HENRY MAGIN was born in New Jersey around 1897. When America entered World War I, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on June 12, 1917, and qualified with the rifle as a sharpshooter. He served with the Marines in France, where he was wounded, apparently by German artillery. Private Magin was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on July 14, 1919. He was bothered by pieces of shrapnel that could not be removed for the remainder of his life.
Upon returning to America, he married his pre-war sweetheart, Helen Elias of Philadelphia, in 1919. The couple was living in Philadelphia in January of 1920, when the census was taken. They lived with her parents in Philadelphia. Henry Magin was then working in a glass factory. A daughter, named Helen for her mother, was born not long after the census enumeration. Henry Magin was not content to make the glass factory his life's work, so he attended to furthering his education. In 1925 he graduated from Drexel University with a degree in civil engineering. He moved his family to Camden during the 1920s, and received his New Jersey license to practice municipal engineering early in 1930.
At the time of the 1930 Census, Henry Magin, had found work as a municipal engineer, most likely in Camden, where he resided. He was living with his wife Helen and their daughter, then age 9, at 3054 Alabama Road in the Fairview section of the city.
Henry Magin was very active in veterans and fraternal organizations, and became well known in Camden during the 1930s. The Democrat party in Camden called on him to run for the post of City Commissioner in 1939, and he was elected to that position in the May election. He replaced Frank J. Hartmann Jr.. as the Director of Public Works.
Henry Magin died quiet unexpectedly of a sudden heart attack on Friday, August 22, 1941, while inspecting conditions at the city incinerator on Federal Street. He had finished conferring with another public employee when he was stricken. James Carr, of the Highway Department, caught him as he fell.
Henry Magin was very popular figure in Camden, the Camden Times, a weekly newspaper of that era reported that "... services were conducted in the city commission chambers of the City Hall" and that "Fully 8,000 persons viewed the remains...as the body lay in state in the City Hall."
The 1947 Camden City Directory shows his wife Helen as still residing at the Alabama Road address.
Girl He Left Behind......
...and came back to marry!
Alabama Road, Camden NJ
The home of Henry and Helen Magin - 1920s-1941
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Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
POSTS PICNIC AT CLEMENTON PARK
Nearly 4000 war veterans and their families to attend the first annual picnic and rally of the Camden County American Legion today at Clementon Park.
Competition among bugle and drum corps will mark a street parade through Clementon a feature of the day's program. The American Legion Woman's Auxiliary of Camden County will participate along with the 40 and 8 and the 8 and 40. The latter group, comprised of women, also will compete in a bathing beauty contest.
The program will begin at 10.30 a. m., with swimming, boating and diving contests. Track events for veterans and children will be staged between 1 and 2.30 p. m. A base ball game, between American Legion junior teams from Fairview and Collingswood will follow. The street parade is timed for 5 p. m.
Army officers will preside as judges at the bugle and drum competition. Entries in ·this event are from various posts in South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Fireworks will climax the day's events. Leaders directing arrangements for the day are Samuel Magill, vice commander of Camden County; Frank Ellis, also a vice commander; Harvey Gaunt, county chaplain, and Henry Magin.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938
Legion Auxiliaries Active in County
Members of the Fred W. Grigg Post and Auxiliary of the American Legion will hold a joint meeting in the post home, Merchantville, tomorrow night, when they will have as their guests the officers of the country post and auxiliary.
Both the post and the auxiliary will have brief business sessions pre ceding, at 8.15, and the latter will make further plans for a card party and fashion show to be held ,in the Playhouse, Center and Chestnut streets, . Merchantville, on Wednesday, February 23. Following business, the evening will be given to an informal program followed by supper.
Bossert Units Meeting
Plans have been completed for the past officers dinner of the Dewey Bossert Post and Auxiliary, American Legion which will be held on Saturday in. the post home.
Mrs. Myrtle Randolph; president of the auxiliary, has announced the postponement of the group's public card party from February 25 to March 11.
