C. RICHARD ALLEN was a prominent attorney in Camden County during 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. He was a veteran of World War I and was very active in American Legion affairs, serving as Commander of Fairview Post 71 in Camden rising to Department (state) Commander. His wife Minerva was at one time was county president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
The Allens had two sons, Carlos, born in 1921, and Jacques one year later. In 1930 the family lived at 1530 South Collings Road in the Fairview section of Camden NJ. The family later moved to Barrington NJ, where they had a house at Chews Landing Road and Hutchinson Avenue.
Son Jacques H. Allen was a Marine Corps pilot during World War II. Injured in combat during the war, he had been sent back to the United States to recover when he contracted jaundice. Lieutenant Allen passed away at a naval hospital in California in February 1945.
Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928
LEGION POST INSTALLS OFFICERS
C. Richard Allen, commander and other new officers of Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion were installed last night in the Legion home, 1392 Collings Road. The installing officers were Herbert A. Blizzard, state vice-commander and Dr. Samuel Loveman, past state adjutant.
addition to Allen, the new commander, the officers Installed were Harry
A. Gosler, senior vice commander; John Wilson, junior vice commander; D.
S. Hartman, finance officer, and William B. Davis, adjutant. Leon
Reynolds, retiring commander, was presented with a watch charm. The
post, during the last year, succeeded in having a baby clinic
established in Fairview, conducted a 4th of July celebration,
and organized a bugle corps with 40 members. One hundred veterans are
members of the post.
Camden Courier-Post - January 25, 1928
Fairview Club Women Observe Drama Day
Day is being observed by the Fairview Women’s Club at a meeting in the
Community Baptist Church this afternoon.
C. Richard Allen, chairman of the drama committee, is in charge of the
program, which is following the business session.
Tea is being served by a committee, consisting of Mrs. H. Furness, Mrs. G. Stanton, Mrs. Dukes, Mrs. Burnside Anderson and Mrs. Doty.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 4, 1933|
Vets in Colorful Memorial Crowd Convention Hall
More than 2500
persons attended a joint veterans memorial observance in Convention
Hall which followed a parade of veterans and civic organizations yesterday
The parade was
headed by a squad of motorcycle
police under Acting Sergeant William Taylor. They were followed by the
band, headquarters, howitzer, medical and service companies of the 114th
Infantry in command of Capt. Mahlon
F. Ivins, Jr.
Then came the
massed colors, National Guard, Naval Reserve, Disabled American Veterans,
John J. Pershing Camp No.9, United War Veterans, Gen. John A. Mather Post
No. 18, Spanish War Veterans with their fife and drum corps and the Clara
E. Waller Auxiliary; Posts 518 and 980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
their bugle corps; Mt. Ephraim Junior Legion, No. 150; and, bugle corps;
Public Service American Legion Post and bugle corps; Westmont American
Legion Post and bugle corps; 50 Pennsylvania Gold Star Mothers led by Mrs.
Mary E. Hewson; Elks color
guard and the Salvation Army and band.
G. A. R. Vets
Three veterans of the G. A. R., in
flag-draped automobiles, participated in
the parade. They were John W.
Coleman, 76, of 31 North Thirty-fifth
street, who served with the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry; William A. Morgan,
93, of Clementon, who was with the 104th Doylestown Infantry, and Leonard
L. Roray, 89, of Glassboro, who served with Company H, Third New
Ceremonies at Convention
Hall opened with advance of the colors to the stage and
invocation by Rabbi Nachmann Arnoff.
Bratten Du Bell, former chaplain of the 114th Infantry, delivered a
memorial address, taking as his subject the career of General
A. Wolverton after paying tribute to the G. A. R., Spanish American
and World War veterans, promised that Congress would make provisions to
support widows and orphans of veterans who need aid before adjournment
He attacked any
plan for balancing the national budget which does so at the expense of the
two ways to balance the budget,'" he said. "One is to take the
money from the veterans and federal employees. The other is to require
wealth to help."
Veterans of Foreign Wars and United Spanish War Veterans memorial services
and rituals also featured the program. Rev. Lewis A. Hayes, of Westmont,
pronounced the benediction. C.
Richard Allen, past county commander of the American Legion, was
master of ceremonies.
