They Once Lived in My Home– The Cram Children — Margaret — Angeline “Babe” and Arthur

They Once Lived in My Home– The Cram Children — Margaret  — Angeline “Babe” and Arthur

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September 28, 1936

The entire block headed by Lake Ave East and sidelined by Campbell Street, Argyle and Lisgar Street in Carleton Place was once owned by the Morphy and Cram family. The family stone home was built by the Morphys, and additions were made by the Crams and Seccaspinas. Behind the house, facing Lisgar Street, held hundreds of raspberry bushes and a small stone pond which is now buried over with sand at the bottom of my property.

The Cram family ran the local tannery where the Senior’s Citizen building on Sussex Street is now located. Their family consisted of  a son Arthur (Art) who was killed in a motorcycle accident on High Street in July of 1929. His friend, Don Moffatt, was badly injured. They Once Lived in My Home– Arthur Cram.


The patriarch, Albert Cram, born in 1867, died in 1929, at the age of 62,  almost one month later after his son died. He was the mayor of Carleton Place for two terms–1909 & 1910.


 - A. E. Cram Dies At Carleton Place Former Mayor...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Aug 1929, Tue,  Page 20


The Cram’s two daughters were: Constance and Angeline (Angelene), who was also called “Babe”. After their parent’s died the two girls sold the Lake Ave East home and moved to McArthur Ave. into the home formerly owned by Franklin Abbott.


 - In- STONE RESIDENCE, large grounds, attractive...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  13 Feb 1939, Mon,  Page 20


 - Lawson Cram - CARLETON PLACE, Sept 27.-...

September 28, 1936

Margaret Constance Cram

Donald Lawson was born on 13 Apr 1903 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He died on 11th Feb 1979 in Charlotte County, Florida.

Donald married Margaret Constance Cram, daughter of the late Albert Edward Cram and Edna Ella Constance Grant, on 26 Sep 1936 in the Lake Ave East home called Springside Hall in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Margaret was born in 1907 in Carleton Place, Ontario, and was a graduate of Branksome Hall which was an independent girls’ school for day and boarding students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Toronto that was founded in 1903. She also attended McGill University in Montreal, however there is no record of her graduating. The marriage ended in divorce. Margaret died on 27 Dec, 1975 in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada at the Cram girl’s residence on McArthur Ave.


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 - Miss Margaret C. Cram and Donald Lawson to Wed...

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,  07 Sep 1936, Mon,  Page 15



“Springside Hall”

 - LAWSON, Margaret Constance Crum Suddenly at her...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  24 Dec 1975, Wed,  Page 40

Miss Angelina “Babe” Cram

 - k Death Accidental Of Miss H. Smith .....

 - Brown and Vincent Clost, both of Carling...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Nov 1935, Fri,  Page 16

 - Lindsay Girl's Skull Is Fractured in Carling...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Nov 1935, Tue,  Page 1

 - y Hanna Curran Ferns and early Summer flowers...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Jul 1943, Mon,  Page 8


 - short- Pem- Issue Badminton Draw At Carleton...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Jan 1935, Tue,  Page 15


I could not find much else on  Angeline “Babe” Cram, but it seems she remained a spinster. Her sister Margaret never remarried, and she died in their home on McArthur Ave. “Babe” Cram however might have remained a spinster, but she was quite the badminton player in Carleton Place where I found several notations about her. No matter how hard I tried nothing was mentioned about Angeline was mentioned after 1942. She was still alive in 1975 so come Spring I will go check the United Cemetery.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


They Once Lived in My Home– Arthur Cram

The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

What’s Changed in Your Home in 40 Years?

Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

Time Capsule in the ‘Hi Diddle Day’ House?

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

The Hi- Diddle-Day House of Carleton Place – Puppets on a String

The Ghost Lovers of Springside Hall – A True Love Story

Glory Days in Carleton Place– Linda Seccaspina

So Where Does the Water come from Under my House?

Do You have an Archaeological Find in Your Carleton Place Basement?

Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge

The Spirits Are Alive and Well

What if You Had a Fire and No One Came?



More “Clippings” on the Local Crams

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

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

Donald Cram — Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Searching for Elizabeth Cram–Updates on Andrew Waugh

Searching for Joey Cram of Carleton Place

I Now have Part of Joey Cram


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Yesterday at 1:27 PM  · Almonte  · 

It’s Photo Friday. The Mississippi Golf Club was established in 1915 on the former Patterson Farm in Appleton. In 1934, Angeline Cram and friend were photographed practising their swing in front of the old stone clubhouse. It burned to the ground in 1997.
— at Mississippi Golf Club.

About lindaseccaspina

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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