Booter's parents were John Oliphant Mathis and Ida Elizabeth Allen.
Eugene "Booter" Mathis' mother, Ida Elizabeth Allen Mathis. She married Suwarrow French after "Booter's" father, John Oliphant Mathis, died. (Photo courtesy of Norman and Delilah Cramer.)
After John died, Ida Elizabeth married, on July 1, 1893, Suwarrow French. They lived in a large house on New York Road (Now Route 9) in the center of New Gretna. They had a daughter, Ida Elizabeth French, on
The Suwarrow and Elizabeth French house looking North, on New York Road (Now Route 9) toward the Maple Avenue intersection. Circa pre 1920. Can anyone identify the other houses on the street? (Photo courtesy of Paul Steinhauer, Jr.)
The Suwarrow and Elizabeth French house in March, 2007. (Photo by Pete Stemmer.)
The young Ida Elizabeth married Earl Cramer on October 20, 1923, just a few years after the Steam Shovel photo. They moved in with Ida’s parents in the Suwarrow and Elizabeth French house where they lived out their lives.
Earl (1895-1975) and Elizabeth (1904-1977) Cramer. (Photo courtesy of Norman and Delilah Cramer.)
Earl and Elizabeth's son, Norman, born May
Norman and Delilah Cramer at their 1952 wedding. (Photo courtesy of Alston and Claire Allen.)
Norman and Delilah moved into Delbert Robins’ house when Delbert died, in 1967. (March, 2007 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
After their marriage, Norm and Lilah moved into the Swarrow French house with Norm's parent's. Delbert Robins lived next door. When Delbert died, in 1967, Norm and Lilah moved into Delbert's house. I particularly remember that house on Route 9, as I always knew it was deer season when I saw a deer hanging on Norm's front porch. It seems that Norm always got the first deer of each season.
I believe that would make Joan Cramer Adams, the grandaughter of the Elizabeth French on the Steam Shovel, a second (or third, perhaps once removed?) cousin to Beverly Mathis Robinson who started today's Blog adventure with her question about Elizabeth French . . . or, something close to that. I'm not the best at figuring out family relationships, so I'll leave it to someone else to figure out if I am correct.
PS- If you are interested in reading more about the French family, you can find "The French Family of