SERGEANT RAY SMITH was born Lucius Raymond Smith on June 6, 1895. Enlisting in the United States Army at 17, he served in Mexico with General Pershing's expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa. A combat veteran of World War I, he was wounded while serving in France during that conflict, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palms, presented to him personally by Field Marshal Henri Petain.
Sergeant Ray Smith had fought at least once as a professional before the war. During that time he came to prominence as a boxer, becoming the heavyweight champion of the American Expeditionary Force.
Sergeant Ray Smith returned to professional boxing after the war. In 20 fights his record was 2 wins, 15 losses, and 3 no contest, not uncommon as in those days certain states while allowing pro boxing would not allow a winner to be declared. He fought some of the most famous boxers of his day, including eventual world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney, one-time middleweight champion Leo Houck, and heavyweight title contenders Tommy Gibbons and Bill "KO" Brennan. He fought Battling Levinsky for the Light Heavyweight Title, but lost on points.
After hanging up his gloves, he remained in boxing as a referee, and was well known for fairness and good judgment. Settling in Camden NJ, he made his home in the 1920s and early 1930s at 31 North 25th Street, and later at 212 North 27th Street. Ray Smith worked a radio announcer and as sportswriter. Ray Smith was involved in many civic activities. He was the president of the Elks Crippled Children's Committee for over 20 years, was a four-time commander of VFW Post 705 in Camden, three-time commander of the August F. Walters Chapter No. 4 of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Raymond C. Thoirs Post 47 of the American Legion, Ring No. 6 of the New Jersey Veterans Boxing Association, and was involved in many, many other civic activities. He was on of the leaders of the bonus march for World War I veterans, and was associated with Congressman Charles A. Wolverton in veterans matters.
Sgt. Ray Smith was working for the Courier-Post on the night of June 8, 1933 when he was hurt in a car accident while en route to New York to cover the Max Baer vs. Max Schmeling fight at Yankee Stadium.
In May of 1934 he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the new Jersey Assembly from Camden. In the fight for control of the Republican Party in Camden, he was an ally of Albert S. Woodruff.
Raymond Smith was married to Mabel, and they had one child, a son, Charles Augustus Bodine Smith. who left school to enlist in the Army in 1942. Mabel F. Smith passed away in 1944, and sadly, Private Charles A.B. Smith died while serving in Algeria later that year.
Sergeant Ray Smith moved to the Erial section of Gloucester Township NJ after World War II, where he founded and operated the Charles A.B. Smith Home for Crippled Children. He remained active in civic affairs.
In February of 1959 he addressed the New Jersey Assembly on veterans issues. On April 20, 1959 he was honored by Ring 6 of the New Jersey Veterans Boxing Association as Man of the Year.
An automobile accident in 1964 left Sgt. Ray Smith partially crippled, only able to walk with the use of braces and crutches. Refusing to give up his work on the crippled children's charities, he was still living at his home in Erial as late as December of 1967. Raymond Smith's later years were spent in Haddon Heights NJ. Sergeant Ray Smith passed away in February of 1979.
Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928
BATTLES ATTRACT BIG CROWD
Fifteen sizzling amateur boxing bouts, together with nine acts of vaudeville, were presented to a capacity crowd in the St. Joan of Arc Church gym, Fairview. The proceeds derived from the affair will go toward the church building fund.
In the feature bout, Bob Zimmerman, of Fairview, unintentionally fouled Eddie O'Tell of South Camden, in the first round and Referee Joe Bonnell immediately stopped the fuss. Zimmerman was in the lead when O'Tell, in attempting to avoid a left hook to the body, leaped into the air with the result that the punch landed low.
Zimmerman, in order not to disappoint the crowd went three rounds with Mickey Murtha. Battling Mack and Pee Wee Ross staged a clown act, while Johnny Lucas met Billy De Lue; Tommy Lyons clashed with Jack Stanley; "Peaches" Gray tackled Terrible Pine; Joe Colon faced Billy Osborne, and George Anderson encountered Milton Bamford. All bouts were limited to three rounds.
Deputy Boxing Commissioner Edward A. Welsh attended the affair, and when introduced by Announcer Bill Kennedy received an ovation that lasted fully five minutes. Mrs. Mary Walsh Kobus, a member of the city board of censors also was present.
Sergeant Ray Smith assisted Bonell in refereeing, while John McGraw was timekeeper. It was one of the most successful affairs ever conducted by the church athletic association.
Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928
LEGI0N POST TO PUT ON FIGHT SHOW
to be outdone by any local organization, Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post,
of the American Legion, passed a resolution last night in favor of staging
a monster boxing show at Convention Hall sometime next month. Half the
receipts will be donated to further the Boy Scout Movement.
Ray Smith, former heavyweight boxer and now a licensed referee, was
elected to head the committee on arrangements, which consists if ten
members; Judge Frank F. Neutze, Dr. Irwin B. Deibert, Tom Taylor, J. Harry
Ashton, Harry E. Bayne, George P. Rothermel, Albert Wehner, Fireman Ray
Smith and Jack Weinberg will assist the sergeant in making the show a
A businessmen’s committee also will be appointed, but as yet has not been named by the legion committee members.
is the intention of the committee to bring some of the best boxers in the
country here for the show, which they will make an annual affair providing
the initial one is a success. Chairman Smith stated today that he would
apply for a boxing permit from Deputy Boxing Commissioner Edward A. Welsh
|Camden Courier-Post - April 27, 1928|
Fans Anticipate Stirring Bout When
|Camden Courier-Post - April 28, 1928|
Fans Jeer As Referee
Smith Gives Draw Decision in 'Mickey' Blair-Joey Michaels Bout
SERGEANT RAY SMITH, Courier-Post reporter and former heavyweight boxer, who suffered a wrenched back and strained right leg yesterday in an automobile accident while en route to the Baer-Schmellng fight in New York. He was treated at Bellevue Hospital but was able to continue to the Yankee Stadium and witness the bout.
June 9, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933
Do YOU Think?
Showing the same grit and determination that carried him through battle-scarred France and then on to heavyweight heights, Sergeant Ray Smith attended the Battle of the Maxies in New York last Thursday .... . And with a broken back .... The Sergeant had to bribe an attendant in a New York hospital to get his clothes for him so that he could get to the affair ... And was there, gritting his teeth to hold back the pain, cheering his old friend Jack Dempsey's initial go as a big-time promoter...
Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933
HUNDREDS HONOR MRS. ELLEN D.
Hundreds paid a final tribute last night to Mrs. Ellen Dougherty Ryan, 79, whose funeral will be held at 2.30 p. m. today at her late home, 312 Penn Street.
