Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Cedar Street


Cedar STREET is another one of Camden's "tree" streets. It runs from North 3rd Street east to North 10th Street, between Elm and Vine Streets. The 500 and 600 blocks of Cedar Street are gone today, for use as a park and for a school building respectively. There never was an 800 block, as Willard and Linwood Streets ran north-south between Elm and Vine in this location.

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

 Phil Cohen


1946 Map of Camden


300 Block of Cedar Street

  307 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret Rittmayer

  309 Cedar Street

1947 Frank P. Celia

  309 Cedar Street

1947 The Welch Family

"Son (and family) of the "Mr. Welch" who lived on Main Street.  I think there were two older boys my brother John's age and a younger boy (Charlie, I think) my brother Rick's age." - Ron Bravo

  311 Cedar Street

1947 Louis R. Workman

  311 Cedar Street

1950s-1960s

"....an old Italian family.  They had cases of grapes delivered on a yearly basis from which they made homemade wine -- I think -- it's possible they also made jelly." - Ron Bravo

313 Cedar Street

1892-1894 Joseph Maxwell
Camden Fire Department

  313 Cedar Street

1892 Joseph Maxwell
Camden Fire Department

  313 or 315 Cedar Street

1950-1960s

"At one point a little girl lived in one of these houses and she had a large tumor on her back.  I never knew what happened to her." - Ron Bravo

  315 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret Wirth

317 Cedar Street

1895 Rachel Masner

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 20, 1895

Robert Steer

  317 Cedar Street

1947 Frank H. Abel

  317 Cedar Street

1950s Marge MIller & Family

"Marge Miller and family.  I remember she had a daughter (can't remember her name) and had relatives that lived in the 400 block on Cedar Street." - Ron Bravo

  319 Cedar Street

1947 Franklin T. Moore

"Mr. Moore was a retired Seaman (a Captain I think).  He was paralyzed from the waist down and moved around using two canes.  He also drove a car until he was in his 90s.  The Courier Post did a story about him when he voluntarily hung up his keys." - Ron Bravo

  321 Cedar Street

1947 Thurman Opperman 

  321 Cedar Street

1950-1964 John & Connie Bravo Family
John Bravo
Ron Bravo
Rick Bravo
Juanita Bravo
Linda Bravo

325 Cedar Street

1887-1891 Joseph Maxwell
Camden Fire Department

   
   

Ron Bravo's Cedar Street & North Camden Memories

Many thanks to Ron Bravo, who sent two wonderful e-mails in February of 2007, which became the article below.

I grew up in North Camden until I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High in 1964.  I went to Pyne Poynt shortly after it was opened and graduated 9th grade in 1961. I undoubtedly knew some of the people that contributed information for you web site or they probably knew me.  In those days, in North Camden, you usually got to know people, even if they came from different neighborhoods.  Even though some names and faces tend to elude me, I have a million recollections of my time in Camden.  In the context of today's times, some stories might sound simply unimaginable.  For instance, would you ever hear a mother today yell to her sons in the basement, "Are you kids making bombs again down there??!!" Amazing, but true.

When I took my first wife to Camden to show her where I lived her first remark was, "Why are you turning down this alley?" 

When you drive down Cedar Street (from 4th Street -- Cedar Street is a one way street) this is what you encounter.  First, the wheels of your car just fit between the curbs, with a sidewalk on each side just a little longer than a grown man's arm spread -- four to five feet wide, maybe?.  After passing the backyards and the access alleys of the corner homes (at 4th and Cedar) the sidewalks end, and you encounter the following: 

On the left side of the street, you first see Mr. Welch's garage -- a single car garage for his personal use (his residence was on Main Street.) Next comes the back of the Main Street Garage (don't know if that's actually the name -- just what we called it.) First part of the garage is a three story section, then a two story section, then a one story section.  The garage ends with about a two-foot separation from the building on the end -- the separation was bricked up to a height of about 6 feet on each street-side (The Cedar Street side and the Main Street side). We referred to this as "The Crack" and it was an excellent hiding place when we played "Kick-the-Can" or "Hide-and-Go-Seek."  The building at the end of the street was a pizzeria at one point and was triangular in shape due to the fact that Main Street cut diagonally into Cedar Street. When we played ball on Cedar Street, we often hit a ball high and it landed on one of the Main Street Garage. "The Crack" came in handy as a means of access to the one-story garage -- you just "shinnied" up the walls of the crack to the one story garage rooftop.  Each garage roof provided access to the next higher roof and thus, access to the high-flying ball, where ever it might have landed. 

