BENJAMIN SIMON was born January 23, 1892, according to his World War I draft card. He is listed in the 1914 Camden City Directory, living at 280 Sycamore Street in South Camden, and working as a carpenter. He joined the Camden Police Department on December 1, 1916. By the time he registered for the draft in June of 1917 he had moved around the corner, to 280 Chestnut Street.
Benjamin Simon served as a detective on Camden's Police Department in 1930s and 1940s. He was often partnered with Detectives Clifford Del Rossi and Joseph Mardino. While partnered with Detective Del Rossi he was involved in the arrest of the notorious Philadelphia "Nig" Rosen. Detectives Simon and Del Rossi also were involved in a gun battle where the suspect was slain.
Benjamin Simon lived with his wife Bella at 1413 Kenwood Avenue in the Parkside neighborhood in the late 1940s. Also living at the Kenwood Avenue address at that time was his daughter, Rose Simon Swerlick, and her husband Morris, who was then in the wholesale grocery business in Philadelphia. The Swerlicks would move to Randolph Street in East Camden, where they would reside until 1962. Rose Swerlick served as President for both the Sisterhood at Beth El Synagogue (then in Parkside) and as President of the PTA at Cramer Elementary School.
Benjamin and Bella Simon remained in Parkside through the 1950s, until Bella Simon's death in 1959. Benjamin Simon remained on Kenwood Avenue until about 1963, when he moved to Cherry Hill NJ, where he lived out his days with his daughters and grandchildren. Benjamin Simon passed away in September of 1967. He was survived by his sons George, William and Jack Simon, and his daughters Evelyn Fields and Rose (Swerlick) Rosenbloom, as well as his ten grandchildren.
One of Benjamin Simon's granddaughters, Judy Swerlick, is an educator and painter. She has taught art in the United States and Japan since 1977. She taught English in Japan in 1977-78 and has taught art and special education in the United States since 1978.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - June 14, 1919|
Weitzman - Hyman Bloom
Joseph Varbalow - Benjamin Simon - Benjamin Natal
Camden Courier-Post - October 13,1931
COURT FREES GIRL WHO DRANK POISON
The girl was arrested after she was treated at Cooper Hospital. She told Detective Ben Simon she drank the poison because she was jealous of her sister. William Harrity, 24, of 409 Senate Street, Sarah's sweetheart, was held as a material witness but was released today when he said he knew nothing of the quarrel between the sisters.
Camden Courier-Post - October 26,1931
Suspects Caught as Series of Weekend Robberies Keep Police Busy
Loot valued at several hundred dollar was recovered and four men arrested over the weekend as many robberies were reported to police throughout South Jersey.
Three of the men arrested were captured in Gloucester when merchandise stolen from a Westville Grove store and garage was found in their automobile. The fourth man was arrested in Camden.
Those under arrest in Gloucester, are Joseph Rietseh, 47, of 1245 Palmer street; Joseph Dorman, 18, of 103 Chango street, and Charles Headley, 18, of 936 North Fourth street, all of Philadelphia.
The loot found in their car consisted of automobile tires, cigarettes, safety razors, tubes and other articles. It had been stolen from the store and garage of George A. Fields, Delsea Drive, Westville Grove.
The three men were arrested by Patrolmen Walter Lane and William Fowler. who stopped their car because it had but one headlight.
Taken back to Westville the three men were held without bail for the grand jury by Recorder Charles H. Benner.
Held For Theft
Saunders will have a hearing today before Police Judge Pancoast, on a charge of larceny.
James Josephson, 3320 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, a salesman for the Household Institute of New York reported the loss of two cases of aluminum ware and an investigation was conducted by Detective Sylvester McGrath. Upon information he entered the apartment alleged to have been tenanted by John Harrigan, of 1289 Dayton Street and found the merchandise. Harrigan is said by the police to have left the apartment. The goods are valued at $150.
H. McMakin, of 119 West Pine Street, Audubon, reported to Detective
Robert Ward that he was held up at Pine
Street near Fifth on Sunday morning by three young men. They
relieved him of his watch, valued $35, and his drivers license. McMakin
was unable to describe the culprits.
William Harris, 53, of 1731 Fillmore Street, told Detective Clifford Carr he was relieved of his wallet containing $6.90 by an unknown man at Haddon Avenue and Copewood Street, Sunday morning. He described the man as being about 27 years old and wearing a light cap.
Hair Clipper Stolen
Waclaw Hermanolski, 1322 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, reported to police that someone entered his barbershop through a rear window and stole an electric hair clipper, massage vibrator and $15.
A grocery store operated by Joseph S. Eskowitz, of 1022 Broadway, was entered early yesterday and the thieves took three dozen cans of malt syrup valued at $12. Detective Benjamin Simon discovered the burglar gained his entrance by cutting a pane of glass out of the back window.
