DR. ARTHUR L. STONE served as City Health Director from 1923 until his death in 1945. Succeeding Dr. Henry H. Davis, he served under Mayors Victor King, Winfield Scott Price, Roy R. Stewart, Frederick von Nieda, and Gorge Brunner. Dr. Arthur Stone pressed an immunization program which all but eliminated diphtheria from the City of Camden. Before that had been accomplished, one of Camden's leading citizens, Commissioner William D. Sayrs, came down with the disease in late January of 1928, which eventually forced his resignation.
In January of 1933 Dr. Stone was asked to serve as the City of Camden's director of relief ["relief" being the term then used for what we call "welfare" - PMC]. He resigned from that position after clashing with Wayland P. Cramer, director of the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration in August of 1933.
In 1936 Dr. Stone was living at 2838 Berkley Street. Dr. Stone died in 1945. He was succeeded by Dr. David Helm Jr. as health director for the city. Mrs. Olive D. Stone was still residing at the home on Berkley Street when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. Mrs. Stone was living at 210 East Maple Avenue when the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory was published.
Camden Courier-Post - January 5, 1928
Not 1928’s First Born After All
Parent Seek Honors For City’s First 1928 Baby
Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928
DISCOUNTS FUMIGATION VALUE
“It gives a false
sense of security,” he declared. “It kills only the germs upon the
surface. As a matter of fact diseases are carried by individuals, and
spread by contact of persons.
“Modern public health
does not depend upon safeguard of the environment, but upon safeguard of
the individual. It does little good to choose methods for fumigation,
when the disease may be spread by some individual who carries the
Dr. Stone took as his subject
“Secrets of Health.” He
pointed vaccination as the only certain way to immunize persons
against disease. Smallpox and typhoid fever now are controlled by
antitoxins, and diphtheria is well on the way to control. He said that a
serum for scarlet fever soon may be discovered.
As a result of his
vaccination activities here Dr. Stone predicted that the city will soon
have “army of immune children.” More than 10,000 children have been
vaccinated against diphtheria, and there will be more as soon as parents
learn to lose their fear of the treatment, he said.
Prevention of infantile
disease has cut the country’s death rate more than any other source, he
declared. Much of the decrease can be ascribed to pre-natal educational
work among mothers.
He asserted that playgrounds play an important part in brain development as well as muscular development. Brain development parallels development of the muscular tissues and a sound body is necessary for sound thinking, be stated, reverting to an old maxim.
80 percent of children are born healthy by the time they reach their
majority, 10 percent of them are defective in some way, according to the
health officer. Inability of humans to take care of themselves was given
as the reason.
Prior to Dr. Stone’s talk, the club distributed prizes won in a recent bowling tournament. First prize went to Jim Burroughs; second prize, to Winfield S. Wilson; third, Horace Sherman, and fourth, Robert McCay.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
Asks Stone To Quit
Relief Job; Dodges Questioning
P. Cramer, director of the Camden County Emergency Relief
Administration, last night continued to be secretive regarding his request
for the resignation of Dr.
Arthur L. Stone, director of relief in the city.
Cramer adopted an
evasive course when a reporter repeatedly sought to learn the reason for this latest turn of events in the
relief bureau. He attempted to play "hide-and-seek" throughout
telephone calls drew almost the same response, that "Mr. Cramer
is not in his office."
part of the day he was seen at his desk.
reporter sought an interview Cramer was surprised and insisted "I have
nothing at all to say" and slammed the door of his private office.
At that time Dr. Stone was in Cramer's office.
said, "it's true I
have been asked to resign but I am undecided what I shall do. Other than
that, I have nothing to say right now, but I shall have a statement to make later."
Called on the
telephone at noon at the Camden Club, where he was at lunch, he declined
to make a statement.
expressed in some quarters that Dr.
Stone could be requested to resign from a
position which he had never formally accepted.
Cramer then said,
"There isn't a better man in the city for, that position, and the best is none too good."
Stone then stated:
"The news that I have been appointed city relief director is a
surprise to me. I have been consulted about it, but I am not exactly clear
as to how I can
handle it with my present work. I'd rather not say much about it until I
can look into the situation further."
report, circulated in city hall to the effect that Cramer
has been dissatisfied with the manner in which emergency relief affairs
have been administered in the city. There is a question whether Cramer
has the right to demand the resignation of Dr.
or whether the authority does not rest solely with John Colt, state relief
director, who succeeded Chester Barnard.
Stone See's Colt
said he had conferred with the state director.
have talked over the matter with the
"I have talked over the matter with Mr. Colt. I have not decided what to do, but will make a statement after I study the situation further."
At 7.30 o'clock it was made known that the director "will be out for the evening."
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933
QUITS RELIEF JOB IN MYSTERY CLASH
Arthur L. Stone
last night resigned as Camden city director of the Emergency Relief
decision to quit came as a climax
of a clash with Wayland
Camden county relief director
which has stirred the city for the past two days.
who "drafted" Dr.
for the municipal post last January 14, continued
to mantle in mystery the reason behind his request' for 'the resignation.
He referred inquiries
to John Colt, of Princeton, who is state director of the relief
speculation over the reason for the rift between Dr.
and Director Cramer
was spreading throughout the city the county administration
was denounced at a meeting held in Convention
announced his resignation after Director Cramer
had added to his long series of refusals to inquiring
newspapermen. Asked for a
Dr. Stone said: "I
have no statement. I have sent my resignation to Mr. Colt, through Mr. Cramer.
That's all there is to it."
response to an inquiry regarding the reason for Cramer's
action in asking him to quit, Dr.
feel it is better for the service not to say anything about the matter
at the present time,"
awfully sorry but I can't say anything about the matter. Director Colt
has instructed me to say nothing. I'm going to follow his instructions.
not trying to be nasty about this situation. When the director gives me an
order I have to obey it. Any information you desire must be obtained from
Lincoln Wood, Jr., secretary to Cramer,
answered telephone calls for the county director yesterday. He denied that
was in his office and announced the administration's new policy, that from
now on the press would be excluded from personal or telephone interviews
with the county relief director.
had my orders," said Wood, "and they are that Mr. Cramer
will grant no interviews to newspapermen If you aren't satisfied with that
arrangement, you had better call Mr. Colt, the state relief director.
will the public receive news of the activities in the relief
administration?" Wood was asked.
statements will be sent all newspapers," said Wood.
newspapermen be permitted to ask questions after the statements are
received?" Wood was asked.
was the answer.
week ago Wood and Cramer
criticized the Courier-Post Newspapers for the stand they had taken in
printing the statement of a forestry recruit who had left Camp Dix, in
protest against living conditions there. Cramer intimated that the
recruit's statement should not
been published before the relief authorities were consulted.
by telephone at Princeton, Colt, the state relief director, declared that
he had Cramer's
request for Dr. Stone's resignation under consideration, but denied rumors
he already had ordered an investigation.
due time," said Colt, "I shall have a statement to make. Until
then, I have the matter under consideration and have nothing to say."
a typewritten statement by Cramer was handed newspapermen by Captain
Albert S. Howard, deputy county relief director. When asked to
elaborate, Capt. Howard would not comment.
