George Clayton


GEORGE MAURICE CLAYTON, also known as Babe Clayton, was born October 26, 1886 in Pleasant Plains, Ocean County, New Jersey to George Clayton and the former Susan Gallagher. His uncle, Patrick Gallagher, was a well-known political figure in Camden. The family included older siblings Thomas, William, Mary Anna, Angeline, Clara, John, Kate, Charles and Frank Clayton. 

The Clayton family family had been living in the 600 block of Mt. Vernon Street as early as 1876. The 1880 Census shows them ay 610 Mt. Vernon Street, by the time the 1881 City Directory was compiled they had moved to 605 Mt. Vernon Street

When the Census was taken in June of 1900,  15 year old George Clayton had already left school to work as a pressman. Sadly, older brother William died in July of 1903, and older brother William passed in December of that year. 

George Clayton was an excellent baseball player. He came up as a catcher and by the spring of 1905 was playing for the Camden Athletics team, and was recognized as one of the top young catchers in the city. He played some ball in the minor leagues, a newspaper report refers to a spell with the Baltimore Orioles in the Eastern League. 


In 1903, sister Clara Clayton married George C. Boone, who later would be appointed to the Camden Fire Department. The young couple lived with the Clayton family at 605 Mt. Vernon Street for a few years. The 1910 Census shows the Boones and their four sons, George L., Harry, Maurice B. and Charles at before moving to 630 Mt. Vernon Street. On July 1, 1910 George C. Boone was appointed to the Camden Fire Department Clara Clayton Boon died around 1912, George C. Boone and his sons moved back in with the Claytons at 605 Mt. Vernon Street

George Clayton married in late 1906 or early 1907. His wife, the former Eleanor "Ellen" Schenck Howell, gave birth to a daughter Ida Clayton, in 1908, and a son, Howard Wesley Clayton, in 1909. 

George Clayton played baseball for the Camden Athletic Club and Camden Police team, among others, in the 1900s and 1910s. He went out of town to play with the the Baltimore team in the short-lived Union Professional League in 1908, but returned home in May. The league folded in June. He also played some minor league ball with a Connecticut team in the Eastern League. A hand injury and a family derailed any major league baseball career, sports not paying in those times what it does today. 

George Clayton
circa 1910

George Clayton and his family resided with his parents at 605 Mt. Vernon Street to at least 1912, then moved to 821 Division Street. During the years on Division Street, at 822 Division lived Robert Knox.  Both men worked for the American Ice Company. In January of 1917, while cutting ice at a lake in the Kirkwood section of Voorhees Township, both men and four others took part in rescuing a skater who had fallen through the ice. Both Knox and Raymond Burgess, who was one of the other rescuers, went on to join the Camden Fire Department.

Living in the Seventh Ward, he became involved to a small extent in local politics, allied with Alfred L. Sayers, for whom he named one of his twins sons, born August 11, 1917. Sadly, both little Alfred Clayton and brother Robert died in November of 1917, three days apart. In 1918 George Clayton worked as driver for the American Ice Company during the 1910s until he was appointed to the Camden Police Department in 1918. His neighbor, Robert Knox, had been appointed to to the Camden Fire Department earlier in the year.

George Clayton family moved to 912 Mt. Ephraim Avenue in 1919. The Claytons were blessed with a daughter, Doris, in 1925.

George Clayton worked for the Camden Police Department for the rest of his life. He rose through the ranks serving in most every possible capacity- patrolman, motorcycle police, mounted police, jailer, desk sergeant, detective, and chief clerk of the department. He was cited a number of times for bravery. In 1932, while on a stakeout at the Camden post office, he arrested Robert I. Mears, a fugitive wanted for a string of over 20 robberies in Delaware, Maryland, and elsewhere.

George Clayton also served as acting Chief of the Police Department at times in the 1930s when Chief Arthur Colsey was away from the job. He was up for a promotion to captain in 1935, but was made chief clerk to save the cash-strapped city some money. He was promoted to captain in 1939.

