FRANKIE "KID" CARLIN was born Julius Lighthiser on May 16, 1915 to Theodore and Dorothy Lighthiser in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a naval veteran of the Spanish-American War. He was one of at least three sons, coming after Theodore Jr. and Henry. The family had moved to Camden by January of 1920, when they lived at 1217 Octagon Road in the then new Yorkship Village homes. When the Census was taken in April of 1930, the family lived at 1006 Spruce Street in Camden. Theodore Lighthiser then worked in these years as a bookkeeper at a fish market. The family later moved to Lansdowne Avenue.

Julius Lighthiser followed his older brother Henry into the boxing ring. Turning professional in the mid-1930s, he initially fought under the ring name "Frankie 'Kid' Carlin. His early fights were promoted by Camden ex-boxer Frankie Rapp. By October of 1935 he had returned to using his given name.

As "Kid" Carlin, he won nine of his first 10 fights before suffering a neck injury, forcing a layoff in late 1935 and early 1936. He returned to the ring and continued to box as late as June 1938.

After World War II, Julius Lighthiser worked as a press operator. He lived at 1045 Haddon Avenue when the 1947 Camden City Directory was published.

Last a resident of Gloucester City NJ, Julius "Frankie Carlin" Lighthiser passed away on October 6, 1988.

Frankie Carlin

Sex Male
Nationality United States
Hometown Camden, NJ
Division Super Featherweight
won 9  - lost 2 - drawn 2 - tot 13
1 unknown as of this writing  
Known Career Record
date Lb opponent Lb wld location
Jimmy Russell D
1935-10-15 Paul Enno Camden NJ W PTS
Paul Enno Trenton NJ  
Injured beck in the first Enno fight, re-injured it in second. 
1938-02-05 Walter Kirk 132 Cambria Club, Philadelphia PA, USA L 6
1938-05-02 138 Phil Sharkey 132 0-0-0 Newark, NJ, USA L PTS 6 6
1938-06-03 129 Dick Carangelo 128 0-1-0 Mount Freedom, NJ, USA D PTS 6 6
1938-06-14 Harry Ovis 13-0-1 Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, NJ, USA L KO 5 0
- NB this record may be incomplete/inaccurate

Camden Courier-Post - May 16, 1934

Camden Courier-Post * October 29, 1935

Walcott and King Fight for Title Belt Tonight
Clash at Civic Hall In 8 Round Feature
Light Heavyweight Emblem to Be Given Winner of Bout

A belt, emblematic of the light heavyweight championship of South Jersey, will be presented the 
winner of the "Jersey Joe" Walcott-Al King fight here at the Convention Hall tonight.

Walcott and King are scheduled to appear in the. feature eight-rounder at the Civic Center hall and 
Promoter Lew McFarland will give the victor a belt bought by the Golden Gate Sporting Club, which 
is sponsoring the show.

Walcott has yet to be put to the test as his last two opponents ty=here were outclassed. The coffee-
colored Merchantville light heavy unquestionably is a great puncher and made a chopping block of 
Pat "Red" Roland a few weeks ago, the bout being stopped in the fourth round to save the latter from 
being sent home in a basket. During the outdoor season, Walcott stopped Lew Alva, who was booked 
as a Spaniard, but who later proved to be a Philadelphian, in one round. 

King Has Good Record

King comes here with a good reputation. According to Promoter MacFarland, King, who hails from Hackettstown, has had 10 professional fights and won all 10, nine over the knockout route and a six-round win over Abie Bain, who several years ago gave Maxie Rosenbloom a real battle at Madison 
Square Garden when Rosenbloom held the light heavy title.

Kings' nine knockouts, according to Frankie Bunt, his representative, include Billie Prince, Dan Serici, Gene Hudson, Ray Bowers, Bucky Bendetto, Frank Zaveda, Jimmy Smith, Jim Myrick and Bobby ; O'Brien. None 'of the fights lasted over three rounds so King should be a fit opponent for Walcott.

McFarland is certain that the fight will be a "sweetheart" with a belt at stake for the winner.