Camden county director of the Emergency Relief Administration, of the
State of New Jersey, Wayland
states that the situation connected with the recent publicity concerning
the city of Camden's municipal directorship has been referred to John
Colt, state director of the Emergency Relief Administration, and all
information in this matter will be released through the state
attacking the relief bureau before the unemployed union meeting Manning
demanded a "shakeup" of the whole crowd from top to
bottom." He suggested a protest parade be held July 4.
is about time we had someone in the relief organization besides army
officers and others who know nothing about the administration of
relief," he declared. "What we need is people who are versed in
social service work.
is about time the unemployed slackers wake up to the manner in which
relief is being administered. Let's band ourselves together in a mammoth
parade on July 4 and demand a shake-up of the whole crowd from top to
read this week," he continued, "about Cramer's
request that Dr.
resign. It is the right of the unemployed
and the general public to know all that is behind this request. If Dr.
is incompetent or if there is something more serious behind it, let’s
have all the information to which we- the public- are entitled. In making
this demand, I am not defending Dr.
or any other official."
looks to me," Moulette
said, "as though the politicians are trying to ease one of their
henchmen into Dr.
job as relief director. They thought it policy to oust him because he is
giving too many babies too much relief. Dr. Stone probably has been the
best man in that job, but he hasn't done as much as we expected he would
do. It appears to me as though he would like to have accomplished more for
the unemployed but couldn't.
motion was then presented and adopted that the Unemployed Union demanding
that the reason for the Dr.
resignation request be made public.
that Ralph Baccellieri, a Berlin relief official, was using his relief
office to depress wages in his mill were submitted at the meeting from
unemployed representatives of the town.
Berlin representatives," said Manning,
"charge that Baccellieri is paying the workers in his factory such
low wages that they have to apply to the emergency relief for food. What a
fine situation that is. Here is a man, the joint owner of a sweatshop, who
is trading on his relief office so that he can employ people at starvation
copy of a letter," continued Manning,
"was sent Cramer
and John Colt, state relief director, pointing to the situation in Berlin.
And what do you think I received today from Mr. Cramer?
Well, he thanked me for the information. Like hell he thanked me.
thing that Mr. Cramer
me for in his letter was the information about how the Lawnside relief
director played politics at the polls at the recent primary. There he was
at the polls despite the statement of Mr. Cramer
prior to the primaries that any relief official involved in politics would
be dismissed from the administration."
stated that the Unemployed union produced affidavits to prove his
assertion concerning the Lawnside relief situation.
Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933
Humanness; 'Gave Too Much
Milk, to Poor Children,' Jobless Union Hears
'-But the Greatest of These Is Charity'"
appears on page 10.
Arthur L. Stone
resigned as director of
relief in this city because of opposition to
who is credited directly with having brought about extensive reduction in
the infantile mortality rate of this; city, said:
is true that I took the human side, in the administration of city relief.
So far as I know no charges have been made."
of a successor to Dr.
was a topic of gossip about the city and county buildings yesterday.
It was rumored that William W. Logan at presently serving as manager
in the county relief office, will be named as city director. Another report
linked the name of William
J. Strandwitz, who formerly was county director. A successor will be
named by John Colt, of Princeton, who is state emergency relief
comment regarding "the human side of city relief
administration," followed an expression by Clarence
Moullette, executive secretary
of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, to the effect that the city
physician's ouster probably was motivated "because Dr.
was giving too much milk to babies,"
attempt to draw from Director
his reason for requesting Dr.
to resign disclosed no specific charge, After first declining to
comment Cramer did express his opinion as to the qualifications necessary
for the city relief directorship.
Stone Best Man
is not only my aim," he said, "to
be considerate of all people receiving relief, but to be considerate of
those within my organization. That is the reason I am not talking about
details incident to Dr.
drafted him into the Relief office,
because I thought he was the best man for the job. Affairs
were in fine shape in the city administrative office when he took
this is a matter for John Colt to
He is my superior”.
said that he was "just as well satisfied" to
relieved of the city relief directorship which carries
was no salary to
job," said Dr.
"and it meant many long hours of work in addition to the duties of
the health department. I enjoyed building up the relief organization
most for the human side of it. I sent in my resignation to become
effective immediately. I tried to do a human job.
I went to
this week," continued Dr.
"he did not specifically tell me what the matter was. He told me only
that he was not satisfied with the way things were going in my department."
Director Colt called today on the telephone at Princeton, said that he had not received Dr. Stone’s letter of resignation. If he accepts the resignation, Colt stated that he will immediately appoint a successor to Dr. Stone on the recommendation of Cramer.
Camden Courier-Post - June 3,1933
'-BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE
'-BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE
let his heart rule 'his head!"
this is the only reason Cramer has to offer-
DOCTOR STONE SHOULD BE REINSTATED
State Relief Administrator John Colt should make a prompt and thorough
investigation into the entire conduct of the
Camden County Relief office.
Camden County Relief office.
let his heart rule his head!"
that as a "reason" for asking a man to resign from work
which consists of the relief of human needs and suffering!
this newspaper, the fact. that Doctor Stone -DID let his heart rule
his head is THE VERY BEST QUALIFICATION HE POSSESSES FOR THAT JOB.
was because the Courier-Post knew he was that kind of a man that
Doctor Stone was asked, years ago, to be one of the three directors of
the Courier-Post Relief.
Better that two undeserving be given more than their share than that one deserving family be deprived of the bare essentials of life.
Simply because we are afraid to let our hearts rule our heads!
worst crime of relief administration throughout the land during, the
depression has been the constant fear of conservative die-hards that
"the heart" might sway doling out of the only too scanty
pittances which are given our needy and destitute.
