Camden, NJ

Burns Street

Burns STREET was in Camden's Poet's Row neighborhood. The three blocks of houses that came to be known as Poet's Row first appear in the Camden City Directory of 1890-1891. Named for famous figures of English literature, the streets ran east and west from North 2nd Street, north of Erie Street. The first street north of Erie was Byron Street, followed by Burns Street and Milton Street. Only a few homes are noted in the 1890-1891 directory on Burns Street, at either end of the block, and only the 200 block is listed. This would indicate that Byron Street was built first, from the ends in, then Burns, and lastly Milton Street. A 300 block of Byron Street was built later, and also a 500 block of Byron Street.

North Camden in the 1890s offered many employment opportunities. Camden's industries were booming, and entrepreneurs came to Camden to set up shop. The new houses were snapped up mostly by tradesmen and skilled workers, with more than a few taking advantage of the short walks to the Vine Street and Shackamaxon ferries to commute back and forth to Philadelphia. The builder also made provisions for corner stores so the residents could shop conveniently. The sidewalks, like many of that era, were brick, and the streets were paved with cobblestone.

The Poet's Row neighborhood remained a vibrant place for decades, until, of course, after World War II, when the jobs began to leave North Camden. Perhaps it was poetic, with no pun intended, that the disaster that destroyed Poet's Row occurred when a recently closed factory building caught fire; the fire spreading to the homes, and in one hellish night destroying Milton Street, Burns Street, and the north side of Byron Street, where only two homes at the east end of the block, 241 and 243 Byron Street, were saved. Burns Street was no more. When dawn broke on August 24, 1972 Burns Street was gone.

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 Phil Cohen
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Camden NJ - 1914
Burns Street is the second northernmost street in North Camden on this map

Unit Block of Burns Street
  200 Burns Street

1929 Charles Edwards
1947 Hughbert J. Crossett

  201 Burns Street

1947 Vacant

  202 Burns Street

1947 Max Feldestein

  203 Burns Street

1947 Daniel H. Webster

  204 Burns Street

1947 Raymond A. Seth
1969 R.W. Williams

  205 Burns Street

1947 William F. Evans

206 Burns Street

Frank Herman Keeley

World War I Draft Card
September 12, 1918

  206 Burns Street

1929 Peter L. Walter
47 George P. Morris

  207 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Catherine Turner

1022 North 3rd Street

Robert A. Allen

Camden Courier-Post
November 8, 1929

Peter Norman
Benjamin Shablack
Cedar Street
North 3rd Street

  208 Burns Street

Gregory Worona & Family
Gregory & Mary Worona
Jennie Worona
Rosie Worona
Frank Worona

208 Burns Street

Gregory Worona & Family
Gregory & Mary Worona
Jennie Worona
Rosie Worona
Frank Worona

Camden Courier-Post
August 14, 1933

Jennie Worona
Taylor Avenue
Jesse Brown
John Hobbs
John Curry
Thomas Keely

208 Burns Street

Gregory Worona & Family
Gregory & Mary Worona
Jennie Worona
Rosie Worona
Frank Worona

1942 Draft Card

  209 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Sarah H. Walter

  210 Burns Street

1929 Albert Gelser
1947 Willard H. Hatcher


Carl Barker, 40, who gave the Wiley Mission as his address, and Adolf Lemm, Jr., of 211 Burns street, a former courthouse janitor, were arraigned before Judge Baldwin yesterday on a charge of breaking and entering and theft.

They are accused of entering the paint store of Isadore Soltz, at 510 Federal street, New Year's Day and stealing a quantity of paint brushes. 

Barker admitted serving three terms in jail and told how he and Lemm entered the store, placed the brushes in a cellar and came back for them later. Lemm denied Barker's story and said he had nothing to do with the robbery.

The case was continued until tomorrow.

210 Burns Street

1938 Adolf Lemm Jr.

Camden Courier-Post
February 11, 1938

211 Burns Street

1947 Harry C. Emore

Harry & Jennie Emore

  212 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Margaret M. DeHart

  213 Burns Street

1930 Maude MacIntosh

Leo O'Brien, 30, of 213 Burns street, according to Detectives Walter Smith and John Trout, refused to stay put when taken home three times so they put him behind the bars Tuesday night to await a hearing. The detectives said they found him creating a disturbance near his home and each time they took him home he would reappear to make more noise.

"Where was this party where they served such awful liquor?" Judge Pancoast wanted to know. O'Brien couldn't remember. So Judge Pancoast said: "Well, perhaps you will be able to remember during the next 30 days while you are staying put in the county jail."

