Tag: Howard Unruh

  • Orris W. Smith

    Orris W. Smith was born in Camden on September 8, 1920, to Edward and Catherine Smith. The 1924 City Directory lists the family at 1113 Carpenter Street. By 1929, they had moved to 2827 Concord Avenue in Cramer Hill, and by April of the following year, they had relocated next door to 2825 Concord Avenue.…

  • Rampage in Camden

    Rampage in Camden

    By Katherine Ramsland A Preconceived Plan It seemed a petty grievance, but it was also a turning point. As soon as he saw the missing gate, just installed that day, he knew that his life would change. He had to take action now, no matter what the cost. He’d been plotting revenge for at least…

  • 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…

  • Howard Unruh

    Howard Unruh

    While Unruh has been commonly referred to as America’s first mass shooter, this could be a misnomer. In fact, several similar incidents had occurred before, including a shooting in Chester, Pennsylvania in November of 1948, less than 24 miles away and just 10 months prior, in which a sniper killed seven people before taking his…

  • Mitchell H. Cohen

    Mitchell H. Cohen

    Mitchell Cohen was a prominent figure in Camden, New Jersey, with a long career as a lawyer and judge. He was a Democrat aligned with George R. Brunner in the mid-1930s and was named Camden City Prosecutor in October 1936 when a New Jersey State Supreme Court decision gave control of City government to the…

  • Growing up in Cramer Hill

    By Ted Frett Ted Frett grew up in Cramer Hill at North 29th Street and Tyler Avenue, and shared his memories of growing up in Cramer Hill in the 1940s and 1950s. I grew up at the corner of 29th and Tyler Avenue in Cramer Hill across from the athletic fields of Von Nieda Park…

  • More Bergen Avenue Memories

    I just reviewed the Bergen Avenue site again. Ok, so my parents bought 1021 Bergen from the Kennedy family in 1953. My parents lived in the white house, one house from Engles Lot. There was a red house that is gone between my parents house and that lot. My dad passed away in 1982 and…

  • Bergen Avenue Memories

    We moved to Bergen “Avenue” in 1953. We lived at 1021 Bergen Avenue which is still there. There used to be a red house [1017 Bergen Avenue — ed.] next to the lot which was Engle’s Bar. The lot belonged to the bar. My mom and dad bought this, their first house after renting the…

  • Rittenhouse Comment

    Rittenhouse Comment

    My grandmother and grandfather were the owners of the store at 941 Point Street. My father was his son… his name was Francis Hull Rittenhouse. He worked at Mathis Shipyard and so did my uncle John Rittenhouse. My grandmother, after my grandfather died, needed to make money and was a bootlegger and she had an…

  • Veteran Kills 12 in Mad Rampage on Camden Street

    Veteran Kills 12 in Mad Rampage on Camden Street

    New York Times – September 7, 1949 CAMDEN, N.J., Sept.6 — Howard B. Unruh, 28 years old, a mild, soft-spoken veteran of many armored artillery battles in Italy, France, Austria, Belgium and Germany, killed twelve persons with a war souvenir Luger pistol in his home block in East Camden this morning. He wounded four others.…