L. SCOTT CHERCHESKY (the "L" stood for Louis) was born overseas around 1904. He was a prominent lawyer in Camden from the 1920s until his death in the late 1940s. The 1929 Camden City Directory shows him living on Garfield Avenue in Collingswood NJ, with offices in the Wilson Building, then called the West Jersey Trust Building, at Broadway and Cooper Street.
In 1937 he sailed to Europe, returning aboard the steamship Ile de France at New York on April 21, 1937, having sailed from Southampton, England.
The 1947 City directory shows that he was still living on Garfield Avenue Collingswood, and that his offices were still in the Wilson Building at Broadway and Cooper Streets. He passed away shortly thereafter.
Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931
BAIRD TO ADDRESS HEBREW LEAGUE
David Baird, Jr., Republican nominee for governor, will make his final appearance in the current election campaign Monday night, in his "own home town," when he will address a monster rally at the Hebrew Republican League, at the Talmud Torah, 621 Kaighn avenue.
The Hebrew league reorganized formally at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor, was elected president; Sig Schoenagle, Samuel Shaner, Israel Weitzman, vice-presidents; L. Scott Cherchesky, secretary, and Samuel Label, treasurer.
Trustees of the league include Hyman Bloom, Mitchell E. Cohen, Benjamin Friedman, Jacob L. Furer, Isadore H. Hermann, Carl Kisselman, Edward Markowitz, Louis L. Markowitz, Harry Obus, Maurice L. Praissman, Samuel Richelson, Meyer L. Sakin, Julius Rosenberg, Jacob Rosenkrantz and Jack Weinberg.
In addition to former Senator Baird, speakers at the Jewish rally will include Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, Republican state committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Benjamin Golder, of Pennsylvania, and State Senator Samuel Salus, of Pennsylvania.
Robert Brennan -
Marie Mackintosh - William
H. Heiser - Mary McCready
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Scott Cherchesky - John
V. Wilkie -
Humes - Camden
Francis Murtha - Stanley Sover - Adolph Powdermaker - Camden High School
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Simon - Roy
R. Stewart - John
W. Golden - George
Zeitz - William
Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Keown - L. Scott Cherchesky - Garfield S. Pancoast
Charles Wilder - Liberty Street
|Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933|
CHARGES E. C. CADES WITH ATTEMPT TO KILL
C. Cades, 26, one of the owners of
Cades apartment houses in North Camden, was held under $500 bail
yesterday pending grand jury disposition of a charge that he assaulted
an employee In an attempt to kill him.
accuser is Walter Devlin, 54, of 111 North
asked why his employer would want him dead, Devlin testified
In police court that he has two insurance policies, one for $3000 with
double indemnity for death by accident and another for $1500. In both
policies, Devlin declared, Cades is named as the beneficiary.
did not testify yesterday, but entered a plea of not guilty.
was found unconscious at Nineteenth street and River road late at night
on May 16. Taken to West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital, he was found to
have suffered a fractured
skull and broken jaw. Police at first believed he was a hit-run victim
but nevertheless, City Detective Edwin
Mills was assigned to investigate the case.
testified yesterday that Cades invited him out for an automobile
ride, alighted somewhere to look at a soft tire. Devlin asserted he
found the tire to be hard and was getting back into the car when
something struck him on the head. That was all he remembered, he said
until he regained consciousness in the hospital.
could not positively say that Cades was his assailant, but asserted that
person was present.
Scott Cherchesky, attorney for Cades, said he had a statement obtained
by Cades from Devlin in the hospital on May 17 in the· presence of
Detective Mills. In the statement, Devlin purportedly asserted that
Cades did not attack him and he did not know who his assailant was.
also had two affidavits from tenants in the same apartment house where
Devlin resides. They are William H. Dougherty and William
Widerman. Dougherty attested he saw Cades return at 8.30 p. m. with
Devlin and the latter went into the house, "mumbling
drunkenly." Widerman also added that at about 9:45 a. m., he saw
Devlin leave the house, alone.
declared he did not remember
making any statement in the hospital to Cades, but that a nurse told him
"later, when I came out of my daze and the room stopped
swirling", that he had made such a statement.
