CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

WARREN WEBSTER & Co.

Warren Webster and his factory on Federal Street - 1888

The building has been boarded up and empty for decades, the company long gone, and a brand name that was once a standard in its line is now all but forgotten. In its day, Warren Webster & Company provided heating systems for plants, factories, and large buildings all over the country. Warren Webster & Co. developed systems and control that made it possible to provide continuous, comfortable, and economical steam heat to large buildings. To wit, if you are in a building built in the first part of the 20th Century, there is a strong probability that there are or were Warren Webster components inside.

Warren Webster founded his business in Philadelphia in 1888. He brought his firm to Camden five years later. A large factory was built at Point and Pearl Streets. After World War I a larger plant was built at 17th & Federal Street in East Camden when it was determined that the original plant lay in the path of the soon to be constructed Delaware River Bridge.

Warren Webster passed away in December of 1938, during the 50th year of his firm's existence. His son, Warren Webster Jr. then headed the company. Sadly, grandson Warren Webster III, a graduate of West Point, was killed in action while serving in Korea in February of 1953. The company was still open in Camden as late as 1959, but by 1970 Warren Webster & Company was no longer listed in the Camden County telephone directory.

Warren Webster Jr. wrote The Life and Times of Warren Webster, a biography of his father, of which a limited edition was published, in 1942..

Warren Webster's first factory at 491 N. 3rd Street - 1888

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WARREN WEBSTER

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The
 Warren Webster Company

1909 Factory
Point & Pearl Street

This site was one of the tracts
 that was taken for use as the
New Jersey end of the
Delaware River Bridge
in the early 1920s

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Pre-1920 Advertising for Warren Webster & Co.

Philadelphia
Inquirer
December 24, 1921

The
 Warren Webster Company Factory

17th & Federal Street
1924


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Camden Courier-Post - January 5, 1928

 VICTOR WINS THREE AND TIES FOR LEAD
Y.M.C.A. JOLTED TWICE; FREIHOFERS SET RECORD; HURLEY SURPRISES

With the end of the first-half race in the Industrial bowling tournament only one week off, Victor went into a tie for first place by sweeping all three games from Woodbury while Freihoferís spanked Y.M.C.A pacesetters twice. Hurley Company took three from Warren Webster in the other match .

Freihoferís set a new league record by rolling 928 in the third game. Kruppís total score was 602 pins, an average better than 200. His high mark was 221. Miller, a teammate, rolled 203. Moyer, of Victor, twice rolled 202, while Simmons turned in a 210 for Warren Webster.

Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1932

Camden Courier-Post * March 27, 1936

 Camden Firm's Products Linked to Building Industry Throughout U.S.
NEWLY DEVELOPED DEVICES KEEP FIRM BUSY IN DEPRESSION
More Than 70,000
New Buildings Equipped With Concern's Systems
CUTS
FUEL EXPENSES

Of the thousands of people who daily pass the plant of Warren Webster & Co. at Seventeenth and Federal streets, It Is probable that few have any very definite idea of the products and service of the company to the building Industry throughout the United States and Canada and In several foreign countries.

Established in 1888, the firm's products and services are known to the heating trade and to the architectural and engineering profession as "Webster Svstems of Steam Heating."       

Essentially, these are systems of steam circulation. What the company manufactures are the devices or specialties which facilitate the circulation of steam and its use as a heating medium. These specialties are combined In heating installations under the guidance of the company's sales engineering staff, located in each of 60 of the largest cities In the country.

The company's products divide roughly into three groups (1) specialties of which the most important Item Is the thermostatic trap (2) heating system controls for larger buildings and (3) Webster System Radiation.

These Webster products are installed by the heating trade In new buildings and are also extensively used In the modernization of heating systems In existing buildings. More than 70,000 new buildings have been equipped with Webster. Systems of Steam Heating In the many years of the company's existence, in general, the largest and most prominent buildings throughout the country.

While the supply of equipment to new buildings formed the major part of the concern's business prior to 1929, even at that time modernization was a substantial and important part of the company's business, the equipment being so designed that as improvements became available they would be furnished to owners who had previously used----Webster equipment and owners would purchase these Improvements because they meant lower fuel costs and better heating service.

