Charles Anderson Wolverton was the son of Charles S. Wolverton and his wife Martha Anderson Wolverton. He was born in Camden NJ in 1880. His father was then working as a steamboat pilot, the family living in 1880 at 313 Birch Street in North Camden. In the mid-1880s the family lived at 66 Vine Street. A brother, Walter P. Wolverton was born in 1882. Charles S. Wolverton later worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a collector on the Vine Street Ferry. The Wolverton family had moved to 612 North 5th Street by this time. The Wolverton family moved to 601 State Street around 1905. Charles S. Wolverton rose to become Superintendent of the  Ferry before it closed in the 1920s.

Charles A. Wolverton attended public school in Camden NJ. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1900; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and began practice in Camden NJ. His brother Walter studied accounting, and had a long career with the City of Camden.

In 1906 Charles A. Wolverton began serving as assistant prosecutor of Camden County, a post he held until 1913. During his time as prosecutor he appointed Lawrence Doran as an investigator. Doran would become Chief of Detectives, and serve in that capacity for many years. 

Charles A. Wolverton on June 25, 1907. His wife Sara was a doctor of medicine. The Wolvertons were blessed with a son, Donnell K. Wolverton, in 1912.

Charles A. Wolverton entered state government as special assistant attorney general of New Jersey in 1913 and 1914. He was elected to the state legislature, serving as an Assemblyman from 1915 until 1918. He became speaker of the Assembly in 1918. During World War I years he also held the post of Associate Federal Food Administrator for Camden.

At the time of the 1920 Census Charles and Sara Wolverton were renting a home at 330 State Street in North Camden.

After leaving the state assembly, Charles A. Wolverton worked as
prosecutor of pleas of Camden County until 1923. He also was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey in

In 1926, Charles A. Wolverton was elected to Congress as a Republican, defeating Edward J. Kelleher with 57,522 votes to Kelleher's 24,990. In the years to follow, the Democrats had difficulty finding candidates to run against the popular Congressman Wolverton.

Charles A. Wolverton was sworn in on March 27, 1927, would serve continuously until January 3, 1959, a total of 16 terms. During his time in Congress he was chairman, of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, in the Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses.

Donnell K. Wolverton graduated from Princeton with honors in 1933.

At the time of the 1930 Census, Charles Wolverton and family resided at 505 State Street in North Camden. His neighbor, at 513 State Street, was prominent Camden attorney Samuel J.T. French Sr. and his family. The 1932 Congressional race featured the two as opposing candidates, which must have been interesting, as they lived only six doors apart. The sons of both men followed their fathers into law, although not into politics. Sadly, Sarah Wolverton would pass away in 1938.

Charles Wolverton had moved to Merchantville by 1947, where he was living at 2 Oak Terrace. By 1956 Charles A. Wolverton had moved to an apartment at Greenleigh Court in Merchantville NJ. He was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1958. He resumed the practice of law in Camden NJ, where he died on May 16, 1969. Survived by his son Donnell K., Charles A. Wolverton was buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, next to his wife Sara.

In addition to his political activity, Charles A. Wolverton was a member of the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Shriners, Elks, and the Rotary Club.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 1905

Charles A. Wolverton

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 1907

Leon Sanoski
Sycamore Street
Dr. William S. Jones
Arthur Stanley
Charles A. Wolverton
E.E. Jefferis
Cooper Hospital

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 26, 1907
First Presbyterian Church - State Street
Dr. Sarah Donnel Wolverton
Rev. Dr. William H. Fishburn - Roy Heisler

Philadelphia Inquirer * August 20, 1908
John S. Smith - Charles A. Wolverton

Washington D.C. Evening Star - August 22, 1908
John S. Smith - Charles A. Wolverton

Camden Post-Telegram
February 9, 1912

William May
Elsie Staley
Charles A, Wolverton
Charles V.D. Joline

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 14, 1912

William T. Boyle - Charles G. Garrison - Charles A. Wolverton  - Howard Carrow
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Robert Green - Stefano Torcesso - Nunzio Imperato - Charles Ford - Effie Wagner


May 23, 1916


Confessing Supplying Pistol, in Spite of Husband’s Denial That She Was Guiltless, Mrs. Ashbridge Is Held Without Bail on Charge of Conspiracy in Aiding and Abetting Escape From Jail

Slayer's Wife Look For This Man


With Wilson T. Ashbridge under guard in a cell in what was formerly known as Murderer’s Row, the police and county detectives today redoubled their energies towards the capture of George E. Thompson, the forger who escaped with Ashbridge from the County Jail on Monday night after murdering one keeper and wounding another. Stirring the police of all cities in the East to renewed activity, another circular was sent out today by the authorities giving notice of the reward of $500 offered for Thompson’s capture. Attention was strongly directed in the circular due to the fact that one of the fingers of Thompson’s left hand is missing.

The gun with which Ashbridge murdered jailor Isaac Hibbs and wounded Jailor Ellis was smuggled into the jail by Mrs. Ashbridge on Saturday morning. With it went a box of cartridges. The weapon and bullets were passed to Ashbridge in a basket of fruit, being at the bottom of the basket. The jailors were busy at the time she called and as she frequently had brought her husband fruit they did not take precaution to search the basket. Mrs. Ashbridge bought the gun and cartridges on the written request of her husband.

Her confession as to the very grave part she played in the escape and murder was made to the Prosecutor late yesterday afternoon after she had first insisted she had no knowledge if how the gun got into the jail and after her husband had repeatedly declared that the revolver was supplied by Thompson. The revolver, fully loaded, was still carried by Ashbridge when he was captured in the Keystone Hotel......

..... by Recorder Stackhouse without bail for conspiracy in aiding and abetting the escape of her husband and George E. Thompson from the County Jail on Monday night.

The court room was packed to suffocation by a morbidly curious crowd, composed primarily of women. A strange silence spread through the court room when the little woman was led into the court room by Captain Schregler. The regular formality of placing prisoners in the dock was dispensed with the woman's case.

Prosecutor De Unger pointed to the high witness chair and Mrs. Ashbridge sat in it. She evaded the gaze of the crowd, looking intently at the floor and through a window on the Washington Street side. She wore a blue skirt and a white waist. She was without her hat. her hair was carefully arranged and she wore nose glasses.

Resting her chin on her right hand her arm and hand were seen to tremble slightly. So quiet was the room that a pin dropping could have been heard.

"Mrs. Marian Ashbridge," called the Recorder.

"Yes, Sir" was the faint reply of the woman, who did not even look up at the call of her name.

"This complaint charges you with delivering to Wilson Ashbridge and George E. Thompson a pistol and aiding and abetting them in escaping from the County Jail, where they had been lawfully committed. Do you plead guilty or not guilty," said the Recorder as he read the complaint.

"The woman said nothing. Detective Schregler was then called as the complainant. He told of the confession made by the woman and produced the revolver which the woman purchased and which Ashbridge used in his daring escape. The gun, Captain Schregler said, was purchased in a pawnshop at Eleventh and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, on Friday of last week and was delivered to Ashbridge on Saturday morning along with a box of cartridges. "Marian, I will hold you without bail,": said the Recorder.

As the woman was being led from the court room by Captain Schregler and Sergeant Reed the crowd made a rush for the door leading from the court room, whereupon orders were given by the police to the crowd and many were prevented from rushing out. Everybody seemed anxious to secure a closer look at the unfortunate woman.

Visitors were denied Mrs. Ashbridge. Not even her children were permitted to be brought before her, although the broken-hearted mother asked for them.

"Oh, God, I don't know why I did this; why I left the little ones to go with Wilson," tearfully expostulated Mrs. Ashbridge to the kind-hearted matron, who spent the best part of last night with the distraught woman.

"If I could only see little Marian," sobbed the woman in the arms of Mrs. Kirkpatrick, who informed her that perhaps she could see them today.

Last eveneing the only support Mrs. Ashbridge had was a cup of tea. The morning she sipped a portion of a cup of coffee. She told Matron Kirkpatrick that she was not hungry.

:Everybody hounded me, I had no friends, and that's why I went with my husband, becasue he was the only friend I had left," said Mrs. Ashbridge. "He was a good boy, but was easily led." The wife said even before her marriage that Ashbridge would run around with other girls, but he always returned to her and she forgave him. She said he seemed to have a spell over her and she couldn't leave him.

"I love my husband, still and will stand by him to the end," sobbed the little woman to Mrs. Kirkpatrick. She told how her relatives disowned her and how after her father's death she went to live with strangers. When her husband fostered the plan to escape she willingly consented to aid him. She drew $100 out of the bank and purchased clothes and the gun and bullets. She never faltered in her plan.

"My heart aches for that woman," said Matron Kirkpatrick this morning to a Post-Telegram reporter. "She's a good girl, but was easily led into her present predicament. It only goes to show what a woman will do for the man she loves, no matter how base a wretch he may be. Mrs. Ashbridge is more to be pitied than scorned.

Recorder Stackhouse this morning produced a copy of the marriage of the couple, performed by him on July 28, 1914. The marriage was performed at the instance of Assistant Prosecutor Butler after Ashbridge wronged the girl. Constable William E. Headley and William C. Ashbridge, the latter father of the murderer, were witnesses.

As told in yesterday's Post-Telegram, Ashbridge and his wife and their captors arrived at the City Hall from Chester shortly after 2:00 o'clock. After a brief stay they were taken to the Court House and turned over to Prosecutor Kraft, Ashbridge being taken into the Prosecutor's private office and Mrs. Ashbridge being placed under guard in the ante room.

Taking full blame for the murder of Hibbs and the wounding of Ellis, Ashbridge declared that none of the shots were fired by Thompson.

"I shot both men," he declared, "but Thompson gave me the gun. He had it since Saturday." He repeated this assertion several times in the course of his examination, adding each time that his wife had no part in supplying the firearm. His voluntary insistence in.....

.... exercise corridor of their cells in response to his request that he wanted to show him a note that had been left for him, he asked the aged keeper to step inside the corridor. Evidently suspecting something was wrong Hibbs refuse to enter the corridor. When Ashbridge repeated his request that Hibbs step inside, Thompson, why was immediately behind Ashbridge, said something to the murderer. Ashbridge could not exactly recall what the expression was. At any rate it was then that he fired and Hibbs fell to the floor with his death wound. To take Hibbs keys and open the door leading from the exercise room to the corridor was the work of but an instant. It was then that Ellis confronted Ashbridge at the other end of the corridor. He refused to throw up his hands when the murderer so ordered. Instead, the plucky jailor grappled with the slayer, who again brought the gun into play, twice wounding the remaining jailor.

Ashbridge did not say why he wanted Hibbs to step inside the corridor. One surmise is that the pair had planned to get the old man into the corridor, overpower him, take his keys and after gagging him place him in a cell, depending ion the gun to awe any prisoners who might make an outcry. But whatever their plan was in this respect it miscarried. Hibbs would not enter the corridor and was shot down where he stood.

Thompson carried both his own and Ashbridge's coats when they fled,. As Ashbridge had decided to do the talking with Hibbs when the jailor came to lock them in their cells it was agreed that it would not be wise for the murderer to be wearing a coat. This might look suspicious to Hibbs and in all likelihood he would refuse to open the door. Hence it was decided that Thompson should take both coats. He also carried Ashbridge's cap and his own Panama.

The coats and harts were adjusted as they ran down the spiral stairway leading to the street. They walked slowly into Sixth Street; increasing their pace up Sixth Street after crossing Market and after turning into Cooper walked very rapidly. They turned north on Third Street to Main and thence to the Vine Street ferry, where they caught the boat leaving at 7:15 for Philadelphia. Landing on the other side the fugitives exchanged hats. They walked rapidly to Broad Street Station, where Mrs. Ashbridge was in waiting, this arrangement having been made when she smuggled the gun in to her husband on Saturday morning.

Accompanied by Thompson the Ashbridges walked out Market Street to Thirty-second Street. Here Thompson left them and after walking the street for a brief while longer the slayer and his wife boarded a trolley car for Chester, where a few hours later the murderer's short-lived liberty was so dramatically terminated.

Although jailor Ellis still insists that three shots were fired before he was attacked and in spite of the positive declaration of Alfred Williams, the trusty, that three shots were fired at Hibbs, Ashbridge claims that Hibbs was shot only once and that two bullets  were used on Ellis. He said that the three empty shells which the detectives found in his pocket contained the only bullets fired in the jail. The post mortem examination made yesterday by County Physician Stem bears out his contention as to the number of shots fired. Only one bullet was found and that had penetrated the jailor's heart.

"That's the truth about the shooting," declared Ashbridge. "I fired the shots- three of them in all- and the gun was given me by Thompson. My wife had nothing to do with it. Don't blame her."

Enroute back to the prison from which he had made his tragic getaway on Monday night, Ashbridge passed through the ante room where his wife was under guard. He stopped, kissed her, gently caressed her cheek, told her not to worry and passed on to the jail, from whence his next exit will be to the electric chair.

Haggard and very weak Mrs. Ashbridge was at once taken before the Prosecutor. With due regard for her condition Mrs. Ashbridge was handled very gently. At first she insisted that she had no part in getting the gun, but under skillful handling she finally broke down and confessed that she had supplied the revolver.

She stated that on Friday night she received a letter from her husband telling her that he planned to escape from the jail on Monday night and that he needed a revolver to make certain that his scheme would not fail.  He requested that she procure the pistol and cartridges and personally deliver them on Saturday. being anxious to aid her husband in every way possible she readily decided to do as he requested.

Accordingly she purchased the needed articles in a Philadelphia pawnshop on Friday afternoon, paying $3.00 for the pistol and 67 cents for the cartridges. She kept them over night and on Saturday safely delivered the weapon and bullets to her husband in the bottom of a basket of fruit. At the same time Ashbridge asked her to go with him and when she agreed to share his fate he told her to meet him in Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, shortly after seven o'clock on Monday night. He further told her that he had carefully studied the situation and did not see how it was possible for his plan to miscarry. On Monday morning she sent her children to the home of Mrs. Anna Dick and later in the day sent the letter to Mrs. Dick telling of her "rash deed" and enclosing $10 for the children.

As Mrs. Ashbridge told her story she spoke in a very low tone. Most of the time her eyes were cast down and as she concluded her brief narrative she sobbed convulsively and was in a state of utter collapse. Reviving somewhat when given cold water Mrs. Ashbridge was turned over to the police and taken back to City Hall to await her hearing this morning.

The prison key stolen by Ashbridge from Hibbs' murdered body was recovered this morning by Detective Doran in the yard of Dr. Frank, 2025 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The recovery of the key was sue to information given by Ashbridge, after he had been locked up in jail yesterday afternoon. Ashbridge, when questioned as to the whereabouts of the key, said that Thompson had it and that he had seen him toss it over a wall of a residence near Twenty-third and Chestnut Streets on Monday night while he and his wife and Thompson were walking to Thirty-second Street.

Detective Doran and Constable Voight went to Philadelphia late yesterday afternoon and searched in vain for the key in the vicinity of Twenty-third and Chestnut Streets until darkness came on. Detective Doran renewed the search early this morning. There is a high wall fronting the yard at the home of Dr. Frank, and a search of the grounds resulted in the finding of the key, which was returned to Sheriff Haines.

Ashbridge is confined in a large cell in what is known as Section E. As cellmates he has two persons who are being held as witnesses to the crime. Sheriff Haines has assigned three constables, Gardner, Ford, and Addison. They will work on eight-hour shifts and will see that Ashbridge does not attempt any further escape or try to end his life.

Sergeant Detective Kane of the Chicago Police Department today took to Chicago Alfred Williams, who was an eyewitness to the murder of Hibbs. Williams, an Italian, served six months here on a charge of false pretence in obtaining money from a number of Italian grocers under the pretence that he represented the Roma Grocery Company. After his arrest and sentence here the police of Chicago lodged a detainer against Williams who is wanted in the West for a like crime.

The body of Jailor Hibbs will be exposed to view tonight at his home, 913 South 8th Street. Services will be conducted by Reverend Harry Bradway, pastor of Eighth Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Members of the Seventh Ward Republican Club, Mutual Aid and the Liberty Beneficial Society will attend in a body.

Tomorrow morning the body will be taken to Langhorne, where services will be held in the Friends Meeting House, after which interment will be made in the burial ground by the Schroeder-Kephart Company. Friends may call this evening to pay their respects.

Ashbridge will not be tried until December. On the day he was listed for trial of murdering Mrs. Dunbar his lawyer, Assemblyman Wolverton, was ill. In the interim the entire panel of jurors for the April term of court was discharged following a case of alleged tampering. This makes it necessary that he be held until September for trial unless the Court should otherwise decree, which is hardly likely.

Ashbridge is 22 years old and not 27, as previously stated. His real age was disclosed by the certificate of his marriage. He was 20 when he wedded two years ago,

The Howard Marshall who mailed a letter to a woman in Baltimore is not Freeholder Howard Marshall of the Eighth Ward, as was reported to the Prosecutor yesterday. Mr. Kraft's investigation disclosed that Freeholder Marshall does not know either Ashbridge or Thompson and that as a matter of fact the Marshall in question is an East Sider and to relative to the freeholder, who was naturally much upset at being mistakenly dragged into the case.

E.S. Fry, proprietor of the Keystone Hotel, Chester, where the couple were caught, told the story of the capture both to the city police and Prosecutor Kraft.

"Late on Monday night I received a call from another hotel, requesting that I take care of a man and his wife for the evening," said Mr. Fry. "I waited until a little before midnight when the couple arrived. He seemed nervous and registered in a shaky hand, and I was suspicious that there was something wrong."

"I did not pay much attention to the way he registered until the next morning when I examined the register and saw that he had neglected to register his wife. He signed 'Mr. Smythe, Washington, D.C.' I communicated my suspicions to my wife and told her to go observe the couple, too. Then I went out on the porch and picked up a morning newspaper. On the front page were the pictures of the two men  who escaped."

"I instantly recognized Ashbridge, but was not just sure of my identity of the man, so I decided to get a better look at him. At the breakfast table I observed him more closely and feeling sure of my ground I called Captain Schregler, afterward securing the service of two negro policemen, whom I placed on guard outside the hotel, giving them orders not to allow the couple to leave. The officers, William Padgett and William Robinson, took their positions outside the hotel, ready for the signal to enter when I gave it."

"Ashbridge arose."

"What's the matter," he exclaimed. "You know what's the matter," replied Mr. Fry, who brought in Captain Schregler and Detective Hunt. Schregler and Hunt instantly recognized the fugitive.

Before Ashbridge had a chance to move his arms were pinioned by his sides and Policeman Hunt had extracted the murder gun from his right hip pocket. It was fully loaded. In the same pocket were seventeen additional cartridges and in a suitcase in his room, Number 9, was a fresh box of cartridges.

"The little wife was crying bitterly," said Mr. Fry. "She leaned her head upon his shoulder and the husband tried to console her."

Captain Schregler sent a telegram to Chiefs Gravenor and Hyde with the startling news that Ashbridge had been caught.

On the way back to Camden Mrs. Ashbridge began to cry. She was sitting beside Captain Schregler, and he tried to console her. Her sobs increased, and Ashbridge called to her to "take it easy".

This seemed to quiet her a bit, and Schregler spoke to her kindly, saying that she would not be blamed very much for her part in the escape. "That's nopt worrying me" she answered. "I am worried about 'Wil'."

"well you women beat me" was Schregler's comment. "What did you want to help him escape for, anyhow? He had beaten you, deserted you for another woman and when she turned him down, he killed her. Yet you make up with him, leave your kids and risk everything to help him escape. Seems to me the worse men treat you women, the more you will do for them."

"Lots of truth in what you say'" remarked Mrs. Ashbridge, with a sigh.

Mr. Fry was the center of attention. Everybody seemed anxious to hear his story.

"I'm not going back until I collect that $500 either," he was heard to say. The capturer was formerly coroner of Delaware County.

Scenes of excitement were prevalent when the automobile of Chief Gravenor with Detective-chauffer David Hunt at the wheel, Captain Schregler and the prisoners in the rear and Chief Dodd, of the Pennsylvania Railroad police force in the front seat came from the Federal Street Ferry. E.S Fry, the hotel proprietor who caught the Ashbridges, was also in the car.

Ashbridge and his wife were instantly recognized. The news spread like wildfire and was passed along the route of the machine to police headquarters.

Thinking that the prisoners would be brought to the Prosecutors office, a battery of newspapermen and photographers were camped on the Court House plaza. When someone cried in bellowed tones "There they go", the scribes and photographers started in hot pursuit behind the automobile.

The officers upon reaching the City Hall had to fight their way through the dense crowd which had gathered outside Police Headquarters. Many stood tiptoed to get a good glance at the prisoners who were abashed at their predicament.

Pulling her black straw hat over her face, Mrs. Ashbridge leaned on her husband's arm. To hide his face the murderer pulled the Panama hat, which he had secured from Thompson, over his countenance.

Preliminary questioning was done by Captain A.L. James, after which the officers and prisoners were escorted upstairs to the office of Chief Gravenor.

Still clenching the stump of a cheap cigarette in the corner of his mouth, Ashbridge had a pitiful look on his face. He was much thinner than he was when he was arrested for the murder of the Dunbar girl. On his upper lip was a small mustache, which he raised during the last week.

His beautiful and baby-like eyes still retained their piercing stare. The murderer looked wild-eyed at persons in the room. He seemed to take delight in singling out persons in the room and "staring them out". None seemed courageous enough to return Ashbridge's strange stare. He looked distressed but the only betraying sign of nervousness was his incessant twitching of his fingers. Sweated on the couch in the chief's room, Ashbridge talked freely.

His wife dried away the tears as they trickled down her reddened face but after regaining her composure she seemed quite calm. She intently watched Captain Schregler and Detective Hunt as they searched through her husband's clothes.

When the trip for the Court House was being arranged the two prisoners, still handcuffed together, walked in the outer room of the chief's office. It was then that the wife broke down slightly. She choked back a sob and leaned her head on her husband's shoulder. Ashbridge did likewise and patted her on the back, at the same time, saying something in a suppressed tone of voice. The only persons in the room at the time were Assistant Chief Hyde and a Post-Telegram reporter. Neither was able to catch the words uttered. Captain Schregler, Chief Gravenor, and Detective Hunt later entered the room and the start for the Court House was made.

The crowd below which was camped about the entrance to the building awaited with patient expectancy, when the news was spread that the prisoners were leaving the building.

Camera men took their positions, ready to snap the couple, but the Ashbridges fooled them. Before the door leading to the street was opened Ashbridge drew his wife to him and with their free hands pulled their hats over their faces, thus eluding the photographers, who resorted top every means to secure a photograph.

Once inside the automobile the prisoners seemed content until the Court House was reached when another large crowd was on hand to great them. Both repeated the trick of hiding their faces.

After Ashbridge was taken to his cell his wife was ordered taken to the detention department in the City Hall. Captain Schregler and Detective Hunt half-carrying the sobbing and broken-hearted woman, who has aroused some sympathy for her courageousness in taking such a desperate chance for the man she loved, the father of her children and a cruel murderer.

"What other woman would do as much as she has for her husband," was the query advanced by one of the spectators in the Court House corridor as Mrs. Ashbridge passed through on her way to the waiting automobile.

Camden Post-Telegram * July 20, 1916

No Trace Yet Found of the Ashbridge’s Pas in Sensational and Tragic Escape From the County Prison on Monday Night

Evidently in hiding, George E. Thompson, who escaped from prison with Wilson Ashbridge on Monday night after Murdering one jailor and wounding another, is still at liberty. No trace of him has been found after he left Ashbridge and Mrs. Ashbridge at Thirty-second and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, on Monday night, and the police and county officials have assumed a policy of watching, waiting, in the hope that the hundreds of circulars sent to the police all over the country will be productive of the capture of the fugitive or at least some real clue as to his whereabouts.

Ashbridge has not eaten anything since his return to the jail. This, however, is not regarded by the prison officials as a hunger strike. A man who had gone through what Ashbridge experienced in the last three days is naturally not hungry and the fact that he had not touched the food served to him is not causing any worry. Just as soon as his nerves settle a bit and he becomes resigned to his fate Ashbridge will likely eat as heartily as before. 

The murderer is much more composed today than he was yesterday. Practically all of yesterday he spent pacing the narrow confines of his cell in Murderers’ Row and for the greater part of the time he was crying. Toward evening he became less restless. A little after 9:00 o’clock he threw himself on his bunk and was soon in a sound sleep, which lasted until 6:00 o’clock this morning. 

The food handed into the double murderer through the opening in the door of his cell has been taken out untouched, and not a mouthful of the nourishment has been taken by the prisoner. He drank freely of water and craves for tobacco, which thus far has been denied him. The food served him is the same given the other prisoners. In the morning it is half a loaf of bead and a cup of coffee. For dinner they get pea or bean soup with bread, and for supper some sort of stew or soup with bread and sometimes boiled potatoes with the skins on. Fish is served on Friday. None of this has looked good to Ashbridge, who probably would not touch a more tempting menu.  At any rate he has not asked for anything for the very simple reason that he is not hungry. 

Seemingly more composed and realizing the gravity of her position, Mrs. Ashbridges still languishes in the detention Department of Police Headquarters, where she is under the care of the kindly matron, Mrs. Kirkpatrick. 

The woman frequently expresses her regret for her rashness. She confides in Mrs. Kirkpatrick, who has given her every care. 

“I don’t know why I did it,” said Mrs. Ashbridge to the matron several times.

"Oh, I wish someone had shot me, because I deserved it," she tearfully cried when the matron tried to console her. To Jailor Fred Lechleidner, who knew her when she was a little girl, Mrs. Ashbridge also expressed regret for her act.

Since her hearing yesterday the woman has talked very little of her husband. When mention is made of his name she seems indifferent, and the police suspect that her affections for her murderer-husband are cooling.

When told that Mrs. Gick had agrees to take her two children to Wildwood for a vacation, Mrs. Ashbridge smiled and clapped her hands in joy.

"Thank God for that; I know they'll be alright now" she said to the matron.

For supper last night Mrs. Ashbridge ate a chop, a large quantity of tomatoes and potatoes, a cup of tea and some sliced peaches. She said she felt much better after eating. For her breakfast she ate two slices of toast and drank a cup of coffee. Mrs. Kilpatrick said she slept soundly all thorough the night and arose about six o'clock this morning.

The circular being sent out to the police all over the country contain front and side likenesses of Thompson and read as follows:


On July 17th, 1916 at 7 o'clock p.m., George E. Thompson, alias Francis Murphy, shot and killed a jailor at Camden County Jail, Camden, New Jersey, shot and wounded another jailor, and escaped.

George E. Thompson, alias Francis Murphy, is white, 41 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 175 pounds, has dark brown hair mixed with gray, very bushy, light complexion, gray eyes, smooth face, first and middle finger of his left hand are missing, wears nose glasses. He was confined in the County Jail on charges of forgery and obtaining money under false pretences. He is well-educated and represents himself as an attorney-at-law.

Bertillon measurements: 70; 70; 91-0; 19-1; 15-4; 0-2; 12-4; 24-4; First and L.M. Fing missing; 8-4; 43-8.

Five hundred dollars reward will be paid for the arrest or information leading to the arrest of this man.

The circular, which is signed by Prosecutor Kraft and Chief of Police Gravenor, discloses the fact that the first and middle fingers of the fugitives hand are missing. In the prior descriptions mention was made of but one finger gone. The fact that two of his fingers are gone should serve to make his capture all the more certain should he venture out in Public.

City and county detectives spent several hours in Philadelphia last night scouring the Tenderloin and other places where crooks are likely to gather, but no trace of the fugitive could be found.

Asked today if he would represent Ashbridge for the murder of Hibbs, Charles A. Wolverton, who is counsel for Ashbridge on the charge of shooting the Dunbar woman, said: "As an officer of the court I am subject to whatever order Judge Garrison may make. In representing Ashbridge in the former matter I am operating under an order of the Court which was made by Judge Garrison on the application of Ashbridge for counsel to represent him, as he was without means to employ counsel. For a great many years it has been the custom of the Court of this country to grant such requests and this was accordingly done when Ashbridge made application; in fact, it is a right that the accused person has under the laws of the State. Whether I will be appointed to act for him in this last case I do not know. The matter is entirely in the hands of Judge Garrison, who has the right to appoint any member of the Bar he desires."

Provisions for the temporary care of the Ashbridge babies- Marian and Thomas- was made last night. Mr. and Mrs. Gick, of 2744 Pierce Avenue, East Camden, notifying Secretary Walsh, of the S.P.C.C. that they would take the kiddies with them to Wildwood this afternoon.

Jailor Ellis is rapidly recovering at Cooper Hospital, Police Surgeon Schellenger stating today that is condition is fine.

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 21, 1918
John W. Wescott - William J. Kraft - Bayard Kraft - R. Wayne Kraft
Charles A. Wolverton - Henry S. Scovel

Philadephia Inquirer - April 3, 1918

John B. Kates - William J. Kraft - Edward V.D. Joline - Lewis A. Starr
John G. Horner -
Frank T. Lloyd - Charles A. Wolverton - Charles H. Laird
Charles G. Garrison - Charles MacCready

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 31, 1919

Arthur Stanley
Charles H. Ellis

John B. Kates
Rev. Charles I. Fitzgeorge
Frank W. Tussey
Union Methodist Episcopal Church






City Farm Gardens

Another weapon to defeat the enemy was the establishment of City Farm Gardens in the country. They were urged by the Government and not only provided food for city residents, but abolished unsightly vacant lots. Mayor Ellis named the first City Gardens Committee on April 19, 1917, as follows: E. G. C. Bleakly, Judge Frank T. Lloyd, Zed H. Copp, William Derham, L. E. Farnham, B. M. Hedrick, David Jester, O. B. Kern, M. F. Middleton, Dr. H. L. Rose, Asa L. Roberts, W. D. Sayrs, Jr., Charles A. Wolverton, Earl T. Jackson, H. R. Kuehner, Herbert N. Moffett and Hubert H. Pfeil. At the initial meeting of the above date B. M. Hedrick was elected chairman; Zed H. Copp secretary and M. F. Middleton treasurer. Brandin W. Wright, a farming expert, was employed as general superintendent on May 3, 1917. At a meeting on May 18, 1918, the names of Frank Sheridan and Daniel P. McConnell were added to the publicity committee in the place of 
Messrs. Pfeil and Jackson. 

In his annual report to City Council on January 1, 1918, Mayor Ellis urged the appointment of a committee by City Council on City Gardens and Councilman Frederick Von Neida was named as chairman. This committee with a committee of representative citizens met in the City Hall in February, 19 18, to organize for the ensuing summer. The members of the Councilmanic committee were: Frederick Von Neida, Frank S. Van Hart, William J. Kelly and John J. Robinson.

The committee planned an exposition of farm garden products for the fall of 1918, but this plan was frustrated by the Spanish influenza epidemic. 

The war gardens became victory gardens in the year 1919 when the committee met on January 29, 1919. Meyers Baker was elected secretary and William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer. At the meeting on March 25 committees were appointed for the Victory War Gardens 
Exposition held in Third Regiment Armory from September 15 to 20. Benjamin Abrams was elected general manager and Frank Sheridan publicity agent.

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 15, 1918

Dr. Paul N. Litchfield - Charles A. Wolverton - William T. Read
St. John's Episcopal Church - Rev J. Hardenbrook
Frank Ford Patterson Jr. - Joshua C. Haines
Ralph N. Kellam -
Wilbur B. Ellis - John R. Mick
Kaighn Avenue

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 17, 1918
Sixth Ward Republican Club - Max Praissman
Central Avenue - Y.M.C.A. - James Davis - James Henry
Charles A. Wolverton - O. Glen Stackhouse

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16, 1918

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 2, 1919
Salem Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 30, 1919

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 1919

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Admiral Henry Wilson - Charles H. Ellis
Elisha A. Gravenor - Edward S. Hyde
William E. Albert -
James H. Long
Frank S. Van Hart - William D. Sayrs Jr.
Frank S. Fithian - A. Benjamin Sparks
Kessel Webster - William H. Iszard
Robert D. Clow - Andrew B.F. Smith
William H. Lorigan
Charles Austermuhl
David Doane -
William C. Davis
William Vanaman -
David Baird Sr.
J. Wesley Sell - William D. Brown
Charles A. Wolverton
William J. Browning


October 1920
This wanted poster was circulated prior to the discovery of David S. Paul's remains

David S. Paul - Elisha A. Gravenor - Charles A. Wolverton

(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror - October 20, 1920

Hacked Remains of David Paul, Missing Bank Messenger, Discovered by Gunners. 

The Authorities of Burlington county have another baffling murder mystery to solve.

On Saturday four duck hunters, William and James Cutts, and C.B. Inston, of Tabernacle, and George W. Duncan, of Audubon were passing through the pine forest at Irick's Crossing, near Tabernacle, when their attention was attracted by an automobile track following an old and rarely used trail leading to a stream toward which the gunners were making. 

As the car was miles off the nearest traveled road the tracks aroused the curiosity of the men and they followed them. In a short time they came upon a freshly made mound over which dead leaves had been thrown. Leading to the mound from the shallow stream nearby were tracks of men and also marks as though some heavy object has been dragged by the men making the tracks. Thinking perhaps that a deer had been shot and secreted there, one or two of the men scratched around the end of the mound with sticks and within six inches of the surface a human foot was unearthed. 

This put an unexpected phase upon the situation and the gunners decided to let Sheriff Haines continue the investigation.

Word was hastily phoned to the jail at Mount Holly and the Sheriff and Detective Parker lost no time in reaching the scene of the tragic discovery. The new-made and crude grave was then opened under the Sheriff's direction. The body proved to be that of a man, fully dressed except for his coat which was lying buried deeper and under the body. The feet were tied with a heavy rope such as is used in towing automobiles and they were resting upward and back over the dead man's head. As soon as the features were uncovered Sheriff Haines recognized the dead man as David S. Paul, of Camden, a bank runner, who had been reported missing by the Broadway Trust Company of Camden ten days before, with $65,000 in cash and liberty bonds and $12,500 in checks besides a number of cancelled checks. The body was badly mutilated and it was evident that a brutal murder had been committed. 

Apparently Paul had been dead but a few hours and the remains were in a good state of preservation when discovered by the merest chance by the gunning party. There was a deep gash on the head as though made by a axe or hatchet, and the forehead was crushed in. Another ghastly wound just above one ear, alone was sufficient to have caused almost instant death. 

Every indication pointed to the man having been killed and buried within twenty-four hours of the discovery of the crime. The rigor of death had not yet set in and the victim's face appeared to have been freshly shaven. The marks on the ground accompanying the feet tracks leading from the stream about a hundred feet away, were quickly explained when the body was unearthed. Evidently those who brought the body to the unfrequented spot had attempted to secret it in the stream, but finding the water too shallow to conceal the corpse, they had dragged it out again by the rope which bound the feet and pulled it to the spot where the grave was quickly made and the body of the unfortunate man shoved into it. 

The clothes which Paul wore bore every evidence of being new. The shoes also had evidently just been purchased and the soles bore no evidence of wear. A search of the body failed to reveal any of the cash which the bank messenger is alleged to have taken when he so suddenly dropped out of sight while on his way across the ferry to go to a bank in Philadelphia to take the money, securities and checks for his employers. Only one cent was found in the pockets of the dead man. In the coat was a bundle of checks, said to have been cancelled.

There had been no attempt to conceal the identity of the dead man. His watch which had stopped at 9:37, was found in his pocket and a stickpin and in his tie and (as written) a pair of sleeve buttons remained in the cuffs. 

How the dead man came to his untimely end and how his body happened to be buried in the far away spot in the pines miles from any human habitation, was a mystery when the body was first discovered and it seems to be as much so today, although the authorities here, as well as those of Camden and Philadelphia, are exerting every effort to run down the criminals. 

It will be recalled that Paul, who was 59 years of age , enjoyed the confidence of the bank officials by whom he had been employed for many years. He was a recent visitor in Mount Holly where he had a son, Harry Paul, and other relatives. 

On the morning of October 5 Paul started across the river to Philadelphia in company with another bank employee with a satchel said immediately afterward to contain $10,000 in cash and $12,500 in checks. This statement has since been revised and the amount of cash and Liberty Bonds that Paul carried is now variously stated to have been from $45,000 to $65,000. Upon reaching the other bank the other employee became separated from Paul whether by accident or through Paul's design is not yet known and after an attempt to find him at the ferry house, he went at once to the bank and reported his companion's disappearance. 

The Central Trust Company was immediately notified and after all efforts to get in touch with the missing messenger had failed the Camden and Philadelphia police were asked to locate Paul. Nothing more was seen or heard of him until his hacked body was discovered in the pines near Tabernacle ten days after his disappearance. What the missing bank runner did during the interim, where he spent his time or with whom he associated while the police of the county were searching for him has not yet been learned but it is expected that the mystery will be solved before long. 

One clue which seemed to put under suspicion the occupants of a yellow car turned out to be valueless when the owner, hearing of the authorities suspicions, came forward, gave his address as Haddonfield and proved that he drove a party in his yellow car inspecting some real estate in the pines shortly before the discovery of the body of the murdered man. 

Detective Parker yesterday said that he had just picked up what he considered the first piece of valuable evidence in the case since he stated to work on it on Saturday. He declined to state what this evidence was for the present. 

There are endless theories being advanced as to how the dead man met his fate and in explanation of his disappearance with the large sum of money entrusted to his custody. Some officials incline to the view that Paul was killed either in Philadelphia or Camden and his body taken to the lonely spot at Irick's Crossing in the confident belief that it never would be discovered or at least not until time had obliterated identifying marks. 

Another theory is that the murdered man was taken alive in the automobile and killed near the spot where his body and rifled clothes were found. There is no means of telling which theory is correct at this time, quite as possibly both theories are at fault. 

