HARRY KYLER was born on May 2, 1890 in Camden, New Jersey to Benjamin F. and Margaret Kyler. His father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother was a native of Northern Ireland. He served in the United States Navy in the late 1900s and early 1910s. It is known that he was member of the crew if USS Bainbridge DD-1, stationed at Cavite in the Philippines, at the time of the 1910 Census. He returned to Camden and married Martha Kearney at the age of 23. By 1920 Martha had born three children, daughters Martha and Margaret, and son Harry Kyler Jr. Another daughter, Betty, would com in the late 1920s.

Harry and Martha Kyler first appear in Camden City directories in 1916, living at 236 Milton Street in North Camden, he was then working as a rigger, most likely in one of the nearby shipyards. He was appointed to the Camden Police Department on April 12, 1917. The family was then living at 220 Bailey Street. He appears to have left the police force after a few months to take a higher paying job in one of Camden's shipyards. City Directories have him working in the shipyard and living at 200 Bailey Street as late as 1922.

In 1922 Harry Kyler returned to the Camden Police Department. He and his family are listed at 3225 Mount Ephraim Avenue in the 1923 Directory. By the time the 1924 edition was compiled, they had moved to 329 Grant Street in North Camden. The Kylers lived on at that address to at least 1956, and most likely for a few years afterwards. 

By 1928 Harry Kyler had been promoted to detective. After 33 years of distinguished service. Harry Kyler retired on pension in 1957. Harry and Martha Kyler moved to Williamstown, New Jersey in 1962. He passed away on December 27, 1974 and was buried at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.

World War I Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post * January 3, 1928

Bernard Bertman - Philip McDonald - James Lightfoot
Samuel Naylor - Charles Stone -
Harry Kyler - Walter Smith
Patrick Coyle - Walter Magan - Howard Malan - George Schmidt 
Martin Dempsey - Morris Carrigan - Thomas Kirk
Market Street - Kimber Street - Carpenter Street - Cedar Street
Federal Street - Tulip Street - Pearl Street - Mt. Ephraim Avenue

Camden Evening Courier - December 11, 1930


Lewis H. Stehr  - Dr. David S. Rhone - Charles V. Dickinson - Arthur Colsey
George A. Ward - John Kowal  - Donald Swissler - Clarence Phifer - Archie Reiss
John Skolski - Herbert Anderson - Thomas Cheeseman - Harry Kyler
George Nowrey - Frank Truax - Ralph Bakley
Clay W. Reesman - Clifford A. Baldwin - Winfield S. Price
Clifford A. Flennard - Camden Local No. 35, P.B.A. -
Cooper Hospital
B.C. Schroeder - Broadway - Royden Street

Camden Evening Courier - Morning Post 
December 12, 1930

Lewis H. Stehr  - Dr. David S. Rhone - Charles V. Dickinson - Arthur Colsey
George A. Ward - John Kowal  - Donald Swissler - Clarence Phifer - Archie Reiss
John Skolski - Herbert Anderson - Thomas Cheeseman - Harry Kyler
George Nowrey - Frank Truax - Ralph Bakley   - John J. Breslin 
Cooper Hospital - Rev. Edward T. Weeks - Union Methodist Episcopal Church
B.C. Schroeder - Broadway - Royden Street - Sixth Ward Republican Club

Camden Evening Courier - December 13, 1930


Lawrence T. Doran - Charles V. Dickinson - Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Mattison
Howard Smith - George A. Ward - Jeff Kay - Alfred Shires - Harry Kyler
Archie Riess -
Walter Smith - Harry Cattell - Earl Rider - Charles F. Smith
Charles H. Smith -
John Toal - John Taylor - Frank Carle - Oscar Thompson
Highland Worsted Mills
- North Camden - State Street 
Moore Street - Chestnut Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Arthur "Gyp" Del Duca
Austin H. Swackhammer
Josephine Comatis
Fairview Street
James Russell Carrow
Walter Smith - Harry Kyler
Dorothy Davis


Camden Courier-Post
June 6, 1932

Benson Street
Kerr's Chickery
Frank Schubert
Walter Smith
John Trout
Harry Kyler
Tony Prucella aka Tony Basile
Clinton Street
Joseph Girgenti
Benson Street
South 4th Street
Berkley Street
South 6th Street

Camden Courier Post * November 3, 1932

Herbert Anderson - Robert Ashenfelter - Walter Smith - John Trout - South 6th Street - Harry Kyler
Humphrey Toomey - Frank McClernan

Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933

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

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

Those held and their fines were as follows:

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

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

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

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

Barton pleaded guilty.