Floral expressions of sympathy arrived all yesterday afternoon and last night from scores of friends of the family until two rooms were banked with flowers.
The pallbearers will be William E. "Wid" Conroy, former big league baseball player, Frank "Sis" Clouser, former ball player, Maurice Holler, Police Lieutenant William "Dutch" Padgett of Haddonfield, former ball player, Henry C. Beck and Sergeant Ray Smith, Courier-Post newspapers.
Rev. Dr. George H. Hemingway, former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the services and burial will be in Harleigh Cemetery.
Mrs. Ryan, a widow 20 years, was the mother of Frank H. Ryan, managing editor of the Courier-Post Newspapers; Thomas H. Ryan, sports editor of the newspapers; Edward Ryan, George R. Ryan, Mrs. Mary Shivers, Miss Anna W. Ryan and Miss Esther Porter Ryan. There are also four grandchildren and two surviving sisters. Mrs. Sue Davis, of Los Angeles. and Mrs. Jane Somers. of Philadelphia.
Camden Courier-Post - June 16, 1933
Smith ·Thinks Sharkey Will Win on Square Tonight
By SERGEANT RAY SMITH
Who will win tonight?
Will Sharkey retain the heavyweight crown when he and Primo Carnera. meet at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island? Or will the gigantic battler from Italy, take the coveted heavyweight title to Europe for the second time in two years?
This has been the main topic of conversation along the fistic rialto for the past few days now that the title contest looms so near.
The public has lost faith in the so-called experts. The fight fan of today has come to a realization that his opinion or yours is entitled to con just as much consideration as the writers labeled as experts.
The sports writers of the country have already started the ballyhoo for Carnera to win. It he doesn't win, the contest and then it will just be that the experts have pulled another boner, and that's that. When I read what the New York newspapers said of the fight, I reached the decision that I hadn't been to the same fight. So much for experts.
Some have already started the cry that the fight is in "the bag," that Sharkey will go in the tank. Somehow this writer thinks this a lot of hooey. It is true that many strange things happen in the fight "racket" in New York.
Sharkey Won't 'Bag' It
But what ever happens tonight, your informer feels sure that Sharkey will be no party to anything that IS not strictly on the up and up. Sharkey was a "gob," a sailor for Uncle Sam. On his ships around the world, thousands of Sharkey's fellow shipmates will lay every dollar on the line that Boston man wins. ·
And the writer is willing to bet all the tea in" China. that Sharkey will not sell them out. Logically speaking, Sharkey has well invested all the money he needs. He has a mighty fine family, as the saying goes, he's all set. He is whole-heartedly an American. He proved that when he joined the forces of the U. S. A. for maybe a paltry $18 per month
He is an American at heart. When he climbs through those ropes to that he is America's hope to night, we think that two thoughts will be uppermost in his mind. One keep the crown over here; second that the ambling fighter who he will oppose is the same man who was responsible for the death of his pal, Ernie Schaaf. There is no use telling you of his ability. Sharkey licked Schmeling twice, despite the experts' reports to the contrary.
Camden Bout Recalled
The writer saw both contests. The first battle I was accompanied by one of the best judges of fistic tests around these parts, Tom Ryan. Sharkey had so beaten Schmeling that we were both ready to leave the park, when the low blow giving the world's championship to Schmeling landed. I saw the second fight, too, and Sharkey won by a big margin.
One night several months ago, Carnera met a "stumble bum" at the Camden Armory. All who saw it, remember the hard time the "Ambling Alp" had to keep him op the floor.
He displayed only one thing, and that, plenty of size. Of course the experts will tell you how he has come along, but you can't fool yourself. He has been on the floor on many occasions, proving that he can be hit. And somehow, when you see a giant as big as Carnera fold up from a punch, you wonder if all these talks about his marvelous ability is just plain "bunk."
Sharkey will be fighting not only country of his adoption, but to avenge the death of his pal Ernie and the writer is banking on him to come through a decisive victor tonight.
Camden Courier-Post - August 1, 1933
Britton, welterweight champion from 1916 to 1922.
master boxer whose years never dimmed his brilliant work in the squared
circle. "How do you do it, Jack?" I asked one afternoon after
a heated workout in Grupp's Gymnasium on 116th street in New York City.
"Well, Ray, I guess the answer is properly conserving energy. If
you notice I never make any unnecessary moves when I'm in there,"
pointing to the ring we had just left. "I do everything with a
purpose, and every move counts." For, I am getting old. The showy,
flashy boxer makes a, lot of unnecessary moves, makes a lot of useless
motions, and hardly ever gets anywhere. I go in there with a purpose, to
do my work in an expert workmanlike manner, to win and do it with the
least possible effort."
used to sit at the ringside and marvel at the defensive tactics that
Jack could follow when necessary. Apparently he was making no effort at
all, just loafing around, his left hand straight down at his side, his
opponent would be forcing him, when all of a sudden the left would come
from somewhere, snap into the opponent's face, then drop down to his
side again. His opponent, usually some youngster that was strong, would
rush Jack, bent on caressing him on the "whiskers," but the
punch would never land, Jack was either inside or had dropped his head
just low enough to let the punch fly harmlessly over. Then up from
nowhere would come that left. It was sorta uncanny.
night at the Garden, a boy with whom Jack used to box, worked in one of
the preliminaries. He assumed Jack's pose, his left hand at his side.
His opponent. a tough little fellow from the West Side, started a right
cross. The left hand never came up, and the right cross landed against
the boy's chin- that fight was over.
The next day at the gym I said to
Jack, "Did you see S.· ... box last night? He tried that left hand
just like you do." "Yep, he tried it," said Jack,
"and it's a shame he got knocked out, but there's one thing he
forgot and that is that I have been practicing that punch for 20 years,
and I haven't got it perfect yet”.
that. For twenty years Jack had been practicing one punch and yet didn't
think he had it perfect. Yet several aspiring youngsters would see Jack
use the punch a couple of times, then try and emulate him in their first
ring contest. The ring game is strewn with boys who have been knocked
kicking, while trying out Jack's method of using a left hand.
Jack was a
marvel when it came to judging distance. He would just slide along, then
pop would go that left hand, you had been nailed, and would still be
wondering what it was all about, when bang would go a right that would
almost jar your teeth loose, He was the hardest man to hit that I have
ever boxed, in many ring contests. While training with Jack, I do not
believe that I ever struck him an effective punch.