The body was taken in charge by Coroner Isaac Clover who ordered it removed to the undertaking establishment of Cline & Sons, at Vincentown. There Dr. Longsdorf, of Mount Holly and Dr. Stein, of Camden, performed an autopsy, the result of which showed that Paul come to his death by wounds to the head, probably inflicted by a dull axe or hatchet. 

There was a conference in Mount Holly on Sunday in which officers of Camden and Burlington counties participated. Those taking part were reticent after coming out of the room in which that meeting was held. In the discussion of the crime and the preparation of plans for running down the murderers, if there were more than one, were Sheriff Haines, Clifford R. Powell and County Detective Parker, of this county, and Prosecutor Wolverton, and Detectives Schregler and Doran, of Camden county.

A reward of $1,000 offered by the Broadway Trust Company for the apprehension of Paul shortly after his disappearance is to be increased now for information leading to the capture of his murderers. It is easily the most mystifying case that had come to the attention of the Burlington county officials for many years but they express confidence that it will be solved and the criminals run down.

(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror - December 22, 1920

It took the jury only twenty minutes to find Frank J. James guilty of the murder of David S. Paul, at he conclusion of the sensational trial in Camden on Monday night. The verdict carried with it the infliction of the death penalty upon the self-confessed slayer of the bank messenger, the jury refusing the appeal of the prisoner's counsel to exercise clemency and recommend life imprisonment instead of capital punishment. The verdict came at the end of the five-day trial, during which the defendant's oral and written confessions were admitted in evidence in the face of counsel's strenuous objection. 

Dapper and apparently self-possessed, James entered upon his ordeal last Wednesday but as the trial wore on and damning evidence piled up against him his confidence petered out and several times he collapsed, once having to be taken from the court room in order to allow him to regain his composure. The Camden court house was besieged by a great crowd which clamored for admission to the court room in which the trial was held but the greater number of curiosity seekers were turned away. 

James offered insanity in his own defense but the evidence sought to be introduced to show that insanity existed in James' family was ruled out and after this failure the insanity defense was virtually abandoned, lawyer Harris admitting to the court during his argument that acquittal would not be asked on the ground of the prisoner's mental irresponsibility. Emphasis was made of the jury's right to find the prisoner guilty of first degree murder with a recommendation to life imprisonment instead of simply finding him guilty of first degree murder, which without the recommendation mentioned carries with it death by the electric chair. 

A stirring appeal was made by lawyer Harris to the sympathy of the jury and the counsel was visibly affected by his own feelings as he spoke. He had known James from boyhood and his appeal for clemency evidently came from the heart. At the conclusion of argument Supreme Court Justice Katzenbach delivered his charge to the jury in part as follows:

"It now becomes your duty to render a verdict on the question of the guilt of Frank J. James. You must be governed by the evidence; in determining questions of fact sole responsibility is upon you. Any comment I may make on the evidence is only to aid you. If there be in your minds a reasonable doubt you must acquit the defendant. 'Reasonable doubt' however, is not a 'possible doubt', because everything in human affairs is open to possible or imaginary doubt. 

"You will therefore, be justified in assuming that a criminal homicide was committed. The law provides that all murders committed in attempting to commit a robbery shall be of the first degree. You have three choices-of declaring James not guilty, of rendering a verdict of murder in the first degree with no recommendations, or of rendering a verdict of murder in the first degree with recommendations that he be sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor, and under the law I must be guided by your recommendation if so made."

The jury was then sent from the court room and a recess was taken.

This was at 4 o'clock. Upon resuming, an hour and a half later, the jury was summoned, it having been announced to the court that a verdict had been reached. When the foreman spoke for the twelve men composing the jury there was a tense stillness in the crowded court room. James seemed to be the most self-possessed of any of the principals in the trial.

He presented a picture of composure although the grim set of his jaw indicated the great mental stress under which he was laboring. When the verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree was announced many of those in the room were visibly affected by the words which meant death to the accused man but James, who had almost miraculously recovered his nerve after the break-down during the early stages of the trial, was unmoved. As he was led away to his cell he turned and cast a searching glance over the crowded court room, looking for his relatives but they were not there, having anticipated what the verdict would be and wishing to avoid any more distressing scenes. 

As he passed out of the court room, to which he will be returned for sentence to the electric chair, James said to the officer who had him in charge, "It is no more than I expected." 

Counsel for the defense at once filed application for a new trial, and was given ten days in which to file his reasons. It is understood that his appeal will be based on three exceptions to the rulings of Justice Katzenbach. 

The crime for which James is believed to be certain to pay the death penalty, was one of the most brutal in the criminal annals of Camden County. According to James's confession he conspired with Raymond Schuck to decoy the bank messenger with whom they were both on friendly terms, into an automobile, while Paul was on his way from his place of employment to another financial institution with a large sum of money for the latter. Accordingly they timed their movements so that they met Paul soon after he had left the Central Trust Company on Broadway, and offered to take him to the Camden ferry. 

When they had entered the almost deserted driveway which parallels the iron shed on Market street leading to the ferry house, James struck Paul from the rear with a heavy piece of automobile spring, repeated blows rendering him unconscious. Paul was pulled back into the rear part of the car and Schuck it is claimed, at James's direction, started out of the city. 

On the way Paul partly recovered consciousness and pleaded for his life but James again struck him and later fired two shots into his victim's head with the latter's own revolver. The flight of the murderers with their victim's body then led them over into Burlington County. They kept going until they reached a lonely spot at Irick's Crossing near Tabernacle where they pulled the dead man out of the car and tying his feet threw the body into a shallow stream.

(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror - December 29, 1920

The trial of Raymond W. Schuck for the murder of David S. Paul, has been postponed from January 4 to February 7. Application for the postponement was made before Supreme Court Justice Katzenbach at Camden on Monday, by J. Russell Carrow, counsel for Schuck. Prosecutor Wolverton did not interpose any objection. The ground on which the postponement was asked was that time might be given for the drawing of a special jury panel. 

The postponement of Schuck's trial may result in putting off the sentencing of his confederate in crime, Frank James, already convicted of murder in the first degree. The State may want to use James as a witness against Schuck. The latter claims that he entered into no plot with James to murder Paul and that he had nothing to do with the actual killing, James said that Schuck was as deep in the revolting crime as the former and that as a matter of fact Schuck struck some of the blows that caused death. There is no attempt made to conceal the enmity between the two former friends.

(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror - February 6, 1921

Faces Jury With a Smile: Mystery Woman Appears;
Kept From Reporters-State's Surprises

Twice postponed, the trial of Raymond W. Shuck, of Camden, for the murder of David S. Paul, the bank messenger whose body was found in a shallow grave in the pines of this county last fall, was commenced in the Camden county court on Monday. Supreme Court Justice Katzenbach and County Judge Kates were on the bench. There was the same large crowd present at the sessions on the opening day as attended the trial of Frank J. James, who earlier was convicted of murder in the first degree for his part in the dastardly murder and is now awaiting sentence.

Shuck, dapper and apparently confident of escaping the electric chair, sat beside his counsel, J. Russell Carrow, while the jury was being selected and appeared to take a keen interest in the selection of the talesmen. Frequently he leaned over to confer with his lawyer as though to offer suggestions as to the acceptability of otherwise of members of the special panel who were being questioned by Prosecutor Wolverton or Judge Carrow. Back in the audience sat Shuck's well-dressed and rather good looking young wife who had their small son with her.

She was accompanied by friends and seemed to have the personal sympathy of everybody in the court room. She had remained steadfast in her faith in her accused husband and even in the face of evidence of his infidelity, her apparent affection for Shuck did not waver. Six hours were expended in securing twelve men tried and true, who were acceptable to both the State and defense. Counsel for Shuck challenged the array of talesmen on the grounds that there were no women in the panel. The challenge was not allowed by Supreme Court Justice Katzenbach, presiding judge. Finally the jury was made up and the trial at once began.

Jacob Hill, a farmer., of Merchantville, was the first juror accepted and was consequently selected as foremen. Hill is a personal friend of the Shuck family. The other jurors follow:

John H. Sibley, clerk, 576 Line Street, Camden; Charles Myers, painter, Pennsauken; Benjamin Hoffman, real estate, 1323 Broadway, Camden; William P. Fowler, manager, Westmont; George Riggs, retired, Merchantville; Charles Fells, farmer, Gloucester Township; Harry App, carpenter, Merchantville; Nathan Holland, huckster, Pennsauken; Harry Fifield, mechanic, 712 Haddon Avenue, Camden; William H. Gourley, farmer, Pennsauken; Joseph Keegan, retired, Haddon Heights. Keegan is sightless. Despite his condition he was accepted after withstanding cross-examination. 

When Prosecutor Wolverton, with out attempt at oratory of the theatrical but in an even, conversational tone, opened the case for the State and outlined to the jury what the prosecution would undertake to prove, Shuck at times gulped hard and seemed to be having a difficult time to preserve his outwardly calm demeanor. The Prosecutor made it clear at the outset that the State would contend that Shuck had the part of the principal in the murder of Paul and that he dealt some of the blows which resulted in the bank messenger's death. Not only did the Prosecutor charge that Shuck dealt death-causing blows upon Paul but he also alleged that Shuck on two occasions previous to October 5 conspired with James to hold up and rob Paul of sums of money he was carrying. He named the north walk to Federal street ferry as the advantageous spot where the holdup could be staged. That allegation came as a great surprise and it is believed weakened Shuck's defense. 

The Prosecutor averred that he could prove to the jury that Shuck and James had twice before October 5 arranged to holdup, but failed to carry it out because their nerve failed them.

The Prosecutor recited the details of the Paul murder. He explained that Shuck's previous statements that he knew nothing of any plot to rob Paul. He charged that Shuck was aware of the conspiracy and that he was a willing conspirator. Graphically did the Prosecutor relate how Paul was unmercifully beaten in James' automobile in the rear of the Market street walk to the Pennsylvania ferries. He further alleged that Shuck helped toss Paul over the front seat into the back of the car where James fiendishly wielded the automobile spring flange. 

It was also charged that Shuck dealt the finishing blows which silenced the pleading Paul, who begged for his life. The placing of Paul's body in the swamps at Irick's crossing near Tabernacle, Burlington county, and at the burial of the body later were related by the Prosecutor, who also told of how Shuck hid the money first in his own home and later in a grave in the Shuck family lot in Evergreen Cemetery. In closing the Prosecutor asked the jury to return a verdict of murder in the fist degree. 

The appearance of a handsomely dressed and rather striking looking young woman when the trial was begun, lent a new phase to the situation that was watched keenly by those who knew the facts. 

The young woman is known by the officers who have been working on the case as "Mysterious Mary". It is alleged that she kept $1,300 which Shuck left in her custody over night after the murder, he promising to buy her a $480 fur coat the next day, which he did. It is not alleged that this young woman with whom Shuck's relations are hinted to have been more than platonic, had any guilty knowledge of the crime or of her admirer's participation in it. She is believed to have told a straight story to the Prosecutor and it is the understanding that her presence at the trial is intended as a subtle threat by the State that if Shuck undertakes to lie on the stand and further becloud the situation, the woman known to


(Mt. Holly) New Jersey Mirror - February 23, 1921

Harry Paul, of Mount Holly, son of David S. Paul, the murdered bank runner, of Camden, had been in attendance at the trial of Raymond Shuck, one of the murderers of the elder Paul, in Camden, when he was interviewed by a newspaper reporter on Monday. Here is what he said after stating that his mother has been in failing physical condition ever since the tragedy, and that he feared she would die as the result of her grief and the shock of the crime.

"No matter what happens to these men- Schuck and James- it will not bring my father back to me. 

"I feel terribly sorry for the families of James and Shuck. No one has any idea of my sympathy for them. 

"But as for the men themselves, their conscience must be racked by the knowledge that their days seem to be numbered, and their end will be the electric chair. I cannot say I want to see them die as murderers. I cannot move myself to voice such an expression. 

"I cling to the belief, however, that if they do escape the death penalty, it would be a horrid example for other men with evil in their minds."

It took the jury at Camden yesterday less than an hour to return a verdict of first degree murder against Raymond W. Shuck for his part in the murder of David S. Paul. The defendant had been subjected to a grueling cross-examination lasting nearly ten hours in all, by Prosecutor Wolverton, said to have been the longest line of interrogation of a murder defendant ever pursued in a trial in New Jersey. Shuck claimed that he was not a party to the actual murder but was compelled to drive the murder car and help dispose of the body of the victim at Irick's Crossing, near Tabernacle, this county, under threats of death by Frank James, already convicted of murder in the first degree and awaiting the sentence that will send him the electric chair. There was marked feeling between the two accused men when James appeared as a witness for the State. He made no effort to escape his own responsibility for the crime but stoutly maintained that Shuck had assisted in planning the crime and was equally guilty with him. Large crowds witnessed every session of the long trial which lasted all of last week and over into this, being concluded yesterday afternoon after the noon recess. It was evident that J. Russell Carrow, counsel for the prisoner, was fighting to save his client from the chair and that life imprisonment would be a welcome alternative. Even some of those who had worked on the case for the State were not sure that Shuck would be called upon to pay the extreme penalty for his complicity in the foul murder. A recommendation for mercy, included in the jury's verdict of first degree murder would under the law have required the court to pass a sentence of life imprisonment instead of capital punishment. Strangely enough, this bill was introduced and sponsored by Prosecutor Wolverton, when he was a member of the House Assembly some years ago.

Shuck's wife stood by her dissolute husband throughout his trying ordeal and aided him in every way in his fight for life. She was evidently on the verge of collapse during the closing hours and when called to the stand fainted before she had been under the Prosecutor's questioning more then two or three minutes. She was not called back, nor was she in the court room when her faithless husband was pronounced equally guilty of the murder of Paul and started on his way to the death chair. He will be sentenced on a date to be fixed later by the court.

Charge Detective Murry Protected Vice


John B. Kates - Walter Keown - George Ward - Howard Fisher
James E. TatemElisha A. Gravenor - E.G.C. Bleakly
Anthony "Babe" Paradise - "Pye" Calletino - George Murry
William Draper - Tony Latorre - Ira Hall - Harry "Dutch" Selby
Gus Davis - Albert "Salty" Cook - Ned Galvin - James Wilson
Sycamore Street - Pine Street - Rosetta Blue - Deena Howard
Minnie Draper - Harry Knox - Blanche Martin - Jesse Smith
Antonio Pelle - Ethel Murray - Paulo Genovese
Nazzara DeVecches - Nino Mercandino -
South 2nd Street -
South 3rd Street - South 4th Street
Line Street - Pine Street - Ann Street - Baxter Street - Sycamore Street

Elisha A. Gravenor - E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles A. Wolverton
George Murry - Ira Hall - William Draper -Anthony Latorre 



Criminal Prosecution of Murry, Latorre, Draper and Hall Looms as Result of Sensational Hearing by Police
Committee- Dope' Sellers Linked With Detective and Policemen in Lurid Testimony at Crowded Session- Predict Speedy Action

Criminal prosecution of Detective George Murry and Policemen Tony Latorre, William Draper and Ira Hall for their alleged "protection" of vice in the downtown underworld loomed today. At a sensational hearing before the police committee of City Council last night it was unanimously decided to turn the mass of evidence against the four men, gathered by City Solicitor Bleakly, over to Prosecutor Wolverton's office.

At the hearing, Policeman Hall was summarily dismissed from the department, classed as a "moral degenerate" and roundly flayed when, after he acted as his own attorney, he was cross-questioned by every member of the police committee.

Hall was the only one of the quartette of accused officers who made any attempt to defend himself. Murry, Latorre and Draper resigned several days ago. At the police committee session last night it was the sense of the members that their resignations was a tacit admission of guilt and that their mere removal from the police department is not sufficient punishment for their underworld activities.

The grand jury convened on Tuesday of this week. The next step will be the presentation of evidence gathered by Mr. Bleakly against the four men to the prosecutor's office who, in turn, will turn it over to the grand jury. Quick action may be expected, it was predicted today in official circles.

Policeman Hall's friendship for Anthony Paradise, charged with peddling "dope", was brought out at last night's hearing.

E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles A. Wolverton
George Murry - Ira Hall - William Draper -Anthony Latorre


E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles A. Wolverton - Edward West - Howard Fisher
George Murry - Ira Hall - William Draper - Anthony Latorre
Anthony "Babe" Paradise - Minnie Draper - Jessie Smith
2nd Street -
26th Street - Pine Street

E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles H. Ellis - Elisha A. Gravenor - Charles A. Wolverton
George Murry
- Ira Hall - William Draper -Anthony Latorre
Howard Fisher - Albert D.  Archer 


E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles H. Ellis - Elisha A. Gravenor - Charles A. Wolverton
George Murry
- Ira Hall - William Draper -Anthony Latorre
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Gus Giuseppi Guarino - Benson Street
Edward West -
Lewis Stehr Jr.


E.G.C. Bleakly - Charles H. Ellis - Elisha A. Gravenor - Charles A. Wolverton
George Murry
- Ira Hall - William Draper -Anthony Latorre
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Gus Giuseppi Guarino - Benson Street
Edward West -
Lewis Stehr Jr.


Former Detective Murry Drops Dead In Street
Tragic End Automatically Halts Probe of His Vice Activities
Leaves Wife and Eight Children- Once Powerful Leader in Third Ward

George Murry, ex-city detective, who resigned from the police department after being charged with promoting vice In the Third and Fifth Wards, was found dead on a doorstep near Locust and Line Streets shortly after nine o'clock last night.

 A death certificate issued by Coroner Holl ascribes Murry's death as due to apoplexy, superinduced by acute indigestion.

Grand Jury Probe Starts

Murry's death came as a tragic aftermath of his exposure as a protector of prostitution and dope selling in the downtown tenderloin, in the role of which he is said to have amassed a snug fortune.

His death automatically puts to an end the proceedings that were begun to present his activities in the tenderloin before the Grand Jury with a view of bringing criminal prosecution.

Murry will be buried Thursday afternoon at Mt. Peace Cemetery, of which he was part owner. Funeral services will be conducted at the home and in the Macedonia Church, 3rd and Spruce Street, at noon.

Neighbors Find Body

Murry was 50 years old. According to his wife, Mrs. Cora J. Murry, former city detective had been suffering for several days with indigestion.

After supper last night, Mrs. Murry said, her husband complained of feeling ill and she gave him a tablespoon of baking soda. He shortly after decided to take a walk in the belief the air might benefit him.

Half an hour later, neighbors came upon his lifeless body across a doorstep on Locust street, between Beckett and Line Streets.

The body was carried to the Murry home, at 649 Locust Street, a few doors away. Two physicians were called. Owing to the storm, the doctors were delayed in reaching the house. Dr. Clement T. Branch, of 721 Walnut Street, the first physician to arrive, said he believed Murry had died as he fell. 

Mother Died 2 Years Ago, Same Hour

 Besides his widow, Murry is survived by eight children, ranging in age from two months to 18 years. Curiously, Murry's mother died exactly two years ago, to the very hour. Murry was colored, although many persons were unaware of his race because of his light complexion. He was a tall, powerful man. He was more than six feet in height and weighed about 230 pounds. His complexion was ruddy and his hair iron gray.

