Category: People

  • Abner B. Sparks

    Abner B. Sparks

    Abner Benjamin Sparks was born in Camden, NJ, in 1862 to parents Abner and Amelia Sparks, the latter of whom was engaged in the tobacco business in Camden since 1850. The Sparks family resided at 302 Arch Street, as indicated by the 1880 Census, where Abner Sr. operated a cigar store and cigar manufacturing business.…

  • Arthur A. Zimmerman

    Arthur A. Zimmerman

    Arthur August Zimmerman, born on June 11, 1870, was the third child of Theodore and Anna Zimmerman in Camden’s Central Ward. Theodore Zimmerman, a U.S. Postal Agent in Camden, later moved the family to Wall Township in Monmouth County, NJ, around 1880, where he ventured into hotel management. Long before the era of Lance Armstrong,…

  • Aaron Ward

    Aaron Ward

    Aaron Ward, born on November 26, 1834, in what was then Newton Township, Gloucester County, NJ (now within the borders of Camden), was the youngest of eight children born to Mason and Hannah Barton Ward. Interestingly, he was the second child named Aaron, as his elder brother, E. Allen Ward, had tragically passed away before…

  • Joseph H. Forsyth

    Joseph H. Forsyth

    Joseph H. Forsyth entered the world on May 30, 1879, in Burlington County, NJ, as the son of Joshua and Luisa Hatch Forsyth. His father, engaged in farming, had the family residing in Pemberton, NJ, as indicated by the 1880 census. Notably, Joseph Forsyth’s uncle was Cooper B. Hatch, who served as the Mayor of…

  • Clifford D. Carr

    Clifford D. Carr

    Clifford Dando Carr came into the world on December 19, 1893, in Pennsylvania, born to John M. and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Carr. The Carr family relocated to Camden in the late 1890s, settling there after the birth of their daughter Edith in November 1896. According to the 1900 Census, they resided at 614 Ferry Avenue in…

  • Robert P. Ashenfelter

    Robert P. Ashenfelter

    Robert Patterson Ashenfelter entered the world in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1884, as the offspring of Reuben Ashenfelter and his spouse, the former Amelia Hipple. When the 1900 Census was conducted, the family still resided in Philadelphia, specifically at 3103 Cambria Avenue. In 1910, Robert was still a resident of Philadelphia, and he appeared…

  • Carl Kisselman

    Introduction is sourced from South Jersey: A History, 1624-1924 CARL KISSELMAN — Among the younger members of the legal profession who are prepared to fill the ranks as the older and noted men of the legal fraternity come to years of retirement, is Carl Kisselman, who was admitted to the bar of the State of…

  • Wilfred L. Dube

    Wilfred L. Dube

    Wilfred L. Dube entered the world on July 17, 1906, born in New York to Frank and Amanda Dube. Frank Dube, a machinist, had moved the family from an English-speaking province of Canada to New York in 1892. The 1910 census listed at least five children living at home in Schenectady, NY: Albert, Alberta, Neal,…

  • Byron P. Cobb

    Byron P. Cobb

    Byron P. Cobb was born in Maryland in 1874. In the early 1900s, he entered marital bliss with Anna M. Capwell, and they welcomed a son, Byron Jr., around 1905. By 1920, the Cobb family had established their residence at 343 Royden Street in Camden, NJ. Byron Cobb, already engaged in the canvas business, specialized…

  • Earl Stopfer

    Earl Stopfer

    Earl Stopfer, born on March 29, 1899, in Philadelphia, PA, initially lived with his grandmother, Elaine Basert, in 1910. By the time he registered for the draft on September 12, 1918, he had married Alamanda Stopfer, and the couple resided at 827 East Tioga Street in Philadelphia. At that time, Earl worked as a forge…

  • Michael Tenerelli (aka Mickey Blair)

    Michael Tenerelli (aka Mickey Blair)

    Mickey Blair, born Michael Tenerelli in 1908, was a professional boxer hailing from Camden, NJ. Raised on South 4th Street in Camden alongside his younger brother Frank and sisters Nettie and Mary, the Tenerelli family resided at 833 South 4th Street. Living nearby at 839 South 4th Street were the Scola family, known for their…

  • Bowman Hendry McCalla

    Bowman Hendry McCalla

    Rear Admiral Bowman Hendry McCalla was born on June 19, 1844, in Camden, New Jersey. He grew up in the city, the son of Mary Duffield Hendry and Auley McCalla. Auley McCalla held various notable positions in Camden, including working as the cashier at the State Bank (later the National State Bank), serving on City…

  • John A. Mather Jr.

    John A. Mather Jr.

    General John Atkinson Mather Jr. was born on July 17, 1865, in Gloucester City, NJ, to John and Luisa Wallace Dawson Mather. His father, John Mather Sr., had served as a Sergeant with Company H of the 10th New Jersey Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The Mather family called 423 South 3rd Street in…

  • Garrett Cowls

    Garrett Cowls

    Garrett Cowls was born in Camden on August 1, 1850, to William and Mary Cowls. His father worked for the railroad. Although Garret Cowls was too young to take part in the Civil War, he did serve in the United States Army during the Indian Wars. There are indications that he also returned to the…

  • Dominick Oliveto

    Dominick Oliveto

    Dominick Oliveto, born on December 24, 1906, in New Jersey, was born to Italian immigrants Antonio and Maria Oliveto. Despite occasional misspellings of his surname as “Olivetto,” his father, Antonio, migrated from Muro Lucano, Italy, in 1901. In 1905, he facilitated the immigration of his mother, two brothers (William and Philip), and sisters (Anna Maria…