One day I felt as though I would
like to work a couple of fast rounds, and as I had been boxing with
Jack, I asked him to go a couple, Imagine my surprise to have him say,
"I don't want to box, you hit too hard," I felt mighty swelled
up, but modestly replied, "Why, Jack, I couldn't hit you with a
hand full of salt."
t he went on, "but you do
hit me on the head, and it gives me headaches, and don't forget,
Chicken, I'm getting old."
Jack is nearly 50 years old now, and I do bet that wherever he is, he's training his grandchildren in how to use that left hand. Wherever he is, the writer would like to take his hand and say, "Howdy Jack," just for "Auld Lang Syne."
Camden Courier-Post - August 4, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - August 17, 1933
Johnny Kilbane, featherweight champion from Feb. 22, 1912, to June 2, 1923.
John Patrick Kilbane, the cagiest boxer who ever drew on a padded mitt. For 11 years Johnny held the coveted title. Scattered throughout his reign as "king" of the featherweight division are sprinkled the names of the real greats of fistiana. His hair was sprinkled a bit with gray on June 2, 1923, when in the sixth round of a 15-round battle fought in New York he lost to the great little war hero, Eugene Criqui, of France. Johnny had defeated Abe Attell for the title, at Vernon, California, Feb. 22, 1912.
"Sure, and boxing is just a means of making a living," Johnny told me one afternoon, after I had asked him why he carried so many boys along. "You see, I don't actually carry them, I just am careful that I don't hit them too hard on a vulnerable spot. These youngsters I box are striving for a place in the pugilistic sun, and are ruined a lot of times if you knock them out. On the other hand, if you help them make a good fight, you season them, develop them, and give the fans greater action for their money. And never forget their money. And never forget that the fellow out there who pays his dollar to see you perform is your boss."
What a philosophy! And what action Johnny gave the boys who bought their tickets at the box office!
Johnny. was a great crowd pleaser and always gave the fans a run for their money. He was noted for his generosity to his opponents. And a number of the boys who went the limit with John did it because he let them. But let the smart boxer who after Johnny had given him a break suddenly got smart and thought he could win from the "old fox." Johnny would kid them along for a couple of rounds, then, bang would go that right hand loaded with dynamite, and the chances are the "kid" would never hear the referee toll the fatal 10 seconds, but would wake up some time later either in his dressing room or in a hotel, still wondering what it was all about.
I remember well the story of Kilbane's fight with Patsy Cline that took place in Philadelphia in 1916. Everywhere in .New York wherever boxing fans would congregate the story would be told as how Patsy got too fresh with the champ and was knocked out. Along in 1916 Patsy Cline" a tough New York boy, loomed as a great fight prospect. He was managed .by George Engle, who landed a match with him with Johnny Kilbane in Philadelphia. The fight was not in the "bag," but it was sort of understood that Johnny was not going to make any particular effort to knock off Cline.
The fight went through the first round in good shape and Johnny was heard to say to Patsy, "You're doing great; now behave yourself and everything will be O. K."
But the bout was only scheduled for six rounds and Patsy had ideas of his own. Starting the second round; Cline tried his hardest to clip the wily Kilbane. That was the payoff.
A few hours later, Patsy awoke.
The club was in darkness, only Patsy's manager and a handler (waiting for his dough) were left in his dressing room. As Patsy moved, the manager exclaimed, "Geez, we was just going to send you to the hospital. We thought you were dead." Patsy told me years later that Kilbane had not knocked him out in that bout, but that someone had sneaked up behind him and hit him with a club.
One day in New York Johnny told me, "You know, I like that town I across the river from the burg where you live. That six-round business is the money. Sure, and you have to work hard and fast but when you only have six rounds to go there's nothing to it."
'Some of Johnny's best fights were fought In Philadelphia. It was in Philly in 1917 that he was knocked out by Benny Leonard in three rounds at the Olympia Club. Many of you, shall I say, "old timers," remember that show, for it was responsible in a way for starting the all-star show.
Edwards had signed Kilbane and Leonard for his feature bout, at the Olympia. The late Jack McGuigan had put on an all-star show at his National Club, featuring some of the greatest stars in the business at that time. Benny and Johnny drew a capacity house. It was something of a novelty to see two champs at that time. Johnny was a great little fellow, and Bennie was a great bigger fellow, and the law of averages must be that always a good big man will whip a good little man. It was true on that day. It was a sort of the setting of the sun for Kilbane. He made a few good fights after that K.O. defeat, but he had passed the zenith of his career.
Johnny engaged in 139 bouts. He knocked out 23 of his opponents, engaged in 76 no-decision contests, won 25 battles, lost two, took part in two affairs that were called no contests, and was knocked out twice- once by Leonard and the other time by Criqui.
Surely a great record, when you see sprinkled over Johnny's past such names as Abe Attell, Eddie O'Keefe, Young Saylor, Biz Mackie, Eddie Moy, Frankie Burns, Tommy O'Toole, Eddie Morgan, Packey Hommey, Ralph Brady, Richie Mitchell-the list would cover a couple of more sheets of paper.
Johnny was a real king of all he surveyed in the featherweight division when he was champion. He met them all, and beat them. That is, all but once, when he had a very close call, It was in 1913, and he fought that great Italian. Jumping Jack Johnny Dundee. It went 20 rounds, and was called a draw. Dundee was managed by my old manager, "Scotty" Monteith. Just before the fight, Johnny--
But that is another story, and I'll tell you about it when I write about another great champion, Johnny Dundee, next Tuesday.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1936|
"champ", while it's a name only, must continue to fight in
order to keep the golden shekels coming in, but then again he must get
right opposition if the spectators are to swarm through the turnstiles.
Louis, the 'Brown Bomber," of Detroit, who has slashed through the
heavyweight ranks, needs the right opponents if he's to pile the million
bucks he thinks he’d like to have as insurance against the
vicissitudes of life.
story comes from Newark that Steve Hamas, former Penn State College
football star, who for a brief period looked like a real heavyweight
prospect, will take the moth balls from his ring clothes, leave his
restaurant for a while and retire to the mountains to go through a
training period with a shot at Joe Louis at the finish
so, fight fans, you re m on the present plot being hatched in the inner
circle of pugilism:
Louis vs. Steve Hamas, some time in June.
ballyhoo has been launched. Soon you will read of the 'stumble bums'
Steve has knocked out on his way back for the Louis encounter. You will
be amazed at the progress Steve is making in his training quarters, With
tales of the sparring partners he knocks bowlegged with a terrific right
cross, or maybe with a left hook.