On the right side of the Cedar Street (after the alley), came the Oler's Garage. The Charles B. Oler family had a business office located on Vine Street and the access to their garage was on Cedar Street.  The business provided coal, oil and ice and they kept their trucks in the garage.  The door was often open and we frequently used the garage for hiding places for the games previously mentioned -- and sometimes for assorted mischief. (Here's a quick story about stupid things kids do.  We were playing "Hide-and-Go-Seek" and Max Block (lived on Third Street and was a few years older -- but certainly not wiser) was "seeking" us. George Massey (resident of Third Street, also -- and my age) was hiding in an ice truck with a heavy ice canvas pulled over him -- and a half truck of ice -- freezing his butt off.  Max, not wanting to get cold or wet by lifting the canvas simply threatened to throw an ice pick into the canvas to "scare out" anyone hiding behind it.  George, not wanting to be found kept quiet and still.  Max, as I previously said "not wiser," threw the ice pick and, "quite accidentally," stuck George in the leg (through the canvas)... and so George was "found."  That, more or less, sums up a good part of our neighborhood. 

Anyway, continuing up the street... following the Oler's garage was a vacant lot with a fence.  Originally, it was a wooden fence and at some point in time it was replaced with a more sturdy chain link fence.  Oh yes, the wooden fence was first topped with some type of "gummy" oil to stop kids from climbing on it, and then it was topped with barbed wire.  None of this stopped us from climbing it though -- which was stupid because our house (321 Cedar Street) was the next house on the block.  We all had access to the vacant lot (e.g., to retrieve a ball that went over the fence) by simply going through our house or going through our back yard to the lot, which had a short wiry fence that anyone could jump over.  For many years my father parked his car right in front of this fence.  In addition, directly across from the fence was an rarely use back door to the three-story section of the Main Garage.  We played a "knife game" using the door as a target.  We would divide the door into different sections and divide the street into different levels -- lowest level close to the fence (or my father's car) and the highest level was closest to the door.  As we successfully "stuck" our penknives into the designated section we would move forward -- winner was the one to get to the highest level first.

 As I noted, our house began after the vacant lot -- the sidewalk on the right hand side of the street also started up again.  Our house was the first in the row house line-up of about six homes.  The last house in the line-up was built such that an alley (about five to six-feet wide) ran through it, providing access to many of the back yards of the row houses on Cedar Street and Vine Street.  This alley was affectionately know as "The Ghost Alley" and it became pitch black at night.  So dark, in fact, that if you were two feet inside the opening you couldn't be seen.  The last house in the row was connected to a distinctly separate set of homes (they even had porches), then a small access alley, and then the back yard and home at the corner of Third Street.  

Nearby, at the Ben Franklin Bridge, there was a pedestrian underpass at 4th Street. It's a little longer and below ground, and tended to be poorly lit, which made it a little scary at nights.  I know there was a high crime rate associated with the underpass and I have a dim recollection that they eventually closed it.  The same thing goes for the pedestrian walks on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge -- they were always accessible to us until the crime rate on the bridge got to be excessive.  It wasn't uncommon for us to walk across the Delaware and  spend the day walking around "Philly."

The area around the tunnel next to the bridge was a favorite location for roller skating.  The streets were relatively "vehicle-free" and the street was relatively smooth.  It was also a good place to play "touch" football.  Actually, we played football nearly any place that was convenient.  When we played on Cedar street, the boundaries were literally from "Marge's telephone pole" to "Jungle Jim's Telephone pole".  Note: "Jungle Jim" got his name because he had a marvelous garden in his backyard that he tended with the utmost care.  I can't remember his real name, but we eventually found out what it was.  He had a way of keeping and not returning any balls that went in his yard, which, in our humble opinion, didn't make for a "good neighbor."  When we play football on Cedar Street, it was not unusual to hear a play such as this in the huddle, "Run deep, cut over to Mr. Bravo car, and then run to Bravo's steps." Cedar Street was quite narrow and the wasn't a lot of variety in the plays.  We also played ball in the "Bridge Yard."  Originally this was an open "park-like" area adjacent to the bridge on 4th Street (it eventually got fenced in -- a low fence that we merely climbed over."  But here the plays were more creative -- "Go to the first tree on the left and go deep."  Sometimes we went to the first tree, but forgot to go around it.  Good thing we were all in great shape and healed quickly.

