CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

CORPORAL MATHEWS-PURNELL POST 518
Veterans of Foreign Wars
2712 Hayes Avenue

The Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars was named for two young men from Camden NJ, Corporal Charles Albert Mathews and Private Oliver R, Purnell, who were killed while serving with the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. The post was founded in October 29, 1921.

The Post's home for many years was at 2712 Hayes Avenue, in the heart of Cramer Hill. The Post was quite active, and was involved in veterans, social, and civic affairs in Cramer Hill and throughout the city and county.

Prominent members of the Post included Howard Bean, who served a term as commander of the post in in 1940-41 was the commander of the Department of New Jersey of the VFW. His wife Carrie Bean, was equally as prominent in the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, and was elected to lead the Department of New Jersey's Ladies Auxiliary, as was Theresa Mungioli. Victoria Nicktern was also a very active member, and was the posts Ladies Auxiliary president in 1951.


Camden Courier-Post - January 20, 1928

GOLD STAR MOTHERS TO ATTEND FOREIGN WAR VETERAN’S BALL

Gold Star Mothers will be the honor guests at the first annual military ball of the Camden Post, No. 980, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening, February 3, in the Elks ballroom, Seventh and Cooper Streets.

Elaborate plans for this ball are under the chairmanship of John S. Pennington.

Invitations have been issued for patrons and patronesses and the list will be announced early next week.

Gold Star Mothers to attend the affair are Mrs. C. Alberger, Mrs. Harriett Ablett, Mrs. Laura Brown. Mrs. A. Crangel, Mrs. A. Cassidy, Mrs. R. Dilks, Mrs. Kate Geist, Mrs. M. Griffen, Mrs. Horace B. Keebler, Mrs. H. Kirk, Mrs. Ross Leahy, Mrs. M. A. Matson, Mrs. M. McGuckin, Mrs. Mary Martin, Mrs. M. Matthews, Mrs. Cooling Pond, Mrs. Oliver Powell*, Mrs. Mary Pennington, Mrs. C. Rolk, Mrs. E. Simons, Mrs. Mary Schucker, Mrs. Margaret Steigerwald, Mrs. Annie Taylor, Mrs. M. Osborn, Mrs. Mary Keegan, Mrs. Anna Kennedy, Mrs. T.C. Young and Mrs. Walters.

Assisting Mr. Pennington in planning this ball are John Rouh, James W. Connor, Charles Bozian, Robert MacMahon, Edward Watson, David Lukoff, Harry Laxton, Edward A. Stark, George Jones, William V. Long, Joseph Keefe, Charles Blank sad Marvel Passwater.

* Newspaper error- Mrs. Oliver Powell was actually Mrs. Oliver Purnell


Camden
Courier-Post

October 23, 1931


Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1932
Mathews-Purnell Post VFW Post 518 - South 27th Street
John G. Ledyard -
Harry Leonard
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1932
Mathews-Purnell Post VFW Post 518 - Kaighn Avenue
William Edwards- Fred Steubing

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1932
Mathews-Purnell Post VFW Post 518 - South 27th Street
John G. Ledyard -
Harry Leonard
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933

FLAG DAY SERVICE PLANNED BY ELKS
Elaborate Ceremonies Monday Night Will Be Open to Public

An elaborate Flag Day celebration to be open to the public and broadcast over the radio is planned by Camden Elks for Monday night.

Ceremonies will open at 7.30 p. m., in the lodge room, Seventh and Cooper Streets, with a musical program by the Elks Band, under direction of William H. Townsend. Presentation of the colors will be made by August F. Walters Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Corp. Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion, and Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The invocation will be made by the lodge chaplain, D. Truman Stackhouse. An altar service will be held by officers headed by James MacMillan, exalted ruler. An organ solo of "America" by Charles L. Bowen, solos by Charles T. Murray, Mrs. C. Richard Allen and Albert B. Poland, will feature the musical program.

The history of the flag will be given by George S. Dunkelberger, a senior member of the lodge and chairman of the Flag Day committee. The program will be broadcast over WCAM by courtesy of Rud Preisendanz Jr., past exalted ruler and lessee of the station.


Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

ELKS TO OBSERVE FLAG DAY TONIGHT
Unifirmed eterans to Join Lodge Members in Colorful Ceremonies

Arrangements are completed for the Flag Day celebration to be held tonight by the Camden Elks Lodge Lodge at Seventh and Cooper Streets.

The program will open at 7.30 p.m. Doors of the lodge room will be opened to the public at 7:15 p. m. The program will be broadcast over WCAM.

The Elks Band, led by William H. Townsend, will open the ceremonies. Presentation of the colors will be made by uniformed units of the August F. Walters Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion; Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the lodge patrol.

D. T. Stackhouse, chaplain of the lodge, will make the invocation and an altar service will be held by James A. MacMillan, exalted ruler, and the other officers.

There will be musical selections by Charles L. Bowen, organist; Charles T. Murray, Albert B. Poland and Mrs. C. Richard Allen, vocalists.

