Tag: Charles ‘Chick’ Hunt

Chick Hunt registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was then living with his mother, Mrs. Amelia Smith, at the foot of Jackson Street near Ferry Avenue in Camden’s Eighth Ward, and working as a wharf builder. When the Census was taken in January of 1920, he had married and was living with his wife Lavina in one of the many houses at the foot of Jasper Street, the area known as Liney Ditch. He was still working as a wharf builder, but around this time was also doing some professional boxing. Chick Hunt’s younger brother George, then 14, was living with him, as was a boarder, Thomas Reed, who worked as a ship’s cook. 

By 1924 Chick and Livina Hunt seem to have parted company. The City Directory for that year and for 1927 show him working as a machinist and living at 1901 Broadway. Accounts of the day state that he was somewhat of a ladies man, and it is possible that his activities led to the shooting of Joseph Cimini at the Sixth Ward Republican Club on Broadway in January of 1928. Things apparently got a bit to “hot” in Camden for Chick Hunt after this, and he appears to have left Camden for awhile. He is not listed in the 1929 City Directory or the 1930 Census in Camden.

By December of 1945 Chick Hunt had returned to Camden. He was still engaged in some extra-curricular activity, which led to his arrest in November of 1945 and indictment on December 1st of that year in Gloucester County. 

Chick Hunt died in April of 1970. According to the Social Security Death Index he was still living in Camden at that time. 

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Sixth Ward Republican Club

The SIXTH WARD REPUBLICAN CLUB was active in Camden through at least 1947. Camden politics were a peculiar affair in the 1920s.

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Life Hereabouts by Charlie Humes

Down Memory Lane with that Old Gang of Yours… in a few of the years when Our Town was as good a sport town as any in the land… from the time that Taylor and Gunnis promoted fights through the years to Roxey Allen… Mickey Blair… Eddie Chaney… Shamus Maguire… Pee Wee Ross… Jackie Hindle… Watson Finch… Georgie Abner… Nick Nicholas… Dixie Allen…

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‘Chick Hunt’s Girl’ Gone

Back into the notice of Camden’s Police Court, but not into its courtroom, Katherine Rosalie came today.

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Grand Jury Will Consider Slaying After Probe Ends

Investigation in the slaying of Joseph Cimini in the Sixth Ward Republican Club Saturday, is “far from completed”, Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Varbalow announced today.

Katherine Rosalie, Top. Elsie Berendt, Bottom.
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Battle Echo of Murder at Club

Pretty, piquant Katherine Rosalie – for love of whom men are declared to have fought to the death in the rooms of the Sixth Ward Republican Club, today waged her own fight against her self-avowed rival for the attentions of Charles “Chick” Hunt.

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Love Plot Fades as Motive Behind Clubhouse Killing

Mrs. Katherine Rosalie Denies She is “Chick’s Girl” or “Anybody’s Girl,” But Thinks Flannery and Cimini May Have Used Her as Excuse for Starting Fatal Fight.

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Murder Motive at G.O.P. Club Splits Sleuths

With city and county authorities definitely divided on the motive and circumstance if the Sixth Ward Republican Club slaying, Joseph “Polack Joe” Deven was arraigned in Camden police court today and held without bail on a murder charge.

Headquarters of the Sixth Ward Republican Club at 908 Broadway below Spruce Street is shown in the picture. The entrance is to the left, the first floor front being occupied by a barber shop. The arrow indicates the room where the shooting occurred
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Gangster Shot During Melee In Sixth Ward

Victim of a shot fired in a melee, the exact cause of which remain undetermined, Joseph Cimini, 31 years old, was killed in the Sixth Ward Republican Club, 908 Broadway.