Having grown into adolescence as a farmer, at the age of 14, Norman took a class at a local "Normal Institute," devoted to educating teachers, and then pursued teaching. As a young man, he stood 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Just before the Civil War, he apparently became a store clerk in Harnedsville, near Somerset, and began a fledgling ambrotype photography business.
After the outbreak of the Civil War, Norman went to his parents and advised them of his intent to enlist. "They were as patriotic as he," said Alfred Theodore Andreas in his book History of Chicago, and "gave their consent and blessing." With their support secured, Norman and his cousin Ross R. Sanner enlisted at nearby Somerfield, Somerset County, and then walked a 29-mile distance from Ursina to Uniontown, PA to be formally mustered into the Army. On or about Aug. 15, 1862, they were assigned to the 85th Pennsylvania Infantry.
(Many of MMMM and Younkin also cousins served in the 85th Pennsylvania regiment -- among them John Devan, Simon Firestone, James Frederick Imel, Jerome B. Jennings, Isaac F. Minerd, James Minerd Jr., William Minerd, James Rowan, Leonard H. Rowan, John Irving White, Harrison K. Younkin, Jacob M. Younkin and John X. Younkin.)
He was with the 85th Pennsylvania at Bermuda Hundred, VA and re-enlisted on June 15, 1864. Two days later, at Weir Bottom Church, on June 17, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness, he was wounded behind the right knee, "the ball passing through the back part of the leg." Cousin Sanner carried him on his shoulders for the distance of a mile before arriving at a safe place. Sanner later that day was wounded in the same fight. He was transported to Fortress Monroe, VA, where he was admitted to Chesapeake Hospital for treatment.
Once the second wound healed sufficiently, he received a furlough to return home before receiving orders to rejoin the regiment. After arriving back in the army, he then requested an honorable discharge based on his disability, and following an examination, 85th Pennsylvania surgeon Dr. Samuel L. Kurtz granted the request on Aug. 31, 1864.
Upon his return home, Norman filed an application to receive a military pension for his injuries, and it was granted. [Invalid App. #56.946 - Cert. #41.316] He returned to his work at the Harnedsville store. In September 1866, Norman left western Pennsylvania and made a long trip to Princeton, IL. There, he went to work as a general store clerk, and seeing the potential, bought out the owner after just a few weeks.
But 10 months later, the store burned, with him "losing nearly everything," said the History of Chicago. He relocated again to Osceola, Clarke County, IA, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, and may have encouraged his widowed father and brother Cleon to join him there, as the father sold the family farm and made the voyage in 1868. Other Somerset Countians known to have lived in or near Osceola in the 19th century were Civil War veteran Samuel Freeman Younkin and Moses Younkin of the family of Col. John C. Younkin as well as kinsman John Adam Gaumer of the family of John Gaumer. In Osceola, he worked in the grain and agricultural tool business, but when a season of poor crops in 1870 caused his debtors to default on what they owed him, he was forced to suspend his business.
The following year, the fateful 1871, Norman pushed into the city of Chicago, where he began to make a living as a merchant in livestock and grain in partnership with a Mr. Coffman, dealing in livestock and then into commodities. All might have been lost later that year in Chicago's Great Fire of October 1871, one of America's greatest tragedies up to that time. Reputedly started when a cow of "Mrs. O'Leary" kicked over a lamp in its barn stall, the fire spread all through the city comprising a damaged area of 3.3 square miles, destroying 17,000 buildings and leaving more than 100,000 people homeless. Some 300 were killed over the three-day period. Property damages totaled an estimated $222 million in the dollars of the time, about one-third of the Windy City's overall value.
But Norman saw opportunity in the smoking ruins. He and others were said by news reporters to have formed an "aggressive group of men who supplied the faith and hope which enabled Chicago to emerge triumphant from the fire..."
Circa 1883, he is known to have sold in one day a half million bushels of wheat in Chicago, and due to the economics of the time, the move led to a price drop of three-quarters of a cent, which in essence allowed him to manipulate the market. Around this time, as a wheat and corn trader, he became known as one of the "Big Four" becoming very rich in this work -- Nathaniel S. Jones, John Cudahy and Sidney A. Kent. Norman used his profits from the grain work to invest in the Pullman Company, the large manufacturer of railroad cars.
As well, "He was one of the pioneers in the organization of the steel industry and was active in bringing together the various western steel plants which formed the Federal Steel Company," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. "When this was absorbed by the United States Steel Corporation in 1901, Mr. Ream became a director of the corporation and has since served as a member of its finance committee, making his offices in this city and his home in Woodstock, Conn. Meantime he had acquired large real estate interests in Chicago and has since maintained an active interest in financial affairs in that city." In November 1884, Norman returned to his home region and stayed in the county seat of Somerset as the guest of A.J. Colborn.
At the age of 31, on Feb. 17, 1876, Norman married 23-year-old Caroline "Carrie" Thompson Putnam (1852-1924), daughter of Dr. John and Elizabeth Putnam. The nuptials took place in Madison, NY. They went on to produce nine children -- Marion Buckingham Stephens Vonsiatsky, Frances M. Kemmerer, Bruce P. Ream, Norman Putnam Ream, Robert Clarke Ream, Edward King Ream, Katherine Ream, Louis Marshall Ream and Henry K. Ream. Sadly, three of the children did not survive childhood. Son Bruce, born in September 1879, died at age seven month of acuge pulmonary congestion on April 27, 1880 -- daughter Katherine, born Feb. 1, 1886, succumbed at the age of just five months on July 5, 1886 -- and son Henry K. Ream, born in April 1890, was swept away by scarlet fever at the age of 27 months on July 22, 1892.
In Chicago from 1888 to 1908, the Reams made their home in a three-story brownstone, with 20 rooms, next to and north of the home of department store magnate Marshall Field. Then in about 1908, the family relocated to New York City.
In addition to U.S. Steel, Norman served on the board of directors of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the Pullman Company, National Biscuit Co. (Nabisco) and the Equitable Life Assurance Society, among many others. At his funeral, President Lincoln's son Robert served as a pallbearer. During his business heyday, Norman frequently rode the B&O Railroad, "often along Laurel Hill Creek through Ursina and past the [Ream] cemetery," said the Somerset (PA) Daily American.
The railroad tracks are located on a hill directly across from the cemetery. Ream decided that when he passed the cemetery, he wanted to be able to see his descendants at rest, so he had all the timber cut away. He then had a retaining wall built at the river bank and a stone wall built to enclose the cemetery.