George Clayton fell ill in August of 1947. He passed away at his home on Mt. Ephraim Avenue on November 16, 1947.

As stated above, George Clayton's brother-in-law, George C. Boone, was a member of the Camden Fire Department. His sons, the nephews of George Clayton, both became Camden firemen, George L. Boone in, and Maurice B. Boone, in. Maurice's son, David Boone, is a noted painter, specializing in watercolor paintings of tugboats on the Delaware River.

Camden Daily Courier
April 20, 1903

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Rev. Maurice E. Bric
Clara Clayton
George C. Boone

Camden Post-Telegram * May 11, 1905

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George Clayton - Fred Schwab - Garrett Cowls - M.W. Taylor - William H. Davis - Chester Gandy
Otto W. Hofmann - Jake Wagner - George Rushworth - Frank Foy - Bob Black
Frederick Koelle Jr. - Joseph "Joby" Corbett


Camden Daily Courier
October 6, 1904

George Clayton

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 17, 1906
Kid Gleason - Morris Steelman - Eggie Lennox - Danny Green - Wid Conroy Harry Gleason - George Clayton - Billy Fischman - Perry Verga
Isaac "Ike" Toy


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 28, 1906
 Ike Toy - Wid Conroy - Cy Perkins - Billy Fischman - Bob Black 
Jimmy Flynn - Whitelock - Conley - Dobbins - Weinberger - Heinze
George Clayton - Joseph Howard Berry - Dick Smith - Jake Wagner
Joseph "Joby"Corbett -
Eggie Lennox

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 7, 1907
Cy Perkins - Joseph Howard Berry - Arthur Vickers - George Clayton - William Burke - William Schiffler
Eggie Lennox - Morris Steelman - Charlie Gardner - Mike Halsinger

1907 Camden Police Department Baseball Team
From "When Father Was A Boy" - Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1929

William Kiker - Walter Stanton Sr. - Dick Haines - Lou Urban - Charles Whalen
Fred Lechleidner - George Hill - Otto Erdbrink - George "Babe" Clayton - A. Lincoln James

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Garfield Pancoast

Camden Athletic Club - 1906
from the Camden Courier-Post  of June 8, 1930 - The writer got the year wrong, this is the 1906 Camden Athletic Club team.

Camden Athletic Club
Claude N. Davis
George "Babe" Clayton
"Big Bill" Humphries
"Tip" O'Neill
"Seck" Hewitt
Frank Ziegler
Joe Harvey
William Pies
William H. Davis
William Gilmore
Thomas J. Doyle
Dick Halsberger
Ray Fish


Camden Post-Telegram * September 4, 1906

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William H. Davis - Frank Verga - William Verga
Perry Verga Jr. - Seck Hewitt - Frank Ziegler
Ray Fish - Claude N. Davis - Joe Harvey
George Litzenberg - George Clayton
Thomas Doyle - William "Big Bill" Humphries
William Gilmore - Bert Dopson
Evans - Eddie Smith
George Johnson - Schultze
Costell - Sharple
Vogeding - Robert W. "Bob" Black
William McCoach
- William McLean

 

 

Camden Post-Telegram * May 10, 1909
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Charlie Gardner - Frank Vanhest
Marcus Carroll - John S. Campbell
"Mike" Bradley - Harry Davis
George "Deak" Johnson
Edward "Eddie" Smith
Frank Curry -  William Lafferty
Clark - George Clayton
George Burger
Frank "Pop" Hughes

 


Camden Post-Telegram * October 26, 1909
George Clayton's night at the New Broadway Theater, Broadway & Sycamore Street
George Clayton - Charles Errickson - Perry Verga Jr. - Carlos Epifanos - "Big Jim" Kirkley
Annie Abbott, The Little Georgia Magnet - Claude Thardo, The Song Tailor
Ned Monroe - Who Picked the Lock on the Henhouse Door

