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Camden, NJ

Bergen
Avenue


BERGEN AVENUE is in Camden's Cramer Hill section. Bergen Avenue is east of North 32nd Street, and runs north from Cleveland Avenue, crossing Hayes Avenue and River Road, and across Harrison Avenue towards the Delaware River, ending at Farragut Avenue. 

Bergen Avenue is most likely named for one of the two Bergen brothers, Martin V. Bergen or Christopher A. Bergen, who were prominent in legal and civic circles in Camden in the late 1800s. The C.A. Bergen School in South Camden was named for Christopher Bergen.

Many single family homes were built on Bergen Avenue prior to 1924. In the late 1940s or early 1950s a fairly large number of brick row houses were built in the  900, 1000, and 1100 blocks.

Tragedy has struck the 900 block of Bergen Avenue on at least three occasions- in the 1950s when young Eddie Marren drown in a boating accident, in 1963 when his sister and three other young people were killed in a car accident, and in 2005 when three small children died after accidentally locked themselves in the trunk of a car parked in the yard of 957 Bergen Avenue.

Do you have an Bergen Avenue memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen


800 Block of Bergen Avenue

 

833 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1943 Charles Ledyard
1947 Frederick Bennett
1969-1980 S.S. Labuda

 

843 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1943 Herman W. Neissner
1947 Charles W. Reynolds
1969-1990 H.F. Patton Sr.

859 Bergen Avenue

1924-1939
William D. Moore
1924 Mrs. Mary H. Pattin

Camden Courier-Post
March 6, 1939

 

859 Bergen Avenue
1943 Elwood Rogers
1947 James P. Aide
1969 No ListinG
1989 No Listing

 

860 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1943-1947 Edmund J. Cody
1969 No Listing
1980 

 

863 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 W.C. Grossmick
1980

   

900 Block of Bergen Avenue

 

908 Bergen Avenue


1924 William Eichley
1943-1947 William F. Eichley Jr.
1969 R.J. Bell
1980

916 to 948
Bergen Avenue

September 27, 2009

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916 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

918 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

922 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1948-1953 John Carter
1969
1980

 

924 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969 
1980

 

926 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

928 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

930 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

934 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

936 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

938 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969-1980 H. Toy

 

940 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

942 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

944 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

 

948 Bergen Avenue

1943-1947 No Building
1969
1980

957 to 963
Bergen Avenue

September 27, 2009

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957 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1943-1947 Michael Byrne
1969-1980 C.E. Bigwood

957 Bergen Avenue

2005 The Cruz Family

Anibal Cruz, 11, Daniel Agosto, 6, and Jesstin Pagan, 5, were found dead in the trunk of a red 1992 Toyota Camry parked in Cruz's backyard at 957 Bergen Ave. on June 24, 2005. Left unsupervised, they had locked themselves in the trunk 50 hours prior to being found.

 

959 Bergen Avenue

1926 No building yet

1930
Roland Landis Sr Family
Roland & Marion Landis
John Landis
Marion Landis
Roland Landis Jr.
Eugene Landis

1943 George J. Hurst
1947 Marcus A. Georgette
1969-1980 C.W. Maun

 

961 Bergen Avenue

1926 No building yet

1930
Albert Engelfried & Family
Albert & May Engelfried
Doris Engelfried
Ruth Engelfried

1943-1980 Granville C. Wright

  963 Bergen Avenue

1926 No building yet
1928 Vacant
1929 Albert Engelfried

1929-1930
Fred Laeble & Family
Fred & Ruth Laeble

963 Bergen Avenue

1930s-1980
George J. Phillips Jr. & Family
George J. & Agnes V. Phillips
Joan Phillips - Helen Phillips
Donald Phillips

I was born in 1939 and was taken home from Cooper Hospital to 963 Bergen Avenue. I resided there until 1957, when I enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. The Bergen Avenue page shows no building until 1943. Also, in the picture for 957 to 963, the first house next to the green monster (the old Louis Schwartz furniture store), one can see a wrought iron corner post holding up the porch roof. My dad, George Phillips, installed that when I was about 8 or 9. He had replaced the wooden porch with a concrete one he also built by himself. George was a plumber. That front porch had a new bathtub sitting on it for many years. He got it surplus from some job he did and always intended to replace our old cast iron one with it.

Don Phillips
March 20, 2013

 

 

Intersection of Bergen Avenue & River Road

   

1000 Block of Bergen Avenue

 

1013 Bergen Avenue


1924 Vacant
1930s Clark Hoover
1947 Gone

 

1017 Bergen Avenue

1924 Howard R. Marshall
1947 Hugh R. McKeeman
1969-1980 George Holland
1969-1980 Gertrude Pittman

 

1018 Bergen Avenue

1924 Thomas Murray

 

1018 Bergen Avenue

1947-1980s
 William E. Deal & Family
Dennis Deal

 

1020 Bergen Avenue

1924 Edward J. Nestor
grocer
1947 George J. Hauser
1950s-1960s Edward William Clark
1960s-1980s M.J. Esposito

 

1021 Bergen Avenue

1924 Charles Marshall
1947 Robert W. Knowles
1953-1950s 

 

1021 Bergen Avenue

1953-1988
Thomas Campbell & Family
Thomas & Helen Campbell
Dolores Campbell

  1022 Bergen Avenue

1924-1950s John L. Straub
1969 No Listing
1980

  1027 Bergen Avenue

1924-1947 David W. Garraway
contractor

1950s-1960s
The Marren Family
Eddie Marren
Ellen Marren

1980 Edward Clark
1980 T.C. Clark

  1028 Bergen Avenue

1924 Charles A. Moss
1947-1980 George W.C. Stein

  1033 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1990

  1034 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980

  1035 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1963 William Hummel
1969 No Listing
1980

  1036 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building

  1036 Bergen Avenue

1960s-1970s
Adelbert J. "Duke" Kirk Sr.
Adelbert J. "Joe" Kirk Jr.

  1037 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980

  1038 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980 No Listing

  1039 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing 
1980 W.J. Kee

  1040 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1041 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1043 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1045 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980 No Listing

  1047 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980

  1048 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1050 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1052 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1053 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1947 William J. Fanning
1969 T. Konecko

  1054 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1056 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1058 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980

  1059 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1980

  1060 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1061 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1062 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1064 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1065 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1066 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1068 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

  1069 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969
1969 No Listing

  1071 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1072 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1073 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1074 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969

  1075 Bergen Avenue

1947 No Building
1969 No Listing
1980

   

1100 Block of Bergen Avenue

1100 Bergen Avenue

1924-1932
Harry S. Piper & Family
Harry S. & Marion W. Piper

Camden Courier-Post
March 28, 1932

 

1100 Bergen Avenue

1947 Gone

 

1115 Bergen Avenue

1924 Daniel S. Vanteer
plumber
1947 No Listing
1967 William Gaskill
1969 Mrs. A.M. Goldy
1980

 

1119 Bergen Avenue

1924 Annie T. Brogan
1947 Gone
1980

 

1125 Bergen Avenue

1924 Thomas A. Bailey
1947 Gone
1980

 

1131 Bergen Avenue

1959-1969 O. Hammer
1980

 

1136 Bergen Avenue

1969 Christy Gnazzo
1980

 

1142 Bergen Avenue

1969 Mrs. Helene L. Kauffeld
1980

 

1145 Bergen Avenue

1969 Mrs. B.S. Stinger
1980

 

1153 Bergen Avenue

1969 L.W. Henshall
1980

 

1154 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet
1950s-1960s Bill & Addie Blessing
1969 Edward R. Thompson

1156 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet

1950s-1960s
Paul M. Delfing Sr. & Family
Paul & Elizabeth Delfing Sr.
Elizabeth F. Delfing
Paul M. Delfing Jr.
Diana Delfing
John Delfing

Left: Paul Delfing Jr. - 1959

 

1156 Bergen Avenue


1969 no listing
1980 Ruth Grey

 

1158 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet
1950s-1960s Edward Thompson & Family
1969 No Listing

 

1160 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet
1950s-1969 Mrs. Bertha Coyle

Growing up in Camden was a wonderful experience for me.  We had the Cramer Hill Boys' Club to provide us with organized sports.  The city summer recreational activities at von Nieda Park helped keep us out of trouble too.  We could walk anywhere in Camden and no one would bother us. My sister, brother and I all attended H.C. Sharp School as did the children of all of our neighbors (except Mrs. Coyle).

My neighbors, as closely as I can remember them, were as follows: 1154: Bill and Addie Blessing; 1156: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Delfing and family; 1158: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson and Family; 1160: Mrs. Coyle; 1164: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Devine and Family.  The Murtaugh's lived across the street from us.

