John Doris



JOHN DORIS was born in Pennsylvania around 1906 to Joseph Doris Sr. and his wife Mary. His mother's name was reported as Mary in the 1910 Census and as Emma in later records.

The 1910 Census shows the Doris family at 546 Randolph Street in Philadelphia. Of the six children born to the family, five were living, James, 10, Joseph Jr., 9; Frank, 6; John 4, and George, who was 11 months old at the time of the census.

The Census gives Joseph Doris' occupation as "special police" and states that he worked in theatres. Joseph Doris Sr. passed away in February of 1917.

The four of the Doris boys got into trouble as youths, and in the case of Joseph Jr., Frank and John, serious trouble. On December 19, 1918 Joseph Doris Jr. was wounded in a gun battle with Philadelphia police.

Frank Doris was involved in a shooting in 1922, and in 1926 took part in a bank robbery where a Philadelphia policeman was shot and killed. For this offense he and three other members of the gang that robbed the bank were executed in 1927. The gang went to their deaths refusing to give up the name of the man who escaped. John Doris, who had a long record in Philadelphia, began coming over to Camden when his mother and younger brother moved to 132 York Street in the late 1920s. In April of 1929 he got into a fight with a local gangster, Joe O'Connor. John Doris was shot and seriously wounded O'Connnor. Even though O'Connor's refused to testify against him, John Doris was convicted and given a ten year prison sentence.

John Doris was serving his sentence at Trenton State Prison when he was stabbed on April 10, 1930. Mortally wounded, he too refused to name his assailant, and no one was ever charged with his murder.

Younger brother George, who also had a police record in Philadelphia, was arrested on robbery charges in Camden in June of 1930. Both George and his mother were using the surname McGovern when they moved to Camden, this may have been his mother's maiden name.


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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Nonpareil Club - Russell Sage - William Jones - Lillie R. Kelton - Bessie Kunitz
William Wescott - Bernice Branch -  Mrs. F.L. Barber - avid 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 - April 10, 1930
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John Doris
George Doris
York Street
Col. Edward B. Stone
James Kirkland
Frank Naples
Frank Butcher
Dr. Martin W. Reddan
Dr. C. Walter Carroll

Trenton Evening Times - April 11, 1930
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Trenton Evening Times - April 12, 1930

Trenton Evening Times
April 12, 1930

John Doris


Trenton Evening Times - April 13, 1930
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Charles H. English - Joseph Tinney

Trenton Evening Times - April 14, 1930
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Frank Tinney - Frank Butcher - Charles Evans - Charles H. English - Joseph "Mose" Flannery


Trenton Evening Times
April 16, 1930

Church of the Holy Name
York Street
North 5th Street
Vine Street

 

 

 


Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1930

Left: George Doris

 

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George Doris - John Doris - Frank Doris - Joseph Carpani - William Henlon
George Schuyler - Milton Cahill - William Boettcher - Pomerantz Dress Company
Keystone Stationary Store - Garfield S. Pancoast - Royden Street - Broadway
Market Street 

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

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