This nation needed MORE HEART in offiial life.
why Hoover was defeated and Roosevelt elected!
aside from the issue of mercy and charity,
a thorough inquiry in due in fairness to Doctor Stone himself:
man has been the city's health director for about 12 years. He
enjoys the esteem of our people and the respect of associates in
Director Cramer has no other charges to bring, he should say so at once.
He should . clear up any doubt as to whether something is being held
back, since this whole affair has been shrouded in unwarranted mystery.
Nor should Cramer deceive himself that he or anyone else possesses the right to make, a secret out of the public business Of unemployed relief administration.
public is entitled to know what is going on at all times- what methods
are used- the salaries paid relief agents- and the kind of relief given.
is public business and this newspaper will fight to keep the public
informed concerning it.
* * * * *
any event, the situation calls for an immediate probe by State relief
officials. Director Colt is said to be planning a trip here. He cannot
arrive too soon.
Stone, to be sure, may be glad to be relieved of the heavy burdens of
his post as city relief director.
Especially, since HE RECEIVES NO SALARY FOR THE WORK!
fact, Dr. Stone is the only official we. know of connected with the
Relief Administration who is not on the payroll.
mystery of his dismissal invites the question whether it took place to
make way for a new political PAID JOB?
more politics to be played with human misery?
dismiss a relief administrator because he "had a heart" is an
insult not only to the unemployed, who need aid largely through no fault
of their own, but also to the taxpayers who are contributing that aid.
Have we forgotten that "the greatest of these is charity?"
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933
Head of Pyne Poynt Garden Group Says Relief Job Needs
Demand that Dr.
Arthur L. Stone be retained as Camden city director of emergency relief
was made by Walter S. Agin, president of the Pyne Poynt Garden Club, at
a meeting of the Cox Garden Club at Twenty-first Street and Harrison
"The city gardeners ask John
Colt, state director of relief, to refuse to accept the resignation of Dr. Stone," Agin said. "They feel that a great heart like that
of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 is the thing most needed today. The city of Camden and the unemployed as
well as the relief administration have use for a man with a heart and a
head. After all, it is not what we do for ourselves that make us great,
but what we do for the other fellow. We believe there is something more
than the excuse that 'he
let his heart rule his head' for the demand of County Director Wayland
P. Cramer for
Dr. Stone's resignation and for that reason we ask that
Dr. Stone be retained on the job."
More than 20,000 tomato, pepper and cabbage plants
were given to the city gardeners by Daniel
Deacon, Twenty-seventh street
and Pierce Avenue and more tomato plants will arrive today from the
Campbell Soup Company firms at Mt. Holly for distribution to the
various gardens throughout the city. The Kaighn Avenue Plumbing Supply
Company donated 300 feet of
water pipe to the Pyne Poynt Club, while 2 tons of fertilizer were given the gardeners by the Walters Company, of
John Emery, president, of the Cox Club, announced his organization has 137 gardens underway on the old Cox farm on Harrison Avenue.
Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
to End Relief Secrecy Planned by Civic Congress; Irregularities Are
action to force the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration to
reveal its books for public inspection is planned by the Congress of Civic
Associations of South Jersey.
was announced last night at a meeting of the North Camden Civic
Association in the headquarters of the Pyne Poynt Social Club, 939 North
Fifth street. Frank J.
Hartmann, Jr., secretary of both organizations,
disclosed the proposed step.
charging irregularities in the relief administration are being gathered, Hartmann
given us a grand run-around," Hartmann
said in relating his efforts in behalf of a destitute family.
Marinelli, member of the North Camden association and active in the
declared a number
of married men were discharged
in the relief administration and single women engaged for their posts.
Rally June 11
association agreed to
with the Unemployed Union of New Jersey in staging a public mass meeting
to protest against the relief board.
meeting is scheduled for June 11, at the Convention
E. Moullette, executive secretary of the unemployed group, addressed
last night's session, which two score persons attended.
8 In 25,600 Rejected'
declared that of Camden's'
117,000 persons, 25,600 are receiving emergency relief. The figure in the
county is comparable, he said.
Arthur L. Stone,
who recently resigned as city director of emergency relief, Hartmann
asserted 6828 of the 11,400 city's colored are in the relief line.
all these cases the great Emergency
Relief Administration has found only eight this year that were not worthy
of receiving aid," Hartmann
said he was informed.
taxpayers are paying the bills and they have every right to know how the
money is being spent.
reviewed the plight
of 11 families on State
Street who were forced to cook meals over a backyard
fire last Saturday after gas and electric service had been suspended for
non-payment of bills. Thirty-five children were affected.
estimated that Public Service could produce electricity to supply the
apartment house for one month at a cost of $2. The charge is $22, he said.
described advantages of a municipal electric plant, for which more than
11,000 persons have signed
petitions circulated by the association and civic congress. He compared
this city's tax rate and assessments with those of Jacksonville, Fla., and
said the southern city earned $2,000,000 profit from its municipal light
and power plant in 1932.
campaign to further sentiment in favor of the municipal plant idea is
being advanced daily, Hartmann
A staff of speakers is being enrolled.
Stone's Work Reviewed
in appealing for support of the civic association for the mass meeting
next week, said that the resignation of Dr.
was a political
move, designed to create a position with pay for some Republican
Stone spent $25,000 for emergency
relief in Camden.
a result of the efforts of Dr.
Stone in his office as municipal relief
director there are children in more than 500 families who obtained milk
that was not given them before he took the position," Moullette
said. "The purpose of the mass meeting is to bring forcibly to the
attention of the authorities here and in the state that there is need for
an investigation of the Camden County
Emergency Relief Administration."
Fire Alarms Protested
Munger, of East Camden,
asked the association to protest against proposed expenditure of more than
$50,000 for a new tire alarm system
charged that the project is needless, and said that transfer of the
present system from the old city hall to the new courthouse annex could be
made for $2500.
present system is sufficient for this city," Munger said. "The
cost of removing it to the new building would be less than what the city
might pay in interest for one year on $50,000."
said that a new system in the fire department would require employment of
additional employees and thereby add more expense to the taxpayers.
Mrs. Stephen Pfeil, William Coughlin and Miss Elsie Stein were named by Harry Walton, president, to a committee with instructions to ask Mayor Roy R. Stewart to move against alleged vandalism. They charged that young boys are destroying vacant properties throughout the city.
