Camden Lodge No. 293
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

In New York City, a small group of actors and entertainers, wishing to continue their social gatherings on Sundays, when New York's blue laws prevented the opening of public establishments, began to meet regularly as the "Jolly Corks," a name derived from a bar trick introduced by the group's organizer. While the meetings were held with regularity, apparently no form nor substance resulted, except for the adoption of a toast to members of the group not in attendance. Shortly before Christmas in 1867, only a few months after the fellows began to meet, one of their number died, leaving his wife and children destitute.

This event gave rise to the notion that, in addition to good fellowship, the Jolly Corks needed a more noble purpose in order to endure, and serving not only their own in need, but others as well, would be appropriate. Two months later, on February 16, 1868, with a statement of serious purpose, an impressive set of rituals, a symbol of strength and majesty and such other elaborate trappings that might be expected of a group of actors and musicians, the new fraternal order was launched.

The Elks are not mentioned in George Reeser Prowell's 1885 History of Camden County, New Jersey. At that time the Masons were very active in Camden, and there were many other fraternal organizations operating in the city, most notably the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Knights of Pythias, the Knights of the Golden Eagle, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Order of United American Mechanics. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization consisting of Civil War Veterans, was also very active. Many of these organizations also had women's auxiliaries. In the days prior to television and movies, fraternal organizations were a major component of the social cloth of the city.

An Elks Lodge was founded in Camden in 1895. The first Exalted Ruler was Chief of Police John H. Foster. The Elks would soon become one of the most important fraternal groups within the city. This may well be in part to the location of their lodge, on the south-east corner of Broadway and Federal Street. The Broadway and Federal intersection was literally at the heart of Camden's downtown district. The Elks Lodge was diagonally across the street form the Camden County Courthouse. Soon it seemed that everybody who was anybody in law, business, politics, and other fields was a member of Camden Lodge 293. Other men who held the post of Exalted Ruler of Camden Lodge 293 included W. E. B. Miller, 1896 to 1897; Philip Burch, 1897 to 1898; D. Harry Condit, 1898 to 1899; H. L. Hartshorn, 1899 to 1900; Samuel A Kilpatrick, 1900 to 1901,  Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, 1901 to 1902, George D. Borton, 1902 to 1903; Maurice Rogers, 1904 to 1905; Alexander J. Milliette, 1906 to 1907, Francis Warren, 1907 to 1908; J. Harry Switzer, 1908 to 1909; E. Wilmer Collins, 1909 to 1910; Lewis H. Leigh, 1910 to 1911; James H. Long, 1911 to 1912; Morris Odell, 1912 to 1913; Marion Moriarty, 1913 to 1914; Allen Jarvis, 1914 to 1915; Albert Austermuhl, 1915 to 1916; William L. Sauerhoff, 1917 to 1918; Theodore T. Kausel, 1918 to 19i19; Garfield Pancoast, 1919 to 1920 ; Wlliam G. Ferat. 1920 to 1921; Harry Ellis, 1921 to 1922; W. Wallace Balcom, 1922 to 1923; Samuel A. Dobbins, 1923; D. Trueman Stackhouse, 1924 to 1925; former Mayor Frank S. Van Hart, 1925 to 1926; Edward J. Kelly, 1926 to 1927; Rud Preisandanz, Jr., 1927 to 1928; former Mayor Roy R. Stewart, 1928 to 1929; William H. Iszard, 1929 to 1930; William F. Lehman, 1930 to 1931, J. Harry Todd, 1931 to 1932, Harry Robinson 1932 to 1933.

The Camden Lodge of Elks dedicated their rebuilt home at Broadway and Federal Street on October 18, 1910. This building was adjacent to the Camden YMCA, which was built at a later date. The Elks  building was subsequently sold in the 1920s. 

On April 1, 1925 Ground was broken on by the Camden Lodge of Elks for its new home. The new Elks home was completed on Cooper Street, above Broadway, in May of 1926. A series of stores were built about 1926, one of which was occupied by Horn & Hardart for many, many years, on the site of the former Elks home at Broadway and Federal Street. 

The 1931 Camden City Directory shows an address of 201-215 North 7th Street. The 1940 Directory lists the lodge at 808 Market Street. Directories from 1943 and 1947 show the Elks at at 807 Cooper Street, the former home of Camden businessman Frederick Himmelein. The Elks remained at that location into the 1960s, when falling membership brought on by changes in American society and in part by conditions in Camden saw the organization leave the city. sometime after 1967. The hall was also made available to other organizations such as Camden Post 980, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

From the 1920s through the 1960s, the Elks campaign to aid crippled children was highly successful and widely supported throughout the city and county. Former professional boxer and newspaper columnist Sergeant Ray Smith was an integral part of this effort for many years. 

In the late 1990s the former Elks Lodge became the home of the LEAP Academy Charter School.  Razed and rebuilt again in the 1980s, the site of the original Elks Home is  the site of a strip of small shops, while the Cooper Street Elks Home still houses the LEAP Academy charter school in the late 2000s.

The Elks Lodge
Federal Street & Broadway 1890s-1926
The Elks Building on Federal Street East of Broadway
In this picture, from the 1890s is looking south down Broadway. 
Elks Building
Federal Street East of Broadway
Elks Building
Federal Street East of Broadway

The Elks Home at Broadway and Federal Street was rebuilt in 1910. While under construction, the Elks had temporary quarters at 29 North 3rd Street, later the home of  tavern run by John P. Scannell in the late 1910s and early 1920s. 

Although this photo has been described as from 1880,  note the F.A. Poth Beer wagon in front, Poth acquired the Camden brewery in 1910 also. 

YMCA & Elks Buildings
Federal Street East of Broadway
YMCA & Elks Buildings
Federal Street East of Broadway
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Philadelphia Inquirer - September 27, 1897

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 1898

Camden Elks Lodge
Trinity Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Clarence A. Adams

First Presbyterian Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Rev. John W. Lyell
Rev. J.S. Heisler

Wynn Memorial Baptist Chapel
North Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. A.G. Lawson


Philadelphia Inquirer
August 23, 1898

Ferry Avenue
Byron Street
North 3rd Street
Camden Elks Lodge
Samuel Suders
Joseph Nowrey
John H. Jordan
Farr & Bailey
George S. West


Philadelphia Inquirer - May 18, 1899
Temple Theatre 
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 24, 1900
Henry Fredericks - Broadway and Federal Street
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 23, 1900
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Philadelphia Inquirer - May 29, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 21, 1902
West Jersey Orphanage - Camden Home for Friendless Children
Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Trenton Evening Times
May 3, 1903

John S. Smith - Marshall W. Taylor

Camden Lodge 293, 
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Charles P. Stevenson - Craig & Ardell - William D. Hall - Herbert Lloyd - Meeker Baker Trio