All of this you will read daily, for the match is practically in. Steve has been selected to help replenish the exchequer of Louis and, at the same time he won't be doing his own financial standing any harm.
the thing we are interested in is the result of such a battle. It looks
to me though Steve will not go more than three rounds, that is provided
the former college football order star reaches the best possible
March Max Schmeling who I figure will be duck soup for Louis handed
Hamas a terrific beating and knocked him out in the ninth round of a
bout in Hamburg, Germany.
can it be said the writer of this column has aided and abet "big
shots" who foisted such one-sided matches on the suspecting public.
Remember the Louis-Retzlaff fiasco? That's why I am against this
proposed Louis Hamas match, and I'll tell you why.
never come back. The coordination that makes a really great fighter is
lost after a long layoff. You never get it back. Like the flower kept
alive through hothouse method, it never comes back as the bloom first
picked from the bush. The days and months sap something within one, one
of the essential qualities that go to make up a great fighter, and that
is endurance. It was again proved in the Sharkey-Tony Shucco bout in
Boston last Friday night.
former champion looked good in the early rounds, but at the finish he
tired and almost sank to the canvas from sheer weariness. The splendid
endurance that made him a champion had gone forever
Hamas may be young in years but he is old in the fistic game. The beating handed him by Schmeling has in itself taken years from his athletic life. Even at the height of his pugilistic career I doubt he would have been a fit opponent for the 'Brown Bomber'.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936|
letter from "Sunny Miami" brings a note from Little
Ray Smith, now a city fireman and one of the writer's best friends. Little
Ray, his wife Helen, and daughter Joan, are sojourning in the
Southland during Ray's
vacation. Enclosed in a letter are two snap shots taken of Joan and
George Bernard Shaw. Ray
says he met an old friend of mine, Jimmy Maloney, who now is a
policeman. And that brings to mind a story. Jim, a good Irishman, and a
few years back one of the best heavyweights ever turned out of Boston.
was in 1927 when I last saw Jim Maloney, a fine husky lad who on the
night of May 20 that year, was to meet an old rival, ,Jack Sharkey, from
his home town in the ring at Madison Square Garden. These two had been
bitter enemies and I feel that Jim resented the fact that Sharkey, a
Lithuanian, had taken an Irish moniker when he took up fisticuffs. These
two had met twice before in the squared circle in Boston. In 1924 Jim
gained the decision in 10 rounds. In 1925 Jim again won, this time on a
foul in the ninth round. And so on May 20, 1927, these two were to meet
for the third time. To the winner was to go the distinction of being a
runnerup for the heavyweight title .
shaking hands with Maloney at the weighing-in ceremonies, I walked
across the ring where Sharkey was addressing
matchmaker of the Garden, presented me to the garroulous gob.
told Jack that I was a newspaper man and asked him how he felt about the
encounter scheduled for that evening.
knock that big Irishman right I
into your lap in about three
rounds," Sharkey told me.
was the underdog in the fight, all the sports scribes around New York
labeled the match as just a warming-up process for Maloney who they
thought was a great prospect to annex the heavyweight championship of
night of the fight I was at the ringside with my nose literally in the
resin box in Maloney's corner. Jack got away to a fast start and was
well out in front when near the middle Of the fifth round, call it
imagination if you pleas, but Jack looked down at me, winked and shot
over a terrific right cross that sent Maloney sprawling to the canvas
just a few inches from where I was sitting. That ended the fight and
also the career of a great Irishman who always gave his best in the
squared circle, and I'll bet that there is no finer bluecoat in all
Miami than Jim Maloney.
Incidentally that was the first fight that started Jack Sharkey on his climb to fame that resulted in his winning of the greatest of all fistic baubles- the heavyweight championship of the world.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936|
want to tell you of the time I was in Sing Sing as an entertainer in one
of the many shows arranged for the inmates of that institution. On June
15, 1920, a boxing show was held within the prison walls for the benefit
of the Mutual Welfare League of Sing Sing prison. The show,
a boxing carnival, was arranged by Billy Roche, the renowned referee and
staged through the courtesy of William A. McCabe, confidential agent for
the New York State Prison Department.
I look over the program I see many names who meant much in the world of
pugilism 16 years ago. The show was headed by that great colored
fighter, Harry Wills. His opponent was the writer of this column.
Frankie Burns, the sterling little battler from Jersey City, was matched
with Frankie Nelson, of Hoboken. Others to appear on the card were Al
Reich, the white hope recently named by Damon Runyon and who attained
much publicity as "Jafsie's" bodyguard in the Lindbergh case;
Ole Anderson, of Minneapolis; Willie Herman, of Paterson; Willie
Gardner, of Paterson; Jimmy Burns, of Bridgeport; Danny Lee, of New
York; Jimmy Ambrose, of New York; Georgie Brown, of New York; Phil
Bloom. of Brooklyn; Eddie
Wallace, of Brooklyn; Red Allen, of Brooklyn; Dave Medal, of New York;
Willie Murphy, of Staten Island; Jimmy Duffy, of New York; Fighting Joe
Hyland, of New York; Frankie Corry, of New York; Al Turner, of New York;
Jimmy Smith, Joe Lynch and Victor Richie.
were entertained at lunch in the large prison dining room, and were
greatly impressed with the efficient handling of the many convicts at
that June day, 16 years ago, many changes have taken place in the world
of fistania. The names that meant so much in those days have disappeared
entirely from the sports pages. Harry Wills, I understand, is quite
prosperous and living Harlem managing several apartment houses he bought
with his ring earnings. Joe Lynch, who rose to win the world's bantam
weight championship, is around New York, but I do not know what he is
The years have brought many changes, and somehow as I look at the wrinkled program of the affair held 16 years ago I just think what a great thing if all these fellows were assembled again in one group. I'm sure there would be many tales told that would be recorded in boxing history.
Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936
|Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936|
McAvoy, the Englishman, who makes his first appearance hereabouts at the
Arena on Monday night, is an
unusual type of mitt man. First Mac can box; second, he can hit, and
third, he can take it.
to the type of the many English heavies imported to this country in the
past, these three qualities surely label him as being most unusual.
McAvoy's quick knockout of Jimmy Smith, the tough Kensington lad, came
as somewhat of a surprise to Philadelphia fans, and his previous
knockout of Babe Risko, the middleweight champion, places him tops among
the present light-heavies.
opponent on Monday will be the rough and ready colored battler, Anson
Green, who hails from Homestead, Pa. Green is a willing type of fighter
and will try his best to make the going of the British lad as very, very
rough. This bout will be for ten rounds.
another star bout Al Ettore will of receive stiff opposition in Steve
Dudas, the North Jersey lad who is rated a tough nut to cracks. This is
another scheduled ten-rounder. Johnnie Hutchinson, the fine little
colored battler, will mingle with Johnny DeFoe, while Tony Strazzeri and
Charley Comber are paired in the other two eight-round bouts on the
are' big possibilities that the
Elks Krippled Kiddies' Show will be
revived. The writer is the chairman of that committee of the local lodge
Elks. Much good work has of been done
for the crippled youngsters of this county through the profits of boxing
shows in the past. Boxing is on its way back, and soon a show will
be announced to aid this worthy charity.
writer's Hall of Fame for boxers he has seen follows:
Send in your nominees for the Hall of Fame. The boxers named must be ones that you yourself have seen in action.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936|
AT SGT. SMITH, SENTENCE SUSPENDED
A man who allegedly aimed a blow at Sgt. Ray Smith, ex-heavyweight champion of the A.E.F. Tuesday night received a 30-day suspended sentence in police court yesterday.
