Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Mechanic
 Street


MECHANIC STREET lays two blocks south of, and originally ran parallel to Kaighn Avenue from Front Street to Haddon Avenue, with a gap between 7th and 8th Streets. Mechanic Street's geography in the form of streets and railroads that cross its path dictated that there two different section of Mechanic Street, with their own particular makeup and character. Mechanic Street is one of the older streets in Camden, appearing in the 1isy of streets appearing in the 1850 Camden City Directory.

Mechanic Street today starts at Ferry Avenue. The area west of sixth street had been laid out, and had many residences and a few businesses on it by the mid 1880s. The 1890-1891 Camden City Directory shows a few business in the 1200 block of Mechanic, between Louis Street and Haddon Avenue, but apparently all the development of Mechanic Street between the 7th and Louis Streets occurred after 1891.

This somewhat late start contributed the way Mechanic Street turned out in the years that followed. In the area between Broadway and Front Street, with its older homes no one ethnic group predominated. East of 8th street was a different story.  

In the years between 1890 and 1920, a wave of immigrants came to Camden to seek their fortunes in the factories and shops of Camden, to live in freedom, and to raise their children to be Americans, with rights and opportunities for advancement that never existed in the "old country". Most numerous of the new arrivals were Italian, Polish, and Jewish immigrants, although not to be forgotten were sizable communities of Ukrainians, Croats, Armenians, Greeks, and Canadians- mostly from the province of Newfoundland, who came to work in Camden's shipyards.

The Polish community initially seems to have settled on an area around Chestnut and Louis Streets. Once organized, the deeply religious Poles came organized, raise funds, and erected their own church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, at 10th and Mechanic Streets. The church served as a magnet for the community, and Polish families flocked to the new Whitman and Liberty Park neighborhoods that sprang up early in the 20th century between 8th Street and Haddon Avenue.

Mechanic Street maintained its Polish flavor for many years, and St. Joseph Church remains the spiritual home of South Jersey's Polish community. Changes in Camden's ethnic makeup have changed the atmosphere along this section of Mechanic Street, although there still remain a few Polish families in 2004.

Besides St. Joseph Church, Mechanic Street is probably known for a couple of bars that are on or are adjacent to it. At 1050 Mechanic a now vacant building housed a bar for almost 50 years, last known as the Bullpen. For many years Revallo's Cafe stood at the corner of Mechanic and Louis Streets, and 400 Mechanic housed a bar for about 80 years. 

Going back to Mechanic Street west of 7th, much of it consists of vacant lots where houses once stood. The riots of 1967 and 1971 doomed many of the business, the aging housing stock decayed, and most of what was fell to the bulldozer. There are still homes on Mechanic west of Broadway, but little else of consequence save for a few mostly-empty industrial buildings remains. There are still are a few industrial businesses open on Mechanic Street by Ferry Avenue in 2004. 

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

 Phil Cohen


Foot of block of Mechanic Street

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  Foot of Mechanic Street

C,B. Coles Lumber Yard
Destroyed by fire  July 11, 1933

This photo taken July 12, 1922, had been the property of Camden Police Detective Clifford Carr 

100 block of Mechanic Street

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  102 Mechanic Street

1894-1895 Lawrence Botts
1894-1905 Annie Botts

102 Mechanic Street

Corporal Edward P. Carey

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110 Mechanic Street

1915 Theresa Carboski

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 1915

West Jersey Hospital


200 block of Mechanic Street

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201 Mechanic Street

1929-1931 Harry Scholz
bar
1933 Irving Cartin
bar

204 to 212
Mechanic Street

The Gulf Service Station had a Ferry Avenue street address. The building at the far left is 212 Mechanic Street, which was home to the Boudov Coal & Ice Co., Inc., in October of 1938, when this picture was taken. 

205 Mechanic Street

1915 Edward Chew

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 1915

West Jersey Hospital
Cooper Hospital

Charles H. Ellis
Locust Street
Division Street
George Cowgill
Thomas Sullivan
Elwood Davis

208 Mechanic Street

1910 David Hagan

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 20, 1910

Emma Ryan

  209 Mechanic Street
  211 Mechanic Street
212 Mechanic Street

P.D. Strang & Son

1917 Camden City Directory
Advertisement

212 Mechanic Street

Boudov Coal & Ice Co., Inc.

October 1936
Camden Courier-Post
Advertisement
&
January 27, 1939
Program Advertisement

James H. Townsend lived with wife Catherine, and children William, James E., Kate, Sallie and George at 219 Mechanic Street from at least December 1865 when Catherine died. James was a steamboat captain for the Kaighn's Point Ferry Company. In December 1872, James married widow Elizabeth Hughes, who moved into the house with her children from previous marriages: Eleanor Coutts, William John Coutts, and Frank Hughes. James and Elizabeth had 2 daughters: Mabel and Lillie. Members of the family continuously occupied the house as late as 1940, when Frank Hughes and his second wife Caroline lived there. By 1943, the Hughes family no longer lived there.