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 21, 1903
Frank Peterson - Marshall W. Taylor - George D. Borton - John H. Irwin - Samuel Kilpatrick
John S. Smith - John G. Colsey - James Long - Joseph Kolb - Frank S. Fithian
Fred J. Newton - Joseph H. Pfeiffer - John McCabe - Martin Frand -
Christopher J. Mines Jr.
Joseph Burt - Isaac Moffett - Henry J. West -
Richard C. Mason - Thomas Curley
John Fort - D. Harry Condit - John Beaston

Camden Lodge 293 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 7, 1903
Camden Lodge 293, B.P.O. of Elks - Masonic Building - North Baptist Church - George D. Borton
Rev. Dr. Clarence A. Adams -
Trinity Baptist Church - Rev. Dr. Kittredge Wheeler
Professor James C. Warhurst - Gideon H. Burt - Owen R. Jones -J. Oscar Nicholas - M.D. Dickinson Harry M. Andeson - Joseph R. Feenier - Ernest H. Longstreth - Hamilton Markley -
Howland Croft
 John S. Mathis - Rev. Dr. George Gates - Charles F. Reese - James McCormick
Charles K. McPherson - James Baird - William F. Claus -
Harry B. Paul - George S. West
Frank S. Jones -  Christopher J. Mines Jr.

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 1904
E.E. Jefferis - Edward H. Sayford - James E. Bryan - Clara S. Burrough
Susanna Danser - Julian K. Potter - G. Bovilla Fry - George T. Phillips
Helen E. Herbert -
Camden Manual Training and High School - Frank Healy
Camden Lodge of Elks - Peter Verga - Frank Gardner - Amos R. Dease
Levi Farnham
- Albert West - Broadway - Federal Street - Linden Street 

April 18, 1906

Camden Lodge No. 293, B. P. 0. E.

CAMDEN, N. J., April 13, 1906


You are requested to attend the regular Stated Meeting, April 18, 1906, at 8 o'clock, at which time the following named applicants for membership will be balloted for:


Thomas H. Edwards

37 Shoe Man'f''g 423 Benson St.

Brother John H. Switzer

Bro. John Harris
Bro. W. Penn Corson
Bro. Asa L. Roberts

Francis. J. Bicker M.D.

46 Physician

Fillmore & VanHook Sts.

Brother John S. Smith

Bro. H.H. Davis
Bro. J. Willard Morgan
Bro. George B. Bond

Charles W. Bossle

31 Hatter 706 Linden Street

Bro. Joseph Bossle Sr.

Bro. J.R. McCabe
Bro. H.B. Francis
Bro. B.H. Shivers

John Morgan Jr. 

27 Real Estate Agent Merchantville, N.J.

Bro. John W. Barr

Bro. William F. Rex
Bro, D. Harry Condit
Bro. Frank E. Gardiner

Howard Callingham

23 Bookkeeper Orston, N.J.

Bro. Joseph Bossle Sr.

Bro. Thomas J. Moore
Bro. Samuel B. Crall
Bro. James H. Eyster

G. Frank Travis

34 Tailor 320 Spruce Street

Bro. John W. Barr

Bro. John H. Switzer
Bro. William G. Maguire
Bro. Charles W. Brecker

Theodore Stiles Jr.

42 Meat and Provision Dealer 27 N. Third Street

Bro. C.W. Brecker

Bro. Wm. Shillingsburg
Bro. James T. Bailey
Bro. P.S.D. Johnston

C.F. Taylor

35 General Storekeeper Collingswood, N.J.

Bro. Thomas J. Moore

Bro. Samuel B. Crall
Bro. James H. Eyster
Bro. H.I. Cooper

Frank Reiss

  Cotton Duck Salesman Collingswood, N.J.

Bro. S.H. Wilkinson

Bro. Thomas J. Moore
Bro. Samuel B. Crall
Bro. James H. Eyster

Edward M. Wright

35 Produce
Com. Merchant
Merchantville, N.J.

Bro. John Stewart

Bro. Al. L. Smith
Bro. M.W. Taylor
Bro. H.H. Voorhees

      Attest: J. FRED. NEWTON,                                                           ALEX. J. MILLIETTE,
                                             Secretary.                                                                              Exalted Ruler.

The Elks Grand Lodge Reunion of 1906
Members of the Camden Lodge took a train trip to Denver for this event
Samuel A. Kilpatrick - Maurice A. Rogers - George B. Martin - William H. Iszard - George J. Pechin
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The Elks Grand Lodge Reunion of 1906
Members of the Camden Lodge took a train trip to Denver for this event
B.P.O.E. ELKS #293
Camden N.J.
En Route Chicago
Picture is dated July 24, 1906. It was taken on July 23, 1906

Left: Edward Gondolff, owner of the Temple Bar & Hotel
Right: Jennie Gondolff, his wife

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The Elks Grand Lodge Reunion of 1906
Members of the Camden Lodge #293
took a train to Denver for this event
Camden Elks "on the road to Denver"
Camden Elks at Pike's Peak
Camden Elks at Pike's Peak
Jennie Gondolff in Cnter
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The Elks Grand Lodge Reunion of 1906
Photo frame reads "Green Car Tours". The Elks were in Denver for three days on this trip. They also had two days for sightseeing in Chicago. 
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Philadelphia Inquirer - June 14, 1907

Philadelphia Inquirer * December 7, 1908

J. Henry Switzer

Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - George D. Borton - Alexander Milliette
Francis Warren - J. Henry Switzer - John Henry Fort -
Samuel Kilpatrick
Camden Elks Lodge No. 293 - North 2nd Street - York Street
Reverend George Hemingway -
First Presbyterian Church

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 10, 1910
J. Fred Newton

The Elks Lodge Band
In front of the Camden County Courthouse
Broadway & Federal Street - 1910
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Philadelphia Inquirer - November 15, 1910
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Clarence T. Madden - St. John's Episcopal Church
Rev. A.G.A. Buxton

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 5, 1912
Allen Jarvis - Frank J. Hartmann Sr. - William Jann - State Street
Elks - Moose - Owls - Eagles - Tall Cedars of Lebanon

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 12, 1912
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Third Regiment Orchestra

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 12, 1915
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E. Wilmer Collins - William Crossley - Rev. Holmes F. Gravatt
First Methodist Episocopal Church - Lewis H. Leigh
Frank S. Albright - Robert MacIntosh - Garfield S. Pancoast
Andrew B.F. Smith - Camden Elks Lodge 293

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 17, 1917

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 22, 1919
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E. Wilmer Collins - Howard Austermuhl

The Elks Lodge
Seventh & Cooper Street - 1926 to Present
The Elks Home on Cooper Street - 1920s The Elks Home on Cooper Street - 1920s
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January 3, 1928

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January 5, 1928

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Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - January 11, 1928
Elks Are All Set For Hi-Hat Show

Offering the pick of local talent under skillful direction in an ambitious revue, the annual Elks Frolic for 1928 will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in the Elks auditorium at Cooper and Seventh Streets.

