ROY R. STEWART was born in Quakake PA in 1887, a small mining town. He worked as a breaker boy in the mines as a youth. After finishing business college, he came to Camden in 1909 and found a job at Hurley's Department Store at Broadway and Spruce Street. In 1912 he opened up his own men's wear store, R.R. Stewart, at 609 Broadway. By 1914 Roy Stewart had made his residence and place of business at 201-203 Broadway, the corner of Broadway & Mickle Street later occupied by Broadway Eddie's. During the summer of 1926 he also had a second store in Ocean City NJ. His business was adjacent to the Grand Theater, one of Camden's many movie theaters. In the early 1940s Roy Stewart moved his business to 142 North Broadway, in the Wilson Building.
In 1928 Roy Stewart served as Exalted Ruler of Camden Lodge 293 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
Roy Stewart was also interested in politics. He served in the NJ State Assembly in 1925, and from 1926 through 1929. In November of 1929 he was elected State Senator to succeed the late Joseph H. Forsyth, ands served through 1932. While in the State Senate, he was elected Mayor of Camden, succeeding Winfield Scott Price. He served as mayor until 1935, when succeeded by Frederick von Nieda.
Roy Stewart began to fight in 1930 for the high speed line that crosses the Ben Franklin Bridge between Camden and Philadelphia. His efforts led to the construction of the line and the two subway stops in Camden. His vision was also to extend the line into South Jersey, and his dream was finally accomplished with the construction of the PATCO High Speed Line in 1969. While serving as the director of public safety in Camden, he oversaw the installation of radios in police cars.
Mayor Stewart was also concerned with the housing needs of his city. In August of 1933 he chaired a meeting that led to the construction of Westfield Acres, Camden's first public housing project, and the formation of the Housing Authority of the City of Camden.
Besides his men's wear business, he was also the president of the Republic Building and Loan Association, and served as president of the Locustwood Cemetery Association, which operates the cemetery that is still extant in present-day Cherry Hill NJ. He was also active in other fraternal and civic organizations in Camden. He was installed as Exalted Ruler of Camden Lodge 293 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks on April 4, 1928 at the Elks home at North 7th and Cooper Streets. . He was a member of Trimble Lodge No. 117, F. & A.M., and the Camden Rotary Club.
After leaving the mayor's office, Roy Stewart returned to his clothing business, and later moved to a home at 221 Browning Road in Merchantville NJ. He passed away on February 29, 1949 in Osteopathic Hospital in Philadelphia PA.
July 5, 1926
April 4, 1928
R. Stewart - William
B. Knight - William Hopkins Iszard - William F. Lehman
Albert Austermuhl - Homer F. Lotier - Samuel A. Kilpatrick
George Fisher - Rud Preisandanz Jr. - William L. Sauerhoff
Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931
Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931
WIDOW SUES FOR $225,000
Suit for $255,000 was filed in New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday by Mrs. Margaret Lippincott against the Atlantic City Railroad in the death of her husband, Willet Lippincott, of 106 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, a real estate operator and son of Benjamin A. Lippincott, first mayor of Haddon Heights.
The widow, mother of four children, charges that her husband met his death on the morning of July 23 at the Warwick Road crossing at Magnolia. Lippincott's truck, loaded with hay, obtained from the farm of his mother, Mrs. Laura Lippincott, on Warwick road, was struck by a northbound Ocean City-Camden train. Lippincott was killed, and the truck and hay set afire when the gasoline tank exploded.
Papers in the suit have been prepared by former Senator Albert S. Woodruff and S. Huntley Beckett, attorneys. Allegations are made in the suit that the railroad was negligent in failing to protect the crossing, which is termed in the charges as "extra-dangerous and extra-hazardous."
It is alleged further that a signal light at the crossing failed to work properly at the time of the tragedy, and that a curve of the railroad, a bank of earth, poles and other obstacles obstructed the view of an approaching train. No bell or whistle was sounded from the engine of the train, it is charged.
Lippincott met his death although he alighted from his truck to look up and down the tracks at the crossing, according to Woodruff. He had seen a southbound train pass, but was struck by the northbound train. Passengers on the northbound train included Magistrate Dennis F. Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia; Mayor Roy R. Stewart, Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly, Byron M. Seabrook, and Jerome Hurley, of the Hurley Stores, all of whom had summer homes at Ocean City.
Children surviving Lippincott include Priscilla, 8; Benjamin, 6; Summitt, 4, and Scott W. Lippincott, 1 year old.
|Camden Courier-Post * October 14, 1931|
STEWART CALLS CLERGY FOR RELIEF CONFERENCE
Mayor Roy R. Stewart announced yesterday he has invited members of Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish clergy to attend a meeting at 10:30 a. m. today in the city commission chambers to discuss unemployment relief.
The mayor said he will ask the clergy of various denominations to cooperate with the municipal relief committee headed by William Strandwitz.
The meeting will be the first at which relief measures will be discussed since the committee was appointed several weeks ago.
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Simon - Roy
R. Stewart - John
W. Golden - George
Zeitz - William
Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Keown - L. Scott Cherchesky - Garfield S. Pancoast
Charles Wilder - Liberty Street
|Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1932|
|Aaron Heine - Martin C. Delaney|
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932
Bakley - Joseph Tumulty - Roy
R. Stewart - T. Harry Rowland
Charles V. Dickinson - Arthur Colsey - Clifford A. Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay
Austin H. Swackhammer - Manle J. Steyer - WIlliam Sharkey - Dr. C.N. Mason
Gustave Huseman - John Uboldi - Albert Cohen - James Jordan - Herman Romaine
Harold Nickturn - Howard C. Franklin - Arthur "Gyp" Del Duca
Charles Fanelli aka Charlie Mack - Harry Fleisher - John Cernivo
Thomas Gibbons - Walt Mills - Edward J. Walsh
Owen Sweeney - William Marshall - Conrad Bittner - Harry Underwood
Frank Truax - Walter Kennedy aka Walt West - Harry Willingmeyer
Fairview Street - Penn Street - Rand Street
Louis Ward - Dean Kessler - Pasquale Massi - Jacob Melzer - Frank Atwater
Louis Scott - Edward Brady - Carl Pisco - Joseph Pisco - Jim Jackson
Woodrow Jackson - Frank Mucci - W.H. Seckel - Davis Keese - Gustave Seletos
Roland Davic - William Bopergola - Tony Basile - Jospeh Gogenti - Frank Garafalo
Edward North - Joseph Carboni - Geoge Huber - George Walters
Camden Courier Post
|Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1933|
LICENSE FEES DEADLINE EXTENDED
Inability of 72 of 142 proprietors of Camden soft drink establishments to pay their 1933 license fees of $100 by yesterday resulted in Mayor Roy R. Stewart extending the time limit for payments until February 15.
The original deadline set by . the mayor for the payment of the fees was Wednesday and was extended upon the recommendation of City Clerk Frank S. Albright. No further extensions will be granted, the mayor said.
"Unless those whose 1933 applications have been approved have paid their. $100 license fee by February 15, the police will order there places closed."
Albright said that before closing time Wednesday at the new City Hall, a total of 70 proprietors had paid their fee. The clerk said several others had expressed willingness to pay on time but have been unable to do so because of depleted revenues.
Virtually all the applicants for the 1933 licenses had been operating under their 1932 permits until the mayor approved their applications last week. Last year's permits will be void February 15 in all cases, the mayor said.
Albright said that no additional applications have been approved by the mayor since last week.
Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1933
CAMDEN ELKS TO HONOR PAST EXALTED RULERS
Past exalted rulers will be honored tonight by Camden Lodge of Elks with a dinner, ceremonial and en tertainmen t.
The program will be nation-wide. A dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, followed by a business session. Harry G. Robinson, present exalted ruler, will open the ceremonial and turn the lodge over to the past officers.
The past exalted rulers expected are Samuel Kilpatrick, who served in 1900 and 1921; Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, Alexander J. Milliette, J. Harry Switzer, James H. Long, Marian Moriarity, Allen Jarvis, Albert Austermuhl, William L. Sauerhoff, former Mayor Frank S. Van Hart, D. Trueman Stackhouse, Harry Ellis, William G. Ferat, Judge Garfield Pancoast, Rudolph Preisendanz, Jr., Theodore T. Kausel, Edward J. Kelley, Mayor Roy R. Stewart, William H. lszard, William S. Lehman and J. Harry Todd.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 10, 1933|
Stewart Answers Civic Congress Demands For
be made to have all city employees pay up their back taxes within three weeks, Mayor Roy R. Stewart
promised yesterday. The
mayor and Commissioner Clay W.
issued statements to the press
answering recommendations by the Congress of Civic Associations
of the economies suggested by the Civic Congress was that all municipal
workers be forced to pay whatever taxes they owe.
"I feel that this is entirely proper and an effort will be made to see that taxes on properties owned by city employees are paid within three weeks,” Stewart said.
a recommendation that the city eliminate electric inspection
was urged that the position of transportation supervisor be abolished. The
mayor declared that it would be inadvisable because the 8upervisor now is
doing, in addition to his own job, the work of the mechanical inspector,
who has been dropped from the payroll. Furthermore, Stewart stated, the to
salary is more than paid for by fees collected from the transportation
salary is more than paid for by fees collected from the transportation
mayor defended the maintenance of telephones, at the city's expense, in
the homes of some employees. These phones, he said, are necessary for the
efficient operation of the department of public safety, Those employees are required to be on
call for any emergency. Many telephones found to be unnecessary have peen
eliminated, he said.
a suggestion for separate control of the police and fire bureaus, Stewart
answered that "arrangements" already have been made to
accomplish that purpose. He recalled that in the police department there
are now only two captains, six Lieutenants and 16 sergeants on the force
where there used to be six captains, eight lieutenants and 19 sergeants.
recommendation concerned elimination of policemen in the parks. The mayor
said he interpreted that to mean the elimination of park guards. He
asserted that park guards have been released except three in Farnham
park. Isolation of the park, he said, would create a rendezvous for
Reesman declared that Convention Hall could not be closed, as urged by one group, or turned over to a board or private interests because under the law the responsibility for maintaining the building rests with the city commission.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST * JUNE 2, 1933|
FIRE ALARM BIDS
Mayor Roy R. Stewart will rule within two or three days on whether the city will accept the bid of the Horni Signal Manufacturing Corporation, of New York, to install the new, fire alarm and police signal system in the new city hall courthouse annex. The corporation submitted the lower of two estimates recently.
