Walter Takes in Hungry 10-Year-Old Runaway

This article was published on June 25, 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression.  I can only imagine what it was like for these girls living on the streets for a week.

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10-Year-Old Girl’s Odyssey Ends When Ridgefield Cop Offers Good Home, Food

A 10-year old New York girl, who with her 13-year-old sister ran away from their New York home because their mother had too many mouths to feed, is going to know the feeling of having a good home with plenty to eat for a few weeks at least.

The girl, Betty Shields, has been taken in by Sergeant and Mrs. Walter Gallagher of Ridgefield, for a few weeks stay.  She and her sister Alice were picked up in Ridgefield Saturday, while they sat on a curb forlornly awaiting a bus to take them back to their home on Old Broadway, New York.

The sisters told Patrolman Joseph Sucek who brought them to the Ridgefield station, that they had been wandering about New Jersey since last Monday.  They slept for the most part, they said, on open porches and in vacant houses.

They didn’t mind particularly that they hadn’t eaten for a couple of days, for they weren’t used to getting much at their own home.  There are four other brothers and sisters, and with their father out of work, they felt they were making the burden heavier for their parents.

The girls were befriended by a 17-year-old Little Ferry boy, Friday, who took them to his brother-in-law’s home and fed them and then “staked” them to their fare back home.

Tired of wandering about in strange towns, and hungry, too weak to stand in the hot sun while they awaited the bus, Betty and Alice parked their weary bodies on the curb stone, where Patrolman Sucek found them.

They were taken to the station where they related a tale of privation and poverty in their New York home.  Sergeant Gallagher offered to take Betty home with him and his wife for a few weeks.

The mother of the girls came to Ridgefield later in the day, after being notified by the New York police of the whereabouts of the youngsters.  She told police that both Betty and Alice felt very badly because things were so hard for their parents at home.

Mrs. Shields consented to Sergeant Gallagher’s suggestion, and now Betty’s going to have plenty to eat and a good home for a while.  Alice was taken back to New York by her mother.

Billy Gallagher’s Funeral – Part 2

The New York Sun published this article about Billy’s funeral on March 7, 1934; p. 14, col. 1; I never really understood how “well-connected” Billy was until I read this article.  It’s not every day you find a write-up about an ancestor’s funeral where so many public officials and celebrities attended.

1934-03-07-throng-at-mass-for-gallagher-p1-1THRONG AT MASS FOR GALLAGHER

Saloon Keeper Has Real Broadway Funeral

OLD FRIENDS ARE IN TEARS

Show World Well Represented at St. Malachy’s Church.

They buried Billy Gallagher today from St. Malachy’s Church in West Forty-ninth street, from the vicinity in which he had spent his life.  He first broke into Broadway as a caterer to the thirsts of that thoroughfare at the northwest corner of Forty-seventh street some thirty-five years ago and during the last fifteen years he lived he conducted a cabaret at 717 Seventh avenue.

It was such a funeral as Billy Gallagher would have desired – a Broadway funeral.  St. Malachy’s, the “actors church,” was the ideal setting for it.  And the services concluded as Billy Gallagher would have had them conclude, with a burst of sunshine illuminating his onyx coffin, while Joe White, the radio singer, known as “The Silver Mask Tenor,” sang a touching farewell and the temperamental mourners sobbed aloud in chorus.

More than any other saloon keeper, Billy Gallagher formed a direct link with the Broadway at the close of the last century.  Jim Churchill, who used to be his competitor, is dead; George Rector has retired. Mike Dowling, whose place at Forty-third street and Seventh avenue was open twenty-four hours a day for years is dead. The Considine boys and Paddy Roche who used to irrigate the south side of Forty-second street at Broadway are dead.  About the only one of Billy Gallagher’s old rivals of a quarter of a century ago who is alive is Tom O’Rourke and The Sun reporter did not see him at the funeral services.

