Arthur Holl was born in New Jersey in April 17, 1887 to Lewis F. Holl and his wife Willimina. His father and his uncle, George M. Holl, were well known as real estate developers and builders in Camden. Among their properties were a row of buildings on the west side of Broadway between Mickle and Stevens Streets, known as the Holl Block. On his mother's side, uncle G. Rudolph Tenner had a long and distinguished career as a member of the Camden Fire Department. Uncles George A. Tenner and Christian Tenner also served as Camden firemen.
After attending Eckels College of Embalming he apprenticed to John J. Bradley, of Philadelphia. Arthur Holl then worked in Camden with J. Lewis Good & Son for six years. After receiving his undertaking license from the State of New Jersey on October 1, 1908 Arthur Holl opened up a funeral parlor at 539 Berkeley Street, the corner of Broadway and Berkeley Street. He married Anna Gardner Batten, of Blackwood NJ in St. John's Church in Camden on May 18, 1910. Besides his funeral business, Arthur Holl also operated a taxi service out of the Broadway and Berkeley Street location in the years before World War I.
When the census was taken in January of 1920, Arthur Holl was living at 1401-01 Princess Avenue in the new and fashionable Parkside section of Camden. Active politically as a Republican, he served as Camden County Coroner from 1919 to 1922. He moved his business to the Parkside address in February of 1924. In that year he was also serving on the Board of Directors of the South Camden Trust bank.
By 1924 Arthur Holl moved his residence to 125 West End Avenue in Haddonfield NJ. He remained active in Camden County politics, and ran for Surrogate in 1934. His wife, Anna Holl, was also active, and served as a Republican county committeewoman from Haddonfield in the late 1930s, and was active locally in the Girl Scout movement. Arthur Holl again served as Camden County coroner in the early 1940s. By 1947, with son Earl Holl, he had moved to and set up a second funeral home at 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield. Earl Holl was serving as the Camden County Coroner in 1947.
In 1956 Arthur Holl consolidated his businesses at the Haddonfield location. The Princess Avenue funeral home was sold to David Berschler.
By 1973 Arthur Holl had retired. Earl Holl sold the funeral home to longtime employee Blair Murpy, who renamed the business the Holl Murphy Funeral Home. Arthur Holl passed away in Marlton NJ in March of 1980. His son Earl died February 1, 2000.
Eugene Kain acquired the Holl Murphy Funeral Home in 2001, and operates it today as Kain-Murphy Funeral Services Inc.
|South Jersey A History 1624-1924|
ARTHUR HENRY HOLL—After innumerable adversities and tribulations which beset him with such speed and enormity as to amount almost to an avalanche, Arthur Henry Holl, possessed of rare strength, energy and fortitude, emerged from beneath the oppressing weight of his troubles and is today one of the foremost funeral directors of Camden County. Motivated by a profound concern for his city and county, Mr. Holl has been active in civic and political affairs, being affiliated with the Camden County Republican organization, and has been coroner of the county. He is a prominent clubman and is interested in one of Camden's trust companies.
Arthur Henry Holl was born at No. 328 Mount Vernon Street, Camden, April 17, 1887, the son of Lewis Frederick Holl, a Camden contractor and builder and councilman from the Fifth Ward on the Camden City Council, and Willimina (Tenner) Holl, who was born in Germany, August 31, 1844. Lewis Frederick Holl, who was born in Philadelphia, November 11, 1842, died in Camden, December 16, 1919. His wife survives him and resides at Broadway and Berkeley Street, Camden. Their son was educated in the public and high schools of Camden and obtained his embalming training in Eckels College of Embalming, which he attended for three months. His first experience in funeral and embalming work was acquired in the employ of John J. Bradley, of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Subsequently he was with J. Lewis Good and Son for six years. On October 1, 1908, he was licensed by the State of New Jersey, and in the same year he went into business for himself, opening an establishment at Broadway and Berkeley Street. In February, 1924, he moved to No. 1401 Princess Avenue, where he still maintains his funeral parlors. For a while, following his entrance into business for himself, Mr. Holl found it necessary to work for J. Lewis Good and Son, as he did not obtain sufficient work to keep himself busy.
Mr. Holl is a director of the South Camden Trust Company. From 1919 to 1922 he was coroner of Camden County and previous to that he served for some years in the New Jersey State National Guard. He is a member of the Camden Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of the Parkside Blue Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Excelsior Consistory, the Crescent Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; the Junior Order United American Mechanics (George B. Roberts Council, Camden), and of the Tavistock Country, and the Collingswood Masonic clubs and the New Jersey Funeral Directors' Association.
