Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Dudley Street


DUDLEY STREET in East Camden was named for Thomas Haines Dudley, lawyer and diplomat. Dudley's estate comprised the park and much of the land surrounding the present Dudley Grange Park. Thomas H. Dudley's home lay at the center of the park, and was used as a library for many years. Shortly after the Camden Free Public Library abandoned the building, it was destroyed in a fire in 1980. South Dudley Street was known as Alberta Street until the early 1920s when it was renamed.

At the south end of Dudley Street, the road starts at Fremont Street, with the Alberta Woods Parks on the left and the Francis X. McGraw Elementary School on the right. Traveling north on Dudley Street, in the next block one finds in the next block the Washington Park Apartments to the left and East Camden Middle School to the right. Dudley Street continues for several blocks, with homes built approximately 100 year ago in the right hand side, until on the road reaches Federal Street 

In the next block of Dudley Street, the unit block of North Dudley, that lays between Federal Street and Westfield Avenue, one sees the Dudley Park Homes, one block of townhouses built along the west side od Dudley Street, opposite Dudley Grange Park. At the end of the block, on the left, at the corner of Dudley Street and Westfield Avenue, is St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church. Dudley Street continues for two blocks on the other side of Westfield Avenue, with some homes built around 1890, until the road is blocked by the railroad tracks at Morrison Street.

When the Westfield Acres housing project was completed in 1938 on the other side of the railroad tracks, along Westfield Avenue between Rosedale Street and Beideman Avenue, one of the interior streets within the project was named Dudley Street. Addresses stating the 300 and 400 blocks of Dudley Street indicate apartments and Housing Authority of the City of Camden offices or facilities in these two blocks. The Westfield Acres project was demolished and rebuilt, with residents first moving in during 2003, the new neighborhood christened as Baldwin's Run. 

Do you have a Dudley Street memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen


15 Dudley Street is one of the one block row opposite Dudley Grange Park on Dudley Street between Federal Street and Westfield Avenue,


DUDLEY GRANGE

Dudley Grange Park is located at Federal and Dudley Streets in East Camden. The park is on the remainder of the Thomas H. Dudley estate. The Dudley house was the home of the East Camden branch of the Camden Free Public Library up until the late 1970s. Neglect on the part of city government resulted in the destruction of this historic building by fire in August of 1980..

Responsibility for the care and upkeep of Dudley Grange Park fell to Camden County in the 1990s.

Above: The Library at Dudley Grange
Below: children enjoying the splash pool at Dudley Grange - July 1926
Below: Dudley Grange after the fire in October of 1980

The picnic shelter
in
Dudley Grange Park
was built in 1996.

The shelter stands at the corner of Dudley and Federal Streets

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St. Wilfrid's
Episcopal Church

Westfield Avenue
&
Dudley Street

Organized 1884
Incorporated 1891

Photographed
 December 21, 2002


July 1940

In the summer of 1940 Westfield Acres Manager Meyer Wessel arranged to have showers installed in the outdoor play area so the younger children of the Acres could cool off and wade, at a total price of $45.02..... the pictures below give evidence to the success of this idea.

View from the top of concrete platform in front of 346 Dudley Street, showing children paddling in water from showers which are out of sight to the left. A glimpse of the drain can be seen in the middle of the picture.

View from top of concrete platform in front of 346 Dudley Street, with camera focused on shower heads.

View from top of wall against corner of Building Number 8, looking down on shower platform.

View from same position as above picture, but focused on showers. One other shower is just out of sight to the left of the picture.

View from stair tower window on second floor, looking down on shower platform. Chief Maintenance Mechanic may be seen at right adjusting shower temperature.

View from third floor balcony in Building Number 9, looking down on showers.

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Camden Courier-Post - January 8, 2004


  Camden Fire Destroys Home
Two other houses were damaged
in the three-alarm blaze
By TOM LOUNSBERRY
Courier-Post Staff

A three-alarm fire Wednesday destroyed one home and damaged two others. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke out about 2:30 p.m. in the first block of Dudley Street. The city fire marshal's office is investigating the cause.

The fire started in a vacant three-story home at 88 Dudley St., Deputy Fire Chief Tom Quinn said. The structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and it quickly collapsed, Quinn said. Flames spread to 90 Dudley St., causing significant damage there, Quinn said.

A recently renovated house at 84 Dudley St. also sustained smoke and heat damage, including melted siding, Quinn said. Firefighters, who took turns fighting the blaze because of the cold weather, was declared under control about 4 p.m., Quinn said.

Richard Gross, who was watching his mother's home at 90 Dudley St. while she has been in a nursing home, said squatters had used the vacant home at 88 Dudley St. for about three months.