Norman was very sentimental about his home village of Ursina. Circa 1888, a story published widely in the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Wilmington (NC) Messenger, Topeka (KS) Daily Capital and Abilene (TX) Reporter, among others, Norman said to have been "born in a small log cabin, which is still standing in the village of Ursina, Pa. He occasionally visits it, and it is an object of great interest to him." Then in September 1909, he returned to Connellsville, PA for the 37th annual reunion of his former Civil War regiment and stayed for several days to tour familiar old grounds. Reporters used the opportunity to ask him about the coke and steel business. He responded by saying, "I am fighting over the battles I went through in my youth and for the present coke or steel does not bother me. I came here to attend the reunion and am enjoying it immensely."
After attending services at the Baptist church [in Confluence?], said the Uniontown Morning Herald, he remarked that he wanted to pay for a new building for the church, saying "Go ahead and build the kind of church you want and when the job is done send me the bill." Added the Morning Herald, "Mr. Ream did not hold the congregation down to any particular figures, giving them the liberty of erecting a church every way suitable.... There was great rejoicing among the members and Mr. Ream was made to promise that he would come to Confluence when the structure is ready for dedication." On the same trip, he visited the town of Addison, held a reception in the store of his old friend Mr. Ross, and dined at the Rush Hotel. In 1914, Norman sent a $1,000 check to a relief fund in Ursina when properties were badly damaged in a windstorm.
Norman in the last year of his life helped his former Civil War regiment compile a history of their fighting unit. In July 1914, he invited the editorial committee to his home in Thompson, comprised of J.B. Bell of Crafton, PA (Company A), J.A. Swearer and W.C. Craven (Company C), C.E. Eckels (Company E) and C.H. Scott (Company I), with Luther S. Dickey having spent more than a year on the work up to that time. Said the Canonsburg (PA) Daily Notes, "Mr. Ream is financing the workd, and has selected the committee named above to review with him the manuscript to as to determine what shall be published and what shall be eliminated of the vast amount of material collected, in order to reduce the book to such size as will permit its publication at a minimum cost. The work of preparation has been arduous, but every part of it has been carefully performed, and Mr. Dickey has earned the thanks of the surviving members ... for the careful manner in which he has carried it on. He has been materially assisted by diaries kept by various members of the regiment during their service in the war."
In addition to a look back at the War Between the States, Norman also watched the war clouds growing ever darker in Europe in 1914. He told newspaper columnist Dr. E.J. Edwards that he admired how "Germany had gained her enormous overseas trade... Mr. Ream spoke with enthusiasm of the skill, the persistence and the thoroughness with which the Germans had approached the foreign markets and he did not try to suppress his admiratin of the Germans as a trade-triumphing nation, although he frankkly said that some of the interests with which he was associated had suffered somewhat on account of Germany's successful competition in the foreign markets."
During the final year or two, it's said that Norman also became reconciled to his son Louis, having opposed the son's marriage, threatened disinheritance and held out for an annulment.
Sadly, for his last several years, Norman suffered from intestinal problems that grew worse. He agreed to undergo surgery for appendicitis in New York City's Presbyterian Hospital, but no recovery was to be. He passed away at the age of 70 on Feb. 9, 1915. Later that day, as afternoon newspapers were delivered to hundreds of thousands of mailboxes coast to coast, headlines bore the news of his death.
Oddly enough, Norman was one of three of the "Big Four" to die within the year. Kent had been gone for a quarter-century. Jones died broke in 1914. The last, Cudahy, passed in April 1915, leaving behind what reporters called a "large estate."
Norman's son Norman and New York Trust Company President Otto T. Bannard were named as co-executors of the estate. When the will was filed in court in Connecticut, officials refused to let it be seen by the New York State Transfer Tax Office, which in turn was seeking the value of stocks and bonds still held by the estate in New York City. New York State's controller Eugene M. Travis ultimately decided that the Empire State had no claim to levy a transfer tax on the assets in question. In the end, the estate paid more than $83,000 in inheritance tax, the largest in the United States that year. The widowed Caroline allegedly received an inheritance of $40 million plus all of their silver and gold ware, household furnishings, pictures, carriages, automobiles, equipment and clothing.
In April 1916, a lengthy profile of Norman was published in the Genealogical and Biographical Record, contributed by Clarence Winthrop Bowen, Ph.D.
For another decade, Marion made her home as a widow in Thompson.
She succumbed at the age of 72, in Pomfret, CT, on Dec. 12, 1924. Interment was with her husband in the Ream family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
During Norman's tenure on the U.S. Steel board of directors, the company built a fleet of longer and wider ore-hauling vessels to operate on the Great Lakes. One of them, fabricated by Chicago Ship Building Company, was dedicated in Norman's honor and in his name -- SS Norman B. Ream -- and operated by U.S. Steel's Pittsburgh Steamship Division. The vessel was 587 feet in length with a beam of 58 feet, draft of 28 feet and gross tonnage of 7,053 feet, and its official registry number was US 203543. The Ream was used for decades with its homeport in Duluth, WI and plied its trade in ports in Buffalo, Port Huron, Detroit and Sault St. Marie. After disuse for five years, it was sold in 1965 to Kinsman Transit Company. In the 1960s it operated under the name Kinsman Enterprise and after a subsequent sale to Seaway Terminal Company was renamed Hull No. 1. The vessel was sold for scrap in 1989 in Turkey. The Ream is cited in Al Miller's 1999 book Tin Stackers: The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company, published by Wayne State University Press.
~ Daughter Marion Buckingham (Ream) Stephens Vonsiatsky ~
She was well-educated, having graduated from Holman-Dickerman School in Chicago and in 1899 from Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, with a degree in German and French.
Marion was twice married. Her first spouse was Redmond Davis Stephens (May 30, 1874-1931), son of R.D. and Louisa (Brier) Stephens of Marion, IA. Redmond was a lawyer whom newspapers called "a wealthy Chicago clubman." They were wed on Feb. 18, 1903, when she was 25 years of age and he 28.
The couple dwelled in 1907 at 90 Astor Street and in 1913 at 1365 Astor Street. A graduate of Harvard (1896) and Northwestern University (1899), Redmond practiced law with the firm of Scott, Bancroft, Martin & Stephens, with offices in Chicago. During World War I, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army, and afterward on the War Department Claims Board. At some point he was a board director of the Glenwood Manual Training School.
During yjr first marriage, Marion was active in the community and had an entry in the 1914 edition of Women's Who's Who in America. She served on the Woman's Board of Chicago Hospital, the Home for Destitute Crippled Children in Chicago, the Convalescent Home for Destitute Crippled Children at Prince's Crossing, IL, the Auxiliary Board of children's Memorial Hospital and the Woman's Athletic Club. Also a member of numerous clubs, she belonged to the Service Club, Anti-Cruelty Society, Woman Suffrage League of Illinois, Fortnightly Club of Chicago, Woman's Athletic Club, Bryn Mawr Club of Chicago and Chicago College Club.
But the marriage was troubled, and, reported biographer John J. Stephan, “Quietly but firmly independent, Marion showed little inclination to play demure spouse, fertile mother, and perennial hostess – all expected of a woman of her economic and social station. Marion had her own ideas about how life should be lived.”
