CARL R. EVERED was born in New Jersey in 1893 to Joseph G, and Anna Evered. His father was a showcase maker. He grew up in Camden's Eighth Ward at 1711 Broadway.

After serving in World War I, Carl Evered returned to Camden and established a real estate business. At the time of the 1920 Census he was living at 1711 Broadway with his widowed mother Annie and younger brother Fred. He married shortly after the census was taken. Wife Helen bore him a daughter, Doris, around 1921.

Carl R. Evered ran for election to the City Commission in May of 1927. Although endorsed, along with commissioner, Melbourne F. Middleton Jr. and Carroll P. Sherwood, by Camden's Non-Partisan League, his slate, which included newly appointed Judge Frank F. Neutze, and Dr. Saunders, did not win. 

Carl Evered did well in the real estate business, and by 1930 owned a building at 450 Broadway, the corner of Broadway and Berkley Street, where he lived and conducted his real estate agency. With James W. Burnison, he was an early proponent of bringing parking meters to Camden's shopping areas to aid local business owners in the 1930s, and also was a member of the committee and chairman of the housing projects committee of the County Real Estate Board. Carl Evered also served as the president of the Camden County Board of Taxation in the late 1940s. He had also added insurance to his real estate business by that time. 

Carl Evered's real estate business, known as Evered Inc., remained at 450 Broadway into the early 1970s, and Carl Evered resided there into the 1960s. By 1970 he had moved to the Stuyvesant Terrace apartments in Cherry Hill.

Carl Evered later moved to Penns Grove NJ. He passed away in January of 1975, survived by his wife, who died in March of 1985..   

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931

Professional and Business Leaders Back Camden Man for Governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camden Courier-Post
December 20, 1932

Leonard R. Baker
Francis B. Wallen
Watson C. Shallcross
James V. Moran
Elwood S. Thompson
Carl R. Evered
William M. Chew
Orlando Bowen
Edith Westcott
Benjamin H. Hudson
J. Alex Crothers
James W. Burnison
Edward J. Borden
Frederick T. Gates
Loyal D. Odhner

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933

Hudson and Thompson Also Selected as Executive Committee Members

Francis B. Wallen, Sr., chairman of the executive committee of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce yesterday. As head of that committee, Wallen will direct the activities of the Chamber during the remainder of the year. it was announced. 

Other members of the executive committee who will act with Wallen are B. H. Hudson, superintendent of the Atlantic Division of the West Jersey & Seashore Railroad and Elwood F. Thompson, secretary of the Camden Fire Insurance Association.

The executive committee which was named by the board of directors, will replace Leonard R. Baker, who was acting president of the Chamber since January 1. Four vice-presidents also were named by the board of directors. Only two of those selected have been assigned. They are James V. Moran in charge of transportation and Carl R. Evered in charge of finances. The others are W. H. Chew and Thompson. 

Wallen, the executive committee chairman, is the only president of the Chamber to ever serve three terms. He was in office in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Since then he has been a member of the board of directors.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933

Newly Elected President of Commission Will Be Honored at Dinner

Edward J. Borden will be guest of honor tonight of the Camden County Real Estate Board at a banquet in honor of his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.

The banquet, to be held in the Camden Club, 315 Cooper street, will be attended by lawyers, real estate men and public officials from all sections of the state. The Real Estate Board, of which Borden was thrice president, is giving the dinner.

Among the guests who will attend are former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr., Mayor Roy R. Stewart and other members of the Camden City Commission; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools, and Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

The speakers include William S. Abbott, president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Leon E. Todd, former president; Vincent P. Bradley, of Trenton, retiring president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission; Carleton E. Adams, of Atlantic City, vice president of the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards; Samuel P. Orlando, former assistant prosecutor of Camden county, and C. Armel Nutter, general chairman of the banquet committee.

On the banquet program appears the gilded outline of a bee, typifying Borden's activities in the interests of real estate advancement in Camden county. Wayland P. Cramer is chairman of the program, committee. Chairmen of other committees follow: William A. Eppright, attendance; T. J., McCormick, entertainment; Carl R. Evered, door prizes, and Todd, speakers and guests.

George B. Robeson, former president of the Real Estate Board, Is toastmaster of the banquet, which will begin at 7:30 p. m.

