GARFIELD S. PANCOAST was born in December of 1880 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pancoast. When the Census was taken in 1900 he was living with his widowed father and younger brother Cleveland Pancoast at 323 Wood Street in Vineland NJ.

Garfield Pancoast practiced law in the Camden area, and by January of 1920 was serving as a Judge in Camden, a post he held into the 1930s. The 1920 Census shows him and his wife, the former Fannie Rood, living at 207 Graisbury Avenue with a daughter, Dorothy, 7, and son Garfield Siebert Pancoast, 5. The family moved to a newly constructed home at 234 Morse Street in East Camden in the 1920s. They were still living there as late as February 1933. 

In 1919 Garfield Pancoast served as Exalted Ruler of Camden Lodge 293 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Garfield Pancoast remained on Camden's bench as late as July 1934. The Pancoast family had left Camden by 1947. Garfield Pancoast was living at 5120 Greene Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia when he died in his sleep on November 20, 1947. He was buried at Siloam Cemetery in Vineland NJ. 

Philadelphia Inquirer- January 9, 1914

Garfield S. Pancoast - William F. Kelly - Daniel Sharp

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 12, 1915
Click on Image for PDF File of Complete Article
E. Wilmer Collins - William Crossley - Rev. Holmes F. Gravatt
First Methodist Episocopal Church - Lewis H. Leigh
Frank S. Albright - Robert MacIntosh - Garfield S. Pancoast
Andrew B.F. Smith - Camden Elks Lodge 293

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 1915

William Durham
S. Conrad Ott
John H. Dialogue Jr.
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
Lucy Becker
Jackson Street
Frank Maghaccio
Rev. William Grum
Garfield Pancoast
Charles H. Ellis

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 19, 1915
Charles H. Ellis - Garfield S. Pancoast - Dr. H.H. Gros
Camden Motor Club - William Sauerhoff - Walter Bunting
Daniel Sullivan - Walter C. Davis - Philip Ganter - Hotel Ridgway

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 13, 1917

Garfield Pancoast - Howard Truax - William C. French - Clifford K. Deacon - Eldred Hibbs

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 29, 1918
Towers Theater - Broadway - Pine Street - Charles H. Ellis - John B. Kates - Garfield Pancoast
Benjamin Natal - Abe Fuhrman - Samuel Mackler - Mark Obus - Morris Berman

Camden Courier-Post
April 30, 1929

Edward Devlin - Federal Street
John Green -
Mechanic Street
Louis Bantivoglio -
Division Street
Alfred Checetto - Garfield S. Pancoast
South 9th Street - Newton Avenue


Camden Courier-Post
April 30, 1929

Joseph Connors
Who is facing a crisis in West Jersey Hospital from wounds received in a shooting affray early Sunday near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue

Mrs. Rose Gibbs
Who is held as a material witness in shooting of Joseph Connors Sunday night near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue




Camden Courier-Post - April 30, 1929


John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue
Rocco Palese - Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Sylvester McGrath - Lawrence T. Doran - Garfield S. Pancoast
Samuel P. Orlando - Edward Powell - Rose Gibbs - Henry Street - Eli Conaghy - Russell Sage
Joseph Gannon -
Polack Joe Deven - Nonpariel Club - Joseph Riks

Camden Courier-Post * May 18, 1929



Andrew Kelly - Edward Kelly - Daniel Hutchinson
George Ward - Garfield S. Pancoast - Lewis H. Stehr - David S. Rhone - Clifford A. Baldwin
Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - John Doris

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 * September 20, 1929
Benjamin Baldyga - South 24th Street - William Boettcher - Marlton Avenue - Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post * September 20, 1929
Benjamin Stanger - Boyd Street - Charles Sager - Pearl Street - Garfield S. Pancoast - George Dennis

Camden Courier-Post
February 10, 1930

Robert Turner
Turner's Oyster House
Federal Street
William E. Schultz
Garfield Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1930

Bus Kills Husband Returning Unexpectedly, From Distant Work

Fate and the heavy wheels of a bus turned to tragedy a surprise planned by Arthur Hickman, 45, of 2021 Howell Street, for the wife he had not seen for five weeks.

Returning unexpectedly last night from Auburn N. Y., where he had been working as an asbestos pipe coverer, Hickman was but a few blocks from his home when he was struck by a bus and killed instantly. The tragedy occurred on Twenty-seventh Street, between Howell and Thompson Streets.

Hickman had written a, letter to his wife, Lottie, telling her that his work soon would be finished and that he expected to arrive here Saturday. The work, however, was completed earlier than he had expected and Hickman arrived in Camden last night.

He left a bus at Twenty-seventh and Howell Streets and stopped for a moment at the home of a friend nearby. Shortly after 6 p. m. he stepped from the curb and ran across Twenty-seventh Street in the path of a Schultz Pennsauken-Philadelphia bus. The front right wheel passed over his head. Identification was made possible only through papers in his pockets and his suitcase.            

William Renfrey, 24, of 2936 Cramer Street, driver of the bus, was held in $1000 bail on a charge of manslaughter by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Hickman was well known in Camden as a pigeon fancier. Beside his wife, he is  survived by a son, Joseph, 24, attached to the aviation corps at Honolulu.

Camden Courier-Post - March 25, 1930

Three Proprietors Assessed $100 Each! 
Two Disorderly Houses and Restaurant Hit

A weekend of raiding in which 59 men and women were arrested in two disorderly houses, and a restaurant dispensing beer enriched the coffers of the Camden city treasury yesterday by $1005.

Proprietors of the three establishments were fined $100 each by Judge Garfield Pancoast on charges of violating the city disorderly act. An inmate of one of the disorderly houses was sentenced to three months in jail, having ignored a warning to leave town.

The raid on the Blue Hour Luncheonette, 1282 Liberty street, early Sunday in which 43 were arrested is said to have been the largest of its type in the city in more than a year.

Frank Kerr, 40, proprietor, pleaded guilty to charges of violating ordinance 422, while Parker McGonigal, of 1240 Morton street, facing similar charges, said he only worked in the establishment and received a suspended sentence.

Security of $10 was returned to Florence Williams, 22, of 312 North Third Street; Teresa Kelly, 21 of 3013 Constitution Road, and Charles Men­galie, 24, of 314 Stevens Street, who proved that they had not been in the restaurant but were picked up on the street outside.

Thirty-eight others required to post $10 for appearance as material witnesses forfeited their security.

The disorderly houses raided were located at 818 and 1219 Locust Street.

Two colored women and six white men were arrested in the first establishment and three men and five wo­men in the second.

Pearl Williams, an inmate of the establishment at 818 Locust street, was sentenced to three months in jail, while Mary Young, proprietress, and Leona West, proprietress of the second establishment, were each fined $100.

All of the men arrested were either fined $25 or forfeited securities of $25 each.

The establishment at 1219 Locust Street, raided late Sunday night by Sergeant Frank Truax and detectives is said to be the most luxurious of its kind found in this city. 

Camden Courier-Post - March 29, 1930

Lads, 11 and 10, Charged by East Camden Woman With Taking Purse and $725 Diamond

Charged with the theft of a $725 diamond ring, two small boys were ordered held for Juvenile Court by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. One of the boys, William McGinnis, 11, of 2639 Carman Street, had been released from the county detention home last Thursday on probation by Judge Shay. He had been one of six boys held in connection with a series of nine robberies in East Camden.

The other boy is John Auletto, 10, of 2824 Howell Street.

Mrs. Catherine Tydeman testified the pair had come to her apartment at Twenty-eighth Street and Westfield Avenue Thursday afternoon and told her she was wanted on the phone. Returning, she saw the two boys leaving her apartment, and a short time later she discovered that her pocketbook containing a $725 diamond ring was missing. District Detective William Hurlock arrested the pair at the Garfield School. He said he found the ring in their possession.

Parents of the McGinnis boy pleaded for him before Judge Shay last Thursday and said he was "backward" because of a fractured skull he had suffered in an accident. 

Camden Courier-Post - April 18, 1930


Damage in Fire at Sixth and Bulson Streets Estimated at $45,000
Boys Believed by Police Probers to Have Been Smoking, in Building

Three boys are being held and two others are sought in the investigation of the $45.000 fire which today destroyed the warehouse of Sitley & Son, wholesale hardware, roofing material and grain dealers at Sixth and Bulson streets.

The three boys were ordered held by Police Judge Pancoast after authorities expressed belief that the three alarm fire was caused either by thieves or boys smoking cigarettes on the premises.

Two of the youths admitted they stole coal from the plant's siding last night, while the third confessed that he, and two other boys were in the plant last evening. He said his two companions, who are expected to be arrested this afternoon, were smoking

One fireman was slightly hurt when he ran a nail into his foot, while other firefighters narrowly escaped injury when the roof of the-blazing building collapsed.

A dense fog, rain, great clouds of thick smoke and intense heat' all hampered the firemen, and rendered them practically helpless for more than three hours. When the blaze was finally under control at 8:00 a.m., only the blackened and buckled walls remained standing,

Practically the entire stock was lost. but through the courage of four men including two policemen: a team of terrified horses and three trucks were saved from the blazing stable.

Twenty employees were temporarily deprived of work.

Discovery of three rolls of wire fencing on nearby railroad tracks and the presence at two men near the premises when the blaze was discovered led Fire Chief Thomas Nicholas to believe thieves had thrown a cigarette near some flammable material.

The arrested boy is John Brodzik, 1927 Fillmore Street.

Two other youths, John Hadyniak, 16, of 685 Ferry Avenue, and Anthony Parraine [Piraino- PMC], 11, of 2026 South Seventh Street, arrested on a charge of stealing coal from the Sitley siding last night are also being held. They declare they were not in the plant.

In addition to the smoke and heat firemen were further hampered by the fact that two railroads pass the building. Many of the hose lines had to be stretched over the tracks, so that in order to prevent passing trains, from which thousands of commuters saw the fire, from cutting the lines, holes were dug under the tracks and the lines run through the excavations.

Captain David Ellis, of No. 7 fire company at Mt. Ephraim and Kaighn Avenues, ran a nail in his foot, and after being given first aid treatment at the scene was taken to the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital.

The first alarm was sounded at 4:18 a.m. from a box at Fillmore Street and Chelton Avenue. The fire was discovered by Paul N. Naurath, 1727 Master Street, an engineer at the Camden brewery, which is in the immediate vicinity of the Sitley plant.

Naurath ran to a gasoline filling station at Broadway and Chelton Street from where he telephoned to fire headquarters. He later told Police Lieutenant George Frost that when he noticed the smoke and flames he saw two men running around the Sitley stable, which is attached to the main plant. However, he paid no attention to them, being intent upon turning in an alarm.

While fire apparatus sped to the scene, Naurath, Frederick Baum, 431 Winslow Street; Patrolman Frank Del Rossi and Police Sergeant Edward Carroll, heard the shrill screams of horses in the stable, which had quickly become an inferno,

Horses Rescued

The four rushed into the stable, broke down the door, and led out the two horses, which several times attempted to run back into the flames. The men also drove three trucks out of the place before they were driven away by the dense smoke.

The building occupies a plot about 300 feet square and comprises several one and two-story sections. There wax formerly a grain elevator on the site belonging to the Sitleys, but it was destroyed by fire more than a decade ago and never rebuilt. On the south side of the plant are the Atlantic City Railroad tracks, and on the east side the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad lines.

Flames Spread Rapidly 

Believed to have started either in the stable or at the extreme northern end of the plant, the fire quickly swept through the entire building. Rolls of tarred paper and bins of grain were quickly consumed, throwing out huge clouds of smoke.

Two more alarms were sounded for additional apparatus, but it was not until 7:30 a.m. that firemen could enter the building. Meanwhile, about 50 hose lines were stretched to the building and water continually played on the fire. Commissioner Frank B. Hanna arrived and increased the water pressure five points at the pumping stations to keep a water supply to feed the hose lines. Chief of Police Lewis H. Stehr also sped to the fire.

A touch of tragedy was added when Thomas Mills, 70, of 431 Viola Street, employed by the Sitleys for 40 years as a packer, arrived. The elderly workman burst into tears when he saw the flames, and sobbed that he was now out of work and had a family to support.

Finally, about 8 a. m., firemen had the blaze under control, after the roof had caved in. Only the walls stood, but several times they threatened to collapse.

The owners, Frank B. Sitley, Sr., of Woodbury, and his son, Frank B. Sitley, Jr., arrived, but declined to estimate their loss. However, police and firemen fixed an approximate damage of $25,000 to the building and $20,000 to the stock.

Lieutenant Frost found three rolls of wire fencing which had been taken from the building, They were lying on the Reading Railroad tracks, apparently dropped by thieves when police arrived.

Young Brodzik was arrested at 8:00 p.m. yesterday by Special Officer John Stevenson, who turned him over to Patrolmen Smith and Rieh. The youth was charged with suspicion of having broken into the place, and is alleged to have first denied being in the building, but later admitted that he and two other boys crawled through a basement window.

The boy declared that he neither smoked nor stole anything, but said that other boys had smoked. He refused to divulge their names.

Hadyniak and Perraine were arrested last night and charged with theft of coal from the siding. Brodzik declared those two were not the boys who were with him last night,

All three were arrraigned before Judge Pancoast in police court this morning and held without bail pending investigation.


Camden Courier-Post
May 4, 1930

Doris Jenkins
Lester Terrace
D. Trueman Stackhouse
Garfield S. Pancoast
West Jersey Hospital
Morgan Street


Camden Courier-Post
May 5, 1930

Doris Jenkins
D. Trueman Stackhouse
Garfield S. Pancoast
Clifford A. Baldwin
Samuel M. Shay
Penn Street


Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1930

Left: George Doris



George Doris - John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph Carpani - William Henlon
George Schuyler - Milton Cahill - William Boettcher - Pomerantz Dress Company
Keystone Stationary Store - Garfield S. Pancoast - Royden Street - Broadway
Market Street 

Camden Courier-Post * June 3, 1930
Catherine Christman - Joseph Conti - Nicholas Bartluci - John Fisher - Mary Reginelli - Marco Reginelli
Garfield S. Pancoast -  Clifford A. Baldwin
William "Big Bill" Wierman - Ralph Bakley
C. Leonard Brehm - Louis Schlam
Clarence Bunker - Clarence Arthur
Wilfred L. Dube - Andrew Zopesky

From Left: Howard Smith - James Paradise - Theodore Guthrie - Joseph Mardino - Walter Welch
Vernon Jones - Walter Smith 
Highland Avenue
South 33rd Street
North 34th Street

Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast - Alexander Williams - Miller Street

Camden Courier-Post * December 1, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast - Mary Lentini - Charles Jones
Wayne Avenue

Camden Courier-Post - December 2, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post - December 5, 1930

York Street - Garfield S. Pancoast - Walter Smith - Albert Shire
Frank DorisJohn Doris - Joe O'Connor - James Trainer

Camden Evening Courier
December 8, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast
David S. Rhone
William Kiker
Daniel McGettigan
John McCauley
Spruce Street
Pine Street
South 8th Street
South 9th Street
Cherry Street
Walnut Street

Jack Sands
William Walker
Harry Hertsch

Camden Evening Courier
December 9, 1930

Carey Brown
Garfield Pancoast
Charles Smith
Mount Vernon Street
Kaighn Avenue
South 4th Street
South 5th Street

Camden Evening Courier - December 10, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast - Howard Smith - Theodore Guthrie
Raymond Gondolf -
Peter Gondolf - Clarence Bunker
Monitor Road - George Fingerhut - Hugh Fingerhut

Camden Morning Post * December 12, 1930

Garfield S. Pancoast - Charles T. Humes - Charles V. Dickinson Jeff Kay - Thomas Kauffman - Charles Smith - William Moll
Henry Davis - Alonzo Singleton - David Watson - Wilbert Williams
Walnut Street - South 2nd Street - Broadway - Mickle Street
West Street - Mt. Vernon Street - Kaighn Avenue
Chestnut Street 


Edward Hahn
Oscar Botts
Wilbur Prentiss
Wlliam Boettcher
Garfield Pancoast

Ernest McLaughlin
William Murphy
North 20th Street


Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1931

Philadelphia Driver Jailed On Charge of Intoxication
After Crash at Broadway and Market

Convicted of drunken driving and driving without a license, Richard R. Pattinson, 21, of 5230 Harlan Street, Philadelphia, was sent to jail for 40 days by Judge Garfield Pancoast in police court yesterday in default of a $220 fine on the first charge and a $50 penalty on the second.

Making a left hand turn into Market Street from Broadway shortly after midnight, Pattinson's car struck the car of Robert Brest, 33, of 1476 Kaighn Avenue. The tire and outer portion of the right front wheel on Pattinson's car, which has disk wheels, were torn off. The car continued to "limp along," according to the police, to Fifth and Market Streets, where a collision with the automobile of Harold Gondolf, 3001 Fenwick Road, was narrowly averted.

Gondolf had Pattinson arrested and examined by Dr. Charles T. Ley, who pronounced the man drunk. No one was injured in the collision with the Brest machine.

Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1931


John "Jackie" Hindle, 28, of 2277 South Seventh Street, one-time boxer and former policeman, was sent to jail in default of $500 bond by Judge Pancoast in police court yesterday to ensure the payment of a $15 weekly support order for his wife, Helen, and three children.

Mrs. Hindle lives at 924 Tulip Street. She testified she had received no money for several weeks. Hindle said since he lost his job as a policeman about a year ago he had been unable to obtain work.

Camden Courier-Post - February 4,1931

North 3rd Street - Mt. Vernon Street - Carman Street
Broadway - Clinton Street - Daniel Pizzutello
Christian Falarica - Marion Blair - North Camden

Camden Courier-Post * August 22, 1931




Stephen Kirby - Roy R. Stewart - Eugene Lorenzo - Garfield S. Pancoast
North 5th Street - Walter Smith - Alfred Shire - Edwin Mills - Gus Koerner
Bernard Dempsey - Sydney Wilkins - Robert Sweeney - Betty Doyle
Helen Wright - Albert Malmsbury - Frank Smith - Joseph A. Kirby
John C. Gibson - Main Street - Pearl Street - Bailey Street 
Borton Street - York Street - Dayton Street
Marlton Avenue - Haddon Avenue - Newton Avenue
South 7th Street - Cedar Street

Camden Courier-Post - August 22, 1931

Carmen Mercancini - Line Street - Garfield S. Pancoast
South 4th Street - Jackson Street - Lansdowne Avenue
Curtis Wood

Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931


Counsel for Henry Luellowitz, 28, lof Los Angeles, who was arrested here last June after posing as Floyd Gibbons, will seek his freedom from the county jail today in application for a writ of habeas corpus before Judge Samuel M. Shay.

 Frank Lario, attorney representing Luellowitz, said yesterday he would seek the writ on the ground there is no proof that his client aided and abetted in the escape of Albert Rumford, alleged bandit, from the jail several weeks ago. Sheriff E. Frank Pine charged Luellowitz sang and made other noises near, Rumford's cell to prevent jailors from hearing hacksaw blades the fugitive used.

Luellowitz was ordered by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast to pay $100 fine or spend three months in the county jail for posing as Gibbons, the famous radio entertainer. Luellowitz has been in the jail since June 13. His term on the city charged ended September 12, but there are two detainers against him, one placed by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin on Sheriff Pine's charge, and the other from Connecticut, where he is charged with failing to pay a hotel bill.

Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931


Pleading guilty to attempting to end her life by drinking poison, Sarah Turner, 17, of 338 Lansdowne Avenue, was given suspended sentence by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

The girl was arrested after she was treated at Cooper Hospital. She told Detective Ben Simon she drank the poison because she was jealous of her sister. William Harrity, 24, of 409 Senate Street, Sarah's sweetheart, was held as a material witness but was released today when he said he knew nothing of the quarrel between the sisters.

Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931


Salvatore Bonimassa, 13, of 410 Royden Street, who was arrested Sunday night when he appeared at police headquarters and appealed for a place to sleep, was released in the custody of his parents yesterday by Judge Garfield Pancoast in police court.

Salvatore left his home as usual Thursday to go to school, but instead disappeared. Parents gave a description of him to police and when he appeared at headquarters he was recognized and promptly arrested.

Judge Pancoast told his parents that if the boy does not behave he will commit him to jail.

Camden Courier-Post - October 14, 1931


Charged with driving while drunk, Clarence Lefferts, 40, of Hatboro, Pa., was sentenced to 30 days in Jail yesterday by Judge Garfield Pancoast in police court in default of a fine and costs of $220.

Lefferts collided Monday at Ninth Street and Kaighn Avenue with the Second district patrol wagon, driven by Patrolman Oscar Probst. He was pronounced intoxicated by Dr. Garnett Summerill.

Camden Courier-Post - October 16, 1931


A dull session of Camden traffic: court was the order last night when only six of twenty-eight offenders appeared, five of whom were fined and the other case dismissed. The balance forfeited security.

The business of the court was so light that even Judge Garfield Pancoast remained away. Court Clerk James E. Smith acting in his absence.

Those fined included three truck drivers, Harry Jones, Brace Road, Delaware Township; Edgar Roop, Oak View, Pa., and Charles R. Flack of  Atlantic City. They were charged with overloading their vehicles by motor Vehicle Agent Howard C. Wilson. A fine of $100 was imposed on each man. John E. Fernsler, 18, 145 Westmont Terrace, Collingswood, paid a $5 fine for speeding while Richard Batten, 19, of 522 Ridgeway Street, Gloucester, was fined $3 for passing a red light.

Camden Courier-Post - October 16, 1931

Anna Rickowska*

Ash Can Girl 'Out' Again;
Parents Held
Dad Who Took Her Rejoins Mother;
Anna Loses Home

Anna Rickowska* - 11-year-old child who lived for two weeks in an ash can has been driven from home again.

But Anna, profiling in a measure from her experience of only three days ago, will not sleep in an ash can this time.

She told her plight to Mrs. Louise F. Walsh, secretary of the Camden County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Anna's mother and father are under arrest and will face the child today in police court.

     It was only three days ago that Judge Pancoast placed Anna in her father's care. Her mother, he was unfit to care for her. The child had accused her of being a habitual drunkard.

And Anna was pleased by the decision. Her eyes glistening, her blond tresses tumbling about her head, she joyfully walked from the courtroom with her dad- the man who promised to be good to her.

Anna soon was disillusioned. The father and mother, who had been estranged, took up their lives together again. The girl was taken back to the home at 1401 Rose Street, the home she had been ordered from more than two weeks before.

Things became even worse than before. In her story to Mrs. Walsh last night, Anna declared that added to the abuse of a drunken mother was that of her father, Ignatius.

And finally, on Wednesday night, her parents beat her and threw her from the house.

She went· to the home of an aunt, Mrs. Minnie Blake, of 1213 Lansdowne Avenue, who cared for her until last night when she again sought out her benefactor of a few days ago.

According to Sergeant John Garrity and Patrolman Edward Suski, the child's parents had been drinking last night.

Anna remained at the home of the aunt until today and Judge Pancoast will make another de­cision as to who shall have her custody.

* Correct Spelling is Raczkowski
** Correct address is 1402 Rose Street

Camden Courier-Post - October 16,1931


When the girl whom he is charged with having attacked was unable to leave the hospital and appear against him yesterday, Frank Manfredi, 22, of 301 Chestnut Street, who fought under the ring name of "Frankie Mack," was released from jail under $1500 bail by Judge Pancoast in police court for a further hearing next Thursday.

