After I Read an Obit About Mrs. William Cram I also Found Out

After I Read an Obit About Mrs. William Cram I also Found Out


On the Lanark County Genealogical Society Beckwith Bus Tour Reeve Richard Kidd told us that once upon a time the name “Cram” was as common as sliced bread. Now, it is a name you rarely hear. So here is another episode in the Cram families. Thanks to a find of an obituary of Mrs. William Cram by Josh Greer- and property of Lisa and Brad Occomore of Valley Granite and Tile I was able to expand the family history.

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The most interesting thing I found out was that her son was said to be drowned and later found out that her husband William Cram dropped dead at a revival meeting in Carleton Place featuring Crossley & Hunter. I don’t know about you, but I just would not want to die in front of my friends and neighbours at the Town Hall Opera Hall.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Jul 1898, Wed,  Page 8


January 1900 Carleton Place Herald

Found by Josh Greer- and property of Lisa and Brad Occomore of Valley Granite and Tile


Perth Courier, Jan. 15, 1892

Cram—Died, at Carleton Place on the 9th Jan., Abner Cram, youngest son of Mr. William Cram, aged 15 years and 2 months

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Aug 1906, Fri,  Page 1

What was a Crossley & Hunter Revival Meeting where Mr. William Cram died?

The partnership bore fruit immediately. During their first year together, over 2,500 people professed conversion. In a short period of time, their contemporaries came to view Crossley and Hunter as the greatest evangelistic team of its day. Requests for their services poured in, and soon engagements for their revivals were booked three years in advance.

Crossley and Hunter conducted meetings throughout the United States and Canada, focusing most of their attention on smaller communities. They were the talk of the town in these centres, where town councils would frequently proclaim a holiday to allow those in the vicinity to attend church en masse.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Sep 1894, Fri,  Page 3


More Cram information from

Related reading:

So What Really Happened to Samuel Cram?

The Rosamond Christmas Party 1863-or- When Billie Brown and I Slid Down Old Cram’s Cellar Door

Donald Cram — Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Peter Cram of Beckwith Perth and High Street in Carleton Place

Searching for Elizabeth Cram–Updates on Andrew Waugh

The Dogs of Lanark County–Alex Cram

Searching for Elizabeth Cram–Updates on Andrew Waugh

Searching for Joey Cram of Carleton Place

I Now have Part of Joey Cram

The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

*St. Fillians Cemetery–click here

Part of United Cemeteries near Carleton Place.

Burials 1836 to 2001

More “Clippings” on the Local Crams

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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