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933


An East Camden man was given one day to vacate the house he now occupies or go to jail. The moving order was issued yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast to William J. Cassidy; 918 North Twenty-fifth Street, when he was arraigned upon complaint of Harold Hartman, representative of Carl Evered Company, 450 Broadway, real estate firm.

Hartman said the man had been evicted on April 27 and his furniture removed to the street by officers of the district court. When the officers left,

Hartman said, Cassidy moved his furniture back into the house. Cassidy said he returned to the house when the court officials said it would be all right to do so.

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933

Honor Guest

Borden Honored at Dinner On Election as President Of Real Estate Commission 
250 Guests Attend Affair And Speakers Laud His Service 
Date Marks Twentieth Anniversary
of Wedding Of Popular Couple

Leading real estate brokers and notables in other callings paid high tribute last night to Edward J. Borden in honor of his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. 

Before 250 guests at a testimonial dinner in the. Camden Club, 315 Cooper Street, Borden was presented a briefcase by C. Armel Nutter on behalf of the Camden County Real Estate Board, which Borden served three terms as president. The Chamber of Commerce, through Carl R. Evered, gave him a RCA-Victor auto radio. 

The occasion also marked Borden's twentieth wedding anniversary. Since the dinner to him was a stag party, Mrs. Borden was given a similar dinner at the same time at the home of Mrs. William A. Eppright, 223 Seventh Avenue, Haddon Heights. Eppright was chairman of the dinner committee. 

Career Traced 

"We need more men like Ed Borden in the world today," Vincent P. Bradley, of Trenton, whom Borden succeeds as president of the commission, said in the principal speech. The depression is weeding out the children of pampered upbringing and real men are coming to the front. Ed Borden came from a 


who was the guest of honor at a testimonial dinner in the Camden Club last night on the occasion of his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. The dinner also marked his twentieth wedding anniversary, and Mrs. Borden was similarly feted at another dinner.

lowly beginning. His parents were poor and his education was limited. He has served in the navy, and he knows the trials of the lowly real estate broker, and is therefore aptly fitted to administer justice as president of the Real Estate Commission." 

"No man in South Jersey," said Carleton J. Adams, vice president of the New Jersey Real Estate Board, "is doing more for our profession than Ed Borden." 

Public Service Cited

William S. Abbott, president of the Camden County Real Estate Board, told of Borden's achievements as his predecessor, which included inauguration of "vandalism signs," offering reward for arrest and convictions of persons damaging vacant property. He praised Borden also as one of the first advocates of a state income tax. 

Among others at the speakers' table were David Baird, Jr., Sheriff George N. Wimer, Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline Jr., Mayor Harry L. Maloney, of Bellmawr; Dr. Leon E. Neulen, superintendent of schools; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Board of Education; Samuel P. Orlando, former assistant prosecutor; Commissioner Frank B. Hanna, Wayland P. Cramer, county director of the Emergency Relief Administration, and Leon E. Todd. George B. Robeson was toastmaster. Rev. James P. O'Sullivan, assistant rector of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, delivered the invocation.

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."

Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
Nine Planks of State Association Supported; Ripper Bill Opposed

The special committee on taxation of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce yesterday endorsed nine of the 11 planks of a platform recently adopted by the New Jersey Taxpayers Association.

The committee also went on record as unanimously favoring the resolutions passed by the taxpayers’ association demanding the repeal of the Walsh Act Ripper Bill and the enactment of laws to permit citizens to examine public records at all reasonable times. 

J.V. Moran, chairman of the special committee on taxation, disclosed that he and his colleagues are directly opposed to the centralization of beer control in New Jersey.

A resolution adopted last week, by the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association favoring local regulation and taxation an beer and delegating to the state the obtaining of revenue from the manufacture and statewide distribution, was in turn passed by the special committee an taxation.

The planks of the taxpayers association platform agreed to by the chamber committee includes the pro viding of absolute control of expenditures of public money; provision for budgeting .of all state expenditures; changing of the present policy of State Highway Department management by placing control in charge of a highway engineer; investigation and if necessary revision of the state pension laws; revision of the debt procedure and limiting the debt; provision for adoption of a pay-as-you-go policy; making possible of consolidation of municipalities; investigation of the state educational sys tern to "bring about a reduction of expense to the extent that people will be able to; pay it; and providing for permanent relief from mandatory laws, including tenure of office. 

