David Baird Jr. was born in Camden NJ on October 18, 1881. His father, David Baird Sr., was one of Camden's leading citizens for well over 50 years, an important man both in the business and political life of Camden, Camden County, and South Jersey.
David Baird Jr. attended the Raymond Academy at Camden and Penn Charter School in Philadelphia PA, after which he graduated from Lawrenceville NJ School in 1899 and from Princeton University in 1903.
After graduation from Princeton, David Baird Jr. returned to Camden, and went into his father's lumber business, the David Baird Company. By 1916 he had joined his father on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Camden. He later took his father's place as a dominant figure in Republican party politics in Camden City and Camden County.
David Baird Jr. was a founding member of the Tavistock Country Club, and was involved in the behind the scenes tactics that led to the incorporation of Tavistock as an independent borough, despite its population of less than 20 people.
In 1924 he purchased an interest in the Camden Post-Telegram from then Congressman Francis Ford Patterson Jr. The rival Camden Courier had been running stories highly critical of the elder Baird and the Republican party, and which had contributed to the defeat of acting Mayor Fran S. Van Hart by 800 votes in 1923. David Baird Jr. was unable to maintain the fortunes of the Post-Telegram, and his father brokered a deal selling the paper to Courier owner David Stern in January of 1926. The Courier remained highly critical of Baird Jr. throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and this criticism certainly contributed but was in no way solely responsible for his political decline during those years.
In 1929 David Baird Jr. was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Walter E. Edge, and served from November 30, 1929, to December 2, 1930, when a duly elected successor qualified. He was not a candidate for election to the vacancy in 1930. At the height of his political fortunes, Baird Jr. returned to New Jersey, and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Jersey in 1931. After his defeat in the general election, he resumed his former business pursuits. Still the dominant force in local and county Republican party politics, he engaged in a bitter intra-party battle with Albert S. Woodruff throughout the 1930s. While his slate, co-headed by political ally Florence Baker, defeated that led by Woodruff and Elizabeth Verga in the May 1934 election, the deep divisions within the party contributed to rise of the Democratic machine headed by George Brunner that would dominate Camden after 1935.
David Baird Jr. moved out of Camden to a farm that he owned in a rural part of Delaware Township in October of 1936. His father had acquired the home at 804 Cooper Street in the 1890s, the mansion built by real estate developer Edward N. Cohn in the late 1880s.
Even though David Baird Jr. had to deal with problems with his own county organization, he still commanded considerable support. He was appointed by the Governor to the Delaware River Joint Commission (the forerunner of the Delaware River Port Authority) to fill an unexpired term in 1938. David Baird Jr. acquired an interest in the Smith-Austermuhl Insurance Company, and by 1947 was the president of that enterprise. On June 7, 1950 he announced the closing of the David Baird Company lumber business that his father had founded in the 1870s. The Baird family remained in lumber for many years, operating the Haddonfield Lumber Company. David Baird Jr. died in Camden NJ on February 28, 1955, and was interred in the family mausoleum at Harleigh Cemetery. in Camden NJ.
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Baird Family home from the 1890s until October, 1936
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Camden Courier-Post - January 3, 1928
IS GIVEN $4000 JOB OVER HOT PROTEST BY ‘REBEL’ IN G.O.P.
Joseph H. Van Meter, insurgent Republican freeholder from Collingswood, today declared that David Baird Jr., Republican leader, had admitted that Theodore Kausel was “not the man for the job” to which he was appointed by the Board of Freeholders yesterday.
Van Meter quotes Baird as follows:
“I’ll admit that Kausel is not the man for the job. But you have to help me out because we promised to take care of Kausel when he came over to us in the city election. And it was through Kausel that we got Hitchner and a lot of his crowd.”
“We’ve got ourselves tied up with him. We’ve got to take him, and I want you to go along, and help me out”.
“I know his business record and I know his political record. I know the freeholders don’t want him and our conference don’t want him, but we’ve got to eat crow, and I want you to help me out”
Under the watchful eyes of organization leaders, Republican members of the Camden County Board of Freeholders yesterday took care of Theodore “Teddy” Kausel.
With David Baird Jr. and other chieftains of the party occupying front row seats, the board created the post of “general manager of county institutions and promptly named Kausel for the job at an annual salary of $4,000.
Like ghosts at a feast, Baird and the other party leaders sat silently at the freeholders reorganization meeting. Like actors in a carefully pre-arranged play, a little uncertain of their cues, 20 Republican freeholders cast furtive eyes at the group of spectators.
They said no word, these freeholders. They made no reply when Joseph H. Van Meter, of Collingswood, breaking from their ranks, declared that 20 of them had told him that Kausel was unfit for the position to which he was being appointed. They listened in uncomfortable silence while Van Meter gave voice to a scathing denunciation of their “lack of backbone” and while a running fire of sarcasm from Democratic members fell upon their ears.
Scene Was Drama
The scene was drama. It might have been a revised performance of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” with 28 furtive-eyed Uncle Toms and an impregnable line of Simon Legrees, cracking invisible whips in threatening gestures.
And the scene was also comedy. For of that score of men who, according to Van Meter, had agreed that Kausel was unfit for the job but “had to be taken care of,” none arose to protest against the action. Within their Hearts the chorus of Uncle Toms may have been saying.
The county may own out bodies, but our souls belong to the Republican Organization.”
But if they thought this, they said no word.
Today it was pointed out that it will not be long before freeholders come up for renomination at the primaries. Today, it was also predicted that Van Meter has signed his political death warrant so far as the Republican organization was concerned. But at least he received the ungrudging tribute of the Democratic minority on the board, who joyfully proclaimed that they had found “at last a Republican with guts.”
Van Meter Fights Hard
Van Meter spared no words, took no half-measures. He accused his fellow Republican members of coercion, double- dealing and weakness. He fought the appointment bitterly. He raked up the vocational school matter, in which $85,000 had been paid for the school site on Kausel’s recommendation, a price later declared to be exorbitant.
Democratic members joined the Collingswood insurgent. They charges that the $4,000 appointment was the price of Kausel’s allegiance to the Republican party. They declared that he wasn’t worth it. They recalled, later, that Kausel had shifted from the Republican Organization to the Non-Partisan movement and then back again after being one of the loudest to criticize the Organization. They asserted that after his removal as chairman of the vocational school board, he had sought the appointment as city purchasing agent. They avowed that the Republican City Commissioners had ‘refused to handle Kausel” and had “wished him off on the county.”
The 26 other Republican freeholders- all of those present, excepting only Van Meter- continued to listen in silence. And when the vote came, every one of the 26 voted for the creation of the position of “general manager of county institutions” and for the appointment of Kausel.
A little later the reprisals upon Van Meter began. He was removed from the central plant and county farm committees of the board, shifted to the elections committee and allowed to remain on the printing and agricultural committees, regarded as unimportant groups.
Reprisal Were Threatened
“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said. “I was threatened with it. They told me they’d ruin me. But I couldn’t go back to Collingswood and ask the people to vote for me again if I hadn’t fought against this appointment.”
The defection of Van Meter came apparently as a surprise. The meeting had opened with the passage of the county budget on the first reading, the selection of Leslie H. Ewing, of Berlin, as director of the board, the calling of Frank P. Moles, of the Third Ward to be sworn in and his failure to respond or to appear for the gathering.
Minor matters had been attended to and then Fred W. George, clerk of the board, rose to his feet and began the task of reading a long list of proposed amendments to the rules. Buried far down in the list of revisions was that which, “for purposes of economy”, sought to place all county institutions under a central head to be known as general manager.
George lost his breath before he had more than half completed the lost of amendments, and George Rothermel, pinch-hitting for Walter Keown as counsel for the board, took his place. Then Director Ewing called for a vote.
Frederick W. Schorpp, Eighth Ward Democrat, was the first to speak
“ I want to congratulate you gentlemen,” he said, “on the wonderful way you have camouflaged these changes.
“ We have heard a long list of amendments to the rules read. But what the whole thing is can easily be seen. You gentlemen of the majority have a lame duck to take care of, and so you create this job. But I can’t see, really I can’t see why it is necessary to create a $4,000 plum for your lame duck and saddle it on the taxpayers.”
There was silence in the room. In the seat of the absent Freeholder William A. Robinson sat Baird. At the press table were Sheriff Walter Gross and City Commissioner William D. Sayrs, Jr. Ranged along the front row of the spectators’ section were Mayor Winfield Price and Commissioner Clay W. Reesman. They said nothing.
Louis C. Parker, Gloucester City Democrat, was next to speak.
“All these changes in the rules accomplish is to create a new job,” he declared, agreeing with Schorpp.
S. Raymond Dobbs, Fourteenth Ward Democrat, objected and moved that the resolution changing the rules be laid over until the regular January meeting. He was overruled by Director Ewing. Schorpp sought to have the rules voted upon separately, but James Davis, chairman of the committee, refused to accept the suggestion.
The roll call began. In alphabetical order the names were called and the freeholders voted. Republicans voted in favor of adoption of the changes. The three Democrats voted against the resolution. Van Meter’s name was the last to be called.
“No”, he said calmly, and there was a gasp pf surprise in the room. The clerk recorded the vote on the resolution as 26 to 4 and then began reading again. This was a new resolution. It named Theodore T. Kausel to the position just created and explained that he was to report to the “Lakeland Central Committee.”
Van Meter Protests
Van Meter rose slowly. He obtained recognition from the director and began, quietly but decisively.
“Gentlemen,” he said calmly. “I have studied this proposition. I have known about it for three days and three nights. I have talked to 20 Republicans member of this board and I have done all I could to get then to agree with me.
And they did agree with me. They agreed, every one, that Kausel was not the man for this job. After what happened on the vocational school project, when Kausel was president of the school board, he is not the man. On his recommendation, the vocational school site was purchased for $85,000. And now you want to send him where he will handle about a million dollars of the taxpayers’ money.”
Van Meter’s tone was serious as he turned to his fellow members. Most of the latter sat silently in the seats. They did not glance at the Collingswood insurgent. Baird, Gross, Price, Sayrs and Reesman listened intently. A few of the freeholders craned their necks towards the windows as the Camden mummers, returning from the New Years Day parade in Philadelphia, marched past the courthouse. But Van Meter went on.
“There is not one of you that has backbone enough to come here and fight this thing.” Van Meter continued.
I can’t see it go through. I couldn’t ask the people of Collingswood to vote for me again if I let it go through without a fight.
“You agreed with me that Kausel was not the man for the job. Haven’t you any backbone with which to fight his appointment now?”
Slowly, in complete silence that followed, he turned till he faced Horace G. Githens, the majority floor leader.
“Mr. Githens,” he said quietly and in a measured tone, “ if you will throw away your messenger’s cap and wear a leader’s hat, I will follow you.”
He sat down and the silence continued.
Schorpp Lauds Van Meter
Schorpp rose again.
“I’m glad to see one Republican who has backbone,” he said. “I told you there was a lame duck in this and here is the lame duck.
“Woods (Samuel Woods, Republican freeholder from Haddonfield) and you others criticized Kausel and other members of the vocational school board for their purchasing of the land for the school, claiming that it was an exorbitant price to pay for the land.
“And now these same men who criticized Kausel are putting him in a position where he will handle millions of the taxpayers money.
Dobbs followed on the floor.
“I don’t want to stand here and talk until 10 o’clock tonight just to give you reasons why Kausel shouldn’t get the job,” he said.
“In the first place, I couldn’t give all the reasons in that time, and in the second place, they wouldn’t register with this bunch.
“This is entirely unfair. It’s too high a price to pay Kausel to come back into the Republican ranks. The Republican leaders should pay it, however, and not saddle the price on the taxpayers.
“Personally, I don’t think he’s worth much politically. We had him for awhile and have had some experience as to the value of his services. I thought he could be bought for less than $4000 anyway.”
The resolution came to a vote. The Republicans, with the exception of Van Meter, again voted solidly. Twenty-six votes were cast for the appointment of Kausel. Van Meter and the three Democrats did not vote.
Van Meter issued a statement after the meeting, explaining his stand. He said:
“The reason I opposed Kausel’s appointment is because the man is extravagant. Director Ewing was one of the 20 Republicans I talked to who were opposed to hum, but were afraid on the floor. I didn’t talk to the Democrats.
“Ewing and the other Republicans said, “What can we do. We must take care of him. We promised to.’
Charges Unfair Tactics
“I knew when I went ahead with this that I’d be an outcast, but I was determined to do the right thing. This appointment is not the right thing.
“They told me I’d be ruined if I opposed them. Even up to the last minute before the meeting they came to my desk in the freeholder’s room and tried to throw a scare into me.
“I knew I’d be thrown out of committees and barred from the caucuses. They’ve let me remain on the printing committee. I’ve been on it a year, and it hasn’t met yet. Nevertheless, there is a $50,000 appropriation for printing.
“I’ve always tried to be on the level on this job. Why they had the workhouse slated for $120,000 but I fought and fought, and finally- well look at the budget- it’s cut down to $50,000.
“It’s not the first time I’ve saved them money. I don’t know Kausel personally, but I do know his record. It was because of his extravagance that he was fired from the Castle Kid Company.
And when I say he is extravagant, I can prove every word of it.”
The new Lakeland central committee, authorized in the resolution appointing Kausel, was announced by Director Ewing at the close of the meeting. Ewing is to be a member, ex-officio, and Horace G. Githens becomes a member by virtue of being chairman of the finance committee.
The chairman of the asylum committee, of the County Hospital committee, of the Almshouse committee, of the Detention Home committee, and the Tuberculosis Hospital committee all will become members.”
Name ‘Official’ Papers
An earlier vote had been taken in which the Democrats moved to designate The Evening Courier as the newspaper in which the budget was to be officially printed. The Republican majority had designated two weekly papers, the Camden Argus and the Berlin Breeze.
“It’s obvious,” said Dobbs, “why these designations have been made.”
Parker, Gloucester City Republican, agreed with this view and declared that the newspaper with the largest circulation in the county should be given the official county notices for publication as advertising.
Schorpp ironically suggested that the Christian Science Monitor be substituted for one of the two weeklies designated and the roll was called. The Argus and the Breeze were officially designated.
The appointment of Kausel bought the meeting to a conclusion. Of all the Republican freeholders, Davis was the only one to speak. He merely declared that he was one not one of the 20 men who Van Meter had said agreed that Kausel was not the man for the job.
Camden Courier-Post * January 18, 1928
13TH WARD G.O.P. CLUB PAYS TRIBUTE TO RHONE
A meeting which was described today as "a gathering in honor of David S. Rhone, director of public safety", was held last night at the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club, Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street.
Arrangements were by made by the club for its annual ball to be held February 21. Plans were also discussed for the remodeling of the club's headquarters.
Camden Courier-Post * January 18, 1928
OF JERSEY LAUDED BY BAIRD
By Star Correspondent
Hoboken, Oct. 12.-Americau business, religion and government need today a man like Christopher Columbus "who can fire the imagination of our countrymen and awaken the nation to the dangers that threaten our safety and freedom," David Baird Jr., declared this afternoon at the dedication of Columbus Park here.
Addressing a group composed mostly of Italian-Americans, the Republican candidate for governor touched only lightly on political issues of his campaign but pleaded for "clean government" so that "the tax dollar may be honestly spent and your right to work protected."
"We are celebrating today a great event in the history of the world," Baird said. "We are paying tribute to the courage and the vision of one of your famous countrymen. We are recognizing in this official holiday and in this great gathering, the energy, the leadership and the contributions of the Italian people to world civilization.”
"American citizens of Italian ancestry should be proud of their heritage.”
"I am proud to salute New Jersey's half million citizens of Italian parentage on this Columbus Day. They are among the most industrious and progressive of our population. As private citizens and in public office, they are doing their part toward the building of a greater state and in establishing the ideals of honesty and integrity in the conduct of public affairs.”
