Victoria
Nicktern


VICTORIA KWIATKOSKI NICKTERN was born September 25, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Vincent and Dora Kwiatkowski. The family moved to Camden thereafter, and three children, Wassie, Rosie, and Frank followed. When the Census was taken in 1910, the family, which also included Dora's parents Joseph and Mary Buoskowksi, lived at 926 Federal Street.  By the end of 1919 Vincent Kwiatkowski had passed, and his widow Dora had moved to 224 North 12th Street. 

Victoria Kwiatkowski had met a young man from Camden, George Nicktern and the two fell quite in love. World War I intervened, however, and George, who had previously served in the United States Army, returned to service. Upon his return they wed, and by 1920 The couple lived at 1152 Penn Street when the census was taken in January of 1920. He was then working at a leather factory. George and Victoria Nicktern would remain at the Penn Street address through at least April of 1930.  By then there were two daughters, Elizabeth and Edna. Victoria Nicktern's brother, Frank Kwiatkowski, resided with the family as well.

George Nicktern joined the Camden Police Department on September 1, 1925. By June of 1940 the family was living at 20 Leonard Avenue in East Camden. The Nickterns were active with the Mathews-Purnell Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, whose post home was at 2712 Hayes Avenue in Cramer Hill. In 1951 Victoria Nicktern served as president of the post's Ladies Auxiliary.

George S. Nicktern passed away on March 9, 1952 and was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ three days later. His wife Victoria Nicktern remained at the home on Leonard Avenue until 1972. Her last days were spent with her daughter Edna in Pine Beach NJ. Victoria Nicktern passed away on December 17, 1995 and lies next to her husband.


Victoria Kwiatkowski

This Photo of Victoria Kwiatkowski Nicktern is dated 1915. Wording on the back mentions Liberty Bonds, which were first authorized in April of 1917. 


Victoria Nicktern

1940s


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Matthew-Purnell Group to Seat New Officers 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

New officers of the ladies auxiliary of the Corporal Matthews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue, Thursday night. 

Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past department president, will act as conductress and install the following:

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford and Mrs. Betty Horner, vice presidents; Mrs. Carrie Bean, treasurer; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Popaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Frati, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee.

Delegates to the district are Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Ella Gaunt, Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Mulford. 

Alternates are Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Flanagan, Mrs. Ella Hasher, Mrs. Anna Messick, Mrs. Frati and Mrs. Mathews.

Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli helped install a new auxiliary at the Collingswood VFW post last Wednesday. Thursday the Matthew-Purnell auxiliary held a dinner at Kenney's honoring Department President Mrs. Carrie.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Will Install Steifel Tonight As Post Head 

Irving L. Stiefel, veteran of War II, who received a Bronze Star for heroism on Okinawa, will be installed tonight as commander of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Past Department Commander, Joseph H. Meade will act as installing officer. 

Stiefel served in the 77th Division during World War II, serving in the Pacific-Asiatic theatre. 

Others to be installed are Orris Smith, senior vice commander; Robert Cornog, junior vice commander: Chester Knaub Sr., quartermaster; Burroughs Messick, adjutant; John H. Mohrfeld 3d, post advocate: Stephen L. Walter, chaplain; Chester Knaub Jr., surgeon, and John Morgandale, officer of the day. 

Irving R. Steifel

Also, Alvah S. Ward, patriotic instructor; John Mulford, historian; William Mountney Jr., service officer; Paul H. Fredericks : Sr., legislative officer: James Flanigan Sr., two-year trustee; Amos Hawk, one-year trustee; William Mountney Sr., assistant adjutant: Edward Kinsley, guard; Clifford Knaub, national color bearer; Frederick Sauer, post 61 color bearer; James Flanigan Jr., bugler; Joseph Hasher, Public relations officer; Orris Smith, entertainment chairman; William Mountney Jr., canteen chairman; William Mountney Sr., poppy chairman; Stephen L. Walter, Memorial Day chairman, and Louis Kupper, State Fair chairman.

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern will be installed as president of the post auxiliary by Past Department President Carrie R. Bean assisted by Conductress Theresa Mungioli, who also is a past department president.

Also to be seated are Mrs. Mary Clifford, senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice-president; Carrie R. Bean, treasurer; Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Fratti, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee, and the following delegates to the district convention: Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Horner; Mrs. Ella Gauntt and Mrs. Mulford.

