DR. SARAH DONNELL WOLVERTON was born in Mattoon IL in 1880. Here family came to Camden in the 1880s; her father, John K. Donnell, operated a grocery. The Donnell family lived for a time on King Street, below Mercer Street, in Gloucester City before moving to 555 State Street in North Camden. John Donnell operated a grocery in Philadelphia in the 1890s.
Sarah Wolverton grew up in Camden, where she received her education in Camden’s public schools and at the Raymond Academy. She went on to graduate from the Girl’s Collegiate Institute in Philadelphia in 1899, and the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1903. After graduation, she interned in 1904 at the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women, and was a resident at Children’s Hospital in Staten Island NY from 1904 through 1906.
After marrying then Camden County Prosecutor Charles A. Wolverton in 1910, Dr. Wolverton’s career in medicine would follow a different path. Her husband was a well known attorney and public figure, and soon involved himself in politics. He served as an assistant State Attorney general, and was a member of the New Jersey Assembly from 1915 through 1918. Charles A. Wolverton was elected to the House of Representatives from Camden in 1926, and remained Camden’s Congressman until 1959.
Her son, Donnell K. Wolverton, graduated from Princeton with honors in 1938, and subsequently went into law.
Dr. Wolverton’s medical activities were mostly related to medical institutions. She sat on the Board of Governors of the Camden County Tuberculosis Hospital, and on the Board of Directors of the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women. She also was a member of the Camden County and Camden City Medical Societies, and of the New Jersey and the American Medical Women’s Associations. She was also active in affairs of Camden Lodge 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
Dr. Sarah K. Wolverton died in 1938. Survived by her husband and son, she rests at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - June 26, 1907|
Presbyterian Church - State
Dr. Sarah Donnel Wolverton
Rev. Dr. William H. Fishburn - Roy Heisler
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. 960, 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.
Courier-Post * August 2, 1929
|Robert Brice - Charles A. Wolverton - Dr. Sara Donnell Wolverton|
|Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933|
400 Friends Pay Homage To 'Good Gray Poet'
just a little street
where old friends meet"
Street where Walt Whitman, the "Good Gray Poet," once lived,
and old friends came back here from near and far yesterday to mingle under the portals of the house in which he wrote his famous
works, on the 114th anniversary of his birth.
was Mrs. Augusta K. Dole, 71, of Metuchen, whose husband has been a sports writer on New York newspapers for
call it a dingy street and some are ashamed to return and say they
lived there," Mrs. Dole said. And with a gesture of the hand she
pointed out the homes of some of neighbors, who became famous.
at 319 Mickle
Street when I was a young lady," she said. "I was
one year old when we moved into the house right across the street from
Whitman. I remember when he lived on Stevens
Street before he moved to Mickle
Knew Whitman Well
lived at the Mickle street address
about 15 or 16 or 20 years; I knew Whitman well. He always stopped and
exchanged greetings with me. I frequently, saw him on the ferryboats
crossing the rivers.
to take, issue right here with those, who have questioned his
chastity. He was more like Christ than anyone else. I saw him admiring me as a young woman one day
on a ferryboat.”
later I read a description of myself in one of his works. I did not begin to read his work until 30 years
ago. He wrote of the true things in life. He wrote of life as it is
and as we see it. I am glad to come here today at the invitation of
Mrs. Dole sat
in the last chair in which the poet rested before his last illness.
She was introduced to Dr. Alexander MacAlister, who was his personal
physician in his last illness and who is a member of the Walt Whitman
posed with an etching by Lewis Daniel, New York artist, at the Walt
Whitman art gallery, 641 Market
Street. It is one of 14 the young artist drew on "The
Song of the Open Road," Two lines taken from' the book are
sketched under the etching as follows:
earth is crude and incomprehensible at first- Nature is rude and
incomprehensible at first."
400 Visit Home
More than 400
guests visited the home of the poet during the day to be welcomed by
members of the foundation, Mrs.
A. Wolverton, wife of Congressman
Wolverton, was chairman of the reception committee.
Many of the
guests visited the tomb of the poet in Harleigh Cemetery where the door is ajar at his request "that his spirit may come
and go as I choose.'" But no flowers were placed there as he
Born on May
31, 1819, near Huntingdon, Long Island, he had a varied career
as a writer, war correspondent and poet. During the Civil War he ministered the wounded of both
the North and South at Washington. He spent the last 19 years of his
life in Camden, where he died in
Under the bed
in his second story front bed room today is a huge metal bathtub,
which he designed for use in his invalid days. His library, horsehair
furniture, his favorite rocking chair and a cane with which he knocked
on the floor to call his housekeeper.
of his writings, manuscripts and
other works are the property of Miss Ann Harned and Madge Barton Feurer. They are now, at the New
Jerseyanna Exhibition at the State House at Trenton.
