Category: People

  • Samuel S. Elfreth

    Samuel S. Elfreth

    Samuel S. Elfreth came into the world on August 13, 1845, born at 109 North 2nd Street in Camden, NJ, into the family of Samuel D. and Martha Elfreth. Positioned as the middle son between Jeremiah and Charles Elfreth, his father’s thriving blacksmithing business in Camden and volunteer role with the Perseverance Fire Company in…

  • Charles Elfreth

    Charles Elfreth, born in May 1849 in Camden, New Jersey, emerged as the third son of Samuel D. and Martha Elfreth, following elder brothers Jeremiah and Samuel Elfreth. Samuel D. Elfreth, his father, established a flourishing blacksmithing business in Camden and actively volunteered with the Perseverance Fire Company since the 1820s. The family’s deep connection…

  • Abraham Smalls

    Abraham Smalls

    Abraham Smalls spent his formative years in Camden, New Jersey, where his family resided at 222 Taylor Avenue, situated between Mickle and Federal Streets, during the period from 1949 to 1954. On November 16, 1981, Abraham Smalls received an appointment to the Camden Fire Department. His dedicated service spanned over several decades until his well-earned…

  • Albert Berul

    Albert Berul

    Albert Berul, born on June 18, 1895, eventually made his way to Camden, NJ, by 1936. He took up residence with his wife Anna at 1395 Kenwood Avenue in the Parkside section of the city. A skilled musician, Albert founded the Berul School of Music in 1925. Operating from his Kenwood Avenue home during the…

  • George T. Quinn

    George T. Quinn

    George Tabor Quinn was born on January 23, 1875, in New Jersey, to parents Davis Quinn and Estelle Abel. The Quinn family, comprising George, his older sister Violet, and later, younger siblings Leila A. Quinn (born in 1880) and Albert Quinn (born in 1886), resided at 448 Benson Street from 1878 to 1888. They later…

  • Joseph “Polack Joe” Deven

    “Polack Joe” Deven, born Joseph Deven to Italian immigrant parents Pietro and Angelina Davino, was a notable figure in Camden, New Jersey’s early 20th-century history. His life story is marked by a series of intriguing and often controversial events. Joseph Deven was born on February 19, 1893, in Pennsylvania. The 1900 Census recorded the Davino…

  • Jesthroe Hunt

    Jesthroe Hunt

    Jesthroe Hunt’s life story is deeply intertwined with the history of Camden, New Jersey, and serves as a testament to the city’s cultural and societal evolution throughout the 20th century. Born on August 3, 1920, in Conway, South Carolina, to Benjamin and Ella Hunt, Jesthroe Hunt moved with his family to Camden in the late…

  • Ralph W. E. Donges

    Ralph W. E. Donges

    Ralph Waldo Emerson Donges, born on May 5, 1868, in Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to Dr. John Washington Donges and Rose Marguerite Renaud Donges, was a distinguished legal and political figure in Camden, NJ. His father, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a practicing physician, and his French-born mother, provided a nurturing environment…

  • Charles H. Ellis, Jr.

    Charles H. Ellis, Jr.

    Born on April 22, 1862, in Camden, Charles H. Ellis Jr. was deeply rooted in the city’s fabric. His grandfather, Samuel Ellis, notably served as Camden’s first City Clerk and initiated the city’s first newspaper. Charles’s father, a successful grocer, established a grocery store at 5th and Berkley Street, around the time Charles was born.…

  • Christine M. Bruzek

    Christine M. Bruzek

    Rear Admiral Christine Bruzek-Kohler, a native of Camden, N.J., graduated from Villanova University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Ensign commission. She later earned a Masters of Education from Providence College and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from George Washington University. Bruzek-Kohler is recognized as a Fellow…

  • William S. Gimello

    William S. Gimello

    William Savera Gimello is the son of the late Rocco “Rox” Gimello and Caterina Scogna. His father, known locally as the coach of the Camden Collegians, a semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and 1940s, was also active in VFW affairs and politics. Born on January 1, 1928, at 270 Mount Vernon Street in Camden,…

  • Albert T. York

    Albert T. York

    Albert Thomas York, born on October 26, 1876, in Pennsylvania, moved with his family to Camden, where they established their residence at 641 Elm Street by 1910. Unfortunately, Albert’s father had passed away by that time. The 1910 Census indicates that Albert York was employed as an ambulance driver. In 1920, Albert York, still unmarried,…