• John A. Oetzel

    John A. Oetzel

    John A. Oetzel was born in Philadelphia in 1857 to parents who had emigrated from Eisenach, Germany, which was then part of the Duchy of Hesse and is now in the State of Thuringia. Around 1885, John and his wife Margaret moved from Philadelphia to Camden. A cabinetmaker by trade, John is listed in the…

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  • Philip R. Zimmermann

    Philip R. Zimmermann

    Philip Zimmerman was born in Camden, NJ, on February 12, 1954. His father worked as a cement truck driver. Phil graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1978 with a degree in Computer Science. He is most famous for creating Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), one of the most widely used email encryption software packages in the…

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  • John T. Garrity

    John T. Garrity

    John Thomas Garrity was born on January 27, 1884, in Pennsylvania to John J. and Letitia Garrity. The family moved to Camden in the 1890s, where John J. Garrity worked as a blacksmith in one of Camden’s many shipyards. By 1906, the City Directory listed the family living at 2002 Broadway, with John T. Garrity…

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  • Herman F. Niessner

    Herman F. Niessner was born on March 8, 1891, in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents. His father, Frederick Niessner, worked as a machinist for Baldwin Locomotive in Philadelphia and moved the family to the Cramer Hill section of Camden in 1894. That year, Frederick purchased a lot from Alfred Cramer and built twin houses at…

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  • Joseph F. Wood

    Joseph F. Wood was born in Pennsylvania around 1884 to German-born parents. He moved to Camden around 1910. By the 1920 census, he was living with his wife Henrietta at 701 South 4th Street and working as a riveter in one of Camden’s shipyards. By 1930, he had bought a home at 637 White Street,…

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  • John T. Odorisio

    John T. Odorisio was born in Camden around 1926 to Joseph and Nettie Odorisio. After his father passed away, he lived with his older brother Rocco and sister Constance at 425 Beckett Street, as recorded in the 1930 Census. His mother supported the family by working at a coat factory. They were still living at…

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