Northeast Corner of Broadway & Cooper Street

The WALT WHITMAN HOTEL was a project championed by the Greater Camden Movement, a group of business and civic leaders who had begun to come together shortly before and during World War I. They had been especially effective in raising funds county-wide to support America's war effort. After the war, the Greater Camden Movement's grand plan to stimulate economic recovery and optimism was the construction of a bridge between Camden and Philadelphia, and a community hotel on the Camden side of the bridge, along with the building of a road network leading away from the bridge south-east through Camden County towards the Atlantic Ocean. 

In 1920 Eldridge Johnson, the President of the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, pledged $100,000 towards the construction of the proposed hotel in order to house the newly formed Chamber of Commerce. In 1923 the Camden Chamber of Commerce, led by LeRoy A. Goodwin, appointed J. David Stern, the owner of the Camden Courier,  chairman of the Hotel Committee. In 1924 the Community Hotel Corporation was incorporated.

In six days, $1,250,000 was raised by a committee of 370 Camden businessmen, led by James J. Scott, partner in the Strandwitz & Scott sheet metal works, in February of 1924. Scott would become treasurer of the new Community Hotel Corporation, and would procure many of the hotel's furnishings. Other members of the fundraising and building committees included Scott's partner William Strandwitz, W. Leonard Hurley (Hurley's Department Store), George A. Munger (Munger & Long Department Store), lumber merchant Volney G. Bennett, Frank Hineline (Camden Lime Company), heating manufacturer Warren Webster, and insurance and real estate agents David Baird Jr., Leon Todd, Ralph D. Baker, and Charles W. Austermuhl. Congressman Charles A. Wolverton played a role as well. Both Munger and Austermuhl's partners, Elmer Ellsworth Long and Andrew B.F. Smith, were also heavily involved in the Greater Camden Movement.

The Camden Chamber of Commerce released an extensive account of the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel in the September 1925 edition of Camden First, the Chamber's official publication.

CAMDEN FIRST - Camden Chamber of Commerce - 1925

The Community Hotel Corporation's fundraising team had performed admirably during World War I, and used the same tactics in raising money from within Camden to build the hotel. The name Walt Whitman was chosen to instill civic pride and project a local identity. Every ethnic group in Camden participated, raising money within their communities. The Polish-Americans were led by attorney and realtor Peter S. Gulcz, Meyer Wessell led the Jewish campaign, coat manufacturer Antonio DiPaolo the Italians, and Dr. Clement T. Branch mobilized the Black community. After securing funding, the Walt Whitman Hotel was built, and opened for business in 1925. 

CAMDEN FIRST - Camden Chamber of Commerce - 1925

Prior to the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel and the Delaware River Bridge, Broadway ended at Cooper Street, and Cooper Street was where many of the richest and most prominent families in Camden lived. After securing the city government's commitment to extend Broadway to the proposed Bridge Plaza, the Community Hotel Corporation purchased the mansions of J. Lynn Truscott, Alice B. Hanford, and the Hussong family, and razed them in order to make room for the hotel. 

The Home of
J. Lynn Truscott

627 Cooper Street,
Camden NJ

Designed by Arthur Truscott,
his brother 

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The destruction of these homes marked the beginning of the end for Camden's most historic neighborhood. In combination with the destruction of the Linden Terrace neighborhood by the construction of the Delaware River Bridge, many of Camden's business and professional families began leaving the city, a process that within a few decades left the city impoverished of capital both monetary and human. While the Greater Camden Movement's "Gateway to South Jersey" may have done much to develop Camden County, in retrospect it marked the beginning of the end of the City of Camden's prosperity and viability. 

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Camden Courier-Post

July 5, 1926

Camden Courier-Post - July 5, 1926

Built & Owned By The Community

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Camden Courier-Post

July 5, 1926


One end of the main lounge of the Walt Whitman Hotel, showing mural of the great poet

Camden Courier-Post
January 4, 1928

Hotel Walt Whitman
Congregation Beth El
Meyer Sakin
Congregation Ahev Zedek
Rabbi Nachman Arnoff
Joseph A. Varbalow
Lewis Liberman

Dr. David Cooper
Dr. Leopold Z. Goldstein
Herman Odlen
Fred Siris
Hyman James
Nathan Friedenberg
Maurice Wessell
Samuel Varbalow
Ellis Goodman

Benjamin Shindler
B'nai B'rith
Camden's Jewish Community

Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928

Camden Courier-Post

January 7, 1928

Hotel Walt Whitman
Congregation Beth El
Congregation Ahev Zedek
Rabbi Nachman Arnoff
Rabbi Archie Davidson
Lewis Liberman
Meyer Sakin
Dr. David Cooper
Dr. Leopold Z. Goldstein
Herman Odlen
Fred Siris - Hyman James
Nathan Friedenberg
B'nai B'rith
Camden's Jewish Community

Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928

Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1928

Federation Leaders To Address Professional Women

 State and National officials of the Federation of Business and professional women will address the Camden branch at its January meeting in the Hotel Walt Whitman on Thursday evening.

Miss Virginia Montgomery, National Federation program chairman and Miss Mary L. Johnston, New Jersey federation president, are slated to make the principal addresses following dinner.

Dr. Lettie Ward, president of the Camden branch will preside.

Camden Courier-Post January 11, 1928

C. of C. Secretary Outlines Plan to Make Comprehensive Survey

 An industrial campaign for the purpose of inducing new business industries to locate in Camden will be part of the program of the Chamber of Commerce for this year, Loyal D. Odhner, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, told members of the Rotary Club at a luncheon today in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Odhner’s outline of the chamber’s program, which included an industrial survey for the purpose of determining possibilities for new manufacturers and improving present business facilities, was approved by Francis B. Wallen, new president of the Chamber of Commerce, who attended the luncheon.

“During these last five tears, Camden has had little or no industrial growth. Manufacturers have either chosen other localities in preference to us or else they have not even thought of us. I prefer to believe the latter is the case. Our first step, them is to make our city more appealing to the industrial prospect. This cam be accomplished by an industrial campaign with the cooperation of all business forces.

“I am confident that before this years ends you will see the resources of this community mobilized into one of the greatest campaigns for new industries that has ever been waged in America.

“In conducting this campaign.” Said Odhner “we must not lose sight of the fact that port facilities will be a point of leading interest to the prospective manufacturer. The patronage which our present pier is receiving is only a small indication of the value to our city of adequate port facilities. The port improvement program must proceed with all haste.

Urged to Aid Movement

Odhner urged members of the Rotary Club to get behind a movement to organize a force to meet the financial problems that will accompany the advent of new industries.

“With our survey completed,” Odhner continued “our next step will be to determine the type of industries that can locate in Camden most profitably to themselves and to the community.

“Another important step will be to interest the people of our own city so They will report to us any new firms contemplating a change of location. Most cities which have conducted effective industrial expansion have secured their best leads from their own people.

Still another step is well advised selective advertising, confined to those mediums which actually receive the attention of business executives.”

Odhner said that as a preliminary step in the campaign it is the intention of President Wallen to ask all of Camden’s neighboring towns to join with her in this movement.

“Sometime in March,” he said, “it is hoped a meeting of all leaders of surrounding communities will be held for the purpose of forming a Greater Camden Chamber of Commerce.

Camden Courier-Post - January 12, 1928


William S. Darnell became president of the Camden Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at the annual meeting and election of officers of the organization yesterday. Other officers are Millwood Truscott, first vice president; Rev. Roland Wringwalt, second vice president; Millwood Truscott, treasurer; Mrs. William P. Walsh, secretary; William P. Walsh and Frank T. Lloyd Jr., solicitor; Dr. A. S. Ross, Dr. Alexander Ellis, Charles Hutchinson and Ernest La Rossa physicians for the society.

A contract was awarded by the society for the erection of a playroom for the children of the Sheltering Arms Home on River Avenue. More than half of the sum needed for the construction of the addition has been collected. A report by Mrs. Walsh revealed that during the past month 43 cases were investigated and that 66 children were involved. Members and nurses of the society made a total of 21 visits during the period..

Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928


All officers of the Camden County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children were re-elected yesterday afternoon at a meeting at the Hotel Walt Whitman.

William S. Darnell again was named president. Other officers re-elected were Vice-presidents, Millwood Truscott and Rev. Rolland Ringwalt; treasurer, Millwood Truscott; secretary, Mrs. William P. Walsh.

Solicitors appointed are William P. Walsh and Frank T. Lloyd Jr. Physicians named are Dr. Alexander S. Rosa, Dr. Alexander Ellis, Dr. Charles Hutchinson and Dr. E. DeRossi..

Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928

Camden Health Head Says It Gives False Sense Of Security

Fumigation as a method of preventing disease was discounted by Dr. Arthur L. Stone, city health director, in talk yesterday before the Y’s men’s Club at the Hotel Walt Whitman.

 “It gives a false sense of security,” he declared. “It kills only the germs upon the surface. As a matter of fact diseases are carried by individuals, and spread by contact of persons.  

 “Modern public health does not depend upon safeguard of the environment, but upon safeguard of the individual. It does little good to choose methods for fumigation, when the dis­ease may be spread by some individual who carries the bacteria.”

Dr. Stone took as his subject “Secrets of Health.”  He pointed vaccination as the only certain way to immunize persons against disease. Smallpox and typhoid fever now are controlled by antitoxins, and diphtheria is well on the way to control. He said that a serum for scarlet fever soon may be discovered.

As a result of his vaccination activities here Dr. Stone predicted that the city will soon have “army of immune children.” More than 10,000 children have been vaccinated against diphtheria, and there will be more as soon as parents learn to lose their fear of the treatment, he said.

Prevention of infantile disease has cut the country’s death rate more than any other source, he declared. Much of the decrease can be ascribed to pre-natal educational work among mothers.

He asserted that playgrounds play an important part in brain development as well as muscular development. Brain development parallels development of the muscular tissues and a sound body is necessary for sound thinking, be stated, reverting to an old maxim.

Although 80 percent of children are born healthy by the time they reach their majority, 10 percent of them are defective in some way, according to the health officer. Inability of humans to take care of themselves was given as the reason.

Prior to Dr. Stone's talk, the club distributed prizes won in a recent bowling tournament. First prize went to Jim Burroughs; second prize, to Winfield S. Wilson; third, Horace Sherman, and fourth, Robert McCay.

It was announced that the club’s bowling team will compete with the Woodbury Kiwanis Club team in that city tonight. On January 3rd the Y’s Men’s team will bowl the Woodbury Y’s Men’s Club team.

Camden Courier-Post - January 16, 1928

Broadway Merchants to Hold Annual Banquet
at Hotel Walt Whitman, Jan. 25

 An exciting contest is expected in the annual election of officers of the Broadway Business Men’s Association. The elections, preceded by a banquet, will be held Wednesday evening, January 25, at Hotel Walt Whitman.

Three merchants are candidates for the presidency, which will be vacated by Harry Pelouze. There are J.V. Moran, Walter Friant and Morris Futernick. They were nominated at the November meeting of the association.

Another battle is looked for in the naming of a vice-president. M. Fuhrman and J.W. Holmes are the two candidates while Morris Jaffe is the retiring vice president. Edwin C. Norcross, president treasurer, will be unopposed for re-election. Albert S. Dudley will be unopposed when he succeeds David Tattersdill as secretary.

Representatives from every business in every section of the city have been invited to attend the affair, while every one of the 150 members will probably be present. The principle speaker will be former Judge John B. Kates, of the Broadway Merchants Trust Company.

An address on interstate traffic and its relations to the transportation problems of Camden business will be delivered by J.J. Ruster, head of the transportation department of the Camden ­Chamber of Commerce. Francis B. Wallen and Loyal D. Odhner, president and secretary respectively of the Chamber of Commerce will also be guests of the merchants.

A comparison of the work of other commercial organizations will be made by several well-known visitors. Benjamin Shindler, William Lipsitz and H. Zbieratski, presidents respectively of the East Camden, Kaighn Avenue and Mount Ephraim Business Men’s Associations, will speak.

The new constitution and by-laws of the association will be adopted at the January meeting. Eighteen directors will be elected; six for terms of three years, six for two-year terms and a similar number for one year.

The candidates for director are Harry Pelouze, Joseph Kobus, J.W. Holmes, Albert Israel, James V. Moran, Walter Friant, Dr. I.S. Siris, Joseph Fuhrman, William E. Cross, S. Abeson, M. Futernick, Howard B. Lee, Fred W. Schorpp, Morris Jaffe, W. Mitchell, L. Markowitz, Joseph Corbett, M. Lasala, P. Thatcher, W. Falture, G. Lockerman and David Tattersdill

Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1928


 The third annual banquet and election of officers of the Broadway Business Men’s Association will be held tomorrow evening in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Three candidates seek the presidency of the organization, Morris Futernick and Walter Friant, merchants, and James V. Moran, general manager of the Hurley Store.

Rev. Camille Estornelle, rector of St. Johns Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation, while Harry Pelouze, president of the association, will be toastmaster. John B. Kates, president of the Broadway Merchants Trust Company, will be the principal speaker.

Five minute talks will be delivered by William Lipschitz, president of the Kaighn Avenue Business Men’s Association; Benjamin Shindle, president of the East End Business Men’s Association; Harry H. Whaland, vice president of the Mount Ephraim Business Men’s Association; Francis B. Wallen, president of the Chamber of Commerce; Lloyd D. Odhner, secretary of the chamber and J. J. Raster, transportation manager of the chamber.

Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1928


The Camden Level Club will hold its first annual charily ball tomorrow night at the Hotel Walt Whitman. Proceeds will be used for charitable work.

Norman I. Wessel is chairman of the committee in charge. Milton Manheimer heads the ticket committee. Others aiding the arrangements are Fred Siris, secretary of the club, Joseph H. Rickler, treasurer, and Nathan S. Rubin, Dr. Isadore S. Siris, Nathan Friedenberg and Dr. Reuben L. Cutler.

Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1928

American Legion Card Party
For Friday in Hotel

Tables will be placed for bridge, five-hundred and pinochle at the card party which Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post of the American Legion will give in the ballroom of the Hotel Walt Whitman on Friday evening.

Playing will begin at half after eight o’clock. Walter Garland, chairman of the card party committee, has announced.

The card party is one of the post’s main events of the year. The auxiliary is co-operating and it is expected that several hundred persons will attend.

Members of the committee in charge of the affair are Paul Engle, Russell Keen, George Seybold, LeGrande Roberts, Herbert Blizzard, Whitcomb Wright, Albert Smith, William Miller1 Raymond Van Horn,
Meyers Baker and Albert Wehner.