For such a small street, we played a great number of games -- most unheard of in the suburbs to which I eventually moved.  I always thought it would be nice to write a book about "City Street Games."

When I was younger Main Street still had the the railroad train tracks running form about 9th street to the Delaware.  The railroad was the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line (PRSL) and was a combined freight service and passenger service.  One of your contributors noted that kids frequently "hopped" the train for short ride.  This wasn't uncommon and we all did it.  I had one regrettable experience -- probably unique.  My father was and Engineer on that railroad -- her drove the train -- and he was on the engine one of the times I "hopped" it.  Needless to say, that was the last time I hopped a train.  Oh, yes... in addition to the the tracks going down Main Street, the original "tomato truck line" went down Main Street.  Hundreds of tomato trucks on their way to Campbell Soup, with "thirsty" drivers stalled in a long line, on a hot day with nothing to do but wait.  All the while the local "gin mills" beckoned the drivers, while everyone along the truck waited for the drivers to give in to their silent siren song. When the drivers left the trucks, fell asleep or otherwise didn't care, people arrived with paper bags, sacks or open hands to "shop" for tomatoes.  One pastime, not usually found anywhere else, was the "tomato fight."  Youngsters from all ages, with essentially free tomatoes put them to bad use as well as good use.

The photo of young Al Bass on State Street  was enlightening since I only knew Al when he was a few years older -- in his teens before High School.  He was in the process of getting to be "Big Al" and it was before he was "Big Bad Al."


400 Block of Cedar Street

  407 Cedar Street

1947 Clarence V. Roney

  408 Cedar Street

1947 Francis Hamilton

  409 Cedar Street

1947 Daniel E. Messina

  410 Cedar Street

1947 David M. Parish

  411 Cedar Street

1947 John Roach

  411 Cedar Street

Late 1940s-2010
The Montes Family

My grandparents lived at 411 Cedar Street in North Camden, and that house is still in the family, since my uncle and his family now live there. My mother lived at 412 Cedar Street across the street, but the house is no longer there.

                      Sylvia Montes, 2010

  412 Cedar Street

1947 George F. Dudley Jr.
1964 The Montes Family

413 Cedar Street

1896 George E. Moore

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 1, 1896

Improved Order of Red Men

  413 Cedar Street

1920s-1920s James McDade Jr.
1947 Clarence Jetter

  414 Cedar Street

1947 John H. Simpson

  415 Cedar Street

1947 Edward A. King

  416 Cedar Street

1904 Joseph H. Grater 

  417 Cedar Street

1947 Vacant

  418 Cedar Street

1947 William J. Benton

3 BOYS ARRESTED, ONE AS BURGLAR
Others Captured on Roof of Vacant House; Oldest 13

Three small boys were arrested last night as lawbreakers.

John Greely, 13, of 419 Cedar Street, charged with malicious mischief and breaking and entering, was arrested by Detective John Kaighn on complaint of Carl H. Brummer, of 629 Clinton Street, manager of an American Store at Fourth and Elm Streets, who said he found the boy hiding in the cellar of the store.

The other boys, Victor Linkletter, 13, and William Hoy, 12, both of 506 Penn Street, are charged with trespassing. They were arrested by Detective Sergeant Gustave Koerner and Detectives Kaighn and Frank Crawford, who from windows of the detective bureau in new city hall, said they saw the boys on the roof of a vacant three-story building at 427 Market Street.

Climbing up the rear of the building they said they cornered the boys hiding behind a chimney, apparently planning to enter the building.

All three will be arraigned in police court today.

419 Cedar Street

1933 John Greely

Camden Courier-Post
June 29, 1933

  419 Cedar Street

1947 Fred W. Riley

  420 Cedar Street

1947 Frank L. Rimmer

  421 Cedar Street

1947 Delaware P. Evans

SENTENCED IN SINK THEFT

Arrested at Second and Main streets with a sink in their possession, two youths were given suspended six-month sentences yesterday by Police Judge Mariano. The youths, Owen Norris, 19, of 422 Cedar Street, and Richard St. John, 19, of 843 Grant Street, told Detectives William Casler and Harry Tyler they found the sink on a dump.