Camden Post-Telegram * October 12, 1912
George Clayton - Joseph M. Foster - Division Street - Mt. Vernon Street - Aaron Hand
Joseph Lofthouse - Joseph "Friz" Gallagher - William B. Knight - Thomas Brothers

Camden Post-Telegram
May 9, 1913

Camden Post-Telegram
July 9, 1915


Camden Courier-Post
July 15, 1915

John Kowal
Joe Hyde
Sapho Tully
John Blair
Frank "Whitey" Urban
George Clayton
Joseph Christian
Dutch Fisher
Dutch Barry
James Mangold

 

 

 

 

Camden Courier-Post
January 28, 1916

Patrick Gallagher
American Ice Company


Camden Courier-Post
January 31, 1916

Camden Post-Telegram * January 22, 1917
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Charles R. Evans - South 32nd Street - Harry Haas - Walnut Street - Grant Wishart - South 35th Street
Wilbur Crane - Haddon Avenue - Matthew Yingling - Dr. Charles Jackson
Raymond Burgess - George Clayton - Charles Armstrong - Robert Knox - Arthur Kees - Joseph Rush 

Camden Courier-Post
March 22, 1917

American Ice Company


Camden Courier-Post
December 1, 1917

 

 

Camden Courier-Post
June 29, 1918

George Clayton
Stiles Whittaker
David Hunt
John Henry - Branch Street
Jonas Davis - Sycamore Street
O. Glen Stackhouse
Mary Casliola - South 10th Street
Robert Fortune - North 11th Street

 

 

 

 

 

 


Camden Courier-Post
June 29, 1918

George Clayton
Stiles Whittaker


World War I Draft Card - September 12, 1918


Camden Courier-Post
October 1, 1918

George Clayton
Mulford Street
Lucius Thomas
Charles T. Humes

Camden Motorcycle Police - Circs 1922
From Left: Unknown civilian - Unknown civilian - Charles J. "Jeff" Kay - George Clayton - unknown civilian in sidecar 
Unknown Policeman - Unknown Policeman

Camden Courier-Post * April 3, 1931

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George Ward - Samuel Naylor - David S. Rhone - Howard Smith - Lewis H. Stehr Jr. - A. Lincoln James Clifford A. Baldwin - Charles A. Wolverton - Ethan P. Wescott - Charles Laib - Charles T. Humes
George Clayton - Ralph Bakley - Thomas Cunningham - William C. Horner - Charles Arini - Louis Del Duca

Camden Courier-Post * December 21, 1932

George Clayton
Robert I. Mears
Herbert Anderson
Blaine Street
Louis Shaw

 

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Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

COPS AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Herbert Bott Is Unopposed for Presidency of Camden Association

The Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Herbert Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial secretary and Walter Vecander is unopposed for the new post of assistant financial secretary. All these are police officers.

The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.

Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.

Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.


Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933

BOTT CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
Spencer Wins 3-Corner Fight for Vice-President of Association

Lauded by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert Bott, a  patrolman attached to the Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden Police and Firemen's Association.

The praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed for reelection.

In a three-cornered fight, William P. Spencer, a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73 votes. His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and Albert Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.

Others unopposed for office were: William Thorn, financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary; Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield Leviseur, assistant recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are policemen.

Lieutenant George Ward, Patrolman William Marter, and Firemen William Taylor, William Getner, James Young and Lawrence Newton were elected to the board of trustees.

Sergeants-at-arms named were Stanley Wirtz and George Clayton, police, and William Judge and John Mulligan, firemen. All had opposition.

After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..


Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933

JAILED FOR ILL INTENT

If you want to hit a man but can't because a member of the constabu­lary is at hand, that's assault.

Police Judge Garfield Pancoast so ruled yesterday in making an interpretation of the law to Walter Beasley, 25, colored, of 1128 Cooper Street, who was sentenced to 60 days in jail because he said he desired to punch another man.

