Saturday, November 20, 2010

George H Cram (May 31, 1859 - Mar. 23, 1941)

Birth: May 31, 1859
Coos County
New Hampshire, USA

Death: Mar. 23, 1941
Park Rapids
Hubbard County
Minnesota, USA

George H. Cram, veteran Jeweler Dies At The Age Of 81;
George H. Cram, veteran Jeweler and pioneer resident of Park Rapids, died Sunday, March 23 at the age of 81 years and 10 months. He had been ill about ten days with complications attending his advanced age. Death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bert Parker, with whom he had lived for many years. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Frazey Funeral Home, with Rev. A. E. Wittrup officiating. Fellow Mason and Eastern Star members attending in a body. Internment was made at Greenwood. Pallbearers were V. E. Ryan, C. L. George, H. E. Konshok, R. R. Bartosch, A. C. Onstead and A. L. Campbell. George Henry Cram was born May 31, 1859, at Carol, New Hampshire. He was the son of Albra Dana Cram, who died in 1914 and Sofia J. Cram who died in 1909. He had one sister who died at the age of three. In 1869 the family moved to a homestead near Osakis and later into the village of Osakis. There he attended school and later was employed. He was married to Mary Jane Wraight on Dec. 25, 1883, at Sauk Centre. The couple lived at Sauk Centre for a few years, then moved to Melrose, where Mr. Cram first went into the jewelry business. They moved to Park Rapids in 1891, and Mr. Cram opened a jewelry store
in the building now occupied by the Kimball and Bakke barbershop. In 1898 Mr. Cram built the structure now known as Parker's Jewelry, where he continued in business with B. E. Parker as a partner. He actively engaged in his work until his retirement on April 1, 1919. He made his home with his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Bert
Parker from 1914, after the death of his wife, until 1925, when he married Exie Pollock, who passed away in 1936. Since that time he has again made his home with his daughter. Mr. Cram was a member of Shell Lodge No. 184, A. F. and A. M., and Itasca Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Active until the last few weeks of his life, he was known
and loved by a host of friends, young and old, whom he met during the daily walks which he loved to take. His passing marks another milestone in Park Rapids history. Only survivors are his daughter and a grandson, Eldon Parker of San Antonio, Texas.
Newspaper Clipping.
Name of Publication and Date Unknown. March 1941

Greenwood Cemetery
Park Rapids
Hubbard County
Minnesota, USA

Photo Courtesy: J Edmonson

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