CLARA STEWART BURROUGH was born in December of 1869 to William and Sarah H. "Sallie" Burrough. Her early years were spent in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ, where William Burrough had a farm. By 1880 the family had moved to Camden, where William Burrough went into business as a milk dealer in Camden. The family was living at 622 North 2nd Street, the corner of North 2nd and Main Street, in North Camden as early as 1880, and included a younger brother, Joseph Burrough. Clara Burrough and her parents were living at 605 North 2nd Street in Camden when the census was taken in 1900 and she was still living on North 2nd street as late as 1920. For many years her neighbor at 614 North 2nd was Dr. Howard F. Palm, she also live just across the tracks from "Pop" Daly's saloon at North 2nd, Main, and Vine Streets, however it is quite unlikely that she ever patronized that establishment. More likely is that she did business with cobbler Tom Homan at 526 North 2nd Street, just a few doors away from her home.
Clara Burrough began her teaching career in Cooper School. Later she was transferred to the Richard Fetters School at Third and Mount Vernon Streets where she served briefly as principal and was successful in bringing that school up to speed in dealing with children from many different countries who spoke little or no English. In November, 1894 she became a teacher in Camden Manual Training and High School, then located at 125 Federal Street. She was appointed principal of the high school in 1900, which by then had moved to a new building on Haddon Avenue at Newton Avenue. When the new Camden High School opened in 1918, Clara Burrough became the new school's first principal. Camden Manual Training and High School, whose building at that point was not quite 20 years old, was converted for use as Junior High School No. 1.
Clara Burrough was hospitalized in February of 1933 and did not return home until June of that year, and her retirement from the Camden public school system was announced. On June 22, 1933 at the commencement exercises for Camden High School's graduating class, it was announced that in appreciation of her dedicated service Junior High School No. 1. would be renamed Clara S. Burrough Junior High School. Sadly, and unexpectedly, Clara S. Burrough passed away at her home in Haddonfield on the very next day.
Among the teachers who served at Camden High School under Clara Burrough's leadership were Lucy Dean Wilson, who also retired at the end of the 1933 term. Clara Burrough was succeeded as principal of Camden High by Carleton R. Hopkins, who held the post until his retirement in 1956.
June 26, 1904
Jefferis - Edward H. Sayford - James
E. Bryan - Clara
S. Burrough -
Julian K. Potter - G. Bovilla Fry - George T. Phillips - Helen E. Herbert
Camden Manual Training and High School - Camden Lodge of Elks
Frank Healy - Peter Verga - Frank Gardner - Amos R. Dease - Levi Farnham - Albert West
Broadway - Federal Street - Linden Street
|Camden High School Purple & Gold Yearbook - 1926|
"A real purpose in life lifts a man or a woman out of himself and gives him the power to do his best. There is no higher purpose in life than the will to be of service to mankind. The world needs men and women trained not for private gain but for public service."CLARA STEWART BURROUGH
|Camden Courier-Post - January 24, 1928|
CLASS TO HEAR PRESIDENT OF TEMPLE
Charles E. Beury, president of Temple University, Philadelphia, will
address the graduating class of Camden
High School at the mid-year commencement exercises Thursday night.
Eighty graduates will receive their diplomas from Edwin L. Seabrook, president of the Camden Board of Education.
Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal, will present each student to the audience; Miss Lucy Dean Wilson, head of the music department, will conduct the orchestra and the choruses, which will sing three selections, “Land of Hope and Glory” by Elgar, “Bedouin Song.” by Foote, and “O Lord Most Holy” by Franck. The school orchestra will play selections from the musical comedy, ‘Yes, Yes, Yvette,” and other numbers such as “Diane,” “Priest’s March from Athalie” by Mendelssohn; “The Red Mill” by Victor Herbert, and Sousa’s “Thunderer March.”
is not so many years ago, old timers say, since Fetters
School at Third and Mount
Vernon Street was considered large enough to accommodate youngsters
for several generations. Now a six-room annex is to be built on the
north side facing Walnut
Street. Back in 1905 five rooms were added in the annex on Mount
Vernon Street. With the new structure the school will contain 19
rooms, which would have thought far too large for a high school in the
90s, when Camden had its first experiment in that line. That was in the
old Federal Street
building later occupied by the Post-Telegram
a Century Ago
Fetters School was
built in 1875 it was considered about the last word as far as a school
structure went. It was of stone, solidly constructed and furnished with
gas, running water, and everything then regarded as thoroughly modern.
