YMCA

Organized 1881

107 Halsey Street
<1909>: 76-78 New Street

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February 21, 1909 - Larger Building for Newark YMCA

June 28, 1914 - Ready to Leave for Kamp Kiamesha

From: Social Services Directory of Newark 1912

YMCA

Provides a homelike resort with wholesome influence for all young men, regardless or religion, belief, or nationality, Price of membership, $10, $8 & $3.

Religions Services, Bible Classes, lectures and reading room, free to all men

Employment Bureau, open 9 to 11 AM. Secures situations without charge to employer or employee. References required and investigated.

Educational Department. - Evening classes in elementary grades: Bookkeeping and Penmanship; Business Arithmetic; Business English; Practical Electricity (3-year course); Automobile School (day and evening classes); Architectural Drawing; Mechanical Drawing; Clay Modeling (for boys); New Jersey School of Accountancy; Civil Service; French; German; Spanish; Glee Club; Orchestra; Mandolin Club; Practical Salesmanship; Shop Mathematics; First Aid to the Injured; Wireless Telegraphy (for boys); Aero Club (for boys).

Physical Department - Gymnasium, swimming pool, baths, steam room, massage room. Open day and night.

Social Attractions, star course entertainments, excursions, outings, social gatherings, games, billiard room.

Sleeping Rooms for Young Men - Provision for 142 young men. Charges $1.00 to $5.00 per seek. Single and double rooms.

Boys' Division - Special privileges are provided for boys, 10 to 18 years of age, adapted to their needs. Price of membership, $6 and $1.

Summer camp in mountains of Sussex County open during July and August for boys 12-18, provides all wholesome out-of-door recreation under careful supervision at low cost.

Note - The Association owns a plot of ground on Warren Street (102x67) upon which is expects, in the near future, to erect a six-story addition to its present building, to contain over a hundred bedrooms, eight bowling alleys, a supplementary gymnasium, Turkish bath and dressing rooms, larger quarters for the Boys' division, and a separate department, containing lunch, recreation, and bath rooms for the exclusive use of the poor boys who ar present are unable to become members of the Association.

From: "Newark, the City of Industry" Published by the Newark Board of Trade 1912

Situated not far from the center of the city and within easy reach of any one of a dozen trolley lines and two railroad depots the YMCA building is not only a daily and an evening scene of wholesome pleasure, but a place where boys and men find ample provision for mental and physical improvement. The building itself is comparatively new and in it there is to be found everything a well equipped place of the kind should have.

The YMCA is situated within a few minutes' walk of the business centre of the city. To Newark's young men it offers the very best of "clubdom comforts". With every possible convenience and equipment, this $500,000 institution make the ideal city club for nearly 3,000 young men. with an actual and a club home.

To a stranger entering the building the spacious lobby and splendid offices give an unusually pleasant impression, and visitors are at once made to feel at home by the courteous secretary and his assistants.

In the building is a splendid gymnasium with a running track, twenty five laps to the mile, and a forty foot swimming pool, which is filled daily with clear, sparkling, artesian water. This makes an ideal attraction for the athletically inclined youth and in warm weather many a hot and tired business man finds luxurious comfort in a noon time plunge in the clear waters of the pool.

One of the features of this branch of the YMCA is its large educational department, which last year (1911) gave nearly 900 men instruction along the lines of one or more of 32 different courses. The courses offered are as follows: Accountancy school, Aero Club, for boys, Architectural Drawing (one and two-year courses), Automobile School (day and evening classes), Boys' Business Preparatory, Business Courses, Civil Service (postal clerk, letter carrier, railway and mail), Commercial Law (professional course), Common School Courses, Electricity (first and second years), First Aid to the Injured (for boys), French, German, Spanish (conversational), Glee Club, Mandolin Club, Mechanical Drawing (first and second years), Modeling (for boys), Orchestra, Salesmanship, Shops, Mathematics, Tutoring (any subject), and Wireless Telegraphy.

One of the most interesting courses in this series is the automobile instruction. In this work each class is limited to 12 men, and with ample equipment the instruction is made interesting, practical and valuable. The course includes instruction on the general construction of automobiles, taking off and putting on the different parts, including tire, taking apart and assembling steering gears, and a thorough practical consideration of all other parts of an automobile. So popular has this course proved that it has been found necessary to increase the equipment and enlarge the shops twice within one year. At present about 700 square feet of floor space is devoted for this work. The classes are of two kinds. One meets twice a week and the other assembles once a week. In addition to them, private instruction is arranged to suit the convenience of the student.

With all this the Association is devoting a good deal of time and not a little thought to the outdoor entertainment and instruction of its members. Trips on an educational character are frequently arranged, and in addition to them, the organization conducts its own excursions and outings.

The boys department, with 800 members, has a commodious suite of rooms, which have been thoroughly equipped with everything that appeals to the heart of a young man. In addition to this, the boys of the Association have a summer camp at Blue Mountain Lake, which is splendidly equipped for their comfort and recreation.

The Association maintains literally hundreds of small Bible groups and clubs during the winter season and arranges for popular Sunday afternoon talks in the large auditorium of the building, which from time to time is rented to private enterprises and quasi-public organizations for concerts, lectures, etc., which, as a rule, are well attended.