Walter
West


 

WALTER WEST was born Walter E. Kennedy, to Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Kennedy on September 8, 1892

Walter Kennedy boxed in Philadelphia under the name of Walter West for a few years in the early 1910s. He married in his early 20s, and divorced in the mid-1910s, and after a bitter custody battle was able to raise his son, Robert S. Kennedy. 

Walter Kennedy served in the United States Army during World War I in the medical detachment of the 126th Infantry regiment, 32nd Infantry Division.

Walter Kennedy operated a bar under a soft drink license at 1252 Locust Street in South Camden from 1928 through 1931. By June of 1932 he was out of the bar business, and got into some trouble with the law for carrying a concealed weapon and trying to board a bus without paying. By the spring of 1942 he had obtained employment with the Water Department of the City of Camden.

Last a resident of 515 Cedar Street in North Camden, Walter E. Kennedy passed away on December 13, 1949 and was buried at Harleigh Cemetery. 


Walter West Known Boxing Record

Walter West
Sex Male
Nationality US American
Hometown Camden, NJ
Division Welterweight

W 2 (KO 2) * Lost 0 * Draw 0
Newspaper Decisions
W 5 * Lost 3 * Draw 0
Total Bouts 10 Known rounds boxed 48

date Lb opponent Lb W-L-D last 6 location
1915-10-23 Henry Hauber 5-4-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA L NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of Hauber from the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
1913-10-02 Roy Hurst 2-0-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of West (Philadelphia Inquirer).
1913-06-05 Pete Malone 7-2-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of West by the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). The Philadelphia Record saw teh fight as a draw.
1913-03-06 Chick Carsey 0-1-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of West from the Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid).
1912-04-04 Pete Malone 7-2-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA L NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of Pete Malone from the Philadelphia Item.
1911-11-16 Henry Hauber 5-3-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA L NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item was in favor of Hauber. The results of only two fights on this program were reported in the Item.
1911-04-27 Frank Still
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W TKO 3 6
Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1911-04-20 Ray Hamilton
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W NWS 6 6
Newspaper decision in favor of West from the Philadelphia Item.
1911-04-06 Jack Fritz
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W NWS 6 6
Result and newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. Fritz was called "Joe Fritz" in the report.
1911-03-30 Joe Bonner 0-1-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA W TKO 5 6
Result from the Philadelphia Item.


Philadelphia Inquirer * June 15, 1915


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 22, 1915


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 22, 1915


Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932




Camden Courier-Post
June 8, 1932

Walter Kennedy aka Walter West
Albert Bromley
Walter "Buck" Taylor
Red Men's Hall
State Street
North 6th Street
North 4th Street
Pearl Street

 

 


Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933

FOUR CAMDEN MEN ARE AMONG THOSE WHO GET PAROLES 
Leslie Orr, 'Polack Joe' Deven, Jackie Hindle and Walter Kennedy Freed 
PUBLIC NOT INFORMED

Four well-known Camden county men who had been in the state penitentiary at Trenton for at least one year are now at liberty on parole. It was revealed at Trenton yesterday that the State Board of Pardons had granted paroles last week to Leslie W. Orr, Haddonfield real estate broker; Joseph "Polack Joe" Deven, South Camden sportsman, Jackie Hindle, former Camden cop, and Walter Kennedy, formerly a boxer and cafe owner. 

The pardons court followed its custom of making no public announcement of the paroles, but admitted upon questioning yesterday that the four local men had been liberated. 

Orr, who resided at 112 Avondale avenue, Haddonfield, and had a real estate office in Collingswood, was sentenced May 24, 1932, to two years after he pleaded non vult to 20 allegations that he embezzled a total of $12,000. He had surrendered when a warrant was issued for him on behalf of the widowed mother of seven children. She had charged him with embezzling $1500. Sentence was imposed after Orr had made an abortive effort to make full restitution. 

It was Deven's second parole. He served two years of a five-year "stretch" for manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Joseph Cimini in the Sixth Ward Republican Club, and was paroled in 1930. Less than five months later, he and a companion drove into the yard of an alleged disorderly house at Atco as state troopers were raiding it. Deven, who  was driving, attempted to drive away, but troopers stopped the machine. A .38 caliber pistol was found on Deven. He was subsequently sentenced on March 30, 1931, to two and one-half years for carrying the weapon. At that time, it was also believed he would  have to serve the remaining three years of his first sentence for violating his parole. 

Kennedy was sentenced June 8, 1932, to one year for attempting to rob a bus driver at Sixth and State Streets and also to six months more for carrying a gun.

Hindle and George Schaeffer were each given two and one-half years for breaking into the soft-drink establishment of William Tansky at 1903 South Sixth Street, where a wrist watch was stolen. Sentence was imposed February 2, 1932.


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