219 Mechanic Street

1863-1940s
James H. Townsend & Family
ferry captain
Frank Hughes & Family

  221 Mechanic Street

Samuel Moore & Family
1900s-1920s

CHARLES M. CLARK

Charles Clark, 55, a huckster of 221 Mechanic Street, died yesterday at his home following an illness of several days. The funeral will be held Wednesday. Services will be conducted at the house by Rev. Martin S. Stockett, rector of P.E. Church of Our Saviour. Burial will be in New Camden Cemetery. Clark was single.

221 Mechanic Street

1924-1933 Charles Clark

Camden Courier-Post
June 25, 1933

221 Mechanic Street

JYE Inc.
1980s-2006

1991 Fire Watch Magazine Advertisement

  223 Mechanic Street

Andrew Shane & Family
1900s-1910s

  225 Mechanic Street

1900s-1910s
James Edwards & Family
James & Emma Edwards
Lotte Edwards
Russell Edward
Louis Edwards
 Bessie Edwards

1932
Paul Sherer

227 Mechanic Street

1908
William Marshall

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 1908

  227 Mechanic Street

John Ritter & Family
1900s-1910s

  229 Mechanic Street

George Diem & Family
1900s-1910s

  231 Mechanic Street

August Ceransky & Family
1900s-1910s
Richard Ritter Family
1910s-1920s

235-261 Mechanic Street
razed in 1888, lot addresses reassigned

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7,1888

Joseph E. Roberts & Edward N. Cohn
Locust Street - Mechanic Street
Knight Street
Front Street - Chestnut Street
Kaighn Avenue - Stevens Street
Broadway - Benson Street
Viola Street - Cox Street
Berkley Street - Pleasant Street
North 27th (Cooper) Street 
Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Keystone Chemical Company
George Holl - James Cox
Frank Shaw

  241 Mechanic Street

Sarah Dutton's Boardinghouse
1890s-1910s

  247 Mechanic Street

George Dehaven & Family
1900s-1910s

249 Mechanic Street

1900s-1910s
Jacob Githens & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 1910

  255 Mechanic Street

1940-1944
David Smith Allaband & Family
David & Hazel Flanagan Allaband 

  256 Mechanic Street
  257 Mechanic Street
  263 Mechanic Street

267 Mechanic Street

1917 Osman Harding

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 27, 1917

O. Glen Stackhouse 
John Brothers - Jennie Brennan
Mickle Street

267 Mechanic Street

1898-1899
William Grant & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 1899

Hohn Grant - Jasper Grant - Catherine Grant

270 Mechanic Street

1891
Henry Bunting & Family
Henry & Clara Taylor Bunting
Leroy Bunting - Ralph H. Bunting
Edna Bunting - Blanche Bunting
  272 Mechanic Street

1910
Frederick Taylor & Family
Frederick & Rosalina Taylor
Mary Taylor
Harry Taylor
May Taylor
Marvin Taylor

275 Mechanic Street

1895 Robert Milne

Camden Daily Telegram
March 21, 1893

  289 Mechanic Street

1930
Joseph Galm & Family
Joseph & Julia Galm
James Galm
Joseph Galm Jr.
Thomas Galm
Edward Galm
Nellie Galm

  291 Mechanic Street

1930
John McGuire & Family
John & Mary McGuire
John McGuire
Patrick McGuire

 


300 block of Mechanic Street
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1962 Sanborn Map

300 block of Mechanic Street

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300 Mechanic Street

1932
John Salvatore & John D. Cesaria

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

John Salvatore ran a grocery from the 1910s through at least the mid-1930s at 300 Mechanic Street. He also operated a bar there for a short time in the mid-1930s.

2011 Gone

301 Mechanic Street

1906
Patrick Earley's Saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1, 1906

302 Mechanic Street

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303 Mechanic Street

At one time a commercial building, the wall is all that remains of this building

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304 Mechanic Street

1904
Charles Ford & Effie May Wagner
common-law wife
Casper Wagner aka Casper Ford
Henry Ford

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304 & 306 Mechanic Street

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305 Mechanic Street

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306 Mechanic Street

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307 Mechanic Street

2011 Gone

308 Mechanic Street

1870
Boston Corbett
308 Mechanic Street

1904 Annie Smith

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 1904

Dr. A. Haines Lippincott

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308 Mechanic Street

1907 Dominick Priole

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 8, 1907

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308 Mechanic Street

John &
Madeline Salvatore

John and Madeline Salvatore made their home at 308 Mechanic Street from the 1910s through through at least the mid-1930s at 308 Mechanic Street. Madeline Salvatore  was active in politics and civic affairs in the 1930s.

308 Mechanic Street

2011 Gone

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309 Mechanic Street

2011 Gone

310 Mechanic Street

2011 Vacant

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310 Mechanic Street

2011 Vacant

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310 Mechanic Street

2011 Vacant

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310 Mechanic Street

2011 Vacant

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310 Mechanic Street

1907
Lewis Berry & Family
Lewis C. & Ella J. Berry
Mary L. Berry

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 1907

311 Mechanic Street

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312 Mechanic Street

1899 Walter Irvin Gilman

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 1899

Elizabeth Mary Brain, who died January 2, left an estate of $14,000 to Elvie E. Colmer, a daughter, of Beach Haven, and Alton I. Gilman, a son, of 312 Mechanic Street.