1934-03-07-throng-at-mass-for-gallagher-p1-2-ny-sun-col-1Old Timers Attend

Everybody else who should have been there was there: From the theater came actors, actresses and managers, bill posters and stage hands, advance agents and musicians, all former customers of Billy’s and many of them with memories of the generosity of the old time saloon keeper who never turned down anybody with a hard luck story.

From the night clubs came performers and managers, waiters and headwaiters and here and there in the church could be seen shabby old men who were young “singing waiters” when Billy Gallagher introduced that type of entertainment to what was then Longacre Square.1

All the scrubwomen who were employed by Gallagher to clean up his place every morning were at the funeral and al [sic] wept unceasingly because in Billy Galagher [sic] they lost not only a good employer but a god [sic] friend.  All the members of orchestra and his floor show company were there, wiping tears out of red-rimmed eyes, for few had ben [sic] to bed last night.

Gallagher’s old performers, in years so long that nobody wanted to try to remember them, mingled with the chorus girls who were employed by him at the time of his death.

Jack Sheerin, doorman of Gallagher’s Cabaret, who contributed a blod [sic] transfusion in an effort to save his employer’s life, was a sort of unofficial floor manager and usher, seeing that all the old friends had prominent places in the center aisle.

The Rev. Edward F. Leonard, pastor of St. Malachy’s, sang a requiem high mass.  The Rev. Joseph McKenna and the Rev. Patrick A. Gallagher, his assistants, acted as deacon and sub deacon respectively.  A mixed quartet under the direction of the organist, Joseph Davis, chanted the responses and Joe White rendered solos before and after the mass.

One of the principal mourners was Laura, who has been the hat check girl in Gallagher’s cabaret ever since it opened.  Another who was profoundly grief-stricken was Joe Callahan, formerly a manager for Gallagher and always one of his closest friends.

1934-03-07-throng-at-mass-for-gallagher-p2Sheriff Finn Is Mourner

Others who attended the services were Sheriff Dan Finn, Jay Finn, deputy clerk of the Board of City Magistrates Court; General Sessions Judges George L. Donnellan and Owen Bohan ex-Senator Harry Doll, who succeeded Big Tim Sullivan; Deputy Chief Clerk of the City Court Charles A. Hussey and Mrs. Hussey, Alderman John Mahoney; ex-Alderman John W. McCann, Charles A. Harnett, State Commissioner of Motor Licenses, and Mrs. Harnett; James Thornton, Charles Connington, head waiter in Gallagher’s cabaret; Dick Pritchard, Gertrude Dwyer, Fred McCloy, former manager of the Columbia Burlesque Theater; Herman Beyer, the Republican leader of the Fifth Assembly district; former State Senator Elmer Quinn, Patrick H. Bird, Frank J. Clausman, Kid Broad, the former pugilist; Billy Murphy, Billy and James Fogarty, George W. Pease, Billy Arnold, Joseph W. Falvey, John J. Nevins and Mrs. Nevins Ben Levy, Michael Kennedy, former Detective Mike Quinn, John O’Connor and Tess Dardell.

Mr. Gallagher died last Sunday in the Medical Arts Sanitarium of diabetes, with which he had been a sufferer for years.  At the conclusion of the funeral services the body was taken to the Pennsylvania Station, where it was put aboard a train for Camden, N. J., Mr. Gallagher’s birthplace, where it will be interred.  It was accompanied to Camden by his brother, John Gallagher, and his three sons, Joseph, Walter P. and Bernard Gallagher.

 

  1. Longacre Square was renamed by Mayor George McClellan in 1904 when the New York Times relocated there. See this article.

Billy Gallagher’s Funeral – Part 1

Once again, someone forgot to mention to the newspaper folks that Billy had been married twice more.  This unidentified article announced the funeral, mass, and burial.

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GALLAGHER — On March 4, 1934, William J., beloved husband of the late Mary, and devoted father of Joseph M., Bernard J., Walter J., and brother of Joseph M., Emma, Frances and Lillian[.]  Funeral from his late residence, 34-51 75th St., Jackson Heights, L. I., Wednesday, 9 A. M. Solemn Requiem Mass St. Malachy’s Church, 10 A. M.  Interment Camden, N. J.


