Author: Camden NJ History

  • Herman F. Niessner

    Herman F. Niessner was born on March 8, 1891, in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents. His father, Frederick Niessner, worked as a machinist for Baldwin Locomotive in Philadelphia and moved the family to the Cramer Hill section of Camden in 1894. That year, Frederick purchased a lot from Alfred Cramer and built twin houses at…

  • Lincoln School

    Lincoln School

    aka Claudius W. Bradshaw School;aka Challenge Square Academy;aka Met East High School 1151 Kaighn Avenue Camden had become an industrial city by the 1880s, and although the country went into an economic slump in the early 1890s, generally referred to as “the panic of 1893,” the city continued to grow and with it the need…

  • Joseph F. Wood

    Joseph F. Wood was born in Pennsylvania around 1884 to German-born parents. He moved to Camden around 1910. By the 1920 census, he was living with his wife Henrietta at 701 South 4th Street and working as a riveter in one of Camden’s shipyards. By 1930, he had bought a home at 637 White Street,…

  • John T. Odorisio

    John T. Odorisio was born in Camden around 1926 to Joseph and Nettie Odorisio. After his father passed away, he lived with his older brother Rocco and sister Constance at 425 Beckett Street, as recorded in the 1930 Census. His mother supported the family by working at a coat factory. They were still living at…

  • Bartholomew A. Sheehan

    Bartholomew A. Sheehan was born on December 18, 1907, to Jeremiah and Mary (McCarthy) Sheehan. The family lived at 882 Haddon Avenue in Camden, where Jeremiah worked as a mechanic in one of the city’s shipyards, along with four of Bart’s five older brothers by 1920. Bart also had an older sister and a younger…

  • Milton E. Kelly – Anecdote

    This post was originally written in 2015. Milton E. and Eva Kelly had moved to a house at 3302 Rosedale Avenue by the time the 1924 Camden City Directory was compiled. On August 4 of that year, their first child, son Milton William Kelly was born. Another boy, William Roles Kelly came in 1928, and…

  • A Kelly Family History

    A Kelly Family History

    by William Roles Kelly My Paternal Grandparents My Maternal Grandparents: Milton A. Kelly and Charlotte R. Kelly I don’t remember a great deal about my grandfather, for he died in ’32 when I was barely 4 years old. But I do recall him as a smiling and gentle man. My memory is of a strong…

  • Milton Kelly Family

    Milton Kelly Family

    Before Camden The Milton Kelly family’s Camden story is similar to many others, in that they came to Camden prior to World War I and left during the Vietnam years. There were a number of Kelly families in Camden, typically of Irish descent, but ​this particular Kelly family ​can trace their roots through records all…

  • Ringold Street

    Ringold Street was a small street that ran from 1074 Line Street south for one block to 1131 Pine Street. It was the third street east of Haddon Avenue between Line and Pine Streets, following Perry Street and Jane Street. Ringold Street first appeared in the 1888-1889 Camden City Directory, with the only listing being…

  • Carpenter Street

    Carpenter Street

    Carpenter Street first appears in Camden city directories in 1867, absent from the 1863-1864 directory. Originally a narrow street, it ran from 118 North 8th Street eastward until it intersected with Cooper Street, where Cooper angles toward its intersection with Federal Street near the Cooper River bridges. An alley next to 1129 Carpenter Street provided…

  • Van Hook Street

    Aka Carl Miller Boulevard Van Hook Street, now known as Carl Miller Boulevard, runs from Ferry Avenue, across Broadway and Mount Ephraim Avenue, until it reaches its end at Hallowell Lane. This location was where the former Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases for the City of Camden once stood.

  • Marlton Avenue

    Marlton Avenue begins at Federal Street and effectively serves as an extension of State Street, which runs east from the Delaware River, crossing the Cooper River and the Pavonia railroad yards to Federal Street. Marlton Avenue then continues eastward to the city limits at Highland Avenue. It is one of the five major streets in…

  • Markley Place

    Markley Place, recently referred to as Markley Street, is a short alley running west from North 5th Street, between Market and Cooper Streets, behind the Centenary-Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church building. In the 1891 Sanborn Map, it appears as Burr Alley, named after John Burr’s “fancy box and case” factory, which had four buildings along the…

  • Moore Street

    Moore Street

    Moore Street was a small street that ran eastward from North 9th Street towards the Cooper River, south of York Street. It appears in Camden City Directories as early as 1867. Prior to 1906, five two-story twin homes were built on the north side of Moore Street, while the south side was entirely occupied by…

  • Larch Street

    Larch Street is a small street that runs from 708 North 2nd Street east to North 7th Street, situated between State and Vine Streets. Larch Street first appears in city directories in 1878. An earlier Larch Street, listed in the 1863 city directory and located elsewhere, had either been renamed or no longer existed by…