George S. Dunkelberger, a senior member of the lodge, and chairman of the Flag Day committee, will give the history of the flag. A patriotic address will be given by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, a past exalted ruler.

The radio program will be presented through courtesty of Rud Preisendanz Jr., past exalted ruler and lessee of the station. 


Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936

Vets' Job Preference Victor Reviews Program of Contest
In Address to Ex-Service Men

Test Case Decree Awaits Jurist's Signature Today On Federal Employment;
Camden Group Endorses Action of Philadelphia Martine

The Philadelphia veteran of the World War who was responsible for obtaining a court ruling safeguarding veterans rights for preference on Federal employment projects, last night told his story to Camden ex-service men. 

More than 200 veterans heard Benjamin J. Spang address an open meeting of Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The test case brought by Spang was decided last week by Federal Judge George A. Welsh in Philadelphia. Today, Judge Welsh announced, he will sign a decree to carry out the ruling.

Spang told the veterans he fought for two years to obtain preference for veterans and that he fought alone, despite charges he was allied with the Economy League and the Liberty League.

It was decided to take action tonight to endorse Spang's move at a meeting of the Camden County Council, V. F. W., at the headquarters of A. Mucci Post, Third and Line Street. Ten posts are represented in the county council.

The only veteran ever to have brought a test case against the government, Spang has received nationwide acclaim. He is 42, and lives at 548 South Fifty-second Street, Philadelphia.

Refused Relief Job

He went to court after he was refused a job with the Business Census Bureau because his name did not appear on the public relief rolls.

"All I want is a job," he stated after winning his suit. "When the Government decides to live up to the Veterans' Preference Act, then I'll withdraw my suit against them, not I before. We'll go right on to the Supreme Court if necessary," he said.

Spang served three enlistments in the Marine Corps, was wounded in the Belleau Wood in 1918, was discharged from an army hospital and returned home to find a gold star in the window because his mother thought he had been killed. Then he re-enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to recruiting work as a sergeant. Doctors sent him to the Poconos for a chest condition. Then he returned to Philadelphia and entered Temple University as a student under the Veterans' Rehabilitation Administration. He was graduated in 1923 in commercial law and real estate.

While at Temple he met H. Eugene Gardner, attorney who successfully presented Spang's side of the case to the court. His disability allowance of $42 a month was cut to $10 and during CWA he was unable to get a job and was appointed a committee of one to investigate the failure of veterans to receive appointments.

He worked with the Federal Housing Administration until June 19, 1935 as a senior investigator, then he was fired and has not worked since.

"Since then I have conferred with all the officials of the various agencies in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington but could get no satisfaction. Then I hunted up Gardner and we decided to enter suit," he said.

His financial backer, he says is Henry Asher, proprietor of a cigar and variety store at 5211 Market Street, Philadelphia.

Spang has two children for whom he keeps house, his wife being dead. They are Benjamin, 16, and Mary Ellen, 13. Both attend school.

Daniel Conner, Seventh District councilman, said veterans in South Jersey are able to obtain fairer treatment than those in Pennsylvania because they are more strongly organized.

Thomas J. "Reds" Donlon, who led the bonus march from Camden to Washington, asked Spang whether those veterans who obtain their bonus payments would be taken off relief. Spang declared he hoped they would not be discriminated against and that Judge Welsh's decision was looked for to answer that question.

Sergeant Ray Smith, Camden veteran, who also addressed the group declared fairness was one of the qualities the veterans should insist on.

He said he was angered by the fact that on driving down Broadway, where workers were clearing the streets of ice, most of these working with picks and shovels appeared to be undernourished, while others were standing by waving flags to let the cars by.

"The flag-wavers should take their turns at the shovels," Smith declared.

Allen Kline was chairman of the meeting. .


Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Auxiliary 
V. F. W.
, 2712 Hayes Avenue. A card party will be held in the Post home tomorrow afternoon, March 14. Mrs. Tillie Gillespie is chairman. Other committee members are Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, Mrs. Mary H. Patterson, Mrs. Carrie Birch, Mrs. Carrie E. Till, Mrs. Josephine Von Erroll and Miss Elizabeth Schlam. Proceeds will be used for the recreational center for the orphans of veterans at the national home, Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2712 Hayes avenue. At a council meet­ing held Sunday of delegates representing Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties, of the V. F. W., plans were formulated for unified action on matters pertaining to the veterans. The state encampment which will be held at Asbury Park, June 25, 26, 27 and 28, was discussed. The meeting was called by Joseph D. J. Conners, councilman of S the Seventh district. Plans have been completed for a "Night in Ireland," which will be held at the Post headquarters, March 21. Wednesday night there will be a meeting of delegates of the allied clubs Camden at the Post.

Camden
Courier-Post

February 28, 1936


Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

Banquet Chairman

AUXILIARY Of V.F.W. SCHEDULES BANQUET
Matthews-Purnell Post Group to Observe 16th Anniversary Tonight

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will observe its sixteenth anniversary tonight at 8.30 o'clock with a banquet in O'Donnell's Restaurant and Cafe, Thirty-ninth and Federa1 Streets. More than 100 persons will attend.

