FRANK A. “CHICK” ABBOTT was born June 2, 1896 in Camden NJ to Italian parents, Antonio and Arsola Abbatto. An athletic youth, he enjoyed boxing, and considered boxing, but did not turn pro. He received several minor league contract offers, but elected to stay close to home, and stuck to semi-pro ball with several clubs in and around Camden. By 1915 he had married Florence Smith, and had fathered two of his eight children. He was then working as a plasterer in the home construction industry, a common trade in the days before the manufacture of sheet rock. The Abbott family then lived at 919 South 4th Street in Camden, they later moved to a home at 346 Cherry Street in what was then Camden’s 5th Ward. Frank Abbott would reside in this home the rest of his life.
Mayor Pierce was determined to run an orderly meeting and he did Thursday night when his fellow commissioners stripped him of his duties as public safety director.
Overflow crowd of more than 500 spectators jammed city commission chambers Thursday night at meeting which stripped Mayor Pierce of his duties as director of public safety and made him director of public affairs.
This is how the departments were assigned to the commissioners Thursday night…
“I’m going to be another Johnny Dundee.” Thus spoke an Italian teenager a few years ago.
Restrictions on nightlong parking on principal streets in the business district will be tried out early next year as a major step in a campaign to make Camden a cleaner city in which to live and work.
There will be no collection of ashes or garbage on Monday due to the New Year’s Day holiday Commissioner Abbott announced today.
In districts affected, the collections will be on the next regular collection day, except in the business district where collections usually made Monday night will be made Tuesday night.
The Zuni Athletic Association recently installed their officers for 1951, with Frank A. DiRenzo presiding.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME” was the theme song of 1500 girls and boys who were guests of Deputy Public Affairs Director Edward C. Garrity at the Phillies-Giants game today. Alongside Garrity, who is handing a bag of peanuts to Joseph Foster, 639 Walnut Street, are William W. Logan, municipal welfare director; Frank H. Ryan, Courier-Post editor; Public Works Director Abbott, Mayor Brunner and Stanley Babiarz, a member of the committee assisting Garrity.
Mayor Brunner announced today he will call a conference Monday to coordinate city departments in the movement to remove unsightly grass and weeds in the city.
Public Works Director Abbott had a birthday Thursday and more than 100 of his friends and associates helped him celebrate it at a surprise dinner.
Funeral services for City Commissioner Henry Magin were held today with his colleagues in official and veterans circles participating.