A short history of Ernest and Kathryn Cruger - and their children
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A short history of Ernest and Kathryn Cruger – and their children
Ernest Bernard Cruger was born December 30, 1872 in West Philadelphia.
He died at age 50 on February 12, 1922 at Clason Point in the Bronx, New York.
Kathryn Veronica Cruger was born August 11, 1876. She
passed away November 22, 1923 at age 48.
It has been told that after Ernest died that Kathryn and the younger children moved out of
the large, brick house in Clason Point and resided in a smaller, frame house on the Cruger property.
Eleven children were born to
Kathryn and Ernest. Eight survived, three died at early ages.
The three children that passed away early in their lives were:
Born May 17,1900
Died September 27, 1900
Donald Francis Cruger
Born December 14, 1913
Died March 1, 1914
Born June 24, 1919
Died June 26, 1919
The eight Cruger children that survived and went on to live successful lives were:
Ellsworth Benedict "Sonny" Cruger
Born March 11, 1898
Born November 28, 1906
New York Edgewater,
Died December 27, 1946 Died
September 24, 1965
Ernest Bernard “Judge” Cruger
Arthur Alfred Cruger
Born July 9, 1901
Born November 3, 1907
Died March 25, 1954
James William Cruger
Born July 11, 1903
William Henry "Red" Cruger
Edgewater, New Jersey
Born Willis Earl Cruger, legally
Died July 5, 1975 Changed
to William Henry Cruger
Born June 5, 1909
Marion Agusta Cruger
Died August 16, 1988
Born August 27, 1905
Kathryn Rose Cruger
Date died ? Born
February 4, 1915
The most important man in my life
He was my dad. Everyone called him “Sonny.” Partially because his personality, his disposition
was sunny. Partially because his full name was Ellsworth Benedict Cruger. I never heard anyone call him Ellsworth, it was always “Sonny.”
He was born November 27, 1906 at Clason Point, New York. His mother was Kathryn Gorey Cruger.
His father was Ernest Cruger. My grandfather was an engineer. Dad had 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He was the youngest.
Dad’s father, Ernest, was said to be a tall man, his height estimated at from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches. Grandmother Kathryn
was 4 feet 11 inches in height. She worked later in her life as a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York.
The eight Cruger children were best friends to each other. They had other friends, but their best friends were each other. The family
owned their own luxury Chris Craft motor boat.
Dad told me that we Crugers carried some American
Indian blood in our veins. He told me that we had ancestors from the Blackfoot Indian tribes of North Dakota and Montana. Two more
generations of Crugers carried the belief – that we were part Blackfoot Indian. There has never been proof of the validity of the
belief – nor has the belief been disproved.
Dad’s father, Ernest, died when dad was 15 years
old. Upon Ernest’s death the family began a slow separation. At 15 dad was on his own. He got a job working as a bell boy at the hotel
Pennsylvania in Manhattan. He worked with his brother Bernard “Judge” Cruger as a mechanic. He studied to be an electrician and got
a job as a signalman for the Interborough Rapid Transit company (I.R.T.) one of the main companies that operated the subway system
in New York City.
Dad played baseball for the I.R.T. company team. In those days company teams
were an important part of the game, producing quality players for professional leagues. Dad was always proud of his team and his role
in winning city championships in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
He was a slim 5 foot 9 inches in his
youth, but as he grew older he also grew in girth. Never being terribly overweight, he gained pounds until, in middle age, weighed
between 180 and 190 stocky pounds.
By Ron Cruger