FRANK T. LLOYD was born in Middletown, Delaware on October 29, 1859, to Horatio and Caroline Lloyd. He was one of at least four children. He received his education and was graduated from the Middletown Academy. In 1875 he moved to Camden and became a compositor. The 1880 census shows the Lloyd family at 578 Clinton Street in Camden NJ. That block of Clinton Street, still standing today, was a series of row homes. On either side of the Lloyd family lived John Warnock at 576 and E.L. Senseman and 580. Both were printers, and Frank T. Lloyd was in 1890 working as a printer as well. At 582 Clinton Street lived Professor Horatio Draper, who had a long and distinguished career in the Camden School system. It is likely that Professor Draper influenced young Lloyd to further his education..
While serving his apprenticeship as a compositor he studied law in the office of Judge James Otterson, of Philadelphia. He was admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania in 1882 and practiced in the Philadelphia courts 15 years. He was elected to the Assembly from Camden county in 1896, and admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1897, was also re-elected to the Assembly that year. On March 24, 1899 he introduced a bill into the Assembly which enabled the Town of Stockton to be annexed by the City of Camden, bringing present-day East Camden and Cramer Hill into the city. In 1900 he became a counselor-at-law and the same year was appointed prosecutor of Camden County when both the current prosecutor, Wilson Jenkins, and his assistant, William Carson, died unexpectedly.
Frank Lloyd married about 1887, and with wife Mary, had at least one child, a son, Frank T. Lloyd Jr., born in 1894. The Lloyds appearsin the 1888-1889 and 1890-1891 Camden City Directories as living at "4th near State" in the Pavonia section of Stockton Township, now known as Cramer Hill. In the late 1890s he resided at what is now North 18th Street and River Avenue in the Town of Stockton. This home was later converted into an orphanage.
By 1910 Frank T. Lloyd and family were was living at 527 Cooper Street, next door to businessman and local historian Charles S. Boyer. The two would remain friends until Boyer's death in November of 1936.
Frank T. Lloyd was appointed to the Circuit bench in 1906 by then Governor Edward C. Stokes. He was re-appointed by Governor George S. Fielder in 1914 and Governor Edward I. Edwards in 1921. He was named to the New Jersey State Supreme Court in 1924 and re-appointed in 1931. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Judge Lloyd was an active opponent of organized crime and public corruption.
During the World War I, Judge Lloyd and County Prosecutor Charles A, Wolverton served as Federal Food Administrators for Camden County.
At the time of the 1930 census, Justice and Mrs. Lloyd were living at 6507 Maple Avenue, the corner of Maple and Cove Road, in Pennsauken NJ. Justice Lloyd retired from the New Jersey State Supreme Court post in January of 1938 and returned to private practice.
Justice Frank T. Lloyd passed away in 1951.
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 17, 1895
Otto Stix - Otmar E. Schmid
T. Lloyd - W. Oscar Buck -
Silas Betts Jr. - Samuel
Albert Plum - Charles Hope - John B. Davis
|Philadelphia Inquirer - October 11, 1895|
David Baird Sr.
J. WIllard Morgan
Thaddeus P. Varney
J. Wesley Sell
Frank T. Lloyd
Thomas P. Curley
William A. Husted
William D. Brown
Maurice A. Rogers
George Pfeiffer Jr.
Henry J. West
Louis T. DeRousse
Col. George Felton
Amos Richard Dease
Theodore B. Gibbs
|Philadelphia Inquirer - November 20, 1895|
Philadelphia Inquirer * December 13, 1896
|Frank T. Lloyd|
Philadelphia Inquirer * September 4, 1900
Cherry - John S. Smith - John
Cornelius Preston - William Smith - Frank T. Lloyd
|Philadelphia Inquirer - December 23, 1900|
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|Philadelphia Inquirer - March 20, 1902|
|Samuel G. Warwick - Frank T. Lloyd - J. Wesley Sell - John S. Smith|
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On October 1, 1902 Paul Woodward murdered two young boys by giving them poison. Frank T. Lloyd, then Camden County prosecutor, was responsible for leading the investigation and prosecuting the case. Woodward was arrested, indicted, tried, convicted of murder in the first degree, and on January 7, 1903 executed at the Camden County Jail.
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 5, 1903
Baird Sr. - J.
Wesley Sell - Frank
F. Patterson Jr. - C.V.D.
E. Ambler Armstrong - Frank T. Lloyd - F. Morse Archer - Robert L. Barber
William J. Bradley - William D. Brown - Thomas P. Curley - Charles F. Currie
Isaac W. Coles - E.W. Delacroix - John J. Burleigh - John Cherry - William Graeff
Theodore Gibbs - John S. Roberts - Henry J. West - George Pfeiffer Jr.
Irving Buckle - Samuel Wood - Jonathan Watson - Maurice Redrow
Richard R. Miller - Lwis H. Mohrman - David M. Anderson - G. WIlliam Harned
Edward H. Chew - William Coffin - Dr. John B. Davis - Dr. Henry H. Davis
Samuel S. Elfreth - Charles H. Ellis - Levi Farnham - John Blowe - J. Palmer Earl
Samuel P. Jones - George W. Turner - Henry M. Snyder - Lewis Stehr Sr.
Charles P. Sayrs - Henry J. Rumrille - William M. Palmer - Frank Peterson
Martin J. O'Brien - J. WIllard Morgan - J. Alpheus McCracken - John R. McCabe
A.G. McCausland - Joseph Kolb - John M. Kelly - E.E. Jefferies - Jacob S. Justice
Robert Jaggard - Harry L. Jones - Upton S. Jefferys - William Kettler
John D. Courter - Dr. William S. Jones - Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
Samuel G. Hufty - Ephraim T. Gill - Francis Fithian
|Philadelphia Inquirer - May 24, 1904|
Stanley - Martin J. O'Brien - Charles
Dubell - Edward
Independent Fireworks Company - Simeone Tieratozotti - Leonardo Pinto -
Ferry Avenue - Division Street - South 10th Street
Scanola - Hannah Parker - Stella Lewis - Mary Engle - Julius Engle
Jerosa Mongello - Peter Kearney - Tony DiNigro - R.A. Rockhill - J.A. Diebert Eberhardt Renning - Wilson Cunningham - R.A. Raphal - Cooper Hospital
T. Lloyd - Dr.
Paul N. Litchfield
Foster - Walnut
Herbert Weser - W.P. Teller - A. Walter Geller - Joseph Scanola
Camden & Suburban Railway - William Martin - Walter Ferguson
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Philadelphia Inquirer - August 30, 1905
Frank T. Lloyd Sr. - Vida King
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 6, 1905
Dr. Frank Stem
Frank T. Lloyd
Philadelphia Inquirer - December 9, 1905
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F. Patterson Jr.