"Hi-Hat” is the title of the new revue and the appearance of Elsa Dorn is a feature. The revue opens with an act programmed as “Hits and Bits”, in which Rud Preisendanz will act as master of ceremonies. From that point on, the revue makes its way through a series of dances, songs, spectacles and comedy skits until its conclusion.

William H. Iszard, chairman of the frolic committee, also becomes an actor in the performance. Others in the cast include the following. 

Benton Vansciver, Ronald Hollingsworth, Fred Peterson, Elmore Craft Jr., Dorothy McDonna, Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jeanette Smith, Dot McGuire, Dot Hemphill, Bill Geyer.

Catherine Hill, Lillian Starke, Irma Huff, Virginia Simms, Mary Hall, “Billie” Dryer, Anna Prayne, Margaret Printz. 

Justin McCarthy, Dorothy Ferat, Ed Brewer, Charles Wright, Fred Peterson, Dave Reese, Biel Davis, Bill Huff, Lillian Hill, Roland Hollingsworth, Ed Kelly, Al Durfer, Ed Preisendanz, Bert Poland, Curt Hitchner, Jack Sauerhoff, Perrin G. Somers Jr., Alberta O’Hara. 

Harry Todd, Pete McGuire, Bill Gravenstine, Paul Horompo, Frances Brabazon, Irma Huff, Ella Huff, Eleanor Townsend, Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jeanette Smith, Mary Hall, Anna Prayne, Margaret Printz, Marie Carmichael, Elmore Craft, Charles Wright, Joe Hill, Larry Callahan, Harry Glazer, William Ambright, Frank Garrison, Ralph Willey, Jr., William Leckfeld.

Collegiate? You Said It!

No wonder so many people go to college these days if this couple is truly representative of the college spirit, which they purport to represent in the annual Elks Frolic which opened its three-day run last night. They are Dot McGuire, of 98 Park Avenue, Collingswood; and Irma Huff of 317 State Street.


January 13, 1928

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Colorful Revue With Snappy Features Delights Big Audience

Colorful arid melodious, bearing the mark of skillful coaching and disclosing notable talent, the annual Elks’ Frolic was given its first performance last evening.

An appreciative audience applauded the various performers and their skits as the array of ‘Camden and South Jersey talent offered their musical or humorous wares from the stage of the Elks’ auditorium, at Seventh and Cooper Streets.

Open to the public, the revue, which hears the title of “Hi-Hat,” is to be presented again this evening and tomorrow evening, Not only does the large cast bear no hint of amateurishness in the performance, but through the frolic, the public is given an opportunity to see a number of men prominent in business and professional circles in Camden turn entertainers for the evening. William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, is a member of the cast of “Hi-Hat”. So is Rud Preisendanz, exalted ruler of the Camden Elks’ Lodge and prominent businessman.  

The opening act, ‘Hits and Bits,” gives opportunity to a group of clever singers and dancers. Prominent In this act is Preisendanz as ‘master of cere­monies.” The specialties introduce Justin McCarthy, Bill Guyer, Jannette Smith, Dorothy Ferat, Cliff Okerson, Charles Wright, Virginia Sims and Joe Hill. A dancing chorus composed of Dorothy McDonna, Bernice Hendrickson, Lillian Hill, Jannette Smith, Dot McGuire, Dot Hemphill, Catherine Hill, Lillian Starke, Francis Brahazon, Mary Hall, Bernice Hendrickson and Irma Huff, execute a series of timed dances. Miss Elsa Dorn has an important role in this and subsequent scenes.  

A blackface novelty Introduces Pete McGuire and Harry Toll in “The Transfer Men".

A juvenile diversion features Kathleen Lyle and Ruth Matthiessen. It is called  “We Moderns” and depicts a child’s idea of the modern flapper and her collegiate boyfriend.

A sketch dealing with one of the vital problems of the day entitled “Pre-War Scotch,” serves to introduce David Reese as a bellboy, Bill Huff and Bill Geyer are two salesmen, and Bill Davis as the proprietor of a rural hotel.

‘Modern Fairy Tales’ sung by Katherine Hill and Lillian Stark, tells the song story of fairy tales of the past compared to fairy tales of mod­ern times. The sketches are played by Lillian Hill and Justice McCarthy.  

Another playlet of the “collegiate” mode is called “The Elopers”. Special song numbers by Perrin G. Somers are interpolated in the act. 

“The Musica1 Tourists,” a parody on the popular songs of the day, coupled in such a manner that they tell the story of the purchase of a second-hand touring car, is one of the hits of the performance. In. this act are Ed Kelly, Al Durfer, Ed Preisendanz, Ben Hardy, Harry Todd, Bill Guyer and Jack Sauerhoff. 

The Elks’ “Madcap Dancing Ensemble” introduces a series of clever dances by Frances Brahazon, Alberta O'Hara and Virginia Sims. In this are acrobatic, ballet, waltz, clog, buck and eccentric dancing

The closing scene, beautifully mounted in costumes and scenery, has, has been given the title “Palate D’Or.’’ Prominent among the performers are Charles Murray, Bert Poland, Jack Sauerhoff, Ed Kelly, Bill Gravenstine, Elsa Dorn, Pete McGuire, Ed Preisendanz, Harry Todd, Al Durfer, Dave Reese, Dot McGuire, Dorothy McDonna, Irma Huff, Pail Horompf, Lillian Starke, and Rud Preisendanz. A mixed chorus of fifteen voices lends color to the scene. Am augmented orchestra was under the direction of Perrin G. Somers, director of the frolic.

The curtain rises promptly at 8:30. 

Camden Courier-Post - January 20, 1928


The Camden Shrine Club will entertain at a ladies night this evening in the Elks’ auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets.

The Chanters of Crescent Temple, Trenton, who appeared before the club last year, will be featured in an act including songs, jokes and musical novelties. Master James Morgan, son of Noble James G. Morgan, secretary of the Shrine Club patrol, will give several solo numbers.

Master Morgan is one of the g soloists of St. Marks Episcopal Church, Sixteenth and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia.

Dancing will follow the entertainment..

Camden Courier-Post - January 20, 1928


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. Cassady, 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 * January 28, 1928

Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball

Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 980, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.

The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton. 

David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.


February 21, 1928



April 4, 1928

Roy 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 - 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 11, 1932
Lewis Liberman - Edward Borden - Ralph W.E. Donges - Lewis Starr -Harry M. Schierer
Patrick H. Harding - Robert J. Kearns -
William Morgenweck - Isaac Van Sciver
H. Schoemer - Julius Burman - Solis D. Cohen -
William T. Boyle - Francis D. Weaver
Walter R. Carroll - Joseph H. Carr - E.E. Read Jr. -
Camden Lodge of Elks
Broadway Merchants Trust Company - Church of the Immaculate Conception

Camden Courier-Post
June 18, 1932

Harry G. Robinson
Rud Priesendanz Jr.
William L. Sauerhoff
James H. Long
D. Trueman Stackhouse
Albert Austermuhl
V. McLellan Fulton

Camden Lodge No. 293
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1933


Past exalted rulers will be honored  tonight by Camden Lodge of Elks with a dinner, ceremonial and entertainment. 

