ALBERT SMITH WOODRUFF JR. was born in 1886 in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County NJ. A prominent lawyer in Camden NJ, he made his offices at the Woodruff Building at 328 Market Street in Camden. He made his home in Merchantville with wife Isabel, at 101 Browning Road.
Albert S. Woodruff became involved in politics as a Republican, and was a delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey in 1924. He served as a Republican state senator from Camden County from 1924 to 1926 and again from 1933 to 1935. He later served as vice-chancellor for Camden County.
In the mid-1930s, Albert Woodruff became involved in a political feud with David Baird Jr. A bitter struggle between Woodruff and his political ally Elizabeth Verga and the organization controlled by Baird Jr. and Florence Baker in May of 1934. Although Woodruff ran successfully, his slate was defeated. The battles between Woodruff and Baird Jr. so divided the Republican party that the organization lost control of Camden's city government to George Brunner's Democrat organization. In the decades that followed the Woodruff-Baird feud, the Republican party in Camden over time virtually ceased to exist.
Albert S. Woodruff remained involved in local politics, but did not hold elected office again. He passed away in 1949.
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ALBERT SMITH WOODRUFF—Among the distinguished members of the bar of Camden and that section of New Jersey of which Camden is the center, is Albert Smith Woodruff, one of the men well grounded in the law and a descendant of one of the oldest families in the State. Besides winning marks of distinction in his private practice, Mr. Woodruff has been chosen to serve the community of Camden in a manner that has called into action his many sterling qualities and various business capacities, and in all the duties which he has performed in the various positions he has held, he has but strengthened his title to leadership in the legal profession.
Albert Smith Woodruff was born in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey, April 15, 1886, son of Albert Smith and Eliza Josephine (Foster) Woodruff, the former dying one month before the son was born. The elder Woodruff was the son of Adoniram Smith and Katharine (Ott) Woodruff, and was born at Dutch Creek, Hopewell Township, New Jersey, January 13, 1859, and there died March 2, 1886. Mr. Woodruff's grandfather, who married Katharine, the daughter of George W. and Susannah (Hitchner) Ott, was the son of Israel Woodruff, and likewise was born in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, May 14, 1823. He died March 10, 1893.
The Woodruffs of West New Jersey are descendants of that family somewhat prominent in the history of Worcestershire, England, and devout members of the Established Church. The progenitor of the American branch was John Woodruffe, of Worcestershire, England, who had a son Thomas, the American immigrant. Thomas Woodroofe (as he spelled the name) was born in Worcestershire about 1630. He was a tailor by trade and occupation and affiliated with the Society of Friends when that sect began its work of proselyting among the members of the Established Church, and became a follower of the new thought and the new life. He married Edith, the daughter of Joseph Wyatt, who located a large tract of land in the township of Mannington, at the first settlement of the province of New Jersey. Thomas and Edith Woodroofe removed from Worcestershire to London, where they had several children born to them. With his wife and four children he left for America in 1678.
The party set sail in the ship "Surray," Captain Stephen Nichols, master. They arrived at the mouth of the Delaware River and proceeded up the bay to Salem, the first settlement already formed by Fenwick. They went ashore in the fourth month of 1679. Fenwick's agents gave to Thomas Woodroofe two lots, next to William Williamson, each of ten acres, he receiving title to the last lot January 18, 1685-86. He had already served as sheriff of the county in 1682 and was a man of influence. He consented to the "Concessions and Arguments" of West Jersey on March 3, 1676, which secured a formal constitution for the safety of the province and the proper observation of the few laws that were framed to govern the peaceful people. He cultivated his land as well as carrying on his trade as tailor and was described on June 9, 1694, as a "yeoman of Salem, late of London," in a transfer of land in Burlington County, of which he was the owner. In 1697 he deeded two lots of ten acres each in Salem to Ebenezer Dorbey (Derby) of Boston, mariner, His will is dated August 17, 1699. The present Albert Smith Woodruff is ninth in descent from Thomas Woodroofe.
Mr. Woodruff received his preliminary education in the Elmer High School of Elmer, New Jersey, and following his graduation entered the South Jersey Institute at Bridgeton. His professional education was acquired at the Temple School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in June, 1908. He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in February of the following year and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession. From the first he displayed the qualities which have characterized him since and which have assured him eminence in his profession. He has practiced alone since his admittance, perfecting himself in the important details of civil and criminal practice. He was for several years solicitor for the Camden Board of Education, and then assistant city solicitor, and he is also a solicitor for, and a member, of the board of directors of the Parkside Trust Company of Camden.
Mr. Woodruff is a Republican in politics and was nominated at primary election for State Senator after an independent run, free of the organization, with a majority of 2,800, and at election on November 6, 1925, was elected receiving a majority of 4,600 votes. He is a member of Camden Lodge, No. 15, Free and Accepted Masons, Chapter, Crusade Commandery, Excelsior Consistory, and Crescent Temple Shrine, also the Junior Order United American Mechanics, with which latter body he is associated through Elmer Council; Ottawa Tribe, Red Men; Camden Lodge No. 111, Loyal Order of Moose; and Camden Lodge, No. 293, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Camden Club; the Camden Bar Association, and is a Presbyterian in his religious affiliation. Mr. Woodruff speaks Italian and German fluently and is known as a linguist locally.
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|Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1928|
FAMILY WINS $2500 FROM TAXI FIRM
A suit instituted by a Camden family against
the Yellow Cab Company for $65,000 growing out of a collision between
an automobile in which they were riding and one of the concern’s cabs
was settled out of court today for $2,500.
The suit, brought by Thomas W. Jackson, 50 years old; his wife, Sarah E., and daughter, Hannah J., 14 years old, of 1018 Cooper street, was begun yesterday in Circuit Court before Judge Ralph W. E. Donges and a jury.
Settlement was announced by Albert S. Woodruff,
attorney for the family, and T. Harry Rowland, counsel for the cab
The Jacksons testified they were passengers
in a machine that collided with a taxicab at Sixth and Clinton
Streets November 15, 1926.
They charged that the cab was speeding.
|Camden Courier-Post - January 31, 1928|
VICTIM SEEKS $135,000 DAMAGES
Damages aggregating $135,000 are asked of a prominent Philadelphia sportsman in suits being heard by Judge Donges and a jury in Camden Circuit Court today.
The plaintiffs, who are
represented by attorney Albert
S. Woodruff, are Charles Klopp, 1152
Sycamore Street, brother of Henry Klopp, who died as a result
of an accident last spring; Miss Helen Groczyk, 1079
Van Hook Street, who was injured in the same crash, and her
father Josef Groczyk. Klopp asks $50,000 for compensation for his
brother’s death; Miss Groczyk seeks $75,000 for her injuries and her
father wants $10,000 for medical expenses incurred by his daughter’s
The suits were brought against William Poultney
Smith, of Cynwyd PA, and are a result of an accident early on the
morning of May 11, 1927 on Black Horse Pike at Bellmawr.
According to Miss Groczyk, who went on the witness
stand yesterday afternoon, she went for an automobile ride with Henry
Joseph Klosterman, and Mrs. Esther Rieder. They had been to
Chews Landing and were returning to Camden, she said, when she became
ill in the smoke-filled sedan. She left the car, aided by Klopp, and
was standing directly behind when another machine, driven by Smith,
crashed into them, crushing them against their car. The plaintiffs
contend that Smith had been playing golf at Pine Valley, had afterwards
been drinking, and was in a stupor while driving his machine, thus
causing the accident. Klopp was taken to the Went Jersey Homeopathic
Hospital, where a leg was amputated, and where he died seven days later.
The girl, who is now 18 years old, had both legs broken and suffered other injuries. She appeared in court with a brace on her right leg and limped to the stand. She testified that their car was fully lighted when they stopped on the road.
The defense will contend that the Klopp car had no
lights, and will deny all responsibility for the tragedy.
Klopp was a World War veteran, his brother
testified and had been the only support for his mother, Mrs. Julia
Klopp, his brother and a sister, Ida..
Camden Courier-Post - February 25, 1928
SNIPER SHOOTS AT BUS, FELLS COP AT BRIDGE PLAZA
Probing a mystery that sounds more like fantastic fiction than serious fact, police of Camden and officials of the Camden Bridge today were conducting a vigorous hunt for a “phantom sniper.”
