CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
WILEY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
625-633 South 3rd Street
following is derived from
In the year 1884 a mission, located on Pine street near Locust, Which, had been under the care of Fifth Street M.E. Church for some time, not proving very successful was transferred to the care of Broadway church.
It was then known as Eagle Hall Mission and was taken in charge by George Davis, who conducted a successful Sunday school in connection with the Mission work.
In 1885 the property on Pine street was sold for $700.00 and a lot purchased at the Southwest corner of Third and Beckett streets. On this corner a very pretty and substantial church building was erected at a cost of $5191.27. It was dedicated in October 1885 as the Wiley Methodist Episcopal Church, but it continued for five years as a Mission under the care of Broadway church. The services were conducted by Local Preachers connected with that church usually Dr. Street or Daniel B. Green until the year 1887.
In that year the Conference appointed Rev. H. N. Cheeseman to this charge in which he continued for three years, Rev. S. H. Hann succeeding him in 1890 at which time Broadway church conveyed the property to the Wiley M. E. Church organization free of all debt except a mortgage of $2,500.00.
During the third year of the pastorate of Rev. S. H. Hann a very comfortable parsonage was erected on the Third street lot adjoining the church at a cost of $2,600.00. The sum of $1,000.00 was raised and paid in cash on the operation and a mortgage for $1,600.00 placed on the property.
The Rev. J. E. Willey became pastor in 1893 and was followed in 1896 by Rev. W. A. Massey who served the charge for three years, he being succeeded for two years by Rev. H. S. Gascoyne.
In 1901 Rev. C. I. Fitzgeorge became pastor and under his leadership the first determined effort was made to reduce the indebtedness on the property the result being a reduction of $500.00 before his pastorate ended in 1904.
When Rev. Alfonso Dare became pastor he found the church, a frame building which had weathered the storms of two decades and had been very much neglected, greatly in need of repairs 'as well as being quite incapable of accommodating the large and increasing Sunday school connected with the church.
As soon as sufficient funds were secured to warrant doing so, a, reconstruction and improvement of the property was commenced. The building was raised, the basement being made into a very comfortable Sunday school room with library, class room and kitchen.
The cost of these improvements with furnishings secured at this time amounted to $3,751.39 all of which together with $400.00 of the previous indebtedness was paid in full during the three years in which Rev. A. Dare remained as pastor of the church. His pastorate was noted for activity along all lines, a spirit of revival was strong throughout, and the church progressed spiritually and in numbers, as well as being placed in good financial condition.
The Rev. W. S. Ludlow, the present pastor, took charge in 1907.
Wiley has been noted throughout its history for its spirituality and many very successful revival seasons have been witnessed within her precincts.
Her Sunday school work has been carried on by faithful Superintendents as follows: George Davis, to 1888; P.D. Hughes, from that time to 1907; and by John Delamater, Jr., to the present time.
Four young men trained in our Sunday schools have gone forth to preach the Gospel: Charles Gray, Isaac Christman, Joseph Fullerton, and Arthur J. Lumley.
The Quarterly Conference of the church at this time is as follows:
Pastor, Rev. W. S. Ludlow; Exhorter, Albert Knox; Class leaders, S. P. Hutchinson, John Delamater, Jr.; Secretary of Official Board, John Barnett ; Treasurer, Ferdinand S. Smith ; President Board of Trustees, S. R. Devault ; President Ladies' Aid, Mrs. W. Conine; Stewards, W. D. Bruce, J. N. Conne, William Conine, F. J. Tushingham, E.M. E. Stone, Horace Heulings, Joseph Ward, John Allen; Trustees, Arthur Heron, James Heron, Samuel W. Barrett, Samuel O. Godfrey, William Prosser, James Bishop.
Rev. Ludlow was succeeded as pastor by Rev. John R. Read, who was serving in that position in 1910. Rev. Read's son, Sergeant Major J. Howard Read, after surviving the fighting during World War I, died in France of pneumonia in 1919.
