F. Stanley

FLETCHER STANLEY BLEAKLY was the son of John W.F. Bleakly and his wife Fannie. His grandfather, William Bleakly, owned a large lime and cement company at Front and Federal Streets in the 1880s and 1890s, which his father became manager of. His early years were spent in Merchantville NJ, but by 1910 the Bleakly family had moved to 517 State Street in North Camden, two blocks from William Bleakly's home at 316 State Street.  John W.F. Bleakly later engaged in construction, and was known as "the man who built North Camden", as he developed much of the area north of State Street. John W.F. Bleakly later served as secretary to the Camden Board of Education, a post he held in 1920.

The 1920 census show F. Stanley Bleakly living with wife Florence and son John S. at 1128 Kenwood Avenue in the then-new Parkside section of Camden. He was then engaged in the retail stationary business. By April of 1930 the Bleakly family had moved to Haddonfield NJ. At that point he was still in the stationary business. F. Stanley Bleakly operated a Ford automobile dealership in Camden in the late 1930s, with Edgar Myers. The dealership was taken over by Ed Berglund by the early 1940s. 

The 1947 Camden City Directory shows F. Stanley Bleakly as living in the Erlton section of Delaware Township. He was then serving as the secretary- treasurer of the U.S. Fuel Producers Company, with offices in the Wilson Building at Broadway and Cooper Street.

A relative, uncle Edwin G.C. Bleakly, was a prominent attorney in Camden, and served as city solicitor in 1919-1920. E.G.C. Bleakly was a principal in the firm of Bleakly, Stockwell & Zink, in Camden. 

F. Stanley Bleakly passed away in Boca Raton FL in June of 1974.

City Directory

Buyers Guide

Camden Courier-Post - April 2, 1928




6th Street - 7th Street - 27th Street
Atlantic Avenue - Federal Street
Ferry Avenue
 Kaighn Avenue - Lawrence Street
Mickle Street - Spruce Street

Congoleum Nairn Inc. - Bleakly Brothers
Engine Company 9

M.D. Cornish - Horace R. Dixon - Fred Hutchinson - Allen Palmer
Clarence Pursglove - Dominic Sgariglio - Louis Tarter
Edward C. Vanderbilt - John Whitehead - Samuel Yentis

Camden Courier-Post
January 1930

Bleakly Brothers

525-527 Market Street

The picture depicts new steel office furniture that had been installed in the then-new Camden City Hall


Camden Courier-Post - January 1930
Bleakly Brothers furniture at the new Camden City Hall

Camden Courier-Post

May 22, 1930

Dwight W. Morrow
Charles A, Wolverton
F. Stanley Bleakly
Frank M. Travaline
George D. Rothermel
Samuel E. Moore

Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931

Noise to the Right of Them- Ditto to Left- That's Politics

The courthouse plaza was the scene of considerable excitement yesterday afternoon when Democrats and Republicans clashed in an impromptu open forum over the merits of David Baird and A. Harry Moore, gubernatorial candidates.

An armistice was agreed upon after leaders from both factions took the stump and attempted to drown each other out by shouting the qualifications of their candidates.

A crowd of nearly 1000 persons cheered and booed until the Republicans consented to allow the Democrats to speak without interference.

Just previous to this, the two political parties had alternated in ten-minute speeches when the arguments of one forced the other to jump on the same platform and answer his opponent.

Gene Mariano, Camden Democratic orator, challenged that vice existed in Camden. He defied a Republican speaker to debate with him on the subject. Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakley stepped from the crowd. He started to address the crowd attacking Moore.

A loud speaker wagon with six megaphones was backed up to the curb and martial music stopped the proceedings. It was later resumed with the Democrats in control.

The speakers included Jack Reynolds, Democrat, of Jersey City; Aaron Gordon, Republican of Jersey City; William E. Sewell, superintendent of elections, and Clifford Jordan, 122 Wade Street, both of Jersey City.

Jordan told his experiences with labor and election conditions in that city.

Camden Courier-Post
June 17, 1932

Lotus Restaurant
Market Street
David Baird Jr. 
Isabella C. Reinert
Joshua C. Haines
Walter S. Keown
Elizabeth C. Verga
Charles A. Wolverton
George R. Pelouze
Albert S. Woodruff
F. Stanley Bleakly
Frank M. Travaline Jr.
Raymond J. Jubanyik


Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1933

Bleakly Amending It to Apply to Camden and Trenton Alone

Amendment of his city district court bill to apply only to Camden and Trenton in order that opposition in other sections of the state will be overcome is being considered by Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden. 

The measure, now before the Legislature, would take from city district court judges their power of appointing court employees.

In Camden this applies to Judge Frank F. Neutze, a Democrat. Such power would be placed in the hands of municipal governing bodies. In discussing the bill Bleakly said that he introduced it at the request of the Camden City Commission as an economy measure. He contended it would save the city $5400 a year.

"It is only fair," he declared, "that the city governments, which must foot the bill for district court expenses, should have some control over how many employees are appointed for Political Purposes'

"Let me say now that this is no ripper legislation. It is not motivated for political purposes; it is purely an economy and home rule bill, like the bills to lift mandatory appropriations.

"The Camden city district has 11 employees. Courts in other sections of the state fewer 

"The City Commissioners saw in this difference a chance to economize, but under the law they were powerless to do anything. 

