Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Benson Street


BENSON STREET was named after John J. Benson, who was an agent of the Camden & Amboy Railroad and had much to do with the filling up of the Stevens’ lands. His activities were recognized, when land was plotted into building lots, in the naming of a street in his honor.

Do you have a Benson Street memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen


100 Block of Benson Street
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  Pennsylvania Railroad

The freight office and freight sheds of the Pennsylvania Railroad on Second Street, between Benson and Berkeley Streets, were used for the first time in May of 1902


200 Block of Benson Street
July 7, 1965

Aerial photo by Bob Bartosz
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200 Block of Benson Street
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  206 Benson Street

1931
Nicholas Tulini & Family
Nicholas & Tomasina Tulini

     On March 9, 1932 Nicholas Tulini was one of the fifteen workers who were killed by a  explosion at the Public Service Gas Company

206 Benson Street

1931
Nicholas Tulini & Family
Nicholas & Tomasina Tulini

     On March 9, 1932 Nicholas Tulini was one of the fifteen workers who were killed by a  explosion at the Public Service Gas Company

  206 Benson Street

1947 Earl & Eva Johnson

  208 Benson Street

1900s-1930s
The Andrew Corea Family
Joseph Corea

  208 Benson Street

1947 Theodore Teixeira

  210 Benson Street

1947 James D. Inman

211 Benson Street

1915
Frederick Gall & Family
Frederick& Nora Gall

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 1915

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  211 Benson Street

1947 William M. Smith

  212 Benson Street

1910s-1924
A. Joseph Guarino Family
Joseph & Jennie Guarino
Dorothy Guarino
Lena Guarino
Joseph R. Guarino

1947 Mrs. Romona A. Greene

  213 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Grace Mayhen

214 Benson Street

1920s-1960s
Beneditto Tisa & Family

Left: Benedict and Mary Tisa - 1940s

Like other Italian emigrants in South Camden, my grandmother worked in Campbell Soup cutting up chicken parts for soup. Despite the changes on Benson Street over the years, she refused to move and by the time she died in 1962, was the only person who spoke Italian and she spoke no English. In her later years she would sit on the steps with the neighbor African American women who spoke no English taking turns telling of the day. My grand- mother in Italian and the neighbor women in English. Don't think that either understood exactly what the other was saying...but they smiled and nodded at each others stories.       
                                           Benedict Tisa, April 2005

214 Benson Street

1920s-1960s
Beneditto Tisa & Family

From Left: Antoinette & Dominic Tisa,
Mary & Beneditto Tisa

1940s In the backyard

214 Benson Street

Camden Courier-Post
April 6, 1928

John W. Golden
Edward Wright
Joseph Tisso (Tisa)
Benson Street
Mickle Street
Market Street
North 2ndStreet
South 3rd Street

  214 Benson Street

1947 Bernard Tisa

214 Benson Street

Late 1960s

  214 Benson Street

1947 Bernard Tisa

  215 Benson Street

1947 No Return

216 Benson Street

1920s-1957
The Anthony Petrillo Family

Anthony Petrillo & Lorenzina Petrillo
Rose Petrillo DiMassimo & husband Joseph John Petrillo
James Petrillo - Michael Petrillo
Frank Petrillo - Tony Petrillo
Gus Petrillo

Left: Lorenzina Petrillo

"My grandmother was known for having some of the best tomato plants on Benson Street.  She was also an excellent seamstress and her son Michael grew up to own Esquire Tailors on Westfield Avenue."- 
     Loretta Petrillo, September 2006

216 Benson Street

The Petrillo brothers of 216 Benson Street, Camden, NJ. Tony kneeling, Gus with curls, Frank in back and Jimmie Petrillo standing. Photograph was taken about 1930.

216 Benson Street

Anthony & Lorenzina Petrillo
with their son
James and his bride Angeline

216 Benson Street

Michael Petrillo

217 Benson Street

1894-1896, 1900-1906
William Marsh & Family

217 Benson Street

1903
William Marsh

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 20, 1903

218 Benson Street

1947 James Smart

218 Benson Street

1931 Mrs. Anna Maria Corrado
1947 James Smart

Camden Courier-Post
August 25, 1931

219 Benson Street

1915 Angelo DiLorenzo

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 1915

Fiore Troncone - O. Glen Stackhouse

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  219 Benson Street

1947 Jack Moreland
1947 Alice Burley

  220 Benson Street

1910s-1920
Orville Goldsboro Jr.

  220 Benson Street

1947 Chester A. Harris

  221 Benson Street

1947 Samuel Strafner

223 Benson Street

1897
William J. Maguire & Family

  223 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Josephine Cucinotti

  224 Benson Street

1947 Buby Reed

  225 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Palma Mazzarella

226 Benson Street

1900
Rollo R. Jones


  226 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Eva Dunlap

  227 Benson Street

1880-1882
Edward Hillman & Family
Edward & Margaret Grant Hillman
James Hillman - Margaret Hillman
William Grant Hillman
Jesse Hillman - George Hillman

227 Benson Street

1899 Charles Gilbert

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 1899

John Cherry
Harry Miller
Robert Miller
John S. Smith
James Flood, Saloon
South 2nd Street
Stevens Street

  227 Benson Street

1947 John Novelle

  229 Benson Street

1947 Eugene Gibson
1947 Mrs. Retta Reed
1947 Mrs. Ethel King

230 Benson Street

1890s-1900s
Robert Megee & Family
Robert & Mary Megee
Leonard J. Megee

Left: Leonard J. Megee

PINTO STILL MISSING AFTER FLEEING COURT

Charles Pinto, 28, of 230 Benson Street, who is wanted as a material witness against Garfield Del Duca, former proprietor of the Ringside Inn, was still at large last night.

