Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Whitman
Avenue


WHITMAN AVENUE was originally called Pear Street, and was renamed in memory of Camden's "Good Grey Poet", Walt Whitman. The street has three distinct sections. The first runs east from South 4th Street to Broadway, the second east from South 8th Street to South 10th Street, and the third runs east from Mount Ephraim Avenue to Haddon Avenue. Only the third section has any addresses associated with it, the first two are simply through streets.

Whitman Avenue between Rose and Louis Street is the northern boundary of the original Whitman Park, and the street lent its name to that neighborhood. The park is on one of the higher elevations in the city of Camden, and a large water tower is located there. Unfortunately, in a move so very typical of Camden's municipal government during the Arnold Webster and Milton Milan "administrations", a revamped park between Thorn Street and Hallowell Lane, near the Ferry Station PATCO High Speed Line stop and on the grounds of what had been Camden Municipal Hospital was christened "Whitman Park". The fact that the new "Whitman Park" was not located IN Whitman Park didn't seem to make a whole lot of difference to those who infested City Hall at the time.

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

 Phil Cohen


Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Mt. Ephraim Avenue
   

1100 Block of Whitman Avenue
  1131 Whitman Avenue

1940 Charles Lee

1950s-1970s
Alfred Raychert & Family
Alfred & Cecilia Raychert
Alfred Raychert Jr.
Richard Raychert

1131 & 1133
Whitman Avenue

Photo from 2010

  1133 Whitman Avenue

1940 Leon Bielicki

  1139 Whitman Avenue

1900s-1910s
Walter J.A. Stanton Sr. & Family
Camden Police officer 1900s-1930s
Walter & Elizabeth Stanton
Walter Stanton Jr.
actor
Thomas C. Stanton
Camden Police Officer 1928-1950s

1139 Whitman Avenue

1920s-late 1940s
Joseph L. Jagodzinski

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1145 Whitman Avenue

1913 Mrs. Elizabeth Halstead

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 5, 1913

Rev. Samuel Price

  1146 Whitman Avenue

Private Joseph F. Covert

  1145 Whitman Avenue

1940-1943
John "Happy" Kowal & Family
(John Kowalczyk)
John F. & Mary C. Kowalczyk

  1146 Whitman Avenue

1950s-1974
Stanley E. Sluzalis

  1147 Whitman Avenue

1927-1928
Charles Whaland

Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Rose Street

Standoff Ends with Gunman in Custody

By Sarah Bloomquist

November 17, 2007 - A Camden man is in jail tonight after allegedly holding family members hostage for several hours.

Around noon today Camden Police were called out to 1150 Whitman Street. Upon arrival police observed an armed man in the window. Relatives identified the gunman as Anthony McKim. 

McKim was locked inside the row home with a woman, believed to be his ex-wife, and his three stepchildren. The SWAT team suited up and moved in along with a hostage negotiator. 

Several blocks from the scene, a woman was sobbing. She identified herself as Sabrina McKim - Anthony's wife of one year. "I am just scared. Scared for him," said Sabrina. 

The gunman eventually allowed the woman and children to go. 

Then, about two hours into the standoff, the gunman called the Action News studios and identified himself as Anthony McKim. He said he was heavily armed and going to come out shooting. We immediately relayed the information to Camden Police. 

Friends and relatives also talked to the suspect by cell phone. "We said we loved him. We cared about him. Please come out. You can deal with them while you're live and not without your life," said Ahmad Muhammad, a friend of McKim's. 

At one point several gunshots rang out inside the house. However, police do not know if they were aimed at officers or not.

After nearly four hours, the suspect came out of the house covered in blood. Clearly distraught and sobbing, he put his hands in the air and surrendered. 

Police said when the gunman came out he tried to take his own life on the front porch of the home, but that the gun jammed. They expect to have more information as the investigation goes into the night.

 

1150 Whitman Avenue

2007
Anthony McKim

WPVI-TV
Channel 6 Action News
November 17, 2007

 

1173 Whitman Avenue

1175 Whitman Avenue

1928
Whitman Park Improvement Association

Camden Courier-Post
January 9, 1928

P. AND F. AUXILIARY

Members of the auxiliary to the Police and Firemen's Association will hold their annual Halloween party in the clubhouse, 1175 Whitman avenue, tomorrow night. Mrs. Sarah Tatem is president of the auxiliary.