Alternates are Mrs. Fratti, Mrs. Margaret Worrel, Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. James Flanigan, Mrs. Ella Hasher and Mr.. Anna Messick. A buffet will be served after the installations.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

NEW OFFICERS elected by the Ladies Auxiliary of Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed Thursday night at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue.

They include Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford, senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice-president; Carrie R. Bean, treasurer; Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Fratti, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Matthew-Purnell Group to Seat New Officers 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

New officers of the ladies auxiliary of the Corporal Matthews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue, Thursday night. 

Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past department president, will act as conductress and install the following:

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford and Mrs. Betty Horner, vice presidents; Mrs. Carrie Bean, treasurer; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Frati, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee.

Delegates to the district are Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Ella Gaunt, Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Mulford. 

Alternates are Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Flanagan, Mrs. Ella Hasher, Mrs. Anna Messick, Mrs. Frati and Mrs. Mathews.

Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli helped install a new auxiliary at the Collingswood VFW post last Wednesday. Thursday the Matthew-Purnell auxiliary held a dinner at Kenney's honoring Department President Mrs. Carrie.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Auxiliary Names' Committee Heads 

Mrs. Millie Petit was appointed color bearer by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW. 

Other appointments include Mrs. Bean. building fund chairman; Mrs. Margaret Worrell, national home fund; Mrs. Mary Clifford, Americanization fund; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, New Jersey Cottage fund; Mrs. Phil Frati, legislation chairman; Mrs. Catherine Corbett. ways and means committee head; Mrs. Bertha Klose, Red Cross chairman, and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, chairman of the cancer and publicity committees.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Mathews-Purnell Aides To Meet Wednesday

The ladies auxiliary of Corporal Mathews-Purnell VFW Post 518 will meet Wednesday evening in the post hall, 2712 Hayes avenue. 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern will head a committee including Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Mary Clifford. Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Margaret Worrell and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Mathews-Purnell Post, 518 V.F.W. Auxiliary Doings

By MRS. B. KNAUB

The regular weekly meeting of the Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518, VFW, will be held Friday evening, at 8:30 p. m. in the Post Home, 2712 Hayes Ave. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, will preside.

Mrs. Ella Cornog was admitted as a member of the Auxiliary. Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks was appointed Convention Fund Chairman.

Mrs. Carrie Bean, Past Department President installed the following Auxiliaries - Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Past Department President, as installing Conductress; Oaklyn-Bettlewood Auxiliary, 4463, Friday night; Paulsboro Auxiliary, 678, Thursday night, and Westmont Auxiliary, 713, Saturday night.  


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Square Dance

The auxiliary of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will hold a square dance Saturday night in the auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Junior High School, Twenty-sixth street and Hayes avenue, it was announced by Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, publicity chairman.

Mrs. Betty Horner is committee chairman, assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Phil Frati, Mrs. Millie Petit and Mrs. Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Post 518 Auxiliary Planning for Fair

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the weekly meeting of the ladies auxiliary of Corporal Mathews­Purnell Post 518 VFW. Louis Silverman and Chester Knaub spoke about post activities at the forthcoming South Jersey State Fair. 

Mrs. Margaret Worrell was appointed chairman of the auxiliary committee for fair activities. Mrs. Nicktern and Mrs. Esther Rowand are committee members. 

A donation will be made by the group to the Blind Artist fund. Members of the auxiliary attended the Salvation Army band concert and also services at the Bethany Baptist church, an annual pre-Memorial Day custom with the group.


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

Delegates Named to State Council at Newark

Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, of the Ladies Auxiliary, Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, were designated at a recent auxiliary meeting to attend a session of the State Council on Sunday at the Military park hotel, Newark. 

Mrs. Bean is chairman of the state budget committee, and Mrs. Mungioli is chairman of the state finance committee. Both women are past department presidents. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the local auxiliary presided at the session which named Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli as representatives to the Newark meeting. 

The auxiliary conducted a cake sale Friday to raise funds for its organization's activities. 

The names of two young people who were among eight receiving awards at Veterans Memorial Junior High school graduation, exercises for outstanding work during the term, and had not been reported previously have been announced as Joan Wark and John Parks. 


