Biography of Edwin O. Cramer
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Edwin O. Cramer, who is a member of the firm of Jones-Cramer Company, manufacturing opticians, is one of the well known and successful business men of Johnstown. He was born in Cherry Tree, Indiana County, Pa., Nov. 27, 1883, and is a son of Eli VanEman and Mary (Stansbury) Cramer.

Isaac Cramer, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born near Millville, N. J., in 1786, and served in the War of 1812. He married Mary VanEman, and to this union were born the following children: Wilson, Eliza Ann, Luke, Isaac, Mary, Sarah, Eli VanEman, Joseph, David, and Isaiah.

Eli VanEman Cramer was born in New Jersey in 1821. In early life he learned the moulding trade and worked at it practically all his life. He enlisted in the army and saw service all through the Mexican and Civil wars. His wife, Mary Stansbury, was born in Blair County, Pa. To Eli VanEman Cramer and Mary (Stansbury) Cramer the following children were born: Harry O., lives in Crafton, Pa.; Richard. H., lives in New Cumberland, Pa.; Jess H., Crafton, Pa.; Will E., Cherry Tree, Pa.; Victor E., Cherry Tree; Walter 'G., Burgettstown, Pa.; Edwin O., the subject of this sketch; Vernon, deceased, is buried in Diamondville, Pa.; Blanche, married Andrew Jackson, lives in Atlantic City, N. J.; Annie, married E. P. Gumbert, lives in Altoona; Zoe, married William G. Hoffman, lives in Crafton, Pa.; and Lelia, lives in Altoona, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Cramer, who are both deceased, are buried in Cherry Tree, Pa.

Edwin O. Cramer received his education in the public schools of Cherry Tree, and began his business career with the engineering corps of the Hastings Coal and Coke Company, where he remained one year. He then served as store manager for the same company for four years. In 1917 he was appointed superintendent of mines and served in that capacity until 1921, when he was transferred to the general offices and was made manager of the insurance department. On Oct. 1, 1925, with Mr. George O. Jones, they established the Jones-Cramer Optical Company, with Edwin O. Cramer, president and acting treasurer, and George O. Jones, vice president. Their place of business is located at 421 Franklin Street.

On December 25, 1909, Mr. Cramer was married to Miss Bess Stewart, a daughter of William I. and Alice (Taylor) Stewart. Mr. Stewart was born at Manor, Pa., and is a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Mrs. Stewart, who was a native of England, is deceased, and is buried at Greensburg, Pa. To Mr. and Mrs. Cramer the following children were born: Charlotte, a student at Garfield Junior High School; Edwin O. Jr., William S., Alice Mary, all in school; and Dorothy Jane.

Mr. Cramer is a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. He is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No. 417, Cherry Tree, Pa.; the F. and A. M. No. 278, Cambria; Pittsburgh Consistory, thirty second degree; Jaffa Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. of Altoona, Pa.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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