Redmond had an affair with a woman named “Priscilla,” and the Stephenses divorced in Chicago in March 1918. In his complaint, said the Hartford Courant, Redmond said that she "wanted to travel all the time; wanted to come and go, she said, as she pleased, and wanted to be free."
Deeply moved by the suffering in Europe during World War I, the divorced Marion went to Paris where she provided relief work services. There, she met 23-year-old Polish immigrant Count Anastase Andreyevitch "V.V." Vonsiatsky (June 12, 1898-1965) who was almost half her age. Born in Warsaw when it was under Russian control, Anastase served in an anti-Bolshevik army of “White” Russians, fighting in eastern Ukraine under the command of Gen. Anton Denikin. He claimed that he and others in his unit had massacred 500 prisoners at Rostov, and that he had been wounded in the abdomen by a gunshot. For the rest of his life, Anastase was devoted to the overthrow of the Soviet Union and its dictator, Josef Stalin.
Marion's first husband went on to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War I. Afterward, he held a seat on the War Department's Claims Board and as assistant budget director in Washington, DC. He married again to Edna Davis ( ? - ? ) of California, with that union ending in March 1929 on grounds of his cruelty. Tragically, Marion he was killed on Feb. 13, 1931 when run over by a moving railroad train in French Lick, IN. The Chicago Tribune reported that the accident was "peculiar" --
Marion and Anastase eventually made their home in Thompson and Pomfret, CT. Anastase used Thompson as his home base for years while traveling the world enlisting support for his political cause. In Paris circa 1927-1928, he joined the Brotherhood of Russian Truth and then in 1933, in partnership with Donat Yosifovich Kunle, they formed the All Russian Fascist Organization, or “VFO” for short in Russian. To spread his propaganda, he began publishing the Fashist newspaper, and he set up a local restaurant known as the “19th Hole” as his closet headquarters.
In 1932, when a press photograph showed him playing golf with Prince Theodore Romanoff, son of Grand Duke Alexander of Russia, he was billed as "head of the American Branch of the Fund for the Liberation of Russia." In staged photographs for newspapers, Anastase wore a type of swastika, claiming it was not the German Nazi type but rather pre-Hitler in vintage and white-on-blue in color.
The U.S. government became suspicious of his activities, and certain informants claimed that Anastase knew and met with Adolf Hitler, Herman Goering and Rudolf Hess during a trip to Berlin. One source, biographer John J. Stephan, states that at least 20 investigations were opened in the 1930s and early ‘40s. Most of these came to the conclusion that he was of no significance and simply “deranged” and a “nuisance.” Stephan reports that friends and enemies alike used words such as “…erratic, outlandish, megalomaniac, and obsessed.” However, a hard-charging prosecutor, Thomas J. Dodd, who later became a U.S. senator, and seemed to relish the opportunity to gain the limelight using as his weapon the Voorhis Act, which required that certain organizations controlled by foreign powers be officially registered with the federal government. Dodd pressed the matter and compiled a persuasive case which led to Anastase’s arrest, conviction and three years and seven months in prison.
Over the years, Anastase’s story was told in other newspapers and books, among them The Russian Fascists: Tragedy and Farce in Exile, 1925-1945 (John J. Stephan, 1978); Protective Shirts (N.N. Grozin, 1939); the newspapers Russky Avangard and The Hour; Sabotage! The Secret War Against America (Albert E. Kahn and Michael Sayers, 1942); The Inside Story of Spies in America (Alan Hynd, 1943); Under Cover (Arthur Derounian, 1943); Presidential Agent (Upton Sinclair, 1944); the autobiography Rasplata (1960); The Battle Against Disloyalty (Nathaniel Weyl, 1951); The Game of the Foxes (Ladislas Farago, 1971); Father Coughlin (Sheldon Marcus, 1973); and Undercover Tales of World War II (William B. Breuer, 2000). Articles were written by such giants as Walter Winchell in Liberty Magazine (Aug. 1, 1942), among others.
Even Marion was dragged into the publicity. Imagine the irony when the Pittsburgh Press, the daily metropolitan newspaper of the home region of her father, printed a photo story headlined “Revolt Against Russia! U.S. Heiress Devotes Fortune to Husband’s Anti-Soviet Party” (May 21, 1937).
In the 1960s, Marion resided on her Quinnatisset Farm along Route 21 in Thompson.
Sadly, at the age of 87, she died in her winter home in Tucson, AZ on Nov. 11, 1963. An obituary in the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson called her "a patron of the arts" who "long had been active in the support of the Tucson Symphony, the Opera Guild and the Saturday Morning Musical Club. For the last seven or eight years she offered her home at 250 Cottonwood Blvd. for the piano recitals of Robert O'Connor and many other Tucson artists." A public auction of the contents of her Connecticut home was held on April 24-25, 1964, by order of the Chemical Bank of New York Trust Company.
The Count outlived his bride by only two years. He was stricken with a heart attack and died in St. Petersburg, FL on Feb. 7, 1965.
Marion's first husband, Redmond Stephens, remained single for six years and then was wed a second time, on May 20, 1924, to Edna Davis Moore ( ? - ? ). He was named in the Des Moines (IA) Register among the "Notable Sons of Iowa." He spent the final years of his legal career in San Mateo and San Francisco, CA.
~ Daughter Frances Mott (Ream) Kemmerer ~
Daughter Frances Mott Ream (1877-1943) was born on Jan. 15, 1878 in Connecticut.
At the age of 29, on June 9, 1906, she was united in wedlock with John Leisenring Kemmerer ( ? -1944), son of Mahlon S. and Annie (Leisenring) Kemmerer, the father a pioneering coal operator in Wyoming and president and director of Mauch Chunk National Bank in Carbon County, PA. News of the union -- held in the Ream home in Thompson -- was published in the Chicago Inter Ocean and Chicago Tribune. The couple began married life in Scranton, PA.
Their four children were Frances Carolyn Kemmerer, John Leisenring Kemmerer Jr., Mahlon Sistie Kemmerer II and Marion Kemmerer.
Sadness blanketed the family when eldest daughter Frances passed away on Feb. 22, 1909, with burial in Mauch Chunk.
John was known as a coal operator in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and by 1935 was chairman of Kemmerer Coal Company of Kemmerer, WY. He also was chairman of the boards of Whitney & Kemmerer, the New York Kemmerer Coal Company and the First National Bank of Kemmerer, the First National Bank of Norton, VA and the Titan Hotel Manufacturing Company of Bellefonte, PA. He also was a director of the American Reinsurance Company, Newmont Mining Corporation and West Virginia Coal and Coke Corporation.
Frances, who was considered "socially-prominent," died in their home at the age of 66 on April 27, 1943. Reported the Mauch Chunk Times-News, she was "kind and considerate, [and] won the respect and affection of all her associates." Interment was in Short Hills.
