Category: People

  • Charles H. Hatch

    Charles H. Hatch

    Charles Hollingshead Hatch was born in 1835, the son of George G. Hatch, who died in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1842, leaving Charles and his two siblings fatherless. His mother, Elizabeth Champion from Waterford Township, Gloucester County, turned to her family, the Champions, for support. The Champion family were farmers, and young Charles followed suit, working…

  • Basil P. Cook

    Basil P. Cook

    Basil Preston Cook was born in England. He entered the bar business during Prohibition and had several encounters with the law. By 1932, he was managing a bar at 939 South 5th Street. By 1942, Basil Cook was working as a salesman for the Camden County Beverage Corporation, which owned and operated the Camden Beer…

  • Alexander Peacock

    Alexander Peacock was one of the original members of the Camden Fire Department, joining as an extra man with Engine Company 1 on December 7, 1869. Before joining the fire department, he worked as a carpenter. In the fall of 1869, he lived at 1127 Broadway. Peacock was removed from the Camden Fire Department on…

  • Alexander G. Chambers

    Alexander G. Chambers

    Alexander G. Chambers was born on June 15, 1899. After serving in World War I, he moved to Camden, NJ. By 1934, Alexander Chambers resided at 1404 Broadway in South Camden. He was active in Republican politics and ran for the nomination to be a Camden County Freeholder from the Sixth Ward, on a ticket…

  • Chauncey Olcott

    Chauncey Olcott

    Chauncey Olcott, real name Chancellor John Olcott, was renowned in the music world for his contributions as a composer, singer, and actor. Best remembered for writing “My Wild Irish Rose” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” Olcott was one of the premier Irish tenors from the 1890s until he retired from the stage in 1925…

  • Howard W. Carey, Jr

    Howard W. Carey Jr., known around Camden as “Junie” and “Coach” Carey, was born on October 16, 1939. He attended public schools in Camden and graduated from Camden County College, where he began his career working with the city’s youth. In 1971, Howard Carey became the Sports Director for the City of Camden. He served…

  • James H. O’Brien

    James Henry O’Brien was born around 1894. He served as a Yeoman 3rd Class in the United States Navy during World War I and became active in veterans and civic affairs in Camden, NJ, after the war. He was a member and once Captain of the Captain Herbert G. Sparrow Ship of the Veterans of…

  • Barton Lane

    Barton Lane

    Barton Lane was born in Camden in November 1840 to James S. and Mary Lane. His father was a bookbinder. The Lane family moved to Camden shortly after the birth of Barton’s older brother, James M. Lane, and they were in town for the 1840 Census. By the 1850 Census, the Lane family included older…

  • John A. S. Hunt

    John Albert Stockton Hunt was born in Camden, New Jersey, to George Sawyer Hunt and Clara Cook. His father, George, served in the Camden Fire Department in the late 1870s and 1880s, starting as a stoker and later becoming a hose cart driver with Engine Company 1. George S. Hunt married Clara Cook in the…

  • Edward A. Welsh

    Edward A. Welsh

    Edward Aloysius Welsh, renowned as a bar and restaurant proprietor, also took up the role of New Jersey’s State Boxing and Wrestling Inspector during the period when these sports came under state regulation. Born on December 17, 1892, in Ireland to Michael and Katherine Welsh, Edward immigrated to the USA shortly thereafter. His sister Mary…

  • Joseph Oscar Till, Jr.

    Joseph Oscar Till Jr. was born on January 12, 1876, in Pennsylvania, to Joseph Oscar and Catherine “Kate” Till. Joseph Sr., a Civil War veteran, resettled in Philadelphia after the war, where he worked as a huckster before operating a cigar store at 872 Moyer Street. By 1880, the family had grown to include sons…

  • Frank S. Van Hart

    Frank S. Van Hart

    Frank S. Van Hart was born in 1875 in Pennsylvania but relocated to Camden during his youth. Renowned as an athlete from a young age, he gained widespread recognition as one of the finest second basemen in South Jersey. Playing for local teams like the Howards and the Camden Athletic Association, he shared the field…

  • Clara S. Burrough

    Clara Stewart Burrough was born in December of 1869 to William and Sarah H. “Sallie” Burrough. Her early years were spent in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ, where William Burrough had a farm. By 1880, the family had relocated to Camden, where William Burrough began a business as a milk dealer. They settled at…

  • Christian S. Stark

    Christian Samuel Stark Sr. was born on September 1, 1857, in Philadelphia, to Henry A. and Rebecca Stark. In the 1870s, he married Eliza E. Leech, and their family expanded with the birth of their son William Leech Stark before the 1880 Census. Over time, they welcomed four more children: sons Harry A., Grover C.,…

  • William Grover Wearshing

    William Grover Wearshing

    William Grover “Worm” Wearshing, born on August 20, 1906, in New Jersey to William and Nellie Wearshing, was known by his middle name from an early age. Growing up at 1231 South 3rd Street, near Kaighn Avenue, he was the middle child among his sisters Freda and Nellie. His father held a job as a…