Sergeant
Ray
Smith






SERGEANT RAY SMITH was born Lucius Raymond Smith on June 6, 1895. Enlisting in the United States Army at 17, he served in Mexico with General Pershing's expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa. A combat veteran of World War I, he was wounded while serving in France during that conflict, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palms, presented to him personally by Field Marshal Henri Petain. 

Sergeant Ray Smith had fought at least once as a professional before the war. During that time he came to prominence as a boxer, becoming the heavyweight champion of the American Expeditionary Force.

Sergeant Ray Smith returned to professional boxing after the war. In 20 fights his record was 2 wins, 15 losses, and 3 no contest, not uncommon as in those days certain states while allowing pro boxing would not allow a winner to be declared. He fought some of the most famous boxers of his day, including eventual world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney, one-time middleweight champion Leo Houck, and heavyweight title contenders Tommy Gibbons and Bill "KO" Brennan. He fought Battling Levinsky for the Light Heavyweight Title, but lost on points. 

After hanging up his gloves, he remained in boxing as a referee, and was well known for fairness and good judgment. Settling in Camden NJ, he made his home in the 1920s and early 1930s at 31 North 25th Street, and later at 212 North 27th Street. Ray Smith worked a radio announcer and as sportswriter. Ray Smith was involved in many civic activities. He was the president of the Elks Crippled Children's Committee for over 20 years, was a four-time commander of VFW Post 705 in Camden, three-time commander of the August F. Walters Chapter No. 4 of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Raymond C. Thoirs Post 47 of the American Legion, Ring No. 6 of the New Jersey Veterans Boxing Association, and was involved in many, many other civic activities. He was on of the leaders of the bonus march for World War I veterans, and was associated with Congressman Charles A. Wolverton in veterans matters.

In 1926 he ran for Republican committeeman from the Twelfth Ward with the support of Jake Schiller, but lost to Clay W. Reesman.

Sgt. Ray Smith was working for the Courier-Post on the night of June 8, 1933 when he was hurt in a car accident while en route to New York to cover the Max Baer vs. Max Schmeling fight at Yankee Stadium.

In May of 1934 he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the new Jersey Assembly from Camden. In the fight for control of the Republican Party in Camden, he was an ally of Albert S. Woodruff.

Raymond Smith was married to Mabel, and they had one child, a son, Charles Augustus Bodine Smith. who left school to enlist in the Army in 1942. Mabel F. Smith passed away in 1944, and sadly, Private Charles A.B. Smith died while serving in Algeria later that year. 

Sergeant Ray Smith moved to the Erial section of Gloucester Township NJ after World War II, where he founded and operated the Charles A.B. Smith Home for Crippled Children. He remained active in civic affairs.

In February of 1959 he addressed the New Jersey Assembly on veterans issues. On April 20, 1959 he was honored by Ring 6 of the New Jersey Veterans Boxing Association as Man of the Year.

An automobile accident in 1964 left Sgt. Ray Smith partially crippled, only able to walk with the use of braces and crutches. Refusing to give up his work on the crippled children's charities, he was still living at his home in Erial as late as December of 1967. Raymond Smith's later years were spent in Haddon Heights NJ. Sergeant Ray Smith passed away in February of 1979.


SERGEANT RAY SMITH'S BOXING RECORD 
2 Wins, 1 by KO, 15 Losses, & 3 No Decisions
Date   Lb Opponent Lb WLD Last 6 Location Result
1923-09-21 Homer Smith 34-13-2
       
Kalamazoo, MI, USA L KO 7
1923-08-26 Homer Smith 34-12-2
     
Kalamazoo, MI, USA W PTS 1
1922-08-08 Harry Wills 51-5-1
           
Quebec, Canada L PTS 6
1922-05-10 Ad Stone 5-0-0
         
Philadelphia, PA, USA L KO 1
1922-03-13 Leo Houck 126-11-11
   
Lancaster, PA, USA L PTS 8
1921-10-19 185 Denver Ed Martin 17-9-0
         
Arena, Milwaukee, OR, USA L KO 3
1921-09-08 Battling Levinsky 51-11-11
         
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada L PTS 10
1921-08-05 Paul Samson-Körner 9-4-0
       
L KO 4

Exact date and location unknown. Bout held in 1921.

1921-05-27 Tommy Gibbons 28-0-1
           
Youngstown, OH, USA L KO 2
1921-04-04 Eddie Record 2-1-0
     
Montreal, Quebec, Canada NC NC 2
Billed as Eddie Ricord. This bout ended when both men fell through the ropes, Smith suffered a slight concussion. He had also been on the floor in the first round when a loose corner post gave way.
1921-03-14 191 Bill (KO) Brennan 193 65-6-4
         
Havana, Cuba L KO 3
Smith, knocked down after two minutes of fighting into the round, rose at the count of nine and rushed at Brennan. He was stopped by his seconds, however, who had thrown in the towel, and led to his corner. Earlier, in the first round, he had gone through the ropes onto the press table from a left to the stomach. (Often incorrectly listed as occurring March 11.)
1920-12-08 Charley Weinert 10-3-0
     
Newark, NJ, USA L KO 1
1920-11-10 Fighting Bob Martin 23-0-0
         
Savannah, GA, USA L KO 2
1920-10-22 Gene Tunney 25-0-1
           
Camden, NJ, USA L KO 2
1920-09-15 Fighting Bob Martin 20-0-0
         
St. Louis, MO, USA L DQ 2
1920-07-26 Fighting Bob Martin 19-0-0
         
Columbus, OH, USA L KO 5
1920-06-28 Battling Levinsky 47-7-11
 
Cleveland, OH, USA NC ND 10
1920-06-15
(Exhibition)
Harry Wills Sing Sing Prison,
Ossining, NY
 
1920-02-23 Jack Connors 0-1-0
 
Akron, OH, USA W KO 2
1920-01-26 Fighting Bob Martin 10-0-0
           
Cleveland, OH, USA NC ND 10
Smith was better. Martin broke his hand during this bout.
1917-07-04 Jack Dillon 84-4-8
       
Terre Haute, IN, USA L KO 1

Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928

CHARITY BATTLES ATTRACT BIG CROWD
St. Joan of Arc Church Bouts Furnish Plenty of Action Throughout

Fifteen sizzling amateur boxing bouts, together with nine acts of vaudeville, were presented to a capacity crowd in the St. Joan of Arc Church gym, Fairview. The proceeds derived from the affair will go toward the church building fund.

In the feature bout, Bob Zimmerman, of Fairview, unintentionally fouled Eddie O'Tell of South Camden, in the first round and Referee Joe Bonnell immediately stopped the fuss. Zimmerman was in the lead when O'Tell, in attempting to avoid a left hook to the body, leaped into the air with the result that the punch landed low.

Zimmerman, in order not to disappoint the crowd went three rounds with Mickey Murtha. Battling Mack and Pee Wee Ross staged a clown act, while Johnny Lucas met Billy De Lue; Tommy Lyons clashed with Jack Stanley; "Peaches" Gray tackled Terrible Pine; Joe Colon faced Billy Osborne, and George Anderson encountered Milton Bamford. All bouts were limited to three rounds.

Deputy Boxing Commissioner Edward A. Welsh attended the affair, and when introduced by Announcer Bill Kennedy received an ovation that lasted fully five minutes. Mrs. Mary Walsh Kobus, a member of the city board of censors also was present.

Sergeant Ray Smith assisted Bonell in refereeing, while John McGraw was timekeeper. It was one of the most successful affairs ever conducted by the church athletic association.  


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Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928

LOCAL LEGI0N POST TO PUT ON FIGHT SHOW
Sergeant Ray Smith Heads Committee In Charge of Arrangement  for Jousts

Not to be outdone by any local organization, Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post, of the American Legion, passed a resolution last night in favor of staging a monster boxing show at Convention Hall sometime next month. Half the receipts will be donated to further the Boy Scout Movement.

Sergeant Ray Smith, former heavyweight boxer and now a licensed referee, was elected to head the committee on arrangements, which consists if ten members; Judge Frank F. Neutze, Dr. Irwin B. Deibert, Tom Taylor, J. Harry Ashton, Harry E. Bayne, George P. Rothermel, Albert Wehner, Fireman Ray Smith and Jack Weinberg will assist the sergeant in making the show a success.

A businessmen’s committee also will be appointed, but as yet has not been named by the legion committee members.

It is the intention of the committee to bring some of the best boxers in the country here for the show, which they will make an annual affair providing the initial one is a success. Chairman Smith stated today that he would apply for a boxing permit from Deputy Boxing Commissioner Edward A. Welsh at once.


