2800 Mickle Street

In 1913 the Eastside Elementary School was built in the 2800 block of Mickle Street, during the administration of Mayor Charles H. Ellis. During this time, under the guidance of Camden's longtime Superintendent of School Dr. James E. Bryan, a great many new schools were built in Camden.

As the population in East Camden began to grow, and as more children were remaining in school as opposed to entering the workforce at an early age, this building became a junior high and was renamed Alfred Cramer Junior High School, in honor of Alfred Cramer, an innovative real estate developer who made it possible for working class people to buy building lots by paying in installments. He was responsible for much of the development in East Camden and of course, Cramer Hill, which bears his name also. As a Junior High School, most of the children attending public schools in East Camden went to Cramer.

In 1930 Woodrow Wilson Junior High School opened up on Federal Street, and Cramer became an elementary school. In June of 1933 Dr. Leon N. Neulen, then Camden's superintendent of schools, announced that  Woodrow Wilson would become a high school and that Cramer would once again be a junior high school. This plan went into effect in September of 1933. 

Around 1957 Cramer became once again an elementary school. Since that time, Cramer has gone through many renovations and changes. Presently, Cramer is a Pre-K to Grade 4 Elementary School, with a full day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program which emphasizes language development, positive self-image, and early reading activities. 

The Cramer School has also served the immediate community for many years as a polling place when elections are held.

These Are The People Who Built
The Eastside School, later renamed the Alfred Cramer School

John W.F. Bleakly Joshua C. Haines
Dr. Henry H. Davis Charles H. Ellis
James E. Bryan Harry C. Sharp
George Bachmann

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 1914

Henry L. Bonsall School - Alfred Cramer School

Miss Fitts' 3-B class - circa 1915
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" old class picture from my grandmother, Betty Ogle Laird, at Cramer School, probably around 1915+/-. I have also scanned the back of this picture ("class list"). My grandmother is the fifth from the left in the front row, following the list from the back of this picture. It also says "Miss Fitts 3B Cramer School" at the top of this list. 


Sharon Laird Ingersoll
July 2012

"...... my dad, Wayne was the young fellow on the end looking off to the left. I had to get my brothers in on the ID."


Marie Gibbs Johnson
July 2012

Miss Fitts - 3B - Cramer School

Christian Kalt
Bud Piper
Floyd West
John Banks
George Spencer
Bob Sebastian
Walter Janssen
Richard Wilson
Bob Pinner
Ted Rice
Herm Schmidt
Wayne Gibbs
Ella Mae Sharp
Emma Abel
Margaret Dilworth
Hazel Stewart
Betty Ogle
Jennie Moore
Rose Shugart
Margaret Ross
Catherine Cadwallader
Evelyn Lacey
Margaret Letts
"Back of Emma Abel is Margaret Petry?"

Please contact me if you recognize anyone else in this photo - Phil Cohen

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933


An exhibition and demonstration of the years' work in all grades wi1l be held today in Cramer School.

The program, arranged for parents and friends of the school, will start at 2.30 p. m. Refreshments will be served after the demonstrations. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933


Pupils of Cramer School, Twenty-ninth and Mickle Streets, demonstrated their work yesterday afternoon to more than 300 parents and friends, under direction of Miss Elizabeth A. Mathews, principal.

Children of the Second Grade exhibited Swiss handicrafts and art.

A Swiss play and song were presented by pupils of the Second A class. They were coached by their teacher, Miss Elizabeth Mowers. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933

New System Gives Choice of Academic or Commercial and Arts Courses 
Hours Reduced; Study Programs Rebuilt; Omit Spanish; Music Optional


Reorganization of Camden junior and senior high schools has been effected with the approval of the local and state boards of education.

By establishing the Camden Academic High School and Camden Commercial and Practical Arts High School the school population of the present Camden High School will be reduced 50 percent when the September terms begin, according to Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools. 

It also will reduce the student roster of all junior high schools even with the promotions of this month added. 

Saves $500,000 

"This plan will give Camden room for expansion for years to come in high school education and preclude the necessity of building the $500,000 annex to the senior high school, plans for which have been drawn at the cost of thousands of dollars," Dr. Neulen declares. 

