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Charles E. Kreamer


U. S. Census

Census AgeRaceGenderMaritalRelationAddressImmigratedBirthplaceFather'sMother'sAs transcribedNote
190051WhiteMaleMarriedHead114 Forrest Ave.PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaChas Kreamer114 Forrest
191060WhiteMaleMarriedHead114 Forrest Ave.PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandCharles E Kreamer114 Forrest
192070WhiteMaleMarriedHead114 Forrest Ave.PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaCharles E Kreamer114 Forrest

Census Households

Census Name Relation Age Own Race Marital Birthplace Business Trade Note
1900Charles E KreamerHead51OwnWhiteMarriedPennsylvaniaBanker Broker
Mary C KreamerWife51WhiteMarriedPennsylvania
Mary A KreamerSister54WhiteSinglePennsylvania
Thomas McNuttServant51WhiteSingleScotlandGardener
Sophia LandenServant35WhiteSingleNew JerseyServant
1910Charles E KreamerHead60OwnWhiteMarriedPennsylvaniaon Income
Mary C KreamerWife60WhiteMarriedPennsylvania
Mary A KreamerSister62WhiteSinglePennsylvania
Charles HerbertServant60WhiteSingleGermanyGardener
Sadie TownsendServant50BlackMarriedPennsylvaniaPrivate familyServant
1920Charles E KreamerHead70OwnWhiteMarriedPennsylvanianone
S Grace KreamerWife38WhiteMarriedPennsylvania
Kate DeansServant29WhiteSingleIrelandPrivate FamilyServant
James LyonsGardener51WhiteSingleIrelandPrivate FamilyGardener

Borough position

Burgess 1900 Mar 5 – 1903 Mar 2

Narberth Resident #9 Did What Needed To Be Done

dignified older man in three-piece suit, with glasses, lapel pin and watch fob
The formal portrait represents Kreamer in his role as Narberth Burgess 1900–04.

Charles Edward Kreamer personified the town-building spirit of early Narberth.

Described in his obititary as "the ninth resident of the village of Narberth at its inception", Kreamer was a charter member in 1889 of the town's first civic association (the Narberth Park Association) and one of the five-person committee who secured the Borough charter in 1894. He served as Narberth's third Burgess (Mayor), president of the Narberth Board of Health and president of the Narberth Fire Company.

Before 1891, there was no formal church of any denomination to serve the 300 or so souls living within future Narberth. Despite being a life-long Methodist, Kreamer offered his living room at 114 Forrest to plan the north side's first church, Presbyterian, then served as its treasurer.

Then when a Methodist church was completed in 1895, Kreamer became its president, treasurer, and superintendent of its Sunday School.

Kreamer and his first wife Mary lost 2 children. Daughter Ida died of croup at age 8 in 1878; Charles, Jr. lived only 7 days in 1893.

He died of a heart attack on his way to the train on the morning of January 13, 1922, age 72.

"Charles E. Kreamer Is Claimed by Death", Our Town, January 21, 1922, page 1.

The cause of death of Charles, Jr. was given as "Murasmus". Curiously in well-to-do Narberth Park, Marasmus is described by the Cleveland Clinic as "severe undernutrition… Marasmus causes visible wasting of fat and muscle under the skin, giving bodies an emaciated appearance. It causes stunted growth in children."

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