Louis E. Barnes, 21, colored, employed by the police department to catch a colored man who has been reported preying on unemployed and collecting money from them in promise of a job, has informed police that such a man got away from him on October 24. He is known to the police and will be picked up, they said.
Barnes said the man being sought told him to give him $2.50 for a white coat and he would get him a job in the kitchen of the Cooper Hospital. When Barnes returned with the money the man had disappeared..
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1932
Simon - Roy
R. Stewart - John
W. Golden - George
Zeitz - William
Clifford A. Baldwin - Walter Keown - L. Scott Cherchesky - Garfield S. Pancoast
Charles Wilder - Liberty Street
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
RE-ENACTED; TWO MEN HELD
suspects nabbed late Monday, at Lykens in Dauphin County, Pa., played
the "heavy" roles. Also in the cast were eight women and two
men, employees of the firm. For an hour and 20 minutes the spectacular
robbery was "rehearsed" under the direction of three Camden
curtain was, rung down LeRoy Jenkins, 23, who police say has addresses
Street and 1220 Princess
Avenue, and Joseph Putek, 23, said to reside at 1462 Louis
street, were held on suspicion.
They will be questioned further today.
Has Nothing Definite
of Police John W. Golden
admitted he "has nothing on the boys." Detectives Benjamin
Clarence Arthur and Clifford
Del Rossi, however, "were pressing pursuit of
"hunches" and meager clues in attempts to solve the crime.
There were several lines of information they obtained regarding the two
suspects which will bear further study, Simon
has a po1ice record although never convicted according to
police, was questioned previously in connection with the Radio Condenser
"job." He was released at midnight last Saturday. After that the detectives centered attention upon Jenkins. They learned
Jenkins borrowed an automobile from a man who operates a garage in the
1200 block on Atlantic
Avenue. The garageman was reluctant to talk but under
threat of arrest as an accessory he admitted lending a car to Jenkins.
dispatched to police throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and New
Jersey. The car was halted at Williamsport, Pa. and when Camden police
were identified they were surprised that Putak was Jenkins' companion.
This stirred detectives to renewed vigor in the
probe. They learned the men were planning to visit relatives, of Jenkins
in Williamsport and Pottsville. Acording to Simon police of both cities say Jenkins is
well known to them.
Williamsport the three detectives learned Putak and Jenkins
visited a vice den and quarreled with a woman over money. They quoted
Jenkins as declaring that he "could buy and sell the joint!'
Had Little Money
two men were returned with the detectives as far as Philadelphia but
refused to cross the river. They were turned over to police there on
suspicion and. brought to this city yesterday afternoon. Taken to the
Radio Condenser plant they were confronted with the ten employees who
were herded in a vault during the holdup last Friday.
several of the employees felt there were certain mannerisms of the
suspects which corresponded with actions of the bandits but confessed
they were unable to definitely identify Putak or Jenkins as the heavily
masked pair who threatened their lives with a revolver and
detectives propose an inquiry to al1 banks in this area in an effort to learn whether safe deposit boxes were leased by
anyone answering the description of the suspects. The money obtained in
the robbery was in bills and change of small denomination,
numbers of the bills were not available.
never convicted Jenkins has a police record. Putak has never been
formally under arrest, but has been questioned by the police in
connection with various cases.
arrested December 18, 1931, charged with larceny of gasoline, and on last July 9 was charged with several robberies.
On April 2, 1931, he was held for the grand jury, charged with manslaughter after his automobile killed Mrs. Mary Cavanaugh, 70, a cook in the service of City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly.
Camden Courier-Post - June 2, 1933
SUSPECTS HELD IN PAYROLL HOLD-UP
as suspects in the $11,790 Radio Condenser Company payroll holdup of
last Friday, Leroy Jenkins, 23, and Joseph
Putek, 23, South Camden
police characters, tomorrow will be given a police court hearing.
admit their evidence against the pair is "flimsy" but hope to
be able to hold them in high bail pending further investigation.
declared they have unearthed a South Camden garage man who will testify
at the hearing that he rented a garage to Jenkins, in which a dark
automobile, similar to the one used in the holdup, is stored at the
detectives have also found a special officer, they said, who will
testify to having seen the two suspects riding in a small black car in
the vicinity of the Condenser concern's plant a short time before the
The suspects' mannerisms and voices have been identified by, the ten office employees, victims of the two bandits staging the holdup. Further identification was impossible because the bandits wore hoods over their heads and down to their shoulders.
Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933
YOUTHS HELD IN
HOLDUP AT RADIO PLANT
youths, released from Camden county jail, were held by local police
yesterday on suspicion of implication in the $11,790 holdup of the Radio
Condenser Company, Thorne and
streets, last Friday.
denied knowledge of the payroll holdup, detectives said they admitted
having been close pals of Leroy Jenkins, 23; of 1161 Mechanic Street,
and Joseph Putek, 23, of 1462
Louis Street, who were arrested in Lykens, Pa., on Monday.
and Geda are being held on suspicion but, according to Detectives Clarence Arthur; Benjamin
Simon and Clifford
Del Rossi, they will be charged today with
being material witnesses, while Jenkins and Putak will be charged with
the holdup and will be arraigned in police court.
Geda were arrested yesterday morning on their release from county jail.
They had been committed May 9 by Recorder Joseph Patton, of Haddon
Heights, for 30 days on charges of loitering with intent to steal. They were questioned all
day by detectives.
Detectives said they learned Jenkins and Putak were with Grinkewicz and Geda in Haddon Heights "to do a job" but that the other two disappeared when Grinkewicz and Geda were arrested. Although they were in the county jail at the time, the detectives said they learned they had participated with Jenkins and Putak in planning the Radio Condenser job five weeks ago.
Camden Courier-Post - June 4, 1933
SACKED IN MYSTERY THEFT
ransacked the offices of the Camden
County Beverage Company early yesterday but what they took, if
anything, had not been disclosed late last night.
In a mystery
"robbery" that has police puzzled, the thieves broke through a
glass window on the rear loading platform, climbed inside and proceeded
to turn three different offices of the brewery "inside out" in
But it, appeared to have been the only
thing not opened by the intruders.
and desk drawers were pulled out and their contents littered the floor.
Even a wastebasket had been searched and its contents strewn about.
finding nothing of value on the first floor, the thieves, or thief
made their way to the second floor where another office of the concern
was ransacked from top to bottom.
Entrance to the brewery was made
between 6 a. m. and 7 a. m. A watchman, Richard McKinley, who lives at
550 Chelton Avenue left the building at 6 o'clock and Olaf J. Hall, a bookkeeper arrived
there at 7. a.m.
Hall went immediately to a second
floor office where he saw several of the
filing cabinets and desks had been gone through, but he failed to report
it to his, superiors.
Frank R. Allison, secretary and treasurer of the brewery, Hall believed
someone connected with the brewery had been searching for something, and
being in a hurry had forgotten to replace things as he found them.
"robbery" was not noticed until Nicholas Enderle, brewmaster,
entered the building shortly before noon. He saw the offices on the
first. floor in disorder and notified Allison.
notified police, who could not learn whether anything of value had been
Were Seeking Papers
Detective Simon advanced a
theory that the thieves had, been in search of valuable papers, rather
questioned at the plant and declared that everything was "in
order" when he left. He said two police dogs were left on the rear
platform to guard against thieves. Later it was learned the dogs
followed McKinley to his home.
County Beverage Company has been cited by the government on a rule to
show cause why its 3.2 beer permit should not be revoked. The hearing on
the citation was, scheduled for May 22, but, has been postponed
indefinitely to await the conclusion of other citation hearings.
Allison said he did not know of any valuable papers that would interest thieves. He expressed belief the robbers sought collections made by drivers on Saturday and kept in the brewery office until the banks open on Monday.
Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933
REFUSES TO LET COPS BARE HOLDUP EVIDENCE
refusing defense counsel's request that the city police bare their
evidence, Police Judge Pancoast
yesterday held two suspects without bail in the recent $11,790 Radio
Condenser Company holdup and two other youths as material witnesses.
M. Lario, attorney for the quartet, appeared in police court
yesterday with William McDonald, court stenographer, and declared he
wanted the police through witnesses on the stand, to reveal what
evidence they have in the robbery.
when Judge Pancoast
asked Lario if he was willing to have the prisoners submit to cross
examination by the court the attorney refused. Judge Pancoast
thereupon declared that the formal complaints against the defendants
were sufficient to establish a prima facie case, that no hearing was
necessary and that the police therefore were not obliged to disclose
Jenkins, 23, and, Joseph
Putek, 23, who gave addresses at 1113 Mechanic
Street and 1212 Lansdowne
Avenue, respectively, were committed
to the county jail without bail on charges of holdup and robbery.
They pleaded not guilty.
held as material witnesses were Leon
Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis
Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman
Avenue. Lario pointed out they were in jail when the holdup
occurred but, Judge Pancoast
said he would hold them for the prosecutor's office which would
probably fix bail for them.
Detective Benjamin Simon,
who signed the complaints, stated prior to the hearing that he has
obtained information from North Jersey which is vital to his
investigation of the robbery. But he would not reveal its nature.
None of the money stolen by the bandits, who herded 11 persons in a vault after forcing one of them to open the safe containing the payroll, has been recovered by the police.