Camden Courier-Post

January 30, 1928


January 31, 1928

Charles Bratten Dubell
Amos Shirley
Walt Whitman Hotel
St. John's Episcopal Church

Camden Courier-Post
February 9, 1928

Rev. Elwood A. Harrar
Victor King
Winfield S. Price
Rev. Brendan C. Shea
H. Raymond Staley


Camden Courier-Post

February 16, 1928

Mechanic Street
Atlantic Avenue

Frank Chudzinski
Genevieve Chudzinski
Joseph J. Roskowiak

St. Joseph's
Roman Catholic Church

Camden Courier-Post

April 4, 1928

Camden Rotary Club

Howard J. Dudley
George A. Wonfor
Charles Wagner
John H. Booth
George Moore
Sam Riggins
Raymond Hance
Thomas W. Pinder
Edward Shelmardin


April 5, 1928

Hotel Walt Whitman
Market Street
Albert S. Woodruff
Lewis Liberman

Carl Kisselman

The Walt Whitman Hotel


Camden Courier-Post
June 4, 1930

Hotel Walt Whitman - South Jersey Law School, Class of 1930 - George M. Cabnet
Robert H. Aaronson Jr. - Harold B. Wells - Elmer G. Van Name - Carl Joseph Geiges
Arthur E. Armitage - Dr. Camille Estornille -
St. John's Episcopal Church - Mary Walsh Kobus
James F. Minturn - Weidner Titzck

Camden Courier-Post
August 26, 1931

Camden Rotary Club - Francis B. Wallen

Camden Courier-Post - October 20, 1931

Kiwanis Told Movement Leads State in Rehabilitation

Camden county educators in providing special training for crippled children, leads the state in the movement to rehabilitate youths suffering from physical defects.

That opinion was expressed by Joseph G. Buch, of Trenton, chairman of the New Jersey State Crippled Children's Commission, speaking before the Camden Kiwanis Club at Hotel Walt Whitman yesterday.

"Through the efforts of the state organization and the Elks Crippled Kiddies committee," Buch said, "every crippled child in New Jersey is now offered the chance for medical attention, training and vocational guidance.             I '

"More than 13,000 children between the ages of one and 18 years are registered with the state organization at Trenton, and 364 of those able to attend some special training class are being rehabilitated."

Buch urged the service clubs to aid the organization in placing youths in positions in the working world. 

A delegation of Kiwanianians from Brooklyn attended the meeting, headed by the club president, John Kay. The visitors were welcomed by former Judge John B. Kates.

Dr. Martin H. Collier, president of the Camden club, made a report on the annual state convention of Kiwanis held at the hotel last week.

During the meeting musical entertainment was provided by Gene Stroud, singing banjoist and Harry M. Taylor, pianist.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931


Paul Raymond, French vice consul, of Philadelphia, will be the principal speaker today at a joint service club luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Joint hosts at the meeting will be the Lions Club and the Camden County Chamber of Commerce. Francis B. Wallen, president of the Lions Club, and Watson C. Shallcross, president of the Chamber of Commerce, will preside jointly at the luncheon. William A. Eppright, chairman of arrangements. Raymond will speak on French-American relations.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931


More than 50 members of the Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club will be the guests of Crew Levick Co. in an inspection trip up the Delaware River next Thursday when the guests will be entertained at lunch on Petty Island.

Announcement of the plans for the trip were made by William Eppright at a joint meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and Lions at Hotel Walt Whitman today.

The trip will be made aboard the tug Shankin, leaving the Camden Marine Terminal Pier at the foot of Beckett Street at noon.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931


David Baird, Jr., Republican nominee for governor, will make his final appearance in the current election campaign Monday night, in his "own home town," when he will address a monster rally at the Hebrew Republican League, at the Talmud Torah, 621 Kaighn avenue.

The Hebrew league reorganized formally at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor, was elected president; Sig Schoenagle, Samuel Shaner, Israel Weitzman, vice-presidents; L. Scott Cherchesky, secretary, and Samuel Label, treasurer.

Trustees of the league include Hyman Bloom, Mitchell E. Cohen, Benjamin Friedman, Jacob L. Furer, Isadore H. Hermann, Carl Kisselman, Edward Markowitz, Louis L. Markowitz, Harry Obus, Maurice L. Praissman, Samuel Richelson, Meyer L. Sakin, Julius Rosenberg, Jacob Rosenkrantz and Jack Weinberg.

In addition to former Senator Baird, speakers at the Jewish rally will include Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, Republican state committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Benjamin Golder, of Pennsylvania, and State Senator Samuel Salus, of Pennsylvania.

Camden High School
Purple & Gold Yearbook Ad
January 1932


Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1932

Camden Rotary Club




Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Camden Lions Club
Robert D. Hughes
South Jersey Law School





Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Camden Lions Club
Robert D. Hughes
South Jersey Law School




Samuel M. Shay - Charles M. Maurer - Elmer G. Van Name 




Camden Courier-Post
June 8, 1932

Kathryn Cecelia McNulty
Martin A. McNulty
Robert O'Keefe
Mary O'Keefe

Kaighn Avenue

Church of the Sacred Heart
Peter Kelly
Mrs. Walter Fewer
Florence McNulty
Osworth O'Keefe
Hotel Walt Whitman




Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1932

Thomas Nicholas - West Jersey Hospital
Hotel Walt Whitman - Broadway - Federal Street

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1932

Soroptimist Club - Mrs. Ethel Butler - Miss Rita Fell

Camden Courier-Post
June 10, 1932

Kiwanis Club

Camden Courier-Post
June 16, 1932

James M. O'Neill - Max Reihmann

Camden Courier-Post * June 18, 1932

Camden Courier-Post - June 18, 1932

Hotel Walt WhitmanSoroptimist Club

Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1933


The Barristers, student organization of the South Jersey Law School held their regular meeting last night. They were addressed by Edward Platt, assistant dean. Elmer Bertman was chairman. 

The annual banquet of the club will be held February 20 in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933

Three Veterans of Central School
Gifts At Walt Whitman Event

Three veteran teachers of the Central School, Fourth and Clinton Streets, who will retire this month were dinner guests last night of the faculty at Hotel Walt Whitman.

Those retiring are Miss Daisy Y. Furber, principal, and Miss Mary V. Yerkes and Miss Harriette G. Taylor. Twenty-two teachers gathered in their honor in the Whitman room and they enjoyed games and the presentation of gifts and the dinner.

Miss Kathryn Wieand was toastmistress and presented a fitted suitcase to Miss Ferber, a jewe1ed pin to Miss Yerkes and a cameo pin to Miss Taylor on behalf of the teachers.

Toasts were offered by Miss K. E. MacGeorge, Miss M. R. Klein, Miss R. Bonne and Miss Mary MacDonald.

Other teachers attending were:

Miss M. Rinard, Miss M. Mountford, Miss A. Halbert, Miss I.L. Gaudelli, Miss J. Calio, Miss C. Melson, Miss S. Harrison, Miss R. Berry, Miss H. MacDonald, Miss G. Davis, Miss J. Baker, Miss M. Williams, Miss M. Nicholson and Miss A. Selby.

MISS MARY V. YERKES                  

Central School teachers who were honored at a dinner last night by the faculty, just prior to their retirement.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


An Industrial Recovery Act Committee of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce was appointed yesterday.

A.C. Held was named "Chairman of the committee and immediately called a meeting for tomorrow, at 12:15 in Hotel Walt Whitman.

Other members of the committee include J.W. Burnison, Clinton L. Bardo, Harry A. Kelleher, Warren Webster, Jr., Harry C. Stevenson; T. David Stern, B. H. Hudson, Charles Wagner, A. W. Stedman, Stanley Cramer, and Loyal D. Odhner.

A study of the national recovery act passed by Congress for President Roosevelt is to be made by the committee to determine what action should be taken by Camden manu­facturers and merchants toward price and wage recovery.

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933


"Municipal Ownership of Light" will be the subject of an address by Frank Daugherty, Philadelphia engineer, at a meeting of the Camden Kiwanis Club at Hotel Walt Whitman today. " 

Daugherty, a member of the Scofield Engineering Co., designers of the Jacksonville, Florida municipal lighting plant, will be the guest of City Commissioner Frank B. Hanna, with whom the commissioner visited the southern city several weeks ago on an inspection tour.

Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933
Junior Social Club Here Elects New Officers

Officers for the coming year were installed at the last meeting of the season of the Junior Welfare Social Club held at the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Officers installed were Miss Ida Berger, president; Miss Mildred RedIus, vice president; Mrs. Fay Friedbaum, corresponding secretary; Miss Florence Feinstein, recording secretary, and Miss Ida Cabnet, treasurer. Miss Berger succeeded Miss Edythe Plotnick. 

Plans are being made for a dinner dance to be held on June 14 by a committee headed by Miss Mary Rosenkranz.

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
Executives of Organization Discuss Budget
for Camden and Propose Drive

Plans for a campaign to raise funds to cover the budget of the Salvation Army Corps here were discussed yesterday at a meeting of members of the executive board at Hotel Walt Whitman.

William D. Sayrs, chairman of the committee presided and requested that a successor be appointed. The nominating committee selected Earl Lippincott, chairman; Mrs. Arthur Casselman and John J. Robinson, vice chairmen.

Brigadier James A. Harvey, commanding the Philadelphia region of the Army reviewed the Work accomplished at the Camden headquarters, under direction of Captain Charles W. Schafter.

An itemized report of receipts and expenditures together with a budget outline were submitted by Captain Schaffer.

Included among the members at the meeting were Reverend John Pemberton, Mrs. Charles A. Wolverton, Mrs. Casselman, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Herman Hensgen, Joseph Tweedy, Frank C. Propert, and Robinson.

Other members of the committee include Howard Hemphill, George C. Baker, Patrick Harding, Dr. James Rodgers, Dr. F. William Schafer and Dr. Albert Pancoast.  

Camden Courier-Post- June 7, 1933

Telegrams Sent to Kean and Barbour by Camden County Group

The Camden County Chamber of Commerce has gone on record as unanimously favoring inclusion of seven amendments in President Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act.

In two 180-word telegrams to Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour at Washington, the adoption of the amendments proposed last Saturday by the National Association of Manufacturers was urged by A. C. Held, chairman of the Chamber's manufacturers' division.

Permissive authority to President Roosevelt to deal with imports as is deemed necessary to protect the National Industrial Recovery Act once it becomes a law is asked by the Chamber in its telegraphic dispatch.

Furthermore, opposition by Senators Kean and Barbour to labor provisions of the bill as passed by the House and substitution of legislation to make it clear that there is neither intention nor power to reorganize present mutually satisfactory rela­tions between employer and employee also is demanded by the Chamber.

In an answer to the chamber’s telegram, Kean promised to bring to the attention of the chairman of the Finance Committee considering the bill the suggestions made by the local business men.

The action of the manufacturers' division was taken after the return of Loyal D. Odhner, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, from Washington where he had attended a special meeting of more than 500 members of the National Association of Manufacturers at the Mayflower Hotel on Saturday.

Clinton L. Bardo, president of New York Shipbuilding Company, it was revealed today, figured actively in the drawing up and adoption of the seven amendments to the national recovery legislation.

Besides Chairman Held and Bardo, other Camden manufacturers attending the meeting in the Hotel Walt Whitman included W. S. Wheeler and James McGowan, of Campbell Soup Co., E. S. Wood, of Esterbrook Pen Co., Clarence Nicholson and C. H. Wilhelm of Haddon Press; William H. Chew, Sr., of Sinnickson, Chew & Co., Warren Webster, Sr., F. H. Stevens and C. H. Grissom, Jr., of Warren Webster Co., T. L. Vanderslice of John R. Evans Co., William Garwood of Scull Coffee Co., Herbert Kieckhefer of Kleckhefer Container Co., Stanley Cramer of Radio Condenser Co., A. W. Stedman of Standard Tank & Seat Co., E. A. Mechling of Mechling Brothers; B. H. Hudson of the Pennsylvania R. R., R. H. Wisdom of the Taylor White Extracting Company, E. R. Schenck of RCA Victor Company and Francis B. Wallen, chairman of the Chamber's executive committee. .

Camden Courier-Post- June 7, 1933

450 to Attend Affair for Reesman and Mrs. Verga on June 29

A testimonial dinner will be tendered Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga and City Commissioner Clay W. Reesman by the Republican County Committee on June 29.

This was announced yesterday by Carlton M. Harris, Twelfth Ward committeeman, who has been chosen to direct arrangements for the event, to be held in the Walt Whitman Hotel.

Commissioner Reesman, director of public works, recently was elected chairman of the county committee and Mrs. Verga, who is vice-chairman of the state committee, was named to the same position on the county board.

It is planned to limit attendance at the dinner to 450 persons. Tickets are to be distributed by each member of the county committee.

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933

59 Legionnaires Name New Commander and Other Offficials

Walter G. Garlan, of Haddonfield, was elected commander of Thoirs Post, No. 47, American Legion, last night at a meeting held in the ballroom of the Hotel Walt Whitman.

He was unopposed and succeeds LeGrand Roberts, mayor of Oaklyn.

Fifty-nine members participated in the election, which saw spirited con­tests for vice commander, post chaplain and sergeant-at-arms.

Robert C. Brown and Peter De Costa were elected vice commanders, defeating Judge Frank F. Neutze, a third candidate, by a slim margin.

Walter C. Charles won out in the race for post chaplain, defeating Rev. Earl C. Sensor. Ira H. Condit successfully waged his campaign for the sergeant-at-arms post, winning over Paul V. Magee.

Others elected to office were Ellis C. Kircher, finance officer; Frank B. Anderson, service officer; Earl W. Young, historian and Dr. A. Lincoln Sherk, hospitalization officer.

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933

The auxiliary of Camden B'nai B'rith will give a minstrel and dance tonight at Hotel Walt Whitman.

Mrs. Joseph Becker is chairman of the committee on arrangements, which Includes Mrs. Leon Robbins, Mrs. Charles Dikter and Miss Ruth Richman. The cast for the minstrel is composed of the members of the committee in addition to Miss Isabelle Ostroff, Miss Edythe Plotnick, Mrs. Etta Rosen, Miss Ida Cabnet, Miss Ida Berger, Miss Freda Ruttenberg, Mrs. Hattie Michel, Miss Sarah Schatz and Mrs. Jack Bryen.

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933

"The price of gasoline today is down as low as it ever will be for the consumer. If it goes any lower, there will be any number of bankruptcies among dealers and retailers."

That statement was made at the weekly meeting of the Camden Lions' Club in Hotel Walt Whitman yesterday by E. M. Keely, superintendent of the Crew Levick Company refinery on Petty’s Island.

"Most of the oil companies finished in the red last year and so they were justified in raising the price of their products," Keely asserted. "The price of gasoline should never have been reduced, when you consider that the particular gas for which a motorist was paying 7 cents a gallon besides the tax, cost more than that to manufacture and market."

