DR. LEON NELSON NEULEN served as the superintendent of Camden's public school system from 1931 to at least 1955. This post had been previously held by Horatio Draper, followed by Dr. James E. Bryan, who served until 1931.
Dr. Neulen was born in Northfield, Iowa on November 16, 1894. When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, he was working on a farm in Northfield Minnesota, but was under contract to go to a town in North Dakota to serve as superintendant of schools. By the time 1919 he was working as a schoolteacher at the Iowa State College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa.
Leon N. Neulen had returned to Northfield, Minnesota in the mid 1920s. In 1926 he traveled to Sweden, returning to New York on July 7 aboard the steamship Gripsholm.
At the time of the 1930 Census Leon N. Neulen was living in Champagne IL, where he was the superintendent of schools. He was hired by and came to Camden in time for the 1931-1932 school term. He apparently was commuting for the first few years, as it is known that he lived in West Englewood NJ as late as the summer of 1934, when he took a cruise to Bermuda aboard the steamship Queen of Bermuda.
After leaving Camden, he eventually made his way to Tulsa OK, where he last resided. He passed away in February of 1985.
Camden Courier-Post - October 16, 1931
HOLIDAY FOR NOV. 11 URGED
Sterling J. Parker, junior vice commander, and William E. Rilbmann, adjutant, of Camden Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will confer with Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden schools, in an effort to obtain a full day's holiday on Armistice Day, November 11, for school children. The question of only a half holiday was taken up with Dr. Neulen by post officials and he requested representatives to confer with him.
The full holiday also was favored by delegates to the county council at a meeting held last Sunday at the headquarters of Butcher-Young Post at 563 Chestnut Street.
A committee has been named to gather cigarettes and tobacco for veterans in government hospitals. Members of the auxiliary will aid in the distribution of the gifts. A parade was staged Tuesday night by the drum and bugle corps to boost a benefit show being held at two Camden theatres. The corps will compete with other musical units at Perth Amboy on October 31, and will join the Verdun Day celebration at Vineland October 25. Seven candidates will be initiated next Monday night, and the annual election will be held October 26, with installation on November 2.
Members of the Auxiliary will hold their second monthly card patty at the post headquarters, 308 Broadway. Mrs. Clara Dey, Colonial Manor, has been elected president of the auxiliary. Other officers elected are Mrs. Edward A, Stark, treasurer; Mrs. Ethel Rouh, secretary; Sarah E. Fean, color bearer.
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
PARADE ROUTE IS CHANGED
A change in the route of march of the Armistice Day parade, was announced last night, at a meeting of the committee in the office of Director of Public Welfare David S. Rhone.
The parade will start promptly at 1:45 p. m. The grand marshal will be Colonel George L. Selby. The route of march is approximately two miles and shorter than any previous year.
There will be 90 organizations in the line of march. Included in these will be 18 American Legion Posts; 13 Veterans of Foreign War Posts; 18 National Guard units; five Naval Reserve units and 21 other organizations. Martial music will be provided by 15 bands.
All members of the police and fire departments who are war veterans, will be excused from duly and will participate in the parade as a unit..
Announcement was made by Jack Weinberg, chairman of the prize committee that two additional cups have been donated by the Retail Division of the Chamber of Commerce. This makes a total of 14 to be awarded. The last two will be given to veteran organizations outside the city of Camden.
More than 1700 school children from the sixth grade to the high school will take part in exercises to be held at the Convention Hall in the morning, it was announced by Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools.
children will parade under the direction of their teachers.
Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1932
Rotary Club - Joshua
C. Haines - Warren
Webster Jr. - Roy C. Adams
George C. Moore - Volney Bennett Jr. - Elias Davis - Edward Mechling
Dr. Leon N. Neulen - Walter Levering - William T. Read - Paul H. Engle
James Clancy - Walter Widler - Frederick C. Veiser - Charles Janney
Len Liszt (Leonardo List) - Samuel A. Riggins
Woodcrest Country Club - Supplee-Wills-Jones Company
June 16, 1932
June 1, 1933
F. Haines - Liberty
School - Helen
Ship - Fetters
Olive W.McClure - H.H. Davis School - Sarah B. Grand - Yorkship School
Mary A. Becker - Cassady School - Elsie Schweitzer
Elizabeth O. Evans - Stephen A. Harding - Eleanor R. Kirkland
Ruth E. Callahan - B. Elizabeth Brown - John H. Reiners Jr.