The mayor cited the corporation to show cause at a hearing before him Wednesday why the corporation's bid of $44,995 should not be rejected as irregular in that it allegedly did not follow specifications, failed to reveal the corporation's financial responsibility to complete the work, and made no provision to accept city bonds, warrants or other form of municipal security in payment for the work, as provided in the specifications. Mayor Stewart said the corporation, through three representatives at the hearing yesterday, pointed out that it would take city securities in payment, provided the city agreed to make up the difference should the value of the securities drop. The firm's representatives also sought to have the city assume the responsibility for the payment of "extras", should the National Board of Fire Underwriters specify that additional work and material be added, although the specifications themselves relieved the city of that responsibility. They also furnished a satisfactory statement of their financial status, the mayor said.
a result of the hearing, the mayor can reject the corporation's bid,
accept that of the Gamewell Company, of New York, the rival bidder with an
estimate of $51,837, or re-advertise for bids.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JUNE 2, 1933|
Eligibility Fight Losers Have Long Wait for Cop Jobs
going to be one long wait for a police department appointment for 38
Camden men who lost an appeal recently to the State Civil Service
Commission to extend an expired i
Roy R. Stewart
revealed yesterday there is no hope in sight for the employment of the
men, either as summer cops or regulars, because there is "no need for
them, no appropriation and no money."
state board had recommended, in denying the men's appeal to extend their
eligibility, that they be employed by Camden city as summer cops, if
eligibility list was voided by the state commission March 11, when it was
two years old, explanation having been made that it would be against the
board's policy to continue the list beyond that time. Mayor Stewart at the
time had asked a
months' extension of the list.
31 of the 38 men, headed by William J. Rose, Jr., president of the Tenth
Ward organization Republican Club, appeared personally before the state
board In Trenton in an appeal, which was denied, but with the
recommendation to the city that they be hired for summer duty, if they
could be used.
will be no need for them," Mayor Stewart said yesterday, when asked
if there was any probability the men may be employed temporarily.
city has no money to employ them, and there has been no appropriation. The
men, of course, don't intend to work without pay, and why should they?
Without money, we cannot pay them and so we cannot employ them, even
temporarily, should we need them, but we don't."
Chance for Men
mayor replied in answer to a. question whether the men would be given
preference in the event of vacancies among the regulars that they would.
He added, however, no vacancies are being filled and he had no idea when
there would be need for any of the 38 men.
the department personnel is lower than in former years," the mayor
said, "it is
efficiently with fewer men because of recent changes. I have no idea when
we shall need additional men, if any at
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933
ELKS HOPE TO GET CONVENTION
twenty-first annual reunion and the convention of the New Jersey State
Elks Association will be held in Camden next June if efforts of the
advisory board of' Camden Lodge of Elks are successful at the state
meeting in Newark on June 15, 16 and 17.
of the advisory board for the local lodge, who are past exalted rulers
of the Camden lodge, will present the invitation to hold the 1934
meeting in Camden, at the twentieth reunion and convention in Newark.
of the lodge have adopted a
confirming the action of the advisory board and plans were made to set
the necessary machinery in motion to bring the 1934 convention to
Camden. It was pointed out that Camden Elks have the largest home in the
Kirkpatrick, the oldest past exalted ruler of the lodge, is head of the
advisory board, and Harry G. Robinson, youngest past exalted ruler, is
delegate to the state association, which is composed of past exalted
rulers of all Elks lodges in New Jersey.
the state association was formed in Camden, there has never been a
reunion or convention of the association held here, it was pointed out.
outstanding feature of each annual convention is the mammoth sessions,
with thousands of Elks in line. It is estimated the parade would draw
more than 50,000 persons to Camden, if the local lodge's invitation is
Camden lodge is sending the band and patrol to Newark for the parade,
which will start at 7 p. m. on June 17. Arrangements are being made to
have the largest delegation in the parade represent Camden.
exalted rulers who comprise the advisory board, and the year they took
office, follow: Samuel
Kirkpatrick, 1900; Dr.
A. Haines Lippincott, 1901; Alex
J. Milliette, 1906; J. Harry Switzer, 1908; James H.
Marion Moriarty, 11113; Allen Jarvis, 1914; Albert
Austermuhl, 1915; William L. Sauerhoff, 1917; Theodore
T. Kausel, 1918; Garfield
Pancoast, 1919; William G. Ferat, 1920; Harry Ellis, 1921; Samuel A.
Dobbins, 1923; D. Trueman Stackhouse, 1924; Frank
S. Van Hart, 1925; Edward J. Kelly, 1926; Rud
R. Stewart, 1928; William H. Iszard, 1929; William Lehman, 1930; J.
Todd, 1931, and Harry G. Robinson, 1932.
Deceased past exalted. rulers and the year they took office are: John H. Foster, 1895; W. E. B. Miller, 1896; Philip Burch, 1897; D. Harry Condit, 1898; H. L. Hartshorn, 1891; George D. Borton, 1902; Maurice Rogers, 1904; Francis Warren, 1907; E. Wilmer Collins, 1909; Lewis H. Leigh, 1910; Morris Odell, 1912, and W. Wallace Balcom, 1922.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - JUNE 4, 1933|
SIGNAL BID REJECTED BY CITY
Roy R. Stewart
Saturday wrote the Horni Signal Manufacturing Corporation, of New York,
that the city had rejected its bid of $44,l95
to install the new
fire alarm and police signal system in the new city hall-courthouse annex.
mayor explained in the communication that the estimate of the
corporation was not accepted because it, was "not in substantial
compliance with the requirements of the specifications." The letter
to a hearing Stewart granted the company to show cause why its bid should
not be rejected.
Stewart said as a result of the. rejection, the city will accept the bid
of the Gamewell Company, of New York, the only other bidder for the
contract, whose estimate was $51,837. He insisted that no influence was
used to favor one bidder over the other.
mayor explained that the Horni Corporation had so modified the
specifications that the city was put in the position of probably paying
much more in the end to that company than its bid through possible
additional requirements in installing the system. The corporation, he
added, had made many changes and suggestions to the original specifications,
and in some· of the changes sought to have the city assume unexpected
if the Gamewell Company had complied in its bid with all specifications,
the mayor said it had. He added that no other consideration than
compliance with the specifications had led the city to reject the bid of
the Horni corporation.
the city possibly obtain a lower price than that of the Gamewell Company
through advertising bids, instead of accepting that firm's bid?" the
mayor was asked. "Its estimate is approximately $7000 higher than was
that of the Horni Corporation."
can't see where the city would gain anything by advertising for new
bids," the mayor replied. "Considering the strings the Horni
company had to its bid, the installation of the system would no doubt have
cost the city considerably more money and the contract, if it had been
awarded that firm, may have been higher in the end than that of the
The mayor pointed out that while the Horni Corporation had agreed to accept city warrants, bonds or other obligations of the city, in lieu of cash in payment of the contract, it had modified the specifications to agree to take such security if it could be redeemed in 30 days at par value. The mayor explained that in such a case the city would have to pay the difference should the municipal securities drop in value within 30 days, and that would be equivalent to an increase in the company's bid.
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 10, 1933
STEWART GIVES PERMISSION TO USE DAYLIGHT TIME
Most of Camden's saloons started selling beer over the bar last night. No arrests were made.
Proprietors of "soft drink" parlors are said to have received an "O. K." to sell over the bar with the understanding they would not be molested.
At the same time it was learned that Mayor Roy R. Stewart had issued an official order at 5 p. m. to acting Chief of Police John W. Golden permitting all beer dispensaries, cafes, etc., to remain open until 2 a. m., daylight saving time, except on Saturday when they must close at midnight.
Through their own organization saloonkeepers are known to have put up a vigorous protest on closing at 1 a. m., while in Philadelphia the same closing hour is enforced in standard time, permitting places there to do business until 2 a. m. daylight time. It was said a close check-up failed to reveal anything in t he state or city ordinances differentiating between daylight and. standard time.
Word is understood to have been passed to the saloon men by high authority that the existing state law "will be changed Monday, sure" when the legislature meets at Trenton, and would knock out the clauses requiring screens and forbidding sale of beer over the bar.
News Spreads Rapidly
As if by some mysterious communication system, all saloons seemed to receive the advice at the same time. About 6 o'clock they started removing tables and screens. From official sources in Trenton there was firm denial that the beer law even would be taken up Monday.
Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
CAMDEN MAKES BID TODAY FOR MEETING OF ELKS IN 1934
The 1934 convention of the New Jersey Elks Association will be sought for Camden today by more than 500 members of the Camden lodge who will attend the twentieth anniversary convention of the association in Newark.
The convention will close Saturday evening with a parade which is being planned as one of the most elaborate ever held in the order in New Jersey.
Camden's claims as next year's convention city will be presented by Mayor Roy R. Stewart, past, exalted ruler of the Camden lodge.
18 Rooms Engaged
The Camden lodge has engaged 18 rooms in the Hotel Riviera as its headquarters. In the lobby has been placed a large banner proclaiming: "Brother Bill, we want you in Camden in 1934." Large tags bearing the same invitation are to be distributed to all the delegates.
The convention will open tonight with a dinner and dance in, observance of the fiftieth anniversary of Newark lodge. The opening session will be at 1.30 p. m. tomorrow. At 7.30 p.m. there will be a banquet and dance for delegates and invited guests.
