J. Wesley Sell

JOHN WESLEY SELL was born in 1864 in New Jersey, the youngest of six children born to German immigrant parents, Charles and Rosalie Sell. The Sell family resided at 435 Pine Street. Charles Sell was already living in Camden when the census was taken in 1860. worked as a machinist. From an early age he went by his middle name, and later was known professionally as J. Wesley Sell. At the time of the 1880 Census, J. Wesley Sell, then 15, was working as a bookbinder. Older brother Ferdinand F. Sell's occupation was listed as a was a cigar maker, while sister Emma Sell worked in shoes. Another older sister, Anna, was then unemployed. 

During the following decade, J. Wesley Sell followed his brother into the cigar maker's trade. He had other plans for himself, however, and the 1890-1891 Camden City Directory shows that he had changed his occupation to that of jeweler. During the 1880's his father had passed away, in 1888, and his brother Ferdinand F. Sell, a cobbler had married and moved, first to a house at 933 Newton Avenue and then to Sherman Avenue in Cramer Hill, J. Wesley Sell was still living at 435 Pine Street at the end of the decade, where he lived with his widowed mother. His father had died in 1887. Rosalie Sell passed away in 1898, and was buried next to her husband at Evergreen cemetery.

J. Wesley Sell is this period also became interested and active in politics, as a Republican. A friend and political ally of Frank Ford Patterson Jr., the two were known as "the Damon and Pythias of Camden politics..., whose perpetual smiles and gentle demeanor have earned for them the sobriquet of the "Laughing Statesmen", according to the Trenton Times in March of 1902. He was elected Camden County Sheriff in 1899, and served a three year term. His brother Ferdinand, also a Republican committeeman, joined the Camden police department about the same time, where he served for 24 years. 

J. Wesley Sell assumed the position of treasurer for Camden County in 1905, and served in that position for 33 years, retiring January of 1938. He also was serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Broadway Trust Company bank in March of 1916.

J. Wesley Sell remained a bachelor for most of his life. At the time of both the 1920 and 1930 Census he was lodging with Mr. and Mrs. Theodostus Johnson at 528 Mickle Street. He married late in life, to Anna Pote, in January of 1936. After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Sell moved to 630 Diamond Street in Philadelphia. Brother Ferdinand F. Sell passed away in October of 1936 at the home of his daughter, Ella, wife of prominent photographer George A. Wonfor

J. Wesley Sell passed away on January 23, 1940 after suffering a stroke the week before. After a funeral service at the Joseph A. Murray funeral home on Cooper Street, he was buried at North Cedar Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Inquirer * November 25, 1887

J. Wesley Sell - Charles Turner - Fred Smith - Joseph Franklin

Philadelphia Inquirer * March 14, 1888


Charles H. Helmbold - Dr. John D. Leckner - James Ware Jr. - John Furey - J. Wesley Sell - B.F. Archer  

Philadelphia Inquirer * March 20, 1888

Isaac Toone - James R. Corson - I.C. Beatty - Edward Gillingham - W.H. Husted
Homer Snyder - Edward A. Martin - Joseph M. Engard -
Frederick A. Rex
C.V.D. Joline - Frank Lee Dickinson - Martin Bergen - A.J. Greene - C.S. Magrath
Adam P. Sloan - Robert . McDougall - Alexander Schlessinger -
J. Wesley Sell
James Ware Jr - Water Street - Vine Street - Federal Street

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 27, 1889

Ella Sneed
South 10th Street
Florence Street

Fred W. George
James Ware
Harry C. Sharp
J. Wesley Sell

Philadelphia Inquirer * January 26, 1890

Edward E. Jefferis - Charles Lear - David Baird Sr. - Robert Smith - Harry Winters
Frederick A. Rex - Edward Francis - George Hammond - Charles H. Ellis
J. Wesley Sell - Benjamin Miller - Thomas P. Kirkley - James Ware Jr.
Samuel Weaver

