CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
GEORGE BRUNNER THIRD WARD DEMOCRATIC CLUB
438 South 3rd Street & 402 South 3rd Street
The Third Ward Democratic Club was located at 438 South 3rd Street during the late 1930s and 1940s. By 1947 the club had relocated to 402 South 3rd Street. The club is not listed in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory.
I grew up at 422 Mickle Street and left in March 1953 to join the Air Force. At that time there was very little crime in the neighborhood. Jersey Joe Walcott lived at 331 Mickle Street, when he because World Heavy Weight Champion. Yes, the numbers was played and law enforcement looked the other way. Mayor Brunner was in office for many years and was a big time poker player. When I was 12 years old, he played at 3rd and Berkley in a place called 3rd Ward Social Club. Big time players came there from far away places to play in this game. Mayor Brunner was always escorted by policeman to and from. I earned very big tips from the players, by riding up on my bicycle to the White Tower to pick up food and drinks, in the wee hours of the morning.
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