138-140 Kaighn Avenue

The Adam T. Davis family operated saloons at 138-140 Kaighn Avenue, the southwest corner of South 2nd Street and Kaighn Avenue at two different times. 

First appearing in City Directories in 1874, Adam T. Davis, and his wife Mary A. owned and operated a saloon at 138-140 Kaighn Avenue, the southwest corner of South 2nd Street and Kaighn Avenue,  through 1883. Adam T. Davis was a veteran of the Civil War, serving three years with Company G of the Seventy-First New York Infantry Regiment. Adam Davis moved to 950 South 5th Street in 1884, and operated saloons there through 1888, then moved to 823 South 5th Street, where he was in trade in 1890. Adam T. Davis died in the spring of 1891, leaving his widow and eighteen year-old son, Adam T. Davis Jr. Mary A. Davis operated a saloon at 327 Chestnut Street in 1892 and 1893. By 1895 she had retired.

Adam T. Davis Jr. worked as a plumber through the 1880s and 1890s. In 1895 Adam T. Davis Jr. married Mary Elizabeth McCaffery, daughter of John and Bridget McCaffery. He subsequently went into the saloon business at his father's old location, 140 Kaighn Avenue, where he apparently was quite successful. At the time this was a prime location, as South 2nd Street and Ferry Avenue comprised the major north south road along the Delaware between the downtown Camden and Gloucester City, and Kaighn Avenue, with its ferry a few moments walk away, was one of the busiest retail business districts in South Jersey.   

In January of 1898 Mr. Davis bought 1101 Broadway, the southwest corner of Broadway and Chestnut Street, from Charles Basch for $7500. It took almost two years before Adam Davis could move his business from Kaighn Avenue to Broadway. During this period Adam Davis rented the building to Jewish merchant Abe Fuhrman who ran a furniture store there. By the end of 1900 Adam T. Davis had transferred his license, remodeled the building, and opened up his new saloon. Adam Davis had featured live entertainment at his saloon on Kaighn Avenue, and he continued to provide live music for his patrons at the new establishment, which he named The Palace

Adam T. Davis Jr. passed away in 1912, having been a popular and successful member of the Camden liquor trade. He had been a member of Camden Lodge No. 293 of the Elks, Camden Aerie 65 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and other civic groups. His wife Mary and daughters Catherine and Marie continued operating the bar through 1919, when Prohibition became the aw of the land.The Palace closed its doors, and by the time the 1920 City Directory was published Louis Berkowitz was operating the Leader Department Store at the 1101 Broadway address. The following year Gus Georges opened up his Atlantic Restaurant at 1101 Broadway.

1895 Camden City Directory Ad

1896 Camden City Directory Ad

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 5, 1899

Joseph Dole 1426 Broadway - Joseph Hyde - 1600 Jackson Street
Adam T. Davis - A.B.C. Smith

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 6, 1899

Joseph Dole - 1426 Broadway - Joseph Hyde - 1600 Jackson Street
Joseph Nowrey - Adam T. Davis - A.B.C. Smith

1900 Camden City Directory Ad