John only survived his wife by less than a year. He passed into eternity on March 3, 1944. Word of his demise was sent to his lifelong friend Sally Herpel of Mauch Chunk, whose father had been a coachman for the Kemmerer, Leisenring and Wertz families for 62 years. Said the Times-News, " children's playground, a memorial to the Kemmerer name, now occupies the site of the family's once beautiful home and grounds."
Son John Leisenring Kemmerer Jr. (1911-2002) was born in the summer of 1911 in New York City. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in geology and the University of Utah with a master's degree. He served as a captain with the U.S. Army in Atlanta during World War II. On Sept. 29, 1939, John married Mary Elizabeth "Mary Liz" Halbach ( ? -2002), daughter of Ernest K. and Elizabeth H. (Stafford) Halbach of Haverford, PA. Their union endured for an extraordinary 63 years. The Kemmerers resided in Short Hills, NJ and produced three children, among them Constance Anne "Connie" Gray, Elizabeth Stafford Brown and John Leisenring Kemmerer III. For some years John served as an inspector for American Re-Insurance Company, "and in that capacity passed on the safety of mines in every producing area in the United States," said the Kingsport (TN) Times-News. In August 1951, at the death of G.C. McCall, he was elected president of the First National Bank of Norton, VA, a position which his father and grandfather had held before him. In reporting on the election, the Times-News said he was "active in civic affairs and a member of the Episcopal Church, [and] has many other interests in Southwest Virginia. He is president of the New York Mining & Manufacturing Co., vice president of the Wise Coal & Coke Co., vice president of the Kemmerer Gen Coal Co. of St. Charles, a director of the Virginia Coal & Iron Co., and also a director of the National Coal Association." He also was president of Kemmerer Coal Company and a director of First National Bank. The Times-News noted that "in immediate Southwest Virginia, his companies have extensive holdings of coal lands in Wise, Dickenson, Lee and Buchanan Counties, in Virginia, and also extensive holdings in Kentucky." John and his adult children are widely known for helping to develop the Rocky Mountain resort town of Jackson Hole, WY, investing more than $230 million in enhancements. Mary Liz was active and influential in her own right, with board of directors roles with the Neighborhood House, Millburn-Short Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross, Millburn Community Council, Short Hills Garden Club and New Jersey Roadside Council. She also gave of her time and resources to the Belize Zoo, Nature Conservancy, Paper Mill Playhouse, Garden Club of America, Christ Church, Overlook Hospital, Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, and Girl Scouts of Amerca. The family enjoyed summer holidays on the island of Nantucket. Sadly, Mary Liz and John passed away within less than four months of each other in 2002. She died first, on July 28, 2002, at home in Basking Ridge, NJ. He succumbed at the age of 91 on Nov. 14, 2002 as a patient in Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. A memorial service was held at the Liberty Corner (NJ) Presbyterian Church, with the family requesting that any memorial donations be made to the Nature Conservancy of Wyoming. An obituary in the Jackson Hole News and Guide called him:
Son Mahlon Sistie Kemmerer II (1913-1963) was born in February 1913. He received a bachelor's degree in geology from Princeton University in 1934, and while there was captain of the varsity polo club. He then enrolled at the University of Utah in September 1934, to pursue a mster's degree in mining engineering, and he flew there in his red Waco monoplane. On one outing with a young lady in October 1934, his aircraft burst into flames, and he somehow force-landed the plan in Wendover, UT. He became a geologist and in 1935 was employed at Grass Valley, CA. On Sept. 12, 1936, Mahlon was united in holy wedlock with Collette "Noel" Fitch ( ? - ? ), daughter of Cecil A. and Collette Noel (Cunningham) Fitch of Eureka, UT, who was president of Chief Consolidated Mining Company, which operated silver-lead mines in and around the town of Tintic. The Kemmerers' ceremony was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Elliot Reardon. Noel was an alumna of Menlo Park College and attended the San Francisco College for Women. Six children produced in this marriage were John Kemmerer, Peter Kemmerer, Martha Fitch Hanifin, Frances Kemmerer, Colette Jacquet and Victoria Rebecca "Becky" Ausserlechner. During World War II, Mahlon served as a flyer with American Export Line. Over the years, he became nationally recognized as a mining engineer and was employed with Newmont Mining Company in New York, O'Kiep Copper Company in Africa and then finally with the mining and business finance firm Whitney and Kemmerer, Inc., where he held the title of vice president. He was credited with helping to develop the Ambrosia Lake uranium mining operation near Grants, NM, and the company Sabre-Pinon Corporation, which became United Nuclear Corporation. The Kemmerers resided in Larchmont, NY at 90 Park Avenue. Sadly, at the age of 50, Mahlon suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at home and died in a New Rochelle hospital on Nov. 16, 1963. Obituaries were printed in Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Boise, New York and Philadelphia. Noel outlived her spouse by 16 years. She passed away in about Nov. 1979. Her obituary in the New York Times reported that her funeral mass was held in St. Dominic's Church in Larchmont, with interment following in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Her headcount of survivors included a dozen grandchildren.
Daughter Marion Kemmerer (1914-1957) was born on Sept. 6, 1914 in New York City and spent virtually of her life in Short Hills, NJ. She took many trips to Europe as a young lady, including sailing to Sweden (in 1934) and England (1935 and 1936). She is known to have attended the Westover School in Simsbury, CT and Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. At the age of 25, in 1940, she resided with her parents. On Aug. 13, 1942, when she was 27 years of age, Marion married Alexander Earle "Alec" Green/Greene (Aug. 17, 1910-1970). Their wedding was held in the District of Columbia. Alec had been self-employed in 1940, making a home in DuBois, PA. A trio of offspring born to the couple were Christopher Earle Greene, Jonathan Laird Greene and Alexandra Greene. In 1943, the newlyweds' residence was in Denver, with their children all born in different states between 1943 and 1947. By 1950, the pair had separated, with Marion and the children dwelling in Larchmont, NY, while Alec made a home in Southern California and married again to Betty ( ? - ? ). Her accress in 1957 was on Joanna Way, Short Hills. Marion was stricken by a heart attack and passed away on Dec. 10, 1957, at the age of 43. An obituary was printed in the Item of Millburn and Short Hills. Interment of the remains was in St. Stephen's Episcopal Cemetery in Millburn, NJ following a funeral service conducted in Christ Church. Alec outlived his former wife by a baker's dozen years. He died in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 1970. His funeral ws held in Old North Church, and the remains were buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. A brief death notice was published in the Los Angeles Times.
~ Son Norman Putnam Ream Sr. ~
He graduated from Michigan Military Academy in 1902 and then went on to study at Packard's Business College in New York. By 1905, he was employed Trust Company of New York. Circa 1915, he is believed to have enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the Squadron A Cavalry in New York City. He lived in Chicago in 1916 and in New York City in 1918-1924.
