NICHOLAS SCARDUZIO was born June 16, 1899, according to Social Security records. Census records and newspaper accounts have him as being a year younger, He was born in Pennsylvania to Italian immigrant parents. The Scarduzio family had moved en masse to Camden's Eight Ward by 1930. Members of the family became active in politics, real estate, law, and on occasion were caught up in situations involving them with law enforcement.
At the time of the 1930 Census, Nicholas Scarduzio was living with his brother Anthony at 427 Emerald Street in Camden. Both brothers were then serving on Camden's police force.
Politics in the Eighth Ward was not a game for the faint of heart. One political leader, Joseph "Mose" Flannery, was gunned down on September 14, 1928. Flannery was known to be involved in various underworld activities, primarlily connected with illegal slot machines. A Scarduzio relative, Joseph "Cuzzy" Scarduzio, was present when Flannery was shot, and was held as a material witness.
In 1934, Nicholas Scarduzio led a "victory parade" in the wake of the May 17th primary election to determine control of the Republican Party in Camden County. The parade turned into a riot when the participants stopped in front of the bar owned by opposition candidate William Tansky. At least two shots were fired, several arrests were made, and Nicholas Scarduzio was reported to have been badly beaten.
At the end of the 1930s, he resided at 419 Webster Street. Nicholas Scarduzio was no longer on the police force when, on December 24, 1939 he was in the company of his older brother Andrew, who was also a political worker in the Eighth Ward. The brothers tried to enter a taproom in Bellmawr NJ long after closing time. Andrew was shot to death. One month later Nicholas Scarduzio was arrested and held without bail after a shooting incident at a restaurant at 1806 Broadway by County Detective Wilfred Dube on orders of Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando. Orlando ordered County Chief of Detectives Lawrence Doran to launch an investigation, while Camden Director of Public Safety Mary W. Kobus ordered then Chief of Police Ralph Bakley to conduct a similar probe after reading the incident reports filed by Camden Police Officers Carl Fredericks and Oliver Morgan.
In April of 1944 another Scarduzio relation, Albert "Swifty" Scarduzio, was questioned in relation to the gangland murder of Vincent "China" Scola, who had been implicated in the sale of counterfeit gasoline ration stamps.
Nicholas Scarduzio lived in an apartment at 1709 Broadway when the 1947 City Directory was compiled. He remained a Camden resident until his passing in August of 1968.
|Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1931|
The Regular Eighth Ward Republican Club will hold a Baird rally tonight at its headquarters, 521 Ferry Avenue. Freeholder Benjamin W. Sykes, president of the club, will preside. The rally committee includes Maurice Di Nicolo, Richard Scarduzio, Nicholas Scarduzio, John Clements, George W. Hess, William Lane and Louis Quinton.
was made at Republican
headquarters that a special meeting will be conducted tomorrow
evening in Brooklawn borough hall
by the Baird
for Governor Men's Club in recognition of the Republican gubernatorial
nominee's successful efforts toward bringing about the sale of the U.
S. Shipping Board's holding in
Elizabeth C. Verga First Ward Women's Republican Club will hold a rally
tomorrow night at 6.30 p. m at the home of its president, Mrs. Annie
Pappon, 607 North
Third Street. Mrs. Etta Pfrommer will be among the speakers,
Republicans will stage a big rally tonight with Mayor Robert G. Downer
presiding. Harry Fluharty, regular Republican candidate for an unexpired
term in borough council, faces a three-cornered fight. Wallie Becker, a
candidate in the personal choice column while John W. Schoeler is the
Women's Republican Club of Gloucester, of which Mrs. Annie E. C. Moffett
is the president, tonight will hold a meeting at 104 North King Street
when county and local candidates will speak,
|Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933|
TWO MEN NABBED AS NUMBERS AIDES
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald Street, and Joseph Tavolieri, 33, of 421 Emerald street, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon on charges of collecting numbers slips.
Slips totaling $25 were found in Scarduzio's possession. Tavolieri had only a few. The arrests were made near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenue. They will be arraigned in police court today before Judge Garfield Pancoast.
|Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1933|
COP IS FINED AS NUMBERS COLLECTOR
Nicholas Scarduzio, 32, of 427 Emerald street, a former policeman, and Joseph Tavolieri, 31, of 421 Emerald street, were fined $25 each by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast yesterday on charges of collecting numbers slips.
They were arrested Monday afternoon near Fourth Street and Ferry Avenue by Detectives Clarence Arthur, Clifford Del Rossi and Benjamin Simon. Numbers slips were found on both.
Courier-Post * May 17, 1934
BOY SHOT, MANY PEOPLE HURT IN EIGHTH WARD RIOT
4th Street - South
6th Street -
Street - Viola
Street - Dr.
Orris W. Saunders
|Camden Courier-Post - December 26, 1939|
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