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
the Greatest of These is
words, well spoken.
when Charity means, in a general sense, love, benevolence, goodwill,
that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men, and do them good.
We read where
Dr. Stone was asked to
resign because his heart ruled his head. In your editorial, Mr.
Editor, something seems wrong somewhere. There seems that Mr. Cramer
is unaware of the meaning of charity. Dr.
Stone may or may not be the man for the job. When one has a
comfortable job at the taxpayers' expense one can easily dispense
charity, especially if he uses somebody else's money. Dr.
Stone has a comfortable job, and, perhaps, he was better suited
for the job because he was sure of where the next meal was coming from
but Mr. Cramer
evidently was of another opinion. To him Charity is a business. Since
the taxpayer and the philanthropist both practice charity, the former
directly or indirectly through taxation, the latter of
his own free will and accord. The latter knows where his money is
going or he does not give it; the former has a right to know if he so
desires, Because whether it be salaries or relief, he is the one
paying the bill.
way the relief is being run is, perhaps, the most
autocratic thing ever done in the city of Camden. The ones in charge
think they are above question or reproach. But one thing is certain,
and that is the citizens do not think that way about it. If these in
the seats of the mighty refuse to give interviews without long waits,
then the citizens should inquire from someone who will give them
satisfaction. We want to know who is working for the relief, where
they live, how long they have lived there, their salaries, where they
came from and their qualifications. Also who is getting relief and
where they live. There is little to fear for those who need relief,
who are, either getting it or not getting it, it is the people who do
not need it that causes those who do need it not to get it.
you can, 6828 people of one race out of a total of 11,400 getting relief; imagine, if you can, 25,600
people getting relief in the city of Camden alone and, perhaps more
than that number in the county and only eight of these were found to
get relief who did not deserve it. And then they say it is none of
your business, go to the Courier and get it.
information is desired. Mr. Editor, we have to believe somebody. Do
you have the information and are you holding out on us? Or is it a
case of passing the buck? There is hardly a person in this city who
knows somebody that needs relief and there are few people who don't
know somebody who is betting relief and does not need it. Increasing pay of
investigators, employing college girls and laying off married men,
cutting allowance of those who need relief, makes undeveloped minds
run around in circles. When no satisfaction is given to those who pay
the bills and are told that it is
none of their business, then one must
feel as if there is no justice, and the very fact that of all virtues
the greatest of them is charity, then the words charity and relief,
such as shown and practiced in the city of Camden, should never be
used in the same sentence.
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
FATHER IN IS JAILED SUPPORT
Ten dollars a year is a lot too little for support of a wife and twin sons, Police Judge Pancoast decided when he ordered John Hunkapillar, 24, to pay $5 a week, and sent him to jail when he could not provide a $300 bond to insure the payments.
Hunkapillar was arrested on complaint of his wife, Phyllis, 20, who told Judge Pancoast they were married two years ago in Elkton and since that time he has given her only $10. She said they took turns living with his parents and with her parents. She charged Hunkapillar deserted her and their four month old twin sons. Hunkapillar was arrested in Atlantic City Sunday and returned to Camden.
Mrs. Hunkapillar appeared at Camden city detective bureau May 27, said she was destitute, and asked aid for herself and her twins.
were made to assist her by the Camden emergency relief
administration, under Dr.
A. L. Stone, city relief director.
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
STONE KEEPS JOB AS CITY RELIEF CHIEF
Arthur L. Stone,
who "let his heart rule his head," will remain director of
the Emergency Relief Administration in Camden city.
surprise announcement was made last night by John Colt, of
Princeton, director of the State Emergency Relief Administration.
issued this statement:
Colt, State Director of the Emergency Relief Administration today
had a conference in Princeton with Wayland
the county director of
county, and Dr.
A. L. Stone,
the city director of emergency relief in the City of Camden.
magnanimous and public spirited attitude and action on the part of
these two gentlemen assure the carrying forward of
work of emergency relief in the City of Camden along lines best
adapted to adequately take care of the needy during the present
the rift with Dr. Stone
opened last Wednesday Cramer
steadfastly evaded newspapermen and on one occasion slammed his
office door in the face of one of them. Cramer
this policy was in line with instructions given him by Colt.
public," said Colt, "has got to know about general affairs
pertaining to relief in their locality. I'll straighten this matter
out immediately with Camden."
Captain Albert S. Howard, his deputy, would answer the telephone at
the relief headquarters yesterday. Word was relayed from Captain
Howard that he was
however, A. Lincoln Wood, Jr., secretary to Cramer
notified the Courier-Post that a "news release" was ready.
After signing his initials, a reporter was handed the statement. The
recent publicity with regard to 11 families residing at 106108-110
Street, Camden, Wayland
Camden county director of the Emergency Relief Administration,
arranged with A.
municipal director for the city of Camden, for a full investigation
as to the reason these relief recipients were without gas for
cooking on Friday and Saturday of last week.
arrangement made with the owner and agent for these properties by
the Emergency Relief Administration was that the owner would furnish
light, heat and fuel for cooking. Some of the relief recipients were
extremely delinquent in making application for renewal of the rental
payments by the Emergency Relief Administration to the owner, and
the owner claims that due to this situation he was unable to make
proper payment to the utility company. A change in method of handling
renewal applications for rental payments has been made by the Camden
City division of the Emergency Relief Administration, whereby it
will not hereafter be necessary for the relief recipient to call at
the Emergency Relief office, and it is believed that this will
obviate any reoccurrence of this situation.
Emergency Relief Administration learned on Friday, June 2, of the
fact that the gas had been shut off, and immediately contacted the
owner by telephone with the request that he arrange for continuance
stated he had received no orders from Colt's office to "declare
a moratorium on relief news,"
shall refuse no one the right to question me about the affairs of my
"letting his heart rule his head" in the administration of
city relief, Dr. Stone
strongly intimated in his conversation that there had never been a
"fair understanding" between him and Cramer.
guess," said Dr. Stone,
"that I took too many liberties in the administration of city
relief. However, I have found out that the county administration is
over the city relief office. Apparently I was under the wrong
impression when I thought I could get along with a fair
Girls Were Kept
yesterday admitted that married men had been discharged and single
girls had been retained as city relief visitors as charged Monday at
a meeting of the North Camden Civic Association in the Pyne Poynt
Social Club, 939 North
reason for that" said Dr. Stone,
"was because we reduced the city visitors staff from 41 to 34
as an economy move and the girls proved more capable than the
were faced with the problem of training two persons to take the
places of two relief supervisors loaned us by Newark. The men did
not show capabilities for supervisory positions that the girls did.
