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Memorial Avenue at Line Street
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Haddon Avenue at Mickle Street

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Camden has had two buildings known as Convention Hall, which can get a bit confusing, and the issue gets even more confusing when you add the fact that Camden had four different armories in the years between 1880 and 1960, and one of them was also called Convention Hall! It doesn't help either that Convention Hall was also often referred to as the Civic Center during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s.

Camden's first post-Civil War Armory was built on Bridge Avenue at West Street, extending south to Mickle Street. In 1877 the Farmers' and Butchers' Market Company, composed of Thomas A. Wilson, Rodolphus Bingham, Abraham Rapp, James W. Wroth, and Charles Stockham, erected a building 150 feet by 175 feet. It was intended for a wholesale and retail market, but did not prosper, for the reason that Philadelphia was so near, the wholesale trade could not be gained and the location was not suitable for retailing.

After being used for two years as a market, it was fitted up for theatrical purposes with a seating capacity of 1000 persons. It finally was secured by the Sixth Regiment, National Guard of New Jersey, and was used as the armory and headquarters until it burned down on March 16, 1906. It was the home of the Camden Electrics professional basketball team, part of the National Basketball League, the first professional league, from 1898 to 1904. Coached by William "Billy" Morgenweck, they were the league champions in 1902-1903.

On September 7, 1896 the cornerstone of the Armory on Haddon Avenue at Mickle Street was laid by New Jersey Governor Griggs. It was located across Haddon Avenue from the Camden's pre-1931 City Hall, and the present Cooper Hospital. The contract for his building was awarded to George W. Roydhouse in April of 1896. The inaugural ball was held in the new armory on Friday, February 18, 1898. The ground upon which this building was erected was purchased from the estates of Sarah W. and Elizabeth B. Cooper (Peter L. and Peter V. Voorhees, Trustees) in June of 1894, for about $16,000, and presented to the State. This Armory was the home of the Third Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, and is depicted on many postcards. 

Another Armory was built nearby on Wright Avenue around the time of World War I. It was the home of Battery B, 1st Battalion, Heavy Field Artillery, National Guard of New Jersey.

After World War I, Camden built its first Convention Hall, on Memorial Avenue at Line Street. It should be noted that though the Hall's mailing address was on Line Street, the front of the building was on Argonne Street, a one block thoroughfare that ran between St. Mihiel Street and Memorial Avenue.  The building opened up in time for the 1926 Sesquicentennial celebration, which was held in Philadelphia. Camden's first Convention Hall hosted sports, business, and civic events until it burned in the early 1950s. Felix Bocchicchio, who also managed Jersey Joe Walcott, Camden's world champion heavyweight boxer, promoted boxing shows at the hall for a year or so after World War II. One of the last series of events held in the old Convention Hall was a live television show called Big Top, which featured circus acts.

In June of 1953, Camden's first Convention Hall on Memorial Avenue at Line Street burned down. In short order, most of the events that were being held there were booked into the old Third Regiment Armory, which was no longer being used by the National Guard, on Mickle Street between Haddon Avenue and Carteret Street.

Things became confusing with a quickness, as the old armory was renamed Convention Hall. For those born after 1950, the only Convention Hall they would have memory of was the former Armory, the second Convention Hall.

During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s Camden's movie theaters closed one by one, but Convention Hall continued to host different events. Most notable in these years were professional basketball played by the Camden Bullets, roller derby featuring the Philadelphia (or Eastern) Warriors, and professional wrestling. Many of the most notable professional wrestlers of this era appeared at Convention Hall, including Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, and Lou Albano.

It all came to an end when the second Convention Hall was destroyed by fire. The site has been a parking lot for the nearby Cooper Hospital and Cooper Plaza medical buildings.  

Besides pictures of the buildings, on this page you will find pictures and such of events at the Convention Halls, and a few links to sites relating to these events. 

Memorial Avenue

     Aerial view of Memorial  Avenue, taken in the mid-
1930s. Camden Convention Hall is at bottom of page, Mechling Brothers' factory is across Memorial Avenue,
Parkside, Forest Hill Park, Camden High School, Farnham Park, and Central Airport are also visible.   

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In front of Convention Hall....

Late 1930s photo of Camden Police Department vehicles lined up on Argonne Street in front of Convention Hall.   

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Photo courtesy of the Lillian Colsey Slomick family 


     Late 1930s photo of Camden Police Department vehicles lined up on Argonne Street in front of Convention Hall, along with police and officials from Camden's city government.   

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My Best Guess

From Left: Unknown Sergeant, Walter Welch, Henry Magin, Ralph Bakley
Arthur Colsey,
Mayor George Brunner,
Mary W. Kobus, David Rhone, Unknown civilian

The Second Convention Hall

This seldom-seen picture shows the Third Regiment Armory as see from the west, along the railroad tracks and "Chinese Wall" that are now Mickle Boulevard. Haddon Avenue can be seen at the rear, coming out from under the wall and passing behind the station. The rear of the train appears to have just crossed Mickle Street, which passed directly in from the Armory, which, as stated above, was renamed Convention Hall in the 1950s.

The Second Convention Hall 
Postcards from 1900s-1910s
The building was then known as the Third Regiment Armory

3rd Regiment Armory 3rd Regiment Armory
Armory, 3rd Regiment National Guard N. J.
3rd Regiment Armory & Soldier's Monument

3rd Regiment Armory & Soldier's Monument The Armory, Postcard from 1911
3rd Regiment Armory & Soldier's Monument Soldier's Monument
as Seen from the Armory

Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1928

Critics Predict Great Ring Future for Former
Camden Catholic High School Baseball and Basketball Star

Has Scored 12 Knockouts in 17 Bouts


 Is Frankie Rapp, South Camden lightweight due to eclipse the performance of every scrapper who has ever been developed here?

That is the question that was asked at a gathering of local fight critics the other day and the consensus of opinion was that Rapp will eventually outshine every lad who is considered a local product. Frankie’s ability to batter his opponent into submission within short space of time is the reason that local critics favor him to rise higher In the boxing “racket” than any other Camden fighter, including both Roxie Allen and Mickey Blair, who are the outstand stars at the present time.

Rapp’s knockout record is one of the most remarkable ever compiled by a local lad.  He has scored twelve knockouts out of seventeen bouts only two of the scrapes going over two rounds. He has won four on decisions and has lost but one fracas, the tilt he lost resulting in the wildest night ever witnessed at the Convention Hall, - a near-riot ensuing when the decision was rendered against him.

Has Kayoed 4 out of 5 “Pros”  

Frankie has engaged in twelve amateur bouts and five professional en­counters. He stowed away eight out of the twelve “Simon Pures” he faced and four out of five professionals. He was Middle Atlantic A. A. featherweight champion before turning “pro” having won the title while representing Shanahan Catholic Club of Philadelphia.

His rise has been spectacular to say the least. He never had had a glove on until the Courier Relief Fund amateur boxing tourney, which was staged in conjunction with the South Jersey Exposition of 1926, enabled a host of South Jersey lads to display their prowess as “glory” glove wielders.

Rapp’s athletic ability prior to the Courier Fund bouts had been confined to baseball and basketball. He is a graduate of Camden Catholic High School; he played the outfield on the 1924 and 1925 teams and a forward position on the basketball team during his junior and senior years.

Wins First Bout by Knockout

Fast as a whippet on his feet, Rapp proved to be one of the best leadoff lads ever to represent the Green and White, while his speed on the court made him a dangerous foe to guard, as he also was an accurate shot from the field and foul line.

It was regarded as a joke by Rapp’s friends when lie announced his intention of entering the amateur bouts, but after his first appearance when he knocked out Lou “Kid’ Hinkle in the first session they began to perk up their ears for Frankie showed evidence of developing into a .300 consistent hitter. He next won the judges decision over Tommy Skymer and followed up this victory by stopping Jesse Urban In the fourth round, the judges calling the bout even at the close of the third round.

Then came the combat that nearly wrecked the Convention Hall. “Red” Haines, who also had cut a wide swath in the lightweight ranks, and Rapp came together for the lightweight title. It developed into a slugfest at the start and for the entire three rounds both endeavored to annihilate each other. Both boys had a host of friends on hand who thought that their favorite had won and when the late Jack Dean, who was the third man in the ring, was forced to decide the issue, owing to the disagreement of the judges, the fun began.

Haines Decision Starts Riot

There was considerable money bet out the outcome and when Dean’s decision favoring Haines as the winner was announced, Rapp’s supporters started scrapping with Haines’ adherents, who, nothing loath, piled in with the result that it took the combined effort of every cop in the hall to stop the impromptu bouts. However. Deans decision stood, and, while the writer was of the opinion that a draw would have been proper verdict and that another round should have been ordered to decide the issue, he knew then as he knows now that the decision rendered by Dean was his honest opinion of the bout. Jack was a “square shooter” if there ever was one and as good a Judge of a bout as any man in South Jersey.  

That bout wound up Rapp’s Camden career in the amateurs as shortly after he was induced to represent Shanahan in the featherweight class. He won every one of his eight “glory’ battles for the Philadelphia organization with comparative ease and after copping the featherweight crown, decided he was ripe for a whack at the “money getters”.