The auxiliary, which has head quarters at 2712 Hayes Avenue is named in honor of two World War veterans, both soldiers from the Cramer Hill section, who were killed in the war. They were Charles Mathews Jr. and Oliver Purnell Jr., and their parents will be present as guest of honor. Another Gold Star mother, Mrs. Gaston Atger, also will attend. Both Mathews and Purnell served in France in the 29th division under Lieutenant Colonel George Selby.

Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past president of the group, is chairman of the committee on arrangements. Other members of the committee are Mrs. Minnie Martin, Mrs. Anna Jackson, Mrs. Betty Donlon and Mrs. Helen J. Cholister.

John Mullan, past department commander will be toastmaster. Mrs. Mildred Reed is president of the auxiliary.

MRS. THERESA MUNGIOLI

Other guests listed are: Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, senior department vice, president; Mrs. Frances Fulton, of Hoboken, national council member of the second district, Mrs. Dorothy Indoe, of Paterson, state president of the auxiliary; City Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, Raymond G. "Rube" Price, past commander of the post and Freeholder of the Eleventh ward; Mrs. Maud Ryan, of Atlantic City, past state president; Charles Franks, present county commander of the V.F.W.; Thomas Fields, department commander; Charles Hewitt, commander of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post; Mrs. Florence E. Stark, past national president and chairman of national rehabilitation; Mrs. Simona Anderson, past county president; J. "Chuck" Connors, councilman of the Seventh district; and Mrs. Joseph Snyder, who will sing the "Star Spangled Banner.

Under the direction of Mrs. Bean, the auxiliary has organized a junior unit of the daughters of the V.F.W., which now has a membership of 5958. Miss Doris Price is president of the group.


Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938

V. F. W. Post Auxiliary Stages Party for 16th Anniversary
Parents of Three World War Heroes Honored by Women of Mathews-Purnell Unit;
Mrs. Kobus Lauds Civic Work of Organization

Sixteen years ago the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mathews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was instituted. Last night the "coming out party," as the occasion was described by Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Director of Public Safety, was celebrated by the women and the soldiery of the post.

The affair had a dual importance, as it was not only the birthday of the auxiliary, with guests from the various parts of the State in attendance, but three gold star mothers were guests of honor.

Two of those, gray-haired, solemn and maternal, were mothers of the heroes who died in France and for whom the post was named. With these gold star mothers were the fathers of these same lads.

The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mathews and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Purnell, while the fifth member of the group, the third mother who gave up her son, is Mrs. Louise Atger.

Parents Receive Honors

As the names of these parents were called the entire gathering arose and stood in silent tribute.

The event was at O'Donnell's restaurant, Thirty-ninth and Federal streets, and John Mullin, of Atlantic City, past department commander, was toastmaster.

Mullin cited the affair as "the 16th wedding anniversary" of the auxiliary, as the speaker declared the auxiliary had married the post on that day 16 years ago.

Mrs. Kobus  was the first speaker.

She is an honorary member of the auxiliary.

"This night marks your entrance into society" said the commissioner, facetiously, "for whenever a girl gets to be 16 she puts on a new dress, comes out and starts to step out. I hope 'that you will always work with the post as harmoniously in the future, as you have done in the past.

"On behalf of the City of Camden I want to congratulate the auxiliary and also to welcome the distinguished guests who are visitors tonight from other parts of our state."

Mrs. Mildred Reed, president of the auxiliary, extended the welcome of the organization and congratulated the committee headed by Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past president, for the manner in which they had functioned to make the dinner such a success.

Commander Lauds Women

Associated with Mrs. Mungioli on the committee were Mrs. Minnie Martin, Mrs. Anna Jackson, Mrs. Betty Donlon and Mrs. Helen J. Cholister.

Charles Hewitt, commander of the Mathews-Purnell Post, extolled the women for their aid to the men, remarks which were emphasized by Freeholder Raymond G. Price, of the Eleventh ward, also a past commander of the post.

"It is only fair to say," declared Price, "that it has been the women who have kept our post together. There have been times when we were ready to disband, throw up the sponge, but always the women stepped into the breach then, and carried us through the stress, emergency and trouble and kept the post alive."

Mrs. Florence Stark, past national president, who instituted the auxiliary 16 years ago, marveled, she said, at the manner in which the growth and influence of the auxiliary had so far expanded and extended.

Mrs. Stark also told of the meeting of the national defense committee which she had attended in Washington, and informed the members that Congressman Wolverton had delegated Mrs. Stark to present his regrets that official business detained Wolverton at the national capital.

County Organization Praised

Frances Fullam, introduced as a "Hudson County Democrat" recited the experiences she had known as she went on tour of the state with the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently.

"I want to say," asserted the, speaker, "that the turnout in Camden county was the best in the staff and that the county has every reason to feel proud of the strength and influence which it exerts in the ladies auxiliary in New Jersey."

