Chalkley Sears Cramer, son of Darius and Sarah Ann (Cramer) Cramer, born 2 May 1856, died 22 March 1929 at New Gretna, married 14 July 1879 Frances Caroline/Carrie Johnson, daughter of John W. and Sarah (Adams) Johnson, born 5 February 1857 at Port Republic, died 1 September 1936. Carrie was a Sunday School teacher and a piano teacher and was known as Aunt Carrie to all the children in New Gretna. She was also an Elder in the New Gretna Presbyterian Church, one of the first women in
to be elected to that position. Chalkley operated a general store in New Gretna next to their home, and was the Registrar of Vital Statistics for New Jersey . Their daughter Theora ran the store after Chalkley's death and also took on the job of Registrar of Vital Statistics. She later sold the quaint old store and it was put on display at the Bass River Township . Chalkley and Carrie are both buried in Villageof Smithville , New Gretna. Their children: Miller Cemetery
i Theora B. Cramer, born
24 August 1882, died 26 March 1975, buried . Miller Cemetery
ii Bessie May Cramer, born 25 September 1888, died 17 October 1973, married Howard Z. Mathis. They are burried in Miller Cemetery.
iii John Emery Cramer, born 1 May 1891 at New Gretna, died 4 March 1931 at Trenton, married Mary Martha Quick.
Chalkley, Carrie, and son, John Emery, on the steps of their New York Road (now Rt. 9) home. (Photo Courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles, the daughter of John Emery Cramer.)
(l-r) Carrie Cramer with her son, John Emery, and daughter, Theora. Grandson Newton Mathis is in front of Emery. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles.)
The Cramer home in 1942. A portion of the store can be seen to the right of the house. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles.)
The Cramer General Store in 1942. The sign above the door reads "T.B. Cramer General Store". "T.B." is Theora, the proprietress. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles.)
The Chalkley Cramer house, today, has been lovingly restored by its present owners, Barbara and Tom Repsher. (March 29, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
The empty lot to the right of the present house was the location of the Cramer General Store. For you GPS aficionados, I emailed a history buddy, John Yates, the map location, and he tells me that the GPS coordinates for the empty lot where the store once stood are
Theora Cramer as a young woman. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles. )
The store being placed up on blocks in preparation for its move to Smithville. The roof is being cut off, so that the structure can pass under the Port Republic exit bridge of the Garden State Parkway. It was reassembled later on site at Smithville. (Photo courtesy of Betty Jean and William "Tiny" Keufer. Betty Jean is the daughter of Betty Mathis who took the photos.)
The roof of the store being removed for the store's journey to Smithville. (Photo courtesy of Betty Jean and William "Tiny" Keufer.)
Theora, in the driveway, watching the store leave on its journey to Smithville. (Photo courtesy of Betty Jean and William "Tiny" Keufer.)
The General Store just after passing under the Port Republic exist bridge on the Garden State Parkway. You can see why it was necessary to cut the rood off the structure to make it under the bridge. (Photo courtesy of Betty Jean and William "Tiny" Keufer.)
The General Store on the Port republic exit ramp of the Garden State Parkway. (Photo courtesy of Betty Jean and William "Tiny" Keufer.)
The Cramer General Store at Smithville Village, circa late 1950's. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles.)
Poster courtesy of Ruth Cramer Soles.
June 5, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.
The old Cramer General Store, across the street from the Smithville Inn, has been transformed into a modern boutique called the Pink Corset. (May 29, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
• Carrie Cramer recipes and photos of the family, by Elaine Mathis, on page 4 of the January, 1999 edition of the Bass River Gazette:• "The Chalkley Cramer Family of New Gretna", by Ruth Cramer Soles, on page 1 of the June, 2004 edition of the Bass River Gazette: