First Ward Club Had a Jolly Time

Camden Daily Courier – January 12, 1904

Annual Election and Feast of Fun Held Last Night

Hospitality was rampant at the First Ward Young Republican Club last night. The occasion was the annual meeting. Following the election of officers there was a delightful entertainment and a splendid feast, the honors being done by Captain William E. Alberts, simply resplendent facially in his new bunch of whiskers; Recorder O. Glen Stackhouse, who salivated More buttered ham sandwiches than George Kappel did fried oysters; Eph Hires, the school janitor, who saw to it especially that no one was unattended to; Exciseman Joseph Kolb, who insisted on everybody taking something every other minute; John Beard, who was happy over being elected a ward committeeman, and a number of others who looked after the comfort of the many guests in fine style.

The officers elected were: President, County Clerk Frank F. Patterson, Jr.; Vice President, Freeholder George P. Pechin; Treasurer, Thomas Walton; Board of Directors, Court House Superintendent Joseph Burt, Captain Willlam Alberts, Walter Banks, H. T. Hires, William Lyons, Charles Cook, William Weaver and Robert Finley, Joseph Baumeister wag re-elected secretary and none better could have been selected as he had everything down pat.

An Italian orchestra with an Irishman playing the flute furnished the music, and there was great fun when Walter Banks got under a rubber plant and roared out “Under the Bamboo Tree.” The cosy club rooms were prettily and patriotically decorated and pretty nearly everybody in the town was there, from Cooper’s Point to Centreville. Among them were Senator William J. Bradley, ex-Mayor J. Leighton Westcott, Fire Chief Samuel S. Elfreth, who warmed up on ginger ale; President of City Council Samuel P. Jones, Councilman Joseph Potter, County Clerk, Frank F. Patterson, Jr., whose re-election as president of the club, was hearty and unanimous; Dr. John F. Leavitt, whose heroism and devotion to duty where disease stalks, has made Camden the healthiest city in the world; ex-County Physician William Iszard, Freeholder George Pochin, Fireman Joseph Logue, the owner of the great and only “Dewey; Tony Mecca, president of the popular Italian Republican Club, and many others of equal note, The cigars were elegant, the menu grand, the orchestra In full harmony with the happy occasion, outside of playing “In the Good Old Summer Time,” and the guests will ever remember the event as one of the pleasantest of incidents.

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