ANTHONY PALESE was born in New Jersey to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Palese in January of 1899. The family lived at 831 Locust Street in 1900, Joseph Palese then in business as a rag dealer. The family included two older children, Laurence and Mary. By 1906 Joseph Palese had gone into the bar business, at 302 Spruce Street. This was the family home as well, and the property would remain in the Palese family into the 1970s. Joseph Palese also had a bar at 341 Kaighn Avenue in 1914.
With the onset of Prohibition Joseph Palese worked outside of the bar business. He was working as a barber in 1924 Joseph Palese died before April of 1930. Anthony Palese was then working as police officer. Younger brother Rocco Palese reopened the bar at some point in late 1930 and early 1931. The bar, known generally as Palese's Cafe, remained open through at least the fall of 1970.
Anthony Palese had become a city park guard by 1947. During the 1950s he worked for Camden County in a law enforcement capacity near the county courthouse at Broadway and Federal Streets.
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