Otto E. Braun, born around 1891 to Francis X. and Mrs. Braun, was part of a family that had its roots in Camden. His father, Francis X. Braun, a German-born tailor, had established his business in various locations, including 562 Auburn Street and later 124 Market Street, according to city directories from 1889-1891. Serving executives from local businesses like the Victor Talking Machine Company, Esterbrook Pen, Campbell Soup, and J.B. Van Sciver, Francis X. Braun built a reputable clientele. The Braun family included Otto, a brother named William, and two sisters, Beatrice and Justine “Tine.” Sadly, Francis X. Braun passed away in 1912.
In 1915, Otto Braun married Emma, and by 1920, they resided at 317 Pearl Street in North Camden. At the time, Otto worked as a timekeeper in a factory. By 1930, he transitioned to a role as a cashier in the city tax office, and the family purchased a home at 440 Grant Street in North Camden.
Otto, a member of Mozart Lodge No. 121, Free and Accepted Masons, served as the Master of the lodge in 1926, following in the footsteps of his father who had held the position in 1900. Known for his staunch Republican affiliations, Otto Braun became the City Clerk for Camden under Mayor Frederick von Nieda from April 1935 to November 1936, succeeding the late Frank S. Albright. Afterward, he returned to the tax office, working alongside Eddie Ferat, a former Camden pro basketball star. For 35 years, Otto was an active member and twice president of the Pyne Point Athletic Association. In October 1936, he passed on the presidency to William B. Sullender. Additionally, Otto Braun actively participated in various civic and fraternal groups.
Known for his staunch Republican affiliations, Otto Braun became the City Clerk for Camden under Mayor Frederick von Nieda from April 1935 to November 1936, succeeding the late Frank S. Albright.
Camden Courier-Post – February 25, 1938 27th Annual Get-Together Will Hear Gordon Mackay Tell of Oldtime Sports When members, of the Pyne Poynt Social Club gather in the club’s headquarters, southwest corner of Fifth and Erie streets, tomorrow night it will be to mark the twenty-seventh, annual get-together which will be observed with a banquet.…
Camden Courier-Post – February 11, 1938 27th Annual Event Expected to Break Record on Night of Feb. 26 The twenty-seventh annual banquet of the Pyne Poynt Social Club promises to be the most successful and best attended in the history of this North Camden sports and social group. From different parts of the country acknowledgments…
Camden Courier-Post – October 29, 1935 Rosedale Residents Object to Permit; Excise Board Ponders Action The newly created city excise commission last night called a third public hearing on the application of Frank Caromano for a saloon license at Thirty-sixth street and Westfield avenue. The hearing was set for 10 a. m., Saturday. The city…
Plans for the thirty-third anniversary of the Pyne Poynt Athletic Association to be observed with an all day program at Pyne Poynt Park.
Because of the unprecedented rush to pay first-half taxes for 1933, Camden may extend the tax deadline to 9 p. m. June 7 without penalty.