After four vehicles had been fired upon
during the last month on or near the Federal Street Bridge across
Crescent Boulevard, a mysterious bullet or other missile penetrated the
windshield of a Pennsylvania bus on the Camden Bridge and spurred
authorities into action.
Then at 4:30 o’clock this morning, Bridge Policeman John J. Rodgers was twice fired upon on the span. The second time, he was struck between the shoulders, spun around and knocked down.
Blue Marble Found
The missile that struck him, found a few moments later, was a blue marble. It furnished the first clue to the “phantom sniper” that police have obtained. Apparently it was fired from a powerful slingshot or an air gun, so powerful in fact that it struck Rogers with almost bullet-like force although it must have been fired from a distance of nearly a hundred yards.
Police were unanimous in the opinion that
the missile which penetrated the window of the bus on the span
yesterday was no such marble, but a bullet. They added, however, that
there was a possibility that it might have been a steel ball bearing
discharged from an air gun or slingshot such as that which was used in
sniping upon Rogers.
It was learned from an official source this
afternoon that bridge police will question a15-year-old boy. It was
said that he lives 150 feet of the spot where the gun was fired upon
The boy and his father are said to occupy
the third floor of a rooming house on North Fourth Street. Police have
no evidence that this boy fired the shot or marble that struck Rogers,
but they decided to question him on ownership of a rifle or slingshot.
Meanwhile it was revealed that still another incident in which the “phantom sniper” had appeared had taken place last night when a Philadelphia-Pennsauken bus was fired upon near the Federal Street Bridge.
At the same time bridge officials disclosed
that police on the span have been bothered for the past three months by
the fact that the sniper has been shooting out electric lights
Speculation and theorizing over the peculiar
incidents ran riot among the police who are investigating them today.
Although the slingshot or air gun theory was given considerable
credence by Rogers’ extraordinary experience, other officers insisted
that no instrument of this nature would discharge a bullet, ball
bearing or other metal missile with sufficient force to bore through
the windshields of buses and automobiles which have been fired on by
the “phantom sniper.”
It was November 21 that the sniper- if he is
the same who has now taken the Camden bridge as his basis of
operations- first came into public notice. Former State Senator Albert S. Woodruff
was fired upon from an automobile which his car was following across
the Federal Street Bridge at the time.
Hear Report of Gun
On that occasion, however, the report of a gun was heard by Woodruff, whereas, in subsequent incidents, none of the near victims of the shots have heard any sound. This also strengthens the theory of the existence of air gun or other instrument more powerful than any known to police. If the missiles which have struck other automobiles were bullets, however, it is pointed out that they may have been fired from a rifle or revolver equipped with a silencer.
Since the Woodruff
incident, a Riverton family has been fired upon, another automobile
windshield has been penetrated, apparently by a bullet while crossing
Federal Street bridge and on Sunday night, Mrs. A. D. Kohn, 319 Evans
Street, Haddonfield, was cut by flying glass when her car was made the
target of the sniper.
Rogers, the member of the Camden bridge
police force who was struck by the blue marble early this morning; was
standing on the bridge about 10 feet from the point at which the
Pennjersey bus was hit by the sniper yesterday. As he leaned over to
inspect a portion of the roadway, something whistled over his head
and hit the railing. Hi straightened up and found on the steel railing,
the spot at which the missile had struck. The paint had been chipped
off and the metal dented as though by a bullet.
Felled By Marble
A moment, later, he had turned toward the south when he was struck between the shoulders by the marble. With such force did the little round object hit him that it wheeled him around as would a bullet and felled him. Although he wore a heavy overcoat, a leather jerkin and thick underwear, the missile left a severe bruise at the spot where it struck him.
Back on his feet, Rogers saw the object
which had hit him rolling away. He picked it up. It was the blue marble.
A house-to-house canvas of all dwellings in
the neighborhood from the roofs or windows of which the missile might
conceivably have been discharged was being conducted today by four
bridge policemen. The search was begun after Joseph Costello,
superintendent of the bridge, and Captain Alfred Souders, head of the
bridge police, had conducted a conference attended by all the span
Yesterday’s mysterious incident on the
Camden bridge occurred as the Pennjersey bus bound for Pennsauken from
Philadelphia with seven passengers aboard was rolling down the incline
of the bridge towards the toll booths at 3:38 o’clock.
Five of the passengers were women and two
were middle-aged men. The driver was Franklin Copeland, 29 years old,
of 244 South Fifty-fourth Street, Philadelphia.
The bus passed George Clarke a bridge
patrolman, at a point about 173 yards from the end of the incline, and
perhaps 225 from the tollbooths. The policemen and the bus driver are
The driver waved, and the policeman, making a megaphone of his hands yelled “Howdy, Fats.”
Passengers In Uproar
The next instant Copeland heard a sudden
buzz and then as if by magic a small hole appeared in the glass before
his face. Tiny bits of glass fell upon him.
He yanked on the brakes. Passengers were
half thrown from their seats and cried out to know what was wrong.
Clarke came running over. He saw the small
hole at once, and instantly scanned the bridge walk to find the source.
There was no one in sight but a little girl who strolled on.
The bus went on to Pennsauken and bridge
patrolmen took up the mystery. Four patrolled the walks, scanning the
skyline on either side to see from which houses a shot might have been
fired. Others searched the roadbed, seeking the bullet.
Detectives at Odds
The bus came back and a minute examination of it and the hole in the windshield began. When it was over investigators were divided between two theories and completely mystified.
The hole, the detectives said, seemed to have been made by a steel jacketed .22 caliber bullet. Some bridge policemen said it might have been from a .25 caliber automatic and some said it could have been a .22.
Copeland declared he was positive that there
was no automobile directly ahead of him on the bridge- that the nearest
was past the curve. No pedestrian except the little girl was in sight.
According to the detectives, it is out of
reason that the missile was fired from a house on the south side of the
bridge. The glass would have splintered because of the angle from which
the bullet would have entered, they declared.
That brought up the theory that the missile was fired from within the bus. Lieutenant Gregory Love, of the Bridge Police, suggested that a “crank” using a pistol equipped with a silencer might have fired the shot. A further search was made of the interior of the bus, and on the glass alongside the driver, near the partition at the back, was found a half-inch long scratch. No bullet or other missile was found.
The inside of the glass was chipped and the
outside smooth. Generally, detectives said, a bullet will chip at the
point of exit, not entrance.
Bridge Policemen John Batting, John Cox,
John Curry, and Sergeant Michael Bachmeyer, aiding in the
investigation, admitted themselves completely bewildered.
One Card Shy
Then the driver began looking among the
cards signed by his passengers as witnesses. He was one card shy.
“Do you know?” he said slowly, “I don’t
think that man gave me the card after all.”
When he found the card signed Mrs. Harriet Billingsley, 30 East Cedar Avenue, Merchantville he recalled that she had told him that a moment before the bus stopped she thought she saw a flash on her right- the south side.
Other women who gave their names were Eleanor Montgomery, 217 North Forty-seventh Street; Mrs. C. Schmidt and Mrs. T. Van Newkirk, both of 1110 North Twenty-sixth Street.
City Police Drop
City Detectives George Ward and Louis Shaw said this afternoon
that they would make no further investigation into the incident of the
motorbus on the Camden span yesterday. Both declared they were
convinced that a shot was fired from inside the bus.
“We are convinced that no sniper fired the shot that went through the windshield”, Ward said. “We believe the shot was fired inside the bus”.
“There were two men in the
bus at the time the bullet went through the glass. These men refused to
give their names to the driver of the bus. Bridge police were on the
job but I believe that it they had searched these two men they would
have found a .25 revolver on one of them”.
“One of these men sat directly behind the
driver. There are marks on the woodwork there to show where the man
rubbed the revolver when he put it beside the driver’s face and fired
the bullet through he glass.”
“ The glass was
shattered on the inside which shows that the bullet was fired from the
inside. If the bullet had entered from the outside the glass on the
outside would have been shattered”, Ward said.
