Dr. George
M.
Beringer



DR. GEORGE M. BERINGER SR. was born February 3, 1860 in Philadelphia PA to Levi D. and Rebecca Reinhart Beringer. He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia in 1876, and from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1880, and began practicing pharmacy in Philadelphia. On October 3, 1882 he married Estella Wolfe of Camden NJ.

In 1892 the Beringers moved to Camden. George Beringer opened a pharmacy at 500 Federal Street which would survive into the 1950s. On May 13, 1900 the business barely escaped being destroyed when a large fire destroyed many homes and businesses in the 500 blocks of Federal Street and Taylor Avenue. George Beringer continued his education, receiving a Masters degree in pharmacy in 1903 and a Doctorate in 1914 from the University of the State of New Jersey. 

Two sons were born to the Beringers, George M. Jr. in 1884, and Franklin L. Beringer the following year. Sadly, Franklin L. Beringer passed away in 1907.

Dr. Beringer was frequently called as an expert witness in State and Federal courts. He edited the American Journal of Pharmacy from 1917 to 1921, was the Chairman of the Board of trustees of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy from 1910 to 1921, was a member of the committee of revision of the U.S. Pharmocopoeia and of the National Formulary. A prolific writer on subjects relating to pharmacy, he authored two pamphlets in 1917, Pharmaceutical Service in the French Army and The Departments of the Government Need the Advice of the Drug Trade. He also authored several hundred articles in the pharmacy journals of his day. He was President of the American Pharmacists Association in 1914, and was a member of the American Chemists Society, and the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia.

In his non-professional life, Dr. Beringer enjoyed gardening. He was a member of the Philadelphia Botanical Association and the Camden Dahlia Society. He also was member of the Rotary Club of Camden and served at one time as a member of the Camden City Planning Commission.

Dr. & Mrs. Beringer had two sons, George M. Jr., born in 1883, and Franklin L. Beringer, who died young. The Beringers made their home for many years at 414 North 5th Street, near the corner of North 5th and Fulton Place, and were there from the 

1910s through the time of the 1920 census. 414 North 5th Street was one of the homes taken and razed to make way for the Delaware River (Ben Franklin) Bridge, which was completed and opened to traffic in 1926. 

Dr. George M. Beringer died in 1928, and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, who joined him in 1940.

George M. Beringer Jr., who had followed his father into pharmacy, conducted the business after his father’s passing for many years. George M. Beringer Jr. and his family lived for many years at 1033 Cooper Street. George M. Beringer Jr. married Ada DuBell, the daughter of William DuBell and sister of Charles G. DuBell, the founders of the DuBell Lumber Company. George Beringer Jr. died in 1948. His son, George M. Beringer III, who was also involved in the family business, died in 1954. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 10, 1899

Julius Taylor
David Baird Sr.
George M. Beringer
Henry L. Bonsall
Samuel Elfreth
Joseph Maxwell

Penn Street
South 5th Street
Bridge Avenue

 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 14, 1900
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Taylor Avenue
Federal Street
South 5th Street
Arch Street
Arthur Rose
Thomas Pinkerton
William Pinkerton
William Cowgill
William Grosscup
Mrs. James Morris
M.S. Irvin
B.F. Sutton
Charles WIlliams
Samuel Davis
Joseph Swing
Samuel S. Elfreth
Dr. Henry H. Davis
Cooper Hospital
George M. Beringer
F. Walter Toms
Camden Lodge of Elks No. 293
Edward Foster
S.B. Morris
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Isaac S. Toy
Charles Foulon
Harry A. Miller
John Foster
John W. Cheney
C.W. Nichols
F.W. Potter
North Baptist Church
Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5, G.A.R.
New Jersey Safe Deposit & Trust Company
Berkley Street
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October 1, 1902 to January 14, 1903

The Paul Woodward Murder Case

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On October 1, 1902 Paul Woodward murdered two young boys by giving them poison. Frank T. Lloyd, then Camden County prosecutor, was responsible for leading the investigation and prosecuting the case. George M. Beringer was called on to examine and investigate the forensic evidence of the crime, and to testify at the trial. Woodward was arrested on October 4, 1902, was indicted, tried, convicted of murder in the first degree, and on January 7, 1903 executed at the Camden County Jail. 

