Cranford History

Rotary Club Biographies

The Rotary Club’s History is available for review at the reference department at the Cranford Public Library.

Included in Cranford History.org,  we have Arthur Burditt’s biographies of early Rotarians. This is a rich source of information about many of the early leaders of this organization, their contributions, and their education and their professional lives.   The full text is available below in PDF.

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Additionally, the full text has been scanned using OCR to allow for the contents to be searchable:

(n.b. The OCR has not yet been fully transcribed. 7.4.2012)

FOREWORD:

As promised at the time the Cranford Rotary Club History was issued, the writer here presents a ~rno’s WHO of the club’s membership over the course of the years, beginning Feb. 23rd, 1923, until the cut-off point of this edition, approximately Nov. 1st, 1969.

There have been about 260 members inducted in this club since its organization. A few of them passed quickly “in the night” but more of them had long and distinguished years of service to the club and to the community. At this time, the club has reached a new high in membership, with 74. The membership of many of these men goes back over twenty years of dedication, some with perfect attendance. Charles M. Ray, publisher of the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle, leads the list with over 34 years of perfect attendance. He was inducted into membership on May 24th, 1934. The membership of Charles E. Dooley dates back to April 4th, 1929, but for about 3 years, from 1932 to 1935, he withdrew from the club. His perfect attendance record stands at 23 years. Others trail closely behind.

The records of J. Walter Coffee’s activities are the most extensive. In a group following are Charles M. Ray, Henry W. Whipple, Patrick J. Grall, Robert M. Crane, and Arther K. Burditt. Twenty others have substantial records of activity.

The material is drawn from the club’s historical records for the Rotary activities of the membership, and from the scrap books of Rotary Ann Hazel Burditt for additional information.

Three of our charter members are still with us to tell about the early days. Charter President, Rev. Kenneth E. Martin left Cranford after 4 years with the club to continue his Rotary career and ministry in Kenosha, Wisc., but he has frequently returnea to greet his old friends and now resides at Lake Delton, Wisc. Thomas A. Mac Meekin,~and Ray A. Clement, former High School prinCipal, still reside in Cranford.

As a rule, because of space, only the committee chairmanships are listed among the activities of the members.

An asterisk (*) precedes the names of those known to be deceased. Information on some is lacking at this time and they may have pas~ed on. The names of Charter Members are capitalized.

Arthur K. Burditt

18 Elm St., Cranford. Historian,

Rotary Club of Cranford, N. J.

* Indicates member known to be deceased.

 

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Adams, J. Alston – “Buck” – Radio Retail Joined 1929, Left 1930

C. & C. Radio Service, Inc., 11 North Ave. East

The career df “Buck” ·Adams in Rotary was a short one.

He joined the club on Feb. 26, 1929 and left not ~uite a year later, on Jan. 9th, 1930. He attended the Charter Night of the Metuchen Club, and reported the visit at the Cranford meeting of Apr. 5th, 1929. The next mention in the club records, 1s his report on the Dallas, Tex., Convention of R.I., at the meeting of June l~th.

Again in 1929, on Aug. 16th, he talked to the club on his classification of Radios and Refrigerators. The club sent him its sympathy when he was hospitalized after leaving the club, and on Aug. 15th, 1930, his appreciation was read to the membership. The last

time his name appears, is on Nov. 1, 1934, when he attended a reunion tribute to Cha·rter President, Rev. Kenneth D. Martin.

*Albert, Thos. Vincent – Building Contractor

Born 1888, Died 1968 Joined 1937, Left 1944

Home 30 Dunham Ave., Cranford

Tom Albert was the leading builder in Cranford, for many year s, and his reputation was of the highest.

During his ac~~~ity as a builder in Cranford, he erected more thin-JOO homes. He live1 in Cranford from

the early 1930′s until 1947. At the time of his death, July 3. 1968, he lived in Plainfield. He was born on Mar. 10th, 1888, in Cincinnati, Ohio and entered the steel industry, and there invented several manufacturing processes still used. He was also associated with the School of Mines, Golumbia University. For many years he was treasurer of Union College and was also trustee emeritus at the time of his death. He serve:i on the Board of Education in the 19401,8, 09.113 t n 1958 received the community service award from the Cranford Board of Realtors. Religious activities included service on the Advisory Board of the Baptist Home for the Aged in Newark, and memberships in the Gideons International anj the Christian Business Men’s Club. His wife, Mabel Wiljermuth Albert, and Tom were the parents of two daughters and one son, T.V.,Jr.

His Rotary career began with his election to club membership on July 22, 1937. and his induction a week later by

Dob Ha r d e u , Charter PresL1eni..:. of’ the Westfield Club, and organizer of the Cranford Club. His son was listed three times as a guest of his father, in 1942 and 1943. On

Sept. 9th, 1942, at a Rotary Club picnic at his home, his 1aughter Katherine led an orchestra. Wedding anniversary greetings were tendered by the club on Feb. 4thi 1943.

He was again host to the club at a picnic on Ju y 22nd,

1943. On Dec. 2nd of that year he was paired with the

late Stan Mac Clary to arrange the hosting of the Cran-

ford Football Team, by the club. The late Father Frank Sherlock. past president, entertained with Sleight of

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Albridge~ Kenneth P. – Stove Manufacturing -3-

Joined 1939, Left 1941

AGA Stove Co., 24 South Ave. West

Ken Albridge proved to be an active and productive Rotarian whose career was cut short when he left the AGA Stove Co. to accept a position with the Ordnance Department. The stove division was dropped by AGA.

The latter company has a long record of developing divisions for new products, some, such as the Elastic Stop Nut Corp., being eminently successful.

Ken was inducted June 8th, 1939 and his resignation was accepted Mar. 20th~ 1941. His name firs t appears

in the records as a golfer when he was a member of a team that on Sept. 2C3th, 1939, beat the Lions. Incidentally, the Lions were not always losers. Others among the winners were Walter Coffee, William Reel, Jr., Newell Stepp~ William J. Willsey a.nd Carroll Sellers.

The club’s Rotary “Crier” for Feb. 20th, 1940 shows that he served on: ~a committee with Charles Ray, under the chairmanship of “AB” Caldwell, which set up a Ladies Night for the club’s Rotary Anns.

His name next occurs when he gave a talk on the AGA stove development at the meeting of April 4th, 1940.

The following week he was elected a director for the 1940-41 Rotary year, and, as director, chaired the Vocational Service Committee. On July 25th, he was among the members who made the annual club visit to the Cranford Boy’s Camp. At the club’s annual picnic on Sept. 19th, he and John E. Mongan were reported as winners in Men’s Horseshoes, and Mrs. Albridge as winner at Women’s Croquet.

On Jan. 9th, 1941, Ken headed one of two attendance teams that, after two months ended in a tie. Rowland Blythe headed the rival team.

Ken’s popularity was shown by the fact that a clock was presented to him by the club when he had to resign.

Allen, John Andrew – Offset Printing

Joined 1967

Allen Printing Co., 41 North Ave. East

Jack is a native son, a son of a Lion father who has been a great contributor to our community life. He graduated from Cranford High School, and received a

B. S. in printing management from Carnegie Tech. in Pittsburgh. He was inducted on the 6th of July, 1967 and has maintained perfect attendance during his 2 years.

Accounts from Jan. 18, 1968 show that the bowling team had promptly drafted Jack. For the 1968-69 year he was Assistant Sgt.-at-Arms. On August 22, 1968, Clint Crane put on a classification talk with Ralph Taylor and Jack Allen telling about the operations of their three businesses.

For the year 1969-70 Jack is serving as chairman of the Fund Ra l.slng Committee, one of the toughest assign-ments.

*A.1IGn. uJilliam S. Restaurants

Born 1886, Died 1957 Joined 1946, Left 1955

Robert F. Downs, Inc., (Howard Johnson) Route 22, Spgfld.

Bill Allen (no relation to Jack) was a native of Massachusetts, who came to Cranford about 1940. While in New England, he was associated with Howard Johnson. Prior to the Springfield restaurant, he operated a Howard Johnson on Central Ave., East Orange. During florld ivar II, he was in charge of food supplies at the Princeton Military Training School. At the Springfield Howard Johnson, he Was treasurer and manager

of the corporation and restaurant, which was our meeting place until it Was badly damaged by fire on July 12th, 1951.

Bill was inducted Sopt. 19th, 1946 and Was next heard from on Dec. 26th, when he was one of the recent inductees giving talks on their classifications. He gave his biographicle sketch on Jan. 12th, 1950. For the year 1948-49 he was chairman of the Auditing Committee, and during 1950-51, he was chairman of the Luncheon Committee. He maintained perfect attendance until his resignation, Sept. 1, 1955 – almost 9 years. It was at this time that he moved to Bordentown where he went into partnership in a new Howard Johnson with Robert Meyer. his son-in-law and brother of Cranford’s TOl”nship Committeeman lrlilliam Meyer.

Bill died Nov. 14, 1957 at his winter home in Boca Raton, Florida.

* ALLISON f LOUIS ROBBINS (Charter) Moving and Storage

Born 1883, Died 1962 – Joined 1923, Left 1927

Rejoined 1946, Left 1957,

Honorar,y 1958 to 1962

Robbins & Allison, Inc., 213 South Ave. East

Lou Allison was a gentle man who WaS considerate and co-operative in his relations with others. He was born on Feb. 7th, 1883 in Jersey City and spent early years in Elizabeth. He Was affiliated with his firm from 1913 until his retirement in 1954. He was a1::;,’0 a founder of the Greely Building and Loan Association and its president from 1922 until 1938 when it Was merged with the Cranford Savings and Loan Assoc. During World war II, he was Chief Air Raid lrVarden of Cranford, to which he had come about 1922. He died the last day of 1962.

Lou Was induced by Sam Hinman and Ken Martin to beoome one of the Charter Members of the club, and his membership applica tion is dated Feb. 15, 1923. His first mention in the chronicles of the club, is that on July 24. 1924, he sent a truck to Barnegat to pick up fish that had been caught by a Rotary expedition. It WaS common practice to use the catch at club lunch. On May 27, 1925, both he and his Rotar,v Ann participated in Rotary Day at the Jamesburg Reformatory, an annual event during this period.

DUring the 1925-26, and again during the 1926-27 Rotary Year. he was chairman of the Attendance Committee. During the earlier year, he was also on the Business Methods and Fellowship Committees.

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Allison (Cont.)

On Apr. 23, 1926, he reported to the club on a visl,t to the Crippled Children’s Home. He spoke on his classification of Moving and storage on the 15th of April, 1927. The respect in which he was held, is indicated by the fact that when he resigned on Dec. 23, 1927, he was awarded an Honorary membership.

The club held a Reunion for visiting Ken Martin, and Lou was a guest at this Nov. 1st 1934 meeting. He again was a guest on Feb. 18, 1943, when the 20th anniversary occurred. On Dec. 3rd, 19424 he was made Cranford’s Air Raid Warden. On Jan. 24, 19 6, he was again a guest. Lou’s second life in Rotary began with his re-induction on Sept. 19, 1946. For about 7 years, until serious illness interfered, he maintained perfect attendance. In

a series of talks on Cranford’s community assets given

on Mar. 25th, 1948, Lou talked on the community’s utilities.

The next event in which he partiCipated was the 25th anniversary. Along with Cy Perley, he reported on July 15th, 1948, on the District Assembly which he attended. The Rotary year of 1948-49 found him Chairman of the Club Service Committee. Lou, Sam Hinman, and Tom Mac Meekin were featured at the Charter Night Anniversary meeting held April 28, 1949. His 1949-50 assignment as chairmanship of the Budget Committee, and during 1950-51, he was

chairman of the Fellowship Committee. .

On Aug. 14, 1952, Vince Sarnowski put on a program <

of What Rotary has Meant to Me, with Lou Allison, Henry Whipple, Rowland Blythe, Harold Wilson, and Ken MacKay.

Lou’s perfect attendance record of over 7 years was bro-

ken when in 1954 his health failed and for almost a year

he was under treatment, most of it occasioned by wrong diagnosis of his difficulty. Once his diagnosis was corrected, he improved rapidly. He returned to the club on Feb. lOth, 1955 and gave the invocation at the club meeting.

He was assigned to the chairmanship of the Fellowship Committee for the year 1956-57 and handled a Rotary Ann luncheon that was the first to be held in some years. Lack of interest had caused it to be dropped. However, under Lou’s thoro preparations, it was so successful that the luncheon has been continued since. On the 23rd of Aug. in 1956, Lou participated in a Club Service Forum that was,headed by’Bill Dodds.

On May 2nd, 1957, came the news that Lou was retiring to Cal Lf’o r’rif.a , and a special Farewell luncheon was held on the 30th. The California move did not stick, however, and on Aug. 29th, he was welcomed back home.

He settled in Union and was made an Honorary member on Mar. 27th, 1958. He continued his interest in the club with frequent attendance at the meetings until his death on the 31st of Dec. in 1962, which was noted in the Jan. 3rd, 1963 Cog Wheel.

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Joined 1969

Cranford Boat & Canoe Co., 2 Orange Ave.

George is a nephew of a former Rotarian, Jonathan, and is mentioned in the report for Sept. 11, 1947, as a visitor. He graduated from Cranford High School during that year. ae was inducted into Rotary on Nov. 7th, 1969. His first assignment was as Jr. Member on the Joint Civic Committee for the Board of Education, but a broken ankle necessitated relinquishing the appointment to Charles J. Stevens, Jr.

As a father, George is a champion. He has five daughters and five sons, George, Jr., James, Jonathan, Harvey and Thomas.

Apgar, Jonathan W. Art Goods, Retail

Joined 1944, Left 1945

Jack H. Apgar, 109 No. Union Ave.

Jack was a very busy Rotarian from the time of his induction on July 14, 1944 until he left on Nov. 15th, 1945 when he sold his store and became a sales engineer for the DuBois Co., manufacturers of detergents and chemicals. The first report mentioning Jack, is that he was paired v.1ith Gordon Peters in a match HUh the Lions, in T,lhich they 1tJere losers. :1e .-TaS appointed to the chairmanship of the Fe l.l.ovsh i.p Committee for 1945-46, and also t,,jaS Cog Wheel editor at the time of his resignation.

~e is the father of three children and the uncle of George Apgar as mention~d above.

Arthur, Paul C. Ice, Retailing

Joined 1927. Left 1929

Cranford Ice Co., 202 South Ave.

Paul Arthur was secretary and treasurer of a business whose future waS to be doomed by the refrigerator. His induction took place on Aug. 25th, 1927 and he was then appointed to the Float Committee for a river pageant that took place on the 7th of July. For the Rotary year of 1929-30, he was appointed Sgt.-at-Arms, but he resigned Oct. 1, 1929.

,}<.Austin, Ber-ke Ley C. Lawyer

Joined 1925, Left 1926

Office 32 Court St.Bk1yn., Residence Forest Ave.

Berkeley Austin’s birth date and death date are not recorded, but his t.rife died May 21st, 1967 at the age of 83, which would place her year of birth at 1884, and presumably, that of her husband would have occurred in

the Same period. ~-Ie served at one time as ‘I’ownsh i.p Attorney. He WaS inducted Nov. 19th, 1925 and left the club Sept. 18th, 1926. He ~ .. J”aS appointed chairman of the Auditing CommUtee for 1925-26, and for 1926-27. rIe was also appointed to Attendance, Community Service and to

the Program CommUtees for 1925-26.

Baker, Eric J. Photography, Commercial -7-

Joined 1948, Left 1949

Office and Studio, 6 Alden St.

Eric Baker’s major customer was the Bell Telephone system but he toyed with the idea of retreating into Portrait photography eventually. Serious illness resulting in the death of his wife had complicated his problems, when he decided to close the office and concentrate on his commercial work. He had been a Rotary guest on the 19th of Sept. 1947, and again on March 11, 1948. A week later he was inducted into membership which he gave up with the closing of his office on July 12th, 1949. He revisited the club on June 19th, 1952. He had one daughter and two sons, Eric,Jr., and Robert.

Barnett, Milton J. Liquors, Retail

Joined 1967, Left 1968

Barnett’s Wines & Liquors, 30 Eastman st.

This career in Rotary was another short one because the subject withdrew from the firm and joined the Fed~ay Wholesale TJiquoDs, in Jersey City. He graduated from the Hillside, NsJ. High School and from N.Y.U. with a degree in Accounting. Milton was president of the N.J. Package Stores Assoc. and on Oct. 6, 1966 was re-elected for a third term as president of the State Retail Liquor Assoc. He was also a past-president and director of the Cranford Business Association (Chamber of Commerce). On Nov. 22nd he was elected Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce which succeeded the Business Association. At the same period he was also chairman of the Commercial division

of the United Fund. He was inducted into Rotary on Feb. 16th, 1967, and left on Mar. 28th, 1968.

Bartner, Milton Appliange Distributors, Wholesale

Joined 1969

Apollo Distributing Co.,lO ~9mmerce Dr.

Milt is too recent a member to have acquired any record. He was born in Kearney and attended the Newark College of Engineering. He is also a veteran of W.W.II. Milt’s introduction to Rotary was at the Dec.5th, 1968 Salute to Industry program. He was inducted into membership, along with 8 others, in the largest induction the club has had, on April 3rd, 1969. He has 2 daughters and 2 sons, Jeffrey and Howard.

Baureis, George Brazing Service

Joined 1959, Left 1967

E.F. Britten & Co. 24 South Ave. West

George Baureis was inducted on Sept. 4, 1959, and continued his membership until Feb. 7, 1967 when he left his firm to set up his own business in Clark.

His first service in the club was as Assrt Sgt.-atArms. For 1962~63, he was made Attendance Chairman. As chairman of the attendance committee, he reported on committee plans at the meeting of Aug. 23rd, 1962, under Club Service Committee chairman, Lew Laird. For 1963-64 he was chairman of the Rotary Information committee and

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Beekhuysen, William J. Engre. 1 Power Plant -8-

Joined 1963

Office – 16 No. Union Ave.

Bill, according to the Chronicle, was inducted on

the 20th of June, 1963, altho the official roster gives the date of his membership on July 1,1963, the start

of the Rotary year. He attended the District Institute and reported on his experience, along with Lew Laird and Bob Dennis, on Sept. 26, 1963. On the 24th of October, 1963, he gave his biographical sketch. A talk on his occupation was given on July 29th, 1965, under Vince Sarnowski, and he shoved a film on Steam Power Plant Electrical Generation on the 2nd of Dec., 1965· He was appointed chairman of the Fellowship Committee for the year 1966-67. Bill returned to Holland for a visit to his native town and reported on the visit at a meeting on the 17th of Aug. 1967, and commented further in a program Oct. 9, 1969, which was arranged by Buddy Bergen.

~!-BELL, CLYDE C. (Charter) Architect

Born 1881, Died 1946 Joined 1923, Left 1934

C. C. Bell, 8 South Ave. West

Clyde Bell was born in Jermyn, Pa., and came to

Cranford about 1901. His membership card reads Feb. 15, 1923, as a Charter member, and he left the club during

the depression on July 26, 1934·

The first report of activity was on the 21st of

June, in 1923, when he talked on his classification of architecture. A little over a year later, Sept. 18th, 1924, Clyde Bell was one of 8 judges at a swimming meet conducted by the club. The meets conformed to Boy Scout rules so that Scouts could win Scouting honors for their participation. On May 27th, 1925, both Mr. and Mrs. Bell were among club members and guests who made the trip to the Jamesburg Reformatory. For the year 1925-26, he was chairman of both the Publicity and the Community Service Committees. He served two terms as Treasurer, from 1926- 27, to 1927-28. On the 15th of April, 1927, he again spokf

to the club on Architecture.

On May 26th, 1928, the club sponsored a Scout Rally

at which Clyde Bell was 1 of 5 judges. He participated

in a fishing expedition along with George Lutz, Newman Col· lins, and John Heins. These fishing trips sometimes provided the lunch at a regular meeting of the club. Another expedition to the Cranford Boys’ Camp took place

on the 19th of July, 1928. During the year 1928-29,

and again during 1930-31, Clyde served as chairman of the 6th Object committee. It took a little research to discover that this was the International Service committee. On Nov. 29th, 1929, he was chairman tor a Card Party, held Dec. 13th, 1929, for the benefit of the Crippled

Children’S Home in Westfield.

The Rotary year of 1930-31, as well as 1931-32, saw

him on the Board of Directors of the club, and, during the first term, also Chairman of the Auditing Committee. He was again Auding chairman during the year 1932-33.

A tip-off on his character was the leading of club singinf

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Bell (Cont.)

An Intercity Meet was held Feb. 23, 1933, on the occasion of the Anniversary of R.I., at Red Bank. Sam Hinman and Clyde Bell represented the Cranford club. For the Rotary year 1933-34, Clyde was drafted for the chairmanship of the Program Committee. The following year he was appointed again as Auditing chairman, but he resigned on July 26, 1934. He did, however, attend

a Reunion on Nov. 1st, featuring a visit from Ken Martin. His death occurred on the 29th of April, 1946.

Berardinelli, Carmon Lumber, Retail

Joined 1947, Left 1947

Standard Lumber Co. 94 High St.

Carmon’s connection with Standard Lumber was shortlived, as was his membership. He joined the club on July 17th, 1947, and left on the 31st of Dec. 1947, when he left the company. He was succeeded by Steve Orlando. The one mention of him. in the records, was that he gave a brief talk on his classification on Aug. 21, 1947.

Bergen, Boris Photography, Retail

Joined 1958

Bergen Camera Exchange, 34 North Ave. West

Buddy Bergen has a very distinguished career in the community. Following graduation from Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City, he attended N.Y.U., and spent three years in the Army Air Corps, during W.W.II. He came to Cranford in 1954, when he took over the camera store operated by Paul Martens. Buddy was inducted on March 20, 1958, and he was immediately assigned as Junior Member to the Joint Civic Committee for Encouraging Candidates for the Board of Education. During his second year, of course, he went on to serve as Senior Member of the Joint Committee. One year after joining the club, he authored the welcoming song we still use ten years later. It was first published in the Cog Wheel for Mar. 19th, 1959.

At the Aug. 28th, 1959 meeting of the club, he began his campaign for the Central Parking Plaza, on behalf of the Cranford Business Association. On Sept. 24, he replaced Cory Kammler on the Fund Raising committee,when the latter moved to princeton. He continued on this committee with the chairmanship for 1960-61. Buddy proved also to be a good golfer and was a member of the team that won second place in the District Golf Tournament held June 23rd, 1960, at the Deal Country Club. Others on the team were Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel,

Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charley RaY,Sr., Carroll Sellers, and Noman Roden.

He briefed the club on Fund Raising plans during the Club Activities program prepared by Vince Sarnowski, on Aug. 25th, 1960. The project was the presentation of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra together with the N.Y.U. Glee Club on March 2, 1961. The program netted $750.00 for the club.

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Bergen (Cont.) Buddy was among six who gave talks on Halloween on the 27th of October, 1960.

In the meantime, Buddy served as Chairman of the community’s United Fund Campaign following his appointment Nov. 22, 1961. The Cog Wheel of Oct. 13, 1966, recognized his continuing work with the United Fund, as a member of the Board of Directors, as special gifts chairman, and in 1967 as Industry chairman. Frank Dooley, president of the Cranford Boys’ Camp praised him for his service to the camp on Dec. 14th, 1967.

Buddy was president of the Chamber of Commerce, as reported Dec. 9th, 1965, and continued as a director for the following year. On Mar. 9th, 1967, Rod Smith, on behalf of the Chamber, presented him with its Man of the Year Award. During this period he urged the Rotary Club to assume leadership, with the Chamber of Commerce, in revitalizing the Central Business section. In this, he had the support of Rod Smith.

In Rotary, he turned author again, to write two songs to be used at the club’s 40th Anni’versary program for May 22nd, 1963. He was chairman of the Youth Service committee for 1963-64, and in this connection gave the committee’s report at the July 18th, 1963 meeting on Club Activities, presented by Fletch Gilpin. He was again on the District Golf Tournament team June 19th, 1964 and on the Union County Rotary Golf team for Oct. 28th, 1965. Buddy was Cranford’s Chairman for the Area Meeting of the District, held at the Chi-Am Chateau on Mar. 2Jrd 1967. He was elected as a director for the 1968-69 year, and served as Vocational Service chairman. Again, in 1969-70, he was elected a director, and this time served as International Service chairman. In line with this assignment, he presented a program of reports from Rotarians who had made up at foreign clubs. These included Bill Beekhuysen, Cy Breen, Edc.Coe , Sam Eisenberg, Henry Feil, Bernie Kott, Tow Sordill, and Charles Wilder.

A post-script should include the fact that the Cog Wheel of Sept. 9th, 1968, reported his appointment to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Buddy is the father of a daughter and identical twin sons.

Biach, John L. Engrg. Consulting, Sr. Active

Joined 1947

Now – Biach Industries, 210 South Ave. East

As the son of an Austrian Born Engineer, John spent some of his early years in central Europe as a traveler.

He attended Yale’s Sheffield School of Engineering, where he taught for two years follOWing his graduation. Coming to Cranford, he set out as a consulting engineer. Later he developed some inventions on which Biach Industries is based. His teaching experience led to his service as the Director of Cranford’s Adult School which is still operating.

John was inducted into Rotary on July 17th, 1947.

About a month later, Aug. 21st, he gave a talk on his

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Biach (Cont.)

reviewed the ma~azine on a pro~ram that included Ken

Hac Kay, 3ill Smith. and ll1alter Coffee. He attended the Rotary international Convention at New York City in

June, 1749. On Oct. 6th, he was appointed to represent Rotary on the Community Council. Toward the end of 19L~9, on Dec. 15th, he shared a meeting with Harold Wilson and Paul Selby, on the subject of Teaching. For 1950-51, he was elected to serve as Secretary of the club. According to the Co~ Wheel, John was one of 13 who attended an Intercity Meeting at the Far Hills Inn, in Somerville.

Another District affair attended by John, was the District Conference held May 11th and 12th 1950 at Asbury Park. He was one of 10 Cranford members to make the trip. John was one of the 8 secretaries of the club to repeat, serving a second term in 1951-52. He was

an official delegate to the Apr. 26 & 27, 1951 at Asbury

Pa rk , along with the preSident, Stan r1ac Clary.: EVS’llyn an9- John Btach and Sue and Stan IVTacClary also journeyed together to the Rotary International Convention at Atlantic City,

on May ?7th to list. He reported on the convention at the club me e t t nc of June 14th, i951. Another activity, was participating in the orf.anization of a series of dances

at the High School to help build the Student Loan Fund.

‘.lurin,a- the Rotary year of 1952-53, John was to

serve as Vice-President, but just before taking office, Joe Milton retired, with the loss of his classification, and John went on directly to the presidency of the club.

John was also becoming famous as a master chess player. He was secretary-treasurer of the N.J. State Chess Federation, and champion of the Plainfield Chess Club.

The Newark New of Aug. 26, 1956, rated John as one of the 50 best players in the United States. He gave a talk on Chess on Oct. 14th, 1954.

But, back ,to Rotary, District Govelnor Nominee Stan Mac Clary announced that John would be his District Secretary for the 1953-54 year. As past President of the club, he was also to serve as a d.irector. In addition, along with Vince Sarnowski, he was to represent the club on the reorganization \)f the Community Council, and as chairman of the Club Service Committee. On Oct. 27th and 28th, John and Evelyn, along with the Longakers and the Chamberlins represented the club at the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls. The three Rotari.ans reported to the club on Nov. 5th, 1953. As chairman of the Club Service committee, he put on a year end review with Ken

Mac Kay talking on International Service, Henry Whipple speaking as Historian, and Van Chamberlin on Club Activi-

ties.

John was appointed as one of the club’s representatives

on the Joint Civic Committee and went on to become its chairroan. On Nov. 21st, 1954, with Pete Clar1{, he reported on the District Conference held Oct. 27 and 28 at :SUC1{ Hill Fal1:s. Be replaced the allinQ’ Joe Caruso on a committee with Bob Crane, Jr., and Morris Siegel to investiaate a Pony League. As Rotary Informatlon Committee chairman for 1955-56, he attended the District Assembly at the Pines, in Sept., with

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Biach (Cont.)

Inconnection with his Rotary Information Committee assignment, he gave a talk on the subject on Jan. 5th, 1956. On Sept. 20th, he conducted a quiz program on the Rotarian magazine. On Dec. 13th he was assigned to a neW committee on Community Planning, along with Ed Lewis, Bob Dennis, and Patty Grall, chaired by Van Chamberlin. His next appearance on a Rotary program, was on Jan. 30th, 1958, when he showed motion pictures of an assembly line that he had designed for a corrugated box manufacturer.

John was reported as convalGscing from a heart attack at Muhlenberg Hospital on May 8, 1958. The following July 24th, he was welcomed back to the club. June 30th, 1960, Art Burditt conducted a Rotary Information quiz that was won by John. A more important and significant award was received by him on Feb. 1st, 1965. This was the 1964 John C. Vaaler Honor Award for his new air-operated portable High Pressure Pump, presented by Putnam Publishing Co. Another invention that became of national significance

was his Hydraulic Bolt Tensioner, and its use was the subjuct of an illustrated talk on Feb. 3rd, 1966. During the Rotary year 1966-67, John served on the Board of Directors as chairman of the Past Presidents’ Committee.

*Bienfang, George I. Oil Burner Distr.

Joined 1934, Left 1937 – Died 1944 Stephens Sales Corp., 406 Prospect st.

George was elected to membership on May 16th, and was inducted on the 24th of May, 1934. On June 28th, he gave a talk on his classification. For the year 1934-35, he was chairman of the Club Service and of the Fellowship committees. Showing one of his talents, he led the singing on Jan. 17th, 1935, with Frank Sherlock. Another talent was shown when he recited a poem on Mar. 7th.

A Ladies’ Night was held at the Mountainside Inn on April 4th, under the chairmanship of George. He was elected a director of the club for the year 1935-36. Another Ladies’ Night was arranged by him for May 15th, 1936 at the Echo Lake Country Club. For the following Rotary year·,. 1936-37 he served as chairman of the Vocational Service Committee. On Jan. 7th, 1937, he sponsored a resolution accepted by

the club on the subject of Dr~Ying Safety.

The last mention of his name is on Mar. 23rd, 1944, when condolences were sent to his widOW, following his death, at Cinclnnati, Ohio.

*B LAKES LEE , CLARENCE E. (Charter) Paints, Retail

Joined 1923, Left 1923, Died sometime between 1938 and 1943. Retail Paint Store, North Ave. East

.: .There is little in the records on Clarence Blakeslee. His Charter Member application is dated Feb. 15th, 1923, and it is noted that he left in July of the same year. He did speak on his classification of Paint, on May 17th. It is also recorded that he attended a reunion, held Nov. 1, 1934.,

*Blythe, Dr. Rowland P.

Joined 1925, Left 1958

Office, Springfield Ave.

 

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Born 1891, Died 1961

 

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Rowland Blythe was born Dec. 31, 1891, at Wappinger’s Falls, in Dutchess County, N.Y. He received his M. D. from Cornell Medical school in 1912, then interned and was a resident phy-

sician at Bellevue Hospital, in New York, until 1915. He spent

18 months in the Medical Corps, in France during World War I, and had the distinction of being captured by the Turks AFTER the war was over. He was head of 5 hospitals involved in Near East Relief.

Coming to Cranford in 1919, he became associated “lith both the Elizabeth General and the st. Elizabeth Hospitals. In addition to his hospital connections in Elizabeth, he was Jail PhysiCian of the Union County jail in Elizabeth,

from 1928 until 1960. He was also a past president of the Union County Medical Society, as well as the Cranford PhYSician’s Club.

Rowland was elected to membership Nov. 26, 1924, and was inducted on Jan. 5th, 1925, not quite two years after the club started. During his entire career as a Rotarian, he~’maintained”perfect attendance for 33 years, a record

now exceeded only by that of Charles Ray, Sr., with a current record of 34 years. However the record of Charles Ray has been maintained without technical devices such as were used to protect that of Rowland. He was hospitalized in 1948 when the one-year old Kenilworth club held meetings at his hospital room. This practice is now officially frowned on by Rotary International.

His Rotary career began with his Chairmanship of what was then called the Rotary Education committee, and twice he spoke on Rotary Education, the first time on June 24th, 1926, and again on Oct. 29th, when Fellowship was also included in his talk. Again in 1926~27, he served as chairman of the Rotary Education committee, and on Jan. 14th, 1927, he talked on medicine. On March 1st, 1928, he was

a member of a Cranford Rotary Quartet that included George T. Kelly, Lyman Loveland •. Jr., and Dr. Vernon Still.

Rowland did not hesitate to attend Rotary affairs.

On Sept. 7th, 1928, he spoke on a visit to the Dover club, and on Nov. 15th, he reported on the Belleviij~Charter Night. In 1933, June, he was alternate delegate under William Ehmling to the Rotary International convention

at Boston, Mass. He was elected a director of the club for 1930-31, and for the second time, on Dec. 11th, 1931, talked on the medical profession. For 1933-34, he was elected as vice-president of the club, but refused because of modesty to undertake the presidency for another six years. In addition to serving as vice-president, he was chairman of the Vocational Service committee during

the same year. On Jan. 11th, 1934, it was reported that

he led club singing. His 1935-36 assignment was the chairmanship of the Classification committee.

On Oct. 3, 1935, it was noted that he was the

center of some publicity in connection with his position as jail physician. One of the prisoners complained of delayed treatment, and the complaint reached the newspape~~,_~ut Row-

Blythe (cont.)

 

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Among Roland’s 1938 activities was service on a communi ty Independence, Day committee, as chairman of the Cranford representatives on the committee. He reported on the committee’s plans, on June 2, 1938. A week later he was appointed to a committee to select 10 boys to be sponsored by the club to the Cranford Boys’ Camp. On the 26th of Jan. 1939, he was again elected, by the directors, to serve as Vice-President to fill the unexpired term of Walton Robinson, who had resigned.

For the year 1939-40, Rowland this time did accept the presidency of the club, and with it the chairmanship of the Aims and Objects committee. The latter committee is no longer maintained by the cl.ub . During this same period, he was vice-president of the Union County Medical Society. On Oct. 18th, he headed a group of Rotarians who attended a testimonial dinner to R. I. President Walter Head, of,.Montclair. The group included Frank Sherlock, Walter Coffee, Patty Grall, Charles Dooley, Charles Ray

and Sam Hinman. For the 1940-41 year, of course, he served as a director-past president.

On Aug. 8th, 1940, Win Britton, Sr., conducted a quiz program that was won by Win, Jr., and Rowland Blythe. Starting with Jan. 9th, 1941, the club- had an attendance contest that ran for two months and still ended in a tie. Rowland headed one team and Ken Albridge the other. A Past President’s Sextet gave a concert(?) on April 2, 1942. The membership included Rowland, Frank Sherlock, Henry Whipple, Sam Hinman, Bill Willsey, and Charles Ray.

An important event for Cranford Rotary was its 20th Anniversary meeting on the 18th of Feb. 1943, arranged by a committee consisting of Pat~y Grall as chairman, and Rowland Blythe, Henry ~lliipple, Charles Dooley, and Nels Kling. A Ladies Night followed on May 11th, with Rowland as chairman, and Nels Kling and Norman Gibbs on the committee. 60 attended the affair at the Maison Billia.

A series of programs on medical topics involved Rowland. An allied topiC, Professional Ethics was covered by Henry Whipple, Sam Hinman, Charles Ray, and Rowland. on” Nov. 4th, Dr. Carl Hanson, and Dr. Blythe talked on Public Health. Two weeks later, Nov. 18th, 1943, Carl Hanson,

Dr. Gordon Peters, and Rowland Blythe discussed the Wagner, Murray, Dingle Bill on Socialized Medicine. On Jan. 20, 1944, Dr. Frank Foster, Carl Hanson, Sam Hinman, and Rowland, all talked again on Socialized Medicine. On Aug. 31, Rowland and Gordon Peters Held a debate on Socialized Medicine.

On Dec. 28th, 1944, Father Sherlock and Rowland Blythe gave the highlights of their respective terms of office.

A desk set was presented to Rowlandon Jan. 31st, 1946, when he reached 21 years of ~errect attendance. In July, he was hit hard with the death of his bosom friend, Rev. Frank Sherlock. At a memorial service at the club, on July 18th~ this very vital member of the club was lauded by Wade Poston, and Henry Whipple, as well as by Rowland Blythe.

A seminar on Heart Diseases was held on the 12th of Feb., 1948, With Drs. Carl Hanson, Gordon Peters, and Rowland.Blythe. participating. Gordon Peters, himself. was a

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broken leg. He was back on Sept. 30th, 1948. In 1950, on the 20th of April, Patty Grall, put on a program that involved 11 past presidents of the club on why they

chose their professions, and Rowland was one of these.

It was reported on Oct. 5th, of the same year, that he had been made president of the Clinical Society of the Elizabeth General Hospital. Another group program was arranged by Vince Sarnowski on the 14th of Aug. 1952,

in which Rowland, Henry Whipple, Harold Wilson, Lou Allison and Ken Mac Kay spoke on “What Rotary has Meant to Me. II The final important assignment was as chairman

of the Classification committee for the year 1957-58. But he resigned his active membership in the club on Mar. 27th of that year and was made Honorary.

Death of so many of his close f~iends and associates seemed to remove the incentive for continuing in Rotary and he could not be persuaded to attend meetings. He retired from his position as Jail Physician in 1960, after 32 years. He had again been hospita.lized in 1959, and

was reported June 18th, 1959 as convalescing at home.

Two years later to the day, in 1961, he died leaving

a son, Rowland Jr., and a daughter.

 

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Branyan, Albert Garton, Jr., Machine Tools

Joined 1956, Left 1963

Burditt Corp., 13 No. Union Ave. (Rear)

Al Branyan is a native of Mercha.ntville, N.J., and attended its schools. He attended Temple University, but

as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, he was

called into active service in September 1950. His unit

was sent to Germany Armistice Day in 1951, and returned

the following year. On his return the following year, he married Helen Burditt and joined the Burditt Corp. He

was inducted into Rotary on May 10th, 1956 and was made Sgt.-at-Arms for 1957-58. FOr the 1959-60 year he was designated as Assistant Historian, but B~v~E h~q?ny ~ccasion to serve.

For 1950-61, he was chairma~reCOn’il’lf1itee, and for 1961-62 chairman of the Attendance committee. For the Intercity rally of Feb. 19th, 1961, he served as chairman of the arrangements committee. This was the special luncheon that hosted R.I. President J. Edd McLaughlin. The Burditt Corp. was sold to Charter

Machine Co. in Metuchen, and he joined the Metuchen club at the termination of his membership in Cranford on July 1st 1963.

He continued this membership for two years when he was made equipment and tool maintenan~e. snpe.rint.enclant at the Fedders Corp., in Edison. On June 27th, 1968, he attended the “Alumni Reunion” meet.i.ng at Union College.

Breen, Sidney 1. Liquor, Retail

Joined 1948

Breen’s Liquor Store, 21 No. Union Ave. 

Cy Breen was inducted on the 24th of June. 1948 as the start of a long career in the Cranford Rotary Club. He was born in New York City, but soon migrated to New Jersey.

The earliest years included Somerville, North Branch, Highland Park, Elizabeth, and Dunellen before settling in Plainfield where Cy graduated from Plainfield High School.

Cy was an adventurer who, after finishing school, vis i ted B’l rm Lncbam , Ala., Atlanta, Ga., and Roselle Park before startln~ business in Cranford. He had operated a cleanln~ and dying business in Roselle Park when he had the opportunity to buy the liquor bUsiness of Al Hirsch

in 1937. FollowinR his marriage, the Breens settled again in Plainfield where they still reside.

One of his first assignments in Rotary, was the handling of food shipments to the Isle of Jersey, with about 320 pounds contributed by members of the Cranford clUb.

The Rotary club of Jersey had been paired with Cranford in correspondence.

Cy has been active in the golfing circles of the club and donated a tournament golf trophy. In June 1950 he had been paired with Roy MacBean in a win from the Lions. He again was in a pairing with Ace Corbin, but this

time on the losing side on June 22, 1951. On Dec. 15th, 1951, Cy was elected president of the Cranford Business Association. predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce. Another loss to the Lions was registered with Ernie lliolford on June 19th, 1953. On June 7th, 1955, Cy was on the winning side against the Lions.

A second term as president of the Business Association began with his election on Dec. 3rd, 1953. For the Rotary year 1953-54, Cy was chairman of the Rotary Information committee. The July 2nd, 1959 Cog Wheel reported him as recuperating at home from surgery at New York Hospital. Again in golf, the Oct. 3rd Cog Wheel reported

him as a winner, with third low net, in a club golf tournament.

During 1967 Cy served as chairman of the Commercial Division of the United Fund. In March 1968, he and his Rotary Ann visited Greece and Israel, and reported on the experience on Oct. 9th. 1969. He is the father of two children, a dauFhter who t~aches school in Catskill, N. Y. and Charles Breen, an M.D. in Psychiatry.

Briede, Edward Retail Grocer

Joined 1935, Left 1933

Union Food Store, 106 l.~alnut Ave.

Ed Briede was elected to membership on Feb. 7th, 1935 and inducted the following week. His record, however, was relatively short, with the loss of his classification upon moving to Plainfield, and he reSigned April 4th, 1938. He was chairman of the Vocational Service committee for 1935- 36, and was elected a director for the year 1937-38, a term that was slightly abbreviated with his resignation. The only other mention of Bj in the records is that he spent his Aug. 1936 vacation in the Catskills.

*Brl tten, Edwin F. III Garden Tool ~1fg.

Born 1914, Died 1956, Joined 1952, Left at death. E.F. Britten & Co. 24 South Ave. West

Ed Britten was born Mar. 1st, 1914, in Jersey City.

He attended Peddie Institute, and Princeton from which

he graduated in 1936. He was a Lieutenant in the Army Ordinance Dept. during the war. As a vice-president of Monroe Calculating he founded and was 1st chairman of the Man-

 

 

 

 

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Joln~d 1934, Left 1946 Died 1950

Packing En.gineering Corp., 972 Lincoln Ave. 

Win Sr. was the elder of the first father and son combination in. Cranford Rotary. He was elected to membership on. May 16th, 1934 and inducted on. May 24th. He talked on. his classification. on June 28th, and he immediately was called on to fill the 1934-35 chairmanship of Vocational SerVice. For 1935-36, he was a director of the Club. On. the 17th of Jan. in 1935, he gave a talk on. a trip he had taken through Texas. Again on. May 7th, 1936, he was welcomed back from a six-week trip. He began to urge the inclusion of the town. of Cranford on state Highway signs, and this stirred the interest of the club. Pursuit of the subject was referred to Bill Reel who was chairman of Club SerVice. In. 1937 he was called on for two programs. The first. on Jan. 7th, was occasioned by the General Motors strike, and the subject was Employer-Employee relations. The second talk was on his 3-month tour of the West.

In. 1938, his first assignment was the arranging of a Ladies Night held on May 5th at the Half-Way House in Mountainside. Its success merited a vote of thanks from the club. He was made a director for the year 1938-39.

Win was not only active in Rotary. but in community affairs, as well. He was born in Brooklyn, but lived in. Cranford from 1909 until 1945, when he retired to Clearwater, Fla. and to Dunedin. During World war I, he served as a

1st Lieut. He was a founder of and 1st president of the original Cranford Civic and Business Association which

lasted from 1938 until world War II when. it died out.

He was the founder and had been president of Packing Engineering Co. which manufactured pipe-line packing

for such uses as oil and steam lines. He was one of eleven. members of an advisory committee of the Small Business Men’s ASSOCiation as well as other counseling aSSignments during the depression period of 1938. In. Sept. of that year he attended a Pittsburgh Convention of the National Association. of Small Business Men, but most of his extensive travels were in line with the distribution of his packing products.

Win made a trip to South America, from which he returned on Feb. 2nd, 1939. For the Rotary year of 1939-40 he was made chairman. again of the Vocational Service committee, and the following year of the Rotary Information committee. On Aug. 8th, 1940, he conducted a Rotary Informa t Lon quiz in which Rowland Blythe and vlin Jr. were the Winners. In July 1941, he headed a Fund Raising committee that included Bill Reel and Bill D’Arcy. Win conducted a Forum on Employers’ Responsibilities to military inductees on Feb. 26, 1942. The following June 4th, he was welcomed back after a tour of the South and Southwest, and spoke

of the war efforts in thos e areas. He talked on his own. company’s war effcrts on. Sept. 3rd. Post-War Planning

was the subject of a Forum on Jan. 28, 1943 under Charles Cole. Participating, in addition to Win, were Henry Whipple, Fran.k Sherlock, Carroll Se llers, Charles Ray and Wade Poston.

Mechanical Parking Joined Elizabeth Club

Vocational Service committee. :{e returned from a ]:I’lorida vacat i.on on the 25th of May, 1944, and the follot.ring spring, he returned on the 8th of Harch from eight TrJeeks of illness. The decision to retire followed and on Sept. 13, 1945 he was honored with a scroll awarded by the club. Ilis actual resignation was announced on Jan. lOth, 1946. Je sent greetings to the club on Aug. 21st, 1947 , and revisited in September 1949. His death occurred on Aug. 2nd, 1950, and he was survived by two daughters, and by 1!lin, Jr.

Britton, Hinchester, Jr.

Joined 1937, Left 1950

Packing Engineering Corp., 972 Lincoln Ave.

The junior member of the father-son team waS first heard from on Dec. 31st. 1925, when 70 college students were guests of the club at a meeting featuring New York’s Senator Royal S. Copeland. Win, Jr., of course, was a graduate of Cranford schools.

ae was elected to membership on Aug. 12th, 1937. Two weeks later, his father performed the induction ceremonies. His first act as a Rotarian waS to Provide a Badge Case for the brass identification badges then in use. The case and old badges are still in storage,

but the large “sun-flower” badges have superceded them. This case

he presented on the first of April, 1938. On the 8th OCt urrea the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival of which he had charge. He was made chariman of the International Service committee for the 1938-39 year,

on Dec. 22, 1938, he was appointed to represent the club on a Board of Directors for a proposed United Fund. on Mar. 16th, 1939 he waS appointed as treasurer to fill the unexpired 1939-40 term of Henry I. Lorey who lost his c’Laas Lf’Lcat.Lorr-rxhen he left Cranford. He WaS subsequently elected to a full term as treasurer for 1940-41. According to the

Feb. 20, 1940 “Crierll, he waS also elected treasurer of the old Business Association founded by his father. The same IlCrier” reported that Win and Frank Sherlock Nere to talk to a High School Assembly on Rotary’s 35th Anniversary.

At the meeting of Aug. 8th, 1940, 14in Jr. and Rowl.and Blythe won

a quiz program on the subject of Rotary Information that waS conducted by Win Sr. Win Jr. was in charge of arrangements for a Rotary-Lions Burro Baseball game that waS played on Sept. 9th, 1940. He was also a participant. vlin Jr. was elected secretary of the club for 1941;h~ and also served as Classification Committee chairman. For the week ·or’ April 27th to May 3rd. he served under Patty Grall on the Youth Week arrangements committee, along with John Mongon. Charles Skillman. John Theisz, and John Pleasants. As secretary, he attended the District Assemble held at Red Bank, and reported to the club on Aug. 8, 1941.

Win Jr. repeated as secretary for the 1942-43 year. ae also served on a Blood Bank committee with Carl Hanson and Bill vJillsey. and was assistant editor of the “Crier”.

The year 1943-44 found him serving as vice-president, Club Service, and Program chairman. With Patty Grall, he waS an official delegate

to the District Conference. April 12th.

On” July 22, 1943, he was is charge of arrangements for a picnic held at the home of Tom Alberts, at which 60 attended. This was followed by another program of which he was in charge. This was the Dec. 24th Christmas program hosting service men. Win was again an official delegate, this time with Harold Wilson, to the District Conference held April 18th, 1944. The same two attended the District Assembly on June 29th, 1944.

Win Jr. was president of the club fo r 1944-45, and as president, Chairman of the Aims and Objects committee which was at the time a regularly used committee headed by the president. His year was so successful that the club won the District Governors Citation as the outstanding club in the then 271et District. The practice was dropped by R. I. not long after this award, but the writer remembers that Elizabeth had won it the year before.

For the year 1945-46, Win Jr. served as a Director, of course, as past president, and still was very active. On June 14th, 1945, the District Governor, Rev. W. Taylor Dale, came to Cranford to present the Citation, and the following week, Win, Jr. read a letter of congratulation from R.I. On Jan~ 10, 1946, he took over the active classification when his father became senior active. Other 1947 aSSignments were the arranging of Ladies Night, held May 15th, at the Blue Hills Plantation, attended by 70, and the revision of the By-Laws, on July 17th.

Cranford’s 25th anniversary was c~lebrated on April 1st, 1948, and Win Jr. served on the committee headed by Charles Ray. The 1948-49 aSSignment for Hin, was the Rotary Information committee chairmanship. The next report of his

activi ty is attenda.nce at the Rota.x:y International Convention held at New York Cit.y starting June 16th.

Beginning July 1949, Win Jr. was chairman of the Membership committee. On April 20, 1950, he was one of eleven past presidents who told the club the reasons for the choice of their profeSSions, on a program that was arranged by

Patty Gr~,ll. Following the death of his father, Hin Jr. sold his interest in Packing Engineering and went into the field of direct-mail advertiSing, in Elizabeth. He resigned from the club on Sept. 7th, 1950 and joined the Elizabeth Rotary Club where he is still a member.

The Cog Wheel for Nov. 9th, 1950 showed that he was still bowling with the Cranford club, and reports in the Chronicle showed that he was still serving as Treasurer of t.he Cranford Boy’s Camp in 1951 and in 1952. He visited the Cranford club on Jan. 1st 1956, and again at the Reunion PicniC, June 27th, 1968.

Brunner, Robert E. Optical Goods

Joined 1959, Left almost immediately

Office 16 No. Union Ave.

Bob Brunner is the son of a Westfield Rotarian. He opened up a Cranford office in Optical goods, similar to that of his father in Westfield. Bob left the office in charge of a partner and returned to Westfield where he is a member of the Rotary Club.

Jewelry, Retail

Buckner, Thomas J.

Joined 1945, Left 1950 Jane’s Jewelry, 11 No. Union Ave.

Tom Buckner was a guest on the 12th of April, 1945 and was inducted the following week. There is little in the records of any activity on his part. On Jan. 31st, 1946, Tom, Jack Pillion and Art Burditt reviewed articles in the Rotarian, and remarked about its production. His son, Tom Jr., was soloist at a Christmas party on Dec. 22, 1949. He resigned on Dec. 21st, 1950, when his business bad to be closed and he lost his classification.

Burditt, Arthur K. Machine Tools

Joined 1945

Burditt Corp., 13 No. Union Ave. (Rear)

Art was born in Montclair, but kept working his way west in the course of time. He attended Hillside, N.J. grammar schools, South Side High School in Newark, and Columbia College as well as a year at Columbia Law School. After working for McGraw-Hill’s “American Machinist” magazine, he worked with his father’s company as a tool engineer until that company was sold. He then started his own tool company, in 1944. In the meantime, he and his Rotary Ann, Hazel with their children, settled in Cranford in 1939. He was a guest on Sept. 20, 1945, and was inducted on Oct. 25th.

The Nov. 8th, 1945 Cog Wheel mentions that Art substituted on the piano for the very accomplished ReV. Frank Sherlock. As mentioned under Tom Buckner, he spoke on the mechanical aspects of producing the Rotarian, while Tom and Jack Pillion reviewed articles in the magazine.

For the year 1946-47, he was listed as assistant mUSician, and as chairman of the Vocational Service committee. In connection with this, he spoke on Vocational Service on Aug. 22, 1946. On Jan. 16, 1947, he began

setting up a Vocational Guidance plan. He worked with Vince Sarnowski who was then High School Guidance Counsellor.

The program was formulated by March 28th, and on April 17th, Vince thanked the club for its co-operation. From 1947 on, with the death of Father Sherlock, he was listed as the club’s Musician on the Committee-Calendar. William F. Burditt, Art’s father, was a visitor on Aug. 21st, 1947.

Art was assigned to the chairmanship of the Community Service committee for 1949-50, and in this connection he arranged for a series of meetings on County Government.

He had the fullest co-operation form Col. J.H.M. Dudley

who headed the Board of Freeholders, and led off the

series on July 21, 1949. Freeholder George W. Herlich

was the second in the series with a talk on the Financial problems of the county. Col. Henry Nulton was the next on the list on Oct. 20th, and on Dec. 15, 1949 Col. Dudley returned to talk on

the County’s Welfare problems. W. Richmond Tracy, Park

Engineer was the last, on Feb. 2, 1950. Col. Dudley was one

of the finest men with whom anyone could work. For 1951-52,

Art was one. of six proposed by the nominating committee to

serve on the Board of Directors, to fill three posts,

but failed to be elected. On Mar. 22, he was a delegate

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On April 10th, 1952, Art went on the Board of Dir-

ectors, with the resignation of Roy Mac Bean from the

position of treasurer because of his election to the presidency of the New Jersey Association of Insurance

Agents. Pete Clark was selected to fill the position.

As a director for 1952-53, Art served as chairman of the International Service Co~mittee. The following year 1953-

54, he was elected as secretary and with his Rotary Ann,

Hazel, attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls,

on Oct. 27th and 28th. He repeated as secretary for 1954-55, and on April 13, 1954, attended a District Assembly at Trenton. On July 8th, 1954, he reported to the clubs on the organization of the Joint Civic Committee for Encouraging Candidates for the Board of Education. He had served on the organization committee headed by Rod Smith and Jean Montenecourt. In September, he was appointed to be the club’s

junior member of the joint Committee.

Art became vice-president for the year 1955-56, and

as chairman of the Club Service Committee, which had become an automatic assignment. He was hospitalized in May 1955, but the stay was too short to affect his attendance. On Jan. 19th, 1956, he headed a forum ’1D Club Service that included Ken MacKay, BiLl Smith, Bob Crane Jr., Walter Coffee, and Bill Schroed.er. Both he and Ed Lewis talked about their occupations on May 24th, 1956. Both

he and his Rotary Ann were among club representatives at the Philadelphia Convention of R. I., held starting June 3rd.

His year as president came for 1956-57. On Nov. 1st, he reported on the 1956 District Conference, along with Cory Kammler, Bob Dennis, Nels Kling, and Bob Crane, Jr. As immediate past-president, he served another year on the Board of Directors, for 1957-58, and as chairman of the

Club Activities Committee, an automatic assignment. He talked on the Object of Rotary, on June 6th, 1957, and on Aug. 15th, he talked on the construction of the new organ

at the new sanctuary of the Methodist Church. Art and Mrs, Burditt, together with Dr. and Mrs. Coe, Mr. and Mrs. Grall, attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls on

Oct. 22nd and 23rd, 1958.

Art was chairman of the Rotary Information committee for the year 1959-60. On June 4th, 1959 he presented movies of his trip to Hawaii. Arthur, Jr. visited the club on July 2nd, and three weeks later his second son, Bob

was a visitor. In Sept., on the 4th, he presented a program on the functioning of Rotary. Ken Mac Kay talked on his

visit to R.I. headquarters at Evanston, Ill. Ed Coe talked

on Rotary at the club level, and Lyman Peck, than a past district secretary, and now a district governor nominee, spoke on Rotary at the district level. Another program on Rotary Information was a quiz held on June 30, 1960 in which Ken

t:1ac Kay and Clark Me Dermith shared the presentation. John Biach was the wimner.

For the yea.r 1960-61, Art was again chairman to the Rotary Iufo.rmation Committee. He accompanied Tow Sordill,

Bob Crane Jr., and Charles Ray, Jr., to the District Institute on Sept. 19th, at the Pines. A number of Rotarians, including Art were called on to give their biographies on Dec. l5tb~

A program of some significance was presented on Jan, 19th,

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The three planned a tribute to Henry Whipple who was still a frequent attendant as an Honorary member, at 88 years of age. Wes Stanger outlined his life, Geo, Bates his association with the Red Cross, Bob Harden (daddy of the Cranford Club and Westfield Charter President) spoke of his banking career, vJarren Halsey spole for the Antituberculosis League, and Envoy Thos. McMahon spoke for the Salvation Army. Ken Mac Kay served as toastmaster. Miss Beatrice Whipple accompanied her father who was presented with a cane. It was probably his last excurSion, because he fell at home and died one month later.

On Feb. 9th, 1961, a program that st~rted out to outline the operations of R.I. blossomed into an intercity meet that featured Charles “Ed” Dearnley director of our 5th zone of R.I., as guest speaker, and hosted

R. I. President J. Edd Mc Laughlin. Lew Unsworth, later a vice-president of R. I. made the arrangements for ‘Ed” Dearnley as speaker. In April, on the 13th, another program on Rotary Functioning had Howard Siegel as M. C.

For 1961-62, Art was named as Chairman of the Classification Committee. His most important program for the year was a second Inter-City luncheon, this time fea.turing J. P. Duminy of South Africa, then a member of the R. I. Program Planning Committee, and this year the 1st vicepresident of R. I.

The chairmanship of the Cog Wheel committee was the aSSignment for 1962-63. By virtue of this assignment, he was part of the Club service report meeting held on Aug. 23rd, 1962, under Lew Laird. Sept 6th, he gave a program on the life of Bach, using the Methodist Church organ. On Oct. 4th, he initiated the arrangements committee for the 40th Anniversary of Cranford Rotary and served as the committee secretary. The celebration was held May 22nd, 1963, and more de:ljails will be found under Glenn Klinefelter who headed the committee. In connection with the anniversary, he issued a special edition of -l:;he Cog Wheel that listed the Club’s principle achievements.

Art was first appointed Historian for the year 1963-64.

On Feb. 27th, 1964, he ga.ve an anniversary talk on the history of the Cranford club. For 1964-65, he was again chairman of the Cog Wheel committee, and in July 1964, began compiling the first edition of the District History, “Sparks”. On Aug. 25th, he was part of the Club Service panel under Bcb Dennis, and on Sept. 14th, he accompanied Charles Hill, and Ace Corbin to the District Institute at Far Hills Inn.

For 1965-66, Art wa.s chairman of the Past PreSidents’ committee, and as such was again on the club’s board of directors. On April 23rd, 1965, he and his Rotary Ann, Hazel were among the club’s representatives at the District Conference at Atlantic City, and presented the first edition

of ;~Sparks” to the conference. On Jan. 24th, 1966, as District Governor’s representative, he led a joint CranfordWestfield committee to organize the Garwood Rotary Club. Cranford members were Ira Doria, Charles Ray, Sr., Lew Laird, and Ace Corbin. Charter night was Apr. 22, 1966.

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Art and Hazel began the club history on Mar.18th,1966, and finished it Dec.23rd. It has been amended annually Since that time. Copies of the hl$tory were issued to all members, and to inductees until the past year when the supply ran low, and they were loaned. On May 1st, 1966, Art was pianist for the Memorial Service at the District Conference, and served as official conference pianist the two following years.

Chairmanship of the Cog Wheel committee was again assigned to him for 1966-67. The Cog Wheel for Oct. 13th, 1966, carried the announcement that he had been made a

Major in the United FuAG campaign. The next week, he participated in a Magazine committee program on the Rotarian, with Bill McKinlay, and Bill Sch~oeder, under John Dexheimer. A delegation of Cranford Rotarians attended a Morristown District luncheon for R. I. Pres. Richard L.Evans. Those attending were Art and Hazel, Ace Corbin, Ed Lewis, Patty Grall, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Rod Smith, and Ken Mac Kay.

Th€ Cog Wheel of Feb.16, 1967, detailed his or-g; of : -. “-, the.Elise st. Fire Exploration committee, an interclub

group, that included John Dexheimer, Patty Grall, Van Chamberlin, Malcom Pringle, Ace Corbin, and Ira Dorian, as Rotarians. Malcom Pringle and John Dexheimer served also on

the Elise st. Emergency Fund committee, and both units were mer-ged Mar. 2nd, 1967, in the Elise st. Foundation.

All members of the Joint Garwood organization committee were guests of the Garwood Rotary Cluh on Mar.13, 1967,

on the occasion of its first anniversary. For the District Conference on Apr.14 and 15th, again at Atlantic City,

the Burditts, Klinefelters, Lewises, and Ace Corbin were

in attendance. The day before the conference, Jack Gilbert, Norman Roden and Art gave biographical sketches. On M~y 13th,1967, Lou Laird and Art shared the time on Rotary Information, and on the magazine Rotarian.

The Cog Wheel Chairmanship was Art’s assignment again in 1967-68. In the Fall, he again served on the United Fund as a Director and as one of the Residential campaign chairmen. On Sept.6, he served as the judge in a quiz program on Rotary Information conducted by Clark McDermith. On Oct.5th, he participated in a Club Service program under Glenn Klinefelter, outlining the history of the Cog Wheel. On Feb.22, 1968, he gave a talk on the History and Impact of R_I. This talk was repeated in essence at Garwood, Westfield, and Roselle Park on later dates. The RoselleRc~elle Park date on Nov.15th, involved the induction of

a new member. On Mar.20th, 1968 he §erv.ed ?s-,ianist for the Group 4 area luncheon at Woodbridge. At the District Conference, Apr.29·,to May Ls t , the Cog Wheel won a. ,first place plaque. On May 5th, immediately after the conference, Art was struck by the co-incidence of runnf.ng.’ into Lew Unsworth at the District 781 conference in St. John, N. B. where he was visiting his father’s family. Lew was the R.I. President’s representative at the St. John affair. June 17th, Art attended the District Assembly with Will Jordan, Ron Sobelson, and Ace Corbin.

For 1968-69, the assignment was the Rotary Information committee. In Sept. on the 5th, Club Service committee reports were given bv Art. Jack Gilbert. Lew Laird. Vince

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Forum attended by Art. along with Glenn Klinefelter, Charles Speth and Bob Hesse. On Dec. 5th. 1968, Art took

a leaf from an earlier program presented by Nelson. Lightcap and Charles Ray. and presented a 2nd Salute to Industry Program. (The first was Jan. 14th 1965). Ike Gross served as M. C., Bob Longaker talked on. Rotary, and Malcolm Pringle talked on the municipal government. Twenty-three guests from industry attended, and three later became Rotarians.

On March 13, 1969. Art talked to the club on. the history of District 751, and its predecessors. He and Hazel had completed the 2nd edition. of “Sparks”, the district history. This edition was presented to the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, Apr. 11th to 13th, and the conferenne adopted a resolution. of appreciation for the work involved. The Garwood club made him an Honorary member for 1969-70.

In the mean.time, Art was serving his third year as a director in the United Fund ana also as chairman of the Agency Screenin.g committee. He also served a 4th year as a residential major in. the campaign.

On Aug. 7. 1969, the club awarded a distinquished service plaque for his work on. the Club H”story. Later

he suggested distribution of the By-Laws and the Constitution. to all club members, and this was done. A program on its contents was to follow. On Sept. 4th, he received his perfect attendance pin for 21 years of perfect attendance. He was rapidly approaching Oct. 25th. 2l-l-th anniversary of his membership.

Burpee, Royal H. Industrial Doors, Add. Act.

Joined 1969

Clark Doors Co., 69 Myrtle st.

Roy Burpee joined the Rotary Club in a class of nine new members on April 3rd, 1969. His name appeared earlier, however, as a guest of the Salute to Industry program. Prior to that he had participated in the Cranford United Fund as Vice-Chairman to Charles Wilder, in the Industry Drive, and was listed in. that post Aug. 24, 1967. Each year since then he has shared in the load.

He graduated from Bayside, N.Y. High School and received a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from N. Y.U. He and his family settled in Easton. Pa , , and commutes daily to Cranford. He has one daughter, and a son Royal III.

Rejoined 1947, Honorary 1956

“ABee” Caldwell was born in Wall, Pa- . and spent his early years in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., although he was a descendant of pioneer N.J. settlers. He was first in the printing business in his home town, then became superintendent of a printing plant in N. Y.C. He Came to Cranford

in 1~i9, and became a member of the Board of Education for 1927 and 1928. He lvas a member of the Board of Assessors ::1’0:;~ 1927 to 1935 when he became Tax Collector. He continued

in this position until 1956 when he retired because of his health. He was a trustee of the Cranford Historical Society, as well as member in the Historical Societies of N.J., Dutchess County, and the American National. He belonged

also to the Roselle chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

His name first appeared in the Rotary records tv-hen he secured the club’s participation in Memorial Day Exercises in 1926. He was inducted into Rotary on the 16th of April ten years later, 1936. For the year 1936-37 he was made historian of the club until Henry ~1ipple took over in

the 1939-40 year. For 1937-38, he was Sgt.-at-Arms. On Nov. 18th, 1937, AB urged that the Utility companies be asked to establish Cranford offices. On May 26th, 1938,

he served on the Rotary delegation to the Independence

Day Committee. He had also been on the committee for the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival.

For the year 1938-39. AB was Program committee chairman. On Sept. 1st, he conducted a quiz program on current events, with Bill Reel and Charles Ray as team captains,

and with Sam Hinman as judge. Two weeks later the club

had its annual picnic. AB had served on the committee

under John Freese. During 1939-40, he served as a director and was also chairman of the Fellowship committee. At

the Ladies’ Night on Apr. 20, 1939, he served as toastmaster. On the 30th of Nov. he, Bill Willsey and Sam Hinman gave their biographies. According to the Feb. 20, 1940 “Crier”, AB, Ken Albridge, and Charles Ray were to set up

a Ladies’ Night for April 18. In his absence, on Feb. 29th, his committee put on a quiz program, 15 questions on Rotary, and 15 questions on the community. On Apr. 25th and 26 ~ he was an attendant at the District Conference at Asbury Park.

Again in 1940-41, he served as a director, having been elected Apr. 11th, 1940. On May 16th, 1940, he reported on the District Conference, along with Bill Reel, Gordon Peters, and Roy Laubenheimer. On July 25th, he was among the members Visiting the Cranford Boys’ Camp. On Oct. 24th, he succeeded to the editors~ip of the “Crier” when Sonny Porcella resigned.

AB, t’ITith Frank Sherlock, and Patty Grall attended the R.I. Convention at Toronto on May 28th, 1942. [·Ie and Frank Sherlock reported on the convention on July 16th. At a club picnic on Aug. 6th. 1942, he was listed as winner of a

Bean Guessing contest.

In addition to serving as director for 1942-43, AB was also chairman of the Membership committee. It WaS reported on Sept. 24th, 1942, he was the club's representative on the Cranford Bowling League. Another quiz program was presented by AB and Sam Hinman, on Feb. 25th, 1943.

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AB was chairman of the Auditing committee for the year 1943-44. His son Lt. Brent Caldwell of the Air Force

was a guest on Dec. 9th, 1943. He visited the club again on Oct. 26, 1944, as well as Mar. 1st and April 5th, 1945. The club held another Ladies Night on May 11th, at the Park Hotel in Plainfield, with AB assiating Carroll Sellers in the arrangements. On Sept. 21st, 1944, AB talked on the possibility of a Cranford chapter of the American War Dads.

