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HISTOfiY OF 
WOODBRIDGE TOWITSHIP 
POLICE DEPARTMENT 

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histoey op 
woodbrldge(tovjnship (net.? jersey) police department . 

BY 
RUTH WOLK. 
Chapter 1« 

if ff. S, Anness, the first police commissioner of 
ffoodhridge Township, could return today he would find, that 
despite the radio hook-up, finger printing system, and other 
modern methods of combating crime, the duties of a policeman 
are very much the same today as they were back in February, 1896 
when the first appropriation of *600 was "raised for constable 
and police hire." 

The late Patrick "^addy" Cullinane, uncle of the 
Present police clerk, Sergeant Allan McDonnell, was the first 
policeman of record, "Big Paddy" as he was knam throughout the 
Township on account of his immense size, was made a constable 
in 1895 and a police officer in 1895. 

At a meeting held on April 29, 1896, at which 
Commissioner Anness and Committeemen E, W, Christie and E, A, 
Ames were present, a motion was passed for an appropriation"of $360 
a year to have a man to 'keep out all unlicensed peddlers, etc," 
Today, Chief of Police George E, Keating has the sasie trouble even 
though a peddler's and canvasser's ordinance is in effect, Many 
peddlers try to avoid the necessary fingerprinting nov? mandatory 
before they can secure a permit. 

On May 14, 189 6 we find Patrick Cullinane naiaed as 
first police officor. The mi.ii.utc3 of the meet in;;; read as follo.s: 



Page Ti70, 

"Upon the report of Mr, Winfield S, Anness, who was duly 
appointed at the previous meeting of this Township committee 
to make arraagements with some person to act as police officer 
In the Township, upon his report that he has made arrangements 
with Patrick Cull Inane to act as same. This committee upon 
motion does herehy ©nploy said Patrick Cullinane to act as 
police officer until the further orders of this committee," 

Imme diately after Cullinane *s appointment the police 
committee began to pass rules and regulations. One of the 
notices printed and posted in the Township read as follows: 

"Notice is Her^jsy Given: that after this date all 
tramps found within the limits of the Township of Woodbridge 
will be arrested and compelled to work on the roads in a 
chain gang for a period of twenty- four hours," 

The next ruling compelled ovmers of vehicles carrying 
1,500 pounds Or over on macadamized roads to have tires not 
less than three inches wide, 

Ifention of another officer is made in the minutes of 
1896 when William D, Casey was appointed special officer 
for one year "with full power under the act of 1877", 

Then the committee got busy again and passed a 
bicycle Ordinance(on September 19, 1896) which prohibited 
anything on wheels on sidewalks " except women with baby 
carriages and children under 10 years old on tricycles and 
bicycles," 

The narae of the lata Patrick W, Murphy, first real 
chief of police of Woodbridge To^vnship and coiMionly referred 
to as "the grand old nan of tho police dopiirtK.ent", fir-t 



Page Three 

appears on the Township^s r€COr<33 on March 13, 1897, when he 
was named constable. 

Then on Apfil 8, 1897, Patrick Cullinane was reappointed 
police officer. The minutes #ead as follows: 

"A Communication was read from storekeepers and citizens 
residing on principal streets of the villeige asking for re- 
appointment of Patrick Cullinane as a special officer for the 
ensuing year. Moved and carried that the chaiisnan appoint a 
Police Commissioner for the ensuing year and to report at the next 
meeting. The chairman appointed C, M, Lid die as Police Commissioner. 
At the next meeting April 22, 1897, we read: 
"On recommendation of Mr. G, M, Liddle, the comnittee 
heretofore appointed to employ persons to act as police for 
the protection of the inhabitants of «/oodbridge, said 
committee hereby recommends the employment of two persons to act 
as police officers, one during the day time and one during the 
night time and that the salary be fixed at $40,00 per month each 
and that they be employed monthly as directed by said committeef 
one during the day and one during the night, said committee 
hereby recommends Patrick Cullinane and James Lahey to act as 
said officers the sane to go into effect on May 1, 1897, Moved 
and carried that the aboue recommendations be accepted," 

According to the records, Lahey worked as an officer 
bjit 11 months. The late Thomas F, Du'iigan, one of the most 
respected citizens of Woodbridge, was then appointed Police 
Commlosioner. Under Commissioner Dunigan's jurisdiction we 
find the real beginning of a police department, for on March 



Page Four 

22, 1896, the "two Paddies", Patrick Cullinane and Patrick W, 
Murphy were named as official members of the police department 
"to act f'-on April 1, 1898 at the rate of $40,00 a month" 
and authorization was given Mr. Danigan to purchase uniforms 
for them. 

Demand for police protection evidently Increased for on 
June 15, 1899, Charles S, Walling was named as police officer 
fOr CarteretCthen part of Woodbridge) at a salary of $40,00 
a month* At the same session the chairman of the Township 
committee announced that C, M, Liddle would again serve 
as police commissioner* 

But it was not all smooth sailing for the small 
police group. On September 6, 1900 the police officers of 
Woodbridge were ordered "to appear befo-e the committee on 
Thursday at 8:00 P, M, to ans'./er the ccanplaints of George H, 
Brown in regards to crowds congregating on his cornerC evidently 
the corner of i-Iain and Fulton Streets)", The officers appeared 
before the committee, and, acco-nding to the records, "explained 
that the Crowds gather when they are at other places and disperse 
as soon as the officers appear," The officers were "instructed by 
the chaii«ian to be more active in the matter and to watch Mr, 
BrO'Wn^ls corner especially and to see to it that they were not 
brought before tho committee again," 

The committee evidently decided to "modernize" the 
department for on September 14, 1900, the members passed a 
motion authorizing tho purchase of a bicycle fo- the policeman 
at Carteret, not to exceed $35, but in the following month the 
OrderyVias r^sclnled at the roquost of Officer V/-;lling, who 
pointed out that u bic/v: /.:".. could no', bj u.-cd durin>j t'lv- winter 



-"age Five 



months. He evidently preferred an overcoat instead fbr we 
find an order fop winter uniforms and "an overcoat for 
Policeman IFalling, " 

At the turn of the centjiry, the "department" 
received a "hreakf in the form of a $5,00 a month raise, 
making the salaries ^45. 00 a month, and the striking out of 
the word "year" from the appointment of police. From that 
time on appointments were expected to run indef initelj- at 
the discretion of the committee. 



Page Six 

Chapter 2, 

With the birth of the new centuryi it became necessary 
to pass an appropriation for the new police "department" 
in the Township and after a lengthy delaate an appropriation 
of ^1,500 was decided upon. In the minutes of February 19, 
1900 , we read: 

"After discussion, moved and carried that the conmittee 
recommend to the primary meetings the following appropriation 
for the ensuing year: Police 4l,500, " 

"What a comparison that makes with our budget for 
35 policemen today: Personal services, ^94,000; other than 
personal services, #10,000^ 

On May 1, 1900 an application was received from 
W, F, Turner, who evidently Bished to become a policenan 
but the application was placed on file and, as far as 
can be determined from the records, nothing else was 
done about it. 

The police department of three was not large enough 
fOr special officers were needed for the various elections. 
On March 11, 1901, John Omenhiser, John Thompson and Herman 
Gerke wer3- named as special officers for the election of 
Jilarch 12, to serve at poles one, two and three respectively. 

Vacations for the police department were the next 
worry of the committee, but on August 8, 1901, the matter 
was brought up and the subject was continued for we read 



Page Saven 

in the lalnutes of August 8, 1901: 

"Regularly moved and seconded that the matter of 
policemen's vacations be laid over until the next meeting," 

A condition, caused by dogs running-at-large, 
took up the time of the Township committee in May of 190S, It is 
a Problem that has been partially solved nowadays by the 
appointment of a dog warden. After several discussions the 
committee decided that the police (f ficers, Patrick Murphy, 
Patrick Cullinane and Charles Walling "be invested with full 
afiithority to kill all dogs found running at large after June 
5th, which have not been licensed by or registered with the 
Township Clerk and which do not carry a collar bearing the 
license n^jmber unless such dogs are muzzled," 

"Resolved, further, that a notice of this resolution 
be published in the Weekly Register and Woodbridge Nev/s 
(forerunners of the Independent-Leader) and the Perth Aniboy 
Republican on May 26, 1902." 

The bicycle that Officer Walling refused in the 
previous Tvinter in favor of a winter uniform and overcoat, 
was finally purchased for him to cover his beat in Carteret, 
J, A, Herciann, a meraber of the Township committee from the 
Carteret district, was empowered to purchase the bicycle 
on "^une 17, 1902 at a cost not exceeding $50, 

Boynton Beach, Sev.'arGn, i>n those days, was the 
"tops" in *^easide resorts. Hotels lined the beach and people 
came hers from far and wide for their vacations. One July 
31, 1902, the people of Sev/aron rev/uested the appointiaent 
of a policeiian fOr their section, evide^'itly to cover the 
beach area ai\'i on July 10, 100 2, it v.'as "iuovel and carried 



Page Eight 

Cby the Township committee) that a special officer be 
appointed for Sewaren for four cjonths at a compensation 
of §45 per month". At the folloviing meeting, on July 29, 
1902, Hans Simonsen{who later became a regular officer, now 
on pension, and a member of a family that later made police 
work its profession) was named policeman for the time 
specified, to go on duty on August 1 and have Sewaren as 
his beat. 

At the same time Officer Walling was informed that his 
", hours had been changed. He was to go on duty at 5 P, M, , 
and woris: until 4 A, M, 

After a month* s deliberation, September 4, 1902, 
the committee granted the police officers a week's vacation 
and the clerk was "to notify thera which 7;eel:C they are to 
have when instructed to do so by the committee, " 

Officer Walling again found his hours chajiged-this 
time his tour of duty started at three o'clock in the afternoon 
and ended at one o'clock in the morning — ten hours of work 
daily for $45 a montfii 

Charles Levi, father of Barron Levi, was appointed 
by the Tovinship committee, to act as special officer for three 
weeks to give the thr^e regular policemen eachone Week's 
vacation. This resolution was adopted on October 9, 1902, 
On the thirty-first day of the sarie month, Hans Simonsen 
tendered his resignation as special policeman for Sev/aren, 

In the following year, February 5, 1903, we find 
a petition or tho rcsicients of Carterst "applying for U 
sp'-. ci'3. policoi- .^', ar:'. six days later, Jorm Doiioviai v/c,3 



Page Nine 



nsmed special officer for that district for one month 
"beginning February 12 at a compensation of |45 a month, 
hours to be f-HDia 9 o'clock P. M, , to 5 o'clock A, M," 
Donovan was later made a regular officer. 

For the third time in a short period, Officer Walling* s 
hours were changed, this time he was to work from 9 P, M, , 
to 5 A, M^ Committeeman Heiciann was named as a committeeman 
of one to arrange the beats in Carteret. 

A second raise in salary is noted for the police officers 
in March of 1903 when a resolution informs us that "Patrick 
Eullinane, Patrick Murphy, Charles Walling and John Donovan 
be appointed policemen for the ensuing year at a salary of 
$50 per month". 

The following month, J, M, McElroy, father of the 
Present Township Attorney, Leon E, McElroy, was authorized 
to purchase uniforms and equipment for the department. 
The officers were all dressed upj 

With the spring of the year, Sevvaren wanted a special 
officer again, and Llichael Coffey, whp now resides in Rahv;ay 
Avenue, Woodbridge, anl who, at that time, lived in Sevvaren, 
was appointed "night policeman at Sev/aren for six months, to 
go on duty on May 1st, 1903 at a compensation of ^50 per 
month and that the chairman appoint a cormittee of one to 
purchase the proper outfit," H, C, Turnor, of Sev/aren, was 
appointed on the caimttee. 



Page Ten 

So in the year of 1903, Vfoodbridge Tarnship, which included 
Carteret, boasted of a police force of five men whose main 
duties seemed to be arresting drunks and persons carrying 
concealed weapohs. Records of arrests show that the majority 
of arrests was for drunkeness— and as far as can be deteimined 
the only reason seemed to be that ""there was nothing else to 
do." •^ong the foreign elements the carrying of guns and 
knives appeared to be the favorite pastime and orders came to 
see to it that the habit was broken. 





Patrick Cullin.ane and Patrick •/. Murphy 



Page Slesen 

Chapter 3, 

Hans Simonsen, father of Desk Sergeant Andrew oimonsen 
and Motorcycle Officer 3^udolph Simonsen, again came into the 
police picture on Septenber 21, 1903, when, for the second 
time he was named special officer for the purpose of relieving 
the ^ood bridge -proper policemen so that they each could take 
a week's vacation. 

Then, on October 8, 1903, the people of Sewaren 
appeared before the Township committee and deaanded thajr 
they be given a full-time policeman for their district, 
Michael Coffey, who had been named a special officer for 
the sunmer months, was continued as a regular policeman 
for Sewaren, 

Street corner gangs, the bane of ever/ cop's 
existence, continued to draw numerous complaints, and at 
the same meeting the clerk was authorized to notify the officers 
that there had been several complaints in "regard to the 
people standing on the corners around to7;n". The policemen 
were also urged to enforce the bicycle ordinance which 
Prohibited the use of sidev/alks to cyclists. 