Another announcement from another unidentified newspaper. Whether he had a ton of money or not (but seriously, not), he was certainly popular.

LEADERS ATTEND GALLAGHER MASS

City Officials and Night Life Figures at Services for Cabaret Owner

Many figures prominent in the city’s night life during the last four decades gathered in St. Malachy’s Church on West Forty-ninth Street today at a requiem high mass for William J. Gallagher.

Mr. Gallagher was for fifteen years proprietor of the underground cabaret at 711 Seventh Avenue, near Forty-seventh Street, and had been a cabaret proprietor for more than forty years.  He died Sunday in the Medical Arts Sanitarium.

Joseph White, who, at the age of eighteen, got his first chance in the show business from Mr. Gallagher, sang two offerings at today’s mass.

“It was Billy’s last wish that I sing here,” Mr. White said afterward.  Mr. White is known as the masked tenor on the radio.

Prominent Men Attend

Among the prominent men at the mass were Michael J. Kennedy, City Marshal and leader of the Fifth Assembly District; Judge Owen Bohan; John J. McCann, former Alderman; Commissioner Charles Harnett of the Motor Vehicle Department; John J. Nevins, Deputy Register; Jay Finn, Deputy Chief Clerk of the Magistrates’ Court; Alderman John J. Mahoney; ex-State Senator Harry Doll, and General Sessions Judge George L. Donnelman.

Also present were “Laura,” the hat check girl in Mr. Gallagher’s establishment, and Jack Sheerin, the doorman there.

 

 

R.I.P. Billy Gallagher (1870-1934) – Part 3

Two more unknown newspapers report the death of Billy Gallagher.  The stories presumably ran on 5 Mar 1934, the day after his death.  Note that they refer to his wife dying eight years prior – that was his first wife, whom he divorced around 1903.  He had two subsequent wives: Lotta (from about 1906-1909) and Betty (from about 1920-1929).  He was divorced from them as well.

The second article is likely from a New Jersey newspaper – probably Camden or Bergen County – given the weight of Walter Gallagher’s position that was given (doubtful anyone in New York City would have cared that Walter was a Police Sergeant in Ridgefield).

1934-03-05-billy-gallagher-dies-brooklyn-daily-eagle-p2-col2Billy Gallagher, Cafe Owner, Dies

William Gallagher, Broadway cabaret owner, who ran Billy Gallagher’s, a carbaret [sic] at 711 7th Ave., Manhattan, died yesterday in the Medical Arts Sanitarium, Manhattan.  He was 65 and resided at 3451 75th St., Jackson Heights.  The funeral will be held from the house Wednesday.

Billy Gallagher is said to have formerly had at least $1,000,000 and to have given most of it away to those who had worked for him and others who came to him when they were down on their luck.  He was one of the earliest to introduce singing waiters uptown after they had become popular on the Bowery and his floor shows gave the first chance for many entertainers who later achieved fame.  He is survived by three sons, Joseph, with whom he resided, and Walter P. and Bernard Gallagher, and a brother, Joseph.  His wife died eight years ago.


1934-03-05-complications-fatal-to-ny-club-operatorCOMPLICATIONS FATAL TO N. Y. CLUB OPERATOR

Gallagher, Father Of Ridgefield Cop, Succumbs

SICK SIX WEEKS

William J. Gallagher, father of Sergeant Walter Gallagher of the Ridgefield Police Department and one of the oldest and best known night club owners in New York, died yesterday morning at the Medical Art Hospital, 57 West Fifty-seventh Street, New York.

Although funeral arrangements have not been completed it is believed the funeral will be held Wednesday from the home of a son, Joseph, at 3451 Seventy-fifth Street, Jackson Heights, L. I., followed by burial in Camden.

