Frederick
Dunajek


FREDERICK DUNAJEK SR. was born in Hungary around 1880. After marrying around 1905, he came to America in 1907 with his wife Catharine. They were living in New Jersey when a daughter, Stephanie, was born around 1908. The family moved to Pennsylvania by 1910. They were living at 1332 Palethorpe Street in Philadelphia at the time of the 1920 Census. Fred Dunajek was then working as a driver for a dairy. The family resided in Pennsylvania through the 1920s. Children Julia, Fred Jr., and Barbara were all born in Pennsylvania. 

By 1930 the Dunajek family was living at 35 Oak Avenue, just off Coles Avenue, in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ. Fred Dunajek was then working as a shipper in a "manufacturing plant". The family moved to Camden at some point thereafter, settling at 50 North 33rd Street in East Camden.

By the 1940s Frederick Dunajek was working as a night watchman in his East Camden neighborhood, patrolling the neighborhood east of 32nd Street on both sides of Federal Street. On March 29, 1944 he was out on his rounds, on Fremont Street near Myrtle Avenue, when he heard shots and, in his own words, " a big black sedan" sped past him. The men in the car had just murdered gangster Vincent "China" Scola on Myrtle Street, just around the bend in the road ahead.

Frederick Dunajek was still living at the North 33rd street address as late as 1959. 


Camden Courier-Post - March 29, 1944
GUNMEN SLAY PENNSAUKEN GANGSTER
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Thanks to his grandson, also named Fred Danejuk, for his help in creating this page.


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