Members of the bridge
police- former service men and experts on firearms- discredited the
theory of the two city detectives. They declared that the city
detectives were wrong in the matter of the shattered glass and that the
conditions would be just the reverse.
Bridge Patrolman Crane, who was standing near the bus when the shot was fired, declared today that the driver of the bus asserted he heard no report of a pistol. If the pistol had been fired near his head, he naturally would have heard it, Crane said..
April 5, 1928
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - MARCH 29, 1930|
SECOND MRS. MURRY DROPS
An eight-year controversy over the estate of former City Detective George Murry, one time alleged vice czar of the Third Ward, ended yesterday when Wife No.2 withdrew her claims.
Murry, who died under mysterious circumstances on the eve of going on trial for graft January 29, 1922, died intestate and Cora J. Murry, who claimed to be his wife, applied for letters of administration. She was the mother of 10 children of the detective. She since has remarried, her name now being Butler.
Elizabeth Murry came forward after the man's death and made a claim that she was the real widow and the other woman was only the detective's common law wife.
Former State Senator Albert S. Woodruff yesterday withdrew Elizabeth Murry's claim in the estate and Judge Shay granted letters of administration to Cora J. Murry Butler upon application of Surrogate George W. Whyte.
Murry's sudden death caused a sensation in political and police circles. He had been accused of offering protection to gambling dives, dope sellers and disorderly house proprietors for which he was said to have received large sums of money.
It was reported at the time of his death that he drew $200,000 from a bank the day before and gave it to the Butler woman. He once was reputed to have owned nearly all of the property in the Third Ward tenderloin.
The inventory filed in the application for administration papers, however, shows but $2000 in real estate as visible assets.
Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931
LIPPINCOTT WIDOW SUES FOR $225,000
Suit for $255,000 was filed in New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday by Mrs. Margaret Lippincott against the Atlantic City Railroad in the death of her husband, Willet Lippincott, of 106 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, a real estate operator and son of Benjamin A. Lippincott, first mayor of Haddon Heights.
The widow, mother of four children, charges that her husband met his death on the morning of July 23 at the Warwick Road crossing at Magnolia. Lippincott's truck, loaded with hay, obtained from the farm of his mother, Mrs. Laura Lippincott, on Warwick road, was struck by a northbound Ocean City-Camden train. Lippincott was killed, and the truck and hay set afire when the gasoline tank exploded.
Papers in the suit have been prepared by former Senator Albert S. Woodruff and S. Huntley Beckett, attorneys. Allegations are made in the suit that the railroad was negligent in failing to protect the crossing, which is termed in the charges as "extra-dangerous and extra-hazardous."
It is alleged further that a signal light at the crossing failed to work properly at the time of the tragedy, and that a curve of the railroad, a bank of earth, poles and other obstacles obstructed the view of an approaching train. No bell or whistle was sounded from the engine of the train, it is charged.
Lippincott met his death although he alighted from his truck to look up and down the tracks at the crossing, according to Woodruff. He had seen a southbound train pass, but was struck by the northbound train. Passengers on the northbound train included Magistrate Dennis F. Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia; Mayor Roy R. Stewart, Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly, Byron M. Seabrook, and Jerome Hurley, of the Hurley Stores, all of whom had summer homes at Ocean City.
Children surviving Lippincott include Priscilla, 8; Benjamin, 6; Summitt, 4, and Scott W. Lippincott, 1 year old.
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Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933
Opposes Bill to Curtail District Court
To the Editor:
The people of New Jersey, especially in Camden county, look with disdain upon the proposed bill before the Legislature to place in the hands of city commissioners control of district court employees.
This most contemptible move for a political expediency IS debasing and belittles the dignity and usefulness of the court, tends to turn it into a political incubator and shelter for politicians who demand what they feel is an inherent right to feed at the trough of the public treasury.
Why disrupt. an efficient administration of this district court for the purpose of controlling its employees.
Camden District Court is not strictly a city court. The district comprises the entire county and 50 percent of the business before the court is from outside the city limits.
The only connection the city commissioners have with it is that the funds of the court are deposited with the city treasurer and the city acts as paymaster to court employees. Peop1e should know that the Camden District Court is a "pay as you go" court-self-supporting, pays all salaries out of receipts and. the city keeps the profit which is substantial. Therefore the economy talk of budgeteers is a smoke screen to justify an attempt to remove some of the present employees.
We are extremely fortunate in having a state senator representing this district whom we depend upon to crush any attempt to pass legislation affecting office of Camden District Court. Al Woodruff is a vigilant ceaseless fighter, a foe of corrupt legislation which tends to lower the dignity of to our courts and is depended upon to use his best efforts to halt any further attempts of its sponsors to have it passed.
JOHN J. MORRISON
Camden Courier-Post *- February 3, 1933
COUNTY COLD TO
Although they will not make active fight against Senator Albert S. Woodruff's teachers' residence bill, parents and teachers of Camden county feel that the same result could be accomplished by including its provisions among the rules of the State Board of Education.
That was revealed yesterday by Mrs. Marion R. Gilpin, president of the Camden County Council of Parents and Teachers. Woodruff's measure provides that all teachers hired in New Jersey public schools in the future must be residents of the state for five or more years. He said he introduced the bill to to keep open the normal schools, which the Princeton Survey recommended closing because only half of the graduates received appointments.
"The parent-teacher groups of the county," Mrs. Gilpin said "feel that the same results can be obtained if those behind the bill will request the state Board of Education to make it a rule, rather than have it a law of the state.
"For one thing, it would prevent cities from hiring educational experts in some instances. There are times when these experts are not obtainable within the boundaries of our own state and it is necessary to go outside for them.
"Of course, we think. that absolutely our schools should employ as much as possible teachers graduating from New Jersey normal schools. But a law like this would narrow us down too much.
"As to the unemployment of New Jersey normal school graduates, we have been informed that a great many do not apply for teaching positions due to marriage or for other reasons.".
Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933
MAN AWARDED $3500 FOR TRUCK INJURIES
A Stratford man, the father of nine children, was awarded a verdict of $3500 in Circuit Court today for injuries received March 1, 1932, when he was caught between an express truck and a wire guard at the Philadelphia ferry of the Reading Company.
He is George E. Wiltsey, 49, an employee of the ferry company. He brought suit for $25,000, charging permanent injuries when a vehicle of the McCormick Express of Camden pinned him against a barrier in the ferryhouse.
Wiltsey, according to his attorney, State Senator Albert S. Woodruff, suffered concussion of the brain and injuries to the back which caused melancholia, insomnia and shock.
The express company defended the action on the grounds that Wiltsey left a place of safety and through contributory negligence entered a dangerous spot, where he was struck.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933|
Travaline? He Says 'Ulizio',
Who struck Assemblyman Frank M.
Travaline, Jr., of Camden, in the Senate corridor?
Travaline said it was B. George
Ulizio, of Pine Valley, campaign manager for Joseph S. Frelinghuysen,
former U. S. senator.
Newspaper correspondents and
other witnesses said it was Ulizio.
Ulizio said it wasn't:
"I was in Trenton Thursday," Ulizio said yesterday, "but I had
no trouble with anyone. I do not
even know Mr. Travaline.
This must be a case of mistaken identity."
One thing is certain. The blow
to lose his balance, trip over a topcoat he was carrying and fall to
The Assemblyman had entered the
Senate chamber to consult with Senator Albert S. Woodruff,
of Camden. Debate was in progress over ratification of the child labor
Federal Constitution. Senate President Richards, who was speaking, made
the comment that some senators were not giving him attention;
"Believing my conversation with
Senator Woodruff might be disturbing the chamber,
I retired to the outside lobby at
once," Travaline said. "I was talking there with other
Assemblymen when I
UIizio staring at me.
" 'You get out of here,' he
demanded to me," Travaline said.
"Though I did not know him at the time. I knew he wasn't a legislative
officer or a state house officer and I asked, "Why should I?'
"Then, without warning, he
grabbed my lapel. I
topcoat in one arm and my files and papers in the other. I jostled him
to free himself. Then he grabbed me by the throat with one hand and
before I could do anything he struck me in
the face with the other.
"The blow caused me to step back.