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

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

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

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

Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933


Samuel Thompson, 70, and his brother, Henry, 57, of 433 Riley Street, were arrested late last night when police raided their home and seized a 150-gallon still and a quantity of mash.

They were held for violation of the city disorderly house ordinance and will be arraigned in police court today. The raid was made by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson and Detectives Walter Smith, John Trout and Harry Kyler.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


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

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

Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933


Two men and a woman were arrested by police in a raid Saturday night on an alleged disorderly house at 610 South Second street. Freddy M. West, 34, and Mattie Watson, both of that address, were held in $500 bail each. West was charged with being the proprietor, and the Watson woman held as a material witness, along with Thomas R. Bunting, 62, of 560 Highland Boulevard, Gloucester. The raid was made by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson and Detectives Walter Smith, John Trout and Harry Kyler. The defendants will be arraigned in police court this morning. 

Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

Whisky and 65 Bottles Also Seized by Cops in Segal Street Speakeasy

Modest Moonshinery Found in 'Empty' House

James "Jimmy" Rodgers, 28, former boxer; fell into the hands of police again last night when they raided a speakeasy at 1000 Segal Street, allegedly operated by him.

One gallon of whisky and 65 pint bottles were confiscated by the raiders, who were led by District Detectives Walter Smith, Marshall Thompson and Harry Kyler.

Three others were arrested. One of them, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second street, placed a charge of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers when police unearthed some articles stolen from Greer two months ago.

Others arrested were Thomas Spencer, 33, of the Segal Street address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928 Kimber Street.

Rodgers has fallen afoul of the , law on numerous occasions. He has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness in the "Shooey" Bonner murder two years ago.

He will be given a police court hearing today,

Detectives raided a vacant dwelling at 225 Chestnut Street last night and seized a "moonshine" plant consisting of two stills, 36 barrels of mash and oil and gas stove cookers.

The place had been under observation by Detective Vernon Jones for two weeks.

No one was inside when Jones and Patrolmen George Hemphill and John Houston entered. A 50 gallon still was on the second floor and a 35 gallon still on the first floor.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933

Former Boxer Jailed on Speakeasy Charge, Held on Stolen Goods Count

James "Jimmy" Rodgers, 28-year-old former boxer who on numerous occasions has run afoul of the law, was sentenced yesterday to serve 180 days in the county jail for operating a speakeasy at 1000 Segal Street.

In addition, he was held without bail by Police Judge Pancoast on a charge of possession of stolen goods. The goods were identified by their owner, James Greer, 35, of 332 North Second Street, who was in the speakeasy when police raided it Monday night.

Greer turned state's evidence against Rodgers in police court yesterday, and for a reward, received a suspended sentence.

District Detective Harry Kyler, Marshall Thompson and Walter Smith raided the speakeasy and confiscated 65 pints of whiskey in bottles and a gallon of whiskey in a jug. Kyler testified Rodgers was not there when the raiders entered the place but appeared later and was arrested.

3 Others Nabbed

Three others were arrested in the place. These were Greer, Thomas Spencer, 33, who gave the speakeasy as his home address, and John D. Wood, 35, of 928 Kimber street. Spencer has been arrested approximately 75 times, the police said.

The detectives, when searching the premises, found a suitcase filled with shoestrings, collar buttons and other merchandise. Greer identified the case and its contents as having been stolen from his car when it was parked on Segal Street near Front some time ago. He lodged the complaint of possession of stolen goods against Rodgers.

Rodgers was arraigned on three charges, including the stolen goods count. The other complaints were that he sold beer without a license and violated Section 422 of the city ordinances which prohibits disorderly persons to congregate on the premises.

