Borden Sr.

EDWARD J. BORDEN SR. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 12, 1888 to John and Beatrice Borden, both of whom were born in Canada. The elder Borden was a boilermaker by trade. The family moved to Illinois shortly after Edward Borden's birth, residing there as early as 1890 and as late as July of 1899, when his sister Beatrice was born. The family soon relocated again, this time to Wilmington DE, where they resided at 1205 Elm Street.

Edward J. Borden served as a quartermaster in the United States Navy for four years, He was serving aboard the battleship USS Minnesota in May of 1910 when the Census was enumerated.

By 1914 Edward J. Borden had left the Navy and moved to Camden NJ. He married shortly before the 1914 Camden City Directory was compiled. Edward Borden and his wife Mary lived at 422 North 3rd Street. He was working, according to the directory, as a "book folder" When he registered for the draft in 1917, Edward Borden was living at 422 North 3rd Street and working as a bookbinder. He later went into real estate.

In the spring of 1933 Edward J. Borden Sr. was elected  president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.

In order to address the need for low-cost housing in Camden and to assess other projects, on August 10, 1933 the Camden Board of City Commissioners and the Camden County Board of Freeholders appointed a joint City-County Public Works Survey Committee, the purpose of which was to pass upon all proposed projects for federal aid under the national recovery program. The committee consisted of 17 men prominent in business, labor, and political life appointed by Mayor Stewart and Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, Director of the Board of Freeholders. The members were Mayor Stewart, Dr. Ewing, David Baird Jr., Representative Charles A. Wolverton, J. David Stern, Norman Parker, Edward J. Borden, Harry L. Maloney, Ernest Bartelt, Ernest R. Lewis, Dr. Thomas B. Lee, former State Senator William T. Read, Albert S. Woodruff, Wilfred W. Fry, J. William Markham, Grover C. Richman and William H. Dobbins.

The 1930 Census was living at 561 Washington Street in Camden NJ with wife Mary and their children Bernice, 14, John, 12, and Edward, 10. He by this time was engaged in the real estate business. When he registered for the draft again in 1942, he had moved his family to 2608 Baird Boulevard in East Camden. His real estate business was then located at 702 Market Street. He was still at both addresses through 1947. Edward Borden Sr. had moved to the Parkview Apartments in Collingswood NJ by October of 1956. His real estate business was still at 702 Market Street as late as 1959, but by 1970 it had moved to 738 Market Street. A suburban branch on Route 70 in what was then Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) was established in the late 1950s.

Edward J. Borden was last a resident of Oaklyn NJ. He passed away in December of 1975. His son, Edward J. Borden Jr. served as Camden County Prosecutor, and was still active in civic affairs as late as 2006.

Scene on board a battleship, probably USS Minnesota, circa 1910

A Sailor's Sewing Day

Each sailor is expected to keep his clothing in good repair. Perhaps when he is sewing up a rent in his trousers or darning his socks he appreciates more than ever before the nimble fingers and loving heart of mother at home. It is needless to say that mother would be more than glad to be able to perform these little services for her boy at sea.

Very likely she has provided him with a "comfort bag" for his use at sea. These "comfort bags" were made for our soldiers and marines under the supervision of the Red Cross Society and other organizations.The bags were made of washable material, measuring 10 to 13 inches with a draw string at the top. They contained as many as possible of the following articles: Khaki colored sewing cotton No. 30; white sewing cotton No. 30; gray darning cotton; package of needles No. 5; darning needle; needle case; buttons, black and white, medium size, in bag 3 by 5 inches; large thimble; blunt pointed scissors;

soap; safety pins, medium size; common pins; small comb; tooth brush; small round mirror; handkerchief; lead pencil; writing pad; envelopes; post cards; pocket knife; shoe laces.

 The Navy League supervised the making of other articles for the comfort of the sea men. These were sweaters, helmets, mufflers and wristlets knitted of gray yarn. Units of this league were formed all over the United States. These units gave out knitting material to all women who would knit for the soldiers at sea.

If women could not go to war, they could at least do their bit at home as long as the Navy League, Red Cross and other organizations were in need of articles which would add to the comfort of the soldiers.

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Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1932






Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932
Lewis Liberman - Edward Borden - Ralph W.E. Donges - Lewis Starr -Harry M. Schierer
Patrick H. Harding - Robert J. Kearns -
William Morgenweck - Isaac Van Sciver
H. Schoemer - Julius Burman - Solis D. Cohen -
William T. Boyle - Francis D. Weaver
Walter R. Carroll - Joseph H. Carr - E.E. Read Jr. -
Camden Lodge of Elks
Broadway Merchants Trust Company - Church of the Immaculate Conception

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 * June 2, 1933

New Head of Jersey Realty Commission to Be Guest of Camden Club

Edward J. Borden, newly elected president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, will be guest of honor next Thursday night at a testimonial dinner to be given in the Camden Club by the Camden County Real Estate Board.

Borden, former president of the real estate board, succeeded Vincent P. Bradley in election as head of the commission. Plans for the, dinner in Borden's honor were completed yesterday at the regular luncheon of the board in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Prominent judges, lawyers and representatives of other professions throughout the state have been invited to attend. The dinner will be a stag affair. It was announced by William S. Abbott, president of the board.

A committee, headed by C. Armel Nutter, to take charge of general arrangements for the dinner, was appointed by Abbott. It includes W. W. Chalmers, Carl R. Evered, Charles P. Halyburton, William F. Schmid, Leon E. Todd, J. William Markeim, William Eppright, William H. Alff, Edward Miller, Robert Gillespie and P. W. Buxton.

George B. Robeson, former president of the board, will be toastmaster. Eppright will be in charge of entertainment. Other committees and their chairmen will be named later.

