Streets
of
Camden, NJ

River Avenue
aka River Road


RIVER AVENUE, more popularly known as River Road, runs north from Federal Street to the City limits and, beyond, more or less all the way to Burlington. It became a Camden thoroughfare in 1899, when the town of Stockton, which consisted of all of present-day Camden north of the Cooper River, was united with the city. River Avenue, of course, is the main artery running through Cramer Hill, and was and still is the location of many stores and small businesses.

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

 Phil Cohen

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Left: CRAMER HILL & EAST CAMDEN
Map published in 1914

CRAMER HILL & EAST CAMDEN
Map published in 2002

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Intersection of Federal Street & River Avenue

Northeast Corner
1501 Federal Streets

1970s-1980s
Action Porta Systems

August 6, 2011
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This building has been vacant
since the late 1980s

 

Southwest Corner

1920s-1990s
City of Camden Municipal Incinerator
abandoned in the early 1990s

 
   
 
   
 
 

Intersection of River Avenue & Railroad Tracks

Southwest Corner

1947
R.M. Hollinghead Company
(Loyd's Division)

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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Northwest Corner

1947
Texas Oil Company
Curriden Oil Corporation

Northwest Corner

1955
Sinclair Refining Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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Northeast Corner

1947
RCA
Radio Corporation of America
warehouse 

   

Looking North on River Avenue from Federal Street * Photo taken August 6, 2011
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RiverLine train going through the crossing * Photo taken August 6, 2011
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RiverLine train going through the crossing * Photo taken August 6, 2011
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1400 Block of River Avenue
1435 River Avenue

1955
Sinclair Refining Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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  1435 River Avenue

1960s-1980s
Federal Oil Company

1435-A River Avenue

2011
Mi Tierra Dominicana
shipping

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1435-B River Avenue

2011
Green Cab Compnay

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  River Avenue

1947
City of Camden 
Water Pumping Station

1490 River Avenue

1955
Marty's Auto Parts

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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River Avenue

1942-2011
William S. Ablett Village
public housing project

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River Avenue
William S. Ablett Village

26, 27, & 28 Ablett Village

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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River Avenue
William S. Ablett Village

24, 25, & 26 Ablett Village

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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River Avenue
William S. Ablett Village

22, 23, 24, 25, & 26 Ablett Village

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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River Avenue
William S. Ablett Village

22 & 23 Ablett Village

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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River Avenue
William S. Ablett Village

1 through 20 Ablett Village

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Intersection of River Avenue & East State Street
   

 

 

1500 Block of River Avenue
  1516-A River Avenue

1947

  1516-B River Avenue

1947

  1518 River Avenue

1947

  1520 River Avenue

1947

  1522-A River Avenue

1947

  1522-B River Avenue

1947

  1528-A River Avenue

1947

  1528-B River Avenue

1947

  1530 River Avenue

1947

  1532 River Avenue

1947

  1534-A River Avenue

1947

  1534-B River Avenue

1947


Intersection of River Avenue & North 17th Street
 

 

 

 


1700 Block of River Avenue
  1718 River Avenue

1947 Moeller's Luch Room

  1787 River Avenue

1947-1959
Camden County  Society
Prevetion of Cruelty to Children

1787 River Avenue

1960s-2010
The Chateau

1787 River Avenue

1960s-2011
The Chateau

2011 No Longer In Business

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  1791 River Avenue

1947 Raymond D. Sooy

1799 River Avenue

1946-1947
Baker's Atlantic Station
Tom Baker

1946 Ablett Village Newsletter Ad

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1799 River Avenue

2011
Larry's Professional Service Center

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1799 River Avenue

2011
Larry's Professional Service Center

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1799 River Avenue

2011
Larry's Professional Service Center

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Intersection of River Avenue & North 18th Street
 

 

 

 


1800 Block of River Avenue
1809 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1809 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1809 River Avenue

1909
Benjamin Derndinger & Family
Benjamiin & Martha Derndinger
Stephen Derndinger
Edward Derndinger
Emma Derndinger

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 1909

Emma died September 21, 1894, Edward died May 4, 1896, and Martha Derndinger died December 28, 1898. The family then lived at 1111 Federal Street.

CRAMER HILL STORES PRAISED BY OFFICIALS

Importance of neighborhood business was stressed last night at an open air meeting sponsored by the Cramer Hill Businessmen's association, at Veterans Park, Twenty-sixth street and Hayes avenue. Businessmen of the section were praised in brief talks by Mayor Frederick von Nieda, Mayor Joseph H. Van Meter, Collingswood, and Joshua C. Haines, recorder of deeds.

Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Newton Ash, 840 North Thirtieth street, electric refrigerator; Walter Conine, 1809 River avenue, radio, and George Blanck, 1026 North Twenty-first street, vacuum cleaner.

