Edmund A. Walsh was born in New Jersey around 1896. He was married to his wife Margaret in the early 1920s. By 1924 he was living at and managing Michael J. Maloney's service station at 1600 Broadway. Maloney also had a bar at that location. Edmund Walsh was a partner in the business by 1927.
Edmund A. Walsh also operated the saloon at 1600 Broadway in 1928, and continued in that business through the first half of 1930. At the time of the 1930 census he was still operating this bar. His family, which included son Edmund Jr. and daughter Betty Ann, lived at 1633 Broadway. By 1931 he was concentrating his efforts at the Ferry Avenue bar.
In 1932 Edmund A. Walsh was elected Republican county committeeman from Camden's 8th Ward. He was reelected during the bitterly contested elections of May 1933, defeating Mikey Brown by only four votes in a possibly rigged election, and May 1934. He replaced Ferdinand J. Larkin on the Camden County Board of Freeholders after Larkin's death in September of 1939. He later took a a position as the secretary at the Camden City Municipal Court, also known as the Police Court, holding that post for twelve years. He also served as a Camden County undersheriff for three years while holding down the Police Court post. In April of 1952 Edmund A. Walsh was elected chairman of the Republican Party City Committee. He was re-elected in 1953, 1954, and 1955.
By 1947 Edmund Walsh was living at 600 Ferry Avenue. He was by the working He later moved to 1713 South 4th Street.
Edmund Walsh passed away on September 15, 1955.
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Camden Evening Courier * June 2, 1933
JURY PROBES 8TH
investigation into the mysteries of Eighth Ward elections was begun
yesterday when the April grand jury probed ballot-box stuffing in the
Fifth District at the May 16 primary.
Clifford A. Baldwin requested the investigation after he "couldn't
make head nor tail" of the fact that 25 ballots remained in the box
even after 232 Republican ballots the number of persons of that party
recorded as voting had been counted.
unconfirmed, it was declared that all of the ballots were marked for Edmund
A. Walsh, incumbent, who defeated Mikey Brown
for election to the G. O.
is understood the prosecutor pointed out that the ballots were in
bundles of five or six, and apparently had not been cast singly.
learned that the extra ballots were not counted by the election board,
each member of which was called to the grand jury room yesterday
afternoon. All expressed ignorance of how the ballots could have been
placed in the box, it is understood.
Baldwin was informed of the mystery he personally inspected the box,
which has been impounded in the office of City Clerk Frank
"I couldn't make head nor tail of it, so I presented the case to the grand jury," Baldwin said. He refused to comment further.
Camden Evening Courier * June 3, 1933
Brown Says Jury Has Plenty To Probe In Eighth Ward Voting
prosecutor and the grand jury have plenty to investigate in this ward
concerning the last primary election."
central figure in many Eighth Ward election squabbles
and thrice accused in election irregularities, had that to say yesterday
when informed that Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin and the April grand
jury is investigating alleged ballot box stuffing in the ward at the
last primary, May 16.
of ballot box stuffing in the Fifth precinct of the ward, which the
prosecutor said he asked the grand jury investigate was followed by
reports yesterday that similar irregularities
prevailed in the First precinct at the primary, and possibly in other
extending his probe of ward political
conditions, Baldwin said he is checking reports that a Brown
challenger at the May election had refused to let the First precinct
election board count what he declared were "stuffed ballots."
challenger is reported at close of the polling place to have said as he
lifted a ballot box for the election board and spectators to see:
are ballots in this box that don't belong there. They cannot be counted.
I won't permit it. And remember, Mikey Brown
didn't stuff this box today, as he had been accused
falsely of doing at previous elections. Mikey
wasn't in this polling place, so you can't blame him,"
had been three times in Camden County Criminal Court for ballot box
stuffing and other alleged election irregularities. He was exonerated
twice, and there was a disagreement in the jury in the third case. At
the May primary, he opposed Edmund
in a contest for Republican county committeeman from the Eighth ward,
but was defeated. Walsh was re-elected.
what he knew about the latest Eighth ward situation, Brown
I can say is that the prosecutor and the grand jury will have plenty to
investigate pertaining to the May 16
primary in the
first precinct ballot box has not been impounded by City Clerk Frank
as was the case of the box of the fifth precinct. Baldwin
said he was checking rumors one of the first precinct boxes contained
about 50 or 60 stuffed ballots. Baldwin
said that if
situation be found
by him to be as reported, he will request the grand jury to summon
Baldwin said he also is checking reports that the names of dead persons were "voted" at the ward primary.
Courier-Post * May 17, 1934
BOY SHOT, MANY PEOPLE HURT IN EIGHTH WARD RIOT
4th Street - South
6th Street - Hale
Street - Viola
Street - Dr.
Orris W. Saunders
Camden Courier-Post * May 18, 1934
John Hess, left, was held for the grand jury on charges of illegal possession of firearms as a result of the shooting incident at Tansky's Cafe. On tight is his attorney. Edward V. Martino. Click on Image to Enlarge.
Camden Courier-Post * January 2, 1940
BY BAIRD IN FREEHOLDERS
An attempted coup by David Baird in his drive to rebuild his fallen fences for the primary election next May was frustrated yesterday by one lone freeholder, and the baby member of the board, at that.
Edmund A. Walsh elected from Camden's Eighth Ward to fill the unexpired term of the late Ferdinand J. Larkin, foiled Baird's well laid plans when he refused to attend the annual organization meeting after the Republican League bloc of freeholders had been maneuvered into a position of agreeing to support James W. Wood, Baird satellite, for director..
A spokesman for the League group said the agreement was nullified, however, by yesterday's adjournment.
Walsh's loyalty to City Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, long-time political foe of Baird, had the effect of stalemating the 1940 organization, the last under the large board, since the Democrats, upon learning of the G.O.P. decision to support Wood, bolted the meeting room.
"Refused to Sell Out"
Walsh took the stand that to vote for Wood would be to sell out to Baird. Walsh was ready and willing to vote for any other Republican. At no time was he for a Democrat..
The 20 Republican freeholders present could have transacted business and elected Wood if they had gone into session, but Walsh's refusal to be a party to the Baird-Wood scheme left only 19 freeholders willing to meet, and that number is one short of the quorum required by law.
When shortly after 5:00 PM- five hours after the statutory time for reorganization- there was no indication that wither Walsh or the Democrats would return. Wood, J. Alfred Beck, president of the Republican league, and Maurice Bart, floor leader for the Democrats, conferred and agreed to adjourn until next Monday.
Price Furnishes Surprise
Walsh emphasized that he favors Republican organization of the board and agreed to support any Republican for director except Wood. These are the sentiments of Mrs. Kobus. Too, it was the stand of the Republican League until at yesterday's joint conference of the three G.O.P. factions the group headed by Raymond G. Price cast its lot with Wood. This in itself was a major surprise of the day, since Price and Edward J. Quinlan both elected with Kobus support had been considered anti-Baird-ites.
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