"Columbus set out to find a passage to India. He discovered a new world. He hoped for a new era of commercial expansion. He found a land of new opportunity. He sought easier communication between distant people. He blazed the trail to a western world where liberty and equality was to have its greatest experiment. The dream of something great and strong and fine must precede its realization. There must always be men like Columbus with courage to follow their dreams. There is needed today leaders in business, in religion, in government, who can fire the imagination of our common countrymen and awaken it to the dangers that threaten our own safety and freedom.”
"Every age and period brings to us as individuals and as citizens of a great state, its own problems. In the period of expansion and great prosperity through which we have been passing, we, in this state and throughout the country, have forgotten our public responsibilities in the interest of clean government. The great tragedy of American life is not prohibition, the crime wave, or the economic depression. It is the indifference of our citizenship toward their own community and state responsibility.
"Make no mistake about the seriousness of the problem that is before you. The enemies of clean government are strongly entrenched and know their power. The fight will not be won in a day. But there is no system that will withstand the power of a united people demanding the return of their government to its rightful owners.”
"The battle for clean government in New Jersey must appeal to the: hearts and the traditions of the Italian people. The issues of the day are not the small advantages that are promised in an effort to draw away your attention from the sources that threaten your welfare and happiness.”
"Having once charted his course and set his compass, Columbus pushed on in spite of all opposition. Those who do him honor today will exercise that same determination and perseverance which brought him victory. The blood streams of Italy have enriched the heritage of America. New Jersey continues to be blessed by all the radiance that comes from your people and may the parks of America long know the folk song of old Italy.
Camden Courier-Post * January 28, 1928
Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball
Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.
The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton.
David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.
September 26, 1928
David Rhone - Joseph
"Mose" Flannery - Lewis
H. Stehr Jr.
Bernard Bertman - David Baird Jr. - Winfield Price
Thomas Cheeseman Westwood Perrine - Elizabeth Tiedeken
Anna Brennan - Walnut Street - Kaighn Avenue - Front Street
Camden Courier-Post * August 1, 1929
Brice - A.R. Clark - Emma Miles - Alice Peak - David
Baird Jr. - John
Kaighn - Catherine Kaighn
Chambers Avenue - Elm Street - Cooper Street - Trenton Avenue
Courier-Post * August 2, 1929
|Robert Brice - Charles A. Wolverton - Dr. Sara Donnell Wolverton|
Camden Courier-Post * March 12, 1930
Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1930
Camden Courier-Post * October 16, 1931
SEEKS MAN, BAIRD SPEAKER SAYS IN WESTMONT RALLY
Candidacy of David Baird, Republican nominee for governor, typifies "a new era in public life, the very unusual case of the office seeking the man," declared Charles A. Lotz, district state inheritance tax supervisor, in an address last night at the Haddon Township Republican clubhouse, Haddon and Glenwood avenues, Westmont.
Describing A. Harry Moore, Baird's Democratic opponent as the "tool" of Frank Hague, "leader of the most corrupt and most ruthless political machine the country has ever known," Lotz declared the Republican candidate should not have to ask for support of the voters. "You should clamor to give it," he said.
"We are in the heat of a campaign which is fraught with tremendous importance and responsibilities to the people of New Jersey and of the nation," said Lotz. "Still shaken by the collapse of the great bull market, we are witnessing a revival of radicalism in politics. The accumulated grievances of 10 or 12 years of post war inflation are emptying the vials of their wrath upon the Republican party. We are hearing the chronic hell raisers of Hudson county blaming us for everything under the sun.
"If the economic condition existed only in New Jersey it might be necessary to defend the Republican party, but the condition is not only in New Jersey, not only nation wide, but is world wide.
"Nevertheless, the business depression is a blight which must be exterminated and although this state or country alone can not exterminate it, we can greatly aid by a wise selection of public officials.
have, in the present undertaking a choice of two men. The one,
admittedly a leading member of the party he represents, David Baird; the
other, a tool of Frank Hague. Now I am not one of those persons who
believes that any political party is composed entirely of angels laboring
only for the public weal, and the other comprising only of demons. Nor am
I a person who denies that things are done in organization politics which
may seem to the layman who doesn't have time to analyze them, to be purely
political in nature, but usually they have a purpose tending to the public
good. For instance, there is a. little doubt that the Case Committee's
investigation into the affairs of Hudson county some time ago was motivated
to some extent by a Republican desire to bring to the surface facts
concerning the Hague regime in the interest of the G. O. P. cause in
Hudson county, but whatever its motive, it has thrown a renewed light upon
a unique figure in New Jersey politics, a man generally regarded as a.
sinister figure, Frank Hague.
the working man of this state know who Mr. Brandle is? Does he know that
Brandle and his satellites, the business representatives of the Building
Trades Union, men like Delaney, Shinn, Fay, Newman, Grant and others are
living in palatial homes and riding around in high priced limousines with
uniformed chauffeurs and wallowing in luxury?
all the working man knows is that he is paying union dues and his family
is starving and being evicted for the nonpayment of rent. How can this
state of affairs exist? It is very simple,
labor leaders, instead of occupying themselves with improving the
conditions of the laboring man, are engaged in the material and
contracting business and are selling out the man they are supposed to
his usual prodigious conceit, a trait which we are all taught to despise,
Frank Hague had the rashness to dare to compare himself with David
Baird. I cannot conceive how any intelligent person, free from personal
ambitions, could hesitate for a moment as to his duty to the rest of
mankind in November.
of it, here we have a man who has never earned a dollar in his life in a
legitimate public enterprise. Who has, fed at the public crib ever since
he attained his majority and got his first job as constable, who has no
visible means of support, except his job as mayor of Jersey City and who
lives in palatial Summer homes in a New Jersey millionaire colony, and who
lives in the Winter, while not in Europe, in the most luxurious apartment
in Jersey City's most expensive apartment house. Who boasts of $30,000 rugs in his home. Who has
a fleet of expensive motor cars with chauffeurs in livery and who spends
much time in a Florida mansion. Who has maintained suites in Atlantic City
and New York’s most expensive hotels. A man whose living expenses cannot
be less than $100,000 a
year. A man whose highest salary has not been over $8000 a year. Who never filed an income tax report until made by the U. S.
Government to do so.
of it, this man comparing himself with David Baird. What a mockery to
compare himself with a man who has never made a. dollar out of politics, a
man with proven ability and an umblemished record in business, a man
eminently successful in business. A man who contributes most of his time
to the welfare of the people and the State of New Jersey. A man whose
outstanding success is due only to hard work, brilliancy and fair dealing.
A man who has had a remarkable public career, a faithful and loyal party
worker, and a statesman who supports only legislation that makes for the
goods of all the people, Republic and Democratic alike.
we want this brand of political plunder now going on in Jersey City,
Hoboken and other Hague controlled sections of New Jersey to exist in
other sections of the state, where the populace is Republican? Your job is
not to defend your candidate, David Baird, but it is to get the people out
to vote. The rest will take care of itself.
Moore has dared to try to find fault with the Abell bills and failing in
this, he has had to content himself by charging that there is not one man
in the state of New Jersey big enough or honest enough to fill the office
of tax commissioner, an office created by these acts. Mr. Moore may really
be sincere in this if his conclusions were gleaned from the knowledge of
his own limitations during his former incumbency of office of governor,
which was one of the least eventful in the history of the state and how
then can he be expected to accomplish aught in these critical times?
"Even if Mr. Moore were not stigmatized by his association with Boss Hague he must certainly be the most egotistical of men to oppose a man of the caliber of David Baird. Seldom is there found in one man the attributes and qualifications possessed by David Baird. His candidacy typifies a new era in public life, the very unusual case of the office seeking the man. This is the inclination of the Republican Party and the more it can accomplish this tendency the greater will be its government and the happier will be its people. George Washington, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight W. Moorrow are examples of this great ambition." .
Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931
BITTING AT IS SPEAKER BAIRD MEETING
George B. Bitting, candidate for surrogate in Burlington County, was one of the principal speakers on behalf of the candidacy of David Baird for governor last night at a rally of the Pennsauken Township Republican Women's League.
Other speakers were Assemblyman George D. Rothermel, Mrs. Mary Walsh Kobus and George R. Braunwarth and Russell F. Walton, candidates for reelection to the township committee.
Mrs. Thomas Thorpe sang two solos and Mrs. Herbert Longacre gave a reading. More than 150 women attended the rally.
Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931
OF G.O.P. FLAYED BY FRENCH
Directing questions at David Baird, Republican candidate for governor, Samuel T. French, former president of the New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission, last night attacked the sincerity of Baird's campaign speeches.
French addressed more than 200 voters at the headquarters, of the Woodrow Wilson Democratic Club, Atlantic and Louis Streets, in appealing for suffrage in the interest of A. Harry Moore, Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
"In a campaign speech at. Plainfield on October 17," French said, "Baird pledged himself to quick relief of the tax burden. In view of past events, I do not know what has come over Mr. Baird; I do not know what has changed his heart. He was a director of Public Service and the controlling power of the legislature when the legislature passed a bill, which relieved the Public Service of keeping the roadways and street surfaces in good condition between the rails on eighteen inches of either side. This resulted in a saving of millions of dollars to Public Service and put the bill in the hands of the taxpayers. Yet, Mr. Baird says conditions must be changed by a change of the taxation system. Is that the way to change taxation- by increasing it for the citizens and lowering it for the corporations?
Asks Seven Questions
"If Camden County is where Mr. Baird derived inspiration for his Plainfield speech, I ask him to publicly answer these questions:
"First, what was the idea of buying the ground upon a portion of which is erected the county court house and city hall, when the city owned a plot of land much better located on which it would have been unnecessary to destroy property, which was paying into the city treasury annually approximately $70,000 in taxes?
"Secondly, why was it necessary to buy that whole tract of land and destroy all the tax producing property when the city only had use for less than 25 percent of it?
"Thirdly, from whom did the city purchase a large portion of this tract? Why was it necessary to build a city hall at the particular time? What was the total cost of the city hall and court house annex? And, of utmost importance, why was the contract price paid in full on or about December 1, 1930, when the work was only about 80 percent completed?
"Fourth, did Senator Baird approve of all the acts of the City Commission and the Board of Freeholders in the city's and county's activities in the purchase of all the land and the erection of the building?
"Fifth, if Mr. Baird's answer is 'yes,' to that question, then I ask him why were former Mayor Price and Commissioner T. Yorke Smith, dropped from the Republican ticket in the municipal election? If Mr. Baird's answer is 'no,' then I ask him why were not the entire five commissioners dropped from the Republican ticket at the last municipal election, instead of making Price and Smith the goats?
“Sixth, I ask Mr. Baird if he offered objection to the selection of the site or the expenditures in connection with the enterprise?
"Seventh. I ask the Republican candidate for governor, believing as he says he does in his Plainfield speech that the spending orgy must stop: What would have been the saving to the taxpayers of Camden city and county if the new city hall had been erected at the Civic Centre instead of its present location?"
Praises Moore's Record.
French lauded the record of A. Harry Moore, the Democratic candidate for governor, and charged the Republican state administration with "wanton expenditure and gross extravagance of the first water."
"Property will be led to the point of confiscation if the Republicans are allowed to continue their orgy of spending." French concluded, "and the only remedy in election of Moore with a Democratic legislature to support him."
Thomas Madden also spoke at the meeting.
Democratic rallies were also held last night in three wards of the city and in Ashland.
C. Lawrence Gregorio, former assistant prosecutor, and David L. Visor spoke at the First Ward Democratic Club, 315 North Second Street; Firmin Michel and Frank Connors at the Tenth Ward A. Harry Moore Club, 822 North Eighth Street; Albert Melnik, Gene Mariano and John Crean, at the Ninth Ward Democratic Club, 543 Washington Street, and Isaac Eason, former assistant attorney general of the United States at the A. Harry Moore Club of Ashland, Burnt Mill Road.
Camden Courier-Post - October 23, 1931
BAIRD ANNOUNCES TOUR OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY
Woodbury, Oct. 21.-David Baird, Republican candidate for governor, will tour Gloucester county Friday.
The itinerary prepared includes a score of towns throughout Gloucester County and will end with a dinner at Woodbury Country Club followed by a public reception.
The speakers will be Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Senator Arthur N. Pierson, Postmaster William H. Albright, candidate for state senator; Assemblyman James A. McWilliams, Dr. Wendell Burkett, candidate for coroner, and Oliver J. West, chairman of the Gloucester county Republican committee.
Baird and his party are scheduled to arrive in this city at 10 a.m. and visit the county courthouse and county building. Luncheon will be served at Pitman Golf Club.
Towns to be visited include: Mantua, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro, Gibbstown, Paulsboro, Clarksboro, Pitman, Glassboro, Clayton, Franklinville, Williamstown, Cross Keys, Hurffville, Blackwood Terrace, Almonesson, Westville, Verga and National Park.
|Camden Courier-Post * October 23, 1931|
A. Harry Moore, Democratic candidate for governor, is scheduled to speak at the meeting of Gloucester Democrats in the city hall there next. Wednesday night. The meeting will be in charge of Mayor J. Emerson Jackson and the county Democratic committee.
Gloucester Republicans tonight will hold a rally at the headquarters of the city committee, 104 North King Street.
The Polish-American Women's Citizens Club, in its recent resolution pledging support to David Baird, endorsed a candidate for the first time in the club's six-year history, according to Mrs. Priscilla Ciechanowski, secretary. The club is two to one for Baird, she said. Other officers are Mrs. A. Bec, president; Mrs. H. Stojak, vice-president, and Mrs. A. Skierska, treasurer.
A huge new sign, in vivid lettering, has appeared on the east side or Admiral Wilson Boulevard, south of Baird Boulevard, urging a vote for Baird November 3. It is one of the largest campaign signs in Camden County.
Congressman Charles A. Wolverton is appearing almost everywhere with Baird. The congressman is one of the gubernatorial nominee's ablest campaign advisers. He was with the candidate at the Trenton convention of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association Wednesday.
David Tattersdill, Broadway merchant, is among the latest members of the Speakers' Bureau at Republican headquarters, Broadway and Stevens Street. He is one of the organizers of the Forty-second Street Baird Boosters' Club.
Seventy-two hundred applications for challengers were received Tuesday afternoon, the deadline, by the Camden County Board of Elections. Of the total, 4000 were for challengers for Republican candidates and the remainder for Democratic candidates, including those seeking office as governor, freeholder, justice of the peace and various borough and township offices. No Socialist or prohibition applications for challengers were filed here.
Camden Courier-Post * October 26, 1931
GIVES PLAN TO AID TAXPAYERS
Atlantic City, Oct. 25.-A concrete plan to help relieve the burden of taxation was outlined last night by David Baird, Republican candidate for governor, in addresses at the Chelsea Hotel here and at Derby Hall in Ventnor, ending an all day tour of Atlantic county.
"What I think is needed in New Jersey," Baird said, "is a man with the leadership and courage and faith to stand between the taxpayer and the tax spender. If I am that kind of a man, then there are certain things that I have in mind that ar8 most definite.
"First: To trans1ate the business principle into the language of the taxpayer. I will demand and see that the taxpayers dollar is honestly spent.
"Second: I will put a stop to mandatory legislation. It is wrong that the legislature should saddle any further expense on a municipality or county over which the taxpayers of that county have no control. If I might illustrate: What right has the legislature to say what the salary of the clerk of the common pleas court in Essex county is to be?
"Third: There must be set up some kind of a control agency in our state that will analyze a proposed capital expenditure by our municipalities. This agency should have the authority to say to the municipality that a given project can or cannot be undertaken. This agency should go further and show why to the taxpayers. It should make plain to the taxpayer just what a contemplated expenditure will mean in its effect on the tax rate.
"Now you may ask how do I propose to accomplish this?