That phase of the service requires a special skill.”
it comes to facilitating to the best advantages the administration
of relief to thousands of persons, I believe the best candidates for
the jobs should be chosen. The ones who made the grade happened to
selecting recruits for the visitor service we set standards of excellent,
very good, fair and poor. None of those who were let go were poor
from the standpoint of service, but unfortunately the retrenchment
program called for a reduction of seven in the staff.".
Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933
DOOR TO NEWSPAPERMEN; 'CONTROVERSY OVER
Arthur L. Stone,
director of the city Emergency Relief Administration, resumed his
duties following withdrawal of his resignation written at the
request of Cramer, who submitted it to John Colt, director of the
state emergency relief administration.
now fully understands the situation on relief which he had
previously stated he didn't understand. There is now a perfect
understanding on city and county relief among Dr. Stone,
Mr. Colt and me."
Colt," said Cramer,
"has his eye on Camden and is taking a personal interest in the
city relief administration. Of course, we shall acquiesce to any of
Mr. Colt's requests concerning administration. No relief applicants
in Camden will suffer by reason of the controversy between Dr. Stone
trouble," said Dr. Stone,
"was due to a clash of personalities over how city relief was
to be administered. Mr. Colt has agreed to send a representative to
Camden to supervise the setting up of a city relief organization
that will relieve me of some of the supervisory problems. I
interested solely in the human side of relief.”
"I want to make sure that the City of Camden, in the administration of this relief office, gets due credit from the state for the $70,000 the city donates annually to two hospitals, and other contributions."
Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933
25 Camden Boys to 8e Guests Of Health Farm at
Camden city's health camp will not open this summer, but 25 boys will have an outing for two weeks as guests at the Bonnie Brae Farm for Boys at Millington, above Somerville.
Dr. A. L. Stone, city health director, said arrangements have been completed to send the boys to the farm from July 1 to 15. Their ages are from nine to fifteen.
"It is indeed fortunate that the boys may be sent to the farm, in view of the non-opening this year of the summer health camp for children in the Alberta Woods, East Camden," Dr. Stone said. "We cannot reopen the city camp because we have no funds."
Dr. Stone said that with the exception of two, all the boys have been chosen for the vacation. The list of names and addresses will be announced next week.
The boys were chosen by visitors for the city relief organization. They were examined by physicians of the Camden County Tuberculosis Association and will be immunized against dipitheria by Dr. Stone before they leave.
Arthur Taylor, in charge of work relief in the city emergency relief administration has been offered complete vacation outfits for the boys, including clothing and toilet articles, and transportation for them by the Public Service Post of the American Legion.
Dr. and Mrs. Stone are attending a luncheon this afternoon at Bonnie Brae, when the city relief director will attend to all other details pertaining to the approaching vacation of the Camden boys.
Camden Courier-Post- June 14, 1933
Cramer Upheld in Keeping From Public Relief Payroll and Job Holders
Wayland P. Cramer, Camden county relief director yesterday was victorious in his policy of secrecy in affairs of his relief administration when he won authority from John Colt, state relief director, to suppress from newspapers a complete salary list of relief employees.
Last Wednesday, at the request of the Courier-Post newspapers, Cramer instructed his secretary, Lincoln Wood, Jr., to write Colt and ask for his opinion in the matter. That was after Cramer had demurred when asked for the salary lists, which were demanded by several Camden organizations including the Unemployed Union.
Word of Colt's refusal was brought to Camden yesterday by Col. Joseph D. Sears, deputy state director, who explained that his chief had adopted the policy of withholding the names because it might cause "embarrassment and a hardship to little fellows" on the relief payroll to have their salaries published.
To Ask Cramer Removal
Colt's refusal to submit the complete salary lists for public inspection followed the announcement of a
mass meeting tonight in Convention
Hall, when demands will be made for the immediate removal of Cramer and all other officials of the county relief administration.
It was explained to Colonel Sears that rumors were current in this city that former city employees had been given jobs with the relief adminis tration in preference to applicants with equal qualifications.
"Of course," said Colonel Sears, "I am not familiar with the Camden situation, but I can say that I don't know the politics of two percent of persons at the state relief headquarters. Mr. Colt feels it would result in an undue hardship to little fellows in the employ of the administration to have their salaries published.
"However, if there is any evidence of unfairness or discrimination in employment it will be possible to obtain the salaries of three or four persons at a time."
Little Knowledge of Politics
Dr. Stone, at the conclusion of Col. Sears' discourse, stated that he knew the political faith of less than one percent the municipal relief offices employees. Wood, speaking for Cramer, echoed the statement of Col. Sears when he said that the politics of less than two percent of the Camden county administration was known.
Col. Sears explained that it was the policy of the state administration to employ men and women first, for their capabilities in relief work, and, second, from the standpoint of their need for financial assistance.
"If we can't make up our personnel from the first class," he said, "we turn to the second."
Other speakers at the meeting will be Frank J. Manning, president of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey; Paul Porter, lecturer for the League for Industrial Democracy, and John Edelman, vice chairman of the Industrial Standards Committee of New Jersey. The meeting opens at 8 p. m .
A demand will also be made by the unemployed union of Colt at the meeting for representation from its membership within the county relief administration. Clarence E. Moullette is executive secretary of the union, and William R. Kennedy is vice president.
"If the county relief officials attend the meeting," said Manning "they will be asked to answer some questions pertinent to the administration of relief which is inadequate and prejudiced for political expediency. Repeatedly, this organization has tried but failed to obtain fair hearings on its complaints of the inefficient relief methods."
Moullette announced today he had prepared a list of questions for relief officials to answer.
"We intend to ask Mr. Cramer to explain why he and Captain Howard receive from eight to ten cents a mile for operating their automobiles in relief service, while the usual rate for state officials is but five cents a mile," Moullette said.
Manning announced that formal protest will be made at the mass meeting against the recent conduct of Cramer in suppressing information concerning his request for the resignation of Dr. A. L. Stone as Camden municipal relief director.
"The public," said Manning, "is still awaiting an explanation from Mr. Cramer on his request for Dr. Stone's resignation. It is the right of the tax-paying public to know the reasons behind that request, and whether they had any serious bearing on the administration of relief to the poor and needy."
