Residents of Cooper Street
A Civil War veteran, Amos Homan operated a cigar stand at 37 Cooper Street and eventually bought the building.
Matilda Toy is an example of an itinerant boarding house operator, moving to different rented houses from year to year.
William Burrell, a clergyman, performed weddings for couples seeking to evade license requirements in Philadelphia.
Once a janitor, James Battle may be the only African American to advance from a position of service on Cooper Street to heading his own household.
Margaret Chambers, a boarding house operator and entrepreneur, was a fixture at 59 Cooper Street for two decades beginning in 1893.
John Hanmore, a Philadelphia manufacturer, moved his family to a new home on Cooper Street during the 1880s. His death changed the family's fortunes.
Helen Waters, a widow, supported her family by operating a beauty salon on the second floor of 421 Cooper Street from the 1930s to at least 1950.
Mary A. Paulson, a widow, generated income to support her family by renting out one Cooper Street house while living in another house next door.
A member of the prominent Browning family, after the death of her husband Jerusha Browning took in boarders at 415 Cooper Street.
Originally a livery stable operator, Joshua Franklin's life on Cooper Street spanned to the age of the automobile.