Mr. Gallagher was admitted to the hospital six weeks ago and during that time underwent two minor operations, one major operation and several blood transfusions.  Until last Friday it was believed that he had a chance to recover but on that day he was afflicted with septic poison and later developed pneumonia from which he finally succumbed.

He was born in Camden, and was about 65 years old when he died.  Mr. Gallagher has been a prominent figure on Broadway for forty years and for the last twenty years had operated the Broadway Gardens, a night club at Forty-seventh Street and Seventh Avenue.

He is survived by three sons, Sergeant Walter Gallagher, Ridgefield; Joseph, of Jackson Heights, L. I., and Bernard, of New York; a brother, Joseph, of New York, and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Wood and Mrs. Michael Durkin of Camden, and Mrs. Joseph Zavorski of Philadelphia.

R.I.P. Billy Gallagher (1870-1934) – Part 2

This article appeared in an unknown newspaper – and I’m not sure how accurate the story about Billy giving away a million-dollar fortune … particularly when he just finalized a bankruptcy in 1930.

1934 03 05 Billy Gallagher DiesBILLY GALLAGHER, CAFE OWNER, DIES

Was Among the First to Bring Singing Waiters to Night Life Along Broadway

KNOWN AMONG THOUSANDS

Gave Away Bulk of a Reputed $1,000,000 Fortune to Aides and Former Patrons.

William J. Gallagher, cabaret proprietor for more than forty years, died yesterday of diabetes and gland poisoning, at the age of 65.

He was known affectionately as “Little Billy” among thousands of business men, politicians, judges, theatrical men, and devotees of the city’s night life.  For the last fifteen years he could be found in his underground cabaret at 711 Seventh Avenue, near Forth-seventh Street, which did not open until after sundown.

As other entertainment places, restaurants and speakeasies closed after midnight, business picked up at Billy Gallagher’s cabaret, until at dawn it was astir with reputable people still celebrating, and others who had practical reasons for circulating after dark.

Buckner Padlocked Place.

He managed to keep order, with only a few notable exceptions.  One of these was just before the prohibition era when a policeman in plain clothes shot up the place and put a bullet through the leg of the manager in a rage over prices.  When Emory Buckner, as United States Attorney, devised padlock proceedings in 1925 Gallagher was one of the first victims.  His place was raided occasionally for the possession of liquor during prohibition.

He was said to have had at least $1,000,000 and to have given most of it away to those who had worked for him as entertainers or had spent their money in his establishment when they had plenty and who came back to him when they were down in their luck to make a touch.  He was remembered along Broadway as the man who couldn’t say no to a hard-luck story.

Mr. Gallagher came to New York at the age of eighteen from Camden, N. J., where he was born.  He devoted his life to the cabaret business, providing food, drink and entertainment in spots which followed the centre of night life along Broadway as it moved uptown.

Encouraged New Talent.

1934 03 05 Billy Gallagher Dies (2)He was one of the earliest to introduce singing waiters uptown after they had become popular on the Bowery.  His floor shows gave the first chance for a public appearance to many younger entertainers who later succeeded on the vaudeville or legitimate stage.

When he was taken ill about six weeks ago, and when the word went out that Billy Gallagher needed a blood transfusion, many of his Broadway friends volunteered.  One of the first, Jack Sheerin, doorman of the cabaret for many years, was accepted.

Mr. Gallagher died in the Medical Arts Sanitarium, 57 West Fifty-seventh Street, after the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church had been administered by the Rev. Edward Leonard, pastor of St. Malachy’s, the actor’s church in West Forty-ninth Street.  At his bedside were his sons, Bernard, Joseph and Walter, who is a police lieutenant in Ridgefield, N. J., and his brother Joseph.  His wife died eight years ago.

The body was sent to his home, 34-51 Seventy-fifth Street, Jackson Heights, Queens, where it will remain until Wednesday.  After funeral services at St. Malachy’s Church, burial will take place in Camden, N. J.