Beasley was arrested Sunday night at Tenth and Cooper Streets by Patrolman George Clayton. Clayton was assisting an ill man when Beasley approached and threatened to hit the man. Clayton locked him up.

"I'd still like to take a punch at him," Beasley said in court yesterday.

"You would, would you?" asked the judge. "Well, intending to strike someone is assault. If you do hit him, it's assault and battery. So I sentence you to 60 days for assault."


Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933

2 ICE DEALERS HELD AS LICENSE VIOLATORS

Camden's drive against unlicensed ice dealers last night netted two alleged violators of the city ordinance.

On complaint of Dr. David D. Helm, city health inspector, Alphonso D'Alonzo, 45, of 804 South Fourth street, and Isaac Anderson, 29, colored, of 837 Bridge avenue, were arrested by Policemen Howard Harden and George Clayton. They will be arraigned in police court today.

Camden Courier-Post
Evening Courier - September 13, 1934

TENTH ARREST MADE HERE IN NUMBERS QUIZ
1 ADMITS GUILT AND POLICE SAY LINKS OTHERS
Klosterman Named by Man Found With Slips on Him After Arrest
3 'BIG BANKS INVOLVED IN MOVE TO CLEAN UP
Others Must Face Trial; More Arraigned and Bonds Fixed By Court
Campaign Against Writers Pushed With Feitz Probe
ALLEGED 'BARON' IS HELD IN BAIL
Mayor Pledges Aid of Camden Cops to State on Illicit Liquor

Arrests in the numbers racket in Camden continued today simultaneously with the continuation of the inquiry into the murder of City Detective William T. Feitz Jr.

With the Feitz slaying probe in its eleventh day- the detective was slain September 2 at 243 Sycamore Street, an alleged disorderly house- city and county authorities were still questioning witnesses in an endeavor to obtain sufficient evidence to name the murderer or murderers.

The arrest this morning of Crawford Smith, 51, of 702 Carman Street, as a numbers writer, brought the total of those apprehended this week in the numbers racket to 10.

At the same time Police Judge J. Harry Switzer held Fred Klosterman, 33, of 1050 Mechanic Street, in $5000 bail for the grand jury on a charge of operating a numbers game.

Klosterman's brother, Joseph Klosterman, 35, of 1400 Mechanic Street, was released in $3000 bail yesterday by Judge Switzer on a charge of operating a numbers lottery.

The Klostermans. according to police, are among the topnotch numbers barons of the city. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

No Testimony Taken

Fred Klosterman surrendered voluntarily yesterday afternoon when he learned that police were seeking him as an alleged numbers operator.

He was arraigned in police court today on complaint of George Zeitz, a city detective, who charged him with operating a numbers game. Police did not reveal where Fred Klosterman allegedly operated.

There was no testimony taken at the hearing of Fred Klosterman. His bail bond was signed by John Zubien. Police say they do not know Zubien's address. Mrs. Anna Bubnoski, of 1426 Mount Ephraim Avenue, posted the $3000 bail for Joseph Klosterman. Zeitz also had made complaint against him.

Fred Klosterman surrendered yesterday, according to police, after a defendant in police court testified that he was employed at an alleged numbers bank operated by Fred Klosterman. Zeitz swore to a warrant for Fred Klosterman's arrest based on the police information, he said.

Hearing Tomorrow

Smith, who was arrested by George Clayton, a policeman, will be given a hearing in police court tomorrow as an alleged numbers writer.

Meanwhile no disposition was made in the case of Mrs. Mollie Schwartz, 42, who was arrested yesterday on a charge of operating a still at a double dwelling at 3404 Rosedale Avenue. Police Lieutenant John Potter said the woman admitted operating the still.