Camden Courier-Post- June 16, 1933
Cramer Denies County Relief Bureau Allied With Sweatshops
Wayland P. Cramer, director of the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration, yesterday ridiculed charges his bureau is allied with sweatshops, as publicly issued by the New Jersey Unemployed Union, at a mass meeting here.
At the same time Dr. Arthur L. Stone, city health officer and director of the city emergency relief board welcomed spokesmen of the unemployed to a conference. Dr. Stone announced he will accompany the committee today on a tour of inspection of the city relief bureau.
Director Cramer at first refused to "dignify with an answer" the charges of the unemployed. Later he issued a statement leveled at "insidious attacks of agitators endeavoring to break down the hope and faith in the future of our government, our home and our institutions."
Questioned as to his attitude on two affidavits obtained by the unemployed union, in which it is charged Mrs. Viola Baker, municipal relief director of Magnolia, had used her position to subsidize persons in need of aid, Director Cramer said:
"If those affidavits are turned in to me, I shall see that they are examined as to the facts and by the proper authorities."
Cramer announced that John Colt, state relief director, would have a final decision to make concerning the request of the Courier-Post Newspapers for a list of salaries of employees of the Camden County Relief Administration.
Colt, through his deputy, Col. Joseph D. Sears, refused this week to permit publication of the salary lists in newspapers, declaring it would "impose a hardship and embarrass the little fellows on the payroll." Colt is reported to be reconsidering his first decision.
"In spite of the insidious attacks of agitators endeavoring to break down the hope and faith in the future of our government, our homes, and our institutions, the vast majority of the people are 'carrying on' in a generously patriotic manner that is absolutely necessary to bring back the stable employment conditions which mean so much to all of us," Cramer said.
"Every man and woman must do everything in their power to maintain the internal security of this country. I am doing my part by giving the best of my ability to honestly and ably organize and expedite the functioning of Emergency Relief throughout Camden County.
"Unless adequate relief is given to each and every deserving person, there is a failure which we take very much to heart. At the same time, we must make certain that those who are not deserving receive punishment for taking away the portion due those who are.
"Qualified citizens will find the records open for examination; all suggestions for the improvement of
our service will be welcomed and, as in the past, will be acknowledged.
Stone Sees Unemployed
Dr. Stone conferred with Frank J. Manning, president of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey; Clarence E. Moulette, executive secretary, and George Yost, state organizer of the Young Peoples' Socialist Party.
The trio, Dr. Stone said, called on him to discuss their request for representation within the relief administration.
"I believe," Dr. Stone said, "that it is only fair that these gentlemen and any others from representative organizations should have an opportunity to look into the inner workings of the relief administration. Of course, it is human to make mistakes, but I want to show these men that if mistakes were made they were made honestly.
"I shall open the office records for their inspection and shall do my utmost to explain all details of relief work to their satisfaction.
"If, after the tour of inspection, these men still insist on representation in my department of relief work, I shall take up that question for further consideration." "
Camden Courier-Post- June 20, 1933
Hatch Estate Drives Jobless From Gardens
Sixteen unemployed gardeners have been given 24 hours' notice by the city to vacate their plots on the Hatch estate, planted under supervision of the Camden City Emergency Relief Administration, it was revealed last night.
"Some of the legal tangle between the owners of the property and the city of Camden was given as reason for the move.
The disclosure was made at a meeting of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, held at 312 Market Street. A committee of the union will call on the relief administration today to protest against the removal order.
The gardens were planted to provide fruit and vegetables for families of the unemployed. The Hatch estate tract is one of several sites throughout the city where this work has been under way.
The Unemployed Union, through Frank J. Manning, president, and Clarence E. Moullette, executive secretary, question the right of the city to order the gardeners from the field. They hold that under a New Jersey law, no contract, no matter under what terms negotiated, can be abrogated after a crop is planted until it has been reaped.
"Mr. M. Bergen Stone, an attorney representing the Hatch Estate, owners of the property on which are located the Miller Gardens, has given us notice of repossession within the next 24 hours.
"It seems that some legal tangle has arisen between the owners of this property and the city of Camden and it is necessary for the present owner to have sole and complete possession and occupation of these premises. It will therefore be necessary that the shack you have begun to build be dismantled and that the gardeners on your tract be notified of this action before noon on Tuesday, June 20.
"Be assured that I will do the best, that I possibly can to relocate your gardens and that anything that you have growing that is transplantable, you will be allowed to transplant. Please see that this information is given to your other gardeners at once so that the owners can get possession immediately."
The union urged demolition of all unsafe properties in the city and recommended the city commissioners seek a loan from the federal government to abolish "slums" of Camden. Such a project, the union points out, would greatly relieve unemployment here. .
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
BLOCK-AID FUNDS, USED FOR
Funds raised in Camden's recent Block-Aid campaign are being used exclusively by Dr. A. L. Stone, city emergency relief director, to help in the housing of evicted families.
Dr. Stone revealed yesterday the Block-Aid fund turned over to him last month by Russell H. Nulty, executive director of the drive, totaled $32,312.41. The amount is exclusive of $2058.43 in salaries and other expenses connected with the recent campaign, which lasted from November to May.
"We have been spending the money at the rate of about $9,000 every two weeks," Dr. Stone said. "The fund is supplementary to an appropriation of $40,000 by the city commission to provide for homeless families. The city has been giving tax credits up to that total property owners for housing families on relief."
The director reported the relief organization has found accommodations for between 700 and 800 families in the last few weeks with the limited sums at hand, and all without display and with minimum inconvenience to the individuals benefited.
"Camden is the only city of its size in the state giving outstanding attention to eviction cases, both from the standpoint of the landlord and the homeless family," Dr. Stone said.
The director stated that he had hoped to use the Block-Aid fund for other relief purposes, but found the demand for it so great in the handling of eviction cases that he deemed it advisable so to apply it. Under the law, such funds may be employed at the director's discretion.
The Block-Aid campaign organization functioned under the direction of Mayor Roy R. Stewart as chairman and with Nulty as executive director during the six months' of its' existence. Its goal was $100,000.
Dr. Stone said that in spite of economic conditions generally the public showed its generosity. He commended and thanked Mayor Stewart, Nulty and the other Block-Aid officials and volunteers for their efforts during the campaign.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
Applicants Compelled To Wait Beside
Charges that unsanitary conditions exist in the basement of the old court house building where hundreds of needy receive clothing and shoes were made yesterday by Clarence E. Moullette, secretary of the Unemployed Union.
who called on Dr.
city health director, stated that stench arising from accumulation of
garbage and refuse from the county jail menaced the health of persons
who must call at the temporary headquarters for clothing.