Mrs. Hazel Hines, Camden county president of the auxiliary, extended her congratulations as did County Commander Charles Franks and others, including Mrs. Maud Ryan, of Atlantic City, Mrs. Catherine Corbett of Pennsauken, and Mrs. Carrie Bean, senior vice president of the Department of New Jersey.

Mrs. Mungioli was then called upon to congratulate her fellow workers for their unstinted help in making the affair the signal success which every speaker emphasized.

Mrs. Joseph Snyder led the gathering in singing "The Star Spangled Banner". 


Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938

Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518, 2712 Hayes Avenue-Commander Clarence Hewitt and a delegation of members will present the traveling gavel next Wednesday to the Lieut. Kenneth H. Elliott Post, No. 1931, of Audubon. Commander Frank Mullin, of that post, will receive it.

Commander Hewitt expressed the wish that members of the posts in the county which have already received the gavel be present at the meeting.

In memory of those who lost their lives when the U.S.S. Maine was blown up in Havana harbor 40 years ago, the V. F. W. will hold memorial services on February 15. The post will attend joint memorial services for Spanish American War veterans, which will be held at 310 Broadway, on February 28.


Camden Courier-Post
February 10, 1938
Veterans Stage Unique Rite

The Camden County Veterans of Foreign Wars famous traveling gavel, used to promote comradeship among members of different posts, was received by the Lieut. Elliott Post; No. 1931, in Audubon last night. Clarence Hewitt, past commander of Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518, is shown presenting the gavel to Frank Mullin; commander of the Audubon post.

Audubon V.F.W. Post Receives Traveling Gavel
at Celebration

Shipbuilding Tool Spreads Over County to Stimulate Friendship Among War Units and Increase Membership;
 Commanders Attend Session

Lieut. Elliott Post, No. 1931, V. F. W.; of Audubon, last night received the Camden County Council's traveling gavel, used to promote comradeship and increase attendance at membership meetings of the county posts.

Presentation was made by Clarence Hewitt, past commander of Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518, of Camden. The gavel, a maul formerly used to calk ships at League Island, was received by Frank Mullin, commander of the Audubon post.

The gavel is passed from post to post and on gavel night, as the recipient post holds open house for members of other units in the county.

Several posts of Camden, Runnemede, Laurel Springs and Gloucester were represented at the meeting. A business session and entertainment followed the presentation.

Guests were County Commander Charles Franks, Camden; William Breen, past county commander, Audubon; Charles G. Conners, councilman, Camden; Charles Sutton, commander of Post No. 980, Camden; Frank Booth, commander of Post No. 3324, Camden, and Ascenzio Ambrico, past commander of Post 2685, Camden.



Camden Courier-Post
February 19, 1938

Walt Leopold & his Orchestra
John A. Reynolds
George H. Brunner -
Samuel M. Shay
Charles A. Wolverton
Hotel Walt Whitman
Matthews-Purnell Post 518, V.F.W
Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion

 


Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938

Mrs. Kathryn Corbett


Camden
Courier-Post

June 1, 1948



Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Matthew-Purnell Group to Seat New Officers 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

New officers of the ladies auxiliary of the Corporal Matthews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue, Thursday night. 

Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past department president, will act as conductress and install the following:

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford and Mrs. Betty Horner, vice presidents; Mrs. Carrie Bean, treasurer; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Popaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Frati, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee.

Delegates to the district are Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Ella Gaunt, Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Mulford. 

Alternates are Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Flanagan, Mrs. Ella Hasher, Mrs. Anna Messick, Mrs. Frati and Mrs. Mathews.

Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli helped install a new auxiliary at the Collingswood VFW post last Wednesday. Thursday the Matthew-Purnell auxiliary held a dinner at Kenney's honoring Department President Mrs. Carrie.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Will Install Steifel Tonight As Post Head 

Irving L. Stiefel, veteran of War II, who received a Bronze Star for heroism on Okmawa, will be installed tonight as commander of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Past Department Commander, Joseph H. Meade will act as installing officer. 

Stiefel served in the 77th Division during World War II, serving in the Pacific-Asiatic theatre. 

Others to be installed are Orris Smith, senior vice commander; Robert Cornog, junior vice commander: Chester Knaub Sr., quartermaster; Burroughs Messick, adjutant; John H. Mohrfeld 3d, I post advocate: Stephen L. Walter, chaplain; Chester Knaub Jr., surgeon, and John Morgandale, officer of the day. 

Irving R. Steifel

Also, Alvah S. Ward, patriotic instructor; John Mulford, historian; William Mountney Jr., service officer; Paul H. Fredericks : Sr., legislative officer: James Flanigan Sr., two-year trustee; Amos Hawk, one-year trustee; William Mountney Sr., assistant adjutant: Edward Kinsley, guard; I Clifford Knaub, national color bearer; Frederick Sauer, post 61 color bearer; James Flanigan Jr., bugler; Joseph Hasher, Public relations officer; Orris Smith, entertainment chairman; William Mountney Jr., canteen chairman; William Mountney Sr., poppy chairman; Stephen L. Walter, Memorial Day chairman, and Louis Kupper, State Fair chairman.