"It will eliminate a number of studies and give the students more education in the more essential subjects. The hours of instruction will be reduced from 30 hours per week to 23. The state law's minimum is 19 hours."

Dr. Neulen points out that 2400 students are now registered in Camden High School and promotions from junior school this month would have added 700 more. Under the new plan 1500 will attend the Academic High School and 1300 the Commercial school. 

The balance will be redistributed back into the junior and seventh grade grammar schools. 

Wilson High Commercial 

The new plan will cause a general redistribution of pupils in East Camden because the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School will become the Commercial high. The present junior high pupils will be sent back to Cramer school, from which they originally were transferred. Students in the Garfield and Dudley Schools will take their seventh grade in those institutions instead of junior high. 

Camden Junior High School No. 1, which now hall 849 pupils, will have 730 next term, Hatch Junior High School has 1106 pupils now and will have 1127 next term. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School now has 970 pupils and will have 643 at the Cramer school

Four Courses at Academic High 

Dr. Neulen explained that the new Academic High School will teach four courses: College preparatory, college technical, normal preparatory and general. Students will be given four-year courses, in the first three mentioned courses and three years in the latter. Camden High is now a three-year school. 

That will mean the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades will be taught in the college preparatory, college technical and normal preparatory and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth in the general course. 

The Commercial and Practical Arts High School will teach commercial and practical arts courses in three-year courses in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth. 

Practical arts will be taught exclusively to boys in the school because only 27 girls elected to take that course this year and they will be transferred to Academic in the Fall, Dr. Neulen explained. 

Four Years Latin; No Spanish 

The new plan provides for the teaching of general foreign languages but eliminates Spanish because of so few taking the subject. Latin will be taught four years, French three and German two. 

A general business course is included in the plan known as introductory business to be taught at the Commercial High. Students will start this course in the last junior high year. 
The practical arts course to be taught at Commercial will enable a student to continue manual training and shop begun in the junior years. The student may elect from automobile mechanics and electrical, print shop or woodworking. 

Art and Music Optional 

Art and music no longer will be compulsory under the new plan. Students in Academic will be taught music and art appreciation during the first two years and may discontinue those studies in their last two years. 

A complete business course has been mapped out for Commercial. 

The students are given elementary business practice in their ninth year. During their first year at Commercial High bookkeeping, typewriting and shorthand is added.

During the third and fourth year they will elect from three sequences to fit them for secretarial positions and general business. Sequence A provides for the continuation of shorthand and typewriting in the third year and office practice is added in the fourth. Sequence B in the third year teaches bookkeeping, business organization and marketing. Common law, bookkeeping and practice is added in the fourth year. Sequence C provides business organization, marketing, exchange and selling. Commercial art and advertising is included in the fourth year. 

As students advance through the Commercial course they may be transferred from one sequence to another. This will be guided by their adaptability or whether they desire to follow a secretarial or business career.

If students elect Sequence A they may have the option of bookkeeping or world history in the third year. Business organization may be taken instead of American history in the fourth year.

Teachers Assigned to Cramer Junior High School
June 22, 1933

Assignment Cramer Junior High School

English- Mary G. Dankor, Dorothy G. Dankor, Dorothy Milhous, Evelyn W. Heinold, Emily W. Smith, Ida L. Harman. 

Social Subjects- Edith Tietelman, Joseph W. Knouff, Charles D. Jones.

Science- Mabel A. Rockhill, Florence C. Davis, Alan B. Henderson.

Mathematics- Kay S. Witmer, Cheaster L. Witmer, Chester V. Kopuenhaver, Ida Berger, Mildred M. Stoner. 

Commercial- B. Lucille Doerner,

Music- May Marchant. 

Art- Leslie E. Hayden. 

Shop- Fred W. Bergmann

Practical Arts, Girls- Florence Pratt, Martha Bishop. 

Physical Education and Health- Mary F. Ladewig, Frank E. Sias.

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933

Mitchell Mozeleski Is Assigned to Coaching 
Wearshing Shifted to Woodrow Wilson Hi; Lobley and O'Brien to Teach 


The appointments to the city's educational staff announced by Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, revealed last night that three former Camden High athletes are among the new appointees. 

