrs. Ida Pfeil, active in North Camden civic affairs, appeared before the lawmakers to press her point for a legislative embargo on the present discretion given. municipalities in the matter of charging interest on tax delinquencies.
Mrs. Pfeil contends taxation is "impoverishing the people." She said municipalities should be restricted from charging more than 1½ or 2 percent. Senator Burling and Assemblyman Lawrence H. Ellis pointed out that owners of properties on a large scale would defer payment of taxes if the interest rate is less than the interest they pay on borrowed money.
Burling said the bill already has been introduced in the Senate- S-10- to set a maximum of 4 percent interest on one-year delinquencies and 6 percent after the first year. The present law sets a limit of 8 percent.
Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
The way some of the members of the Camden County Republican Committee are behaving these days, the Democrats can stay home on their own meeting nights .... The Republicans are doing their work for them .... Now some 70 of the Republican committeemen have signed a petition to give Baird a job that won't pay him anything.... It's about time they're giving him something .... They took the U. S. Senatorship away from him .... Moore took the governorship away from him .... Woodruff took the state committeeship away from him .... The New Deal took the city commission away from him .... The New Deal took the freeholders away from him:.:. Somebody always is taking something away from Baird ....
It isn't a question of Baird's ability to fill the bridge job .... The only one to even mention that as an issue was Fred von Nieda .... He's a city commissioner, you know .... It's a matter of principle .... At least, that is what Florence Baker, state committeewoman, says .... Mrs. Baker is telling Senator, Clee and others at Trenton that they owe it to Baird to support him for the job because he has always helped Clee ...Let's, in all fairness to Baird, look at the record .... In the primary, during an address at the First Ward Republican Club, Dave Baird stated he was for Cliff Powell against Clee .... Mrs. Baker did not come out against Clee .... She didn't come out against Powell. Instead, she said she was neutral. In the general election, Mrs. Baker said she was for Clee. Baird never said he was for Clee. (If he had, Clee's majority of 35,000 would have gone to Moore) ....
So we don't think that Mrs. Baker is very convincing when she tells Clee that Baird helped Clee .... She said that the Camden county legislative delegation helped Clee's program against Hoffman. Was Baird a Democrat last year? Sheehan, Roye and Lodge were .... Burling was a Republican, and helped Clee, but he is not for Baird. Perhaps it was because Baird "helped" Clee's program against Hoffman opposition, that Hoffman slipped in Baird's appointment without the knowledge of Burling or the state or county committee members .... Mrs. Baker stated at a banquet that she has copies of the Courier-Post in 1931 in which Baird was praised for his bridge work .... If anyone cares to look at our files, we will show what Mrs. Baker said about Baird in the neighborhood of 1931. ... Or what we said about Baird at other times .... Also what Mr. van Nieda and Frank Travaline said.
But enough ado about nothing .... All we've done is talked about Baird when it had been our plan instead to talk about politics.
* * *
political ax is hanging over the head of a Mt. Ephraim official on the
charge he is assuming too much authority ..... The political ax hanging
over the heads of the Delaware township cops is about to be enmeshed in
litigation .... One of the policeman is a member of the P.B.A. which will
carry his fight into court in a case that will be a precedent for the
other township cops, too .... Herb Taylor will be county engineer if it
goes to a Republican .... It may be a Democrat however, and newest among
the candidates, on that side of the ledger is former City Commissioner Carroll
P. Sherwood .... There may be only one assistant county solicitor
instead of two in which case it will probably go to Carleton Rowand, city
school board member ....
By the way, don't, be surprised if under the new contract between the city and county on maintenance of the City Hall, the city takes full control of the building with consent of the county ... Which will be tough on some of the county jobholders ...* * *.
Assemblyman Allen now denies he wants all us newspaper fellers to go to the guillotine ... He says he meant lawyers ... Charlie Humes wants to be guillotined ... Standing up ... Incidentally, Charlie is defending his last-place position in the ping-pong league tonight… Firefighter Lennox went to church the other day… And found the roof braced up. When will the borough of Merchantville fix up that dangerous hole in Browning road at the railroad tracks north of Maple Avenue? ... Or is that in the township?