The final meeting will be held at 11.30 a. m. Saturday when officers will be elected. J. Harry Todd, past exalted ruler of Camden lodge, is seeking the South Jersey vice-presidency.
Parade Starts at 7 P.M.
The parade will start at 7 p. m. Camden lodge, in the third division with Atlantic City, Trenton and Bridgeton, will be led by James MacMillan, exalted ruler, followed by 16 past exalted rulers.
Camden lodge's band of 40 pieces, led by William Townsend, will precede the patrol of 30 members headed by Harry Rathbone. New uniforms have been provided for the patrol. A touring car completely covered with flowers and bearing the Elks' emblem in flowers, will be entered by the Camden post.
Bus Service Arranged
Bus service has been planned for Saturday to carry members and friends of Camden lodge to the parade. According to William H. Iszard, past exalted ruler and chairman of the transportation, publicity and parades committees of Camden lodge, buses will leave the Elks Home, Seventh and Cooper Streets, at 10 a.m. and 3.30 p. m. Saturday, returning that night after the parade and grand ball which is to close the convention.
Harry Robinson, past exalted ruler, is the Camden lodge delegate to the convention. Francis P. Boland, of Jersey City, is president of the association, which is composed of past exalted, rulers of all New Jersey lodges.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933|
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Camden Courier-Post- June 20, 1933
COLLAPSE OF HOMES TO BRING PROBE OF ALL
Investigation was ordered yester day into the tragic collapse of the front walls of two vacant houses here Sunday. Mayor Roy R. Stewart announced he would push a probe to determine who is responsible for allowing the condemned buildings at 829 and 831 Bridge Avenue, to remain standing without repairs.
The mayor also declared that a move is under way to demolish 825 other unsafe buildings in Camden.
Jerry White, 22, colored, of 759
Street, died yesterday of injuries suffered Sunday when he was buried
under a ton of bricks. He was seated in front of one of the
Stewart conferred with real estate and insurance agents
yesterday and announced that he would ask the municipal legal department to proceed against other dangerous properties. In
directing his investigation the mayor said he is anxious to determine whether there had been any laxity in connection with
condemnation of the Bridge Avenue
The mayor revealed correspondence over a year between his office, the fire, health and legal departments and the owners of properties, regarding their condition as alleged fire and health menaces.
"I assumed action had been taken in condemnation of the properties, but apparently that was not done and it is exceedingly regrettable that a life has been lost," Mayor Stewart said.
Will Rush Action
"Certainly no other lives will be given if I can help it, and I am forthwith ordering that legal action be taken immediately in the tearing down of 825 properties in the city that have been found in a recent survey to be unsafe.
"Many citizens in the community, including prominent men and women, are heartily in favor of the action the city is taking in ordering dilapidated properties torn down.
"The death of the Carman Street man reveals glaringly the need for immediate action. That death should not have occurred. It could have been prevented had there been no delay in removing the hazardous buildings.
"At this time, I am placing no direct responsibility, and will not
do so until I have made a thorough investigation. This is, indeed, a serious situation, and by no means must there be a
City Not Wholly Lax
The mayor said the letters he has written regarding the Bridge Avenue properties show that the city had not been wholly lax regarding them. He added, however, that there has been laxity somewhere, and he is deter mined to find out who is to blame.
City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly said records in his office showed that the houses were "torn down."
Bleakly was asked who made the report the houses were wrecked.
"I do not know at this time, but I shall join with the mayor in a thorough investigation," the city solicitor said.
The mayor and Bleakly pointed out that vandals had been tearing properties apart in their efforts to obtain fixtures, lumber, etc. The mayor said the 829 Bridge Avenue property is owned by Mrs. George Murry, of 649 Locust Street, the widow of George Murry, the late city detective. He said he is checking to learn who is the owner of 831 Bridge Avenue.
The houses have been unoccupied for a number of years. They are believed to have been weakened by vandals who had stripped the interiors of wooden supports and fixtures.
Recent damage by vandals throughout the city has been estimated at $500,000. .
Camden Courier-Post- June 20, 1933
Hatch Estate Drives Jobless From Gardens
Sixteen unemployed gardeners have been given 24 hours' notice by the city to vacate their plots on the Hatch estate, planted under supervision of the Camden City Emergency Relief Administration, it was revealed last night.
"Some of the legal tangle between the owners of the property and the city of Camden was given as reason for the move.
The disclosure was made at a meeting of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, held at 312 Market Street. A committee of the union will call on the relief administration today to protest against the removal order.
The gardens were planted to provide fruit and vegetables for families of the unemployed. The Hatch estate tract is one of several sites throughout the city where this work has been under way.
The Unemployed Union, through Frank J. Manning, president, and Clarence E. Moullette, executive secretary, question the right of the city to order the gardeners from the field. They hold that under a New Jersey law, no contract, no matter under what terms negotiated, can be abrogated after a crop is planted until it has been reaped.
"Mr. M. Bergen Stone, an attorney representing the Hatch Estate, owners of the property on which are located the Miller Gardens, has given us notice of repossession within the next 24 hours.
"It seems that some legal tangle has arisen between the owners of this property and the city of Camden and it is necessary for the present owner to have sole and complete possession and occupation of these premises. It will therefore be necessary that the shack you have begun to build be dismantled and that the gardeners on your tract be notified of this action before noon on Tuesday, June 20.
"Be assured that I will do the best, that I possibly can to relocate your gardens and that anything that you have growing that is transplantable, you will be allowed to transplant. Please see that this information is given to your other gardeners at once so that the owners can get possession immediately."
The union urged demolition of all unsafe properties in the city and recommended the city commissioners seek a loan from the federal government to abolish "slums" of Camden. Such a project, the union points out, would greatly relieve unemployment here. .
|Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933|
|RALLY TONIGHT AIDS JEWS IN GERMANY
Camden Residents Push Drive for Fund to Help Victims of Hitler
A campaign has been launched to raise $10,000 for relief work. Contributions should be sent to the United Committee for Relief of German Jews, 908 Broadway-Stevens Building.
The speakers will include Abe Goldberg, New York; Judge William M. Lewis, Philadelphia; Mayor Roy R. Stewart and rabbis and clergymen of all creeds. Leon H. Rose will preside.
The committee reports 600,000 men, women and children have suffered as a result of Nazi atrocities in Germany.
"Hundreds have been deprived of their rights of citizenship and livelihood," continued the announcement.
"Loyalty, patriotism, service, have counted for naught; doctors, lawyers, civil servants, university professors and other teachers, scientists, musicians, industrial workers, have been driven from their positions and have been denied the right to work at their vocations. Even the right to an education is now being denied many of Jewish children.
"These German Jewish men and women recognized no political loyalty save an undivided loyalty to their country. They wanted nothing, demanded nothing, but the right to live in security and peace, and to develop their own destinies as self respecting men and women, and to labor for the upbuilding of their country.""
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
BLOCK-AID FUNDS, USED FOR
Funds raised in Camden's recent Block-Aid campaign are being used exclusively by Dr. A. L. Stone, city emergency relief director, to help in the housing of evicted families.
Dr. Stone revealed yesterday the Block-Aid fund turned over to him last month by Russell H. Nulty, executive director of the drive, totaled $32,312.41. The amount is exclusive of $2058.43 in salaries and other expenses connected with the recent campaign, which lasted from November to May.
"We have been spending the money at the rate of about $9,000 every two weeks," Dr. Stone said. "The fund is supplementary to an appropriation of $40,000 by the city commission to provide for homeless families. The city has been giving tax credits up to that total property owners for housing families on relief."
The director reported the relief organization has found accommodations for between 700 and 800 families in the last few weeks with the limited sums at hand, and all without display and with minimum inconvenience to the individuals benefited.
"Camden is the only city of its size in the state giving outstanding attention to eviction cases, both from the standpoint of the landlord and the homeless family," Dr. Stone said.
The director stated that he had hoped to use the Block-Aid fund for other relief purposes, but found the demand for it so great in the handling of eviction cases that he deemed it advisable so to apply it. Under the law, such funds may be employed at the director's discretion.
The Block-Aid campaign organization functioned under the direction of Mayor Roy R. Stewart as chairman and with Nulty as executive director during the six months' of its' existence. Its goal was $100,000.
Dr. Stone said that in spite of economic conditions generally the public showed its generosity. He commended and thanked Mayor Stewart, Nulty and the other Block-Aid officials and volunteers for their efforts during the campaign.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933|
Cops, Nab 14 Nudists After Criticism for Vandalism, Bathing
The Camden police were criti cized yesterday at a meeting of the City Commission for relaxing their vigilance in halting damage by vandals in vacant properties which have caused total losses of $500,000 in the city.
A committee representing the North Camden Civic Association appeared before the City Commission and urged an intensive campaign to halt destruction of unoccupied buildings. Among the committee's recommendations for the drive were greater activity by the police, co-operation by citizens with the police in reporting vandalism, appointment of special officers to watch the buildings and a general educational campaign in the city schools.
Given Hot Clue
Mayor Roy R. Stewart estimated that $500,000 damage had been done to vacant properties, and agreed to give full support to the drive to halt vandalism.
With characteristic suddenness, Frank J. Hartmann, secretary of the civic association, arose in the meet ing and told the mayor that if policemen were sent immediately to Tenth and State Streets they would find young men engaged in tearing down an unoccupied factory.
As another evidence of "police negligence," he said, young men and boys could be found bathing nude at that moment in Cooper River in that vicinity. Acting immediately, Mayor Stewart instructed Capt. John W. Golden, acting police chief, to send policemen to the neighborhood.
14 Nude Bathers Nabbed
A few minutes later, 14 boys and young men, ranging, in age from 12 to 26, were arrested for bathing without clothes.