Rodgers pleaded not guilty on all three charges, and told the court he had "nothing to say." He was fined $200 on each of the charges of violating Section 422, and selling without a license, and when he did not pay, he was sentenced to 90 days on each of the two counts. He was committed to the county jail without bail on Greer's complaint of possession of stolen goods.

Greer testified that he had purchased liquor in Rodgers' place several times, as late as last night. Greer's sentence was suspended.

Spencer Refuses to Talk 

Spencer refused to testify against Rodgers. He said he did not know "what was going on there" and that he was there painting.

"You won't be painting there for 90 days," retorted the court in pronouncing sentence.

Wood, the other man arrested in the place, did not appear in court and forfeited $10 security he had posted after the raid.

Rodgers has been arrested several times for operating speakeasies. He was also arrested as a material witness two years ago in the murder of William "Shooey" Bonner."

Spencer was arrested so often when he resided in Gloucester that he became known as "Gloucester's Peck's Bad Boy," the police said. Since moving to Camden he has been arrested arrested nearly 50 times, police stated. 

The majority of his arrests have been on charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, but in 1925 and in 1926, he was arrested on a charge of larceny of automobile. Again in 1929 he was charged with non support, when he was ordered to pay his wife $10 weekly. Back In 1916 he was arrested on a charge of stealing a gold watch.

Camden Courier-Post * January 11, 1938

Samuel Ermelious - Angelo Naglas - Ross Pandeladis
Joseph Carpani - Thomas Murphy - Harry Kyler
David S. Rhone - Franklin P. Jackson III
Luigi Tortu - Thomas Timothy Sullivan
Cooper Street - Langham Avenue - Line Street - Penn Street 

Camden Courier-Post * January 19, 1938

Head of Woman Crushed Beneath Piano in Camden Home

Harry Kyler - Effie Reed - Joseph Carpani - Ferry Avenue - Ernest Larossa - Charles Reed
William Hunter - Mary Hunter -
John Garrity - Louis Prucella - Gene R. Mariano

Camden Courier-Post

January 20, 1938

Harry Kyler - Effie Reed
Joseph Carpani - Ferry Avenue
Ernest Larossa

Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1938

Luigi Tortu - Pearl Willis - Evelyn Buffa - Harry Kyler - Thomas Murphy - Samuel P. Orlando
Frank Luggi - Nicholas Dandrea - Frederick Gasperone
Samuel Ermelious - Angelo Malagas - Ross Pandeladis
George Caras - Michael Dandrea - George Matros - Annie Matros
Sam Bosco - George Summers
Baird Avenue
- Langham Avenue - Broadway - Penn Street
Mickle Street  - Norris Street  - South 5th Street - Line Street

Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1938

Jury List Prepared for Coroner's Action in Holdup Fatality

The coroner's inquest to decide the cause of death to Angelos Magalas, Greek chef, who was shot during a card game holdup at 725 Penn Street on January 11, will be held today at 10 a. m.

Coroner Franklin P. Jackson III, of Collingswood, will conduct the inquest and will select his jury of 12 from a list of 15 persons prepared by the office of County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.

Detectives already have subpoenaed 20 witnesses for questioning at the inquest, including players who were the victims in the holdup and three Camden physicians who attended Magalas prior to his death.

The witnesses will include Samuel and Mabel Ermilios, tenants of the Penn Street house where the holdup occurred; George and Annette Mastros, who room at the house; Samuel Bosco, Broadway barber; George Summers, Ross Pantel, Michael D' Andrea. and William Caras, who according to police were participants in the card game.

All of the men were held as material witnesses in the shooting when arraigned today before Police Judge Gene R. Mariano.

Doctors to Testify

Other witnesses will include Dr. Paul Mecray, Dr. A. S. Ross and Dr. Edwin R. Ristine and Miss Sophia MacAfee, a Cooper Hospital nurse. Police who will testify in elude Detectives Thomas Murphy, Harry Kyler and William Boettcher and Patrolmen Richard Powers, Frank Clements, George Nicktern and Sergeant Jack Deith.

