Dr. Leon

DR. LEON NELSON NEULEN served as the superintendent of Camden's public school system from 1931 to at least 1955. This post had been previously held by Horatio Draper, followed by Dr. James E. Bryan, who served until 1931.

Dr. Neulen was born in Northfield, Iowa on November 16, 1894. When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, he was working on a farm in Northfield Minnesota, but was under contract to go to a town in North Dakota to serve as superintendant of schools. By the time 1919 he was working as a schoolteacher at the Iowa State College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa.

Leon N. Neulen had returned to Northfield, Minnesota in the mid 1920s. In 1926 he traveled to Sweden, returning to New York on July 7 aboard the steamship Gripsholm.

At the time of the 1930 Census Leon N. Neulen was living in Champagne IL, where he was the superintendent of schools. He was hired by and came to Camden in time for the 1931-1932 school term. He apparently was commuting for the first few years, as it is known that he lived in West Englewood NJ as late as the summer of 1934, when he took a cruise to Bermuda aboard the steamship Queen of Bermuda.

After coming to Camden, Dr. Neulen became an active member of the Camden Rotary Club, and was elected club president in July of 1934 through July of 1934, succeeding by Frederick A. Vieser.

After leaving Camden, he eventually made his way to Tulsa OK, where he last resided. He passed away in February of 1985.

World War I Draft Card

SS Gripsholm

Camden Courier-Post - October 16, 1931

Camden Post, V. F. W. to See Dr. Neulen About Armistice Celebration

Sterling J. Parker, junior vice commander, and William E. Rilbmann, adjutant, of Camden Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will confer with Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden schools, in an effort to obtain a full day's holiday on Armistice Day, November 11, for school children. The question of only a half holiday was taken up with Dr. Neulen by post officials and he requested representatives to confer with him.

The full holiday also was favored by delegates to the county council at a meeting held last Sunday at the headquarters of Butcher-Young Post at 563 Chestnut Street.

A committee has been named to gather cigarettes and tobacco for veterans in government hospitals. Members of the auxiliary will aid in the distribution of the gifts. A parade was staged Tuesday night by the drum and bugle corps to boost a benefit show being held at two Camden theatres. The corps will compete with other musical units at Perth Amboy on October 31, and will join the Verdun Day celebration at Vineland October 25. Seven candidates will be initiated next Monday night, and the annual election will be held October 26, with installation on November 2.

Members of the Auxiliary will hold their second monthly card patty at the post headquarters, 308 Broadway. Mrs. Clara Dey, Colonial Manor, has been elected president of the auxiliary. Other officers elected are Mrs. Edward A, Stark, treasurer; Mrs. Ethel Rouh, secretary; Sarah E. Fean, color bearer. 

Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931

Officials Announce 90 Organizations
Will Be in March

A change in the route of march of the Armistice Day parade, was announced last night, at a meeting of the committee in the office of Director of Public Welfare David S. Rhone.

The proposed route is Third and Cooper Streets; to Broadway, to Kaighn Avenue, west on Kaighn Avenue to Fourth Street, thence to the city line and disband.

The parade will start promptly at 1:45 p. m. The grand marshal will be Colonel George L. Selby. The route of march is approximately two miles and shorter than any previous year.

There will be 90 organizations in the line of march. Included in these will be 18 American Legion Posts; 13 Veterans of Foreign War Posts; 18 National Guard units; five Naval Reserve units and 21 other organizations. Martial music will be provided by 15 bands.

All members of the police and fire departments who are war veterans, will be excused from duly and will participate in the parade as a unit..

Announcement was made by Jack Weinberg, chairman of the prize committee that two additional cups have been donated by the Retail Division of the Chamber of Commerce. This makes a total of 14 to be awarded. The last two will be given to veteran organizations outside the city of Camden.

More than 1700 school children from the sixth grade to the high school will take part in exercises to be held at the Convention Hall in the morning, it was announced by Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools.

 The children will parade under the direction of their teachers.

Camden Courier-Post
March 12, 1932

Camden High School Purple & Gold Yearbook - 1932

Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1932

Camden Rotary Club - Joshua C. Haines - Warren Webster Jr. - Roy C. Adams
George C. Moore -
Volney Bennett Jr. - Elias Davis - Edward Mechling
Dr. Leon N. Neulen - Walter Levering - William T. Read - Paul H. Engle
James Clancy - Walter Widler -
Frederick C. Veiser - Charles Janney
Len Liszt (Leonardo List) - Samuel A. Riggins
Woodcrest Country Club - Supplee-Wills-Jones Company


June 16, 1932

Dr. Leon N. Neulen
C. Paul Ney
Arthur Colsey
Lillie T. Osler
Roy R. Stewart

Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1933


Camden High School
Woodrow Wilson Junior High School
Leon N. Neulen - A. Gabriel Ungerleider
Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School
Elizabeth K. WIlliams
Harriet M. Reiners
Josephine H. Lewallen


Miriam F. Haines - Liberty School - Helen Ship - Fetters School
Olive W.McClure -
H.H. Davis School - Sarah B. Grand - Yorkship School
Mary A. Becker -
Cassady School - Elsie Schweitzer
Elizabeth O. Evans - Stephen A. Harding - Eleanor R. Kirkland
Ruth E. Callahan - B. Elizabeth Brown - John H. Reiners Jr.
Marjorie Van Horn - James G. Heard - Paul A. Shaffer - Ludmillie Thomas
Leon F. Marftin - Essie B. Morris - Hlen Yoork - Charlotte A.B. Flack
Harriet J. Tobin - Paul E. Tweed - Edith D. Carson - Phoebe E. Carpenter
E. Woodward Wltz - Perle Titus - Mildred E. Wenz 

Camden Courier-Post * February 1, 1933

2 Towns to Pay Fees And Keep 164 Pupils On Camden High List
Pennsauken and Woodlynne $12,851 Behind in Bills to School Board
Domestic Science Dropped and Continuation Studies Will Cease

Less than 24 hours after the Camden Board of Education had warned school officials of Pennsauken township and Woodlynne borough that 164 pupils from those towns faced dismissal from Camden Senior High School, officials of both communities last night promised that money owed the local board would be transmitted today.

Failure of Pennsauken and Woodlynne to pay a total of $12,851.51 in tuition fees due Dec. 31, was the basis of the order sent out by Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the Camden board, on authority of Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden schools. Pennsauken owes $11,790 for 150 pupils and Woodlynne's debt is $1061.51 for 14 pupils.