"As originally introduced, the bill applied to all district courts, county and city alike. Because there are less employees in courts elsewhere in the state and because the situation is entirely different than it is here, certain objections were raised. Therefore, I have drawn up amendments.

"These amendments, in addition changing the act so that it would so apply only to cities of the size of SE Camden and Trenton, protect those now employed in the district court. 

Such protection was not provided in the original bills. 

"Under the amendment, any changes in the personnel of the Camden district court will be made in accordance with the civil service list. 

In other words, the only ones to go would be the last ones taken on, regardless of their politics. If the bill goes through there will be just as many or within one as many Democrats as there will be Republicans. 

To Retire Hillman 

"It is planned, I understand, to retire Edwin A. Hillman, clerk of the court and a Republican, who has been ill for some time. His salary is $3000 and his pension of $1200 would mean a net saving of $1800 to the city. His successor would be chosen strictly on civil service qualifications, not through politics.

"The dropping of one clerk and two sergeants-at-arms at $1200 a year each would mean another saving of $3600, or a total of $5400. Those that would go would be the newest ones on the civil service list."

The present district court setup shows six Republican and five Democratic employees. In addition to Hillman, they are William Sauerhoff, Clemson England, Benjamin Manning, Republican sergeants-at-arms; Edward Dennis, Edward Martin, Harry Daily, Democratic sergeants-at-arms; Charles Ferat, assistant of clerk, Republican; John Bissinger, small claims clerk, Democrat; Imlay Binkert, deputy clerk, Republican, and Frank Suttill, clerk, Democrat..

Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933

Late Custodian's Aide at Courthouse is Freeholders Choice

The Board of Freeholders will appoint Thomas Dickinson Jr. as acting custodian of the courthouse and the city hall-courthouse annex at its meeting this afternoon. 

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga will be appointed to a new term of five years on the Board for the Supervision of Old Age Relief, of which she has been secretary-treasurer for one year. The post carries no salary. 

Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, director of the freeholders, revealed the pending appointments. In the case of the custodianship, his announcement came as rumors spread that one of the bigger politicians would be named to the job left vacant since the death of Edward Holloway, the incumbent, last month. 

"Dickinson, who was assistant to Holloway, will be named acting custodian to serve tor the balance of the year," Dr. Ewing said. "The freeholders will make the appointment tomorrow."

Prior to Dr. Ewing's announcement, rumors circulated at the city hall and courthouse mentioning postmaster Charles H. Ellis, City Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, Assembly- man F. Stanley Bleakly and former Sheriff Walter T. Gross among possibilities for the custodianship, which pays $2520 a year under the general county cut of 30 percent. 

Reports that the aforementioned were candidates for the job could not be confirmed, and in certain quarters they were considered without foundation, mainly because the pay would be smaller in most instances than what those mentioned all possible candidates are now receiving in their other posts.

Other possibilities mentioned include Robert Brennan, First Ward Republican county committeeman, and Freeholders William P. Cotter and C. Leonard Brehm. Brennan had been employed for some time at the city hall and courthouse in maintenance of the building. Dickinson also is reported to be a candidate for the custodianship. 

Acting custodian Dickinson will continue at the same salary he has been receiving as assistant, Dr. Ewing said. The director added that the freeholders may consider the custodianship vacancy again early next year, but whether the post will be filled is problematical because of the economic situation in the county.  

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933

Bleakly Insists Each Local Community Should Make Decision
Measure Will Not Go to Legislature Monday as Scheduled

A bitter fight impends over at least two provisions of the permanent state beer control bill which is being whipped into final shape for introduction in the Legislature. It will not be introduced Monday night, as had been planned. 

The state beer commission, headed by Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, was scheduled to meet Monday morning to complete final draft for presentation before the Legislature at the night session. 

It has been discovered, however, that several legal questions first must be decided by Attorney General William A. Stevens, and the meeting of the commission was postponed to Tuesday. If the Legislature continues in session that night, it is possible the measure may then be presented. 

Bleakly Has Objections 

But Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden, a member of the commission, announced last night he intended to make a strong fight to revise the measure in at least two respects. 

He objects strenuously to the proposed costly set-up of the excise commissions and to the loss of a local option provision in the measure. 

"The bill is top-heavy with jobs," Bleakly said. "The state excise commission of four members and the 21 county advisory boards of two members each would have at their disposal more than 125 jobs for various clerical and investigating workers. 

"It would cost the state $20,000 a month to operate under this plan, and we could use that money to much better advantage. 

"With the patronage possible from this bill, anyone could be elected governor," Bleakly said, significantly. Richards, who is sponsoring the measure, seeks the Republican gubernatorial nomination. 

Insists on Home Rule 

"The home rule features also must be changed. As now proposed, 'municipal' rulers would recommend to the county excise board the applicants for licenses. Then the county board would investigate and recommend those favored to the state board, which would issue the licenses. Though there is a semblance of home rule here, the bill gives municipal authorities no power to revoke licenses, which must be done by the state board. The opportunity for politics in that feature is evident. 

"Then the bill permits Sunday selling in all municipalities of the state. Individual municipalities which may not want beer on Sundays in their limits, would have no say in the matter. That is wrong. 

