As of 2003, the Bell Pharmacy has been operating at 1201 Haddon Avenue in Camden, the southwest corner of Haddon Avenue and Kaighn Avenue, since the 1930s. The business was owned and operated in its early days by Henry Bellitz.
Henry Bellitz was born in the Kamenets Podolsky guberniya (province) of Russia on June 24, 1892 to Solomon and Mollie Bellitz. The family came to the United States in 1901, and eventually settled in Philadelphia PA. Besides Henry there were at least six other children, Samuel, Beckie, Annie, Lizzie, and Jennie.
Henry Bellitz was already working as a pharmacist when he registered for the draft in Philadelphia PA on June 15, 1917, employed by C.P. Gabell at 5202 Lancaster Avenue. According to his draft card, Henry Bellitz was then married, and lived with his wife Marjorie at 1239 South 5th Street in Philadelphia. Brother Samuel Bellitz had by this time married and moved to Camden NJ. He lived at 775 Kaighn Avenue, and had already founded his business, the Novelty Hair Goods Company. 775 Kaighn Avenue later became the property of the Naden family, who operated their business, the Naden Store there for several decades.
It appears that Marjorie Bellitz passed prior to the 1920 Census, most likely during the flu epidemic of 1918. Henry Bellitz became a United States citizen that year.
Henry Bellitz served with the United States Army during World War I. He was living with his parents and sister Beckie when the census was taken in 1920, at 1938 Franklin Street, in Philadelphia.
He married Anna Friedrich around 1923. By 1930 Henry Bellitz owned a pharmacy at 601 South 11th Street in Philadelphia. He came to Camden NJ around 1932, and became the proprietor of the Bell Pharmacy at the corner of Haddon and Kaighn Avenues. Active in civic affairs, he was a member of the Tri-County Post, Jewish War Veterans of the United States and the American Legion. He also was a member of the South Jersey Pharmaceutical Association.
Henry Bellitz took ill in the fall of 1941. He passed away at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia PA on April 9, 1942. After services at the Holl Funeral Home at 1401 Princess Avenue in Camden, Henry Bellitz was laid to rest at Crescent Burial Park in Pennsauken NJ on April 12, 1942. He was survived by his wife, daughters Lenore and Marlyn, 5 sisters, and a brother, Samuel Bellitz, who operated the Novelty Hair Goods Company, first at 775 Kaighn Avenue, and later at 1408 Broadway and finally at 1138 Broadway. This business remained in Camden until its closing on December 4, 2003. The Bell Pharmacy, under different management, remains in business to this day.
July 22, 1941
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