His resignation from the club is recorded as Aug. 20th, 1946. But he was a guest on Aug. 14th, 1947, and he returned to Active membership on Nov. 6th. He was made Interclub chairman for 1948-49. According to the Cog Wheel of April 25th, 1950, AB was one of 13 Cranford Rotarians who attended an Intercity meeting at Far Hills Inn.

For 1951-52, and again for 1952-53, AB was chairman of the club's Auditing committee. The Cog Wheel for Mar. 24th

1955 listed AB as recuperating from an illness, but he was unable to return to the club until the following Oct. 20th,

the difficulty having been a blood clot. He retired as

Tax Collector on the 31st of December, and from activity

in the club. On Jan. 5th, 1956, he was made an Honorary

member. He died on May 30th, 1958. Incidentally, be was married to a sister of Rowland Blythe. He was credited with

7 years of perfect attendance, though this spanned his absence.

*Cannon, Harvey P. Paper Mfg.

Born 1901, Died 1958 Joined 1948, Left 1950 (had stroke)

National Gypsum Co., North Ave., Garwood

Harvey Cannon was born Jan. 10th, 1901. He visited the Cranford Rotary Club on April 15th, 1948, and was inducted a week later. His first assignment was to work with Joe . Minton on arrangements for a Ladies' Night on May 12th, 1949, at Blue Hills Plantation, at which 80 attended. For the 1949-50 year, he was chairman of the Vocational Service committee. With Bob Crane, Jr., Stan Mac Clary and Bill Smith, he attended a District Assembly at the Park Hotel

in Plainfield on July 14th, 1949. On Nov. 13th, he was reported at Muhlenberg Hospital. Dec. 29th, 1949, he was

back home at English Village, but had a stroke from which

he never recovered. His membership was terminated on Jan. 9th, 1950. He was taken upstate to Sandy Creek, N.Y. where George Osterheldt visited him Nov. 21, 1950. His dea.th occurred Feb. 11, 1958.

earthy, Rev. Frank V. H. Ministry, Prot.

Joined 1946, Left 1949

Trinity Episcopal Church, Forest and North Aves. 

P'rank Carthy came to Trinity Church as assistant to

Rev. Frank SherJ_ock, and succeeded him at his death, in

July 1946. He had Cit-tended Bard College I'It, Anna.nda1,e,

N.Y., Co Lumb l a Univ., and Ca rr o'Ll. College. His B.D. degree

was earned at Nashota House, Nashota, Wisc. He was a guest twice in 1945, and again in 1946. On Oct. 24, 1946, he talked to the club on Juvenile Delinquency. He was inducted on the 27th of Nov. On Dec. 26th, he was among new members who talked on their classifications. On Apr. 3, 1947, he headed a Ways and Means committee to raise $2500 for the Boys' Camp. He reported the following week with 5 proposals covering a

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Born 1902) Died 1955 J·oined 1937, Left 1955

Shop at 107 Walnut Avenue

Joe was born S~pt. 5th, 1902, at Atella, near Naples, in Italy. He became a barber at 14, and owned a 3-chair barber shop. He came to the U.S. in 1919 and worked for his brother from Dec. 22nd, 1919 until the death of his brother in 1940, when Joe took over. He was a 1st Vic~President and treasurer Of the Honorary PBA, and held a Silver Life Membership card for outstanding citizenship.

He was elected to membership on the 4th of Nov. in 1937, and inducted the following week. His first assignment was as Historian for 1938-39. On July 25, 1940, he

. was listed among the members visiting the Boy's Camp. On Sept. 9th, 1940, he was one of the players in the RotaryLions BUrro Baseball Games •. The Feb. 19th, .-1942 report said he received a special prize, but did not say for what. From 1942 until 1947, he served as chairman for the Attendance ccromittee.

A club picnic was. .he Ld on Sept. 9th, 1942 an.d his son Danny won at Table Tennis. A spaghetti dinner -was

held at the Casino on October 6th, 1943, that was served by Mariano Greco and Joe, to about 50 who attended. Mrs. Caruso received .Lhe thanks of the club for her preparation.

Joe was elected a Director in 1945-46, and again for 1946-47. He became treasurer of the club for 1947-48 •. He was listed as attending the District Conference held April ... 13th and 14th, 1948 at Asbury Park. On Aug. 19th,. 1949, he went back to Italy for a visit.

On May 5th, .1955 he was assigned·to a committee under Bob Crane, Jr.,.to work with the Loins and Kiwanis on a Cranford Pony League. However, .on.July 7th, he was reported as "improving" at Elizabeth General Hospital"and again

. improving at home on Ac~. 18th •. The Club was surprised to learn of his death on Nov. •. ' 25th,· 1955, .,after 4 months of illness. He was a gentle man, proud .. of hi s Rotary aSSOciations and always willing to serve. He had 14 years perfect attendance~

* Cerreta, Joseph M. , Insulation

Born 1894, Died 1968 Joined 1938~ Left 1938

Suburban Insulation Co. 324 North Ave. East

Joe Cerreta.t s . stay in the Cranford club. was short, but he moved his buadness to Roselle Park and there joined the Roselle-Ro~l1e Park Rotaxy Club.

He was 'born in New York but came to Roselle Park in 1931. . He was founder and former' president of the Suburban Gas Heating and Ceo'l.Lng-Co.; He served.in the Army Air Force in W. W. I, and retired·from bu&iness in 1957.

On March 3rd, he was inducted in the ·club., He served under Rowland Blythe as a club delegate-· to· the township Independenc~ Commitnee', 'On March. 3lsty-he .served on the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival Committ.ee .. His-reSignation

was on the 18th of Aug. ,--1938. In 194~,.he··tWice visited the Cranford.·::c:tl1b. Hl~ death occur-red Apd 1 29th, '1968.

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American Chemical Co •• Kenihlorth

Ed Chaffee was a charter member whose membership failed to It take. " His card was dated as the others, Feb. 15th, 192:3. He left May 2nd, 192:3. The writer knew him a little before his death on Feb. 27, 1945, as a kindly and interesting conversationalist T..rho enjoyed his retirement.

Chamberlin, Clarance Van Clinton

Joined 1946 Building Constr.

C. Van Chamberlin Co. 116 North Ave. West

Van was born in La Porte City, Iowa, and graduated from Carle~on College in Northfield, Minn. and from M.I.T. He served in the Navy during W.W.I and in the Navy's SeeBees in W.W.II. He entered the building field and supervised such projects as the Rahway and the Marlboro Hospitals, the Bayonne Navy Supply Base Bldg., Prudential Apartment Buildings in Newark, Wildwood Airport and the Cranford High School. 3e started his own contracting business in Cranford, which he operated until his retirement. He then became Cranford's building inspector. He was a member of the Township Committee beginning Jan. 1, 1959 and became Mayor of Cranford for the year 1961. Van and Margie· have a married daughter, and a son who has made a career of the Air Force. Van Jr. has served over 25

years in the Air Force.

Van's wife Margie waS the first to appear in the Rotary records. She waS among high school seniors who were

guests of the club on June 10th, 1926. Van was inducted with a large group on the 19th of Sept. 1946. On Dec. 26th. the inductees gave short talks on their classifications. On

Apr. 24th. 1947, he appeared on a program with Walter Johnston and Sonny Porcella on a Magazine committee program headed by Henry Whipple. The following Aug. 19th Van waS paired with Howard Wingert to win a match in the Rotary-Lions golf tournament. His next program appearance waS

on Feb. 5th, 1948. when he debated Military Training with

Ken Mac Kay. On Mar. 11. 1948. Van succeeded Jack Whittington as chairman of the Vocational Service committee. He also headed a "Foreign Contacts" committee.

On Sept. 27, 1949, it WaS noted that Van was out of the hospital and the Oct. 22 "Cog Wheel" remarked that he had been obliged to miss only one meeting during his hospital stay. ae was one of ten who attended the District Conference ~t Asbury Park, May 11, 1950. For the year 1950-51, he was assigned to the Club Service committee. and for 1951-52, he was elected as a Director. and served as chairman of the International Service committee. He was re-elected for 1952-5:3, and then advanced to Secretary, when Joe Minton

had to ~esign as President nominee. With 1953-54, he was Vice-President and chairman of the Program Committee. Van arranged for the club to vi~it Newark Airport on the evening of Aug. 13, though only a handful enjoyed the airport tour. In golf, on Oct. 15th, he won Cy Breen's club tournament trophy. For the District Conference of Oct. 27 and 28, he and Bob Longaker were official delegates and Marge accompanied Van. Van, Biach and Longaker reported on the conference on Nov. 5th, 195:3.

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On the last day of 1953~ Van reviewed plans, along with others on the Club Activities committee headed by John Biach, and on Feb. 4th, 1954 along with Tow Sordill, Ken

Mac Kay, and Will Lange, he reviewed the Rotarian magazine.

For 1954-55 Van served as president of the Club and

he attended the District Assembly at Trenton on Apr. 13th. He also attended the R.I. Convention at Seattle, ext endf.ng his trip through the inside passage to Alaska. He reported on his trip and on the conference on July 8th, showing stereo slides. The club was assisted in viewing them with stereo spectacles donated by the Cranford Theater. It was reported on Sept. 23rd, 1954, that he was among the golf tournament winners. Along with Pete Clark and Bill Dodds, Van was a delegate to the District Conference Oct. 27 and 28 at Buck Hill Falls.

Van was a club director as immediate past president for 1955-56, and also chairman of the Club Activities committee. By this time Club Service had been stabilized

as the vice-president's responsibility, and Club Activities had become the assignment of the past-president. On June 7th, 1955, he was reported as a winner in the Lion~Rotary golf tournament. A few days earlier, he had attended the R.I. Convention at Philadelphia with other club members.

During the Rotary year 1956-57, he headed the Luncheon committee, and also headed a Community Planning Committee for a two-year assignment. On Jan. 26, 1956, he conducted a program of Club Activities reports with Geo. Sysesky,

Lew laird, Ed Smith and Ira Dorian. Van was named on Dec. 26th, 1957 to investigate the possibility of a municipal outdoor skating rink. On Oct. 9th, 1958, Van showed the club another set of 3D slides, this time on the Brussels World's Fair. A report for Oct. 23rd showed that Van had placed 3rd in the club golf tournament, with Howard Siegel 2nd, and Walter Coffee and Will Lange tied for first.

The Jan. 22, 1959 Cog Wheel congratulated Van on starting his term as township commissioner, and Ira Dorian beginning his· .. term as mayor of Cranford. Van's Rotary a saf.gnmerrt for 1959-60, was the chairmanship of the Public Information committee. With Ed Coe, he was a delegate to the District Conference on Oct. 31st, 1959. Van was chairman of the Membership committee for 1960-61. Nov. 3rd, 1960, he and his Rotary Ann were among 21 Cranford guests at the District Conference.

On Jan. 3rd, 1961, Van became mayor of Cranford and one of his first duties was breaking ground for the new municipal building. This was foGi10wed June 8th, 1961, by the corner-stone laying. On Sept. 28th, 1961, along with Charles Ray, and Bill Dodds, he gave a talk on the conditions of Rotary membership. When he retired as mayor on Dec. 28th, 1961, the Chronicle published an'·editorial on his accomplishments as mayor, and Patty Grall chaired a program paying tribute to his successful term.

For 1962-63, Van was again a director of the club, by virtue of his chairmanship of the Past Presidents' committee. On May 22, 1963, Van, George Osterheldt, and Ira Dorian, as former mayors, all congratulated the club on its 40th Anniversary celebration at the Chi-Am Chateau.

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The Cranford golf team won the District Tournament

on May 22, 1963. Making up the team \-lere Van, Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange, and Bill Dodds. Van was in charge of the ticket committee for the Latin Casino, ~arry Belefonte show which the club promoted Feb. 6th. 1965. at Cherry Rill. The committee included Bill Beekhuysen. Buddy Bergen. and Norman Roden. For the 1965-66 year, Van waS chairman of the Budget committee. and also Junior Member of the Joint Civic Committee. The following year, of course. he was the Senior Rotary member, and for 1966-67 waS chairman of both the Budget and Membership committees. On Dec. 8th. 1966 Van represented the club in presenting to retiring Mayor Wesley Philo, a silver tray. Philo had served six years on the Township Committee. one as Mayor of Cranford.

Feb. 2. 1967, Van became Acting Building Inspector.

and later the full responsibility which he still holds. At this time he waS also made an Honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Building Contractors' Assoc. of N.J. He also received a life membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers. Feb. 16th. 1967 Art Burditt organized an Exploratory Committee for assistance in replacing a row

of homes on Elise St., that had been destroyed by fire.

Van was a key figure on this committee which inclu.ded Rotar)8J1S -John De.zho Imer , Patty Grall. Halcolm Pringle (a member of the Township Committee). Ace Corbin, and Ira Dorian. This committee was merged with an emergency relief committee, headed by Malcolm Pringle for the Township Committee, to become the Elise St. Foundation on Mar. 2nd.

Van headed the Student Scholarship committee for 1968- 69, and revised its nature to some extent, in emphasizing leadership as a qualification. He and his Rotary Ann were members of a very active Cranford delegation at the District Conference held Apr. 11th to 13th at Buck Hill Falls. During his service he has accumulated 22 years of perfect attendance.

Chieffo Paul Educational Service

Joined 1965. Left 1966

Board of Education, Cranford

Paul joined the Cranford School System as Supervisor

of School Plant Maintenance and Services on July loth, 1958. He was a guest of the club on Nov. 25th, 1959, and was inducted as a member on Sept. 9th, 1965. (ie had become Secretary of the Board of Education following the resignation of Herbert Mc Cullough. Paul resigned June 30th, 1966, to take a position !.-1ith the Freehold schools, though he still resides in Cranford. He became a member of Freehold Rotary.

Clark, Peter J. Postal Service

Joined 1947

Post Office. 3 Miln St.

Pete claimed Hell's Kitchen in Manhatten as his place of birth, but he came to Cranford in 1904. He graduated

from Newark Preparatory School and the Pace School of Accounting. His association with the Post Office began in 1918. During his career he was chairman of the Postal Legislative Committee representing 9,000 N.J. postal employees. then

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legislative chairman of the Union County Postal Supervisors, past president of that group, past president of the Federation of Post Office Clerks, and past president (1955) of the New Jersey State Association of Postal Supervisors. In addition, he is a past president of the Holy Name Society of St. Michaels.

Pete was inducted into Rotary on Jan. 30th, 1947. On Apr. 3, he talked· on his classification. His 1949-50 duty as Assistant- Sgt. -at-Arms, and' -tne Attendance ·committee. During 1950-51, he was Sgt.-at-Arms and Chairman of the Community Service committee. For 1951-52, he was one out of six nominees to be elected to three positions on the club's board of directors. He was appointed on Apr. 5th, 1951 to represent the club on a Community committee for

a June 8th Treasure Hunt for children. On June 14th, he

commented on the R.I. Convention at Atlantic City, which he had attended. His major committee assignment for that year was the Vocational Service committee. In this connection, he participated on Sept. 6th, 1951, in a Vocational Service skit, along with Sam Stein, and Dick Dowell, under Harold Wilson.

He continued as a Director in 1952-53, .but before 1 •• " , . taking office, he was advanced to treasurer when Roy Mac Bean yielded the poeition when he headed the N.J. Insurance Agen~s Assoc. He served a second term as treasurer for the 1953-54 year, and attended the District eonference Oct. 27th and 28th. For 1954-55, he was vice-president and was chairman of the Program committee. Again, he attended the District Conference on Oct. 27th and 28th, at Buck Hill Falls, as a delegate along with Van Chamberlin and Bill Dodds. He and John Biach reported on the conference on ;.

Nov. 4th. -

Pere served as president, of' the club for 1955-56, and ' with Bill Dodds reported on the District Assembly for new officers, at Metuchen, on May 5th, 1955. He then reported on his attendance at the R.I. Convention held at Chicago,

on June 9th, 1955. With John Biach, he attended the District Institute at the Pines, Metuchen in Sept. On June 3rd, he and his Rotary Ann were at the R.I. Convention

at Philadelphia, along with Mr. & Mrs. Art Burditt, Dr.

and Mrs. Ed Coe, Bill Dodds, Van Chamberlin and

Nelson Kling.

As immediate past president, he continued as a director and as chairman of the Club Activities committee for 1956-57. For 1957-58, he was chairman of the Luncheon committee, for 1958-59, it was Fund RaiSing, and for 1959-60, he was chairman of the Budget committee. His assignment for 1960-61, was as chairman of the Interclub committee. Again, he was among 21 who attended the District Conference, Nov. 4th to 6th, at Buck Hill Falls. On Jan. 31st, 1963, he was reported recuperating from illness.

As chairman of the Past Presidents' committee for 1964-65, he was once again a director of the club. June 19th, 1964, was the last report on his activity for Rotary, when he participated in the District Golf Tournament. The Mar. 16th, 1967 Cog Wheel reported him vacationing in Florida. He retired from the Post Office and took another position that involved travel. Since his Senior Active status

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CLEMENT, RAY A. (Charter)

Joinsd 1923, Left 1935 Cranford High School

Ray Clement was born in. Derry, No H. June 17, 188 7

and graduated from the Pinkerton Academy at Derry in. 1906. From there he went to Bates College, in Lewistown., Me., where he graduated in 1912 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa , the National Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He received a Masters degree from Columbia's Teachers College in 1923, after coming to Cranford. Before coming to Cranford, he taught Greek and Latin. at Pennington School, in New Jersey, was an instructor in German at the Cascadilla School in Ithaca, N. Y., then taught German. at Morristown High School, again in N. J. He was Principal of Southbridge, Mass. High School before taking a similar .position at Cranford in 1922. This position he held until retirement in 1949, when. he became a special agent for the Prudential Insurance Co.

His application card for Rotary membership bears the date Feb. 15th, 1923, and he was elected Charter VicePresident of the club. His first activity in the club seems to be as chairman of a Swimming Meet committee, Sept, 4th, 1924. On oct., 23rd, 1924, he worked with Ken Martin to organize a Boy's Band. The High School Debating Team presented a. Rotary program on Mar. 12th, 1925 und er the chairmanship of Ra.y. For the Rotary year of 1925-26, Ray was chairman of the Boy' s ~veek and the Rotary Education. Commi ttees. He supervised essays and headed the Monday (School Day) ProgFam for Boy's Week May 2n.d to 9th, 1926. The following Sept. 11th, he was one of two swimming Meet judges. Incidentally. the Rahway River in. Cranford was used for the meets in those days. On. Oct. zznd , 1926, he spoke on. the High School Educational Program.

The E6y' s ~veek program for 1927 again had Ray in. charge

of the School Day on. Monday Apr. 29th. 1927. On Jan. 5th, 1928, he announced a Skatin.g Meet. He announced plans for

the 1928 Boyls Week on May 3rd. Ray was one of the five judges in a Scout Rally at the Cranford Oval on. May 26th, 1928. The High School Debating Team, under Ray, returned for anoth-' er progra.m on Mar. 8th, 1929. The following June 14th, Ray reported to the club on a Board of Education meeting rega.rding a n.ew Junior High School. (Instead a new Senior High School was later built). On June 21th, 1929, Ray conducted a

quiz program on. American. History.

On Feb. 14th, 1930, Ray was the speaker on the subject of Citizenship. The following April loth, he reported on a Lions Theatre Project for April 24th, that was to provide school radios. and assist a. Blind Babies Home. and an ambuiance Fund.. He reported on the 1930 Boy:' S week on May znd , For 1930-31, Ray was again chairman of the Rota.ry Education

Committee.

Ray was again. Vice-Presid ent in 1931-32, as well as chairman of the Boy's Week and the Atten.dance Committees. He was president for the year 1932-33, and with it, chairman of the Airr:a·. and Objects Committee. On Julyt5th. 1932, he reported on. a District 36 meeting at Morristown at which all clubs in the district"were represented. For 1933-34. he con-

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as a director. but he resigned following this term of office, on Oct. :31. 1935. However. Ray's resignation loTas not the end of his association with Rotary.

1e attended the Boys' Week program on May 6th. 1937. and again on May 2nd, 1940, he was a guest at Youth Week along with Ken Martin, Sam ~Iinman and Charles Skillman, who were all involved. During 1943, he attended the 20th anniversary and WaS a guest at the Football Dinner, Feb. 18th, and Dec. 2nd, respectively. During 1944, he was a guest at youth week, Apr. 27th, and again May 25th and Oct. 19th.

he attended meetings, as well as being the speaker on Nov. 2nd, when he talked on the School of Tommorrow. He was once more the speaker on Nov. 7th, 1946, on the subject

of Education in the Atomic Age. Youth week again brought him to the club as a guest on May 1st, 1947. During the Same year, on Nov. 20th, he spoke on the Challenge to Education.

At the anniversary celebrations, he was a regular

guest. The 25th Anniversary occurred on April 1, 1948, the 30th was celebrated with a lunch on Feb. 19th, 1953 while the 40th Anniversary was a dinner on May 22nd, 1963l His reminiscences were the subject of the Cog Wheel of

Nov. 11th. 1966. On Mar. 16th, 1967 he and Tom Mac Meekin were luncheon guests for the 44th Anniversary, and on Feb. 29th. 1968, both appeared under Charles Ray, for the 45th Anniversary.

Ray Clement is a past president of the N.J. State Teachers Assoc., and the N.J. High School Principals.

In Cranford he is a past president of the Cranford Dramatic Club and participated in many of its plays. He is also

a past president of the Cranford Historical Society, former chairman of its membership committee, and a member of its board of trustees for many years. He has two daughters, and a son Robert. as well as 8 grandchildren.

Cluff. Warren S. Business System Forms, Distr.

J o i.ned 1969

W.S. Cluff Assoc. Inc., 15 Alden St.

Warren is one of our newest members. having been inducted June 26th, 1969. He is a graduate of Montclair High SChool, and has a B.Sc. from Rutgers in Business Administration. He is a director of the Administrative Management Society. He has 1 daughter. and 2 sons, John and David.

Coe, Edward M., M.D. Geriatrics

Joined 1949

Office 217 Holly St.

Ed Coe attended Jersey City Prep and Fordham Univ. for his B.Sc. He received his M.D. from N.Y. Medical College and interned at N.Y. Polyclinic :-Iospital and COlumbus Hospital. 1e spent four years during World War II, in the China, Burma, India theater, in the Air Force.

The first Rotary appearance of Ed was Nov. 21st, 1946. He was inducted Mar. lOth, 1949, and one of his first acts, was attendance at the R.I. Convention in New York City on June 16th, 1949. On June 30th, his father. Owen Coe, was his guest at a club meeting.

'-----·Ed gave a biographical sketch on the 4th of Aug., 1949. He was in charge of the Christmas Party held Dec. 22nd,1949 for 36 children of Rotarians. George Osterheldt played the part of Santa and three children gave solos. These were Tom Buckner, Jr., Gene Grall and Leslie Longaker. Ed was chairman 6f the Civil D.efense Council which was reported on Nov. 16th, 1950, to consist of 7 Rotarians and

4 non-Rotarians. On Dec. 14th, he talked to the club on Medical Progress.

For the 1951-52 Rotary year, Bd was chairman of the Fund Raising committee. In this connection he conducted a Bingo game at the club on Sept. 20th, 1951 for a small profit, but the main source of funds was a Dramatic Club play, the "Silver Whistle" presented Dec. 7th and 8th. The Halloween activities, sponsored by Rotary for Oct. 31,1951, included Ed. J., Jim and Ricky Coe as costume Tflinners.

~d'8 assi~nment for 1952-53, was the Nurses' Scholarship committee. On July 24th, 1952, ill] and his Rotary Ann, Marge TftTere hosts to the club for a picnic luncheon. For the occasion some of the other Rotary Anns assisted in making the affair a great success. He was elected a director for the 1953-54 year and served as chairman of the Community SerVice committee. Dr. and Mrs. Coe both attended the District Conference, Oct. 28 and 29, 1953 at Buck Hill Falls. On Dec. 10th, 1953, a trophy cup was awarded to Ed as the runner-up in the club golf tournament. On Feb. 11th, 1954, he showed pictures of the CBI war theater in wh1ch he served

In 1954-55 he was re-elected as a director and was chairman of the Vocational SerVice committee. On Jan. 6th, 1955, he shared a program with Bill Fisher and Carl Hanson on Organized Medical and Nursing Facilities for Civil Defense. His 1955-56 assignment was a club treasurer. Ej and Marge attended the R. I. Convention at Philadelphia, June 3rd, 1956. He was treasurer again for 1956-57 and during this year, Feb. 21st, he was in charge of a

Barber Shop Quartet Concert, held at the High School, that netted :$700. The 1957-58 Rotary year saw Ed as vice-president and chairman of the Club SerVice committee. Just following his election to the post, he was hospitalized for

a short period. He became president in 1958-59, and again, he and Marge were hosts at a club picnic, June 19th, 1958, On June 29th, 1958, he reported to the club on the

R. I. Convention held at Dallas. On Sept. 22nd, 1958, he attended the District Institute at the Pines in Metuchen, with Charles Dooley, Patty Grall, and Henry Feil. Both

he and Marge again attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Halls, Oct. 22 and 23 with Mr. and Mrs. Grall, and Mr. and Nrs. Burd 1 tt. He reported ‘on the conference on Oct. 30).

As imme1iate past preSident, Ed was, of course, again a dtrector and chairman of the Club Activities committee.

The R. I. Convention was again in New York, and Ed reported on the 18th of June, 1959. During the month of June, both the Coes and the Gralls entertained visitors who were attending the convention. On Sept. 4th, 1959, he talked on Rotary at the club level in a series that Art Burditt arran-’ ged on the functioning of Rotary. In this period, it was . also announced that he was appointed the area district governor’s representative. He and Van Chamberlin were the

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to the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, Oct. 30th and 31st, 1959. He reported to the club on Nov. 6th. On Dec. lOth, he presented a Rotary playlet entitled “Accepted with Regret.”

An outstanding District Affair occured under his management as Area representative, when on April 6th, 1960, he presented R.I. President-Elect, Jos. A.

Abey at an Inter-City Dinner at the Chi-Am Chateau. For 1961-62, Ed was again chairman of the Nurse’s Scholarship committee. This chore was aSSigned to Bob Watson for the following year, 1962-63, but nfter his reSignation, it reverted to Ed Coe. In the meantime, Ed and his family, as well as members of the Club became involved in a Rotary Club Float destined for presentation at the Cranford

Days carnival presented on the lake at Nomahegan Park.

The float represented a Side-Wheel Excursion boat t’1at was powered by one bf his~sonaIt was the hit of the occasionl although ruled ineligible for a prize because it went beyond the simple towed float.

During the SlIDrner, Ed and his family vacationed in Canada and his make-up experienc in Montreal was reported to the club on Sept. 19th, 1963. In 1964, on Aug. 25th, he participated in a Club Service program under Bob Dennis, and on Oct. 1st, he talked on Classification. He had two talks in 19.65, on Mar. 25th, and Apr. 29th, on the General Practice of MediCine and its future. During the 1965-66 and the 1966-67 years, Ed was chariman of the Luncheon committee. On July 22nd 1965 he asked for support for the First Aid Squad. His’next ~ppearance was the presentation of a check for $too to the late Mrs. Aurilla Randolph in appreciation of the luncheon service of the WSCS women.

Ed’s aSSignment for 1967-68, was the Student Scholarship committee. During this period, he showed slides on Italy and Yugoslavia, Nov. 9th, 1967, taken by him on a European trip. As chairman of the Past Presidents’ committee, he&~erved as a director in 1968-69. Dr. and Mrs. Cae were again in attendance at the District Conference April 11th to 13th, 1969 at Buck Hill Falls. On Oct. 9th, 1969, Ed participated in a program under Buddy Bergen, at which he described his make-up experiences in Paris and London. During his career to date, Ed has achieved a record of 20 years of perfect attendance.

Beyond his Rotary career, Ed had two terms, 1951-2,

as president of the Cranford PhYSicians Club. He served in 1960 as treasurer of the N.J. Chapter of the American Academy of General Practice. He was president of this group in 1963. In 1960, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Union County Medical SOCiety and was its president in the current year of 1969. In 1965, he became a director of G~neral Health Insurance of N.J.

Ed and Marge have 1 daughter and four sons, Edward,Jr ~., Richard, James and Harry.

J~ln~d 1936 Born 1905, bied 1968

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Walter Coffee was born Feb. 16, 1905 at Lawrenceville, N.J. He attended Lawrenceville Preparatory School, then went on to the Physical Education School of Trenton State College, Where he played football and baseball. He received a B.Sc. from Rutgers University. He then spent a year at the business office of the Trenton State Gazette.

Coming to Cranford in 1929. Walter joined the physical education department of the high school. He coached baseball and hockey, and assisted in football. During 1938, he was Director of the Cranford Boyst Camp. During his athletic activities at the high school, he went into officiating and became a national recognized official in baseball, hockey, basketball, and football. He was one of the top Head Linesmen during his officiating career of 30 years, prior to his retirement in 1964. He handled the Linesman’s assignment at the Army-Navy games for ten years, as well as Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Liberty, and Gotham Bowl games.

He held a life-time Gold Pass to all college games from coa.st to coast that was issued by the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association of which he was a past president. He was also a past president of the N.J. Football Officials’ Assoc., and secretary-treasurer of the

N.J. Baseball Umpires! Assoc. He was also a past-president

of the Cranford Teachers’ Assoc. For 25 years he served on the Selective Service Board. He was also among the organizers

and was a member of the board of governors of the Cranford SWimming Pool.

Immediately after the war, Walter served as Special ConSUltant to the Army Physical Fitness program and was

in Europ~ for several weeks. In Germany he met his brother, Lt. Tom Coffee. In Europe he was to train sports officialS. in the armed forces.

In 1941, the death of the township clerk left a vacancy for which Walter ran as an independent. His popularity with school children. over the years, helped him win a two to one Victory over his nearest rival. He won tenure with the election in 1944.

Walter’s connection with Rotary began with his election to membership on Mar. 19th, 1936, and his induction on. Apr. 16th. He was soon put to work and pitched double-header

soft ball games against the Lions. The two games were played on June 25th, 1936. His next assignmen.t was the Boys’ Week Program on May 6th. He was made chairman of the Youth Service committee for 1937-38. On Sept. 23rd, 1937. he pitched the Rotary softball team to another victory over the Lions. On Apr. 8th, 1938, the Lions and Rotary co-operated to put on a Sports Carnival for which Walter was chairman. The carnival was attended by about 800 and each club netted

about $300. The jotnt committee consisted of win Britton, Jr. Herb Mc Cullough. Walton Robinson, Charles Dooley, Ed McMahon, A.T. Baker, Fred Sulzer, Bob Laier, A.B. Caldwell, Harry Heins, John C. Peterson, Bill Willsey, Harry Sisson, and Jos. Cerrata.

Youth Week, again under Walter Coffee, for 1938, was held Apr. 21st. A week earlier, Walter was elected as a director of the club to fill the unexpired team of Edward Briede. and then went on to serve the full 1938-39 term.

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He was also chairman of the Youth Service committee for that year. Walter’s golf prowe§s (He played in the 70′s) showed

when he won the club golf tournament June 29th, 1938. During

his summer as Camp Director, he still had time to arrange a Bogey Gold Tournament for Aug 25, 1938 at the Oak Ridge course. He reported on the carrw operations on Sept. 8~h, 1938. The following week he was on a picinc committee for a Sept. 15

affair under John Freese. He next reported, Sept. 22nd, on

the winter schedule for a Boys’ Basketball League. His devotion to the League earned a gift from the club for Mrs. Coffee on April 30th, 193~.

The club had a fellowship contest (See Charles Ray) and Walter placed 2nd with 35 points. For 193(J’.;40, he was again a director of the club as well as chairmartof the youth Service Committee. On April 14th, 1939, he reported on the Basket Ball League, and also asked for volunteers to transport high school students on an indus~rial tour to Bloomfield. On June 22, 1939, he reported to the diub on plans for the Boys’ Camp which he was to direct for a second season. As

a director of the club, he was appointed youth Service committee chairman for another year, his third term.

On July 6th, 1939, he pitched the Rotary club to a loss to the Lions, in the annual soft ball game. He was low scorer in a Lions-Rotary golf tournament at the Oak Ridge course.

The Oct. 3rd, Crier reported that a Lions-motary golf tournamer~ held on Sept. 28th was won by a. Rotary team consisting of Walter, Bill Reel, Ken Albridge, Newell Stepp, Bill Will-

sey and Carroll Sellers. On Oct. 18th, 1939, a testimonial dinner was held at Newark for R. I. President Walter Head. The Cz-anf’ord delegation consisted of \~alter Ooffee, Rowland

BLyt.ho , Frank Shel.’J_ock, Patty Gra’Ll., Char-Les Doc Ley , Charles Ray, and Sam Hhman. The last 1939 report was in the Oct.

17th, Crier which report.ed that the orgam zat i on of a 2nd annual. basket ball league i:A.nd it complained that only 2 or 3 carriea. the burden during the first year. The Jan. 9th, 1940 Crier mentioned that Patty Grall seemed to be alone in handling

the basket ball league. At the March 21st, 1940 meetirg .• Walter announced plans for the annual basket ba.ll dinner that

vas held on the 25th, at whd ch 100 attended. Both Walter aOO Patty were congratulated on the league at the March 28t.h meeting.

Walter won a quiz contest covering community and Rot.ary activities on Feb. 29th, 1940 – Gordon Peters waE> s~cond. On March 7th, 1940, substituting for °che absent Bill Reed., vJalter, as acting chairman reported on the 1:Lons-Rotary Sports Carnival which was held on April 19th~ The April 16th Crier congratulatGu Walter on his handling of Youth week, and the

April 23rd number congratulated Walter and Charles Rayon the handling of the sports Carnival. The Youth Week pr-ogram for Rotary, actually cccured on May 2nd, and hewas thanked. by

the crier of May 14th. On Nay 18th, it was announced that Walter was a father of a coy. That boy, Jas. D. Coffel, now

holds a position “Ii th the at.at e .

For the year 1940-41, Walter was vice-president of the club, chairman of Club Service, and Progran committee chairman. Serving again as Camp Director, Walter entertained 15 club members at the Camp on July 25th, 1940. On Sept, 9th, he played in the LionsRotary Burro Baseball game, and on the 19th, he directed the games at: .the club’s annual picnic. John Frees e, and Mariano Greco served a

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Under John Mangen, wno was comnn ccee onau.r-man , VVi:;I..Lv”"”,· Coffee and Charles Dooley helped arrange the Dec. 19th, 1940 Christmas Party. Again. in partnership with John Mongon, he conducted a quiz program on Mar. 13, 1941. With John Cron and Bill Reel. under Carl Henson. Walter was involved in a Ladies Night that was held May 7th.

Walter became club president for the year 1941-42.

and chairman of the Aims and Objects committee. The Crier for July 24. 1941 showed that Walter was still serving as Camp Director and that 14 Rotarians and 12 guests made the trip to Hope. for the day’s outing. Carl Hanson and Patty Grall were listed as the aorse shoe champs. On Sept. 25th, Walter was low scorer in the golf tournament with the Lions, held at the Suburban Country Club. He represented the club at a New York Dinner for R.I. President Tom Davis. on Oct. 2, 1941. ~e again represented the club. along with Sam Hinman, at the Princeton Charter Night.

As a past president, Walter was a club director for 1942-43, and chairman of the Community Service committee. A family picnic was held on Sept. 9th, 1942, and Mary Lib Coffee waS a winner at the Treasure Hunt. On Mar. 11th, 1943. Ted Lang headed a program on Post War World Trade. Speakers were Walt Coffee, Harold Wilson, John Cron, Sam Hinman. and Gordon Peters. A Red Cross Drive Auction was conducted on April 1st, by Charles Dooley. with Charles Ray and Walter Coffee assisting. On May 6th, Walter presented the high school ban~. Included in the band waS Danny Kress, now a Garwood Rotarian.

For 1943-44, Walter was chairman of the Fellowship committee, and for 1944-45. he headed the Rotary Information committee. On Sept. 20th, 1944. a Lions-Rotary golf match was held at which Walter and Sam Hinman, in

a pair posted the low score. Patty Grall headed a committee on Nov. 30th consisting of Walter and Bob Crane, Jr., to work with the Lions on a dinner to the football team. The dinner itself was reported on Dec. 28th, 1944.

In May, on the 24th, 1945, Walter waS paired with

Bob Crane, Sr. to win at a Lions-Rotary golf match, and

again on July 13th, 1945. he waS a winner, paired with Bob Crane, Jr. For the year 1945-46, Walter was chairman of

the Athletic committee. He waS welcomed back from his army assignment on Oct. 4, 1945, and he reported his experiences

on the 25th of Oct. A Ladies Night was held Apr. 25th, 1946, at the Park Hotel in Plainfield, with Walter in charge. There were 80 Rotarians and guests present. Walter was paired with Sam Hinman as the winning twosome in a Lions-Rotary golf match on June 20th. 1946. On Oct. 24th, he was winner of a leg on the ‘:Iinman golf trophy. On June 12th. 1947. he was reported as organizing a golf team for a Lions match and for a Union County tournament. ]e was the winner, with Bob Crane, Sr., of the Lions-Rotary tournament, with a low score of 83. Ellen Coffee waS reported on Nov. 1st, 1947 as a Hallowawn Costume winner.

Walter was the speaker in a series on Cranford Assets, with his subjects being Youth Opportunities, on Mar. 25th, 1948. On Apr. 1st, came the 25th Anniversary dinner, with Walter serving on the committee under Charles Ray. John Biach was in charge of a program on Jan. 27th, 1949. at which Walter talked on 1911 sports, and on Cranford news of the

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Coffee (Cont.)

~Ta1 ter was chairman of Club Service in 1949-50.

During this perIod, he represented the club, Oct.6th, 1949, on the advisory board of the Cranford Clippers.

On Nov.3, he was reported as having won permanent possession of the Hinman golf trophy. He was one of 11 past presidents under Patty Grall, who spoke on why they chose their professions. In the middle of June, he came in second, with a score of 82, to Dick Dowell, who had 81, in the Lions-Rotary golf match.

For 1950-51, Walter headed-l the Past President’s committee. Ellen Coffee’s name comes up again as the rrunior winner in the window decorating contest Oct. 30th, 1950. Walter was elected Feb.22, 1951, as the presidenttbf the Cranford Bpys’ Camp. June 22, 1951, he was paired with Dick Dowell to win at the Lions-Rotary golf match.

Chairmanship of the Classification committee was his 1951-52 aSSignment. For 1952, he was re-elected as president of the Boys’ Camp. He was reported Nov. 20th, 1952 as the winner of the club golf tournament ana the following June 19th, 1953, he was again paired with Dick Dowell in the Lions-Rotary golf ‘match, but this time the pair lost.

For the Rotary year of 1953-54, he was chairman of the Youth Service committee, and on Sept.24th, 1953, he was reported as working wi th :Carl Hanson to increase the effectiveness of the Guidance program. He attended the District Conference, Oct. 28 and 29 at Buck Hill Falls. The Youth Week ppogram, of which he was chairman occurred May 27th, 1954. On:Sept.23rd of that year, he was among the golf tournament winners. On June 7th, 1955, he was a winner at the Lions-Rotary matches, and on July 14th, he was on the winning team contesting for the Frank Scott trophy. This team included Howard Siegel, Dick Dowell, and Will Lange. On Dec.1st, 1955, he received the Cy Breen club golf trophy.

Walt was made chairman of the Classification committee for 1956-57 and the writer remembers the very thorough

job he did in drawing up a classification roster which excelled any other that has been done. On July lOth, he

was on the winning team of the County Rotary tournament. Dick Dowell carded 79, Cory Kammler had 84, while Walter was tied with Howard Siegel for 86. The Oct.4, 1956 Cog Wheel handed bouquets for Youth Service work to Walter,

and to Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Vince Sarnowski, and Harold Wilson.

He was made chairman of the Membership committee for 1957-58. Golf continued to be a speCialty with him. On Oct. 10th, 1957, he won the club tournament. For 1958-59, he was chairman of the Past Presidents’ committee, chairman of the Golf committee, and a director of the club as past president representative. On July 24th, 1958, he

was both chairman and a member of the winning golf tournament team. Howard Siegel posted a net 71, Nelson Lightcap and Roy MacBean were tied with 73, and Bill Dodds had 71. On Oct. 23rd, he tied with Will Lange for first place in the club tournament, with Howard Siegel and Von Chamberlin 2nd and 3rd. The July 2nd, 1959 Cog Wheel reported Walter

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The District Golf Tourney, held June 23, 1960, found the Cranford team in second place. Those on the

team included Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray,· Carroll Sellers, Buddy Bergen and Norman Roden. For 1963-64, Walter again was chairman of the Classification committee. On Oct. 8th, 1964, the Cog Wheel pointed out that Walter and Howard Siegel were tied for low gross at the Club Golf Tournament. On May 20th, 1965, Walter and Bill Dodds explained the operation of the Pop Wa~er junior football league at a: .. club luncheon. In the Union County golf tournament, held Oct. 28th, 1965, rather reported on that date, found Walter with a low gross score of 80, and Bill Dodds with a low net of 72. Other players were Buddy Bergen, Charles Ray and Bernie Kott.

The Mar. 23, 1966 Cog Wheel reported Walter in the Memorial Hospital, in New York City, for surgery. By Septo 21st 1967 Walter had achieved 1 ears of erfect attend~. On Feb. I th 19 , he was reported as improving afOO!!}”",:·_· ter a heart attack. He was welcomed back to the club on Feb. 29th, 1968 but on Mar. 12th, 1968 he died fh~1 a recurrance. His passing took away a very vital link with a vibrant past. He was caustic and independent, but when challenged he could deliver. In his position as Township Clerk he became very lmowledgeabl.e, authori tati ve and helpful to those who needed his help.

Cole, Charles G.

Joined .1942;. L~I’t .1944:., …. . Union JUnior College)~P.r~s~··

Cranford Rotary’s first contact with Charles Cole was on Apr. 2, 1942, when he talked to the club on the c of.Lege’ s move to Cranford after 10 years in Roselle. He was induct·-. ed as a member on Aug. 20th, 1942. He was again a speaker on the 19th of Nov., 1942.

On Jan. 28th, 1943, he headed a discussion on Postwar Planning and Problems. Participating in a discussion

were Win Britton, Sr., Henry Whipple, Frank Sherlock, Carroll Sellers, Charles Ray, and Wade Poston. On June 10th, he headed a discussion on Socialized Medicine.

He was appointed chairman of the International Service committee for 1943-44. In a program on Oct. 21st, 1943, he headed a discussion on International Security, with Stan MacClary participating. On Jan. 20th, 1944, came another program on Socialized Medicine, referring to the Wagner, Murray, Dingle Bill. This time those involved with him were Carl Hanson, Sam Hinman, Rowland Blythe, and Frank Foster, all physicians. On Feb. 24, 1944, he led a discussion on current events.

He left the college and his resignation was accepted on the 3rd of Aug. 1944. Ken Mac Kay succeeded him. .

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Joined 1924. Left 1935 Died Mar. 22nd, 1953

Cranford Township Engineer

Following his induction in July. 1924, Newman Collins proved to be an extremely valuable Rotarian. a great contributor to the community and the man whose thoroughness

in keeping the history records of the club, made possible these reports with greatly reduced research. He was born in Haddonfield, N.J. and came to Cranford in 1905. He was a structural engineer with the E.F. Milliken Co. then be- . came a consulting engineer and architect in New York City. He was the architect for the Cleveland an1 Lincoln schools. Newman Collins was on the Township committee for 3 years, and served as Township Engineer from 1922 to 1933. In addition to his professional work, and his Rotary efforts, he was an artist, a p~anist, and a cellist. In his idle moments he built his own boats. On May 6th, 1935 he completed his annual report as Historian, sent it to club president Sam Hinman, and with it sent his letter or resignation from the club.

The first report of his activity after joining Rotary, was the commitment to furnish the ducks for a dinner on

Nov. 14th, 1924, following a hunting trip with Jesse Wheeler. For the year 1925-26, he was named club Historian, chairman of the Publicity committee, chairman of Classification, and chairman of the Community Service Committee. Quite an assignment! On Jan. 20, 1926, he, Charles Manchon, an1 Rev. Ken Martin were featured on a radio program aimed at publicizing various communities of the area. The

emphasized the best of Cranford. Apr. 29, 1926, he and

John Heins were praised for their work in securing the elimination of the Central R.R. grade crossing. He was also designated to handle the Wednesday (citizenship) program

for Youth Week. He also handled the hosting of the high school seniors at the luncheon meeting of June 10th, 1926.

Newman was Historian and chairman of the Classification committee for 1926-27. On Aug. 20th, he gave a talk on classification. On July Znd , he accompanied violinist J.os. Kulmayer, who was a frequent soloist in Cranford, for many years. He also played the piano for the club on Sept. 3rd. His work as chairman of the Classification committee was sufficiently’ outstanding to earn the commendation of R.1., on Oct. 22, 1926. It was reported on Jan. 7th, 1927 that

he was working with John Heins of Cranford, and with Charles Darsh of Westfield on a river park campaign that

led to the founding of the Union County Park System.

Charles Darsh’s name is included among the members of the Cranford club because he was so intimately associated with this community.

On Feb. 18th, 1927, Newman talked to the club on Civil Engineering. and on the 25th. he represented the club at au Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce meeting on traffic regulatlon. His first historical report was issued on Mar. 22nd, 1927. For 1927-28, he was elected a director of the club. His

1927 Boys’ Week assignment was again the Citizenship feature, ~his time on Thursday. ?n July 19th, he was with the Rotarlans visiting the Boys’ Camp. The following week. on July 28th, he was reported on a fishing trip with George Lutz. John Heins and Clyde Bell. On Dec. 6th, Newman gave a talk

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with a Christmas Party. (See William Ehmling). He issued his Historical report on. July 19th, 1929. Nov. 26, 1929,

he is listed as attending a Rotary Convention .• but the terminology is in error, as there was neither Rotary Convention nor Conference. The Conference occurred in May, and the Convention.s follow~in late Mayor early June. On. the 21st of Nov , , 1929. he talked on the History of Road Building. Newman, of course, con.tinued as Historian and was also chairman. of the Publicity committee for 1930-31. On Sept'. 5th, 1930 he talked on the Unemployment-Emergency rising with the Depression and solicited employment for some

needy cases. On Sept. 19th, Matty Mathewson praised Newman Collins and Jim Warner for their responsibility for organizing the County Park System. Newman talked on. the completion of the Grade Crossing Elimination, on Oct. 3, 1930.

For 1931-32, he a.gain was Historian and chairman of the Publicity committee (now known as Public Information). Newman, Carl Warsinski. and Jim Perkins furnished the fish for the luncheon on the occasion of the District Governor's visit, Oct. 8, 1931. Walter Head was then District Governor and later R.I. President. A year later. Newman Collins, owner of the "Lady Luck" and Wm. Ehmling provided fish

for the visit of District Governor Harry Everett, on.

Aug. 12th, 1932. On Jan. 12, 1933, commemorating 10 years of Cranford Rotary, he read excerpts from his Scrap Book.

Newman was again elected a Director for 1933-34. He had charge of the presentation. of 2 drums to the Boy and the Girl Scouts, on May 27th, 1933. On. May 4th, 1934, he gave a talk on Municipal Water Supply. For a while, in Cranford, there was debate over a municipally own.ed supply. He was appointed as chairman of the Community Service committee for 1934-35, and the last report before his resignation was that he did a piano solo wi th Fran.k Sherlock

on the 15th of March, 1935.

His death about Mar. 22n.d, 1953, at Dallas, Pa , , was reported in the Chronicle for Mar. 26th, 1953.

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Corbin, Herace K. Jr.

Joined 1949

Suburban Trust Co. 2 North Ave •.

Ace Corbin replaced his brother Robert as holder of the flanking classification when he was inducted Aug. 18th, 1949. He had been a guest on May 19th and June 2nd. Ace attended Pingry School in Elizabeth, Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. and Princeton. He is senior vice-president of Suburban., which originally was the Cranford Trust Co. He is also Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Union. College, and past president of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce.

On Sept. 29th, 1949, he gave a biographical sket ch, then plunged into the golfing activities, when he was paired with Bob Longaker to win in the Lions Rotary match held in the middle of June, 1950. He was made chairman of the Youth SerVice committee for 1950-51. The 1950 Hallowe'en Parade and Costume Party was in his charge. The Lions handled the window-decorating contest. About 500 children were reported as participating.

 

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Another program involving children, that Ace

arranged, was the Christmas program for 38 children

of Rota~ians. The late police sergeant William

Gassman played the part of Santa Claus. This pro-

gram was held on the 28th of December, 1950. Youth week occurred starting May 3rd 1951 and it was followed by Cranford Days. The June 21st, 1951 Cog Wheel praised a fine program that included a treasure hunt for children. Ace was paired with Cy Breen on June 22nd in a 10sinF match with the Lions.

For 1952-53, Ace iftJaS chairman of the Luncheon Committee, and his first act had to be the announcement that the July Rotary meetings would be held without meals, since the women of the Methodist Church desired

a vacation period. On Aug. 14th, Ace presented a Rotary

-~ CluJi' gathered for the occasion, that was supported be Floyd. Reynolds with clarinet solos. The "concert" was repeated on Nov. 20, 1952. At the Christmas meeting held Dec. 18th, Ace led the Singing of Christmas Carols.

Ace continued as Luncheon Committee chairman and was designated as song leader for the 1953-54 years. An activity outside of Rotary wasse!:y.tng .... ~~a leader in ~~.C.r.o.SB·f along with Buddy Syseskey.He became a d irect.a.r_.for the yea!' ~95j:-56, and was chairman of the Vocational~BerV'Yce'-C6-mriii"ttee, and was named a song leader with Bob Longaker. By this time, he had attained a perfect attendance record of 5 years. He gave a talk on his committee assignment of Vocational Service on Sept. 1st, 1955. For the year 1956-57, he served as secretary of the clUb. At this pOlrlt-fiewas not sure of his continuation in the Cranford office of the bank and withdrew

his name from advancement to the Vice-Presidency. He did, however, continue his work in the club and served, as Inter-

clnb_Chal-rman for 1957-58.

The Rotary Glee Club was resurrectea- f'0~ the Dec. 18th, 1958 meeting, and his-sQng leadersh~p sqntinue9

thru the ensuing years irr-ttre'··e··lul).ancl·at· the_.-1.l)6r--In .. s ... <, trict Conference. The Chronicle for Dec~.l§t 1960 Cited·') his becominp: a member of the Board of Trustees of Union . Junior College. Ace reported to the clll-Q .. ~rJ Jan. 2~th,·v/ 19152, on his attendance at the Charter Night-~6r---nl-e liJatch-

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Ace returned to the Board of Directgrs"on Feb. 15th, su cc ee-i ing Bob Dennis who movecr--up~fi1--r962, when Ed Smith was transferred by the telephone company to the Westfield office. He was elected again for the 1962-63 year and was chairman of the International Service Committee. In this connection he appeared on the Aug. 23rd, 1962 Club Servic!? program under Lew Laird. On Sept. 6th, he won the fi;rdt"'Teg on the "Kling Memorial" club gold trophy donated

,-by Ernie Wolford.

( For the 1963-64 year, Ace wad advanced to the posi~ ~.

\ tion of Treasurer of the club, then was Secretary in 1~64-

,,65, Vice-President in 1965-66, and President in 1966-67. ori·"Sept....-.19~.h., ._19_91,_._Ac..e ... , .. _.along--w-it·h··['·ow .Sordil.l and 'Cha r le s Speth reported on his Nova Scotia make-ups during the summer. On Sept. 14th, 1964, along with Charles Hill and Art BQrditt, he attended the District Institute at Far Hills, and he and Mrs. Corbin attended the District Conference

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Just prior to taking office as president, July 1st, 1966, Ace attended the R.I. Convention at Denver, and on July 21st, he reported to the Club on his experience. During the months of Oct., Nov., and Dec., John Manger visited Japanese Rotary Clubs as representative of thet Cranford Club, appointed by Ace, and letters from John on his experiences were read tc the Club and pelt-shed.

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Ace served on a commit~e~ that became the Elise St. ) Foundation, following a serious fire that made ten fa~:-// ilies homeless, early in Jan. 1967. On the 23rd of Feb, hei.r-epr-e s e nt ed the Club at the Charter Luncheon of the T}f)per Manhattan Rotary Club, featuring R.I. President Richard L. Evans. The next day, President Evans was the speaker at an area meeting sponsored by the Morri~town Club. He led a Cranford delegation that included Ed Lewis, Patty Grall, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Rod Smith,

Ken MacKay, and Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt.

The Garwood Club hosted the Joint Committee on its first anniversary, Mar, 13, 1967 and Ace headed the Cranford delegation. As previously mentioned, he was song leader at the District Conference held April 14, 1967

at Holiday Inn, Atlantic City. Also attending were

Club Secretary and Mrs. Glenn Klinefelter, Vice-President and Mrs. Ed Lewis, and Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt. Similarly he and Mrs. Corbin attended the Mar. 29th, 1968 District Conference at the Holiday Inn, and on June l'l'LLl, the District Assembly with Glenn Klinefelter, 1tJill Jordan,

'Ron Sobelson, and Art Burditt.

For 1968-69, Ace was chairman of the Interclub and District Conference Committee. April 11th, 1969, he was part of the Cranford group attending the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls. A Rotary Ann Luncheon was arranged by him and held May 8th at the Trinity Episcopal Church with a new Rotarian, William DeBrigard as guest speaker.

At present, Ace is treasurer of the Board of Trust~es of Union College, as well as continuing his Rotary serV1ce

to both the Cranford and Garwood Clubs, maintaining a perfect attendance record now for 9 years.

Corbin, Robert S. Banking - Add. Active

Joined 1948 Left 1949

Suburban Trust Co., 2 North Ave. W.

Bob Corbin was inducted at the meeting of June 24, 1948, but was transferred to another assignment, by which he lost his classification. He resigned June 16th, 1949 and was soon succeeded by his brother Horace K., Jr. His principle Cranford Rotary accomplishment was as business manager of

a sh-ow sponsored by the club on Dec _ 3rd, 19I~8, that netted the club about $1,000.

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Cowperthwaite, Howard Pub.Serv, Finance

Joined 1956 Left 1964

Township of Cranford, Municipal Bldg. Tax Collector

Howard was first a guest of the club on Jan. 5th, 1956, and was inducted as a member on Mar. 15th, 1956.

He was born in Brooklyn and came to Cranford in 1926,

He retired from the Chase-Manhattan Bank in 1955, after

43 years of service. In 1952, he served on the township committee. Following his retirement from the bank, he became tax collector for Cranford on the 1st of Jan.~ 1956. He retired from this office on the 31st of Dec., 196~, and simultaneously reSigned his membership in the club. He attended the re-union picnic at Union College, June 27th, 1968. Howard was the father of two sons, H. Raymond and the late Dr. William G., who lost his life in an airplane crash while serving as an offiCial of the Florida state Agriculture Department. The latter was a guest of his father at the July 19th, 1956 meeting.

The first assignment for Howard, was as Sergeant-atArms for the year 1956-57 During 1959-6J, he was chairman of the Cog l>Jhee 1 Committee, and during this period, on Feb. 18th he gave a talk on Taxes. He was chairman

of the magazine committee for 196J-61 .. and he led off

on July 21st..q l.'IT! t.h a :L'eview of the Rotarian. On October 20th, 1960, he gave a biographical sketch. Howard repeated as chairman of the magazine committee for 1961-62, and under Lew Laird, he participated in the Club Service program on Aug. 23rd, 1962. He participated in a Fellowship program on Jan. 3rd, 1963, along with Ken Mac Kay, Vince Sarnowski, Patty Grall, and Howard Siegel. On April 30th, 1964 Mr. and Mrs. Cowperthwaite were congratulated on their 5Jth Wedding Anniversary.

Those who were members during Howard's years will remember that he and Wes Stanger used to liven up the club meetings when they sat together in front of the club president's p~sition at the head table, and kibbitzed together on the conduct of the meeting.

Crane, Clinton E. Fuel Oil Ret.

JOined 1967

Reel-Strong Fuel Co., 3 North Ave. E.

Clint is the youngest of three generations of Cranes who held membership in the Cranford Rotary Club. He is a native of Cranford, attending Cranford schools, and he graduated from Franklin & MarShall with a B.A. 1n business. From the time of his membership in the club he has been a hard worker for the United Fund, and has served as chairman of the Industry.--Drive.

He Was inducted as a member on Feb .. 16th, 1967 emu served as Sergeant-at-Arms for 1968-69. The Cog Wheel for July 25th" 1968, congratulated him on the birth of a daughter. On P,ug, 22nd, 1968 he was in eharge of a program on ClaSSification in which he, Ralph Taylor and John Allen, Jr., talked on their occupations.

For the year 1969-7~, Clint is chairman of the Interclub and District Conference Committee.

Born Aug. 6, 1883 Died May 11, 1960

Joined 1945

Cranford (Suburban) Trust Co. North and North Union Aves.

Robert E. Crane was the senior of the three generations that have meant a great deal to Cranford Rotary, and to the community. He was born in Brooklyn, but was

a graduate of Cranford High School. For twenty years, he was with Standard Statistics Co., and became a director of Cranford Trust Co. in 1919. He became Vice-President in 1940 and president of the bank in 1948. In 1952, he became chairman of the board and in 1956, he retired4

He was the father of three daughters, as well as Robert M. Crane (Jr.).

The first mention of Bob Sr., occurred in the club records for Jan. 21st, 194), when he was a Visitor. On June 25th, 1943, he played with the Rotarians in a win over the Lions at golf. He talked to the club on Jan. I), 1944,' as chairman of the Cranford-T(enihrorth 4th l~ar

Loan Drive. On ,:.pril 12th, 1945, he was again a guest at the club. and the following week, April 19th, he was inducted as a member. He was mentioned again on May 17th, as chairman of the 7th War Loan Drive, and on May 24th, 1945, he was paired with Walter Coffee to win from the Lions again, at golf.

For the year 1945-46, Bob Sr. was chairman of the Community SerVice Committee. His golfing ability again came to th~~e when he was paired with Sam Hinman to again win~~'~he Lions. In Sept., on the 20th, he participated in a talk on River Problems, with Wade Poston and Patty Grall. June 20th, 1946 found him paired with his son, Bob Jr. to again win at Lions-Rotary golf. The International SerVice Committee was his assignment for 1946-47. Golf still occupied a special interest as shown by his pairing with Walter Coffee to once more defeat their Lions opponents on Aug. 19th, 1947.

For 1947-48, he became chairman of the Budget Committee for the first time, and served continuously in

this capacity until his death. Also, in 1949, on Oct. 6th he was appointed along with Ken Mac Kay, Harold Wilson, and Bob Longaker, to study the mechanics of a Student

Loan Fund. Vince Sarnowski was added to the committee Feb. 2nd, 1950. This committee was reappointed for 1952-53, again under his chairmanship, and, as with the B1ald.get chairmanship, was his aSSignment until his death.

The committee drew up the By-Laws of operation, considered loans, and invested its capitsl under his guidance. On ·July 7th, 1955, he proposed changes from a Loan to a Scholarship Fund, because of lack of interest

in loans, and this was approved by the club. So~loans, however, were still ~ranted after the change.

Lar~ely because of his efforts. club meetings were held at the Echo La~e Country Club, sta~ting July 12th, 1951 until fall when the dining room closed. The change was made necessary when the Howard Johnson on Route 22, was destroyed by fire.

It was noted on Nov. 13th, 1959, that Bob Sr. was convalascing at Muhlenberg Hospital. He returned to full activity for the few months that was left him. The club held a memorial tribute to him on May 13th, 1960.

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Joined 1944 Fuel. Retail.'

Reel-Strong Fuel Co., 3 North Ave. E.

Bob Crane I s record in Rotary has been a very strong .', . example of service, but his record of service to the community and to his occupation has been even greater. He is a native of Cranford and his first appearance in the Rotary records is April 29th. 1926, three years after the club was established. He appeared then as a stUdent member of the TownShip Committee during Youth Week, and was, consequently, a guest of the club on that occasion. He went on to Lawrenceville, and then to Williams College. He is the father of two sons, Clinton and Peter, and a daughter.

His life in the community has been closely associated with a number of organizations. He served the Cranford Boys Camp

as a director and vice-president, and then became president for two terms, 1960 and 1961. His first term was highly praised by the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle. Early in his career, he

was on the Executive Committee of the Booster's Club. In 1945, he was chairman of the Red Cross Fund Drive, and the following year, he was chairman of the Anti-Tuberculosis Christmas Seal Drive. He was an organizer and president of the now defunct Community CounCil in 1949, and is a past president of the Cranford Business Association. In 1956, he was involved in

the Mental Health Fund Drive, and later was Vice-President of the Union County Psychiatric Clinic. He became a trustee of the Cranford Historical Soc iety in 1958. In 1963 he was chairman of" the MuniCipal Swimming Pool Committee, and a staunch booster.

In 1964 Bob became general chairman of the United Fund Drive, and continued on the Board of Directors, with service as . President of the United Fund in 1967.

In his trade associations, Bob has been equally active.

He was President of the Oil Heat Council of N. J •• in 1955,

as well as President of the Union County Oil Heat Association. Bob is on the Marketing Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, and a Trustee of the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey.

In sports, Bob has coache1 ice hockey for many years.

The success of his teams began to be recognized in 1957, and championships have been common up to the present. He has sometimes had three teams, and regularly a senior team for

boys from 15 to 17. who have achieved North Jersey Intermediate championships, and a junior team for boys from 12 to 15 years old. These teams have had to practice under great difficulty during the hours before school, which has meant early hours and travel to rinks in other communities, since none exists in Cranford.

The Rotary career of Bob Jr. began with his induction on Oct. 26th, 1944. He was put to work immediately. with Walter Coffee, under Patty Grall's chairmanship, to arrange for a Football Team Dinner, in o o-cope ret i on with the Lions, On Nov. 30th. 1944. 'rhe summer of 1945 saw him engagin in golf matches wi,th -the Lions. On May 24th, paired with Carroll Sellers, he was a winner. On July 13th, he was paired with Walter Coffee, again as a winner. On Oct. 4th, he defeated Ernie Wolford to win the first Cranford Rotary Golf Tournament. On Nov. 1st, 1945, he worked with John Cron, under the chairmanship of Norman Gibbs to prepare gift boxes for hospital patients at Camp Kilmer.

elected at this time, but he did serve as chairman of the Community Servic~ Committee for 1946-47. On June 20th, 1946, Bob Jr. was paired with his father in the Lions-Rotary Golf Match. He tied with Carl Warsinski of the Lions team for low score of 87, but was on the winning team. His committee, on Sept. 5th, 1946, began plans for a Rotary Welcome Home Float to participate

in the parade of Oct. 12th. Later, Feb 13, 1947, he arranged a musical program for the club.

Bob was in charge of the Athletic Committee for 1947-48. He was paired with Will Lange for another win against the Lions~ and this time had the low score of 86. On Jan. 13th, 1949, he was designated as Vice-President for the balance of the 1948-49 term, occasioned by the resignation of Ernie Trubenbach, and later Bill Fischer, who had suffered a heart attack. On Mar. 3rd, 1949, he was in charge of the Rotary Club program that welcomed 21 new Kiwanians. Bob became president of the Club for the 1949-50 years. During these years, the presidency included the chairmanship of the Aims and Objects .. Committee, no longer used in the Club's structure.

Hith Carl Hanson and Cy PerEy, Bob was a delegate to the May 5th District Conference at Asbury Park, and later, ,,,ith Carl Hanson and Stan Mac C~ary, he was a delegate to the R.I. Convention at N.Y.C. He reported on the District Conference on I~y 19th, 1949. On July 13th, he attended the District Assembly, with Stan Mac Clary, at the Park Hotel, in Plainfield. William Smith and Harvey Cannon also attended this Assembly. As Past President, he continued as a director for 1950-51.

According to the April 25th, 1950Cog_ Wheel, Bob headed a delegation of 13 Cranford Rotarians to a Far Hills Intercity meeting. Later, on May 11th, he

led a delegation of 10 to the District Conference, again at Asbury Park. This group included John Biach, Van Chamberlin, Stan Mac Clary, Carl Hanson, Joe Minton, Steve Orlando, Cy Perley, Charles Ray, and Carrol Sellers. At this conference, the club was cited for its Club Activities. In this same period, Bob had one of his few golf losses in the Lions-Rotary matches, in a pairing with Ernie Wolford. He was a winner a year later. June 22, 1951, when he was paired with his father, and had

the low score of 82. He won the club's golf championship on-Nov, 15th, 1951. On June 19th he won again against the Lions when paied with Will Lange. He was among the Club tournament golf winners in Sept. 1954.

For 1951-52, Bob was chairman of the Membership Committee, as well as the Luncheon Committee, and in 1952-53, his assignment was the Classification Committee. On May 5th, 1955, he worked on a committee that included Morris Siegel and Jee Caruso, to join with the Lions and Kiwanis, to study the possibility of a Pony League. John Biach joined the Committae in July.

Later chairmanships included the Membership Committee,

for 1955-56, and the Past Presidents Committee for 1956-57. On Jan. 19th, 1956, under Art Burditt, he participated in a Club Service Forum with Ken Mac Kay, Bill Smith, Walter Coffee, and Bill Schroeder. Similarly, on Aug. 23rd, 1956.

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under Bill Dodds, he participated in a Club Service program. On Nov. 1st, 1956, he reported on the District Conference he11 at Buck Hill Falls. Also reporting were Art Burditt, Cory Kammler, Bob Dennis, and Nels Kling. For three years he was chairman of the Student Scholarship Committee, from 1957 to 1960. He was then reassigned to the Classification Committee.

The July 21st, 1960 Cog Wheel sai1 that he would attend the Sept. 9th District Institute with Tow Sordill, Art Bur1itt, and Charles Ray Jr. On the 28th, he gave a biographical sketch of his career. His next appearance as a speaker was on Feb. 23rd, 1961, when he talked about the ice hockey teams he had coached. This was the first time that many had learned of his great efforts with the youth skaters. He talked on the subject of Classification on Mar. 9th, with Larry Tabelman. Charles Hill, and Henry Feil participating.

As President of the Boys Camp Association. he was the recipient, on Apr. 13th, of a check for $1,000 donated to

the camp by the Rotary Club. For 1962-63, he represented

the Past President's Committee: as a club director. On Sept. 20th, Bob and Will Lange talked about their make-ups in Bermuda. He spoke tb the· club" on Aug.!. Ist,.1963 regarding Swimming Pool plans as chairman of a committee appointed by the Township Officials. On Nov. 14th, the same year, he reported the dedication ceremonies for the new College Center bUilding, and the two new Junior High Schools.

He returned to the chairmanship of the Classification Committee for 1964-65. and Aug. 6th, 1964, he achieved his maximum perfect attendance record of 19 years. Following an interruption, he has added another 4 years as of September 1969. As General Chairman of the United Fund Drive, Bob received the club's contribution on Sept. 24th, 1964. The following Spring, on Mar. 9th, he became the Chamber of Commerce's Man of the Year.