The committee included Samuel Magill, Jr., chairman; Edward A. Stark, A. F. Klein, Joseph A. Kohler, Joseph Whylings, James J. Burke, Norval McHenry, Charles Buzine, William Amberg, James Milne, William P. Breen, William Miller, William Reinholdt; Edward J. Wintering, William Eisele, William Lloyd, Joseph F. Markley, Frank Ellis, D. J. Connors, Joseph Lounsberry and Charles M. Jefferies..
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
Auxiliaries Plan June Events
Fairview and Mt. Ephraim American Legion Auxiliaries have scheduled
events for this week. This evening the Fairview group will have its
Installation of officers, and tomorrow evening the last of a series of monthly card parties will be held by the Mt.
Richard Allen, first vice president of the State Department of the
Legion Auxiliary, will be guest of honor at the Fairview meeting to be
held in the post home, Mt. Ephraim and Collings roads. Mrs. B. S.
Hartmann, president, will preside and the following new officers will be
installed: Mrs. E. R. Alden, president; Mrs. U. H. Bonney, first vice
president; Mrs. M. Wolff, secretary ; Mrs. A. Cassella, treasurer; Mrs.
F. DuCoin, historian; Mrs. G. Houghton, chaplain, and Mrs. W. Nevins,
Mathers, county president, will conduct the installation.
card party of the Mt. Ephraim branch will be held in the post home on
Kings Highway, west of Black Horse pike. In addition to prizes for the
evening playing an award will be made for the highest score of the
Camden Courier-Post - June 8, 1933
DAY SERVICE PLANNED BY ELKS
An elaborate Flag Day celebration to be open to the public and broadcast over the radio is planned by Camden Elks for Monday night.
Ceremonies will open at 7.30 p. m., in the lodge room, Seventh and Cooper Streets, with a musical program by the Elks Band, under direction of William H. Townsend. Presentation of the colors will be made by August F. Walters Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Corp. Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion, and Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The invocation will be made by the lodge chaplain, D. Truman Stackhouse. An altar service will be held by officers headed by James MacMillan, exalted ruler. An organ solo of "America" by Charles L. Bowen, solos by Charles T. Murray, Mrs. C. Richard Allen and Albert B. Poland, will feature the musical program.
The history of the flag will be given by George S. Dunkelberger, a senior member of the lodge and chairman of the Flag Day committee. The program will be broadcast over WCAM by courtesy of Rud Preisendanz Jr., past exalted ruler and lessee of the station.
Camden Courier-Post - June 12, 1933
ELKS TO OBSERVE FLAG DAY
The program will open at 7.30 p.m. Doors of the lodge room will be opened to the public at 7:15 p. m. The program will be broadcast over WCAM.
The Elks Band, led by William H. Townsend, will open the ceremonies. Presentation of the colors will be made by uniformed units of the August F. Walters Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Corporal Raymond C. Thoirs Post, American Legion; Matthews-Purnell Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the lodge patrol.
D. T. Stackhouse, chaplain of the lodge, will make the invocation and an altar service will be held by James A. MacMillan, exalted ruler, and the other officers.
George S. Dunkelberger, a senior member of the lodge, and chairman of the Flag Day committee, will give the history of the flag. A patriotic address will be given by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast, a past exalted ruler.
The radio program will be presented through courtesty of Rud Preisendanz Jr., past exalted ruler and lessee of the station.
Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1936
regular weekly luncheon of the American Legion Luncheon Club was held at
the Hotel Walt Whitman last
Monday with Townsend H. Boyer, chairman, presiding. Boyer
John Carl, commander of the Murray-Trout Post No. 262, of Audubon and
also principal of the Audubon High School. Commander Carl talked on the
life of George Washington. Albert M. Bean, of Thoirs Post No. 47,
superintendent of county schools, spoke on the life of
Abraham Lincoln. Among guests were County Commander Walter F. Keane,
Vice County Commander John Armstrong, Past Department Commander C.
Richard Allen and Past Department Commander Frank A. Matthews, Jr.,
State Rehabilitation Officer Samuel Gaskill, Past Commander George
Seybold of Thoirs Post, Commander Herbert Harper, of Public Service Post
No. 231, Frank Anderson of Thoirs Post, Charles Dietz, Graves
Registration Chairman of Camden County; Cass Piez, of Audubon Post. The
luncheon club meets every Monday at the hotel at 1.30 p. m. Legionnaires
and their friends are invited to stop in.
