646 Vine Street
Southwest Corner of North 7th & Vine Streets
The school was on the northeast corner stood the William Joyce Sewell School. North East was an all girls school, while Sewell was for boys. This pattern was similar to that practiced at the Mulford and Fetters schools, which stood on opposite corner at South 3rd and Walnut Streets in South Camden.
Around 1878 land was purchased to build this school. Board of Education member Fox had made a motion to name the new school the Riley Barrett Schoolhouse in December of 1878, but the motion was tabled until December of 1878, when the board voted to all the new school the North East School. By April 1879 construction had not begun, in part due to delaying tactics on the part of Board of Education member Joseph B. Fox, who wanted another school built for colored children in South Camden. In June of 1879 a compromise was reached, which resulted in the enlargement of the Ferry Avenue School and the award of a contract in the amount of $11,548 to Mr. Joseph Butcher for the construction of the North East School.
The school was completed in January of 1880. Miss Mary A. Burrough was named principal, of the girls department while miss Mary A . Sweeney was selected to head the boys department. Miss Sweeney left the district before taking her position and a Miss Hattie was selected to take her place. The opening student-teacher ration was 39-1 , which was much less than the average in the Camden schools at that time. The small number of rooms in the school made for an expensive per pupil cost; thus, Board member Henry Bonsall endorsed maintaining half-day sessions to double the number of students taught.
Between 1890 and 1900 the population of Camden nearly tripled. School construction, however did not occur until the 1900s, by while time the existing schools were not only overcrowded, but in a state of disrepair. The board proposed a new school on the southeast corner of North 7th and Vine Streets in June of 1902, designed by Arnold H. Moses. After several attempts to redesign the school to lower costs, contract was finally awarded to Henderson & Company, and the school officially named the General William. J. School School, after the late Civil War hero and U.S. Senator William Joyce Sewell. The Sewell school opened in September of 1907. At this time the boys went across the street to the Sewell School, with the girls remaining at Northeast.
Miss Mary A. Burrough was still serving as principal of Northeast School in 1901, when the was also assigned the task of supervising the Linden and Read schools, whose principals were Anna Johntra and Emma Holl. She finally stepped down in 1916. Miss Margaret Thomson was next selected as principal of Northeast School in 1916. She served in that capacity until her retirement in 1933. L. Alvin Delp was the principal by 1947.
The Northeast School continued to serve the students of North Camden until December of 1974, when it was destroyed by a fire set by sub-humans ill suited to live among decent citizenry. The 225 students then attending the Northeast school finished the school year at the William Joyce Sewell School, located across the street. The Northeast School was replaced soon afterwards by the New Northeast School at 601 Vine Street, which was later renamed the Rafael Cordero Molina Elementary School.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - December 21, 1904|
Grace E. Titus - North 6th Street - Rev. Dr. Marshall Owens
|Philadelphia Inquirer - March 17, 1918|
Daniel Strock - Dr.
James Bryan - Mrs. Margaret Thompson -
Dorothy Morris - Ralph Parker
Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933
Northeast Principal Is Guest of Honor at Dinner
teachers of Northeast School, Seventh
Streets, honored Mrs. Margaret
Thomson, principal of the school, at an
informal dinner Wednesday night in Haddon Heights, to mark Mrs. Thomson's
retirement from active service in Camden schools after 30 years,
of the teachers at the dinner at the "Little White House" tea
room are members of the present staff of Northeast School, while others
have taught at the school and have either retired or been transferred.
began her Camden teaching career in 1904
she was assigned to Sewell School. For 12
the boys of Sewell School and members of their families regarded Mrs.
Thomson as more than a teacher, often bringing to her little family
problems to be settled, or seeking advice in matters other than affairs of
was named principal of Northeast School, across the street from
the building where she started teaching in Camden. Her interests in the
families remained the same for her pupils at Northeast School were the
girls of the same families
she had counseled while at Sewell School.
was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, and received her education
there. She taught in the Chester schools for several years before her
decided to re-enter the teaching profession several years after her
marriage and went to Millersville Normal School for further training.
her sister, Mrs. Mary Brown, had located in Camden to start the French
department in the high school. Mrs. Brown, pleased with Camden and its
schools, persuaded Mrs. Thomson
to come here, and a few years later they
were joined by another sister, Mrs. Frances Wilmerton.
member of Centenary-Tabernacle
Methodist Episcopal Church since coming to Camden, Mrs. Thomson
been active in church affairs of the community. She has served as
treasurer of the Teachers' Relief Insurance Fund, and is a member of the
State Teachers' Association as well as the National Education Association.
her efforts, the number of Camden teachers associated with the insurance
fund has increased from less than 500 to more than 500, and the benefits
have been increased from $300 to $500.
will be honored Monday at a reception given by members of the
Parent-Teacher Association of Sewell and Northeast schools and by
families, of the community. The reception will be held in State Street
Methodist Episcopal Church, Sixth and State
James Bryan, former
superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon
N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden
Board of Education, and several former pupils of Mrs. Thomson will review
her career as a teacher here and recount many incidents of her work.
Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933
Retiring Principal Will Be Honored
Margaret Thomson, retiring principal of Northeast School, will be honored
tonight at a reception given by members of the Parent-Teacher Association
of Sewell and Northeast Schools and by families of the North Camden
Dr. James Bryan, former superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, and several former pupils of Miss Thomson will speak.
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933
Principal Honored By 700
Margaret Thomson, who for 30 years has been a teacher or principal of North
schools, was honored last night on the eve of her retirement with a
reception in State Street M. E. Church, attended by 700 persons.
than 150 former pupils, now grown to manhood and womanhood, were in the
audience when a massive four foot basket of flowers and a floor lamp were
presented Mrs. Thomson.
will retire at the end of the present school term.
former superintendent of Camden schools, Dr. Leon
present superintendent, and Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Board of
Education, paid tribute to the work of the retiring principal.
who added to the praise of Mrs. Thomson were Benjamin G. Covington, Dr.
John Pemberton, pastor of Centenary-Tabernacle
M. E. Church and Dr. W. W. Payne, pastor of State Street M. E.
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933
Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933
Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association.
Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors.
They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington.
Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.
The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .
|Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936|
P. T. A. Applauds Brunner's Beautification Project
Sir-Hats off to you, Mr. Brunner!
congratulate you on your courage to really do something for the benefit
city dwellers who must stay near home.
careful and wise planning of your park beautification project, you can at
the same time give the children as well as the grown folks places for safe
and healthful recreation which, if thoughtfully and carefully supervised,
will not only do much toward taking the children out of our traffic-ridden
streets, but will give them their birthright, the opportunity of becoming
healthy, happy and law-respecting future citizens.
This should save the taxpayers of Camden a considerable amount of money by the large reduction of costs for detention homes, juvenile courts, prisons, etc., not mentioning what it will do by preventing much anguish and heartaches. We have definite plans for Pyne Poynt Park and vacant lots in North Camden which we and other organizations are going to submit to you to within a week and hope that you will consider them before you pass out your plans for starting work. .
EAST-SEWELL P. T. A.
Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938
North-East-Sewell- At the regular meeting in the school on Tuesday night, Miss Elizabeth Matthews, county character education chairman, was guest speaker. A Founder's Day program was presented by Mrs. Dorothy Downing, Mrs. Marie Kelley, Mrs. Ruth Altone, Mrs. Marian Keny, Mrs. J. Limbach and Miss Keturah Smith. Mrs. John Becker is president of this association..
|Camden Courier-Post - February 1 1, 1938|
P.T.A. THROUGHOUT NATION TO HONOR MOVEMENT'S
The desire to carry on toward the goal envisioned by founders of the Parent-Teacher Association will be emphasized throughout the country in honor of the 41st anniversary of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
A Founders Day broadcast will be heard on the Parent-Teacher Radio Forum next Wednesday from 4.30-5 p. m. over the NBC blue network.
Mrs. Percy Powell, Mrs. Fred M. Raymond and Miss Mary England are in charge of the program.
One of the vital topics to be considered that day is "What needs to be
The celebration of Founders Day started by Mrs. David O. Mears in 1910, thirteen years after the organization of the National Congress of Mothers, and the "birthday gifts" from local units are used for the extension of this service to childhood so that it may be carried to every girl and every boy in the country.
Mrs. Herbert Schoellkopf, county Americanization chairman, urges every parent-teacher member to display the American flag on three important birthdays being celebrated this month, namely: Lincoln's Birthday, February 12; Founder's Day, February 17, and Washington's Birthday, February 22.
Word has been received of the cancellation of the "Homemakers Forum" on station WOR. The series of talks on the adolescent which were to have been given on this program, are available in mimeographed form from the office of the home demonstration agent, Miss Mary M. Leaming, room 208, courthouse, Camden. In requesting this information, the name of the particular talk desired and the definite number of copies needed should be specked.
Parent-Teacher members are looking forward to the fourth annual Child Welfare Institute to be held in April. Plans for this institute are being formulated by Albert M. Bean, superintendent of Camden county schools, who is general chairman. The theme this year will be "Guidance" being divided in four classes pertaining to career, character, community and health.
