HARRY A. MORAN was born in Pennsylvania around 1884. Coming to Camden as a boy, he started working at Hurley's Department Store on Broadway in 1897. His brother, James V. Moran, also worked at Hurley's. By 1933 the two brother had risen through the ranks to the point where James was vice-president and treasurer and Harry Moran was secretary and general manager of the chain.

By 1920 the Moran brothers had made their homes in Haddon Heights NJ. Harry Moran lived with his wife Ada at 129 Third Avenue, five doors away from prominent attorney and one-time judge Frank F. Neutze. The two brothers and there wives still resided in Haddon Heights as late as 1947. By this time the two brothers had retired, Harry Moran leaving Hurley's in 1944 after 46 years with the firm.

Harry Moran was involved with several business and civic groups, and was active in the fund raising drive that culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper Street.

Harry Moran passed away sometime prior to the publication of the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory. At that time his widow Ada was living in Collingswood NJ.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931

Professional and Business Leaders Back Camden Man for Governor

Forty-seven more prominent professional and business men yesterday joined the Baird-for-Governor Business Men's League and pledged themselves to work actively in interest of David Baird Jr., for governor, and add special impetus to his campaign.

The league was organized this week at an enthusiastic meeting of 18 outstanding Baird supporters in professional and business life at the Camden Club, 315 Cooper Street. The league membership is open only to business, professional and industrial leaders who are not holding public office and who are not politicians.

The latest enrollments among community leaders pledging themselves to devote themselves to the Baird cause are the following:

F. Morse Archer, president of the First Camden National Bank; Clinton. L. Bardo, president of the New York Shipbuilding Company and of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association; George C. Baker, of the Baker­Flick Company; Watson Shallcross, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; Howard J. Dudley, Broadway merchant; Thomas E. French, prominent attorney; J. David Stern, publisher of the Courier-Post newspapers and of the Philadelphia Record; Wellington K. Barto, of the West Jersey Trust Company; Dr. Joseph Roberts, Cooper Hospital; William Clement, of the Clement Coverall Paint Company; Robert Wright, of the Haddonfield National Bank; Arthur J. Podmore, of the Camden Pottery Company; Nathan Leopold, Haddonfield druggist; Dr. J. Edgar Howard, of Haddonfield.

Dr. Alfred N. Elwell, of this city; Edward Preisendanz, Clarence Peters, N. Franks, of. Franks & Sweeney; U. G. Peters, Ralph D. Baker, prominent real estate man; Archibald Dingo, George Bachman, Sr., and George Bachman, Jr., Dr. O. W. Saunders, Henry Cooperson, Leon Cooperson, Herman Z. Cutler. Charles Bauman, Harry Rose, George Austermuhl, Walter Gulick, Albert Voeglin, Howard Fearn, John A. Schlorer, Ernest L. Bartelt.

William S. Casselman, George M. Carr, J. Price Myers, Carl R. Evered, former president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Francis B. Wallen, former president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; William H. Alff, Edmund J. Alff, Harry Pelouze, Walter Campbell, Dr. Thomas R. Bunting, Joseph F. Kobus and Henry E. Kobus.

Enrollments, it was announced, may be made through the following committee of the league:

Ludwig A. Kind, Thomas Gordon Coulter, Charles H. Laird, Walter J. Staats, Frank C. Middleton, Jr., Frank J. Hineline, William T. Read, Charles S. Boyer, W. W. Robinson, George R. Pelouze, Paul A. Kind, Dr. Paul A. Mecray, Jerome Hurley, Harry A. Moran, James V. Moran, William J. Strandwitz, former Judge Lewis Starr and Frank C. Norcross.

Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931

Store Here Supports Depositors in Phila. Banks; Lauds Record

The Hurley Store yesterday pledged $100,000 credit to South Jersey depositors in any closed Philadelphia bank.

This pledge supporting the plan outlined by the Philadelphia Record, swells the total to more than $4,000,000. It was made through Harry A. Moran, general manager of the William L. Hurley Company.