213 Burns Street

1933 Leo O'Brien

Camden Courier-Post
June 1, 1933

  213 Burns Street

1947 William Hilbmann Jr.

214 Burns Street

Julius Narshinski

Philadelphia inquirer
June 19, 1915

John J. Smith
Albert Saumenig Jr. -
Berkley Street
James Crawford -
Linden Street

  214 Burns Street

1929 Horace H. Dolson
Edwin L. Sutton 

  215 Burns Street

1947 George E. Hillary

  216 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Annie Mallen

  217 Burns Street

1929 Walter Reighn
1947 William T.

  218 Burns Street

1929 Abraham Feldstein


Burlington, June 15.-A Camden woman, who was on her way to visit a sister here tonight, died in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vernon, 6 Delaware Avenue, who befriended her when she was stricken. 
The woman was Mrs. Harry Dounch of 218 Burns Street, Camden. She was on her way to visit Mrs. Edward White of St. Mary's Street.

218 Burns Street

1933 Harry & Margaret Dounch

Camden Courier-Post
June 16, 1933

337 Burns Street

1938 John Cool

Camden Courier-Post
February 26, 1938


  218 Burns Street

1947 Frederick A. Sevick

  219 Burns Street

1947 Clifford Stevens

1965 For Sale, Asking $1500

  220 Burns Street

1929 Lansing Cowley
William H. Blank


One man was sentenced to state prison for 1-1/2 to four years on a larceny charge by Judge Clifford A. Baldwin in Special Sessions Court yesterday, and another man was committed for 60 days to the county jail.

The prison sentence was imposed on Carl Barker, of 339 Erie street, who, with Adolph Lemm, Jr., of 221 Burns street, was charged with the larceny of paint worth $371 from a store at 510 Federal street on January 1. Lemm pleaded not guilty Barker pleaded not guilty.

221 Burns Street

1938 Adolph Lemm Jr.

Camden Courier-Post
February 17, 1938

  221 Burns Street

1947 Edward Sheppard

  222 Burns Street

1929 Charles W. Rumbol
1947 Thomas

  223 Burns Street

1947 John Tuminia

  224 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Victoria Johnson

  225 Burns Street

1900s-1910s John Winstanley & Family
Thomas Winstanley
Louis A. Hambrose

  226 Burns Street

1929 Mrs. Anna M. Powell
Mrs. Maude MacIntosh

  227 Burns Street

1929 Mrs. Elizabeth Healey
John Barber

  228 Burns Street

1906 Mrs. Sarah Tydeman
1906 Vincent A. Tydeman
Granville R. Guthridge

  229 Burns Street

1929 John H. Purkey
Mrs. Eva Logan

230 Burns Street

1947 Mrs. Mary Reath
19467 Mrs. Emma V. Emore

Left: Emma V. Emore

  230 Burns Street

1969 Mrs. Aloma Painter

  231 Burns Street

1947 Michael J. Besso 

1965 For Sale, Asking $1500

  232 Burns Street

1929 John M. Carley
1930s John Winstanley & Family
Thomas Winstanley
James W. Smith

  233 Burns Street

Elizabeth Condell

  234 Burns Street

1890-1891 John Schimpf
Mrs. Mary E. Johnson

  235 Burns Street

1947 Lillie D. Carbaugh

  236 Burns Street

1929 Sylvester Hampton
Harold M. Sheff

  237 Burns Street

1929 John R. Koch
1947 Michael M.

238 Burns Street


Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 1897

John Feerick
John L. Westcott

  238 Burns Street


1947 Isaac Niemi 

  239 Burns Street

1929 Henry G. Murphy
Mrs. Pearl G. Moeller

  240 Burns Street

1929 Mrs. Edith M. Stretch
1929 Ellis Stretch
Mrs. Sarah Walter

  241 Burns Street

1928 Mrs. Rosie Speller
Arthur W. Jeanes

  242 Burns Street

1947 Richard Wagner
1969 E. Fleming

  243 Burns Street

1929 Charles W. Norris
Henry M. Urban

  244 Burns Street

1947 No return 

  245 Burns Street

1929 Mrs. Gussie Hampton
No return 

  246 Burns Street

1924 Earl Stopfer
Mrs. Mamie B. Grover

  247 Burns Street

1947  No return 

  248 Burns Street

1929 Albert Vanderhaggen
Mrs. Adelaide Helfer

  249 Burns Street

1947 Joseph T. Bond 

  250 Burns Street

1929 Mrs. Elizabeth Frew
Charles D. Phillips 

250 Burns Street

Vacant, razed
Owners B.H. Stow et ux, Marlton NJ

Camden Courier-Post
April 26, 1956

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Complete News Story

George LaMarra - Edward Segal

Newton Avenue
Segal Street
Burns Street
Carpenter Street
Kaighn Avenue


  251 Burns Street

1930 Raymond Seth
1933 William Bolopue
Leonard C Beecher

  252 Burns Street

1929 William Lucy
1933 Mrs. Mae Bard
1947 Gone

253 Burns Street

1924 John Havlick (dead by 1930)
1933 Mrs. Mary Havlick
1933 Albert Weller & Family
Albert Weller & Jessie Havlick Weller
Albert Weller
Russell Weller
Doris Weller