Mr. Holl married Anna Gardner Batten, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Batten, South New Jersey district manager for the International Harvester Company, and Sarah (Bennett) Batten, both of Blackwood, New Jersey, in Saint John's Church, Camden, May 18, 1910. They have one son, Earl Batten Holl. The Holls belong to the Haddonfield Methodist Church. Their residence is at No. 125 Kings Highway West, Haddonfield.
November 26, 1919
|Philadelphia Inquirer - October 5, 1921|
|CAMDEN COURIER - JANUARY 30, 1922|
Detective Murry Drops Dead In Street
George Murry, ex-city detective, who resigned from the police department after being charged with promoting vice In the Third and Fifth Wards, was found dead on a doorstep near Locust and Line Streets shortly after nine o'clock last night.
A death certificate issued by Coroner Holl ascribes Murry's death as due to apoplexy, superinduced by acute indigestion.
Grand Jury Probe Starts
Murry's death came as a tragic aftermath of his exposure as a protector of prostitution and dope selling in the downtown tenderloin, in the role of which he is said to have amassed a snug fortune.
His death automatically puts to an end the proceedings that were begun to present his activities in the tenderloin before the Grand Jury with a view of bringing criminal prosecution.
Neighbors Find Body
Murry was 50 years old. According to his wife, Mrs. Cora J. Murry, former city detective had been suffering for several days with indigestion.
After supper last night, Mrs. Murry said, her husband complained of feeling ill and she gave him a tablespoon of baking soda. He shortly after decided to take a walk in the belief the air might benefit him.
body was carried to the Murry home, at 649 Locust
Street, a few doors
away. Two physicians were called. Owing to
the storm, the doctors were delayed in reaching the house. Dr.
Clement T. Branch, of 721 Walnut
Street, the first physician to arrive, said he believed Murry had died
as he fell.
Mother Died 2 Years Ago, Same Hour
Besides his widow, Murry is survived by eight children, ranging in age from two months to 18 years. Curiously, Murry's mother died exactly two years ago, to the very hour. Murry was colored, although many persons were unaware of his race because of his light complexion. He was a tall, powerful man. He was more than six feet in height and weighed about 230 pounds. His complexion was ruddy and his hair iron gray.
Murry’s death was a passing incident in the tenderloin today. Before he was shorn of his power, which he wielded proudly and with great vigor, his decease might have caused a great flurry.
Murry, in the height of his power, was formidable, and a man whose favor the denizens and habitués of the underworld crave; stripped of that power, he was ignored and deserted as rats would desert a sinking ship
Boss For Many Years
His loss of power probably worried Murry more than the outcome over the exposure of the criminal phase of the exposure. Murry had been the undisputed political “boss” of the Third and Fifth wards for years. The transition was to great; his fall too disgraceful.
Prosecutor Charles A. Wolverton pointed out today that with Murry dead, the presentation of evidence of vice conditions in the Fifth Ward to the Grand Jury would be dropped for the present and in all probability for good.
The reason is obvious, said Mr. Wolverton. “There’s nobody to convict.”
United States Started Probe
Murry’s downfall was due largely to the activities of attaches of the United States Interdepartmental Social Hygiene Bureau, who investigated vice conditions here at the request of the Camp Dix military authorities.
Officers of the camp complained many of the men had contracted contagious diseases during visits to the tenderloin in South Camden.
A series of meetings was held under the auspices of the bureau and a number of women prominent in social welfare work in the city.
With the co-operation of the Federal authorities, the local police began a “cleanup” of the tenderloin. No one was spared. Dope peddlers, prostitutes, bootleggers and gamblers fell in the clutches of the authorities. Questioned, their stories seemed to coincide on one fact- that Murry was the “invisible government” which sanctioned or frowned upon their industry and who had to be “greased” if they wished to ply their trade without molestation or criminal prosecution.
Three Other Members Accused
Three other members of the police department were accused of malfeasance along with Murry. They are Policemen William Draper, Tony Latorre and Ira Hall. The three men were dismissed by the police committee of City Council. Hall, who opposed his dismissal and demanded a trial, was excoriated by the committee and summarily dropped from the department.
Murry resigned form the force declaring that the evidence against him was untrustworthy, having been obtained from dope fiends and “other irresponsible people”. It was understood, however, that he resigned, believing it would put an end to the proceedings. He seemed to worry over the contemplated action by the Grand Jury.