"The bill I sponsored last week permitted local rulers, by resolution, to permit Sunday sales, and five percent of the voters in each municipality could force a referendum to decide the question. That would give each municipality home rule and that's what I intend to fight for. 

"It seems inconsistent to me that the Legislature went to such great trouble at the beginning of the session to give municipalities more home rule by repealing mandatory legislation and then comes to the end of the session and does exactly the reverse." 

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933

Assembly Amends Old Measure to Provide for Local Vote 
Opposition Growing to Excise Plan of Richard

Trenton, June 19.-The Assembly tonight approved sale of beer over bars and on Sundays after 1 a.m. 

The measure, sponsored by Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden, and Assemblyman Thomas M. Muir, of Union, makes the provisions in municipalities whose governing bodies give such authority by resolution. It supplements the 
present law.

The bill assures local option by providing that a local referendum would be mandatory at the next general election if five percent of the voters of any municipality protest Sunday 
sales and bars, and petition for the referendum. The present law prohibits sale on Sundays and over bars. 

Minority Leader John J. Rafferty, of Middlesex, opposed the measure on he ground it violated the pledge by friends of repeal, that bars would not return.

Oppose Richards Bill 

Bleakly and Assemblyman Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, answered that bars are used freely now and that the bill would eliminate hypocrisy. 

Meanwhile opposition to Senate President Emerson L. Richards' proposed permanent beer bill gained headway. One of his Atlantic county colleagues, Assemblyman Anthony 
J. Siracusa, and the State League of Municipalities objected to some of its provisions.

The bill sponsored by Richards, chairman of the State Beverage Control commission, proposes setting up a state excise commission and advisory boards in each of the 21 
counties. All licenses, for retail and wholesale, would be issued by the state commission. 

Expense Objected To

"If the state attempts to control the licensing and selling of beer," Siracusa said, "it will necessitate the appointment of a large enforcement bureau by a staff of investigators. 

"Furthermore, it will defeat the purpose for which beer was legalized- that of creating increased revenue. The state would have to spend all the revenue derived to enforce regulations." 

S. S. Kenworthy, secretary of the State League of Municipalities, declared the proposed Richards bill violated home rule and that the set up of the state excise commission and the county boards would be costly and cumbersome. 

Assemblyman Bleakly, a member of the beer control commission, also has announced he would oppose the bill in its present form, because, he said, it would lead to political 
abuses, and because it did not permit municipalities to decide whether beer should be sold on Sundays but made it mandatory.

The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow for final consideration of the measure before introduction in the Legislature.  

Camden Courier-Post- June 21, 1933

N. J. Rulers Make Horse Race Legal With Local Option

Trenton, June 20.-Revival of running-horse racing in New Jersey was authorized tonight. 

By a vote of 11 to 1, the Senate approved the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Siracusa, of Atlantic, which had been passed by the lower house March 13. 

It creates a state racing commission of three members to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The expense of the commission, which would regulate and license horse races, is not to exceed $5000 a year and would be paid by racing and steeplechase corporations owning or operating tracks. 

The measure was amended by the Senate requiring county referendums before races can be authorized. 

Atlantic County has been leading the fight for horse racing and action on the bill tonight, after it lay in the miscellaneous business committee­ the morgue- since March 15, was hailed as a victory for Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic. 

Doesn't Legalize Gambling 

It was brought out for a vote by Senator Albert S. Woodruff, of Camden, after Richards turned over the chair to him. The amendment then was made on motion of Richards who was the only one to speak for it. 

He declared that many nearby states which permit horse racing obtain substantial revenues from this source and that New Jersey should reap similar benefits. He insisted the measure does not legalize gambling, which is prohibited by the state constitution. 

Beer Still In Doubt 

Senator Edward P. Stout, Hudson Democrat, in a sarcastic reference to the political deals of the session, said: 

"If the Atlantic county Senator is through with horse trading, we should have horse racing." 

Horace G. Prall, Hunterdon Re publican, cast the only negative vote. Affirmative were Woodruff, Barber, Cole, Durand, Ely, Kusel, Loizeaux, Quinn, Richards, Stout and Young. Not voting were Leap, Loder, Powell, Read, Albright, Barbour and Reeves. 

No action was taken on a companion measure by Assemblyman Joseph Altman of Atlantic which would eliminate the anti-gambling amendment to the state constitution which was adopted in 1897. The Altman bill passed the Assembly March 13. 

That permanent beer legislation remained in doubt tonight, with the state beverage commission unable to agree on the bill sponsored by Richards, its chairman. 

Senate Falls to Act 

The Senate failed, to act on the bill by Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden, which was adopted last night by the lower house. It would supplement the present temporary law and permit municipalities to approve Sunday sales and sales over bars, with a provision that five percent of the voters could demand a referendum on the question. 
Assemblyman Thomas M. Muir, of Union, sponsor of the present law, introduced In the House another supplement to continue the present law to. September 1. 

His bill would permit bars and also authorize Sunday sales after 2 p. m., unless or until the local governing bodies prohibited It by resolution.

An added fee of $50 from manufacturers and distributors would be collected and municipalities would be permitted to assess additional fees for retail licenses to September 1. The present law is effective until July 1. Bleakly will move to have the supplement made effective to January 1. 
Muir said no action would be taken in the Assembly on this measure until tomorrow. 