Philadelphia Inquirer - January 16, 1906
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Baird Sr. - Edward
C. Stokes - Harry Loudenslager - William
J. Browning Samuel K. Robbins -
Floyd H. Bradley - Assemblyman Tatem - Albert DeUnger
George W. Whyte - Joshua A. Borton - J. Willard Morgan - John J. Burleigh
Frank T. Lloyd - Isaac Moffett - Charles Van Dyke Joline - Judge West
Charles H. Ellis
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 21, 1911
Philadelphia Inquirer * September 20, 1911
|Cooper B. Hatch - David Baird Sr. - Charles G. Garrison - Lizzie Green - John Gideon - Frank T. Lloyd Sr.|
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 27, 1915
Leighton Wescott - Frederick
George Fithian - Temple Theatre
October 15, 1916
Philadephia Inquirer - April 3, 1918
CAMDEN COUNTY IN THE GREAT WAR
City Farm Gardens
weapon to defeat the enemy was the establishment of City Farm Gardens in
the country. They were urged by the Government and not only provided food
for city residents, but abolished unsightly vacant lots. Mayor
Ellis named the first City Gardens Committee on April 19, 1917, as
follows: E. G. C. Bleakly, Judge
Frank T. Lloyd, Zed H. Copp, William Derham, L.
E. Farnham, B. M. Hedrick, David Jester, O. B. Kern, M.
F. Middleton, Dr. H. L. Rose, Asa L. Roberts, W.
D. Sayrs, Jr., Charles A.
Wolverton, Earl T. Jackson, H. R. Kuehner, Herbert N. Moffett and
Hubert H. Pfeil. At the initial meeting of the above date B. M. Hedrick
was elected chairman; Zed H. Copp secretary and M.
F. Middleton treasurer. Brandin W. Wright, a farming expert, was
employed as general superintendent on May 3, 1917. At a meeting on May 18,
1918, the names of Frank Sheridan and Daniel
P. McConnell were added to the publicity committee in the place
In his annual report to City Council on January 1, 1918, Mayor Ellis urged the appointment of a committee by City Council on City Gardens and Councilman Frederick Von Neida was named as chairman. This committee with a committee of representative citizens met in the City Hall in February, 19 18, to organize for the ensuing summer. The members of the Councilmanic committee were: Frederick Von Neida, Frank S. Van Hart, William J. Kelly and John J. Robinson.
The committee planned an exposition of farm garden products for the fall of 1918, but this plan was frustrated by the Spanish influenza epidemic.
war gardens became victory gardens in the year 1919 when the committee met
on January 29, 1919. Meyers Baker
was elected secretary and William
D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer. At the meeting on March 25 committees were
appointed for the Victory War Gardens
Camden Courier-Post - January 12, 1928
IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF S.P.C.C.
S. Darnell became president of the Camden Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children at the annual meeting and election of officers of
the organization yesterday. Other officers are
first vice president; Rev. Roland Wringwalt, second vice president; Millwood
treasurer; Mrs. William P. Walsh, secretary; William P. Walsh and Frank
T. Lloyd Jr., solicitor; Dr. A. S. Ross, Alexander Ellis, Charles
Hutchinson and Ernest La Rossa physicians for the society.
A contract was awarded by the society for the erection of a playroom for the children of the Sheltering Arms Home on River Avenue. More than half of the sum needed for the construction of the addition has been collected. A report by Mrs. Walsh revealed that during the past month 43 cases were investigated and that 66 children were involved. Members and nurses of the society made a total of 21 visits during the period..
Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928
Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball
Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.
The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton.
David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.
Camden Courier-Post * April 29, 1929
Russell Sage - Mechanic
Street - James "Jimmie" Toland - Nonpariel Club
Leonhardt - Samuel
Johnson - Gustav
Koerner - Joseph
Carpani - Thomas
Sylvester McGrath - Fiore Troncone - Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Lewis Stehr
|Raymond O'Connor - Hughy McLoon|
Camden Courier-Post * May 4, 1929
Camden Courier-Post * June 12, 1929
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
CAMPAIGN CALLED ‘VILLAINOUS’
By Staff Correspondent
North Plainfield, October 30- The Democratic campaign of A. Harry Moore has "degenerated into a villainous orgy of slander," Congressman Charles A. Eaton declared in an address at a Republican mass meeting here tonight.
Urging the election of David Baird, the Republican candidate for Governor, Eaton blasted the Democrats for their distribution of "filth, contemptible, lying propaganda."
"The gas-house gang, under the leadership of the Democratic machine in Hudson County has thrown off its mask of piety and decency," he declared. "In these last days the Democratic organization is resorting to a campaign of lies and slander which will merit and receive the abhorrence, contempt and resentment of the great mass of Democratic voters as well as those of the Republican side.
“No self-respecting citizen would permit his candidacy for office to be advanced by such contemptible propaganda unless he had become so panic-stricken as to lose all self control.
‘Filthy Papers Issued'
"In the past week there has been distributed from Democratic headquarters in the City of Camden a villainous tabloid published in Hudson county which contains the most atrocious attack upon the moral character of Senator Baird and holds up to the public obliquy the fair name of some of the outstanding men and women of that city who happen to be Republican. In addition there is being distributed throughout the City of Camden a most contemptible series of leaflets and cartoons attacking the character of Mr. Baird. These leaflets which are unworthy of the filthy imaginations of the lowest thugs in the land have printed on them the following statement, "Paid for by the Democratic Executive Committee."
"On behalf of the decent citizens of this State I now ask A. Harry Moore a few questions.”
"Do you, Mr. Moore, approve of this kind or political character assassination on the part of your organization? Have you done anything to stop the circulation of these vile slanders? Do you personally believe that Mr. Baird's campaign is being financed by prostitutes, beer barons, white slavers and other creatures of the underworld? If you know these things are going on and haven't stopped them, what becomes of all your fine talk to the Christian people of this State during the last three years about charity and religious and Christian character?