The trio are Mitchell Mozelski, Edward Lobley and Edward "Pat" O'Brien. In addition to the appointment of the above, shifts in the physical education department for Camden's two senior high schools were also announced. 
Mozeleski, Lobley and O'Brien were stars of the first water while attending the local institution and also sparkled in college athletics. Mozeleski has been assigned to the physical education department at the
Camden Academic High School at Farnham Park and will assist Phillip R. Brooks. 

Brooks and Mozeleski will coach the various sports at the academic institution, with the latter more than likely taking over football and track and the former basketball and baseball. Brooks, however, will be in charge of the physical department. 

Mozeleski comes back to his alma mater after having had wide success in college sports and in coaching. "Mitch" attended William and Mary College and captained the football and basketball teams in his senior year, while also earning a letter in track. Following graduation from the Virginia college, Mozeleski coached at a Virginia military academy. 

Wearshing at Woodrow Wilson 

Mozeleski is well versed in football and is expected to turn out a formidable team this year at the academic institution. Still, he will have to find plenty of new material, as a number of the present gridders have transferred to the Woodrow Wilson Commercial High School, located at 32nd and Federal Streets. 

Grover "Worm" Wearshing, who assisted in the physical ed department at the local school during the past three years, and tutored the football and baseball teams, will take charge of that department and athletic teams at the Woodrow Wilson High School

As yet no assistant has been named for Wearshing, but within the next few weeks an announcement will be made by the board of education. 

Frank Sias, who was on the physical ed staff at the local high school and coached track, has been appointed as physical instructor at Cramer Junior High School and will be assisted by Mary Ladewig, another former Camden High grad, who has starred on the cinders for Temple University and Meadowbrook, holding a number of Middle Atlantic A. A. U. records. 

Lobley and O'Brien have been appointed as teachers in grammar schools. The former wlll teach at Fetters School, while the latter will tutor at Stevens School
Lobley and O'Brien Stars 

Lobley, who was a three-letterman at Camden High, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was on the varsity basketball team for three successive years, captaining the five in his senior year when the Red and Blue won the Eastern Intercollegiate championship. 

O'Brien, who was a star center at Camden High on the eleven, is a graduate of St. Joseph's College, and performed for three years at that position for the Philadelphia institution. While both have been assigned as teachers, it is likely that they will build up a foundation of grammar school athletics, teaching the youngsters the fundamentals of various sports. 

Fulton also announced last night that in dividing the present enrollment at Camden High into two separate institutions, that both will have the required number of male students to enter the Group 4 division in athletics. 

Schedules are already being drawn up for football for teams at both the academic and commercial arts schools. Fulton also stated that in all likelihood the elevens of both schools will meet on Thanksgiving Day to decide the supremacy of the city public school football title. However, this cannot be decided upon definitely until the alumni agrees to abandon their regular Thanksgiving Day game with the senior high team. .


Camden Courier-Post
October 11, 1933

Mrs. Samuel Smith
Mrs. M. Shaw
Morse Street
North 28th Street
Cramer School

Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936

Pre-War Instrument Replaced by Grand After Long Service


Chords that helped youthful voices stay "in tune" for 25 years at Cramer Junior High School departed on a a piano manufacturer's truck the other day. 

The school has bought a new piano. It is a rebuilt grand, replacing the instrument which had been in use in the school auditorium since pre-war days. The school itself has assumed the responsibility of meeting payments on the piano. An entertainment by Morton, the magician, and his trick dog "Onyx," who reads your mind better than you can, will be presented in the school auditorium next Wednesday afternoon. The school will earn a commission on each ten-cent ticket sold, and proceeds will help pay for the newly acquired piano. Ralph Smith, electric shop instructor, is in charge of tickets, which have been distributed through homerooms.

Some sew this way, some sew straight up and down, and they all sew pretty little dresses for the Camden Needlework Guild. The Guild supplied funds for materials, and, working with their sewing instructor, Miss Maude Griffin, eighth grade girls, in their regular course, and ninth graders, for whom sewing is elective, are making new clothing. The frocks are cottons, in pretty colors and prints, in sizes 2 to 12. They will later be distributed to needy persons through the Guild, which is a branch of a national service.

