MAHLON FOWLER IVINS JR. was born in Camden NJ in 1878. The Ivins family lived at 535 Arch Street in Camden at the time of the 1880 census, by 1887 they had moved to 525 Arch. Mahlon F. Ivins Sr. operated M.F. Ivins and Company, a painting business, was involved in banking, served two terms on the Camden City Council, and two terms as a Camden County Freeholder in the late 1880s and early 1890s.
Mahlon Ivins Jr. attended the Bordentown Military Institute and served during the Spanish-American War. In the February 23, 1901 edition of the Trenton (NJ) Times, it was printed that "Mahlon F. Ivins, formerly a student at B.M.I. was calling on friends here today."
An active member of the Elks in Camden, he took part as a cast member in the lodge's fourth annual minstrel show on May 1, 1902.
In the early 1900s Mahlon Ivins Jr. wed Florence Stiles. They eventually settled in Merchantville NJ, where they lived at 27 Walnut Street. His next door neighbors were the Mark Lewis family, their son, Major Mark Lewis, a West Point graduate, was killed while on active duty in a plane crash at the outset of the war.
Mahlon F. Ivins Jr. served during World War I, and the 1930 census shows him as a Captain with the New Jersey Quartermaster Department, most likely working at the National Guard Armory in Camden. Mahlon F. Ivins Jr. was also involved in civic affairs, and was a member of the Centennial Anniversary Committee of Camden New Jersey, which planned events for the 1928 celebration of 100 years of Camden's founding. The committee was composed of Charles S. Boyer, Chairman; T. Yorke Smith, E.G.C. Bleakly, Mahlon F. Ivins Jr., Fred S. Caperoon and Frank S. Albright.
Mahlon F. and Florence Ivins Jr. were still residing in Merchantville as of 1947.
Paul Mathis, the famous Camden-born dancer, was the nephew of Mahlon Ivins Jr.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
More than 2500
persons attended a joint veterans memorial observance in Convention
Hall which followed a parade of veterans and civic organizations
The parade was
headed by a squad of motorcycle
police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the
band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th
Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon
F. Ivins, Jr.
Then came the
massed colors, National Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans,
John J. Pershing Camp No.9, United War Veterans, Gen.
John A. Mather Post No. 18, Spanish War Veterans with their fife and
drum corps and the Clara E. Waller Auxiliary; Posts 518 and 980
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their bugle corps; Mt. Ephraim Junior
Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps; Public Service American Legion Post and
bugle corps; Westmont American Legion Post and bugle corps; 50
Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs. Mary E. Hewson; Elks
color guard and the Salvation Army and band.
G. A. R. Vets
Three veterans of the G. A. R., in
flag-draped automobiles, participated in
the parade. They were John
W. Coleman, 76, of 31 North
Thirty-fifth street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry;
William A. Morgan, 93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown
Infantry, and Leonard L. Roray,
89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New Jersey Cavalry.
Ceremonies at Convention
Hall opened with
advance of the colors to the stage and invocation by Rabbi Nachmann Arnoff.
Bratten Du Bell, former chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a
memorial address, taking as his subject the career of General
A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American
and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to
support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment
He attacked any
plan for balancing the national budget which does so at the expense of the
two ways to balance the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the
money from the veterans and federal employees. The other is to require
wealth to help."
Veterans of Foreign Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services
and rituals also featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont,
pronounced the benediction. C.
Richard Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was
master of ceremonies.
The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whylings, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies..
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938
Mrs. Mahlon Ivins Jr., of Merchantville, is spending a few weeks at the Pancoast Hotel, Miami.
Camden Courier-Post - July 23, 1941
Mahlon F. Ivins
Jr. - Louis Naples - Willard Schriver - George E. Brunner
Camden Courier-Post - July 31, 1941
|Frederick W. Grigg Post No. 68 American Legion|
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