All bathers over 14 were held in cash security of $10 and those under 14 were released in custody of their parents on charges of disorderly conduct. They are: Leslie Bayne, 26, of 503 Royden street; Harvey Howell, 16, of 529 Washington Street; John Grady; 19, of 578 Benson Street; Roscoe Davis, 15, of 253 North Eleventh Street; James Evans, 15, of 601 North Second Street; William Dempsey, 12, of 1030 Lawrence Street; Robert Farland, 13, of 1112 Federal Street; Roland Garber, 15, of 537 Birch street; Edgar Grundlock, 15, of' 318 North Tenth Street; Frank Garwood; 13; of 717 Bailey Street; Eugene Dodelin, 13, of 309 Cole Street; Ralph Skill, 13, of 512 North Seventh Street; Robert Rudd, 15, of 642 Linwood Street, and Richard Evans, 14 of 601 North Second Street.
Miss Elsie Stein, a member of the committee, handed the mayor a letter from a woman who complained about young men bathing in Cooper River. The letter was turned over to Acting Chief Golden.
"If the police performed the duties they are paid to perform, this vandalism could be stopped," Miss Stein said.
Mrs. Stephen Pfeil, another committee member, told the mayor she realized the depleted condition of the police force and offered to aid in the educational campaign by talking against vandalism to children in the schools.
Hartmann urged that politicians and public officeholders refrain from using their influence to obtain leniency for children guilty of damaging vacant houses. William Coghlan said he had complained to the police about the practice but had seen no results.
Weed Cleanup Ordered
Other members, of the committee presenting the protest were Vincent Martinelli and Leon Wojtkowiak, representing the South Camden Civic Association .
The city commission adopted on final reading an ordinance requiring property owners to remove from the front of their properties and sidewalks weds and debris. A fine may be imposed as penalty for violation of the ordinance.
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.
Wilbur B. Ellis, Edward F. Peard and Thomas C. Wright were reappointed to the city board of assessors as of July 1. George H. Simpson, of 2725 Concord Avenue, was reappointed constable for three years in the Eleventh Ward.
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.
Another measure adopted adjourns the city commission until July 13 for a hearing in proposed condemnation proceedings against properties at 332 and 334 Benson street, designated as fire hazards.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933|
Frees Nude Bathers, Scores Those Causing Arrest
boys and young men arrested as nude bathers Thursday as the sequel to a
city commission meeting, were freed yesterday by Judge Garfield
Pancoast with the advice that they wear bathing suits when swimming.
nude bathers were apprehended in Cooper river in the vicinity of Tenth and
Pearl streets after Frank J.
Hartmann, Jr., secretary of, the New Jersey Congress of Civic
Associations and of the North Camden Civic Association, complained at the
commission meeting Thursday that shocking conditions exist among the male
bathers' in the river, causing women in the neighborhood to protest.
With two of the youthful
bathers excused because they had to attend the final classes of the term
in school, Police Judge Garfield
Pancoast suspended sentence on the
others at a hearing yesterday after advising them to wear bathing suits
when swimming again. The boys had been released in their own recognizance
after their arrest late Thursday by John Taylor, a policeman, who was sent
to the bathing spot by Acting Chief Golden.
Taylor, under questioning of the court, testified that the nearest house to where the youths swam was a block away, and that while there were boathouses across the creek, he did not know whether they are occupied. The boys themselves testified that no women pass the "swimming hole," which, they said, is three blocks from State Street and almost two squares from Tenth street.
After Taylor informed the court he did not know who made the complaint to Mayor Stewart, Pancoast said the complainant "is probably the same man who, at the age of these boys, did nothing in the Summer but read the New Testament."
probably is the same man who never went swimming when the temperature went
up to 92 degrees," the court commented, "and is probably the
same man who does not know that the cost to the taxpayers for every
arrest in the city averages $3.87."
"I have nothing to say to you boys, but appeal to you to take a bathing suit with you the next time you go swimming, because someone might be passing who does not like to see your nude figure."
bathers: Leslie Bayne, 26, of 503 Royden
Street; Harvey Howell, 16, of 429 Washington
Street; John Grady, 19, of 578 Benson
Street; Roscoe Davis, 15, of
253 North Eleventh street; James Evans, 15, of 601 North Second Street;
William Dempsey, 12, of 1030 Lawrence Street; Albert MacFarland, 13, of
Street; Roland Garber, 15, of 537 Birch
Street; Edgar Grundlock, 14, of 318 North Tenth Street; Frank Garwood,
13, of 717 Bailey
Street; Eugene Dodelin, 13, of 309 Cole Street; Ralph Skill, 13, of
Seventh street; Robert Rudd, 15, of 642 Linwood
Street, and Richard
Evans, 14, of 601 North Second Street.
Rudd and Garwood were the boys excused by Judge Pancoast from appearing in court so they would not lose credit for being absent from school.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933|
DENIES HE COMPLAINED IN NUDE BATHERS CASE
Mayor Roy R. Stewart made the complaint which led to the arrest of 14 nude male bathers in North Camden Thursday, Frank J. Hartmann declared Saturday. Hartmann so stated in a letter expressing resentment to an indirect reference made by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast against him as the complainant. Hartmann is secretary of the New Jersey Congress of Civic Associations and of the North Camden Civic Association.
Pancoast, in releasing the defendants, mostly all boys, said the complainant was probably "the same man who read the New Testament during the ,Summer; never went swimming when the temperature went up to 92 degrees, and probably was the same man who did not know that the cost to the taxpayers for every arrest in the city averages $3.87."
Hartmann told newspapermen that he construed Pancoast's remarks were directed at him, and stated that· he believed Pancoast had been misinformed as to who was the complainant in the arrest of the bather.
"In the press I read where some one is taken to task by you in your official capacity because of a com plaint of nude bathing in Cooper river on Thursday afternoon.
"During a meeting of the Commissioners in City Hall, that day, it was clearly brought out that vandalism in Camden was a disease, running 1unchecked; that at that very moment vandals were practically tearing the Bernstein building [602 North 10th Street- PMC] apart, piece by piece, and that lawlessness was spreading along other lines; for instance even at that moment men and boys could be seen bathing in the nude," It was at this point that the mayor demanded to know where; it was the mayor who called the police out; it was the mayor who made the complaint, and I suppose it was the mayor to whom you referred.
"Out of all fairness to the mayor I don't think that he believed me when he ordered the police out, because he knows it cost $3.87 for each arrest (even if you accuse me of not knowing) at a total of $54.78, and I know that he would not deliberately waste the taxpayers' money, because I am sure he knows that, nothing would be done to anybody caught violating the law. At this point I could say something that was brought out at that meeting regarding the influence of politics in obtaining leniency for those caught violating the law, but since I did not make those accusation's, I am going to let that pass.
"Defending the mayor because he was visibly upset when the facts were stated, I suppose he thought of his own mother, sister, wife or daughter being subjected to alleged indecencies, I do not know the people who live in the vicinity where the arrests were made but they are just as human as they are anywhere else in the world and I can say for myself and perhaps for you that I do not appreciate such performances, on behalf of the women folks.
Father and Son Class
"Another thing, according to the press, the ages of the bathers were such as to be in the father and son classes. Few fathers parade around naked before their children, and never before other children, and out of all fairness to the parents of those children of those tender ages of whom you so carefully spoke, they were not aware of the fact that their children were in such company, assuming nothing else was being done except swimming. In your criticism you could have made that point just a little clearer.
"I expect to attend the next commission meeting with the members of the Congress of Civic Associations, at which time we are going to find out if that is the co-operation that can be expected, namely, criticism. But I suppose I will be a lot better off at that. Just imagine what I would have heard if there were no bathers there, at all"
"May I say that the real complaint was read at the North Camden Civic Association meeting Monday night, June 19, at which time the press, was present, took notes, but did not deem it of sufficient importance to even mention it.
"In conclusion may I say I earnestly believe that with a proper system of education, protection, and correction, vandalism will be remedied, and that the opening of that expensive pool in Pyne Poynt Park, (costing the taxpayers a whole lot more than the $3.87) which is slowly disintegrating, will prevent the nude bathing of which the mayor recently complained.”.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 26, 1933|
Bathing" Allowed Here, Police Keep Out'
A nudist bathing "colony" on the muddy banks of Cooper River!
This is the latest plan of Lewis B. Simon, of Delaware township, who attracted attention three weeks ago when he established a petter's paradise on property owned by him in the township.
At least that is the intention of Simon providing the plain does not encounter legal obstacles, it was announced last night by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Associaition, at a meeting of the association at 939 North Fifth Street.
According to Hartmann, it is Simon's intention to purchase property along the creek in Camden and place a sign on it bearing the legend:
BATHING ALLOWED HERE ...
Hartmann declared it was not necessarily a mark of Simon's extreme liberality, so much as a "satirization of police." His announcement came as an echo of the arrest of 14 nude bathers, all boys and young men, by police on orders of Mayor Roy R. Stewart last Thursday after Hartmann had complained.
All 14 were released the following day by Judge Garfield Pancoast, who scored those causing the arrests.
"It Is Mr. Simon's attitude," Hartmann explained, "that if the city is going to allow nude bathing it may as well be legalized as much as possible.
"We complained to the Mayor, who is director of public safety, about vandalism which has resulted in destruction of property valued at more than $500,000," Hartmann said. "Yet, there has not been one conviction for vandalism, and nude bathing is considered as more, important. The arrests of those boys were made more to embarrass me than in the interest of morals.
"If police are sincere about any complaints I make, why hasn’t there been one arrest for vandalism? We have a wisecracking judge who compliments offenders, so I wonder if he will be so ready to sanction nude bathing now that Mr. Simon believes in finding some legalization for it?"
"That would be a very dangerous move for this section of the city," he said, "for if a train was shifting on the North Main Street tracks at the time of a fire, we would be left without protection because apparatus would be unable to get through from any other section of the city."
George Shaw, vice president. also I protested against the removal, declaring that "the fire underwriters are not in favor of it."
Both men also alleged that North Camdenn was without sufficient police protection.