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern will be installed as president of the post auxiliary by Past Department President Carrie R. Bean assisted by Conductress Theresa Mungioli, who also is a past department president.

Also to be seated are Mrs. Mary Clifford, senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice-president; Carrie R. Bean, treasurer; Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Fratti, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee, and the following delegates to the district convention: Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Horner; Mrs. Ella Gauntt and Mrs. Mulford.

Alternates are Mrs. Fratti, Mrs. Margaret Worrel, Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. James Flanigan, Mrs. Ella Hasher and Mr.. Anna Messick. A buffet will be served after the the installations.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

NEW OFFICERS elected by the Ladies Auxiliary of Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed Thursday night at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue.

They include Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford, senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice-president; Carrie R. Bean, treasurer; Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Fratti, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Matthew-Purnell Group to Seat New Officers 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

New officers of the ladies auxiliary of the Corporal Matthews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will be installed at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue, Thursday night. 

Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past department president, will act as conductress and install the following:

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president; Mrs. Mary Clifford and Mrs. Betty Horner, vice presidents; Mrs. Carrie Bean, treasurer; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Popaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena Frati, conductress; Mrs. Anna Mathews, guard; Mrs. Alberta Mulford, trustee.

Delegates to the district are Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Ella Gaunt, Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Mulford. 

Alternates are Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Flanagan, Mrs. Ella Hasher, Mrs. Anna Messick, Mrs. Frati and Mrs. Mathews.

Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli helped install a new auxiliary at the Collingswood VFW post last Wednesday. Thursday the Matthew-Purnell auxiliary held a dinner at Kenney's honoring Department President Mrs. Carrie.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Auxiliary Names' Committee Heads 

Mrs. Millie Petit was appointed color bearer by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW. 

Other appointments include Mrs. Bean. building fund chairman; Mrs. Margaret Worrell, national home fund; Mrs. Mary Clifford, Americanization fund; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, New Jersey Cottage fund; Mrs. Phil Frati, legislation chairman; Mrs. Catherine Corbett. ways and means committee head; Mrs. Bertha Klose, Red Cross chairman, and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, chairman of the cancer and publicity committees.


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Mathews-PurneIl Aides To Meet Wednesday

The ladies auxiliary of Corporal Mathews-Purnell VFW Post 518 will meet Wednesday evening in the post hall, 2712 Hayes avenue. 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern will head a committee including Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Mary Clifford. Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Margaret Worrell and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Mathews-Purnell Post, 518 V.F.W. Auxiliary Doings

By MRS. B. KNAUB

The regular weekly meeting of the Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518, VFW, will be held Friday evening, at 8:30 p. m. in the Post Home, 2712 Hayes Ave. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, will preside.

Mrs. Ella Cornog was admitted as a member of the Auxiliary. Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks was appointed Convention Fund Chairman.

Mrs. Carrie Bean, Past Department President installed the following Auxiliaries - Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Past Department President, as installing Conductress; Oaklyn-Bettlewood Auxiliary, 4463, Friday night; Paulsboro Auxiliary, 678, Thursday night, and Westmont Auxiliary, 713, Saturday night.  


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Square Dance

The auxiliary of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, will hold a square dance Saturday night in the auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Junior High School, Twenty-sixth street and Hayes avenue, it was announced by Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, publicity chairman.

Mrs. Betty Horner is committee chairman, assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Phil Frati, Mrs. Millie Petit and Mrs. Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - 1951

Post 518 Auxiliary Planning for Fair

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the weekly meeting of the ladies auxiliary of Corporal Mathews­Purnell Post 518 VFW. Louis Silverman and Chester Knaub spoke about post activities at the forthcoming South Jersey State Fair. 

Mrs. Margaret Worrell was appointed chairman of the auxiliary committee for fair activities. Mrs. Victoria icktern and Mrs. Esther Rowand are committee members. 

A donation will be made by the group to the Blind Artist fund. Members of the auxiliary attended the Salvation Army band concert and also services at the Bethany Baptist church, an annual pre-Memorial Day custom with the group.


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

Delegates Named to State Council at Newark

Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, of the Ladies Auxiliary, Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, were designated at a recent auxiliary meeting to attend a session of the State Council on Sunday at the Military park hotel, Newark. 

Mrs. Bean is chairman of the state budget committee, and Mrs. Mungioli is chairman of the state finance committee. Both women are past department presidents. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the local auxiliary presided at the session which named Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Mungioli as representatives to the Newark meeting. 

The auxiliary conducted a cake sale Friday to raise funds for its organization's activities. 

The names of two young people who were among eight receiving awards at Veterans Memorial Junior High school graduation, exercises for outstanding work during the term, and had not been reported previously have been announced as Joan Wark and John Parks. 


