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April 2019 Camden County History Alliance Events

APRIL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Click each link below to open the event flyers, or scroll down to view all events. April 1: "Walt Whitman in the Civil War" at The Center at Camden County College April 2: "In Search of the Underground Railroad: Connecting People, Places, and Things" at Rutgers University-Camden... Read more →

Jack McNeill, of Princeton; Past Gloucester City Resident, Retired Dentist, Vietnam War Vet

Jack's Cheer captured in Montreal in 1984 PRINCETON,NJ (March 23, 2019)--Thomas John “Jack” McNeill, D.D.S. at 84 years passed peacefully March 12, 2019 in Princeton Hospital hospice. He will be forever adored by his wife Peggy “My Bride” married 60 years, son Keith, wife Toffee Albina, their children Claire and Ross,... Read more →

The Part 11:

The Early History of the City of Gloucester City: The Settlement; Industry: The Bleachery

The Permanent Settlement In 1661, another group of colonists from Dublin, Ireland, under the leadership of Robert Zane, arrived at Gloucester Point aboard “Ye Owners Adventure,” joined those who had not moved to Burlington and again began laying out a town worthy of distinction. The first roadway cleared was and old... Read more →

The Part 10: The Early History of the City of Gloucester City: Schools of The City

The log school house in the woods was used until 1830, when a frame house was built east of Union Cemetery and served for a number of years. It was then sold and a brick house, now occupied as a dwelling, was erected near Broadway and Hudson Streets. In 1859, the... Read more →

Memories from the Past: THE YEAR WAS 1955...

RELATED: GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORY SOME OF US may remember our parents saying some or all of the statements below. History does repeat itself. ***** Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter? If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will... Read more →

Mazie E. Cleary, age 86, Former Co-Publisher of the Gloucester City News

by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer POSTED: December 15, 1995 GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 15, 1995)--Mazie E. Cleary, former co-publisher of the Gloucester City News whose bookkeeping wizardry and work ethic kept the paper going in the tough times, died Tuesday, December 12, 1995. She was 86 and lived in... Read more →

Part 9: The Early History of the City of Gloucester City: 1845 Mail Delivery Begins; A City is Born; 1st Boy Scouts

The first Gloucester City post office was established on July 28, 1845 at the southeast corner of King & Market Streets with William C. Mulford as the first postmaster. It is now the site of the Staiger store. On February 26, 1849, William H. Emery became postmaster and the office was... Read more →

George F. Cleary Sr., The Prototype of the Weekly Newspaper Editor

by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer POSTED: June 21, 1994 Jim Cleary (left) and George Cleary GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 21, 1994)--George F. Cleary Sr., the prototype of the weekly newspaper editor who loved the small town he served, died Sunday after battling Parkinson's Disease and diabetes. He was 80... Read more →


William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet Gloucester City High School is accepting nominations for their Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Requirements: Must have graduated at least 10 years ago; The individual must be successful in business, professional career, self employment, or exemplary in community-humanitarian service. A man we feel who meets... Read more →

Part 8: Early History of The City of Gloucester City: Washington Hall; United Mutual Loan Assn.

CNBNews Note: The above building today is used for the City's Municipal Offices February 28, 2019 | CNBNewsnet Washington Hall The building located on King Street north of Hudson Street and known as Washington Hall, was erected by David S. Brown to service the needs of his mill employees. This building... Read more →

(7)Early History of The City of Gloucester City: Gingham Mills, Iron Works, Shad, Race Track

Gingham Mills The Gloucester Gingham Mills having organized in 1872 under a charter from the Legislature of New Jersey, forthwith set about (under the able management of Mr. Philip H. Fowler, as superintendent) discarding its obsolete machinery and enlarging its walls for the most improved machinery of the day. It had... Read more →

PART 6: Early History of The City of Gloucester City: The Brick Building; Library; Rotary Club

Building at King and Monmouth The three-story brick building now standing on the northeast corner of Monmouth and Kings Streets has an old historic background. The first person known to occupy the building was Dr. Wm. C. Mulford who came to Gloucester in 1845. In addition to housing the doctor’s office... Read more →

PART 5: Early History of The City of Gloucester City: Bill Thompson, The Duke of Gloucester

William J. Thompson GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--(Originally published 1964)--(CNBNewsnet)--William J. Thompson (aka The Duke of Gloucester) was born in County Derry, Ireland, October 15, 1848. His father was Patrick Thompson. Fourteen generations of the family were born in the same house. William J. was 13 years of age when he emigrated to... Read more →