The Lighting Coniiissioners, of the old days, had 
their troubles, too, and, on January 4, 1904, the following 
notation was made in the minutes: 

"Lloved and carried that the cle r^^ te instructed to 
notify Officers Cullinane and KurP^y that conplaint has been made 



Page T\7elve. 



by the light cominissioners that several of the lights have 
been broken, asking then to give this matter their attention," 

Port Reading, evidently felt the need of police 
projection, for on l^arch 3, 1904, the residents of that 
section su'dnitted a petition requesting the appointment og 
a regular policenan. The matter was referred to the 
committee as a vjh61e fOr consideration and on April 14, 1904 
, Samuel liloore was appointed a regular officer at Port 
Reading for the ensuing year. Committeeman C, S, Farrell was 
nanei committee of one to purchase the uniform and equipment 
for Officer I'bore, 

Very fe;7 old timers recall that V/oodhridge Township 
built a tovm hall and lock-up for the Carteret section, just be- 
fore Carteret broke away from ^oodbridge to become first the 
Borough of Roosevelt and later the BorOugh of Carteret, In 
fact, Joseph Hersiann, v/ho in 1904 was the chaiT»^-SLa of the 
Township committee, was a Carteret resident and one of the 
advocates of the secession from Woodbridge. Judging from the 
minutes of the meetings at that tiire, it appears as if the 
Carteret members kne".7 ^he breal: was about due and tried to 
get as much as they could for Carteret before the ties were 
broken, ^arterst roads v/ere repaired by the score. 

We first find mention of the lock-up in the minutes of 
April 26, 1904, wjjen, on a suggestion icade by Chairinan 
Hei-ciann, C. M. Liddle and C. S. Farrell were appointed a 
"coraaittce of tv;o to negotiate for a suitable lot for the 
lockup at Carte. rot and r3port b-\cl: at the next mooting, " 

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Page Thirteen 

is now located in Carter«t, on Roosevelt Avenue, 

Very little appears in the minutes fegar<iing the 
Carteret lock-up and town hall until July 8, 1904, when 
it was "moved and carried that specifications for the new 
toTTn hall at Carteret prepared by A, "il. Carroll be accepted 
and adopted. Moved and carried that the architect's compensation 
for plans and specifications shall be $180, Moved and carried 
that the clerk be authorized to advertise for brick for 
construction of a town hall at Carteret in the "oodbridge I'fews 
and Register, bids to be received at ToT,m Hall, Woodbridge, at 
8:30 o'clock P. ^, , on July 26, 1904," 

On July 26, 1904, b-L^s were received as follows i 

Mercer Construction Company -$4,324 

Henderson Brothers 4,44S 

Hans Hansen — 4,560 

Randolph Lee 3,600 

All certified checks wers returned except the 
check of Randolph Lee, whose bid was turned over to the committee 
fOr further consideration. On August 5 of the sar-.e year, Mr, 
Lee appeared before the coromittee and "presented a sample of 
brick that would be used on the Carteret lock-up, provided 
be received the contract." 

However, the committee must have decided against 
Mr. Lee's proposals, for on August 31, his bid and certified 
check were returned and the clerk was authorized to advertise 
for bids "for the construction of a lock-up in Carteret in 
the Woodbridge News and Register on rs'^ised plans that can 



Page Fourteen 

te had at the office of the Tovznship clerk, bids to he 
^ceived on Septenher 7, 1904," On that date only one bid 
was received, that of Hans Hansen, who was av?arded the 
contract on his bid of 42,850, 

On May 8, 1905, the cornnittee met in special session, 
the "object of the meeting being to ezanine the Carteret 
look-up. The cornnittee was satisfied to acoeptethe builMng 
after one Or two sniall defects were remedied, Mr. Carroll, 
the architect, 0, K, »d the bill," 

At the same session, Committeeman Liddle and Farrell 
were authorized to purchase the necessary furnitsire for the 
Dew lock-up and on January 6, 1906 a motion was made by J, a, 
Hermann, that John I^onovan, the police officer, "be given 
the use of the upper apartments of the Carteret Jpck-up and 
be furnislied with water, fuel and light, he in return to care 
for the building and look after any and all prisoners that may 
be confined in same but to receive an allowance of 20 cents 
for each meal furnished to prisoners," Donovan later became 
a Carteret police officer, when the borough became a 
municipality of its own. 

In the year 1904, the police department received 
plenty of attnetion f^r.i the Tovmship coimiittee. In Ap^^n of 
that year a police comialttee was named "for the purpose of 
devising ways and means for regulating the police force," and 
at the sai.ie time the co.^-E.iittee waa empowered to get, of all 
things, a time clock on trial subject to the approval of the 
committee. On Jurio 14, the police officers of V/oodbridge and 
Carteret v/cro no.^i riod that their hours of duty v/ouM b-j as 
follo^vo: 



Page Fifteen. 

Day men: 7:30 A, M, , to IS noon; 1:30 P. M, , to 7 P. M. 
Night men arid Sewaren and Port Reading officers: 7 P, M« , 
to midnight; 1 A. M, , to 5 A. M, At the sane time the police 
committee was authorized to purchase the time clock and to 
regulate the times the officers were to record their 
names, 

■Pp until 1905 the Justices of the Peace took care of 
police cases, most of them being heard in the justices* homes. 
Very few, if any records were kept. We first see mention of a 
police recorder in the minutes of April 6, 190 5 when J. L, 
Dunn submitted an application for the position of recorder. 
But Mr. Dunn did not get the appointment for at the meeting 
of ll&y 2, 1905, H, J, 'ftylle was named recorder for the 
ensuing year. Old timers tell me that Kr. -i^ylie held court in 
the store next to the railroad tracks on ilain Street, which wa3 
last occupied by the ■ "Hub/ and Cal D^y Gleaning ^o," 

At the same meeting, another addition to the police 
fOrce was made with the appointment of ^ichael ^cDonald, of 
Port Heading, l-^v, ^cDonald's beat was in his home tov;n, 

A resolution was then adopted v/hich reads as follows: 
"i^solved that the clerk notify the policemen that 
they must resister at their rospective places as previously" 
instructed by the coroiiittee as a copy of such rsport will be 
filed on the first Thursday of each month with the caj^aittee, 
this notice to take effect immediately," 

Budget time ca'ie around again on ^une 1, 1905 with the 
police appropriation this tirr.e set at -^4,000, The entire 
budget roada as follows: 



J'age Sixteen. 

"Resolved that the following aEounts be raised by 
tazationi 

"ToTaiship purposes $4,500 

"Roads and Bridges 3,500 

"Outside Poor Q- 2,500 

"Macadamizing 6,000 

"Police 4,000 

" Assessors' Maps 1,000 

Total #21,500," 

Officer "Paddy" Cullinane experienced some difficulty 
In remembering to punch the time clock that had been installei 
in the 7/oodbridge lock-up and on June 8, 1905 he was notifiied 
that "the committee in examining the register clock finds 
that he has not registered regularly" and that he must 
register at the stated intervals as Instructed, 

The year 190 5 arrived and with it came the complaints 
of the citizenry that there v?as considerable gambling being 
done by the youth of the To-.vnship in a tlaln Street store, 
*.7ith a viev; of taking measures to put a stop to the practice 
the cle-k was instructed to coramunicate with Officers Ilurphy 
and Cullinane asking them to appear before the coi.imittee 
on January 30, of that yea-. At the session, Committeeman 
Farrell instructed the officers to take every advisable 
step to stop gar.ibling in the Tov/nship. 



Page Seven;^een 
Chapter Four. 

The years 1906 and 1907 T?ere periods of readjustment not only 
for the police department but for the entire Township for in the 
former year, the municipality no;? known as Carteret, broke away from 
the Township to become the BorOUgh of Roosevelt, 

On February 20, 1905, the Township committee received a 
communication from the Board of Education relative to the bill in 
the legislature to incorporate the Carteret section as the BorOUgh 
Of Roosevelt. Incensed over the turn of events, the following 
resolution v/as adopted by the committees 

"iVhereas, Carteret has had, at the expense of the Township 
as a ;7hole , its just proportion of the inprovenents and is about 
to set itselff off in a borou£;h that V7ill inc-^ease the tax rate of 
the portion left, which is unjust to the Taxpayers of the outlying 
district, v;ho have had no improvements and have borne uncomplainingly 
their portion of the expense to improve said borough and other portions 
of our to'.rn, 

"Therefore, be it resolved , that we, the toT/nship Committee of 
the Township of "''oodbridge, the body representing the taxpayers of said 
ToTOiship take soiiie fori^al action against the bill nov/ pending in the 
senate for the protection of the taxpayers whom \ie represent," 

Iroraed lately after the rOsolutiCin Y/as adopted it v/as "resolved 
that the chair appoint a committee of tv/o to act in conjunction \iith 
Mr. Cutter, the Tov.'nship Attorney ( i^^ote : Ephriam Cutter, whoso offices 
wer'2 in the l^Iasonic Building where the editorial rooms of the Independ- 
ent-Leader are nov/ located) and go before the Senate Committee on 
Boroughs and To-./nships to protest aguinst the passage of the bill 
incorporating the BOjough of Roosevelt avA to asV tliatsome provision 



Page Eighteen, 

be made v/hereby the p-ro posed borough assumes its just share of the 
indebtedness of the Tomiship and also to oppose the passage of said 
bill as unjust to the ^ovoship of '"loodbridge". Comnitteenan Liddle 
and ConnitteeEan llc^l-noj T?ere appointed on the coniulttee, 
^ But even while vthe agitation vjas grovjing keener each day, 

Coi!iiaitteen.an J". A. He-rciann, of the Carteret section, calmly saw 
to it that the necessary clothes T/ere "purchased for the police 
officers at Carteret," 

On <a.ppii iij 1905, the bill setting off Carteret 
as a separate and distinct municipality was approved by the legis- 
lature and on liay 1, 1906, the people of Carteret voted on the matter 
in the Carteret lock-up (which had just been conpletel by Tloodbridge 
Township) with the resulting vote as follovTs: 

377 iin favor of the referendura; 1 vote against 
and 3 votes rejected, 

Woodbridge Tov/nship would like to knon the 
identity of the lone man v7ho voted to stay with it. 

On l»iay 29, 1906, "the chair reported that a 
notice was served on him on Llay 28, 1906, by the Attorney of 
Roosevelt of an application to the Court of Corxion Please on *^une 
1st at 10:30 ■^. M. , for the appointment of three comaissioners to 
make a division of the assets and liabilities between the Boroujh 
and t he 1'' o v/n sh i p . " 

Finally , on "^une 7, 1906, Officers John l>onovan 
and Charles S, Walling, the Capterot policemen were notified that 
"their te-^^iis as policemen of this Township teriiinated on the 26th 
day of Iviay, 190 6." 



Page Nineteen, 

A second petition fron J, L. -^unn, asking txie coramittee 
to appoint him police justice, or recoriepj was received on *'^une 
28, 1906 and referred to the comnittee for further consideration. 
On Septemtier 6, 190 5, the "^o^mship , ninas Carteret, prepared 
'its budget, ''ith two less policeiaen on the fOrce, the police 
appropriation was cut from $4,000 to 02,600, In fact all the 
appropriations were cut consideraoly, the amounts being as follows: 
To77n3hip purposes, $3,000 
■Roads ^ Bridges 2,500 

Support of Poor 1,700 

Macadeniizing 4,000 

Police 2,600 

Assessors' Maps 500 

Total Budget §14,300. 

During the saiie month, I^artin Jaeger was appointed special 
officer for the month of October at a compensation of ^50 per 
month, I'he appointment was evidently made for the vacation period. 

The police departipent, from all appearances, was too s:.all 
to tal-ce care of routine matters and special assignments also, for 
in the minutes of November 8, 1906, we read: 

"On a motion duly seconded , Mr, I^iebold, overseer of 
the poon Was enpo./ered to employ a detective at an expense not to 
exceed $50 to find out, if possible, the parents of the child 
found at Port Reading on October 30, 1905,** 

Again the police caamittee had difficulty in laaking the 
officers understand that they must punch tlie tine clocks that had 
been installed in "'oodbridg';, ^^ort Re^.ding and Sev/aron, A reGOlutlon 
Was finally passed on Novo, .ber 8, to ti:- effect thut any ofTicor fail- 
i!ij to register in a- ' ' - Id be 6 M.jCoj2_ 



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) 

ten days for each failure without pay, Then , less than a month 
later. Officer "^offey was notified that he would be suspended from 
duty from Decenber 7th to 15th inclusive because he had failed to 
• "punch the clock", -^t the end of the suspension period Office-" 
Coffey failed to report back to duty "due to a severe cold, " On 
March 14, 1907, the minutes recorded that "l^r. Kuhlman be instructed 
to Procure a key to the Port Reading fire house for Officer ^offey". 
And then on ^pril Hj 1907, it was "moved and carried that the 
resignation of liichael ^offey as policeman and constable to take 
effect April 15, be accepted," 

A few days late-", on^pril 22, 1907, Hans 
Simonsen, of Sewaren, who had acted as special office during 
vacation pe-iods, was naned police officer in Mr. ^offey's place, 
his appointment to take place at once, 

'i7ith policemen's salaries set at ^50 a month, the 
officers decided that their pay should be inc-^eased and in '•'^pril 4, 
1907, they presented a petition requesting a raise. In the following 
month "it v^as moved and carried that the salaries of the officers be 
increased to ^55 per month, increase to date as of ^ay 1st, 1907," 

At about that tiiae, ^, ^e ^Orest, of Sev^aren, 
requested a lig.uor license for the "Sewaren House " and the permit 
was opposed by the Boyntons v7ho vigorously piotested, declaring 
a "saloon in '^ev/aren would bo demoralizing," Today there are 70 
taverns in the To-./nship with '^ewaren boasting of its share. 