Camden Courier-Post - June 9, 1933
FIFTH SUSPECT HELD IN PAYROLL HOLDUP
A fifth man was arrested in the recent Radio Condenser Company $11,790 payroll holdup and held as a material witness yesterday after city detectives alleged he attempted to escape from them in his automobile. He is Nicholas Kubiak, 34, of 1301 Decatur street, owner of a pool room on the corner of Decatur and Norris streets. Arraigned, before Judge Pancoast in police court, Kubiak was committed to the county jail without bail as a witness.
City Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Clarence Arthur stated they went to the pool room this morning and told Kubiak he was under arrest. He accompanied them to the sidewalk and suddenly stepped into his own automobile parked at the curb. The detectives said he started the engine, whereupon the police car was driven in front of him so he couldn't move. Simon declared that he jumped on the running board of Kubiak's car and reached in to grab the ignition key. Kubiak tried to push him off the running board. Simon said, and the key was obtained only after a tussle.
Simon said he has three statements signed by persons who charged they heard Kubiak declare the holdup was planned in his poolroom and that Leroy Jenkins and Joseph Putek were the actual bandits. Jenkins and Putek are charged with the holdup and are held under $3000 bail each. The bail was fixed by Prosecutor Baldwin.
Simon stated he previously had questioned Kubiak, but could learn nothing to warrant holding the man until he received the statements late last night. Simon said if he had been able to obtain the statements prior to yesterday, he doubted that bail would have been fixed so low.
Two other youths, arrested as material witnesses in the case, were released by Prosecutor Baldwin today under $500 bail each. They are Leon Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman avenue.
Camden Courier-Post - June 13, 1933
MAN JAILED 6 MONTHS FOR THEFT OF WATCH
Found guilty of stealing $25 and a wrist watch from a man who came to Camden for liquid refreshments John Cheek, 27, colored, of 735 Kaighn Avenue, was sentenced to six months in jail by Judge Garfield Pancoast in Camden Police Court yesterday.
His accuser, William Henninger, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, was roundly scored by Judge Pancoast for coming here to drink beer, and was warned to stay away from Camden. Henninger said Cheek attacked and robbed him near Second and Pine Streets. John Barton, 25, of 830 South Second Street, and Viola Lewis, 39, of 315 Division Street, both colored, who were arrested on suspicion, were exonerated and freed. Detective Benjamin Simon said the stolen wrist watch and $3.75 were found on Cheek..
|MYSTERY SHOTS PIERCE DOOR OF CAMDEN HOME
Mystery shots that splintered the door of a South Camden home yesterday started the police on a search for a group of youths seen loitering in the neighborhood.
Mrs. James Falconiero, of 354 Cherry Street, reported to Detective Benjamin Simon that she was awakened at 5 a. m., by a series of shots. She said she looked out a window and saw several young men entering an automobile a short distance from her home.
An inspection of the front of the house revealed several holes in the door caused by bullets. One missile, of 38-calibre was found buried in the plaster in the hallway.
Camden Courier-Post - June 19, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
60 OVERCOME WHILE AT WORK IN
RCA VICTOR; PROBE STARTED
100 Camden factory and shipyard workers were poisoned yesterday after
eating food contained in box lunches.
than 60 of the workers, stricken at their machines in. the RCA Victor
Company plants, were rushed to the company's dispensary and local
hospitals. Many are reported in serious condition.
the New York Shipbuilding Company others became ill after partaking of
the lunches. Four are in West. Jersey
Homeopathic Hospital recovering from the effects of the poisoned
food. At least three more were stricken at the leather plant of the John
R. Evans Company, Second and Erie Streets.
Philadelphia more than a score of laundry workers were carried to
physicians and hospitals, all said to be victims of contaminated foods.
David D. Helm, city sanitary inspector, believed the ptomaine
condition resulted from the eating of egg sandwiches.
Ban on Sales
Following the quizzing, Konst was ordered to refrain from further selling of the box lunches in Camden, pending the result of an investigation. He also must obtain complete approval from the Philadelphia Board of Health before being allowed to resume operations here.
The boxes, distributed by Konst, are labeled "The Majestic Lunch." Konst declared that never before had complaint reached him as to the quality of his food.
have ordered distribution of Majestic Lunches in Camden be stopped," Dr.
Helm said, "until the investigation
has been completed and the health authorities in Philadelphia to whom
all evidence will be given because they supervise this company, give
them a clean bill of health."
Two of the box lunches have been obtained by police and will be chemically analyzed today by order of Dr. A. L. Stone, city health officer.
assured police he would assist in any manner possible to learn the
source and nature of the foodstuff causing the illness.
'The first illness occurred shortly after 3 p. m. at the RCA Victor plant. A young woman was overcome after partaking of a glass of water. She was taken to the dispensary where Dr. Reuben L. Sharp said she was suffering from ptomaine poisoning.
a short time several other girls and men in various sections of the
plant were stricken. Some fainted at their machines and had to be
carried to the dispensary.
