Edward Holloway


EDWARD HOLLOWAY was born in October of 1873 in Camden, New Jersey to Redden R. and Elizabeth Holloway. When the Census was enumerated in 1880, the Holloway family lived at 615 South 5th Street. Besides Edward two older children were at home, daughters Lizzie and Anna. Two older children, Harry and Florence, by this time had left home. The census notes that Redden Holloway by than was suffering from "consumption" the term then in use for tuberculosis. By 1887 the family had moved to 713 Federal Street. Reading Holloway passed away shortly after the 1888-1889 Camden City Directory was compiled. The family was still at 713 Federal Street in early 1890.

The 1900 Census shows Edward Holloway living at 415 North 2nd Street with his widowed mother, Elizabeth Holloway, and two older sisters, M. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Holloway and Anna Holloway. He then worked as a railroad office clerk. Soon after the census was taken, Edward Holloway married. Edward and Caroline "Carrie" Holloway would make their home on Trenton Avenue in Camden's Ninth Ward. 

Edward Holloway was soon attracted to politics. By 1906 he was elected freeholder from Camden's 9th Ward. The City Directory for that year shows him living at 465 "Fenton" Avenue, this is most likely Trenton Avenue.

By 1910 he had secured a position with the water department of the City of Camden. The Holloway family, which by now included daughter Emma, would remain at 465 Trenton Avenue though at least 1914. Later in the decade Edward Holloway would buy a home at 453 Trenton Avenue.

In January of 1920, the Census records show that he was living at 453 Trenton Avenue with his wife and daughter. He then worked for the City of Camden as a clerk. 

In 1927 he was appointed custodian by the Camden County Board of freeholders of the of the county courthouse. When Camden's new city hall opened in 1931, the County's annex in that building was added to his responsibilities. 

When the the Census was taken in April of 1930, Edward and Carrie Hollway still lived at 453 Trenton Avenue.

Edward Holloway passed away after an emergency appendectomy in May of 1933. His family had left Trenton Avenue by 1947.

Camden Post-Telegram
December 12, 1908

S. Linokoski - Annie Nevlin
Albert Austermuhl - Harry Foulkes
William Fithian - Louis Munyan
Louis Leigh - Edward Holloway
Walter Smith -
Crawford Smith
Charles Adkins - Hollis Lightfoot
Morris Odell - George W. Kruck
William P. Walsh
Wilfred B. Wolcott
O. Glen Stackhouse


Camden Post-Telegram
May 13, 1915

Ninth Ward Republican Association
Fourth Ward Republican Club
William Brown
Isaac Gleason
Roy A. Smith
Ulie Andrews
George L. Bender
Arthur WIngate
W.C. Davis Jr.
Edward Holloway
William "Billy" Wilkinson



Camden Courier-Post - September 10, 1928
Enos B. Dellmuth - Dr. Elliott Schull - Dr. Wesley Barrett - Edward Holloway
Samuel M. Shay - C. Howard Hunt Pen Company
Trimble Lodge No. 117, F&A. Masons - Camden Rotary Club
Camden Lodge No. 293, B.P.O. of Elks

Camden Courier-Post * September 17, 1929

... continued...

John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy - Frank Doris
Edward Holloway - Helen Doris - Frederick Eichfeld - Highland Avenue - Walter S. Keown
Rocco Palese - Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Lorenzo Cole - American Restaurant -
South 6th Street - Nonpariel Club - Rose Gibbs
Henry Street - Ernest Matsios - Jefferson Avenue - Amber Street

... continued...


Camden Courier-Post 
September 18, 1929

John Doris
 Samuel M. Shay
Frank Doris

Clifford A. Baldwin
Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Walter T. Gross

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, 1933

Officials May Abolish Court House Custodian Post to Save Money

Although numerous candidates seek the job, including several freeholders, the post of custodian of the courthouse and the city hall-courthouse annex held by the late Edward Holloway may not be filled by the county for economical reasons.

Freeholder William P. Cotter, chairman of the county board's courthouse committee, revealed yesterday that Republican leaders and the freeholders had reached no decision regarding the vacancy and "there may be no decision and it probably will remain vacant indefinitely."

Holloway, Ninth Ward Republican leader and G. O. P. county committeeman for several years, died last Friday from complications following an emergency operation for appendicitis. His post as custodian, which he held six years, carried an original salary of $3600 until this year when, with the general county cut of 30 percent, It dropped to' $2520.

"I see no reason at this time why the job should be filled, in view of the lack of money by the county," Cotter said. "I know no decision has been made by the leaders of the party or by the freeholders to fill the post, and it probably will remain vacant indefinitely.

"I feel that Thomas Dickinson, Jr., the assistant custodian, is well able to handle the various duties in view of the situation, with money scarce. He has been doing a good job and I feel that he deserves commendation and should assume the new responsibility without any new expense to the county."