Thelma Selby, new desk clerk of the traffic organization, has about the unit's biggest job to handle. She manages the traffic room, where officers check in and out, metes out badges to fellow officers, does all recording, catalogues lost and found articles and returns them when claims are proved, authorizes passes for parking bicycles in the school courtyard and for parking skates in lockers. The bringing of bicycles and skates to school used to be quite a noisy problem before the pass system was instituted, according to Fred W. Bergmann, who has charge of traffic.

New heads of the traffic system of this term are Thomas Stewart and Doris Schellenger. Traffic posts throughout the building rotate every week, so every student officer gets practice handling moving crowds in each spot.

Betty Long is president of the traffic club; Sarah Lins, vice president; Edna Crim, secretary and Violet Morgan, treasurer. Active in affairs of the organization, which is a school government by representative students, are Thelma Cook, Miss Crim, Miss Morgan, Virginia Leigh, Earl Idell, William Leon, Gordon Wells and William Robbins, who serve as ushers in assemblies, and Miss Lins, Miss Long, Margaret Hurff, Marie Heide, Jane Selfridge, Florence Donahue, Alberta Walker, Ruthe Pogust, Ella Czernaik, Dorothy Sanders, Elizabeth Yonkers, Reinhold Selm, Paul van Horn Victor Miduzewski, George Henry, Frederick Meidt, Raymond Oriol, Charles Miller, Harry Chamberlain, Francis Clark, Joseph Gaughan, Harry Parker, Leon Heffelfinger and Harry Baker.

The school received a $150 allotment of books from the Board of Education in September, 1934, and $200 a year later, but has no furniture to organize a school library. Reference books for teachers are kept in room 309. So that Cramer students need not miss any of the collected treasurers tucked a way in closets uncatalogued, Mrs. Maryland Danker has a club for boys, and Miss B. Lucille Doerner, one for girls, through which members may read the books in club period Tuesday afternoons. Miss Elizabeth Dickinson, of the faculty, has organized a new game club for girls. Monopoly, checkers and bingo are among the diversions.

James Foley, also of the faculty, is guiding the precise-minded lads enrolled in the cryptogram and math puzzle club. They make and exchange grams and puzzles. Miss Emily Rochill sponsors a progressive game club for boys this term. Members are divided into quarters and progress from one type game to another each club period. Ten cents dues are required so an assortment of games for progressing can be acquired.

A piping hot stew, generous with brilliant vegetables and a crisp salad were on the menu for teachers Tuesday, served by home economics classes. Once weekly, classes cooperate on an actual project and prepare similar hot lunches. Twenty 9A girls and 12 8A's work with Miss Florence Pratt, their instructor, in this no-profit plan.

The older girls, who have class earlier, make the dessert, which usually takes longer, according to Miss Pratt. The 8A's take care of the hot foods, and acquire a knowledge of correct table setting and serving by doing it for their teachers under Miss Pratt's watchful eye.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

Appoints 2 Instructors and Pensions 2 Others; Wilson Enrollment High

The Camden Board Education last night approved transfers of 14 teachers, the appointment of two new instructors and the retirement on pension of two others.

The board then adjourned until 11.45 a. m. today and it was announced the 1938-39 board will be organized at noon when Commissioner Mary W. Kobus is expected to be re-elected president.

When the report of the teachers committee making recommendations for appointments, transfers and retirements was read it was approved by unanimous vote and without comment.

Following the meeting Carlton W. Rowand explained that most of the transfers were made to meet emergencies in teaching classes at Woodrow Wilson High School, where more than 1500 students will be enrolled for the second semester, be ginning today.

Rowand explained that enrollment at the Wilson school is the highest in its history, due to many students taking up English and commercial courses instead of entering Camden senior high school, which will have an enrollment of approximately 1540 students, the smallest in several years.

List of Transfers

Transfers affecting teachers in junior high schools are: Louis E. Feinstein from Hatch Junior High School to commercial business organization, Wilson High School; Frank E. Sias, from Cramer Junior High to physical education, Wilson High; Jessie W. McMurtrie from Cramer Junior High School, to physical education, Wilson High; Wilton D. Greenway, from Cramer Junior High School to mathematics, Camden High; Elizabeth Dickinson, from Bonsall; to English, Cramer Junior High; Mrs. Mildred C. Simmons, from English to mathematics, Cramer Junior High; Miss Celia Boudov, from Hatch Junior High to departmental geography, science, and penmanship, Liberty School; Mrs. Elizabeth R. Myers assigned to English, Hatch Junior High;

Thelma L. Little transferred from, Grade 5 to Cooperative Departmental; Dudley school.

