Joe
O'Connor


JOSEPH V. "JOE" O'CONNOR aka Joseph Connors 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. 


 

Camden Courier-Post 
April 29, 1929

 

 


John Doris - Joseph O'Connor - American Restaurant - Kaighn Avenue


Camden Courier-Post * April 29, 1929

John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue

Russell Sage - Mechanic Street - James "Jimmie" Toland - Nonpariel Club
Charles Riehm - Haddon Avenue - William Kelly aka Leo Morton - Van Hook Street
Harry Selah - South 3rd Street - William J. Merrick - Liberty Street - Lorenzo Cole - Jefferson Avenue
Ernest Matsios - Leo McKenna - Mt. Vernon Street - United Shoe Repair - Amber Street

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Joseph Leonhardt - Samuel Johnson - Gustav Koerner - Joseph Carpani - Thomas Cheeseman
Sylvester McGrath - Fiore Troncone - Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Lewis Stehr
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Frank T. Lloyd Sr.
David S. Rhone
Rocco Palese
Lawrence T. Doran

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Raymond O'Connor - Hughy McLoon

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
April 30, 1929

Joseph Connors
Who is facing a crisis in West Jersey Hospital from wounds received in a shooting affray early Sunday near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue

Mrs. Rose Gibbs
Who is held as a material witness in shooting of Joseph Connors Sunday night near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue

 

 

 


Camden Courier-Post - April 30, 1929

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John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue
Rocco Palese - Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Sylvester McGrath - Lawrence T. Doran - Garfield S. Pancoast
Samuel P. Orlando - Edward Powell - Rose Gibbs - Henry Street - Eli Conaghy - Russell Sage
Joseph Gannon -
Polack Joe Deven - Nonpariel Club - Joseph Riks

 

 

Camden Courier-Post
May 1, 1929

John Doris
Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors
Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Rocco Palese
Broadway - Kaighn Avenue

 

 


 


 

Camden Courier-Post
May 16, 1929

John Doris
Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors
Clifford Baldwin - Rocco Palese
Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Garfield S. Pancoast
Rose Gibbs - Frank Doris
Front Street - Henry Street
Broadway - Kaighn Avenue

 


 

Camden Courier-Post
June 12, 1929

John Doris
Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors
Frank T. Lloyd Sr.

 

 


Camden Courier-Post * June 12, 1929


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John Doris - Joseph O'Connor aka Joseph Connors - Frank Doris
Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Frank T. Lloyd Sr.. - Cifford A. Baldwin

On Trial


JOHN 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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Nonpareil Club - Russell Sage - William Jones - Lillie R. Kelton - Bessie Kunitz
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



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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Nonpareil Club - Russell Sage - William Jones - Lillie R. Kelton - Bessie Kunitz
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

Camden Courier-Post * September 17, 1929

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John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy - Frank Doris
Edward Holloway - Helen Doris - Frederick Eichfeld - Highland Avenue - Walter S. Keown
Rocco Palese - Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Lorenzo Cole - American Restaurant -
South 6th Street - Nonpariel Club - Rose Gibbs
Henry Street - Ernest Matsios - Jefferson Avenue - Amber Street

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Camden Courier-Post 
September 18, 1929

John Doris
 Samuel M. Shay
Frank Doris

Clifford A. Baldwin
Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Walter T. Gross

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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