Keely told of the expansion program of his concern on Petty’s Island and declared that the future growth of commerce along the Delaware river would be from Petty’s Island to Palmyra because of the dredging program of the government ..

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
College of South Jersey Will Also Graduate Class at Walt Whitman


Of 208 White Horse pike, Haddon Heights, who is an honors student in the senior class of the South Jersey Law School, which will be graduated tonight. Norris was graduated from Haddon Heights School in 1927 and is also an alumnus of South Jersey College. 

Dr. Arthur Holmes of the University of Pennsylvania, will be the principal speaker tonight at commencement exercises to be held by the College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School, in the Walt Whitman Hotel

Robert M. Norris is the valedictorian and Edward E. Finn is the Salutatorian. Finn will also conduct the mantle ceremony, as president of the senior class. S. Thurman Lovitt will deliver the valedictory of the graduating class of the college. Robert I. Holllngsworth, president of the senior class will make the mantle address for his fellow graduates. 

Rev. Dr. R. E. Brestell, pastor of St. Paul's Church, will be chaplain of the day. Diplomas will be awarded and degrees conferred by Elmer C. Van Name, president of the institution. 

Academic honors are to be awarded to Miss Bella Winigrad and Robert Norris of the law school and to S. Thurman Lovitt in the college. Among those receiving their diplomas and degrees are: Benjamin J. Dzick, Raymond T. Jubanyik, H. Wolfe Kotlikoff, Louis Krichev, Harry Levinsky, Angelo D. Malandra, John F. Rodgers, Bella R. Winigrad, Thomas Fallon, David Fatlowitz, Frank Halpin, Robert L. Hollingsworth, Gregory G. Lagakos, S. Thurman Lovitt, Samuel A. Melamed, John T. O'Neill, Edwin Segal, Adolph J. Stern and Edgar K. Graham (certificate) of Camden. 

Other graduates are: 

Law School- Samuel L. Aronson, James E. Collins, Edward E. Finn, Milton Manuel Kaplan, William B. Knight Jr., Joseph I. McCullough, Henry Miller, John L. Morrissey, Robert M. Norris, Albert K. Plone, Charles F. Richman, Ursula D. Simone, Joseph Wainer, Ellis Howard Wood.

College- Clayton E. Burdick, Phillip Frank Casella, Vincent A. DeMarco, Leonard A. Duffy, Franklin A. King, Stephen J. Kovrak, Andrew C. Levy, James J. Oakley, Charles Edward Sharp, Charles F. Steinruch Jr., Frederick B. Thatcher, William B. Watson, William R. Wordhoff, George W. Westcoatt. 

Those receiving certificates for special courses are: William Allen Barrett, C. Russell Briant, J. Lawrence Finlayson, W. Donald Risler, Joseph Henry Johnson, Cornelius Q. Read, Fred C. Sacks.

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
Camden to Send Large Delegation to Trenton for Mass Meeting

Trenton, June 8.-Taxpayers and members of civic bodies throughout the state are expected to attend one of the largest protest meetings ever held in New Jersey here tomorrow. 

Thousands of pledges of active support have been received by the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association, indicating according to its officers, a "growing rebellion against high taxes and the inaction and horse-trading deals of the Legislature." 

Round table discussions will be held throughout the day and will be climaxed by the giant mass meeting at 8 p. m. in the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building in Stacy Park. 

"All roads lead to Trenton seems to be the war cry throughout the state as the protest machinery of the association gains momentum," it was stated. 
"The same public indignation that turned the annual dinner and convention of the association into a spontaneous registration of disgust with the Legislature, is working to bring to Trenton the greatest assemblage for protest purposes that the state has ever witnessed. All types of community civic organizations throughout the state have signified their intention to take part in the fight and will send large delegations here for the meeting." 

Motorcade from Camden 

Announcement has been made by the Camden County Chamber of Commerce that it will send an impressive "motorcade" to Trenton with police escorts all the way. Numerous delegations liberally supplied with banners will leave no doubt as to the determination of these groups from Camden County, it was said. 

Delegations from numerous towns throughout South Jersey will accompany the Chamber of Commerce delegation, together with a delegation from the Congress of Civic Associations of Camden. 

Members of civic bodies making up the Congress will leave at 6.30 p. m. from the Hotel Walt Whitman, Camden. Enough cars have been promised to take care of all members. 

Among the announced speakers is General John Hartnett, of the Atlantic City Citizens and Taxpayers Association, who has promised he will "rake the politicians over the coals." 

E. W. Wellmuth, executive vice president of the Newark Chamber of Commerce, is another scheduled speaker and leader of civic and business groups of that city. 

Another large group of protesters is expected from Asbury Park, where recently there has, been a great fight for the city manager plan of government.

Other features of the protest meeting will be a large orchestra and community singing directed by Dr. J. L. Edwards, of Riverside, noted leader of community singing. 

Plans for Great Crowd 

Preparations are being made by the taxpayers' organization to accommodate an enormous crowd in the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building in Stacy Park, the largest auditorium in the city. Amplifiers will be installed to provide for a large overflow audience. 

The convention of the taxpayers' organization wlll start with registration at the Stacy Trent Hotel, at 9 o'clock and appointment of committees. Round table discussions will follow at 10 o'clock. 

At 1 o'clock women of the state will assemble with Mrs. Frederic H. Sanford, president of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, and Mrs. M. Warren Cowles, of the New Jersey Federation of Women's Clubs, in charge. The subject of this gathering will be "The Influence of Women's Organizations for Good Government

The subject of another table discussion for men will be "Model Procedure for County and Local Associations" with Wilder M. Rich, research director, and Francis B. Elwell, field secretary of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association, in charge. 

Among those who will speak before this group will be Dr. William Kirk, vice president of the Salem County unit; D. R. Stevens, president of the Ridgewood unit; Irwin Rubenstein, of the West New York and Hudson County units, and H. G. Elwell, president of the Union County unit. 

Clinton L. Bardo, of Camden, president of the taxpayers' organization, and a candidate for re-election. wlll preside at the afternoon session starting at 2 o'clock. The annual report of the president will be read and A. R. Everson, executive secretary, will report on the activities of the association. There wlll be an election of officers, adoption of a platform, open discussion of matters pertaining to the organization and a report of the resolutions committee. 

The Camden County Chamber of, Commerce will be represented at the meeting by Loyal D. Odhner, secretary of the chamber; J. V. Moran, Harry A. Kelleher and Carl Evered

J. B. Van Sciver, Jr., of Camden, is a candidate for vice president of the association from the Camden district."


Industry in the future will work on a smaller net percentage of profit with an increased turnover as a means to recovery, Frank A. Kates, Jr., stock broker representative, told members of the Kiwanis Club yesterday. 

Kates, speaking at Hotel Walt Whitman, reviewed happenings of the investment field during recent years and urged individuals in business to set aside in investment a reserve for anticipated needs. 

"Seasonal demands for funds," Kates said, "should induce business men to anticipate their future needs in a manner similar to successful banks." 

He urged the application of portions of business funds as a business reserve, and indicated that industry and business in the near future will take upon themselves to readjust credit extension irrespective of plans advanced by inflationists.


June 10, 1933

Soroptimists to Meet For Luncheon Monday

Camden Soroptimists will hold their June business meeting following luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman on Monday.

Mrs. Mary A. Koch, president, will preside, at the meeting when projects for next year will be presented. 

Plans for entertaining Mercy Ellen Crehan of Vancouver the American Federation president, have been abandoned as her stay in the West, where she is visiting Soroptimist clubs, has been prolonged indefinitely.

The June social meeting is scheduled for the fourth Monday and will close the season's activities.


June 10, 1933

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933


A reception and dance to 195 students of Camden Catholic High School will be held Friday night at the Walt Whitman Hotel. The event is the annual greeting of the school alumni association to the graduating class. The students will receive diplomas at the commencement exercises to be held Sunday at Convention Hall

The committee arranging the reception includes William P. O'Keefe, chairman; Thomas Madden, Mary McGinley, Dorothy Hope, James McDade and Edward Inglesby. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
B'Nai Brith Auxiliary To Hear Council Reports

Reports of the delegates to the State Counell of the Auxiliary to the International Order of B'nai Brith, held this past Sunday in Atlantic City, will be given at the monthly meeting of the Camden branch of the organization to be held this evening in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. Samuel Rosen, president of the Camden group, will preside at the business session, when Mrs. Gertrude Becker, director of the minstrel and dance held this month, will make her final report. Plans to repeat the event will be discussed. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
Delegates Named for Annual Stale Convention at Red Bank

Robert C. Perina, a public accountant and member of the board of education. was elected president of the Lions Club at the annual election yesterday in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Other officers elected were Harry G. Hagerty, an official of the Bell Telephone Co., first vice president, and Max Reihmann Jr., second vice president. William P. Partenheimer Jr., was re-elected secretary and A. D. Ambruster re-elected treasurer. Four new directors were named to serve three yars. Michal J. Jubanyik, J. William Pennell, Elwood S. Thompson and Ambruster. 

The club will be represented at the annual convention of state Lions clubs to be held at Red Bank Friday. Delegates are Albert E. Burling, Pennell and Perina; alternates. Leonard R. Baker and Dr. Thomas K. Lewis, retiring president. 

A demonstration of glassblowing was given by Robert M. Howell of California, assisted by his son, Robert M., Jr., and daughter, Nona Howell spoke on the history of the glassblowing industry and told of his years of experience in the business. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933

Honor students and Athletes Hear Phil Lewis on 'Letter Day'

Led by the boys' band of 37 pieces and the girls' fife and drum corps, the Camden Catholic High school student body paraded into the school auditorium at 10.30 a. m. yesterday to pay tribute to the athletes and other honor students who received awards at the annual "Letter Day" exercises.

Phil Lewis, veteran basketball official and director of physical education of the Philadelphia public schools, was the principal speaker of the day and told the students that they must be loyal to make their way in the world. 

The surprise speaker of the day was Bartholomew A. Sheehan, former Green and White and St. Joseph's College athlete,. who carried the students back 10 years when he was a student at Camden Catholic High. In doing this he laid stress on the fact that tradition was the main factor in building up and carrying the school to its prominent position. 

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. FitzGerald, opened the exercises with a short talk after which Reverend James C. Foley, athletic director of the school introduced the main speaker. 

Fred Floyd, president of the evening school of the University of Pennsylvania, told the students that sports were vital to the development of the youth of today. 
After Coach Elmer Hertzler gave a short talk as to what qualities the awards were based on the letter certificates were awarded by Monsignor FitzGerald. 

During the ceremonies 43 varsity Insignias were awarded and 21 prizes given. The prizes were given for excellence in elocution, school spirit, spelling, typewriting and vocal work. 

The 1933 graduating class of 99 boys and 96 girls will be guests of the alumni association tonight at a reception and dance in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Diplomas will be awarded at the commencement exercises at 3.30 p. m., Sunday in Convention Hall.

Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933

Association Gives Banquet and Entertainment for 8 at Hotel Here

Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association. 

Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors. 

They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington. 

Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.

The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr, Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .

Camden Courier-Post * June 17, 1933

Tells Them to Get Fellow Organizations in Philadelphia to Help Cause

All Camden service clubs were urged yesterday by David Baird, Jr., to enlist the aid of their fellow organizations in Philadelphia in removing obstacles to the Camden Bridge high speed line. 

Baird, addressing the Camden Kiwanis Club at its luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman, praised the Delaware River Joint Commission's plan for a tie-up between the bridge line and a terminal at Haddon Avenue and Carman Street as superior to other proposals.

Reviews Situation 

After reviewing briefly the status of the high-speed lines, the speaker stressed the importance of immediate action on construction of the lines so as to furnish employment to 1900 or more men. He averred that work could begin within 60 days after funds are made available. 

During his address Baird declared "there was no mystery about the building of the new city hall-court house." 

A conference was held, he said, prior to the erection of the building, the plans were announced and the cost computed. 

"It was estimated,", said Baird, "that the building would cost between $5,000,000 and $6,000,000. That was during times when people looked on millions the way they do dollars today. The new building actually cost between $8,000,000 and $9,000,000, including the land and everything." 

Attending the luncheon were John B. Kates, vice chairman of the Delaware River Joint Commission, and New Jersey Commissioners Frank L. Suplee, Lucius E. Hires, Arthur C. King and Barton F. Sharp. 

Advantages For All 

Baird stated that the revenues from the lines would carry the new indebtedness and the benefits accrued would be of advantage to both Camden and Philadelphia and the surrounding territory. He pointed out that New York City, when moving for construction of bridges to New Jersey, did not take into consideration the place of residence of the bridge users but instead considered their buying power and all benefits to be derived by New York. This, of course, was directed against the principal objection of Philadelphia to a high-speed line, an objection that has prevented the city council from approving the plans for such a line. 

While Baird was speaking here the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce was urging Philadelphia mayor and council to take immediate action to construct a connecting link between the proposed high-speed line and the Eighth street subway. 

Baird's Address

Camden Courier-Post * June 17, 1933

Card Party to Provide Funds to Supply Aid to Unemployed

Unemployed who are unable to meet mortgage carrying charges to safeguard their homes and who need water and other necessities, will be benefited by a card party to be held by the Westmont conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the ball room of the Hotel Walt Whitman June 26.

"During these distressing tunes, when many home buyers suddenly have unemployment forced on them, meeting of mortgage carrying charges has been the source of much worry and discouragement," the society's announcement says. "It is in such cases that the St. Vincent de Paul Society has rendered prompt aid in deserving cases without 'red tape' by making the emergency payment and by placing the case in line for consideration by the regular relief organizations, without regard for religious faith." 

Many local fraternal and religious organizations in this vicinity are assisting the society in providing the necessary funds to carry on this work. Local business men have donated many attractive prizes." .

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933
Stage and Radio Stars Guests of Sears Store and Camden

Today, Sears, Roebuck and Company in co-operation with the city of Camden will play host to Nancy Garner, Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Donald Novis and Welcome Lewis; stage and radio stars, in conjunction with the Camden Co-operation Days' jubilee

Miss Garner, who is a first cousin to the vice president and one of his official hostesses, begins a nation wide tour in the interest of the "new deal" policy and begins this optimistic drive from Camden so that she may officially open the city's prosperity trade revival.

Arriving in Philadelphia at the Broad Street Station, she will be met by representatives of Sears, Roebuck and Company and Camden and escorted to Camden City Hall, where the entire entourage will be welcomed officially by Mayor Roy R. Stewart. Proceeding from there after addresses have been made and news reels have been taken, the party will go to the Hotel Walt Whitman for luncheon. However, present plans signify that a parade through Camden will possibly precede the luncheon. 

Although these people are the guests of Sears, Roebuck and Company, that store does not lose sight of the civic significance of the occasion, in view of the fact that Miss 
Garner will act for the vice president in presenting to Camden his best wishes for the success of Camden's jubilee.