accuser's complaint charges Cades with assault and battery with intent
to kill by beating him over the head with a blunt instrument.
been working for Cades for 13 years," testified Devlin. "On
the evening of May 17 at about 7 o'clock Mr. Cades called for me to take
a ride with him in his car. We rode around the city in circles and while
we were passing over a rough road somewhere Cades told me he thought he
had a soft tire. He got out of the car and looked at it and then told me
to get out and come around and help him fix it.
looked at the tire, felt it and it was hard. I told Cades it was all
right. As I started to get back into the car, I was struck over the head
and that is all I remember until I woke up in the hospital."
questioning by Judge Pancoast,
who held a statement given earlier to the police by Devlin, the latter
said that Cades bought him a bottle of whisky on that night. He asserted
it was his job to collect rents and take care of the apartments in the
North Camden section and as pay he received an apartment and food
Not See Assailant
said he could not positively swear that it was Cades who struck him as
Cades was behind him. He declared, however, that he saw no one else in
the immediate vicinity and no one else was in the car.
there was no one else there," declared Devlin.
would Cades want to strike you or kill you?"
he is carrying a big insurance
policy on me and has been for two years," responded Devlin.
,"One is a $3000 policy with double indemnity for accidental death,
and the other is a $1500 newspaper policy.
both of them Cades Is named beneficiary.
payment of the premium on the policies was to come out of the wages I
was entitled to and I was to be retired in 10 years, when I was 64, and
kept for the rest of my life."
you ever hurt before?" Judge Pancoast
I was struck on the head with a brick once before and I told my wife to
notify my brother immediately
if anything happened to me
as I thought I was in danger because
of these insurance" policies."
was then cross, examined by Cherchesky
and admitted, that several
months ago he had been beaten by a son-in-law and on another occasion
was struck by a man named Conway.
in a statement he requested the Courier-Post to publish after his
arraignment in police court, emphatically
denied the 'charges made by Devlin.
took Walter Devlin out in my automobile, as had been my custom, at 7
o'clock and took him home at 8
on the night of May 16. William
H. Dougherty, who lives in the first-floor apartment at 111 North
saw Devlin get out of the car and walk up to his apartment, and has
signed an affidavit to that effect, which I have.
Widerman, who also lives at the same address, saw Devlin in his
apartment that same evening, and also saw him leave the apartment
about 10 o'clock that night, and has given me a signed affidavit to that
did not see Devlin until the next morning' when I was called to the
hospital by detectives. I cannot account
for Devlin's whereabouts after I left him at the apartment house at 8
"I voted at 8:30 at the polling place at Cooper School, and after that spent the evening with my family. This case appears to me as one of extortion by either Walter Devlin or some other interested party.
has been working for me for the past 13 years, and our relations
have been extremely friendly. I am at loss, therefore, to account for
|Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933|
‘Bay Booze’ Running Hinted in Partner’s Suit on Boat Repairs
of Delaware Bay rum-running crept into an admiralty suit yesterday in U.
S. District Court when Reynold O. Gilkes sued to recover $6563 he
alleges he spent on conditioning a 55-foot gasoline launch.
suit was directed against John Henderson, formerly of Bivalve, now of
5110 Market street, Philadelphia. Henderson denied the boat, now known
as the "Kashagwigamog,” was ever used in rum-running. He admitted
it formerly was known as the “Helen Elizabeth."
boat was captured by coast guards in February, 1931, and Henderson"
and two companies were arrested as rum-runners. He is alleged to have
"jumped" bail and was tined $500 in Cape May' County along
with his skipper mentioned as Allen.
Henderson, a brother of John, who admitted on the stand that he was
convicted of a liquor law violations, was one of the principal
witnesses. He formerly was skipper of "Dapper Don" Collins'
famous rum boat "Nomad." Collins is an
testified that his brother was arrested in 1931 by coast guards
for" a liquor violation and fined $500 in Cape May County. He said
the skipper of the "Helen Elizabeth," named Allen, was fined.
said his brother owned onethird interest in the "Helen
Elizabeth," Gilkes one-third and Charles Spinnelli, Camden, the
other. He testified that he met "Babe" Sugarman in Spinnelli's
"office" at Thirtyeighth and Chestnut streets,
Philadelphia, to arrange a loan of $1000 to pay the fines. He said his
brother agreed to sign over his share of the partnership in the boat as
collateral for the loan.
brothers admitted Sugarman never was repaid and he seized the boat and
sold it. After passing through three other owners, it is now back in the
possession of John Henderson, he admitted.