Stone Orders Removal
ordered the debris removed. Yesterday more than 100 men, women
and children were crowded there and some, Moullette
complained, must remain for periods of more than four hours before their
wants are filled.
"When the Emergency Relief Committee took over the present quarters," Moullette said, "it was promised that the unsanitary condition would be corrected.
for the stench of moldy garbage remaining in the small space to which
these unfortunates must come should be placed on the custodian of the
building. Such conditions should not be allowed to exist even if there
were no people forced to enter the place.
space is available in the new City Hall building for accommodation of
these people, and it appears that one of the chief reasons why that
space is not used is that appearance of poorly-clad unemployed persons
and their children is offensive to some of the occupants of the
in an inspection through the temporary headquarters, and stated that
arrangements are being made to use additional rooms in the basement to
accommodate applicants for clothing. He stated that orders were issued
for daily removal of all refuse.
Dickinson, acting custodian of the court house, stated last night that
garbage was removed from the basement daily."
"The garbage is collected at 11 a. m. each day," he said. "If these complainers saw any garbage, they saw it before it was collected this morning or some which had been placed there after the day's collection, awaiting collection tomorrow."
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
60 OVERCOME WHILE AT WORK IN
RCA VICTOR; PROBE STARTED
100 Camden factory and shipyard workers were poisoned yesterday after
eating food contained in box lunches.
than 60 of the workers, stricken at their machines in. the RCA Victor
Company plants, were rushed to the company's dispensary and local
hospitals. Many are reported in serious condition.
the New York Shipbuilding Company others became ill after partaking of
the lunches. Four are in West. Jersey
Homeopathic Hospital recovering from the effects of the poisoned
food. At least three more were stricken at the leather plant of the John
R. Evans Company, Second and Erie Streets.
Philadelphia more than a score of laundry workers were carried to
physicians and hospitals, all said to be victims of contaminated foods.
David D. Helm, city sanitary inspector, believed the ptomaine
condition resulted from the eating of egg sandwiches.
Ban on Sales
Following the quizzing, Konst was ordered to refrain from further selling of the box lunches in Camden, pending the result of an investigation. He also must obtain complete approval from the Philadelphia Board of Health before being allowed to resume operations here.
The boxes, distributed by Konst, are labeled "The Majestic Lunch." Konst declared that never before had complaint reached him as to the quality of his food.
have ordered distribution of Majestic Lunches in Camden be stopped," Dr.
Helm said, "until the investigation
has been completed and the health authorities in Philadelphia to whom
all evidence will be given because they supervise this company, give
them a clean bill of health."
Two of the box lunches have been obtained by police and will be chemically analyzed today by order of Dr. A. L. Stone, city health officer.
assured police he would assist in any manner possible to learn the
source and nature of the foodstuff causing the illness.
'The first illness occurred shortly after 3 p. m. at the RCA Victor plant. A young woman was overcome after partaking of a glass of water. She was taken to the dispensary where Dr. Reuben L. Sharp said she was suffering from ptomaine poisoning.
a short time several other girls and men in various sections of the
plant were stricken. Some fainted at their machines and had to be
carried to the dispensary.
Dr. Sharp and his staff of nurses had more than, they could handle.
Private automobiles were pressed into service and many of the victims
taken to Cooper
where stomach pumps were used to clear their bodies of the poisonous
man, B. H. Poole, 40, of
144 North Sixtieth street, Philadelphia, was admitted and
his condition described as serious.
Others were treated and sent to their homes, where many were attended last night by their personal physicians.
Miss Clara. Shaeffer, 19, of 226 South Fifth Street, Gloucester, employed at the RCA Victor, told of the scenes near her shortly before she became ill and was rushed to Cooper Hospital for treatment.
saw many of the girls running upstairs to the restroom," Miss
Schaeffer said at her home, where she is confined to bed, "but paid
little attention to them, although several had to be assisted up the steps.
I felt sick at my stomach and had a desire for a drink of
I asked the girl next to me to get me a drink, but she was unable to
leave her machine at the time and I
to the fountain.
taking the drink everything seemed to whirl about and I
going to faint. I told my foreman and he ordered me taken to the
there the place was filled and someone took me to Cooper
Hospital, where the doctor gave me some medicine and I was taken to
Schaeffer said she grew worse after she arrived home and her parents
summoned a physician.
Others told similar stories of the scenes as worker after worker was stricken. Plant officials said many had fallen where they stood, the ptomaine attack seizing them so suddenly they had no time to summon aid.
sells more than 500 box lunches daily in Philadelphia.
lunch yesterday was made up of a cheese sandwich, an egg and lettuce
sandwich, a piece of apple pie, cupcake and fruit. Some of the lunches
contained tuna fish sandwiches.
all of those taken ill had eaten the egg sandwiches, some had partaken
of the tuna fish and others of the cheese.
One man became ill when he ate half an egg sandwich given him by a fellow employee late in the afternoon.
laundry workers affected were employed at the Forrest Laundry, 1225
West Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia.
One of these, John Gilligan, 52, of 1923 East Willard Street, was taken to St. Luke's and Children's Homeopathic Hospital in a critical condition.
Police were checking other hospitals to learn if additional victims were unreported.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
List Of Poisoned
partial list of the nearly 100
poisoned by food at local factories yesterday follows:
White, 3136 North
Twenty-ninth Street, Philadelphia.
White, 825 North
Sixth Street, Philadelphia.
E. B. Bauers, 1255 Kenwood Avenue.
Lape, 562 Mickle
H. Scott, 222 Crestmont Terrace, Collingswood.
E. Wagner, 581 Carman
Burman, 1466 Kenwood Avenue.
M. Brennan, 2141 North Dover Street, Philadelphia.
Shevlin, 854 South Fifth Street.
Shaefer, 2825 Amber Street, Philadelphia.
at Cooper Hospital:
H. Poole, 40, of
144 North Sixtieth Street,
Violetta Brown, 21, Brooklawn.
Clara Schaeffer, 226 South Fifth Street, Gloucester.
Kurtz, 32, of 308 Penn
Shaefer, 42, of 932 Cooper
820 Brown Street, Gloucester.
I. Cassell, 42, of 353 East Cambria Street, Philadelphia.
Stipezell, 25, of 3918
Di Nardo, 24, of 222 Second Street, Schenectady, N. Y.
