||Kramer Family Manuscript
||ECU Manuscript Collection
||Manuscript (1871-1961) including photographs, map, statements, records, lumber business.
||0.163 Cubic feet,
Copy of 82-page typescript, including photographs and a map, entitled "Kramers: 90 Years in the Lumber Business in Elizabeth City, North Carolina,'' by F.K. Kramer.
October 30, 1977, 82-page typescript; History of the Kramer Lumber Company of Elizabeth City, NC. Gift of Miss Jane Thompson, Elizabeth City, NC.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Kramer Family Manuscript (#347), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Miss Jane Thompson
Biographical / Historical Note
The Kramer family of Watsontown, Pennsylvania, moved to Elizabeth City in 1871 to engage in the lumber business. Daniel S. Kramer, the founder of the D. S. Kramer lumber company, arrived in January, 1871, with his wife, Rachel, and their six children. The firm had five names before it was liquidated in 1961: D. S. Kramer (1871-1884); D. S. Kramer & Sons (1884-1887); and Kramer Bros. Co. (1917-1961). R. O. Preyer, grandfather of Congressman Richardson Preyer, joined the firm as a partner in 1891.
The manuscript, which includes statements by elderly persons familiar with the firm, quotations from company records, photographs of the lumber mill and other sites in Elizabeth City and a map of the firm's property (1884), discusses the lumber business and other aspects of the town.
Of particular interest are references to materials the Wright Brothers bought from Kramer Brothers and Co. (pp. 35, 46-48), the buildings in Elizabeth City built with lumber supplied by Kramer (p. 53), photographs depicting the tugboat of G. F. Derrickson (p. 43) and the removal of logs from the forest (pp. 71-72) and the organization of Elizabeth City Academy and a graded school (pp. 16-17).