In March of 1927 Rev. John S. Hackett was assigned as Pastor to revitalize and lead Wiley Methodist Episcopal Church. Therefore, he found himself concerned not only with the spiritual needs of his congregation, but greatly involved in the many needs of the community who at that time were suffering with deprivation. He and his small congregation began to deal with those problems. The first program set up a breakfast for school children. This advanced into a feeding program for whole families which included an evening meal. By 1934 Wiley was caring for as many as four hundred men per day in the Old Post Office Building in Camden. A radio broadcast began in the 1930s as well. In 1935, a lady came to Rev. Hackett and told him that the Lord had impressed her that a ministry to the aging should be included in the ministry of Wiley Mission. With the help of a faithful congregation, he proceeded to set up this plan. Mother Johnson became the first resident and was the inspiration for this work in its care for the weak and infirm.
On April 19, 1939 the outreach to the needy had grown to such proportions that it was necessary to incorporate the Wiley Mission. It was granted a charter on that date under the church act of the State of New Jersey. The church on South 3rd Street itself was no longer active by the time the 1940 City Directory was published, however.
In 1940 Wiley began to dedicate all of its efforts in health care to those in sunset years. A permanent location was established in Marlton, New Jersey.
Woven throughout this ministry is a philosophy of care that has never been lost over the years. When the founders of this work looked out of the parsonage window one day and saw two little children salvaging their breakfast out of a garbage can, Pastor Hackett said, "We will hit that thing!" This ministry has worked diligently and sincerely to alleviate the distress of poverty, the crippling of disease, and the weakness of the aging and infirm ever since.
Today Wiley Mission continues to dedicate itself to this philosophy of care. The Board of Trustees and congregation of Wiley Mission, intend to emphasize that this is a Christ-centered ministry, ministering to all. Some will have differing needs. Their background and economical standings will be different as well. Many will indicate certain spiritual desires, but to all there will be a program of care that will exalt and glorify the Lord Jesus and make Him known to men..
Philadelphia Inquirer- June 22, 1896
M.E. Church - Wiley
M.E. Church - First
Union American M.E. Church - Bethany M.E. Church
First Baptist Church - First Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 25, 1905
|Bridgeton Evening News - December 31, 1906|
Toy - South
3rd Street -
Albert Keaser - Alonzo Dyer
Rev. Alfonso Dare - Wiley Methodist Episcopal Church
Charles H. Ellis - Elisha A. Gravenor - Harry Mines - Albert Shaw - Robert Colkett
William Todd - William Lyons - Broadway - Berkley Street - Elm Street
Improved Order of Red Men - Camden Aerie No. 65 Fraternal Order of Eagles
Third Ward Republican Club
Philadelphia Inquirer- September 8, 1913
Camden Post-Telegram - September 22, 1920
In the passing away of John Breyer, of 608 South 4th Street, in the 86th year of his age. Camden loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Breyer was one of the oldest volunteer firemen in the city, having been a member of the old Independent Fire Company, Pine Street above Fourth, with Robert Bender, a former chief of Camden City Fire Department.
Mr. Breyer was a brother-in-law of former president of City Council William Figner, of the Fifth ward, back in the 70's. Those who mourn his departure are a widow, two daughters and one son, Mrs. D. Frank Garrison, Mrs. William Watt and Lawrence Breyer. Services will be held from the Wiley M. E. Church, Third and Beckett streets, of which he was a devoted member, on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Breyer was also a veteran of the Civil War.
Camden Post-Telegram - September 22, 1920
BREYER - On Sept. 20, 1920, John, husband of Mary E. Breyer, in his 86th year. Relatives and friends of the family, also members of the G. A. R., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from 608 South Fourth St., Camden, on Thursday, Sept. 23, 1920; services 2 o'clock at Wiley M. E. Church, Third and Beckett Streets, Camden, N. J. Internment private at Harleigh Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday eve.
Courier or Camden Post-Telegram
Griffiths - B.F.
Schroeder - Rev. E.A.
Miller - Wiley
2, 1928 -
John S. Hackett recently exposed vice conditions existing in the
and assailed the Department Public Safety for laxity
Camden Courier-Post - January 2, 1928
PREACHERS AND POLICE
The year end crop of crime in the city was too big.
Within twenty-four hours, two women were attacked and robbed on the street; seven homes and stores were looted.
The Director of Public Safety “hadn’t heard about it” when the Courier rang him up to ask him what the police were going to do about it.
This attitude of indifference, of superiority to criticism, of rejection of responsibility, is as much out of place in a city government as a loved one’s hair in your soup.