Pinto fled from Criminal Court Thursday while county Detective Fiore Troncone was on his way to the office of Justice of the Peace William F. Laird after Assistant Prosecutor Rocco Palese had ordered his arrest.

Palese alleges Pinto suddenly failed, to remember he had confessed that Del Duca was one of his companions when four automobiles, were stolen 10 years ago. Palese said somebody had talked to Pinto before he went on the witness stand.

The police believe Pinto is hiding in Philadelphia. Del Duca's trial resumes Monday.

230 Benson Street

1930 Charles Pinto

Camden Courier-Post
March 29, 1930

  230 Benson Street

1947 McKinley Falling

  232 Benson Street

1947 Charles Conyers

  234 Benson Street

1890
Samuel Kesler

  234 Benson Street

1947 Michael Petrillo
confectionary

   
   

Around 1970 the entire 200 block of Benson Street, along with several other adjacent streets, was razed to make way for the Royal Court Townhomes. Within this site, there is a 200 block of Benson Court.


300 Block of Benson Street - July 7, 1965
Aerial photo by Bob Bartosz
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300 Block of Benson Street
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  301 Benson Street

1947 Nick's Food Market

303 Benson Street

1915 Edward Nelson

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1, 1915

  303 Benson Street

1947 William T. Joyner
billiards
1967 N.D. Donato
1967- vice-president Union of Brotherly Love social club

  305-07
Benson Street

1933 Daniel Cirucci
bar
1939 Veterans Political League
1947 Vacant

308 Benson Street

1881
Edward J. Dodamead

308 Benson Street

1882
William Gleason & Family
William & Ellen Ivins Gleason
William J. "Kid" Gleason

Harry Gleason - Walter Gleason
Elizabeth Gleason - Theodore Gleason
Samuel Gleason - John Gleason
Marion Gleason - Isaac Gleason

310 Benson Street

1915 William Burns

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 1915

George Murry - Henry Moffett
O. Glen Stackhouse

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  310 Benson Street

Private Michael Mignogna

 

  310 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Estella Brooks
1947 Mrs. Rose Smith
beauty shop

e

311 Benson Street

1880-1882
Benjamin Middleton

1880
Edward J. Dodamead

  311 Benson Street

1947 Rev. James W. Brent

  312 Benson Street

1947 Louis F. Puggsley

  313 Benson Street

1947 vacant

  314 Benson Street

1947 Frank Leason

  315 Benson Street

1947 Joseph R. Walley
1967 William Joyner

316 Benson Street

1905 A.H. Sharp

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 28, 1911

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  316 Benson Street

1947 Louis Palumbo

  316 Benson Street

1942-1943
Frank Luggi Sr. & Family
Frank & Rose Luggi
Edna Luggi
Frank Luggi Jr.

  317 Benson Street

1947 Louis Sontogelo

  318 Benson Street

1947 No Return

  319 Benson Street

1947 Sylvester Blue

320 Benson Street

1930s-1947
John Girgenti & Family
John & Grace Girgenti
Joseph Girgenti - Pearl Girgenti
Thomas Girgenti - Frances Girgenti
Jenny Girgenti - Anthony Girgenti
Peter Girgenti - Edith Girgenti

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My Mom Anna Tocco was good friends with Mrs. Girgenti.

Anna Tocco McNally
October 2010

  321 Benson Street

1947 Philip Benigno

  322 Benson Street

1947 Dominick Cirucci

323 Benson Street

1929-1930
John Girgenti & Family
John & Grace Girgenti
Joseph Girgenti - Pearl Girgenti
Thomas Girgenti - Frances Girgenti
Jenny Girgenti - Anthony Girgenti
Peter Girgenti - Edith Girgenti

323 Benson Street

1929-1932
John Girgenti & Family
John & Grace Girgenti
Joseph Girgenti - Pearl Girgenti
Thomas Girgenti - Frances Girgenti
Jenny Girgenti - Anthony Girgenti
Peter Girgenti - Edith Girgenti

Camden Courier-Post
June 6, 1932

Kerr's Chickery
Frank Schubert
Walter Smith
John Trout
Harry Kyler
Tony Prucella aka Tony Basile
Clinton Street
Joseph Girgenti
Benson Street
South 4th Street
Berkley Street
South 6th Street

  323 Benson Street

1947 Carl Burch

323, 325, 327, 329,
331 & 333 Benson Street

April 1930 Federal Census

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324 Benson Street

1947 Steve Lopez

Photo from 1938

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325 Benson Street

1930
Albert DiNicola & Family
Albert & Carmela DiNicola
George DiNicola - Mary DiNicola
Julian DiNicola - Rocco DiNicola
Albert DiNicola

  325 Benson Street

1947 Daniel Capone
contractor

3 YOUTHS SENTENCED FOR ROBBERY OF STORE

Pleading guilty to robbery of a chain store at Twenty-seventh and Westfield Avenue, three youths were sentenced yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay in Criminal Court. 

Anthony Scott, 17, of 326 Benson Street, was sent to Rahway Reformatory; Charles Joslin, 19, of 1606 Pierce street, was fined $100, and Dominick Croge, 18, of 2311 Carman Street, was sent to the county jail for four months.

Police said two of the youths broke into the chain store about three weeks ago and stole 50 cartons of cigarettes and other merchandise. Joslin, it was testified, did not break into the store, but had used his automobile to cart away the stolen goods, at the request of the other two youths.