The following elementary school transfers, also effective today, are:

Beatrice W. Beideman from Starr to Sharp school; Mrs. Esther S. Finberg from Cramer to Broadway school; Dorothy M. Lippincott from Parkside to Dudley school; Mrs. Alva T. Corson from Washington to Broadway school, and Mary G. Cathell from Washington to Dudley school.

Teachers whose retirement was approved are Carolina W. Taylor, Grade 2, Broadway school, and William M. Thayer, mathematics [Camden] senior high school. Both teachers had resigned and applied for their pensions, the report read.

Appointments Made

Nathan Enten was appointed as physical education teacher in the Cramer school and Harry S. Manashil was appointed commercial teacher in Hatch school. Each will receive $1400, annually. The board also approved the appointment of Florence M. Dickinson as principal of Lincoln school at a salary of $2200 annually.

The assignment of Miss Grace Hankins as principal of Parkside school to succeed Miss Dickinson also was approved. Ethel Thegen was approved for appointment as assistant librarian at the Camden senior high school at a salary of $5.50 a day. All appointments are effective today.

To relieve overcrowded conditions among pupils the board approved the transfer of 7A and 7B classes from the Washington to the Cramer school.

The board vote to open a library in the Cramer school and Raymond G. Price, supervisor of building was instructed to provide, the necessary equipment.

A resolution of condolence upon the death of Ethel C. Wenderoth, for 19 years a teacher in the Broadway School was passed and secretary Albert Austermuhl was instructed to send a copy to members of the deceased teacher's family.

2 New Faces on Board

The board received and filed a letter from Mayor George E. Brunner in which he stated he had appointed Mrs. George W. Tash, Samuel T. French Jr. as new members and had re-appointed Robert Burk Johnson as a board member.

William B. Sullender, of the Tenth Ward, who was not re-appointed, was commended by the members for his services. E. George Aaron said he regretted the fact that Sullender was leaving as a member and wished him success. Others joined in this tribute.

Sullender in reply thanked the members for their co-operation during his term of office.

Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938

Parent-Teacher Association News

Cramer- Founder's Day will be celebrated at the regular meeting tonight. Mrs. Wilbur Peters is the chairman. Those taking part are Mrs. Harry Tueber, Mrs. Fred Miller, Mrs. Edith Greenwood, Mrs. William Gridley, Mrs. Arthur Fichter, Mrs. Mildred Simmons and Mrs. William Rowntree. Luncheon was served to teachers on Friday and Monday. The committee in charge was Mrs. W. Rowntree, Mrs. F. Creager, Mrs. C. Martin, Mrs. A. Fichter, Mrs. W. Peters, Mrs. W. Read, Mrs. J. Hock, Mrs. R. Abbott, Mrs. S. Clayton, Mrs. R. Schaeffer and Mrs. C. Landenberger.

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938

41st Anniversary Will Be Observed by Broadcast in Afternoon
4th Annual Child Welfare Institute Being Planned for April

The desire to carry on toward the goal envisioned by founders of the Parent-Teacher Association will be emphasized throughout the country in honor of the 41st anniversary of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.

A Founders Day broadcast will be heard on the Parent-Teacher Radio Forum next Wednesday from 4.30-5 p. m. over the NBC blue network. 

Mrs. Percy Powell, Mrs. Fred M. Raymond and Miss Mary England are in charge of the program.

One of the vital topics to be considered that day is "What needs to be 
done for children today?"

The celebration of Founders Day started by Mrs. David O. Mears in 1910, thirteen years after the organization of the National Congress of Mothers, and the "birthday gifts" from local units are used for the extension of this service to childhood so that it may be carried to every girl and every boy in the country. 


Mrs. Herbert Schoellkopf, county Americanization chairman, urges every parent-teacher member to display the American flag on three important birthdays being celebrated this month, namely: Lincoln's  Birthday, February 12; Founder's Day, February 17, and Washington's Birthday, February 22.

