BYRON P. COBB was born in Maryland in 1874. By the early 1900s he had married Anna M. Capwell. A son Byron Jr. was born around 1905. By 1920 the family was living at 343 Royden Street in Camden NJ. Byron Cobb was already in the canvas business, and for many years conducted a trade in canvas awnings for homes and businesses on the northwest corner of 4th and Royden Streets. He advertised extensively, and was known as the "Sun Doctor". At some point between 1917 and 1922 he moved his shop to 313 West Street.
By the April 1930 census, Mr. and Mrs. Cobb were residing in a house they owned at 427 Benson Street.
After closing his own shop, Byron Cobb Sr. worked for another awning business in the 1930s. He passed away at home, 635 Pine Street, on January 19, 1938. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken NJ.
Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1933
Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933
HELD IN ROBBERY OF BYRON P. COBB
accused of kidnapping,
beating and robbing Byron P.
Cobb, 62, of 427 Benson
Street, yesterday were held without bail for the grand jury by
Police Judge Pancoast
after they pleaded not guilty.
their names as Premo Fioravanti, 20, of 435 Division
Scanavelli, 20, of 326 Division
Street, and John
of 1130 South
was sentenced to 15 days
in jail in default of $100 tine
when he pleaded guilty to operating an automobile without driver's
or owner's licenses.
who for many years operated an awning business at Fifth
streets and through it became nicknamed "The Sun
Doctor," first told the police he had been robbed of $4700 but
yesterday said the amount was only $47.
was found in a semi-conscious condition lying on River Drive in
Farnham Park early Sunday. The suspects, arrested later for a
traffic violation, were identified by Cobb
at police headquarters, the police said. They are charged with
assault and battery, robbery and forcing Cobb
into their· machine.
he was so badly dazed after the attack he could not think clearly.
He said he thought he had the $4700, which he drew from a bank to
pay a mortgage, but later found it at home. He said he had only
the suspects pleaded not guilty through their attorney, C.
Lawrence Gregorio, no testimony was taken, but Detective George
Zeitz, offered a statement made by Cobb
shortly after he was revived.
home at 8 p. m. Saturday and made three stops before I went to a
place at Broadway
Street. I left
there about an hour later and met this man (Fioravanti) at Broadway
Avenue. He is the man who asked me to get in the car and told me
he would take me home.
after that I was hit and I don't remember any more.
left home at 8 o'clock I had three $500 bills,
two $100 bills and three $1000
bills in my vest pocket, loose.
When I fell, I heard someone say; 'Get the money,' and Primo and
another boy with a panama hat got the money from me. I don't
remember any more until I was found by the officers." .
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