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 11, 1890


Samuel S. Elfreth. - Frank Michellon - Cooper B. Hatch - Charles S. Wolverton - Dr. W.B.E. Miler - Harry C. Sharp
James M. Lane - Frank B. Sweeten - Harvey Flitcraft - William Schregler - Dr. John D. Leckner - J. Wesley Sell Frank A. Ward - James Ware Jr. - Frank S. Heisler - Thomas Thornley - Ulie G. Lee - Edward Weston
Dr. P.W. Beale - Charles H. Helmbold - John Carmany - Isaac C. McKinley - John N. Zanders  - Edward E. Jefferis 

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 13, 1893

J. Wesley Sell - Rev. J.H. Scott - Joseph Dodson
John Hill

Harrisburg Patriot * April 14, 1893

Henry J. West - J. Wesley Sell - Joseph Porter - John Hill - Albert Reed 
Frederick A. Rex - Charles G. Garrison
Joseph Dodson - Marwood Derrickson - George W. Beckett


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 15, 1893

John Hill - Joseph Porter - James Hunt - Dr. Joseph Tomlinson
Frederick A. Rex - John F. Renner - Dr. William H. Iszard
J. Wesley Sell - Edward E. Jefferis - Robert L. Barber
Dr. Benjamin S. Lewis - Dr. William S. Jones

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 11, 1895
William Joyce Sewell
David Baird Sr.
J. WIllard Morgan
Thaddeus P. Varney
Robert Barber
J. Wesley Sell
Frank T. Lloyd
Thomas P. Curley
William A. Husted
William D. Brown
Arthur Bedell
Maurice A. Rogers
George Pfeiffer Jr.
Henry J. West
William Bettle
Louis T. DeRousse
Col. George Felton
Amos Richard Dease
Theodore B. Gibbs
William Barnard

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 20, 1895


William G. Kairer Sr. - John Semple - George Barrett - J. Wesley Sell - Charles G. Garrison
William G. Kairer Jr.
Theodore Lambert - Josiah Stevens - Johnson Cemetery

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 1895


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 5, 1899

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 17, 1899

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 11, 1900
J. Wesley Sell - Francisco Abbatto - Robert L. Barber - Dr. William S. Jones
Dr. Alexander McAllister - Dr. Ernest S. Ramsdell - Dr. E.A.Y. Schellenger Sr. - Dr. A. Haines Lippincott
Dr. Joseph Nicholson - Dr. Paul Mecray - Upton S. Jeffreys - Harry B. Paul - Charles R. Bacon
William H. Cole - John S. Smith - J. Fred Voight - Martin J. O'Brien - Gennaro DeFeo

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 23, 1900
Ex-Gloucester City Mayor Jackson - Surrogate George S. West
John S. Smith - ex-Gloucester City Mayor Beaston
Herbert Stetser - John Cherry - Justice F. Snyder - Clayton G. Sagers
Frank T. Lloyd
John Wesley Sell
John Foster
George Gannett
William M. Dougherty
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Philadelphia Inquirer - February 6, 1901
Robert F. Hill - J. Wesley Sell - William Hill - Violet Hill - Pearl Hill - Rev. H.S. Gascoyne
Rev. Charles D. Sinkinson - David Logue - John S. Smith - J. Fred Voigt - E.J. Strickland
Charles G. Garrison - Dr. William S. Jones - Mrs. Mary Weldon - Edith Weldon Hill - Foster M. Voorhees
South 3rd Street - New Camden Cemetery

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 14, 1901

Charles H. Peters

Trenton Times - January 15, 1902

Frank F. Patterson Jr. - J. Wesley Sell - David Baird Sr.
Upton S. Jefferys 

Trenton Times - March 4, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 20, 1902
Samuel G. Warwick - Frank T. Lloyd - J. Wesley Sell - John S. Smith

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 6, 1902

J. Wesley Sell - Samuel Vanstavern - Rev. D.B. Green - Rev. John R. Mason - Henry J. West
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Philadelphia Inquirer - April 9, 1902