312 Mechanic Street

1938 Alton I. Gilman

Camden Courier-Post
February 8, 1938

312 Mechanic Street

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313 Mechanic Street

1906 Henry Bishop Family
Henry & Rebeccah Bishop
Harry Bishop
Martha Bishop
Irvin Franklin Bishop

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313 & 315 Mechanic Street

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  314 Mechanic Street

Private Edward Beckley
315 Mechanic Street

2011 Vacant

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Razed September 28, 2011

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315 Mechanic Street
311, 313, & 315 Mechanic Street

315 Mechanic Street was razed on September 28, 2011

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316 Mechanic Street

1882
Michael Delaney & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1882

  316-1/2 Mechanic Street
Elmer D. Snyder Family
1919-1927
Joe Snyder
317 Mechanic Street

1906-1907 Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 1907

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318 Mechanic Street

1938 Mrs. Mary L. Beswick

Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

 

318 Mechanic Street

1938 Mrs. Mary L. Beswick

Camden Courier-Post
February 21, 1938

 

  319 Mechanic Street

William Pernier

EARLY MORNING VISIT RESULTS IN $10 FINE

Arrested early this morning by Policeman John Schott and charged with breaking and entering a Mechanic Street house, Rocco Martino, 35 years old, 335 Cherry Street, was fined $10 in police court this morning.

The complaint was changed, to disorderly conduct after Martino said be couldn’t explain his actions at the home of Mrs. Helen Featherer, 323 Mechanic Streett. 

The woman testified she was awakened at 6:40 o’clock by pounding on the back door of her home. She said, Martino was trying to force the door and had broken a window.

323 Mechanic Street

1928
Mrs. Helen Featherer

Camden Courier-Post
January 25, 1928

323 Mechanic Street

1941
William Alston

Camden Courier-Post
January 25, 1928

 

327 Mechanic Street

Private Francis D. Myers
  331 Mechanic Street
Elmer D. Snyder Family
1917
Joe Snyder
  337 Mechanic Street
George K. Hartman Family
1900s-1910s
George K. Hartman
Wilhelmina Hartman
Charles A. Hartman
Henry Hartman
Margie F. Hartman
 December 12, 1900 - June 1976


400 block of Mechanic Street

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400 Mechanic Street

1890
Mrs. C. Rimpkill Saloon

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 1890

  400 Mechanic Street

Niewinski's Cafe
aka

The Hi-Lite Tavern

 

 

406 Mechanic Street

1940-1943
Charles Sanders
barber shop


406 Mechanic Street

Mid-1940s
Spotless Cleaners & Dyers

 

406 Mechanic Street

1947-1950s
Richard J. Chameberlin & Family
Richard J. & Margaret T. Chamberlin
Richard "Dick" Chamberlin

I lived at 406 Mechanic St. and have a picture of it when it was a dry cleaners. I remember the bar at 400 Mechanic Street being called "Mommy Scullbuster's". My dad took me in there to see the Joe Louis - Jersey Joe Wolcott fight on TV.

Dick Chamberlian
June 2012

  408 Mechanic Street

1877-1883
Robert Gilmore

416 Mechanic Street

1957 Elwood Curtis

Camden Courier-Post
December 19,1957

Francis V. Boardley
Dr. Lee J. Hammett

 

418 Mechanic Street

1914-1918
Samuel Lodge

425 Mechanic Street

1923-1947 
Julius Fox & Family
Julius & Freda Fox
Joseph Fox
David Fox

New Jersey Window Cleaning Co.

Left: Freda & Julius Fox

425 Mechanic Street

1923-1947 
Julius Fox & Family
Julius & Freda Fox
Joseph Fox
David Fox

New Jersey Window Cleaning Co.

Left: David Fox, 1941

429 Mechanic Street

1932
Charles E. Heydrick & Family
Charles E. & Nellie M. Heydrick

Camden Courier-Post
March 28, 1932

  430 Mechanic Street

1900s-1910s
Mrs. Jennie Shields

  436 Mechanic Street

The
Sage & Waterhouse
Family

439, 441, 443 & 445
Mechanic Street

June 6, 2004

 

439 Mechanic Street

1935
John B. Malnar

Camden Courier-Post
October 30, 1935

Mozart Lodge, F. & A.M.
New Jersey Sportsmen Club
Garden State Beagle Club

.....my grandmother lived at 439 Mechanic St and I remember as late as the early 60's she still had an outhouse in the backyard.

Andy Tally

439 Mechanic Street
440, 443, & 444
Mechanic Street

June 6, 2004

 

441 Mechanic Street

1913 George Bates

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 1913

Van Buren Street
Ferry Avenue

My grandparents lived on opposite side of the street [from 439]. I don't know about whole block but from at least middle of even number side of the street to Broadway they were built with indoor plumbing. I don't doubt at all that the other side of the street had outhouses as you could see they were older. The row-houses on the even side were very large inside. Not townhouses like Linden Street or Pearl, but still large. My grandparents house on Mechanic had a full size stove, old upright washing machine, full size double stationery tubs, old style furnace converted to oil, and you could still hold a party down there. They even at one point had a large table to eat on. Hell the the old coal bin was as big as some peoples living rooms!