The ■'•'oYMship continue' to grov/ and as 
the population increased petitions were submitted asking for 
police protection for the various sections, ^n Jtoiuary of 1907 
a petition was roc'^d ro^iuesting that "Peter Johnuon be appointel 



Page TiTenty-One 

special officer for i^easbey and vicinit;.r, lie to be compensated out 
of the appropriation fo-- police and also that a lock-up and polling 
place be set-up in this locality. On Motion duly seconded said petition 
was laid on the table fo-^ further considers-tion, " 

At the sa:.:e meeting, ^ohn Onenhiser ^as given 
the position as janitor or warden at the lock-up for the ensuing 
year and the Justices of the Peace in the To-mship were notified that 
the corraittee"desires that they detain no prisoners in the lock-up ■ 
over 24 hours without a h'^aring." 

Again, at the end of the year, ^-^r. Johnson 
subnittel an application for appointaent to the police departnent fo- 
Keasbey and ?ords sections and again the application was "received 
and filed," A few days later, a ''^r. ^eter Kariilton applied fOr the 
position and received the sai.ie treatnent. On Jan-iar7 S, 1908, a 
lip. Janies O'Reilly submitted an application and once again the 
Tovznship coiomittee followed the sane routine, ^ne applications 
then came thick and fast with ?eter -^^eterson and Arthur ^eter aiiong 
the applicants. 

And then on liay 28, 1908, on a motion duly seconded, 
James cA, >7alsh, v/ho was destined to pise froi:i the ranks to the 
Chief of -^olice of the i/oodbridge depa-tr.ent, a position he held 
at the tine of his death, v.'as "appointed police officer at Keasbey 
and Fords at a compensation of v50 a month, said appointment to 
take effect June 1st, next," Thus, Jarr-es 'Jalsh became the fi-st 
policeiian to cover a beat, not his home territory. Walsh, a 
.Voodbridce-p-oper resident covered Keasbey and Fords for some time, 
"lYith no autOiiobiJes for tr'-^nsportation for tho police dopartjicnt 



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in those days, ^a^sh had to board the bus to Perth -aaboy each night 

and change at Per'th .cciboy for the bus to Fords, After covering the 
r 

section all night on foot, TTalsh had to get back to 'Joodbridge the 
best way he could, most of it by foot. And those were the good old 
days,* 



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Chapter 5» 

F-rOn 1909 to 1911 the police force and the Tovmship Co n r n ittee 
iB9r3 to go through a perioi of reconstruction -jhich finally v;ound 
up into a regularly Organized police depart-.:ent authorized th'^ough 
an act of the legislature, increased salaries fo;" policeiaen, 
appointment of a chief of police f-K)n the ran".:3 and the adoption of per" 
manent r^iles and reg'-il^tions. 

On January 19, 1909, the Tonnship cociiuittee nade an appoint- 
ment that was later to cause theii difficulty. In the minutes of 
that date 7;e read: 

"On motion dul^/ seconded, John L. D'onn 'ivas appointed police 
inspector at a salary of -->20 per month, he to report to the coiuriittee 
at ever7 regular Liee.ing and to be furnished with a badge and to 
exercise oversight on the policemen of the Township under the 
direction of the coinnittes," 

Dunn, it '.Till be recalled, Has a justice of the peace, and 
old timers tell me that he alv/ays considered himself the first 
chief of -/oodb-r-idge tovmship. '^.ey also tell me that when the 
department v/as reorganized under the statute, M-'. Dijnn took some 
legal steps and halted the appointment of Patrick Llurphy as first 
chief of police fo- almost a year. 

Shortly after Dunn's appointment , Overseer of the Poor 
Rohrback was notified to "send all tramps to Judge i)unn hereafter 
instead of giving them o-de-s fo-r a night's lodging in the lock-up 
and th^it Judge jJUim be notified to use his discretion in dealing 
with such cases," 

Labo->' disputes a^-ose in the To./r.ship in 1909 a^. 1 on 



Pass Twenty- Tour. 

February ESth of that year, the Inspector oT Police v?as author izeol 

to employ twelve deputies in addition to the regular policeiaen for 

tvjo days on account of the stri'-^-^s in the factories at the clay 

banks of the tov/nship, 
r 

. ConELitteeinan Cranston, vjho servei on the police couiaittee 

during this period, -was evidently a thorough man and a stickler fOr 

detail, fo- he ordered the first police blotter end directed that 

the pfljiice use the blotter in all lock-up cases , Previously th^ 

Justices of the -^eace kept the i^ecords and as far as can be determined 

the "records di^d v/ith then," 

It might be anusing to note that the first notation on the 
police blotter ^as by Patrick i^u^-phy who wrote "Arrested Joe Holas 
for assault and corainitted to County jail fo- the grand jury." Joe 
Holas, Or Hollis, as he is fre^entl;/ booked, has been arrested 
numerous tiiaes since then on drunkeness charge's and has spent a g^-eat 
deal of his life betv/een the county wo-^khotise and short visits to 
Joodbridge, according to the records in Chief Keating's files. 

But Joodbrid je was still very much a sroall tovm in thcise 
days and was faced v/ith countrZ/'-like problems, ^ quaint item is found 
inserted in the iiovember 11, 1S09 minites v/hich reads as followsJ 

"lioved and carried that the clerk v/rite Officer McDonald and 
ask him to find out the o\;ner of the goats whichtrespass on l^r. 
Caniacioli's property and notify the ov/ner that if the goats are not . 
kept off said property they v.'ill be shot," 

Petitions began to pour in on the Tovmship Coijiaittee 
demanding police pT>otection at lo\;er ?ulton Street and Spa Spring, 
The inovier, lack of finuticoa, hc-^s a familiar ring even today, ^ne 
r'-i'ly, \;hl.-'h coul;l h uae 1 at t;i'' p^-os--, t ti '•,, rco.I.s: 



?age Twsnty-Jive 

On a motion duly seconded "the coonunication of IvI--^, Horiian 
Gx-ant bearing on police protection fo- Spa opting T^as Ordered received 
anf the cleric was directed to advise him that ther^ is no appropriation 
available at the present for such purpose but that the natter T;ill 
be given consideration when recorroendations are nade fo-r» appropriations 
to be voted for at the next election," 

The first step toward the Organization of a r^gi^lar police 
departirant casie on ^ugus': 19, 1910, when the Toimship comniittee 
passed the follov;ing resolution: 

"••hereas: the cost of living and the expenses of the 
exacting denands of a presentable appearance of the patrolnien in 
the e:^loy of the Township of «oodbridge cannot be kept up ^oy the 
sanll salary no;? paid by said To-mship to its patrolraen, and 

"'•/nereas: the dangers and jeopardy of the position 
of the patrolman require able and efficient men to act in that 
capacity and 

"lihereas: ik^xascig'acjssxax it is necessary in Order "to 
get good services to pay just and reasonable vjages, and 

"'^'hereas: the Legislature of the State of ■^''ev/ Jersey 
has Provided a lav? by vihich the efficiency and the lenglit of service 
of a patrolman may be rev/arded by a meritoriuous systeia of 
graduating wages and 

"i/hereas: Sevoral of the To./nships of the State of 
New Jersey have since the enact ent of said lav? accepted the sa" le and 
have taken advantage thereof, and 

".ftiersas: the duties of the patrolnen of the Township 
of ./oodbridge are becor.ing mo-^c arduous and exacting; 

No.' , .tho:f3foro, br> it rosolved aul hereby ordered by tho 
Township c ■ . ■ ' J of */oodbividge, that, the acooj ' 



Pa^e Ti,;enty-3ix 

and rejection of the act entitled, "An act to r«<S"^late the pay 

of patrolmen on the police force in cities other than first and 

second class cities and in all to'vvns and townships of this State" 

?. L, of 1909, Chapter 244, be subnittei to the voters of said To^Jn- 

ship at the next gener^il election be balloted on pursaunt to the 

above-rnentioned act," 

In the neantime, the "horseless carr^-age" v?as 

Presenting its fiirst problen to the Tavnship and the follov/ing 

September > the Cor^uissioner of I'-oto-r Vehicles at Trenton v/as 

asiied to send an inspector to '^oodbridge to put an end to reckless 

drivers of autonotoiles through Anboy Avenue, If possib^te. At 

apprOxi:.atel/ the sane tine there is a reco-'d of an arrest made by 

Officer l-urphy because the motorist trav-^led at the rate of 

30 miles an hour J 

TJje movement to organize the police deparfcent 

gained more momenturii when on •September 8, 1910, the Ordinance 

entitled, "*m Ordinaiice to establish a police depar^^^nt in the 

Township of woodb-idge in the County of iliddlesex" was adopted and 

the follov/ing resolutions were unanimously passed: 

"•'hereas, there has been presented to the 

Toy.n3hip Contnittee of the Tov7nship of '^oodbrldge in the County of 

A-iddlesex a petition signed by at least five per centun of the 

qualified electors of such To.rnship, as evidenced by the total 

number of votes cast at the next preceding el->ction of officials of 

such to\/nship, v.'hich said petition has beeii dulv filed "i;ith the cle-^1: 
) 

of said Tov/nship for the adoption of an act of th' Legislature of the 

State of i^e.; Jorse.y entitled: 

"^n act to r---''Ove police depart: K;nt in th^' Township of 

th JR state f-rom poli ti-- ' ^' -"-• _^-'l^'_PiJ^ll^''te t.'io t*. '- 



Page T^./enty-seven 

of offices of the officers and npn employed in such depar-tnents" 
app-oved I.Q.J 7, 1907, 

"i'^'o'.v therefore, be it Resolved tiiat the question of the 
aicption of said set shall be subnitted to vote in the nanner and 
forn required by lav/, in said -o-jnship at the next ensuing election fo: 
'i!o\ijasliip officials, to be held hereafter, to v/it the ITovetiber election 
, 1910o 

"And be it further resolved that there shi.ll be p-'intel on 
each ballot at said election, in such nanner as is require- by the 
statute in such case nade and provided, the question of the adoption 
and acceptance Or rejection of said la'.? by the voters." 

It ii7ill be note that it was the first tine that the 7;ord 
"tenure" is employe I in the connection v/ith the police department 
and tha;/-'it was undoubtedly the fi-st effort nade to take the 
policeneni out of political control once they were appointed to the 
fOrce, 

The voters approved the resolution on the ballot and on 
Kovenber 10, 1910, the police inspector v/as ordered to have all 
officers present/ at a "meeting to be held on "^ednesdpy night at 
8 P. i^" 

On that nigiit, l^oveuber IS , 1910, " on a notion duljr 
seconded it v/as resolved that the following policenen be appointed 
under the or<iinejice of the To^.nship and the t\io nev/ acts adopted by 
th'T voters at the last Gene-^al election, to v/it: Patrick Cullinane, 
Patrick I'^u-!-phy, Mchael i-KjiJonild , Hans ^inonsen and Jaraes 'Jalsh, " 

Inspector's Dunn's a'-a::e v/as conspicuous by its 
absence^. 

Old Tiiiiers huve liifori-ied i.ie th^t Duri'. foujit to hoi 1 on to 
hi;j position v:\\ sta-rt^-J lr;/o,l action, Ko reco-cl could bf fojj;!. 



Page T-.v en ty -3 i ^ht 

however, anJ on Iiovenber 30, 1910, th-? ninutea read: 

"Attorny •'•-^arcli reported regarding the police natters that 
the Ordinance adopted in •^eptenber , last, to establish a police 
department in the Toi/nship of "ooib-ilge and the tv7o acts adopted 
hj the voters at the last general election T?ere void and of no 
effect, inasmuch as the legal voters of the Tor/nship had never 
voted to establish and maintain a police departrient, and on a notion 
duly Blade and carried the cler'^c was instructed to invite the polic^ien 
to be Present at the regular meeting to be held -^eceirLber Ij to 
hear an explanation of the natter." 

?rP^ then on there was plenty of strife before 
i^r. ^Xinn resigned as police inspectOT. and the Tov/nship coEinittee took 
it upon itself to push the natter, organize a regular police depa-tuent 
and nane Patrick ^?, l^u^-phy as chief of police. 



Page a?wenty-Uine 
« 



Chapter 6, 



By striking back at Inspector John Dunn, the Township conmittee 
hoped to b© able to push through its move to establish a police 
department, a movement that undoubtedly had the support of the people. 

On December 6, 1910, the chairman of the To^mship committee, 
Randolph Lee, relinquished the chair to Mr. Lahey ani brought up 
the matter of "dispensing with the services of ghe police inspector 
and, on motion duly made and carried, the matter was referred to the 
Township attorney to report at the next meeting," 

On December 8» 1910, Mr. Lee again relinquished the chair to 
Lahey and offered the following resolution moving its adoption: 

"He solved that the employment of John L, Dunn as police inspector 
be and the same is hereby tei^iinated from and after the present month: 
Be it further resolved that the Township clerk notify the said John 
L, ^unn, of the contents of this resolution," 

Uj^, Kuhlman seconded the motion and the roH was called by the 
cleric. The vote was as follows: For the resolution- Lee and Kuhlman; 
against the resolution- Lahey, Cranston and i^rown. The motion was there- 
fore lost. 