A man said to be a brother of Mrs. Schwartz fled in  his undershirt at the time of the raid, as Sergeant Edward Hahn and Policeman Joseph Keefe were making the arrest and seizure. The seizure included 13 barrels of alleged mash, a stove, one cooler, three gallons of liquor, and a 75 gallon still. Police reported that one of two cars without license tags which had been parked in front of the house disappeared later.

Cops to Aid State

Strict cooperation with the State Alcoholic beverages Commission in the detection, closing up, and prosecution of speakeasies is being given by the Camden Police Department.

That statement was made today by Mayor Roy R. Stewart, who is the director of the department of public safety, and came as a result of an interview which Howard B. Dyer, an investigator with the state beverage commission had with the mayor. Dyer was formerly deputy city clerk.

"Dyer came in and asked for the cooperation of the police department," said Mayor Stewart, "and I told him we would cooperate fully".

The state alcoholic beverage commission, through its investigators, has been busy in running down speakeasies, stills and other illicit liquor practices.

 
Where Police Seized Still, After Year's Operation

This double dwelling, at 3404 Rosedale Avenue, was the scene of a still seizure early yesterday, after it had been operating for one year, according to a neighbor. The occupant, Mrs. Mollie Schwartz, 48, was arrested and admitted she operated the plant, according to Acting Lieutenant of Police John Potter. A man said to be a brother of the woman fled in his undershirt, while Sergeant Edward Hahn, recently transferred to Third District duty from the traffic division, and Patrolman Joseph Keefe were making the arrest and seizure. Eleven barrels of mash, a stove, one cooler and three gallons of liquor were seized with the 25-gallon still in the house, police reported. One of two cards without license tags, which were parked in front of the house when raided, disappeared later.


Camden Courier-Post * September 14, 1934

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Mickey Blair - William T. Feitz
Roy R. Stewart - Emma Heisler
George Ward - Arthur Colsey
Edward V. Martino - Samuel P. Orlando
Fred Klosterman - J. Harry Switzer
Joseph Klosterman - George Clayton
John Geronio -
Crawford Smith
Cooper Street -
Carman Street
Mollie Schwartz - Rosedale Avenue
John Potter - Howard B. Dyer
Glenn Brown -
Mt. Vernon Street
Walter Welch
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Camden Courier-Post * September 15, 1934

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Mickey Blair - William T. Feitz - Roy R. Stewart - Frank T. Lloyd - George Ward - Arthur Colsey
Edward V. Martino - Samuel P. Orlando - Fred Klosterman - Joseph Klosterman - J. Harry Switzer
Lawrence T. Doran - George Frost - Benjamin Simon
Vernon Jones - Stanley Wirtz
Nathan U. Katz - Kaighn AvenueGeorge Clayton - John Geronio -
Crawford Smith
Cooper Street -
Carman Street

Camden Courier-Post
February 4, 1935

Roy R. Stewart
Walter Smith
John Trout
Newton Ash
George Clayton
Harold W. Bennett
John J. Robinson
Elisha A. Gravenor
Charles H. Ellis
David Kates
Ralph Bakley
Joseph Carpani
Louis Schlam

 



Camden Courier-Post
December 5, 1935

Arthur Colsey
John W. Golden
George Clayton

Camden Courier-Post - August 14, 1936
2 HELD IN THEFT OF CRAPS WINNINGS
Money Won in Audubon Taken From East Camden Man, Cops Told
George Clayton - Clifford Del Rossi - David McMullen - Tony Scola
Joseph Procelli aka Joe Rizzo
South 4th Street - North 34th Street - Spruce Street 

Camden Courier-Post
September 18, 1936

Arthur Colsey
Mary Kobus
George Clayton

Camden Courier-Post
August 3, 1937

Arthur Colsey
Mary Kobus
George Clayton
Howard Clayton
Camden High School
North 40th Street


Camden Courier-Post * September 1, 1937

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Mary Kobus - George Clayton - Charles H. Ellis - Arthur Colsey - Robert I. Mears

Camden Courier-Post * February 4, 1938

City Police Praised at Fete
Honoring Acting Lieutenant Bott

Camden police and firemen gathered last night to pay honor to Acting Lieutenant Herbert Bott, retiring president of the Policemen and Firemen's Association, heard their highest superiors make these statements:

Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, director of Public Safety, declared she had heard stories about the policemen "taking" but that she wanted to say "that the entire force was honest and she was proud to say that it was as good, as honest and efficient as any in. the United States."