Adam Drapczuk Jr.
March 2009

1162 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet
1950-1964
Adam E. Drapczuk & Family
Adam & Josephine Drapczuk
Adam E. Drapczuk Jr.
Richard Drapczuk
Claudia Drapczuk

 

1164 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet
1950s-1960s Roy Devine & Family
1969 James L. Devine

1169 Bergen Avenue

1947 No building yet

1950s-1980s
John J. Murtaugh Jr. & Family
John J. & Saimi Murtaugh
Edward Murtaugh

Left: Edward Murtaugh

 

1171 Bergen Avenue

1924-1947 No Listing
1969 C.T. Carr

 

1179 Bergen Avenue

1924-1947 William Aitken
1969 no listing

 

1180 Bergen Avenue

1924 Mrs. Florence Munger
1924 Joseph Munger
contractor
1930s Elmer P. Ross
grocery
1947 Anthony Laubert
grocery
1969 Morris Siegle
1969 I.M. Lebda

 

1183 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1947 Philip Kaplin
1947 Chester W. Bray
1969 H.C. Soistman
1969 J.J. Lima


1200 Block of Bergen Avenue

 

1211 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1933 Thomas Henry
1947 William H. Laverty

 

1213 Bergen Avenue

194 Frank W. Dusine
1947 Otto Schukay
1959 Joan A. Long

 

1215 Bergen Avenue

1924 Thomas H. Cook
1947 Thomas Upperman

 

1218 Bergen Avenue

1924 George Hillary
1947 Gone

 

1223 Bergen Avenue

1924 Harry D. Reinert
1947 Vacant

  1228 Bergen Avenue

1924 Charles L. Sees
1947-1980s Emil J. Smith

  1240 Bergen Avenue

1924-1947 Howard A. Walker
1950s-1980s The Namm Family

  1241 Bergen Avenue

1924 John H. Mailahn
1947 Milton J. Kelly

 

1243 Bergen Avenue

1924 Benjamin F. Downey

  1243 Bergen Avenue

1947
Harry L. Cassidy & Family
Harry L. & Wallie Frieda Krause Cassidy

  1244 Bergen Avenue

1924
North Shore Improvement Associaition
1924-1947 Louis H. Moritz

  1245 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1947 Earl Borman

  1249 Bergen Avenue

1924 No building yet
1947 Herbert T. McDaniel


1200 Block of Bergen Avenue

We moved to Bergen "Avenue" in 1953. We lived at 1021 Bergen Avenue which is still there. There used to be a red house [1017 Bergen Avenue - PMC] next to the lot [1017 Bergen Avenue - PMC] which was Engle's Bar. The lot belonged to the bar. My mom and dad bought this, their first house after renting the home of my dad's brother and his wife on Fairview Street in Morgan Village. My dad's brother was career Navy and was a Master Chief who was sent to Viet Nam in 1953 as part of the advisors which were being sent by our government. This is the first place that my aunt couldn't go and she and her son lived in the house on Fairview Street, and my mom and dad and my sister and I moved to Bergen Avenue

We lived across the street from the Clark family. They were at 1020 Bergen. They were Mary and Ed and their kids were Mary, Terry, Sandy, Pam, and a few years later, Ed. Next to them was the William Deal family. Denny Deal was a Camden fireman. On the other side of the Clark family was the Straub family. Mr. and Mrs. Straub were older as I remember them. They had quite a few grown children, two of which worked as steel workers on the Walt Whitman Bridge. The younger son was killed from a fall off the bridge when they were building it. (I haven't thought about that in years.). 

On the corner of Bergen Avenue on the north east side was the little shoe store that was run by the woman who also lived upstairs. School shoes were always bought there. One pair for school and one pair for church. Opposite the shoe store was Louie's furniture store. It was a glass front store, and Louie was always standing out front. I always wondered how he managed to stay in business when there was never anyone in the store. But he always had a suit and tie on and was standing there watching the traffic on River Road. I remember as a child the suitcase factory that burned one summer night. It was opposite Engle's Bar and parking lot. It went up in a ball of flames. I think it is still an empty lot? 

I remember riding our bikes and jumping rope until the sun went down. So many kids to play with and no one ever argued and rarely did we get into trouble. I also remember the house next to my parents house had an apartment upstairs where a young family lived. There was a son and a daughter. The man and his father who owned that house lived downstairs. They kept to themselves and as kids we were afraid of them because they were really strange. It was also a tragedy that the son, Eddie Marren died by drowning when we were in elementary school and then his sister Ellen was one of the group of kids who died when we were in junior high from the accident when the car that all of the kids had piled into went off the road and over an overpass onto high tension wires in Atco. I think only two kids lived out of about 8-9.

Bergen Avenue was really a quiet street. The Murtaughs lived in the 1100 and the Namms lived in the 1200 block. I can remember Louie Namm walking by our house in the evening coming from the Jewish classes that he took in the evenings, and later Carol and her younger sister. I remember Sandy Lyndsey and her family, and Terry Bruccollere who lived in the row houses up the street. We all walked to school together to Sharp School and later to Vets and Wilson. Those were the good old days when you could actually walk the streets of Cramer Hill without fear. 

I can remember going to Frank & Toms which was the grocery store on the corner of River Rd, and 32nd street. It changed names so many time while I was growing up. The drug store at 32nd and River Road where Unruh did his infamous tragic act of killing everyone. My mother-in-law had just walked past that corner with my husband in a stroller shortly before the killing spree took place.