326 Benson Street

1933 Anthony Scott

Camden Courier-Post
June 20, 1933

327 Benson Street

1930
Fred Gagliardi & Family
Fred & Catherine Gagliardi
Fred Gagliardi Jr. - Salvatore Gagliardi
Paul Gagliardi & Family
Paul & Phyllis Gagliardi
Fred Gagliardi III 

  327 Benson Street

1947 William H. Lester

328 Benson Street

1930-1931
Crescentino Tomasetti & Family
Crescentino & Maria Tomasetti
Odino Tomasetti
Alphonso Tomasetti
Attilio Tomasetti

Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1931

Left: Alphonso Tomasetti

329 Benson Street

1930-1931
John Rizzo & Family
Mr. John & Sarah Rizzo
Frances Rizzo - Jenny Rizzo
Samuel Rizzo - Josephine Rizzo

THREE YOUTHS SENT TO DETENTION HOME

Three youths were sent to the detention home yesterday by Police Judge Pancoast to await action of juvenile court. Two of the boys were charged with attempted breaking and entering, and the third was held as incorrigible.

Henry Garbecki, 14, of 1201 Lansdowne Avenue, and Edward Bedanski, 13,  of 1265 Whitman Avenue, entered pleas of guilty to trying to break into the Camden Storage Battery Company, 1459 Kaighn Avenue, last night. They were arrested by Patrolman George Schuyler, who testified he saw the boys trying to open the front door with passkeys. The complaint was signed by Elmer T. Woods, 901 Eldridge Avenue, West Collingswood, owner.

Samuel Rizzo, 13, of 329 Benson Street, was in police court for the second time in two weeks. His father, John, told Judge Pancoast 
the youth refused to attend school and was incorrigible. After being taken into court two weeks ago, the boy attended school two days, the father testified.

329 Benson Street

1930-1931
John Rizzo & Family
Mr. John & Sarah Rizzo
Frances Rizzo
Jenny Rizzo
Samuel Rizzo
Josephine Rizzo

Camden Courier-Post
October 29, 1931

  329 Benson Street

1947 Luis A. Acosta

  330 Benson Street

1930

330 Benson Street

1947
Michele Tocco & Family

In Top Photo:
Michele & Anna Tocco
Emmanuel Tocco
Peter Tocco
Michael Tocco
Angie Tocco
Phyllis Tocco DiTomassi
Jennie Tocco Rossodivito
Josie Tocco
Amy DiTomassi
Annie Tocco
Angela Rossodivito

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My parents migrated from Sicily in 1924. We were a family of 11 children myself being the last child. 6 boys and 5 girls. Times were tough, but there was some good times.

I was born at  318 Benson Street in 1939. Later moved to 330 Benson Street where I remember growing up. 

On your site you list Michael Tocco listed at 1947, his first name is spelled Michele.  He purchased that house around 1940. We lived there until 1950.  Our family had many memories there.

Now  there aren't any homes on that street, just fond memories.

Thanks for having that site available.  It took me to many places in Camden that I remember.

 Anna Tocco McNally
October 2010

 

330 Benson Street

1948 Jim & Elda Bessing

I lived on 330 Benson when I first was married on the third floor apartments. Talk about memories can you imagine what it would be like to haul a 50 pound block of ice  up three stories to put in an ice box? Ahh, these modern conveniences.

Jim Bessing,
April 2004

331 Benson Street

1930-1947
Vincent Paglione & Family
Vincent & Lucy Losito Paglione
Armand Paglione - Rose Paglione
Carina Paglione - Clara Paglione
Genevieve Paglione - Dorina Paglione
Livio Paglione - Lillian Paglione
Serafina Losito

Dressmaking Contest Winners 
Start N.Y. Excursion Today

3 Camden Schoolgirls First in Doll Dressing Competition, Will Spend Two Joyous Days in Metropolis With Chaperone

Three Camden schoolgirls who won first awards in Camden's first annual Dressmaking and Doll Dressing Contest, jointly sponsored by the Camden Recreation Commission, the Courier-Post Newspapers and the Camden City Parent-Teacher Association, will leave at 9:30 a. m. today on a two-day New York trip.

The girls embarking on the adventure are Lillian Paglione, 10, of 331 Benson street, who attends the E. A. Stevens school; Evelyn Stevenson, 13, of 406 North Fortieth street, a pupil at Davis school, and Merfrida Di Filippo, 10, also attending E. A. Stevens school. Jean Drew, member of the staff of the Courier-Post newspapers, will chaperone the contest winners.

An outline of arrangements for the trip was made by Mrs. Rocco Palese, chairman of the general committee of the Recreation Commission and Camden city Parent-Teacher Association chairman. She has been assisted by other members of the commission, Frank H. Ryan, managing editor of the Courier-Post newspapers; the Camden City P. T. A., and the services of the National Youth Administration.

continued

331 Benson Street

1930-1947
Vincent Paglione & Family
Vincent & Lucy Losito Paglione
Armand Paglione
Rose Paglione
Carina Paglione
Clara Paglione
Genevieve Paglione
Dorina Paglione
Livio Paglione
Lillian Paglione
Serafina Losito

1936 Frank Losito

1939 Anthony Carrier

Camden Courier-Post
February 11, 1938

 

  331 Benson Street

1936 Frank Losito

1939 Anthony Carrier

332 Benson Street

1892-1894 Thomas R. Grapevine

332 Benson Street

1906
Mrs. Amy Rose Scott

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 13, 1906

Jay Heritage Scott
J. Alpheus Vansant

Another measure adopted adjourns the city commission until July 13 for a hearing in proposed condemnation proceedings against properties at 332 and 334 Benson street, designated as fire hazards. 