Murry’s death was a passing incident in the tenderloin today. Before he was shorn of his power, which he wielded proudly and with great vigor, his decease might have caused a great flurry.

Murry, in the height of his power, was formidable, and a man whose favor the denizens and habitués of the underworld crave; stripped of that power, he was ignored and deserted as rats would desert a sinking ship

Boss For Many Years

 His loss of power probably worried Murry more than the outcome over the exposure of the criminal phase of the exposure. Murry had been the undisputed political “boss” of the Third and Fifth wards for years. The transition was to great; his fall too disgraceful.

Prosecutor Charles A. Wolverton pointed out today that with Murry dead, the presentation of evidence of vice conditions in the Fifth Ward to the Grand Jury would be dropped for the present and in all probability for good.

The reason is obvious, said Mr. Wolverton. “There’s nobody to convict.”

United States Started Probe

Murry’s downfall was due largely to the activities of attaches of the United States Interdepartmental Social Hygiene Bureau, who investigated vice conditions here at  the request of the Camp Dix military authorities.

Officers of the camp complained many of the men had contracted contagious diseases during visits to the tenderloin in South Camden.

 A series of meetings was held under the auspices of the bureau and a number of women prominent in social welfare work in the city.

With the co-operation of the Federal authorities, the local police began a “cleanup” of the tenderloin. No one was spared. Dope peddlers, prostitutes, bootleggers and gamblers fell in the clutches of the authorities. Questioned, their stories seemed to coincide on one fact- that Murry was the “invisible government” which sanctioned or frowned upon their industry and who had to be “greased” if they wished to ply their trade without molestation or criminal prosecution.

Three Other Members Accused

Three other members of the police department were accused of malfeasance along with Murry. They are Policemen William Draper, Tony Latorre and Ira Hall. The three men were dismissed by the police committee of City Council. Hall, who opposed his dismissal and demanded a trial, was excoriated by the committee and summarily dropped from the department.

Murry resigned form the force declaring that the evidence against him was untrustworthy, having been obtained from dope fiends and “other irresponsible people”. It was understood, however, that he resigned, believing it would put an end to the proceedings. He seemed to worry over the contemplated action by the Grand Jury.

Said He Amassed Wealth

Murry, however, boasted openly he had amassed wealth while he reigned as the “tenderloin boss.”

“I’ve got mine,” he declared only recently. “I’ve got enough to keep me and my family in clover for the rest of our lives. If they let up on me and don’t push this jail thing, I’m willing to lay down.”

In addition, Murry was specifically charged with accepting graft from dope peddlers and with “tipping off” criminals against whom warrants were issued in City Hall.

City Solicitor E.G.C. Bleakly drew up the complaint and charges against the detective. Commenting on the charges when the were first made public, Mr. Bleakly said:

“From the statements I have obtained it would seem this officer has been exerting himself as a protector instead of a detector of crime and criminals. If the facts elicited are true, Detective Murry, instead of protecting the good name and citizens of our city, as he was paid to do, has been accepting pay from the citizens of the underworld to protect them in their evil practices.”

In Department 16 Years

Murry was a member of the police department for 16 years, having been appointed in 1905. He was made a detective in 1913.

Charles A. Wolverton - Arthur H. Holl

George V. Murry - Joseph Totarella - James Corea
John S. Roberts - Charles A. Wolverton - Arthur H. Holl

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 26, 1922

E.G.C. Bleakly
John Golden
William E. Albert
John Painter
Charles Fitzsimmons 
Thomas Brothers - Edwin Thomas 
Richard Golden -
William Lyons
Milton Stanley - Howard Smith
Charles A. Wolverton
James E. Tatem - Edward Hyde

This story erred in reporting, as retirement at age 65 was NOT mandatory at the time. William E. Albert, Richard Golden, Frank Matlack, and Edwin Thomas did retire. John Golden, John Painter, Charles Fitzsimmons, Thomas Brothes, and William Lyons continued to work in the Police Department. John Golden was eventually promoted to Chief of Police.

CAMDEN COURIER - November 28, 1922
JWilliam Ware - Mrs. Louise F. Walsh - S.P.C.C. 
Sheltering Arms Home -
Charles A. Wolverton

Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928

Civil War Vet Seeks Proof Of Service to Get Pension

Faced with the prospect of going to the poorhouse or starving to death, an 84 year-old Camden Civil War veteran was today attempting to find someone to substantiate his story that he once served in the Army of the Republic.

Andrew Jackson, who lives at 134 North 37th Street, has enlisted the aid of Congressman Charles Wolverton in his “fight to live.”

“I enlisted at Plymouth MA in the Twenty-Ninth Company,” he says. That was back in ’64. When I was discharged I was too proud to accept a pension. I thought the money should go only to men who were totally disabled. Now I need help. My house is mortgaged and I can’t make both ends meet.”

The Pension Bureau has no record of Jackson having served in the Twenty-ninth Company and no members of that outfit are still alive to substantiate the Camden man’s story. His only hope to receive government aid is to locate his discharge. He has also written to Plymouth officials asking for a list of men recruited in his company. 

Camden Courier-Post - January 7, 1928


Twenty-three South Jersey youths are shown taking the United States Civil Service Examination to qualify for appointments as students at West Point and Annapolis. Congressman Charles A. Wolverton will appoint one boy to the Military Academy at West point and two boys to the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Wolverton to Name One to West Point, Two to Annapolis

Twenty-three candidates for appointment to the United States Military or Naval Academies participated in the preliminary examinations held in Camden this morning. 

All of the youths reside in the First Congressional District of New Jersey, and have attended South Jersey high schools or preparatory schools. Congressman Charles A. Wolverton will appoint one youth to a vacancy at the military academy at West Point NY, while two youths will be named for the naval training institution at Annapolis MD. 

The tests today were held at the Camden Y.M.C.A. under the supervision of the United States Civil Service Commission. Earl C. Sheffer and Charles G. Powell were examiners, while Miss Dora E. Yuschincky, private secretary to Congressman Wolverton, also officiated. 

After the papers are marked and graded by the commission, they will later be sent to Congressman Wolverton to aid him in making his appointments. The tests today are but preliminary examinations, for after receiving their appointments, the candidates must qualify at their respective academies to gain entrance as students 

Two youth took examinations for both West Point and Annapolis. They are John W. Parr and Louis G. Soistman 

Those who took the tests for Annapolis are as follows:

   Harry L. Broy, John Milton Davidson, George R. Fink, Norman W. Frazier, Frederick Holton, Edward Leigh Hutchinson, John Louis Koehler, Charles W. Larzelere Jr., John H. Peterson, Alvin B. Pitman 3rd. Charles R. Skerrett, John R. Spiers and Robert S. Irving. 

The youth who took the West Point Examinations are Albert S. Adams, Dominic Apostoli, James Winfield Coutts, Joseph J. McCullough, Benjamin F. Mercer, C. Harlow Miles, Harry W. Young, and William A. Nichols.


January 28, 1928


February 10, 1928

Camden Courier-Post

May 22, 1930

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

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938


Hotel Walt Whitman - Dr. Sarah D. Wolverton - Charles A. Wolverton
Alton P. Mathis - Joseph M. Rector - Walter C. Hackett
George W. Keefe - Frank A. Mathews - E.O. Howell - Barrett Glover - Frank Chapman
Frank E. Boston - Waaren Hood - Holmes J. Paulin - Frank McCoy


April 3, 1928

Michael Walsh
Grant Street

Camden Courier-Post * June 25, 1929
Walter S. Keown - Joseph Wallworth - Elizabeth Verga - HArry C. Sharp - William D. Sayrs
Howard B. Dyer - Laura Silberg - Lottie Stinson - Harold W. Bennett - Edward R. Diebert
Bernard Bertman - L. Scott Cherchesky - Carl Kisselman - Frank Voigt - David Baird Sr.
Francis Ford Patterson Jr. - Al Matthews - W. Penn Corson - Charles A. Wolverton
Clinton L. Bardo - Col. George L. Selby - Daniel Silbers

Camden Courier-Post * August 2, 1929

Robert Brice - Charles A. Wolverton - Dr. Sara Donnell Wolverton 


Camden Courier-Post * October 23, 1931

Political Paragraphs

A. Harry Moore, Democratic candidate for governor, is scheduled to speak at the meeting of Gloucester Democrats in the city hall there next. Wednesday night. The meeting will be in charge of Mayor J. Emerson Jackson and the county Democratic committee.

Gloucester Republicans tonight will hold a rally at the headquarters of the city committee, 104 North King Street.

The Polish-American Women's Citizens Club, in its recent resolution pledging support to David Baird, endorsed a candidate for the first time in the club's six-year history, according to Mrs. Priscilla Ciechanowski, secretary. The club is two to one for Baird, she said. Other officers are Mrs. A. Bec, president; Mrs. H. Stojak, vice-president, and Mrs. A. Skierska, treasurer.

A huge new sign, in vivid lettering, has appeared on the east side or Admiral Wilson Boulevard, south of Baird Boulevard, urging a vote for Baird November 3. It is one of the largest campaign signs in Camden County.

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton is appearing almost everywhere with Baird. The congressman is one of the gubernatorial nominee's ablest campaign advisers. He was with the candidate at the Trenton convention of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association Wednesday.

David Tattersdill, Broadway merchant, is among the latest members of the Speakers' Bureau at Republican headquarters, Broadway and Stevens Street. He is one of the organizers of the Forty-second Street Baird Boosters' Club.

Seventy-two hundred applications for challengers were received Tuesday afternoon, the deadline, by the Camden County Board of Elections. Of the total, 4000 were for challengers for Republican candidates and the remainder for Democratic candidates, including those seeking office as governor, freeholder, justice of the peace and various borough and township offices. No Socialist or prohibition applications for challengers were filed here.

Joseph A. Varbalow, former assistant prosecutor, was so eager to read Moore's speech he had to borrow a cent from Chief of County Detectives Lawrence T. Doran to buy the Morning Post.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931


David Baird, Jr., Republican nominee for governor, will make his final appearance in the current election campaign Monday night, in his "own home town," when he will address a monster rally at the Hebrew Republican League, at the Talmud Torah, 621 Kaighn avenue.

The Hebrew league reorganized formally at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor, was elected president; Sig Schoenagle, Samuel Shaner, Israel Weitzman, vice-presidents; L. Scott Cherchesky, secretary, and Samuel Label, treasurer.

Trustees of the league include Hyman Bloom, Mitchell E. Cohen, Benjamin Friedman, Jacob L. Furer, Isadore H. Hermann, Carl Kisselman, Edward Markowitz, Louis L. Markowitz, Harry Obus, Maurice L. Praissman, Samuel Richelson, Meyer L. Sakin, Julius Rosenberg, Jacob Rosenkrantz and Jack Weinberg.

In addition to former Senator Baird, speakers at the Jewish rally will include Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, Republican state committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Benjamin Golder, of Pennsylvania, and State Senator Samuel Salus, of Pennsylvania.

Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931

5,000 Expected to Hear Candidate at Convention Hall in Afternoon

David Baird and Governor Morgan Larson will be the principal speakers this afternoon at a rally of more than 5000 Republican workers and other Baird supporters at Convention Hall.

Walter S. Keown, chairman of the Camden County Republican Committee, and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, State committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee, will preside at the rally.

E. Bertram Mott, chairman of the State committee; Representative Charles A. Wolverton and other State and county leaders are expected to attend.

Workers from all sections of the county are expected at the meeting. Reports received at Republican headquarters will be made to the workers on the progress of the campaign.

 Leaders in Baird's campaign for election as Governor said last night that reports from various sections of the State show increasing Baird strength in Democratic strongholds, principally Hudson county. They said his popularity throughout the State has increased materially in the closing days of the campaign, as­suring his election by a large margin.

"Voters are intelligent and they have been able to see through the smokescreen the Democratic speakers have created in desperate attempts to blind them to the real facts," said Mrs. Verga. "They have been informed of the scandalous conditions in Hudson County, and they will, make certain next Tuesday that the Hague stranglehold will not reach to other sections of the State.

"The increasing strength of Baird throughout the State has made his opponents frantic, and they are resorting to desperate means in a futile effort to turn the tide. They are aware that the citizens of the State do not intend to be hoodwinked by promises and will vote for a man who truly has their interest at heart, and will do all within his power to advance the cause of the State and its citizens. He has demonstrated his ability and sincerity many times, not only in the interest of the people of South Jersey, but for citizens throughout the State. 

“I am confident he will be elected by large plurality and will be the greatest Governor in the history of the State.".

Camden Courier-Post - March 19, 1932 

Wolverton Hits At Dry Charges
Solon Answer Attacks for Supporting Beck Referendum

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton of Camden; made it plain yesterday that he will not permit dry leaders to attack him for his vote on the Linthicum-Beck resolution to go unanswered.

Two attacks were made on him yesterday, Rev. James K. Shields, state superintendent of the Anti­Saloon League, referred lo him as a speckled trout. Dr, Grafton E. Day, vice chairman of the New Jersey State Prohibition Committee inferred that an earlier statement by Wolverton explaining his views was untrue.

"I am preparing a reply to Dr. Shields and in it I will tell a few things of interest to the voters”, Wolverton declared, “As for Dr. Day" the congressman said, "sincere but n1istaken.”

Vote Surrender

 Superintendent Shields said in his attack on the Congressman:

"Messrs. Wolverton, Perkins and Eaton, who were supported by the drys on their past records or personal pledges, did not wait for even a majority of one branch of congress, and that the wetter of the two, before they ran up the white flag,

"If referendums to the people are so sacred, why were not these men willing to submit their opinions to a referendum of the people of their districts before lending their influence to the promotion of the wets' program '? Had they been willing to do this and been elected, no dry would have any right to complain.

'Dry As Ever’

 “A letter this week, from one who voted Mr. Wolverton in his last election, speaks of how the congress­man resented being questioned by one who asked him his stand on prohibition, saying: I am just as dry as I ever was."

Of course, no one can deny that it raises the query- how dry is that? -for his vote, as well as that of Perkins and Eaton, counted just as much as the vote of Beck, Linthicum, Tinkham or LaGuardia in promoting the wet program.

"Furthermore, it is interesting to see how quickly the Association Against it the Prohibition Amendment has added to its string of fish these three, fine, speckled trout from New Jersey." 

Dr. Day’s letter

Dr. Day sent the following reply to the Congressman:

"I am in receipt of your letter giving your reasons for joining the wets. Knowing you as I have for 30 years I am not surprised nor do I blame you. Prohibition as we have had it, is discredited, but I am disappointed with your alibis.

"Of course you quibble as to what President Hoover said and you forgot that he said that he was for the 18th amendment and wanted it to succeed, but that is a small matter with politicians.

"Of course also you know that your statement 'this method is the only legal and constitutional way now available by which the will of the people can be ascertained' is not true.

"In addition for purpose of your own you seem to forget that ours is a representative government and that the 'consent of the governed' is obtained by and through our represen­tatives, but I'll not argue this. As you know there has been no real effort on the part of the Republican party in Camden to enforce the prohibition law. As you know saloons are licensed and these saloons by common knowledge sell intoxicating liquors, are in fact speakeasies,

"That other speakeasies and worse places exist is also common knowledge.

"Thus the bootlegger, the gangster, the racketeer, the kidnaper, is encouraged and grows out of this lawless speakeasy protected by the Republican party and its representatives.

"Knowing these facts it is fair to assume that, as one of the inner circle of the Republican party you have approved the speakeasy and its attendant products, the bootlegger, etc., which has brought all law into disrespect or contempt. Since you are not willing to wage a fight to support the prohibition law, you propose in effect to surrender to the lawbreaker and become lawfully 'particeps criminis' with the liquor seller,

"That's quite an easy way out. If I had thus encouraged such lawlessness as exist in Camden and had been able to get away with it for years, I suppose that I too, would follow the line of least resistance and become a champion of the wets.

"The wets are rejoicing over your coming to them openly. The prohibitionists are to be congratulated that you with the other two formerly dry Congressmen from New Jersey have aligned yourself with your party as wet.

"Your action perhaps more than any other thing that could occur in South Jersey, has shown the real drys, the prohibitionists, the utter hopelessness of non partisan prohibition.

"Had your party enforced the law in Camden and elsewhere, there would have been no demand for its repeal.

"The shameful, studied and purposeful betrayal of prohibition by the Republican party constitutes one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of our country.

"Prohibition has been betrayed, Prohibition has not yet been tried. Your party has scoffed at and scorned the law. Good riddance to you and your kind.

"If the people will now elect prohibitionists, prohibition will yet prohibit.".  

Camden Courier-Post - March 28, 1932


Washington March 27.— Alfred Beardsley, 2992 Constitution road, Camden, N. J ., who served in the Spanish-American War and who has been on pension for several years, has been granted the maximum federal limit as a result of favorable action on a petition presented by Congressman Charles A. Wolverton.

Another resident of Camden, Chester Burnett, 710 Spruce Street, a veteran of World War service, has been granted disability allowance, Wolverton, sponsor of Burnett's petition, was advised..

Camden Courier-Post * June 1, 1932

Joshua C. Haines - Isabella C. Reinert
Elizabeth C. Verga -
David Baird Jr. - Walter Keown
Frank B. Hanna - Etta C. Pfrommer - Howard B. Dyer
William D. Sayrs Jr. - Lottie B. Stinson - Anna G. Holl
Mrgaret Wermuth - Carlton M. "Cy" Harris
J.C. Remington -
Charles A. Wolverton
Carl Kisselman - Edward Deibert - L. Scott Cherchesky
William E.A. King - J. Claud Simon
T. Phillips Brown - J.H. Reiners -
Rocco Palese
Morris Praissman - George R. Pelouze
Albert S. Woodruff - Clay W. Reesman
William Wimer -
Horace G. Githens
J. Wesley Sell - A.C. Middleton




Robert Brennan - Marie Mackintosh - William H. Heiser - Mary McCready
James Corea - Susie Marchiano - James E. Tatem - Mary A. Ivins
Martin A. McNulty - Madeline Salvatore - Howard B. Dyer - Mary S. Hartung
Edward A. Kemble - Mary D. Guthridge - Edmund A. Walsh - Mamie F. Piraine
Edward Holloway - Deborah Schuck - Henry I. Haines - Lillian M. Walker
Horace B. Beideman - Etta C. Pfrommer - Carlton M. Harris - Mary E. Hamel
Henry Knauer - Louella I. Whaland - Jesse M. Donaghy - Lottie B. Stinson

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1932

Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932

Charles A. Wolverton - Frank Simpson - Howard Street
Lester C. Hillman - Mary A. Hillman



Camden Courier-Post
June 10, 1932

Charles A. Wolverton
Karl W. Schwering




Camden Courier-Post - June 11, 1932

Charles A. Wolverton - William P. Cotter - Mt. Ephraim Avenue

Camden Courier-Post
June 17, 1932

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


Camden Courier-Post - June 18, 1932

Charles A. Wolverton - William P. Cotter - Mt. Ephraim Avenue

Camden Courier-Post * June 18, 1932

The Directors: A. D. Amhruster - S. C. Childs - Edward B. Humphreys - Edward E. Shumaker
F. Morse Archer - Elias Davis - Henry H. Lippincott - Frank C. Somers - David Baird Jr.
Burleigh B. Draper - Albert C. Middleton - Frank L. Starr - Ralph D. Baker - Isaac Ferris
William T. Read -
J.B. Van Sciver Jr. - Killam E. Bennett - LeRoy A. Goodwin
William W. Robinson - Lawrence M. Verga - Rudolph W. Birdsell - Eugene F. Haines
Charles W. Russ - Oliver C. Willits -
William T. Boyle - William D. Sherrerd - Charles A. Wolverton
First Camden National Bank & Trust Company

Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1932

Charles A. Wolverton - William P. Cotter - Mt. Ephraim Avenue


Camden Courier-Post - April 29, 1933


Charles A. Wolverton - William Amberg - Joseph Markley - Jermiah Bennett - William Miller - Daniel Rivkin
William Copeland - Leon McCarthy - George Foos - Harold Walters - Sterling Parker - Louis Frost
William Fryer - Frank Bain - John A. Mather Camp, United Spanish War Veterans

Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933


Washington, June 4.-Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, of Camden, N. J., a Republican, voted with the solid Democratic majority for a resolution to have the Civil Service Commission and federal departments in­vestigated to determine why certain states, including New Jersey, are not receiving their proper quotas of civil service jobs.