Personnel Kept Busy

This large group of Installations, together with the splendid group of  newly developed products was of great value to the company in enabling it to keep its personnel employed during the depression when new building ceased and modernization became the important market.

During the period of 1931, '32 and '33 the firm's sales organization was  retained and occupied in making surveys of several thousand large buildings to determine ways and means of reducing fuel expense. Due to the development of the Webster Moderator System which supplies "control-by-the-weather," It was possible to go into almost seven buildings out of every 10 and find that a saving of approximately 25 percent could be effected by applying this new development. Not only did the company finance the making of these surveys but where it found a saving possible it offered to supply its equipment and to accept payment out of the savings as made, thus combining financing of the equipment with a guarantee of its performance. Several hundred buildings have been thus modernized including among them New York Evening Post Building and the Bellevue Stratford and Warwick Hotels in Philadelphia. 

Economizes Steam

The ability of the Webster Moderator System to economize steam has also led to its adoption in connection with a number of low cost slum elimination projects and Webster Moderator Systems are installed in the Juniata Housing Project, Philadelphia and are being installed in the Techwood and University Housing Projects in Atlanta. 

While the Webster Moderator System and Webster Heating Specialties are generally applicable to larger buildings, the company's newest product, Webster System Radiation, is particularly designed for the requirements of the finer residences. Webster System Radiation combines in a single structure a lightweight heating element like an automobile radiator with the radiator supply valve and an orifice to scientifically balance distribution, a radiator trap and a metal enclosure. This unit is installed in the wall and the only parts visible are the inlet and outlet grilles and the handle for steam shutoff. Although introduced at the depth of the depression Webster System Radiation has already been manufactured įand installed in more than 400 residences and other buildings.

The company's plant is operating regularly with a factory and home office staff of approximately 250 employees. More than 185 additional persons are engaged in the work of the company's 60 branches.

The company's business for 1935 showed a definite improvement over that for 1934 and the company reports that 1936 has thus far shown a material Improvement in turn over 1935.

Warren Webster, founder of the company, is its president and general manager; Warren Webster, Jr., a son, is vice president and treasurer, and E. Kessler Webster, a nephew, is secretary and assistant general manager.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1938

 

Warren Webster passed away on December 21, 1938

Warren Webster Jr.

1903-1997

Photograph Published in the Camden Courier-Post
January 6, 1942

Warren Webster Jr. took the reins as president of Warren Webster & Co. after his father's passing. The company played an active role in armaments production during and after World War II.


Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1932

Camden Rotary Club - Joshua C. Haines - Warren Webster Jr. - Roy C. Adams
George C. Moore -
Volney Bennett Jr. - Elias Davis - Edward Mechling
Dr. Leon N. Neulen - Walter Levering - William T. Read - Paul H. Engle
James Clancy - Walter Widler -
Frederick C. Veiser - Charles Janney
Len Liszt (Leonardo List) - Samuel A. Riggins
Woodcrest Country Club - Supplee-Wills-Jones Company

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933

C. OF C. NAMES GROUP ON NATIONAL RECOVERY

An Industrial Recovery Act Committee of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce was appointed yesterday.

A.C. Held was named "Chairman of the committee and immediately called a meeting for tomorrow, at 12:15 in Hotel Walt Whitman.

Other members of the committee include J.W. Burnison, Clinton L. Bardo, Harry A. Kelleher, Warren Webster, Jr., Harry C. Stevenson; T. David Stern, B. H. Hudson, Charles Wagner, A. W. Stedman, Stanley Cramer, and Loyal D. Odhner.

A study of the national recovery act passed by Congress for President Roosevelt is to be made by the committee to determine what action should be taken by Camden manufacturers and merchants toward price and wage recovery.


Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

C. OF C. ANNOUNCES EXPANDED PROGRAM 
Manufacturers' Committee Takes New Offices,
Lists Plans on New Activity 

Announcement of an office location, program and personnel of the Manufacturers' Committee of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce was made yesterday by Harry A. Kelleher, chairman of the, committee. The committee has taken an office at 1012 Broadway-Stevens Building, 300 Broadway, and Howard Rhoades has been placed in charge of its activities as executive secretary. 