Officers of the association are Frederick Wolf, president; Charles Till, vice president; Richard Liebert, secretary and George Stiefel, treasurer. Trustees are: Edward Wenner, Joseph Till and Sylvester Onesty.

1809 River Avenue

1935 Walter Conine

Camden Courier-Post
October 29, 1935

 

  1810 River Avenue

2000s-2011
Patrick D. Kelly Drums, Inc. 

1811 River Avenue

1947

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1823 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1823 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1825 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  1890 River Avenue

1947

1892 River Avenue

1932 Mary Peard

Camden Couroer-Post
June 2, 1932

Beatrice Chowell
Erie Street
William G. Gilbert
Francis Schuelder
John R. Foley

  1894 River Avenue

1947

1896 River Avenue

1919-1920
Harry Johnson & Family
house carpenter
Harry & Barbara P. Johnson
Joseph Johnson 
Harold Johnson
George Johnson
William Johnson
Barbara Johnson

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 1919

Nathan Petit

  1896 River Avenue

1920-1949
Ernest J. Powell & Family
Ernest J. & Alice J. Hamill Powell
Alice Powell (died 1921)
Edmund Powell - Howard Powell
William Powell - Dorothy Powell
Eleanor Powell

 

1926 in the backyard of 5040 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 
A group shot after the wedding of William & Eleanor (Powell) Long. There are several family members in this photo. Those that I can pick out... from the left. The tall man in the suit with the mustache is the groom William Long. The lady next to him in white is the bride, Eleanor (Powell) Long. Eleanor's sisters are holding the flowers. Elizabeth Powell in on the left and Florence is on the right. Behind them in the background is their brother Ernest Powell. Behind Florence you can just see a corner of a ladie's head. That is Alice (Hamill) Powell. The person between Florence and the lady with the dark hair is George Powell. On the far right side of the photo you can see two people peaking out from between the dark haired lady and the smoking dude in the nice suit. The peaking people are Edmund & Miranda Powell (parents of the bride). The dark haired lady and the smoking dude are most likely the parents of the groom. Of the children in front on the ground. The girl on the left is unidentified. The boy next to her is Edmund Powell and he is holding his baby sister Dorothy Powell. The three identified are the children of Ernest & Alice Powell. The house belongs to Edmund and Miranda Powell - Todd Hansell

1896 River Avenue

1920-1949
Ernest J. Powell & Family
Ernest J. & Alice J. Hamill Powell
Alice Powell (died 1921)
Edmund Powell - Howard Powell
William Powell - Dorothy Powell
Eleanor Powell

Photograph from 1926
after the wedding of Ernest Powell's sister
in Philadelphia

 

  1898 River Avenue

1918-1931
George Huder & Family
saloon
George & Bertha Schmidt Huder
Walter Huder
George Huder Jr
Katherine Schmidt

1898 River Avenue

1939-1959
Ben's Cafe
aka
Bennie Niewinski's Friendly Tavern
aka
Niewinski's Cafe
Benjamin C. Niewinski

1946 Ablett Village Newsletter Ad

1898 River Avenue

1939-1959
Ben's Cafe
aka
Bennie Niewinski's Friendly Tavern
aka
Niewinski's Cafe


Benjamin C. Niewinski

August 1951 Advertisement

  1898 River Avenue

1964-1966
Walt's Place
1970-1984
Gretta's Inc.

1898 River Avenue

2000
Sunshine Lounge


Intersection of River Avenue & North 19th Street
 

 

 

 


1900 Block of River Avenue
1901 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1901 & 1903 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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1903 River Avenue

1926
J. Frederick Stahl & Family
J. Frederick & Elsie Frick Stahl
Virginia Stahl

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1905-1907 River Avenue

1947 No Listing

1955
Johnson Glass Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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  1906 River Avenue

1947

  1911 River Avenue

1947

  1913 River Avenue

1947

  1915 River Avenue

1947

JESSE MAURER

Funeral services for Jesse Maurer, 46, of 1919 River Road, who died Sunday, will be held at 2 p. m. tomorrow at 804 North Twenty-seventh street. Burial will be in Locustwood Memorial Park. Mr. Maurer died in the Columbia, Pa., hospital after an automobile he was riding in near Columbia, was in an accident last Wednesday. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruth Maurer, and a son and daughter.

MAURER—Suddenly, at Columbia, Pa., on February 12, 1938, Jesse C., husband of Ruth Maurer (nee Little) in his 47th year. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the funeral home of Gustav Roedel & Son, 804-06 N. 27th St., Camden, N. J. Interment at Locustwood Memorial Park. 
Friends may call Tuesday evening.

