Category: People

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • Johnny Lucas

    Johnny Lucas

    Johnny Lucas, often lauded as “The Pride of Whitman Park,” emerged as one of the notable lightweight and welterweight boxers from Camden during the 1920s and 1930s. While boxing records suggest a birthdate of January 1, 1912, this remains unconfirmed. One of Johnny Lucas’ notable moments in the ring occurred on February 3, 1933, when…

  • John W. Sutton

    John W. Sutton had two distinct stints of service with the Camden Fire Department while concurrently managing and owning bars in Camden for nearly five decades. Born John W. Suthel around 1848 in Delaware to John and Welty Suthel, he relocated to Camden, New Jersey, with his family, including older sister Martha and older brother…

  • Fiore Troncone

    Fiore Troncone, born around 1874 in Italy to Antonio and Rafaella Troncone, embarked on the journey to America with his family in 1885. After a period in Pennsylvania, where sons Anthony and William were born, the Troncone family made their way to Camden, NJ, shortly after 1900. By 1910, Fiore Troncone and his wife, Carmela,…

  • Samuel Patton

    Samuel Patton stood among the original members of the Camden Fire Department, commencing his service on December 7, 1869, assuming the role of an extra man with Engine Company 2. Prior to joining the fire department, he had been employed as a laborer. At the time of his enlistment in the fall of 1869, he…