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

VFW CAKE SALE 

Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post 518 VFW, Ladies Auxiliary will hold a cake sale at Twenty-seventh Street and Westfield Avenue Friday, with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern actmg as chairman. 


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

Group Plans Sale Of Buddy Poppies All Next Week 
By MAE GIFFORD

Ladies of the VFW auxiliary will sell poppies all next week to aid disabled veterans and the maintenance of the VFW national home at Eaton Rapids, Mich., for orphans and widows of deceased and totally disabled veterans.

A motion was made to donate funds to the Salvation Army at a meeting of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518, VFW. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the auxiliary, presided at the affair. The auxiliary also voted to sponsor a booth at the South Jersey State Fair. 

On Sunday the post and auxiliary attended memorial services at Bethany Baptist Church.


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

VFW Convention Opens Wednesday At Asbury Park 

Asbury Park, June 25.-The 1951 encampment of the VFW Department of New Jersey and its auxiliary will begin here at 9 a. m. Wednesday.

The sessions will open at 9 a. m. with registration, followed by a ladies auxiliary department council meeting. Slated for the same day are a joint opening session and annual memorial services and a VFW Department Council of Administration meeting at the Monterey hotel.

Registration will continue Thursday, followed by business sessions and an encampment dinner and a department auxiliary presidents' dinner. On Friday there will be business sessions followed by a cootie session, election of officers and a cootie torchlight parade.

Auxiliary district presidents will hold a breakfast Saturday, followed by other business sessions, a pageant of bugles and drums and a military ball at the Monterey hotel.  

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, of Camden, has engaged a suite of rooms at the Monterey, and Camden Post 980 will have a suite of rooms in the Kingsley Arms hotel. 


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

AUXILIARY 518 will hold its regular monthly card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue, Mrs. Alberta Pursch chairman, announced. The following members have been named to the reception committee: Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Popayck, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 

Prize awards were given five school children for outstanding classroom work. They were Geraldine Suffern, Veterans Junior High school; Ernest Andrews and Marie Madish, Washington school, and Martha Noezker and Arthur Colsey, Sharp school. 


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

VFW Auxiliary Plans Card Party Wednesday

A card party sponsored by Corporal Mathew-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518, V. F. W., will be held Wednesday at 2172 Hayes avenue. 
Mrs. Victoria Nicktern chairman, will be in charge. Her committee includes Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna. Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice, Fredericks, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Millie Pettit, Mrs. Betty Harmon and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518 Auxiliary is conducting a cake sale today at Twenty-seventh and Federal Streets. Mrs. Victona Nicktern, president of the unit, is chairman.

Mrs. Carrie R. Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, both past department presidents, and members of the post, will attend the State Council meeting Sunday at Military Park hotel, Newark. 


Camden Courier-Post - August 1951

CORPORAL MATTHEW-PURNELL 518 auxiliary voted a donation to the visiting nurse association at the August 17th meeting. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided when the action was taken


Camden Courier-Post - August 17, 1951

COMMITTEES were named at the last meeting of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, to plan for the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the post and its auxiliary. 

The event will be observed with a dinner all the night of October 27 in the parish hall of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Twenty-eighth street and River avenue. Irving L. Stiefel, commander, has named as members of the anniversary committee Orris Smith, Alvah S. Ward, Paul H. Fredericks, John Morgandale, Albert Morgandale, Burrough Messick, Stephen Walters, Chester Knaub Sr., Louis Silverman, William Mountney, Albert Cornog and Michael Mungioli. Silverman and Messick are in charge of tickets. Members of the auxiliary committee include Mrs. Carrie Bean, co-chairman; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, and Mrs. Esther Rowand.

The auxiliary will meet tonight at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue with Mrs. Nicktern, president presiding. 


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Card Party 

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary, Post 518, VFW, will hold a card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue.

The regular meeting of the ladies auxiliary to Cpl. Mathew-Purnell post 518 VFW, was held with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge of the affair . 

The monthly card party of the ladies auxiliary will be held next Wednesday evening at 2712 Hayes avenue.

Chairman of the event is Mrs. Thomas Mungioli, with Mrs. Carrie Bean, co-chairman. The card party committee includes: Mrs. Nicktern, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. 
Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Matthews, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Filomena Frate and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.  


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Card Party 

Corporal Mathews-Purnelll Ladies Auxiliary, Post 518, VFW, will hold a card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue.

