STANLEY R. WIRTZ was born in Pennsylvania on June 20, 1892, the son of Phillip and Mary Wirtz. The Wirtz family lived at 143 Dana Street in Philadelphia PA at the time of the 1900 Census. The elder Wirtz was then working in the leather industry. Besides Stanley, there was a younger brother, Edwin. By 1910 the family had moved to 913 Howard Street in North Camden. Stanley Wirtz was working as a moulder in an iron foundry, while father Phillip and younger brother Edwin were working in the leather industry.
A veteran of WWI, by 1930 he was living at 1339 Van Hook Street in Camden NJ, where he was then a police officer. Also living there was his wife, the former Emma MacDade, son Edwin Wirtz, his mother-in-law, and his father. By 1933 he was assigned to the traffic department as an accident investigator. He had moved to 1197 Thurman street by the spring of 1936.
Stanley Wirtz was living at 527 Fairview Street, not far from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards, when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. He was living in Stratford NJ by the fall of 1970, and passed away in April of the following year.
|Camden Courier-Post - March 29, 1930|
POLICE OFFICIALS OF STATE MEET HERE
More than 300 state officers and delegates representing 78 New Jersey police departments were present yesterday at a meeting of the State Patrolmen's Benevolent Association at Tenth Street and Kaighn Avenue yesterday.
All state officers were present at the afternoon meeting, including State President Dennis Byrne, of New Brunswick; First Vice President Henry Miller, of Rahway; Second Vice president, August Harasdzira, of Garfield; Recording Secretary Michael McKeever, of Trenton; Financial Secretary Thomas Higgins, of West Orange, and State Treasurer William Mallon, of West New York.
Police work used in various cities was discussed. Plans were made for the state convention in Wildwood September 14, 15 and 16. Everett Joslin, Herbert Bott and George Weber were named local delegates to represent the local union, No. 35 at the Wildwood convention.
The committee in charge of yesterday's meeting consisted of Clifford Flenard, president of Local No. 35; Stanley Wirtz, Edward Cahill, Frank Wilmot, John McTaggart, James McTaggart and Howard Henery .
|Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1933|
SEEK BLONDE, 2 BOY FRIENDS, WHO CRASH IN STOLEN CAR
Police were searching today for a blonde girl, about 18, and two youths who abandoned their stolen automobile after it had crashed with a taxicab last night at Morgan boulevard and Broadway.
Duncan MacKenzie, 27,of 1154 North Thirty-fourth street, driver of the cab, told police the stolen automobile careened around the intersection on two wheels, crashed into his car and ended up at the curb. He was waiting for a traffic light to change, he said.
following the crash, a youth and the girl, who had been in the front seat,
and a second youth sitting in the rear, jumped out of the car and dashed away.
One ran south on Broadway; while the girl and her companion ran north on
the same street.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers
today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman
Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William
Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial
secretary and Walter Vecander
is unopposed for the new post of assistant
financial secretary. All these are police officers.
The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.
Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.
Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert
a patrolman attached to the
Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden
Police and Firemen's Association.
praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast
in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed
a three-cornered fight, William
a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73
His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and
Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.
unopposed for office were: William
financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary;
Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield
recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are
After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
DIES IN COLLISION OF AUTO AND BUS
John A. Ashton, 36, a salesman, of 316 Boyd Street, was injured fatally last night when his automobile and a Public Service bus collided 100 feet from his home. He died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital at 8:10 PM, an hour and five minutes after the crash.
The bus was driven by Joseph Clark, 50, of 504 North Fourth street. He was held in $1000 bail for the grand jury on a charge of man-slaughter. The crash occurred at Boyd Street and Baird Boulevard. According to Policeman Russell Young, on duty at the traffic light at Baird and Admiral Wilson boulevards, a man whose name he did not obtain told him both cars were proceeding on Baird Boulevard and that Clark attempted to pass Ashton's car on the right as Ashton turned right into Boyd Street. Ashton's car was forced onto the island separating the two traffic lanes on Baird Boulevard. Ashton was thrown to the road.
to Motorcycle Policeman Thomas Welch, who arrived a moment after the
accident, the bus
continued a block after hitting the car before it was stopped. Ashton
was picked up by Welch, who commandeered an automobile and took him to
the hospital. He died of a fractured skull and internal injuries.
