FRED KLOSTERMAN was born Frederick Klostermann Jr. on September 13, 1900 to Frederick and Catherine Klostermann. His father was a cigar maker. By 1906 and through the early 1929, the family lived at 1148 Kaighn Avenue. By 1929, however, Fred Klosterman, who had worked as a plumber as early as 1923, had married and moved to 1255 Decatur Street, where he lived with his wife Victoria and their children, Frederick III and Catherine.
Tragedy struck in late December of 1929 when his father, Fred Klosterman Sr., who had been running a bar called the Campus Inn in West Berlin, New Jersey was discovered to have committed suicide.
Fred Klosterman, along with his brother Joseph, was heavily involved in the illegal lottery, or "numbers" racket, in Whitman Park and South Camden in the 1930s and 1940s. The Klosterman brothers were very active in Camden in the early 1930s. In the wake of a police crackdown on gang activity that occurred in the aftermath of the 1934 murder of Detective William Feitz of the Camden Police Department, the Klosterman brothers were sentenced to three-to-five-year prison terms by Judge Frank F. Neutze in 1934. He served 16 months before being released with his brother on parole in July of 1936. Joe Klosterman apparently quit the rackets after leaving prison.
Fred Klosterman appears then to have acquired control to the bar at 1050 Mechanic Street, which he operated as Club Cadix, named after a popular Philadelphia gangland haunt where bootlegger Mickey Duffy had survived an attempted hit.
After living above the bar, Fred Klosterman and his wife Victoria lived next door at 1048 Mechanic Street through the late 1930s, near St. Joseph's Church. After being missed by a bullet fired through a window into his bar in November of 1939, Klosterman was seriously wounded outside his home on January 6, 1940. The shootings were rumored to have been the result of rivalry over territory between Klosterman and Mafia under-boss Marco Reginelli, who lived in East Camden, as both apparently were attempting to move into Atlantic City at the time. Fred Klosterman spent the next month or so recovering at West Jersey Hospital. His absence from the streets of Camden may have saved his life, as there were several more killings in Philadelphia and South Jersey over the next several weeks. No one was ever charged for the attempt on Fred Klosterman's life.
The Klosterman family remained connected with the bar through at least 1947, at which time he was residing in Haddonfield or Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ. After leaving the bar behind, he became involved in the appliance business. He also remained in the gambling business, and was hit with a $10,000 fine in 1948.
Fred Klosterman was arrested in Philadelphia on October 21, 1955 and charged with conspiracy in attempt to bribe an IRS agent. By September of 1956 He was living on Crystal Lake Avenue in Haddon Township (Westmont) NJ, and managing an appliance store when in Ardmore PA. His trial on the conspiracy charge began that month. He was acquitted.
Fred Klosterman passed away in November of 1971. He last lived in Wayne PA. Victoria Klosterman passed in 1992.
COP SHOT AS HE QUIZZES AUTO BANDIT GANG
December 26, 1929
Fred Klosterman Sr.
Camden Courier-Post * June 21, 1933
Mysterious Piece of Paper' Enlivens Numbers Trial Here
A mysterious piece of paper yesterday precipitated a verbal battle between Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk and Defense Attorney Walter S. Keown upon opening of the trial of Joseph and Fred Klosterman on charges of number writing. They were placed on trial before Judge Samuel M. Shay and a criminal court jury.
Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified of a raid on the Klosterman saloon at Mechanic and Green streets and an adjacent house at 1312 Green street. The witness identified a brief-case containing numbers slips and also a postal card addressed to "F. Klosterman."
When Shaw was turned over to Keown for cross-examination, the defense counsel reached into the case, pulled out a piece of paper and asked how it had gotten into the bar. When Shaw said he had put it there, Keown declared:
"Well, put it into your pocket. It has nothing to do with this case."
Shaw refused, whereupon Keown rolled it up into a ball and put it in his own pocket. At this, Gotshalk angrily demanded to see the paper, but Keown declared that "you can't see this until after the jury has gone out." When Gotshalk insisted, Keown said he would give it to Judge Shay. He threw it on the judge's desk, but Judge Shay, who was smiling broadly, made no move to take it. Gotshalk then reached out to get the paper, but Keown was quicker retrieving it and placing it in his pocket again.