Judge Pancoast explained he had consulted Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, who gave him permission to release the defendant in bail. It is expected the girl, Marie Romaine, 17, of 2842 Constitution road, Fairview will be able to leave West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital before the hearing.

In her complaint to the police, Miss Romaine said she went with Manfredi to "Mack's Cafe," conducted by him at the Chestnut Street address, and that he attacked her there last Saturday.

Camden Courier-Post * October 21,1931

Young Girls Accuse Married Man
of Attacking Them in Bungalow

Three pretty girls, a married man and two youths were arrested last night on charges growing out from an extended whoopee party in a Blackwood Terrace bungalow.

Two of the girls, all of whom are related, are said to be runaways from Philadelphia. One of these and a Camden schoolgirl charge they were attacked by the married man.

The girls gave their names as: Julia Barkowski, 17, of 923 Florence Street, Camden; Mary Holod, 16, and her stepsister, Vera, also 16, both of 1325 Tyson Street, Philadelphia. Both Julia and Mary allege they were criminally assaulted early last week by Samuel Read, 31, who gave his address as 2847 Congress Road, Camden.

Linked as material witnesses in the case are John Barwick, 19, of 543 Fairview Street, and William Murdock, 19, of 548 Gordon Terrace, Camden.

According to the story gathered by Police Sergeant John Skolski and Patrolman John Larson, the three girls were strolling along Broadway on the night of October 12, when they were "picked up" by Barwick and Murdock, in an automobile. The girls related they were taken to a bungalow in Blackwood Terrace where they said they met Read. The two youths then left, they said.

The Barkowski girl and Mary Holod allege they were attacked by Read while Vera Holod told police she averted assault by fighting.

Return of the girls to the Barkowski home yesterday was followed by arrest of all six revelers. Mrs. Bertha Barkowski, mother of the Camden girl, summoned police. Read was lured to the house and placed under arrest and apprehension of the two youths was then made.

Julia was charged with being incorrigible by her mother. Police held Mary and Vera as runaways and as witnesses against Read. The Philadelphia girls are said to have been missing from home several weeks.

All are to be given hearings today before Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21,1931

'Gibbons' Free After 46 Days 'Extra Time'
Judge Shay Calls Holding of Impersonator An Outrage

Declared to have been illegally detained in Camden County jail, Henry Luellowitz, 28, of Los Angeles, who posed as Floyd Gibbons, was ordered released yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay.

A writ of habeas corpus, served at the office of Sheriff E. Frank Pine, charged Luellowitz had been kept prisoner 46 days after his 90-day sentence had expired. The man was sentenced June 13, by Police Court Judge Pancoast, on a charge of im­personating the famed radio announcer after his arrival here by plane.     

He was detained following expiration of his sentence, on a detainer from New Haven, Connecticut, where he was accused of having defaulted payment of a hotel bill.

According to Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor, and Chief of County Detectives Lawrence T. Doran, Luellowitz was held in connection with an investigation of the escape from jail of Albert Rumford, 23, of Philadelphia. The latter cut his way from a cell adjoining Luellowitz last August 17.

Wanted Poster for Albert Rumford - August 1931

Calls Case Outrage

In dismissing the prisoner, Judge Shay declared the case was "an outrage," ruling that the man was kept "through somebody's oversight." Luellowitz criticized the prosecutor's office upon his release, saying his detention was occasioned by his refusal to "become a goat in the investigation of Rumford's escape." He praised prison attaches and Warden Edmund B. Powell, for treatment accorded him in the jail.

Frank M. Lario, attorney, who started proceedings to affect Luellowitz' release, told Judge Shay yesterday that the man had been detained without a hearing after his sentence had expired. He charged that following service of the writ last week, Luellowitz was rushed by county detectives to the office of Peter J. Wallace, justice of the peace, and then recommitted to his cell.

Judge Shay sent for Justice of the Peace Wallace who admitted he ordered the man's commitment after a hearing at which only the detectives appeared as witnesses.

The jurist declared he was convinced Luellowitz had been kept in jail through oversight of someone.

"The New Haven authorities have had ample time to come for the man. I don't care now whether they want him or not. This man cannot be punished for some one's negligence. I order his release immediately."

Says He Was 'Goat'

Following his dismissal, Luellowitz said he had been questioned about the escape of Rumford, alleged bandit, for whose capture the county has offered a $200 reward. Luellowitz and another inmate were said to have made noise while the jailbreak was being made.

"It's an outrage, the way I was treated by the prosecutor's office. Warden Powell and the jailers were mighty nice but the prosecutor and sheriff wanted to have a goat when that guy escaped and I was the first one they reached for.

"But I wasn't going to let them make a goat of me. It wasn't my fault if they didn't have enough jailors there and they couldn't blame me if that guy got away."

Assistant Prosecutor Palese said Luellowitz was detained because he was suspected of having aided Rumford to escape. He admitted the man was not legally committed.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21,1931

Machine Was Hi-Jacked and Driven by Thieves He Claims; Pays Fine

Three men who attempted to hijack 100 gallons of alcohol which was later seized by the police, yesterday were blamed for a hit-run accident which result ed in the seizure.     

Charles Alu, of Trenton, who was arrested on October 2 after the alcohol was found in his car, denied in police court yesterday he was operating the vehicle when it crashed into a truck, owned by Frank Salerno, of 446 South Fourth street. Two policemen found the liquor when the driver abandoned the car on Locust Street near Kaighn Avenue.

Alu testified that he had been driving along Fourth Street near Division when another machine pulled in front of him and stopped. Three men got out of the car and ordered him to leave his machine, he said. It was after they drove off in the car that the hit-run accident occurred, Alu stated.

William Helberson, a passing motorist, corroborated Alu's story and said he helped to chase the three men who had taken the Trenton man's car. Charles Cook, a fireman, also said that Alu asked him to help in the chase.

Police Judge Pancoast found Alu guilty and fined him $25, but suspended the sentence date, when Alu agreed to pay for the repairs to Salerno's ear.

At the time of Alu's arrest on the liquor possession charges, a record book was found in his car. It revealed that he had done $40,000 worth of business through August, but through the operations of rival dealers had lost $4000. He is under $1000 bail on this charge.

Camden Courier-Post * October 21, 1931


One of the five children of Joseph White, a former Camden hotel proprietor, who have been county charges, found a home yesterday.

White, who lives at 517 Penn Street, was rebuked in police court by Judge Pancoast last week, for buying expensive clothing and wearing diamonds while his ten children were in need. Welfare workers said he failed to contribute to the support of the five children in homes here and in Trenton.

The recent hearing was a result of White bringing his 15-year-old daughter, Dorothy, into court as an incorrigible. The charge was disproved today in the opinion of Judge Samuel Shay, sitting in juvenile court. He granted the request of Dorothy's married sister, Mrs. Catherine Graham, of Magnolia, to have the girl live with her.

Camden Courier-Post * October 26,1931

Four Suspects Caught as Series of Weekend Robberies Keep Police Busy
Trio Held at Gloucester for Robbing Store  at Westville Grove

Loot valued at several hundred dollar was recovered and four men arrested over the weekend as many robberies were reported to police throughout South Jersey.

Three of the men arrested were captured in Gloucester when merchandise stolen from a Westville Grove store and garage was found in their automobile. The fourth man was arrested in Camden.

Those under arrest in Gloucester, are Joseph Rietseh, 47, of 1245 Palmer street; Joseph Dorman, 18, of 103 Chango street, and Charles Headley, 18, of 936 North Fourth street, all of Philadelphia.

The loot found in their car consisted of automobile tires, cigarettes, safety razors, tubes and other articles. It had been stolen from the store and garage of George A. Fields, Delsea Drive, Westville Grove.

The three men were arrested by Patrolmen Walter Lane and William Fowler. who stopped their car because it had but one headlight.

Taken back to Westville the three men were held without bail for the grand jury by Recorder Charles H. Benner.

Held For Theft

When he walked down Federal Street with an oil stove Armstead Saunders, 56, of 314 Taylor Avenue, was stopped by the police Saturday night.

An investigation revealed he had picked it up as he passed the second-hand store of W. L. Ernest, 408 Federal Street, according to Patrolmen Walter Patton and Raymond Stark.

Saunders will have a hearing today before Police Judge Pancoast, on a charge of larceny.

James Josephson, 3320 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, a salesman for the Household Institute of New York reported the loss of two cases of aluminum ware and an investigation was conducted by Detective Sylvester McGrath. Upon information he entered the apartment alleged to have been tenanted by John Harrigan, of 1289 Dayton Street and found the merchandise. Harrigan is said by the police to have left the apartment. The goods are valued at $150.

William H. McMakin, of 119 West Pine Street, Audubon, reported to Detective Robert Ward that he was held up at Pine Street near Fifth on Sunday morning by three young men. They relieved him of his watch, valued $35, and his drivers license. McMakin was unable to describe the culprits.

William Harris, 53, of 1731 Fillmore Street, told Detective Clifford Carr he was relieved of his wallet containing $6.90 by an unknown man at Haddon Avenue and Copewood Street, Sunday morning. He described the man as being about 27 years old and wearing a light cap.

Thieves entered the candy shop of Jones Wilson, Park Boulevard and Kaighn Avenue, Saturday night and took three cartons of cigarettes, some candy and soda valued at $23.

Hair Clipper Stolen

Waclaw Hermanolski, 1322 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, reported to police that someone entered his barbershop through a rear window and stole an electric hair clipper, massage vibrator and $15.

A grocery store operated by Joseph S. Eskowitz, of 1022 Broadway, was entered early yesterday and the thieves took three dozen cans of malt syrup valued at $12. Detective Benjamin Simon discovered the burglar gained his entrance by cutting a pane of glass out of the back window.

Louis E. Barnes, 21, colored, employed by the police department to catch a colored man who has been reported preying on unemployed and collecting money from them in promise of a job, has informed police that such a man got away from him on October 24. He is known to the police and will be picked up, they said.

Barnes said the man being sought told him to give him $2.50 for a white coat and he would get him a job in the kitchen of the Cooper Hospital. When Barnes returned with the money the man had disappeared..

Camden Courier-Post * October 26,1931

Boy and Girl Run Down While Playing In Streets Here
Bus Rider Steps Into Path of Auto on White Horse Pike

Two Camden children and a 70-year-old Somerdale man were killed in more than two score of accidents in South Jersey over the weekend.

The dead are:

Dominic Nobilisse, 2, of 271 Mt. Vernon Street.

Beverly Israel, 4, of 415 Lansdowne Avenue.

James Hare, 70, of Crestwood Avenue, Somerdale.

Dominic died with a fractured skull two hours after he was admitted in the Cooper Hospital. Robert Harris, 35, of 826 South Hancock Street, Philadelphia, driver of the car that struck the child in front of his home, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter and held under $5000 bail for a hearing before Judge Garfield Pancoast today.

Girl Hurt by Truck

Beverly was taken to the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital on Saturday just before the other boy died. She was suffering from a badly tom right leg, fractured left leg and cuts on the face. She also was struck in her home. The truck was driven by Ray R. Adams, 31, of 1145 Cooper Street. He was released under $5000 bail for a hearing before Judge Pancoast today.

Hare had just alighted from a bus at Crestwood on the White Horse Pike. Saturday night, and walked from behind into a machine driven by Harry Johnson, 38, of 20 Delaware avenue, Clementon. He was pronounced dead upon admission at the Cooper Hospital. His skull was fractured. He is survived by a wife and six children. 

Held for Manslaughter  

Johnson was held on a manslaughter charge by Justice of the Peace Frank B. Clapp, of Magnolia, in $1000 bail.

An investigation of the owner's registration in the car driven by Harris, by a Courier-Post reporter, disclosed that the registration is in the name of Charles Martin, 1230 Kaighn Avenue. This address is a factory with a sign reading "F. A. Veiser & Son, Wooden Print Blocks."

A further investigation will be made by Sergeant George R. Thompson of the accident bureau to learn how Harris came in possession of the machine..

Camden Courier-Post - October 26,1931

Judge Pancoast Sentences Man Holding License Issued in Philadelphia

A "permit," which he declared was his authorization to solicit funds in Camden for "charity," failed to save William W. Jones, 42, of 131 Kaighn Avenue, from being given 50 days in jail by Police Judge Pancoast.

Charged, with receiving money under false pretense, Jones was arrested Friday by Motorcycle Policeman Earl Wright after several complaints were received at headquarters.

Wright testified Saturday that he followed Jones at Sixth Street and Kaighn Avenue. Two other men solicitors escaped, Wright said. Jones had a tambourine, partly filled with money and wore a uniform cap similar to those of the Salvation Army, the policeman said. While they were waiting for the patrol, Jones bought cigarettes out of the money from the tambourine, Wright stated. The policeman said Jones told him he earned from six to seven dollars a day.

Jones pleaded guilty to accepting money under false pretense. He produced the permit which was signed by Nicholas Cavalucci, whose "charity" activities in Philadelphia have been thoroughly investigated by the police. The pamphlet authorizing Jones to solicit funds was made out on a letterhead of the Missionary Relief Workers Association. with headquarters at 2019 Germantown Avenue. It read:

"This credential authorizes William W. Jones to solicit funds for the support of religious activities to give out Frock, Testaments and Bibles and do Home Missionary work. All donations are used for the uplift of humanity."

The "permit" named Cavalucci as "founder and superintendent," and instructed all police and constables to examine the collector's credentials to determine together or not he was a fraud. Attached to it was a photograph of Jones.

Jones told Judge Pancoast he received 50 percent of all collections. When Judge Pancoast imposed the jail sentence he said he could not pay $50 fine. Throwing down his uniform cap and tambourine, Jones promised to quit and never return to Camden," but the sentence was enforced..

Camden Courier-Post - October 26,1931


As the result of a collision between machines driven by Hugh W. Wall, 34, of 1199 North Thirty-sixth Street and Edward DuBuske, 38, of 132 Terhune Avenue, Greenville, early yesterday morning at a State Street intersection two persons were injured and Wall was arrested.

Injured are Stella Bucklew, 17, of 3113 Miller Street, Philadelphia and Michael O'Connor, 40, of 1136 North Thirty-fifth Street, here. Both suffered cuts on the face. Sergeant Edward Horne charged Wall with having fictitious license tags and he was held under $25 bail for a hearing before Police Court Judge Pancoast Thursday. Wall said that he bought a new car on October 22 and failed to have the registration tags changed at Trenton.

Camden Courier-Post *- October 26,1931


Three Camden boys were committed to the Detention Home by Judge Pancoast in police court yesterday after they were accused of damaging a. stolen automobile in a crash near Ogontz, Pa.

The boys are Frederick Allis, 15, of 412 Elm Street; William Elberson, 14 at 914 Fern Street, and Russell Tatem, 14 of 915 Moore Street.

They were charged by Henry Singer, 126 Cottage Avenue, Lenola, with having stolen his car from Sixth and Market Streets, yesterday and taking it for a joyride across the river.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931


Explaining that what his wife, Anna, believed was an attempt by him to commit suicide actually was an accident while treating a sore tooth, John Raider, 38, of 618 Carman Street, yesterday was discharged by Judge Pancoast In police court.

Raider declared his hand slipped while dropping some strong liquid on a tooth to relieve its throbbing and the contents of the bottle fell into his mouth, causing him such intense pain he was unable to speak and ex­plain to his wife what had happened.

The wife summoned police and had her husband taken to Cooper Hospital.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29,1931


Three youths were sent to the detention home yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast to await action of juvenile court. Two of the boys were charged with attempted breaking and entering, and the third was held as incorrigible.

Henry Garbecki, 14, of 1201 Lansdowne Avenue, and Edward Bedanski, 13, of 1265 Whitman Avenue, entered pleas of guilty to trying to break into the Camden Storage Battery Company, 1459 Kaighn Avenue, last night. They were arrested by Patrolman George Schuyler, who testified he saw the boys trying to open the front door with passkeys. The complaint was signed by Elmer T. Woods, 901 Eldridge Avenue, West Collingswood, owner .

Samuel Rizzo, 13, of 329 Benson Street, was in police court for the second time in two weeks. His father, John, told Judge Pancoast the youth refused to attend school and was incorrigible. After being taken into court two weeks ago, the boy attended school two days, the father testified.

Camden Courier-Post * October 30,1931


Ralph Manna, 24. of 1924 South Eleventh Street, Philadelphia, was sentenced to the county jail for 30 days yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast when Manna, was unable to pay a fine of $220 for drunken driving.

Manna was arrested early today by Patrolman William Thorn, who testified he pursued Manna from Broadway and Federal Street to the Camden bridge plaza after Manna had refused to stop when he sounded his whistle. Manna's car was being driven in a zigzag manner on Broadway, Thorn testified.

Dr. Garnett Summerill pronounced Manna intoxicated. Manna entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

Camden Courier-Post
March 15, 1932

William May
Berwick Street
Anna May
Garfield S. Pancoast


Camden Courier-Post - March 18, 1932


For a third time an alleged love nest maintained by Mrs. Dorothy Fisher, 35, of 122 York Street, was raided last night by Frank H. Miller, private detective.

This time, Mrs. Fisher was arrested with John Goldberg, 35. At a hearing before Justice of the Peace Frank Sheridan they were held for a further  hearing before Police Judge Pancoast.

The complaint was made by Frank Fisher husband of the woman. Fisher said he left his wife a year ago when he learned of her friendship for other men.

He recently sued for divorce, but withdrew the action. He announced he intends to enter suit again for divorce. They have one child.

Camden Courier-Post * March 19, 1932

Police Say Defendants 'Butted in' During Probe Into Accident

Two men were arrested yesterday by a Camden policeman, who charged they interfered with his investigation of an automobile accident at Ninth Street and Kaighn Avenue,.

Richard Mayer, 28, of 373 East Gowan Avenue, Mt. Airy, Pa., and Joseph Meraglo, 23, of 1016 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Pancoast. Both were charged with disorderly conduct. Mayer also was charged with reckless driving.

Joseph Devlin, 42, of 1919 Mifflin street, Philadelphia, was held in $1000 bail by Pancoast to await the outcome of injuries suffered by a woman passenger in his car. The woman, who gave her name as Miss Jane Glenn, 36, of 2506 South Twenty-second Street, Philadelphia, is in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital. Doctors say her condition is not serious.

The accident occurred at 2:20 AM. Motorcycle Policeman Earl Wright and other policemen were at the scene in investigating, when an automobile flashed by. Wright in court said he blew his whistle and declared the car was unable to stop within 100 feet. Wright said he was questioning Mayer when Maraglo "butted in," and stated, "I'll get this fixed up tonight". Wright testified he searched Mayer for a gun and Mayer replied, "I haven't got it on me tonight."

In court both Mayer and Meraglo said they were not speeding, and didn't interfere with the officer.

Devlin was released for court by Detective Joseph Caputi. Devlin's automobile was in collision with the car of Edward Kaligian, 30, of 1251 North Twenty-eighth street.

Camden Courier-Post * March 28, 1932

Pancoast Censures Man Who Thought He Could Dodge Trial in Court

Peter Sherer, 57, of 225 Mechanic Street, who aroused the ire of Police Judge Pancoast Friday by failing to appear in court, was fined upon his appearance Saturday after a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Judge Pancoast issued the bench warrant after denouncing defendants who preferred to forfeit bail to appearing for trial.

Sherer, who had been arrested by Lieutenant Ralph Bakley when a raid of his home disclosed a still and 90 gallons of alleged whiskey and kummel, offered to explain why he was not in court Friday.

"Someone told me that I did not have to appear because I had posted $100 bail, and the case would be all over when I forfeited bail," he said.

"It appears you have been misinformed," Judge Pancoast said. "No defendant can close up a case in this court by merely forfeiting bond. We want bootleggers to know it is not just their money we want. It is their presence in court that we want, so they can be tried."

Sherer pleaded guilty and Judge Pancoast fined him $100, saying the fine would be paid with the $100 bond he forfeited Friday.

Camden Courier-Post * March 28, 1932

Taylor Avenue Man Sent to Jail for 50 Days When Unable to Pay $50 Fine

Thomas Fleeyne, 54, of 515 Taylor Avenue, who was arrested when police raided his home, was sent to jail for 50 days in default of a $50 line Saturday by Police Judge Pancoast. Fleeyne entered a plea of guilty to permitting disorderly persons to congregate at his home. He said he had been without work since coming to Camden.

Fleeyne's wife, Margaret, 42, was unable to appear in court on account of illness, and her $25 bond was returned; Josephine Lorento, 30, of 350 Tree Street, Philadelphia, also held as a material witness, was freed when she said she had visited the house to see Mrs. Fleeyne,

Michael Bratses, 49, of 210 Market street, and Thomas Kretekos, 48, of 529 South Broad street, Philadelphia, were fined $25 each as inmates. John Kershaw, 32, of 515 Taylor Avenue, forfeited $25 bail when he failed to appear. The raid was made by Lieutenant George Ward, commander of the First district police, and Patrolman John Trout, on complaint made by Dominick Madden, 46, of 455 Haddon Avenue..

Camden Evening Courier * March 28, 1932


Two youths who pleaded guilty to stealing coal were sentenced to 30 days, and two others were sent to t he detention home by Police Judge Pancoast Saturday. Frank Carroll, 16, of 750 Pine street, and James Hinson, 16, of 1810 Mulford Street, got the jail sentences and Percy Jones, 14, of 808 Kaighn avenue, and William Carroll, 15, brother of Frank, were sent to the home.

They were arrested by Patrolman William Taylor who said they had been stealing coal from a yard at Seventh and Pine Streets. The boys admitted taking two sacks of coal.. 

Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1932

Louise F. Walsh -  Garfield S. Pancoast
George Templeton - Harry Templeton
Margaret Templeton -
Linden Street
Stiles Whitaker -
Central Airport
Sheltering Arms Home


Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1932


North 22nd Street - South 10th Street
Dudley Street - Cleveland Avenue
Howell Street - Ray Street
Bernard McLaughlin - George Humphries
Garfield S. Pancoast - Francis Sullivan
Edward Parvin - George O'Connor
Arnold Emery - Elmer Ward
Clifford Tydeman
Mary Patton
Helen Jeffries



Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast
Winslow Street
Mildred Russo
Clinton Street
Mary Delfico



Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast
Carman Street
Benjamin Rosner
Louis Schlam
Richard Donnelly
Mount Ephraim Avenue
Haddon Avenue

Newton Avenue



Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast
BRaymond L. Keen
James E. Donnelly
Irvin Graybill



Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast
Pine Street
Rafael Pettito
Jane Baker
Central School
South 4th Street
Washington Street


Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

North 3rd Street
Wharton Lafayette
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 3, 1932

North 3rd Street
Wharton Lafayette
Garfield S. Pancoast





Camden Courier-Post
June 3, 1932

Sycamore Street
Louis Street
Princess Avenue
Leon Crank
Ray Jenkins
Stanley Busko
Charles Smith
Garfield S. Pancoast







Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932

Benjamin Simon - Roy R. Stewart - John W. Golden - George Zeitz - William Taylor
Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Keown - L. Scott Cherchesky - Garfield S. Pancoast
Charles Wilder - Liberty Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 6, 1932

Sherman Avenue
Harry Wood
Fred Pfrommer
John H. Tischner Sr.
Clarence Barnes
North 27th Street
Howell Street
Saunders Street
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 6, 1932

Sherman Avenue
Watson M. Mervin
John H. Evans
Edwin T. Mills
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1932

Dorothy Imhoff Enderwood - Federal Street
John J. Spellman -
Garfield S. Pancoast



Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast - East Camden
George Thomas - Clinton Street
Ralph Bakley - James Williams
John B. DiSimone - South 2nd Street
Carrie Becker - North 33rd Street
Edward Marshman - Morse Street



Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1932

Centenary-Tabernace M.E. Church - Carl Low - Ned Galvin
South 2nd Street - South 4th Street - South 5th Street
Cooper Street - Linden Street
Evan Moore -
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1932

John Serock - Joseph Serock - Sheridan Street
Evan Moore -
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

Garfield Pancoast
Dominick Ravieri
Thurman Street
George Burrell
Division Street
Ralph Bakley
West Jersey Hospital


Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1932

Ralph Bakley - Garfield S. PancoastJoseph Connors - Max Aronson - Tony Miller
The following names appear to have been aliases
Thomas Telto - Thomas Maner - Thomas Wright - William Brown - Clinton Krane - Leonard Winner

North 2nd Street - Kaighn Avenue - Stevens Street

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1932

Garfield S. PancoastJoseph Wittman - Frederick Fickel - George W. Norris

Camden Courier-Post
June 10, 1932

Camden Courier-Post - June 11, 1932

William Mozitis - William J. Strandwitz - Engine Company 3 - Broadway 
Mulford Street - Jasper Street -
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 11, 1932

Garfield S. Pancoast
Tony Cecero
Joseph Carpani
Camden Cloak Company
Jack Zwick
North 10th Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

Louis Prucella
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

Walnut Street
Rudolph Spicer
Ivins Street
Emma Pollard
Pine Street
William Epps
Edwin T. Mills
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

Fillmore Street
Samuel M. Shay
George Rumble
Allen Dubowski
Joseph Carpani
Walter Smith
Garfield S. Pancoast


Camden Courier-Post * June 15, 1932
Louise Denezio - Frederick Mozzachio - Sky Bride - Central Airport - North Atlanta Road - Lyric Theater

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

Master Street
William J. Strandwitz
Hezetiah Thomas
Central Avenue
Frank Thomas
William Dunn
Emil Dethlefs
Garfield S. Pancoast



Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1932

Mickey Blair - Basil Cook - Cook's Grill - South 5th Street - Clifford A. Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay
Frank T. Lloyd - Garfield Pancoast - Erie Street - Thomas Bonelli - South 4th Street - Walnut Street
Luigi Celani

Camden Courier-Post
June 16, 1932

Liberty Street
Ralph Bakley
Samuel Katz
Garfield S. Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post
June 18, 1932

Left: Dorothy Pancoast


Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1933

Suspended Jail Sentence is Given Operator
Where 17 Were Taken in Raid

Pleading non vult to charge of operating a 'numbers" headquarters raided by the police last July, Dominic Olivette, 28, of 444 Royden street, was fined $100 and given a suspended sentence of six months in criminal court yesterday.

Olivette was arrested by a detail of police led by former Director of Public Safety Charles V. Dickinson and Lieutenant George Frost when they captured 17 men in the Royden street house.

In police court the day following the raid Olivette was fined $100 by Judge Garfield Pancoast on charges of violating Section 422 of the city ordinances prohibiting disorderly persons from congregating in a building.

Olivette paid the fine and was later indicted by the grand jury following an investigation by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin. Judge Shay, in imposing the fine, refused Olivette's plea that he be allowed to pay the sum on installments.

One other man charged with "numbers' writing was fined $100 with the privilege of paying at a $2 weekly rate. He is Herbert Lantry, 35, of 519 Ray street, arrested by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson November 26. He was held for the grand jury by Judge Pancoast when arraigned in police court.

Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1933


Three men who entered pleas of guilty to stealing gas or electricity from the Public Service were sent to the county jail for 30 days each in default of $25 tines yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast.

Harry Hansen, 2733 Tyler avenue, admitted putting a detachment on his gas meter to prevent it registering. L. M. Thompson, chief clerk for Public Service, testified the device was discovered January 5.

Richard Fearon, 833 Newton avenue, put a "run-around" on his electric meter because he had been out of work he told Judge Pancoast after Thompson had testified the alleged theft was discovered January 13.

John Waldner, 814 North Thirty-fourth street, said his wife was ill and he tapped the main feed line to obtain gas. He said they had four children. Thompson said Public Service employees discovered the alteration on January 10. Waldner's meter was shut off in November for nonpayment of gas bills.

Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933


When he admitted he had been drinking prior to an automobile accident in which his car figured, Joseph Carlton, 27, of Magnolia, was fined $50 by Judge Pancoast in police court yesterday. Unable to pay the fine, Carlton was sentenced to serve 15 days in the county jail.

Complaint was made by Walter J. Patton, 601 North Fourth Street, driver if the other cart, who testified the collision occurred last night at Kaighn Avenue and Locust Street.

In addition to being jailed, Carlton appeared to have "gotten the worst" of the accident, for his head was bandaged as he came to court.

Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933


Three men arrested on charges of panhandling were sentenced yesterday to six months each in jail by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast. They are Edmund Cox, 74, no home; Morgan Vennell, 48, and Louis Elwell, 48. both of 130 Arch street.

The men were arrested at Second and Market streets by Patrolman Earl Wright. Wright said they have been panhandling on Market street for some time..

Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1933

Two Youths Escape After
Robbing North Camden Grocery Store

A bullet whizzing past them caused several men to cease pursuit of two bandits on Elm street near Ninth Saturday night after the pair had obtained $18.75 in the holdup of a grocery store proprietor at 841 Elm Street.

The victim was Herman Kacmowitz, whose store was broken into and robbed twice recently. Kacmowitz said the two youths, about 17 years old, entered and asked for candy. When he started to get it, one pointed a pistol at him and demanded that he "stick 'em up."

While the one "covered" him the with the weapon, the other robbed the cash register. As they fled, Kacmowitz ran after them screaming. His alarm attracted the attention of several men passing, who started in pursuit of the bandits east on Elm  street. One fired a pistol, however, and the men abandoned the chase.

The youths were about five feet five, Kacmowitz said, and wore gray caps. One had a dark gray overcoat and the other's was a light gray.

Detectives Joseph Carpani and Sylvester McGrath are investigating.

A purse-snatching and theft of a leather bag from an automobile also were reported to police. The theft of brass and copper fittings also is under investigation with a 17-year-old youth under arrest.

Anna Whiteman, 16, 1606 Pershing Street, reported that two boys, about 15, snatched her purse containing $1 while she walked with a companion, Ada Hans, 16, of 1342 Lansdowne Avenue, on Lansdowne near Norris Street. She pursued the boys but was compelled to give up the chase when she slipped and fell.

A black leather bag was stolen from the car of Frank Grotaski, of Cape May, parked Saturday night at Fifth and Arch Streets. The door of the car was forced open. The empty bag, minus clothes and letters it had contained, was found later by two boys in an alley on South Sixth street, near Stevens.

At liberty, under $500 bail, George Dotterer, 17, of 928 North Twenty-fourth street, is charged with larceny, although the brass and copper fittings he is suspected of stealing have not been identified as to ownership.

Dotterer was arrested by Patrolman Herbert Botts when the youth asked for aid in recovery of the fittings from a junk man to whom he had "sold" the goods. He said the man, George Elliott, of Twenty-fourth and Pierce avenue, kept the fittings and refused to pay him.

Botts presumed after examining the fittings "they could not have been picked up as junk" and arrested the youth in the belief they had been stolen from the Pavonia railroad shops. Detective Sergeant Joseph Tully declared the fittings had not been stolen from the shops. The boy is to face Police Judge Garfield Pancoast this morning.

Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1933

Charges Husband Trapped on Pretense of Returning Child

Accused by his wife of binding her to a chair and threatening her life with a knife and with gas, Charles Flippen, 26, of 609 Grant Street, was held without bail for the grand jury by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday.

Flippen's wife, Lillian, 24, lives at 1626 Wingohocking street, Philadelphia. She said the threats took place Saturday afternoon in the third floor front room of a rooming house in Penn street near Sixth. Patrolmen William Thorn, Walter Patton and Raymond Stark said they found adhesive tape and towel strippings in the room, and took two knives from Flippen.

Kidnapping Charged

Mrs. Flippen said her husband went to California last September, leaving her and their four-and-a-half year old daughter at his mother's home in Grant street. She heard nothing from him, she said, and in December she moved with the baby to Philadelphia. Last month, she charged, he returned and kidnapped the child in the street near her home.

On Saturday, she said, she received a telegram from Flippen, telling her he would give her the baby if she would meet him. She met him in Philadelphia and he took her to the Penn street house, where, he said, his brother was to bring the baby.

They went to a room ostensibly to wait for the brother to bring the baby, she said, and he told her he was going to ki11 her and himself.

He bound her arms and legs to a chair with adhesive tape and strips from a towel, she said. Then he waved a knife about her head and turned on the illuminating gas, Mrs. Flippen charged.  

She pleaded with him and finally induced him to take her to a restaurant, where she whispered to a waitress to can the police, the wife I testified in Police Court. The waitress did so, and the police arrived shortly afterward.

Flippen pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening to kill. He did not testify. 

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933

Pancoast Refuses to Sentence One Man Because 'Wife Wants It'

Two husbands were sent to jail and another was given a suspended sentence by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday on charges made by their wives.

John Piot, 52, of 926 North Twenty-eighth Street, was sentenced to jail for three months when his wife, Celia, of 640 Berkley street, testified that he broke in the door of her home. She said he came to the house intoxicated. Piot had nothing to say.

Dominick Caccese, of 827 South Third Street, was committed to jail when he was unable to furnish a bond of $500 which was ordered to insure the payment of a $12.50 a week support order for his wife.

Larry Witkowski. 33, 1418 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, was released when his wife, Anna, of the same address, testified he wanted him sent to jail. He was charged with drunkenness and assault.

"I am releasing this man just because you want him sent to jail," Judge Pancoast said. "You merely want to get rid of him and have the city keep him in jail.".

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933

Riot Call Turned in as Bridge Cop and Autoists Engage in Row

Two men, whose arrest was preceded by a police riot call after a collision with a bridge policeman's automobile, drew suspended sentences from Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

William J. Bell, 25, of Williamstown, and Walter D. Olsen, 38, of Fourth Avenue, Runnemede, were charged jointly with disorderly conduct, to which they pleaded guilty, while Olsen pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of reckless driving.

Bridge Policeman John Curry testified he was driving west on Cooper Street Monday afternoon when he stopped at Seventh for a traffic light. An automobile driven by Olsen, accompanied by Bell, drew up alongside Curry's car. As the light turned, according to the bridge policeman, his car was forced to the curb by Olsen and the fenders were scraped. The same thing happened at Broadway and Cooper Street, Curry testified. He blew his horn and Bell cursed at him, he declared. The two men and the policemen got out of their machines. There was a flurry of fists and the two men fled into a barber shop on Broadway north of Cooper, it was testified. The proprietor, Sam Bosco, a customer and several pedestrians sought to aid Curry, and, according to police, the two men fled to the second floor of the building, where they were cornered by police. The latter were summoned by a riot call which had been turned in.

Olsen said he did not know Curry's car was behind him, and he merely wanted to turn into a parking space. .

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933


Past exalted rulers will be honored  tonight by Camden Lodge of Elks with a dinner, ceremonial and entertainment. 

The program will be nationwide. A dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, followed by a business session. Harry G. Robinson, present exalted ruler, will open the ceremonial and turn the lodge over to the past officers.

The past exalted rulers expected are Samuel Kilpatrick, who served in 1900 and 1921; Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, Alexander J. Milliette, J. Harry Switzer, James H. Long, Marian Moriarity, Allen Jarvis, Albert Austermuhl, William L. Sauerhoff, former Mayor Frank S. Van Hart, D. Trueman Stackhouse, Harry Ellis, William G. Ferat, Judge Garfield Pancoast, Rudolph Preisendanz, Jr., Theodore T. Kausel, Edward J. Kelley, Mayor Roy R. Stewart, William H. lszard, William S. Lehman and J. Harry Todd.

Camden Courier-Post
May 1, 1933

Federal Street
Edward Stone
Clarence Phifer
Louis Street
Garfield S. Pancoast
Lansdowne Avenue

Camden Courier-Post - May 11, 1933

South Camden Man Cleared of Tipsy Charge to Again Permit

A South Camden man, convicted in police court of drunken driving, but acquitted on his appeal to Judge Samuel Shay, will seek reinstatement of his driver's license which was revoked officially today by Motor Vehicle Commissioner Harold G. Hoffman.

The man, Sylvester Tazcinski, 1477 South Tenth Street, was arrested April 28 by Motorcycle Policemen Edward Shapiro and Thomas Kauffman after Tazcinski's car is alleged to have sideswiped Kauffman's motorcycle. They followed the car to Tazcinski's house where they found it parked. The policemen told Judge Shay on Tuesday they were unable to testify Tazcinski was driving and the judge released the defendant after saying he was convinced Tazcinski was drunk.

William Mazzare, 922 South Fifth Street, arrested April 16 after his automobile crashed into parked cars at Mt. Ephraim and Kaighn Avenues also was deprived of his license. Mazzare was fined $220 by Police Judge Pancoast on April 17.

Edward T. Cheeseman, Ashland road, Magnolia, arrested April 17 after a chase of more than two miles, also lost his license. Cheeseman was halted by Camden police a few feet from the closed gates of the Reading Ferry.

Camden Courier-Post - May 12, 1933

Police Judge Will Appoint Substitute to Handle Cases During Illness

 Police Judge Garfield Pancoast today was seriously ill at West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital, suffering from a leg infection.

Semi-delirious., Judge Pancoast was taken from his office yesterday and ordered to bed by his physician, Dr. A. Lincoln Shirk.

A nurse was In attendance last night at Judge Pancoast's home, 234 Morse Street. He ran a high temperature last night and after Dr. Shirk had visited the home this morning the physician ordered Judge Pancoast removed to the hospital.

Mrs. Pancoast said her husband was a "very sick man" and it had been deemed advisable to give him the care a hospital would afford.

Some weeks ago the judge scratched his leg while getting out of his automobile. Infection set in and he was not in court for several days. Finally he returned to the bench against the advice of his doctor.

Since then the infection has not improved. When he began running a fever yesterday, Assistant Clerk Edward Smith helped him home.

Judge Pancoast said today he will designate someone Monday to sit in his absence. He indicated it would be someone other than Clerk James Smith, who usually substitutes in police court.

Dr. Shirk said Judge Pancoast probably aggravated his condition by speaking at a political rally in the Tenth Ward several days ago.

"The leg at times is very painful," the judge said today, "but I am going to take care of it now and stay in bed until I am completely well."

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


A man who was arrested twice in one day on charges of being intoxicated, and another who had to be taken home three times before getting a ride in the patrol wagon when he insisted upon disturbing neighbors, will spend the next 30 days in jail.

James Callahan, 53, who said he had no home, was arrested Tuesday by Patrolman Ray Carson. He was released several hours later and before the day was over Callahan was back in the "cooler." taken there the second time by Patrolman Walter Patton.

“Twice in one day is too many times to be arrested," Judge Pancoast said. "I'll bet vou won't be arrested twice in the next 30 days, for you are going to be in the jailhouse."

Leo O'Brien, 30, of 213 Burns street, according to Detectives Walter Smith and John Trout, refused to stay put when taken home three times so they put him behind the bars Tuesday night to await a hearing. The detectives said they found him creating a disturbance near his home and each time they took him home he would reappear to make more noise.

"Where was this party where they served such awful liquor?" Judge Pancoast wanted to know. O'Brien couldn't remember. So Judge Pancoast said: "Well, perhaps you will be able to remember during the next 30 days while you are staying put in the county jail."

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


Charge with stealing wire and equipment from the Star Electric Company, 460 Kaighn Avenue, Lewis Sukeforth, 17, of 325 Atlantic avenue, paroled a year ago from Jamesburg reformatory, was held in $2500 bail for the grand jury yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast

Sukeforth pleaded guilty. He was arrested by Bridge Policeman Lee Hires, who was off duty and was about to drive his car into a garage on Amber Street in the rear of the 400 block of Kaighn Avenue where he saw the youth carrying a bag; After questioning him Hires took Sukeforth to detective headquarters.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


Three persons who engaged in a family squabble were held in $1000 bail for the grand jury by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. One of them also was jailed for 30 days in default of $100 fine for, driving an automobile without permission of the owner

Tuesday Gus Saccamanno, 25, of 856 North Twenty-seventh street told his wife, Margaret, 23, that he was going out for a walk before lunch. When he had not returned five hours later she went in search of him and found him at Twenty-seventh and Hayes Avenue.

An argument started the police said and Mrs. Saccamanno called to her brother, Francis Piot, who was standing nearby, to take her home. Piot, it is alleged, jumped in his brother-in-law's car and started to drive. Saccamanno and his father, Nicholas, 74, of 3418 Federal Street, stopped him.

Yesterday Nicholas was discharged, Francis was jailed for driving with­out permission and with his sister held in $1000 bail as a material witness against Gus, held in $1000 for assault and battery on his wife.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


Two men were held in $1000 bail each for the Grand Jury on technical charges of manslaughter yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast. The charges were a result of an automobile accident Sunday at Raymond Avenue and State Street when William Urban, 60, of 109 Allen's Court, was fatally injured.

James Briody, 31, of 4314 North Forty-third Street, driver of the car in which Urban was riding, and Fred Schmalfus, 716 Highland Avenue, driver of a bus in collision with the car, were held in $1000 bail each.

Briody admitted in police court yesterday that he was operating the car without a driver's license and was fined $25. Briody was cut over the eye in the accident. Urban died in Cooper Hospital early Monday.  

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933

Apartment House Owner Held Under $500 Bail on Man's Complaint

Edwin C. Cades, 26, one of the owners of the Cades apartment houses in North Camden, was held under $500 bail yesterday pending grand jury disposition of a charge that he assaulted an employee In an attempt to kill him.

His accuser is Walter Devlin, 54, of 111 North Third Street.

When asked why his employer would want him dead, Devlin testified In police court that he has two insurance policies, one for $3000 with double indemnity for death by accident and another for $1500. In both policies, Devlin declared, Cades is named as the beneficiary.

Cades did not testify yesterday, but entered a plea of not guilty.

Devlin was found unconscious at Nineteenth street and River road late at night on May 16. Taken to West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital, he was found to have suffered a fractured skull and broken jaw. Police at first believed he was a hit-run victim but nevertheless, City Detective Edwin Mills was assigned to investigate the case.

Devlin testified yesterday that Cades invited him out for an automobile ride, alighted somewhere to look at a soft tire. Devlin asserted he found the tire to be hard and was getting back into the car when something struck him on the head. That was all he remembered, he said until he regained consciousness in the hospital.

He could not positively say that Cades was his assailant, but asserted that no other person was present.

L. Scott Cherchesky, attorney for Cades, said he had a statement obtained by Cades from Devlin in the hospital on May 17 in the· presence of Detective Mills. In the statement, Devlin purportedly asserted that Cades did not attack him and he did not know who his assailant was.

Tells of Affidavit

Cherchesky also had two affidavits from tenants in the same apartment house where Devlin resides. They are William H. Dougherty and William Widerman. Dougherty attested he saw Cades return at 8.30 p. m. with Devlin and the latter went into the house, "mumbling drunkenly." Widerman also added that at about 9:45 a. m., he saw Devlin leave the house, alone.

Devlin declared he did not remember making any statement in the hospital to Cades, but that a nurse told him "later, when I came out of my daze and the room stopped swirling", that he had made such a statement.

The accuser's complaint charges Cades with assault and battery with intent to kill by beating him over the head with a blunt instrument.

Cherchesky objected to Detective Mills testifying, demanding that Devlin go on the witness stand.

"I've been working for Cades for 13 years," testified Devlin. "On the evening of May 17 at about 7 o'clock Mr. Cades called for me to take a ride with him in his car. We rode around the city in circles and while we were passing over a rough road somewhere Cades told me he thought he had a soft tire. He got out of the car and looked at it and then told me to get out and come around and help him fix it.

"I looked at the tire, felt it and it was hard. I told Cades it was all right. As I started to get back into the car, I was struck over the head and that is all I remember until I woke up in the hospital."

Under questioning by Judge Pancoast, who held a statement given earlier to the police by Devlin, the latter said that Cades bought him a bottle of whisky on that night. He asserted it was his job to collect rents and take care of the apartments in the North Camden section and as pay he received an apartment and food gratis.

Did Not See Assailant

Devlin said he could not positively swear that it was Cades who struck him as Cades was behind him. He declared, however, that he saw no one else in the immediate vicinity and no one else was in the car.

"Why did you say in this statement which you gave to Detective Mills that you thought Cades positively struck you?" asked Judge Pancoast.

"Because there was no one else there," declared Devlin.

"Why would Cades want to strike you or kill you?"

"Because he is carrying a big insurance policy on me and has been for two years," responded Devlin. ,"One is a $3000 policy with double indemnity for accidental death, and the other is a $1500 newspaper policy.

In both of them Cades Is named beneficiary.

Planned to Retire

"The payment of the premium on the policies was to come out of the wages I was entitled to and I was to be retired in 10 years, when I was 64, and kept for the rest of my life."

"Were you ever hurt before?" Judge Pancoast asked him.

"Yes, I was struck on the head with a brick once before and I told my wife to notify my brother im­mediately if anything happened to me as I thought I was in danger because of these insurance" policies."

Devlin was then cross, examined by Cherchesky and admitted, that several months ago he had been beaten by a son-in-law and on another occasion was struck by a man named Conway.  

Cades in a statement he requested the Courier-Post to publish after his arraignment in police court, emphatically denied the 'charges made by Devlin.

"I took Walter Devlin out in my automobile, as had been my custom, at 7 o'clock and took him home at 8 o'clock on the night of May 16. William H. Dougherty, who lives in the first-floor apartment at 111 North Third Street, saw Devlin get out of the car and walk up to his apartment, and has signed an affidavit to that effect, which I have.

"William Widerman, who also lives at the same address, saw Devlin in his apartment that same evening, and also saw him leave the apartment about 10 o'clock that night, and has given me a signed affidavit to that effect.

"I did not see Devlin until the next morning' when I was called to the hospital by detectives. I cannot account for Devlin's whereabouts after I left him at the apartment house at 8 o'clock.

"I voted at 8:30 at the polling place at Cooper School, and after that spent the evening with my family. This case appears to me as one of extortion by either Walter Devlin or some other interested party.

"Devlin has been working for me for the past 13 years, and our relations have been extremely friendly. I am at loss, therefore, to account for this action."  

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933


A youth was given three months in jail by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday on charges of stealing an electric drill from a South Camden garage. A man charged with buying the instrument from him was fined $50.

George Brown, 18, colored, of 1411 South Fourth Street was arrested Wednesday night on complaint of Isadore Mesrau, of 1411 Broadway, and confessed that he stole the drill because Mesrau owed him $1. He told Detective Frank Crawford that he sold the drill to John Casto, of 763 Chestnut Street.

Casto when arraigned yesterday denied that he bought the drill but was found guilty and was fined..  

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933


Louis Scott, 34, colored, 203 Pine Street, was given a suspended sentence by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

Charged with attempting to end life after an argument with his wife, he was arrested at the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital Wednesday night after he had been treated for swallowing poison. He told Judge Pancoast he argued with his wife and she went to her parents’ house.

