Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Baxter
Street


BAXTER STREET was officially known as Newton Street as late as 1878, and locally known as "Hog Alley" as late as 1894. As part of an ordinance that took effect early in 1882, Newton Street became Baxter Street. It appears to have been named after John Baxter, who at one time had a hides and tallow business on the southwest corner of South 6th Street and Kaighn Avenue

Baxter Street originally ran east from 1125 South 7th Street to Mount Ephraim Avenue, between Kaighn Avenue and Sycamore Street. As late as 1924 there were homes in the 700, 900, and 1000 blocks of Baxter street, however by 1947 only two homes were still standing, in the 900 block. 

The 700 block of Baxter Street still exists as of 2017, as the overgrown alley running from South 7th Street to Maurice Street bordering the Harmony House Apartments. The 900 block has been completely razed and paved over. Satellite images show faint signs of the 1000 block of Baxter Street for a half-block east of South 10th Street. Baxter Street west of Mt. Ephraim Avenue toward South 10th still exists as an unnamed alley. There are no active Baxter Street addresses active as of this writing.

Baxter Street was for decades notorious as a haven of illegal behavior... disorderly houses, gambling, drugs, speakeasies and the sight of more than a few shootings and stabbings. Many of these were reported without house numbers. News article found without house numbers are included on this page by date, below.

The immediate neighborhood of South 7th and Baxter remains a "hot spot" in the 2020s,,,,,,,,,.S 

Do you have an Baxter Street memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen
Thursday, February 20, 2020



700 Block of Baxter Street

700 Baxter Street

1949 Frank Banks

Camden Courier-Post
November 12, 1948

 

701 Baxter Street

1890-1891 Samuel Walker

701 Baxter Street

1917-1918

Private
Noah J. Palmer

 

 

701 Baxter Street

1924 Mrs. William B. Moore
1940 Albert Brown

702 Baxter Street

1895 Mary Walker

924Camden Daily Telegram
June 8, 1895

Elizabeth Nevis

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the
Complete News Article

 

 

703 Baxter Street

1890-1891 Mrs. Harriett Primrose
widow of William Primrose

703 Baxter Street

1923
1927 Mamie Booker

Camden Courier-Post
February 7, 1927

Walter "Kentucky Rosebud" Edgerton
Ivins Street - Joint Alley - Baxter Street
Unity Hall - Addie Johnson - Ruth Smith
Division Street - Pine Street - South 2nd Street
Miriam Robinson - John Walker - Mary Walker
June Loftus - Ruth Smith

 

 

703 Baxter Street

1924-1940 Joseph Silva

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704 Baxter Street

1882
Charles Brown & Family
Charles & Della Brown

Camden Daily Courier
March 9, 1882

Charles Bruce

705 Baxter Street

Camden Post
August 29, 1900

George Horneff
Engine Company 3
John Helmbold
Julia Lamott
James Lewis
Harman Shafer
Mamie Boyle
Amanda Cross
Frank DuBois

705 Baxter Street

1896
Alfred Robinson

Camden Daily Courier
December 18, 1896

Samuel Albert - Kaighn Avenue
Charles Monroe - Liberty Street

Edward S. Hyde
William Ross

 

705 Baxter Street

1924 Benjamin Gould
1940 Mabel Gaines

 

707 Baxter Street


1887-1888 Augustus Stokes
1924 Alfred Freeman
1940 Gone

707 Baxter Street

1917-1918

Private
Charles Hersey Manders

 

   
 

709 Baxter Street


1887-1888 Robert Harris
1887-1888 Walter Manning
1887-1889 Raymond Mills
1924 Gone

 

710 Baxter Street

1888-1889 Frederick Rhones
1924 Gone

 

713 Baxter Street

1887-1888 Augustus Stokes
1887-1889 Isaac Wheeler
1924 Gone

717 Baxter Street

1921 Rebecca Baylor

Camden Post-Telegram
September 17, 1921

John Kowal - John Skolski
James Smith - John Hallowell
Curly McGee
Clare Street
Mary Gross
Rosetta Blue

 

719 Baxter Street

1930 Frank M. Bank

 

719 Baxter Street

1887-1888 Isabella Freeman
1890-1891 Christopher Berry
1924 Emil Coston
1940 Gone

721 Baxter Street

1890-1891 Benjamin Eldridge
1924 Charles E. Freeman
1940 Gone

 

723 Baxter Street

1888-1889 Jesse Fussell
1924 Gone

 

725 Baxter Street

1887-1888 Mark C. Overton
stonemason
1888-1889 William Conaway
1888-1889 John W. Fisher
1924 Gone

Intersection of Baxter Street & Maurice Street
 

727 Baxter Street

1887-1891 Allen Campbell
1888-1889 Alexander Campbell
1924 Gone

 

728 Baxter Street

1890-1891 Mrs. Lavinia Fussell
widow of Jesse Fussell

 

729 Baxter Street

1887-1888 David Kelley
1887-1888 Benjamin Miller


729 Baxter Street

1902 Vacant

Camden Daily Courier
December 29, 1902

George W. Jessup - Arthur Stanley
Thomas Cunningham - George Donovan
Albertson Matlack - Harry Mines
George Nowrey
William Rollins
Ernest Baker
Benjamin Counsellor
Frank Smothers
Hiawatha Monroe

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the
Complete News Article

 

729 Baxter Street


1924 Harry Merrick

729 Baxter Street

1928 Donald Pollard

Camden Courier-Post
June 30, 1928

Mrs. Rose Fanelle
Judge Bernard Bertman
Line Street


 

730 Baxter Street

1890-1891 Isaac S. Wheeler
1940 Gone

 

731 Baxter Street

1887-1888 Jacob Fisher
1924 Mrs. Jane Fisher
1940 Gone


731 Baxter Street

1911 John Gideon

Camden Post-Telegram
July 19, 1911

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the
Complete News Article

 

731 Baxter Street

1924 Mrs. Jane Fisher
1940 Gone

 

737 Baxter Street

1904
George Drigous & Family
carpenter
George & Margaret Drgous

737 Baxter Street

1910-1911
Mrs. Carrie Jones & Family
John Gideon (son)
Anna B. Gideon (daughter)
Frank Jones (son)
Thomas Jones (boarder)

Trenton NJ True American
July 20, 1911

 

The stabbing victim was John Gideon.
He was stabbed in front of 731 Baxter.