The Mr, Lee toook ani: onprecedent step, '^he minutes continue: 

"*^r. Lee desired entering on the minutes that he, as chairman 
of the ToT,7nship committee, declares the office of police inspector 
vacant after ecenber 31, 1910 and instructs the treasurer to pay 
no money for Such ser^'ices after that date", J^, BrOwn desires to recopd 
his objection to such action being taken,"- 

On December 20, the resignation of -John L, Dunn, as inspector 
of police, was received and on December 29, the- resignation was 
accepted, 

Wot much is recorded in the Township minutes regarding the police 
departnent from that date until June 23, 1911 when John Omenhiser 
fjithdrew his application for a police Job and Robert Sgan was appointed 
for Keas>ey and Fords and Philip ^unphy for Woodbridge proper. Robert 
Egan is day patrolman at Fo-ds corner at the 'present time, while 
Dunphy, now deceased, became a desk sergeant. 

The own ship committee at the same time passed the following 
resolution: "^ 

"On motion duly made and carried it was ordered that a recorder 
be appointed to act as such to hear lock-up oases and exercise an oversi- 
ght over police on condition that the statute does not compel payment 
of over $400 per year©" And on •'une 27, 1911, Mark G-, Ashley became 
recorder* ^ served in-that capacity up until the time B, W, Vogel 
became judge. 

On July 6, 1911, a letter was submitted by the taxpayers and 
citizens of Fords and Keasbey expressing regret at the transfer of 
Officer James Walsh frOm that portion of the Township, At the same time 
the following resolution v/as adopted: 

"Resolved! that in pursuance of the opinion of the counsel this 
day furnished in the police matter the police officers be paid in 
accordance with the schedule fixed by the act of the legislature 
horotoforo adopted by the voters of the To\7nship," 

A fe-tv days later, on July 13, 1911, events took a turn that 
YUs to shape the deatinios of the police doparti.ient, In the records 
\,'^ find tho follo.-.in^ v.oi>a.:.: 



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"In view of the faot that It has been decided to regulate and Organize 
the police of this Tovmship into an organized police fOrce, I believe 
that it would be wisB to appoint one of the nembers of the present 
force as an tnsp'^ctor of police to serve under the direction of tho 
police committee in such manner and under such regulations as this 
committee may adopt," 

Patrick Murphy was then appointed as police inspector 
"but a fev7 weeks later the title was changed to Chief of Police, Thus 
Murphy became the first, officially recognized chief. It also 
established a precedent of picking a man from the ranks to head the 
department. 

At the same time. Committeemen Dooley and Kuhlman Were named 
as members of the police committee and were authorized to purchase a 
"suitable badge and helmet enblem for the Chief," 

Action against the Justices of the Peace , who cluttered 
the lock-up with prisioners arrested by constables and approval of 
poiivers to Chigf Murphy were noted on November 9» 1911 when it was 
Ordered that no prisoners be permitted in th -e lock-up without the 
endorsement oP the Chief of Police Or the acting patrolman in charge 
of the lock-up and that the keeper of the lock-up be notified of this 
action." 

-It was also ordered "that the keeper of the lock-up be 
directed to procure new locks and Irays for said lock-up , he to 
consult the Chief of Police regarding the number and disposition of 
the keys," 

Meanwhile, the police officers were making their regular 
rounds of duty, as the To7;nship Committee endeavored to straighten 
put legal talents. 

In the first police blotter of record, we find that 
illegal liquor was not an- unknown quantity. Officer Robert Egan, arrested 
one George Molnan of Perth Ajaboy, "for illegal li-iuor selling" 
early in 1912, 

Chief Murphy was busy arresting motorists^ for reckless 
driving while the first light check laas made by Officer ■'^phy who 
reported one light out on Fulton Street, one on Albert Street and one on 
Rahway Avenue, 

^ An amusing entry was made by Officer Cullinane who wrote: 

"This man John Peterson that was here last night about that cow, I got 
his cow for him on the payment of fifty cents," 

Ihe cow had evidently roamed away from pasture, had been 
picked up and the fifty cents was in pajrment of board* 

They even had "orooks" in the "good old days", A record 
in the blotter, hy ^hief Murphy tells of a "Mrs, ^ipos, of Keasbey, who 
reported that a man, about five feet seven inches tall, called at her 
home, iie had a smooth gaco and dark hair* She gave him her husband *s 
watch to have a photo put in the case. He said he was from Perth 
Amboy, ^e never eacid back with the watch." 

Another note, that interested me particularly* read: 
" Mp, Wagner I reporter for the Evening News, reports 
two fur robes taken from his car on 5t, ^eorge Avenue, " A reporter 
with a car and TWO fur robor.J 

The first record of counterfeiters is found in 
a report made by Officer Bob Egan, as follows: ^ 

"■ii'ound moulds for making coins and some counterfeit 
coins in the horr.o of Mai-y Jerkovitz at Fordso There T;ere moulds for 
hilf dollars, quarters and nickels. -^Iso found 53 counterfeit half 
dollars, 25 quarters and a nickel,- Ari>ostQd t'^ary •fforkovltz and Miko 
Zuil-.a, The t-.,3 eov'jrnniont officers who woro v/ith riio tco': thc^-i to 



Pag© Thirty- One 



The first -bqcot^ of a hit-and-r^ii death was also made by Officer 
Egan who wrote J £"0 and , the body of "^ndrQW Horvath, 20, of Bllendale 
Terrace, bet^een^ogan s Corner and- Florida Gjovs Road," 

o ^ ;^ 

And although , there were previous murders, the first recorded 
one was covered by Officer Reilly, who reported to his superiors^ 

*llatteo Ranaldo, of Port Reading, Tuas shot to death by a 1 

Bhotgxm near the camps,' May 24, at 12:10 A, %, by some unknown 
person," . » 

And so it went, murders, hit-and-r^n cases, counterfeiters, and 
rotberies. So the world hasn't changed much after all. , 

f I 



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Chapter 7» 

And while the police officers were husy making arrests, the police 
recor<ier, ^rk Ashleyy was equally as busy, meting out punisliqisnt to 
offenders. On December 7, 1911, the recorder's repor"!: -fo-r November 
sho\7ed fines collected "amounting to 4154: and a disbursement of $10; 
check for the balance, ^144 being turned over to the treasurer*" ^e 
disbursements were for conveying prisoners to the county workhouse. In 
those days, the police officer mals^ng the arr©st, had to escort the 
Prisoner in question, to the workhouse. It meant walking the prisoner 
to the Past Line, a long ride in the trolley, and then a long walk 
through the woods, after leaving the trolley, in order to reach the 
workhouse. 

It might be interesting to note, in passing, that in the early part 
of 1912, the Township was divided into wards, for the first time. 

On June 13, 1912, William Butters and Mr, Klein were appointed 
to the police fOrce "to serve at the request of the Township Committee 
at i?2,00 a day," A few dftys later it was moved and carried that 
"•'-^illiam Butters and Smil Klein be appointed to serVe as special 
policemen at the regular salary until further notice" and the Chief 
was authorized to appoint two other Bsen if ^utters and ia.ein refused 
^o serve, , 

Then on •'une 20, 1912, Officer Michael McDonald submitted 
his resignation as 'a police officer of the Township which was received 
and accepted , 

At the sane time, the ccsnmlttee Ordered that in the event of 
vacancies Or additions to the police fOrce such vacancies were to 
be filled by confirming the appointment of special policeiaen appointed 
to serve in connection with the regular appointed police force, * Early 
in •'uly, on the eleventh day to be exact, John 'J^, Reilly was appointed 
policem n to act in the place of n/iniam Gutters, who declined to 
act in the same capacity as Emil Klein." 

After the initial meeting on the first day of January, "^ohn 
Qmenhiser, the keeper of the lock-up was o-dered to vacate the lock-up 
building before February 1, 1913 and turn over the keys of the jail at 
once to Michael filler. 

Chief Murphy "got a break" soon after when his salary was 
increased to "l^lOO a month to be raised at the rate of ^?50 per year 
until the maximum of ^125 per month be reached." 

And then — progress began in earnest— the police officers 
were provided with whistles and the clerk was iijstructed to Write 
to Hugh McCullum and Robert Fullerton to get bids on a motorcycle^ 

Fulerton's bids were as follows: "5 ^, P, ^rley tc 
Davidson single cylinder> ^235; 8 H. P, Ha^ley & Davidson, twin cylinder, 
$£85," McCullum* s bid was "7 H, P, Indian, ^250", •'^t was noted that the 
speedometer, prestolite lairip, headlight, hOrn, etci, were to be' purchased 
separately, The bids were carried over for further considei^ation. 

Speeding of autoists became a real problem, so it seeEis, 
fOr the clerk was instructed to have signs placei at Fords Copner, ^'^ev; 
Biunsv.'ick Avenue at the City Line and Kgasbey at Perth Araboy City 
Line to Y/arn autoists against speeding. 

On July 1, 1913, the po3.ice corimittee became busy end 
tv;o morc men were appointed to tho police dopartiuont-John P. Cholar, 



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, of Keasbey, not? on pension, and Samuel ( "''histling Sam") Lloyd, of 
Sev?aren, The cleric was directed to purchase the Indian motorcycle 
fron i^r. iioCullum and Phil Dunphy became the first motorcycle cop. 
The motorcycle was fully equipped for those days and lettered (in 
police blue J "Woodbridge Police", ^n fact the motorcycle , according to 
Chief George -S, bating, was still a part of the police equipment when he 
Joined the force- shortly after the war* 

At approxicjately the same time, William Krause I now deceased) 
who later became janitor of the Port Reading school, became a member 
of the police force, as far as ^ could deterniine there is no record in 
the minutes of his appointnent, •''his may have been due ^ a slip-up 
in the office of the late Andrew'-^yes, ■'■ownship Clerk at that time. The 
first record I found of -"Sc^use's being a- member of the police force , 
wasin the payroll sheets. 

On July 5, 1914, the fi-e commissioners of Fords requested a 
meeting with the Townshi p committee in regard to "placing a cage- in the 
firehouse at Fords fOr the temporary confinement of prisoners." Mr. 
Mundy was naned as a committee of one, but, I learned, that no cage was 
erected in Fords, although it was rQQ. nested several times by the resid- 
ents of that district, 

•'^ring this period, the constitutionality of the act of the 
legislature, regulating the pay of patrolmen in the police foroe in 
other than fi-^st and second class cities, and in all Towns and Townships 
of the state, was being quiestione i. The act had been submitted to the 
voters of the Township of W^oodbridge at the general election held 
in November 1910 and the act was accepted by the voters of the Township 
of Woodbrifige by a large majority. 

In the case of ^aviyer vs Town of I^earny» it was 
decided by the Supreme Court that the act was unconstitutional because 
it embraced a double basis of classification of ipunicipalities. 

Early in May, the Chairman of the To -unship committee 
requested the Township attorney to give his opinion in relation to the 
salary that the committee has a right to pay the policemen. His opinion 
was that the committee had no right to pay more than §2,00 a day, feis^ 
What a blow to the policemen^ Hovjever, no action was taken by the 
committee on the attorney's opinion and it was moved that the police 
be paid the April salary -the same as usual, 

A week later, at a special meeting, ChairDian Y/aring 
stated that "iThereas, the Tovmship attorney at a previous meeting gave 
an opinion in relation to the pav of the policemen, he requested that 
the same be placed on the minutes. When the roll was called Mundy and 
Cooper voted in the affirmative while Gerity, Gm^ Deter and De ^aven 
cast their vote in the negative, ^he motion was declared lost, ■'•t was 
then moved that the police question be laid over until a further 
meeting, ^ndy cast the only negative v<iite and the motion was declared 
carried, ■ 



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Chapter 8, 



The "rumpus regarding police officers* salaries continued and in May 
of 1914, an Ordinace to fis the annual -salaries and compensation to 
be paid the police of the Township of ffoodbridge was adopted over the 
negative votes of Committeemen Cooper and Mundy, iilthou^ the Ordinance 
gave increase to the patrolmen they were not inaccordance with the ' 
act voted upon by the Township citizens, which act was later declared 
unconstitutional, - - „.,... 