Various freeholders and many politicians have been mentioned in courthouse and city hall gossip as being eager to land the post, if and when it is to be filled. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933

Late Custodian's Aide at Courthouse is Freeholders Choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camden Courier-Post- June 15, 1933

Freeholders Also Rescue Farm Aid Bureau and Home Extension Service

By approving issuance of a $20,000 emergency note, the Camden County Board of Freeholders yesterday afternoon assured continuance of the Camden County Vocational Training School and maintenance of the Agricultural Demonstration Bureau and Home Economic Extension Service until December 31.

To bring this about, the board voted to take advantage of a, new state law permitting them to either refund present bond issues due or declare a moratorium on paying-off maturing bonds for three years. 

Being relieved of the obligation of paying off maturing bonds, the board decided to continue the work of the school and two bureaus. The board voted to allot $16,500 to the school, $1700 to the agricultural bureau and $1500 to Home Economics. The school was scheduled to close this month. The two bureaus were closed February 1 despite protests from thousands of citizens. 

The resolution authorizing the move was introduced by Horace G. Githens, Republican floor leader. 

"This will assure continuation of the school at least until the end of the year," said Githens. "We have always been of the opinion that these three functions of the county government are essential and should be continued without an increase in the tax rate. 

"When, however, the county budget for 1933-34 was being considered, it was honestly determined that the money would not be available. At that time our legislative delegation suggested the possible relief through legislative action. These matters were therefore held in abeyance. 

"Now we are happy to be in a better position. The legislature adopted or assured the adoption of bills sponsored by our Camden legislators which will make available to our comity sufficient money to provide continuance of the three agencies without increasing county taxes." 

Refunding to Be Sought 

Resolutions set forth that $330,000 worth of bonds mature this year and $2,352,000 in 1934 and that the board cannot see its way clear to meet these obligations. Therefore the bondholders will be requested to agree to refunding these bonds, the first installment to be made in five years and the balance not later than 10 years. C.C. Collings and Company were named agents for the bonds and the First Camden National and Trust Company depository. 

If the bondholders refuse to agree to this arrangement, the board will declare a "holiday" and defer payments for three years. 

When the board passed its resolutions regarding the school and two bureaus, Mrs. Marion R. Gilpin, president of the Camden County Council of Parents and Teachers, thanked the members. She had led a fight several months against end ing the activities of these branches of the county institutions. 

Petitions signed by 10,406 residents of Camden and 13,689 living in the county were withheld when the board announced it intended to reopen the two bureaus and keep the school in operation for the balance of the year. Fifty-three civic groups, clubs and Parent-Teacher Associations were included in the protest. 

Mrs. Verga Appointed 

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of the state Republican committee, was named to the board of supervisors for old age relief for a five year term over the objections of Minority Leader George Brunner, of the Fourteenth ward.

Brunner said that because of her political position Mrs. Verga could not be expected to give impartial relief into which politics might be injected.

Alexander P. Schuenemann, Republican, jumped to his feet to defend Mrs. Verga, saying Brunner's remarks were in the nature of charges against her. 

Brunner replied that he would make the same objection if a prominent Democrat were being considered and for the same reasons. 

County Engineer Beal M. Shucker was authorized to ask the State Highway Commission to match $25,000 appropriated by Camden County for the purchase of rights of way for relocation of the Haddonfield-Berlin road to skirt Gibbsboro. 

Bids were rejected for the Church Road bridge, Colestown, because one was in error. The road and bridge committees were authorized to re-advertise for new bids. 

A communication from the Camden County Medical Society asked the board to transfer the Department of Labor from the hall at Fifth Street and Taylor Avenue to more adequate quarters in the new court house annex. The society said the Workmen's Compensation Bureau is housed in unfit quarters which are far too small. The letter was referred to the property committee. 

Contract Awarded 

The Had-Col Construction Company was awarded a contract for the reconstruction of River Road from Springfield Avenue to the northeast end in Pennsauken township on a bid of $14,633. 

After passing a resolution of sympathy on the death of Edward Holloway, former custodian of the court house and city hall, the board elected Thomas Dickinson, Jr., acting custodian, at no increase in salary over what he received as assistant. 

Bruner protested. He said the office of assistant custodian should be abolished as an economy measure. 

Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, director of the board, replied the county was saving money by naming Dickinson as acting custodian without drawing the salary given to Holloway. 

Hospital Bids Asked 

The Lakeland central plant and asylum committee was authorized to advertise for bids for furnishing the the new hospital for mental diseases. They will be received at the hospital board room on June 28. 

In a communication to the board Wayland P. Cramer, county director of emergency relief, that the board for the quarters provided in the court house annex and for the cooperation of the board. He thanked the leaders of both political parties "for not permitting any phase of human suffering to become ensnarled with political expediency during the present crisis."