It is not the fault of active police but of the city department that supervises them. Not of Chief Tatem, but of Commissioner Rohne.
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The arrest of those charged with being accomplices of Anthony “Babe” Paradise, alleged head of the narcotic ring, occurred in a barbershop three blocks away from Pastor Hackett’s church.
Pastor Hackett asserted people of a neighborhood know what is going on in it, but that apparently police do not.
Commissioner Rohne invited the pastor to adopt the Commissioner’s self service plan of police work, citizens to make sworn charges.
The preacher refused naturally. He had done his part.
Then the police got busy, and three blocks away from Pastor Hackett’s church they captured the gang.
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Such quick action points to only one conclusion; that the police knew perfectly well where to look for the dope peddlers.
If they didn’t, there were plenty of citizens who could and would have correctly given them information.
It is not the citizen’s duty to make complaints and swear out charges and prosecute the case.
The city has detectives to follow up clues given privately, and police to make the arrests.
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Camden is a live, liberal, modern city.
Camden has no hankering for constant disturbance by VICE CRUSADES but Camden wants no drug ring headquarters conducted in it either. No peddlers of heroin and cocaine driving their illicit and ruinous traffic among its citizens.
Whether the police could or could not have made these arrests long ago, or
whether this was the first opportunity, citizens will have their own
But the incident must impress the public mind vividly, as a demonstration that Preacher Hackett knew what he was talking about- and that a self service police system won’t work.
Commissioner Rohne and the police have full responsibility- and apparently an abundance of opportunity.
For the belated capture of these caterers to the appetite for life-wrecking drugs, Camden citizens are grateful.
And part of the thanks must go to Rev. Hackett..
Camden Morning Post - April 2, 1928
MARY E. BREYER - Mary E. Breyer, widow of John Breyer, a resident of Camden for 79 years, died yesterday of pneumonia at her home 503 Harvard Avenue, Collingswood. She was 85.
Mrs. Breyer was a charter member of Wiley M. E. Church, Third and Becket streets.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William H. Watt, with whom she lived, and Mrs. D. Frank Garrison, of Westmont, and one son, Lawrence Breyer, of Haddon Heights.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Wiley M. E. Church, with burial in Harleigh cemetery.
Camden Evening Courier (Courier-Post) - October 11, 1928
SEEN AS MOTIVE FOR BOMBING DAIRY
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
barefoot children and their parents who reached Camden tired and hungry
last night after 'two months' journey from California, were befriended
city police and firemen after two welfare organizations refused to
children, four girls and two boys ranging in ages from 3 to 13 years,
were found with their parents soaking wet in their truck which they had
parked in a shanty at Delaware avenue and Pearl Street.
Policeman Raymond Carson, who made the discovery, took the bedraggled
family to No.6 fire
house at Second and Elm
streets where Captain Saunders and other firemen cooked them a
substantial meal, the first they had tasted since 8 o'clock yesterday
morning when they were fed in Maryland.
to Carson the Salvation Army reported it had no room to shelter them,
while the Wiley Mission wouldn't take the children and told the father
it was too late at night to admit him."
family was then directed to police headquarters at the old city hall.
There Lieutenant George Ward
took up. a collection from the men sufficient to buy shoes for the
children and arranged for the entire family to sleep overnight In the
detention quarters on the third floor.
The family is en route to Paterson, home of' the children's grandfather. They left California March 28 in the hope the father .could obtain work in the east.
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933
Group of 500 to Give 'Songfests' for Wiley Mission
Formation of the Camden Choral
Broadcasting Society, to be composed of 500 or more voices, trained and
directed by an internationally known choral leader, was announced Saturday
by Rev. John S.
Hackett, pastor of Wiley M. E.
Church, 635 South
Third Street, and founder and superintendent of Wiley Mission, in the
old post office building at
Third and Arch Streets.
The choral society will include
singers from Camden, South Jersey and Philadelphia churches, and will make
its debut on June 12 at the opening of a series of unusual "camp
meetings" sponsored by Wiley Church.
Donald Redding, musical director of
Bethany Presbyterian Church, of Philadelphia, the "Wanamaker
Church," who presented an interchurch choir of nearly 600 at the
Wiley Mission in Convention Hall on May 11, will have charge of the new
choral society here.