Camden Courier-Post - April 27, 1928

Fans Anticipate Stirring Bout When Mickey Blair
 Clashes With Joey Michaels Here Tonight

EVEN MONEY PREVAILS AS BOUT DRAWS NEAR
Friends of Principals Will Not Offer Odds on Convention Hall Final
BOTH BOYS CONFIDENT

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Camden Courier-Post - April 28, 1928

Fans Jeer As Referee Smith Gives Draw Decision in 'Mickey' Blair-Joey Michaels Bout
BLAIR'S SKILL OFFSET MICHAELS KAYO PUNCH

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Sgt. Ray Smith
Frank M. Travaline Jr.


Injured

SERGEANT RAY SMITH, Courier-Post reporter and former heavyweight boxer, who suffered a wrenched back and strained right leg yesterday in an automobile accident while en route to the Baer-Schmellng fight in New York. He was treated at Bellevue Hospital but was able to continue to the Yankee Stadium and witness the bout. 

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What Do YOU Think?

By CHARLEY HUMES

Showing the same grit and determination that carried him through battle-scarred France and then on to heavyweight heights, Sergeant Ray Smith attended the Battle of the Maxies in New York last Thursday .... . And with a broken back .... The Sergeant had to bribe an attendant in a New York hospital to get his clothes for him so that he could get to the affair ... And was there, gritting his teeth to hold back the pain, cheering his old friend Jack Dempsey's initial go as a big-time promoter... 


Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933

HUNDREDS HONOR MRS. ELLEN D. RYAN
Funeral, Services Will Be Held at Penn Street Home at 2:30 P.M. 

Hundreds paid a final tribute last night to Mrs. Ellen Dougherty Ryan, 79, whose funeral will be held at 2.30 p. m. today at her late home, 312 Penn Street

Floral expressions of sympathy arrived all yesterday afternoon and last night from scores of friends of the family until two rooms were banked with flowers. 

The pallbearers will be William E. "Wid" Conroy, former big league baseball player, Frank "Sis" Clouser, former ball player, Maurice Holler, Police Lieutenant William "Dutch" Padgett of Haddonfield, former ball player, Henry C. Beck and Sergeant Ray Smith, Courier-Post newspapers.

Rev. Dr. George H. Hemingway, former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the services and burial will be in Harleigh Cemetery. 

Mrs. Ryan, a widow 20 years, was the mother of Frank H. Ryan, managing editor of the Courier-Post Newspapers; Thomas H. Ryan, sports editor of the newspapers; Edward Ryan, George R. Ryan, Mrs. Mary Shivers, Miss Anna W. Ryan and Miss Esther Porter Ryan. There are also four grandchildren and two surviving sisters. Mrs. Sue Davis, of Los Angeles. and Mrs. Jane Somers. of Philadelphia.


Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933

Ray Smith ·Thinks Sharkey Will Win on Square Tonight
Says All Carnera Publicity Is Ballyhoo and Ex Gob Will Lace
‘Ambling Alp’ to Avenge Death Of His Pal, Ernie Schaaf

 By SERGEANT RAY SMITH 

Who will win tonight?           

Will Sharkey retain the heavyweight crown when he and Primo Carnera. meet at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island? Or will the gigantic battler from Italy, take the coveted heavyweight title to Europe for the second time in two years? 

This has been the main topic of conversation along the fistic rialto for the past few days now that the title contest looms so near.

The public has lost faith in the so-called experts. The fight fan of today has come to a realization that his opinion or yours is entitled to con just as much consideration as the writers labeled as experts.

The sports writers of the country have already started the ballyhoo for Carnera to win. It he doesn't win, the contest and ­then it will just be that the experts have pulled another boner, and that's that.  When I read what the New York newspapers said of the fight, I reached the decision that I hadn't been to the same fight. So much for experts.

Some have already started the cry that the fight is in "the bag," that Sharkey will go in the tank. Somehow this writer thinks this a lot of hooey. It is true that many strange things happen in the fight "racket" in New York.

Sharkey Won't 'Bag' It

 But what ever happens tonight, your informer feels sure that Sharkey will be no party to anything that IS not strictly on the up and up. Sharkey was a "gob," a sailor for Uncle Sam. On his ships around the world, thousands of Sharkey's fellow shipmates will lay every dollar on the line that Boston man wins. ·

 And the writer is willing to bet all the tea in" China. that Sharkey  will not sell them out. Logically speaking, Sharkey has well invested all the money he needs. He has a mighty fine family, as the saying goes, he's all set. He is whole-heartedly an American. He proved that when he joined the forces of the U. S. A. for maybe a paltry $18 per month

 He is an American at heart. When he climbs through those ropes to that he is America's hope to night, we think that two thoughts will be uppermost in his mind. One keep the crown over here; second that the ambling fighter who he will oppose is the same man who was responsible for the death of his pal, Ernie Schaaf. There is no use telling you of his ability. Sharkey licked Schmeling twice, despite the experts' reports to the contrary.

Camden Bout Recalled

The writer saw both contests. The first battle I was accompanied by one of the best judges of fistic tests around these parts, Tom Ryan. Sharkey had so beaten Schmeling that we were both ready to leave the park, when the low blow giving the world's championship to Schmeling landed. I saw the second fight, too, and Sharkey won by a big margin.

One night several months ago, Carnera met a "stumble bum" at the Camden Armory. All who saw it, remember the hard time the "Ambling Alp" had to keep him op the floor.

He displayed only one thing, and that, plenty of size. Of course the experts will tell you how he has come along, but you can't fool yourself. He has been on the floor on many occasions, proving that he can be hit. And somehow, when you see a giant as big as Carnera fold up from a punch, you wonder if all these talks about his marvelous ability is just plain "bunk."

Sharkey will be fighting not only country of his adoption, but to avenge the death of his pal Ernie and the writer is banking on him to come through a decisive victor tonight.


Camden Courier-Post - August 1, 1933

 Jack Britton, welterweight champion from 1916 to 1922.

A master boxer whose years never dimmed his brilliant work in the squared circle. "How do you do it, Jack?" I asked one afternoon after a heated workout in Grupp's Gymnasium on 116th street in New York City. "Well, Ray, I guess the answer is properly conserving energy. If you notice I never make any un­necessary moves when I'm in there," pointing to the ring we had just left. "I do everything with a purpose, and every move counts." For, I am getting old. The showy, flashy boxer makes a, lot of unnecessary moves, makes a lot of useless motions, and hardly ever gets anywhere. I go in there with a purpose, to do my work in an expert workmanlike manner, to win and do it with the least possible effort."

"I used to sit at the ringside and marvel at the defensive tactics that Jack could follow when necessary. Apparently he was making no effort at all, just loafing around, his left hand straight down at his side, his opponent would be forcing him, when all of a sudden the left would come from somewhere, snap into the opponent's face, then drop down to his side again. His opponent, usually some youngster that was strong, would rush Jack, bent on caressing him on the "whiskers," but the punch would never land, Jack was either inside or had dropped his head just low enough to let the punch fly harmlessly over. Then up from nowhere would come that left. It was sorta uncanny.

One night at the Garden, a boy with whom Jack used to box, worked in one of the preliminaries. He assumed Jack's pose, his left hand at his side. His opponent. a tough little fellow from the West Side, started a right cross. The left hand never came up, and the right cross landed against the boy's chin- that fight was over.

The next day at the gym I said to Jack, "Did you see S.· ... box last night? He tried that left hand just like you do." "Yep, he tried it," said Jack, "and it's a shame he got knocked out, but there's one thing he forgot and that is that I have been practicing that punch for 20 years, and I haven't got it perfect yet”.

Think of that. For twenty years Jack had been practicing one punch and yet didn't think he had it perfect. Yet several aspiring youngsters would see Jack use the punch a couple of times, then try and emulate him in their first ring contest. The ring game is strewn with boys who have been knocked kicking, while trying out Jack's method of using a left hand.

Jack was a marvel when it came to judging distance. He would just slide along, then pop would go that left hand, you had been nailed, and would still be wondering what it was all about, when bang would go a right that would almost jar your teeth loose, He was the hardest man to hit that I have ever boxed, in many ring contests. While training with Jack, I do not believe that I ever struck him an effective punch.

One day I felt as though I would like to work a couple of fast rounds, and as I had been boxing with Jack, I asked him to go a couple, Imagine my surprise to have him say, "I don't want to box, you hit too hard," I felt mighty swelled up, but modestly replied, "Why, Jack, I couldn't hit you with a hand full of salt."

“I know,” t he went on, "but you do hit me on the head, and it gives me headaches, and don't forget, Chicken, I'm getting old."

Jack is nearly 50 years old now, and I do bet that wherever he is, he's training his grandchildren in how to use that left hand. Wherever he is, the writer would like to take his hand and say, "Howdy Jack," just for "Auld Lang Syne."


Camden Courier-Post - August 4, 1933

Jimmy Wilde, featherweight cham­pion, was knocked out and lost his championship in 7 rounds to Pancho Villa, in New York City on June 18, 1923.