Henderson was acquitted of a charge of arson in Cumberland County on May
23, 1932, in connection with the burning of a shucking house of the
Planters' Oyster Company at Port Norris.
said he spent $6563 on repairs and reconditioning the boat. He denied it
was ever used as a rumrunner and that he lost his share in it when
Sugarman sold it, Gilkes produced a number of bills which he said he had
paid for repairs. He admitted he was treasurer for the three owners.
Henderson declared there was no agreement between the partners as to
"Judge John Boyd Avis instructed the attorneys, L. Scott Cherchesky representing Gilkes, and Willard M. Harris for Henderson, to file briefs.
Camden Courier-Post * June 26, 1933
S COURT AWAITS WALLACE AFFIDAVIT
When counsel for Charles Edgar "Blondy" Wallace failed in U.S. district court here yesterday to produce an affidavit to the effect that Wallace was in a hospital and unable to respond to the charge of evading income tax payments, the government made protest.
Carl Kisselman, attorney for the one-time University of Pennsylvania football player and coach, declared earlier in the day that Wallace was in a Connecticut hospital undergoing treatment for diabetes. Kisselman was told to produce an affidavit to that effect for the afternoon session of court.
When the affidavit failed to arrive Judge John Boyd Avis postponed the case indefinitely over the protest of Assistant U. S. District Attorney Isadore S. Worth, who said the government had gone to considerable expense to have 50 witnesses ready to testify, asked that the action be continued through the day, pending some word from hospital authorities.
Wallace was one of four men whose cases were before the court yesterday on the same charge, income tax dodging, as a result of seizure of books and effects of the Egg Harbor Brewery and revelations made through the records, according to government investigators. The alleged evasions were In 1929 and 1930.
Worth contended that Wallace already had been given many "breaks" and that action must be had forth with Kisselman admitted that he had no authority to enter a guilty plea for his client, but said that was admittedly what the plea would be.
The others whose names were called to enter pleas to indictment were Edwin N. O'Donnell, 50, president of the Egg Harbor Beverage Company, operators of the now closed Egg. Harbor Brewery ; James J. Curran, 45, of 436 Liverpool Avenue, Egg Harbor City, and William C. Muller, 49, also of Egg Harbor.
All four were indicted following seizure of the books and records of the Egg Harbor Brewery which disclosed, according to the government, income tax evasions in 1929 and 1930.
O'Donnell, son of former Postmaster James O'Donnell, of Hammonton, was accused of evading payment of $11,258.86 in 1929 and $24, 474.66 in 1930.
Represented by former Judge William A, Carr, or Philadelphia, and Charles H. McCarthy, Washington, D. C., attorney, O'Donnell retracted a plea of not guilty to one of guilty.
The change came following a conference between Carr, McCarthy and Worth, who asked that an indictment of perjury be nolle prossed. Bail was continued at $5000 while, at the request of counsel sentence was deferred to a date to be fixed by Worth.
Wallace is accused of evading payment to the government of $4196.72 in 1929 and $1953.52 in 1930.
Curran, indicted with the others, was represented in court by L. Scott Cherchesky. In the morning he entered a plea of not guilty and action was held up pending the arrival of a copy of the indictment from Trenton. Curran is accused of evading payment of $195.63 in 1929 and $785.24 in 1930. Cherchesky entered a guilty plea for his client in the afternoon and sentence was continued pending application to the government for a compromise payment. Curran's bail was continued at $3000.
Muller's action, through his attorney, Mark F. Casselman, was similar. He entered a not guilty plea in the morning, pending arrival of a copy of the indictment. Muller was accused of evading payments of $1204.04 in 1929 and $135.89 in 1930, as allegedly revealed in the brewery records. Muller entered a guilty plea in the afternoon, and his bail, $2000, was continued with sentence pending settlement.
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