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 * June 2, 1933

Advisory Committee Will Present Formal Invitation for State Meet

The 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.

Members 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.

Members of the lodge have adopted a resolution 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 state.

Samuel Kilpatrick, 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. 

Although the state association was formed in Camden, there has never been a reunion or convention of the association held here, it was pointed out.

The 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 accepted.

The 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.

Past 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. Long, 1911; Marion Moriarty, 1913; 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 Preisendanz, Jr., 1927; Roy R. Stewart, 1928; William H. lszard, 1929; William Lehman, 1930; J. Harry 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 8, 1933

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

Uniformed Veterans 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 * June 15, 1933

Mayor Stewart to Present City's Claim at Convention in Newark

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 22, 1933


A member of the Camden Elks best known as "Van" was sitting in the clubhouse the other evening when he dropped his new straw hat on the floor .... Along came Howard Ledyard, who tips the scales at something like 200 pounds ... He was about to pick up the hat for Van, but the latter jokingly said, "Don't bother; step on it" " .. We hate to tell the rest ... Howard took him at his word ... And stepped on it .. Civil war ...  

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

John A. Burke and Grandson Declare It is Greatest of Exhibitions

High praise and commendation for the worlds fair at Chicago was voiced by a Camden man and his grandson who have returned home after spending all last week at the exhibit.

'The sojourners to Chicago were John A. Burke, of 516 Gordon Terrace, a member of the Camden Lodge of Elks, and his grandson, Hobart M. Luther, 17, of 807 Morgan Street, a student at Camden High School.

"In my estimation," said Burke, "the worlds fair is the finest exhibition that I have ever seen. I have attended fairs all over the country and this one excels all others.

"I found much to marvel at in the science and transportation buildings. The crowds were tremendous and the railroads were doing a rushing business. There were comparatively few automobiles from other states, but .my grandson and I counted 580 taxicabs which passed one point in an hour on the way to the fair."

While in Chicago Burke and his grandson met Floyd Gibbons, the radio announcer, and paid their compliments to him on the success of the exhibition.

Camden Courier-Post - September 18, 1933


Dazedly Insists He Had No Intention of Shooting Sire
Slain Man Long Was Prominent Figure in Camden Politics

Jacob Schiller, 72, for 45 years a political figure here, is dead, shot by his own son.

The slayer, William Schillcr, 30, a former summer policeman now unemployed, was held over today to the grand jury on a charge of murder. He made no comment whatever during his police court hearing.

A few hours later, young Schiller's wife, Augusta, whom he lad also tried to shoot, was found wandering through the city street, in all hysterical condition.

She had written a note which police believed showed intent to commit suicide, and had staggered dazedly through the streets last night. Both in her note and in her incoherent statements to detectives she declared she was to blame for the tragedy.

She said her father-in-law had tried to save her and was killed in the attempt.

 The slaying occurred Saturday night at the elder Schiller's home, 2420 Carman Street. It climaxed an estrangement between young Schiller and his wife, with "Jake" Schiller attempting to reconcile the couple.

Mrs. William Schiller, who had had her husband arrested several months ago, said she believed he had become mentally deranged, but Police Judge Pancoast was informed that an alienist had examined young Schiller in July and pronounced him sane.

Couple Separated

Young Schiller had been living with his father at the Carman Street address, while Mrs. Schiller has been residing with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Green, 409 North Thirty-seventh Street. The cause of the estrangement has no been revealed by police, but it is stated that young Schiller refused to consent to a reconciliation.

"Jake" Schiller was a Republican worker in the Twelfth ward for years, and was at the time or his death inspector of city street lights.

Were Alone it Home

The father and son were at home 9.00 p. m. Saturday night and apparently were quarreling when the young Mrs. Schiller, her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller and another sister, Mrs. Lottie Bennehler, reached the house.

"Don't come in here," the older Schiller shouted as they started to enter the front sun parlor. But Miller did enter and said young Schiller was clutching a revolver in his right hand. He declared he closed in on his brother-in-law and tried to wrench the revolver from him. Two shots rang out and the father fell to the floor.

Patrolman Joseph Keefe was standing at Twenty-fifth and Federal Streets when two boys ran up and told him there was a shooting at Twenty-fifth and Carman Street. He ran to the scene and said he reached there in time to see young Schiller shooting up the street at his wife.

Keefe said Schiller ran into the house when he saw him. Aided by Miller, Keefe overpowered Schiller and placed an iron claw on his right hand after disarming him.

Jacob Schiller Jr., another son, learning of the shooting, went to his father's home and took him to Cooper Hospital in a passing automobile As he was being taken into the hospital he failed to recognize City Detective Robert Ashenfelter and died five minutes later.

Expresses No Regret

Police Sergeant John Potter joined Keefe and Miller and they took young Schiller to police headquarters.

Keefe said the son expressed no regret at shooting his father.

At about 5 a, m. today, Policeman Keefe was patrolling his "beat" when he passed the Schiller home on Carman Street. He noticed the front door was standing open, and he went inside to investigate.

The officer saw a note on a smoking stand. Picking it up, he read:

"Dear Everybody:

 "Please forgive me ... You have all been so wonderful ... But I couldn't go on to see you all suffer for what is my fault ... Lottie was right ... He killed his father because of insane love for me ... But he didn't. I killed Pop and now am sending Bibs to jail for my weakness.

 "Tell him I love him and ask my poor mother and dad to forgive me. I should have done this long ago and saved everyone all this suffering ... I love Billy and I know he loves me but I am afraid he has been turned against me. But I forgive him for all.


 "Gussie" is Mrs. Schiller.

Finds 'Gussie’ Hysterical

Keefe ran to Federal Street, but could not see Mrs. Schiller.

Meanwhile, Constable Dugan of the Twelfth Ward, saw Mrs. Schiller walking on Federal Street near the Cooper River. She was mumbling to herself and was in a hysterical condition, Dugan said.

Dugan telephoned police headquarters. City Detectives Rox Saponare and Maurice DeNicoli went out Federal Street and took her back with them to detective headquarters. There they sought to quiet her, but she continually sobbed.

"I want to take the blame- if I hadn't gone to Pop's home he would be living now."

"Pop wanted to save me," she said. "and he was shot. I can't eat or sleep. I think I'm going crazy."

Later, she was permitted to return to the home.

Young Schiller had been held in the city jail over the weekend. Today he was taken into police court. He wore no necktie and carried a raincoat over his arm. He was rep resented by counsel, C. Lawrence Gregorio, who said he had been retained "by friends" to act as attorney for the accused man.