One's heart becomes heavy to think of June 18, 1923. It is the sixth round. Jimmy has been nothing less than a punching bag for that great little Filipino, Villa. Pasty Haley, the referee, went to Wilde's corner and begged his seconds to throw in the towel. Jimmy was swaying in his seat, unable to sit up properly, but a smile crossed his battered features, "I can't quit you know," said Jimmy. His chief second said in reply to Haley's earnest request for the towel. "He's a champion and he'll go down fightin', Villa will have to knock him out." The end came in the next round. It was the end of one of the greatest little fighting machines that ever trod the squared circle. 

It was while with the American boxing team that I first met Wilde in London. He was a modest, quiet little chap 

who made a hit with every American sportsman present at the two great contests at Royal Albert Hall in London in December, 1918 when he won a three-round decision from my army boxer, Joe Lynch and the next day lost a close decision to Pal Moore, our navy representative in three rounds.
There was considerable hullabaloo after that decision, and it was quite a long time before there was
enough quiet to let the rest of the bouts proceed. Through it all, Jimmy, the dead game little sport he was with tears in his eyes, went to the corner of, Pal and said:

"You made a great battle Mr. Moore and deserved to win." After the fight I visited Jimmy in his
dressing room. It was there I learned that aside from being a great fighter, Jimmy also was a philosopher. I said, "Jimmy, that was a mighty tough fight to lose." In his quaint Welsh accent he replied, "Sergeant, you know you can't win always, and after you have lost, you always can feel good down here," touching his left breast, "when you know that you have given your best and you have lost to such a mighty fine gentleman as Mr. Moore."

In 1919, Wilde evened the score by defeating Moore in 20 rounds. 

Jimmy never did anything according to Hoyle or according to any boxing rules. "How do you get so much power behind that right hand," I asked one day.

"Just like this Ray," replied Jimmy, and shot over a right that doggone knocked me over, despite the fact that he landed on my shoulder. 

"Sure I can see that you just throw it, but how?"

"I can't tell you Ray, I just do it and that's all."

A natural boxer, a boxer who was a bit of a freak. I have heard of Griffo standing on a handkerchief, and being unable to be hit. I believe, that Jimmy could have done the same thing without effort, and the power he could get behind each and every blow was nothing short of miraculous. He was just a mite of a chap, but how he could hit. Jimmy was sure a mystery to the boxing world. His mastery at making the other fellow miss, was weird, and I bet on many occasions his opponent thought he was possessed with some magic charm.

One of my most treasured possessions is an autograph of Jimmy he gave to me immediately following his hectic battle with Moore on December 11, 1918.

Jimmy has passed on into the land of ex-champs. I have not heard from him in years. But somehow I always remember that apparently weak, emancipated body as he traded punches with that little wildcat on June 18, 1923. How he fought after all thoughts of victory must have faded, continuing on in quest of a hopeless ambition. Jimmy had only a little body, but his heart was the biggest of the big, a game boy with heart of pure gold. Wherever Jimmy is I want to pause a moment and say, "Salute to the gamest boy I have ever seen”.


Camden Courier-Post - August 17, 1933

Johnny Kilbane, featherweight champion from Feb. 22, 1912, to June 2, 1923.

John Patrick Kilbane, the cagiest boxer who ever drew on a padded mitt. For 11 years Johnny held the coveted title. Scattered throughout his reign as "king" of the feather­weight division are sprinkled the names of the real greats of fistiana. His hair was sprinkled a bit with gray on June 2, 1923, when in the sixth round of a 15-round battle fought in New York he lost to the great little war hero, Eugene Criqui, of France. Johnny had defeated Abe Attell for the title, at Vernon, California, Feb. 22, 1912.

"Sure, and boxing is just a means of making a living," Johnny told me one afternoon, after I had asked him why he carried so many boys along. "You see, I don't actually carry them, I just am careful that I don't hit them too hard on a vulnerable spot. These youngsters I box are striving for a place in the pugilistic sun, and are ruined a lot of times if you knock them out. On the other hand, if you help them make a good fight, you season them, develop them, and give the fans greater action for their money. And never forget their money. And never forget that the fellow out there who pays his dollar to see you perform is your boss."

What a philosophy! And what action Johnny gave the boys who bought their tickets at the box office!

Johnny. was a great crowd pleaser and always gave the fans a run for their money. He was noted for his generosity to his opponents. And a number of the boys who went the limit with John did it because he let them. But let the smart boxer who after Johnny had given him a break suddenly got smart and thought he could win from the "old fox." Johnny would kid them along for a couple of rounds, then, bang would go that right hand loaded with dynamite, and the chances are the "kid" would never hear the referee toll the fatal 10 seconds, but would wake up some time later either in his dressing room or in a hotel, still wondering what it was all about.

I remember well the story of Kilbane's fight with Patsy Cline that took place in Philadelphia in 1916. Everywhere in .New York wherever boxing fans would congregate the story would be told as how Patsy got too fresh with the champ and was knocked out. Along in 1916 Patsy Cline" a tough New York boy, loomed as a great fight prospect. He was managed .by George Engle, who landed a match with him with Johnny Kilbane in Philadelphia. The fight was not in the "bag," but it was sort of understood that Johnny was not going to make any particular effort to knock off Cline.

The fight went through the first round in good shape and Johnny was heard to say to Patsy, "You're doing great; now behave yourself and everything will be O. K."

But the bout was only scheduled for six rounds and Patsy had ideas of his own. Starting the second round; Cline tried his hardest to clip the wily Kilbane. That was the payoff.

A few hours later, Patsy awoke.

The club was in darkness, only Patsy's manager and a handler (waiting for his dough) were left in his dressing room. As Patsy moved, the manager exclaimed, "Geez, we was just going to send you to the hospital. We thought you were dead." Patsy told me years later that Kilbane had not knocked him out in that bout, but that someone had sneaked up behind him and hit him with a club.

One day in New York Johnny told me, "You know, I like that town I across the river from the burg where you live. That six-round business is the money. Sure, and you have to work hard and fast but when you only have six rounds to go there's nothing to it."

'Some of Johnny's best fights were fought In Philadelphia. It was in Philly in 1917 that he was knocked out by Benny Leonard in three rounds at the Olympia Club. Many of you, shall I say, "old timers," remember that show, for it was responsible in a way for starting the all-star show.

Edwards had signed Kilbane and Leonard for his feature bout, at the Olympia. The late Jack McGuigan had put on an all-star show at his National Club, featuring some of the greatest stars in the business at that time. Benny and Johnny drew a capacity house. It was something of a novelty to see two champs at that time. Johnny was a great little fellow, and Bennie was a great bigger fellow, and the law of averages must be that always a good big man will whip a good little man. It was true on that day. It was a sort of the setting of the sun for Kilbane. He made a few good fights after that K.O. defeat, but he had passed the zenith of his career.

Johnny engaged in 139 bouts. He knocked out 23 of his opponents, engaged in 76 no-decision contests, won 25 battles, lost two, took part in two affairs that were called no contests, and was knocked out twice- once by Leonard and the other time by Criqui.

Surely a great record, when you see sprinkled over Johnny's past such names as Abe Attell, Eddie O'Keefe, Young Saylor, Biz Mackie, Eddie Moy, Frankie Burns, Tommy O'Toole, Eddie Morgan, Packey Hommey, Ralph Brady, Richie Mitchell-the list would cover a cou­ple of more sheets of paper.

Johnny was a real king of all he surveyed in the featherweight division when he was champion. He met them all, and beat them. That is, all but once, when he had a very close call, It was in 1913, and he fought that great Italian. Jumping Jack Johnny Dundee. It went 20 rounds, and was called a draw. Dun­dee was managed by my old man­ager, "Scotty" Monteith. Just be­fore the fight, Johnny--

But that is another story, and I'll tell you about it when I write about another great champion, Johnny Dundee, next Tuesday.


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Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1936

SGT. RAY'S CHATTER

A "champ", while it's a name only, must continue to fight in order to keep the golden shekels coming in, but then again he must get right opposition if the spectators are to swarm through the turnstiles.  

Joe Louis, the 'Brown Bomber," of Detroit, who has slashed through the heavyweight ranks, needs the right opponents if he's to pile the million bucks he thinks he’d like to have as insurance against the vicissitudes of life. 

The story comes from Newark that Steve Hamas, former Penn State College football star, who for a brief period looked like a real heavyweight prospect, will take the moth balls from his ring clothes, leave his restaurant for a while and retire to the mountains to go through a training period with a shot at Joe Louis at the finish . 

And so, fight fans, you re m on the present plot being hatched in the inner circle of pugilism: 

Joe Louis vs. Steve Hamas, some time in June.