"My plan is that immediately I am elected, to call together a group of citizens composed of members of the tax survey commission, representatives of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association, representatives of municipal finance directors, representatives of boards of freeholders of the various counties, bankers, business men, and have a conference on these problems. I shall also contribute my ideas, and with my leadership and active participation, a measure will be produced for the consideration of the legislature that will solve the problem. Measures can be passed that will. I am sure, give relief to the tax-burdened public.
"If you don't want your state Tammanyized by Hague and Brindle through their proxy, A. Harry Moore, vote forrDavid Baird".
|Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1931|
The Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club will hold a Baird rally tonight at its headquarters, 521 Ferry Avenue. Freeholder Benjamin W. Sykes, president of the club, will preside. The rally committee includes Maurice Di Nicolo, Richard Scarduzio, Nicholas Scarduzio, John Clements, George W. Hess, William Lane and Louis Quinton.
was made at Republican
headquarters that a special meeting will be conducted tomorrow
evening in Brooklawn borough hall
by the Baird
for Governor Men's Club in recognition of the Republican gubernatorial
nominee's successful efforts toward bringing about the sale of the U.
S. Shipping Board's holding in
Elizabeth C. Verga First Ward Women's Republican Club will hold a rally
tomorrow night at 6.30 p. m at the home of its president, Mrs. Annie
Pappon, 607 North
Third Street. Mrs. Etta Pfrommer will be among the speakers,
Republicans will stage a big rally tonight with Mayor Robert G. Downer
presiding. Harry Fluharty, regular Republican candidate for an unexpired
term in borough council, faces a three-cornered fight. Wallie Becker, a
candidate in the personal choice column while John W. Schoeler is the
Women's Republican Club of Gloucester, of which Mrs. Annie E. C. Moffett
is the president, tonight will hold a meeting at 104 North King Street
when county and local candidates will speak,
Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931
MORE MEN JOIN LEAGUE TO AID BAIRD
Forty-seven more prominent professional and business men yesterday joined the Baird-for-Governor Business Men's League and pledged themselves to work actively in interest of David Baird Jr., for governor, and add special impetus to his campaign.
The league was organized this week at an enthusiastic meeting of 18 outstanding Baird supporters in professional and business life at the Camden Club, 315 Cooper Street. The league membership is open only to business, professional and industrial leaders who are not holding public office and who are not politicians.
The latest enrollments among community leaders pledging themselves to devote themselves to the Baird cause are the following:
F. Morse Archer, president of the First Camden National Bank; Clinton. L. Bardo, president of the New York Shipbuilding Company and of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association; George C. Baker, of the BakerFlick Company; Watson Shallcross, president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; Howard J. Dudley, Broadway merchant; Thomas E. French, prominent attorney; J. David Stern, publisher of the Courier-Post newspapers and of the Philadelphia Record; Wellington K. Barto, of the West Jersey Trust Company; Dr. Joseph Roberts, Cooper Hospital; William Clement, of the Clement Coverall Paint Company; Robert Wright, of the Haddonfield National Bank; Arthur J. Podmore, of the Camden Pottery Company; Nathan Leopold, Haddonfield druggist; Dr. J. Edgar Howard, of Haddonfield.
Dr. Alfred N. Elwell, of this city; Edward Preisendanz, Clarence Peters, N. Franks, of. Franks & Sweeney; U. G. Peters, Ralph D. Baker, prominent real estate man; Archibald Dingo, George Bachman, Sr., and George Bachman, Jr., Dr. O. W. Saunders, Henry Cooperson, Leon Cooperson, Herman Z. Cutler. Charles Bauman, Harry Rose, George Austermuhl, Walter Gulick, Albert Voeglin, Howard Fearn, John A. Schlorer, Ernest L. Bartelt.
William S. Casselman, George M. Carr, J. Price Myers, Carl R. Evered, former president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Francis B. Wallen, former president of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce; William H. Alff, Edmund J. Alff, Harry Pelouze, Walter Campbell, Dr. Thomas R. Bunting, Joseph F. Kobus and Henry E. Kobus.
Enrollments, it was announced, may be made through the following committee of the league:
Ludwig A. Kind, Thomas Gordon Coulter, Charles H. Laird, Walter J. Staats, Frank C. Middleton, Jr., Frank J. Hineline, William T. Read, Charles S. Boyer, W. W. Robinson, George R. Pelouze, Paul A. Kind, Dr. Paul A. Mecray, Jerome Hurley, Harry A. Moran, James V. Moran, William J. Strandwitz, former Judge Lewis Starr and Frank C. Norcross.
Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1931
BAIRD TO ADDRESS HEBREW LEAGUE
David Baird, Jr., Republican nominee for governor, will make his final appearance in the current election campaign Monday night, in his "own home town," when he will address a monster rally at the Hebrew Republican League, at the Talmud Torah, 621 Kaighn avenue.
The Hebrew league reorganized formally at a luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Lewis Liberman, assistant city solicitor, was elected president; Sig Schoenagle, Samuel Shaner, Israel Weitzman, vice-presidents; L. Scott Cherchesky, secretary, and Samuel Label, treasurer.
Trustees of the league include Hyman Bloom, Mitchell E. Cohen, Benjamin Friedman, Jacob L. Furer, Isadore H. Hermann, Carl Kisselman, Edward Markowitz, Louis L. Markowitz, Harry Obus, Maurice L. Praissman, Samuel Richelson, Meyer L. Sakin, Julius Rosenberg, Jacob Rosenkrantz and Jack Weinberg.
In addition to former Senator Baird, speakers at the Jewish rally will include Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, Republican state committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Congressman Benjamin Golder, of Pennsylvania, and State Senator Samuel Salus, of Pennsylvania.
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
PLEDGES WIDE REFORMS IN COURTS
By Staff Correspondent
Jersey City, Oct. 30- Sweeping reforms in New Jersey's judicial system, ending political control of the agencies of justice, were promised tonight by David Baird.
The Republican candidate for governor, addressing a large mass meeting in Labor Temple hall, outlined his program which includes:
1. Stamping out of politically controlled grand juries,
2. Removal of political influence from the prosecuting agencies.
3. Appointment of the highest type of citizens as judges and prosecutors and elimination of judicial officers who fail in their duties,
4, Publicity for the decisions of the Court of Pardons,
Baird's address, considered one of the most important of his campaign, follows:
"I have stated frankly that in my opinion the first and foremost issue of this campaign is tax relief. I am fully determined that my first efforts after my election will be devoted to bringing about a reduction in the cost of city, county and state governments to the end that our citizens will not face the confiscation of their properties.
Asks Judicial Reform
"But while concentrating on this problem, I am fully aware of others that are vital to the safety and security of all the people of our State and I am anxious to discuss with you people tonight the subject of judicial reform.
"A great number of prosecuting and judicial officers are to be appointed by your next Governor and the people must realize the paramount importance of that responsibility. It is well known that when I am elected Governor. I will be Governor in fact. My opponent's election will mean his domination and the domination of his appointments by Frank Hague of Jersey City and his close friend, Theodore M. Brandle. Mr. Moore was not a free agent when he was Governor before and he owes his nomination again this time to Hague. Will his dictates guide his appointments, or will his dictators?
"Within the last half decade, racketeering, crime and general lawlessness have grown to startling proportions. Decent citizens and legitimate business are threatened and throttled. Racketeers have gripped American decency and honesty. We are facing a challenge that cannot be long left unanswered. I will answer it.
"Our state is not free from this dangerous condition. The refusal to indict persons charged with crime, the powerful influences that are brought into play to postpone trials, the delays and obstructions placed in the way of speedy and even-handed justice and the indifference or prosecuting officers to their sworn obligations, are not unknown to us in this State.
judicial system was designed for a different day and age and we must give
consideration to the changes that are required to adjust it to our present
needs. Democratic governors have been strangely silent on this subject.
Democratic candidates, however, do considerable talking.”
Republican Reforms Cited
Republican governors and legislatures have recognized the need for changes in our judiciary system. In recent years we have revised and modernized our juvenile and domestic relations courts and our probation system, Passage of the Wolber Act, to require judges in the criminal courts in the large counties to devote their full time to their judicial duties has aided in reducing the law's delays.
"The Republican legislature created a Judicial Council which has given a great impetus to the movement for the reorganization of our judicial system. Leading members of the judiciary and the bar are now making progress in perfecting a plan for this purpose,
"I endorse that movement. I will support it as governor, I will work for the strengthening our courts' and prosecuting systems until there are no weak links in the chain and no unworthy servants in the whole system.
"Crime and lawlessness cannot be stamped out so long as political influence bears down on the prosecuting agencies. Grand juries which are politically controlled must be stamped out and I will urge the incoming Legislature to take the steps to eliminate that danger.
"When governor, I shall use every resource of that office to speed up the administration of justice and the trials of offenders of the law to the end that the courts and prosecuting officers shall be regarded as champions of the people's rights and not sanctuaries for the evasion of punishment.
To Make Own Appointments
“I will find a way to eliminate any judicial officer who fails to do his full duty. The people of this state are entitled to the highest type of citizens in judicial places and as public prosecutors. When I am governor, they shall have none other. My appointments will not be made for me, they will be made by me and I will be responsible for them.
"All of the questions at issue in this campaign resolve into the query as to whether the people of this state desire their governor to make his own decision, in the appointment of judges and prosecutors throughout the counties of the state or whether they desire these elections to be made by the Hague-Brandle Corporation and handed down to their representative Mr. Moore to promulgate. "My opponent is apologizing for some of his appointments to these important offices and promises not to do it again. He explains that the appointments were made to straighten out a bad political situation. Is that the kind of explanation the people desire? I am a regular Republican, I believe in party regularity and party responsibility, But I say to you that I will make the right appointment in the first place in order that I may avoid the necessity of apologizing, I will make appointments that the people may be assured of a vigorous and honest and fearless discharge of the official duties or these offices by men whose only devotion is to, public duty,
Pardons Reforms Pledged
"In closing I would like to state my beliefs that in considering any changes in the workings of the courts, that consideration should well extend to the procedure in the Court of Pardons, the court of last appeal in capital cases.
"I feel, and have felt for some time that certain publicity should be given to the determination of that honorable body, in other words, I feel that although the actual discussion of the cases should be private, that its decisions should be made known to the public.
"I feel also that the judge and prosecutor who originally heard the case and who are in possession of complete knowledge of all the details, should he permitted to be heard by the court should those officers so desire. In the announcement of the court's determination, I believe the public should be given the full facts concerning those who interceded for the condemned person and concerning those who appeared, either by brief or by argument, in the consideration of the case.
"I am strongly of the opinion that all of New Jersey's business should be conducted in the open for all to see. "New Jersey must be operated for all its people and those people are entitled to know all the facts that enter into its operation." .
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
AND LARSON AT BIG RALLY TODAY
Walter S. Keown, chairman of the Camden County Republican Committee, and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, State committeewoman and vice chairman of the county committee, will preside at the rally.
E. Bertram Mott, chairman of the State committee; Representative Charles A. Wolverton and other State and county leaders are expected to attend.
Workers from all sections of the county are expected at the meeting. Reports received at Republican headquarters will be made to the workers on the progress of the campaign.
Leaders in Baird's campaign for election as Governor said last night that reports from various sections of the State show increasing Baird strength in Democratic strongholds, principally Hudson county. They said his popularity throughout the State has increased materially in the closing days of the campaign, assuring his election by a large margin.
"Voters are intelligent and they have been able to see through the smokescreen the Democratic speakers have created in desperate attempts to blind them to the real facts," said Mrs. Verga. "They have been informed of the scandalous conditions in Hudson County, and they will, make certain next Tuesday that the Hague stranglehold will not reach to other sections of the State.
increasing strength of Baird
throughout the State has made his opponents frantic, and they are
resorting to desperate means in a futile effort to turn the tide. They
are aware that the citizens of the State do not intend to be hoodwinked
by promises and will vote for a man who truly has their interest at
heart, and will do all within his power to advance the cause of the
State and its citizens. He has demonstrated his ability and sincerity
many times, not only in the interest of the people of South Jersey, but
for citizens throughout the State.
am confident he will be elected by large plurality and will be the
greatest Governor in the history of the State.".
Camden Courier-Post * October 31, 1931
Noise to the Right of Them- Ditto to Left- That's Politics
The courthouse plaza was the scene of considerable excitement yesterday afternoon when Democrats and Republicans clashed in an impromptu open forum over the merits of David Baird and A. Harry Moore, gubernatorial candidates.
An armistice was agreed upon after leaders from both factions took the stump and attempted to drown each other out by shouting the qualifications of their candidates.
A crowd of nearly 1000 persons cheered and booed until the Republicans consented to allow the Democrats to speak without interference.
Just previous to this, the two political parties had alternated in ten-minute speeches when the arguments of one forced the other to jump on the same platform and answer his opponent.
Gene Mariano, Camden Democratic orator, challenged that vice existed in Camden. He defied a Republican speaker to debate with him on the subject. Assemblyman F. Stanley Bleakley stepped from the crowd. He started to address the crowd attacking Moore.
A loud speaker wagon with six megaphones was backed up to the curb and martial music stopped the proceedings. It was later resumed with the Democrats in control.
The speakers included Jack Reynolds, Democrat, of Jersey City; Aaron Gordon, Republican of Jersey City; William E. Sewell, superintendent of elections, and Clifford Jordan, 122 Wade Street, both of Jersey City.
Jordan told his experiences with labor and election conditions in that city.
Camden Courier-Post * October 31, 1931
CAMPAIGN CALLED ‘VILLAINOUS’
By Staff Correspondent
North Plainfield, October 30- The Democratic campaign of A. Harry Moore has "degenerated into a villainous orgy of slander," Congressman Charles A. Eaton declared in an address at a Republican mass meeting here tonight.
Urging the election of David Baird, the Republican candidate for Governor, Eaton blasted the Democrats for their distribution of "filth, contemptible, lying propaganda."
"The gas-house gang, under the leadership of the Democratic machine in Hudson County has thrown off its mask of piety and decency," he declared. "In these last days the Democratic organization is resorting to a campaign of lies and slander which will merit and receive the abhorrence, contempt and resentment of the great mass of Democratic voters as well as those of the Republican side.
“No self-respecting citizen would permit his candidacy for office to be advanced by such contemptible propaganda unless he had become so panic-stricken as to lose all self control.
‘Filthy Papers Issued'
"In the past week there has been distributed from Democratic headquarters in the City of Camden a villainous tabloid published in Hudson county which contains the most atrocious attack upon the moral character of Senator Baird and holds up to the public obliquy the fair name of some of the outstanding men and women of that city who happen to be Republican. In addition there is being distributed throughout the City of Camden a most contemptible series of leaflets and cartoons attacking the character of Mr. Baird. These leaflets which are unworthy of the filthy imaginations of the lowest thugs in the land have printed on them the following statement, "Paid for by the Democratic Executive Committee."
"On behalf of the decent citizens of this State I now ask A. Harry Moore a few questions.”
"Do you, Mr. Moore, approve of this kind or political character assassination on the part of your organization? Have you done anything to stop the circulation of these vile slanders? Do you personally believe that Mr. Baird's campaign is being financed by prostitutes, beer barons, white slavers and other creatures of the underworld? If you know these things are going on and haven't stopped them, what becomes of all your fine talk to the Christian people of this State during the last three years about charity and religious and Christian character?
Asks for Militia
The unfortunate impression has gone through the State, Mr. Moore, that you know all about this. Under your direction an appeal was recently made before Judge Lloyd to have some special precaution taken to insure a fair vote in Camden. You even asked for the State militia to be called out and a worthy judge turned the whole thing down as a piece of miserable political propaganda with which no court ought to soil its hands.
'I believe this hypocritical, lying "Propaganda against the character of David Baird will result in giving him the largest vote a political candidate has ever had in Camden county. Indeed, I think this kind of thing signs your death warrant, Mr. Moore as a candidate for the Governorship. You train with too tough a gang to be trusted with the high responsibilities of the Governor's office. Either you are not as good as you would like to have us believe or you are too weak to keep the character assassins who are working in your interests out of the limelight.
