During World War II in the early 1940s, the Chelton Terrace public housing project was constructed on the 2100 block of South Eighth Street, between Chelton Avenue and the adjacent railroad tracks along Bulson Street, East from Broadway. These homes, managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Camden, underwent demolition and subsequent reconstruction in the 2000s.
In the early 1950s, properties along Eighth Street, spanning from Van Hook Street to Ferry Avenue, were demolished to make room for the Roosevelt Manor public housing project, also owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Camden. In the late 2004 and 2005, plans were put in place for the demolition of Roosevelt Manor, and new construction commenced, with most of the development being completed by the spring of 2010.
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Reprinted from the series of stories of Camden’s earlier days, under the title Sixty Years in Camden County – Gosh! by Will Paul, appearing in The Community news, of Merchantville, NJ.
Eighth Street over the years has expanded far beyond its original length, now running from Morgan Boulevard to Pyne Point in North Camden.
The Broadway Trust Company was led by John J. Burleigh, one of the leading businessmen in South Jersey from the 1870s through World War I.
JOSEPH A. ALCORN was born in Camden, New Jersey in February of 1919 to Mary and William Alcorn. He was the youngest of eight children, coming after James G., William Joseph, Rose, Marie Frances, Thomas J., Genevieve, and Rita. The family came to Camden some time after 1914. By 1918 they had settled at 906…
After leaving Engine 10, I stopped by Squad 7, and was still there when this box came in. Police were already on scene, Squad 7 was the first fire unit to arrive. There was a whole lot of smoke from this detached garage on Warnock Place, an old more or less abandoned street that runs…
My father, Joseph A. Alcorn, had a used car dealership on the corner of 15th and Federal Streets. He started the business with Skip Gardner as his partner in the late 40’s and bought Skip out during that same period. Alcorn Motor Sales was a vibrant business. I recall visiting Art Sharp and Bill Mason…