Ivins Jr.

May 1902

MAHLON FOWLER IVINS JR. was born in Camden NJ in 1878. The Ivins family lived at 535 Arch Street in Camden at the time of the 1880 census, by 1887 they had moved to 525 Arch. Mahlon F. Ivins Sr. operated M.F. Ivins and Company, a painting business, was involved in banking, served two terms on the Camden City Council, and two terms as a Camden County Freeholder in the late 1880s and early 1890s. 

Mahlon Ivins Jr. attended the Bordentown Military Institute and served during the Spanish-American War. In the February 23, 1901 edition of the Trenton (NJ) Times, it was printed that "Mahlon F. Ivins, formerly a student at B.M.I. was calling on friends here today."

An active member of the Elks in Camden, he took part as a cast member in the lodge's fourth annual minstrel show on May 1, 1902.

In the early 1900s Mahlon Ivins Jr. wed Florence Stiles. They eventually settled in Merchantville NJ, where they lived at 27 Walnut Street. His next door neighbors were the Mark Lewis family, their son, Major Mark Lewis, a West Point graduate, was killed while on active duty in a plane crash at the outset of the war.

Mahlon F. Ivins Jr. served during World War I, and the 1930 census shows him as a Captain with the New Jersey Quartermaster Department, most likely working at the National Guard Armory in Camden. Mahlon F. Ivins Jr. was also involved in civic affairs, and was a member of the Centennial Anniversary Committee of Camden New Jersey, which planned events for the 1928 celebration of 100 years of Camden's founding. The committee was composed of Charles S. Boyer, Chairman; T. Yorke Smith, E.G.C. Bleakly, Mahlon F. Ivins Jr., Fred S. Caperoon and Frank S. Albright.

Mahlon F. and Florence Ivins Jr. were still residing in Merchantville as of 1947. 

Paul Mathis, the famous Camden-born dancer, was the nephew of Mahlon Ivins Jr.

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 29, 1902

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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 - February 9, 1938

Mrs. Mahlon Ivins Jr., of Merchantville, is spending a few weeks at the Pancoast Hotel, Miami. 

Camden Courier-Post - July 23, 1941

Mahlon F. Ivins Jr. - Louis Naples - Willard Schriver - George E. Brunner
1941 Aluminum Collection Campaign

Camden Courier-Post - July 31, 1941

Frederick W. Grigg Post No. 68 American Legion