CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
224 Market Street
The Columbia Hotel operated at the turn of the century at 224 Market Street. August Hettmannsperger had opened up his lager beer saloon by 1887, according to the city directory of that year. By the turn of the century his establishment had bloomed into a full scale hotel, serving meals. August Hettmansperger was running the Columbia Hotel as late as 1901.
The Hettmannsperger family was involved in several business in Camden in the 1880s and 1890s. Most notable was Frederick Hettmansperger, who was a telegraph instrument maker, residing at 810 Market Street.
By 1906 the Hettmanspergers were gone. John P. "Jack" Scannell had the bar in 1906 but had moved to 45 York Street by 1911. The bar was run by John Reilly in the years 1918 through 1921 according to Camden City Directories.
When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, a liquor license was obtained for the premises, and by 1936 the bar was known as the Hi Hattter's Club. Owners Tom Mayer and Herb Marker actively promoted their establishment. They employed John "Jack" Miko as a bartender, who was quite popular.
The bar is listed as the Hi Hattter's Club in the 1940 and 1943 Camden City Directories. There is no listing in the 1947 Camden City Directory, but 224 Market Street appears in the 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory as the High Hat Club. By 1959 the bar had changed hands and changed names, and was known as the Bell Bar. The Bell Bar remained open through at least 1984.
The 200 block of Market Street was razed and redeveloped in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - November 29, 1898|
1906 Camden City Directory Ad
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