Whenever the state police want Detective Wojtkowiak at the prosecutor's office, ·they ask for "Sergeant Watchyourcoatandhat" … The Mt. Ephraim commissioners are going to buy a police car for their chief ... He's also in for a pay rise ... Bellmawr's chief of police won't get the salary increase he wants, but he will get an additional allowance for the use of his car ... Runnemede's two new cops will also get pay increases …
The other day an alarm was sent to every police department in the county and also to the Philadelphia cops that a car had been stolen in Audubon ... The culprit is glad no cops saw him ... He was none other than a police official who wanted to borrow a storekeeper's car but took the wrong one by mistake ... His face is almost as red as Vince (deP) Costello's ... At the K. of C. roller skating exhibition the other night, Luke McKenna did a few fancy turns ... Vince recalled he, too, had been pretty good at one time, so he essayed to show his friends ... His intentions were better than his legs, and a couple of well-wishers followed him around the floor with a stretcher.
This all happened quietly The Runnemede police received a complaint from two storekeepers ... It appears that a group of high school students from another town had stopped off at Runnemede to purchase some cakes ... Several other articles disappeared from the stores ... A few days later the dean of the high school went to Runnemede paid one shopkeeper $10 and the other $2.60 ... Representing the goods they said were taken ...
Aside to that clairvoyant weakly editor who reported yesterday that Joe Van Meter is going to be the Republican nominee for sheriff: A sheriff cannot succeed himself in New Jersey ... Silvio Fittipaldi, former Haddon Heights High star, is a veterinarian and doing nicely ... A Philadelphia college professor who lives in Pennsauken uses his spare time writing a book ... Home by 4.30 p.m. from work, he retires at 8 p.m., rises at 3.30 a.m., writes for four hours, breakfasts and goes to work ... The Playcrafters are busy rehearsing "Post Road" for Feb. 18 and 19 ... A warrant is in the mails for a suburban doctor ... Illegal operation ... Fred Homer. Merchantville song-bird, had an audition in New York recently before the Metropolitan Opera Audition Committee ... What Collingswood shopkeeper's missus is having trouble getting a costume for a minstrel show? ... They're still looking for better buses on Route 14 ...
Carlton Rowand told this one at a dinner the other night… The foreman on a western WPA job wired Farley for more materials to finish the job ... "We need 2000 shovels in a hurry," the foreman wired ..."We ran out of shovels," replied Farley. "Let the men lean on each other."
Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
|Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938|
New Faces Will Appear On Camden Election Board
There will be two new faces on the Camden County Board of Elections after March 1.
The terms of Charles J. Clark, Democrat, and William A. E. King, Republican, expire and Mercury has learned that neither will be reappointed.
The names of the appointees must be in the hands of the Governor by the first of the month, for confirmation, by the Senate. The names are submitted to Governor Moore by the respective State Committee, chairmen who in turn usually accepts them from the State Committee members and county chairmen,
State Republican Chairman Clayton Freeman will send the Republican nomination to the Governor. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna, state committeeman, has a letter from Freeman asking for the name of the Republican member to be appointed. It is likely that Freeman will send to the governor whatever name is given him by the Camden County members.
Thumbs Down on King
Hanna, Mrs. Florence Baker, state committeewoman and herself a member of the county election board, and Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, county G.O.P. chairman, have been holding numerous conferences on the subject.
Dr. Ewing has definitely turned thumbs down on King, Mrs. Baker, too, has refused to recommend King and it was said that Hanna will not recommend him.
As a matter of fact, Mercury learns. Dr. Ewing has a list of prospective candidates. The origin of the list is unknown but it includes a number of city and county candidates. Among these are William Lehman, manager at the Republican headquarters; George Tarter and Meyer Sakin, attorneys; Charles S. Wright, of East Camden; Jack Weinberg; George Roberts, of Collingswood; Curtis Walter, Pennsauken tax collector, and Harry Willson, Pennsauken assessor.
Mrs. Baker for Sakin
Mrs. Baker is reported to be for Sakin.
It wasn't known who Hanna is for, but reports have it that he may recommend George Walton, of Haddonfield. If Hanna does recommend Walton, who is from out in the county, it would leave the way open for appointment of a city member in the event Mrs. Baker, who accepted the membership temporarily, resigns.