 

R.I.P. Billy Gallagher (1870-1934) – Part 1

As we know, Billy Gallagher was somewhat of a celebrity.  His passing and his funeral made the news for a while.  Over the next several posts, I will share all the articles from Pop’s scrapbook and even others I found on my own.  

 

1934 03 05 - Billy Gallagher diesGALLAGHER, OLD RESTAURATEUR, PASSES AT 65

Resort in Seventh Ave. Famed Among Sporting Men, Politicians and Stage Players

Billy Gallagher, who ran what sportsmen called the luckiest restaurant in town, died of diabetes in Medical Arts Sanitarium yesterday.  Three operations and blood transfusions failed.  He was 65 and had been ill six weeks.

Gallagher’s place at 711 7th ave. gained fame among gamblers for the combination of numbers that spell success to crapshooters.

KNEW POLITICIANS.

But he included among his friends politicians of the importance of James J. Walker and Frank Hague and hundreds of theatrical folk.

He had been a restaurateur since boyhood, graduating from the Bowery to Broadway and bringing singing waiters uptown with him.

SOME GAINED FAME.

Some of them developed into vaudeville stars.  Others found fame among the songsters of Tin Pan Alley.

He leaves two sons — Walter, a Ridgewood, N. J., police lieutenant, and Joseph.  Their mother died eight years ago.

Gallagher lived at 34-51 75th st., Jackson Heights.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning in St. Malachy’s Church, 49th st.  Burial will be in Camden.

The following is from a separate article of unknown origin

Blood which Broadway pals opened their veins to share with him failed to save the life of Little Billy Gallagher, for 1934 03 05 - Billy Gallagher dies (2)forty years a boniface and the man who brought singing waiters from the Bowery to Broadway many years ago.

Gallagher died yesterday morning in the Medical Arts Sanitorium, where he had been confined for six weeks a victim of diabetes and a glandular condition which had necessitated three operations and many blood transfusions.

Gallagher, a friend of those out of luck and an intimate of scores of the great in the theatre and sporting world, ran Billy Gallagher’s restaurant at 711 Seventh Ave.  The place was once called the Broadway Gardens.  He was only 5 feet 5 inches tall, hence the name of Little Billy.

The funeral is tentatively planned for Wednesday.

 

How to Identify Loyal Cops in a Bad Economy

These articles were published in December 1933. Publication name unknown.  This clearly was in the midst of the Great Depression – a time when communities worked together to succeed.

1933 12 - Cops Offer to Take Pay Cuts - no dateCops Offer To Take Pay Cuts

Ridgefield Council Notified of Their Voluntary Action

Ridgefield police last night at the council meeting, volunteered to take a 10 per cent cut in salary, effective immediately, and to continue until 1935, and further, recommended that the personnel of the department be limited to the present force, not filling the vacancy left by the recent death of Sergeant Charles Erickson.

The voluntary reduction forestalls a cut by protest and limits the time during which it shall continue.  Last year the police contributed five per cent, the only reduction so far effected [sic].

The salary of Patrolman Joseph Sucek was reduced $65 a year.  He has been drawing lieutenant’s pay since he was demoted in 1931.

Fire Chief Romano requested that alarm boxes be installed at the Shaler boulevard, Abbott avenue, and Norfolk street, at the intersection of Edgewater avenue.

The police commission recommendations brought forth a storm of dispute.  Councilmen Lange, Knobloch and Hildebrandt, opposing the measure.  Knobloch declaring that such action was not withing [sic] the province of the present administration, that it should be left to the incoming mayor, who will be held responsible for the 1934 budget.

Mayor Berger expressed surprise, saying: “You did not show that consideration for me last year.”  Knobloch replied, “We weren’t considered much, either.”

The second half of the county taxes, amounting to $30,588, was ordered paid.

The State Highway commission, in a communication, said that it is not responsible for installation of traffic control lights, and that the borough should apply to the State Motor Vehicle Department for a light at Bergen boulevard and Edgewater avenue.