The Assembly will meet again at 11 a. m. and the Senate at noon. Leaders hope to be able to recess late tomorrow night until Fall. 

Bridge Bill Dormant 

Before adjourning for its "fun" session tonight, the Assembly adopted a resolution by Dr. Marcus, W. Newcomb, of Burlington, at the request of the attorney general's office, call ing on the United States secretary of agriculture to reject the proposed Philadelphia milk-shed agreement, declaring it was in conflict with the New Jersey milk control law.

The Assembly laid over Senator Woodruff's bill to allow the state to accept bonds of Camden Bridge in lieu of cash for the $12,000,000 owed the state for the purchase of the bridge. Assemblyman Joseph Greenberg, of Hudson, insisted that it should contain some guarantee to the state against loss of the total payment through sale of the bonds. Bleakly said the bonds would be sold at least at par and that there was nothing in the bill to require New Jersey to accept them at a loss.

A new bill by Senator Edward P. Stout, of Hudson, was adopted by the Senate allowing counties and municipalities to negotiate with the federal government for aid from the federal public works fund. 

The Senate adopted the following other bills: 

A-515-Rafferty-Requires referenda in boroughs and townships before governing bodies may abolish the election of assessors. 

S-422--Reeves-Provides for payment into state treasury of money collected in tines from overloaded trucks crossing interstate bridges. 

S-309-Leap-Requires licenses to be obtained from State Department of Health by shippers sending milk into New Jersey. 

S-21-Barbour-Gives owners of manufacturing space liens upon machinery for unpaid rent. 

S-3811 - Loizeaux - Appropriates $30,000 for final payment of state soldiers' bonus. 

S-395-Read-Glves harbor masters police powers to enforce state laws against vessels using inland water ways. 

S-344-Young (committee substitute)-Extends time within which railroad and canal companies may appeal from 1932 tax assessments. 

S-272-Powell-Allows police of a volunteer fire company to act in all parts of county where appointed. 

S-209-Woodruff-Authorizes registration of lodge emblems to prevent their being worn by unauthorized persons. .

Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933

Amendments to Temporary Law Passed in Early Morning 
Hours of Debate Center On Local Option Phase Of Measure

Trenton, June 22 (Thursday)­ Sunday sale after 1 p. m. and bars are permitted by a supplement to the temporary state beer law adopted by the Assembly early today. The Sunday sales are dependent on resolutions by the local governing bodies. The temporary law is extended from July 1 to September 1. 

The Senate was considering the measure in the hope that adjournment of the Legislature until Fall would be possible early today.

No effort was made to pass a permanent measure, sponsored by Senate President Emerson L. Richards, chairman of the beer control commission. The Assembly vote on the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Thomas M. Muir, of Union, was 31 to 18 with most of the 
Democrats opposing it because it did not permit local referenda.

Finally Get Passage 

Passage came on reconsideration, after an attempt earlier in the session failed. During the first debate on the bill, Assemblyman Herbert J. Pascoe, of Union, had it amended to provide for Sunday sale on resolution of the local governing bodies. 

Minority Leader John J. Rafferty, of Middlesex, led the opposition to this proposal, demanding a referendum clause. Then Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden, a member of the beer commission, sought to amend it to continue its provisions to December 31.

Fight Sunday Sale. 

"We would have bad a permanent bill if there had not been so many deals in the Senate," he declared. His proposed amendment was voted down. Rafferty moved to strike out the Sunday and bar clauses. His motion lost. The measure was put to a vote and mustered only 26 of the necessary 31 votes in favor, and 24 against.

Pascoe then demanded that telegrams be sent to absentee assemblymen to obtain the necessary number of votes. No action was taken on this proposal. 

''We can pass a beer bill if the majority will eliminate the bars and Sunday sales," Rafferty declared. 

Majority Leader Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, criticized the minority and "a few disgruntled members of the beer commission who have caused the Legislature to say that beer is to run rampant in New Jersey." The Assembly then sidetracked the beer problem to continue its other work. 

Joining in the protests against Richard's proposed permanent bill yesterday, was the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, composed of more than 15,000 dispensers of 
beer and wine. 

Telegrams sent to every state senator by the legislative committee headed by Neil Deighan, of Camden, read: 

"On behalf of all licensed beverage dispensers, we urgently request that you oppose the proposed permanent alcoholic beverage act as detrimental to the interests of our community and of those engaged in beverage retailing.

"If the bill is to receive consideration, a public hearing should be held before submitting it to a vote of the Legislature." 

Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933

Legislature Adopts Bill to Make Governor Boss of State Finances

Trenton, June 22 (Thursday)­ The Senate early today approved Senator Joseph G. Wolber's jury reform bill providing for appointment of jury commissioners by Supreme Court Justices. 

Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, failed to muster enough votes to pass the amendment to the state constitution to permit lotteries, a companion to the horse racing bill approved Monday night. He laid it over when he could obtain only four votes in its favor. 

The Assembly killed the Civil Service "ripper" bill affecting the State Highway Department, which was passed by the Senate Monday night. The vote was 22 for and 34 against. 

Two Named to Board 

Senator David Young, of Morris, and Mayor Frank Dorsay, of Perth Amboy, were nominated and immediately confirmed to succeed Firman M. Reeves and Abraham Jelin on the State Highway Commission when their resignations become effective September 1. 