Authorities do not know if they or anyone else was near the structure when the blaze began.

Left: Camden Fire Department
personnel at the 88 Dudley Street Fire

From left: Mike DePascale, Joe Marini, Tom Quinn, Jim Alexander

Below: 88 Dudley Street
on February 19, 2004

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North Dudley Street
Between Federal & Morrison Streets

  9 North Dudley Street
  11 North Dudley Street
13 North Dudley Street

1950s-1960s
John Fitzgerald

A Boy's Life in East Camden

Easter, 1956

John Fitzgerald (left) & Ron Blizard

  15 North Dudley Street

Earl Stopfer

  17 North Dudley Street
  19 North Dudley Street
  21 North Dudley Street
  23 North Dudley Street
  25 North Dudley Street
  27 North Dudley Street
  29 North Dudley Street
  31 North Dudley Street
  33 North Dudley Street
  35 North Dudley Street
  37 North Dudley Street
  83 North Dudley Street

This house is where the minister of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church resides.

1906
Sanborn Map
Showing
Dudley Street
from
Westfield Avenue
to
High Street

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116 North Dudley Street

1909-1916
Garrett C. Pogue Sr. & Family
Garret C. & Gertrude Derrickson Pogue
Frederick Pogue
Garrett C. Pogue Jr.

1909-1916
Charles Derrickson & Family
Charles & Kathryn Derrickson

Left: Garrett C. Pogue Sr. - 1938

  117 North Dudley Street
  118 North Dudley Street
119 North Dudley Street

1938 Leonard Schaffer

Camden Courier-Post
February 26, 1938

 

  119 North Dudley Street
  121 North Dudley Street
  123 North Dudley Street
  125 North Dudley Street

Orphia M. Whittaker

  126 North Dudley Street
  127 North Dudley Street
  130 North Dudley Street
1956 Curt A. Parrish Jr.
  131 North Dudley Street
  132 North Dudley Street
  134 North Dudley Street
  135 North Dudley Street
  136 North Dudley Street
  138 North Dudley Street
  139 North Dudley Street
  141 North Dudley Street

1900s-1910s Lawrence Wuest Family
1900s-1910s Lawrence Boulton


North Dudley Street - Westfield Acres

  342 North Dudley Street
  344 North Dudley Street

1956 Kenneth M. Clark

  346 North Dudley Street

1940 Walter J.A. Stanton Sr.

  346 North Dudley Street
  362 North Dudley Street

Wilbur Charles Keckhut

 

364 North Dudley Street

Apartment 407 William J. Kiggins

  402 North Dudley Street
  404 North Dudley Street

1943-1949
Joseph A. Alcorn & Family
Joseph & Mary Ann Alcorn
William Alcorn
Joseph Alcorn
Ruth Alcorn

 

  422 North Dudley Street
  424 North Dudley Street

Intersection of Federal Street & Dudley Street
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Looking West
on
Federal Street
at the
Dudley Street intersections

May 24, 1957

Photograph by Robert Parrish
Courtesy of Curt A. Parrish Jr.


South Dudley Street
Between Federal & Fremont Streets

11 South Dudley Street

George A. Holmes

  15 South Dudley Street
  16 South Dudley Street
  18 South Dudley Street
  19 South Dudley Street
  42 South Dudley Street
  50 South Dudley Street

1940s-1970s
Brand's Food Market

1990s-2000s
Azcona Food Market

  51 South Dudley Street
  55 South Dudley Street
  56 South Dudley Street
  66 South Dudley Street
  67 South Dudley Street
  68 South Dudley Street
  69 South Dudley Street
  74 South Dudley Street
  76 South Dudley Street
  78 South Dudley Street

1950s Curt A. Parrish Jr.

78 South Dudley Street

1950s-1976
John F. Gaffney Sr. Family
John F. & Dorothea Gaffney
John F. Gaffney Jr.
fireman
Joseph K. Gaffney

Left: John F. Gaffney Sr.
fireman

78 South Dudley Street

1950s-1976
John F. Gaffney Sr. Family
fireman
John F. & Dorothy Gaffney Sr.
John F. Gaffney Jr.
fireman
Joseph K. Gaffney

Left: John F. Gaffney Jr.
fireman

84 South Dudley Street

1947-1948
Curtis A. "Chick" Parrish Sr.

Photograph by Robert Parrish
Courtesy of Curt A. Parrish Jr.

84 South Dudley Street

1947-1948
Curtis A. "Chick" Parrish Sr.

Photograph by Robert Parrish
Courtesy of Curt A. Parrish Jr.

84, 88, & 90
South Dudley Street

1947-1948
Curtis A. "Chick" Parrish Sr.