Asks for Militia
The unfortunate impression has gone through the State, Mr. Moore, that you know all about this. Under your direction an appeal was recently made before Judge Lloyd to have some special precaution taken to insure a fair vote in Camden. You even asked for the State militia to be called out and a worthy judge turned the whole thing down as a piece of miserable political propaganda with which no court ought to soil its hands.
'I believe this hypocritical, lying "Propaganda against the character of David Baird will result in giving him the largest vote a political candidate has ever had in Camden county. Indeed, I think this kind of thing signs your death warrant, Mr. Moore as a candidate for the Governorship. You train with too tough a gang to be trusted with the high responsibilities of the Governor's office. Either you are not as good as you would like to have us believe or you are too weak to keep the character assassins who are working in your interests out of the limelight.
Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928
COUNTY S.P.C.C. RE-ELECTS OLD OFFICERS
All officers of the Camden County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children were re-elected yesterday afternoon at a meeting at the Hotel Walt Whitman.
S. Darnell again was named president. Other officers re-elected were
and Rev. Rolland Ringwalt; treasurer,
secretary, Mrs. William P. Walsh.
December 9, 1930
T. Lloyd Jr. - John Cullen -
John Makowski - Rocco Palese - Joseph A. Varbalow
Clifford A. Baldwin - West Jersey Hospital
Lansdowne Avenue - Newport Street
Mt. Ephraim Avenue - South Common Road
|Camden Courier-Post * December 12, 1930|
T. Lloyd Jr.
Clifford A. Baldwin
Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1931
AGAINST USE Of TROOPERS HERE TO PROTECT POLLS
Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd has deferred action on a Democratic application for additional police protection in Camden to assure, a "fair and honest election" November 3.
He declared he did not like "the nature of the application at .this time" and that "it is a dangerous thing to bring before the court a matter which could embroil it in a political mess"
The application was made Saturday by Edward Markley, of Jersey City, personal counsel for A. Harry Moore, Democratic candidate for governor. He presented 40 affidavits charging that gunmen, gangsters and hoodlums had intimated voters and stuffed ballot boxes in the last city commission election.
Markley also charged that irregularities were particularly noted in the Fifth and Eighth wards. Here he alleged, "police were in collusion with politicians" and election officers were forced out of the polling places.
Judge Sure City Is Clean
Justice Lloyd frankly expressed disbelief of the charges of rampant irregularities and corruption, and was certain voting in Camden County is as clean as anywhere else in the country. However, he stated that he and Common Pleas Judge Samuel M. Shay will adopt the usual custom of being available on election day in the event that there are any complaints.
Justice Lloyd said he would read the affidavits and decide later whether or not he should take action. He said earlier, however, he did not feel that it "was justified by two or three affidavits to indict an entire police department, or the prosecutor's office, as would be implied by bringing into the county outside police help."
"A case would have to be presented to the court of substantial character to warrant any drastic action, such as proposed," Justice Lloyd said. "However, I shall read the affidavits and say whether or not I should take action."
The justice stated that the affidavits charged irregularities which allegedly occurred six months ago, and complaint should have been made at that time.
Markley declared that to have made such complaint would have been "futile," whereupon Justice Lloyd commended the prosecutor's office upon its work, and declared that there was no justification for Markley's remark.
"I will sit on election day with Judge Shay to hear any complaint that is presented to the court, Justice Lloyd concluded. "The justice has the right to remove election officers. If upon election day it shall be brought to the court's attention any neglect by a police officer or any other officer, the court will be alert to exercise the full limit of its authority. But to ask for something on an implication that the police or election officers are not prepared to do their duty, I who have lived in Camden County many years cannot consider without deprecation such an application at this time because Camden County is a county of which
I am proud. I must say I do not like the nature of the application at this time. It is a dangerous thing for any citizen to bring before the court a matter which would embroil or entangle it in a political mess. 1 deprecate this action being brought at this time on information you have had for months and upon which no formal action has been taken. 1 don't say the court will not take any action but I would much rather that you had made your application when the excitement was not so high and would not have excited public feeling as it may so soon before the election."
Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932
Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1932
Blair - Basil Cook - Cook's Grill
5th Street - Clifford A.
Baldwin - Samuel
Frank T. Lloyd - Garfield Pancoast - Erie Street - Thomas Bonelli - South 4th Street - Walnut Street
|Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1933|
MEETS TODAY WITH LlOYD FOR JURY DISCUSSION
Common Pleas Judge Samuel M. Shay will confer today with Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd about a number of "improper verdicts" returned by juries in his court recently and on the subject of the frequent use of the "talesmen" system.
Just what the nature of the conference will be, Judge Shay would not disclose. Wednesday he discharged a criminal court jury which had freed a defendant who on the witness stand had admitted his guilt in a statutory charge. He declared himself "astounded" at the verdict and said it was time "that the court recognize what is going on and to take action."
In addition to the verdicts and talesmen system, it was reported another subject of the impending conference will be the matter of providing meals for juries which are locked up during deliberation on verdict.
Reports were circulated in the courthouse that on two important criminal cases, the juries hastened their verdict, abandoning their arguments, because they became hungry. When they asked the constables on guard for something to eat, as they had not had any luncheon, the jurors were told they would have to buy their own meals because of the county's economical moves. One juror who had been holding out for conviction in a case was reported to have replied, "Well, if the county can't give us our necessary meal while we are doing our duty, we'll return a verdict right now so that , we can get out."
Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin announced he welcomed the conference proposed by Judge Shay, as "any step, no matter how drastic," which it would make juries realize their responsibility would be suitable.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1933|
13 Again Indicted
With 'Big Shot' Lottery Suspect
to Plug Legal Loopholes
Fourteen suspected numbers lottery operators or agents were indicted by the Camden County December Grand Jury yesterday in its first presentment to Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd.
Among them was Reginald T. Shaw, of 7644 Harvey avenue, Pennsauken township, arrested in an apartment at 528 Cooper Street last November 23. Police described him as a "big shot" sent here to seize control of the local number racket, by New York and Newark lottery ring barons.
All Previously Indicted
The indictments charged "operating a lottery." The September Grand Jury already had indicted the same men on the charge of "engaging in the number racket."
At the office of Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin it was said the second indictments were returned to make sure the men would not escape trial on a technical claim the first indictment did not apply to agents as well as principals, or on some other grounds of alleged faulty indictment.
The charge "operating a lottery," it was said, is designed to include agents, runners, clerks and others, as well as principals.