The key bill of the Princeton survey fiscal reform measures was adopted by the Assembly and is ready for Governor Moore's signature. Sponsored by Senator Dryden Kusel, of Somerset, it will make the governor virtual czar over state spending by provision for a state finance commissioner who will be directly responsible only to the governor. The vote was 40 to 10. 

A snag was reached, however, on one of the other fiscal bills. Four were passed by the Assembly Monday night as adopted by the Senate two weeks ago, but a fifth, creating a new budgeting system, was amended in the Assembly to remove legislative control of funds of professional boards. 

The Senate by a vote of 5 to 9, refused to concur in the amendment. Senate and Assembly leaders were in conference in an effort to reach an agreement.

A minor Assembly amendment in Kuser's bill was approved by the Senate. It eliminated the provision that the state finance commissioner should act as secretary of the state sinking fund commission. 

Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly, of Camden, aided by Assemblyman Marcus W. Newcomb, of Burlington, led the unsuccessful opposition to the Kuser bill.

Assemblywoman Isobella C. Reinert and Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr., the other Camden members, joined Bleakly in voting against the bill. 

Assemblyman Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, handled the bill on the floor and engaged in a lively verbal tilt with Bleakly

"The bill does not honestly carry out the Princeton Survey recommendations but merely adds another group of jobs, Including that of the finance commissioner at $10,000 a year, to the state government," said Bleakly.

Supporters of the bill pointed out that the Princeton Survey recommendations begin as follows: 

1. The creation of a department of fiscal control, consisting of a division of purchasing, accounting and budgeting. 

2. Transfer of certain functions of the state house commission to the commissioner of fiscal control, who shall be the direct agent of the governor." 

Deal Charged 

"This is part of the general scheme or deals which has marked this session of the Legislature," Bleakly continued. "We have plenty of machinery now to check on the state's finances and expenditures. There is the budget department, the purchasing department and the civil service department on salaries. This only adds another unnecessary department with about $30,000 in salaries."

In reply Altman said the bill was an economy measure, that it did follow the Princeton Survey recommendations and that no politics were involved.

In addition to the Camden members and Newcomb, Gurk, of Gloucester; King, of Morris; Klnzley, of Bergen; Mutchler, of Morris; Platts, of Essex, and Willis, of Ocean, all Republicans, voted in the negative.

Camden Courier-Post- June 23, 1933

Legislature Makes Sunday Beer Sales Legal
on O. K. of Local Ruling Bodies
Lawmakers Provide for Camden Bridge Fund to Aid Schools 

Trenton, June 22.-Sale of beer on Sundays after 1· p. m. and over bars is permitted in a bill adopted by the Legislature before adjournment early today. 

The bill, extending the present law from July 1 to September 1, provides that any municipality may authorize Sunday and bar sales by resolution. It differs from a similar bill passed in the Assembly Monday, but not acted on by the state, in that there is no provision for local referenda. 

The new measure went across in both branches of the Legislature after tempestuous scenes in the Assembly, where it passed on a second roll call, 31 to 18. Assemblyman Cunard, Republican, of once dry Salem, provided the necessary thirty­first vote. 
Three roll calls were required in the Senate before the needed 11 votes could be mustered. Senator Woodruff, of Camden, came in with the eleventh and there were five against. 

The measure was sponsored by Assemblyman Muir, blind Republican from Union county. As introduced, it contained no Sunday provision but during first debate it was amended for that purpose by Assemblyman Pascoe, also of Union. 

The Assembly roll call: 

For-Altman, Atlantic; Blank, Essex; Bleakly, Camden; Bradley, Essex; Burrell, Essex; Carpenter, Mercer; Cavinato, Bergen; Chamberlin, Mercer; Cunard, Salem; Doughty, Bergen; Fort, Essex; Gurk, Gloucester; Gratowski, Essex; Hunt, Cape May; Kinzley, Bergen; Hamill, Monmouth; Mutchler, Morris; Naughright, Essex; Otto, Union; Pascoe, Union; Platts, Essex; Preiser, Essex; Schock, Monmouth; Siracusa, Atlantic; Tamboer, Passaic; Travaline, Camden; Trube, Essex, Waugh, Essex; Willis, Ocean; Yuill, Essex-31. 

Against-Bischoff, Hudson; Bowers, Somerset; Bucino, Hudson; Dunn, Passaic; Galdieri, Hudson; Greenberg, Hudson; Gross, Hudson; Hejke, Hudson; King, Morris; Lance, Hunterdon; McLaughlin, Hudson; Newcomb, Burlington; Pesin, Hudson; Rafferty, Middlesex; Scheidemann, Passaic; Tinsman, Warren; Vavrence, Hudson; Walker, Hudson -18. 

Not recorded-Brown, Middlesex; Burke, Middlesex; Calabrese, Essex; Downing, Sussex; Maloney, Hudson; Muir, Union; Peters, Bergen; Reinert, Camden; Schroeder, Bergen; Turner, Cumberland; Ward, Union -11. 

Eight were recorded for the bill on the first Senate roll call. Senators Barbour, of Passaic, and Kusel, of Somerset, who were out of the Senate chamber were sent for and each came in and was recorded for the bill. The measure still lacked one to pass. 