PART 4: Early History of The City of Gloucester City: Fire Dept./Police Dept./Water Dept.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1964 GLOUCESTER CITY FIRE DEPT. An ordinance to establish a fire department in Gloucester City was passed by Common Council July 5, 1878. It was signed by Mayor William H. Banks, President of Council, Philip H. Fowler, and G. William Barnard, Recorder. After the passage of this ordinance there... Read more →

Part Three:

Early History of The City of Gloucester City: The Battle of Gloucester; Frigate Augusta

originally published 1964 Battle of Gloucester Tuesday, November 25, 1952 was the 175th anniversary of the Battle, and sometimes referred to as the skirmish at Gloucester. Here are some of the events that led up to that engagement. On July 4, 1776, besides the action of the Continental Congress which we,... Read more →

Part Two:

Early History of The City of Gloucester City: Hugg's Tavern and The Marriage of Betsy Ross

originally published 1964 Hugg’s Tavern This relic of Colonial days was recently demolished to make room for a public park on the river front at Gloucester City (New Jersey). It vied in olden times with the Indian King at Haddonfield as a public meeting place but was the center of more... Read more →

Part 1: Early History of City of Gloucester City

The Tercentenary Committee formed by Gloucester City Mayor Louis A. Kelly in January 1962 William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--The year 1964 was the 341st anniversary of the State of New Jersey (1664 to 1964). That year Gloucester City's Mayor and Council authorized a Tercentenary Celebration with... Read more →

1777 Gloucester Town and the Battle of Gloucester Presentation January 16

Image Colonel Joseph Ellis house Colonel Joseph Ellis was in the Second Gloucester County militia regiment. When the British occupied Gloucester Town, this house would be used by Lord General Cornwallis while in Gloucester Town. Date: Wednesday January 16th, 2019 From: 7 PM to 8 PM Location: Gloucester City Community Center... Read more →

Mrs. Aubrey Marilyn Sykes of Holiday, Florida; Wife of Former Gloucester City School Supt.

Aubrey and Dr. Tom Sykes, former Gloucester City School District Superintendent. Before moving to Florida the couple lived in Gloucester City, NJ for many years (photo provided) HOLIDAY, FLORIDA--Aubrey Marilyn Sykes 87 of Holiday, FL passed away in Sunshine Christine Home on 12/12/2018. Aubrey was born in Lawrence, MA on 5/30/1931... Read more →

Bill "The Worm" Seddon Succumbs at Age 72, A Generous Man with A Great Sense of Humor

Bill "The Worm" Seddon UPDATE: The family request memorial donations in his name be made to the Veterans Victory Village home, 554 Port Penn Rd, Middletown, DE 19709 http://delawareveteranscoalition.com/…/veterans-victory-vi…/ By William E. Cleary Sr. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(December 5, 2018)—William J. Seddon, passed away on December 4 at the Victory Village... Read more →

CNB Memories from the Past: The Big Burger

photo submitted by Zeke BROOKLAWN, NJ--Back in the 60's early 70's the Kozanas family of Gloucester City operated a luncheonette specializing in hamburgers in the building below. Some years later the restaurant was sold to John's Pizza. The building was located in the vicinity of the present day Wells Fargo bank,... Read more →

Excavation at a Late 17th Century House Site in Gloucester City, New Jersey

Ronald A. Thomas and Martha J. Schiek Background In the early spring of 1983, during construction of a senior citizens housing project at the northwest corner of Market and King Streets in Gloucester City, New Jersey, evidence was uncovered of prehistoric and early historic period archaeological remains. The project site, which... Read more →

Over 16,000 Artifacts of Gloucester City's History in Storage at the New Jersey State Museum

The front page of report (CNBNews graphics file) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 15,2018)--The City of Gloucester City is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of its incorporation this year. Gloucester City was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 25, 1868, from the... Read more →

Memories from the Past: Gloucester Owls

UPDATED: Top row last on right row - Bill Flynn’s son Mike 3rd on right - Looks like Rudy Weichmann (sic) Bottom row, last on right row - John Reader (answers submitted by Tom Bowe and Janet Bevan) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 18,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Gloucester Owls baseball team photo was submitted by... Read more →


CNBNews photos credit Joe Townsend BROOKLAWN, NJ (September 17, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A piece of Brooklawn history was demolished today as the Metro Diner, Route 130 and Browning Road was leveled to make room for a Super Wawa. Since the 50's that corner has been used for a restaurant. Originally the property was owned... Read more →