"What right have you to take a state exhibit and place it in your pocket?" Gotshalk queried heatedly. "I want that paper."
"I'll show it to Judge Shay," parried Keown.
"I don't want to see it," laughed Judge Shay, as Keown paced around the courtroom, followed by Gotshalk.
"It has nothing to do with this case," repeated Keown.
And there the matter stood.
Shaw testified that he, Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn entered the saloon December 10, and went out the back door. They followed a path to the Green street house, broke down the door and found Henry Pogrozewski, 17, and his mother burning numbers slips in a stove. Shaw said he recovered a half basket of slips.
Mary King, deputy city clerk, testified that at the time of the raid the license for the saloon was in Joseph Klosterman's name.
Shaw's testimony was corroborated by Arthur and Kaighn. Shaw was then recalled to the stand and related that as the three detectives went from the saloon to the other house, the Klosterman brothers followed them and demanded to know "why the dicks are always picking on us."
The case will be resumed this morning. .
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
KLOSTERMAN BOYS FOUND GUILTY IN NUMBERS CASE
A jury returned a guilty verdict against the two South Camden sportsmen-brothers at 6:25 p. m., after deliberating only a short while.
Both were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, but were allowed to depart under bail pending sentence later by Judge Samuel M. Shay.
Shay delivered his charge to the jury after denying motions by Walter S. Keown, defense counsel, first to quash the indictment on grounds that
Called 'Big Shots'
The two brothers were characterized as "big shot numbers barons" by Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk in his closing argument to the jury.
Referring to a woman and her son, who were burning numbers slips when raiders entered the establishment, Gotshalk said: .
"They might ask us why we don't have that woman and her 17-yearold son on trial here. When the police make an arrest the public wants to know why we don't get the big shots. Well, here they are," pointing at the Klostermans. "Here are the big shots,"
The Klosterman saloon, Mechanic and Green Streets, was raided December 10 by city detectives who testified Tuesday they followed a footpath to an adjacent house at 1312 Green Street. They broke down the door and found a woman and her son burning numbers slips. Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified he recovered some of the slips and also found a brief case containing numbers slips and a post card addressed to "F. Klosterman." Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn corroborated Shaw's testimony.
Says He Was Visitor
The defense opened with Joseph Klosterman on the stand. He testified he had nothing to do with the saloon when it was raided, but merely happened to be in there for a drink when the raiders entered. He said he had owned the saloon for three and a half years but sold it last July for $100. He never had any connection with the Green Street house, he declared. He is now a plumber, Klosterman averred.
When Assistant Prosecutor Gotshalk asked him if he had ever been convicted of crime, Keown asked that the jury be withdrawn as he wanted to make another motion. Court then recessed.
When court resumed Mrs. Anna Pogroszewski, of the Green street address, took the stand. She testified the Klostermans were not connected with her home in any manner. She testified she had rented a room to a man named "Tommy" and all the numbers apparatus was his. When he moved out, he left the slips and adding machines there, she said, and she had cleaned out his room and was burning the papers when the raiders arrived.
Fred Klosterman, who resides at 1255 Decatur Street, denied he was a "numbers baron" and said he merely "happened" to be there on the day of the raid. Under cross-examination he admitted having pleaded guilty to slot machine charges in June of last year.
Evening Courier - September 12, 1934
TO BLAIR, COLSEY SAYS;
3 HELD IN NUMBERS DRIVE
1 ADMITS GUILT AND POLICE SAY LINKS OTHERS
Klosterman Named by Man Found With Slips On Him After Arrest
3 'BIG BANKS' INVOLVED IN MOVE TO CLEAN UP
Others Must Face Trial; More Arraigned and Bonds Fixed by Court
While Camden County authorities were collecting evidence to present to the new Grand Jury when it convenes next Thursday afternoon to open its extraordinary probe into vice and crime, Camden today pressed their drive on gambling in this city.
Three men, one of whom police declare is a "numbers" bank operator here, were held under bail to await the action of the Grand Jury by Judge J. Harry Switzer when arraigned in Police Court.
The alleged "numbers" baron is Joseph Klosterman, who gave an address of 1400 Mechanic Street. He was held in $3000 bail for the Grand Jury on a charge of operating a "numbers" Lottery.