J. Wesley Sell - Samuel Vanstavern
Rev. D.B. Green - Rev. John R. Mason - E.E. Jefferis
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Philadelphia Inquirer - September 20, 1902


October 1, 1902 to January 14, 1903

The Paul Woodward Murder Case

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On October 1, 1902 Paul Woodward murdered two young boys by giving them poison. Frank T. Lloyd, then Camden County prosecutor, was responsible for leading the investigation and prosecuting the case.  Woodward was arrested on October 4, 1902, and was quickly indicted on murder charges. J. Wesley Sell was Camden County's sheriff in October of 1902, nearing the end of his term. On October 31, 1902 Sheriff Sell drew a panel of potential jurors for the trial, which was scheduled to take place on November 12, 1902 before Judge Charles G. Garrison. Sheriff Sell was succeeded as Sheriff on November 12, 1902 by Christopher J. Mines Jr., who saw the case through to its conclusion. Paul Woodward was found guilty of murder in the first degree, and Judge Garrison sentenced him to death by hanging. Woodward was executed on January 7, 1903 at the Camden County Jail, with Sheriff Mines supervising. 

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Joseph Jennings - Jennings' Third Regiment Band - Frank T. Lloyd 
Dr. William S. Jones
- William D. Hart - Dr. Paul N. Litchfield - F. Morse Archer
John Foster - John Painter - John Cherry - Isaac Toone - Paul Woodward
George M. Beringer - Charles G. Garrison - J. Wesley Sell
Christopher J. Mines Jr. - Frederick A. Rex - J. Frederick Voigt
George F. Kappel - Isaac Toy -
Harry S. Scovel - Francis Ford Patterson Jr.
John S. Smith
- O. Glen Stackhouse - Hugh Boyle - Charles D. Ridgley
Francis Abbatto - Eli Shaw - Lafayette Gruff - Annie Irving Keeler - David Kaighn
George Leathwhite - George J. Pechin - Elmer E. Cox - T.L. Bear
Patrick Harding - Frank S. Albright - William J. Paul - Thomas Walton
David E. Barry - Edward Wilcox - Dr. WIlliam H. Iszard - Dr. J.F. Leavitt
Dr. WIlliam H. Knowlton - Dr. William Miles - Dr. George H. Chapman

Other people involved in this case:

John Coffin - W. Price Jennings
Mrs. Edith Barber -
Rev. C.A. Adams - Rev. John Lyell
Rev. William H. Fishburn -  - Rev. Gilbert Underhill - Rev. John Warnock

Harry Bowen - Joseph Simpkins - Ann Somers -
William May
- Lillian Martin
James Sheiding - Harry H. Robinson - Edwin Hillman - William Robinson
George Asay - William Powell - William Anderson - Charles Eiley
Thomas J. Atkinson - Wilson English - Harry Avis - George H. Stineford Sr.
John M. Hyde - William Heggan - John St. Clair - Charles S. Hess - William Rex
Daniel J. Horgan - Isaac Siebert - W. Wilmer Collins, Druggist - Major Edward Coffin 
William Coffin - William Coffin Jr.  -
Kingston Coffin -  - Fayetta Jennings
Charles May - Mary Eiler - William F. Smith - Lee Hubert - Maurice Daniels
Thomas Woodward - Bella Woodward - James Bland - James Morrisey

Samuel Paul - Fred George

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 1902

John Coffin
William Coffin
W. Price Jennings
Joseph Jennings
Jennings' Third Regiment Band


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 4, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 5, 1902

Frank T. Lloyd - Dr. William S. Jones - William D. Hart - Dr. Paul N. Litchfield
F. Morse Archer - John Foster - John Painter - John Cherry - Charles May
David Kaighn - George Leathwhite -
Isaac Toone - George J. Pechin
Elmer E. Cox - T.L. Bear -
Paul Woodward - Joseph Jennings
Benson Street - North 3rd Street - Kingston Coffin

