Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Rand Street


RAND STREET is in East Camden, and runs parallel to Marlton Avenue and the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, from Watson Street across Westminster Avenue, Baird Boulevard and Thorndyke Street to the city limits, between Boyd and Pfeiffer Streets, and continues for a short distance into Pennsauken. 

Rand Street dates back prior to 1899, when Stockton Township was joined to Camden. The street was originally called George Street, but by 1906 had been renamed Rand Street. As late as 1924 there were no homes standing on Rand Street. Around 1927 twenty houses were built by the firm of Markeim, Coles, and MacEwan in the 200 and 300 block of Rand Street. By the time the 1929 City Directory had been compiled 18 homes had been built and occupied. Thirteen other homes were occupied east of Baird Boulevard, in the 400 block. Many more houses on Rand Street were  built by 1947, including a number of duplexes. Construction was still going on for a time thereafter, as another series of duplexes were built in the 500 and 600 blocks. 

In 1954 the Peter J. McGuire Gardens public housing project was built on the land between Watson Street and Westminster Avenue. By the 1980s the project had become a notorious haven for drug dealing and other criminal activity. This soon spread along Rand Street all the way across Thorndyke Street. Although McGuire Gardens was literally razed and rebuilt beginning in the late 1990s, the area remains a hotbed of criminality and has been the site of several murders, the last two taking place in June and July of 2007.

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

 Phil Cohen


Intersection of Rand Street & Watson Street
February 26, 2009
February 26, 2009

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200 Block of Rand Street
  278 Rand Street

1947 

  288 Rand Street

1929
1947

  291 Rand Street

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1947

  292 Rand Street

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1947

293 Rand Street

1932
Watson

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1932

294 Rand Street

1938
Mrs. Emma McLimans

Camden Courier-Post
February 24, 1938

  294 Rand Street

1947-1956 Carl Auerbach
lawyer

  295 Rand Street

1929
1947 

  296 Rand Street

1929
1947 

  297 Rand Street

1929
1947- Dr. Israel Barbel
dentist

  299 Rand Street

1930s-1960
Harry Bass & Family
Harry & Gertrude Bass
Albert Bass
Edith Bass

 Gertrude and Harry Bass, lived at 299 Rand Street.  We’re not sure of the years, but they probably lived there from the 1930’s to 1960.  Harry was a clothing cutter. They had 2 children, Albert Bass (future coach and Dean of Students at Woodrow Wilson High School) and Edith Bass Mackler (married to Edward Mackler).  Harry died in 1967; Gertrude died in 1980.  Al Bass died in 2008; Edith Bass Mackler died in 2006.

Ilene Mackler
December 13, 2010


Camden Courier-Post - January 28, 1928


300 Block of Rand Street

300 Block of
Rand Street

Camden Courier-Post
January 28, 1928

 

300 Rand Street

1929
1932 Harry Fleisher

  301 Rand Street

1929
1947

  302 Rand Street

1929
1947

  303 Rand Street

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1947

  304 Rand Street

1929
1947

  305 Rand Street

1929
1933 L. Waronker

 Employment
 10 Help Wanted—Female

 HOUSEWORK—General, sleep in,   
  references. Apply 305 Rand St, Camden. 
  Phone 1729-W.

305 Rand Street

1938

Camden Courier-POst
February 17, 1938

  305 Rand Street

1947 Adolph Goodman

  306 Rand Street

1929
1947

  307 Rand Street

1929
1947

  308 Rand Street

1929-1933 Isadore Waronker

BANDITS TAKE CAR, USE IT IN HOLDUP
Steal Merchants's Auto and Cash, Get Only Tin Box From Bus Driver 

Three masked men, one with a nickel-plated revolver, held up Edward Rosenfeld, wholesale grocer, as he was backing his car into the garage in the rear of his home, 308 Rand street, last night. They took $12 from his pockets, forced him out of his new machine and drove it away.

Rosenfeld told police the bandits had handkerchief-type masks,  but appeared youthful, of medium height.

A short time before two men similarly masked, one also brandishing a nickel-plated revolver, approached Sidney Bauman, of 272 Boyd street, a block distant from the Rosenfeld house as he was putting his car into his garage.

"They told me it was a stickup," Bauman reported to police, "but I gave them an argument and they turned away and beat it. One was wearing a cap and one a hat. It was hard to get an accurate description in the dark, but they seemed youngish and about five feet five or six."

At 1:00 AM today a car answering the description of the one stolen from Rosenfeld was used by masked men who held up Edward Heaton, 824 Woodland Avenue, a bus driver, as he was turning in his receipts at the Newton avenue car barn of Public Service.

There were four men in the machine, Heaton told police. Two jumped out, each handkerchief masked and with a revolver, and stood on either side of him. He was carrying a tin box, in which were his change carrier and other articles, but no money. He had placed, the receipts in his pockets. 11 The men grabbed the tin box and jumped back into the car, which sped away.

At about the same time two Negro men wearing masks, one with a gun, entered a taproom at 673 Ferry Avenue. Philip Knast, the proprietor, was behind the counter and there were four customers in the place. The masked men moved quickly toward Knast and told him "This is a stick-up."

He dodged behind the bar and escaped into a room in the rear. One of the bandits then went  behind the bar and rifled the cash register, getting between $5 and $6, Knast told police. They fled, apparently on foot.    