“If you want to die," the court said, "use something more effective the next time. The poison you used wouldn't kill you."

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933

One Pays $200, others Assessed $25 Each for Not Having Licenses

Four Camden storekeepers were fined by Judge Pancoast in Camden Police Court yesterday charged with violating the city's temporary beer law by selling the amber fluid without licenses.

Those held and their fines were as follows:

Antonio Ardoni, of 656 South Third Street, grocer, fined $200, the maximum; Abe Barton, of 232 South Eighth Street, fined $25; Max Marker, of 228 Linden Street; fined $25, and Barney Masso, of 554 Royden Street, fined $25.

In addition three women storekeepers were arraigned and warned on informal complaint, also charged with illegal sale of beer.

All the men were arrested, District Detective Harry Kyler said, by investigators who went into the shops and made purchases of bottled beer while he stood on the opposite side of the street.

Ardoni denied selling the beer and said he never had any beer in his shop. Judge Pancoast said he preferred to believe the police.

Barton pleaded guilty.

Marker said he had purchased the beer for his own use but had been persuaded to sell some.

Masso declared he would go out of the beer business permanently.

"I don't blame these storekeepers as much as the beer distributors," said Judge Pancoast. "The distributors are supposed to check up on who has licenses before they wholesale their product."

The names of the women warned by Judge Pancoast were not revealed. .  

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933

Advisory Committee Will Present Formal Invitation for State Meet

The twenty-first annual reunion and the convention of the New Jersey State Elks Association will be held in Camden next June if efforts of the advisory board of' Camden Lodge of Elks are successful at the state meeting in Newark on June 15, 16 and 17.

Members of the advisory board for the local lodge, who are past exalted rulers of the Camden lodge, will present the invitation to hold the 1934 meeting in Camden, at the twentieth reunion and convention in Newark.

Members of the lodge have adopted a resolution confirming the action of the advisory board and plans were made to set the necessary machinery in motion to bring the 1934 convention to Camden. It was pointed out that Camden Elks have the largest home in the state.

Samuel Kilpatrick, the oldest past exalted ruler of the lodge, is head of the advisory board, and Harry G. Robinson, youngest past exalted ruler, is delegate to the state association, which is composed of past exalted rulers of all Elks lodges in New Jersey. 

Although the state association was formed in Camden, there has never been a reunion or convention of the association held here, it was pointed out.

The outstanding feature of each annual convention is the mammoth sessions, with thousands of Elks in line. It is estimated the parade would draw more than 50,000 persons to Camden, if the local lodge's invitation is accepted.

The Camden lodge is sending the band and patrol to Newark for the parade, which will start at 7 p. m. on June 17. Arrangements are being made to have the largest delegation in the parade represent Camden.

Past exalted rulers who comprise the advisory board, and the year they took office, follow: Samuel Kirkpatrick, 1900; Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, 1901; Alex J. Milliette, 1906; J. Harry Switzer, 1908; James H. Long, 1911; Marion Moriarty, 11113; Allen Jarvis, 1914; Albert Austermuhl, 1915; William L. Sauerhoff, 1917; Theodore T. Kausel, 1918; Garfield Pancoast, 1919; William G. Ferat, 1920; Harry Ellis, 1921; Samuel A. Dobbins, 1923; D. Trueman Stackhouse, 1924; Frank S. Van Hart, 1925; Edward J. Kelly, 1926; Rud Preisendanz, Jr., 1927; Roy R. Stewart, 1928; William H. lszard, 1929; William Lehman, 1930; J. Harry Todd, 1931, and Harry G. Robinson, 1932.

Deceased past exalted. rulers and the year they took office are: John H. Foster, 1895; W. E. B. Miller, 1896; Philip Burch, 1897; D. Harry Condit, 1898; H. L. Hartshorn, 1891; George D. Borton, 1902; Maurice Rogers, 1904; Francis Warren, 1907; E. Wilmer Collins, 1909; Lewis H. Leigh, 1910; Morris Odell, 1912, and W. Wallace Balcom, 1922. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933

Visitor at Hearings Before, Pancoast Jailed for Fail­ure to Pay Fine

The urge which prompted Albert Barlow, 37, of 755 Spruce Street, to visit police court yesterday as a spectator landed him in the county jail as a prisoner.

Sought for more than two years on charges of failing to pay installments of a $200 fine imposed when he was found guilty of a liquor law violation, Barlow a former city employee, was arrested by Clifford Schemely, county probation officer.

Schemely was notified that Barlow was in court by Lieutenant Ralph Bakley, of the second district, who saw him sitting in a front row of the court­room just before the hearings started.        

Bakley knew there was a warrant out for Barlow but he was not in possession of it at the time so the police official telephoned Schemeley from Police Judge Garfield Pancoast's office.

The probation officer hurried to the courtroom armed with a copy of the warrant, served it on him and led him from the courtroom just as Judge Pancoast entered the room to open the hearings.           

Schemeley said that Barlow was arrested in February, 1931, and was fined $200 by Common Pleas Judge Samuel M. Shay. He was ordered to pay the fine in installments, Schemeley said, but he disappeared on March 23 of the same year.

Barlow was placed in a cell at the county jail and will be arraigned before Judge Shay next week.

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933


"I don't care what happens to me.

You can send me to jail if you want,"

"O.K. Six months."

That in so many words was the carefree statement of Anthony Kollerman, 47, no home, and the reply by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday when arraigned on charges of vagrancy.

Policeman Charles Stone arrested Kollerman when he found him panhandling on Broadway.

Kollerman, when asked to explain his actions, answered with the "don't care" statement before mentioned.

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933


Sixty days in the county jail was the sentence meted out to Wilmer Brown, 52, of 3002 Thompson Street, when he was charged in police court yesterday with stealing a watch.

Arrested on complaint of Martin Nelson, 561 Spruce Street, Brown denied the charges and said he knew nothing of the timepiece. Nelson testified that he went to a house on Cherry Street near Sixth with Brown and fell asleep. His watch was taken while he slept, he said. He admitted he had been drinking.

William Pollard, of 751 Cherry Street, said he was in the back yard of the house on Cherry Street when Nelson and Brown appeared. An hour after they entered the place, he said, Brown asked him for a pair of pliers to cut it chain.    

In sentencing Brown, Police Judge Pancoast said he believed the man wanted the pliers to cut Nelson’s watch chain. .

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933


Pleading guilty to being a "numbers" writer, Charles Edwards, 41, colored, of 972 Chelton Avenue, was fined $25 by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

He was arrested by Lieutenant George Frost, who testified he found Edwards writing in his store at the Chelton avenue address. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933

Judge Pancoast Proves to 2I That Honesty Is Best Policy

If there’s anything Police Judge Pancoast doesn’t like it's to have people trying to fool him, he said. So yesterday Pancoast sent two alleged speakeasy inmates to jail for 6o days and gave the confessed proprietor only 50 days.

Emil Hatter, 35, of 829 Carpenter Street, was arrested for violating the ordinance prohibiting congregation of disorder1y persons on the premises by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson Thursday. Hatter told the court that he was proprietor and was in the illegal liquor business to provide for his two children.

"That's no excuse," said the judge, "you should provide for them without breaking the law."

He fined Hatter $50 and sentenced him to 50 days when he was unable to pay. The judge then turned to Edward Mackay, 38, of 531 Ray Street, and Alfred Brooks, 45, of 700 Pearl Street [wrong address - PMC], who, Andersen said, were drunk in Hatter's establishment.

Both men admitted having a few drinks, elsewhere, but insisted they were sober and that they did not buy the drinks from Hatter.

"I'm good and tired of having peop1e trying to fool me," said Pancoast. "I don't know what they take me for. I'm going to end it, though, by giving each of you 60 days."

Unable to pay a fine of $100, George Young, 29, colored, 954 South Ninth Street, was sentenced to 100 days when he pleaded guilty to operating a "wash­boiler" still in violation of the city speakeasy ordinance. His wife, Ethel, 19, and Annie Fussel, 37, of 614 Chestnut Street, alleged inmates, were given 30 days each in default of $25 fines. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933

Kidnap Suspect


One of three South Camden youths who is accused of kidnapping and robbing Byron P. Cobb, the "Sun Doctor." Cobb told police he was slugged and robbed of $4700 early yesterday. 

Man, Robbed, Left in Road By Kidnappers
Byron P. Cobb Beaten by Autoists; Roll of $4700 Taken

Byron P. Cobb, 62, the "Sun Doctor," was kidnapped by three , men early yesterday, beaten and robbed of $4700 before, being tossed from moving automobile in Farnham Park.

Detectives found him in a sub­conscious condition laying in the middle of River Drive, after a motorist had heard his moans and notified police.

Three South Camden youths, arrested for a motor violation at about the time Cobb was found; later were identified by the awn­ing manufacturer as the ones who kidnapped and robbed him. They are Primo Fioravanti, 20, of 435 Division Street; Anthony Scanalvilli, 20, of 326 Division Street, and John Piliere, 19, of 1130 South 3rd Street.

All are being held on charges of kidnapping, atrocious assault and battery and highway robbery. They will be given a hearing today in police court. Later a charge of larceny of an automobile was placed against them.

Cobb, who for many years operated an awning manufacturing shop at Fifth and Royden Streets, told police he met the three who robbed him in a restaurant near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue. He said he bought them food and in return they offered to take him to his home in their automobile. 'This was shortly before 2 a.m.

He said two of the men were dressed in brown suits and the third wore a "greenish blue suit." All wore light hats.

As soon as he entered the machine, Cobb told Detectives George Zeitz and Leon Branch, who found him in the park, someone hit him over the head.

Two of the men then went through his clothing and took the $4700 from his pockets. He told police, that he drew the money from his bank yesterday and intended to pay off a mortgage on a property today.  

The men held Cobb, he told police, until they reached Farnham Park, where he was tossed out of the machine as the driver slowed up.

A few minutes after 2 a. m., William P. Tyler, of 1493 Greenwood Avenue, driving past the park, heard someone shout "murder" several times. He hurried to a telephone and called police headquarters .

Found In Roadway

Detectives Zeitz and Branch searched the section where Tyler had heard the shouts. Then they drove down through River Drive, where they discovered Cobb lying in the middle of the roadway.

The injured man was taken to Cooper Hospital where he was revived, and then to detective head quarters.

Meanwhile Motorcycle Patrolmen George Getley and Earl Stopfer stopped a car at Mt. Ephraim and Ferry Avenues, which had aroused their suspicions as it sped down Mt. Ephraim Avenue.

Piliere was driving the machine and could not produce either a registration card or driver's license. He said he had borrowed the car from a man he knew as "Pete.'"

The car was claimed yesterday by Pietro Tocco, 35, of 717 South Fourth Street. He told Zeitz and Branch the car had been stolen from in front of his home "sometime around 2 a. m." yesterday.

Piliere and his pals were taken to police headquarters where the former was booked on a motor-vehicle charge. When police found two pieces of rubber hose in the rear of the machine, all three were taken to detective headquarters.

There Cobb identified them as the three who had robbed him. He pointed out Fioravanti, the only one 'with a previous police record, as the man who hit him' on the head.

Police held all three without bail for the hearing before Judge Pancoast.

At the Cobb home yesterday, Mrs. Byron P. Cobb said she knew nothing about the holdup. She said Cobb "appeared to have a headache when he got up," but failed to mention anything was wrong and left the house before her return from church.

All of the suspects deny the robbery, They said they took a friend to his home in Woodlynne and were en route to their homes in Camden. when arrested.

Piliere told Detectives Zeitz and Branch that he "borrowed the car from his uncle," whom he only knew as "Pete."  

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933

Beaten Awning Maker Says $47, Not $4700, Was Taken From Pocket

Three men accused of kidnapping, beating and robbing Byron P. Cobb, 62, of 427 Benson Street, yesterday were held without bail for the grand jury by Police Judge Pancoast after they pleaded not guilty.

They gave their names as Premo Fioravanti, 20, of 435 Division Street; Anthony Scanavelli, 20, of 326 Division Street, and John Piliere, 19, of 1130 South Third Street.

Piliere also was sentenced to 15 days in jail in default of $100 tine when he pleaded guilty to operating an automobile without driver's or owner's licenses.

Cobb, who for many years operated an awning business at Fifth and Royden streets and through it became nicknamed "The Sun Doctor," first told the police he had been robbed of $4700 but yesterday said the amount was only $47.

Cobb was found in a semi-conscious condition lying on River Drive in Farnham Park early Sunday. The suspects, arrested later for a traffic violation, were identified by Cobb at police headquarters, the police said. They are charged with assault and battery, robbery and forcing Cobb into their· machine.

According to Cobb, he was so badly dazed after the attack he could not think clearly. He said he thought he had the $4700, which he drew from a bank to pay a mortgage, but later found it at home. He said he had only about $47.

After the suspects pleaded not guilty through their attorney, C. Lawrence Gregorio, no testimony was taken, but Detective George Zeitz, offered a statement made by Cobb shortly after he was revived.

It read:

"I left home at 8 p. m. Saturday and made three stops before I went to a place at Broadway and Liberty Street. I left there about an hour later and met this man (Fioravanti) at Broadway and Kaighn Avenue. He is the man who asked me to get in the car and told me he would take me home.

"Shortly after that I was hit and I don't remember any more.

"When I left home at 8 o'clock I had three $500 bills, two $100 bills and three $1000 bills in my vest pocket, loose. When I fell, I heard someone say; 'Get the money,' and Primo and another boy with a panama hat got the money from me. I don't remember any more until I was found by the officers." .  

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933


Ten dollars a year is a lot too little for support of a wife and twin sons, Police Judge Pancoast decided when he ordered John Hunkapillar, 24, to pay $5 a week, and sent him to jail when he could not provide a $300 bond to insure the payments. 

Hunkapillar was arrested on complaint of his wife, Phyllis, 20, who told Judge Pancoast they were married two years ago in Elkton and since that time he has given her only $10. She said they took turns living with his parents and with her parents. She charged Hunkapillar deserted her and their four month old twin sons. Hunkapillar was arrested in Atlantic City Sunday and returned to Camden. 

Mrs. Hunkapillar appeared at Camden city detective bureau May 27, said she was destitute, and asked aid for herself and her twins. 

Arrangements were made to assist her by the Camden emergency relief administration, under Dr. A. L. Stone, city relief director.

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933


If you want to hit a man but can't because a member of the constabu­lary is at hand, that's assault.

Police Judge Garfield Pancoast so ruled yesterday in making an interpretation of the law to Walter Beasley, 25, colored, of 1128 Cooper Street, who was sentenced to 60 days in jail because he said he desired to punch another man.

Beasley was arrested Sunday night at Tenth and Cooper Streets by Patrolman George Clayton. Clayton was assisting an ill man when Beasley approached and threatened to hit the man. Clayton locked him up.

"I'd still like to take a punch at him," Beasley said in court yesterday.

"You would, would you?" asked the judge. "Well, intending to strike someone is assault. If you do hit him, it's assault and battery. So I sentence you to 60 days for assault."

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933

One Goes to Jail in Default of Paying $50 Fine

Two excuses offered by two men for the presence of beer in their stores failed to impress Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. One storekeeper went to jail for 30 days in default of a $50 fine and the other storekeeper was fined $200.

Charles Yatzus, 43, of 1036 Central Avenue, went to jail because he was unable to explain how he was able to purchase beer and whiskey when he was on the verge of becoming a charge of the city emergency relief administration.

After Lieutenant Ralph Bakley had testified beer and whisky were found in his store, Yatzus said he was expecting friends from Wilmington and had purchased the liquor for use while they were at his house. Then he said he didn't have any money and was running a small store to keep from becoming an emergency relief charge.

Angelo Teto, 42, of 1024 South Third Street, insisted Earl Foy, 1016 South Sixth Street, came into his store to buy a bottle of root beer and not 3.2 beer. Foy, who said he was directed by Lieutenant Bakley to make a "buy" of beer at Teto's store, testified Teto told, his 11 year-old daughter to get a bottle of beer from the ice box. Before the deal could be completed, Foy said, Detective Vernon Jones entered the store.

Foy said Teto ordered his daughter to return the beer to the icebox, saying he recognized Jones. The beer, Teto said, was purchased for his own use. Teto insisted that Foy had asked for root beer and was to be served root beer. Judge Pancoast said he did not believe Teto's excuse and fined him $200.

Because he refused to follow the friendly advice of a policeman and "go home to sober up," Louis Schechtman, 48, of 2374 Broadway, is in the county jail today, beginning a 60-day sentence, in addition to pay­ing a $25 fine.

He faces another hearing tomorrow on charges of selling beer illegally.

Schechtman, according to Motorcycle Policeman George Jefferis, was creating a disturbance at Broadway and Fairview Street yesterday. He became abusive when told, to "go home and sober up," Jefferis said, so he went to jail. Judge Pancoast sentenced him to 60 days on the charge of being intoxicated.

Robert Powell, 430 Stevens Street, a taxicab driver, filed a charge of disorderly conduct against Schechtman, alleging Schechtman refused to pay a taxicab bill of $12.35. The disorderly charge brought a fine of $25.

Lieutenant Ralph Bakley alleged Schechtman had been violating the temporary beer law of New Jersey by selling beer without a license. Judge Pancoast said Schechtman will be taken into court tomorrow morning for a hearing on the beer charge.  

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933


Four men and a woman were fined $25 each yesterday after they perplexed Police Judge Pancoast by pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, but denied that they had been disorderly.

The defendants are Joseph and William Greenan, brothers, 38 and 24, respectively, both of, 741 Fairview street; Edward Covey, 24, of 2221 South Seventh Street; Walter Koscianski, 28, of 966 Bulson Street, and Mary Johnson, 18, of 224 Morris Street, Gloucester.

They were arrested Sunday night by Motorcycle Policeman Thomas Kauffman at Tenth and Bulson Streets. Earlier, he had stopped them on Admiral Wilson Boulevard and because they had been drinking but were not drunk, he told them to go home.

Later someone called police headquarters and said that Kauffman was drunk. He was suspicious and arrested the five. Yesterday they pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, but denied they had telephoned headquarters or had done anything disorderly. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933

Police Judge Then Holds Two Camden Suspects With­out Bail

After refusing defense counsel's request that the city police bare their evidence, Police Judge Pancoast yesterday held two suspects without bail in the recent $11,790 Radio Condenser Company holdup and two other youths as material witnesses.

Frank M. Lario, attorney for the quartet, appeared in police court yesterday with William McDonald, court stenographer, and declared he wanted the police through witnesses on the stand, to reveal what evidence they have in the robbery.

But when Judge Pancoast asked Lario if he was willing to have the prisoners submit to cross examination by the court the attorney refused. Judge Pancoast thereupon declared that the formal complaints against the defendants were sufficient to establish a prima facie case, that no hearing was necessary and that the police therefore were not obliged to disclose any testimony.

Leroy Jenkins, 23, and, Joseph Putek, 23, who gave addresses at 1113 Mechanic Street and 1212 Lansdowne Avenue, respectively, were committed to the county jail without bail on charges of holdup and robbery. They pleaded not guilty.

Those held as material witnesses were Leon Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman Avenue. Lario pointed out they were in jail when the holdup occurred but, Judge Pancoast said he would hold them for the prosecutor's office which would probably fix bail for them.

City Detective Benjamin Simon, who signed the complaints, stated prior to the hearing that he has obtained information from North Jersey which is vital to his investigation of the robbery. But he would not reveal its nature.

None of the money stolen by the bandits, who herded 11 persons in a vault after forcing one of them to open the safe containing the payroll, has been recovered by the police. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933


Samuel Thompson, 60, and his brother, Henry, 57, both of 433 Riley street, were sentenced to jail for 90 days by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday when they were unable to pay tines of $100 which were imposed on charges of operating a still.

The brothers were arrested Monday night following a raid on their home in which police seized a 150-gallon still and a quantity of mash. They pleaded guilty. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933


Charged with attacking a girl, 15, Roland Greer, of 320 Penn Street, was held in $5000 bail for the grand jury by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. His brother, James, was held in similar ball as a material witness.

The girl complainant testified in court that Greer attacked her while she was on a ride with him in his automobile. Greer dented the charges.

Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1933


Mrs. Bessie A. Gaunt, of 4115 Westfield Avenue, yesterday appeared in police court and charged her husband, Emerson Gaunt, 32, of 840 Pearl Street, and Mrs. Nellie Olsen, 33, of 408 North Seventh Street, with misconduct.

The Gaunts have been estranged for some four years. Mrs. Gaunt told Police Judge Pancoast she had been keeping her husband under surveillance of late and on May 15, followed him to the Olsen home. Mrs. Gaunt said she parked her car near the house and saw her husband enter.

Detective John Trout and Walter Smith arrested both Gaunt and Mrs. Olsen in the latter's house at 8 p. m. on May 30.

Judge Pancoast held Gaunt and Mrs. Olsen in $500 bail each for the grand jury.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


Two men arrested on charges of being drunk and disorderly were sent to jail yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Frank Waite, 35, of 916 Pearl Street, was arrested at Eighth and Pearl Streets Tuesday night by Patrolman George Nicktern, after Nicktern said he asked Waite to leave the neighborhood because of a woman living in the vicinity being critically ill. Waite was given a 30-day sentence.

Ralph Foller, 33, of Oakland, California, was arrested at Fifth and Arch streets last night by Patrolman Joseph Dennett, and was given 10 days in jail.       

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933

Declares Punching Due to Insulting Remark to Young Woman

Arrested on the charge of striking another man in the eye "to protect my sister", Michael Laurino, 27, of 1018 South Fifth Street, was held in his own recognizance for the grand jury by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

Complaint was made against Laurino by Samuel Frankenstein, of 1239 Magnolia Avenue, who appeared in court with his left eye bandaged. Frankenstein was also arrested on disorderly conduct charges made by Miss Anna Laurino, sister of Michael.

Carl Auerbach, attorney for Frankenstein, told Judge Pancoast that his client was ordered out of the offices of the N.J. Steel Company, 1171 Chestnut Street, by Miss Laurino. When the girl made alleged insulting statements to Frankenstein, Auerbach said, the client told her that "no lady would make such a statement."

The brother, Auerbach said, struck Frankenstein when he heard of the argument.

Gene R. Mariano, attorney for the Laurinos, said that Frankenstein insulted Miss Laurino and that the brother hit the man to protect his sister.

Judge Pancoast held Laurino for the grand jury and dismissed the disorderly charges against Frankenstein.   

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


Ten youths arrested early yesterday at Third and Royden Streets by District Detective Harry Kyler, on charges of shooting craps, were warned by Police Judge Pancoast to quit gambling on street corners. They then were given suspended sentences. The youths promised Judge Pancoast they would not hang around the corners in the future.

They gave their names as: Alfred Basili, 16, of 224 Royden Street; Joseph Tragno, 16, of 312 Stevens Street; Samuel Rizzo, 14, of 327 Benson Street; Frank Galucci, 19, of 213 Washington Street; John Galucci, 16, of the same address; Armond Muzzo; 18, of 225 Beckett Street; Frank Vaugley, 18, of 203 Royden Street; Tony Chico, 20, of 607 South Third Street; Arthur Aguessini, 19, of 447 South Third Street, and Albert Salamini, 23, of 613 South Third Street.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


An East Camden man was given one day to vacate the house he now occupies or go to jail. The moving order was issued yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast to William J. Cassidy; 918 North Twenty-fifth Street, when he was arraigned upon complaint of Harold Hartman, representative of Carl Evered Company, 450 Broadway, real estate firm.