Marjorie Van Horn - James G. Heard - Paul A. Shaffer - Ludmillie Thomas
Leon F. Marftin - Essie B. Morris - Hlen Yoork - Charlotte A.B. Flack
Harriet J. Tobin - Paul E. Tweed - Edith D. Carson - Phoebe E. Carpenter
E. Woodward Wltz - Perle Titus - Mildred E. Wenz
Camden Courier-Post * February 1, 1933
2 Towns to Pay Fees And Keep 164 Pupils On Camden High List
Less than 24 hours after the Camden Board of Education had warned school officials of Pennsauken township and Woodlynne borough that 164 pupils from those towns faced dismissal from Camden Senior High School, officials of both communities last night promised that money owed the local board would be transmitted today.
Failure of Pennsauken and Woodlynne to pay a total of $12,851.51 in tuition fees due Dec. 31, was the basis of the order sent out by Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the Camden board, on authority of Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden schools. Pennsauken owes $11,790 for 150 pupils and Woodlynne's debt is $1061.51 for 14 pupils.
G. Harry Carson, Merchantville, is district clerk of the Pennsauken Board of Education. He notified members of the board when the warning from Camden was received.
J. Perry Long, president of the Pennsauken township school board, expressed surprise at the notice. He said the check covering the amount would be delivered in Camden today.
"Pennsauken township never has defaulted in its payment to the Camden board and does not expect to do so now. The $11,790 due is for tuition for the semester which closed yesterday and we shall pay in full."
"The bill sent us by the Camden board,. dated Nov. I, 1931, informed us the money was due yesterday and would have been mailed then but for the fact that the clerk was busy with numerous other matters concerning the township board's payroll."
William Daugherty, Woodlynne borough clerk, announced that the borough had transferred the necessary fund to the Woodlynne school board's account and that a. check would be sent to the Camden board today.
Despite these assurances, the Camden board still was confronted with many problems. They included the announced intention of abandoning the Camden Evening School classes at Haddon and Newton Avenues and the Continuation School at 555 Mt. Vernon street, and dropping of manual training and domestic science courses in all elementary schools.
A net reduction of $164,466 from items In the budget for the current school year was revealed Monday when the schedule of appropriations and income for the 1933-34 term was presented. In addition to this figure a move is under way to lop off $417,766 by cutting 30 percent from salaries of 800 schoolteachers, principals and supervisors. This pay slash was ordered by the Camden City Commission but still is pending because of delay in legislation on state mandatory laws which govern the amounts paid to instructors.
Teachers Oppose Plan
The Camden Teachers' Association on January 10, voted against accepting the slash, describing it as too drastic. During the past year the teachers refunded $108,000 from their pay and are under agreement to turn back $17,000 before the end of the current school term.
Protected from arbitrary slashes in the same manner as teachers, 92 school janitors have agreed to 5 and 10 percent cuts, amounting to approximately $15,000.
While complete details regarding the extent of the economy measures under consideration in the Camden school system were lacking last night, it was indicated that curtailment of various special classes in many of the city's 38 schools would be required. A number of teachers will be dropped.
Reductions Are Drastic
The special classes expected to be curtailed include art, penmanship and physical education. No appropriation for the Continuation School, which last year totaled $22,078, was included in the 1933-34 budget. The Evening School appropriation of $2900 is wiped out.
The following table shows the amount of reduction in each item of the list of appropriations:
Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board, in announcing abandonment of some of the activities, declared the budget committee made the
slashes, upon recommendation of the entire board because of the city’s financial situation. He explained that teachers dropped under the economy moves who are not eligible for pension, will be given preference when vacancies
Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933
Northeast Principal Is Guest of Honor at Dinner
teachers of Northeast
Streets, honored Mrs. Margaret Thomson, principal of the school, at an
informal dinner Wednesday night in Haddon Heights, to mark Mrs. Thomson's
retirement from active service in Camden schools after 30 years,
of the teachers at the dinner at the "Little White House" tea
room are members of the present staff of Northeast
School, while others
have taught at the school and have either retired or been transferred.
Thomson began her Camden teaching career in 1904
she was assigned to Sewell School. For 12
the boys of Sewell School and members of their families regarded Mrs.