422 Cedar Street

1920s-1940s
Owen Charles Norris Sr, & Family
Owen C. Norris Jr.
Marvin Norris
Myrtile Frank Norris
Howard Norris
Walter Norris
Edith Irene Norris

422 Cedar Street

Private Myrtile Frank Norris

  422 Cedar Street

1947 Vacant

  423 Cedar Street

1947 William R. Garner

  424 Cedar Street

1947 William J. Murray

  425 Cedar Street

1947 Thomas B. Dewan

  426 Cedar Street

1947 Edward S. Koloskey

  427 Cedar Street

1947 Henry B. Miller

  429 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph J. Ott


500 Block of Cedar Street

  510 Cedar Street

1947 Frank H. Barrett

  511 Cedar Street

1947 Lily Bruce

  512 Cedar Street

1947 John A. Beecham
1947 Herman Ludwig

  513 Cedar Street

1947 Ottilie Brown

  514 Cedar Street

1947 Jospehine Opitz

  515 Cedar Street

1947 No Return

  516 Cedar Street

1947 Jihn Litle 

  517 Cedar Street

1947 James R. Clarkr

  518 Cedar Street

1895-1897
Thomas S. Reed
& Family
Thomas S. & Jennie L. Reed
Esther Reed
Martha Reed
Thomas L. Reed

1947 Leslie J. Byrd

  519 Cedar Street

1947 Raymond G. Cholister

  520 Cedar Street

1947 James J. Gallagher

  521 Cedar Street

1947 John H. Seasholtz

522 Cedar Street

1927
Howell S. Needham
Howell S. & Mary Needham
Robert Needham

  522 Cedar Street

1947 Gustof K. Menzel

  523 Cedar Street

1910s-1970s
Albert Kopesky & Family
 Albert & Jospehine Kopesky
Frank Kopesky
Albert Kopesky Jr.
William Kopesky
Joseph Kopesky
Frederick Kopesky

  524 Cedar Street

1947 Howard M. Campbell

  525 Cedar Street

1890-1891
Thomas S. Reed
& Family
Thomas S. & Jennie L. Reed
Esther Reed
Martha Reed

1947 John J. Kirchner

526 Cedar Street

1913-1914 Anna Camlin

  526 Cedar Street

1947 Gone

  527 Cedar Street

1947 George H. Greenwood

528 Cedar Street

1947 Vacant

April 15, 1950
Robert Moyer & Family

  529 Cedar Street

1947 Stanley B. Good

  530 Cedar Street

1947
Henry L. Francis Sr. Family
Henry L. Francis Jr.
Emma Francis
Anna Francis
Henrietta Francis
Florence Francis
Jenny Francis
Charles Francis
William Francis
Robert Francis
Frank Francis

530 Cedar Street

Sergeant Henry L. Francis Jr.

  531 Cedar Street

1895-1897
Thomas S. Reed
& Family
Thomas S. & Jennie L. Reed
Esther Reed

531 Cedar Street

1897-1924
Peter S. Grey

Camden Fire Department

  531 Cedar Street

1947 No Return

  532 Cedar Street

1882-1883
George B. Anderson

  532 Cedar Street

1947 Sadie E. Hickman

  533 Cedar Street

1947 William F. Otto
1947 C. Everett Alloway
trucking

  534 Cedar Street

1930s-1950s
Charles A. Dolan & Family
Charles A. & Ida Mae Dolan
Bob Dolan

534 Cedar Street

1930s-1950s
Bob Dolan

 

  535 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Ida L. Strandes

  536 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Theresa Magowan

  537 Cedar Street

1947 John H. Bohanna

  538 Cedar Street

1947 Vacant

  539 Cedar Street

1920s-1930s
Wilfred Fournier Sr. & Family
Joseph C. Fournier
Alice Fournier
Wifred Fournier Jr.
William Fournier
Kenneth Fournier

539 Cedar Street

Private First Class
Joseph C. Fournier

  539 Cedar Street

1947 William R. Ross

  540 Cedar Street

1947 Carroll S. Stewart

  541 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Matilda Hagel.