Four Senators had refrained from being recorded either way. This group included Woodruff, who, however, voted "aye" when the roll was called for the third time. The final vote: 

For-Barbour, Passaic; Durant, Monmouth; Ely, Bergen; Kuser, Somerset; Loizeaux, Union; Powell, Burlington; Richards, Atlantic; Stout, Hudson; Wolber, Essex; Woodruff, Camden; Young, Morris.­11. 

Against-Barber, Warren; Cole, Sussex; Leap, Salem; Loder, Cumberland; Prall, Hunterdon.-5. 

Not voting-Albright, Gloucester; Read, Cape May; Reeves, Mercer -3.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

Among Guests and Speakers at G.O.P.

Baird, Stokes Lash Richards Ambitions And 'Horse Trading'
Dinner to Reesman and Mrs. Verga Packs Whitman
Ex-Governor Denounces Roosevelt Program,
Hits Inflation


Bitter criticism of the "horse trading:” of the Legislature and the gubernatorial aspirations of Senate President Emerson L. Richards, were coupled with appeals for party loyalty and praise for Camden county's leaders at a dinner of the Camden County Republican Committee in Hotel Walt Whitman last night.

The dinner, one of the largest ever held in the hotel, was in honor of City Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, new chairman of the county committee, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice-chairman of the county and state committees; Joshua C. Haines, former chairman, and Mrs. Isabella C. Reinert, assemblywoman and former vice chairman.

Tribute was paid them by a distinguished gathering of more than 500 national, state and county leaders. So great was the crowd that

Upper left: Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of both the Republican State and Camden County committees; and City Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, chairman of the Republican county committee. Left to right in the lower group are Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Republican State Chairman E. Bertram Mott and Senator Hamilton F. Kean.

 that the capacity of the main ball room was taxed and the junior ballroom was utilized also.

The attacks on "horse trading" and Richards were made by former Governor Edward C. Stokes and former United States Senator David Baird, Jr. Baird did not mention Richards by name.

Proud of Own Legislators

"We Republicans in Camden County have a faculty for victory," Baird said, "but we can and will help to defeat selfish aspirants to office if they don't play straight with the Republican party.”

"I am proud of the record of Senator Albert S. Woodruff and our Assembly members, Mrs. Isabella C. Reinert, F. Stanley Bleakly and Frank M. Travaline, Jr. They didn't take any part in the trading of judges, highway commissioners and prosecutors.

 "Camden County has been accused of not wanting civil service. When it came time to vote on the question Camden County stood by civil service as it always has, and beat the ripper.”

"Only when you play the game and stand four-square for the ideals of the party can you expect the people of the state to trust you."

"Whose Legislature?' Stokes declared:

"We won a great victory in New Jersey in the last presidential election. We did it by remaining loyal and not by trading with the Democrats.

“We thought we elected a Republican legislature. John Milton, Hudson County Democratic leader, however, says we elected a Republican legislature but the Democrats are putting on the show. But in that very paternal letter he wrote me not long ago, telling me what I should do and why I should not 'interfere' with' the Legislature, Senator Richards assured me the Republicans controlled the Legislature, I'm glad to know that for, of course:, Richards is always right."

Stokes predicted history would repeat itself and the Republican party soon would come back into its own.

"The party that stands by its principles despite defeat always comes back."

The former governor proposed two means of lowering the present high taxes and ,heavy expenditures.

"I wish this county committee and all those throughout the state would insist on legislation to prohibit municipalities from spending more than they have and from floating bond issues and I wish you would support legislation providing for a limited  local tax rate and providing for a gradual reduction of taxes to that maximum."

Doubts Roosevelt Plan

He expressed doubt as to the wisdom of some of the Roosevelt program. Inflation makes us prosperous, if revoking the gold standard aids us, amen, if calling 18 inches a yard will help us, that's' fine. If we can ask employers to sell us more and not throw more of our own workers out of work, that will be wonderful. But I can't understand how we will be aided by those proposals. It's too much for me."

He demanded that, France, England, and the other nations pay their debts, declaring they were spending five times their debts on armaments.

Congressmen Defend F. D. R.

Wholehearted support of all of President Roosevelt's measures which will promote relief from present economic conditions was pledged by United States Senators Hamilton F. Kean and ,W. Warren Barbour and Congressman Charles A. Wolverton.

Kean explained that he voted for the economy bill after he had been assured the president would not touch the compensation of those veterans whose injuries were service connected and that it was passed only because "pressure was brought to bear".   I

After paying tribute to Reesman and Mrs. Verga, Kean said:

"One of the first bills introduced by the new administration was the economy bill. This bill authorized the president to consolidate departments of the government, of which there are a great many overlapping and which could be done without any injury to anybody except those receiving salaries or emoluments there from. The bill also authorized the president to adjust the wages of government employees and to examine in and make new rules for those receiving pensions from the government. A year ago we tried to give Mr. Hoover power to do away with a lot of these offices that were unnecessary and useless. Mr. Hoover promised if he had the power that he would do so, but this was beaten by the Democrats, so that Mr. Hoover never had; the power to do away with these useless bureaus.

Economy Bill

"The history of the economy bill is this: After it was passed by the House, before they had time to read, it and under a special rule the debate was so limited that nobody knew anything about it before it was voted on, it was then sent over to the Senate and referred to the finance committee. In the finance committee a Democrat moved that the president should not have authority to reduce anybody's compensation more than 25 percent.