The planks which the special committee on taxation apposed were those concerning the regulating and controlling of local finances and permitting the people to choose the form of local government without political interference.

B esides Chairman Moran, other members of the special committee on taxation present, were Eugene Haines, of the RCA Victor Company; Roswell A. Robinson, of the .J. B. Van Sciver Company; Carl Evered and Loyal D. Odhner, executive secretary .of the chamber.  

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 - August 10, 1933

168 Shoemakers in Three Counties Form Code; Big Firms Sign Pacts

The personnel of the National Recovery Act campaign committee for Camden city and county was announced yesterday by Chairman Clinton L. Bardo.

The committee members and their assignments follow:

James V. Moran, department stores; Leonard R. Baker, department stores; S. Lester, retail stores; Francis B. Wallen, miscellaneous business; A. D. Ambruster, banks; Clinton L. Bardo, shipbuilding; A. C. Held, industry; J. W. Burnison, industry; Harry A. Kelleher, industry; Warren Webster, Jr., industry; William H. Chew, Sr., printing; J. Alex Crothers, maritime interest.; Carl R. Evered, real estate and building trades; Fred T. Gates, chain stores; B. H. Hudson, transportation; Harry C. Stevenson, public utilities; Watson Shallcross, automotive; Elwood S. Thompson, insurance of all types; Robert C. Perina, all professional lines, and J. David Stern, publicity.

Meet Friday Afternoon

The committee will hold its first organization meeting tomorrow afternoon in the offices of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce in Broadway-Stevens Building. A plan of action will be mapped out at this session, Chairman Bardo said.

Meanwhile, Postmaster Charles H. Ellis and his staff at Camden post office were still able to supply the "Blue Eagle" Insignia in limited numbers white waiting for an additional 1500 copies from Washington. Several hundred Insignias were obtained yesterday from the Philadelphia post office, Ellis disclosed, to meet the demand of Camden employers, but this supply was quickly exhausted when 190 additional employers signed the blanket code, raising the total N.R.A. employers in this area to 1749.

One hundred and sixty-eight shoemakers of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties have prepared a code to be forwarded to Brigadier General Hugh S. Johnson, National Recovery Administrator in Washington immediately.

The shoemakers who are organized under the name of the Shoe Rebuilders of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties, also entered into, a "gentleman's agreement" as to operating hours.

Under the agreement, the stores will be opened from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 9 p. m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Under provisions of the adopted code, no shoe repair shop owner shall employ his labor for more than 48 hours per week, no repair shop shall remain open less than 52 hours each week and no shops will be opened on Sundays or legal holidays,

The code also sets up a list of minimum wages.

Under its provisions, manager or journeymen would receive $25 a week; bench men would be paid $21 a week; finishers would get $18 a week and unskilled apprentices would be paid $12 weekly.

A list of minimum prices are included in the code.

Among local firms signing the President's agreement yesterday are the Prudential Life Insurance Company, with 30 employees in its Camden office; the American Oil Company, 30 local employees; the Hajoca Corporation, 15, and the Sinclair Refining Company; 12.

It was announced by C. R. Moore, manager of the Household Finance Corporation, 130 North Broadway, that the concern had signed the President's agreement and already placed it in effect.

Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936

Forget Politics and Adopt an Honest Budget, City Rulers Told

Commissions Also Urged to County Affairs


Disregard Chapter 60. 

Refinance under Chapter 77. 

Reinforce that with what security you can give by resolution or ordinance, but Disregard Chapter 60.

Use a business rather than a political basis.

Take an active Interest In the management of Camden County as well as Camden city, acting as a committee of inquiry on county management.

These are some of the points of advice given to the City Commission yesterday, at a special meeting of the Commission, by its Citizens' Advisory Committee.  

In trip-hammer style, James W. Burnison, chairman of the advisory group, read a report that followed with these recommendations: 

Forget politics and work as a unit.

Cut expenses and stay within your budgets.

Prepare a complete and honest budget.