 

737 Baxter Street

1924 William Johnson
1924 David Coston
1940 Gone

 

740 Baxter Street

1887-1888 William Saunders
1888-1889 Jacob Fisher
1888-1889 Rachel Fisher
1924 Gone


741 Baxter Street

1917 Herbert Lamb

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 9, 1917
&
July 24, 1917

Harry Cross
Charles W. Moore
Sycamore Street
O. Glen Stackhouse
James Buck

741 Baxter Street

1921 Rosetta Blue

Camden Post-Telegram
September 17, 1921

John Kowal - John Skolski
James Smith - John Hallowell
Curly McGee
Clare Street
Mary Gross
Rebecca Baylor

 

741 Baxter Street

1924 Tabor Boston
1940 Gone

Intersection of Baxter Street & Clover Street

 

744 Baxter Street

1924 Charles Bird
1940 Gone

 

746 Baxter Street

1924 Hannah Fisher
1940 Gone


900 Block of Baxter Street

 

911 Baxter Street


1924 Mrs. Annie Kwartnek
1940 Octavius Bookman
1947 Mrs. Delia Lowe

 

913 Baxter Street


1924-1940 Allen Jones Jr.
1947 Mrs. Elmira Jones

918 Baxter Street


1895 Richard White

Camden Daily Telegram
April 23, 1895

Dr. William S. Jones

 

922 Baxter Street


1893

Camden Post
February 8, 1893

Alexander Briscoe
Charles Jordan
William Ripley
William Butts

 

934 Baxter Street


189
5 Elizabeth Nevis

Camden Daily Telegram
June 8, 1895

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the
Complete News Article


1000 Block of Baxter Street

 

1005 Baxter Street

1924
1947 Gone

 

1009 Baxter Street


1924 James Gay
1947 Gone

 

1024 Baxter Street

1924 Mrs. Hattie Pollard
1947 Gone

 

1032 Baxter Street

1924 Abraham Singleton
1947 Gone


Intersection of Baxter Street & Mt. Ephraim Avenue

   

   

Camden Daily Telegram
December 4, 1894

Lavinia Tunnell
George Matthews
Benjamin Braker

Camden Daily Telegram
May 21, 1895

Lulu Roberts - Mary Jones
Benjamin Braker


Camden Post
July 24, 1895

Marwood "Sweeney" Derrickson
Charles Burton
Ida Parker
Harry Oliver
Mrs. Griffin
Mrs. Green
John L. Westcott
Baxter Street 
Chestnut Street
William Harvey

 

Camden Post
August 4. 1896

Minnie Depew - Clara Green - Rachel Gibbs
John L. Westcott

 

Camden Daily Telegram
October 19, 1897

Sumner Derrickson - Charles Taylor
Marwood "Sweeney" Derrickson
John L. Westcott
Baxter Street
Ann Street aka Maurice Street
Kaighn Avenue
Sycamore Street
Mrs. Zane - Mrs. Shaw
Charles H. Fitzsimmons III
Andrew Blair Frazee
William Barnard
Albert Myers
George F. Kappell aka George Cable
John Hill - Joseph Dodson
Reed & Derrickson - Olive Park
John Foster
Edward Fortie - Ida Burton
Lawrence Anderson - Aubrey Thompson
Richard Golden

 

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Camden Daily Courier
February 10, 1900

Ernest Waples
Baxter Street
Samuel Dodd
F. Morse Archer
Mary Douglass
George Donovan
John Mason
Edwin E. Entriken
Julia Mason
E.A. Armstrong

 

 

 


Camden Post-Telegram * February 10, 1900
Ernest Waples - Baxter Street - J. Fred Voight - F. Morse Archer - Mary Douglass
George Donovan - Julia Mason - E.A. Armstrong

Camden Post-Telegram
July 2, 1900

Baxter Street
George Donovan
Lily Row
O. Glen Stackhouse



Philadelphia Inquirer - December 29, 1900

Arthur Stanley - Charles W. Noyes
O. Glen Stackhouse - Pearl Welcome
Lizzie Purnell - Charles Green
Maud Moore, alias Givens
Jennie Wilson, alias Rose Mitchell
Mary Susan Jones - William Lockman
John Eckert - Kate Eckert
Robert Matthews - Norman Simmons
Maggie Dilks

Baxter Street - Sycamore Street
South 2nd Street
South 3rd Street - South 8th Street
Kaighn Avenue - Spruce Street
Division Street

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 29, 1902
Arthur Stanley - William Rollins - Benjamin Counsellor - Walter Chambers - Frank Smother - Hiawatha Moore
Baxter Street - Sycamore Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 25, 1903
Arthur Stanley - Edward Hyde - O. Glenn Stackhouse
Baxter Street - Edward Jackson - Mamie Douglas - Louis Smith Benjamin Jenkins - Mary Burk - Ida Phillips 

Camden Morning Post - December 12, 1930

Clifford Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay - William T. Feitz - August Reihm - Floyd Alter Bell
Frank. M. Bank - Van Buren Street - Baxter Street - 600
Kaighn Avenue - Railroad Avenue
South 6th Street - Van Hook Street - Star Beef Company

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