Camden Courier-Post
June 3, 1933

  253 Burns Street

1947 Dan Hinkle 


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 11, 1901
Henry May Jr. - Henry May - Burns Street - John Dyer - Isaac Toy

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933

and Great
Grandmother Carry Children from Blazing Shed

Twin brothers, 5, and their sister, 9 months, were rescued yesterday from their North Camden home by their father, and great-grandmother from a fire caused by the upsetting  of a flaming bucket of gasoline into which a lighted match had been thrown.

The blaze, in a rear shed of the home of Mrs. Mary Havlick, 74, of 253 Burns Street, great-grandmother of the children, also ignited the adjoining dwelling of William Bolopue, a huckster, at 251 Burns Street. The Bolopue family was not at home. The fire occurred shortly after 11 a. m.

Albert Weller, the father of the children and grandson of Mrs. Havlick, told firemen that the fire started after he had carelessly tossed a lighted match into a pail of gasoline which he had drained from his auto­mobile in the rear of the house.

When Weller tried to extinguish the blaze in the pail, he told firemen, he stumbled over and upset it. The flames caught afire the shed at the rear of the house.     

Slamming shut the shed door to cut off the draft, Weller seized his twin boys, Russell and Albert, Jr., Mrs. Havlick snatched the baby, Doris, from a high chair. The grandmother and her grandson took the children to the home of a neighbor, Mrs. Mae Bard, 252 Burns Street.

Meanwhile, someone had sent in a fire alarm, and firemen arrived in time to put out the fire in both houses before much damage resulted.

During the blaze, Mrs. Jessie Weller, mother of the children, was visiting the headquarters of the Emergency Relief Administration to apply for more food for her babies. 

Byron, Burns, & Milton Streets East of North 2nd Street

Fire Started in the former John R. Evans Co. leather factory, a block long factory building at North 2nd and Erie Streets in North Camden on a hot summer night, August 23, 1972. Inadequate water pressure, combined with a stiff breeze from the south indicated that there was trouble ahead. The first responding Fire Company, Engine Company 6, sounded the Second Alarm upon arrival. 

This photograph, taken from the 3rd Street end of Milton Street, shows the houses on the 2nd Street end already ablaze. 

Pandemonium in Poets Row as residents attempt to hurriedly evacuate homes of furnishings as the conflagration took off. High winds and flying embers, combined with the intense radiant heat created fire storm conditions. The Fire Companies arriving on the scene in response to the Greater Alarms entered the Poets Row streets to find everything burning- buildings, trees, fences, parked cars, and telephone poles. Live electrical wires were down and arcing everywhere. 

The 200 Block of Burns Street, as seen form North 3rd Street. The photos of Engine Company 3 doing everything it could with its deck pipe and hand-held hose to cutoff the rapidly spreading fire. In the early stages of the fire Engine Companies often found themselves alone on an entire block, desperately trying to make a stand while awaiting reinforcements. Several units, driven back by the intense fire, would disconnect from the fire hydrants, fall back to the next hydrant further down the street, only to be driven back once again as the fire continued to spread. Engine Company 3 operated by itself for nearly one half-hour until assisted by a subsequent mutual aid fire company. 

Ruins of original fire building and surrounding neighborhood at Poets Row, North Camden, in the aftermath of the worst conflagration in the history of the Camden Fire Department. 

Looking East on the 200 block of Burns Street on the day after the fire. 

Engine Company 3 stands in stark contrast with the devastation surrounding an area of four square city blocks. Ten alarms with aid from fire departments outside of Camden and over two hundred firefighters worked for eight hours before bringing the fire under control. Forty-two homes and the original John R. Evans factory building, where the fire started, completely collapsed, and an additional thirty houses were severely damaged. Hundreds of Poets Row residents lost everything. Although there were scores of injuries to both firefighters and civilians, miraculously all were minor in nature. 

POET'S ROW - The 200 Block of Byron Street - July 5, 2004
Looking East
North 2nd & Byron Street

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214, 212, 210 Byron Street

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Remaining homes on the
South Side
200 Block of Byron Street

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Looking West
North 3rd & Byron Street

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