Shaw's Companions Seized
Arrested with Shaw by city detectives were Thomas Contravo, 39, of 245 North Thirty-second street, and David Springs, 21, of Main and Coles Avenue, Maple Shade. They also were indicted. The others indicted on lottery charges are: Edward Peterman and Benjamin Holmes, arrested by county detectives October 6 in a raid at 5003 Chapel Avenue, Merchantville; George Rose, alias Linwood Powell; Nat Gesshel, Martin Phillips, and Mike Harris, alias Mike Gegshel, arrested by city police September 9 at Locust and Division Streets; Nicholas Adoniz, Thomas Carter, William Carter, Thomas Hansley and Margaret Gant, arrested November 13 in a city police raid on a house at 821 Jackson street.
The lottery indictments were the first of 61 true bills presented Judge Lloyd.
Motorist Is Indicted
Another indictment named Robert Schaeffer, 20, of 941 Linden street, Camden, on charges of manslaughter by automobile, in the death of Edward Gillespie, 13, of 1173 Liberty street. The Gillespie boy was struck and killed November 18 last by a truck driven by Schaeffer on Admiral Wilson boulevard near Crescent Circle.
Addressing the grand jury, Justice Lloyd said: "1 am very sorry that you have to work the double hours that you do now, but you must understand it is in a spirit of economy and 1 want to thank you for your co-operation."
The grand jury now meets all day twice a month, instead of holding sessions twice weekly. This change was. requested by Justice Lloyd and the grand jurors acceded to his request, in order to save the county over $600 monthly in fees pay to jurors. The 23 grand jurors formerly received a total of $920 monthly for a total of eight meetings. Only $230 a month will now be expended, for a saving of $690. Jurors are paid $5 daily.
Other True Bills
Other indictments are as follows:
Uttering worthless checks: Israel Boudov (8 indictments).
Tampering with electric meter: John P. Schnitzius (2 indictments).
Carrying concealed deadly weapons: Leon Johnson, Frank Coneen.
Assault and battery: Leon Johnson, Warren Garmoliwiez, Frank Infuntino, Horace Kerschcr, John Whalen, Albert Edgecombe.
Statutory charge: Attillio Massi, Mary Costanza.
Robbery: Percy Thomas, Charles Richards, Raymond Wallace, George Hollis, Wilbur Sheilds, Joseph Clayton, Charles White, William Kirk, William Russo, (2), Ashley McDonald (3), Bennie Daidone.
Receiving Stolen Goods: William Russo, Bennie Daidone, Mahlon Montis, Robert Griggs, Edward Tryzbunak, Henry Gorba and Chester Matyjasik.
Manslaughter: Robert Schaeffer.
Non-Support: Yates D. Fetterman, George A. Andrews, Lawrence Kane, Edward Hummel, Clifton Goodman, James Holland, D. .John Morgan, Franklin C. Hill, Emil Frenzel.l
|Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933|
JURY DUTY IMPORTANCE STRESSED BY DONGES
"The greatest civic duty an upright, patriotic citizen can render his community is to serve on a jury when called and to be impartial in reaching a verdict in whatever case is brought before him."
Ralph W. E. Donges made that
statement yesterday in, instructing the 45 members of the second panel of
the petit jury in their duties. Justice Donges
substituted for Justice Frank
T. Lloyd, who regularly talks to each new jury panel, but who is in
Virginia recuperating from an illness.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
LLOYD BACK AFTER
Justice Frank T. Lloyd and Mrs. returned to their home in Merchantville
last night after a week’s visit with their daughter, Mrs. Robert Davis, at Quantico, Virginia.
Justice and Mrs. Lloyd arrived at Central Airport shortly after 6 p. m., having flown from Washington. The jurist was completely recovered from an attack of neuritis suffered while visiting, Mrs. Davis, wife of a U. S. Navy lieutenant commander.
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
MAN FACES CHARGE
June 5.-There were three indictments, including one for murder, returned
by the recently recalled May grand jury against Joseph Gray, colored, of
Jericho, charged with stabbing and killing James Cooper, Jericho, May 20.
The 21 indictments impounded for one week were released today by order of
Justice Frank T. Lloyd.
also was indicted for unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a concealed
weapon. Pleas to the indictments will be received by Judge J. Forman
Sinnickson Friday. Sentences will be meted out to defendants found guilty
by juries on that day.
indictments returned were:
Pisecco, Woodbury Heights, assault and battery.
Vezza, Monroe, desertion and non-support.
Nicotra, Greenwich, desertion and non-support.
Gray, Jericho, murder; unlawful use and possession of weapons; carrying
Dunnigan and William J.
Peters, Woodbury Heights, breaking and
entering, larceny and receiving.
Johnson, Paulsboro, larceny and receiving; assault with intent to kill,
assault and battery.
Yacco, Paulsboro, destroying property after foreclosure.
Molzan and Victor Shaner, Woodbury, larceny and receiving; fraudulent
Molzen, Woodbury, fraudulent conversion.
Shaner, Woodbury, fraudulent conversion.
Jordan, Greenwich, assault and battery.
W. Wentzell, Paulsboro, non-support.
Plevinsky, Swedesboro, overdrawing bank account with intent to defraud.
William Roots, West Deptford, assault with intent to kill, assault and battery; assault and battery, two indictments, and carrying concealed weapon.
Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933
LLOYD URGES TAX ON FOREIGN TRUCKS
Road destroying trucks from other states should be made to pay through some means to be determined by the New Jersey Legislature, in the opinion of Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd.
Justice Lloyd emphasized that the time has come for a "fair deal" for the state's taxpayers and farming and business interests, making for more equitable taxation and eliminating unfair trade competition.
Urges State Campaign
The jurist advocated a state-wide campaign which would prompt early action by the Legislature in effecting a "foreign truck" tax. He pointed out that various precedents exist for such a state levy in the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Lloyd said the increasing number of out-of-state trucks use New Jersey roads is apparent in trips he makes between Camden and Trenton. Many of the heavily laden vehicles are carrying cargoes of farm and other products in competition with those raised or manufactured in our own state, the jurist pointed out.
"Owners of these trucks pay no tax in this state, a factor enabling them in various instances to undersell our farmers and business men," Justice Lloyd commented. "I have watched them, wondering how much longer they would continue destroying our roads, offering unfair competition, and blocking our highways to other motor travel, without having to pay something to the state, except the tax on gasoline."