"Each senator voted for or against the measure or amendment under consideration. On this amendment, upon the call of the roll, the majority of the Democrats voted in favor of the amendment. Most of the Republicans voted against the amendment and it was a tie on the last Republican name on the committee. This was Senator, Walcott, of Connecticut, and he voted, "pay" on the amendment. This beat the amendment. Next was the question of reporting the bill out of the committee to the floor of the Senate. This was again a tie vote when it came to Senator Walcott and he voted '''aye,'' which reported the bill out.

Won on G. O. P. Votes

On the floor of the Senate the bill would not have passed but for the Republican votes. We were assured by the Democratic leaders that the president would not touch the compensation of those veterans whose injuries are service connected. In other words, the. wounded. When the regulations came out, some two months after this, bill had been passed, they had cut the wounded veterans to pieces.

"'When the president saw that the Senate voted almost two-third to take away this power from him, he got up some compromise formula which was not satisfactory, and got it passed by the House. This was submitted to the Senate and it was on this proposition that every Republican senator voted to support the Senate amendment rather than the House amendment, and I believe that had no pressure been brought to bear on the senators that every senator in the chamber would have voted for the Senate amendment, rather than for the House amendment."

‘Pay Tribute’

"I don't criticize the president, I pay him tribute," Barbour said. "He showed outstanding courage and initiative. He is taking a long chance in many respects and it is the duty of Congress to make the program succeed. It is the program of the nation and I hope it does succeed. However, I do not forget my loyalty to the Republican party. The test is coming this winter in the administration of these great pieces of legislation. I feel, it my duty as a. Republican not to play politics, but I shall raise potent protest against any unfair or unwise laws."

He praised Mrs. Verga and Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, of Bergen county, national committeewoman, who was among the guests of honor.

"I never would have been elected if it were not for the combined efforts of those ladies," he said.

Two future booms were launched.

Mrs. Verga for Senator 

"Some day when Senator Woodruff gets tired of being Senator, I hope to see Mrs. Verga as Senator or, if Congressman Wolverton would become Governor, I should like to see Mrs. Verga in his place; at Washington. She is marvelously capable of filling both jobs."

In response Wolverton laughingly said:

"That's the first time I ever heard a sober man nominate me for governor".

Wolverton's address follows:

‘Cites Relief Jigsaw’

"In the few minutes allotted to me, it will not be possible to speak upon several subjects· as I would like. I do· wish however, to touch briefly and in a general way upon what in my opinion should be the policy of the Republican party at this time with reference to national affairs.

"The economic condition that confronts our nation today, with its attendant paralysis of business, finance, industry and agriculture, creating widespread unemployment, destitution and need, has brought us face to face with an emergency surpassing in its possible consequences even that of the World War. Its devastating effect has brought distress to millions of our people.

"Demand for relief comes from every conceivable source. It is not confined to any particular class. Bankers, railroads, industrial corporations, farmers, homeowners, businessmen, sovereign states, local municipal governments, capital and labor, rich and poor, each with divergent views and often conflicting interests, but all with an insistent demand that each shall receive the particular kind of relief its individual need requires.

Defends Administration

"In answer to the demand of our people for relief, the president called Congress into special session. He submitted his program for relief and recovery to the Congress and it has been enacted into law. To provide effectual relief in the variety of ways made necessary by the different needs to be served required the entrance of our government into new fields of activity.

"There has been a disposition upon the part of some who hold representative positions in our party to criticize the enactment of such laws upon the basis that we have cast aside many of the fundamental traditions of our nation. Such criticism in my opinion is wrong. It overlooks entirely the serious emergency now existing affecting the welfare of our people and which in my opinion is sufficient justification for the enactment of such temporary legislation.

In times such as these, if we are to best serve our people, we cannot hold to the same course of action that has prevailed in other times.

"This is a time of distress and need- a time that calls for the application of new principles or a rearrangement of the old.

"Policies and principles of government set up and agreed upon in times of prosperity cannot be· accepted as standards in times of economic distress when the financial and industrial organizations of the country are prostrate and our pea pie in want.

Warns Of Criticism

'''Nor do I believe our party can gain public confidence by inaugurating at this time a campaign of criticism against the program and policies recently enacted by Congress It has not as yet had a chance or a trial. This is not time to be destructive denunciation without constructive proposals. This is no time to create doubt. It is a time when everyone regardless of party affiliations should co-operate to build confidence, dispel fear and create courage.

"What we need today is constructive co-operation by all political parties. Let each retain his party lines, but co-operate for the common good.

"As a party we must have the vision that will enable us to recognize that new conditions create new obligations and the necessity for the application of new and different policies of government to fulfill our entire responsibility.

"We must have not only the vision as to the necessity, but also the courage to do things which a few years ago would have been unthought of because contrary to accepted theories of what is a proper field of governmental activity arid unjustified under the prosperous conditions then prevailing.

“No Place for Politics”

"Let our thought be in terms of the common good, then there will be no denial of the necessity or the propriety of the government- in times such as these, assuming a responsibility to promote the general welfare and seeking, to fulfill that obligation by entering into enterprises or assuming functions, that otherwise would be unjustified.