1919 River Avenue

1938
Jesse C. Maurer & Family
Jesse & Ruth Little Maurer

Camden Courier-Post
February 15, 1938

  1921 River Avenue

1947

   
   

Intersection
of
River Avenue & North 20th Street
 

 

 


2000 Block of River Avenue
2000 River Avenue

1930s-1960s Keating's Tavern
1970s-1960s Lin-Rick Tavern

2000s G & N Supermarket

KING'S TALENT CONTEST DRAWS 12 PERFORMERS 

Twelve South Jersey entertainers will meet tonight in Morgan Hall, Fourth and Market streets, to start the Talent Contest sponsored by King's, leading credit jewelers. Five prizes will be awarded and the first three winners will appear in the finals to be held on March 7. 

The contestants are Mickey Rogers, of 218 Friends Avenue, tap dancer; Leona Johnson, 441 Atlantic Avenue, singer; Eddie Osborn, 910 North Nineteenth Street, radio performer; Ethel Papp, 20 Morse Street, dancer; John O'Neill, 874 York Street, blues singer; Marshall Wix, Lindenwold, singer and dancer; Isabella Esbensen, 2001 River Avenue, known on the stage in this vicinity; Miss "X," Camden's mystery singer, who will appear masked; Bob Bender, 146 South Thirty-second Street, local Bing Crosby; Edith Kunitz, Lindenwold, marathon dancer and entertainer; Eddie Clarkson, 139 North Thirty-fourth Street, tap dancer, and Bonnie De Lisle, 1012 Haddon Avenue, dancer. 

The dance in connection with the contest wi1l begin at 9 o'clock. Music will be furnished by the Griffin Brothers orchestra.

2001 River Avenue

1936
Isabella Esbenson

Camden Courier-Post
February 7, 1936

  2001 River Avenue

1947

  2002 River Avenue

1947

  2004 River Avenue

1947

  2006 River Avenue

1947

  2008 River Avenue

1947

  2010 River Avenue

1947

2011 River Avenue

1890
Charles Hope
Justice of the Peace

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 1890

2011 to 2023 River Avenue

1913

  2011 River Avenue

1947

  2013 River Avenue

1913
1947

2015 River Avenue

1917
Theodore F. Adams

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 4, 1917

Dr. William H. Pratt

2015 River Avenue

1939-1943
John Dickinson & Family
John & Edith Dickinson
John M. Dickinson
Doris Dickinson

Camden Courier-Post
July 4, 1941

  2015 River Avenue

1940
Thomas Dickinson & Family 
Thomas & Sarah A. Dickinson

  2015 River Avenue

1943
John Dickinson & Family 
John & Edna L. Dickinson

  2016 River Avenue

1947

  2017 River Avenue

1913
1947

  2018 River Avenue

1947

  2019 River Avenue

1913
1947

  2202 River Avenue

1917-1920s William Getner

  2020 River Avenue

1947

  2021 River Avenue

1913
1947

2021 River Avenue

1913-1914
Michael Wordal & Family
machinist
Michael & Anna Wodal
Henry Wodal
Joseph Wodal
Anna Wodal
Francis Wodal

  2021 River Avenue

1947

  2022 River Avenue

1947
Twigg's Barber Shop

2022 River Avenue

1955
Cannon Batteries

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

2023 River Avenue

1913-1922
William Lemmerman & Family
grocery
William & Emma Lemmerman
Gustav Lemmerman
George Lemmerman
Bertha Lemmerman Murphy
William A. Lemmerman
Freda Lemmerman
Helen Lemmerman

2023 River Avenue

1913-1922
William Lemmerman & Family
grocery
William & Emma Lemmerman
Gustav Lemmerman
George Lemmerman
Bertha Lemmerman Murphy
William A. Lemmerman
Freda Lemmerman
Helen Lemmerman

  2023 River Avenue

1923-1943
Max Ravitch & Family
grocery
Max & Sarah L. Ravitch

 

Intersection of River Avenue & North 21st Street
 

Southwest Corner
of
North 21st Street
&
River Avenue

1909

Southwest Corner of North 21st Street & River Avenue - 1913
Postcard Courtesy of Carl Gainsborough

   

2100 Block of River Avenue
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  2100 River Avenue

1947 Fisher's Gulf Service
gas station

  2103 River Avenue

1947

  2111 River Avenue

1947

2112 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

2112 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

2114 River Avenue

1947 Magnetic Metals Company

2114 & 2118 River Avenue

1947 Magnetic Metals Company

  2115 River Avenue

1947

  2117 River Avenue

1947

2118 River Avenue

1947

2119 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

2119 & 2121 River Avenue

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

2121 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

2121 River Avenue

As seen from North 22nd Street

Photograph Taken March 15, 2012

  2123 River Avenue

1947
2012 Gone

2198 River Avenue

1947

Photo Taken August 27, 2009

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Intersection of River Avenue & North 22nd Street
 
Northeast Corner
of
North 22nd Street & River Avenue

2198 & 2200 River Road

Photo Taken August 27, 2009

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2200 Block of River Avenue
  2200 River Avenue

1917-1931
Frederick C. Bauer Sr. & Family
cabinetmaker
Frederick C. & Louisa Bauer

  2202 River Avenue

1919-1920
Ralph F. Bingemann Sr.