Thomson as more than a teacher, often bringing to her little family
problems to be settled, or seeking advice in matters other than affairs of
Thomson was named principal of Northeast
School, across the street from
the building where she started teaching in Camden. Her interests in the
families remained the same for her pupils at Northeast
School were the
girls of the same families
she had counseled while at Sewell School.
Thomson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, and received her education
there. She taught in the Chester schools for several years before her
decided to re-enter the teaching profession several years after her
marriage and went to Millersville Normal School for further training.
her sister, Mrs. Mary Brown, had located in Camden to start the French
department in the high school. Mrs. Brown, pleased with Camden and its
schools, persuaded Mrs. Thomson to come here, and a few years later they
were joined by another sister, Mrs. Frances Wilmerton.
member of Centenary-Tabernacle
Methodist Episcopal Church since coming to Camden, Mrs. Thomson has
been active in church affairs of the community. She has served as
treasurer of the Teachers' Relief Insurance Fund, and is a member of the
State Teachers' Association as well as the National Education Association.
her efforts, the number of Camden teachers associated with the insurance
fund has increased from less than 500 to more than 500, and the benefits
have been increased from $300 to $500.
Thomson will be honored Monday at a reception given by members of the
Parent-Teacher Association of Sewell and Northeast schools and by
families, of the community. The reception will be held in State Street
Methodist Episcopal Church, Sixth and State
James Bryan, former
superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon
N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden
Board of Education, and several former pupils of Mrs. Thomson will review
her career as a teacher here and recount many incidents of her work.
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|
HIGH SCHOOLS HERE REVISED; JUNIOR-SENIOR PLAN CUT OUT
Reorganization of Camden junior and senior high schools has been effected with the approval of the local and state boards of education.
By establishing the Camden Academic High School and Camden Commercial and Practical Arts High School the school population of the present Camden High School will be reduced 50 percent when the September terms begin, according to Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools.
It also will reduce the student roster of all junior high schools even with the promotions of this month added.
"This plan will give Camden room for expansion for years to come in high school education and preclude the necessity of building the $500,000 annex to the senior high school, plans for which have been drawn at the cost of thousands of dollars," Dr. Neulen declares.
"It will eliminate a number of studies and give the students more education in the more essential subjects. The hours of instruction will be reduced from 30 hours per week to 23. The state law's minimum is 19 hours."
Dr. Neulen points out that 2400 students are now registered in Camden High School and promotions from junior school this month would have added 700 more. Under the new plan 1500 will attend the Academic High School and 1300 the Commercial school.
The balance will be redistributed back into the junior and seventh grade grammar schools.
Wilson High Commercial
The new plan will cause a general redistribution of pupils in East Camden because the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School will become the Commercial high. The present junior high pupils will be sent back to Cramer school, from which they originally were transferred. Students in the Garfield and Dudley Schools will take their seventh grade in those institutions instead of junior high.
Camden Junior High School No. 1, which now hall 849 pupils, will have 730 next term, Hatch Junior High School has 1106 pupils now and will have 1127 next term. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School now has 970 pupils and will have 643 at the Cramer school.
Four Courses at Academic High
Dr. Neulen explained that the new Academic High School will teach four courses: College preparatory, college technical, normal preparatory and general. Students will be given four-year courses, in the first three mentioned courses and three years in the latter. Camden High is now a three-year school.
That will mean the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades will be taught in the college preparatory, college technical and normal preparatory and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth in the general course.
The Commercial and Practical Arts High School will teach commercial and practical arts courses in three-year courses in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth.
Practical arts will be taught exclusively to boys in the school because only 27 girls elected to take that course this year and they will be transferred to Academic in the Fall, Dr. Neulen explained.
Four Years Latin; No Spanish
The new plan provides for the teaching of general foreign languages but eliminates Spanish because of so few taking the subject. Latin will be taught four years, French three and German two.
A general business course is included in the plan known as introductory business to be taught at the Commercial High. Students will start this course in the last junior high year.
Art and Music Optional
Art and music no longer will be compulsory under the new plan. Students in Academic will be taught music and art appreciation during the first two years and may discontinue those studies in their last two years.
A complete business course has been mapped out for Commercial.
