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  • South Jersey: A History – Raymond Donges

    Raymond Renaud Donges — In the execution of many important tasks that have fallen to his lot as one of the leading attorneys of Camden, New Jersey, Mr. Donges has found full play for his abilities and activities. His professional work, being extensive and important, has absorbed most of his energies and time, but Mr.…

  • Rocco Palese

    Rocco Palese

    Rocco Palese, born on July 4, 1893, in Garaguso, Italy, to Domenico and Luicia Palese, immigrated to America with his family in 1898, settling in Camden by 1906. Domenico Palese initially worked as a bartender, and the family resided at 318 Cherry Street. By 1910, they had moved to 266 Pine Street, where Domenico owned…

  • William B. Hatch

    William B. Hatch

    Colonel William B. Hatch, born to William and Catherine Browning Hatch around 1838 in Camden, NJ, was part of Gloucester County during that era. His father, a farmer, lived in Camden’s North Ward. Colonel Hatch’s military journey began as a soldier of fortune, serving in the cavalry of the Russian Imperial Army in 1859 and…

  • Richard Fetters

    Richard Fetters

    Richard Fetters, a prominent figure in Camden for numerous years, came into the world on January 19, 1791, predating the establishment of Camden itself. As a Quaker, Fetters played a pivotal role in the movement leading to Camden’s incorporation in 1828, showcasing political and civic leadership well ahead of his era, driven by a commitment…

  • Raymond R. Donges

    Raymond Renaud Donges, born on November 10, 1871, in Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was the son of Dr. John W. and Rose M. (Renaud) Donges. In addition to Raymond, his family included two brothers, Clarence Donges, who, like his father, served as a physician in Camden for many years, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Donges. Both…

  • Raymond F. Smith

    Raymond F. Smith

    Sergeant Raymond F. Smith, born Lucius Raymond Smith on June 6, 1895, led a remarkable life marked by his contributions to the military, professional boxing, civic engagements, and charitable endeavors. Enlisting in the United States Army at a young age of 17, Sergeant Ray Smith served in Mexico as part of General Pershing’s expedition in…

  • Johnny Lucas

    Johnny Lucas

    Johnny Lucas, often lauded as “The Pride of Whitman Park,” emerged as one of the notable lightweight and welterweight boxers from Camden during the 1920s and 1930s. While boxing records suggest a birthdate of January 1, 1912, this remains unconfirmed. One of Johnny Lucas’ notable moments in the ring occurred on February 3, 1933, when…

  • John W. Sutton

    John W. Sutton had two distinct stints of service with the Camden Fire Department while concurrently managing and owning bars in Camden for nearly five decades. Born John W. Suthel around 1848 in Delaware to John and Welty Suthel, he relocated to Camden, New Jersey, with his family, including older sister Martha and older brother…

  • Fiore Troncone

    Fiore Troncone, born around 1874 in Italy to Antonio and Rafaella Troncone, embarked on the journey to America with his family in 1885. After a period in Pennsylvania, where sons Anthony and William were born, the Troncone family made their way to Camden, NJ, shortly after 1900. By 1910, Fiore Troncone and his wife, Carmela,…

  • James Court

    James Court, a brief thoroughfare extending east from 114 Point Street between Pearl and Birch Street, featured merely six houses, all situated on the north side of the street. Documented in the 1863-1864 City Directory, James Court continued to be referenced until the 1919 Camden City Directory. However, by 1920, any mention of the street…

  • Samuel Patton

    Samuel Patton stood among the original members of the Camden Fire Department, commencing his service on December 7, 1869, assuming the role of an extra man with Engine Company 2. Prior to joining the fire department, he had been employed as a laborer. At the time of his enlistment in the fall of 1869, he…

  • Samuel S. Elfreth

    Samuel S. Elfreth

    Samuel S. Elfreth came into the world on August 13, 1845, born at 109 North 2nd Street in Camden, NJ, into the family of Samuel D. and Martha Elfreth. Positioned as the middle son between Jeremiah and Charles Elfreth, his father’s thriving blacksmithing business in Camden and volunteer role with the Perseverance Fire Company in…