William
M.
Denof


 

WILLIAM M. DENOF SR. was born in New Jersey of Italian parents around 1892. By the time the census was taken in 1920 he had established an undertaking business. He was then living with his wife Helen, brothers Charles and Lewis, and sons Albert and William Jr., at 513 Spruce Street.

By 1930 William Denof and family moved to the corner of 5th and Spruce Street. He converted the building at 840 South 5th Street for use as a funeral home, and he remained there into the 1960s. In the mid-1930s he was involved in politics. A Democrat, he ran for City Commission in 1931, and he was allied with Edward J. Kelleher in a struggle to wrest control of the party from Emma Hyland and Harry Maloney. His brother Charles was also politically active. Charles F. Denof would live with his brother and family until at least 1947.  

The Denof family included wife Helen, daughter Doris, and sons Albert, Charles, and William Jr. William Denof Jr. was well known in Camden as a ball-player, playing for teams such as the Rox Gimello's Camden Collegians, and appearing in many box scores throughout the 1930s and early 1940s.



Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

JOE MONTANA WED TO MISS PALLADINO
Camden Wrestler and Bride
Are Are Given Dinner Attended by Notables

Miss Emma Palladino, one of the fairest daughters of Camden's "Little Italy" yesterday became the bride of Joseph Montana, heavyweight wrestler, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Fourth and Division streets.

Idol of Italian youth in this city Montana was hailed by hundreds of them outside the church. A number of relatives and friends, including prominent figures in the legal and professional life of the city, attended a dinner in honor of the couple at Overbrook Villa, Lindenwold, following the ceremony.  

The bride, 20, is the daughter

of Joseph Palladino, commercial photographer of 1115 South Fourth street. She graduated from Camden High school in 1928. Montana is 26 and a contender for the world's heavy-weight wrestling diadem. Following a wedding tour through the West the couple plan to reside in Camden.

Miss Emenia D' Alesio, of Audubon, and Miss Rose Marini and Miss Cecelia Szymanski, of Camden, served as bridesmaids. Attending the groom were Gene Mariano, Michel D'Ilesia and William Palladino. The bride carried a bouquet of lillies of the valley and white roses while her attendants held tulips and roses. The church was beautifully decorated with varied floral designs, gold ribbons, silks and satins.

The guest list at the bridal dinner included: Assemblyman Frank M. Travaline, Jr., City Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, director of parks and public property; Acting Chief of Police of John W. Golden, former Prosecutor and Mrs. Ethan P. Wescott, Samuel P. Orlando, Guido Laurini, Detective Fiore Troncone, Antonio Mecca, Mr. and Mrs. William Denof, Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale Ianuzzi, Frank H. Ryan, Thomas H. Ryan, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Principato, Mr. and Mrs. William AveraIl, Luke McKenna, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mariani, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abbott, Frank P. Cocchiaraley and Miss Regina Cocchiaraley, all of Camden; Miss Mary Montana, and Mr. and Mrs. Ettore Montana, of Columbus OH., and Aristadino D'Guilia and sons, Albert and Peter, of Buffalo, NY.


Camden Courier-Post - May 9, 1934
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Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1936

SIDELINE SLANTS
By FRANK KOPESKY

JOE CREAN, Bud Sheehan, Sam Godfrey and Worm Wearshing all play in the Delaware River Basketball League ... Joe Barry considers Walt Roman, a little chip, one of the best performers on his Catholic High quintet, and the coach recently had the diminutive guard show­ing the others on the varsity a few tricks ... Haddon Heights High goes in for gymnastics in a big way and the school has all types of equipment ... Norman Ford is the member of the faculty who teaches that sport ... Joe Shields, former Camden High and Springfield College star, is attending Jefferson Medical College, .. Newt Danford, ex-Camden athlete, teaches at Westmont Junior High, and Ted Nitka, the Fordham Flash, is a faculty member at his alma mater, also Camden High ... The senior William Denof is a swell bowler and the missus is a swell hostess ... Johnny Vogeding and Jack Bitting, popular Woodbury athletes, are employed at the Mannington Mills plant in Salem ... Frank Duffy is active in athletics at the RCA here.


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