For the plrpose of the record, it might be we^ to reprint 
parts of the ordinance, as adopted on ^ay 25, 19ia, The Ordinance , In 
part, reads as follows: " "" 

",..,,, And Whereas, the legal voters of the Township of 
Woodbridge have heretofore both granted and raised money for the 
establishment and maintenance of a police department, and 

Whereas, the Township Committee did thereupon by ordinance 
establish snch a police department and provide for the regulation and 
control and management of a police force, and 

"Whereas, said Township committee for that purpose did by 
resolution appoint from timfe to time eleven police officers, one of 
whom is the ^hief of Police, being members and officers of such police 
■force, the same being deeaed by said committee necessary fOr that 
purpose, and 

"VTheroas, said department has been in effect since the year 
1910 under said Ordinance, and 

"Whereas, said police officers have heretofore beeft paid 
according to the terns and under the direction of an act of the 
legislature entitled, "An act to regulate the pay of patrolmen of the 
police fOrce in cities-other than the first and second class cities and 
in all Towns and -^ownships of this state, approved Ap^n 2I, 1909 and 

"Whereas the said act has been declared unconstitutional and 
-"Whereas, it is desired to fix said salaries of the said 
members of the Police department, 

"^o\7, therefore, be it ordained; . •' 

"Ehat the annual slary of compensation to be paid po the 
Chief of Police heretofore and hereafter to be appointed by the Township 
Committee shall be|l,260, payable at the rate of ^105 per month," 
Continuing the Ordina ce reads* 

"That the annual salary or compensation to be paid to patrol- 
men shall be as follows: 

" To Patrick Cullinane, Hans Simonsen, and Jaiaes '''alsh, 
each the sum of 0960 per year, payable at the rate of #80 per month, 

"To Philip i^unphy ^d Robert Egan, each, $900 a yean 
payable at the rate of ^75 per month, to the first d ay of *^uly, 191§, 
and at and after that date the siuuo of $960 a year to be paid at the 
rate of $80 per month 

"To V/iiiiara Krauso , ^il Klein, John T, Roilly, each the 
sui.i of 1^840 per-^year to be paid in monthly installiflents of ^70 par 
month until the first day of July, 1914, and at and aftor that 
date their salary is to be increased annually at the rate of sixty dollar^ 
per year until it reaches the suxi of §960 per year> payable at the rate 
of ^?eO pjr laoath^ 

"•^a^nuol Lloyj. and John Cjiolar, Otoo a yeui;, U-'itil July 
3.. 1014 ai'.?. tucrioe inci ' inliko manner, ^i^ ■ ' ' " '^' '' ^- ^' 



>- Page Thirty-five. 

semi-monthly, 

"That the salary or compensation of all patrolmen hereafter 
to be appointed shall be the sum of *780 fOr the first year, to be 
payable in monthly installments of ^55 per month, with an annual 
increase of pay after the first year, of §60, until they shall receive 
the sum of 4960, 

Alt many resolutions, ordinances and referendpms were 
passed and adopted since 1914, befo-e the present day schedules Viere 
adopted, "^e q.uestion of police salaries caused many a rift in the 
ranks of the various Township committees. 

With the passage of the above ordinance it was moved and 
carried that " the police officers will purchase all their own new 
unifotcis in the future," A shOrt time plater , the motion was ameiided, to 
take care of the motorcycle officer. "'"O this day, patrolmen and superior 
officers purchase their own uniforms, with the exception of the motorcycle 
patrol officers, who receive half of the cost of their unifo-pms from 
the Township, ^is is due to the fact that the motorcycle patrolmaa's 
uniform is more costly because of additional equipi];ient such as leather 
puttees amd Sam Bpown belts and the fact that the uniform we§rs out 
more quickly on account of the jouncing of the motorcyle. 

When the summer of 1914 arrived the policemen were granted 
permission to wear police caps in the place of helmets during the 
summer months, ^e helmets were never donned again* -^nd thus passed 
the "Bobby" type helmet fgom the Township, Retired policemen tell me 
that-the helmets were exceedingly heavy. 

On October 3, 1914, a resolution was passed that was to | 

cause a la-year argument, ^n that date the committee voted that a j 

question be placed on the ballot authorizing the committee to raise I 

a ^30,000 bond issue to pay for the cost of the erection of a suitable ! 

building to be used as a town hall to include a police headquarters and t 
the purchase of sufficient lands thereof," I thoroughly searched the 
recordsin Township Cleric B, J, -l-^unigan's office for the election returns, 
but it evidently was not placed on the -ballot that year* 

Jt ^as not totil the 11th day of "^pril 1916, that the ques- ! 
tion of the issusmce of bonds of said Township in the amount of . 

?35,000 for the erection of a municipal building, came before the j 

voters* -^t that time 378 voted fOr the issuance of the bonds and ! 

450 voted against, "^nly two ballots were rejected. It will be recalled ; 
that the foundation for a new municipal building was started next to | 

the firehouse in ^chool Street, that after the foundation was erected, | 
the construction was stopped and the projected tied up in liti ation ( 

and that the town hall was finally builifi on the present site, ^^in | 

Street and Rahway Avenue in the 1920's, ' I 

It will also be recalled-that only a few years ago, the '. 

foundation, gromi unsightly with weeds and as a depository for tin ; 

cans and refuse, was blown to bits to make way for the par'^ system. 

But morevof that to come later, ^o get back to the police I 

department that v/as a particularly busy at that time with murders and I 

railroad c-osslng deaths, ? 

On November 2, 1913, Patrick ■''eo of "^easbey , was struck and ' 
killed by a trolley car at Keasbey, On ^'Wch 31, Paul,Bori, of 
Metuchen Avenue, was found murdered, with t\7o bullets in hiii, in the 
Valentlns clay banks near Metuchen Ayeuug^ Qn Juno 15, 1914, Peter 
Skow, of Port Ro?.ding, was struck and killed by a train at the Central 
BailrOad crossing at Blair's Road, Port Reading, Show's horse v.'as also 
kil3cd at the tin_;it, Sovent^*-one year o3d Lizzie Lancsofi, of Fulton 



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Street, was struck and killed by a Pennsylvania Railroad train at 
Albert '^treet Cj.ossing,on •September 14, 1914. 

And so it went, the ^Ownshlp oomiaittee members, arguing 
among themselves, mostly on polit ical lines and tke police department, 
despite its ups and downs, going calmly on its way — eleven pioneers, 
striving to br ng law and Order to a Township that had to contend 
with a railroad camp and an ever"grOwing foreign population which 
did not understand our ways and manner of doing things. 



Pagu Tnipty-seven. 



Chapter 9 

In "^eptemtier of 1915, the members of the Woodbridge Township 
Police department took steps to join the Patrolman's •'^ensvolent 
Association of the State of -^ew **ersey. In Order to have a suffi- 
cient number of members to secure a charter, Carteret police 
Joined with Woodbridge to make a local. Later, when the Carteret 
department gr©T? in number the officers of that municipality formed 
their own local. On September 15, the Township committee "moved j 

and carried that Officers Walsh and Dunphy be granted a leave of 
absence , September 22 and 23, to attend the police convention," 
at that session of the P, B, A,, Walsh and Dunphy applied fOp 
a charter, which was granted. 

During the first part of 1916, the department 
was somewhat neglected by the Township committee due to the fact ' 

that the members of the latter body had" a fight on their hands to 
keep Fords, Keasbey and Hopelawn from breaking away from the 
Township, In the minutes of February 16, 1916, we read: 

""'•t was moved and carried that petitions be circulated 
in Fords, i^easbey and Hopelawn in opposition to the proposed \ 

annexation to the City of Perth Amboy, " . • 

On Marcti 15, 1916, Samuel Lloyd submitted his rssigna- ! 
tion as a member of the department. His place was filled on that I 

date by ^a-pvey F, Romond, now retired, who later became a desk ] 

sergeant, i 

Traffic conditions became a veritable "headache" to j 

the police departi.ient and the Township Committee and on April 26, I 

1916, the committee directed the Chief of Police to purchase traffic 
and danger signs and place them at dangerous intersections an.inear 
school areas. ; 

On the sanie date, the police committee was directed i 

to confer with the telephone company in reference to installing ] 

a telephone call system. Phones were later placed in va-^ious 
sections of the Township and connected with police headquarters, The 
following week, the Township cleric was instructed to notify ; 

Recorder Mark Ashley to "make trips to Fords and Port Reading on j 

Sundays to hold court for violations of law," ; 

The new town hall proposition, which was to include j 

a police station, came up again and on May 17, 1916, it was 
resolved that "W. ^, •'^oylan, of New Brunswick, be and he is 
hereby engaged as an architect to prepare plans and specifications 
and supervise the entire construction for a new municipal building 
, such plans and specifications to be drawn to the approval and 
satisfaction of the corniittee, For his entire work in preparation 
of plans and specifications and complete supervision of construction 
he shall be paid and accept in full 5 per centui^ of the cost of 
construction," ConEaitteeraen Gerlty, Egan, Gill and De Haven voted 
in favor of the proposition. Committeeman Hoy voted no while 
Cocmiitteeman Deter did not vote. 

On May 23, the coroiaittee directed that a notice bo insert- 
ed in the Woodbridge Leader giving notice that sealed propositions 
would be received and opened at the meeting to be held V/edneaday 
evening, June V, 1916, at eight o* clock fOr a suitable site for the 
p-r^oposed tov;ii hv.Ii., At th-.t raoetinp; bids v/ere r3ccived a:; fo3 10i7s: 



i-a^E; T;-iirt7-'oish-: 



Arthur B, Berry- Perth ^nboy -^venue, 120 feet ^aa^^ront by 225 
feet in depth, rear on ^mith Street, for $2,700. 

V/oodbridge industrial and Jexrelopmsnt Company, plot 155 feet 
on Pearl Street and about 175 feet on SGhool Street for $10,400, 
This bid ;7as accepted and a foundation built o^j the property , after 
which the wor^ vzas halted and never completed, Co m mitteenen 
Gerity, 2gan, J^eHaveu and OqH voted for the proposition, while 
Committeemen Gill, ^eter and ?Ioy did not vote. 

Chief of Police llurphy was given per^iission to attend his 
first chiefs' convention on June 7 and was awarded ^25 fOr expenses. 

On July 19, 1915, we find the first step taken to denate 
a superior officer in addition to the chief of police when an 
Ordinance was introdjiced (and passed on August 22) "providing for 
the appointment of a -^etective "^ergeant of Police, prescribing 
his duties and fixing his salar7 and compensation," 

Then, on August 8, James Wals^, "one of the police officers of 
the department, who has served continuously for at least five years" 
was Promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant of Police, 

Evidently guessing that the Township committee was afeout 
to appoint several men to the fOrce, several Township residents sent 
in applications to the committee fOr the jobs, all of which were 
received and filed. 

Finally, on September 20, 1916, the long awaited appointments 
were made, --introduced with the follovving resolutions: 

"Thatov/ing to the nuiabsr of depredations coronitted and the 
number of accidents by speeding auto traffic inthe Township the 
following be and are hereby appointed police officers of the Tormship 
subject to the police r^les and regulations, same to take effect 
as of October 1, 3,916: 

"Paul ^arlcas, Fred Yulma ^a^sen, Martin Lybeck and P, M. 
Moscarelli," 

-Paul Farkas was the father of the present motorcycle 
Offioer, Joseph Farkas, ^red ^arsen ro.se to the rank of Rounds 
Sergeant befor© he retired to devote himself to his hobby— fishing — 
down in ^outh Jersey, Lybeck died during the influenza epidemic 
while Moscarelli later resigned. 

On January 5, 1917, the '''oodbridge police department was 
faced with a murder case which was to earn the nick name of the 
"Five-Cent murder"* James J. "^ohnson shot and killed Harry Richerson 
at Port Reading, It appeared that ^icherson owed Johnson five cents, 
A quarrel started over the few pennies and tlie shooting followed. 
The VTitnesses were Luke Heath, John all, Arthur ^oon and Joseph 
Brovni, all of whom were ernployed by the P&, R at Port Reading, 



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Fase Thirty -Nine 
Chapter Ten 

On January 7, 1917, a movement ( largely political 

according to old tiraers) 'was started to denote Detective 
SerSeaJit James "Jalsh to the rSiak of patrolman. On that date it T?as 
moved and carried "that a special meeting he called on January 24, 
at eight o'clock in the evening to consider the na^.ter of the 
police depart:r.ent and any other business that nay be b-ought out 
and that the police comraittee at that tir.ie recomnend a method of 
reorganizing the department to conform to the prospective revenues 
at that they Arrange fOr the presence at that meeting of any 
police officers who are likely to be affected thereby," 

When the night of the meeting a-rived the comraittee had to 
adjourn to the High school due to the "lack of roon in the p-r.esent 
town hall," It appeared 4^ if the lahole town had turned out. The 
chairman of the Tovnship committee called upon the chai-r-man of 
the police comraittee, Committeeman Baldwin, to p-r^sent his 
suggestions in reference to reorganising the police department, 
Baldv/in handed Township Cle-r^s: Andy Keyes the following recommenda- 
tions to read: 

"That the position of Detective Sergeant be 
abolished, 

"That the force be reduced by dropping at least 
• three members. 

"That no salary increase be pe-mitted during the 
year. 

"That the salary of the chief be fixed at vl,000 
a year and that no officer who has served less than 10 years 
be paid ijiore than Olj050," 

Letters objecting to the plan of the police 
comraittee YSe-rQ read from the following: 

Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Joseph 
Strieker, Prosecutor of the Pleas; Di-der ^rch Co, , and tv;o 
petitions from the residents of Fords and iveasbey. The following 
also appeared personally "Against the proposed changes and requested 
that no changes be made and the police force be left intact: 

Victor Han, of the Steel Equipment; A, P, _ . 

McKowan, Dr. Albee, Joseph Ryan, of the Mutton Hollow Fi-e Brick"' ' 
Company; Howard Valentine, A, Duff, of the Liquor Dealers* 
Association; G. L. Bopton, R, E, Watson, of the Patrolman *s 
Benevolent Association and John F, Ryan, 

The mayor then requested all those in the rOom who 
"wished the police force be left as at present to- stand up" and it 
is noted in the minates that practically every person- in the rOom 
stood up, *^o the department was continued as in the previous year 
fo-r the tine being. 

Then, on Iviarch Si, 1917sGuables iu. political 
ranks were hidden by the shadov.s of wa-, ^ that date, "on account 
of possible unsettled condit-ions in the near future" it was proposed 
to "orgai'ti^'e a body of special police for the pu-pose of home 
defense," The following nar.es we^-e submitted and unanimously nar.ed 
suoci .1 policemon without pay: 

H» II, Prer'tirs, J. M. Docl'stador, Ui"il-iam Pralli-'Ruy 
ho^ f ''. L, Jia-ned, J-., J. H. Lovo, Hampton Cutter, S. B. Bj^ews'iOr, 
o 1. rr.-.-.-;.lit::. '.Jillin'.'. Pi-ice, F. R. Parfey, i7, H, llcliair, -^ H. 