2203 River Avenue

Late 1950s-1960s
Edward H. Gaven Real Estate

1996
Remesas America Oriental Inc.

2014
Jose's Upholstery
Jose Diaz

Photo Courtesy of Bruce Jay Smith
2204 River Avenue

Captain Harry G. Maisch

  2204 River Avenue

1947

  2208 River Avenue

1947

  2209 River Avenue

1947

2210 River Avenue

1947

2210 & 2212 River Avenue

Camden Courier-Post
July 27, 2009

2210 River Avenue

1947

2212 River Avenue

1947

  2213 River Avenue

1947

  2214 River Avenue

1947

2215 River Avenue

1946-1947
Diamond's Tailoring
Irving Diamond

1946 Ablett Village Newsletter Ad

  2216 River Avenue

1947

  2217 River Avenue

1947

  2218 River Avenue

1947

  2219 River Avenue

1947

  2220 River Avenue

1933
Joseph Werner
Quaker Stores grocery

  2220 River Avenue

1947
Lewis A, Goldman
grocery

  2221 River Avenue

1947

  2223 River Avenue

1947

  2225 River Avenue

1947

   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 23rd Street
 

 

 

 


2300 Block of River Avenue
  2300 River Avenue

1947

2301 River Avenue

1924-1950s
Fairview Methodist Church

2011
Iglesia Pentacosta Lapena De Horeb A & O

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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2301 River Avenue

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  2302 River Avenue

1947

  2304 River Avenue

1947

  2306 River Avenue

1914 William Getner

2307 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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2308 River Avenue

1915
John Rubright

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 1915

  2308 River Avenue

1947

  2310 River Avenue

1947

  2313 River Avenue

1947

  2315 River Avenue

1947

  2317 River Avenue

1947


2318-2320 River Avenue

1947-1955
Bantle's Hardware

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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2318 River Avenue

1955
Max Reihmann & Son

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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2319 River Avenue

1947
Radio Service Center

1946 Ablett Village Newsletter Ad

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 24th Street

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 1906

Hugh Hatch - Mrs. Elizabeth Raley

 

 

 

 


2400 Block of River Avenue
  2401 River Avenue

1947

  2409 River Avenue

1947


Intersection
of
River Avenue & North 25th Street

Left: Northwest Corner
of River Avenue & North 25th Street

February 1, 2004

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Left: Looking North
on
River Avenue
from
the Northeast Corner
of
River Avenue & North 25th Street

February 1, 2004

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Above: Southwest Corner of River Avenue & North 25th Street - February 1, 2004

Above: Southeast Corner of River Avenue & North 25th Street - September 27, 2003
The bar pictured above has a long history. It has changed hands (and names) several times
1918-1921 Charles Irle Sr. 1926-1928 William J. Hinkson 1929-1931 Mrs. Mary Hinkson 
1939-1947 Beatty's Grille 1959-1966 Juno's Tavern 1970 Schoell's Tavern 1977 Crane's Tavern 
Late 1988 Olde City Brewery Tavern 2003 Closed
2010-2011 Cramer Hill Pharmacy

2500 Block of River Avenue
2500 River Avenue

1932-1947
Richfield Gas Station

Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1932

William Flanagan

2500 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2500 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2510 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2510 & 2512 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2512 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2512 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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  2516 River Avenue

1947

2518 River Avenue

1947-1955
Fischer's Outfitters
Murray Fischer

August 1951 Advertisement

2520 River Avenue

1889-1950
William F. Schmid
real estate

2520 River Avenue

1902
George T.M. Beideman

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 1902

Edward Flake
James Rooks

  2522 River Avenue

1947


Intersection of River Avenue & North 26th Street
 

 

 

 


2600 Block of River Avenue
  2609 River Avenue

1947

2610, 2612, & 2616
River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2610 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2610 & 2612 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2612 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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  2614 River Avenue

1947

2616 River Avenue
aka 2610-2618 River Avenue

Postcard mailed in 1910

Photo Courtesy of Bruce Jay Smith

  2618 River Avenue
aka 2616-2618 River Avenue

1947

2616 River Avenue
aka 2614-2618 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2695 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2695 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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Intersection
of
River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue

1892-1899
Pavonia Hose Company No. 3

 

 


2600 Block of River Avenue

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2699 River Avenue

Photograph Taken circa 1910

 