The Chicago Tribune announced in March 1916 that Norman had been engaged to Mary Green (July 9, 1881-1975), daughter of Adolphus W. Green, of Greenwich, CT and New York City, who was president of National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) which Norman's father had helped to create. The wedding was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, with Rev. Fr. Fitzgerald, of the St. Vincent Ferrer Church, officiating. The New York Sun reported that "The bride, who walked to the temporary altar with her father, wore a costume of white satin and net made with a long court train. She wore also a veil of tulle and carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley and white orchids. Robert C. Ream was his brother's best man." The couple honeymooned in California and Japan.
At least two children born to this union were Norman Putnam "Put" Ream Jr. and Caroline Lincoln.
Circa 1940, Norman resided on Porchuck Road in Greenwich, CT and paid a visit to his aged uncle and aunt, Cleon and Isabelle Ream, in Illinois, as noted in the Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph.
At the death of his sister Marion in November 1963, Norman was named in newspaper obituaries and at the time was residing in Tucson.
Norman died in Greenwich on June 12, 1964. His remains were interred in the Ream family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. [Find-a-Grave]
Mary survived for another 11 years and maintained a home in Tucson.
She succumbed to the angel of death on March 7, 1975.
Son Norman Putnam "Put" Ream Jr. (1918-2001) was born on Nov. 23, 1918 in New York City. In April 1943, the Nashville (TN) Banner and Huntsville (AL) Times reported that he was engaged to Phoebe Page Shofner ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eugene Forrest Shofner. The wedding was held on May 1, 1943, in the Hotel Plaza in New York City, by the hand of Rev. Fr. Fitzgerald. Their union endured for a remarkable 58 years. The couple's brood of offspring included Norman Ream, Christopher Ream and Margaret Ream. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Norman enjoyed the world of boating and water during his long lifetime and is known to have participated in the Trans-Pac and Newport to Ensenada races over the years as well as Pacific Ocean cruises near San Diego and the Coronado Islands. He passed away in Rancho Santa Fe, CA at the age of 82 on March 22, 2001. His cremains were scattered followed by a wake in the Ream home. In an Oceanside (CA) North County Times obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association.
Daughter Caroline T. Ream ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She was a graduate of Rosemary Hall of Greenwich, CT and then for two years attended a school in Paris. She was joined in marriage with Thomas R. Lincoln ( ? - ? ), son of Leroy A. Lincoln of New York. Thomas was an alumnus of Princeton University and at the time of marriage was enrolled in the New York Law School. He was a member of the Princeton Club of New York. In 1968, the Lincolns lived in Greenwich, CT. They were the parents of Letitia Putnam Lincoln, Carolyn Ream Demas, Cynthia W. Lincoln and Mary Louise Lincoln. As of 2001, Caroline was in Greenwich.
~ Son Robert Clarke Ream ~
Son Robert Clarke Ream (1882-1957) was born on Aug. 31, 1882 in Chicago.
He was a 1904 graduate of Princeton University.
On Oct. 24, 1907, when he was 25 years of age, he married Priscilla "Mabel" Wrightson ( ? - ? ) of England, daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman. The news of their union, held at the English country estate of her family, at Ockenden Hall, Cuckfield, Sussex, was printed in newspapers in his hometown of Chicago. Robert's sister and brother in law, Marion and Redmond Stephens, traveled to England to attend the nuptials.
The Reams produced three known sons, Robert Bruce Ream, Henry Putnam Ream and John Wrightson Ream.
Robert made his home in 1918-1924 in New York City and served as personal secretary and assistant to his father.
Heartbreak blanketed the family on March 13, 1922 when 13-year-old son Robert, a student in Pomfret School in Connecticut, caught a deadly case of pneumonia and succumbed in Putnam Hospital. News of the untimely passing was published in the Norwich Bulletin and Vogue magazine. In his memory, a stained glass window was dedicated in the Pomfret School chapel.
Among others, Robert served on the board of directors of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway, a line which ran through the Blue Ridge Mountains to points south, and the Texas and Pacific Coal and Oil Company. He also founded an insurance firm, Ream, Wrightson & Company, was president of the American Re-Insurance Company, organized in 1917, and in 1930 he was elected to the board of the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Circa 1920, Mabel served as a director of the New York Exchange for Women's Work, and in 1961 was pictured in the Hartford Courant as president of the national organization.
They dwelled at Wallack Point in Stamford, Fairfield County, CT in 1935. When the 1940 federal census was enumerated, the Reams lived in New York City and employed a waitress, cook, kitchen maid and chamber maid in their home.
Robert is believed to have died on June 2, 1957.
Son Henry Putnam Ream (1914-1962) was born on Oct. 16, 1914 in Manhattan. He received a degree from Princeton University in 1937. A classmate recalled that he "was quiet and unassuming and well liked by all those who knew him." At the age of 25, in 1940, he lived at home with his parents in New York City and earned a living as a clerk in his father's insurance business. At the age of about 28, in 1942, he was united in wedlock with Sybil Atwood Watson (1920?-2010), daugher of Thomas Perry and Meta (Atwood) Watson. They were the parents of four offspring, Robert Bruce Ream, John Atwood Ream, Priscilla Parker and Henry Putnam "Hank" Ream Jr. He seems to have left behind the trappings of big business. Henry and Sybil made their residence on Sea Island, GA, where he purchased and operated a shrimp boat. Sybil spent her life in McIntosh and Glynn Counties, GA and attended a business school in Savannah. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Darien and Christ Church of St. Simons Island. Sadly, Henry passed away at the age of 47, on April 6, 1962, in Sea Island, Glynn County, GA. Interment was in Atwood Family Cemetery in Valona, McIntosh County, GA. In an obituary, the Princeton Alumni Weekly reported that "Unfortunately not many of us in the Class were in touch with Henry so not a great deal is known about his more recent activities... the Class first lost touch with him when he dropped back into the Class of 1938. For a few years he was carried on their olls. He then elected to return to the Class with which he entered college, and attended our 20th Reunion." Sybil married again to Albert Brewer Baker Jr. (1915-1982). He brought these children to the union -- Albert Brewer Baker III and Steve Baker. Said a newspaper, she "was a lover of the McIntosh marshes and the North Carolina mountains, nothing was more important to her than her family and friends. She was a constant source of love and encouragement. Her love of life and the joys life provided her has served as an inspiration to all who knew her." Eventually she outlived both of her husbands as well as two grandsons. At the age of 90, Sybil passed away at the Brunswick Hospital of Southeast Georgia Health Systems on June 24, 2010. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the family cemetery with Rev. Ted Clarkson leading the funeral services. The family requested that any memorial contributions be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church or the Hospice of the Golden Isles.