 The ballyhoo has been launched. Soon you will read of the 'stumble bums' Steve has knocked out on his way back for the Louis encounter. You will be amazed at the progress Steve is making in his training quarters, With tales of the sparring partners he knocks bowlegged with a terrific right cross, or maybe with a left hook. 

All of this you will read daily, for the match is practically in. Steve has been selected to help replenish the exchequer of Louis and, at the same time he won't be doing his own financial standing any harm. 

But the thing we are interested in is the result of such a battle. It looks to me though Steve will not go more than three rounds, that is provided the former college football order star reaches the best possible physical condition.

 Last March Max Schmeling who I figure will be duck soup for Louis handed Hamas a terrific beating and knocked him out in the ninth round of a bout in Hamburg, Germany.

 Never can it be said the writer of this column has aided and abet "big shots" who foisted such one-sided matches on the suspecting public. Remember the Louis-Retzlaff fiasco? That's why I am against this proposed Louis Hamas match, and I'll tell you why.

They never come back. The coordination that makes a really great fighter is lost after a long layoff. You never get it back. Like the flower kept alive through hothouse method, it never comes back as the bloom first picked from the bush. The days and months sap something within one, one of the essential qualities that go to make up a great fighter, and that is endurance. It was again proved in the Sharkey-Tony Shucco bout in Boston last Friday night.

 The former champion looked good in the early rounds, but at the finish he tired and almost sank to the canvas from sheer weariness. The splendid endurance that made him a champion had gone forever

 Hamas may be young in years but he is old in the fistic game. The beating handed him by Schmeling has in itself taken years from his athletic life. Even at the height of his pugilistic career I doubt he would have been a fit opponent for the 'Brown Bomber'.


Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936

SGT. RAY'S CHATTER

A letter from "Sunny Miami" brings a note from Little Ray Smith, now a city fireman and one of the writer's best friends. Little Ray, his wife Helen, and daughter Joan, are sojourning in the Southland during Ray's vacation. Enclosed in a letter are two snap shots taken of Joan and George Bernard Shaw. Ray says he met an old friend of mine, Jimmy Maloney, who now is a policeman. And that brings to mind a story. Jim, a good Irishman, and a few years back one of the best heavy­weights ever turned out of Boston.

 It was in 1927 when I last saw Jim Maloney, a fine husky lad who on the night of May 20 that year, was to meet an old rival, ,Jack Sharkey, from his home town in the ring at Madison Square Garden. These two had been bitter enemies and I feel that Jim resented the fact that Sharkey, a Lithuanian, had taken an Irish moniker when he took up fisticuffs. These two had met twice before in the squared circle in Boston. In 1924 Jim gained the decision in 10 rounds. In 1925 Jim again won, this time on a foul in the ninth round. And so on May 20, 1927, these two were to meet for the third time. To the winner was to go the distinction of being a runner­up for the heavyweight title .

 .After shaking hands with Maloney at the weighing-in ceremonies, I walked across the ring where Sharkey was addressing Jimmy Johnston, the matchmaker of the Garden, presented me to the garroulous gob.

I told Jack that I was a newspaper man and asked him how he felt about the encounter scheduled for that evening.

"I'll knock that big Irishman right I into your lap in about three rounds," Sharkey told me.

Jack was the underdog in the fight, all the sports scribes around New York labeled the match as just a warming-up process for Maloney who they thought was a great prospect to annex the heavyweight championship of the world.

The night of the fight I was at the ringside with my nose literally in the resin box in Maloney's corner. Jack got away to a fast start and was well out in front when near the middle Of the fifth round, call it imagination if you pleas, but Jack looked down at me, winked and shot over a terrific right cross that sent Maloney sprawling to the canvas just a few inches from where I was sitting. That ended the fight and also the career of a great Irishman who always gave his best in the squared circle, and I'll bet that there is no finer bluecoat in all Miami than Jim Maloney.

Incidentally that was the first fight that started Jack Sharkey on his climb to fame that resulted in his winning of the greatest of all fistic baubles- the heavyweight championship of the world. 


Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936

SGT. RAY'S CHATTER

I want to tell you of the time I was in Sing Sing as an entertainer in one of the many shows arranged for the inmates of that institution. On June 15, 1920, a boxing show was held within the prison walls for the benefit of the Mutual Welfare League of Sing Sing prison. The show, a boxing carnival, was arranged by Billy Roche, the renowned referee and staged through the courtesy of William A. McCabe, confidential agent for the New York State Prison Department.

As I look over the program I see many names who meant much in the world of pugilism 16 years ago. The show was headed by that great colored fighter, Harry Wills. His opponent was the writer of this column. Frankie Burns, the sterling little battler from Jersey City, was matched with Frankie Nelson, of Hoboken. Others to appear on the card were Al Reich, the white hope recently named by Damon Runyon and who attained much publicity as "Jafsie's" bodyguard in the Lindbergh case; Ole Anderson, of Minneapolis; Willie Herman, of Paterson; Willie Gardner, of Paterson; Jimmy Burns, of Bridgeport; Danny Lee, of New York; Jimmy Ambrose, of New York; Georgie Brown, of New York; Phil Bloom. of Brooklyn; Eddie Wallace, of Brooklyn; Red Allen, of Brooklyn; Dave Medal, of New York; Willie Murphy, of Staten Island; Jimmy Duffy, of New York; Fighting Joe Hyland, of New York; Frankie Corry, of New York; Al Turner, of New York; Jimmy Smith, Joe Lynch and Victor Richie.

We were entertained at lunch in the large prison dining room, and were greatly impressed with the efficient handling of the many convicts at meal time.

Since that June day, 16 years ago, many changes have taken place in the world of fistania. The names that meant so much in those days have disappeared entirely from the sports pages. Harry Wills, I understand, is quite prosperous and living Harlem managing several apartment houses he bought with his ring earnings. Joe Lynch, who rose to win the world's bantam weight championship, is around New York, but I do not know what he is doing. 

The years have brought many changes, and somehow as I look at the wrinkled program of the affair held 16 years ago I just think what a great thing if all these fellows were assembled again in one group. I'm sure there would be many tales told that would be recorded in boxing history. 


Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936

New Elks Welcomed By Exalted Ruler

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

By SERGEANT RAY SMITH

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

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

But they weren't coming in fast enough for Rowand, so last night he unfolded his 

Courier-Post Photo Carlton W. Rowand, Grand Exalted Ruler of Camden Elks, Lodge 293, poses with Amos and Andy, two I5-pound pigs, who were designated last night to aid In the brotherhood's membership campaign.
plan of introducing two humble 15-pound pigs, Amos and Andy, to speed up the drive.

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

Pigs Start Rounds  

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

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

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

Some Elks Dubious  

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

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


Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

 SGT. RAY'S CORNER

Jack McAvoy, the Englishman, who makes his first appearance hereabouts at the Arena on Monday night, is an unusual type of mitt man. First Mac can box; second, he can hit, and third, he can take it.

According to the type of the many English heavies imported to this country in the past, these three qualities surely label him as being most unusual. McAvoy's quick knockout of Jimmy Smith, the tough Kensington lad, came as somewhat of a surprise to Philadelphia fans, and his previous knockout of Babe Risko, the middleweight champion, places him tops among the present light-heavies.

Jack's opponent on Monday will be the rough and ready colored battler, Anson Green, who hails from Homestead, Pa. Green is a willing type of fighter and will try his best to make the going of the British lad as very, very rough. This bout will be for ten rounds.

In another star bout Al Ettore will of receive stiff opposition in Steve Dudas, the North Jersey lad who is rated a tough nut to cracks. This is another scheduled ten-rounder. Johnnie Hutchinson, the fine little colored battler, will mingle with Johnny DeFoe, while Tony Strazzeri and Charley Comber are paired in the other two eight-round bouts on the bill.

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There are' big possibilities that the Elks Krippled Kiddies' Show will be revived. The writer is the chairman of that committee of the local lodge of Elks. Much good work has of been done for the crippled youngsters of this county through the profits of boxing shows in the past. Boxing is on its way back, and soon a show will be announced to aid this worthy charity.

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The writer's Hall of Fame for boxers he has seen follows:

Jack Dempsey-Heavyweight.

Jack Dillon-Light-heavyweight.

Mike Gibbons-Middleweight.

Jack Britton-Welterweight.

Benny Leonard-Lightweight.

Johnny Kilbane-Featherweight.

Pete Herman-Bantamweight.

Jimmy Wilde-Flyweight.

 Send in your nominees for the Hall of Fame. The boxers named must be ones that you yourself have seen in action.


Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

 SWUNG AT SGT. SMITH, SENTENCE SUSPENDED

A man who allegedly aimed a blow at Sgt. Ray Smith, ex-heavyweight champion of the A.E.F. Tuesday night received a 30-day suspended sentence in police court yesterday.

Police Judge Lewis Liberman said he suspended sentence on George Gordon, 40, of 1018 Segal Street, because the blow he aimed at Smith never landed.

