JOSEPH F. KOBUS and his brother Henry were the sons of Anthony Kobus, who founded a shoe business at 943 South 4th Street in 1858, which soon was moved to the corner of South 4th and Spruce Streets. Born in Camden in 1863, Joseph Kobus and his brother maintained the business until they both retired in the early 1930s. Anthony Kobus was a principal in the Broadway Trust Bank, and, after his death in 1920, Joseph and Henry Kobus moved the business to a nearby building at 934 Broadway in 1924.
As a young man, Joseph Kobus became interested in crosswords, cryptograms, and other similar puzzles. In in 1883 was one of the charter members of the National Puzzlers League. He held his membership throughout his life.
Joseph Kobus' second wife Mary Walsh Kobus was one of Camden first female politicians. She was elected to the City Commission, and served as the Director of Public Safety in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She also was a nationally recognized puzzler, and was president of the afore-mentioned National Puzzlers League in 1929.
Henry Kobus passed away in April of 1939. Joseph Kobus, who was suffering with kidney problems, took a turn for the worse after his brother's passing, and died on June 9, 1939. He was survived by his wife Mary, and a son Harry Kobus, from his first marriage.
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|Camden Courier-Post - January 16, 1928|
OF MERCHANTS TO ELECT OFFICERS
exciting contest is expected in the annual election of officers of the
Broadway Business Menís Association. The elections, preceded by a
banquet, will be held Wednesday evening, January 25, at Hotel
merchants are candidates for the presidency, which will be vacated by Harry
Pelouze. There are J.V. Moran, Walter Friant and Morris Futernick.
They were nominated at the November meeting of the association.
battle is looked for in the naming of a vice-president. M. Fuhrman and J.W.
Holmes are the two candidates while Morris Jaffe is the retiring vice
president. Edwin C. Norcross, president treasurer, will be unopposed for
re-election. Albert S. Dudley will be unopposed when he succeeds David
Tattersdill as secretary.
from every business in every section of the city have been invited to
attend the affair, while every one of the 150 members will probably be
present. The principle speaker will be former Judge
John B. Kates, of the Broadway
Merchants Trust Company.
address on interstate traffic and its relations to the transportation
problems of Camden business will be delivered by J.J. Ruster, head of the
transportation department of the Camden ≠Chamber of Commerce. Francis
B. Wallen and Loyal D. Odhner, president and secretary respectively of
the Chamber of Commerce will also be guests of the merchants.
comparison of the work of other commercial organizations will be made by
several well-known visitors. Benjamin Shindler, William Lipsitz and H.
Zbieratski, presidents respectively of the East Camden, Kaighn Avenue and
Mount Ephraim Business Menís Associations, will speak.
new constitution and by-laws of the association will be adopted at the
January meeting. Eighteen directors will be elected; six for terms of
three years, six for two-year terms and a similar number for one year.
The candidates for director are Harry Pelouze, Joseph Kobus, J.W. Holmes, Albert Israel, James V. Moran, Walter Friant, Dr. I.S. Siris, Joseph Fuhrman, William E. Cross, S. Abeson, M. Futernick, Howard B. Lee, Fred W. Schorpp, Morris Jaffe, W. Mitchell, L. Markowitz, Joseph Corbett, M. Lasala, P. Thatcher, W. Falture, G. Lockerman and David Tattersdill.
Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928
Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball
Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.
The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton.
David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.
Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931
MORE MEN JOIN LEAGUE TO AID BAIRD
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 Baker≠Flick 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 - June 16, 1933|
|Camden Courier-Post * February 20, 1936|
Puzzlers to Hold Semi-Annual Session Here
Puzzledom, that world of crypto-grams, psychology and pseudonyms, will have its capital in Camden beginning and continuing through Sunday. It will be the 105th semi-annual convention of the National Puzzlers' League, Inc.
in 1926, sesquicentennial year of American Independence, the puzzlers held
their 86th semi-annual convention here. The fact Joseph
to 100 members, from all sections
Pseudo Names in puzzledom each is known by a pseudonmy, self-chosen. Mrs. Kobus,
for instance, is H. S. Law, which is a reverse spelling of her name before
marriage, Walsh. Commissioner Kobus-
beg pardon, H. S. Law- is chairman of the reception committee which will
welcome members as they arrive tomorrow afternoon and night. Many
attractive entertainment features will be crowded into the two-day
the convention program for Saturday morning is a meeting of
of Sunday's program, after breakfast and church services, will be a puzzle
broadcast from Station WCAM at 11:00 AM, the closing session of the
convention in the afternoon, to be followed by award of
Band to Play
evening there will be a meeting of the MMM, Minute Men of Mystery, an
organization within the league, followed by a dinner and
"surprises". The WPA
leisure time band, directed by Joseph Fuhrman, will give a musical program
at the hotel for the benefit of the visitors Saturday night.
