WALTER J. STAATS was an executive with the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden. He was also involved with the First National Bank and the West Jersey-Parkside Trust bank, and was active in other civic activities. He retired from Victor in 1928, and passed away in 1933.

Bank Directory - March-December 1916

First National Bank
Camden, N J.

DAVID BAIRD, President
WILLIAM T. READ, Vice President and Solicitor
W. S. AYRES, Assistant Cashier
THEODORE THOMPSON, Assistant Cashier


David Baird        

Frank L. Starr 

Alfred W. Clement         

Walter J. Staats 

Frank C. Somers      

David Baird Jr. 

J. J. Albertson         

Joseph W. Graham 

Albert C. Middleton      

Lawrence M. Verga

Ferdinand A. Loeb

Melbourne F. Middleton Jr.

William T. Read         

Philadelphia Office, 246 Market Street
W. S. AYRES, Assistant Cashier

Discount Day, Thursday

Condition of Bank - March 7, 1916

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 27, 1918
F. Morse Archer - National State Bank - William T. Boyle - William J. Strandwitz
Walter J. Staats - E.A. Stoll - David S. Rush Jr. - E.G.C. Bleakly - James H. Long
William L. Hurley - Francis B. Wallen - Wilbert Pike - Volney Bennett

Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1928

Gives Up Charge of Export Department to Enter Insurance Firm

No Successor is Named; Was One of Johnson’s Aides in 1901

Formal announcement of the resignation of Walter J. Staats as vice president of the Victor Talking Machine Company, in charge of exports and foreign trade, was made today at the executive offices of the concern in Camden.

No immediate choice of a successor to Mr. Staats in the vice presidency will be made, it was stated, and no shift in executive personnel of the company is expected at present.

Daniel P. Mitchell, export manager, will take over a more complete control of that department as a result of Mr. Staats’ resignation.

The retiring vice president is one of the small group associated with Eldridge R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Company, during the early days of the industry here. He entered the employ of the company in 1901.

“His career”, says the announcement given out today at the concern’s offices, “has been one of conspicuous success. From the beginning Mr. Staats was interested in the financial department. In March 1910 he was elected to the board of directors. In February, 1912 he was appointed comptroller; the following year assistant treasurer, and later was made assistant secretary. In January, 1920 he was appointed treasurer.

“Long experience as an officer of the company in charge of the financial departments and operations admirably fitted Mr. Staats for his next important post- that of vice president.

“During his long and distinguished career with Victor, Mr. Staats made a host of friends in the talking machine trade, who will regret his decision to transfer his activities to other fields.”

At the time of the reorganization of the Victor Company last year, when Mr., Johnson’s controlling interest was sold to a group of New York bankers and when Edward E. Shumaker was chosen president, Mr. Staats became vice president in charge of exports and foreign tirade. At that time, E.C. Grimley succeeded him as treasurer, which position he now occupies.

Mr. Staats recently became vice president and treasurer of the Smith-Austermuhl Company, insurance organization here, by purchasing the financial interest of the late Andrew B.F. Smith. This purchase divided the interest in the firm equally between Charles Austermuhl, David Baird Jr., and Staats.

Widely known in South Jersey business and social circles, Mr. Staats is a director of the West Jersey-Parkside Trust Company and of the First National Bank of Philadelphia. His home is at 24 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville.

Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928

Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball

Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.

The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton. 

David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.

Camden Courier-Post * September 30, 1929
Louis Schlam - Walter Smith - Ralph Bakley - Walter J. Staats - South 4th Street - Federal Street
Marlton Avenue - Kaighn Avenue - Max Levin - Garfield S. Pancoast - William Stettler - Harry Bach Cafe
Joseph Dugan - John DiLorenzo -George Palmer

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931

Professional and Business Leaders Back Camden Man for Governor

Forty-seven more prominent professional and business men yesterday joined the Baird-for-Governor Business Men's League and pledged themselves to work actively in interest of David Baird Jr., for governor, and add special impetus to his campaign.

The league was organized this week at an enthusiastic meeting of 18 outstanding Baird supporters in professional and business life at the Camden Club, 315 Cooper Street. The league membership is open only to business, professional and industrial leaders who are not holding public office and who are not politicians.

The latest enrollments among community leaders pledging themselves to devote themselves to the Baird cause are the following:

F. Morse Archer, president of the First Camden National Bank; Clinton. L. Bardo, president of the New York Shipbuilding Company and of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association; George C. Baker, of the Baker­Flick Company; Watson Shallcross, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; Howard J. Dudley, Broadway merchant; Thomas E. French, prominent attorney; J. David Stern, publisher of the Courier-Post newspapers and of the Philadelphia Record; Wellington K. Barto, of the West Jersey Trust Company; Dr. Joseph Roberts, Cooper Hospital; William Clement, of the Clement Coverall Paint Company; Robert Wright, of the Haddonfield National Bank; Arthur J. Podmore, of the Camden Pottery Company; Nathan Leopold, Haddonfield druggist; Dr. J. Edgar Howard, of Haddonfield.

Dr. Alfred N. Elwell, of this city; Edward Preisendanz, Clarence Peters, N. Franks, of. Franks & Sweeney; U. G. Peters, Ralph D. Baker, prominent real estate man; Archibald Dingo, George Bachman, Sr., and George Bachman, Jr., Dr. O. W. Saunders, Henry Cooperson, Leon Cooperson, Herman Z. Cutler. Charles Bauman, Harry Rose, George Austermuhl, Walter Gulick, Albert Voeglin, Howard Fearn, John A. Schlorer, Ernest L. Bartelt.

William S. Casselman, George M. Carr, J. Price Myers, Carl R. Evered, former president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Francis B. Wallen, former president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; William H. Alff, Edmund J. Alff, Harry Pelouze, Walter Campbell, Dr. Thomas R. Bunting, Joseph F. Kobus and Henry E. Kobus.

Enrollments, it was announced, may be made through the following committee of the league:

Ludwig A. Kind, Thomas Gordon Coulter, Charles H. Laird, Walter J. Staats, Frank C. Middleton, Jr., Frank J. Hineline, William T. Read, Charles S. Boyer, W. W. Robinson, George R. Pelouze, Paul A. Kind, Dr. Paul A. Mecray, Jerome Hurley, Harry A. Moran, James V. Moran, William J. Strandwitz, former Judge Lewis Starr and Frank C. Norcross.