EDWARD ADAM PREISENDANZ was the son of Rudolph and Annie Priesendanz. He was born in Camden NJ on November 14, 1883. Rudolph Priesendanz. was in the wagon building business, first working for Jacob Rettberg, then opening his own shop, and eventually buying Rettberg's West Jersey Wagon Works, at 15-17 Market Street. The business expanded to 15-21 Market Street, and specialized in building and repairing the light and heavy business wagons used by Camden's many small and large businesses. The firm also maintained a lumber and storage facility across the street at 14 Market Street. He also later acquired Jacob Rettberg's wagon showroom (the equivalent of a new car dealership) at the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and Market Street.
When Edward Preisendanz was born the family lived at 122 Elm Street. The 1887-1888 Camden City Directory shows that Rudolph Preisendanz had moved to 109 Linden Street, and that his business was then located a short walk away, at 111 Front Street. Another son was also born to the family, Rudolph Jr., in 1890. The family was still living at 109 Linden Street at that time. By the turn of the century the Preisendanz family had moved to 211 Pearl Street.
The Preisendanz business was quite successful, however, Rudolph Preisendanz Sr. suffered from a bad heart. Struck by a near fatal attack around Christmas of 1907, he was revived, but suffered a second and fatal heart attack on January 28, 1908. His sons Edward and Rudolph Jr., better known as Rud, subsequently took over the family business. Mrs. Priesendanz, daughter Henrietta, and Rud Jr. were still residing at 211 Pearl Street when the Census was taken in 1910.
Edward Preisendanz had married in 1907. When the 1910 Census was enumerated he and wife Claudia were living at 215 Elm Street. A daughter, Annie, was born in 1910. The house was damaged whem hit by a falling tree when a tornado hit Camden on April 2, 1903. The family was still at 215 Elm Street as late as 1914.
Edward Preisendanz registered for the draft in September of 1918. He and his wife Claudia were then making their home at 636 Penn Street, across the street from prominent Camden attorney Howard M. Cooper. They stayed on Penn Street through at least 1927. By 1929 Edward Preisendanz, his family and his widowed mother had moved to 1381 Kenwood Avenue in Parkside.
By 1917 the family business had been relocated to 34-44 North 5th Street. This property was acquired during the construction of City Hall and turned into the park which became known as Roosevelt Plaza. The business, which was then known as Rudolph Preisendanz Sons and run by Rud Preisendanz Jr., moved to 1706-1716 Federal Street in East Camden, where it specialized in truck bodies. This property had been an automobile dealership as late as 1929.
Edward Preisendanz and his brother Rud also partnered in a real estate company called the Gillanz Company with Lee J. Gill, a contractor who lived in Merchantville, in the 1920s. Their business was located at 4 North 2nd Street.
Edward and Rud Jr., carried on the family business through 1930. Both Edward and Rud Jr. were active in the fund raising drive that culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel. Edward Preisendanz also was a charter member of Camden's Rotary Club. Rudolph Preisendanz Sr. was active in civic and fraternal circles, including the Camden Lodge of Elks. Edward and Rud Jr. would follow in his father's footsteps with the Elks.
In 1930 the Preisendanz brothers sold the body business to longtime employee Robert Becker. Edward Preisendanz and Rud Preisendanz Jr. went into the broadcast business, setting up the Broadcast Advertising Company. This firm leased municipally-owned radio station WCAM in the 1930s.
Edward Preisendanz passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 1933 after being stricken with what the newspapers reported as acute indigestion. He was 49 years old at the time of his passing. Edward Preisendanz was survived by a daughter, Anna, his mother, Mrs. Anna C. Preisendanz, and his brother Rud Jr. By January of 1938 Rud Preisendanz Jr. had by the passed away. By 1947 the body works had closed, and at 1706-1716 Federal Street a Food Fair grocery store had been erected.
Philadelphia Inquirer * April 3, 1912
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 25, 1913
|Camden Courier-Post - January 11, 1928|
|THEY’LL FROLIC AT ELKS FROLIC|
Are All Set For Hi-Hat Show
Offering the pick of local talent under skillful direction in an ambitious revue, the annual Elks Frolic for 1928 will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in the Elks auditorium at Cooper and Seventh Streets.
is the title of the new revue and the appearance of Elsa Dorn is a
feature. The revue opens with an act programmed as “Hits and Bits”, in
which Rud Preisendanz will act as master of ceremonies. From that point
on, the revue makes its way through a series of dances, songs, spectacles
and comedy skits until its conclusion.
H. Iszard, chairman of the frolic committee, also becomes an actor in the
performance. Others in the cast include the following.
Vansciver, Ronald Hollingsworth, Fred Peterson, Elmore Craft Jr., Dorothy
McDonna, Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jeanette Smith, Dot McGuire,
Dot Hemphill, Bill Geyer.
Hill, Lillian Starke, Irma Huff, Virginia Simms, Mary Hall, “Billie”
Dryer, Anna Prayne, Margaret Printz.