City detective Benjamin Simon had signed the complaint in which he charged "on information received” that Schiller did feloniously and with malice aforethought shoot and kill his father.

The complaint was read to him and Gregorio told him not to say any thing, as Judge Pancoast would enter a plea of "not guilty" in his behalf. This was done by the court and Schiller was then held without bail pending grand jury action. He was taken to the county jail.

Declared Sane

After the hearing, Mrs. Etta C. Pfrommer, acting overseer of the poor, told Judge Pancoast that on July 26, Dr. Harry Jarrett, Broadway and Cherry Street, well known alienist, had examined young Schiller and declared him sane. The examination was made on the request of Mrs. Schiller in police court on the previous day. At that time young Schiller had been released by the court in the custody of his father.

County Detective Chief Lawrence T. Doran, who was among the first to question young Schiller Saturday night, said the man did not seem repentant over what he had done. He said Schiller did not give authorities much information. According to Doran, young Schiller declared he had objected frequently to his father that he did not want his wife to come to their home.

"It doesn't seem possible," said young Mrs. Schiller some hours after the tragedy. "It seems as though it was only a dream. I don't seem to remember anything.

"Poor Bill. He must have been crazy. He idolized his father. You can blame this all on the depression. He has been without work since they eliminated summer policemen two years ago. He has been worried as a result of being unable to obtain work. Just recently he started to drink.

"Bill intended to shoot me but his father tried to get the gun away from him and I believe it went off accidentally. Nothing could convince me that Bill would shoot his father in cold blood.

"I went to his father's home last night to try to effect a reconciliation with my husband. He had been drinking."

Registered as Sober

The police docket at headquarters shows Schiller registered as sober. The entry was not made until 2.15 a. m., and the shooting occurred shortly after 9.30 p.m.

Relatives said the father had attempted for months to patch up the marital difficulties of the couple.

Young Schiller had been living lately with his sister, Mrs. Bennehler, 2530 Bank Street and his wife with her parents at 409 North Thirty-seventh Street. He formerly lived at that address with his wife. He was appointed a summer policeman in 1929 and served until they were all dismissed two years ago.

Coroner Holl and Dr. Edward B. Rogers, county physician, yesterday performed an autopsy on the senior Schiller's body and ascertained that death was due to an internal hemorrhage caused by a bullet wound of the upper portion of the abdomen. They said a .32-callbre revolver had been used in the shooting.

Camden Lodge of Elks will hold services tomorrow night at the Schiller home, at which time the body will be on view. The funeral will be private on Wednesday with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Judge Pancoast last night recalled that young Schiller was arrested two months ago after he had kept his wife a prisoner on a lot all night. At that time "Jake," as he was affectionately known to his friends, tried to act as a mediator between his son and daughter-in-law.

The young Mrs. Schiller at that time told Pancoast she believed her husband was deranged and asked permission to have him examined by physicians she would name. Pancoast released young Schiller in the custody at his father. The police judge said the examination had apparently not been made as no commitment papers had been sent through his office.

Few political workers were better known that "Jake” Schiller. He was born in Philadelphia and was brought to Camden in early life by his parents, who conducted a saloon near Twenty-third and Federal Streets. East Camden was then the town of Stockton and the scene of Saturday night's shooting was a farm. Schiller recalled to friends that he drove cows through a pasture on which his house now stands.

 He was originally a Democrat but became a Republican through persuasion of the late U. S. Senator David Baird and remained a friend of the former leader for 40 years.

 Schiller had been melancholy over the death of his wife on February 13 last, friends said.

 When his son was arrested he remarked to Pancoast:  What is next?"

Figured In Shaw Case

None was more in the public eye 35 years ago in South Jersey than Schiller. It was the that he figured prominently in one phase of the locally celebrated Shaw murder trial.

It was during the second trial of Eli Shaw for the murder of his mother and grandmother, Mrs. Anna Shaw and Mrs. Emma Zane. They were found shot to death in September, 1897, in their bedroom of their home on Line Street near Third. Detective John Painter had found a revolver hidden in the chimney, one of several points in the circumstantial evidence that resulted in the indictment of Shaw. He was then a widely known young man about town and his arrest caused a big sensation. As time drew near for the trial feeling was intense, for there were adherents for and against the son and grandson, those arguments often grew bitter.

Henry Sidney Scovel, then one of the prominent criminal lawyers of Camden county, was retained to defend Shaw. Scovel was son of James Matlack Scovel, himself one of the leading barristers of this section. When the trial of Shaw was under way the city was astounded when it was charged Scovel had tampered with the jury. It was Schiller who made the charge.

The trial stopped abruptly. Scovel emphatically denied the story of Schiller and demanded vindication. An indictment for embracery was returned and at a trial, which had Camden on the tip toe of expectancy for days, it developed there was absolutely nothing to verify the charge, and Scovel was acquitted. He acted in two subsequent trials of Shaw, the second being a disagreement and the third acquittal for the son and grandson of the slain women.

Schiller, strangely enough, in later years became friendly with Scovel and when the latter was prosecutor from 1905 to 1912, "Jake," as he was familiarly known, was usually to be found in the office at the courthouse. Scovel was then a white haired man of flowery speech and impressive personality who let bygones be bygones.

Long Excise Inspector

For more than 20 years Schiller was inspector of the Excise Commission in Camden. It was during the days when the principal object of the inspector apparently was to keep the saloonmen in line. He was considered pretty good at that job, by no means an unimportant one from the organization viewpoint. It was also during that period the city had its troubles enforcing the Sunday liquor laws. There were those who considered they had enough pull to keep their back or side doors open on the Sabbath to let in their regular thirsty trade. Some succeeded in getting by, but "Jake" had his own troubles in keeping the boys straight and sometimes causing their arrest, although that was not frequent by any means.

His reign as inspector, too, was in the halcyon days of free lunch and schooner beers. Saloonmen themselves were against the lunch idea eventually since it meant too much of a financial burden. Jake kept tabs on the recalcitrants so that the liquor dealers knew who was obeying the order and who was "cutting corners" to get some extra trade.

Schiller was virtually raised with the saloon trade since his father was one of the old time German beer garden owners here, having had a place at Fourth and Line Streets. That was in the days when that section was largely populated by the German, English and Irish families lately come from the motherlands. When he was a boy, Schiller entered the U. S. Navy and served several years. When he came out he went to the old Town of Stockton, now East Camden, where he opened a saloon on Federal Street near Twenty-fourth. At that period, some 45 years ago, Stockton seethed with politics and it was just as natural for a young man to get into the game as it was for a duck to swim. Jake at that period was a Democrat and during the battle in the middle 90's when the West Jersey Traction and the Camden Horse Railway Company were fighting for the rail franchises in the town he was a candidate for council from the old Second Ward. The late Robert Lee was the Republican candidate and won out by the narrow margin of two votes. In later years Schiller became a Republican and was elected a constable.