Harold C. Lowden, noted church
organist, composer and music publisher, has been invited to direct the
instrumental music. The choral society will be augmented at times by the
75-piece inter-church band and by various church orchestras during
broadcasts over WCAM.
The first rehearsal of the society
will be held at 8 p. m., Thursday in Wiley Mission. The society will
present five broadcasts for the benefit of Wiley Mission, over WCAM
through the courtesy of WCAM officials. The broadcasts will be on June 16, June
19, June 23, June 26 and June 30.
The society will also sing each night
at the "camp meetings" to be conducted in Wiley Mission. Instead
of the meetings being held under canvas, they will be conducted in the
old mail sorting room of' the former post office building each night for
the two weeks starting June 12.
Another departure in the usual
proceedings of "camp meetings" has been announced by Reverend
Hackett. Prominent laymen of Camden and South Jersey will speak each night
instead of preachers.
The old mail sorting room, through
which passed thousands of letters daily before the opening of the new
federal building at Fourth
Streets, will be transformed into a sylvan bower with potted plants,
shrubs and even trees scattered around, while overhead large electrical
fans will supply plenty of breeze.
On June 24 the Choral Society, inter-church band, Rev. Hackett and the Wiley Broadcasters will hold an all-day rally in Alcyon Park. The Broadcasters will "reproduce" a radio program similar to those presented three times a week from Wiley Church.
Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1933
Wiley Mission to Broadcast "Indoor Camp Meeting" Event
Modern methods of communication will invade the former federal building at Third and Arch Streets today. From the structure where thousands of letters radiated daily, messages of Wiley Mission will be broadcast, starting at 4 p. m. tomorrow.
Equipment for broadcasting the "indoor camp meetings" of Wiley Mission will be placed in the old mail sorting room of the former federal building today, and when the all-day meeting is held at the mission to morrow, instead of at Wiley M. E. Church, the service at 4 p. m., will be broadcast over WCAM.
"Amy of Chinatown," internationally known character in church circles, who turned from a life of ease in glamorous New York's bit of the Orient, will inaugurate the new broadcasting locale of Wiley Mission and Wiley M. E. Church. The noted evangelist, lecturer and writer, who has been heard in Camden on numerous occasions, will begin a series of afternoon meetings at the mission today, in conjunction with the "indoor camp meetings" held nightly in the old post office building.
The broadcasting equipment, Rev. John S. Hackett, superintendent of the mission and pastor of the church, said last night, is being installed only temporarily, and the radio activities of the mission and church will again be centered in the church building at 635 South Third Street as soon as the "indoor camp meetings" are over.
Rev. Charles F. Ball, formerly of Dallas, Texas, and now pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, the "John Wanamaker Church" of Philadelphia, last night declared that persons who insisted the Bible is old fashioned are wrong.
"You can read in one book of the Bible the same kind of stories that appear in the daily newspapers throughout the world today," he said. "If the Bible is so old-fashioned as some people try to tell us, why are modern newspapers patterned after it?
"There are only two classes of people in the world, as far as the Bible is concerned. They are the righteous and the wicked," he said. "There is no halfway ground. Every person is in one of the two classes."
Rev. Ball classified ministers today as "prophets of the New Testament," whose sole business "should be to pass on to the people of the land the teachings of Christianity, just as did the prophets of the Old Testament."
Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
CHINATOWN AMY IN WILEY BROADCAST
A full meal of wholesome food, served at a neatly appointed table, in a setting of Venetian splendor with marbled walls-all for nine cents.
Visitors to Wiley Mission today when an all-day meeting will be held in the old post office building at Third and Arch Streets, will get "Two-dollar service in a million-dollar setting for nine cents at meal time," according to Rev. John S. Hackett, superintendent of the mission.
Tables have been placed in the corridors of the old federal building and lunch and supper will be served.
"'We will give them plenty to eat, and good food, too," Rev. Hackett said, "and make about one cent profit on each meal."
Giving a man a job is a blessing, not only to the man but to the community, and keeping him at work as
long as possible is an act of Christianity, Arthur N. Morris, paper box manufacturer of Philadelphia,
said last night in addressing the "indoor camp meeting" of Wiley Mission in the old post office building;
Morris said business needs religion and religion needs business. He is 'teacher' of Bethany Bible class at Bethany Presbyterian Church, the "John Wanamaker church" of Philadelphia. Before the meeting started in the old mail sorting room, Morris was taken on a tour of inspection of the Mission by Rev. John S. Hackett, superintendent. He was so impressed with the work being accomplished that he volunteered to return and speak tonight when he learned Harry Van Hook, the "praying mayor" of Millville, would be unable to speak on account of illness.
