Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Main
Street


MAIN STREET is a diagonal street that runs southeast from the intersection of State Street and Point Street in North Camden. It first appears in the Camden City Directory in 1878, at that time beginning at the entrance of the Vine Street Ferry. Main Street is a VERY wide street, its width necessitated by the railroad tracks that ran from the waterfront, originally belonging to the Camden & Amboy Railroad. Prior to the construction of the Ben Fra

nklin Bridge, these railroad tracks ran up Main Street, intersecting and crossing the railroad tracks that lead to the Pavonia Yard, and traveling on to the rail line to points south in New Jersey. These tracks now carries the PATCO High Speed Line. Main Street in the 1880s ran all the way to 11th Street. From the 1920s through the 1960s Main Street reached Penn Street between 7th and 8th Streets in these days.

After the construction of the bridge and the establishment of the Bridge Plaza, Main Street terminated in the 600 block. The rail line continued to 7th Street, where a large coal yard operated for many years by the R. McAllister Company was located. By 1952 the tracks had been covered over at 7th and Linden Street. On 7th Street between Penn and Linden stood the triangular Bridge Plaza Parking Garage, which had housed the Edstan Ford automobile Dealership in the 1930s. The rear of this building faced Main Street south of Linden. Photographs indicate however, that due to railroad tracks that still existed as late the 1950s, that Main Street was closed to automobile traffic here. No buildings had addresses on Main Street east of 6th Street by 1947.

By the late 1970s the railroad tracks were long gone, as were the port facility and most of the industries in North Camden that they supported. Only a few houses, mostly in the 100 and 200 blocks remain.

Notable Main Street residents over the years included journalist Daniel P. "Dan" McConnell, and his father, also named Dan, Daniel D. McConnell, who was a noted boxer in South Jersey in the 1890s and early 1900s. The Oberman family ran a bar at 505 Main Street from the 1900s through the 1940s, a bar operated here as early as 1887 through the mid-1960s. One of the Oberman sons, Frank A. Oberman, had a long and distinguished career as a member of the Camden Fire Department, having reached the rank of Captain by the late 1940s. A hardware store operated at 132 Main Street for well over 50 years. 323 Main housed a stable as early as the 1880s, and when the automobile came to Camden, the building became a garage. 

For many years at 201 Vine Street, the intersection of Vine, Second and Main Streets stood Daly's Tavern, founded by John F. Daly and run by his family into the 1970s. The North Camden Theater, which is still standing, was next door at 203-205 Vine. The Mancine family ran a bar from the 1930s until it burned down in the 1970s on the southwest corner of North 3rd and Main streets. The family still has a liquor store on the same block, at North 3rd and Elm Streets.        

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

 Phil Cohen



1952
Main Street and Point Street

The Camden Casket Company, formerly the Weidenhammer Bottling Works, is visible in upper right hand corner of this picture


Looking Northwest
on the

100 Block
Main Street
1970

Kelly's Bar
69
State Street
at rear

Photo Courtesy Of
Floyd Miller


100 Block of Main Street
  115 Main Street
4 BITTEN BY DOGS, ONE FORMER PUGILIST

Four persons, including a former Camden boxer, were among victims of dog bites recorded over the weekend. 
George Delker, 54, of 29 South Forty-second Street, the former boxer was attacked at Pennsville while romping on the beach with a pet spaniel. Delker was treated by a physician for lacerations of the left foot.

At Cooper Hospital three persons received treatment. They are Jonas Cooper, 24, of 1163 Lawrence Street; bit on left arm; Lawrence Repetto, 2, of 117 Main Street, bit on leg, and a physician John Garrity, 17, of 205 Byron Street, bit on leg. 

117 Main Street
  123 Main Street
125 Main Street

1901-1913
Daniel D. McConnell & Family
Boxer - Oyster Restaurant
Daniel D. & Teresa McConnell
Daniel P. "Dan" McConnell
May McConnell
Henry F. "Harry" McConnell

Bertha McConnell

125 Main Street
Daniel P. "Dan" McConnell

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  125 & 127 Main Street

1935 to 1947
Harry Wieland

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  125 Main Street

1950s
Joey & Lolly Knox 
Luncheonette

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125 Main Street
1959
Mabel Knox Toner

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125 & 127 Main Street

June 6, 2004

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  129 Main Street

1900s
Thomas Homan

  130 Main Street

1900s-1920s
Walter Banks Family
Walter & Alice Banks

William R. Harring Sr. & Family
William R. & Ida May Banks Harring
Quentin Harring
WIlliam R. Harring Jr..