2699 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

2699 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

2699 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 27th Street 
Looking North and West on 27th Street across River Avenue-  circa 1910
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Intersection of River Avenue & North 27th Street
Northwest Corner
1000 North 27th Street

September 1903 Joseph O. Schmid
1939 
August W. Oswald Jr.
1940-1947 Dick's Cafe
1959-1976 
Rio Bar
1976 
Connie's Corner

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Intersection of
River Avenue, Cambridge Avenue & North 27th Street

August 22, 2011
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Southwest Corner of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
as seen from Northeast Corner of Cambridge Avenue  & River Avenue
Southwest Corner of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
as seen from Northeast Corner of Cambridge Avenue & River Avenue
Looking West across River Avenue to 1000 Blocks of Cambridge Avenue & North 27th Street
Northwest Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street 
as seen from Southeast Corner North 27th Street and River Avenue
Northwest Corners of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue and River Avenue & North 27th Street
as seen from Southeast corner of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
Northwest Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street
as seen from Southeast Corner of Cambridge Avenue and River Avenue
Northeast Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street
as seen from Southwest corner of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
Northeast Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street
as seen from Southwest Corner of North 27th Street & River Avenue
Southeast Corner of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
as seen from Northwest Corner of North 27th Street & River Avenue
Northwest Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street
as seen from Northeast Corner of River Avenue & North 27th Street
Southeast and Southwest Corners of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
as seen from Northeast Corner of North 27th Street & River Avenue
Southwest Corners of River Avenue & Cambridge Avenue
as seen from Northeast Corner of North 27th Street & River Avenue
Southwest Corners of North 27th Street & River Avenue
as seen from Northeast Corner of North 27th Street & River Avenue
 

2700 Block of River Avenue

2711-2715 River Avenue
aka 2713 River Avenue

1930s-1960s
Rio Theater

The Rio Theater was originally called The Auditorium, and was opened up by Herbert Megowan, one of the first entrepreneurs to go into the movie theater business. He later sold the property to Samuel Varbalow's Savar theater chain. The theater was later renamed the Rio. The Rio closed its doors in the 1960s, and became the home through the late 1970s of the Cramer Hill Boys Club. The former theater has for many years been the Faith Holy Temple Church of God in Christ.

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2712 River Avenue

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2712 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2712 & 2714
River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2714 River Avenue

1947 

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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  2717 River Avenue

1912
John Crawford Funeral Home

2718 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2718 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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  2719 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

  2720 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

  2725 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

  2727 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

2728 River Avenue

1926-1947
Johnson Thomas Morrow & Family
printer, bar owner at 576 N. 27th Street
Johnson T. & Mamie O. Morrow
Johnson W. Morrow
Marie Morrow - Howard Morrow
Thelma Morrow - Raymond Morrow

Camden Courier-Post
Jue 18, 1932

2728 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2728 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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  2732 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

2733 River Aveenue

1941
John Bray

Camden Courier-Post
July 31, 1941

2733 River Avenue

New Construction early 2000s

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  2734 River Avenue

1947
2011 Gone

2740 River Avenue

1904-1916
Frederick C. Bauer & Family
cabinetmaker
Frederick C. & Louisa Bauer
Frederick C. Bauer Jr.
William Bauer
Louis H. Bauer

  2740 River Avenue

1940s-1970s
Francis Bushey & Family
Francis & Anna Bushey
Frank Harry Bushey

2011 Gone

2740 River Avenue

Private Frank Harry Bushey

  2742 River Avenue

1947

2742-2744 River Avenue

1947

Photograph Taken August 22, 2011

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2742-2744 River Avenue

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  2744 River Avenue

1916-1924
Johnson Thomas Morrow & Family
printer
Johnson T. & Mamie O. Morrow
Johnson W. Morrow
Marie Morrow - Howard Morrow
Thelma Morrow - Raymond Morrow

   
   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 28th Street
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Northwest Corner
of
River Avenue
&
North 28th Street

Benjamin C. Beideman School
aka
Abraham Lincoln School

Built around 1865 - Closed June, 1935
Demolition contract awarded November, 1936

Photo taken August 20, 2011

 

 


2700 Block of River Avenue
  2801 River Avenue

1947

2818 River Avenue

1917
Eleventh Ward Republican Club

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 1917

2818 River Avenue

1941
Community Center

Camden Courier-Post
July 26, 1941

  2818 River Avenue

1945-present-day
St. Anthony of Padua
Roman Catholic Church

The parish was established on AUgust 27, 1945 and used a building that had been built prior to America's entrance into World War I. The present church was dedicated on December 20, 1959.