  542 Cedar Street

1947 Francis Ney

  543 Cedar Street

1890-1891 August & Mary Dischert

  543 Cedar Street

1910s-1920s
Michael & Margaret Carroll

  543 Cedar Street

1947 Harry Hilbmann

  545 Cedar Street

1947 Thomas E.A. Reeves
painter

  547 Cedar Street

1947 Charles a. Maher

  549 Cedar Street

1947 Charles H, Morgan
1947 Harry G. Lavin

551 Cedar Street

1895-1906
J. William Simpson & Family
J. William & Lousa F. Simpson
Horace Simpson

  551 Cedar Street

1947 Charles Greenan


600 Block of Cedar Street

  608 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph Dilfo

  609 Cedar Street

1940s Thomas P.  & Hannah Golden O'Malley

  609 Cedar Street

Corporal Edward L. Golden

  610 Cedar Street

1880s-1890s Oliver Purnell
1947 William A. Heward

  610 Cedar Street

Private Oliver R. Purnell

  611 Cedar Street

1947 Alfred Weiss

  612 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph B. Dempsey

  613 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Alice E. Lee

  614 Cedar Street

1927-1928 Walter Magan
1947 John J. Kilpatrick

  615 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Ella Winner

  616 Cedar Street

1947 George J. Smith 

617 Cedar Street

1910 James Welsh

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 11, 1910

  617 Cedar Street

1947 David H. Getsinger

  618 Cedar Street

1933 Edward Benecke
1947 Roland W. Taylor

  619 Cedar Street

1947 Raymond T. Dunn

  620 Cedar Street

1947 Albert R. Porter

621 Cedar Street

1932
William H. Gill & Family
William H. & Emma Claypool Cill
Mary Amelia Gill

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 1932

  621 Cedar Street

1947 John Thomashafsky.

  622 Cedar Street

1947 James L. Taylor

  623 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Marcella C. Merkle

624 Cedar Street

1940 Real Estate Listing Photo

  624 Cedar Street

1947 Edwin C. Anderson

  625 Cedar Street

1947 Harry A. Flemming

  626 Cedar Street

1920s-1920s Pierce & Ellen Cantwell
Mrs. Mary Cantwell Vandergrift
Joseph Norman Vandergrift

626 Cedar Street

Joseph Norman Vandergrift

  626 Cedar Street

1947 James A. O'Donnell

  627 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph P. Hines

  628 Cedar Street

1947 John H. Wiegand

  629 Cedar Street

1947 Edward F. O'Donnell

630 Cedar Street

1942-1947 Thomas W. Bray

World War II Draft Card
April 1942
Click on Image to Enlarge

  631 Cedar Street

1947 William A. Lemmerman

632 Cedar Street

1890 John Conroy

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 1890

  632 Cedar Street

1947 Thomas C. Venables

1962-1968 The Paynter Family
Lewis Paynter

633 Cedar Street

1938
William Buss

Camden Courier-Post
February q9, 1938

Francis O,. Engstrom
George Hemphill
Cedar Street
Gene R. Mariano

 

  633 Cedar Street

1947 James J. Barlow

  634 Cedar Street

1947 Fulton C. Sampona

  635 Cedar Street

1930s-1940s
Arthur Lilley Family

635 Cedar Street

Private First Class Frank Lilley
Albert Lilley
George Lilley

Private First Class Arthur Lilley

  636 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs, Mary E. Wright

  637 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Charlotte E. Altman

  638 Cedar Street

1910-s-1920s Patrick & Annie Martin Family
James Martin
Helen Martin
John T. Martin
William MArtin
Catherine MArtin

638 Cedar Street

Sergeant John T. Martin

  637 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Charlotte E. Altman

  640 Cedar Street

1947 George Benton

  642 Cedar Street

1947 Charles S. Smith

  644 Cedar Street

1947 Charles A. Holt

  646 Cedar Street

1947 Edward W. Adams


600 Block of Cedar Street

  709 Cedar Street

194s-1959 Mrs. May Harner
Josephine Harner
Raymond Harner
Donald J. Harner
Joseph Harner

  709 Cedar Street

Sergeant Donald J. Harner

  710 Cedar Street

1947 Frederick G. Sabotta

  711 Cedar Street

1947 James G. Benford

  712 Cedar Street

1947 Charles A. Winkler

  713 Cedar Street

1914-1916 Frederick Himmelein Sr.