332 Benson Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 23, 1933

  332-334
Benson Street

332 and 334 Benson Street were condemed.  These were the lots next to our house at 330.  My father Michele Tocco owned them also.  At 334 Benson Street they put a two car garage there as you can see on the other pictures that I sent to you.  My father later transformed that garage into a little bungalow with a Living Room, Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom.  I was about 9 or 10 when he transformed the garage.  So that would make it around    1948 or 1949.

Anna Tocco McNally
October 2010

333 Benson Street

1930
Calogero Pirrotta & Family
Calogero & Josephine Pirrotta
Louis Pirrotta - Wesley A. Pirrotta
Andrew Pirrotta - Josephine Pirrotta
Sebastian Pirrotta - Ralph Pirrotta
Joseph Serafino & Family
Joseph & Frances Pirrotta Serafino

  333 Benson Street

1947 Lazarino Espolletto

Another measure adopted adjourns the city commission until July 13 for a hearing in proposed condemnation proceedings against properties at 332 and 334 Benson street, designated as fire hazards. 

334 Benson Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 23, 1933

  334 Benson Street

1949 See Entry for 332-334 Benson Street

  336 Benson Street

1947 Naomi Molock

  338 Benson Street

1947 Elizabeth Runyon
1947 Geore F. Bittle
1947 Mrs. Rose Lawrence
1947 Charles Diever
1947 Mrs. Janette Reilly

   

400 Block of Benson Street - July 7, 1965
Aerial photo by Bob Bartosz
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400 Block of Benson Street
400 to 430 Benson Street
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Southeast Corner
of South 4th & Benson Streets

The Second Presbyterian Church
aka
The Central School Annex

The Second Presbyterian Church was started in a chapel erected at 4th and Benson Streets with money contributed largely by members of the First Church. The church was formally organized by the Presbytery on March 1, 1860, and the main church dedicated September 2, 1866. The congregation combined with the First Church on March 25, 1923. 

The property of the Second Presbyterian Church, at Fourth and Benson Streets, was purchased November 2, 1923 by the Board of Education, to be used as an annex to the Central School.

  409 Benson Street

1947 Morris Reid

  411 Benson Street

1947 Eugene Fulwood
1947 Annie Isreal


412 Benson Street

1895
William Allen & Family
William & Juliette Allen

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 15, 1895

Gilbert Bulson

  412 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Theresa DiVito
1967 

  412 Benson Street

1967 Hijos de Santa Isabel Social Club 
(Sons of Saint Isabel Social Club)

  413 Benson Street

1947 Joseph Horneff & Son
awnings

  414 Benson Street

1947 Michael Starr

414-418
Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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414-418
Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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414-418
Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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413 Benson Street

1880s-1890s Parsonage for
Unity Unitarian Church
1920s-1940s Congregation Ahev Zedak

1970s-1994 Bible Church of God

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413 Benson Street

Camden Courier-Post
April 6, 1940

Paul Mastraianni

415 Benson Street

1880s-1890s Unity Unitarian Church
1920s-1940s Congregation Ahev Zedak

Aerial photo by Bob Bartosz July 7, 1965

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415 Benson Street

1880s-1890s Unity Unitarian Church
1920s-1940s Congregation Ahev Zedak

1970s-1994 Bible Church of God

Photo By Paris L Gray, Courier-Post
Blaze: Camden firefighters battle a six-alarm fire at the Bible Church of God in the 400 block of Benson Street 

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Christmas turns bleak for pastor, congregation
Space heater suspected in fire at city church

 By ANDREW HALL and LEROY WILLIAMS

 CAMDEN - A six-alarm fire roared through a church Wednesday afternoon, gutting the building four days before Christmas.         

Three people inside an apartment at­tached to the Bible Church of God in the 400 block of Benson Street escaped safely, authorities said.

No one was injured in the fire, but a bystander a block away was injured when he apparently was hit by power spray from a fire hose that suddenly sprang a leak.

The unidentified man was taken to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden. He was being evaluated Wednes­day night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to initial reports, the fire began in the second floor of the pastor's apart­ment, which is attached to the rear of the church, said city Fire Chief Kenneth Penn.

"A young girl on the second floor with a space heater, possibly a kerosene heater, heard a popping sound. That's what started the fire," Penn said. The city's fire marshal's office is conducting an investigation to confirm the space heater started the fire, he added.

One of the nine family members living in the pastor's apartment said he saw an explosion.

"I saw a ball of flames in the middle room," said Michael Almore, 18.

"I got everybody all there and we called the fire department."

Thick, gray smoke towered above the church and billowed through the center of the roof.

415 Benson Street

1970s-1994 Bible Church of God

Camden Courier-Post
December 22, 1994


Fire Department
Camden, New Jersey
125th Anniversary 1869-1994

For 1994 the Camden Fire Department would incur 21 Greater Alarms. Among 17 Second and Third Alarms, the principal incident of the year involved a sixth alarm for a church near Fourth and Benson Streets, South Camden on December 21st. The fire started in an attached parish building, and spread rapidly to the main auditorium, through void spaced in adjoining walls and roof area. During the first few minutes of operations, Rescue Company 1 endeavored to hold the fire in the adjoining building as conditions rapidly deteriorated. Heavy smoke pushing the entire length of the roofline of the 75 by 200 foot church prompted the Battalion to abandon interior operations and evacuate all units. Fire roared through the cockloft and engulfed the church as Greater Alarms were transmitted and surrounding exposures were covered. The one-hundred year old edifice was destroyed. 

415 Benson Street

1970s-1994 Bible Church of God

December 22, 1994
Photo by Bob Bartosz

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6-alarm fire destroys South Camden church

A six-alarm fire destroyed a Camden church on Wednesday and sent huge clouds of black smoke spiraling for several blocks.

