Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Point Street


POINT STREET was laid out in 1804 between William Cooper’s house and ferry in what is know known as North Camden and Cooper Street. It was long known as Cooper’s Point Road, and the present name is a derivative of that appellation. This road followed along the river bank and furnished an outlet for the sawmills, planning mills, and shipyards in the area. At many points this road was under water at several points during high tide. It was not developed until the river bank had been filled in or bulkheaded.

The Cooper mansion on ground bounded by State Street, Point Street, York Street, and Front Street was built in 1855 by Joseph W. Cooper. 

The Kensington & New Jersey Ferry Co., Inc. operated its first boat The Shackamaxon on July 28, 1866 from the head of Point Street in Camden to Shackamaxon Street in Philadelphia. In May of 1880 this company was purchased by the Camden & Atlantic Railroad Company and boats were run from the railroad company’s new slips at the foot of Wood Street. The ferryboat The Shackamaxon was subsequently taken to New York to ply between that city and Ellis Island. She was badly damaged in a storm on June 6, 1893. 

During World War I, the 300 block of Point Street gave up two of its sons, as Private James Murtha was killed in action, while Private Philip C. Wendell died of pneumonia while serving at Camp Meade MD.

Point Street in modern times runs from Cooper Street to Erie, west of Front Street. It passes underneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which is why there are no 400 and 500 blocks. What would be the 700 block lay under the railroad tracks that formerly ran up Main Street. The 1940 Directory shows only five business on Point Street:

324

Alf Goldenburg Real Estate

600

Johnny Moore's Tavern

901

Armind Damiani's Restaurant

941

Mrs. Magdaline Rittenhouse Candy Store

Northeast Corner
Point & Erie Streets

John H. Mathis Shipyard

The Mathis Shipyard and its successors were major employers in the neighborhood for many years, and Mathis-built yachts were the boats of choice for presidents and millionaires. Johnny Moore's Tavern was a fixture well into the 1970s, while the restaurant at 901 was still serving food as late as 2004. The John F. Rittenhouse opened his store at 941 Point Street in the 1920s, and his widow carried the business on after his death. When she retired her son by a previous marriage, William "Woo-Woo" Rowan took over the store, which remained open into the 1970s. Woo-Woo's was a favorite haunt especially of children in the area, being the neighborhood source for candy, ice cream, and other treats.

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

 Phil Cohen


 

 


200 Block of Point Street
208 Point Street

1885-1887
William H. Hawkins & Family
William & Adelaide Hawkins
J. Miller Hawkins

214 Point Street

1910-1914
Howard L. Currie
Camden Fire Department

226 Point Street

1887-1893
Charles Berry
Camden Fire Department

  233 Point Street

1897-1906

George Gladney & Family
George & Mary Gladney 
David Gladney
Charles Gladney

Charles Gladney & Anna Gladney

233 Point Street

1924
George Smith & Family
George & Ethel Smith

Camden Fire Department

   

300 Block of Point Street
312 to 338
Point Street
318
Point Street

Albert Waite
1936

Camden Courier-Post
February 28, 1936

 
320 Point Street

Private Philip C. Wendell

320 Point Street
Hentz Family
February 1928
 

322 Point Street
Private James Murtha

331 Point Street

1896
Lewis Ferrell

337 Point Street

1924
Lester Anderson
Camden Fire Department

339 Point Street

1893
Henry Mellon

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 1896

300 Block
Of
Point Street

September 2004

Photos Courtesy
of
CRAIG CAMPBELL

300 Block
Of
Point Street

September 2004

Photos Courtesy
of
CRAIG CAMPBELL

300 Block
Of
Point Street

September 2004

Photos Courtesy
of
CRAIG CAMPBELL


500 Block of Point Street
obliterated when Delaware River Bridge was built in the 1920s

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516-520 Point Street

1890s-1900s
The
Fay Manila Roofing Company

1895 Envelope Return Address

516-520 Point Street

1890s-1900s
The
Fay Manila Roofing Company

1896 Advertisement

516-520 Point Street

1890s-1900s
The
Fay Manila Roofing Company

Invoice Dated December 17, 1901


600 Block of Point Street
  600 Point Street

1900 Robert McCarrell Saloon
1904 Jacob Schweitzer Saloon
1910 William Merkle Saloon

  600 Point Street

1936-1943
Caesar's Grille
aka
Caesar's Sandwich Shop 

Caesar Campana Sr.
 

