Letter from Catherine Casselman Grenhart - June 2009
Dear Mr. Cohen,
I grew up in Camden at 301 North Second Street. Your history was sent to me by one of my former students whose parents, under 400 Line Street, the Gentiles, also are part of Camden's history. I lived at 301 North Second Street where my Father, Arthur J. Casselman, M.D., Director of Public Health and Director of Laboratories at Lakeland General, Cooper Hospital and West Jersey Hospitals, had his offices and a laboratory as well. It was called Public Hygiene Laboratory.
My Father was born and raised at 317 Penn Street. His Father was William S. Casselman founder of the West Jersey Title and Guaranty Company. His bank was located, as I remember, across from the Masonic Temple and was torn down in the 30's I think. I remember going to visit Grandad at the bank. They always had a Christmas party for the children of the bank employees. This is all documented at the Camden County Historical Society.
My Father was born 3/18/1888 during the famous blizzard of '88. He had three brothers, Mark, Paul and William S. Jr. Grandad is buried in Harleigh Cemetery. The monument is facing Haddon Avenue in the front across from the Chocolate Factory. [The building referred to was the former A.N. Stollwerck chocolate factory which stood at 1651 Haddon Avenue. It has been gone for many years.- PMC]
William S., Jr. worked in the bank, Mark became a lawyer and had his offices on Market Street. Paul was an engineer and worked at the Franklin Institute. The ejection seat for pilots in Army planes was his idea, although I don't think he ever took (got) the credit.
My Father met my Mother in Rochester, Minnesota where she was head operation supervisor for the famous Dr. John Stokes (brother of the famous Philadelphia pediatrician Dr. Joseph Stokes). She came East and married him in 1924. My Mother, Zula Boyd Casselman, was president of many organizations in Camden...the Camden Woman's Club, the YWCA, the American Cancer Society, the TB Society and others whose names I have forgotten.. She and Miriam Lee Early Lippincott founded the Woman's Field Army for the Detection of Cancer, later the American Cancer Society of New Jersey) She was the second recipient of South Jersey Woman of the Year sponsored by the Best Market, adjacent to the old Sears Building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard.
They had two children...Arthur, who never married, and Catherine who married Robert F. Grenhart, attorney, son of Dr. George Grenhart of Haddon Avenue, Camden.
I, Catherine, graduated from Camden High School, as did my (deceased) husband, Robert, in June of 1942.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1932|
Mabel Grier Lesher -
High School -
Dr. Helen A. Shrack - Dr. Jennie Sharp
Mrs. A. Haines Lippincott - Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman - Mrs. Orris W. Saunders
Mrs. Alexander MacAlister - Mrs. William A. Wescott
Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1933
Camden Courier-Post * June 12, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933
Mrs. Murray Named To Y. W. C. A. Presidency
Mrs. Charles T. Murray, of Haddon Heights, has been named to fill the un-expired term of Mrs. Guy C. Morrill, of Merchantville, as president of the board of the Camden Branch, Young Women's Christian Association. Mrs. Morrill resigned from office last month.
Mrs. Murray is a former vice president of the board, and will now serve as president until February when election of officers will take place.
Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, member of the board, has been recommended by the Camden group for member ship on the committee for the new program for younger girls which the national Y. W. C. A. is organizing for activity in the Fall. The program will be developed along educational lines to particularly interest girls of college and high school ages.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933|
Camden Unit Makes Real Estate Broker Chairman of Advisory Boards
R. Lippincott, real estate broker, has been named chairman of the advisory
board of the Camden unit of the Salvation Army, succeeding William
officers include Mrs.
Charles A. Wolverton, treasurer, and Miss Elizabeth Magill, secretary.
Members of the executive committee selected the following committees: Woman's committee, Mrs. Arthur H. Holl and Mrs. Wilfred W. Fry; finance committee, Dr. F. William Shafer, William D. Sayrs, Frank C. Propert, Mrs. Wolverton and Mrs. Holl; property committee, Howard Hemphill, John J. Robinson, Herman E. Hensgen, Arthur J. Casselman and George C. Baker; public relations and publicity, Rev. John Pemberton, Joseph G. Tweedy, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus, Dr. Albert B. Pancoast and Patrick H. Harding; program committee, Dr. James Rodger, Propert, Robinson, Tweedy and John L. Shannon.
Mrs. Casselman, Mrs. Kinch To Attend Chicago Meet
Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, of this city, and Mrs. Fred Kinch, of Westfield, will represent New Jersey at the meeting of the national board of the Auxiliary to the American Medical Society on Friday, November 15, at Chicago, Ill.
The Jersey representatives will join Mrs. Rogers N. Herbert, of Nashville, Tenn., national president, and Mrs. Prentiss Wilson, Washington, D. C., national vice-president, en route to Chicago. Mrs. Casselman, a former state president, is a national director. Mrs. Kinch holds the office of state president.
Plans will be made for the annual convention of the auxiliary to be held in June simultaneously with that of the A. M. A. Board members of the Auxiliary to the Camden County Medical Society are meeting this afternoon with their president, Mrs. Joseph B. Roberts, 201 Westmont avenue, Haddonfield.