Morris will be accompanied tonight by members of his Bible class, the largest men's Bible class in Philadelphia. Sessions of the class are broadcast each Sunday from the church.
The first radio program ever broadcast from the old post office will go on the air at 4 p.m. today over WCAM. Equipment was installed yesterday. "Amy of Chinatown," noted evangelist will speak on the initial broadcast, and also at the Mission each afternoon during the series of "indoor camp meetings." An all-day meeting will be held at the Mission today with services at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m., and 8 p.m., and the broadcast from 4 to 5 p.m.
C. Harold Lowden, noted organist, will direct the "All-Nations Revue" tomorrow night when singers will appear in native costumes, and addresses will be made in several foreign languages.
Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933
Wiley Mission to Hold Colorful International Service Tonight
An evangelistic "League of Nations" will be held in Camden to night. The international gathering will take place in the old mail sorting room of the former federal building at Third and Arch streets, and will be sponsored by Wiley Mission.
Speakers and singers of ten nationalities will participate in the program arranged by C. Harold Lowden, organist, composed and music publisher, for the "All-Nations Revue" to be presented as part of the "indoor camp meetings" now in progress at the mission.
The nationalities will include German, Italian, Scotch, Greek, Chinese, African, Ukrainian, Polish, Slav and English. Some of the singers will appear in native costumes, and hymns will be sung in several languages. Brief addresses will be made by representatives of the various countries.
Program To Be Broadcast
The program will he broadcast by WCAM over the new radio equipment installed in the mission yesterday.
Rev. John S. Hackett, superintendent of the mission, and pastor of Wiley M. E. Church, last night said arrangements had been completed for broadcasting portions of the "indoor camp meetings" on Monday and Friday nights.
Mrs. Amy Ungrae, known as "Amy of Chinatown," started the broadcasting service yesterday at the all-day meeting held in the mission. She spoke on "Faith." Mrs. Ungrae will speak each afternoon at the mission during the "indoor camp meetings."
Arthur N. Morris, paper box manufacturer of Philadelphia, who spoke Tuesday night, spoke at the meeting last night. Morris teacher of the Wanamaker Bible class of Bethany Presbyterian Church, one of the largest men's Bible classes in Philadelphia. He was accompanied by a delegation from the Bible class.
Hackett Preaches Sunday
Tomorrow night's program will be in charge of a delegation from the Philadelphia Highway Mission and Jail Workers. Rev. Hackett will preach Sunday night on "Open Sunday. vs. the Workingman."
The program for next week includes a "Welcome Back" night for postal workers of Camden, when they will be honored in the room where they handled thousands of letters daily before the federal offices were moved. Postmaster Charles Ellis has been invited to speak, and several quartets composed of clerks and carriers will sing. The oldest clerk and the oldest carrier will be honored.
Donald Redding, musical director of Bethany Presbyterian Church, and Bernard Poland, member of the National Male Quartet, are leading in the singing at the "camp meetings." Lowden is chief instrumentalist.
Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933
'ALL-NATIONS REVUE' PUT ON BY MISSION
By ARCHIE HALL
Europe was transferred to Third and Arch Streets last night, musically, vocally and spiritually, if not physically, when the "All-Nations Revue" was presented by C. Harold Lowden, noted Camden organist and composer, as one of the series of "indoor camp meetings" being conducted by Wiley Mission.
The event was held in the old mail sorting room of the former
federal building, and a portion of the program was broadcast over WCAM, utilizing the new broadcasting apparatus
recently installed in the room converted into an auditorium. During the program,
Rev. John S.
Hackett, pastor of Wiley M. E. Church and founder and superintendent of the mission,
Prior to the broadcast, Rev. Ella Nace, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, spoke for the "camp meeting" portion of the program. Before the mission "went off the air," Rev. Nace sang a hymn in Pennsylvania. Dutch.