Bob and his Rotary Ann played host starting July 29th, 1965, to one of the English visitors sponsored by the club in connection with the Experiment in International Living. Two years later, Aug. 1967, he hosted Jostein Byhre Baardsen of Stavenger, Norway. The latter talked to the club before returning home. On Sept. 2, 1965, Bob entertained the club at the new Municipal Swimming Pool.

His 1966-67 assignment was the Classification Committee, and he talked to the club on this subject, on Aug. 11th, 1966, and again on Jan. 5th, 1967. On Feb. 24th, 1967, _Bob was

one of the Cranford delegation that attended the Morristown district meeting that featured R.I. Presi1ent Richard L. Evans. When Frank Dooley, brother of Rotarian Charles,

talked to the club on Dec. 14th, 1967, he highly praised Bob's continuing"efforts for the Cranford Boys Camp.

The past two years have seen his appointment as chairman of the Public Information Committee for 196~69, and as chairman of the Student Scholarship Committee for 1969-70.

So ends the account of ene of Cranford's most useful .:._ citizens, and one of Rotary's finest representatives, sketchy as the outline has to be. No mention has been made of his oontribution to the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford,

of which Bob is an elder.

Born Sept. 3, 1887 Died Oct. 25, 1950

Joined Feb 13, 1941 Left Sept. 16, 1947

John F. Cron & Sons, 115 No. Union Ave.

John was a stalwar~ in a period when the club was operating under the difficulties of the war period. He had also been a member of the Detroit Rotary Club between 1916 and 1920. He served as treasurer of the club for all the years between 1942 and 1947, when the club was handling War Bond Sales of large amounts. His books are still in the files of the club and show his mastery of the assignment. They were beautifully maintained and support the claim that he was the best treasurer that any club in the district ever developed.

Following his induction, he was assigned with William Reel, and Walter Coffee, to assist Carl Hanson in arranging a Ladies Night for May 7th, 1941. For 1941-42, John was Sergeant-at-Arms. On Sept. 18th, 1941, he and his Rotary Ann were thanked by the club for food prepared for a picnic. A,year later, with Mariano Greco, he served a picnic

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His first term as treasurer, was for 1942-43, and on Aug. 21st, 1942, he was designated to work under Carl Hanson, with Carroll Sellers, to push bond sales. On Mar. 11th, 1943, under Ted Lang, John participated in

a forum on "Post War World Trade," along with Harold Wilson, Walter Coffee, Sam Hinman, and Gordon Peters. He partiCipated in an auction sale conducted on Apr. 1st,

1943, by Charles Dooley, with Charles Ray and Walter Coffee, that netted $40 for the Red Cross. He chaired a War Service Committee and on Mar. 9th, 1944 received a Resolution

of AppreCiation for his Bond Work. On June 15th, 1944, he became chairman of the 5th War Loan Drive. He also continued with the War Service Committee, and was chairman of the Luncheon Committee, all while serving as Treasurer.

On Nov. 1st, 1945, he worked with Bob Crane Jr., under Norman Gibbs to prepare gift boxes for the hospital at Camp Kilmer. He was nominated for Secretary of the club for 1946-47, while Norman Gibbs was nominated for Treasurer.

At John Cron's request, they exchanged assignments and the arrangement was approved by the club. Norman assumed that seniority went with the shift, and was disappointed when John was elected Vice-President in 1947-48, and also deSignated to head the Club Service and Program Committees. However, John gave up the delicatessen store, and resigned from the club.

John was born in Greenville (Jersey City). He lived in Cranford for 12 years, following 25 years in Elizabeth. Earlier, he had been Secy-Treas. of the Office Equipment Co. He was Contract Manager for a Hotel Equipment Co., and Assistant Dispensing Officer for the U.S. Treasury. During his years operating the store, his Rotary Ann did most of the food preparation. At the time of his death, he lived in Roselle and was a salesman for the Brenner Desk Co. of Newark. He left two sons, John F. Cron, Jr., and William E. Cron.

 

Robinson, Ellis

Joined Jan. 17, 1957 Robinson's, 13 No. Union Ave.

Ellis Robinson is another whose membership was not long enough to have left much of an impression on the club. The possibility of maintaining attendance at Cranford meetings was made impossible by his schedule of trips to New York. He showed fine capabi Ii ty and did write some exoeptlona lly good Cog l'Jheels, and was both genial and pleasant. He holds a high commission in the U.S. Army Reserves.

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Robinson, Walton S. Metal & Alloy Equip.

Joined Aug. 30, 1934 Left Jan. 11, 1939

Robinson Engineering Corp., 15 North Ave., Garwood 010ved)

Walt became Sergeant-at-Arms for 1935-36, and was made a Director in 1936-37. In March 1937, he was still serving as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and welcoming guests. He was elected Treasurer for 1937-38, and was Vice-President for 1938-39. He also Nas chairman of the committee for the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival held on April 9, 1938. Before going on to become President of the club, he found that the Vice-Presidency of his own corporation precluded his continuing in Rotary. His plant was moved from GarTJI100d to Roselle Par-e and this add ed to his d is-

qualification. Later the plant moved to Route 22, in Somerset County.

Roden, Norman Pneum. & Hydr. EqUip

Joined Nov. 1, 1956

The Roden Co., 409 North Ave., East

Norm attained an M.E. Degree from Drexel and served in the Army during W.W. II as a Major. He taught at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was also aSSigned to a Motor Pool at Fort Ord, in California. He has a son, George, and a daughter, Beth, who deSigned our current Venioe of N.J. I club bannerette. He has been a fine-humored and most stimulating and thoughtful m~ber

of the c Lub , ..., ...

He was aSSigned to Fund-Raising for 1957-58 and did a thorough job as always in promoting the 3rd Annual Barber Shop Quartette Concert held on Feb. 21, 1958, which netted the club $500. His next assignment was as Junior member of the Joint Civic Committee for 1960-61, and Senior member for 1961-62. On June 23, 1960, he If.TaS on the team that placed 2nd in the District Golf Tournament at Deal Country Club, along with \.]alter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy Mao Bean, \:Jill Lange, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Sr., Carroll Sellers, and Buddy Bergen.

For 1961-62, Norm was in charge of Vocational Guidance.

He also served with H01’1ard Siegel in arranging the Cranford Days program. He announced the Gay 90′s Theme on May 11, 1962, and arranged a Gay 90′s B~11 for June 1, 1963, at the High School where 300 attended. Norm headed the Rotary Foundation committee for 1963-64 and appeared on a Club Activities program under Fletch Gilpin, on July 18, 1963. It was Nov. 21, 1963, when his daughter, Beth’s , new bannerette was presented.

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Roden. Norman (Cont.)

On June 19, 1964, Norm appeared in the District Golf Tournament. He was asslg~ed to head the Student Loan and Scholarship Committee for 1964-65, and the Fellowship Committee for 1965-66. During July, 1965, he and his Rotary Ann were hosts to one of the English students visiting the U. S. under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living. Nine students were sponsored by the Cranford Club. Parenthetically, it should be remarked that his Rotary Ann. Ruth, was one of the faithful women of the Methodist Church,

who served Rotary luncheons for the years when the club met there.

For 1966-67, Norm was elected a Director, and was chairman of the Vocational Service Committee. The following year. 1967-68, he was again a Director and was chairman of the Community Service Committee. His 1968-69 assignment as Director, was the International Service Committee. During 1967. he served as chairman of the United Fund’s Commercial Division Drive.

Mr. & Mrs. Roden attended the District Conference at the Holiday Inn, in Atlantic City on March 29 to 31, 1968, and the April 11 to 13, 1969. Conferenoe at Buck Hill Falls, Pa. It was at the latter conference that Norm as chairman of the delegation set up an Esprit-de-Corps at the Honeymoon Lodge adjoining the Inn, that secured the attention of all at the conference. Special Heart Badges identified the Cranford Rotarians.

H. Robert Roden. brother of Norman, was the guest speaker on December 12, 1968, with a talk on the summer Olympics

held at Mexico City. He was an official of the U. S. OlympiC Committee.

Currently, 1969-70, Norm is Treasurer of the club.

Rogg, Herman O.

Joined Oct. 26, 1967

Graber-Rogg, Inc •• 22 Jackson Dr.

Herm gave a biographical sketch, following his induction, on the 16th of November, 1967. He graduated from Union High School and from the Newark College of Engineering with a

M.Sc. Deg., and obtained a Professional Engineer’s license.

He hss a daughter and a son, Douglas.

He immediately took a position on the Bowling Team, and for 1968-69. was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms to John Allen. He and his Rotary Ann were among the Cranford delegation to Buck Hill Falls, April 11 to 13, 1969.

Rouvet, Emmanuel Mart in Auto Rec .

Joined Feb. 24, 1948 Left April 29, 1948

Cranford Motor Sales, 35 North Avenue. West

Two months of membership are scarcely enough to warrant the listing of this membership. No records exist of any activity at all.

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Sarnowski, Vincent F. Education, Elem.

(1969) Superintendent of Schools

Joined January 26, 1950

Vince was born in Harrison, and attended the Harrison schools before golng to Newark State Teachers. He received a Masters degree at Rutgers, and did speoial work at Seton Hall. He spent four years in the army, three of them in the Pacific theater. He began his career in 1938, at East Hanover Township. and came to Cranford in 1940. He is the father of three children, Thomas, Jean and James. Jean had her name in the papers recently. Oct. 1, 1969, as one of tr” first girls in the R.O .. T.C. She was the first at Rider. . Her brother Tom, 1s presently in Viet Nam, as a Specialist, 4th Class.

The first mention of Vince in connection with Rotary, oocured on Maroh 28, 1947 when he supervised a High School Contest in Vocational GUidance. He appeared on April 14, 1947, to thank the club for its interest and co-operation

in Vocational Guidance. He was head of guidance at the time. On May 1, 1947, he was among the Youth Week faculty guests. Vince was next a guest and moderator of an Exchange Student Program on Feb. 24. 1949. His last appearance as a Guidance Head was on June 9, 1949, when Gordon Fromm arranged for

28 stUdents to be guests of the club following vocational Visits.

Vince’s visit on Jan. 19, 1950. was followed a week later by his induction into the club membership. He had

then become Vice-Principal of Lincoln and Sherman Schools. His first Rotary assignment was to the Student Loan Fund committee with Ken Mac Kay. Bob Crane, Sr •• Harold Wilson, and Bob Longaker. On March 30, 1950, he talked on the Spiritual Values in the Home as the Basis of Sound Education. According to the April 25, Cog Wheel, Vince was one of 13 Cranford Rotarians who attended the Far Hills Inter City meeting.

For 1950-51, Vince served as Assistant Sergeant-atArms, and on August 3, 1950, he conducted a “What’s My Line” quiz on which the subjects were Walter Coffee, Bill Allen, Cy Breen and Will Lange. He was made chairman of the Cog Wheel committee for 1951-52. In the fall of 1951, Vince was made Principal of the Lincoln and Sherman schools. On

Feb. 21, Vince talked on “Who’s Ruining Our Schools.” Next on Auguet 14, 1952, he was M.C. of a program on ltJ’hat Rotary Has Meant to Me, partiCipated in by Henry Whipple, Rowlan1 Blythe, Harold Wilson. Lou Allison, and Ken Mac Kay.

On Aprtl 23, 1953, Vince and John Biach were appOinted to represent Rotary in the reorganizat1on of the Community CounCil. He showed a movie on the Three R’s on Dec. 3, 1953. His next program was on Feb. 10, 1955. when he talked on Training Handicapped Children. Then he was elected a Director for 1955-56, and made Chairman of Commun1ty SerVice. On Sept. 13, 1956, he talked on the Board of Educationts

Bond Issue.

Vince was again a Director for 1956-57, and was chairman of the Vocational Service committee. The Cog Wheel for Oct. 4, 1956, praised Vince for his Youth Service along

wi th Patty Grall, l”‘al ter Coffee, Char11e Ra.y, and Harold Wilson. On Sept. 13. 1956. as the new principal of Hillside

For 1957-58, Vince was elected Secretary, and then he became Vice-President, and chairman of Club Service for 1958-59. His year as President came the following year, 1959-60. His biography for the occasion mentions that he was a Life Member of the National Education Assooiation, and Past President of the Union County Schoolmen’s Club. One of the contributions that Vince made to Rotary’s Christmas programs was music from the schools. The first occasion came Dec. 19, 1957. when 55 members of the Junior High School Choir under the leadership of George White sang Christmas Carols, and were hosted for dessert. These occasions have repeated through the years, sometimes with the High School Choir under James Lenney, alternating.

Vince attended the District Assembly at the Pines, on April 20, 1959, with Ira Dorian and reported on it to the club on the 23rd of April. As immediate past president, Vince continued as a Director, and Chairman of the Club Activities committee for 1960-61. On Aug. 25, 1960, he put on a Club Activities forum with Charley Hill, Buddy Bergen, Howard Siegel, Roy Mac Bean, and Sam Eisenberg. Vince, with Ira Dorian and Fletcher Gilpin, was a delegate to the District Conference, Nov. 4 and 5, 1960, at Buok Hill Falls. Mr. & Mrs. Sarnowski, again attended the

1961 District Conferenoe, Nov. 3 and 4, at Buck Hill Falls. On Nov. 16, 1961, Vince talked about a European trip he

and his Rotary Ann Bea, took after she won the award on

The Price is Right, TV show.

For 1962-63. Vince was assigned to head the Interclub oommittee. On Sept. 20, 1962, Glenn Klinefelter, Charles Ray, Sr., and Vince all described their Canadian “Make-Ups~ Next on Jan. 3. 1963, Ken Mac Kay, Howard Cowperthwaite, Patty Grall. Howard Siegel and Vince all talked on Fellowship. He headed the Scholarship and Loan Committee for 1963-64, and on Oct. 24. 1963, he reviewed the polioies of this committee.

The Rotary Information Committee became Vince’s responsibility for 1964-65. On Aug. 25, under Bob Dennis, he took part in a Club SerVice program. He did double-duty for 1965-66, as chairman of both the Classification and the Cog v,Jheel Comm1ttees. In c onnec t t on with Classification, he presented a program of ocoupational talks by Bill Mac Kinlav, Charles Wilder. Bill Beekhuysen, and Ralph Murphy, on July 29, 1965.

Both Vince and Bea have been excellent Bowlers. He

was on the Bowling Team that on April 28, 1966, won 2nd place in the Distriot Bowling League, along with Bill Lange, Ralph Murphy, Will Jordan, and Bill Dodds. Subs were

Ernie Wolford, Charles Speth, and Charles Ray, Jr. Bee proved her talents on May 4, 1967, when she rolled the individual high of 228 in the Rotary Ann Bowling League which Cranford won. The other team members were Melanie Sordill and Edith Speth.

Vince took on the chairmanship of the Program committee for 1967-68. Also, in the 1967 United Fund Drive, he

acted as chairman of the School Division. Vince adopted

the policy of scheduling programs two months in advance.

His 1968-69 assignment, was the Fellowship committee.

On Sept. 5. 1968. he renorted nlans at a forum under NelA

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for 1969-70, and agaiu a Director. He and his Rotary Ann were among the Cranford delegation to Buck Hill Falls for the distriot Conferenoe on April 11 to 13, 1969.

Following the retirement of Clark Mc Dermith, Vince was appointed Acting Superintendent of Schools, in 1968, with considerable popular support because of his long service in the school system. The following year he received the full appointment by the Board of Education.

Schramm. Russell E. Banking

Joined May 6, 1965

Suburban Trust Co. 2 North Avenue, West

Russ graduated from the Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, and attended Northwestern University. N.Y.U. and the American Institute of Banking. The Schramms have two daughters and a son, Drew.

Following his induction, Rus was aPPointed chairman of both the Attendance and the Auditing committees. He continued as Aud 1 t Lng chairman for 1966-67, then for 1967-68 heaaea the Youth Service committee. He heaaed this committee again for 1969-70. while for 1968-69. he was in charge of Golf ana Bowling.

Schroeder, William L. Roofing Service

Joined Sept. 6. 1945

Home – 53 Nomahegan Ct. Business now in Roselle

Bill was a guest on July 26 and on Aug 9, 1945, before

his induction. For 1947-48. he was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. His daughter Elaine was a winner in Halloween’s Costume Contest, Oct 31. 1949. Bill was aPPointed Attendance chairman for 1952-53. On Jan. 19, 1956, he partiCipated in a Club Service Forum under Art Burditt. Others participating were Ken Mac

Kay, Bill Smith, Bob Crane, Jr., and Wplter Coffee. On Oct.

20, 1966, he participated in a program on the Rotarian

magazine under John Dexheimer, with Bill McKinlay, and Art Burditt. Mr. & Mrs. Schroeder attended the District Conference at the Holiday Inn, in Atlantic City, March 29 to 31, 1968 and the following year at the Buck Hill Falls District Conference held on April 11 to 13. 1969. In addition to his daughter Bill has a son. Larry.

~Seager. J. Walter Druggist

Born Feb 4, 1893 Diea Jan. 7, 1968

Joined April 21, 1938 Left Sept. 12, 1938

Rejoinea Sept. JO, 1943 Left Feb. 21, 1946

Walter had n6 record of activity in the Rotary club,

He graauated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy and became a partner with Edw. Jarvis in his Westfield store ana his Johu Ray Pharmacy in Cranford. Following dissolution of the partnership. Walter took over the Cranford store until his retirement in Oct. 1959. He had two sons, Walter. Jr. and Melvin.

Joined August ~5, l~~~ Left Uct. 25, 1951

Rejoined Jan. 17, 1957 Left Dec. 4, 1958

Cranford High School, West End Place

Back on Dec. 21, 1944, C.P.O., Paul Selby. US Navy. was

a guest at a Christmas Monte Carlo Party, held at the Casino. He had graduated from Manasquan High School and Trenton State Teachers, and obtained his M8~ters from Rutgers. He joined the high school staff in 1946. In 1955 he bacame associated with Driver Training and took a qualifying course at Rutgers for teaching the subject at the high sohool. Part of the time, there has also been Adult Driver Training in the Adult School program. He has also been serving as Assistant Football

Coach.

Following his induction, Paul gave a biographical sketch on Sept. 29, 1949. Then on Dec. 15, 1949, he gave a talk on teaching in which John Biach and Harold Wilson participated. For 1950-51. Paul was chairman of the Athletic committee, and

a member of the Rotary Bowling Team. His resignation on Oct. 25, 1951 was occasioned by the inability to adjust his teaching schedule to the meeting hour of the club. On Oct. 24. 1956,

he talked to the club on Driver Eduoation. After his reinduction, he served for 1958-59 on the Bowling committee.

He is the father of three daughters.

Sellers, Carroll K. Law. General Practice

Joined July 7. 1938 Left Feb. 20, 1969

Office – 6 North Union Avenue. (Later on Miln St.)

There is a conflict in the records on the date of his induct inn. One report gives the date as June 23. He was born at Limerick Sq., Pa., the son of a Presbyterian minister. He graduated from Trenton High School, and from Rutgers. He then attended New York Law School. Carroll served in the Army during W.W.I. and is a member of the American Legion’s 40 & 8 Club. During W.W.II, he was head of Civil Defense. a member of the local Draft Board, and Police Court Recorder (Judge). He also served as Assistant County Prosecutor.

Carroll’s first committee chairmanship was the International Service Committee for 1939-40. On Sept. 28, 1939,

he was a member of a team that beat the Lions in a golf match. Other members of the team were Walter Coffee, Bill Reel, Ken Albridge. Newell Stepp and Bill Willsey. On Nov. 17. 1939,

he participated in a Lions-Rotary Bowiing Match, along with Mariano Greco, Joe Zingales, Charles Ray. and John Freese. According to the Feb. 20. 1940, Crier, he was elected VicePresident of the Business Association. On June 13, 1940, he was named chairman of a committee to achieve a Cranford National Guard unit.

For 1940-41, Carroll was made chairman of the Community Service Committee. On July 25, 1940, he was among the members visiting the Boys’ Camp. On Aug. 16, he arranged for the club to visit Bonnie Burn. The following year, 1941-42,

he was made a director and chairman of the Attendance Committee, and on Aug 7, 1941, he talked on the subject of Community Service

Sellers, Carroll {cont.}

Carroll represented the club on the United Fund, appointed on Mar~ 19th, 1942e At the annual picnic on Aug. 6th, 1942, he was first in a spelling bee. For 1942-43, he was again elected a Director. On Aug. 11th, 1942, he became

one of the editors of the Crier, when it was printed on the back of an R.I. News Flyer. His associates on the Crier, were Charles Ray and Win Britton, Jr. On Aug. 21st, 1942, he and John Cron were appointed to assist Carl Hanson in pushing U.S. Bond sales. At the annual picnic on Sept. 9th, 1942, Carroll led the singing.

On Dec. 3rd, 1942, Carroll became Acting Civil Derense Commander, and he talked to the club on Civil Defense on Jan. 14th, 1943. He appeared again on Jan. 28th, on a forum program arranged by Charles Cole on Post War Planning and Problems. Others were irlin Britton, Sr , , Henry \fuipple, Frank Sherlock, Charles Ray, and Wade Poston. On Mar. 4th, 1943, Henry Whipple, Harold Wilson and Carroll Sellers discussed the s-e-cond object or Rotary – Ethical Standards.

For 1943-44, Carroll again was elected as a Director.

On June 25th, 1943, he was paired with Bill Willsey as a loser in Lions-Rotary golf. He was also chairman of the Ladies’ Night committee. The event was held at the Park Hotel in Plainfield, on May 11th, 1944. with 70 in attendance. He was also chairman of the Club Service, and the Program committees. On Sept. ’20th, 1944, he was paired with Al Meurer to win at the Lions-Rotary golf matches. Another party which he managed, was the Christmas Monte Carlo affair held at the Casino on Dec. 21st, 1944.

Carroll became President for 1945-46 and chairman or the Aims and Objects committee. On F1ay 3rd, he was made Delegate to the R.I. Convention at Chicago. On May 24th, 1945,-he was paired with Bob Crane, Jr., as winners in the Lions-Rotary golf matches. As-immediate past president, he continued as Director for 1946-47. On June 13th, 1946, Wade Poston, Patty Grall, Ernie Trubenbach, and Carroll Sellers reported on the R.I. Convention held at Atlantic City.

Carroll was one of 11 past presidents to tell why they chose their profession on a program arranged by Patty Grall for Apr. 20th, 1950. On May 11th, 1950, he was one of ten who attended the District Conference at Asbury Park, at the Berkeley Carteret Hotel. As chairman of Civil Defense, he arranged a program on Jan. 11th, 1951, at which Ed Coe, Bob Crane, Jr., Patty Grall, Charles Ray and Bill Fischer all talked on the Organization of Civil Defense. On June 22nd, 1951, Carroll and Al Meurer were paired to earn a tie at Lions-Rotary- golf.

For 1952-53, Carroll was chairman of the Nominating committee, and the following year, 1953-54, he was chairmroL of the Past Presidents’ committee. On Sept. 23rd, 1954, he was among the club golf tournament winners receiving awards. He won at Lions-Rotary golf on June 7th, 1955. For 1955-56, Carroll was chairman of the Magazine comrdttee and then for 1956-57, he was chairman of the Student Scholarship committee. He served as a Direct~r, representing the Past Presidents’ committee for 1960-61.

Sellers, Carroll (Cont.)

On June 23rd, 1960, Carroll was on the Cranford golf team that placed seoond in the District Golf Tournament held at Deal Country ·Club .. ‘· Others were Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy Mao Bean, Will Lange, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Sr., Buddy Bergen and Norman Roden. On Nov. 4th, 1960, he was among 21 who attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls. He gave a biographical sketch to the olub on Jan. 5th, 196~for 1962-63, he was

chairman of the Classification COmID1ttee. -

A vacation report program on Sept. 19th, 1963, featured the make-ups that Carroll had in France, England and Germany. Two months later he was reported at Alexian Bros. Hospital in Elizabeth, with a heart attack. He recovered, but his activities were reduced by his own condition and by the loss of his wife almost immediately after his own recovery. He later remarried and moved to Florida on Feb. 20th, 1969.

Seymour, Harold J. Jr. Munic. Tax Collector

Joined Feb. 20, 1969

Township of Cranford

Harold was born in Elizabeth and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.., there rie received a B.Sc. from Rutgers and also attended Newark College of Engineering

and Northwestern Univ. He was in the Marine Corps during World War II and is on the Board of Directors of the 1st Marine Div. Assoc. He is a founder of the 1st Marine Divisions Orphanage in Seoul, Korea. He is also a Director of the VFW Post 335 in Cranford. He-is the father of two daughbe r-s-, –For the ~tary year 1969-70, Harold was made Sergeant-at-Arms.

~herlock, Rev. Frank M. Prot. Minister

Born Dec. 4, 1894 Died July 14, 1946 ( Former-¥~ber.

Joined Jan. 11, 1934 Death terminated membership-Eliz Club) Trinity Episcopal Church, Forest and North Aves.

The name of Father Frank Sherlock was a big one in Cranford, and in Cranford Rotary. He was born in Kingston, Ont., and attended school in Toronto, then enlisted in the Canadian army and spent three years of his four, overseas,

in World War I. He returned to the University of Toronto Theological College. For vacations he did missionary work in the lumbering districts of New Brunswick, Canada. He

was ordained a Deacon in 1924 at St. John, N.B., home of

the writer’s father and his family. He next was a Curat~

at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, N .B., and ord- -ained to the Priesthood Dec. 20th, 1925. His first assignment was at All Saints Church in Elizabeth, Jan. 1st, 19z6 until Oct. 1st, 1933 when he came to Cranford. The Sherlocks had one daughter, Frances. Cy~, Frank Sherlock, and Harold Wilson were three Cranford ROtarians with New Brunswick Associations. The latter t~~ were known to the st.

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Frank Sherlock’s first appearance at Cranford Rotary was on Nov. 9th, 1933, when he gave an Armistice Day talk. He was inducted into the club on Jan. 11th, 1934, and

again gave a talk, this time on Feb. 15th, 1934 on George

Sherlock, Frank M. (Cont.)

Wash1ngton’s birthday. By Apr. 19th. he was serving as song leader. He was elected a Director for 1934-35. On Jan. 17th. 1935, he was listed as leading the singing with George Bienfang. On Mar. 7th, he sang “In the Gloaming” at a joint meeting. A week later, he did piano solos with Newman Collins.

Frank became Vice-President and chairman of the Program oommittee for 1935-36. He played the piano and sang on Sept. 26th, 1935. The writer does not remember hearing him sing, but can testify that on the piano he was superb. His memory of classic and opera tunes was prodigious, and he could “doodle” indefinitely with the authority that comes from thorough familiarity. He was chairman of a committee for a joint meeting with Roselle-Roselle Pk., which featured the great grandson fo Sitting Bull, which was held on the 6th of Dec. 1935. On the 19th of December, Frank headed a Christmas program.

On Apr. 2nd, 1936, Frank headed a committee to coordinate Cranford’s Social Services. The move was at his instigation in the face of the depression problems that faced the municipality. On the 27th, he oalled a meeting of all local organizations involved in social work. The program suggested was approved on May 7th and on the 14th of May 1936, the Welfare Association was born with the adoption of a constitution and the election of Directors. This Association, still in operation, is a memorial to Frank Sherlock, as the Boys’ Camp is a memorial to his predecessor, Ken Martin. Cranford is unique in having so valuable an asset as the Welfare Association.

Frank became the club’s President for 1936-37. On May 15th, at the Ladies’ Night at Echo Lake Country Club, he talked on the “History of Picnics”. He and Bill Willsey were delegates to the R.I. Convention at Atlantic City on June 22nd to 26th, 1936. After vacationing five weeks i.n Canada, he reported on the convention with Bill Willsey, on Sept. 25th. He was also at the piano that day, with Bill Reel leading the singing. Frank next was a delegate, with Charles Ray, to the District Conference Apr. 15th & 16th, 193′, at Asbury Park. Members of the club were invited to’ attend a special evening. service at Trinity Church on Feb. 28th, 1937, when Rev. J. A. Richardson, D.D., Archbishop of Fredericton, N. B., at Christ Church Cathedral, was to be the speaker. It was Dr. Richardson who originally ordained Frank Sherlock.

Frank reported on a tentative plan, on Mar. 11th, 1937 to divide District 36 in two. Cranford would have been one of 28 clubs in District 36A. Essentially, the plan was carried out for 1937-38, but the districts were renumbered and ours become District 183. As immediate past preSident. he continued as a Director for 1937-38. On Nov. 11th, 1937 Charles Dooley, Gordon Peters, ~nd Frank Sherlock attended an area meeting in Newar~that featured R.I. President Maurice Duperrey. He next was listed as giving solos at

the re-union with the Washington, N.J. Rotary Club. On Feb. 17th, 1938, the club celebrated its 15th Anniversary, with Frank as toastmaster. Then with Henry Whipple, he was a delegate to the District Conference at Asbury Park, May 12th and 13th.

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InfoTmation committee. This assignment was repeated for the 1939-40 year. He was taken ill while on vacation in Canada during Aug. 1938. In March 1939, he was again reported as ill and sent a wire on the ocoasion of Ladies' Night on Apr. 20th, 1939, because he could not attent. He returned Sept. 19th, 1939 from New Brunswick, recuperating from his illness, and attended a club meeting two days later. On Oct. 18th, 1939, he attended the dinner at Newark, when the area paid tribute to R. I. President Walter Head from Monc1air. Accompanying him were Rowland Blythe, Walter Coffee, Patty Grall, Charles Dooley, Charles Ray and Sam Hinman. At the Oct. 19 th meeting, he reported on the dinner.

On the occasion of R.I.'s 35th Anniversary, the Crier reported that both Frank and Win Britton, Jr., were to talk to the High School Assembly on Feb. 20th, 1940. He later attended the District Oonference, Apr. 25th and 26th, at Asbury Park. For 1941-42, Frank was chairman of the Membership committee. On Feb. 26th, 1942 he appeared on a Forum program under John Mongon, on Parental Responsibility, and summarized the views expressed. Next he was a delegate with Patty Grall and Abey Caldwell to the Toronto convention of R.I., held May 28th, 1942. He reported on the trip on July 16th. Before leaving for Toronto, he arranged a Past Pre- ... sident's Sextette which included Rowland Blythe, Henry Whipple, Sam Hinman, Bill Willsey, Charles Ray, and himself. John Pleasants was at the piano on Apr. 2, 1942, when they exhibited their talents.

-.- The club's Calender Card listed Frank as Musician for 1942-43. He was also official pianist at the District Conference, Apr. 30th, and May 1st, 1942, at Asbury Park. On Oct. 22nd, and on Nov. 5th, 1942, John Sherlock, the father of Frank was a guest at the club. For the Christmas meeting on Dec. 24th, 1942, he entertained with sleight-of-hand, and on Jan. 28th, 1943 he- participated in a forum conducted by Charles Cole on Post-War Planning and Problems. Others on the program were Win Britton, Sr., Henry Whipple, Carroll Sellers, Charles Ray and Wade Poston. His daughter Frances won an essay contest sponsored by Rotary on Youth's Part in a Democ r-acy at-War.

For 1943-44, Frank Sherlock was listed as Musician,

and there was a Music committee that included John Pleasants, Charles Dooley and Charles Ray. On Nov. 11th, 1943, Frank was given a reception at Trinity Episcopal Church for his -- 10th year at the Cranford church. On Dec. 2nd,'--he'---entertained at the Football Team Dinner with his sleight-or-hand.

Frank continued to be list.e.d as Musician of the club until hes death. His father, John M."Sherlock revisited the club on Oct. '1'9th 'and 26th, 19h4, from Toronto. Three wives were guests of the club on Dec. 7th, 1944. These were Mrs. Sherlock, Mrs. Hanson, :'and Mrs. Trubenbach. Rowland Blythe and Frank told the high spots of their administrations on Dec. 28th, 1944, then on Jan. 18th, 1945, Frank talked on the Life of a Clergyman. He showed his versatility on Mare- 29th, 1945, when he gave an organ recital for the club members at Trinity Church. At the end of that year, Dec. 16th, he celebrated his 20th year as a priest. His death came at the shore on July 14th, 1946.

A memorial service was held at the club luncheon on

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]oNa:;,~d I s first notice afte~:, his induction on AprH 17. WaS on July 2!J”, t95Z. “,hen he :;a…,e a. talk on t:’l9 Dbmor.d J·”1dustry. Th<i!n on November 1O, he and ‘l’ov; Scroi 1″.1 ga”lTe their oJ.(lgraphic~’.~ ske t.che s , He T,<1aS made chairman of rIlle Fund .• Raising Committee for 195J-54~ His first District Conference ;·ras October 28 and 29. 1953 at Euck Hill Fall~t attend€!d by both him and hLs ~,·;.fe 0,1 S.9ptel1lber 23, 19.54, he “las among Lhe golf t\)urnan~ent. !>J”in.18Y’ in the club conteet s, On June 7, 19.5.5 he ,JaS a winner at the Li.ona-Robar-y golf mabch; then on JulyJ 4, 1953 he Hap, em t,he winning Uion County golf team of Cranford. Ot11e1;’ ‘t1)nne,’::> of ‘;}’: frank Scott Troplw were Tllill Lange, Walter Gofff’Je. ,:~”t’!e. Die::

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For 1955-56, Howard was chairman of the Luncheon Comm5.tt·(,!” , On July 10. 1956, he f:las on the ~inning Unio”l Ccu,-Jl:}: ·3-o1.f TCL:.i.T .. , ament team of Cranford. ‘”1 Scores were: Dick Dot”‘€> 11 79:- eor·y Kammler 84, and ~~alter ~offee and Howard Siegd 86 each. :.:Ie

was made chairman of the Vocation3′. Gllidenca Comn’.:\.t:.f!O fox\958-590 On .July 24: 1958, he T/las again on a \Ittnniug ~:;e8.m

ir>. the County Golf Tournament, with a net. of 71. Next. on October 23, 1958 came the finals of the club t.ouz-namenb in

which 1,ja.lter Coffee and Will Lange tied for firat, HOvJa:,:,d ‘:Ni:l.~ second, and Van Chamberlin was third.

His prOl.ress in golf led to Howard! s being ohairman of the Golf committee for 1959~60. The Cog Wheel for July 2, 1957 gave the scores in the District Golf TOIJ.rnament play as Wi.ll Lange 82, Walter Coffer;) and Howard Siegel as 83 each, O~ June 23, 1960. he HaS on the team that won 2nd place at the District Golf Tournament he’Ld at the Dea L Cou.ntry Club. Te~.m members included III/alter Coffee, Roy Nac Bean, Will Lange, Bill. Dc’~”-:!s, Ira Dorian. Patty Grall. C:tarley .Ray, Sr , , C”,r:”‘-’oll .seller;;, Buddy Bergen. anc. Norman Roden, W8. ~’JAll as Houard , He appf.;S;l~e~? (In a c’Inb activit.ies prog:c”8.w. under Vinca Sarnowski on August ’25, 196o~

For 1960-61, Houard I s assignment {>r.~s the Vocf\i~Vn>lL G!lid. ence committee, and for 1961-62 it lo·Ya.S the Rotary Infol’lIl!1tion commi, t.tee. On Oct , 27. 1960, HO’f2rd x’ece i.ved a SDV,j:”~ TX’8.Y :;t. t;19 club’s golf enanm.on, :J2′ presf’;nted. a Rot.nry Ia:’:'ormaticl, prop;:cam on April 12, 1962. On ,)”une 14. 1962, a t.r-i.but.e Luncb~bn ‘:rJa~ he Ld at \~hich Patt7 Grall W’l..S honor-ed for his yea.rs (“, community and youth service and Howard Siegel [>imi1a1?ly

honored flJ:i:' 1.1is S91"'lce and fer !~d .. s conduct f,f the C:~a.nfc:(;i L-f'.::~ !)ro("i"amo He I·~as e1&r..tr-d e dhectol' fo~" 1962,",63 and l'ITa'3 ehairman of the C0mmunity Stlr'.rice commitl.:,ee. Or! June 1l}, 1962, he pt~J..·t.ici.pa.t,e'" in a l"elto;,rshil? p:rogl~am tdt.l Ken !.f.'l.C I{",.y, Vj nee Sarnolw'c<:i, Patty Grall, and HOt\lC'xd CO'l7pert~n;B.He. He conV .. D.c

ned as a Ji rae· tor 1'0:':' 1903-64, ~n(1 TT<l-':~ cna'lrlnal"l c·r t.he Co .... ··t;t ~ H.y S·;n".rice commi l~ tee a second yea.r.. l\Tith Nontlnn :lode:l. he :,'as l'!o<,c:!o:'I.i:::-m?i'l of :~~".,a Gay 90: s Ball helJ at t,l~.e H7 .. gl:1 Sc}wol O:J

JtJ"1l? L ~.9(;3, an'l <?tt.n'lded ty about. 300. Tm.s N'8.S parI:. of t.~ .. ':' Cr-anford r,ys rl"'ogrum. On July t8, 19'5j, :.lEl part-,tcip'.1.ted t'1L·~.·;

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Sporting Goods, Ret.

Siegel, Howard M. (Cont. ) He continued, however, as chairman of the Youth Service committee. According to the Cog Whell for Oct. 8th, 1964, Howard

was tied with Walter Coffee for low gross, in the Club golf tournament. One of his last acts as a member, was the present action of a program honoring the Championship High School Basket Ball team. He resigned from the club on Aug. 25th, 1966. He also resigned from the Township Planning Board. The death of his father and the ensuing liquidation of the father's jewelry store in Conn. as well as his own expansion to the operation of stores in 9 communities was proving too much of a load.

Howard came from Newark where he graduated from the Weequahic High School. He then attended Penn State Univ. and the Penn State College of Optometry. He also attended Newark College of Engineering and Rutgers Univ. As a teenager, he fought forest fires in New York State. DuringWorld War II, Howard was a bomber pilot on B17's in the European theater, with the 8th Air Force, 34th Bomber Group. He is the owner of Martin Jewelers which he opened in Cranford in 1945., and is ., president of the Westfield store of the same name as well as Taylor's Jewelers in Plainfield. He moved to Cranford in 1949 and entered into community activity soon after. In 1963, he received the Chamber of Commerce's Man of the Year Award. He is the father of two daughters, and a son Jay.

Siegel, Morris

Joined Nov. 11, 1954 Sportsman Shop, 103 North Union Avenue

Mush Siegel took over the Sportsman Shop from Cy Perley who moved to Florida, a return to the haunts of his earlier days. Mush graduated from South River High School, and attended the Univ. of Indiana for a B. Sc. in Marketing. He

is the father of 3 daughters, and had had such an interest in youth that he practically operated an amateur employment service.

He first visited the Cranford club on Mar. 4th, 1948, then was a guest on Apr. 1, 1954, and inducted Nov. 11th. He was appointed on May 5 th, 1955 to work under Bob Crane, Jr.,

with the Lions and Kiwanis on the organization of a Pony League. John Biach also worked on this committee. He gave his biographical sketch on June 2nd, 1955. For 1959-60, Mush was chairman of the Vocational Guidance program which fitted in with his efforts to provide part-time employment for high lJchoo1ers. On Sept. 24th, 1959, he was appointed with Stu MCFadden to the Cranford Community Council. Next he was M.e. on a progra.m on the .fi'unctioning of Rotary, arranged by Art Burdi tt. He Wa.Fl "'~'}vdnnan of the You t h Service committee for 1961-62, and for a second time gave his biographical sketch on Apr. 20th, 1961. On ~u1y 18th, 1963, he appeared on a Club Activities program under Fletch Gilpin. He was next chairman of tJ;eLun0.heon committee for 196h-65, and apReared on a Club Serv1ce program under Bob Dennis. For 1966-07 Mush was chairman of the Fund Raising committee. As a project the committee came up with Fun(d) Night - Dinner Dance at the Suburban

Hotel in Summit on Feb. 25th~ 1967. It netted $500~ and 125 attended.

For its 1967 c amnad Q'n. Mll!:!h T,TOO ,..1'"10-';","" .... '" ~.p ~!-..~ TT~': .... _-"

*SKILLMAN, CHARLES A. (Charter) Hardware, Retail

Born 1869 Died May 29, 1944

Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Death terminated membership

Charles Skillman joined A. C. Pike Hdwre. Co. Inc. (later Skillman's) 8 North Ave. W., which had been founded in 1908, and later purchased the business and changed the name to his own. He retired in Mar. 1944 and sold the business to Al Meurer who was a Rotarian. His death followed 2 months later.

He was a Director of the club at its chartering, and for 1925-26, he was chairman of the Boys' Work (Youth Service) committee and of the Education (Rotary Information) committee. On Feb. 18th, 1926, he was elected Vice President of the new Boys' Camp. He spoke on Hardware at the meeting of Oct. 22nd, 1926. On July 19th 1928, the club visited the Boys' Camp, with Charles Skillman among those who made the trip to Hope. He was again a Director for1929-30. On Sept. 29th 1932, Charles Skillman, Ed Vilade and Tom Mac Meekin reported on

the District Boat Excursion from Hoboken to Bear Mountain.

Charles continued as chairman of the Boys' Work committee from 1932-33 to 1936-37. For May 4th, 1933, the committee

put on the Boys' Week program. He reported to the club on the progress of the Camp, on Aug. 9th, 1934, at which time he was president of the Camp. He led a songfest on Oct. 15th, 1936, with Robert Hobbs at the piano. At the Youth Week meeting

for May 2nd, 1940 Charles was specially recognized as a

Charter Member of the Club. When the club visited the Boys' Camp on July 25th, 1940, Charles as President of the Camp Association gave a talk on its operations. Patty Grall handled the Youth Week arrangements from Apr. 27th, to May 3rd, 1941, with the Rotary meeting for the occasion coming on May 1st.

On Apr. 9th, 1942, Charles declined nomination as VicePresident of the club. He and Sam Hinman were specially honored at the meeting for Feb. loth, 1944, which was the 21st Anniversary of the club. Those participating were Rowland Blythe, Charles Ray, and Henry Whipple, with Patty Grall serving as Toastmaster, and Ken Martin, on a return visit, memorializing those who had died. Charles himself, was ilIon the occasion and was welcomed back two weeks later, Feb. 24th, 1944.

Smith, Edward M. Tele:Qhone Mgr.

Joined Jan. 24, 1952 Left Feb. 1, 1952 (Tr. to Westfield)

N. J. Bell Telephone Co., 34 Alden Street

Ed Smith was (and is) a life-long resident of Plainfield and attended its schools. He joined the Bell System in 1928. He has been active in the Plainfield Community Chest, in the Red Cross and in Cub Scouts. He was the father of a son and a daughter. He came to Cranford to open the new Telephone Co. office on Alden St., and was manager of the office for ten years, when he was transferred to Westfield and succeeded by Charles Reilly.

At the time of his induction, Jan. 24th, 1952, he gave his biographical sketch. For 1952-53, he was made Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms and chairman of the youth Service committee. He was in charge of the youth Week Meeting held on May 14th, 1953. For 1954-55, he was Sergeant-at-Arms and again chairman of the youth Service committee. On Feb. 3rd, 1955, he presented 4 Teenagers from the High School Forum Club. The Cog

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Smith, Edward M. (Cont.) Carl Hanson on a High School Guidance program. Youth Week was planned by Ed for May 9th to 15th, 1955. Ed was made chairman of the Attendance committee for 1956-57. He participated in a Club Activities forum under Van Chamberlin, with George Sysesky, Lew Laird, and Ira Dorian. For 1957-58, Ed had the Rotary Information committee chairmanship, then became a Director for 1958-59 along with the Community Service chairmanship. He was again a Director for 1959-60, this time with the Vocational Service chairmanship. He was next Treasurer of the club for 1960-61, and Secretary for 1961-62, with that term uncompleted.

Smith, Roderick W. Honorary

Elected 10/4/56 Inducted 1/10/57

Home - 32 Colby Lane

Rod's association with Cranford and its activities is so massive that it is a surprise to find that he was a native

of Jersey City and came to Cranford in 1893 at the mature age of 7 years old. He attended Cranford schools, so his acquaintance with the important figures of a by-gone day is first hand. Rod went to work for the Glen Alden Textile Finishers in New York City. That it was not a fly-by-nite connection

is shown by the fact that he maintained that connection for over 50 years before retiring in 1959.

He began Cub Scouting Activities in 1936, this being but one of the branches of Scouting in which he was involved.

In 1939, he was president of the Cranford Welfare Association. He was the father of a daughter who has given the Smiths

four grandchildren and of Rod, Jr., who died of illness as

an Air Cadet at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala. in 1943. During the war period, Rod and "Grandma" entertained many Australian fliers who were training at Fort Monmouth or at Camp Kilmer. The friendships made at that time are still living ones after 25 years.

The first reference to Rod in the Rotary files is on

Nov. 16th, 1950, when he was President of the Union Council of the Boy Scouts and was a guest at a joint Rotary-Lions meeting. On Apr. 7th, 1955, he talked'on Scouting Developments and Problems encountered in an exploratory trip to Porto Rico. After being made an Honorary member of the club, Rod was appointed on Sept. 13th, 1956, to survey the Recreation Facilities of Cranford, with the assistance of Nelson Lightcap and Art Burditt. He reported on a youth Survey, on the occasion of his induction as a member. The Mar. 13, 1958 Cog Wheel reported that he was President of the Republican Club. When Ira Dorian was closing his term as mayor of Cranford,

on Dec. 15th, 1960, Charles Ray, Bob Watson, George Osterheldt, Patty Grall and Rod Smith all took the opportunity to praise his accomplishments for the term. Following his retirement from bUSiness, he made Scouting his career.

On June 13th, 1961, Rod, who had been president of Union Council of Boy Scouts from 1949 to 1954, was given a surprise party by the Council on the occasion of his 75th birthday. There were 42 in attendance. On Oct. 11th, 1962, he was given a Life Membership in the Honorary branch of the P. B. A. of which he was President. Thirty years in Scouting were celebrated at the Schering Corp. in Union with a dinner at-

Health Officer

Died Nov. 7, 1956

Death terminated membership

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Smith, Roderick W. (Cont?)

Rod thanked Bob Dennis, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall and Ken Mac Kay for their efforts in hehalf of the Historical Society. Rod had make this project a prime object of his attention.

He gave an illustrated talk on Jan. 7th, 1965, on historical Cranford homes, and presented a second installment on July 1st, 1965.

He was a Director of the Chamber of Commerce in November 1966, and on Mar. 9th, 1967, he presented the Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award to Buddy Bergen. A week later, he gave a program on the development of the center of town.

On Feb. 24th, 1967, he accompanied a delegation of Cranford Rotarians to an area meeting held at Morristown, N. J., featuring R. I. President Richard L. Evans. Others at the meeting were Ace Corbin, Ed Lewis, Patty Grall, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Ken Mac Kay, and Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt.

Among his other activities was the post of Reader of Cranford's Christian Science Church.

A book should be written on the life and service of this man to Cranford. He deserves the attention of someone, to undertake it.

*Smith, William P.

Born Aug. 25th, 1909 Joined Apr. 22, 1948 Township of Cranford

Bill was born in Elizabeth and attended Battin High School, and Rutgers Univ. for a Pharmacy and a B. A. Degree. He did graduate work at Columbia in Public Health and Social case work. He was a pharmacist with Oliver and Drake, then worked for Parke Davis & Co. and Wyeth, Inc. He became assistant to Bill Willsey on June 1st, 1947, and Director of Public Welfare on Oct. 29th, 1947. He became Health Officer, succeeding Bill Willsey, Jan. 1st, 1948. He was a Past President of the Union County Social Worker's Club. Ed's daughter Carole in Dec. 1954 was among the soloists of the junior members of the Westfield Music Club and following Bill's death the club awarded her a Scholarship to the Northwestern Univ. School of Music.

Bill was a viSitor on Nov. 26th, 1947, and again on Apr. 8th, 1948, before his induction Apr. 22nd, 1948. He participated in a seminar with Sam Hinman and Will Lange on Sodium Fluoride on Dec. 30th, 1948. On the Anniversary of the Rotarian magazine, he talked on 1911 Health Regulations on a program of 1911 features, arranged by John Biach. On June 16th, 1949, Bill Smith and Wade Poston were to represent Rotary on

a joint drive with the Lions for a Dental Clinic. On July 13th, a month later, Bob Crane, Stan Mac Clary, and Bill Smith, together with Harvey Cannon attended a District As::>embly at the Park Hotel in Plainfield.

On Jan. 12th, 1950, Bill gave his biographical sketch.

On Apr. 2P, he joined the Board of Directors of the Cranford, Garwood, Kenilworth Blood Donors, Inc. Then on Aug. 17th, 1950, he talked on the Work of the Health Department. He served under Ed Cae on the Civil Defense Council beginning Nov. 16th, 1950.

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Smith, William P. (Cont.)

For 1952-53, he was chairman of the Interclub committee.

On Sept. 4th, 1952, he talked to the club on Welfare Work. He was appointed to a committee to organize a First-Aid Squad, on Apr. 2nd, 1953., He next was appointed chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1954-55, and again, on Sept. 23rd, 1954, he talked on Welfare Work. He was appointed

on Sept. 30th, 1954 to serve on the New Jersey Advisory Committee on Public Health Activities and Standards.

Bill repeated another year, 1955-56, on the Fellowship committee, then for 1956-57 became a Director and chairman of the Community Service committee. On Jan. 19th, 1956,

he participated in a Club Service forum under Art Burditt with Ken Mac Kay, Bob Crane, Walter Coffee, and Bill Schroeder.

Before he finished his term, he was taken with a heart attack on Nov. 7th, 1956. Ira Dorian filled the unexpired term.

Bill was a very quiet, serious individual who was :ab&Gl::u"'" absolutely dedicated and earnest in his commitments.

Sobelson, Ronald Drugs, Ret.

Joined Sept.9, 1965

Bell's Pharmacy, 17 No. Union Avenue

Ron Sobelson and his partner Herb Mason took over the pharmacy from Sam Eisenberg on his retirement. He served

as Vice-Chairman of the United Fund's Commercial Division during the 1967 campaign. He attended the District Assembly with Will Jordan, Ace Corbin, and Art Burditt, under Glenn Klinefelter, June 17th, at the American Hotel in Freehold.

Ron was chairman of the Cog Wheel committee for 1968-69, and appeared on the Club Service program on Sept. 5th, 1968, under Nelson Lightcap, with Jack Gilbert, Lew Laird, Vince Sarnowski. Tow Sordill and Art Burditt. For 1969-70, Ron

Was Chairman of the Rotary Information committee.

Sommers, Joseph A. Elect rical SUppa

Joined Oct. 29, 1964

Cranwood Lumber, South Ave., Garwood

Joe operates the electrical supply store associated with the Lumber C. and has a son with him in the business. He was made Sargeant-at-Arms for 1965-66. During 1967, he was hospitalized with a heart attack for some time but is now back in action.

Joined Apr. 17, 1952 Office - 36 Alden St.

 

Internal Medicine

 

Tow Sordlll came to Cranford in 1949 and his office

is the former residence of Dr. James L. Perkins, a charter member of the club who had died in 1933. At the time of

his induction, he was Treasurer of the Cranford Physicians Club and is now a Past President of that organization. He was born in Montclair, and attended High School There. Next he went to Alabama Uni versl ty, and Duke Med ical School. He interned at Elizabeth General Hospital and was a resident

at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington. D.C. During the War, Tow served in the 9th Inf. Division from 1942 to 1946. 3i years as a major in. the Medical Corps.

Howard Siegel and Tow Sordill were inducted together and both gave biographical sketches on Nov. 20th, 1952.

On Feb. 4th, 1954, Ken Mac Kay, Van Chamberlin, Will Lange, and Tow reviewed the Rotarian ma.gazine. For 1954-55, he was made chairman of the Nurse's Scholarship committee. Next, for two years, 1955-:>6 and 1956-57, he was a Director and chairman of the International Service committee. During this period, Oct. 4th, 1956. he initiated the program of correspondence with foreign clubs. This program had been. endorsedby R.1. as a. means of building good will.

For 1957-58, Tow was Treasurer of the club and each year advanced through the ranks of Secretary, Vice-Presiden.t and Chairman of Club Service, an.d in. 1960-61, he became President. On July 21st. 1960, He was also reported as a Director of the Boys' Camp. Fletch Gilpin and Tow attended the District Assembly at the Pines, in Metuchen, on. Apr. 25th, 1960, and Tow also attended the District Insti tut.~ a.t the Pines on Sept. 19th. At the district Conferenc~, Nov. 4th to 6th, at Cuck Hill Falls. Dr. and Mrs. Sord ill were accompanied by Vice-Pres, and Mrs. Dorian, Secy, and Mrs. Gilpin, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Al Meurer, Mr. and Mrs. Van Chambe r i.rn , Mr. and Mrs. Sam Eisenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Sarnowski, Mr. and Mrs. John Theisz, Glenn Klinefelter, Pete Clar~,an.d stu

Me Fadden .• '

As immediate past preSident, Tow continued as a Director for 1961-62, chairman of Club Activities, and chairman of the Rotary Foundation. On Aug. 17th. 1961, he was in charge of a Club Activities program, and the following Nov. 9th, he talked on. his trip to Alaska by wa.y of the Alcan Highway. He talked on. Club Activities on. Jan. 18th, 1962, and on Apr. 5th, gave another report on. Club Activities.

For 1962-63, he was again chairman of the Rotary Foundation. committee and on Aug. 2Jrd, 1962, he gave a Club Service report under Lew Laird. On Sept. 20th, 1962. he talked on make-ups in canada, Alaska, and Mex.ico.

For 1963-64 he was chairman of the Membership committee. Make-ups were again the subject of a program on Sept, 19th, When Ace Corbin, Charles Speth and Tow ta1kes About Nova Scotia. For 1965-66, he was chairman of the Student Scholarship and Loan. committee. On Feb. 3rd, 1966, the loan feature of the fund was dropped. He then repeated

as chairman of the Studen.t Scholarship committee for 1967-68.

Tow took over the Attt"'Ylda.Y1~p ~f"'Immi t:t:pp f'n,. 1 Qh'/_hR. A·I-. 0

 

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On. Sept. 5th, 1968, Nels Lightcap arranged a Club Ser-vice progra.m that included Tow Sordill, Jack Gilbert, Lew Laird, Vince Sarnowski, Ron Sobelson. and Art Curditt. At the District Conference, Apr. 11th to 13th. 1969, at Buok Hill Falls. Dr. and Mrs. Sordil1 were among those in attendance. For 1969-70, Tow was chairman of the Classification committee. By Sept, 4th, 1969, he had achieved 17 years of perfeot attendanoe. His last program appearance as of this writing was on Oct. 9th, 1969, when he described his make-up in. Anchorage, Alaska. Tow is the father of a daughter Joyce, and grandfather of a girl.

Speth, Charles Alum. Window, Dist.

Joined Jun.e 19, 1962

Lifetime Aluminum Pnod , , 102 South Ave. W.

Charles Speth had an early experience with Rotary as

a boy. He lived in Bayonne, where Rotary sponsored a 3-day class trip to Washington., D.C.. Each boy was to write an essay on. the trip. and Charley won 2nd prize and was then invited to a Rotary meeting. This was the climax to the thrills he had experien.ced; his first time away from home, his first long train ride, his first stay at a hotel, his first visit to the Capitol, and his shaking hands with President Calvin Coolidge.

His children, Robert and Grace appear in. the Cranford records ahead of their father. Robert was a winn.er in Hallowe'en Costume Contests in 1947 and in 1949, while Grace was a winner in 1951.

His first program appearanoe 'was on Sept. 19th, 1963, when with Ace Corbin and Tow Sordill, he talked on Nova Sootia make-ups. a little over a year after his induction. For 1964-65, Charley was made chairman of the Fund-Raising

committee and instituted the sale of fire extingUishers as

a fund project. On. Nov. 19th, 1964, he reported that $500 had been. earned on the sales up to that point. Beginning July 29th, 1965, he and his Wife were hosts for a week to

one of the English visitors sponsored by Rotary in the Experiment in International Living. The Mountainside ECHO carried a feature story on the Speths and their English visitor Ronald Tate. Will Jordan arranged the Visits. The Cog wheel for Oct. 6th. 1966, describes the visit, a year later of Alfred Klemm, entertained by the Speths. He was the father of David Klemm, on of the English students entertained the previous year.

Charley was chairman of the Interclub and Conference· committee for 1967-68. He and Mrs. Speth attended the District Conference at Holiday Inn, Atlantic City, Mar. 29th

to 31st. For 1968-69, he headed the youth Service committee. At the District Forum, held Sept. 16th, 1968 at the American Hotel in Freehold, Charles Speth, Bob. Hesse and Art Burditt .attended under Glenn. Klin.efelter. Again at the District Con.feren.ce at Buck Hill Falls, Apr. 11th to 13th, 1969. Charley and his wife were among the attendants.

For 1969-70, he was chairman. of the Cog Wheel committee.

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Spies, Harry

Joined July 1, 1963 Vanderclute & Spies, 500 Centennial Ave.

While one record gives Harry's membership date as July 1st an.other says that he was inducted on June 20th, 1963 ~ He

gave a biographical sketch on Oct. 24th, 1963. He graduated from Barringer High School in Newark, and attended North Carolina State College of Agriculture. During World Was II

he was an aerial photographer in both the European and Pacif1c theaters. He has been a Director of the N.J. Chapter, of the American Institute of Architects, and Treasurer of the N.J. Chapter of the Central Jersey Institute of Architects. He is also a former Director of the Cranford Chamber of Commerce.

For 1964-65, he Was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. On. Aug. 13th, 1964, he gave a talk on. Architecture. His post for 1965-66, was the chairmanship of the Fund-Raising caml?aign .•

He next showed a film on Archi tecture, on June:' 23rd, '1966. He was chairman of the Atten.dan.ce committee for 1969-70. On. Sept. 19th, 1969. he and Joe Di Tulio represented the club at the Seven-District Vocational Assembly at New York City.

*Stanger. Wesley A., Sr. Business Machines

Born Mar. 19. 1880 Died July 6, 1961

Joined Nov. 11, 1954 Death Terminated Membership

R.C. Allen Bus i.nes s Machines, Enc , , Office 705 Willow St.

Wes was born In Checago but was taken to El Dorado, Kans~ until 1899, then back to Evanston. Ill. There he began his reporting career while still in High School. He then ,joined Hearst in Chicago and also worked in Cl,ncinnati and Buffalo.

He returned to Chicago and Hearst in 1902 and was married in 1904. Wes was a spectator and reporter of the original organization. of Rotary in. 1905. He joined the Chicago club in 1912.

Coming to Cranford in 1917, ~\fes went In the Ed i ting and Publishing of Trade Papers in New York City. He next served as as chief inspector for the Alcohol Beverage Control of N.J., until 1933. when he started his office equipment dealership

in Newark. He was a member of the Newark Rotary Club until

his retirement in 1954 when he joined the Cranford club, as a

seni or l3.ctlv€ member. He was a founder of the Cranford Historical SOCiety and a plaque at the headquarters testifies

to his serVice. He also was one of the founders of the Cranford Boys' Camp and active in its operation. Another first Was his presidency of the P.T.A. He also served as a pres';" ident of the Cranford Republican Club and as a director of the Cranford Dramatic Society. He had one daughter and two sons, Rhys L. and Wes Jr.

In the Feb. 1969 Rotarian magazine, on of wes Staner's Articles on. Paul Harr1s' Wallingford, Vt., backgroun.d was published. The irony was that wes submitted the article

a year or two before his death in. 1961.

Wes Stanger's name crops up in. the records long berfore he became a member of the club. On Feb. 18th, 1926, he was elected Secretary of the Boys' Camp at its inception. .. He attended a meeting of the Cran.ford club when. they had Boys' Week guests and in.vi ted them to attend a meeting of the

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Stanger, Wes (Cont.) Republican Club. On Oot. 24th, 1930, he talked on a Scout Drive. He spoke on. Rotary on. Jan .• 11th, 1934, then. two weeks later he spoke on a Mun.icipal Water Supply which he was advooating and which had aroused some interest. On Feb. 23rd, 1934, he was back with a talk on the 29th Anniversary of Rotary in Chicago. He attended a reunion. to Ken Martin on Feb. 23rd, 1934, which was the 11th An.niversary of the Cranford Club.

On Mar. 12th, 1936, he talked on. Liquor Control as a state ABC inspector. On Sept. 30th, 1937, he reported on. th~ progress of the Camp Season just passed. When the club' paid . its annual visit to the camp on July 25th, 1940, Wes talked to the club, as Secry-Treas. of the organization. On. Apr. 30th, 1945. he reported on the reorganization. of the Camp Association which had had to suspend operations during the war. He visited the club 11 times before he was the speaker on Oct. 13th, 1949, when. he again talked on the Boys' Camp and its History. He visited three times again, before he was inducted into the Cranford club.

Wes was the speaker on Mar. 15th, 1956, when his subject was the History of Rotary. He spoke again on Aug.29th, 1957, on the life' of Paul Harris. and returned on Sept. 12th, 1957, to talk on the Start of Rotary. These talks were always humorous, and backed by intimate contact with Pllj)l Harris

and many of the men involved. He maintained correspondence with some of the early figures and may have been the last

of the !lOld Guard". The talks were frequently gllTen at other clubs in this and adjoinging districts.

He was assigned as chairman of the Magazine committee, for 1958-59, and participated in a review of Club Service on Aug. 7th 1958. On Oct. 16th, 1958 he talked on Paul Harris 1 youth in l1Tallingford, Vt. and showed photos of'

some of' the buildings associated with the period. He had visited in Vermont and met some of the people who knew Paul Ha~ris as a boy. This was the material that largely constituted the article he submitted to the Rotarian which published it in Feb. 1_969.

lIes took c'var as Club His t oz-Lan, following Henry tfuipple 's abandorunent of' the chore as too much f'or him in his physical condition, on July 2nd, 1959. For 1960-61 he was chairman of' the Public Information committee as well as Historian. On Aug. 11th, 1960, he talked on the Rotary career of Manuel Munoz, f'ormer Cranford resident and f'ormer Chicago Rotarian who organized clubs 2. and 3 in Calif'ornia.

His next appearance was with Ken Mac Kay and Art Burditt, in a program of' tribute to Henry Whipple whose career he outlined at the meeting, Jan, 19thl 1961. His death came the following July 6th.

His pleasure in Rotary was contagious and those who knew him closely benef'ited greatly from the association, and from the intimate knowledge he had of' Rotary.

Theatre Left May 28, 1942

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STAPLES, CLINTON C. (CHARTER) REAL ESTATE DEALER

Joined Feb. 15th, 1923 Left Nov. 9th, 1923

Office Retford Ave.

Clinton Staples had one of the shortest of Rotary careers. He talked to the club on Home Building on May 31st, 1923. On Apr. 1st, 1948 he returned to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the club.

Stein, ~amuel Cleaning and Dyeing

Joined Nov. 29, 1949 Left Jan. 22, 1953

Rejoined Mar. 5, 1953 Left 1953

Swan Cleaners & Dyers, 44 North Ave. E.

Sam gave a sketch of his biography on Jan. 12th, 1950. In the middle of June, 1950, he was paired with Al Meurer to win in the LionsRotary golf matches. For 1950-51, he was made chairman of the Fund Raising Committee and his project was a series of Card Parties that netted $400 according to a report given May lOth, 1951.

It was announced on July 5th, 1951, that Sam was to be on Channel 4 TV, in a Discussion Group, to represent the Dry Cleaning Industry. He next appeared on Aug. 2nd, 1951 under Cy Perley as one of a What's My

Line panel, with Patty Grall, Ken Mac Kay, and Charles Ray. He again participated in a group skit on Vocational Service, with Pete Clark, and Dick Dowell, under Harold Wilson.

*Stephens, Thomas S. Oil Burner, Dist.

Joined 3/30/33 left 4/5/34 Died Prior to Sept. 17, 1936 Stephens Sales Corp., 406 Prospect st~

Tom Stephens was inducted Mar. 30th, 1933, in the depression period and remained just over a year. He did attend, later,a re-union to Ken Martin held Nov. 1st, 1934. On sept. 17th, 1936, his widOW, Elsa Stephens, sent the club her appreciation for the club'S condolences.

Stepp, Newell P.

Joined June 18, 1936 Cranford Theatre

Newell Stepp was a guest of the club on May 7th, 1936, before

he was inducted on June 25th, 1936, by Laurence Mason. He bad been elected to membership on the 18th. He gave his impression of Rotary on Aug. 6th, and on Dec. 24th, 1936, he welcomed the guestes. On Sept. 30th, 1937,

he was to head one of two attendance teams for a contest to end Dec. 9th, 1937. His team won over Joe Zingales.

He was made Director for 1939-40. On Sept. 26th, 1939, his brother Howard who was swimming coach at Princeton told of his experiences when he was hired by the Polish government to coach the Polish Olympic swimmers. Two days later he was on a golf team that beat the Lions. Other Members were Walter Coffee, Bill Reel, Ken Aldridge, Bill Willsey and Carroll Sellers.

July 25th, 1940, he was among the members visiting the Boys' Camp. In Sept., On the 9th, he played in the J,:ion~-Rotary burro Baseball game. According to -the ]‘eb. 26th, 191J.1 f!rier, he was made song leader on Feb. 20th.

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Stepp, Newell P. (cont.)

For 1941-42, he was editor of the Crier. During his vacation in Aug. 1941, Charley Ray pinch hit for him. On Sept. 25th, 1941, he was teamed with Laurence Mason in the Lions-Rotary golf tournament. On Mar. 19th, 1942, he took part i~.a forum on War and Business, with particular reference to Theaters.

On May 5th, 1942, he introduced a member of the Summit Rotary Club, Edw. J. Kane, who was to be his SUccessor on Newell’s transfer to Montclair. He was a visitor on Nov. 11th, 1943, and again on Jan. 27th, 1944. Stu Mcfadden met him in the course of his travels, during 1968, and Newell wanted to be remembered to the club.

Stevens, Charles J. Jr. Law – Real Estate

Joined May 25th, 1967

Stevens & Stevens, 37 Alden St.

Charlie first appeared in the Rotary records as the Youth Week municipal magistrate, on May 3rd, 1951. He was serving under his father, Magistrate Charles J. Stevens, Sr. From Cranford High Schoml, he went on to Holy Cross for a B.S.C. in Political Science, then to Seton Hall for his L.L.B. As PreBiden~ of the Jaycees, he assisted in the presentation of plans for a Community Center pro~” posed and sponsored by that organization, on Oct. 14th, 1965. He is the father of 3 daughters, and one son Charles III.

At the time of his induction into Rotary, May 25th, 1967, he was past president and legal council to the -Jaycaes , .. ~nd council 1 for the V.N.A., and the Pop Warner Assoc. He was a/,me’i!’b,er of the ) Mayor’s Zoning Conmi.ss Ion, During 1966, he was reaiden1iial chairman of the United Fund and assistant chairman of the Heart Fund. Since 1967, he has been chairman of the commercial division of the United Fund. On Nov. 9th, 1967/ he was 1 of 6,000 included in

the 1967 edition of “Outstanding Civic Leaders of America” published by the Jaycees.