New Painting Viewed
painting of Walt Whitman has been completed by Byron T. Connor, of
4320 Manor Avenue, Merchantville, and is now on display at the Hotel
Walt Whitman. The painting was completed in three weeks, so as to be ready for the birthday
Later it will
be moved from the hotel and placed either in the Whitman home or hung in the lobby of the Walt Whitman
daughter of the late Thomas B. Harned, one of Whitman's literary executors; Joseph Praissman and Mrs. Martha
Davis curator of the Whitman home, were members of the anniversary
committee headed by Mrs.
exceptions, members of the Walt Whitman Foundation attended yesterday's program, including Dr. Macalister, chairman; Dr.
Cornelius Weygandt, vice chairman; Mrs. Juliet Lit Stern, Joseph M.
Conover, Mrs. Helen Taft Manning, Mrs. Allen Drew Cook, Mrs. Nicholas
Douty, Dr. Herbert Spencer Harned, J. Frederick Harned, Roy Helton,
William T. Innes, Eldridge R. Johnson, William H. Ketler, Dr. Rufus M.
Jones, former Mayor Victor King, Oscar Wolf, John Frederick Lewis,
Jr., Dr. Bliss Perry, Harrison S. Morris, Agnes, Repplier, former
Mayor Winfield S. Price, Vernon Whitman Rich, Dr. J. Duncan Spaeth, Dr. Felix E. Schelling, Dr. Robert E.
Spiller, Mrs. David Abeel Storer, Frederick von Nieda and Ralph W. Wescott.
Among the visitors was former Assemblyman William H. Iszard, who is secretary of the committee, which acquired the home as a national shrine. Iszard sponsored legislation in the Assembly for its upkeep.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933|
PLANNED BY SALVATION ARMY
Executives of Organization Discuss Budget for Camden and Propose Drives
Plans for a
campaign to raise funds to cover the budget of the Salvation Army Corps
here were discussed yesterday at a meeting of members of the executive board at Hotel
Sayrs, chairman of the committee presided and requested that a successor
be appointed. The nominating committee selected Earl Lippincott, chairman;
Mrs. Arthur Casselman and John J. Robinson,
James A. Harvey, commanding the Philadelphia region of the
Army reviewed the Work accomplished at the Camden headquarters, under
direction of Captain Charles W. Schafter.
itemized report of receipts and expenditures together with a budget
outline were submitted by Captain Schaffer.
Other members of the
committee include Howard Hemphill, George C. Baker, Patrick Harding, Dr.
James Rodgers, Dr. F. William Schafer and Dr. Albert Pancoast.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933|
Miss Norris Saurman, of Grove Street and Maple Avenue, Haddonfield, entertained yesterday at luncheon followed by bridge for the following members of her club: Mrs. Charles A. Wolverton, Mrs. Joseph Hackett, Mrs. Einar Dale, Mrs. James Polk, Mrs. Walter Carroll and Mrs. Thomas Trappe, of Merchantville, and Mrs. Josiah Hatch, of Delair.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933|
|Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933|
Camden Unit Makes Real Estate Broker Chairman of Advisory Boards
R. Lippincott, real estate broker, has been named chairman of the advisory
board of the Camden unit of the Salvation Army, succeeding William
officers include Mrs.
Charles A. Wolverton, treasurer, and Miss Elizabeth Magill, secretary.
Members of the executive committee selected the following committees: Woman's committee, Mrs. Arthur H. Holl and Mrs. Wilfred W. Fry; finance committee, Dr. F. William Shafer, William D. Sayrs, Frank C. Propert, Mrs. Wolverton and Mrs. Holl; property committee, Howard Hemphill, John J. Robin son, Herman E. Hensgen, Arthur J. Casselman and George C. Baker; public relations and publicity, Rev. John Pemberton, Joseph G. Tweedy, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Dr. Albert B. Pancoast and Patrick H. Harding; program committee, Dr. James Rodger, Propert, Robinson, Tweedy and John L. Shannon.
Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938
Walt Whitman - Dr.
Sarah D. Wolverton - Charles
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