Camden Courier-Post - August 26, 1941
Magin Laid to Rest By War Veteran Buddies
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.
were conducted in city commission chambers on the second floor of city
hall, in charge of Rev. Dr. W.W. Ridgeway, rector of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal
The casket was carried by war veteran associates of the public works director, who died from a heart attack Friday. A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion preceded the casket, followed by the four remaining members of the city commission, Mayor George Brunner and commissioners E. George Aaron, Mrs. Mary W. Kobus and Dr. David S. Rhone.
A guard of honor lined both sides of' city hall steps, 22 policemen on one side and 22 firemen on the other, representing Magin's age, 44 years.
Hundreds of men and women waited
outside the building to pay their respects as the solemn procession
filed by. Mayor Brunner had declared this morning a holiday for city
employees. The casket was borne by Thomas Jackson and Samuel Magill,
both past Legion commanders; Leon McCarty, past commander of August
Walter Chapter, Disabled American Veterans; Richard Jermyn, past
commander of Post 1270, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Benjamin P.
Thomas, past captain of Sparrow Ship No. 1269. V. F. W.; and William
Miller, past State commander, D. A. V.
Three trucks were required to carry
the floral pieces from the scene of the services to the National
Cemetery at Beverly, where burial took place.
An estimated 8000 persons from all walks of life paid their respects to the late official by viewing the body as it lay in state in the commission chambers.
The throng of mourners of Camden city and county was the largest to converge on a public building since the funeral of Fire Chief Charles Worthington, who was killed while fighting a fire almost 20 years ago. His body was placed on public view in the rotunda of the old county courthouse.
File Past Bier
A continuous progression of people filed past the flag draped bier for more than three and one-half hours. Scores of Republicans and hundreds of Democrats joined in the tribute.
Services were conducted by Camden
lodges of Elks and Moose. Military rites were conducted by the
Fairview Post, American Legion, of which Magin was a founder and past
commander. The tribute was led by Mitchell Halin, post commander, and C.
Richard Allen, past department commander.
James W. Conner, chief clerk of the
city water bureau and past State Commander of the V.F.W., conducted
rites at the grave.
Mayor Brunner and Commissioners
Kobus, Aaron, and
came early and remained throughout the hours of
viewing. Mrs. Helen Magin, the widow, and daughter Helen, attired in
deep mourning, arrived shortly after 7:00 PM.
Embraces Widow, Daughter
Commissioner Kobus, who knelt in
prayer before the bier, arose and went over to Mrs. Magin and her
daughter. Mrs. Kobus
embraced and kissed the widow and daughter of the late commissioner.
They were in tears.
American Legion and V. F. W. members
in uniform alternated as members of the military guard of honor. A
detail of 50 policemen was under command of Acting Lieutenant John
Garrity. Fifty firemen, under supervision of Deputy Chief Walter Mertz,
assisted the patrolmen in handling the crowd, which at times choked the
stairways leading to the
Albert H. Molt, director of the Board of Freeholders and
John J. Tull, Oscar Moore, Ventorino
and Emil J. McCall arrived shortly after 7:00 PM. Moore and Tull wore American
Legion overseas caps. Albert S. Marvel, clerk of the board, accompanied
of the various bureaus in the department of public works, headed by
Commissioner Magin, came in delegations with the highway bureau having
150, the largest number.
A. Abbott, acting director of the department, accompanied by James P.
Carr, superintendent of Streets;
highway bureau employees.
Abbott is deputy director of revenue and finance and first
assistant to Mayor Brunner. He was named by Brunner as
director until the City Commission elects Mr.
Clerk Frank J. Suttill, City
Clerk Clay W.
Fire Chief John H. Lennox and
James A. Howell, chief of
city electrical bureau, attended, as did Albert
Austermuhl, secretary of
the board of education. Every city department sent a floral piece.
Outstanding Floral Tribute
floral chair was sent by the Camden Police and Firemen’s Association.