G. Harry Carson, Merchantville, is district clerk of the Pennsauken Board of Education. He notified members of the board when the warning from Camden was received.

J. Perry Long, president of the Pennsauken township school board, expressed surprise at the notice. He said the check covering the amount would be delivered in Camden today. 

"Pennsauken township never has defaulted in its payment to the Camden board and does not expect to do so now. The $11,790 due is for tuition for the semester which closed yesterday and we shall pay in full."

"The bill sent us by the Camden board,. dated Nov. I, 1931, informed us the money was due yesterday and would have been mailed then but for the fact that the clerk was busy with numerous other matters concerning the township board's payroll."

William Daugherty, Woodlynne borough clerk, announced that the borough had transferred the necessary fund to the Woodlynne school board's account and that a. check would be sent to the Camden board today.

Despite these assurances, the Camden board still was confronted with many problems. They included the announced intention of abandoning the Camden Evening School classes at Haddon and Newton Avenues and the Continuation School at 555 Mt. Vernon street, and dropping of manual training and domestic science courses in all elementary schools.

A net reduction of $164,466 from items In the budget for the current school year was revealed Monday when the schedule of appropriations and income for the 1933-34 term was presented. In addition to this figure a move is under way to lop off $417,766 by cutting 30 percent from salaries of 800 schoolteachers, principals and supervisors. This pay slash was ordered by the Camden City Commission but still is pending because of delay in legislation on state mandatory laws which govern the amounts paid to instructors.

Teachers Oppose Plan

The Camden Teachers' Association on January 10, voted against accepting the slash, describing it as too drastic. During the past year the teachers refunded $108,000 from their pay and are under agreement to turn back $17,000 before the end of the current school term.

Protected from arbitrary slashes in the same manner as teachers, 92 school janitors have agreed to 5 and 10 percent cuts, amounting to approximately $15,000.

While complete details regarding the extent of the economy measures under consideration in the Camden school system were lacking last night, it was indicated that curtailment of various special classes in many of the city's 38 schools would be required. A number of teachers will be dropped.

Reductions Are Drastic

The special classes expected to be curtailed include art, penmanship and physical education. No appropriation for the Continuation School, which last year totaled $22,078, was included in the 1933-34 budget. The Evening School appropriation of $2900 is wiped out.

The following table shows the amount of reduction in each item of the list of appropriations:

Administration .............. 15,888
Instruction supervisory .. 88,227
Instruction proper ......... 48,848
Operation ...................... 20,971
Maintenance ................ 111,052
Co-ordinate activities........ 8,779
Fixed charges ..................... 780
Evening School, teacher......2900
Continuation School.........22,078
                          Total $164,4611

Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board, in announcing abandonment of some of the activities, declared the budget committee made the slashes, upon recommendation of the entire board because of the city’s financial situation. He explained that teachers dropped under the economy moves who are not eligible for pension, will be given preference when vacancies occur.

Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933

Retiring Northeast Principal Is Guest of Honor at Dinner
School Officials, Teachers Praise Mrs. Mar­garet Thomson
P.T.A Plans Farewell Reception at State Street M. E.

Twenty-two teachers of Northeast School, Seventh and Vine Streets, honored Mrs. Margaret Thomson, principal of the school, at an informal dinner Wednesday night in Haddon Heights, to mark Mrs. Thomson's retirement from active service in Camden schools after 30 years,

Some of the teachers at the dinner at the "Little White House" tea room are members of the present staff of Northeast School, while others have taught at the school and have either retired or been transferred.

The teachers' presented a chair to Mrs. Thomson, and a gold pin to Miss Eva Burrough, a cousin of Miss Clara S. Burrough, retiring principal of Camden Senior High School.

Mrs. Thomson began her Camden teaching career in 1904 when she was assigned to Sewell School. For 12 years the boys of Sewell School and members of their families regarded Mrs. Thomson as more than a teacher, often bringing to her little family problems to be settled, or seeking advice in matters other than affairs of the school.

In 1916 Mrs. Thomson was named principal of Northeast School, across the street from the building where she started teaching in Camden. Her interests in the families remained the same for her pupils at Northeast School were the girls of the same families she had counseled while at Sewell School.

Mrs. Thomson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, and received her education there. She taught in the Chester schools for several years before her marriage.

She decided to re-enter the teaching profession several years after her marriage and went to Millersville Normal School for further training.

Meanwhile her sister, Mrs. Mary Brown, had located in Camden to start the French department in the high school. Mrs. Brown, pleased with Camden and its schools, persuaded Mrs. Thomson to come here, and a few years later they were joined by another sister, Mrs. Frances Wilmerton.

A member of Centenary-Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church since coming to Camden, Mrs. Thomson has been active in church affairs of the community. She has served as treasurer of the Teachers' Relief Insurance Fund, and is a member of the State Teachers' Association as well as the National Education Association.

Through her efforts, the number of Camden teachers associated with the insurance fund has increased from less than 500 to more than 500, and the benefits have been increased from $300 to $500.

Mrs. Thomson will be honored Monday at a reception given by members of the Parent-Teacher Association of Sewell and Northeast schools and by families, of the community. The reception will be held in State Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Sixth and State streets.

Dr. James Bryan, former superintendent of Camden schools; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, present superintendent; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden Board of Education, and several former pupils of Mrs. Thomson will review her career as a teacher here and recount many incidents of her work.

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

New System Gives Choice of Academic or Commercial and Arts Courses 
Hours Reduced; Study Programs Rebuilt; Omit Spanish; Music Optional


Reorganization of Camden junior and senior high schools has been effected with the approval of the local and state boards of education.

By establishing the Camden Academic High School and Camden Commercial and Practical Arts High School the school population of the present Camden High School will be reduced 50 percent when the September terms begin, according to Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools. 

It also will reduce the student roster of all junior high schools even with the promotions of this month added. 

Saves $500,000 

"This plan will give Camden room for expansion for years to come in high school education and preclude the necessity of building the $500,000 annex to the senior high school, plans for which have been drawn at the cost of thousands of dollars," Dr. Neulen declares. 

"It will eliminate a number of studies and give the students more education in the more essential subjects. The hours of instruction will be reduced from 30 hours per week to 23. The state law's minimum is 19 hours."