Never Ran From Scrap

Throughout his career Schiller never quite forgot his training In the navy, particularly with reference to boxing or fighting at the drop of a hat. He was a scrapper in his early years and never ran from a fight. That was just as true in political battles, frequent then around the polls, as in purely personal matters. And Jake would battle for a friend just as readily as for any personal reason. He was usually in the thick of the political fracases of the years when it was the accepted thing to fight at the drop of a hat. But he also had lots of native wit which kept things interesting when he was a frequenter of the prosecutors' office during the Scovel and Wolverton regime's. In late years, with the approach of age, he had tempered his propensity to get into an argument and liked nothing more than to tell of “the good old days" when he helped the elder Baird in his organization battles.

He made his last political stand for leadership of the Twelfth Ward in 1926 when he supported the candidacy of Sergeant Ray Smith against Commissioner Clay W. Reesman for ward committeeman. Schiller was supporting Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and the late Senator Joseph H. Forsyth in a campaign against former Congressman Francis F. Patterson and State Senator Albert S. Woodruff.

Reesman won and among the first to visit the hospital after learning of the shooting was the city commissioner. Reesman was his latest chief as lights inspector as he was attached to the highway department. Commissioner Frank B. Hanna also visited the hospital.

"In all the years I have known him he has always been an enthusiastic and loyal friend with a good heart for everybody in trouble," Congressman Wolverton said when he learned of Schiller's death.

Schiller was also a familiar figure at the Elks Club, where he was an ardent card player. But after the death of his wife he gave up this pastime, contenting himself with watching the games. He was also a frequent visitor among old friends at the courthouse.

Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

14 Who Joined Camden Lodge 40 Years Ago to Be Guests at Dinner

Fourteen charter members of the Camden Lodge of Elks will be guests next Wednesday at special initiation ceremonies celebrating the fortieth year of the lodge charter. Carlton Rowand, exalted ruler, will preside at the event which will include a dinner and entertainment.

Thirty-five new members will be received into the lodge at ceremonies to be held at Hotel Walt Whitman. A floor show has been provided by Frank Palumbo, Philadelphia night club manager.

The lodge received its charter while holding sessions at 107 Market Street in a building on the site now occupied by the RCA Manufacturing Company. The group at that time numbered the greatest membership in New Jersey.

Among the charter members to be honored are Frank A. Ward, Charles C. Bowman, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, Dr. J. F. Leavitt, Fred W. George, William M. Fithian, T. L. Bear, Everett Ackley, Fithian S. Simmons, Philip Wilson, Paul E. Quinn, John N. Kadel, William G. Maguire and Maurice Hertz. Membership in the lodge now is 700.

At a meeting last night in the lodge rooms, D. Trueman Stackhouse, Camden attorney, exhibited a series of motion picture films collected during a recent trip across the country. A plea to protect the lodge's two diminutive pigs Amos and Andy, which were destined for visits to homes of the members in a membership drive was made by Sergeant Ray Smith. The lodge members voted to accept the animals for dinner at the meeting next week.

Officers of the lodge who assisted at the meeting are Ernest E. Linder, Esteemed Leading Knight; William F. Huff, Esteemed Loyal Knight, and Lawrence B. White, Esteemed Lecturing Knight. 

Camden Courier-Post - September 19, 1933

Many Mourn Death of East Camden Politician Slain By Son

Hundreds or mourners from all walks of life are expected to pay their last respects tonight to Jacob Schiller, 72, Twelfth Ward political worker who was shot and killed by his son Saturday night.

The widely known politician's body will be on view at his home, 2420 Carman Street, this evening. Official and political personages of all stations- many of them helped up the ladder of success by the slain man, others befriended by him in smaller measure but equally grateful- will file before his bier.

Members of the Camden Lodge of Elks will conduct services at the Schiller home tonight. They will meet at the Elks Club, Seventh and Cooper streets, at 7.30 p.m. and proceed to East Camden in a body. James A. MacMillan, exalted ruler of the local lodge, will be in charge of the lodge services.

During his later years Schiller was often found in the Elks Club reminiscing with older members of those "grand old days" when he joined the late David Baird in a goodly number of political affrays. He generally played cards with his cronies at the club, although after the death of his wife' some months ago, he merely watched the games.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at the Schiller home and will be private. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery


August 23, 1935

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Camden Courier-Post * August 28, 1935

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Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936

New Elks Welcomed By Exalted Ruler

Two Pigs Hound Elks to Spur Club's Drive for Members Here
'Dear Brother,' Porker Writes to Bill,
Feed and Care for Me Until Application Card Is Signed; Then Pass Me on


Camden Elks will receive a pig and a note in the near future and the note, allegedly written by the pig, will be addressed to "Dear Brother."

It's all part of the membership drive for Lodge 293 and the idea is the brainchild of Carlton W. Rowand, grand exalted ruler. The campaign will end next week at the Hotel Walt Whitman when new candidates will be initiated. So far 32 new members have been enrolled and 44 reinstated.

But they weren't coming in fast enough for Rowand, so last night he unfolded his plan of introducing two humble 15-pound pigs, Amos and Andy, to speed up the drive.

Courier-Post Photo Carlton W. Rowand, Grand Exalted Ruler of Camden Elks Lodge 293, poses with Amos and Andy, two I5-pound pigs, who were designated last night to aid In the brotherhood's membership campaign.

Accordingly, the lodge was divided into two teams of 50 men each, the purple and the white. Amos became the mascot of the Purple; Andy of the White.  

Pigs Start Rounds  

Early this morning one' member of each team will receive the pig selected by his group, and with it the note:  

"Dear Brother. I am the little Elk pig who is going to assist you in securing an application for a new member, or reinstatement of a previous member, into Camden Lodge 293, B.P.O.E. Please take care of me and feed me well so that I will be in good condition to pass on to the next brother whose name appears after yours. Between AAA and the processing tax, the supreme court and Congress, my future is somewhat dubious. Therefore, a signature on the enclosed application will be your authority to pass me on to the next brother."  

There will be more, too, mostly details, especially the fact that the lists of names are secret. The plan is that until members in whose custody the pigs are left today secure a new member or a reinstatement they will be caretakers of the pigs. And, inasmuch as Camden offices are not the best pig stys in the world, businessmen-Elks are expected to scurry in their quest so they can pass on the rambling hams. 

Some Elks Dubious  

Some within the ranks were dubious. Their school of thought held it might be a trifle disconcerting for customers suddenly to confront a small porker face to face over a notion counter. Another right wing group held cut until it was announced restaurant owners would be carefully checked by either the "notebook' cop" or a uniformed colleague.  

The majority of the brothers approved the plan with enthusiasm, especially as the lists are secret. Inwardly; each hopes his name will appear last, because when the 50th team member is reached the agreement fails to specify what final disposition shall be made of Amos and Andy. . .and pork chops, at present, are high.  

Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1936


Plans for the sale of Easter Seals campaign to aid crippled children were discussed yesterday at the meeting of the Krippled Kiddies Committee of Camden Lodge of Elks.

The committee comprises Sergeant Ray Smith, chairman; Dr. B. Franklin Buzby, Fred Caperoon, Charles Bowen, Miss Mary E. Finley, executive secretary, and Carlton W. Rowand, exalted ruler and ex-officio member.

The seals, soon to go on sale, picture a crippled boy sitting at the threshhold of the "Door of Opportunity," waiting for the public to open it wide to him through financial support of the movement.

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936

Elks Add 130 Members to Rolls
At Record Initiation Tonight

Camden Lodge to Mark 40th Anniversary With Rally

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Camden Lodge of Elks tonight will shatter all initiation records of recent years.

In addition to 50 new members to be received 80 former members are to be reinstated.

Carlton W. Rowand, exalted ruler, who with other officers will conduct the Initiation ceremonies in the junior ballroom of the Hotel Walt Whitman, hailed this unprecedented increase in the membership rolls as indicating "the dawn of progress and achievement."

The Elks Band will lead a parade from the lodge home, Seventh and Penn streets to 

the hotel. The parade is scheduled to start at 8.15 p. m. 

Preceding this, there will be a dinner in the home, in honor of the surviving charter members and all the past exalted rulers. 

Charter members, who 40 years ago, aided in the organization of the lodge, are Frank A. Ward, Charles L. Bowman, Dr. A. H. Lippincott, Dr. J. F. Leavitt, Fred W. George, T. L. Bear, William M. Fithian, Everett Ackley, Fithian S. Simmons, Philip Wilson, Paul E. Quinn, John N. Kadel, William G. Maguire and Maurice Hertz.  

Following the initiation ceremonies there will be a floor show by a cast of entertainers from Frankie Palumbo's Philadelphia Cafe.

Besides Rowand, officers of the lodge are Ernest E. Lindner, esteemed leading knight; William F. Huff, esteemed loyal knight; Lawrence V. White, esteemed lecturing knight; Albert Austermuhl, secretary; Homer H. Lotier, treasurer; C. Frederick Petry, esquire; Samuel A. Dobbins, tiler; D. Trueman Stackhouse, chaplain; William A. Davis, inner guard; Ralph Wiley, Jr., organist; Frank M. Travaline, Jr., delegate to state association; George B. Shaner, Theodore C. Roller and John Emmel, trustees.

Camden Lodge. No. 293 was instituted January 24, 1895, with a membership including judges, lawyers, physicians, merchants, manufacturers, artisans and city and county officials. 

The organization meeting was held on the third floor of the Temple Building, Market Street near Fourth. John H. Fort was elected first exalted ruler. Since then many men prominent in the professional, political and business life of the city have filled the post. 

Camden Courier-Post * January 10, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941
100 Little Folks to Be Guests on Sgt. Ray Smith's Birthday

More than 100 crippled children from this vicinity will be entertained at the seventh annual Sgt. Ray Smith's crippled children's day and birthday party, next Monday.

The party, an annual affair, is staged by the Elks' crippled childrens committee and the Sgt. Ray's birthday party committee.

The youngsters will meet at the Elks Home, 808 Market street, and will be taken to Clementon Park in buses where Theodore Gibbs, manager of the park will throw open the entire facilities of the park for the crippled children, staging a special show in the after­noon. A luncheon will be served at the park by the committee.

At four o'clock the youngsters will be taken to the Silver Lake Inn where a special amateur show will be staged on the lawn by the crippled children themselves. A sports entertainment will be staged by Otto O'Keefe, of the Veteran Boxers Association of Philadelphia, then dinner arranged by John E. Weber, proprietor of the Silver Lake Inn. During the dinner hour the youngsters, will be entertained, by talent from Philadelphia and nearby night clubs, with Otto O'Keefe presenting the acts.

After the children's party, a dinner will be served in honor of Sgt. Ray Smith, on his 46th birth­day.

Officers of the Crippled Childrens Committee headed by Smith include Homer H. Lotier, treasurer, and A. Lincoln Michener, secretary. Mrs. Florence A. Lovett is executive secretary.

The party committee is headed by Carlton W. Rowand and Charles W. Anderson. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna is the treasurer. 

Those who have been invited to attend are Mayor George E. Brunner, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, Firmin Michel, Albert E. Burling, Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the Board of Education, George I. Shaw, Mary W. Kobus, director of Public Safety; Dr. Henry J. Schireson, Camden county freeholders Robert Worrell, Mrs. Alice Predmore, S. Norcross 3rd, members or Veterans of Foreign Wars of Camden County Council and many business men and civic leaders.

Ladies of the Elks' Auxiliary who will assist with the children throughout the day are: Mrs. Alice Heck, president; Mrs. Sarah Austermuhl, Mrs. Reba Crawford, Mrs. Emma Vandergrift, Mrs. Tillie Weber, Mrs. Helene Sauerhoff, Mrs. Anna Rose, Miss Emma Lee, Mrs. Sallie Moore, Mrs. Marion Holdcraft, Mrs. Etta Preisendanz, Mrs. Eva Poland, Mrs. Lena Jantzen, Mrs. May Talman and Mrs. Irene Berg.



Camden Courier-Post
July 3, 1941

Sergeant Ray Smith
Camden Elks Lodge No. 293



Camden Courier-Post
July 26, 1941

Ralph Vasso - Mrs. J.S. Gilmore
East Camden - Mrs. William Ackerman
Camden County Real Estate Board
R.M. Hollingshead Corporation
R.T.C. Shipbuilding Corporation
V.R. Berry & Company - Seth Borg
Harry Louie - Mrs. Rose Ross

Industrial Union
Marine & Shipbuilding Workers
Local No. 1

Camden Elks Lodge No. 293

Camden Courier-Post - July 5, 1967

 41st Annual Affair

Crippled Children’s Party Tomorrow

The Crippled Children’s Committee of Camden Elks Lodge 293 will sponsor its 41st annual party for crippled children tomorrow.         

S.S. Norcross 3rd, exalted ruler of the lodge, and Edward J. Griffith, president of the Crippled Children’s Committee, said the children will board buses at 10:30 AM at the Elks' home, 807 Cooper Street.

First stop will be Sergeant Ray Smith's home on Lake Renee, where the, children will have their annual picnic lunch. Following lunch they will ride horses from the Persian Acres Dude Ranch operated by County Detective Robert Di Persia.

Erial Fire Company will pick up the children for a ride to the Nike Missile Base in Erial, then onto Clementon Lake Park. Following dinner in the Chick Barn at Silver Lake Inn, the youngsters will return to the Elks' Home.

Among those helping Sgt. Ray celebrate his 72nd birthday at Silver Lake Inn later in the evening will be former Judge Samuel P. Orlando, Congressman John E. Hunt, Jersey Joe Walcott, Mayor Alfred Pierce and state Senator Frederick J. Scholz and recently appointed Prosecutor A. Donald Bigley.