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 21, 1933

Cannot Compete With Modern Bus Transportation, Rotarians Told

 Railroads have passed the peek of usefulness and practicability in their place has come the modern highway systems with motorized vehicles. It is vitally necessary to meet the needs and demands of the United States and other progressive nations that the new form of travel be given every opportunity to make good. 

So declared Judson C. Welliver, of Philadelphia, former newspaperman, author and publicist in speaking yesterday at the weekly meeting, of the Camden Rotary Club in Hotel Walt Whitman

"The new transportation has solved all the problems that the railroads have been unable to meet," Welliver declared. "It needs neither rails, low grades or easy curves. It goes wherever business requires it. 

"The railroad executives will say that the truck cannot handle heavy traffic. But they also complain that it is taking away their coal tonnage and handling half of the country's livestock. And yet its very adaptability, responsiveness, flexibility, are the reasons why the railroads oppose it. 

"The railroads make a virtue out of their own disabilities. They would have us believe that hardening arteries are the symptom of health. So they demand laws, to restrict motor carriers to particular routes and areas. They would deprive business of the very advantages inherent in highway operations. 

"They want the motor vehicle's rate fixed, and fixed so high that they can't take business from the railroads. 

"The railway age is being succeeded by the highway age. Will our country throttle and hamstring the new facility that everywhere else holds the key to the future? Our great area 
and long distances make transportation more important to us than to any other.

"A hundred years ago the railroad was given its chance. Indeed it was enormously subsidized with money and with land grants in area equal to Great Britain and the German 
Empire combined. 

"The highway has asked nothing of that sort. Today, its special taxes are $1,200,000,000 a year; railroad taxes are one-fourth of, that and the government is lending the money to pay them," added Williver..

Camden Courier-Post  - June 22, 1933

Kean and Barbour Also Coming to Affair for Reesman and Mrs. Verga

 Former Ambassador Walter E. Edge today sent word to the committee in charge, that he will speak at the reception and dinner being given June 29 to Commissioner Clay W. Reesman and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga in honor of their election as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Camden County Republican Committee.

In addition to Ambassador Edge, United States Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour have accepted invitations. Others on the speaking list are: Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, member of the Republican State committee from Bergen county; former U.S. Senator David Baird, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Registrar of Deeds Joshua C. Haines and Assemblywoman Isabella C. Reinert, retiring chairman and vice chairman of the county committee.

The reception is being held at the Walt Whitman Hotel, with tickets being distributed through county committee members. 

Camden Courier-Post  - June 22, 1933

Mr. and Mrs. William Hambrecht, Jr., of Fern and Maple avenues, Collingswood, entertained on. Tuesday evening at a dinner at the Hotel Walt Whitman in honor of the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Hambrecht's son, George Blank. Covers were laid for sixteen. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933


Samuel P. Orlando and Richard Bauer, delegate and alternate respectively of the Camden Optimist Club, left yesterday for Washington to attend the nineteenth annual International Optimist convention. The sessions which began yesterday at the Mayflower Hotel will continue Friday and Saturday. 

Bauer has been delegated by the Camden Optimists to nominate Orlando, former lieutenant governor of the Eastern Optimist Club District and past president of Camden Optimist Club, for the post of Eastern vice president. Orlando and Bauer received their final instructions at Wednesday's weekly luncheon of the local club at the Hotel Walt Whitman. . 

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
Camden Unit Makes Real Estate Broker Chairman of Advisory Boards

Earl R. Lippincott, real estate broker, has been named chairman of the advisory board of the Camden unit of the Salvation Army, succeeding William D. Sayrs.

Elections of officers for the group were held yesterday following a luncheon meeting at Hotel Walt Whitman. Vice chairmen of the organization include John J. Robinson and Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman.

Other officers include Mrs. Charles A. Wolverton, treasurer, and Miss Elizabeth Magill, secretary.

Members of the executive committee selected the following committees: Woman's committee, Mrs. Arthur H. Holl and Mrs. Wilfred W. Fry; finance committee, Dr. F. William Shafer, William D. Sayrs, Frank C. Propert, Mrs.  Wolverton and Mrs. Holl; property committee, Howard Hemphill, John J. Robin son, Herman E. Hensgen, Arthur J. Casselman and George C. Baker; public relations and publicity, Rev. John Pemberton, Joseph G. Tweedy, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Dr. Albert B. Pancoast and Patrick H. Harding; program committee, Dr. James Rodger, Propert, Robinson, Tweedy and John L. Shannon. 

Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933

Senator Tells Rotarians “Deals" at Legislature Were Disheartening

Political trading a the session of the Legislature by persons fired with personal ambitions was scored yesterday in a speech by State Senator Albert S. Woodruff before the Camden Rotary Club in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

"It is true," he said, "that there was a great deal of trading during the past session among persons ambitious and desirous of obtaining their own ends.

“This was very disheartening to those who go to the Legislature to work. However, much was, accomplished, more than in any year in my experience."

The senator then recounted the accomplishments of the lawmakers, telling of legislation suspending mandatory salaries and other expenditures for the municipalities; emergency acts before and during the bank holiday crisis, and the plan to aid financially stricken school districts through sale of $12,000,000 in Camden Bridge bonds.

Senator Woodruff mentioned no names when he charged "trading" among legislators.

During the session, Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, was attacked on several occasions for alleged "deals" with Democrats. 

Former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., and Vice Chancellor Francis B. Davis, of Woodbury, attended the luncheon but neither spoke. William T. Read, former state senator and president of the club, presided.

Camden Courier-Post  - June 29, 1933

Stokes, Kean, Barbour Listed for Fete to Reesman and Mrs. Verga

 A testimonial dinner will be given tonight by the Camden County Republican Committee in honor of party leaders with former Governor Edward C. Stokes as principal speaker.

Those to be honored are Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of the county committee and state committeewoman; Assemblyman Isabella C. Reinert, former vice chairman; Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, new chairman of the county committee, and Joshua C. Haines, register of deeds, the retiring chairman.

Other speakers will include Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, national committeewoman from Bergen county; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton; former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., U. S. Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour and E. Bertram Mott, state chairman.

State Senator Albert S. Woodruff will be toastmaster. Carlton M. Harris, chairman of the dinner committee, said last night that reservations have been made at the Hotel Walt Whitman for 500 guests and the committee is swamped with applications.

Other members of the committee in charge of the dinner are William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer, and Mrs. Pauline Caperoon, secretary.

Camden Courier-Post  - June 29, 1933


 Harry B. Gurley, of Paterson, state president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, yesterday attended a meeting of the executive committee of Local No. 30 in the Hotel Walt Whitman

According to William McCaw, of Audubon, president of the local, the discharging of a number· of police men in nearby municipalities was discussed. State Senator Albert S. Woodruff attended. He is counsel for the local.

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

Camden Man Tells Lions Club Inflation Program Spurs Comeback

A new boom in real estate values within the next several months was forecast yesterday by Philip Zinman, Camden real estate man who spoke at the weekly meeting of the Camden Lions Club in Hotel Walt Whitman.

"President Roosevelt's Inflation program is responsible for the slow but sure comeback of real estate," Zinman said.

"Real estate, unlike stocks and other commodities. did not suffer such heavy losses when the last boom ended and depression set in. That is one reason why its recovery will probably be more quickly than other things.

"Within the last six-to eight weeks business of rentals of property has picked up tremendously. It will continue for with more people going back to work, it, means more rent and the payment of back debts.

"Another factor will be that many empty houses will shortly be occupied. Three out of every four tenants of houses in Camden and vicinity have somebody else living with them at the present time. However it won't be for long for the great American desire is to live in your own home," Zinman added. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

Soroptimists to Hold Informal Weekly Luncheons

Although the Camden Soroptimist Club will hold no regular meeting until September, members will gather each Monday for luncheon in the club rooms of the Hotel Walt Whitman.

These informal get-togethers were begun last Summer and proved such a success that they are being repeated this season.

Mrs. Mary A. Koch is the president, of the club composed of business and professional women of Camden and vicinity.

A picnic supper in the basement of Centenary-Tabernacle M. E. Church, this week, for the Girl Scouts of Camden Troop No. 28, was the final social event on the calendar.

Mrs. Clara Anthony, a member of the club; who is captain of the troop, arranged the affair.

At this time, the annual awards were made to the scouts. Miss Betty Starliper and Miss Isabel McMorrow were presented with gold stars for perfect attendance and Miss Joyce Smith and Miss Sarah Molotsky, silver stars for 90 percent attendance. A medal for good behavior was won by Miss Betty Jones and for neatness, by Miss Marguerite Heritage. Honorable mention for neatness was given Miss Virginia Hahn and Miss Ruth Elaine Sharp.

Camden Courier-Post - August 8, 1933

Drive in Camden County Forges Ahead as More Firms Sign

The N.R.A. recovery drive in the Camden area forged ahead on three fronts yesterday.

Clinton L. Bardo, president of the New York Shipbuilding Company, was appointed chairman of the N.RA. campaign committee for Camden city and county.

Two hundred and eight additional employers in Camden and vicinity pledged their aid to the drive yesterday by signing N.RA. certificates of compliance at Camden post office.

Thirty Camden merchants met at Hotel Walt Whitman to organize a retail division of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce with the hope that a united front will better enable retailers to protest non-cooperation of N.R.A. merchants or any situation created whereby specific codes might harm one or more businesses in the city.

The total number of N.RA. employers in the Camden area is now 1342. Among the firms signing the recovery pledge yesterday were the Progressive Garment Company, 60 , employees; S. J. Huntzinger Company, 20; Sinnickson Chew and Sons Company, 16; American National Health and Accident Association, 15, and New Sanitary Laundry, 14.

Bardo Is Named

Other members of the N.R.A. campaign committee will be named by Bardo, he announced, in time to participate in their first meeting Friday at 3 p. m. in the offices of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce in Broadway-Stevens Building.

The committee of public, civic and industrial officials was requested to be formed by Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, National Recovery Act administrator, in a telegram to Loyal D. Odhner, chamber executive secretary, several weeks ago.

The purpose of the committee, Odhner explained, is to make a city, and county-wide canvass of all industries and stores to discover whether they have signed the pledge. Furthermore they will also canvass the neighborhoods to determine if possible whether re-employment of men and women out of work is going on as rapidly as expected by N.R.A. officials.

The offer of the merchants to organize a retail division for the local Chamber of Commerce was made in a resolution which will be presented immediately to the board of directors of the chamber for action. Sig Schoenagle, president of the Central Association of Merchants of Camden, presided at the meeting.

Merchants Explain Hours

 Considerable discussion developed over the limitation of retail store hours as provided in the President's recovery agreement. S. Lester and Joseph Fuhrman, Broadway merchants, declared some smaller stores were under the impression they could not remain open beyond the 52 hours prescribed as minimum and at the same time justify display of the "Blue Eagle" symbol.

Both of these merchants said there were no restrictions under the recovery act other than a statement that a store must not operate less than 52 hours and further provided any store did not work its employees more than 40 hours a week.

Opening for longer than the minimum number of hours set forth in the recovery act, in their opinion, was thoroughly in harmony with the President's drive since it would create work for more people to complete all store service over and above the minimum of 52 hours.

"Many of the smaller stores," said Lester, "have for years extended service beyond the minimum of 52 hours. Many of their customers live outside the city and are used to these long-established hours of service. It would be not only a hardship to reduce suddenly these hours of service, but it would also keep out of employ­ment extra help that will be needed for the extra hours."

Retail Code Outlined

Odhner in response to several Camden merchants as to the statement he would make covering the N.R.A. regulations, said;

"A merchant in order to display a 'Blue Eagle' must pay his employees not less than the minimum wage prescribed by the code,

"Nor must he keep his store open less than the minimum hours prescribed by the code.

"All agreements between merchants of various communities regarding opening and closing hours are purely voluntary and are not required by the code.

"If those agreements on opening and closing hours are designed either to cut down the number of workers in the stores or to avoid taking on additional employees, then these agreements are a direct violation of the spirit of the code.

"If on the other hand these agreements are made to eliminate a chaotic condition in the trade and will result in the hiring of additional employees and in increased wages, they are within the spirit of the act and should be supported."

Camden Courier-Post - August 9, 1933

Resolution Denounces Borrowing of Funds
for Projects Not Self-liquidating

One of two resolutions adopted yesterday afternoon by the Taxation Committee of the Camden County Real Estate Board opposes the borrowing by Camden county or city of any funds for projects that are not self-liquidating.

The resolutions were acted upon at a luncheon of the committee, headed by Leon E. Todd, in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Copies were sent to city and county officials.

One proposed loan which the resolution opposed was the application for federal industrial recovery funds to carryon the Camden county park program. It had been called to the attention of the committee that plans are being considered to alter the city and county budgets for various projects. 

The other resolution indorsed plans submitted to newspapers 

by the joint taxation committee of the New Jersey legislature for the relief of taxation on real estate "provided, however, that all such additional funds so assessed and raised will be utilized on for the direct relief of real estate."

Other members of the committee are William S. Abbott, president of the Real Estate Board; Earl R. Lippincott, George B. Robeson, J. William Markeim, Carl R. Evered, William F. Schmid and Edward J. Borden.

Herbert K. Strattan, a Democratic leader of Haddonfield, also expressed opposition to the park loan appllication.

He stressed three reasons as his grounds for opposing the loan, the first being the absence of a definite plan for spending the money.

Strattan also charges that the members of the park commission are incapable of handling such a large project and that no one park has been finished and no portion of the parks are self-liquidating, thus necessitating large annual maintenance funds.

He also stated the loan would increase Camden's bonded indebtedness, which could not be afforded at this time.

Camden Courier-Post - October 11, 1933

Young Professional Members to Be Guests at Dinner Dance

Six youths of Camden city and county, graduates of various institutions of higher learning, who have embarked upon professional careers within the past ten months, will be honored tonight at a dinner-dance, to be tendered them by the Circolo Italiano of Camden County.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p. m. in Hotel Walt Whitman.

The honored guests are Dr. Anthony Di Ielsi, of 1018 South Fifth Street, graduate of Hahnemann Medical College; Dr. John Carman Canal of 101 Black Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, graduate of the Temple University Dental School; Dr. John D. Del Duca, of 919 South Fifth Street, also a graduate of Temple University Dental School; Philip M. Mealo, civil engineer with a degree from Carnegie Tech., Angelo D. Malandra 1909 South Fourth Street, graduate of the South Jersey Law School, and Dr. P. J. Chinappi, of 1728 Broadway, who holds a degree from Temple University Dental School.