Among the new credit pledges made by Philadelphia merchants and business interests are $500,000 by Stern & Co., and $250,000 by S. Kind &: Son.

The Record plan, as outlined last week, advocates issuance by the Pennsylvania State Banking Department of negotiable certificates of deposit to those whose funds are tied up in closed banks. A merchant, under the plan, would agree, on presentation of the certificate, to advance a credit of 50 percent of the sum estimated as the liquidating dividend to be paid by the closed bank.

Moran, in a letter to the Record wrote:

"Congratulations upon your conception of this timely help to so many of those who temporarily, at least, cannot call into use money urgently needed to provide seasonable requirements.

"Work, in the interest of the public welfare, that the Record is continually sponsoring of which the proposed release of bank funds is just one instance, shows the masses that your policies are decidedly in aid of the public welfare, particularly in these times of pressing need."

The plan was advanced to relieve distress among depositors of Philadelphia banks and at the same time speed up trade recovery. Accomplishment of the plan would make possible the creation of at least $10,000,000 of Christmas business for Philadelphia merchants, it is estimated.

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933

Merchants' Association Announces Plans for Three-Day Event

A committee of the Merchants' Cooperative Association, headed by Harry A. Moran, secretary and manager of the the Hurley Store, has announced a three-day co-operative promotion which will be known as Camden's Co-operation Days. 

All merchants of this city have been invited to participate in the event which will be outlined in newspaper and radio announcements. City and store decorations and entertainment features which may include the personal appearances of stage, radio, sports and screen stars are being arranged.

The whole event has been arranged because of recent disclosures, resulting from investigation made by the local publishers proving that local industrial employment and business conditions have shown a decided upward trend in the city within the past several months.

The committee includes Charles Gates, Camden manager of Sears, Roebuck & Company; J. B. Van Sciver, Jr. of J. B. Van Sciver; C. A. McGrew, manager of J. C. Penney; Lester Abrahamson of Lester's; S. Savage of Western Auto Supply; William Rothman of Barrett's Tire Shop; Leonard R. Baker of Baker-Flick; Samuel Auerbach of Auerbach's; N. Futernick of Futernick's; Max Peck of the Fashion Shop; Simon Abrahamson of Simon's; Michael LaSala of DiJulio-LaSala; Joseph Murdock, manager of the Stanley Theatre; W. L. Tushingham, business manager, and F. J. Kinsella, advertising director of the Courier-Post newspapers.

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Merchants Here Join Hands In 3 Day Bargain Festival

Camden merchants will unite during the last three days of this week to give South Jersey merchandise at unusually low prices. 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be known as "co-operation days." The stores co-operating in this sales program will be open evenings to provide ample opportunity for patrons to take advantage of the offerings. Harry A. Moran, general manager of the Hurley Store, is chairman of the committee of merchants. 

"New Deal" Successful 

"Everywhere, on all lips, we hear of "the new deal" that President Roosevelt is so effectively putting into operation throughout this country," Mr. Moran said.

"A logical part of "the new deal," influenced by the return of public confidence, has been the re-employment of thousands of workers, the demand for merchandise and the inevitable increase in commodity costs. 

"It is a well-recognized fact that wholesale prices in practically every staple commodity have seen substantial advances, particularly in the past 30 days. Increases in wholesale costs can only mean one thing: eventually the retailer must increase retail prices to the consumer as soon as stocks purchased or contracted for at the former lower wholesale quotations are exhausted.' 

"Sensing this condition and knowing of the remarkable pickup in local industries that has been so splendidly reflected in full-time work and greatly increased number of employees, a group of Camden's most progressive merchants have decided that they could perform a worthy service to the South Jersey public by soliciting the co-operation of local industries and staging a bargain sales event, that would feature standard seasonal merchandise at pre-inflation prices. 