As I did so I stumbled on the tail of my
topcoat and fell. I
up and was about to go after Ulizio when State Trooper John Callahan,
on duty in the Senate, jumped between us.
"I demanded that Ulizio accompany me
to the basement where we could have it out with, my hands free. He just
shook his head and ran into the private office of Senate President
"Though I did not know Ulizio at the time,
he was identified to me by Senator Richards' secretary, Assemblyman
Muir's secretary and Assemblyman Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, who knows him well.
There certainly was no doubt that Ulizio was the man, whether he denies
it or not."
Ulizio holds no official position in the Senate. He is well known in political circles, also a noted collector of books.
Camden Courier-Post- June 9, 1933
WALKATHON CONDUCT BRINGS FINES FOR TWO
Charged with disorderly conduct at the Walkathon, two men were fined last night by Recorder George E. Yost in Pennsauken Township. Curley Evans, 31, of 918 Serrill Avenue, Yeadon, Pa., was fined $15 and costs. He was arrested by Special Officer William Blank Jr., Ervin J. Reilly, 28, of 224 Market Street, Camden, who eluded Blank and was later arrested by Inspector Thomas Thorpe, was fined $50 and costs. An army pistol was found in his possession.
Edward Slenker, 23, of Martinsville, Virginia, was fined $15 for failing to have registration cards for his truck.
At the request of Senator Albert S. Woodruff, his counsel, J. Francis Mumford, 25, of 5957 Loretta Street, Philadelphia, was granted a postponement until June 16 of a hearing on charges of drunken driving. Mumford was released in Woodruff's custody pending the hearing. He was arrested early Thursday after an automobile accident.
Camden Courier-Post- June 13, 1933
SUNDAY BEER AND BARS ADDED TO
Trenton, June 12.-Sale of beer over bars and on Sundays after 1 p. m., in municipalities whose governing bodies provide such authority, is provided in a supplement to the temporary beer law introduced in the Assembly tonight.
On petition of five percent of the registered voters of a municipality protesting Sunday sales, a local referendum would be mandatory at the next general election.
Thomas M. Muir, of Union, sponsor of both the supplement and the
present law, said no effort would be made to have the new measure
reported out of the judiciary committee until next week.
Referendum Aids Bills
is considered certain the Legislature, now hoping to adjourn some time
next week, would take only a recess, returning in the Fall.
The supplement reads:
"For the period during which this act shall be effective, it shall, by resolution of the governing body of the municipality, be lawful, there in, to use bars at all times and to sell beverages, with legal content on Sunday after 1 p. m.
"However, if a petition be signed by 5 percent of the qualified voters of such municipality and presented to the governing body protesting such sale and use of bars and requesting submission of the question to the voters of the municipality, it shall be mandatory upon the governing body of such municipality to include on the ballot at the next general election for members of the general assembly the question:
(1) Shall the sale of legal beverages be permitted on Sunday after 1: p.m. in this municipality?'
(2) Shall the use of bars be permitted in connection with the sale and use of legal beverage?'
"This act shall take effect immediately."
Vocational School Aided
No action was taken by the Assembly on the Reeves, and Kuser fiscal reform bills approved by the Senate last week. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, announced the joint Republican conference committee would meet at 11 a. m. to discuss these measures.
He obtained unanimous consent to introduce a bill amending Chapter 294 of the laws of 1913. The amendment permits semi-annual appropriations for vocational schools for the year beginning July 1, 1933. The law now calls for an annual appropriation by the county.
Woodruff also submitted to the Senate Judiciary committee an amendment to Assembly 489 by Siracusa now in the committee. The measure originally provides for referendum to approve diversion of $10,000,000 to state school funds from the $100,000,000 highway bond issue approved in 1930. Woodruff's amendment would permit vocational schools to receive part of the fund. According to Woodruff, Siracusa has approved the amendment.
Camden Courier-Post- June 14, 1933
LIKELY TO TAKE CAMDEN SPAN BONUS
The Republican joint conference committee of the Legislature at Trenton yesterday tentatively agreed on a plan under which the state would take over Camden Bridge bonds and sell them to provide funds to aid financially stricken school districts.
The plan was proposed by Senator Albert S. Woodruff, of Camden ,and would make available $3,000,000 now owed to teachers in back pay almost immediately after the necessary legislation is enacted.
Further, it would virtually guarantee return of the $4,000,000 borrowed from the teachers' pension fund for relief purposes last year.
Woodruff explained the bill, as follows:
"Some time ago I introduced a bill, Senate No. 207, to permit the state to take over bonds of the Delaware River Joint Commission, which at the present time owes the state $12,199,330.06 on its original investment and about $250,000 in interest on the principal due June 30.
"At today's conference I suggested that we take over the bonds, sell them and use the money for school purposes, allocating $3,000,000 immediately for back payment of salaries and $9,000,000 for current salaries next year.
"On receiving, this cash from the state, the municipalities would put up as security an equal amount in tax anticipation notes, against which the teachers would have a lien to the total amount of $12,000,000 for repayment of the $4,000,000 borrowed from the pension fund.
"In addition, they will be paid immediately the $250,000 bridge interest and the $199,330 over the even $12,000,000 principal, or a total of about $444,000 as first payment."
Woodruff explained that the new plan will necessitate some change in his proposal to aid vocational schools also. Monday night he introduced an amendment to the Siracusa bill providing a share for vocational schools, but the Siracusa bill, setting up school funds by converting $10,000,000 from the highway bond issue, would be supplanted by the plan offered today.
"I am going to work and try to find some way to include vocational schools," said the senator. "I think it can be done."
Dr. Leslie H. Ewing, director of the Board of Freeholders, said that Camden County may apply for state aid to assure reopening of the vocational school, should the necessary legislation pass.
The director said the freeholders will discuss the new developments at their meeting this afternoon, either in caucus or on the floor.
No Other Funds Available
Woodruff pointed out that if state aid is forthcoming, the prospect of the county vocational school reopening next Fall would be brightened. He said that without such assistance, the county would be without funds to open the school.
The state senator added that he understands' many other counties are in the same position as Camden relative to vocational schools,
"In Camden county," Woodruff said, "there is a growing sentiment in favor of the vocational school. At this time many parents lack the means for providing higher education for their children, and would prefer to send them to vocational school, rather than high school."
Except for an allotment of $3500 to protect the property, no appropriation was made for operation of the Camden County school during the 1933-34 school year. Freeholders, during discussion of the 1933 budget earlier in the year, pointed out that the $3500 is in addition to a $7000 surplus in the 1932 budget, making $10,500 available to safeguard the building.
Asked if the freeholders would make an appropriation for the half year of 1933-34, from January to June, as made possible under the Bradley bill passed recently in the Legislature, changing the school year to the fiscal year of cities and counties, Dr. Ewing said he did not think so.
Camden Courier-Post- June 21, 1933
N. J. Rulers Make Horse Race Legal With Local Option
Trenton, June 20.-Revival of running-horse racing in New Jersey was authorized tonight.
By a vote of 11 to 1, the Senate approved the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Siracusa, of Atlantic, which had been passed by the lower house March 13.
It creates a state racing commission of three members to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The expense of the commission, which would regulate and license horse races, is not to exceed $5000 a year and would be paid by racing and steeplechase corporations owning or operating tracks.
The measure was amended by the Senate requiring county referendums before races can be authorized.
Atlantic County has been leading the fight for horse racing and action on the bill tonight, after it lay in the miscellaneous business committee the morgue- since March 15, was hailed as a victory for Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic.
Doesn't Legalize Gambling
It was brought out for a vote by Senator Albert S. Woodruff, of Camden, after Richards turned over the chair to him. The amendment then was made on motion of Richards who was the only one to speak for it.
He declared that many nearby states which permit horse racing obtain substantial revenues from this source and that New Jersey should reap similar benefits. He insisted the measure does not legalize gambling, which is prohibited by the state constitution.
Beer Still In Doubt
Senator Edward P. Stout, Hudson Democrat, in a sarcastic reference to the political deals of the session, said:
"If the Atlantic county Senator is through with horse trading, we should have horse racing."