Hartman said the man had been evicted on April 27 and his furniture removed to the street by officers of the district court. When the officers left,

Hartman said, Cassidy moved his furniture back into the house. Cassidy said he returned to the house when the court officials said it would be all right to do so.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933

Pancoast Settles Love Feud But Complainant Pays Costs

Police Judge Pancoast does not believe in spending the taxpayers' money to settle arguments over love affairs.

He so expressed himself to two men in court yesterday .and car­ried out his belief by making the compla1ning witness pay the costs.

The ultimatum of the police judge was delivered during a hearing of Frank Murphy, 1254 Thurman street, and Charles W. Osborne, of 117 Nicholson road, Audubon. Murphy was arrested on Osborne's complaint of assault and battery.

Osborne testified that Murphy went to the home of a young woman who soon is to become Mrs. Osborne and started an argument.

When he attempted to pacify Murphy, he said the man struck him in the face.

Murphy denied hitting Osborne except In self defense. He said he formerly went out with Osborne's fiance and visited her home to deliver some articles she had left in his car.

"This whole thing seems much ado about nothing," Judge Pancoast said. "The city is the sufferer In these kind of cases because it must pay costs to the justice of the peace. I am not, however, going to make the tax­payers pay for these arguments over love affairs."

Osborne paid the costs after Murphy was found guilty on the assault charge and given a suspended sentence. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


Held without bail for the Grand Jury by Police Judge Pancoast, two suspects in the $11,790 Radio Condenser Company payroll holdup were ordered released in $3000 bail by Prosecutor Clifford .A. Baldwin yesterday.

Judge Pancoast remanded Leroy Jenkins, 23, and Joseph Putek, 23, who gave their addresses as 1113 Mechanic Street and 1212 Lansdowne Avenue, respectively, to jail after defense counsel failed in an effort to have the city police reveal their evidence against the men.

Two others refused bail as material witnesses in the holdup by Judge Pancoast were released in $500 bail by Prosecutor Baldwin. They are Leon Grenkwicz, 19, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geida, 19, of 1273 Whitman Avenue.

Counsel representing Jenkins and Putek appeared before Baldwin and asked that the bail be set, inasmuch as the police had not disclosed any evidence against them.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


Accused by his mother of stealing two bracelets, Louis Hopper, 25, who said he has no home, was sentenced to 30 days in jail yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast in lieu of a $25 fine.

Mrs. Anna Hopper, 731 Sylvan Street, said her son came to her home last Saturday and took the bracelets. Hopper said he took them only for a "joke" and declared he returned them Tuesday.

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 8, 1933


Wenonah, June 7.-Seiber Garfield Pancoast, son of Police Judge and Mrs. Garfield Pancoast, of 234 Morse Street, Camden, will deliver the address as president of the graduating class at the Wenonah Military Academy tomorrow.

The indoor program includes the reading of the class history by Hebert Charters, Brooklyn; class will by Alan B. Feld, Atlantic City; class prophecy, Manuel Frome, Philadelphia; class poem, Joseph Goldstein, Philadelphia; ivy oration, Robert VanBrunt, Rumson, N. J., and presentations speakers, Richard Walker, Harrisburg, Pa., and John W. Shoemaker, Wayne, Pa.

Tomorrow afternoon the final baseball game will be played. The cadets will oppose Camden Catholic High School. At night the commencement hop in honor of the departing cadets will be held.

Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1933

Class Orator

Camden Boy Presides; 29th Annual Commencement Today

Wenonah, June 8.-Wenonah Military Academy held class day exercis today in the drill hall. The twenty-ninth annual commencement will take place tomorrow.

Garfield Sieber Pancoast, of Camden, president of the class, presided at today's program and delivered the opening address. The class history was presented by Hibert Charters. Joseph Goldstein was the class poet. The class will was drafted by Alan H. Feld, and Manuel Frome was the class prophet. John Shoemaker and Richard Walker made the class presentations. The Ivy oration was delivered by Robert Van Brunt.

Class officers, in addition to Pancoast are Manuel Frome, vice-president; Richard Walker, treasurer, and H. King Hedges, secretary.

Others on the class roll are Hibert F. Charters, Duncan W. Cheesman, Octavius A. Cicero, Lee Oscar Goble, James Allen Dickson Jr., Allen G. W. Dilks, Jr., John Leo Doakley, Alan H. Feld, Joseph R. Goldstein, Robert C. Groves, Joseph A. Gruber, James C. Hammell, Charles R. Harvey Jr., Merritt Hutton Hursh, William Henry James, Vito Anthony Kaminakas, Henry Francis LeCour, Jr., Eugene D. Lipschutz, Jack Bascian Little, James Francis McCann, Miner McGeorge, James Clark Nesbitt, Gilbert Polsky, Samuel Westby Rogers, Anthony Scaldeferri, Albert Segal, Winter Frank Shewell, John William Shoemaker, Willard Harold Strauss, Edgar Allen Tomlinson, Robert Vincent Van Brunt.


Son of Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, who was class orator at class day exercise yesterday at Wenonah Military Academy.

Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1933


William Schiller, 29, of 2420 Carman Street, a former summer policeman, was cleared on a disorderly conduct charge brought by his father-in-law, John Green, 409 North Thirty-seventh street, by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

Green had Schiller arrested when he visited Green's home Wednesday to talk to Mrs. Schiller, from whom he is separated. Schiller said he meant to make no disturbance but an argument developed. He promised Judge Pancoast he would stay away from the Green residence.

Camden Courier-Post* June 9, 1933

Stanley Webb, Accused of Embezzling $100, Proves Fund Given Needy

Stanley Webb, of 3500 Westfield Avenue, was freed by Police Judge Pancoast, yesterday of a charge of embezzling $100 while he was treasurer of the Eleventh and Twelfth ward branches of the Unemployed Union.

During the hearing, twice postponed since Webb's arrest last month, Judge Pancoast threatened to evict 16 interested spectators when they disturbed proceedings by loud talking.

Webb produced receipts from needy persons who received the money to support his claim the $100, collected through the proceeds of a minstrel show, had been spent for the purpose for which it was intended.

"I believe you," said the court. "I can see no intent on the part of the defendant to steal this money and in my opinion, it went for the purpose for which it was collected." 

Charges against Webb were brought by David W. Garraway of 1027 Bergen Avenue, a member of the organization, who said Webb was supposed to turn the money over to the Unemployed Union and not to dole it out himself. 

Pancoast in conclusion said he did not think it was fair for clubs and organizations to bring such matters before him. They could and should be straightened out without recourse to the courts, he said.

Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1933

Police Say Pool Room Owner Knew of Robbery Plot

A fifth man was arrested in the recent Radio Condenser Company $11,790 payroll holdup and held as a material witness yesterday after city detectives alleged he attempted to escape from them in his automobile. He is Nicholas Kubiak, 34, of 1301 Decatur street, owner of a pool room on the corner of Decatur and Norris streets. Arraigned, before Judge Pancoast in police court, Kubiak was committed to the county jail without bail as a witness.

City Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Clarence Arthur stated they went to the pool room this morning and told Kubiak he was under arrest. He accompanied them to the sidewalk and suddenly stepped into his own automobile parked at the curb. The detectives said he started the engine, whereupon the police car was driven in front of him so he couldn't move. Simon declared that he jumped on the running board of Kubiak's car and reached in to grab the ignition key. Kubiak tried to push him off the running board. Simon said, and the key was obtained only after a tussle.

Simon said he has three statements signed by persons who charged they heard Kubiak declare the holdup was planned in his poolroom and that Leroy Jenkins and Joseph Putek were the actual bandits. Jenkins and Putek are charged with the holdup and are held under $3000 bail each. The bail was fixed by Prosecutor Baldwin.

Simon stated he previously had questioned Kubiak, but could learn nothing to warrant holding the man until he received the statements late last night. Simon said if he had been able to obtain the statements prior to yesterday, he doubted that bail would have been fixed so low. 

Two other youths, arrested as material witnesses in the case, were released by Prosecutor Baldwin today under $500 bail each. They are Leon Grenwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman avenue.

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 lowly beginning. His parents were poor and his education was limited. He has served in the navy, and he knows the trials of the 


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 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

Man Nabbed as Tipsy Driver On Private Property Is Freed 
Pancoast Releases Motorist on Plea That Cops Made Arrest
on Ground Owned by Ferry Company and Not on Public Highway

A precedent in jurisprudence relative to drunken driving cases was set in Camden yesterday, when Police Judge Garfield Pancoast dismissed a tipsy driving charge against a motorist who was arrested on private property.

The defendant, David Nichols, 31, of 298 Braddock avenue, Lansdowne, Pa., was arrested April 21 by Policeman George Clark after he had driven his automobile into the now closed entrance to the Market Street ferry. The case was postponed from the date of his arrest until yesterday. 

Dr. Garnett Summerill, city police surgeon, testified in court yesterday that he had examined Nicholas and found him drunk. 

Appearing as counsel for Nichols was Sydney Kaplan, Camden attorney, whose motion to have the charges against the defendant dismissed was granted by Judge Pancoast. 

Kaplan contended that his client was on the property of the Camden and Philadelphia Ferry Company when arrested and therefore was not liable to prosecution under statutes covering drunken driving in this state. The law, Kaplan maintained, specified that a driver is only liable to arrest on public highways and property and not on private holdings. 

Kaplan told the court he had examined records in the city assessor's office and had found that all property west of Delaware Avenue and bounded by Market and Federal Streets, is owned by the ferry company. 

He cited similar drunken driving cases in other courts of law in which defendant had been dismissed when it was proved they were not driving on public property or highways.  

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1933


An Atlantic City woman was fined $25 by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday when she was accused by Police Lieutenant Herbert Anderson of being "the worst woman I have ever met."

Miss Helen Hancock, 30, of 602 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, was charged with drunkenness and pleaded guilty. Lieutenant Anderson said she ran against a wall and fell down and when he tried to take her to the hospital she kicked him in the stomach and cursed him.

Anderson also testified that she refused treatment at Cooper Hospital and cursed all the doctors and nurses. The woman said she did not remember anything about the incident.

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1933


Charged with larceny of merchandise from the Mechling Brothers Chemical Company, where he has been employed 11 years, Guido Adezio, 32, of 340 Lincoln Avenue, West Collingswood Heights, received a suspended sentence yesterday from Police Judge Garfield Pancoast

Detective Robert Ashenfelter testified most of the articles, worth about $25, have been recovered. 

"You are very foolish and ungrateful to your employers." Judge Pancoast told Adezio. "After working there for 11 years you should have been grateful for a steady job. Your children will be the ones who will suffer now."

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1933


George Wadleton, 36, of 316 North Tenth Street, was sentenced to 30 days in jail by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday, charged with panhandling in front of the Sears, Roebuck and Company store, Admiral Wilson Boulevard
Motorcycle Patrolman Charles Stone testified Wadleton has been warned several times for annoying store patrons. 

Wadleton said he has a wife and four children and is being helped by the relief administration. He said he did it to get some money for his family, but Judge Pancoast admonished him for failing to observe previous warnings.

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1933


Charles Hellings, 52, of 2164 Berwick Street, was held without bail yesterday on a statutory charge by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast after he heard testimony from the man's daughter, 14, and a granddaughter, 12. 

The children made their complaint to Detective Edwin Mills and Hellings was arrested at his home by Detective Louis Schlam. Hellings said he had been drinking regularly.

Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1933


An argument over a pushcart in which a man was severely beaten on the head and face resulted in Joseph Dworanzyk, 29, of 1155 Lowell Street, being sent to jail far four months in police court yesterday. 

With his left eye badly blackened and his face cut and swollen to almost twice its usual size, Simon Balicyck, 55, of 1065 Everett Street, told Police Judge Pancoast that Dworanzyk beat him with a board. He laid that the attack occurred at Farnham Park when he refused to give Dworancyk his pushcart. 

Dworanzyk pleaded not guilty to the charge and said he struck Baliyck in self-defense. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Because Harold Waters, 32, of 913 South Seventh Street, hurried from a South Camden restaurant before he had finished his sandwich and coffee he was sent to the county jail Saturday, starting a 30-day sentence on a charge of "tapping" the restaurant's cash register for $10. 

Waters was arrested on complaint of Mrs. Ida Breer, proprietor of the restaurant at Ninth and Walnut streets. She said Waters ordered a cup of coffee and sandwich, and while she was preparing the order, $10 disappeared from the cash register. Waters hurriedly left the restaurant after paying for his food, she said, and then she discovered the loss.

Waters' defense was that he only had 25 cents so he couldn't have taken the $10. Judge Pancoast decided a man with only 25 cents would not spend 10 cents, for coffee and sandwich and leave the restaurant before he had finished eating.

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Echoes of a long-standing grudge were heard in police court Saturday when William Blauer, 53, who lives at the head of Twenty-fourth street, was charged with assault and battery by John H. Foster, who lives at the head of Twenty-sixth street. Foster alleged Blauer hit him on the shoulder and arm with a piece of iron pipe while he was walking in Farragut Avenue near Twenty-fifth street

Foster said Blauer had caused trouble since he had Blauer arrested some time ago on charges of keeping a bad dog. Police Judge Pancoast said he had tried to settle the grudge between the two men, but without success, so he sent Blauer to jail for 60 days in default of a $50 fine. .

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Less than a week of freedom was enjoyed by Charles Stranahan, 38, who said he had no home when he was arraigned in police court Saturday on a charge of being intoxicated. He was arrested when found sleeping on a railroad siding at Fifth Street and Taylor Avenue.

"You got out of jail less than a week ago after serving a 60-day sentence for being drunk," Judge Pancoast said, "and you couldn't wait a week before getting drunk again. Well, back you go for 60 more days. .

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933

Uniformed Veterans to Join Lodge Members in Colorful Ceremonies

Arrangements are completed for the Flag Day celebration to be held tonight by the Camden Elks Lodge Lodge at Seventh and Cooper Streets.

The program will open at 7.30 p.m. Doors of the lodge room will be opened to the public at 7:15 p. m. The program will be broadcast over WCAM.

The Elks Band, led by William H. Townsend, will open the ceremonies. Presentation of the colors will be made by uniformed units of the August F. Walters Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion; Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the lodge patrol.

D. T. Stackhouse, chaplain of the lodge, will make the invocation and an altar service will be held by James A. MacMillan, exalted ruler, and the other officers.

There will be musical selections by Charles L. Bowen, organist; Charles T. Murray, Albert B. Poland and Mrs. C. Richard Allen, vocalists.

George S. Dunkelberger, a senior member of the lodge, and chairman of the Flag Day committee, will give the history of the flag. A patriotic address will be given by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, a past exalted ruler.

The radio program will be presented through courtesty of Rud Preisendanz Jr., past exalted ruler and lessee of the station. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933

Pancoast Urges 200 Present to Remember Patriotism During Present Stress 

With more than 200 members and friends present, a Flag Day celebration was held last night by the Camden Lodge of Elks

Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, past grand exalted ruler of the local lodge, spoke. He urged everyone to "remember their patriotism in these times of economic stress." 

The Elks Band, led by William H. Townsend, opened the program and were followed by presentation of the colors by uniformed units of the August F. Walters Chapter, disabled American Veterans, Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion; Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the club's patrol. 
D. Trueman Stackhouse, another past exalted ruler and present chaplain, delivered the invocation. Charles L. Bowen, organist; Charles T. Murray, Albert B. Poland and Mrs. C. Richard Allen, soloists, entertained. Altar services were held by Exalted Ruler James A. MacMillan and other officers of the lodge. George S.R. Dunkelberger, chairman of the Flag Day committee, spoke an the history of the flag . 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933


Accused by his daughter of injuring her when she refused him money, Louis Soltman, 50, of 822 North Ninth street, was sentenced to 60 days in jail yesterday by Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court. 

Soltman is unemployed. 

His daughter, Mary, 18, said she earns $10 a week. She said her father pulled ber hair and pushed her against a stove, injuring her back, on Saturday night, when she refused to give him 50 cents. 

Soltman denied attacking his daughter. He said he wanted the 50 cents for oil for the stove, but his daughter insisted on keeping it "for movies and lipstick."

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933

Cheap Rum Buyer Is Sent to Jail 'To Save His Life'

Admitting he buys his liquor at 75 cents a half-gallon, Reginald McLaughlin, 22, 724 Linden Street, was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail by Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court yesterday. 

"If that's the kind of stuff you're drinking," said the judge, "I'm going to send you to jail to save your life." 

Patrolman Ivan Morris said he found McLaughlin drunk on the street near Tenth and Penn streets. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933


Two men were sent to jail for 30 days each yesterday for stealing four nickel blocks of ice cream from a street vender. 

Charles Daubert, 238 Jasper Street, told Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court he has to make his living selling ice cream from a box he carries. He said that George Martin, 23, of 519 Liberty Street, and Tony McDaniel, 21, no home, asked him for two blocks each of cream and then walked off, refusing to pay. He followed them and called a policeman.. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933


Found guilty of stealing $25 and a wrist watch from a man who came to Camden for liquid refreshments John Cheek, 27, colored, of 735 Kaighn Avenue, was sentenced to six months in jail by Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court yesterday. 

His accuser, William Henninger, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, was roundly scored by Judge Pancoast for coming here to drink beer, and was warned to stay away from Camden. Henninger said Cheek attacked and robbed him near Second and Pine Streets. John Barton, 25, of 830 South Second Street, and Viola Lewis, 39, of 315 Division Street, both colored, who were arrested on suspicion, were exonerated and freed. Detective Benjamin Simon said the stolen wrist watch and $3.75 were found on Cheek.. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933

Dog Disarms Man, Blackens His Eye And Cops Do Rest

 George Ludwick lost an argument to a dog, was bitten and bruised, and yesterday was fined $26 for inciting to riot.

Ludwick is 27 and lives at 1920 Fillmore Street. He was bitten on the arm, the lip and, suffered a black eye, in an encounter with a dog in the rear of 1914 Fillmore Street. Ludwick got a club and the dog took it away from him. Then, police say, Ludwick went away and returned with a revolver. 

In the meanwhile, however, police headquarters received five telephone calls about a "riot" at that address, Motorcycle Patrolman Edward Shapiro told Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court. Ludwick was treated at West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital and arrested. 

Ludwick said the dog snarled at him every time he passed the yard in which it is kept. He admitted he was abusive to the policeman. Pancoast declared he believed the dog had sufficient provocation to attack Ludwick.

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933


A special officer who procured a warrant from a justice of the peace for a man he accused of threatening to hit him and thus causing the city to spend $4.75 was reprimanded yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast

"As a special officer of the city you have the power to arrest anyone committing a crime," Judge Pancoast said. "Yet, when you say this prisoner threatened to hit you and became abusive, instead of arresting him, you go get a justice of the peace warrant, which costs the city $4.75". 

"In, this case; however. you are going to pay the $4.75, for I am going to suspend sentence on this, defendant and assess the costs against the complainant."

The defendant was John Kuebler, 1018 Newton Avenue. He was arrested upon complaint of Special Officer William Bishop, 1022 Newton Avenue. Bishop, as a special officer, watches parked automobiles near a Broadway theatre.

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933


Charged with carrying concealed deadly weapons, a South Philadelphia man was sent to the county jail yesterday for six months by Police Judge Pancoast.

Sebastian Grace, 24, of 1819 South Street, Philadelphia was arrested by Detective Frank Crawford, who testified he was called to a South Camden house where Grace is alleged to have threatened to shoot a girl. Manuel Canto, 26. of 947 South Street, Philadelphia, held as a material witness, was given a suspended sentence. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933


AA woman found beaten at Second and Penn Streets early Monday was sent to the county jail yesterday for 30 days by Police Judge Pancoast

The woman, Mrs. Margaret Templeton, 20, of 1148 Kaighn Avenue, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of being intoxicated. She had been hit with a blackjack and robbed, she told patrolman Walter Patton when he found her and took her to Cooper Hospital.

Questioned by Judge Pancoast as to who she had been with, the woman said she knew him only as "Harry." She said they had been to Gloucester. When arrested she gave her name as "Martha Shay," and several addresses which proved incorrect.

Detective Frank Crawford, who investigated the case, said Mrs. Templeton and her husband, William, of 722 Cherry Street, had been estranged about a year. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933


Because Samuel Boykin, 29, of 1022 Penn Street, insisted on sleeping in an automobile parked in a restricted area, he will pass the next 30 nights in jail. Police Judge Pancoast, in sending Boykin to jail on a charge of being drunk and disorderly, also indicated he would spend the same number of days in jail.

Motorcycle Policeman Walter Vecander testified he went to Broadway and Market street on complaint of a motorist who said a man was sleeping in his car. Boykin was taken to police headquarters but released when the motorist refused to sign a complaint. 

Fifteen minutes later Boykin was sound asleep in the same automobile, Vecander said. Boykin admitted he had been drinking but denied he had been driving while intoxicated or that he was disorderly. A charge of illegal parking was dismissed.. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933


His swollen face swathed in bandages as the result of an automobile collision, William R. Emory, of 1701 Green Street, Philadelphia, was held in $2000 ball yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast for a further hearing June 29 on charges of driving without a license and as a material witness in the accident.

Emory told the court he must have fallen asleep at the wheel just before his car collided with another driven by Robert Patton, 219 East Maple Avenue, Merchantville at Thirty-second and Federal Streets. 

Patton is in Cooper Hospital with a fracture of the jaw and fractures of the legs. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933


Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday suspended sentence on John Carlson, 36, a salesman, of 407 Cuthbert Road, Collingswood after warning him not to be "too flip" in the future with policemen. 

Carlson was arrested by Policeman Wilbur Prentiss on State Street near the circus ground when he resented the policeman's prohibiting a friend from parking. 
Carlson, a former Thirteenth ward resident, told Prentiss he would let City Commissioner David S. Rhone "know about the policeman" when the commissioner returned from Europe, according to the testimony. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933


Arrested by George Jefferis, a motorcycle policeman, to break his mania for jumping on the back of buses, Samuel Harper, colored, 21, of 1136 Penn street, yesterday was sentenced by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast to 30 days in jail in default of a $25 fine. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933


A county employee, of Sicklerville, was rebuked severely yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast for failing to pay $18 due a young woman whom he had employed as housekeeper and for criticizing the quality of her work.

Michael Madden, 51, a fireman in the courthouse, was given one month by the court to make up what he owes the young woman, or the alternative of a $50 fine or 50 days in jail. The complainant, Miss Rose Beck, 26, of 914 Front street, said Madden agreed to pay her $2 a week. She has worked several months for him, she said. Madden is the father of seven children. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933


An argument over a 9-cent gambling debt yesterday sent Charles Minor, colored, 32, of 911 Cherry Street, to county jail for 30 days in default of a $25 tine for assault and battery on William Jackson, 913 Cherry Street

Sentence was imposed by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast after Jackson testified that Minor struck him on the chin with some blunt instrument and knocked him down. Jackson said he and Minor had played cards Wednesday and Minor had accused him of cheating him out of 9 cents. 'The argument continued, Jackson added, when Minor struck him. Minor denied the charge.

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933


Police Judge Garfield Pancoast expressed indignation Saturday against what he termed' "lying defendants" and sentenced three of them to jail in default of fines as the result of a South Camden liquor raid.