308 Rand Street

1936 Mrs. R. Rosenfeld
1939-1960s Edward Rosenfeld
accountant

  310 Rand Street

1929
1947

  372 Rand Street

1947  Dr. Leopold S. David
physician

1980s
The Martin Family

  374 Rand Street

1940s-1970s
Morris Novack Family
Morris & Pearl Novack
Roslynne Novack

The picture is of my dad, brother Brody and myself sitting in the yard about 1978. Also, my daddy and granddad owned an auto detailing shop across the street from Buddy's Auto Body on Mt. Ephraim Avenue (about the 1100 block). I don't remember the name of it, but they sold one half to Jim, and the other half to Mr. Tee - who is still there to this day (Tee's tires).

Monica M. Wildes, MHS
June 2011

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375 Rand Street

1978-1997
Alexander Wildes & Family

My daddy, Alexander Wildes of Patti and the Emblems, purchased our home at 375 Rand Street around 1977 or 1978. We lived there until 1995. My most memorable moment, and probably the saddest occasion, was when two little boys who lived across the street (about 480's) were playing with matches in an abandoned van that was parked in the lot adjacent to 372. The Martin family lived there at the time. The van caught on fire and the oldest brother was able to get out, however the youngest brother - he had to be less than 5 years old - was trapped under a seat and EVERYONE watched and listened in absolute horror as he succumbed to the fire. His brother did everything he could to try to get him out, but it didn't work. This had to take place in the very early 80's and made the news on Channel 6. 

Monica M. Wildes, MHS
June 2011

  396 Rand Street

1947  


400 Block of Rand Street
  400 Rand Street

1929 Louis A Wright

  401 Rand Street

1929 Vacant
1947 Arthur G. Whelpley 

  402 Rand Street

1947 Alfred Corsi

  404 Rand Street

1947 Harry Denny 

  406 Rand Street

1947 Anthony Pietrafesa

  408 Rand Street

1947 Nick Ordille

  410 Rand Street

1940s-1969 Edward Y. Scott
Fire fighter

  412 Rand Street

1947 Morria Albert 

  414 Rand Street

1947 Albert Kroskove

  416 Rand Street

1947 Louis Birrer 

  418 Rand Street

1947 Charles Drourr 

  420 Rand Street

1929
1947 Albert R.Mantini
contractor

  422 Rand Street

1929

  424 Rand Street

1929

  425 Rand Street

1947 Edwin Hampton
1947 Ivan Morris

  426 Rand Street

1929

  427 Rand Street

1947 Dr. Saul Artis
dentist
1947 Nathan Blank 

  428 Rand Street

1929
1947 

  430 Rand Street

1929 Vacant

CLERK USES FISTS TO ROUT  BANDITS
Victim Continues Fight Despite Blow on Head From Pistol 

Two armed bandits and an accomplice took on a tough job last night when they attempted to hold up Walter J, Brown, 38, of 430 Rand Street.

 Brown. a sturdy clerk employed by the T&B Tobacco Company, of Kaighn Avenue near Broadway, slugged one of the holdup men, suffered a gash when slugged by a second, and caused the three thugs to retreat.

In a report to detectives, Brown said he drove his automobile into the garage at the rear of his home and was about to close the doors when he was confronted by a masked man who ordered him to "stick 'em up."

Instead, Brown let both fists fly. Thereupon, a second thug appeared and struck Brown with a pistol.

He battled with the pair with his fists and observed a third man appear from behind the garage. So furious was Brown's attack that the three bandits took to their heels running in the direction of Baird Boulevard.

After summoning Detectives John Trout and John Kaighn, Brown received treatment from a nearby physician.

He described the masked man as five feet six inches in height, weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a tan overcoat, Brown said.

The second bandit who wielded the pistol was described as five feet eight inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a gray overcoat. Brown was unable to give a description of the third man.

430 Rand Street

1936 Walter J. Brown

Camden Courier-Post
February 29, 1936

  430 Rand Street

1947 No Listing

  432 Rand Street

929
1947 

  434 Rand Street

1929
1947

  436 Rand Street

1929
1947

  438 Rand Street

1929
1947

  438 Rand Street

1947-1960s Hyman & Adele Leon 

  445 Rand Street

1947

  442 Rand Street

1947 

  444 Rand Street

1947 

My family moved to 237 Morse Street from Philadelphia in the year 1936. My older sister Shirley and I went through the Camden school system. Dudley School, Cramer Elementary and Junior High and then to high school, Shirley going to Woodrow Wilson and I going to Camden High. I graduated in 1952. My father Louis worked for his brother Charlie at Camden Storage Battery Company on Haddon Avenue. Moved from Morse Street to 445 Rand Street in 1944 and then to Boyd Street in 1949. Camden was a wonderful city to grow up in.

Jay Goldberg
April 2011

445 Rand Street

1944-1949
Louis Goldberg & Family
Shirley Goldberg
Jay Goldberg

 

  445 Rand Street

1969

  447 Rand Street

1947 

  449 Rand Street

1947 

  451 Rand Street

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  453 Rand Street

1947

  455 Rand Street

1947



400 Block of Rand Street
  464 Rand Street

1947 

  466 Rand Street

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  468 Rand Street

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  470 Rand Street

1947

  475 Rand Street

1947

  478 Rand Street

1929 Walter A. Dietrich
1947 James Corrigan 

  486 Rand Street

1947 

487 Rand Street

1955
Damen's Private Business School

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad 

  488 Rand Street

1947 

  489 Rand Street

1947 

  490 Rand Street

1947 

  491 Rand Street

1947 


500 Block of Rand Street

No Homes Built Prior to 1947

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Intersection of Thorndyke Street & Rand Street
   

600 Block of Rand Street

No Homes Built Prior to 1947

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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