Said He Amassed Wealth
Murry, however, boasted openly he had amassed wealth while he reigned as the “tenderloin boss.”
“I’ve got mine,” he declared only recently. “I’ve got enough to keep me and my family in clover for the rest of our lives. If they let up on me and don’t push this jail thing, I’m willing to lay down.”
In addition, Murry was specifically charged with accepting graft from dope peddlers and with “tipping off” criminals against whom warrants were issued in City Hall.
“From the statements I have obtained it would seem this officer has been exerting himself as a protector instead of a detector of crime and criminals. If the facts elicited are true, Detective Murry, instead of protecting the good name and citizens of our city, as he was paid to do, has been accepting pay from the citizens of the underworld to protect them in their evil practices.”
In Department 16 Years
Murry was a member of the police department for 16 years, having been appointed in 1905. He was made a detective in 1913.
|Charles A. Wolverton - Arthur H. Holl|
JANUARY 30, 1922
H. Holl -
Clement T. Branch - Dr. James M.
Cooper Hospital - Dr. Gamen - Mrs. S.C. Moore
Line Street - Beckett Street - Locust Street
|CAMDEN COURIER - JANUARY 31, 1922|
V. Murry -
Joseph Totarella - James
John S. Roberts - Charles A. Wolverton - Arthur H. Holl
|Camden Courier-Post * December 1, 1930|
Sylvester McGrath - John Cullen -
John Makowski - James Murray - Arthur Holl
Dr. Edward Rogers - Gordon Feltz - John Drexel
Camden Courier-Post * June 9, 1932
Hillop - Abe Fuhrman - Broadway
- Clifford A. Baldwin - Arthur
Lawrence T. Doran - Jules Derowski - Harry Ireton - Wilfred Dube - Ray Osborne
Joe Bielec - Frank Rock - Tommy Reilly - Alfred Ripka - Louie Frank
Howard Ripka - Frankie Ripka - Lena Hillop - Anna Hillop - John Kelly
Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1933
HIT BY FREIGHT TRAIN, MAN DIES OF INJURIES
Harry Rusakewicz, 62, resident of the boat house colony at the foot of Jasper street died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital yesterday from injuries received when he was run down by a freight train on the Atlantic City division of the Reading Railroad Sunday night.
Rusakewicz lost one foot and four toes from the other after his foot became clamped in a switch as he attempted to cross the elevated section of the railroad near his home, the police said.
Mr. Rusakewicz, the police said, was returning home after escorting two guests to Broadway and Ferry Avenue. According to railroad officials the spot at which the man met with the accident is not a thoroughfare.
Coroner Arthur H. Holl issued a certificate of accidental death.
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1933
Death Just a Job
The story behind the trite news line "a certificate of death was issued by the coroner, was told last night by Coroner Arthur H; Holl.
Coroner Holl, serving his third term of three years in Camden county, related to members of the Haddonfield Exchange Club, of which he is a member, the trials, tribulations and "pleasures" a coroner finds in his job. The club met in the Evans Restaurant, Kings Highway.
"Of course, it's a morbid business," Holl said, "but like everything else, it is mere routine after you've been on the job a while. There is some compensation in the fact that morbid curiosity is always satisfied, and that a coroner hardly ever goes without the thrills which accompany his job, ghastly and grisly though they may be.
Must Be Detective
"But the gruesome side is not necessarily the important thing about the job. I've had to become something of a detective, especially in homicide cases."
"Post-mortem finger-printing led to the identification of three racket murder victims last year in the county.
'Then there are suicides, which may be open-and-shut cases or 'cover-ups' of murders. Then there are cases where a man may die outside his home, or at his work. Was death due to a natural cause while at work, or the result of the work? The coroner is responsible for discovering if the victim's family is to receive compensation, so you can see a coroner's mistake may be a serious one.
I love the responsibility and the job.
Auto Accidents Important
"Another onerous task is that of placing responsibility in fatal automobile accidents where two cars are involved. The investigation must be thorough.
"Finally, the coroner has a mean duty. That of notifying a family of the death of one of its members. Where the husband has left in the morning, and is killed, nine times out of ten the coroner walks into the home to find only the wife home. He breaks the news, she faints and there is the coroner with a job on his hands. But I have overcome that. Wisely I go get the next-door neighbor first, take her in with me, and then break the news. It saves me lots of embarrassment."