 

 

1175 Whitman Avenue

1933-1970
Camden Police & Fireman's Association

Camden Courier-Post
October 29, 1935

  1175 Whitman Avenue

2010 Gone


Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Louis Street
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1475 Louis Street - Northwest Corner - September 25, 2011
Northeast Corner - September 25, 2011
Southeast Corner - September 25, 2011
 
   

1200 Block of Whitman Avenue
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1201 Whitman Avenue

1918-1931
 Ignatz Konieczka
cafe

1947
Benjamin Buczynski
Candy Store

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

1201 & 1203
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

1201 & 1203
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

  1203 Whitman Avenue
1203 to 1211
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

1203, 1205, & 1207
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

  1205 Whitman Avenue
  1207 Whitman Avenue
  1209 Whitman Avenue
1209 & 1211
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken September 25, 2011

  1211 Whitman Avenue
1216 Whitman Avenue

1926-1947
Joseph E. Krzyk & Family
Walter E Krzyk
Lordine Krzyk

Left: Walter E. Krzyk
US Navy Photo circa 1941

1218 Whitman Avenue

1936-1942
Julius J. Kasinski

Left: Julius J. Kasinski,
1936 Camden High School
Purple and Gold Yearbook Photo
Right:  Julius J. Kasinski
Camden Courier-Post US Navy Photo circa 1941

  1216 Whitman Avenue
1222 Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken November 27, 2011

1230 Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken November 27, 2011

1230 & 1232
Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken November 27, 2011

1232 Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken November 27, 2011

1232 Whitman Avenue

1920s Mrs. Mathilda Guilfoyle

  1232 Whitman Avenue

1931
Frank Bendzyn & Family
laborer
Frank & Tessie Bendzyn

1230 Whitman Avenue

Photograph Taken November 27, 2011

1239 Whitman Avenue

1920s-1930s
Joseph & Nellie Zak
Adele Zak

Camden Courier-Post
October 31, 1931

1239 Whitman Avenue

Photo from 2010

CAMDEN MAN HELD AS HOLDUP SUSPECT
Markowski, Implicated in Connecticut Case,
Found at Sister's House

Edward Markowski, 21, of 1240 Whitman avenue, was arrested yesterday when a squad of city detectives visited a house at 1619 Norris street. Markowski is being held incommunicado at police headquarters.

Detectives said that Markowski was arrested on a warrant issued by State Police of Connecticut and that he is wanted in that state for participating in a holdup of a gambling house on Jan. 18 last. LeRoy Jenkins, 27, formerly of Camden, was captured when the holdup victims beat him severely and threw him into the street. Police said that Jenkins implicated Markowski as his pal during the holdup.

Ten days ago State Trooper D. Nelson, of Connecticut, came to Camden with a warrant for Markowski's arrest. Since that time Camden police have been searching for him. They received a tip that he would be at the home of a sister at the Norris street address and early in the morning visited the house and arrested him. Police said that when Markowski was arrested he vigorously denied his guilt and stated that he would fight extradition to Connecticut.

CONTINUED

1240 Whitman Avenue

1938 Edward Markowski

Camden Courier-Post
February 11, 1938

CAMDEN MAN IS TAKEN TO FACE HOLDUP CHARGE

Arrested Thursday at the home of a relative here, Edward Markowski, 21, of 1240 Whitman avenue, yesterday waived extradition and agreed to to back to Connecticut, where he is wanted in connection with the holdup of a gambling house at Middletown.

According to State Trooper D. Nelson, of Connecticut, who has been looking for Markowski here for 10 days, the Camden youth was implicated in the holdup on January 18 by Leroy Jenkins, formerly of Camden, who has a criminal record here.

Jenkins was captured when the | holdup victim beat him and tossed him into the street.

Markowski at first denied being involved in the holdup and stated he would fight extradition..

1240 Whitman Avenue

1938 Edward Markowski

Camden Courier-Post
February 12, 1938

YOST FINES 4 AUTOISTS IN PENNSAUKEN COURT

Fines for motor vehicle law violations were imposed on four autoists last night by Recorder George E. Yost, in Pennsauken.

Stanley Czajowski, 24, of 1133 Sycamore street, Camden, was fined $10 and $2.50 costs for having no drivers' license; Robert A. Young, 24, of 408 Linden avenue, Riverton, $5 and $2.50 in costs for speeding; Heronim Wisiewski, 26, of 102 Linden avenue, Woodlynne, $7.50 and $2.50 costs for speeding and passing red light, and Edward King, Jr., 21, of 1242 Whitman avenue, Camden, $2.50 and $2.50 costs for passing red light.