Let the taxpayers decide when an emergency exists that requires an addition to the budget. Fight shy of gamblers' Interest rates.

Don't default; it's too costly.

Get on a cash basis and stay there.

Make every taxpayer in the city realize and live up to his tax responsibility.

Think about Camden city and county in a patriotic rather than a political sense. 

Vote to Act Quickly 

The commission voted to take quick action by passing a motion introduced by Commissioner Harold W. Bennett, director of revenue and finance.

This motion empowers Bennett to call, as quickly as possible, a meeting of the commission, representatives of its advisory committee, the finance committee of the board of freeholders, representatives of the city's bonding attorneys, Hawkins, Delafield and Longfellow, representatives of Lehman Brothers and other bond houses to determine what arrangement can be effected to solve the city's financial problems. Setting forth that it is not our intent or desire to criticize the performances of past or present city officers, " the report nevertheless, contained frank condemnation of emergency deficiency appropriations for items that are and were left off budgets. 

Hits Past Budgets 

It contained also implied condemnation of all the city budgets since 1930 and pointed out: "That Camden City receipts have been running behind expenditures approximately $1,000,000 a year since 1930."

"Our yearly budgets do not at present, and did not in the past, in the opinion of your committee, give a frank clear picture of anticipated income and expenditures.  

“The job of contacting bondholders to procure interest reductions, "your 'committee finds, has not been handled as frankly as it deserves. We can find no evidence of a sincere effort to layout a program and attack this problem logically. No more than 30 cents can be lopped off the tax' rate if the contacting program were completely successful. The committee has failed to receive a requested report of efforts to contact bondholders.

The committee was convinced that it is futile to expect any large-scale interest cuts from bondholders. 

 Hopeful of Rate Cut 

It believes the majority of high interest-bearing bonds can be refunded at substantially lower interest rates if constructive action is taken immediately. The committee has been informed that the state has refused to accept "reasonable rates" on the city's bonds held by the State.

Furthermore, "the present difference of opinion on this subject among members of our present city commission would in itself effectively block any real work along this line, " and "We feel that real results along this line require a united front on the part of our commission and the county freeholders."

"Our sinking fund, we are informed, is stuffed with our own frozen paper. Such financing, in our estimation, kills the purpose of such funds."

"The present plan of singling out a few wards in our city and call for sporadic tax sales is neither fair to the delinquent taxpayers in these wards nor is it fair to the taxpayers throughout the city." 

Has Detail Report 

After concluding his reading of the summarized report, Burnison informed the commissioners the committee has completed a detailed report of "40 to 42 pages of homework for you" and said that will be submitted today.

"That will contain detailed recommendations, including some errors in figures and in judgment, but we ask that you disregard the errors and use the good in it," Burnison said.

He explained that when he mentioned 30 cents as the maximum figure to be lopped from the tax rate of the city were completely successful in obtaining interest reductions, he figured that would be the result if the city got 2% to 3 percent rates on all its bonds..

"There’s a large number of these bonds you can't hope to refund at lower interest rates, as the rates already are low. You couldn't get under 4 or 4% percent on your first refunding under Chapter 77 and almost all of the bonds not immediately refundable are around those figures, " he said.

Commissioner Bennett immediately opened up argument concerning what the committee thinks will replace his favored refunding plan- Chapter 60 combined with Chapter 77. 

Tells Objection to 60 Plan 

"Sixty seems to give the other fellow more advantages than us; that's our objection to it," Burnison said.

"Apparently you have been assured from some source that we can avoid an increase in the tax rate without adopting Chapter 60," Bennett said and continued:

"I see no way of keeping down this year's budget without 60. Politics is out in my argument, but I honestly believe 60 and 77 combined make the only plan for us. Under the present plan the rate will go up this year. Won't you tell us your source of assurance that it will not?"

Burnison did not answer the question immediately and Bennett said: "We would have to pass resolutions committing us to procedure similar to that under Chapter 60, wouldn't we?"

"Yes," Burnison answered, "but not binding you to as close supervision. You can't continue to exceed receipts and improve conditions anyway."

"Well," Bennett said, "give us the advantage of your sources assurance.” 

Tells Sources 

"We have two such sources," Burnison said. "Mr. Middleton is one.

