CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
WALL STREET CLUB
340 Federal Street
This bar was licensed after Prohibition was repealed in 1933 to Edward Markowitz. Markowitz also promoted a few fight cards in Camden. The club came to the attention of the police in May of 1934 when an 18 year-old woman claimed that she was sold beer there, and again in February of 1936 when a brawl occurred between three men. The bar was still operating as the Wall Street Club as late as November of 1936. It was a notoriously tough place, as were many of the bars in the 300 block of Federal Street.
By 1947 Edward Markowitz had renamed the establishment Mindy's Restaurant & Bar. Mindy's remained opened through 1956. By 1959 Mindy's had closed. The block was razed in the early 1970s, and the Camden County Jail was erected on the site.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 24, 1936|
HELD IN TAPROOM BRAWLS
Four persons were arrested early yesterday during a free-for-all fight in the Wall Street Club, 340 Federal Street, according to police.
Markowitz, 38, proprietor of
the place, was arrested and charged with assault and battery on
Brown, 31, and his
Earl Wright and Gus
Fortune were passing Fourth and
the policemen entered, Markowitz is alleged to have tried to eject the
police. He said they had no right in
his place, according to Wright and Fortune.
Markowitz was arrested with the three Browns. Wright alleges Markowitz struck him in the face. At police headquarters Mrs. Eleanor Brown, wife of Asher Brown, said she, her husband and brother-in-law were getting ready to leave the place when George Brown struck her in the face. She said her husband and brother-in-law struck George Brown in retaliation.
said when they reached the interior
of the taproom men were fighting, women screaming and tables were being overturned.
was held in $1000 bail. When booked at police headquarters, Markowitz
was drunk, Wright and
said. Ambrose and Asher Brown in $500 bail
each and George Brown in $200 bail as a witness. They will have hearings
today in police court.
last night denied he struck Wright
alleged the patrolman knocked him unconscious at police headquarters. He
said he was placed in a wheel chair and pushed into a cell. He charged
he was not permitted to use a telephone until 7:00 AM.
was no fight in my place," Markowitz declared. "The fight was
out on the street and Wright
rushed into my place, grabbed me and hustled me to the patrol box. He
struck me in the eye in my place and I never raised a hand to him. There
were 20 persons in the place can testify I am telling the truth,"
|Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936|
PROPRIETOR HELD IN $1,000 BAIL
was charged with assault and battery on an officer, resisting arrest and
disorderly conduct. His arrest followed a police call early Sunday when a
fight allegedly took place in his cafe.
other men, arrested in the case, received suspended sentences.
Brown, 31, and his brother, Asher, 27, both of 2104 Spring Garden street,
Philadelphia, were accused by George Brown, 29, of 1214 Mt. Ephraim
avenue. The latter, who is not related to the Philadelphians, charged the
brothers struck him. Ambrose countered with an assault charge against
testified that he was standing at the bar in Markowitz' place when George
Brown insulted his wife. He admitted he struck Brown after an argument
over the alleged insult. Asher said he tried to separate his brother and
Liberman said he believed the trouble was caused by George Brown. He found
all the Browns guilty and suspended sentence.
testimony was offered in the charges against Markowitz. He was held for
the Grand Jury .at the request of Firmin
Michel, his attorney.
At the time of his arrest, Policeman Earl Wright said that Markowitz tried to eject the police. When they refused to go he is alleged to have struck Wright. After his arrest Markowitz said the fight was not in his place. He charged that Wright knocked him unconscious at police headquarters.
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