Gordon after starting an argument with the doorman at a theatre at Broadway and Market street, tried to punch Smith when he remonstrated with him. Smith, a special officer, arrested Gordon on a disorderly conduct charge..


Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

 SGT. RAY'S CHATTER

Joe Griffo, who referees around these parts, and is now living in Atlantic City where he is a whiskey salesman, still has time to talk on his favorite subject- boxing.

"Now about this fight Monday night at the Arena that features Jack McAvoy and Anson Green" said Griffo. "1 never saw McAvoy, but I want to tell you I think he'll get licked when he meets this Pennsylvania colored boy. Green is a tough seasoned fighter and McAvoy will have to live up to all his advance notices if he expects to get by this threat.

"I liked your selections of the world's greatest fighters," continued Joe, "but I disagree with you in two cases. I think Harry Greb was a greater fighter than Dillon and I feel that Mickey Walker was the greatest welter who ever drew on a glove. "

And as I think over the past, remember the great fights that Mickey has fought, and remember the headaches I suffered in battles with Harry Greb I think Joe is right and so I’ll change my list. The name of Greb supplants Dillon and the name of Walker replaces that of Britton.

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Shamus Maguire, a really good lightweight eight years back, and for a time looked to be headed for the top is now in the cafe business. Shamus now a real heavyweight is behind the mahogany at the West Jersey Cafe at Third and Market streets.

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Anson Green might throw a monkey wrench into the lightweight claims of Jack McAvoy. Mac is matched to meet John Henry Lewis for the lightweight title in New York City on March 13. If he loses Monday nights scrap at the arena the chances are that Jimmy Johnston the astute matchmaker of the Garden will cancel the show..


Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936

 Vets' Job Preference Victor Reviews Program of Contest In Address to Ex-Service Men
Test Case Decree Awaits Jurist's Signature Today On Federal Employment; Camden Group Endorses Action of Philadelphia Martine

The Philadelphia veteran of the World War who was responsible for obtaining a court ruling safeguarding veterans rights for preference on Federal employment projects, last night told his story to Camden ex-service men. 

More than 200 veterans heard Benjamin J. Spang address an open meeting of Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The test case brought by Spang was decided last week by Federal Judge George A. Welsh in Philadelphia. Today, Judge Welsh announced, he will sign a decree to carry out the ruling.

Spang told the veterans he fought for two years to obtain preference c for veterans and that he fought alone, despite charges he was allied with the Economy League and the Liberty League.

It was decided to take action tonight to endorse Spang's move at a meeting of the Camden County Council, V. F. W., at the headquarters of A. Mucci Post, Third and Line Streets. Ten posts are represented in the county council.

The only veteran ever to have brought a test case against the government, Spang has received nationwide acclaim. He is 42, and lives at 548 South Fifty-second Street, Philadelphia.

Refused Relief Job

He went to court after he was refused a job with the Business Census Bureau because his name did not appear on the public relief rolls.

"All I want is a job," he stated after winning his suit. "When the Government decides to live up to the Veterans' Preference Act, then I'll withdraw my suit against them, not I before. We'll go right on to the Supreme Court if necessary," he said.

Spang served three enlistments in the Marine Corps, was wounded in the Belleau Wood in 1918, was discharged from an army hospital and returned home to find a gold star in the window because his mother thought he had been killed. Then he re-enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to recruiting work as a sergeant. Doctors sent him to the Poconos for a chest condition. Then he returned to Philadelphia and entered Temple University as a student under the Veterans' Rehabilitation Administration. He was graduated in 1923 in commercial law and real estate.

While at Temple he met H. Eugene Gardner, attorney who successfully presented Spang's side of the case to the court. His disability allowance of $42 a month was cut to $10 and during CWA he was unable to get a job and was appointed a committee of one to investigate the failure of veterans to receive appointments.

He worked with the Federal Housing Administration until June 19, 1935 as a senior investigator, then he was fired and has not worked since.

"Since then I have conferred with all the officials of the various agencies in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington but could get no satisfaction. Then I hunted up Gardner and we decided to enter suit," he said.

His financial backer, he says is Henry Asher, proprietor of a cigar and variety store at 5211 Market Street, Philadelphia.

Spang has two children for whom he keeps house, his wife being dead. They are Benjamin, 16, and Mary Ellen, 13. Both attend school.

Daniel Conner, Seventh District councilman, said veterans in South Jersey are able to obtain fairer treatment than those in Pennsylvania because they are more strongly organized.

Thomas J. "Reds" Donlon, who led the bonus march from Camden to Washington, asked Spang whether those veterans who obtain their bonus payments would be taken off relief. Spang declared he hoped they would not be discriminated against and that Judge Welsh's decision was looked for to answer that question.

Sergeant Ray Smith, Camden veteran, who also addressed the group declared fairness was one of the qualities the veterans should insist on.

He said he was angered by the fact that on driving down Broadway, where workers were clearing the streets of ice, most of these working with picks and shovels appeared to be undernourished, while others were standing by waving flags to let the cars by.

"The flag-wavers should take their turns at the shovels," Smith declared.

Allen Kline was chairman of the meeting. .


Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1936

 ELKS DISCUSS SEALS FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN

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

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

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


Camden Courier-Post - February 27, 1936

Wilkie Stars in Role of  'Mountie' on Trail of 2 Missing Girls
'Note-Book Cop' Gets His Men as Four Are Held For Investigation; 
'Finds High School Students, 15, at Sicklerville

By SERGEANT RAY SMITH

Members of the Northwest Mounted Police have nothing on Acting Detective John V. Wilkie.

When he wants a man he gets him, just like the Canadian boys.

Last night he got four of them In investigating the disappearance of two Woodrow Wilson High School girl students. He also located the girls.

All are held at police headquarters pending further investigation by Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.

The girls are Lorraine M. Snuffin, of 229 South Thirty-fourth street, and Eleanor Haley, of 205 South Thirty­fourth street. Both are 15.

Fourth Man Not Involved

The men seized are: Peter Henley, 25, of Sicklerville; his half-brother, William Meddings, 18; Harry Ryan, 19, of 611 Pine street, and Harry Wood, 23, of 4003 Myrtle street.

Wood, police said, is not involved in any charge that may be filed but is held as a material witness.

Frantic parents of the two girls reported them missing early Tuesday after they failed to return from an automobile ride with Henley. None of the parents knew Henley's address.

That didn't bother Wilkie, who with Patrolman Henry Leutz, was assigned to investigate disappearance of the girls.

Wilkie learned, he didn't say how, that Henley once lived in Camden. That was all he wanted to know. If Henley had lived here, Wilkie figured, someone knew where he lived now. 

Takes Hours of Quizzing   

It took hours of incessant questioning, moving from here to there and back again, but eventually Wilkie got the information he wanted through Wood.

Wood not only knew where Henley lived but would show Wilkie the way. The way led to a bungalow near Sicklerville and when Camden's famous "note book cop" reached there, Henley and the two girls, along with Ryan and Meddings were getting ready for a chicken dinner. 

Wilkie let them eat their dinner and then brought them all back to Camden.

The girls told Wilkie they went to Henley's house of their own accord and denied they were held their against their will. They said it was all "just a lark."

Patrick Haley, father of Eleanor, and Mrs. Edna Snuffin, mother of Lorraine, however, refused to dismiss the matter as being so insignificant. .


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Sgt. Rays Chatter

I was discussing the fighters of today and those of other years with Babe 
Wolf at his place in Atco. "Yes sir," said Babe, "Yi Yi Erne, what a fighter. Erne, Kid Beebe, Willie Fitzgerald, Grover Hayes, Billie Willis and I used to train down in Smith's Gym at Eleventh and Washington avenue in Philadelphia. I used to work with Erne, and I'm telling you the lightweights of today would be duck soup for Erne. And Wilfie Fitzgerald was one of the hardest hitters of the welterweight division. You remember Grover Hayes? He was a grand fighter and that goes for Willis, too.

"But I also want to pass along a puff for my friend Kid Beebe. He was one of the busiest fighters I ever knew. Why, sometimes he would fight, and I mean they would be hard fights, three and four times a week. I still think his mark of over six hundred fights remains the record for any one man."

"But while the type of fighters has changed, the manner in which a fighter prepares for a battle has also changed," Babe said. "In those days we boxed six rounds, but that meant that you had to keep going, and going fast for the entire eighteen minutes. And how we trained. Every morning we would go out on the road, through Grays' Ferry road, to the old race track, past the oil works for a six-mile tramp. Then in the afternoon we would work for a solid hour in the gym."

"Yes sir," concluded Wolf," everything has changed, maybe its for the 
better, you trained hard for a six-round battle and received maybe if you were lucky a hundred bucks. Now you train very lightly, work eight or ten rounds, and collect anything from $5000 up. Yep, things have changed."