Held in $2000 Bail
Albert Young, 41, of 519 North 2nd Street, was held in $2000 bail and remanded to the Grand Jury action on a charge of possession of numbers slips. He entered a plea of guilty when arraigned before Judge Switzer.
Walter Hart, 25, of 1245 Thurman Street, who was taken into custody at 9:05 AM today by police after Young revealed he passed over his numbers slips between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM daily, was held in $5000 bail on a charge of operating a "numbers" lottery. He pleaded not guilty to the complaint which was signed by City Detective George Zeitz.
After arraignment the three "numbers" suspects were taken from court to detective headquarters where they were photographed and fingerprinted.
At the hearing of Klosterman, Detective Zeitz testified that he hand his brother Fred were each fined $500 on May 23 last in lieu of serving a six month jail sentence which had been imposed July 21, 1933 by Criminal Judge Shay after having been convicted of operating a "numbers" lottery.
The detective further testified that he had statement ts from five other persons, one of whom was Young, arrested in connection with the gambling drive, who stated that they worked for the "Klosterman brothers numbers bank".
Besides Young, the others, all of whom are under $2000 bail each for grand jury action, include Frank Kulczynski 26, of 1100 Orchard Street, Charles Simonin, 35, of 709 Fairview Street; Mrs. Mary Angelio, 26, of 600 Line Street; Harry Koron, 42, of 1528 Mount Ephraim Avenue, and Leon Yaroch, 39,of 612 Kaighn Avenue.
Klosterman was taken into custody yesterday by Police Lieutenant Walter Welch, of the Second Police District, on a warrant signed by Zeitz. Young was picked up Sergeant Edward Hahn and Patrolman Ralph Cline.
A "number" bank fugitive, Joseph Cheak, 32, colored, who lives on 10th Street near Kaighn Avenue, is lodged in the Camden County jail awaiting court action. He was arrested in Philadelphia yesterday and brought here to face an indictment returned against him two weeks ago by the Camden County Grand Jury.
Chief County Detective Lawrence T. Doran disclosed that Cheak is known as the operator of the "colored numbers bank" in South Camden.
While police and detectives were scouring the city to learn whether or not the warning issued 36 hours ago to all proprietors of gambling houses to close down and stay closed was being enforced, Mayor Stewart was continuing the questioning of police officials and detectives at his City Hall office.
Data on vice and crime conditions was sought by Mayor Stewart.
Evening Courier - September 13, 1934
TENTH ARREST MADE
Arrests in the numbers racket in Camden continued today simultaneously with the continuation of the inquiry into the murder of City Detective William T. Feitz Jr.
With the Feitz slaying probe in its eleventh day- the detective was slain September 2 at 243 Sycamore Street, an alleged disorderly house- city and county authorities were still questioning witnesses in an endeavor to obtain sufficient evidence to name the murderer or murderers.
The arrest this morning of Crawford Smith, 51, of 702 Carman Street, as a numbers writer, brought the total of those apprehended this week in the numbers racket to 10.
At the same time Police Judge J. Harry Switzer held Fred Klosterman, 33, of 1050 Mechanic Street, in $5000 bail for the grand jury on a charge of operating a numbers game.
The Klostermans. according to police, are among the topnotch numbers barons of the city. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
No Testimony Taken
Fred Klosterman surrendered voluntarily yesterday afternoon when he learned that police were seeking him as an alleged numbers operator.
He was arraigned in police court today on complaint of George Zeitz, a city detective, who charged him with operating a numbers game. Police did not reveal where Fred Klosterman allegedly operated.
There was no testimony taken at the hearing of Fred Klosterman. His bail bond was signed by John Zubien. Police say they do not know Zubien's address. Mrs. Anna Bubnoski, of 1426 Mount Ephraim Avenue, posted the $3000 bail for Joseph Klosterman. Zeitz also had made complaint against him.
Fred Klosterman surrendered yesterday, according to police, after a defendant in police court testified that he was employed at an alleged numbers bank operated by Fred Klosterman. Zeitz swore to a warrant for Fred Klosterman's arrest based on the police information, he said.
Smith, who was arrested by George Clayton, a policeman, will be given a hearing in police court tomorrow as an alleged numbers writer.