The students are given elementary business practice in their ninth year. During their first year at Commercial High bookkeeping, typewriting and shorthand is added.
During the third and fourth year they will elect from three sequences to fit them for secretarial positions and general business. Sequence A provides for the continuation of shorthand and typewriting in the third year and office practice is added in the fourth. Sequence B in the third year teaches bookkeeping, business organization and marketing. Common law, bookkeeping and practice is added in the fourth year. Sequence C provides business organization, marketing, exchange and selling. Commercial art and advertising is included in the fourth year.
As students advance through the Commercial course they may be transferred from one sequence to another. This will be guided by their adaptability or whether they desire to follow a secretarial or business career.
If students elect Sequence A they may have the option of bookkeeping or world history in the third year. Business organization may be taken instead of American history in the fourth year.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
|Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1933|
Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933
Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association.
Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors.
They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington.
Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.
The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933
CLASSES OPEN TOMORROW
more than 250 students, who have failed in not more than two subjects,
will register in the school
students will be required to post a deposit of $1, which will be
returned to them if they successfully pass their examinations in August.
Out-of-town students will be required to pay $5 tuition fees.
W. Trembath, vice principal of Camden
High School, will be principal of the summer school. Thirty student
teachers from Temple University School of Education will be instructors.
Five teachers from Camden
High School will supervise the studies as follows: John J. Danaher,
science and history; Dr. Walter N. Myers, Latin and modern languages;
Miss Marion Lukens, mathematics; Everett B. Townsend, commercial
subjects, and Trembath, English.
said yesterday that it will be almost imperative for students who have
had failures in the past term to take the summer course to catch up in
their studies, if they wish to continue with their classes because of
the change in curriculum in the fall when two high schools will be
explained that students may take up two subjects in which they have
failed, and if they pass tests satisfactorily in August they will be
promoted. Twelfth grade students will be graduated.
may register today from 9 a. m. until noon. Classes will be held from
8.30 to 11.30 a. m. daily.
school is open to ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades only. If the
school is a success it will be extended eventually to other grades, Dr.
Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, declared.
Neulen and the board of education worked out
the plan for the school. It is estimated the school will save the city
considerable in educational costs. Each student required to stay an
additional year in schools because of failures costs the city more than
The following studies will be taught at the school: Latin, French, Spanish, English, German, modern European history, early European history, American history; economics, algebra, geometry, general mathematics, vocation mathematics, advanced mathematics, bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, chemistry, physics and biology.
Camden Courier-Post - May 2, 1934
Camden Courier-Post- February 4, 1936
SHIFT IN SCHOOL LEVIES
of a large portion of school costs to taxes other than the property
tax is recommended by Dr. Leon N. Neulen, Camden school superintendent
and president of the New Jersey State Teachers' Association, in the
leading article of the New Jersey Educational Review for February.
Neulen presents a detailed analysis of the sources of state school
monies to show that slightly less than one percent of the total
applicable for the support of schools in local districts come from
taxes other than the property tax.
modern principles of school finance dictate that at least 20 percent
of the cost of New Jersey schools should be borne by taxes other than
the property tax," says Dr, Neulen. "Such taxes should, at
the same time, take the form of genuine state aid to education,
instead of the pretended state aid that we now have.
present more than 99 percent of the cost of New Jersey schools is
borne by property taxes. No state in the union makes its schools more
dependent upon this one source of income, or places on the home owners
so great a burden of school support. But for the fact that New Jersey
is, for its size, one of the wealthiest of the states, and one of
those most able to support good schools, its educational system would
not have survived the recent years without irreparable damage. That
the schools have suffered severely
no one who knows anything about education will deny,"
Neulen also presents data to show that 24 states bear a higher
percentage of the total school cost than New Jersey, which is listed
as contributing 19 percent.
he says, "even the 19 percent which New Jersey theoretically
contributes dwindles to an insignificant amount when we examine it.
Approximately $14,599,000 raised from local property taxes is returned
directly to the counties where it is levied. Its effect is exactly the
same as if it were a county tax. This leaves less than $5,500,000 from
the total of the so-called state aid which can be considered as
approaching to state aid. This is barely six per cent
of the cost of New Jersey schools, and an insignificant amount
compared with what our state should be doing." attend.