Dr. Neulen points out that 2400 students are now registered in Camden High School and promotions from junior school this month would have added 700 more. Under the new plan 1500 will attend the Academic High School and 1300 the Commercial school. 

The balance will be redistributed back into the junior and seventh grade grammar schools. 

Wilson High Commercial 

The new plan will cause a general redistribution of pupils in East Camden because the Woodrow Wilson Junior High School will become the Commercial high. The present junior high pupils will be sent back to Cramer school, from which they originally were transferred. Students in the Garfield and Dudley Schools will take their seventh grade in those institutions instead of junior high. 

Camden Junior High School No. 1, which now hall 849 pupils, will have 730 next term, Hatch Junior High School has 1106 pupils now and will have 1127 next term. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School now has 970 pupils and will have 643 at the Cramer school

Four Courses at Academic High 

Dr. Neulen explained that the new Academic High School will teach four courses: College preparatory, college technical, normal preparatory and general. Students will be given four-year courses, in the first three mentioned courses and three years in the latter. Camden High is now a three-year school. 

That will mean the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades will be taught in the college preparatory, college technical and normal preparatory and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth in the general course. 

The Commercial and Practical Arts High School will teach commercial and practical arts courses in three-year courses in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth. 

Practical arts will be taught exclusively to boys in the school because only 27 girls elected to take that course this year and they will be transferred to Academic in the Fall, Dr. Neulen explained. 

Four Years Latin; No Spanish 

The new plan provides for the teaching of general foreign languages but eliminates Spanish because of so few taking the subject. Latin will be taught four years, French three and German two. 

A general business course is included in the plan known as introductory business to be taught at the Commercial High. Students will start this course in the last junior high year. 
The practical arts course to be taught at Commercial will enable a student to continue manual training and shop begun in the junior years. The student may elect from automobile mechanics and electrical, print shop or woodworking. 

Art and Music Optional 

Art and music no longer will be compulsory under the new plan. Students in Academic will be taught music and art appreciation during the first two years and may discontinue those studies in their last two years. 

A complete business course has been mapped out for Commercial. 

The students are given elementary business practice in their ninth year. During their first year at Commercial High bookkeeping, typewriting and shorthand is added.

During the third and fourth year they will elect from three sequences to fit them for secretarial positions and general business. Sequence A provides for the continuation of shorthand and typewriting in the third year and office practice is added in the fourth. Sequence B in the third year teaches bookkeeping, business organization and marketing. Common law, bookkeeping and practice is added in the fourth year. Sequence C provides business organization, marketing, exchange and selling. Commercial art and advertising is included in the fourth year. 

As students advance through the Commercial course they may be transferred from one sequence to another. This will be guided by their adaptability or whether they desire to follow a secretarial or business career.

If students elect Sequence A they may have the option of bookkeeping or world history in the third year. Business organization may be taken instead of American history in the fourth year.

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 10, 1933

Around the Clock With the Mercury 

Hour  Friday  Thursday
1 AM 80 70
2 81 69
3 80 69
4 79 69
5 79 69
6 78 68
7 79 69
8 81 77
9 84 73
10 89 77
11 92 79
Noon 94 83
1 96 87
2 97 88
3 97 89
4 98 91
4:30 97 92
5 97 91
6 95 91
7 94 90
8 88 89
9 86 88
10 85 86

Previous high for June 9 (1874)  94
Average temperature yesterday 88
Normal average for day 70
Average June 9 last year 66
Lowest June 9 (1913) 47

Camden Man, Rushed to Hospital From Factory, Dies Soon After 
Slight Relief Promised Today as Wave Kills 100 in Nation

With the temperature skyrocketing to a record of 98 degrees yesterday one Camden and a Williamstown man died from heat prostration while the nation's toll was estimated at 100. 

It was the hottest day in two years. July 1, 1931, registered 98 degrees. It was the warmest June 9 in 59 years, according to the Weather Bureau. 
The temperature reached its peak at 4: p. m. Then it began to decline and was 87 around midnight. The weather man forecasts slightly cooler weather today with clouds. 

Dies Fixing Car 

Oscar L. Tann, Jr., 22, of Sicklerville Road, Williamstown, died last night while operating an electric drill under an automobile in his father's garage after he had drank a quantity of ice water. Other employees saw him collapse while the drill kept running, but were unable to revive him. Coroner W. J. Burkett, Pitman, said the ice water and excessive heat caused his death. 

John Gelecki, 55, of 214 Jasper Street, died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital of heat prostration. 

Gelecki was stricken while at work at the McAndrews & Forbes licorice. plant at the foot of Jefferson Street. He was rushed to the hospital by other employees, but lived only five minutes after he was admitted.

As a result of the torrid weather, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden public schools, ordered all classes dismissed in the Camden grammar, high and junior high schools at the noon recess. Pupils in Philadelphia schools also were excused. 

Scores cooled off in hastily-opened pools throughout this section of state. Others bathed in lakes and rivers, while hundreds flocked to seashore resorts. 

The less fortunate, forced to remain at work in offices and factories, suffered from the terrific humidity. 

Saloons and tap rooms had one of their biggest days since the return of 3.2 brew. Crowds drank schooner after schooner of beer in an attempt to cool off. 

Heat Blasts Highway 

So intense were the sun's rays on the Pitman pike that a section of the highway, near Barnsboro, contracted and exploded from the heat. The blast raised the roadway almost a foot, according to County Engineer William C. Cattell.

At Shibe Park, Philadelphia, where the Athletics met the New York Yankees, Jim Peterson, Mack pitcher and former Penn star, collapsed after pitching to the first batter and had to be taken from the game. 

Although the official weather bureau thermometer had reached only 91, street thermometers skyrocketed to 100 and more, both here and in Philadelphia. Also broken is the year's high mark of 92, set at 4:30 p. m. Thursday.

John Tranowski, 76, of 245 South American Street, Philadelphia, was prostrated in his home yesterday and died before he could be taken to the Pennsylvania Hospital. 

William Murphy, 60, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, collapsed on the lawn at the home of Michael Brennan, near Tullytown, Pennsylvania, and after examination by a neighboring physician, was pronounced dead from sun stroke. 

William Barchmaier, 42, of 4059 Teesdale street, collapsed at Keystone and Cottman streets, Tacony. He was pronounced dead at Frankford Hospital. The first victim died in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Another Philadelphia victim was William Smith, 65, 4252 Houghton Street, Roxborough. He was found dead in his cellar.