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Joseph Jennings - Jennings' Third Regiment Band - Frank T. Lloyd 
Dr. William S. Jones
- William D. Hart - Dr. Paul N. Litchfield - F. Morse Archer
John Foster - John Painter - John Cherry - Isaac Toone - Paul Woodward
George M. Beringer - Charles G. Garrison - J. Wesley Sell
Christopher J. Mines Jr. - Frederick A. Rex - J. Frederick Voigt
George F. Kappel - Isaac Toy -
Harry S. Scovel - Francis Ford Patterson Jr.
John S. Smith - O. Glen Stackhouse - Hugh Boyle - Charles D. Ridgley
Francis Abbatto - Eli Shaw - Lafayette Gruff - Annie Irving Keeler
David Kaighn - George Leathwhite - George J. Pechin - Elmer E. Cox - T.L. Bear
Patrick Harding - Frank S. Albright - William J. Paul - Thomas Walton
David E. Barry - Edward Wilcox - Dr. WIlliam H. Iszard - Dr. J.F. Leavitt
Dr. WIlliam H. Knowlton - Dr. William Miles - Dr. George H. Chapman

Other people involved in this case:

John Coffin - W. Price Jennings
Mrs. Edith Barber -
Rev. C.A. Adams - Rev. John Lyell
Rev. William H. Fishburn -  - Rev. Gilbert Underhill - Rev. John Warnock

Harry Bowen - Joseph Simpkins - Ann Somers -
William May - Lillian Martin
James Sheiding - Harry H. Robinson - Edwin Hillman - William Robinson
George Asay - William Powell - William Anderson - Charles Eiley
Thomas J. Atkinson - Wilson English - Harry Avis - George H. Stineford Sr.
John M. Hyde - William Heggan - John St. Clair - Charles S. Hess - William Rex
Daniel J. Horgan - Isaac Siebert - W. Wilmer Collins, Druggist - Major Edward Coffin William Coffin - William Coffin Jr.  -
Kingston Coffin -  - Fayetta Jennings
Charles May - Mary Eiler - William F. Smith - Lee Hubert - Maurice Daniels
Thomas Woodward - Bella Woodward - James Bland - James Morrisey

Samuel Paul - Fred George

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 1902

John Coffin
William Coffin
W. Price Jennings
Joseph Jennings
Jennings' Third Regiment Band

 


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Benson Street - North 3rd Street - Kingston Coffin

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Harry Bowen - Joseph Simpkins - Harry S. Scovel - Eli Shaw - Mrs. Edith Baker

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Lafayette Gruff - Anna Somers - Royden Street

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William D. Hart - John Painter - Frank T. Lloyd - Dr. Paul N. Litchfield
George M. Beringer - Francis Abbatto - John S. Smith
Annie Irving Keeler - John Houseman Coffin - Walter Price Jennings
Lillian Martin - Mrs. Edith Barber -
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October 13, 1902

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Edwin Hillman

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Harry H. Robinson

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Philadelphia Inquirer - October 19, 1902
George M. Beringer - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 22, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 24, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 25, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 31, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - J. Wesley Sell - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 31, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

 

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Charles Eiley - Thomas J. Atkinson - Wilson English - Harry Avis
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Charles S. Hess - William Rex - Linden School

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Daniel J. Horgan - Isaac Siebert - W. Wilmer Collins, Druggist - Major Edward Coffin
Coffin's Corner, Ashland - William Coffin - William Coffin Jr.  - Mary Eiler
William F. Smith - James Sheiding - Fayetta Jennings - Lee Hubert

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Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 1902

Patrick Harding
Frank S. Albright
William J. Paul
Thomas Walton
David E. Barry
Edward Wilcox
Dr. WIlliam H. Iszard
Dr. J.F. Leavitt
Dr. WIlliam H. Knowlton
Dr. William Miles
Dr. George H. Chapman
Charles G. Garrison
Paul Woodward

 

 

 

 

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Salt Lake Telegram - December 2, 1902
 

