Joseph "Joe" Manfredini was born in Italy in 1882. He came to America in 1912, and after running a business in Virginia, came to Camden in 1916. He moved to 306 Federal Street, operating a tavern there from that date until his passing in 1947. 

Joe Manfredini also rented rooms. One of his roomers was Neil Jensen, who served in the Merchant Marine and was lost when torpedoed while serving aboard a tanker during World War II.

Joe Manfredini was fatally stricken in his bar on his 65th birthday in 1947. Taken to Cooper Hospital in a coma, he passed away shortly thereafter, and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in what was then Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ, where he rests next to his wife Josephine, who joined him in 1958. 

Frank Vari operated the bar during the mid-1950s. In 1958 Frank Palermo acquired the bar, which operated as the Mid City Bar through February of 1970, when the owner sold the building to the Housing Authority of the City of Camden, which was acquiring property in the area for redevelopment.  The building that housed the Manfredini bar was razed to make room for an urban renewal project in Camden that never was fulfilled. The address at 306 Federal Street is now part of the site of the Camden County Jail.

Camden Courier-Post - June 17, 1933

A "moocher" who was ordered from the cafe of Joseph Manfredini, 306 Federal Street, last night returned to kick in the plate glass window of the door. 

According to Manfredini, the man demanded money and became angered when it was refused. After breaking the window he disappeared west on Taylor Avenue

Pedestrians said they heard a pistol shot as the man turned into Taylor Avenue. Manfredini said he did not know whether the man had fired at his pursuers. He said several persons chased the window-breaker, who escaped.

Camden Courier-Post - August 16, 1935

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1936
Alcohol Control Board Issues Order After Horse Race Sheets Are Found

Joseph Manfredini, saloon operator of 306 Federal Street, must close the doors of his place for the next fifteen days by order of the Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Control.  

The decree was issued last night after a hearing on charges made by state ABC agents.

Agents charged they raided Manfredini's place January 10 and dis­covered a box containing $23 and two horse race sheets.

In placing the ban on the saloon, John J. Morrissey, chairman, declared the board also considered a conviction against the saloon operator last year, when he was tined $200 on charges of violating a section of a city ordinance. 

James J. Daly, of 800 Linden Street, charged by state agents with having a bottle of liquor in his bar­room which did not comply with contents noted on the label, was dismissed and placed on probation for the remainder of the current license year.

Daly, who has been in the saloon business here for 33 years, said contents of the bottle in question was for his own personal use and had been diluted because he was unable to drink liquor of high alcoholic proof.

Camden Courier-Post

Calvary Cemetery

Route 70

Cherry Hill NJ