McCarthy, Dorothy Ferat, Ed Brewer, Charles Wright, Fred Peterson, Dave
Reese, Biel Davis, Bill Huff, Lillian Hill, Roland Hollingsworth, Ed
Kelly, Al Durfer, Ed
Preisendanz, Bert Poland, Curt Hitchner, Jack
Sauerhoff, Perrin G. Somers Jr., Alberta O’Hara.
Harry Todd, Pete McGuire, Bill Gravenstine, Paul Horompo, Frances Brabazon, Irma Huff, Ella Huff, Eleanor Townsend, Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jeanette Smith, Mary Hall, Anna Prayne, Margaret Printz, Marie Carmichael, Elmore Craft, Charles Wright, Joe Hill, Larry Callahan, Harry Glazer, William Ambright, Frank Garrison, Ralph Willey, Jr., William Leckfeld.
January 13, 1928
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ELKS FROLIC IS INSTANT SUCCESS
arid melodious, bearing the mark of skillful coaching and disclosing
notable talent, the annual Elks’ Frolic was given its first
performance last evening.
appreciative audience applauded the various performers and their skits
as the array of ‘Camden and South Jersey talent offered their musical
or humorous wares from the stage of the Elks’ auditorium, at Seventh
to the public, the revue, which hears the title of “Hi-Hat,” is to
be presented again this evening and tomorrow evening, Not only does
the large cast bear no hint of amateurishness in the performance, but
through the frolic, the public is given an opportunity to see a number
of men prominent in business and professional circles in Camden turn
entertainers for the evening. William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, is
a member of the cast of “Hi-Hat”. So is Rud
ruler of the Camden Elks’ Lodge and prominent businessman.
opening act, ‘Hits and Bits,” gives opportunity to a group of clever
singers and dancers. Prominent In this act is Preisendanz as ‘master
of ceremonies.” The specialties introduce Justin McCarthy, Bill
Guyer, Jannette Smith, Dorothy Ferat, Cliff Okerson, Charles Wright,
Virginia Sims and Joe Hill. A dancing chorus composed of Dorothy McDonna,
Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jannette Smith, Dot McGuire, Dot
Hemphill, Catherine Hill, Lillian Starke, Francis Brahazon, Mary Hall,
Bernice Hendrickson and Irma Huff, execute a series of timed dances.
Miss Elsa Dorn has an important role in this and subsequent scenes.
blackface novelty Introduces Pete McGuire and Harry Toll in “The
juvenile diversion features Kathleen Lyle and Ruth Matthiessen. It is
called “We Moderns” and
depicts a child’s idea of the modern flapper and her collegiate
sketch dealing with one of the vital problems of the day entitled
Fairy Tales’ sung by Katherine Hill and Lillian Stark, tells the song
story of fairy tales of the past compared to fairy tales of modern
times. The sketches are played by Lillian Hill and Justice McCarthy.
playlet of the “collegiate” mode is called “The Elopers”.
song numbers by Perrin G. Somers are interpolated in the act.
Musica1 Tourists,” a parody on the popular songs of the day, coupled
in such a manner that they tell the story of the purchase of a
second-hand touring car, is one of the hits of the performance. In. this
act are Ed Kelly, Al Durfer, Ed
Preisendanz, Ben Hardy, Harry Todd, Bill
Guyer and Jack Sauerhoff.
Elks’ “Madcap Dancing Ensemble” introduces a series of clever
dances by Frances Brahazon, Alberta O'Hara and Virginia Sims. In this
are acrobatic, ballet, waltz, clog, buck and eccentric dancing
closing scene, beautifully mounted in costumes and scenery, has, has
been given the title “Palate D’Or.’’ Prominent among the
performers are Charles Murray, Bert Poland, Jack Sauerhoff, Ed Kelly,
Bill Gravenstine, Elsa Dorn, Pete McGuire, Ed
Preisendanz, Harry Todd,
Al Durfer, Dave Reese, Dot McGuire, Dorothy McDonna, Irma Huff, Pail
Horompf, Lillian Starke, and Rud
Preisendanz. A mixed chorus of fifteen
voices lends color to the scene. Am augmented orchestra was under the
direction of Perrin G. Somers, director of the frolic.
The curtain rises promptly at 8:30.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JUNE 8, 1933|
Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933
A resolution was passed protesting an increase in power authorized by the federal government to Station WORC and WEPS, of Worcester, Mass. An increase to 1280 kilocycles and to 500 watts causes interference in broadcasting, from WCAM, the resolution pointed out.
Another resolution was adopted by the commission clarifying to the federal government its position relative to responsibility as· to operation of WCAM. It was pointed out in the resolution that the mayor and city clerk had entered a supplemental agreement with the Broadcast Advertising Company, which leases the station from Camden. The government desired to establish that nothing be construed in the agreement which would relieve Camden from responsibility in operation of the station.
October 11, 1933
Camden Rotary Club
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JANUARY 18, 1938|
John J. Crean
George E. Brunner
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