YORK SHIPYARD EMPLOYEES:
at West Jersey Homeopathic
Fryer, 42, of 214 Bergen Street, Gloucester.
Shaeffer, 54, Woodbury Heights.
Saponaro, 33, of, 422 Evans
John Joyce, 32, of 310 Manton Street, Philadelphia.
Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933
UNION TO PLAN FOR FOURTH
Plans for a Fourth of July demonstration, similar to labor demonstrations staged throughout the world each year on May 1, will be formulated tomorrow night at a mass meeting conducted by the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, according to an announcement yesterday by Frank J. Manning, president.
Manning said the meeting in Convention Hall Annex would be addressed by Mark Starr, professor of economics, and Josephine Colby, instructor of English, of Brookwood Labor College, and by three students of the college.
The Unemployed Union tomorrow night, will demand that the city commission hold a public hearing on housing conditions in Camden and the proposal of the union to establish municipally operated living quarters, Manning said.
Dr. A. L. Stone, city health director and chairman of the Camden city emergency relief administration, will be asked for his conclusions on representation of the union on the city relief board, Manning said.
The demonstration on July 4, according to Manning, will start with a parade at 10 a. m., to be followed by a mass meeting on the steps of the City Hall plaza, before the buses and automobiles leave for Kirkwood Lake, where a picnic will be held in the afternoon.
The Unemployed Union, according to Manning, will co-operate with the Socialist Party for the picnic. Norman Thomas has been invited to speak, he said.
The three Socialist candidates for Assembly - Manning, Charles W. Sherlock and Herman F. Niessner- will present their platforms. In addition. numerous athletic events; including a baseball game, have been arranged, he said.
"The Unemployed Union urges all workers and farmers in Camden county to assemble for a mighty labor demonstration on July 4," Manning said. "We shall make known our demands for action to relieve unemployment, to end inhuman wages and ruinously low prices for our products. We shall set forth the plans at the Continental Congress of Workers and Farmers, with which the union is affiliated, for wiping poverty from the face of the earth and for building a world with plenty and happiness for all.
"We shall hold a short mass meeting on the steps of City Hall Plaza at which the New Declaration of Independence of the Continental Congress will be read.
"July 4 must be made the occasion for building up, the solidarity and power of farmers and workers. A powerful well-rounded labor movement could drive corruption and graft out of our public life, abolish sweatshops and build a workers' world of peace, plenty and freedom."
Regarding the platform of the three Socialistic candidates for Assembly, Manning said:
"Our platform will be constructive and in the interests of the workers and farmers of the state. We shall go into every corner of this county with our platform and we shall also challenge our opponents to meet us in debate so that the voters may have a chance to know where all the candidates stand on important issues."
|Camden Courier-Post - July 11, 1933|
Coles & Sons Lumber Co. - Kaighn's Point - Knight
Street - Front Street - Mechanic
Atlantic Avenue - Kaighn Avenue - South Second Street - Margaret Dolson - Robert Dolson
|Engine Company 8 - George Tucker - Charles Voll|
|Dr. Arthur L. Stone - Mrs. Marion Richards|
C. Coles - John Bircher - John
H. Lennox - James
H. Long - Harry Hertline
Joseph Novack - E.H. Stewart
Clown Club - James Shay - Alice Williams - Alice Shay - William Shay
Stanley Berthelot - Henry Small - James Rice - William Haines - Anna Parker - Mary Numbers
Company 2 - Engine
Company 7 - William
Hopkins - Felix
Dennis Block - C.E. Wells - Howe Street - Cedar Street - Wiley Mission
Camden Courier-Post - August 9, 1933
Here Again Refused 'Migratory' Family of Seven
Return Here, Refuse to Go Back in
Their Car Despite
Nature's laws protect the migratory homing bird, but manmade laws offer poverty and starvation for human beings who return to live in the state of their former residence after suffering adversity in another.
condition arose yesterday as
a serious relief problem when Mrs.
Myrtle M. Hettrick, 42, of 905 Moore Street, mother of five children,
again was refused aid by
the Camden city emergency relief administration.
Mrs. Hettrick nor her husband, Arthur, 53, are legal residents of Camden
or the state of New Jersey due to their removal from this city two years
ago and establishment of a residence in. Norfolk, Va., Dr.
A. L. Stone,
municipal relief director, explained.
Mrs. Hettrick said that her husband obtained work in Norfolk
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Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938
LEADS WAR ON SOCIAL DISEASES
Observance throughout the United States of "National Social Hygiene Day" was lauded by Dr. Arthur L. Stone, director of the city health bureau, as one of the most forward steps taken to bring out in to the open a nationwide crusade against social diseases.
The results of the crusade inaugurated jointly by the U. S. Public Health Service, the, American Social Hygiene Association and the New Jersey. State Health Department has already shown productive results in combating these diseases, Dr. Stone said yesterday.
"The city health bureau is cooperating with local hospitals and all physicians in this campaign," Dr. Stone said. A registered nurse has been assigned to our department by the state health department. This young woman is doing wonderful work in tracing sources of infection and getting' these afflicted people to take treatment."
In one local hospital more than 300 persons were treated last week, and in the past few weeks the number has increased at each clinic, Dr. Stone reported.
"Persons who know they are infected, and those who may suspect they may have contracted a disease, are not compelled to pay for examination or treatment," Dr. Stone said. "Both local hospitals are equipped to take care of those requiring treatment.
"Neither should any person pay a physician an exorbitant fee for such treatment. All social disease, if detected in time, can be cured by prompt and regular treatment."
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1938
MEASLES SPREADS HERE, HEALTH AIDE REPORTS
Dr. Arthur L. Stone, city health director, yesterday revealed that 217 cases of measles have been reported to his office since January 1, compared with two cases for the same time last year.
"Measles epidemics”, he said, "seem to occur periodically and I will not be surprised if we are in for one right now. We probably will have a number of new cases within the next few weeks."
He renewed his warning of a week ago to parents regarding possible serious complications from measles.
"The day has passed," he said, "when measles is to be considered lightly. If not treated properly it can result in pneumonia, particularly among babies and very young children. The best precaution is to call the family doctor as soon as the first symptoms- head colds and watery eyes- appear;"
Of the 217 cases reported this year, Dr. Stone said 161 were reported in January, and 56 since February 1.
July 26, 1941
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