HERMAN Z. CUTLER is best remembered in Camden for the company he founded, Cutler Metal Products Company, which operated at 1021-1025 Line Street into the 1980s. 

Herman Cutler was born January 6, 1888 in the town of Ilintsy, in what is now the Ukraine. This town had a relatively large Jewish population at that time, and was known in Yiddish as Linitz. He came to America in 1906. 

By 1915 Herman Z. Cutler owned a business, Camden Auto Radiator, which  was located at 505-509 Arch Street. He then lived in the next block at 412 Arch Street. Camden Auto Radiator was one of several auto repair establishments that operated on and just off of Arch Street in the 1920s and 1930s. Other shops included George's Auto Service and the Cooperson Brothers auto body shop.

The 1920 Census shows Herman and Yetta Cutler living in Camden's Parkside neighborhood, at 1240 Princess Avenue with their children Dorothy, Harry, and Abraham. Also living with the Cutler family was a cousin, Abe Ostroff, who worked as an auto mechanic. Within a few years two daughters would come, Sarah and Anna. During the 1920s the family had moved to 1147 Langham Avenue. They lived a few doors away from Robert Rosengarten, who co-owned a typewriter and business machine business in Camden. 

Herman Z. Cutler was involved in the fundraising drive that culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper streets in 1925. 

Herman Cutler was also able to bring his parents to America from Soviet Russia, in 1929. This was no mean feat, both in getting them out of Russia and into America. The Cutler family was still in Parkside in April of 1930, at 1147 Langham Avenue.

The 501 block of Arch Street was razed around 1930 during the construction of City Hall to make way for Roosevelt Plaza Park. The Parkade Building was erected on the site in the 1950s. 

When the 1947 City Directory for Camden was compiled, Herman Z. Cutler was living in a large house at 1501 Baird Boulevard in Parkside. He was active in the affairs of Congregation Beth El, and served as president of the synagogue in 1946 and 1947. Many prominent Camden citizens lived on this and the 1400 blocks, which lie between Kaighn Avenue and Park Boulevard. Herman Z. Cutler's next door neighbor was Jacob Naden. During the 1950s, many families left Camden for the suburbs. No exception, Herman Z. Cutler moved to 266 Bewley Road in Haddon Heights NJ.

On March 25th of 1955, funeral services were conducted in the main sanctuary of Congregation Beth El for past president Herman Z. Cutler whose· years of leadership were inspiring and filled with great accomplishments.

Herman Z. Cutler's new business, Cutler Metal Products Company, occupied a large buildings at 1021-1025 Line Street, between the Fleck Plumbing Supply building and Camden's original Convention Hall, which was destroyed by fire in the early 1950s. Cutler Metal Products remained in operation until 1985, when it folded in the wake of the then-current recession. Cutler Metal Products manufactured a wide variety of metal items. Their main product was the manufacture of diesel fuel tanks and air brake tanks for trucks. The firm also produced metal television cabinets, shower stalls, and bathroom partitions. 

The former Cutler Metal Products building, as of January 2006, is occupied by the Alpha III Group and the Exotherm Corporation

World War I Draft Registration Card
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Camden Daily Courier

August 31, 1921

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Camden City Directory Advertisement - 1922

Advertising Blotter

Silent film star Mary Miles Minter was featured n this advertising blotter. As Miss Minter left the film industry in the wake of the scandal following the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor, this card most likely was produced between between 1919 and 1922. 

Camden Courier-Post * February 27, 1928

Tells Police of Man With Box; Liquor From Drugstore Found

George M. Beringer - Camden Auto Radiator - Norm Middleton
James Robertson -
North 5th Street - Arch Street - Penn Street
Edward Carroll - Harry Cattell - Everett Joslin - Nathan Petit - Archie Riess

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931

Professional and Business Leaders Back Camden Man for Governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camden Courier-Post December 10, 1957

Market Street
Wilkie W. Faust Jr
Joseph Allman
Herman Z. Cutler
George Ellis
John Erickson
John Gosik
Andrew Oliver

Marshall Thompson

Camden Ink & Color Co.
Asam Brothers, Inc.
Fit-Well Coat Company

The Cutler Metal Products Building
1021-1025 Line Street, Camden NJ - December 30, 2005

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The Cutler Metal Products Building
1021-1025 Line Street, Camden NJ
December 30, 2005

The Cutler Metal Products Building
1021-1025 Line Street, Camden NJ - December 30, 2005

Thank you for holding the memories of Line Street for me.  I'm named after my grandfather, Herman Z. Cutler,  founder of Cutler Metal Products at 1025 Line Street.  I remember when the main factory on Line Street didn't have every window broken like it does now.  My father used to tell me about a freight train that delivered materials into a railroad siding into the factory in the 40's and 50's.  When I worked there for two summers,  the tracks were still visible coming from the intersection of Haddon and Line.  I remember the food establishment at the three way corner there almost directly across from Fleck's front door. Good memories.  

Cutler Metal folded in 1985 after a major recession in the trucking industry.  By the way,  Cutler Metal Products made the body for the first Willy's army jeep that is or was on display at the Smithsonian (supposedly). Cutler Metal also made TV cabinets (metal),  shower stalls,  and bathroom partitions in addition to their main products,  diesel fuel tanks for tractor trailers.  They also had a line of air brake tanks for trucks.

Again,  thank you for keeping the memories alive for me and in one place.

Dr. Hank Z. Cutler, DMD
January 2010