Who the Democratic appointee will be is conjectural but it won't be Clark, who has been at odds with the city-county Democratic organization.
A number of names have come in for consideration, among them being John Morrissey, chairman of the excise board; Bart Sheehan, former assemblyman; Robert Wren, Pennsauken committeeman; John Crean, of Haddonfield; John Trainor, of Haddon Township, and Sidney Kaplan..
Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938
750 ATTEND DINNER TO HONOR JOHN
Green were the shamrocks from his own native Athlone that filled the big silver loving cup, and the First Citizen of the United States sent his best wishes to the First Citizen of
North Camden, so John
Daly had a birthday party last night without precedent in Camden social functions.
Political Camden, Republican and Democrat alike, came out to make a fete for the veteran official, and to cap the climax, this was the first banquet in the history of the city that played to "Standing Room Only."
Baskets of Flowers
John was lauded in song and story, and then was presented with flowers, four huge baskets of them. The First Ward Democratic Club gave their freeholder a silver loving cup, suitably engraved, and Katherine Janice, 9, told the guest of honor how much he was esteemed by the members of the club and people of the ward.
The guest table was thronged with the bigwigs of politics and the sachems of parties. They were introduced in turn and several of' them spoke, but the yells and the shouts and the greetings and the gifts were all for "good old John Daly."
Clarence E. Moullette, president of the First Ward Democratic Club, opened the program and introduced Freeholder Andrew J. McMahon as toastmaster. Mayor George E. Brunner was the first speaker and he told of the valor and strength John Daly had in politics, and the love shown him on every side.
Then Brunner had the toastmaster spring the grand piece of the evening, a letter of regret read even before those from Senator John Milton, Governor A. Harry Moore, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Elmer Wene and others.
This birthday message came from the White House and read as follows:
"The President has asked me to express his regret that it will not be possible for Mrs. Roosevelt and himself to accept the invitation to be present at the testimonial dinner in honor of Mr. John Daly.
"Will you please convey the President's greetings" and 'best wishes to your guest of honor."
Mrs. Mary E. Soistmann, former Assemblyman Bartholomew A. Sheehan and Henry D. Young, Jr. director of WPA, followed Brunner with congratulations.
McMahon then introduced celebrities to take a bow.
Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1938
|WCAM - George E. Brunner - Bartholomew A. Sheehan - Aaron Heine - Sidney Shur - Cam, Inc.|
July 1, 1941
CONFIRMED AS PROSECUTOR HERE
Senate Finally Approves Choice Announced by Edison 2 Months Ago
Trenton, June 30. - Firmin Michel, former Camden city solicitor, was confirmed tonight by the Senate as county prosecutor, succeeding Samuel P. Orlando. He was nominated two months ago by Governor Edison.
District Judge Bartholomew A. Sheehan, of Camden, was confirmed as a member of the State Labor Mediation Board.
Michel, widely known member of the South Jersey Bar, had the support of Mayor George E. Brunner, of Camden, and was favored by State Senator Alfred E. Driscoll, Republican majority leader and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Orlando has been serving as prosecutor by virtue of holding a position as special assistant attorney general. Opposition to Orlando's reappointment developed following suit he instituted for pay deducted under an economy program extending back several years.
Salary of prosecutor is $7500.
Driscoll, as the Senate representative of Camden county, blocked reappointment of Orlando in January and the position went over to the administration of Governor Edison when appointive powers of former Governor A. Harry Moore expired.
Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1944
|Camden Evening Courier - March 27, 1945|
William B. McDonald
|Mrs. Margaret Ensay
- Gertrude Bailey - Mary Thumm
Sylvia M. Goodwill - Elizabeth Heinemann
Helen Lynch - Mary Peacock - Hanna Mollihan - Sarah Currie
Alberta Platt - Elsie Stokes - Mrs. Anna Stehr
Kaighn Avenue - Chestnut Street
Kingston, NY Daily Freeman - December 9, 1948
Camden Courier-Post - May 14, 1949
Frank H. Ryan
First Ward Republican Club
Camden Courier-Post - November 13, 2001
" Happy Father’s Day "
Homily delivered by William J. Byron, S.J. at the
7:30am Mass on Sunday,
© Holy Trinity Church at Georgetown
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