William Strouse, president, presided.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
DIES IN COLLISION OF AUTO AND BUS
John A. Ashton, 36, a salesman, of 316 Boyd Street, was injured fatally last night when his automobile and a Public Service bus collided 100 feet from his home. He died in West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital at 8:10 PM, an hour and five minutes after the crash.
The bus was driven by Joseph Clark, 50, of 504 North Fourth street. He was held in $1000 bail for the grand jury on a charge of manslaughter. The crash occurred at Boyd Street and Baird boulevard. According to Policeman Russell Young, on duty at the traffic light at Baird and Admiral Wilson boulevards, a man whose name he did not obtain told him both cars were proceeding on Baird boulevard and that Clark attempted to pass Ashton's car on the right as Ashton turned right into Boyd Street. Ashton's car was forced onto the island separating the two traffic lanes on Baird boulevard. Ashton was thrown to the road.
to Motorcycle Policeman Thomas Welch, who arrived a moment after the
accident, the bus
continued a block after hitting the car before it was stopped. Ashton
was picked up by Welch, who commandeered an automobile and took him to
the hospital. He died of a fractured skull and internal injuries.
Coroner Arthur H. Holl issued the death certificate. Lieutenant
Nathan Petit, who lives nearby, assisted Welch.
was arrested at the Public Service car barns by Welch and Policeman
was employed as a salesman for the W.S. Quinby Coffee Company,
Philadelphia. He is survived by a widow, Miriam, and a daughter, Marilyn,
one year old.
June 2, 1933
of the Haddon Fortnightly’s second annual Spring Flower Show are shown
with the prize winning basket of peonies entered by Mrs. William G.
Moore. Mrs. Joseph D. Pedlow, left, was vice chairman, and Mrs. Arthur
H. Holl, right, chairman of the show which opened Wednesday and closed last night.
Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933
FOX FUNERAL SERVICE SCHEDULED TOMORROW
The funeral of Charles J. Fox, 54, vice president of the United Investors Company, Eighth and Penn Streets, who was killed by an automobile Saturday night at Laurel Springs, will be held at 2 p. m., tomorrow at his late home, 410 North Thirty-fourth Street. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Fox was fatally injured as he was walking around his car on White Horse pike after he had repaired the gasoline pipe line. Coroner Arthur H. Holl issued a certificate of death due to a fractured skull.
Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933
SHIPYARD EMPLOYEE DIES WHILE AT WORK
Coroner Arthur H. Holl issued the death certificate. Magonagle is survived by his wife, Edith, two sons and a daughter.
Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933
MYSTERIOUS FRACTURE KILLS CAMDEN CHILD
Baffled over the cause of the death of a 2-year-old Mt. Ephraim child last night,
West Jersey Homeopathic
Hospital doctors summoned Coroner
An autopsy revealed that William B. Draria Jr., of Bell Road and Rudderow Avenue, died of a lineal fracture of the skull.
The child was taken violently ill late yesterday and the parents summoned a physician. who ordered his removal to the hospital. The child died at 7.30
Coroner Holl said the child was apparently injured in a fall. The parents said they did not know of the child having fallen recently..
|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. Robin son, 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.
Camden Courier-Post - September 18, 1933
Evening Courier - September 3, 1934
William T. Feitz - Sycamore Street - Joseph Leonhardt - Stanley Wirtz - Arthur Colsey - George Ward
Samuel P. Orlando - Gustav Koerner - Emma Heisler - Cornelius Murphy - Thomas Bonelli
Edward Grapatin - Joseph McKenna - Catherine Loughead - Edith Miller - Edna Butler
Joseph "Joey" Powell - Stanley Powell - Thomas Cheeseman - Frank T. Lloyd
| Arthur Holl
Vernon Jones - Cecelia Spencer -
Roy R. Stewart - Frank Adams - Joseph
Henry Gorba - Edward McKenna - Rox Saponare - Edward B. Rogers
Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1938
SET TODAY IN GAMBLING DEATH
Jury List Prepared for Coroner's Action in Holdup Fatality
The coroner's inquest to decide the cause of death to Angelos Magalas, Greek chef, who was shot during a card game holdup at 725 Penn Street on January 11, will be held today at 10 a. m.
Coroner Franklin P. Jackson III, of Collingswood, will conduct the inquest and will select his jury of 12 from a list of 15 persons prepared by the office of County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.
Detectives already have subpoenaed 20 witnesses for questioning at the inquest, including players who were the victims in the holdup and three Camden physicians who attended Magalas prior to his death.