Julius Lighthiser, who resumed his right name after boxing several bouts under the name of Frankie 
"Kid" Carlin,
has been forced to pull out of the eight-round semi-final deĢ to an attack of arthritis in 
his neck. Julius Lighthiser was listed to meet Paul Enno of the Philippine Islands, in a return match, the two 
having fought a great 'six-rounder in the last show, but Julius, while training caught a punch on his 
neck which caused a ligament to cross a nerve and arthritis developed.

Duca Replaces Lightheiser

So Promoter McFarland has signed Mickey Duca of Paulsboro, to act as a substitute for Lighthiser against Enno. Lightheiser beat Enno, who is a club fighter. Duca also is a club fighter and the two kids may steal the thunder of the stars.

Two heavyweights, Al "Peaches" Gray of North Camden, and Jack Houvig, three-letter athlete at 
Salem High School a few years ago, meet in the main preliminary of six rounds. Both are good 
punchers And anxious to please as they are making a comeback after several yearg absence from the 

In the two preliminary bouts, both six-rounders, Joe Bonomo and Joe Reno, both residents of South Camden, trade punches, while Dan Ryrie of Fairview, and Danny McNichol of Merchantville, deadly rivals, open the show.

Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1936


FRANKIE "KID" CARLIN, who . will be remembered by amateur boxing fans here as the ambitious Julius Lighthiser, is nearly back in pink condition after having been forced into idleness due to an injury to his neck. Frankie will be a lightweight when he again answers the gong and his training is being supervised by his brother.

Frankie injured his neck in a bout with Paul Enno here October 15. He thought little of it, however, until he again encountered Enno at Trenton, and this time the injury bothered him considerably. Under doctor's orders, he went under wraps to give the hurt opportunity to heal.

The flashy Lansdowne Avenue scrapper has fought 10 pro fights since departing from simon-pure ranks, and he won them all except a draw with Jimmy Russell. Boxing experts predict a fine future for the local boy.

Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938


Billy Passan, diminutive lefty from Germantown, continues his comeback tonight, when he meets Johnny Marcelline, Southwark bantam, who is pinch-hitting for Indian Quintano in the Cambria's 10-round windup bout at Philadelphia.

Nick Young and Tom Kapsack, clash in the eight-round semi-final. The six-round prelims are Hedman Masselli vs. Billy Arnold, Walter Kirk vs. Frankie (Kid) Carlin, and Frankie Nello vs. Dave (Baby) Hagan.

Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938

Sons of Vets Head


Joseph Thanner, of Haddon Heights, has been elected president of the newly organized Charles M. Jeffries Camp, Sons of Spanish War Veterans, it was announced, by Charles F. Haus, 518 Rex Place, Camden, who was chairman of the organizing committee.

Other officers are Howard Parker, Sewell, senior vice president; Gerald Inglesby, Merchantville, junior vice president; Richard Van Istendal, Camden, secretary; Julius W. Lighthiser, Camden, treasurer; Henry Lighthiser, Camden, chaplain; Ed ward Jerome Phifer, Camden, guard; Theodore J. Lighthiser, Jr.; Camden, and Lawrence C. Sloan, Westville, color guards.

Mr. Jeffries, for whom the camp was named, died last month. He was a past commander of the Kreps Camp No. 24 and past president of the Camden County Council, United Spanish War Veterans, which organized the camp. He appointed the committee which effected the organization.


Who has been elected president of the newly organized Charles M. Jeffries Camp, Sons of Spanish Veterans.

Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938


Rally after being on the floor for a count of eight in the first round, Biily Passan, 119, won the unanimous decision last night over Johnny Marcelline, 118, in the feature bout at the Philadelphia Cam bria Club. Both are hometown boys.

After going down for the count of eight and also losing the second round, Passan came out fighting like a demon in the third round and he soon had Marcelline running for cover. Passan was credited with a one-count knockdown in the fifth round of the 10-round bout.

Frankie Carlin, 132, of Camden, lost a six-round decision in one of the preliminaries to Walt Kirk, 134; Kensington.

In the other bouts, Nick Young, 182, gained the nod over Tom Kapsack, 181; Herman Masselli, 141, was given the verdict over Billy Arnold, 134, and Frank Nello, 141, scored a knockout over Dave Hagan, 135; in the second round, Kapsack hails from New Brunswick and the others all are Philadelphians.