John Ciafrani

442 Mechanic Street
442, 444
Mechanic Street

June 6, 2004

 

 

443 Mechanic Street

1931
Helen May Doerr

 

444 Mechanic Street

 


447 Mechanic Street

1941
Emily H. Godfrey & Family
Emily H. & Catherine Godfrey
Leroy Godfrey
Lester Godfrey
Scylinda Godfrey Brenzle
Margaret Godfrey Comly
Maud Godfrey Watson

Camden Courier-Post
July 30, 1941

448 Mechanic Street

1938-1956
Earl Cunningham & Family

Camden Courier-Psot
February 21, 1938

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Walter Callahan
West Jersey Hospital
Roanoke Road

449 Mechanic Street

1910s-1940s
Alexander Lewis & Family
Alexander & Margaret Lewis
Edith Lewis
Dorothy Lewis
Howard A. Lewis
Roland Lewis

Left: Howard A. Lewis

 

451 Mechanic Street

1910s-1933 Earl Cunningham Sr.
policeman
Earl Cunningham Jr.

  452 Mechanic Street

Jacob and Rebecca Silver
& Family
lived here in the 1920s & early 1930s

452 Mechanic Street

Thomas A. & Mary Skymer
lived here in the 1950s

459 Mechanic Street

Private First Class
Robert M. Hendry

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  461 Mechanic Street

1930
George Clay Wade
fire fighter
George C. & Adelaide Wade
George Wade

  463 Mechanic Street

1910s-1930s
Richard S. Marter

 

463 Mechanic Street

1910s-1929
  William R.W. Marter

 

  465 Mechanic Street

1930
Fred Watson
policeman

465 Mechanic Street

1941
Charles Geitz
auxiliary fireman

Camden Courier-Post
July 1, 1941

Left: Charles Geitz
Right: Nicholas Iacovelli


Broadway & Mechanic Street
1401 Broadway

Joe Herman's Bar
aka
Philip's Cafe

Southwest corner of
Broadway & Mechanic Street

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500 block of Mechanic Street

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515 Mechanic Street

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515 & 517 Mechanic Street

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517 Mechanic Street

A man who was squatting in this abandoned and boarded up building was found stabbed in the  evening hours of October 11, 2011. A female who had knowledge of the stabbing had sought aid from the firefighters at the nearby Liberty Station firehouse. When fire and police arrived on scene and gained access to the property, they found a man who had been stabbed and was in very bad condition. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, his wounds, however, proved fatal.

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Man Stabbed, Dies

CAMDEN — A Philadelphia man was found stabbed to death in Camden’s Bergen Square neighborhood on Tuesday night, authorities said Wednesday.

Officers found Brian Holden, 32, suffering from multiple stab wounds at about 10:05 p.m. in an abandoned property on the 500 block of Mechanic Street, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

Holden died at Cooper Hospital in Camden about forty minutes later, authorities said.

No information about a motive or suspects was released on Wednesday.

Holden’s death adds to an already violent stretch for the city that has now seen six murders and multiple shootings in the past two weeks. The killing is No. 36 for the year, including a police-related shooting. There were 39 homicides all of last year.

The prosecutor’s office on Wednesday also announced that a 22-year-old Camden man was shot and injured at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at 8th Street and Newton Avenue. The man was taken to Cooper for multiple gunshot wounds. The incidents are not believed to be related.

Police are asking anyone with information on Holden’s killing to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Investigator Lance Saunders at (856) 225-8400 or Detective Vince Robinson at (856) 757-7420.

517 Mechanic Street

Camden Courier-Post

October 13, 2011

 
519 Mechanic Street

1924 Irvin Franklin Bishop

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519 & 521 Mechanic Street

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520 Mechanic Street

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520 & 522 Mechanic Street

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521 Mechanic Street

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522 Mechanic Street

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523 & 525 Mechanic Street

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524 Mechanic Street

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524 & 526 Mechanic Street

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524 & 526 Mechanic Street

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525 Mechanic Street

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525 & 527 Mechanic Street

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526 Mechanic Street

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527 Mechanic Street

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528 Mechanic Street

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  528 Mechanic Street

Harry W. Gifford Sr.

Harry W. Gifford died on January 9, 1944 while serving in a America's armed forces in a civilian capacity.

531 Mechanic Street

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531 Mechanic Street

Abraham Wessel Family

One of the first Jewish families in Camden, the Wessel family lived here in the late 1880s. 

531 & 533 Mechanic Street

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533 Mechanic Street

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  534 Mechanic Street

1910s-1920s Irvin Franklin Bishop

535 Mechanic Street

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535 & 537 Mechanic Street

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537 Mechanic Street

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539 Mechanic Street

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539 Mechanic Street

1932 Albert Chambers

Camden Courier-Psot
June 10, 1932

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Wilbur B. Ellis
Thomas C. Wright
Edward F. Peard
Mechanic Street
Walter Moore
Pine Street

Laskowski-Wojtkowiak Post No. 74
American Legion

539 & 541 Mechanic Street

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541 Mechanic Street

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  543 Mechanic Street

1906

  545 Mechanic Street

1906


Intersection of South 6th Street & Mechanic Street

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Southeast corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

American Cigar
Company

 

Southeast corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

August 15, 1990

The cigar factory burned.