Dr. Sharp and his staff of nurses had more than, they could handle.
Private automobiles were pressed into service and many of the victims
taken to Cooper
where stomach pumps were used to clear their bodies of the poisonous
man, B. H. Poole, 40, of
144 North Sixtieth street, Philadelphia, was admitted and
his condition described as serious.
Others were treated and sent to their homes, where many were attended last night by their personal physicians.
Miss Clara. Shaeffer, 19, of 226 South Fifth Street, Gloucester, employed at the RCA Victor, told of the scenes near her shortly before she became ill and was rushed to Cooper Hospital for treatment.
saw many of the girls running upstairs to the restroom," Miss
Schaeffer said at her home, where she is confined to bed, "but paid
little attention to them, although several had to be assisted up the steps.
I felt sick at my stomach and had a desire for a drink of
I asked the girl next to me to get me a drink, but she was unable to
leave her machine at the time and I
to the fountain.
taking the drink everything seemed to whirl about and I
going to faint. I told my foreman and he ordered me taken to the
there the place was filled and someone took me to Cooper
Hospital, where the doctor gave me some medicine and I was taken to
Schaeffer said she grew worse after she arrived home and her parents
summoned a physician.
Others told similar stories of the scenes as worker after worker was stricken. Plant officials said many had fallen where they stood, the ptomaine attack seizing them so suddenly they had no time to summon aid.
sells more than 500 box lunches daily in Philadelphia.
lunch yesterday was made up of a cheese sandwich, an egg and lettuce
sandwich, a piece of apple pie, cupcake and fruit. Some of the lunches
contained tuna fish sandwiches.
all of those taken ill had eaten the egg sandwiches, some had partaken
of the tuna fish and others of the cheese.
One man became ill when he ate half an egg sandwich given him by a fellow employee late in the afternoon.
laundry workers affected were employed at the Forrest Laundry, 1225
West Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia.
One of these, John Gilligan, 52, of 1923 East Willard Street, was taken to St. Luke's and Children's Homeopathic Hospital in a critical condition.
Police were checking other hospitals to learn if additional victims were unreported.
Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933
List Of Poisoned
partial list of the nearly 100
poisoned by food at local factories yesterday follows:
RCA VICTOR EMPLOYEES:
White, 3136 North
Twenty-ninth Street, Philadelphia.
White, 825 North
Sixth Street, Philadelphia.
E. B. Bauers, 1255 Kenwood Avenue.
Lape, 562 Mickle
H. Scott, 222 Crestmont Terrace, Collingswood.
E. Wagner, 581 Carman
Burman, 1466 Kenwood Avenue.
M. Brennan, 2141 North Dover Street, Philadelphia.
Shevlin, 854 South Fifth
Shaefer, 2825 Amber Street, Philadelphia.
at Cooper Hospital:
H. Poole, 40, of
144 North Sixtieth Street,
Violetta Brown, 21, Brooklawn.
Clara Schaeffer, 226 South Fifth Street, Gloucester.
Kurtz, 32, of 308 Penn
Shaefer, 42, of 932 Cooper
820 Brown Street, Gloucester.
I. Cassell, 42, of 353 East Cambria Street, Philadelphia.
Stipezell, 25, of 3918
Di Nardo, 24, of 222 Second Street, Schenectady, N. Y.
YORK SHIPYARD EMPLOYEES:
at West Jersey Homeopathic
Fryer, 42, of 214 Bergen Street, Gloucester.
Shaeffer, 54, Woodbury Heights.
Saponaro, 33, of, 422 Evans Street.
John Joyce, 32, of 310 Manton Street, Philadelphia.
Camden Courier-Post - June 25, 1933
Detectives He Called Saps Turn Tables on Suspect
Anthony Gibbons, 35, of 1332 Decatur Street, has learned that calling detectives saps is a very "sappy" remark to make- he is now in the city jail on charges of possessing stolen goods.
Last Wednesday the automobile of John Harwan, of 1317 Sheridan Street, was stolen from Van Hook Street and Mt. Ephraim Avenue. It was recovered Thursday with four wheels and tires missing. Charles Reynolds, of 1331 Van Hook Street was arrested and sentenced to six months.
Gibbons, was suspected of having the wheels and, tires. He was questioned Thursday night and released by Detectives Benjamin Simon and Clifford Del Rossi after denial. The two detectives then heard via the "grapevine" that Gibbons called them "saps." So they shadowed him all day Saturday and discovered him making several visits at the home of Vito Balducci, 1329 Decatur Street. An investigation of the cellar of Balducci's home revealed the missing tires and wheels.
Simon and Del Rossi said that Balducci was an innocent party to the crime and did not know Gibbons had placed the articles in his cellar. Michael Reggiero, of 327 Sycamore Street, told the detectives he saw Gibbons taking the tires and wheels into the house while Balducci was out..
