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Meyer and Tillie Shaev Kramer and Family In Waterbury CONNECTICUT - My grandparents
After a stay in New York city with their Aunt Gruna, the three Kramer siblings, Meyer, Barney and Esther, were sent to the Kramer Graystone farm in Plymouth Connecticut where newly arrived family members were acclimated to the English language and the American culture. After their stay at the farm in Plymouth, a small town, they moved to Waterbury Connecticut, a much larger city.
Family members told me that my grandfather Meyer was a multilingual and scholarly man who was a Yeshiva Bucher (student) in Eastern Europe. He could read and write Yiddish, Russian, and English. He may have wanted to become a Rabbi when he lived in Belarus.
Three years after his arrival in this country, Meyer Kramer married my grandmother, Tillie (Tevel) Teitel Schaev, on June 25, 1916. He was 24 and she was 21 years old. I have heard from members of the family that the marriage was "arranged." The marriage lasted until Meyer's death in 1951.
Meyer was employed by his older brother Barnet "Barney" Kramer who was in the junk business. He was evidently not happy about this and he was ashamed to be a junk man. His daughter, my late Aunt, Marilyn Kramer Savitt, told me that when the kids in school had to announce their father's profession, they were always embarrassed to admit they he was a junk man. My first cousin, David Katrosar, (son of Sallye Kramer Katrosar) told me that Meyer also delivered milk and his horse was named "Nellie." David, his oldest grandson, often rode on the milk wagon with him.
During the depression, times were tough for Meyer,Tillie and their six children. The family lived in an apartment on Elizabeth Street in Waterbury. My father, Joseph "Chicky" Kramer, told me that the family never went hungry and never wanted. I remember visiting the apartment when I was very young.
Many of Meyer and Tillie's children, my uncles and aunts remained in the Waterbury area their entire lives. These include my parents, Sallye and Joe Katrosar, Willie and Lois Kramer, and Harriet and Harry Meisel.
Here are my grandparent's Meyer and Tillie Schaev's children:
Sallye Kramer Katrosar and Joseph Katrosar parents of:
David Katrosar m. Bonnie Shampain
- Michael Katrosar
- Marci Katrosar
Hollye Katrosar Lew m. Lawrence Lew
- Richard Lew
- Adam Lew
Joseph Kramer and Pearl Androphy Kramer - my parents (both deceased) Parents of:
- Harold Kramer m. Karen Miller
- Jeffrey Kramer m. Rita Krone Soresnon
- Barry Kramer m. John Crittenden
- Ellen Kramer
Marilyn Kramer Savitt and Joseph Savitt (both deceased) parents of:
- Mark Savitt m. Lisa
- Susan Savitt
- Charles Savitt
William Kramer m.Lois Dimenstein
- Michelle Kramer Montes m. Pedro Montes
- Bruce Kramer
- Evan Kramer m. Peri
Rose Kramer Madnick and Burt Madnick parents of:
- Carol Madnick m. Steve Riccardi
- Michael Madnick
- Mark Madnick m. Lisa
Harriet Kramer Kaplan Meisel and Harry Meisel (deceased) parents of:
- Mitchell Kaplan
- Sherri Kaplan Solomon m. Ira Solomon
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