Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Merriel
Avenue


MERRIEL AVENUE runs east from Rosedale Avenue to North 36th Street parallel to Westfield Avenue. Merriel Avenue was named after the Merriel family by Joseph Cramer when he developed the property. His wife Elizabeth was born Elizabeth Merriel. The 3000 block homes were built by Leon Todd around 1925. At one time Camden Avenue east of North 36th Street to North 38th was called Merriel Avenue. This was changed at some point between 1914 and 1924, however.

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

 Phil Cohen
Saturday, January 03, 2015


Merriel Avenue

April 1925


Intersection of Rosedale Avenue & Merriel Avenue

 

Photo Taken September 14, 2011

   

3100 Block of Merriel Avenue

3151 to 3163
Merriel Avenue

Photo Taken September 14, 2011

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3151 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Joseph Rilatt
1947 Edgar R. Whiteman

 

3153 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Leroy M. Rush
1947 Robert D. Sapp

 

3155 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Norman F. Rigor
1947 John J. McNamee

3155 Merriel Avenue

FIRE
September 14, 2011

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3155, 3157, & 3159
Merriel Avenue

Photo Taken September 14, 2011

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3157 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929-1947 John M. Brown

3157 & 3159
Merriel Avenue

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3159 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Harold H. Brown
1947 Walter A. Baker

3161 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Frank Sias
teacher
1947 Harry F. Meyer

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3161 & 3163
Merriel Avenue

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3163 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Edward H. Martin
1947 John S. Dill

Photo Taken September 14, 2011

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3165 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 Stanley Gross
1967 Augustus Balzano
police

 

3166 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 William S. Holmes
1947 William H. Hamilton

 

3167 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929-1950 Arthur Allen

 

3168 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Joseph A. Gaffney
1947 Harry J. Fehte

 

3169 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 James W. Kelleher
1947 Susan T. Visconti

 

3170 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Errol M. Arnold
1947 Hyman James

 

3171 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Julius Hudgins
1947 Edward Clark
painter

 

3171 Merriel Avenue

1950s-1960s
Emil N. Olnhausen & Family
Emil & Betty Olnhausen
Janice Olnhausen

 

3172 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Herbert Dalton
1947 Lewis V. Davis

3172 Merriel Avenue

April 2, 2005

 

3173 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Andrew C. Jackson
1941-1974 George W. Reeves

 

3174 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 Lester M. Barbour

 

3175 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Walter C. Owied
1947 Percy T. Noden

 

3176 Merriel Avenue

1924-1929 George W. Parks
1947 James A. Wright

 

3177 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Frank M. Grover
1947 Edward L. Liebich

3178 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929-1947 Charles Lukey

June 1955-1982 
he Vesper Family

 

3179 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 Robert R. Bowen

 

3180 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929-1947 Charles J. Cusick

3181 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1936 Edward Tighe
1947 Walter N. Williamson
paperhanger

Camden Courier-Post
October 28, 1936

 

3182 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 James A. McKernan

 

3183 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 James H. Naudain
1947 Joseph J. Clark
carpenter

 

3184 Merriel Avenue

1924 Charles D. Baylass
1929 Mrs. Bertha M. Gray
1947 Harry P. Gray

 

3185 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 William N. Douglass
1947 James H. Elliott

 

3186 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 Edward G. Myer

 

3187 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Harry S. Conard
1947 Morris N. Litle

 

3188 Merriel Avenue

1924
1929 Walter W. Crowdling
1947 Harry C. Hall 

 

3189 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant

3189 Merriel Avenue

1930s-1940s
James McTaggart & Family
James & Josephine McTaggart
Francis McTaggart
Joseph McTaggart

Left: James McTaggart

 

3189 Merriel Avenue

1947 John Condon

 

3190 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 George Hulfish
1947 Andrew J. Miller

 

3192 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 No Listing


Intersection of North 32nd Street & Merriel Avenue
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Southeast Corner