8 and 40 Meets
Camden County 8 and 40 will hold a meeting at· Hoyle Butcher Post Home, Atlantic Avenue and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, tonight.
Mrs. Henry Magin, Chapeau, will preside. Hostesses for the evening are Mrs. David Lange and Mrs. S. J. Magill, Sr., of Audubon.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1939
PROMOTES 3, FIRES 3, REHIRES 4
Three dismissals, three promotions and four reinstatements and two new hirings were announced yesterday by City Commissioner Henry Magin, director of public works.
Dismissed were Eugeni Gatti, 208 Washington street; Julio Marcozzi, 321 Line Street, and George Pollard, 336 Stevens street, all temporary laborers at $4 a day. James Carr, 1409 Princess avenue, a laborer on asphalt repairs at $6 a day, is reclassified as general foreman of the department, effective today, at $2100 a year, subject to Civil Service promotional examination. John Dziekanski, 1414 Mt. Ephraim avenue, a laborer in the building bureau at $6 a day, is reclassified as architectural draftsman at $2100, also subject to examination. Oscar Moore, 543 Washington street, Ninth Ward freeholder, will receive $6 instead of $5 a day as a temporary laborer.
Reinstated were Lawrence Abbott, 910 South Third Street, a brother of Frank Abbott, deputy to Mayor Brunner, as a temporary laborer at $5 a day; Anthony Carrier, 416 Benson Street, a temporary laborer at $4 a day; James Jackson, 1117 Lawrence street, and Otis Still, 261 North Eleventh street. All were discharged by Frank J. Hartmann, Magin's predecessor.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1939
FLAG HOLDERS GILDING ASKED FOR P. S. POLES
Public Service was requested by the city yesterday to permit installation of permanent flag-holders on the company's light poles in the business district.
Commissioners E. George Aaron and Henry Magin, pointed out to Thomas H. McCarter, Jr., vice-president, and Rudolph Ayres, counsel for the corporation, that the city has had to award contracts for temporary holders to be installed for each holiday. With Flag Day next week and Fourth of July soon to come it was held the permanent installations would save considerable money to the city.
The commissioners also asked Public Service to paint all the light poles aluminum as an added means of beautifying the central business district. The Public Service representatives indicated the city's requests would be granted and promised to place them before the proper officials of the company.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1939|
BUREAU JOB GIVEN PETE SAMKO
The hiring of Pete Samko, secretary of the Eighth Ward Democratic Club, as a $1380-a-year clerk in the health bureau, was announced yesterday by City Commissioner E. George Aaron. He replaces Frederick Scheurman, of 2969 Hartford road, former Fourteenth ward Republican committeeman.
Commissioner Henry Magin announced the hiring of 16 temporary laborers for the Water and Highway departments which come under his Department of Public Works to
The jobs, Magin said, are all replacements for persons who have been dismissed since he took office. He explained that 102 have been laid off during the period and 66, including yesterday's hiring, put on to replace them.
Three of the 16 will be assigned to the water bureau, Magin said, and the others to the highway department. Those hired for the former department and their salaries are: James McSparrin, 939 Elm street, $1690 annually; Oscar Banks, of 1704 Master Street, $5 a day, and Lawrence DiPilla, of 229 Mt. Vernon street, $4 a day.
The others given jobs at $4 a day are: Frank Armstrong, of 2617 Cramer street; Thomas I. Cook, of 530 North Front street; Albert Costanzo, of 211 Beckett street; Roberto Dianigi, of 607 North Front street; Samuel Lectino, of 421 Stevens street; Joseph Lynskey, of 643 Grant street; William Porter, of 436 Berkley street and Thomas Richter, of 423 Pearl street, David Schwartz, of 812 South Sixth street; Fred Seither, of 3015 River avenue; Albert Thompson, of 421 North Front street; Guiseppe Trulli, of 550 South Fourth street, and Michael Wozniak, of 1446 South Tenth street.