* * *

Tony Galento has cancelled his engagement in Philadelphia on February 
28. This must be good news for Willie Reddish, for he was the one named to exchange punches with the Newark "night stick." Tony really has hurt his hand, according to word from his manager, Joe Jacobs, and will be unable to fulfill the contract made with Pete Moran, representing the Herman Taylor interests.

Moran announced he will substitute lightweights for the date. One of the 
battlers will be Pedro Montanez.

* * .*

A letter from Jack Kearns, manager of Jimmy Admick, the Michigan "killer," says that Admick looks better than Jack Dempsey at the same stage of his career. The youngster will show his ability to New Yorkers on Friday night when he meets Harry Thomas. If he's only nearly as good as Dempsey, we are willing to vote him a champion in the making.

 

Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938
Sgt. Rays Chatter

'Doc" Harris, a modest little fellow who can be placed in the category of 
a "small business man," was a pretty good mittman while doing duty "over there" with ' he 78th Division. He told me one of his experiences the other day at the Elks Club.

'I only weighed about 132," said Doc and I was considered the company's representative in the light-weight class. We were homeward bound on the S.S. Luckenbach, and I was without a sou. Now the Navy had a lightweight on board who was considered very, very good. And it as suggested I take on this lad in a ten-round battle, was to represent the Navy and I was to uphold the colors of the Army. It so happened that after the match was made it became the talk of the ship. Bets were made and it looked as though I would land in New York with some money in my pocket instead of stone broke. I looked up my opponent and suggested he and I make a good fight. Nobody would get hurt and maybe we could stage another bout before we hit land. We had had an accident and drifted several days, and it looked as though we would have 
plenty of time.

"I talked to the lad, but he turned me down cold. 'If I can knock you out, 
I'm going to do it,' he said. Well, that was O. K. with me, so everything went along until the day of the match.

"The ring was pitched fore and the crew, plus the troops, ranged around 
the ring to see the battle. Incidentally the officers had taken up a large size collection and as the purse was to be divided 60-40. 1 knew I would get some funds out of the fight.

"I was considered pretty shifty and a fairly good puncher. But as soon as 
the bell rang for the first round I knew I would be called upon to do my best to keep from being knocked out. This sailor was good. He fought in a crouch, put his neck between his shoulders and just kept throwing punches. He kept crowding me and I had to step to keep from being annihilated.

"From the first round to the finish of the tenth, it was a biff bang affair with both of us trying every kind of punch we knew to knock the other fellow out. At the finish the cheers of the sailors and soldiers must have been heard back in France, and then the decision—the referee called it a draw —and also announced all bets were off. My opponent was a mighty good boy and he and I both felt the decision was a fair one, and none of the boys lost any money through any technicalities.

The payoff came when we divided the purse. It amounted to exactly $560, and I'll tell you $280 for a soldier who was broke was nothing to be sneered at."

"Why didn't you keep up boxing?" I asked him.

"It's too tough a racket," answered Harris. "I have managed a few boys, 
and box a little bit once in a while, but as for boxing as a career, I'm much better oft with my little cigar store." 

 

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Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941

The photograph on the left shows Edward Friant, of 124 North Thirtieth Street, descending from a tall building on a rope by using a life belt. The center scene depicts Charles Geitz, of 465 Mechanic Street, left, and Nicholas Iacovelli, or 1303 Decatur street, using asbestos suits in the middle of roaring flames. The suits, according to Fire Captain Ray Smith, instructor at the school, are able to withstand 1,750 degrees of heat. Ernest Wilkinson, of 1304 Park boulevard, is the man behind the mask on the right shown emerging from a building filled with formaldehyde gas.


Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941
50 Volunteer Firemen Complete Training for Emergency Duties
Graduates First of 500 to Be Trained by City for Huge Reserve
Similar to that in London; Defense Officials Praise Work

Camden's first group of war and emergency volunteer firemen received their "diplomas" last night on completion or their training at the fire school in No. 10 firehouse, Ninth street and Morgan boulevard.

They are the initial volunteers to be trained as a reserve for the city fire department in an emergency. The volunteers, 50 of them, will be on 24-hour call. Eventually more than 500 men are expected to receive the training course for a huge reserve similar to the corps of firemen now being used in London. 

The men range in ages from 11 to 59 years with Charles Smith, son of Sgt. Ray Smith, being the youngest, and Harry L. Freidel, the oldest. 

The training course started May 12 and the trainees have attended three sessions a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, for seven weeks under the direction of Fire Captain Raymond Smith, no relation to the sergeant, who is director of the training school. Smith is a graduate of Class 56, of the Philadelphia Fire Training School.

Each volunteer fireman will be issued an identification card which will hold his fingerprints. 

Class Praised 

Among those congratulating the graduates were Herbert E. Harper, chairman of the Camden Defense Council; William C. Schriver, council member; Fire Chief John Lennox and Captain Smith. Howard Odrain, deputy chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department with 31 years of experience in fighting fires, attended as an observer. 

"In behalf of the Camden City Defense Council, I want to thank you men for the hours and days you have put into taking this course," Harper told the graduates,

"You have been prompt in attendance and have been attentive. We don't anticipate any air raids or any acts of war-invasion, but we have an important problem in enabling national defense Industries in Camden city to make load in their Jobs. 

"The sabotage committee of the defense council has been visiting the local Industries encouraging the plants to set up their own fire fighting squads and many are doing so. You men will be needed in times of an emergency to aid these forces and to assist at industries where there is no fire fighting squads." 

Chief Lennox termed the volunteers "our second line of defense" and thanked them for their cooperation. 

Training Complete 

The course included training In all phases of fire-fighting from operating pumpers to climbing ladders and combating incendiaries, Rescue work also was included. The use of gas masks and asbestos suits in chemical firs, how to approach delayed bombs with snubbers and the proper methods of using extinguishers were taught. 
A demonstration was held outside the firehouse by the volunteers. Their activities included scaling ladders, using gas masks to enter a smoke house, climbing and working on the top of the fire tower, using an aerial truck, tying tools for the lifting to tools, working on the end of water lines, working on pumpers, hooking up to stand pipes, jumping into life nets, tying life ropes and using asbestos suits through flaming gasoline and oil. 

The Class 

The graduates included: George D. Wilkinson, fire marshal of the RCA Manufacturing Company, and his two sons, Ernest and George; Garfield Watson, sergeant of police at New York Shipbuilding Corporation; Lieut. George Hamilton, Jr., of the 157th Field Artillery; Captain William Hare, of the Kaighn Avenue-South Street Ferry. 

Harry B. Thompson, Earl Denby, Lester W. Giberson, Norman P. Maull, Joseph Leone, Samuel Schuele, George P. Smith, Joseph Marchese, Nicholas A. Messaro, Willam S. Martz, William E. Doan, Elwood P. Martz, Jr., Clyde Getzinger, George W. Grove, Stephen Kirby, James W. McCracken, William Watkin, Manuel Weiss, Riccardo DiGiacomo, Louis Cimini, William P. Walter, Sigmund Yakaski, Nicholas Iacovelli, Robert Holmes, Walter D. Lohrman.

Myer J. Mutter, Charles Geitz, Charles A. B. Smith, Howard Doerschner, Harry L. Freidel, Franklin L. Wright, Paul W. Kessler, Warren I. Carter, Creston Polland, Edward E. Friant, Frank F. Shropshire, Charles Gall, Albert E. Pine, Nicholas Cerasoli, George W. Williams, Joseph G. Foster, Joseph Elliott, George Hance and Irving L. Stiefel.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Camden Courier-Post
July 3, 1941

Sergeant Ray Smith
Camden Elks Lodge No. 293

 

 


Camden Courier-Post * July 22, 1941
...continued...
...continued...
George E. Brunner - William C. Schriver - Leo G. Stephans - Sgt. Ray Smith
Fred Vogel - Samuel Shapiro -
James H. O'Brien - Albert C. Becker - Roy C. Adams
Burnell S. Hartman -
Michael Mungioli - Carrie R. Bean - Anne D. Spooner
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 10 - Engine Company 11
Engine Company 2 (Fire Headquarters)

 

Camden Courier-Post
July 28, 1941

Sgt. Ray Smith - Louis Naples
Joseph Marchione - George E. Brunner Harold Paul Fox - Jules Jaspan
Lewis Webb - Fred Mease

 


 

 

Camden Courier-Post
July 30, 1941

Sgt. Ray Smith
Joseph J. Marchione
George Brunner

 

 

 

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Camden Courier-Post

August 21, 1941

 

 

To make a long story short, here’s both ends of it. Meet sergeant Ray Smith, six foot three and one-half inch newspaper reporter, and Russell “Hop” Stoddard, five-feet “short” news gatherer. Both are seeking G.O.P. nomination to major office at the forthcoming primary. Smith is running for sheriff in Camden County and Stoddard for the same post in Burlington County. Both are Courier-Post staff reporters.