No one was injured in the fire, which took about an hour to control.

The blaze broke out shortly after 3 p.m. at the Bible Church of God and an adjoining parsonage at 4th and Benson streets. Officials say it began in an upstairs bedroom where a space heater was being used.

Flames shot from the red-brick church and thick black smoke could be seen several blocks away. Firefighters doused water on the church and nearby homes to keep flames from spreading.

415 Benson Street

1970s-1994 Bible Church of God

Camden Courier-Post
December 22, 1994

Helpless
Lena Banks and granddaughter Latasha Cottle watch in tears as the Banks home in Camden burns

4TH WARD DEMOCRATS START ANNUAL OUTINGS

Sun-burned faces, are the rule rather than the exception among members of the Auxiliary of the Fourth Ward Democratic Club received on their first, annual outing at Atlantic City.

The trip was made in a gaily decorated truck, from the club headquarters at 416 Benson Street. Surf bathing and crabbing featured the day's program. Plans are being considered for a similar trip next year.

416 Benson Street

1933 Fourth Ward Democratic Club

Camden Courier-Post
June 26, 1933

  416 Benson Street

1947 Albert Grassi

418 Benson Street

1887
Charles H. Felton

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 254, 1887

Jennings' Sixth Regiment Band

  418 Benson Street

1887 Aaron E. Smith

  420 Benson Street

1947 Edward F. Kelly

  421 Benson Street

1947 Albert Grassi

  421 Benson Street

1947 Dominick S. Pologruto

  422
Benson Street

1947 vacant

  423
Benson Street

1906 Thomas H. Edwards
shoe manufacturer
1910 James R. Clay
policeman

423
Benson Street

1911-1920s
Arthur Stanley
policeman
Arthure & Gertrude Stanley

  423
Benson Street

1947 Dominick Crudo

  424
Benson Street

1947 Anthony Galasso

426
Benson Street

1933-1938
Ventorino Francesconi

1947 Verino Galasso

Photo from 1938

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  427 Benson Street

1900-1913
J. Kelly Brown

427 Benson Street

1930
Byron P. Cobb Sr.

"The Sun Doctor"

  427 Benson Street

1947 Vito Masso

427 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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427 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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427 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

427 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

  428 Benson Street

1947 Thomas W. Pyle
1947 Vincent Constantino

428 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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428 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

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428 Benson Street

July 3, 2006

  429 Benson Street

1947 Patrick J. Salimena
1947 Pasquale Parisi

430 Benson Street

1947 Franklin J. Bond

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 9, 1897

430 Benson Street

Frank B. Sweeten

  430 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret M. Rogers


Intersection of Benson Street & West Street
 
Looking South On
West Street From Benson Street

July 3, 2006
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Northeast Corner

West Street
&
Benson Street

July 3, 2006
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Northeast Corner

West Street
&
Benson Street

July 3, 2006
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400 Block of Benson Street
432 to 442 Benson Street
  432 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret M. Rogers

  434 Benson Street

1947 Rocco Bonelli

436 Benson Street

1928
Franklin Pierce Alloway & Family
Franklin P. & Sarah L. Alloway
Sarah L. Alloway - Eleanor J. Alloway
Florence M. Alloway - Franklin C. Alloway
William R. Alloway - Anna L. Alloway

Franklin Pierce Alloway and his wife, the former Sarah Lavinia Griffee resided at 645 Willard Street when their first child, my mother, was born on November 24, 1919. Her name was Sarah Lavinia Alloway. They resided at 815 Market Street when their second child, Eleanor Jennie Alloway, was born on December 10, 1921. They  lived at 718 Federal Street when their third child, Florence Mae was born on February 23, 1923. They next resided at 513 South 6th Street when their fourth child, Franklin Charles "Bud" Alloway was born on November 7, 1924. They lived at 608 Carmen Street when their fifth child, William Robert Alloway was born, December 31, 1926. The family had moved to 436 Benson Street, when their sixth child, Anna Louse Alloway came on August 5, 1928. When the seventh and last child, Mary Elizabeth was born on August 30, 1930, the family was living at 422 Main Street. The reason given for the continual moving was because of the increase in the family size requiring larger accommodations. 

Jim Powell
February 2013

  436 Benson Street

1947 William Bell

The Scouts Get Assistance

To the Editor:
      Sir—My recent letter in the Mail Bag asking for aid in leadership for Troop 9, Boy Scouts of America, met with wonderful response. Four men who have had years of experience in scouting are now helping me in the leadership of Troop 9. Thanks to these men. I hope to rebuild the troop into one of the best in the county.

ROBERT B. RICH, JR., Scoutmaster
438 Benson Street.

438 Benson Street

1938 Robert B. Rich, Jr.

Camden Courier-Post
February 12, 1938

 

  438 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Hilma Sedin

439 Benson Street

1930 Charles B, Winters 
1947 Francis Borsellino

1930 Census Image

  440 Benson Street

1947 Vito Palumbo

441 Benson Street

1920s-1939 Frank Davolos
1947 Harry Sharrin

1930 Census Image

  442 Benson Street

1947 Frank P. Geiser
roofer


Intersection of Benson Street & Henry Street
 
Looking South On
Henry Street From Benson Street

July 3, 2006
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400 Block of Benson Street
444 to 454 Benson Street
  444 Benson Street