A resolution was adopted to continue throughout the summer season meetings of the board to be called by the various committee chairmen for the purpose of discussing problems vital to the further advancement of real estate in Camden County.

Nathan Katz was named chairman of a committee to report on brokerage developments, while Philip Zinman was appointed head of a committee to report on the advisability of making a vacant house survey in Camden County. 


Trustees of the Democratic Club of Camden County discussed summer plans last night at Democratic Headquarters, 538 Stevens Street.

Edward J. Borden, a trustee, was congratulated on his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. Other members present were Samuel P. Orlando,  president; Victor King, Patrick H. Harding, Harry L. Maloney and Sidney Kaplan.

June 8, 1933


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 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 23, 1933

Federal Aid of $2,500,000 for System Seen Adding to City Burden

The executive committee of the Camden' County Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the proposed federal appropriation through, the state of New Jersey of $2,500,000 for a Camden sewage system project. 

That was disclosed yesterday by Francis B. Wallen, chairman of the executive committee, who cited the principal objections for, the opposition. 
The first objection. Wallen explained, resulted from a study of the public works provisions of the National Recovery Act under which the appropriation would be forthcoming and which sets out that 70 percent of the principal must be paid back to the federal government by the tax payers of a community over a period of time. 

The other objection, according to Wallen, was the fact that while Camden was spending the $2,500,000 for additional sewage facilities, Philadelphia which is responsible for 90 percent of the pollution on the Delaware river, sits by idly and does nothing to remedy the condition. 

Edward J. Borden, president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, was named by the chamber's executive committee to be chairman of a special sub-committee to study the National Recovery Act thoroughly, recommend projects for Camden which will benefit the community and not load up taxpayers with future heavy carrying charges. Further more; Borden, as chairman of the committee was instructed to fight any moves that involve the community in projects that increase the debt burden.

Borden announced that he would immediately form his committee and it would hold its first meeting at 4 p. m. today in the chamber's offices in Broadway-Stevens Building. 

"Under the terms of the National Recovery Act," Wallen explained, "only about $900,000,000 of the $3,3000,000,00 appropriated will be used for straight federal projects. Another $400,000,000 will go towards highway construction making a total of $1,300,000,000 which will not become a burden to the community benefiting. 

"However, the remaining $2,000,000.000 will be used for financing local public projects of which the federal government will grant 30 per. cent and the local community will have to repay 70 percent of the loan. "Therefore, in the proposed sewage project for Camden, it would increase the city's debt burden by $1,750,000. Also it must be remembered that while the clearing up of the waters of the Delaware is essential for the future of our whole port development as well as the health of the community, for Camden to spend $2,500,000 on this work and Philadelphia to do nothing, it would be an absolute waste of money on our part as 90 percent of the pollution comes from the Pennsylvania side of the river." Wallen added.

Camden Courier-Post- June 24, 1933


A North Camden real estate dealer was. found guilty of withholding rent collections at a meeting of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission in the court house building yesterday.

D. Jamieson, of 106 North Fifth street, trading as the Jamieson Real Estate Co., was charged with retaining money due to Mrs. Marie Lafferty, of 424 Tyson Street, owner.

The commission, headed by Edward J. Borden, newly chosen president, ordered Jamieson to make restitution.

Joseph Munger, of 3302 River Avenue, charged with operating a real estate business without a license, was ordered to obtain a state certificate.

Munger, who stated he owns 22 properties, testified he was chiefly interested in selling his own hold­ings and promised to procure a license.

Borden, who presided at the first regular meeting since taking office, was given an informal reception.

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 - August 26, 1941

Henry Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies

Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.

Services were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church.

The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.

A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.

Hundreds of men and women waited outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill, both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P. Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.  

Three trucks were required to carry the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.  

An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.

The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.

File Past Bier  

A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.

Services were conducted by Camden lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C. Richard Allen, past department commander. 

James W. Conner, chief clerk of the city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted rites at the grave.  

Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, and Rhone came early and remained throughout the hours of viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.

Embraces Widow, Daughter  

Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her daughter. Mrs. Kobus embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner. They were in tears.  

Three firemen and three policemen maintained a vigil as a guard of honor. They were Patrolmen Jack Kaighn, George Weber, and William Deery and Firemen Arthur Batten, Warren Carter and William Reed.

American Legion and V. F. W. members in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter Mertz, assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the stairways leading to the second floor.

Freeholders Arrive  

Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and Freeholders John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino Francesconi, Stanley Ciechanowski, Earl Armstrong and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied the freeholders.

Employees of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having 150, the largest number.  

Frank A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P. Carr, superintendent of Streets; led the highway bureau employees. Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as acting director until the City Commission elects Mr. Magin's successor.

County Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City Clerk Clay W. Reesman, Fire Chief John H. Lennox and James A. Howell, chief of the city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.

Outstanding Floral Tribute

Outstanding among the floral tributes was a six-toot broken circle of varied flowers, an offering from Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, andRhone.

A floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association. The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League of South Jersey, an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which he was the first president, was a large floral pillow.

The freeholders and county officials gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and several Democratic clubs.  

The floral tributes came in such numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.

Among prominent officials and citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P. McCord, city comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No. 10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.

Others at Bier

Others were Sue Devinney, secretary to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.

Sgt. Ray Smith, chairman of the Elks Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr. Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing Authority; Postmaster Emma E. Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the Camden local assistance board.  

Also former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D. Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J. Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski, building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.

Oliver H. Bond, housing manager of Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph Varbalow, acting city counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T. Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the Camden County permanent registration bureau.  

Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr. Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.

Also John C. Trainor, member of the Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio Mecca, funeral director; Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of the county park commission.  

James O’Brien, commander of the Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.  

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