CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

THIRTEENTH WARD REPUBLICAN CLUB
1313-1315 Haddon Avenue, 1324 Mechanic Street

The Thirteenth Ward Republican Club was the successor to the Liberty Park Republican Club, which had been founded in 1900. In 1913 the club was located at 1313-1315 Haddon Avenue. By 1915 it had moved to 1324 Mechanic Street, near the corner of Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street. The building was known for many years as Mechanic Hall, and 1324 Mechanic Street is listed in the 1947 Camden City Directory as such. The 1959 Bell Telephone Directory showd the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club at that address. 

In April of 1964 the building was put up for sale. The liquor license was renewed in June and the building was finally sold in early 1965. 

By June of 1966 a social club with the unlikely name of The Lost Seagulls of Stockholm Sweden Inc. occupied the premises. This group was still using the building as late as June of 1971. In August of that year, the Alighieri-Garibaldi Lodge 494 of Sons of Italy of the Order Sons of Italy of America Grand Council of NJ applied for a liquor license for 1324 Mechanic Street. The Sons of Italy and the Order Sons of Italy of America Grand Council of NJ were both located there from 1971 through 1977. 

In 1979 James Waters and John S. Wilson, trading as La Bona Casa, applied to have the liquor license previously applied to Kelly's Cafe on State Street transferred to 1324 Mechanic Street. This business did not last long, as in 1980 George and Ellen Clarke applied to transfer the license that had been used by Edward Hoff at 702 South Second Street sine the 1950s to 1324 Mechanic Street. The new bar was called called Bacchanal.

The 1982 the New Jersey Bell Telephone directory has a Yellow Pages listing for this address under Taverns as Bacchanal. In 1986 and 1987 Floyd Caston operated a bar at this address known as Club Elite. By 1994 the building had been abandoned.

Many of Parkside's prominent citizens were members of the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club over the years, including chief clerk of the City of Camden's Heath Department, Lewis A. Lee, Urquhart Ward, Thomas Walton, and Henry Knauer.

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 1913

Thirteenth Ward Republican Club

Haddon Avenue - Lawrence D. Reader - Calvin F. Bucks - Harry Kurz - Hugh Greenan - J.P. Scull
J.P. Daly - James Cunningham -
Frank S. Albright - Wilbur Ellis - Henry Budney - Edward Kabinsky
George Williams - Liberty Park Republican Club

Camden Post-Telegram
January 26, 1915

Whitman Avenue
Everett Street
Whitman Park Improvement Association

As a result of these meetings and some pressure from Camden's City government, the tunnel underneath the railroad that extended Whitman Avenue into Parkside was constructed. 

 

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Camden Courier-Post * January 18, 1928

13TH WARD G.O.P. CLUB PAYS TRIBUTE TO RHONE

A meeting which was described today as "a gathering in honor of David S. Rhone, director of public safety", was held last night at the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club, Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street

The speakers included David Baird Jr., Mayor Winfield S. Price, Commissioner Clay W. Reesman, Sheriff Walter T. Gross, Urquhart Ward, ward committeeman, Theodore Kausel and Commissioner Rhone.

A large photograph of Commissioner Rhone was presented to the club by friends of the Commissioner, and has been placed in the clubroom. A photograph of Ward was also given the club.

Arrangements were by made by the club for its annual ball to be held February 21. Plans were also discussed for the remodeling of the club's headquarters.

Camden Courier-Post * February 16, 1928

DANCES ARE DEDICATED TO CITY COMMISSIONERS

 Dances dedicated to the city commissioners and to the Republican clubs of the various wards will feature the annual ball of the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club February 21 at New Hall, Tenth Street and Kaighn Avenue.

Programs for the ball have been arranged and printed under the direction of Urquhart Ward, county committeeman of the ward, and the officers of the club, including Thomas Walton, president; Henry Knauer, vice president; Robert Armstrong, treasurer; James D. Clancey, financial secretary; and Charles Davis, recording secretary.

The programs contain photographs of the city commissioners and officials of the police department.

Camden Courier-Post - October 14, 1931

WOMEN OF 13TH WARD TO HOLD RALLY TONIGHT

The Thirteenth Ward Women's Republican Club will meet tonight in the club headquarters, Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street. Mrs. Edna Kruck, president of the club, will conduct the business meeting, after which a card party will be given. Mrs. Sarah Peel is head of the card party committee.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931

13TH WARD G. O. P. CLUB TO HOLD RALLY TONIGHT

number of speakers will address a rally tonight at the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club, Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street.

They will include George Stevens, D. Tattersdill and Mrs. Etta C. Pfrommer. Mrs. Louella Whaland will be in charge of the meeting. There will be music and refreshments.

The committee in charge includes Mrs. Stella Deets, Mrs. Jennie Kisland, Mrs. Bertha Bateman, Mrs. Esther Blackwood, Mrs. M. Buesz, Mrs. A. Zeigler, Mrs. Kittie Storm, Mrs. Linda Colter, Mrs. Charlotte Fawyer, Mrs. Jean Keyser, Mrs, Lillian Myers and Mrs. Matilda Ward.

The women will also take part in the parade which will form at the club 8:00 p. m. Thursday. At Thursday noon a public luncheon will be given.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21, 1931

13TH WARD G. O. P. CLUB TO HOLD RALLY TONIGHT

A  number of speakers will address a rally tonight at the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club, Haddon Avenue and Mechanic Street.

They will include George Stevens, D. Tattersdill and Mrs. Etta C. Pfrommer. Mrs. Louella Whaland will be in charge of the meeting. There will be music and refreshments.

The committee in charge includes Mrs. Stella Deets, Mrs. Jennie Kisland, Mrs. Bertha Bateman, Mrs. Esther Blackwood, Mrs. M. Buesz, Mrs. A. Zeigler, Mrs. Kittie Storm, Mrs. Linda Colter, Mrs. Charlotte Fawyer, Mrs. Jean Keyser, Mrs, Lillian Myers and Mrs. Matilda Ward.

The women will also take part in the parade which will form at the club 8:00 p. m. Thursday. At Thursday noon a public luncheon will be given.

Camden Courier-Post
July 26, 1941
Checked and Double Checked
by
JIMINY
Charlie Humes - Mechanic Street

My father was a member and spent a lot of time there.  It later on taken over and made a social club called The Lost Seagulls of something or other. My father took me in the 13th Ward Club for my first official drink when I turned 21.

Dolores 'Lady D' Hayney
October 2003

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