From: Testimonial Dinner for the Honorable Henry Deissler, Mayor of the Township of Teaneck, N. J., January 27, 1951, Casa Mana -- Brochure, Teaneck Public Library Local History Collection

Henry Deissler

Henry Deissler

Several decades ago, late in the afternoon of a lovely summer day in June, the shrill blast of the 4:30 West Shore express reminded a group of boys playing ball on a field in West Englewood that it was time to start for home and supper. In the group that trudged wearily along were big Bill Guthrie, Johnny Caddy, the Kilmurrays and a new boy, Henry Deissler, who had just come up from his home in West New York to spend his vacation in Teaneck with friends of his family.

Not one of them had the slightest intimation that their new friend Henry was one day destined to become Mayor of the greatly enlarged Township as the climax of a distinguished career of public service in the community.

Henry didn't move out to Teaneck until December 1919, after he returned from Europe, where he served with distinction in the A. E. F. After several years, he decided it was time to settle down, so he popped the question to Edna Stumph, and they had the happy distinction of being the first young couple married in the newly-formed St. Paul's Lutheran Church congregation. There son, Howard, is now a pre-medical student in Dickinson College.

His great urge to serve the community manifested itself shortly after Henry Deissler became a Teaneck resident. In 1921, he was elected Secretary of the West Englewood Civic Association. He was elected Town Clerk in 1925 and served until 1930. 1932 found him selected alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention. The Republican County committee made him secretary in1933. He represented his district in the Councilman four times, his terms running from 1938 to 1932, from 1943 to 1946, from 1946 to 1950; and from 1950 to 1954. In 1946 his colleagues on the Council named his Deputy Mayor, and in 1950 they named him Mayor.

Henry Deissler was Commander of the American Legion Post 128 in 1937 when the clubhouse was acquired. He is a charter member of the Schoonmaker Post of the VFW. He served many years as an Exempt Fireman. He was greatly instrumental in starting the Community Chest in Teaneck. Mr. Deissler assisted in furthering many of the campaigns of the Boy Scouts, Red Cross and similar worthy organizations.

Henry Deissler has served his community well. Teaneck is a better place bacause he lived here. His honors are richly deserved, the more so because of the extreme modesty that characterizes his every act. They citizens of Teaneck unite in wishing him good health and happiness on this auspicious occasion.

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