Joseph Yates, 21, a member of the crew of a ship tied up at the New York Shipyard, was taken to Cooper Hospital suffering from heat exhaustion at 10 a. m. yesterday. He was revived and remained in the hospital rest room. Yates' home is in Port Arthur, Texas. 

The county park swimming pool in Gloucester was opened in advance of its scheduled time. The Mountwell pool, Haddonfield, will remain closed until the regular opening date, June 17. 

Gloucester City schools were dismissed at 2 p.m. because of the heat. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933

Association Gives Banquet and Entertainment for 8 at Hotel Here

Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association. 

Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors. 

They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington. 

Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.

The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

First School to Aid Those Who Failed to Start Next Wednesday

Camden's first Summer school, to aid students who have failed junior or senior high schools, will be opened next Wednesday morning in Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School, Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, and continued until August 9. 

Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Schools, announced late yesterday that the board of education had approved the proposal and issued the following statement to explain its operation: 

"Any students, who have made failure in ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade subjects are eligible to enroll for those subjects only. No student will be permitted to carry more than two subjects or to undertake work in any subject new to him.

"The Summer session curriculum will cover all school work above the eighth grade in Latin, French, Spanish, English, German, modern European history, early European history, American history, economics. algebra, geometry, general mathematics, vocational mathematics, advanced mathematics, bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, chemistry, physics and biology.

"Instruction will be diagnostic and remedial. Instruction will be carried on by 30 advanced students from the school of education at Temple University, under the supervision of John J. Danaher, Miss Marion Lukens, Dr. Walter N. Myers, Everett Townsend and T.W. Trembath, of the Camden faculties. 

"Students will report for enrollment in Hatch Junior High School auditorium at 9 a. m. on June 28, Classes will be in session from 8.30 until 11.30 daily.

"All pupils resident in Camden will be required to deposit one dollar when they enroll, which will be returned to them upon the satisfactory completion of their work. A tuition fee of five dollars will be required from all non-resident pupils."

Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1933

Camden High Presents Diplomas to Class Of 261 
Many Prizes Awarded; Judge Wells Makes Address

Win Prizes

The need of more religious education was stressed by Judge Harold B. Wells, of Bordentown, in addressing 264 graduates of Camden High School and more than 1500 relatives and friends who attended commencement exercises yesterday. 

Awards of the main scholarships and prizes were announced as follows: 

Alumni Scholarships- Tuition in University of Pennsylvania, awarded to C. Albertus Hewitt, president of Senior class; $300 toward tuition in any college chosen, awarded to Esther Hill, first honor student. 

W. F. Rose Public Speaking Contest prizes of $15 each- Awarded to Cecelia Cummings and Jack Sosenko, both of January Class. 

ESTHER HILL                             CECELIA CUMMINGS
who were granted awards at graduation ceremonies
at Camden High School yesterday

"We need more religion and more devotion," Judge Wells said, "not more money or more education. Don't boast that you don't believe in God. The whole world and all the progress it ,has made is based on a belief in God. 

"Don't sneer at religion until you know something about it-and then you won't sneer. Live for today. Don't worry about yesterday and don't think of tomorrow. Don't be a grouch- the divorce courts today are filled with grouches." 

Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal of the high school, brought a momentary hush on the large audience when he announced that Miss Clara S. Burrough, high school principal who is retiring, was not well enough to attend this, her last commencement. 

Trembath announced at the same time that students were planning to present Miss Burrough with a chair and other gifts. The movement, he said, began among students a week ago and had swept through the school surprisingly swift. 

All members of the board of education were present. In the absence of Miss Burrough, Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board, presented diplomas. Trembath presented members of the class for graduation honors. 

The invocation opening the exercises was offered by the Rev. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfred's Episcopal Church, Camden. 

Among the officials present were Albert M. Bean, county superintendent of schools; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent; Charles S. Albertson, former county superintendent; Dr. William H. Pratt, chief medical inspector; Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the education board, and Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor. 

The valedictory and salutatory addresses were dispensed with at the high school last year and supplanted with faculty choices of speakers to represent the boys and girls of the class. 
Robert Knox Bishop, chosen to represent the boys, delivered an essay entitled "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Representing the girls, Clara E. Marie Krause de livered an essay on "Music and Moods." Other honor students are Esther E. Hill, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. 

The musical part of the program follows; . "Die Schone Galathea," by Von Suppe; Farandole from "L' Arlesienne," by Bizet; Washington Post March by Sousa; Triumphal selections from "Blossomtime," by Romberg- all by the High School orchestra. There will be one chorus, "Blue Danube Waltz," by Strauss. 

As a special tribute to her work for Camden High, Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, in charge of public speaking and dramatics, and formerly musical director, was invited by Fulton to conduct the chorus in its final number. Miss Wilson took the baton from Robert B. Haley, musical director, and directed the singers. Miss Wilson is retiring this year. 

The commencement was the thirty­fourth and last annual commencement at the High School. In September it will become the Camden Academic High School under a reorganization plan that will make Woodrow Wilson Junior High School the Camden Commercial High School. 

Prizes were awarded as follows: 

Philomathean Society Prize, $10, Ruth Brennan, student in fourth year class doing. most meritorious work in English composition. 

Class of 1916 Prize in Drawing, $5, Ida Marland, 

Solomon J. and Rosa Goldstein Prizes, $5 each, given by Dr. Hyman I. Goldstein, to Howard Ruffie and Clara Krause, students attaining highest standing in science covering not less than two years of work. 

B'nai Brith Prizes, one of $15, to Elmer Pont, and $10, to Clara Krause, for high standing in mathematics. 

Class of 1923 prizes, two of $10 each, to Richard Call and Esther Hill; students showing greatest ability in athletics. 

Class of 1924 prizes, four of $5 each, to Rose DiMuro, Esther Hill, George M. Minter and Samuel Blood, good, students of January and June class with highest standing in commercial subjects.

Woman's Club prize in American History, $10, to Charles Bray, highest standing In American History. 

Department of Literature of Camden Woman's Club prizes of $10, to Alfred Pikus and Constance Di Giuseppe, for standing in English in junior year. 

Woman's Club prize in domestic science, $10, to Evelyn Cowgill, to sophomore with highest-standing in domestic science.

Mary McClelland Brown prize, $10, established by classes of 1931, to Cecelia Cummings, highest average in French through three year course. 