Mayor George E. Brunner asserted "the city had gone to ____ before the three New Deal commissioners took charge, and they had brought order out of chaos, collected taxes so thoroughly that on January 1, 1939, the policemen and firemen will be given back the last five percent reduction that had been made in their pay."

Bott, who has been at the head of the association for the past five years, retires because, as he stated, he felt he could not give such service as he felt he had rendered in the past. The affair was held at Kenney's and the ranking officials of the police and fire departments were on hand, together with guests from other parts of the state.

   LIEUT. HERBERT BOTT who quit as president of the Camden Policemen and Firemen's Association after five years' service, and who was feted at Kenney's last night and presented with cash donations.

Wallace Lauds Men

Bruce A. Wallace was toastmaster, and he emphasized the remarks of Commissioner Kobus as to "the honesty of the men."

"When you got that 30 percent reduction in pay,” said Wallace, "I know how you came to my office, worrying about how you would meet your building and loans, how you would pay various debts that you owed, and I know that some of you even gave up your homes, because you couldn't afford to pay for them longer. That would never have happened if you were doing any 'put and-take stuff'."

Mrs. Kobus started with a tribute to Bott, for his own efficiency as a policeman and his fighting qualities as shown in the battles he made for his brother policemen.

 “I knew Herb Bott," she said, "before I got into the department but once in there my sweet dream changed to a nightmare, because every day Bott was there with a delegation wanting something done for the policemen, or asking that something be not done to them.

"We have gone through stormy times together, through strikes and labor troubles and of course I have always found out, through others, naturally that 'the police are always wrong.' I have told the employers where they were wrong, and told the strikers that the police could not have abused them or wronged them because they belonged to an association of their own, fighting for the things that the policemen and the firemen felt that they wanted.

Citizens Gave Praise 

"I hadn't been four weeks in the department before I thought every­body in Camden was affected by 'letter writingitis.' But after four weeks the other kind of letters began to come in, and the police were being given the credit which they had deserved and which they had won for themselves.

"And the longer I am in the department the prouder I am of the police and the fire departments of the city of Camden. I am proud of every policeman and of every fireman in both departments. I have been out at·1.30 a. m. and heard a call come for the car in which I was riding, and in one minute and a half that car was at the scene, in two minutes there was another and in four minutes a half a dozen cars had appeared on the scene.

"I want to say for the men of the police department that nowhere in the United States is there a more honest or more faithful group of men.

"I hear a lot of talk about policemen, I hear lots of talk of how they are 'taking,' but I also want to say that I haven't found one yet who wasn't honest and to prove it crime today in Camden is at its lowest ebb.

"Crime today in Camden has been lowered 40 to 60 percent, and I say to anybody who wants to know that you couldn't have had this condition unless Camden was guarded by an honest, efficient police department.

"That crime in Camden is at its lowest ebb is due entirely to the vigilance of the police department, and to its loyalty to duty. I want to pay tribute to Chief Colsey, to Babe Clayton, to Herb Bott and the other officers of the department for having the police department where it can be proudly acclaimed as without a superior in the whole United States."

Mayor Brunner, after paying his tribute to a personal friend, Herb Bott, declared "Mrs. Kobus is your superior but I'm the man who has to find the money to pay you. And that hasn't been any easy job, I can tell you, as the tax collector's job in any community is a tough one."

"I want to say that things in Camden have gone to ___ in the past, and until the three New Deal Commissioners took charge of affairs, things continued in just that manner. And that we have given an honest, efficient administration is the thought of the average citizen of Camden today.

