HARRY C. DAVIS grew up in Camden NJ. He was known for his musical ability and appeared with Stuebing's String Band in the 1920s. He married Pauline Campbell, whose father was mayor of Clayton, in Gloucester County. The couple was living in Camden as late as 1930, but had left the city by 1947. They eventually moved toward the Jersey shore, and settled in Northfield, Atlantic County. Harry Davis died in September of 1980. Pauline Davis passed away on June 12, 1988. 



Camden Courier-Post - January 22, 1928

Hero of Near Tragedy in Lake
Weds Daughter of Clayton Mayor;
Insists She’ll Learn to Swim Now

Act four of a romance as thrilling as any that ever appeared on screen or stage was written at Elkton over the weekend, when a pretty Glassboro Normal School girl and a Camden man were married to the tune of—but that’s getting ahead of the story.


PRETTY GIRL—Pauline D. Campbell. 22 years old, 127 High Street, Clayton, daughter of Harry Campbell, mayor of Clayton.

DASHING HERO—Harry C. Davis, 23 years old, salesman, son of Mrs. James M. Tyler, 530 Vine Street, Camden.


The scene is set at Iona, Gloucester County. It is the summer of 1921. The Pretty Girl, who at this time is only 16 years old, is paddling a 

canoe in the center of the lake. She is a novice at the art and is having a difficult time. Suddenly a breeze swings the craft around. The girl becomes excited. She screams as she is tipped into the water, for she can’t swim. The Dashing Hero is on the shore.

He hears the scream. Without hesitat­ing to cast aside his shoes or any of his clothing, the 17 year-old youth plunges into the water and swims out to where the girl has gone down. He clasps her body close to him and makes for shore. He has rescued the heroine.


The scene is still the lake at Iona. It is three days later. The Pretty Girl and the Dashing Hero are in bathing suits this time. He is trying to teach the heroine to swim.

“You know,” he says in a voice that indicates he is falling in love, “I’d gladly ruin another suit, or even two more, to rescue you, but it’d be much easier if you’d learn to swim for your self.”

Then be tries to teach her to paddle a canoe, but he fails in this enterprise too.


It is a few days after Thanksgiving, 1927. The locale is Clayton. The Pretty Girl, who has graduated from Glassboro Normal School since Act Two and has been teaching music in a school near New York City, is brought home. She has had a nervous breakdown.

The Dashing Hero, who has become a musician of some note, both in dance orchestras and in Steubing’s String Band, of Camden, pays frequent visits to the Clayton home. Gradually the Pretty Girl recovers.

“Harry,” she whispers to him one day, and the tone in her voice is the kind Juliet used when she talked to Romeo, “1 think you’re awfully good for my nerves.”


It is Saturday, January 21, 1928. This time the scene is set in Elkton, Maryland. The Dashing Hero is holding the Pretty girl’s hand, while words are being recited that make them man and wife. The ceremony over, the two start on a honeymoon but the young man is heard to whisper to the young woman as they leave.

Now, by gosh, you’re going to learn to swim and paddle a canoe or I’m going to live all summer in a bathing suit.”

Camden Courier-Post

January 21, 1928