1947 John A. Deaner

  714 Cedar Street

1947 William F. Feldmann

  715 Cedar Street

1947 Carl C. Quasti

  716 Cedar Street

1947 Alfred H. Milner 

  717 Cedar Street

1920s-1930s Harry Serfling
1920s-1930s George R. Serfling Sr.
1947 Daniel J. Carroll

718 Cedar Street

1920-1935
Raymond J. Bunting & Family
Raymond & Edna Bunting
Raymond W. Bunting
Jane Bunting
Sandra Bunting

Left: Raymond J. & Edna Bunting

  718 Cedar Street

Seaman Second Class
Raymond W. Bunting

  718 Cedar Street

1930s-1940s
David Dickson & Family
David & Helen Dickson
Private Andrew F. Dickson
Marie Dickson
Ruth Dickson
Helen Dickson
Joseph Dickson
James Dickson

  718 Cedar Street

Private Andrew F. Dickson

  718 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph A. Beach

  719 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Wlizabeth O'Brien

  720 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Bessie Elberson

  721 Cedar Street

1947 Wilbur C. Rupert.

  722 Cedar Street

1947 Harry H. Legg

  723 Cedar Street

1924-1929 Francis H. Buchanan

  723 Cedar Street

1947 Nelson Reed Family
Nelson & Viola Reed
Dorothy Reed
Betty Reed

  723 Cedar Street

1947 Charles C. Carullo

  724 Cedar Street

1947 Anthony C. DiPangrazio

  725 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph A. Whitcraft

726 Cedar Street

1947 Philip Litwin

  727 Cedar Street

1947 Anna T. Graf

  728 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Selma L. Magee

  729 Cedar Street

1947 Everlyn A. Pyle

  730 Cedar Street

1947 Bernard W. Harris

  731 Cedar Street

1906 John C. Voll Sr.
1906 Frank Voll
1906 John C. Voll Jr.
1947 Charles J. Tiver

  732 Cedar Street

1947 Warren S. Davis

  733 Cedar Street

1947 Max W. Erler
insurance

  734 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Emiol Marschowitz


900 Block of Cedar Street

  910 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Theresa W. Aithen

  911 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph L. Humphries

  912 Cedar Street

1947 George C. Brownridge

913 Cedar Street

1927s-1931
David R. Ellis

913 Cedar Street

Staff Sergeant Jesse Fowler

  913 Cedar Street

1947 Dennis P. Vallianos

  914 Cedar Street

1947 William S. Rushworth

  915 Cedar Street

1947 Richard J. Wagner

  916 Cedar Street

1947 Ernest J. Villano 

  917 Cedar Street

1947 James J. Eigo

  918 Cedar Street

1947 Albert P. Weaver

  919 Cedar Street

1947 Walter J. Fewer

  920 Cedar Street

1947 Joseph Kelley

  921 Cedar Street

1947 Francis A, Janvier.

  922 Cedar Street

1947 Stanley J. Placyk

  923 Cedar Street

1947 George J.A. Morgan

  924 Cedar Street

1947 Edward B. Kunitz

925 Cedar Street

1912-1932
Herbert W. Bateman & Family
Herbert & Elizabeth Bateman

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

  925 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Anna Blank

  926 Cedar Street

1947- about 1967
Walter P. Bohanna
1969 Gone due to arson

Walter P. Bohanna was my father. He was burned out of his house by arson in the late 60s (67 or 68) and went to live with my brother Walter in Cramer Hill till he died in the 1970s. 

John H. Bohanna
January 2009

  927 Cedar Street

1947 Charles Boentgen

CHARLES L. LUKENS

After a lengthy illness Charles F. Lukens, 64, of 928 Cedar Street, died yesterday. He was a bachelor and is survived by a sister, Miss Clara H. Lukens. He was a member of Broadway M. E. Church for years. The funeral will be held at 11 a. m. Monday at the funeral home of Joseph H. Hurray and Son, 408 Cooper Street. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. 