On Nov. 16th, 1967, he gave a giographical sketch. For 1969- 70, he superceded Geo. Apgar, who had a ,broken foot, as Junior Member of the Joint CiVic Committee.

Still, Dr. Vernon F. Osteopath

Joined Apr. 23, 1925 Left Mar. 15, 1928 (Moved to Eliz.)

Vernon was chairman of the Auditing committee for 1925-26

and was elected secretary for both 1926-27 and for 1927-28. He announced plans for Plainfield’s Rotary Field Day on May 21st, 1926. On Apr. 15th, 1927, it wasannounced that he would represent the

club at a meeting with the Lakewood Attendance committee which

was proposing a District Loving Cup for an Intra-District contest. He talked on attendance at the meeting.f Aug. 5th, 1927. On

Mar. 1st, 1928, he was a member of a Rotary Quartet that included Row1 and Blythe, George Kelly, and J-Uflnen Loveland. When he resigned from the club to move to Elizabeth, Mar. 15th, 1928, he was highly praised by Henry Whipple, Jim Perkins, George Lutz, and Tom MacMeekin for his service to the club.

He was welcomed as a visitor on Aug. 31, 1928, and

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Still, Dr. Vernon F. (cont.)

on Sept, 5th, 1930, he talked on the Work of the Elizabeth Rotary Club. On June 17th, 1932, he was back as a speaker on Osteopathy work and practice. Vernon was one of the former members who attended the re-union to Ken Martin on Nov. 1st, 1934. Nine times he visited the club during 1939 and 1940. Then again on Mar. 4th, 1943, and Jan. 4th, 1968 as well as Nov. 7th, 1969.

*Sulzer, E. Fred Electrical Contractor

Joined Sept. 16th, 1954 Left Nov. 5th, 1955 Died Dec. 25th, 1964 Fred E. Sulzer & Co., 27 So. Union Ave.

Fred was a Lion before he joined Rotary. Back in 1938 he participated in the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival on Apr. 8th, as a lion.

His wife was a daughter of Albert B. Caldwell who was a Rotarian. He 1-l”,”IS a guest on Oct. 24th, 1946, and again on Feb. 25th, 1954. Following his induction on Sept. 16th, 1954, he was chairman of the Attendance committee for 1955-56. He did not finish the term, however, resigning on Nov. 5th, 1955.

Swackhamer, Farris S. Educ. College-Chemistry

Joined Nov. 16th, 1967

Farris’ father, Frank R., was the first of the family to visit the Rotary Club. When he was Tax Collector of Cranford he visited the club on Feb. 12th, 1925 to hear a program on the Near East. Farris himself took part in a Youth Week program on May 2nd, 1929, when he was an usher at the Youth Week Sunday service. His daughter Betty was the third generation representative of the family to appear in the records when she was a winner in a Treasure Hunt, May 29th, 1952.

Farris was born and raised in Cranford and graduated from Cranford High SchOOl. He received a B.S.C. from Rutgers, and a M.S.C. from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He was in the Air Corps during W.W. II, for Four years. He then joined Shell Chemical Co. For 12 years

he was an instructor at the Union County Police Training Academy and for eight years he taught in the Cranford Adult School. He has been President of the Board of Trustees of the Cranford Public Library, and was for

three years on the township Committee. He was the 1966 Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. He is also Chairman of the Cranford Juvenile Conference COmmittee, and works with the Union County Juvenile Courts.

His Bird Column appears in 30 N.J. Newspapers. He has one daughter, and one son, James W. SWackhamer.

On May 16th, 1957, Farris was the speaker at the club meeting on Juvenile Delinquency. Then on May 4th, 1961, he waS one of three speakers at Youth Week. His talk on drugs in the school system, on Sept. 14th, 1967, aroused some controversy, but it did stir the community into action

He was inducted into Rotary on Nov. 16th, 1967. On Feb. 21st, 1968, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the B’nai B’rith of Cranford. He became Chairman of the Chemistry Dept. of Union College on !:laJ:>+ _ lP‘*=”l:l. 1968. “,.,il n:iro”,-buX’ df Tn~i:.i tnt i. ona’l, Research of the College, on Oct. 2nd~ 1969.

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Syseskey, George C. Groceries, Retail

Joined Mar. 22, 1951 Left Nov. 8, 1956 (Transferred)

Chas. Kurtz Mkt. ( Buerklin & Syseskey, Inc.) 18 N. Union Ave.

George attended the Newark College of Rutgers. As manager of the Cranford Store of his company, he became involved in Cranford activities and was 1st. Lieut. Of the First Aid Squad. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cranford Business Association.

He gave his biographical sketch on Apr. 5th, 1951. On Oct. 16th,1952 he was serving as Youth Service Chairman, due to the illness of Ed Smith, and announced a Halloween Block Dance at the parking lot next to the old police station. On Feb. 25th, 1954, he was a leader in the Red Cross Drive, with Ace Corbin.

For 1955-5~, George Was chairman of the Fund Raising committee. On Jan. 26th, 1956, he took part in a Club Activities program under Van Chamberlin, with Lew Laird, Ed Smith, and Ira Dorian. He next announced a Barber Shop Quartet Concert for Apr. 20th, 1956

George Was first transferred to a store at the shore, and then to one in Elizabeth. Later the Cra.nf’ord store was closed. He attended the Re-union Picnic held at the College on June 27th, 1968.

Tab elman, Lawrence O. Paper Mfg.

Joined Mar. 22, 1951 Left Jan. 1963

National Gypsum Co., North Ave., Garwood

During his Rotary years, Larry was plant manager and lost his classification when replaced in this position. He spent 22 years with this company, andprior to that he was with the U. S. Gypsum ~mpany for 23 years

Larry gave his biographical sketch on Apr. 5th, 1951. He was chair .. man fo the Fellowship committee for 1957-58. On Mar. 9th, 1961, he assisted Bob Crane Jr. in a Classification program, along with Charles Hill and Henry Feil. For 1961-62, Larry became a Director of the club and chairman of the International Service Committee. On Mar. 29th, 1962, he presented an R. I. Film. on MeXico. His 1962-63 assignment was the Vocational Service COmmittee, as well as Director. This assignment was cut short by his resignation. He retired fram the company on Apr. 10th, 1969.

Taylor, Joseph K. Mfgr. Paper Products

Joined Nov. 15, 1934 Left Mar. 7, 1935

Sonoco Products Co. North Ave., Garwood

Jos. Taylor’s Rotary Life was a very short one. In later years, the company was represented by Ralph Posey, until it moved to Phillipsburg.

Taylor, Ralph P. Law Practice – Taxa.tion

Joined June 20, 1968

l-Sauer & Kervick, 2 No. Union Ave. 2-Own office, 116 Wa.lnut Ave.

Ralph came to Cranford in 1944 and graduated from Cranford schools.

He graduated from the University fo Indiana and in Law from Georgetown. He is the father of two daught;ers and a son, Mark. Ralph served two years in the Army :i ~ermany • Fo]J_owing his army service, he was in the

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Taylor, Ralph P. (cont.)

estate tax section of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

Ralph Was inducted on JWle 20th, 1968, and gave a talk on his class”:’ ification, along with John Allen and with Clint”Crane who arranged the program. He was a candidate for the Board of Education for 1970. In Rotary he accepted the Chairmanship of the program committee for ~969-70.

:) 1. Thayer, Harold W. Flower Growing

Joined Jan. 3, 1935 Left Jan 17, 1935 Died Jan. 17, 1935

Westfield Flower Growers, Springfield Ave., Westfield

Harold t s was the shortest membership of any, He was alecteii to mem-: . ” bership on Nov. 8th, 1934 and missed the scheduled induction on Nov. 15th. When he was inducted on Jan 3rd, 1935 he had but two weekS of life left.

Theisz, John A. Service Station

Joined Mar. 30, 1939 Left Jan. 28, 1943

Re~o~ned Aug. 24, 1944 Left Jan .• 12, 19S6

Re~ol.ned Apr. 4, 1957 Left· M{tr. .ai; 1965

JOl.ned Garwood Rotary Club as Charter Member ..

John, f~llowing his induction became Assistant Sergeant-at-Ar’llls for ,;. ‘,,;

the years 1939-40 and 1940-41. It was noted that he was back from a fishing trip to Maryland on July 18th, 1940, and the following week he accompanied the club on its annual visit to the Boy’s Camp. On Sept .. 9th, 19’10 he played in the Lions-Rotary Burro Baseball Game. John served under Patty Grall on the youth Week arrangements for A.pr. 27th, to May 3rd, 1941, with John Mongon, Win Britten, Jr., Charles Skillman, and with John Pleasants.

He was again Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1941-42, and on Feb. 19th, 1942 he was appointed to represent the club on the Salvage Committee of the Defense Council. He was appointed to the committee on July 30th.

On Mar. 19th, he spoke on the War and Business Forum, as applied to Gas Stations. For 1942-43, he was the Sergeant-at-Arms and Chairman of· the

~outh Service Committee. On Dec. 3rd, 1942, he appealed for men to assist “” an the work of Scouting, in which he was involvei. He resigned due to war work pressure on Jan. 28th, 1943. He was welcomed as a guest on June 22nd, 1944, and again on July 20th •• On Aug. 24th, 1944, he resumed active membership with his re-induction. The club presented Colors to his Air Scout Squadron on Jan. 25th, 1945. The Cog Wheel for Jan. 17th, 1946 noted that ,,~)’;::) John had placed second in a Cross-Country Air Race to Miami. He was again Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1946-47.

John, who was a graduate of Cranford SchoolS, owned and operated a

Gulf.Station adjoining the Post Office from 1932-1947. This was a leased statl.on. He then built and operated his own Esso station from 1948 to 1959. Following the sale of this station he built and operated his own Tydol :;O.;~~ .m. 

station on South Ave. at the Garw~Od line. This station was sold on Dec. 20th, 1962. In addition to the gas si;at,ions, John had a contract with the Post Office for pick up and dE!}j. VC1.’Y of maiJ. £’rom

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train connections. It was the scheduling of trains that made attendance impossible at some periods~ so that his membership could not be a continuous one, even though long in span.

On Dec. 3, 1959, John talked on Amateur Flying. For many years he had been the owner and pilot of his own plane. On Nov. 4, 1960, Mr. and Mrs. Theisz were among Cranford members at the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls. He was chairman of the Luncheon committee for 1962-63. He resigned from the club for the last time on Mar. 11, 1965.

He maintained his trucking activities following his disposal of his gas station and joined the Garwood club as a charter member. A heart attack took him out of action for some time late in 1966, but he recovered and has been, for most of the life of the club, since Jan. 24, 1966, a Director of that club and currently its Treasurer. He a t tiended the. ‘:<1 re-union picnic held at the College on June 27, 1968, he has made up at other meetings. At present he is Manager of English Village, a post once held by Nelson Kling. He has two daughters and a son, John, Jr.~ in the service, in Viet Nam.

Thompson, Robert C. Coal, Retail

Joined May 13, 1926 Left Feb. 8, 1934

Lehigh Coal & Supply, 19 Eastman Street

Bob Thompson bought the Lehigh business from Edward G.

Maroney, a charter member of the club. Considering his nearly eight years in the club there is very little in the records concerning his activity. On Jan. 14, 1927, he talked on the Import and Use of Cloves! He was elected a Director for 1927- 28 and he served as chairman of the Auditing committee for 1933-34. He resigned before completing the latter assignment.

Trubenbach, Charles Ernest Feed & Grain

Joined Feb. 17, 1944 Left July 20, 1948

Cranford Fee, Seed & Coal Service, 104 South Ave. E.

Ernie was an extremely tense, dedicated Rotarian, who in

a relatively short time left his mark on the club. He was born in Hoboken, and orphaned at 11. He went to New York,

then came to Elizabeth at 12. At 14 years of age, he attended high school for one year, then went to work as a pattern maker. He married in 1921 and went to work as a Manager of a food store in Elizabeth. Three months later he was transferred to Cranford, to manage the Cranford store, and ten months later he bought the business.

He attended the Jan. 20th, 1944 meeting as a guest and was inducted on the 17th of Feb. For 1944-45 he was named as Sergeant-at-Arms. On Dec. 7th, 1944, Mrs. Trubenbach, Mrs. Carl Hanson, and Mrs. Frank Sherlock were guests of the club. On Nov. 1st, 1945, he was appointed Rotary co-chairman for a clothing drive to be held in Jan. He was also named on Dec. 24th, 1945, as chairman of the Fellowship committee, to succeed Jack Apgar who resigned.

He reported on the clothing drive on Jan. lOth, 1946. The members who worked on this Victory Drive for Europe, were

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Trubenbach, Ernest (Cont.) thanked for their work in conducting the drive.

Ernie had the honor of being designated one of the sergeants-at-arms at the R. I. Convention at Atlantic City. On June:~.13th, 1946, Carroll Sellers, Wade Poston, Patty Grall and Ernie, reported on the convention, to the club. His brother Walter vias a guest at t.her meeting of Sept. 12th, 1946. Ernie was named Secretary of the club to succeed,

Norman Gibbs, on Mar. 20th, 1947, and he was elected to the post for 1947-48. His efficiency as secretary earned the attention of

the District. He had worked on the Cog Wheel and during this

time published pages of Hpoetry” on the members11ip, some 11umorous’and some serious.

With Harold Wilson, Ernie attended the District Conference at Red Bank on Apr. 17th and 18th. He became President of the

I Business Association on Nov. 1st, 1947. The District Conference I1I/’Y–neId Apr. 13th andl4th’at Asbury Park had Harold Wilson, Cy; Perley and Ernie, participating in a Community Service Panel.

Ernie’s election to the Fresidency of the club for

1948-49 opened up a hornet’s nest when 11e took office. He was

a stickler for the exact rules of R. I. The board took issue

with him on a problem. On July 12th, 1948, at the District Assembly, held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, Ernie conductedtthe::sectton.fjori-:8e.cretarihe/ii,<:;and·:\ltas-:-C.bmplimeh·ted~on~ .. the 15th for his handling of the session. On that same day he resigned from the pre·sideneywover. bis fa:n”tlre to carry the board in his viewpoint. His views were aired in the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle, and on the 20th, he resigned from the club. He was succeeded as president for the year, by Bill Fisc11er, who in

turn was struck with a heart attack t11at forced him to yield the responsibility to Carl Hanson for 6 months of the term.

Ernie returned to the club on May 28th, 1959, to talk on Fraternalism. He had devoted his energies along with those of his wife and his daughter, to the Eastern Star.

Vagelos, Emmanuel Confectionary, Retail

~ned July 7, 1927 Left Mar. 28, 1929 (Visiting Greece) Rejoined Jan.8, 1930 Left Oct. 2,1933

Westfield Candy Kitchen, Unf.on, & Alden

At his induction on July 7th, 1927, Emmanuel Vagelos

passed out boxes of Qau’:dy to the membership. A year later, July 5th, 1928, he played on a baseball team against the Lions and two weeks later was among the Rotarians visiting the Boys ‘. Camp, July 19th, 1928. His membership continutty was interrupted by a trip to Greece, made in 1929.

 

Vd.1ade, Edwin H.

Joined Nov. 15th, 1923 Left Jan. 31, 1935 Standard Lumber Co. Chestnut & High

 

Lumber Retail

 

Ed Vilade is listed in some records as Charter Member,

and elsewhere as joining later. The only conclusion is that he was intended as a Charter Member but failed to carry out the eRtry until some time later. Presumably, also, he bought the business of Wade Poston in 1920, for Standard Lumber.

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Vilade, Edward H. (Cont.)

April 24th, 1924, Ed shared a program with two

er Eds, Ed Maroney and Ed Morris. On Sept. 18th, lS~~, he was one of eight Rotarians serving as judges of the Rotary sponsored Swimming Meet. He was elehcteBd a,Dixecf tor for 1925-26, and was chairman of both t e oy s wo:

and the Fellowship Committees. For 1926-27, h~ wa~ agalr a Director of the club. He served as one of flve Judges at a Scout Rally held at the Cranford Oval on May 26th, 1928.

For 1928-29, Ed was chairman of the Business Method (Vocational Service) co~mittee. On Sept. 29th~ 1932, he accompanied Charles Skillman, and Tom MacMeekl~ on the Boat Excursion between Hoboken and Bear Mountaln, arrang ed by the District.

Ed was made Sergeant-at-Arms for both 1932-33, and 1933-34. He resigned on Feb. 7th, 1935, to take a long Florida vacation! He returned on a visit on Oct. 20~h, 1938, and he attended the 20th Anniversary celebratlon on Feb. 18th 1943, as w~ll as the 25th, on Apr. 1st 1948

‘:}Warnezo, James E. (Charter) Newspaper

Born Died Sept. 17th, 1933

JOined Feb. 15, 1923 Death terminated membership

Cranford Printing & PUblishin~ Co. 13 No. Union Ave. (Cranford Citizen & Chronicle)

Jim Warner started off immediately by holding up the Thursday publication of the paper until he could insert a report of that day’s meeting in the paper. Those reports are all that the writer had on which to base his research, Since the club scrap books did not start until 3 years after the club was chartered.

For 1925-26, he was officially chairman of the PubliCity (Public Information) committee, and the Community Service committee, On Oct.22, 1926, he spoke on Newspaper v[ork. '. On May 26th, 1928, he was one of five judges in the Scout Rally held at the Cranford Oval. On Dec. 12th, 1928, Carl Warsinski and Jim Warner talked about Taxes.

Jim was elected a Director for 1930-31. On July 25th, 1930, he reported on a Canada fishing trip on which he accompanied George Lutz and Carl Warsinski. Matty Mathews~;n, later District Governor, had high praise for Jim Warner and Newman Collins for their work in getting the Union County Park Commission establiShed, in a talk to

the club on Sept. 19th, 1930. Jim was asked to represent Rotary on a Council to Relieve the Needy, on Dec. 5th, 1930, and he reported to the club the following week.

On Feb. 20th, 1931, he was one of the speakers on Objects of Rotary. Rowland Blythe spoke on 2nd Object~ ~rank Leavitt on the 4th Object, and Jim on the 5th Object. Currently only four statements are contained in THE Object of Rotary, and the writer has been unable to find reference to the fifth. For 1931-32, he was chairman of the Community Service Committee. On Oct. 23rd, 1931, he was again to represent the club on the Central Relief Comm-

i ttee, and on Mar. 4th, 1932, he renreAPnt:",,-'l t-h", ~"I ....... _._

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Law

Left Nov. 23, 1937

Warsinski, 013.1'1

Joined Feb. 16, 1928 Office - Alden and Union

Carl Warsinski had been proposed on Jan. 27th, 1928, and, fQllowing his induction, he talked Qn Mar, 30th, on his classificatiQn. He was elected a Director fQr 1928-29. Carl attended

the Bernardsville Charter Night Qn Apr. 19th, 1928. He was appointed tQ head the Float committee, on May 10th, 1928. The cQmmittee was to produce a Float for the River Carnival of July 7th. He reported Qn June 28th, that the Float had been designed by Charles Darsh and was under way. He accompanied the membership on the annual visit to the Boys' Camp on July 19th. The following week, it was annQunced that the Rotary Float had won second prize.

For 1928-29, he was chairman of the Rotary Education (Rotary Information) committee and he gave a talk on the committee's function on Aug. 31st, 1928~ On Oct. 12th, he shared the stage with Jim Warner on Taxes.

For 1929-30, Carl was Secretary of the club, and the following year, he served as Vice-President, and Program committee chairman. On July 25th, 1930, he reported on a fishing trip in Canada, on which he was accompanied by George Lutz and Jim Warner. He talked on the Mechanic's Lien Law on Jan. 9th, 1931, and in the fall, Newman Collins, Jim Perkins and Carl agreed to furnish the fish f or the Rotary luncheon of Oct. 8th, 1931. On Nov.

26th, Wed., he gave the Thanksgiving talk. His next appearance was on Oct. 27th, 1932, when he spoke on Municipal Finance.

Carl was chairman of the Community Service committee for 1932-33, and was again a Director for 1933-34, and chairman of the Boys' Work committee. He reported on the latter on Aug. 9th, 1934. He headed a committee that produced a drama "The World's All Right" on Dec. 19th and 20th, 1934. Many familiar names of Cranford residents appeared in the cast. He was chairman again of Community Service for 1935-36.

He was hospitalized with appendicitis, Jan. 2nd, 1936, and welcomed back on Feb. 13th. At the Ladies Night, held at the Echo Lake Country Club on May 15th, Carl served as Toastmaster. He talked on the Supreme Court on Mar. 19th, 1937, and on Aug. 19th, he talked on Township Government and the Board of Education. On Sept. 2nd, 1937, he headed a committee for a Club Golf TQurnament. After his reSignation on Nov. 23rd, 1937, he was a viSitor, occaSionally, over the next 12 years, during which time he had begun service as Township Attorney.

He also played golf, sometimes with the Lions, and sometimes on the Rotary teams. For instance, on July 6th, 1939, he played on the Lions team. This happened again on July 23rd, 191'.2. On June 25th, 1943, he played for Rotary on a team that lost to

the Lions. On June 20th, 1946, he agAin played for the Lions, and this timA his 81 was matched by Bob Crane, Jr., for low.

watson, Dr. Robert Ohiropodist

Joined Sept. 11, 1958 Left Aug. 9, 1962 (Went into

Office:9 No. Union Ave. Real Estate)

Bob Watson was a native of N~wark and a product of its schools. He attended the Newark College of Rutgers and the Chicago College of Chiropody and Pedic. Surgery. He interned at the Chicage Foot Clinic, and was Clinic Assistant at the Beth Israel Hospital. He also served in research for the Newark Board of Health.

In the Jaycees, Bob was a past president of the organization, and was named Outstanding president among 92. He was a state vice-president in charge of 12 chapters in Union Middlesex and Somerset Counties. He was also one of five National Directors from N. J. He represented the Jaycees on the Cranford Community Council, and he also was a director of the Business ;:::.ssocL.:.tion and its president for 1961.

In .:iotc-;l.ry, Bob was Sergeant-at-._rms for 1959-60.

He was che.i.rma.: of theP';"'03r:F-! co'·'),-·ittec for 1960-61. On 3ept. 15th, 1960, he won the Jaycee award as outstanding young man of the year in Cranford. On Oct. 27th, 1960,

he was one of six giving Halloween talks. He shared in another program on Dec. 15th, 1960, when Charles Ray,

George Osterheldt, Patty Grall, Rod Smith, and Bob Watson praised the year as Mayor, that Ira Dorian had comp.l.e t ed , For 1962-63, Bob was chairman of the Nurse's Scholarship committee, but resigned on Aug. 9th, 1962 to join the Kislak Real tors organization in Newark as a Communt.Ly Relations representative, if the writer remembers correctly. He had practised chiropody in Cranford for the 7 years

from 1955 to 1962.

wheeler, AI. F. Ice, Retail

Joined Lay 7, 1925 Left Sept. 18, 1925

Cru~lford Ice Co. 202 South .; ... v e , 

Al was the uncle of Charter Member Jesse G. Wheeler.

The only entry in the records is that he vias the speaker for the luncheon meeting of Jan. 29th, 1925, about four months before his induction.

WHEELER, JESSE G. (Charter) Ice, Retail

Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Left July 7, 1925

Cranford Ice Co. 202 South Ave.

Jess·e was the nephew of Al and was a Charter Director of the club. On Charter Night he entertained with violin selections, and on Aug. 21st, 1923, he was pert of a trio, with NeT'rman Collins on the cello, and Miss Florence Sansom on the piano. Florence Sansom, for many years, was the pianist for the club. The trio was among the entertainers on Oct. 20th, 1924.

Dinner ducks were provide by hunters Newman Collins and Jesse Wheeler on Nov. 14th, 192L~. Jesse was Treasurer of the Red Cross of Cranford on }!'eb. 4th, 1937, twelve years after leaving Rotary.

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*Whipple, Henry W. Banking

Born Apr.2,1872 Died Feb. 17, 1961 Member. Terminated

Joined Jan. 24, 1924 Honorary 5/11/50)

Cranford (Suburban) Trust Co. North and No. Union

Henry's membership, until the time of his death, provided a bridge from the start of the club to the more modern era of the Cranford Club. He was born in Ipswitch, t1ass.,as a descendent fromfue Puritans. Coming to Elizabeth he attended the 100a1 schools and emphasized athletics.

He began his banking career with Dover and Hackettstrown.ibanks before coming to Cranford as Sec. -Treasurer of the Cranford Trust Co., Feb. 16th, 1920. He became ViceFresident in 1927, and Pres. on May 6th, 1935. He spent

one year in the interim a N. Y. Insuranoe office.

He was a member for many years of the National Republican Club as well as the local organization. For 23 years he was Treas. of the Cranford Chapter of the Red Cross, a member of the Union County \rJelfare Board, and a Trustee of Union Junior College. He was also Treas. of the

Union County Grand Jurors Assoc., and Treasurer of the Cranford Ambulance Fund.

His record of 15 years of perfect attendanoe was broken in 1940, with his wife's illness, though he continued maintaining attendance mater.

After his induction, Henry was the speaker on Oct. 16th, 1924, as chairman of the Business tlethods (Vocational Guid.) committee. On Feb. 5th, 1925, he was chairman

of the Near East Relief Flli~d Drive. He reported then that $1400 of a $2400 goal had been collected. For 1925-26,

he was Sec. of the club. At the same time, he was also chairman of the Program committee,the Attendance committee, and the Rotary ~d. (Rotary Info.) committee. He was elected Vice-President for 1926-27. On Apr. 29th, 192p

he was to head the Friday (at home) program of Boys'Week. He also continued as chairman of the Program oommittee

for 1926-27.

Henry was elected President for 1927-28 in the period when the club was maintaining perfect attendance. The c11b was well into the first full year of perfection, and had stirred up interest among other olubs, in its achievement. Actually the completed record built up to just over three years. Lakewood raised a quesLion of a Loving Cup being offered to the annual attendance winner and Henry visited the Lakewood Club on Apr. 15th,1927, at their request,to discuss the idea.

On Oct. 20th, 1927, came the big event, the District's tribute to the Cranford record. The affair was held at

the Elk's Club in Elizabeth with the "Daddy" of the Cranford club in a featured spot. This was Bob Harden who first worked with .Smm Hinman and Rev. Ken Martin to organize the club. Fast and Present District Governors present, included Mahlon Drake of Newark, 1927-28,James

G. Orr of Elizabeth, 1926-27, Peter Emmons of Trenton, 1925-26, and Tom Sheehan of Jersey City, 1919-20. The

club received the gavel it is still using and block,from the District. Henry also attended the District Conference, held at Asbury Park April 23rd and 24th and report-

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For 1928-29, Henry continued as a director, as immediate past president, and chairman of the Community Service committee. On Sept. 7th, 1928, Henry spoke on his make-ups at the New York City, and the Madison, N. J. clubs. A month later, Oct. 18th, he talked on the History of Voting Qualifications. Then on

Aug. 9th, 1929, he talked on Banking and the same subject was used again on Mar. 21st, 1930. Henry was chairman of the Vocational Service committee for 1930-31. On Jan. 16th, 1931, he announced that the Red Cross goal for Cranford was $2400.

The following week he was the speaker on the 6th Object of Rotary as applied to World Affairs. He next reported on Hay 1st, 1931, on the District Conference which he and Charles Manchon had attended at Asbury Park, Apr. 16th· to 18th.

Henry took back his old job as Secretary for three years, 1931-32, 1932-33, and 1933-34. On Aug. 24th, 1931, Henry reported on an Intere i ty ~ofeeting attended by 150, at Summit,

to hear District Governor Walter G. Head. On Oct. 1, 1931, Henry again was the speaker on State Trusts, (Trust Companies). On Dec. 18th, 1931, he talked on the "World Court." Later, Sept. 9th, 1932,he spoke on Rotary International. For 1932-33 in addition to serving as Secretary, he was chairman of the International Service Committee. He did a last minute fill-in on Feb. 2nd, 1933,on the topic of Currency Inflation. While

he continued in the post of International Service, it should

be noted that most of his talks had a touch of economics.

This is supported by his next talk which was on Aug. 5th, 1933, on N. R. A. As missionary of the N. R. A., he called a Township wide meeting to explain its implications. He next

served on a committee to arrange an All-County Rotary gathering for Nov. 23rd.

Having served as Secretary for three years, Henry next became Treasurer for three years, 1934-35, 1935-36, and 1936, 1937. For these three years, he continued as chairman of the International Service committee. On Aug. 24th, 1934, he talked on Banking and the New Deal, then on Jan. 2nd, 1936, he talked on the History of Banking, again. On Jan. 30th of 1936, he was made ticket chairman for a County-Wide Rotary meeting held at the Winfield Scott Hotel on Mar. 4th. On

May 22nd, 1936, he shared the judging of a High School Essay Contest with Laurence Mason and Bill ~'Arcy, sponsored by . District 36 on International Peace. For 1936-37, in addition

to his other duties, he was chairman of the Membership committee.

Henry became chairman of the arrangements committee for

a County-Wide Rotary Dinner held on Dec. 3rd, 1936, which featured R. I. Director Lester Merritt, of Fall River, Mass. lle was the first R. I. official to visit Cranford. About 75 heard a talk on the Effect of Tariff on Trade. Another meeting he arranged was the Return Visit by the Washington Club which succeeded in surpassing Cranford's three-year attendance record. The meeting was held on Dec. 2nd, on a Thursday evening in the Little Methodist Chapel, now razed. Cal Lydecker, District Governor of the section of District 36 that was split away from ours, and Charles Philhower, governor of our new 181st District, were the speakers. Bill Willsey and Tom Mac Me. ekin. assisted.

un vne 1vn 01 ~une, ~1JO, Henry was made cna~rman

of a committee to select 10 boys for the club to s~onsor for vacations at the Boys' Camp. For 1938-39, he was chairman of the Membership and the Auditing committees.

On November 3rd~ 1938, he was to represent the club in a discussion of a Community Chest organization. Henry

had achieved 15 years of perfect attendance, and on Mar. 28th, 1940, he gave a talk based on his attendance, and on the history and the activities of the club. He was excused from the attendance rules from May 2nd to June 13th~ 1940, during the illness of his wife, thus ending his record.

For 1940-41 and 1941-42, Henry headed the Auditing committee, and for the earlier year, the Classification committee. He was continuing as Historian, of course, and

the District Governor complimented him on the club's scrap books. On Dec. 3rd, 1941, as Treasurer of the Red Cross, he made a plea for contributions to Relief Funds. During Jan. and Feb. 1942, he headed one team of an Attendance contest. Sam Hinman headed the other team. On Feb. 2nd, 1942, the Past President's Sextette showed their prowess under the direction of Frank Sherlock. In addition to Henry, there were Rowland Blythe, Sam Hinman, Bill Willsey and Charles Ray.

Henry was chairman of the Rotary Information committee for 1942-43, in addition to being Historian. Mr. and Mrs. Whipple received the Wedding Anniversary Greetings of the club on Oct. 22nd, 1942. On Dec. 31st, 1942, he held a discussion on What Rotary Heans to Me.. He participated in a forum presented by Charles Cole, on Post War Planning

and Problems. Sharing in the discussion were Win Britton, Sr .. , Frank Sherlock, Carroll Sellers, Charles Ray, and Wade

Poston. Patty Grall headed the 20th Anniversary committee celebration on Feb. 4th, 1943, Assisting, were Henry

Whipple, Rowland Blythe, Charles Dooley and Nelson Kling.

Harold Wilson, Carroll Sellers and Henry lrJhipple discussed the 2nd Object of Rotary on Mar. 4th, 1943. The second object referred to Ethical Standards. On May 27th, Professional Standards were the subject of a discussion by Sam Hinman, Charles Ray, Rowland Blythe and Henry Whipple. For 1943-44, Henry continued both as Historian and as chairman of the Rotary Information committee. Walter Johnston, Carl Hanson, and Henry talked on their professions, on Aug. 19th, 1943.

The 21st Anniversary was observed with the help of Henry Whipple, Rowland Blythe and Charles Ray, to honor

the perfect attendance records of Charles Skillman and Sam Hinman, both charter members. For 1944-45, Henry was chairman of the Audit COOIDlittee and a new Past Presidents' committee as well as being Historian. On Nov. 30th, 1944, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Bill Willsey, and Henry Whipple gave the highlights of their terms of office. Norman Gibbs presented a quiz program on Mar. 29th, 1945, with Henry Whipple and Bill Fischer as Team Captains.

For 1945-46, Henry was chairman of Auditing, and for 1946-47, he was chairman of the Magazine committee. On July 18th, 1946, Wade Poston, Rowland Blythe, Frank Sherlock, and Henry Whipple presented a Memorial Service at the club luncheon. He reviewed the life of Paul Harris on Jan. 30th, 1947. A Magazine committee program presented on April 24th, 1947,

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Nagazine committee for 1947-q.8. The Jan. 22nd, 1948 Cog Hheel notes that Henry has retired from the Cranforc Trust Co., and on Feb. 1st, he was made Past Service.

On Aug. 26th, 191{8, P.D.G. Natty JvIathewson praised the annual report of Historian T;fuipple. On Sept. 30th, 1948, Henry presented a survey on the l'Jelfare Agencies of Cranford as the last in a series of Know Your Own Town, arranged by Stan Mac Clary.

On July 7th~ 1949, a new office lruas created for Henry. He was appointed Assistant Secretary and this continued until his death. He was also made an

Honcrary member on ]\!iay 11th, 1950. He, of course, continued as Historian. Renry “[flaS made Treasurer of the Cranford, Garwood, Ke n'l Lwo r-tih Bl(.od Donors, Inc. On the 28th Anniversary Luncheon me e t Lng , Henry and l~Tade Poston reviewed Rotary principles and accomplishments. This meeting was on the 22nd of Feb., 1951. Cn Nov. 1st, 1951, Henry won a citation from the District Gcvernor for his Historical work. Then, on Dec. 27th, it was noted that Henry was Treasurer of the Christmas Seal Drive.

Henry appeared on a program under Vince Sarnowski, on Aug. 14th, 1952, when Row l and Blythe, Harold 1filson, Lou Alli son, Ken Nac Kay, and Henry talked on l'~hat Rotary Has Neant to !VIe. Cn Sept. 4th, 1952, carne the News that Henry was retiring as Treasurer of the Red Cross after 27 years in that post. He talked on Rotary Information on Apr. 16th, 1953. For 1953-54, the Chairmanship of the Cog 'Theel became a new assignment for Henry. He was thorough in briefing the committee, and Lnaur Lng its publication every other week. Cn Dec. 31st, 1953, he reviewed the recerd of the year on a program presented by John Biach. Cn Feb. 17th, 1955, Henry presented as his guest his' grandson, Pvt. Robert W. Cutts.

For the next three Rotary years, Henry was chairman of the Cog 1,!heel committee, 1955-56,1956-57, and 1957- 58. The Aug. l~th, 1958, Cog 'lheel congratulated him on his 19th annual report as Historian. 1'jes Stanger took over the chore of Historian for the year 1959-60. Wes, Ken Mac Kay and Art Burditt prepared a program for Jan. 19th, 1961, in tribute to Henry. Wes Stanger presented the highlights of Henry's life. Warren Halsey spoke on behalf of the Tuberculosi s League; Geori;e Bate s spoke on behalf of the Red Cross; Envoy Thos. l'id'lahon of the Salvation Army paid that organization's tribute, and Bob Harden, "Daddy" of the club ana himself a retired banker, represented the banking field's tribute. Ken Mac Kay was Toastmaster fer the occasion. Tow Sordill, President of the club, presented an engraved cane to Henry on behalf of the club.

A week or two later, Henry fell at home and was bedridden, so that this was the last meeting he attended.

He di~d on Feb. 17th, just a month after the tribute, at the age of 88--one of the most dedicated Rotarians that can be imagined had closed out one of the most dedicated lives of service to his community.

Joined June 13, 1946 Left June 1, 1948

Home and Family Store, 101 No. Union. AVe.

Jack had held Rotary memberships in Derby, Conn, , Laconia, N.H., and Westfield, N.J. He was a guest at the Cranford club on Apr. 4th, 1946, and a speaker on the subject of Vacational Guidance on. May 23rd, 1946. He was inducted into membership, three weeks later, on June 13th, 1946. He had had some experience in Vacational Guidance and received training at Yale in this field. He spoke again

on the subject on Oct. 17th, 1946. His son, Jack Jr., was

a guest on May 1st, and June 5th, 1947.

The promise of constructive efforts in Vocational Guidance, that he displayed, occasioned his selection as chairman of the Vocational Service oommittee, which at that time Was handling guidance problems as well as the desigobjectives of that committee, for 1947-48. The Cog Wheel of Mar. 11th, 1948, however, carried the news of his reSignation as chairman of Vocational Service. He was succeeded by Van Chamberlin. He resigned from the club on June 24th, 1948, and not too long afterward, the store closed, and he returned to Westfield.

Wilder, Charles, M.G. Wood-Industrial Doors

Joined July 11, 1963

Clark Door Co. Inc., 69 Myrtle St.

Charles Wilder took his schooling at Phillips-Exeter Acadrumy and Cornell University. He has a daughter and two sons, David and John. He was made chairman of the Rotary Foundation committee for two successive years, 1964-65 and 1965-66. Under Vince Sarnowski, he gave an occupational talk on July 29th, 1965. On Sept. 9th, 1965, he became chairman of the United Fund's Industrial Division Drive. He has held this post through the 1969 campaign as well as being a Director of the United Fund.

For 1967-68, Charley was chairman of the Fund Raising committee and his committee put on a Dinner-Dance on Mar. 16th, 1968, at Forsgate Farms. On Mar. 28th, he reported that the Dinner-Dnnce had netted $830.

On July 31st, 1969, he presented Anders Jannson, a temporary employee, from Finland, under the auspices of the Episcopal Council for foreign stUdents. He later gave a talk on his native country. On Oct. 9th, 1969, Charley described his make-ups in Sweden, in a program arranged by Buddy Bergen, that featured foreign make-ups.

-:HrJillsey, Willirun J. Public Health Service

Born Feb. 4th, 1877 Died Dec. 23, 1960

Joined Dec. 14, 1933 Honorary Oct. 7, 1954

Bill was born in Schoharie, N.Y., then moved to Cooperstown, N.Y. He attended N.Y.U. and became a New Jersey Health Inspector in 1910. He was then a Health Officer for Perth Amboy from 1913 to 23. He had taken health courses both at N.Y.U. and at Rutgers. From Porth Amboy,

ho wont to Hackensack before coming to Cranford in 1925.

At tbat time he was Executive Secretary of the New Jersey Health and SDnitary Association. He was Health Officer for Cranford from 1931 to 48, when he retired. At tho same time he Was also health officer for Kenilworth, Garwood, Winfield,

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and he never really recovered. Eventually he lost a leg

to cancer but it was only a delay in the eventual conquest of the disease. He moved to Mlddlesex July 1st, 1955 and was occasionally able to visit the club. Charles Yeakel and lHllsey were really responsible for the formation of the Lions club, and Bill ~Jillsey was President of the Lions for 1930-31._, there:fore the only one in Cranford to have been president of both clubs. His Rotary presidency came in ]935-36 •

Soon after his i nduc t i on, he was elected VicePresident of the club for 1934-35, and chairman of the Program committee. On Aug. 17th, 1934, he reported on a District meeting that had been held at r10ntclair on Aug.

10th. ~.,. He was next to handle a joint Lions-Rotary

meeting on Mar. 7th, 1935. He was an alternate delegate to the District Conference held at ,i:,sbury Park on l’1ay 9th and 10th, 1935. Following his election to the presidency of the club, he was a delegate to the Asbury Park Conference held May 8th, 1936. As immediate past presidenu, he was a Director for 1936-37. On l\pr. 20th, 1936, he led a deleg~_tion of 17 Cranford Rotarians to Washington, N.J. for their 158th, 100% meeting, which surpassed Cra.nfordas record of 156. Dill wa.s also chairman of the Aims and Objects c omm I ttee for 1936-37. Wi th Fr-ank Sherlock, he was a delegate to the R.1. Convention at Atlantic City, June 22nd to 26th, and both reported on the convention

on Sept. 25th, 1936.

For 1937-38 he was chairman of the Vocational Service committee. On Dec. 2nd, 1937, Henry l’Jhipple, Tom Mac 1I1eekin, and Bill Willsey were in ehar’g e of the arrange ments for a re-union Hi th the j;Jashington club. He worked on a committee of the Lions and Rotary for a Sports Sarnival scheduled for Apr.8th, 1938. On Sept. 28th, 1939, he was on the Rotary team th s.t b ea.t; the Lions in g o.Lf”; Others were tIal ter Coffee, Bill Reel J Ken Al bridge, Newell Stepp and Carroll Sellers. Autobiographical sketches were given on Nov. 30th, 1939, by Abey Caldwell, Sam Hinman

and Bill tvillsey.

Bill was chairman of the Rotary Information committee for 1941-42. On Sept. 25th, 1941, he was t~a~ed with Bill Reel in a Rotary-Lions golf tournament. On Jan. 29th, 1942. Carl Hanson, Win Britton, Jr., and Bill Willsey were on

a Blood Bank committee. On Apr. 2nd, 1942, Bill was a member of the Pa.st Preside’1.ts~ Sextette, under Frank Sherlock. Others were Rowla.nd Blythe, Henry llJhipple,

Sam Hinman, and Charles Ray. On Dec. 3rd, 1942 he was trea.surer and direct~r of the Civil Defense Decontamination force.

Carroll Sellers teamed up with Bill on June 25th, 1943, to lose at Lions-Rotary golf, and on Sept. 20th, 1944, it was Nelson Kl.Lng who teamed wi th him in a losing cause. For 1943-44, Bill was chatr-man of the ll/[embership

committee. On Nov.30th, 191~4, Henry ~Jhipple, Patty Grall, <;harlcc Bay and Bill \Jillsey told of the high spcts of their terms of office as nresident. He continued as chairman of the I"!embership com;ni ttee for 1945-46. On f1aV 24th, 1945, Bill 1iIB.)S paired wi th Sam Hinman to win a.t U_Ol1SRotary golf. In the July 13th, 1945 matches, Dill was on the 10slYH:Z' Flir'lA lATlt.h R1"Y1;p TAlnlf'n1"r'L tlY1 _Tl1Y1P ?()t.h. 10)J..h h ...

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Willsey, William J. (Con't.)

Bill's grandson, John Reimers, was a guest of his on July 14th, 1949.

On Apr. 20th, 1950, under Patty Grall, Bill was one of 11 past presidents who told why they chose their professions. After a long illness, Bill was welcomed back on April 28th, 1955 with his favorite "Home on the Range." On July 1st,

he moved to Middlesex. He was again a visitor on Oct. 13th, 1955. He had been, of course, an Honorary member since Oct. 7th, 1954. He was a guest editor of the Cog Wheel for Nov. 1st, 1956. The Cog Wheel for Nov. 7th, 1957, noted that Bill was returned home from the Somerville Hospital. The club wished him a quick recovery on Dec. 10th, 1959 while he was at Muhlenberg Hospital. He received his 83rd birthday greetings back at home on Feb. 4th, 1960, but he was back at Muhlenberg according to the Oct. 13th, 1960 Cog Wheel.

*Wilson, Harold M. Education, Secondary.

Born July 30, 1897 Died Nov. 27, 1960

Joined May 14, 1942 Left June 20, 1957 (Ret. to Long

Cranford High School, West End Place Beach Is.)

Harold was born in Nova Scotia. He graduated from Acadia Univ. in

Wolfville, N.S. and received his M.A. from Rutgers Univ. He spent 3 years in the Canadian Army during W.W.I. He carne to Cranford in 1924 from the Kingsley School in Essex Fells, where he was head of the Science Department. He also was a president of the Cranford Teachers' Association and head of the Union County Conference of Teachers' Associations. At the time of his death, he was Vice-President of the Long Beach Island Rotary Club which he had joined following his retirement from the Cranford schools. He had joined the Robert Osborn & Son, Realtors of Beach Haven. He had one daughter, Gail.

His first appearance at Rotary was on Dec. 2nd, 1927, when he spoke

to the club about the school's General Organization and invited the club to participate in its membership. On Sept. 26th, 1935, as President of the Cranford Teachers' Association, he spoke about a lecture series being sponsored by the

teachers. He was elected a member on May 7th, and inducted on the 14th of May, 1942. He was ill soon after induction and did not return until Sept. 17th, 1942.

On Mar. 4th, 1943, Harold spoke on the 2nd Object of Rotary - Ethical Standards - along with Henry Whipple, and Carroll Sellers. The following week, he appeared on a program under Ted Lang on Post War Trade, with Walter Coffee, John Cron, Sam Hinman, and Gordon Peters. Harold was elected Secretary for 3 Successive years, 1943-44, 1944-45, and 1945-46. With Patty Grall, he attended a District Assembly on June 30th, 1943, at the Westfield Y.M.C.A. He next attended a one-day District Conference on Apr. 18th, 1944, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. With Win Britton, Jr., he then attended the District Assembly held June 29th, 1944 at New Brunswick. With Frank Foster, Walter Johnston, and Ernie Wolford, he reviewed the Rotarian on Feb. 8th, 1945.

For 1946-47, Harold was Vice-President and chairman of the Club Service and the Program committees. As Vice-President, he led the Cranford club to a jOint meeting with the Roselle-Roselle Park Club on Mar. 28th, 1947.

la.Lson, Harold M.

 

(Cont~)

 

For 1947-48, Harold was elected President, and was chairman of the Aims and Objects committee. lHth Ernie Trubenbach, he attended the District Conference held Apr. 17th and 18th, at Red Bank. Harold was on the program of the District Assembly held July 9th, 1947, at Plainfield. For 1948-49, he continued as a Director as the Lmaed i.at.e past president, and on Mar. 25th, 1948, he participated in Stan MacClary's series on Know Your Olin 'I'osm , with his particular topic being Education as one of Cranford's assets. At the Asbury Park District Conference, Apr. 13th and 14th, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson attended, and he accepted the District citation for the Club Service record established.

On July 15th, 1948, Radio Station ~ii~JR offered a program on Cranford, at which George Osterheldt and Harold Wilson were the speakers. Harold was an alternate delegate to the R. I. Convention in NeN York City in May, with Sam Hinman and Charles Ray, under Bob Crane, Jr. For 1949-50, he was chairman of the International Service committee.

Harold was appointed on Oct. 6th, 1949, with Bob Crane, Sr., Ken NacJ(ay, and Bob Longaker to study the prospects of a Student Loan Fund. All were reap ;) ointed with the addition of Vince SarnoNski, on Feb. 2nd, 1950. Harold appeared on a program on Teaching, with John Biach, and ?aul Selby, on Dec. 15th, 1949, then on Apr. 20th, 1950,

he was one of eleven past presidents who sopke on l>Jhy They Chose Their ?rofessions, in a program arranged by Patty Grall. On June 1st, 1950, he instituted a program of welcoming newly naturalized citizens.

In the Rotary year 1950-51, he vas again chairman of the

Irrt e.rnat.Lonal, Service committee, then for 1951-52, he had the Rotary Information committee. On May 3rd, 1951, he talked on the Neaning of Rotary at the Youth IJeek meeting. On Sept. 6th, 1951, Harold participated in a Vocational Service skit with Pete Clark, Sam Stein, and Dick Dowell assisting. He outlined the final provisions of the Student Loan Fund on June 12th, 1952. On Aug. 14th, 1952. he participated in a program arranged by Vince Sarnowski on What Rotary Has Meant to Me, Nith Henry Whip,Jle, Rowland Blythe, Lou Allison, and Ken MacKay. For 1953- 54, he Nas chairman of the Nominating committee.

For the year 1955-56, Harold became the first representative of the ?ast .Presidents' committee to serve on the Board of Directors. The custom has been continued to the present. He talked on the Need for More Science Students, on Dec. 15th, 1955. He was praised by the Cog Wheel of Oct. 4th, 1956, along Nith Patty Grall, Walter Coffee, Charles Ray, and Vince S~rnowski, for his work in Youth Service. The June 13th, 1957 Cog vlheel announced his retirement from the school system, and he was honored by the club on the following week.

On Oct. 17th, 1957, he visited the club as a member of Long Beach Island notary.

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*Winger, Otto C. Baking, Retail

Born Nov. 22, 1910 Died Jan. 21, 1959

Joined Mar. 18, 1948 Left Sept. 30, 1948 Rejoined Mar. 10, 1949 Left May 1, 1949

Otto was plagued by illness, as well as by shortage

of help and was unable to maintain the required attendance. He died when only a little over 48 years old.

-Wingert, Dr. Howard Peter Chiropodist

Born Feb. 13, 1901 Died Dec. 23, 1956

Joined Jan. 30. 1947 Death terminated membership

Howard was another taken by death at an early age.

He was a native of Elizabeth, and attended the local schools. Next he attended N.Y.U. and the Illinois College of Chiropody. He practised in Cranford for 15 years. Shortly before his death, Bob Watson set up as a chiropodist.

He talked on his classification on Apr. 3rd, 1947. He next showed his golf ability when he was paired with Van Chamberlin for a win in the Lions-Rotary golf matches, on Aug. 19th, 1947. He talked on the Care of the Feet, on Jan. 29th, 1948. For 1949-50, he was Sergeant-at-Arms. According to the Cog Wheel of June 5th, 1951, he had been already

a member of the Rotary Bowling team. Howard was next, chairman of the Interclub committee and was assigned with Roy

Mac Bean, on Feb. 4th, 1954 to represent Rotary on the Cranford Day committee.

On Dec. 16th, 1954, he was reported as recovering from illness, and as the Captain of the Bowling team. On Aug. 23rd, 1956, he was reported at Alexian Bros. Hospital in Elizabeth, and he survived for only four months. At the time of his talk on his classification on Apr. 23rd, 1947, he had indicated to the club membership his desire for a life of service and regretted that he had been unable to attend medical school for the general practise of medicine.

Wolford, Ernest C. Air Conditioning

Joined Apr. 20, 1944

Gen. Sales Mgr. and official of Lau Blower Company Home, 11 English Village

Now retired and at least wintering in Florida, Ernie

is One of our older Rotarians in point of service who has been a pillar of the club in past years. He came originally from Mt. Joy, Ohio, and received an M. E. from the Univ. of CinCinnati. He started with Lau Blower Co. as a salesman in Dayton, Ohio, in 1916, before finishing school, and came east in 1938 and to Cranford in 1940. For years he has maintained a summer home in Sugar Bush Valley, Vt. and commuted in his own plane. Even in retirement, he continues on the Board

of Directors of his company.

He was a guest at the club on Mar. 16th, 1944, and was inducted on May 18, although the records indicate May 20th. By Sept. 20th, he was playing golf with the club and was a loser in a Lions-Rotary match when paired with Ed Kane. On Feb. 8th, 1945, he reviewed the Rotarian with Frank Foster,

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On July 13th, 1945, Ernie teamed up with Bill Willsey in a loss at Lions-Rotary matches. He led the singing on Nov. 8th, 1945.. The writer cannot remember any repeat occasion when the performance was r-epea t ed, -_ On Dec. 7th, 1945, his hunting prowess was proved with pictures of a 175-lb., 8-p~. deer. This deer, according to the Nov. 21st, 1946 Cog Wheel, was exceeded by

another 8-pointer that weighed 255 pounds.

FaIT 1946-47, Ernie was elected a Director and was appointed chairman of the Athletic committee. He teamed with Nelson Kling on June 20th, 1946, to win at the Lions-Rotary golf match. He next was to handle Ladies' Night on Dec. 5th, 1946, at which 60 attended. George Osterheldt paired w Ltrh Ernie on Aug. 19th,1947" to win in another Lions-Rotary golf match. On Sept. 18th, 1947, he was named to the Board of Directors again, with the reSignation of John Cron~ About the middle of June, there was another Lions-Rotary Golf Match in which Ernie was paired with Bob Crane, Jr., in a loss. A similar experience occurFed June 19th, 1953, when he was paired with Cy Breen.

He was chairman of the Athletic committee again for 1954-55. On Sept. 23rd, 1954, he reported club golf tournament awards to Howard Siegel, Bob Crane, Jr., Van Chamberlin, Will Lange, Walter Coffee, and himself. Special awards went to Carroll Sellers and Bill Dodds. He repeated as chairman of the Athletic committee for 1955-56,. and for 1956-57, headed the Fund~Raising committee. This committee sponsored a second Barber Shop Quartet Concert on Febe 21st,'1957, with a net profit of $700. Ed Coe served on the committee and handled many of the details. He was chairman of the Golfing committee for 1957-58. On Sept. 26t4, 1957, he announced a club golf tournament for Oct. 9th, at Echo Lake Country Club~

It was reported on June 4th, 1959,; that Errri e had a f all and was seriously injured. He was hospitalized in New York at St. Vincent ~ sand hd a progress was reported regularly until his return on crutches, two months later, on Aug~ 6th, 1959~ For 1962-6}" he was chairman of Golf and Bow.Lf.ng , He announced on July 19th" 1962, a Tri-Club Golf Tournament of Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis. He als0 announced, on Aug. 30th, 1962, the donation of a Kling, Memorial Golf Trophy to be retired after three wins., The first match was won by Ace Corbin on Sept .. 6th, 1962.

Ernie visited Hawaii on Jan. 9th,; 1964 and gave

a report on his visit" on Feb. 6th, 1964.. He participated in the Districti Golf Tournament on June

19th, 1964 and on Apr. 28th, 1966, he was on the Bowling Team that placed second in the District, as a sub, with Charles Speth, and Charles Ray, Jr. The first team included Will Lange, Vince Sarnowski,

Ralph Murphy, Will Jordan, and Bill Dodds. With his retirement from bUSiness, his activity in the club also dRc~eaRA~_ Rin~A he h~~ ~nAn~ littlA time in

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Phys.

Left July 29, 1942 (in Service)

*wright, Otis Mill Work

Born 1875 Died July 18, 1939

Joined July 1923 Left Mar. 2, 1926 (Joined Ros-Ros.Pk)

Otis Wright Inc., Borth Ave. E.

From 1916 to 1920, Otis was president of Beckley Perforating Co., in Garwood. He s0ld his lumber mill business in 1926 to the late Judge Lyman L. Loveland,

and from 1926 to 1929, he operated a mill yard in Roselle.

He was elected president of the Cranford club for 1925-26. It 1 .. ,Ias noted that he attended tbe R. I. Convention at Cleveland, June 25th, 1925., The following Christmas he spent ift Florida. After moving to Roselle, he was a frequent visitor at Cranford meetings, and he attended the re-union

to Ken Martin on Nov. 1st, 1934.

Zimmerman, George W. Valves

Joined May 6th, 1965 Left Dec. 31, 1966 (Loss of Clasif.

Everlasting Valve Co. Myrtle Ave. thru Retirement)

George retired after 48 years witb his company, but

his membership in Rotary had been too short to earn a Past Service Classification in view of his retirement.

He was born and raised in Jersey City and attended its Dickinson High School. He also attended Rutgers and studied accounting with the La Salle Extension Univ. He started as

a billing clerk with his company in 1916. And except for a period from 1921 to 1923 continued with this company. He was president of the firm when it came to Cranford in 1964, and was a resident of Cranford since 1952. He has one daughter. George attended the Re-union Picnic at the College on June 27th, 1968.

Zingales, Dr. Joseph A.

Joined Feb. 8, 1934 Office - 101 Holly St.

Joe was first a guest on Dec, 31st, 1925 when he was

I of 70 College students hosted by the club at a meeting that featured USS Senator Royal S. Copland of New York. Following his induction, he served as Sargeant-at-Arms for 1934-35. He was then chairman of the Ladies' Night arrangements for Apr. 29th, 1937. For 1937-38, he was Historian and chairman of the International Service committee. On Sept. 30th, 1937, he and Newell Stepp were to head two attendance teams to operate until Dec. 9th, His team was

the loser. .

For 1938-39, Joe was a Director and chairman of the Community Service committee. On Nov. 17th, 1939, Joe was in the Lions-Rotary Bowling matches with Carroll Sellers, Mariano Greco, Bill Reel, Charles Ray, and John Freese.

For 1940-41, he was chairman of the International Service committee, and on July 25th, 1940, he was among the members visiting the Boys I Camp.

He resigned July 29th, 1942 to go into the SerVice, and on Dec. 3rd, 1942 he was reported as a Captain in the Army, stationed at Camp Picket, Va. A May 11th, 1944 report showed him to be in New Guinea. Dec. 21st, 1945, he was back from the service.

His son Tom, on May 1st 1947, was the youth ~Teek

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ADDENDUM

The following names are ~embers who were inducted too late to be included in the alphabetical list. The addendum will also be used at a later date to bring up to date the records of members until a new edition is issued:

Ingraham, Anthony P. Engrg. Electrical

Joined Jan. 29, 1970

Electrical Installations; 530 South Ave. E.

Began life in Lewes, Del., and graduated from the Lewes High Schoo1. He then graduated from the West Chester State Teachers College, of Pat and taught school following his graduation. He then went into the electrical business. He has two daughters and a son, Tony, Jr.

Me Arthur, Robert W. Exec. Search & Placement

Joined Jan. 29, 1970

Robert Durr Associates of Union County, 108 No. Union Ave.

Bob has been a busy man in Cranford's community life.

He came originally from Mass. and graduated from the Brookline High School. He then went to the Babson College at Babson Park, Mass. for a B.Sc, in Business Administration.

He is a Director of the Westfield Y.M.C.A., and chairman of its Extension committee, as well as a Director of the Cran~ foro United Fund. He recently became President of the Republican Club of Cranford. His interests include the Men's Garden Club, Swimming, T~nnis and Mountain Climbing.

Rudd, Channing Banking, Additional Active

Joined Jan. 29, 1970

Suburban Trust Co., 2 North Ave. W.

Chan was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus Hall High School there, before going to Columbia Univ. for a

B. Sc. He spent the depression years on Wall st., then was associated with Watson...;,Stillman, then in Roselle, and the

U. S. Tool and Mfg. Co. in East Orange. He came to Cranford in 1939 and immediately was irrunersed in community service •.

He has been active in the Cranford Red Cross, currently its president, the Chamber of Commerce, the Cranford Adult School, and Y.E.S. He was a member of the Cranford Kiwanis Club from 19$0 to 19$61 and its President in 1952. When he went to East Orange, he joined the Kiwanis Club there and was a Director of the club at the time he came back to Cranford and the SubUrban Trust Co. His return to Cranford was in 1962, although he cont.inned in residence here while working in

East Orange.

Postmaster

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Joined 1958

Lehigh Esso Service Center, 310 Centennial Ave. I

Steve is a native of Elizabeth, but came to Cranford at the age of two, and attended Cranford schools. He was inducted on the 11th of September, 1958, and has been faithful in all activities assigned to him. For the year 1960-61, he was Sergeant-at-Arms, and in 1963-64, he was chairman of the Attendance Committee. He has maintained perfect attendance for the 11 years

of his membership. For the year 1969-70, he was elected a director of the club and designated as chairman of the Community Service Committee.

Outside of Rotary, Steve has been a very active Elk, and has devoted himself to Cubs and Scouting for the handicapped. He is Cubmaster for Pack 206 (handicapped) sponsored by the Elks, as well as a Scout leader. On October lOth, 1968, he introduced two of his Scouts to the club, and they displayed some of their remarkable handicrafts.

Steve is also Vice-President of the New Jersey Gasoline Retailers Association and spends much of his time at that organization1s headquarters at Union, N.J.

Danzis, Leo Drugs, Wholesale

Joined 1956 Left 1958

Ketchum-Jersey Division, Inc., 40 South Ave. W.

Leo Danzis, a resident of Elizabeth, joined Ketchum in 1945 and became Vice-President of the subsidiary in 1948. He was made manager of the Cranford plant in 1956. He was a guest of the club on April 26th, 1956, and

was inducted Aug. 30th. Soon after joining the club, he made a trip to Europe and was welcomed back on Sept. 26th, 1957. He showed films of his visit at the meeting of October lOth. The Dec. 19th Cog Wheel noted that he had been made Vice-President of Ketchum & Co. and he left

the club May 20th, 1958, having been transferred to the main office in New York City.

D1Arcy, William H.

Joined 1935 Left 1942

Post Office (Original Address) 2 Alden St.

Bill D'Arcy was a well-known figure during his days

as Postmaster. and during his term came the move to the present location. He was elected to membership on Oct. 24th, and Was inducted the following week, on Oct. 31, 1935. On Mar. 26th, 1936, he talked to the club on Cranford's application for recognition as a 1st Class Post Office.

He served as Secretary of the club for the year 1936-37, unusual since he was a new member, but the result of the reduced membership incidental to ~~e depression year.

District 36, of which Cranford was a member, sponsored a High School Essay Contest on "International Peace" and Bill D'Arcy was a judge of the Cranford entries, along wi th Henry Whipple and Lawrence Jl1ason. On Jan. 26th, 1939, Bill placed 3rd in a Fellowship Contest (See Chas. Ray). His impending resignation was announced Aug. 11th, 1941, but the records show his actual leaving as July 30, 1942. He attended the 20th anniversary on Feb. 18th, 1943.

Darsh. Charles

 

Member of Westfield Club

 

The writer has taken the liberty of including the name of Charles Darsh in. this roster, because he was so much a part of the Cranford Club during the lean days of the depression. He own.ed buildings in the center of town.

and had a direct interest in Cranford, but more important, he was like P.D.G. Arthur Williams in visiting man.y Rotary Clubs with an average of 2* meetings each week.

On Feb. 18th, 1937, the Westfield Rotary Club gave him

a gold medal for perfect attendance over a 10-year

period .. The Toastmaster at this Ladies Night, was John Worth, a Crant'ord member. His attendance was so frequent, that on June 17th, 1937. he introduced the guests. On. June 8th, 1939. as a member of the Union County Chapter

of the Society of Architects, he arranged for the luncheon meeting to be held at an. architectural exhibit, at

26 No. Union Ave, with John Freese serving a steak lunch. Cranford citizens of the period will remember him for

his very professional cartoons of Rotary-Lions events,

and special interclub meetings, that were published in the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle.

De Brigard. William Air Pass.Trans.Serv.

Joined 1969

Eastern. Airlines, 1180 Raymond Blvd •• Newark

Bill De Brigard was one of nine members inducted on the 3rd of Apri L He was immed La te ly d rafted as the speaker for the Rotary Ann Luncheon. on May 8th, when he talked on Aviation and Jetport Problems at Trinity Church, with Ace Corbin as chairman of the affair. He gave a biographical sketch on. the 26th of June, which showed that he was a native of Cranford, and attended Cranford High School and Pingry.

He has arranged a lUncheon and tour, scheduled. for Feb. 12th, of the Eastern Airlines Reservation Center in Menlo Park.

Dehmer. Edward J. Flowers

Joined 1945 Left 1953

Cranford Flower Shoppe, 107 North Union Ave.

Ed Dehmer was inducted Dec. 13th. 1945. but was one of those who remained largely in the background. He attended the R.I. Convention. in. New York City, on June 16th, 1949. He was chairman. of the youth Service Committee for 1949-50, and in this assignment worked on the Hallowe 'en Parade preparation.s for 1949. According to the Cog wheel for Apr. 25th, 1950. he was one of thirte;;n. Cranford Rotarians who attended the Inter-City Meet at Far Hills. One of his activities was as a member of the Bowling Team. The last record of his activity, was attendance at the District Conference held Oct. 28th,

1953. at Buck Hill Falls, Pat

 

Joined 195:1

Leslie M. Dennis, Architects, 134 El Mora Ave., Elizabeth

Bob was proposed original~ as a transfer from membership in the Linden Rotary Club. He was inducted on Aug. 9th, 1951. He came first to Elizabeth, as a child and attended

E1 Mora grammar school, Alexander Hamilton Jr. H. S. and Thos. Jefferson High School. He received a degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. During the war period, he was stationed at the Rome, N.Y. Air Force Base. then with War Industries in Elizabeth. He was licensed in 1946 and began his career. In 1965, he was president of the N.J. SOCiety of Architects, and held offices in the Central N. J. €napter of the SOCiety. He is the father of 3 boys and 2 girls.

In 1953-54, Bob served as Sergeant-at-Arms, and the following year as chairman of the Luncheon Committee. On Nov. 1st, 1956, he reported on his attendance at the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, with Art Burditt, Cory Kammler, Nels Kling, and Bob Crane, Jr. He also appeared on a program Dec. 13th, headed by Van Chamberlin, that included Ed Lewis, John Bisch, and Patty Grall. During 1958-59, he was chairman of the Auditing Committee, as well as senior representative of the club on the ~oint Civic Committee.

Bob became a director for 1960.61 as well as chairman of the International Service Committee. The following year his directorship assignment was the Community Service Committee. He was

made Treasurer, Feb. 15th, 1962, when Lew Laird moved up a .sbep, and served in this post in 1962-$), then as SecretAry for 196.3-64. He reported on the District Institute, on Sept. 26th, 1963,

which he attended with Lew Laird and Bill .. Beekhuysen. For 1964- 65, he Was Vice-President and as chairman of the Club Service COmmittee, he arranged a program on Aug. 25th, ·1964, that included Ed Coe, Charles Dooley, Charles Reil~, Henry Feil, Morris Siegel, Harry Lawrence, Art Burditt, Vince Sarnowski, Charles Ray, Jr., and Stu McFadd9n. Chuck Reil~ was transferred to ~rth Amboy by the Telephone Company, and on Mar. 18th, 1965, Bob Dennis took over the chores of Program Chairman.

His year as president. was 1965 .. 66, and on, Apr.2.3rd, 1965, he and his Rotary Ann led a delegation to the District Conference at Atlantic City's Claridge Hotel, including Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hill, Mr. and ~ Horace Corbin, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lewis. As Past President .. Bob chaired the Club Activities Committee. The Feb. 16th, 1967. Cog Wheel noted that Bob was to r~resent tha club at the 50th Aniversary Dinner of the Elizabeth Rotary Club.

On July 6th, Bob became 1st Vice Prosident of the C~nford Historical Socie~.

ClU'r-ent.1.v~ 1968-69~ b~ i.e: ohaJntl8.1'l 01: thQ Rtldget Committee.

Joined-1961 Left 1962

Del stone South Ave., E.

Edw. De Stefanis had no record in the club. He joined Oct. 26th, 1961 and resigned July 19th, 1962. It was interesting to run across a member of the South Knoxville, Tenn. Rotary Club who was a customer of Ed.

Detering, Henry A. Real Estate

Joined 1958 Left 1962

Office Alden St.

Hank Detering was an active member of the Club during his relatively short Rotary career, but a breakdown cut this career short. His son, Mark Detering, was awarded on June 20, 1968, the Rotary Club's first Leadership Award of $400. The award recognized a high school senior's scholastic and extracurricular leader ship. Following Hank's recovery, he ccntinued the Real Estate business in Elizabeth, where he is Vice-President of Potere, Inc.