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

VFW CAKE SALE 

Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post 518 VFW, Ladies Auxiliary will hold a cake sale at Twenty-seventh Street and Westfield Avenue Friday, with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern acting as chairman. 


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

Group Plans Sale Of Buddy Poppies All Next Week 
By MAE GIFFORD

Ladies of the VFW auxiliary will sell poppies all next week to aid disabled veterans and the maintenance of the VFW national home at Eaton Rapids, Mich., for orphans and widows of deceased and totally disabled veterans.

A motion was made to donate funds to the Salvation Army at a meeting of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518, VFW. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the auxiliary, presided at the affair. The auxiliary also voted to sponsor a booth at the South Jersey State Fair. 
On Sunday the post and auxiliary attended memorial services at Bethany Baptist Church.


Camden Courier-Post - June 1951

VFW Convention Opens Wednesday At Asbury Park 

Asbury Park, June 25.-The 1951 encampment of the VFW Department of New Jersey and its auxiliary will begin here at 9 a. m. Wednesday.

The sessions will open at 9 a. m. with registration, followed by a ladies auxiliary department council meeting. Slated for the same day are a joint opening session and annual memorial services and a VFW Department Council of Administration meeting at the Monterey hotel.

Registration will continue Thursday, followed by business sessions and an encampment dinner and a department auxiliary presidents' dinner. On Friday there will be business sessions followed by a cootie session, election of officers and a cootie torchlight parade.

Auxiliary district presidents will hold a breakfast Saturday, followed by other business sessions, a pageant of bugles and drums and a military ball at the Monterey hotel.  

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, of Camden, has engaged a suite of rooms at the Monterey, and Camden Post 980 will have a suite of rooms in the Kingsley Arms hotel. 


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

AUXILIARY 518 will hold its regular monthly card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue, Mrs. Alberta Pursch chairman, announced. The following members have been named to the reception committee: Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Popayck, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 

Prize awards were given five school children for outstanding classroom work. They were Geraldine Suffern, Veterans Junior High school; Ernest Andrews and Marie Madish, Washington school, and Martha Noezker and Arthur Colsey, Sharp school. . 

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VFW Auxiliary Plans Card Party Wednesday : 

A card party sponsored by Corporal Mathew-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518, V. F. W., will be held Wednesday at 2172 Hayes avenue. 
Mrs.
Victoria Nicktern chairman, will be in charge. Her committee includes Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna. Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice, Fredericks, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Millie Pettit, Mrs. Betty Harmon and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 

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Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518 Auxiliary is conducting a cake sale today at Twenty-seventh and Federal Streets. Mrs.
Victoria Nicktern, president of the unit, is chairman.

Mrs. Carrie R. Bean and Mrs Theresa Mungioli, both past department presidents, and members of the post, will attend the State Council meeting Sunday at Military Park hotel, Newark. 

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CORPORAL MATTHEW-PURNELL 518 auxiliary voted a donation to the visiting nurse association at the August 17th meeting. Mrs.
Victoria Nicktern presided when the action was taken


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

VFW Auxiliary Plans Card Party Wednesday

A card party sponsored by Corporal Mathew-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518, V. F. W., will be held Wednesday at 2172 Hayes avenue. 
Mrs.
Victoria Nicktern, chairman, will be in charge. Her committee includes Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna. Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice, Fredericks, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Millie Pettit, Mrs. Betty Harmon and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub. 


Camden Courier-Post - July 1951

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518 Auxiliary is conducting a cake sale today at Twenty-seventh and Federal Streets. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the unit, is chairman.

Mrs. Carrie R. Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, both past department presidents, and members of the post, will attend the State Council meeting Sunday at Military Park hotel, Newark. 


Camden Courier-Post - August 1951

CORPORAL MATTHEW-PURNELL 518 auxiliary voted a donation to the visiting nurse association at the August 17th meeting. Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided when the action was taken


Camden Courier-Post - August 17, 1951

COMMITTEES were named at the last meeting of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, to plan for the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the post and its auxiliary. 

The event will be observed with a dinner all the night of October 27 in the parish hall of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Twenty-eighth street and River avenue. Irving L. Stiefel, commander, has named as members of the anniversary committee Oris Smith, Alvah S. Ward, Paul H. Fredericks, John Morgandale, Albert Morgandale, Burrough Messick, Stephen Walters, Chester Knaub Sr., Louis Silverman, William Mountney, Albert Cornog and Michael Mungioli. Silverman and Messick are in charge of tickets. Members of the auxiliary committee include Mrs. Carrie Bean, co-chairman; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, and Mrs. Esther Rowand.

The auxiliary will meet tonight at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue with Mrs. , Nicktern, president presiding. 


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Card Party 

Corporal Mathews-Purnelll Ladies Auxilary, Post 518, VFW, will hold a card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue.

The regular meeting of the ladies auxiliary to Cpl. Mathew-Purnell post 518 VFW, was held with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge of the affair. The monthly card party of the ladies auxiliary will be held next Wednesday evening at 2712 Hayes avenue.