600 Point Street

1946-1970
Johnny Moore's
John J. Moore

1955-1956
New jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ads

  602 Point Street

 

  604 Point Street

1896
George B. Anderson Jr.

606 Point Street

1897-1900s
Samuel Peoples
Camden Fire Department

608 Point Street

1906-1910
James McDade
Camden Fire Department

 

608 Point Street

2006-
Alida Camacho & Family

615 Point Street
(601-633 Point Street, to the foot of Vine Street)

1852-1859
Dock, Ott & DeHaven
saw mill, planing mill & lumber yard

1859-1927
Charles Stockham Lumber Company
 
Stockham & Brother until April 1882
John & Charles Stockham

1915 Patriotic Sons of America Program Ad

618 Point Street

1900s-1920s
Charles Gladney
& Family
Charles & Anna Gladney
Fannie Gladney
David Gladney

  626 Point Street

1890s-1900s
Daniel Gravenstine & Family
Daniel & Clara Gravenstine

634 Point Street

1909
William Pfrommer

 

  636 Point Street

1900 John Henry


800 Block of Point Street
   
Intersection of Point Street & Wood Street
 

 


Intersection of Point Street & York Street
Southwest Corner
of

York & Point
May 2004

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Looking West
from

Point & York Street
May 2004

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Looking North
from

Point & York Street
May 2004

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Looking East
from

Point & York Street
May 2004

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900 Block of Point Street
901 Point Street
May 2004

This building was used as a tavern as early as 1887 through 1919, when Prohibition was enacted.

"901 Point was Brownies Luncheonette, he sold it about 1987. I helped him move to Bellmawr, where he passed away shortly after that. Delbert Brown was his name."
                              - Floyd Miller Jr.

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901 Point Street

1924-1927
Howard F. Harrington

  903 Point Street

Private
Albert Charles Thompson

901 to 909
Point Street

May 2004

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901 to 919
Point Street

May 2004

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901 to 941
Point Street

May 2004

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  910 Point Street

1924-1929
Thomas J. Kelly Family
Thomas J. & Emma Kelly

  910 Point Street

1928 Charles Williams

910 to 914
Point Street

About 1983

As Seen from 941 Point Street

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Photograph Courtesy of Floyd L Miller Jr.

910 to 914
Point Street

About 1983

As Seen from 941 Point Street

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Photograph Courtesy of Floyd L Miller Jr.

914
Point Street

May 2004

Looking West on North Street

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914
Point Street

1916-1957
Stephan Pollack & Family
Stephan & Eva M. Pollack
Joseph Pollack
John Pollack
Henry Pollack
Sophia Pollack
Helen Pollack Loges
Anna Pollack Kostek

Camden Courier-Post
December 12, 1957

 

910 to 914
Point Street

May 2004

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Outside 
919 Point Street

1977

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Photograph Courtesy of Floyd L Miller Jr.

917 to 919
Point Street

May 2004

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North & Point
Streets

May 2004

North Street starts at the Delaware Avenue, crosses Point Street, and ends at Front Street.

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North & Point Streets
May 2004

Looking West on North Street

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925 Point Street

1870s
Preston Preble Sr. & Family
Preston & Hannah Gott Preble
Albion P. Preble
William Preble

Left: Preston Preble Sr.

925 Point Street

1870s-1880s
Preston Preble Sr. & Family
Preston & Hannah Gott Preble

Left: Hannah Gott Preble

In the 1870's and 1880's, 923 and 925 Point St. were occupied by Preston Preble and his wife Hannah (Gott) Preble, and a number of their children and grandchildren.  Preston and Hannah came from old Maine seafaring families.  In Camden, the men got work relating to the Delaware River.   One of Preston's sons, Albion, married a local girl, Sarah (Sally) Shinn.   Three bad things happened to the Prebles while they lived in Camden:  Preston went blind and then drowned, son Preston Jr. died, and Sarah (Shinn) Preble left Albion.  The family kind of split up after that.  Some went back to Maine, some went south and west, and some stayed in the area and got into the railroad industry.   

Gwen Guo,
July 31, 2010

 

927 Point Street

1870s-1880s
Preston Preble Jr. & Family
Preston & Ellen Preble Jr.
Charles Preble
Earnest Preble
Frank Preble
Ella Preble
Harry Preble
Edwin Preble

 

929 Point Street

1883-1884
George B. Anderson

 

931 Point Street

 

933 Point Street

1910 Edward Kohlenberg

 

935 Point Street

 

937 Point Street

 

939 Point Street

 

941 Point Street

1910 Howard H. Pike Family
Howard H. & Josephine Pike
Howard H. Pike Jr.
Paul Pike
Harrison B. Pike
George D. Pike

Howard Pike then worked as a bookkeeper at a nearby shipyard. Mrs. Pike conducted a cigar store at this address.

941 Point Street

John F. Rittenhouse
&
Family

1920s - late 1960s

Photo is of John F. Rittenhouse in his store at 941 Point Street. His wife, Madeline "Nell" Rittenhouse, is at far right. Photo dates from roughly the late 1920s

941 Point Street

John F. Rittenhouse
&
Family

1930s

After John F. Rittenhouse passed away, his wife, Madeline "Nell" Rittenhouse, carried the business forward. The photo is of step-son William "Woo-Woo" Rowan, and dates from the 1930s. Note the "Mrs. J.F. Rittenhouse" on the canvas awning, and the Mathis Shipyard building in the background, on Erie Street.