Common Pleas. Judge Eugene V. Alessandroni, of Philadelphia will be one of the principal speakers. Others include State Senator Albert S. Woodruff, Mayor Roy R. Stewart of Camden and Dr. A. A. de Porreca, noted Philadelphia architect.

Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor of Camden County and president of the Circolo Italiano of Camden County, will preside as toastmaster. Other officers of the organization are Edward V. Martino, vice president; Vincent A. Sarubbi, recording secretary; Cosmo Buono, corresponding secretary and Dr. Troiano, treasurer.

The Circolo Italiano of Camden County was organized in October, 1931 with a membership of six. Today its membership totals 44 men. Its purpose, is set forth in its charter of incorporation, "to engender, stimulate, and foster interest in the movement for the betterment of the Italian American citizens in the County of Camden.'

The committee directing tonight's dinner dance includes Chairman Martino, Gene R. Mariano, John R. Di Mona, Anthony Marino, Dr. Troiano and Joseph Bantivoglio.


Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

Miss Mabel Clay and Mrs. J. Warren Perkins to Be
Guests at Nassau D.A.R. 39th Anniversary Party;
Daughters of Colonial Wars Hold Luncheon Today


MISS MABEL CLAY, of Ocean City, regent, and Mrs. J. Warren Perkins, vice regent, of the New Jersey Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, have accepted the invitation of Nassau Chapter to attend its thirty-ninth anniversary luncheon at the Hotel Walt Whitman on Tuesday, November 19.
Regents of nearby chapters have been invited to attend also.

From 12.30 until one o'clock the state officers with Mrs. George A. Wille, Nassau Chapter regent, will receive the members and guests,

Mrs. F. William Shafer and Mrs. Oscar Peterson are co-chairman of the committee on arrangements.

The next regular chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12, at The Cabin, 406 Penn street.

Mrs. William A. Baird will present Mrs. Holmes F. Gravatt, in a talk on the work of the Girl Scouts in Camden County for which she is commissioner.

Hostesses for the afternoon will be Mrs. Carl Schafer, Mrs. O. F. Dodd, Mrs. Edward A. Duer and Miss Elizabeth MacGeorge.

One of the major projects of the club this year is the erection of a stone marking old Fort Nassau on Timber Creek, Gloucester County, for which Nassau Chapter was named..

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

Mrs. Casselman, Mrs. Kinch To Attend Chicago Meet

Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, of this city, and Mrs. Fred Kinch, of Westfield, will represent New Jersey at the meeting of the national board of the Auxiliary to the American Medical Society on Friday, November 15, at Chicago, Ill.

The Jersey representatives will join Mrs. Rogers N. Herbert, of Nashville, Tenn., national president, and Mrs. Prentiss Wilson, Washington, D. C., national vice-president, en route to Chicago. Mrs. Casselman, a former state president, is a national director. Mrs. Kinch holds the office of state president.

Plans will be made for the annual convention of the auxiliary to be held in June simultaneously with that of the A. M. A. Board members of the Auxiliary to the Camden County Medical Society are meeting this afternoon with their president, Mrs. Joseph B. Roberts, 201 Westmont avenue, Haddonfield.

Plans will be made for the annual card party in the interest of the County Tuberculosis Association to be held on November 23 at the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. Robert S. Gamon has been appointed chairman of arrangements.

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

George Anderson To Wed Mary Ferat In Camden Church

The marriage of Miss Mary Eloise Ferat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Ferat, of 1476 Kaighn avenue, and George Henry Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Anderson, of 496 Newton avenue, will take place this evening in the Centenary-Tabernacle Church, Fifth and Cooper streets.

The ceremony will be performed at seven o'clock by Rev. John Pemberton, Jr., pastor of the church. Grant Harden, of this city, will play the wedding march and accompany Mrs. Vernon Jorgenson, of Philadelphia, in vocal solos.

The bride will be given in marriage by her father. She will wear a lovely gown of ivory-toned wedding ring velvet made entrain. Her veil of ivory toned tulle falls from a coronet and she will carry a shower bouquet of chrysanthemums.

Mrs. John Bachman, of Harrisburg, Pa., will be her cousin's matron of honor while Miss Margaret Jones, of Merchantville, will be maid of honor and Mrs. George A. Restrick and Miss Anne Anderson, sister of the bridegroom, both of Camden, will be bridesmaids. They will wear velvet gowns with matching accessories, Mrs. Bachman in sapphire blue and carrying maize chrysanthemums; Miss Jones in rust and carrying bronze chrysanthemums and the bridesmaids in emerald green and carrying orchid chrysanthemums. Mary Ann Tweedy, of this city, as flower, girl will wear a frock of yellow pleated net and carry a basket of baby chrysanthemums.

Mr. Anderson will be best man for his son and ushers will include: Solomon Walls, of Dover, Del., uncle of the bridegroom; John Bachman, of Harrisburg, and George Restrick, of this city.

Mrs. Ferat will be gowned in wine colored velvet and wear a corsage of gardenias, while Mrs. Anderson will wear sapphire blue velvet with gardenias.

A reception will be held at the Hotel Walt Whitman, which also will be in observance of the silver wedding anniversary of the bride's parents. Following, Mr. Anderson and his bride will leave on a tour of the Southern States. They will be at home after November 15, at the Kaighn avenue address..


Delayed Reports Will Put $15,000 Campaign 'Over the Top'

Camden county's drive for a $15,000 fund for Boy Scouts netted $10,481 with several districts  unrecorded and which will put the campaign "over the top."

Such was the report of leaders of the campaign at a meeting last night at Hotel Walt Whitman under  leadership of J. W. Burnison, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce.

Reports of the initial gifts committee indicated that group had exceeded its quota. Leonardo List, chairman, returned pledges totaling $7311.30.

Captains of the city district committee reported pledges totaling $1910, recorded as follows: Armel Nutter, $444 Dr. Martin H. Collier, $604.50; Herman Hensgen, $422.25; Trevor Mathews, $439.55. 

Among reports of districts in the county were: Collingswood, $400.50; Haddonfield, $252; Haddon  Heights, $90.50; Audubon, $37; Merchantville, $120; Oaklyn, $22; Laurel Springs, $62.75;  Gibbsboro, $51.50; Ashland, $22; Atco, $11; Pennsauken, $76; Woodlynne, $60; Runnemede,  $32.35; Westmont, $1.

Burnison lauded efforts of the workers and announced plans are being completed for a Scout circus to be staged during the early months of next year at Convention Hall.

Among other officials of the campaign who praised the campaign workers were Commissioner Arthur E. Armitage, of Collingswood, and County Superintendent of Schools Albert M. Bean.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Triple Counties Post Will Install Officers With Liberman as Commander

Triple Counties Post, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, will meet tomorrow night, at Hotel Walt Whitman, for the installation of officers. Abraham Kraditor, of New York, national commander-in-chief, is expected to be the installing officer.

The post was organized October 20, with the election of Police Judge Lewis Liberman as commander, and Isador S. Worth, Riverside, assistant U. S. district attorney, vice commander; Harry Bush, Camden, adjutant, and Morris Segal, Camden, quartermaster.

The post was organized by Dr. David Coyne, past commander of Hoboken Post and national organizer. A membership drive is under way with Jewish war veterans of all wars of the United States in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties invited to join, 

The organization is a leader in a fight to prevent American athletes from participating in the 1936 Olympics, if held in Germany, according to E. M. Fredman, secretary to the commander-in-chief, with headquarters at 276 Fifth avenue, New York. Fredman said the organization aims to get 1,000,000 names on petitions to be presented to the national convention of the American Athletic Union in New York on December 3.

Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1936


The Camden Lions Club was entertained by members of the Musical Club of the College of South Jersey at the service organization's weekly luncheon in Hotel Walt Whitman yesterday.

The musical program was presented under the direction of Dante Saputelli, violinist, who offered three selections. His accompanist was Elona Socher.

Dorothy Simmons sang a Russian folksong, Laurnie Shaw played the piano accordion. and Anthony Scoleferri gave some original presentations on the harmonica.

Members of the club were introduced by Arthur E. Armitage.

Camden Courier-Post - February  8, 1936 

Reserve Officers Plan 6th Military Reception, Ball

The sixth annual military reception and ball under the auspices of the Reserve Officers' Association will be held at the Hotel Walt Whitman next Friday, February 14. Honor guests will include officials of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard of the United States and of the reserve corps of New Jersey, Philadelphia and vicinity.  

Congressman and Mrs. Charles A. Wolverton, Mayor and Mrs. Frederick von Nieda, Rear Admiral S. Robison, U.S.N., (retired) and Mrs. Robison, Brigadier General Cyrus S. Radford, U.S.M.C., (retired) and Mrs. Radford: Commander George W. Keefe, U.S.N.R. and Mrs. Keefe and Col. E. O. Howell, Jr., commanding officer of the 309th Infantry, and Mrs. Howell, will be among the honor guests.

Jack Wright will conduct the Penn Troubadors in providing music for dancing the grand march which will be held late in the evening. A reception in honor of Admiral Robison will follow.

The committee for the reception and ball is composed of the following: Capt. Henry Rosenfeld, Jr., of Mt. Holly, chairman; Capt. Luther M. Mkitarian and Lieut. E. Bernard Weaver of Camden, president of the local chapter of the reserves association; Lieut. John B. Ward of Chews Lieut. William DeH. Washington, of Riverton; Lieut. Robert Creighton, Lieut. Roy Evans, N.G.N.J., Ensign Robert Winkel of Audubon; Ensign Garold A. Moneysmith of Westmont; Lt. Chas. Richardson and Lieut. John Neath of Haddonfield.

Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936

Rev. Elwood A. Harrar Reviews Life of First President 

An address on the life of George Washington featured a luncheon meeting of the Camden Rotary Club at the Hotel Walt Whitman yesterday.

The speaker was Rev. Elwood A. Harrar, member of the club and pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city. 

Reverend Harrar, an authority on Washington, stressed the precepts of character of the first president which are not as well known as those exploits embraced in history books. 

The pastor spoke of Washington, the scientist; Washington, the farmer; Washington, the humanitarian and Washington, the reverent, respectful religious man alive to the will of God. 

"There were four foundation stones in George Washington's character," said the speaker. "These were humility, integrity, self-control and religion." 

Quoting many authorities, Reverend Harrar said: "Washington's word was his bond. Honesty was his principle. The good of the common man was his concern. Justice was his monitor. We are told that he had a fiery temper but that he held it in reserve. 

"Gracious toward all men, his was a quiet, modest dignity which at once demanded respect. 

"In religion, Washington was ever mindful of the will of God and the highest tributes that have been paid him have brought out his reverence, his interest and his humble submission to the God in whom he devoutly believed." 

Camden Courier-Post * February 20, 1936


 City Commissioner Mary W. Kobus will deliver the principal address today at the Camden County Real Estate Board luncheon in Hotel Walt Whitman. Her topic will be "Vandalism and the Police Department." Another speaker will be Emanuel Smith. who will speak on "The Development of a New Idea For State Taxation For Schools."

Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

14th K. of C. Dance Will Attract 600 to Whitman 

With an expected attendance of 600 persons, the fourteenth annual promenade and reception of American  Council of the Knights of Columbus, will be held tonight at the Hotel Walt Whitman. 

Elaborate plans have been made for this annual event. The entire mezzanine floor of the hotel has been  engaged and there will be dancing in both the main and the junior ball rooms.

George J. Reed is grand knight of e the council.  

Committees which have arranged the affair include tickets, Edward J. Brady, Haddonfield, chairman, Robert J. Gillespie, James A. Maul, J. Oscar Weaver, Theobold Fogarty, Michael Hartman, Charles H. Schillinger, Vincent dePaul Costello, John L. Nash, Peter Bernard, Walter McCann and Dr. James L. Hughes; decorations, Fred S. J. Smart, John Brutshea and Lawrence I. Costino; printing, Francis Harden, John J. Tischner, John F. Mall and Stephen McCusker; publicity, Phillip J. O'Keefe Mrs. Francis Harden, Miss Beatrice Connelly and John Costello; reception, Judge Samuel M. Shay, John F. Mall, Judge William T. Boyle, George J. Reed, Charles H. Schillinger, Dr. James L. Hughes, Francis A. Harden, Charles Wade, J. Oscar Weaver, Theodore C. Tiedeken, Robert J. Gillespie, J. R. Reagen, Oscar Hinski, Lawrence Verga, J. Frank Crawford, Frank Gallagher, Bernard Gerety, Edward J. Bradt, John A. Reynolds, Frank Krouse, Bernard McNichol, James P. McNichol, Jerome L. Hurley, Thomas Dunn, George Bierschenk, Leo Seese, William J. Myles and Thomas I. McCloskey.

Camden Courier-Post * February 21, 1936

Racial and Class Barriers Being Broken, Y.M.C.A. Worker Reports

Racial and class barriers in Jerusalem are being broken down through efforts of the Y.M.C.A., members of the Camden Y's Men Club were told yesterday.

The assertion was made by Fred Auburn, physical director of the Palestine Y.M.C.A., at the local luncheon at Hotel Walt Whitman. Auburn, a graduate of Springfield College, is on a visit to the United States.

Relating that there are 28 races in Palestine, most maintaining group prejudices, Auburn told of several incidents in which such misunderstandings were dissipated through tact with the "Y."

"Each group has its own ideals and customs and seems to entertain an active dislike for others," Auburn said. "But in our branch which possesses one of the finest buildings among all Y.M.C.A. units in the world, we are doing much to clear away hatreds.

"Most men have fine qualities, and we strive to bring to the surface the best in their characters."

The physical director said that there was hard feeling between the Arabs and Jews. In recent years, he said, the Jewish population has increased from 20,000 to 40,000.

With them, according to Auburn, has come an increase in material prosperity to the country. The English form the third dominant class there, he said.

William Gotshalk presided.

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1936

Will Ask Commissioners to Make Improvements, Penn to Liberty

City Commissioners will be asked to repave and relight Broadway from Penn Street to Liberty Street .

A resolution to this effect was passed last night by the newly formed Broadway Business Men’s Association at its first meeting in Hotel Walt Whitman. Terming Broadway, “The back alley of Camden” instead of the main thoroughfare as it is intended to be, members enthusiastically voted for the resolution requesting the improvements.

 The organization was formed and officers were elected last night replaces a former group of the same name which disbanded several years ago.

Officers elected were Morris N. Futernick, president; Joseph E. Murdock, first vice president; William E. Cross, second vice president; Irving Levinsky, secretary and George H. Anthony, treasurer. Members of the advisory board are D. L. Ritter, Samuel Auerbach, Herman A. Schomer, Charles Jamison, C. W. Batchelor, M. J. Savage, J. Hyman William O’Donnell and Charles Frank.

 J. V. Moran, the principal speaker, lauded the movement to organize and urged the continued efforts of the members and officers to further its purposes.