A 40 gallon still and five gallons of "white mule" were seized by Thomas Cheesman and Vernon Jones, detectives, at 838 South Second Street Friday night. After Crayton Hopkins, 19, arrested as the proprietor, testified that he did not know who, owned the still, and that he was merely hired at the place, the court expressed skepticism and sentenced Hopkins to 100' days in default of a $100 fine. Hopkins had named "George Smith" as his employer. 

Lucille Johnson, 28, also of the South Second Street address, and William Makson, 26, of 3109 Warren Street, Philadelphia, were sentenced to 90 days each in default of $100 fine when they testified they knew nothing about the place or its ownership. 

"I'm tired of people lying who are caught doing something they shouldn't be doing," Pancoast said, imposing the sentences.

The still was found on the second floor of the house, according to Detective Jones. He said Makson was arrested as he left the rear of the place with a 2 gallon container of liquor around his waist.

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933


John Rafferty, 35, of 222 Stevens Street, was sentenced Saturday by Police Judge Pancoast to 30-days in county jail on a charge of stealing three screens belonging to Giacomo Daraio, of 706 South Third Street.

Rafferty has been frequently in police court during the last year on charges of drunkenness, and, Judge Pancoast expressed surprise that he should now be accused as a thief. Leon Branch, a detective, testified that Rafferty had stolen the screens.

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933


Armed with a contract and all set for a "clean up," Russell Fleming, 710 Sycamore Street, arrived at the scene of his work only to find the job had been usurped by a Philadelphian, Fleming told Police Judge Pancoast Saturday when he appealed to him to settle, an argument over the job. 

Fleming said he was given a contract by Hagenbeck-Wallace circus to clean up the circus grounds on State Street Friday morning after the circus had departed. For his work, Fleming said, he was to get the refuse, to be sold as fertilizer. 

He went to the circus grounds, he said, all set to go to work and found Henry Rothblath, 53, of 2549 Rees Street, Philadelphia, had already hauled away four loads. Rothblath refused to return the four loads of refuse, Fleming said, so he had him arrested.

Judge Pancoast decreed that Rothblath erred in hauling away the four loads of refuse and sent him to jail for 60 days.

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933

Man, Accused of Getting Money is Held by Grand Jury

Members of the grand jury will have an opportunity to decide whether a Philadelphian attending a party in Camden was "rolled" for $100.

Police Judge Pancoast Saturday passed on to the grand jury the problem of Fred Peegan, 40, of 1519 Palethorp Street, Philadelphia, who caused the arrest of Richard Wagner, 25, of 1136 Federal Street. Peegan said he came to Camden Friday night for a party, imbibed a little too freely and laid down to "sleep it off."

He woke up to find Wagner going through his pockets, Peegan told the judge. Wagner fled, Peegan said, and he caught him in an alley, holding him until police arrived. Wagner denied he had taken any money from Peegan's pockets and said a girl who accompanied Peegan to Camden left soon after the party started at the Wagner home. 

Peegan denied the party was at Wagner's house, but said it was in a South Camden residence but could not tell where. 

"I am of the opinion that it was your own fault for coming to Camden, drinking too much, and losing your money, if you lost it as you say you did," Judge Pancoast told Peegan. "However, I am going to let the grand jury decide the issue." 

Judge Pancoast released Wagner in his own recognizance for the grand jury and held Peegan in $1000 bail as a material witness.

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933

Pancoast Proves 3.2 ·Beer Did Not Make Man Tipsy

Police Judge Pancoast is firmly convinced that 3.2 beer is not intoxicating. He emphatically expressed himself so to George Shuts, 34, of 410 Birch Street, Saturday when Shuts, who was charged with drunkenness, said he had been drinking beer. Detective Clifford Carr said he found the man "down and out."

"You never got in the condition in which you were found by drinking 3.2 beer," the court said. "Right now in New York there is a drinking contest being waged in which the contestants have been drinking a bottle of beer every 15 minutes for the past two weeks and they are not drunk yet." 

Shuts then admitted that he had "a few liquors" on top of the beer.

"1 thought so," Judge Pancoast said. "The man who be comes intoxicated on the new beer is either very weak physically or very imaginative mentally."

He suspended sentence on Shuts with the admonition to "stick to the 3.2".

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


Sentence was suspended yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast on Harry Mattison, 51, and Mrs, Stella Wilkinson, 30, both of 1259 Park Boulevard, but only after the man was described by the court as a "yellow dog." 

They were arrested Sunday night on disorder charges after neighbors complained of a quarrel. At the hearing Mattison charged he lived with Mrs. Wilkinson and that she had husbands in Paulsboro and Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 
"Any man who lives with a woman and admits it to let her down, is a yellow dog," Pancoast told Mattison. 

After the hearing, Mrs. Wilkinson told newspapermen Judge Pancoast had rushed through the hearing without giving her an opportunity to state her side of the case. 

She denied living with Mattison, whom she said boarded at her home, and said the quarrel was over a six weeks' board bill he owed her. She denied she was a bigamist.

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


Two men and a woman arrested in a raid on an alleged speakeasy at 610 South Second street Saturday night, were given suspended sentences by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday after the woman, charged with being proprietress, promised to cease her illegal business. 

The three were Freddy M. West; 34 and Mattie Watson, both colored, of the Second Street address, and Thomas R. Bunting, 62, of Highland Boulevard, Gloucester, who said he had stopped in for a drink. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


His boasts that he could bring political pressure to bear if he was arrested cost Joseph Mrozowskl, 49, of 1474 Kenwood Avenue, $10 in police court yesterday. 
He was arrested by Policeman Ivan Morris at Louis and Chestnut Streets for pulling out of a traffic line. 

"If you arrest me I will get Committeeman Henry Knauer or Commissioner Rhone to get me out," Morris quoted Mrozowski as saying. 

Mrozowski admitted that he told Morris he would telephone Knauer but denied mentioning Dr. Rhone's name.

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


Clifford Jackson, 24, colored, of 412 North Twenty-ninth street, yesterday was held for a hearing today by Police Judge Pancoast on charges of shooting Pauline Dickson, 22, colored, same address, in the leg during an argument Sunday.

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


Barney Runyon, 26, and William Newcomb, 22, who said they lived at 2301 Mickle Street, were sentenced to serve 60 days each in jail by Police Judge Pancoast on charges of breaking and entering.

They were arrested Sunday by Acting Lieutenant Nathan Petit in a vacant house at 331 Boyd Street. Petit, who lives at 320 Boyd Street, was summoned by neighbors who saw the men go into the building.

It was reported to police Sunday that thieves forced the rear window of a vacant property at 2127 Howell Street and stole a gas heater from the cellar. Edward Smith, of 1070 Langham Avenue, reported that thieves Saturday night stole a 24-foot sectional ladder from his yard. 

Two women were arrested Saturday in larceny cases, Edith Holmes, 31, of 519 North Third Street, is in the city jail in default of $500 bail, charged with the theft of $30 from a relative, Marie Holmes, 2923 Kansas road. Mrs. Bertha Teitelman, 58, of 207 Federal Street, is in similar bail on a shoplifting charge preferred by W. J. Hickey, manager of Grant's store, Federal Street near Broadway.

Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933


Harry Bolt, 35, of 337 South Fourth Street, might have "gotten away" with his story in police court yester day if Judge Pancoast had not received a telephone call.

Charged with beating his wife, Bolt told the court that his wife did not wish to press the charges and would not appear against him. 

"Is that so?" the court asked. 

"Your wife notified me through a friend that she was sick in bed from the abuse you gave her and intended to make the complaint when able to get here." 

Bolt was held in $500 ball for a hearing today..

Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933


Delieah Carey, 28, colored, of 1714 Master Street, was held without bail for the Grand Jury by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday on a charge of attempting to shoot Oliver Jackson, colored, 1728 Master Street. Jackson was held as a material witness.

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

Cops Use New Device on Girl After Battle, But She Still Kicks

Bessie James, 16, colored, no home given, gave police plenty of trouble last night while they were arresting her for breaking parole. 

Bessie, who has been sought by Mrs. Mary Barton, state parole officer, for several weeks, was seen shortly before dark yesterday at Second and Benson streets by District Detectives Walter Smith and John Trout. The officers' grasped the girl by the arms and told her she was under arrest. 

Then she went into action. Before the surprised officers knew what it was all about they had been beaten, bitten and kicked by the irate girl who broke Trout's straw hat and Smith's glasses during the melee. The impromptu bout ended when one of the detectives put the, "iron claw" on their scrappy customer. 

But Bessie wasn't through yet­ not by nine or ten kicks, which she delivere4 to Patrolman Walter Patton enroute to the city jail in the patrol. 

She will be given a hearing this morning before Judge Pancoast on charges of assault and resisting an officer. 

Smith was treated at Cooper Hospital for bites on the hand, following the brawl. .

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933

Cash Stolen from Under Rug; Boarder Gets Jail Sentence

"Keeping your money under the rug is just about as safe as putting the key to your front door under the mat. It's the first place thieves look." 

That was what police Judge Pancoast told Forma Senchuk, of 1900 Fillmore Street, who appeared against Anthony Stricko, 48, of the same address, and accused him of stealing $160 which he had hidden under the carpet. 

Senchuk testified that he placed the money under the carpet several weeks ago. It was in $20 bills, he said, and he thought nothing of it until Stricko, a 
boarder in his home, started exhibiting bills of similar denomination. When he looked for his money it was gone. 

Detective Clarence Arthur testified that four $20 bills were found in Stricko's trunk and that he arrested Stricko on complaint of Senchuk on charges of stealing the money. 

Stricko denied stealing the money and said the bills which Arthur found were given him by a woman who had been keeping $200 for him. He said he drew the money out of the postal savings fund two years ago and gave it to the woman. 

Judge Pancoast found Stricko guilty of the theft and sentenced him to three months in the county jail. He instructed Senchuk to refrain from putting his 
money under the carpet and suggested he place it in bank in the future.

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933


Found guilty of stealing an automobile which has not yet been recovered, two Whitman Park men were given six months in the county jail by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. 

Identified by the owner of the machine who said he saw them drive away in it, Herbert Cox, 25, of 1247 Van Hook Street, and Charles Casale, 26, of 1351 Van Hook Street, were sentenced in spite of their denial of the theft. John Harwan, of 1311 Sheridan Street, the owner of the car, testified that Cox and Casale took his machine from Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Van Hook Street where it was parked in front of his soft drink establishment. He tried to jump on the running board, he said, but could not reach it. He called the police and ordered the men arrested, he said. 

Cox and Casale said they did not know anything about Harwan's automobile. They were in a speakeasy drinking all night, they said, and left the place intoxicated. In answer to Judge Pancoast's questions the men said they did not remember where the speakeasy was.

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933


A husband of less than a year yesterday was sent to county jail in default of a $350 bond which was asked in police court to insure the payment of a $6 weekly support order for his wife and child. 

Ernest Reed, 19, of 317 North Third Street, was arrested on complaint of his wife, Louise, 18, of 906 Lawrence Street. Mrs. Reed testified she was married in August, 1932, and that her husband lived with her two weeks. Her baby was born two months ago, she said, and her husband has given her only $4.25 since Christmas. 

Reed said he has been out of work and unable to support his family.

Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933


A man termed an "Indian Giver" by Judge Pancoast was sentenced to the county jail for 30 days on charges of stealing $7.50 from a former boarding house proprietress. 

John Dyskstra, 33, of 1012 South Twelfth street, Philadelphia, was arrested on complaint of Mrs. Elizabeth Perpetuyno of 634 Linwood street. Mrs. Perpetuyno, testified that Dykstra came to her home Tuesday night and stole the money from an envelope. 

Dyskstra admitted taking the money but said it belonged to him because he gave it to Mrs. Perpetuyno in payment of a board bill. 

"You're just an Indian Giver," the court said. "If you owed this woman the money you have no right to take it back." .

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933


Charged with driving without a license, Arthur Benjamin, 28, of 430 Liberty Street, was held in $10 security for a police court hearing following a collision at Twenty-third and High Streets shortly after noon yesterday, One man was cut on the head and legs. 

Policeman James Banks made the arrest after Benjamin's car struck and overturned the machine of C.R. Finney, 62, of 201 Cooper Street. Finney was treated by Dr. A. Lincoln Sherk. Benjamin was ordered to appear before Judge Garfield Pancoast June 29. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933

Pancoast Frees Nude Bathers, Scores Those Causing Arrest
Boys and Young Men, However, Are Asked to Carry Bathing Suits on Next Visit To Cooper River

Fourteen boys and young men arrested as nude bathers Thursday as the sequel to a city commission meeting, were freed yesterday by Judge Garfield Pancoast with the advice that they wear bathing suits when swimming.

The nude bathers were apprehended in Cooper river in the vicinity of Tenth and Pearl streets after Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of, the New Jersey Congress of Civic Associations and of the North Camden Civic Association, complained at the commission meeting Thursday that shocking conditions exist among the male bathers' in the river, causing women in the neighborhood to protest.

With two of the youthful bathers excused because they had to attend the final classes of the term in school, Police Judge Garfield Pancoast suspended sentence on the others at a hearing yesterday after advising them to wear bathing suits when swimming again. The boys had been released in their own recognizance after their arrest late Thursday by John Taylor, a policeman, who was sent to the bathing spot by Acting Chief Golden.

Pancoast Sarcastic

Taylor, under questioning of the court, testified that the nearest house to where the youths swam was a block away, and that while there were boathouses across the creek, he did not know whether they are occupied. The boys themselves testified that no women pass the "swimming hole," which, they said, is three blocks from State Street and almost two squares from Tenth street .

After Taylor informed the court he did not know who made the complaint to Mayor Stewart, Pancoast said the complainant "is probably the same man who, at the age of these boys, did nothing in the Summer but read the New Testament."

"He probably is the same man who never went swimming when the temperature went up to 92 degrees," the court commented, "and is probably the same man who does not know that the cost to the taxpayers for every arrest in the city averages $3.87."

Appeals to Boys

"I have nothing to say to you boys, but appeal to you to take a bathing suit with you the next time you go swimming, because someone might be passing who does not like to see your nude figure." 

The bathers: Leslie Bayne, 26, of 503 Royden Street; Harvey Howell, 16, of 429 Washington Street; John Grady, 19, of 578 Benson Street; Roscoe Davis, 15, of 253 North Eleventh street; James Evans, 15, of 601 North Second Street; William Dempsey, 12, of 1030 Lawrence Street; Albert MacFarland, 13, of 1112 Federal Street; Roland Garber, 15, of 537 Birch Street; Edgar Grundlock, 14, of 318 North Tenth Street; Frank Garwood, 13, of 717 Bailey Street; Eugene Dodelin, 13, of 309 Cole Street; Ralph Skill, 13, of 512 North Seventh street; Robert Rudd, 15, of 642 Linwood Street, and Richard Evans, 14, of 601 North Second Street.

Rudd and Garwood were the boys excused by Judge Pancoast from appearing in court so they would not lose credit for being absent from school.  

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933

Etiquette Error By Complainant Frees Defendant

A breach of court etiquette on the part of a complaining wit ness proved fortunate yesterday for John Herman, of Henry and Clinton Streets.

Herman was before Judge Pancoast in police court on an informal complaint by A. R. Lane, of 101 Ardmore Terrace, Collingswood. Lane was called upon first to testify, and he began by accusing Herman of taking window screens from a house owned by Lane on Henry Street.

While he was testifying, Lane casually drew a package of cigarettes from his pocket, extracted one, put it in his mouth and was drawing a clip of matches from another pocket when Judge Pancoast recovered from his amazement and snapped,

"What are you doing? Where do you think you are? I'm not going to hear this case. The complaint is dismissed."

And Herman walked out of court, without even having had to testify in his own defense. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933


A confessed numbers writer, Lloyd Thomas, 39, of 807 Ferry Avenue, was fined $50 by Judge Pancoast in police court today. 

Lieutenant George Frost testified that Thomas ran a small book in his cigar store. Thomas offered no defense, pleading guilty to the charge

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933


The story of how she saw on another woman's wrist a watch which had been stolen from her "hope chest" was told in police court yesterday by Mrs. Mabel Barrett, 1535 Federal Street.

Mrs. Barrett appeared as a complaining witness against George Zimmerman 27, of 27 Morse Street, charging him with possession of a stolen wristwatch. The woman said the watch was taken from her trunk and same days later, she saw Mrs. Zimmerman wearing it.

Zimmerman admitted his wile has a new watch, but he said he purchased it from a man in Delaware.

Judge Pancoast dismissed the complaint and told Mrs. Barrett that she would have to sue in civil court to recover the watch.

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933


Dora Perry, 32, colored, of 302 Walnut Street, was found not guilty of a charge of stealing dresses from Mrs. Mary Walsh, 1043 Pine Street, by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. Mrs. Walsh admitted she had no evidence against the Perry woman hut only suspected her.

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933


Police Judge Pancoast yesterday dismissed charges against Martin Goldberg, 36, of 513 Ferry Avenue, accused by Mary Kelly, same address, of obtaining money under false pretense to open and operate it saloon on the Ferry Avenue premises.

The woman testified she gave Goldberg $50 for a temporary beer license, $35 to install gas and electricity and money for beer, in return for which she was to receive her money back and a 50-50 interest in the business. All she received, she said, was $4.

Judge Pancoast decided the case was a civil matter and had no standing in police court.

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933


Charged with stealing an automobile from William B. Humes, Jr., of 127 North Thirty-fifth street, while it was parked at Second and Market streets a month ago, Joseph Vargo, 22, foot of York street, was sentenced to three months in jail by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

Vargo was arrested in Jersey City May 30 when he was taking the stolen car to Brooklyn, where, according to his confession, he intended taking it apart and selling the parts.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Resents Imputation by Judge Pancoast of Being Prudish 'Person'


Mayor Roy R. Stewart made the complaint which led to the arrest of 14 nude male bathers in North Camden Thursday, Frank J. Hartmann declared Saturday. Hartmann so stated in a letter expressing resentment to an indirect reference made by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast against him as the complainant. Hartmann is secretary of the New Jersey Congress of Civic Associations and of the North Camden Civic Association.      

Pancoast, in releasing the defendants, mostly all boys, said the complainant was probably "the same man who read the New Testament during the ,Summer; never went swimming when the temperature went up to 92 degrees, and probably was the same man who did not know that the cost to the taxpayers for every arrest in the city averages $3.87."

Hartmann told newspapermen that he construed Pancoast's remarks were directed at him, and stated that· he believed Pancoast had been misinformed as to who was the complainant in the arrest of the bather.

Hartmann’s letter Pancoast follows:

"In the press I read where some one is taken to task by you in your official capacity because of a com plaint of nude bathing in Cooper river on Thursday afternoon. 

"During a meeting of the Commissioners in City Hall, that day, it was clearly brought out that vandalism in Camden was a disease, running 1unchecked; that at that very moment vandals were practically tearing the Bernstein building [602 North 10th Street- PMC] apart, piece by piece, and that lawlessness was spreading along other lines; for instance even at that moment men and boys could be seen bathing in the nude," It was at this point that the mayor demanded to know where; it was the mayor who called the police out; it was the mayor who made the complaint, and I suppose it was the mayor to whom you  referred.

"Out of all fairness to the mayor I don't think that he believed me when he ordered the police out, because he knows it cost $3.87 for each arrest (even if you accuse me of not knowing) at a total of $54.78, and I know that he would not deliberately waste the taxpayers' money, because I am sure he knows that, nothing would be done to anybody caught violating the law. At this point I could say something that was brought out at that meeting regarding the influence of politics in obtaining leniency for those caught violating the law, but since I did not make those accusation's, I am going to let that pass.

"Defending the mayor because he was visibly upset when the facts were stated, I suppose he thought of his own mother, sister, wife or daughter being subjected to alleged indecencies, I do not know the people who live in the vicinity where the arrests were made but they are just as human as they are anywhere else in the world and I can say for myself and perhaps for you that I do not appreciate such performances, on behalf of the women folks.

Father and Son Class

"Another thing, according to the press, the ages of the bathers were such as to be in the father and son classes. Few fathers parade around naked before their children, and never before other children, and out of all fairness to the parents of those children of those tender ages of whom you so carefully spoke, they were not aware of the fact that their children were in such company, assuming nothing else was being done except swimming. In your criticism you could have made that point just a little clearer.

"I expect to attend the next com­mission meeting with the members of the Congress of Civic Associations, at which time we are going to find out if that is the co-operation that can be expected, namely, criticism. But I suppose I will be a lot better off at that. Just imagine what I would have heard if there were no bathers there, at all"

"May I say that the real complaint was read at the North Camden Civic Association meeting Monday night, June 19, at which time the press, was present, took notes, but did not deem it of sufficient importance to even mention it.  

"In conclusion may I say I earnestly believe that with a proper system of education, protection, and correction, vandalism will be remedied, and that the opening of that ­expensive pool in Pyne Poynt Park, (costing the taxpayers a whole lot more than the $3.87) which is slowly disintegrating, will prevent the nude bathing of which the mayor recently complained.”.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933


Charged, with the larceny of a watch belonging to Albert L. Hawkins, of Collingswood; John H. Evans, 64, of 2117 Sherman Avenue, was sentenced to three months in jail Saturday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Hawkins, who is a painter, said he was at work Thursday on the second floor of a vacant house at 805 Cooper Street, when he saw a man come in and take the watch from his trousers, which he had left downstairs.

Hawkins recognized Evans' picture in the rogues gallery and police arrested the man. Detective Clifford Carr testified Evans has been arrested a number of times on larceny charges.

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Pancoast Says He Will Send Intoxicated Offenders to Cells in Future

Police Judge Pancoast Saturday expressed angry impatience with men who get relief orders on the plea that they have no money with which to purchase food but in some strange manner can procure liquor.

He sentenced two such men to 30 days each in jail, and declared that all future offenders of this ilk can expect nothing but jail sentences, as he will accept no excuses.

Those sentenced are Edward Maxwell, 38, of 110 State Street, and Earl Eckman, 38, of 412 Liberty street.

Both admitted they are on the city relief list. They are married, Eckman having eight children and Maxwell one.

Policeman Marshall Thompson testified he found Maxwell stretched out on the sidewalk at Ninth and State Streets, at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, completely intoxicated. Maxwell said he had a wife and child, and Judge Pancoast asked:

"You can't buy any food, yet you have enough money for liquor. Where did you buy it?"

"I didn't buy it," answered Maxwell. "A fellow had some wine and give me some.”

After passing sentence, Judge Pancoast heard Eckman's case. The prisoner's wife, Jane, testified she has eight children, gets a food order, but doesn't get any money from her husband, although he occasionally does an "odd job."

Judge Pancoast didn't even ask Eckman where he got his liquor, but pronounced sentence immediately.

"I'm not going to tolerate this any longer," declared the court. "When someone getting a food order is found drunk, I'm going to send him 'to jail immediately. There won't be any excuses.".

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933

Struck and Spit on Young Woman Who Delivered Food to Family

A jobless war veteran was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail by Police Judge Pancoast Saturday when he admitted striking and spit­ting at Miss Elizabeth Parker, 22, a Camden Emergency Relief worker.

Miss Parker lives at 578 Washington Street. She has been active for several years in swimming and ath­letic activities of the Y. W. C. A.

After the hearing, Miss Parker asked that Bernardo Rovero, 40, of 887 Chelton avenue, be given leniency because of his wife and family, but Judge Pancoast refused to consider the case.