Meanwhile no disposition was made in the case of Mrs. Mollie Schwartz, 42, who was arrested yesterday on a charge of operating a still at a double dwelling at 3404 Rosedale Avenue. Police Lieutenant John Potter said the woman admitted operating the still.
A man said to be a brother of Mrs. Schwartz fled in his undershirt at the time of the raid, as Sergeant Edward Hahn and Policeman Joseph Keefe were making the arrest and seizure. The seizure included 13 barrels of alleged mash, a stove, one cooler, three gallons of liquor, and a 75 gallon still. Police reported that one of two cars without license tags which had been parked in front of the house disappeared later.
Cops to Aid State
Strict cooperation with the State Alcoholic beverages Commission in the detection, closing up, and prosecution of speakeasies is being given by the Camden Police Department.
That statement was made today by Mayor Roy R. Stewart, who is the director of the department of public safety, and came as a result of an interview which Howard B. Dyer, an investigator with the state beverage commission had with the mayor. Dyer was formerly deputy city clerk.
"Dyer came in and asked for the cooperation of the police department," said Mayor Stewart, "and I told him we would cooperate fully".
The state alcoholic beverage commission, through its investigators, has been busy in running down speakeasies, stills and other illicit liquor practices.
|Where Police Seized Still, After Year's Operation|
BANDITS TO BE QUIZZED
Seven men and women held by Camden as police as material witnesses in the murder of Detective William T. Feitz two weeks ago in an alleged South Camden disorderly house will look over two men arrested in Chester PA after a store holdup here.
At the same time, Chief Doran disclosed that after a conference with Police Chief Arthur Colsey, orders were issued that every person arrested in Camden, whether the charge is trivial or serious, will be placed in a police "lineup" and the material witnesses will face them to see if any of Feitz's killers are among them.
Chief Doran was not sure whether the Camden County authorities would be able to bring the two robbery suspects to Camden because they are also wanted in Pennsylvania for almost a score of other holdups and burglaries.
Will Visit Chester
In the event that Chester authorities will not turn the two men over to Camden detectives, the witnesses will go to Chester to examine them, Chief Doran said.
Those held in Chester in connection with the holdup Wednesday night of the candy store of Michael Guzik at 1301 Sheridan Street identified themselves as Peter Muraska, 10, of 342 McDowell Street, and Ray Tuttle, 30, of 2529 West Ninth Street, both of Chester.
While neither Chief Doran nor Chief Colsey believe Muraska or Tuttle may be implicated in the murder of the detective because they are not known to be killers, both declared the suspects will be questioned as to their whereabouts at the time Feitz was shot to death.
"We are letting nothing slip through our fingers at this stage of the investigation" Chief Doran said. "There is a bare possibility that either of these two suspects may be implicated or have some knowledge that would be useful to us in solving this crime".
While negotiations were under way between Camden County authorities and Chester police to bring the suspects here, Chief Colsey was making inquiry into the actions of Patrolman William Brickner during the holdup.
Questioned by Colsey
Brickner was summoned to Chief Colsey's office at City Hall today to explain why he had rushed from his home at 1263 Chase Street to the scene of the holdup when told by neighbors that it was taking place and then gave his gun to his son Elmer so he could watch the place so he the policeman could telephone police headquarters for help.
According to Guzik, the proprietor of the store, the bandits were in his store 30 minutes. They locked the doors behind them and gagged Guzik and guarded his wife, Blanche, and her sister, Mary Pitura, 18.
The bandits broke open a trunk from which they took $100 in pennies, $30 in scrip, and $4 in silver. Guzik said the pennies represented his profit in a penny vending machine over a period of time.
It was while Guzik was left alone that he shouted from one of his windows and neighbors called Brickner who was at home and off duty. His son Elmer, fired one shot at the fleeing car before the patrolman came back from telephoning for help.
Several numbers of the license plates on the bandits car were covered with tape but one of the youngsters in the neighborhood succeeded in pushing aside the tape and getting the complete number which was turned over to police. Yesterday Detective Lieutenant Ward, accompanied by Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner and Detective Joseph Carpani went to Chester and made the arrests.
