Edward Nappen married Anna Braudy in about 1922 and was living in Atlantic City by 1926, when their second son was born.
As I shared last week, in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census, his widowed mother, Anna (Hannah) was living with his family. Following is the rest of the census line for Edward.
|Detail from 1940 U.S. Census for Edward Nappen in Atlantic City, New Jersey|
His occupation is Magistrate, working for Atlantic County. He worked all 52 weeks of the prior year and made $8,000.
I find the Nappen family in city directories for Atlantic City from the 1920's to the 1950's. Following is from the 1956 Atlantic City Directory and all the Nappens listed are from the same family.
|1956 Atlantic City, NJ directory from Ancestry.com U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989|
- Bernard is Edward's second son. Joyce is his wife. It looks like he is a teacher and lives in Ventnor (indicated by the V after the address).
- Edward (wife Anna) is listed as a clerk for the County Detective Bureau. Note that he still lives at 15 S. Florida Ave.
- Enoch is his youngest son and was likely in college at this time.
- Hannah (widow of Barnett) is still living with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
- Mortimer, Edward's oldest son, is a detective for the City Police Department, and also lives in Ventnor.
Cousin Ed is mentioned on page 150, in reference to the shady aspect of identifying those vendors who were to be given licenses in order to sell ice cream:
"[Jimmy] Boyd recruited Ed Nappen because of his ties with the veterans groups. Nappen had been Fourth Ward Leader and local magistrate and was active among Atlantic City's veterans. Nappen chose people who could be trusted to play ball with the combine by kicking back a portion of their profits."
Browsing through issues of the Trenton Evening Times on GenealogyBank, Ed Nappen's name appears a few times in articles about his leadership in the Jewish War Veterans organization, as well as in articles about a 1951 hearing looking into Atlantic City crime.
Edward Nappen died at age 61 in July 1957. I haven't been able to find an obituary for him. As noted above, he was first cousin to my husband's grandmother; his children are second cousins to my husband's mother.