Camden Courier-Post- February 19, 1936
NEULEN TO SPEAK AT ST. LOUIS MEETING
Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden public schools, will be a
speaker at the convention of public school superintendents at St. ,
Louis next week. The Camden superintendent's address, which will
concern potentially permanent educational values of the National
Youth Administration apart from the ebb and flow of relief
requirements, will be given February 26 in the Hotel Statler, St.
Louis. The convention will open Saturday and continue until Thursday,
February 27. Members of the department of superintendence of the
National Educational Association will attend.
Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938
Red Cross Activities Told to Astonished Elders
Bright-faced boys and girls of the Collingswood schools, representative of the 12,000 members the junior council of the Red Cross has in Camden County, astonished their elders last night by the nature and scope of their humanitarian work,
These revelations were made at the meeting of the Camden County Chapter of the Red Cross, with Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden city schools, presiding.
So remarkably humane did these boys and children reveal themselves that they shared honors with Fire man Harry Cooling, of the Collingswood fire department, who was an unsung hero until last night, too.
Henry D. Rooney, familiarly known in Red Cross circles as "Pop" and the man in charge of the first aid efforts of the organization, disclosed the hero role that Cooling played some months ago.
"Cooling was a student at the first aid school we were maintaining at Collingswood," said Rooney, "and he was in class one night studying when a call came to him. The police department had found a woman overcome by gas.”
Errand of Mercy
"The Policeman who found the victim knew the fire department was at first aid school that night. So he telephoned to the firemen for assistance and Harry Cooling responded. He revived the woman and then summoned a doctor.
"The physician sent for an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital. The doctor said to Harry: 'You're going with us,' That woman became unconscious twice when on the way to the hospital and each time Harry revived her. She is alive and well today."
While Harry shone because of Rooney's tale, the youngsters basked in the sunlight of their own description of the work they did, told with modesty, and actually astounding the elders on hand.
William Stevenson, who is chairman of the junior council in Collingswood and a senior in the high school, opened the program for his associates. He disclosed that every student in the high schools and every pupil in the elementary grades is a member of the junior council. They are organized to take care of needy pupils, and the anonymous manner in which such humanitarian work is performed was explained at length by the young spokesman.
$967 Spent In Aid
Miss Dorothy Thorne gave an insight into the activities of the juniors, measured in dollars and cents. She told of the collection of $1001 from the Collingswood school children during the past year, of which $967.34 was spent to aid youngsters, needy, sick or ailing.
The manner in which these young people spent the money was an insight into the expansive work they do. One needy pupil was given a vital X-ray examination for which the juniors paid $15.
Another bill of $10 which was paid, provided medicine in hospitals for students whose own. Pocketbooks couldn't supply the money. Milk for babies, meat for the hungry, clothing for the needy- all these activities were set forth in a chapter that evoked praise from Dr. Neulen, the chairman.
The Christmas work of the high and grade school youngsters, too, formed an illuminating chapter. Miss Jessie Watt of the high school, recited how the schools have been supplying these baskets for five years.
152 Baskets Sent Out
"No family is identified by name,'" she said, "but each is known by a number which is placed on the basket and the address of the person to whom the basket is to be de livered is appended.
"In 1937 at Christmas we sent out 152 baskets."
"These baskets,” added Miss Watt, "if totaled in money, would· have amounted to possibly $1500, all of the baskets being supplied by the school children alone."
Douglas Reese of the high school senior class, who helped to deliver the baskets, told of the joy of the recipients, and how he and his fellows learned how the other half lived.
"It was an experience we will never forget," he declared.
Richard Miller, a chubby youngster who attends Garfield school, recited the international amity which is promoted by Collingswood grade schools and foreign school children.
"We send cartons from our school, and the other schools to foreign countries, filled with toys and playthings, dolls and everything that a child would ask at Christmas, but no war toys” he said.
"And no soap," he declared fervently, while his elder auditors roared, "because we don't want to insult them by malting them think we think they need soap."
Betty Jane Vogel, also of the Garfield school, told of the instruction which the pupils receive, while Phyllis Greene, of the junior high school, narrated how each of the 300 girls in the school supplied a garment she had made to be given a needy girl last Christmas.
Dorothy Paul, of Oaklyn, who at tends Collingswood High school, revealed the international friendship and amity that Collingswood youngsters are promoting by an. exchange of letters and gifts. She exhibited a tremendous portfolio which had been sent by Collingswood High to a high school in Czechoslovakia. The aliens to reciprocate, sent back, a portfolio showing the process of steel-making in the great plants at Skoda.