Two youths were arrested late last night on suspicion of stealing a radio when one of them was interrupted by detectives while attempting to sell it.
Detectives Benjamin Simon, Clifford Del Rossi and Robert Ashenfelter became suspicious of a car parked at Norris and Sheridan Streets. The occupant, Stephen Stanziak, 19, of 1279 Sheridan Street, said he was waiting for a companion who was in the store of Michael Gucik, northeast corner of Norris and Sheridan Streets. The detectives entered the store and found Joseph Fiume, 16, of 1349 Van Hook Street, attempting to sell a radio to Gucik. The youths said it had been given to them by a man they did not know.
HE'S NOT QUITE CERTAIN
William P. Sweeten, 66, of 1245 Washington Street*, was treated at Cooper Hospital yesterday for cuts of the nose and head after he had been found wan4erlng in the vicinity of Fifth and Royden streets.
Detective Benjamin Simon declared Sweeten told varied incoherent stories of being robbed.
* This is an incorrect address. It does not exist. William Sweeten had lived at 533 Elm Street in the 1920s and early 1930s.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933|
TWO MEN NABBED AS NUMBERS AIDES
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald Street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.
Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenues. They will be arraigned in police court today before Judge Garfield Pancoast.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933|
COP IS FINED AS NUMBERS COLLECTOR
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, a former policeman, and Joseph Trevolini, 31, of 421 Emerald Street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.
Camden Courier-Post - September 18, 1933
May 12, 1934
CAMDEN COURIER-POST - MAY 19, 1934
Identified in Police Line-Up
John Lenkowski, upper left; Earl Stainker, center, and James Mealy, upper right, all identified yesterday in a police line-up by victims and witnesses of four holdups and robberies. The trio was picked from five suspects who were viewed by more than 20 victims of recent holdups.
|Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935|
PAIR HELD FOR JURY IN THEFT OF LIQUOR
Charged with possession of stolen goods, Leon Grenkwicz, 21, of 1213 Louis street, and George Sanders, 22, of 307 Walnut street, Haddonfield, yesterday were held without bail for the grand Jury by Police Judge Lewis Liberman.
Charges were placed against them by Detective Benjamin Simon after they had been arrested in Audubon for being drunk and disorderly. Simon said his investigation indicated they were the men who, on September 25, stole a liquor truck belonging to James Thompson, wholesale beverage dealer, from Fourth and Arch streets, where it was parked.
Simon said that he has the sworn statement of Hugh Gaffney, of 3 Albertson avenue, Westmont, and
John Whelan, of 831 Linden
street, that Grenkwicz
tried to sell him some of the stolen liquor, for
Furthermore, said Simon, he has the evidence of a Merchantville man and his sister, whose names he did not reveal, that Sanders sold them a case of the same brand.
|CAMDEN COURIER-POST - MARCH 17, 1936|
Three Camden women and two Temple University students were arrested in a raid on an al1eged disorderly house at 1450 Kenwood Avenue last night.
Charged with being proprietress of the place is Mrs. Charlotte Grimes, 48. She is the wife of Elmer Grimes, employed by the city as a custodian at Convention Hall and formerly custodian of the Camden High School athletic field, according to City Prosecutor John H. Reiners, Jr.
The students under arrest gave their names as Sidney
of 1400 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, and Herman
Katz, 19, of
2601 Wilder Street, Philadelphia.
Welch Leads Raiders
According to Welch, Mrs. Grimes
signed a statement in
she said she had resided at 1450 Kenwood Avenue for 27 years, and
maintained a disorderly house there for the last seven years. He has had
men watching the place for a year, to get evidence on which to base a raid, he said. He
declared that only persons recommended by patrons were admitted, and then
only after making telephone calls.
Simon, who lives three blocks from the
house, and Mardino saw a car with Pennsylvania license
plates parked near the place last night,
Welch said. They waited until they saw
Goldberg and Katz leaving the house, and questioned them. It was on the
strength of statements by the two youths that the raid was made,
Liberman set bail for $1000
for Mrs. Grimes; $500 each for the other two women,
$200 for Katz and released Goldberg in the custody of his brother, an
The latter said the two youths were willing to plead guilty
to disorderly conduct charges, admitting they had been in the place, but
Judge Liberman said he preferred to wait and hear the entire case tomorrow.
In answer to the query by the
court as to how the two knew about the existence of the disorderly
house" Katz said:
"Oh, things like that get broadcast around the university."
|Camden Courier-Post - August 30, 1936|
STORE RAIDED BY ‘SECRET6’ SQUAD
Raiders of the “Secret 6” of the Camden police department yesterday arrested Oscar Bendler, 40, as the alleged proprietor of a cigar store at 217 Market Street, where they reported hey seized horse racing sheets, three phones and $114.