Unfair to Taxpayers
"It certainly does not seem the least fair that our taxpayers bear all the burden, with the farmer or produce company from the south or elsewhere, using our roads, and paying nothing. It is only right that we save our taxpayers as much as we can, and our farmers from undue competition. I hope the state Legislature will give serious consideration to the situation, and will act quickly."
The justice expressed the hope that public-spirited citizens throughout the state would join in the movement to require out-of-the-state companies to pay for the use of New Jersey roads, particularly those in competition with this state's business and agricultural interests.
Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933
LLOYD CRITICIZES LOCALITIES FOR DIVERTING
Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd yesterday "laid down the law" to four Camden county municipalities at a hearing of the county's mandamus proceedings to compel payment of $426,952 in back taxes for the years 1930, 1931 and 1932.
After stressing the importance of setting aside the portion owed the state and county out of every tax dollar collected, Justice Lloyd held the cases over until the September term of court "in the hope that these taxes will be paid."
'Out of Clear Sky'
The four municipalities were represented by their respective borough, township or city clerks. The four and the amounts the county alleges are owed for state and county taxes are Pennsauken Township, $120,199.80; Gloucester City, $59,643.91; Lawnside Borough, $41,798, and Delaware Township, $31,958.03.
Firmin Michel, township solicitor for Pennsauken, pointed out that since December 15 his township has paid up $24,877 of taxes due and was making arrangements to pay the balance when the county's suit was filed "out of a clear sky."
After listening to a brief outline by George Rothermel, representing County Treasurer J. Wesley Sell, and counsel for the other municipalities, Justice Lloyd spoke.
"I understand that there are some officials of the municipalities here today," said he, "and I want to say something to them and also to the municipal officials who are not here."
Responsible as Trustees
"I am not unmindful of the serious financial conditions of municipalities but these governing bodies are in a degree trustees of the moneys received. When they receive moneys in taxes and a portion of this tax should be set aside for the county, they should not apply this portion for other uses to run that municipality.
"In some cases the municipalities have made a serious effort to pay their taxes but I want to stress the fact that these governing bodies can not use all of this money for general purposes.
"When local governments take in $1 in taxes, the persons in charge should immediately deduct the amount due the state and county and put it in a separate fund. If that had been done, this situation would not have arisen.
Word on 'Fancy Schools'
another word to those operating governments. The present occasion calls
for the close scrutiny of expenditures not only by municipal bodies but
by school boards. The public is fed up on extravagance. Instead of the
"I'm not criticizing the school boards for what they did in the past, but they should try to amend in the future extravagance and waste. It is important, as you can see today by what is happening here, for drastic economy in local government.
"I am going to hold these writs until the opening day of court in the hope that these taxes may be paid."
Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933
JUDGES GUESTS ON LAWYERS CRUISE
Millville, June 29.-A number of South Jersey jurists were guests to day of the Cumberland County Bar Association on a cruise of Delaware bay and a fishing trip.
Among them were Judge Samuel M. Shay, Camden; Circuit Court Judge V. Claude Palmer, Mt. Holly; Vice Chancellor W. Frank Sooy, Atlantic City; Judge Palmer M. Way, Cape May; former Judge Austin H. Swackhamer, Woodbury; William B. Knight, Camden, special master in Chancery; Judge J. Forman Sinnickson, Salem, and Judge Francis A. Stanger, Jr., of Bridgeton.
The party consisted of 60 barristers, who embarked on the state guard boat Firman M. Reeves, which left Bivalve at 11 a. m. The boat went as far as Cape May Point. Stops were made at the fishing banks and some large catches were repeated. Luncheon and dinner were both served aboard the boat, which docked at Bivalve at 9 p. m.
Camden Courier-Post - September 30, 1933
TO MAKE PLEASE NEXT MONDAY TO MURDER CHARGES
Six alleged slayers will appear in Camden Criminal Court Monday to enter pleas to indictments.
That is the largest number of persons charged with murder to appear in the court at one time for more than 20 years.
Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin intends to move for speedy trial of defendants who will plead not guilty. It is expected that several of the alleged slayers will enter pleas of non vult and throw themselves on the mercy of the court. Prosecutor Baldwin would not reveal today whether he would accept such pleas. Those who will stand trial will be tried before Judge Samuel M. Shay, who has been designated by Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd to conduct the murder trials alone.
Among those who will plead will be William Schiller, of East Camden, who is charged with shooting and killing his father, Jacob Schiller, 72, former Republican leader of the Twelfth Ward and city light inspector. Schiller shot and killed his father is his home at Twenty-fourth and Carman Streets two weeks ago when he went to the elder Schiller's home, armed with a revolver seeking his estranged wife. Schiller fired several shots at his wife.
Three youths also will face Judge Shay on a murder charge. They are John Betracci, Sam DiGiabinno and Stanso Polumbo, who are charged with beating Archie Pidgeon to death at Fourth and Berkley Streets several weeks ago and robbing him of 40 cents.
Peter Citeroni who shot and killed his sweetheart, Jennie Zucchi, at Wright and Haddon avenues on the night or August 13, will plead to a murder indictment. Citeroni, who is in the county jail, tried to kill himself by bumping his head against the walls of his cell and slashing his throat. He was not injured seriously and has fully recovered.
Other defendants who have pleaded not guilty and who are scheduled to be placed on trial Monday are:
Joseph Hendricks and Edward Hendricks, charged with possession of stolen goods; Robert Carey, assault and battery; Tony Tzaskowski, embezzlement; James Jordan, assault and battery; Ray Weaver, embezzlement; Lacy Mooney, Joseph Rizzo and Hackle Gamble, attempted larceny; Harry Sheer and John McShany, larceny and breaking and entering.
