EDWARD J. BORDEN SR. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 12, 1888 to John and Beatrice Borden, both of whom were born in Canada. The elder Borden was a boilermaker by trade. The family moved to Illinois shortly after Edward Borden's birth, residing there as early as 1890 and as late as July of 1899, when his sister Beatrice was born. The family soon relocated again, this time to Wilmington DE, where they resided at 1205 Elm Street.
Edward J. Borden served as a quartermaster in the United States Navy for four years, He was serving aboard the battleship USS Minnesota in May of 1910 when the Census was enumerated.
By 1914 Edward J. Borden had left the Navy and moved to Camden NJ. He married shortly before the 1914 Camden City Directory was compiled. Edward Borden and his wife Mary lived at 422 North 3rd Street. He was working, according to the directory, as a "book folder" When he registered for the draft in 1917, Edward Borden was living at 422 North 3rd Street and working as a bookbinder. He later went into real estate.
In the spring of 1933 Edward J. Borden Sr. was elected president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
In order to address the need for low-cost housing in Camden and to assess other projects, on August 10, 1933 the Camden Board of City Commissioners and the Camden County Board of Freeholders appointed a joint City-County Public Works Survey Committee, the purpose of which was to pass upon all proposed projects for federal aid under the national recovery program. The committee consisted of 17 men prominent in business, labor, and political life appointed by Mayor Stewart and Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, Director of the Board of Freeholders. The members were Mayor Stewart, Dr. Ewing, David Baird Jr., Representative Charles A. Wolverton, J. David Stern, Norman Parker, Edward J. Borden, Harry L. Maloney, Ernest Bartelt, Ernest R. Lewis, Dr. Thomas B. Lee, former State Senator William T. Read, Albert S. Woodruff, Wilfred W. Fry, J. William Markham, Grover C. Richman and William H. Dobbins.
The 1930 Census was living at 561 Washington Street in Camden NJ with wife Mary and their children Bernice, 14, John, 12, and Edward, 10. He by this time was engaged in the real estate business. When he registered for the draft again in 1942, he had moved his family to 2608 Baird Boulevard in East Camden. His real estate business was then located at 702 Market Street. He was still at both addresses through 1947. Edward Borden Sr. had moved to the Parkview Apartments in Collingswood NJ by October of 1956. His real estate business was still at 702 Market Street as late as 1959, but by 1970 it had moved to 738 Market Street. A suburban branch on Route 70 in what was then Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) was established in the late 1950s.
Edward J. Borden was last a resident of Oaklyn NJ. He passed away in December of 1975. His son, Edward J. Borden Jr. served as Camden County Prosecutor, and was still active in civic affairs as late as 2006.
Scene on board a battleship, probably USS Minnesota, circa 1910
|Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932|
Liberman - Edward
Borden - Ralph
W.E. Donges - Lewis Starr
-Harry M. Schierer
Patrick H. Harding - Robert J. Kearns - William Morgenweck - Isaac Van Sciver
H. Schoemer - Julius Burman - Solis D. Cohen - William T. Boyle - Francis D. Weaver
Walter R. Carroll - Joseph H. Carr - E.E. Read Jr. - Camden Lodge of Elks
Broadway Merchants Trust Company - Church of the Immaculate Conception
Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933
PLANNED FOR EDWARD BORDEN
J. Borden, newly elected president of the New Jersey Real Estate
Commission, will be guest of honor next Thursday night at a testimonial
dinner to be given in the Camden Club by the Camden County Real Estate
former president of the real estate board, succeeded Vincent P.
in election as head of the commission. Plans for the, dinner in Borden's
honor were completed yesterday at the regular luncheon of the board in the
Hotel Walt Whitman.
judges, lawyers and representatives of other professions throughout the
state have been invited to attend. The dinner will be a stag affair. It
was announced by William S. Abbott, president of the board.
committee, headed by C. Armel Nutter, to take charge of general
arrangements for the dinner, was appointed by Abbott. It includes W. W.
Chalmers, Carl R. Evered,
Charles P. Halyburton, William
F. Schmid, Leon E. Todd,
J. William Markeim, William Eppright, William
Alff, Edward Miller, Robert
Gillespie and P. W. Buxton.
B. Robeson, former president of the board, will be toastmaster. Eppright
will be in charge of entertainment. Other committees and their chairmen
will be named later.
resolution was adopted to continue throughout the summer season meetings
of the board to be called by the various committee chairmen for the
purpose of discussing problems vital to the further advancement
of real estate in Camden County.