Bernard Poland, a member of the National Male Quartet, and associate of Henri Scott in concert and operatic work, directed the singing and also sang a tenor solo. Greetings from the Italian residents of Camden were extended by Rev. A. M. Galloppi, pastor of Italian Baptist Christian Center. William Viehweg sang a German song. Mrs. Blanche Goodwin, colored, sang "Nothing Between," a typical Negro spiritual.
Brevity of the broadcast prevented the mission presenting all selections Lowden arranged. Plans for another "All-Nations Revue" will be made by Lowden.
The large auditorium of the mission was filled with representatives of many nationalities, the largest crowd since the "Indoor camp meetings" started last Monday night.
Tonight's program will be in charge of a delegation from the
Philadelphia Highway Mission and Jail Workers. The delegation will be headed by a band.
Monday night has been set aside for the postal workers when "Welcome Back" night will be held. The clerks and carriers will present their own program, and the oldest men in point of service in each branch will be honored.
Camden Courier-Post - June 21, 1933
CHINESE CHILDREN TO SING FOR WILEY
Hymns of the Orient and America will be sung in Chinese and English tomorrow at the "Indoor camp meeting" of Wiley Mission, in connection with the all-day meeting scheduled to start at 10.30 a. m., in the old post office building at Third and Arch Streets.
A group of Chinese children, led by Dr. Ko, pastor of the Chinese M. E. Church on Race Street, Philadelphia, will present the hymns in their native and adopted languages. They will sing during the afternoon service, when a portion of the program will be broadcast over WCAM from 4 to 5 p. m and again at night.
Dr. Ko will preach at the morning and afternoon services. The Mission will serve its nine-cent meal in "a million dollar setting" tomorrow noon and again at night.
Rev. Adam. L. Martin, colorful evangelist and pastor of Zion Simon M. E. Church, Eighteenth and Wharton Streets, Philadelphia, last night compared life to a baseball game. He likened the "at bats," "hits, "runs", "assists" and "errors" to milestones in the life of man.
Rev. Martin has delivered his famous "baseball sermon" in many churches throughout the East. He announced a pageant that attracted thousands to Atlantic City when it was first presented in the Atlantic City Convention Hall and that will be presented at Wiley Mission in the near future. The pageant, "The White Throne" will be broadcast if arrangements can be made. Rev. John S. Hackett, pastor of Wiley M. E. Church, and superintendent of the mission, announced.
Bernard Poland, operatic tenor, who was formerly associated with Henri Scott, internationally known star of the Metropolitan and Chicago Opera companies in several concert tours, led the singing last night and sang several solos. C. Harold Lowden, Camden composer and organist, was chief instrumentalist.
Plans are being completed for the all-day rally and Sunday school picnic at Alcyon Park next Saturday, Rev. Hackett said. The inter-church band and a large choir composed of singers from many South Jersey churches will join with the Wiley Broadcasters in presented "mock broadcasts" in the afternoon and evening.
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
Woman Evangelist Describes 'Fishers of Men' at
Fishermen are made, not born, and there are too many small fish- and fishermen- in the world, declared Mrs. Amy Unruhe, evangelist known as Amy of Chinatown," in an address last night at the "Indoor Camp Meeting" of Wiley Mission.
"There are thousands of men fishers," she said in her talk in the old mailing room of the former federal building, at Third and Arch Streets, where the meetings are being held nightly. "Some think if they get a certain kind of hat, gum boots that reach to the hips, and something on their hip, they can catch fish.
"If fishermen were born, and not made, Jesus would not have said to two experienced fishermen, 'I will make thee fishers of men.'
"No two fish are landed the same way. There is but one kind of hook. That is why we find
Rev. John S. Hackett such a good fisher of men. He uses
At the all-day meeting today, starting at 10.30 a.m., Dr.
Ko, pastor of the Chinese M. E. Church, Race Street, Philadelphia, will speak.
He will be accompanied to Camden by a group of Chinese children who will sing Oriental and English hymns in their native and adopted languages. A
Two large choirs will participate in tomorrow night's meeting. Richard Quick will direct the Tabernacle Baptist Choir, and a colored choir from
Avenue Baptist Church also will sing. The services will start at 8 p. m., and be broadcast from 9.30 to 10 p. m., by
WCAM direct from the old
All arrangements have been completed for the picnic and
all day rally at Alcyon Park on Saturday. The children of the Sunday School, led by John
Rev. Hackett and "Amy of Chinatown" will be the speakers. Mrs. Wallace Lee, registered nurse, will look after the health of the children. Mrs. Emma.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
METER SPEAKS AT WILEY MISSION
The, world is money-mad and the inhabitants are responsible for much of the unrest by being selfish, Mayor Joseph H. Van Meter, of Collings wood, said last night in an address at the "indoor camp meeting" of Wiley M. E. Mission, Third and Arch Streets.
