EARL STOPFER was born in Philadelphia PA on March 29, 1899. In 1910 he was living with his grandmother, Elanine Basert. By the time he registered for the draft on September 12, 1918, he had married. Earl and Alamanda Stopfer then lived at 827 East Tioga Street in Philadelphia. He was then working as a forge machine operator for the Midvale steel and Ordinance Company.
When the Census was enumerated in January of 1920 the young couple lived at 246 Division Street with their four month old son Earl W. Stopfer. Earl Stopfer was then working at a leather factory. A daughter named Frances would follow by 1922. When the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled, the Stopfer family lived at 246 Burns Street in the Poets Row section of North Camden. On April 25, 1924 Earl Stopfer became a member of the Camden Police Department along with Thomas Kauffman. By 1929 and into the 1930s Earl and Alamenda Stopfer owned a home at 114 South 27th Street in East Camden.
In the early 1930s Earl Stopfer was at times partnered with Officer William Thorn. Around 1935 he began working with Officer George F. Jefferis. During World War II the two were widely known throughout the city for their work in the sale of $4,000,000 in war bonds, and for guiding and instructing public and parochial school safety patrols. During that period the two men organized safety patrols in 38 schools with a membership of 1058.
The two patrolmen in 1948 ago completed a colored, sound motion picture, "A Plan For Safety", financed by the Atlantic Refining Co. Since then the film has been shown throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaiian Islands, and in the United Kingdom. The picture was filmed in Camden, with the two policemen and Camden schoolchildren as characters.
Among the cities which have announced they have organized safety patrols along the lines shown in the picture are Vineland, Millville, Akron OH, Cincinnati OH, Springfield MA, Memphis TN, Washington DC, Bloomington IN, Salt Lake City UT, Topeka KS, Richland WA, Boston MA, Lancaster PA, Honolulu HI, and Toronto, Canada.
The film has been shown before hundreds of civic, social, and service groups, and parent-teacher associations. It relates various duties and requirements for school safety patrol members and shows them in correct activities in the event of fire alarms and drills, operation of children's courts, holding of safety meetings, care of children on streets, and holding of program planning meetings.
In the 1940s Earl and Alamenda Stopfer moved to a newly-built townhouse at 15 North Dudley Street. He was still living at that address as late as the fall of 1956. Earl Stopfer does not appear in the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory.
Trenton Times - August 14, 1929
Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933
|Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933|
Jobless Men Aid Police to Trap Suspects
Surrounding a vacant house at 331 Boyd Street which two alleged thieves had entered, a group of unemployed men yesterday cut off every avenue of escape until police arrived.
The men, who were found hiding in a second floor closet, police said, gave their names as Barney Runyon, 26, and William Newcomb, 22, both of 2301 Mickle Street.
A telephone call to the home of Patrolman Earl Stopfer, of 226 Boyd Street, by a resident in the vicinity of the vacant house, informed Mrs. Stopfer that two men were in the house. With her husband on desk duty at city hall, Mrs. Stopfer went to the home of Lieutenant Nathan Petit, 320 Boyd Street, but he was out. She then sent a group of unemployed men working on community gardens in the rear of her home to the scene and telephoned police.
The unemployed men were circled about the house when a patrol crew, under Patrolman George Getley arrived. The two men already had dismantled plumbing fixtures, Getley said. They were committed in default of $500 bail each for a hearing in police court this morning.
It was reported to police yesterday that thieves forced the rear window of a vacant property at 2127 Howell Street and stole a gas heater from the cellar.
Two women were arrested Saturday in larceny cases. Edith Holmes, 31, of 519 North Third Street, is in the city jail in default of $500 bail, charged with the theft of $30 from a relative, Marie Holmes, 2923 Kansas Road. Mrs. Bertha Teitelman, 68, of 207 Federal Street, is in similar bail on a shoplifting charge preferred by W. J. Hickey, manager of Grant's store, Federal Street near Broadway.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936|
HALT FLIGHT AFTER CAR HITS COP
men were arrested amid revolver
shots after a Camden policeman was knocked down by a police car during a
raid yesterday afternoon.
on orders of Commissioner Mary W.
Kobus, who is continuing her drive to rid the city of speakeasies,
three policemen and two detectives surrounded the home of James Ford,
colored, at 1124 South Ninth street, shortly. before 3 p. m.
policemen at the rear were ahead of those opt front. As a result four
men ran out through the front door .and bowled over Shapiro. The man in
the lead, who later was identified as Wilbur "Lackey" Davis, of
Vernon street, raced up the street, a quart bottle of liquor in hand.
had driven his radio car behind another machine. He started the engine and
attempted to back out to give chase. Shapiro
ran behind the car and as he
did, the machine struck him, knocking him into the middle of the street.
Prone, Shapiro drew his revolver and opened fire on Davis.
shots were fired in the air.
others were closer to the fugitive, who halted. With the sound of
shooting, the other three men yielded to the assembled policemen.
gave their names as Ford, Herman Hopkins, 21, of 1124 South Ninth street,
and Harry McLane, 29, of 746 Kaighn
will be arraigned today.
Hopkins and McLane will be charged with violating the state A.B.C. act. In
addition, Davis will be charged with resisting arrest.
Patrolman Shapiro was hurt but slightly."
October 19, 1936
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