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Philadelphia award, a book, "The Epic of America," autographed by the author, James Truslow Adams, to Clara Krause, highest average in academic course on completing four years of Latin. 

Beethoven Club, prize for Musical Activity (new) awarded to Leonard Zondler. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Friends and Associates File by Bier Prior to Private Funeral Today

Educators, students, alumni and men and women of all walks of life, who benefited by her teaching, joined yesterday, afternoon and last night in a final tribute to Miss Clara Stewart Burrough, principal of Camden High School, who died Friday.

They passed her bier in silence at her home at 228 Washington. Avenue, Haddonfield. Surrounding the casket were countless floral expressions of sympathy.

Today the family will have strictly private services at 2 p. m. at the house. Dr. George F. Finnie, pastor of North Baptist Church, of which she was a member for years, will preach the sermon and conduct the burial services in Colestown Cemetery.

The honorary pall-bearers will be Dr. Howard Dare White, assistant state commissioner of education; Samuel E. Fulton, president of the Camden Board of Education; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools; Dr. James E. Bryan, former superintendent of schools; Thomas W. Trembath, vice principal of Camden High School, Wilfred W. Fry, North Baptist Church; George M. Bryson, former member of the board of education; Dr. William A. Wetzel, principal of Trenton High School, and Henry P. Miller, principal of Atlantic City High School.

The following members of the Camden High School Associate Alumni will be active pall-bearers:

William A. Rogers, president; Franklin S. Garman, 1907; Albert E. Burling, 1909; Charles E. Glendenning, 1913; Robert A. Haley, 1921, and Merrill N. O'Brien, 1911.

What was to have been, a joyous occasion Saturday night was turned into one of sorrow when the alumni met at the school for a. dance and frolic in honor of the graduates.

Instead of the reception, the alumni passed resolution of condolence, and voted to raise a four-year scholarship costing $20,000. The alumni plans to endow a fund to give graduates from the school a complete four year course in a university. A new graduate will be given a scholarship each year. It will be kn6wn as the Clara S. Burrough Scholarship. Rogers was authorized to appoint a committee to raise the fund.             .

A floral piece had been ordered placed in her chair at the school by the alumni early Saturday. It was carried with solemnity to a tree planted by the alumni in her honor near the school. After singing her favorite hymn, "The Lord is My Shepherd" Rogers offered a prayer.

The alumni also sent a floral expression to the house. Classes, graduates and various state, county and city educational groups were represented In the floral tributes.

Miss Burrough died at 1 p.m. Friday, one hour after she had been placed on the retired list after 45 years of service as a teacher and principal in Camden schools. She had been principal of the school since 1900.

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

First School of Kind in Camden Will Help Backward Students

Camden's first summer school for high school grades opens tomorrow in Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School, Euclid Avenue and Park Boulevard

Today more than 250 students, who have failed in not more than two subjects, will register in the school auditorium. Pupils will also be reg­istered from Merchantville, Pennsauken and Woodlynne.

Camden students will be required to post a deposit of $1, which will be returned to them if they successfully pass their examinations in August. Out-of-town students will be required to pay $5 tuition fees.

T. W. Trembath, vice principal of Camden High School, will be principal of the summer school. Thirty student teachers from Temple University School of Education will be instructors. Five teachers from Camden High School will supervise the studies as follows: John J. Danaher, science and history; Dr. Walter N. Myers, Latin and modern languages; Miss Marion Lukens, mathematics; Everett B. Townsend, commercial subjects, and Trembath, English.

Trembath said yesterday that it will be almost imperative for students who have had failures in the past term to take the summer course to catch up in their studies, if they wish to continue with their classes because of the change in curriculum in the fall when two high schools will be established.

He explained that students may take up two subjects in which they have failed, and if they pass tests satisfactorily in August they will be promoted. Twelfth grade students will be graduated.

Students may register today from 9 a. m. until noon. Classes will be held from 8.30 to 11.30 a. m. daily.

The school is open to ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades only. If the school is a success it will be extended eventually to other grades, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, declared.

Dr. Neulen and the board of edu­cation worked out the plan for the school. It is estimated the school will save the city considerable in educational costs. Each student required to stay an additional year in schools because of failures costs the city more than $100..

The following studies will be taught at the school: Latin, French, Spanish, English, German, modern European history, early European history, American history; economics, algebra, geometry, general mathematics, vocation mathematics, advanced mathematics, bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, chemistry, physics and biology.

Camden Courier-Post - May 2, 1934

Camden Rotary Club
Holy Name Roman Catholic Church

Rev. Thomas J. Whelan - Fred A. Vieser
J.W. Burnison
Dr. Leon N. Nuelen - George W.A. Kappel
George W. Griffiths - Christian E. Ebensperger
Samuel P. Riggins - George A. Moore
John H. Booth - Trevor B. Matthews
William Major - Hubert Scheer

Camden Courier-Post- February 4, 1936

Asks Transfer of Large Portion of Costs From Property to Other Taxes

Transfer of a large portion of school costs to taxes other than the property tax is recommended by Dr. Leon N. Neulen, Camden school superintendent and president of the New Jersey State Teachers' Association, in the leading article of the New Jersey Educational Review for February.

Dr. Neulen presents a detailed analysis of the sources of state school monies to show that slightly less than one percent of the total applicable for the support of schools in local districts come from taxes other than the property tax.

"Sound modern principles of school finance dictate that at least 20 percent of the cost of New Jersey schools should be borne by taxes other than the property tax," says Dr, Neulen. "Such taxes should, at the same time, take the form of genuine state aid to education, instead of the pretended state aid that we now have.

"At present more than 99 percent of the cost of New Jersey schools is borne by property taxes. No state in the union makes its schools more dependent upon this one source of income, or places on the home owners so great a burden of school support. But for the fact that New Jersey is, for its size, one of the wealthiest of the states, and one of those most able to support good schools, its educational system would not have survived the recent years without irreparable damage. That the schools have suffered severely no one who knows anything about education will deny,"

Dr. Neulen also presents data to show that 24 states bear a higher percentage of the total school cost than New Jersey, which is listed as contributing 19 percent.