1947 James W. Conners

445 Benson Street

1930 Mary J. Walls

1930 Census Image

445 Benson Street

1940s Dominick Lombardo

  446 Benson Street

1947 Vacant

  447 Benson Street

1898-1910s
Howard Lee & Family
Lewis Lee

447 Benson Street

1890s-1910 Lewis A. Lee

447 Benson Street

1911 Harry G. Cliver

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 1911

Arthur Stanley

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of Complete Article

447 Benson Street

1930 Alonzo Stillman

1930 Census Image

  447 Benson Street

1947 Ventorino J. Francesconi

  448 Benson Street

1878-1888
Davis Quinn & Family
Davis & Estella Quinn
George Tabor Quinn
Violet A. Quinn
Leila A. Quinn
Albert Quinn

1947 John D. Kenney

448 Benson Street

1899
Thomas J. Finney & Family
Thomas J. & Hannah Finney

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 1899

National State Bank
Dr. William S. Jones

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of Complete Article

449 Benson Street

1918-1966
Emmanuel W. Schaeffer & Family
Emmanuel & Mary Schaeffer
Edna May Schaeffer
Dorothy M. Schaeffer
Ralph Schaeffer
Elwood Schaeffer
aunt Emma Auld
mother-in-law Ella Williams

 


449 Benson Street

1918-1966
Emmanuel W. Schaeffer & Family
Emmanuel & Mary Schaeffer
Edna May Schaeffer
Dorothy M. Schaeffer
Ralph Schaeffer
Elwood Schaeffer
aunt Emma Auld
mother-in-law Ella Williams

A YULE GLOW ALL HIS OWN
Camden Courier-Post
December 24, 1965

449 Benson Street
November 18, 2005

Photos Courtesy of Craig Campbell

  450 Benson Street

1888-1889
Thomas R. Grapevine

 

  450 Benson Street

1890-1899
Davis Quinn & Family
Davis & Estella Quinn
George Tabor Quinn
Violet A. Quinn
Leila A. Quinn
Albert Quinn

450 Benson Street

George Tabor Quinn

  450 Benson Street

1920s- 1947
Vittorio D'Aloise & Family
Vittorio & Josephine D'Aloise
Rose D'Aloise
Mary D'Aloise
Anna D'Aloise
Adeline D'Aloise

My Grandfather Raphaelo (Ralph Sr.) owned the A&P at 5th and Benson Street. His wife was Anna. They had 4 children, Ralph Carmen, Helen, Elizabeth and Rita. They all lived above the store. Ralph Sr. also owned a string of stores across the street on 5th Street. and a bar around the corner on Benson.  Ralph Jr. married Rose D'Aloise who lived across the street at 450 Benson, next to the Quick's, who were electricians. Rose had 3 sisters, Mary, Anna and Adeline. Mary married Dominic Cerulli who lived in the neighborhood. I Lived at 452 Benson when I was very young before my dad moved the family to Pennsauken. Helen LoVuolo married Denny DiRenzo who owned the grocery store on Royden Street.

Ralph LoVuolo
November 2009

451 Benson Street
November 18, 2005

1887-1889 Richard J. Connelly
Coal Dealer

1890-1910s
Jonathan Duffield & Family
Jonathan Duffield (d. 1893)
County Collector
1890-1900s Rev. Orville S. Duffield
1890s-1910s Joseph Duffield
Dentist

1940-1947 A & P Grocery Store
1940 Thomas J. Stead
1947 William C. Storm
1947 Helen Termino

Photos Courtesy of Craig Campbell

  452 Benson Street

1940-1947 Albert E. Quick

  454 Benson Street

1947 Quick Electrical Service


Intersection of Benson Street & South 5th Street
   
   

500 Block of Benson Street - July 7, 1965
Aerial photo by Bob Bartosz
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500 Block of Benson Street
500-518 Block of Benson Street

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  500 Benson Street

1947 Moy's Laundry
1947 John Moy

  503 Benson Street

1863-1883
Weccacoe Fire Company No. 2

1947
Natale DiDonato & Family
Natale & Nancy Di Donato
Richard DiDOnato

1947 Edward L. Klaus

Edward Klaus was a tenant and lived in front bottom floor apartment.

Richard Di Donato
June 2012

  505 Benson Street

1947 Joseph Corea

  507 Benson Street

1890-1893 Logan Bates
1947 Dominick Mancisi

MRS. ESTELLA I. CLARK

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. tomorrow at a funeral establishment at 453 South Sixth street, for Mrs. Estella Ida Clark, 50, of 509 Benson street, who died Saturday. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Park. Mrs. Clark, who is survived by her husband, Charles E., was a member of First M. E. Church and the Women's First Ward Republican Club.

CLARK—On February 12, 1938. Estella Ida, beloved wife of Charles E. Clark (nee Megowen), of 509 Benson St.. are 50 years. Relatives and friends of the family, also members of First M. E. Church and Women's Fourth Ward Republican Club are invited to attend the funeral services on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock at the funeral home of Melvin Cain, 453 S. 6th St., Camden, N. J. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Park.
Friends may call Tuesday evening, after 7 o'clock.

