REV. ELWOOD A. HARRAR was born in 1869 to Jackson and Phebe Harrar in Colerain, Lancaster County PA, where he grew up . His father was a farmer.
By 1919 Elwood Harrar had becme a Baptist minister. He was then living in Pittsburgh PA with his wife Lillian, son Norman, and daughter Mary. Sadly, Lillian Harrar during the early 1920s. Reverend Harrar would remarry around 1924.
Rev. Harrar was involved with several business and civic groups, and in the early 1920s was active in the fund raising drive that culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper Street.
By 1930 Rev. Harrar had come to Camden NJ, where he became the pastor of Camden's First Baptist Church, located at 28 North 4th Street. He served there for many years, and lived in Camden for the rest of his days.
When the Census was taken in April of 1930, Rev. Harrar and wife Jennie owned a home at 604 Benson Street, where they were living as late as the fall of 1936. When the City Directory was compiled for 1947 the Harrars had moved to 651 Berkley Street.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1928
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1928
Group of Organ Club Has New Name
The Choral Association of the Camden Chapter, National Association of Organists, has become a separate organization. From now on it will be known as the Musical Art Society
The group, at its start here, was sponsored by the Camden Chapter with an aim to establish it as a separate group as soon as a successful working basis was reached.
Patronage has been forthcoming which has assured the society of a place in the musical activities of the community. The plan is to develop a sound choral group, capable of producing serious choral works in artistic manner.
The society’s membership list is still open. Voices, both male and female, are needed. Singers with ability at reading are especially urged to make themselves known. Applications, under the new society’s plan, should be sent to Edna M. Llewellyn, Fourth Avenue and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights.
will continue at the First
here on the first, second and third Mondays of every month.
patrons are Wilfred W. Fry,
Mrs. Fry, Charles K. Haddon, Mrs. Walter
J. Staats, Hon. E.G.C. Bleakly,
Mrs. Elwood A. Harrar, Mrs.
F. Morse Archer, A. Wilbur
Nash, Dr. Edward M. Sullivan, J. Walter Levering, Dr.
Joseph E. Roberts, William G. Moore, Mrs. Mary L. Neer, Mrs. J.
Harry Knerr, Mrs. Ada M. Eckenhoff, Mrs. Charles A. Reynolds, and Joseph
The former choral association will retain its officers under the new title of the Musical Art Society, with the exception of the post of secretary. Miss Llewellyn will replace Walter M. Smith temporarily.
officers are: Henry S. Fry, director; Miss Llewellyn, treasurer; Ada M.
Eckenhoff, librarian; Robert M. Haley, president; Marion V. Taylor,
Evelyn Lawrence, Stanley Nelson, Harry W. Schwartz, Marjorie Riggins
Seybold, F. Marie Wesbroom-Dager and Howard S. Tussey, executive board.
society will present at least two public concerts in the spring, one in
April at the North Baptist
Church and the spring concert, which has been tentatively scheduled
for May and will probably take place in the First
Dr. Elwood Harrar
Camden Courier-Post - June 20, 1933
HATCH JUNIOR HIGH TO GRADUATE 373 TOMORROW NIGHT
The program: Processional, orchestra; invocation, Rev. C. W. Dannenhauer, pastor of Parkside Baptist Church; welcome to guests, Charles Livingston, president of the class; message to graduates, Rev. Elwood A. Harrar, pastor of First Baptist Church; song by the graduates; A Century of Progress in Science, Carl Matt; selection by the orchestra; As Right as Roosevelt, Miriam Reiff; song by the graduates, presentation of gifts, award of special honors; announcement of graduates, by Carleton R. Hopkins, principal; benediction, Rev. Irving Maxwell, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church; recessional, orchestra.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
NEW CITIZENS GRADUATE FROM Y. M. C. A. CLASSES
Diplomas and certificates were awarded 25 graduates of the Y.M.C.A. naturalization class last night.
were presented by Herman Hensgen, chairman of the naturalization
committee. The new citizens recently were naturalized by U.S. Judge John Boyd Avis and County Judge Samuel
delivered the address of welcome. A zither duet was given by Eugene
Heilig and John Gruetzer; recitation by Doris Graves, McKinley
Rev. Elwood A. Harrar,
pastor of First Baptist
and vocal solo by Alfred L. Huttelmeyer.
William C. Cramer, clerk of the U.S. District Court, presented certificates to the new citizens.
Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936
CLUB HEARS WASHINGTON EULOGY
speaker was Rev. Elwood A. Harrar, member of the club and pastor of the First
Baptist Church of this city.
Harrar, an authority on Washington, stressed the precepts of character
of the first president which are not as well known as those exploits embraced in history books.
pastor spoke of Washington, the scientist; Washington, the farmer;
Washington, the humanitarian and Washington, the reverent, respectful
religious man alive to the will of God.
were four foundation stones in George Washington's character," said
the speaker. "These were humility, integrity, self-control and
many authorities, Reverend Harrar said: "Washington's word was his
bond. Honesty was his principle. The good of the common man was his
concern. Justice was his monitor. We are told that he had a fiery temper
but that he held it in reserve.
toward all men, his was a quiet, modest dignity which at once demanded
religion, Washington was ever mindful of the will of God and the highest
tributes that have been paid him have brought out his reverence, his
interest and his humble submission to the God in whom he devoutly
Camden Courier-Post - February 7, 1938
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