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
OWNERS VICTIMS Of TRICKS
"The people of Brooklawn, faced with the loss of their homes, expected mercy and fair-dealing from the government but they have been sold out to processional money-lenders by a gang of local political tricksters, who pose as their friends.
This charge was made by Judge Frank F. Neutze become 500 Brooklawn residents last night at a meeting conducted in the borough hall under auspices of the Brooklawn A. Harry Moore Club
"The sale of 72 Brooklawn houses and 262 mortgages by the government according to the newspapers through intervention of David Baird, Republican candidate for governor, is the most odious piece of business ever pulled off against a people in the history of Camden county, Judge Neutze said.
"These charges are not made without supporting facts. It does not require great legal intelligence to see into this deal. Let us look into this business in which property rights were given precedence over human rights, and let us see who the persons are behind this deal.
Two Bids Accepted
"Approximately 75 Brooklawn residents, most of whom had at least thirty percent equities in their homes and in mortgages bid on the properties and mortgages. Their bids totaled $126,205.50. Only two of these bids were accepted, and these were from tenants who rented and did not have equities in the properties on which they bid. These two properties went for $1000 and $1200 respectively.
"At this point you will note the eternal choice of the Republican Party between human rights and property rights; how the government allowed you people to buy your homes and then ignored you.
"The bids of the Brooklawn residents on the mortgages, some of which were as high as sixty and seventy percent of the full value, were refused. The Shipping Board, representing the government, said the bids were too low and that the properties the residents bid for were the most desirable ones offered and if they were awarded to the owners the government probably would not receive a bid from any syndicate on the properties that were not so desirable.
"That explanation of the government is a mockery of President Hoover's oft-repeated statement that every governmental effort would be made to make it easy for the tenants of this country to own their own homes!
"On October 7, the bids were rejected. For ten days following, your council and other political lights were at wits ends with all kinds of schemes to save your borough from its financial dilemma. No action was taken until last week when it was suggested the schools be closed as on $40 remained in the borough treasury.
Called Political Trickery
"Your local political tricksters had you where they wanted you. Then came the blow that proves the utter ruthlessness of your so-called friends who claim allegiance to the Republican Party. Last Monday you read in the newspapers where the Tower Company, of Newark, had been awarded the 262 mortgages and 70 properties for $227,000. Then you heard the hullabaloo that Brooklawn had been saved by David Baird. You read he was in Washington with Congressman Wolverton and that he had this deal put over on Sunday. I never knew the government conducted business on Sunday, and I have heard several people question whether Baird was in Washington last Sunday. However, that possibility is of little importance.
"There is a point in these negotiations that must be strongly emphasized. You will note the tenants and homeowners offered $126,205 for approximately 97 properties, or an average of $1300 per property. You will note that the Tower Company, in their bid for 262 mortgages and 70 properties only bid $227,000 or about $700 per property. Do not fail to see that their bid included 235 more properties than the tenants and homeowners!
"Everybody will get profit out of this deal except the home owners! What. do you know about the Tower Company of Newark? It is said that Mr. Tower, head of the company, is a former member of the Merchant Fleet Corporation of the U. S. Shipping Board.
"This Tower Company has been represented in this deal by William Okin and Michael Gross, two real estate speculators of Newark and all of you know that the representatives of the Tower Company are calling on you Brooklawn homeowners every day in a car with tags in the name of Senator Pierson, Union county license number 'U 2’. This company has not told you homeowners at what discount they will offer the mortgages to you for.
"But you all know that the representatives of the Tower Company stated to you at a. meeting in this hall about eight days ago that there would be a ‘liberal reduction on the mortgages' and that in about two weeks everyone would receive letters from the Tower Company. Mark it well and pertinently that you will not receive these letters until after election day.
"As a matter of business reasoning let me point out to you that the Tower Company knows what everyone has bid. If they demand more for a mortgage than you bid with the Shipping Board and if you do not pay it, there is nothing to prevent them from instituting foreclosure proceedings against you immediately.
"You will also note that the government required the home owners to pay within 60 days if their bid was accepted, but you will note the Tower Company has been given the privilege of paying their bid in installments over a period of time.
"Has there been any regard for you in this deal? Just realize that for $100,000 more than the tenants and homeowners bid, the Tower Company got 235 additional properties at about $400 per property.
"The government allowed you to buy these homes, and now political jobbery has sold you out for thirty pieces of silver. You people of Brooklawn, faced with the loss of your homes, expected mercy and fair-dealing from the government but you have been sold out to professional money-lenders by a gang of local political tricksters, who pose as your friends!
"You may expect these money-lenders to demand their pound of flesh, and they will get it. You have no defense, no measure of retaliation, except by the ballot box. Mr. Baird, through the newspapers, claims credit for saving your borough- he wants your vote. If you think he has saved anything you will vote for him but repent later. This man must be rebuked and your ballot must be cast for A. Harry Moore and the straight Democratic ticket if you possess ordinary intelligence.
"You don't want a businessman for governor who does all he can for business against the people; you want A. Harry Moore, who has made the welfare of the people his business. Ten years of your earnings and life's blood have gone into your homes, and now you are in the hands of out-of-town money-lenders and politicians. Your duty is clear on November 3.
T. McCann, candidate for coroner, and Leon H. Rose, also spoke. Prolonged
applause marked the completion of Judge Neutze's address. Joseph Drammer
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
Edge Assures Teachers Baird Will Defend Them
Asbury Park, Oct. 30.- The stand taken by David Baird on measures affecting teachers' welfare was defended tonight by Walter E. Edge, ambassador to France, in his second address in behalf of the Republican candidate for governor.
"I have been apprised of the fact," Edge said, "that there are persistent rumors spread throughout the state by the Democratic party that if David Baird is elected governor there will be introduced into the legislature measures seriously affecting the welfare of teachers, legislation that will allow boards of education to reduce teachers' salaries and otherwise alter the present teachers' tenure law and change the teachers' pension and annuity laws.
"1 am forced to the belief that the propaganda being spread among the teachers is being done deliberately and that no good motive prompted it.
"If the members of the teaching fraternity will look into the history of the Republican party they will find that party, and that party only, is responsible for the benefits which I they now enjoy and which they rightfully desire to guard so jealously."
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
IS CHARGED WITH ‘CROOKEDNESS’
"Realizing the utter futility of their efforts to elect David Baird to the governorship, the Republican party in Camden County is resorting to every contemptible means at its command to intimidate the voters."
This declaration was made last night by Miss Marie V. Kelly, former jury commissioner, at a meeting of 200 voters in the Fourth Ward Democratic Club, 455 Berkley Street.
"At a meeting of election officers," Miss Kelly said, "William E. A. King, a member of the county board of elections sworn to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box, told these officers that the Republican party has promised Baird a 50,000 majority in Camden County and that they were to get the votes no matter how they got them and that they would be protected. He told them if the Democrats interfered that the Republican police would take care of the Democrats.
"Today Major Dickinson, deputy director of public safety, raised a false howl of gunmen to come here to make a rough house of the city. We know that this is weak propaganda to cover what the Republicans intend to do.”
Points to Murder
"Mr. Dickinson has evidently forgotten the murder committed at Third and Benson Streets on the eve of the city election in May by gunmen imported by the Republican workers to intimidate the voters of that ward- gunmen who remain uncaught and unpunished to this day.
“The most flagrant act on the part of the Republican Party is the removal of the polling place yesterday from the fourth district of the fourth ward from the E. A. Stevens School on Fourth Street to a private residence on Berkley Street. The polling place has been in the school for a number of years and no complaints had been made by Democratic members of the elections board. This change has been made without a meeting of the county elections board."
"Frank Albright, city clerk, took it upon himself to make the change, basing his action on the statement the school was totally unfit for the board to sit in for a day to conduct the business of election.”
"However, school children are forced to use this building every day of the school year. The residence to which the polling place has been transferred was reconditioned so that it could be used. The real reason for this change was that it will be much easier to dispense liquid refreshment in a private home than in a public school.
"It is a. fine state of affairs when the people are called on to build a $10,000,000 city hall within six blocks of a school where children are forced to occupy a school which the city clerk says is in a horrible condition and totally unfit for use.
urge the people in the third and fourth wards of Camden to rise in revolt
against the Republican organization that is trying by every means to
prevent an honest exercise of the franchise at the polls on Tuesday. The
protest must be registered by marking every blank on the ballot under the
Camden Courier-Post - October 31, 1931
Gloucester Republicans concluded their final Baird rally of the campaign last night at their headquarters, 101 North King Street.
Polls throughout the slate will open for the general election Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All voters in the polling place at 8 p.m. or in the room "'here the election is taking place, or in line, shall be permitted to vote, under the law. Election officers have been instructed to place a police officer at the end of the line at 8 p.m.
Black Horse pike Republican factions have united in a combined front to further the candidacy of David Baird, Jr., for governor. There are no local fights in the party during the current campaign. There were intense local primary battles, principally in Runnemede and Gloucester Township, but all factions in those municipalities are now working for Baird.
A bitter contest for justice of the peace in the Eighth Ward will be waged at the election on Tuesday. William Lane, of 1634 Broadway, is one of the seven seeking one of three vacancies. Lane is the nephew of James M. Lane, who was prominent politically several years ago. He is a captain in the Moose Lodge bugle corps. He is also secretary and treasurer of the Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club. Of the seven men running for justice of the peace, four are Democrats.
Mrs. Emma E. Hyland, Democratic state committee woman, and Assemblyman George D. Rothermel are wagering each other a hat on the outcome of the gubernatorial race between Baird and Moore. Rothermel, however, will have to pay more for a hat for Mrs. Hyland, should Baird pay for a fedora for Rothermel, should Moore be defeated.
A revival of the old-time political parade was staged last night by the First Italian Republican League when more than 200 automobiles and several hundred marchers passed through Camden streets to the accompaniment of stirring music.
Led by former Coroner Antonio Mecca and County Detective Fiore Troncone, the parade passed from the league's clubhouse, 813 South Fourth Street, to West Street, to Benson Street, to Broadway, past the Republican headquarters, to Mickle Street, to Third to Chestnut and back to the clubhouse. Meetings held on various floors of the clubhouse drew several thousand voters..
Robert Brennan -
Marie Mackintosh - William
H. Heiser - Mary McCready
Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1932
Bakley - Joseph Tumulty - John Tumulty - Charles Rubenstein
T. Harry Rowland - Charles V. Dickinson - Clifford A. Baldwin
Samuel M. Shay - Austin H. Swackhamer - Frank Truax
A. Harry Moore - David Baird Jr.
Camden Courier-Post * June 10, 1932
Middleton - Mrs. Elizabeth Verga - William T. Read
Pauline Caperoon - Wilda Townsend - David Baird Jr.
June 17, 1932
Camden Courier-Post * June 18, 1932
Directors: A. D. Amhruster - S. C. Childs - Edward B. Humphreys -
Edward E. Shumaker
|Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933|
HITS AT BAIRD FOR SENATE
SCENE ENDING IN FIGHT
June 5.-An open break between David
Baird, Jr., and Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, was
issued a statement attacking Baird and Assemblyman Frank
M. Travaline Jr., of Camden as an aftermath to a fight in the Senate
corridor last Thursday afternoon.
alleges he was assaulted by B. George Ulizio, of Pine Valley, former
Atlantic City real estate man, and close friend of Richards.
tonight, an Assembly committee was appointed to investigate the attack at Travaline's
request. Ulizio has denied any knowledge of the attack but he was
identified by several witnesses and by Richards himself in his statement.
of the Assembly action, Richards declared:
Travaline has made a
nuisance of himself all during the session. I did not know it was he that
was interrupting my speech last Thursday. After I was interrupted twice,
he then left.
got out by the door and turned around and Ulizio heard him address an
insulting remark to me which of course I did not hear because the door was
closed. He and Ulizio got into an altercation which wound up in the
outside corridor. Ulizio does not represent me in any way.
Travaline was put up to
making this attack by Baird,
who was in the state house this afternoon. Apparently some of the
Assemblymen, including Travaline,
won't work and won't let the Senate work. They haven't added a single
constructive thought this session."
Brings It Up
on a question of personal privilege, Travaline
brought the matter before the Assembly, declaring that he was assaulted
"without provocation in the Senate chamber by B. George Ulizio, who
ran for cover into the private office of the Senate President and hid
behind the skirts of a woman."
Travaline urged that the
Assembly act, Assemblyman Herbert J. Pascoe, of Union, made a motion that
a committee be appointed to call on Ulizio for a public apology.
Assemblyman Theron McCampbell, of Monmouth, moved to amend the motion to
provide that the committee first investigate the case and then report back
to the Assembly. His amendment was defeated.
Joseph Altman, of Atlantic, majority leader, questioned the procedure and
whether the Assembly had the right to demand such an apology. Then
Assemblyman Clarence A. Ward, of Union, proposed an amendment that the
committee confer with Senate President Richards. Assemblyman Anthony J.
Siracusa, also of Atlantic, objected to this and Minority leader John J.
Rafferty, of Middlesex, suggested that it be determined definitely by the
Assembly just what occurred "in the
corridor" before calling on the Senate President.
took place behind the reporters' desk in the Senate chamber," Travaline
corrected. He was corroborated by Assemblyman Eugene W. Hejke, of Hudson.
then suggested that Ulizio could be arrested by the Assembly or be barred
from the State House.
to Drop It
Siracusa suggested that the Assembly leaders confer with Senate President
Richards and then report back to the Assembly, Travaline
than see this whitewashed, I'd prefer to drop the whole matter and take
care of it myself."
more discussion Speaker Charles A. Otto named Majority Leader Altman,
Minority Leader Rafferty and himself to confer with Senate President
Richards, Senate majority Leader Clifford R. Powell, of Burlington, and
Senate Minority Leader Blase Cole on the case.
Travaline charges that Ulizio struck him, forcing him to fall when he tripped over his topcoat, during an argument during last Thursday's Senate session. Ulizio, though admitting he was in the State House at the time, has denied any knowledge of the attack. .
|Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1933|
Control Charge Denied by
blasted Travaline Jr.
for his declaration in the Assembly that B. George Ulizio, of Pine Valley,
formerly of Atlantic City, whom he accused of assaulting him in the Senate
week, was "rumored to be Senator Richards' campaign manager. I
statement last night, Travaline Jr. charged the Atlantic county senator
was making a "wild dash to ensnare the Republican organization
nomination for governor of New Jersey" and forgot "details and
personal feelings of individuals."
an incident rather unusual
in the annals of the Legislature and which should have been dealt with in
a dignified manner, as I tried to make it, Senator Richards, in an
apparent attempt to come to the rescue of an individual who has been
discredited in the minds of most people who know him, has seen fit to inject the
name of an innocent and honest gentleman so as to take the light from the
culprit and from himself. Up to the moment of this statement, I have not
discussed, nor have I told Senator Baird
of any of the details or even the
outline of this incident in Trenton. As a matter of fact, I believe
knows nothing more about this than he
may have been able to read from the newspapers. It is a totally uncalled
for and unfair and unsportsmanlike accusation that Senator Richards hurls
at Senator Baird
and is quite characteristic of the
one who makes the accusation. As a member of the House and corroborated by
the statements of two other members, even though of different political
faith, who were eyewitnesses of the entire proceeding, one would think
that the president of the Senate would be inclined to accept our word
rather than that of a man of whom he says: 'I assume no responsibility for
Ulizio. He does not represent me in any way.'