 

Northeast corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

West Jersey Orphanage

 

Northeast corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

Y.M.C.A.

 

 

Northwest corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

1906
Burk Brothers
Leather Enameling Works

 

 

Southwest corner
of
South 6th & Mechanic Street

1906
Abandoned Factory
Former Site of
Young & Metzner's Bag Factory


600 block of Mechanic Street

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  623 Mechanic Street

1890

  625 Mechanic Street

1890

  627 Mechanic Street

1890

629 Mechanic Street

1890
George Burtos

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 1890

Llewellen B. Jackson
Federal Street
Minnie Aaron
Jesse Pratt
"Jimmy" Bundles
Linden Street

 

  631 Mechanic Street

1890

  633 Mechanic Street

1890

  635 Mechanic Street

1906

  637 Mechanic Street

1890

  639 Mechanic Street

1890

  641 Mechanic Street

1890

  643 Mechanic Street

1890

  645 Mechanic Street

1890

  647 Mechanic Street
1890

700 block of Mechanic Street

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There never was one!

800 block of Mechanic Street 

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818 Mechanic Street

1955
K & W Machine Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

   

900 block of Mechanic Street

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941 Mechanic Street
&
1217 South 10th Street

April 18, 2004

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  913 Mechanic Street

1955
P.M. Construction Company

2 MEN FACE CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

Two men are being held by police for hearings today on charges of attempting to take their lives by turning on gas burners in their respective homes.

Joseph Dadich, 52, a plumber, of 1438 Louis Street, was found by his wife, Emma, lying across the kitchen stove with the burners on. Mrs. Dadich aided her husband to the open air where he was revived. Mrs. Dadich said her husband had been drinking heavily since Christmas.

Joseph Grochowski, 22, of 915 Mechanic Street, was found by his brother-in-law, Edmond Kincher, of the same address, with his head bent over the burner of a hot water heater in the cellar.

915
Mechanic Street

Joseph Grochowski
Edmond Kincher

Camden Courier-Post
February 7, 1938

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WOULD-BE SUICIDE SENTENCED FOR 'CURE'

One man was sentenced to 60 days in jail yesterday while another was given a suspended sentence when arraigned on the charge of attempting suicide by turning on the gas in their homes.

When Joseph Dadich, 52, a plumber of 1438 Louis Street, faced Judge Gene R. Mariano, the man's wife, Emma asked the court to send her husband away for the "cure" be cause he had been drinking for several months. Mrs. Dadich found her husband lying across the kitchen stove Sunday with, the burners turned on. She got him into the open air and he was revived, after which he was arrested. Dadich drew the jail sentence.

Joseph Grochowski, 22, of 915 Mechanic Street, the second man to be haled before the court on the suicide attempt charge, was found with his head bent over the burner of a hot water heater in the cellar by his brother-in-law, Edmond Kincher. When Stanley Ciechanowski, Freeholder of the Seventh Ward, said Judge Joseph Varbalow had promised to give Grochowski a position, Judge Mariano suspended sentence, and he was released..

915
Mechanic Street

Joseph Grochowski
Edmond Kincher

Camden Courier-Post
 February 8, 1938

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917 Mechanic Street  

1911-1921
Peter Fisher & Family
Peter & Martha Fisher
Helen Krowcinski

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 8, 1915

  919 Mechanic Street

1900-1930 Andrew Pierzynski



920 Mechanic Street

1910-1915
Joseph Adam Wojtkowiak Sr. & Family
Joseph Adam & Mary Wojtkowiak Sr.
Irene Wojtkowiak
Joseph Adam Wojtkowiak Jr.

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 18, 1915
&
June 19, 1915

John M. Welsh
Sycamore Street
O. Glen Stackhouse
West Jersey Hospital

931 to 941
Mechanic Street

April 18, 2004

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931 Mechanic Street

Private Stanislaw Gontarski
934 to 904
Mechanic Street

April 18, 2004

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934 & 936
Mechanic Street

April 18, 2004

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939
Mechanic Street

1950-1969 John Pierzynski

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941
Mechanic Street

April 18, 2004

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Intersection of South 10th Street & Mechanic Street
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Northwest Corner
  Mechanic & South 10th Streets

April 18, 2004

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Northeast Corner
  Mechanic & South 10th Streets

St. Joseph Church

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Southeast Corner
 Mechanic & South 10th Streets

Looking East on Mechanic Street

1010 to 1050 Mechanic Street
&
1400 & 14023 S. 10th Street

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Looking East on Mechanic Street
from Southwest Corner
Mechanic & South 10th Streets

St. Joseph Church,
1033 to 1059
Mechanic Street

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1000 block of Mechanic Street

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Looking East on Mechanic from South 10th Street
1008 to 1050
Mechanic Street
&
1400 & 1402 S. 10th Street