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Voor&ees, Colby Dill, h. A. Hirne-, '<l. K. F^^nVlin, G. Brveuster., 
0, S. Dunigan, Ivins B-rovm, E, ^, Boyiaton, A. Keyes and Shercian 
Deriarsst, 

A comnittee, consisting of 3, H; Boynton, Colby Dili and 
Andrew i^eyea was appointed to consider the advisability of 
Organizing a Home befer.se League, TheLeagije was forned iiith 
the followingCnany of v/hon are still residing in the Tovynship) 
enrolled as meaner of the ililitary company (also special 
police-officers) under the oonmand of Captain Frank I. PerrYS 
(Editor's Note: These names were taken frcm tte Township records. 
There may have been others who were not recorded, ) 

A. T, Ames, Oliver Aiqss, C. S, Barbata, W.G, S. Beal, 
C, D, Boynton, B, H, Boynton, G, L, Boynton, Percy BrOV7n, Harry 
Baker» "'^V ^». Campbell, J, Catano, A, Christensen, W, Garfield, 
H, Cutter, ^ames Concannon, G, D-snm, C, Dill, Francis Drake, M, 
Dunham^ R, R, Bskeson, S, C, Farrell» R»' ^» Freeman, George Fron, 
C. G, -tiritz, J. Fuller, "A, F, Flanagan, C. S, Farrell, A . F, 
Gibernat, M, G-r^asheimer, ^» "^yck, J. Sendie, J, R. Hammett, 
•^ads Jensen, C. Johnson, William Olsen, Joseph Resh, L, Llatthews, 
C. S, V/^agner, Steve Rash, C, Kirchner, C, Kuhlman, B, S, Lacy, 
A, LaFon, A, R. Lee, C, Lonbardi, W. H, Lorch, John H, Love, 
J. F. Lee, J, Lewis, A, Lonbardi. 

M, L, McCarter, C. C, McCann, J. H. T. Martin, A, R, *"artin, 
L. 3. ^^c:31roy, A. i^Donald, P. Moscarelli, J. J, Header, J. Pov;erS, 
P. Peterson, S. Byron, Potter, ^on Potter, Runyon Potter, 
W. H, Prall, A, Fitz Randolph, J, Rauchman, George Robinson, 
K. Romano, Alex Sabo, L, C, Schack, C. Schaben, N. W, Sheldon, F, 
W, Stillman, R. H. Stryker, Harr/ I^iurdock, Nols Kristup, ^, 
Mindock, P. Liddle, S. Sadlon, J. Schmidt, R. Tomasso, M. Tonasso, 
Russel Valentine. K. Vagelos, WilliamH. Voorhees, r . T, VTales, 
Thomas Wand, C. P. './ape, ''f, J. '^olhey, H. K. Hi taker, E. Zambo , 
R, Freeman, Joe Koohick, Mike Kochick, William Gloff, R. L. Predno^ 
Jack Jensen, Arthu- Ove-gaard, Sam Olsen C, D'onhan, Nels LarSen, 
Ossian Hanstrom, John Dixon, ^rthup Lind, Andrew Suanick, John 
Estoke, Carl Nelson, John Nadger, ^harles Pfeiff©r, G^OrSe 
Fullerton, Siiby Lance, Harr7 J^undy, Cy I/krino, G, ^reen, Joseph 
Jogan, A, Rosen, A, H, Stevenson, Steve Kotr-oskey. 

Sewaren Unit: F. L. Ballard, F, V7. Balilerjn S. B. Ford, 
G. A. Anderson, William Frazier L-artin, W. H. Denarest, Thomas 
Zettlemoyer, Kans Becknan, Mo-rison Christie, E, W, Christie, 
L. J. Adams, F, H. Turner, W. H. Higglns, D. V. Rush, 
D-n/ A, Ellinger. "" '" '" '" , 

Golonia Unit: Ar-thur 3. Hijil, DrV L. Hedges, Frank A, 
Pattison, DrV Fred Albee, Charles L. "AyerS, ^arry l&Farlane, 
Charles Mc^a-lane and Edward K. Cone, - -• 

- ' Iselin-Unit: Fv W, Hoffer, Edward Reinha-dt, Willard 

Irnscher, Ed\7ard Cooper, F, Cooper, Jr., ^ohn Boylan, Martin Hof, 
Charles Bohnhard^, 

The Home Defense ^eague was provided v/ith night sticl-D3, 
badges, and guns-and late-r on with unifo-.^ms. Several larCe 
appropriation for the va-ious outfits wcvo made ^y the xov/r.ship 
ccniitteo, 

V: i- - . t>io Tovmshlp Co::. ' ' - 1 turnrl its 



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atoenoion back to the police department and for the second tir^e 
aooeLipued to aoolish the position o5 detective sergeant, Janes 
./alsn was undoubtedly on the "^^ong side of the fence politically " 
In introducing the ordinance the following statenent was made by' tb- 
police cormittee: ■^ ' 

"^he police cocinittee finds that during t>i« suiineT- 
months it is advisable to detail some meiabeT-s'of the police 'fo^ce 
as -traffic officers. The cour^t has deteT-mined that the vote-a " 
appr-opriated only 90,000 fOr the police department, which ii now 
costing over ^12,000 to maintain. There ar-a no available funds to 
increase the number of officers, but the police committee is of 
the opinion that the efficiency of the force would be imo-oved 
by abolishing the office of detective Sergeant, making the p-esent 
Incumbent more directly subject to the Orders of the chief of 
police and such action will increase the number of men available ■ 
for the general service. The committee therefore recommends that 
the office of Detective Sergeant be abolished and presents an 
Ordinance fOr that purpose," 

Committeemen Deter, Hoy, Chase and Baldwin voted in 
favor of the Ordinance while Committeemen Sgan and DeHaven voted 
in the negative. But Detective Sergeant James Walsh received 
another reprieve when the Ordinance cane up--for final adoption. 
Not all the members of the committee were present, iilhen-the 
votes were counted. Chase and BaM^n voted in the affi-r^ative 
while De Haven, Gill and Egan-'voted in the negative, thus 
defeating the measure. Hoy arrived late— but v/hether Or not he did 
so purposely only he can say. 

Bat consistency did not seen to be a part of the 
committee's make-up. They said they wanted to abolish the position 
of detective sergeant because they did not have enough traffic 
tfficers and that it would increase the efficiency of the fOrCe, and 
in aliaost the same breath, on October 1' , 1917, an Ordinance to 
Create the position of Lieutenant of Police was introduced and 
passed on second and final readings on 0c^ober'"2o, On the same 
date the follo-.^ing resolution was introduced promoting Patrick 
Cull inane to the new position; 

"Resolved that upon the publication of the Ordinance 
Creating the office of police lieutenant, the-"chairman of the 
police committee be authorized to appoint Patrick Cullinane, police 
lieutenant, thereunder* iRith headqua-^te-'-s at Foi-ds t-^ow Novem'^e-r. 
1, 1917, " 

All Went Y/ell again until the early part of Janiar7 
1918, when the To.vnship coifiaittee finally succeeded in abolishing 
the position of Detective Sergeant, Comroitteemen Deter, Chase , 
Baldv/in, Ames, Hoy and Breckenridge voted in favor of the measu-e, 
while Coraraitteem^in Sgan case the'lone negative vote. 

The year 1918 appeared to be taken up-\7ith war vjork 
and emergency appropriations caused by increased prices, but on-- 
November 25, 1918 "the resignation of "iTilliam Krause, as a member 
of the police fopce was received and on December 23, of the saiae 
year, P. i^. l-^osca-relli,- also resigned, 

'»7hen January 1, 1919 rolled arOund, Deter,Baldwin 
and Hoy v/e-'' made members of the police corinittee. They searched 
for a youn^: man. to -join the department and finally selected a man who 
had just been mastered out of the a>-ny and who had maOo a name for 
himself in the Intelligence dopartr-r.t. So to January 19,1^*2:0, tn^t 



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man ^as inaie a member of the 'iToodb-r.idge To-,7nship Police Department. 
His nane Y?as BeOrS© ^« Keatlng-who rOse fron the ranks, serving 
in every office of the department, until he reached the top of 
the ladder. Today he is 'iToodbridge To-nship's Chief of Police. 
A nonth after Keating's appointip.ent , Joseph Sinhorn, no?/ 
night patroljaan on Llain otrset, and John Olbrick \7er3 naned to 
the fOrce,-the appointnents to take effect i^arch 1. On June 15, 
1919,-Ed'flard Sinonsen, (deceased) son of Hans SimonBen and brothe- of 
the Present Desk Sergeant Andrew Simonsen and 2/iotor cycle Officer 
Hudolph SiLoonsen, received an appointment f-r.aa the To':7nship 
Committee, Thus , in quick succession, VToodb-r'idge 's finest was 
increased by four men. 



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Chapter H. 

On July 26, 1919, the following is noted in the minutes of 
the coniiittee; 

"3^esolved : That the -application of -.7, H. T^^en as 
patrolman be accepted and M-. Olbrick be disnissedj" 

I understand that this is somewhat of a mistatenent of 
fact as John Olbrick Tias not dismissed ffom daty but -r-esigned to 
take a position with Anness and Potter, ^r. Trsen resigned a veT-y 
shOrt time later, and although no mention is made of it in the 
Tov;nship minites, his rSCOT-d stopped in a time sheet kept by Chief 
Mirphy on September 15, 1919v On August 25, 1919, John Fox was 
named patrolman but he too, resigned — on June 21, 1921. 

On September 22, 1919, A, H. Ludwigsen Y<as- appointed to 
the department, but he only stayed a few months,- -resigning on 
■ June 21, 1920, 

A puzzle appears in the minutes of September 29, 1919 when 
it was "moved and carried that Mr, John liu^phy be appointed police- 
man. There is no record, "as far as I could deterciine, of any" John 
Marphy servin-; on the fOrce Or drawing pay from the Township, And 
there is no record of the motion ever having been rescinded. As 
far as the records are conce-ned, John JJurphy, whoever lie is, is 
still a policeman in the Tovnaship. 

On October 13, 1919, Henry Miller and Joseph t-akf insk;;/- were 
designated patrolinen of the Tov/nship by the coLuaittee, iiiller 
resigned the following year, v^hile Makfinsk;/- died, after a long 
illness, recently. 

Tile next policeman named. was John K, Koch on November 11» 

1919, but he too resigned on June 30, 1920, There were many more 
lucrative positions open in those days and the men left the 
departi'.ent to accep't them. Today, a post on the police department 
is considered a ver7 good one juiging froii the sco-es of petitions 
on file with the chief of police. 

In March of 19 20, the fi-st pat-^-ol wagon was pu-chased. The 
clerk was authorized to advertise fOr bids- in- the Woodbridge Leader 
and 'iToodb-^idge Indeprsndent and two bids were received. The Union 
Garage bid ,^2, 595- for" an Oldsmobile Sconomy truck. The bid of 
McAllister and Carter was returned unopened — why, I do not know, 
A short time later the patrol was purchased frOm the Union Garage, 

The year 1920 was a banner year for the cops-for thoro were 
ee officerson the force, and through their efforts, the police 
pension fund referenduia was passed. 

Appointments carae thick and fust in that period. On June 28, 

1920, Thoiias Somevs ,- no patrol driver, v;aLi appointed. On July 8, 
A'l-nt l.atf ■-■.V;- , no.7 r^-'li-o'i, was also narked. On D-ce^.ber 27, when 



. :.v-I^o\i~. 



ii^. Uiller resided, "iTilheiin B-rov/n, now Desi: Sergeant Yia.s appointed, 
Ea-'iy the'follov/ing year, ?elDrua-y-l, 1921, Joseph Levfis and 
George Leonard v/ere placed on the roil call, 

Leona-'d is still a laenber of the fOrce, Joseph Lev/is Yias 
fatally injured- on September 18, 1932, while on duty. He had been 
assigned to church traffic (it was a Sunday rao-rnlng) in Avenel 
shortly after ei^rht o'clock, H© was "working" the light at the 
inte-r'sectior/of Avenel Street and t^je superhighway, whena group 
of notorcyclists went through the red light barely nissing sons 
pedestrians, L-3Yjis gave-chase on his notorcycle, ^en he neared 
Kath's garage > liis raotOrcycle, in some manner ,- skidded and 
Crashed into a p::i.rked tr^ck on the side of the road, Lewis died 
at the hospital" a' few hou-s later without regaining consciousness. 

A disagreement aiiong the connltteenen as to the ne:ct police 
aoDoint-ent occur-r-ed in the early part of 1922. Finally, on karch 
13", fou-r- nar-es we-^e submitted by the police conmittee and the Town- 
shi-o council was askel-'to ballot on then until t>ne was selected. The 
fou^ concerned wer-o^ A-thur Hunt , ^llan iicDonnell, John He-nan and 
Ga-1 Sundquist, On the third ballot, 3undq.uist (who ?/as recently 
named Desk "^ergeant) was selected. 

In the sane month, Leon iIc3l-r.oy suggested "that the tv;o old- 
est nolicenen intho point of service be p-onoted fron the ranks to 
thp g^ade of Lieutenant, the lieutenants to be stationed in the 
police station on 8 hou-^ shifts, to peri'orn the duties now incunbent 
on those on duty in the Station house," S ince IJurphy was chief and 
Bulllnane already a lieutenant, the next two oldest men in point 
of service we^ Janes Walsh and Hans Simonsen, v/ho would have been 
autonatically'slated fo- the jobs, but the motion was lost by one 
vote. 

