Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Leonard
Avenue


Leonard Avenue runs for one block, from Federal Street north to Westfield Avenue, between North 27th and North 28th Streets, in East Camden. The street and houses are on land that once had been part of St. Patrick's Cemetery. Permits were issued for 38 brick dwellings to be built on the new street on March 19, 1915.

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

 Phil Cohen


Philadelphia Inquirer - March 20, 1919

Intersection of Leonard Avenue & Federal Street
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View from across Federal Street - December 3, 2011
View across Federal Street - December 3, 2011
View across Federal Street - December 3, 2011
   

Unit Block of Leonard Avenue
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  1 Leonard Avenue
aka 2733 Federal Street

1910s-1960s Frank F. & Anna Dorris
Frank Dorris died during the 1920s
1940s-1970s Anne's beauty shop
Mrs. Anne Dorris Depuy
1950s-1970s Cromewell-Alles Realty & Insurance
1950s-1960s Harriet "Hattie" Dorris
All were gone by 1977
1969 E.M. Maushake

2 Leonard Avenue
aka 2737 Federal Street

1910-s1924 William Clark
1924 Charles D. Morgan
undertaker
1920s- late 1970s Dr. Myer Barbell
gone by 1977
1969-        Dr. Bernard S. Barbell DO
1969 Dr. Eric L. Leonardo

Photograph Taken
July 2004 

3 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Herbert Plummer
1924 Hannah Connolly
1930-1969 William R. Yonker

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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3 & 5 Leonard Avenue

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  4 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Erskine Hopkins Family
1924-1930s Edward 0. Taylor
1947-1956 Mrs. Marie E. Martel
1959-1970s James S & Dorothy Murphy
Jim Murphy & Dee Dee Murphy (children)
gone by 1977

5 Leonard Avenue

1924 Louis Gressel
1930 T. Charles Comerford
1947 vacant

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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5 Leonard Avenue

1950s-1970s
Jennie Murren
&
Eleanor Thrower
(cousins)
gone by 1977

Bucks County Courier-imes
February 3, 1968

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  6 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Gustave Keating
1924-1930s Charles M. Simpson
1940s-1963 Frederick M. Geckle
1940s-1960s Mrs. Genevieve Geckle
1940s-1969 Fred & Marge Geckle Jr.

  7 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Charles Buhler
1924 Mrs. Emma Weston
1930 Mrs. Eliza Park
1947 William O. Bessey
1962-1977 Edward & Josephine Kavlick
1962-1977 Edward Scott Kavlick

7 Leonard Avenue

Fire at 7 Leonard Avenue
December 3, 2011

Left: 7, 9, and 11 Leonard Avenue

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7 Leonard Avenue

Fire at 7 Leonard Avenue
December 3, 2011

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7 & 9 Leonard Avenue

Fire at 7 Leonard Avenue
December 3, 2011

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  8 Leonard Avenue

1920s-1920s James L. Fenton
1924-1930s Hiram Brundage
1947-1956 Mrs. Eva Keen

  9 Leonard Avenue

1917 Jacob F. Bender
1910s-1930s Louis Froelich

9 Leonard Avenue

1932
Louis Wolfinger & Family
Louis & Mary Wolfinger
Joseph A. Wolfinger

Camden Courier-Post
March 28, 1932

9 Leonard Avenue

1947 Joseph McPherson

mid 1950s-1970s
Harry E. Offord & Family
Harry E. & Catherine Offord
gone by 1977

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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  10 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Frank Stark
1924-1969 Harry G. Schmidt Family
1920s-1969 Mrs. Helen Schmidt
1920s-1930s William J MacKnight (stepson)
1920s-1930s George M. MacKnight (stepson)

11 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Raymond Wendell
1924 Harry Staples
1930 Leon Abner
1947 James J. Schmitt

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  12 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Joseph H. Rhoades
1924-1930s Frank Adams
1947 Joseph J. Thiel
1950s-1960s Shirley Shapiro
William & Leola Kirk Smith (stepfather and mother)
1960s-1995 Leola Smith

  13 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Charles Bibber
1924 Frank Schrumpf
1930 Mrs. Anna Wuest
1930 Joseph Urban
1947 Theo Krueger

  14 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1930s Charles Knox

1946-1947
David Humphries
Camden Fire Fighter
David & Rhoda Humphries
David W. Humphries

1969 Mrs. Elizabeth Martorano
1969 Anthony Martorano

  15 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1924 Charles Lindholm
1930 Horace Young
1947-1956 William C. WIble
1969 A. Perez

  16 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1930s James Biddle
policeman
1947 Horace Van Sciver
1960s-1970s? Hannah Stover
1969 E.C. Hollenbaugh

17 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Miss Ella Ellis
teacher
1910s-1920s Miss Maud Hicks
1910s-1920s Miss Jessie Hicks
1924 William F. Kay
1924-1930 James Kay
1947 Andrew F. Hoffman
1969 G.C. Borregine