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10 Per Cent Of Pay Given Up By Ridgefield Police

Cops Surrender Share of Salary to Assist Borough In Economy Move – Council Splits on Offer

As an economy move, the police department of Ridgefield donated 10 per cent of salaries for 1934 to the Borough at a meeting of the Mayor and Council last night.  The uniformed force also recommended that no patrolman be appointed to fill an existing vacancy on the squad and at the same time volunteered to do extra duty if the situation required such service.

MAYOR’S VOTE REQUIRED

Although both offers were accepted, their proposal in a letter from the police commission precipitated a lively controversy among the Councilmen and as a consequence it required the vote of Mayor Berger in both motions to decide the issues.

When the letter was read Councilman Formon recommended that the offers be accepted, but Councilman Knobloch opposed this move maintaining that it should be held over until Jan. 1 for action when a new Mayor will be sitting.  Knobloch succeeded in making his suggestion an amendment to Formon’s motion, and when it came on the floor for a vote Councilmen Lange, Knobloch and Hildebrand favored holding the recommendation over until Jan. 1, while Councilmen Gildner, Formon and Lohrey opposed it.  The deadlock was broken when Mayor Berger also opposed it.

Formon’s motion to accept the proposals was then presented and carried with the Mayor again casting the deciding vote.  Formon argued that if the police were willing to make this donation he saw no reason why the Council should not accept it.

CUT SUCEK PAY

Another motion which was also decided by the Mayor’s vote was one in which the police commission recommended the reduction of the salary of Patrolman Joseph Sucek.  He has been receiving the pay of a lieutenant since he was reduced from the rank several years ago.  As a lieutenant he was receiving $8 a day but as a first grade patrolman he will hereafter be paid $6.84 a day.

With the donation made last night this brings the voluntary reductions in pay made by the police to 15 per cent since Jan. 1 of this year.  At that time they also turned over to the Borough $1,000 which they raised on a dance held last winter.

The vacancy which now exists on the force was caused by the death of Sergeant Erickson.  Although the Mayor and Council received a recommendation from the police commission for the appointment of a sergeant several weeks ago, no action has as yet been taken on this recommendation.

 

Grampa Turns 9!

It’s not every child whose 9th birthday party ends up in the newspaper, but my Grampa wasn’t every child.  He was the son of Walter Gallagher – a man with a plan.  This article was likely published in late September 1933, name of publication unknown. The Dolores Conor on the guest list is no doubt related to former Mayor Alan B. Conor, because rubbing elbows with Ridgefield’s elite – that’s how the Gallaghers roll.

1933 09 24 - John Gallagher 9 Has Bday PartyJOHN GALLAGHER, 9, HAS BIRTHDAY PARTY

John Joseph Gallagher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Gallagher, of Virgil avenue, Ridgefield, was given a party recently by his parents, in honor of his ninth birthday.

Winners of prizes at the games were Anne Teien, Anne Hulbert.  Other guests were Dolores Conor, Joseph Lutz Ruth Teien, William Curran, Russell Gilbert, Lester Gilbert, James Hulbert, Gloria Eberhardt, Robert Eberhardt, Doris Browne, Frank Browne, Bernard Zlotnick and Betty Anhilder.

 

This article was published on September 25, 1933, the day after Grampa’s birthday.  Name of publication is unknown.  Name-dropping abounds — check out the first name on the guest list in this article:

1933 09 24 - John Gallagher Birthday (2nd article)

John Joseph Gallagher, son of Sergeant and Mrs. Walter Gallagher, Virgil Avenue, celebrated his ninth birthday yesterday with a part attended by a group of his playmates and friends.  The youngsters were served refreshments and then played games.  Guests were Dolores Conor, Joseph Lutz, Ruth and Anne Teien, Russell and Lester Gilbert, Anna and James Hulbert, Gloria and Bobby Eberhardt, Doris and Frank Browne, Bernard Zlotnick and Billie Anhelder, all of Ridgefield and Joseph Lutz of Englewood.