On Tuesday these defendants are scheduled to go on trial: Raymond Ballenger, statutory charge; Harry Blaetz, Martin Burns, William Patten, Jerry Fagen, non support.
|Camden Courier-Post - May 11, 1934|
A. Lincoln Sherk - Thomas
Frank G. Hitchner
Camden Courier-Post - August 5, 1935
JURY CLEARS NUMBER SUSPECTS
men alleged by city and county authorities to have succeeded the Klosterman
brother sin controlling the Camden numbers racket last Spring, were
exonerated by the Camden county grand jury.
the same time, the grand jury in its report to the County Clerk Charles
S. Wise, failed to find an indictment against Robert Bloodworth, another
suspect arrested in connection with the operation of lotteries in
the trial of the Klosterman
brothers, Fred and Joe, both of whom were convicted last spring of
number charges, Szalinski was named by Police Chief Arthur
Colsey as the
“Sixty-ninth Street mobster who had taken over the Klosterman
numbers play.” Every policeman in Camden was ordered to arrest
Szalinski on sight.
suspected numbers operator was arrested and later released in $1500 bail
to await the action of the grand jury.
was arrested last April after police had engaged in a sensational chase
of 15 blocks after a suspected numbers pickup automobile at which they
fired a number of shots, pone of which struck a bystander.
allege Putek joined Szalinski in control of the Klosterman
numbers game. Arrests of both men climaxed orders to county police
authorities by Supreme Court Justice Frank
T. Lloyd and Prosecutor Samuel
P. Orlando to clean up the number racket in this area.
bills” were returned by the grand jury for Harry Hartman and John
Burke charged with attempts and breaking and entry; J.G. Flynn, accused
of being a fugitive from justice from Philadelphia; Ralph Latshaw, Anna
Green, and Theodore Jones, statutory charges.
Camden Courier-Post - August 29, 1935
S. Woodruff - Elizabeth C. Verga - Emma
Hyland - Harry L. Maloney - Hotel
ELECTION BOARDS MUST REORGANIZE
Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd yesterday decided that the four election boards in the First Ward, Gloucester City, shall reorganize in order to settle the dispute as to who shall be judge of each of the four boards at the November election.
The matter was turned over to Justice Lloyd by William A. E. King, Republican, and Victor J. Scharle, Democrat, members of the Camden County Board of Elections, when the question was referred to the county board by City Clerk Daniel J. Lane.
Four new women Democratic election officers were appointed in the First Ward at the
Walter Craig and Mrs. Annie E. C. Moffett, the Republican members of the county committee in that ward, contested that claim, and on Saturday appeared before Lane, who is local supervisor of elections, and filed a protest. They contended that the oldest member of a district board in point of service should be the judge unless the board members agree on another candidate. The city clerk referred the matter to the county elm county election board.
The four new women election officers are Elizabeth Franklin, first district; Miss Kathryn Mannion, fourth; Mrs. Gladys Kohler, fifth, and Mrs. Sadie Collotta, eighth dstrict.
Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1936
Quick Decision to Fly
To Coast Over-ruled by Storm
Court Justice Frank T.
can make quick decisions, however, and act on them just as quickly. He did
so Wednesday night and the fact it didn't work was no fault of his.
his wife and son Frank T. Jr., the jurist was dining at his home In
Merchantville when the family suddenly recalled the next day was the
birthday of his daughter, Mrs. Robert S. Davis, of San Pedro, California.
three decided they would telephone Mrs. Davis their congratulations.
that time, the Lloyd phone ring. It was Mrs. Davis to express regrets her
parents, and brothers could not attend the birthday dinner she was giving
the next night.
were said and Justice Lloyd returned to his library.
attend!” he mused. "H'mmm, we'll see about that."
arrangements were made and at 12:30 a.m. yesterday, the Lloyds were aboard
a plane from Central Airport,
and were scheduled to arrive in Los Angles about 5:00 p.
m. Within an hour after that,
they would be in the home of Mrs. Davis.
the jurist reckoned without the perversity of the weather man.
hours after the take-off here, the plane was grounded at Pittsburgh
because of snow- lots of snow and more promised.
the Lloyds were placed aboard a train and reached St. Louis at 3 o'clock.
A few hours later they were in Kansas City and there they must stay until
sometime today, when, it is hoped, weather conditions will permit them to
resume the flight.
They didn't get to attend Mrs. Davis' birthday party, but they plan a short visit with her and returning by boat, are expected back home March 3.
Camden Courier-Post - March 18, 1936
ORDERED TO FACE INQUIRY BY MRS. KOBUS
Detective Stanley Wirtz, suspended by Police Chief Arthur Colsey yesterday pending investigation into charges that he supplied the guns and an automobile for a holdup, has been ordered to appear today before Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, director of public safety.
Detective Chief Lawrence
yesterday charged that
had supplied the guns and automobile to be used in the holdup and then
inside the plant to capture the bandits.
No motive for the detective's action were revealed by Doran.
"I advised the commissioner," Justice Lloyd said, "to go cautiously with the investigation and gather the facts before taking any action. It is a common thing for officers to lay traps for men who are prone to commit crime, although they have no business to encourage crime. I think it is bad policy to suspend any policeman before the facts of the case have been heard."
Wirtz came after an
investigation was ordered into a statement made by Walter Lewandowski, 24 of
924 Atlantic Avenue, who was
captured when he attempted to hold up a clerk at the wool scouring
company, Ferry Avenue and
Jackson Street. Lewandoski claimed he had “been framed" and named Joseph
Powell, a police stoo1 pigeon, as the one who planned the holdup
and then informed
has been a police informer for
some time, according to Chief Colsey.
The latter said he had taken Powell
into custody for questioning and had released
him in his own recognizance. Chief Colsey
had given police the tip resulting in Lewandowski’s
Lewandowski was nabbed, his gun was loaded with blank cartridges. This
gun, according to Chief Doran,
Wirtz to Powell, who in
turn gave it to Lewandowski. Another youth, Leonard Rogalski, 20, of
1219 South Tenth Street, was
supposed to take part in the ho1dup, but "got cold feet and ran
away” police were told by Lewandoski.
"Stanley Wirtz, Camden city detective, supplied the gun and the automobile used in the attempted holdup of the Eavenson & Levering Company payroll office Friday night. Statements were given us by three suspects all tally.