"In this time of crisis, when we are seeking to relieve human misery, there is no place for small or mean partisan politics. Nor is this any time for demagogic utterances- this is a time for calm and deliberate consideration and judgment. A time when it is imperative that whatever gives promise of relief shall have our whole-hearted support.

"In conclusion, permit me to suggest that the greatest opportunity for our party in the days immediately before us is to give sympathetic consideration and support to those measures and policies that will best promote human rights. Our party had its origin in support of that great principle and the future measure of its success will depend upon the extent of our adherence to it."

Baird also declared he would support the president.

''Mr. Roosevelt is our president. Republicans will support him, in every thing which is for the bests interests of the country. All should wish for his success”, Baird said.

Sales Tax Urged

Mott urged that Republicans support a sales tax as the most equitable means of raising needed money.

"A sales tax would distribute the cost equally and would be more fair than the income tax. As we know from the hearings in Washington; some aren't paying their income tax, anyway."

Mrs. Conklin paid tribute to Mrs. Verga for her great political sense, ability and understanding of human nature.'              

She urged that all Republicans work as enthusiastically as a minority party as they did as a majority.

"We must go along and build until we become the majority again," she said.

Edge Sends Regrets

Walter E. Edge, former Ambassador to France, who was to have been the principal speaker, was unable to attend because he and his family are at their summer home in Maine. He sent a telegram expressing his regrets and his wishes for success to Mrs. Verga and Reesman. It had been reported Edge would be boomed for governor at the dinner but no mention of such a proposal was made.

The honor guests spoke briefly. Reesman asked for the support of the county committee and pledged himself to give all his energy towards the success of the party.

Mrs. Verga praised the committee members and thanked them for their support. She paid a special tribute o former Senator Baird.

"We have been successful in Camden County," she said, “because we still stand solidly behind our leader, David Baird." Her tribute was greeted by long applause.

Mrs. Reinert and Haines also spoke briefly pledging their support to the new chairman and vice chairman. 

Woodruff Toastmaster

State Senator Albert S. Woodruff was toastmaster. He was introduced by Carlton M. Harris, chairman of the dinner committee.         

The county committee presented a lounging chair to Reesman and a silver flower bowl to Mrs. Verga, as well as flowers to Mrs. Reinert and Haines. Flowers also, were presented to the new chairman and vice chairman by the Twelfth Ward Republican Club and the ladies' auxiliary, by the Young Republicans of Camden county through Harold Joyce, its president, and by the Bergen county Republicans, through Mrs. Conklin.

The dinner committee, in audition to Harris, was headed by Mrs. Pauline Caperoon, secretary; Mrs. Mary S. Hartung, assistant secretary, and William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer.

January 1938
Ford Dealership
330 North 7th Street

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January 20, 1938
Ford Dealership
330 North 7th Street

Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938

Bleakly Points to Increased Revenues and Surplus for Highways

Trenton, Feb. 5.-The New Jersey Automotive Trade Association, an organization of new car dealers, today demanded that the Legislature reduce gasoline taxes and motor vehicle registration fees.

F. Stanley Bleakly, former Camden county assemblyman and now president of the association, said automobile tax revenues have been in creasing annually but that tax relief is denied to motorists despite declarations that the highway department receives more funds than it needs.

"When the accounts of the State Motor Vehicle Department for 1937 are compiled it will show that motorists paid into the state more than $40,000,000 in taxes," Bleakly said.

"In 1936 motorists paid into the state $39,154,000. Since 1926 taxes collected from motorists increased, more than $27,000,000.

"If more income is realized than is needed by ,the state highway department and other state agencies dependent upon it for operating revenues. then registration fees and the gasoline tax should be reduced.

"While it· has never been stated publicly, the opinion seems to prevail that the person who owns an automobile is opulent and therefore can absorb all the taxes that can be imposed. Such a theory, whether written or unwritten, is a fallacy and unfair.

"Just recently when huge dismissals were ordered by the automobile industry the nation heard a hue and cry that such a. step would strangle economic recovery. By the same token excessive taxation strangles the industry and slowly but surely deprives many thousands from earning their livelihood by the direct and indirect factors incident to the automobile.

"The New Jersey Automotive Trade' Association earnestly requests the Legislature to approve its bills establishing a flat $10 fee for automobile registration in place of the unsound sliding scale of assessments based on motor horsepower, and reduce the driver's permit fee in accordance with the following: $2 for the initial permit instead of $3, and $1 for each annual consecutive renewal."

Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938

The publicity man for a certain cement trust should be a little more careful about mailing notations on letters he writes for other folks... The letter he wrote for Stan Bleakly had the notation: "Stanley: Please send this off if O.K.".. .Stanley thought it was okay and sent it off ...But forgot to erase the note, Larry... 

Camden Courier-Post * July 24, 1941
David Baird Jr.
John R. Di Mona
F. Stanley Bleakly
George E. Brunner
William Myers
Frederick von Nieda
Louis Bantivoglio
William H. Heiser
Raymond G. Price
Arthur H. Holl
Stanley Ciechanowski
Ventorino Francesconi

Frank C. Schramm - Benjamin H. Slemmer
Albert E. Pugh - V. Claude Palmer
Samuel C. Berry - May Rich
Lillian Shoemaker - Charles Wilhelm
Laura B. Bilson - James Kershaw
George H. Walton
Alfred & Elsie Geister