Gordon after starting an argument with the doorman at a theatre at Broadway and Market street, tried to punch Smith when he remonstrated with him. Smith, a special officer, arrested Gordon on a disorderly conduct charge..
|Camden Courier-Post - February 20, 1936|
Griffo, who referees around these parts, and is now living in Atlantic
City where he is a whiskey salesman, still has time to talk on his
favorite subject- boxing.
"Now about this fight Monday night at the Arena that features Jack McAvoy and Anson Green" said Griffo. "1 never saw McAvoy, but I want to tell you I think he'll get licked when he meets this Pennsylvania colored boy. Green is a tough seasoned fighter and McAvoy will have to live up to all his advance notices if he expects to get by this threat.
liked your selections of the world's greatest fighters," continued
Joe, "but I disagree with you in two cases. I think Harry Greb was
a greater fighter than Dillon and I feel that Mickey Walker was the
greatest welter who ever drew on a glove. "
as I think over the past, remember the great fights that Mickey has
fought, and remember the headaches
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Shamus Maguire, a really good lightweight eight years back, and for a time looked to be headed for the top is now in the cafe business. Shamus now a real heavyweight is behind the mahogany at the West Jersey Cafe at Third and Market streets.
* * *
Anson Green might throw a monkey wrench into the lightweight claims of Jack McAvoy. Mac is matched to meet John Henry Lewis for the lightweight title in New York City on March 13. If he loses Monday nights scrap at the arena the chances are that Jimmy Johnston the astute matchmaker of the Garden will cancel the show..
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936|
Job Preference Victor Reviews Program of Contest
The Philadelphia veteran of the World War who was responsible for obtaining a court ruling safeguarding veterans rights for preference on Federal employment projects, last night told his story to Camden ex-service men.
than 200 veterans heard Benjamin J. Spang address an open meeting of
Corp. Mathews-Purnell Post No. 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
test case brought by Spang was decided last week by Federal Judge George
A. Welsh in Philadelphia. Today, Judge Welsh announced, he will sign a
decree to carry out the ruling.
told the veterans he fought for two years to obtain preference c for
veterans and that he fought alone, despite charges he was allied with
the Economy League and the Liberty League.
was decided to take action tonight to endorse Spang's move at a meeting
of the Camden County Council, V. F. W., at the headquarters of A. Mucci
Post, Third and Line Streets. Ten posts are represented in the county
only veteran ever to have brought
a test case against the government, Spang has received nationwide
acclaim. He is 42, and lives at 548 South Fifty-second Street, Philadelphia.
He went to court after he was refused a job with the Business Census Bureau because his name did not appear on the public relief rolls.
I want is a job," he stated after winning his suit. "When the
Government decides to live up to the Veterans' Preference Act, then I'll
withdraw my suit against them, not I before. We'll go right on to the
Supreme Court if necessary," he said.
served three enlistments in the Marine Corps, was wounded in the Belleau
Wood in 1918, was discharged from an army hospital and returned home to
find a gold star in the window because his mother thought he had been
killed. Then he re-enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to
recruiting work as a sergeant. Doctors sent him to the Poconos for a
chest condition. Then he returned to Philadelphia and entered Temple
University as a student under the Veterans' Rehabilitation
Administration. He was graduated in 1923 in commercial law and real
at Temple he met H. Eugene Gardner, attorney who successfully presented
Spang's side of the case to the court. His disability allowance of $42 a
month was cut to $10 and during CWA he was unable to get a job and was
appointed a committee of one to investigate the failure of veterans to
worked with the Federal Housing Administration until June 19, 1935 as a
senior investigator, then he was fired and has not worked since.
then I have conferred with all the officials of the various agencies in
Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington but could get no satisfaction.
Then I hunted up Gardner and we decided to enter suit," he said.
financial backer, he says is Henry Asher, proprietor of a cigar and
variety store at 5211 Market Street, Philadelphia.
has two children for whom he keeps house, his wife being dead. They are
Benjamin, 16, and Mary Ellen, 13. Both attend school.
Conner, Seventh District councilman, said veterans in South Jersey are
able to obtain fairer treatment than those in Pennsylvania because they
are more strongly organized.
J. "Reds" Donlon, who led the bonus march from Camden to
Washington, asked Spang whether those veterans who obtain their bonus
payments would be taken off relief. Spang declared he hoped they would
not be discriminated against and that Judge Welsh's decision was looked
for to answer that question.
Ray Smith, Camden veteran, who also addressed the group declared
fairness was one of the qualities the veterans should insist on.
said he was angered by the fact that on driving down Broadway, where
workers were clearing the streets of ice, most of these working with
picks and shovels appeared to be
undernourished, while others were standing by waving flags to let the
flag-wavers should take their turns
at the shovels," Smith declared.
Kline was chairman of the meeting.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1936|
DISCUSS SEALS FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
for the sale of Easter Seals campaign to aid crippled children were
discussed yesterday at the meeting of the Krippled Kiddies Committee of
Camden Lodge of Elks.
The committee comprises Sergeant Ray Smith, chairman; Dr. B. Franklin Buzby, Fred Caperoon, Charles Bowen, Miss Mary E. Finley, executive secretary, and Carlton W. Rowand, exalted ruler and ex-officio member.
The seals, soon to go on sale, picture a crippled boy sitting at the threshhold of the "Door of Opportunity," waiting for the public to open it wide to him through financial support of the movement.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 27, 1936|
Stars in Role of 'Mountie'
on Trail of 2 Missing Girls
Members of the Northwest Mounted Police have nothing on Acting Detective John V. Wilkie.
he wants a man he gets him, just like the Canadian boys.
night he got four of them In investigating the disappearance of two Woodrow
Wilson High School girl students. He also located the girls.
are held at police headquarters pending further investigation by
Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.
girls are Lorraine M. Snuffin, of 229 South Thirty-fourth street, and
Eleanor Haley, of 205 South Thirtyfourth street. Both are 15.