2819 River Avenue

1922
Stroud's Garage
John C. Stroud & Family
John C. & Anna Stroud

Camden Courier-Post
June 4, 1922

  2821 River Avenue

1947

WOMAN IS FOUND DEAD IN BED IN BOATHOUSE

Mrs. Anna E. Wharton, 51, was found dead in her bed yesterday at her small boathouse on Cooper river, near Wilson and Baird boulevards.

A boarder, William O'Klatner, discovered the body at 10 a. m. He told police that he and Mrs. Wharton had been drinking Thursday night and that she fell. He said he put her in bed and at 7 a. m. he left the boathouse to go to the nearby city dumps to work.

Coroner Charles A. Murray ordered the body removed to Cooper Hospital, where an autopsy will be performed.

Mrs. Wharton has lived in the boathouse for a number of years, it being formerly docked in the Delaware, off Cramer Hill.

2825 River Avenue

1910s- early 1930s
Samuel Wharton & Family
Samuel & Anna Wharton
Herbert Wharton

  2844 River Avenue

1947

   
   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 29th Street
   
 

 


Intersection of River Avenue & Reeves Avenue
 

 

 

 


2900 Block of River Avenue
2953 River Avenue

1947 No listing

1964
James R. Maycott & Sons
heating & air conditioning

Camden Courier-Post
May 19, 1964

2956 River Avenue

2011
J & H Volkswagon & Toyota

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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2966 River Avenue

1927-1928
Albert Hagemann Jr. & Family
Albert & Elsie Hagemann
Paul J. Hagemann
George W, Hagemann
Albert Hagemann III
Elsie Hagemann
Ernest Hagemann
Fred Hagemann

Camden Courier-Post
February 28, 1928

Frank H. Miller
Albert Hagemann Jr.
Elsie Hagemann

 

  2966 River Avenue

1947 Harry Morrill


Intersection of River Avenue & North 30th Street
 

 

 

 


3000 Block of River Avenue
3001 River Avenue

Seaman First Class
Paul Jackson Hagemann

  3001 River Avenue

1930s-1947
Mrs. Elsie Hagemann & Family
Paul J. Hagemann
George W, Hagemann
Albert Hagemann III
Elsie Hagemann
Ernest Hagemann
Fred Hagemann

  3002 River Avenue

1947

  3015 River Avenue

1947
Edmund J. Powell & Family
Edmund J. & Jane Powell
Tina Powell


Intersection of River Avenue & Lois Avenue
 

 

 

 


3000 Block of River Avenue
  3052 River Avenue

1930
Charles Carter & Family
Charles & Mary Carter
Warren Carter

  3052 River Avenue

1947

  3053 River Avenue

1947

  3054 River Avenue

1947

  3055 River Avenue

1924-1931
Theo Benz & Family
janitor
Theo & Emma Benz

1947

  3057 River Avenue

1947

  3059 River Avenue

1947

  3060 River Avenue

1910s-1920s
Floyd Odell & Family
Floyd & Edan Odell
Morris M. Odell

  3061 River Avenue

1947

  3062 River Avenue

1947

3068 River Avenue

February 20, 1955

3068 River Avenue

Photograph from 2010

  3069 River Avenue

1947

  3015 River Avenue

1947


Intersection of River Avenue & North 31st Street
 

 

 

 


3100 Block of River Avenue
  3100 River Avenue

1947

  3101 River Avenue

1947

  3102 River Avenue

1947

  3103 River Avenue

1947

  3106 River Avenue

1947

  3108 River Avenue

1942-1947
William Harry Mailahn & Family
William H. & Florence Cummiskey Mailahn
Anna Mailahn
Louis Mailahn
Harry Mailahn
Albert Mailahn

  3120 River Avenue

1947


Intersection of River Avenue & Beideman Avenue
 

 

 

 


3100 Block of River Avenue
3125-3127 River Avenue

1947-1955
Anchor Bar & Liquor Store
Benjamin Friedman  Martin Zonies

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

  3125 River Avenue

2011
Decisions Beauty Salon

  3129 River Avenue

1947

  3150 River Avenue

1947

  3150 River Avenue

1952-1984
Joseph Pellegrino Family
Joseph & Lucy Pellegrino

The Pellegrino's... My mother owned a Beauty Salon at 3216 River Road, where the shooting began. We lived down the street at 3150 for 30 or more years, they bought our home in 1952. We also owned the shop next door and was once Pie-zon Pizza... also owned by my parents and ran by my brother and I. That location is now Izzarry Insurance and has been for the last 30 years now. Both my brothers were Woodrow Wilson grads and both served in the US Army. After my brothers and I left Camden, my parents sold their business and home around 1984.