"But," he says, "even the 19 percent which New Jersey theoretically contributes dwindles to an insignificant amount when we examine it. Approximately $14,599,000 raised from local property taxes is returned directly to the counties where it is levied. Its effect is exactly the same as if it were a county tax. This leaves less than $5,500,000 from the total of the so-called state aid which can be considered as approaching to state aid. This is barely six per cent of the cost of New Jersey schools, and an insignificant amount compared with what our state should be doing." attend.

Camden Courier-Post- February 19, 1936


Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden public schools, will be a speaker at the convention of public school superintendents at St. , Louis next week. The Camden superintendent's address, which will concern potentially permanent educational values of the National Youth Administration apart from the ebb and flow of relief requirements, will be given February 26 in the Hotel Statler, St. Louis. The convention will open Saturday and continue until Thursday, February 27. Members of the department of superintendence of the National Educational Association will attend.

Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938

Junior Red Cross Activities Told to Astonished Elders
12,000 Members in County Learn Meaning of Real Charity
Through Aid to Sick and Needy School Classmates


Bright-faced boys and girls of the Collingswood schools, representative of the 12,000 members the junior council of the Red Cross has in Camden County, astonished their elders last night by the nature and scope of their humanitarian work,

These revelations were made at the meeting of the Camden County Chapter of the Red Cross, with Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of Camden city schools, presiding.

So remarkably humane did these boys and children reveal themselves that they shared honors with Fire man Harry Cooling, of the Collingswood fire department, who was an unsung hero until last night, too.

Henry D. Rooney, familiarly known in Red Cross circles as "Pop" and the man in charge of the first aid efforts of the organization, disclosed the hero role that Cooling played some months ago.

"Cooling was a student at the first aid school we were maintaining at Collingswood," said Rooney, "and he was in class one night studying when a call came to him. The police department had found a woman overcome by gas.”

Errand of Mercy

"The Policeman who found the victim knew the fire department was at first aid school that night. So he telephoned to the firemen for assistance and Harry Cooling responded. He revived the woman and then summoned a doctor.

"The physician sent for an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital. The doctor said to Harry: 'You're going with us,' That woman became unconscious twice when on the way to the hospital and each time Harry revived her. She is alive and well today."

While Harry shone because of Rooney's tale, the youngsters basked in the sunlight of their own description of the work they did, told with modesty, and actually astounding the elders on hand.

William Stevenson, who is chairman of the junior council in Collingswood and a senior in the high school, opened the program for his associates. He disclosed that every student in the high schools and every pupil in the elementary grades is a member of the junior council. They are organized to take care of needy pupils, and the anonymous manner in which such humanitarian work is performed was explained at length by the young spokesman.

$967 Spent In Aid

Miss Dorothy Thorne gave an insight into the activities of the juniors, measured in dollars and cents. She told of the collection of $1001 from the Collingswood school children during the past year, of which $967.34 was spent to aid youngsters, needy, sick or ailing.

The manner in which these young people spent the money was an insight into the expansive work they do. One needy pupil was given a vital X-ray examination for which the juniors paid $15.

Another bill of $10 which was paid, provided medicine in hospitals for students whose own. Pocketbooks couldn't supply the money. Milk for babies, meat for the hungry, clothing for the needy- all these activities were set forth in a chapter that evoked praise from Dr. Neulen, the chairman.

The Christmas work of the high and grade school youngsters, too, formed an illuminating chapter. Miss Jessie Watt of the high school, recited how the schools have been supplying these baskets for five years.

152 Baskets Sent Out

"No family is identified by name,'" she said, "but each is known by a number which is placed on the basket and the address of the person to whom the basket is to be de livered is appended.

"In 1937 at Christmas we sent out 152 baskets."

"These baskets,” added Miss Watt, "if totaled in money, would· have amounted to possibly $1500, all of the baskets being supplied by the school children alone."

Douglas Reese of the high school senior class, who helped to deliver the baskets, told of the joy of the recipients, and how he and his fellows learned how the other half lived.

"It was an experience we will never forget," he declared.

Richard Miller, a chubby youngster who attends Garfield school, recited the international amity which is promoted by Collingswood grade schools and foreign school children.

"We send cartons from our school, and the other schools to foreign countries, filled with toys and playthings, dolls and everything that a child would ask at Christmas, but no war toys” he said.

"And no soap," he declared fervently, while his elder auditors roared, "because we don't want to insult them by malting them think we think they need soap."

Garments Distributed

Betty Jane Vogel, also of the Garfield school, told of the instruction which the pupils receive, while Phyllis Greene, of the junior high school, narrated how each of the 300 girls in the school supplied a garment she had made to be given a needy girl last Christmas.

Dorothy Paul, of Oaklyn, who at tends Collingswood High school, revealed the international friendship and amity that Collingswood youngsters are promoting by an. exchange of letters and gifts. She exhibited a tremendous portfolio which had been sent by Collingswood High to a high school in Czechoslovakia. The aliens to reciprocate, sent back, a portfolio showing the process of steel-making in the great plants at Skoda.

Miss Paul also explained that these exchanges were made with high schools as far afield as South Africa, with those in Italy and other European countries.

Helen Barton, also a student at the junior high, was the 1937 delegate to the national conference of the junior council held in Washington. She recited how the juniors had contributed between $15,000. and $18,000 during the last year to be expended in helping communities to supply libraries and playgrounds to the boys and girls of those places.

Miss Barton also recited a story regarding an accident which had occurred to two children in Delaware, who afterwards became wards of junior council.

Pay for Surgery

"They had been in an accident," she related, "and it was necessary to resort to plastic surgery in order to keep their faces from being scarred for life. The junior council sent them to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the operations were per formed and new faces literally given to the children."

Reports were received from various committees at the session held before the juniors took charge. Representatives told how the various communities are fighting the depression by having the various Red Cross units make sweaters, jackets and other articles of clothing to supply the needy who lack these essentials.

The county chapter, too, reported $6000 sent to Washington national headquarters; as payment for the membership which had been recruited during the past year. Miss Viola E. Williams, executive secretary, reported the chapter would embrace 12,500 members shortly, the greatest known to the organization since wartime.

Mrs. M. E. Linden was presented with a pin for having recruited the largest number of new members for the Collingswood unit.

Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1938

Is Zat So?