1242 Whitman Avenue

1938 Edward King Jr.

Camden Courier-Post
February 8, 1938

1242 Whitman Avenue

1954
Joseph Skotnicki

Photo from 2010

  1245 Whitman Avenue

1928 Joseph Moslouski
1947 John MInnick

  1246 Whitman Avenue

1947 Lewis Kwoka
1947 Boleslaw Dobles
1947 Mrs. Genevieve Dobles beauty shop

  1249 Whitman Avenue

1942 Paul Spavlik
1942 Annie Spavlik Michael
1947 Joseph Ringolis

  1251 Whitman Avenue

1919-1920
 Leon John Okrasa & Family
Leon John & Leokadysa "Lottie" Okrasa

1947 Stanley Subniak

  1251 Whitman Avenue rear

1947 Mrs. Bertha Lewandowski

  1256 Whitman Avenue

Henry Garbecki
1931

FREED IN ONE ROBBERY, ARRESTED FOR ANOTHER

A suspect, released a week ago in connection with the $11,000 Camden Radio Condenser Company holdup, was rearrested Saturday and held in $3000 bail on a charge of robbing an East Camden bar.

The accused is Stanley Powell, 26, of 1256 Whitman Avenue, alleged to have stolen, with the help of two other men of unknown identity, a marble machine and 100 cigars from Marty's Olde Tappe Room, operated at 1990 Federal Street by Marty Segal.

Powell pleaded not guilty.

City Detective, George Zeitz testified that he learned that Powell's new expensive car had been seen near the taproom early on Thursday, when the robbery occurred. Zeitz said he obtained this information after Powell had been quizzed and released in the radio firm holdup.

Upon further investigation, Zeitz asserted, he found a witness, Daniel Danter, 1985 Carman Street, who allegedly saw Powell and two other men carrying "something" from the store and loading it in the car. Zeitz, according to Zeitz, identified Powell. Elwood Cox, of 1981 Carman Street, is alleged by Zeitz to have seen Powell's car in that neighborhood on the morning of the robbery, but didn't know any of the men in it. 

Acting Police Judge James Smith fixed the amount of bail.

1256 Whitman Avenue

Stanley Powell
1933

Camden Courier-Post
June 4, 1933

CAMDEN FISHERMAN PICKED OUT WRONG SPOT

Swedesboro, June 20- Fishing in the private Narraticon Lake, owned by William Cook, cost a Camden man $5 fine today and a similar amount was suspended in the case of a companion.

Justice of the Peace Harold S. Twiss fined Stanley Powell, 24, of 1256 Whitman Avenue, after his arrest by Marshal William Jordan. Constant Grienkwicz, 21, of 1469 Louis Street, Camden, was released with a suspended sentence.

1256 Whitman Avenue

Stanley Powell
1933

Camden Courier-Post
June 21, 1933

  1256 Whitman Avenue

1947 Mrs. Nellie Elsinore

  1257 Whitman Avenue

1947

  1258 Whitman Avenue

1947 

  1259 Whitman Avenue

1947 

  1261 Whitman Avenue

1947  

  1263 Whitman Avenue

1947 

THREE YOUTHS SENT TO DETENTION HOME

Three youths were sent to the detention home yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast to await action of juvenile court. Two of the boys were charged with attempted breaking and entering, and the third was held as incorrigible.

Henry Garbecki, 14, of 1201 Lansdowne Avenue, and Edward Bedanski, 13, of 1265 Whitman Avenue, entered pleas of guilty to trying to break into the Camden Storage Battery Company, 1459 Kaighn Avenue, last night. They were arrested by Patrolman George Schuyler, who testified he saw the boys trying to open the front door with passkeys. The complaint was signed by Elmer T. Woods, 901 Eldridge Avenue, West Collingswood, owner.

Samuel Rizzo, 13, of 329 Benson Street, was in police court for the second time in two weeks. His father, John, told Judge Pancoast  the youth refused to attend school and was incorrigible. After being taken into court two weeks ago, the boy attended school two days, the father testified.

1265 Whitman Avenue

1931 Edward Bedanski

Camden Courier-Post
October 29, 1931

  1265 Whitman Avenue

1947 

  1267 Whitman Avenue

1947

  1268 Whitman Avenue

1947 

  1269 Whitman Avenue

1947 

  1270 Whitman Avenue

1947 Martin Borowski

  1271 Whitman Avenue

1947 John Fronczak

1273 Whitman Avenue

1910s-1960s
Stephen J. Gieda & Family
Stephen J. & Sophie Geida
Stanley Geda
Joseph Geda
Mary Geda
Stella Geda

1942 Draft Card for Stephen Geda

YOUTH FREED IN QUIZ AFTER GARAGE ROBBERY

After being detained by police 24 hours for questioning after the robbery of the Airport Garage early yesterday, Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman Avenue, was released on "probation" last night by Recorder Herbert R. Schooley, of Collingswood. 