Introduction of a table showing the number of U. S. appointments allocated to each state and the number each now has, disclosed states near the District of Columbia and a few others having as many as five times their quota, while more distant states in some instances had only a fractional part.

In the case of New Jersey, it was found that the allocation is 1089 jobs, whereas there are only 406 persons from that state in the federal service in the classifications concerned.

"I voted for the investigation because I want to see New Jersey residents get their fair share of employment in the government service," was Wolverton's only comment.

Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933

Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
Military and Civic Organizations Parade in
and Join Services Addressed by Clergy and Congressman Wolverton

More than 2500 persons attended a joint veterans memorial observance in Convention Hall which followed a parade of veterans and civic organizations yesterday afternoon.

To the martial strains of bands and bugle corps, the participants marched from Fifth and Cooper to Seventh Street; south to Haddon avenue, then to Line Street and the Convention Hall.

The parade was headed by a squad of motorcycle police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon F. Ivins, Jr.

Then came the massed colors, National Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans, John J. Pershing Camp No.9, United War Veterans, Gen. John A. Mather Post No. 18, Spanish War Veterans with their fife and drum corps and the Clara E. Waller Auxiliary; Posts 518 and 980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their bugle corps; Mt. Ephraim Junior Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps; Public Service American Legion Post and bugle corps; Westmont American Legion Post and bugle corps; 50 Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs. Mary E. Hewson; Elks color guard and the Salvation Army and band.

G. A. R. Vets In Line

Three veterans of the G. A. R., in flag-draped automobiles, participated in the parade. They were John W. Coleman, 76, of 31 North Thirty-fifth street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry; William A. Morgan, 93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown Infantry, and Leonard L. Roray, 89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New Jersey Cavalry.

Ceremonies at Convention Hall opened with advance of the colors to the stage and invocation by Rabbi Nachmann Arnoff.

Rev. Charles Bratten Du Bell, former chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a memorial address, taking as his subject the career of General "Stonewall" Jackson.

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment this Summer.

Criticizes Veteran Cuts

He attacked any plan for balancing the national budget which does so at the expense of the veterans.

"There are two ways to balance the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the money from the veterans and federal employees. The other is to require wealth to help."

American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services and rituals also featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont, pronounced the benediction. C. Richard Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was master of ceremonies.

The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whylings, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies.

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933

South Jersey Veterans Congratulate Wolverton

Two South Jersey veterans organizations last night congratulated Congressman Charles A. Wolverton for his stand on pensions in the present congressional fight.

He received the following night letter:

"Camden Post, 980, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the South Jersey Federation of Veterans admire and appreciate your stand in regard to veterans legislation as expressed in your speech in Convention Hall, Camden, on June 4, and we feel sure in the belief that you will stand until the battle is won.

By order of

HENRY G. ARMSTRONG, Post Commander.
Attest WILLIAM E. HILBMAN, Adjutant.

A similar telegram was signed by Ruliff A. Marshall, chairman of the federation, and Hilbman as secretary.

Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933

Wolverton Urges Boost in Veteran Allowances

Washington, June 6.-Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, of Camden, N. J., opposed adjournment of Congress until there is an upward revision in benefits for World War veterans, and in the pensions payable to others.

Under the economy bill, the administration proposed to effect savings which would necessitate 50 percent slashes in the compensation for some grades of disabled war veterans, and lesser to others in the service connected class, while all non-service connected cases would be stricken from the files.

Although there was strong opposition to this program when the ap­propriation for the veterans' administration was before the House, the original proposition carried. In the Senate, however, an amendment was adopted to limit the President to 25 percent cuts.

This action will require appointment of conferees on the part of each body of congress. If the conference does, not reach an agreement, members of the House will have another opportunity to vote on the measure. Congressman Wolverton was not prepared today to state whether he would consider a 25 percent limitation to be sufficient assurance to the veterans or whether a stricter limit should be voted.

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1933


Karl W. Schwering, of 322 Haddon avenue, Collingswood, has successfully completed his first year work as a cadet at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schwering will spend a few days with their son, and attend the academy's graduation exercises. 

Karl was appointed by Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and entered the academy last July 1.

Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933


Washington, June 11 - The White House compromise on war veterans' benefits, as delineated to date, is not satisfactory to Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, of Camden, N. J. 

The rebellious congress, surprised at the drastic reductions in compensation and pensions proposed under the schedule announced by Budget Director Lewis Douglas, has been told the President is agreeable to limiting reductions in service-connected cases to 25 percent of the amounts now being paid, and permitting those now being compensated under a presumption of service connection, six months in which to establish the fact that their disabilities are due to the war.

Congressman Wolverton, sponsor of dozens of bills under which veterans of the Spanish-American War benefit, is much interested in this angle of the bill. It is expected that he will withhold his support unless there is a change in the regulation requiring veterans under 62 years of age to prove service connection. It is impossible to furnish such proof after the lapse of nearly 35 years and in view of the inadequate medical records kept in the war of 1898, he claims.

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933

Part of Program Broadcast; Italians Extend Greetings


Europe was transferred to Third and Arch Streets last night, musically, vocally and spiritually, if not physically, when the "All-Nations Revue" was presented by C. Harold Lowden, noted Camden organist and composer, as one of the series of "indoor camp meetings" being conducted by Wiley Mission. 

The event was held in the old mail sorting room of the former federal building, and a portion of the program was broadcast over WCAM, utilizing the new broadcasting apparatus recently installed in the room converted into an auditorium. During the program, Rev. John S. Hackett, pastor of Wiley M. E. Church and founder and superintendent of the mission, 
announced receipt of a letter from the assistant secretary of the treasury department, in charge of public buildings, extending to Wiley Mission permission to use the old post office building for an other year. Use of the building was obtained through Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, he 

Prior to the broadcast, Rev. Ella Nace, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania,  spoke for the "camp meeting" portion of the program. Before the mission "went off the air," Rev. Nace sang a hymn in Pennsylvania. Dutch. 

Bernard Poland, a member of the National Male Quartet, and associate of Henri Scott in concert and operatic work, directed the singing and also sang a tenor solo. Greetings from the Italian residents of Camden were extended by Rev. A. M. Galloppi, pastor of Italian Baptist Christian Center. William Viehweg sang a German song. Mrs. Blanche Goodwin, colored, sang "Nothing Between," a typical Negro spiritual.

Brevity of the broadcast prevented the mission presenting all selections Lowden arranged. Plans for another "All-Nations Revue" will be made by Lowden. 

The large auditorium of the mission was filled with representatives of many nationalities, the largest crowd since the "Indoor camp meetings" started last Monday night. 

Tonight's program will be in charge of a delegation from the Philadelphia Highway Mission and Jail Workers. The delegation will be headed by a band. 
Tomorrow night Rev. Hackett will preach on "Open Sunday vs. the Working Man," as the climax to an all-day meeting which will be held in the church in the morning and afternoon, and at the old post office building in the evening. 

Monday night has been set aside for the postal workers when "Welcome Back" night will be held. The clerks and carriers will present their own program, and the oldest men in point of service in each branch will be honored. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933 

Wins Honor


Youngest in Course at Princeton to Receive A. B. Degree 
Donnell Knox Wolverton, 20, son of Congressman and Mrs. 
Charles A. Wolverton, was graduated with honors yesterday 
at Princeton University. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, the youngest graduate in his course.

Wolverton was a member of the university glee club, was 
active in promoting political discussion and forming political 
clubs at Princeton. He organized and was president of the 
Republican Club of the university, and last year he delivered a nationwide radio address from New York City under the 
auspices of the National Student Council, emphasizing the 
advantages of promoting political thought among college 

Wolverton was also active in the Wig-Clio Debating Society of Princeton. He lives at 2 Oak Terrace, Merchantville. 

In connection with his regular course, he also took a course in military science, graduating with honor, which entitles him to a commission in the Reserve Officers Corps, Artillery Unit. The granting of his commission as a Second Lieutenant, however, must necessarily await his twenty-first birthday in October. 


Son of New Jersey congress- man, who graduated from Princeton yesterday with high honors.

In the fall, Donnell will take up the study of law either at Harvard Law School or the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933 


Edward S. Arentzen, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Arentzen, of Stratford, has entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland through appointment by Congressman Charles A. Wolverton. Young Arentzen entered 
on June 12. 

He was an honor student at Haddon Heights High School in the graduating class of last year, and later took a short course at Temple High School.

Camden Courier-Post  - June 22, 1933

Kean and Barbour Also Coming to Affair for Reesman and Mrs. Verga

Former Ambassador Walter E. Edge today sent word to the committee in charge, that he will speak at the reception and dinner being given June 29 to Commissioner Clay W. Reesman and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga in honor of their election as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Camden County Republican Committee.

In addition to Ambassador Edge, United States Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour have accepted invitations. Others on the speaking list are: Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, member of the Republican State committee from Bergen county; former U.S. Senator David Baird, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Registrar of Deeds Joshua C. Haines and Assemblywoman Isabella C. Reinert, retiring chairman and vice chairman of the county committee.

The reception is being held at the Walt Whitman Hotel, with tickets being distributed through county committee members. 

Camden Courier-Post  - June 23, 1933

Requires 21 Lines in Congressional Record to Tell Life's Happenings 

 Washington, June 22- Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, of Camden, leads the New Jersey congressional delegation in point of space utilized to record his autobiography in the new congressional record, just off the press, while the state's only woman representative, Mary T. Norton, of New Jersey, was a close second. 

Wolverton required 21 printed lines in the book to record the events which he considered proper for the purpose of a biographical sketch. Mrs. Norton filled 20 lines. 

The honors for brevity go to Congressman William H. Sutphin, of Matawan, who has the shortest biography in the entire boo, reading as follows: "William H. Sutphin, Democrat, of Matawan, N. J." Senator Hamilton F. Kean, of Elizabeth, utilized 16 printed lines, as against six used by Senator W. Warren Barbour, of Locust Point. 

The autobiographies range all the way from the one line length employed by Congressman Sutphin to upwards of 50 lines; some record high points of their political careers only, realizing it is generally known that the subject of the sketch is its author, while many others are of a type illustrated by that of Congressman F. H. Shoemaker, of Minnesota, who refers to himself as "the stormy petrel of Minnesota politics," and "an uncompromising fighter against special privilege and has a reputation for tipping over and wrecking political machines."

Camden Courier-Post  - June 23, 1933

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton commented on the passing of Clara S. Burrough, long-time principal of Camden High School:

"I greatly deplore the fact that Miss Burrough has passed away. She was a wonderful leader. I was among her first students at Camden High School, graduating under her in 1897. To her I owe much of my success. I had a warm affection in my heart for her. She aided the faculty and school to attain greater heights. Her devotion to the Camden school system was a monument to education 'of 'our city." 

Camden Courier-Post  - June 29, 1933

Stokes, Kean, Barbour Listed for Fete to Reesman and Mrs. Verga

 A testimonial dinner will be given tonight by the Camden County Republican Committee in honor of party leaders with former Governor Edward C. Stokes as principal speaker.

Those to be honored are Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of the county committee and state committeewoman; Assemblyman Isabella C. Reinert, former vice chairman; Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, new chairman of the county committee, and Joshua C. Haines, register of deeds, the retiring chairman.

Other speakers will include Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, national committeewoman from Bergen county; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton; former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., U. S. Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour and E. Bertram Mott, state chairman.

State Senator Albert S. Woodruff will be toastmaster. Carlton M. Harris, chairman of the dinner committee, said last night that reservations have been made at the Hotel Walt Whitman for 500 guests and the committee is swamped with applications.

Other members of the committee in charge of the dinner are William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer, and Mrs. Pauline Caperoon, secretary.

Camden Courier-Post  - June 29, 1933

Anti-Trust Charges Against Warner Brothers May Go Over Until Fall

 Arguments will be heard tomorrow in U. S. District Court here by Judge .John Boyd Avis on fixing a date for the resumption of hearing testimony against Warner Brothers and 13 subsidiaries in a suit charging violation of anti-trust laws.

The suit to restrain Warner Brothers interests was filed in Federal court last .January by the Victoria Amusement Company, independent owners of a chain of theatres in Camden and vicinity. Joseph Varbalow, part owner of the company and counsel, will ask the court to fix July 5 and 6 as days for taking additional testimony in the case, which has been postponed several times.

A. Merritt Lane, Newark, counsel for the Warner Brothers interests, will object to further testimony being taken until September. In affidavits filed with the court yesterday he states that he understood the case was not to be reopened until the Fall and he has arranged to take a Mediterranean cruise beginning July 1.

Actual trial of the case has not been started as Warner Brothers have filed a bill of appearance, contending Judge Avis lacks jurisdiction in the matter because the contracts for New Jersey theatres owned by the defendants are signed in home offices in other states. Lane contends the New Jersey, theatres merely apply for picture contracts and they do not become legal until approved by the home office in New York.

Lane lost a legal skirmish when Judge Avis refused to permit the transfer of the case to the U. S. courts in New York for the taking of testimony.

The Victoria Amusement Company ,contends that Warner Brothers interests exercise an unlawful monopoly and restraints in distributing 100 motion pictures. It is charged favoritism is shown Warner Brothers theatres over independents, in violation of the Sherman and Clay antitrust laws.

Thirteen subsidiaries of' Warner Brothers and, Albert Warner have been cited to appear tomorrow by Varbalow, who will have Congress man Charles A. Wolverton and Harvey F. Garr, as associate counsel. Among the defendants are the Stanley Company of America, First National Pictures Distributing Corporation, Vitagraph, Inc., First National Pictures, Inc., Warner Brothers Theatres Inc., and Stanley Company, of Camden. A number of secondary defendants are mentioned. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933

Among Guests and Speakers at G.O.P.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Proud of Own Legislators

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

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

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

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

"Whose Legislature?' Stokes declared:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doubts Roosevelt Plan

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

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

Congressmen Defend F. D. R.

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

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

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

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

Economy Bill

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

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

Won on G. O. P. Votes

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

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

‘Pay Tribute’

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

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

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

Two future booms were launched.

Mrs. Verga for Senator 

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

In response Wolverton laughingly said:

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

Wolverton's address follows:

‘Cites Relief Jigsaw’

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

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

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

Defends Administration

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

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

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

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

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

Warns Of Criticism

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

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

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

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

“No Place for Politics”

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

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

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

Baird also declared he would support the president.

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

Sales Tax Urged

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

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

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

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

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

Edge Sends Regrets

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

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

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

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

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

Woodruff Toastmaster

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

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

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

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 Schillcr, 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 DeNicoli 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
March 10, 1934

John McTaggart
South 6th Street
Sixth Ward Republican Club
William Mills
Monte Bessor
Frank S. Van Hart
David Baird Sr.
Charles A. Wolverton
Albert S. Woodruff
Elizabeth C. Verga
Michael Durkin
Theodore Guthrie
George Chambers
Joseph Leonard
Howard B. Dyer
John Breslin
Mary Hartung
Marie Doyle

Camden Courier-Post - September 2, 1935

Says Merit of Guffey Bill Justified Passage, Irrespective of Court Action

Constitutional arguments before a test case has been settled by the Supreme Court, have no place in debates on legislation affecting the public welfare, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton said after his return from Washington Saturday.

The ('congressman referred to the Guffey coal bill in particular, passage of which he urged in the House before adjournment last week. Wolverton has received a letter from William Green, president of the A.F. of L., thanking him far his support of the measure. 

While there may be a question of constitutionality, Congressman Wolverton said there was no question of the merit of the Guffey coal bill, which the President signed Friday, to relieve disgraceful working and living conditions of soft coal miners.

The duty of Congress, he contended, is to attempt to relieve the conditions, and not argue on constitutionality. If the Supreme Court finds the law unconstitutional, Congress than has at least done its part, he stated.

Quote From Speech

Congressman Wolverton quoted as follows from his argument at the time of the bill's passage, as recorded in the Congressional Record:

Mr. Speaker, the legislation now under consideration seeks to remedy a condition that adversely affects the welfare of thousands of workers their families and dependents. While there is a. difference of opinion as to the constitutionality of the act, yet there is no difference of opinion as to the meritorious purpose of the legislation. 

The unfavorable living and working conditions of those who labor in our coalmines has in some localities approached a disgrace. Time and time again the attention of the nation has been directed to these unwholesome conditions through prolonged efforts of mine workers seeking to correct them. No one in this House can plead ignorance of their existence. Nor will anyone deny the propriety or the duty of Congress to better such conditions by appropriate legislation.

Opponents Offer No Remedy

"Those who have attacked the proposed legislation and charged that it was unconstitutional, do not offer any remedy in its place. I cannot believe that our constitution, designed to protect the general welfare, has left us impotent to remedy a condition acknowledged to be detrimental to the welfare of such a large portion of the people.

"It is the that eminent 'constitutional lawyers, both in Congress and out of Congress, have expressed differing views; with aspect to the con­stitutional features involved. Some have argued that the proposed legis­lation is clearly within the purpose and intent of the constitution and within the power of Congress to enact. Others have argued with equal sincerity and ability to the contrary.

Who is right? Who is, wrong? Mere difference of opinion as to its constitutionality does not make it un­constitutional in fact. The binding answer can be made only by that great tribunal set up by the constitution, and which through our en­tire history as a nation has assumed the right to determine the constitutionality of acts of Congress- the Supreme Court of the United States.

