E. HOWARD BROOME JR. served as personal secretary to Winfield S. Price, Mayor of the City of Camden from 1937 to 1931. The job title of "personal secretary" is somewhat more akin to "chief of staff" in the vernacular of 2004. By February of 1936 he was serving as Deputy Director of Finance under Commissioner Harold Bennett. It is likely that he left City government after the Democrats took control in October of 1936.
E. Howard Broome was born in 1895, and married at 20. He appears to be the son of an E. Howard Broome, a machinist born around 1867, who appeared in the 1880 Census and in the Camden City Directories of 1887 through 1891. At the time of the 1930 Census E. Howard Broome lived with his wife Ellen at 1449 Bradley Avenue, and he was still at that address as late as 1936. E. Howard Broome had passed by the time the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, survived by his wife Ellen, who continued to reside on Bradley Avenue into the late 1940s.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933|
|Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936|
VOTES TO PAY EXPERT ON REFUNDING OF CITY DEBTS
They said they expect to make the selection today.
special gathering of the commissioners in Mayor Frederick
von Nieda's offices at noon today was arranged to hear applications of
candidates for the job.
candidate will be considered unless he has a plan to submit that looks
attractive to the commissioners they said.
to select the paid adviser came near the end of a hectic two and one-half
hour conference of the commissioners with their citizens' advisory
committee, members of the Freeholders budget committee, various bond
brokers, and bankers and attorneys for the city and the bond dealers.
commissioners decided to engage the adviser against the recommendation
and despite an eloquent plea of their bond attorney-L. Arnold Frye, of
Hawkins, Delafield and Longfellow, New York attorneys.
was at the suggestion of Commissioner Mary
W. Kobus that the decision to bring in paid help was taken.
action was taken under such a. way as to leave at least one bond house's
representatives under the impression the commission is actually, though
not legally, committed to accepting whatever plan their paid counselor may
questions on this line, however, brought no definite answer.
we'll agree," Mrs. Kobus
said. "I think by the time we select the man we will select the
plan," Commissioner Harold W. Bennett, director of revenue and
that, the commissioners did not commit themselves.
however, announced that the adviser's tenure will be "for whatever
period we decide to engage him."
George E. Brunner suggested that the advisory committee submit the names
of three prospects for the adviser's job and that committee's sub-committee
on finance withdrew and returned to offer two names. They explained they
could not suggest more than two.
names were held confidential and no one knowing them would reveal their
was some speculation as to whether they were
Jr., Philadelphia bond broker and former city director of revenue and
finance, and Norman S. Tabor, noted New York adviser on municipal fiscal
to Make Pick
commissioners, as soon as they received the two names in secret, withdrew
into the mayor's private office for ten minutes to discuss the suggested
helpers, but returned to announce that all applicants for the job will be
heard at noon today.
was accepted as tacit admission that no final agreement was reached on
either name suggested.
are going to pick the man on a basis of his helpfulness to Camden, I
want to say now 'that we will not
necessarily select the man who offers to help us at the lowest cost.
want those applicants for the position who appear tomorrow to have a
definite idea of what plan they expect the city to follow if they are
course, we do not expect any minute detailed plan from any man not already
acquainted with the situation, but we want it to be definite enough to
enable us to know whether we will follow it.
want to keep the cost as low as possible, and we advise now that the cost
of this help or advice must be low, but we will not pick the adviser on a
cost basis purely.
will make no commitments in advance. We will talk to no applicant until
the time comes tomorrow. My conception of how we will select the adviser
will come first. Then contacts, experience, the cost to the city and, of
course, the acceptability of the plan offered."
conference was called to discuss proposed refunding plans for Camden city,
with most of the talk centering on the controversy over Chapter 60 as a
Mrs. Kobus suggested appointment of the financial adviser at a meeting of the city commission to be held immediately.
thought similarly during the last few days," said Bennett. "I
realize it would be a big
expense, but the City is reaching a crisis and it might be money well
asked the advisory committee to submit three names for appointment as an
adviser. The committee suggested two names which were not revealed.
in requesting the commission not to employ an adviser, revealed himself
the principal author of New Jersey's two refunding or bond issuing acts
around which the commissions' difference of opinion as to method has
revolved-Chapters 60 and 77.
can finance your indebtedness
entire, Frye said, "under Chapter
77, or partly under Chapter 60 and partly under 77. I
personally have no preference, as
the principal author of both.
to your tax rate, set what you can set and what the taxpayers can stand.