Man Not Involved
men seized are: Peter Henley, 25, of Sicklerville; his half-brother,
William Meddings, 18; Harry Ryan, 19, of 611 Pine street, and Harry Wood,
23, of 4003 Myrtle street.
police said, is not involved in any charge that may be filed but is held
as a material witness.
parents of the two girls reported them missing early Tuesday after they
failed to return from an automobile ride with Henley. None of the parents
knew Henley's address.
didn't bother Wilkie, who with
Patrolman Henry Leutz, was assigned to investigate disappearance of the
Wilkie learned, he didn't say how, that Henley once lived in Camden. That was all he wanted to know. If Henley had lived here, Wilkie figured, someone knew where he lived now.
Hours of Quizzing
took hours of incessant questioning, moving from here to there and back
again, but eventually Wilkie
got the information he wanted through Wood.
Wood not only knew where Henley lived but would show Wilkie the way. The way led to a bungalow near Sicklerville and when Camden's famous "note book cop" reached there, Henley and the two girls, along with Ryan and Meddings were getting ready for a chicken dinner.
let them eat their dinner and then brought them all back to Camden.
girls told Wilkie they went to Henley's house of their own accord and
denied they were held their against their will. They said it was all
"just a lark."
Haley, father of Eleanor, and Mrs. Edna Snuffin, mother of Lorraine,
however, refused to dismiss the matter as being so insignificant.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1938|
|Sgt. Rays Chatter
I was discussing the fighters of today and those of other years with Babe
"But I also want to pass along a puff for my friend Kid Beebe. He was one of the busiest fighters I ever knew. Why, sometimes he would fight, and I mean they would be hard fights, three and four times a week. I still think his mark of over six hundred fights remains the record for any one man."
"But while the type of fighters has changed, the manner in which a fighter prepares for a battle has also changed," Babe said. "In those days we boxed six rounds, but that meant that you had to keep going, and going fast for the entire eighteen minutes. And how we trained. Every morning we would go out on the road, through Grays' Ferry road, to the old race track, past the oil works for a six-mile tramp. Then in the afternoon we would work for a solid hour in the gym."
"Yes sir," concluded Wolf," everything has changed, maybe its for the
* * *
Tony Galento has cancelled his engagement in Philadelphia on February
Moran announced he will substitute lightweights for the date. One of the
* * .*
A letter from Jack Kearns, manager of Jimmy Admick, the Michigan "killer," says that Admick looks better than Jack Dempsey at the same stage of his career. The youngster will show his ability to New Yorkers on Friday night when he meets Harry Thomas. If he's only nearly as good as Dempsey, we are willing to vote him a champion in the making.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938|
|Sgt. Rays Chatter
'Doc" Harris, a modest little
fellow who can be placed in the category of
'I only weighed about 132," said Doc and I was considered the
company's representative in the light-weight class. We were homeward
bound on the S.S. Luckenbach, and I was without a sou. Now the Navy had a lightweight on board who was considered very, very good. And it
as suggested I take on this lad in a ten-round battle, was to represent the Navy and
I was to uphold the colors of the Army. It so happened that after the match was made it became the talk of the ship. Bets were
made and it looked as though I would land in New York with some money in my pocket instead of stone broke. I looked up my opponent
and suggested he and I make a good fight. Nobody would get hurt and maybe we could stage another bout before we hit land. We had had an
accident and drifted several days, and it looked as though we would have
"I talked to the lad, but he turned me down cold. 'If I can knock you out,
"The ring was pitched fore and the crew, plus the troops, ranged around
"I was considered pretty shifty and a fairly good puncher. But as soon as
"From the first round to the finish of the tenth, it was a biff bang affair with both of us trying every kind of punch we knew to knock the other fellow out. At the finish the cheers of the sailors and soldiers must have been heard back in France, and then the decision—the referee called it a draw —and also announced all bets were off. My opponent was a mighty good boy and he and I both felt the decision was a fair one, and none of the boys lost any money through any technicalities.
The payoff came when we divided the purse. It amounted to exactly $560, and I'll tell you $280 for a soldier who was broke was nothing to be sneered at."
"Why didn't you keep up boxing?" I asked him.
"It's too tough a racket," answered Harris. "I have managed a few boys,
June 14, 1939
Predictions for the June 22, 1939
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Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941
The photograph on the left shows Edward Friant, of 124 North Thirtieth Street, descending from a tall building on a rope by using a life belt. The center scene depicts Charles Geitz, of 465 Mechanic Street, left, and Nicholas Iacovelli, or 1303 Decatur street, using asbestos suits in the middle of roaring flames. The suits, according to Fire Captain Ray Smith, instructor at the school, are able to withstand 1,750 degrees of heat. Ernest Wilkinson, of 1304 Park boulevard, is the man behind the mask on the right shown emerging from a building filled with formaldehyde gas.
|Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941|
|50 Volunteer Firemen Complete Training for Emergency Duties
Graduates First of 500 to Be Trained by City for Huge Reserve
Similar to that in London; Defense Officials Praise Work
Camden's first group of war and emergency volunteer firemen received their "diplomas" last night on completion or their training at the fire school in No. 10 firehouse, Ninth street and Morgan boulevard.
They are the initial volunteers to be trained as a reserve for the city fire department in an emergency. The volunteers, 50 of them, will be on 24-hour call. Eventually more than 500 men are expected to receive the training course for a huge reserve similar to the corps of firemen now being used in London.
The training course started May 12 and the trainees have attended three sessions a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, for seven weeks under the direction of Fire Captain Raymond Smith, no relation to the sergeant, who is director of the training school. Smith is a graduate of Class 56, of the Philadelphia Fire Training School.
Each volunteer fireman will be issued an identification card which will hold his fingerprints.
Among those congratulating the graduates were Herbert E. Harper, chairman of the Camden Defense Council; William C. Schriver, council member; Fire Chief John Lennox and Captain Smith. Howard Odrain, deputy chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department with 31 years of experience in fighting fires, attended as an observer.
"In behalf of the Camden City Defense Council, I want to thank you men for the hours and days you have put into taking this course," Harper told the graduates,
"You have been prompt in attendance and have been attentive. We don't anticipate any air raids or any acts of war-invasion, but we have an important problem in enabling national defense Industries in Camden city to make load in their Jobs.
"The sabotage committee of the defense council has been visiting the local Industries encouraging the plants to set up their own fire fighting squads and many are doing so. You men will be needed in times of an emergency to aid these forces and to assist at industries where there is no fire fighting squads."