Sets Twenty-Year Record 

"Final plans are being completed and official announcement has just been made that the stores of all co­operating merchants will feature merchandise at the lowest prices in the past 20 years on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 'Co-operation days' has been selected as the most fitting title for the event and that the stores of participating merchants will remain open each evening to accommodate the large number of industrial workers, in particular, who cannot take advantage of regular shopping hours. 

"These co-operation days represent a bargain festival in keeping with the spirit of the times. We anticipate a business volume that will far surpass anything the merchants of Camden have seen for years because the basis for this event has been planned on sound, constructive lines... a whole-hearted service to the people of this community at a time when our patrons most need the advantage we have thus been enabled to offer them.

"In addition to the greatest dollar for dollar values in the past 20 years, the committee hopes to be able to offer some free entertainment features to all our Camden visitors that will be of unusually high caliber."

Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933

Merchant Leaders Promoting Camden's 'Co-operation Days' Sale

The above business leaders welcomed State Senator Emerson L. Richards to Camden yesterday when he sounded the keynote for the opening of the biggest merchandise sale in Camden in 20 years. 

Left to right, back row: Cutler A. McGrew, manager of the J. C. Penney Company; Frank J. Kinsella, advertising director, 
Courier-Post Newspapers, Edward Callow, district manager Stanley-Warner Theatres; Joseph Murdock, manager Stanley Theatre.

Middle row: W. L. Tushingham, business manager, Courier-Post Newspapers; Samuel Auerbach; Russell Gibbons, Baker-Flick Company; William Rothman, Barrett's Tire Shops; Joseph Kobus

Front row: M. Futernick; Harry A. Moran, chairman Merchants Committee; S. Lester; J. Price Myers, and S. Abrahamson. 

At right, Senator Richards is shown addressing merchants at the court house plaza. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933

Voices of the air materialized into voices at first hand for many persons Saturday, when five radio stars come to Camden as a feature of the closing chapter of '''Co-operation Days." The group, guests of the Sears, Roebuck Store, are seen assembled here on the steps of the courthouse just prior to their official welcome by Mayor Roy R. Stewart. Left to right, 
back row: Edward Callow, district manager Stanley­Warner theatres; Charles Gates, local manager Sears, Roebuck Co. Middle row, Martin A. Gosh, Harry A. Moran, chairman Merchants' "Co-operation Days" committee; Louise Zenike, N. B. C. star; Mary A. Dickinson, Sears, Roebuck Co.; Donald Novis, Welcome Lewis, Nancy Garner and Conrad 
Thibault, all radio stars. 

Stage and Radio Send Stars To Aid Camden Stores Jubilee 
Noted Entertainers Are Given Welcome by Mayor as Event Closes 

The "Co-operation Days" jubilee of the combined merchants of Camden ended Saturday with a visit to this city by stage and radio stars as guests of Sears, Roebuck and Company and the city.

The group of celebrities included Welcome Lewis, Nancy Garner, and her daughter, Louise Zenike; Donald Novis and Conrad Thibault. Nancy Garner is a first cousin of Vice President Garner, one of his official hostesses and is now beginning a nationwide tour in interest of the "new deal" policy. 

The group was met at Broad Street station where they arrived in a special car with Martin A. Gosh, of the Sears publicity department, as host. They were escorted to Camden City Hall and welcomed by Mayor Roy R. Stewart

The merchants' committee presented a large flag to the city, which was received by Mayor Stewart. The visiting stars were then guests at a luncheon in the Walt Whitman Hotel. In an address at the luncheon, Mayor Stewart lauded Camden as the "Centre of the Universe" and praised the Courier-Post Newspapers for the part they have played in trying to restore normal prosperity. He thanked all interests for their contribution toward the success of the "Co-operation Days" sales events arranged by the city's stores. He gave special praise to Sears, Roebuck and Company for its co-operation with the city and its merchants. 