Prominent Elks of Camden Lodge No. 293

Harry M. Anderson Albert Austermuhl Charles W. Austermuhl
Thomas S. Austin Robert P. Ashley Everett Ackley
Harry S. Acker Frank S. Albright William Angeroth
Charles J. Ball Bernard Bertman Gideon H. Burt
John W.F. Bleakly Charles S. Boyer William B.M. Burrell
James Baird Dr. P.W. Beale Elmer W. Barr
Joseph Burt George D. Borton John Beaston
James T. Bailey  Robert Barber  Edward F. Butler
  Wallace Bentley C. Wilbur Blake
  Peter J. Boyle Charles C. Burdsall
Thomas Bodell Joseph Baumgartner T.L. Bear
Frank Burton George M. Bacon Charles L. Bowman
William Brower Thomas J. Bergstrasser Irving Buckle
Robert D. Clow Jr. W. Penn Corson Wayland Post Cramer
Howland Croft John Cherry John H. Carmany
Joseph S. Campbell William Calhoun Charles A. Cole
D. Harry Condit John G. Colsey Thomas Curley
William F. Claus E. Wilmer Collins Bernard F. Carroll
Charles C. Carles James T. Cassidey Joseph C. Cheeseman
Fred A. Carty Dr. Frank B. Cook Joseph Caputi
James W. Chalmers Robert S. Clymer  
James J. Daly Dr. Henry H. Davis Amos R. Dease
Neil F. Deighan Sr. Enos B. Dellmuth Antonio Di Paolo
Matlack D. Dickinson Ralph W.E. Donges Louis T. Derousse
Noah A. Davidson  Charles H. Daubman Adam T. Davis
Robert C. Dugan Hugh F. Dugan William G. Davis
 Frank Lee Dickinson  James Dougherty William C. Davis
August F.J. Dorn John W. Day Thomas P. Delany
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Arthur Fisher James J. Flynn Jr. John Foster
Harvey Flitcraft Frederick A. Finkeldey Charles M. Ferat Sr.
Isaac Ferris Jr. Jacob C. Ferris Charles Henry Fetters
Edward F. Field Frederick Forster Edward Lee Fisher
George Fisher Martin Frand John Fort
Frank S. Fithian Leslie S. Fithian William M. Fithian
Albert Foulon Joseph B. Funfer Edward C. Foster
Edward Gondolff Alfred Green Rev. Dr. George W. Gates
Fred W. George Charles S. Goodwin  
Joshua C. Haines Frank J. Hartmann Sr. Patrick H. Harding
Joseph N. Hettel Sr. Frank J. Hineline Arthur Holl
Charles F. Haas Maurice Hertz Robert W. Harper
  Daniel M. Hassett Walter L. Hinchman
Martin J. Hambrose William H. Heiser Frank R. Hansel
 Edwin Joseph Holland George S. Hirst Joseph F. Hyde Sr.
Alfred Hugg George M. Huhn Irwin F. Huntzinger
William Hopkins Iszard Mahlon F. Ivins, Jr. John H. Irwin
Samuel M. Jaquillard Joshua C. Jefferis Frank S. Jones
Owen S. Jones Frank S. Jones Allen Jarvis
William F. Jann Edward E. Jefferis Matthew Jefferson
John Kadel William J. Kelly William Kennedy
Weldon S. Kepner Charles H. Klump Samuel Kilpatrick
Joseph Kolb Owen Kernan  
Paul Adolf Kind Sr. Edward Stokes Kingng Carl Kisselman
Ernest H. Longstreth Charles W. Letzgus Dr. A. Haines Lippincott
Ernest J. Lelar Christian F. Leng Dr. Paul N. Litchfield
William O. Lusk William H. Long John Lay
 James H. Long Professor Fay. M. Lafayette  Harry Loudenslager
Dr. J.F. Leavitt Lewis H. Leigh Charles P. Lawrence
Stephen Lynch Andrew M. Lyons Oliver Lester
Daniel P. McConnell Sidney P. McCord E.R. Morehouse Sr.
Mitchell McManus Emil Moebius Walter S. Mattison
Michael McNulty Joseph I. Morris  Charles H. Mann
William A. Moore William F. Maguire Charles K. McPherson
Hamilton Markley Frederick L. Mead James McCormick
Christopher J. Mines Jr. Richard C. Mason J Willard Morgan
George A. Martin Frank E. Manning Timothy Mealy
George Morris Martin Richard R. Miller Richard T. Miller
 Marion Moriarty Robert Macintosh A.J. Milliette
John McCabe John S. Mathis Isaac Moffett
Thomas S. Mason Henry H. Mohrfield Charles H. Mills
   William A. Moore  Col. Daniel B. Murphy
J. Oscar Nichuals Frank F. Neutze Sr. J. Fred Newton
Morris Odell Richard Outwater  
Arthur J. Podmore Rudolph Preisendanz Sr. Rudolph Preisendanz Jr.
 Michael T. Phillips  Burtus W. Pedrick Joseph H. Pfeiffer
Demenico Palese James E. Patterson John A. Powell
Harry B. Paul Charles H. Price Frank Peterson
Grantville W. Quint Paul E. Quinn  
Max F. Reihman John T. Rodan David M. Rubinstein
B. Frank Rawlings Maurice A. Rogers Charles F. Reese
Harry G. Robinson Herbert Richardson Sr. Richard J. Richardson
  Lawrence B. Reader  
Jacob "Jake" Schiller John Schimpf J. Henry Schlect
Adam Schlorer Colonel
George L. Selby
John L. Semple
Dr. Isadore Samuel Siris John S. Smith Sergeant Ray Smith
Harry F. Stains Harry F. Silvers Fithian Simmons
Conrad Schwoerer William H. Stansbury Theodore Stiles Jr.
Benjamin T. Smith Robert R. Smith John Stewart
Charles Seybold Jr William W. Sparks  
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John Henry Switzer Elvy M. Stockton Albert T. Sellers
Virgil E. Stackhouse Sr. James R. Sudler Frank B. Sweeten
J. Leidy Tatem Leon Todd Frank M. Traveline
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William J. Thompson Clarence M. Taliaferro William H. Turner
Frank L. Vinton Frank S. Van Hart Henry V. Vollmer
Meyer "Mike" Wessel Charles A. Wolverton "Big Ed" Williams
George S. West Philip Wilson Ethan P. Wescott
Edward West Joseph F. Wallworth Robert C. Ward
James B. West Edward A. Welsh John Welch
Frank A. Ward William F. Woodburn  Chris Wieland
Benjamin A. Watkins Francis Warren Harry Wright
 William H. Wagoner  Fred W. Whiltcomb Samuel H. Wilkinson
E. Temple Ware William P. Walsh John R. Williams
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  Carl W. Zennick William H. Zindell