August 2011

  3150 River Avenue

1950s-1960s
Lucy Beauty Shop
Joseph & Lucy Pellegrino

3151-3153 River Avenue

1927-1955
Universal Motor Service
Franklin C.T. Willard

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

  3175 River Avenue

1947

  3195 River Avenue

1947


Intersection of River Avenue & North 32nd Street
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Northeast Corner of North 32nd Street & River Avenue, October 18, 2011

Souteast Corner of North 32nd Street & River Avenue, October 18, 2011

Southwest Corner of North 32nd Street & River Avenue, October 18, 2011

Northwest Corner of North 32nd Street & River Avenue, October 18, 2011

 

 


3200 Block
of
River Avenue

On September 6, 1949, Howard Unruh, a veteran of World War II who had developed schizophrenia but had not been diagnosed or treated, killed thirteen people and wounded two others in the 3200 block of River Avenue.

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3200-3202, 3204, 3206, 3214, 3216, 3252 & 3268 River Avenue
September 6, 1949

3200-3202, 3204, 3206, 3214, & 3216 River Avenue
September 6, 1949

3200-3202 & 3204 River Avenue - November 30, 1961
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3200 Block of River Avenue
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3200-3202 River Avenue

1947-1949
River Road Pharmacy
Maurice Cohen & Family
Maurice & Rose Cohen
Charles Cohen

Photograph Taken October 18, 2011

3201 River Avenue

1947 American Stores
grocery

Photograph Taken October 18, 2011

  3202 River Avenue

1949 Mrs. Freda Unruh
1949
Howard Unruh

  3204 River Avenue

1947-1949
Clark R. Hoover
barber

2009 Gone

3204 River Avenue

November 20, 1961

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Photo by Bob Bartosz

3204 River Avenue

1960s-1970s
Al Santoro
barber

2009 Gone

  3205 River Avenue

1947
John J. Murray
restaurant

3205 River Avenue

1991
Los Hispanos Restaurant

1991 FireWatch
magazine ad

3205 River Avenue

1947 American Stores
grocery

Photograph Taken October 18, 2011

3206 River Avenue

Built in 1909

1949
John Pilarchik
Shoe Repair

Photo from Camden Courier-Post
September 1949
re-printed September 7, 1974
3206 River Avenue

2005 Callejo Fenina

2005-2011
Martin's DA Shop
barber

Martin J. Ortiz

Photo Taken August 27, 2009

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  3208 River Avenue

1947 Morrey Lacktman
1947 John F. Brumbach

3209-3211 River Avenue

1940-1943
George E. Hoover
bar

George E. Hoover with his daughter Elaine in the rear of the bar at 3209 River Avenue.

3209-3211 River Avenue

mid 1940s-1947-1982
Engel's Cafe
Frank Engel

Camden Courier-Post
September 7, 1974

Francis X. "Frank" Engel Sr. & Family
Francis X. "Frank" & Mary Engel
Francis X. Engel Jr.

L. G. "George" Engel Sr. & Family
Louis G. Engel Jr.

  3209-3211 River Avenue

1983-2001
Silver Dollar Saloon
Billy & Marge Eckel

2008-2009
Rumba Renque Lounge

Camden man shot and killed outside bar

CAMDEN, N.J. - February 22, 2009 (WPVI) -- Camden Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the Cramer Hill section of the city overnight.

Luis Garcia, 25, was shot and killed at about 2:00 a.m. outside Rumba Rengue, a bar at 32nd and River Roads.

It appears Garcia was involved in a verbal altercation in the bar that spilled out into the street. Shots were fired and Garcia was fatally hit.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Camden County police at (856) 757-7420.

3209-3211 River Avenue

2008-2009
Rumba Renque Lounge

 

3209-3211 River Avenue

2008-2009
Rumba Renque Lounge

February 22, 2009

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Arrest Made In Camden Homicide

CAMDEN, N.J. - February 27, 2009 (WPVI) -- Police in Camden, New Jersey have made an arrest in a weekend homicide.

Investigators have charged 18-year-old Edward Torres with killing 25-year-old Luis Garcia.

Torres turned himself into police Thursday night. He is charged with murder, and was held at the Camden County Jail on $650,000 bail.

The killing happened at around 2:00 a.m. Sunday outside Rumba Rengue, a bar at 32nd and River Roads.

It appears Garcia was involved in a verbal altercation in the bar that spilled out into the street.

Shots were fired and Garcia was struck and killed.

3209-3211 River Avenue

2008-2009
Rumba Renque Lounge

After the shooting, the bar's liquor license was  revoked. The owners last appeal was denied in August 2011.