Richards, in his usual precipitous manner, according to authoritative
reports, takes it upon himself to charge the members of the Assembly with
being disinclined to work, and as not having had one constructive thought
to date. To people who observe and appreciate conditions in the
Legislature, it needs no stretch of the Imagination to discern that the work of all of the members of the Legislature, all of whom are
conscientious ladies and gentlemen, is being impeded by the personal
ambitions of the president of the Senate, who unquestionably is in a
position of control and authority in the Senate. I am personally
satisfied that every member of the Assembly, as well as every member of
the Senate, has tried conscientiously to perform her or his duty up to
date and are not disinclined to work and are not interfering with the
program of Senator Richards, expect
where the best interests of the people of this State are sacrificed for
the blind ambition of Senator Richards to be his party's choice for
governor. Senator Richards goes to great length to accuse me of being and
having been a nuisance during the session by going in the Senate chamber
and talking loudly. If this were true, Senator Richards is the presiding
officer of the Senate and he has never to date
made any complaint or even said as much as a word to me, indicating that
my presence was not desired in the Senate.
whole situation, as far as Senator Richards is concerned, in my personal,
opinion, is that he apparently forgets details and the personal
feelings of individuals in his wild dash to ensnare the party's nomination
for governor. It has been stated publicly on the floor of the House of
Assembly that he has on more than one occasion insulted members of the
he insulted and later had to apologize to Assemblyman Chamberlain of
Mercer county for having had him expelled from the senate floor, yet no
one has dared to say that Assemblyman Chamberlain is not a gentleman. In
addition, not more than a month ago, the personal aide and representative
of Assemblyman Muir was sent to the Senate
chamber on official business by Assemblyman Muir. He was expelled by
direction and order of the Senate president for which incident Senator
Richards received a stinging rebuke publicly
on the floor of the Assembly.
Assemblyman Muir, threatened physically to eject Senator Richards if he ever dared again to visit the House of Assembly without permission. Furthermore, I have been advised that the clerk of the House of Assembly, Robert Purdy, a former member of the House, was in the Senate on official business and was ordered ejected by the Senate president, all of which was uncalled for. This is a course of conduct that denotes either that the world is wrong and Senator Richards is right, or that Senator Richards is wrong and the world is right."
Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933
TO BE GUEST Of REALTY BOARD
Edward J. Borden will be guest of honor tonight of the Camden County Real Estate Board at a banquet in honor of his election as president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
The banquet, to be held in the Camden Club, 315 Cooper street, will be attended by lawyers, real estate men and public officials from all sections of the state. The Real Estate Board, of which Borden was thrice president, is giving the dinner.
Among the guests who will attend are former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr., Mayor Roy R. Stewart and other members of the Camden City Commission; Dr. Leon N. Neulen, city superintendent of schools, and Police Judge Garfield Pancoast.
The speakers include William S. Abbott, president of the Camden County Real Estate Board; Leon E. Todd, former president; Vincent P. Bradley, of Trenton, retiring president of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission; Carleton E. Adams, of Atlantic City, vice president of the New Jersey Association of Real Estate Boards; Samuel P. Orlando, former assistant prosecutor of Camden county, and C. Armel Nutter, general chairman of the banquet committee.
On the banquet program appears the gilded outline of a bee, typifying Borden's activities in the interests of real estate advancement in Camden county. Wayland P. Cramer is chairman of the program, committee. Chairmen of other committees follow: William A. Eppright, attendance; T. J., McCormick, entertainment; Carl R. Evered, door prizes, and Todd, speakers and guests.
George B. Robeson, former president of the Real Estate Board, Is toastmaster of the banquet, which will begin at 7:30 p. m.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
Camden Courier-Post * June 17, 1933
BAIRD ASKS CLUBS TO AID SPAN
All Camden service clubs were urged yesterday by David Baird, Jr., to enlist the aid of their fellow organizations in Philadelphia in removing obstacles to the Camden Bridge high speed line.
Baird, addressing the Camden Kiwanis Club at its luncheon in the Hotel Walt Whitman, praised the Delaware River Joint Commission's plan for a tie-up between the bridge line and a terminal at Haddon Avenue and Carman Street as superior to other proposals.
After reviewing briefly the status of the high-speed lines, the speaker stressed the importance of immediate action on construction of the lines so as to furnish employment to 1900 or more men. He averred that work could begin within 60 days after funds are made available.
During his address Baird declared "there was no mystery about the building of the new city hall-court house."
A conference was held, he said, prior to the erection of the building, the plans were announced and the cost computed.
"It was estimated,", said Baird, "that the building would cost between $5,000,000 and $6,000,000. That was during times when people looked on millions the way they do dollars today. The new building actually cost between $8,000,000 and $9,000,000, including the land and everything."
Attending the luncheon were John B. Kates, vice chairman of the Delaware River Joint Commission, and New Jersey Commissioners Frank L. Suplee, Lucius E. Hires, Arthur C. King and Barton F. Sharp.
Advantages For All
Baird stated that the revenues from the lines would carry the new indebtedness and the benefits accrued would be of advantage to both Camden and Philadelphia and the surrounding territory. He pointed out that New York City, when moving for construction of bridges to New Jersey, did not take into consideration the place of residence of the bridge users but instead considered their buying power and all benefits to be derived by New York. This, of course, was directed against the principal objection of Philadelphia to a high-speed line, an objection that has prevented the city council from approving the plans for such a line.
While Baird was speaking here the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce was urging Philadelphia mayor and council to take immediate action to construct a connecting link between the proposed high-speed line and the Eighth street subway.
Baird's address follows:
"Camden and South Jersey has needed for many years better transportation. When the Delaware River Bridge was completed and opened for traffic, It seemed to crystallize this desire into a demand by the right thinking people, especially those who traversed, either for business or pleasure, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, that there should be better facilities, or I might say, the best facilities that could be obtained.
"At the instigation of the Camden representatives in the New Jersey Legislature, and in co-operation with the representatives of the other South Jersey county legislators, legislation was passed creating the South Jersey Transit Commission. This commission made a survey and a study of the problem and made their report to the governor of the State.
"Immediately there arose individual plans most of which were obviously selfish, but some of which, the motive has never been determined. This necessitated further action and again the South Jersey members of the Legislature appealed to Governor Larson and suggested that he ask the co-operation of Governor Fisher of Pennsylvania and that the two governors call a conference of those principals interested in this problem. A conference was called by the governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and those invited were the following:
"Mayor of Philadelphia, the transit engineer, the presidents and chief engineers of the Pennsylvania. Railroad and Reading Railroad and Philadelphia Rapid Transit, the mayor of Camden, Camden city engineer, chairman of the South Jersey Transit Commission, the engineer of the South Jersey Transit Commission, the president of the Public Service and his chief engineer and members of the Delaware River Bridge Commission.
Survey Decided On
'''It was decided at this first conference to have the engineers of these respective interests make a survey and a recommendation of what was the very best rapid transit connection between these communities. A report was made on the eighteenth day of December, 1930, and it was unanimously agreed by all the above named, with the exception of the Reading Railroad interest, that a subway system connecting with the subway system of Philadelphia at Eighth and Race Streets, and running to Haddon Avenue and Carman Street, Camden, alongside of the West Jersey & Seashore Railroad tracks, was the best possible plan for every interest concerned. They discussed the possibility of a tunnel, and all agreed that if the money was available, that would be a superior plan.
"This conference also recommended and strongly urged the consolidation of the two railway systems in South Jersey as the first step in their program. Then, as I said, before, it made the recommendation in regard to the plan, though slightly changed, that has been adopted by the new Delaware River Joint Commission and has been approved by the commissioners of the City of Camden and the South Jersey Transit Commission.
"To accomplish this purpose it was necessary to change the laws relating to the operation of this bridge. The appropriations for the building of this bridge were made as follows:
"At the time the legislation was passed creating the Delaware River Joint Commission by the Legislatures of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. the debt was as follows:
"From the opening of the bridge on July 1, 1926, to Dec. 31, 1932, the Joint Commission made semi-annual distributions of all net receipts in the proportion of 50 percent to New Jersey, 25 percent to Pennsylvania and 25 percent to Philadelphia to pay current interest and reduce its indebtedness.
"This policy will change on June 30, 1933 when the Joint Commission will pay only the interest charge for six months, amounting to $647,720.87. The balance of approximately a halt million dollars will be retained in the Joint Commission treasury toward the expense of the proposed high speed line.
"Immediately after this commission was formed, efforts were made by the commission to sell their bonds in order to pay back the State of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the State of New Jersey and to build this high-speed line.
"There was however, the suggestion made by the bankers at that time that there must be had the consent of Congress to this Interstate authority and after a great deal of pressure Congress did give its consent.
"As, I said previously, every possible plan was given consideration at the time of Governor Larson's conference, but that did not stop some interests in continuing their fight and again the matter was considered, and this time by the Bridge Commission and their engineers, and Mr. Modjeski was asked to make plans. Again the opposition arose and the matter was referred to Governor Moore and he appointed three New Jersey engineers to give this problem study and asked for their recommendations.
"These engineers unanimously agreed and reported as follows:
"2. That the plans as proposed by the Joint Bridge Commission, authority for which has been granted by the Legislatures of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, provide the best solution both for Camden itself and for the prompt and regular delivery of suburban passengers to the subway and thence, to their destinations in Philadelphia.
"3. That the location of the subway in accordance with the plans of the Joint Bridge Commission in no way interferes with the further extension of the subway over any or all of the eight existing railroad lines which can all be reached from this point of divergence a short distance east of the roadway station.
"4. That under the conditions proposed, which include the termination of the majority of the bus lines at the so-called bus terminal, and also in accordance with the terms of the proposition submitted by the president of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company as to the rates to be charged for transportation, the construction of the subway as proposed will result in net revenues of such magnitude as will make the project entirely self-supporting. and under the definition of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation self-liquidating over a period of years.
"5. That the matter of long-distance heavy railroad operation can not be solved by the operation of heavy trains over the bridge, but by the eventual construction of a tunnel under the river by which trains from Southern and Eastern New Jersey will pass under the river through a tunnel and subway connecting with the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad stations in Philadelphia.
Quick Work Favored
"6. After full consideration, the committee agreed with the opinions expressed by several individuals to the effect that from a standpoint of the anticipated earnings and the needs of the traveling public this work should be inaugurated and pushed to completion at the earliest possible date consistent with economic and safe construction, the rapid transit trains occupying the spaces provided for such service on the outside of the bridge structure.
"7. That the spaces provided for street car operations on the bridge can be arranged for vehicular use if and when the traffic on the bridge requires the addition of the two extra traffic lanes which will thus be provided.
"At the time, those in Camden, looking at this matter fairly, have believed that Camden County should have adequate high-speed transit facilities, and also have believed that all of South Jersey should proportionately benefit by these facilities, and there has not been a move made without giving consideration to the other seven South Jersey counties.
"The Camden city commissioners were unanimously against any elevated system being constructed in Camden. Then the opposition suggested a subway on the Pennsylvania right-of-way to make railroad connections at Eleventh and Carman Streets. Any one giving any thought to the matter or having any engineering ability could see that such construction would necessitate changing either the level of Market and Federal Streets or bridging this high speed line at this point.
Faith in Washington
"We should have faith in what is being done at Washington by the administration if we are loyal Americans, and I think everyone is in agreement that the main point in all that is being done at Washington is to try to put people back to work. Here is a project right at our doors that it has been said to the commission by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and now by the public works administrator under the provisions of the national recovery act, is an ideal project and should be started immediately.
"The high-speed line would connect with the present Eighth street subway at Race street in Philadelphia and terminate for the present at Haddon Avenue and Carman Street, Camden, with provision made for a possible extension along the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad:
"The average number of men to be employed upon the transit project during the first, three months would be 1970 increasing later on to 2310. Work upon the line can be begun In 60 days after the funds are avail able and would continue for two years until completion. It Is conservatively estimated that 22,500,000 passengers would use the line annually. The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company has offered the Joint Commission 2-1/2 cents per passenger. The result would be increased income for the Delaware River bridge sufficient to carry the new indebtedness and would relieve the present bus congestion upon the bridge and the streets of Camden and Philadelphia.
"I think every Service Club in Camden should ask to hold a joint meeting with its Philadelphia Service Club associates and sell them this idea. This is real work that can be started and which will liquidate itself and Philadelphia. should have the same thought which New York had when those great interstate projects were considered, namely, that New York did not care where a person lived but thought only of his purchasing power in New York.
"It is my prediction that when better transit facilities are constructed between Philadelphia and Camden that both areas will benefit proportionately far beyond any one's
Camden Courier-Post - June 22, 1933
EDGE TO SPEAK HERE AT G.O.P.
Former Ambassador Walter E. Edge today sent word to the committee in charge, that he will speak at the reception and dinner being given June 29 to Commissioner Clay W. Reesman and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga in honor of their election as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Camden County Republican Committee.
In addition to Ambassador Edge, United States Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour have accepted invitations. Others on the speaking list are: Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, member of the Republican State committee from Bergen county; former U.S. Senator David Baird, Congressman Charles A. Wolverton, Registrar of Deeds Joshua C. Haines and Assemblywoman Isabella C. Reinert, retiring chairman and vice chairman of the county committee.
The reception is being held at the Walt Whitman Hotel, with tickets being distributed through county committee members.
Camden Courier-Post- June 28, 1933
TRADING IS HIT BY WOODRUFF
Political trading a the session of the Legislature by persons fired with personal ambitions was scored yesterday in a speech by State Senator Albert S. Woodruff before the Camden Rotary Club in the Hotel Walt Whitman.
is true," he said, "that there was a great deal of trading
during the past session among persons ambitious and desirous of
obtaining their own ends.
was very disheartening to those who go to the Legislature to work.
However, much was, accomplished, more than in any year in my
senator then recounted the accomplishments of the lawmakers, telling of
legislation suspending mandatory salaries and other expenditures for the
municipalities; emergency acts before and during the bank holiday
crisis, and the plan to aid financially stricken school districts
through sale of $12,000,000 in Camden Bridge bonds.
Woodruff mentioned no names when he charged "trading"
During the session, Senate President Emerson L. Richards, of Atlantic, candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, was attacked on several occasions for alleged "deals" with Democrats.
U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr.,
and Vice Chancellor Francis B. Davis, of Woodbury, attended the
Camden Courier-Post - June 29, 1933
G.O.P. CHIEFS SPEAK HERE TONIGHT
A testimonial dinner will be given tonight by the Camden County Republican Committee in honor of party leaders with former Governor Edward C. Stokes as principal speaker.
Those to be honored are Mrs. Elizabeth C. Verga, vice chairman of the county committee and state committeewoman; Assemblyman Isabella C. Reinert, former vice chairman; Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, new chairman of the county committee, and Joshua C. Haines, register of deeds, the retiring chairman.
Other speakers will include Mrs. Edna B. Conklin, national committeewoman from Bergen county; Congressman Charles A. Wolverton; former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., U. S. Senators Hamilton F. Kean and W. Warren Barbour and E. Bertram Mott, state chairman.
State Senator Albert S. Woodruff will be toastmaster. Carlton M. Harris, chairman of the dinner committee, said last night that reservations have been made at the Hotel Walt Whitman for 500 guests and the committee is swamped with applications.
Other members of the committee in charge of the dinner are William D. Sayrs, Jr., treasurer, and Mrs. Pauline Caperoon, secretary.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933|
Camden Courier-Post * August 9, 1933
BAIRD RESTS AT FARM ON LEAVING HOSPITAL
Former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., recovering from a recent operation, left Cooper Hospital yesterday for an indefinite rest at his Faughan River farm in Ashland, near Haddonfield.
The South Jersey Republican leader underwent an emergency operation for the removal of his appendix July 26. He was taken to the hospital from his farm.
Baird expressed appreciation to many friends in business and political circles who visited him and sent flowers during his stay at the hospital.
|Camden Courier-Post * August 29, 1935|
Watson - Bronislaw Derowski - Joseph Witek - Robert J. Gartland -
William J. Rose
Thomas W. Anderson - Joseph Munger - Louis DiRenzo - Francis J. Hufner - Woycicck Pyzik
James H. Beal - Georgia R. Green - Helen Derowski - Otto Braun - Michael Russian - Mrs. Norah Falvey
John J. Hainesworth - Mrs. Catherine Corbett - J. Lewis Kolin - Francis Wolf - David Baird Jr.