The word “Rest” was made up of flowers. The offering of the Veterans League
an organization formed by Commissioner Magin and of which
was the first president, was a large floral pillow.
The freeholders and county officials
gave a large floral basket. Floral tributes came from the employees of
the board of education, the RCA Manufacturing Company, the police and
fire bureaus, Pyne Point Athletic Association, the Elks, Moose and
several Democratic clubs.
The floral tributes came in such
numbers yesterday afternoon that Funeral Director Harry Leonard and his
assistants could not find room for them in the commission chamber
proper. They were banked on both sides, in the rear and over the casket.
Among prominent officials and
citizens who came to pay their respects were Congressman Charles A.
Wolverton and his son, Donnell, Assemblymen Joseph W. Cowgill and J. Frank Crawford, Sidney P.
comptroller, Thomas C. Schneider, president of Camden County Council No.
10, New Jersey Civil Service Association.
Others at Bier
Others were Sue Devinney, secretary
to Mrs. Kobus; Fred S. Caperoon; Henry Aitken, city sealer of weights
and measures, Horace R. Dixon, executive director of the Camden Housing
Authority; George I. Shaw, vice president of the board of education.
Smith, chairman of the Elks
Crippled Children Committee and commander of East Camden Post, V.F.W.; Albert
Becker, commander of Camden County Post 126, Jewish War Veterans; Dr.
Howard E. Primas and Wilbur F. Dobbins, members of the Camden Housing
Authority; Postmaster Emma E.
Hyland; Samuel E. Fulton, member of the
Camden local assistance board.
former Assemblyman Rocco Palese, former Freeholder Maurice Bart and
wife, County Detective James Mulligan, Deputy City Clerk William D.
Sayrs, Mary King, secretary to City Clerk Reesman, Charles W. Anderson
and John W. Diehl Jr., former members of the housing authority, Walter
P. Wolverton, chief clerk of the public works department; Thomas J.
Kenney, Maurice Hertz, Isadore Hermann, chief of the city tax title
bureau; S. Raymond Dobbs; acting chief of city property, John Oziekanski,
building inspector, Harry Langebein, city assessor.
Oliver H. Bond,
housing manager of
Clement T. Branch Village; former Judge Joseph
Varbalow, acting city
counsel John J. Crean, assistant City Counsel Edward V. Martino, Paul
Day, secretary of city board of assessors, former Assemblyman William T.
Iszard, Harry Roye, district director of NYA; Victor J. Scharle and
Martin Segal, Democratic and Republican registrars, respectively, of the
Camden County permanent registration bureau.
Mrs. Marian Garrity and Mrs. Mary F. Hendricks, vice chairman and secretary respectively, of the Republican City Committee; Dr, Ethan A. Lang and Dr. Richard P. Bowman, members of the board of education; Edward J. Borden, Carl Kisselman, Harry A. Kelleher, Samuel T. French Sr., former Freeholder Walter Budniak, Coroner Paul R. Rilatt, County Treasurer Edward J. Kelleher, William Shepp, of the city legal bureau, Marie Carr, stenographer, mayor's office; Samuel T. French Jr., member, board of education.
Also John C. Trainor, member of the
Camden County Board of Elections; Antonio
Mecca, funeral director;
Alexander Feinberg, solicitor of the housing authority, former
Freeholder John T. Hanson, Sterling Parker and Paul Reihman, member of
the county park commission.
James O’Brien, commander of the
Camden Disabled American Veterans, was in charge of services by veterans
at the cemetery. Former Freeholder Edward J. Quinlan, county
vice-commander of the American Legion, directed last night memorial
services and was in charge of the firing squad at the grave.
CRASH INJURIES KILL LEGION AIDE’S SON
1st Lt. Jacques Hartley Allen, 22, son of C. Richard Allen, Camden attorney and past department commander of the American Legion, died Thursday in Camp Pendleton hospital, Oceanside CA, of a disease superinduced from injuries received in an airplane crash during a battle in the South Pacific. His mother is a past county president of the Legion Auxiliary.
Parents at Deathbed
Mr. and Mrs. Allen and the young bride of Lieutenant Allen, Emily Justis Allen, were with him when he died. Lieutenant Allen received a severe nose injury when his plane was smashed and he “bailed out” over one of the islands in the South Pacific.
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