Alice Condit Kirkpatrick

11 Dec 1875 – 15 Jan 1951

First woman in Newark to head a city governing board. Elected in 1917 as President of the Recreation Commission, after being appointed for the start of 1916 by Mayor Raymond.

She was head of the New Jersey Vacation Committee organized in 1914: a vacation savings fund. In 1915 she founded the Alpha Kappa Jam Kitchen, where women made jams, allowing young women to invest and have extra income. She was president of the Hotel Caroline, a home for working girls. She was on the women’s Committee of Fifty for Newark’s 250th Anniversary. During World War I, chairman of the Newark Woman’s Committee of the National Council of Defense.

Alice was born in Newark and in 1900 to Judge Andrew Kirkpatrick lived at 91 Lincoln Place with 5 siblings and 3 servants. In 1910 she lived at 47 South Street with one of the servants listed as “Companion”. In 1915, they live in the same place. By 1923, she had moved to Manhattan. Her 1930 census states she is “Retired”. She died in 1951. She was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Mar 13, 1915, Newark Evening Star
1923 Passport Photo
Newark News


“Women Heads Recreation Board” New York Times Jan 5, 1917

Girls Welcome Vacation SavingNewark Evening Star Feb 10, 1914

Jam Kitchen Prospers in Women’s HandsNewark Evening Star Aug 21, 1915

Women’s Hotel Manager Asked for ResignationNewark Evening Star, Jun 8, 1915

“Women to Help in AnniversaryNewark Evening Star Dec 16, 1915

Recreation Board Confronts DeficitNewark Evening Star Jan 6, 1916

“New Girls Boarding Home” Newark Evening Star March 23, 1915

Women Is Head of Recreation BoardNewark Evening News Jan 4, 1917

Census Records


K-15, Kirkpatrick, Alice, Newark News Morgue, Newark Public Library

American Women and the World War