The largest school downtown was the old Kaighn building on Newton
Avenue, until the 1870s ample for the Kaighn Point area.
were plenty of open lots when the Fetters
School was built. Those days Camden was something of a struggling
community with districts that had not yet lost their individuality. As a
pupil in the early 90s in old Fetters
I recall the section had many open spaces. Nothing remotely suggested
the part-time classes was then necessary, certainly not thought of by Professor
Horatio Draper, of blessed memory, who guided Camden’s educational
system more than 30 years before he was displaced by the late Mayor
Hatch at the close of the last century
had then been heard of a “melting pot” as applied to America and its
schools. But around Kaighn Point even in the 80s there was the first
evidence of a great influx of those from across the seas who were soon
to follow the old families, who’s children were to enter that melting
pot and become transformed into American citizens
Fuhrmans, Auerbachs, Lichtensteins were among the first I recall. Many
others followed; especially from the Russian Polish district where life
was hard and oppression severe. Came the immigrant wave from South Italy
whose descendants long since have taken possession of the district
spreading from Third and Pine,
once the stronghold of English, German, and Irish families. In a police
census a quarter of a century ago it developed that the Fifth Ward could
boast representatives from every nation on the face of the globe, even
to a Finlander, some Turks with Japs and Chinese commonplace.
was about the period when Miss Clara
S. Burrough, long principal of the High School and now recovering
from an operation in Cooper Hospital, was principal of Fetters
that the big change came that the classes were composed largely of
children of foreign parentage. Often they did not know a single world of
English. Teachers had their problems and Miss
Burrough will undoubtedly recall the great task involved in really
making the “melting pot” down there in the old school at Third
and Mount Vernon Street
effective. But she and the valiant corps under here direction tackled it
and by the time Miss Burrough
was elevated to the principalship of Camden
High, a very deserved promotion, by the way, the problem had been
Times in the Old Town
Miss Burrough will
likewise recall the hectic conditions in more ways than one for the
period marked turmoil in the educational world hereabouts. “Old
had been fired overnight by Hatch,
indignation meetings were held, demands were made for his reinstatement
but the Committee of Public Instruction, headed by the late C.S. Magrath,
named by Hatch,
naturally followed his direction. Martin Scheibner, a long,
white-whiskered veteran of the Civil War, was named as Draper’s
successor. But it was worse than handling a drove of wild horses. The venerable professor soon bowed out of the scene. It was not until the
advent of Professor James E.
Bryan that something like peace came. Bryan's
firm hand plus extraordinary ability and a determination not to
surrender despite scholastic bedlam finally won.
even yet, old friends of “Drape's”
who knew him in Fetters
or in the makeshift “high school” have not forgotten the bitterness,
have not forgiven the shabby way in which that fine Southern gentleman
was treated. I recall him down at Fetters,
sometimes with his setters on which he placed much store; often with a
humorous story, which probably didn’t contribute to strict school,
discipline but which certainly left fragrant memories of days long ago.
C.S. Magrath - Martin Scheibner - Fuhrman Family - Lichtenstein Family
|Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933|
MISS BURROUGH TAKEN TO HADDONFIELD
Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal of Camden High School for 33 years, who will retire at the end of the present term, has been removed from Cooper Hospital to her home, 228 Washington Avenue, Haddonfield.
had been a patient at Cooper Hospital
since February 23.
Miss Burrough began her teaching career in Cooper School. Later she was transferred to Fetters School and in November, 1894, she became a teacher in Camden Manual Training and High School, then located at 125 Federal Street. She was appointed principal of the high school in 1900.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933|
264 LAST TO GRADUATE AT CAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Commencement exercises of Camden High School will be held June 22 when diplomas will be presented to 264 students.