Coroner Arthur H. Holl issued the death certificate. Lieutenant
Nathan Petit, who lives nearby, assisted Welch.
was arrested at the Public Service car barns by Welch and Policeman
was employed as a salesman for the W.S. Quinby Coffee Company,
Philadelphia. He is survived by a widow, Miriam, and a daughter, Marilyn,
one year old.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
CHILD CROSSING STREET IS INJURED BY AUTO
Richard Thawley, 4, of 1221 Walnut
street, was treated at West
Jersey Homeopathic Hospital yesterday for injuries to the legs after
he was struck by an automobile while he was attempting to cross the
street near his home.
George H. Reis, of 4 North Logan Avenue, Audubon, driver of the ear, took
the injured child to the hospital and reported the accident to police.
He told Policeman Stanley Wirtz
the child darted across the street in the path of his car.
|COLLINGSWOOD MAN HURT
Suffering cuts and bruises, Kline H. William, of 2203 East Madison avenue, Collingswood, was treated at the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital on Saturday after he was struck by an automobile at Haddon Avenue and Mt. Vernon Street.
WATCH AUTO, THIEF GETS ANOTHER
After abandoning a four-night vigil, kept in the hope that thieves would return for a stolen automobile left in the Cooper hospital parking lot, the police have learned that another car was stolen from the same place.
The first car, owned by G. R. Wood, of 208 West Holly avenue, Pitman, was stolen Oct. 16. Last Tuesday, Wood was in Camden and noticed his car parked in the hospital yard.
He communicated with Pitman police. Chief Lloyd came to Camden and joined with Detective Stanley Wirtz, Acting Detective John Wilkie and other detectives who took turns watching the car, ready to pounce upon the thieves from places of concealment around the hospital if they came back.
By Saturday evening, however, when no one showed up, they gave up the watch and Wood drove the car home. Over the license plates of his car, the thieves had placed tags stolen from S. Earl Rue, of 914 State street, Camden.
At 11.45 p. m. Saturday, only a few hours after the policemen had left the yard, Mrs. Vera B. Carter, of Cook Lane, Bridgeton, discovered her car had been stolen from the yard while she was visiting an ill friend.
Because of the duplicate license plates, police believed the theft of Wood's car, and possibly that of Mrs. Carter's, was the work of bandits, rather than ordinary car thieves.
DETECTIVE STANLEY WIRTZ Who was yesterday charged by Lawrence T. Doran, chief of county detectives, with supplying the guns and automobile used in an attempted holdup of a South Camden factory.
Camden Courier-Post - March 18, 1936
ORDERED TO FACE INQUIRY BY MRS. KOBUS
Detective Stanley Wirtz, suspended by Police Chief Arthur Colsey yesterday pending investigation into charges that he supplied the guns and an automobile for a holdup, has been ordered to appear today before Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, director of public safety.
Detective Chief Lawrence
yesterday charged that
had supplied the guns and automobile to be used in the holdup and then
inside the plant to capture the bandits.
No motive for the detective's action were revealed by Doran.
"I advised the commissioner," Justice Lloyd said, "to go cautiously with the investigation and gather the facts before taking any action. It is a common thing for officers to lay traps for men who are prone to commit crime, although they have no business to encourage crime. I think it is bad policy to suspend any policeman before the facts of the case have been heard."
Wirtz came after an
investigation was ordered into a statement made by Walter Lewandowski, 24 of
Avenue, who was
captured when he attempted to hold up a clerk at the wool scouring
company, Ferry Avenue and
Jackson Street. Lewandoski claimed he had “been framed" and named Joseph
Powell, a police stoo1 pigeon, as the one who planned the holdup
and then informed
has been a police informer for
some time, according to Chief Colsey.
The latter said he had taken Powell
into custody for questioning and had released
him in his own recognizance. Chief Colsey
had given police the tip resulting in Lewandowski’s
Lewandowski was nabbed, his gun was loaded with blank cartridges. This
gun, according to Chief Doran,
Wirtz to Powell, who in
turn gave it to Lewandowski. Another youth, Leonard Rogalski, 20, of
1219 South Tenth Street, was
supposed to take part in the ho1dup, but "got cold feet and ran
away” police were told by Lewandoski.
"Stanley Wirtz, Camden city detective, supplied the gun and the automobile used in the attempted holdup of the Eavenson & Levering Company payroll office Friday night. Statements were given us by three suspects all tally.