Don't you think you could get together and settled this among yourselves?
Don't you think that
would be better?"
passed off Fry's suggestion thus:
Mr. Frye, I
think it can best be settled by
use of an adviser. I
am anxious to settle it quickly.
We have been unable to agree thus far and I
am on the uneasy seat for Camden
faces a crisis and I want to get it past."
suggestion carne after all of the bond brokers present, except Middleton,
had advised the city to use the stringent budget, making restrictions of
W. Burnison, chairman of the citizens' advisory committee, reiterated
that group's objections to Chapter 50, saying the same guarantees can be
provided for bondholders under 77, without putting the city under such
rigid state supervision for so long a period.
person present was invited to speak. Most of the freeholders viewed the
matter as a city and not a county problem, but promised cooperation.
meeting started as a closed session, but after 25 minutes behind closed
doors in the mayor's' office, Evered
came to the door and admitted reporters.
reporters, however, were given to
understand that the only statements they were to use were those from Burnison,
chairman of the committee; James
a member, or Evered,
and from other speakers only with their permission.
Attending were the five city commissioners, William H. Heiser, chairman of the Board of Freeholders' budget committee; Freeholders James S. Caskey, Maurice Bart, William Myers, and James W. Wood; George D. Rothermel, assistant county solicitor; City Comptroller Sidney P. McCord; Meyer Sakin and John R. Di Mona, assistant city solicitors; Burnison, Evered, Moran, and Michener, of the Citizens' Advisory Committee; E. Howard Broome, deputy director of finance; Middleton, John T. Trimble, counsel for Middleton; three representatives of Hawkins, Delafield & Longfellow, New York including Frye, Henry Russell and Alfred Gregory; Walter Shuman, representing Rollins & Sons, of Philadelphia and New York; C. C. Collings, of the C. C. Collings Company, Philadelphia; Russell McInes, representing Lehman Brothers, New York; J. M. G. Brown and Samuel S. Blackman, representing Analyses, Inc., Philadelphia, and Leon C. Guest and Herbert Glucksman, Camden bond brokers.
Camden Courier-Post * February 1, 1938
|Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938|
MAYOR AND MRS. KOBUS OPEN BAZAAR TOMORROW
Mayor Brunner and Commissioner Kobus will open the bazaar to be held by the ladies auxiliary of Sons of Israel Synagogue tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.
The bazaar will be staged at the Talmud Torah, with a supper starting the festivities at 6 p. m. tomorrow.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938|
ENDORSED FOR ELECTION POST
Haddonfield G. O. P. Heads Accept Hanna Choicefor County Board
George H. Walton, Republican county committeeman of Haddonfield, and Camden attorney, last night was endorsed by the governors. of tl1e' Haddonfield Republican Club for appointment to the Camden County Board of Elections.
The endorsement was given by 14 of the 18 members of the board.
Surrogate Frank B. Hanna, Republican State committeeman, said he previously had offered Walton as a compromise candidate for the job, succeeding William A. E. King, whose term expires March 1.
When advised at midnight of the Haddonfield club's action, Hanna made known he had suggested to County Clerk Leslie H. Ewing, chairman of the county committee, and Mrs. Florence Baker, State committee member, that Walton be named as a compromise.
According to Hanna, his candidate was rejected by Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker. Hanna declared both favor appointment of Meyer L. Sakin, a Camden attorney, who also is the choice of former U. S, Senator David Baird.
Hanna said: "The endorsement of Mr. Walton is pleasing to me. He is a real Republican, an outstanding lawyer and bears an excellent reputation In his own community and in other parts of the county.
"1 am sure if Mr. Walton is named to the board we will not have any such election scandals as those in Hudson county."
"Mr. Sakin is Baird's candidate. He wants him to have the job so he can oust Harry Ecky from his job as a permanent registrar. Mr. Ecky is one of the most efficient men in the court house. He has done a fine job, and 1 don't intend to be a party to a plot to punish him because he saw fit, to be an efficient employee."
Charles T. Wright, of the Twelfth ward, Nathan Blank, of Oaklyn, and Robert Derowski, of the Seventh ward, also were recommended by Hanna, who stated last night all three were rejected by the Baird-Ewing-Baker clique.
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