Son John Wrightson Ream (1919-1985) was born on Sept. 26, 1919. On March 26, 1949, in a ceremony held in Greenwich, CT, he married Barbara Borden (1918-1997), a native of Greenwich, CT. News of their nuptials was published, among other journals, in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Their three known children were Peter W. Ream, Robert Clarke Ream II and Glentworth Borden Ream. John served as vice president of American Reinsurance Company in New York. Barbara was a graduate of Rosemary Hall School in Greenwich and later of Low Haywood School and the Parsons School of Design. They resided in Greenwich and had a summer home in Hyannisport, Cape Cod, MA, and moved for good to the Cape in about 1950. During World War II, she volunteered with the American Red Cross and the VNA on the Cape. Reported the Cape Cod Times, she "was a member of the Wianno Club, the Hyannisport Club, the West Beach Club, the Beach Club of Centerville, the Beach Club of Palm Beach, Fla., the Palm Beach Yacht Club, the Royal Poinciana Club, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club of Greenwich, Conn., Hortilus and the Garden Club of America." Sadly, John passed away in Hyannisport at the age of 65 on Jan. 21, 1985. An obituary was published in the Boston Globe, which said that his funeral was held in St. Mary's Church in Barnstable. Barbara passed away in August 1997. Memorial services were held in St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Hyannisport. In an obituary printed in the Cape Cod Times, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to Cape Cod Hospital Foundation, American Heart Association or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Son Edward King Ream (1884-1946) was born on Sept. 28, 1884 in Chicago.
At the age of six, in October 1890, with help from the groom's young sister Florence, he served as a bridal attendant and scatterer of roses in the wedding of Albertina Huck and Marshall Field Jr., the only son of the great Chicago merchandising giant Marshall Field.
Edward grew to manhood in his parents' Chicago residence, a three-story brownstone, with 20 rooms, next to and north of their neighbor Field. He is shown in the 1900 federal census enumeration at the age of 15, and was listed as "at school."
He graduated from Princeton University in 1905 and devoted the early years of his career to the work of coal merchant and mining superintendent. He carried the sobriquet "Captain" but how that was earned is not yet known.
On July 27, 1909, in Jeffersonville, KY, he was joined in matrimony with 30-year-old Ellen Morton "Nellie" (Speed) Armstrong (June 24, 1879-1957), with magistrate James S. Kelgwin officiating. At the time of marriage, she was employed as a registered nurse and resided in Dorchester, VA. The couple asked the circuit clerk to keep the marriage a secret, and the news did not become public until December 1909.
Nellie was the daughter of coal merchant James Speed Jr and the granddaughter of President Lincoln's attorney general James Speed Sr. Divorced from her first husband (?) Armstrong, she thus brought two stepdaughters into the union with Edward -- Hattie Speed (Armstrong) Nickell and Frazier Morton (Armstrong Ream) Wanless Hill.
The Reams became the parents of two children of their own -- Bell Quigley Kitchen and Bethel Veech Ream. One of the daughters were married to H.D. Mitchell.
As newlyweds, Edward and Nellie relocated to his father's home region of Somerset County, PA. There, in 1910, they dwelled in a hotel in Hooversville, operated by Gustavus and Sophia Wasseen, and he was employed as a coal mine superintendent. Nellie's daughters Hattie and Frazier dwelled with them at that time.
Circa 1916, the Reams lived in nearby Johnstown, Cambria County, PA.
By 1924, they relocated to Kentucky, with a residence in Buechel, KY, and Edward was named that year in the obituary of his mother. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the family lived in Hoke, Jefferson County, KY, with Edward marked as a dairy farmer.
They moved to Versailles, Woodford County, KY in about 1930 and lived at 168 High Street. Circa 1932, their home was in The Commodore hotel in Louisville. They are known to have enjoyed spending their summers at a camp along the Kentucky River.
Edward and Nellie lived on High Street in Lexington in 1943. They moved to a new home circa 1946 -- in a hotel in Frankfort, KY -- "due to the housing shortage in Versailles," reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.
On Sept. 30, 1946, he suffered a fatal heart attack at the hotel. A funeral mass was held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Frankfort, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Jefferson County. [Find-a-Grave]
Nell outlived her husband by 11 years and made a home on Stout Avenue. She died in Versailles on Aug. 8, 1957, with burial beside her husband. The Lexington Herald carried an obituary.
Daughter Hattie Speed Armstrong (1900- ? ) was born in about 1900 in Kentucky. On Jan. 3, 1922, at the age of 21, she entered into marriage with Harry Brock Nickell ( ? -1969). The wedding took place at the First Christian Church, by the hand of Rev. Dr. E.L. Powell. News of the union was proclaimed in the Louisville Courier-Journal. They went on to bear a duo of daughters including Nell Best and Jane Speed McDonnell. The family initially was in St. Louis and then spent many years in Indianapolis. Their address in 1934 was 533 East 56th Street and at 5681 Guilford Avenue in 1945. Harry rose to become vice president of the forest products firm Pierson-Hollowell Company over a 30-year career. He is known to have served as treasurer of the American Walnut Manufacturrs Association circa 1944. In retirement, they lived in Boca Raton, FL. Harry died at the age of 75 in May 1969, with an obituary printed in the Indianapolis News.
Daughter Frazier Morton Armstrong Ream (1902-1945) was born on Oct. 8, 1902 in Louisville, KY. She was age seven when her mother married Edward King Ream, and the girl is believed to have taken the "Ream" surname. Frazier was active socially in her teens, and her name frequently was included in Owensboro, KY newspaper stories about social gatherings and visits. On Nov. 12, 1920, at the age of about 18, she was to have entered into marriage with George Smith Wanless (1898-1961), son of Joseph Wanless, and it was to have been "one of the social events of the season," reported the Owensboro Messenger. But they decided a month early to change plans and get married right away, and their ceremony was held on Oct. 17, 1920, in Jeffersonville, KY, by the hand of a civil magistrate. Said the Messenger, "The bride left a $3,000 trousseau untouched." Frazier's parents objected to the union and tried to have it annulled. At the time, George earned a living with Robinson Bros. & Co. The couple held firm and in August 1921 vacationed with her parents and siblings at a camp along the Kentucky River. Using the name "Mrs. George Wanless," Frazier was matron of honor at her sister's wedding in December 1921. Then in October 1927, together with Frazier's mother, they sailed to Italy for a holiday of several weeks' duration. But the match ultimately was troubled, and in April 1929, making her home in the Commodore Apartments on Everett Avenue, she sued for divorce. She alleged in her complaint that her husband "sneered at her religion and did not want her to go to church." Later in 1929, Frazier retook her "Ream" surname and, in company with her half-sister Belle, spent the summer in Montreal before sailing together with their parents to Europe in October. Then on July 11, 1931, she wed again to Dr. David C. Hill ( ? - ? ) in Louisville. Their union was announced in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Their only son was David Morton Hill. The Hills established a home in Woodford County, KY. Sadly, Frazier contracted a serious illness and suffered for several years. She succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 40 in a hospital in Louisville on March 30, 1945. Officiating at her funeral was Rev. Fr. G.H. Lynes of St. Louis Bertrands Church, with interment following in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville.