Frankie guessed right. In his first bout here he halted Billy Cortez, of Philadelphia, in one round. He next flattened Frankie Youker, local lad, in the very same round and then outpointed Manuel Flores, also of Camden, in six rounds.

Young Heppard, of Riverside, conceded to be a “killer”, was Rapp’s next victim. Frankie got rid of him in one round and in his last fuss knocked out Bill Walters, of Germantown, in the first round of the main preliminary at the Cambria Club last Friday night.

Frankie is 20 years old, is single, and opts to remain so during the ensuing year despite the fact that he looks like the best money earner in the city for the next twelve months.

Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1928

Two Games at Convention Hall Tonight; Two New Clubs Join Circuit

 Second-half competition in the Reesman basketball league will begin tonight with a twin bill at Convention Hall.

Thirteenth Ward, which holds the edge in the yet unfinished first-half race, meets the formidable Camden Police quintet. Wayne and Ninth Wail meet in the other tussle.

Two new clubs have joined the league, for the second-half title hunt.

Charley Humes, manager of the Camden Community Club in the County League, will pilot his First Ward club in the municipal loop during the final semester while further interest is assured with the addition of the Central Camden aggregation. These clubs are keen rivals and both boast of strong rosters.

It is understood that Humes will file the names of several players who saw service in the county circuit as members of his old First Ward outfit while others who played with that team are also listed with Central Camden. Albert ‘Reds' Malloie is boss of the Central outfit and has signed up a classy collection of cagers for this type of play. Grover "Worm" Wearshing, who led Central Camden to the Reesman baseball championship last season, and who is regarded as one of the best backfield performers in this vicinity, is one of the Malloie entrants. Sam Godfrey. A teammate with Wearshing at Temple University, Johnny Chambers, Clayton Phifer, Lucky Mezger, Johnny Morrissey, Tom Tracy, and Ross “Bunny” Blood complete the cast with Malloie.

At the last meeting of the league managers it was decided to reduce the salaries of referees from $5.00 to $3.50 for each night’s work. Officials in the past have handled two games and the same stipulation is required for the lower fee in the second half or the schedule.

All eight of the first half combatants are planning to strengthen their rosters far the final drive. South Camden, Haddon A. A. Radio A.A., St. Paul, Ninth Ward. Camden Police, Wayne, and Fifth Ward are the contenders.

The first contest tonight is timed to start at 8:00 .




January 28, 1928



Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1928

Click here for more about violinist and bandleader Jules Lande.

Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1928


 Confiscated slot machines being stacked in front of police headquarters today,    preparatory to being carted to Civic Center and destroyed.

Civic Center

Lewis Stehr

James Tatem

Charles Laib

Camden Courier-Post

February 23, 1928

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March 29, 1930

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Camden Courier-Post - November 12, 1930

Camden Basketball in Test Against Eastern League Kennett Square Club Tonight
Temple Hero Enlists With Lobley for Eastern League Fray With Kennett Square

Morning Post Sports Editor

Grover Wearshing, whose football feats and dazzling play on the basketball boards, form a glowing part of the athletic history of Camden High School and Temple University, has enlisted with the Camden Club in the Eastern League and will join the team when the inaugural skirmish with the Kennett Square (Pa.) quintet is staged at the Convention Hall annex tonight.

Wearshing, now gridiron mentor at Camden High, will thus don the royal blue and white with another court hero who sparkled for the purple and gold. Eddie Lobley, captain of the Penn passers last season already has signed to perform along with Phil Knudsen, Bill Bergen, Tony Ca1land, Bill Johnson and Bernie Maguire the remainder of the local roster.

 Owing to the heavy demand for seats, Manager Brown feels that a capacity crowd will met the club.

 Announcement of the signing of Wearshing was made last night by Manager Jimmy Brown who expressed confidence that the present lineup will prove capable of hanging up a victory over Joe Sheehan and his invading mates tonight. Whether Wearshing will start is not determined but it is high1y probable that he will at some time during the fray pair off in the backfield with the rugged Bergen, who proved a popular member of the local cast last season.

Johnson in Backfield

Bergen's running mate when the game starts will probably be Johnson, who combines the happy faculty of speedy defensive play and. a deadly aim for the baskets. Lobley will get the call for one of the forward berths with the sturdy little Calland or Maguire in the opposite corner.

Knudsen, who abandoned the American: League position with the Paterson club, is regarded as one of the foremost pivot men in the East and his husky, six-foot-four-inch frame should prove valuable in mid-floor combat.

Owing to the fact that Knudsen, Bergen, Calland and Johnson have been playing regularly with the Union City Reds for the past several weeks, it is likely that Manager Brown will send this quartet into action with Lobley at the start of the game. Johnson, however, may be shifted to a forward post alongside Lobley in the even Wearshing is summoned to open the battle in the backfield.

Sheehan and Scrone at Guards

The Kennett Square ensemble will show Joe Sheehan, one-time Camden Catholic High and Villanova College guard, paired with Joe Scrone, a former local dribbler, in the defensive department with "Red" Ellis and Walter Gailey at forwards. Charley "Dink" Irwin is slated to engage Knudsen in the jumping duel.

Fans who flock to the civic hall for the fray will see a change in the battle floor, as the court has been shifted to the center of the annex and space for several hundred additional seats provided. In addition to this, music for dancing during the intermission and following the game will be provided.

The preliminary tussle tonight will present Sam Price and his Peerless Kids in action with the R. M. Hollingshead passers. This game will mark the start of the Camden County Industrial League pennant scramble. The early game is timed to start promptly at 8 p. m., under a penalty for failure to do so, in order that the Eastern League teams may be permitted to take the floor at 9 o'clock.

Camden Courier-Post - November 12, 1930

Industrial League Starts Pennant Scramble at Convention Hall Annex Tonight

All the tension connected with advance preparations will subside at 8 o'clock tonight when two of the eight teams in the Camden County Industrial League start the race for the 1930 championship. The opening event will be a clash between R.M. Hollingshead and the Peerless Kid Quintets and the action will be served as a preliminary feature to the Eastern League contest at the Convention Hall annex.

 The Hollingshead outfit, winner of the Industrial baseball diadem during the past summer, will make another bid for a silver trophy to add to the collection which Manager Jim Space and his laboring athletes are making. A large number at employees of the Whiz concern have reserved seats and the battle is expected to lure several hundred early fans to the Civic shed.

 Sam Price, fair-haired pilot of the Peerless band, will send a staff of rugged shooters into the skirmish. Johnny Albrecht, midget forward, is to be paired with "Cas" Kopec in the offensive department, while "Rap" Price is due to jump center, with Marion Bretschneider and George Willis stationed in the backfield.

 Against this cast Manager Space will probably have Wallace “Reds” Sheehan, Larry Higgins, John "Kip" Evans, Henry Engal and Ollie Guthrie. This may not be the Whiz starting lineup, for Rudy Lodgek, Frank Falton, Carleton Peacock, John Flynn and Jim Dalton rate as a capable corps of recruits.             -

 In order that no delay may be encountered, the rule governing the scheduled starting time at 8 p. m. will be rigidly enforced.

 Following tonight's "opener” the six other clubs in the circuit will await the first of the weekly three-game mat­inee bills on Saturday. Haddon Craftsmen meet Warren Webster at 2 p.m. while RCA Photophone and Radio Condenser clash one hour later and Camden Coke battles Cities Service in the windup event..

Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931

Vaudeville and Radio Stars To Feature 
'Relief Ball' of Shriners Tomorrow Night

Popularity Contest Winner to Get Diamond Ring and Lead March
Nine Entertainment Acts On Program; 400 Newsies Guests

Nine vaudeville acts, radio celebrities and a popularity contest will feature the first annual professional show and dance of the Camden Shrine Club of Crescent Temple tomorrow night in Convention Hall.

The show is being held to establish a permanent relief fund and is being directed by Jerry Baehr. Harry G. Hinchman, president of the club, is general chairman of the arrangements.

The popularity contest will close at midnight and the winner will be crowned "Miss Camden Shrine Club". She will be presented with a diamond ring and will lead the grand march for the dance.

Four hundred Courier-Post newsboys, invited by Hinchman, will be guests at the big show, a special section having been set aside for them. The newsies will be led to the hall by David Loeb, Courier-Post circulation manager.

The show will open with a concert by the Camden Shrine Club Band, of which Joseph Bossle, Jr., is director , and Paul R. Wiest, assistant director. The opening selection will be a march dedicated to Hinchman and written by Bossle. Other numbers include melodies by Victor Herbert; Concert Mazurka”La Czarina," by Ganne, and march, "Crescent Temple" by Mayer.