Nathan Katz was named chairman of a committee to report on brokerage developments, while Philip Zinman was appointed head of a committee to report on the advisability of making a vacant house survey in Camden County.
TRUSTEES PLAN SUMMER PROGRAM
of the Democratic Club of Camden County discussed summer plans last
night at Democratic Headquarters, 538 Stevens
Edward J. Borden, a trustee, was congratulated on his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. Other members present were Samuel P. Orlando, president; Victor King, Patrick H. Harding, Harry L. Maloney and Sidney Kaplan.
Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933
TO BE GUEST Of REALTY BOARD
Edward J. Borden will be guest of honor tonight of the Camden County Real Estate Board at a banquet in honor of his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
The banquet, to be held in the Camden Club, 315 Cooper street, will be attended by lawyers, real estate men and public officials from all sections of the state. The Real Estate Board, of which Borden was thrice president, is giving the dinner.
Among the guests who will attend are former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr., Mayor Roy R. Stewart and other members of the Camden City Commission; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools, and Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.
The speakers include William S. Abbott, president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Leon E. Todd, former president; Vincent P. Bradley, of Trenton, retiring president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission; Carleton E. Adams, of Atlantic City, vice president of the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards; Samuel P. Orlando, former assistant prosecutor of Camden county, and C. Armel Nutter, general chairman of the banquet committee.
On the banquet program appears the gilded outline of a bee, typifying Borden's activities in the interests of real estate advancement in Camden county. Wayland P. Cramer is chairman of the program, committee. Chairmen of other committees follow: William A. Eppright, attendance; T. J., McCormick, entertainment; Carl R. Evered, door prizes, and Todd, speakers and guests.
George B. Robeson, former president of the Real Estate Board, Is toastmaster of the banquet, which will begin at 7:30 p. m.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
Camden Courier-Post- June 23, 1933
C. Of C. IS OPPOSED TO LOAN FOR SEWERS
The executive committee of the Camden' County Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the proposed federal appropriation through, the state of New Jersey of $2,500,000 for a Camden sewage system project.
That was disclosed yesterday by
B. Wallen, chairman of the executive committee, who cited the principal
objections for, the opposition.
The other objection, according to Wallen, was the fact that while Camden was spending the $2,500,000 for additional sewage facilities, Philadelphia which is responsible for 90 percent of the pollution on the Delaware river, sits by idly and does nothing to remedy the condition.
Edward J. Borden, president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, was named by the chamber's executive committee to be chairman of a special sub-committee to study the National Recovery Act thoroughly, recommend projects for Camden which will benefit the community and not load up taxpayers with future heavy carrying charges. Further more; Borden, as chairman of the committee was instructed to fight any moves that involve the community in projects that increase the debt burden.
Borden announced that he would immediately form his committee and it would hold its first meeting at 4 p. m. today in the chamber's offices in Broadway-Stevens Building.
"Under the terms of the National Recovery Act," Wallen explained, "only about $900,000,000 of the $3,3000,000,00 appropriated will be used for straight federal projects. Another $400,000,000 will go towards highway construction making a total of $1,300,000,000 which will not become a burden to the community benefiting.
"However, the remaining $2,000,000.000 will be used for financing local public projects of which the federal government will grant 30 per. cent and the local community will have to repay 70 percent of the loan. "Therefore, in the proposed sewage project for Camden, it would increase the city's debt burden by $1,750,000. Also it must be remembered that while the clearing up of the waters of the Delaware is essential for the future of our whole port development as well as the health of the community, for Camden to spend $2,500,000 on this work and Philadelphia to do nothing, it would be an absolute waste of money on our part as 90 percent of the pollution comes from the Pennsylvania side of the river." Wallen added.
Camden Courier-Post- June 24, 1933
OF HOLDING UP RENT
North Camden real
estate dealer was. found guilty of withholding rent collections at a
meeting of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission in the court house
D. Jamieson, of 106 North Fifth street, trading as the Jamieson Real Estate Co., was charged with retaining money due to Mrs. Marie Lafferty, of 424 Tyson Street, owner.
commission, headed by Edward
J. Borden, newly chosen president, ordered Jamieson to make
Joseph Munger, of 3302 River Avenue, charged with operating a real estate business without a license, was ordered to obtain a state certificate.
who stated he owns
22 properties, testified he was chiefly interested in selling his own
holdings and promised to procure a license.
Borden, who presided at the first regular meeting since taking office, was given an informal reception.