  131 Main Street
 

 

 

132 Main Street

1900-1940s
Paxson Hardware

Charles Gillingham Paxson & Family
Charles G. & Zoe L. Smythe Paxson
Ethel V. Paxson
Charles E. Paxson
Rebecca G Paxson
Victor J. Paxson
Marguerite Paxson
Sarah E. Paxson


Left: Victor J. & Charles G. Paxson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left. Charles G. Paxson

 

 

Photograph circa 1914

132 Main Street

1955-1956
Crossley Hardware Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

132 Main Street
1959
as seen from in front of 125 Main Street
Mabel Knox Toner and Nipper in picture

to the left:
Herman's Soda Fountain
at 623 North 2nd
to the right:
128 Vine Street

1930s-1940s
Victor J. Paxson Hardware
1955-1956
Crossley Hardware Company
1960s-2004
Richards Hardware Company


1940s- Looking Southeast on Main Street
at the intersection of North 2nd Street, Vine Street, and Main

Where a playground now stands at the "point" created by the intersection of Vine & Main Streets, James F. Walton traded as "Walton the Plumber" prior to his death in 1927. He was eventually succeeded by Taggart & Green, plumbers. At 208 Vine, the next building, with doors and signs on both sides, was the Chin Bock Suey  Chinese laundry. The photo dates from the early 1940s, when Taggart & Green's office served as Civil Defense station for Air Raid Wardens in the area.  Main Street is at right.

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200 Block of Main Street
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201 Main Street

1913
Camden City Directory Advertisement
James F. Walton

201 Main Street

1940s
Camden City Directory Advertisement

  208 Main Street
210 Main Street

1890
Charles B. "Barney" Harvey

210 Main Street
Sergeant John J. Smith Jr.
212 Main Street

1888
Charles B. "Barney" Harvey

 

212 Main Street
  214 Main Street
  216 Main Street
  218 Main Street
  220 Main Street
  222 Main Street
224 Main Street

1884
Charles B. "Barney" Harvey

224 Main Street

1917 James Murphy

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 30, 1917

226 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

226 Main Street

1894-1914
Charles B. "Barney" Harvey

228 Main Street

1914-1918
John W. Plum

228 Main Street

1959-1970s
Frank W. Vlerebome Family
Frank & Helen Vlerebome

1976-1977 Phil Cohen

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

228 & 230 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

230 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

230 Main Street

1890-1893
Charles B. "Barney" Harvey

232 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

232 Main Street

1919-1930s
Edward E. Peraria Sr. & Family
Edward E. & Frances Peraria
Edward E. Peraria Jr.
Frances Peraria

232 & 234 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

234 Main Street

Photograph Taken November 4, 2011

1887 Hugh Scroggy


Looking Southwest from the corner of 3rd & Vine in the aftermath of the Cyclone of April 1912 
From Left: 607 and 609 North 3rd Street; 234, 232, 230, 228, 226 Main Street

Pictures from the  Cyclone of 1912
 Tornados struck Camden in 1885 and 1912.
The term "cyclone" was commonly used top refer to tornados in those times.

1925 - Looking Northwest on Main Street
at the intersection of North 2nd Street, Vine Street, and Main

300 Block of Main Street
301 Main Street
1930s
Samuel D. Payne
Printer
306 Main Street
1906 Robert J. Wythe
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  323 Main Street
1887-1888
Benjamin F. Sweeten
Contractor
1884-1891
E. Roberts & Brother Livery Stable
later
North Camden Livery Stables
Edward Roberts
323 Main Street

1923-1924
Hoddell Garage
William F. Hoddell

  323 Main Street

1930s-1960s
Main Garage

  325 Main Street

1952
Main Street
Between
Point Street and 5th Street

The railroad yard that serviced Main Street, and the grounds of the old Vine Street Ferry Terminal, which had stopped running in 1926m are visible in this picture. The North Camden Theater at North 2nd and Vine Streets, and Mancine's Tavern at 3rd and Main Street, can be easily seen. 


1875 - 520 North 4thStreet
at the southeast corner of North 4th Street and Main
The home and business of Charles L. & Richard Reeves

400 Block of Main Street
  418 Main Street
1890-1891
Carl E. Trebing Sr.
  420 Main Street
  422 Main Street

422 Main Street

1930
Franklin Pierce Alloway & Family
Franklin P. & Sarah L. Alloway
Sarah L. Alloway - Eleanor J. Alloway
Florence M. Alloway - Franklin C. Alloway
William R. Alloway - Anna L. Alloway
Mary E. Alloway

Franklin Pierce Alloway and his wife, the former Sarah Lavinia Griffee resided at 645 Willard Street when their first child, my mother, was born on November 24, 1919. Her name was Sarah Lavinia Alloway. They resided at 815 Market Street when their second child, Eleanor Jennie Alloway, was born on December 10, 1921. They  lived at 718 Federal Street when their third child, Florence Mae was born on February 23, 1923. They next resided at 513 South 6th Street when their fourth child, Franklin Charles "Bud" Alloway was born on November 7, 1924. They lived at 608 Carmen Street when their fifth child, William Robert Alloway was born, December 31, 1926. The family had moved to 436 Benson Street, when their sixth child, Anna Louse Alloway came on August 5, 1928. When the seventh and last child, Mary Elizabeth was born on August 30, 1930, the family was living at 422 Main Street. The reason given for the continual moving was because of the increase in the family size requiring larger accommodations. 