The Flowers Library to be Upgraded; Historic Mary Ethel Costello School Plaque to be Restored

CNBNews TIPS AND SNIPPETS William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet The Flowers Library at the Alice Costello School, 301 Haakon Road, Brooklawn (CNBNews photo) SCHOOL LIBRARY TO GET UPDATE—The Flowers Library at the Alice Costello School, 301 Haakon Road, Brooklawn will be getting an update, according to Dr. Sam Rosetti, Brooklawn... Read more →

The Clearys of New Jersey:


The Descendents of James and Anastatia (Kilfoyle) Cleary Living in the USA COMPILED AND EDITED BY MARY L. AND JOHN J. CLEARY Originally Printed Redondo Beach January 1989 Latest Update: July 1998 INTRODUCTION This work is about the four children of James and Anastasia (Kilfoyle) Cleary of Cloneen, County Tipperary Ireland,... Read more →

NEW YORK TIMES: The Philadelphia History Museum Is Closing Its Doors (Maybe for Good)

The Philadelphia History Museum can no longer afford to have public viewing hours.Lori Waselchuk for The New York Times By Jacey Fortin June 30, 2018 A museum dedicated to the history of Philadelphia is closing its doors to the public, and it is unclear when — or whether — it will... Read more →

Tom "Choo-Choo" Murphy Succumbs; Past Brooklawn School Board Member; Retired Navy Yard Employee; U.S. Air Force Veteran

Thomas J. Murphy William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet (Westville, NJ)(June 24, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)—Thomas J. Murphy, of Westville passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the age of 81. He was known as Choo-Choo by his longtime friends. Most of the time it was just Choo. And later in life he... Read more →

Video History of the City of Philadelphia

WikiVidi Documentaries Published on Oct 25, 2017 PHILADELPHIA PA (June 18, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, . Philadelphia is the... Read more →

GCity Number 33; 1st Responders Honored; Free Tuition for DACA; New City Banners; Et Cetera

CNBNews TIPS AND SNIPPETS William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER CITY #33—The community of Gloucester City was named as one of the poorest in the state of New Jersey according to the newest Census data released. NJ Advance Media studied the census and found where this kind... Read more →

*Philly Investor Sees Great Potential in Gloucester City; Purchases GCHS Building & Other Properties

"We have a few different ideas for the school, but I assure you they all include keeping and preserving that amazing building!" ~Rich Lauletta, WEBO, LLC Related: What Should Be Done with the Rams Annex? William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 12, 2017)—The Warner Real Estate Auction... Read more →

90-Year-Old Trees in Gloucester City Along North Brown Street Being Removed

North Brown Street looking towards Essex Street and the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photos below are also of North Brown Street (photos by William Waters) William Waters | Exclusive to CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 22,2017)—In recent weeks many of the trees along North Brown Street from Essex Street south to at... Read more →

*Gloucester City's Sewer/Water Rates to Rise; Historic Bell Ceremony; NJ Best Schools

CNB Tips and Snippets William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY WATER/SEWER RATES TO RISE—If Gloucester City mayor and city council pass an amendment to the water and sewer rates at the September 21 council meeting, residents will be looking at another increase in municipal services. In August their local... Read more →

NJ Schools Development Authority Opens Five New Or Renovated Schools in 2017

Openings Deliver New Seats for 3,100 Students TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) continues to deliver quality educational facilities for New Jersey students with the opening of five new or renovated schools this year. These new and renovated facilities provide more than 3,100 additional seats for students... Read more →

The Power of the PEN; Do You Remember the Hinky Dinks? Philadelphia Police Win Settlement

UPDATED: NEW RENTAL PROPERTY IN RIVERVIEW HEIGHTS--. The photo at the top shows the side yard of the property before it was abandoned 12 years ago. According to realtor.com, the house was purchased in May 2017 for $33,000. Hopefully, the new owner will remove the overgrowth seen below from the fence... Read more →


Albie Brant, Builder of South Jersey Malls and Florida High Risers

UPDATED by CNBNews Staff JACKSONVILLE, FL. (July 22, 2017)—Mr.Albert L. Brandt Jr., a former Gloucester City NJ resident, and a graduate of Gloucester City High School, class of 1960 passed away at the Community Hospice Care, Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, July 21, 2017, after a long illness. He was 77 years... Read more →

The 50th Anniversary of "The Battle of Newark"

