Pete,A little info on Bill Butcher, what little I know. I don't know which branch or family of Cramers he was from, but I think it was from Charles Cramer of the Leektown area. Also, he was close to the Norman Cramer family, as Norman's dad, Earl Cramer, talked about him a lot and called him Cousin Bill. Remember, I was practically raised with Norman as his mother and father and my mother and father had double weddings. They were married together on the same day, October 20, 1923, at the same place. I think it was the Presbyterian minister at the time, as mom was a devout Presbyterian and wouldn't have had anyone else.Earl and Elizabeth French Cramer were married the same day as Donald Maxwell's paretns, Curtis and Dorothy. (Photo courtesy of Norman and Leila Cramer.)Anyway, Norman's father, Earl, was born and raised in Leektown. Norman's great-grandfather was Charles Cramer who a calvary man in the Civil war. Norm has showed me his calvary sword with his name inscribed on it.What Bill Butcher's father name was, I don't know. Bill and his brother, Ward, both went down in the Vineland area and became glassblowers. They retired back in their hometown, New Gretna. Ward was somewhat of a recluse, as he lived in an old shack on Rt. 9 on the old Meadow Road going over to the old iron bridge crossing the Mullica. He was an old bachelor and lived alone. He finally was killed one day when he wasn't looking and stepped out in front of an express truck from Barnegat on its way to making a delivery in Atlantic City. The trucking company name, as I remember, was Bellefontaine Trucking, as it went thru New Gretna all the time.Back to Bill. My father and I had a fellow from Tuckerton working for us at the time named Jeff Cramer. He was originally from New Gretna in the Greenbush section. His father's name was Renard Cramer. Jeff had a sister, Olive, who married Jack Wiseman. Cassy Heinrich, Myrtle Falkenburg, and Renard Wiseman were jeff's neices and nephew.John and Olive Wiseman at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy of Myrtle Wisemand Falkinburg.)Jeff worked for us all through the 1950's, and he used to tell me about Bill Elwood as he called Bill Butcher. Elwood was probably his middle name. Jeff said at one time Bill Butcher joined a religious sect that grew large long beards - on the men, naturally. He said Bill Butcher spoke in "thees" and "thous" and used biblical terms and speech.One day, Jeff said Bill was underneath calking and painting a boat he had hauled out for repairs . He accidentally calked his long beard in the caulking and while trying to get it out of the seam, he accidentily upset a pail of red copper paint all over himself. Well, he finally got loose and came out from under using a few choice words. He went home, or somewhere, and shaved off his beard and severed all ties with his fellow sect members.Another thing is that's how Otto Kalm and his wife came to New Gretna. They met Bill Cramer somewhere and develeped a friendship which brought them to New Gretna. Dave and Fred Kalm and Claire Allen might have some insight on that phase of Bill's life.Otto and Monica Kalm(Photo courtesy of Claire Kam Allen)I believe Bill's first butcher shop was where Levi Downs barber shop was. I remember getting a ride home from visiting my grandparents, the Maxwell's in Wading River, as Bill had a meat route that went to Wading River. When we got back to New Gretna, we stopped right in front of where Levi's barbershop was. That was before it was a barbershop. I remember asking my father what Bill Butcher did for a living in his younger days, and he said Bill was a glassblower down in South Jersey. The reason I asked was because he had much more than most people at that time when the depression was still on. He always had a nice new car, always a Pontiac, several nice shiny new guns, and a nice houseboat moored up Bass River off Doughty and Joe Cramers dock. He also had a house in Leektown, probably the one Phyllis Briggs was talking about.I remember, just before WWII started in early 1941, Bill bought a brand new Pontiac coupe and had it all during the war. He also had the best rabbit dogs in town, as he loved rabbit hunting. I remember Earl Cramer, Norma's father, and even Norman when he was a boy going rabbit hunting with Bill. If someone had a better dog then Bill, he would buy it.Bill died sometime in the late 1940's, and i don't know whatever happened to his wife, Ann. I do know they never had any children. That's all I can think of about Butcher Bill.Don Maxwell
William H. Cramer, son of Ellwood (2541) and Sarah H. (Stackhouse) Cramer, born 2 October 1873 at New Gretna, married about 1898 Anna Patience _________, born May 1877. In 1900 he was a glassblower in Glassboro Township, in 1910 he had a restaurant in New Gretna. He had meat markets in Tuckerton and in New Gretna in 1931. In New Gretna his shop was at the rear of Schaeffer's restaurant in the building owned by Ashton Lamson. This building was destroyed by fire on 1 April 1931. He was known in New Gretna as" Bill Butcher". Children:i Anna Upton may have been an adopted daughter. She worked with him as a butcher.
The intersection of Route 9 and Maple Avenues. 1- The site of the old New Gretna House; 2- The old Rustic Inn, now boarded up; 3- Present day "Munchies"; and 4- Vacant Lot. The house in the upper right corner was the home of Curtis and Dot Maxwell where Donald Maxwell grew up.
Ellwood Cramer, son of Charles A. (2217) and Elizabeth (Adams) Cramer, born 27 January 1843 at New Gretna, died 29 January 1925 at Glassboro, married at Egg Harbor City 23 August 1872 Sarah H. Stackhouse (Stackers on marriage certificate), daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Headley) Stackhouse of Millville, born 11 April 1853, died 30 March 1934 at Glassboro. They are both buried at Manahath Cemetery in Glassboro. Ellwood was a sailor for a number of years before settling at Glassboro. Their children:i William H. Cramer, married Anna Patience ____________.ii Harry Ward Cramer, married (a) Olga B. _______ and (b) Eliza Spangler.iii Calvin Cramer, born April 1879, married (a) Esther Stow and (b) Anna M. Deckman.iv Ervin B. Cramer, born 7 August 1882 Bass River, died 1893, buried Manahath Cemetery, Glassboro.v Stanley Cramer, born 3 February 1885 at Bass Rivervi Alice A. Cramer, born 2 October 1889, lived in Glassboro in 1934. (Informant on mother's death certificate)vii Rose Cramer, born May 1892.