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.
|Camden Courier-Post - May 16, 1934|
Walcott and King Fight for Title Belt Tonight
Walcott and King are scheduled to appear in the. feature eight-rounder at the Civic Center hall and
Walcott has yet to be put to the test as his last two opponents
ty=here were outclassed. The coffee-
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
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.
Lighthiser, who resumed his right name after boxing several bouts under the name of
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
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|
"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.
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,
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 PASSEN TO MEET MARCELLINE AT CAMBRIA
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
Camden Courier-Post - February 5, 1938
BILLY PASSAN WINS OVER MARCELLINE
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.
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