Radio performers will appear in the vaudeville program, which opens with Harry Taylor’s Syncopators, Main Line favorites, singing compo­sitions of the day. Other numbers on the program include: Margaret Freeman, in "The Princess of Presentation"; Will Morris, European novelty in "Fun on the Bike"; Marion Gibney, "Talking About Her Neighbors"; Smith, Strong and Lee, "Three Tin Types"; Bonell and Bay, European sensations from the Hollywood Club, New York; Miss Freeman, songbird; Deluxe Quintet, comedy, singing and musical novelty, and "A Night on Broadway," one of Gotham's singing and dancing revues.

John H. Sibley is assistant general chairman and Harry M. Dease, treasurer. Mayor Roy R. Stewart is chairman of the publicity committee, assisted by George W. Williams, Jr., Michael Greenetz and Silas Boyer.

Commissioner Frank B. Hanna, chairman of the advertising committee, is assisted by Ernest L. Bartelt, C. Fowler Cline and J. Fred James.

Other committees are: Tickets, Charles W. Lacey, chairman; Paul R. West, Clarence Ford and William Matthews. Show, Sibley, chairman; Joseph Bossle, Abe Applebaum, Harry F. Ecky and Walter C. Culin. Reception, George C. Shallcross, Howard J. Dudley, past potentate, and J. Blair Cuthbert, past potentate. Ushers, George J. Schneider, Sr., chairman; Arthur, E. Armitage, Francis B. Bodine and Richard Baumiller, Jr.,

A famous orchestra of radio crooners will provide music for the dance which begins with the grand march at midnight.

The committee last night announced that no seats have been reserved and ticketholders going to the hall early will get the choice of the best seats.

Camden Courier-Post * October 14, 1931

Shrine Club to Select Contest Winner at Convention Hall Show

Sixteen South Jersey girls are competing in a popularity contest which closes tonight at the first annual professional show and dance of Camden Shrine Club in Convention Hall.

The winner of the contest, which is being directed by Mrs. Norman Nutting, will be announced at mid night. She will be presented with a diamond ring and crowned "Miss Camden Shrine Club" with pomp and ceremony. The winner will then lead the grand march.

The contestarts are: Dorothy Haines, Pemberton; Helen Robinson, Audubon; Helen Carr, Woodlynne; Alice Nary, 890 Pine Street; Roberta Johnson, Woodbury; Beatrice Funk, 1618 Broadway; Helen Reed, 1156 Langham Avenue; Madeline Short, Collingswood; Lois Seidleman, Walt Whitman Hotel; Thelma Farr, 646 Royden Street; Nellie Lucas, 620 West Street; Anna Bowers, Runnemede; Lillian Davis, 901 North Thirty-first Street; Alice Rowan, Oaklyn; Alma Townsend, 2929 Westfield Avenue, and Jessie Franklin, Collingswood.

Jerry Baehr, director of the show, announced last night that dancing will start at 10:00 p. m. A radio orchestra will provide music for the dance numbers. Proceeds are for the club's permanent relief fund..

Camden Courier-Post
October 14, 1931

Newsies Get Tickets For Shrine Show

These lucky "newsies" will see circus performers, musical comedy and radio stars at Camden Shrine Club show in Convention Hall tonight. Harry G. "Happy" Rathbone, Courier-Post circulation man, is distributing free tickets to newsboys who work in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania Railroad ferry station.

Camden Courier-Post
October 15, 1931

Beatrice Funk

Shrine Club's Relief Fund Is Swelled as 4000 Applaud At One of Greatest Shows
Convention Hall Crowded, Several Thousand Dollars Realized
Event So Successful It May Become Annual Affair

The relief fund of the Camden Shrine Club, which will aid its unemployed and distressed members, was swelled by several thousand dollars last night from the receipts of one of the greatest vaudeville shows ever seen in the Convention Hall.

The applause, of more than 4000 persons who crowded the auditorium signified that the patrons had been amply rewarded for their attendance in the cause of charity. In addition to the paid admissions, 400 Camden newsboys were made happy with paste boards that admitted them free to the show. This was arranged through Harry G. "Happy" Rathbone, of the Camden Post-Courier circulation department, and those directing the frolic.   


Who was chosen queen of the show and dance held at Convention Hall last night by the Camden Shrine Club of Crescent Temple. Miss Funk last year also was the Camden winner of the Stanley Sunshine contest.

Miss Funk Wins Contest

At the close of the show a popularity contest from among 18 South Jersey girls, who vied for the honor of being selected as Miss Camden Shrine Club, was awarded to Beatrice Funk 1618 Broadway, who obtained 12,970 votes.

The contest was directed by Mrs. Norman Nutting and the fortunate young woman was presented with a diamond ring and 

crowned with pomp and ceremony. She then participated in the grand march that followed.Votes of other contestants were:

Helen Carr, 10,800; Helen Robinson, 7560; Adaline Short, 7185, Rob­erta Johnson, 6235; Helen Reed, 5500; Alice Nary, 4600; Dorothy Haines, 4545; Anne Bowers, 4035; Lillian Davies, 3995; Thelma Farr, 3945; Lois Seidelman, 3235; Nellie Lucas, 2125; Jessie Franklin, 1040 and Gertrude Long, 999.

The entertainment was opened with selections from the Camden Shrine club band, which was directed by Joseph Bossle, Jr., and assisted by Paul R. West.

Harry Taylor's syncopators provided orchestra music for the vaudeville and later rendered selections for the dance. The vaudeville was presided over by Margaret Freeman, who acted as mistress of ceremonies. Among the artists appearing was Will Morris, in “Fun On a Bike;" Marion Gibney, who talked about her neighbors; Smith, Strong and Lee, in a novelty number; Bonell and Bay European sensations from a New York club; Deluxe Quintette in comedy singing and musical novelty, and a dance revue. Miss Freeman pleased the audience with several songs

Baehr Directs Show

Jerry Baehr directed the show, and Harry G. Hinchman was general chairman of the committee on arrangements. He was assisted by John H. Sibley, as secretary, and Harry M. Dease as treasurer.

The committee expressed itself as being well satisfied with the attendance and success of the show. It was the first one of its type attempted by the Shriners and plans will be made to make it an annual affair.

The committeemen were: Publicity, Mayor Roy R. Stewart, George W. Williams, Jr., Mike Greenetz and Silas Boyer; tickets, Charles W. Lacey, Paul R. West, Clarence Ford and William Mathews; show, John H. Sibley, Joseph Bossie, Abe Applebaum, Harry F. Ecky and Walter C. Cullin; advertising, Frank B. Hanna, Ernest Bartlett, C. Fowler Cline and J. Fred James; reception, George C. Shallcross, Howard J. Dudley and J. Blair Cuthbert; ushers, George J. Schneider, Sr., Arthur E. Armitage, Francis B. Bodine and Richard Baumiller, Jr.

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Camden Courier-Post - October 22, 1931

Boxing Revival to Be Attempted at Convention Hall on Oct. 30

An attempt to revive boxing here at the Convention Hall will be made on Friday night, October 30, it was announced yesterday by promoters of the enterprise.

Jim Thompson, one of the best known sportsmen in the city, a former basketball star and always a strong lover of the fight game, is secretary-treasurer of the new club and made the announcement that the first show would be held on October 30.

Thompson stated that he believed boxing would be welcomed by Camden sports fans provided they were given real fights instead of merely names. He further stated that weekly shows would be held in the Convention Hall Annex and that if the patronage warranted it that the club would move into the main hall.

Besides Thompson, the other officers of the new organization are Jim Dolly, of Moorestown, president; Lou Schaub, of Haddonfield, manager of the Camden Baseball Club, general manager, and Joe Griffo, of Philadelphia, matchmaker.

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1931

Kathryn Hamilton, Walter Stanton Billed 
for Ambassador's Masked Ball

Two well known Camden entertainers will aid and abet the spooks and the Ambassador Club in making tomorrow evening an enjoyable one for the 5000 mummers expected to attend the club's annual masked ball.

They are Miss Kathryn Hamilton and Walter Stanton, who will not only lead the grand march, but will "put on" their acts. Miss Hamilton is the talented daughter of Joe Hamilton, famous minstrel, and has appeared in this vicinity on numerous occasions as well as on vaudeville circuits. The petite songstress resides at 1317 Park Boulevard.

Stanton has just returned from an RKO tour. The Mack and Stanton act played all last Winter and Summer. He has been master of ceremonies, in which capacity he will serve tomorrow, at a number of famous clubs, and is now 

 enacting that role at the Stroller's Club in New York.

The· club, of which Steve Kirby is president, is holding the gala affair tomorrow night instead of on Halloween in order that dancing will not be discontinued until 2 a. m. Pat Riley's orchestra will present the dance program, while Harry D. Roselle will direct the grand march.

It will be an appropriate night for the "spiriks" to chase "Popeye”, the Courier-Post comic strip idol, as 200 newsboys who will be guests of the club, will vie for a cash prize to be awarded to the one whose costume renders him the best likeness to the hard-hitting sailor man. Other prizes will be awarded to the winners of the perfect form con test and various costume competitions.

Camden Courier Post * October 30, 1931

Many Novelties Planned for Ambassador Club's Masked Ball Tonight

One of the outstanding novelties on the diversified program planned for the Ambassador Club's annual masked ball at Convention Hall tonight will be the "perfect form contest."