(Melbourne F. Middleton, Jr., former city director of revenue and finance and now a bond dealer interested in the city's refunding issues.)

"Lehman Brothers (New York bankers who have handled many of the city's bonds in the past and were interviewed last Friday by the advisory committee) also said if we showed a sincere frank idea of economizing and staying within our budget, the bondholders would accept our bonds without necessity of recourse to Chapter 60.

"They said 60 'meant no more to the bondholder than resolutions and ordinances, if you get together and go on record to give security and then do it.

"I don't think the city commission should have any compunction in binding itself not to exceed the budget. Then, if you find it is impossible for you to operate on what you are taking in under the present tax rate, call in a group of taxpayers say 200 of them-and explain the situation and raise the tax rate.

"Any reasonable man or group will see the necessity and logic of that. They will go along with you.

"But under Chapter 60 you put yourself under a rigorous unbending set of restrictions." 

Mrs. Kobus Urges Action 

"Let's quit arguing and do it," Commissioner Mary W. Kobus suggested, and Mayor Frederick von Nieda asked: "If we take an average of the income for the past three years would you not consider that average for this year?"

"Yes", said Burnison.

At that point Bennett made his motion for power to call a special meeting of the freeholders, commissioners, citizens' group, bond attorneys and bond dealers, and it was passed unanimously after Commissioner George E. Brunner seconded it.

"I reserve the right own discretion about dealers will be asked” Bennett remarked.

"It may be that Lehman Brothers are the only ones who will trust us," Burnison said. "They know the lines we are working along. They work with other houses, and there may be other sources of credit we can tap."

"Well, 42 of the largest cities in New Jersey with 62 percent of all at the ratables of the state are under Chapter 60 now," Bennett said.  

"Sixty-two percent could be wrong," Burnison answered and laughed, adding: "In my opinion, those cities going under 60 haven't looked very far ahead."

"That's what we have done," Bennett replied. "My department has done that and that is why we are advocating 60.” 

Burnison Disagrees 

"Well there are members on our committee who know a good bit about that sort of thing and they say the city is justified in not going under 60," Burnison said.

"The Legislature is going to pass a new budget law that will act just the same as Chapter 60, though it will not be passed in time to effect this year's budget," Bennett said.

"Well," said Burnison, "I'd think the commission would prefer to adopt a safe course voluntarily than to be forced into it."

"We have no assurance that those who will have charge of the city's affairs for the next 15 or 18 years will follow the course we lay down for them," Bennett said and added: "Past political experience shows that they won't."

This brought the argument to a close and Burnison, questioned by a reporter, said:

"We are not unalterably opposed to Chapter 60. We oppose it, yes. We believe under 77 a better job for us can be worked out." 

Members of the committee, in addition to Burnison, who attended the session are James V. Moran, Harry A. Kelleher, Carl R. Evered, Dr. Ulysses S. Wiggins, A. Lincoln Michener and Eugene E. Wales.

City Comptroller Sidney P. McCord, with an aide, attended, and a stenographer from Commissioner Bennett's office took a complete report of the proceedings.

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936

Applicants With Programs to Be Considered by Board Today
Chapter 60 and 77 Author Overruled in Plea to Disregard Proposal

Camden's city commissioners yesterday agreed to select a paid financial adviser to guide the city out of its financial morass.

. They said they expect to make the selection today.

A special gathering of the commis­sioners in Mayor Frederick von Nieda's offices at noon today was arranged to hear applications of candidates for the job.

No candidate will be considered un­less he has a plan to submit that looks attractive to the commissioners they said.

Decision to select the paid adviser came near the end of a hectic two and one-half hour conference of the commissioners with their citizens' advisory committee, members of the Freeholders budget committee, various bond brokers, and bankers and attorneys for the city and the bond dealers.

Proposed by Mrs. Kobus

The commissioners decided to en­gage the adviser against the recommendation and despite an eloquent plea of their bond attorney-L. Arnold Frye, of Hawkins, Delafield and Longfellow, New York attorneys.

It was at the suggestion of Commissioner Mary W. Kobus that the decision to bring in paid help was taken.

The action was taken under such a. way as to leave at least one bond house's representatives under the impression the commission is actually, though not legally, committed to accepting whatever plan their paid counselor may suggest.