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 6, 1902
Trinity Baptist Church - John S. Smith - George M. Beringer

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 7, 1902


O. Glen Stackhouse - Hugh Boyle - George F. Kappel - Isaac Toy
Charles D. Ridgley - Paul Woodward - Rev. C.A. Adams
Rev. John Lyell - Rev. William H. Fishburn - Cooper School

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 8, 1902
Harry Bowen - Joseph Simpkins - Harry S. Scovel - Eli Shaw - Mrs. Edith Baker

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 9, 1902


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 10, 1902
Lafayette Gruff - Anna Somers - Royden Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 11, 1902

Annie Irving Keeler - William May - Charles May

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 12, 1902
William D. Hart - John Painter - Frank T. Lloyd - Dr. Paul N. Litchfield
George M. Beringer - Francis Abbatto - John S. Smith
  Annie Irving Keeler - John Houseman Coffin
Walter Price Jennings - Miss Lillian Martin
Mrs. Edith Barber - Paul Woodward


Philadelphia Inquirer
October 13, 1902

James Sheiding

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 14, 1902
Edwin Hillman

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 15, 1902
Harry H. Robinson

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 19, 1902
George M. Beringer - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 22, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 24, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 25, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 31, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - J. Wesley Sell - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 1, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 12, 1902
Charles G. Garrison - Frank T. Lloyd - Paul Woodward


Evening Times

November 12, 1902


Philadelphia Inquirer
November 13, 1902

William Robinson  - George Asay - William Powell - William Anderson
Charles Eiley - Thomas J. Atkinson - Wilson English - Harry Avis
George H. Stineford Sr. - John M. Hyde - William Heggan - John St. Clair
Charles S. Hess - William Rex - Linden School

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 14, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 15, 1902



Daniel J. Horgan - Isaac Siebert - W. Wilmer Collins, Druggist - Major Edward Coffin
Coffin's Corner, Ashland - William Coffin - William Coffin Jr.  - Mary Eiler
William F. Smith - James Sheiding - Fayetta Jennings - Lee Hubert

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 16, 1902


Maurice Daniels - Thomas Woodward - Bella Woodward


Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 1902



Philadelphia Inquirer - November 18, 1902



Philadelphia Inquirer - November 19, 1902
James Bland - James Morrisey

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 21, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 22, 1902





Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 1902

Patrick Harding
Frank S. Albright
William J. Paul
Thomas Walton
David E. Barry
Edward Wilcox
Dr. WIlliam H. Iszard
Dr. J.F. Leavitt
Dr. WIlliam H. Knowlton
Dr. William Miles
Dr. George H. Chapman
Charles G. Garrison
Paul Woodward





Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 29, 1902

Kalamazoo Gazette - November 29, 1902

Salt Lake Telegram - December 2, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 4, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 7, 1902
Rev. Gilbert Underhill - St. John's Episcopal Church

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 9, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 12, 1902
J. Frederick Voigt


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 14, 1902


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 15, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 17, 1902
Frederick A. Rex





Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 1902






Philadelphia Inquirer - December 25, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 26, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 30, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 31, 1902

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 1, 1903

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 3, 1903
Christopher J. Mines Jr. -  Rev. John Warnock



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January 5, 1903










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January 6, 1903







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Wilkes Barre Times
January 7, 1903