Besides Kelleher the committee comprises Warren Webster, Jr., secretary-treasurer; L. J. List, Ralph Vasso, Charles W. Wagner; Stanley S. Cramer and Thomas L. Vanderslice. The committee subscribes to the thought that the welfare of Camden community is bound up in the welfare of its industries, and will seek to demonstrate this thought in various ways. 

Rhoades, who has had a wide publicity experience, was invited to Camden by the local committee to survey the local field, and report what might be done here to promote co-operation between industry and the community. He made a survey and report which were accepted by the committee, and the program begins at once. 

Work will be carried on along four general lines. The committee will from time to time evolve new and helpful local projects which will aid a better understanding of the principle that the welfare and prosperity of industry and the community are so closely allied as to be identical. Industry's story. will be told through the newspapers and radio.

The importance of industry will be called to the attention of the public through the schools, churches, social groups, and through the manufacturing plants. The committee will endorse and support community activities of worthwhile and constructive nature. 

One of the committee's first functions will be to give co-operation and support to the, coming South Jersey Tercentenary Exposition, scheduled for Convention Hall, Camden, April 4-9. Kelleher is a member of the Exposition Executive Committee.


Camden Courier-Post - July 22, 1941

DONATIONS MOUNT IN U.S.O. CAMPAIGN
Camden Drive Brings $14,575 to Recreation Fund For Service Men

Contributions to the United Service Organizations continued to flow in yesterday. 

The money will be used for recreational programs for men in the armed forces of the nation through clubs, which are being established adjacent to army and navy cantonments.

Total receipts as announced by Ralph Vasso, chairman of the volunteer gift committee, were $14,575.58. The goal set up for Camden in the nationwide appeal for contributions is $21,000.

Funds are being sent by mail, and delivered in person to headquarters of the U.S.O. in the Camden County Chamber of Commerce offices, Sixth and Penn streets, Sidney P. McCord, city comptroller, is treasurer of the committee. 

Yesterday's contributors are: I.ouis Seitchik, $50; employees of Louis Seitchik, $125; Camden County Girl Scouts, $5; Alice B. Eaton, $3; Mrs. T. T. Eaton, $2; Dealers Liquor Company, additional $5; Minters Distributors, $10; John W. Whitecar, $10; Loyal Order of Moose, $10; General Chemical Company, $25; house-to-house collection, Parkside section, $7.35; collections by cans in motion picture theatres, $21.65; Sam Slutsky. $5. 
Bishop Bartholomew J. Eustace, $50; Father J. P. Fallon, $5; Camden Section National Council of Jewish Women, $10; Camden Realtors, $51; James Scarduzio, $1; John A. Neff, $5; additional from employees of MacAndrews and Forbes, $43.40; office employees of Warren Webster and Company, $24.54; factory employees of Warren Webster and Company, $55.06; Gustav Schwoeri, Jr., 52; Monsanto Chemical Company employees, $51.25; Budget Plan Corporation, $10.  

The  Warren Webster Company Factory
at 17th & Federal Street
Late 1940s

A history of Warren Webster & Co. from the 1940s employee handbook, Working With Webster 

ID Badge of William Bennett Harrison Sr.

Camden
Courier-Post

July 26, 1941

Camden
Courier-Post

July 28, 1941

Camden
Courier-Post

July 28, 1941

FIRST LIEUTENANT WARREN WEBSTER III was born in Camden NJ on December 1, 1927. His grand-father, Warren Webster Sr., was the founder and President of the Warren Webster Company, one of the worlds largest manufacturers of steam heating equipment, with a large factory on Federal Street in Camden NJ. His father, Warren Webster Jr., played a significant role in the factory as well.

Warren Webster III was a 1950 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. First Lieutenant Webster was a member of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on February 21, 1953. For his leadership and valor, First Lieutenant Webster was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Inside the Federal Street plant
1960

Frank P. Yocolano, of 1157 Princess Avenue in the Parkside section of Camden, worked for the Warren Webster Company as a shear operator. This picture, taken in 1960, is courtesy of his son, Pat Yocolano.

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The Life And Times of Warren Webster

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