The car, which carried Pennsylvania tags, was listed in the name of Archie Hendrickson of Morton Avenue, Chester, police said.
ASSUMES CHARGE OF VICE WAR
Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando today dropped all other duties and took personal charge of the drive to rid Camden city and county of vice.
Orlando announced he would concentrate his activities in the drive against crime and te solution of the murder of Detective William T. Feitz Jr., slain two weeks ago in a South Camden disorderly house.
“I hope to gather enough evidence to go before the grand jury within the next week or 10 days,” Orlando said. “The Feitz murder investigation is progressing and I hope to have sufficient facts before me soon that will enable is to apprehend the slayers.”
Weekend developments in the general drive against crime resulted in the raiding of at least 30 gambling houses, illicit saloons, and alcohol stills with police spurred to feverish activity by Mayor Roy R. Stewart’s probe of the department, which he said will end this week, unless new evidence develops to extend it.
Blair Release Sought
Meanwhile, Edward V. Martino, council for Michael Tenerelli, alias Mickey Blair, former boxer, announced his intention of appearing before Judge Frank F. Neutze today to apply for a writ of habeas corpus to effect the release of Blair, held as the “key witness” in the Feitz slaying.
“Prosecutor Orlando had demanded $10,000 for the release of Blair,” Martino said. “That amount is ridiculously high. When I asked Orlando why his office required such excessive bail, he told me ‘I have to back up the police’”.
Martino said he would demand the prosecutor show in court the reason for the “unreasonable demand”.
Lieutenant Walter Welch, new commander of the Second Police District, conducted an intensive cleanup of his bailiwick over Saturday and Sunday, raiding 25 alleged violators of liquor and gambling laws.
Aided by state alcohol agents, police raiders headed by Lieutenant George Frost uncovered two 50-gallon stills and a bullet-riddled target in two apparently abandoned houses at 531 and 533 South 2nd Street. An advance “tip-off” had caused operators of the stills to flee, police said.
Two alcohol “drops”, believed operated by the proprietors of the South 2nd street houses, were visited but found empty.
Numbers Baron Nabbed
Marshall Howard, 33, of 1912 Derousse avenue, Delair, described by Prosecutor Orlando as a ‘big shot’ in the Pennsauken and Camden numbers racket, was arrested Saturday when he visited the court house to make inquiries concerning an unnamed woman under arrest as a numbers writer.
A short while later, at the request of Orlando, Lucille Barber, 35, of 8302 Park avenue, Pennsauken township, and John Barnes, 26, of 7508 Pleasant avenue, Pennsauken township, both colored, were arrested as numbers writers.
It was reported at Pennsauken township police headquarters that the pair was wanted in connection with the case against Howard.
Both were held in $1000 bail for the grand jury.
Those who were held without bail as material witnesses in the Feitz case are Cornelius Murphy, 50, of 239 Sycamore Street, doorkeeper in the establishment; Edward Grapatin, 32, of 246 Kaighn Avenue; Joseph McKenna, 31, of 1404 Broadway; Katherine Lougheed, 32, of 626 Pine Street; Edna Butler, 33, colored, of 1122 South 2nd Street, and Joan Stein, 24, of Philadelphia. Six others were released in their own recognizance as material witnesses.
They are Sam Silverman, 34, of 325˝ Kaighn Avenue; Edward Gorba, 20, who has supplied police with most of the information about Feitz’ death, and Gorba’s brother, Henry, 19, of 17 North 21st Street; Joseph McDonald, 20, of 1605 South 9th Street; Edith Miller, 28, colored, of 205 Sycamore Street, and George Martorano, 25, of 532 West Street.
Aided by Patrolmen William Marter and Carmin Fuscellaro Sr., Lieutenant Welch conducted a series of raids Saturday night and yesterday morning. The saloon of Mary Niewinski, at 400 Mechanic Street, was raided early yesterday and two customers arrested.
Lieutenant Welch Leads Raiders
Welch, who took over the duties Lieutenant Ralph Bakley when the latter was suspended by Mayor Stewart yesterday, declared he was seeking violators of the city’s Sunday closing ordinance, which states that places selling liquor must close “between the hours of 2:00 AM Sunday and 7:00 AM Monday.”
