Author: Camden NJ History

  • Earl A. Smith Sr.

    Earl A. Smith Sr., born on April 28, 1921, was one of at least nine children born to Catherine and Spencer H. Smith Sr. The elder Smith had a lengthy and distinguished career as a Camden Firefighter, starting in 1914. Spencer F. Smith Sr. joined the Camden Fire Department on May 1, 1914, assigned to…

  • First Brigade Three Years’ Troops

    President Lincoln and his advisors did not long entertain the notion, so prevalent up to, and even after the firing upon of Sumter, that the war would be ended and the Southern Confederacy subdued before the summer was well advanced. April had not indeed run out its course before the President was made, by the…

  • Excerpt: Colonel William B. Hatch

    The following is derived from George Reeser Prowell’s History of Camden County, N.J. published in 1886. Colonel William B. Hatch was the son of the late William B. Hatch, of Camden. As a youth he developed a fondness for military life. After his father’s death he visited Europe, and spent several months in observation of…

  • Robert R. Rowan, Jr.

    Robert R. Rowan, Jr.

    Robert Richard Rowan Jr. was born on January 21, 1932, in Camden, New Jersey, to parents Robert and Rose Skroski Rowan. Growing up in North Camden alongside his brother Ronald and sister Rita, Robert R. Rowan Sr. worked as a foreman in Camden’s engineering and traffic maintenance department. Following his service in the Far East…

  • Theodore L. Primas

    Theodore L. Primas

    Theodore Primas was born on December 27, 1924, in Camden, New Jersey, to parents Edward and Hallie Primas. As of April 1930, the Primas family, comprising sisters Pauline, Gladys, and Garnet, and brothers Melvin and Edward Emmet, resided at 2823 Mitchell Street in East Camden. They continued to live there into the early 1940s. A…

  • Richard M. Pancoast

    Richard M. Pancoast

    Richard Montgomery Pancoast Sr., born in 1846 in New Jersey, was the brother of the well-known Camden lawyer, David Pancoast. According to the 1880 Census, he shared a residence with David at 503 Cooper Street in Camden. On November 15, 1882, Richard M. Pancoast tied the knot with Laura Tomb Stockham, the daughter of Charles…

  • 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…