Horace G. Prall, Hunterdon Re publican, cast the only negative vote. Affirmative were Woodruff, Barber, Cole, Durand, Ely, Kusel, Loizeaux, Quinn, Richards, Stout and Young. Not voting were Leap, Loder, Powell, Read, Albright, Barbour and Reeves.
No action was taken on a companion measure by Assemblyman Joseph Altman of Atlantic which would eliminate the anti-gambling amendment to the state constitution which was adopted in 1897. The Altman bill passed the Assembly March 13.
That permanent beer legislation remained in doubt tonight, with the state beverage commission unable to agree on the bill sponsored by Richards, its chairman.
Senate Falls to Act
Senate failed, to act on the bill by Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakly,
of Camden, which was adopted last night by the lower house. It would
supplement the present temporary law and permit municipalities to
approve Sunday sales and sales over bars, with a provision that five
percent of the voters could demand a referendum on the
His bill would permit bars and also authorize Sunday sales after 2 p.m., unless or until the local governing bodies prohibited It by resolution.
added fee of $50 from manufacturers and distributors would be collected
and municipalities would be permitted to assess additional fees for
retail licenses to September 1. The present law is effective until July
will move to have the supplement made effective to January 1.
The Assembly will meet again at 11 a. m. and the Senate at noon. Leaders hope to be able to recess late tomorrow night until Fall.
Bridge Bill Dormant
Before adjourning for its "fun" session tonight, the Assembly adopted a resolution by Dr. Marcus, W. Newcomb, of Burlington, at the request of the attorney general's office, calling on the United States secretary of agriculture to reject the proposed Philadelphia milk-shed agreement, declaring it was in conflict with the New Jersey milk control law.
The Assembly laid over Senator Woodruff's bill to allow the state to accept bonds of Camden Bridge in lieu of cash for the $12,000,000 owed the state for the purchase of the bridge. Assemblyman Joseph Greenberg, of Hudson, insisted that it should contain some guarantee to the state against loss of the total payment through sale of the bonds. Bleakly said the bonds would be sold at least at par and that there was nothing in the bill to require New Jersey to accept them at a loss.
A new bill by Senator Edward P. Stout, of Hudson, was adopted by the Senate allowing counties and municipalities to negotiate with the federal government for aid from the federal public works fund.
The Senate adopted the following other bills:
A-515-Rafferty-Requires referenda in boroughs and townships before governing bodies may abolish the election of assessors.
S-422--Reeves-Provides for payment into state treasury of money collected in tines from overloaded trucks crossing interstate bridges.
S-309-Leap-Requires licenses to be obtained from State Department of Health by shippers sending milk into New Jersey.
S-21-Barbour-Gives owners of manufacturing space liens upon machinery for unpaid rent.
S-3811 - Loizeaux - Appropriates $30,000 for final payment of state soldiers' bonus.
S-395-Read-Glves harbor masters police powers to enforce state laws against vessels using inland water ways.
S-344-Young (committee substitute)-Extends time within which railroad and canal companies may appeal from 1932 tax assessments.
S-272-Powell-Allows police of a volunteer fire company to act in all parts of county where appointed.
S-209-Woodruff-Authorizes registration of lodge emblems to prevent their being worn by unauthorized persons. .
Camden Courier-Post- June 22, 1933
BRIDGE BOND BILL
Trenton, June 21.-By a unanimous vote of 15-0, the State Senate this afternoon passed Senator Albert S. Woodruff's committee substitute for the Pascoe and Siracusa measures. The bill would provide funds for distressed school districts through sale of Delaware River Joint Commission bonds.
The measure, a companion of Woodruff's No. 207, passed in the Assembly tonight, would permit the state to take over $12,000,000 in Camden Bridge bonds in lieu of cash from the joint commission in payment of the state's investment in the span. The state would then resell the bonds to provide school funds.
Unlike the Siracusa and Pascoe bills, which would divert the money from state highway bonds, the committee substitute assures assistance for the Camden County Vocational School and other vocational schools throughout the state.
"This bill," said Woodruff, in explaining the measure, "will, within a few months, release $8,500,000 in new purchasing power in the state of New Jersey. That sum is the amount of the state's school indebtedness now.
"About $3,000,000 of that amount now is due the teachers in back salaries. The rest is for tuition owed by one school district to another for high school students, supplies bills and transportation bills.
"It provides further that any balance in the fund in September may be loaned to districts otherwise unable to open their schools because they have no money to pay salaries.
"The municipalities, of course, must put up securities in the form of tax anticipation notes."
The bill also provides repayment, in installments, of the $4,000,000 borrowed from the teachers' pension fund for unemployment relief last year.
"I think it is important," said Senator Woodruff in conclusion, "that we realize the tremendous effect in increasing purchasing power the release of this huge sum will have."
Camden Courier-Post- June 23, 1933
Makes Sunday Beer Sales Legal
Trenton, June 22.-Sale of beer on Sundays after 1· p. m. and over bars is permitted in a bill adopted by the Legislature before adjournment early today.
The bill, extending the present law from July 1 to September 1, provides that any municipality may authorize Sunday and bar sales by resolution. It differs from a similar bill passed in the Assembly Monday, but not acted on by the state, in that there is no provision for local referenda.
new measure went across in both branches of the Legislature after
tempestuous scenes in the Assembly, where it passed on a second roll
call, 31 to 18. Assemblyman Cunard, Republican, of once dry Salem,
provided the necessary thirtyfirst vote.
The measure was sponsored by Assemblyman Muir, blind Republican from Union county. As introduced, it contained no Sunday provision but during first debate it was amended for that purpose by Assemblyman Pascoe, also of Union.
The Assembly roll call:
For-Altman, Atlantic; Blank, Essex; Bleakly, Camden; Bradley, Essex; Burrell, Essex; Carpenter, Mercer; Cavinato, Bergen; Chamberlin, Mercer; Cunard, Salem; Doughty, Bergen; Fort, Essex; Gurk, Gloucester; Gratowski, Essex; Hunt, Cape May; Kinzley, Bergen; Hamill, Monmouth; Mutchler, Morris; Naughright, Essex; Otto, Union; Pascoe, Union; Platts, Essex; Preiser, Essex; Schock, Monmouth; Siracusa, Atlantic; Tamboer, Passaic; Travaline, Camden; Trube, Essex, Waugh, Essex; Willis, Ocean; Yuill, Essex-31.
Against-Bischoff, Hudson; Bowers, Somerset; Bucino, Hudson; Dunn, Passaic; Galdieri, Hudson; Greenberg, Hudson; Gross, Hudson; Hejke, Hudson; King, Morris; Lance, Hunterdon; McLaughlin, Hudson; Newcomb, Burlington; Pesin, Hudson; Rafferty, Middlesex; Scheidemann, Passaic; Tinsman, Warren; Vavrence, Hudson; Walker, Hudson -18.
Not recorded-Brown, Middlesex; Burke, Middlesex; Calabrese, Essex; Downing, Sussex; Maloney, Hudson; Muir, Union; Peters, Bergen; Reinert, Camden; Schroeder, Bergen; Turner, Cumberland; Ward, Union -11.
Eight were recorded for the bill on the first Senate roll call. Senators Barbour, of Passaic, and Kusel, of Somerset, who were out of the Senate chamber were sent for and each came in and was recorded for the bill. The measure still lacked one to pass.
Four Senators had refrained from being recorded either way. This group included Woodruff, who, however, voted "aye" when the roll was called for the third time. The final vote:
For-Barbour, Passaic; Durant, Monmouth; Ely, Bergen; Kuser, Somerset; Loizeaux, Union; Powell, Burlington; Richards, Atlantic; Stout, Hudson; Wolber, Essex; Woodruff, Camden; Young, Morris.11.
Against-Barber, Warren; Cole, Sussex; Leap, Salem; Loder, Cumberland; Prall, Hunterdon.-5.
Not voting-Albright, Gloucester; Read, Cape May; Reeves, Mercer -3.
Camden Courier-Post- June 26, 1933
BOND BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
Trenton, June 26.- Governor Moore today signed the bill by Senator Albert S. Woodruff of Camden, permitting the state to accept Camden bridge bonds in lieu of $12,000,000 cash owed to the state from the sale of the span.