Modeled after the bathing beauty contest, it is open to any girl who 

desires to compete. The contestants will be in bathing suits, and cash prizes will be awarded winners. Prizes will also be awarded to the winners in various classes of costumes and to the boy whose disguise renders him the best likeness to "Popeye," the sailor man of the Courier-Post comic strip. More than 200 newsboys, guests of the club, will compete for that award,

Prizes total $300 in cash and awards for the various contests.

The dance program, presented by Pat Riley's 12-piece orchestra, will continue until 2:00 A.M.. The grand march will be led by Walter Stanton and Kathryn Hamilton, who will also number among the entertainers. Stanton will be master of ceremonies, while Harry W. Roselle will direct the grand march.

Steve Kirby, president of the club, heads the committee in charge of arrangements.

Camden Courier-Post * October 31, 1931

'Everybody Happy?'- Yea! Yea!

Two of the hundreds of juvenile mummers who greeted Halloween early were snapped last night, as they wistfully paused in their quest of "cold pieces" to pose for the cameraman. At left is Alfred McLoughlin in Amish regalia. His demure companion, garbed as a Quaker damsel, is Bessie Cummins.

Gloom Vanishes, Joy Prevails As Halloween Is Observed
South Jersey Celebrates With Dances and Parties; Hundreds Attend Ball Masque at Convention Hall; 'Popeye' Impersonated by Newsies

Wrinkles and furrowed brows gave way to grins and broad smiles last night as Camden and South Jersey was gripped by a spirit of fun.

Today children will continue to laugh at the woes of adults. Grown­ups, too, will adopt the festival air characteristic of clowns in place of the depressing concern of the day. There seems to be greater cause to seize upon an occasion for fun this year and everyone is glad Halloween is at hand.        

 The height of jollity was attained last night at the Convention Hall where bathing beauties mingled with costumed dancers. The occasion marked the annual masked dance of the Ambassador Club. Prizes were distributed among the gaily-garbed revelers and more than 200 newsboys sprinkled laughter throughout the huge civic hall by their appearance in costumes impersonating "Popeye."

Nearly 2500 persons, nearly all of whom were costumed, attended. Out­standing among the throng were numerous imitators of Popeye and Olive Oyl, Courier-Post comic strip characters. Many attired as animals, cannibals and  female impersonators attracted comment and attention.

Walter J. A. Stanton, vaudeville star, served as master of the fete, and accompanied Miss Kathryn Hamilton, popular singer, in leading the grand march. "Joe" Hamilton, father of Miss Hamilton and widely known as a minstrel performer, joined Stanton in one act. Warrington's Dancing Dolls, of 921 Broadway, and a chorus of ten, was another feature.

Music was furnished by Pat Riley's 12-piece orchestra.

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 * June 6, 1932

August F. Walters Post No. 4 Disabled American Veterans - Dr. C. Fred Becker
William Amberg - Thomas Egan - Jerry Bennett -
Edward Bosch - Oscar Marryott
William Miller - Harry Taylor's Syncopators - Adelphi Quarter - The Three Flashes
Mullin & Vincent - Sweet & Proctor - The Three Latinos - Miss Belle Bontham
Convention Hall

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
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 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 Whyling, 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 12, 1933

Graduates to Receive Diplomas Sunday Night at Convention Hall

One hundred and ninety-five students of Camden Catholic High School yesterday attended solemn high mass at the Church of The Immaculate Conception and heard Rev. Father Anselm, of the Franciscan Order, deliver the baccalaureate sermon. 

The graduates will receive diplomas next Sunday evening a commencement exercises to be held in Convention Hall

The need of religious education in the current economic and social struggle, was emphasized by Father Anselm. Rt. Rev. Monsignor William J. FitzGerald and Rev. James P. O'Sullivan officiated at the mass. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933


A reception and dance to 195 students of Camden Catholic High School will be held Friday night at the Walt Whitman Hotel. The event is the annual greeting of the school alumni association to the graduating class. The students will receive diplomas at the commencement exercises to be held Sunday at Convention Hall

The committee arranging the reception includes William P. O'Keefe, chairman; Thomas Madden, Mary McGinley, Dorothy Hope, James McDade and Edward Inglesby. 

Camden Courier-Post- June 14, 1933

Cramer Upheld in Keeping From Public Relief Payroll and Job Holders 
Denial Made That Politics Has Part in Naming of Emergency List 

Wayland P. Cramer, Camden county relief director yesterday was victorious in his policy of secrecy in affairs of his relief administration when he won authority from John Colt, state relief director, to suppress from newspapers a complete salary list of relief employees. 

Last Wednesday, at the request of the Courier-Post newspapers, Cramer instructed his secretary, Lincoln Wood, Jr., to write Colt and ask for his opinion in the matter. That was after Cramer had demurred when asked for the salary lists, which were demanded by several Camden organizations including the Unemployed Union. 

Word of Colt's refusal was brought to Camden yesterday by Col. Joseph D. Sears, deputy state director, who explained that his chief had adopted the policy of withholding the names because it might cause "embarrassment and a hardship to little fellows" on the relief payroll to have their salaries published. 

To Ask Cramer Removal 

Colt's refusal to submit the complete salary lists for public inspection followed the announcement of a mass meeting tonight in Convention Hall, when demands will be made for the immediate removal of Cramer and all other officials of the county relief administration. 
The meeting will be conducted jointly by the Unemployed Union of New Jersey and the New Jersey Congress of Civic Associations. 

Colonel Sears visited Camden for a conference with Cramer, Dr. Stone, Miss Sara Curtis and other city and county relief officials. 

It was explained to Colonel Sears that rumors were current in this city that former city employees had been given jobs with the relief adminis tration in preference to applicants with equal qualifications. 

"Of course," said Colonel Sears, "I am not familiar with the Camden situation, but I can say that I don't know the politics of two percent of persons at the state relief headquarters. Mr. Colt feels it would result in an undue hardship to little fellows in the employ of the administration to have their salaries published.

"However, if there is any evidence of unfairness or discrimination in employment it will be possible to obtain the salaries of three or four persons at a time." 

Little Knowledge of Politics 

Dr. Stone, at the conclusion of Col. Sears' discourse, stated that he knew the political faith of less than one percent the municipal relief offices employees. Wood, speaking for Cramer, echoed the statement of Col. Sears when he said that the politics of less than two percent of the Camden county administration was known.

Col. Sears explained that it was the policy of the state administration to employ men and women first, for their capabilities in relief work, and, second, from the standpoint of their need for financial assistance.

"If we can't make up our personnel from the first class," he said, "we turn to the second." 
Colt has been invited to address the meeting, and Cramer along with other county relief officials, has been invited to attend. They will be asked to answer charges of the unemployed union that the administration of relief In Camden county is "inadequate and prejudiced for political expediency."

Other speakers at the meeting will be Frank J. Manning, president of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey; Paul Porter, lecturer for the League for Industrial Democracy, and John Edelman, vice chairman of the Industrial Standards Committee of New Jersey. The meeting opens at 8 p. m . 

A demand will also be made by the unemployed union of Colt at the meeting for representation from its membership within the county relief administration. Clarence E. Moullette is executive secretary of the union, and William R. Kennedy is vice president.

Prepares Questions 

"If the county relief officials attend the meeting," said Manning "they will be asked to answer some questions pertinent to the administration of relief which is inadequate and prejudiced for political expediency. Repeatedly, this organization has tried but failed to obtain fair hearings on its complaints of the inefficient relief methods." 

Moullette announced today he had prepared a list of questions for relief officials to answer. 

"We intend to ask Mr. Cramer to explain why he and Captain Howard receive from eight to ten cents a mile for operating their automobiles in relief service, while the usual rate for state officials is but five cents a mile," Moullette said.

Manning announced that formal protest will be made at the mass meeting against the recent conduct of Cramer in suppressing information concerning his request for the resignation of Dr. A. L. Stone as Camden municipal relief director. 

"The public," said Manning, "is still awaiting an explanation from Mr. Cramer on his request for Dr. Stone's resignation. It is the right of the tax-paying public to know the reasons behind that request, and whether they had any serious bearing on the administration of relief to the poor and needy."

Camden Courier-Post- June 15, 1933

Jobless Hally Hears Cramer Challenged on '$75 a Week' Salary
Relief Payroll Public To Citizens' Delegates

"Any citizen representing a group of citizens" may examine the list of persons on the payroll of the Camden County Relief administration, Wayland P. Cramer, county director, announced yesterday afternoon. 

Cramer said he was awaiting a decision from John Colt, state director, on whether the Payroll may be published in the newspapers. 

The Camden County Emergency Relief Administration and the New Jersey Legislature were raked with accusations last night at a mass meeting of the local unit of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, held in Convention Hall. Five hundred persons heard speakers demand a legislative investigation of the relief bureau. 

That the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration is subsidizing sweatshops and that Wayland P. Cramer, director, is receiving compensation although his position is non-salaried were charged. The waning session of Legislature was rapped as "notorious for its lack achievement," and "for its failures".

Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933

Honor students and Athletes Hear Phil Lewis on 'Letter Day'

Led by the boys' band of 37 pieces and the girls' fife and drum corps, the Camden Catholic High school student body paraded into the school auditorium at 10.30 a. m. yesterday to pay tribute to the athletes and other honor students who received awards at the annual "Letter Day" exercises.

Phil Lewis, veteran basketball official and director of physical education of the Philadelphia public schools, was the principal speaker of the day and told the students that they must be loyal to make their way in the world. 

The surprise speaker of the day was Bartholomew A. Sheehan, former Green and White and St. Joseph's College athlete,. who carried the students back 10 years when he was a student at Camden Catholic High. In doing this he laid stress on the fact that tradition was the main factor in building up and carrying the school to its prominent position. 

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. FitzGerald, opened the exercises with a short talk after which Reverend James C. Foley, athletic director of the school introduced the main speaker. 

Fred Floyd, president of the evening school of the University of Pennsylvania, told the students that sports were vital to the development of the youth of today. 
After Coach Elmer Hertzler gave a short talk as to what qualities the awards were based on the letter certificates were awarded by Monsignor FitzGerald. 

During the ceremonies 43 varsity Insignias were awarded and 21 prizes given. The prizes were given for excellence in elocution, school spirit, spelling, typewriting and vocal work. 

The 1933 graduating class of 99 boys and 96 girls will be guests of the alumni association tonight at a reception and dance in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Diplomas will be awarded at the commencement exercises at 3.30 p. m., Sunday in Convention Hall.

Camden Courier-Post - June 28, 1933

State Lodge to Elect Today; . Ball at Convention Hall Tonight

More than 2000 members of the I.B.P.E., Colored Elks, participated last, night in a colorful parade here as climax to, the opening day of the tenth annual state convention of the order.

The marchers were reviewed from a stand at the courthouse by J. Finley Wilson, of Philadelphia, grand exalted ruler of the order and his staff.

Pride of Camden Lodge, No. 83, which is acting as host to the visiting members, was led by G. A. Gerran, exalted ruler. Thousands along the line of march applauded their fine appearance in blue and white uniforms.

Among lodges represented were Atlantic City, Orange, Plainfield, Quaker City and O. V. Catto of Philadelphia, Chester and Wilmington lodges and Manhattan Lodge of New York.

Music was provided by many bands, fife and drum corps and string organizations.

The convention was opened in the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Ninth Street and Kaighn Avenue.

William C. Hueston, former assistant solicitor of the U. S. Post Office Department, and Elks' commissioner of education; addressed the meeting, reporting that the organization spends more than $9000 a year for scholarships for colored students.

The delegates were welcomed to Camden by, Assistant Solicitor Lewis Liberman.

Speakers also included William C. Russell of Atlantic City, second vice president of the state association; Ira Hall, past state president; and W. L. Carter, general chairman of the state association committee.

The business sessions are being held in the home of Pride of Camden Lodge, 711 Kaighn Avenue, while the temples are meeting in Wesley A. M., E. Church.

Elections will be held today and the convention will close tonight with a ball at Convention Hall.

Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933

Leaders Aim to Have Demonstration Similar to That of Labor Day

Plans for a Fourth of July demonstration, similar to labor demonstrations staged throughout the world each year on May 1, will be formulated tomorrow night at a mass meeting conducted by the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, according to an announcement yesterday by Frank J. Manning, president.

Manning said the meeting in Convention Hall Annex would be addressed by Mark Starr, professor of economics, and Josephine Colby, instructor of English, of Brookwood Labor College, and by three students of the college.

The Unemployed Union tomorrow night, will demand that the city commission hold a public hearing on housing conditions in Camden and the proposal of the union to establish municipally operated living quarters, Manning said.

Dr. A. L. Stone, city health director and chairman of the Camden city emergency relief administration, will be asked for his conclusions on representation of the union on the city relief board, Manning said.

The demonstration on July 4, according to Manning, will start with a parade at 10 a. m., to be followed by a mass meeting on the steps of the City Hall plaza, before the buses and automobiles leave for Kirkwood Lake, where a picnic will be held in the afternoon.

The parade will assemble at Second and Cooper Streets, Manning said, and will march on Cooper Street to Fourth, to Newton Avenue, to Broadway, to Federal Street, to the City Hall.

The Unemployed Union, according to Manning, will co-operate with the Socialist Party for the picnic. Norman Thomas has been invited to speak, he said.

The three Socialist candidates for Assembly - Manning, Charles W. Sherlock and Herman F. Niessner- will present their platforms. In addition. numerous athletic events; including a baseball game, have been arranged, he said.

"The Unemployed Union urges all workers and farmers in Camden county to assemble for a mighty labor demonstration on July 4," Manning said. "We shall make known our demands for action to relieve unemployment, to end inhuman wages and ruinously low prices for our products. We shall set forth the plans at the Continental Congress of Workers and Farmers, with which the union is affiliated, for wiping poverty from the face of the earth and for building a world with plenty and happiness for all.

"We shall hold a short mass meeting on the steps of City Hall Plaza at which the New Declaration of Independence of the Continental Congress will be read.

"July 4 must be made the occasion for building up, the solidarity and power of farmers and workers. A powerful well-rounded labor movement could drive corruption and graft out of our public life, abolish sweatshops and build a workers' world of peace, plenty and freedom."

Regarding the platform of the three Socialistic candidates for Assembly, Manning said:

"Our platform will be constructive and in the interests of the workers and farmers of the state. We shall go into every corner of this county with our platform and we shall also challenge our opponents to meet us in debate so that the voters may have a chance to know where all the candidates stand on important issues."

Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933


The Unemployed Union will hold an all day educational meeting in Convention Hall; starting at 9.30 a. m. tomorrow: Josephine Colby, instructor of Public Speaking and English at Brookwood Labor College, Katonah, New York, who has been instructing a class in Camden under the auspices of the Unemployed Union will put 50 students through their paces in speaking from the rostrum.

Mark Starr, instructor of economics at Brookwood Labor College will address, a large class in economics. The evening will be given over to the students, in public speaking and they will address the mass meeting of the unemployed. Frank J. Manning will preside.

Camden Courier-Post- June 29, 1933


Professor of Economics at Brookwood Labor College, Starr will address the mass meeting at Convention Hall today at 8 p.m., under the auspices of the Unemployed Union of Camden County. Starr’s topic will be "The Significance of the Class Struggle." 


TIME Magazine - Jan. 21, 1935

Dusek Doings

Famed professional wrestlers are the Dusek Brothers, Rudy, Ernie, Joe, Emil, Frank, Ed and Walter. Last week, the doings of the Duseks were more violent than usual.

In Omaha, Joe Dusek was thrown out of the ring by his opponent. When spectators guffawed, Joe Dusek clenched his fists, barked "Wanna make something out of it?", offered to fight them in a group (see cut).

In Boston, Rudy Dusek watched Brother Ernie wrestle an Irishman named Dan O'Mahoney. When O'Mahoney got the decision, Rudy Dusek jumped into the ring, tried to assault the referee, started a free-for-all among the seconds. In addition to helping his brother, Rudy Dusek performed in five bouts of his own last week.

In Camden, N. J., a few nights after the bout in Boston, Ernie Dusek wrestled Gino Garibaldi. A spectator in the balcony hurled down a chair which hit Ernie Dusek on the head. He was hospitalized.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Cooper Auxiliary Pledges $3000 for Deep Therapy Fund
Charity Ball Plans Occupy Women Hospital Workers; New Member Elected

PLANS for the Sixteenth Annual Charity Ball in the interest of Cooper Hospital occupied members of the main auxiliary of that institution yesterday when they met for their monthly business session.

According to present plans, the ball will be held on December 27 in Convention Hall. This year the music committee, of which Mrs. Joseph Wallworth, of Haddonfield, is chairman, will present an orchestra of national reputation.

Members of the patroness committee will meet with the chairman, Mrs. Charles T. Murray, at her home, 114 White Horse pike, Haddon Heights, on Friday morning, November 8, at ten o'clock. 

Members of the auxiliary have issued a plea for magazines to be distributed throughout the wards. They will be received at the hospital at any time. The members also pledged the sum of $3000 to the board of managers of the Deep Therapy Fund.

Mrs. William Brown Thompson, of Collingswood, was elected a member of the main auxiliary at yesterday's meeting, and two resignations were accepted, those of Miss Elizabeth Eggie and Mrs. Frank Burr, both of Collingswood. Both Miss Eggie and Mrs. Burr have been active members of the group for many years.

The semi-annual tea for the Associate Auxiliaries throughout the city and suburbs will be held on Thursday in the Nurses Hall, with a business session preceding in the First M. E. Church, Sixth and Stevens streets. Miss Mary Louise Robbins is president of the organization.

Mrs. Harvey N. Scheirer, of Haddonfield, is president of the main auxiliary and is serving as general chairman of the ball committee.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Delayed Reports Will Put $15,000 Campaign 'Over the Top'

Camden county's drive for a $15,000 fund for Boy Scouts netted $10,481 with several districts unrecorded and which will put the campaign "over the top."