Declaring business would be greatly aided if Broadway was to gain the requested improvements, the majority of those present were quick to sanction and pass the resolution. The board of directors were instructed to call on the city rulers and ask for the improvements.

A second resolution requesting Public Service to re-route Collingswood and Haddonfield interstate buses from Crescent Boulevard to Kaighn Avenue and North Broadway to the bridge during the coming Prosperity Sale, March 13 to April 11, was passed.

A committee, headed by Murdock for and composed of George Fratz, Savage, Levinsky and O’Donnell, was named to visit transportation officials 

The association will meet the second Tuesday of each month.

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936

Soroptimists Plan 'Dress Parade' as Benefit Feature

  A "dress parade" at two o'clock will precede the Camden Soroptimist card party this Saturday at the Hotel Walt Whitman, here.

The affair, planned under the direction of Mrs. Hazel B. Hackett. past president, and Miss Marguerite C. Rudderow, who now holds that office, is one of the most elaborate benefit ventures of the club this year and proceeds will be added to the convention fund.

Miss Jane Anderson, of this city, and Miss Helen Newkirk, of Collingswood, are co-chairmen of the fashion show, which will include a number of the latest knitted suits and coats.

Models will be Mrs. M. Himmelein, Mrs. Harry Cramer, Miss Adelaide McGuire, Miss Charlotte Gravatt, Miss Mildred L. Buzby, Mrs. Joseph Bantivoglio and Mrs. Mary Koch, who will display cloth suits, coats, day and evening frocks, and Miss Jean Lamb, Miss Doris Rodan, Miss Olga Borch and Mrs. Harold K. Eynon, who will wear knitted attire.

Cards will follow the display.

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936


Frank A. Kates, speaking before the Y's Men's Club yesterday on investments, stressed that the ingredients are present in this country for everyone to acquire a sufficient amount of wealth.

Kates advised systematic investing; putting aside for the purchase of sound securities a definite amount of money at regular intervals.

"The average investor," he said, "makes his investment in the terms of an industry, simply buying a given security in an industry which is to his liking."

Kates is associated with the Wellington Foundation. The meeting was held in the Hotel Walt Whitman. William C. Gotshalk presided. Kenneth Smullin introduced the speaker. .

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936

The regular weekly luncheon of the American Legion Luncheon Club was held at the Hotel Walt Whitman last Monday with Townsend H. Boyer, chairman, presiding. Boyer introduced John Carl, commander of the Murray-Trout Post No. 262, of Audubon and also principal of the Audubon High School. Commander Carl talked on the life of George Washington. Albert M. Bean, of Thoirs Post No. 47, superintendent of county schools, spoke on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Among guests were County Commander Walter F. Keane, Vice County Commander John Armstrong, Past Department Commander C. Richard Allen and Past Department Commander Frank A. Matthews, Jr., State Rehabilitation Officer Samuel Gaskill, Past Commander George Seybold of Thoirs Post, Commander Herbert Harper, of Public Service Post No. 231, Frank Anderson of Thoirs Post, Charles Dietz, Graves Registration Chairman of Camden County; Cass Piez, of Audubon Post. The luncheon club meets every Monday at the hotel at 1.30 p. m. Legionnaires and their friends are invited to stop in.

Camden Courier-Post * February 29, 1936

Miss Ruth Boogar Becomes Bride of Charles C. Watson

Miss Ruth Viola Boogar, daughter of Mrs. Stella Boogar, of 325 Bailey Street, this city, became the bride of Charles C. Watson, of 1930 Pine Street, Philadelphia, last evening, in the North Baptist Church.

The ceremony took place at 7 o'clock, with Rev. George B. Finney, pastor of the church, officiating, Forrest W. Newmeyer, organist of the church, played the wedding march and accompanied Mrs. Ella Alden Hartung in vocal selections preceding.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her grandfather, Frank Verlander, of this city, wore a gown of ivory satin, rich in its simplicity, with a tulle veil arranged cap effect. Her bouquet was a shower of roses and lilies of the valley.

Miss Mildred Boogar was her sister's maid of honor and Miss Rhandena Ayer Fry, of Camden, and Miss Grace Cleeland, of Highland Park, Pa., were bridesmaids. Miss Boogar's gown was a lovely model of eggshell taffeta and flame colored velvet and with it she wore flame colored velvet hat and slippers. She carried a round bouquet of roses to match her frock. The bridesmaids appeared in taffeta and velvet also, but in a turquoise-blue shade, trimmed in cornflower yellow. Their hats and slippers matched the corn-color velvet that trimmed their frocks and they carried round bouquets of tea roses.

William W. Rowan, of West Philadelphia, was best man and Harold Boogar, of this city, brother of the bride, and James Hilly, of Stonehurst, Pa., ushered.

Mrs. Boogar had selected a gown of black chiffon with black soliel hat and a corsage of white gardenias.

A reception was held at the Hotel Walt Whitman following the ceremony, after which Mr. Watson and his bride left for a trip to Bermuda,

On their return they will make their home in the Stenton Hall Apartments, Germantown.

Camden Courier-Post

October 28, 1936

Hotel Walt Whitman
Miriam Lee Early Lippincott
Mrs. Joseph D. Buzby
Mrs. A. Wilbur Nash
Miss Ethel G. Lord
Mrs. Oswald R. Carlander
Mrs. WIlliam H. Heiser
Mrs. E.F. Crane
Mrs. Albert Pancoast
Mrs. Godfrey Speath
Mrs. Elwood Antrim
Mrs Barbara A. Severns
Mrs. H.A. Moran
Mrs. Stanley Ironside
Dr. Helen F. Schrack
Miss Helen Happersett
Miss Mary L. Neer
Miss MIldred G. Brown
Mrs. John F. Gilliams
Mrs. H. Teitleman
Mrs. F. Morse Archer
Mrs. J. Earl Roberts
Mrs. Henry H. Marter


Camden Courier-Post
October 28, 1936


Camden Courier-Post * February 1, 1938

Jewish Community to Fete Dr. Goldstein, President of Palestine Fund

Rabbi Israel Goldstein, of New York, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, will speak tonight at a mass meeting at the Hotel Walt Whitman, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Jewish National Fund.

Preceding the meeting, he will be the guest at a dinner tendered by members of the Jewish community here.

Leon H, Rose, Camden attorney, who is president of the Jewish National Fund Conncil of Southern New Jersey, will be toastmaster. Rabbis N. H. J. Riff and Philip L. Lipis [of Congregation Beth El- PMC] will speak.

Dr. Goldstein is rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshrun, and active in Jewish communal, civic and interfaith movements. He is a member of the New York Regional Relations Board and of the National Executive Committee on Workers and Farmers Rights, and president of the Jewish Conciliation Court of America. The Jewish National Fund of America, of which he is head, has for its purpose the purchase of land in Palestine.

Those at the dinner will include:

David Breslau, Ben Zion Steinberg, Isaac Singer, Mrs. Samuel Kaplan, Mrs. Abraham Kaplan, Samuel Varbalow, Meyer Adelman, E. George Aaron, Jacob Leventon, Jesse Satenstein, Lewis Liberman, A. J. Rosenfeld, Judge Joseph Varbalow, Elias Klein, Mark Marritz, Albert B. Melnik, Dr. Samuel H. Blank, Barney B. Brown, Jacob Naden, Samuel Ginns, Ernest Dubin, Ellis Goodman, Leon Naden, Louis Rovner, Joseph Ruttenberg. Morris Liebman, Albert Caplan, Lester Abrahamer, I. J. Milask, Isadore H. Hermann, Milton C. Nurock, Harry Trautenberg, Manuel Winigrad, Hanan Yarden, Morris Drob and Mrs. Dora E. Rose.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938

30 Men Get Certificates as Leaders and Five Troops Receive Star Awards

Warren Webster, Jr., was elected president of the executive board of Camden County Council, Boy Scouts of America, at its annual dinner meeting last night. He succeeds J. William Markeim. The meeting was in the junior ballroom of the Hotel Walt Whitman, with 150 members attending.

Others elected were A. W. Stedman, honorary president; Joshua C. Haines, honorary commissioner; Dr. E. W. Roberts, first vice president; Albert M. Bean, second vice president; Walter G. Garlan, third vice president; Elmer J. Williams, treasurer; Col. G. Barrett Glover, commissioner; S. Lewis Davis, Cub commissioner'; Webster and Davis, National Council representatives; Stedman, trustee for one year, Webster, trustee for two years and Lorenzo J. List, trustee for three years.

All were named by a nominating committee of which William J. Strandwitz was chairman. Bean was chairman of the meeting and List was toastmaster at the dinner which preceded it.

As chairman of the training committee, Bean presented certificates to 30 men who had completed courses in Scout leadership.

Commissioner Davis presented awards to the following "star" troops: 65, of Haddonfield; 117, Runnemede; 112, West Collingswood; 105, Collingswood, and 82, Westmont.

The Council awarded to Edward W. Tomkins a bronze statuette of a Boy Scout as a trophy in recognition of 25 years service as a Scouter.

Tomkins, who began his career as a Scouter in 1913, has been successively assistant scoutmaster of Troop 2, scoutmaster of Troop 3, scout master of Troop 21, assistant camp director of county Scout camps, field executive of Camden city, merit badge councilor and examiner and has held numerous other positions organizing and furthering the Boy Scout movement.

The principal speaker was E. Urner Goodman, national director of program, whose subject was "Building a Stronger Generation," the theme of the anniversary week of the Boy Scouts to be celebrated February 6 to 13.

There was an invocation by Rev. Albert F. Banse, pastor of the Francis Childs M. E. Church, West Collingswood, and a program of vocal selections by Mrs. L. J. List, soloist, and the Franklin Quartet.

Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938

Pre-Lenten Social Function Set for Feb. 22 in Honor of First President

Camden Council, Knights of Columbus, will hold a "George Washington Birthday Ball" February 22, at the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Grand Knight J. Frank Crawford says he can find no trace of a civic affair of this nature ever having been given in Camden to pay honor to the first President of the United States.

Usually the Knights' pre-Lenten ball is held on the Friday evening preceding Ash Wednesday, but the dates are so close this year that the suggestion for a Washington's Birthday Ball met with instant favor.

Both the main and junior ballrooms of the hotel have been engaged for the dance while numerous rooms in the hostelry have been reserved for dinner parties to precede the ball.

Arrangements have been made for lavish and substantial decorations. A life-size statue of Washington on a pedestal will be surrounded by the Stars and Stripes, palms and floodlights.

The ballrooms will be replete with bunting and shields, alternating to achieve the patriotic and nationalistic tinge that the Knights believe this annual occasion should invest the affair.

To carry out the significance of the event and to furnish an exceptional touch to the evening, a committee of women, with Mrs. Jere Crean as chairman, will have charge of the features of the entertainment.

This program will partake of early colonial social activities. There will be dances of those early days together with the march of "The Three Minutes," the patriots whose picture has become as familiar to Americans as the sun and the moon.

Other, members of this features committee include Mrs. Kirk B. Barb, Mrs. Patrick O'Connor, Mrs. Joseph McShane, Mrs. Sabba Verdiglione, Mrs. Joseph E. Mears, Mrs. Vincent de Paul Costello, Mrs. James L. Hughes, Mrs. John Reynolds, Mrs. Frank Daly and Mrs. Andrew J. McMahon.

There Is also a Junior Ladies' Committee headed by Miss Mary Verga and comprising the Misses Catherine Kelley, Margaret Powell, Madeline McFeely, Alice Dolly, Teresa Regnery, Catherine Fay, Julia Kirk, Margaret Kelley, Winifred Cogan, Marie Carr and Marie Stanton Daly.

Thomas J. McCloskey is chairman of the committee on decorations; William J. Hartman of music, and Francis J. Poplaski of publicity. District Deputy George J. Reed heads the reception committee with Grand Knight Crawford, Past Grand Knight John A. Reynolds is in charge of the general committee, with Theodore J. Stiles, secretary; Francis Halstead, treasurer, and Daniel Roche, treasurer of Camden Council, as advisory member.

Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938


Courtlandt K. Parker, deputy inspector of motor vehicles, will speak at the meeting of the Camden Lions Club in the Hotel Walt Whitman today. 

The program will be in charge, of the safety committee of the club.

Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938

Zontas to Meet Tonight In Hotel Walt Whitman

A meeting of the Camden County Chapter, Zonta International will be held in the Hotel Walt Whitman tonight. Mrs. A. Haines Lippincott, temporary chairman of, the newly organized group, will preside. Dinner will precede.

Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938

Herewith is presented the Seal for the Third Annual Stamp Exhibition to be held by the Association of South Jersey Stamp Clubs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 28, 29 and 30, in the Main Ballroom of the Walt Whitman Hotel, in Camden. These will be on sale during the show but may be had in advance for 10 cents for the first copy, and 5 cents for each additional copy, by writing E. C. Pratt, Box 149, Camden, N. J. This seal is printed in a warm purple and shows in map form that part of New Jersey covered by the association, which consists of 14 stamp clubs the location of which are shown on the map. There are two in Camden, one each in Atlantic City, Bridgeton, Gloucester, Haddon field, Haddon Heights, Millville, Merchantville, Mt. Holly, Palmyra Riverton, Pitman, Salem and Wood bury. These clubs represent all the adult collectors in South Jersey and the cream of their collections will be on display at the show.

The exhibition will open at 8 p. m. on Friday, February 18, and close at 10. On Saturday the exhibition will be open all day, starting 9 a. m. so the school children may have ample time to see the show. From 2.30 to 5 a stamp auction will be held in the Junior Ballroom at which time over 200 lots owned by associate members will be sold. From 6.30 to 7.30 a dinner will be served in the Junior Ballroom. At 7.30, following the dinner, Elliot (Himself) Perry, of the Peach Orchard farm, a well known authority on United States issues, a writer, publisher and dealer, will talk on his travels in quest of the stamps of the world. Following this most interesting talk "Pop" Jones will entertain with his mysterious sleight of hand. Tickets may be purchased for the dinner and entertainment or the entertainment alone. The show will be open until 10 p. m. On Sunday the exhibition will open at 1 p: m. and close for good at 10 p.m

The judging will be as early as possible on Friday evening, the judges being Judge Albert Maris, noted collector of Liberia; Harry A. Lee, internationally known exhibitor, and George A. Henhoeffer, well known Philadelphia philatelist and radio stamp commentator.

Camden Courier-Post- February 4, 1938

Bred Race of Softies, Says Missouri Congressman; Assails Tax Burden

"We must put an immediate curtailment on this lavish spending down in Washington, which leads only to unbalanced budgets."

So declared Congressman Dewey Short, Republican, of Missouri, principal speaker last night at the 22nd annual banquet of the Camden County Real Estate Board. It was in honor of last year's officers of the board and was held in the Hotel Walt Whitman, with more than 400 attending.