Lewandoski worked at the Eavenson
plant, but was laid off there February 28. On March 3 he had money
coming to him and he returned to the plant. Joseph Powell
accompanied him. Powell talked to Lewandoski then of the payroll, and
suggested the holdup. Powell then got in touch with Stanley
Wirtz, and told him that Lewandoski was going to stick up the
payroll March 4.
on that night loaned Powell a car but someone got cold feet, and the
holdup was not attempted. The following week, on March 13, last Friday, Wirtz
took a car to Powell’s home and there turned over to him two guns and
the automobile. Wirtz
then had detectives posted at the scene to arrest the
bandits when they made the holdup attempt.
met Lewandowski and Rogalski and drove them to the plant. There Powell
turned over to his two companions the two guns that had been given him
Rogalski got cold feet and refused to go through with the holdup. Powell
then went into the plant with Lewandowski. After Lewandowski went in the
door, Powell ran from the building.
was doing police work. I was brought into this case on a tip that a
holdup was going to be staged and I had no knowledge of the guns or the car. I didn't know what it was all about
but merely was there to perform my duties as a policeman.
is 37 and lives at 1197 Thurman Street. He was one of the first of the
new policemen to be appointed to the department in 1924 after Civil
Service was put into effect following the adoption of Commission
government in 1924. He is a veteran of the World War and got a special rating
for that reason when he took the Civil Service examination. In 1931 Wirtz was appointed as an accident investigator in the detective bureau and has served in that capacity ever
since. He has a good reputation as a policeman and has never been in
four years ago
figured in an automobile accident that caused serious injury to one of
was not arrested until County Detectives James Wren and Casimir
Wojtkowiak took him in Monday night. The same detectives arrested Powell. Both suspects were charged with attempted holdup and robbery and
committed to the county jail.
Lewandowski also is in county jail, committed without bail by police Judge Lewis Liberman Saturday.
Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938
Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938
PICKS PORTER TO SUCCEED LLOYD
Trenton, January 31- Governor Moore today nominated Circuit Court Judge Newton H. Porter, now sitting in Essex: county, to the state Supreme Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Justice Frank T. Lloyd, of Merchantville. The nomination is now before the Senate for confirmation.
The naming of Porter, a Republican, was a distinct surprise. Circuit Judge V. Claude Palmer, of Burlington county and also a Republican, was believed to have had the inside track for the court vacancy.
J. Warren Leyden, of Hackensack, was nominated as circuit judge to succeed Judge Porter.
The nomination of Porter, marks the fourth time he has been, appointed to the bench by a Democratic Governor and the third, time by Moore.
He first was named to the Essex County Common Pleas Court in 1924 by Gov. George H. Silzer. Moore appointed him to the Circuit Court in 1926 and reappointed him during the second Moore administration.
Porter's appointment maintains the five to four Republican majority on the Supreme Court. When Moore first 'took office, it was reported that he would name a Democrat to reverse the balance, but later it was understood that the seat would go to a Republican.
The terms of Chief Justice Brogan and Chancellor Campbell, both Democrats, expire during Moore's present administration and it was understood that the Democrats felt that by appointing a G. O. P. man to the Lloyd vacancy they could forestall any criticism of continuing two of their own party in the highest judicial posts in the state.
Porter is a resident of Montclair.
He was born in Somerville, April 13, 1877, and moved with his parents to Newark in 1885. At the age of 12 he went to work in the Newark office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, where he remained until January 1, 1910.
Meanwhile, he went to school at night and in 1902 was graduated from the New York University's evening law school. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in 1904 and as a counselor in 1907. From 1910 until his appointment to Common Pleas Court he practiced law in Newark.
Legislative correspondents here re called Porter as a capable attorney who took part in a number of public hearings on bills. He usually represented liquor interests in hearings on measures governing that industry.
The Supreme Court appointment is for seven years and pays $18,000 annually. Justice Lloyd ended his term last Saturday and chose to retire at $9000 a year, thus causing the vacancy.
Justice Donges, now sitting in the Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties district, is expected to take over Lloyd's old district of Camden and Gloucester counties, while Justice Perskie may move down from the Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties .district to the so-called "Shore Circuit" vacated by Donges.
Justices select their own districts according to seniority and usually chose one near their residence. Since Donges lives in Camden he is expected to choose Camden and Gloucester. Perskie's home is in Atlantic City, and it is believed he will take over the shore district.
This will leave the Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean circuit open for Porter, provided some other justice does not choose it.
Porter's appointment apparently dashed the hopes of South Jersey Democrats that they might get a judgeship out of the Supreme Court shift. They had anticipated that if Palmer, who had the backing of Senator Powell and other Hoffmanite Republicans, were named to the Supreme Court, some local Democrat would take Palmer's place on Circuit. With Porter being appointed, however, his successor on the Circuit bench probably will be Grossman or some other North Jersey man.
Reilly, for 27 years connected with the Federal Trust Company, Newark, and now treasurer of the institution, is best known politically since the inauguration of President Roosevelt for his work in connection with the Birthday Ball committee. He has been treasurer of the committee in Essex county each year, and served in a like capacity for the Jackson Day Dinner committees. He is a member of the American Institute of Banking.
In addition to his post with the Federal Trust, Reilly is president of the North Newark and secretary of the Newark 21 Building and Loan Associations. He never before has held public office.
In his youth Reilly was well known as a professional basketball player. Later, he enlisted in the Navy during the World War. He never married..
Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
|Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1938|
CASE PLANNED ON POLICE PENSIONS
A test suit to clarify the law governing a two-percent assessment against the pension salary of James R. Clay, retired Camden police sergeant, will be brought by the City of Camden through Firmin Michel, city counsel.
This was learned yesterday when counsel for Clay confirmed the report. Michel, after first ruling the money was illegally deducted for a period of several years, decided to oppose the writ of mandamus sought by Alex Schueneman, Jr., attorney for Clay.
John J. Crean, assistant city solicitor, stated the legal department deemed it advisable to settle the matter in the Supreme Court in an effort to clarify the law. Crean spoke in the absence of Michel, who was not available for a statement.
Under the act concerning pensions, four percent of salary is deducted and contributed to the police and firemen's pension fund. The two percent is in addition to the regular pension assessment. This amount is set aside for the pensions of widows of deceased pensioners.
Schueneman contends that inasmuch as Clay has no immediate survivor to receive a pension he should receive his pension salary without the additional two percent assessment.
"The point in question is debatable and the law is not entirely clear," said Crean." The city does not want to deprive any pensioner of his rightful amount. The law should be clarified by the court. The city legal department will oppose the writ of mandamus in the form of a test case.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938|
PORTER IS SWORN IN AS LLOYD SUCCESSOR
Trenton, Feb. 11.—Judge Newton H. Porter, Montclair Republican, was sworn in yesterday as a Supreme Court Justice and a member of the Court of Errors and Appeals. Justice Porter was appointed to succeed Justice Frank T. Lloyd, whose term expired several weeks ago.
Justice Porter went to work In Supreme Court immediately after being sworn in at an unpretentious ceremony. He was assigned to the First district of the court, including Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May and Salem counties. The post pays $18,000 a year.