Philadelphia Inquirer - January 8, 1903

Samuel Paul - Fred George

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 17, 1903

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 3, 1902

Harry Reeves - William D. Brown - J. Wesley Sell

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 5, 1903

David Baird Sr. - J. Wesley Sell - Frank F. Patterson Jr. - Charles V.D. Joline
E. Ambler Armstrong -
Frank T. Lloyd - F. Morse Archer - Robert L. Barber
William J. Bradley - William D. Brown - Thomas P. Curley - Charles F. Currie
Isaac W. Coles - E.W. Delacroix -
John J. Burleigh - John Cherry - William Graeff
Theodore Gibbs -
John S. Roberts - Henry J. West - George Pfeiffer Jr.
Irving Buckle - Samuel Wood - Jonathan Watson - Maurice Redrow
Richard R. Miller - Lwis H. Mohrman - David M. Anderson - G. WIlliam Harned
Edward H. Chew - William Coffin - Dr. John B. Davis -
Dr. Henry H. Davis
Samuel S. Elfreth - Charles H. Ellis - Levi Farnham - John Blowe - J. Palmer Earl
Samuel P. Jones - George W. Turner - Henry M. Snyder - Lewis Stehr Sr.
Charles P. Sayrs - Henry J. Rumrille - William M. Palmer - Frank Peterson
Martin J. O'Brien -
J. WIllard Morgan - J. Alpheus McCracken - John R. McCabe
A.G. McCausland - Joseph Kolb - John M. Kelly - E.E. Jefferies - Jacob S. Justice
Robert Jaggard - Harry L. Jones - Upton S. Jefferys - William Kettler
John D. Courter -
Dr. William S. Jones - Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
Samuel G. Hufty - Ephraim T. Gill -
Francis Fithian 

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 1906

Frank F. Patterson Jr.
Edward Van Dyke Joline
Howard Truax - Frank Voight
David Baird Sr.
J. Wesley Sell - Wiiliam J. Bradley
Charles G. Garrison
A.B. Endicott
Harry C. Loudenslager
J. Willard Morgan
Henry S. Scovel
Theodore Gibbs - Samuel P. Jones
John G. Horner - J. Boyd Avis
Wood McKee - W.H. Jackson
Frank Somers - Frank T. Lloyd
Edward S. Delacroix
F. Morse Archer
Harry Reeves - William D. Brown
Robert Leyburne
Theodore N. Patterson
Wolcott J. Patterson
Irving Buckle - Joseph Burt
Dr. William S. Jones
Dr. E.A.Y. Schellenger
Henry J. Cloud - Charles Middleton
Edward W. Humphreys

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 27, 1907

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Philadelphia Inquirer - November 24, 1910

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Bank Directory - March 1, 1916

Broadway Trust Company
Broadway below Walnut St. Camden, N.

. J. BURLEIGH President
ANTHONY KOBUS Vice President - WM. J. COOPER Vice President
BURLEIGH H. DRAPER Secretary and Treasurer 


John J. Burleigh        

William Mills 

Dr. S G. Bushey         

Anthony J. Oberst 

Ralph D. Childrey         

John Wesley Sell 

Robert H. Comey         

Dr. Marvin A. Street 

William J. Cooper      

Wilbert L. Sweeten

George A. Frey          

Edward B. Stone

Albert Fogg         

Adam Schlorer

Frederick Grant         

Bernhard F. Schroeder

John B. Kates         

Edward Schuster Jr. 

Dr. Grant E. Kirk        

John O. Wilson

Anthony Kobus


Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 1919

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Admiral Henry Wilson - Charles H. Ellis
Elisha A. Gravenor - Edward S. Hyde
William E. Albert -
James H. Long
Frank S. Van Hart - William D. Sayrs Jr.
Frank S. Fithian - A. Benjamin Sparks
Kessel Webster - William H. Iszard
Robert D. Clow - Andrew B.F. Smith
William H. Lorigan - Charles Austermuhl
David Doane -
William C. Davis
William Vanaman -
David Baird Sr.
J. Wesley Sell - William D. Brown
Charles A. Wolverton - William J. Browning


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 14, 1919


Camden Courier-Post * June 1, 1932

Joshua C. Haines - Isabella C. Reinert
Elizabeth C. Verga -
David Baird Jr. - Walter Keown
Frank B. Hanna - Etta C. Pfrommer - Howard B. Dyer
William D. Sayrs Jr. - Lottie B. Stinson - Anna G. Holl
Mrgaret Wermuth - Carlton M. "Cy" Harris
J.C. Remington -
Charles A. Wolverton
Carl Kisselman - Edward Deibert - L. Scott Cherchesky
William E.A. King - J. Claud Simon
T. Phillips Brown - J.H. Reiners -
Rocco Palese
Morris Praissman - George R. Pelouze
Albert S. Woodruff - Clay W. Reesman
William Wimer -
Horace G. Githens
J. Wesley Sell - A.C. Middleton