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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17 & 19 Leonard Avenue

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  18 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Edward Smith
1924 Robert F. Wyatt
1947 Richard J. Costine
1950s-1960s A. Caruso & Family

19 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Arden Shaw
1924 William J. Martin
1930-1960s Warren Radcliff
1969 R. Weyman

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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20 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s John Shill
1924-1930s James McClaferty

20 Leonard Avenue

1947-1972
George S. Nicktern & Family
Camden Police Officer
George & Victoria Nicktern

20 Leonard Avenue

1947-1972
George S. Nicktern & Family
Camden Police Officer
George & Victoria Nicktern

Cheryl Rowand
in front of the Nicktern's home
early 1950s

20 & 22 Leonard Avenue

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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  21 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Neal Borton
1924 Stanley Tarves
electrician
1930 William Schlict
1947 Richard Kreher

22 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Thomas Day
1924 Frank Stark
1930 Edward Ohlson
1947-1969 Mrs. Mary E. Harris
1969 Leslie B. Harris

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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23 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1924 Charles S. Rodman
1930 Nicholas Czerniak
1947 Adolph Carsyn
1969 Douglas Moffa

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23 & 25 Leonard Avenue

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24 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1924 Edward J. O'Brien
1930 Henry B. & Rose Smith
William B. Smith
Edgar L. Smith 
1947 Edgar L. Smith
1969 A. Hand

24 & 26 Leonard Avenue

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25 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Donald Cline
1924-1930s Walter T. Padgett
1947 Walter J. Duffy
1969 Eugene L. Shisler

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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26 Leonard Avenue

1910s - 1970s
Louis Scott & Family
Louis & Laura Scott Family
Ethel Scott
Anna Scott
C. Leslie Scott
Louis Scott

1969- early 1970s C. Leslie Scott
gone by 1977

26 Leonard Avenue

1910s - 1970s
Louis Scott & Family
Louis & Laura Scott Family
Ethel Scott
Anna Scott
C. Leslie Scott
Louis Scott

1969- early 1970s C. Leslie Scott
gone by 1977

Julia Asay
East Camden Woman's Club
Dorothy Morris
Mrs. Robert Pinner
Mrs. Charles Johnson

 

27 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Albert Reinhard
1924 George Lippincott
1927 James Cunningham
1947 Frank Seagraves
1969 William Mellon

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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27 & 29 Leonard Avenue

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28 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1947 George Gross
1969 J.A. Ferraro

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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29 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Isaac Clark
1924 vacant
1930 Lawrence Miller
1947 Lawrence E. Miles
1969 H.E. Carmon

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  30 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1947 Michael Gross 
1969 Mrs. Bertha Ulrich

2011 Gone

31 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Ephraim Shaw
1924 Mrs. Hattie Shaw
1930 Arthur Shaw
1947 Dominic J. DiNunzio
1969 E.H. Moffa

Photograph taken December 3, 2011

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32 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Staley Tarves
1924 Robert S. Burns
1930-1947 John Buffo
1969 Earnest W. Gruber

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32 & 34 Leonard Avenue

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33 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Troy R. Page
1924-1930s John Cooper
1947-1960s Frances L. Gritton
1947-1970s Audrey R. Gritton
gone by 1977

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34 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1960s Ernest F. Schirmer

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35 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Irving Cobb
1924-1930s Erskine Hopkins
1947 George J. Wolf

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36 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1920s Clarence Rice
1924-1930s Richard Koegler
1947-1960s Mathew A. Sarra

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36 & 38 Leonard Avenue

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38 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1924 Espin Ashton
1930 Horace Heulinger
1947 Justin C. Neill

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38 & 40 Leonard Avenue

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40 Leonard Avenue

1910s-1960s William & Bessie Percival

William Percival died in August of 1964. Wife Bessie subsequently moved to Gloucester City, passing away in July of 1967. 

1969 Helen Winner

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Intersection of Leonard Avenue & Westfield Avenue
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View from Westfield Avenue - December 3, 2011
Northeast Corner of Leonnard Avenue & Westfield Avenue - December 3, 2011
   

Edward S. Kavlick writes about growing up on Leonard Avenue

This are my memories of Leonard Avenue. My name is Edward S. Kavlick. I was born when my family lived at 40 Ablett Village, which is located on River Road in Cramer Hill.

We moved when I was 6 months old to 7 Leonard Avenue in 1962 with my grandparents Josephine and Edward (Mom and Dad) and my mother Joann. I was born in February of 1962, my first birthday party was there.

When I was 5 years old I remember I had a car you can ride... you had to pedal it. I would ask my Dad if he would bring it outside. He would put it in front of the steps and I would get in and ride it all the way around the block.

I had a friend, the first time I met him he was about 10, I was 5. He was a lot older than me but we always hung out together. His name was Bobby Wayman. He had the neatest toys. The first time I ever saw the little cars called Matchboxes I asked Bobby where he got them. He told me at Woolworth's on Federal Street. I would copy after Bobby, every toy he had I would get my Mom to buy.

