Category: Historical Accounts

Various historical accounts, texts, and reader submissions, not including News Articles, which are in another category.

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Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey 2012 Banquet Program

Joe Acquaro has been involved in South Jersey baseball for more than five decades. He’s a 1954 Woodrow Wilson High School graduate where be played third base for the ’53 and 54 varsity baseball team, where they won the Camden City Series, Group 3 and Sectional State Championship teams under Hall of Famer Binney Pawlak. Teammates of his were future South Jersey Baseball Hall of Famers, Joe Canuso, Bill Davidson, Sam Croge and An Watson. Prior to entering Wilson, Acquaro had already started building a career in the independent summer leagues. In 1951 he won the Camden County Parks League second half batting title hitting .500, leading Camden Eastside to the league title. He continued playing in the parks, Gottschalk Twilight and American Legion Leagues.

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Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey Letter

I would like to extend congratulations to you on behalf of the Hot Stover Baseball Club of South Jersey on being selected into the 2012 South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. The cornerstone of our efforts is our Annual Awards Banquet, which will be held on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at Masso’s Columbus Manor, located on the Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ, starting at 2:00 PM. This year Vie will be celebrating our 53rd Annual Awards Banquet, and plan to make it an afternoon to remember. We hope that you and members of your family will be able to attend.

Rocco Abbott's WW2 Registration Card
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Rocco Abbott World War 2 Registration Card

Serial Number: 1179
1. Name: Rocco Frank Abbott
2. Place of Residence: 26 E. Cuthbert Blvd. Westmont NJ
3. Mailing Address: 26 E. Cuthbert Blvd. Westmont NJ
4. Telephone: Coll 1718-W
5. Age in Years: 48
6. Place of Birth: Philadelphia
Date of Birth: Sept 21, 1893
Town or county: Phila. Penna.
7. Name and Address of Person who will always know your address: Mrs. Emma A. Gordon, 26 E. Cuthbert Blvd.
8. Employer’s Name and Address: City of Camden – Bureau of Fire
9. Place of Employment: Fire Hqrts 54 Arch Street Camden, Camden, NJ

RoccoAbbott draft card1 - Camden NJ History
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Rocco Abbott Draft Cards

Rocco Abbott’s Draft Cards

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Growing up in Cramer Hill

Ted Frett grew up in Cramer Hill at North 29th Street and Tyler Avenue, and shared his memories of growing up in Cramer Hill in the 1940s and 1950s.

Carlos Colon, Capt Javier Matos, Denis O'Reilly Closeup
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Three Alarm Fire at the Ivy Hill Apartments

This page and the other pages in this series are the successors to the series of web-page about the Camden Fire Department. On this and other pages in the series you will find pictures and information regarding different events and aspects of the fire service in Camden, New Jersey.

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Joseph Alcorn Anecdote

My father, Joseph A. Alcorn, had a used car dealership on the corner of 15th and Federal Streets. He started the business with Skip Gardner as his partner in the late 40’s and bought Skip out during that same period. Alcorn Motor Sales was a vibrant business. I recall visiting Art Sharp and Bill Mason as dad bought and sold cars from and for them as well as the automobiles on his lot.

Vintage Post Card image of the Stollwerck Factory in Stamford, Connecticut
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A. N. Stollwerck and the Chocolate Factory

Many long-time Camden N. J. area residents can recall the wonderful scent of chocolate perfuming the air along a certain stretch of Haddon Avenue. If you were lucky, you may have sampled their delectable products in the form of foil covered Easter eggs or large chocolate “bars” packaged in plain yellow/gold boxes given to visitors and company employees. But few know the history of the A. N. Stollwerck chocolate factory once located in a large brick building at 1649-51 Haddon Avenue in Camden, N.J.

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Harold Amos

Harold Amos, scientist, educator, mentor, and avid Francophile, was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey, the second of nine children of Howard R. Amos Sr., who worked in the Philadelphia post office, and his wife Iola Johnson. Iola had been adopted by, and worked for, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family who home schooled her with their own children. This family remained lifelong friends of Iola and kept the young Amos family well supplied with books, including a biography of Louis Pasteur, which stimulated fourth-grader Harold’s interest in science. Harold did confide that an important factor in his becoming enchanted with microbiology and immunology at such a young age was the combination of Pasteur’s use of goats as experimental animals and his own dislike of the family goat.

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Camden Beer Memory

From 1948 to 1951 when I worked at the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, after work we the people that worked there went to the Greenwich Bar on Greenwich Street, downtown New York for a few beers. They had Camden Beer and to this day that was the best beer that I had ever had. I was thinking tonight of the beer I had then and wondered where and if there is any place that I could get that kind of beer again. I have never heard of Camden Beer any place before or after. I wonder now if it is still being made and where it can be purchased. I am now 75 years old and I am very glad to tell you what a good beer that was and how much we all enjoyed it. It sure was a good beer, good foam and a great taste, the foam was just as good as the taste.

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Joe Acquaro Anecdote

My father, Biagio Acquaro, had a self-owned business at 2713 Federal Street in East Camden, from the 1940’s through the late 1960’s. His establishment was called “Federal Hat Cleaning”. My Dad would clean and block felt hats for people located all over the tri-county area. Even people from Philadelphia would come over and take advantage of his expertise.

4th Street Tunnel, under the Ben Franklin Bridge, which was closed in the early 1980's. Photo from July 5, 2004.
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4th Street Tunnel

While you can drive a car under the Ben Franklin Bridge at street level from North 3rd Street east, at 4th Street there is a tunnel, closed in the early 1980s, that provided amusement for generations of local kids on bicycles, and aggravation for most adults responsible for public safety. At 5th Street there is a pedestrian tunnel, which is still in use.