Word has been received of the cancellation of the "Homemakers Forum" on station WOR. The series of talks on the adolescent which were to have been given on this program, are available in mimeographed form from the office of the home demonstration agent, Miss Mary M. Leaming, room 208, courthouse, Camden. In requesting this information, the name of the particular talk desired and the definite number of copies needed should be specked.

Parent-Teacher members are looking forward to the fourth annual Child Welfare Institute to be held in April. Plans for this institute are being formulated by Albert M. Bean, superintendent of Camden county schools, who is general chairman. The theme this year will be "Guidance" being divided in four classes pertaining to career, character, community and health.

Guest Speaker

MRS. MORRIS FOULK Director of the southern P. T. A. district and second
vice president of the New Jersey Parents and Teachers Congress, who was guest
speaker at the Garfield School, Camden, P. T. A. meeting: last night.


Broadway — Mrs. Ralph Jones, county magazine chairman, was the guest speaker at the meeting Tuesday night. A playlet in commemoration of Founder's Day was presented by a group from the Northeast-Sewell association. Mrs. Thomas Melchore presided. Mrs. George Lee, welfare chairman, has made arrangements for an industrial tour on February 21. Mrs. Walter Gross attended the meeting of the Home Demonstration Extension on Monday. Mrs. C. Fred Becker, parent discussion group  leader, is holding a meeting in the school on Tuesday at 1.30 p. m. A donation of $1.25 was approved to be given the recreation committee toward the New York trip of the winners in the sewing contest held recently.

CassadyMrs. M. Moullette, Summer round up chairman, has appointed a committee to assist her in her work. They are Mrs. E. Hudson, president; Mrs. R. Bowen, vice president; Mrs. H. Mount,  secretary; Mrs. A. Reinhold and G. McGrath Kershaw. The executive committee will hold a meeting next Wednesday at the home of Mrs. K. Hudson at 8 o'clock.

Cooper—Health night was held at the regular meeting Monday. Mrs. G. Kramer, county health chairman, spoke on the importance of correct food for children. A play was presented by the Seventh grade English class, under the direction of Miss E. Hanna. A violin solo was rendered by Miss A. Claypool, accompanied at the piano by Miss V. Merwall. An educational trip has been planned for this afternoon at 1.30.

Cramer — The county president's message echoes from the release were read by Mrs. William Rowntree, president, at the meeting last week. A gift of $1.25 was sent to the committee on the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Arthur Fichter, membership chairman; Mrs. Fred Creager, welfare  chairman, and Mrs. William Rowntree, president, attended the city group meeting last week. The executive committee will meet at the home of Barney Brown, vice president, 2566 Baird boulevard, on Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. The association is sponsoring a three-act comedy, "Here Comes Charlie," to be given by the Queen Esther Society of Asbury M. E. church, on Thursday night, February 17, at 8 o'clock in the school auditorium.

H. H. Davis—Members of the discussion group met in the school yesterday under the leadership of Mrs. William Allen, discussion group chairman, followed by rehearsal for the Founder's Day play arranged by Miss Kathleen Willetts, Founder's Day chairman. A candle lighting ceremony will also be given in observance of Founder's Day, at the meeting Thursday. Calvin Chambers will compile the publicity record book to be displayed at the annual luncheon. A trip to an industrial plant is planned for next Wednesday afternoon. A bus will leave the school at 1 p. m.

Dudley—Mrs. Elizabeth James and Mrs. Sarah Miller who were in charge of purchasing of basketball suits for the school team, reported that donations of $10.65 have been received from business people and friends. The executive committee has approved sending $1.25 to the Recreation Commission toward the New York trip for winners of the Doll Dressing Contest. Mrs. Clara Batten, chairman of the committee in charge of purchasing a new banner, has been authorized to purchase  same as soon as possible. Mrs. Florence Fiedler, newly appointed summer round-up chairman, is making plans for a thorough survey of the school neighborhood in order to enlist the aid of the parents of preschool children. Founders' Day exercises will be held tonight at the meeting.