Such was the report of leaders of the campaign at a meeting last night at Hotel Walt Whitman under leadership of J. W. Burnison, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce.

Reports of the initial gifts committee indicated that group had exceeded its quota. Leonardo List, chairman, returned pledges totaling $7311.30.

Captains of the city district committee reported pledges totaling $1910, recorded as follows: Armel Nutter, $444 Dr. Martin H. Collier, $604.50; Herman Hensgen, $422.25; Trevor Mathews, $439.55.

Among reports of districts in the county were: Collingswood, $400.50; Haddonfield, $252; Haddon Heights, $90.50; Audubon, $37; Merchantville, $120; Oaklyn, $22; Laurel Springs, $62.75; Gibbsboro, $51.50; Ashland, $22; Atco, $11; Pennsauken, $76; Woodlynne, $60; Runnemede, $32.35; Westmont, $1.

Burnison lauded efforts of the workers and announced plans are being completed for a Scout circus to be staged during the early months of next year at Convention Hall.

Among other officials of the campaign who praised the campaign workers were Commissioner Arthur E. Armitage, of Collingswood, and County Superintendent of Schools Albert M. Bean.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Walcott and King Fight for Title Belt Tonight
Clash at Civic Hall In 8 Round Feature
Light Heavyweight Emblem to Be Given Winner of Bout

A belt, emblematic of the light heavyweight championship of South Jersey, will be presented the winner of the "Jersey Joe" Walcott-Al King fight here at the Convention Hall tonight.

Walcott and King are scheduled to appear in the. feature eight-rounder at the Civic Center hall and Promoter Lew McFarland will give the victor a belt bought by the Golden Gate Sporting Club, which is sponsoring the show.

Walcott has yet to be put to the test as his last two opponents here were outclassed. The coffee-colored Merchantville light heavy unquestionably is a great puncher and made a chopping block of Pat "Red" Roland a few weeks ago, the bout being stopped in the fourth round to save the latter from being sent home in a basket. During the outdoor season, Walcott stopped Lew Alva, who was booked 
as a Spaniard, but who later proved to be a Philadelphian, in one round. 

King Has Good Record

King comes here with a good reputation. According to Promoter MacFarland, King, who hails from Hackettstown, has had 10 professional fights and won all 10, nine over the knockout route and a six-round win over Abie Bain, who several years ago gave Maxie Rosenbloom a real battle at Madison Square Garden when Rosenbloom held the light heavy title.

Kings' nine knockouts, according to Frankie Bunt, his representative, include Billie Prince, Dan Serici, Gene Hudson, Ray Bowers, Bucky Bendetto, Frank Zaveda, Jimmy Smith, Jim Myrick and Bobby ; O'Brien. None 'of the fights lasted over three rounds so King should be a fit opponent for Walcott.

McFarland is certain that the fight will be a "sweetheart" with a belt at stake for the winner.

Julius Lighthiser, who resumed his right name after boxing several bouts under the name of Frankie "Kid" Carlin, has been forced to pull out of the eight-round semi-final de« to an attack of arthritis in his neck. Julius Lighthiser was listed to meet Paul Enno of the Philippine Islands, in a return match, the two having fought a great 'six-rounder in the last show, but Julius, while training caught a punch on his 
neck which caused a ligament to cross a nerve and arthritis developed.

Duca Replaces Lightheiser

So Promoter McFarland has signed Mickey Duca of Paulsboro, to act as a substitute for Lighthiser against Enno. Lightheiser beat Enno, who is a club fighter. Duca also is a club fighter and the two kids may steal the thunder of the stars.

Two heavyweights, Al "Peaches" Gray of North Camden, and Jack Houvig, three-letter athlete at Salem High School a few years ago, meet in the main preliminary of six rounds. Both are good punchers And anxious to please as they are making a comeback after several years absence from the ring.

In the two preliminary bouts, both six-rounders, Joe Bonomo and Joe Reno, both residents of South Camden, trade punches, while Dan Ryrie of Fairview, and Danny McNichol of Merchantville, deadly rivals, open the show.

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Texan Takes Count After Being Thrown Heavily From Ring
Each Had Gained Fall Prior to Sudden Ending of Feature Scrap


In a match, which found both grapplers using every unorthodox method in attempting to gain victory, Charley Santon, of Kirksville, Mo., won by default over Ernie Hefner, burly Texan, in the feature scrap last night at the Convention Hall.

A crowd of 2500 spectators turned out to witness the matmen in action, each gaining a fall, but 
Santon being returned the winner when Hefner was counted out after six minutes six second had 

Hefner was the first to score a fall when he used a right uppercut to the jaw and then followed up with  a body press to pin Santon in 28 minutes 21 seconds.

However, Santon came back to even matters by taking the second fall in 15 minutes 32 seconds with a body press. Santon then gained the victory when Hefner was unable to return after being thrown from the ring, striking a chair with his back. 

Santon Starts Fast

The Missourian started out like a reindeer and before the echo of the bell faded, Hefner was tossed 
out of the ring in two instances. Still, the burly Texan withstood the bumps and evened matters a 
minute later with a couple of knee thrusts.

They continued to slam one another all over the premises with Santon leading in this line by two eye 
gouges. The contest waxed warmer as the boys seemed to gain power as it went on. Santon employed 
about nine straight eye gouges and had Dutch whirling around in a daze.

Finally, he snapped out of it and used the same methods on his unruly foe, and as he stood near the 
ropes groping for them for assistance, Hefner darted across the ring and connected with a terrific drop

Santon hit the floor as though pole-axed and Dutch fell on him to score the first fall in 28 minutes 21 
seconds with a body press.

Santon Evens Match

Santon unleashed a torrid drive in endeavoring to even the score. He kicked Hefner out onto the floor seven times. In one instance, both wrestlers toppled into the front row, and Hefner being the first to arise, grabbed a chair. He took a wicked' shot at Santon's head, but it missed by a couple of inches.
The Kirksville giant also picked up a chair, but two policemen jumped into the fracas among the 

As soon as they entered the squared circle, Santon draped Dutch over his shoulders and dived into the mat. He was refused the fall because of hair pulling.

However, a minute later, he won the second fall with a body slam and press in 15 minutes 32 seconds to necessitate a third and deciding fall.

Dutch was a serious grumbling, cussing, wildman when the action for the deciding fall got underway. However, the well-built Santon suddenly grabbed a vicious headlock on his adversary and reeled him near the ropes. As they bounced against the strands, Santon tossed his heavier opponent over the top rope to land heavily on the chairs in the press row.

It was plain to see when he hit the floor that the contest was over for the night, and Just as Referee 
Seaman reached a count of twenty the game Texan tried to pull himself into the ring.

However, the grind was over and Santon was declared the winner. The time was six minutes and six seconds.

A young girl who was seated In the front row hurt her ankle as the chair Hefner hit squeezed her leg 
against her own chair. Dr. Joseph Nowrey, state physician, examined the girl and apparently she was 
uninjured as she left the hall with the aid of her escort.

Graham Goes under

A long right hand upper-cut enabled Casey Berger, 208, Kentucky hill-billy, to spread-eagle Ray 
Graham, 208, of Texarkana, Ark., in 26 minutes 22 seconds with a body press in the scheduled 45-
minute semifinal.

Prior to the fall, Graham was stepping along at a fine pace, laboring the bewhiskered Kentuckian 
with kicks, punches and a couple of eye gouges.

He slammed Berger to the mat on three successive occasions, but on his next attempt, he left himself open for a wicked uppercut. It was then "soft pickens" to end the wild and wooly fracas.

Marconi and Alexander Draw

After 30 minutes of lack-lustre wrestling, Referee John Seaman ruled Tony Marconi, 200, of Italy, 
and Leo Alexander, 200, of Fort Wayne, Ind., even in the second bout of the night.

Alexander, although a rough type matman, tried his best to make a match out of it, but the stubby 
Italian lacked the class. However, what grunting that was done appeared all even.

In a whirlwind finish, Paddy Mack, 180, of Lansdale, Pa., punched Clete Kauffman, 177, of 
Columbus, O., into submission in 16 minutes, nine seconds in the opener, using a right to the jaw 
followed by a body press. The once-popular Irishman created a near riot with his unorthodox style of 
grappling and as Clete started to leave the ring he again ste,rtrd a new outburst by attempting to kick 
his rival off the edge of the canvas.

However, the Ohioan jumped back into action, but Mack started for another exit. He was forced to 
charge through the gathering about the squared circle, although he received quite a few glancing 
blows off the head by the spectators.


Charley Santon, 220, Kirksville, Mo., won by default over Ernie Hefner, 228, Sherman, Tex. Hefner won first fall with body press in 28 minutes 21 seconds; Santon second fall with body press, in 15 minutes 32 seconds, and third fall when Hefner was counted out after 6 minutes 6 seconds.

Casey Berger, 208, Horses Neck Ky., threw Ray Graham, 208 Texarkana, Ark., with body press. Time—26 minutes, 22 seconds,

Leo Alexander, 200, Fort Wayne Ind., drew with Tony Marconi 200, Italy.