Officers were re-elected for the ensuing six months of the year. They are Harry F. Walton, president; Shaw, vice president; Mrs. Ida Pfeil, treasurer; Hartmann, recording secretary, and Miss Elsie Stein, financial secretary.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
Hysterical In Boy Vandal Trial
Hysterics among three mothers, one of whom fainted, as their young sons were held for court yesterday inspired another attack on Police Judge Garfield Pancoast by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Association.
The three women shouted frantically as their sons, each 15, were led from the court to be taken to the Juvenile Detention Home on charges of incorrigibility. They had been accused of' vandalism in North Camden. It was brought out, however, that Hartmann did not make the complaints against the boys, who will be detained until the next session of juvenile court is held by Judge Samuel. M. Shay.
Hartmann in a statement last night disclosed that a threat had been made against him by the father of one of the boys who allegedly declared he "had a gun and was going to use it."
Led from the courtroom after screaming and after one had fainted, the women cried so bitterly in the corridor that court attendants ordered them to leave.
The episode was one of the most turbulent in the history of the Camden police court, according to veteran attendants. So great was the turmoil there was question whether Pancoast would not have to recess other hearings.
Pancoast remained adamant in his decision despite the shrill protests of' the mothers; the plea of one of the boys, who begged for release with arms outstretched, and of the complainant, who urged leniency.
Value $25,000, Now 25 cents
"That property once was worth about $25,000," Moore testified, "Today it could be bought for 25 cents because of vandalism."
The youths admitted they had been on the premises, but denied they had caused any damage.
The court then directed that a disorderly conduct charge against them be changed to incorrigibility, the complaint for which was signed by Moore.
Moore testified that the defendants and other boys had been warned to keep off the property, but they would cross the street and ridicule him. He urged leniency, however, when the court revealed that the boys would be sent to the detention home. He said he did not want to see the, youths placed in confinement and their reputations blemished .
"I can't be lenient in his case," Pancoast replied. "I've been charged by Mr. Hartmann, of the North Camden Civic Association, with taking care of criminals and politicians who come to this court, and that is a lie. Also there has been a great deal of publicity about vandalism in North Camden, columns and columns of it, yet Hartmann has never made a single formal complaint against any boy in my court. As a citizen, if he knows such things are going on, it is his duty, as well as that of other citizens, to make a complaint to us.
"This occurrence by these boys is undoubtedly a part of the vandalism going on in North Camden and I'm going to send these boys to the detention home,"
Moore again pleaded for leniency for the boys, but Pancoast said he had no other alternative than to .sentence them under the circumstances.
The arrests on complaint of Moore were made by Gus Reihm and Wilbur Prentiss, motorcycle policemen.
Civic Clubs Protest
Apprehension of youthful vandals has been urged repeatedly by the North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have “done little or nothing about it.
Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it.
North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have done little or nothing about it. ,
Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it. The civic association’s officers protested nevertheless that this was not so, and that the police could minimize the damage if they were on the job.
Hartmann, in company with Frederick von Nieda, president of the Congress of Civic Associations, to which the North Camden association is allied, and George I. Shaw, vice president of the uptown group, conferred with Captain Arthur Colsey, at police headquarters. Captain Colsey promised further co-operation of the police in stamping out the practice of wrecking vacant dwellings and invited all citizen to report such instances to the police.
"I learned from the father of one of the boys committed to jail by Judge Pancoast that the three boys could not be released unless I gave the word. This parent was quite alarmed, and I am told made threats against me. He declared that he had a gun and was going to use it. I can appreciate this man's feelings, because I understand that when he returned he found his wife in a terribly excited condition, an because of the fact that their son was arrested for playing tag with some chums. But I can't go to the detention home and order release of the boys. That's impossible. Only the judge can do that.
"The attitude of Judge Pancoast in criticizing me indirectly as the complainant not only is uncalled for but is the direct cause of this threat, as well as the distracted state of the boy's mother.
"Judge Pancoast is trying to throw a cloud over the real state of affairs in Camden.
"As a member of the North Camden Civic Association I have helped to point out conditions here that have existed for a long time without the police taking any notice of them, conditions which should not have been tolerated and which have caused considerable expense to property owners.
"This needless expense could have been prevented by the police and Judge Pancoast, in a quiet, yet determined manner.
Victims of Anger'
"Simply because we have criticized him and the police is not reason for Judge Pancoast to vent his anger at us upon innocent children, such as he has done in this particular case.
"He states that because we have complained it is necessary for him to hold the three young boys for court.
"On top of this he said that we never made any complaints.
"The latter is true, for we have not accused any child and do not intend to do so. It is the job of the police department to stop the wave of vandalism, not our task.
"Judge Pancoast's attempt to blame me in this situation is ridiculous. As I look at it he seems to be trying to evade the real issues.
"He made a disgraceful example of three boys, to whom a reprimand would have been sufficient had they; been brought before him for merely playing tag, but if they were accused of vandalism then I think his action in committing them to the detention home was justified. But, since the charge against them was changed from vandalism to incorrigibility it. is apparent that there is some doubt in the judge's mind.
"Even with this reasonable doubt I cannot reconcile a case with the disposition of two others, immediately prior to the hearing of the three boys. I understand that two defendants on charges of stealing pipe from a vacant dwelling were dismissed.
"The difference in these two instances, certainly does not give evidence of Judge Pancoast's sincerity in dealing with vandalism, or convince me that he is co-operating with the mayor in correcting the evils of which the Citizens and taxpayers have rightfully complained..
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
Station Closes Soon; Mayor Denies Safety Menace
This was announced yesterday by Mayor Roy R. Stewart, who declared the decision to eliminate the station was reached upon recommendation of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. He also stated a thorough survey revealed closing of the station would not impair the efficiency of the fire department.
Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Association, protested abandonment of the station as a dangerous move at a meeting of the association Monday night.
Hartmann asserted that. if a train was shifting on the north Main street tracks at the time of a fire, a section of North Camden would be without protection because apparatus would be unable to get through from any other part of the city.
Taking issue with Hartmann, the mayor declared that "it stands to reason" that if the tracks were blocked and No. 6 Engine Company at Front and Linden streets could not cross them to reach a fire, then the fire headquarters company at Fifth and Arch streets could battle the blaze.
"Certainly the city would not abandon any fire station if any section would be endangered thereby," the mayor said. "The Board of Fire Underwriters and the city went into a thorough survey of all factors connected with elimination of the station. It was found that No. 4 station could be closed and its personnel of about a dozen men redistributed among other stations without lowering the fire department's efficiency.
"It stands to reason the city would not let any part of the city be un protected. Engine Company No. 6 will answer all alarms and calls which formerly went to No. 4 company, and if No. 6 company cannot, then surely the company at fire headquarters, Fifth and Arch streets, could reach the fire in the event the tracks may be blocked at intersection.
"I might add also that there is very little shifting of trains along north Main Street compared with a few years ago. However, should there be shifting and a fire on the other side of the tracks, where there may be a fire, what is to prevent the firemen of Engine Company No. 6 from using another intersection a block or so away to cross the railroad intersection? Seldom is a line of freight cars tied up for a long series of blocks in that. neighborhood. And should there be and there is a fire on either side of the tracks, the freight cars could be moved from the intersection speedily. The railroad would net leave many cars tied up without having an engine available on the spot to move them in an emergency."
The mayor said the closing of No. 6 station should be completed in a few days following the rearrangement of call boxes and other details. The mayor added that elimination of No. 6 was decided upon. instead of the closing of No. 6 house, because No. 6 is a more modern house and its equipment could not be placed in No. 4 house unless the latter's doors were replaced with wider doors and there were other changes at a cost at several hundred dollars. The mayor added that consideration also was given to the fact that more industries are in the area served by No. 6 company and it would be advisable to retain that station, therefore, because of its proximity to them.
"We considered the change from all angles,'" the mayor said, "with a view to economy without affecting efficiency and proficiency. We made careful survey of reports of tires in the respective districts and the proximity of the area which the two houses served to the headquarters at Fifth and Arch streets.
Speed Up Runs
"In the days at horse-drawn fire apparatus, there was the need for many fire stations, but in recent years, with motor equipment, a fire in any part of the city can be reached in comparatively short time, regardless of the location of the station. With all things considered, therefore, the city certainly has taken no step which would endanger any section of the community in the event of fire."
The mayor said closing of the Fourth and Vine streets station is another step in the city's program to consolidate fire department activities, without lowering efficiency and as a means of retaining low insurance rates despite lower manpower. The program also includes establishment of a firemen's training school, with drill tower, at Tenth and Morgan streets; the abandonment of one or more other stations upon recommendation of the underwriters, and the removal of the electrical bureau from the old to the new city hall.
The mayor said the personnel of the fire department numbers 172, as against 211 in 1931, when he became director of public safety. He stated the changes being effected will offset the reduction in personnel and enable retention of the best fire-fighting efficiency.
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
Beer Here Is Up to Reesman As Four Rulers Split
With four members of the city commission deadlocked on the is sue, Commissioner Clay W. Reesman last night appeared to hold in his hands the final decision as to whether Sunday beer sales will be permitted in Camden.
This was revealed when he announced that his deciding vote on the issue would ·be guided by a "sounding of public sentiment."
On April 26 Mayor Roy R. Stewart and Commissioner Harold W. Bennett declared they would vote against any resolution permitting Sunday sales, while Commissioners Frank B. Hanna and Dr. David S. Rhone declared they would favor such a resolution. Reesman asserted at that time that “it would be foolish for him to comment until the measure before the legislature becomes a law."
Measure Now Law
The state measure, which permits Sunday beer sales upon resolution of municipal bodies, became law yesterday when Governor A. Harry Moore signed it. The bill, primarily, extends the state temporary beer act until August 31.