Chairman of the event is Mrs. Thomas Mungioli, with Mrs. Carrie Bean, co-chairman. The card party committee includes: Mrs. Nicktern, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. 
Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Matthews, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Filamena Frate and Mrs. Elizabeth  Knaub.  


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

VFW Post Auxiliary To Hold Card Party 

Corporal Mathews-Purnelll Ladies Auxilary, Post 518, VFW, will hold a card party Wednesday night at 2712 Hayes Avenue.

Betty Horner, chairman for the affair, has named this committee to assist her: Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beatnce Dilks, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Etta Papaycik Mrs. Anna Mathews and Mrs. Elizabeth Kaub.

The committee was given its assignment at the regular auxiliary meeting Fridax evening, with Mrs. Nicktern presiding. 


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

CORPORAL MATHEWS-PURNELL Ladies Auxilary, Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will conduct a monthly card party next Wednesday evening at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue. Mrs. Theresa Mungioli and Mrs. Carrie Bean are co-chairmen of the committee, other members of which follow: Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Etta Papaycik, Mrs. Phil Frati and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.


Camden Courier-Post - Fall 1951

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post Auxilary auxiliary met recently with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge.

The auxiliary will sponsor a rummage sale Thursday and Friday at 820 Kaighn Avenue. Mrs. Theresa Mungioli is chairman.


Camden Courier-Post - October 1951

Mathews-Purnell Post To Mark 30th Year 

The 30th anniversary banquet of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518, VFW, and the 29th anniversary of its auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p. m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish hall, Twenty-eighth Street and River Road. 

The program will be presided over jointly by Irving Steifel, post commander, and Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, auxiliary president. Arrangements are being made by Michael Mungioli and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, who said a program of entertainment would follow the banquet at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue.. 


Camden Courier-Post - October 1951

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post Ladies Auxiliary No. 518, VFW, presided at Friday's weekly meeting of the auxiliary. The women's organization contributed to the Community Chest drive. 

A district meeting will be held at the Salvation Army home, Fifth and Market streets, at 8 p. m. today. Mrs. Carrie Bean was appointed Community Fund chairman of the ladies' auxiliary. 


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951

518 TO MARK 30TH BIRTHDAY SATURDAY

Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518 will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a dinner with the Ladies Auxiliary in the parish hall of the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, River Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, Saturday, at 7 p, m. This will be the 29th anniversary for the auxiliary. 

The Rev. William J. O'Rourke will give the invocation, the Rev. Warren G. Jennings will say grace and Rabbi Max Weine the benediction.

Eleven Gold Star Mothers will be honored guests of Commander Irving J. Stiefel. They are Mrs. Ada Mathews, Mrs. Katherine Corbett, Mrs. Marie Hunt, Mrs. Catherine Cahill, Mrs. Harry Maisch, Mrs. Joseph Selah, Mrs. Walter Haines, Mrs. Charles Reynolds, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. John A. Gorman, and Mrs. Mary Simpson.

Other invited guests are Congressman Wolverton, Mrs. Alice Trimble, department senior vice president, Ladies Auxiliary; Mrs. Florence E. Stark, past national president; Mrs. Mary Norcross, Seventh District president; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the 5108 auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Ryan; Mrs. John J. Tischner; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Meade, Mrs. Herbert L. Stool man, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pfrommer, Mrs. George Clymer, Mrs. Fiore Malacrea, Mrs. Warren G. Jennings, Mrs. Max Weine, Albert J. Gifford, past commander, Camden county council; Alvah S. Ward, department chief of staff; County Commander Schuler; Southern area membership chairman, and many others. 

The toastmaster will be Stoolman. Michael Mungioli is banquet chairman, and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, past department president,  co-chairman. They will be assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the 518 auxiliary; Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, decorations; Mrs. Esther Rowan, Edna Weaver and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, recreation, and Orris Smith, program. 

At a meeting of the post at 2712 Hayes Avenue; Stiefel welcomed two new members, Robert C. Barr, who served in the army, and Gordon Kraft, navy, in World War II. Steve Walter reported that Otto Self is ill in the Philadelphia Naval hospital. Joseph Hasher reported Edward Bossett was in Cooper hospital and doing nicely. He is in room 14.

At the entertainment last Saturday night, with "Big Time" Charlie Crane as master of ceremonies, the following sang: Dot Flanigan, "Sweetheart" of 518; Fred Falkerberger; Ann Flanigan, "Singing Waitress"; Lois "Singing Cow Girl," and Mike "Medals" Mungioli..


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951

MARKING TWO ANNIVERSARIES Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post, VFW, and its auxiliary, were felicitated Saturday by Herbert L. Stoolman, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Mrs. Victoria Nicktern and Irving L. Stiefel.

Congress Responsibility at New Peak, Wolverton Tells VFW Birthday Group

"At no time has the responsibility of Congress and the responsibility of the citizen been greater than at present," Congressman Charles A. Wolverton told an audience Saturday night celebrating the anniversaries of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, VFW, and its auxiliary.