Paddy Mack, 180, Lansdale, Pa. pinned Clete Kauffman, 177, Columbus, O., with body press. Time—16 minutes, 9 seconds.

Referee—John Seaman.

Camden Courier-Post- February 8, 1936

Couple Announced Winners As Camden Walkathon Ends
Estelle White and Harold Wallace Will Be Presented with 
$1000 Prize at· Victory Ball In Convention Hall Tonight

The Camden Walkathon ended last night in Convention Hall annex with Estelle White, Philadelphia, and Harold Wallace, 6147 Highland ave­nue, Pennsauken, being declared the winners.

They will be presented with the cash prize of $1000 tonight at a "victory" ball in the main auditorium of the Camden Convention Hall by W. E. Tebbetts, who conducted the walkathon, which lasted 122 days or 2928 hours. The contest began October 8 and continued for four months all but a day.

Forty-eight contestants were in the contest, at the beginning. The race was narrowed down to two, Miss White. and Wallace, and Miss Mary Jones, of Vineland, and Otto Mason, 423 Lansdowne Avenue, Camden, on Wednesday night. Miss Jones and

Mason finished second and receive no prize money. The contest ended at 11.30 p. m. yesterday.

Johnny Lue and Joseph Purcell, judges, ordered a match race for the contesting girls on Wednesday night. The lights were turned off long enough to make the contestants sleepy. Then they were required to make 11 laps within a minute which I the girls accomplished. On Thursday night another race was held for I the girls and Miss White won.

Last night the judges ordered the same kind of a match between Wallace and Mason. If this had failed the judges announced that grind without rest or privileges would be staged to end the contest. Wallace made the 11 laps and Mason failed. Wallace is a former featherweight boxer.

Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936


A George Washington birthday party and dance will be held on Friday night by the Victor Athletic Association at Camden Convention Hall. The affair will start at 8.30 o'clock and an attendance of more than 3000 is expected.

Harry Kahn and his 14-piece orchestra will furnish the music and a floor show of four acts has been arranged by Roland R. Hitchens, athletic director of the local industry. The entertainment will include Jack and Jessie Gibson, trick cyclists; Bud Carlett and Company, formerly with the Barnum and Bailey circus; Lou Hoffman, comedy juggler, and The Three Jacks, musical comedy stars.

The affair is one of the many held by the Victor Athletic Association, whose membership is more than 5000.

Camden Courier-Post * February 20, 1936

American League Stars to Demonstrate Plays in Film at Civic Hall

More than 5000 baseball enthusiasts fans and players are expected to crowd Convention Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 8.00 p. m., when the new American League all-talking picture "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and the pictures of the 1935 World Series will be shown.

In this film, outstanding stars of the American League will show how they play their position. Lefty Grove, Tommy Bridges, School Boy Rowe, Eldon Auker, Ted Lyons, Lefty Gomez and Wes Ferrel will demonstrate how they baffle the batter with their curves, fast ball and delivery.

Mickey Cochrane is one of the catchers who show how to play backstop. Jimmie Foxx now with Boston, gives you the inside on playing first base. Joe Cronin and Lyn .Lary are the short stops seen in action and Buddy Meyer, Charlie Gehringer show the art of playing second, while Bill Werber and Pinkey Higgins help demonstrate the proper way of playing third base. The outfield positions are demonstrated by Joe Vosmik, Julius Solter, Ben Chapman, Goose Goslin and others.

A full reel of the 1935 World Series battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers which gave Detriot the world title also will be shown.

The films and equipment have been obtained through the efforts of the Camden Lions Club who is sponsoring the affair through the courtesy of Connie Mack, The Athletics and the American League.

The public is invited to see these pictures without charge.

Camden Courier-Post * February 28, 1936

Death of Worker in Tampa, Fla., Protested at Convention Hall Gathering

More than 300 persons last night attended a protest meeting of the Committee for the Defense of Civil Rights in Tampa, Fla., held in Convention Hall under the auspices of the Camden Workers' Alliance.

Eugene F. Poulnot, and chairmen of the Florida Workers' Alliance, and Dr. Samuel D. Rogers, both socialists, were the principal speakers. Benjamin Carwardine, west coast representative of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, also spoke.

Poulnot and Dr. Rogers made a plea for support in their protest against the death of a fellow-worker, Joseph Shoemaker. They charged he was tortured and murdered by Tampa police who raided a private home while the men were framing a constitution for the Modern Democrats, a liberal political organization formed by Shoemaker.

Nicholas Marinella is chairman of the Camden Workers' Alliance. 

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936

Competition to be Held
Camden for Three Nights in May

Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion, will stage what promises to be the biggest amateur boxing tournament ever held in New Jersey on the nights of May 12, 13 and 16, at Convention Hall. The Golden Gloves Championship will be held for the Middle Atlantic states. Boxers from three states will vie with each other for the glory and the prizes that are !o be awarded. Fairview Post is a member of the Middle Atlantic Association A. A. U. and the bouts will be sanctioned by that body. Applications of amateurs who wish to compete are available at the Post home, Black Horse Pike and Collings Road, Camden. James R. Reed is general chairman of the committee. Joseph "Chubby" Stafford, undefeated amateur bantamweight champion, will assist the committee in an advisory capacity. Others named to the committee are James J. Leitch, advertising; Edward J. Bosch, Thomas Gibson and John B. Hegerich, tickets. Emerson Richards is secretary of the committee. 

On Sunday. March 1 at Fairview Post, there will be a meeting. called by Department Vice Commander Jack Whomsley, of all county commanders and department executive committeemen of the counties in South Jersey on the first caucus for the national commander's visit to New Jersey to be held on April 1. The meeting is called for 2 p. m. sharp. The delegation will be the guests of the Camden county executive committee.

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936

George R. Cholister Post No. 3247, Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mrs. Margaret Goodwin, president, has appointed the following to serve with the committee in connection with the second annual V. F. W. Ball which will be held in Convention Hall: Mrs. Florence Belsey, Mrs. Emma Pfersich, Mrs. Sophia Brown, Mrs. Harriett Madden. Attending the conference in Trenton last Sunday were Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Pfersich, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. a Margaret Randolph. There will be a meeting at the Post headquarters Monday night.

Camden Courier-Post - March 5, 1936

Camden Courier-Post - April 22, 1936
50 Boxers to See Action in Cedar Boxing Tourney

Camden Courier-Post - April 23, 1936


Camden Courier-Post - April 24, 1936
Cedar Boxing Tournament Comes to A Close

Camden Courier-Post - April 25, 1936

Camden Courier-Post
October 22, 1936

Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1938


More than 1500 persons are expected to attend a testimonial and birth day dinner to be held February 17, in honor of Freeholder John Daly, of the First ward, in Convention Halll.

Clarence E. Moullette, chairman of the banquet committee, announced yesterday, that 1500 tickets printed for the affair, 1425 have been distributed. He urged persons planning to attend the banquet not to depend on the purchase of tickets at the door of Convention Hall, but to buy them now as the supply is fast be coming depleted.

Tickets, Moullette said, may be ordered from him by calling City Hall, or from Harry Janice, chairman of the ticket committee, who has a supply at 325 State Street.

Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938
First-Half Season Title of Grammar League Is at Stake Today

Liberty and H.B. Wilson will battle it out this afternoon at 2,30 0' clock at Convention Hall for the first-half title of the National Division of the Camden Grammar School League.

Both teams finished the first half with six victories and one defeat. Liberty handed Wilson its lone reverse, while Stevens pulled an upset by downing the former.

Some of the players from each school graduated during the past week, but, as they represented their schools all during the first half, they will be permitted to see action in the playoff.

Liberty is led by Archie Luzi, diminutive sharpshooter, who led the league in scoring with 74 markers in seven games. He far outclassed the others as can be seen readily when the statistics show that his nearest rival, O'Neal of Sumner, took second place honors by scoring 39 points.

Bizazzo, Shuda, Hare, Eulo and Luzi will probably start the game for Liberty. Wilson will use Garzarelli, Scarbonja, Ross, Mahoney, Lapiska and Kevis.

Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938

Rivals Clash in Feature of Three Matches Tomorrow at Civic Hall


W L T Pts.
Parkside 2 0 1 11
Camden Racquet 2 1 0 10-1/2
Collingswood 2 1 0 10
Pyne Poynt 2 1 0 10-1/2
Crescent 0 2 1 7
Delanco 0 3 0 5

This Week's Schedule:

Sunday-Collingswood vs. Crescent (11 a.m.): Camden Racquet vs. Pyne Poynt (4 p. m.); Parkside vs. Delanco (7 p.m.). All matches at Convention Hall.

The Parkside netmen should strengthen their grip on first place in the, South Jersey Indoor Tennis League when they encounter Delanco in the final match of the day Sun day at the Convention Hall courts.