Betty Horner, chairman for the affair, has named this committee to assist her: Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beanie Dilks, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Papaycik Mrs. Anna Mathews and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.

The committee was given its assignment at the regular auxiliary meeting Friday evening, with Mrs. Nicktern presiding. 


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

CORPORAL MATHEWS-PURNELL Ladies Auxiliary, Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will conduct a monthly card party next Wednesday evening at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue. Mrs. Theresa Mungioli and Mrs. Carrie Bean are co-chairmen of the committee, other members of which follow: Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Phil Frati and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post Auxiliary auxiliary met recently with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge.

The auxiliary will sponsor a rummage sale Thursday and Friday at 820 Kaighn avenue. Mrs. Theresa Mungioli is chairman.


Camden Courier-Post - October 1951

Mathews-Purnell Post To Mark 30th Year 

The 30th anniversary banquet of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, and the 29th anniversary of its auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p. m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish hall, Twenty-eighth Street and River Road. 

The program will be presided over jointly by Irving Steifel, post commander, and Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, auxiliary president. Arrangements are being made by Michael Mungioli and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, who said a program of entertainment would follow the banquet at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue.. 


Camden Courier-Post - October 1951

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post Ladies Auxiliary No. 518, VFW, presided at Friday's weekly meeting of the auxiliary. The women's organization contributed to the Community Chest drive. 

A district meeting will be held at the Salvation Army home, Fifth and Market streets, at 8 p. m. today. Mrs. Carrie Bean was appointed Community Fund chairman of the ladies' auxiliary. 


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951

518 TO MARK 30TH BIRTHDAY SATURDAY

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518 will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a dinner with the Ladies Auxiliary in the parish hall of the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, River Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, Saturday, at 7 p, m. This will be the 29th anniversary for the auxiliary. 

The Rev. William J. O'Rourke will give the invocation, the Rev. Warren G. Jennings will say grace and Rabbi Max Weine the benediction.

Eleven Gold Star Mothers will be honored guests of Commander Irving J. Stiefel. They are Mrs. Ada Mathews, Mrs. Katherine Corbett, Mrs. Marie Hunt, Mrs. Catherine Cahill, Mrs. Harry Maisch, Mrs. Joseph Selah, Mrs. Walter Haines, Mrs. Charles Reynolds, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. John A. Gorman, and Mrs. Mary Simpson.

Other invited guests are Congressman Wolverton, Mrs. Alice Trimble, department senior vice president, Ladies Auxiliary; Mrs. Florence E. Stark, past national president; Mrs. Mary Norcross, Seventh District president; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern , president of the 508 auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Ryan; Mrs. John J. Tischner; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Meade, Mrs. Herbert L. Stoolman, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pfrommer, Mrs. George Clymer, Mrs. Fiore Malacrea, Mrs. Warren G. Jennings, Mrs. Max Weine, Albert J. Gifford, past commander, Camden county council; Alvah S. Ward, department chief of staff; County Commander Schuler; Southern area membership chairman, and many others. 

The toastmaster will be Stoolman. Michael Mungioli is banquet chairman, and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, past department president,  co-chairman. They will be assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nick tern, president of the 518 auxiliary; Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, decorations; Mrs. Esther Rowan, Edna Weaver and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, recreation, and Orris Smith, program. 

At a meeting of the post at 2712 Hayes Avenue; Stiefel welcomed two new members, Robert C. Barr, who served in the army, and Gordon Kraft, navy, in World War II. Steve Walter reported that Otto Self is ill in the Philadelphia Naval hospital. Joseph Hasher reported Edward Bossett was in Cooper hospital and doing nicely. He is in room 14.

At the entertainment last Saturday night, with "Big Time" Charlie Crane as master of ceremonies, the following sang: Dot Flanigan, "Sweetheart" of 518; Fred Falkerberger; Ann Flanigan, "Singing Waitress"; Lois "Singing Cow Girl," and Mike "Medals" Mungioli..


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951

MARKING TWO ANNIVERSARIES Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post, VFW, and its auxiliary, were felicitated Saturday by Herbert L. Stoolman, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Mrs. Victoria Nicktern and Irving L. Stiefel.