On Ap~.il 19, 1922 it wqs moved and carried that "the Tovvn- 
ship coranittee'pay -^10 per nonth for storage of the police patrol", 
viuite a costly garage billi 

The following Octcbe-, the cle-k notified the county clerk 
to place the following pr-oposition on the ballot for the ensuing 

election; ^ ^, _ . ^ 

"Shall the salaries of the members Oj. tne police xOrce 

of the Ton-nship bo increased §300?" 

The r^ferend'na was passed in llovenber. 

In liarch of the nest year five ordinances were passed by 
the To.vnshit* coEinittee as follov?s: -u 4.- v. 

"1. To Create positions in the police fprce aboQ-e tne r^nK 
of patioLruen.CThe positions Create! were: Traffic officers, desrc 
sergeants, rounds sergeant, detective sergeant, captain ox police ar.d 

*U E. To incroasevtho salary of Chief of Police. 
"3, To increase the salaries to b- paid to patrolmen Un 
accoranco with tho ref erencli\i-.i) , _ ^ ^ -r, •, • /mi,. 

"4, To abolish the position of i^ieutenant Oi Policelino 
Ordinance awto; ati cally dcr^oted Cullinane.) ^ . „ 

"5, To rsgulc.te sick leave in tli- police department, 

Oij A'j .il 1 l^'i'.i t'no follo\;irig ^.•c•■>.G deslgriated superior 



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ofiicers and "their salaries were set Torth as folloris: 

Patrick I-^u-phy, chief of police, $2,400, 
Patrick Cull inane, i>esk Sergeant, $2, 100, 
Phillip Dunphy, desk sergeant, $2, 100, 
Har"7e7 ■^omond, desk sergeant, §2;^100, 
Ja:"9s "(Talsh, detective sergeant, ^2,150 
Carl Sundquist, trafxic officer, vl,650. 

At approxinatel:' the sane time the pcEEiittee Ordered a 
complete change in the style of police uniforns — each outfit 
costing in the neighborhood of $150, The connittee finally 
"chipped in" and gave each polio enan $25 toward a nev7 outfit, 

CcE^mitteeniaii Larson, a menber of the police corrmittee 
submitted the follouing resolution on April 30, 1923; 

"■.7e, the undersigned, being m-jnbe-^s of the police comnittee 
of 'iioodbridge Tovjnship, havang made a careful study of the averages 
of the diffe-ent applicants fo- the position of patrolmen in the 
Woodbridge Tbvmship police fOrce, and having deliberated in the 
particular fitness of each man, respectfully submit fOr appointment 
the following names for the grade of patrolman to take effect 
immediately; "" 

"George Balint, John R. -^gan, Sdv/ard Olbrick, 
^enjamin Pa-'sons," 

The resolution was ca-rie i by yhe sliraa margin of one 
vote, LIc3lT^oy, Hoy, Larson and ^alte- voting in the affirnative 
while Luffbarr7, Gill and Neuberg cast their votes in the 
negative, _, . . ^ . 

Egan and Parsons are captains today while Balmo is 
detective sergeant. Edward Oibrick died saietii.ie later. 



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Chapter 12, 



Tempus fugitj Ani v/ith the flight of tir.e car::e up-to-the- 
minute irnp-rovsnents fo-r. the police department, 'JoodbT-idge's 
fines Vfasn^t going to be caught napping. On June 11, 1923, the 
Township cocnittee pu.-chased,--of all things, th-r^e bullet- 
proof vests, George ^, I^uffbsrrZ, ^'"^o vras on the police connittee 
at that time , relates how Karvey ^onond put on one of the vests 
and allowed Luffbarr7 to shoot at him point blank, 

"And as far as we v/ere concerned", said Luf f barry* "'»7e 
didn't kno-,7 ii7hether the^things viould work, "'7e just took: the 
salesman's word fOr it," 

A short time after the experiment, the minutes record 
two events which left their ma-nk on the police departr:ent--Smil 
Klein died and the people of Iselin demanded a traffic officer 
for their section, A few days later a Township meeting was held and 
We r^adi 

"The police committee then recomiuended the appointment of 
a patrolman to fill a vacancy on the fopce due to the death of 
one of the patrolmen, " 

The committee WBHt into executive session for twenty 
minutes and on its rstur- there was a notion to accept Or reject 
the recomxienlation of the police- committee appointing James 
Anzavino to the department, Mo'jSI-^oj passed, Luffbarry* Larson, 
Salter and NeuberS voted in the affirmative and Gill and Hoy oast 
their votes in the negative. 

Anzavino remained on the force but a few months, resigning 
to take another position. 

On November 19? 19 23, Andrew Simonsen, nov; a desk 
sergeant, was appointed to the force without any opposition. He is 
the son, of Hans oimonsen ^ who vias still a member of the 
departm^ent at the time of Andy's" Appointment, : 

Nothing further of importance is noted until June 9, 
1923, when the late Joseph Lewis v/as elevated to the rank of 
traffic officer. ■ ' 

A week later, on •'^uae 26, 1924, the Township committee ': 

met in the new I.lemorial I''^unicipal Buildinglthe pn-esent town hall) 
and the police department took possession of its nev; headquarters 
in th^ basement of the building. 

In the following month, on Jult 7, 1924, three men T/OrS 
nominated fOr the position of po lie em-en- -Hiidolph oimonsen, 
brother of Andre''.' oimonsen, «7, A, Long and V/, Gloff, Simonsen ' 

and Gloff v/on out but Long received only two votes, A motion that | 

"?, Grelsheimer he appointed at such time that his services are li 

required" was defeated by one vote, " 

Remember the old Cadillac police patrOl and ambulance'? ■ 

Of courSe you do, if you can renenber back eight Or nine years. 
Remember how it used to waddle from side to side when Tom SomerS 
used to pilot it up I.Iain Street"? V/ell the contrivance v/as 
purcha:3ed back in I'larCh of 1925 frOm the Union Garage, Perth j 

Ar/ooy, And believe it Or not, that old relic, when delivered to 
the tov.n hall , cost v5,500, • 

T.;o t3'Tdit.orr,T < ■:..r.lrt--nt'; wc-o ma'^e to the forco in i-^ay ' 
. ■ ■■ f. -| • f - ' • • ■ ' ' : ■_ :;C:lo cop, 



2feyer Larson, receive.I tli8 0. K. o:' the Township conmittee. The 
folloT/in^ norith, ^ohn Sgan, vjas promote-I to the traffic division. 

The foilo77ing year, 1925, the Denoc-ats took cont-rol 
of the To'.7nship, B, ./, Vogel was nade police recorder and Robe-t 
L, Sattler "became the police coonissior.er. Contrary to expectationo 
the nev/ office holders did not nake any irr^ediate changes" in the 
department, 

^.en the V7ar-i weather car.e around, the connittee decide- 
to give sone cosifort to the officers and purchased big umbrellas to 
go over "tile old-fashioned "stop-and-go" signs that were worked 
by hand. It was not so many yea^s ago that the late James './alsh 
operated the one at the corner" of Llaln Street and Amboy Avenue, 
On laay 10, 1923, Henry Bunham, ^r. , was appointed as 
a patrolman, but he resigned a few months later, his position 
going to Joseph G-^dy, on •'^•ugust 15, 1926, Dunham was roappoihted 
to the force a few yea-'S later, ^rady is now a motorcycle officer. 
In 'September of the sar:ie year, the members of the police 
department "Presented a petition "singed by the reiUistensamber' of 
voters" asking for an increase in salaries, ■*^n Ordinace was intr:^- 
duced and passed and the schedule of salaries was approved as 
follows i 

Fi^fet year patrolman -.^SjlOO 

Second year patrolman -— 2,300 

Third year patrolaan and 
thereafter ~ — 2,500 

To'w'ard the end of the year, Stephen Horvath, a 
justice of the peace, complained to the committee that the police 
department refused to accept his prisoners. The police committee 
informed Horvath that the police department is not responsible' 
for Prisoners arrested by justices of the peace and that such 
Prisoners v;hould be taken by the justices to She county jail, 

V(hen February of 1927 rolled arOund, Joseph Farkas, 
son of Paul ■''arkas, one-time police officer, was named as rOokie 
patrolman, F^rkas is now a motorcycle officer* 

The fi-st resignation to retire on pension was recorded 
on i'lay 23, 1927, vThen Hans Simonsen resigned and applied for pension 
which was granted. The follO',7ing month, William Homond, was naiaed 
a member of the department. 

Then on November 28, 1927, one of the two famous 
"Paddies" Pat-ick Cullinane , the fi-r^st policeman in VYoodbridge 
Township retired on pension. His nephew, Allen ^cDonnell, present 
police cle-rk, was then appointed .to take effect December 1, 1927 
and at the sane time, GeOrge 3. i^^-eating moved up the fi-^st r^-ng 
of -Jihe ladder when he was made Desk So-^geant to take the place 
of Patrick Cullinane, retired," 



Chapter 13 

Fron 1927 to 1520, nan/ additions cni changes r.sz'e nade 
to and in the police depa-r-tnent. On Deoenber 12, 1927, Andr-ew 
Si-ionsen was p-r^onotei to the r-ank of tr^fric officer, getting 
the Job of dri'^'ing the patrol and anoulanoe. The foilojing 
nonth, on Janua-7 2"3, 1928, Joseph i:, Dalton, of ?o-ds, v/as 
appointed to the fOrce to talce effect--on February 1, 

In the early part of Februa-y, oe-geaiit Philip Dunphy died and 
on the firSt of the folloTJing nonvh, John 13gan was nailed desk 
serSsant, in Dunphy 's place. At the sane'-tirae , Daniel Gibson, 
viho y/as appointed to the fo-^ce in Februa-y , 1924, Tzas pronoted 
to the -^^axik of tr-affic officer a^^-'i Closindoy? ZuccarO vfas nar.aed 
as nev? policeman to tal:e Gibson's place as patrolnan, ZuccarO 
is noT7 a pat-ol driver* 

On April 1, additional promotions were nade, Benjaiain Parsons 
was elevated to the_rank of traffic sergeant, an office v;hich he 
filled capably and Jsraes \7alsh becaiie Captain of -Police, a post 
he filled until the death of Chief of Police Patrick 'J. LlUrPhy, 
Yihen he becaiae head of the department. 

In 1928, a resolution was received T-nOin. Woodbridge Post, 
No, 67, the An<TT-ican Legion, Urging the appoint22ent of Frank 
lliller said George 3, Finn, --as policenen. In January of the 
follo-.Ting year, Edv;ard Olbrick died, 

^-ron then on, routine matters occupied the coinr.iittee and the 
police departnent , until December 30, when seven laen wer^ naried to . 
the departnent at one time. The resolution reads: j 

"./hereas, the preservation of life and pT^ope-ty in the To.Tnship 
of Joodbridge, by reason of increased dange-^s due to traffic 
conditions req.uire the appoint-.r.ent of additional patrolnen, and, 

".iliereas, the State legislature alopted in the year 1929, 
a statute granting all police officers one day in each week as 
a free'-day, and ■■ -- -- . 

"ifnereas-, the proper patrolling of. the various areas in the 
Tovmshlp req.uires additional patrolmen, and 

"V/hereas, the p-resent police force is totally inadequate to 
take care of the increased denaads, therefOT^e 

"Be it resolved that George"Misak, 'Thomas Bishop, Jolm 
Govelitz, i.ichael Do Joy, Albert Levi, Fred Leidne:^ and Nels 
Lau-itzen be appointed to the police force as patrolmen of the" 
third class, said appointments to be effective January Ij 1935)," 

Misak, Gove lit 2, '"Levi, Bishop, Leidne'r and Eau^e^itzen are nov/ « 
patroli.ien of the first classy while Ilichael 3e Joy is dead, |. 

succumbing suddenly to a hea--t attack, ' ' ' ■■ 

A month after the appointment of tlv. seven men on Febi-ua-y 1, 
1930( after co'nsiderable Wrangling in caucuses) five additional ^ 

patroliaerr v/ero appointed as follov/s: 

-■Henry Dunham , J^o , ' (who served ah police office- once 
before) Anthony Peterson, Frank Lliller, JohJi I.ianton and Karney 
J, "Roriiuio, 



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Dunhazn, Peterson and Lianton a^e no';r pat-rolr:en of 1:119 f i-st 
class. Miller rsceiYei his stripes recently and is now the 
loiuids Sergeant and "Ronano p-oved to be the "black sheep" of 
the department and was finally relieved f-on duty, on changes 
of "conduct unbecorcing a gentlenan and office-'", after a trial 
before the Tov/nship ccaninittee. 

In 1930, the depression struck the Tovmship viith a full 
vengeance. The Tajnsliip corcnittee took p^-eliminarZ steps to give 
relief to the unenployed which finally grew-into the present 
relief Organizatxan, At the- sane tine, after a meeting of all pa- 
trolmen and sup^ior officerS""Of the departnent. Police 
Coinnissioner"?vObe-«t L. Sattler TTas inforned that the nerabers 
Of the '.Toodbridge To.-.nship Police Departi^^ent Tjould voluntarily 
donate a percentage of their salaries fOr the relief fund for 
the unemployed. 