Bendler, who gave his address as 310 Erie Street, is charged with violating the city ordinance prohibiting gambling and is held in $500 bail for a police court hearing today.
The raid on Bendler’s place was made after the police squad had searched five other small shops and found only legitimate business being conducted,
of establishments were it is suspected the gambling gentry may flourish
was ordered by Police Chief Arthur
Colsey. The picked
squad of men who operated as members of Colsey's
”Secret Six” yesterday were Detective Sergeant Clifford
Del Rossi, Sergeant Walter Rowand, Detectives Benjamin
Simon and Joseph Mardino.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938|
SUSPECT HELD IN JAIL HERE
A suspect in the kidnapping of Charles Mattson, 10, of Tacoma, Washington, is being held by Camden police.
The suspect was arrested last night by Patrolman Raymond Carson as he appeared before the sergeant's dealt at police headquarters and asked for a night's lodging.
The suspect gave his name as Edward F. Keach, 40, with no home. He admitted he served three years in the New Jersey state prison for larceny. He was arrested for the crime at Newark when he was 23, accord mg to an admission to Carson and City Detective Benjamin Simon.
"His face resembles the sketched portrait published in newspapers of the suspect wanted after the Mattson boy was stolen from the home of his father, Dr. William W. Mattson, on the night of December 27, 1936," Carson said.
The suspect is described as being slender built, has sharp features, similar to the fugitive kidnaper, has dark hair and dark complexion. He is five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.
Keach admitted to Simon and Carson that he has been roaming the country for three years and has been in almost every state in the Union except the state of Washington.
The Mattson boy was kidnapped from his parents home while a brother, a sister and a girl friend stood helplessly by, cowered by the pistol of the kidnaper. The kidnaper demanded a ransom of $28,000. The parents were prepared to pay the ransom when the body of the boy was found dead near Everett, Washington, several miles from the scene of the kidnapping.
Simon said Keach will be held here until police can check up his record and his whereabouts during the past three years.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938|
4 Hurt as Auto Strikes Pole Strewing Live Wires on Road
Four persons in a small coupe were injured last night when the machine crashed into a pole at Seventeenth Street and Admiral Wilson Boulevard during a dense fog.
The car broke off a telephone pole at the base, strewing live wires on the highway. Traffic was detoured until the damage could be repaired by Bell Telephone Company linemen.
The fog, which covered Camden and its suburbs like a blanket, grounded air liners at Central Airport, slowed up motor traffic on highways and the Camden bridge.
Thomas Tomlinson, 18, of Oak Avenue, Delaware Township, was taking driving lessons in a car he purchased a week ago when he crashed into the pole. Police said three passengers were crowded in the front seat and three more in a rumble seat.
Tomlinson was driving on a student's permit and was accompanied by Allen Filer, 20, a licensed driver, of 713 Grant Street, police learned, Filer is in Cooper Hospital with a fractured right leg. His brother, William, 18, suffered a possible concussion of the brain and is in the same hospital. Tomlinson received bruises of the right leg and arm and was treated at Cooper Hospital.
Samuel McCall, 18, of 708 Bailey Street, was taken to West Jersey Hospital, where he was treated for cuts of the nose. He told police there that someone struck him with a bottle and he would get his assailant later. When taken to police headquarters. McCall was confronted by the others and admitted he was injured in the automobile accident, City Detective Benjamin Simon said.
Mary Williamson, 18, and Eleanor Shockley, 16, both of 625 North Front Street, escaped with a few minor bruises.
Delaware river ferryboats were operated with caution as the view of pilots was obscured, by the density of the fog. Whistles were blown continuously and fog bells rang throughout the night.
Automobiles and buses were slowed down to five miles an hour by thick fog in the suburbs, especially in lowlands and near meadows.
The airport reported all local planes grounded and no airliners were making a call here.
The Weather Bureau forecast indicated it will be colder and cloudy today. The cloudiness will increase tomorrow followed by rain at night.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1938
YOUTHS ARRESTED AS HOLDUP SUSPECTS
Police believed they had frustrated the formation of hoodlum bandit mob yesterday with the arrest of five South Camden youths after a holdup of a grocery store at Tenth Street and Ferry Avenue.
Two of the five suspects were identified by the grocer, John Jacobs, as the bandits who entered his store at 960 Ferry Avenue, held him up at gun point and escaped with $23.95. , Jacobs told Detectives Heber McCord and Clarence Arthur that he recognized one of the bandits as Anthony Mona, 19, of 947 South Third Street, a former boxer, whom he saw fighting in the ring, McCord said.
