SERGEANT MARIO A. MARCHIONE was born in 1919, the fifth child of Ralph and Concetta Marchione. His father had emigrated from Italy in 1906. In 1930 the family was renting a home at 3939 Marlton Avenue in Pennsauken NJ, where his father operated a bakery. Younger brother John was in the newspapers in 1937 and 1938 as a result of a November 1937 brawl at Davolos' Cafe at 950 South 5th Street in South Camden.
Mario Marchione had completed four years of high school and was married when he was inducted into the Army on January 27, 1942 at Fort Dix NJ. A few months after he departed for the Army, the horse that his father kept in the backyard of the bakery got loose and played havoc in traffic, making the front page of the Camden Courier-Post on May 27, 1942.
Sergeant Mario Marchione was killed in action in the fighting in Normandy on July 31, 1944, during the advance on Villedieu-les-Poeles. He was survived by his parents, brothers John and Gabriel, sisters Antoinette, Josephine, Margaret, and Claire, and a niece, Concetta, the daughter of his brother John and his wife Mary.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1938
BOARD HOLDS UP TAPROOM RULE
Proprietor Defends Charges of Brawl in Revocation Citation
The Camden City Excise Board last night reserved decision in the case of Frank Davolos, proprietor of a taproom at Fifth and Walnut Streets, cited to show cause why his liquor license should not be revoked after a brawl there on November 26.
Chairman John L. Morrissey announced the board would render a decision after he and Curtis O. Sangtinette held a conference with Mrs. Ann M. Baumgartner, secretary, and third member of the board, who was absent because of illness.
Commissioner D. Frederick Burnett, State A. B. C. chief, ordered Davolos before the local board on charges of permitting a brawl on the licensed premises, contrary to Rule 5 of state regulations, and the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor, contrary to Rule 1.
Charges against Davolos grew out of a brawl at the saloon in which one man was shot in the thigh, an other cut on the hand and Davolos suffered a battered head.
Michael Narcisso, 20, of 420 Walnut Street, was shot when he and Davalos fought over a revolver behind the bar. John Marchione, 25, of 3939 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, companion of Narcisso, was cut during the melee. Narcisso and Marchione have been indicted on charges of assault and battery while the same charge against Davolos was no billed by the grand jury. Testimony was offered by Davolos and several employees that Narcisso and Marchione were abusive and used profane language while in the place and started the brawl when they were ordered out. The pair allegedly returned to the place three times after the start of the fight which included the throwing the glasses and bottles about the bar room.
Marchione testified, both he and Narcisso were ordered from the place by Davalos "for no reason at all" and that Davolos started the fight by punching Narcisso in the face as both attempted to leave. Marchione said Davolos took the gun from a drawer from, behind the bar and fired one shot at him and when he tried to fire the second, Narcisso attempted to grab the gun and was shot.
Shooting Victim Silent
Narcisso appeared at the hearing with the aid of a cane but refrained from testifying on advice of his counsel, Blaine Capehart, who explained his client was under indictment in connection with the case.
Angelo Malandra, counsel for Davolos, moved the charge of selling to minors be dismissed as Narcisso was the minor involved and without his testimony there was no evidence of the sale. His motion was granted.
The board also reserved decision on issuance of a club license to the Eighth Ward Democratic Club, of 512 Ferry Avenue. A protest against the license was entered by the Eighth Ward Roosevelt Italian Democratic Club, of 521 Ferry Avenue.
The objectors entered charges of: No charter; not being in continuous existence for the period required by state statute (which is three years) and that the club was located 200 feet from a church.
Club Charter Exhibited
Fred Schorpp, president of the Eighth Ward Democratic Club, testified he was a charter member of the club since July 17, 1919, and the club never disbanded. The charter was offered as evidence.
Edmund J. Olsen, attorney and secretary of the protesting club, declared the First Italian Pentecostal Church of Camden purchased the old South Camden Bank building at Broadway and Ferry Avenue and was remodeling it for a church.
The board allowed two person-to person transfers and one place-to place transfer. The license of Joseph Samselski, of 1198 Thurman Street, was transferred to Leon Walczynski and the permit of Joseph A. Italiano, of 941 South Fourth street, was transferred to Joseph Cuffari. Joseph Fimiani, of Third and Washington streets, was allowed to transfer his place of business to 2277 South Seventh Street ..
May 27, 1942
Photograph taken December 27, 2002
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