McKinley—Harry Roye will speak at the meeting next Tuesday night. There will also be a Founders' Day ceremony. Those taking part will rehearse Friday at 3.30 a. m. at the school. Mrs. Rudolph Koerner will hold a study group meeting at her home next Wednesday at 2.00 p. m. Next Thursday a covered dish luncheon will be held by Mrs. R. Koerner and Mrs. Morris Sellers at the home of Mrs. R. Koerner, Fremont and Thirty-fifth street. On Thursday a meeting on character education will be  held at the school at 3.30 p. m. Miss Alice Butler, general secretary of the Y. W. C. A., fill speak.

Liberty & Starr—The meeting of the executive committee will be held ext Thursday night at the home of Mrs. Charles Baden, 954 Pine street. Mrs. Emily S. Hurd, publicity chairman, who served as chairman of the judging committee of the sewing contest sponsored by the Recreation commission, recently acted as judge f the sewing contest held by the T. A. at SS. Peter and Paul school on Tuesday 

Parkside—Mrs. Robert Simmington, council chairman, and Mrs. Rocco Palese, city chairman, gave brief talks at the meeting last Thursday night. Corsages were presented to them by Mrs. Sinclair Sondie, program chairman. Proceeds from the sale of a cake will be sent as a Founders' Day gift to he National Congress to be used or extension work.

North-East & Sewell — Mrs. Grace Dill, discussion group leader, attended the meeting in City Hall Monday under the direction of Miss Mary Leaming, home demonstration agent. A meeting of the discussion group was held in the Sewell school on Tuesday afternoon.

Sumner—The ways and means committee met at the home of Mrs. Grace Thomas, president, on Monday. Plans for various entertainments for the months of February, March and April were made. A membership campaign was launched. The topic of discussion at the meeting on Wednesday was "How the School Prepares for Home and Family Life."

H. C. Sharp—The regular meeting was held Friday. Gordon Carrigan presided. The Rev. Eric A. Osterle of Collingswood. discussed "Youth Problems." "Founders' Day" was observed, also the ninth birthday of this unit. A large birthday cake was lighted by the past presidents, and a large candle lighted by Miss Ethel Lee for Founders Day. Miss Lee was congratulated for her wonderful co-operation with all presidents and P.T.A. work; and was presented with a corsage of red roses. Each president in turn was presented with a red rose bud boutonniere by Miss Esther Bauer, who had charge of the program, assisted by Miss Maier and Mrs. Barton. Each president gave a "Reminiscent" of his service. They were as follows: Chester Knaub, Harry Krattenmaker, Herman Neissner, Gordon Carriean, Howard Stewart, Raymond Price.

Washington — Rev. E1wood A. Harrar spoke Tuesday at the Founders Day meeting Tuesday. Mrs. Howard Weeden, city juvenile probation chairman, was guest speaker. Miss Charlotte V. Dover, former principal of the school, was also a guest. A brief history of the association were called upon to speak. John White was the first president. He was followed by Jacob Grosmick, Mrs. Wilbur Cassedy, and the present president, Mrs. Richard Baker. Mrs. F. Kau ff man reports the cake sale a success. Mrs. William Mitchell reported plans to form a First Aid class that will be given a course by the Red Cross.

H. B. Wilson—Plans were made for the Founders Day program at the executive committee meeting Thursday afternoon in the school. Mrs. Lawrence Miller was named chairman. Miss Harriet Reiners will speak on character education at the next meeting. The basketball team was furnished with suits by the unit.

Yorkship—After a short business session with Mrs. James L. Ferris presiding, the monthly meeting was turned over to Mrs. J. P. McMillion, county chairman of alcohol and narcotics. Rev. H. S. Lepperd, of Fairview M. E. Church, spoke. Mrs David Pyper, chairman of ways and means, announced plans for a care party to be held on February 18. Proceeds will be used for expenses to carry on the monthly dances and Annual Field Day. The discussion group met today in teachers lunch  room. Mrs. Malcolm Steck, leader, will use as a topic "What Interests Adolescence." As a special feature for the monthly dances the organization has arranged to have a half hour of dancing instructions before the regular dancing begins. Attending the city group meeting at City Hall were Mrs. James L. Ferris, president; Mrs David Pyper, Mrs. M. Johnson, Mrs. Eleanor Wynn, Mrs. W. Clemmens Mrs. George Mehaffey and Mrs. Harold Turner attended.