Courier-Post - February 12, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
When the faithful and loyal threw that birthday party to Harold Hoffman in New York the other night, Paul Wendel happened to be in the same hotel...They didn't meet...The "numbers raid" in Merchantville is another attribute to Chief Bill Linderman and his on-the-toes police department.. The irony of it, however, can't pass notice...The pinch was made within a few blocks of Justice Lloyd, who before his recent retirement caustically criticized numbers and other gambling racket elsewhere...
|Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938|
Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1938
Is Zat So!
FREED from the restraint of judicial dignity, former Supreme Court Justice
Frank T. Lloyd is back to the simple pleasures of the barrister once more.
"Maybe that's hardly the right comparison," laughed the jurist, "but let's say that I feel like a boy out of school. You know that's a trying position, being on the Supreme bench.
"I'll say that I went through 2000 books a year. The worst of the experience was that you never were free from your work. Don't mistake my meaning. You spent your day in the chambers or in the courtroom, then when you went to bed at night the problems, the cases, 'the decisions, the opinions all raced through your mind during the night."
"So you like the work of getting back into practice?" we asked the justice.
"Yes sir," he replied. Then his eyes twinkled as we suggested that perhaps he might run against a contretemps sometime.
"I want to be around the courtroom," I told the justice, "when you begin to slam an opinion or precedent and find you set them both."
MIGHT HAPPEN HERE ALL RIGHT
"You know," he said seriously, "such a thing could easily happen. In fact, it did to one of my colleagues. You can't keep track of thousands of opinions a year. No man can.
"To refer to my colleague on the supreme bench. He was hearing an argument one day, shortly before I retired from the bench. Counsel for one of the litigants quoted an opinion given in a case similar to the one being heard, and in which my colleague made a ruling.
"It was apparent the justice did not hold much sympathy with the opinion which had just been read.
"Who wrote that opinion my colleague asked, rather sharply. " 'Well,' counsel smiled, 'with all due reference to the court, you did.' "
"Now," laughed the former justice, "it won't do for me to make any arguments unless I'm pretty sure if the origin of the decisions and precedents I quote."
If Justice Lloyd becomes mellow with his release from the judicial serfdom which he says he feels his present freedom to be, I figure New Jersey has judges who should be summarily pushed right into the lay ranks as speedily as possible.
This Garden States, with Hague in Jersey City and some of the judges who wear its ermine, should be rather tolerant of doings below the Hague-Sweatshop Line.
When we scan the destruction of civil liberty in Jersey City, and read some of the unholy decisions of the bench, we stand aghast.
BERRY SEEMS ANOMALY ON BENCH
This Maja Leon Berry seems a veritable anomaly to be wearing the ermine of any judiciary. The decisions that he makes in labor matters are absolutely without reason in either law or fact. He is probably the worst foe that constitutional government knows on any bench of which I have heard.
His ruling that a strike in any plant ends when strikebreakers fill the places, of the strikers' is such a miscarriage of justice, that, if rendered from a backwoods bench, would be laughed out of court.
No, court can sensibly or in reality declare when a strike starts, or when it ends.
That is a matter for the parties involved, the strikers. To say that a strike ends when strike-breakers fill places is the same, as to declare that no freeholder can vote on a question in Camden, because a spectator is occupying his seat. That decision just about hits the apex of the ridiculous. That any jurist would make such a decision, save at a minstrel show or a comic opera, is proof enough that one vice-chancellor is the "Berry" for legal decisions that can't lie found in Blackstone, Coke or any other lawyer's mind, save Berry's.
Along with that masterpiece that a strike ends when there are no vacant places at the loom, Berry climbs another legal Matterhorn. The climax to judicial nonsense that leaves Berry in a class by himself.
Berry has just decreed that a labor union cannot be the judge of its own membership. He has ordered a union to reinstate a member who was ousted, for good and sufficient reasons according to the union.
Berry says no. The member must be reinstated because the union is not to be the sole judge of the qualifications of its own membership, a privilege that has been given to any organization of which I have ever heard or read.
Of course, the opportunity to place labor spies in a union is wide open under such a decision. Judging from Berry's record that might be the inspiring motive in, both the member's suit and the bench's decision.
Vice-Chancellor Berry, too, seems to believe, as did Congressman Tim Campbell, famous Tammany sachem of years ago: "What's the Constitution among friends?" The vice-chancellor has just decided that peaceful picketing may be satisfactory to the United States Supreme Court; but we'll have none of those didoes in Ocean County, where justice and freedom sit personified in Vice Chancellor Maja Leon Berry.
Therefore, peaceful picketing of hotels where strikes are in existence in Lakewood, or any other spot, is illegal. We'll have none of that Russian gold circulating in Lakewood, any more than ill Jersey City. We'll have no sabotage of our kitchens and menus in Lakewood hotels under orders from Moscow.
Camden Courier-Post * March 1949
Stockton Annexed Against Protest Of Democrats.
Fifty years ago, the old town of Stockton was annexed to the City of Camden over the protests of Democratic members of the town council.
But a Republican Legislature approved a bill introduced by former Justice Frank T. Lloyd on March 24, 1899. He was a member of the Assembly at the time. He resided then in the structure now occupied by the Sheltering Arms Home at Eighteenth street and River avenue.
The town of Stockton had been in existence five years when the annexation took place. Merchantville and Pennsauken township were part of the original Stockton Township with the present East Camden area. Merchantville received its charter as a borough 75 years ago this month. In 1892. Pennsauken township withdrew, from the. township to become a separate municipality.
For two years East Camden remained in the township. In 1894 Alfred Cramer, founder of Cramer Hill, launched a movement to create the town of Stockton and the first governing body was elected. Edward Dudley, then a leading lawyer, was elected councilman-at-large, which entitled him to preside as mayor. William S. Abbott, a lifelong resident, became became clerk.
Albert Plum and William C. Reeves were justices of the peace. Samuel M. Jaquillard served on the Board of Freeholders as did W.O. Buck and Joseph Funfer. Charles E. Allen was a member of the Board of Education.
After the annexation Abbott was elected to Camden City Council. Others elected were Dr. William H. Kensinger, now a resident of Florida; Frederick S. von Nieda, Frederick H. Finkeldey, president of the first Playground Commission; Arthur R, Gemberling, now of Woodstown.
Other active citizens were Lemuel D. Horner, undertaker; Dr. H. F. Hadley, Jacob Bendinger, proprietor of the Rosedale Inn, and Walter L. Tushingham, former vice-president and general manager of the Courier-Post Newspapers.
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