 

3209-3211 River Avenue

2008-2009
Rumba Renque Lounge

Photo taken August 23, 2011

 

  3214 River Avenue

1947-1949
Thomas Zegrino
clothes cleaner

  3214 River Avenue

1955
Astor One-Hour Cleaners & Tailor

  3216 River Avenue

1947
Domenick Taglialatela
restaurant

3216 River Avenue

1960s-1970s
Lucy's Beauty Salon

  3218 River Avenue

1978-2011
Irizarry Insurance Agency

   

Intersection of River Avenue & Bergen Avenue
 

 

 

 


3200 Block of River Avenue
  3252 River Avenue

1929 Progressive Weaving Company

  3255 River Avenue

1947

  3257 River Avenue

1914 John McBurney

3257 River Avenue

1924-1949
Harry C. Soistman Sr. & Family
Harry C. & Annie Soistman
Benjamin H. Soistman
Harry C. Soistman Jr.
Mabel Soistman

Camden Courier-Post
November 15, 1949

 

  3265 River Avenue

1947

3268 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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3268 River Avenue

1947

Photo taken August 20, 2011

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  3269 River Avenue

1947

   
   
   
   
   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 33rd Street
 

 

 

 


3300 Block of River Avenue
  3300 River Avenue

1947 Mrs. Rose Griffin Beauston

3301 River Avenue

2011

REALTY MAN GUILTY OF HOLDING UP RENT

A North Camden real estate dealer was. found guilty of withholding rent collections at a meeting of the New Jersey Real Estate Commission in the court house building yesterday.

D. Jamieson, of 106 North Fifth street, trading as the Jamieson Real Estate Co., was charged with retaining money due to Mrs. Marie Lafferty, of 424 Tyson Street, owner.

The commission, headed by Edward J. Borden, newly chosen president, ordered Jamieson to make restitution.

Joseph Munger, of 3302 River Avenue, charged with operating a real estate business without a license, was ordered to obtain a state certificate.

Munger, who stated he owns 22 properties, testified he was chiefly interested in selling his own holdings and promised to procure a license.

Borden, who presided at the first regular meeting since taking office, was given an informal reception.

3302 River Avenue

1933 Jacob Munger

Camden Courier-Post
June 24, 1933

  3205 River Avenue

1947

  3304 River Avenue

1947

  3305 River Avenue

1947e

  3306 River Avenue

1947

  3307 River Avenue

1947

  3309 River Avenue

1947
Fredrick von Nieda

  3317 River Avenue

1947 Robert H. Sell

3317 River Avenue

1969-1993
Anthony Orme

 


Intersection of River Avenue & North 34th Street
 

 

 

 


3400 Block of River Avenue
  3401 River Avenue

1947

  3403 River Avenue

1947

  3404 River Avenue

1947

  3419 River Avenue

1927
David J. Baxter & Family
David J. & Leta Baxter
Leta E. Baxter
George P. Baxter

  3425 River Avenue

1947
George M. Heller & FAmily
George M. & Rose Heller

  3425 River Avenue

1970s-1997
Edward P. Leonard Jr. Funeral Home

1997-2011
Falco Caruso & Leonard Funeral Home


Intersection of River Avenue & North 35th Street
 

 

 

 


3500 Block of River Avenue
3520 River Avenue

1907
Thomas Beideman

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 8, 1907

3525-3527 River Avenue

1947-1958
Donato's River Drive Restaurant
Mrs.  Jean Donato

Here is a photo of my grandmother, Jean Donato's, restaurant from the '40s at 36th & River Ave, as JoAnne Housewright mentioned.
You can barely make out the sign that says:

Donato's
River Drive
Restaurant
Italian Spaghetti
... Platters

Peter Donato
July 2016

3525-3527 River Avenue

1947-1964
Dominic Donato & Family
Dominic & Jean Donato

This second photo is from the porch of the same house probably early 1958. That's my grandfather Dominic Donato with his five grandchildren. From the left, Bethann Born, Johnny Born (red shirt), and Stephen Donato.
Being held by grandpop: Peter Donato (me), and Susan Donato.

Peter Donato, July 2016


3525 River Avenue

1964-1994
William F. Housewright & Family

The house was a restaurant way back in the day, then converted to apartments which my parents rented one when I was born in '64. The Donatos moved to Merchantville offering to rent them the downstairs, in turn my mom would collect rent from the other boarders and upkeep the outside. When the elder Donatos passed on my parents bought the house from their son Vince in the mid '70s. It was unfortunate they didn't have money to upkeep the exterior. I loved growing up in that house. Many many many great memories with family and friends! My mom is Edith Housewright, she worked at Sharp School from 1978 un til 2002 retiring as head of the lunch program.

The Donatos also owned The Reading Hotel in Wildwood until around 1970. My mom was a cleaning lady on weekends in turn for free room. Unfortunately I have vague memories of that place. There are a few pictures of me on the front steps though!

JoAnne Housewright Johnson. August 2012 

  3527 River Avenue

1947
William R. Hollinger & Family
William R. & Thyra Hollinger

   
   

Intersection of River Avenue & North 36th Street
 

 

 

 


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