Southeast Corner - Photo Taken September 14, 2011

Looking South from North 32nd Street Corner - Photo Taken September 14, 2011

Looking South from North 32nd Street Corner - Photo Taken September 14, 2011

Southwest Corner - Photo Taken September 14, 2011

   

Intersection of North 34th Street & Merriel Avenue

Below
Looking North
from
North 34th Street

June 15, 2011

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3400 Block of Merriel Avenue

3400 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Harry R. Dent
1947 William H. Kile

3402 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 John Tersi
1947 Gilbert E. Santini

3403 Merriel Avenue

1924 Mrs. Ida Cline
boardinghouse
1929 Mrs. Helen Loux
boardinghouse
1947 John Ruth

3404 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 John J. DeVall
1947 Pasquale Santini

 

3405 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 No Listing
1947 Reginald F. LeDrew

2011 GONE

3406 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Vacant
1947 Harry W. Bartling
laundry

 

3407 Merriel Avenue

1924 Joseph Pfeiffer
1929 Joseph Hardy
1947 No Listing

3411 Merriel Avenue

1924 Chles J. Beegle
1924 Mary Beegle
1924 David C. Williams
1929 Samuel T. Hannold
 
1947 Mrs. Minnie B. Hannold

June 15, 2011

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3411 & 3413
Merriel Avenue

June 15, 2011

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3413 Merriel Avenue

1924-1929 Joseph L. Eccles
1947 Mrs. Isabella Eccles

3421 Merriel Avenue

1924 J. Alten Whitecar
1929 No Listing
1947 Charles K. Whitecar

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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3421 & 3423
Merriel Avenue

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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3423 Merriel Avenue

1924 Robert Frame
1929 Thomas E.A. Reeves
painter
1947 Edward Rosekowiak

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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3431 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 George T. Jorgenson
1947 Owen J. Wells
plumber

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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3431 & 3433
Merriel Avenue

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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3433 Merriel Avenue

1924 No Listing
1929 Walter Burns
1947  Henry S. Beckwith 

Photograph taken October 16, 2011

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Intersection of North 35th Street & Merriel Avenue
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North 35th Street as seen from Merriel Avenue - Photograph taken October 16, 2011
   

3500 Block of Merriel Avenue

 

3507 Merriel Avenue

1924 Oscar Falkinburg
1929 Roy Chafey
1947 Leroy P Chafey

 

3509 Merriel Avenue

1924 Vacant
1929-1947 Chares T. Sharer

 

3511 Merriel Avenue

1924-1929 Rev. Irving Maxwell
1947 Rev. Charles B. Howell

 

3513-3515 Merriel Avenue

1924-1998
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2008 Merriel  Headstart

 

3513-3515 Merriel Avenue


2008
Merriel  Avenue Headstart Center

 

3513-3515 Merriel Avenue


1998-2008
Temple of Love Christian Center Inc.

3513-3515 Merriel Avenue


1998-2008
Temple of Love Christian Center Inc.

 


Intersection of North 36th Street & Merriel Avenue

 

Northwest Corner

1924-1927
 Westminster Presbyterian Church

Jill Petris Lamparella writes about East Camden

I was born in 1951 and brought home to 139 North 32nd Street.  My parents were William Joseph and Elizabeth Mae (Reeves) Petris.  These were all very happy years for me and my sister Sheree Joy Petris (married name Romesburg) who was born in 1954.  These were happy years because all of our family lived in Camden.  My Dad's family was from South Camden and my Mother's family was from East Camden.  

My Dad was terrific at carpentry and for several years in their spare time, he rebuilt the entire inside of 139.  We had indirect lighting in dining room which shone pink from the outside and they made a faux pink marble fireplace in the living room.  Strange, but I guess they were into pink.  My Grandparents, George and Ruth Reeves lived at 3173 Merriel Avenue and I could see their house from my back bedroom window.  My best friend Janice Olnhausen lived next door at 3171 Merriel Avenue with her parents Emil and Betty Olnhausen.  My Great Grandparents, William and Eva Roles (parents of Ruth Roles Reeves) built Roles Court Apartments on North 34th Street and Rosedale Avenue, they lived there and ran the apartments until both passed away.  The apartments then passed to George and Ruth Reeves who later sold the property.  Most of our family the Petris's, Reeves, Roles, and Kellys were brought up and lived and had happy times at Roles Court Apartments.  My parents lived there from 1947 (the year of their marriage) to 1950 until they purchased 139 North 32nd Street.