Response to Mayor Stewart's address was made by Howard Thurston, district manager of the Sears stores; Charles Gates, manager of the local store, and Gosh, all or whom assured co-operation of the store in any civic enterprise. 

The dinner guests, included the radio stars and Mayor Stewart, D. Minard Shaw, district advertising manager of Sears; Thurston Gates, A. Gosh, R. J. Mitchell, assistant to the district manager; Mary A. Dickinson, Mrs. M. Loether, all of the Sears, Roebuck official family; Harry A. Moran, chairman Merchants Committee: William Wallace, Ida Laurlck, E. Howard Broome, secretary to the mayor; Samuel Auerbach, William Rothman, Simon Abramson, Joseph V. Haas, S. Lester, M. Futernick, Charles F. Knapp, manager Walt Whitman Hotel and Walter L. Tushingham, Courier-Post 

Following the dinner, the radio stars and guests were whisked with motorcycle escorts on an inspection tour of Central Airport, and then to the Sears store where a vast throng was on hand to see the noted artists. All the stars made brief talks over the air and then made a tour of the store.

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

Hurley Store Offers Goods at Prices Considerably Lower Than Usual

With wholesale prices on raw materials and finished products mounting, the Hurley Store, at Broadway and Pine Street, is conducting a pre-inventory sale in which merchandise is offered at considerably lower than existing prices. 

"Higher prices are coming. Put your money in merchandise, at today's low prices, and make a sound investment in a perfect security," is the store's slogan, for the special sale.

Harry A. Moran, manager of the Hurley Store, said it has been its regular policy to hold the pre-inventory sale there at the end of June, when it takes place in the other stores of the Hurley group at the same time.

Our sole object," Moran said, "is to dispose of as much merchandise as possible so that our Summer inventory will be reduced to a minimum. This year, although we know replacement values on all merchandise in our pre-inventory clearance will be higher than that of our present stocks, we are following our regular custom. We have every reason to believe that we are thus performing a worthy service for old patrons and those who will wish to take advantage of these offerings for the first time."

Moran added that in the face of rising costs it is a noteworthy fact that retail stores, generally, continue to dispose of present stocks at prices based on actual cost rather than advance their retail price levels in keeping with present-day replacement values.

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936

Camden Merchants Plan Gala Event as Span Line Opens
Stores Will Join in Program Featuring Benefits of Purchasing Here

Camden merchants are preparing for their greatest Prosperity Parade.

Sponsored by the retail merchants division of Camden County Chamber of Commerce, this blue-ribbon business event opens here March 13 and continues until April 11.

The event, in which more than 100 merchants operating 200 retail stores have been enlisted, will mark the opening of the Camden High Speed Line and increased purchasing power of the South Jersey public. 

Also, for the first time in Camden, "auction bucks" will be introduced. They are a special form of currency printed for the four-weeks event and will be issued with every 25-cent purchase or multiple thereof, four "auction bucks" to every dollar of merchandise bought.

The "auction bucks," it was explained by Leonard M. Wolper, chairman of the Prosperity Parade committee, will be used as money at two mammoth auction sales to be held in Camden theatres during the parade period. Hundreds of seasonable articles of merchandise donated by local merchants will be up for auc­tion at both sales and may only be obtained with the "auction bucks."

"The parade will be a gala occasion," Wolper said. "Merchants, manufacturers, municipal officials, labor organizations, professional men I and the general public will join hands in demonstrating the value of spending Camden-earned dollars with Camden business men."

Various entertainment and music features are being arranged by the Prosperity Parade committee. Stage,  radio, and film stars are expected to appear personally at various Camden theatres during the. four-weeks event.

A widespread advertising campaign through newspapers, theatres. billboards and the radio is also scheduled to attract customers from the suburbs and throughout South Jersey during Camden's biggest business revival.

Besides Wolper, the committee includes S. Lester, Harry A. Moran, Leon Naden, Frank J. Kinsella and Minot J. Savage. John Price Myen  is chairman of the retail merchants division of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce..

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