509 Benson Street

1938
Charles E. Clark & Family
Charles & Estella I. Clark

Camden Courier-Post
February 15, 1938

  509 Benson Street

1947 Cologoro Daidone

  510 Benson Street
1947 

Offices

Camden 
Building & Loan Association
Central 
Building & Loan Association
National Auxiliary
United Spanish War   Veterans
South Ward 
Building & Loan Association

1947 Charles E. Clark
  511 Benson Street

1947 Raymond L. Powell

512 Benson Street

1938-1947
Anthony DiPilla

Camden Courier-Post
February 22, 1938

Gene R. Mariano
Nicholas Dentino
Anthony DiPilla
Edward Bock
Thomas Murphy
Benson Street
Broadway

 

  513 Benson Street

1947 Godfrey F. Spaeth
1947 Godfrey F. Spaeth & Son
Sheet Metal Workers

  514 Benson Street

1947 Nicholas Manzi

  515 Benson Street

1888-1890
William Bassett

515 Benson Street

1930s-1940
Harold Megee

  515 Benson Street

1947 Joseph Zello

  516 Benson Street

1947 Thomas Boyd

  517 Benson Street

1873-1877
William Bassett

517 Benson Street

1903-1923
John Cherry
Detective, Camden County Prosecutor's Office

 

  517 Benson Street

1947 Frank L. Seeds

518 Benson Street

1910s-1960s
Walter T. Welch

 


Intersection of Benson Street & William Street
   
   

537 Block of Benson Street
519-537 Block of Benson Street
  519 Benson Street

1947 Louis Napolitano

  520 Benson Street

1894-1895 Logan Bates
1947 Mrs. Rosa M. Williams

  521 Benson Street

1947 Egidio Mignogna

522 Benson Street

1932 Joseph Rentz

Camden Courier-Post
June 8, 1932

  522 Benson Street

1947 No Return

523 Benson Street

1880-1899 & 1903-1925
William Griffee & Family
Walter & Mary "Louise" Chew Griffee
Thomas Griffee

William Griffee, Charcoal Dealer, and his wife, Mary "Louise" Chew Griffee resided at 523 Benson Street June 1880.  From 1899 until January 1903 they resided at 234 Chestnut Street, but returned to 523 Benson Street where they lived until they both passed away with one of their children; Thomas, policeman,  and Mabel Mack.  He passed away in 1914, and she Jan 2, 1925.  She is listed in the city directories for all those years as a dealer in "notions, and such" (as she was related to the owner of Chew's Department Store). 
                                             Jim Powell, March 2103

523 Benson Street

1906 Walter Ferrell

Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 1906

  523 Benson Street

1947 Independent Order of Odd Fellows

  524 Benson Street

1895-1908
Charles Derrickson & Family
produce merchant
Charles & Kathryn Derrickson
Gertrude Derrickson

524 Benson Street

1901-1906
Garrett C. Pogue Sr. & Family
Garret C. & Gertrude Derrickson Pogue
Frederick Pogue
Garret C. Pogue Jr.

Left: Garrett C. Pogue Sr. - 1890s

  524 Benson Street

1947 Clement W. Gardner

  525 Benson Street

1947 Dr. Charles H. Chase
veterinarian

526 Benson Street

1924-1929
William E. Hibbert

  526 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Sarah Wachsman
real estate

  527 Benson Street

1947 Anthony Busa

528 Benson Street

1900s-1910s
Dr. Joseph E. Roberts Jr.

 

  528 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Ann Hughes
1947 Ramon B. Herrman

  529 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret S. Clair

  533 Benson Street

1947 Frank Mazza
1947 Teresa Mazza
music teacher

  535 Benson Street

1947 Frank Mazza
tailor

  537 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Sarah Housner


Broadway & Benson Street
 

500 Block of Benson Street
554-596 Block of Benson Street
SE corner
of Broadway and Benson Street
Photo taken around 1900
  554 Benson Street

Isaac C. Toone

1947 Jeannette Zwecke

  556 Benson Street

1947 Richardson A. Roberts

  558 Benson Street

1947 Albert D. Shaw

  560 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Mildred T. Tussey

561 Benson Street

1947 William C. Storm
grocer

 

 


Built by George M. Holl in 1888

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 1888

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Joseph E. Roberts - Edward N. Cohn
James Cox -
Frank Shaw

Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Heintz, of 561 Benson Street, have left to spend the summer months touring the South and West. 

561 Benson Street

1933 Dr. A. C. Heintz

  561 Benson Street

1947 Ernest Larossa
1947 Stephen J. Sessa

  562 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Lidie V. Kann

  563 Benson Street

Built by George M. Holl in 1888

1947 Dr. Herbert Weinberg

  564 Benson Street

Private Adolph J. Siebert

  564 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Mabel L. Kaminski

  565 Benson Street

1880s-1930s Dr. Conrad G. Hoell
1930s-1947 Mrs. Elizabeth Hoell

  566 Benson Street

1947 Charles C. Sexton

  567 Benson Street

1920s-1933 Wilfred M. Kaighn
1947 William J. Kistner
1947 Fred Chamberlain
1947 Edward H. Collier

  568 Benson Street

1947 Paul J. Holroyd

  569 Benson Street

1947 Vacant

1950s-1963
Dr. Frank J. Ciliberti Jr.

  570 Benson Street

1947 Emily Niessner
1947 Harry Blizzard

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Ironsides, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Overbaugh and Kenneth Overbaugh, Jr., of 571 Benson Street are in Ocean City for the summer. 

571 Benson Street

1933 Dr. Paul Ironsides
1933 Kenneth Overbaugh

Camden Courier-Post
June 20, 1933

  571 Benson Street

1947 Welcome Hall
1947 Planned Parenthood Clinic
1947 William Pedrick

572 Benson Street

Furnished Rooms

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1933

  572 Benson Street

1947 Archie Fitzgerald
1947 Frances Price

574 Benson Street

1932
Peter J. Warden & Family
Peter J. & Edith Shillington Warden

Camden Courier-Post
June 14, 1932

  574 Benson Street

1947 No Return

  576 Benson Street

1947 Vacant

  578 Benson Street

1933 John Grady

Camden Courier-Post
June 23, 1933

  578 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Nellie Stafford
1947 Merdith A. Romineck
Mrs. Minnie Gahrs

