Category: People

  • Martin W. Baskow

    Martin W. Baskow

    MAURICE WILLIAM “MARTY” BASKOW was born in Pennsylvania to Abraham and Rose Baskoff. The Social Security Death Index, shows a birthday of January 9, 1908. The 1910 Census shows the family as living at 244 North 2nd Street in Philadelphia, just off of Vine Street. Abraham Baskow then worked at a brush factory, while Rose…

  • Arnold R. Cream (aka Jersey Joe Walcott)

    Arnold R. Cream (aka Jersey Joe Walcott)

    Meet Jersey Joe Walcott, Camden’s very own! For those who may not be familiar with his story, here’s a brief version. Born on January 31, 1914, outside of Camden, NJ as Arnold Raymond Cream, he grew up in the historically black Matchtown neighborhood, which straddles the border of Pennsauken and Delaware Townships (present day Cherry…

  • Thomas P. “Boston” Corbett

    Thomas P. “Boston” Corbett

    Sergeant Thomas Patrick Corbett, also known as “Boston” Corbett, is famous for killing John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Corbett lived in Camden for several years, residing at 308 Mechanic Street and later on Pine Street below South 4th Street. He also briefly served as a pastor of the Memorial…

  • Frank M. Lario, Sr.

    Frank M. Lario, Sr.

    FRANK M. LARIO SR. was born on February 22, 1907 in Pennsylvania to Rocco and Mary Lario. His parents had been born in Italy. Rocco Lario had come to America in 1898, Mary Lario coming in 1906. The Lario’s lived in Pennsylvania, where children Frank and Mary were born. The family came to Camden around…

  • John Tisa

    John Tisa

    JOHN TISA was born in April 6, 1914 in Philadelphia, PA to Sicilian immigrant parents Benedetto and Maria Tisa. The family, which included brothers Dominic, Charles, and Joseph Tisa, lived at 1040 Reese Street in Philadelphia when the Census was taken in 1920. The Tisas subsequently moved to Camden where in 1930 they lived at…

  • William Laute

    William Laute

    WILLIAM LAUTE was born in Germany in 1871 to Gottlien Herman “Herman” Laute and his wife, the former Henriette Caroline Emilie Behrndt. His father came to America for the first time in 1878. and reunited his family in the early 1880s. By 1890 the elder Laute had moved to 741 Fairview Street in Camden with…

  • Frank McLaughlin

    Frank McLaughlin

    FRANCIS J.” FRANK” McLAUGHLIN was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 11, 1900 to William McLaughlin Sr. and his wife the former Margaret Maguire, most likely at 1165 Ross Street, where the family had been living when the Census was taken on June 4. Ross Street was a short street that ran from Orchard…

  • Leon Lucas

    Leon Lucas

    Leon Lucas, born in Camden, New Jersey on September 4, 1901, was the son of Polish immigrants. At the age of 18, he was living at 1103 Louis Street, working at one of Camden’s shipyards. In late 1926, while working as a hardwood floor layer, he began boxing at the Arcadia gym in Philadelphia, living…

  • Charles Hunt

    Charles Hunt

    Charles Hunt was born on March 29, 1900. Charles, also known as ‘Chick’ Hunt, registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was then living with his mother, Mrs. Amelia Smith, at the foot of Jackson Street near Ferry Avenue in Camden’s Eighth Ward, and working as a wharf builder. When the Census was…

  • Barry L. Ruban

    Barry L. Ruban

    Greg Ruban was a man of many talents, from East Camden. He was an electrician for his father and, later, his brother Ronald, Sr. He then went to work as an electrician for Camden County and retired from the NJ State Highway Department. Barry served in the NJ National Guard during the 1960’s and was…

  • David Baird Sr.

    David Baird Sr.

    David Baird Sr. was one of Camden’s leading citizens for well over 50 years. Born in Ireland in on April 7th of 1839, he came to America in 1858 after the death of his father, and settled in Camden the following year. After working in a Philadelphia lumber yard for 13 years, he opened his…

  • Alfred R. Pierce

    Alfred R. Pierce

    ALFRED R. PIERCE is the son of Russell and Viola Pierce. He grew up in Camden and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. Upon graduation from the College of South Jersey (known today as Rutgers-Camden) he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, and served as a pilot on 51 missions in…

  • William Penn Corson

    William Penn Corson

    WILLIAM PENN CORSON was born February 27, 1873, in Camden, the son of Elias Lake Corson, a sea captain who had commanded a vessel during the Civil War. At the time of the 1880 census, the Corson family lived at 442 Hartman Street. In 1882 Hartman Street was renamed Clinton Street. Two doors away, at…

  • Annie Eisenhardt

    Annie Eisenhardt

    The Camden Mystery Was she or wasn’t she? On January 26, 1889 nurse Annie Eisenhardt was found cut and bleeding in a restroom at Cooper Hospital. Her tale of what had happened to her and the physical evidence were in conflict, and it appears that her wounds were self-inflicted. Or were they? Besides Nurse Eisenhardt,…

  • John Dooley

    John Dooley

    John Dooley was a comedic acrobat who starred on the B.F. Keith vaudeville circuit in the 1900’s and 1910s. Amongst other performances, he was part of Tydeman & Dooley. Journalist Dan McConnell, who had grown up in the same neighborhood and had worked as a publicist for the Keith circuit in the 1910s wrote about…