Employment of two new laborers and reinstatement of two others was announced Wednesday by Commissioner Magin. Three employees who worked under former Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann were dismissed. The pay of all was $4 per day.
The new men are George Poole, of 276 Senate street, and William Weidman, 1041 North Thirty-fourth. Reinstated were James Jackson, 1117 Lawrence, and Otis Still, 261 North Eleventh. Those let out were Eugene Gatti, 208 Washington; Julio Marcozzi, 321 Line, and George Pollard, 336 Stevens.
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1939
Magin and the Veterans
To the Editor:
At the first meeting of the Veterans' Political League since the commission election, 200 attended. The hall was packed and the league members well repaid for their attendance by the address of their league chairman, Commissioner Henry Magin. He implored them to refrain from jamming up the works by all trying to get jobs, stating the job will be given to those entitled to them. He said this will include Republicans, Democrats and voters, but that he was desirous of all veterans applying through a committee named by the chairman. This was voted on and carried.
Commissioner Magin also informed all present that a promise had been made prior to election, if successful, he would reinstate all employees who were fired by Hartmann. This he said has been done. He also told us that he had placed about 20 veterans to work and that he sponsored and saw to it that Comrade Bud Hartman was placed on the Housing Authority Board at Westfield Acres.
All comrades stood in silence to honor the boys who lost their lives on the U. S. S. Squalus. Commissioner Magin said he would try to give all the citizens of Camden a splendid four years and will keep every promise he made during the campaign.
Addresses were made by Chairman Chuck Connors, Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Jackson, Edward Bearint, Comrades O'Brien, Harold and Hettinger.
The next meeting will be held in the evening. Notices will be mailed to each comrade. Admittance by card or discharge papers.
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1939
BROADWAY STORES SEEK 7TH ST. PARKING AREA
The Camden City Commission will be urged to convert South Seventh Street from Benson Street to Kaighn Avenue into a parking area by a delegation representing the Broadway Business Men's Association next week. The group will confer with Commissioner Henry Magin Tuesday at 2:30 PM in his office and request that he make a study of the plan and present it to other city commissioners.
The street has not been used as a thoroughfare since the former West Jersey & Seashore Railroad tore up the tracks on which it formerly operated its electric line.
Camden Courier-Post - September 2, 1940
HOME BASEMENTS CLEARED OF WATER BY FIRE APPARATUS
Except for minor isolated in: conveniences in a few sections, Camden city escaped storm damage yesterday.
a low area at Thirty-fourth street and Westfield Avenue the basements of
four homes were pumped free of water by fire apparatus, and several manhole
covers loosened and thrown off by sewer waters backing up, were retrieved
and fastened down in the area bounded by Second and Front streets near
Market street. More than 40 employees of the Camden water department aided
by 75 WPA workers labored throughout last night to barricade the Delair
Pumping Station of the Camden. Water Works against the rising water of the
Henry Magin, director of public works, who directed the work, announced
shortly after midnight the precautions were about completed. He declared the
men had been working for hours filling bags with sand which were piled
around the walls of the small brick structure housing the pumps.
are not worried much now," Magin announced, "since the work has
just been completed and we believed the waters of the Delaware River can
be kept back from the pumps. I understand Woodbury is in bad shape for water
and we are making plans now to tie-up with the Gloucester pumping stations
so water can be pumped into Woodbury if it is needed.
time we were prepared before the floods happened. It will not like several
years ago when thousands of dollars in damage were caused to the water
Magin said he had been on the scene all day directing the precautionary work and that Camden city itself only experienced several minor sewer line breaks which were repaired quickly. He said a fire department pumper would available from 1 a. m. on today while the Delaware River approached its crest at 1 a. m. in case of at any eventuality. .