Congress Responsibility at New Peak, Wolverton Tells VFW Birthday Group

"At no time has the responsibility of Congress and the responsibility of the citizen been greater than at present," Congressman Charles A. Wolverton told an audience Saturday night celebrating the anniversaries of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, VFW, and its auxiliary.

The congressman was principal speaker at a banquet in St. Anthony of Padua parish hall marking the 30th anniversary of the VFW post and the 29th anniversary. of its auxiliary. 

Wolverton praised the leaders of the post and commended its record in community activities. He also paid tribute to the Gold Star mothers who were present as honor guests. 

Sketches Own Career 

He then sketched his own career in Congress in order to show the great changes which the country has undergone in recent times. 

"When I went to Congress," he said, "we were in an era of prosperity and then came the depression followed by World War II and the Korean situation. At no other time have I had such an overpowering sense of my responsibilities as a member of Congress as I now have.

Our citizens should also be aware of the enormity of their responsibility.


Camden Courier-Post - November 1951

MATHEWS-PURNELL POST 518 met at 2712 Hayes avenue. Commander Irving L. Stiefel welcomed two members, Robert C. Barr and Charles E. Wilson, both veterans of War II. 

Bernard Brown reported that Edward Bassett who underwent three operations in Cooper hospital, was improving at home. Chester Knaub Sr. reported Robert Louis was ill in Cooper Hospital. Robert Morgandale reported that the Last Man's club of War II was progressing and will 
make a report later. 

After the meeting, a buffet luncheon was sponsored by Commander Steifel in honor of the past commanders and officers of the post and the auxiliary. One hundred and twenty-five members and visitors attended. Among the guests were Mabel Dukes, District Chief Edgar R. Ellender of the Camden fire department, and William E. Hilbmann, who was introduced as the public relations officer of Camden county council. Steifel presented Hilbmann with a pot of flowers. 

Hilbmann responded with a few remarks and said he could look back to 30 years ago when John C. Stroud and Raymond G. Price stopped at his house and suggested of the formation of a VFW post in Cramer Hill. "The go ahead sign was given and here's what you see today, one of the finest and best VFW posts in the whole state," Hilbmann said.

Steifel thanked the hosts for their services. They are past presidents of the 518 auxiliary, Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, Mrs. Ruth Ibes, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice Frederick and Mrs. Etta Papaycik. Also introduced were Past Post Commanders Chester Knaub Sr., Peter Winters Sr., Michael Mungioli, William S. Mountney Sr., 
Stephen L. Walter and Alvah S. Ward. Other post officers introduced were Orris Smith Sr., vice-commander; Robert Cornog Jr., vice commander; Chester Knaub Sr., quartermaster; Burroughs Messick, adjutant; Stephen L. Walter, chaplain; Joseph Hasher, public relations.

Others present were Chester Knaub Jr., John Morgandale, William Mountney Jr., Frederick Sauers, James Flanigan Sr. and James Flanigan Jr. 
Auxiliary officers were Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mary Clifford, Senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice president; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena, conductress, and Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Edna Flanigan and Mrs. Millie Pettit, guards.
 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the weekly meeting of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518 at the post home. The Patriotic Conference held in Washington, D. C. was attended by Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, both past department presidents. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Members of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518 auxiliary met Friday night with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge. Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past presidents, attended the council meeting Sunday at Newark.


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Demonstration Planned By VFW Auxiliary 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at a meeting of the Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary No. 518, held Friday in the post home. It was decided to hold a miscellaneous demonstration Friday night. Mrs. Ruth Ibe has been named chairman of the affair. 

Plans also were discussed for the annual Christmas party. Mrs. Mary Clifford was named chairman of the party committee. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

A MONTHLY CARD PARTY will be held next Wednesday evening by Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary Post 518 at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue. Mrs. Etta Papaycik and Mrs. Edna Weaver are co-chairmen of the committee. Other members are Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Philip Frati, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Ella Hasher and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

LADIES AUXILIARY of VFW Post 518 will hold its Christmas party tonight at the post home, 2712 Hayes avenue. The party is being held in conjunction with the post, and is in charge of Mary Clifford, chairman, and Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

VFW Auxiliary News: 
Christmas Events Slated by Posts During Week 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the regular weekly meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary 518, VFW, Friday night. The post's annual Christmas party will be held at the post home next Thursday night. Mrs. Mary Clifford has been named chairman of the party committee. 


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