Miss Paul also explained that these exchanges were made with high schools as far afield as South Africa, with those in Italy and other European countries.
Helen Barton, also a student at the junior high, was the 1937 delegate to the national conference of the junior council held in Washington. She recited how the juniors had contributed between $15,000. and $18,000 during the last year to be expended in helping communities to supply libraries and playgrounds to the boys and girls of those places.
Miss Barton also recited a story regarding an accident which had occurred to two children in Delaware, who afterwards became wards of junior council.
Pay for Surgery
"They had been in an accident," she related, "and it was necessary to resort to plastic surgery in order to keep their faces from being scarred for life. The junior council sent them to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the operations were per formed and new faces literally given to the children."
Reports were received from various committees at the session held before the juniors took charge. Representatives told how the various communities are fighting the depression by having the various Red Cross units make sweaters, jackets and other articles of clothing to supply the needy who lack these essentials.
The county chapter, too, reported $6000 sent to Washington national headquarters; as payment for the membership which had been recruited during the past year. Miss Viola E. Williams, executive secretary, reported the chapter would embrace 12,500 members shortly, the greatest known to the organization since wartime.
Mrs. M. E. Linden was presented with a pin for having recruited the largest number of new members for the Collingswood unit.
Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1938
THIS writer makes a grand salaam to the school children of Collingswood. The youngsters are members of the junior council of the American Red Cross, itself indicative of the humanitarian objectives of the young folk. Few persons, unless they are cognizant of the grand work of the school pupils in the grade schools and ·the students in the high schools, can realize how effective these youngsters are in their charities and humanities. I
When I stop to consider that, years ago, when this grizzled old codger was a pupil in a grammar school, that the only contact we had with foreign nations was on a round globe that turned on a swivel, the amity and alliances that these Collingswood boys and. girls have built abroad seem a miracle.
We also regard as significant a little Incident connected with this international alliance between Southern Jersey and Central Europe. One realizes that the children in the classrooms reflect the nature of domestic thought, the trend of home training, home beliefs, home aims. This fact was proved to a startling degree by the straw votes taken in the suburban high schools in 1936 on the presidential contest.
The communities ran almost identical at the polls with the straw votes in the classrooms, so that the school children were really revealing the manner in which pa and ma were going to vote at the polls.
. This prelude was merely to allude more convincingly to a little fact that may have escaped particular attention at a recent meeting of the Camden County Chapter of the Red Cross in the Collingswood borough hall. The students in the junior high school made a portfolio last Christmas to send to high school children in Czechoslovakia.
MUNITIONS WORK AT SKODA SHOWN
Naturally as junior members of the great Red Cross, the C.H.S. students included in their portfolio, largely pictorial, scenes that were "interesting to pacific students here, pictures of school work, student activities, and the like.
It is significant that the portfolio which the students in a high school in Prague returned to Collingswood contained pictures of the great munitions works called Skoda. A plant that ranks with the Krupps in Germany, or any of the great plants in our own country.
I have been hearing views given by those who have returned from Europe. These travelers agree Europe is martial-minded, and that war is in everybody's thought, if not on everybody's' lips. It was necessary to take everything with a grain of salt, for after all, an American viewpoint on a European situation is not necessarily reflective of European thoughts.
But a school child's mind is reflective of the thoughts of his elders.
The mere fact that these children in Czechoslovakia should believe that their friends in South Jersey would, be interested in pictures of the great munitions plant reveals to me, at least that Europe is war-minded. I believe the kids disclosed this better than all the premiers, dictators and rulers on the continent.
I shall stick to the original premise that a child reflects its domicile, reflects its parents, reflects the home thoughts and beliefs, and this portfolio, filled with pictures of a munitions plant, is tile best argument to me that Europe is thinking and dreaming of war. Hence the warrant, insofar as I am concerned, for the increase in Uncle Sam's own national defenses.
It also indicates the simplicity of the student mind in Prague. At a distance of thousands of miles these simple children probably felt that the little pals in America were thinking along the same lines as the offspring of the Czechs.