When asked last night how he stood on the Sunday beer sale question in Camden, Reesman said:
"I can't state any opinion at this time, for I really have none. I want to sound public sentiment first. What ever the people want, that is the way I‘ll be guided," He added that he would be unable to say how much time would be required for him to arrive at an opinion.
As soon as the city commission learned that the governor had approved the measure yesterday, it met in special session and adopted a resolution calling for an additional fee from Camden beer retailers for the extended period of two months.
At the same time. the Beverage Tax Division of the State Tax Department announced that all retailers of beer and wines must make tax payments by July 7 on all purchases and sales of beer by them between April 7 and July 1.
Tax Experts Coming
To assist retailers in determining their tax liability representatives of the Beverage Tax Division will sit far one week, from July 1 to July 7, in seven South Jersey towns, as follows: Camden, Room 212, court house annex; Burlington, city hall; Bridgeton, court house, July 1 and 3 only; Atlantic City, Room 729, Guaranty Trust building; Gloucester City, clerk's office, city hall; Cape May Court House, court house, July 6 and 7 only; Salem, city hall, July 5 only;
Retailers who have purchased beverages from any source outside New Jersey will be subject to a tax of three cents a gallon if the tax has not already been paid by the manufacturer or distributor.
Mayor Stewart, in expressing his opinion on Sunday beer sales, declared it would have a bad effect on the community and its people, and that employees of restaurants and inns were entitled to a day of rest as other workers.
Commissioner Bennett declared sale of the beverage would not help observance of the Sabbath. Commissioners Hanna and Rhone took the view that Congress had legislated 3.2 percent beer as non-intoxicating, and that it was therefore as equally non-intoxicating on Sunday as any other day, and that its sale would make little difference.
New Fees Cited
The Beverage Tax Division also pointed, out yesterday that the extension beverage act require manufacturers to pay an additional license fee of $400, and distributors an additional fee of $100 if their licenses are to be automatically extended. Security for the extended term must also be furnished and acceptable to the State Tax Commissioner.
Licenses for the extended period will be issued in South Jersey at the offices of Deputy Beverage Commissioners Frank B. Middleton, Jr., in Camden, at 130 North Broadway, and Frederick Stahle, 4105 Sunset Avenue, Atlantic City.
Various South Jersey communities, following the lead of Camden, are expected to announce new additional fees far municipal licenses before a week has passed.
The city resolution provides that the additional fee must be paid to Frank S. Albright, city clerk, before tomorrow night, and that all the beer regulations adopted, by the city April 6 remain in “full force and effect."
Under the measure, according to Albright, distributors in the city that do not pay a state beer license must also pay an additional $50 fee.
Retail beer servers began paying their new fees shortly after the city commission passed the resolution.
In approving' the state measure, Governor Moore said:
"I am constrained to sign this temporary act, which expires .at midnight, August 31, because without it there would be no effective regulation whatsoever covering the manufacture and sale of beer.
"Then too, each municipality must determine for itself by, resolution of its governing body whether the sale of beer shall be permittel1 after 1 p. m. an Sunday. Without such action, it cannot be legally sold."
The governor signed the measure at 12:30 p.m.
Before Moore reached his decision to approve the bill, it had been a question for several days whether he would veto it because it contained, no provision for a referendum on Sunday sales, as proposed by the Democratic legislators in Trenton.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
TO CURB CAMDEN VANDALS SUGGESTED TO CITY
Formation of a "Citizens Committee" to curb vandalism and the development of a "Juvenile Patrol" to encourage young boys to co-operate with police, were suggested last night at a conference in the office of Police Captain Arthur Colsey.
The committee, it is proposed, would, comprise special officers with authority to make arrests in the absence of patrolmen. The idea will be presented to Mayor Roy R. Stewart today by Captain Colsey. The latter has instructed Sergeant Richard Middleton to visit the various city playgrounds and organize groups of children into juvenile patrols.
Mrs. Stephen Pfeil, of the North Camden Civic Association, proposed the citizens' committee. She heads a group of the uptown association, including Miss Elsie A. Stein and William Couglin, which recently made a survey in Camden and estimated that more than $500,000 dam age has been caused by vandals. Others who attended the conference included Mrs. Grace Riggins, superintendent of the Camden Juvenile Detention Home; J. Louis Kollin, an attorney, and Joseph Munger, also of the North Camden Civic Association.
Mrs. Riggins suggested the civic, group send speakers to schools to address students on good citizenship and to point out "the absolute unfairness of damaging property." She advised the message also be imparted to parent-teacher associations.
The conference will result in regular meetings of the civic leaders and police, Mrs. Pfeil said.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933|
COMMUTERS GET ADDED SERVICE
Four hundred commuters between Camden and Ocean City on the newly-merged Pennsylvania-Reading line receive service on eight trains instead of two as the result of a recent petition they circulated.
Successful in the first petition, the commuters are circulating another asking the railroad officials to restore the train that leaves Tenth street, Ocean City, for Camden at 6:50 a. m., to move up the 7:11 a. m. rain to that hour so they can reach their offices earlier.
When the railroad merger was, authorized it was announced that starting June 26, the old $1 round-trip tickets were good only on the 9:11 a. m. train and the 5:30 p. m. train. Joseph. Lawless, one of the commuters and an insurance inspector, received word after midnight Saturday, however, that the other. trains would be operated under the $1 round-trip rate. The word came after Lawless and others had signed the petition and after they had made tentative plans to commute by bus or automobile.
Lawless went from home to home of commuters at the resort, announcing as he reached each house "We've got tour trains each way."· It was dawn when he completed the roundup, and those whom he did not inform in person, he reached by telephone.
Mayor Roy R. Stewart, one of the commuters, with a Summer home in Ocean City, said he is glad the controversy is settled.
"A decrease in the railroad business would mean increasing unemployment," the mayor said. "But, of course, the railroads must realize a man ''has a right to obtain service all reasonable as he can. Both sides showed the proper spirit."
Under the old schedule, effective from April 30 until Monday, the commuter trains left Ocean City at 7:05 and 9 a.m. and from Philadelphia at 3:15 and 4.20 p.m. according to Lawless.
Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933
Won't Rule on Sunday Beer Sales Unless People Demand
"The Camden City Commission will take no action on the Sunday beer sale question unless the people express a strong desire for Sunday beer."
This is the declaration made yesterday by Mayor Roy R. Stewart.
And not only are members of the city commission divided on the Sunday beer issue but saloonkeepers are themselves.
Fred J. Stuebing [owner of the Stag Cafe- PMC], president of the Camden County Beverage Dispensers' Association, revealed that some members of the association are against Sunday sales and some are in favor of it.
"We have not gone on record for or against Sunday sales." Stuebing said. “Some of our members are against it. The question will be brought up at our own meeting a week from today.
Wants His Day Off
"Personally, I would not want to keep my place open on Sunday afternoons. I want a day off after working all week. I might open up for a while Sunday evenings, though, if it were permitted."
In the event of a resolution being introduced in the city commission to permit Sunday sales after 1 p.m., the final decision would rest in the hands of Commissioner Clay W. Reesman since he has refused to commit himself on the issue, while Mayor Stewart and Commissioner Harold W. Bennett have announced against it, and Commissioners Frank B. Hanna and Dr. David S. Rhone have pronounced themselves in favor of it.
"I don't think there is any insistent demand for Sunday beer," said the mayor. "If there is, I haven't heard about it.
"Furthermore, I see no real reason for Sunday beer. In the so-called good old days before prohibition, saloons were closed on Sundays. Why should they be opened now?
"And as I said in a statement some time ago, the men and women employed in the retail beer business deserve a day off a week for recreation and worship just as any other workers .
"The City Commission will take no action unless the people express a strong desire for Sunday beer."
There was a rumor in circulation yesterday that quite a number of Camden saloonkeepers had been "interviewed" by certain politicians on the Sunday sale situation.
"You don't want to sell beer on Sunday, do you?" is the question that is said to have been put to them. And it was put in such a way that a negative answer was expected, the rumor has it.
This report apparently is borne out by the attitude of Mayor Stewart. The mayor's statement came as a surprise particularly in view of the fact that Camden saloonkeepers recently contributed to a fund for the purpose of having the ban on bars removed and also to bring about Sunday sales.
Camden saloon and restaurant keepers have been complaining because the roadhouses in the suburban districts were permitted to sell beer on Sunday and that they also were allowed to remain open later that the closing time specified for similar places operated in the city limits.
These same Camden saloonkeepers also have complained about the political clubs within the city being permitted to remain open after the regular closing hours and also that they have been allowed to remain open on Sundays.
New Licenses Granted
Meanwhile, City Clerk Frank S. Albright yesterday announced approval of 19 new applications for retail beer licenses, bringing the total in the city to 239. Three new wholesale licenses also were sanctioned.
Following are the retail permits:
John Pennington, 818 Broadway; Salvatore Spitalore, 201 Royden Street; Samuel Friedenberg, 575 Van Hook Street; Fred Steubing, 318 Market Street; Frank Markiewicz, 673 Ferry Avenue; Matthew Orland, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Ferry Walk; Anthony Laskowski, 1200 Everett Street; Albert Ross, 1425 Mt. Ephraim Avenue; Samuel Hurwitz, 703 Chestnut Street; Clito Viviano, 522-524 Walnut Street; Harry Adams, 406 North Seventh Street; Daniel Cirucci, 305 Benson Street; Charles A. Bieri, 318 Kaighn Avenue; Max Kleinfeld, 101 Chestnut Street; John MacDougall, 839 Market Street; Alexander Wrightson, Southwest corner Ninth and Chestnut Streets; David Plasky, 2362 Broadway; Luigi Corda, 702 South Second Street, and Irving Cartin, 201 Mechanic Street.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 8, 1933|
|Camden Courier-Post - August 10, 1933|
BEER PLEAS FACES TEST TODAY
The Camden City Commission may consider a Sunday beer sale ordinance today.
That was admitted last night by several members of the commission, although all claimed they had no idea who would advance the ordinance.