The jury will be selected from Guy Clokey, Collingswood; Lawrence Ball, Haddonfield; Howard Friant, Collingswood; Harry Chew, Collingswood; Sig Schoenagle, Camden merchant; Raymond Hanly, real estate broker; Benjamin Brest, Raymond Worrel, John Eby, all of Camden; William H. Lorigan, Merchantville; David B. Robinson, Collingswood; Rev. James Pemberton and John McGowan, of Camden, Earl Jackson, of Collingswood and Morris B. Clark, of Haddonfield.

Coroner Jackson refused to give a certificate of death until the chemical test of Magalas' brain was made by Philadelphia experts. The re suit will not be revealed until the inquest.

Assistant Prosecutor Isaac Eason and County Physician David S. Rhone gave it as their opinion that Malagas died of natural causes rather than, the bullet wound. Coroner Jackson then ordered an inquest to be held.

Police are searching for Frank Luggi, 21, of 322 Penn Street, who they say was one of the holdup bandits and the one who fired the bullet that struck Magalas.

The last coroner's inquest held in Camden county was in 1933, in the death of Thomas Timothy Sullivan, and previous to that none had been held here in 25 years.

Sullivan was 57 years old and lived at 401 State Street. He was employed as a detective by the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was found shot to death in a shack in the rail road yards on August 28, 1933.

At that time, County Physician Edward B. Rogers issued a certificate of death that Sullivan had committed suicide. The decision of the county physician enraged members of Sullivan's family and they demanded an inquest.

The inquest was ordered by then Coroner Arthur H. Holl, who presided. All the evidence in the case was presented to the jury of 12 men, and after deliberating for less than an hour, they returned a verdict that Sullivan had been murdered by persons unknown.

Under state law, the county physician may order an inquest; with 12 persons on the jury of the coroner's choosing. The jurymen may be taken from the present panel of the petit jury or be picked at ran dom. The Grand Jury does not have to indict on the basis of the inquest. At the inquest Coroner Jackson will be assisted by attaches of the prosecutor's office.

Malagas, the father of three children, lived at 1110 Langham Avenue. He was shot when several armed bandits held up a card game and he died several days later.

Camden Courier-Post * February 7, 1938

Theft at 418 Broadway Reported to Police; other Homes Robbed

Two garages and several homes were entered over the weekend by thieves who escaped with, cash, jewelry and other articles.

Theft of jewelry valued at $100 and a $5 note were reported to police last night by Mrs. Bernard Heidrich, of 418 Broadway. Mrs. Heidrich told City Detective Harry Kyler she and her husband returned home after an absence of nine hours and discovered a door leading to their second-floor apartment had been jimmied. Among the articles reported stolen were a bracelet, a brooch and a ring.

Kyler reported an attempt had been made to gain entrance to the office of Dr. C. C. Eppleman in the same building. A panel was forced in a door, Kyler said.

Walter T. Ridgeway, of 924 Penn Street, reported the theft of a heater and radio speaker from his automobile while it was parked in his garage on Twelfth Street near Lawrence. Ridgeway said the lock on the garage had been forced.

Jacob Fine, of 1700 Master Street, told police three boys walked into his store and escaped with 10 cartons of cigarettes.

Jennie Finkel, of 2615 Westfield Avenue, said $25 had been stolen from a bureau drawer in her apartment. No marks of forced entry could be found.

The lock, key, auto jack and two one-gallon cans of anti-freeze were stolen from a garage used by George Firth, 540 Stevens Street, Firth told police. The articles were valued at $5.


Mrs. Anna Beachwood, of 524 North Eighth street, reported to Acting Detective Harry Kyler her handbag was snatched by a youth as she was walking with a woman friend on Seventh street near Fern last night. The thief ran east on Fern street. Radio car squads searched the neighborhood. Mrs. Beachwood said the bag contained about $1 in change.

Camden Courier-Post
February 15, 1938

Harry Kyler
Fern Street
North 8th Street
Mrs. Anna Beachwood


Ex-convict, who yesterday admitted passing worthless checks here and in Collingswood and Bridgeton.

Camden Courier-Post * February 28, 1938

Phila. Bound Passenger Charged With Fraud Here and in 2 Towns

Arrested on a Philadelphia-bound bus Saturday night, William Epstein, 35, of 1021 Clinton street, Philadelphia, is being held by local police for passing worthless checks in Camden, Collingswood and Bridgeton.

