CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
201 Vine Street
Northeast Corner of North 2nd and Vine Streets
Ernest Koetz operated a bar at this address in the years 1887 through 1889, according to the Camden City Directories of that year. Koetz, an immigrant from Germany, had operated a beer saloon on Front Street in 1880.
The 1890-1891 directory indicates that the bar was then run by a John Beck, and that the premises was then known as the Exchange Hotel.
John Francis "Pop" Daly owned the bar by 1911, and would remain its owner until his death in 1942. Married to Catherine Turley, John Daly and his family lived above the bar, which was located adjacent to the North Camden Theater.
Pop Daly was a well-known and popular member of the community, and served as a freeholder in Camden's city government in the years before 1923, when the commission form of government was instituted in Camden. After Pop Daly had passed, his son James took over the bar and ran it, eventually tuning it over to his nephew Joseph E. Kohm.
There is a telephone listing for James F. Daly at 201 Vine Street in the 1970 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory. By the mid 1970s the listing had been discontinued, and all likelihood the bar itself had followed suit. By 1976 the building was gone.
Cafe - 1926 Aerial Photograph
Cafe, at 201
|Camden Courier-Post - October 15, 1931|
Daly 'Treats' Dry Agents; They Find' Beer 'Very Good'
Camden Federal agents yesterday raided the saloon of James Daly, 201 Vine Street, and a farm at Sicklerville, where a 100-gallon still was seized and destroyed.
When the agents entered Daly's saloon they attempted to purchase a glass of beer, But Daly, who was tending bar, wouldn’t let them pay for it.
"The beer's not so good today. Have one on me," he said, according to Agent Frank A. Billig.
The agents then produced an ebulliometer and tested the beer. They found it to be "very good today," instead- 3.27 percent.
Daly, who first gave his name as Shay, was arrested. Taken before U. S. Commissioner Wynn Armstrong he admitted his identity and was held in $1000 bail for a hearing. Fourteen halves of beer were seized at his place by the agents.
According to the Federal men, the farm at Sicklerville was owned by George Huber, although no one was around when the raid was staged.
Besides the still the agents seized and destroyed 700 gallons of mash and 26 gallons of alleged "moonshine,"
|Daly's Cafe and the North Camden Theater - 1941|
November 6, 1973
North Camden Theater
203-05 Vine Street
also known as
Summer of 2002
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