Asserting he, was speaking without partisanship, Congressman Short said:

"It is a fact that we are floundering around in Washington and that we have, the jitters concerning certain developments in the national trend of things.

"We face the fact that 11,000,000 persons are out of work in the United States but, on the other hand, we see that the government is making special awards to indolents.

Deplores U. S. 'Softies'

"So it has inspired in the average man out of work a feeling that the world owes him a living whether he works or not.

"The most regrettable thing that we Congressmen feel is that we have bred a race of softies, people who don't come down there and stand up for their rights.

"I believe in the justice of minority rights which will keep both parties clean and decent."

Drawing a parallel between President Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover when he was President, Short said:

"Roosevelt is never contemplating. He is too busy acting. Hoover was so busy contemplating nothing was done,"

Sees Housing Need

The Congressman declared there is a vital need of housing facilities and that "we are under an unbearable burden of taxation on real estate, which can be overcome only by stopping, excessive spending."

Other speakers were Andrew N. Lockwood, president of the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards, Vincent P. Bradley, ambassador-at-large of the National Association of Real Estate Boards and Mayor George E. Brunner, of Camden. J. Frank Hanly, president of the county board, was toastmaster. There was an invocation by Rev. Paul Loraine, of Pennsauken Township.

The officers of 1937 honored were Harry A. Willson, president; Edward J. Borden, vice president; Edmund H. Lenny, secretary; Charles H. Vaughn, treasurer; C. Armel Nutter, governor to the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards, and Margaret N. Penfield, executive secretary.

Among the guests were, Joseph B. Sentzman, president of the West Philadelphia Realty Board; former Judge Frank F. Neutze, Judge Clifford A. Baldwin, County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, Assistant County Prosecutor Patrick H. Harding, State Senator Albert E. Burling, William H. Eppright, Charles P. Halyburton, Ellis Kircher, Charles R. Myers and Harry A. Louderback..

Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938

Valentine Hop Held Tonight By Thoirs Assembly

A formal Valentine Hop has been planned for tonight by Thoirs Post Assembly.

The dance is the fourth of the series of five given by the assembly each Winter and will, as usual, be held in the Hotel Walt Whitman ballroom.

George D. Rothermel is chairman of the committee on arrangements for the series, which is annually subscribed by the socially inclined married set of the section.

Barney Berle's orchestra provides music for the series which will be concluded on March 5.

Mr. Rothermel's committee includes Frank B. Anderson, Meyer S. Baker, Dr. Kirk B. Barb, Herbert H. Blizzard, Robert C. Brown, Peter A. DaCosta, J. Alexander Crothers, Paul H. Engle, Dr. Harold B. Evans, Walter G. Garlan, William T. Haddon, Edward C. Hamilton, Raimon B, Havens, Russell B. Keen, Dr, Oram H. Kline, John D. Laughrey, Charles T. Murray, LeGrand Roberts, George F. Seybold, George E. Townsend, Dr. Byron G. Tuttle, Raymond A. VanHorn, Milton C. Walker, James O. Weaver, Jr., Albert R. Wehner, and Earl W. Young.

Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938

District Juniors Giving Style Show To Aid Sightless

Junior club women from throughout the first district are joining forces this afternoon to stage a fashion show and card party in the Hotel Walt Whitman in the interest of the Braille Fund for the blind.

The Braille fund is the principal project of the New Jersey Federated Juniors and provides libraries and talking books for the sightless.

The fashion show will start the afternoon's program, cards following. Miss Jeanne Barclay Harte, of Collingswood, has served as general chairman of the committee on arrangements. Mrs. Robert Rudolph of Merchantvllle, has arranged for the fashion display and representatives from all clubs in the district have served on the committee and will act as models.

Sub-chairmen were as follows: prizes, Miss Barbara Price, of Audubon; tickets, Mrs. Sherman Yeiter, of Woodbury; tables, Miss Birgitte Rod, of Camden; tallies, Mrs. Milton Kelly, Jr., of East Camden; special prizes, Miss Doris Hastings, of Westvllle; candy, Mrs. Kelly; cards, Miss Dorothy Schuman, of Wenonah; music, Miss Mildred Cain, of Collingswood, and publicity, Miss Ruth Zilz, East Camden.

Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1938

Survey Shows From 10 to 15 Licenses Needed in County Operation

One of the largest attended meetings of the Master Plumbers of Camden County was held last week at Hotel Walt Whitman. The License systems in use throughout the county were an. important subject of, discussion.

A survey disclosed approximately, 26 boroughs and townships, both with and without sanitary ordinances, required the plumber to hold and pay for a license in each of the separate municipalities to permit him to do plumbing work on any property with in its borders.

The average cost of each of the licenses was from $25 to $40, and the survey showed many plumbers, in order to conduct their business throughout the county were compelled to pay for and hold as many as from 10 to 15 licenses.

To help, if possible, in overcoming what the plumbers termed a needless increase in the overhead expense of conducting their business, Clarence Lind, president was authorized to appoint a zoning committee to draft a plan of operation for submission to the craft and to these municipalities in order to overcome the necessity of holding a multiplicity of licenses. It is hoped the work of this committee will enable a reciprocal arrangement to operate with only one recognized license.

According to a report of this association, several of the large municipalities adjoining the City of Camden are contemplating the enactment of an ordinance similar to Camden's "reporting ordinance," which obligates supply houses to report to the sanitary inspection department the sale and delivery of plumbing fixtures. Soon a law will enable the department to inspect installations for compliance with public health codes.

Master plumbers from all parts of South Jersey will be invited to attend a motion picture presentation of the manufacture and assembly of automatic hot water heating devices and service management, by the John Wood Manufacturing Company, at the Camden showroom of Mott & Company on Haddon Avenue, at 8 p. m. Monday, February 14.

Camden Courier-Post * February 9, 1938

Tall Cedars to Entertain National Head at Fete Here Saturday

Charles Siegel, Supreme Tall Cedar of the United States, and his official Camden Forest No.5, staff will be honored at a dinner and at the second annual charity ball of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, at the Walt Whitman Hotel Saturday night.

Among the guests will be City Commissioner Frederick von Nieda and Mrs. von Nieda; City Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann and Mrs. Hartmann, Surrogate F. B. Hanna and Mrs. Hanna, Sheriff Joseph Van Meter and Mrs. Van Meter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pearson, Mr. and, Mrs. August Romelle, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cook, Mr. and Mrs. James Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brown.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forsythe, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Giffins, Mr. and Mrs. William Del Baugh, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Strouse, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Peters, William G. Rohrer, Miss Flora Tulk, Mr. and Mrs. George Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dahl, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ireton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattison, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Burgess, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miles, Lieutenant Albert Eckenroth and Mrs. Eckenroth.

Music will be furnished by the Famous Sonny James Orchestra.

Camden Courier-Post * February 10, 1938

Dictator Accused of Making War 'Be-All and End-All of Human Evolution'

Adolph Hitler and his "brown barbarians" were accused of aiming to make war the "be-all and end-all of human evolution" in an address by Walter Schoenstedt, native-born German, world traveler and author, before the Camden Rotary Club in Hotel Walt Whitman,

Introduced by Leon H. Rose, Camden lawyer, Schoenstedt told the club members at their weekly luncheon he would not speak against Germany, but would "point out the evils of a dictatorship under Hitler, who is not Germany."

After the meeting, Schoenstedt explained he came to this country a year ago to aid in preserving 'Ger­man culture and to warn this nation against Hitler, whom he described as a "destroyer of the ideals of great philosophers and teachers."

Since coming to the United States, he has aided in the organization of German-American Leagues for Culture, he said. There is such an organization in New York, another In Philadelphia, and he plans one in Camden.

Goethe, Heine Banished

"The aim of the great. German philosophers," said Schoenstedt, "was the happiness, of humanity, Today the foremost aim of the dictator is to make war the be-all and end-all of human evolution. Goethe and Heine have vanished from German school readers and the words of the new exponents of German culture have taken their place.

"The fight of the German rulers against thought and reason, against literature and science is not an accident. This hatred which we find in every speech concerning literature is expressed in the work of one of the leaders in the official German world of letters:

"'When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver:

"In Germany they tell the young people there is no life witl10ut war. When young people in the grade schools or in high schools gather for their graduations, they see as they come into the auditorium huge posters on the walls bearing the slogan that is the spirit of German education today:

"'We are born to die for Germany."

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938

Camden Real Estate Board Gives Luncheon Attended by Prominent Citizens

Schoolchildren, members of service clubs, and civic leaders joined the Camden County Real Estate Board yesterday in paying tribute to the memory of Abraham Lincoln at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Among the guests present were Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools; Albert M. Bean, county superintendent of schools; and Joseph Hale, president of the Camden Lions Club.

The principal speaker was Hamilton R. Disston, who conducts public forums at the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia, and is a teacher of public speaking. Introduced by J. Frank Hanly, president of the Real Estate Board, which was host to the other organizations, Disston gave a recitation in which he traced the career of the Great Emancipator from his lowly beginning until his death by assassination in Ford's Theatre, Washington, April 15, 1865.

Selecting as his topic: "Lincoln the Man," Disston described the anguish and disappointments through which the war-time President lived. He recalled the incident prior to Lincoln's election as President for a second term, when he was requested to write a letter of condolence to a woman who had lost five sons in the Civil War.

"Lincoln," said Disston, "was not a man who could be exploited for political purposes. "He received the request to write the letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, of Boston, prior to his election, but he waited until after the campaign was over before he sent condolences to that bereaved mother. That was one of his marks of greatness."

Disston recited Lincoln's Gettysburg address, characterizing it as one of the world's literary gems, and then took his audience back to the sorrowful day on April 15, 1865 when the President had the dream of premonition of his own death—the vision wherein he saw himself aboard a "dark, formless boat," that sailed away into darkness.

Disston concluded with a dramatic .picture of the President's assassination in Ford's Theatre and the escape of the killer, Booth. Disston was obtained as speaker through Ernest E. Lindner.

Represented among the realtors at the luncheon were three generations in the family of William J. Flemming, long a member of the board. Present with Flemming were his son, William F. Flemming, also a board member, and the latter's small son, William W. Flemming. Eighty-five persons were present at the meeting.



Joseph E. Mears, manager of the Hotel Walt Whitman, flew to Cleveland yesterday to attend a meeting of the executives of the American Hotels Corp., with which the Camden hostelry is affiliated.

Before he left, Mears said the Walt Whitman had known one of the really prosperous years in its history in, 1937.

"Persons tell me there is a recession in business,'" declared Mears, "but you would never know it by the business in this hotel. We have had a swell year and I'm reporting this fact to our hotel chain.

"No sir, there is no recession apparent around the Walt Whitman."


Floor Show to Be Added Feature of Dance Here on Saturday

Plans for a snappy floor show as an additional feature' of the second annual charity ball of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Camden Forest No. 5, were announced yesterday.

Sonny James with the recording and broadcasting orchestra that bears his name, will supply the music— interspersing swing for the youngsters with waltzes for the old-timers.

James will present as the floor show attraction The Musical Aces and Their Queens, radio performers. 

Harold Stephans, vocalist with the orchestra, also will be featured.

The ball is scheduled for Saturday night at Hotel Walt Whitman.

The general committee consists of the membership of all other committees, which are:

Executive: Joseph C. Brown, Grand Tall Cedar, ex-officio; William E. Strouse, chairman and Daniel W. Forsyth, secretary and treasurer.

Grand Conductor: Walter W. Giffins.

Reception: Paul C. Ireton, leader; George Murray, Walter Morris, William Roher, Harry Holt, Vic Marx, Charles Ackley, Howard Dahl, Francis Gaskill, Frederick von Nieda, and Frank Hartmann.

Tickets, Walter Mattison; door, Louis Bull and Paul B. Miles, press, Frank H. Ryan. Electrical, Wilbur Peters; wardrobe, Charles Neil, William Strong, Elmer Burgess, Taylor Kellogg and Charles Green; safety, Lieut. George W. Frost, Frank Jaggard, Russell Young and Francis Gutherman; decorations, Fred Knodel, Charles Dorrman, Harry Sykes, Harry Flowers, Merton McCormick, Edward Zimmerman and William Delbaugh.


Saturday Night Event at Walt Whitman Features Vaudeville Show

Five hundred persons attended the second annual ball of Camden Forest, No. 5, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Saturday night in Hotel Walt Whitman.

Featured was a vaudeville floor show. The ballroom was festooned with green and white, colors of the Tall Cedars. A sign in the same colors back of the stage read "Welcome Camden Forest, No. 5." Music was furnished by Sonny James and a 16-piece orchestra.

The general ball committee included the following sub-committee members: Joseph C. Brown, grand tall cedar; William E. Strouse, chairman, and Daniel W. Forsyth, secretary and treasurer; grand conductor, Walter W. Griffins; reception, Paul C. Ireton, leader; George Murray, Walter Morris, William Roher, Harry Holt, Victor Marx, Charles Ackley, Howard Dahl, Francis Gaskill, Frederick von Nieda, and Frank Hartmann, city commissioners; tickets, Walter Mattison; door, Louis Bull and Paul B. Miles; press representative, Frank H. Ryan; wardrobe, Charles Neil, William Strong, Elmer Burgess, Taylor Kellogg and Charles Green; electrical, Wilbur Peters; public safety, Lieut. George W. Frost, Frank Jaggard, Russell Young and Francis Guthermann; decorations, Fred Knodel, Charles Dorrmann, Harry Sykes, Harry Flowers, Merton McCormick, Edward Zimmerman and William Del Baugh..


Mrs. Jere Crean Heads Women's Committee for Event Feb. 22

One of the principal pre-Lenten events in this city will be the Knights of Columbus Ball which is to be held in the Hotel Walt Whitman on Tuesday evening, February 22.

Since the ball falls on Washington's birthday the program has been centered around the observance of the national holiday.

The Women's Committee has completed plans for its participation in the affair and has announced that many dinner parties are being arranged, preceding the ball.

John A. Reynolds is general chairman of the ball committee. Mrs. Jere Crean heads the women's committee and is assisted by Miss Margaret Powell, Miss Madeline McFeeley, Miss Alice Dolly, Miss Margaret Moore, Miss Winifred Cogan, Miss Julia V. Kirk, Miss Kathryn Kelley, Miss Mary McGrath, Miss Teresa Regnery, Miss Margaret Kelley, Miss Jule M. Carey, Miss Winifred Stafford, Miss Rose Mary McKernan, Miss Marie B. Carr, Miss Rita Reigert, Miss Frances Jagod, Miss Mary Verga, Miss Anna Connell, Miss Monica Barrett, Mrs. Kirk B. Barb, Mrs. Marie Stanton Kelly, Mrs. Andrew McMahon, Mrs. Sabba Verdiglione, Mrs. John Reynolds, Mrs. Joseph Mears, Mrs. Charles Grimley, Mrs. John P. Daly,, Mrs. John Holt, Mrs. Frank Daly, Mrs. James A. Kane, Mrs. Joseph P. McShane and Mrs. Patrick A. O'Connor.

Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1938

Honored By Lodge

Fete Marks Seventh Birthday of Jacob J. Hernfeld Link, No. 26

Mrs. Betty K. Kapel, junior past matron, was guest of honor last night at a dinner marking the seventh birthday of the Jacob L. Hernfeld Link, No. 26, Order of the Golden Chain, held in the main ballroom of the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Mrs. Kapel is present right worthy district deputy of district No. 10 of the Link. Sylvia Hernfeld Ruberg is worthy matron and Nathan Wayne Elkitz worthy patron of the lodge.

Other honored guests were Mrs. Bertha Melnick, most worthy grand matron, and Dr. Eugene Melnick, of Philadelphia; Meyer Linnick, most worthy grand patron, and Mrs. Linnick of Newark; Mrs. Lillian Berla, past grand matron, and Samuel Berla, of Newark; Emeritus Emanuel Biron, grand patron, of Atlantic City; Freda Biron, past grand matron, of Atlantic City; H. David Zerman, past grand patron, of Bayonne; Mrs. Mollie Steinberg, past grand matron, and Meyer Steinberg, of Newark; Reuben Jacoby, past grand patron, of Atlantic City; Leah Jacoby, grand lecturer, of Atlantic City; Mr. and Mrs. David Berstein, of Newark; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schwarzman, of Philadelphia, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fassler, of Philadelphia..

Mrs. Betty K. Kapel

Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1938


Leaders of industry, bankers and merchants will attend the weekly meeting today of the Camden County Real Estate Board when Joseph A. Wilson, chief of the income tax division of the Internal Revenue Department, Philadelphia area, will be the principal speaker.

"Your Income Tax Return" will be Wilson's topic at the meeting to be held in Hotel Walt Whitman at noon. J. Frank Hanly, president of the board, invited businessmen of Camden county to listen to Wilson, who will discuss items deductible in a new form issued for income tax requirements.

Wilson was obtained as speaker by the invitation of Harry L. Maloney, internal revenue collector for the Camden district. Wilson's income tax division covers 23 counties of Pennsylvania, which comprise the First Pennsylvania district..

Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938


George B. Thorn, superintendent of the Vineland State School, will speak at the noon meeting of the Camden Rotary Club in the Hotel Walt Whitman today. His subject will be, "Problems In Connection With the Feeble Minded."

Many members of Rotary are planning to attend the Rotary convention in San Francisco June 19 to June 24. Special trains and tours are being arranged. Charles Adamson, chairman of the committee, is making plans for the Camden Rotarians.

Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938

George B. Thorn, Vineland Tells Rotarians Here of Big Savings

A municipal light plant properly operated can be made to yield big savings and profits to taxpayers, it was declared by George B. Thorn, superintendent of the Vineland State School.

Thorn told members of the Camden Rotary Club in Hotel Walt Whitman the cost of furnishing fuel, light and power for the institution's population of 1492 was $35,000 last year as compared with $56,000 in 1922. The institution has its own light and power plant.

"Properly operated," said Thorn after the meeting, "a light plant for Camden or most any community would be a paying proposition. Of course politics must be eliminated to insure efficiency among employees. All employees of our plant are hired by me and must qualify for their jobs."

The sum of $35,000 for last year's plant operation, Thorn said, included 
payment of salaries, maintenance and all other Items of expense. Operating expenses were reduced, Thorn explained, when steam which formerly escaped, was utilized for heating purposes at the institution. Later a railroad siding was constructed into the plant facilitating delivery of fuel and cutting the cost of coal $1 a ton. Employees of the plant receive an average monthly salary of $50. and their "keep," Thorn said..

Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938


The annual ball of Ahepa, Camden Chapter No. 69, will be held February 23, in Hotel Walt Whitman. Thomas Manos is committee chairman.

Proceeds will be contributed to the association's sanatorium in New Mexico and for the education of Greek boys and young men.

Officers of the Camden chapter are: Thomas Shissias, president; John Manos, vice president; Mike Dendrinos, secretary, and Harry Calogeris, treasurer. Headquarters of the organization are located at 104 South Broadway.

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

Camden Teachers To Be Models for Style Show, Bridge

Apparel for occasions the clock 'round will be modeled by members of the Camden Teachers' Association on Monday night when that group will give a fashion show followed by bridge in the Hotel Walt Whitman in the interest of their welfare fund. 

The affair is being arranged under the' direction of Mrs. Roy Mauger and will directly aid the vision correction fund, which is used to provide treatment and eye glasses to pupils in the public schools who are unable to obtain them. 

Those who have been enlisted as mannequins include, Miss Elizabeth A. Mathews, Miss Grace Hankins, Miss Dorothy Lippincott, Miss Clara Lippincott, Miss Kathryn Mutzer, Mrs. Anne Davis Spooner, Mrs. Vera Hurff, Miss Dorothy MacLauchlin, Miss Cleora Teffau, Miss Clara Quinn, Mrs. Joseph Baxter, Miss Kathryn Soistmann, Miss Katherine Klepper, Mrs. Harry Lee Coale, Miss Elizabeth Hoell, Mrs. George Bachmann, Mrs. Morton Mogil, Miss Birgitte Rod, Miss Elizabeth Branin and Miss Harriet M. Reiners. .

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938


"Burlington County Night" will be observed by the West Jersey Pharmaceutical Association with a dinner in the Hotel Walt Whitman next Thursday night. The organization embraces pharmacists with business in the four counties of Camden, Gloucester, Burlington and Salem. 

Senator Clifford R. Powell, whose home is in Burlington county, will be the principal speaker on the program. 

N. Herman Rappaport, of Camden, president, will be toastinaster. George Gottesman, of Brooklyn, will discuss problems confronting the pharmacist. 

Leon Cooperman is committee chairman and his group has arranged numerous features. Officers of the association are Rappaport, president; Walter R. Anderson, first vice president; Robert K. Worrell, second vice president; C. Hayden, treasurer and secretary, A. C. Herting.  

Camden Courier-Post
February 19, 1938

Walt Leopold & his Orchestra
John A. Reynolds
George H. Brunner -
Samuel M. Shay
Charles A. Wolverton
Hotel Walt Whitman
Matthews-Purnell Post 518, V.F.W
Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion


Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1938

Gordon Mackay - James W. Burnison - Hotel Walt Whitman

Camden Courier-Post
February 19, 1938

Mrs. William Leonard Hurley
Knights of Columbus
Hotel Walt Whitman

Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

Walt Leopold & his Orchestra
Patricia Kochersperger - Alice Dolly
George H. Brunner -
Hotel Walt Whitman
Matthews-Purnell Post 518, V.F.W
Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion

Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

Hotel Walt Whitman
 Helen Barry - George Smith
Knights of Columbus


Camden Courier-Post * February 21, 1938

Soroptomist Club - Hotel Walt Whitman - Mrs. Kirk Barb - Miss Mary Barb
Mrs. Joseph Horneff -
Miss Betty Hanna - Miss Naomi Hofflinger




Camden Courier-Post
February 23, 1938

William P. Partenheimer
Hotel Walt Whitman
Loyal D. Odhner
Harry A. Kelleher
DeLoss Walker
Howard Rhoades

Camden Courier-Post
February 24, 1938

Camden Lions Club
Dr. Charles H. Sullivan
Harry A. Moran
Harold P. Nutter

Camden Courier-Post
February 25, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938


Hotel Walt Whitman - Charles A. Wolverton - Dr. Sarah D. Wolverton
Alton P. Mathis - Joseph M. Rector - Walter C. Hackett
George W. Keefe - Frank A. Mathews - E.O. Howell - Barrett Glover - Frank Chapman
Frank E. Boston - Waaren Hood - Holmes J. Paulin - Frank McCoy

Camden Courier-Post
February 26, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938

Soroptomist Club - Hotel Walt Whitman - Hilda Sampson - Elizabeth Hoell - Linden Street

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1938



Frank J. Hartmann Jr. - J. Frank Hanly - Hotel Walt Whitman - Ellis C. Kircher - Carl R. Evered
Westfield Acres - Thomas P. Delany - Charles P.Halyburton - S. Raymond Dobbs

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1938
Diabetes and Mental Hygiene Subjects for Public Relations Meeting

Diabetes and mental hygiene in their relation to public health will be discussed authoritatively at the annual public relations meeting and tea of the Auxiliary to the Camden County Medical Society to be held tomorrow afternoon in the Camden Woman's Club, 424-26 Linden street.

A discourse on diabetes will be presented by Dr. Alexander Ellis, of this city, who is a member of the Cooper Hospital staff, in charge of the out-patients diabetic clinic.
"The Basic Principles of Mental Hygiene" is the topic which has been announced for a second speaker, Dr. Camilla M. Anderson, secretary of the Mental Hygiene Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Charities Association.

Dr. Anderson covers the entire state of Pennsylvania. She is the psychiatrist in charge of the women's division in the Pittsburgh City Hospital and the Allegheny County Hospital. She is assistant professor of nursing at Duquesne University and a special lecturer on mental hygiene in the department of nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania. "Emotional Hygiene, the Art of Understanding" is the title of a book which was written by Dr. Anderson during the past year and which recently has been published.

Mrs. Orris W. Saunders, of this city, is hospitality chairman for the day. Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, of this city, and Mrs. E. Reed Hirst, of Haddonfleld, will pour and those assisting will be Mrs. William Braun, Mrs. Penrose Thompson, Mrs. A. Lincoln Sherk, of Merchantville; Mrs. Kenneth B. MacAlpine, of Gloucester; Mrs. Kenneth Athey and Mrs. Alfred M. Elwell, of this city.

The Auxiliary has planned a fashion show to be followed by cards for Monday evening, March 7, in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. H. Wesley Jack, of Haddonfield, is general chairman for the affair.

Mrs. Oswald R. Carlander, of Merchantville, is president of the Auxiliary.

Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1938

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June 15, 1938

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(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror
September 21, 1938


The Alpha Community Baptist Church, of Camden, was the scene of the marriage of Miss Beatrice W. Beideman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace B. Beideman, of Camden, became the bride of John P. Mays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mays, of Garfield avenue, Palmyra, recently. The Rev. Mr. Hall, officiated. Mrs. Nelson Randolph, of Palmyra, was matron of honor for the bride and Melvin R. Mays, Jr., acted as best man for his brother. A reception was held at the Walt Whitman Hotel, Camden, after which the couple left for a brief wedding trip. They are now at home at 34th and River Road, Camden..    

Walt Whitman Hotel

S.M. Axelrod, Pharmacist

January 1939 Advertisement

Camden Courier-Post
April 4, 1940

John B. Kates
J. Frank Hanly
C.A. Lotz
William J. Strandwitz
Walt Whitman Hotel




Camden Courier-Post
July 23, 1941

Kiwanis Club



Camden Courier-Post
July 24, 1941

Clarence Eichel
Lions Club
Elmer C. Pratt
Harold P. Nutter
Dr. Pierce Shope
Joseph Di Mona

Walt Whitman Hotel

Camden Courier-Post * July 26, 1941

Private Harold Dix - Mrs. Nellie Dix
Mrs. Mae Ford - Cooper Street - Hotel - Walt Whitman Hotel

July 28, 1941



Camden Courier-Post
July 28, 1941



Joseph E. Mears - John Robinson - Wellington Spradley - Lawrence Gibson
Claybourne Dourham - Edward Bull - Samuel Young - Leonard Green
Howard Gibson -
Camden High School

Camden Courier-Post
July 29, 1941

Camden Rotary Club
Hotel Walt Whitman

Camden Courier-Post
July 30, 1941

Hotel Walt Whitman
Mrs. Mae Ford
Cooper Street
Margaret McSwiggan
Carman Street
Bertha Hunsberger
Newton Avenue
Goldie Tarken
Baird Boulevard
Alice Harris
Clinton Harris
Nellie Dix
Harold DIx
Ethel Down
Ada Kuhs

Camden Courier-Post * July 31, 1941

Hotel Walt Whitman - Camden Lions Club

Camden Courier-Post
July 31, 1941

Hotel Walt Whitman

Camden Courier-Post
November 12, 1942

Thomas N. McCarter Jr.
George DeGirolamo
Frank A. Evans
Malcom M. Steck
Herman Reinhardt
Frank Luker
Clinton Lowden
John Parke
Clifford A. Baldwin
Hotel Walt Whitman

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1945


With peace restored, the world should now become one great community and all men should live as neighbors, Herman H. Hanson, of Dover, Delaware, governor of Rotary District 184, told members of Camden Rotary Club yesterday.

Hanson, state chemist of Delaware, spoke at the club's weekly luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman. He cited the aims of Rotary and defined the organization as "friendship in action." Everett Smalley presided.

Walt Whitman Menu

Hotel Walt Whitman Matchbooks

Walt Whitman Hotel Matchbook

The Hotel Walt Whitman -
looking south from the Bridge Plaza
The Hotel Walt Whitman
The Hotel Walt Whitman - 1933 
The Elks Home on far right,
is now the LEAP Academy
The Hotel Walt Whitman - 1950s,
The Elks Home on far right,
is now the LEAP Academy

The Walt Whitman Hotel

Early 1950s

Sam's Smoke Shop in foreground
Elks Home in background

Photograph by
John A. Terrell,
courtesy of the
Haddonfield Public Library

As the City of Camden began to fall on hard times in the 1950s, the Walt Whitman Hotel's maintenance began to suffer. In 1958, the Camden Chamber of Commerce, which had played a large part in the Walt Whitman's construction, and which had been headquartered there for so many years, held its annual gala at the new Cherry Hill Inn in neighboring Delaware Township. In the previous three years, landmark Camden businesses such as Hurley's department store, the Stanley Theater, the Towers Theater, and the Camden Courier-Post had either closed or moved to new homes in the suburbs. This trend would continue, and eventually the Walt Whitman Hotel itself was closed. Interestingly enough, one of the last owners of the Walt Whitman was Joseph N. Hettel Jr., whose father Joseph N. Hettel Sr., was an architect who designed many Camden banks, apartments, and commercial buildings.


Edward R. MacDowell
Walt Whitman Hotel
Joseph Guarino


Camden Courier-Post

Edward R. MacDowell
William T. Cahill -
Alfred R. Pierce
Joseph Guarino  - Rev. WIlliam A. Gwynne

President Richard M. Nixon
 and New Jersey Governor William T. Cahill
at the Walt Whitman- circa 1970

The Walt Whitman Hotel was demolished in the 1980s.