Photograph by Robert Parrish
Courtesy of Curt A. Parrish Jr.

84, 88, & 90
South Dudley Street

December 5, 1957
Elva May (Dool) Parrish

Photograph by Robert Parrish
Courtesy of Curt A. Parrish Jr.

 

  88 South Dudley Street
  90 South Dudley Street

1948-1957 Curt A. Parrish Sr.
1948-1951 Curt A. Parrish Jr.

  101 South Dudley Street
  103 South Dudley Street
  105 South Dudley Street
  107 South Dudley Street
  109 South Dudley Street
  111 South Dudley Street
   

152-172
South Dudley Street

October 10, 2004

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  152 South Dudley Street
  154 South Dudley Street
  156 South Dudley Street

158-168
South Dudley Street

October 10, 2004

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  158 South Dudley Street
  160 South Dudley Street
  162 South Dudley Street
  164 South Dudley Street

1947 Earl V. Scott

164 South Dudley Street

1950s-1970s
The Schreiner Family

Looking Northwest towards Federal Street. Cynthia, Joseph, and Linda Schreiner on an Easter morning. Photo from early 1960s.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

164 South Dudley Street

1950s-1970s
The Schreiner Family

Looking Northwest towards Federal Street. Cynthia and Linda Schreiner on an Easter morning. Photo from early 1960s.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

164 South Dudley Street

1950s-1970s
The Schreiner Family

This photo of is of Cynthia Schreiner on the front patio of 164 South Dudley Street, facing Northwest towards Federal Street.  Photo dates from around 1960.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

164 South Dudley Street

1950s-1970s
The Schreiner Family

Cynthia Schreiner on the day of graduation from Junior High School. Photo taken in front of 164 Dudley Street. The steps go up to front patio of of the house. This photo faces east towards East Camden Middle School, McGraw Elementary School, and Fremont Street. 

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

164 South Dudley Street

October 10, 2004

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  166 South Dudley Street
  168 South Dudley Street
  170 South Dudley Street
  172 South Dudley Street

Charles Krattenmaker


I grew up at 164 South Dudley Street in a row home on the same block as McGraw school.  I also worked at the Dudley Grange library for a year when I was in high school at Woodrow Wilson.  I loved that place, the library was a sanctuary to me and when I left New Jersey I visited the site of the burnt remains of the building and sobbed for a long time.....

....I also knew the family that lived in the home that you feature on the page which burnt down. The gentleman who owned the house offered a vacation bible school that was wildly popular with kids and parents in the summer time.  I remember seeing long tables set up in the side yard filled with kids.  

Cynthia Schreiner Washington
October 2004


Intersection of South Dudley Street & Stevens Street
 

East Camden Middle School

Built in 1978, East Camden Middle School lies between Woodrow Wilson High School and the Francis X. McGraw Elementary School, and adjacent to Woodrow Wilson High's football field.


Intersection of South Dudley Street & Washington Street

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Looking North
on
Dudley Street
from
Fremont Avenue

July 7, 2006


South Dudley Street
Between Fremont Avenue & Washington Street
 

Alberta Woods Park

West side of Dudley Street
Between Fremont Avenue & Washington Street

Alberta Woods was not a person! This area had many trees and was known as Alberta Woods around the turn of the century/

   

South Dudley Street
Between Fremont Avenue & Washington Street

Francis X. McGraw
Elementary School

East side of Dudley Street
Between Fremont Avenue & Washington Street

In 1953, a new school was built in East Camden, and named for Francis X. McGraw, who was awarded the Congressional Medal Honor posthumously for his heroism during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest in November of 1944. 

Dudley & Fremont Street

Francis X. McGraw Elementary School

A 1960s picture of the Brownie Troop at Francis X. McGraw
Elementary School

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

Dudley & Fremont Street

Francis X. McGraw Elementary School

1960s- On the McGraw school playground  facing northwest. The baseball field stretched from the edge of the playground to the 3000 block of Stevens Street, with row homes in the background.   East Camden Middle School was built over the baseball field in 1978.      Photo courtesy of Cynthia Schreiner Washington

   

Intersection of South Dudley Street & Fremont Avenue

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Photographs taken
July 7, 2006
Looking North
on 
South Dudley Street
from
Fremont Avenue
Intersection
of
South Dudley Street
Washington Street
as seen from
Fremont Avenue
Looking North
on 
South Dudley Street
from
Fremont Avenue
Looking North
on 
South Dudley Street
from
Fremont Avenue

Northwest corner
of 
South Dudley Street
&
Fremont Avenue

Alberta Woods Park

Northeast corner
of 
South Dudley Street
&
Fremont Avenue

Francis X. McGraw School


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