Mrs. Myrtle Ramsey is among the successful and highly esteemed business women of Erie, where she is proprietor
of Blue Bird Inn. She was born in Huntingdon County, Pa., May 1, 1870, and is a daughter of William and Susan (Williams)
Travis, both of whom are deceased.
On Jan 18, 1894, Myrtle Travis was married to H. B. Ramsey of New Wilmington, Pa.; who was born Feb. 18, 1872,
the son of James Elliott and Iva (Anderson) Ramsey, residents of New Wilmington, Pa, During the Civil War Mr. Ramsey's
grandfather, who was an undertaker, lived at North East, Pa., and took part in the smuggling of slaves to Canada.
When they arrived at North East he brought them to Erie to the old Perry House, at the foot of French Street, in
"rough boxes" in the hearse, and during the night they were sent to Canada.
Robert Travis, brother of Mrs. Myrtle Ramsey, was born in 1862, and now lives retired at Dunkirk, N. Y. He was
first married to Mary Singleton of Bellefonte, Pa., Three children were born to this union, two daughters and a
son. The mother and son passed on, within a month of each other in 1888. In 1896 he again married Minnie E. Smith
of Patron Station, Pa. Myrtle Belle Dunn, one of the daughters of the first union, was born at Ft. Scott, Kans.,
in November, 1886. She was married to O. V. Dunn of Dunkirk, N. Y., in 1903, coming to Erie shortly after. They
have two children, Myrtle Belle Dunn, born May 28, 1905, and Aleethe Mae Dunn, born in 1907. Both of these girls
are graduates of Academy High School of Erie and are also musicians of ability.
In 1902 Mrs. Ramsey came to Erie where she has since been successfully engaged in the restaurant business.! She
served as manager of the Y. W. C. A. cafeteria for two years, and also operated a restaurant at 815 State Street.
Since 1919 she has conducted her present business at 119 West Seventh Street, which is known as Blue Bird Inn,
It is widely known for its good food and excellent service.
Mrs. Ramsey, formerly a member of the Central Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the choir for nine
years, is now affiliated with the Christian Science Church. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and! the
Business and Professional Women's Club.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
Erie County Pennsylvania Biographies
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