928 Cedar Street

1933 Charles L. Lukens

Camden Courier-Post
June 23, 1933

  928 Cedar Street

1947 Harry C. McKinney

  929 Cedar Street

1947 Wendell W. Coates Jr.

  930 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Dorothy L. Jones

  931 Cedar Street

1947 Charles F, WIlliams

  932 Cedar Street

1947 Elmer O. Burgess

  933 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Eliza Juhlmann

933 Cedar Street

Destroyed by Fire
February 27, 2007

  934 Cedar Street

1947 William C. Jenkins

  935 Cedar Street

1947 Jacob Ruth

  936 Cedar Street

1947 Stanley A. Placyk

  937 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Thelma A. Hess

  938 Cedar Street

1947 Hayes Williams

  939 Cedar Street

1947 Harry H. Walker

  940 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Lillian E. Pearce

  941 Cedar Street

1947 Earl L. Green

  942 Cedar Street

1947 William R. Evans

  943 Cedar Street

1940s Mrs. Eva Dyer
Lawrence Alkton Dyer

943 Cedar Street

Private First Class Lawrence Alton Dyer

  943 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Louisa E. Davis

  945 Cedar Street

1947 Edward J. Papes

  947 Cedar Street

1947 Andrew J. Downs

  949 Cedar Street

1947 Herman A Dreas

  950 Cedar Street

1947 Meyer R. Kreger
grocery

  951 Cedar Street

1947 Mrs. Nellie F. Poore


Camden police officers wield shotguns on Cedar Street in North Camden on Aug. 21, 1971 as a building burns in the rear.

Reporter Recounts Coverage of City's Worst Riots

By JOSEPH BUSLER
Courier-Post Staff

I had been a reporter for less than two years, and the Camden riot of August, 1971, was by far the biggest story I had covered.

I saw the riot begin at dusk as crowds, gathered around City Hall, became unruly when city officials wouldn't meet with Puerto Rican community leaders. Being out on the streets of Camden during the riots didn't seem as dangerous as it probably was because the mood of the people was more carnival-like than vicious. But we did have one reporter kidnapped (he was released unharmed), and a brick smashed into the Courier-Post car between where the late photographer Jimmy Stewart and I were seated.

Later the same night, an ominous gang surrounded me and the camera-laden Stewart at an arson scene from which firefighters and police had withdrawn because of gunfire. Fearing the worst, I talked with the gang's leader about how we wanted to cover the riot. He finally gave me a hug and said, "You write a good story, mon!" They, or maybe it was we, left.

I wrote the main front-page story after the worst day of rioting. Reeking of tear gas, reporters pecked out their stories on old manual typewriters as the sun was coming up. As I wrote, I had a strange, almost God-like feeling because I knew I was the first person to put some kind of order onto the strange, chaotic events.


Philadelphia Inquirer * February 18, 1913
 

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 2007

2 Injured, 5 Homes Destroyed In Blaze 

By BILL DUHART and LEO STRUPCZEWSKI
CAMDEN

Joe Rolen, a retired groundskeeper, peeked out his front door Tuesday afternoon and saw an inferno.

"When I looked out the door the porch was blazing," said Rolen, 70, who lives across from where a four-alarm fire gutted five row homes in the 900 block of Vine Street. Rolen said he immediately called authorities for help.

"I said "wow,' and jumped out there and moved my car," he said.

Two minor injuries, one to a firefighter and one to a neighbor, were reported. The firefighter was treated for a hand injury and the neighbor refused treatment for smoke inhalation, Camden Fire Marshal Ralph Roberts said.

Rolen said the blaze was less than 50 feet from his home.

"It spread so fast," he said. "If it had been a windy day that whole side of the street would have burned down."

Rolen said the fire appeared to have started on the porch of 935 Vine St., a vacant house. Fire officials confirmed that.

"(There) used to be a sofa on that porch," Rolen said. "It's strange because nobody lives there."

Rolen said some neighbors said they saw youths running near the area just before the fire. He said several neighbors in houses that caught fire had left minutes before the flames broke out.

It took crews nearly an hour to extinguish the blaze, said Teresa Sicard-Archambeault, a spokeswoman with the Camden Police Department. Police said three of the five homes that caught fire were vacant.

Sicard-Archambeault said investigators consider the fire suspicious.


Cedar Street (1 block between Broadway and South 6th) is now a parking lot on the South side and the back of the houses on Benson Street is on north side. 

It was supposed to be partly a park but like many other spots in Camden it turned out to be a "PARK"-ing lot.

Craig Campbelll
November 2005


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