Daughter Bell Quigley Ream (1915-2000) was born in about 1915 in Pennsylvania. She grew up in Louisville, KY and, in July 1929, traveled with her half-sister Frazier to Montreal to spend the summer before sailing to Europe in October. She attended St. Mary's Academy in Illinois in 1932. On June 12, 1937, in Versailles, KY, Bell wed Wilbur "Edgar" Kitchen ( ? - ? ). Rev. Robert Gregory Lyons traveled from St. Louis to officiate the happy event, held in the parish house of St. Leo's Catholic Church. News of the wedding was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. At the time, Wilber was employed in the Kentucky State Revenue Department. They became the parents of four girls -- Frances "Fan" Dishman Shelburne, Marie Carolyn Kitchen, Susan K. Martin and Lou Nunnelley. Bell held a membership in St. Leo Catholic Church as well as the Woodford Hospital Auxiliary, Garden Club and Midway Women's Club. Circa 1935, she was accepted in the Daughters of the American Revolution, General Marquis Calmes Chapter, and maintained this connection for the remaining 65 years of her life. Similarly active in the Woodford County Womans Club, she rose to influence as treasurer and president and then became its sixth district governor. In January 1943, her attempt to revoke the trust funds established by her parents for her benefit was unsuccessful in the case Kitchen vs. New York Trust Co. The trustees of the trusts were New York Trust Bell's uncles Norman P. Ream and Robert C. Ream. In 1956, at the acquisition of the Women's Civic Center of Woodford County, a historic house at 247 Lexington Street in Versailles, she became its curator and served in this role permanently. The Civic Center also undertook philanthropic and educational projects and activities benefitting the residents of the county. Deeply interested in thoroughbred horse breeding, racing and sales for more than six decades, she belonged to the Keeneland Club and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Said the Lexington Herald-Leader, "The Kitchen family has bred several stakes winning thoroughbreds including Eclipse Award older mare Track Robbery. Sadly, Bell passed away in the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington at the age of 85 on Oct. 14, 2000. She was pictured in her obituary in the Herald-Leader. Jointly conducting her funeral mass at the family church were Rev. Fr. Frank Osburg, Rev.Fr. Raymond Stratman and Rev. Fr. Charles MacDonald. Her remains were interred in Versailles Cemetery, with William McGeorge Dishman III, J.J. Martin, Ben Martin, Dr. Ivan Shelburne, Mike Martin and Denny Nunnelley serving as pallbearers. The family made a request that any memorial donations be made to McDowell Cancer Foundation or the Women's Civic Center.
Son Bethel Veech Ream (1918-1968) was born in February 1918. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and studied at the Columbia University School of Journalism. During World War II, he served in California with the U.S. Naval Reserve. In about 1948, Bethel was wed to Nancy Sherwood Seaton (Nov. 25, 1923-2010), daughter of Kendall Gordon and Grace Mary (Watson) Seaton of Ashland, KY. Nancy was a graduate of Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH and Smith College in Northampton, MA. As a young adult, she spent about 18 months working for the Army Intelligence Service in Washington, DC before taking a new position in the office of the president of the University of Chicago. The pair went on to produce two sons -- Edward Kendall Ream and David Speed Ream. Circa 1947, reported the Woodford (KY) Sun, Bethel visited his sister Belle while traveling from Chicago to Mexico City. He is known to have dwelled in Evanston, IL in 1948. Bethel entered into marriage a second time with Gladys M. ( ? - ? ). Together circa 1960 they owned the Casas Adobes Book Store in a shopping center on North Oracle Road near Tucson. Glady sued for divorce in Tucson in 1964. Bethel's third wife appears to have been Rita M.K. ( ? - ? ). Alleging a host of grievances, she sued for divorce in Chicago in 1966. Circa 1966, Bethel's home was in Chicago. Bethel died unexpectedly in Jacksonville, FL at the age of 50 on March 1, 1968. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. His obituary appeared in the Lexington Herald. Nancy married again to John Harry Dornbos ( ? - ? ). Four offspring from the second marriage were Jill Dornbos, Jay Dornbos, David Dornbos and Jeff Dornbos. They made a home in Indian Harbour Beach in Brevard County, FL. Nancy volunteered her time with Daily Bread in Melbourne, FL and the South Guild of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra where she served as president and received a volunteer of the year award. Reported Florida Today, she was "a member of the local Embroiderers Guild and a founding member of the Space Coast Smith Club. A lifelong Episcopalian, she sang for many years in the St. Sebastian-By-The-Sea Church Choir, in Melbourne Beach, FL. She and her late husband, John, enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in their motor home 'Humble', and sea cruises in more recent years." The couple belonged to the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, and in her free time Nancy liked to craft needle point, read and play Scrabble and bridge. Nancy passed away at the age of 86 on June 4, 2010. Her memorial service was conducted in the family church. Today, an endowment she created with the Community Foundation for Brevard continues to support her favorite causes.
~ Son Louis Marshall Ream Sr. ~
Son Louis Marshall Ream Sr. (1887-1970) was born on July 7, 1887 in Chicago.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1908 and then went to work as an assistant secretary for the New York Trust Company. In April 1910, he became engaged to Mary Gilliat Naylor ( ? - ? ), daughter of Mrs. George Naylor, as announced in the Chicago Tribune, but there is no evidence that the couple actually wed.
In 1911, Louis met a pretty stage actress, 23-year-old Eleanor P. Davidson ( ? - ? ), while at the Chateau des Beau Arts in Huntington, Long Island. Using the stage name "Eleanor Pendleton," she was known for performances with Elsie Janis in The Slim Princess and also appeared in The Hoyden, The Fair Co-ed and The Bachelor Belles. They married in early September 1911, but his father did not approve of the match, and threatened to dis-inherit the son. Louis left his wife after just five days and later divorced. Eleanor reputedly received a settlement of $210,000.
Reported the New York Times, Louis and his father are "said to have become reconciled ... before his death" in 1915. In 1916, Louis' home was in Worcester, NY. Former wife Eleanor went on to marry film actor (?) Lawler. In 2014, the story of Eleanor's effort to receive a financial settlement, "that triggered sensational headlines and a high-stakes courtroom battle," was told in H. Thomas Howell's book Eleanor's Pursuit (Archway Publishing).
