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 - 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 Church.
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.
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.
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.
W. Conner, chief clerk of the city water bureau and past State Commander
of the V.F.W., conducted rites at the grave.
Brunner and Commissioners Kobus,
Aaron, and Rhone
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.
and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner. They were in
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
Mertz, 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
Ciechanowski, Earl Armstrong
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.
acting director of the department, accompanied by James P. Carr,
superintendent of Streets; led the
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
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. McCord, city comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of
Camden County Council No. 10,
New Jersey Civil Service Association.
Others at Bier
Others were Sue Devinney, secretary
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.
Ray 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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