Broadway — Mrs. Ralph Jones, county magazine chairman, was the guest speaker at the meeting Tuesday night. A playlet in commemoration of Founder's Day was presented by a group from the Northeast-Sewell association. Mrs. Thomas Melchore presided. Mrs. George Lee, welfare chairman, has made arrangements for an industrial tour on February 21. Mrs. Walter Gross attended the meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension on Monday. Mrs. C. Fred Becker, parent discussion group leader, is holding a meeting in the school on Tuesday at 1.30 p. m. A donation of $1.25 was approved to be given the recreation committee toward the New York trip of the winners in the sewing contest held recently.
Cassady—Mrs. M. Moullette, Summer round up chairman, has appointed a committee to assist her in her work. They are Mrs. E. Hudson, president; Mrs. R. Bowen, vice president; Mrs. H. Mount, secretary; Mrs. A. Reinhold and G. McGrath Kershaw. The executive committee will hold a meeting next Wednesday at the home of Mrs. K. Hudson at 8 o'clock.
Cooper—Health night was held at the regular meeting Monday. Mrs. G. Kramer, county health chairman, spoke on the importance of correct food for children. A play was presented by the Seventh grade English class, under the direction of Miss E. Hanna. A violin solo was rendered by Miss A. Claypool, accompanied at the piano by Miss V. Merwall. An educational trip has been planned for this afternoon at 1.30.
Cramer — The county president's message echoes from the release were read by Mrs. William Rown-tree, president, at the meeting last week. A gift of $1.25 was sent to the committee on the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Arthur Fichter, membership chairman; Mrs. Fred Creag-er, welfare chairman, and Mrs. William Rowntree, president, attended the city group meeting last week. The executive committee will meet at the home of Barney Brown, vice president, 2566 Baird boulevard, on Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. The association is sponsoring a three-act comedy, "Here Comes Charlie," to be given by the Queen Esther Society of Asbury M. E. church, on Thursday night, February 17, at 8 o'clock in the school auditorium.
H. H. Davis—Members of the discussion group met in the school yesterday under the leadership of Mrs. William Allen, discussion group chairman, followed by rehearsal for the Founder's Day play arranged by Miss Kathleen Willetts, Founder's Day chairman. A candle lighting ceremony will also be given in observance of Founder's Day, at the meeting Thursday. Calvin Chambers will compile the publicity record book to be displayed at the annual luncheon. A trip to an industrial plant is planned for next Wednesday afternoon. A bus will leave the school at 1 p. m.
Dudley—Mrs. Elizabeth James and Mrs. Sarah Miller who were in charge of purchasing of basketball suits for the school team, reported that donations of $10.65 have been received from business people and friends. The executive committee has approved sending $1.25 to the Recreation Commission toward the New York trip for winners of the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Clara Batten, chairman of the committee in charge of purchasing a new banner, has been authorized to purchase same as soon as possible. Mrs. Florence Fiedler, newly appointed summer round-up chairman, is making plans for a thorough survey of the school neighborhood in order to enlist the aid of the parents of preschool children. Founders' Day exercises will be held tonight at the meeting.
McKinley—Harry Roye will speak at the meeting next Tuesday night. There will also be a Founders' Day ceremony. Those taking part will rehearse Friday at 3.30 a. m. at the school. Mrs. Rudolph Koerner will hold a study group meeting at her home next Wednesday at 2.00 p. m. Next Thursday a covered dish luncheon will be held by Mrs. R. Koerner and Mrs. Morris Sellers at the home of Mrs. R. Koerner, Fremont and Thirty-fifth street. On Thursday a meeting on character education will be held at the school at 3.30 p. m. Miss Alice Butler, general secretary of the Y. W. C. A., fill speak.
Liberty & Starr—The meeting of the executive committee will be held ext Thursday night at the home of Mrs. Charles Baden, 954 Pine street. Mrs. Emily S. Hurd, publicity chairman, who served as chairman of the judging committee of the sewing contest sponsored by the Recreation commission, recently acted as judge of the sewing contest held by the T. A. at SS. Peter and Paul school on Tuesday night.
Parkside—Mrs. Robert Simmington, council chairman, and Mrs. Rocco Palese, city chairman, gave brief talks at the meeting last Thursday night. Corsages were presented to them by Mrs. Sinclair Sondie, program chairman. Proceeds from the sale of a cake will be sent as a Founders' Day gift to he National Congress to be used or extension work.
North-East & Sewell — Mrs. Grace Dill, discussion group leader, attended the meeting in City Hall Monday under the direction of Miss Mary Leaming, home demonstration agent. A meeting of the discussion group was held in the Sewell school on Tuesday afternoon.
