Eddie Ferat

EDWARD CUMMINGS "EDDIE" FERAT was the son of Charles M. and Mary Ferat. He was born on July 19, 1880 in Camden NJ, where his father operated a candy store at 421 Federal Street. The Ferat family then lived at 26 Hudson Street. The family and the business later moved to 526 Federal Street.  

A fine athlete, Eddie Ferat was a vital member of the Camden Electrics in the National Basketball League, the world's first professional basketball league. Coached by William "Billy" Morgenweck, the Electrics won the NBL championship in 1903-04. When the NBL folded, Eddie Ferat continued his pro career with the East Liverpool PA team in the Central League and with Lynn MA in the New England League.

After his basketball career ended, Eddie Ferat worked at the Pennsylvania Sugar Refining Company in Philadelphia and for the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden. Around 1925 he took a job in the tax office at Camden's City Hall, where for many years he worked alongside former City Clerk Otto Braun

In 1935 Eddie Ferat was living at 1476 Kaighn Avenue in Parkside. His daughter Mary married George Anderson, son of Herbert Anderson, a senior officer with the Camden Police Department, in 1935. 

In his later years he lived at 63 South 29th Street in East Camden. His older brother, Charles M. Ferat Jr., also worked at City Hall, as a clerk in the Camden County District Court.

Eddie Ferat remained employed in the Tax Office at Camden City Hall until his death on May 7, 1950. He is buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden NJ.  

Camden Electrics

Front: C. Weaver,
J. Zimmerman, R. Cramer,
Eddie Ferat, W.A. Stewart

Rear: William "Billy" Morgenweck,
A.P. Cartwright, R.J. Kelly,
Charlie Newcomb,
A. Middleton,
Albert Austermuhl

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Camden Electrics

Front: Eddie Ferat
Sitting: Bob Dippy,
Winnie Kinkaid,
John "Snake" Deal,
Billy Keenan, Howard Forest
William "Billy" Morgenweck,
Charles Bossert,
Howard Middleton,
Charles Stevenson

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Trenton Times - November 30, 1915

63 South 29th Street
Camden NJ

July 7, 2003

The brick wall and iron work
were added around 2000

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Camden Daily Courier
November 9, 1925

Conn L. Mack aka Dan McConnell
Howard L. Miller - Samuel M. Shay
John W. "Red" Brigham - George H. Jacobs
Charles A. Wolverton - Ethan Wescott
Alfred R. White - Frank F. Neutze
Edward Kelleher - Frank H. Ryan
Larry Doran - Frank Sheridan
Edward Ferat - Charles H. Klump
Howard Smith - William Cleary - William Lyons

Joseph Norcross - Andrew McLean Parker - Jack Dean -  Thomas N. Littlehales - James Wren

Camden Courier-Post - June 3, 1933


When a father pleaded he needed his son to drive a truck, Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday suspended a Rahway Reformatory sentence, for the youth and placed him on probation.

The youth is Raymond Kocinski, 19, of Liberty Street near Mt. Ephraim Avenue. He was sentenced to Rahway last January 3 after he was found guilty of breaking into the home of Edward Ferat, 1476 Kaighn Avenue, and taking $50 and $550 in jewelry Nov. 6, in company with another youth.

The father, Joseph Kocinski, appeared before Judge Shay in Common Pleas Court, said he was crippled and needed his son to drive a truck in the fruit and produce business. Judge Shay suspended sentence and placed Raymond in custody of Clifford Schemeley, county probation officer. 

Camden Courier-Post * April 8, 1942

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

George Anderson To Wed Mary Ferat In Camden Church

The marriage of Miss Mary Eloise Ferat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Ferat, of 1476 Kaighn avenue, and George Henry Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Anderson, of 496 Newton avenue, will take place this evening in the Centenary-Tabernacle Church, Fifth and Cooper streets.

The ceremony will be performed at seven o'clock by Rev. John Pemberton, Jr., pastor of the church.  Grant Harden, of this city, will play the wedding march and accompany Mrs. Vernon Jorgenson, of  Philadelphia, in vocal solos.

The bride will be given in marriage by her father. She will wear a lovely gown of ivory-toned wedding ring velvet made entrain. Her veil of ivory toned tulle falls from a coronet and she will carry a shower bouquet of chrysanthemums.

Mrs. John Bachman, of Harrisburg, Pa., will be her cousin's matron of honor while Miss Margaret  Jones, of Merchantville, will be maid of honor and Mrs. George A. Restrick and Miss Anne  Anderson, sister of the bridegroom, both of Camden, will be bridesmaids. They will wear velvet gowns with matching accessories, Mrs. Bachman in sapphire blue and carrying maize chrysanthemums; Miss  Jones in rust and carrying bronze chrysanthemums and the bridesmaids in emerald green and carrying  orchid chrysanthemums. Mary Ann Tweedy, of this city, as flower, girl will wear a frock of yellow  pleated net and carry a basket of baby chrysanthemums.

Mr. Anderson will be best man for his son and ushers will include: Solomon Walls, of Dover, Del.,  uncle of the bridegroom; John Bachman, of Harrisburg, and George Restrick, of this city.

Mrs. Ferat will be gowned in wine colored velvet and wear a corsage of gardenias, while Mrs.  Anderson will wear sapphire blue velvet with gardenias.

A reception will be held at the Hotel Walt Whitman, which also will be in observance of the silver  wedding anniversary of the bride's parents. Following, Mr. Anderson and his bride will leave on a tour  of the Southern States. They will be at home after November 15, at the Kaighn avenue address..

Camden Courier-Post - May 7, 1950 

Camden Courier-Post - May 10, 1950