Camden Courier-Post- February 4, 1938
S. SPENDING CUTS URGED BY SHORT AT REALTORS RALLY
"We must put an immediate curtailment on this lavish spending down in Washington, which leads only to unbalanced budgets."
So declared Congressman Dewey Short, Republican, of Missouri, principal speaker last night at the 22nd annual banquet of the Camden County Real Estate Board. It was in honor of last year's officers of the board and was held in the Hotel Walt Whitman, with more than 400 attending.
Asserting he, was speaking without partisanship, Congressman Short said:
"It is a fact that we are floundering around in Washington and that we have, the jitters concerning certain developments in the national trend of things.
"We face the fact that 11,000,000 persons are out of work in the United States but, on the other hand, we see that the government is making special awards to indolents.
Deplores U. S. 'Softies'
"So it has inspired in the average man out of work a feeling that the world owes him a living whether he works or not.
"The most regrettable thing that we Congressmen feel is that we have bred a race of softies, people who don't come down there and stand up for their rights.
"I believe in the justice of minority rights which will keep both parties clean and decent."
Drawing a parallel between President Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover when he was President, Short said:
"Roosevelt is never contemplating. He is too busy acting. Hoover was so busy contemplating nothing was done,"
Sees Housing Need
The Congressman declared there is a vital need of housing facilities and that "we are under an unbearable burden of taxation on real estate, which can be overcome only by stopping, excessive spending."
Other speakers were Andrew N. Lockwood, president of the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards, Vincent P. Bradley, ambassador-at-large of the National Association of Real Estate Boards and Mayor George E. Brunner, of Camden. J. Frank Hanly, president of the county board, was toastmaster. There was an invocation by Rev. Paul Loraine, of Pennsauken Township.
The officers of 1937 honored were Harry A. Willson, president; Edward J. Borden, vice president; Edmund H. Lenny, secretary; Charles H. Vaughn, treasurer; C. Armel Nutter, governor to the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards, and Margaret N. Penfield, executive secretary.
Among the guests were, Joseph B. Sentzman, president of the West Philadelphia Realty Board; former Judge Frank F. Neutze, Judge Clifford A. Baldwin, County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, Assistant County Prosecutor Patrick H. Harding, State Senator Albert E. Burling, William H. Eppright, Charles P. Halyburton, Ellis Kircher, Charles R. Myers and Harry A. Louderback..
Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941
Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.
were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city
hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal
The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.
A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.
Hundreds of men and women waited
outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession
filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city
employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill,
both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August
Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past
commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P.
Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William
Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.
Three trucks were required to carry
the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National
Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.
An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.
The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.
File Past Bier
A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.
Services were conducted by Camden
lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the
Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past
commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C.
Richard Allen, past department commander.
James W. Conner, chief clerk of the
city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted
rites at the grave.
Mayor Brunner and Commissioners
Kobus, Aaron, and
came early and remained throughout the hours of
viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in
deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.
Embraces Widow, Daughter
Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in
prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her
daughter. Mrs. Kobus
embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner.
They were in tears.
American Legion and V. F. W. members
in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A
detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John
Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter Mertz,
assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the
stairways leading to the
Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and
John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino
and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American
Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied
of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by
Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having
150, the largest number.
A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P.
Carr, superintendent of Streets;
highway bureau employees.
Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first
assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as
director until the City Commission elects Mr.
Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City
Clerk Clay W.
Fire Chief John H. Lennox and
James A. Howell, chief of
city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert
Austermuhl, secretary of
the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.
Outstanding Floral Tribute
floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association.
The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League
an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which
was the first president, was a large floral pillow.
The freeholders and county officials
gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of
the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and
fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and
several Democratic clubs.
The floral tributes came in such
numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his
assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber
proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.
Among prominent officials and
citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A.
Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P.
comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No.
10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.
Others at Bier
Others were Sue Devinney, secretary
to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights
and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing
Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.
Smith, chairman of the Elks
Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert
Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr.
Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing
Authority; Postmaster Emma E.
Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the
Camden local assistance board.
former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and
wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D.
Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson
and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter
P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J.
Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title
bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski,
building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.
Oliver H. Bond,
housing manager of
Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph
Varbalow, acting city
counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul
Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T.
Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and
Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the
Camden County permanent registration bureau.
Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr. Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.
Also John C. Trainor, member of the
Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio
Mecca, funeral director;
Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former
Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of
the county park commission.
James O’Brien, commander of the
Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans
at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county
vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial
services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.
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