Winfield Scott Price enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard in 1892, starting as a private and eventually retiring as a Major General in June 1939. During this span, he served in both the Spanish American War and World War I. Prior to his military service, he held a seat on the Camden NJ City Council for five years before being elected as the Mayor of Camden NJ in 1927.
Notably, during World War I, Winfield Price garnered recognition for his outstanding contributions while working alongside Lieutenant Colonel Harry C. Kramer in the establishment and management of the national selective service system.
In November 1927, Mayor Price initiated the formation of a committee tasked with organizing the celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the City of Camden in February 1928. The committee comprised individuals such as Charles S. Boyer as Chairman, T. Yorke Smith, E.G.C. Bleakly, Mahlon F. Ivins Jr., Fred S. Caperoon, and Frank S. Albright.
Throughout his four-year term as Mayor, the construction of the new City Hall took place. Following his mayoral tenure, he assumed the role of commander for the 44th Infantry Division in the New Jersey National Guard until his retirement. During this period, he established the first African-American National Guard Battalion in New Jersey. His service in the National Guard concluded in June 1939.
Roy Stewart was Camden Mayor, envisioning the high speed line (now PATCO) across the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Housing Authority, and Westfield Acres.
Doctor Charles Blaine Helm was born in Camden in 1884. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1906 and later owner of the Camden basketball teams.
The Camden Kiwanis Club is a Civic organization with activities centering about certain objectives, some of which are the underprivileged children, the promotion of an intelligent citizenship, the practice of the Golden Rule in business, the fostering of better relations between the employer and the employee, and between the farmer and the city resident.
Automobiles brought about the modern highways of today and no section of the country has responded to the demand for good roads more completely than has South Jersey.
It was in 1631 that the Dutch Commander, De Vries, while sailing up the “De La Warr” River, discovered a verdant island at the spot where Camden now stands. This he named Jacques Eylandt, and the river afterward was named after Lord De La Warr, its discoverer, the Delaware.
Camden this year marked the centennial anniversary of its incorporation as a city. One hundred years ago our population was 1143.