 Leave It to Court

 "Furthermore, the fact that there has been so often a divided opinion in the court itself when passing upon constitutional questions, and, the right' of congress to enact certain legislation, inclines me to the opinion that when there is a wrong to be remedied, or a right to be as­serted, there is sufficient justification for congress to act. If the Supreme Court subsequently upholds the constitutionality of the desired legislation then the good sought thereby is an accomplished fact. If, however, the court holds otherwise it may at least by its decision indi­cate the course that might consti­tutionally be followed by congress in future legislation. The sole duty of congress is to provide legislation which to the best of its ability, recognizes established principles previously laid down by the court. When it is a new path that is be­ing trod the difficulty may be greater, but this does not of itself justify a refusal to act until there is a unanimity of favorable opinion.

"Therefore, being convinced of the need of this particular legislation, at this time. I shall cast my vote for its enactment. If its constitutionality shall hereafter be questioned, and the court shall find it to have been within the right of congress to enact such legislation then I shall be happy in the thought that I have made my contribution to an effort to improve the living and working conditions of a class of workers who are sorely in need. If, however, it should be found otherwise by the court, then I all1 conscious that in my, effort to help those in need, I have at least done no harm to others.".

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Fleet Adequate to Defend U. S. And Maintain Peace Urged by Wolverton in Navy Day Speech 
Congressman Praises Theodore Roosevelt for Interest in Nation's Marine Forces; Parade And Dinner Conclude Celebration in Camden

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, in an address yesterday commemorating Navy Day, urged the United States to 'maintain a navy of sufficient strength and effectiveness for the adequate defense of the nation.

The address featured a program sponsored by the officers and enlisted men of the Second Battalion, U. S. Naval Reserves, for the observance of the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the U. S. Navy.

The program was concluded last night with a parade of the battalion, followed by a dinner and entertainment at its headquarters, 715 Pine street. More than 200 took part in the ceremonies.

In his address, broadcast over WCAM, Congressman Wolverton praised the efforts of former President Theodore Roosevelt to develop the sea forces of the nation and said it was "particularly appropriate" that October 27, the anniversary of his birth, should be set aside for the observance of Navy Day. Due to the day falling on Sunday this year, programs commemorating it were held throughout the nation yesterday.

"As the American Navy in the past has never been other than an instrument in the hands of the people to foster and maintain peace," Congressman Wolverton said, "so with confidence I have faith in its future usefulness because I continue to have faith in the peaceful purposes of America.

"The primary purpose of the Navy is to maintain peace. It never declares war, and when war is declared the power of the Navy is used to re-establish peace at the earliest possible moment.

"Time and again the strength of our Navy has prevented war. It never provoked war. To give the Navy additional strength will make more certain our own peace and the peace of the world.

Hit Propaganda

"Notwithstanding the peaceful aims and ambitions of our nation throughout the entire period of its existence, there are those in our midst many of whom are misguided by untrue and unpatriotic propaganda to which an adequate navy would be interpreted throughout the world as an intention upon the part of the United States to enter upon an aggressive policy, and that there could be no other result except to provoke a spirit of war.

"Is it possible that any one within the boundaries of this country, and especially those who claim citizenship herein, could be so unappreciative of the true spirit of America as to believe that any such warlike spirit dominates their fellow countrymen when their representatives in Congress merely seek to provide for our national security?

"Although America is a peace loving nation, yet, there is a distinct obligation to ourselves and to the peace of the world, that we shall maintain, within treaty limits, a navy sufficiently strong and effective as will deter any other less peacefully inclined nation, from disturbing either our own peace or that of the world.

"The United States Navy is the most potent and influential factor in promoting and maintaining peace and insuring its blessings to ourselves and those of the weaker nations of the earth, who look to us for protection and security."

Mayor Frederick von Nieda and Commander O. M. Read, U. S. N., officer in charge of the Fourth District Naval Reserves, were the guests of honor and principal speakers at the banquet.

Lieut.-Commander George W. Keefe, U. S. N. Reserve, commanding officer of the battalion, acted as toastmaster.

Mayor von Nieda expressed pleasure at the development of the Camden battalion and the success of efforts in the last legislature to obtain an appropriation for the erection of a new armory for the battalion on the Cooper river near Admiral Wilson Boulevard.

Battalion Praised

Commander Read praised the officers and men of the battalion for the efficiency of their organization and predicted with the increased facilities the new armory would afford, that the battalion would rank with the best of the naval militia.

A program of entertainment, lasting more than an hour, was presented by entertainers from the studios of Camden and Philadelphia radio broadcasting stations.

The United States Navy has led the way in aviation research, Gov. George H. Earle said in an address before several thousand persons attending a Navy Day program in Philadelphia.
The governor, who commanded a submarine chaser during the World War, pointed out that the functions of the navy were many and varied.

"Navy Day," he asserted, "is set apart each year to bring to the attention of the people of the United States the function of our navy in the maintenance of national defense As citizens it is our duty to know something about the navy, so that we may know why we need a navy and why it must be maintained in efficient condition.

"Experimental work performed by the navy, led to the development of metal aircraft construction, and now metal construction is the recognized standard."

Governor Earle said that "not only has the navy blazed the trail across the Atlantic, but it also sent a squadron of patrol planes from San Francisco to Hawaii."

Four members of the Camden City Commission attended the launching of the destroyers Cassin and Shaw at the League Island Navy Yard. They are Mayor von Nieda, Commissioners Mary W. Kobus, George E. Brunner and Frank J. Hartmann Jr.

Immediately after the launching the keel of the new cruiser, U. S. S Wichita, was laid on the No. 2 ship-ways. The keels of the Cassin and Shaw were laid in October, 1934. The Wichita is the eighteenth of the "flyweight" cruisers built by the United States under the provisions ot the London naval treaty of 1930.

Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the navy, was the principal speaker of the launching of the two destroyers.

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

On All Fronts


Third Ward—Third Ward Republican Club, 432 South Third street.
Fifth Ward—First Italian Republican League, 813 South Fourth street.
Sixth Ward — 506 Chestnut street.
Twelfth Ward — 300 North Twenty-seventh street.
Fourteenth Ward—2523 Morgan boulevard.
Third Ward — Gloucester, Broadway and Powell street.
Lindenwold—Garden Lake Republican Club.
Runnemede — Legion Hall, Clements Bridge road
Winslow Township — North Tansboro School House.

Mrs. Frederick von Nieda, wife of the mayor, will conduct one of nearly 100 parlor meetings to be held simultaneously throughout the county tomorrow afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock, women will gather in each voting district to hear radio appeals from Station WCAM in behalf of the Republican candidates.

Mrs. von Nieda's parlor meeting will be at her home, 3309 River avenue, and is open to all women residents of the Eleventh ward. She is expecting 200 guests.

An elaborate program has been arranged for tomorrow afternoon's radio hour, including musical entertainment and oratory.

On the program will be Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and Mrs. Florence Baker, members of the Republican state committee; former United States Senator David Baird, Jr., and the candidates: Albert E. Burling for state senator; Edwin G. Scovel, J. Claud Simon and Henry M. Evans for assembly; Mayor Joseph H. Van Meter for sheriff; Dr. Leslie H. Ewing for county clerk, and Joshua C. Haines for register of deeds.

Musical interludes between the oratory will be furnished by WCAM String Ensemble and guest soloists.

In addition to the broadcast on Wednesday, there will be radio programs this afternoon at 3.30; Thursday afternoon at 3.20; Friday afternoon at 3.30; Monday afternoon at 3.30 and Tuesday afternoon (Election Day) at 3.30.

Camden Courier-Post - February  8, 1936 

Reserve Officers Plan 6th Military Reception, Ball

The sixth annual military reception and ball under the auspices of the Reserve Officers' Association will be held at the Hotel Walt Whitman next Friday, February 14. Honor guests will include officials of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard of the United States and of the reserve corps of New Jersey, Philadelphia and vicinity.  

Congressman and Mrs. Charles A. Wolverton, Mayor and Mrs. Frederick von Nieda, Rear Admiral S. Robison, U.S.N., (retired) and Mrs. Robison, Brigadier General Cyrus S. Radford, U.S.M.C., (retired) and Mrs. Radford: Commander George W. Keefe, U.S.N.R. and Mrs. Keefe and Col. E. O. Howell, Jr., commanding officer of the 309th Infantry, and Mrs. Howell, will be among the honor guests.

Jack Wright will conduct the Penn Troubadors in providing music for dancing the grand march which will be held late in the evening. A reception in honor of Admiral Robison will follow.

The committee for the reception and ball is composed of the following: Capt. Henry Rosenfeld, Jr., of Mt. Holly, chairman; Capt. Luther M. Mkitarian and Lieut. E. Bernard Weaver of Camden, president of the local chapter of the reserves association; Lieut. John B. Ward of Chews Lieut. William DeH. Washington, of Riverton; Lieut. Robert Creighton, Lieut. Roy Evans, N.G.N.J., Ensign Robert Winkel of Audubon; Ensign Garold A. Moneysmith of Westmont; Lt. Chas. Richardson and Lieut. John Neath of Haddonfield.

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Charles A. Wolverton to Nathan Rosengarten 
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Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938

V. F. W. Post Auxiliary Stages Party for 16th Anniversary
Parents of Three World War Heroes Honored by Women of Mathews-Purnell Unit;
Mrs. Kobus Lauds Civic Work of Organization

Sixteen years ago the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mathews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was instituted. Last night the "coming out party," as the occasion was described by Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Director of Public Safety, was celebrated by the women and the soldiery of the post.

The affair had a dual importance, as it was not only the birthday of the auxiliary, with guests from the various parts of the State in attendance, but three gold star mothers were guests of honor.

Two of those, gray-haired, solemn and maternal, were mothers of the heroes who died in France and for whom the post was named. With these gold star mothers were the fathers of these same lads.

The parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mathews and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Purnell, while the fifth member of the group, the third mother who gave up her son, is Mrs. Louise Atger.

Parents Receive Honors

As the names of these parents were called the entire gathering arose and stood in silent tribute.

The event was at O'Donnell's restaurant, Thirty-ninth and Federal streets, and John Mullin, of Atlantic City, past department commander, was toastmaster.

Mullin cited the affair as "the 16th wedding anniversary" of the auxiliary, as the speaker declared the auxiliary had married the post on that day 16 years ago.

Mrs. Kobus  was the first speaker.

She is an honorary member of the auxiliary.

"This night marks your entrance into society" said the commissioner, facetiously, "for whenever a girl gets to be 16 she puts on a new dress, comes out and starts to step out. I hope 'that you will always work with the post as harmoniously in the future, as you have done in the past.

"On behalf of the City of Camden I want to congratulate the auxiliary and also to welcome the distinguished guests who are visitors tonight from other parts of our state."

Mrs. Mildred Reed, president of the auxiliary, extended the welcome of the organization and congratulated the committee headed by Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, past president, for the manner in which they had functioned to make the dinner such a success.

Commander Lauds Women

Associated with Mrs. Mungioli on the committee were Mrs. Minnie Martin, Mrs. Anna Jackson, Mrs. Betty Donlon and Mrs. Helen J. Cholister.

Charles Hewitt, commander of the Mathews-Purnell Post, extolled the women for their aid to the men, remarks which were emphasized by Freeholder Raymond G. Price, of the Eleventh ward, also a past commander of the post.

"It is only fair to say," declared Price, "that it has been the women who have kept our post together. There have been times when we were ready to disband, throw up the sponge, but always the women stepped into the breach then, and carried us through the stress, emergency and trouble and kept the post alive."

Mrs. Florence Stark, past national president, who instituted the auxiliary 16 years ago, marveled, she said, at the manner in which the growth and influence of the auxiliary had so far expanded and extended.

Mrs. Stark also told of the meeting of the national defense committee which she had attended in Washington, and informed the members that Congressman Wolverton had delegated Mrs. Stark to present his regrets that official business detained Wolverton at the national capital.

County Organization Praised

Frances Fullam, introduced as a "Hudson County Democrat" recited the experiences she had known as she went on tour of the state with the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently.

"I want to say," asserted the, speaker, "that the turnout in Camden county was the best in the staff and that the county has every reason to feel proud of the strength and influence which it exerts in the ladies auxiliary in New Jersey."

Mrs. Hazel Hines, Camden county president of the auxiliary, extended her congratulations as did County Commander Charles Franks and others, including Mrs. Maud Ryan, of Atlantic City, Mrs. Catherine Corbett of Pennsauken, and Mrs. Carrie Bean, senior vice president of the Department of New Jersey.

Mrs. Mungioli was then called upon to congratulate her fellow workers for their unstinted help in making the affair the signal success which every speaker emphasized.

Mrs., Joseph Snyder led the gathering in singing "The Star Spangled Banner,"


Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938

Washington in Review

By C. A. Wolverton

During the past week the subject of National Defense has taken a place of importance that is shared only with the business problems facing the country.

The Navy appropriation bill that carried substantial sums for replacing obsolete ships of war, as well as providing some new ones, together with the President's declaration that a necessity exists for our nation to further increase our naval, army and air forces, has created this condition of increased interest in our national defense, Particular interest attaches to the naval arm of our defense because the Navy is considered, and properly so, our "first line of defense."

The question of whether our Navy should be increased in size and efficiency raises the further question- If we do so, will it promote peace or provoke war? There can be no question more vital to the welfare of our people than one which raises, directly or indirectly, the question of peace or war.

Those who favor an increase in the size of the Navy do so upon the basis that additional strength given to the Navy will be additional protection against nations less peaceably inclined than ourselves. Those who oppose the increase do so because of a belief that to provide such additional strength will tend to create the spirit of war within our own Nation, or provoke other nations to the belief that we have an intent to engage in war.

Peace Our National Desire

This nation throughout its entire, history has given unmistakable evidence of a desire to follow the paths of peace. We have constantly endeavored to promote peace and good will among the nations of the world. We have led in every movement to substitute arbitration and other conciliatory methods for settlement of differences among nations. We have sought time and again to bring about limitation of armaments. We have by precept and example advanced the cause of peace. There is no desire among our people more pronounced than that for peace. It is the very heart and soul of America.

Those who claim that our desire for peace can only be truly and properly evidenced by a policy of disarmament, in whole or part, over look the purpose and intent with which we provide strength to our Navy. If the purpose or intent with which it is done determines whether it is right or wrong. If the purpose is to enable the Nation to become an aggressor and wrest from weaker nations territory or to accomplish other unworthy ends, it is wrong and deserves the condemnation of all peace loving people. If, however, there is no such ulterior motive and no other purpose than to provide national security against possible aggressor nations who may seek to disturb our peace, then it is right and with no apologies due to anyone.

There can be no honest doubt as to the high purpose and good intent with which this Nation makes provision for naval strength. To doubt the true purpose and intent with which it is done is to doubt the honesty of the heart and soul of America. To do so would be to attribute to America the same unworthy motives that have actuated certain other nations in the course they have pursued in recent months. As long as the desire of our people is for peace, the Navy will never be other than an instrument for good.

China Neglected Defense

Responsibility to provide adequate national defense is increased as we consider the dreadful ravages of war now being experienced by China. Without provocation or any justifiable cause the people of that peaceable nation are being scourged by the hand of a tyrant power without conscience and intent only upon destruction, with no thought other than to conquer and take unto itself the land of another.

The unfortunate condition of China today is the result of a failure upon its part to provide an adequate national defense. Had it done so there would be peace and not war in that land today. The logic and reason of those in our own land who advise decreasing our naval and military forces as a means to promote our national peace, is destroyed in the face of this awful catastrophe in China. If such logic or reasoning is correct then China, a peace-loving nation with no navy, should be enjoying peace today and feel assured of it for all time. Not until Japan and other aggressor nations are peaceably inclined can any nation depend upon its mere desire for peace as a sufficient means to preserve its peace and national security.

National Duty

With turmoil, wars and rumors of war throughout the world our nation cannot longer fail to recognize the dangers that are lurking about us, nor is there any justification for failure to provide adequate national defense in these troublesome times. A failure to do so invites war, but national peace can be made more certain and more sure by making our Navy, as the "first line of defense," so strong and efficient that no nation will dare to challenge our desire to remain at peace.

With confidence in the peaceful intention of our people and knowledge that the purpose of providing greater strength for our Navy ·and armed forces is to promote peace not war, there is not only a pronounced and favorable attitude upon the part of Congress to assume and fulfill its responsibility to protect and preserve our national security but a sense of right and justification in so doing.

Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1938

Eastern Area Neglected in Its Provisions, He Says in Washington

Washington Feb. 8.—Farmers in the eastern section of the United States are "the forgotten men" when Congress legislates in the field of agricultural relief, Representative Charles A. Wolverton of Camden, said today in pointing out that the new farm bill means "absolutely nothing" to the tillers of South Jersey.

“There seems to be an impression in the minds of those who draft our bills for farm relief that farming exists only in the south, the midwest, and the west; there never is a thought for agriculture along the Atlantic seaboard,” the Camden legislator protested.

That condition, he explained was responsible for the fact that New Jersey agriculture, through its organizations and by individual expression, opposed the bill now before Congress. There is a possibility, but only a slight one be added, that the soil-preservation program embodied in the new bill may be helpful to Jersey farmers, but he predicted the government’s experts would find it difficult to devise better methods for conservation than are now practiced in the state.

Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1938

Happenings in Washington

By Charles A. Wolverton

The fog of uncertainty that obscures the Administration's policy for rehabilitation of distressed busi­ness is no less in its denseness than that which surrounds our national policy in foreign affairs.

In this time of international turmoil and uncertainty with one-fourth of the world's population engaged in war, it is natural that our people should be greatly concerned with respect to, our foreign policy. Consequently, the question "What is our foreign policy?" is continually being asked and no satisfactory answer has yet been given. The President is the only one who can speak authoritatively. To him is given the authority under the Constitution to initiate our policy with foreign nations. Up to the present time the President has refused to say any­thing more illuminating than "Everybody knows what it is." Unfortunately "nobody" knows. It is that lack of knowledge that causes the question to be asked and is creating the constantly growing fear that we may eventually become involved in some entangling alliance that may lead to serious conse­quences.


That this sense of fear is not without basis is made evident; by Charles A. Beard, the most outstanding historian in America; who is now in Washington engaged in writing the third volume of his book "Rise of American Civilization." In the February issue of Events, a magazine devoted, to foreign affairs, he has written an article entitled "Roosevelt's Place in History," in which he says, "Hovering over the scene is the prospect of war," and then in discussing the President's attitude, he states, "Believing that he is under moral obligation to help decide the age-long quarrels of Europe and Asia, President Roosevelt has resisted every effort of Congress and the country to impose limits on his powers of Intervention abroad. More than this, he has managed to destroy the letter and spirit of the first neutrality legislation and to acquire for himself almost dictatorial powers over American economy in relation to diplomacy and war by the Neutrality Act of 1937. He would not have, done this unless he believed that he was bound to help pass on the righteousness of foreign quarrels and intended to use all his powers, old arid new, for such interventionist purposes." In view of the many protestations of the President against war there is naturally upon the part of some a hesitancy to accept this analysis of his international philosophy in its entirety even though expressed by such an informed and recognized authority as Dr. Beard. It does nevertheless indicate that in the minds of thoughtful people there is some justification for the fear that is the outgrowth of the President's refusal to definitely declare the policy to be pursued in foreign affairs.