He joined the club in March of 1958 and served as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1958-59. He was elected President of the Cranford Board of Realtors in Nov. 1960. Hank headed the 1961-62 Fund Raising campaign and showed himself to be a real pro. His resignation was accepted with regret on Aug. 16th, 1962.

-:mewey, B. Harold Oil Prod. Retail

Joined 1927 Left 1931 Died Feb. 11, 1967

Dewey Service Sta., North and Lincoln Aves.

There is very little in the records regarding Harold Dewey. He was elected to membership July Ist~ 1927, and was inducted on the 21st. Dec. 19th, 1927,

he was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms, succeeding William Mc Mahon, and continued to serve for the year 1928-29. The Club recognized his becoming the father of Richard

R. Dewey on Feb. 15th, 1929. He left Mar. 31st, 1931.

Dexheimer, Rev. John R. Religion, Prot.

Joined 1963 Left 1965, Rejoined 1966 Left 1968

Cranford Methodist Church, Lincoln and Walnut Aves.

John began his Rotary career in Belvidere, followed by Kenilworth and Hillsdale, serving Methodist churches in these communities following his graduation fran Drew University. He earlier had graudated from the Pittsfield Mass. High School. He is the father of two sons and three daughters.

His first entry in Cranford records is as a visitor from Kenilworth on June 28th, 1956. He was inducted on Aug. 16, 1963 and continued in the club until July 31st, 1965, when appointed by his Bishop to head the 3-year

Camp Aldersgate Capital Fund Raising Campaign, necessitated his withdrawal. He returned to the club on Mar. 17th, 1966, and was chairman of the Magazine Committee for 1966- 67. On Oct. 20th, 1966, he presented a committee program that included Bill Mc Kinlay, Bill Schroder, and Art Burditt. His resignation occured on May 16th, 1968.

John served as president of the Cranford Clergy

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Feb. 11, 1967, he se~ved on the Elisa St. Fire Ex- ,_

ploration Committee and the Emergency Fund Committee which were merged on Mar. 2nd, 1967, as the Elise st. Foundation. In 1969, he was president of the Monday Club, a group of New York City Clergy, and also served on the Mayor's Committee on Group Relations.

Di Tulio, Joseph J. Refuse Disposal

Joined 1954

Di Tulio Scavenger Servie, 15 Woodside Ave.

Joe is a native of Cranford, and an amateur historian of Cranford's early days. He attended Cranford High School and ~ake Business College. He says that he started work at 14 and took over his father's business. He was the last Commercial Teamster in Cranford. Among his hobbies have been Fan Tail Guppies and a short try at Auto Racing. He once owned a Dusenberg Special that he scrapped when his drivers failed to come in as winners. During the war, in the E.T.O., he served as - photographer, Crew Chief and Waist Gunner on B26 Bomb- .. ers. Another of his hobbies is that of treating 75 to 100 underprivileged children to a Big League Ball Game, with the help of some friends, as an annual event.

The first entry in the Rotary records for Joe, is as a guest of the club on Mar. 18th, 1943, when he was a private in the Army Air Force. He was again a guest on Feb. 18th, 1954 and Sept. 30th. His induction took place on Nov. 11th, 1954 and he was assigned the chairmanship of the Attendance Committee for 1959-60, and

again for 1968-69. Both terms were marked by very effective and diligent handling of the assignment.

He was elected a Director for 1969-70, and is serving as chairman of the Vocational Service Committee. In this connection, he attended the 7-District Vocational Service Assembly in New York City, .g.ept-;--]~th,

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Di Tullio William Fruits and Vegetables

Joined 1944 Left 1958

Manager for J.J. Gallo, 100 No. Union Ave.

Bill, a cousin of Joe despite the spelling, was a guest of the club Nov. 30th, 1944, and was inducted on Dec. 28th. He was chairman of the Attendance Committee for 1947-48. He resigned on Dec. 11th, 1958, because his scouting activities interfered. He served as a Scouter with an explorer patrol and led them on tours to the Pacific Coast as well as to the Philmont Scout Camp near Cimarron, New Mexico. Two sons, in the explorers, won high honors. Bill Jr., an Eagle with 3 palms took graduate work in Clinical Psychology, and Bob following honors in the National Science Foundation and the National Honor Society, specialized in Astronomy.

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DoddS, William J.

Joined 1946 Plastimol, Inc. (C.L. Hill Mfg.Co.)2l0 South Ave. E.,

Bill Dodds, brother-in-law of Charles Hill, joined the firm in 1945, following serVice in the Army Signal Corps for 3-! years during World War II. He was a resi;… ;i dent of Cranford, then Westfield, and graduated from the Plainfield High School. For many years he has been very active in the N. J. Tool and Die Makers ASSOC., and is a Past PreSident.

He was a guest of the club on Oct. 24th, 1946, and again on Nov. 21st. He was inducted on Nov. 27th, 1946. On Dec. 26th, he was one of the inductees who talked on their classifications. For 1948-49, Bill was chairman of the Athletic Committee. According to the Cog Wheel of Apr. ’25th, : 1950′, “Bil1 ::was one of 13 Cranford Rotarians

who attended the Inter City Meeting at Far Hills. His activities had been sufficiently recognized that he was one of six to be nomlnate~for director, Mar. 27th, 1951, and actually served as chairman of the youth Service Committee for 1951-52. By this time, according to the Cog Wheel of June 5th, 1951, he had become an important supporter of the Bowling League and was its Treasurer. As Youth Service Chairman, he announced plans on Oct. 18th for the annual Hallowe’en Parade, and on Dec. 27th, he was in charge of a Christmas Party for Rotary Children, with Floyd Reynolds playing Santa Claus. Bob Longaker gave his Christmas talk and led the Christmas Carols.

On May 8th, 1952, Bill was appo~ted to the Board of Directors with the reSignation of joe Minton who had been scheduled for the presidency. The following week he outlined plans for Youth Week, and the Treasure Hunt which occurred on May 29th. For 1952-53, he was also chairman of the Community SerVice Committee, and for 1953-54, ne was chairman of the Fellowship Committee. On Oct. 28th, 1953, he and his Rotary Ann attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls.

Bill wasr’elected Treasurer for 1954-55. On April 13th, 1954, he attended the District Assembly at Trenton. He was also appointed as Interclub chairman for 1954-55- Bowling was not Bill’s only strong forte, because he

was among the winners of the club golf tournament. On the 27th of Oct., 1954, he was a delegate along with

Van Chamberlin and Pete Clark, to the District Conference again at Buck Hill Falls. For 1955-56, he was secretary and on May 5th, 1955, he and Pete Clark reported on the District Assemb1y~ held this time, at Metuchen. Bill announced on May 19th~ 1955, that the Rotary Club was presenting a 2-way Radio to the First-Aid Squad. He became Chairman of the District Conference Committee on Sept. 29th, 1955, and on June 3re he was one of the Cranford members who attended the R.I. Convention at Philadelphia.

For 1956-57, Bill was Vice-President and chairman of the Club Service Committee. On Aug. 23, 1956, he presented a Club Service Forum wi th Lew Laird, Bob Crane Jr:., Ken Mac Kay, and Lou Allison. He became President of the

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On July 24th, 1958, Bill was on a winning Golf Tournamer Team under Walter Coffee, and came in with a net of 71. On June 23rd, 1960, he was on the team that won 2nd place in the District Golt Tourney at the Deal Country Club. Others were:

Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Sr., Ca.rroll Sellers, Buddy Bergen, and Norman Roden. In the meantime he became chairman of a Blood Bank drive for Ernie Wolford, who had been injured in a fall.

His 1960-61 assigment was as chairman of the Golf. and Bowling Committee. On Sept. 28, 1961, he, Charles Ray, Sr.,

and Van Chamberlin gave talks on Rotary Membership. For 1962-63, he was chairman of the Membership Committee, and then for 1963-64, he was again chairman of the Gol~and Bowling Committee. On June 19th,_1964, Bill was on the winning District Golf Team and had the lowest Net Score. Others on the team were Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange, and Van Chamberlin. The Oct. 8th, 1964 Cog Wheel cited him as having the Low Net in winning the Club Golf Tournament.

Bill was assigned to the Budget Committee chairmanship for 1964-65. On Nov. 4th, 1965, Ira Dorian, Bob Longaker, and Bill talked on the Prerequisites for Rotary Membership.

Back to athletics, on Oct. 28, 1965 Bill had the low net of 72 in the Union County Golf Tournament. Walter Coffee had the low gross of 80. Other players were Buddy Bergen, Bernie Kott, and Charles Ray, Sr. On April 28th, 1966, the Cranford Bowling Team placed second in the District, with Bill Dodds, Will Lange, Vince Sarnowski, Ralph Murphy, and Will Jordan. Subs were Ernie Wolford, Charles Speth, and Charles Ray, Jr.

On Apr. 12th, 1966, the Cog Wheel carried the news that Bill’s son Bruce had been badly burned in handling a chemistry set. The Oct. 6th Cog Wheel called for Blodd Donors. Today, the acute stage is over, but some recovery problems still exist.

As chairman of the Past President’s Committee, Bill was again a club director for 1967-68. He was also again chairman of the Golf & Bowling Committee. This assignment was repeated for 1969-70, and he continues on the Bowling Team.

Dooley, Charles E. FUneral Directik;.J_ ~ tc 

Joined 1929 Left 1932 Rejoined 1935 C::0t1 ~ l

Charles E. Dooley, 218 North Ave. W. –

The membership of Charles Dooley precedes that of any other in the club and totals 37~ years. He was elected on April 4th, 1929, and inducted on the 18th. For the

year 1931-32 Charles served as Sergeant-at-arms. On the 17th of July, he gave a talk on the history of embalming. During his absence from the club, he attended the Reunion meeting for Ken Martin, on Nov. 1st, 1934. The following Feb. 7th, he was re-instated and re-inducted on Feb 14th, 1935. He has been active continuously since that date.

His 1937-38 year, he was elected as Vice President, was chairman of the Aims and Object~s Committee, the Club Service Committee, and the Program Committee.

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Dooley, Charles (Cont.)

In Sept., on the 23rd, the 1937 picnic was in charge of Charley. The Lions participated in a Soft Ball game after the picnic. A week later, on the 30th the 15th anniversary program was announced. We would not know it now, but in those days Charley sometimes led the singing. On Nov. 11th, 1937, he reported on a Newark meeting that featured R.I. President Maurice

du Parry. He also headed the Christmas Party on Dec. 23rd, 1937, when canned goods were collected for the Welfare Association.

The 15th Anniversary program held on Feb. 17th,

1;t3&-,i”e’a ured ra lock as Toas tmas te r , and J?-ad

//as guests D.G. Charles Philno DG Pete EmmonS’M

,./ Bob Harden, father of the club, and art in, Char-

ter President, as speaker. 105 attended. ~~~as elected president in 1938-39, and chairman of the Aims

and Objects Committee. Charles Dooley, Charles Ray ~ and Gordon Peters were delegates to the May 12th Dis~ trict Conference at Asbury Park, and reported o~o,~thi§

~ir at the meeting of May, 19th.~….-W’a”"s also on t~tbf1S-Rotary Sports Carnival Committee for anr.ar raf.r that was put on April 8th.

As Immediate Past President, Charley was a director for 1939-40. Another Newark dinner was held

Oct. 18th, 1939, this time it honored R.I. President Walter Head, member of the Montclair Club. Charles Dooley was accompanied by Rowland Blythe, Frank Sherlock, Walter Coffee, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, and Sam Hinman. On April 18th, 1940, Charley Dooley was To.astmaster at the Ladies Night.

The Fellowship Committee chairmanship for 1940- 41 was assigned to Charley, and on Dec. 19th, he assisted John Mongan with a Christmas Party. Walter Coffee a Ls or.ae.rved on the Committee. He repeated as chairman of the Fellowship Committee for 1941-42. He served on a Joint Cranford-Westfield Committee to host 17 clubs for a dinner at the Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 30th,194l. Charles Ray and Carl Hanson also served..-,8F.l–thi..s committee which handled 200 Rotarians.

///’ Charleyl’s”d-aughter Carolyn was a winner at a

easure Hunt held”‘~ept. 9th, 194·2. His younger brother Lt. Frank Dooley was among service guests on Dec. 24th, 1942, and again on Nov. 11th, 1943. Frank later joined the Lions of which he is a Past President. The 20th Anniversary of Cranford Rotary was celebrated Feb. 18th, 1943 with Patty Grall in charge, while Charles Dooley, Henry Whipple, Rowland Blythe and Nelson Kling

ssisted.

” Charley served as Auctioneer for a Red Cross

Drive Sale that netted $40 on Mar. 25th, 1943. Charley Ray, Walter Coffee, and John Cron assisted. For 1946- 47, he was chairman of the Membership Committee. At the Rotary Riot Show, Nov. 6th, 1947, Charley was one of the soloists. The 25th Anniversary Committee, under Charles Ray, included Charles Dooley. This was celebrated Apr. 1, 1948. He was chairman of the Past President’s Committee for 194.8-49. On Apr. 20th. 1950

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Charles headed the Classification Committee for

1950-51. He als~ved under Ed Cpe on the Civil DefenSB _Qouncil, and be6ame a director of the Boys Camp in 1951. He-wa~l~sted twice in 1953 as leading the singing. He was back on Classification for 1954-55, then Membership for 1956-57, and again on Classification for 1958-59.

Ed Coe, Patty Grall, Henry Feil and Charles Dooley all attended the District Institute Sept. 22, 1958, at the Pines in Metuchen.

As chairman of the Past President’s Committee, he became a director for 1959-60. On July 13, 1961, on the death of Wes Stanger, Charlie for a time served as the Club Historian. For 1964-65, he was chairman of the Membership Committee again, and as such appeared under

Bob Dennis on a Club Service Forum Program. :D Currently, Charlie has maintained perfect attendance for 23 years. He is the father of two sons and a daughter; Charles, Jr. is a practising physician.

DOREMUS, J. FRANK, (Charter)

Joined 1923 Left 1924

Doremus’s 11 Eastman St.

Rejoined 1924

Retail Grocer Left 1931

Frank Doremus, as a charter member, is listed on the application card as jOining Feb. 15th, 1923. On May 24th, 1923, he talked on his classification of Groceries. For a very short time he yielded his membership, from Jan. 28th, 1924, until Feb. 18th, 1924. Presumably this was done to protect the club’s attendance record where

he could not make up. The practice seemed to be a fairly frequent one. For 1925-26, Frank was chairman of the Rotary EdUcation committee which was the equivalent of the

present day Rotary Information committee. On June

1st, 1928, he was named Treasurer to succeed John Doyl~ who had died, and continued in this post until his reSignation on May 7th, 1931.

He returned for the 25th Anniversary, April 1, 1948, and again for the 3~h Anniversary Dinner under Charles Hill.

Dorian, Ira D. Appellate Law

Joined 1954

Office’ 15 Alden St.

Ira had a brother and a father who were both members of the Roselle-Roselle Park Rotary Club. He is still a Lieut.-Colonel in the U. S. Air Force Reserves, and serves at McGuire Air Force Base in the Judge Advocate General department. During World War II, he had 3 years of service in India.

He was inducted into Cranford Rotary Nov. 11th, 1954, and his first aSSignment was as chairman of the Interclub Committee. On Jan. 26, 1956, he shared in a forum on Club Activities, under Van Chamberlin, with George Sysekey, Lew Laird, and Ed Smith. On Nov. 15th, 1956, he was named to the Board of Directors to replace Bill Smith who died from a heart attack. He was elected again to the Board for 1957-58 and was rhairman of the Community Service committee.

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r – Ira had served on the Township Committee, and was

re-el~cted on Nov. 7th, 1957. For the Rotary year of 1958-59, he was elected as Treasurer. The Jan. 22nd, 1959 Cog Wheel congratulated Ira’s selection as Mayor, as well as Van Chamberlin on his taking office on the Township Committee. On Jan. 8th, Ira presented a Rotary Plaque to retiring Mayor Brennan.

He was elected as Secretary for 1959-60, and on April 20th, 1959, he and Vince Sarnowski attended the District Assembly at The Pines, in Metuchen. On April 30th, he discussed use of the Grant School Building, vacated by the Junior College, as well as the need for a new municipal building.

For the year 1960-61, Ira was Vice-President and chairman of Club Service. On June 23rd, 1960, the club’s Golf Team was the winner of 2nd place in the District Tournament, held at Deal Country Club. Ira was on the team that included Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy

Mac Bean, Will Lange, Bill Dodds, Patty Grall, Charles Ray,Sr., Carroll Sellers, Buddy Bergen, and Norman Roden. On Oct. 27the, 1960, Ira was one of six giving-Hallowe’en talks.

The District Conference was held at Buck Hill Falls, on Nov. 4·, to 6th, 1960. Ira Dorian, Fletch—Gilpin, and Vince Sarnowski were club delegates. Twenty-one attended the conference. On Dec. 13th, 1960, retiring Mayor Ira Dorian received from the Rotary Club a Silver Bowl in tribute to his six years on the Township Committee. He-was praised by Charles Ray, Robert Watson, George Oster-

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Ira became president of the club for 1961-62. On June 8th, 1961, he was speaker at the laying of the cornerstone of the Cranford Library. He, with Fletch Gilpin–and Patty Grall were delegates again to the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, Nov. 3rd to 5th, 1961. For 1962-63, he was a director of the club as immediate past president, and chairman of the Club Activities committee. On May 22nd, 1963, on the occasion of the 40th Anniver~~-:> sary of the club, George Osterheldt, Van Chamberlin, and Ira Dorian, all Rotarians, were among the mayors of ‘ . Cranford who saluted the club at the dinner.

For 1963-64, Ira was chairman of the Audit committee, and on April 30th, he gave a talk on Law Day. He was chairman of the Membership committee for 1965-66. On Aug. 12th, 1965, Ira told the story of Rotary to 9 English visitors here under the Experiment in International Living. He spoke again on Nov. 4th on the Prerequisites for Rotary Membership, along with Bill Dodds and Bob Longaker. On Jan. 24th, 1966, he assisted in the formation of the Garwood Rotary Club, serving

on the Joint Cranford-Westfield committee, with Art Burditt, Charles Ray, Sr., Lew Laird, and Ace Corbin.

On Mar. 17th, lq~6, he began service as a junior member of the Joint Civic Committee.

Ira, on June 30th, 1966, was engaged in correspondence with a Japanese Rotary Club that John Manger late!!.’” visited. He also wa~ among Cranford members who attended the Morristown meeting on Feb. 24th, 1967, that featured R.I. President Rich~rd T._ RV~”R_ n~hp~R wp~p Anp ~n~~1″_

Pharmaceutical Mfg.

un Lne ~11se ~t. ~ploraL1on ~omm1LLee, organ1zea ~eo. 10, 1967. Ira served with Art Burditt, Rev. John Dexheimer, Patty Grall, Van Chamberlin, Malcolm Pringle, and Horace Gorbin to study housing replacements for the row houses destroyed by fire. Malcolm Pringle headed an Emergency Relief Fund Committee, and the two were merged to form the Elise St. Foundation, on Mar. 2, 1967.

Garwood hosted the Joint Westfield-Cranford Organizing Com-

mittee, on Mar. 13th, 1967. the 1st Anniversary of the club’s

formation. Art Burditt, Ace Corbin, Lew Laird, and Charles Ray,

Sr., and Ira were included as guests. He was the Senior Member for Rotary, of the Joint Civic Committee. for 1967-68, and on July 6th, 1967. he was re-elected as President of the Cranford Historical Society.

For 1968-69. Ira chaired the Classification Committee, and talked on the subject on Aug. 7, 1968.

Currently, he has a record of 15 years of perfect attendance.

DOl,T. J. George Linen Supply

Joined 1954 Left 1955

DOt,,’ s Coat, Apron & Towel SUpply. 14 Cranford Terr.

George’s membership in the club was interrupted by serious illness. He was inducted on Nov. 11th, 1954, and was hospitalized May 5th. 1955. The June 2nd Cog Wheel listed him as recuperating

at home, but he sold his business and resigned Dec. 8th, 1955 because of poor health.

*Dowell, Richard C.

Born Oct. 9, 1911 Died Sept. 3rd. 1956

Joined Sept. 1, 1949 Death terminated membership

Johnson & Johnson, Walnut Ave.

Dick Dowell was the second of the J & J managers to belong to Cranford Rotary. He succeeded Gordon Fromm when the latter went to Boston for Post Graduate work. Dick was first a visitor on June 2nd, 1949, and was inducted on Sept. Lst , He gave a biographical sketch on Sept. 29th, 1949. Ae was born in Woodside, Md., attended Yale Univ., then went to Riverside, Ill. when he joined Johnson & Johnson and was assigned to the Chicago plant. He was transferred to Net-l Brunswick in 1948, and in 1949 became man~ger of the Cranford plant. He was a fine golfer and died from a heart attack on a golf course.

In the middle of June. 1950, he had the 10lf,1 score of 81 in a Rotary-Lions golf match. Dick became chairman of the Vocational Service committee for 1950-51. On Nov. 9th, 1950, he became the champion golfer of the Cranford club. He received from Sam Hinman, the Breen Golf Trophy on Apr. 5th, 1951.

On Apr. 26th, 1951, Dick talked to the club on the Hoover Commission report. The follol,Jing June 5th, he presented 15

juniors and seniors from the high school with their reports on Vocational Day experiences. The Cog l~eel of that date also listed him as a member of the Rotary Bowling Team. Paired with Walter Coffee on June 22nd, 1951, he was a winner in Lions-Rotary Golf.

Dowell (Cont.)

Harold Wilson present~ a skit on Vocational Service on Sept. 9th, 1951. Dick Dowell, Pete Clark and Sam Stein participated. On Feb. 14th, 1952, Dick talked to the club on Labor-Management Relations. He was chairman of the Cog Wheel committee for 1952-53 and of the Magazine committee for 1954-55.

On June 19th, 1953, he was again paired with Walter Coffee, but this time lost in the Lions-Rotary Golf

match. June 7th, 1955, he was a winner in the annual

golf match, and in July 14th, 1955, he was on the team

that won the Frank Scott Golf Trophy. Others were Will Lange, Howard Siegel, and Walter Coffee.

His last Rotary competition was on July 10th, 1956 when he was low scorer on the winning team at Union County Golf. He had a 79, Cory Kammler an 84, and Walter Coffee and Howard Siegel each had 86.

The Rotary club as usual conducted a memorial service at the funeral h9me

*DOYLE, JOHN (Charter) Plumbing Contractor

Born about 1871 Died Apr. 21, 1928

Joined 1923 Death terminated membership

Shop at 7 North Union Ave.

John’s membership card carried the usual date of Feb. 15th, 1923. His first mention in the records is as one of eight swimming meet judges on Sept. 18, 1924.

On Apr. 23rd, 1925, he was elected a “Trustee.” The club attended his housewarming on Mar. 11, 1927.

For 1925-26, John was chairman of the Business Methods Committee, equivalent to Vocational Service, and for 1928-29, he was elected as. Treasurer on Apr. 13th, one week before he died. On Apr. 26th, 1928, a silent prayer commemorated his death, at the meeting.

His widow told how Sam Hinman visited the Doyles one Sunday evening to review prospective members, and that it was John Doyle who suggested Jim Perkins to represent the medical profession. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle were among the founders of St. Elizabeth Hospital. She died Jan. 15th, 1961 at the age of 88.

Dreyer, Jr., Henry Truck Farming

Joined 1923 Left 1923

Dreyer Farms, Springfield Ave.

The sole mention in the records of Henry Dreyer is that he wore a Plug Ha.t as the Baby Rotarian at his induction on June 21st, 1923. He left Nov. 15th, 1923.

Duryee, John M. Tax Assessor

Joined 1969

Municipa.l Bldg.

John, one of our newest members, was inducted June 26th, 1969. He gra.duated from Cranford High School and spent one year at the Uni v. of Minn. He is on the Board of Directors of the United Fund, and on the Board of

 

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*Ehmling, William A.

 

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Auto Distributor

Joined 1925 Left 1938 Died 1963

Ehmling Bros., North Ave. and Alden st.

Bill Ehmling joined Rotary June 4th, 1925. For 1925-26, he was Sergeant-at-Arms, as well as chairman

of the Publicity committee (Public Information), and of the Auditing Committee. On May 6th he took 25 boys to visit Thatcher Furnace Co. in Garwood. Later in the month, on the 29th, he headed the Industry Program for Boys’ Week. On MOW 21st, 1926, he organized teams to compete in the Roselle-Roselle Park vs. Cranford attendance contest.

He served the 1926-27 year again as Sergeant-at-Arms.

On July 8th, 1927, Bill displayed a mOdel of the proposed R.R. elevation at his show room. On Sept. 16th, 1927, he was on the committee to plan a celebration for the completion of a year of 100% meetings. On Feb. 10th, 1928, he reported on a visit to the Rahway Reformatory, with the objective of later assistance. On Apr. 19th, he stressed a visit by the club to the Reformatory, and on May 3rd, 1928, an entertainment was put on at Rahway.

Bill became a director for 1928-29, and on April 19th, he attended the Bernardsville Charter Night. On the 23rd of April, 1928, he attended the District Conference at Asbury Park. On May 18th, he attended the R.I. Convention at Minneapolis and reported on the sessions, July 26th, 1928~ He was on the Boys’ work committee (Youth Service) for 1928-29.

On Dec. 27th, 1929, he arranged an ambitious program for the Westfield Crippled Children’s Home. The affair was held at the Westfield Airport, and Tom Mac Meekin served as the flying Santa Claus. 47 Children attended the affair, and there were about 1200 visitors. Pilot Hilary Watts volunteered free rides for the children. Another entertainment was put on for Rahway Reformatory

on Mar.2, 1929. On the 15th, he outlined plans for a Tri-County Track Meet to be held on June 8th, 1929.

Union, Middlesex and Somerset Counties were involved. Ehmling was committee chairman, Westfield’s Herb Welch was Treasurer, and P.D.G. Matty Mathewson Served as Secretary of the committee. Bill reported on the affair

on June 14th.

Bill was a Director for 1931-32, and Vice-President in 1932-33. He was President for 1933-34. For 1932-33, he

was also Program chairman and on Dec. 30, 1932, he arranged for a Christmas Party for the Club members, at which he served

as M. C. On June 1st, 1933, he attended the R. I. Convention at Boston. Also in 1933, on Nov. 23rd, he arranged an All-County meeting of the clubs at which Cranford won the attendance prize

with 82%. On oct. 11, 1934, Bill ~as in charge 9f aRe-union

meeting that featured Charter Presldent Ken Martln: For 1934-35

he served as a director, being immediate past presldent, and as chairman of the Classification Conunittee. On the 24th of Sept.

1936, he talked to the club on dogs and exhibited four Great Danes which were his specialty. His resignation occurred on Dec. 1st, 1938.

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Einsiedler. Charles S. Drill Bushing Mfg.

Joined 1954 Left 1956 (?)

Accurate Bushing Co. 443 North Ave., Garwood

Charley Elnsiedler sold out his bus t ne as before he could make much of an impression as a Rotarian. He was a guest, Apr.22nd, 1954, and was inducted on Sept. 16th.

He gave a beographical sketch of his career on June 2,1955.·

Eisenberg, Samuel S. Drugs, Retail

Joined 1946

Bell’s Pharmacy, 17 No. Union Ave.

Sam Eisenberg was inducted on Oct. 24th, 1946 and

was among the inductees who talked on their classifications on Dec. 26, 1946. The Bell Pharmacy had been established in 1936, and Sam took it over the same year. He came to Cranford in 1936 to operate the pharmacy. He was a graduate of the Rutgers School of Pharmacy in Newark •. He was elected as President of the Business Association in 1948, and in 1950 served under Ed Coe on the Civil Defense Council, as well as being President of the Union County Pharmaceutical Society. On May 3, 1951, 200 attended a testimonial dinner held at the Flagship, at which his two years in the presidency was recognized with a silver gavel presented by the vice president of the society, Le ona rd Lenzen. later District Governor of Rotary. He has one

son Warren.

Sam was chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1951-52. He and his Rotary Ann attended the District Conference, Oct. 27th, 1953, at Buck Hill Falls. On Feb.13th, 1958, Sam became a director of the Cranford Savings and Loan, as well as a director of Rotary for the year 1959-60, and chairman of the Internatio.nal Service committee. He repeated as a director for 1960-61 and chairman of the Community Service committee. In the mea.ntime, he was reported on Nov. 13th, 1959, as convalescing at the Presbyterian Hospital in Newark.

On Aug. 25th, 1960, Sam was part of a Club Activities program presented by Vince Sarnowski. On Nov. 4th, Mr.

and Mrs. Eisenberg were among 21 who attended the 1960 District Conference at Buck Falls Inn. On Aug. 2nd, 1962, he outlined his travels in Israel. Under Buddy Bergen, he talked about his “Make-Ups” in Tel Aviv, on Oct. 9th, 1969. The Dec. 1st, 1966 Cog Wheel cited his becoming a grandfather,and the Mar. 16, 1967 Cog Wheel called attention

to the fact that he was vacationing in Florida.

Elliott, Henry Weed Organist

Joined 1938 Left 1938

Trinity Episcopal Church, Forest and North AVe.

Henry Elliott was one of the organists from this church that was sponsored by Rev. Frank Sherlock as they were appointed to their pos1tjons. Henry Elliott was inducted on July 21st, 1938. He left Sept. 28th, 1938.

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Heating EqUip. Wholesale

Feil, Henry A.

Joined 1952 Gorton Heating Corp. 105 Walnut Ave. (Old Address)

Henry was born in Wisconsin and started working for!

Gorton Heating Corp., when it was located in New York City, at the age of 14. The firm had been established in 1887. It moved first to Garwood, then in 1931 to Cranford. For many years Henry was office manager, then became an officer in the early thirties. He became president in 1949, on the death of the founder’s son. Glenn Klinefelter, Henry’s son-in-law, Joined the firm and took

over the business when Henry retired in 1969. Henry was honored by associates and friends on Dec. 8, 1966, on the completion of 50 years with the firm.

He was inducted into Rotary at a Picnic at Ed Coets on July 24th, 1952. He Was appointed as Cog Wheel Committee chairman for the 1954-55 year, and again for the 1958-59 year. During 1957-58, he was chairman of the Attendance Committee. Henry showed films on Porto Rico

on May 15th, 1958. During 1960-61, he was Attendance Committee chairman. On Mar. 9th. 1961, he participated in

a Classification program with Larry Tabelman and Charles Hill, under Bob Crane, Jr. His 1961-62 assignment was the Luncheon Committee. He repeated as chairman of the committee for 1963-64.

On Nov. 9th, 1961, Henry talked to the club on his trip to Sweden, On Sept. 19th. 1963, the subject was his travels through SWitzerland and So. Germany. Other trave~ had been outlined on Aug. 2nd, 1962. During 1965-66, he Was Ass’t Sergeant-at-Arms as well as chairman of the Public Information committee. His next assignment was the Rotary Foundation committee. The Cog Wheel for Mar. 16th, 1967. pointed out that Henry was spending a vacation in Florida.

For 1967-68, He.nry was chairman of the Classification committee, and as such, he appeared on a Club Service forum on Oct. 5th, 1967, under Glenn Klinefelter, with Jack Gilbert, Art Burditt, and Vince Sarnowski. For 1968-69. he was chairman of the Luncheon committee, and for 1969-70, he is chairman of the Audit committee. On Oct. 9th, 1969, he described make-ups in Sweden along

with other travelers in Europe, in a program arranged by Buddy Bergen.

*Fischer, Chester O. Meats. Ret.

Born Mar. 16. 1903 Died Nov. 7, 1966

Joined Mar. 22, 1951 Left Mar. 27. 1958

Fischer’s Market. 302 Centennial Ave.

Chet Was born in Orange and came to Cranford to live, about 1946. He operated the market for 30 years before retiring. He served in the marines. He lived in Florida 3 years before his death. After his induction, he gave

a biographical sketch on Apr. 5th, 1951. He introduced the guests on Apr. 15th. 1954. On Dec. 13th, 1956, the Cog Wheel thanked him for his review of the Rotarian. A report on July 21st, 1960, said that he was convalescing at the Veteran’s Hospital in East Orange. He died at

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*Flscher, William A. Pub. Safety, Police

Born Oct. 8, 1895 Died Nov. 5, 1955

Joined 1944 Death (Terminated Membership)

Police Chief, 114 No. Union Ave. (Headquarters)

Bill Fischer was born in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and served 19 mo.in France during W.W.I as a Sergeant. When he returned, he first worked for the Pure Oil Co., then

in 1923 came to Cranford and became a motorcycle patrolman with the Cranford Police Dept. He was made a sergeant on Apr. 1st, 1929, and a lieutenant on Dec. 1st, 1934. It was during this lieutenancy that the writer first met Bill as a speaker on photography to Scout troops with which he was associated. A group of police had formed a Scout Committee and sponsored a Scout troop that benefitted from the experience of the commiJitee. ‘ Bill graduated from the N.J. State Police Academy in 1929, and attended Police courses at Rutgers. He and subsequent Cranford Police leaders have been responsible for .Cranford being at the forefront of Police training. Bill became acting chief

of police on May 5th, 1944, and following the death of Carl Massa, was installed as Chief of Police on Sept.

19th, 1944.

He had been a guest of the club, while a lieutenant, on Dec. 2nd, 1943, and again during Youth Week, on Apr. 27th, 1944. He was inducted into Rotary on Oct. 19th, 1944. On Mar. 29th, 1945. Norman Gibbs put on a Quiz program in which Bill partiCipated. For 1947-48, Bill was elected a director. During this period he organized two fishing parties, May 21, and July 2Jrd, 1947. On Sept. 18th, 1947. he succeeded John Cron as Vice-President. He was igain elected to the post for 1948-49. Under Charles Ray, he worked on the 25th Anniversary committee for the dinner held Apr. 1st. 1948. On July 12th, 1948, he attended the District Assembly at -Baltusrol Golf Club at Springfield. It was at this point that Ernie Trubenbach who had just taken office. resigned and Bill then became PreSident and chairman of the Alms and Objects committee.

Misfortune here began to dog Bill’s career. He had

a heart attack on Nov. 10th. 1948 and the Dec. 2nd meeting was recorded as a greeting from the club. He was welcomed back on Dec. 16th, 1948 but remained inactive. He was again a visitor on the 20th of Jan, 1949. but had resigned as PreSident the week before. He was succeeded by Carl Hanson.

Bill continued with some activity in his remaining years. On Apr. 20, 1950, Patty Grall arranged a program in which 11 past presidents, including Bill, told why they chose their particular professions. He talked on the Police Department on Oct. 19th. 1950. On May 7th, 1951. he was appointed to represent Rotary at the organiZation of the First Aid Aquad. He was chairman of the Nominating committee for 1954-55. Bill talked on Rotary International on the 16th of Sept. 1954, and on Jan. 16th. 1955, he talked on the Emergency Police, with Ed Coe and Carl Hanson participating. For 1955-56, he was chariman of the Classification committee. and of the Past Presidents’ committee. He was scheduled to induct the new officers on Julv 1st. lql)l)_ hut n()1l1r’l nnr. “,t:t:”" … ..1 0″‘..1 ‘R1′\’h (“.,.,”"…,’” ,….~ …. “‘I,.,

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Banking

~~Fisher, John E.

Born Died Mar. 22, 1928

Joined Jan. 22, 1924 Left Jan. 12, 1928

Cranford Syndicate (Mortgage Loans)

First National Bank (Union County Trust) Walnut & South Ave.

John Fisher was listed as the president of the First National Bank on Jan. 10th, 1924. This bank later became

a branck of the Union County Trust Co. Following his induction on Jan. 22nd, 1924, the first record of activity

was on Oct. 20th, 1924, when he waS listed as singing comic songs with William Mc Mahon and Lyman Loveland, at a Rotary entertainment. On Nov. 26th, 1924 he became chairman of the Rotary Education (Rotary Information) committee. The following Feb. 12th, 1925, he lr.IaS in charge of a Near East program at which Lawrence B. Mason, a member of the

Township Committee, and later a Rotarian, and Frank R. SWackhamer, tax assessor, and father of Rotarian Farris SWackhamer, were guests. Mar. 12th, 1925, he attended the District Conference at Asbury Park.

John was elected Vice-President of the club for 1925- 26, and on Feb. 8th, 1926, he became Treasurer and a Director of the Boys’ Camp. John became the club’s president for 1926-27 and reported on Apr. 29th on his attendance at the District Conference held Apr. 26th, 1926 at Paterson, N. J. The ~Rrevious week he reported on the pilgrimage to Jamest@~and asked the club for boys books to be donated to the reformatory. On June 24th, 1926, he attended the R.I. Convention at Denver.

On June 29th, 1926, he presented a flag donated by Rotary to the Scouts of the Methodist Episcopal Church, headed by Scoutmaster B.W.F. Randolph, husband of Aurilla Randolph so well known by Rotarians for the luncheon service for many years. On Sept. 24th, 1926, he is noted as having sung My Wild Irish Rose at the meeting. The club received on Nov. 23rd, 1926, commendation from R.I. on four consecutive meetings with 100~ attendance. This later built up to over three years of perfect attendance. Mar. 18th, 1927, a new Historical Society was announced with 108 members. He spoke on Banking on April 15th, 1927.

As immediate past president, John was to serve another year, 1927-28, as a director but with declining health, he resigned Jan. 12th, 1928. Edward Morris reported that John was seriously ill, on Feb. 16th, 1928 and flowers were sent. Following his death, Mar. 22nd, a resolution of sympathy was sent to his family.

Fleming, Bernard Chief, Fire Dept.

Joined 1969

Cranford Fire Department, North Ave.

Bernie was born in Newark and attended Newark schools.

He came to Cranford in 1927, and joined the department as a Call Man, on May 1st, 1937. He served as a sergeant in the air force in the E.T.O., during W.W.II, for 3~ years, then became a paid member of the department Mar. 20th, 1946. On Jan. 1st, 1963, he became Captain, and on Aug. 1st, 1965, became Dept. Chief. On Nov. 27th, 1968, he became Acting Chief. He is a member of the Elks, Firemen’s Club and of the Union County Fire Chiefs and V.F.W.

Roentgenologist Died Feb. 2, 1961 Left 1946

Delicatessen Left May 2. 1940

l”.Llnn, Dr. Clair W., Jr. Orthodontist, Add, Ac t,

Joined 1969

Office, 198 North AVe. E.

Clair Flinn is associated in the office of Herb Paskow. He is another of the 9 who were inducted on Apr. 3rd, 1969. He attended St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark. and Seton Hall Univ. as well as the Univ. of Penna. Dental School.

He was in the Clinical Dentistry section of the army in W.W.II and received the Army Commendation Medal for work

as Chief of the Crown and Bridge Section at Ft. Lee, Va.

For 1969. he was co-chairman of Dental Health Week

in Cranford, chairman of the Republican Campaign Committee, and served on the Joint Civic Committee as a representative of the Jaycees.

i~Foster, Dr. Prank L.

Born July 21, 1895 Joined 1943

Office 320 Springfield Ave.

Frank was born in Lynchburg, Va. He was a veteran of W. W. I, graduated from the Univ. of Va. Medical School

in 1921, came to Cranford in 1923 where he practised for 38 years. He interned at the Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn, and was associated with the Elizabeth General, the Rahway General, and St. Michaels Hospitals. He had one daughter and two step daughters.

His induction was on Dec. 9th. 1943. On Jan. 20th, 1944, he participated in a program on Socialized Medicine with Carl Hanson, Rowland Blythe, and Sam Hinman. On the 8th of Feb. 1945, he shared a program reviewing the Rotarian with Walter Johnston, Ernie Wolford, and Harold Wilson.

His resignation was dated Aug. 31, 1946.

Foust. Rev. Roscoe D. Clergyman

Joined 1933 Left 1933

Trinity Episcopal Church, North & Forest Aves.

Father Foust was inducted April 7th, 1933, and almost before the ink was dry on the bill for his dues, he resigned on Aug. 17th, 1933, when he gave up his post. He is still active in New York City.

Freese, John H.

Joined Jan. 20th. 1938 Store, 12 No. Union Ave.

John’s first assignment was as Sergeant-at-Arms for 1938-39. On Aug. 11, 1938, he announced plans for a Marine Band Concert to be held Sept. 19th. He was chairman

of the Picnic committee which included Abey Caldwell,

Walter Coffee, Tom MacMeekin, and Charles Ray. On Jan. 26th, 1939, he won a Fellowship contest with 37 points

(See Charles Ray). It was noted on May 25th, that John became a U. S. citizen. On Nov. 17th. 1939. he participated in a bowling match with the Lions, that included Carroll Sellers, Mariano Greco, William Reel, Joe Zingales and Charles Ray.

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Freese, John (Cont.)

On May 2nd, 1940, John’s attendance was excused until

Oct. 1st, so that he could take a European trip_ He actually was back, however, in time to play in the Sept. 9th, 1940 Lions-Rotary Burro Baseball game. On the 19th of Sept., he and ~~riano Greco served Roast Beef at the annual Rotary picnic. On l~rch 25th, 1941, he was replaced as chairman of the Auditing committee by Roy Laubenheimer.

On Dec. 3rd, John was a guest as a private from Fort Meado. He also attended the Rounion Picnic held at Union College, June 27th, 1968.

Fromm, H. Gordon

Joined 1946 Left 1949 Pharmaceutical ~lfg.

Johnson & Johnson, walnut Ave.

The first contact between Gordon Fromm and Rotary was on Apr. 12, 1945, when he showed sketches to members of the club, of the new J & J plant. He was inducted on Sept. 19th, 1946 and talked on his classification on Dec. 26th, 1946. On Aug. 28th, 1947, he talked on Human and Social Phases of Industry. On Feb. 26th, 1948, he was one of a group who told their experiences in Rotary. The others were Sam Eisenberg, John Manger, and Roy MacJean. Mar. 25th, 1948, he participated

in a forum on the Industrial Potential of Cranford. His

topic Was on Community Assets.

For 1948-49, Gordon waS chairman of the Vocational Service Committee. He set about organizing a Guidance Program that was scheduled for June 9th. On that date 28 students under Vince Sarnowski, then head of the Guidance Department of the High School, were guests of the club.

In this period, Gordon also announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his job to study Business Management at Harvard, and that his successor would be Richard Dowell, who also became a Rotarian.

Gibbons, David H.

Joined 1969 Motel Mangt.

Cranford Motor Inn, 10 Jackson Ave.

Dave was another of the 9 who were inducted on Apr. 3rd, 1969. He graduated from Jesuit H.S. in Dallas, Texas, and received an engineering degree from Notre Dame Univ. He then went on to Cornell for a Masters in Business Administration.

On Dec. 5th, 1968, Dave was a guest at the Salute to Industry Program. He was inducted Apr. 3rd, 1969, and gave a biographical sketch on Apr. 24th, 1969

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*Gibbs, Norman F. PQb. Park Service

Born Apr. 6th, 1896 Died Apr. 27th, 1951

Joined 1942 Left 1947 (to Kenilworth Rotary)

Rejoined 1948 Left 1949

Norman Gibbs was born in Smithville, N.J., near Mt. Hope.

He was once with the C.R.R. polic~ then in Sept. 1925 he became a I-man po Hce force for the park system. A year later, there were 15 men, and then on Apr. 1, 1941, he was promoted to LieQtenant. July 1st, 1942, he became Captain. He was a residont of Cranford for over 30 years. During Vi.il.I, he was a sergeant in the 29th Cafva”Jry Div.

He was first indQcted into membership on June 25th, 1942.

In Sept. of the same year, on the 3rd, he demonstrated an inhalator and resQscitator to the club. He was next assigned to work with Nels Kling under Rowland Blythe to handle the May 11th, 1943 Ladies Night. He was made Sergeant-at-Arms for 1943-44.

During this period, the Elizabeth General Hospital, with the support of the Elizabeth Rotary Club issued a call for volunteer help. The Cranford club responded and on Ju~ 27, 1943, the Rotary IICrier” reported that Norman Gibbs was donating 24 hours a week to the hospital. For 1944-45, he was made chairman of the Fellowship Committee. On Aug. 10th, 1944, he reported on a Sunday work crew at the Boys’ Camp.

On Mar. 8th, 1945, he was chairman of a Rotary Clothing Drive.

Norman was elected a director for 1945-46. On Mar. 29th, 1945, he conducted a quiz for which Henry ~Jbipple and Bill Fischer were team captains. Another activity that he headed was the May 10th, 1945 Ladies Night in which he had the help of Jack Pillion, Ernie v”olford, Joe Minton, and Carl Hanson. On Nov. 1, 1945, he headed a committee that included Bob Crane Jr. and John Cron, to prepare gift boxes for the Camp Kilmer Hospital. He was also on a joint Lions-Rotary committee that handled a Scrap Paper Drive on Mar. 3rd, 1946.

For 1946-47, Norman was nomina ted as Treasurer of the club, but by the consent of the ‘club, and the desire of John Cron, they switched nominations so that John Cron could continue as Treasurer, and Norman serve immediately as

Secre ta ry • IVbe n the nomina tions for the following year rolled around, Norman was disappointed to find that he was being passed over, and John waS being nominated for VicePresident, as he would have been without the switch. Norman resigned Mar. 20th, 1947 and joined the Kenilworth Club. He was re-inducted Feb. 26th, 1948, and continued his membership until Nov. 30th, 1949.

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Gilbert, John G. Finance, Trust

Joined 1966 Left 1970

Union County Trust Co., 100 South Ave., E.

John Gilbert is a product of the Summit School system, and still a resident of Summit. He is treasurer of the Sunmlit Animal “lelfare League. He is also a past president and member of the executive committee of the N.J. State Safe Deposit Association, and a Sacy-Treas. of Union County

Trust Co.

He was inducted into the club on Octn 20th, 1966, and served as chairman of the Fellowship Committee, as well as Sergeant-at-Arms for 1967-68. During the 1967 United Fund campaign, he was in charge of the Commercial drive. He worked with Glenn Klinefelter, then club secretary on a Rotary Ann Luncheon for Oct. 5th, 1967. He was hospitalized at Overlook, in Summit, from Jan. 15th, 1968, with a

broken leg, and’we Lcomed back on Mar. 28th, after 2l months. For 1968-69, he was chairman of the Program Committee. On Sept. 5th, 1968, he participated in a Club Service program under Nels Lightcap. Others sharing in the program were Lew Laird, Vince Sarnowski, Ron Sobe1son, Tow Sordill. and Art Burditt. He resigned from the club, Jan. 15th, 1970.

Gillette, Charles F. Gen. Insurance

Joined 1969

Kohler-MacBean Agency, 126 South Ave., E.

Charles Gillette came from Narrowsburg, N.Y. He attended high school there, and received a B.S. in Insurance from

the Univ. of Conn. He is a resident of ‘iYiorristown, N. J. , where he belongs to the Jaycees. He has been Jaycee of the Month. He was inducted on Apr. 3rd, 1969, in the class of 9. On Apr. 17th, he gave a biographical sketch. For 1969-70, he was Ass’t Sergeant-a.t-Arms with George Jugan.

Gilpin, Dr. Fletcher Surgery

Joined 1950

Office – 118 North Ave., ,I.

Fletch is a native of Cranford and was inducted on Feb. 23rd, 1950. On Mar. 2Jrd, he gave a biographical sketch. He served on the Civil Defense Council under Ed Coe, as reported on Nov. 16th, 1950, then was chairman of the Nurse’s Scholarship Cow~ittee for two years, 1955-56, and 1956-57.

He was elected a director for 1957-58 and was chairman of the Vocational Service Committee. Re-elected in 1958-59, he was chairman of the International Service Committee. On Apr. 16th, 1959, he was put on a proa”‘a.lll in which letters from foreign clubs were read as r”"”-c, of the Ttlt_Ell”ua ti<>n.\ll Exchange of corresponden<””.

For 19Y.1-60, Fletch was club treasurer, and the following

_ year he was club secretarY. He a ttended the District Assembly .a t the Pines in Metuchen on Apr. 25th, 1960, and the District ‘Institu,ue with Tow Sordill at the same location on Sept. 19th,

1960.

 

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Gilpin, Fletch (Cont.)

Fletch was a delegate to the District Conference. vlith

Ira Dorian and Vince Sarnowski. There were 21 from Cranford who journeyed to Juck Hill Falls, Nov. 4th and 5th. 1960. For 1961-62, as Vice-President, he was chairman of Club Service, and chaired a Club Service Program on Aug. lOth, 1961. He

‘was again a delegate to the District Conference, again at Buck Hill Fa 11s, Nove. Jrd and 4th t this tiwe wi th Ira Dorian and Patty Grall.

Another Club Service Program was held on Jan. 18, 1962.

For 1962~6J, he was club president and during his year, the 40th Anniversary program was held under the chairmanship of Glenn Klinefelter, May 22nd, 196J, As Immediate Past President, he was chairman of the Club Activities Committee in 196J-64, and again a director. On Ju~ 18th, 1963. he presented a Club Activities Progralii with HOi<Jard Siegel, Horris Siegel, Norman Roden, Nelson Lightcap, Buddy dergen and

Ralpb lVIurphy, all participating •.. On Sept. 19th, 196J, Fletch told about his “lvIake-Ups” in Toronto and in HuntSVille, Onto on a vacation program.

Fletch was hospitalized with a heart attack, at the shore, on June 15th, 1966, and returned hOllie July 28th for convalescence.

Fletch’s son Richard is married and residing in Concord, Calif. Hie mother-in-law, and father-in-law were residents of Port Hope, Ont., and the father-in-law, ~-J.J.B. Davison, occasionally made up at the Cranford club.

Grall, Patrick J.

Joined 1938

Office, IVlunicipal Bldg.

Patty graduated from Battin High School in Elizabeth, in

1924, and almost immediatelYfhe-c~me to Cranford to be an~ engJn~ ~s;stant on July 1st, 1924. He attended Newa “Tech” 5 nights a week to further-his education and obtained a State Surveyor’s license in 1929. He was an assistant engineer under D.C. Newman Collins, from Jan. 1st, 1933. He received his N.J. Professional Engineer’s license in 1944. Oct. 1st, 1947, he became Township Engineer. In 1962, his title became Public .forks Planning Director and Co-ordinator.

On June 24, 1954, a Testimonial Dinner waS given for Patty, at the Chi Am Chateau in recognition of his 30 y\ars of service to Cranford. In 1964, the then Mayor Kirwin presented him with a 40-year pin. Patty is the father of 4 daughters and 2 sons.

He was inducted into the Cranford club on April 21st, 1938 and his is now the third longest membership in the club, exceeded only by Charles Ray and Charles Dooley. For 1938-39, he was assistant Sergeant.-at-Arms. The following year, 1939-40, he was made the Sergeant.-at-Arrns.. Immediately Patty found himself involved in basketball for the youth of the connnu9.ity. …. -”_No;v … ..2~.b.f, .1938, he waS made Secy-Treas. of the

,/J).ful,ucipa 1 Basketball Leagu:e;Oti-’mr-;~T-1.9-J.9.,..Jl~~~~,~ed

to the club on the operation of the league, and on Apr. 3ot;hf~

l~s. Grall received a present in recognition of Patty’s ‘\

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Grall, Patty (Cont.)

On Oct. 18th, 1939, he attended a Newark Testimonial Dinner to R.I. President :,valter Head, with Rowland Blythe, Frank Sherlock, dalter Coffee, Charles Dooley, Charles Ray, and

Sam Hinman. The Nov. 21, 1939 Rotary ilCrier” said that

Patty Grall and Charles Ray were meeting with boys to organize the second season of the Basketball League. Patty and ,valter Coffee were congratulatod on the League, on Mar. 28, 1940.

Patty was again Sergeant-at-Arms during the 1940-41 year, and also ch~irman of the Youth Servico Committeo. It was noted on July 18th, 1940, that he was returning from Renfrew, Onto This was the home of his wife. The following week, he was among the members visiting the 30ys’ Campt. He next handled the annual Halloween Parade •. On Mar. 27th, 1941, he became a director, filling out the unexpired term of Ken Albridge who had joined the Ordnance Department. He was elected as director for the 1941-42 term, as well as being chairman of the Youth Service Committee for that year. He was in charge of youth week which ran from Apr. 27th to May 3rd, assisted by John Mongon, ~vin Britton, Jr •• Charles Skillman, John Theisz, and John Pleasants. At a 30ys’ Camp meeting on July 24th, 1941, he and Carl Hanson were horseshoe champs. Patty was thanked by the club on Aug. 25th, 1941 for providing transportation of boys to the camp during the summer.

On Ju~ 31st, 1941, Patty was chairrr~n of a joint LionsRotary drive for the USO. Another joint affair WaS a movie on Oct. 2nd and 3rd, for which he had charge of the ticket sales. For Halloween, 1941, Patty was assisted by l.vade Poston for the 2nd Annual Parade and for costume awards. On Jan. 29th, 1942, he spoke to the club on the subject of Civil Engineering. Patty, Frank Sherlock and Abbey Caldwell, attended the R.I. Convention at Toronto, and Patty reported on the trip on July 9th, 1942.

For the year 1942-43, Patty WaS Vice-President, chairman of the Program Committee, and of the Club Service. He was again in charge of the Youth “veek Program for Apr. 26th to May 2nd, 1942. On Apr. 23rd, he conducted a Humorous Quiz. The annual picnic was held on Sept. 9th, 1942, at the home

of Bill Reel, with Patty in charge. John Cron and Mariano Greco served supper. Carl Hanson entertained with sleight of hand, Carroll Sellers led singing, the orchestra was directed by Katherine Albert, daughter of Rotarian Tom Albert. ~Vinners in games were: Mrs. Reel, bean guessing; Bruce ~~cClarYI Joan Greco, and Mary Lib Coffee, darts; Bruce 1\~acClary, Carolyn Dooley, and Mary Lib Coffee, treasure hunt; and David MacClary, Nancy Greco, and Ted Lange, Jr., bean bag toss. Table Tennis was won ty David MacClary, Doris Lange, and Dan Caruso. On Sept. 24th, 1942, Corporal Eugene Grall USMC, was a .gues t of his brother Patty.

Patty was chairman of the 20th Anniversary Committee which

.: inc luded Henry ~Jhipple, Row land Blythe, Char las Doo ley, and Nelson Kling. The celebration was held on the 18th of Feb., 1943. His year as President was 1943-44, and with ,-lin Britton Jr., he WaS a delegate to the District Conference, Apr. 12th,

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Grall, Patty (Cont.) With Harold Wilson, he attended a District Assembly June 30th at the Westfield YMCA. The “Crier” for July 27th, credited Patty with 6 hours per week as a volunteer at the Elizabeth General Hospital. Gordon Peters and Patty took a Canadian vacation on Sept. 9, 1943. The “Crier” next came up with the news that Patty was the father of a baby boy, in the issue for Nov. 30th,1943. Patty won a quiz contest on Dec. 9th, then on Dec.24th 1943, Tom Grall played the cornet at a Rotary luncheon to Service men. His solo was the “Marine Hymn.1t

The 21st Anniversary of the club was observed on Feb. 10, 1944, with Patty as Toastmaster. For 1944- 45, he served as a director, as immediate past president, and was chairman again of the Youth Service Committee. On Nov. 30, 1944, he announced the formation of the 3rd annual Basketball League. Later he reported 74 boys in the league. It was also announced on the same date, that he would work with Bob Crane, Jr. and Walter Coffee on a joint LionS-Rotary Football dinner. At this meeting on Nov. 30, Charles Ray, Bill Willsey, Henry Whipple, and Pat gave the club the high spots of their terms in office. Patty’s brother Eugene was again a guest on Jan. 11th, 1945. -

Patty arranged a dinner on Apr. 25, for the Municipal Basketball League members. youth Week, arranged by him, was held Apr. 23 – 2T. On May 31st, he made the announcement of a Junior-Senior Baseball League. Patty contintted in charge of the youth Service Committee for 1945-46. On Sept. 20, 1945, Bob Crane, Sr., Wade Poston and Patty talked on the river problems. He announced on Dec. 12, 1945, that 150 boys now participated-in the MuniCipal Basketball League. A joint LionS-Rotary dinner for High School Athletes was projected for spring and Patty was appointed on Jan 31, 1946 to head the Rotary delegation to the committee. He conducted the Youth Week Meeting, May 2, 1946, and the day before was in charge of the Youth dinner.

On June 13″ 1946, Patty, Carroll Sellers, Wade .-Poston and Ernie Trubenbach reported on the R.I. -Convention they attended at Atlantic City. For 1946-47, he continued as chairman of Youth Service, and on Sept. 12″ represented the club on the Booster’s Club. In Oct., 1946, the club again sponsored the Halloween Parade and costume judging, with Patty in charge. This was repeated in 1947, as was Patty’s Youth Service assignment i’OI’ 19h7 -48. Youth Week t …. as pre sen t ed in April, and on the 29th, in 19J~8″ Ken MacKay conducteda spelling bee for the youth Town Officials. 200 Atte~ ded the treasure hunt. On July 15th, Patty and Mayor George Osterheldt were thanked by the club for their part in building Memoria1 Field. It was noted on Sept. 30, 1948, that Patty was aSSisting Paul Martens in the Halloween Parade plans.

Patty attended the R.I. Convention in N.Y.C., and was made chairman of the ClaSSification committee for 1949-50. On Dec. 22, 1949, Eugene Grall soloed at the Christmas Party. According to the Apr. 25, 1950 Cog Wheel, Patty was one o~ l~ n~~n~n~A R~~~~~~~~ n~ ~~~

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of another Past President’s program, Apt. 20th, on why they chose their professions. Eleven participated, including Rowland Blythe, Win Britton, Jr., Walter Coffee, Charles Dooley, Patty, Carl Hanson, Bill Fisher, Charles Ray, Carroll Sellers, Bill Willsey, and Harold Wilson.

On Mar. 22, 1951, Patty accompanied 10 players from the Municipal Basketball League to a Tournament sponsored by the Rome, N.Y. Rotary Club. The team won prizes and reached the quarter finals. On June 22nd, Patty was paired with Nels Kling: in a losing match at LionS-Rotary golf. On Aug. 2nd, Cy Perley put on a “What I s My Lf.ne ” panel that included Patty, Charley – Ray, Ken MacKay, and Sam Stein. On Aug. 23rd, he gave a talk

to the club on the Cranford Recreation Committee.

With the death of Gordon Peters, Patty became chairman of the Past PreSidents committee on Jan. 10″ 1952, and continued in that post for the 1952-53 year. In Aug. he was made a Trustee of the Boy’s Camp. On Jan. 22, 1953, he conducted a Past PreSidents Day Program, and on Oct. 23rd, he talked on Efficient Club Operation. He attended the District Conference on Oct. 28th and 29th, 1953, at Buck Hill Falls Inn.

For 1954-55, Patty headed the Fund RaiSing committee, and he worked with the Drama Club to put on “My 3 Angels” on Oct. 22nd and 23rd, with a net profit of $900. On Aug. 12, 1954,

he told the story of the Cranford Club. As a member of the Recreation CommisSion, he talked to the club on the Cranford Facilities, July 28th, 1955. The Oct. 4, 1956 Cog Wheel praised Patty especially for his youth Service work, and had kind words for Walter Coffee, Charles Ray, Vince Sarnowski, and Harold Wilson. On Dec. 13, 1956, a Community Planning Committee was appointed, headed by Van Chamberlin, assisted by Ed Lewis, Bob DenniS, and John Biach. The Mar. 21, 1957 Cog Wheel noted that Patty was named PreSident of the Cranford Boys I Camp.

Patty was back again as chairman of the Youth Service committee for 1957-58. On Feb. 13, 1958, he became Vice-President of the Cranford Savings & Loan. For 1958-59, he was chairman of the Membership committee, and on May 29, 1958, he was in charge of the Youth Week program. Qn_~ept. 22, 1958, Patty attended the District Institute the Pines, with Ed Coe, Charles Dooley, and Henry Feil. t the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, Oct. 23, 1958, w e Mr. & Mrs. Grall, Dr. and Mrs. Coe, and Mr. & Mrs. Burditt. n June 1959, the Gralls and the Coes both entertained guests wh -att ended the R.I. Convention in N.Y,C. On Sept. 4, 1959, it was noted that Patty had become a grandfather. On June 23, 1960, Patty was one of the golfers on the team that won 2nd place in the District

Golf ‘rournament at the Deal Country Club.

It was on Aug. 4, 1960, that the Gralls were hosts to the Rotary Club for a picnic meeting. The writer remembers that a shower forced the members to retreat to the ample front porch of the Grall home. On Oct. 27, 1960, Patty was one of six who gave Halloween talks, and on November 3,1960, he gave a bio~raphical sketch. He ·.led a special tribute to Mayor Ira Dorian (Rotarian) on Dec. 15, 1960, on the completion of his term in office. Others partiCipating were Charles Ray, Bob Watson, George Osterheldt, and Rod Smith. Ira was succeeded by Van Chamberlin.

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Gra11~ Patty (Cont.)

For 1961-62, Patty again served on the Board of Directors as chairman of the Past Presidents committee. Fletch Gilpin, Ira Dorian and Patty were delegates to the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls~ Nov. 3rd – 5th~ 1961. For the Dec. 28th, 1961 program~ Patty was chairman of the club’s tribute to retiring Mayor Van Chamberlin. On June 14, 1962~ both Patty Grall and Howard Siegel were honored, Patty for Community Service in particular, and Howard Siegel for his work on Cranford Days pt’ograms.

Patty was chairman of the Fund Raising committee for 1962- 63. On Sept. 13, 1962, he put on a tribute program to retiring coach Seth Weekly that was memorable. The Fund Raising project for the year was a Drama Club I?resentation of “Edward My Son” on Nov. 15, 1962, that netted ~529.00. A program on Fellowship was arranged for Jan. 3, 1963, in which he presented Ken MacKay, Vince Sarnowski, Howard Siegel and Howard Cowperthwaite.

On Feb. 24, 1967, Patty was one of a delegation from Cranford that attended an intercity meeting at Morristown that featured R.I. President Richard L. Evans. Others were Ace Corbin, Ed Lewis, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Rod Smith, Ken MacKay and

Mr. & Mrs. Art Burditt.

Another 1967 activity was service on the Elise St. Exploration Committee, following the January fire, which developed Mar. 2nd, into the Elise St. Foundation. At the Dec. 14, 1967 meeting, Frank Dooley, the speaker, praised Patty’s service to the Cranford Boys’ Camp.

His assignment for 1969-70, was as chairman of the Membership committee. On Sept. 4, 1969, Patty was awarded his pin for 31 years of perfect attendance.

In looking over this record of service to club and to community, one can only wonder at the drive that made it possible for a single individual to accomplish so much. It is a real demonstration that individual initiative is the factor

that makes a successful Rotarian, and that individual initiative is the basis of the successful club. The writer knows of no one in the district that can surpass the accomplishments of Patty Grall.

*Gray, William N. Funeral Director

Joined June 30th, 1932 Death, July 29, 1932

Proprietor Gray Inc., 106 Union Ave. N.

At the time of his election to the club, William Gray was cited as the oldest member of the club, but his membership extended for only one month. A grandson, Fred H. Gray, Jr.,

is still associated with the bUSiness, and a member and past president of Cranford Kiwanis.

The 1899 Telephone Directory, Cranford’s first, carried an ad for Gray’s. It says, “When you want new window shades, brass or wood curtain poles, stair pads or carpet linings, just let us give you an estimate. We know we can beat New York prices. Card tables and folding chairs to rent.”

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Greco, Mariano Meats, Retail

Joined 1939 Left 1948

High Grade Market, 6 No. Union Ave.

Mariano was inducted on May 1st, 1939, and became one of the club’s ‘bowling team. On Nov. 17, 1939, he participated in a Lion~-R0tary Bowling match. The team included Joe Zingales, Carroll Sellers, William Reel, Charles Ray and John Freese. On July 25, 1940, he was one of the members visiting the Boys’ Camp. On Sept. 9th, he played in the Lions-Rotary Burro Baseball game. On Sept. 19, 1940, he and John Freese served a Roast Beef supper at the annual picnic.

On Aug. 6th, and Sept. 9th, 1942. picnics, he and John Cron served meals. At the latter picnic. Joan Creco won at Darts,

and Nancy Greco won the Bean Bag Toss. Mariano’s brother, Rober~ on leave from the Navy, was a guest on July 22, 1943. Oct. 6, 1943, he and Joe Caruso served a Spaghetti Dinner at the Casino. About 50 attended the dinner. Mrs. Greco was thanked for her work.

Private John Greco was a guest at the Dec. 24, 1943 lunch for service men. Robert Greco returned as a guest on Mar. 1, 1945.

Mariano was elected as director for 1948-49, but reSigned on Dec. 1, 1948, and moved to Florida. On July 8, 1954, he revisited the club.

Gross, Isidor M. Elect. Equip.

Joined 1966

Multi-Amp Corp., 61 Myrtle St.

Ike Gross was inducted Feb. 10, 1966 and since that event, has been an active contributor of service to the community. On Nov. 3, 1966, he wrote a f~ne Cog Wheel on the subject

“Oonf’e sat ons of a Non-Joiner.”

He originally came from New York and its schools. On Nov. 17, 1966, he became President of the Chamber of Commerce in Cranford, and was re-elected on Nov. 22, 1967. He is also a Past President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and in 1967 became one of 16 selected for membership of the Executive Committee of the Electrification Council.

On Jan. 12, 1967, he presented a Multi-Amp program on Electrical protection. On Aug. 8th, it was announced that he would serve on the Industry drive of the United Fund. He served as M.C. at the Salute to Industry program on Dec. 5, 1968.

Another program on Electrical Safety Checks was presented on Feb. 6, 1969. On May 1, 1969, he reported his experiences on a trip to Israel, in the Cog Wheel.

Ike and Daisy Gross have one daughter.

-(UReal Estate Agency Died Sept. 4, 1963 Left 1962

Pediatrics Honorary Feb. 1962 to Dec. 1966

*Guker, Joseph J.

Born August 2, 1892 Joined 1946

Office 116 North Avenue, West

Joe was inducted on Sept. 19, 1946, and was one of a group of inductees who talked on their classifications on Dec. 26th, 1946. He was welcomed back on Mar. 27, 1952, after illness and was elected a director for 1953-54, and served as chairman of the International Service committee.

He resigned on Sept. 20, 1962, when he retired to Silverton N.J., near Toms River, where he died a year later. He was a past president of the Cranford Real Estate Board.

Hanson, Dr. Carl G.

Joined April 11, 1940 Reactivated Dec. 1, 1966 Office 38 Springfield Ave.

Carl was born in Brunswick, Minn., and attended the University of Minn. for three degrees, including M.D. He was a food chemist for four years, from 1927 to 1931, and later a medical advisor to Du Pont. In between times, he picked up Sleight of Hand which he has used frequently to entertain Rotarians and their guests. He has one daughter, and a son, Kurt.