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Philadelphia Inquirer - December 7, 1902
Rev. Gilbert Underhill - St. John's Episcopal Church

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Samuel Paul - Fred George

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 17, 1903
Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia
Inquirer

May 16, 1906

George M. Beringer
William E. Anthony
Newton T. Roney
John Danenhower

Philadelphia
Inquirer

February 28, 1915

Charles S. Boyer
George M. Beringer
William J. Cooper
Charles M. Curry
John Dialogue Shipyard

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Philadelphia Inquirer - January 1, 1918

Albert L. Cornog - Charles Ellis - John Golden
Hugh Boyle - Howard Smith - James Clay - Charles Laib
Jefferson Kay - Edmund Pike - Robert Abbott
George M. Beringer - Meyers Baker

From
South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

GEORGE M. BERINGER—As a practicing pharmacist, as a manufacturer of pharmaceutical preparations and ethical medicines, as an expert in State and Federal courts in cases involving medicines and poisons, as an editor and author of notable repute in his profession, and as a leader in scientific and professional societies, Dr. George M. Beringer, the distinguished pharmacist of Camden, New Jersey, has few rivals to compete with him for supremacy in his profession. His manifold activities cover practically every phase of pharmacy, and whenever vital decisions affecting the profession are to be made his suggestion or advice is generally sought.

George M. Beringer, who designates himself simply as chemist and pharmacist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 3, 1860, the son of Levi D. and Rebecca (Reinhart) Beringer. He received his preliminary education in the public schools and in the Central High School of Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in 1876, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and from which he received the Master's degree five years later.

His early education developed a predisposition toward the sciences and he decided to take up the drug business as a vocation. Within a few weeks after graduating from high school he entered the employ of Bullock & Crenshaw, a leading Philadelphia firm engaged in the wholesale and retail drug business and in the supplying of chemicals and laboratory apparatus. Determined to thoroughly master student detail of his chose calling, he became a student in pharmacy and chemistry at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and was graduated from in l880. The degree of scholarship to which this testifies is the better realized when it is recalled that he was then only twenty years of age. Not contented with his knowledge of analytical chemistry and the methods of research, he took post-graduate instruction in the evenings with Dr. Henry Leffmann, the noted chemist and toxicologist, of Philadelphia, in the doctor's private laboratory. In 1903, in recognition of his attainments and the valuable contributions to the various fields of science related to pharmacy, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy conferred upon, him the honorary degree of Master of Pharmacy. In 1914, the University of the State of New Jersey bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Pharmacy.

After his graduation, George M. Beringer continued the practice of pharmacy in Philadelphia, where he remained with his preceptors for twelve years more. During the period he rose rapidly in the esteem of the profession, and the important responsibilities which devolved upon him, he ably managed.

In 1892, he resigned to engage in business on his own account. He purchased the retail pharmacy of the late Albert P. Brown, which had been established at the northeast corner of Federal and Fifth streets, Camden, since 1862, and enjoyed the confidence of the medical profession and the patronage of the leading citizens of Camden City and surrounding suburban communities. This business under the management of Mr. Beringer has been continuously developed and expanded until it now embraces, in addition to the thoroughly equipped retail pharmacy, a wholesale department and laboratories for the manufacture of high class medical and pharmaceutical supplies, perfumes and toilet articles. The demands of this growing business became such, that in 1921 it was incorporated under the name of George M. Beringer, Inc., and properties situated at the southeast corner of Federal and Fifth streets with a frontage of forty feet and a depth of one hundred and forty-five feet with light and street ways on three sides, were purchased as the site for the future home of the business and to meet the present and future needs of the greatly expanded enterprise. This corporation is destined to become one of the largest in the country and its business is becoming more and more national in its scope, Dr. Beringer's unimpeachable reputation giving the firm a standing that is of incalculable value, in the pursuit of the manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical preparations and reliable standard medicines.