"It has been generally agreed by discerning critics that Puzzledom, as we know it, received a big upward life toward a higher and better organized plane by reason of a historic meeting here in 1926," Mrs. Kobus said, "and we hope the coming session win prove just as brilliant." Other officers of the league are: Charles Jacobsen (Oedipus), of Whitestone NY, president; Paul E. Thompson (Blackstone), Cleveland Heights OH, second vice president; Lewis Trent (C. Saw), New York NY, secretary; John Q. Boyer (Primrose), Baltimore MD, treasurer; Rufus T. Strohm (Arty Ess), Scranton PA, official editor, and J. H. Wickham (Wick O'Cincy), Cincinnati OH, Ohio trustee.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1936|
NAMED HEAD OF PUZZLERS GROUP AS CONVENTION ENDS
F. Kobus, retired Camden merchant, was elected president of the National
Puzzlers League, Inc. at the closing session yesterday of its 105th
convention opened Saturday in the Hotel
new president, husband of City Commissioner Mary
was, one of the earliest members of the organization, founded in 1883. His
nom-de-plume in puzzledom is Nedmac.
retiring first vice
president, is H. S. Law in the world
of cryptograms, "flats" and
elected were: R. P. Woodman (Macropod) of North Quicy, Mass., to succeed
Mrs. Kobus; Mrs. G. H. Ropes (Evero), of Detroit, Mich., second vice
president; Lewis Trent (C. Saw), of New York, secretary
for his 26th consecutive term; John Q. Boyer (Primrose), of Baltimore,
treasurer; Rufus T. Strohm (Arty Ess), of Scranton, Pa., official editor,
and J. H. Wickham (Wick O'Cincy),
of Cincinnati, 0., trustee.
the business session about 50 members participated in a prize puzzle
contest in the junior ball room of the hotel and the M.M.M. (Minute Men of
Mystery), a social organization within the league, held a dinner meeting.
Saw Gets Bowl.
A silver bowl was presented to C. Saw as a testimonial to his 25 years' service as secretary of the league. He was lauded in a presentation speech by the retiring president, Charles Jacobson (Oedipus) of Whitestone, L. 1. ).
In, the puzzle contest a special prize for solution of a cryptogram in 1. was won by "Live Devil," who is William Lutwiniak, of Jersey City, a youthful member of the league.
cryptogram was submitted by a New York detective fiction magazine.
who was chairman of the
convention reception committee, introduced several members as speakers on
a broadcast program from Station WCAM in the morning.
were Robert Anderson (Fort Sumter), of Jersey City, a charter member,
Jacobson, Boyer, who spoke on cryptograms, and Louis C. Macaran, (Zoroaster)
of Stonehurst, Pa.
Anderson recalled the organization of the league by a group of young men who met in Pythagoras Hall, on Canal Street, New York City, July 4, 1883. The hall has since been razed to make way for the Williamsburg Bridge over the East River. He said that of the 36 present about 10 survive. After the meeting, he said, the members celebrated by walking across Brooklyn Bridge, which had been opened only a few weeks before.
yesterday's business session David Shulman, (Ab Struse), of New York City,
proposed that the league t officially
endorse as proper words for
use in puzzledom "ismer" and "poorich."
was suggested by George H.
Pryor (Miss Fitts) of Baltimore and
"poorich" by Boyer (Primorse), the former to indicate one who is
given to an "ism" as, for instance, a "braintruster,"
the latter to indicate that both poor and rich are not always to be
sharply differentiated but may have interests in common.
suggestion was referred to the educational committee, of which Boyer is
chairman. He revealed later he had been instrumental in having the word
"carefree" placed in Standard and other dictionaries when he
discovered several years ago that the word, though in common usage, had
never been listed by lexicographers.
is the rule in puzzledom that in building up word forms no word can be
used that is not in a recognized dictionary or is not officially endorsed
by the league if newly coined.
Boston was selected for the 106th convention which will be held September 5, 6 and 7. .
and Joseph Kobus lived at 429 Haddon Avenue
(the right-hand part of the twin home pictured below)
Photo of 431 & 429 Haddon Avenue taken June 15, 2003
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