It will be the thirty-fourth and last annual commencement as Camden High School.
It will be the last class to be presented by Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal. She retires this month after 33 years as the head of the school and 44 years in the Camden school system.
Five Honor Students
The honor students are Esther E. Hill, Clara E. Marie Krause, Robert Knox Bishop, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. Bishop was selected by a committee of the faculty to represent the boys of the class and will deliver an essay on "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Miss Krause was selected by the committee to represent the girls. Her essay will be "Music and Moods."
Judge Harold B. Wells, Bordentown, will be the principal orator. Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, will present the diplomas.
The high school orchestra will present its annual program under the leadership of Miss Lucy Dean Wilson. Miss Wilson is also retiring after 37 years' service.
The graduates are: Richard Adam, Nicholas Angelastro, Harry L. Bantle, Jr., Milton J. Barag, James Allen Barlow, Omar N. Barth, Leon Battaglia, John M. Bauer, Jr., Harold Berlin.
Michael A. Billy, Robert Knox Bishop,
Alfred Bisti, Henry Blaszczynski, R. Walter Blattenberger, Samuel Joseph Bloodgood, Robert Lea
Boertzel, Angelo Borghero, Thaddeus Bozymowski, Joseph Nicholson Bray, Harold Leon Brook,
Kenneth Brown, Preston Huntington Brown, Allen Budinger, Joseph V. Caputi, John Carter, Otaldo
Chierici, Alfred B. Christiansen, Jr ., Samuel Cohen, William Connell, Leon W. Crane, Jr., and Louis
Michael Haday, Walter Hadtke, George Lynch Hallowell, Harry H. Haltzman, Ellwood S. Hare Jr., C. Albertus Hewitt, George Hildrew, Leon Hoffman. Charles Horwitz, Charles E. Howison, Herbert C. Hungridge, Albert C. Hurley Jr., J. Edward Jaques, Joseph Jensen, Robert T. Johnson, Morris Katz and Maurice T. Kirk.
Leonard Knecht, George R. Krattenmaker, Stanley Krystek, Joseph Lavitt, William F. Leidenroth, Paul Lightman, Joseph Litowitz, Stephen Lustina, George Edward MacKnight, Edward F. Mazur, Frank Mazza Jr., George S. McClain. Joseph McDermott, James McPhillips, Edward McVaugh, Allen R. Messick, Jr., Henshaw Miles, Lewes W. Miller, Louis E. Miller, Philip Moeszinger, William Russell Moll, John Murrow, Ralph Obus, Chester Orlik, Martin Parrangian and Francis Pomeroy Patterson.
Stanley T. Pawlak, Joseph Franklin Peel, James B. Peterson, William Pikus, Henry Pogroszewski, John Albert Quillin, Henry Redlus, Frank L. Helter, Wilson Allen Rickenbach, F. Leland Rose, Norman Rose, Bernard David Rosen, Milton Rose, Harold Raoul Rudnitsky, N. Harry Ruttenberg, William A. Samalonis, William T. Seaman, Jr., Carl Seifling, Alexander Serotkin, Harry R. Sharp, Jr., and Warren R. Smith.
Albert Soloff, Leon Sosnow, Carl Southard, Aaron Spiegel, Elijah J. Stevenson, Jr., Herbert Leonard Steelman, William Henry Harrison Swope, Harry Dudley Teat Jr., Preston Thomas Jr., John Tisso, Rico Tiziani, Ralph Troupe, Alfred Vitarelli, Samuel J. Watters, William C. R. Weber, Jr., Charles Wexlin, Charles S. Whiley, Howard P. Whilldin, Charles C. Wright and Leonard M. Zondler.
Mae Baler Anderson, Elizabeth Austermuhl, Edna May Avis, Sara T. Bakley, Rose Bardock, Rose Muriel Barnes, Ethel R. Bene, Mildred Berkowitz, Josephine Biasi, Martha May Bierschenk, Sylvia Evelyn Binder, Elizabeth Ruth Bobo, Frances Bonamassa, W. Evelyn Bond, Ruth Rebecca Brennan, Ann F. Budd, Louise Ellen Bunstein, Ruth Burgess, Dorothy Butcher, Dorothea W. Campbell, Rose Mae Carey, Martha Adele Chapman, Rosolia Cioffi, Bertha Carolyn Clayton, Mildred Adele Cooper, Julia A. Dahl and Helen Elizabeth Donaghy.