Promises Pay Restoration

"When we first came into power the people thought they had to pay no taxes. I say now that we have collected the taxes as they should have been collected in the past and as they will be collected in the future.

"Camden doesn't need any new taxes. We have been successful in collecting the taxes because we made those who could pay to pay. The men we put in front, for the first collection of taxes, were the politicians who thought they stood in a favored group and could get away with it.

"I want to assure you policemen that on January 1, 1939, I feel sure that we'll be able to give you back the last five percent that we had to take from you, when things were left in such a shape for us that we could not do anything else.

"People are responding to our tax collections, and the people feel that we are giving them 100 cents for a dollar and that's the reason.

"We have no favorites on the tax rolls. We saw to it that the politicians headed the list of those who were the first to pay, and we've given the little fellow a chance. We've let him pay by the week, or the month or anyway that would suit him best, because we believe that the little fellow is entitled to his own homestead, and we're going to see that he keeps it, but those who can afford to pay and wont are going to be made to pay."

Carlton W. Rowand related that his father, a former police official, had recently, told his son that "the police department today was the best in the history of Camden,"

Surrogate Frank B. Hanna also added his tribute to the department and to the guest of honor.

"The spirit of the police department”, Hanna said, "is shown to no better advantage than in the manner your association aids the underprivileged children of this city. I know, too, that whenever a committee is formed for a job to be done for the men in the department, Herb Bott jumps into action and does his level best for his associates.”

N. J. Crime Bill 10 Millions

Harry B. Gourley, of Paterson, president of the State Police Beneficial Association, declared that crime was costing the state of New Jersey $10,000,000 every year, and that the crime bill of the nation was more than $15,000,000,000.

He asked co-operation in crime prevention and declared that "any attempt to break down the morale of the police was wrong, and the way in which it was easiest broken down was when you dip into the pay check."

He cited numerous instances of the heroism of the policemen, and asked that every citizen stand squarely behind the men in the matter of pensions.

Commissioner Harold W. Bennett also lauded the guest and the police department, as did Harry Wilkers, who succeeds Bott as president of the association and Robert Wonsetler, who becomes delegate to the state convention to replace Bott.

Mrs. Emma Shriver, retiring president of the Ladies Auxiliary, presented Bott with a check, while Wallace gave him the gift of his associates, 50 silver dollars. Mrs. Bott was remembered with flowers.

Willard Schriver was chairman of the committee having the dinner in charge, and associated with him were Charles Cook, Arthur Batten, Maurice F. O'Brien, William Marter, Edward Leonard, Mrs. Schriver, Mrs. Anna Gleason and Mrs. William McGrath.


Camden Courier-Post
June 28, 1939

Rocco Palese - George Clayton


Camden Courier-Post * December 13, 1939

George Clayton - Edward Middleton - William Dolan - John B. Stanton - George Frost - Edward Carroll
Walter S. Mattison - Albert Cornog - Ralph Bakley - John Garrity - Joseph Mardino
Herbert Bott
- Edward P. Leonard Sr.

George Clayton & Granddaughter Carol Clayton
1939 & 1940

World War II Draft Card - April 1942

George Clayton

 

George Clayton

 

Camden Courier-Post
August 14, 1947

 


Camden Courier-Post
November 17, 1947

 

 

 

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George Clayton - Rube Rapp - Charles Gardner - Charles Flagg - Herb House - Bill Hess - Bill Lafferty
Allie Glendenning - George Glendenning - Albert "Dutch" Barr - Wid Conroy - Morris Steelman
Charley Smith - Walter "Weep" Stanton - Charles Garrison - Slim Avis - Bert Dopson
Buck Weaver - Don Sagel - Bill Robertson - Howard Clayton

Camden Courier-Post
November 29, 1947

Camden Courier-Post
November 28, 1952

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