His questions on this line, however, brought no definite answer.

"Oh. we'll agree," Mrs. Kobus said. "I think by the time we select the man we will select the plan," Commissioner Harold W. Bennett, director of revenue and finance, said.

Beyond that, the commissioners did not commit themselves.

Bennett, however, announced that the adviser's tenure will be "for whatever period we decide to engage him."

Names Confidential

Commissioner George E. Brunner suggested that the advisory committee submit the names of three prospects for the adviser's job and that committee's sub-committee on finance withdrew and returned to offer two names. They explained they could not suggest more than two.

The names were held confidential and no one knowing them would reveal their identity ..

There was some speculation as to whether they were Melbourne F. Middleton, Jr., Philadelphia bond broker and former city director of revenue and finance, and Norman S. Tabor, noted New York adviser on municipal fiscal affairs.

Fall to Make Pick

The commissioners, as soon as they received the two names in secret, withdrew into the mayor's private office for ten minutes to discuss the suggested helpers, but returned to announce that all applicants for the job will be heard at noon today.

This was accepted as tacit admission that no final agreement was reached on either name suggested.

Bennett announced:

"We are going to pick the man on a basis of his helpfulness to Camden, I want to say now 'that we will not necessarily select the man who offers to help us at the lowest cost.

"We want those applicants for the position who appear tomorrow to have a definite idea of what plan they expect the city to follow if they are engaged.

"Of course, we do not expect any minute detailed plan from any man not already acquainted with the situation, but we want it to be definite enough to enable us to know whether we will follow it.

"We want to keep the cost as low as possible, and we advise now that the cost of this help or advice must be low, but we will not pick the adviser on a cost basis purely.

'No Private Talks'

"We will make no commitments in advance. We will talk to no applicant until the time comes tomorrow. My conception of how we will select the adviser is this:

"Ability will come first. Then contacts, experience, the cost to the city and, of course, the acceptability of the plan offered."

The conference was called to discuss proposed refunding plans for Camden city, with most of the talk centering on the controversy over Chapter 60 as a refinancing basis.

Mrs. Kobus suggested appointment of the financial adviser at a meeting of the city commission to be held immediately.

"I have thought similarly during the last few days," said Bennett. "I realize it would be a big expense, but the City is reaching a crisis and it might be money well spent."

Brunner asked the advisory committee to submit three names for appointment as an adviser. The committee suggested two names which were not revealed.

Frye, in requesting the commission not to employ an adviser, revealed himself the principal author of New Jersey's two refunding or bond issuing acts around which the commissions' difference of opinion as to method has revolved-Chapters 60 and 77.

"You can finance your indebtedness entire, Frye said, "under Chapter 77, or partly under Chapter 60 and partly under 77. I personally have no preference, as the principal author of both.

Frye Plan Refused

"As to your tax rate, set what you can set and what the taxpayers can stand. Don't you think you could get together and settled this among yourselves? Don't you think that        would be better?"             

Bennett passed off Fry's suggestion thus:

"No, Mr. Frye, I think it can best be settled by use of an adviser. I am anxious to settle it quickly. We have been unable to agree thus far and I am on the uneasy seat for Camden faces a crisis and I want to get it past."

Frye's suggestion carne after all of the bond brokers present, except Middleton, had advised the city to use the stringent budget, making restrictions of Chapter 60.

James W. Burnison, chairman of the citizens' advisory committee, reiterated that group's objections to Chapter 60, saying the same guarantees can be provided for bondholders under 77, without putting the city under such rigid state supervision for so long a period.

Every person present was invited to speak. Most of the freeholders viewed the matter as a city and not a county problem, but promised cooperation.

Burnison, Carl R. Evered, A. Lincoln Michener and James V. Moran form the sub-committee which selected the two names submitted to the commissioners for consideration as fiscal adviser.

The meeting started as a closed session, but after 25 minutes behind closed doors in the mayor's' office, Evered came to the door and admitted reporters.

The reporters, however, were given to understand that the only statements they were to use were those from Burnison, chairman of the committee; James V. Moran, a member, or Evered, and from other speakers only with their permission.