"As long as I'm judge of this court," said Pancoast, "anyone who is living on the city and acts in such a despicable manner to an emergency relief worker will be sent to jail, where he ought to be."

"I went to this man's home yesterday afternoon," Miss Parker testified, "to deliver a food order. I have had other business dealings with him both at his home and the 

  Relief worker who was hit by ex-­service man when she delivered food order to family.

emergency relief office, and the last time he was in the office he threatened to throw me out the window if I did not give him some clothing.

"When I gave him the food order yesterday he asked me about clothing for his children and I told him we were restricted in giving clothing out promiscuously and could not give him any at that time.

"He then slapped me in the face and started to hit me on the head and when I put my arms up to my face to protect myself, he pulled my hair down. His wife came between us and tried to stop him, but he pushed her aside and hit me again.

"I then sat in a chair and he stood over me and spit in my face several times and cursed me with the vilest language,"

Rovero admitted the charges and said he was sorry he had lost his temper and would willingly apologize publicly.

"You're a fine exhibition of an ex-service man." declared Pancoast. "You probably went to the other side and fought for your country and now brag how brave you were. Yet you strike a defenseless woman and spit in her face. I'm going to sentence you to 60 days in jail."

Camden Courier-Post - June 26, 1933

'Nude Bathing" Allowed Here, Police Keep Out'
Proposed Sign of 'Safe Petting Sponsor
Announcement of Delaware Township' 'Humanitarian's' Intention Made
to North Camden Civic Group by Target of Pancoast's Criticism

A nudist bathing "colony" on the muddy banks of Cooper River!

This is the latest plan of Lewis B. Simon, of Delaware township, who attracted attention three weeks ago when he established a petter's paradise on property owned by him in the township.

At least that is the intention of Simon providing the plain does not encounter legal obstacles, it was announced last night by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Associaition, at a meeting of the association at 939 North Fifth Street.

According to Hartmann, it is Simon's intention to purchase property along the creek in Camden and place a sign on it bearing the legend:


Hartmann declared it was not necessarily a mark of Simon's extreme liberality, so much as a "satirization of police." His announcement came as an echo of the arrest of 14 nude bathers, all boys and young men, by police on orders of Mayor Roy R. Stewart last Thursday after Hartmann had complained.

All 14 were released the following day by Judge Garfield Pancoast, who scored those causing the arrests.

"It Is Mr. Simon's attitude," Hartmann explained, "that if the city is going to allow nude bathing it may as well be legalized as much as possible.

"We complained to the Mayor, who is director of public safety, about vandalism which has resulted in destruction of property valued at more than $500,000," Hartmann said. "Yet, there has not been one conviction for vandalism, and nude bathing is considered as more, important. The arrests of those boys were made more to embarrass me than in the interest of morals.

"If police are sincere about any complaints I make, why hasn’t there been one arrest for vandalism? We have a wisecracking judge who compliments offenders, so I wonder if he will be so ready to sanction nude bathing now that Mr. Simon believes in finding some legalization for it?"

Hartmann also protested against a rumored proposal to close the fire station [Engine Company 4- PMC] on Vine Street between Third and Fourth Streets.

"That would be a very dangerous move for this section of the city," he said, "for if a train was shifting on the North Main Street tracks at the time of a fire, we would be left without protection because apparatus would be unable to get through from any other section of the city."

George Shaw, vice president. also I protested against the removal, declaring that "the fire underwriters are not in favor of it."

Both men also alleged that North Camdenn was without sufficient police protection.

Officers were re-elected for the ensuing six months of the year. They are Harry F. Walton, president; Shaw, vice president; Mrs. Ida Pfeil, treasurer; Hartmann, recording secretary, and Miss Elsie Stein, financial secretary.

Camden Courier-Post - June 26, 1933


Two men who accused each other of attacks with knives were held in $2500 bail for the grand jury yesterday by police Judge Pancoast on charges of atrocious assault and battery. They are Herman Langston, 31, of 332 Summit Avenue, and Emory B. Barry, 30, of 1028 Admiral Wilson Boulevard.

Both men were treated at Cooper Hospital before being taken to police headquarters yesterday. Langston was cut on the head and Barry had a finger severed.

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

Civic Group Secretary Says He Did Not Refer to Erector of Petting Sign

A nudist bathing resort may be established on Cooper river in North Camden, but Lewis B. Simon, Haddonfield tire dealer and Delaware Township farmer, doesn't intend to be its sponsor.

Simon made that plain yesterday in answer to an interpretation by The Morning Post of remarks made Monday night by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., at a meeting of the North Camden Civic Association. Hartmann, secretary of the association, emphatically denied that his remarks pointed to Simon, who recently created a Delaware Township petters' paradise and posted a sign announcing that police are unwelcome.

"My remarks were misinterpreted by the reporter," Hartmann said, "when I remarked that a friend of mine planned to provide means whereby nude bathers could have immunity by his erection of sign similar to one in Delaware Township inviting petters to park their cars behind a sign without interference of police.

"Since Mr. Simon erected the petters sign in Delaware Township, the reporter assumed that I must have meant Mr. Simon. I did not. I do not even know Mr. Simon. At present I cannot release, the name of my friend who is planning the nudist bathing beach, for he now has a lawyer working to discover if the plan he proposes would be likely to encounter legal obstacles."

The Courier-Post Newspapers regret any embarrassment the story may have caused to Simon and Hartmann.

Hartmann declares that the sign proposed by his friend would probably read:


His friend, he said, desired to find legalization for nude bathing since 14, boys arrested at Cooper river last week, were released by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast. Hartmann declared he is "not in favor of nude bathing when the actions of bathers are indecent," and that his friend planned the sign as a satire on city officials.

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

Lack of Intent Changes It From Murder to Manslaughter
'Yes, I Did It,' He Admits, After Grilling Smashes Accident Hoax

Charged with manslaughter in the death of his wife, Guilio Marcozzi, 55, is expected to be released from the county jail today in $5000 bail, for action of grand jury at its July 13 session.

Marcozzi was held for the grand jury yesterday after he confessed slashing his wife with a broken wine jug during an argument Sunday night over some crabs.

The wife, Philomena, 40, 321 Line Street, died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital Monday afternoon, after making a vain attempt to shield her husband during her last minutes, of life.

She insisted· she received the long, jagged cut on her left arm when she fell down the cellar steps at her home, cutting herself on a broken bottle she carried,

'Yes, I Did It'

This hoax was repeated by the woman's husband, and four children, until yesterday morning. Then at 9.10 a. m., ten minutes after detectives resumed their interrogation of Marcozzi, he suddenly broke down and sobbed:

Guilio Marcozzi, right, 55, of 321 Line street, being arraigned before Judge Pancoast yesterday a short time after he confessed to police that he had fatally wounded his wife during an argument Sunday night. The wife, Philomena, died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital Monday. Marcozzi's attorney, Gene Mariano, is shown at his left, thumbs in vest.

“Yes, I did it.”

After a moment's pause, he steadied himself, and continued.

"I did it. We got into an argument over some crabs. I don't like crabs around the place. She made a kick at me and I picked up a bottle and threatened to hit her and she threw her arm up and that is when she got cut."

A half hour later, he stood silently in police court, his face showing the ravages of worry, as Judge Pancoast committed him without bail to the county jail pending Grand Jury action.

He did not enter a plea to the formal charge of murder, nor was one asked of him. Neither did he augment his confession with further details.

He was taken later to the office of Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, for a stenographic statement. After talking to Marcozzi and detectives who investigated the case, Prosecutor Baldwin announced he would change the complaint from murder to a charge of manslaughter.

Baldwin said:

"So far as we know, there was no premeditation at all in this case, nor was there any intent to kill. Marcozzi unfortunately struck his wife during the heat of an argument without, I believe, any thought of killing her. Of course, if some new evidence is unraveled to decree otherwise. then the grand jury will take it into consideration when it returns an indictment."

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

13 Still Operators Jailed By Pancoast in Effort to Smash Huge Chain
Police Nab Men and Woman in Early Morning Raids

Camden police believed they had broken the first link in a chain sys tem of stills yesterday when Police Judge Pancoast sentenced 13 persons, several of them from Philadelphia, to 90 days each in the county jail None was able to pay a $200 fine.

 The prisoners were arrested in three raids by District Detectives John Trout, Walter Smith and Vernon Jones early yesterday. All the defendants are colored.

"I believe you're all implicated in this chain system," said Judge Pancoast in sentencing the first group. "I believe it is directed in Philadelphia and that the police have broken the first link.' I think your stills are scattered all through Camden."

 Smith and Trout arrested Martha Norman, 38, of 833 Jackson Street; Margaret Baner, 35, same address; Jessie Fife, 23, of 1120 Carpenter Street, and Jolie Brandy, 33, of 618 North Forty-sixth street, Philadelphia, in a raid at 432 Senate Street.

 The detectives testified they had been watching the place for some time. Trout, alone, saw Brandy drive up and take three bags of sugar inside. Trout left to get Smith and when they returned all four defendants were sitting in Brandy's automobile: The Norman woman, they said had a. one-gallon can of moonshine on her lap.             ,

 Inside the detectives stated, they found a 50-gallon still in operation and four barrels of mash. Brandy denied he was the operator and said the owner was a man, known only as "John."

 Ray Shedrick, 22, of 433 Senate Street, pleaded guilty to operating a 50-gallon still in his home. He said he sold his whisky where he could but refused to name his buyers. He also was arrested by Trout and Smith.

James Green, 32, of 749 Division Street, admitted operating a 25-gallon still at that address but, said it was for his own use only and that he sold none of it.

 Arrested with him were Marion Smith, 26, of 615 North Forty-fifth Street; Charles Marton, 34, of 2131 North Twenty-first Street; Felix Carroll, 31, of 2006 North Gratz Street; Gladys Little, 28, of 612 North Forty-sixth Street, and Beatrice Hill, 32, of 5733 Commerce Street, all Philadelphia.

 The alleged operators all were charged with violating the city speakeasy ordinance, which prohibits gathering of "disorderly persons." The others were charged with being material witnesses or frequenters.

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

Mothers Hysterical In Boy Vandal Trial
Pancoast Refuses Leniency to Sons, Blames Hartmann,
Who Hits Back, Charges Inconsistency and Reveals Threat

Hysterics among three mothers, one of whom fainted, as their young sons were held for court yesterday inspired another attack on Police Judge Garfield Pancoast by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Association.

The three women shouted frantically as their sons, each 15, were led from the court to be taken to the Juvenile Detention Home on charges of incorrigibility. They had been accused of' vandalism in North Camden. It was brought out, however, that Hartmann did not make the complaints against the boys, who will be detained until the next session of juvenile court is held by Judge Samuel. M. Shay.

Hartmann in a statement last night disclosed that a threat had been made against him by the father of one of the boys who allegedly declared he "had a gun and was going to use it."

Led from the courtroom after screaming and after one had fainted, the women cried so bitterly in the corridor that court attendants ordered them to leave.

The episode was one of the most turbulent in the history of the Camden police court, according to veteran attendants. So great was the turmoil there was question whether Pancoast would not have to recess other hearings.

Pancoast remained adamant in his decision despite the shrill protests of' the mothers; the plea of one of the boys, who begged for release with arms outstretched, and of the complainant, who urged leniency.

Criticizes Hartmann

Pancoast criticized Hartmann for "condemning him for showing leniency in such cases, yet never making formal complaint himself against youthful vandals in a specific case.

Pancoast added that he "was compelled to act as he did because of the facts in the case and general complaints against vandalism in North Camden and other parts of the city.

The boys are: Lester Jamison, of 326 North Second Street; Frank Smith, of 521 Elm Street, and Henry Egerton, 15, of 212 Bailey Street.

Complaint against the youths was made by G. T. Moore, of 313 State Street, who charged that he had found the boys destroying a property at the northeast corner of Third and State Streets.

Value $25,000, Now 25 cents

"That property once was worth about $25,000," Moore testified, "Today it could be bought for 25 cents because of vandalism."

The youths admitted they had been on the premises, but denied they had caused any damage.

The court then directed that a disorderly conduct charge against them be changed to incorrigibility, the complaint for which was signed by Moore.          

Moore testified that the defendants and other boys had been warned to keep off the property, but they would cross the street and ridicule him. He urged leniency, however, when the court revealed that the boys would be sent to the detention home. He said he did not want to see the, youths placed in confinement and their reputations blemished .

 Calls Him Liar

"I can't be lenient in his case," Pancoast replied. "I've been charged by Mr. Hartmann, of the North Camden Civic Association, with taking care of criminals and politicians who come to this court, and that is a lie. Also there has been a great deal of publicity about vandalism in North Camden, columns and columns of it, yet Hartmann has never made a single formal complaint against any boy in my court. As a citizen, if he knows such things are going on, it is his duty, as well as that of other citizens, to make a complaint to us.

"This occurrence by these boys is undoubtedly a part of the vandalism going on in North Camden and I'm going to send these boys to the detention home,"

Moore again pleaded for leniency for the boys, but Pancoast said he had no other alternative than to .sentence them under the circumstances.

The arrests on complaint of Moore were made by Gus Reihm and Wilbur Prentiss, motorcycle policemen.

Civic Clubs Protest

Apprehension of youthful vandals has been urged repeatedly by the North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have “done little or nothing about it.'         ,

Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it.

 North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have done little or nothing about it.             ,

Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it. The civic association’s officers protested nevertheless that this was not so, and that the police could minimize the damage if they were on the job.

Hartmann, in company with Frederick von Nieda, president of the Congress of Civic Associations, to which the North Camden association is allied, and George I. Shaw, vice president of the uptown group, conferred with Captain Arthur Colsey, at police headquarters. Captain Colsey prom­ised further co-operation of the police in stamping out the practice of wrecking vacant dwellings and invited all citizen to report such instances to the police.

Hartmann's Reply

In replying to Pancoast's criticism Hartmann said:

"I learned from the father of one of the boys committed to jail by Judge Pancoast that the three boys could not be released unless I gave the word. This parent was quite alarmed, and I am told made threats against me. He declared that he had a gun and was going to use it. I can appreciate this man's feelings, because I understand that when he re­turned he found his wife in a terribly excited condition, an because of the fact that their son was arrested for playing tag with some chums. But I can't go to the detention home and order release of the boys. That's impossible. Only the judge can do that.

"The attitude of Judge Pancoast in criticizing me indirectly as the complainant not only is uncalled for but is the direct cause of this threat, as well as the distracted state of the boy's mother.

"Judge Pancoast is trying to throw a cloud over the real state of affairs in Camden.

"As a member of the North Camden Civic Association I have helped to point out conditions here that have existed for a long time without the police taking any notice of them, conditions which should not have been tolerated and which have caused considerable expense to property owners. 

"This needless expense could have been prevented by the police and Judge Pancoast, in a quiet, yet determined manner.

'Children Victims of Anger'

"Simply because we have criticized him and the police is not reason for Judge Pancoast to vent his anger at us upon innocent children, such as he has done in this particular case.

"He states that because we have complained it is necessary for him to hold the three young boys for court.

"On top of this he said that we never made any complaints.

"The latter is true, for we have not accused any child and do not in­tend to do so. It is the job of the police department to stop the wave of' vandalism, not our task.

"Judge Pancoast's attempt to blame me in this situation is ridiculous. As I look at it he seems to be trying to evade the real issues.

'Reprimand Sufficient'

"He made a disgraceful example of three boys, to whom a reprimand would have been sufficient had they; been brought before him for merely playing tag, but if they were accused of vandalism then I think his action in committing them to the detention home was justified. But, since the charge against them was changed from vandalism to incorrigibility it. is apparent that there is some doubt in the judge's mind.

"Even with this reasonable doubt I cannot reconcile a case with the disposition of two others, immediately prior to the hearing of the three boys. I understand that two defendants on charges of stealing pipe from a vacant dwelling were dismissed.        

"The difference in these two instances, certainly does not give evidence of Judge Pancoast's sincerity in dealing with vandalism, or convince me that he is co-operating with the mayor in correcting the evils of which the Citizens and taxpayers have rightfully complained..

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

 Louis Fox, 23, of 2406 Federal Street, whose unsuccessful attempt at suicide landed him in Cooper Hospital suffering from inhaling gas fumes, is out of danger.

The young man was found unconscious at his apartment Tuesday with a gas jet open in the room. Detectives Louis Schlamm and Richard Donnelly took him to the hospital where he was questioned by Detective George Zeitz.

Fox will be arraigned before Police Judge Pancoast upon his release from the hospital, according to Zeitz. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
Landlord, Seeking Rent, Denies He Intended to Shoot Tenant

 Residents along the 900 block on Howard Street were thrown into a turmoil at 9:15 a.m. yesterday by a reported shooting, after a woman, screaming for help, ran from her home and fainted on the street.

The police arrested Charles Bensley, 73, of 936 Howard Street, charged with threatening to kill Mrs. Anna Morgan, 55, of 934 Howard Street, and carrying  concealed deadly weapons.         

A few minutes later Police Judge Pancoast held Bensley without bail for the grand jury. He admitted having the pistol at the hearing, but. had denied possession of the weapon when first arrested.

"Were you going to shoot her?" the court asked.

"No,“ Bensley replied, "I don't know what made me do this, I think I'm half-crazy. I own the house and wanted to collect the rent or make her move."

When Motorcycle Patrolmen Russell Young and George Getley arrived in front of Bensley's home, 100 neighbors were crowding the street outside.

Bensley, they said, eluded them and ran out the front door after pretending to make for the back. He was grabbed by August Hasher, 41, of 217 Erie street, a bystander.

Meanwhile, a motorist had taken the unconscious Mrs. Morgan to Cooper Hospital when she fainted in front of. her home. She was questioned at the hospital by Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and George Zeitz.

The detectives quoted Mrs. Morgan all saying that Bensley, who owns the house in which she lives, came into her home this morning to talk about rent which was two months overdue.

"He asked me," she said, "if I had received a court notice to move, and I said I had, but was waiting for an eviction notice.

"Then he said, 'Well, I'm going to take the law in my own hands', and with that he pulled out a pistol and began brandishing it. I ran out the front door calling for help and then I fainted. That‘s all I remember."

Bensley admitted asking Mrs. Morgan to move out. The police found a 38-caliber revolver and a box of bullets hidden behind a rafter in the cellar of his home, they said.

Camden Courier-Post
July 12, 1933

Garfield Pancoast
Herbert Reuben
Vernon Jones
Frank Tomiczewicz
Louis Street


Camden Courier-Post - August 1, 1933

Prisoner Also Confesses Robbing Home of Neighbor, Police Say

A Camden youth who attempted to steal an automobile, crashed into three other cars and was arrested after a wild chase when a policeman tired on him, was also accused yesterday of having robbed the home of a next door neighbor. 

The youth, John Cappello, 18, of 1291 Decatur Street, was committed to the county jail without bail by Police Judge Pancoast.

He pleaded guilty to larceny of an automobile owned by Abraham Schreider, 101 West Adams avenue, Pleasantville, and to stealing $25 from the home of Mrs. Jennie Barriger, 1293 Decatur Street.

A fine of $100 or an alternate sentence of 15 days was levied on Cappello when he also pleaded guilty to a hit-run charge lodged by John Blaese, of Atco.

A companion of Cappello's, who escaped during the flight, is being sought. Cappello, who served a term for larceny last year, told police he met his companion in jail.

Cappello and the other youth, whose name was not revealed, got into Schreider's car which was parked in front of 1150 Broadway, where Schreider has a butter and egg business, on Saturday afternoon. Schreider saw them drive off with the machine and shouted for help. Motorcycle Policeman Thomas Welsh gave chase.

The fugitive car sped down Broadway to Chestnut, thence to Louis Street and into Sycamore. At the intersection it side wiped two cars, one of them owned by Blaese. A half block further, according to police, it hit a parked truck and then ran into the curb.

Cappello continued his flight afoot.

Welsh abandoned his motorcycle and also gave chase on foot. When the policeman drew his pistol and fired, Cappello threw himself upon the ground and surrendered.

While the youth was being held prisoner over the weekend, Mrs. Barriger reported the robbery of her home. Cappello was accused and confessed, according to police.

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

 William Clark, 35, colored, of 732 Mt. Vernon Street, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on a disorderly conduct charge by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. 

Patrolman William Rodgers testified he arrested Clark at the West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital where Rodgers had asked for treatment for a dog bite. According to hospital attaches, he became abusive. Earlier, Rodgers said, Clark had entered the Second district police station seeking a warrant for the arrest of the dog's owner.

Clark told the court that a policeman, not Rodgers, struck him at the hospital. He was informed by the court to make any complaint to Acting Chief John Golden.

Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933

 Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday released an 8-year-old boy after warning him that if he threw stones again at any train or attempted to board another locomotive he would be sent to the Camden County Detention Home.

The boy was arrested by Lieutenant Joseph Tully of the Pennsylvania Railroad police for throwing stones at a train near the old Pavonia yards. Tully testified that on one occasion an engineer had to put the boy off his locomotive after it had started.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

 William Deckhart, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania kept faith with the Camden traffic court last night and came from his home to face a charge of passing a red light- he is now $20 richer than he might have been.

Deckhart posted security of $25 for his appearance when arrested here last week. Judge Garfield Pancoast imposed a $5 fine; remarking that "a man who comes that far deserves fair treatment."

Five others were fined a total of $76 and bail was forfeited by 19 other traffic violators. Fines of $10 on reckless driving charges were paid by Makin Melnick; of 324 Delancey Street; William Schneider, of 2320 Memphis Street, and George Schneider, of 3112 Tulip street, all of Philadelphia. William Brewin, of 148 East Oakland Avenue, Oaklyn, was fined $5 on a similar charge, and a .$10 fine was imposed on Ernest De Angelo, of 3834 Reese street, Philadelphia, for driving without his license.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

 Charged with malicious mischief and breaking and entering, John Greeley, 13, of 419 Cedar Street, was sent to the Detention Home to await action by the Juvenile Court at a hearing yesterday before Police Judge Pancoast.

Patrolman Walter Patton testified he arrested the boy as he emerged from a chain grocery at Fourth and Elm Streets. Complaint against John was made by C. H. Brummer, 629 Clinton Street, manager of the store.

Two other boys, Victor Linkletter, 13, of 506 Penn Street, and William Hoy, 12, same address, arrested on the roof of a vacant building at 429 Market Street, were freed. Detective Sergeant Gus Koerner said he believes the boys were going to enter the place.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

 Arrested on a charge of converting to his own use $298.99 he was alleged to have collected while working on an ice wagon, William Welsh, Garden Lake, was released in his own recognizance pending action of the grand jury, by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. 

Welsh was arrested on complaint of James Lamont, ice dealer, who alleged Welsh failed to turn in all his collections. Welsh denied he had taken the sum named by Lamont.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

 A plea of drunkenness failed to prevent a South Camden man from being sent to jail for 30 days.

Wilmer Fletcher, 34, of 1112 Spruce Street, told Police Judge Pancoast that he was intoxicated and did not know what he was doing when he was arrested by Sergeant Joseph Tully, of the Pennsylvania Railroad police, in the yards at Second and Clinton Streets.

Tully testified Fletcher was attempting to remove two boxes of dresses from a freight car.