Robert Brennan - Marie Mackintosh - William H. Heiser - Mary McCready
James Corea - Susie Marchiano - James E. Tatem - Mary A. Ivins
Martin A. McNulty - Madeline Salvatore - Howard B. Dyer - Mary S. Hartung
Edward A. Kemble - Mary D. Guthridge - Edmund A. Walsh - Mamie F. Piraine
Edward Holloway - Deborah Schuck - Henry I. Haines - Lillian M. Walker
Horace B. Beideman - Etta C. Pfrommer - Carlton M. Harris - Mary E. Hamel
Henry Knauer - Louella I. Whaland - Jesse M. Donaghy - Lottie B. Stinson

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933

Tells Them They Are Trustees for County's Share of Every Dollar Taken In

Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd yesterday "laid down the law" to four Camden county municipalities at a hearing of the county's mandamus proceedings to compel payment of $426,952 in back taxes for the years 1930, 1931 and 1932.

After stressing the importance of setting aside the portion owed the state and county out of every tax dollar collected, Justice Lloyd held the cases over until the September term of court "in the hope that these taxes will be paid."

'Out of Clear Sky' 

The four municipalities were represented by their respective borough, township or city clerks. The four and the amounts the county alleges are owed for state and county taxes are Pennsauken Township, $120,199.80; Gloucester City, $59,643.91; Lawnside Borough, $41,798, and Delaware Township, $31,958.03.

Firmin Michel, township solicitor for Pennsauken, pointed out that since December 15 his township has paid up $24,877 of taxes due and was making arrangements to pay the balance when the county's suit was filed "out of a clear sky." 

After listening to a brief outline by George Rothermel, representing County Treasurer J. Wesley Sell, and counsel for the other municipalities, Justice Lloyd spoke. 

"I understand that there are some officials of the municipalities here today," said he, "and I want to say something to them and also to the municipal officials who are not here." 

Responsible as Trustees 

"I am not unmindful of the serious financial conditions of municipalities but these governing bodies are in a degree trustees of the moneys received. When they receive moneys in taxes and a portion of this tax should be set aside for the county, they should not apply this portion for other uses to run that municipality.

"In some cases the municipalities have made a serious effort to pay their taxes but I want to stress the fact that these governing bodies can not use all of this money for general purposes.

"When local governments take in $1 in taxes, the persons in charge should immediately deduct the amount due the state and county and put it in a separate fund. If that had been done, this situation would not have arisen. 

Word on 'Fancy Schools' 

"Now. another word to those operating governments. The present occasion calls for the close scrutiny of expenditures not only by municipal bodies but by school boards. The public is fed up on extravagance. Instead of the old fashioned 
modest school house, we now have those fancy high schools. These extravagances have aroused the taxpayers as never before.

"I'm not criticizing the school boards for what they did in the past, but they should try to amend in the future extravagance and waste. It is important, as you can see today by what is happening here, for drastic economy in local government.

"I am going to hold these writs until the opening day of court in the hope that these taxes may be paid."  

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933

Pennsauken Orders Tax Money Divided

Segregation of the state's and county's share of Pennsauken taxes was ordered last night by the Township Committee meeting in an adjourned session. The taxes so collected and segregated will be turned over to County Treasurer J. Wesley Sell at convenient periods. 

Walter Jones was granted a retail beverage license for his establishment at 6300 Magnolia avenue.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Tax Payments Redeem $610,000; County's $481, 000 Cut to $170,000

Camden city scrip issued since April 1, will reach more than $1,000,000 worth when the city meets its end-of-the-month payroll with a new issue of $220,000 this week for 1500 employees.