Attending were the five city commissioners, William H. Heiser, chairman of the Board of Freeholders' budget committee; Freeholders James S. Caskey, Maurice Bart, William Myers, and James W. Wood; George D. Rothermel, assistant county solicitor; City Comptroller Sidney P. McCord; Meyer Sakin and John R. Di Mona, assistant city solicitors; Burnison, Evered, Moran, and Michener, of the Citizens' Advisory Committee; E. Howard Broome, deputy director of finance; Middleton, John T. Trimble, counsel for Middleton; three representatives of Hawkins, Delafield & Longfellow, New York including Frye, Henry Russell and Alfred Gregory; Walter Shuman, representing Rollins & Sons, of Philadelphia and New York; C. C. Collings, of the C. C. Collings Company, Philadelphia; Russell McInes, representing Lehman Brothers, New York; J. M. G. Brown and Samuel S. Blackman, representing Analyses, Inc., Philadelphia, and Leon C. Guest and Herbert Glucksman, Camden bond brokers. 

Camden Courier-Post - October 10, 1936

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Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1938

Willson Says Busiest Month Was in November 'Recession'
Realtor Sees Defeat of 'Lawyer's Bill as Feather in Cap of Board

Harry A. Willson, who recently re tired as president of the Camden County Real Estate Board, wants the world to know that he is one of those "who is selling Camden and Uncle Sam long."

In other words, the Camden realtor says he didn't know the real meaning of "recession" in 1937, that November was his best month, and that by the middle of April, 1938, he expects to see "things humming and business okeh everywhere again."

"We had a busy year in 1937," declared Willson, speaking both as an official and a businessman. "And we had a good year in business and I want to say that November was the best month that I had, when everybody was talking about this recession."

"The biggest accomplishment of the year for the real estate board was the defeat of the bill which would permit only lawyers to negotiate real estate transaction. It was the so-called 'lawyers' bill.'

"Under its provision no realtor would have been allowed even to draw an agreement of sale. We know 


that there are negotiations that require a lawyer's services, but we realtors feel we are fully capable of making an agreement of sale, drawing a lease and making a settlement.

Realtors Capable

"The majority of the realtors of Camden have a good technical working knowledge of the law. For myself I've been a member of the bar since 1912, and I know scores of other real estate men who are not only learned in the law, but are as capable of handling legal matters in their business as any member of the bar.

"We consider that' victory as per haps the largest, feather in our cap for the year. But we're proud that we moved into decent headquarters as well.

"We nave headquarters now at 421 Cooper Street, with an executive secretary in charge at all times. It is a headquarters worthy and fitting for, a group of businessmen with the personnel and extensive interests of the real estate board.

"We are now able to issue a weekly bulletin, 'The Realtor.' which we send to the real estate men of the county, to various Chambers of Commerce and to other interests vitally concerned about real estate.

"I think the real estate board has been of great help in solving municipal problems, too. Car1 Evered has been aiding in the matter of direct taxation and Ellis Goodman, on his committee on public parks and beautification has rendered a splendid service to Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann, who has charge of that department.

Sign Nuisance Abated,

"Their joint efforts have resulted in ridding the boulevards of unsightly signs that were bad advertising for the city. Goodman and his committee also aided in the movement that rid the city of buildings that were unsightly, and standing, gave Camden a bad reputation abroad.

"So far as business is concerned I know that my business in 1937 was swell. I feel that the realtors would say the same thing, If each of them was asked regarding their business. November was my best month of the year.

"It is a fact that early last Spring houses were occupied to such a great extent that it was impossible to get a house to rent. During the fall this demand slackened off, but I haven't one fault to find with business during 1937, and I think that things will be all right this year.

"I look to see this recession come to an end in mid-April. I expect you'll see things popping then. The New York Shipbuilding Corporation should be right in the thick of its work building those two new naval vessels by that time.

"The working force should be recruited to its full strength by that time, and that means money will be pouring into the city and business is bound t leap upward.

"1 know, too, there is a more optimistic feeling at the R.C.A., and in that industry they expect to see business starting upward in marked fashion in the Spring

"Altogether, speaking as an officer of the real estate board and a business man as well, I haven't fault to find with 1937, and I'm still selling Camden and Uncle Sam long."

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 26, 1938

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