 

The Story of [the late] Dorothy Balmain – Part 5 (final)

This tragic story affected more than just the families of the victims.  The police department suffered a blow to its reputation due to some technical mistakes made during the investigation of this high-profile case.  Unfortunately, the last article is not included in the scrapbook, so we may never know what the Commission’s final decision was …

10 - 1930+ Hearing is Given Ridgefield Police p1HEARING IS GIVEN RIDGEFIELD POLICE

Charge of Withheld Information is Sifted by Officials

RECORDS ARE GOOD

In a private hearing before the members of the Police Commission and Mayor Emil Berger, the latter acting in the capacity of chairman of the Commission, Sergeant Charles Erickson and Patrolman William Heilman of the Ridgefield Police Department were questioned regarding statements made by Michael Kelly of Edgewater avenue, Ridgefield, to the effect that these two men had withheld information in the recent accident case, in which one girl, Dorothy Balmain, was killed and two others Evelyn Kelly and Gertrude Pugh were injured.  The driver of the car which on the night of August 25, struck the girls continued on his way after the accident but was picked up by Patrolman Charles Sequine after a chase.  He was examined by Dr. J. V. Lynn who stated that although the man had been drinking, he was not unfit to drive a car.  He is Harvey Lyons, of Edgewater, this week indicted by the Bergen County Grand Jury on charges of manslaughter on testimony of two young women passengers in his car.

Erickson was on desk duty that night and he was charged with withholding information.  Supervisor Darrow stated that this was technical and forced because of the circumstances.  Erickson stated that he was alone at the desk and was busy until late in the night making entries, answering phone calls, etc.  He gave a plausible explanation of his lack of detail entry.

Heilmann was interviewed immediately following Erickson who had been charged with failing to make an entry in his memorandum book.  It appears that while the police were searching the vicinity of the accident for clues, a man alighted from a car and said, “take my name and license number, officer, as I don’t want to be charged later as a hit and run driver.”  Heilmann admitted that he had not made an entry in his book, but stated that he had told Erickson of the incident.

Supervisor Darrow advised the press that he had filed the charges and the commission had reserved decision in the case.

1930+ Hearing is 10 - Given Ridgefield Police p2Mayor Emil Berger stated that he had absolute faith in the Police Department and that the commission’s decision would shortly be announced.  Erickson stated that he thought he would be vindicated and that he had been glad of the opportunity to clear himself of any doubts in the matter.

He was appointed to the Departmen [sic] in 1925 and in 1929 was made a sergeant.  He served as acting chief after the dismissal of Chief Edwin Bunce and later was replaced by Supervisor George F. Darrow, who was selected for the position because of his many years experience in the New York Police Department from which he is a retired captain.

Heilman was named to the department in 1926 and has served in the capacity of Patrolman since that time.  Several years ago he was severely injured while chasing a fugitive on the police motorcycle.

Several times the Ridgefield Police Department has received high praise from bystanders and from surrounding towns and cities for their efficiency.  For a department of its size it is equipped with a finger printing department in charge of Sergeant Walter Gallagher and each of the men are outstanding marksmen, having become experts under the supervision of George F. Darrow.  [T]here has always been harmony among the members of the Police Commission since the advent of Supervisor Darrow.  Alan B. Conor, Henry F. Forman and Clarence Kile, are the members of the commission.

Hearings from local residents that “politics” should not be permitted to interfere with apprehension and punishment of the hit and run driver was in no way intended as an [sic] reflection on local officers or officials.  The investigation of the details of the night happenings appear to have been in the nature of a check up on rumors rather than on any suspicions that the local officers had not done their duty.

Gertrude Pugh, of 508 Prospect avenue, and Evelyn Kelly, of 1116 Edgewater avenue, have returned home, Gertrude from Holy Name Hospital and Evelyn from Englewood Hospital, where they were removed following their partial recovery.  Gertrude Pugh is suffering from a broken leg and the limb is in a cast.  It will be several weeks before she will be able to walk.  Evelyn Kelly is recovering from concussion of the brain.