The witnesses will include Samuel and Mabel Ermilios, tenants of the Penn Street house where the holdup occurred; George and Annette Mastros, who room at the house; Samuel Bosco, Broadway barber; George Summers, Ross Pantel, Michael D' Andrea. and William Caras, who according to police were participants in the card game.
All of the men were held as material witnesses in the shooting when arraigned today before Police Judge Gene R. Mariano.
Doctors to Testify
Other witnesses will include Dr. Paul Mecray, Dr. A. S. Ross and Dr. Edwin R. Ristine and Miss Sophia MacAfee, a Cooper Hospital nurse. Police who will testify include Detectives Thomas Murphy, Harry Kyler and William Boettcher and Patrolmen Richard Powers, Frank Clements, George Nicktern and Sergeant Jack Deith.
The jury will be selected from Guy Clokey, Collingswood; Lawrence Ball, Haddonfield; Howard Friant, Collingswood; Harry Chew, Collingswood; Sig Schoenagle, Camden merchant; Raymond Hanly, real estate broker; Benjamin Brest, Raymond Worrel, John Eby, all of Camden; William H. Lorigan, Merchantville; David B. Robinson, Collingswood; Rev. James Pemberton and John McGowan, of Camden, Earl Jackson, of Collingswood and Morris B. Clark, of Haddonfield.
Coroner Jackson refused to give a certificate of death until the chemical test of Magalas' brain was made by Philadelphia experts. The re suit will not be revealed until the inquest.
Assistant Prosecutor Isaac Eason and County Physician David S. Rhone gave it as their opinion that Malagas died of natural causes rather than, the bullet wound. Coroner Jackson then ordered an inquest to be held.
Police are searching for Frank Luggi, 21, of 322 Penn Street, who they say was one of the holdup bandits and the one who fired the bullet that struck Magalas.
The last coroner's inquest held in Camden county was in 1933, in the death of Thomas Timothy Sullivan, and previous to that none had been held here in 25 years.
Sullivan was 57 years old and lived at 401 State Street. He was employed as a detective by the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was found shot to death in a shack in the rail road yards on August 28, 1933.
At that time, County Physician Edward B. Rogers issued a certificate of death that Sullivan had committed suicide. The decision of the county physician enraged members of Sullivan's family and they demanded an inquest.
The inquest was ordered by then Coroner Arthur H. Holl, who presided. All the evidence in the case was presented to the jury of 12 men, and after deliberating for less than an hour, they returned a verdict that Sullivan had been murdered by persons unknown.
Under state law, the county physician may order an inquest; with 12 persons on the jury of the coroner's choosing. The jurymen may be taken from the present panel of the petit jury or be picked at ran dom. The Grand Jury does not have to indict on the basis of the inquest. At the inquest Coroner Jackson will be assisted by attaches of the prosecutor's office.
Malagas, the father of three children, lived at 1110 Langham Avenue. He was shot when several armed bandits held up a card game and he died several days later.
National Scout To Speak Here at Special Meeting
Miss Elizabeth Mundie, of New York City, will be the guest of the Camden County Council of Girl Scouts at a .special meeting to be held on Monday next, in the Scout headquarters, room 418, City Hall.
Miss Mundie is a member of the national executive staff of the Girl Scouts of America and will speak at 1030 o'clock. She will also conduct a round table on council and committee training including, finance, publicity, badges and awards, camps, training and personnel.
Simultaneously with the special meeting a round table on training will be conducted at the South Jersey Law School by Miss Eunice Prien.
Mrs. Holmes F. Gravatt, of this city, is commissioner of the county Girl Scouts; Mrs. William A. Baird, Mrs. Clarence Bennett, and Mrs. Arthur Holl, deputy commissioners; Mrs. Derwood J. Tew, treasurer and Mrs. Charles D. Taylor, secretary.
Girl Scout Council Elects Officers; Outlines Budget
Report of the annual meeting of the Camden County Council of Girl Scouts, just issued, announces the re-election of officers. Mrs. Holmes F. Gravatt, of this city, will again serve as commissioner for the county; Mrs. William Baird and Mrs. Clarence Bennett of this city, and Mrs. Arthur Holl, of Haddonfleld, as deputy commissioners; Mrs. Derwood J. Tew, of Haddonfield, as treasurer and Mrs. Charles D. Taylor, of Merchantville, as secretary. Miss Mildred K. Downs, of this city, is the executive director, with headquarters, Room 418, City Hall.
