SHARPLESS GUTHRIE JR. was born in Camden, New Jersey on August 19, 1875 to Oliver S. Guthrie and
his wife, the former Mary Matilda "Tillie" Bennett. He was the oldest
of five children, coming before Theodore
F. "Dorrie" Guthrie, Mary D. Guthrie, Frank F. Guthrie, and Samuel
F.B. Guthrie. The 1878 City Directory states that Oliver Guthrie lived at 536 Liberty
Street. The 1880 Census shows the family living at 512 Kaighn
Avenue, with elder Guthrie employed as a "shoe worker", probably
for John Baker, the proprietor of a shoe business who lived next door. The 1881
and 1883 City Directory has the family at 1134 Newton
Avenue. City Directories from 1885 to 1887 show the family at 512 Chestnut
Street. Oliver Guthrie Sr. built a shoe factory in the 500 block of Kaighn
avenue in 1886. By 1888 the Guthries had moved across the street to 511 Chestnut
Street, where they stayed through 1893. The 1894 Directory shows the family
at 524 Kaighn
Avenue. The elder Guthrie was working as carpenter. Oliver Jr. is listed as
a stone cutter, while brother Theodore
shows up as a laborer. When the 1896 Directory was compiled the Guthries were at
1156 Baring Street.
Oliver Guthrie Jr. was then working as a shoemaker. another move in 1897 took
the family to 1029 South
5th Street. Between 1897 and 1914 Oliver Guthrie Jr. worked at different
trades, including an enlistment in the United States Army during the
Spanish-American War. The 1900 Census shows the Guthrie Family at 1117 Baring
Street. Oliver Guthrie was at that time still serving in the United States
Army. The family spent time at 1819 South
8th Street, then a move to 934 South
6th Street from 1901 to 1903. On August 8th, Oliver S. Guthrie Jr. married
Mary Eva Schock at Kaighn
Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. The young couple lived at 428 Sycamore
Street in 1904, 939 Newton
Avenue in 1905, 935 St.
John Street from 1906 through 1910, 906 South
7th Street in 1911, and 914 South
6th Street from 1913 through 1915.
By 1916 Oliver and Mary Guthrie had a family of six children, beginning with Oliver S. "Ollie" Guthrie in 1906, who became a very well-known athlete in Camden and South Jersey. A daughter, Clara, came in 1908, and son Theodore Norman Guthrie was born in 1915. Directories and Census record from 1916 through 1920 show family at 943 St. John Street. Daughter Edith was born while the family lived on St. John Street. Shortly after the 1920 Census Oliver S. Guthrie and his family moved to 911 Fern Street in North Camden. Two more daughters were born, Grace in 1921 and Betty in 1925.
Sadly, on 1926 illness began to plague Oliver S. Guthrie. He died on October 29, 1926 at the age of 51 and was buried at New Camden Cemetery.
Son Theodore N. Guthrie was one of the first 17 men who were drafted into the United States Army in 1940 when the draft was re-instituted in anticipation of America's entry into World War II. He served until 1945, then returned to Camden and was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. Tragically, he was struck by a car while waiting for a bus in Gloucester and died from his injuries on March 16, 1946.,
John's Episcopal Church
911 Fern Street
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