He failed, however, to act on Woodruff's companion measure which would use the bonds so purchased to aid in paying teachers' salaries and other school expenses. It is expected he will sign this later.
The governor also signed the Reeves fiscal reform bills, but with held signature on the Kusel bill to create the office of state finance commissioner. Moore said he wanted first to confer with President Harold W. Dodds of Princeton, whose survey resulted in the measure.
Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933
POLITICAL TRADING IS HIT BY WOODRUFF
Political trading a the session of the Legislature by persons fired with personal ambitions was scored yesterday in a speech by State Senator Albert S. Woodruff before the Camden Rotary Club in the Hotel Walt Whitman.
is true," he said, "that there was a great deal of trading during the
past session among persons ambitious and desirous of obtaining their
was very disheartening to those who go to the Legislature to work.
However, much was, accomplished, more than in any year in my
senator then recounted the accomplishments of the lawmakers, telling of
legislation suspending mandatory salaries and other expenditures for
the municipalities; emergency acts before and during the bank holiday
crisis, and the plan to aid financially stricken school districts
through sale of $12,000,000 in Camden Bridge bonds.
Woodruff mentioned no names when he charged "trading"
During the session, Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, was attacked on several occasions for alleged "deals" with Democrats.
U. S. Senator David
Baird, Jr., and Vice Chancellor Francis B. Davis, of
Woodbury, attended the
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
STATE G.O.P. CHIEFS SPEAK HERE TONIGHT
A testimonial dinner will be given tonight by the Camden County Republican Committee in honor of party leaders with former Governor Edward C. Stokes as principal speaker.
Those to be honored are Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of the county committee and state committeewoman; Assemblyman Isabella C. Reinert, former vice chairman; Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, new chairman of the county committee, and Joshua C. Haines, register of deeds, the retiring chairman.
Other speakers will include Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, national committeewoman from Bergen county; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton; former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., U. S. Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour and E. Bertram Mott, state chairman.
State Senator Albert S. Woodruff will be toastmaster. Carlton M. Harris, chairman of the dinner committee, said last night that reservations have been made at the Hotel Walt Whitman for 500 guests and the committee is swamped with applications.
Other members of the committee in charge of the dinner are William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer, and Mrs. Pauline Caperoon, secretary.
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
STATE P. B. A. PRESIDENT ATTENDS MEETING TODAY
Harry B. Gurley, of Paterson, state president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, yesterday attended a meeting of the executive committee of Local No. 30 in the Hotel Walt Whitman.
According to William McCaw, of Audubon, president of the local, the discharging of a number· of police men in nearby municipalities was discussed. State Senator Albert S. Woodruff attended. He is counsel for the local.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933|
Camden Courier-Post - September 18, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - October 11, 1933
ITALIANO HONORS 6 TONIGHT
Six youths of Camden city and county, graduates of various institutions of higher learning, who have embarked upon professional careers within the past ten months, will be honored tonight at a dinner-dance, to be tendered them by the Circolo Italiano of Camden County.
The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p. m. in Hotel Walt Whitman.
The honored guests are Dr. Anthony Di Ielsi, of 1018 South Fifth Street, graduate of Hahnemann Medical College; Dr. John Carman Canal of 101 Black Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, graduate of the Temple University Dental School; Dr. John D. Del Duca, of 919 South Fifth Street, also a graduate of Temple University Dental School; Philip M. Mealo, civil engineer with a degree from Carnegie Tech., Angelo D. Malandra 1909 South Fourth Street, graduate of the South Jersey Law School, and Dr. P. J. Chinappi, of 1728 Broadway, who holds a degree from Temple University Dental School.
Common Pleas. Judge Eugene V. Alessandroni, of Philadelphia will be one of the principal speakers. Others include State Senator Albert S. Woodruff, Mayor Roy R. Stewart of Camden and Dr. A. A. de Porreca, noted Philadelphia architect.
Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor of Camden County and president of the Circolo Italiano of Camden County, will preside as toastmaster. Other officers of the organization are Edward V. Martino, vice president; Vincent A. Sarubbi, recording secretary; Cosmo Buono, corresponding secretary and Dr. Troiano, treasurer.
The Circolo Italiano of Camden County was organized in October, 1931 with a membership of six. Today its membership totals 44 men. Its purpose, is set forth in its charter of incorporation, "to engender, stimulate, and foster interest in the movement for the betterment of the Italian American citizens in the County of Camden.'
The committee directing tonight's dinner dance includes Chairman Martino, Gene R. Mariano, John R. Di Mona, Anthony Marino, Dr. Troiano and Joseph Bantivoglio.
Camden Courier-Post - August 29, 1935
S. Woodruff - Elizabeth C. Verga - Emma
Hyland - Harry L. Maloney - Hotel
|Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1936|
ALLOWED IN SALLADE ACTON
A $1250 counsel fee yesterday was allowed
James Mercer Davis, of Camden, and John R. K. Scott, of Philadelphia,
who represented Mrs. Edith June Sallade in her divorce action against
Lieut. Wiley U. Sallade. Sallade won a recommendation for divorce and
his wife's suit dismissed by Advisory Master William J. Kraft last week.
Davis appeared before the advisory master
today and asked a fee of $2500 from Sallade to cover his wife's legal
expenses. He said he had been engaged in the case since December, 1934,
and also appeared four days in court.
Scott pointed out that he represented
Sallade's first wife in her divorce action, had collected a fee five
times the amount of Davis' request and Sallade had settled upon his
first wife the sum of $70,000 with the divorce.
Former State Senator Albert S. Woodruff,
counsel for Sallade, who resides in Haddonfield and is a former
chauffeur and adviser to Pierre S. duPont, protested the large fee.
Woodruff said Mrs. Sallade was the moving party in the case and her
allegations as to her husband's conduct had been dismissed by Kraft.
Kraft is announcing the $1250 fee, remarked
it was the largest he has recommended since becoming an advisory master.
Davis told Kraft he intended to appeal the advisory master's decision to the Court of Errors and Appeals. Sallade won his divorce recommendation on the grounds of extreme cruelty.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938|
|LEGISLATURE DELAYS ACTION ON
Line-Up of Solons Supporting Woodruff or Baird Remains Undisclosed
Trenton, Jan. 31 - The line-up in the Legislature on election of either former Senator Albert S. Woodruff or David Baird Jr. as Camden member of the Delaware River Joint Commission remained undisclosed as both houses adjourned tonight.
No election resolution was introduced in either the Senate or the House, with supporters of both candidates seemingly reluctant to force the issue without assurance of sufficient votes.
It was also reported that Baird's backers were trying to delay action on the job at the present time due to the quick and favorable response which greeted the Woodruff candidacy in the Republican clubs of Camden city and county.
Courier-Post * February 5, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
The way some of the members of the Camden County Republican Committee are behaving these days, the Democrats can stay home on their own meeting nights .... The Republicans are doing their work for them .... Now some 70 of the Republican committeemen have signed a petition to give Baird a job that won't pay him anything.... It's about time they're giving him something .... They took the U. S. Senatorship away from him .... Moore took the governorship away from him .... Woodruff took the state committeeship away from him .... The New Deal took the city commission away from him .... The New Deal took the freeholders away from him:.:. Somebody always is taking something away from Baird ....
It isn't a question of Baird's ability to fill the bridge job .... The only one to even mention that as an issue was Fred von Nieda .... He's a city commissioner, you know .... It's a matter of principle .... At least, that is what Florence Baker, state committeewoman, says .... Mrs. Baker is telling Senator, Clee and others at Trenton that they owe it to Baird to support him for the job because he has always helped Clee ...Let's, in all fairness to Baird, look at the record .... In the primary, during an address at the First Ward Republican Club, Dave Baird stated he was for Cliff Powell against Clee .... Mrs. Baker did not come out against Clee .... She didn't come out against Powell. Instead, she said she was neutral. In the general election, Mrs. Baker said she was for Clee. Baird never said he was for Clee. (If he had, Clee's majority of 35,000 would have gone to Moore) ....