Bridgeton police notified City Detective Gus Pfleiderer that Epstein boarded a bus for Philadelphia after giving a worthless check for $25 to Mrs. Martha Bowen, a storekeeper, of 80 Commerce street, Bridgeton. Pfleiderer met the bus at Broadway and Market street at 7.30 p. m. and arrested Epstein.

Later Epstein was identified by Miss Eleanor Jaeckel, florist, of 3702 Westfield Avenue, as a man for whom she cashed a worthless check for $16.50 on February 19. Nathan Bushman, 201 Broadway, told police Epstein gave him one for $13.50 last week. Collingswood police notified Pfleiderer that Epstein passed a bad check for $10 last week on Arnold Weiss, merchant, of 700 Haddon avenue, Collingswood.

City Detective Harry Kyler said Epstein has served three years in the Eastern Peniteniary, Philadelphia, for the same offense.

Pfleiderer said Epstein admitted passing bad checks here.

Trenton Evening Times
December 28, 1938

Florence Gottwald
Harry Kyler
Emil Mascher

Camden Courier-Post - December 26, 1939


Andrew Scarduzio
Lawrence T. Doran
Thomas Murphy

Joseph Romanowski

Joseph Lenkowski
Stanley Jaskiewicz
Nicholas Scarduzio

Mary W. Kobus

Everett Joslin

Harry Kyler
West Jersey Hospital

Bridge Cafe

Mount Vernon Street

Orchard Street
South 8th Street
Dominic "Mickey" Hanley


Camden Courier-Post
July 28, 1941




Manly McDowell Jr. - Col. Manly McDowell Sr. - Col. Joseph McDowell
Harry Kyler - Marshall Thompson - John G. Opfer - Heber McCord
Clifford Del Rossi - Frank Nelson

Camden Courier-Post
February 22, 1942

Harry Benzuk
Alex Slucareck
Benjamin Simon
Harry Kyler

World War II Draft Card

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1948

Harry Kyler
Angel Kascaturos
Everybody's Lunch
Kaighn Avenue
Clifford Del Rossi

Camden Courier-Post * September 5, 1951

Raymond Kuntz - Standard Tank & Seat Company - Front Street - Pearl Street - Vine Street
Mrs. Alice Martz - Mrs. Mary Baldwin - Harry Kyler - Florence Kuntz - Nancy Kuntz
William P. Kuntz - Mrs. Laura Mucci - Mrs. Charlotte Derocher - Mrs. Ethel Clark

Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1953


Benjamin Dzick - George Ellis - Marshall Thompson - Stanley Slagle - James J. Lenahan
Robert Sharp - Mary Lynch - Charles Clark -
Lynch's Cafe - North Front Street
Thomas Murphy - Harry Tracy - William Kelly - Oliver Morgan - John J. Hegar
Harry Kyler - Vincent Conley - Broadway - Federal Street - South 7th Street - John V. Wilkie
Kaighn Avenue -
Liberty Street - North 3rd Street

Camden Courier-Post
January 12, 1953

Harry Kyler
Cosmo Cianci
Pine Street
Joseph S. Parker
Benjamin Dzick

Camden Courier-Post
January 13, 1953

Harry Kyler
Raymond Bennett
Saunders Avenue
Benjamin Dzick

Camden Courier-Post * February 14, 1953

Harry Kyler - Benjamin Dzick - Campbell Soup


Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1954












Camden Courier-Post
January 3, 1957

Harry Kyler
Manuel Yudenfriend
Magnolia Avenue

Camden Courier-Post * May 7, 1958

E. George Aaron - Anthony C. Mitchell - Walter E. Rowand - Harry Kyler Sr. - John Stanton
Benjamin Simon - Samuel Corsella - Karl Friedrichs - Thomas P. Murphy - Marshall Thompson
Clifford Carr - William Thorn - Joseph Hooven Sr. - Joseph W. Cowgill - Anthony Skolski




Camden Courier-Post
December 30, 1974




Camden Courier-Post
December 30, 1974