Joshua C. Haines - Harry L. Maloney - Emma Hyland - Francis G. Homan - Herbert E. Beattie
Leon H. Rose - Albert S. Marvel Jr. - Victor J. Scharle - William L. May - Albert Neutze
Albert Burling - Edwin G. Scovel - J. Claud Simon - Henry M. Evans
Clyde W. Briggs - Clarence Dunkelberger
|Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935|
G. O. P. MEETINGS TODAY
Mrs. Frederick von Nieda, wife of the mayor, will conduct one of nearly 100 parlor meetings to be held simultaneously throughout the county tomorrow afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock, women will gather in each voting district to hear radio appeals from Station WCAM in behalf of the Republican candidates.
Mrs. von Nieda's parlor meeting will be at her home, 3309 River avenue, and is open to all women residents of the Eleventh ward. She is expecting 200 guests.
An elaborate program has been arranged for tomorrow afternoon's radio hour, including musical entertainment and oratory.
On the program will be Congressman Charles A. Wolverton and Mrs. Florence Baker, members of the Republican state committee; former United States Senator David Baird, Jr., and the candidates: Albert E. Burling for state senator; Edwin G. Scovel, J. Claud Simon and Henry M. Evans for assembly; Mayor Joseph H. Van Meter for sheriff; Dr. Leslie H. Ewing for county clerk, and Joshua C. Haines for register of deeds.
Musical interludes between the oratory will be furnished by WCAM String Ensemble and guest soloists.
In addition to the broadcast on Wednesday, there will be radio programs this afternoon at 3.30; Thursday afternoon at 3.20; Friday afternoon at 3.30; Monday afternoon at 3.30 and Tuesday afternoon (Election Day) at 3.30.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936|
Says New Dealers Must 'Call Bennett's Bluff'
least, we are getting somewhere. Harold Bennett made the remark recently
that the New Deal Commissioners haven't got the "guts" to remove
him. I say, let them call his bluff.
you will recall, I wrote to the Mail Bag- under date of November 29, 1935,
and suggested this particular move. The same transfer that Baird had
performed on Hanna. Mr. Bennett as far as I know is a perfect gentleman
outside of political circles, but when he capitulates to Dave
its time to oust him. And this statement also holds good for Fred von
Nieda, one-time Socialist and so-called independent. It’s rumored that
Baird promised Bennett a judgeship. 'What did he promise poor Fred?
have been a life-long Republican but rather than continue under Baird's
leadership, I would prefer casting my future with the present New Deal
Commissioners. And if the courts should not uphold the New Dealers in
their efforts to remove those in "key-positions" I say,
"prefer charges" and get rid of them. How else can we hold the
New Dealers liable? Are they receiving 100 percent co-operation from their
subordinates? The latter were placed there by Baird. To whom are they
or to the taxpayers?
|Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936|
you please print the following article in your Mail Bag. Now, my fellow
citizens, where IS your howling and crying over the moneys spent by the
city not being used for anything productive? Folks like to talk about
others, but never a good word for those who deserve it. Mr. Hartmann
has treated WPA workers like
men, and they responded like men. I am one of them. I worked all day
February 13 in the snow and storm and have not heard any grumbling from
any of my buddies. Did the public ever stop crying the blues long enough
to realize that I got $76 per month from relief? Of course I have a family
and my wife never was satisfied, like lots of others, to take all and give
nothing. Now I get $60 a month and we (my family) are happy again. Why?
Be- cause I can at least make an effort to earn what I get. It's mine and
I keep my kids dressed warmly and they go to the movies every Saturday
afternoon. I feel 100 percent better than living on E.R.A. I have two very
close friends on E.R.A. who laugh at me for working on W.P.A., but when
they need a few pennies they look me up. Due to Mr. Hartmann we were kept
on our jobs instead of being laid off. His efforts put us on the snowy
streets. I've lived in this town for 38 years, my mother 57 years and my
dad 68 years and all of us say the same thing. God give us some more Hartmanns
instead of David ? regime. That's all, folks, your street
to date have cost you taxpayers practically nothing. Just a word to W.P.A.
workers: Layoff of Kelly, he is a good man when you understand him.
Camden Courier-Post * February 28, 1936
FIGHTS, RIPS BAIRD AGAIN
Factional fights within the
Democratic organization of Camden county are "out" and will not
be permitted during his leadership, City Commissioner George E. Brunner
said last night. He recently became leader of the organization through his
election as state committeeman.
Addressing members of the Pennsauken Men's Democratic Club,
Brunner said the only reason Camden county had not been a Democratic
stronghold in the past "was because of fights among the leaders."
"There will be no more of those scraps as long as I am
state committeeman," Brunner said. "Factionalism is 'out.' It is
now a case of all for one and one for all and we will go through with that
and win the political victories we should have won."
Referring to a speech he made last
week in which he termed former U. S. Senator David
Baird, Jr., Republican leader, as being "punch drunk,"
Repeats Baird Charge
""I not only repeat tonight that Baird is punch drunk but I go farther than that: Baird's outfit is fed up with him and is preparing to give him the bum's rush.
"Democratic clubs throughout the
country are gaining new members every day. I have been told your
membership is increasing at the rate of 30 or more members a week. Many of
these new members formerly were Republicans.
"But reputable citizens,
earnestly desiring to see Camden county progress, are leaving the
Republican organization to join with us. They know their wishes for
Camden's welfare will be realized with us. All they have gotten from Baird
and his organization is a headache."
Oliver Bond, Negro Democratic leader
of the township, also addressed the meeting, and urged support of
Empty Pledges Hit
of Camden county," Bond said, "have received nothing but a lot
of empty promises from the Republican organization and particularly from David
are fed up on empty promises. Men and women of my race feel their
interests are with the Democrats and we are supporting George Brunner. You
do your part, we will do ours. When the votes are counted in the next
election, you will see that the Negroes of Camden county are for President
Roosevelt and the whole Democratic ticket."
speakers included William Harker, president of the club; Robert W. Wren,
county committeeman; and Bart
|Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1936|
Lodge - David
Charles A. Wolverton
Frank B. Hanna - Mary Kobus
Roye - Bartholomew
Sheehan - Henry
Lodge - George E. Brunner
Labor Temple - Broadway - Division Street - John L. Morrissey
David Baird Jr. - Abe Fuhrman - Oliver Bond - Samuel W. Strauss
Meyer Wessel - E. George Aaron - Sadie Harris
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|Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938|
DELAYS ACTION ON SPAN JOB
Line-Up of Solons Supporting Woodruff or Baird Remains Undisclosed
Trenton, Jan. 31 - The line-up in the Legislature on election of either former Senator Albert S. Woodruff or David Baird Jr. as Camden member of the Delaware River Joint Commission remained undisclosed as both houses adjourned tonight.
No election resolution was introduced in either the Senate or the House, with supporters of both candidates seemingly reluctant to force the issue without assurance of sufficient votes.
It was also reported that Baird's backers were trying to delay action on the job at the present time due to the quick and favorable response which greeted the Woodruff candidacy in the Republican clubs of Camden city and county.
Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1938
WARD G.O.P. WOMEN BACK BAIRD CANDIDACY
Members of the Eighth Ward Women's Republican Club have endorsed David Baird for election by the Legislature to the Delaware River Joint Bridge Commission. according to Ruth A. Marvin, club secretary. The club recently held its annual theatre party and dinner. Sixteen members attended.
Camden Courier-Post * February 3, 1938
Do YOU Think?
Assemblyman Millard E. Allen has been reading a book, I betcha.
And in the book, the big, dastardly villain, his legs shackled in irons that clanked as he walked, is being led to the slaughter.
And right then, Mister Assemblyman Allen gets an idea. At least he is of the opinion that it is an idea, but I don't go for it very much.
As I go about my daily chores, I see a lot of things I would much rather do than be guillotined; despite Mister Assemblyman Allen and his idea.
Even Mister O’Neill wouldn't wish that I be guillotined. He might want that I be shellacked, slugged, kicked, pushed around or even chastised, but not guillotined.
"If I had my way," sez Mister Assemblyman Allen, "everybody on the paper would be led to the guillotine."
"And if I had my way, I sez to myself as I read about it, "Mister Assemblyman Allen would get a couple of Mickeys in his tea."
Personally, being led to the guillotine would be very distasteful to me. I doubt very much if I would get over it. There are several forms of chastisement I. think I would like a lot more.
I am not a broker, even though I am broke most of the time, but even with my limited capacity for solving life, I could do a lot better with an idea than Mister Assemblyman Allen,
F'rinstance, there is a guy I don't think is any rosebud what works with me, but never did I think of the guillotine for him. Once I thought I might influence Mister O'Neill into sending the fellow up to listen to Mister Assemblyman Allen stun the legislators at Trenton with his silence, but then I figured that would be a little tough on the guy.
The more I think of Mister Assemblyman Allen's idea, the more I sez to myself who is' this guy. Maybe it is better that he is only an Assemblyman and not a Mussolini.
So I decide I will find out all about Mister Assemblyman Allen and I ankle over to the Courthouse and I ask Mister Assemblyman Rocco Palese, who I bumps into.
"Oh," Rocco sez in his best legislative manner, "He is an allright fellow. He just has an idea."
Which makes me a little hurt that I voted for Mister Assemblyman Palese, 'cause anybody what thinks anybody else who wants me to be guillotined is an all right fellow is not all right himself, as much as I like Mister Assemblyman Palese...
With a pained expression,. I decide I will hunt further for information concerning Mister Assemblyman Allen. It seems funny to me that I never hears of this fellow before last Fall, me being one of them fellows what gets about a bit, too.
As I am making a bee-line for Tom Kenney's, where I figure I will see a great many politicians so that I might make proper queries concerning Mister Assemblyman Allen, I bumps into Mayor George Brunner, leader of all us Democrats in Camden county.
"Your honor," I sez in my very best I-want-something-manner, "who is this Mister, Assemblyman Allen?"
"Why, sez 'hizzoner, I couldn't just properly say. I believe he is one of them Republicans what got washed into office on the shirt-tails of Mister Clee after your piper had got everybody so riled up around here against Mister Moore that they went ahead and voted for Mister Clee and then forgot to get back, into the Democratic column again until they had passed the Assembly candidates. "
With that I leaves the mayor, feeling much better now that I have an idea myself as to who Mister Assemblyman Allen really is. As I am pushing in one of those swinging doors at Tommy's place, the Mayor hollers:
"They's no use of you bothering to find out about Mister Assemblyman Allen anymore, 'cause us Democrats will take care of him next Fall.'''
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I am inclined to lean towards Mister Brunner's idea, but I am not yet completely satisfied, so I continue my probe, But I am disappointed in Tommy's because all the guys what would know Mister Assemblyman Allen had taken a powder and disappeared before my arrival.
So I ambles down Broadway and I was somewhat surprised to see a Republican county committee member coming out of Broadway and Stevens. But I recover quickly and I sez here is my man. I bet he knows this Mister Assemblyman Allen. And he did.
He told me that Mister Assemblyman Allen was some sort of a compromise candidate the Republicans decided to run in order to get out of endorsing somebody else favorable to Mister David Baird.
The C. C. also sez that Mister Baird had recommended Evans, Scovel and Reiners for the Assembly posts, but that the committee decides Mister Baird’s recommendations are perfectly terrible and so they go right ahead and endorse Palese and Ellis, who are the Choices of the late Committee of 21, and that they then vote on Evans, Reiners and Mister Assemblyman Allen, the latter getting into the picture when a chap named Marshall, who I don't know either, insisted that Mister Assemblyman Allen be voted upon.
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All of which reminds me of the time they run Man O' War up North one time and all the other horses in the race drop out but a nag named Upset, because they are all afraid of Man O' War. Well it finally ends up by Upset beating Man O' War.
Now I don't say that all the other candidates dropped out of that fight because they were afraid of anybody else, but like Upset, Mister Assemblyman Allen won out and he won out because a lot of folks who were allowed to cast a ballot thought he was not a Baird man.
But like the betters what laid It on the line for Man O' War, they was fooled too, and Mister Assemblyman Allen turns out to be a Baird man also.
And like Upset, Mister Assemblyman Allen will probably never win another race because you can't fool a few guys around this town twice in a row. So that's what I found out about Mister Assemblyman Allen..
|Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1938|
QUITS BAIRD ON SPAN JOB
Runnemede G.O.P. Aide to Back Woodruff, Erase Name From Petition
Mrs. Katherine Petzold, Republican county committeewoman from Runnemede, yesterday announced she had bolted the candidacy of David Baird Jr., for election to the bridge commission, to support former Senator Albert S. Woodruff .
Mrs. Petzold repudiated her original action in signing the Baird petition, for which she and her colleague, former Mayor Robert F. Sheppard, have been asked to resign from the county committee by the executive committee of the Runnemede Republican organization.
Mrs. Petzold and Sheppard have been summoned before the Runnemede committee on Monday night to explain their action in signing the petition. Mrs. Petzold said she would attend the meeting, but Sheppard, has refused to make any comment on his action in signing the Baird document or on the summons to appear before the Republican organization.
In announcing her break from the Baird to the Woodruff camp, Mrs. Petzold disclosed that William Lehman, in charge of the Republican county headquarters at Broadway and Stevens street, Camden; Mrs. Anna G. Holl, county committee woman from Haddonfield, and Mrs. Mary H. Tegge, county committee woman from Haddon Heights, were the missionaries who persuaded her to sign.
Wants Name Removed
"I signed the petition as they requested," said Mrs. Petzold, “not thinking that I was doing anything against the wishes of our Republican organization or to embarrass our: executive committee."
In leaving the Baird cause yester day, Mrs. Petzold made the following statement:
"I am going to ask tomorrow that my name be removed from the petition supporting David Baird for appointment to the bridge commission. I intend to support the appointment of Senator Albert S. Woodruff.
"I have learned that my signing the petition of Mr. Baird has met with disfavor of the Runnemede Republican Club and its executive committee. I wish it known to the committee and to my friends that I regret my action. '
"The petition was brought to me by Mr. Lehman, Mrs. Holl and Mrs. Tegge, for me to sign. Through my friendship for them I signed the petition as they requested, not thinking I was doing anything against the wishes of the Republican organization or to embarrass our executive committee. .
"After reading in the newspaper, of the executive committee at which I was criticized for my action I realized then what I had done.
Gratetful for Support
"I want it known that I am grateful to the Republican organization and the executive committee of Runnemede for their support in electing me to the Camden County Republican Committee.
"I would do nothing to cause them embarrassment.
"I am heartily in accord with the movement of state Committeeman Frank Hanna, Dr. Warren E. Pinner, our freeholder; Mayor Harry A. Fluharty and other Young Republican leaders to rebuild the Republican party in Camden County. I am always ready to co-operate with them and abide by their wishes.
"I am sending letters to the three Republican assemblymen from Camden County and to Senator Burling to have my name removed from the Baird petition and to endorse Senator Albert S. Woodruff for the appointment to the bridge commission".
What the names of Sheppard and Mrs. Petzold were found to have been signed to the Baird petition, the names having been revealed following the parley last Saturday with state legislators, the Runnemede Republicans became indignant.
The county committee representatives were held to have been acting without authority when they signed the petition.
Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
The way some of the members of the Camden County Republican Committee are behaving these days, the Democrats can stay home on their own meeting nights .... The Republicans are doing their work for them .... Now some 70 of the Republican committeemen have signed a petition to give Baird a job that won't pay him anything.... It's about time they're giving him something .... They took the U. S. Senatorship away from him .... Moore took the governorship away from him .... Woodruff took the state committeeship away from him .... The New Deal took the city commission away from him .... The New Deal took the freeholders away from him:.:. Somebody always is taking something away from Baird ....
