Joseph Robert

Joseph Robert "Bert" Mick was well known in Camden and South Jersey as an automobile dealer. With Hugh Morgan Hatch, he founded New Jersey Auto & Supply in 1908, a business which is still in existence today, under new ownership and in a different location. One of Camden's first new car outlets, in 1908 N.J. Auto was the exclusive Camden County dealer for Buick, Cadillac, Hupmobile, and Ford autos, and later sold Pontiacs for a time. The dealership eventually settled in as a Buick dealership, and remained in business in Camden into the 1950s.  

Bert Mick was the son of Gottlieb Mick and Mary Anna Bittner. Gottlieb Mick was a carriage builder working out of Mick's Blacksmith Shop with his father Jacob Mick, on Whiskey Road, former name of Chapel Avenue in Merchantville, NJ. Bert Mick took this business into the automobile age. He lived in Merchantville at 62 Chapel Avenue, and maintained a garage under the name of J.R. Mick & Co. at 58-60-62 Chapel Avenue through at least 1911, and presumably sold Cadillacs at this location as well. By this time New Jersey Auto & Supply was up and running at Delaware Avenue and Market Street, near the Pennsylvania Railroad Ferry Terminal. They relocated to a building at Federal Street and Wright Avenue in Camden in February of 1942.

1915 Patriotic Order of he Sons of America
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J.R. Mick - Hugh Morgan Hatch

Camden Courier-Post - June 1939 

N.J. Auto Buick- February 1942
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During the war years, his daughter, Mary Ann Mick served an an officer in the United States Army, the only woman from Merchantville to have that honor during World War II..

Joseph Robert Mick passed away on June 4, 1947. The Buick dealership was sold a few years later and became Masson Buick. Around 1980 Masson Buick moved to Cherry Hill NJ and was subsequently sold to the Classic Auto Group owned by Thomas J. Hessert Jr. The Buick dealership  is still operating under the name Classic Buick at that location today, 95 years after the original dealership was founded. 

N.J. Auto Buick at Federal Street and Wright Avenue
February 2003
The Sears-Roebuck Building is visible in background
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