580 Benson Street

1889
Samuel Cover

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 1889

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  580 Benson Street

1947 Dr. Thomas Skaug
physician
1947 Grace Anderson
1947 helen Blake
1947 Charles Bates
1947 Mrs. Nancy Gardner

  582 Benson Street

1947 George C. Lezenby
electrolysis

  584 Benson Street

1920s-1930s John Shortell
1947 Leroy Fitzgerald
1947 Irene Campano
2005
Center for Family Services

586 Benson Street

Furnished Rooms

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1933

  586 Benson Street

1947 Samuel D. Mansfield

  588 Benson Street

1947 Thomas W. Daisy

  590 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Anna Hentz

592 Benson Street

1881-1897
Louis Partridge

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 1895

  592 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Alice M. Lawrence

  594 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Mary E. Miller
Mrs. Etta Peoples

  596 Benson Street

1947 Dr. E.A. Denbo
physician


600 Block of Benson Street
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600 Block of Benson Street

Cooper Hospital 
about 1890

Looking South from Chambers Avenue

Photo donated to Courier-Post by H. Genet Taylor of 305 Cooper Street in the late 1950s

600 Block of Benson Street

April 2005
Photo by
Craig Campbell

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600 Block of Benson Street

April 2005
Photo by Craig Campbell

600 Block of Benson Street

April 2005
Photo by Craig Campbell

  600 Benson Street

1947 Dr. Buelah S. Hollinshed

602 Benson Street

1930
Nora G. McDonnell

Camden Courier-Post
April 13, 1930

Cooper Hospital
South 27th Street

  602 Benson Street

1947 Josephine Klages

  604 Benson Street

1920s - 1947
Rev. Elwood A. Harrar

  606 Benson Street

1947 Charles Hitchens

  608 Benson Street

1947 Clinton C. Dickey
1947 Walter Mathis
1947 Anna Evans

  610 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Florence E. Stark

  612 Benson Street

1900s-1910s William MacFarland
1947 Mrs. Helen C. Lang
1947 Edith Holvick
Mrs. Ellen Barr

  614 Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Sarah Middleton

  616 Benson Street

1910s - 1940s
Harry C. Sharp & Family

616 Benson Street

1910s - 1940s
Harry C. Sharp & Family

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 14, 1914
Mrs. Eliza Sharp

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  616 Benson Street

1910s - 1940s
Harry C. Sharp & Family

1947 Mrs. Ella Sharp

  618 Benson Street

1947 Dr. Banks S. Baker


Intersection of Benson Street & Chambers Avenue
   
   

600 Block of Benson Street
620 Benson Street

1915 Dr. William W. Knowlton

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St. John's Episcopal Church
William P. Weiser - Dr. Lee Griscom
Dr. George Woodward - Dr. C.F. Hadley
Thomas Mason - E. Wilmer Collins
Rev. J.H. Townsend

620 Benson Street

1919-1951 Dr. C. Fred Becker

 

  620 Benson Street

1950s Dr. Charles F. Becker III

  622-624
Benson Street

1947 Mrs. Kathleen L. Gross

  626 Benson Street

1947 Elsie N. Hoffman

  629 Benson Street

1900
John Bodine & Family
John & Susannah King Bodine
Francis B. Bodine
Jospeh Bodine
Sarah King (sister-in-lw)

John Borton, a student at Temple University, and the son of the Rev. and Mrs. John Borton, of Newark, spent a brief vacation with his grandmother, Mrs. Thomas E. Borton, of 628 Benson street.

628 Benson Street

1938
Mrs. Thomas E. Borton

Camden Courier-Post
February 16, 1938

  628 Benson Street

1947 LeRoy J. Knettle

  630 Benson Street

1900
John Blowe & Family
John & Mary Blowe
Ella Blowe
MArion Blowe

630 Benson Street

1923-1947 Francis B. Bodine

 

  632 Benson Street

1947 Mary M. Hamilton 

634 Benson Street

1904-1910
Walter Antrim & Family
Walter & Helen Antrim

1905 & 1912-1918
William H. Jefferys Jr. & Family
William H. & Sallie Jefferys Jr.

  634 Benson Street

1923 Walter W. Moore
1947 Frances C. Shaw
1947 Mrs. Kathryn S. Andersom
1947 Mrs. Sue H. Mooney 

Miss Elizabeth Cromie and John H. Cromie II, of 636 Benson Street have left for Ventnor, where they will occupy their summer home for the season. 

636 Benson Street

1933 Miss Elizabeth Cromie
1933 John H. Cromie II

Camden Courier-Post
June 20, 1933

  636 Benson Street

1947 Amaziah K. Ludwig

  638 Benson Street

1947 Harry K. Kingsbury


Intersection of Benson Street & South 7th Street
   

700 Block of Benson Street - Pulaski Park
The Pulaski Monument

1936-1981

The 
Red Men War Memorial

1920-1981

Pulaski Park was destroyed in the early 1980s to make room for a medical school.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden
Univesity of Dentistry & Medicine of New Jersey

Haddon Avenue & Benson Street
City Hall - 1871-1930
   

Intersection of South 28th Street & Benson Street
South 28th Street
&
Benson Street

December 11, 2005

South 28th Street
&
Benson Street

Looking Northeast

December 11, 2005

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South 28th Street
&
Benson Street

Looking North

December 11, 2005

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2812 Block of Benson Street
  2812 Benson Street

Robert Rosengarten

 

  2835 Benson Street

1950s-1970s
Arthur F. Ballinghoff

 



2900 Block of Benson Street
  2900 Benson Street
2919 Benson Street

1955
Victory Storage Company

1955 New Jersey Bell Telephone
Yellow Pages Ad

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