Sumner—The ways and means committee met at the home of Mrs. Grace Thomas, president, on Monday. Plans for various entertainments for the months of February, March and April were made. A membership campaign was launched. The topic of discussion at the meeting on Wednesday was "How the School Prepares for Home and Family Life."
H. C. Sharp—The regular meeting was held Friday. Gordon Carrigan presided. The Rev. Eric A. Osterle of Collingswood. discussed "Youth Problems." "Founders' Day" was observed, also the ninth birthday of this unit. A large birthday cake was lighted by the past presidents, and a large candle lighted by Miss Ethel Lee for Founders Day. Miss Lee was congratulated for her wonderful co-operation with all presidents and P.T.A. work; and was presented with a corsage of red roses. Each president in turn was presented with a red rose bud boutonniere by Miss Esther Bauer, who had charge of the program, assisted by Miss Maier and Mrs. Barton. Each president gave a "Reminiscent" of his service. They were as follows: Chester Knaub, Harry Krattenmaker, Herman Neissner, Gordon Carriean, Howard Stewart, Raymond Price.
Washington — Rev. E1wood A. Harrar spoke Tuesday at the Founders Day meeting Tuesday. Mrs. Howard Weeden, city juvenile probation chairman, was guest speaker. Miss Charlotte V. Dover, former principal of the school, was also a guest. A brief history of the association were called upon to speak. John White was the first president. He was followed by Jacob Grosmick, Mrs. Wilbur Cassedy, and the present president, Mrs. Richard Baker. Mrs. F. Kau ff man reports the cake sale a success. Mrs. William Mitchell reported plans to form a First Aid class that will be given a course by the Red Cross.
H. B. Wilson—Plans were made for the Founders Day program at the executive committee meeting Thursday afternoon in the school. Mrs. Lawrence Miller was named chairman. Miss Harriet Reiners will speak on character education at the next meeting. The basketball team was furnished with suits by the unit.
Yorkship—After a short business session with Mrs. James L. Ferris presiding, the monthly meeting was turned over to Mrs. J. P. McMillion, county chairman of alcohol and narcotics. Rev. H. S. Lepperd, of Fairview M. E. Church, spoke. Mrs David Pyper, chairman of ways and means, announced plans for a care party to be held on February 18. Proceeds will be used for expenses to carry on the monthly dances and Annual Field Day. The discussion group met today in teachers lunch room. Mrs. Malcolm Steck, leader, will use as a topic "What Interests Adolescence." As a special feature for the monthly dances the organization has arranged to have a half hour of dancing instructions before the regular dancing begins. Attending the city group meeting at City Hall were Mrs. James L. Ferris, president; Mrs David Pyper, Mrs. M. Johnson, Mrs. Eleanor Wynn, Mrs. W. Clemmens Mrs. George Mehaffey and Mrs. Harold Turner attended.
Lincoln—Dr. Helen Schrak gave a talk on health and a report on health conditions of the children of this school at the last meeting. A Founders Day sketch was presented by Mrs. M. Beaumont, Mrs. G. Welmrich, Mrs. E. Schelpat and Mrs. K Conlin.
Camden Courier-Post * April 30, 1974
Northeast School Destroyed by Fire
A general alarm fire destroyed the Northeast Elementary School in Camden early this morning after vandals apparently kicked in a school door, scattered papers over the first-floor and fled after setting the blaze.
Battalion Fire Chief Charles Bates said the fire, which continued to burn out of control throughout the morning, was set by vandals who gained entrance to the building through the basement.
There were no injuries reported in the blaze. Pupils of the school today will attend classes at Sewell Elementary School, located across the street from the fire scene. About 225 students attend Northeast School.
Bates said arrived firemen at the scene after the first alarm was sounded at 4:49 a.m. and discovered a side door to the building had been pried open.
They reported school supplies were strewn across the first floor.
The second alarm was sounded 10 minutes after the first, Bates stated, when firefighters were initially forced out of the building due to intense heat and smoke. The general alarm was sounded at 5:24a.m. '
Bates said the Fire Marshal's office had been notified of the blaze's suspicious origin and will conduct a complete investigation.
The mutual aid program went into effect after the general alarm was sounded since all of Camden's firefighting equipment had been dispatched to the scene.
Under the program, nearby firefighting units man Camden's fire stations in a back-up capacity while city units are at the scene of a fire.
stations were manned during the firefighting effort this morning by
detachments from Westmont, Haddon Heights, Audubon, Oaklyn and Woodlynne.
In addition, the Cherry Hill rescue-squad and a pumper from Chews Landing
were at the site for assistance..
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