I had a lot of friends. Every neighbor and kid knew me. There were Bobby's cousins. The first one was Tommy. I think he lived at number 13 Leonard. I can't remember his last name. He had a brother who we called Dicky. My first girlfriend, her name was carol. Tommy and Carol were Bobby's cousins. Carol lived down the street a bit, I can't think of the number. The last house on my side of the street was my friend Tony. We were the same age. 

In back of the houses there was a big lot. We called it the back lot. All of the kids would play there. The big kids like Bobby would play football and the little kids like me would dig in the dirt and play Army. Bobby had two other friends I remember, Steven and Gilbert. Gilbert was Chinese, he lived around the block.

I remember every day seemed like it was sunny. The summer days were hot. Me and Carol, Tommy and Tony would go swimming in my pool. 

There was a little restaurant around the corner from the street owned by a married couple. The lady who owned was named Edith, I forget her husband's name. Every day after school I would go around there and get a cheese steak and a Yoo-Hoo. I was always there, I was good friends with Edith.

I went to Cramer school. My Mom would walk me to school every day and pick me up. Across the street was my friend Kevin. He lived with his mom Shirley Shirpio but I don't remember that name, I thought their name was McGlugten. His grandmother's name was Lola.

 Our neighbors were at first Mr. and Mrs. Yonkers and than Jennie Murren and her cousin Eleanor. On the other side was Miss Offord. 

I remember in the summer time my mom and the neighbors would sit out side and I would play till the Mr. Softee ice cream truck came. The guy who would drive the truck was named Bob. All the kids who had change (money) would try too get the lucky number, which would get a free sundae. It was beautiful back then. Federal street was so clean. So many stores in the summertime would have sidewalk sales and every 4th of July there would be a parade. 

The lady who organized the parade was a Miss Mayers. I was in the parade one time with my sister Kelly when she was a baby. My grandmother and my mother Joann made a costume which was called "the beautiful go-go baby". Unfortunately, I can't find the picture of it. Kelly won first prize and a trophy. It was in the newspaper. In the newspaper photo I'm there holding an American flag with Dad pushing the coach with Kelly in it. My mother Joann was pregnant with my sister Earline.

Christmas time also was beautiful. All the stores and Federal Street would be decorated. They sold real Christmas trees across the street from Leonard Avenue on Federal Street side. At that time there was a big food market called Food Fair. The store closed and was vacant for years until 1976 when it was bought buy a mattress company. This business was called Mattress City. The building later burned down. 

There also was a hardware store called Cartun Hardware and a pizza shop with great panzarottis. In the late 70s Spanish people bought it. There also was a hobby shop at 2807 Federal called Federal Model and Train Center. When it closed it became a church called "Jesus Saves". 

We lived there from 1962 until 1977, when we moved 553 North 35th Street. My mother and my sisters Kelly, Earline, and baby Chrisie lived in the house for three months, then moved to 2734 Tyler Avenue in Cramer Hill. My grandfather died on March 2, 1982. My grandmother and I now live in Gloucester City. We have been here for 19 years, and now my whole family is here as well.

I have so many more memories of Leonard Avenue. I had a great childhood there, great times and people, too. I still love my old house and street. If I had the money I would try to buy it back. 

Thanks for this,

Eddie
December 2007


Intersection of Federal Street & Leonard Avenue

TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER AUTO CRASH
Threat to Kill Alleged Against One;
Driver of Second Car Makes Complaint

 Basil Cook, 44, of 449 North Fifth Street, was arrested on charges of assault and battery and threat to kill, and James Fenton, 32, of 834 North Sixth street, was held for reckless driving and disorderly conduct last night on complaint of C. N. Morrow, of 7 North Twenty-eighth Street, following an automobile accident. They will be arraigned in police court today.

Cook and Fenton were booked as "drunk" by Sergeant Stiles Whittaker, though Morrow declined to press such charges against them. Fenton was released later on $40 security.

Morrow was driving west on Federal Street and Fenton, in whose car Cook was passenger, was proceeding east. Fenton's car turned left into Leonard Avenue. Morrow charged that Fenton then backed into Morrow's car.

Morrow got out of his car and an argument ensued. Morrow is alleged to have accused Cook and Fenton of being drunk When Morrow went into a nearby store to telephone for police, Cook is alleged to have followed him, grabbed him by the throat and threatened to kill him. Morrow then struck Cook and broke his hold.

When the Third district police patrol arrived, Cook was standing in the street. He was arrested by Patrolman Elwood Humphreys. Fenton ran into the store and refused to leave. He was dragged from the place by Patrolman Joseph Shreeves.

Camden Courier-Post

March 19, 1932


Intersection of Federal Street & Leonard Avenue
Bucks County Courier-Times

Left: February 3, 1968

Below: February 7, 1968


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