THIS writer makes a grand salaam to the school children of Collingswood. The youngsters are members of the junior council of the American Red Cross, itself indicative of the humanitarian objectives of the young folk. Few persons, unless they are cognizant of the grand work of the school pupils in the grade schools and ·the students in the high schools, can realize how effective these youngsters are in their charities and humanities. I

When I stop to consider that, years ago, when this grizzled old codger was a pupil in a grammar school, that the only contact we had with foreign nations was on a round globe that turned on a swivel, the amity and alliances that these Collingswood boys and. girls have built abroad seem a miracle.

We also regard as significant a little Incident connected with this international alliance between Southern Jersey and Central Europe. One realizes that the children in the classrooms reflect the nature of domestic thought, the trend of home training, home beliefs, home aims. This fact was proved to a startling degree by the straw votes taken in the suburban high schools in 1936 on the presidential contest.

The communities ran almost identical at the polls with the straw votes in the classrooms, so that the school children were really revealing the manner in which pa and ma were going to vote at the polls.

. This prelude was merely to allude more convincingly to a little fact that may have escaped particular attention at a recent meeting of the Camden County Chapter of the Red Cross in the Collingswood borough hall. The students in the junior high school made a portfolio last Christmas to send to high school children in Czechoslovakia.


Naturally as junior members of the great Red Cross, the C.H.S. students included in their portfolio, largely pictorial, scenes that were "interesting to pacific students here, pictures of school work, student activities, and the like.

It is significant that the portfolio which the students in a high school in Prague returned to Collingswood contained pictures of the great munitions works called Skoda. A plant that ranks with the Krupps in Germany, or any of the great plants in our own country.

I have been hearing views given by those who have returned from Europe. These travelers agree Europe is martial-minded, and that war is in everybody's thought, if not on everybody's' lips. It was necessary to take everything with a grain of salt, for after all, an American viewpoint on a European situation is not necessarily reflective of European thoughts.

But a school child's mind is reflective of the thoughts of his elders.

The mere fact that these children in Czechoslovakia should believe that their friends in South Jersey would, be interested in pictures of the great munitions plant reveals to me, at least that Europe is war-minded. I believe the kids disclosed this better than all the premiers, dictators and rulers on the continent.

I shall stick to the original premise that a child reflects its domicile, reflects its parents, reflects the home thoughts and beliefs, and this portfolio, filled with pictures of a munitions plant, is tile best argument to me that Europe is thinking and dreaming of war. Hence the warrant, insofar as I am concerned, for the increase in Uncle Sam's own national defenses.

It also indicates the simplicity of the student mind in Prague. At a distance of thousands of miles these simple children probably felt that the little pals in America were thinking along the same lines as the offspring of the Czechs.


Hence what could come with greater pleasure to the Collingswood children, or be fraught with a sterner message that we in Czechoslovakia are prepared, too, than to send the Jersey children a book filled with majestic pictures of Skoda's great munitions' plant.

Indeed, to my mind, it was the most telling and significant indication that war is in the European mind from peasant to dictator. To turn to the other side of the picture the work of these children among the needy of the school students is one of the finest examples of brotherly love to be found anywhere.

These youngsters, too, have learned the great lesson of real benevolence- that charity must be anonymous, that giving to the poor must be done in a spirit of helpful ness, in a mood of brotherliness whereby the one who has, gives of his store to the one who has not.

The manner in which these youngsters distribute their Christmas baskets is in this same generous spirit. The families in want are not exposed, their names are a secret. The baskets are filled; each has a number and an address. The almoners deliver these baskets to the addresses. All the children know, unless the person to whom the basket is delivered furnishes the information, is that the right number got the right basket.

The mere fact that these, school children in Collingswood could collect $1001 for their charitable work is in itself a high water mark of excellence and efficiency. And the manner in which the kids distributed the money, the practical uses to which they put the funds, is another feather in their caps.

When I read about this Junior Red, Cross I got the impression that it was one of the usual organizations for the youngsters, an organization that gave them a pin to wear and a sweater to knit, then decided to call everything jake.

 That is the usual nature of most of these "junior" organizations- a pair of knitting needles, some wool and a pin: Presto; the whole thing is complete, the entire picture filled, If I was astounded at the international scope of their work, or the fact that these school children were actually carrying on international amity in its most fruitful fashion, between the children of the various countries, the elders present were paralyzed.

If those elders revealed an insight Into their real impression of the junior council, I'm sure they would say that they had had the same idea as Mackay- a pin, a skein of wool, a pair of knitting needles.

When the amplified, expansive labors of, these children were disclosed to them, the elders were flabbergasted, but delightedly so. The children won unstinted plaudits from the chairman, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, and they deserved every tribute, every garland.

So I wish they would take another grand salaam from the author..

Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938

Camden Real Estate Board Gives Luncheon Attended by Prominent Citizens

Schoolchildren, members of service clubs, and civic leaders joined the Camden County Real Estate Board yesterday in paying tribute to the memory of Abraham Lincoln at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman.

Among the guests present were Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools; Albert M. Bean, county superintendent of schools; and Joseph Hale, president of the Camden Lions Club.

The principal speaker was Hamilton R. Disston, who conducts public forums at the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia, and is a teacher of public speaking. Introduced by J. Frank Hanly, president of the Real Estate Board, which was host to the other organizations, Disston gave a recitation in which he traced the career of the Great Emancipator from his lowly beginning until his death by assassination in Ford's Theatre, Washington, April 15, 1865.

Selecting as his topic: "Lincoln the Man," Disston described the anguish and disappointments through which the war-time President lived. He recalled the incident prior to Lincoln's election as President for a second term, when he was requested to write a letter of condolence to a woman who had lost five sons in the Civil War.

"Lincoln," said Disston, "was not a man who could be exploited for political purposes. "He received the request to write the letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, of Boston, prior to his election, but he waited until after the campaign was over before he sent condolences to that bereaved mother. That was one of his marks of greatness."

Disston recited Lincoln's Gettysburg address, characterizing it as one of the world's literary gems, and then took his audience back to the sorrowful day on April 15, 1865 when the President had the dream of premonition of his own death—the vision wherein he saw himself aboard a "dark, formless boat," that sailed away into darkness.

Disston concluded with a dramatic .picture of the President's assassination in Ford's Theatre and the escape of the killer, Booth. Disston was obtained as speaker through Ernest E. Lindner.

Represented among the realtors at the luncheon were three generations in the family of William J. Flemming, long a member of the board. Present with Flemming were his son, William F. Flemming, also a board member, and the latter's small son, William W. Flemming. Eighty-five persons were present at the meeting.

Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1938

Dr. and Mrs. Leon N. Neulen, of 30 South Evergreen avenue, Woodbury, are being congratulated on the birth of a son, Robert Nelson Neulen, on February 14, in the Underwood Hospital, Woodbury..

Camden Courier-Post
 February 19, 1938

Harry Roye - Loyal D. Odhner
Charles B. Crabiel
James W. Burnison
Thomas N. McCarter
Mrs. Rocco Palese
John F. Gilliams
Oliver C. Boileau
Arthur Colsey
Charles Errickson
Rev. James S. Pemberton
Dan McConnell
Leon H. Rose
Laura Moore - Russell E. Nickerson
Elber Reim - Elmer C. Pratt
Mrs. Miriam Lee Early Lippincott
Samuel Brest
Neil F. Deighan
William Atkinson
Roy Lanning - Albert M. Bean
Dr. Leon N. Neulen
George W. Guyer

Camden High School
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Camden Courier-Post * July 31, 1941


Camden High School
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Camden High School
1942 Purple & Gold Yearbook

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Camden Courier-Post

May 22, 1945

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Joseph Balzano, 11, Selected As City’s No. 1 Young Citizen

 By Daniel P. McConnell

Camden’s outstanding young citizen for 1945, Joseph Balzano, Jr., a sixth grade pupil at Kaighn School, wants to be a "bone doctor" so that he can help other children get well again.

Last night before an audience of more than 500 adults and pupils this courageous youngster, the son of a longshoreman, accepted with calm dignity and a radiant smile the tumultuous applause that greeted the announcement he had been picked for this high honor in the annual contest sponsored by the Camden Lodge of Moose.

Known only to a few of the audience that taxed the capacity of the city hall commission chamber was the father of the “champ”, Joseph Balzano Sr., who after quitting work in Philadelphia rushed to Camden in time to hear his son called to the platform to receive a certificate naming him the out­standing citizen of his own school.

The audience virtually shrieked its approval of young Joe's selection. His surprised and excited father naturally jumped up and down for joy as the lad, attired in a gray suit with long trousers walked to the platform where he was received by Stan Lee Broza, director of the radio "Children's Hour" program; Dr. Ethan A. Lang, governor of the local lodge of Moose; Mayor Brunner and Supreme Court Justice Donges, Past Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Broza presented the outstanding youth plaque to the winner. Justice Donges gave a plaque to Miss Emilia Corda, 16, of 1104 South Fourth Street, Camden High School junior, winner of the second award. Dr. Lang also gave a plaque to James Zitz, 16, of 702 Florence Street, Camden Catholic High School junior, who won the third award.

Suffered Blood Poisoning

Young Joe Balzano never dreamed as he lay on his pain-wracked cot in Hahnemann Hospital in January and February last year that this great honor would come to him. Joe had blood poisoning in his left leg. He suffered excruciating pain.

When the doctors stuck needles in his leg every two hours, day after day, he never cried. He only wanted to do one thing- go back to school.

When he was brought home he was told he could not go to schoo1. Members of the Camden Board of Education, of which Dr. Lang is president, assigned Miss Clara Mantini to give him home instructions. That was almost like going to school. Joe went back top school and ended the term in the upper quarter of his class, Miss Mantini said.

After he was whisked into a side room to escape well-wishers, fellow pupils and pothers who wanted to shake his hand, this typical American lad, taking it all in stride sat down to be interviewed.

Tells of Ambition

"My ambition in life is to be a bone doctor,” he said. “While I was in the hospital I watched the doctors and nurses who treated me so fine. They told me I would walk again, and I did. I want to be that kind of doctor so I can help other boys and girls who were stricken as I was. I want to do something when I become a man to show my gratitude for what was done for me by the doctors in the Hahnemann hospital.”

Obtaining a perfect score of 80 points in the contest, young Balzano was rated for courtesy, kindness, trustworthiness, sportsmanship, cleanliness, obedience, thrift, loyalty, reverence, leadership, cooperation, punctuality, init­iative, leisure time activities, school activities- extra curricula and social attitude.

His regular teacher, Miss Rosolia Cioffi, gave him a testimonial to the judges. She lauded his courageous spirit, among other attributes.

Rev. Michael Argullo, acting pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, had this to say about Joe. "He is an outstanding boy endowed with many fine qualities. He is a boy of fine character, manly, a good sport, faithful to his religious duties and has the necessary qualifications for the honor of the outstanding young citizen."

Miss Mantini, who taught him at home, added this: "He is pleasant, good natured and above all, a courageous boy. I have never known him to complain. There are many words I could us to describe Joe, but 1 prefer you see and speak to him personally.

Mrs. John Beskett, director of recreation, Deaconess Home and Community center, also praised the citizen award winner. As a member of the center’s boys club, she said, he accepts responsibility, is honest, trustworthy, ambitious and is willing at all times to help others.

The winner and the two runners up will receive two additional awards. Sunday all will appear on the "Children's Hour" broadcast over WCAU at 11.30 AM.

Going to Washington

In addition, they will be taken ion a two-day trip to Washington. The escorts will be Justice and Mrs. Donges.

Mayor Brunner said the three winners and each of those picked as outstanding citizen of the other public and parochial schools are the future citizens of the community, state and nation. The mayor congratulated all the outstanding young citizens and praised the local lodge of Moose for conducting its second annual award program.

Offering his congratulations, Justice Donges warned against optimism over the early end of the war with Japan. Sacrifices on the home front, he added, must be endured until the victory is won.

Dr. Lang presided at the exercises. Rev. William L. McKeever, assistant rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, gave the invocation. Vocal selections were given by the Cooper School choir under the direction of Mrs. Anna Malloy. Rev. Everett W. Palmer, pastor of Centenary-Tabernacle Methodist Church, offered benediction.

Among: those attending were Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of public schools; Daniel R. Weigle, executive vice-president, county Chamber of Commerce; David Balsam, director of youth activities, Federation of Jewish Charities, and Mrs. Alice K. Predmore, member of the Camden Board of Education.

Camden Board of Education - 1955
Around the Table:

Victor Levinson
James O'Neill
May A. Jones
John J. Horn
Samuel T. French Jr.
Joseph C. Ragone
Alfred R. Pierce
Harry R. Janice
J. Maxwell Griffin
Eugene E. Wales
John Odorisio
Dr. Leon Neulen