A feeling of concern has been ap­parent since the President delivered his famous speech at Chicago, last Fall, in which he spoke frankly and openly against "aggressor" nations and the duty of the United States to '''quarantine'' such nations. What was meant by the term "quarantine" he did not make plain either then or at any time since. It has nat­urally created the thought that it might include something aggressive in character as distinct from purely defensive action. It could very easily mean something different than our "defense of our own land" policy. It is this uncertainty as to its real meaning that creates a feeling of fear or concern. All of this uncertainty could be quickly dispelled if the President would make known what is actually in his mind, and, l1articularly if he would give some definite assurance that there is no intention to adopt any course of action or policy that would be other­wise than strict neutrality.


A further element that has directly influenced and increased the interest of our people in ascertaining the future foreign policy of the Administration has been the proposal recently submitted to, Congress, by the President, for an $800,000,000, armament program. Hearings on the bills that, have been introduced to make it effective are now being held. Con­gress is definitely in favor of whatever is necessary to provide adequate national defense. This attitude is undoubtedly in accord, with the desire of our people. But there is an equally pronounced unfavorable attitude toward any expenditures that would create military or naval strength beyond what is strictly necessary from a defensive standpoint. It therefore becomes a matter of great importance to determine whether our naval forces are to be hereafter employed for "defensive" purposes only, or, be extended for use as a "quarantine" force against “aggressor" nations 'involved in controversies no tour own. Of course, It is unthinkable that anyone, high or low, in the nation, would contemplate the use of our navy or military forces for purposes of aggression but real concern does exist as to whether it is contemplated to make use of either for "quarantine" purposes that would take either or both beyond the area within which they would properly be used for de­fensive purposes.

There is need for a clear, frank and definite expression of policy in our foreign affairs. A recent statement on the floor of the Senate by Senator Pittman, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee is not sufficient to calm the troubled minds of our people. The circumstances require that the statement shall come from the President, and no one else.

Camden Courier-Post * February 11, 1938

Fox Heads Affair; Drive for Members Stressed; Contribute to Red Cross

Plans are being formulated for the fourth annual military ball by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to be held Armistice night, November 11. County Commander Charles B. Frank, at the meeting of the Camden County Council of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on February 4, named  Harold Paul, Fox chairman of the event.

Fox, who is chief of staff of the department of New Jersey, spoke on the membership drive being staged nationally by the V. F. W. and of the benefits that have been accomplished through legislation for the veteran and his department which could not have been otherwise brought about except through the representation of the membership of the various veteran organizations, Fox said.

Senior Vice Commander Conrad F. Holzermer, of the council, who is chairman of the membership drive in Camden county, appeals to all ex-service men in the city and county of Camden who served either in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, China, Mexico, Vera Cruz, France, Germany, Russia, Santo Domingo or Nicaragua to contact any post or member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who will gladly explain the benefits he eventually derives in later years through his membership in this veteran  organization.

In answer to the appeal of the American Red Cross for the relief of the civilians in war-torn China, a check was mailed to the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross to be used for such relief. 

Want Jersey as Name

Camden Post No. 980—Plans were laid for the coming "Poppy Drive" and Commander Sutton withheld the appointment of the chairman of this committee until next meeting.

Commander Sutton appointed Wm. E. Hilbmann as chairman to arrange for a tribute to those who lost their lives on the U. S. S. Maine that was blown up with the loss of 266 officers and men in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, in 1898, on next Tuesday night. All post officers and men will assemble at post quarters for this ceremony.

The post adopted a resolution to be sent the U. S. Navy Department and to Congressman Charles A. Wolverton that one of the new battleships be named after the State of New Jersey.

Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938

Annapolis Principal

Walter Esworthy Awarded Chance to Enroll in Naval Academy

Walter W. Esworthy, Jr., of 1454 Haddon avenue, has been designated irincipal to take entrance examinations to fill a vacancy at the United Hates Naval Academy, Annapolis Md.

Esworthy, named by Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, will take the tests in March and if he passes 
will enter the academy in June.

Esworthy is 19, the son of Walter H. and Grace B. Esworthy. He graduated from Camden High School in 1936 with a scholarship for a year's course at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Finishing the course, Esworthy entered Brown Preparatory School for six months for a preparatory course in view of the coming examination.

Edgar A. Robie, 18, son of the late Lieut. Edgar A. Robie, U. S. N., retired, and Mrs. Sarah Margaret Robie, was named by Wolverton as first alternate. Robie will enter the academy if he passes the tests and Esworthy fails.

Robie graduated from Collingswood High School in June,


1934. He is now studying chemical engineering at Drexel Institute.

Others named are Willard Lloyd Nyberg, 426 Harding avenue, Woodbury, second alternate, and Edward Louis DuBois, Woodbury, third alternate.

Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938


Congressmen Charles A. Wolverton and Elmer H. Wene will be guests of honor at a testimonial dinner to be given next Thursday night in honor of Freeholder John Daly, of the First ward, in Convention Hall.

The affair also will celebrate Daly's seventy-sixth birthday. Clarence E. Moullette is chairman of the banquet committee.

Other guests, according to Moullette, will be U. S. Senator John Milton, of Jersey City, and a representative of Senator William H. Smathers.

Moullette announced he and Daly Thursday visited Marvin McIntyre, secretary to President Roosevelt, at the White House, Daly used the opportunity to plead the cause of Tom Mooney.

Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1938

Montana Chieftain to Send Son as Envoy to Testimonial for Freeholder

Chief Rain-on-the-Rump, whose tepee is pitched in Medicine Hat, Montana, is expected to send his son as an envoy when John Daly, First ward freeholder, is feted on February 17. The banqet will be held in Convention Hall and is expected to be the largest occasion of its nature known in Camden in years.

Daly was showing the letter, which he said had come from his old friend and sachem in Montana, and said he would make the Redskin welcome with an Injun war-whoop.

The pemmican which will be spread before the chieftain and others who gather will comprise a menu which paleface and aborigine alike might relish.

Clarence E. Moullette, chairman of the banquet committee, reported the list of guests will comprise a real Who's Who in Camden. Invitations have been sent to Congressmen Charles A. Wolverton and Elmer Wene, Gov. A. Harry Moore, | Senator John Milton, Senator Robert M. LaFollette and others, prominent in national and state politics. Mayor George E. Brunner and his fellow commissioners will represent the city, while the Federal, state and municipal judiciary also will be represented.

Freeholder Andrew J. McMahon will be toastmaster, while a new position, honorary toastmaster, will be conferred on Frank H. Ryan, managing editor of the Courier-Post newspapers.

Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938

Happenings in Washington

By Charles A. Wolverton


There is no more indication, today, of the policy to be pursued to meet and solve the conditions that have brought about the "recession" in business than there was when Congress convened in special session three months ago.

While it is true that in recent weeks many conferences have been held at the White House between the President and representatives of "big" business, "little" business labor and others adversely affected by the "slump," yet, aside from expressions of a most general character no definite policy or plan to remedy present conditions has been announced and both Senate and House continue to "drift."

If conditions showed a tendency to improve there would be some excuse for a "do-nothing" policy, but, unfortunately conditions are growing worse. The Department of Labor in its most recent report shows that unemployment is continually increasing and today there are approximately 11,000,000 unemployed workers. This is greater than a year ago. It is almost as great as when we were in the deepest depths of the depression. There must be a reason. Whatever it is needs attention.

There is no justification for Congress to "drift" any longer. There was a time when in an emergency such as this Congress through its numerous and responsible committees would have tackled the problems in an endeavor to find a solution. Policies would have been advanced and witnesses from the four corners of the nation and representing all parties in interest would have been heard—and, then after full consideration the committees, within their respective jurisdictions, would have proposed legislative measures to meet the situation. But, today, either because of 
timidity, or, an unwillingness to assume the leadership that is rightly its privilege as well as its responsibility we find Congress "drifting" along in the face of conditions that are becoming more serious every day.

It is time for Congress to assert itself as the law making body of the nation and enact legislation that will answer the need and provide the remedy.


These two items of legislation constitute the only matters of major importance that have been completed, or nearly so, since the convening of Congress in special session, November last.

The Housing bill is an honest and sincere effort to provide relief for the sorely distressed building industry. It has sought to attack the problem from many angles. Provision has been made to promote large scale projects and also to encourage building of smaller developments as well as individual homes. In addition to this there is also the slum clearance and government subsidy program to improve living conditions in the distressed areas of our cities and larger towns.

The liberal terms upon which these building enterprises can be financed, as well as a government guarantee of the mortgage indebtedness to the amount of 80 to 90 percent 
according to the cost of construction, is calculated to make possible worthwhile building developments both large and small throughout the country. No one denies, however, that the extent to which the act will prove beneficial depends largely upon the 
willingness of lending agencies to advance the necessary funds.

The farm bill, with its drastic provisions for crop control in the production of wheat, corn, rice, cotton and tobacco, is a compromise between differing provisions of the farm bills the Senate and House approved at the end of the special session of Congress last December.

The National Grange stated its opposition to the new bill in a letter addressed to all members of Congress, wherein it was claimed —"the major provisions of the bill call for a degree of governmental control and regimentation that is wholly unnecessary and that is incompatible with all our best American ideals and traditions—it affects the rights and liberties of both producers and consumers." Under a "gag" rule, that 
permitted no opportunity for amendment, the bill was pushed through the House by the Democratic leadership despite charges of "regimentation" and disaster to dairy and other farmers than those engaged in raising the five favored crops provided for in the bill.


These two questions are linked together and continue to command attention in both Houses of Congress. There is a feeling that notwithstanding the assurances given by Secretary Hull that there is no understanding, express or implied, (1) with Great Britain relating to war or possibility of war, (2) the use of the Navy of the United States in 
conjunction with any other nation, and (3) that the United States Navy, or any part thereof shall police, or patrol, or be transferred to any particular waters', or any particular ocean, yet, it is recognized that there might of necessity have been a different answer had Secretary Hull been confronted with the following questions: (1) Is the United States pursuing a parallel course with Great Britain, looking to the safeguarding 
of international treaty rights in China? (2) Is the United States, because of mutuality of interests involved, maintaining diplomatic contact, including constant and confidential interchange of views with Great Britain? (3) Have the naval authorities of the two countries taken the precaution of consulting each other as to what might, could, would or should happen in the Pacific with a view to possible action that would serve the joint purposes of the United States and the British Empire?

Each day it becomes increasingly apparent that there will be a strong and insistent demand in both Houses of Congress that there shall be a complete clarification of our intended foreign policy, particularly with respect to the Far East, before the program to increase our naval and military forces is finally adopted.

Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938
Committee Goes in Huddle on 'King Successor-Comes Out With Headache


There isn't a whole lot of patronage available for the Camden county Republicans these' days, but they're fighting like cats about it, anyway.

Wednesday was Headache Day for the G. O. P. patronage committee. The committee met for the purpose of picking a successor to William A. E. King on the county elections board. The net result was plenty of names, plenty of arguments, no successor. 

Among those there at various times were David Baird, County Clerk Leslie H. Ewing. Mrs. Florence Baker, Louis Bantivoglio, Frank Middleton, Mrs. Margaret Wermuth, Mrs. Mary Tegge, Mrs. Anna Holl, Assemblymen Lawrence Ellis and Millard Allen. Other members of the committee, such as Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Senator Albert E. Burling and Assemblyman Rocco Palese, could not get there. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna could get there and did at 3 p. m., when the meeting was supposed to start. But he left at 3.35 p. m. before the session had got under way. 

A Baird Order 

It was reported that the meeting broke up with the general idea that Meyer L. Sakin, local attorney, would be recommended for the job. This, however, was decidedly not a unanimous opinion and, according to some quarters, not even a majority decision. It would be more proper to characterize it as a Baird order. 

It was rumored that Mrs. Tegge, Mrs. Wermuth and Mrs. Holl opened the hostilities by suggesting that King be allowed to succeed himself. But Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker vetoed this-rather enthusiastically. 

Then Mrs. Holl, it is understood, was asked whether she would support George Walton, a fellow townsman from Haddonfield, but she refused. It is reported that Hanna has suggested Walton for the post and that Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker are willing to support Walton. 

The real fireworks began when William Lehman, manager of the county Republican headquarters, declared that Baird had promised him that none other than William Lehman was going to get the job. It appears that Lehman will soon be in need of the job, as the county committee is now voting on whether to discontinue maintaining the headquarters and Lehman. 

Lehman Let Down? 

But it appears that Baird didn't t put up much of a fight Wednesday in Lehman's behalf. So another net, result of the meeting is that Baird and Lehman were walking s on opposite sides of the street yesterday. 

Hanna was asked yesterday whether Sakin had been recommended. 

"Yes, I understand they went a on record for Sakin, but I don't know that officially," asserted the state committeeman. "I got there at 3 o'clock, but nobody wanted to start things. It looked like they were just waiting for Dave Baird to come and tell them what to do. I had some legal papers to get out so I had to leave." 

Another report being circulated yesterday was that Baird wants to put Lehman in the job held by Harry F. Ecky, First ward Republican. Ecky is a registrar for the county election board. His was one of the most popular appointments made in recent years, by the Republicans. Both he and Victor Scharle, Democratic registrar, are not only popular but their work has been universally recognized a extremely efficient. ..

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

F.R. Sends Best Wishes as Civic Leaders, Friends Laud Freeholder

Green were the shamrocks from his own native Athlone that filled the big silver loving cup, and the First Citizen of the United States sent his best wishes to the First Citizen of North Camden, so John  Daly had a birthday party last night without precedent in Camden social functions. 
The freeholder from the First ward, arrived at 76 years, broke his own rule and crowded himself into the first evening dress he said he ever wore. 

Political Camden, Republican and Democrat alike, came out to make a fete for the veteran official, and to cap the climax, this was the first banquet in the history of the city that played to "Standing Room Only."
So many wanted to come to do honor to Daly that Convention Hall was jammed with 750 guests. 

Baskets of Flowers 

John was lauded in song and story, and then was presented with flowers, four huge baskets of them. The First Ward Democratic Club gave their freeholder a silver loving cup, suitably engraved, and Katherine Janice, 9, told the guest of honor how much he was esteemed by the members of the club and people of the ward. 

The guest table was thronged with the bigwigs of politics and the sachems of parties. They were introduced in turn and several of' them spoke, but the yells and the shouts and the greetings and the gifts were all for "good old John  Daly." 

Clarence E. Moullette, president of the First Ward Democratic Club, opened the program and introduced Freeholder Andrew J. McMahon as toastmaster. Mayor George E. Brunner was the first speaker and he told of the valor and strength John  Daly had in politics, and the love shown him on every side. 

Then Brunner had the toastmaster spring the grand piece of the evening, a letter of regret read even before those from Senator John Milton, Governor A. Harry Moore, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Elmer Wene and others.

President 'Regrets' 

This birthday message came from the White House and read as follows: 

"The President has asked me to express his regret that it will not be possible for Mrs. Roosevelt and himself to accept the invitation to be present at the testimonial dinner in honor of Mr. John  Daly

"Will you please convey the President's greetings" and 'best wishes to your guest of honor." 

Mrs. Mary E. Soistmann, former Assemblyman Bartholomew A. Sheehan and Henry D. Young, Jr. director of WPA, followed Brunner with congratulations. 

McMahon then introduced celebrities to take a bow. 

Then the guest of the evening stood up, and the ovation he received almost rocked Convention Hall . With tremors in his voice, Daly thanked everybody. 

Mrs. Kobus completed the program when she declared John  Daly "had given her more trouble, asking help for people, than any other 23 citizens of Camden.' 

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

Congressman Says U. S. Jobs Lost by Treaties With Foreign Nations

Restriction of reciprocal trade agreements with foreign countries to prevent competition with -American made goods was urged by Congressman Charles A. Wolverton in a speech in Congress as a relief to the present unemployment situation. 

"The seriousness of the situation 1 can be readily understood when it is remembered that the report of John D. Biggers, director of the unemployed census, to the President last November: indicated there was at that time approximately 11,000,000 unemployed," Wolverton said. "When there is added to that number the additional 3,000,000 the President estimates have lost their jobs in the succeeding three months, we have the astounding total number of 14,000,000 unemployed at the present time.

"It is my desire to make some reference to the ever increasing unemployment due to our nation entering into reciprocity trade agreements with foreign nations. Such agreements have a direct bearing upon unemployment. They create unemployments. The purpose of the Administration reciprocity policy is to build up our foreign trade. It sounds good and in theory it is good, provided it applies only to goods we cannot manufacture or raw material we do not possess. In practice, however, it has not proved beneficial to our American workers or farmers because the agreements already entered into have made it possible for foreign products, manufactured or produced by under-paid labor abroad to enter our country at reduced tariff rates and thereby undersell American made goods, manufactured or produced by our own workers who are paid a much higher wage, based upon the American standard of living. 

"During the last few years numerous agreements of this kind have been entered into that have seriously affected and proved highly detrimental to many long established industries. The result has been the laying off of thousands of workers throughout the nation. 

"At the present time the Secretary of State is negotiating a trade agreement with Great Britain which is causing grave concern because of the probability that it will further adversely affect our American industries and. increase' still further our number of unemployed. Importation of manufactured goods and farm products from abroad have now reached an amount so large as to challenge the wisdom of continuing such a policy.

"Whatever may have been the good intent that actuated the Administration in pursuing its reciprocity policy, the result has proved so unsatisfactory that it should be discontinued unless confined to those goods and products we do not produce in this nation. Otherwise, the number of unemployed will continue to increase and many American industries find it more difficult to survive."  

Camden Courier-Post
February 19, 1938

Walt Leopold & his Orchestra
John A. Reynolds
George H. Brunner -
Samuel M. Shay
Charles A. Wolverton
Hotel Walt Whitman
Matthews-Purnell Post 518, V.F.W
Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion


Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1938

Gordon Mackay - David Baird Jr. - Charles A. Wolverton - Louis Bantivoglio
Frederick von Nieda - Millard F. Allen - Wilfred Forrest

Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1938
Quinlan and Hartmann Urge Plot at 38th and Federal Be Cared For

Improvement of Johnson Cemetery at Thirty-eighth and Federal streets was urged by Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan. and City Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann at a meeting of the Twelfth Ward Republican Club, 2709 Westfield Avenue

Quinlan said the Negro cemetery is in a rundown condition and that 80 percent of the bodies buried there are those of Civil War Veterans. 

"The cemetery is covered with weeds and tombstones are overturned. It is a shame and I have appealed to the government. through Congressman Wolverton, to have the condition remedied," Quinlan said. 

Hartmann said he did not know Quinlan had been working on that problem but that he also was acting. 

"I was asked by the American Legion to aid in, remedying the appearance of the cemetery," Hartmann said, "and we are working on a plan by which the bodies would be removed to another cemetery and this lot would be used as a park." 