It isn't a question of Baird's ability to fill the bridge job .... The only one to even mention that as an issue was Fred von Nieda .... He's a city commissioner, you know .... It's a matter of principle .... At least, that is what Florence Baker, state committeewoman, says .... Mrs. Baker is telling Senator, Clee and others at Trenton that they owe it to Baird to support him for the job because he has always helped Clee ...Let's, in all fairness to Baird, look at the record .... In the primary, during an address at the First Ward Republican Club, Dave Baird stated he was for Cliff Powell against Clee .... Mrs. Baker did not come out against Clee .... She didn't come out against Powell. Instead, she said she was neutral. In the general election, Mrs. Baker said she was for Clee. Baird never said he was for Clee. (If he had, Clee's majority of 35,000 would have gone to Moore) ....
So we don't think that Mrs. Baker is very convincing when she tells Clee that Baird helped Clee .... She said that the Camden county legislative delegation helped Clee's program against Hoffman. Was Baird a Democrat last year? Sheehan, Roye and Lodge were .... Burling was a Republican, and helped Clee, but he is not for Baird. Perhaps it was because Baird "helped" Clee's program against Hoffman opposition, that Hoffman slipped in Baird's appointment without the knowledge of Burling or the state or county committee members .... Mrs. Baker stated at a banquet that she has copies of the Courier-Post in 1931 in which Baird was praised for his bridge work .... If anyone cares to look at our files, we will show what Mrs. Baker said about Baird in the neighborhood of 1931. ... Or what we said about Baird at other times .... Also what Mr. van Nieda and Frank Travaline said.
But enough ado about nothing .... All we've done is talked about Baird when it had been our plan instead to talk about politics.
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political ax is hanging over the head of a Mt. Ephraim official on the
charge he is assuming too much authority ..... The political ax hanging
over the heads of the Delaware township cops is about to be enmeshed in
litigation .... One of the policeman is a member of the P.B.A. which will
carry his fight into court in a case that will be a precedent for the
other township cops, too .... Herb Taylor will be county engineer if it
goes to a Republican .... It may be a Democrat however, and newest among
the candidates, on that side of the ledger is former City Commissioner Carroll
P. Sherwood .... There may be only one assistant county solicitor
instead of two in which case it will probably go to Carleton Rowand, city
school board member ....
By the way, don't, be surprised if under the new contract between the city and county on maintenance of the City Hall, the city takes full control of the building with consent of the county ... Which will be tough on some of the county jobholders ...* * *.
Assemblyman Allen now denies he wants all us newspaper fellers to go to the guillotine ... He says he meant lawyers ... Charlie Humes wants to be guillotined ... Standing up ... Incidentally, Charlie is defending his last-place position in the ping-pong league tonight… Firefighter Lennox went to church the other day… And found the roof braced up. When will the borough of Merchantville fix up that dangerous hole in Browning road at the railroad tracks north of Maple Avenue? ... Or is that in the township?
Whenever the state police want Detective Wojtkowiak at the prosecutor's office, ·they ask for "Sergeant Watchyourcoatandhat" … The Mt. Ephraim commissioners are going to buy a police car for their chief ... He's also in for a pay rise ... Bellmawr's chief of police won't get the salary increase he wants, but he will get an additional allowance for the use of his car ... Runnemede's two new cops will also get pay increases …
The other day an alarm was sent to every police department in the county and also to the Philadelphia cops that a car had been stolen in Audubon ... The culprit is glad no cops saw him ... He was none other than a police official who wanted to borrow a storekeeper's car but took the wrong one by mistake ... His face is almost as red as Vince (deP) Costello's ... At the K. of C. roller skating exhibition the other night, Luke McKenna did a few fancy turns ... Vince recalled he, too, had been pretty good at one time, so he essayed to show his friends ... His intentions were better than his legs, and a couple of well-wishers followed him around the floor with a stretcher.
This all happened quietly The Runnemede police received a complaint from two storekeepers ... It appears that a group of high school students from another town had stopped off at Runnemede to purchase some cakes ... Several other articles disappeared from the stores ... A few days later the dean of the high school went to Runnemede paid one shopkeeper $10 and the other $2.60 ... Representing the goods they said were taken ...
Aside to that clairvoyant weakly editor who reported yesterday that Joe Van Meter is going to be the Republican nominee for sheriff: A sheriff cannot succeed himself in New Jersey ... Silvio Fittipaldi, former Haddon Heights High star, is a veterinarian and doing nicely ... A Philadelphia college professor who lives in Pennsauken uses his spare time writing a book ... Home by 4.30 p.m. from work, he retires at 8 p.m., rises at 3.30 a.m., writes for four hours, breakfasts and goes to work ... The Playcrafters are busy rehearsing "Post Road" for Feb. 18 and 19 ... A warrant is in the mails for a suburban doctor ... Illegal operation ... Fred Homer. Merchantville song-bird, had an audition in New York recently before the Metropolitan Opera Audition Committee ... What Collingswood shopkeeper's missus is having trouble getting a costume for a minstrel show? ... They're still looking for better buses on Route 14 ...
Carlton Rowand told this one at a dinner the other night… The foreman on a western WPA job wired Farley for more materials to finish the job ... "We need 2000 shovels in a hurry," the foreman wired ..."We ran out of shovels," replied Farley. "Let the men lean on each other."
Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1938
O. P. ASKED VIEWS ON CLOSING COUNTY HEADQUARTERS
Questionnaires have been sent to the Republican clubs of Camden city and county, together with requests for opinions from the county committeemen and committeewomen on whether Republican county headquarters, Broadway & Stevens Street, should be continued.
Replies are expected to be in the hands of the committee next Friday. A meeting of the committee, scheduled for last night, was postponed.
It was reported two months' rent of the headquarters remains unpaid, employees have not received their salaries for the past month.
Seven questions were submitted to the clubs in this order:
Do you, or do you not favor a County Republican headquarters? Why?
Do you, or do you not believe the present location is desirable? Why?
How does a County Republican headquarters help your- local club?
How can a County Republican headquarters help your local club?
Would your club be in a position to make a yearly contribution toward the maintenance of such headquarters?
Note: This question only can be answered by the various Republican clubs.
If your answer to question No. 5 is no, what would be your suggestion as to how a headquarters should be financed?
Remarks: Please give us your frank opinion freely.
The letter sent to the committee members declares all replies will be held "confidential." It follows:
"This committee was appointed at the last Camden County Committee meeting for the purpose of finding ways and means of maintaining a County headquarters,
"We are sending the enclosed questionnaire to all Republican Clubs in the City and County of Camden. It will, therefore, not be necessary for you to consult your respective clubs.”
"We desire your own personal opinion which will be kept strictly confidential.”
The committee comprises Edward D. Marker, of Haddon Township, chairman; George H. Walton, of, Haddonfield; Louis Bantivoglio, of the Fifth Ward, Camden; Mary J. Smith, of Pine Hill; Dorothy MacIlvain, of the Twelfth Ward, Camden, and Elsie Geistert, Pennsauken Township ..
Miss MacIlvaine confirmed the re port that the letters and questionnaires had been mailed to county committee members. She said they would be sent to the clubs later this week.
"Our committee is not forcing the issue concerning the Republican headquarters," she said. "We think it only fair to permit the committee members and the clubs to decide the matter. We shall be guided in our recommendations, by the action of the members and the clubs."
No intimation was given as to the manner in which the polls are registering, although the hint was given by one of the county committee that the clubs were not yearning to accept any burden of maintaining county headquarters.
According to one of the coalition leaders the plight of the county committee is onerous. This leader declared the rent for the past two months remains unpaid. The leader also stated the employees had not received full salaries for at least a month.
The rent for the building is said to be $75 monthly.
William H. Lehman, regarded by many members of the committee as a political "Friday" for former U. S. Senator David Baird, Jr., is manager of headquarters at a reputed salary of $50 weekly.
Other expenses include the salary of a clerk, a janitor, fuel, electric, gas and incidentals.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938
AIDES HELD SEEKING CITY RULE
David Baird Jr., and his allies have already arranged their slate for the next city commission election and are laying plans to recapture the city government of Camden. Democrats should know of this movement and prepare to thwart the proposed plans at once.
This warning was given by County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando last night, at a testimonial dinner in the Hof Brau at which three Ninth Ward Democrats were feted, and at which 500 were present. The trio honored comprised Mrs. Mary Ellen Soistmann, state committee woman; Oscar Moore, freeholder, and John J. Crean, assistant city solicitor and county committeeman.
While the three guests were feted and presented with wrist watches and other tokens, the affair took on a love feast aspect for the three New Deal commissioners arid all shades and leanings of Democratic leadership.
Mayor George E. Brunner was toastmaster and took occasion to poke fun at the G.O.P. and its tribulations over the county headquarters.
Brunner Jests at G.O.P.
"I have just received word," said the Mayor with due solemnity, "that the Republican county committee of whom I, read today was having trouble over their headquarters, have finally solved their troubles tonight.”
"I understand they are giving up their present location and. have just been presented by the Bell Telephone Company with a booth, and are now looking for another tenant to whom the committee can sublet half the space."
Orlando's warning came after he congratulated the special guests, He said:
"I have every reason to believe that Dave Baird and the rest of the Republican chieftains are already laying their plans to capture the city commission. They are working to the end with their own slate, so that they can take from the people of Camden the good government which they have received far some time.
"We Democrats do not want to take this warning lightly, we want to remember that Baird and his chieftains are already working toward capturing the government of Camden, and this is something that .we want to prevent at all hazards."
Orlando also congratulated the gathering as an indication of the growth of the party, and the faith that the people of Camden come to have in the Democratic party and in its principles."
The prosecutor also prophesied greater honors in the future for the triumvirate who were the guests of the occasion.
Disclaims Harmony Rift
Mrs. Emma E. Hyland, postmaster and long a figure in Ninth Ward affairs declared she resented any newspaper stories that hinted that there was the slightest rift in the Democratic party.
She told of the trouble the Democrats in the Ninth Ward, which, she declared, had never elected a Democratic freeholder until Oscar Moore was chosen. Mrs. Hyland told of detectives shadowing her home during election, and of 'the struggles' that she and Moore had known together in fighting for the party in that bailiwick.
"I want to say" continued the postmaster, "that we must all be impressed by the spirit of harmony that this gathering means has come to pass.
"I don't want you, and I will not myself believe all you read in the newspapers declaring we are fighting among· ourselves, for if there is anything like that in progress, I don't know anything about it and I don't believe you do, either."
County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, hailed as "The Father of the Democratic Party in Camden County" contrasted the spectacle before him with the harmony dinner which he and others sponsored years ago.
“We sold 150 tickets," he said, "and gave away 150 more, and when the sponsors reached the hall at 7 p.m., the hour of the dinner, there wasn't a single other person on hand. Later the hall was filled, and it held 200 guests. 200 to attend a Democratic harmony dinner that embraced all of Camden county."
Officials Laud Guests
Mrs. Bertha Shippen Irving, postmaster of Haddonfield; Police Judge Gene R. Mariano and others also congratulated the guests. Mayor Brunner introduced Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann by calling attention to the cleanup campaign now under Hartmann auspices.
"Just as Hartmann is making Camden a cleaner city in which to live," said the Mayor, "so has Commissioner Kobus made the city clean from crime. The streets are clean, the city is clean, and this has only been made possible by the efforts of the three commissioners who have worked in harmony, and who are going to continue to work in harmony." Crean, Moore and Mrs. Soistmann spoke their thanks to those present for the banquet, the gifts and the sentiments expressed.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938
May we not at this time proffer a suggestion to Mayor Brunner, Eddie Kelleher and the other party sachems that should be a sure-fire plan to make Camden county safe for Democracy? We advise that the Democrats gather a fund of $4000, the money to be expended in giving testimonial dinners to Republican leaders, near-leaders and persons who figure themselves to be both.
Engage tables enough to accommodate about 350 persons. Invite representatives of all the various G. O. P. factions in the county, give a half dozen tickets to boisterous Democrats, so that the latter can sit back in their seats and enjoy the subsequent dogfight on a full stomach.
This idea that I am advancing to register about 5000 more Democrats in the county and paralyze the remnants of the once-powerful county G.O.P., was born when I attended the recent testimonial dinner to Louis Bantivoglio, freeholder from the Fifth ward.
Naturally my attendance was purely in a professional capacity. Speeches were made by divers and sundry spokesmen, the high-light being the sales talk for Bantivoglio and Baird by David Baird, Jr. The latter waxed wrathfully but warily in castigating the "half-breeds," as he once sarcastically termed the Republicans of the ilk and stature and political. leanings of Commissioner Mary W. Kobus.
Rarely, too, have we ever attended a banquet, either in the capacity of guest or reporter that ever awakened so many echoes of the past as did the dinner to the Fifth ward freeholder.
MRS. KOBUS ELECTED LOUIS
First came the information from friends of Commissioner Kobus that she was responsible for the election of Bantivoglio from the Fifth ward as freeholder. In view of the fact that Squire Baird seemed to feel that the freeholder's election was a personal triumph; this appeared strange to yours truly.
We moseyed about, however, and discovered that whether the squire likes it or not Mary W. Kobus and her minions did elect Bantivoglio. The leaders of the Kobus faction who put, the thing across were headed by a woman named Madeline Salvatore and a gentleman named "Bucky" Branch.
Bantivoglio was elected by something less than 40 votes, These votes could easily have been given to his opponent but there were strategic reasons why the Kobus faction didn't want a Democrat chosen from the Fifth ward.
So Branch, who is a policeman, I believe, and who was not working on election day, it being his regular day off, went into his precinct and put over the votes that elected Bantivoglio .
And Mr. "Bucky" Branch, I have been informed, has been so sore at the fact that he did elect Louis Bantivoglio that he moans and cries and berates himself ever since the trick was turned ..
Politicos who told me the story about the Kobus support for Bantivoglio gave a rather sensible reason for the step that was taken by the anti-Baird folk. The New Dealers among the Republicans sensed that the division between the Republicans and Democrats in the 1938 Board of Freeholders was going: to be exceedingly close.
Too close, in fact, to take any chances. So it was decided to support Bantivoglio in the Fifth ward, because he was a regular Baird Republican and couldn't be won to the coalition, The reasoning of the Kobusitees was clear and correct.
Had Bantivoglio been beaten by a Democrat, the board would have been divided equally, The Democrats would then have been able to deal with an individual rather than a faction, One vote would have given either side control. Thus by putting Bantivoglio across the Kobus faction made it imperative for the Democrats to deal with that clique; in fact Brunner and his minions had to do that little thing.
In view of this analysis I'm con tent to believe that the Kobus claim that the New Dealers elected Louis Bantivoglio is absolutely okay.
LADY " COPPER" NOT TRADE PARTY
Now don't get the information askew. Mrs. Kobus had no official or personal hand in this matter. It was the keen thought of some of her lieutenants, whose judgment appears to have been excellent, that fashioned this plan and executed it.
Meanwhile numerous politicos have been jibing Baird's statement that he would "rather have one Louis Bantivoglio than 1000 ingrates.". These political seers and soothsayers declared that such a declaration proved that its author was all wet in his political judgment and short sighted in his political history.
These politicos ambushed Mackay the other day, crammed him. into a corner and told him that if it "hadn't been for Bantivoglio Baird would have control of the city commission today."
These chuckling anti-Bairdites not only bearded me in my den, but dared me to disprove their statements by taking a look at the record. A stranger to politics in Camden, I didn't know the import of this statement until I squinted at the ward returns for the 1935 city commission election.