There was a Cleaner and Al's Barber Shop with the infamous pony that all the kids used to sit on while getting their haircuts. Next to the barber shop was the sub shop that I used to walk by on my way home from school at lunch time. My favorite smell in the whole world. I have never tasted a sub quite like that place. Then of course there was Pelligrino's beauty parlor next to the cleaner. Thinking back on this, it was so convenient to have everything so close. We would catch a bus right at the corner of 33rd and River (the 1280) or the #9 to Philly.  We would also meet at the corner of Bergen and River on Friday nights to go skating in Fairview. The bus would come by and pick us up and bring us back at 10. God I miss those days.

Dolores Arensberg Campbell
July 27, 2006

I just reviewed the Bergen Avenue site again. Ok, so my parents bought 1021 Bergen from the Kennedy family in 1953. My parents lived in the white house, one house from Engles Lot. There was a red house that is gone between my parents house and that lot. My dad passed away in 1982 and my mom eventually sold the property in 1988. My mom and dad were Tom and Helen Campbell. 

The William Deals lived in Camden across from my parents until the late 1980s as well. 

I also remember there being a suitcase factory on the corner of Bergen Avenue and River road next to Swartz's Furniture Store (across Bergen) It burned down in the early 1950's. There was also Al's Barber Shop a few doors up from the furniture store on River Road, and there was Harry's sub shop next to the barber shop. Howard Unruh actually shot a child sitting on the horse in the barber Shop. Then there was the drug store on the corner of 32nd Street and River Road. The pharmacist was such a grouch!! There was a small grocery store across 32nd Street that was owned by a Jewish family. It later became a laundromat. Frank and Tom's was the larger grocery store across River Road. They had the best lunch meat!!! The small sub shop in between Frank and Tom's and the Bar.......and there was Lucy's Hair Salon and next to that the dry cleaner all on the side of River Road as Al's Barber Shop. We had so much in such a small area! 

As kids we used to wait on the corner on Friday night to catch the bus to the skating rink in Fairview! That was the highlight of our lives back then! And of course when we were older we could walk to the Arlo in East Camden! No wonder we all were so skinny! We walked everywhere! We actually walked to Wilson from Cramer Hill over the railroad tracks behind Campbell Soup! Sometimes, under the trains......it's a wonder we are still alive! 

Then there was Carmellos' on the corner of Beideman and River Road. This woman hated kids! She had the best choice of soda and ice cream, but the kids tormented her! There was also Dead Man's hill on 33rd Street. Do you know why it was called that? I've never found the answer to that one........? Oh, the Bar on River Road across from Lucy's and Swartz's was Engles. Frankie Engle used to throw pears at everyone and no one would do anything about him because his dad owned the bar and everyone was afraid of him......funny now that I think about it.  

Joe Arensberg lived on the 1000 block of 32nd Street. He is much older than my husband. He raised his family there until moving to Maple Shade. John Long and family lived directly behind my parents. There address would have been 1024 32nd Street. The Marini's lived directly behind the grocery store on River Road and 32nd Street in the 1000 block. The Huhn's lived on the 1000 block of 33rd Street [1032 North 33rd Street - PMC] directly across from my parents home.  

My parents lived in the white house, 1021 Bergen, one house from Engles Lot. There was a red house that is gone between my parents house and that lot. Going up Bergen toward the river, the next house on the same side [1017 Bergen Avenue - PMC] was were Ellen Marren lived, then there was a driveway that circles around behind the row houses on the same side of the street. Paul Delfing later lived in that apartment [at 1017 Bergen Avenue - PMC]. He was also a fireman. Then the row houses started and William Hummel lived in the second house of the red brick row houses. 

You're really jogging this old memory. I just gave my husband a big lecture on writing to you with all of the info that he has stored. He could really fill in some of the blanks as he was very involved with the Boy's Club and knew most of the kids on the hill. I wasn't that aware of most of what went on since my parents were strict and my sister and I were never allowed out of the house! 

Other friends- Rennes Allenbach (former Camden Chief of Police Bob Allebach's younger sister. We are still best friends); Ginger (Virginia) Dowhy, cousin to the Dowhy firemen clan, Ray Chintal who lived on River Road near 22nd Street, next to Ginger; Becky Sooy Murtaugh who is married to John, Ed Murtaugh's brother; Tara Angelastro Sooy, the sister of Becky Murtaugh; and Marianne Shinn Charlton, who lived on the 800 block of 32nd Street. Her mom was the crossing guard for the Harry C. Sharp School. Also  Bruce Bauer, who had an Aunt, Mrs. Lewes, who taught 5th grade at Sharp School.

Dolores Arensberg Campbell
August, 2009


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