Outlining the 1938 budget, the council estimates a total expenditure of $3500 for the ensuing year which has been itemized as follows: Office— $519.50; personnel committee—$50; badges and awards—$15; camp committee—$100; finance committee—$200; salary and travel —$1500; National Charter and quota fee—$265; promotion and education—$500 and miscellaneous —$250.
Standing committees for the year have been named by Mrs. Gravatt as follows: Training and Personnel —Mrs. Baird, Mrs. Max Dinse, Mrs. H. A. Parker, Mrs. Floyd Crispen, Mrs. Mae Whatmough, Mrs. John Barnes; Badges and Awards—Mrs. Alvin Moock, Mrs. Elwood Davis, Mrs. Raymond Baker, Mrs. William Congdon, Mrs. M. L. Lehman, Mrs. Nancy Prummer, Mrs. H. M. Hunsberger; Camp—Mrs. Joseph DuRand, Mrs. Tew, Miss Edith Reighter, Miss Margaret Simpson, Mrs. Stewart Barnett, Miss Martha Walklett; Public Relations—Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. John Gilliams, Mrs. Ellis McKane, Mrs. Arthur Prowathain, Mrs. Percy Redfield, Mrs. Madeline Bossle; Finance and Social Events—Mrs. Holl, Mrs. Clifford Bachman, Mrs. Frank Somers, Mrs. Tew, Harold Olsen, Matthew Vanistendal and George Koch..
|Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938|
LITTLE PATRONAGE STILL G.O.P FIGHTS
Committee Goes in Huddle on 'King Successor-Comes Out With Headache
There isn't a whole lot of patronage available for the Camden county Republicans these' days, but they're fighting like cats about it, anyway.
Wednesday was Headache Day for the G. O. P. patronage committee. The committee met for the purpose of picking a successor to William A. E. King on the county elections board. The net result was plenty of names, plenty of arguments, no successor.
Among those there at various times were David Baird, County Clerk Leslie H. Ewing. Mrs. Florence Baker, Louis Bantivoglio, Frank Middleton, Mrs. Margaret Wermuth, Mrs. Mary Tegge, Mrs. Anna Holl, Assemblymen Lawrence Ellis and Millard Allen. Other members of the committee, such as Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Senator Albert E. Burling and Assemblyman Rocco Palese, could not get there. Surrogate Frank B. Hanna could get there and did at 3 p. m., when the meeting was supposed to start. But he left at 3.35 p. m. before the session had got under way.
A Baird Order
It was reported that the meeting broke up with the general idea that Meyer L. Sakin, local attorney, would be recommended for the job. This, however, was decidedly not a unanimous opinion and, according to some quarters, not even a majority decision. It would be more proper to characterize it as a Baird order.
It was rumored that Mrs. Tegge, Mrs. Wermuth and Mrs. Holl opened the hostilities by suggesting that King be allowed to succeed himself. But Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker vetoed this-rather enthusiastically.
Then Mrs. Holl, it is understood, was asked whether she would support George Walton, a fellow townsman from Haddonfield, but she refused. It is reported that Hanna has suggested Walton for the post and that Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker are willing to support Walton.
The real fireworks began when William Lehman, manager of the county Republican headquarters, declared that Baird had promised him that none other than William Lehman was going to get the job. It appears that Lehman will soon be in need of the job, as the county committee is now voting on whether to discontinue maintaining the headquarters and Lehman.
Lehman Let Down?
But it appears that Baird didn't t put up much of a fight Wednesday in Lehman's behalf. So another net, result of the meeting is that Baird and Lehman were walking s on opposite sides of the street yesterday.
Hanna was asked yesterday whether Sakin had been recommended.
"Yes, I understand they went a on record for Sakin, but I don't know that officially," asserted the state committeeman. "I got there at 3 o'clock, but nobody wanted to start things. It looked like they were just waiting for Dave Baird to come and tell them what to do. I had some legal papers to get out so I had to leave."
Another report being circulated yesterday was that Baird wants to put Lehman in the job held by Harry F. Ecky, First ward Republican. Ecky is a registrar for the county election board. His was one of the most popular appointments made in recent years, by the Republicans. Both he and Victor Scharle, Democratic registrar, are not only popular but their work has been universally recognized a extremely efficient. ..
|Camden Courier-Post * July 24, 1941|
John R. Di Mona
F. Stanley Bleakly
George E. Brunner
Frederick von Nieda
William H. Heiser
Raymond G. Price
Arthur H. Holl
Frank C. Schramm - Benjamin H.
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