Lincoln—Dr. Helen Schrak gave a talk on health and a report on health conditions of the children of this school at the last meeting. A Founders Day sketch was presented by Mrs. M. Beaumont, Mrs. G. Welmrich, Mrs. E. Schelpat and Mrs. K Conlin.

Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938


The Queen Esther Circle of the Asbury M. E. Church will present "Here Comes Charlie," a three-act comedy, in the Cramer school auditorium tonight at 8 o'clock, under sponsorship of the Cramer School P.T.A.

Robert Barrar coached the production. The cast comprises John Kissel, Dorothy Crowell, Frank Crovvell, Frances Allenback, Robert Brasher, Ruth Selfridge, Ethel Lingenfelter, George Gardner and James Parker.

Undated 1949 photo showing William Comerford, driver for Camden's fire chief, passing out circulars to recruit support for police and fireman pay raises in front of the Alfred Cramer School.

Philadelphia Inquirer -1951


The schools represent eight public arid one parochial school in. Cam­den and the Pennsauken Township Junior High School. The Camden county competition is part of the an­nual marbles tournament sponsored by The Inquirer.

Champions were developed yesterday at the Pennsauken School, which registered a total of 41 boys and eight girls in its first years competition. Robert Barroway, 11, of 5303 Sherwood Terrace, and Vera Polk,12, of 3466 Gladwyn Avenue, both seventh-grade Pennsauken students, captured the titles.

Camden school champions are Albert Colsey, 12, of 2807 Cleveland Avenue; and Iola Brooks, 13, of 2728 Garfield Avenue, of the Harry C. Sharp School, 32nd Street and Hayes Avenue; James Twyman, 13, of 807 Chestnut Street, winner at Whittier School, 8th and Chestnut Streets; Michael Marto, 14, of 215 Sewell Street; of the Cramer Junior High School, 29th and Mickle Streets; Alfred Medley, 13, of 1177 Lawrence Street, of the Powell School, 10th and Linden Streets.


Also, Nicholas Martell, 13, of 1041 North 31st Street, brother of last year's Camden champion, and Arlene. Fallon, 13, of 811 North 28th Street, both of Veterans' Memorial Junior High School, 26th Street and Hayes Avenue; Ronald Rowan, 51 North Street, champion of the Holy Name Parochial School, 5th and Vine Streets, competing ·for the first time this year; Ann Coles, 13, of 697 Van Hook Street, girl winner at the Mickle School, 6th and Van Hook Streets, and Stephen Trout, 14, of 305 Beideman Avenue, representing the Davis School, 34th and Cramer Streets.

Other Camden school winners announced earlier included Paul Palla, 11, of 1087 North Merrimac Road, of the Yorkship School, and Robert Hudson, 11, of 2123 Van Buren Street, boy winner at the Mickle School. Runners-up who will be alternates at the district playoffs include  Yorkship School, Jerry Hunt, 13, of 3150 Colorado Road; Mickle School, John Jones, 14, of 673 Central Avenue and Brenda Bates, 10, of 569 Ferry Avenue; Sharp School, William Wagner, 12, of 1107 Lois Avenue and Jean Martell, 12, of 1041 North 31st Street; Pennsauken, Adrian Mencer, 14, of 4311 Union Avenue, Delair, and Lorraine Brucks, 13, of 2228 Sherman Avenue, Pennsauken

Also Whittier School, Edward DeGrilla, 14, of 732 Chestnut Street; Davis School, Robert Kerby, 13; Holy Name School, Samuel Montanez. 13, of 621 Cedar Street; Powell School, Sterling Davis, 13, of 323 North 11th Street, and Veterans School. Herbert Betts, 14, of 1155 Bergen Street and Judith Arensberg, 13, of 2730 Garfield Avenue.

Cramer Junior High School
1953 Yearbook

Student Government Officers
School Staff

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Junior High School
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1956-1957 - Mrs. Stanford's Kindergarten Class
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Mrs. McElhaney's Third Grade Class
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1961-1962 - Mrs. Plotnick's 5th Grade Class
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