After questioning by McCord and Arthur, Mona implicated the others. They are Dominick Spinagotti, 17, of 251 Mt. Vernon street; Vito Brandimorto, 20, of 245 Chestnut Street; Salvatore Martorano, 21, of 344 Cherry Street, and Victor Labato, 19, of 274 Mt. Vernon street.
Mona was searched in the detective bureau. Police found $6.65 in change in his pockets. The others were rounded up at their homes by Detective Sergeant Benjamin Simon and Detectives Joseph Mardino and Robert Ashenfelder.
According to Simon the youths were "just beginning to embark on a career of crime."
When the others were brought to the detective bureau for questioning, all but $2 of the loot was recovered, Detective McCord said.
Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1938
Poor Acting Leads To Youth's Arrest In Theft of Cash
Curious detectives yesterday made it embarrassing for Charles Pennington, 21, of 906 South Seventh street.
The youth told his employer, Louis Tartar, junk dealer of Ninth and Liberty streets, a stranger stole $25 in receipts from a load of materials shipped to Philadelphia. Pennington's employer took him to the Detective Bureau to report the theft. There, Detectives Benjamin Simon and Joseph Mardino chatted with the youth.
Frankly doubting the story he told, the detectives suggested Pennington
Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1938
ABSENCE OF VICTIM DELAYS LARCENY CASE
Louis Tarter, the youth's employer, took him to detective bureau Tuesday when Pennington said a stranger stole $25 in receipts from a load of junk shipped to Philadelphia by Tarter.
Simon and Joseph
Mardino forced Pennington to
Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938
|PHILA. MAN ARRESTED IN THEFT OF LIQUOR
David Miller, 27, a window decorator for a liquor concern, who lives at 547 Whitaker Avenue, Philadelphia, was arrested yesterday and charged with larceny of whisky on complaint of Benjamin Rosensweig, proprietor of the Camden Bottling Co., 254 Kaighn avenue.
Miller had an office at the Kaighn avenue address. Rosensweig told Detectives Ben Simon and Gus Fortune he missed $500 worth of liquor in the past several months. The detectives found whisky hidden in equipment used by Miller.
At Miller's home, they said, they found $180 worth of liquor, and Miller, they reported, admitted some thefts.
Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1938
Middleton Felled by Gas In House Here
With gas flowing from a pipe detached from a gas range, former City Commissioner Melbourne F. Middleton, Jr., was found unconscious in the kitchen of his former home at 538 Cooper street early Saturday night.
Middleton was reported last night to still be in a critical condition at West Jersey Hospital, where he was taken. The Camden Fire Department First Aid Squad worked over him for an hour at the house in a vain effort to revive him.
Middleton, a former president of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and one time city councilman, was found by a son, C. Barry Middleton, and a friend, John Williams Rossell, who lives with the Middletons on Laurel road, Moorestown. Middleton was clad in overalls and two large pipe wrenches were lying on the kitchen floor near him.
Young Middleton said his father told his family he intended to take up some linoleum in the kitchen of his former home. Middleton first went to his office Saturday and then to St. Paul's Episcopal Church to a service. From there he was traced to his former home, which is owned by him.
When Middleton failed to return home for dinner at the usual time Saturday his son and Rossell decided to search for him. When young Middleton discovered his father's plight he notified police. Patrolmen Frank Cavallo, Henry Lutz, Walter Vecander and George Getley responded in radio cars and gave first aid until the fire department squad arrived.
The firemen worked on the former commissioner one hour with an inhalator before ordering his removal to the hospital, where they continued to work on Middleton for another hour but were unable to revive him. Hospital physicians continued working on him without success. They said his condition was critical.
Gas Man Called
4 p. m. Saturday the family living next to Middlemen's home telephoned
Public Service that gas was coming from the house. Public Service sent a
man to investigate but he was unable to get into the house.
Middleton and Rossell said they reached the house at 6.17 p. m.
While he was a member of the first city commission Middleton was director of finance but never missed responding to all alarms of fire. He was a member of the fire committee while serving in City Council as a member from the Second ward. In that capacity he also answered all alarms.
Members of the Firemen's First Aid Squad responding to the call were Deputy Chief William R. Harring, Hosemen Christopher Moll, William Spencer, Harry Haines, Russell Anderson, William Harry Deitz and Nelson Andrews.
|Camden Courier-Post - January 8, 1940|
HIT BY PUMP GUN FIRE
|Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1940|
|Gettysburg PA Times - October 6, 1943|
Being Probed By FBI
NJ, October 6 (AP)- The federal Bureau of Investigation took a hand
Tuesday in the investigation of two bombings here early on Sunday.
|Waterloo IA Daily Courier - February 29, 1948|
Camden NJ (UP)- Detective Benjamin Simon had a personal interest in his investigation of the theft of three pistols from the gun shop of William Stein. Called on the case, Simon discovered that one of the missing weapons was his own. He left it there for re-bluing.
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