Our playground were those streets, the back alleys and of course Dudley Grange Park, where they had a ball game going every night during the summer and then there were the swings and slides.  My Grandfather George "Rick" Reeves along with his friends George Kissinger, Inky Workings and Harry Hoffman all played baseball there.  My Dad Bill Petris also played at one time or other. 

My Mother Betty Mae lived in Westfield Acres from 1938 to 1941 or 1942 on a third floor apartment with her sister Ruthie and baby brother George "Richard" Reeves until they moved to 3173 Merriel Avenue

I went to Henry H. Davis Elementary School from kindergarten (Mrs. McCarroll), 1st grade (Mrs. Braun) 2nd grade (Mrs. Brown), third grade (Mrs. Elliott), fourth grade (Miss Williams), fifth grade (Miss Quinn) and 6th grade (Miss Costello).  Mr. Showalter became the principal at some point.  I think he had come from Cramer School. 

Everyone was friendly, we took the bus everywhere but mostly to 27th Street to go to the M&H to get ice cream, Kotlikoff's to get clothes and the 5 & 10 to look at Barbies.  My Mother and my Aunt Carol Kelly would push coaches with their children into "town" as they called it on nice days. 

My sister and I would walk to Grace Baptist Church on Sundays, where most of my Mother's family attended (the Reeves side).  William Reeves owned the house on Cramer Street across from the church and sided up against the bank parking lot.  Later the house was lived in by my Aunt Ida and Uncle Sam.  Ida was George Reeves' sister.  William Reeves, my great grandfather was the fire chief at the firehouse. 

During the Fourth of July celebrations, every year, Dudley Grange Park would set off a wonderful fireworks display.  I don't remember if it was big in relation to displays now.  It was huge, and beautiful and implanted in my memories so much so that I have to rush out and see fireworks somewhere on the 4th.  Unfortunately, someone was killed in the 1950's as I believe one of the fireworks went into the crowd.  After that, the fireworks stopped at Dudley Grange to my recollection. 

Harry's Grocery store was on the corner of North 32nd Street and Westfield Avenue.  On the other corner was Sy's Cleaners.  The Esso station was on the other side of the street facing North 32nd.  Frank's soda fountain and candy shop was on North 34th and Westfield on the way to school.  There was another candy store across from Davis on the corner.  The playground at Davis was the scene of many Halloween parades when we had to march around the school for our parents to see back in the 1950's.  The playground was wonderful, life was fun and easy. 

I had wonderful holidays and many happy memories of 139, 3173 and Roles Court Apartments and the neighborhood in general.  The library was great.  I would go once every two weeks and take out as many books as I could read.  There was roller skating, bike riding, the kid who sold water ice and snowballs in his wagon, the milk truck, the ice truck, the clothes prop man and people who were homeless that would knock on your door to ask for a bowl of soup.  You did not say no and always gave them something to eat and you never locked your doors back then.  You didn't have to be afraid of anyone.  It was a close neighborhood and everyone knew who you were from street to street and neighbors looked out for one another. 

My parents sold 139 North 32nd Street around 1962 to move to Cherry Hill after 6th grade.  My Grandparents lived at 3173 from about 1941 to approximately 1974 when they past on and my Uncle Richard Reeves inherited the house and then sold it to move near Gibbstown, NJ.  My Aunt Ruth Reeves Feairheller moved out of 3171 when she got married in 1957 and at some point moved to a street that paralleled Route 130 near Pennsauken and the Penn Fruit.  She may have also lived on Carman Street at one time. 

There is so much more and I could go on all day but I won't.  It was a lovely, uncomplicated, innocent and wonderfully happy time for all of the family.  Now family is scattered all around the U.S.  The "olden" days were great fun.

Jill Petris Lamparella
March 2008

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