His scientific connections are many. In 1892 he was chosen as the director of the Microscopical Laboratory, then conducted by the Alumni Association of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and performed the duties of this position for two years until the association turned the laboratory over to the botanical department of the institution. For four years (1917-1921) he was editor of the American Journal of Pharmacy, the oldest American publication in its field. He has served as a member of the Committee of Revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia for the decade 1910-1920, and also during two revisions as a member of the Committee of Revision of the National Formulary. For a period of twenty-eight years (1893-1921) he was a trustee of his alma mater, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and chairman of its board of trustees from 1910 to 1921. In 1913-14 he was president of the American Pharmaceutical Association, which bears the same important relations to pharmacy as the American Medical Association bears to medicine. Of this organization he has been a member for many years and presided at the annual meeting held in Detroit in 1914. He is a member also of the American Chemical Society, the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, which he served for a time as president; the National Pharmaceutical Service Association, of which he was president during 1917-19, the period of American participation in the World War; and the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association, of which he was president in 1905; and he is an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association and of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association.

Dr. Beringer has written many articles published in current pharmaceutical publications. He has served the State and Federal Government as chemical expert in several noted criminal cases, as well as in civil cases requiring special knowledge of toxicology, chemical methods and trade conditions. He is an adherent of Democratic principles in politics and was a member of the first Camden City Plan Commission. He was active in the Camden Board of Trade and has been a director in its successor, the Camden Chamber of Commerce, serving on a number of important committees. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his club affiliations are the Rotary Club, the Civic Club, the Camden Club, and the Philadelphia Botanical Club.

Dr. Beringer married, October 3, 1882, Estella F. Wolfe, of Camden, daughter of George Washington Wolfe and Ezilda (Rendolph) Wolfe, and they are the parents of two children: 1. George M., Jr., born January 30, 1884, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and now associated with his father in business. He was formerly president of the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association, and member of the State Board of Pharmacy. 2. Franklin L., born December 27, 1885, died August 9, 1907.


Camden Courier-Post January 25, 1928

ROTARY CLUB LENDS TO 16 COLLEGE BOYS
Eight Camden Youths, Now Graduates, Are Repaying Loans

 Eight Camden boys last September were able to continue their studies in college and universities because, back in 1923, a Camden service club established a loan fund to aid worthy students.

Eight Camden boys, graduates of college, now are repaying various amounts of money advanced them from the College Loan Fund of the Camden Rotary Club. Five years ago, the club raised by subscription among its members a fund of $2,500. This has been augmented each year by appropriations from the club funds, and now the college loan fund amounts to nearly  $5,000. 

College and university students, both boys and girls, from Camden County, are eligible to borrow.

The fund is administered by a board of trustees, including Dr. George M. Beringer, chairman; Arthur E. Armitage, Treasurer; Charles H. Wagner, George Vollner, and Edward A. Mechling.

No Interest is charged until one year after graduation. It is the hope of the Rotary Club that loans will be re­paid “first obligation” during the “first year out.”

Of the sixteen students helped by the fund, four have gone to Syracuse University, two each to Gettysburg, Lehigh and Springfield and one each to George Washington University, University of Delaware, Rutgers, Swarthmore, Cornell and the Silver Bay School.

To add to this fund the Rotary Club will produce during the centennial celebration in Camden next month one of the most elaborate semi-professional shows ever staged in this region. This “Rotary Revue” will be staged at the New Walt Whitman Theatre, Forty-eighth Street and Westfield Avenue, February 27 and 28.

William M. Ogden, product of the dramatic school of Syracuse University and a protégé of Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, is in charge of the production. It will feature, among other acts, the Newton Coal Serenaders, who are well known from their frequent weekly radio broadcasts of the Newton Coal Radio Forum. Through the generosity of Charles A. Johnson, president of the George B. Newton Coal Company, Clarence Fuhrman, Camden musician, will be guest-conductor at both performances.


Camden Courier-Post

February 11, 1928

 


Camden Courier-Post February, 1928

GARAGE WATCHMAN FOILS WHISKEY THEFT
Tells Police of Man With Box; Liquor From Drugstore Found

George M. Beringer - Herman Z. Cutler - Norman Middleton
James Robertson -
Fifth Street - Arch Street - Penn Street
Edward Carroll - Harry Cattell - Everett Joslin - Nathan Petit
Archie Riess


The Beringer Family Plot at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden NJ

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932

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