Hartmann also declared he hoped that in the near future the city could acquire the plant of the New Jersey Water Company to provide cheaper water for the Eleventh and. Twelfth wards. Those are the only wards not served by the city. 

He described his campaign to clean up the streets by asking the co-operation of citizens in putting out their ashes arid other refuse and declared the separation of the ashes and paper would make it possible for the city to sell that refuse at a profit. 


Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1938
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The President continues to refuse to be "smoked out" on what constitutes our foreign policy. This fact, together with the refusal of Japan to give any information concerning its Navy building plans, has had a tendency to create additional concern. As a result the demand is more insistent that the president clarify our foreign policy and the relation, if any, that exists between his proposal for an increase in naval and military armament and any obligations or responsibilities that we are under with anyone or more foreign nations.

The demand to be informed in these particulars is not based upon partisanship. Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress are backing the demand. The members of Congress are well aware that the people of the nation do not want war or any entangling alliance with any foreign power that may lead to war. 

It becomes increasingly difficult to understand the administration's policy of "secret diplomacy" in the face of the widespread interest and the apparent concern of our people. 

There is no thought nor desire to handicap the President or make his already heavy burden in this respect any heavier or more difficult, but, the people are not unmindful of what transpired preceding our entrance into the World War. The campaign for the Presidency, immediately before our entrance into that war, had been won by the use of the slogan the kept us out of war." Notwithstanding the evident desire of our people to remain outside that conflict, scarcely a month after the inauguration of the President we were in the war. It is well understood now that even during the time when the slogan was being effectively used, as a determining factor in the campaign, the conditions were such that our entrance was inevitable. With this experience of the past still fresh in the minds of many of· our people, the demand it this time for full information from the President as to his future foreign policy is both natural and justified. 

The whole situation in this country and abroad would be greatly relieved if the President would make a full and complete statement of the aims, purposes and policies to be pursued, and, until the President makes plain what he meant by his demand that "aggressor" nations should be "quarantined," and, the part he expects this nation to take in the "quarantine," foreign nations will be suspicious and our own people continue to be uneasy. 

Ever since Congress convened in special session in November last, Administration leaders have sought to minimize or refute statements that the nation was in the midst of a serious recession, or, as it seemed to some, another "depression." 

During the past week, however, Congress was faced with facts that left no doubt that it was "a condition and not a theory" that had to be faced. The President in his message to Congress said: "according to the best estimate available at this time it appears that, during the past 3 months, approximately 3,000,000 persons have lost their jobs with private employers."

The House Committee on Appropriations in its report requesting additional funds for relief purposes said: "Commencing in October and the months which have followed, there has been a precipitous decrease in employment in private industry and a correspondingly sharp increase in unemployment. 

This decrease in employment and decline in private industry, has been the sharpest ever recorded in 'the history of our country and while at the present time it, appears that the situation is static, the committee has received no information that would lead them to believe that there was, in the near future such an upturn in business conditions as would justify the appropriation of a lesser amount than that requested." 

These admissions from the highest Administration sources, namely, the President and the Democratic Appropriations Committee leaves no doubt that the "recession" is a condition and not a theory." 

The picture is even darker when it is realized that the report made to the President in November, last by the director of the Unemployment Census Commission, showed 1l,000,000 unemployed at that time. And, if we add to this the 3,000;000 whom the, President estimated have lost their jobs during the last three months we have an astounding total of 14,000,000 unemployed. This is larger in number than at any time during the "depression," even the dark days of 1932 and 1933. While the greatest distress is to be found in industrial centers, conditions in some farming communities also are serious. The Farm Security Administration now is providing direct relief for 150,000 families and making relief loans to 358,853 families and reported 25,000 additional families are in dire need of direct relief and 65,000 additional 'families in need of loans. Thus, the total number of farm families receiving assistance or in need of assistance totals 778,000 which means more than 3,000,000 people. 

As evidence of the endeavors of states and localities to cope with this serious problem of need arising from unemployment the funds that, have been provided from these sources have arisen from approximately $150,000,000 in 1930 for all relief purposes to well over a billion dollars the past calendar year"  


Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941
100 Little Folks to Be Guests on Sgt. Ray Smith's Birthday

More than 100 crippled children from this vicinity will be entertained at the seventh annual Sgt. Ray Smith's crippled children's day and birthday party, next Monday.

The party, an annual affair, is staged by the Elks' crippled childrens committee and the Sgt. Ray's birthday party committee.

The youngsters will meet at the Elks Home, 808 Market street, and will be taken to Clementon Park in buses where Theodore Gibbs, manager of the park will throw open the entire facilities of the park for the crippled children, staging a special show in the after­noon. A luncheon will be served at the park by the committee.

At four o'clock the youngsters will be taken to the Silver Lake Inn where a special amateur show will be staged on the lawn by the crippled children themselves. A sports entertainment will be staged by Otto O'Keefe, of the Veteran Boxers Association of Philadelphia, then dinner arranged by John E. Weber, proprietor of the Silver Lake Inn. During the dinner hour the youngsters, will be entertained, by talent from Philadelphia and nearby night clubs, with Otto O'Keefe presenting the acts.

After the children's party, a dinner will be served in honor of Sgt. Ray Smith, on his 46th birth­day.

Officers of the Crippled Childrens Committee headed by Smith include Homer H. Lotier, treasurer, and A. Lincoln Michener, secretary. Mrs. Florence A. Lovett is executive secretary.

The party committee is headed by Carlton W. Rowand and Charles W. Anderson. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna is the treasurer. 

Those who have been invited to attend are Mayor George E. Brunner, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, Firmin Michel, Albert E. Burling, Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the Board of Education, George I. Shaw, Mary W. Kobus, director of Public Safety; Dr. Henry J. Schireson, Camden county freeholders Robert Worrell, Mrs. Alice Predmore, S. Norcross 3rd, members or Veterans of Foreign Wars of Camden County Council and many business men and civic leaders.

Ladies of the Elks' Auxiliary who will assist with the children throughout the day are: Mrs. Alice Heck, president; Mrs. Sarah Austermuhl, Mrs. Reba Crawford, Mrs. Emma Vandergrift, Mrs. Tillie Weber, Mrs. Helene Sauerhoff, Mrs. Anna Rose, Miss Emma Lee, Mrs. Sallie Moore, Mrs. Marion Holdcraft, Mrs. Etta Preisendanz, Mrs. Eva Poland, Mrs. Lena Jantzen, Mrs. May Talman and Mrs. Irene Berg.

Camden Courier-Post * July 4, 1941
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Separate Air Force

Introduction by Senator McCarran of a bill to create an independent air force co-ordinate with the Army and Navy as arms of defense, has served to revive a long and bitter controversy dating back to the stirring days of General William Mitchell, former head of the Army Air Corps. The fact that many of General Mitchell's theories regarding the Importance of air power in modern warfare proved to be prophetic has strengthened the determination of his supporters and others to make a vigorous fight in the present Congress for the "Stormy Petrel's" pet proposal, an aerial striking force wholly apart from the traditional land and sea forces.

Proponents of a separate air arm reinforce long-standing arguments, based on the Mitchell school of thought, with what they earnestly contend is new and convincing evidence presented by developments in the European war, They point to successes scored by Germany's, Luftwaffe and by Britain's Royal Air Force to prove that wars of today and those of the future wm be won or lost in the skies by air forces functioning independently of, but in close co-ordination with, mechanized troops on the ground and naval units at sea.

Indications are that the administration will oppose any drastic statutory change in the present Air Corps setup on the ground that it would throw n monkey wrench into the national defense machinery at a critical time. Certainly no harm can come, however, from an impartial, thoroughgoing restudy of air strategy, tactics and administra­tion in the light of the emergence of air power as a vital factor in the new order of warfare prevailing today.

Threatened on Shortage         

The United States government is studying steps to end a threat of all shortage on the eastern sea­board. Secretary Ickes stopped shipment of oil to Japan, and later a ban was placed on all exports from Atlantic ports. Orders were given also for the switching of a number of tankers from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen oil transportation to the eastern States.

These measures should prove beneficial. Obviously there is no sense in shipping oil from the east to Japan or anywhere else at a time when an oil shortage in the east is threatened. But such measures alone will not solve the problem.

Strong speeches in Congress have scored the administration for letting a situation arise where any part of the country was threatened with a shortage of oil solely from a lack of transportation.

There is no shortage in the oil supply. There is an abundance for both domestic needs and the demands of the defense program. If a shortage should arise in the east, it will be due solely to lack of foresight in the adjustment or creation of transportation facilities. This lack should be remedied at once.

Daylight Saving

The effort to enact national daylight saving is gaining more and more attention in Congress.

Daylight saving time originally enacted as a World War economy measure, does indeed promote con­servation, a fact taken into due account when this country approved a nationwide observance, During our participation in the war, fuel economy was essential, just as it is now becoming neces­sary again in behalf of the national defense program. In fuel alone, according to the estimates of the United States Fuel Administration, 1,250,000 tons of coal were saved in 1918 by pushing the clocks ahead.

Other benefits, proponents of daylight saving emphasize, have to do with electric power conservation; with the morale of the people; with gardening, important in In­creasing food production: and with reducing the highway and industrial accident toll.

Adherents of daylight saving know they have a fight on their hands. They succeeded in 1917, that is true, but their victory was not noted for its longevity, for in 1919 Congress repealed daylight saving over the President's veto, Since then the plan has been a local and State issue. It is, however, rapidly becoming a national issue again. The OPM has been requested to make a study of it and report its findings preliminary to any congressional action.

Popular Pilots

While not generally known, Fort Monmouth. New Jersey, is the headquarters of one of our most remarkable military aviation units. Some 3600 fliers are attached to it, all in one company, each a natural born aviator who flies instinctively. They have never had a minute's instruction, yet have managed to solo early in the game and carry on without a crash ever since. They are the Signal Corps carrier pigeons. The Air Corps likes them because at a negligible cost any number of fledgling pilots may be hatched. Furthermore, they maintain their own power plant without the use of overhaul shops or ground mechanics.

Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941

Henry Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies

Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.

Services were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church.

The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.

A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.

Hundreds of men and women waited outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill, both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P. Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.  

Three trucks were required to carry the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.  

An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.

The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.

File Past Bier  

A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.

Services were conducted by Camden lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C. Richard Allen, past department commander. 

James W. Conner, chief clerk of the city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted rites at the grave.  

Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, and Rhone came early and remained throughout the hours of viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.

Embraces Widow, Daughter  

Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her daughter. Mrs. Kobus embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner. They were in tears.  

Three firemen and three policemen maintained a vigil as a guard of honor. They were Patrolmen Jack Kaighn, George Weber, and William Deery and Firemen Arthur Batten, Warren Carter and William Reed.

American Legion and V. F. W. members in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter Mertz, assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the stairways leading to the second floor.  

Freeholders Arrive  

Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and Freeholders John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino Francesconi, Stanley Ciechanowski, Earl Armstrong and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied the freeholders.

Employees of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having 150, the largest number.  

Frank A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P. Carr, superintendent of Streets; led the highway bureau employees. Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as acting director until the City Commission elects Mr. Magin's successor.

County Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City Clerk Clay W. Reesman, Fire Chief John H. Lennox and James A. Howell, chief of the city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.

Outstanding Floral Tribute

Outstanding among the floral tributes was a six-toot broken circle of varied flowers, an offering from Mayor Brunner and Commissioners Kobus, Aaron, andRhone.

A floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association. The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League of South Jersey, an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which he was the first president, was a large floral pillow.

The freeholders and county officials gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and several Democratic clubs.  

The floral tributes came in such numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.

Among prominent officials and citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P. McCord, city comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No. 10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.

Others at Bier

Others were Sue Devinney, secretary to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.

Sgt. Ray Smith, chairman of the Elks Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr. Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing Authority; Postmaster Emma E. Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the Camden local assistance board.  

Also former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D. Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J. Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski, building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.

Oliver H. Bond, housing manager of Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph Varbalow, acting city counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T. Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the Camden County permanent registration bureau.  

Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr, Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.

Also John C. Trainor, member of the Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio Mecca, funeral director; Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of the county park commission.  

James O’Brien, commander of the Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.  

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951


Corporal Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518 will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a dinner with the Ladies Auxiliary in the parish hall of the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, River Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, Saturday, at 7 p, m. This will be the 29th anniversary for the auxiliary. 

The Rev. William J. O'Rourke will give the invocation, the Rev. Warren G. Jennings will say grace and Rabbi Max Weine the benediction.

Eleven Gold Star Mothers will be honored guests of Commander Irving J. Stiefel. They are Mrs. Ada Mathews, Mrs. Katherine Corbett, Mrs. Marie Hunt, Mrs. Catherine Cahill, Mrs. Harry Maisch, Mrs. Joseph Selah, Mrs. Walter Haines, Mrs. Charles Reynolds, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. John A. Gorman, and Mrs. Mary Simpson.

Other invited guests are Congressman Wolverton, Mrs. Alice Trimble, department senior vice president, Ladies Auxiliary; Mrs. Florence E. Stark, past national president; Mrs. Mary Norcross, Seventh District president; Mrs. Victoria Nicktern , president of the 5108 auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Ryan; Mrs. John J. Tischner; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Meade, Mrs. Herbert L. Stoolman, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pfrommer, Mrs. George Clymer, Mrs. Fiore Malacrea, Mrs. Warren G. Jennings, Mrs. Max Weine, Albert J. Gifford, past commander, Camden county council; Alvah S. Ward, department chief of staff; County Commander Schuler; Southern area membership chairman, and many others. 

The toastmaster will be Stoolman. Michael Mungioli is banquet chairman, and Mrs. Carrie R. Bean, past department president,  co-chairman. They will be assisted by Mrs. Victoria Nicktern, president of the 518 auxiliary; Mrs. Beatrice Fredericks, decorations; Mrs. Esther Rowan, Edna Weaver and Mrs. Theresa Mungioli, recreation, and Orris Smith, program. 

At a meeting of the post at 2712 Hayes Avenue; Stiefel welcomed two new members, Robert C. Barr, who served in the army, and Gordon Kraft, navy, in World War II. Steve Walter reported that Otto Self is ill in the Philadelphia Naval hospital. Joseph Hasher reported Edward Bossett was in Cooper hospital and doing nicely. He is in room 14.

At the entertainment last Saturday night, with "Big Time" Charlie Crane as master of ceremonies, the following sang: Dot Flanigan, "Sweetheart" of 518; Fred Falkerberger; Ann Flanigan, "Singing Waitress"; Lois "Singing Cow Girl," and Mike "Medals" Mungioli..

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1951

MARKING TWO ANNIVERSARIES Cpl. Mathews-Purnell Post, VFW, arid its auxiliary, were felicitated Saturday by Herbert L. Stoolman, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Mrs. Victoria Nicktern and Irving L. Stiefel

Congress Responsibility at New Peak, 
Wolverton Tells VFW Birthday Group

"At no time has the responsibility of Congress and the responsibility of the citizen been greater than at present," Congressman Charles A. Wolverton told an audience Saturday night celebrating the anniversaries of Corp. Mathews-Purnell post 518, VFW, and its auxiliary. 

The congressman was principal speaker at a banquet in St. Anthony of Padua parish hall marking the 30th anniversary of the VFW post and the 29th anniversary. of its auxiliary. 

Wolverton praised the leaders of the post and commended its record in community activities. He also paid tribute to the Gold Star mothers who were present as honor guests. 

Sketches Own Career 

He then sketched his own career in Congress in order to show the great changes which the country has undergone in recent times. 

"When I went to Congress," he said, "we were in an era of prosperity and then came the depression followed by World War II and the Korean situation. At no other time have I had such an overpowering sense of my responsibilities as a member of Congress as I now have. Our citizens should also be aware of the enormity of their responsibility. 

Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1955

Wolverton Sees Rohrer Making Great Senator

Congressman Charles A. Wolverton today said "that the soundness and common sense approach of William G. Rohrer to public problems, as evidenced in his platform, will make him an outstanding senator." Rohrer is the Republican candidate for State Senate.

"On returning to Camden County after a one-month tour of the capitals of Europe, including Moscow, I am deeply gratified to find on every hand a fervent enthusiasm among the people for the candidacy of William G. Rohrer for the State Senate," said Wolverton.

"What makes this enthusiasm so significant is that it is shared by both Democrats and independent voters along with Republicans. During my absence I note that an independent group has organized to promote the cause of Bill Rohrer as an outstanding citizen who will certainly make an outstanding senator. They are not interested in party labels but in a man whose good citizenship will be carried to Trenton with him.

Constructive Platform

"It is the exercise of his citizenship through the years in behalf of so many of the more unfortunate that has impressed every one with the fact that if it has been. Bill Rohrer's religion to do good as a citizen, we can have no better guarantee that our interest could not be in better hands at Trenton.

"I am pleased, too, to note in all the campaign statements by Bill Rohrer that I have read, he has not been talking politics, but has advanced a constructive platform that aims at a direct solution of the problems that must be met on the legislative level. It is characteristic of Bill Rohrer that he seeks to do things and plan the doing rather than talk about them in terms of platitudes and political promises. He was definite in describing a seven-point plan for municipal aid; he was definite in his plans to do something for the aged.

Believes In Teamwork

President Eisenhower believes in teamwork, so does Bill Rohrer. If we are to get welfare programs on the national and state level in keeping with the demands of our modern civilization, it must come about through men who can work with Eisenhower on the state level. I refer particularly to the school aid, health and highway pro­grams, which are subjects of coordinated national leadership, but which must function on the state level under state legislation.

" From the purely political standpoint we note, as Democratic members of Congress have proven, that these questions of such importance are now being fought by Democrats and will be fought by them in 1956 simply because they do not want our President to have the credit for initiating these great humanitarian achievements in government.

‘Heart In Government'

We need Bill Rohrer in Trenton when these questions come before the legislature. He should be sent there by the people to put more heart in government because we know he can do he can do it.

He has been intimately associated with the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, YWCA, Association for the Blind and with movements in behalf of the handicapped, The work he has accomplished in this field is our assurance that New Jersey government will have more heart in it with Bill Rohrer sitting in the Senate.

"One of the best ways to be a good citizen is to exercise the right of franchise. The privilege of possessing the ballot and not using it is frequently to condone the things that should be corrected in government or to withhold support for that which is good.

The candidacy of Bill Rohrer is a challenge to every citizen who has not voted in recent elections to support the high­est kind or principles for good government as typified by this most outstanding citizen of ours.

Greater Unity Seen

"Behind his leadership we can give to Camden County a strong two-party system and a greater unity of purpose in achieving maximum benefits for all in government. I urge every one to be a good citizen on November 8 by electing an outstanding citizen on that day, and to give him at the same time the support of his colleagues on the ticket, who have committed themselves to the platform and principles that Bill Rohrer has told the people will be his guide in his service to them."

Harleigh Cemetery 


July 21, 1969

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MEMORIAL PARK and plaque is dedicated at the Defense Personnel factory in Philadelphia to the late First District Congressman Charles A. Wolverton. Unveiling plaque are his grandchildren, Charles and Sara Wolverton. Congressman Wolverton was instrumental in keeping the defense factory open.