At theage of 31, on June 1, 1918, he entered into marriage with his second bride, Mary S. Weaver ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles S. Weaver of Putnam Heights and Thompson, CT. The nuptials were held in the Congregational Church in Thompson, performed by Rev. William B. Chase and Rev. Theodore Manning Hodgdon. At the time, he served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy. After a honeymoon, the Reams made their home in Chevy Chase, MD at 5 West Melrose Street.
The couple produced two children -- Mary Louise Crossgrove and Louis Marshall Ream Jr.
The marriage was troubled, and Mary allegedly shot Louis in the shoulder at a July 1924 dinner party. The couple separated soonafter. That winter, Mary took her mother and the children to live in Atlantic City. Claiming that Louis "displayed a violent and ungovernable temper," said the Hartford Courant, Mary filed for divorce, and it was granted in 1925 in Superior Court in Hartford. On Dec. 23, 1926, she married a second time to New York City banker Newell P. Weed ( ? - ? ). They lived in Thompson but did not reproduce. The Weeds divorced on June 13, 1932, with Mary claiming "intolerable cruelty." On Jan. 11, 1933, she married again to Russian immigrant Alexis Kraplish, an airplane designer living in New York who had connections to Sikorsky Aviation Corporation of Stratford, with the news reported in the Hartford Courant.
Louis eventually became a vice president for American Steel and Wire Company in Rhode Island.
Marion is believed to have brought two children to the marriage, Eleanor Ahbe and Janet T. Drayton. As a young woman, she was a musical performer and remained interested in promoting the musical arts for the rest of her life.
The 1940 U.S. census shows the family in Providence, with Louis' occupation shown as "secretary - college board." Their address at that time was 6 Olive Street. Marion served as a Red Cross Motor Corps volunteer during World War II.
During World War II, in 1942, Louis appears to have commissioned research of the Ream family and its origins in Germany. The resulting 26-page typed document, entitled "The Ream Family," traces the clan back to one "Nicholeus Rym" of the town of Leimen in 1432. The typescript today is preserved in the Rhode Island Historical Society but sheds no light onto the Minerd family connection with the Reams.
Louis spent his final years in Delray Beach, FL. As his health failed, he was admitted to a local nursing home, where he died on Oct. 28, 1970. An obituary in the Palm Beach Post reported that memorial services would be held in Providence's Swan Point Chapel.
As a widow, Marion lived in Abbey Delray in Delray Beach, FL. She died at the age of 90 on Dec. 8, 1984. An obituary appeared in the Palm Beach Post naming her husband, children and stepchildren. She was survived by 13 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.
Daughter Mary Louise "Marylou" Ream (1919- ? ) was born on March 16, 1919 in the District of Columbia. She married Robert R. Crossgrove ( ? - ? ). In 1970, they dwelled in Arlington, VA and in 1984 in Wolftown, VA. She was a shareholder of her brother's Zaca Mesa Ranch and Winery.
Son Louis Marshall "Marsh" Ream Jr. (1921-1994) was born on Aug. 26, 1921 in Thompson, CT. He married Manhattan native Cornelia Louise "Connie" Porter (Jan. 19, 1928-2010), daughter of Hugh C. and Louise Porter, the father a New York architect. The couple produced five offspring -- John Marshall Ream, Mark Thomas Ream, Bruce Clinton Ream, Scott Weaver Ream and Carolyn Priscilla McPheeters. During World War II, Louis served in the U.S. Army's chemical division in Hawaii. He received a chemical engineering degree at Princeton University and a master's of business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He accepted employment with Atlantic Refining Company and rose to the position of executive vice president for research and development, overseeing the company's merger with Richfield to becoming ARCO. "During the early years of the merger," said the Hackettstown (NJ) Star-Gazette, "oil was discovered at Prudoe Bay, Alaska by the ARCO crew. When the company moved to California, Mr. Ream and his family purchased a ranch and this later became a vineyard, known as the Zaca Mesa Ranch and Winery. Mr. Ream was the chief executive officer and president of this business until his retirement in the late 1980s." In August 1971, Cornelia christened the SS Arco Prudhoe Bay, a 70,000-ton tanker, at its fabrication site at the Sparrows Point yard of Bethlehem Steel. They were members of the St. James Episcopal Church of Hackettstown, NJ, St. Philip in the Fields in Oreland, PA and St. Marks in the Valley in Los Olivos, CA. Circa 1979, he served on the board of trustees of the Dunn School. He died in Glenlora Nursing Home in Chester, NJ on Jan. 10, 1994 at the age of 73. Funeral sevices were private, with obituaries appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the Star-Gazette, noting that survivors included nine grandchildren. The family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Cornelia lived for another 16 years, with her final home in Columbia, Richland County, SC. She succumbed there at the age of 82 on Aug. 28, 2010.
Stepdaughter Eleanor Thresher (1915-1985) was born in 1915 in Providence. At the age of 19, she graduated from Baldwin School at Bryn Mawr near Philadelphia and in 1938 from Wellesley College. She married John Leavitt "Jack" Ahbe ( ? -1993), a native of Athens, PA. The children born to this couple were John Leavitt Ahbe Jr., Marion Lord and Eleanor Anne Thomas. John was an alumnus of the Shattuck Military School in Minnesota and Lafayette College. He served in the U.S. Army Intelligence's Army Trading Command during World War II. He earned a living over the years in the field of wealth management. His first position was with Keystone Company in Boston, and in 1947 relocated to Palm Beach to open his own firm, John L. Ahbe & Company. From 1956 to 1968, said the Palm Beach Post, his work took him to New York, New Jersey, back to New York and finally to West Palm. In the community, John served as president of the American Red Cross chapter in Palm Beach County and of the Old Guard of Palm Beach. He also was president of the Theta Delta Chi alumni of Lafayette College and belonged to the New York Bankers Association, Rotary Club of Palm Beach, New York Numismatic Society, New York Downtown Athletic Club and the Sailfish Club of the Palm Beaches. In 1950-1952, Eleanor served as president of the Palm Beach Junior Welfare League and in 1971-1972 as chair of the Sustainers of the Junior League. Said the Palm Beach Daily News, "Her interests included coin collecting. She specialized in British coinage and its history. She was a member of the American Numismatic Club and the royal Numismatic Society of Great Britain." Their address in the 1970s was 2600 North Flagler Drive in West Palm. Sadly, Eleanor passed away on July 14, 1985, with an obituary published in the Daily News. After Eleanor's death, John married a second time to Arleen Seeley ( ? - ? ). She had been wed before and brought three children to the second union, Teina S. DeBakey, Beverleigh S. Bertland and Herbert B. Seeley III. John died in West Palm Beach at the age of 84 on Oct. 16, 1993. Memorial services were conducted in the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church, with an obituary appearing in the Palm Beach Post.
Stepdaughter Janet Thresher (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919 in Rhode Island. At the age of 21, unmarried, she lived at home with her mother and stepfather. She wedded (?) Drayton. Her home in 1984-1985 was in New York City.