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Title Manuscript of 1941 draft report for the Hoboken YMCA, n.d., ca. 1942.
Object Name Manuscript
Catalog Number 2001.126.0085
Collection Hoboken Societies & Organizations Collection
Credit Museum Collection.
Scope & Content Holographic pencil manuscript of draft report for 1941 of the Hoboken Y.M.C.A. Six leaves, 8-1/2" x 11"; text on one side only. Numerous additions, deletions and corrections.

Undated and unsigned, the author was probably Fred Broad, the Executive (or General) Secretary of the Y. Text refers to 1941 activities, mortgage foreclosure and repurchase, people involved in the Y and some fundraising for 1942.

Transcription of pg [1] only.

Enclosure: printed fascimile holograph letter from J.W. Rufus Besson, Hoboken, Feb. 6, 1928 - "Dear Fellow Citizen". Single leaf as removed from publication, ca. 5-1/2" square.

While found with the manuscript leaves above, it was probably first issued as an enclosure in a publication such as 2001.126.0081 (Booklet: Our Faith in Hoboken. Building campaign fundraising brochure issued by the Board of Directors and Committees for the Young Men's Christian Association of Hoboken, N.J. No date, probably late 1927.) It was found with leaf 6 here (darkened outline can be seen on the page) and was likely reference for the author.

Hoboken, N.J., Feb. 6, 1928

Dear Fellow Citizen

We have been given another opportunity to show our loyalty to the young men and young women of Hoboken. Read this statement and you will know why it is necessary and what it will mean to our City and to us all.

J.W. Rufus Besson
Notes 2001.126.0085

Transcription of page [1] only

The corner stone was laid on May 21, 1927 amid appropriate ceremonies. During the program word was received that Chas. [Charles] A. Lindberg has landed in Paris on his epochal flight.

(As the building was nearing completion) The second campaing for $338.and [thousand] was launched in February 1928. ( ) J. W. Rufus Besson was General Chairman of the Campaign while Marshall of the Men's Division & Mrs. H. Otto Wittpenn was Marshall of the Women's Division with Miss Sadie Leinkauf as Aide. Division Majors for the Men were H.E. Wilson, E.H. Magee, Louis Schelling, F.W. Janssen, $ George G. Raymond. For the Women, Mrs. Margarete George, Mrs. Henry C. Grieme [or Greine], Mrs. Gustave Petersen, Mrs. L. Fausteman and Mrs. Edward Hirsch.

$150,000 was subscribed in their Campaign. It therefore, became necessary to place a heavy [crossed-out] mortgage 233,500 on the building which has proceed[ed] to the chief handicap of the Y ever since its existence. The building opened in June 1928 & the youth of Hoboken & North Hudson flocked to the Y. for the first time on a swimming pool, gymnasium, and a club house for your [illegible] opened to them.

Their [illegible] the depression and the Y found it impossible for the first five years of its existence to make its way. For the past eight years, however, the Y has finally financed itself [illegible - in spite of?] the interest on the mortgage tho the drain of this expense interest charge has cut heavily into the programs. These eight years [illegible] demonstrated however that once this mortgage is lifted, the Y can adequately maintain its facility & program.

1941 has been an historic year for the Y. Its building was lost then foreclosure proceedings and then repurchased for the sum of $80,000. Mr. Max Hurwitz [illegible]
actively in the negociation [sic negotiation]. The repurchase of the building on favorable terms has brought about the present, and it is hoped final, effort to free the Y from its burden of debt. In addition to the $80,000 there 70,000 of
People Besson, J.W. Rufus
Date 1942
Year Range from 1927
Year Range to 1942
Search Terms Y.M.C.A.
1301 Washington St.
Thirteenth St.
Washington St.
Caption leaf 1 of 6
Imagefile 096\20011260085.TIF
Classification Financial
Social & Personal Activity
Business & Commerce