Two other matches are scheduled with the second place Camden Racquet team meeting Pyne Poynt and Collingswood facing Crescent in the opening scrap at 11 a. m. The Camden-Pyne Poynt tilt is listed to start at four o'clock and, the Parkside-Delanco fracas at 7 o'clock.

The Parkside tennis team is setting the pace with 11 points, holding a half-point margin over the runner-up

Camden Racquet outfit. Parkside is the only unbeaten team in the circuit with a pair of wins and a tie and should easily take over Delanco, which has dropped all of its three matches to date and is in last place with five points.

Following the opening match on Sunday, a Philadelphia Tennis League match will be staged between Camden and Philadelphia Rifle Club, starting at 1 o'clock.

According to Wendell Anderer, president of the South Jersey Indoor League, persons having made reservations for courts on Sunday should be ready to play at their specified time, instead of taking the courts sometimes 15 minutes later than their allotted time.

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


A string band accompaniment for the dinner in honor of Freeholder John 
of the First ward in Convention Hall tonight, was announced by Harry R. James, general chairman of the dinner committee.

The recently-organized Camden City string band of 40 pieces, conducted 
by Maurice Tulini, is to march from Point and York streets to Convention Hall, arriving at 9 p. m. Joseph Burke is president of the band.

More than 1000 persons, including men prominent in national, state and 
local circles, are expected to attend the dinner celebrating Daly's seventy-sixth birthday.

Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1938


Chief Chewacki - Bronco Nagurski - Abe Kashey - Slim Zimbleman - Dick Daviscourt
Sammy Stein - Al Pereira - Boris Demitroff - Bobby Bruns - Orville Brown - Bronko Valdez
Dr. Drop-Kick Murphy - George Becker - Gino Martinelli - Kimon Kuda 

Camden Courier-Post - February 22, 1938

Camden Courier-Post - February 23, 1938

Mike Mazurki - Jim Coffield - Danno O'Mahoney - Jack League - Tom Parsonette
Dynamite Joe Cox - Len Macaluso - Ed Meske - Wally Dusek - Irish Jack Kennedy - Jim Parker

Camden Courier-Post
February 23, 1938

Mike Mazurki - Jim Coffield
Danno O'Mahoney - Jack League 
Dynamite Joe Cox - Len Macaluso
Ed Meske - Wally Dusek
Irish Jack Kennedy - Jim Parker

Camden Courier-Post
February 24, 1938

Chief Chewacki - Sammy Stein - Joe Kelley - Bronco Nagurski - George Becker
Tony Martinelli - Hans Steinke - Boris Demitroff - Louis Bacigallupi - Juan Aquival
Walter Podolak - Jack Zarnas - Gino Martinelli - Henry Kulkovich

Camden Courier-Post
February 26, 1938

Chief Chewacki
Sammy Stein
Joe Kelly

The Flying Mare Wrestling Magazine - March 24, 1941

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Raoul Devalteau vs Len Macaluso, Rowdy Rudy Dusek vs Paul Boesch, Gentleman Lou Plummer vs Fred Grubmier, MIldred Burke vs Cowgirl Patsy Miller, Dynamite Jox Cox vs Leo Numa

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Dynamite Joe Cox Cowgirl
Patsy Miller
Mildred Burke

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Rudy Dusek

Worth noting is the "Between Us" column by "Jay Vee" which mentions more than a few Camden people and businesses. As search engines return hits if the names are in text, I'm going to list them here:

George Cosmos, Garden State Restaurant, Nick Fierro, Mary Hallahan, Tony Olivo, Joanne Lee, Chick Bramole, Billy Wright, Vincent's Oyster House, Sadie Mortimer, Nancy Daniels, Bert Keyes, Savar Theater, Bob Hindle, Alex Fridrich, Liberty Theater, Francis Holroyd, Herb Holroyd, Dick Smith, Anna Mae Schofield, Ernie Dusek. 

The scheduled bouts bouts were Raoul Devalteau vs. Len Macaluso, Rowdy Rudy Dusek vs. Paul Boesch, Gentleman Lou Plummer vs. Fred Grubmier, Mildred Burke vs. Cowgirl Patsy Miller, Dynamite Jox Cox vs. Leo Numa


Camden Courier-Post
July 24, 1941

Samuel E. Fulton
David S. Rhone
Convention Hall
Lew Fonseca
Judge Kenesaw M. Landis


The Flying Mare Wrestling Magazine
December 1942

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George Becker

The Big Top
January to June 1953

Sponsored by Sealtest Dairies, this program originated from WCAU-TV, Channel 10 in Philadelphia and was carried coast to coast on CBS-TV. It aired Saturdays from noon to 1:00 PM. The show originally was produced at the Camden Convention Hall when it premiered in 1953. These pictures were taken there, prior to the June 1953 fire which destroyed the building.

WCAU-TV Personalities Bill Hart (left) and Chris Keegan (right) A troupe of Aerialists
A lion tamer A performer on an elephant

Also originating out of the old Convention Hall was a television show called Candy Carnival, which premiered on January 6, 1953. The show was sponsored by M & M candy, thus the name Candy Carnival. It too moved back to Philadelphia after the fire, and eventually was renamed Contest Carnival. The show ran until about 1955. Long-time Philadelphia air personality Gene Crane hosted the show when it was in Camden.


Courier-Post December 11, 1957

Convention Hall - Roma Cafe - Willard C. Schriver - Gustav Koerner
Anthony Skolski
Sgt. Ray Smith - Anthony Marino - Joseph Mardino
Ernie Santaniello - Art Sharp - Andy Fanelli - Nick Tedeschi
Anthony Galiozzi - Anthony Moffa - George McKenzie
Charles Kocher - Mario Ferrari -
Peter Paull - Edward Yeager
Walter Busko
- Thomas Kelly - Douglas Holmes - Frank H. Ryan
Camden Local 35, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Royden Street

Camden Courier-Post - December 16, 1957 

Convention Hall - William Stretch - Jersey Joe Walcott - Anthony Skolski
Frank Guetherman aka Tip Gorman  - Joe Webster -
Sgt. Ray Smith
George McKenzie - Anthony Moffa - Frank H. Ryan

Main Entrance - 1960

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1960
The Vice-President Spends A Busy Day In Camden

Camden Courier-Post - June 10, 1960

DISTINGUISHED GUEST Vice President Nixon is shown with Rep. Cahill, R., N. J., and Mrs. Cahill at testimonial dinner honoring the freshman congressman from Collingswood. Some 1700 persons attended the catered dinner Thursday night in Convention Hall here.

Hall #2

This aerial photo, cropped from a larger photograph showing the dismantlement of the railroad that had run from the old ferry terminal through the heart of Camden, shows the old Armory, then known as "Convention Hall", at  Carteret Street  and the east end of Mickle Street. Cooper Hospital is at the top of the photograph.  

Wrestling At Convention Hall
March 31, 1967
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Wrestling At Convention Hall
March 28, 1969
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Professional Basketball

Roller Derby
The Eastern Warriors


Top Row: Milligan, Harry Morgan, Erwin Miller, Otis Williams,
Butch McCrae, Richard Brown,
Vinnie Gandolfo, Jim Trotter,
Buddy Atkinson Jr (General Manager)

Bottom Row: Yvonne Riggins, 
Lena McBride, Lynn Congleton,
Dru Scott, Mary Lou Hess,
Yolanda Trevino, Judy Arnold,
Cindy Ogbin, Ruberta Mitchell

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Top Row: Larry Petrosek, Mike Gochnaur, Arnold Schoen, Otis Williams, Jim Trotter (Coach), Jim Terrigno, Sam Evans, 
Al Candeloro, Buddy Atkinson Jr
(General Manager)

Bottom Row: Bessie Gonzales,
Mary Lou Hess, Cindy Ogbin,
Judy Arnold (Capt), Dru Scott, Kathy Grey, Lena McBride

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Top Row: Richard Brown, Billy Joe Hill, Jerry Cattell, Otis Williams,
Buddy Atkinson Jr, Jim Trotter,
Jess Adams

Bottom Row: Sally Vega, Sonja Sims,
Lynne Congleton, Judy Arnold,
Ruberta Mitchell

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Judy Arnold

I used to go watch roller derby every week at the Convention Center. It was a very exciting sport. I always left there with a sore throat from hooping and hollering.... the warriors were the best! Loved those match races, and I really missed it when the sport faded. They made a comeback years later but it was never the same as it was with Jim Trotter, Judy Arnold, and Little Richard.....

The only thing I did not like about going to the roller derby was the fans always got to fighting a lot of the time, a sad thing that discouraged a lot of people from attending.

Floyd Miller Jr.
November 2004

.......Some national stars I remember making an appearance in Camden. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were at a movie house.  I did not go, but my teenage brother, who stayed for a second show was severely punished when he arrived home.  Also, Jackie Wilson appeared at the Convention Center, and almost caused a riot, as he arrived late. A packed crowd was standing all the time waiting for him, to which when he got on stage, only sang a couple of songs and then left the stage, and needless to say all heck broke out....... Also, the great wrestler Bruno Sanmartino had a fantastic match at the Convention Center 

Annette (Hudson) Rushing
November 11, 2004