There in black and white is the proof that Baird lost the city commission fight because of the Bantivoglio-Leo Rea alliance in the Fifth ward. Just to take a look at the record again and to refresh jaded memories, the regular Baird slate received the following votes in the Fifth ward:
Bennett, 1016; Leonard, 1001; Lummis, 962; Rhone, 963; von Nieda, 1081. The New Deal ticket, then supported by the Messrs. Bantivoglio and Rea, polled these votes;· Baker, 1032; Brunner, 1022; Hartmann, 1001; Kobus, 1024, and Reesman, 930.
Leonard and Hartmann polled exactly the same vote, 1001. And the recount revealed Hartmann a winner by SEVEN votes, the box score showing Hartmann, 17,338, and Leonard, 17,331. And the Fifth ward turned the trick, for it would have been easy for Louis and Leo to have given Hartmann the same vote that Reesman received, or 71 less, and elected Leonard. There would have been no recount then.
Which scrutiny of the returns would seem to show that Bantivoglio as a friend of the squire proved his valor and vigilance in the cause by seating a New Deal commissioner and owing his seat in the Board of Freeholders to the Kobus clan.
In connection with this fund which the Democrats should raise to give testimonial dinners to G.O.P. leaders et cetera we might suggest that on each occasion they have, David Baird Jr., named for a new office. In order, that my friend, Florence Baker, can show her loyalty and friendship to the Old Guard Field Marshal by asking his election to the said office.
This suggestion to, the Messrs. Brunner, Kelleher and the others is made tax-free, and no charge for usage. If that scheme doesn't make Camden county safe for Democracy, nothing will.
Courier-Post * February 12, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
IT takes no crystal gazer to know that former U. S. Senator W. Warren Barbour hopes to get the Republican senatorial nomination without opposition.. .So far no opposition has bloomed, but efforts are being made to get Robert Johnson, New Brunswick manufacturer who backed Glee, into the primary battle ...Unless the feeling against John Milton subsides, the Democrats will be hard put to find a suitable candidate for the job, unless they figure anybody can beat Barbour...
Put down a little bet that both new members of the county election board will be suburbanites. ..In
fact, from adjoining municipalities. ..You might also safely say that when the Democrats name the new
county solicitor (Vincent Gallaher), the coalition Republicans will name Cooper Brown, of
Collingswood, as assistant solicitor... In spite of his visits to Jersey City, Prosecutor
Samuel P. Orlando stands an excellent chance of not being reappointed.
His successor, at this time, appears to be E. George Aaron, also a Democrat, but a Brunner Democrat .. .The Pennsauken Republican
Women's Club will on next Tuesday have a speaker whose topic will be, "How to Be Happy and
Contented Though a Republican". ..A lot of the boys in these here parts ought to go there and listen...
Henry Aitken, No. 1 coal wagon chaser, tried to get Commissioner von Nieda on the bridge commission until Hoffman slipped Baird in...Has the Baird boom gone boom?...That suburban handbill publisher printed that the next time Surrogate Hanna runs for public office it'll be city commissioner instead of a county post because he is weak in the suburbs... The last time Frank Hanna ran, it was for State committee, and he ran ahead of his running mate in every county municipality.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 18, 1938|
ENDORSED FOR ELECTION POST
Haddonfield G. O. P. Heads Accept Hanna Choicefor County Board
George H. Walton, Republican county committeeman of Haddonfield, and Camden attorney, last night was endorsed by the governors. of tl1e' Haddonfield Republican Club for appointment to the Camden County Board of Elections.
The endorsement was given by 14 of the 18 members of the board.
Surrogate Frank B. Hanna, Republican State committeeman, said he previously had offered Walton as a compromise candidate for the job, succeeding William A. E. King, whose term expires March 1.
When advised at midnight of the Haddonfield club's action, Hanna made known he had suggested to County Clerk Leslie H. Ewing, chairman of the county committee, and Mrs. Florence Baker, State committee member, that Walton be named as a compromise.
According to Hanna, his candidate was rejected by Dr. Ewing and Mrs. Baker. Hanna declared both favor appointment of Meyer L. Sakin, a Camden attorney, who also is the choice of former U. S, Senator David Baird.
Hanna said: "The endorsement of Mr. Walton is pleasing to me. He is a real Republican, an outstanding lawyer and bears an excellent reputation In his own community and in other parts of the county.
"1 am sure if Mr. Walton is named to the board we will not have any such election scandals as those in Hudson county."
"Mr. Sakin is Baird's candidate. He wants him to have the job so he can oust Harry Ecky from his job as a permanent registrar. Mr. Ecky is one of the most efficient men in the court house. He has done a fine job, and 1 don't intend to be a party to a plot to punish him because he saw fit, to be an efficient employee."
Charles T. Wright, of the Twelfth ward, Nathan Blank, of Oaklyn, and Robert Derowski, of the Seventh ward, also were recommended by Hanna, who stated last night all three were rejected by the Baird-Ewing-Baker clique.
|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. ..
Courier-Post - February 19, 1938
CHECKED AND DOUBLE CHECKED
Baird Jr. - Harry Ecky - William Lehman - Samuel
P. Orlando - Albert
Emma Hyland - Marie V. Kelley Verdiglione - Sol Polkowitz - William "Dutch" Kinsler
Charley Humes - Chinny Weber - Beatrice DiGiuseppe - Pasquale Ianuzzi - Pine Street
Mrs. Kathryn Sheeran - Walter Fallon - John Branin - B.R. McLaughlin
|Camden Courier-Post * February 22, 1938|
Harry F. Ecky
William H. Lehman
Frank B. Hanna
George H. Walton
William Early King
Camden Courier-Post - February 23, 1938
Is Zat So!
NOW that Harold G. Hoffman has become "Brother Rat" to Heywood Broun, Jay Franklin, Charlie Humes, Dan McConnell, John Fitzgerald, By Jiminy and Yours Truly, it seems only clubby to warn our new fraternity brother of something that he is up against for sure.
Perhaps the former Governor felt he was using slick polities when he waited until the eleventh hour before he named David Baird, Jr., to the bridge commission. Perhaps Hoffman figured he would hand a kick in the 'slats to certain sources the former Governor disliked. Perhaps Hoffman figured it a keen piece of work for a slicker to toss the former U. S. Senator in Camden's lap and tell the county to like it or lump it.
I don't know the motive's that actuated our Brother Rat in this move. Nor am I aware of his idea in making the appointment.
In fact I'm not even critical of the nominee or of his nomination to the commission. I'm merely taking the former Governor into my confidence and telling him that the sorest folk in local G.O.P. circles over the appointment of B'rer Baird are the Baird adherents.
Seems far-fetched to make such a statement, but they have confessed that very fact to yours truly. Don't get the idea they are not as strongly behind the former U. S. Senator as ever they are. The thing that riles the Baird folk is that Hoffman tossed that bundle of woe and trouble on their doorstep about 24 hours before he, Hoffman, was through as Governor of New Jersey,
BLAMED HOFFMAN FOR PRESENT STRIFE
No indeed. These Bairdites tell me the party was getting along pretty well. The factions had been solidified behind Senator Clee during the latter's gubernatorial campaign. The Republicans controlled the legislative delegation from Camden county, the three assemblymen and state senator are allied with the G. O. P.
True, the Board of Freeholders was lost and the Baird faction was disappointed over that fact, as one might expect. Still the Baird allies had become reconciled to the loss of control of county affairs, were yielding to the inevitable. Olive branches were extended in several directions. Prominent Baird lieutenants were willing to listen to harmony with the Kobus wing of the party.
Came the appointment. Instantly the old wrangle broke out afresh. It might have occurred in any event but the peculiar circumstances under, which the appointment was made added to the complexity of the situation and the anguish of the factions. First there came a difference as to the meaning of the law which states that a Governor may appoint a commissioner, ad interim, until the legislature elects.
Whether the ad interim appointment continues until a commissioner is chosen by the legislature is a moot question. So involved is the present dispute, indeed, that I learn on good authority that T. Harry Rowland, New Jersey counsel to the bridge commission, will in all probability be asked at the next meeting of the commission to give an opinion as to the meaning of that law.
Rowland will be called upon to render his opinion as to whether David Baird Jr., sits legally on the bridge commission today, or whether his term of office as an ad interim appointee expired when the present state legislature came into life.
ROWLAND WILL HAVE TOUGH JOB
If this question is broached to Rowland he'll wind up behind the eight ball, too.
If he decides the appointment continues until the legislature elects a successor, that will fix Baird's appointment as certain on the commission until somebody is elected to the vacancy caused by the retirement of John B. Kates.
If Rowland determines the appointment terminated with the inauguration of the Governor and legislature, then comes a legal battle that may wind up in the Court of Errors and Appeals. In either event it's not so hot for Brother Rowland.
Meanwhile I hear by the firmly established Mackay grapevine that neither of the present candidates mentioned for bridge commissioner has sufficient votes to be elected. Both sides, I'm told, assert that when the proper time arrives they'll have the votes to elect their man.
Others who are impartial in the survey declare neither of the candidates has enough votes. Unless something gives, these seers contend, there will be a stalemate continue so long as the legislature wishes the present situation to exist.
I understand that the balance of power to determine the election of Baird or former Senator Albert S. Woodruff rests with Union county. Four members of the Assembly from that bailiwick, voting together, can hand the plum to either candidate.
Senator Charles E. Loizeaux, president of the upper branch and Herbert J. Pascoe, Speaker of the Assembly, both hail from Union county. The matter of having their assemblymen vote for Baird or Woodruff has been placed squarely before these two solons.
Loizeaux, it was told to me, tried to duck the issue with the old moth eaten excuse that he never interferes with "the Assembly matters." Whereupon a Woodruff ally called to Senator Loizeaux's attention a couple of occasions when he seemed to slip from such attitude.
When confronted with the charge that on several occasions Senator Loizeaux did not hesitate to stick his fingers into Assembly matters, the presiding officer shut up like a clam. Only to open his mouth anew to intimate that he might give the Woodruff cause a boost with the Union county delegation in the Assembly.
Under such circumstances, and, with a rift wide enough to drive a 10-ton truck created in the party ranks, no wonder exists as to the antipathy the pro-Baird folk feel toward Hoffman.
These same Baird allies provoke considerable comment when they assert that if Hoffman had kept his hands out of the pie, Governor Moore would have named Baird to the commission to spite certain sources of opposition to Moore that dwell in this part of the world.
Altogether Brother Rat Hal made no 10-strike in his selection. To be frank the pro-Baird chaps insist that he just "played hell all around" with his appointment under such conditions.
Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1938
Mackay - David
Baird Jr. - Charles
A. Wolverton - Louis
Frederick von Nieda - Millard F. Allen - Wilfred Forrest
Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1938
Is Zat So!
TALK about the long arm of coincidence, wait until you read this. Some years ago there wall a senator from Camden
county named Albert S.
Woodruff. A lawyer of recognized ability throughout the state, he was also a political figure
During his tenure at Trenton a measure was adopted which called for codification of the state laws, or something of that nature whereby a good part of the statute law of New Jersey was rewritten.
One of the laws that came into revision was the law that created the Delaware River Joint Commission, the group 'that has control of the vested interests of the state in Camden Bridge.
And one of the committee that revised those laws was Senator
Albert S. Woodruff of Camden county. From this
prelude we'll give the floor to Br'er Woodruff and let him give an interesting revelation as to the reason why the law
"I was fearful," the former solon I told me yesterday, "that we might come to the time when New Jersey would have a
Democratic governor who would have the appointment of the bridge commission in his control. I didn't want the
'''I figured that it was rational to assume that in the majority of elections the Legislature would be under Republican control. In fact, my belief is borne out by the complexion of the two branches since revision."
SEE WHAT FUTURE HAS DEVELOPED
"The intention of that law," continued the ex-senator, "was to have no ad interim appointment last longer than the date
when the Legislature organized. Thus we would always be assured of G. O. P. membership in control of the bridge on
"I'm certain that an opinion from the attorney general will bear out this legal contention that ad interim appointments
exist only when the Legislature is out of session and those ad interim appointments expire the instant the Legislature
This opinion of the man who rewrote the law is interesting for several obvious reasons. It also reveals how the long arm of coincidence has reached out to take hold of a vexing situation for legislators, bridge counsel and other interested parties.
David Baird, Jr., recently was given the ad
interim appointment by the retiring Governor Hoffman. The Legislature has since been in session but no action has been taken on filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of
Strangely enough the obstacle to the path of electing Baird to the full term, for which he now occupies the ad interim
appointment, is Albert S.
Woodruff, who has been boomed for the Kates vacancy. Meanwhile David Baird,
Jr., sits as
The next move in this legislative puzzle must come from some source, while the Democrats have the opportunity to sit back and let the various Republican factions stew in their own juice.
SEEM TO BE SHIFT IN WHISTLE STOP
You solons in the State Legislature want to get a load of THIS information. Some time ago we protested as a resident
of Camden about misrepresentation on the various commissions affecting Camden city and county by whistle stop
This is Chapter Two about the same situation as regards the Camden bridge.
Perhaps you men at Trenton are unaware that the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic county only represents that bailiwick in absentia.
I might inform you gentlemen at Trenton that the bridge commission held a meeting yesterday, in executive session,
I understand, the commissioners from South Jersey took yours truly over the coals. They proceeded to slam the portly scribe about with both vim and Vigor.
That's okeh with me. We've been socked by experts. It doesn't destroy the fact, however, that we did a little investigation on, our own account. The result of that inquiry is that we would like you solons to ask the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic county if he receives communications to himself at Boonton, N. J. If so why?
Boonton is in Morris county and either the whistle stop commissioner lives in Morris county or he dwells in Atlantic
county. If he lives in Morris county, votes there and has his legal residence there, what right has he to sit on the bridge
So much for the whistle stop commissioner from Atlantic City, who probably represents the seaside via Morris county. How about the other whistle stop commissioners? Where do they really live?
|Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938|
Baird Jr. - Frank
J. Hartmann Jr. - James V. Moran - Thomas N. McCarter Jr.
Herbert Harper - Joseph K. Costello - Loyal D. Odhner - Dan McConnell
Camden Courier-Post * January 2, 1940
An attempted coup by David Baird in his drive to rebuild his fallen fences for the primary election next May was frustrated yesterday by one lone freeholder, and the baby member of the board, at that.
Edmund A. Walsh elected from Camden's Eighth Ward to fill the unexpired term of the late Ferdinand J. Larkin, foiled Baird's well laid plans when he refused to attend the annual organization meeting after the Republican League bloc of freeholders had been maneuvered into a position of agreeing to support James W. Wood, Baird satellite, for director..
A spokesman for the League group said the agreement was nullified, however, by yesterday's adjournment.
Walsh's loyalty to City Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, long-time political foe of Baird, had the effect of stalemating the 1940 organization, the last under the large board, since the Democrats, upon learning of the G.O.P. decision to support Wood, bolted the meeting room.
"Refused to Sell Out"
Walsh took the stand that to vote for Wood would be to sell out to Baird. Walsh was ready and willing to vote for any other Republican. At no time was he for a Democrat..
The 20 Republican freeholders present could have transacted business and elected Wood if they had gone into session, but Walsh's refusal to be a party to the Baird-Wood scheme left only 19 freeholders willing to meet, and that number is one short of the quorum required by law.
When shortly after 5:00 PM- five hours after the statutory time for reorganization- there was no indication that wither Walsh or the Democrats would return. Wood, J. Alfred Beck, president of the Republican league, and Maurice Bart, floor leader for the Democrats, conferred and agreed to adjourn until next Monday.
Price Furnishes Surprise
Walsh emphasized that he favors Republican organization of the board and agreed to support any Republican for director except Wood. These are the sentiments of Mrs. Kobus. Too, it was the stand of the Republican League until at yesterday's joint conference of the three G.O.P. factions the group headed by Raymond G. Price cast its lot with Wood. This in itself was a major surprise of the day, since Price and Edward J. Quinlan both elected with Kobus support had been considered anti-Baird-ites.
|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.
|Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1950|
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