Nickelson Lehger, 49, of 311 Somerset Street, Gloucester and George Burkett, 38, of 340 Liberty Street, were arrested in Mrs. Niewinski's place. Welch said they were shooting craps on the bar. Mrs. Niewinski was released in $500 bail as proprietor and the men were released in $100 bail each as frequenters.
Welch and his squad visited a house at 1903 South 6th street, reputedly operated by William Tansky, 33. Tansky, charged with violating the closing ordinance, was released in $500 bail as proprietor, and Edward Krown, 65, of 1705 South 4th Street; Edward Judd, 41, of 721 Ferry Avenue; and William Sampey, of 729 North 10th Street, charged with being frequenters, were released in $100 bail.
A saloon operated by Helen Brass, 52, at 1067 Ferry Avenue, scene of an unsuccessful holdup attempt Friday, was next raided. Frank Dipeto, 42, of 829 Sylvan Street; Edward Podyezmek, 47, of 783 South 2nd street; Joseph Orbin, 53, of 963 Florence Street; and Angelo Del Rossi, 70, of 430 Emerald Street, were arrested and held as frequenters. Mrs. Brass was charged with violating the closing ordinance.
The establishment of Mitchell Lambert, 26, at 1427 South 9th Street was next visited. Lambert, held as proprietor was released in $500 bail. Florian Shepecarter, 36, of 2811 Yorkship Road; John Glenn, 35, of 52 Courtland Street; Paul Korzewszeski, 34, of 1041 Atlantic Avenue; and William Lanning, 37, of 1149 South 9th Street were all nabbed as frequenters.
At 1025 South 2nd Street, Welch and his men found four colored men and women, and Meg Mack, 38, colored, who was charged with being proprietor. The four gave their names as Alvin Mack, of the South 2nd Street address; Howard Elinor, 30, of 215 Chestnut Street; and Alice Wells and Emily Robinson, 28, of the same address. All were held for hearing today.
Welch declared he was unable to enter some of the places visited because he did not hold warrants. He said he would procure warrants today and return to several of the places. In the other instances where raids were made, Welch did not reveal the addresses or names.
Welch announced last night he is not seeking “personal notoriety” through his activities, but is merely doing his duty as a police officer. He declared “the lid has been clamped on the second District and will stay on.”
State Police Stage Raid
Thirteen were arrested by a detail of state troopers from the Mt. Ephraim and Berlin barracks when a raid was staged on the home of Dominick Melchiore, 28, at Cedar Avenue, Blenheim.
Melchiore was charged with operating a gambling establishment. Arraigned before Justice of the peace Charles Jackson at Runnemede, he was fined $5 and costs. Charles Darpino, 26, a Camden man among those arrested, gave his address as 306 Chestnut Street. He and the 11 others were fined $3 each and costs.
The police raiders who uncovered the two stills and riddled target at 533 South 2nd Street also visited the home of Charles Auletto, 20 South 2nd street. Auletto, charged with selling illegal liquor, denied knowledge of the stills, but was held on $1000 bail for the grand jury by Police Judge J. Harry Switzer.
Two men were fined $25.00 each last night in Pennsauken township police court by Recorder George E. Yost on slot machine gambling charges.
Arthur Pipher, 25, of 2248 North 36th Street, Camden, was charged with placing slot machines in various stores for gambling purposes, and Edward Friedberg, operator of a medicine store at Park and Union Avenues, Pennsauken was charged with possession of a slot machine. Friedberg announced he would appeal his conviction.
It was testified that he offered merchandise as prizes in conjunction with operation of the device.
Camden Courier-Post - August 5, 1935
JURY CLEARS NUMBER SUSPECTS
men alleged by city and county authorities to have succeeded the Klosterman
brother sin controlling the Camden numbers racket last Spring, were exonerated
by the Camden county grand jury.
the same time, the grand jury in its report to the County Clerk Charles S.
