Joe
O'Connor


JOSEPH V. "JOE" O'CONNOR was born in Pennsylvania around 1902 to Michael and Della O'Connor. His parents were both born in Ireland, Michael O'Connor coming to the United States in 1894, Della in 1900. Joe O'Connor was the oldest of at least five children, coming before John, Raymond, Mary, and Francis. The family moved to Gloucester City around 1906. The O'Connor family was residing at 825 Market Street in 1910. By 1914 they had moved to South Camden.

The 1914 City Directory shows the family at 1037 Locut Street in Camden. When father Michael O'Connor registered for the draft in September of 1918 the family was living at 241 Mount Vernon Street. By January of 1920 the O'Connors had moved 125 Broadway in Gloucester City, New Jersey. Michael O'Connor supported his family during the late 1910s and early 1920s by working as a foreman, at a cold storage facility in Philadelphia, and by 1930 at the Welsbach Gas Mantle factory in Gloucester City. By 1920 both Joe and John O'Connor were working as shipfitters in one of the nearby shipyards. 

Working in the shipyards was Joe O'Connor's idea of how to make a living, and he soon found other ways to do business. In April of 1929 Joe O'Connor was shot and seriously wounded by John Doris, who, despite O'Connor's refusal to testify against him, convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for this crime. 

By April of 1930 only Joe, his brother Raymond and sister Mary still were living at home. The 1930 Census states that two brothers were ostensibly iron workers, but appears that Joe O'Connor still earning his money in other ways. He married some time after the April 1930 Census and moved to 520 Walnut Street in Camden. 

Joe O'Connor and his wife Louise were still living at 520 Walnut Street in Camden when he was again shot, this time  while walking near South 5th Street and Walnut Streets, on November 13, 1930. He died as a result of this shooting on November 25, 1930. 


Trenton Evening Times
April 29, 1929

John Doris
Joe O'Connor
Frank Doris


Albany Evening Journal
Albany, New York
April 29, 1929

John Doris
Joe O'Connor
Frank Doris


Camden Courier-Post 
August 27, 1929

John Doris


Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1929

John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Abraham Lutz
Rose Gibbs -
Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy
Joseph Leonhardt - John B. Toland
Rocco Palese - Dr. Ralph Warwick
Walter S. Keown - William King

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William Wescott - Bernice Branch -  Mrs. F.L. Barber - David Rolle - Abbie Lewis
Mary Heake - Stella McGowan - Catherine LeSage - Michael Carrigan
Alva P. Joseph - Frank Doris - Clifford A. Baldwin - Joseph "Mose" Flannery

Trenton Evening Times
November 13, 1930

John Doris
Joe O'Connor
Albert Saunders
Frank Doris


Camden Morning Post - November 26, 1930

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Joe O'Connor - John W. Golden - Sylvester McGrath - Russell Young
Broadway - Kaighn Avenue - South 5th Street - Walnut Street
"Little Club" speakeasy -
West Jersey Hospital
Albert Saunders - Angelo Solury -
John Doris - Frank Doris


Camden
Morning Post
November 27, 1930

Joe O'Connor
Sylvester McGrath
Stephen McKiernan
South 5th Street
Walnut Street
West Jersey Hospital



Camden
Morning Post
November 28, 1930


Camden Courier-Post - December 5, 1930

York Street - Garfield S. Pancoast - Walter Smith - Albert Shire
Frank DorisJohn Doris - Joey O'Connor - James Trainer

Camden Courier-Post - June 11, 1932

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Russell "Buck" Sage - George Zeitz - Harry "Gyp" Waterhouse - John Golden 
Raymond O'Connor - Joey O'Connor - Harry Simon - Benjamin Simon - Oliver J. Stetser 

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