JOHN J. KEEFE was born in New Jersey in January of 1862. The 1880 Census shows him living with his father, Michael Keefe, 61, a teams driver at 6 Day Street, which was off of South 7th Street in Camden's Fourth Ward. Also at home were three younger brothers, Thomas, 15, Michael, 13, and James, 8. John Keefe was then working as a dyer. During the 1890s he secured an appointment to Camden's police department.

By 1900 John Keefe was operating a saloon at 745 Carman Street, the corner of Carman Street and Fogarty Avenue, where he lived with his wife of 15 years Elizabeth and their four children, Florence, William, John Jr., and George. 

When the Census was taken again, in 1910, John J. Keefe owned and operated a saloon at 600 South 6th Street, the corner of 6th and Royden Streets, with his wife Elizabeth. Only son John Jr. was still living at home then. This bar was known from the 1930s through at least 1959 as the 600 Club and as the 600 Cafe.

The Keefe family later moved to 1132 Marion Street, off of Kaighn Avenue, where they lived at the beginning of 1920. John J. Keefe was then working as a watchman at one of Camden's many ship yards. He later took a position as a watchman at a local bank.

John J. Keefe died on February 2, 1936 from injuries sustained when he fell from a ladder. He was preceded in death by his wife. Of his children, only son John Jr. survived him.

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 28, 1899
Arthur Stanley - Cooper B. Hatch - Edward Hyde - John Painter - Albert Shaw
Mrs. Mary Mahan - South Front Street
Joseph Nowrey - Howard Carrow - Maurice Hertz - David B. Kaighn
Locust Street -
Kaighn Avenue
Peter Kelly - John Keefe - Marshall Hutchinson - E.G.C. Bleakly
South 8th Street - South 9th Street - Ferry Avenue - Haddon Avenue
Carman Street - Walnut Street

Philadelphia Inquirer

June 26, 1900

John Carroll - George B.M. Adams
 Walter S. Hubbs -
John Keefe
Fogarty Avenue - Carman Street
John Daly - North 7th Street
William Gallagher -
Kaighn Avenue
Charles E. Bakley -
Federal Street
South 3rd Street - John H. Jones
North Front Street George W. Hoskins
Main Street - William Convery
North 11th Street - Carpenter Street
John Opfer -
Pearl Street
John Dugan - Michael J. Walsh

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 1900

E.A. Armstrong - John L. Semple
Henry Felden - John H. Jones
William Riley - Peter J. Kelly
Thomas McNamee - Thomas J. Farnam
Walter Hubbs -
John J. Keefe
George W. Hoskins - Michael J. Walsh
William Convery

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Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1936


John J. Keefe, 74, former Camden policeman, died Sunday in Cooper Hospital of internal injuries suffered last Thursday when he fell off a ladder. He resided at 1132 Marion street.

A life-long resident of this city, Mr. Keefe was a member of the police department more than 40 years ago. He later conducted a saloon at Sixth and Royden Streets. A son, John, employed by Public Service; three brothers, Thomas, Michael and James Keefe, and two grandchildren survive. His wife, Elizabeth, died two years, ago.

The funeral will take place Thursday morning from the parlor of Frank J. Leonard, 1451 Broadway, followed at 9 a. m. by requiem mass in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.