"Success in life can be coupled only with the ability to help others," the mayor said, in his address delivered in the old mail sorting room of the former Federal building. "We are money-mad. We are selfish. We think only of ourself and not of the other fellow. Residents of Camden county are no different than other persons in the world," he said.
He cited the examples of the nation's great men- Lincoln, Washington and others- and said their success and greatness was due to their willingness to help others. He urged parents to see that children get the right start in life, for childhood habits are hard to change, he said.
After the program, Van Meter inspected the mission and commended Rev. John S. Hackett, pastor of Wiley M. E. Church, and founder and superintendent of the mission, for the humanitarian work the mission is accomplishing.
Mrs. Amy Unruhe, better known as "Amy of Chinatown," will preach her farewell sermon in the series of "indoor camp meetings" at 10:30 a. m., today when the all-day meeting opens in the old post office building. Rev. Harry Magonigal, blind gospel singer and evangelist, will talk tonight.
Frank Dippell, head of the Brotherhood Mission of Philadelphia, will speak at the afternoon service and 60 Italian children who are attending the Wiley daily vacation Bible school will be on the radio program broadcast by WCAM at 4 p. m.
Mayor Harry F. Van Hook, the “praying executive" of Millville, will be the speaker tomorrow night. His topic will be "Service“. The Boy Scout band of Millville will present a concert in the Mission Monday night.
July 11, 1933 Shelter to those left homeless after the C.B. Coles Fire
|Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1936|
Claude Palmer - Alfred C. Rose - John C. Kemble - Anna Bell Kemble
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Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
PITMAN FOUR TO SING AT WILEY TABERNACLE
The quartet will sing at radio services beginning at 3.30 p. m. over WCAM. Services will be in charge of Rev. Hackett. The Wiley Broadcasters will be in charge of services at night at Wesley M. E. Church, Bridgeton, of which Rev. Edgar A. Robinson is pastor.
Miss Virginia J. Hackett, daughter of Rev. Hackett, will conduct radio services for shut-ins at 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mrs. Maryetta Hackett Gilmore, another daughter, will have charge of young people's services at 8 p. m. Monday. Rev. Hackett will direct one-hour services over radio at 2 p. m. Tues day and Thursday. The final radio service of the week will be held at 9.30 p. m. Friday .
|Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1938|
AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING
By M. IRENE FROST
THE committee on race relations of the Camden Young Women's Christian Association, whose endeavor it is to promote greater understanding between the races, is participating in the nation-wide celebration of Negro History Week now in progress.
The committee is sponsoring an extensive program covering both the youth and adult membership and including three broadcasts. Today, Mrs. Harold W. Bennett, of this city, will speak over Station WCAM at 2.15 on "Race Relations and Good Neighbors." On Wednesday, Mrs. Wilda Townsend will broadcast over the same station at 2.30 on "Contributions of the Negro to the Culture of America." A recital will be given over WCAM at 2.30 on Friday by James Marshall Wheeler, pianist, and Lawrence Lawson, tenor.
Following a short business meeting of the board of directors of the Camden Association tonight in the headquarters, Miss Marjorie Penney, executive secretary of the Young People's Interracial Fellowship of Philadelphia, will speak.
Girl Reserves have been invited en masse to a meeting on Thursday night in the headquarters, to hear Allan Freelon, one of the nation's leading artists, and supervisor of art in the Negro schools, of Philadelphia. Mr. Freelon, who will speak at eight o'clock, will also exhibit some of his work.
The Frances Harper branch committee of management will be piloted by the following new officers for 1938: Mrs. C. T. Branch, chairman; Mrs. Sadie Wright, vice chairman; Mrs. Howard Primas, secretary; Mrs. Louis Smith, assistant secretary. Dr. M. O. Lee will speak on "The Makers of Negro History". next week before the Phyllis Wheatly Club of the branch..
Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1938
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