A conference of the commission is scheduled for noon, prior to today's regular meeting at 2:30 PM. It is believed that if an ordinance is to come up it will first be considered in caucus.
Request for Sunday beer was made in a resolution adopted unanimously by the Camden County Division of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association.
Proprietors of more than 60 of the city's leading establishments voted in favor of Sunday beer at the time the resolution was adopted, a week ago.
Copies of the resolution were sent to each member of the city commission. They pointed out that "several communities bordering Camden permit the sale of beer in Sundays."
Commissioners Frank B. Hanna and Dr. David S. Rhone are known to favor Sunday beer sales. Mayor Roy R. Stewart and Harold W. Bennett, director of finance, have expressed disapproval of it. Commissioner Clay W. Reesman has been straddling the issue.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 10, 1933|
DENIES CHARGE BROUGHT BY GIRL
Roy R. Stewart yesterday opened
a secret hearing on charges
brought against Patrolman John V.
Wilkie, Camden's "notebook cop," by Miss Tessie Iusiak, 19,
Street near Mt. Ephraim Avenue.
nature of the charges was not revealed, but it was said Wilkie made an
emphatic denial of the accusation.
hearing continued all day in the mayor's office and will be resumed at
9:00 AM today,
Mayor Stewart said no report on the matter will he made until after the hearing is concluded.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 11, 1933|
ON WILKIE RESERVED BY MAYOR
Decision on charges preferred against Patrolman John V. Wilkie by a 19-year-old South Camden girl was held under advisement yesterday by Mayor Roy R. Stewart at the conclusion of a hearing which lasted a day and a half.
Complainant in tire case is Miss Tessie Iusiak, of Mechanic Street near Mt. Ephraim avenue. Miss Iusiak was escorted to the hearing both days by police officials who taxied her from her home to city hall.
The nature of the charges was not revealed by the mayor, Wilkie made denial of the charge, it was reported. The hearing, which was held behind closed doors, started Wednesday
(Continued on Page Three)
Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933
August 14, 1933
At Central Airport
Front Row, Left to Right:
Camden Courier-Post - October 11, 1933
ITALIANO HONORS 6 TONIGHT
Six youths of Camden city and county, graduates of various institutions of higher learning, who have embarked upon professional careers within the past ten months, will be honored tonight at a dinner-dance, to be tendered them by the Circolo Italiano of Camden County.
The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p. m. in Hotel Walt Whitman.
The honored guests are Dr. Anthony Di Ielsi, of 1018 South Fifth Street, graduate of Hahnemann Medical College; Dr. John Carman Canal of 101 Black Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, graduate of the Temple University Dental School; Dr. John D. Del Duca, of 919 South Fifth Street, also a graduate of Temple University Dental School; Philip M. Mealo, civil engineer with a degree from Carnegie Tech., Angelo D. Malandra 1909 South Fourth Street, graduate of the South Jersey Law School, and Dr. P. J. Chinappi, of 1728 Broadway, who holds a degree from Temple University Dental School.
Common Pleas. Judge Eugene V. Alessandroni, of Philadelphia will be one of the principal speakers. Others include State Senator Albert S. Woodruff, Mayor Roy R. Stewart of Camden and Dr. A. A. de Porreca, noted Philadelphia architect.
Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor of Camden County and president of the Circolo Italiano of Camden County, will preside as toastmaster. Other officers of the organization are Edward V. Martino, vice president; Vincent A. Sarubbi, recording secretary; Cosmo Buono, corresponding secretary and Dr. Troiano, treasurer.
The Circolo Italiano of Camden County was organized in October, 1931 with a membership of six. Today its membership totals 44 men. Its purpose, is set forth in its charter of incorporation, "to engender, stimulate, and foster interest in the movement for the betterment of the Italian American citizens in the County of Camden.'
The committee directing tonight's dinner dance includes Chairman Martino, Gene R. Mariano, John R. Di Mona, Anthony Marino, Dr. Troiano and Joseph Bantivoglio.
October 13, 1933
|Camden Courier-Post - January 23, 1934|
|Left to Right: Emma Hyland, Mayor Roy R. Stewart, Wiley Post, & Keith Morgan|
ASSUMES CHARGE OF VICE WAR
Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando today dropped all other duties and took personal charge of the drive to rid Camden city and county of vice.
Orlando announced he would concentrate his activities in the drive against crime and te solution of the murder of Detective William T. Feitz Jr., slain two weeks ago in a South Camden disorderly house.
“I hope to gather enough evidence to go before the grand jury within the next week or 10 days,” Orlando said. “The Feitz murder investigation is progressing and I hope to have sufficient facts before me soon that will enable is to apprehend the slayers.”
Weekend developments in the general drive against crime resulted in the raiding of at least 30 gambling houses, illicit saloons, and alcohol stills with police spurred to feverish activity by Mayor Roy R. Stewart’s probe of the department, which he said will end this week, unless new evidence develops to extend it.
Blair Release Sought
Meanwhile, Edward V. Martino, council for Michael Tenerelli, alias Mickey Blair, former boxer, announced his intention of appearing before Judge Frank F. Neutze today to apply for a writ of habeas corpus to effect the release of Blair, held as the “key witness” in the Feitz slaying.
“Prosecutor Orlando had demanded $10,000 for the release of Blair,” Martino said. “That amount is ridiculously high. When I asked Orlando why his office required such excessive bail, he told me ‘I have to back up the police’”.
Martino said he would demand the prosecutor show in court the reason for the “unreasonable demand”.
Lieutenant Walter Welch, new commander of the Second Police District, conducted an intensive cleanup of his bailiwick over Saturday and Sunday, raiding 25 alleged violators of liquor and gambling laws.
Aided by state alcohol agents, police raiders headed by Lieutenant George Frost uncovered two 50-gallon stills and a bullet-riddled target in two apparently abandoned houses at 531 and 533 South 2nd Street. An advance “tip-off” had caused operators of the stills to flee, police said.
Two alcohol “drops”, believed operated by the proprietors of the South 2nd Street houses, were visited but found empty.
Numbers Baron Nabbed
Marshall Howard, 33, of 1912 Derousse avenue, Delair, described by Prosecutor Orlando as a ‘big shot’ in the Pennsauken and Camden numbers racket, was arrested Saturday when he visited the court house to make inquiries concerning an unnamed woman under arrest as a numbers writer.
A short while later, at the request of Orlando, Lucille Barber, 35, of 8302 Park avenue, Pennsauken township, and John Barnes, 26, of 7508 Pleasant avenue, Pennsauken township, both colored, were arrested as numbers writers.
It was reported at Pennsauken township police headquarters that the pair was wanted in connection with the case against Howard.
Both were held in $1000 bail for the grand jury.
Those who were held without bail as material witnesses in the Feitz case are Cornelius Murphy, 50, of 239 Sycamore Street, doorkeeper in the establishment; Edward Grapatin, 32, of 246 Kaighn Avenue; Joseph McKenna, 31, of 1404 Broadway; Katherine Lougheed, 32, of 626 Pine Street; Edna Butler, 33, colored, of 1122 South 2nd Street, and Joan Stein, 24, of Philadelphia. Six others were released in their own recognizance as material witnesses.
They are Sam Silverman, 34, of 325½ Kaighn Avenue; Edward Gorba, 20, who has supplied police with most of the information about Feitz’ death, and Gorba’s brother, Henry, 19, of 17 South 21st Street; Joseph McDonald, 20, of 1605 South 9th Street; Edith Miller, 28, colored, of 205 Sycamore Street, and George Martorano, 25, of 532 West Street.
Aided by Patrolmen William Marter and Carmin Fuscellaro Sr., Lieutenant Welch conducted a series of raids Saturday night and yesterday morning. The saloon of Mary Niewinski, at 400 Mechanic Street, was raided early yesterday and two customers arrested.
Lieutenant Welch Leads Raiders
Welch, who took over the duties Lieutenant Ralph Bakley when the latter was suspended by Mayor Stewart yesterday, declared he was seeking violators of the city’s Sunday closing ordinance, which states that places selling liquor must close “between the hours of 2:00 AM Sunday and 7:00 AM Monday.”
Nickelson Lehger, 49, of 311 Somerset Street, Gloucester and George Burkett, 38, of 340 Liberty Street, were arrested in Mrs. Niewinski's place. Welch said they were shooting craps on the bar. Mrs. Niewinski was released in $500 bail as proprietor and the men were released in $100 bail each as frequenters.
Welch and his squad visited a house at 1903 South 6th Street, reputedly operated by William Tansky, 33. Tansky, charged with violating the closing ordinance, was released in $500 bail as proprietor, and Edward Krown, 65, of 1705 South 4th Street; Edward Judd, 41, of 721 Ferry Avenue; and William Sampey, of 729 South 10th Street, charged with being frequenters, were released in $100 bail.
A saloon operated by Helen Brass, 52, at 1067 Ferry Avenue, scene of an unsuccessful holdup attempt Friday, was next raided. Frank Dipeto, 42, of 829 Sylvan Street; Edward Podyezmek, 47, of 783 South 2nd Street; Joseph Orbin, 53, of 963 Florence Street; and Angelo Del Rossi, 70, of 430 Emerald Street, were arrested and held as frequenters. Mrs. Brass was charged with violating the closing ordinance.
The establishment of Mitchell Lambert, 26, at 1427 South 9th Street was next visited. Lambert, held as proprietor was released in $500 bail. Florian Shepecarter, 36, of 2811 Yorkship Road; John Glenn, 35, of 52 Courtland Street; Paul Korzewszeski, 34, of 1041 Atlantic Avenue; and William Lanning, 37, of 1149 South 9th Street were all nabbed as frequenters.
At 1025 South 2nd Street, Welch and his men found four colored men and women, and Meg Mack, 38, colored, who was charged with being proprietor. The four gave their names as Alvin Mack, of the South 2nd Street address; Howard Elinor, 30, of 215 Chestnut Street; and Alice Wells and Emily Robinson, 28, of the same address. All were held for hearing today.