February 2004 

St. Joseph Church,
1033 to 1059
Mechanic Street

February 2004 

Looking West on Mechanic from Mt. Ephraim Avenue
1050 & 1048 
Mechanic Street

The Bullpen
Also known as
Chez La Joy,
Club Cadix
, & Chaney's Bar

1048 Mechanic was the home of Fred Klosterman

February 2004

February 2004

1050 Mechanic Street

The Bullpen
Also known as
Chez La Joy,
Club Cadix
, & Chaney's Bar

February 2004

1010 to 1046
Mechanic Street

February 2004

1034 to 1020
Mechanic Street

February 2004

1008 Mechanic Street

1919-1920
Joseph Olesiewicz & Family
Joseph & Helen Olesiewicz
Zygmunt Olesiewicz & Family
Zygmunt & Sophie Olesiewicz
Robert P. Olesiewicz

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1008 & 1010
Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 

 

1010 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1012 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1012 & 1014
Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 

 

1014 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1016 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1016 & 1018
Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 

1018 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1020 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1020 & 1022
Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1022 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

 


1036 Mechanic Street

1930
Jesse Green & Family
Jesse & Emma Green
Hazel Green

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 1930

1036 & 1038 Mechanic Street

1028 on right, 1036 on left

1037 to 1051 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken April 18, 2004

 

1038 Mechanic Street

1946-1947 William A. Lang
photographer

 

  1040 Mechanic Street

 

 

1040 1042 Mechanic Street

Photo taken February 2004

 

  1042 Mechanic Street

 

1048 Mechanic Street

Photo taken February 2004

 

 

1048 & 1050
Mechanic Street

Photo taken February 2004

 

1048 & 1050
Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken 2012

Photo by Gabe Angemi

1050 Mechanic Street

Photo taken February 2004

 

  1049 Mechanic Street

Late 1910s-early 1960s
Ignatius Kowalczyk & Family
Ignatius & Michalena Kowalczyk
Pearl Kowalczyk
John F. "Happy Kowal" Kowalczyk
Frank Kowalczyk
Walter Kowalczyk
William Kowalczyk"
Joseph Kowalczyk
Anna Kowalczyk
Helen Catherine Kowalczyk

1049 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

1049 & 1051 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

 

1051 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

 

1057 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

 

1057 & 1059
Mechanic Street

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to Enlarge

Thunder Showers Expected to Chase Heat ,Wave Today!

You can cool off today-the ' weatherman predicts thunder storms!

The intense heat of yesterday reaching a temperature of 84 degrees and outdone by the humidity, reaching a high of 88 degrees, resulted in the collapse of a Camden man.

The man, Anthony Josisolski, 57, of 1057 Mechanic Street, collapsed while at work shifting barrels in the yard of the Taylor White Extraction Plant at Cooper River and Pine Street. He was taken to Cooper Hospital.

The mean temperature yesterday was four degrees above normal for the date, giving the month of June thus far an excess temperature of 114. The excess temperature of the year is 6.53 degrees.

The day, in addition to thunder storms, will be continued warm according to the weather bureau.

1057
Mechanic Street

1933 Anthony Josisolski

Camden Courier-Post
June 29, 1933

1057 & 1059 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

 

1059 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

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St. Joseph Church
 &
1033 to 1059
Mechanic Street

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to Enlarge

St. Joseph Church
 &
1033 to 1959
Mechanic Street

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to Enlarge

1033 to 1059
Mechanic Street

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to Enlarge

Looking West
 On
Mechanic Street
from
Mt. Ephraim Avenue
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Mt. Ephraim Avenue & Mechanic Street
The green tower is St. Joseph Church
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Looking East from Mt. Ephraim Avenue Looking West from Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Looking East on Mechanic Street from Mt. Ephraim Avenue - February 27, 2004
Looking West
from
the 1100 Block of Mechanic Street

February 27, 2004

St. Joseph Church
 & 1033 to 1125 Mechanic Street

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1100 block of Mechanic Street

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  1111 Mechanic Street
1111 to 1121
Mechanic Street

May 7, 2004

  1113 Mechanic Street
1114 Mechanic Street
Jacob Rettberg

Jacob Rettberg, who built carriages and wagons in Camden from the 1860s through 1900s, lived here before passing away in 1907.

1114 to 1124
Mechanic Street

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1114 to 1132
Mechanic Street
1114 to 1134
Mechanic Street

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1115 Mechanic Street
Lawrence "Larry" Doran
1116 Mechanic Street

1890
John Weaver

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 1903

  1117 Mechanic Street
  1119 Mechanic Street
  1120 Mechanic Street
  1121 Mechanic Street
  1122 Mechanic Street
  1124 Mechanic Street
  1125 Mechanic Street
1125 to 1135
Mechanic Street

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  1126 Mechanic Street
  1127 Mechanic Street

1938 Marguerite Lucas

Camden Courier-Post
October 23, 1931

1127 to 1135
Mechanic Street

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Looking West
from in front of
1129 Mechanic Street

May 7, 2004

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  1129 Mechanic Street
1130 Mechanic Street

Alexander & Annie Connon Family
1910s-1940s
Sara Connon
Helen Connon
Ethel Connon

Camden Courier-Post
October 23, 1931

1130 Mechanic Street

1915
Roberrt Thirkettle & Family
Robert & Emily Thirkettle

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1915

1130 Mechanic Street
1130 to 1134
Mechanic Street

1130 to 1140
Mechanic Street

There was a plumbing outfit in 1134-36 Mechanic St. for a long time and they owned the garages now burnt down that was next to the wood house (1137). 