Chief Lennox termed the volunteers "our second line of defense" and thanked them for their cooperation.
included training In all phases of fire-fighting from operating pumpers to climbing ladders and combating incendiaries, Rescue work also was included. The use of gas masks and asbestos suits in chemical firs, how to approach delayed bombs with snubbers and the proper methods of using extinguishers were taught.
The graduates included: George D. Wilkinson, fire marshal of the RCA Manufacturing Company, and his two sons, Ernest and George; Garfield Watson, sergeant of police at New York Shipbuilding Corporation; Lieut. George Hamilton, Jr., of the 157th Field Artillery; Captain William Hare, of the Kaighn Avenue-South Street Ferry.
Harry B. Thompson, Earl Denby, Lester W. Giberson, Norman P. Maull, Joseph Leone, Samuel Schuele, George P. Smith, Joseph Marchese, Nicholas A. Messaro, Willam S. Martz, William E. Doan, Elwood P. Martz, Jr., Clyde Getzinger, George W. Grove, Stephen Kirby, James W. McCracken, William Watkin, Manuel Weiss, Riccardo DiGiacomo, Louis Cimini, William P. Walter, Sigmund Yakaski, Nicholas Iacovelli, Robert Holmes, Walter D. Lohrman.
Myer J. Mutter, Charles Geitz, Charles A. B. Smith, Howard Doerschner, Harry L. Freidel, Franklin L. Wright, Paul W. Kessler, Warren I. Carter, Creston Polland, Edward E. Friant, Frank F. Shropshire, Charles Gall, Albert E. Pine, Nicholas Cerasoli, George W. Williams, Joseph G. Foster, Joseph Elliott, George Hance and Irving L. Stiefel.
|Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941|
CHILDREN TO ATTEND OUTING
100 Little Folks to Be Guests on Sgt. Ray Smith's Birthday
More than 100 crippled children from this vicinity will be entertained at the seventh annual Sgt. Ray Smith's crippled children's day and birthday party, next Monday.
The party, an annual affair, is staged by the Elks' crippled childrens committee and the Sgt. Ray's birthday party committee.
The youngsters will meet at the Elks Home, 808 Market street, and will be taken to Clementon Park in buses where Theodore Gibbs, manager of the park will throw open the entire facilities of the park for the crippled children, staging a special show in the afternoon. A luncheon will be served at the park by the committee.
At four o'clock the youngsters will be taken to the Silver Lake Inn where a special amateur show will be staged on the lawn by the crippled children themselves. A sports entertainment will be staged by Otto O'Keefe, of the Veteran Boxers Association of Philadelphia, then dinner arranged by John E. Weber, proprietor of the Silver Lake Inn. During the dinner hour the youngsters, will be entertained, by talent from Philadelphia and nearby night clubs, with Otto O'Keefe presenting the acts.
After the children's party, a dinner will be served in honor of Sgt. Ray Smith, on his 46th birthday.
Officers of the Crippled Childrens Committee headed by Smith include Homer H. Lotier, treasurer, and A. Lincoln Michener, secretary. Mrs. Florence A. Lovett is executive secretary.
The party committee is headed by Carlton W. Rowand and Charles W. Anderson. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna is the treasurer.
Those who have been invited to attend are Mayor George E. Brunner, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando, Firmin Michel, Albert E. Burling, Albert Austermuhl, secretary of the Board of Education, George I. Shaw, Mary W. Kobus, director of Public Safety; Dr. Henry J. Schireson, Camden county freeholders Robert Worrell, Mrs. Alice Predmore, S. Norcross 3rd, members or Veterans of Foreign Wars of Camden County Council and many business men and civic leaders.
Ladies of the Elks' Auxiliary who will assist with the children throughout the day are: Mrs. Alice Heck, president; Mrs. Sarah Austermuhl, Mrs. Reba Crawford, Mrs. Emma Vandergrift, Mrs. Tillie Weber, Mrs. Helene Sauerhoff, Mrs. Anna Rose, Miss Emma Lee, Mrs. Sallie Moore, Mrs. Marion Holdcraft, Mrs. Etta Preisendanz, Mrs. Eva Poland, Mrs. Lena Jantzen, Mrs. May Talman and Mrs. Irene Berg.
|Camden Courier-Post * July 22, 1941|
E. Brunner - William C. Schriver - Leo G. Stephans - Sgt.
Fred Vogel - Samuel Shapiro - James H. O'Brien - Albert C. Becker - Roy C. Adams
Burnell S. Hartman - Michael Mungioli - Carrie R. Bean - Anne D. Spooner
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 10 - Engine Company 11
Engine Company 2 (Fire Headquarters)
Ray Smith - Louis Naples
Smith Seeks Nomination For Sheriff
veteran newspapermen seek the Republican nomination for Sheriff in Camden
and Burlington counties at the forthcoming primary election.
are Sergeant Ray Smith, World War hero and Russell M. Stoddard, one of the
most popular figures throughout Burlington County.
is running independently of organization support, but both have friends in
every community of their respective counties and their friends believe
they can win the nomination and go on to be elected.
of the oddities of the oddities of the situation is the fact that Smith is
one of the tallest newspapermen in the state- while Stoddard is shortest
news gatherer in the country.
Sergeant is just six feet three and one-half inches high; Stoddard is
exactly five feet short.
was born in the Sixth Ward, Camden, near Newton Avenue and Spruce streets,
46 years ago. He tips the scales at 260 pounds. Stoddard has lived in Mt.
Holly since an infant and weighs 140 pounds despite his lack of height.
is married and has a son, Charles
A. B. Smith, while Stoddard is a bachelor. Both are extremely active
in civic affairs. Smith is chairman of the Camden
Elks Krippled Kiddie Committee and devoted much of his time seeing to
it that undernourished children receive proper care.
was wounded in three major engagements in World War I, and still bears the
scars of 14 bullet wounds. Despite this, he later became a leading
contender for the heavyweight boxing title. He defeated Bob Martin, for
the A.E.F. heavyweight championship.
Stoddard is serving his second term as coroner of Burlington County. He was elected both times running as an independent candidate. Throughout the county and most parts of the State, he is known as “Hop” by his friends. The title was bestowed because of his unusual vitality and ability to “hop” about the countryside, He is known in every nook and corner of Burlington County.
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.
The Morning Post
Camden, N.J. June 12, 1942
Camden High Athlete 'Natural'
Ray Smith started to remonstrate when his son, Charles, broke the news
he was enlisting in the Army.
Camden Courier-Post * August 15, 1945
Haven Fund Rises As Solicitations For 45 End Today
Solicitation of funds for the 1945 season of the B. Smith Haven for crippled children at Erial will end today.