Wise, failed to find an indictment against Robert Bloodworth, another suspect
arrested in connection with the operation of lotteries in Camden.
the trial of the Klosterman
brothers, Fred and Joe, both of whom were convicted last spring of number
charges, Szalinski was named by Police Chief Arthur
Colsey as the “Sixty-ninth Street mobster who had taken over the Klosterman
numbers play.” Every policeman in Camden was ordered to arrest Szalinski on
suspected numbers operator was arrested and later released in $1500 bail to
await the action of the grand jury.
was arrested last April after police had engaged in a sensational chase of 15
blocks after a suspected numbers pickup automobile at which they fired a
number of shots, pone of which struck a bystander.
allege Putek joined Szalinski in control of the Klosterman
numbers game. Arrests of both men climaxed orders to county police authorities
by Supreme Court Justice Frank T.
Lloyd and Prosecutor Samuel P.
Orlando to clean up the number racket in this area.
bills” were returned by the grand jury for Harry Hartman and John Burke
charged with attempts and breaking and entry; J.G. Flynn, accused of being a
fugitive from justice from Philadelphia; Ralph Latshaw, Anna Green, and
Theodore Jones, statutory charges.
|Camden Courier-Post - January 8, 1940|
BY PUMP GUN FIRE
H. Wesley Jack - William B. McDonald - Joseph Osinski - August Pflederer
Ralph Bakley - Frank F. Neutze - Mary Kobus
|Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1940|
March 16, 2003
Click on Image to Enlarge
Below" 1050 & 1048 Mechanic Street, Fred & Victoria Klosterman lived at 1048 Mechanic Street when he was shot on January 6, 1940.
|Trenton Evening Times * May 20, 1948|
Palese - Nelson F.
Stamler - Fred
Klosterman - Albert
George Hamilton - Edwin F. Goldy - Benjamin Anyczak - Samuel Bosco - Frank Fort
Leo Robbins - Joseph Starr - Patsy Navarro - Charles Stevenson - Frank Markowitz
Thomas Zegrino - Edward Wesenberg - Robert Hamilton
February 14, 1952
light of the history of the bar,
October 22, 1955
John R. Deeney Jr.
|Camden Courier-Post - September 7, 1956|
Trial Begins September 24
Federal officials revealed today that Frederick W. Klosterman, 55, former Camden gambling kingpin and two other South Jersey men are due to go on trial September 24 in Philadelphia on charges of conspiracy to influence a U.S. Internal Revenue Agent.
Also involved in an alleged attempt to "fix" a tax fraud investigation against Klosterman are John R. Deeney, 34, of Belmont Avenue, Collingswood, and Joseph Stafford, 33, of Sycamore Street, Haddon Heights.
The date of the trial was announced by assistant United States Attorney Robert W. Lees, of Phialdelphia, who will prosecute the federal case against Klosterman, Deeney, and Stafford.
Freed on $2500 bail
Lees said the trio have been free on $2500 bail each since their arrest last October 21, he said they have been indicted on conspiracy to bribe and that Deeney, a suspended income tax agent from the Camden office, has been indicted on as additional charge of violation of Federal Internal Revenue regulations.
Klosterman, who resides on Crystal Lake Avenue, Haddon Township, has recently been operating an appliance store in Ardmore PA. he formerly was operator of Club Cadix, Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Mechanic Street.
Klosterman was arrested in the cocktail room of the John Bartram Hotel, Philadelphia, in the act of passing $5000 to a supposedly cooperative agent, and the others were picked up by Federal agents the same day. They were indicted by the Federal grand jury in Philadelphia on January 26.
Two Called Go-Betweens
Deeney and Stafford were reputed to have acted as go-betweens in an attempt to bribe another special agent, James J. King, of Trenton, to "forget" tax liabilities against Klosterman. Stafford is a Camden insurance agent.
It was testified at a hearing following the arrests that Klosterman did not appear in the case until the final scene when waiting tax agents arrested him.
King said first contact was made in August 1955 when Deeney approached him in the Camden internal revenue office and said he had a problem to discuss. King said he talked to Deeney later that day.
Deeney, King testified, said he learned through a friend that Klosterman was anxious to get rid of the tax case, and was willing to pay $20,000-$30,000 to settle the tax liability, and $20,000 to pay King for his part in getting it settled.
King said he was shocked by them and the next day reported the conversation to Joseph DeMatteo, his supervisor DeMatteo advised King to lead the operation on with a pretense of being interested
When he did so, King asserted, he met Stafford and the supposed bribe delivery was arranged.