Virginia Bicking, May 2004

  1133 Mechanic Street
1133 to 1137
Mechanic Street

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A baker, Harry Bicking and his wife Wilhelmina, moved into this home in late 1891 from a house on Mechanic Street below 8th, near the tracks of the Camden and Amboy Railroad. The family lived here through the beginning of 1906. They subsequently moved around the corner, to 1136 Liberty Street. The Bicking family remains on Liberty Street today, the last of the original families on their block.

"My father told me the wood house nearly collapsed now was once a coal office located down town Camden then moved to Mechanic Street. My grandfather's siblings lived in the house which was expanded to two floors. For almost all my childhood years it was rented out to one family, the Taylors. I also lived in this house for 15 years in my mid 30's to 40's.  Their was a family named Busch in 1135 Mechanic St. for most of my childhood into my mid 30's when they moved."

 Virginia Bicking, May 2004

  1135 Mechanic Street
1135 & 1137
Mechanic Street

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  1136 Mechanic Street
1136 to 1140
Mechanic Street

The Hensgen Brothers Building Center.
Herman Hensgen lived at 1138, Eugene Hensgen at 1136. Later Donahue & Sons plumbers located here.

1136 to 1140
Mechanic Street

1930s-1950s
Hensgen Brothers, Inc.
Contractors & Builders

Camden High School
Purple & Gold Yearbook
January 1931

1136 to 1140
Mechanic Street

1930s-1950s
Hensgen Brothers, Inc.
Contractors & Builders

Camden High School
Purple & Gold Yearbook
February 1940

1137 Mechanic Street

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1137 Mechanic Street

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  1138 Mechanic Street
1138 & 1140
Mechanic Street

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1143 Mechanic Street

 

Small Fire in Basement - June 30, 2012

Photograph taken June 20, 2012

1143 & 1145
Mechanic Street

Photograph taken June 20, 2012

  1144 Mechanic Street
1145 Mechanic Street

Photograph taken June 20, 2012

1145 Mechanic Street

1932
Elizabeth C. Guttkorn

Camden Courier-Post
March 28, 1932

  1146 Mechanic Street
  1148 Mechanic Street

Intersection of Mechanic Street & Rose Street

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Looking West from Rose Street

May 7, 2004

Looking East
Towards Rose Street

May 7, 2004

Looking East
Towards Rose Street

May 7, 2004

Northeast Corner
of
Mechanic Street & Rose Street

May 7, 2004


Looking East on
Mechanic Street
from Rose Street

May 7, 2004

1144 to 1150
Mechanic Street
1400 Rose Street
&
1150 to 1186
Mechanic Street

May 7, 2004

   

1100 block of Mechanic Street
1150 to 1186 Mechanic Street

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1150 Mechanic Street

1957
Valentine J. Filipek & Family
Valentine & Victoria Filipek
Frank Filipek
John Filipek
Robert Filipek
Stella Filipek
Lillian Filipek
Genevieve Filipek
Victoria Filipek
Jennie Filipek

  1154 Mechanic Street
  1156 Mechanic Street
  1157 Mechanic Street
  1158 Mechanic Street
  1160 Mechanic Street
  1161 Mechanic Street
  1162 Mechanic Street
  1163 Mechanic Street

1942 Casmeir Wojtkowiak

1163 Mechanic Street

1955
Horn Fuel Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

  1166 Mechanic Street

early 1920s-1947
Keystone Bottling Works
late 1920s-1970s
Anthony & Alexandra Dolinski Family
1967 Keystone Liquor Store
1920-1967
Edward A. Dolinski

  1167 Mechanic Street
  1168 Mechanic Street
  1170 Mechanic Street
  1174 Mechanic Street
  1175 Mechanic Street
  1176 Mechanic Street
1177 Mechanic Street  

1915
E
velyn Watkins

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 8, 1915

JURY AWARDS $5150 IN CRASH KILLING BOY 
Jury Only 40 Minutes in Deciding Against Merchantville Car Owner

Award of $5150 was made yester­day by a Circuit Court jury here in disposing of a $70,000 suit against William W. Clark, of Merchantville. The verdict, returned after 40 minutes' deliberation, was given Adam Jusiak, of 1177 Mechanic street, for the death of one son and injuries to another.

The case, heard before Judge Henry H. Eldredge, developed a question of ownership of the automobile which struck the Jusiak boys February 23, on Moorestown Pike, Pennsauken Township. Boleslaw Jusiak, 11, was killed, and his brother, Anthony, 13, suffered severe injuries. 

Named defendants with Clark were Herbert Marshall, of Forty-second and Federal Streets, and Gordon Cooper, trading as Cooper's Chevrolet Company, Park Avenue and Cooper Street, Pennsauken.

