Category: Businesses

  • Eagles Hall

    Eagles Hall

    413-417 Broadway The Eagles Hall at 413-415-417 Broadway was built by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 65 in 1908. The building, erected by East Camden contractor George Bachmann Sr., was occupied in January of 1909. The Eagles were—and are—a fraternal organization not unlike the Masons, Elks, and Moose. In the era before radio…

  • Hurley’s Department Store

    Hurley’s Department Store

    Founded in 1890, Hurley’s Department Store was a fixture in the Camden and South Jersey retail business scene until 1956, when the Hurley family closed the business. The business, originally called Gately & Hurley, was originally located in the old Wildey Hall at 4th and Pine Streets. Founder William Leonard Hurley assumed sole ownership in…

  • Central Trust Company

    Central Trust Company

    The Central Trust Company organized on April 9, 1891 at Read’s Hall, a building which later housed the Camden Daily Courier newspaper. After receiving its charter on May 8, the Central Trust commenced business on May 11, 1891. The bank was located at 324 Federal Street until April 1, 1892, and then at 323 Federal…

  • Camden Industries

    Camden Industries

    ABATTOIRS ADVERTISING POSTERS ART GLASS ASBESTOS ASPHALT AUTOMOBILES AUTO & TRUCK BODIES AUTO RADIATORS AUTO SPRINGS AUTO TOPS AUTO SUPPLIES AWNINGS BAKERIES BOAT BUILDERS-SHIPS AND YACHTS BOILERS BARRELS BOOKS AND BOOKBINDERS BOTTLERS BOXES BRASS CASTINGS BRICKS BRICK SEWER PIPES BROOMS, WHISK, ETC. BUILDING MATERIALS BURLAP BAGS CANDIES CAP MANUFACTURERS CARBIDE CAKES CARBON BLACK, ETC. CARPET…

  • A History of Post Offices in Camden

    A History of Post Offices in Camden

    A Post Office was established in Camden in 1803 and called Cooper’s Ferry Post Office, under which name it continued until 1829 when it was changed to Camden. The office was first located in the hotel at the foot of Cooper street and the first postmasters were Benjamin Cooper, 1803-1806; Charles Cooper, 1806-1810; Richard M.…

  • Knights of the Golden Eagle

    Knights of the Golden Eagle

    The Knights of the Golden Eagle is a secret benevolent institution, founded in Baltimore, Md., February 6, 1873, and is now in successful operation in the States of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, California, Ohio, New York, Iowa, Georgia, Connecticut, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Alabama and the District of Columbia.…

  • The Alpha Club

    The Alpha Club

    The ALPHA CLUB was a social club that consisted mostly of young men from South Camden in the years prior to World War I. The club appears to have organized in 1906, and was active as late as 1917. The Alphas had a headquarters for a time at 708 Broadway. The Alphas sponsored baseball, basketball,…

  • Vasco’s Cafe

    Vasco’s Cafe

    713 S. 3rd Street, Camden, NJ From the late 1900s through 1920 the saloon at 713 South 3rd Street was the home and place of business of Antonio DiPaolo, who would in 1919 found the First Italian Bank in Camden. Joseph Harris operated the establishment in 1931, according the the City Directory of that year.…

  • Donkey’s Place

    Donkey’s Place

    1223 Haddon Avenue Donkey’s Place, at 1223 Haddon Avenue, does not appear as a bar in the 1918-1919 Camden City Directory. The building appears to have operated as a speakeasy during the Prohibition years, 1919 through 1933. A private club called the Parkside Athletic Association had space in the building, and an elaborate system of…

  • Camden Times

    Camden Times

    The Camden Times was founded in 1894 as The Stockton Times by George Lang. In 1897 Charles W. Miller of 1046 North 18th Street became the editor and publisher. Unfortunately, Charles Miller was killed in a railroad accident in 1901. His daughter, Lillian, ran the paper for six months, during which time she set the…

  • Baker’s Bar and Grill

    Baker’s Bar and Grill

    45 York Street Northeast Corner of York and Point Street The building at 45 York Street, at the corner of Point & York Streets, had already been built by 1887. Frederick Eitz, a blacksmith for the Camden & Amboy Railroad, resided there, and is listed in the 1887-1888 and 1888-1889 Camden City Directories. The 1890-1891…

  • Central Airport and Airport Circle

    Central Airport and Airport Circle

    If you have heard “but where’s the airport?” while traveling to or from Philadelphia…; or more recently, “Where’s the circle?” There once was an airport there… the main airport serving the Delaware Valley, as a matter of fact! There was a circle as well, though it’s not as obvious when looking at it today. The…

  • Leo’s Quality Jewelers

    Leo’s Quality Jewelers

    401 Broadway One of the many Jewish business owners who were a part of Camden NJ in its glory days was Leo Spector. Leo’s was remembered long after Leo Spector closed his business on Broadway, for the distinctive sign that graced the building for decades afterwards. Leo’s also sold radios and appliances. Leo Spector had…

  • The Walt Whitman House

    The Walt Whitman House

    The Walt Whitman House is a historic building in Camden, New Jersey, United States, and is on the National Register of Historic Places which was the last residence of American poet Walt Whitman, in his declining years before his death. It is located at 328 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, known as Mickle St.…

  • Cooper Hospital

    Cooper Hospital

    Cooper’s roots can be traced to the mid-1870s, when Richard M. Cooper, MD, and members of his extended family donated money and land bounded by Mickle Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard), Benson Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street for a new hospital. Guided by their Quaker roots, the prominent Camden family sought to provide…