GROWIN’ UPBruce Frederick Springsteen arrived in Freehold, the seat of Monmouth County, NewJersey, shortly after he was born on Sept. 23, 1949, in Long Branch. His parents, Douglas andAdele, brought him to the home of his paternal grandparents at 87 Randolph St., where theylived at the time. His sister Virginia, known as Ginny, was born the next year.
St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which his family attended, was next door tothe house. Bruce was baptized and confirmed there, which might explain why he has another middle name, Joseph, that isn’t listed on his birth certificate.
He also served as an altar boy.
Many of his relatives lived nearby. “There was my cousin’s house, my aunt’s house, mygreat-grandmother’s house, my aunt’s house on my mother’s side with my other grandmother init,” he later said. “We were all on one street, with the church in the middle.”
Bruce and his family moved out of the house in 1954, shortly after his fifth birthday.
About three years later, St. Rose of Lima acquired the property and tore down the building as part of an expansion of its parking lot.
The family settled into a duplex at 39 ½ Institute St., about three blocks east of RandolphStreet.
Forman and Willetta Smith owned the house until 1959, when they sold it to a neighbor,Samuel J. Venti.
He worked at the A. & M. Karagheusian Co. rug mill and was president of the plant’s union local when production was shut down in 1961.
The duplex was across the railroadtracks from Karaghuesian and Texas, a residential area to the east of the mill.
Douglas and Adele moved the family again after their daughter Pamela, known as Pam,was born in January 1962. They rented half of a duplex at 68 South St., four blocks from their Institute Street home, that November.