Camden Courier-Post - August 4, 1933

Shoe Clerk Held in Robbery On Refusal to Name Thief

The police court cannot be used to compound a felony nor to aid criminals in defeating the ends of justice, Police Judge Pancoast declared yesterday when he held a shoe store clerk without bail for the grand jury because he refused to name his alleged aide in a robbery.

The clerk, Maurice Serotkin, 25, of 902 Cooper Street, who was employed in a shoe store near Broadway and Chestnut Street, was charged by John Burk, 511 Market Street, Philadelphia, the manager, with breaking and entering, conspiracy to rob and stealing $225 of the store's receipts.

Detective Frank Crawford testified Serotkin had confessed to the theft and said he implicated another man. Serotkin, according to Crawford, said he received $35 for telling the other man where the money could be found. Serotkin entered a plea of not guilty.

Asked by Judge Pancoast who the other man was, Serotkin refused to answer.

"It looks to me like this defendant is keeping quiet until the money is returned to the store, and then the charges will be dropped," Judge Pancoast said. "Well, the charges will not be dropped. If this court permitted such a move, it would be com­pounding a felony and would be aiding a criminal to escape justice. This court is not going to do anything of the kind."

Judge Pancoast instructed Detective Crawford to get in touch with Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, and held Serotkin without bail for the grand jury.

Camden Courier-Post - August 8, 1933

Orator Hits N.R.A., Gets Sock; Khaki Shirt Speaker Jailed
First Victim Carried Away After Punch, Second Is Arrested 
for Carrying Riding Crop Loaded With Lead

Attacks on President Roosevelt's N.R.A. program by two open-air or­ators at the court house plaza ended yesterday when one, a "Khaki Shirt," was arrested on a charge of inciting to riot and the other was "socked" on the jaw by a listener.

The prisoner, attired in the shirt and cap of the Khaki Shirts of America, a radical organization, identified himself as Raymond Healey, 19, of 1116 South Fourth street, a vacant lodge adjoining the Camden headquarters of the group at 1114 South Fourth street. The butt end of a riding crop he as carrying was weighted with lead, police said. Healey will be arraigned tomorrow before Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

The other speaker's identity is unknown. Opening his address by speaking disparagingly about the efficacy of the N.R.A. program., he was interrupted suddenly when a huge man, also unidentified, stepped from the crowd of about 70 persons gathered there.

Sauntering up to the speaker, the objector swung a fist straight at the orator's chin.

The orator, dazed, was hustled away by companions. His assailant disappeared in the crowd.

Healey spoke next. Waving his riding crop, he compared the present American government with one of Utopian excellence which the Khaki Shirts promised.

Jeers from the crowd met his remarks. One of the hecklers shouted:

"Did you see what happened to the last bird that tried to speak from that railing?"

By this time about 200 persons, many of them jeering Healey, were standing around.

Policeman William Turner, off duty and in civilian clothes, elbowed his way to Healey's side. He seized the riding crop, examined it, and then collared the protesting "Khaki Shirt."

Turner led Healey into the old court house under protest. When Deputy Sheriff Winfield Clarke refused to call a patrol wagon, Turner summoned one himself. The crowd shouted and jeered as Healey was borne away to police headquarters.

Camden Courier-Post - August 10, 1933


Charged with parking without lights and attempting to bribe an officer, Vincent Hadarzznska, 24, of 1242 Van Hook street, was freed by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday when he denied the bribe attempt and said he had been driving only three months.

Hadarzznska, a truck driver, was arrested by Motorcycle Policeman Edward Shapiro at Fillmore and Viola streets. Shapiro said the man gave him $15 to "fix" the case. This was denied by Hadarzznska, through an interpreter, who said he tried to explain to the policeman to use the money to get another driver to complete his bread route.

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933


Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald Street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.

Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenues. They will be arraigned in police court today before Judge Garfield Pancoast.

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

Former Boxer Jailed on Speakeasy Charge, Held on Stolen Goods Count

James "Jimmy" Rodgers, 28-year-old former boxer who on numerous occasions has run afoul of the law, was sentenced yesterday to serve 180 days in the county jail for operating a speakeasy at 1000 Segal Street.

In addition, he was held without bail by Police Judge Pancoast on a charge of possession of stolen goods. The goods were identified by their owner, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second Street, who was in the speakeasy when police raided it Monday night.

Greer turned state's evidence against Rodgers in police court yesterday, and for a reward, received a suspended sentence.

District Detective Harry Kyler, Marshall Thompson and Walter Smith raided the speakeasy and confiscated 65 pints of whisky in bottles and a gallon of whisky in a jug. Kyler testified Rodgers was not there when the raiders entered the place but appeared later and was arrested.

3 Others Nabbed

Three others were arrested in the place. These were Greer, Thomas Spencer, 33, who gave the speakeasy as his home address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928 Kimber street. Spencer has been arrested approximately 75 times, the police said.

The detectives, when searching the premises, found a suitcase filled with shoestrings, collar buttons and other merchandise. Greer identified the case and its contents as having been stolen from his car when it was parked on Segal Street near Front some time ago. He lodged the complaint of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers.

Rodgers was arraigned on three charges, including the stolen goods count. The other complaints were that he sold beer without a license and violated Section 422 of the city ordinances which prohibits disorderly persons to congregate on the premises.

Rodgers pleaded not guilty on all three charges, and told the court he had "nothing to say." He was fined $200 on each of the charges of violating Section 422, and selling without a license, and when he did not pay, he was sentenced to 90 days on each of the two counts. He was committed to the county jail without bail on Greer's complaint of possession of stolen goods.

Greer testified that he had purchased liquor in Rodgers' place several times, as late as last night. Greer's sentence was suspended.

Spencer Refuses to Talk 

Spencer refused to testify against Rodgers. He said he did not know l "what was going on there" and that he was there painting.

"You won't be painting there for 90 days," retorted the court in pronouncing sentence.

Wood, the other man arrested in the place, did not appear in court and forfeited $10 security he had posted after the raid.

Rodgers has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness two years ago in the murder of William "Shooey" Bonner."

Spencer was arrested so often when he resided in Gloucester that he became known as "Gloucester's Peck's Bad Boy," the police said. Since moving to Camden he has been arrested arrested nearly 50 times, police stated. 

The majority of his arrests have been on charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, but in 1925 and in 1926, he was arrested on a charge of larceny of automobile. Again in 1929 he was charged with non support, when he was ordered to pay his wife $10 weekly. Back in 1916 he was arrested on a charge of stealing a gold watch.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933


A 16-year-old youth who was found unconscious in a vacant house from the effects of drinking liquor was sentenced to 30 days in jail yesterday by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.

He is Julius Carter, 1288 Van Hook Street, who was discovered Monday night in a house at 534 Ray street by Motorcycle Patrolman Earl Wright.

"You are certainly starting out well," Judge Pancoast told the boy. "Where did you get the liquor?"

"Some fellows gave it to me," was the reply.

"Well, I am going to stop you from starting that habit," was Judge Pancoast's answer.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933

South Jersey Police Believe Majority of Those in 'Ring' Are in Jail

Flooding of South Jersey with counterfeit money was believed by police to be effectively stopped yesterday with a total of 12 suspects now held for prosecution.

Six men, all of Philadelphia, arraigned yesterday before Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, were held in ball of $1000 each for possession of a spurious $10 note which one of their number tried to pass at a Camden gasoline station last week.

Two men were held by U. S. authorities in Atlantic City on Monday for allegedly passing counterfeit half dollars, and three men and one woman, all of Philadelphia, are to be arraigned here today before U. S. Commissioner Wynn Armstrong. Two of the latter four were arrested in Philadelphia Monday, and two at Somerdale on Saturday.

The six men held here had been in jail for a week pending yesterday's hearing. They were held for the grand jury.

Two of them, Edward Duncan, 36; of 805 South Sheridan street, and James Wilson, 33, of 2023 West Norris street, have, confessed to City Detective Frank Crawford and Department of Justice agents that they purchased $100 worth of bogus money for $30 from a man in Philadelphia, Crawford testified.

Duncan and Wilson told the agents the name of this man and he is now being sought. Agents believe his capture would provide an important step in their crusade to stem the flood of false money in South Jersey.

When they were arrested they declared they had received the $10 bill as a payoff for hitting the "numbers." They tried to pass the money at a gas station at Haddon Avenue and Sycamore Street owned by Samuel Goldberg last Tuesday, Crawford testified.

The detective stated that the agent did not "want" the other four prisoners arrested with Wilson and Duncan. But Judge Pancoast refused to release them, naming the same amount of bail for them and saying that the prosecutor's office would take over the matter.

The latter four gave their names as Aaron Howell, 46, of 2008 North Twenty-first Street; Samuel Coles, 38, of 1936 North Twenty-second Street; Fletcher Hammond, 28, of 2007 Merville Street, and Frank Henderson, 47, of 2021 North Lambert Street.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933

Aloysius "Patsy" Mozier, 30, of 3006 Hartford road, a former boxer, who was arrested Monday night after he is said to have threatened a man, was released In his own recognizance by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.

Mozier was arrested in a drugstore at Broadway and Washington Street by Patrolmen Joseph Dunnett and Frank Whipple after Raymond Chase, 319 North Seventh Street, said Mozier threatened to kill him when he remonstrated with Mozier for annoying Mrs. Chase. Mrs. Chase is employed in the store.

Chase was not at today's hearing and Judge Pancoast said he had talked with him and that Chase did not want Mozier prosecuted.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933

Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, a former policeman, and Joseph Trevolini, 31, of 421 Emerald Street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.

They were arrested Monday afternoon near Fourth street and Ferry Avenue by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon. Numbers slips were found on both.

Camden Courier-Post - September 18, 1933


Dazedly Insists He Had No Intention of Shooting Sire
Slain Man Long Was Prominent Figure in Camden Politics

Jacob Schiller, 72, for 45 years a political figure here, is dead, shot by his own son.

The slayer, William Schiller, 30, a former summer policeman now unemployed, was held over today to the grand jury on a charge of murder. He made no comment whatever during his police court hearing.

A few hours later, young Schiller's wife, Augusta, whom he lad also tried to shoot, was found wandering through the city street, in all hysterical condition.

She had written a note which police believed showed intent to 

commit suicide, and had staggered dazedly through the streets last night. Both in her note and in her incoherent statements to detectives she declared she was to blame for the tragedy.

She said her father-in-law had tried to save her and was killed in the attempt.

 The slaying occurred Saturday night at the elder Schiller's home, 2420 Carman Street. It climaxed an estrangement between young Schiller and his wife, with "Jake" Schiller attempting to reconcile the couple.

Mrs. William Schiller, who had had her husband arrested several months ago, said she believed he had become mentally deranged, but Police Judge Pancoast was informed that an alienist had examined young Schiller in July and pronounced him sane.

Couple Separated

Young Schiller had been living with his father at the Carman Street address, while Mrs. Schiller has been residing with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Green, 409 North Thirty-seventh Street. The cause of the estrangement has no been revealed by police, but it is stated that young Schiller refused to consent to a reconciliation.

"Jake" Schiller was a Republican worker in the Twelfth ward for years, and was at the time or his death inspector of city street lights.

Were Alone it Home

The father and son were at home 9.00 p. m. Saturday night and apparently were quarreling when the young Mrs. Schiller, her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller and another sister, Mrs. Lottie Bennehler, reached the house.

"Don't come in here," the older Schiller shouted as they started to enter the front sun parlor. But Miller did enter and said young Schiller was clutching a revolver in his right hand. He declared he closed in on his brother-in-law and tried to wrench the revolver from him. Two shots rang out and the father fell to the floor.

Patrolman Joseph Keefe was standing at Twenty-fifth and Federal Streets when two boys ran up and told him there was a shooting at Twenty-fifth and Carman Street. He ran to the scene and said he reached there in time to see young Schiller shooting up the street at his wife.

Keefe said Schiller ran into the house when he saw him. Aided by Miller, Keefe overpowered Schiller and placed an iron claw on his right hand after disarming him.

Jacob Schiller Jr., another son, learning of the shooting, went to his father's home and took him to Cooper Hospital in a passing automobile As he was being taken into the hospital he failed to recognize City Detective Robert Ashenfelter and died five minutes later.

Expresses No Regret

Police Sergeant John Potter joined Keefe and Miller and they took young Schiller to police headquarters.

Keefe said the son expressed no regret at shooting his father.

At about 5 a, m. today, Policeman Keefe was patrolling his "beat" when he passed the Schiller home on Carman Street. He noticed the front door was standing open, and he went inside to investigate.

The officer saw a note on a smoking stand. Picking it up, he read:

"Dear Everybody:

 "Please forgive me ... You have all been so wonderful ... But I couldn't go on to see you all suffer for what is my fault ... Lottie was right ... He killed his father because of insane love for me ... But he didn't. I killed Pop and now am sending Bibs to jail for my weakness.

 "Tell him I love him and ask my poor mother and dad to forgive me. I should have done this long ago and saved everyone all this suffering ... I love Billy and I know he loves me but I am afraid he has been turned against me. But I forgive him for all.


 "Gussie" is Mrs. Schiller.

Finds 'Gussie’ Hysterical

Keefe ran to Federal Street, but could not see Mrs. Schiller.

Meanwhile, Constable Dugan of the Twelfth Ward, saw Mrs. Schiller walking on Federal Street near the Cooper River. She was mumbling to herself and was in a hysterical condition, Dugan said.

Dugan telephoned police headquarters. City Detectives Rox Saponare and Maurice DiNicola went out Federal Street and took her back with them to detective headquarters. There they sought to quiet her, but she continually sobbed.

"I want to take the blame- if I hadn't gone to Pop's home he would be living now."

"Pop wanted to save me," she said. "and he was shot. I can't eat or sleep. I think I'm going crazy."

Later, she was permitted to return to the home.

Young Schiller had been held in the city jail over the weekend. Today he was taken into police court. He wore no necktie and carried a raincoat over his arm. He was rep resented by counsel, C. Lawrence Gregorio, who said he had been retained "by friends" to act as attorney for the accused man.

City detective Benjamin Simon had signed the complaint in which he charged "on information received” that Schiller did feloniously and with malice aforethought shoot and kill his father.

The complaint was read to him and Gregorio told him not to say any thing, as Judge Pancoast would enter a plea of "not guilty" in his behalf. This was done by the court and Schiller was then held without bail pending grand jury action. He was taken to the county jail.

Declared Sane

After the hearing, Mrs. Etta C. Pfrommer, acting overseer of the poor, told Judge Pancoast that on July 26, Dr. Harry Jarrett, Broadway and Cherry Street, well known alienist, had examined young Schiller and declared him sane. The examination was made on the request of Mrs. Schiller in police court on the previous day. At that time young Schiller had been released by the court in the custody of his father.

County Detective Chief Lawrence T. Doran, who was among the first to question young Schiller Saturday night, said the man did not seem repentant over what he had done. He said Schiller did not give authorities much information. According to Doran, young Schiller declared he had objected frequently to his father that he did not want his wife to come to their home.

"It doesn't seem possible," said young Mrs. Schiller some hours after the tragedy. "It seems as though it was only a dream. I don't seem to remember anything.

"Poor Bill. He must have been crazy. He idolized his father. You can blame this all on the depression. He has been without work since they eliminated summer policemen two years ago. He has been worried as a result of being unable to obtain work. Just recently he started to drink.

"Bill intended to shoot me but his father tried to get the gun away from him and I believe it went off accidentally. Nothing could convince me that Bill would shoot his father in cold blood.

"I went to his father's home last night to try to effect a reconciliation with my husband. He had been drinking."

Registered as Sober

The police docket at headquarters shows Schiller registered as sober. The entry was not made until 2.15 a. m., and the shooting occurred shortly after 9.30 p.m.

Relatives said the father had attempted for months to patch up the marital difficulties of the couple.

Young Schiller had been living lately with his sister, Mrs. Bennehler, 2530 Bank Street and his wife with her parents at 409 North Thirty-seventh Street. He formerly lived at that address with his wife. He was appointed a summer policeman in 1929 and served until they were all dismissed two years ago.

Coroner Holl and Dr. Edward B. Rogers, county physician, yesterday performed an autopsy on the senior Schiller's body and ascertained that death was due to an internal hemorrhage caused by a bullet wound of the upper portion of the abdomen. They said a .32-callbre revolver had been used in the shooting.

Camden Lodge of Elks will hold services tomorrow night at the Schiller home, at which time the body will be on view. The funeral will be private on Wednesday with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

Judge Pancoast last night recalled that young Schiller was arrested two months ago after he had kept his wife a prisoner on a lot all night. At that time "Jake," as he was affectionately known to his friends, tried to act as a mediator between his son and daughter-in-law.

The young Mrs. Schiller at that time told Pancoast she believed her husband was deranged and asked permission to have him examined by physicians she would name. Pancoast released young Schiller in the custody at his father. The police judge said the examination had apparently not been made as no commitment papers had been sent through his office.

Few political workers were better known that "Jake” Schiller. He was born in Philadelphia and was brought to Camden in early life by his parents, who conducted a saloon near Twenty-third and Federal Streets. East Camden was then the town of Stockton and the scene of Saturday night's shooting was a farm. Schiller recalled to friends that he drove cows through a pasture on which his house now stands.

 He was originally a Democrat but became a Republican through persuasion of the late U. S. Senator David Baird and remained a friend of the former leader for 40 years.

 Schiller had been melancholy over the death of his wife on February 13 last, friends said.

 When his son was arrested he remarked to Pancoast:  What is next?"

Figured In Shaw Case

None was more in the public eye 35 years ago in South Jersey than Schiller. It was the that he figured prominently in one phase of the locally celebrated Shaw murder trial.

It was during the second trial of Eli Shaw for the murder of his mother and grandmother, Mrs. Anna Shaw and Mrs. Emma Zane. They were found shot to death in September, 1897, in their bedroom of their home on Line Street near Third. Detective John Painter had found a revolver hidden in the chimney, one of several points in the circumstantial evidence that resulted in the indictment of Shaw. He was then a widely known young man about town and his arrest caused a big sensation. As time drew near for the trial feeling was intense, for there were adherents for and against the son and grandson, those arguments often grew bitter.

Henry Sidney Scovel, then one of the prominent criminal lawyers of Camden county, was retained to defend Shaw. Scovel was son of James Matlack Scovel, himself one of the leading barristers of this section. When the trial of Shaw was under way the city was astounded when it was charged Scovel had tampered with the jury. It was Schiller who made the charge.

The trial stopped abruptly. Scovel emphatically denied the story of Schiller and demanded vindication. An indictment for embracery was returned and at a trial, which had Camden on the tip toe of expectancy for days, it developed there was absolutely nothing to verify the charge, and Scovel was acquitted. He acted in two subsequent trials of Shaw, the second being a disagreement and the third acquittal for the son and grandson of the slain women.

Schiller, strangely enough, in later years became friendly with Scovel and when the latter was prosecutor from 1905 to 1912, "Jake," as he was familiarly known, was usually to be found in the office at the courthouse. Scovel was then a white haired man of flowery speech and impressive personality who let bygones be bygones.

Long Excise Inspector

For more than 20 years Schiller was inspector of the Excise Commission in Camden. It was during the days when the principal object of the inspector apparently was to keep the saloonmen in line. He was considered pretty good at that job, by no means an unimportant one from the organization viewpoint. It was also during that period the city had its troubles enforcing the Sunday liquor laws. There were those who considered they had enough pull to keep their back or side doors open on the Sabbath to let in their regular thirsty trade. Some succeeded in getting by, but "Jake" had his own troubles in keeping the boys straight and sometimes causing their arrest, although that was not frequent by any means.

His reign as inspector, too, was in the halcyon days of free lunch and schooner beers. Saloonmen themselves were against the lunch idea eventually since it meant too much of a financial burden. Jake kept tabs on the recalcitrants so that the liquor dealers knew who was obeying the order and who was "cutting corners" to get some extra trade.

Schiller was virtually raised with the saloon trade since his father was one of the old time German beer garden owners here, having had a place at Fourth and Line Streets. That was in the days when that section was largely populated by the German, English and Irish families lately come from the motherlands. When he was a boy, Schiller entered the U. S. Navy and served several years. When he came out he went to the old Town of Stockton, now East Camden, where he opened a saloon on Federal Street near Twenty-fourth. At that period, some 45 years ago, Stockton seethed with politics and it was just as natural for a young man to get into the game as it was for a duck to swim. Jake at that period was a Democrat and during the battle in the middle 90's when the West Jersey Traction and the Camden Horse Railway Company were fighting for the rail franchises in the town he was a candidate for council from the old Second Ward. The late Robert Lee was the Republican candidate and won out by the narrow margin of two votes. In later years Schiller became a Republican and was elected a constable.

Never Ran From Scrap

Throughout his career Schiller never quite forgot his training In the navy, particularly with reference to boxing or fighting at the drop of a hat. He was a scrapper in his early years and never ran from a fight. That was just as true in political battles, frequent then around the polls, as in purely personal matters. And Jake would battle for a friend just as readily as for any personal reason. He was usually in the thick of the political fracases of the years when it was the accepted thing to fight at the drop of a hat. But he also had lots of native wit which kept things interesting when he was a frequenter of the prosecutors' office during the Scovel and Wolverton regime's. In late years, with the approach of age, he had tempered his propensity to get into an argument and liked nothing more than to tell of “the good old days" when he helped the elder Baird in his organization battles.

He made his last political stand for leadership of the Twelfth Ward in 1926 when he supported the candidacy of Sergeant Ray Smith against Commissioner Clay W. Reesman for ward committeeman. Schiller was supporting Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and the late Senator Joseph H. Forsyth in a campaign against former Congressman Francis F. Patterson and State Senator Albert S. Woodruff.

Reesman won and among the first to visit the hospital after learning of the shooting was the city commissioner. Reesman was his latest chief as lights inspector as he was attached to the highway department. Commissioner Frank B. Hanna also visited the hospital.

"In all the years I have known him he has always been an enthusiastic and loyal friend with a good heart for everybody in trouble," Congressman Wolverton said when he learned of Schiller's death.

Schiller was also a familiar figure at the Elks Club, where he was an ardent card player. But after the death of his wife he gave up this pastime, contenting himself with watching the games. He was also a frequent visitor among old friends at the courthouse.

Camden Courier-Post

May 7, 1934

August Fortune
Garfield Pancoast
William Wright

Nicholas Boganik
Henry Garbacki
Walter Lewandowski
Wallace Slowski

Atlantic Avenue
Benson Street 
Cherry Street
Lansdowne Avenue
Thurman Street

Camden Morning Post - October 15, 1933
Alexander Slowey - Alexander Wasneuko - Joseph Carpani - John Kaighn - Garfield Pancoast
South 7th Street - Mechanic Street - Essex Road

Camden Courier-Post * January 4, 1935

Fred Klosterman - Joseph Klosterman - Dominick Mozzare - Highland Avenue - Louis Schmidt
Paul Edwards - Elwood Humphreys - Horace Gunby -
South 10th Street - John Garrity - Earl Cunningham
Frank F. Neutze - Garfield S. Pancoast - Rocco Palese - Samuel P. Orlando - Joseph A. Varbalow
Andrew Pointkowski -  Frank Martz - Erie Street - South 9th Street - Crawford Smith - Carman Street
Charles Simonin -
Fairview Street - John Studinger - Federal Street - Samuel Ford
Frank Terionova -
Beckett Street - Mary Angelo - Pine Street - Thomas Kirk - Carpenter Street
Walter Hart -
Thurman Street

Camden Courier-Post

November 21, 1947