As tir^e went on conditions did not inrp-nove, in fact, they 
becai-e viOrse, The legislature passed a bill allowing the 
municipality to cut salaries of police officers, a bill the 
To\;nship took advantage of imiaediately. Cash becane a scarcity 
and months went by before the police saw any->eady cash. Then 
baby bonds appeared, and the police, together with school 
teachers and othe- municipal eiiplojrees, found it necessary to 
peddle their bonds to honeov/ners who vie-^e lucky enough to have 
cash to pay their taxes o 

No further additions were made to the depar'ti-ent during 
that perio<3. although} death and rstirenent left the Chief 
shortof men to fully patrol the Township as heretofore. 



Pai,e oO 



Chapter 14, 



In 1931, after, the additions to the police fo-r-ce. Chief 

LIUrphy iiiacie plans fo- a conplete ~'eo--.£ani nation of the police 
depa-ti^ent. He outlined his plans to the Township co.-ntiittee and 
the fi-'st step v7as finally taken on June 22, 1931, when Beak 
Sergeant George Keating was elevated to the rank of detective 
ser&eant, "Jith that move, liotorc/cle Officer GeorSS Balint 
v/as prOi^oted to desk sergeant to take Keating* s place and 
Joseph CJrady r/as advanced to the t>;.affic division to take ovsr 
Balint' 3 motOroycla post. 

Affairs went snoothly fOr a v/hile, Keating, together vjith 
Captain Jaxaes ^Talsh, hroke manjr cases and an enviable record 
was established. Then, Chief lli-phy beca.TB ill. At firSt his 
illness was not taken seriously, but then the nesibers of the 
force becane av7are that the eni was near '^''hen their beloved 
chief was taken to the hospital. On January 18, 1932, the 
"grand old nan of the police departraent", died, Kis funeral v/as 
one of the largest ever held in the To.Tiiship, lilunic ipal police 
frOEi scores of sur-ounding tov;ns and State police, in addition 
to p-oriiinent figures in political life, all gatherei to pay 
thei- last respects. 

The late Father lichard O'Farrell left his sickbed 
to Preach the ser-'-on at his f-iend's funeral. It v/a,s a tea^-ul 
farewell the people of V/oodb^idge gave Chief Mu-phy, 

On February 1, 1932_, Jozies "./'alsh was appointed Chief of 
Police of the Tov/nship of '/oodb^idge at a regular session of the 
Tovrnship of '.Toodbridge corjiaittee. The follov/ing Septenber, 
Motorcycle Office>' Joseph Lewis v/as fat-ally injured while chasing 
speeders. In Decer.iber 1933, John Cholar,""a nenber of the 
traffic division, T,:a.s placed on the reti^-ed list at his ovm 
rec^uest. 

At the Novenber, 1933, election, the Denoc ratio administra- 
tionwas defeated at the polls and on December 8, a few v/eeks 
befo-e the lepublicari rcgii.e was to take oveT^ the rein^s of the 
municipality, the coiLcattee nai:ied Joseph Casale and Daniel 
C, Pantconi, as patrolra-n of the thi-rd class. _ Pane oni and Casale 
were given the n-cessa-v eq-uipipont by Chief >'alsh arid WerS 
assigned to "rOokie duty" but on New Year's Day, 19134, when the now 
adrainistration was Organized, Panconi and Casale were rsraoved 
from the police lists by the following resolution introduced 
by Comni'teenan Harr7 ^•-. G^-r^is; 

"/rnersas, by the lain.tes of a laootin,- of th- Tow-i3hip 
Coinnittee heli on the 8th day of Doce ibor, 1933, it appears 
that one Joseph Casale and one Daniel Panconi were appointed ^ 
by resolution as mo :be-^G of the Police D-pa-^t;.i-nt of th:. iov;n»aip 
of V/oolbridge tM:^ 



P--S 51 



"■.rlisreas, at the time oT sail appointiient of said Casale and 
Panconi, tliers had beer, no pT-evious p-'Ovisions rials in the 
police app-»-op-^iation include! in the 1933 budget ^ihepeby funis 
wers availe,ble £ot> new and eict^a appointnents of said police 
department and 

"t/he-rQas, the finances of the To:2iship of './oodbr-idgs do not 
warrant an inc-ease in the police personnel and 

"./hersas, the appointments of said Casale and Panconi as afo-^e- 
said vjers and a.y3 no;? onnecessary i'Or the proper govern-ment of t .e 
Township, no'.7 therefore, 

TBe it resolved that the action tal^en at the meeting of the 
Township Coronittee hell December S, 1933 in appointing 
Daniel Panconi and Joseph Casale as Eieubers of" the police 
dspar"i^^^nt be and the sa::B is hereby revoked ana rescinded,,.,.," 

The year 1934 was a q.uiet one as far as the police 
department was concerned, but in 1935, iivhen John Hassey becaiae 
police commissioner things began to- hum again. In the early part of 
iQ'SS, the committee purchased the present ambulance and patrol 
fo- the sum of $1,560, 

On Ap-il 15, 1935, Hassey introduced a motion autho-^ising 
the advertising for bids fo-. a tw-'.Tay r^dio system fo-p the depa-t 
loent, with bids to be received on Hay 6, At that meeting the Ta:c- 
pa;^ers' association asked the committee to defer opening of bids 
until June 3, v?hich req.ue3t vias granted. On the latter date, bids 
\ie-r-3 opened as follows: General 31ect--ic Company, 05,006; Federal 
Laboratories, -^nc, , $5,762, 50o Greybar 31ectric Company, ^7, 137, 
The bid of Federal LabOrato-ies, -'-nc, , T/as accepted and the 
General Electric lov/ bid v/as turned dovm "because, acco-4ing to 
Hassey, it did not come up to specifications, " The system \7ent 
into effect on Septe-.iber 1,19'35, but the system v;as changed 
sometime later because the Original one v/as not pov/er-ul enough 
fOr the terri'tor/ it had to cover* 

At first, two officers v;ere placed in each r^iio car, but in 
October, at the re^i^est of the «ioodb-ilge TaTnship Taxpayers' 
Association, the policy Has changed and one patrolrje.n v/as assigned 
to each raiio ca-o 

A sho-r«t tii:i5 latcT- an arson case occurred on Fulton Street hat 
was quickly solved by ICeating, ^n December 6> 1935, a coioiaonication 
was received by the Tojiiship committee from the National Boar^l of 
Fire Under'^ri'tei-s addressed tobthe police coLimis sio ner p-^aising the 
work done by the '.voodbridge police department "in th^ recent arson 
case" and especially referred "to "the spleniid v;ork of GeorSe Keating." 

On December 16, 1935, Georgo Keating was p-romoted to the 
position of Captain of Police, ^enior rank; John Tilgan was raade 
Captain of Police, Junior rank and a, P. IvIcDonne;; v/as given the 
position of record oler^:, Keating v/as placed in charse of records, 
f ingorp-^inting, p^otogr-aphy and detective wor^i, Kgan was given 
charG'" of the r^^icj division, 

Ja'.:os ^GhaffricS: beca:ie--police- co. i :i s;;ioner on Junua-y 
1, 195G ad 0^ V-^j IR, 195o, A-th- :■ • ■■jpoii.ted police 



Pa^e 52, 

Du-ing tlie sirnner -of 1935, Scmffricr: and the -est 
of the conriittee disagreaa ove^ Pronotions, The police corinission- 
er attempted to p-^onote Geo-'ge Baiint to the -r^-nVc of Lieutenant 
Jetactive onl;^ to oe info^ned 07 the Tov/nship ittovneT that 
such an actiDn '.vould be illegal due to the fact that the-re is 
no such r^iiir^ listed in the Torrnship Police o-dinance, Baiint, 
ho\;eve-, nas placed in plain clothes b Schaff-icl:, "teiipo-a-ilv". 

On the last day of i>-a-Gh , 1937, Chief of Police w'alsh died 
suddenly at his hone following a hea-t attack, "./alsh had suffered 
p-r-evious a=fetack.s but his death car.ie as a shock to the comaunity 
as he had left headqua^'te-s that evening apparently in the 
best of health and spi-^its. 

At the following neeting of the Tovjiship conraittee on 
Ap-il 5, 1937, George Keating v<as unaninousli/- appointed 
Chief of Police, The sarie evening, the Tov/nship ca.inittee and 
Tor/nship Cle^k 3, J. Amigan went to Keating's houe and the 
cle-"k gave hii-i the oath of office, 

Sco-^es of letters v7e-e received by the comlttee p-aising 
it foriiis choice of police chief, -f^nong the letters *7as one fron 
the National 3oard of ?i-e Under'>Vri"terSo 

Financial conditions in the To-mship evidently/" inp>oved 
in 1937, for in June of that year, "t'ne 20 per cent pay cut T/as 
resto-^ed to the police depa-t:-ent. 

In 193S, Herbert B, Rankin, of Sev/a-^en , beca-ie police 
coEOiiissione-- and on ^eorU-a r7 21, Joseph Casale was reappointed 
to the department, ^n June 25, Daniel Panconi y/as r53.ppointed 
and Stephen ffeiertag was naiied patrolnan of the third class. 

On 3"ebrUa-y 6, 1939, Andrew Si.ionsen v;as p-^OEioted to 
Desk Sergeant; S'ra'^k I^iller ^^as advanced to Hounds ■Je-geant and 
Joseph Sipos w^s naJied patrolraan of the thi^ class. On FebrUarJ 
20, Kar^ey Ronano, after tv;o hearihgs before "t^^-e Township conjoittee, 
was peTtinanently relieved from duty. 

Promotions ca .e thick and fast and so did appointuents. On 
Ivlay 15, 1939, Frank ozallar, of the Second -'a-rd, jvas aripointed to 
the fo-ce. On J'one 5, 1939 (to becone effective, *< uly IJ John Egan 
was advanced to Captain of Police , Senior r^nk; Benjariin Parsons 
was loade Captain of Police, Junio- r^-'^-kJ George Baiint vms p-oaoted 
to Detective Sergeant and Carl Sun.v^uist and 's/ilhelm B--o\.n \ie-,<: nade 
desk sergeants. 

After "I^'^^-e passage of a necessa-y Ordinance, Allan P, i'^cl^onnell 
Y/as given the T-ank of- sergeant in the r-co-d departnent. The final 
PrOLiotio;>s to date T?ere made on ■'*ugUot 21, 1939, effective Sept^iibor 1 
wlion Joi-eph '^a-'-l<.e.s and Closindo-.v Zuccar-'O we--e elevated to the 
) tr^-fi'ic division. 



?a^3C/\ 53 



Toddy, '•loodb-'idje 'i'o-.;nsiiip Police depi-^tr.er.t -anks 
araon:": the tiigliest in tlie state as to efrioier.cy" and eq.uipnent. 



Chi^ 



i^ea 



tins is -reco^ised th-oughout the stats as on? 



no st capaole i:ie-i in police ci-^cles. He is Imcin aa a keen 
policeuan and as a f in^e-rPrirxt and photog-apiay expe-t. 

It is a f_a- G-7 f-cr: the dajs of lc9S '..'hen the tv/o "Paidies" 
pat-oiled the -ov/nship, soiietries afoot and sonetiisis on "bicycle;,. 
With 35 Eien-in the p-r-esent depaftnent , 'i/oodo-r-idgs 'J^ovrnship 
Police Jepa^tL^eiLt boasts of a tno-';7ay -r^iio system, a police 
Dat:<)l £^^ aiabulance, th^ee -nadio ca-^s and a utility car., 
and a conplete r-eco-d depa-tient with ginge-p-.-inting and "nug^-^ing"' 
a specialty. 

Yne pe-sonnel of the police depa-ti-ient as of i.oveuoer Ij 1939 

is as folio Vis: 

Supe-io-s, 

Chief ^eqrg^ ^« i^oating 

Captain John Sgan 

Captain Benjaiain Pa-sons 

Detective oe-»geant Geo-ge Balint 

■pounds 3e-geaiit F^-^^ kille^'-' 

Se-geant ^^llan P.-'I^cljonnellC ->e^o~'*i depa^-tiMerLt ) 

Desk 3e---geant An-it'3"'"' 3i:.ionsen 

Desk Sergeant Carl 3aniq;ui3t 

Desk So-geant -'iihelia B-ovm 

-■ Traffic Division, 
(figu-es a-e badge nun-oe--s) 

Thomas SorierS, l<o. 11. Patrol--D-iye- 
Closindo Zucca^o, No. 34, Pat-ol D^-ive- 
Daniel Gibson, No. 2, motoroy^ls 
Rudolph Sirnonsen, IIo. 24, noto-cycle. 
Joseph G-ady, No. 29, notorcycle 
Keye-r- La-son, Ho. 28, notorcyde 
Joseph Fa-kas, No. 3X),:iiotorGyGle 



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John L^antonj-'No, 45 
George Leonar'i, No, 19 
liobe-t 3gan,-No. 7 
Joseph Sinhorn, No, 8 
William "Romond, No, 31 
Joseph I-i. Dalton, No, 33 
Richa-"d Levi, No, 33 
John Govelitz, No, 38 
Thoraas Bishop, No, 35 
Fi-ed Leidner* ^o, 39 
G-^OrSe IM-sak, No, 37 
N-^l's L:-;aT^it'':.oi, No, 40 



Anthony Pete^-son, No, 
Joseph CSsale, No, 45 
Daniel Pancoiji, No. 5 
Stephen Foier'tag, No. 
Joseph Siposy No. 3 
Frank Saallar, No. 4n 



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