941 Point Street

William "Woo-Woo" Rowan
and his wife Pauline

1960

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Photograph Courtesy of
Mr. & Mrs. John Myers

941 Point Street

Carol Alberta Rowan

Carol Rowan met John Myers, from Cramer Hill, in 1959. The wed in 1971.

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Photograph Courtesy of
Mr. & Mrs. John Myers

941 Point Street

William "WooWoo" Rowan
May 1961

"Meet Woo-Woo. This is how most people saw him as they entered the store." - 
                                John Myers

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Photograph Courtesy of
Mr. & Mrs. John Myers


 

941 Point Street

William "WooWoo" Rowan
May 1961

939 to 941
Point Street

1978

"....before I lived in that house it was Woo-Woo's Candy Store. It was a front for the gambling room in the back room." - 
                             Floyd Miller Jr. 

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Photograph Courtesy of Floyd L Miller Jr.

933 to 941
Point Street

May 2004

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939
Point Street

Magdalene Rittenhouse
1960s

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941
Point Street

May 2004

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941 Point Street

1917 Joseph Ford

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 1917

Mathis Shipyard
Nicholas Parson - North 2nd Street
Alexander Read - Erie Street
O. Glen Stackhouse

 

  943
Point Street

A hotel and tavern operated at this address from the 1870s though the early 1930s.

1870s-1880s Albert Ebener

943 Point Street

Private First Class
Albert Charles Thompson

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941 Point Street - The Floyd Miller Family
1978

Julia Miller inside of 941 Point

Donna & Julia Miller

Floyd & Fred Mullin
In front of
 939-941 Point Street
 
Floyd & Julia Miller
inside of 941 Point
941 Point Street

Julia Miller & cousin Timmy
inside of 941 Point

Left: Julia Miller
on Point Street

Right: The Millers
in the backyard of
941 Point Street


Block of Point Street Girls - 2005
Frances Rittenhouse
Carol Rowan Myers
&
Gertrude Rittenhouse
Carol Rowan Myers
&
Gertrude Rittenhouse

Intersection of Point Street & Erie Street

Point & Erie Streets

1872
John R. Haslett

1872 Camden City Directory

Northeast Corner
Point & Erie Streets

1734-2012
Benjamin Cooper House

Photograph from 1936

Severely Damaged by Fire
November 22, 2012

Northeast Corner
Point & Erie Streets

1906-1960s


John H. Mathis Shipyard

Northeast Corner
Point & Erie Streets

1960s-1970s
Camden Ship Repair

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Intersection of Front Street and State Street
Camden Courier-Post - July 8, 1950
Boy Sees Accident, Asks Traffic Light
by WILBUR MORSE JR.

Petitions for highway safety measures or improvements usually come from adult individuals or organizations.

But there Is an 11-yearold North Camden boy whose horror at seeing a car drag a 4-yearold neighbor 40 feet. near an unlighted intersection, today spurred a one-man safety campaign that carried a bigger wallop than the table thumping of many of his elders.

Into the Courier-Post editorial rooms came William McQuade, 11, of 47 York Street; his dark brow furrowed with a serious frown.

"I want to see the editor of the Mail Bag" said William with the assurance that a sincere crusade brings.

'Tragic Scene'

When queried as to the aim of his visit, William pulled out of the pocket of his denim trousers a wrinkled and many times folded piece of ruled paper.

In pencil he had written:

'The tragic scene I saw July 6. makes me believe that some traffic improvements should be made on Front and State Street and Front and York Street, so that many people or kids will not be in danger from cars."

"At 4:00 PM when work is out, cars speed up to Front and State Street. I personally think that some zones and traffic lights should be put up there on State and York Street. Would you find room for this letter, please?"

William McQuade wasn't speaking just for himself, he explained, after an editor had read his letter and praised his purposefulness.

"There are a lot of us kids who are in danger from the cars that speed along Front street, as work lets out at the two shipyards and the leather plant in the neighborhood."

"They all seem to be trying to get home first."

"I'll never forget the sight of that accident Thursday when the cars were streaming from the yards."

Young McQuade, a seventh grader at the Cooper school was referring to the misfortune that befell his neighbor, Dennis Taggart, 4, of 935 Point Street, who was struck by a car while playing near the Intersection of Front and State.

Could Be Avoided

"If there had been a light to slow the cars down at that corner, that accident never would have happened," William insisted.

Dennis, his skull fractured, is still in a critical condition at Cooper Hospital.

With his nephew Marvin McQuade, 8, of 707 North Sixth Street. son of his older half-brother, William brought his plea for safety measures to the Courier, because, he said: "Your paper always is trying to help people".

William, Marvin and another playmate, pretty, blonde Catherine Wilczynski, 10, of 929 Point Street, who also had seen Dennis injured, later stood at the comer of Front and State and pointed to the comers where they believed stop signs or traffic lights should be erected.

"It wouldn't cost much to put up a light here, where it's so badly needed," urged William.

"Why. I bet it wouldn't cost as much as the hospital bills and doctor bills for Dennis Taggart. And he's just one boy who's been hurt. There have been others."

"We kids rate a break."


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