CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
General John A. Mather Camp, No. 39
United Spanish War Veterans
Similar in nature to veterans groups from the Civil War such as the Grand Army of the Republic, more commonly known as the G.A.R., the United Spanish War Veterans had posts, or as they referred to them, camps, all across the United States.
The United Spanish War Veterans (USWV) was founded in 1904 out of the union of several independent Spanish-American War organizations, including the National Army and Navy Spanish-American War Veterans, the National Association of Spanish-American War Veterans, and the Service Men of the Spanish War. All military personnel who served during the Spanish-American War and had been honorably discharged or continued to serve were eligible to become members of the organization. In addition, non-military personnel who had served in the war were eligible to join.
The main objectives of the United Spanish War Veterans were "To unite fraternally members of the United States Military who served in the Spanish-American War. To honor the memory of the fallen comrades. To assist former comrades and their families (widows, orphans, etc.). To perpetuate the memory of the Spanish American War." The organization prohibited the promotion of financial aid by the organization of any person seeking public office. It also prohibited discrimination on the basis of religion.
One camp in the city of Camden was named after General John A. Mather, who had risen from the ranks in the New Jersey National Guard. He served as a Captain during the Spanish-American War, and was promoted to the rank of General shortly after the war. He commanded the 3rd Regiment, National Guard of New Jersey, from August 13, 1903 to February 25, 191. General Mather, much respected in Camden and throughout South Jersey, died suddenly on February 11, 1917.
The United Spanish War Veterans were still active in Camden as late as 1947. The National Auxiliary of the organization had its headquarters at 510 Benson Street at that time.
Camden Courier-Post January 11, 1928
SPANISH WAR VETERANS INSTALL 1928 OFFICERS
Price was among the speakers last night at the annual installation of
officers of General John A Mather Camp, No. 39, United Spanish War
Veterans, held at 114th Regiment Armory, Haddon Avenue and
Price said plans will be made for the erection of an All-Wars Memorial
building, similar to that in Atlantic City.
Officers installed were: Robert Riley, commander; Harry Rose, senior vice commander; Harry Todd, junior vice commander; Edward Bearint, adjutant; John J. Doyle, quartermaster; John Buel, guard; Lenny B. Orr, chaplain; Edward Daves, instructor; Edward Phifer, color bearer; PO.C. McCormack and Frank Tomlin, trustees; John Pierce, sergeant major.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
More than 2500
persons attended a joint veterans memorial observance in Convention
which followed a parade of veterans and civic organizations yesterday
The parade was
headed by a squad of motorcycle
police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the
band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th
Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon
F. Ivins, Jr.
Then came the
massed colors, National Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans,
John J. Pershing Camp No.9, United War Veterans, Gen. John A. Mather Post
No. 18, Spanish War Veterans with their fife and drum corps and the Clara
E. Waller Auxiliary; Posts 518 and 980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
their bugle corps; Mt. Ephraim Junior Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps;
Public Service American Legion Post and bugle corps; Westmont American
Legion Post and bugle corps; 50 Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs.
Mary E. Hewson; Elks color
guard and the Salvation Army and band.
G. A. R. Vets
Three veterans of the G. A. R., in
flag-draped automobiles, participated in
the parade. They were John W.
Coleman, 76, of 31 North Thirty-fifth
street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry; William A. Morgan,
93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown Infantry, and Leonard
L. Roray, 89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New
Ceremonies at Convention
Hall opened with advance of the colors to the stage and
invocation by Rabbi Nachmann Arnoff.
Bratten Du Bell, former chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a
memorial address, taking as his subject the career of General
A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American
and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to
support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment
He attacked any
plan for balancing the national budget which does so at the expense of the
two ways to balance the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the
money from the veterans and federal employees. The other is to require
wealth to help."
Veterans of Foreign Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services
and rituals also featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont,
pronounced the benediction. C.
Richard Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was
master of ceremonies.
The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whyling, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies..
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
SPANISH VETERANS PLAN BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
Members of Gen. John A. Mather Camp No. 39, United Spanish War Veterans, will give a benefit entertainment and dance at the Moose Auditorium, Eighth and Market Streets, Friday night. Proceeds will be devoted to relief work and camp advancement.
Among the many numbers will be the advance of camp colors with color guards to the strains of the Star-Spangled Banner, by Roy Fox's Society Orchestra; a short address of welcome by Commander Joseph F. Markley, Warrington's Merrymakers and Mildred Jaus as mistress of ceremonies under the direction of Philip Warrington; memories of Georgia in songs, stories with banjo, also colored impersonations by Malcolm Shackleford; Warrington's Depression Busters; Ernest Krieger and Company and his singing blackboard with a grand finale ensemble. Dancing will follow and continue until midnight when the camp colors will be retired.
While it was originally intended to hold this affair at the Convention Hall, the committee in charge later decided to hold it in the Moose Auditorium. e.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
A benefit entertainment and dance will be given tonight at the Moose Auditorium, Eighth and Market Streets, by the General John A. Mather Camp No. 39, United Spanish War Veterans, to aid in their relief work and camp advancements.
The program will open with the advance of the camp colors with color guard, to the strains of the Star Spangled Banner by Roy Fox's Society Orchestra. A short address of welcome will be given by Commander Joseph F. Markley. Dancing will follow the entertainment program.
Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936
General John A. Mather Camp Auxiliary, No. 18, United Spanish War Veterans, will meet at 310 Broadway Tuesday night. Mrs. Philipina Smith, president, will preside. Department officers will be present. Plans are being made for .several events in the near future.
Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938
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