Following his induction, Carl made a trip back to Minnesota and was welcomed on his return, July 18, 1940. His first assignment was the arrangements for Ladies Night, held on May 7, 1941. He was assisted by John Cron, Bill Reel and Walter Coffee. Carl was chairman of the International Service committee for 1941-42. The club visited the Boys’ Camp on July 24, 1942, where Carl

and Patty Grall were Horseshoe Champs. It was noted on July 17, 1941, that Carl was back from a visit to Minnesota and Wisconsin. An InterCity meeting of 17 clubs with 200 in attendance was

held at Shackamaxon Country Club on Oct. 25, 1941 at 7P.M.,

with Westfield and Cranford co-operating. Carl Hanson, Charles Ray and Charles Dooley served on the Joint Committee for Arrangements.

For 1942-43, he was elected a director, and on July 2, 1942 he was welcomed back after a 3-week vacation. In the meantime he was delegated to work with Bill Willsey and Win Britton, Jr., on a Blood Bank organization. On Aug. 27, 1942, the club adopted his plan for Club Bond purchases. He worked with John Cron and Carroll Sellers to boost their sale. On Sept. 9th, he entertained with Sleight of Hand at the club’s family picnic. Carl became a member of the Cranford Defense Council on Sept. 22, 1942, and on Dec. 3rd, became chairman of the Medical Unit.

Carl was re-elected as a director for 1943-44. On the 19th of August, 1943, Walter Johnston, Henry Whipple and Carl talked on their professions. After another of his annual vacations, he was welcomed back on Sept. 9th. Rowland Blythe and Carl Hanson talked on Public Health on the 4th of Nov., 1943. This program was followed by another on the Wagner-Murray-Dingle bill on Socialized Medicine, in which Gordon Peters also participated.

Hanson, Carl (Cont.)

Socialized Medicine was again a topic on Jan. 20th, 1944, when Carl Hanson. and Rowland Blythe were joined by Sam Hinman and Frank Foster. A Ladies Night was held May 11th, 1944 at the Park Hotel in Plainfield with Carroll Sellers in charge, and Carl assisting.

Carl was chairman of the International Service committee for 1944-45. Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Sherlock and Mrs. Trubenbach were guests of the club on Dec. 7th, 1944. The 1945 Ladies Night was again held on May 10th at Plainfield, with Norman Gibbs in charge, assisted by Jack Pillion, Ernie Wolford, and Joe Minton, as well as C9rl Hanson.

He continued ·9S a director for 1947-48, and participated in a forum on Heart Disease with Gordon Peters, and ROL11and Blythe. He W9.S scheduled to be a director for the year 1948-49, but with the resignations of both Ernie Trubenbech, and Bill Fisher, Carl was called on to fill in the second half of the year as President of the club. As immediate past president, he served again as 3 director for 1949-50.

Bob Crane, Jr., led a delegation that included Carl H:mson “”nd Stan Metc Clary to the 1949 R. I. Convention in

N. Y. C. Alternate delegettes were H8.rold Wilson, S9m Hinm’3.n and Charles Ray. Carl was also a delegate to the May 5th and 6th, 1949 District Conference at Asbury Park, with Bob Crane Jr., and Cy Perley. He reported on the conference with Stan Mac Clary, and Bob Crane, Jr., on M2Y 19th, 1949. PCltty Grall had the Apr. 20th, 1950 program in which Carl was

one of 11 past presidents who told why they chose their profession. On that date, also, it was noted that Carl

had become the father of 8. girl. CSlr1 was one of 10 who attended the District Conference at’Asbury Part, May 11, 1950. He W:1S cha t rman of the Membership committee for 1950-51..

Carl was reported on Apr. 20th, 1950, 9S President of the Cranfor-Garwood-Kenilworth Blood Donors, Inc., and

on Nov. 16th, ns ‘l member of the Civil Defense Council under Ed Coe. Mny 3rd, 1951, he W8.S President of the Union County Pediatric Society. On Apr. 17th, 1952, it was reported thnt Carl was the fSlther of his second child, ’3. son. The annua L Lad i es Night was held at the Chi-Am Chati3U, with 100 in attendance, on Apr. 25th, 1952. with Cgrl 8S ch2irm~n.

For 1953-54, Cnrl served ~s chnirm’1n of the Nurse’s Schol-:trship committee. On Sept. 24th, 1953, he begstn working with l~’llter Coffee on Lnc r-ea.s Lng the effectiveness of the Guidsmce pr-ogr-am a t the high school. It was reported on Dec. 31st, 1953, that Carl was on the advisory board of the Union County Unit of the N. J. Associstion for Retarded Children.

J3n. 6th, 1955, Carl talked on the reorganization

of Civil Defense, with Bill Fischer and Ed Coe, p8rtlcipating. The Mar. 24th, 1955, Cog Wheel reported that Carl was working with Ed Smith on High School Ou l d.anc e for 1955- 56, he W3S chnirr:t9.n of the Vocational Guidance committee,

as well ::::LS the Nominating Com~ittee. He continued working on gu Ldnric e and on May 2nd, 1957, he presented ,’?!, GuidAnce program with Ed Lewis participating. He was chairman of the

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Steam Engineer Left 10/30/29

Cleaning Compound Mfg.

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Hanson, Carl- (‘Cont ~ ).

On May 16th, 1957, it was reported that Carl had been hospitalized for surgery. About 1961, he was made Head Pediatrician at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. and this position made regular attendance difficult for him. As a result, on Feb. 15th, 1962. he was made an Honorary member. At a Christmas party held Dec. 26th, 1963, Carl entertained

32 children with Sleight of Hand. He retired from his Muhlenberg Hospital assignment, and went back to active status on Dec. 1st, 1966. On Oct. 12, 1967. Carl showed slides taken on a trip through Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, revisiting in Sweden, the home of ‘his folks.

*Harmour. George

Joined Dec. 1924(?) June 1. 1928(?) P. S. Elec. & Gas Co., South Ave.

The original file card on George Harmour carries both membership dates, without making clear why. It is evident, from his record. that he was active from the earlier date. because on May 27th, 1925. he attended the Rotary Day Trek to Jamesburg, and for 1926-27, he was chairman of the Fellowship committee. On Aug. 6th, 1926, he gave a humerour talk on Why Bachelors Should Marry. During Boys’

Week, starting Apr. 29th, 1927. he was in charge of the Industrial Day, which was Tuesday. July 19th, 1928, he

was among the members who visited the Boys’ Camp. After his resignation on Oct. 30th, 1929. he was a visitor to the club on July 7th, 1931. On Oct. 30th, 1931, the club received his thanks for flowers that had been sent to him during hospitalization.

Harney, John M.

Joined 1946 Left 1954

Harco Chemical Co. 338 North Ave. E.

John was the father of two sons who were associated with him in the business, and succeeded him when he retired to Ocale, Fla., Nov. 1st, 1962. John, Jr. became a Kiwanian, while Robert followed his father into Rotary. The bUsiness was founded in 1934, and moved to Cranford in 1945.

He was inducted into Rotary on Sept. 19th, 1946,

and he talked on his classification on Dec. 26th, 1946.

He was made chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1948-49. On Oct. 2nd, 1948, he announced that the fund raising project would be a professional group to present “Rotary Revels of 1948″. Bob Corbin was business manager. and the project netted $1,000. John, Jr., became secretary of the New Kiwanis Club on Feb. 24th, 1949.

On May 19th, 1949. he presented the club with the trophy won for high team score in the District Bowling League. He was made chairman of the Interclub committee for 1949-50. Continuing on the bowling team, he was made chairman of the Athletic C(‘)lUUl~1;;.too for 1951-52. On Aug. 23rd, 1951, he announced the club golf touruaUlcntv There 1s no further record of his activity until his resignation May 20th, 1954.

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Harney. Robert V. C’Le arrl ng , Cmpd , r1fg. Add. Ac t ..

Joined 1948 Left 1953

Harco Chem.ical Co., 338 North Ave. E.

Bob Harney. son of John M. Harney, followed his father into Rotary on Apr. 22nd, 1948. He was made chairman of the Athletic committee for 1949-50. On AUg. 4th, 1949, he gave a biographical sketch. He next was chairman of the Attendance committee for 1950-51.

On Dec. 14th, 1950, he was congratulated on his recent marriage and received a savings bond and flowers from the club. He, as well as his father, was a valued member of the Bowling team. He resigned on July 16th, 1953, a year before his father.

HartiNg, Richard Paint & Paper, Ret.

Joined 1952 Left 1958

Johnston Paint Shop, 101 No. Union Ave.

Dick Harting was, himself, a painter and decorator for 25 years before he took over the Johnston Paint Store about 1947. when l,Jalter Johnston retired. He was inducted on July 24th, 1952. at a picnic meeting held at the home of Ed Coe. His wife assisted in the store and he maintained good attendance. He was a constant companion of Dr. Howard Wingert who died of lung cancer Dec. 23rd, 1956. He continued his membership for a little over a year after Howard’s death, but part of

the incentive was gone. Illness of his wife complicated his attendance about this time and he resigned on May 20th, 1958.

*Hathaway, William G. Drugs, Retail

Born July 25. 1874 Died Feb. 11th, 1967

Joined June 27. 1929 Left July 4th, 1936

Apollo Drug Store, 22 North Ave W.

Bill Hathaway was born in Wilkes Barre, Pat and

worked in a store in Carbondale. Pa. before moving to

New Jersey. He worked in a drug store in Boonton, N.J •• while studying at the New York College of Pharmacy from which.he graduated in 1901. He operated a pharmacy in Westfield. for 5 years, and was a member of the Westfield Rotary Club. He bought the Apollo Pharmacy in 1929. and was inducted into the Cranford Club on June 27th. 1929.

He was made a director of the club for 1930-31. and was chairman of the Auditing commi ttee as well. He was reported on Sept. 29th, 1932. as recuperating from an operation at MUhlenberg Hospital. For 1932-33. he was chairman of the Vocat1ona.l ~el’vlce Committee,. After he resigned, he returned for the 20th Anniversary as a visitor on Feb. 18th, 1943.

He uelebrated his 90th birthday on the illness forced his retirement in Oct. 1965. ment of the store failed to succeed, and it

 

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“ueuenoerg, Edward L. Insurance. Fire

Born July 2. 1886 Died May 6th. 1962

Joined Apr. 19th. 1945 Death terminated membership

Office (1) i-Walnut Ave •• (2) 106 South Ave •• E.

Ed was born in Brooklyn, and was brought to Cranford in 1898. He worked for Mutual Life Insurance from 1900 until 1917, when he founded his own agency. Roy Mac Bean joined him in 1945. and Ed retired in 1950, but continued as Vice-President until his death.

On Dec. 2nd, 1943. and again on June 1st, 1944. Ed was a guest of the club. Following his induction on Apr. 19th, 1945. he was appointed to represent Rotary on the United Fund of that day. on Jan. J1st. 1946. He attended the District Conference, Apr. 1Jth. 1948, at Asbury Park. He was chairman of the Auditing committee for 1949-50. 

Ed had built himself a retirement home in Dunedin, Fla., but before he could use it he had a stroke and was hospitalized at Muhlenberg. He was transferred Sept. 10th,

1959 to Brook Lodge. On Nov. 30th, 1961, he was transferred to his Dunedin home where he died the following May 6th.

*Heins, John W.

Joined Oct. 1924 Rejoined July 26, 1926

Real Estate

Left July 8, 1926

Death terminated membership on May 29th, 1930

John W. Heins & Son, North Ave. E.

The first record of John Heins is that he was added

to an ~ .1:’J.lpr<?mptl!. .. Rotary orchestra. Next he and Mrs. Heins attended Rotary Day at Jamesburg, May 27th, 1925. He had

a busy year for 1926-27. He was chairman of the Community Service committee, the BUsiness Methods committee (Vocational Service), the Program committee, and the Auditing committee. On Apr. 29th, 1926, he and Newman Collins were praised for their work in the successful elimination of

the C. R. R. grade crossing. He was the Starter at a Rotary Swimming meet on Sept. 11th. On Dec. 10th, 1926, he

was aPPOinted as the club’s representative on the Cranford Civic Board. He took on the chore of River improvement

and on Jan. 7th, 1927, he was working with Newman Collins

and Charles Darsh, of Westfield Rotary, on a River Park campaign that resulted in the formation of the Union

County Park System. On r·1ar. 25th, 1927. and May 20th, he talked on SUpport of the River Carnival.

John was made a Director for 1927-28, and on July 29th, 1927. he spoke on Real Estate in Russia. On May 26th,

1928, he was 1 of 5 judges at a Scout Rally, at the Cranford Oval. He accompanied other members of the club on a visit to the Boys’ Camp on July 19th. On the 28th, he went on

a fishing trip with George Lutz, Newman Collins, and Clyde Bell.

For 1928-29, John was chairman of the Auditing committee. On Feb. 1st, 1929, he was in Florida, then on Oct. 11th, he was in New York Hospital. He was granted a leave of absence on Oct. 25th, 1929, but it actually became permanent. On Nov. 1st, he thanked the club for flowers sent to him, and died the following May 5th. His 3 weeks out of the club in 1926 was an attempt to preserve the club record of perfect attendance wh;~h hi~ ~;~o, 4″

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Henehan, Phil. F. Real Estate

Joined 1963

Office 25 Alden St.

Phil attended St. Peters Prep in Jersey City and Fordham Univ. in N. Y. C. He has 1 daughter with the State Dept., and a son, Mike, who is a Lieut. in the Marines and was wounded in Viet Nam, Dec. 2, 1968.

Phil was inducted Nov. 14th, 1963. On Sept. 22, 1966, he was named as representative on a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce, to revitalize the central business section. For 1968-69. he was chairman of the Auditing COIDJlli ttee.

-i~Henny, Jacob C. Bearing Mfg.

Born Nov. 14, 1883 Died Nov. 9, 1969

Joined July 17, 1947 Left Dec. 1, 1948 (Retired)

Hyatt Bearings Div., G.M.C., Clark (Plant Mgr.)

The writer first knew Jake Henny and his son Warren in the early 20′s, at Bertrand Island, Lake Hopatcong, where they maintained a summer home until Jake’s death.

For many years he had been on the staff of Hyatt’s Harrison, N. J. plant. When Hyatt took over the Clark plant from

the Inland Rubber Div. of G. M. C., Jake was made the

plant m3.nager.

He was inducted on July 17th, 1947, and on Aug. 21st, he talked on his classification. On July 8th, 1948, he talked to the club on Public Relations. The Dec. 2nd, 1948, Cog Wheel called attention to the fact that this was to be his last meeting before retiring to Florida. He was a visitor on Aug. 16th, 1951.

Herbst, William F. Grocery-Retail

Joined 19LH Left 1943

Kings Market, 31 North Ave. E.

Bill Herbst was inducted on the 23rd of Oct., 1941, and was made Sergeant-at-Arms for 1942-43. He resigned on Jan. 28th, 1943 to go into War Industry.

Hesse, Robert R. Jr. Boys Work, Org.-Scouts

Joined 1968 Left 1969

Union Council, B. S. A., 601 Union Ave., Elizabeth

Bob attended Weir, W. Va., High School, and graduated from Davis-Elkins College. He has 1 son, James Robert.

He came to Cranford as western district Scout Executive, and was inducted May 16th, 1968. On Sept. 16th. 1968, he attended the District Forum at the Americana Hotel in Freehold, with Glenn Klinefelter, Art Burditt and Charles Speth. He gave an illustrated talk on Scouting on Oct. 10th, 1968. For 1969-70 he was named chairman of the Magazine committee.

His resignation was announced Nov. 6th, 1969 and he joined the Royal Globe Insurance Co. in East Orange.

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Joined 1946

C L. Hill Mfg. Co , 210 South Ave. E

Charley is the son of a Rotarian, Charles,Sr., and a

native of Plainfield. His father founded the company in 193~, and Charley joined it in 1938. He served in Italy during VJ .l\T II, 1944 to 1946, He is a member ‘:)f the Chamber of CQmmerce, and the State and National Tool,!! Ass’.)ciatiQns He is the father of 3 girls, and 3 boys, including Charles III, Richard and Gary. He served as a Scoutmaster in Plainfield.

He was inducted Sept, 19th, 1946, and on Dec. 26th, was among inductees who spoke on their classifications. The Cog Wheel for June 5th noted that Charley was a member Qf the Rotary Bowling Team. His assignment for 1952-53 was as chairman of the 3~th Anniversary committee. The observance of the date was held on Feb. 19th, 1953, Charter members who were guests, were Ray Clement, Frank Doremus, Lyman Loveland, and Tom MacMeekin.

litor 1953-54, he was a director and chairman of the Vocational Service committee. The following year, he was again a director and chairman of the Community Service committee. He was chairman of the Athletic committee for 1956-57, the Magazine committee for 1957-58, and the Fellowship committee for 1958-59. On Aug. 25th, Charley partiCipated in a Club Activities program arranged by Vince Sarno\’Jski. He also partiCipated in a program arranged by

Bob Crane, Jr., on Narch 9th, 1961, ‘:)n Classification. Henry Feil and Larry Tabelman also partiCipated.

Charley again became a director and chairman of the Vocational Service Committee for 1961-62. In 1962-63, he served as Secretary. He was Vice-President and chairman

of the Club Service committee for 1963-64, and President

for 1964,-65. On September 14th, 1964:> he attended the District Institute at Far Hills with Ace Corbin and Art Burditt. On the 24th of September, 1964, he presented Rotary’s contribution check to Bob Crane, Jr. chairman of the United Fund drive. As Immediate Past President, he was a director and was chairman of the Club Activities committee. On the 23rd of April in 1965, Mr and Mrs Hill attended the District Conference at Atlantic City, and he reported on the conference on April 29th. On July 29th, 1965, he hosted visitors from England on the Experiment in International Living program. For 1969-70, he was Luncheon Chairman.

 

Machine Shop 1944

‘,*- Hill,

 

Charles., Sr.

Born 1894 Died

Joined 1938 Left 1939

C.L Hill Mafg. Co., 210 South Ave. E.

Charles, Sr. was born in Jersey City, but lived in Plainfield for 20 years before moving to Sea Bright in

194o~ He was the father of Charles, Jr., above, and Madelyn who is the wife of Bill Dodds. He was inducted on Dec. 15th, 1938, and two week later was reported recovering from Surgery at Muhlenberg Hospital. He returned home from the hospital according to a report on Feb. 2nd, but had suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. He was made an Honorary member on Jan. ?Oth, 1939, His wife operated the business to a

oorn ~une LV, LOO~ JOined Feb. 15, 1923

 

Ulea ~an. 0, i~~j

Ill., Dec. 5, 1949; Honorary till death

 

Office 102 North Union Ave.

tvhi1e Sam Hinman was the principle organizer of the Cranf0rd Rotary Club, he resisted heading the club for some time after its organization. He was Charter Treasurer under Rev. Ken Martin, who was his associate

in organizing the club. He was re-elected as Treasurer the following full year. On Sept. 4th, he headed a Swimming Meet commt t tee. On March 12th, he was listed as attending the District Conference at Asbury Park. He was next re-elected as Treasurer for 1925-26. He was also appointed to the Boys’ Work (Youth Service) committee for the same year. On Apr. 27th, 1925, he and M~~~~JIinman were among the guests of Rotary Day at.James~ For Boys’ Week, he was to head the Apr. 29th, 1926, Tues. Athletic program.

On December 10th, 1926, Sam gave a talk on Dentistry.

For Boys’ Week, 1927, his day was Friday, Boys at Home, occurring on April 29th. On March 22nd 1928, he became a Director of the Boys’ Camp and the club visited the camp

on July 19th. For 1928-29, Sam was chairman of the Classification committee. He reported on a fishing trip on Aug. 16th, 1929, that had been arranged for club members. He had a hand in the organization of the South River Club and reported on plans for its charter night 1n Apr. 1930. He also reported attending the Maplewood Charter Night

on Feb. 28th, 1930. He was again chairman of the Classification committee for 1930-31. On Aug. 22nd~ 1930, he reported on a Canadian fishing trip, and on May ~th, 1931, he talked on Dental Care.

On May 22nd, 1931, Sam replaced Frank Doremus who had reSigned, as Treasurer for 1931-32. He waS also

again chairman of the Classification committee. He held the same two posts for 1923-33. Sam Hinman and Clyde Bell represented Cranford at an~Intercity meeting held at Red Bank on Feb. 23rd, 1933, to celebrate R. I.’s 28th Anniversary. Sam was again Treasurer, and was chairman of

the Community Service committee.

Sam assumed the presidency for 1934-35, and with it the chairmanship of the Aims and Objects committee. He attended the R. I. Convention at Detroit on June 28th,

and reported on the convention on July 13th, 1934. On July 26th, he headed the annual visit to the Boys; Camp. Sam led the Cranford Delegation to a Union county Rotary meeting held Dec. 5th, 1934. He was also a Delegate to

the District Conference at Asbury Park, May 9th, and lOth, 1935.

As Immediate Past PreSident, Sam was a Director for 1935-36 and again headed the Aims and Objects committee. In another unusual procedure, he was a director again

for 1936-37, and headed the Rotary Inoformation committee. On June 3rd, he boosted the District Golf Tournament at Shackamaxon, held on the 8th of June, 1937. He was chairman of the Golf committee and the classification committee

for 1937-38, and on September 2nd had a classification program.

On June 9th, 1938, Sam was on a committee to select 10 boys for sponsorship to the Boys’ Camp. He was also to arrange a golf tournament at the invitation of the Roselle-

Hinman, Sam (Cont).

quiz program arranged by Abey Caldwell. On October 18th, 86

1939, he attended a Newark dinner honoring R. I. President

Walter Head, of Montclair. With him were Rowland Blythe,

Frank Sherlock, Walter Coffee, Patty Grall, Charles Dooley,

and Charles Ray. On Nov. 30th, Abey Caldwell, Bill Willsey,

and Sam gave their autobiographies. At Youth Week, special recognition was accorded to Sam as a Charter Member of the

Club, April 2nd, 1940. On July 25th, he was among club

members visiting the Boys’ Camp.

Sam was on the arrangement committee for an area meeting held April 25th, 1941, at Bristol-Meyers in Hillside. Fourteen from Cranford attended. At the District Conference held May 15th & 16th, at Asbury Park, Samls

18 years of perfect attendance was recognized. On Sept. 25th, 1941, he was teemed with Walter Coffee in a tournament with the Lions, in golf, and was second in score. He and Walter Coffee were together again in attendance at

the Princeton Ch~rter Night, March 19th, 1942. Frank Sherlock drafted some of the members on April 2nd, 1942, for a past-presidents sextet. It included also, Rowland Blythe, Henry Whipple, Bill Willsey, and Charles Ray.

For 1942-43, Sam served as chairman of the -,

~~ Classification committee. On Dec. 31st, 1942, he participated under Henry Whipple in talks on what Rotary meant

to him. On Feb. 18th, 1943, he was honored at the 20th Anniversary. The following week, he shared a quiz program with Abey Caldwell. Close on, March 11th, he participated in another program, this one under Ted Lang, Jr. with Harold Wilson, Walter Coffee, John Cron, and Gordon Peters on “Postwar World Trade”. Henry Whipple, Charles Ray and Rowland Blythe, shared with Sam a program of “Professional Ethicsll on May 27th, 1943.

Sam continued in charge of Classification for 1943-44.

On Jan. 20th, 1944, he talked with the assistance of Carl Hanson, Rowland Blythe, and Frank Foster, on Socialized Medicine. Charles Skillman and Sam arranged a 21st Anniversary meeting, attended by the visiting Charter President, Rev. Ken Martin. They were assisted by Henry Whipple, Rowland Blythe, and Charles Ray. Patty Grall served

as Toastmaster, and Ken Martin memorialized the dead, Charley Skillman had to miss the meeting because of illness.

On Sept. 30th, 1944, Sam was paired with Walter Coffee to win in the LionS-Rotary match. In April, he vacationed

in Florida and on the 19th of April 1945, sent oranges to

the club. May 24th, he was paired with Bill Willsey to

again win at golf with the Lions. Classification was again Sam’s assignment for 1945-46. July 13th, 1945 came

another Victory with the Lions, when he was paired with

Bob Crane, Sr. On July 26th, he donated a golf trophy cup for a club tournament. The tournament, begun August 23rd

ended on Oct. 4th. The first round matched Jack Apgar and John Cron, Charles Ray and Win Britton, Jr., and Bill Willsey with Wade Poston. The second round matched Carroll Sellers with Gordon Peters; then, Carroll Sellers

with Jack Apgar, Bob Crane, Jr., with Charles Ray, and, Bob Crane, Jr., with Jack Apgar. In the final, Bob Crane, Jr., won over Ernie Wolford.

.rne cog Wheel for Sept. 13th, 19L~5, noted that Sam was organizing a fishing trip to be held Oct. 3rd. 24 members jOined the party. On Jan. 31st, 1946, he was given a desk set from the club in recognition of 23 years of perfect attendance. Then on June 20th, he was winner of another match with the Lions, this time, paired with Walter Coffee. A Charter Night celebration was arranged by Sam for May 27th, at the Hitching Post.

Another fishing trip was arranged by Sam for May 22nd, and 16 members joined in the expedition and caught 400 Mackerel in rough seas. At the 25th) anniversary, Sam’s perfect attendance record of 25 years was also recognized. For 1948-49, Sam was chairman of the Membership committee.

He shared with Will Lange, and Bill Smith a forum on

Sodium Fluoride, on Dec. 30th, 1948. Bob Crane Jr, headed the delegates to the R.I. Convention held in June at N.Y.C. Harold Wilson and Charles Ray were delegates, and Sam an alternate.

One of his fishing trips during the summer of 1949, was the occasion for the beginning of an illness that marked the end of his career. On Sept. 14th, his attendance record ended at 26 years and 4 months. On Sept. 27th, there Was a report that he was recovering from a second operation at Fair Oaks, in Summit. He was made an honorary member of the club, and he continued in illness

for several months. For a short time he resumed some activity, and during this period, he attended a meeting

on Apr. 5th, 1951 at which he presented the Cy Breen Golf Trophy to Dick Dowell. That was the last record of activity before his death.

Sam was born in Monroetown, near Towanda, Pa , where his father had tobacco fields. He graduated from the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute at Towanda, then from Princeton, Class of 1904. In 1907, he graduated from the New York College of Dentistry, He was a char-se.n . member and the first treasurer of the Union County Dental SOCiety, and later wa~ President and State Trustee. He was a director of the Boys’ Camp from 1928 until his death.

A daughter, Mrs. Edwin Dealy lives in White Plains, and a son Dr. Mallory Hinman is a dentist in Rahway,

Hobbs, Robert L.D.W. Music Teacher

JOined Oct. 1, 1936 Left May 12, 1937

Trinity Episcopal Church, Forest & North Aves.

Another of the organists of this church who was brought into membership. On Oct. 15th, 1936, he was

at the piano for a songfest at which Charles Skillman was the leader. On Dec. 24th, 1936, at a Christmas meeting, he conducted hymns and carols sung by the Trinity Boys’ ChOir.

 

Building Contractor Left Jan. 5th, 1926

~ Hough, Alonzo D., Jr. (Charter) Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Office 113 Walnut Ave.

He was the charter Sergeant-at-Arms. 1923, he talked on Home Building. Sept. 18th, one of the 8 judges at a Rotarv Swimmina MA~~

 

On June 7th, 1924, he was

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Jensenius, Howard H. Candy Mfg.

Joined Nov. 14th, 1935 Left. Jan. 31, 1936

Dorothy Spaulding Candies, 106 N. Union Ave.

Howard was a very short membership but he continued in Rotary at Norwood, Mass.

*Johnston, Walter B. Paints, Retail

Born sept. 9, 1874 Died ~llir, 30, 1967

Joined June 11, 1942 Left May 27, 1948 – Retired

Johnston’s Paint Store, 107 No, Union Ave.

Walter was born in Keyport, and lived many years in Westfield. He retired from the Traffic Dept. of Western Union, in 1922 and opened stores in Westfield and Cranford. He sold the Cranford store to Richard Hartig in 1946 and the store is still operating under his ownership. Walter moved to Ocean Grove in 1938, and spent quite a few years in surroundings that he loved and in health that permitted him to attain almost 93 years of

age.

On Dec. 31st, 1942, he participated in a program under Henry Whipple on “What Rotary Means to Me.” On Aug. 19th, 1943, he participated in a program on their professions, with Henry Whipple and Carl Hanson. Later, on Feb. 8th, 1945, he shared the stage with Frank Foster, Ernie Wolford, and Harold Wilson, in reviewing the Rotarian.

For 1945-46, he was chairman of the International Service committee. On Mar. 14th, 1946, he was one of 8 nominated as directors, but did not win election to the post. On Apr. 24th, 1947, Henry ~lliipple was in charge of a program for the Magazine committee, and Sonny Porcella and Van Chamberlin shared the spotlight with Walter. The June 3rd Cog Wheel noted his retirement to Ocean Grove.

Jordan, Dr. Wilfred W. Child Dentistry

Joined 1956

Office 17 North Ave. W.

vJill Jordan is a New~rker, graduating from South Side School. He then attended the Washington Square branch of N.Y.U. and went on to the Univ. of Penna. for his dental degree. During World War II, he served in the Dental Corps in England and France. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the N.J. Society of Dentistry in 1957, and President in 1961. He later served as chairman of the State Committee to promote Children’S Dental Health Week. In Cranford, he has served as a director of the Chamber of COnh~erce. He is the father of two sons, Barry and Robert.

His first attendance at a Rotary Club meeting in Cranford was on Oct. 20th, 1955. He was inducted on Mar. 15th, 1956″ and promptly joined the Bowling Team. For 1957-58, he was chairman of the Bowling Committee. On Nov. 14th, 1957, he gave a talk on the Rotary Foundation. Will headed the Program committee for 1959-60, the Scholarship committee for 1960-61, the Interclub cOllmlittee for 1961-62, and the Public Information committee for 1963-64.

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Jordan, Will (cont.)

will became a dire~tor of the club on the resignation of Howard Siegel, May 14th, 1964, and chairman of the International Service committee. He held the same assignments for 1964-65, and 1965-66. On July 29th, 1965, he presented nine English visitors under the auspices of the Experiment in International Living. Under his chairmanship, the International Service committee arranged for

the visit to Cranford, and the housing of the young people, among the members of the club. Those who hosted the visitors included Robert M. Crane, Charles Hill, Charles Speth,

Norman Roden and Ralph Murphy.

For the following year, 1966-67, he was a director and chairman of the Community Service committee. He was also on the Bowling Team that placed 2nd in the District. Their standing was noted on April 28, 1966. Other members of the team were Will Lange, Vince Sarnowski, Ralph Murphy, and Bill Dodds. Listed as substitutes were Ernie Wolford, Charles Speth, and Charles Ray, Jr. Will has continued on the Bowling team currently.

He became Treasurer for 1967-68, and Secretary for 1968-69. On June 17th, he attended the District Assembly for 1968, at the Americana Hotel in Freehold. Others who attended the delegation headed by Glenn Klinefelter were Ron Sobelson, Ace Corbin, and Art Burditt. For 1969-70,

he was named Vice-President, and the first of the vicepresidents to be designated President-Elect. He and his Rotary Ann were among ~he Cranford members and wives attending the District Con!’erence at Buck Hill Falls, April 11-13, 1969. This memorable conference is covered in more detail in the 1966-69 installment of the. club history. Through the years of his membership, he has had 11 years

of perfect attendance.

Jugan, Andrew, Jr. Welding

Joined Dec. 11, 1952 Dropped Nov. 5, 1955 Northfield Auto SerVice, 24 So. Union Avenue

Andy Jugan is listed as giving his biographical sketch on April 1st, 1954. He was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1954-55 and was Sergeant-at-Arms appointee for 1955-56,

He was unable to maintain the required attendance, and had to be dropped.

Jugan, George Repairs, Car Bodies

Joined 1969

Cranford Body and Fender Works, 220 South Ave. E.

The brother of Andrew Jugan, was inducted on the 3rd

of April, 1969. He was named Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1969-70. George came to Cranford from Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Hazleton High School. He is a member of the Honorary PBA of Cranford. He is blest with two daughters.

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Kammler, Cory S. Auto Ret.

Joined 1956 Left 1959 (Trans. to Princeton)

Union County Buick Co. Elizabeth

Cory was inducted on Jan. 19th, 1956, and was appointed as Junior Member of the Joint Civic Committee. On July

lOth, 1956, he was on the golf team that won the Union County Tournament. Scores were: Dick Dowell 79, Cory Kammler 84, Walter Coffee and Howard Siegal 86. October 24, 1956, he attended the District Conference and reported with Art 

. Burditt, Bob Dennis, Nelson Kling and Bob Crane, Jr. On July 24th, he presented to the club a Spinning Wheel that gave a touch of gaming to the collection of fines. He was made chairman of the Fund-Raising committee for 1959-60.

However, he moved to Princeton and had to resign on s~pt. 4th, 1959. He went on to become President of the Princeton club for 1966-67. His brother Edward was a visitor from Elizabeth, on September 29th, 1960.

Kane, Edward J. Theatre

. Joined 1942 Left 1945

Cranford Theatre, North Avenue

Ed Kane, who had been previously a member of the Summit Rotary Club, was introduced to the club by Newell Steppe whom he was succeeding as manager of the theatre.

He was inducted on Sept. 24th, 1942. On June 25th, 1943, he was paired with Charles Ray as winner in a Lions-Rotary golf match. In a match held Sept. 20th, 1944, he and Ernie Wolford were losers. He was transferred and resigned ‘on Jan. 11th, 1945.

Kantner, Fred E., Jr. Upholstery Servo

Joined 1951 Left 1959

Cranford Upholstery Shop, 120 South Ave., E.

Fred was a guest of the club on Feb. 22nd, 1951 and was inducted into membership on May lOth, 1951. He left his firm, lOSing his classification, on Oct. 31st, 1959, and joined the Union County Trust Co. His brother Albert was president of the Lions for 1966-67, and his wife, Belle was head of the women’s group that served Rotary Luncheons at the Methodist Church for several years. Fred was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1955-56, and chairman of the Luncheon committee for 1958-59. He attended the picnic reunion held at the college on June 27th, 1968.

Kaplan, Marvin Investment Adv. Service

Joined 1969

Universal Consulting Services, 1640 Vauxhall R~, Union Marv Kaplan was another of the nine who joined the

club on Apr. 3rd, 1969. He was called on for his biographical sketch on June 19th. He graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, then went on to New York Univ. In addition to two daughters, Marvin has a son, Robert, who led him into managersnip of a Little League Baseball team. He is

also a member of the Cranford Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly, George T. Theatre Mgr.

Joined 1927 Left 1929

Stanley~Fabian’s Cranford Theatre, 25 North Ave., W. George Kelly was the first manager of the new”Branford”

Theatre. At the instigation of the Rotary Club, the name was changed to the “Cranford” Theatre. The original name was derived from the company’s Branford Theatre in Newark. Nov. 19th, 1926, George, as new manager, was a guest of the club and exhibited the theatre to the membership. He was inducted as a member of the club on Aug. 28, 1927.

The following Jan. 20th, 1928, he gave a talk on the motion picture industry. On March 1st, 1928, he is listed as a member of the Rotary Quartette, which included Rowland Blythe, Lyman Loveland, and Vernon Still. He was elected a Director for 1928-29.

On May 2nd, 1928, he arranged for a presentation at the theatre of flags to Boy Scouts from Cranford Rotary. The Scouts were from the Boys’ Camp Association and the troop sponsered by the Trinity Men’s Club. On May 18th, he announced his plans to attend the R.I. convention at Minneapolis. He inducted the new officers of the club on June 28th, 1928. His assignment for 1928-29 was the Music and Entertainment committees. He was listed as leading the singing on Aug. 24th, 1928.

George was the speaker on Sept. 27th, 1928, when he talked on flVitaphone” and “movie Tone” sound systems. His most important effort in behalf of the club was the celebration at the Elks Club in Elizabeth, on October 25th,

1928, when the District paid tribute to Cranford’s completion of two years of continuous perfect attendance by all of

its members.

He was re-elected a director for 1929-30, but had to resign on July 11, 1929, when he was transferred from the Cranford Theatre.

Klinefelter, Glenn B. Heating Equip.

Joined 1956

Gorton Heating Corp. 546 South Ave., E.

Glenn jOined his father-in-law Henry Feil, in the Gorton Heating Co. in 1955. He had graduated from the UniverSity of Maryland as an Electrical ~ngineer. He spent

2~ years during W.W. II, in the E.T.O., then was a Fire Protection Engineer for four years prior to joining the Gorton Co. He is a former Industrial Chairman of the Cranford United Fund, and also a leader in Cubs Scouts, and in the Mountainside Little League. He is a member of the Board of Deacons of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield, and was chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He was inducted into Rotary, originally as Additional Active, on Aug. 23rd, 1956 and was made assistant Sergeantat-Arms for 1957-58, then Sergeant-at-Arms for 1958-59.

For 1959-60, Glenn was chairman of the Fellowship committee. He announced on Aug. 13th, 1959, a plan for Fellowship Awards to be on the basis of a pre-arranged number of greetings

to one of the club’s visitor. If the number was five, the fifth member to greet the visitor received the award of a free meal. The suggestion was approved and went into effect for 1960-61, and was continued through 1962-63. The Oct. 1960

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On Oct. 27th, 1960, Glenn led six members in talks on Halloween. Others participating were Ira Dorian, Bob Watson, Patty Grall, Buddy Bergen, and Stu McFadden. He was among

21 from Cranford attending the District Conference held at Buck Hill Falls, Nov. 4th to 6th, 1960. For 1961-62, he was chairman of the Cog Wheel Committee. It was during the fall of 1961, that he served as a chairman of the United Fund’s Industrial Drive, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club. On Sept. 20th, 1962, Vince Sarnowski, and Charley Ray, together with Glenn talked on their Canadian vacation Make-Ups.

Glenn began functioning on Oct. 4th, 1962, as chairman of the 40th Anniversary committee. A fine dinner affair was held on May 22nd, 1963, featuring past mayors, other service club officials, and sistrict governors, as well as the remaining Charter members of the club. Rev. Kenneth Martin, charter president, gave his reminiscences and was assisted by Lyman Loveland, Jr., since deceased, as well as Tom Mac Meekin, and Ray Clement. The affair was held at the Chi-Am Chateau.

With the resignation of Larry Tabelman, Jan. 17th, 1963, Glenn was appointed as a Director, and was elected to that post for the 1963-64 term during which he served also as chairman of the International Service committee. As chairman of this committee he promoted correspondence between the Venice of N.J. and Venice, Italy. He was re-elected a director for 1964-65, and was to serve as chairman of the Vocational Service committee. On June 19th, 1964, he participated in the District Golf Tournament and, according to the Oct. 9th, 1964 Cog Wheel, he was 4th low net in the Club Golf Tournament.

He began the rise through the offices of the club when he was elected Treasurer in 1965-66. The following year he served as Secretary. In 1967-68, he was Vice-President and chairman of the Club Service committee. On Oct. 5, 1967,

he arranged a club service program in which Henry Feil, Jack Gilbert, Art Burditt and Vince Sarnowski participated. As Vice-president, he frequently occupied the chair during the illnesses of Ed Lewis. During the District Conference, March 29 to 31, 1968, at the Holiday Inn in Atlantic City, he led a delegation that included Mr. and Mrs. Horace Corbin, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Burditt, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Roden, Mr. and Mrs.William Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Speth, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lawrence. At this conference, the Cog Wheel won a first-place plaque.

He attended the R.I. Convention at Mexico City on May

9, 1968, and reported the convention to the club on the 13th of June. Many fine slides of the convention were shown. On the 17th of June, 1968, he attended the District Assembly at the Americana Hotel in Freehold, with Will Jordan, Ron Sobelson, Ace Corbin and Art Burditt.Again on the 16th of september, he attended a District Forum at the Americana Hotel with Charles Speth, Art Burditt, and Bob Heese. He reported on the Forum on the 19th of September.

Glenn’s year as president of the club, in 1968-69 was a full one. The year was keynoted by R.I. as a year of participation. The theme of Participation was advanced by District Gove-:erlQr 1\1 Pa le rmo , and subscribed to by Glenn.

Building Management Died July 23, 1962

Death terminated membership

In carrying out the theme of Participation, Governor Al set up an interclub contest that took into consideration all

the district activities for the year. President Glenn stimulated club participation in these activities. At the District Conference held at Buck Hill Falls~ April 11-13~ 1969~ his efforts paid off. His personally arranged exhibit of bannerets of clubs visited won first place at the conference; in the Participation Quotient contest~ Cranford placed second. For its photo exhibit of events of the year of CranfordRotary, the club was third. In addition a special Resolution of Appreciation was adopted by the conference in appreciation of the work of Art Burditt in the History of

the District~ as District Historian.

The delegation to the conference~ was particularly well handled by Norm Roden whose badges and cameradie made the Cranford Rotarians stand out among the clubs attending. Other couples in attendance beside the Rodens, were Klinefelters~ Lightcaps, Jordans, Lawrences, Corbins, Burditts, Roggs, Chamberlins, Speths, Coes, Kotts, Sordills~ Rays, Sarnowskis, and Schroeders.

*Kling, G. Nelson

Born Oct. 16, 1888 Joined Dec. 17, 1942 English Village, Inc. Nels was a native of Irvington, but spent his early years

in Newark, and East Orange. He entered the construction business, and in 1925 opened his own Real Estate Development Office. He came to Cranford in 1939 to handle Engiish Village and was Vice-president and Resident Manager of the corporation. He also managed the New York office of his son, Vincent G. Kling, a Philadelphia architect. He also had two other sons, Walter and Nelson P. Kling. He helped promote the American War Dads Organization and was president of the Cranford chapter. His work in this field was cited by the Union County VFW, in 1946. After WWII, he was chairman of the Emergency Housing committee. He was a member of the S.A.R. and of the Republican Club. Ernie Wolford donated a Golf trophy in his honor, for club competition, on Aug. 30, 1962.

Following his induction~ Dec. 17, 1942, Nels was appointed to the 20th Anniversary committee with Henry Whipple, Rowland Blythe, and Charley Dooley~ headed by Patty Grall. The affair was held on the 18th of Feb. 1943. Another committee on which he served was for Ladies Night~ held May 11, 1943 with Norman Gibbs, under the chairmanship of Rowland Blythe. Lieut. J.G. Vincent Kling was a guest at the club on June 24, 1943. He and his father were paired

as a losing couple in a Lions-Rotary Golf Match on the next day~ June 25th.

For 1943-44, Nels was chairman of the Community Service committee, and he became a director for 1944-45. On Sept. 20, 1944, Nels was paired with Bill Willsey, again on thE losing side, in a Lions-Rotary Golf Match. Vincent returned as a gUESt on Oct. 19, 1944. Nels was again a loser in a Lions-Rotary Match on July 13, 1945 and Lieut. Vincent

Kling again a guest on Oct. 11,1945. It was in Jan. 1946, that Nels became president of’ the Cranford chapter of the Am-

erican chas%&p 8£ the American War Dads.

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Nels was one or eight nomina ted for direc tor in 1946-47, but Has not elected. For that year, he served as chairman or the Luncheon comraittee. On June 20th, 1946, he was paired ‘lIJi th Ernie Vlolford to win at the Lions-Rotary Golf Match. Vincent Kling was again a guest on Sept. 19th, 1946. Nels was reported as president of the N.J. State American

vial” Dads on Aug. 14th, 1947. He repeated as chairman of the Luncheon c ommt ttee for 19L~8-L!.9, and his son Vincent returned to Cran:ford on Nov. 26th, 1947, and again on Aug. 12th, 1948.

After being appointed Luncheon committee chairraan for the third year, 1949-50, Helson Kling was reported on Sept. H!.th, 1949, to have been operated on at Philadelphia, and on the 27th, as recuperating at the Shore. He was welcomed back to the club on Oct. 20th, 1949. He was back at golf again on June 22nd, 1951, when paired with Patty Grall, he lost ~t the Lions-Rotary Match.

Nels once aga1n became a director for 1952-53 and ser-

ved as chairman of the Vocational Service committee. On June 19th, 1953, Nels was paired with Charles Ray to lose to the Lions. He was again a loser on June 7th, 1955. For 1954-55 he served as chairman of the Rotary Information committee. Nels was one of the Cranford Rotari~~s who attended the R.I. Convention at Philadelphia, June 3rd 1956. On Nov. 1st, he- reported on the District Conference held at Buck Hill Falls, Oct. 24th and 25th, with Art Burditt, Cory Kammler, Bob Dennis, and Bob Crane, Jr.

After more surgery in Philadelphia, Nels was back to

the club on May 8th, 1958. He was still convalescing on Oct. 16th, 1958. For the 1958-59 year he was again chairman of the Rotary Information commdttee. He was plagued with failing kidneys until his death July 26, 1962.

Before his 1958 operation, he was credited with 14 years of perfect attendence.

Koons, Howard F. Highway Engl’.

Joined 1947 Left 1948

N.J. State Hghwy Dept. Temp. Off. 16 No. Union Ave.

Howard Koons was previously a mamber of the Perth

Amboy Rotary Club, but having been moved by the Highway Dept.

l J.~ansferred, in effect, his membership, with changes in assignment. He came to Cranford to begin operations on What is now the Garden State Parkway. The section on lrJhich he worked is still the free section built by the Highway Department.

He visited tb~ olub twice, before his induction on April 3rd, 1947. The visits were July 11th, 1946, and Dec. 12th, 1946. He talked on his classification on Aug. 21st, 1947. Having again been trans~erred, he resigned on July 1st, 1948

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Karr Associates, 118 Walnut Ave.

Jerry~ first appeared in the Rotary records when he was Township Clerk during Youth Week, and attended a Rotary meeting on May 9th, 1955.

Just before his induction, the Cranford Citizen

and Chronicle carried an article on his TV appearance on Channel 13, with a film his company had made on Tennis. He gave a biographical sketch on Nov. 16th, 1967 and gave a talk on Photo Journalism on Jan. 25th, 1968, at which he gave a demons tra tion of cameras, -pa s t and present as used by reporters. He resigned when he moved his business to Linden.

Jerry was graduated from Cranford High School and attended the Univ. of Indiana as well as Seton Hall. On Aug. 1, 1968, he was among 51 delegates at the National Co-ordinating Council on Drug Abuse Education and Information. He was engaged in producing Motion Pictures on the subject.

Kott, Dr. Be rna rd B. Dental Surg’eon

Joined 1965

Office 15 Alden St.

Bernie Kott was gr~du3ted from Union Hill Hig’h School in Union City. He attended the ‘_-’(liv. of Iow’3

on a football scholg~ship, then the Jniv. of Mich. for a B.S. 8nd e D.D.S. In Cranford he h3s been a Little League l”lanag8r, a Twrker for the Jnited Fund, arid for the iJnited Jewish A’)pe”’ll. He has a daugh t e r , ao d 9 son Gary.

Bernie~s induction was on ~y 6th, 1965. On

Oct. 28th, 1965, he wes a. ~e~ber of the Crgnford

Golf T~3m in the Jnion Cou~ty G~lf Tourng~ent. Bis 1967-68 9ssign’TIent W”!3S the chairmanship of the Luncheon committee, and. for 1968-69, he WgS cb a i r-ma n of the M9gezine committee.

He 1.o,]’3S Orleof the C’ra nf o r-d (up-mbers, who, T,’lith his wife attended the Buck Hill F911s District Conf0rence on April 11th to 13th, 1969. For 1969-70, he ~as

c ha Lr-ma n of the Fellowship cOllr:littee sud responsible for the L9dies I:i:Iht af’f'a t r- to be held Mar’ch 7th, 1970 at Twin Broo~ Country Club. On OctOber 9th, 1969, he described his “Make Up ” at ;:exico City, scene of the TI. I. Rot~ry Conv2ntion.

Koury, Police Ca o t , Rgl-0n J. Public S9f9ty

Joined 1958 -

Cranford Police Dept.

Ral~)h r,”’3S bo=n in ;0. P19infield. but 8′r”ldu9ted from the Cranford. High School in 1943. He served. in the Navy during W.vJ.II in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. He W9S appOinted to the Cranford police force on April 1st, 191~9. At the outsst, he attended the Police Chief “s Tr9inin~ AC9c1emy itl 19491 and the Faurot Fingerprinting 2>chool in 1950. n 19 ‘)1,

he attended the new School of Photography. His next schooling was the =Jorthwest ern Uni v , School of Tr9ffi c. Ralph be c sms a Ser.n-e9nt. in (“,h):l”"‘o”, r.1- i-t,,~ Tr.-, …. ~~ …. ~ •• _

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Koury, Ralph (Cont.) F. B. I. School. He also attended Union Junior College courses and C. C. N. Y. from June 1966, on a scholarship awarded by Township. He was appointed as Captain in

Nov. 1966. He is the father of a daughter and two sons, Joseph and David.

Ralph’s first appearance at Rotary was on May 22nd, 1958, when he talked on the 12-week F. B. I. Training Session. He was inducted the following September 11th. On June 4th, he was appointed for the 1959-60 year as Junior Member of the Cranford Community Council. For the year 1959-60, he was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and chairman of the Luncheon committee. On Dec. 3rd, 1959,

ne talked on Photography as one rumong the club membership’s hobbies.

For 1961-62, he served as the Junior Member of the Joint Civic Committee, and as Sergeant-at-Arms. For the year 1962-63, he was again Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms and chairman of the Youth Service Committee. On June 19th, 1964, he Was in the District Golf Tourament. Two years later, May 12th, 1966, Ralph earned a degree as Associate in Political Science at the College of Police Science,

at N. Y. U.

Ralph was appointed for a second time as Jnior Member of the Joint Civic Committee for 1968-69. For the following year, 1969-70, he was Senior Member of the committee and was its Treasurer.

Laird, Lewis F. Education, Supervisory

Joined 1953

Garwood Public Schools~ Garwood, N.J.

Lew was a Rotarian many years before coming to Cranford. He was a member at Downingtown, Pa. for four years, and was Vice-President of the Marlton-MedfordVincentwon, N.J. Club with ten years of membership before joining the Cranford Rotary Club. He received a

B. A. at Gettysburg and an M. A. at the University of Pa. He then did graduate work at Temple and at Rutgers. He taught at Bordentown Military Institute, then at Downingtown, Pa. Junior and Senior High Schools, and at Moorestown, High School before becoming a supervisor

at Medford, N. J., and later at Garwood Public Schools.

He Was inducted on June 25th, 1953, and gave a biographical sketch on Apr. 1st, 1954. He was chairman of the Member.ship corrnni ttee for 1954-55 and of the youth Service committee for 1955-56. In 1956-57, he served as chairman of the Rotary Information committee.

On Jan 26th, 1956, he took part in a Club Activities program under Van Chamberlin, with Ed Smith, and Ira Dorian. On Aug. 23rd, 1956, he took part in a Club Serivce program under Bill Dodds. For 1957-58, he became a director and

chairman of the International Service committee. The rollwing year, again as a directorj he was chairman of

the Vocational Service committee. Jan.2nd, 1958 he showed films on Jamestown, Va, and talked on the history of the colony.

On July 7th, 195~, Lew was in charge of a Vocational Service Program, assisted by Howard Cowperthwaite, Henry Feil, William Schroeder, and Ace Corbin. For 1959-60, he continued as director, and chairman of the Community Service committee. Lew was one of serveral members who talked on their hobbies” His hobby was significant newspaper

and magazine headlines and articles. He continued as a director for 1960-61 and was again chairman of the Vocational Service committee. He presented a Vocational Survey on Jan. 26th, 1961.

Lew was nominated for treasurer of the club for 1961-62, but was almost immediately advanced to sec re tery with the reSignation of Ed Smith who had been transferred. He served as Vice-President and chairman of Club Service for 1962-63. He arranged a Club Service program on August 23rd, 1962, with Art Burditt, George Baureis, Howard Cowperthwaite, Clark McDermith, Ace Corbin and Tow Sordill, all participating.

He became President of the club for 1963-64, and reported on the District Institute on Sept. 26th, 1963,

with Bob Dennis and B~ll Beekhysen. The Institute had been held on the 23rd, at Far Hills Inn in Somerville.

As Immediate Past President, he continued as a director for 1964-65, and chairman of Club Activities. He talked on Club Projects on Oct. 8th, 1964. He also served under Art Burditt on the Joint Cranford-Westfield committee to organize the Garwood Rotary Club.

For 1966-67, Lew was chairman of the Rotary Information committee and on Dec. 15th, 1966, he put on a

Rotary Information program. Along with Ace Corbin, Ira Dorian, Charles Ray, and Art Burditt, he was a guest at the 1st Anniversary of the Garwood Club on March 13th, 1967. He also participated with Art Burditt in a program on Rotary Information and the Rotarian Magazine, on May 4th, 1967.

Lew headed the Rotary Foundation committee for 1967-68A and the membership committee for 1968-69. On Sept. 5th, 196b, he participated in a Club Service program under Nelson Lightcap. Others reporting were Jack Gilbert, Vince SarnOWSki,

Ron Sobe1s’:)n, Tow Sordill, anj Art Burditt. Lew’e assignme!1t for 1969-70, was again the Rotary Foundation committee Chairmanship.

Lang, Theodore, Jr. Real Estate

Joined 1939 Left 1945

Office & Home l33A Central Avenue, Clark, NJ

Ted was inducted into membership Aug. 17th, 1939.

On Sept. 9th, 1940 he played on the Lions-Rotary Burro Baseball Team for Rotary. For 1942-43, he was chairman of the International Service Committee. Sept. 9th, 1942 was the date of the family picnic put on by the Rotary

Club and Ted’s children were winners in games, Ted III at the Bean Bag Toss, and Doris at Table Tennis. On Mar. 11th, 1943, he led a discussion on Post War World Trade, with Harold Wilson, Walter Coffee, John Cron, Sam Hinman, and Gordon Peters, participating. He served as a director in 1943-44. Following his resigna t t o., on July 2nd, 1945, he moved to Freeport, Long Island, where he continued his

Rotary career, and is now a past president of that club.

He visited the Garwood club on Sept. 15th, 1969.

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Lange, Dr. Wilmar F.

Joined 1947 Office: 1st, 18 No. Union Ave., 2nd, 19 Holly St.

Will Lange is a product of the Cranford Schools, and

the Univ. of Penna. Dental School from which he graduated

in 1939. He served as Resident Intern at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair and then joined the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander during W.W. II. His service in the Pacific included the assault on Iwo Jima. He has a daughter and a son Billy.

He was a guest on oct. 3, 1946, and was inducted into membership ‘on Jan. 30th, 1947. On Apr. 3rd, he talked on his classification. On Apr. loth, 1947, a week later, the club passed a resolution of condolence on the death of his father, Fred W. Lange, a past president of the Lions. Will was paired with Bob Crane, Jr. to win at Lions-Rotary Golf on Aug. 19th, 1947, and on Sept. 18th 1947, he won the Hinman Golf Trophy. On Dec. 30th, 1948, he participated in a forum on Sodium Fluoride with Sam Hinman, and Bill Smith.

He became a director of the club for 1949-50, and on Sept. 1st, 1949, he talked on a School Dental Clinic. He was appointed to the new School Dental Program on Nov. 1st, 1949. The Cog Wheel of Apr. 25th, 1950 reported Will as one of 13 Cranford Rotarians attending the Far Hills Intercity meeting. He headed the youth Week program on May 4th, 1950. Again, in the Cog Wheel for June 5th, 1951, he was reported a member of the Rotary Bowling Team.

Will was assigned to the chairmanship of the Athletic committee for 1952-53, and on Aug. 7th, 1952, he announced plans for the club Golf Tournament. He was paired with Bob Crane, Jr., to win at the Lions-Rotary match. For 1953-54, Will headed the Magazine committee, and he talked on the Rotarian magazine on July 16th, 1953. Another review of the Rotarian was shared by Tow Sordill, Ken Mac Kay, and Van Chamberlin.

On Oct. 28th and 29th, 1953, Will and his wife were among those attending the District Conference at Buck

Hill Falls. Sept. 23rd, 1954, he was among the Golf Tournament winners. On June 7th, he was a winner at LionsRotary golf. On July 14th 1955, he presented the club the Frank Scott Golf Trophy won by the team which included Howard Siegel, Walter Coffee and Dick Dowell, as well as Will.

For 1956-57, Will headed the Interclub committee. On Oct. 23rd, 1958, he tied with Walter Coffee for first place in the club torunament. Howard Siegel was second, and

Van Chamberlin third. He was Bowling committee chairman for 1959-60. The Cog Wheel for July 2nd, 1959 reported

the District Golf Tournament scores and Will was first

with an 82, while Walter Coffee and Howard Siegel each with and 83. The Aug. 18, 1960 Cog Wheel reported that the Cranford Colfers placed second in the District Tournament played at the Deal Country Club. In addition to Will, Howard Siegel, Carroll Sellers and Al Meurer were on the team. Others playing were Walter Coffee, Roy Mac Bean, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Buddy Bergen, and Norman Roden.

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I”In their Bermuda “Make-Ups.” The Golf team W8n first place in the District T~urnament, June 19th, 1964 with Roy Mac Bean, Bill Ebdds, and Van Chamberlin, in additil”ln to Will. He again chaired the G~lf and Bowling c~mmittee in 1964-65, and the Bowling Team placed second in the District, on Apr. 28th, 1966, when he was teamed with Vince Sarnowski, Ralph Murphy, Will Jordan, and Bill Dodds. Ernie Wolfl”lrd, Charles Speth, and Charles Ray, Jr., were substitutes.

He headed the Program committee f.r 1966-67, and the e.g Wheel for Oet. 20, 1966, listed him as chairman of the Advanced Gift Divisil”ln of the United Fund. For 1967-68, he was again a director and chairman of the International Service committee, and the following year, 1968-69, he served as chairman of the Community Service committee, as well as director.

April 18th, 1968, he suggested developing a set of slides of Cranford scenes and events for use in exchange with foreign clubs.

Laubenheimer, Roy C. BOl”lks, Retail

Joined 1940 Left 1942

Dist. Sales Mgr. Winston Co., 16 Herning Ave.

Roy was elected I”In the 11th of Jan., and was inducted on the 18th of Jan. 1940. He attended the District Conference Apr. 25th and 26th, at the Berkeley Carteret, in Asbury Park, and reported I”In the Conference on May 16th, with Bill Reel, Abey Caldwell, and Gordon Peters. The Mar. 25th, 1941 “Crier” reports that he was appointed to the Auditing committee to replace John Freese. On Sept. 11th, 1941, he was repl”lrted back from his vacation, but he resigned I”In Feb. 5th, 1942.

Lawrence, Harry W. Educ. Supervisory

Joined 1957

Cranford High Scho~l – Business Education Dept.

Harry was inducted en May 16th, 1957, and became chairman of the Nurse’s Scholarship committee for the years 1958-59 and 1959-60. His son Bob was a guest on Aug. 28th, 1959. For 1961-62, Harry was chairman of the Scholarship and Loan Fund committee. He became Historiam for the year 1962-63, and chairman of the Program committee for 1963-64. On July 25th, 1963, he presented a program on Historical Landmarks of N.J. For 1964-65, He was chairman of the Magazine cemmittee, and on Aug. 25th, 1964, he participated in a Club Service pr.gram under Bob Dennis. He next was chairman of the Rotary Information committee for 1965-66.

He became a director and chairman of the International Service committee fl”lr 1966-67, and the foll.wing year, 1967-68, he was director and chairman of the Vocational Service committee. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence both attended the District Conference at the Holiday Inn at Atlantic City en Mar. 29th to 31st, 1968. For the year 1968-69 he served as club treasurer and went

on to serve as Secretary for 1969-70. Apr. 11th to 13th, 1969, he and his Rotary Ann A.ttended the District Conference a.t Buck H:U:l Pa Tl.s ,

—–_ —- – ~ o~- Aug ~ -7th~ . 1969, he gave a program on Business Co-operation with the High School Training Program.

He was assisted by High School students and by John Manger. Essentially the same program was presented at the Garwood Rotary Club, in two installments, Oct.

27th, 1969, and on Nov. 11. This time he was assisted by Bill Mc Kinlay, and by students.

Harry was born in Sussex, N. J., but graduated from the Roxbury High School in Succasunna, N.J. He received his B.A. degree from Trenton State College in 1938, and his M.A. degree from N.Y.U. in 1946. After Trenton State, he began his teaching Career at the Metuchen High School where he stayed from 1938 to 1942.

He came to Cranford in 1942 and is now head of the Business Education department of the High School. In 1957, he reached the presidency of the N.J. Business Education Association, after 10 years as a director and holder of various offices in the association, including the Executive Board. On July 21st, 1960, he was one of three N.J. teachers to be awarded a workshop Grant for stUdies in Economic Education. He had been nominated by the N.J. Council on Economic Education. His son Robert, a native of Cranford, is Traveling Auditor for American Bakeries.

·::·Leavitt, Frank Boiler Mfg.

Born (?) Died Nov. 29, 1932

Joined 1924 Death terrminated membership The Thatcher Co., Garwood Plant Manager

Frank Leavitt joined Cranford Rotary on Oct. 7th, 1924 and for 1925-26, and for 1926-27 was chairman of the Business Methods (Vocational Service) committee.

On May 20th, 1927, he talked on the manufacture of Heating Equipment. He was made chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1928-29. On Sept. 7th, 1928, he spoke on the Montreal and other Rotary clubs that he had visited. He became Secretary of the club for 1930-31 and was also chairman of the Attendance committee.

On Feb. 20th, 1931, he talked on the 4th Object of Rotary, while Rowland Blythe talked on the 2nd, and Ji~ Warner talked on the 5th Object. The writer has found no list of the early objects and the current list includes only four. He was elected President for 1931-32, and ex officio chairman of the Aims and Objects committee.

Illness plagued him from this point on. He was ,first reported ilIon Oct. 30th, 1931, then on Nov. 26th,

.. he was reported as recovering. On Dec. 4th, 1931, he was recovering on a trip through the south. In January and on Feb. 19th, 1932 he was again reported as recover~ ing. He was to be a director, as past president, for 1932-33, but on Sept. 29th, 1932, he waS again ill, and his death followed in November.

During his active years, he was a frequent host to high school students visiting the Thatcher Co. as part of Youth Week or Vocational Guidance.

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Lewis, Edwyn M. Finance, Trust Co.

Joined 1954

Union County Trust Co. South and Walnut Avenue

Ed Lewis graduated from the West Orange High School and from Weslyan University. Later he also attended the American Institute of Banking and the N. J. Bankers Assoc. School of Public Relations. His first professional experience was with the Montclair Trust Co., as a Commercial Teller. In 1936, he took a similar position with the Elizabeth Trust Co. and became Assistant Treasurer. Following this bar.k1s merger with the Union County Trust Company, he was Assistant Secretary and Treasurer of the latter bank. He has headed the Cranford Branch since 1954, and held the title of Assistant Vice-President from 1964. In 1962, he was Special Gifts Chairman of the United Fund.

Ed’s first contact with Cranford Rotary was on April 29, 1954, as a guest. He was inducted as a member on the 15 of July. He gave a biographical sketch on June 2, 1955. For 1956-57, Ed was chairman of the Vocational Guidance committee, which was then separated from the Vocational Service committee. He and Art Burditt talked on their occupations on May 24, 1956. On Dec. 13, 1956,he was appointed to serve under under Van Chamberlin on a Community Planning committee with Bob Dennis, John Biach, and Patty Grall.

The May 2, 1957 Cog Wheel reported that he and Carl Hanson had presented a Guidance program. For 1958-59, he was chairman of the Interclub committee, then for 1960-61, he was chairman of the Auditing committee. This was followed for 1961-62 by the chairmanship of the Program Committee. During this period he was also president of the Cranford Chamber of Commerce. Ed headed the Budget committee for 1962-63, then became a director for 1963-64 and chairman of the Vocational Service committee. Howard Siegal resigned as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors before serv~ ing the 1964-65 term, and Ed Lewis was advanced to that post. He was Secretary for 1965-66. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lewis attended the District Conference held Apr. 23, and

24, 1965 at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. For 1966- 67, he was elected Vice-President and was chairman of the Club Service committee.

On Apr. 28th, 1966, he was reported to be hospitalized for the first of two cataract operations, and the May 12th Cog Wheel reported him at home for recuperation. Recovery permitted an October vacation in the Carolinas. He was elected treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 17, 1966. Ed was one of the Cranford members who attened the Feb. 24th, 1967 area meeting at Morristown, featuring R.I. President Richard L. Evans. Others attending were Ace Corbin, Patty Grall, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Rod Smith~ Ken Hac Kay and Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt.

Ed’s year as president came in 1967-68. He entertained the club at the Union County Trust Compan1s Computor Center in Roselle. Other activities for the period were chairmanship of the Industrial Drive committee of the United Fund and re-election as treasurer of the Chamber

of Commerce. On Dec. 14th, 1967, he was reported as being

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Ed was back from his seige with hospitals on the 11th of April in 1968, fully recovered. During his absences, Vice-President Glenn pinch hit, and kept the club informed on his progress. For 1960-70 Ed is again heading the Budget committee.

Lightcap, Nelson M. Moving and storage

Joined 1954

Robbins & Allison, Inc., 213 South Avenue-E.

Nels is a graduate of Phillipsburg High School and Trenton State. He then earned an M.A. at Rutgers.

He first taught at Pleasantville High School, then at Cranford High School’s Business Education Dept. from

1938 to 1942. He was a resident of Cranford from 1940.

He joined Bethlehem Steel Co. as an accountant from

1942 to 1953. On the retirement of Lou Allison, he

joined Robbins and Allison in 1954. Nels bec~e a member of the township committee from 1962 to 1965 and was also on the Board of Health. He has been Director, Treasurer and President of the United Fund. He is a past president of the Trenton state Alumni, a trustee and first president of the Men’s Garden Club, and a member of the Chamber

of Commerce. He is the father of a daughter and two

sons, Jonathan, and Nels, Jr., who is associated with him in the firm. He is also a grandfather five times over.

His first contact with Cranford Rotary was on Mar.

6th, 1941, when he presented a high school senior class program as commercial instructor, and the guidance director on the H.S. Guidance program. He was a visitor

on Aug. 21,1947, and became a member of the club on Aug. 12th, 1954. He gave a biographical sketch on June 2nd, 1955.

Nels became chairman of the Youth Service committee for 1956-57. He gave a report on Youth Service on July 26th, 1956. The report included plans for a Pony League. For 1957-58 he was chairman of the Program committee.

On July 24th, 1958, he posted a net 73, in the club golf tournament under Walter Coffee. Nels became Jr. Member

of the Joint Civic Committee, Mar. 19th, 1959, and was

Sr. Member from Rotary, as well as chairman of the Joint Committee on Mar. 31st, 1960. He was also chairman of the club IS Nembership conml, ttee for 1959-60, and was chairman of the Auditing committee for 1961-62.