Sgt. Smith Seeks Nomination For Sheriff
in Camden County

Russell M. Stoddard, Another News Man, Also Is
In Race For Same Position in Burlington County

Two veteran newspapermen seek the Republican nomination for Sheriff in Camden and Burlington counties at the forthcoming primary election. 

They are Sergeant Ray Smith, World War hero and Russell M. Stoddard, one of the most popular figures throughout Burlington County. 

Each is running independently of organization support, but both have friends in every community of their respective counties and their friends believe they can win the nomination and go on to be elected. 

One of the oddities of the oddities of the situation is the fact that Smith is one of the tallest newspapermen in the state- while Stoddard is shortest news gatherer in the country. 

The Sergeant is just six feet three and one-half inches high; Stoddard is exactly five feet short. 

Smith was born in the Sixth Ward, Camden, near Newton Avenue and Spruce streets, 46 years ago. He tips the scales at 260 pounds. Stoddard has lived in Mt. Holly since an infant and weighs 140 pounds despite his lack of height. 

Smith is married and has a son, Charles A. B. Smith, while Stoddard is a bachelor. Both are extremely active in civic affairs. Smith is chairman of the Camden Elks Krippled Kiddie Committee and devoted much of his time seeing to it that undernourished children receive proper care. 

Smith was wounded in three major engagements in World War I, and still bears the scars of 14 bullet wounds. Despite this, he later became a leading contender for the heavyweight boxing title. He defeated Bob Martin, for the A.E.F. heavyweight championship. 

Stoddard is serving his second term as coroner of Burlington County. He was elected both times running as an independent candidate. Throughout the county and most parts of the State, he is known as “Hop” by his friends. The title was bestowed because of his unusual vitality and ability to “hop” about the countryside, He is known in every nook and corner of Burlington County. 


Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941

Henry Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies
TRUCKS OF FLOWERS IN FUNERAL CORTEGE

Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.

Services were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church.

The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.

A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.

Hundreds of men and women waited outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill, both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P. Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.  

Three trucks were required to carry the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.  

An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.

The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.

File Past Bier  

A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.

Services were conducted by Camden lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C. Richard Allen, past department commander. 

James W. Conner, chief clerk of the city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted rites at the grave.  

Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, and Rhone came early and remained throughout the hours of viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.

Embraces Widow, Daughter  

Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her daughter. Mrs. Kobus embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner. They were in tears.  

Three firemen and three policemen maintained a vigil as a guard of honor. They were Patrolmen Jack Kaighn, George Weber, and William Deery and Firemen Arthur Batten, Warren Carter and William Reed.

American Legion and V. F. W. members in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter Mertz, assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the stairways leading to the second floor.  

Freeholders Arrive  

Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and Freeholders John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino Francesconi, Stanley Ciechanowski, Earl Armstrong and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied the freeholders.

Employees of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having 150, the largest number.  

Frank A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P. Carr, superintendent of Streets; led the highway bureau employees. Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as acting director until the City Commission elects Mr. Magin's successor.

County Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City Clerk Clay W. Reesman, Fire Chief John H. Lennox and James A. Howell, chief of the city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.

Outstanding Floral Tribute

Outstanding among the floral tributes was a six-toot broken circle of varied flowers, an offering from Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, and Rhone.

A floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association. The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League of South Jersey, an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which he was the first president, was a large floral pillow.

The freeholders and county officials gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and several Democratic clubs.  

The floral tributes came in such numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.

Among prominent officials and citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P. McCord, city comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No. 10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.

Others at Bier

Others were Sue Devinney, secretary to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.

Sgt. Ray Smith, chairman of the Elks Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr. Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing Authority; Postmaster Emma E. Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the Camden local assistance board.  

Also former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D. Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J. Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski, building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.

Oliver H. Bond, housing manager of Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph Varbalow, acting city counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T. Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the Camden County permanent registration bureau.  

Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr, Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.

Also John C. Trainor, member of the Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio Mecca, funeral director; Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of the county park commission.  

James O’Brien, commander of the Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.  


From the pages of
The Morning Post
Camden, N.J. June 12, 1942

Smith's Son, Fireman's Mascot, 
Leaves School to Enlist in Army

Strapping, Six-foot Camden High Athlete 'Natural' 
to Make a Good Soldier if He Follows in 
Hero Father's Footsteps

Sergeant Ray Smith started to remonstrate when his son, Charles, broke the news he was enlisting in the Army.
     But not for long. Because "Charlie" had a good argument.
"Why, Dad, you were only 17 when you enlisted," he said. "I'm 18, so why shouldn't I go now?"
     Ray Smith, Courier-Post reporter, hero of the first World War and former heavy-weight champion of the AEF, looked at his strapping six-foot, 209-pound boy. He knew a good argument when he saw one.
     "Okay, son. Go to it."
     And that was how Charles A.B. Smith, son of Ray and Mabel Smith, won permission to enlist.
     A Camden High junior and member of the soccer team, "Charlie" is a "natural" to make a good soldier, if he follows in his dad's footsteps. Now stationed at the Fort Dix reception center, he hopes to be assigned to the quartermaster or fire departments.
     And there's a story to that, too. For Young Smith knows more about fires, especially in Camden, than perhaps anyone else in the city except members of the department.
     For several years he has been a familiar figure at every fore, following the apparatus on his bicycle. And he often sent in good news reports of these blazes when his dad was busy elsewhere. he has kept a list of every fore in the past two years in Camden.
     He is a friend of every fireman, and, in fact, was considered their mascot.
     Sergeant Ray is mighty proud of his son.
     "He's a normal youngster who appreciates what America means to him," said Ray. "He knows this is an all-out war and that it is the duty of every patriotic American to do his bit."
     Ray himself did plenty during his 27 months service overseas in the first war.
     Wounded in three engagements, his bravery won him the Croix de Guerre with palm, presented to him by Marshal Petain.
     During his service overseas, Ray won the heavyweight boxing championship of the AEF.


Camden Courier-Post - March 9, 1944


Camden Courier-Post

February 21, 1944


Camden Courier-Post * August 15, 1945

Haven Fund Rises As Solicitations For 45 End Today

Solicitation of funds for the 1945 season of the B. Smith Haven for crippled children at Erial will end today.

A total of $81.40 in donations was received yesterday, making the grand total $3786.41.

The camp recently received a visit from four members of Lindenwold Chapter No. 440, Women of the Moose, who expressed their pleasure with the enterprise and the fun it affords underprivileged youngsters.

Contributions to date are:

Amount previously acknowledged $3705.01

Amity Lodge No. 166, IOOF Merchantville $15.35

Morning Star Lodge No. 70, IOOF, Haddonfield $5.00

Mrs. R. A. Ports, 19 Hinchman Avenue, Merchantville $1.00

Camden Forge Press Shop (4 to 12 shift) $25.05

Mrs. John Entwistle, 1119 Avenue, Palmyra $10.00

In memory of my husband, Mrs. Josiah Pedigree, 49 South Twenty-seventh Street $5.00

American Gold Star Mothers, Camden chapter $5.00

A Reader, $2.00

Harry Hoesch, 115 East Haddon Avenue, Oaklyn $2.00

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Levin, 246 Morse street, Camden $2.00

In memory of Lt. Louis Shaw, Camden Police Dept $1.00

Total today 81.40

Grand Total $3786.41


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Courier-Post

February 28, 1949

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March 5, 1949

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Camden Courier-Post - December 11, 1957


 

Convention Hall Roma Cafe
Willard C. Schriver Gustav Koerner
Anthony Skolski Sgt. Ray Smith
Anthony Marino Joseph Mardino
Ernie Santaniello Art Sharp
Andy Fanelli Nick Tedeschi
Anthony Galiozzi Anthony Moffa
George McKenzie Charles Kocher
Mario Ferrari Peter Paull
Edward Yeager Walter Busko
Thomas Kelly Douglas Holmes
Frank H. Ryan Royden Street

Camden Local 35,
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association


Camden Courier-Post - December 16, 1957 

...continued...
Convention Hall - William Stretch - Jersey Joe Walcott  
Anthony Skolski - Frank Guetherman aka Tip Gorman
Joe Webster - Sgt. Ray Smith - George McKenzie
Anthony Moffa - Frank H. Ryan

Veterans Boxing Association
Banquet Program
April 20, 1959

 

Honored Guests and Speakers

Toastmaster Hon. FRANCIS J. WERNER,
Member of the New Jersey Assembly

Invocation Rt. Rev. Father GEORGE SHARKEY
Pastor of the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Atco, N. J.