Lewandoski worked at the Eavenson
plant, but was laid off there February 28. On March 3 he had money
coming to him and he returned to the plant. Joseph Powell
accompanied him. Powell talked to Lewandoski then of the payroll, and
suggested the holdup. Powell then got in touch with Stanley
Wirtz, and told him that Lewandoski was going to stick up the
payroll March 4.
on that night loaned Powell
a car but someone got cold feet, and the
holdup was not attempted. The following week, on March 13, last Friday, Wirtz
took a car to Powell’s home and there turned over to him two guns and
the automobile. Wirtz
then had detectives posted at the scene to arrest the
bandits when they made the holdup attempt.
met Lewandowski and Rogalski and drove them to the plant. There Powell
turned over to his two companions the two guns that had been given him
Rogalski got cold feet and refused to go through with the holdup. Powell
then went into the plant with Lewandowski. After Lewandowski went in the
ran from the building.
was outside the building. He did not catch
was doing police work. I was brought into this case on a tip that a
holdup was going to be staged and I had no knowledge of the guns or the car. I didn't know what it was all about
but merely was there to perform my duties as a policeman.
is 37 and lives at 1197 Thurman Street. He was one of the first of the
new policemen to be appointed to the department in 1924 after Civil
Service was put into effect following the adoption of Commission
government in 1924. He is a veteran of the World War and got a special rating
for that reason when he took the Civil Service examination. In 1931 Wirtz was appointed as an accident investigator in the detective bureau and has served in that capacity ever
since. He has a good reputation as a policeman and has never been in
four years ago
figured in an automobile accident that caused serious injury to one of
was not arrested until County Detectives James Wren and Casimir
Wojtkowiak took him in Monday night. The same detectives arrested
Powell. Both suspects were charged with attempted holdup and robbery and
committed to the county jail.
Lewandowski also is in county jail, committed without bail by police Judge Lewis Liberman Saturday.
Camden Courier-Post - March 19, 1936
TO HEAR FATE IN BANDIT QUIZ TODAY
Decision on any action to be taken
Wirtz, suspended Camden detective charged
with having furnished the guns and automobile for a holdup, will be made
today by Commissioner Mary W. Kobus and Police Chief Arthur
P. Orlando, however, said he would place the
case before the grand jury.
The charge involved the attempted holdup of the Eavenson & Levering Company payroll, in which one of the alleged bandits was captured at the scene last Friday night.
"No charges have been preferred against Wirtz,” Mrs. Kobus announced after the investigation.
"And I don't believe any charges will be made," Colsey commented, adding:
Wirtz was suspended Tuesday after County Detective Chief Lawrence T. Doran announced Wirtz had admitted supplying the pistols and car, allegedly used in the abortive attempt to obtain a $800 payroll at the wool-scouring plant.
William B. Macdonald, court stenographer, recorded the statements made by each man,
"All three made full statements
to us;" Colsey said and then declined to reveal
what the statements contained.
Denies Stories Clash
''No, I wouldn't say so."
Wirtz appeared briefly before the
commissioner and chief at the start of
probe, which was conducted in Mrs. Kobus'
office. He left the room after about two minutes and told reporters,
"I refused to make a statement. I made one yesterday and that is
"He said he had been In court all day and was nervous,” Mrs. Kobus said.
Asked for a statement at the
conclusion of the investigation, Mrs. Kobus said:
"No charges have been preferred
against Wirtz. This was not a hearing on any
charge. This was an investigation of reports which I read in the
newspapers. It is the duty of the police officials to investigate any
such report, and Wirtz and the other two detectives who
figured in the case were called in to make statements. 'This was not, a
trial and I do not care to make a statement now about what went
Doran said Wirtz, admitted dealing with Powell and giving Powell two
pistols and an automobile for use in the holdup. As a result Powell,
who had been arrested and released by city police, was rearrested by the
In addition, Leonard “Rags” Rogalski, 20, of 1219 South 10th Street, was arrested by the county detectives. They said Lewandowski told them Rogalski originally was intended to take part in the holdup but got "cold feet", and backed out at the last moment.
Powell, Lewandowski and Rogalski are
held in the county jail.
"I have nothing to do with the discipline of the police department. I will present the full facts of this holdup to the grand jury and, that body may take any action it desires."
Jury to Get Case
"I will give the grand jury the full facts. The members
will decide for themselves what action to follow."
This charge was no-billed, Doran said.
"He was listed as a mental case,"
said, "and was examined by the county physician and pronounced O.K."
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