Before he went into the appliance business, Klosterman built up a long police record as a gambler in Camden and other sections of South Jersey. He was convicted in 1935 on a lottery charge. He served 16 months of a three-to-five year sentence and paid a $3000 fine.
Klosterman and his wife were operating the Club Cadix when he was cut down by shotgun blasts in front of the place on January 7, 1940. The identity of assailants was never established.
|Trenton Evening Times * May 20, 1959|
Bushnell III - David D. Furman - Alfred
Pierce - Joseph
Klosterman - Julius
Raymond Brown - William Greenly - Fithian Hill - John Leo - Dominick Padulla
Joseph Pitzo - Charles Darpino
|Camden Courier-Post - November 10, 1971|
|Fred Klosterman: The Passing of a Numbers Kingpin
WAYNE,PA. - Fred W. Klosterman, former South Camden numbers kingpin, is dead at the age of 71.
Through he lived in relative obscurity since his last arrest in 1964, Klosterman was a notorious character in south Jersey of the 1930s when he and his brother Joseph topped the list of the area’s numbers writers.
He survived three shotgun blasts in a 1940 assassination attempt. In 1935, he and Joe faced 32 years in jail and $24,000 in fines for operating a numbers racket during 1933 and 1934 in the Young Men’s Seventh Ward Republican Club, 1411 Mt. Ephraim Ave., and the Chez La Joy, a taproom at 1050 Mechanic Street. He managed to serve only 16 months and paid a $3,000 fine.
His last recorded brush with police came on Sept. 22, 1964,when he was arrested on a motor vehicle charge on Haddon Township’s Graisbury Avenue. The arrest would seem inconsistent if state police had not pointed out that he was parked near a house which had been the site of a gambling raid less than three hours earlier.
He died last Friday - some say of cancer, and others, of a liver ailment. At the time, he was manager of Miss Jeanne’s Crossroads Tavern near the King of Prussia Mall which he listed as his home address, according to police. At the tavern he was simply called “Mr. Kay."
As early as ten years ago he still lived in Haddon Township,but his better known address
1930s, the Klosterman brothers had compiled a list of arrests by Camden police
In January 1935, the two brothers faced major prosecution. In the end they were acquitted
By March, however, they were back in Camden Criminal Court where they were found guilty
Fred Klosterman’s next appearance before the public in the newspapers was more spectacular and almost cost him his life.
He and his wife, Victoria, were operating the Club Cadix, Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Mechanic Street, at the time.
Klosterman was putting his car in his garage at 1048 Mechanic Street, next to his saloon, shortly after 10 p.m, on January 7, 1940, when someone cut him down with three shotgun blasts through the windshield. He was found by a neighbor lying in the street and taken to the hospital with wounds of the face, neck, and cheek. At first believed near death, Klosterman walked out of the hospital 31 days later.
Fails to Pay
Although the gunman was never found by police, they traced the shooting to Klosterman’s attempt to expand his numbers racket into Atlantic City. Still another report said that the saloon operator simply failed to pay off on bets.
Sixteen years later, the name Klosterman again made its
appearance- this time, on bribery
This time, a federal grand jury indicted him and two other South Jersey men for trying to bribe a U.S. Internal Revenue agent - known only as “Agent X”-in the cocktail room of the John Bartram Hotel in Philadelphia. Allegedly, the agent received $5,000 from Klosterman, who wanted to fix a $50,000 tax liability.
Even though the the men were convicted, a U.S. Circuit Court cleared Klosterman two years later. It also accused Internal Revenue agents of “over-zealous tactics” of law enforcement and ”engineering Klosterman’s arrest.
But the federal government won round after round against the Camden tavern owner in 1955 with tax liens. The first lien was for $30,000 and second for $201,239.
In 1957, Philadelphia police accused the Camden gambling figure of being linked with a $1.5 million lottery ring in Northeast Philadelphia.
Nothing came of the disclosure. But his brother, Joseph, reappeared in 1860 when he was convicted of operating a lottery in a Sheridan Street home. The conviction was overturned the following year.
Fred Klosterman’s last appearance on police blotters hardly suited his past, He was injured in a two-car accident in the Oaklyn section of the White Horse Pike in 1965. Hospital officials said he had a strained neck and told him to take it easy..
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