So we don't think that Mrs. Baker is very convincing when she tells Clee that Baird helped Clee .... She said that the Camden county legislative delegation helped Clee's program against Hoffman. Was Baird a Democrat last year? Sheehan, Roye and Lodge were .... Burling was a Republican, and helped Clee, but he is not for Baird. Perhaps it was because Baird "helped" Clee's program against Hoffman opposition, that Hoffman slipped in Baird's appointment without the knowledge of Burling or the state or county committee members .... Mrs. Baker stated at a banquet that she has copies of the Courier-Post in 1931 in which Baird was praised for his bridge work .... If anyone cares to look at our files, we will show what Mrs. Baker said about Baird in the neighborhood of 1931. ... Or what we said about Baird at other times .... Also what Mr. van Nieda and Frank Travaline said.
But enough ado about nothing .... All we've done is talked about Baird when it had been our plan instead to talk about politics.
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political ax is hanging over the head of a Mt. Ephraim official on the
charge he is assuming too much authority ..... The political ax hanging
over the heads of the Delaware township cops is about to be enmeshed in
litigation .... One of the policeman is a member of the P.B.A. which
will carry his fight into court in a case that will be a precedent for
the other township cops, too .... Herb Taylor will be county engineer
if it goes to a Republican .... It may be a Democrat however, and
newest among the candidates, on that side of the ledger is former City
P. Sherwood .... There may be only one assistant county
solicitor instead of two in which case it will probably go to Carleton
Rowand, city school board member ....
By the way, don't, be surprised if under the new contract between the city and county on maintenance of the City Hall, the city takes full control of the building with consent of the county ... Which will be tough on some of the county jobholders ...* * *.
Assemblyman Allen now denies he wants all us newspaper fellers to go to the guillotine ... He says he meant lawyers ... Charlie Humes wants to be guillotined ... Standing up ... Incidentally, Charlie is defending his last-place position in the ping-pong league tonight… Firefighter Lennox went to church the other day… And found the roof braced up. When will the borough of Merchantville fix up that dangerous hole in Browning road at the railroad tracks north of Maple Avenue? ... Or is that in the township?
Whenever the state police want Detective Wojtkowiak at the prosecutor's office, ·they ask for "Sergeant Watchyourcoatandhat" … The Mt. Ephraim commissioners are going to buy a police car for their chief ... He's also in for a pay rise ... Bellmawr's chief of police won't get the salary increase he wants, but he will get an additional allowance for the use of his car ... Runnemede's two new cops will also get pay increases …
The other day an alarm was sent to every police department in the county and also to the Philadelphia cops that a car had been stolen in Audubon ... The culprit is glad no cops saw him ... He was none other than a police official who wanted to borrow a storekeeper's car but took the wrong one by mistake ... His face is almost as red as Vince (deP) Costello's ... At the K. of C. roller skating exhibition the other night, Luke McKenna did a few fancy turns ... Vince recalled he, too, had been pretty good at one time, so he essayed to show his friends ... His intentions were better than his legs, and a couple of well-wishers followed him around the floor with a stretcher.
This all happened quietly The Runnemede police received a complaint from two storekeepers ... It appears that a group of high school students from another town had stopped off at Runnemede to purchase some cakes ... Several other articles disappeared from the stores ... A few days later the dean of the high school went to Runnemede paid one shopkeeper $10 and the other $2.60 ... Representing the goods they said were taken ...
Aside to that clairvoyant weakly editor who reported yesterday that Joe Van Meter is going to be the Republican nominee for sheriff: A sheriff cannot succeed himself in New Jersey ... Silvio Fittipaldi, former Haddon Heights High star, is a veterinarian and doing nicely ... A Philadelphia college professor who lives in Pennsauken uses his spare time writing a book ... Home by 4.30 p.m. from work, he retires at 8 p.m., rises at 3.30 a.m., writes for four hours, breakfasts and goes to work ... The Playcrafters are busy rehearsing "Post Road" for Feb. 18 and 19 ... A warrant is in the mails for a suburban doctor ... Illegal operation ... Fred Homer. Merchantville song-bird, had an audition in New York recently before the Metropolitan Opera Audition Committee ... What Collingswood shopkeeper's missus is having trouble getting a costume for a minstrel show? ... They're still looking for better buses on Route 14 ...
Carlton Rowand told this one at a dinner the other night… The foreman on a western WPA job wired Farley for more materials to finish the job ... "We need 2000 shovels in a hurry," the foreman wired ..."We ran out of shovels," replied Farley. "Let the men lean on each other."
|Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938|
| MRS. PETZOLD QUITS BAIRD ON
Runnemede G.O.P. Aide to Back Woodruff, Erase Name From Petition
Mrs. Katherine Petzold, Republican county committeewoman from Runnemede, yesterday announced she had bolted the candidacy of David Baird Jr., for election to the bridge commission, to support former Senator Albert S. Woodruff .
Mrs. Petzold repudiated her original action in signing the Baird petition, for which she and her colleague, former Mayor Robert F. Sheppard, have been asked to resign from the county committee by the executive committee of the Runnemede Republican organization.
Mrs. Petzold and Sheppard have been summoned before the Runnemede committee on Monday night to explain their action in signing the petition. Mrs. Petzold said she would attend the meeting, but Sheppard, has refused to make any comment on his action in signing the Baird document or on the summons to appear before the Republican organization.
In announcing her break from the Baird to the Woodruff camp, Mrs. Petzold disclosed that William Lehman, in charge of the Republican county headquarters at Broadway and Stevens street, Camden; Mrs. Anna G. Holl, county committee woman from Haddonfield, and Mrs. Mary H. Tegge, county committee woman from Haddon Heights, were the missionaries who persuaded her to sign.
Wants Name Removed
"I signed the petition as they requested," said Mrs. Petzold, “not thinking that I was doing anything against the wishes of our Republican organization or to embarrass our: executive committee."
In leaving the Baird cause yester day, Mrs. Petzold made the following statement:
"I am going to ask tomorrow that my name be removed from the petition supporting David Baird for appointment to the bridge commission. I intend to support the appointment of Senator Albert S. Woodruff.
"I have learned that my signing the petition of Mr. Baird has met with disfavor of the Runnemede Republican Club and its executive committee. I wish it known to the committee and to my friends that I regret my action. '
"The petition was brought to me by Mr. Lehman, Mrs. Holl and Mrs. Tegge, for me to sign. Through my friendship for them I signed the petition as they requested, not thinking I was doing anything against the wishes of the Republican organization or to embarrass our executive committee. .
"After reading in the newspaper, of the executive committee at which I was criticized for my action I realized then what I had done.
Gratetful for Support
"I want it known that I am grateful to the Republican organization and the executive committee of Runnemede for their support in electing me to the Camden County Republican Committee.
"I would do nothing to cause them embarrassment.
"I am heartily in accord with the movement of state Committeeman Frank Hanna, Dr. Warren E. Pinner, our freeholder; Mayor Harry A. Fluharty and other Young Republican leaders to rebuild the Republican party in Camden County. I am always ready to co-operate with them and abide by their wishes.
"I am sending letters to the three Republican assemblymen from Camden County and to Senator Burling to have my name removed from the Baird petition and to endorse Senator Albert S. Woodruff for the appointment to the bridge commission".
What the names of Sheppard and Mrs. Petzold were found to have been signed to the Baird petition, the names having been revealed following the parley last Saturday with state legislators, the Runnemede Republicans became indignant.
The county committee representatives were held to have been acting without authority when they signed the petition.
Courier-Post - February 19, 1938
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| David Baird Jr. -
Harry Ecky - William Lehman - Samuel P. Orlando - Albert S. Woodruff
Emma Hyland - Marie V. Kelley Verdiglione - Sol Polkowitz - William "Dutch" Kinsler
Charley Humes - Chinny Weber - Beatrice DiGiuseppe - Pasquale Ianuzzi - Pine Street
Mrs. Kathryn Sheeran - Walter Fallon - John Branin - B.R. McLaughlin
Camden Courier-Post - February 23, 1938
Is Zat So!
NOW that Harold G. Hoffman has become "Brother Rat" to Heywood Broun, Jay Franklin, Charlie Humes, Dan McConnell, John Fitzgerald, By Jiminy and Yours Truly, it seems only clubby to warn our new fraternity brother of something that he is up against for sure.