Jeanette Donien, Mary D'Oria, Sarah Hewett Doughten, Sara Duncan, Mildred Ruth Eggart, Martha Ellender, Caroline Emhof, Marjorie Euster, Anna Mae Joan Fields, Florence B. Fireman, Grace Fletcher, Bernice Fuhrman, Solo Gibbons, Rosalia Halicks, Florence Hallowell, Dorothy E. Hamilton, Olga Margaret Hardecker, Augusta E. Harrison, Beatrice Louise Hart, Grace E. hemphill, and Anne E. Hesbacker.
Esther E. Hill, Lillian Viola Himmelein, Naomi Hofflinger, Frances Letitia Ingram, Mary Adele Jennings, Eleanor Margaret Johns, Mildred Ruth Jordan, Mary Louise King, Margaret M. Klenzing, Clara E. Marie Krause, Mary Martha Kreher, Ruth M. Lafferty, Minerva G. Lagakos, Mary M. Lambersky, Lola Eleanor Linthicum, Judith E. Lord, Dorothy H. Lynn, Ellzabeth Maguire, Ida Elisabeth Marland, W. Bertha Mattes, Theresa Mazza, Ruth F. Melnik, Helen Mills.
Florence Molotsky, Miriam G. Morris, Eleanor Mae Nichols, Margaret B. Osborne, Dorothy Mae Osmond, Verna G. Otten, Alice E. Patryck, Amella L. Patten, Irene Peard, Beatrice E. Perry, Jennie K. Radziewicz, Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe, Elizabeth M. Reid, Kathryn Van Dyke Richardson, Emma V. Riedinger, F. Mildred Riegraf, Emma Beatrice Ritchards, Marion M. Roberts, Doris Jean Rosenberg.
Sylvia Rosenberg, Jeannette Rozner, Catherine C. Ruggiero. Sadie M. Santanello, Almira M. Schofield, Kathryn V. Seybold, Ruth Lourin Shapiro, Pearl B. Sherman, Virginia N. Simensen, Lillian B. Simons, Pauline Lee Siris and Florence M. Sklllon.
Angeleen M. Smiechowskl, Mildred Elsie Smith, Grace V. Sochacki, Lillian Amelia Starke, Sally Stein, Irene L. Stern, Inez Rae Strubel, Verna E. Styer, Sabina Stypa, S. Frances Sullivan, Doris Gwendolyn Taylor, Betty H. Taylor, Geneva M. Terranova, Margaret E. Treble, Henrietta Varbalow, Cecelia Pearl Vaughan, Madeline Waeckel, Wllletta A. Warner, Adele Alberta Wegrzynak, Rose Weinberg, Joyce V. Willis, Dorothy E. Wilson, Helen E. Yusk, Rae Zeit and Ruth Meriam Zilz.
Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933
Eight retiring school principals were honored last night at a banquet in the junior ballroom of Hotel Walt Whitman by the Camden Principals' Association.
Amid decorations of roses and spring flowers these teachers, who have served the city from 35 to 40 years, heard words of praise from their schoolmates and superiors.
They are Miss Daisy Furber, Central School; Mrs. Margaret Thomson, Northeast; Miss Minerva Stackhouse, Davis; Miss Bessie Snyder, McKinley; Miss Clara S. Burrough, Camden High; Miss Helen Wescott, Mulford; Miss Loretta Ireland, Cooper; Miss Charlotte V. Dover, Washington.
Harry Showalter, president of the association, presided. Eighty guests represented the entire school system of 38 institutions. Showalter, Dr. Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of schools, and Dr. James E. Bryan, retired superintendent, joined in paying tribute to the retiring principals as having set a high example for Camden's school system.
The male teachers serenaded the women instructors and vice versa with song. At the closing the teachers joined hands at the suggestion of Dr. Bryan and sang "Auld Lang Syne." .
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