938 North 3rd Street
Southeast Corner of North 3rd and Erie Streets

938 North 3rd Street has housed a bar since at least 1908, when John L. Lynch was the proprietor. John L. Lynch was listed as the proprietor through 1940, according to the City Directories. From July of 1941 through 1943 a Russell Utter was listed as the proprietor, and the bar was known, if only for a brief time, as Club Royal. The bar eventually reverted back to the Lynch family, as the 1947 Directory shows Mrs. Mary Lynch as the owner. The bar remained under the Lynch's Cafe name through at least 1966, and was known in the neighborhood simply as Mary Lynch's. 

John L. Lynch was born in Ireland around 1871. He came to the United States in 1895, and became a citizen a few years later. He married his wife Rose shortly after the turn of the century, and by 1920 there were five children, Mary, John, James, Francis, and Catherine.

While the bar stopped appearing in New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories as early as 1970, it remained in business at least into the late 1990s when it was known as the R&R Bar. Recognizing that the neighborhood has a large Hispanic population, the sign advertises package goods,  N.J. Lottery tickets, and cerveza fria- cold beer. 

.....about the penny scramble that took place at Lynch's Bar at 3rd and Erie St on the 4th of July.

I can remember going in the bar with my Dad as a young boy and the patrons would throw their extra change....  which wasn't a lot..... on top of the shelf unit behind the bar, that all the bottles would be on. It was a large fancy unit that ran along the wall behind the bar. The unit went up all but about a foot or so to the ceiling.

On the 4th of July all the money that was up there was put in a big flag and a person named Russ the Ice Man would throw all the money out of the second floor window on to Erie Street to all the kids in the neighborhood. The 4th of July was a great day in the neighborhood with BIG parade parties all over, the penny scramble for the kids, then fire works at night at Pine Point Park. Great time and fine memories.

Bill Stefanko- December 4, 2004

Photo Courtesy of Jack Sizemore


Camden Courier-Post
February 24, 1938

Eagles Hall
Washington Street



Hi-Hat Club - Bridge Cafe - Kernan's Cafe- Harry's Taproom - Clancy's Cafe - Big Ed's Place
Larry's Cafe - Lynch's Cafe - Morgan's Cafe - Nittinger's Cafe
Big Horn Cafe - Jack's Grille - Cooperson's Auto Body - Scotty's Thist'es
Vari's Cafe -
Davalo's Cafe - Bush's Cafe - La Victoria - Shantytown Cafe - Billy's Cafe
Phil Hart's Cafe -
Pavonia House - White Owl Inn - George's Grill - Dick's Rendezvous
Dragon Inn - Royal Inn -
Bismark Cafe
Ginger's Cafe - Daly's Cafe - Kenure's Cafe - Knauer's Cafe - Oaklyn Inn - Bellevue Inn
Fourteenth Ward Democrat Club - Blanche's Cafe - Duke Gartland's - Regan's Cafe
Bettlewood Cafe - Mulvihill's Cafe - Barrington Cafe - Chews Landing Hotel - Blackwood Cafe
Laurel Inn - Starr's Cafe - Gruber's Inn - Welcome Inn - Somerdale Bowling Alley

Camden Courier-Post
July 22, 1941

Sally Burke
Russell Utter

Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1953


Benjamin Dzick - George Ellis - Marshall Thompson - Stanley Slagle - James J. Lenahan
Robert Sharp - Mary Lynch - Charles Clark -
Lynch's Cafe - North Front Street
Thomas Murphy - Harry Tracy - William Kelly - Oliver Morgan - John J. Hegar
Harry Kyler - Vincent Conley - Broadway - Federal Street - South 7th Street - John V. Wilkie
Kaighn Avenue -
Liberty Street - North 3rd Street

Camden Courier-Post - May 19, 1964

Pitchers Star in Softball

Pitchers Paul Haughton and Al Harris sparkled in softball games last night.

Haughton fired a no-hitter, fanned 12 and hit a 2-run homer as unbeaten Campbell Soup Office blanked Hussman Refrigeration, 10-0, for its fifth victory and tightened its grip on first place in the National Division of the Greater Delaware Valley League.

Harris allowed only one hit and struck out 11 as undefeated GEX Eagles jolted Coast Guard, 7-0, to hike their lead in the Garden State League.

Haddon Heights Baptist took over sole possession of second place in the Camden County Protestant League by edging Evangelical Presbyterian, 7-6, for its fifth victory in six games. Kissler's home run in the seventh inning proved the deciding run.

Mt. Vernon Cafe and Tony and Rab's continued their battle for the Open Division lead in the Camden County Slow Pitch League. Undefeated Mt. Vernon topped Lynch's Cafe, 11-7, with the help of George Dempsey's grand slam home run and Tony and Rab's stopped East Camden Rams, 11-2, as AI Litwa, Tom Tryka and Joe Martin hit home runs.

Public Service moved into a three-way tie for the Industrial Division sunberth by defeating Aluminum Shapes, 10-5, behind the pitching of Sonny Mussino. Jim Ryan's single in the seventh inning gave Precision Steel a 10-9 triumph over L. H. Shingle.

Bible Presbyterian forged into a second place tie in the Inter-boro Church League by pounding St. Luke's Methodist, 17-10, with the help of Rusty Clark's 4 hits.

Lynch's Cafe as it appears in November of 2003
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