 County scrip since the first of April totals $481,000, according to County Treasurer J. Wesley Sell. Of that total, $311,000 has been re deemed. A new $25,000 county issue of scrip will be circulated this week in meeting the county payroll for 300 employees.

Of the city scrip, $610,000 already has been redeemed as taxes, according to records of City Comptroller Sidney P. McCord.

 City and county officials said they did not know how much longer they will be issuing scrip or when they would be in a position to announce a definite redemption date.

 The officials pointed out that through the issuance of scrip they have been able to meet current obligations and have averted payless paydays for city and county employees.

In addition to operating expenses, the city has to meet a total of $2,415,000 in bonds and interest due between July 1 and the end of the year. McCord said efforts are being made to have bondholders agree to refund these bonds to mature In later years, so that, along with scrip, the city will be able to conserve as much cash as possible. Cash conservation has been difficult, McCord said, because tax collections have been far below those in previous years.

 Asked whether the issuance of scrip will enable the city to conserve enough cash to meet the obligations, McCord said he did not know.

County bonds maturing this year total $330,000, but these are to be refunded for later maturity under a resolution adopted by the board of freeholders June 15 which also authorized the refunding of $2,352;000 worth of bonds maturing next year. Sell said the county will not default on any of its obligations,

 City Commissioner Harold W. Bennett, director of revenue and finance, said the end of June city payroll of $220,000 will be entirely in scrip, as wall the $48,000 mid-June payroll. It will be the last pay for city teachers until their return from vacation in September.

Bennett pointed out that one of the reasons scrip had to be resorted to was because the city could not borrow the money it needed to pay salaries and operate in anticipation of tax collections. The scrip, he said, conserves what cash the city receives to, meet debt items. Neither he nor McCord said he was free to reveal the amount of cash the City has on hand, nor the amount the city has received since April in proportion to scrip.

 McCord said he will not know until the end of the year what affect the issuance of scrip will have on the city's financial situation.

 "We won't know until we balance out books at, the close of the year," he said. "I do know that one of the advantages of scrip is that less of it has been issued than the city would have borrowed cash in the market, and so the city saves at least in interest charges.

 "Other than to keep the city going, I don't know what financial advantage scrip is to Camden, except perhaps for a saving in interest on loans we could not make. All I know is that scrip has enabled us to meet our payrolls; we don't have to borrow in the market, and we are conserving cash to meet our bonds, interest and other obligations when they come due. Cash receipts, how ever, are slow because of the slump in tax payments.

 "The only way I see for the city to be in a better financial position is for it to receive more of the taxes due it for this and previous years. Non-payment of taxes, with delinquencies enormous during the last few years, has been one of the main reasons the city had to go on scrip. Little money was coming in and we couldn'tĚ borrow it as in former years. So the city had to issue the scrip, a promise to pay with interest. Otherwise it would have been unable to pay its employees and it would have had to default on bonds and interest. Scrip, therefore, has kept the city going and it has been able to meet all its bills as they fall due."  

Commissioner Bennett said prompter payment of taxes has been encouraged through the issuance of scrip. Taxpayers receiving it have redeemed it as taxes. In other cases, where they have cash, they have bought the scrip from others and used it to meet their debts to the city. Thus, he said the scrip has been kept in circulation and readily exchanged.

"Merchants of the city are to be commended for their co-operation," Bennett said. "They have received scrip since April for purchases made at their stores. In turn, they have met their taxes with the scrip offered by customers, many of whom have been doing their buying exclusively in Camden since circulation of scrip, thereby stimulating business here.

"In addition, various concerns and individuals have been buying up the city scrip for investment, saving it for redemption at a later date to profit by the interest it carries.

"Through scrip, city employees have been saved from going without food, clothing and other necessities. We have averted payless paydays, and we are better off than other cities, whose plight is much worse than that of Camden."

Camden Courier-Post -October 27, 1936


January 27, 1940