Plans will be made for the annual card party in the interest of the County Tuberculosis Association to be held on November 23 at the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. Robert S. Gamon has been appointed chairman of arrangements.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1938|
|Mrs. Albert Bean Re-elected Head of 'Y.W: Board Here
Mrs. Albert M. Bean, of Haddonfield, was unanimously re-elected president of the board of directors of the Young Women's Christian Association of Camden and Vicinity last night at the monthly meeting of the board held in the headquarters, 565 Stevens street, this city.
Mrs. Joseph Learning, of Woodlynne, is first vice president; Mrs. Oswald Carlander, of Pennsauken, second vice president; Mrs. Charles Chase, of Oaklyn; third vice president; Miss Helen Cook, of Camden, recording secretary; Mrs. Chester C. Craig, of Merchantville, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Charles T. Murray, of Haddon Heights, treasurer; Mrs. William Tipper, of Haddon Heights, assistant treasurer.
A welcome was extended to new members of the board: Miss Ethel
Lord, of Collingswood, and Miss Hazel Pimm, of Camden; to Mrs. Daniel Hoyt, who is returning to the board for two more terms after a
year's absence; to Mrs. D. Trueman Stackhouse, of Merchantville; Miss Helen M. Eastlack, of Haddonfield; Mrs.
Arthur J. Casselman, of
Camden; Miss Ruth Danford, of Merchantville; Mrs. Lester Dickinsheets, of Oaklyn; Mrs. Frank Tunstall, of Haddon Heights; all of whom
|Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1938|
|'Historical Romances' Topic for Camden Group
Mrs. H. L. Westcott is in charge of the program and Mrs. Theodore K. Warner
Luncheon will be served at 1 o'clock by the following hostesses: Mrs.
Arthur J. Casselman, Mrs. Elmer J. Carll, Mrs. Harry G. Longwell and Mrs. Thomas
|Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1938|
|MEDICAL AUXILIARY TO HEAR PHYSICIANS
Diabetes and Mental Hygiene Subjects for Public Relations Meeting
Diabetes and mental hygiene in their relation to public health will be discussed authoritatively at the annual public relations meeting and tea of the Auxiliary to the Camden County Medical Society to be held tomorrow afternoon in the Camden Woman's Club, 424-26 Linden street.
A discourse on diabetes will be presented by
Dr. Alexander Ellis, of this city, who is a member of the Cooper Hospital staff, in charge of the out-patients diabetic clinic.
Dr. Anderson covers the entire state of Pennsylvania. She is the psychiatrist in charge of the women's division in the Pittsburgh City Hospital and the Allegheny County Hospital. She is assistant professor of nursing at Duquesne University and a special lecturer on mental hygiene in the department of nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania. "Emotional Hygiene, the Art of Understanding" is the title of a book which was written by Dr. Anderson during the past year and which recently has been published.
Mrs. Orris W. Saunders, of this city, is hospitality chairman for the day. Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, of this city, and Mrs. E. Reed Hirst, of Haddonfleld, will pour and those assisting will be Mrs. William Braun, Mrs. Penrose Thompson, Mrs. A. Lincoln Sherk, of Merchantville; Mrs. Kenneth B. MacAlpine, of Gloucester; Mrs. Kenneth Athey and Mrs. Alfred M. Elwell, of this city.
The Auxiliary has planned a fashion show to be followed by cards for Monday evening, March 7, in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. H. Wesley Jack, of Haddonfield, is general chairman for the affair.
Mrs. Oswald R. Carlander, of Merchantville, is president of the Auxiliary.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1938|
|Mrs. Bean Names Committees Heads For 'Y' Activities
Mrs. Albert M. Bean, president of the board of directors of the Camden Young Women's Christian Association has named the chairmen of standing committees for this year. Mrs. Lester Dickinsheets will direct activities of Girl Reserves; Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, health education; Mrs. Frank Tunstall, membership; Mrs. Alford Naus, world fellowship; Mrs. A. Haines Lippincott, public affairs; Miss Helen M. Eastlack, race relations; Mrs. Joseph Leaming, building and maintenance; Mrs. D. Trueman Stackhouse, personnel; Mrs. Joseph Walton, education; Mrs. John Kerrigan, business and industrial; Mrs. Wm. Tipper, finance; Miss Ruth Danford, publicity; Mrs. Charles Chase, social service; Mrs. Oswald Carlander, volunteer personnel; Mrs. C. T. Branch, committee of management Frances Harper Branch.
Joseph Sickler postmaster at Salem, will be the speaker at the "Fireside Group" on Friday, March 4, at 8 p. m. "Old Homes of Salem County," is one of the books authored by Mr. Sickler, who is well versed on the historic points of interest in South Jersey. The public is cordially invited to attend.
The health education department will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at Central Association, with Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman presiding. Plans will be formulated for the annual health education dinner to be held in April..
Mrs. Zula Boyd Casselman with officials of the New Jersey State Division of the American Cancer Society (AMC) at the presentation of portraits of (left) Mrs. Miriam Lee Early Lippincott and Mrs. Casselman, founders of the Woman's Field Army for the Detection of Cancer of Southern New Jersey, the Society's antecedent. The portraits were presented for installation at the Society's state offices.
Mrs. Casselman getting an award from the New Jersey State Division of the Woman's Auxiliary to the American Medical Society for outstanding contribution as President and member of the Board of Directors for Camden County and the State of N.J. being presented by Dr. Helen F. Schrack, M.D.
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