Marshall was said to have been driving the car from the Cooper agency to the Clark Motor Company, Hamilton and Myrtle Avenues, Merchantville. Attorneys for the Cooper firm moved for relief from responsibility in the use, contending the Clark company was legal owner.

The dead boy was one of a family of 10. His death occurred when he and his brother were hauling a toy express wagon over the Moorestown Pike between Haddonfield Road and Pennsauken Creek. The jury's verdict set $5000 for death of the boy and allowed $150 for injuries to the other child.

1177 Mechanic Street  

early 1930s- late 1940s
Adam Jusiak

Camden Courier-Post
June 23, 1933

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1179 Mechanic Street
  1180 Mechanic Street
  1182 Mechanic Street

1943
Alex Dabkowski & Family
Alex and Stella Dabkowsky
Stella Dabkowski
Genevieve "Jennie" Dabkowski

1182 Mechanic Street

1953
Henry Murrow

Camden Courier-Post
January 22, 1953

 

  1186 Mechanic Street

 

   

1200 block of Mechanic Street

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1201 Bannard Avenue
aka
1201 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 2003

Formerly Revallo's Cafe

1201 Bannard Avenue
aka
1201 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken September 2003

Formerly Revallo's Cafe

1201 Mechanic Street

1900 Henry Werner

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 1900

1209 Mechanic Street

1955
Henry E. Uber

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

1209 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

 

1209 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

  1216 Mechanic Street

1947
Mechanic Electric Co.
Felix Stachowiak
electrician

1234 Mechanic Street

1955
Joseph Sbar

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

  1238 Mechanic Street
Private Benjamin J. Sandlow
1238 Mechanic Street

1955
Camden Wire Works

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

1244 Mechanic Street

1914 Eugene Higgins

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 28, 1914

  1244 Mechanic Street

1923-1926 David Beaumont
1927-1930s
Harry Albert Haines

  1244 Mechanic Street

1940 John McDonald
1943-1947 John O'Donnell
1969 No Listing
1980 No Listing

  1244 Mechanic Street

1981-2001
The Nicholson Family
Tamara Nicholson

Vacant since about 2003

1245 Mechanic Street

1955-1980
Abel Machine Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

  1246 Mechanic Street

1969-1980 W. Domeraski

1262-1272
Mechanic Street

1906 Sanborn Map

 

  1262 Mechanic Street

1891

  1264 Mechanic Street
Anthony Mattio
  1266 Mechanic Street

1891

  1268 Mechanic Street

1891

  1270 Mechanic Street

1891
1900
John Kleinfelder & Family
John & Julia Kleinfelder
Julia Kleinfelder
Helen Kleinfelder
Harry Kleinfelder

  1270 Mechanic Street

1930s-1940
George A.P. Wright & Family
George A.P. Wright
Clarence E. Wright

1272 Mechanic Street

1887-1907
Gustav A. Ernst & Son
Guitar, Zither & Banjo factory
Gustav & Emilie Ernst
Hugo G. Ernst

1906 Sanborn Map

1272 Mechanic Street

1890-1907 Gustav A. Ernst

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 23, 1906

  1274 Mechanic Street

Clarence E. Wright

Clarence Wright was gassed in France during World War I. He died on May 12, 1938 from the effects of the gas.

  1274 Mechanic Street
Staff Sergeant Joseph Galiazzi

Three Children Dead After Fire in Camden

CAMDEN, N.J., March 18 (AP) - A 4-year-old girl died today of burns suffered in a fire Saturday night that killed two of her brothers and injured her mother and an infant brother, officials said today.

Firefighters responding to the alarm at 10:50 P.M. found the children's mother, Blair Cherry, with her 9-month-old son, Lorimar, outside her two-story brick home at 1275 Mechanic Street as flames shot from every window, the officials said.

Inside, Battalion Chief Ronald Guernon said, the firefighters found the bodies of Zirer Cherry, 5, and his brother, Lawrence, 2,

The fourth child, Lyasia, 4, was found by a firefighter but died today at St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Lorimar was listed in serious condition at Cooper Hospital, and the mother was in stable condition, suffering from smoke inhalation, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

1274 Mechanic Street

1984 Blair Cherry

New York Times
March 18, 1984

  1275 Mechanic Street

 

1281 Mechanic Street

1927-1928
Mrs. Anna Wenghofler

Photograph Taken March 19, 2012

1282 Mechanic Street

1890
Fred Schoettel

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 1899

1288 Mechanic Street

Photograph Taken 2013

1296 Mechanic Street

Radarman Second Class
Michael D. Capparelli

  1296 Mechanic Street

1911
Bernard F. Moore & Family
Bernard F. & Mary Moore

proprietor, Camden City Hotel & Garden
129
Kaighn Avenue


1300 block of Mechanic Street

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There is not an actual 1300, per se. 
The 1200 Block had so many addresses that the last few house were "1300s"

1306 Mechanic Street

1950s-1960s
Henry S. Keubler
Camden Fire Department



1324 Mechanic Street

At various times:

  1326 Mechanic Street

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