|Camden Courier-Post * July 25, 1941|
Street - Henry
Magin - John Dziekanski - Thomas M. Madden
Wildwood Avenue - John L. Morrissey - Harry Beach - David S. Rhone
East Camden - John J. Crean - Mickle Street - Channing Terrace
Broadway - Lester Terrace - Van Hook Street - Collings Road - Alabama Road
South 2nd Street - North 5th Street - South Ninth Street - Saunders Street
Everett Street - Hollingshead Fire
Harry W. Beach - St. John Street
City Commissioner Henry Magin fell dead at 11:20 AM today while making a tour of the city incinerator plant with other city officials. He stepped from a platform and called to James Carr, superintendent of streets, to "catch me". He slumped into Carr's arms. Carr and William F. Augustine, Courier-Post photographer, rushed him to Cooper Hospital, but physicians pronounced him dead. He had been ill of heart trouble for more than a year.
|City Incinerator - July 7, 2006|
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Camden Courier-Post - August 23, 1941
Camden Courier-Post - August 23, 1941
Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941
Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.
were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city
hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal
The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.
A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.
Hundreds of men and women waited
outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession
filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city
employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill,
both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August
Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past
commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P.
Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William
Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.
Three trucks were required to carry
the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National
Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.
An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.
The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.
File Past Bier
A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.
Services were conducted by Camden
lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the
Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past
commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C.
Richard Allen, past department commander.
James W. Conner, chief clerk of the
city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted
rites at the grave.
Mayor Brunner and Commissioners
Kobus, Aaron, and
came early and remained throughout the hours of
viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in
deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.
Embraces Widow, Daughter
Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in
prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her
daughter. Mrs. Kobus
embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner.
They were in tears.
American Legion and V. F. W. members
in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A
detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John
Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter
assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the
stairways leading to the
Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and
John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino
and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American
Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied
of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by
Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having
150, the largest number.
A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P.
Carr, superintendent of Streets;
highway bureau employees.
Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first
assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as
director until the City Commission elects Mr.
Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City
Clerk Clay W.
Fire Chief John H. Lennox and
James A. Howell, chief of
city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert
Austermuhl, secretary of
the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.
Outstanding Floral Tribute
floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association.
The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League
an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which
was the first president, was a large floral pillow.
The freeholders and county officials
gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of
the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and
fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and
several Democratic clubs.
The floral tributes came in such
numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his
assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber
proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.
Among prominent officials and
citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A.
Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P.
comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No.
10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.
Others at Bier
Others were Sue Devinney, secretary
to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights
and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing
Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.
Smith, chairman of the Elks
Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert
Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr.
Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing
Authority; Postmaster Emma E.
Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the
Camden local assistance board.
former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and
wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D.
Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson
and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter
P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J.
Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title
bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski,
building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.
Oliver H. Bond,
housing manager of
Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph
Varbalow, acting city
counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul
Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T.
Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and
Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the
Camden County permanent registration bureau.
Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr. Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.
Also John C. Trainor, member of the
Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio
Mecca, funeral director;
Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former
Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of
the county park commission.
James O’Brien, commander of the
Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans
at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county
vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial
services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.
Camden Times - August 29, 1941
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held Tuesday, with many officials and colleagues in veteran's and fraternal circles participating.
Commissioner Magin, who was 44, and head of the Public Works Department of Camden, died suddenly Friday, just as he had finished talking to an official. As he fell he was caught in the arms of James Carr, of the Highway Department.
Services were conducted in the city commission chambers of the City Hall, and were in the charge of Rev. Dr. W. W. Ridgeway, pastor of St. Wilfred's Episcopal Church, Westfield Avenue and Dudley Streets, East Camden.
Fully 8,000 persons viewed the remains Monday night as the body lay in state in the City Hall, and Mayor Brunner gave a half holiday to all city employees so they could attend the funeral service.
Magin was a veteran of the World War and was injured during action on the other side.
The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George E. Brunner and Commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and David S. Rhone.
A guard of honor lined both sides of City Hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.
Trenton Timest *
February 27, 1942
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Kobus - George
Frost - Rocco
Palese - David
Henry Magin - James J. Mulligan
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