Nels was chairman of the Interclub committee for 1963-64, and under Fletch Gilpin, he participated in a Club Activities program. He became a Director for 1964-65, and chairman of Community Service. On July 16th, 1964,

he began a campaign for the organization of a Cranford YMCA. He presented a program on the YMCA on Oct. 29th, 1964. On Nov. 19th, 1964, he announced plans for a Salute to Industry Program (originally suggested by Charles

Ray), to be held Jan. 14th, 1965. The meeting was very successful, and he was thanked for his efforts. He repeated as a director and Community Service chairman for 1965-66, and then was elected Treasurer for 1966-67. On May 12th, 1966, he presented Robert Mc Arthur, who was later to become a club member, with a report on the status of the Y.M.C.A. in Cranford. During this period, he was also hospitalized for obsorvation at Muhlenberg.

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Lightcap, Nelson (Cont)

For 1967-68, Nels served as Secretary of the club.

On June 22nd, 1967, he presented Rotary’s Check to the Cranford Y.M.C.A. On Dec. 14th, 1967, he was among the Rotarians particularly praised by Frank Dooley, president of the Boy’s Camp Association, for their work in support of the camp. He was Vice-President and chairman of the Club Service in 1968-69. On Sept. 5th, 1968, he presented the Club Service program with Jack Gilbert, Lew Laird, Vince Sarnowski, Ron Sobelson, Tow Sordill, and Art Burditt, participating. On Nov. 14th, 1968, Glenn Klinefelter did the honors in presenting another check for

the Y.M.C.A.

Nekls took over as President for the 1969-70 term.

He and his Rotary Ann both attended the District Conference at Buck Hill Galls on April 11th to 13th, 1969. The details are listed under Glenn Klinefelter.

On Aug. 28th, 1969, he presented a permanent plaque for Student Leadership to Henry Dosher, Vice Principal

of Cranford High School. TIe plaque is to carry the names of the recipients of Rotary awards.

Linzer, George M. Elec. Supplies, Retail

Joined 1945 Left 1954

Cranford Radio, 2 Eastman st.,

George was first a guest on Sept. 6th, 1945, then was inducted Oct. 25th, 1945. He talked to the club on the Future of TV, on Dec. 16th, 1948. According to the Cog Wheel of Apr. 25th, 1950, George was one of 13 Cranford Rotarians who attended the Intercity Meeting at Far Hills. His resignation was accepted Oct. 7th, 1954.

LockwoOd, Harold Elec. Contractor

Joined June 1st, 1923 Left Apr. 28th, 1931

Shop – 210 South Ave. E.

Harold’s address is the same as that occupied by the C.L. Hill Mfg. Co. still in business at that address, and represented in Rotary by William Dodds and Charles Hill. On Sept. 18th, 1924, Harold was listed as one of eight judges for a Swimming Meet sponsored by Rotary.

His name occurs again when he and his wife attended

the Rotary Day at Jamesburg.

For 1925-26, Harold was chairman of the Business Methods (Vocational Service) committee. He spoke on Electrical Contracting on Dec. 10th, 1926. On May 10th, 1928, he served on the club’s Float committee.

Longaker, D.D., Rev. Robert G. Ministry, Prot.

Joined 1945

First Presbyteriean Church, Sprgfld & No. Union Aves.

Bob was born at Three Rivers, Mich. He graduated from Heidelberg College, at Tiffin, Ohio, the Princeton Theological Seminary. He also received an M.A. from Princeton, and a D.D. from Heidelberg on June 7th, 1959. He was ordained at Campbell Hall, N.Y. in May 1933, and served a church there for 6 years. In 1937, he attended the American School of Oriental Research, in Jerusalem. Another 6 years was spent at Sparrows Pt., Md. He belonged to the Rotary Club of Dundalk, Md. and was a Director of that club.

He came to Cranford in 1945, and 1s very near to hIs 25th anniversary as pastor of the Presbyterian Church

here. On Aug. 9th, he thanked the Rotary Club for its welcome to Cranford, and was a guest on Sept. 13th, 1945. He was inducted into membership on Oct. 25th, 1945. and was drafted for a talk on Thanksgiving, on Tues. Nov. 20th. On Dec. 24th, he led carol singing for the Christmas program. On June 20th, 1946, he was paired with Bill Willsey to win at Lions-Rotary golf. Dec. 19th, 1946, he aga1n led the Christmas Singing, and gave the first of his Christmas talks, which became an annual event for these many years. He led more carol singing, the following week.

For the year 194·7-48. he was officially listed as Song Leader, and was chairman of the International Service committee. On Oct. 16th, 1947. he talked on the Welding of Nations. Bob has two sons, Robert II, and Leslie. Leslie is listed Nov. 1st, 1947. as a winner in the Halloween Costume Contest. Dec. 4th, 1947, Bob took on the Chairmanship of a cloth1ng drive for Denmark. For 1949-50, he was chairman of the Fellowship committee and continued as Song Leader. On Oct. 6th, 1949, Bob was appointed to

study a Student Loan Fund, with Bob Crane, Sr •• Ken Mac Ka~, and Harold Wilson. Just prior to this appOintment, Sept. 22nd, 1949, he was in charge of a Rotary Ann luncheon put on by the Fellowship committee. The Christmas meeting on Dec. 22nd, 1949, featured Leslie doing a solo. On Feb.

2nd, 1950, Ken I~c Kay headed the Student Loan Fund committee to which Vince Sarnowshi had been added and it formalized conditions for loans. On Feb. 2Jrd, 1950,

Bob talked on the Atomic Age of Man.

He first became a Director in 1950-51 and continued as song leader. In the middle of June 1950. he was palred with Ace Corbin to win in a Lions-Rotary match. He also became a director of the Boys’ Camp, Feb. 22nd, 1951, as well as contlnuing on the Board of Directors of the club for 1951-52, and was chairman of the Community SerVice committee for that year. June 22nd, 1951. Bob was paired with Roy Mac Bean to win again at Lions-Rotary golf. At Christmas, on Dec. 27th, 1951, Bob agaln led carol singing and gave his Christmas talk.

For 1952-53. he was elected as Secretary of the club and was advanced to Vice-PreSident with the resignation of Joe Minton on May 8th, 1952. He was also Program committee chairman for that year. His son, Bob Jr., was a winner in the Treasure hunt held May 29th. 1952. He continued as. a director of the Boys’ Camp, and at Christmas,

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Bob served as President of the club for the year 1953- 54 and was a delegate with Van Chamberlin and John Biach. to the District Conference, Oct. 27th and 28th. 1953 at Buck Hill Falls. Twenty six, including Mrs. Longaker attended the conference on which he reported Nov. 5th. 1953. The annual Christmas meeting was held on Dec. 17th, 1953. For 1954-55. he served as a director and chairman of the Club Activities committee, as immediate past president. His Christmas talk for Dec. 23rd, 1954 was taped to be sent to the Isle of Jersey and its Rotary Club with which Cranford had maintained correspondence through the original efforts and visit of Ken Mac Kay. The latter, in return, pla~ed

a tape on Mar. 5th. 1955. that he’ received from the Rotary Club of Jersey. After Bob became president, Ace Corbin Succeeded him as song leader.

For 1956-57, Bob was chairman of the Magazine commite~ and for 1958-59, he chaired the Youth Service committee. His committee presented a Youth Week program on May 14th, 1959. This assignment was repeated in 1959-60, and the Youth Week program was presented May 6th, 1960. The club congratulated him on his doctorate on June l8th,1959, and

he continued as a director in the Boys’ Camp during this period. He gave a biographical sketch on Oct. 27th, 1960. The Committee-Calender card listed Bob as Assistant Song Leader. For 1961, Bob gave a Thanksgiving talk, and for the only time in all his years, he was replaced for the Christmas message by Dr. Albert Allinger of the Methodist Church.

The Fellowship committee chairmanship was Bob’s assignment for 1962-63. On Jan. 31st, 196], he was reported as hospitalized with a back injury from a fall. He keynoted the Youth Week Observance on May 9, 1963, as a member of Union County’s Juvenile Conference Committee. By this time the practice of having Youth Week officials of the Township had been dropped. He was Toastmaster of the 40th Anniversary dinner held at the Chi-Am Chateau on May 22nd. 1963. He traveled in Europe in the summer of 1963, and

on Sept. 19th, 196], he talked on his experiences and Makeups. He was congratulated on being a grandfather on Jan. 21st, 1965. On Nov. 4th, in the same year, Ira Dorian, Bill Dodds and Bob shared a forum on the prerequisites of

Rotary membership.

On Jan. 13th, 1966. Bob gave a talk on the Four-way Test at a meeting arranged by Harry Lawrence that hosted 16 students, seniors from the Consumers’ Economics Class. The meeting provided an opportunity for debate on business problems and practices. On Aug. 17th, 1967, Bob told the club about the co-incidence of meeting Herb Paskow at a Rotary Club meeting in Oslo, Norway, neither knowing the other was in Norway. Bob was another of the Rotarians praised by Frank Dooley for his service to the Boys’ Camp ASSOCiation on Dec. 14th, 1967.

On Dec. 5th, 1968, he talked on the Impact of Rotary at a second Salute to Industry program instigated by Art Burditt. impressed with the success of the original one presented by Nelson Lightcap. Ike Gross served as Toast-

master, and Malcolm Pringle, on a moment’s notice, pinch

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Lorey, Henry I. Gas Station

Joined Jan. 3. 1934 19f£ Mar. 9th, 1939

Blue & Gold Sere Sta., 109 South Ave., E.

Henry Lorey was elected to membership on Dec. 28th, 1933, and inducted at the followng meeting. For 1935-36, he was chairman of Club Service and Fellowship. He became a Director for 1937-38, and was elected Treasurer in 1938-39 and served also as Vocational Service chairman. He gave up his business connection on Mar. 9th, 1939, and his resignation was accepted the following week.

~~veland, Jr.~ Lyman L~ (Charter) Bldg. Material, Misc.

Born 1900 Died Mar. 2nd, 1966

Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Left Sept. 11, 1931

L. Loveland & Sons {Mason Material & Coal),344 North Ave.E.

Lyman Loveland was in a family business and for a short period, his brother vvilliam Wells Loveland was a member of the club as additional active. Lyman was the Charter Secretary of the club. At the Charter Night, April 3rd, 1923, his versatility was indicated by his entertainment with a l-string home-made violin. He was also in charge of the entertainment on Oct. 30th, 1924, when he sang comic songs along with ~villiam Mclilahon and John Fisher. He also was in charge of a Dinner Dance held on Nov. 14th, On Sept. 18th, 1924, he was one of the 8 judges for a swimming meet sponsored by Rotar.v.

May 27th, 1925, was Rotary Day at Jamesburg, and Lyman was one of those who made the trip. He was chairman of the Fellowship Committee for 1925-26 and he headed the Outdoor Program for Boys Week on Apr. 29th, 1926. He repeated as Fellowship chairman for 1926-27. He was then elected VicePresident for 1927-28. During Boys Iveek, starting Apr. 29th, 1927, he was in charge of the Athletic Program for wednesday, and of the Outdoor Program for Saturday. He reported on the Jame~~~/visit on May 20th, 1927. This trip was another in the series of annual treks made for several years. On Sept. 16th. 1927, he was in charge of a committee app’ointed to celebrate the club’s first year of perfect 100% attendance meetings. The record continued to just over three years. March 1st, 1928, Lyman was one member of a Rotary Quartet that included George Kelly, Rowland B~the, and Ver~on Still.

Lyman became President of the club for 1928-29 and attendad the District Conference Apr. 23rd, and 24th, 1928, at

Asbury Park. He also planned to attend the R.I. Convention at Minneapolis. On Ju~ 1st, 1928, he filed his report as chairman of Entertainment, just before taking office as president. On the 19th, of Ju~, the club visited the Boys’ Camp. On Oct. 26th, 1928, came the big event of the year when he presided at an intercity meeting of the District, called to celebrate two years of perfect attendance for the club. The District presented a silver plaque to the club

in tribute, according to the records, but the only memento on hand is the silver-banded ivory gavel that is still used in the conduct of our meetings. As the Immediate Past President, Lyman continued as a director for 1929-30.

The Lovelands owned a summer home at Silver Lake, adjacent to the Boys’ Camp, and they were instrumental

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in having the Boys’ Camp located where it was established.

On July 12th, 1929, Lyman entertained the members’ at his summer home following their visit to the Boys’ Camp. For 1930-31, he was again chairman of the Fellowship committee. He handled the Ladies Night program for Jan. 27th, 1931, and reported on it on Feb. 6th, He continued as chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1931-32, and also headed the International Service committee.

Following his resignation Sept. 11, 1931, he attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration Apr. 1, 1948, the 30th Anniversary on Feb. 19, 1953, and the 40th Anniversary dinner, May 22nd, 1963.

Lyman was born in Carbondale, Pa., and came to Cranford when he was 1 year old. He lived in Cranford for 30 years, and in 1934, he was a Police judge for Cranford. The L. L. Loveland Company became the Union Millwork and Supply Co.,

and he became a resident of Westfield in 1931. He had been a Westfield resident for 35 years, at the time of his death.

For 25 years he was an underwriter for the New York Life Insurance Co. He was the father of a daughter and a son, James.

Loveland, William Wells Additional Active

Joined Feb. 25th, 1929 Left Jan. 29th, 1931

L.L. Loveland & Sons, 344 North Ave. E.

Wells Loveland’s application was dated Jan. 24th, 1929, and his election to membership on Feb. 15th. His induction came ten days later. There are no records ~activity within the club before he left in 1931. Presumably he was anticipating the change of ownership in business.

*LUTZ, GEORGE A. (Charter) Conduit Mfg.

Born Died July 29, 1933

Joined Feb. 15th, 1923 Left Nov. 10th, 1931 American Circular Loom Co., Kenilworth, NJ

The first entry in George’s record is that he talked to the club on July 26th, 1923, on Pipe, Pipesand Pipe Dreams.

He was elected president of the club for the 1924-25 year, and attended the R.I. Convention at Toronto on June 5th, 1924.

On Sept. 18th, he donated a Swimming Meet cup. His suggestion of an Ice Carnival was accepted when presented on Jan. 8,1925. He is next listed as attending the District Conference at Asbury Park, Mar. 12, 1925, ap~,on May 27, he and Mrs. Lutz attended Rotary Day at James~~rOn Dec. 18, 1925, he reported on the Ice Skating Carnival. .

For 1925-26, he was chairman of the Boys Work committee (Youth Service), and on Feb. 18, 1926, he was made a director of the new Boys’ Camp. On Apr. 2, 1926, he reported on plans for a joint field day with Plainfield. For many years

Plainfield Rotary sponsored annual field days for both

grade school and high school students for the entire county.,

George was elected a Director again for 1926-27, and was also chatY’man of the Boys’ Work committee.

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the meeting of April 16. On the 23 of April, he reported on the Grade Crossing Elimination Program of the Central R.R.

On July 9, 1926, he asked for the next meeting to be held at the Boys’ Camp. Twenty-one members and guests made the trip. On Sept. 3, he announced plans for a Swimming Meet to be held on the 11th.

George was elected to the Township Committee to begin service Jan. 1, 1927. Later on he bacame mayor of Cranford. the first Rotarian to reach this position. Other acttve Rotarians have been Ira Dorian, Van Chamberlin and Malcolm Pringle. Mayor George Osterheldt was made an Honorary member of the club. Nelson Lightcap served on the Township Committee, but limited his service to one three-year term.

On Jan. 14, 1927, George announced a Skating Meet to be held two days later. The Boys Week Program was announced on April 29, 1927. to be held on May 6. The next announcement he made was for the July 15th meeting to be held at the Boys’

Camp. _

George went on a fishing trip on July 28, 1928, with Newman Collins, Clyde Bell and John Heins. This trip occurred a week after the club made its annual trip to the Boys’ Camp

on July 19. For 1930-31, George was made chairman of the Community Service committee. The last entry on his record was a July 25, 1930 fishing trip to Canada with Jim Warner and Carl WarsinskL

McCullough, Herbert R. Education

Joined 1934 Left 1939

Clerk, Cranford Board of Education, Grant School

Herb was elected a member on Jan. 25, 1934, and inducted

on Feb. 11. He was made Secretary of the club for two successive terms, 1934-35 and 1935-36. He reported on Lions-Rotary Ball games held July 4, and 16, and then on Sept. 12. Rotary won

the first and the Lions won the second and third.

He was a delegate to the District Conference May 8, at Asbury Park. For 1936-37, he was chairman of the Classification Committee. On Dec. 16. 1937. he was delegated to orga~~ze a Bowling Team to play the Lt ons on Feb. 3, 1938. He was tfie:n

on a committee to work with the Lions on a Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival that was held April 8. His resignation was accepted

on May 3, 1939. but it was not the end of his Rotary Association. On Sept. 25. 1941, he was teamed with Charles Ray in the LionsRotary Golf Tournament. He was still golfing on Rotary teams

in July 1942. On Feb. 18, 1943, he attended the 20th Anniversary celegratton. and on Dec. 2. that same year, he attended Rotary’s dinner for the Football team. along with Ray Clement.

He visited the club on Feb. 10. 1949.

McDermith, Clark W, Public Schools Administration

Joined Sept. 11th, 1958 Left Dec. 31, 1968 Superintendent of Schools, Cranford.

Clark was brought up in Central Illinois and began

his career by teaching elementary grades in Herrick, Ill.

He studied at Illinois CollegeJ at Jackson, Ill. and

taught in Cowden and Rosemond. He was made superintendent of schools at Alsey, Ill. and received his B.A. at Illinois College, in 1929. In 1934, he received an M.A. at the Univ. of Illinois. Clark received his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1940. During 1938, and 1939, he had served as research Assistant in the Division of Field Studies at Columbia.

He spent one year as principal of the Berlin, N.H., Junior High School. In 194o, he was superintendent of schools at Laconia N.H.~ then in 1943 he took a similiar position at Salem, N. H. In 1946 he took over as superintendent of schools in Passaic, N. J. , and then took the same position in Cranford, in 1958.

Clark spent 18 years in Rotary and was District Secretary of Dist. 749, while in Passaic. After his induction in Cranford Rotary, Sept. LLt.h , 1958; lHe gave a biograph:–, – ,. ical sketch on Oct 2nd, 1958. He was among the speakers

on Feb. 25th, 1960, on the Cranford Schools Expansion Program. On June 30th, 1960, he worked with Ken Mc Kay and Art Burditt on a Rotary Information Quiz Program.

From 1960-61, Clark was chairman of the Youth Service Committee, then on N0v. 30thJ 1961J he talked on a trip in which he acc ompant ed 17 other educators to Russia. The trip, during the summer, was sponsored by the National Education Association. On March 22nd, 1962, he gave more details on Russian education.

He was made chairman of the program committee for 1962

Under Lew Laird, he participated in a Club Service program on Aug. 23rd, 1962.

His most ambitious undertaking was the planning of a year long program in connection with New Jersey Tercentenary. He began on Oct 3rd, 1963 with the apPointment of a committee for Educational and cultural Advancement (CECA). Paul Buohaguro of the School system assisted. Each month a different phase of cultural or education was stressed with featured lectures and concerts. Included in the program was the dedication of the new Junior High

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For 1966-67, he was made chairman of the Youth Servlce committee. On Sept. 22nd, 1966, he urged that Rotary show leadership in revitalizing the Central Business Zone. For 196f1-611, Clark was chairman of the Committee for Rotary Infbrmation.

He resigned as superintendent of schools in the late

fall of 1968 and he was succeeded by Vince Sarnowski, first as Actin~ Superintendent. then as full Superintendent of SdlOO~.:3 ‘. On his retireme~t from the School System, he moved, to South Jet’Bey 8nti fll)hmi1-,h~r’l hi f’l t’esignation, from the club.

Jolned March 15th, 1956 Left Nov. 20th, 1969

Builders’ General Supply Co., 336 Centennial Ave.

Stu is the brother of Dick McFadden who was Charter President of the Kiwanis Club, organized Feb. 24th, 1949_ He was graduated from Cranford High School, and attended Rutgers Univ. He 1s the father of one daughter, and one son, Stuart Jr.

Following his induction, March 15th, 1956, Stu became

a vew helpful Rotarian in a qUiet way. He was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1956-57, and chairman of the Attendance committee for 1958-59. He was appointed with Morris Siegel to the Community Council and on June 4th, 1959. became the Senior member from Rotary. He was one of ~1x who gave talks about Hallowe’en on the 27th of Oct., 1960. At the District Conference, Nov. 4th to 6th, 1960, at Buck Hill Falls, he was one of 21 Cranford Rotarians and guests. He was then appointed to the Joint Civic Committee and was Senior

Member for 1962-63. The following year he was chairman

of the Fellowship committee. Dec. 5th, 1963, he announced plans for a Christmas Party to be held on Dec. 26th, that would host 32 disadvantaged children. He headed the Attendance committee for a second time in 1964-65, and participated in a Club Service program on Aug. 25th, 1964, under Bob Dennis.

Stu becz.me a Director for 1965-66 and was in charge

of Vocational Service. He was reported on April 1st, 1965, to be in the Elizabeth General Hospital, and back home the following weel{. During the fall of 1965. he served as a

Major in the United Fund Campaign. For 1966-67, Stu was in charge of the Interclub and District Conference committee.

He headed a Rotary Information Quiz contest on Sept. 6th, 1967. with Art Burditt as judge.

On Feb. 8th, 1969, he began organizing a Cranford

Sing Out Group,as a result of his contaots with the Roselle unit which was used as a Fund Raising attraction under

Herb Paskow. He reRigned Nov. 20th. 1969, when he left Builders’ Supply Co.

McGinnis, Donald Honorary

lVfembership first awarded ~1ar. 15th, 1966

Retired from General Motors Corp.

Don was graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Mo. and the Univ. of Wisconsin. He has a daughter and a son, Philip. After his retirement, his work for the Chamber of Commerce and for the Presbyterian Church, as

well as the United Fund, earned him the respect of the community.

He was inducted on the 31st,of Mar., 1966, and on Aug. 4th he talked on the Four-Way Test in Industry. In November. he was involved in correspondence with John Manger, who was than in Japan and had visited a Tokyo Rotary Club. The correspondence was published in the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle. Don was a director of the Chamber of Commerce, as reported Nov. 17th, 1966.

For 1967-68. he was appointed as Jr. Member of the Joint Civic Committee. and the following year, as Senior Member, he was chairman of that committee. He handled the Annual Ladies Night at Forsgate Farms, Mar. 16th. 1969. He wes pr~sented a special Honorary Membership pin on Sept. 4th.

Masonry

Left May 28th, 1929

Bus. Appraisal Died Nov. 21, 1958 Left June 20, 1957 following stroke.

McKinlay, William S. Telephone Service

Joined May 6th, 1965

N. J, Bell Telephone Co., 100 North Union Ave.

Bill is a product of Cranford High School and Seton Hall University. He also is a product of the Cranford Boys Camp where he was Camper of the Year in 1949. He was in the legal Dept. of the Telephone Company for 3 years) at Newark. He then spent a short time as q Division Staff Supervisior at New Brunswick. He was appDinted as manager of the Cranford Office on Feb. 15th, 1965 to succeed Charles Reilly who had been ttansferred to Perth Amboy. Bill has a son William Jr.

He was inducted into the Rotary on May 6th, 1965, and was chairman of the Magazine Committee from 1965–66. He talked on his occupation under Vince Sarnowski, on July 29th, 1965. It was reported on Dec. 9th, 1965, that Bill had been placed in charge by his company of the detection of Nuisance Calls, and on Feb. 24th, he talked on the successes that had been achieved. On Oct. 20th, 1966, he participated under John Dexheimer on a Magazine program with Bill Schroeder and Art Burditt.

From 1967 -68, Bill was cha+rman of the Public Information committee. In the fall of 1967, he was Industry chairman for the United Fund. On Oct. 27th, 1969, he shared a program with Harry Lawrence at the Garwood

Club, on Business Co-operation in High School training programs.

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Joined March 6th, 1924 Office: 18 Lincoln Ave.

Bill was inducted March 6th, 1924, and on Oct. 30th, at a Rotary entertainment, he sang comic

songs with John Fisher, and Lyman Loveland, He was made chairman of the Fellowship committee for 1925-26 and elected Sergeant-at-Arms for 1927-28. He reported on the project River Carnival plans on July 1st, 1927, and the Carnival was held on July 4th. He resigned

as Sergeant-at-Arms on Dec. 9th, 1927, and from the club on May 28th, 1929. There was an indication that he had died before May of 1935.

~ McPherson, William

Born Sept. 9th, 1895 Joined April 15, 1954

Office Alden st.

Bill had been a visitor to the club Dec. 2nd, 1943, Jan. 27th, 1944 July 18th, 1946, and July lOth, 1947.

On Aug. 19th, 1954, he is listed as leading the singing. He was first reported ilIon Aug. 23rd, 1956. The illness resulted in a stroke that barred any possibility of further attendance, so he was dropped from- the rolls. He failed to recover from the illBess.

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Mac Bean, Roy H. Insurance, Fire

Joined Aug. 21, 1947 Add. Act., Sr. Act.

Hedenberg-Mac Bean Agency, now Kohler-Mac Bean, 106 South Avenue East.

Roy has proved a very constructive individual not only in Rotary, but in everything undertaken. He graduated from Colgate in 1937 and went into the insurance filed. From 1940 to 1945 he was with the Insurance Co. of North America, serving as special agent for N. J. He joined Hedenberg in July 1945, to inco~orate the agency. He became President of the Union County Association of Insurance Agents from 194~-50 and was on the Executive Committee of the State Association from 1951-52, then became President of the New Jersey Association of Insurance Agents. He was a past President of the Cranford Business Association (now the Chamber of Commerce). In 1952, he became a Director of the Cranford Savings and Loan Association and in 1958, was its President and Treasurer. He has two sons, Lawrence J. and James Roy. On July 14th, 1965, he was reported as picking up the latter at Kennedy Airport returning from 2t years

of service in Malawi (Nyasaland), with the Peace CQrps.

He appeared as a guest first on July 5th, l~~\ and again on Feb. 27th, 1947. He was inducted on Aug. 21st,

of that year and then was listed as attending the District Conference at Asbury Park, Apr. 13th, and 14th, 1948. He was elected Director of the Club for 1949~50. On Nov. 17th 1949, he gave a talk on his classification. From 1950-51, he was re-e1ected as a Director. On June 8th, 1950, he

was in charge of the second annual Vocations Day, in which 50 members participated.

The first note of participation in golf, oocured on June 15th, 1950, when he was paired with Cy Breen to win in the Lions-Rotary Golf March. Then on June 22nd, 1951, he was paired with Bob Lon~aker again on the winning side. Roy was elected Treasurer o~ the Club from 1951-52 year. On Jan. 17th, 1952, he gave a talk on Compulsory Auto Insurance, based on Massachusetts experience. He was, reelected as Treasurer from 1952-53, but before he could take office, he resigned from the Board of Directors because of his new duties as President of the state Association of Insurance Agents •

. ·Roy, was chairman of the Auditing Committee ,from 1953-54, l:inq.’.was appointed Feb. 4th, 1954, with Howard Wingert to represent Rotary on the Cranford Day Committee. On June 7th, he was again the winner at Lions-Rotary Golf. For two years, 1956-57 and 1957-5~J he again headed the auditing committee. On July 24th, 1958 he was~a member under Walter Coffee of a winning tournament team with

a net of 73. His assignment for 1959-60 was on the Magazine Committee chairmanship, and he talked on the Magazine on Jan. 28th, 1960.

June 23rd, 1960, Roy was on the team that placed aecond in the District Golf Tourney held at Deal Country

Club. Other C~nford members were Walter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Will- lPng, :aill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall~ Charles Ray Sr., Carroll Sellers, Buddy Bergen and Norman Roden.

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He gave a biographical sketch on Nov. 10th~ 1960.

For 1962-63~ he was again chairman of the Student Scholarship and Loan Committee, and he also served as Treasurer of the 40th, Anniversary committee which held its dinner on May 22nd, 1963. For 1963-64, he was chairman of the Budget Committee.

On July Ilth~ 1963, he showed color films of the Masters Golf Film. These then came annually, Sept. 24th, 1964, Sept. 23rd, 1965, Oct 13th, 1966, Dec. 7th, 1967, and Jan. 8th, 1970. No record on 1968 and 1969. On June 19th 1964, the Golf Team won the Low Net in the Distrcit Tournament with Roy Mac Bean~ Will Lnage, Bill Dodds,

and Van Chamberlin. Also participating in the event,

were Ernie Wolford, Pete Clark, Glenn, Klinefelter, Buddy Be rgen , Norman Roden and Ralph Koury. For 1965 –66, Roy wad chairman of the Golf and Bowling committee. The Sept. 26th Cog Wheel reported that Roy had been hospitalized for surgery. His recovery was prompt and complete.

*Mac Clary, H. Stanley I-Liquor, 2-Insurance, Life

Born June 30, 1900 Died Nov. 23rd, 1963

Joined Nov.27, 1941 Left Aug. 18, 1955 to Charlotte,

District Governor 1953-54 North Carolina

1 – Park & Tilford Imp. Co., N. Y. C.

2 – Acacia Mutual Life Ins. Co. Home 18 Beech st.

Stan was born and schooled in Brooklyn, N. Y., where he majored in accounting. He began his career of selling by working for Canada Dry, and then Park and Tilford. He came to Cranford in 1925. Stan and his Rotary Ann Sue, became the parents of five boys: H. Stanley, Jr., David B., Bruce, Robert E., and Richard A. Mac Clary. After working for Park and Tilford, Stan became affiliated with the Acacia Mutual until after his District Governorship. As

a result of that assignment, he met R.I. Past President

S. Kendrick Guernsey with headquarters in Jacksonville.

He became associated with the latter’s insurance firm, and was assigned to Charlotte, N. C., where he moved in 1955, and continued his association with Rotary. stan had been President of the Cranford Republican Club, a Post Master of the Masonic Lodge. He had served a s chairman of the Board of Adjustment, and for 25 years was a member of the Election Board, with many years as judje.

Prior to joining the Cranford Rotary Club, stan visited with the club at the Boy’s Camp on July 25th, 1940) where David played the paino. After his introduction on Nov. 27th, 1941, he participated in a Forum held on March 19th, 1942, on the War and Business, with reference to Beverages. A report on Aug. 11th, 1942, showed that he gave the invocation in the absences of Father SherlOCk. On Aug. 21st, 1942, he was head of the Motor Corps of the Civil Defence Council, and Co-Chairman of the Salvage Committee.

At a Rotary family picnic, on Sept. 9th, 1942, Bruce was a winner at Darts and the Treasure Hunt, and David won the Bean BAg Toss and at Table Tennis. stan was chairman of youth week Apr. 25th, to May 1st, 1943. For 1943-44, Stan was made chairman of the youth Service com~

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by Charles Cole, on International Security. On the 2nd

of Dec. he was on a committee under Tom Albert to arrange the hosting of the football team, at which Father Sherlock entertained with sleight of hand. He was in charge of Youth Week beginning Apr. 27th, 1944.

For two successive years, Stan was appOinted to the Ways and ~eans committee which had ordinarily been headed by the club preSident. These years were 1944-45, and 1945-46. On the 5th of Oct., 1944, he announced a Scrap Paper Drive to be conducted on Nov. 5th, jOintly with the Lions, Rotary and Scouts. On the 16th of Nov. he arranged a Concert by the Westfield Glee Club. Mrs. Sue Mac Clary helped the club celebrate its 23rd birthday, by baking a cake. For several years after that she also baked small cup cakes for the birthdays of club members, as they were celebrated once a month.

Stan was one of eight who were nominated as directors on Mar. 14th, 1946, but was not elected. His son, Dave, was his guest on June 12th, 1947, and Stan headed the Community Service committee for 1947-48. He arranged

a Rotary)~nn luncheon for Sept. 18th, 1947, and the following Nov. 6th, came the biggest project the club ever undertook with the production of its Rotary Riot Show. Stan was interlocutor. For more details, see Cy Perley.

. For Mar. 25th, 1948, Stan began a series on Community Assets, wi th Gordon Fromm, Lou Allison,. Wal ter Coffee

and Harold Wilson participating. The series was continued on Apr. 15th, with George Osterheldt on Municipal Government, and Ken Mac Kay on the community’s cultural

assets. .

He continued on the Community Service c0mmittee for 1948-49 and continued the series with the final installment in which Henry Whipple surveyed Cranford’s Welfare Agencies.

Stan became club Secretary for 1949-50 and, under Bob Crane Jr., was a delegate along with Carl Hanson to the R. I. Convention at New York City. Alternates

were Harold Wilson, Sam Hinman, and Charles Ray. On

May 19th,1949, Carl Hanson, Bob Crane, and Stan reported on the District Conference held at Asbury Park·May 5th· and6th. Bob Crane Jr. also accompanied Stan to the District Assembly held July 13th at the Park Hotel in Plainfield. Harvey Cannon and Bill Smith were two others who attended the Assembly. Stan Mac Clary

~eported on the R. I. Convention on July 7th.

For 1950-51, Stan was elected Vice-President,- of the

club and he was one of the 13 who attended the Far .

Hills Inter-city Meeting held on Apr. 24th. He was also one of 11 who attended the District Conference at Asbury Park, May lith and 12th. Stan also served as Program . committee chairman f~r 1950-51. On Oct. 5th. 1950, he represented the club at a meeting of the Elizabeth General Hospital Nursing School committee. .

Stan became president of the club for 1951-52. With John Biach, he was a delegate to the District Conference at Asbury Park, Apr. 26 and 27. He was reported as helping the Ambulance Corps at Elizabeth General Hospital,

in a story on the lOth of May, 1951. According to the

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On July 12th, 1951, Fire at the Howard Johnson

Restaurant on Nte. 22, in Springfield, where the Cranford Rotary Club met, complicated Stan’s year as President. The damage was severe and it closed the restaurant for some months. It was said at the time, that the Howard Johnson would be unwilling to resume service of the club when the building was repaired because its transient business had so greatly increased. Through the good ,. offices of Bob Crane Sr., the meetings were handled by the Echo Lake Country Club. When the Club’s dining room closed late in the fall, it was again necessary to move and this time it was to the Echo Lane Bowls, again on Rte. 22. This meeting place was found unsatisfactory

and the club jumped at the offer by the women of the Methodist Church to resume service to the club after

some years of suspension. Arrangements were made on

Jan. 31st for the service to start Feb. 7th, 1952.

Four different meeting places in less than a year set something of a record in the district.

As Immediate Past President, Stan was a Director

f.r 1952-53. In Aug., 1952, both he and Bob Crane Jr., were-Vice-Presidents of the Boys I Camp. In this period, Stan was a speaker at the Pacific Coast Convention of

the Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. Later he was

elected as District Governor. His District Assembly

was held at Trenton, where he was made an Honorary

Citizen of the city on Apr. 13th, 1954. On July 22nd,

1954, he talked on the Ideal Rotary Club. It was also announced that he had been named Chairman of the District’s’ 50th Anniversary Committee for R. I.’s Golden Anniversary, by his successor, District Governor Augie Greiner.

However, that was his last district assignment before

moving to North Carolina on Aug. 18th 1955. His last

club appearance was on Aug. 12th, 1954, when he talked

about R. I. and plans for the district celebration.

Mac Intire, Lawrence E. Ice-Retail

Joined Aug. 26, 1926. Left Mar. 3rd, 1927

Cranford Ice Co. 202 South Ave. E.

Larry’s record in the Cranford club is a blank.

He moved out of town Mar. 3rd, 1927 and it was noted

that he joined the Chester, Pa. Rotary Club, immediately.

*MaOk, George Mfg. Organ Pipes

Born Died Nov. 29th, 1952

Joined May 1st, 1923 Left Dec. 4th, 1930 George Mack & Son, Garwood, N. J.

Rejoined Apr. 30, 1931 Left Feb. 17, 1932

Beckley Perroratlng Co., 19 Eastman St. CFD. (Salesman)

George valued his membership so highly that when his customer, the Aeolian Co. began to have difficulties, he tried to maintain his membership by representing the Beckley Co., but evidently the connection was shortlived. Shortly after his induction, he talked on

May 31, 1923,

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eight judges at the Rotary Swimming Meet. For 1925-26, he was chairman of THREE committees, Fellowship, Program, and Classification. On Apr. 2nd 1926, he was listed as leading the singing, and Florence Samsom was at the piano. Her name is repeated for many years as the club pianist.

For 1928-29, George was elected as Vice-President, and was chairman of the Program committee. He was then President of the club for 1929-30. As immediate Past President, he continued as a Director for 1930-31. For two years, 1930-31 and 1931-32 he was listed for the Music chairmanship. After leaving in 1932, he returned for the Nov. 1st, 1934 reunion with Ken Martin.

Mac Kay, Kenneth Campbell Educ. College

Joined Apr. 3rd, 1947 Left Active Membership Jan. 1,

1968. Pres. Union Junior College, Spgf1d Ave. Honorary since.

Ken is one of the most delightful and talented men to grace the club’s meetings. His activities and his honors are so great that only the highlights can be covered. He is a graduate of Madison High School and Columbia College. He also received his PhD from Columbia University. He began his career teaching at what was then Union County Junior College in Roselle, in 1935.

He was made Dean of the college in 1942, the year that

it was moved to Cranford with Charles Cole as President. Ken was made President in 1947, 3 years after Charles Cole left. As Dean, therefore, Ken had been head of the college for three years, before becoming President. It was announced on Sept. 28th, 1967, that he was taking

a year’s leave of absence, but Ken’s outside connections were taking so much time and involved so much travel

that he was looking for permanent relief. Some connection is maintained, however, through his post as Executive Director of Union County Co-ordinating Agency for Higher Education. With his leave of absence came the change

from Active to Honorary membership in the club.

On Feb. 7th, 1963, Ken was declared Citizen of the Year by the Professional Engineers SOCiety, and a similar honor was accorded him in 1966 by the Eastern Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Ken has been Vice-President of the Junior College Council of the Middle Atlantic States and continued this cO~nection for many years. He was President of the organization for two terms. He was also President of the New Jersey Junior College AssOCiation, and on the occaSion of its 25th anniversary, he was hailed as one of the

two fathers of the Association. He is one of six

National Directors of the American Association of

Junior Colleges. Ken is a member and secretary of the U.S. Executive Committee of the American College in PariS, and Secretary of the Middle States Association Committee on Higher Education. He is also a member of the 13- member National Council of Independent 2-Year Colleges. During his leave of Absence, he was engaged in a One-

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.n.en was a guest; on Jan. Ibth, 1947, before his induction on Apr. 3rd. He was promptly assigned to the Cog

Wheel committee for 1947-48. On Aug. 14th, 1947, he gave the story of Union Junior College. On Feb. 5th, 1948, he debated Military Training with Van Chamberlin. Two months’ later, April 15th, 1948, he talked on Cranford’s Cultural Facilities as part of Stan Mac Clary’s “Know Your Town Series “, Ken attended the Distric t Assembly July 12th,

at Baltusrol in Springfield. For 1948-49, Ken was chairman of the International Service committee. On Jan. 27th, 1949, the 38th anniversary of the Rotarian magazine, he and John Biach talked on 1911 headlines.

He was elected a Director for 1949-50 and in this period, Apr. 7th, 1949, he began plans for Food Shipments to the Isle of Jersey. $134.00 was raised for this purpose. On Oct. 6th, 1949, he began the study of a Student Loan Fund, with Bob Crane Sr., Harold Wilson and Bob Longaker. The Student Loan Fund Project they developed was approved on Feb. 2nd, 1950. Vince Sarnowski was added to the committee in the meantime. The suggested By-Laws of the Fund were published in the Cog Wheel of Feb. 28th, 1950, and they were approved by the club on Mar. 9th, 1950.

Ken continued as a Director for 1950-51, and also was chairman of the Cog Wheel committee. On Mar. 23rd, 1950, he Spoke on the part that Union Junior College played in the training of Nurses’ in co-operation with the Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing. The Cog Wheel of Apr. 25th, listed Ken as one of 13 club members’ who attended the Intercity Meeting at Far Hills. On Sept. 9th, 1950 came the report that Ken planned to visit the Isle of Jersey with which he had been in correspondence and on Nov.2nd, he told the club about his experiences’ and the fine reception that he had been given. He reported receiving a History of the Isle of Jersey in Sept. 13th, 1951. Ken participated in a program arranged by Cy Perley on Aug. 2nd, 1951, mOdeled after the “What’s My Line” TV program. Sharing in the program were Patty Grall, Charles Ray, and Sam Stein.

His assignment for 1952-53, was the Magazine committee. He had indicated his unwillingness to assume any offices in the club because of his professional commitments but continued his assistance to the club

at every opportunity. On July 2nd, 1953, he p~id tribute

to Stan Mac Clary on his induction as the new _,-, – ,’, District Governor. On Dec. 31st, 1953, he shared with

John Biach, a review of the year’s activity at the International level. He headed a review of the Rotarian magazine on Feb. 4th, 1954, ,,,i th Tow Sordill, Van Chamberlin, and \lTi1l Lange. He showed his wide interests on Oct. 28, 1954, when he gave a talk on Weather, which was one of his hobbies. Then, on Mar. 5th, 1955, he and Bob Longaker played tapes from the Isle of Jersey.

Ken accepted the chairmanship of the Program committee, for two years in succession, 1955-56 and 1956-57. On Jan. 19th, 1956, he participated in a Club Service program under Art Burditt, with Bill Smith, Bob Crane Jr., Walter Coffee, and Bill Schroeder, then on Aug. 23rd, 1956, he was on a similar program under Bill Dodds. He outlined the past

and the future of the college on Jan. lOth. 19S8. On

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On May 8th, 1958, Ken was presented a check for $1200 from the Rotary Club toward the Silver Anniversary Building Program. He was made a trustee of the Cranford Historical Society, Oct. 23rd, 1958. He

was also a member of the N.J. Historical Society. He led off a program on Sept. 4th, 1959. on the functioning of Rotary, arranged ‘by Art

Burditt. Kenrs subject was the new R.I. Headquarters and its functioning, at Evanston, Ill. He was again involved with Art Burditt and Clard McDermith in a Rotary Information Quii on June 30th, 1960. Ken Was chairman of the Budget committee for 1960-61.

Ken participated as M.C. at a tribute to Henry Whipple on Jan.

19th, 1961 for the last meeting that Henry Whipple was able to attend.

He had a fall the following week and died on Feb. 17th at 89 years old. Art Burditt and Wes Stanger worked with Ken to develop a program in which all those agencies with which He~ had worked could show how wide

hi:s interes,ts had been. He had devoted so much of himself to assist philanthropies in Cranford, that each was glad to be represented.

Among those who paid tribute, was Bob Harden, Charter President of the vfestfield Club, and “Daddy” of the Cranford Club for his own last appearance at Cranford Rotary.

He headed the Magazine committee for 1961-62, and on Apr. 6th, 1961, he was honored by the College Alunmi. He next presented a Rotarian Magazine Film Strip on the preparation of the magazine, on Jan. 28th, 1962. His next appearance as a speaker was on Nov. 29th, 1962, When he talkea on’ S6unty Chllege plans. On Jan. 3rd, 1963,

he spoke of his visit to the Isle of Jersey and announced the winners of 3 community scholarships to Union Junior College. At the same date, Vince Sarno~ski, Howard Cowperthwaite, Patty q~all, and Howard Siegel,as well as Ken, spoke on Fellowship. He outlined the growth of the Historical Society on May 16th, 1963.

On Sept. 9th, 1965. he talked on the Financing of the College Education and a month later, Oct. 8th, he spoke to the RoselleRoselle Park Club on College Building Plans. Back to Cranford, on June 2nd, 1966, he spoke on the future of the Junior College. On Feb. 24th, 1967, he was one of a delegation to a Morristown District meeting that featured R.I. Pres. Richard L. Evans. Others were, Ace Corbin, Ed LeWis, Patty Grall, Ira Dorian, Bob Crane, Rod Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Art Burditt. For 1967-68, he was again to head the MagaZine committee. He had also become a Trustee and Corresponding Secretary of the Cranford Historical Society.

Following his Honorary membership he talked on the Student Riots

in Paris, on Sept. 12th, 1968. A feature article in the Chronicle of June 26th, 1969, related his activities. He returned on Aug. 28th,1969. to talk on the Higher Education projects of Union County, with re§pect to the Union College·(the-Junior had b3en dropped), and the Union County Technical Institute. On Sept. 4th, 1969. along with Don Mc Ginnis, he gave a biographical sketch on receiving special Honorary Membership Pins, presented to each by Presldent Nelson Ld.ghtcap ,

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Rejoined sept. 20, 1926 Left Mar. 1, 1939

Cranford (Suburban) Trust Co. North and North Union Aves.

Tom is the father of a daughter and four sons.

Tom Jr., Gordon B., and John C. and William. He was listed as Assistant Secretary of the newly chartered club and handled a Fund that was immediately raised in a drive for the High School Athletic Fund on Apr. 27th, 1923. On Jan. lOth, 1924, he was given a Testimonial Dinner as Secretary-Treasurer of the new Central Home Trust Co., in Elizabeth. During his tenure of this position, he was out of the Cranford Rotary Club, but rejoined when he returned to Cranford.

On Jan. 14th 1927 he talked on insurance, and on Sept. 16th he se~ved o~ the committee for maintaining the year1s’perfect attendance record. On Nov. 18th, 1927, Tom extened an invitation to the club members to attend meetingsl of the Cranford Civic Board, and the Cranford Community Forum.

He was elected Secretary for 1928-29 and on April 19th, 1928, he reported on the Charter Night of the new Bernardsville club. A week later he was listed as attending the District Conference at Asbury Park, Apr. 23rd and 24th, 1928. On July 19th, he accompanied the club on its annual visit to the Boys’ Camp. For this same year, 1928- 29, he was chairman of both the Attendance and the

Finance committees.

Tom became Vice-President of the club for 1929-30.

en May 2, 1929, during the Boys I Week observances, Tom Jr. assisted in the Sunday Service. On May 20th and 21st, 1929 he attended the District Conference at Asbury Park. He was President of the club for 1930-31. On Dec. 19th, 1930, he reported to the club on the Cranford Male Chorus Relief Concert sponsored by the club.

As Immediate Past PreSident, he continued as Director, and was chairman of the Club Service and Program committees, for the 1931-32 year. On Aug. 14th, 1931, he talked on Ethics in Realty. Charles Skillman and Tom took the District Boat Excursion on Sept. 29th, 1932, from Hoboken

to Bear Mountain. For two years’, 1932-33 and 1933-34,

Tom was chairman of the Club Service and Fellowship committees, and for 1934-35, he returned to the Board of Directors. .n May 27th, 1935, he led a Memorial Service for those club members 1 who had passed on. Tom spoke to

the club on Oct. lOth, 1935, advocating support of the new School Program. ~&.x,t he sent greetings to the club on

Feb. 13th, 1936 when he had suffered a broken ankle.

For 1936-37, he was chairman of the Auditing committee, and on Mar. 3rd, 1937, he became President of the Cranford Real Estate Board. He continued as Auditing chairman for 1937-38, and was also chairman of the Rotary Information committee. On Dec. 2nd, 1937, he was in charge of a reunion with the Washington, N. J., Rotary Club which had beaten Cranford1s three-year perfect attendance record. Henry Whipple and Bill Willsey shared in the arrangements. For 1938-39, he was Attendance chairman, then under John Freese, he worked with Abey Caldwell, Walter Coffee, and Charles Rayon the Annual Picnic, Sept. 15th 1938. His

reSignation was tendered Mar. 16. lq~q. ‘

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On Apr. 28th, 1949, he participated with Sam Hinman, and Lou Allison in a Charter Night Anniversary observance.

On Feb. 19th, 1953, he attended the 30th Anniversary observance, under Charles Hill. He next was a guest with Lyman Loveland,Jr., Ray Clement, and Ken Martin at the 40th Anniversary dinner held May 22nd9 1963, under Glenn Klinefelter. Ray Clement and Tom were guests at a 44th Anniversary lunch on Mar 16th, 1967, and then on Apr. 13th, 1967, Tom was guest editor of the Cog Wheel. His most

recent appearance was under Charles Rayon Feb. 29th,1968, when he and Ray Clement recalled some of the incidents of

the early days of the club.

~ Manchon, Charles F. Securi ty Broker

Born 1884 Died Mar. 5th, 1964 (Darien, Conn.)

Joined Jan. 3rd, 1929 Left Jan. 22, 1932

Hill Joiner & Co. 117 Alden st .

. Charles Manchon was a close friend of Tom Mac Meekin and they maintained their association in Rotary. He was born in Newark, and attended N.Y.U. and the American Institute of Banking. He worked for the Hanover National Bank and the Union Exchange Bank, in N.Y.C., then joined the Cranford (Suburban) Trust Co. in 1914 as Assistant SecretarY-Treasurer. In 1918 he went to the Bound Brook Trust Co. and was a member of the Bound Brook Rotary Club before leaving the banking field and returning to Cranford. Following this, he went with Halsey-Stuart Co~ and the Bylesby Co., investment brokers in N. Y. C. He lived in Summit and Yonkers, before moving to Darien. He had once been President of the old Cranford Board of Trade.

Before he joined the Rotary Club, Charles Manchon appeared on a radio program with Ken Martin and Newman Collins, that featured Cranford as a community. This program was on Jan. 20th, 1926. Three years later, he was inducted into club membership, Jan. 3rd., 1929. On Apr. 18th, 1929 he announced a Card Party at the Casino, to be held May 7th, for the Boys’ Camp Fund, and reported on its success on May lOth. A week later he was to be an Alternate Delegate to the District Conference May 20th and 21st. at Asbury Park. At the meeting of Feb. 28th, 1930, he reported the progress on the organization of a South River Club, on which he had been working with Sam Hinman.

For 1930-31, he was chairman of the Boys’ Work committee. On Dec. 19th, 1930, he reported on a Christmas Party for Crippled Children. On Mar. 27th, 1931 he handled a Scout Drive for $1,000. Next, he reported on the District Conference that had been held Apr. 16 to 18, at Asbury

Park, at the meeting of May 1st., 1931. Henry Whipple joined in the report. For 1931-32, he was elected a Director and was chairman of the Vocational Service committee. He lost his classification and resigned on Jan. 22nd., 1932. His last appearance was on Feb. lbth, 1943 when, while living in Summit, he attended the 20th Anniversary celebration.

Accounting

Left Mar. 24, 1966

Fish Market Left Aug. 11th, 1949

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Manger, John A.

Joined Apr. 11, 1946 Rejoined Feb. 19, 1970 Office – 5 Alden st. New Address-I08 No. Union Ave.

John was first a guest on July 22nd, 1943 as an accountant who had set up his own business in Cranford. From the Alden st. address, he moved to quarters over the Cranford Savings and Loan, 2No. Union Ave. Most recently John

erected a new building at 108 No. Union and his own offices are located at that address. John graduated from Belleville High School, and from Rutgers in Business Administration. He became Treasurer of the Cranford Savings & Loan Assoc. Nov. 6th, 1952. Currently he

is chariman of the Board of the Association. He is the father of a daughter and of a son John, Jr.

He visited the club again on Jan. 24th, 1946, and was inducted the following Apr. 11th, He was named chairman of the Auditing Committee for 1946-47. This assignment waS re~~ated the following year, 1947-48. He WaS Treasurer of the club for 1948-49, but the volume of his business prevented him from assuming greater responsibility. For 1951-52 he continued as chairman of the Auditing committee. On Oct. 3l, 1951, his daughter Nancy was a winner in the Hallowe’en Costume contest. John was chairman of the Fund-Raising committee for 1952-53, and he announced that the club would work with the Dramatic Club to co-sponsor a play at the High School. The play raised $1350 with two performances, Dec. 12th, and 13th, 1952. Another project undertaken was participation in the Jnior League Fair held at the Casino on No. 14th, and 15th, 1952.

For two years, 1954-55, and 1955-56, John again headed the Auditing committee. He talked to the club on Income Tax Returns on Jan. 17th, 1957, and on Feb. 13th, 1958, he spoke on BUsiness Conditions. His assignment for 1958-59, was Vocational Guidance. On Aug. 2nd, 1962, he spoke on Trends, and for 1962-63, he was again on Auditing.

During Aug. 1963, John was in Spain and France and on Sept. 19th, he told about his make ups in Southern France, on a. Vacation Program. After his reSignation he arranged a trip to Japan and was delegated by the club to represnt it at a meeting of the Shinagawa-Tokyo Rotary Club with which Cranford had been corresponding. The viSit WaS made on Oct. 30th, and he vias featured by that club. His activities were outlined in a letter to Ace Corbin, and another letter to Don McGinnis was published in the Chronicle. On Dec. 8th, 1966 Ace read a letter from the Japanese club

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apprec1ating the visit of John.

On Aug. 7th, 1969, John assisted Harry Lawrence in a program on Business Co-operation in High School Training programs. Not too much later he was re-inducted into the club.

Marino, Sam

Joined Mar. lOth, 1949

Store’ North Ave. E.

Sam did not participate in Flny club activities and was unable to maintain -att”,;nrL’).rv~’” reqni re.ltlent,~ ~

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Joined Feb. 15th, 1923 Left Apr. 2, 1926

Edw. G. Maroney Coal Co., Centennial Ave. at Lehigh Valley R.R.

Ed was a resident of Cranford for 49 of his 60 years, and took over the Jas. Rankin Coal business in 1917. He retired in 1926 and sold his business to the Lehigh Coal & Supply Co., and with the sale lost his classification. He was the father of 1 daughter, and 2 sons, William H. and Dr. James H. Maroney. On Sept. 17th, 1936, the club received a letter of appreciation from his widow for the club's sympathy.

On June 28th, 1923, Ed talked on Mining and Transportation.

He was elected Treasurer for 1924-25 and on the 24th of Apr., 1924, Ed Maroney, Ed Vilade, and Ed Morris, three Ed's produced a program. On sept. 4th, 1924, he was chairman of the Swimming Meet committee. On May 27th, 1925, he attended the Rotary Day at Jamesburg. His assignment for the year 1926-27, to the Boys' Work Committee, reflected his ardent support of the Cranford High School Athletic Teams.

Martens, Jr., Paul JOined Aug. 21, 1947 Shop 13 North Ave. E. Paul was a visitor on June 5th, 1947, and was inducted the

21st of Aug .. He was made chairman of the Youth Service committee for 1948-49, and was in charge of the Halloween Parade for 1948, with the assistance of Patty Grall. On May 2nd., 1949, he was in charge of the Boys' Week Program. He was one of six nominated as directors for 1951-52, but was not elected. He headed the Attendance committe for that year, and was chairman of the Membership committee for 1953-54. He sold his business to Buddy Bergen who joined the Rotary Club.

MARTIN, REV. KENNETH D. (Charter) Protestant Clergy

Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Left Oct. 27, 1927

Trinity Episcopal Church, North and Forest Aves. ConSidering his relatively short 4~ year span in Rotary,

Ken Martin was the busiest Rotarian in the records. His popularity was so great that reunions were genuine welcomes to this man of unli..mited energy. He went from Cranford to Kenosh, Wisc. where he became a Rotarian of that club and still maintains his membership. The Cog Wheel of Dec. 22nd., 1960 carries the story of his retiring as rector of st. Matthews .J;!;piscopal Church, in Kenosha, after 33 years. The write!' called at his home in Lake Delton Wisc. in 1967 and found him just as popular, well-known and energetic there as lw had been at his other locations. He, with Sam Hinman, was primarlly rBsponsible for the formation of the club of which

he was Charter President. The original suggestion to Sam Hinman came from Dr. Gordon Losee of the Westfield Club and wa.s backed up by Robert W. Harden, Charter Pres i.dent of tha t club, who acted as Governor's representative.

Ken spent part of the summer of 1923 in Holland, Fra.nce and Switzerland. Cranford and Roselle-Roselle Park had an attendance contest which Cranford won, and on Dec. 13th, 1923, Ken

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bag. On June 5th~ 1924, he provided a Scout Program. His work as a Scouter led to the establishment of the Boys’ Camp which is still in operation. At this time Ken presented a Rotary Check to George Packer who had won its scholarship award for leadership. On Sept. 4th, 1924, a Swimming Meet

was planned in which he worked with Ed Maroney, Sam Hinman and Ray Clement, then Oct. 23rd, he worked with Ray Clement to establish a Boys Band.

On Feb. 5th, 1925, canean outstanding event that made a lasting impression on the community. Rev. Ken Martin put on

a Scout Dinner featuring Big Bill Tilden, the outstanding Tennis Star of the time. This was followed by the announcement of a Scout Tennis Tournament with Big Bill Tilden putting on

an exhibition. On Mar. 12th, Ken attended the District Conference at Asbury Park. On the 26th, he announced the

Boys’ Week Plans.

For 1925-26, Ken was made Chapla.in of the club and chairman of the Boys’ Work, Attendance and Rotary Education

(youth Service and Rotary Information) committees. On Jan. 20th, 1926, together with Charles Manchon and Newman Collins, he partiCipated in a radio program featuring Cranford.

Feb. 18th, 1926, marked the big push for the Boys’ Camp.

It was orgCinized with him as Camp Director. The camping program was outlined on May 20th, 1926 and a building program adopted. Boys’ Week had been held Apr. 29th, and Ken was in charge of the Sunday program for that event.

On Sept. 11th, 1926, Ken was one of two judges at the 1926 Swimming Meet. On the 24th, he was the speaker at an Attendance Dinner given by the Roselle-Roselle Park Club. He was again listed as Chaplain for 1926-27 and was in charge

of hosting 26 Junior Police on Apr. 1, 1927. He was to meet on Apr. 1, 1927, with the Lakewood Club regarding their suggestion of a Loving Cup as a prize in an Attendance Contest. On April 20th, 1927, came the Boys’ Week Sunday

at church. On May 20th, he talked to the club on the ministry.

Ken as camp director, was praised for the development of the camp by the Rotary Club on its visit on July 15th, 1927. He spoke to the club on camp plans, on Sept. 16th. Then on Oct. 28th came a Farewe 11 luncheon with his decision to

accept a. call to Kenosha. The club received a letter from the Kenosha, ~Hsc. Rotary Club welcoming Ken to their club. But Ken was a frequent visitor on return trips to Cranford.

His first return visit was on Aug. 24th, 1928, then on June 20th, 1929, he was a speaker at the Lions Club as well as visiting his own. He again visited Cranford on Aug. 22nd, 1930 and spoke on his impressions of the western Rotary

clubs on Aug. 29th. He was again given an enthusiastic welcome on May 20th, 1932.

A reunion was arranged for Nov. 1st, 1934 which was attended by Clarence Blakeslee, J. Alston Adams, George Mack, Charles Manchon, Lou Allison, Tom Stephens, Clyde Bell, Charles Dooley, Wes Stanger, Otis Wright, Vernon Still, Charles Darsh, and Bob Harden. He sent his greetings on Feb. 13th, 1936, then in Aug., on the 20th he revisited the club and urged that Rotary make efforts to maintain peace. On Feb. 17th, 1938, he was a guest at the 15th Anniversary.

Aga in on May 2nd, l<}lIO he wa s a gues t during

Philately Left Sept. 9, 1937 Died May 16, 1954

Martin, Ken (cont.)

Youth Week, when he joined Ray Clement, Sam Hinman, and Charles Skillman, all Charter members. He returned to Cranford May 6th, 1943, and again at the 21st Anniversary on Feb. lOth, 1944, when he conducted a memorial for the dead. At the 25th Anniversary, un~er Charles Ray, on Apr. 1st, 1948, he was the featured speaker. About the 1st of June

in 1953 he revisited Cranford and took part in are-union

of about 20 scouters. A few days earlier, May 28th, he visited the club during the Youth Week Meeting prepared by Ed Smith.

Ken’s last appearance at Rotary was on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary dinner held May 22nd, 1963. The President of the club for that year was Fletch Gilpin who had been one of Ken’s Boy Scouts. Ken’s reminiscences on the occasion, were taped and a digest of them was published in the Cog Wheel for Apr. 27th, 1967. Ken says that he will be back

for our 50th Anniversary in 1973.

Marvin, Ned I. Children’s Apparel, Ret.

Joined Apr. 17, 1952 Left Sept. 3, 1953

Marvin’s Apparel 11 No. Union Ave.

Ned was a visitor 5 years before he became a member. His visit was May 1st., 1947, and his induction was on Apr. 17th, 1952. His membership lasted only a year and a half, when his business came into a distressed period.

i<-Mason, Laurence B.

Joined Apr. 25, 1935 Born

Home – 104 Cranford Ave.

Laurie Mason was an authoritative name in stamp circles and was well-known to the writer, long before he had heard of Cranford Rotary. Laurie had served on the Township

Committee and on Feb. 12, 1925, he spoke on the problems of the Near East. He spoke on Stamp Collecting on the 7th

of Feb. in 1935. At the time of his induction, he was Finance Commissioner. Again on Dec. 26th, 1935, he talked on Stamps. On Feb. 13th, 1936, he talked on his trip to Portugal. Laurie was elected a Director of 1936-37. On

May 22nd, 1936, he served as a judge with Henry Whipple and Bill D’Arcy, of a High School Essay Contest on International Peace, sponsored by the District.· He w~s alsQ chairman~f the Community Service committee for the same year. On Aug. 6th, 1936, he discussed the Portuguese Revolution to which he was an eye witness in 1909-10.

Laurie was granted a 4-month leave of absence to handle a Hospital Fund Drive, and was greeted on his return on Jan. 29th, 1937. On Mar. 11th, 1937, he reported on a recommendation for greater support of the Boys’ Camp with a Fund Drive, and two weeks later he was handling such a drive. He was elected as Director again for 1937-38.

In addition to being a dealer in stamps, he was employed by the Standard Oil Co., and decided to retire to Florida, following another Hospital Drive, so he resigned on Sept. 9th, 1937. He returned, however, for occasional

Mason, Laurence B. (Cont.)

visits. On Sept. 9th, 1941, he was teamed with Newell Stepp in a Lions-Rot~~y Golf match, and he was listed again as a guest from’ Clearwaterl Fla. on July 13th, 1944. His death was reported a month late, in the June 17th, 1954 Cog Wheel ..

“k Massa, Carl A. Police

Born 1884 Died Sept. 5, 1944

Joined Sept. 2, 1937 Left Oct. 14, 1937 Chief of Police, Township of Cranford.

Chief Massa .did not find himself in Rotary, and stayed only a month. He was born- in Monte Ferrante,

Italy and came to the U.S. and to Cranford when 15 years old. He was appointed to the force on Sept. 12th, 1916 and was made a Sergeant in Aug. 1920. He became a Lieutenant on Jan. 1st, 1925, and became Chief Aug. 12th, 1933 on the death of Hennessey. He was a charter member of Cranford Local 52 of the PBA. He had one son, Robert

R. Massa.

Meagley, Abram O. Tool Engrg.

Joined Feb. 4, 1943 Left Mar. 16th, 1944

A.O.M. Tool Engrg. Co., 226 Centennial Ave.

Abe Meagley operated a small-tool shop -that ran

into difficulties, hence his short tenure. He was a visitor on Nov. 25th, 1942, then inducted on Feb. 4th, 1943. He was made Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1943-44. Following his resigna tion,_ he again visited the club

on Feb. 21st, 1946.

fMente, John M. 1 – Tile; 2 – Trucking

Born Oct. 23, 1899 Died Mar. 14, 1957

Joined Jan. 13, 1944, Left May 27, 1947 to be Charter Pres. 1-Brent Clay Materials Co. Knlwth. Kenilworth Club 2-Mente Bros. Trucking

John was born in Passaic and came to Cranford in 1938. He started a trucking bussiness in Union, in 1918. With his late brother Nicholas, he organized the Mente Bros. firm in 1929, at Kenilworth.

After his induction, Jan. 13th, 1944, John wa-s made Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for 1944-45. He gave considerable thought to giving up his Cranford membership to take on the Charter Presidency of the Kenilworth club~ May 27th, 1947. His resignation was actually dated June 19th, 1947. He continued to visit the Cranford club, four times during 1948, and five times during 1949. His daughter Irene won Honorable Mention in the Window Decorating Contest held Oct. 30th, 1950. John became a Director of the Boys’ Camp, Feb. 22nd, 1951, and the last visit to Cranford Rotary was listed as Aug. 5th, 1954. His death was noted in the Cog Wheel for Mar. 21, 1957

 

 

Meurer, Albert F. 1-Grocer, Retail;

Joined Oct. 21, 1943 Left Aug. 30,

Re joined Dec. 20, 1 951 ” July

” Dec. 3, 1959 ” Dec. 1,

1 – Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Manager

2 – A & A Hardware, ,12 North Ave. – Owner

Al Meurer start~d out to have a career in Electrical Engineering. He was in the Navy during W. W. I, then with the A & P Co. for 15 years as store manager at Westfield

and then Cranford. The old A.C. Pike Hardware store had been founded in 1908. Charles Skillman later joined as partner and then purchased the business. Al Meurer bought the business in March 1944 and operated it for a number

of years then gradually built up a water softening equipment business that enabled him to sellout the hardware store. He was president of the Cranford Business Associatio~ in 1946. Al had great difficulty at times with attendance, particularly after the death of his wife who was so helpful in the store. They had a son Albert E. who suffered a serious accident that also affected the father’s career.

He was inducted on Oct. 21st, 1943 and worked under Carroll Sellers on the Ladies’ ~ight arrangements for Apr. 13th, 1944 and served on the Vocational Service committee for both 1944-45 and 1945-46. He gave a talk on Nov. 16th, 1944 on the “Customer Always Right?”. On Sept. 20th, 1944, he was paired with Carroll Sellers to win at Lions-Rotary golf. He was again involved in Lions-Rotary golf on June 20th, 1946, when he was a winner with Charles Ray. Al was elected a Director for 1947-48.

For 1950-51, he was chairman of the Interclub committee.

About the middle of June, he was paired with Sam Stein to win at Lions-Rotary Golf, and on June 22nd, 1951, he was paired with Carroll Sellers to tie with the Lions pair. Al was out for about four months between Aug. 30th, and

Dec. 20th, 1951, when\:_he was re-inducted. He was out about Six and a half years between July 1953 and Dec. 3rd, 1959, when he was again re-inducted. The Cog Wheel of Aug. 8th, 1960, lists him on the team that placed second in the District Tournament, with Howard Siegel, Carroll Sellers, and Will Lange. Al and his present wife were among 21 who attended the District Conference, Nov. 4 to 6, 1960 at

Buck Hill Falls. For 1961-62, Al was Assistant Sergeantat-Arms, and for 1962-63, he was Sergeant-at-Arms.

2-Hardware, 1951

1953

1963

Ret.

;”Miller; John 1rJ. ‘I’ung s , -Carbide Tools

Born 1909 D~ Feb. 14th, 1962

Joined Sept. 15, 1960 ~minated Membership

John’s career in the Cranford Rotary Club was cut short by his untimely death, but he had a much longer career of 16 years of perfect attendance in Penna. in addition to two ~ore years in Cranford. He was born in Mc Keesport, Pa., and for the two years of his career as a Cranford resident and sales engineer, he was Technical Director of Tungsten Alloy Corp., in Harrison.