Jim Powell, February 2013

The bottom photo was taken in the 1930s by oldest daughter Sarah L. Alloway. Her siblings Florence, Eleanor, Franklin, William, Anna and Mary Alloway and their uncle, Milton Alloway are pictured.

The Griffee & Alloway Family

  424 Main Street
430 Main Street

1888-1895
Carl E. Trebing Sr. & Family

  430 Main Street
Private George E. Trebing

1952 - Main Street Between 4th & 6th Streets
1952

Automobile traffic on Main Street ended  in the 500 block. The railroad remained in use into the 1950s, servicing the R.M. McAllister coal yard in the 600 Block. Visible at the corner of 4th and Main is the building depicted above in the photo from 1875. 


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 14, 1887
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NOTE: "Mill Street" was Main Street. The Soap works was at 507-511 Main Street

Camden & Philadelphia Soap Works - Main Street - Isaac Lovett - Ladder Company 1
Mrs. Mary Vanneman - Birch Street - North 6th Street -  James Baird

500 Block of Main Street & Birch Street - 1891
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500 Block of Main Street
  505 Main Street

1883-1896
Joseph Zanner
saloon

1902-1903
John S.B. Candler
saloon

1904
Thomas B. Sheppard
saloon

 



505 Main Street

A Saloon run by the following parties

1905-1943
William Oberman Sr. & Family
William & Tekla Obermann
William Obermann Jr.
Frank A. Oberman

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 15, 1905
&
February 16, 1905

  505 Main Street
A Saloon run by the following parties

1947
Main Cafe
(William Oberman's Estate)
Walter E. Gross

1956
Main Street Cafe

1959-1964
Ann's Tavern

Gone by 1966

  507 Main Street

1947
B&H Trucking Company

  515 Main Street

1955
Tru-Ade Bottling Company

  517 Main Street

1947
Dominick Oleveto
garage

1947 Pietro Appiccifuoco

  519 Main Street

1931
The Ambassador Club

Stephen Kirby
Eugene Lorenzo

  519 Main Street

1947 No Return

  521 Main Street

1878-1881
Theodore Drown & Family
Theodore & Hannah Drown
Wilbur A. Drown

521 Main Street

1920s
Trego & Winters Roofing
Camden Courier-Post Ad
March 12, 1930

  521 Main Street

1947 Trego Roofing
1947 William M. Lewis Real Estate
1947 Mrs. Grace Beutler

  538 Main Street

1947 Mrs. Emma M. Crafchok

  540 Main Street

1947 Louis Cranfrano

  542-544 Main Street

1933 D.W. Harris
1947 Camden Battery Service


519 Main Street
Camden Courier-Post * August 22, 1931

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Stephen Kirby - Roy R. Stewart - Eugene Lorenzo - Garfield S. Pancoast
North 5th Street - Walter Smith - Alfred Shire - Edwin Mills - Gus Koerner
Bernard Dempsey - Sydney Wilkins - Robert Sweeney - Betty Doyle
Helen Wright - Albert Malmsbury - Frank Smith - Joseph A. Kirby
John C. Gibson - Main Street - Pearl Street - Bailey Street 
Borton Street - York Street - Dayton Street
Marlton Avenue - Haddon Avenue - Newton Avenue
South 7th Street - Cedar Street

600 Block of Main Street
1952
R.M. McAllister
Coal Yard

By 1947 there was no motor vehicle traffic on this stretch of Main Street, and no addresses.


700 Block of Main Street
1952
Bridge Plaza
Parking Garage

By 1947 there was no motor vehicle traffic on this stretch of Main Street, and no addresses. The railroad tracks had been covered over on Linden and Penn Streets, but still were in place, unused, along Main Street.


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The Vine Street Ferry Terminal The Vine Street Ferry Terminal
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Operated for many years by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Cooper's Point, or Vine Street Ferry operated between Camden and Philadelphia. The Ferry was able to remain profitable even with competition from three other ferries in Camden, but the opening of the Delaware River Bridge brought a quick end to the service. The last run of the ferry was made on October 31, 1926, only a few months after the opening of the then new bridge.

Charles S. Wolverton was the superintendent of the ferry for many years, retiring when it closed, His son, Charles A. Wolverton, represented Camden in the United States House of Representatives for 32 years