A total of $81.40 in donations was received yesterday, making the grand total $3786.41.
The camp recently received a visit from four members of Lindenwold Chapter No. 440, Women of the Moose, who expressed their pleasure with the enterprise and the fun it affords underprivileged youngsters.
Contributions to date are:
Amount previously acknowledged $3705.01
Amity Lodge No. 166, IOOF Merchantville $15.35
Morning Star Lodge No. 70, IOOF, Haddonfield $5.00
Mrs. R. A. Ports, 19 Hinchman Avenue, Merchantville $1.00
Camden Forge Press Shop (4 to 12 shift) $25.05
Mrs. John Entwistle, 1119 Avenue, Palmyra $10.00
American Gold Star Mothers, Camden chapter $5.00
A Reader, $2.00
Harry Hoesch, 115 East Haddon Avenue, Oaklyn $2.00
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Levin, 246 Morse street, Camden $2.00
In memory of Lt. Louis Shaw, Camden Police Dept $1.00
Total today 81.40
Grand Total $3786.41
Camden Courier-Post - July 6, 1953
|Sergeant Ray Smith - Frank Ryan - Eddie Roecker - Florence Lovett - Cooper Street|
Camden Courier-Post - February 15, 1956
|Sergeant Ray Smith - William H. Heiser - John Robertson - Allie Barr - Florence Lovett - Cooper Street|
Camden Courier-Post - December 11, 1957
Camden Courier-Post - December 16, 1957
William Stretch - Jersey
Anthony Skolski - Frank Guetherman aka Tip Gorman
Joe Webster - Sgt. Ray Smith - George McKenzie
Anthony Moffa - Frank H. Ryan
April 20, 1959
Honored Guests and Speakers
Hon. FRANCIS J. WERNER,
Rt. Rev. Father GEORGE SHARKEY
of Welcome Hon. ROBERT YOST
The Committee welcomes the following Mayors:
WILBUR RICHARDS - Clementon
Our Man of the Year
"Our guest of honor was born in Camden back on July 6, 1895 as Lucius Raymond Smith ... in his 64 years on this earth, the man who is known to thousands over the face of the globe as Sgt. Ray Smith has endeared himself to all in this area for his unselfish interest and aid to crippled children ... he has served as president of the Elks Crippled Childrens Committee for more than 20 years ... at present, with Assemblymen Francis Werner and Frank Meloni, aided by Steve Kirby and George Ewing, he is fighting for a bonus for World War II Veterans and those who served in Korea. His talk before the N. J. Assembly, two months ago, was a masterpiece . . . he was one of the leaders of the bonus march for World War I Vets and with the aid of Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, established Anacosta ... he has served the V. F. W. Post No. 705 four times as commander ... he likewise has served three terms as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans - August F. Walters Chapter No. 4 ... past commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, South Jersey Chapter No. 26 ... past president of the Veterans Voting League . . . member of Thoirs Post No. 47, American Legion . . . past president of the Gloucester Township Democrat Club . . . past president of the Erial Civic Association. Space will not permit to list any more of the accomplishments of this old soldier . . suffice to say he served his country with distinction in World War I, was decorated, and wounded on three occasions. His only son was killed in Woirld War II..
the membership of Ring No. 6 are indeed proud to have our first
president as our "Man of the Year" . . . Sgt. Ray Smith . . .
fighter for the underprivileged . . . fighter in ring wars . . . fighter
on the battlefields of Europe . . . champion of crippled children . . .
and so Sarge, your comrades of Ring 6 join with your many friends and
say a long and healthy life.
"LADIES & GENTLEMEN! HONORED GUESTS! TONIGHTS MAIN EVENT -SGT. RAY SMITH & FRIENDS" . . . the ring announcer would say at a boxing arena. "The feature attraction and testimonial sponsored by the Veteran Boxers Ring No. 6 Commission, Joe (Kid) Murphy, president. The principal, Sgt. Ray Smith, heavyweight boxer years ago, tonight honored as "Man of the Year".
To the host of friends Ray needs no introduction, for he has excelled in many fields - sports, charity, newspaper columnist, radio broadcaster, politics, public relations and understanding. In sports, he was an outstanding heavyweight boxer, winning top honors while in the Marine Corps.
As a referee in boxing, his ability, good judgment, fair decisions were never questioned.
In charitable work he has, on behalf of the Elk's Club, performed a magnificent task for the crippled children. His many good deeds and kind words for his fellow man bestows upon him the title, "Big Man, Big Heart and the Man of the Year". ,
. . . Judges, host of friends present and elsewhere.
There is no question, Sgt. Ray Smith welcomes his many friends, and appreciates your coming to honor him. We all agree that Sgt. Ray's heart is not big enough, and words could not express his gratitude to his many friends for paying him this tribute, "Gong" ! ! ! There goes the bell again, and final decision. Ladies, Gentlemen, Honored Guests and Advertisers, the Veteran Boxers Association, Ring No. 6 remains exceedingly grateful and sincerely appreciates your support and patronage in honoring "OUR MAN OF THE YEAR".
Thank You . . . Good Night . . . Best of Health!
June 15, 1959
|Camden Courier-Post - July 5, 1967|
41st Annual Affair
Crippled Children’s Party Tomorrow
The Crippled Children’s Committee of Camden Elks Lodge 293 will sponsor its 41st annual party for crippled children tomorrow.
S.S. Norcross 3rd, exalted ruler of the lodge, and Edward J. Griffith, president of the Crippled Children’s Committee, said the children will board buses at 10:30 AM at the Elks' home, 807 Cooper Street.
First stop will be Sergeant Ray Smith's home on Lake Renee, where the, children will have their annual picnic lunch. Following lunch they will ride horses from the Persian Acres Dude Ranch operated by County Detective Robert Di Persia.
Erial Fire Company will pick up the children for a ride to the Nike Missile Base in Erial, then onto Clementon Lake Park. Following dinner in the Chick Barn at Silver Lake Inn, the youngsters will return to the Elks' Home.
Among those helping Sgt. Ray celebrate his 72nd birthday at Silver Lake Inn later in the evening will be former Judge Samuel P. Orlando, Congressman John E. Hunt, Jersey Joe Walcott, Mayor Alfred Pierce and state Senator Frederick J. Scholz and recently appointed Prosecutor A. Donald Bigley.
Camden Courier-Post - December 14, 1967
Hopes Frustration Ends
Sarge's Smile Will Be Full Bloom Again
I live on Lake Rene in Erial across from Ray Smith road. My neighbors had told me of his kindness and generosity while owning all of this area inviting handicapped children here for camp and I was skeptical but now I know.
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