MUCH CREDIT DUE YOUNGSTERS
Hence what could come with greater pleasure to the Collingswood children, or be fraught with a sterner message that we in Czechoslovakia are prepared, too, than to send the Jersey children a book filled with majestic pictures of Skoda's great munitions' plant.
Indeed, to my mind, it was the most telling and significant indication that war is in the European mind from peasant to dictator. To turn to the other side of the picture the work of these children among the needy of the school students is one of the finest examples of brotherly love to be found anywhere.
These youngsters, too, have learned the great lesson of real benevolence- that charity must be anonymous, that giving to the poor must be done in a spirit of helpful ness, in a mood of brotherliness whereby the one who has, gives of his store to the one who has not.
The manner in which these youngsters distribute their Christmas baskets is in this same generous spirit. The families in want are not exposed, their names are a secret. The baskets are filled; each has a number and an address. The almoners deliver these baskets to the addresses. All the children know, unless the person to whom the basket is delivered furnishes the information, is that the right number got the right basket.
The mere fact that these, school children in Collingswood could collect $1001 for their charitable work is in itself a high water mark of excellence and efficiency. And the manner in which the kids distributed the money, the practical uses to which they put the funds, is another feather in their caps.
When I read about this Junior Red, Cross I got the impression that it was one of the usual organizations for the youngsters, an organization that gave them a pin to wear and a sweater to knit, then decided to call everything jake.
That is the usual nature of most of these "junior" organizations- a pair of knitting needles, some wool and a pin: Presto; the whole thing is complete, the entire picture filled, If I was astounded at the international scope of their work, or the fact that these school children were actually carrying on international amity in its most fruitful fashion, between the children of the various countries, the elders present were paralyzed.
If those elders revealed an insight Into their real impression of the junior council, I'm sure they would say that they had had the same idea as Mackay- a pin, a skein of wool, a pair of knitting needles.
When the amplified, expansive labors of, these children were disclosed to them, the elders were flabbergasted, but delightedly so. The children won unstinted plaudits from the chairman, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, and they deserved every tribute, every garland.
So I wish they would take another grand salaam from the author..
GROUPS MEET TO REVERE LINCOLN
Schoolchildren, members of service clubs, and civic leaders joined the Camden County Real Estate Board yesterday in paying tribute to the memory of Abraham Lincoln at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman.
Among the guests present were Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools; Albert M. Bean, county superintendent of schools; and Joseph Hale, president of the Camden Lions Club.
The principal speaker was Hamilton R. Disston, who conducts public forums at the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia, and is a teacher of public speaking. Introduced by J. Frank Hanly, president of the Real Estate Board, which was host to the other organizations, Disston gave a recitation in which he traced the career of the Great Emancipator from his lowly beginning until his death by assassination in Ford's Theatre, Washington, April 15, 1865.
Selecting as his topic: "Lincoln the Man," Disston described the anguish and disappointments through which the war-time President lived. He recalled the incident prior to Lincoln's election as President for a second term, when he was requested to write a letter of condolence to a woman who had lost five sons in the Civil War.
"Lincoln," said Disston, "was not a man who could be exploited for political purposes. "He received the request to write the letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, of Boston, prior to his election, but he waited until after the campaign was over before he sent condolences to that bereaved mother. That was one of his marks of greatness."
Disston recited Lincoln's Gettysburg address, characterizing it as one of the world's literary gems, and then took his audience back to the sorrowful day on April 15, 1865 when the President had the dream of premonition of his own death—the vision wherein he saw himself aboard a "dark, formless boat," that sailed away into darkness.
Disston concluded with a dramatic .picture of the President's assassination in Ford's Theatre and the escape of the killer, Booth. Disston was obtained as speaker through Ernest E. Lindner.
Represented among the realtors at the luncheon were three generations in the family of William J. Flemming, long a member of the board. Present with Flemming were his son, William F. Flemming, also a board member, and the latter's small son, William W. Flemming. Eighty-five persons were present at the meeting.
Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1938
Dr. and Mrs. Leon N. Neulen, of 30 South Evergreen avenue, Woodbury, are being congratulated on the birth of a son, Robert Nelson Neulen, on February 14, in the Underwood Hospital, Woodbury..
February 19, 1938
Roye - Loyal D. Odhner
BOARD OF EDUCATION
ETHAN A. LANG
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LEON N. NEULEN
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