Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Salem
Street


SALEM STREET runs for just one block, from Ferry Avenue south to Viola Street. Homes first appear in the 1800 block of Salem Street in the 1890-1891 Camden City Directory, and only the homes from 1831 through 1841. There were also homes at 1836, 1838, and 1840 Salem in these years. The residents of Salem Street were almost exclusively of lineage from the British Isles, and worked for the most parts in the factories or the nearby waterfront. This would change, as Camden and other American cities became the home of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe.

During the 1930s and 1940s the street, like many others in Camden's Eighth Ward, was the home of many immigrants from the Russia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, and what was then Yugoslavia. All three of these groups in time had social or religious organizations in the neighborhood, such as the Yugoslav Club in the 600 block of Ferry Avenue and St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church across the tracks on Seventh Street. Many also belonged to Church of the Sacred Heart at Broadway and Ferry Avenue.

By 1930 there were only twelve homes on the street, from 1815 to 1837 Salem. Ten of these homes are still standing in 2004. On the opposite side of the street stands a garage, which may at one time have been a stable.

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

 Phil Cohen


Salem Street - February 20, 2004

Salem Street -1930

1815

Vincent & Justina Suletta, (Shipyard Laborer, Croatia
Benjamin Sulatta, (Operator at a dress factory)

1817

Gregory & Mary Torgun, (Laborer at paper mill, Russia-Grodno), sons Nicholas & George Torgun 

1819

John Duranowitz, (Ukrainian)

1821

John & Mary Zamitis, (Laborer at Paper Mill, Cigar factory, Lithuania)

1823

Ruth Zamitis, (Cigar factory) 

1825

John Keyko, (Shipyard machinst, Russian-Poland) 

1827

Frank Easley, (Hod Carrier, Born in Massachusetts, Black)
Charles Jackson, (Railroad laborer, Born in Georgia, Black) 

1829

Ignatz Krauch Filinuk, (Laborer at paper mill, Russia-Grodno)

1831

Stephen T. & Rose Gritzuk, (Laborer at paper mill, Russia-Grodno)
Edna Gritzuk, (Teacher)

1833

Joseph & Mary Chepelevitch, (Helper at licorice works, Ukraine)
Stanley & Anna Chepelevitch, (Stage Builder)

1835

John & Mary Thompson, (Mirror maker, Lithuania)
Andrew & Anna Pilkonis, (Plumber, born in Pennsylvania of Lithuanian parents)

1837

Andrew & Mary Melnychuk, (Laborer, Ukraine)


On March 9, 1932 Spiro Cecich, 37, of 1815 Salem Street was fatally injured in an explosion at the Public Service Gas Company. Burned over his entire body, he died on March 11th.


Salem Street -1947

1815

Michael & Elizabeth E. Filinuk, (Saw operator)

1817

Joseph & Evelyn Murray, (Mechanic) & Joseph A. Murray

1819

Alex R. & Mary Patrych, (Helper)
Eleanor Patrych, (Office Secretary at Hatch Junior High School

1821

John & Mary Zamitis, (Helper)

1823

Paul & Helen Andrews

1825

Dominic & Elizabeth DiPetro

1827

Mrs. Bessie Angelo

1829

Harry H. & Eva Filinuk, (Helper) 

1831

Stephen T. & Rose Gritzuk, (Foreman)
Edna Gritzuk, (Teacher)

1833

Joseph & Mary Chepelevitch, (Helper)
Stanley & Anna Chepelevitch, (Stage Builder)

The Chepelevitch family remained at 1833 Salem Street to the early 1970s

1835

Charles Kowstyski

1837

Andrew & Mary Melnychuk


1800 Block of Salem Street

1815 Salem Street

1930-1932
Vincent Suletta & Family
Vincent & Justina Suletta
Benjamin Sulatta

George Suleta

Camden Courier-Post
June 3, 1932

  1823 Salem Street

1912
Mary Powelski

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 28, 1913

Liberty Street
Van Hook Street
Vaclav Chinelewski 

 
1828 Salem Street

1936 Daniel Paulk

Camden Courier-Post
October 7, 1936

Lewis Liberman
Joseph Tully
George Smith

Gus Fortune

Lucius Robinson

1828 Salem Street

1936 Daniel Paulk

Camden Courier-Post
October 9, 1936

Lewis Liberman
Joseph Tully
George Smith

Gus Fortune

Lucius Robinson

1829 Salem Street

Mrs. Rose Diboski

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 1910


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