Welch declared he was unable to enter some of the places visited because he did not hold warrants. He said he would procure warrants today and return to several of the places. In the other instances where raids were made, Welch did not reveal the addresses or names.
Welch announced last night he is not seeking “personal notoriety” through his activities, but is merely doing his duty as a police officer. He declared “the lid has been clamped on the second District and will stay on.”
State Police Stage Raid
Thirteen were arrested by a detail of state troopers from the Mt. Ephraim and Berlin barracks when a raid was staged on the home of Dominick Melchiore, 28, at Cedar Avenue, Blenheim.
Melchiore was charged with operating a gambling establishment. Arraigned before Justice of the peace Charles Jackson at Runnemede, he was fined $5 and costs. Charles Darpino, 26, a Camden man among those arrested, gave his address as 306 Chestnut Street. He and the 11 others were fined $3 each and costs.
The police raiders who uncovered the two stills and riddled target at 533 South 2nd Street also visited the home of Charles Auletto, 20 South 2nd Street. Auletto, charged with selling illegal liquor, denied knowledge f the stills, but was held on $1000 bail for the grand jury by Police Judge J. Harry Switzer.
Two men were fined $25.00 each last night in Pennsauken township police court by Recorder George E. Yost on slot machine gambling charges.
Arthur Pipher, 25, of 2248 North 36th Street, Camden, was charged with placing slot machines in various stores for gambling purposes, and Edward Friedberg, operator of a medicine store at Park and Union Avenues, Pennsauken was charged with possession of a slot machine. Friedberg announced he would appeal his conviction.
It was testified that he offered merchandise as prizes in conjunction with operation of the device.
R. Stewart's World -1936
Looking South on Broadway
From the Elevated Railroad Tracks at Mickle Street
On left 200 to 222 Broadway, known as the Holl Block. The 12 story Stevens Building was at 300 Broadway, is gone; the site made into a parking lot.
On Right, Broadway beginning at 201, which was at the time the home of Borstein Electric. It had been the home and place of business of Roy R Stewart, Mayor of Camden from 1931 to 1935. In 1936 Roy R. Stewart's business was at 203.
The second building is the Grand Theater. The movie playing was the 1936 release "The Princess Comes Across", a comedy starring Carole Lombard and Fred McMurray.
Gallaher to Be Named County Solicitor
Vincent J. Gallaher, of Collingswood, a Camden attorney and chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee, will be elected county solicitor at tonight‘s regular meeting of the coalition-controlled Camden County Board of Freeholders.
This was learned through two unimpeachable sources yesterday. Gallaher informed close friends he would be chosen for the post.
Gallaher will be chosen despite claims of Walter S. Keown, present county solicitor, that he cannot he removed from the position. Reports last week that Keown had decided to resign without a fight to keep his job were declared by him to be false. He said yesterday he had no statement to offer.
Further it was learned that Keown was sworn in as county solicitor by Deputy County Clerk Truax on January 7. It was the first time he had even taken the oath of office.
Others Take Oath
Truax also admitted a number of other county officials were sworn in last month. No record of the other officials previously taking the oath of office is on file in the county clerk's office.
"As I understand the law the county solicitor does not have to take the oath of office," Truax said. "The act specifically sets forth that he shall be elected for a term of three years. Mr. Keown was elected county solicitor on January 1, 1937.
"An act does require the county physician must be sworn in by the county clerk or deputy clerk. Dr. Edward B. Rogers, who was elected county physician, neglected to take the oath.
It is understood that City Solicitor Firmin Michel recommended the appointment of Gallaher, who also is said to have the endorsement of Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, who successfully directed the coalition movement that wrested the control of the Board of Freeholders from the Republicans after an uninterrupted reign of 92 years.
Michel with Isadore H. Hermann and Edward V. Martino, all affiliated with the Camden city legal department, are said to have looked up the law and reached the unanimous conclusion that Keown can be ousted from his job and that Gallaher’s appointment will withstand all tests in the courts.
Other Jobs in Doubt
Other present Republican jobholders may also be routed out of office at tonight's meeting of the freeholders, it was indicated.
Apparently some who have held county jobs, many for long periods; anticipate the freeholders plan to replace them.
Among several known to have taken oaths of office during the last month are Mrs. Grace Anthony Riggins, superintendent of the county juvenile detention home; William B. Macdonald, county court stenographer ; George R. Braunwarth, custodian of the Court House-City Hall; his assistant, Thomas B. Dickinson, Jr.; Jacob Price, county supervisor of roads; Martin J. McNulty, county purchasing agent, and Dr. Lee J. Hammett, secretary-treasurer of the Camden County Welfare Board.
Ali members of the Camden County Park Commission have been sworn in. They include Leroy A. Goodwin, president; Dr. Frank O. Stem, treasurer; Horace L. Brewer, assistant treasurer; former Mayor Roy R. Stewart, William H. Dunn, of Collingswood; J. William Markeim, of Haddonfield and George Kleinheinz, of Camden.
Royden S. Matlack, assistant county treasurer and assistant auditor to the board of freeholders was sworn in on January 13, for both positions.
Truax did not attach any significance to the fact that the number of officials decided to take their oaths of office.
Following the appointment of Dr. David S. Rhone as county physician, Dr. Rogers did not legally oppose the naming of his successor.
Records of the county clerk's office show that Dr. Rhone was the first county physician to be sworn in and to sign the "book," as the official registry is called by attaches of the office.
3000 Face Loss Of Parkway Jobs In Board Threat
"Complete shut-down of all county parks projects and the dismissal of approximately 3000 WPA workers was threatened yesterday by the Camden County Park Commission.
A resolution was adopted advising the Board of Freeholders of such action unless the pending $350,000 parks bond issue is approved or the board, at its adjourned meeting next Wednesday night, provides emergency funds to carry on the parks program until March 9.
Failure of the freeholders to approve the bond issue at its meeting Wednesday night, when action on the bonds was deferred until March 9, precipitated a stormy meeting of the commission.
Yesterday's meeting originally was called to receive bids for equipment.
Markeim Threatens to Quit
For nearly an hour members of the commission commission debated what action could be taken to compel the freeholders to give financial relief and prevent the closing of all projects and the layoff of WPA workers.
J. William Markeim threatened to resign if the others did not demand a showdown. Markeim and Horace L. Brewer engaged in an argument after which the former repeated his threat to quit. LeRoy A. Goodwin, commission president, said he was "bitterly disappointed" because the freeholders failed to hold a public hearing and approve the bond issue of $350,000.
John H. Osier, Jr., chief engineer, submitted a report in which he declared the future of the parks projects is dubious because of lack of funds.
Mandamus Plan Defeated
The engineer pointed out that unless more money is allotted he would be forced to recommend to WPA officials the immediate lay-off of at least 2000 workers, and asserted a complete shutdown would force the dismissal of about 3000 workers. The monthly payroll loss, he said, would be about $210,000.
Brewer moved the commission solicitor, Henry M. Evans be empowered to institute mandamus proceedings to force action by the freeholders.
The motion was opposed by William H. Dunn, of Collingswood. Goodwin said the situation called for calm and deliberate judgment and he said nothing could be gained by mandamus proceedings.
"There is no use of the members of this commission sticking their necks out any more," Brewer said. "The people of Camden county twice voted for bond issues for parks. The freeholders promised the commission this money. If these men are laid off and thrown on relief the blame cannot be put on the park commissioners. The freeholders will have to take the rap, whether they like it or not."
Goodwin explained that out of the $150,000 appropriated to carry the projects to December 31 last approximately $21,000 has not been allocated. He warned that this sum could not possibly carry on the work more than two weeks.
Markeim Urges Layoff
"It is high time we took a stand," said Markeim. "We're a bunch of fools, if we don't force the issue. The Freeholders make promises and we believe them.
"If we don't have the money we cannot continue to keep the WPA workers employed. Let us shut down every project and lay every worker off. It's time for a showdown."
"That's the whole trouble," Markeim shouted. "We make surveys and we listen to promises but we don't ever do anything but wait and wait and wait.
"I don't intend to waste my time sitting in meetings of this commission when we can't get anywhere simply because the freeholders are playing politics with human misery and poor devils who can barely exist on WPA a pay.
"I tell you all that unless you take definite action right now I will quit as a member of this commission."
Goodwin asked Evans if the freeholders could legally move up consideration of th« bond issue from the March 9 date.
The solicitor said such a procedure would be illegal and would surely affect the credit standing of all park bonds. Goodwin said the parks projects could not be continued another month.
"Unless the freeholders give us financial relief in less than 10 days we must shut down every project and lay off virtually every WPA worker," Goodwin said.
Emergency Fund Sough
Goodwin suggested the freeholders may be induced to make an emergency appropriation to prevent the shut down of projects. Evans said he thought this could be done if the freeholders agreed,
"We must have the guts to demand a showdown," interrupted Brewer. "There is no time to spare. We must take action right here and put this matter right in the laps of the freeholders."
An adjourned meeting will be held Wednesday. No action was taken on a suggestion that members of the commission attend the freeholders session.
Verga Gets Crane Work
Eugene F. Verga, local contractor, was awarded the contract for the rental of a gasoline powered crane with pontoons, all equipment and with operators at a charge of $7 an hour for 300 working hours.
Other bidders were Emil E. Estoclas, of Philadelphia, whose bid was $7.60 an hour, and W. H. Todd, of Camden, with a bid of $8 an hour.
Bids were received for the purchase of two reconditioned caterpillar cranes with equipment.
The Locomotive Crane Company, of Philadelphia, offered a bid of $5491 and Estoclas gave a price of $2850.
Payment of $2800 to the Eastern Engineering Company tor two reconditioned cranes was approved. Payment of $9685 to Verga for a steam pile driving machine also was authorized.
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