Perhaps the former Governor felt he was using slick polities when he waited until the eleventh hour before he named David Baird, Jr., to the bridge commission. Perhaps Hoffman figured he would hand a kick in the 'slats to certain sources the former Governor disliked. Perhaps Hoffman figured it a keen piece of work for a slicker to toss the former U. S. Senator in Camden's lap and tell the county to like it or lump it.
I don't know the motive's that actuated our Brother Rat in this move. Nor am I aware of his idea in making the appointment.
In fact I'm not even critical of the nominee or of his nomination to the commission. I'm merely taking the former Governor into my confidence and telling him that the sorest folk in local G.O.P. circles over the appointment of B'rer Baird are the Baird adherents.
Seems far-fetched to make such a statement, but they have confessed that very fact to yours truly. Don't get the idea they are not as strongly behind the former U. S. Senator as ever they are. The thing that riles the Baird folk is that Hoffman tossed that bundle of woe and trouble on their doorstep about 24 hours before he, Hoffman, was through as Governor of New Jersey,
BLAMED HOFFMAN FOR PRESENT STRIFE
No indeed. These Bairdites tell me the party was getting along pretty well. The factions had been solidified behind Senator Clee during the latter's gubernatorial campaign. The Republicans controlled the legislative delegation from Camden county, the three assemblymen and state senator are allied with the G. O. P.
True, the Board of Freeholders was lost and the Baird faction was disappointed over that fact, as one might expect. Still the Baird allies had become reconciled to the loss of control of county affairs, were yielding to the inevitable. Olive branches were extended in several directions. Prominent Baird lieutenants were willing to listen to harmony with the Kobus wing of the party.
Came the appointment. Instantly the old wrangle broke out afresh. It might have occurred in any event but the peculiar circumstances under, which the appointment was made added to the complexity of the situation and the anguish of the factions. First there came a difference as to the meaning of the law which states that a Governor may appoint a commissioner, ad interim, until the legislature elects.
Whether the ad interim appointment continues until a commissioner is chosen by the legislature is a moot question. So involved is the present dispute, indeed, that I learn on good authority that T. Harry Rowland, New Jersey counsel to the bridge commission, will in all probability be asked at the next meeting of the commission to give an opinion as to the meaning of that law.
Rowland will be called upon to render his opinion as to whether David Baird Jr., sits legally on the bridge commission today, or whether his term of office as an ad interim appointee expired when the present state legislature came into life.
ROWLAND WILL HAVE TOUGH JOB
If this question is broached to Rowland he'll wind up behind the eight ball, too.
If he decides the appointment continues until the legislature elects a successor, that will fix Baird's appointment as certain on the commission until somebody is elected to the vacancy caused by the retirement of John B. Kates.
If Rowland determines the appointment terminated with the inauguration of the Governor and legislature, then comes a legal battle that may wind up in the Court of Errors and Appeals. In either event it's not so hot for Brother Rowland.
Meanwhile I hear by the firmly established Mackay grapevine that neither of the present candidates mentioned for bridge commissioner has sufficient votes to be elected. Both sides, I'm told, assert that when the proper time arrives they'll have the votes to elect their man.
Others who are impartial in the survey declare neither of the candidates has enough votes. Unless something gives, these seers contend, there will be a stalemate continue so long as the legislature wishes the present situation to exist.
I understand that the balance of power to determine the election of Baird or former Senator Albert S. Woodruff rests with Union county. Four members of the Assembly from that bailiwick, voting together, can hand the plum to either candidate.
Senator Charles E. Loizeaux, president of the upper branch and Herbert J. Pascoe, Speaker of the Assembly, both hail from Union county. The matter of having their assemblymen vote for Baird or Woodruff has been placed squarely before these two solons.
Loizeaux, it was told to me, tried to duck the issue with the old moth eaten excuse that he never interferes with "the Assembly matters." Whereupon a Woodruff ally called to Senator Loizeaux's attention a couple of occasions when he seemed to slip from such attitude.
When confronted with the charge that on several occasions Senator Loizeaux did not hesitate to stick his fingers into Assembly matters, the presiding officer shut up like a clam. Only to open his mouth anew to intimate that he might give the Woodruff cause a boost with the Union county delegation in the Assembly.
Under such circumstances, and, with a rift wide enough to drive a 10-ton truck created in the party ranks, no wonder exists as to the antipathy the pro-Baird folk feel toward Hoffman.
These same Baird allies provoke considerable comment when they assert that if Hoffman had kept his hands out of the pie, Governor Moore would have named Baird to the commission to spite certain sources of opposition to Moore that dwell in this part of the world.
Altogether Brother Rat Hal made no 10-strike in his selection. To be frank the pro-Baird chaps insist that he just "played hell all around" with his appointment under such conditions.
Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1938
Is Zat So!
about the long arm of coincidence, wait until you read this. Some years
ago there wall a senator from Camden county named Albert S. Woodruff.
A lawyer of recognized ability throughout the state, he was also a
During his tenure at Trenton a measure was adopted which called for codification of the state laws, or something of that nature whereby a good part of the statute law of New Jersey was rewritten.
One of the laws that came into revision was the law that created the Delaware River Joint Commission, the group 'that has control of the vested interests of the state in Camden Bridge.
one of the committee that revised those laws was Senator Albert S. Woodruff
of Camden county. From this prelude we'll give the floor to Br'er Woodruff
and let him give an interesting revelation as to the reason why the
was fearful," the former solon I told me yesterday, "that we might come
to the time when New Jersey would have a Democratic governor who would
have the appointment of the bridge commission in his control. I didn't
'''I figured that it was rational to assume that in the majority of elections the Legislature would be under Republican control. In fact, my belief is borne out by the complexion of the two branches since revision."
SEE WHAT FUTURE HAS DEVELOPED
intention of that law," continued the ex-senator, "was to have no ad
interim appointment last longer than the date when the Legislature
organized. Thus we would always be assured of G. O. P. membership in
control of the bridge on
certain that an opinion from the attorney general will bear out this
legal contention that ad interim appointments exist only when the
Legislature is out of session and those ad interim appointments expire
the instant the Legislature
This opinion of the man who rewrote the law is interesting for several obvious reasons. It also reveals how the long arm of coincidence has reached out to take hold of a vexing situation for legislators, bridge counsel and other interested parties.
Baird, Jr., recently was given the ad interim appointment by
the retiring Governor Hoffman. The Legislature has since been in
session but no action has been taken on filling the vacancy caused by
the resignation of
enough the obstacle to the path of electing Baird to the full term, for
which he now occupies the ad interim appointment, is Albert S. Woodruff,
who has been boomed for the Kates vacancy. Meanwhile David Baird, Jr.,
The next move in this legislative puzzle must come from some source, while the Democrats have the opportunity to sit back and let the various Republican factions stew in their own juice.
SEEM TO BE SHIFT IN WHISTLE STOP
solons in the State Legislature want to get a load of THIS information.
Some time ago we protested as a resident of Camden about
misrepresentation on the various commissions affecting Camden city and
county by whistle stop
This is Chapter Two about the same situation as regards the Camden bridge.
Perhaps you men at Trenton are unaware that the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic county only represents that bailiwick in absentia.
I might inform you gentlemen at Trenton that the bridge commission held a meeting yesterday, in executive session,
I understand, the commissioners from South Jersey took yours truly over the coals. They proceeded to slam the portly scribe about with both vim and Vigor.
That's okeh with me. We've been socked by experts. It doesn't destroy the fact, however, that we did a little investigation on, our own account. The result of that inquiry is that we would like you solons to ask the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic county if he receives communications to himself at Boonton, N. J. If so why?
is in Morris county and either the whistle stop commissioner lives in
Morris county or he dwells in Atlantic county. If he lives in Morris
county, votes there and has his legal residence there, what right has
he to sit on the bridge
So much for the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic City, who probably represents the seaside via Morris county. How about the other whistle stop commissioners? Where do they really live?
|Camden Courier-Post - July 5, 1941
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... Vice Chancellor Al Woodruff has left for Chile and some deep sea fishing.
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Andrus - James Conaghy - Albert S. Woodruff
Edna Andrus - Emma Kenney - Domonick Palese - Thomas Bolt - Marion Garrity
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