The car that crashed the door of the garage to permit the robbers to escape bore license tags issued to Geda. He was arrested at his home by Camden police and turned over to the Collingswood authorities. 

Geda maintained the car had been stolen from his garage and the police did not produce evidence to the contrary at the hearing. Geda was also questioned in the Radio Condenser Company holdup and released.

1273 Whitman Avenue

1910s-1960s
Stephen J. Gieda & Family
Stephen J. & Sophie Gieda
Stanley Geda
Joseph Geda
Mary Geda
Stella Geda

1275 Whitman Avenue

1930-1932
John Hlinicky & Family
John & Susie Hlinicky
John Hlinicky
Anna Hlinicky
Andre\w Hlinicky

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

  1276 Whitman Avenue

1947 John Choznicki

  1277 Whitman Avenue

1947 Mrs. Frances Boris


Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Norris Street
& Bannard Alley
   

1300 Block of Whitman Avenue
  1324 Whitman Avenue

1947

  1326 Whitman Avenue

1947

  1328 Whitman Avenue

1947

  1330 Whitman Avenue

1947 John F. Rotchford

  1332 Whitman Avenue

1917-1920
August Gfrorer Family
August & Getrude Gfrorer
Albert Gfrorer
Joseph A. Gfrorer
August Gforer

  1334 Whitman Avenue

1929-1930s
Mrs. Gertrude Gfrorer Family
Mrs. Getrude Gfrorer
Albert Gfrorer
Joseph A. Gfrorer
August Gforer

1336 Whitman Avenue

1940-1960s

Mrs. May Adams & Family

Mrs. May Adams & Harry Woods

Frank C. Adams

My Great-Grandparents, May Adams and Harry Woods, 1336 Whitman Avenue back porch - circa 1960s. My Dad entered the USMC from this residence 1948.

Frank Adams, March 2014     
1336 Whitman Avenue

1940-1960s

Mrs. May Adams & Family

Mrs. May Adams & Harry Woods

Frank C. Adams

My Great-Grandfather, Harry Woods. . He was originally from Marlton. In Camden he lived on Pershing Street and Whitman Avenue, and always could be found smoking his pipe on the back porch.

Frank Adams, November 2014    
1336 Whitman Avenue

1940-1960s

Mrs. May Adams & Family

Mrs. May Adams & Harry Woods

Frank C. Adams

Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Adams in the back
yard of 1336 Whitman Avenue - 1950


Frank Adams, November 2014      
1338 Whitman Avenue

1919-1920
Leon Polniak & Family
Leon & Rose Plniak
Theodore Polniak
Ludwig Polniak
1338 Whitman Avenue

1933-1938
Samuel Herman

Camden Courier-Post
August 14, 1938
1339 Whitman Avenue

1947
1341 Whitman Avenue

1947
1343 Whitman Avenue

1947
1345 Whitman Avenue

1947
1347 Whitman Avenue

1947
1349 Whitman Avenue

Photo taken in 2012

Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Pershing Street

1300 Block of Whitman Avenue
   1355 Whitman Avenue

1947
1358-1360 Whitman Avenue

1928
American Pretzel Company

Camden Courier-Post
April 2, 1928

> 1358-1360 Whitman Avenue

1947
New Jersey Gear & Machine Works
 1358-1360 Whitman Avenue

1955
Camden Carpet Cleaning Works
W.R. Rogers

New Jersey Bell Yellow Paged Ad - 1955
1947
New Jersey Gear & Machine Works

1955
Camden Carpet Cleaning Works
W.R. Rogers

New Jersey Bell Yellow Paged Ad - 1955
 1361 Whitman Avenue

1947
Polish American Newfoundland Club
 1362 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1364 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1366 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1368 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1370 Whitman Avenue

1947
1372 Whitman Avenue

1947
1374 Whitman Avenue

1947
1376 Whitman Avenue

1947
1378 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1380 Whitman Avenue

1925
William Liebeknecht

Camden Courier
June 8, 1925

Helen Meksa
Mt. Ephraim Avenue
 1382 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1384 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1386 Whitman Avenue

1947
 1388 Whitman Avenue

1947

Intersection of Whitman Avenue & Haddon Avenue
   



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