He was listed as a visitor from Lancaster, Pa. on

June, 19th, 1941, and Dec. 24th, 1941″ and then from McKeesport on Sept. 8th, 1960, the week before his induction.

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Born Jan. 21, 1889 Jo~ned May 18, 1944

1 – Standard Lumber Co. 2 – Own Business

Joe was born in Fair Haven, N.J. and educated there before starting in business. He lived in Elizabeth and was a contractor in Summit and Chatham for 20 years. For five years he was man~ ager of Standard Lumber, and then in 1947 started his own business in cabinet making, with his son Jos., Jr. He also had another son John D., and three daughters. At the time of his death, all five children were married and he had 14 grandchildren.

He was a guest on April 6, 1944, elected on May 6l4th, and inducted on May 18th. The following year he served under Norman Gibbs, along with Jack Pillion, Ernie Wolford, and Carl Hanson to arrange a Ladies Night for May 10, 1945. For 1945-46, he

was Sergeant-at-Arms. His son, Joe Jr., was a guest on -Sept.

12, 1946. Joe headed the Attendance committee for 1948-49, then was elected to fill an unexpired term for that year as Director. He became Treasurer for 1949-50. He was among Cranford members who attended the R.I. Convention in New York City, June 16, 1949.

Joe worked with Harvey Cannon to arrange the Ladies Night

held at the Blue Hills- Plahtation, which 80- a tt ended on’May 12th, 1949, and he was in charge of the Ladies Night held at the Echo Lake Country Club on May 18th, 1950. At this affair, there were 100 in attendance. The Cog Wheel for Apr. 25th, 1950 lists him

as 1 of the 13 who attended the Intercity Meeting at Far Hills

Inn. He was again Club Treasurer for 1950-51, and was one of 10 at the District Conference at Asbury Park, May 11th and 12th, 1950. Joe again handled the Ladies Night at Echo Lake Country Club for May 17th, 1951~ at which 85 attended.

For 1951-52, Joe was elected Vice-President. The June 5th, 1951 Cog Wheel listed him as a member of the club’s Bowling Team.

On the 14th of June he commented of the R. I. Convention at Atlantic City. On the 21st of June, 1951, he was credited with 5 years of perfect attendance. During his year as Vice-President, he

was also chairman of the Program committee. He was next elected President for 1952-53, but never served. On May 8th, 1952, he retired to Florida and resigned. Vice-President-Elect John Biach succeeded him. Joe’s death followed two years later.

Died July 23, 1954

Left May 8, 1952 (Moved to Eliz.) 94 High St.

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*Minton, Joseph D.

Mongon, John E. Education

Joined Nov. 2, 1939 Left July 29, 1942 for Navy

SuperVisor, Kenilworth Public Schools

John was a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep, and Seton Hall University.

When he entered the Navy as a Lieutenant J. G., his membership waS to be maintained and his absences excused. However, he never returned to the club. He spent 10 years as Burlington County-Superintendent, then 8 years as ~udson County SUperintennent, as of 1970. In 1968, he was president of the County and Intermediate SUperintendents, a division of National Education Association.

~e was a guest on September 28, 1939, and inducted the following Nov. 2.

The next note of activity is at the Annual Picnic, Sept. 19, 1940, when he and Ken Albridge won at Men’s dorse Shoes. He worked with Charles Dooley and Walter Coffee on the Christmas Party held Dec. 19, 1940.

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Mongon, John E. (Cont.}

John was next made Assistant Editor of the Crier, on Feb. 13th, 1941. On l~rch 13, he and walter Coffee conducted a Quiz program, then on Apr. 17th, he worked under Patty Grall on Youth ~feek, a Long raf th vlin Britten, Jr., Charles Skillman, John Theisz, and John Pleasants.

The club congratuiated John on Jan. 22nd, 1942, on his marriage to be the next day. with all that experience, he conducted a Forum on-Parental Responsibility, on Feb. 26th, 1942. He then made arrangement for Ladies Night to be held on May 14th, but had to undergo surgery on Apr. 23rd, 1942.

On July 30th, 1942, John was given a pen and pencil set when he joined the Navy. He returned on Aug. 13th, as a Lieut. J.G., and described his training experiences. He was a visitor again on Sept. 3rd, 1942 and it was reported that he was then assigned as instructor at Princeton. He WaS a full Lieutenant when he was next a guest on Oct. 26th, 1944. His greetings from the Lido Beach Station on Jan. 3rd, 1946, were the last contact with him.

Montgomer,y, Lawrie Office Forms

Joined June 29th, 1961 Left Aug. 1st, 1963

Berry Business Procedures Co, 6 Park St.

Lawrie gave a biographical sketch on Feb. 1st, 1962, and was chairman of the Magazine Committee for 1963-64. He had

1 daughter and a son Robert. The daughter, Mrs. Montgomery, and Mrs. Winfield Scott, backed by Lawrie, opened a Stationar,y Store on No. Union Ave., later sold, and he was also associated with the Oakley-Berry Stationary and Office Supply Co. in Elizabeth.

Morgenroth, George Stationary,-J~e:eaiL’-

Joined Dec. 17th, 1953 Left Nov. 5th, 1955

Morgenroth’s, 22 Eastman St.

George entered into no activities in the club, and had to be dropped for non-attendance because of his difficulty in getting relief at the store during the noon hour.

?!Ii M~r=i:.s, Edw~!!_ F. (Charter) Drugs

Born Died

Joined Feb~ 15, 1923 Left Apr. 4, 1929

Apollo Drug -Store, 22 North Ave., uf.

Ed Morris’ first entr,y in the records is as a speaker on Drugs, on Apr. 19th, 1923. A year later, April 24th, 1924, the three Ed’s, Ed Morris, Ed ¥~roney, and Ed Vilade put on

a program. Mr. and Mrs. Morris attended the Rotar,y Day at Jamesburg, on May 27th, 1925. He was chairman of the Fellowship Committee for 1925-26 and spoke on Alcohol Beverage Control on Ju~ 30th, 1926. He again talked on Drugs on Feb. 18th, 1927. On Nov. 18th, 1927. he told of his experience on a hunting trip in the North East, that was terminated by storms. He sold his business to william G. Hathaway and resigned Ap,r-. ‘l:jJ£h’, 1929. He attended the 25th Anniversar,y celebration on Apr. 1st, 1948.

Wire Mfg.

Left Dec. 31, 1942

Murdock, J. Roy

Joined Oct. 23~ 1941 Volco Wire, Kenilworth

Roy was another prospective Rotarian who found that he could not maintain attendance. He traveled on bUsiness and presumably did not have a directory for make-ups. At any rate, in 1942, he was away for several weeks, and then found the war work pressure so great that he decided he conI!’! not .. maintain the required standands. He attended the 20th Anniversary program on Feb. 18, 1943.

Murphy, Ralph Printing

Joined June 29. 1961 Left May 9, 1968′

Plymouth Printing Co., 450 North Avenue, East

Ralph was a very valuable member of the Cranford Rotary team. He gave a biographical sketch on Feb. 1, 1962. He was made chairman of the Fund Raising committee for 1963-64, as well as Jr. Member of the Joint Civic Committee. On July 18, 1963. he participated in a Club Activities program under Fletch Gilpin. As a fund-raising means, he arranged for co-operation with the Cranford Dramatic Club, to present

“Dial M for Murder” on Nov. 21. 1963. The presentation netted

$500 for the club’s charity funds.

For 1965-66, Ralph was chairman of the Program committee.

The previous year he had served as Sr. Member of the Joint Civic Committee. On July 29, 1965, he participated in a Vocational program under Vince Sarnowski. and gave an occupational talk. In this same period he served as a host to an English visitor received under the Experiment in International Living, arranged by Will Jordon.

He was on the Bowling Team that placed 2nd in the District,

with Will Lange, Vince Sarnowski, Will Jordon. Bill Dodds and substitutes Ernie Wilford, Charles Speth and Charles Ray, Jr. For 1966-67, he was chairman of the Golf and Bowling Committee. He had a broken ankle during the latter part of 1966, but he was bowling again by Jan. 1968. Pressure of business caused his resignation on June 20. 1968, but he says that he is beginning to see daylight again.

Ralph was born in Newark, but moved early to Bloomfield,

and graduated frDm Bloomfield High School. He then attended Tulane Univ. and Rutgers-Newark. He inherited an interest

in printing from his father who had his own business, the Broad Press, in Bloomfield. He has a daughter and two sons, Ralph, Jr. and James, so perhaps the printing predilection will continue another generation.

Muten, Olaf Vending Machines

Joined Sept. 15, 1960 Left 1961 (Moved)

Business Cantee.n S~rvioe on Chestnut St.

Olaf Muten was the speaker for June 9, 1960, on Swedish Economic Conditions. Three months later he was inducted into membership. He gave a biographical sketch on Jan. 26, 1961. The writer has been told that he has returned to Sweden. His business had outgrown the quarters on Chestnut St.

Ogden, Winston K. General Contracting

Joined Feb. 20, 1930 Left Sept. 3, 1931 (Joined

Office: 8 Craig Place Summit Club July 7, 1932)

Winston Ogden was a member for a little over a year and a half, but the club made sufficient impression that he became a member of the SUllllllit club when he left Cranford. He was Sergeant-at … Arms

for 1930-31.

Orlando, A. Stephen Lumber Ret.

Joined June 24, 1948 Left June 15, 1955 (Joined

Standard Lumber & Supply, 94 High St. Roselle R.Pk. Club)

Steve Orlando was the third to represent his company in the Cranford Rotary Club. Joe Minton and Carmen Berardinelli had preceded him. He visited the club on Mar. 4th, 1948, and was inducted Ju(ne 24th, 1948. On Aug. 4th, 19LJ9, he gave a biographical sketch of himself, and he was also in charge of Halloween arrangements for

Oct. 31st, 1949. He was one of ten from Cranford to attend the District Conference at Asbury Park, May 11th and 12th, 1950.

On June 5th, 1951, Steve presented the Bowling Trophy to the club. This trophy had been earned by the “A” team in the Rotary Bowling League. The team members included Paul Selby, Robert Harney and his father, Jack Harney, Howard Wingert, Will Lange, Charles Hill, Ed Dehmer, Ralph Posey, Joe Minton, Charles Ray,

and Dick Dowell. Steve and his wife were among those attending the District Conference at Buck Hill Falls, Oct. 28th and 29th~,1953.

For 1954-55, Steve was a Director and chairman of the International Service committee. He resigned when he lost his classification and moved to Roselle Park. There he joined the Roselle-Roselle Park Club on Nov. 5th, 1955. He has been an occasional visitor since that date, and attended the Reunion Picnic held at the college on June 27th, 1968. He is now building inspector for that community.

*Ostergaard, Peter Carpentry

Jojned June 27. 1929 Left Sept. 5. 1929 Died Prior to 1938 Rejoined Nov. 27, 1929 Left May 14, 1931

Ostergaard Home Bldg. Co. 57 Normandie Pl.

Peter’s life in Rotary was very short. In 1929 he spent two months in Copenhagen, hence the lapse in his membership. On Nov. 1st, he reported on Rotary meetings in Denmark.

*Osterheldt, George E. Honorary

Born Dec. 5, 1887 Died Oct. 12, 1967

Joined Apr. 11, 1946 Death terminated membership

Sales Mgr. E.I. Du Pont, Kearney Wks. Mayor of Cranford

George Osterheldt was one of the most unselfish and civic minded individuals ever to grace Cranford’s Municipal offices. He was first olected to the Towuship Commission to serve from

Jan. 1st, 1931 and became mayor on the death of George Lutz on July 29th, 1933. He retired from the office of mayor on Dec. 31st,

1951 after 19 years of service to the community, through the

most trying of times, the depression years.

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Osterheldt, George E. (Cont.)

 

He was born in Darby, Pa. and came to Cranford in 1921. He was associated with DuPont for 47 yea~s when he retired from the position of Sales Ma’nager in 1952. The following year, 1953, he moved to Pine Beach where he served as Tax ‘Collector from 1954 to 1959. There was a trace of bitterness at the time of his leaving the post

 

of mayor, because he had tried so .hard to secure really high class industrial ratables to lessen the _load on tax payers. He had succeeded in obtaining the Johnson & Johnson Plant, now J.B. Williams, and he sought a location for an H.A. WilSon plant along the same lines. Tne available site raised such a storm of protest from the residents of

 

the area that the plant plans were withdrawn and it was eventually located on Route 22. The protest was a great disappointment to one

 

who had done so much for the community.

George was a frequent guest, through the years. His first

 

‘visit to the club was Nov. 12th, 1926. Almost ten years later, he was againia visitor, this time as mayor, at the Ladies Night at Echo Lake Country Club, May 15th, 1936. Dec. 2nd, 1937, he attended the re-union with the Washington, N.J. Rotary Club on the occasion of their beating Cranford’s three year record of perfect attendance. He again was a guest on June 29th, 1938, and a speaker on Nov. 27th, 1941.

He talked on the pro~lem of Municipal Taxes on May 28th, 1942 and attended the 20th Anniversary celebration on Feb. 18th, 1943. He was again a guest on the 16th of Aug. 1945, then spoke to the club on River Problems, on Sept. 20th. George served as a judge at the Hallowe’en Parade on Oct. 31st, 1945 and was again a guest at the club on Tues. Nov. 20th, 1945~

His Honorary Membership began on April 4th, 1946, and continued until his death. He was inducted on April 11th and frequently attended meetings. Even when he moved to Pine Beach, he arranged

to visit the club about once a month. His was Cranford’s first Honorary Membership award. George was paired with Ernie Wolford to win at Lions-Rotary golf, on Aug. 19th, 1947. He was next a speaker, on Apr. 15th, 1948, on Stan Mac Clary’s series on Know Your Town.

George and Patty Grall were both thanked on July 15th, 1948

 

for their work in creating the Memorial Athletic Field on Myrtle Ave. He and Harold Wilson were to be among the speakers on WNJR’S radio program on Cranford Day. On Apr. 7th, 1949, he talked on Cranford’~ Financial Condition. He played Santa Claus to 36 children of Rotar~ans at a Christmas Party on Dec. 22nd, 1949. Next he attended Ladies

 

Night at Echo Lake Country Club on May 18th, 1950. Later in the

 

Fall, Nov. 2nd, he reported his visit to Harvey Cannon at Sandy

 

Creek, N.Y.

At the Joint Lions-Rotary meeting on Nov. 16th, 1950, he spoke

on the H.A. Wilson building site, On Dec. 7th, 1950, he was thanked for his personal assistance in restoring power from the Nov. 25th

 

storm damage. He had personally checked various areas with Patty Grall and his influence with Public Service Electric, and his knowledge of Cranford problems, speeded up their action. On Jan. 4th, 1951, he introduced the speaker. Adm. E.D. Stanley, a.t tbe Rotary meeting.

- Rowland Blythe

- Walter Coffee

- Bob Crane, Jr.

.. Cy Perley

.. Harokd Wilson

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Osterheldt, George (Cont.)

A fine trubute was paid to the mayor on his retirement, at the meeting of Jan. 24th, 1952. The writer’s memory is a little hazy on who authored the program and hesitates to give credit lest it be in error. Ten speakers outlined phases of his character that were tied to the letters of his name, as follows:

o .. Organization .. Henry Whipple

S – Service – Bill Willsey

T – Trustworthy – Carl Hanson

E – Energy – Charles Dooley

R – Recreation&

Religio’n H – Helpfulness E – Efficiency L .. Loyalty

D – Dignity

T – Temperate

Character – Lou Allison

George revi’ewed the Rotarian magazine on Dec. 10th, 1953. He next was the speaker on May 3rd, 1956, during Youth Week. As Ira Dorian completed his term as mayor, and was retiring from the Township Committee, George Osterheld, Charles Ray, Bob Watson, Patty Grall,

and Rod Smith all praised his record while in office. At the 40th Anniversary Dinner, Rotarians George Osterheldt, Van Chamberlin, and Ira Dorian were among the former mayors who attended the celebration on May 22nd, 1993.

A tree was planted in George’s memory on Dec. 28th, 1967, two months after his death, at the Hillside Junior High School. Two other “memorials” are his sons, George, Jr., and Rev. Willard L. Osterheldt.

*Parr, Jr., Charles M. Elec. Equip.

JQined Nov. 1, 1956 Left Jan. 21, 1958 (Branch Closed) Died June Jrd, 1969 (Born about 1917)

Parr Elec. Co., Cranford, Parr Mfg. Co. Newark

Those who knew Charles Parr, at the time of his membership remember him as genial and constructive, and regretted that the plant of which he was in charge was closed, causing the loss of his classification. He was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from Yale in 1940. He was a Lt. Col. of the 66th Infantry in Europe in W.W.II.

Paskow, Dr. Herbert Orthodontist

Joined May 5, 1966

Office: 198 North Ave. E.

Herb is a native Elizabethan and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned a B.A. in 1943 from the Univ. of Pa., and then his D.D.S. at the Univ. of Pa. School of Dentistry in 1945. He

served in the Navy Dental Corps as a Lt.J.G. from 1945 to 1947,

then attended the Columbia Univ. School of Orthodontics. He became

a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1955. He lived

in Cranford from 1954 to 1961, when he moved to Westfield. He had practised in Elizabeth until he moved his office to Cranford in 1965. He is the son of a dentist, and the father of two potential dentists, Steven and Richard.

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Paskow, Herbert (Cont.)

A year after his induction, Herb visited Scandinavia, and a report for Aug. 17th, 1967. described how he attended a Rotary meeting at Oslo, Norway, and in sheer co-incidence, ran into Bob Longaker, also making up.

For 1968-69, Herb was chairman of the Fund Raising committee, and his efforts were a model of efficiency and effectiveness. At

the meeting of N~v. 7th, 1968, he introduced the club to representatives of the Roselle Sing-Out organization. It was arranged for them to present a concert on Feb. 8th, 1969. The program netted the club’s charity and scholarship funds $1247, and was so successful and inspiring, that Stu Mc Fadden. a member of the committee set about organizing a Cranford Sing-Out group.

For 1969-70, he was chairman of the Public Information committee, and once again his efficiency showed as he organized a schedule of news coverage that was effective.

Herb was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists as reported on Oct. 16th, 1969.

*~~rkin§, Dr. James L. (Charter) Surgeon

Born Died Aug. 15. 1933

Joined Feb. 15, 1923 Death terminated membership Office & Res. 16 Alden St.

Jim Perkins talked to the new Rotary Club on June 14th. 1923, on the History of Vaccination. He was elected as Vice-President f.or 1924-25. and served as 1 of 8 judges in a Swimming Meet sponsored by the club. For 1926-27, he was chairman of the Attendance committee. On july 29th, 1927. he talked again to the club, this time on Developments of Surgery. The club visited the Boys’ Camp with Jim Perkins making the trek on July 19th, 1928.

On Oct.8th. 1931, the luncheon fish was furnished by three ardent devotees of the ocean sport, Jim Perkins, Newman Collins,

and Carl Warsinske. Surgery again was the subject of a talk on Nov, 6th, 1931. For 1932-33. Jim was elected to the Board of Directors, but on June 3rd, 1932, there was a report that he was rec~vering from surgery at a Boston Hospital. and was due back in Cranford about

July 1st, 1932. He was re-elected as a Director for 1933-34, but

his death occurred before he could really begin service.

Perley, Cyril William Sporting Goods, Retail

Joined Apr. 19, 1945 Left June 25, 1953

Sportsman’s Shop, 17 North Ave. W. (Moved to Fla.)

The writer believes that Cy originated in New Brunswick, Canada, but he attended the Univ. of Fla., and was Florida Amateur Welterweight Champion. He spent 12 years with A.G. Spaulding, makers of Sports Equipment, then opened the Sportsman’s Shop in 1944. He also was

a member of the American Legion, following service in W.W.II. In

1953. he sold the store to Morris Siegel, and returned to Florida.

Cy took over the editorship of the Cog Wheel on Dec. 13th, 1945, following the resignation of Jack Apgar who had sold his store. For 1946-47, he was chairman of the Fellowship committee. The Cog Wheel

for Jan. 9th. 1947, congr-a tukabed him on ‘the birth of a girl. On July: . ~ ,

Osteopath

Died Oct. 6, 1951 Death terminated membership

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Perley, Cy (Cont.)

27th, 1947, Cyannounced plans for a Minstrel Show, and was authorized

.to select his own committee. This was the most ambitious undertaking the club had considered. He served as its author and director. The cast was primarily selected from the membership, with a few chosen from outside the membership. The scheduled date was Nov. 7th and 8th, 1947. This Rotary Riot Show earned about $1500 primarily for

the Cranford Boys’ Camp. The show was a complete success financially, in entertainment, and in the bullding of fellowship through the necessary working together through the rehearsals.

He was named as chairman of the Fund Raising committee for 1948-49, and was also elected as Secretary for that year. On July 15th, 1948, he reported on the District Assembly, held on the 9th,

at the Park Hotel in Plainfield. Lou Allison shared the program with him. For 1949-50, Cy was elected Vice-President and he was a delegate, with Carl Hanson to the District Conference held May 5th and 6th, at the Berkeley-Carteret in Asbury Park. On Apr. 7th, 19~9, he announced that the show sponsored by Rotary had earned $894.

This time the show had used professional talent. It WaS a worth-while project again successful but without the demands on time and efforts of the membership. Cy also attended the R.I. Convention at N.Y.C., June 16th, 1949. During this same year, Cy, as Vice-President, had served as chairman of the Program committee.

For 1950-51, Cy was elected Club President. He was a delegate to the R.I. Convention in June, at Detroit and he was one of 10 at the District Conference held at Asbury Park May 11th and 12th, 1950. As immediate past president. Cy was a Director and chairman of Club Service for 1951-52. On the 19th of July, 1951, he waS M.C. of a I~atts My Line” program with a panel consisting of Pa~ty Grall, Charles Ray, Ken Mac Kay, and Sam Stein. He had been named chairman of the Membershop committee for 195?-53, and at the conclusion of that year announced his plans to go to Florida. He revisited the club on Mar. 5th. 1955, and again on July 31st. 1958.

*Peters, Dr. Gordon L.

Born Feb. 9, 1907 Joined Apr. 11, 1935 Office: 113 Miln St.

Gordon Peters became Sergeant-at-Arms for the year 1936-37, following his induction, then Secretary for 1937-38. This was his first of four years as secretary of the club. He reported on May 19th, on his attendance at the District Conference, held May 12

and 13th, at Asbury Park, along with Charles Ray and Charles Dooley. He also reported as Secretary of the Cranford Council for Prevention of Crime in Youth. In addition to his position as secretary, he

was chairman of the Classification committee for both 1938-39 and 1939-40. On Nov.. 30th, 1939. he rQceived a gift from the club on his “recent” wedding.

Peters. Gordon (Con’t)

 

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In addition to District Conferences, Gordon made a practice of attending other meetings of the area. For instance, on Nov. I l bh , 1937, he accompanied Frank Sherlock, and Charles Dooley, to a Newark meeting tilat featured R. 1. President Maurice Duperrey of Paris, France.

On Feb. 29th, 1940, Gordon placed second to Walter Coffee in a quiz contest on the community and on Rotary. ]is next District Conference t.JaS at Asbury Park. on April 25th and 26th. He reported on the conference on May 16th, with Bill Reel, Abey Caldwell and Roy Laubenheimer. He was among the club members who paid the annual visit to

the Boys’ Camp on July 25th, 1940.

For 1941-42, Gordon was Vice-President of the club, and chairman of the Club Service and Program committees. Je was in charge of the Annual Picnic, held Sept. 18th, 1941, at the Hill top, in Echo Lake Park, at 4:30 P~ M., then he was in charge of a Christmas Party, held Dec, 24th, 1941, for 14 underprivileged children. On Mar. 19th, 1942 , he presented a forum program on the war and business.

Gordon TJIlaS elected President for 1942-43, and was, T.1ith it, chairman of the Aims and Objects committee. He announced a return joint

” , meeting .. lith the Summit club for June 15th. .Ie lflTaS an official

(\;{)a 1dl de Legat.e to the District Conference at Asbury Park April 30 and May Lst ,

“1942,.~ he was made chairman of the Cranford U. S. O. Drive. Gordon participated on Mar. 11th, 1943, in a forum arranged by Ted Lang, Jr., on Post-War World Trade. Also taking part ~1Tere :Iarold Wilson, t’\TaUer Coffee, and John Cron.

As immediate past president, Gordon l’17aS a director again for 1943-44, and also editor of the Grier. On Sept. 9th, 1943, he was reported to be Vacationing with Patty Grall in Canada. On Nov. 18th, he participated in a discussion of the ~Jagner. Murray, Dingle Bill on “Socialized Medicine,” with RouLand Blvthe, and Carl Hanson. For 1944-45, 1:1e headed the Classification committee for the first time in four out of five ensuing years. For 1945-46 and 1949-50, he headed the Rotary Information committee, and acquired the reputation of being the final authority on Rotary.

On Aug. 31st, 1944, he debated with Roland Blythe on Socialized Medicine. He was paired with Jack Apgar to lose in a Lions-Rotary

Golf Match on Sept. 20th. 1944. He headed the Joint Committee, with ]illside and Cranford, in arranging the Charter Night for the new Kenilworth club. On Feb. 12th, 1948, he shared the stage with Carl Hanson, and Roland Blythe, to discuss heart disease. _ On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary celebration, he t-.Torked on the arrangements committee under Charles Rav , for an April 1. 1948 affair. ,1e spoke on the Classification System, on May 20th, 1948. The club noted the birth of a

son on Aug. 3rd, and on Oct. 6th he was stricken with a heart attack. The club attended his funeral on Oct. I l th , lie had been scheduled to head the Past President’s committee for 1951-52.

Gordon Has born in Elizabeth, but spent his early days in vlicnita, Kansas. ]e came to Cranford in 1920. and g raduat ed from Cranford ~1igh School in 1926. He then graduated from Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathy and Surgery. He practiced 1 year in St. Joseph. Mo., then ret.urned to Cranford j n 1932.’ He next, took postgraduate work at the

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Peters, Gordon (con’t) Philadelphia College of Osteopathy and the Los Angeles College of Physicians. In t.he 19.30′ s, he WaS an active fencer and an Amateur Pilot. In World War II he headed the U. S. O. Drive. ne Was formerly secretary of the Memorial rIospital Staff, originally in Elizabeth, but now in Union. He was a member of the American Osteopaths Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the N. J. Association of Ostopathic Physicians, and the”N. J. Heart Association.

Petersen, Emanuel A. Dairy Products

Joined Feb. 17th, 1944, left July 12, 1956 (Moved to Fla.) Petersen’s Dairy, .3 Walnut Avenue.

After being a guest on Jan. 27th, 1944, “Pete” was inducted $_ on Feb. 17th, and in September was appointed to: -r(3present the

club at a Sowling League Meeting. Evidently nothing much came of it until Marco DiGiovanni got it started in the 1946-47 season.

On Oct. 26th, 1944, he WaS reported visiting his son in Long Beach, California. His son William Emanuel died May 24th, 19l1!t .. c5¥, 

For 1945-46, Pete was Assistant Sargeant-at-Arms, and for 1946-47, he graduated to Sargeant. On Nov. 11th, 1947, he gave

an interesting talk on his boyhood in Denmark, and on his adventures as a seaman. ae was elected a Director for 1948-49. He waS also

a Director of the Boys’ Camp, elected Feb.22. 1951. On March 22nd, 1951, he was appointed to a committee to assist Draftees. The Cog Wheel reported on June 5th, 1951, that Pete had achieved the 2nd highest bOt-1ling score in Rotary Bowling League, with a 247.

After selling his business, and retiring to Florida, Pete visited the club on Oct. 16th, 1958.

Pfost, Charles J. Savings and Loan

Joined Oct. 26th, 1961

Cranford Savings and Loan Association, 2 No. Union Ave.

Charles graduated from the Irvington High School, and attended both Rutgers and the American Savings and Loan Institute. Re served in the Na~ 1944-46, during W. W. II. After the war,

He worked for the Penn Savings and Loan before coming to Cranford. He is the father of two sons, Charles and Donald, and a daughter.

Je served as chairman of the Auditing committee for 1964-65.

On Mar. 24th, 1966 he was reported elected as President of the Cranford 3avings and Loan Association and also of the Union County Savings and Loan League.

For 1967-68, he was again chairman of the Auditing committee.

In the fall of 1967. he WaS Commercial Chairman of the United Fund.

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Pillion. Dr. John Hugh Optometrist

Joined MaY 18. 1944. Left Mar. 4, 1948. Moved to Alabama Office: 5 Alden Street.

John waS a guest on Mar. 16th, 1944, and inducted two months later. On Nov. 30th,hisJson Jack, Jr., was a guest. Ladies Night, May 10t!1,1945, was under the chairmanship of Norman Gibbs, with Jack Pillion, Ernie Wolford, Joe Minton, and Carl Hanson assisting.

On Jan. 31st, 1946, a Magazine committee program was shared.

Tom Buckner spoke on an article by Paul Harris. Jack Pillion talked on one by Clinton Anderson, and Art Burditt talked on the mechanical production of the magazine. Jack was appointed to investigate the practicality of a circus to raise funds for the Boys’ Camp.

Cy Perley’s Rotary Riot Show was used as the fund raiser.

Jack told of plans for a soft-ball Match with the Lions, on June 12th, 1947. At the time of his move to Alabama. he had been captain of the Bowling Team for several years.

Pleasants. John Fine Arts-Music

Joined Nov. 2. 1939 Left July. 1945

Home – 307 Walnut Avenue

John first visited the club from Bethlehem, P.a., on April 20, 1936. He became a member of the Rahway club and visited Cranford ten times before joining the cranford Club. For Youth Week, April 27 to May 3, 1941, John shared the chores with John Mongon, Win Britton, Jr., Charles Skillman. and John Theisz, with Patty Grall

in charge. He played the piano for a Past President’s Sextet organized by Frank Sherlock on April 2, 1942. On Dec. 31st, under Henry Whipple, he talked on “What Rotary Means to me”.

On April 22, 1943. he reportee to the club on a meeting held in New York City, attended by 9 Cranford Rotarians, that had been

held on April 15th. On Sept •. 21st. 19′-1-4. he was reported in Rahvay Hospital, and he returned to the club on Oct. 26th. 1944. He WaS made a Past Service Member on Jan. 11th, 1945, but resigned the follotving July.

PDrcella, Santiago, III Philately

Joined Oct. 10, 1939 Left Oct. 24, 1940

Rejoinea April 11, ’1946 Left Dec. 16, 1947

Sonny Porcella listed his principal occupation as a Philatelist, and this he certainly was, but it did not fulfill his ambitions.

His father was also in the same business, and Sonny Has a Cranford native. Their business was operated from their home at 207 Holly Street. After one year in the club, he resigned to resume his studies at Louisiana State University. ae joined the Firestone Company, training to manage rubber plantations. Following training in the tropics in this hemisphere, he was sent to Liberia. After serving his hitch in Liberia, he returned to the club but later accepted a position as a forester with the N. J. State Conservation Department.

After induction on Oct. 12th, 1939, Sonny was assigned to the handling of tickets for the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival, on April 19th, 1940. On May 29th, he announced that the Carnival had netted

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Porcella, Santiago, III, (Con’t)

the club $128.88. The Crier of May 19, 1940, expressed thanks to Sonny for his work with Patty Grall and Walter Coffee, on the Youth Week Program. He was made editor of the Crier, and Chairman of the Attendance Committee for 1940-41. On July 25, 1940, he was among t~e Rotarians making the annual visit to the Boys’ Camp_ On Aug. 29, 1940, he talked on Stamp Collecting.

After his resignation. he was a visitor to the club on Aug. 11.. 1941. He next t<1a.s a guest on Feb. 28, 1946, and ltoTaS re-inducted as a member, on April 11. 1946. On that occasion he talked on his Liberian experiences. and again on Aug. 29. 1946, he enlarged on these exeer tencea, He waS appointed on Feb. 27, 1947, to represent the club on the United Fund. A Magazine committee program that was given on April 24. 1947. under ~enry Whipple, included both Sonny Porcella and Walter Johnston. He was made Sargeant-at-Arms for 1947-48, but resigned again on Dec. 16, 1947. He was back on April 15. 1954. to give another talk on Liberia.

Posey. Ralph T. Paper Products

Joined June 30, 1949 Left July 16, 1953 (Pla.nt moved to Phillips-

Sonoco Products. North Avenue. G~_rwood. burg)

Following his induction on August 4, 1949, Ralph gave a biographical sketch. Considering his four years of membership. it seemed remarkable that there are no activities in t,yhich he was prime mover. He WaS a quiet and modest individual, yet extremely pleasant and capable. It waS with real regret that his company gave up its quarters where the National Gypsum Company is now located.

*Poston, Wade H. Rental. Proprietary

Joined Jan 12, 1939 July 1, 1951 Made ~onorary

Born Aug .• 13. 1879 Died July 26, 1951

Wade was a very serious gentlemen who made heavy contributions in time and effort to his community. He was born in Statesville, N. C •• then attended Florida schools and graduated from Stetson University, in Deland, Florida. He taught for three years in Florida. at a time when wages were below SUbsistence levels. He then went into architecture and building. In 1907 he came to New Jersey as a builder. In 1920 he went into Realty Investment and became active in State and County Taxpayers’ Associations. Wade learned the requisites of architecture and building during the years that he was teaching. The school terms of the period were five or six months. so that be could spend the balance of the time stUdying. After coming north. he was a construction superintendent for four years, then went into business for himself. He came to Cranford in 1911. He started his own lumber business which he

sold to Standard Lumber in 1920. when he entered the Realty Investment field. He hobbied in government finance. and was appointed

to the Cranford Planning Board. He was on the Cranford Tax Lien committee. and a director of the State Taxpayers’ Association. He was president of the Union County Taxpayers’ Association, and. in 1934, T~1aS appointed to the Mayor’s spec Ia I advisory committee.

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Poston. Wade (Can’t)

During W. W. II. he was a member of the Selective Service Board. :” He had a son. Wade, Jr., who died on Nov. 18, 1967. at the age

of 49.

Before he became a member of the club, he was a speaker. He first talked to the club on July 21, 1938, on the Costs of County Parks. The follo~·ring Oct. 6, he appeared again to talk on the Tax’ Dollar. On March 30, 1939. two months after his induction. he was handling the tickets for the Lions-Rotary Winter Sports Carnival

and announced a good sale. For 1939-40, he waS chairman of the Community Service Committee. On Dec. 28. 1939, he talked on his youth in Florida.

Wade was made a director of the club for 1940-41. His son.

Wade, Jr., appeared as a speaker on June 13. 1940 in a discussion on the Reformee Calendar. Wade, Sr., became Treasurer for 1941-42 and chairman of the Community Service committee. On Oct. 31st. 1941.

the Hallol.Jeen Parade included costume awards, and t”‘ade assisted Patty Grall in its operation. For 1942-43, he was chairman of the Auditing committee.

On Jan. 28, 1943. he participated under Charles Cole on Post’val’ Planning and Problems with Henry t,fuipple, ‘Frank Sherlock, and Charles Ray. The week before. he had talked on the Income Tax.

A year later, Jan. 6. 1944, he again talked on taxation. March 23. 1944, he was again the speaker on Free Enterprise. He was again a director for 1944-45 and chairman of the Membership committee.

Then he became Vice-President and chairman of the Club Service and the Program Committees. He was also appointed on May 31, 1945 to represent the club on Cranford’s 75th Anniversary committee. Next, he shared a program on Sept. 20, 1945, with Bob Crane. Sr., and Patty Grall on River Problems. He spoke on Socialist Trends on Jan. 3, 1946. On June 13. 1946, along t..rith Carroll Sellers, Patty Grall and Ernie Trubenbach, he reported on the R. I. Convention held at Atlant.ic ‘City.

Waie’s year as President was 1946-47. and with it, the chairmanship of the Aims and Objects committee. On July 18.1946, Henry Whipple and Rowland Blythe shared with Wade Poston, a memorial service to Frank Sherlock. ‘!-lho died at the shore on July 1/+. He spent the winter in Florida and was reported back from his vacation on May 8, 1947. As immediate past president, he cont.inued on the Board of Directors for 1947-48. He waS back in Florida in January, 1948. On June 16, 1949. he served with Bill Smith on a joint committee with the Lions in a drive for a dental clinic.

He served as chairman of the Cog Wheel committee for 1949- 50. During his tenure on the Cog Wheel committee. he wrote for most issues and shared with Ken Mac Kay the production of dissertations and essays on Rotary ethics. On Feb. 22, 1951, Wade and Henry Whipple talked on Rotary Principles and Accomplishments. on the occasion of the club’s 28th anniversary.

Illness plagued Wade and he WaS made an Honorary member to free him from attendance requirements, and in tribute to his unselfish devotion to the club. The Cog Wheelaf July 19. 1951 reported

on his gratitude for the action of the club. One week later came his death.

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Pringle, Malcolm S. Knitted Wire Products

Joined Sept. 20, 1961 (Inducted Oct. 26)

Technical Wire Products, Dermody St.

“Mac” Pringle has been an extremely active citizen of this community since coming to Cranford. He was born in N~’lark and graduated from Barringer High School and Newar~ College of Engineering. He served in the Arrrry in~reat-vland came to Cranford in 1955. His plant was first established by a group, at Springfield and moved to Cranford in 1961. He is the father of two daughters and two sons, Malcolm, Jr., and David. He won election to the Township Committee for the first time for the term beginning Jan. 1st, 1966. On Jan. 1st, 1970 he became Mayor of Cranford, follOWing in the footsteps of George Lutz, George Osterheldt, Ira Dorian, and Van Chamberlin.

On Feb. 1st, 1962, he gave a biographical sketch. He

was appointed Jr. Member of the Joint Civic-Co~ttee, for 1962-63, and Sr. Member for 1963-64. For 1965-66, he was chairman of the Youth Service committee. Mac gave the story of Technical Wire Products on Apr .. 14th, 1965, and on Sept. ·-22nd, 1966, he talked orr Locak Government.

The Oct. 13th 1966 Cog Wheel carried the note that Mac

was elected to the Board of Directors of the United Fund. On Nov. 17, 1966, he became a Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Xn January 1967, he really went to work as a Township Committee. man following the Elise St. Fire which wiped out a row of lowstandard homes that housed Negro families. He set up an emergency committee that raised funds and supplies for the families and also assisted in their relocation. The Red Cross assisted to a very fine degree, and the Welfare Association also achieved remarkable results. Another Exploration committee started by Art Burditt to study replacement of the housing, was merged on Mar. 2nd, 1967, to form the Elise St. Foundation, with the facilities to carry out a definite program. On Aug. 24th, 1967, Mac was made chairman of the Industry drive for the United Fund.

Layman’s Sunday in the churches was celebrated on Oct. 8th, 1967, and Mac was the speaker at the Methodist Church on Assuming Responsible Citizenship,” which he so well exemplified. He was

a Trustee of the Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Directors of the Child Day Care Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the

Uni ted Fund, and the Suburban Symphony. He was praised on Dec. 14th, 1967, by Frank Dooley for his service to the Boys’ Camp.

For 1968-69, he was chairman of the Rotary Foundation Committee. In this connection, he attended a 3-District Rotary Foundation meeting at the Holiday Inn, in Kenilworth, on Dec. 2nd, 1968. He reported on this meeting with a talk on the Rotary Foundation at the club meeting for May 1st, 1969.

An outstanding talk on the Township Government, was an “off-the-cuff” talk given Dec. 5th, 1968, at a Salute to Industry Program. The current mayor, reward Gill had failed to appear for the meeting and Mac, with his intimate knowledge

of the subject and ready ability to express himself, filled in at a moment’s notice. Only his deep involvement in community affairs has prevented him from ~eading the club.

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Ray, Charles M. Jr. Newspaper Publishing

Joined Dec. 3, 1959 Left Aug. 25, 1967

Cranford Citizen & Chronicle, 21 Alden St.

Charles Jr. is the son of Cranford Rotary’s most distin· guished member. He first appears in the archives as a 5t year old, one of the two tiniest fishermen in the Youth Week Contest of May 1st, 1943. After graduating from the Univ. of Indiana, he returned to Cranford to apply his schooling to the

~WSpaper owned by his father. In 1967, it became known that he wanted to enter the teaching field. During the summer he took additional work at Newark state Univ. in Union and announced plans to move to Springfield, Mass. to join the National Teacher’s Corps and to get his Master’s degree at Springfield College.

After jOining the club in Dec., 1959, he set about redesigning the Cog Wheel format which he presented on Apr. 14th, 1960. For 1960..61, he was chairman of the Cog Wheel Committee. On Sept. 19th, 1960 he accompanied Bob Crane, Jr., Tow Sordill, and Art Burditt to the District Institute at the Pines, in MetuChen. For the two years beginning 1961-62, he waS chairman of the Public Information committee, then again in 1964-65.

For 1963-64, he was again chairman of the C{‘Ig Wheel ccllll1littee.

During 1964-65, Charley served as the Junior Member of the Joint Civic COmmittee, and for 1965-66, he was the Senior

Member from Rotary. On July 16th, he announced that the “Bears”, sponsored by the Rotary Club had placed 1st in the Pony League, under his coaching. The following year, on July 1st, he presented the Bears again winners in the Pony League.

On Apr. 28th, 1966, it was announced that Charley, Ernie Wolferd, and Charles Speth had been substitutes on the Cranford Rotary Bowling Team which placed second in the District. The first team included Will Lange, Vince SarnOWSki, Ralph MurphY, Will Jordan, and Bill Dodds. For 1966-67, he was again chairman of the Public Information committee. On July 28th, 1966, he announced that the Rotary Bears, for the third year ~ad won the Pony League championship.

During his years in Cranford, he served as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce~ Vice-President of the Booster’s Club, Secretary of the Boys’ Baseball League, Secretary of the Jaycees, and a member of the Press Association.

In athletics, he held membership in the National InterCollegiate Association of Soccer Officials, the New Jersey

School and College Officials’ Association and his final year with the club was highlighted by his choice as Young Man of the Year by the Jayc~es, Feb. 231′.’d, 1.9(.rr. He is the- father of a daughter, and a son Kenl1Ath.

Ray, Charles M. Sr. Newspaper Publishing

Joined May 24th, 1934 (Later at 21

Cranford Citizen and ChrOnicle, 13 No. Union Ave. Alden st.)

Charley has the longest continuous membership in the Cranford Rotary Club, as well as the longest record of perfect attendance, at 34 years. No other member, past or present ever achieved such a string. This record has no questionaile constructive “Make-Ups” involving club meetings held at hospital beds. The practice had been used in the past to protect attendance records.

He was born in Dunkirk, Ind., and served as a Sports Reporter

while a senior at Montpelir, Ind. High School. He then went to the University of Ind. at Bloomington, and worked on papers in Hartford City and in Bloomington. He then pulled up his Indians roots and came to Cranford Oct. 17th, 1932. He went

to work for the Chronicle under James Warner, Charter Rotarian. Jim died on Sept. 17th, 1933, and Charley found himself serving

as Acting Editor for a year, then Managing Editor for 5 years. He became a partner “‘i th Edward McMabon in 1939 and became sole

owner when the latter retired9 Charley was one of 27 weekly editors to tour Canada in’194l, on a good will visit. He was a Director of the New Jersey Press Assoc. in 1946 and 1947, of the Boys’ Camp, the Fairview Cemetary Assoc., the Red Cross and the Visiting Nurse Assoc., to name a few. The newspaper has won several merit awards auring his editorship. More recently he

took the post of publisher, and passed along the editorial chores.

His family life was marked by the Rotary Club, starting with his marriage to Florence Gould, Nov. 28th, 1934, and the birth

of his daughter and two sons. Charles, Jr., of course, bec~ne

a Rotarian, and William R. has appeared at the club. His marriage came 6 months after joining the club.

On June 28th, 1934, he gave a talk on Classification, just about a msrrth after joining. On Feb. 15th, 1935, he was complimented on the new Club Paper, the “Crier”. This paper, forerunner of the Cog Wheel, was written by him for quite a period, and printed by volunteers at the printing office of the paper.

Charley was elected as a Director for 1935-36, and he also became Historian followt~the resignation of Newman Collins,

who had started our scrap books, ten years earlier. He became Vice-President for 1936-37, and also chairman of the Program committee. On Jan. 7th, 1937, he headed the arrangements for a joint Lions-Rotary meeting to be held on Feb. 18th. Featured speaker was District Governor Will Gilbert of Drew University in Madison. Charley was next a delegate, along with Frank_ Sherlock to the District Conference held Apr. 15th and 16th, at Asbury Park. When he became PreSident, for 1937-38, he announced plans to hold a 15th Anniversary celebration. Charles Dooley headed the arrangements.

Gordon Peters accompanied Charley to the District Assembly held at the Robert Treat Hotel on Aug. 19th, 1937. On Sept. 30th, 1937, he proposed that High School Seniors be guests at important programs, with Ray Clement making the selection of students who might be interested in a particular subject. The plan was approved by the club. He was Director again, as past president, for 1938-39.

Ray, Charles M. Sr. (Cont.)

With Charles Dooley and Gordon Peters, Charley attended the Disstrict Conference held May 12th and 13th, 1938, at Asbury Park. He reported on the conference on May 19th, and at the conference he had served as a Group Leader.

For 1938-39, Charley headed the Fellowship committee. The annual picnic was held Sept. 15th with John Freese making the arrangements. Assisting were Abey Caldwell, Walter Coffee, Tom Mac Meekin , and Charley Ray. The previous sept. 1st, he was a team captain on a quiz program, under Abey Caldwell. Starting on Oct. 27th, 1938, he conducted a l2-week Fellowship contest.

Charley was appointed as a delegate to the R. I. Convention at Cleveland and he reported on the meetings on July 6th, 1939. His 1939-40 assignment was the Membership committee. A big event of this period was the Oct. 18th, 1939, dinner to Walter Head from Montclair and president of R. I. Attending in addition to Charley, were Rowland Blythe, Frank Sherlock, Walter Coff.ee, Patty Grall, Charles Dooley, and Sam Hinman. The dinner was held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

The Crier for Nov. 21, 1939, reported that Charley and Patty Grall met with school boys to organize a Basketball League. This was the start of an annual project that continued under Rotary sponsorship many years. On Nov. 30th, the Lions and Rotarians had a bowling match participated in by Carroll Sellers, Mariano Greco, William Reel, Joe Zingales, John Freese and Charley. The Feb. 20th, 1940 Crier reported that Ken Albridge and Charley were to work with Abey Caldwell to set up a Ladies Night. It also reported that he was Recording Secretary of the Business Association. The Crier for Apr. 23rd, 194-0, congratulated Charley and Walter Coffee on the success of the Sports Carnival. On July 18th, he was reported back from a vixit to Montpelier, Ind., and a week later he was among the members visiting the Cranford Boys’ Camp. On Sept. 9th, 1940 Charley was one of the team playing in the Lions-Rotary Burro Baseball game. At the annual picnic, Mrs. Ray and Mrs. Coffee were the winners in Women’s H8rseshoes.

For 1941-42, Charley was chairman of the Vocational Service committee. On Sept. 25th, 1941, he was teamed with Herb McCullough in a LionS-Rotary Golf Tournament. An important event was the joint hostln~ by Cranford and Westfield of 17 Rotary Clubs at theShackamaxon Country Club at 7 P.M. on Oct. 30th. Oven 200 attended the event which was handled by a joint committee on which Charles Ray, Charles Dooley, and Carl Hanson served. On Feb. 26th, 1942, he served on a Forum on Propaganda. He next was Song Leader at a Joint Meeting at which Cranford,

on Mar. 12th, 1942, hosted 26 Summit Rotarians. Frank Sherlock organized a Past Presidents’ Sextette on Apr. 2nd, 1942, and the other voices included Charles Ray, -Rowland Blythe, Henry Whipple, Sam Hinman and Bill Willsey.

Charley was assigned to ~he chairmanship of the Fellowship committee for 1942-43, and he was listed as Assistant Editor of the Crier, on Aug. 11th, 1942. On Jan. 28th, 1943, under Charles Cole, he partiCipated with Win Britton, Sr., Henry Whipple, Carroll Selrers, Frank Sherlock and Wade Poston in a Forum on Post-War Planning and Problems. He then served under Charles Dooley with Walter Coffee and John Cron in an Auction

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The following May 27th, he again participated in a Forum on Professional Ethics with Henry Whipple, Sam Hinman, and Rowland Blythe. The last event of 1943, Rotary Year, was on June 25th, when Charley was paired with Ed Kane as a winner in the Lions-Rotary Golf Match.

On Feb. lOth, 1944, Charley worked with Henry Whipple and Rowland Blythe to honor Sam Hinman and Charles Skillman on their 21st anniversity as charter members and on their perfect attendance records.

He next worked under Carroll Sellers on a Ladies Night for May 11th, 1944, at the Park Hotel in Plainfield.

For 1944-45, Charley headed the Community Service committee and one of his first activities was as chairman of a committee to form a new Business Association. This was accomplished and it is still functioning as the Chamber of Commerce. The committee was formed Sept. 14th, 1944. On Nov. 30, 1944, four past presidents gave the high spots of their terms of office, they were Charles Ray, Henry Whipple, Patty Grall and Bill Willsey. On Mar. 8th, 1945, he was reported as co-chairman of the Community Clothing Drive. He was paired with Jack Apgar for a win at the Lions-Rotary Golf Match on July 13th, 1945.

The following summer, June 20th, 1946, he was paired with Al Meurer to win.

Charley was chairman of the Past Presidents’ Committee for 1947- 48, and he also was chairman of the 25th Anniversary Committee which held its celebration on Apr. 1st, 1948. This affair waS attended by 216 Rotarians and friends and featured Ken Martin, Charter President, returned from Kenosha, Wise., for the occasion, and Clarence Nordstrom of the Paper Mill Playhouse, in Milburn. Other charter members present were Sam Hinman, Lou Allison, Ray Clement, Ed Vilade, Frank Doremus, Lyman Loveland, and Tom MacMeekin. Edw. Morris and Clint Staples had been expected and both men were reported in attendance. Of the original 21 charter members, ten were already deceased. Other members

of the committee who arranged the celebration were, Charles Dooley, Gordon Peters, Walter Coffee, Win Britton, Jr., Bill Fischer, and Ernie Trubenbach.

For 1947-48, Charley was chairman of the Public Information committee, and this position he held almost continously for the next 20 years. He was an alternate delegate with Harold Wilson and

Sam Hinman, under Bob Crane, Jr., to the R. I. Convention held at N.Y.C. in June 1949. He also was one of 10 from Cranford Rotary who attended the District Conference on May 11th and 12th, 1950, at Asbury Park. On Apr. 20th, he appeared as one of 11 past preSidents who told the club, “Why they Chose their Professions.1t The program was arranged by Patty Grall.

In addition to the Public Information assignment, he was also chairman of the Rotary Information Committee for 1950-51.

According to the Cog Wheel for June 5th, 1951, he was serving as a member of the Rotary Bowling Team. He next appeared on a program arranged by Cy Perley. This was a “What’s My Line?” panel that featured also Ken ManKl’ty ~ Pa\”l~y Gra.ll and Sam Stein. His 1952-53 assignment was the same as the prev’lous year. He was also a Trustee of the Boys I Camp. On June 19th, 1953, Chl’Lrl ey 1″3.8 rtOdxed with Nelson Kling, this time tl) lose, a+ Ioions-Bot;ary golf.

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With his Public Information assignment, Charley

was also chairman of the Classification committee for 1953-54. On Sept. 17th, 1953, he gave a talk on Membership and Classification. For 1954-55, he added the chairmanship of

the committee for R.I.’s 50th Anniversary observance. On Sept. 16th, 1954, he gave a talk on the history of the club. He was thanked by the club, Feb~ 24th, 1955 for an editorial on Rotary’s accomplishments during its 50 years. He was praised by the Cog vfueel of Oct. 4th, 1956 for his Youth Service work with Patty Grall, Walter Coffee, Vince Sarnowski and Harold Wilson.

For 1957-58, in addition to Public Information, he was chairman of the Past Presidents’ committee and Director of the club. For 1959-60, he was chairman of the Classification committee once again. Charley was on the golf team that won 2nd place in the district, June 23rd. 1960″ at the Deal Country Club. Others on the team were Walter Coffee, Howard-Siegel, Roy Mac Bean, Will Lange” Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian”, Patty Grall, Carroll Sellers, Buddy Bergen and Norman Roden. On Dec. 15th, 1960, Charley headed a program that paid tribute to Ira Dorian as Mayor of Cranford. Sharing in the tribute were Bob Watson, George Osterheldt, Patty Grall, and Rod Smith. Bill Dodds and Van Chamberlin shared with him a talk on Rotary Membership on Sept. 28th, 1961.

On May 31st, 1962, Ken Mac Kay headed a special program of tribute to Charley’s publishings and his Rotary caraeps;; By this time he had accumulated 27 years of perfect attendance. His quiet service to the community has been less obvious because so much of it involved wise counselling on community problems, but his recognized attainments have been outstanding. For 1962-63, he again headed the Rotary Information committee. On Sept. 20th, 1962, he shared a program

on Canadian make-ups with Glenn Klinefelter and Vince Sarnowski. Jan. 2nd, 19.64, Charley again headed Rotary’s tribute to a retiring mayor. This time the recipient of Rotary’s Silver Bowl was Mayor Nicholas La Corte. The latter went on to become a state Assemblyman, but a fatal heart attack cut short his career.

Charley’s daughter Janet spent some time in Italy on tour and in school, and she sent films and slides which he showed on Mar. 19th, 1964. On Oct. 15th, 1964, he first suggested a Salute to Industry program, and Nelson Lightcap was appointed chairman of of a committee which arranged a program pr’essnted Jan. 14th, 1965.

It was announced on June 10th, 1965, that Charley would be the new District SGc:t’~tary under Governor Art Williams. On Oct. 28th, 1965, he was on the Cl’anf’ord team

in the Union County Rotary Golf Tournament. Then on Dec. 9th, 1965, he became a political appointee as Treasurer of Union County. He next, under Art Burditt, was of gr-e a t as sistance on the Joint Cranford-Westfield committee to organize the Garwood Rotary Club whose first meeting was Jan. 24th, 1966. Other Cranford members of the committee Ira Dorian, Lew Laird, and Ace Corbin. All were guests of Garwood on the celebration of their first anniversary on Mar. 13th, 1967. The previous Feb. 23rd, 1967, he showed slides of the coming Exp~ 67 Fair to be held at Montreal.

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Charles M., Sr. (Cont.)

Nov. 22nd, 1967, as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also praised by Boysr Camp President Frank Dooley, for his service to the Camp. On Feb. 29th, 1968, he arranged a 45th anniversary program that featµred the reminiscenoes of Bay Clemeqt anu Tom Mac Meek~~. Charley

and his wife were among a large number of Cranford Rotarians and guests at the District Conference Apr. 11th, to 13th, 1969 at Buck Hill Falls.

On Sept. 4th, 1969, he received an attendance pin for 34 years of perfect attendance •

William D., Jr. Fuel Oil Distributing

Born June 13, 1888 Died Oct. 311, 1949

Joined Jan. 4, 1934 Left June 17# 1943

Reel Strong Coal Co., 2 Union Ave. N.

Before becoming a member, Bill spoke to the club

Nov. 16th, 1933, on Oil and Gas Production. He was elected on Dec. 28th, 1933, and inducted on Jan. 11th, 1934. He served as song leader for the meeting of Feb. 15th, 1934.

A year later, Feb.14th, 1935, he presented a Scouting program. For 1935-36, he was chairman 0:1′ the Auditing committee and later of an Activities committee. For 1936-37, he

had the Club Service and Fellowship committees. On Sept. 3rd, 1936, he asked that the Club Service committee pressure the State Highway Dept, for recognition of Cranford’s existence on State Highway signs. On Sept. 25th, it was reported that he led the singing with ,-~~ank Sherlock at

the piano. He then presented a second Scoub Lng program

on Feb. 18th, 1937.

For 1937-38, Bill was chairman of the Fellowship committee. In line with this aSSignment, he led the singing at a reunion with the Washington Club, on Dec. 2nd, 1937. He next held the Club Service chairmanship for 1938-39. On Sept. 1st, 1938, he was a team captain on a Quiz program arranged by Abey Caldwell. The next entry shows Bill as chairman of the 2nd annual Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival which was held ~p-r. 14th~ 1939, netting $llill.

He became V~ce-Pres~dent of the cIub Tor 1939-40,

and chairman of the Club Service and the Program committees. On Sept. 28th, 1939, it was reported that the Lions were beaten in golf by a team consisting of Bill Reel, Walter Coffee, Ken Albridge, Newell Stepp, Bill Willsey, and Carroll Sellers. This was followed on Nov. 17th with a Bowling match that included also Carroll Sellers, Mariano Greco, Jos. Zingalos, Charles Ray, and John Freese. The Crier for Feb. 20th, 1940 said that Bill Reel was in charge of arrangements for celebrating the 35th Anniversary of

R. I. The week of observance included talks to the High-, School Assembly by Win Britton, Jr., and Rev. Frank Sherlock. He was again chairman of the Lions Rotary Sports Carnival scheduled for Apr. 19th, 1940. The District Conf’erence was held Apr. 25th and 26th at Asbury Park and on May 16th, 1940, was reported to the club by Bill Reel, Abey Caldwell, Gordon Peters and Roy Laubenheimer.

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Reel, Wm. D., Jr. (Cont.)

Bill became president of the club for 1940-41, and chairman of the Aims and Objects committee. The start of his year was marred by hospitalization and his first meeting of the new year was Aug. 16th, 1940. Hr. and Mrs. Reel attended the 15th Anniversay dinner of’ the Lions Club on-Oct. 22nd. 1940. In its early days, Bill had been a member of the Lions Club. He worked with John Cron and vlalter Coffee under Carl Hanson on the arrangements for Ladies’ Night held l\fu.y 7th, 1941.

As immediate past president, Bill continued as Director for 19u1-u2. He took part Qn the Fund Raising com~ittee9with

Bill ntArcy, under Win Britton, ~r. on Sept. ~>tli, ~ ~~,

he was paired with Bill Willsey in the Lions-Rotary Golf matohes. On Au~. 6th, 1942, hosted the Rotary Club for the annual picnic. John Croxnserved the club. Abey Caldwell won a Bean Guessing contest while Carroll Sellers and Bill Willsey placed 1st and 2nd in a Spelling Bee. The following year, Sept. 9th, 1942, Mrs. Reel won the Bean Guessing contest at the family picnic of the club. For 1942-43, Bill was chairman

of the Vocational Service committee.

Bill was born in Philadelphia and came to Cranford in 1913, at the age of 25, first ~s a bank examiner, then he became a teller at the Cranford (‘Suburban) Trust Co. He founded the Reel-Strong Co. about 1925. Some time later, he formed the Wm.D. Reel Fuel Co. He was active in Scouting for many years. During World War I he was personnal director of the U.S.O. Camp Shows in New York.

Reilly, Charles T. Telephone Mgr.

Joined Mar.22, 1962 Left Feb. 18, 1965-Joined Perth

N.J. Bell Telephone Co., 34 Alden St. Amboy Rotary

Chuck graduated from St. Benedict’s Academy in Newark,

and from Penn State. He started with the Bell System in 1946, as commercial representative in Newark. He then held posts

in Hackensack, Jersey City, Passaic, Dover and then in Phillipsburg in 1956. He was sales manager at the Passaic office from 1960 to 1962, when he came to Cranford, Jan lIth, as manager of the Cranford office to succeed Ed Smith who was moved to Westfield. While at the Passaic office, he was a member of the Clifton Rotary Club.

He was inducted into membership on Mar. 22nd. 1962, and on Aug. 8th, 1963, he put on a program on the Rotarian magazine, using slides furnished by R.I. On May 15th 1964,

~,’if’” –lie1made chairman of the Commercial Division of the United Fund. For Ratary he was made Program Chairman for 1964-65. On Aug. 25th, 1964, he appeared on a Club service program under Bob Dennis.

Chuck was transferred by the Bell System to Perth Amboy on Feb. 18th, 1965, before he finsished his year as

Program chairman, and Bob Dennis filled out the rest of his year. At Perth Amboy he became a member of the Rotary Club and

became its president for 1968-69. He is the father of 2 daughters and 2 sons, Charles, Jr., and Robert. Before joining the Bell System, Chuck was a 1st Lieut. during lrlorld WarII.

He was succeeded in Cranford’s Telephone office by Bill

McKinlay.

Theatre Manager Left May 5, 1949

Baking, Retail Died June 19, 1963 Left Aug. 24, 1926

Reilly, John M.

Joined Nov. 27, ~946

Cranford rrr:2at.re, North Ave. W.

John was the last’of a series of theatre managers to join the Rotary Club. He was first a guest on Oct. 24th, 1946,

and again on Nov. 21st. The following week, Nov. 27th (Wed.), he was inducted. On Dec. 26th, 1946, the newest members

gave talks on their classifications. Oct. 9th, 1947, he was appointed to represent Rotary on the Lion’s Halloween Window Dressing contest.

He was made chairman of the Program c6mthittee for 1948-49, and like Chuck Reilly was transferred before he finished the year. His transfer to N’ewarit occurred on May 5th, 1949. He returned for a visit to the club on July 28th, 1955 as Major John Reilly. He had been stationed at Formosa, and was back at Ft. Monmouth.

1t1Reusch, Edward E.

Born

Joined Oct. 1, 1925 Bakery – 19 Eastman st.

Ed Reusch was a member for less than a year, and he found that operating a sma.Ll, store with limited help made adherence to attendance rules impractical. He was placed in charge of the Classifica,tion committee for both 1925-26 and 1926-27, but never served the second term. The writer haS the impression that he was considering a second attempt at maintaining membership requirements, but this time health blocked h i.m .

Lieut. George G. Reusch, on Dec. 24th, 1942, was among service men who were guests of the club at a Christmas meeting and he thanked the club on behalf of all.

sr Reynolds, Floyd E. Plumbing

” Born Oct. 17 1910 Died June 6, 1969

Joined Jan. 4~ 1951 Left Mar. 5, 1953

Reynolds Plumbing and Heating, 6 South Ave.

Floyd was born in RoselleParL<,. an~ tJlen.moved to.Westfield.

He came to Cranf.ord in ,1944 ,and worked tor Hess Plumbing. He started his own busLness ‘about 1949 lind it ‘immediately grew under his gu Ldance to “a very<large ;undertaking •.. He suffered a,massive stroke in 1953, from whlch he had a slow recovery. He sold the business in 1965,: and for his last years worked as

a guard at the ClaIK \::»I:,e,. \;)f,.,ql:’f;.n~t I·S. He had one son John.

One of Floyd,’s a;,qsets’was ree,·l,musi,c talent. : It was first displayed. on May, ;17~tt,t ~’95J _,:;; ~iq~~:i hf!.: p::rRy~ded :8 ‘combo, and entertained on. ,thE?~. c1:arrin~t a:~, Jf~,p~i~s ;~;i.g~t,~ ,,:ri~.:trV.as .next

made ticket c ha.:irman ~,ql;’j itµ.e .Dra~a’t.i,;9′ ;g~l,lJ)::\s .pr~s,enta t ion of tp.e” ~’·Sil ver ,Wh~st_J,,;e~’ ~P~n$.().red;;)~:Y ·~lJe ;I;{p:~a,;y gluq .. ·· .This perf.prmanc.e ,wa’s;;he::td;.on Dec, 7th’; and repeated on the 8thj w t’;,t’l

th~;·club~ rie’tt’~rig .. $.1:4:99.; c. ,…..’. ‘ .

. He p’];(;iyed,A3a:nt~”,iClaµs at .~he Hqtary .chr.is tmas Par by for .Dec.; ~T~-h,” 1951~:: ·qn,A.’µg. ;14t,p,. and. aga Ln .on .Nov .. 20th, 1952,. Floyd, :d.id~ .Clarinet. ‘$olq.s, ~lp.rig, ,with a Rotary ,Glee Club

pe rf o rtnanc e unpe:r::,the:~na:gern;ep:t, pf Ace Corbin. These s t.e Ll.a r’ pe rf’ormances can ‘po,:Jop,ge;r, t:·~.~ture: ~Floyd ‘f3 clarinet, but the outstanding Glee Club·”still has some of ‘the original artists”

 

Robinson, Ellis

Joined Jan. 17, 1957 Robinson’s, 13 No. Union Ave.

Ellis Robinson is another whose membership was not long enough to have left much of an impression on the club. The possibility of maintaining attendance at Cranford meetings was made impossible by his schedule of trips to New York. He showed fine capabi Ii ty and did write some exoeptiona lly good Cog l’Jheels, and was both genial and pleasant. He holds a high commission in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Lady’s Wear Left Feb. 1961

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Robinson, Walton S. Metal & Alloy Equip.

Joined Aug. 30, 1934 Left Jan. 11, 1939

Robinson Engineering Corp., 15 North Ave., Garwood 010ved)

Walt became Sergeant-at-Arms for 1935-36, and was made a Director in 1936-37. In March 1937, he was still serving as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and welcoming guests. He was elected Treasurer for 1937-38, and was Vice-President for 1938-39. He also Nas ohairman of the committee for the Lions-Rotary Sports Carnival held on April 9, 1938. Before going on to become President of the club, he found that the Vice-Presidency of his own corporation precluded his continuing in Rotary. His plant was moved from GarTJI100d to Roselle Par-e and this add ed to his d is-

qualification. Later the plant moved to Route 22, in Somerset County.

Roden, Norman Pneuma & Hydr. Equip

Joined Nov. 1, 1956

The Roden Co., 409 North Ave., East

Norm attained an M.E. Degree from Drexel and served in the Army during W.W. II as a Major. He taught at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was also assigned to a Motor Pool at Fort Ord, in California. He has a son, George, and a daughter, Beth, who designed our current Venice of N.J. I club bannerette. He has been a fine-humored and most stimulating and thoughtful m~ber

of the c Lub , …, …

He was assigned to Fund-Raising for 1957-58 and did a thorough job as always in promoting the 3rd Annual Barber Shop Quartette Concert held on Feb. 21, 1958, which netted the club $500. His next assignment was as Junior member of the Joint Civic Committee for 1960-61, and Senior member for 1961-62. On June 23, 1960, he “”Tas on the team that placed 2nd in the District Golf Tournament at Deal Country Club, along with \.]alter Coffee, Howard Siegel, Roy Mac Bean, \:Jill Lange, Bill Dodds, Ira Dorian, Patty Grall, Charles Ray, Sr., Carroll Sellers, and Buddy Bergen.

For 1961-62, Norm was in charge of Vocational Guidance.

He also served with H01’1ard Siegel in arranging the Cranford Days program. He announced the Gay 90′s Theme on May 11, 1962, and arranged a Gay 90′s B~ll for June 1, 1963, at the High School where 300 attended. Norm headed the Rotary Foundation committee for 1963-64 and appeared on a Club Activities program under Fletch Gilpin, on July 18, 1963. It was Nov. 21, 1963, when his daughter, Beth’s , new bannerette was presented.

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