Dr. Henry

DR. HENRY STANLEY RIDDLE was born near Manasquan NJ on May 20, 1880. After graduating from medical school in 1904 he practiced medicine near his home in Monmouth County. Dr. Riddle came to Camden in 1907, first practicing at 318 Kaighn Avenue. In 1915 he opened an office at his residence, 1006 Newton Avenue, where he lived until his death in 1942. He was survived by his wife, the former Edith Brooks, who remained at the Newton Avenue address until at least 1947.

Besides his medical practice, Dr. Riddle was involved in politics as a Republican, serving two terms on the City Council, until it was abandoned when the City Commission was established in 1923. 

South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

DR. HENRY STANLEY RIDDLEŚNot only is Dr. Henry Stanley Riddle one of the leading physicians of Camden, but he is also one of the most prominent men in public affairs and Republican circles of the city. A former member of the City Council of the city of Camden, he is also well-known throughout the State and is highly esteemed both as a medical man and as a public-spirited citizen.

Dr. Henry Stanley Riddle was born in Monmouth County, one mile west of Manasquan, May 20, 1880. His father was James H. Riddle, now deceased, a prominent resident and leading citizen of Manasquan, who for many years was a schoolmaster of the town and for many years, also, was the postmaster of Manasquan. 

The senior Mr. Riddle was a Civil War veteran, having held the commission of first lieutenant in Company D, 14th Regiment, of the New Jersey State Volunteers, with which he saw active service throughout the conflict. Previous to the war he was a shoemaker in Manasquan, Monmouth County, and later was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, after which he retired in 1905, death coming to him in 1922. His wife, the mother of Dr. Riddle, was Lydia A. (Walling) Riddle, also deceased.

The future doctor and public official describes his education somewhat in this fashion:

"I started to go to school in the district school at Blancinburg in the fall of 1885, whence I continued until the spring of 1889. In the winters of 1889 and 1890 I went to the grammar school of Long Branch, and in the winters of the following years attended the Manasquan High School, working at home during the summer months. In the winter of 1894 I went to the Long Branch High School and worked at home, and in the following winters, of 1895 to 1898, I was a student in the Manasquan High School, in the summers working, to pay my way, in a grocery store, in the State Camp or with pick and shovel on the streets."

Thenceforth, from the winter of 1899 to that of 1904, Dr. Riddle attended the Medico-Chirurgical College, of Philadelphia, his work during the summer including the driving of a milk wagon and the employment as brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. On May 28, 1904, the date of his graduation, Henry Stanley Riddle received his degree of Doctor of Medicine from the medical college in Philadelphia. After a short vacation, during the summer of 1904 he began his practice in Manasquan. In the early part of the next year he moved to Long Branch and practiced there until October 22, 1906, when he returned to Manasquan, where he remained the second time until February 7, 1907. Subsequently, he came to Camden, opened offices at No. 318 Kaighn Avenue, and began his practice here. Shortly, thereafter, he was appointed medical examiner for the Federal Beneficial Association. On October 21, 1909, his practice now growing, Dr. Riddle transferred his offices to No. 582 Bush Street, in Camden, remaining there until January 1, 1914. For about a year and one-half he was representative for the concern of Sobering & Glatz, in Pennsylvania, resigning from their employ on September 1, 1915. He then opened offices at No. 1006 Newton Avenue, where he has remained to this day.

In November, 1920, as the regular Republican candidate, Dr. Riddle was elected for the first time to the City Council of Camden, and in the fall of 1922 he was reelected, as councilman from the Sixth Ward, in which his offices and home are located. He served the second term, until April, 1923, when Camden's commission form of government went into effect. Dr. Riddle has retired from participation in the administration of Camden public affairs, but he maintains an active interest in civic and political affairs, and is a prominent Republican and citizen.

Dr. Riddle is active in medical fraternities of all kinds, and he is a member of the G. M. Boyd Obstetrical Society, and the William H. Rodman Surgical Society. He also belongs to the F. Savary Pierce Society; to the William B. Hatch Post, No. 38, of Camden, of the Sons of Veterans, of which he is a former commander; the Camden County Medical Association; the Farragut Motor Boat Association, and others. During the winter of 1920 he was physician for the Citizens' Relief Association, and was in charge of the health bureau of the organization, which took care of all the invalid poor of the city of Camden. During the World War and previous to that he was active in all kinds of home war work and was of valuable assistance to the American Red Cross of Camden.

For his services in teaching first aid to employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad during the years 1914, 1915 and 1916, Dr. Riddle received a certificate of appreciation from the Red Cross. He and his family are prominent as members of the Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church of Camden.

Dr. Riddle married, in Camden, November 20, 1909, Edith M. Brooks, a native of Camden, the daughter of Frederick Brooks, a retired leather and shoe finder, and Amelia Brooks, who is deceased. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 28, 1911

Mayor Ellis - Soldiers' Monument - William Thompson - Rev. A.H. Newton
First Methodist Episcopal Church - Isaac T. Nichols - Amos Richard Dease - H.L. Hartshorn
William D. Vanaman - Charles A. Ackley -
Charles M. Baldwin - James M. Bentley
John W. Coleman - C.K. Deacon - Malachi D. Cornish - Louis T. Derousse - William Fox 
Abe Fuhrman -
Harry C. Kramer - Ira E. Lute - Dr. J.W. Martindale - Jacob Neutze
Edward Nieland -
Dr. H.S. Riddle - William Sangtinette - Bernhard Schroeder - William Schmid
 Sigismund Schoenagle - Daniel M. Stevens - Frank W. Tussey - Walter L Tushingham
Francis B. Wallen,- Harry A Whaland.

Camden Courier-Post * January 23, 1928

Promoter of Club Here Given Support of Mayor and Councilman

Edward M. Higgins, a real estate operator of Camden, conferred today with Mayor Mayor Ellis regarding the forming of a professional baseball club in this city. At the conclusion of the conference it was announced that the Mayor would support the movement and so would Dr. Henry S. Riddle, City Councilman from the Sixth Ward.

Mr. Higgins hopes to obtain a franchise in the Tri-State League for the team. Failing in that he: proposes to form a league with teams in North and South Jersey. He plans to lease the "old line ditch" property from the city for baseball grounds and will erect a modern plant on that site.

The real estate man has written the mayors of the following New Jersey cities regarding the formation of the league; Bridgeton, Perth Amboy, Trenton, Paterson, Passaic, Atlantic City, New Brunswick, Elizabeth and Phillipsburg..

Camden Morning Post - December 1, 1930

Lewis H. Stehr - Dr. H. S. Riddle - Newton Avenue - Chestnut Street - Cooper Hospital

Camden Evening Courier - December 1, 1930

Lewis H. Stehr - Dr. H. S. Riddle - Newton Avenue - Chestnut Street - Cooper Hospital

Camden Evening Courier - December 10, 1930


Lewis H. Stehr  - Dr. David S. Rhone - Charles V. Dickinson - Frank B. Hanna
Dr. H. S. Riddle - Lewis H. Stehr Sr. -  Chestnut Street - Cooper Hospital

Camden Morning Post - December 11, 1930


Lewis H. Stehr  - Dr. David S. Rhone - Charles V. Dickinson - Frank B. Hanna
Dr. H. S. Riddle -  Clay W. Reesman - Clifford A. Baldwin - Winfield S. Price
Arthur Colsey - Chestnut Street - Cooper Hospital - Sixth Ward Republican Club