CORRECTION: The MacAdams brothers that fought in the Newark Riots were Joe, Ed, Jeep, and Horace. Also present were Earl Fowler, Paul Fowler, and Gerald Healey, Ralph Richards, the Jacksons brothers, medic Charlie Savage. Newark Riot 1967 photo courtesy of NJ.com William E. Cleary | CNBNewsnet Today is the 50th Anniversary... Read more →


William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet Finally, after nearly four years of neglect, the City of Gloucester City has hired someone to paint the 110-year-old Municipal Building, Broadway, and Monmouth Street. A coating of white paint has been applied to the west side of the building. And the contractor, Dan Clair... Read more →

HS Baseball: Rams Undefeated 1980 Baseball Team Honored by Gloucester County Hall of Fame

ALSO: GINNY (MIGLIORE) MURPHY AMONG INDUCTEES ALSO: COACHING GREATS DOT INDUCTION CLASS DEPTFORD TWP. - Some of the guys had understandably gained a few pounds since high school, one in particular was noticeably thinner and another one joked that he would have a hard time running to first base right now.... Read more →

Video: Hail Glorious St. Patrick sung by Monsignor Bill Hodge, St. Mary's Parish, Gloucester City

RELATED : Gloucester Catholic High School RAMS ALUMNI ST. MARYS Gloucester City News Gloucester City History source youtube Published on Jan 18, 2016 Monsignor William Hodge Canadian American Records Read more →

1980 GCHS Rams Baseball Team to Be Honored

L to R: Pitcher Bob Sebra, former Coach Al Radano, and pitcher John Yowler are honored following the 1980 Baseball season by the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association as the No. 1 team in the state. GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--The 1980 Gloucester Catholic Baseball Team, considered the greatest in South Jersey history... Read more →

Author Joe Gorman '72 Returns to GCHS

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--Joe Gorman, Gloucester Catholic High Class of 1972 and author of the book "Make Today Count," returned to his alma mater on Thursday, March 2 to visit with current students and faculty. A guidance counselor at Gloucester City High School, Gorman stopped by to chat with Ed Beckett's Honors... Read more →

'It’s a travesty' — Did NJ officials demolish 250-year-old landmark by mistake? | nj1015.com

By Sergio Bichao March 4, 2017 5:55 PM BELLMAWR — It survived the Revolutionary War and stood for two centuries more. But without warning, it all came crashing down this week. In a move that has shocked and outraged local and federal officials, a state Department of Transportation contractor early Friday... Read more →


CNBNewsnet--Long-time Gloucester City resident Irene Sherry celebrated her Irene Sherry 100th birthday on Thursday, February 16, surrounded by her family and friends. Irene is a member of St. Mary's Parish, Gloucester City. Presently, Irene is living at St. Mary's Catholic Home, 210 St. Mary's Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. She has... Read more →

CNBNews Exclusive:

Demolition Work Begins on the 111-Year-Old GAF Power Plant in Gloucester City

? GAF power plant (CNBNews photo) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 25, 2017)—Demolition work on the 111- year-old GAF power plant at the intersection of Charles and Water Streets has begun. The plant was the main source of power for the industrial complex that was once... Read more →

GHS 1967 State Champions

Picture By Bruce Darrow 1967 NJ State Basketball Champions. Pictured left to right: Gary Stout, Bob Plews, Ted Osmola, Jim Mergenthal, Steve Heister, Gary Grant, Dennis Campisi and Dave Atkinson Missing: Coach John Mc Carthy, Rich Dettra and Don Finch Notice Banner in Background Read more →


Historical Sketch of Brooklawn Methodist Church

EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is the second article we found in one of our old files labeled Brooklawn's history. The first article titled " A Town is Born" appeared earlier this week. Both stories were written in 1959-60 by Evelyn 'Kerry' Massengale (nee Adams). +++++ Early photo of the Brooklawn Methodist Church... Read more →


"A Town Is Born" by Evelyn 'Kerry' Adams

UPDATE--"The article was a Girl Scouts project written in 1959-60. Kerry Adams is now Kerry Massengale. Kerry is my sister-in-law." ~Bruce Darrow The youngsters of the town were attending school in the room above the stores in the one hundred block of Broadway. Mrs. Borden was the principal from 1920-22, and... Read more →

Congressman Norcross Urges Transportation Agencies to Preserve Historical Home in Bellmawr

press release Related: Bellmawr Gloucester City History Bellmawr, NJ December 29, 2016--Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today demanded the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) immediately re-examine efforts to preserve an historically significant home in Bellmawr Borough. “The State of New Jersey has... Read more →