The congressman was principal speaker at a banquet in St. Anthony of Padua parish hall marking the 30th anniversary of the VFW post and the 29th anniversary. of its auxiliary. 

Wolverton praised the leaders of the post and commended its record in community activities. He also paid tribute to the Gold Star mothers who were present as honor guests. 

Sketches Own Career 

He then sketched his own career in Congress in order to show the great changes which the country has undergone in recent times. 

"When I went to Congress," he said, "we were in an era of prosperity and then came the depression followed by World War II and the Korean situation. At no other time have I had such an overpowering sense of my responsibilities as a member of Congress as I now have.

"Our citizens should also be aware of the enormity of their responsibility."


Camden Courier-Post - November 1951

MATHEWS-PURNELL POST 518 met at 2712 Hayes avenue. Commander Irving L. Stiefel welcomed two members, Robert C. Barr and Charles E. Wilson, both veterans of War II. 

Bernard Brown reported that Edward Bossett who underwent three operations in Cooper hospital, was improving at home. Chester Knaub Sr. reported Robert Louis was ill in Cooper hospital. Robert Morgandale reported that the Last Man's club of War II was progressing and will 
make a report later. 

After the meeting, a buffet luncheon was sponsored by Commander Steifel in honor of the past commanders and officers of the post and the auxiliary. One hundred and twenty-five members and visitors attended. Among the guests were Mabel Dukes, District Chief Edgar R. Ellender of the Camden fire department, and William E. Hilbmann, who was introduced as the public relations officer of Camden county council. Steifel presented Hilbmann with a pot of flowers. 

Hilbmann responded with a few remarks and said he could look back to 30 years ago when John C. Stroud and Raymond G. Price stopped at his house and suggested of the formation of a VFW post in Cramer Hill. "The go ahead sign was given and here's what you see today, one of the finest and best VFW posts in the whole state," Hilbmann said.

Steifel thanked the hosts for their services. They are past presidents of the 518 auxiliary, Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub, Mrs. Ruth Ibes, Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Edna Weaver, Mrs. Beatrice Frederick and Mrs. Etta Papycik. Also introduced were Past Post Commanders Chester Knaub Sr., Peter Winters Sr., Michael Mungioli, William S. Mountney Sr., 
Stephen L. Walter and Alvah S. Ward. Other post officers introduced were Orris Smith Sr., vice-commander; Robert Cornog Jr., vice commander; Chester Knaub Sr., quartermaster; Buroughs Messick, adjutant; Stephen L. Walter, chaplain; Joseph Hasher, public relations.

Others present were Chester Knaub Jr., John Morgandale, William Moutney Jr., Frederick Sauers, James Flanigan Sr. and James Flanigan Jr. 
Auxiliary officers were Mrs.
Victoria Nicktern, president; Mary Clifford, Senior vice president; Mrs. Betty Horner, junior vice president; Mrs. Ruth Ibe, secretary; Mrs. Etta Papaycik, chaplain; Mrs. Filomena, conductress, and Mrs. Anna Mathews, Mrs. Edna Flanigan and Mrs. Millie Pettit, guards. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the weekly meeting of the Corporal Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary 518 at the post home. The Patriotic Conference held in Washington, D. C. was attended by Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, both past department presidents. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Members of Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post 518 auxiliary met Friday night with Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president, in charge. Mrs. Carrie Bean and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past presidents, attended the council meeting Sunday at Newark.


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

Demonstration Planned By VFW Auxiliary 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at a meeting of the Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary No. 518, held Friday in the post home. It was decided to hold a miscellaneous demonstration Friday night. Mrs Ruth Ibe has been named chairman of the affair. 

Plans also were discussed for the annual Christmas party. Mrs. Mary Clifford was named chairman of the party committee. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

A MONTHLY CARD PARTY will be held next Wednesday evening by Mathews-Purnell Ladies Auxiliary Post 518 at the post home, 2712 Hayes Avenue. Mrs. Etta Papaycik and Mrs.Edna Weaver are co-chairmen of rthe committee. Other members are Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, Mrs. Carrie Bean, Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, Mrs. Mary Clifford, Mrs. Betty Horner, Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks Mrs. Esther Rowand, Mrs. Margaret Worrell, Mrs. Philip Frati, Mrs. Millie Petit, Mrs. Ella Hasher and Mrs. Elizabeth Knaub.


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

LADIES AUXILIARY of VFW Post 518 will hold its Christmas party tonight at the post home, 2712 Hayes avenue. The party is being held in conjunction with the post, and is in charge of Mary Clifford, chairman, and Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president. 


Camden Courier-Post - November-December 1951

VFW Auxiliary News: 
Christmas Events Slated by Posts During Week 
By MAE E. GIFFORD 

Mrs. Victoria Nicktern presided at the regular weekly meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary 518, VFW, Friday night. The post's annual Christmas party will be held at the post home next Thursday night. Mrs. Mary Clifford has been named chairman of the party committee. 


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