Address of Welcome Hon. ROBERT YOST
Mayor of Gloucester Township

JERSEY JOE WALCOTT
Former World's Heavyweight Champion

TOMMY LOUGHRAN
Retired Undefeated 
World's Light Heavyweight Champion

PETE LATZO
Former World's Welterweight Titleholder Conqueror of the great Mickey Walker

CORP. IZZY SCHWARTZ
Former World's Flyweight Champion

 

Hon. WILLIAM CAHILL
Member of Congress Representing Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties

 

Hon. EDWARD J. PATTON
Secretary of State, New Jersey

Hon. ANTHONY (Tony) MITCHELL

 

Hon. OSCAR MOORE
Director, Board of Freeholders,
Camden County


Hon. MARTIN SEGAL 
Sheriff, Camden County

 

Hon. E. GEORGE AARON
Commissioner, City of Camden

Hon. FRANK (Chick) ABBOTT
Commissioner, City of Camden

Hon. EDWARD C. GARRITY
Commissioner, City of Camden

JAMES O'NEILL
Executive Editor, Courier-Post Newspapers


TOM RYAN

Sports Editor, Courier-Post Newspapers

ALEXANDER FEINBERG
Member of the Stadium Committee

GUSTAV KOERNER
Chief of Police, Camden

FRANCIS (Pat) McCANN
Executive Secretary, Boilermakers Union No. 801, CIO-AFL for the entire eastern seacoast

JOSEPH GUINAN
Perennial President,  Ring No. 1—Mother of all other Rings.

 

JOE (Kid) MURPHY
Six times president of Ring No. 6 

 

FRANKIE CONWAY
Honorary President, Ring No. 6

CARLTON W. ROWAND
Secretary and 
Past Exalted Ruler of Camden B. P. 0. E. No. 293

GODFREY C. MISUS
Past Exalted Ruler, Camden B. P. 0. E. No. 293


JACK LARKIN
Ring No. 9, Garfield, N. J.


JACK GREBELSKI
Ring No. 8, New York City, N. Y.


FREDDY YALE
Ring No. 12, Atlantic City, N. J.


ROSARIO DeLUCA (Kid Locke)
Veteran of 300 ring battles—never KOed


STANLEY CIECHANOWSKI
Former Freeholder


JOSEPH CERVINO
Nationally Prominent Timekeeper

The Committee welcomes the following Mayors:

WILBUR RICHARDS - Clementon
MICHAEL PIAZZI - Pine Hill
C. GLENN SEELHORST - Stratford
JOSEPH GAISOR - Hi-Nella

 

Our Man of the Year

"Our guest of honor was born in Camden back on July 6, 1895 as Lucius Raymond Smith ... in his 64 years on this earth, the man who is known to thousands over the face of the globe as Sgt. Ray Smith has endeared himself to all in this area for his unselfish interest and aid to crippled children ... he has served as president of the Elks Crippled Childrens Committee for more than 20 years ... at present, with Assemblymen Francis Werner and Frank Meloni, aided by Steve Kirby and George Ewing, he is fighting for a bonus for World War II Veterans and those who served in Korea. His talk before the N. J. Assembly, two months ago, was a masterpiece . . . he was one of the leaders of the bonus march for World War I Vets and with the aid of Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, established Anacosta ... he has served the V. F. W. Post No. 705 four times as commander ... he likewise has served three terms as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans - August F. Walters Chapter No. 4 ... past commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, South Jersey Chapter No. 26 ... past president of the Veterans Voting League . . . member of Thoirs Post No. 47, American Legion . . . past president of the Gloucester Township Democrat Club . . . past president of the Erial Civic Association. Space will not permit to list any more of the accomplishments of this old soldier . . suffice to say he served his country with distinction in World War I, was decorated, and wounded on three occasions. His only son was killed in Woirld War II..

We, the membership of Ring No. 6 are indeed proud to have our first president as our "Man of the Year" . . . Sgt. Ray Smith . . . fighter for the underprivileged . . . fighter in ring wars . . . fighter on the battlefields of Europe . . . champion of crippled children . . . and so Sarge, your comrades of Ring 6 join with your many friends and say a long and healthy life.

"LADIES & GENTLEMEN! HONORED GUESTS! TONIGHTS MAIN EVENT -SGT. RAY SMITH & FRIENDS" . . . the ring announcer would say at a boxing arena. "The feature attraction and testimonial sponsored by the Veteran Boxers Ring No. 6 Commission, Joe (Kid) Murphy, president. The principal, Sgt. Ray Smith, heavyweight boxer years ago, tonight honored as "Man of the Year".

To the host of friends Ray needs no introduction, for he has excelled in many fields - sports, charity, newspaper columnist, radio broadcaster, politics, public relations and understanding. In sports, he was an outstanding heavyweight boxer, winning top honors while in the Marine Corps.

As a referee in boxing, his ability, good judgment, fair decisions were never questioned.

In charitable work he has, on behalf of the Elk's Club, performed a magnificent task for the crippled children. His many good deeds and kind words for his fellow man bestows upon him the title, "Big Man, Big Heart and the Man of the Year". ,

Testimonial . . . Judges, host of friends present and elsewhere. 
Timekeepers . . . Ending festivities, Moffa Bros. 
Referee and Toastmaster . . . Frank Werner, N. J. Assemblyman. 
Referee's Instructions . . . Friends, sportsmanship sometimes is better than a "Victory". "Gong" ! ! ! There goes the bell, festivities proceed.

There is no question, Sgt. Ray Smith welcomes his many friends, and appreciates your coming to honor him. We all agree that Sgt. Ray's heart is not big enough, and words could not express his gratitude to his many friends for paying him this tribute, "Gong" ! ! ! There goes the bell again, and final decision. Ladies, Gentlemen, Honored Guests and Advertisers, the Veteran Boxers Association, Ring No. 6 remains exceed­ingly grateful and sincerely appreciates your support and patronage in honoring "OUR MAN OF THE YEAR".

Thank You . . . Good Night . . . Best of Health!

Arrangement Committee

Joseph Powell
Les Cranmer

 


Veterans Boxing Association
Ring 6
11th Annual Banquet - April 20, 1959


JOEY POWELL
1931 127lbs
Dick Graminga, Charles Humes 
and Tony Georgette-Managers
Eddie Prince, Lew Sparks
and Jack Blackburn-Trainers

Joseph Grochowski
Al Bunker
Ed Kaszycki
Andy Friday
John Skiba
John Dombrowski
Walter Szalanski
Nick Pawlak
Wm. O'Brien
Bill Neil
Wm. Schultz
Tom Scarduzio
Peter Paull
Barney Tracey
Dave Hainsworth
Walter Zimolong
Edward Shapiro
Thomas McLaughlin
John Opfer

Joey Powell's Well-Wishers 
ALSO EXTEND BEST WISHES TO
Sergeant Ray Smith

Vallie Francesconi
Tom Ryan
Leon Lucas
Jesse Urban
Bobbie Zimmerman
Joe (Kid) Murphy
Pee Wee Wilson
Jackie Gleason
Joe Vitarelli
Al Daley
Frankie Youker
Joe McEvoy
Frank Valenti
Jim McFadden
Charles Bauer
George Ballantine
James O'Neill
Dorothy Dougherty
Agnes McHenry
Vicky Dangler
Francis Souders
Loretta and Reds
Bart
Roger Cotton
Leon McCarthy
Kenneth Geitz
Joe Daubman
Norman Jacobson
Nick Colofrancisco
Chris Rago
Charles Myers
Ray Cohand
Paul Harduk
Charles Wells
Carl Stolinski
Walter Wilson
Steve Straub
Charley Kmiec
Jimmy Tyler
Joe Dorfy
William Vogel
John Campbell

Steve O'Keefe
Sam Laird
Ed Rickter
Don Cragin
John Odorisio
Michael Przywara
Walter Paleszewski
Watson Burdalski
Stanley Snajkowski
Frank Drabik
John P. Kawczak
Frank Kulesa
Steve Kirby
James R. Asher
Polack Tony
Stephen Yakopczyna
Helen and Chick
Don Wilson
James Monaghan
George Carr
Bill Jentsch
John Greenan
Charles Galasso
Don's Barber Shop
Joe Shaw
Ben Gutowski
Tom Bristow
Joseph Stelmach
Leon Hood
George Saunders
Mike Borman
Anthony Cirelli
Bob Hardy
Frank Hardy
Benny DePalma
Frank Padulla
Mike Yack
Stanley Powell
George Kroecker
A Friend
The Fox

Tom Fish

Camden Courier-Post - July 5, 1967

 41st Annual Affair

Crippled Children’s Party Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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


Camden Courier-Post - December 14, 1967

Hopes Frustration Ends

Sarge's Smile Will Be Full Bloom Again

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I live on Lake Rene in Erial across from Ray Smith road.  My neighbors had told me of his kindness and generosity while owning all of this area inviting handicapped children here for camp and I was skeptical but now I know.

Pat Yocolano
September 2007

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