Talk:Eldridge R. Johnson

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It should be known, that Johnson sold Victor Talking Machine Co. in 1927 because he thought he was one the eve of death. Johnson recovered and lived until 1945, and had regreted selling Victor. Victor's new owners sold the company to RCA in 1929. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 139.78.96.57 (talk) 22:31, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Reve's big de-stubification[edit]

Hi Wikifriends. So after reading the Gelatt book and being totally taken with the life of ERJ I came here to learn more... and found only a stub of an article. I got some books from interlibrary loan and have started on a significant expansion of the ERJ biography. I'll plug through chronologically and then find pictures.

Round one was the pre-Victor early life stuff.

Reve (talk) 09:55, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

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Eldridge Reeves Johnson and the Merion Liberty Troop scouts[edit]

History of Merion Liberty Troop

Merion Liberty Troop is one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in the U.S. It was originally founded October 10th, 1910. The troop was know as the 10-10-10 Troop or #1 Merion in Lower Merion, PA. Our Troop has had many of well know people involved in the troop especially during the period from 1910 thru the 1930’s. The troop has been recognized by many people along with leaders within Lower Merion, a president of the United States and an inventor who would change the way we hear music.

In 1895, a home was built at 625 Hazelhurst Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066 by the Baird’s it was know as The Baird Residence which was heated primarily by chimneys, it was also called The Chimneys. In 1903 the home was purchased by Eldridge Reeves Johnson. At the same time The Chimneys was being built a Carriage House built behind his home in order to house and maintain; horses, buggy’s and eventually Model A and Model T cars.

Mr. Johnson would become famous by inventing the Gramaphone, which was renamed as the Victor Talking Machine. His company was called the Victor Talking Machine company during the 1920’s he would sell the company to a small company called Radio Corporation of America, which formed the RCA/Victor company. Mr. Johnson sold his controlling interest but not his holding interest in the Victor Company. Which continued to make him a very rich man, he passed away in 1945.

During WW1, the #1 Merion Boy Scouts, lead by Edward Bok and Thomas Dun Belfield were asked as were all Boy Scouts to help raise money for the war effort by selling Liberty Bonds. The #1 Merion Troop scouts sold 1.4 Million in Liberty Bonds, and raised enough money for the YMCA campaign to erect one of the largest huts in France for the army boys, and a YMCA gymnasium at the Philadelphia Navy Yard accommodating two thousand sailors.

Although there were only nine boys, ranging from 12 to 14 years old, so effectively did these Boy Scouts work under the inspiration of the scoutmaster, Thomas Dun Belfield, that they soon attracted attention and acquired distinction as one of the most efficient troops in the vicinity of Philadelphia. They won nearly all the prizes offered in their vicinity, and elicited the special approval of the US Secretary of the Treasury. The Treasury awarded the #1 Merion Troop be designated “Merion Liberty Troop” henceforth.

Merion had lost 81 men during WWI Mr. Eldridge Reeves Johnson wanted to dedicate a Tribute House to the 81 men who lost their lives during WWI. In 1917 he encouraged all the residence in Merion to raise funds to build a Tribute House. After no one had made any donations he decided to donate his home and property to the Merion Community Association, had The Chimneys razed then built the Merion War Tribute House with his own funds. He also had the Merion Scout House which had been dedicated to the use of the #1 Merion Liberty Troop by Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking machine Company. Originally a carriage house for the Johnson estate, #1 Merion Liberty Troop had used the building to meet for several years before 1917. In 1917 Mr. Johnson dedicated his former carriage house to the exclusive use of the #1 Merion Liberty Troop at the same time he constructed the Merion Tribute House. The Merion Scout House has been in continuous use since then; and it is believed that it is the oldest continuously used independent troop scout house in the nation. [1]

Coachjoe52 (talk) 21:37, 8 January 2018 (UTC)Joe Fishman Merion Liberty Troop Coachjoe52 (talk) 21:37, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

Eldridge Reeves Johnson moved in 1903 to 625 Hazelhurst Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066 The house was called The Chimneys

Baird Residence Also known as: Eldridge R. Johnson Residence (c. 1903-1920); The Chimney's Project Chronology c. 1895 BUILT Architect: Linfoot, Benjamin (1840-1912) 1903 ADDITIONS/ALTERATIONS Client: Eldridge R. Johnson Architect: Ballinger & Perrot (fl. 1901-1920) 1906 ADDITIONS/ALTERATIONS stable Client: Eldridge R. Johnson Architect: Ballinger & Perrot (fl. 1901-1920) 1911-1912 ADDITIONS/ALTERATIONS Architect: Karcher & Smith (fl. 1910 - 1954) c. 1920 DEMOLISHED [2]

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  1. ^ Excerpts from From The FIFTH YEAR BOOK of THE MERION CIVIC ASSOCIATION (printed 1918)
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