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Name Dorothy Vernon CRAMMOND
Birth 22 Sep 1905, Newton, IA
Death 10 Jul 1981, Big Rapids, MI
Burial Highlandview Cemetery, Big Rapids, MI
Occupation Choir Director, Housewife, Reporter, Piano Teacher, High Sch
Education B.A. Music And English, Assoc. Arts, Arts And Crafts Asbury (1925?)
Religion Congregational
Father Charles Chester CRAMMOND (1878-1939)
Mother Margaretha Katherine Johanna HEIDECKER (1880-1969)
1 Roy NEWTON Ph.D.
Birth 12 Feb 1904, 15 Th Ave. , Cordele, GA
Death 27 Jul 1974, Big Rapids, MI
Burial Highlandview Cemetery, Big Rapids, MI
Occupation College Professor, Author
Education BS, 1925, Asbury College; Honorary LLD, 1968, Ferris State
Religion Methodist
Father Luther Samuel NEWTON (1874-1935)
Mother Elizabeth Ellis 'Lizzie' BLACKSHEAR (1880-1978)
Marriage 11 Aug 1927, Lansing, MI
Children: Roy (1933-1933)
James Covington (1935-2003)
David Lee (1937-2016)
Glen Edward (1947-)
Last Modified 13 Feb 2003 Created 15 Mar 2003 by EasyTree for Windows

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Dorothy Newton at the United Church^ Organ Console 1960. Behind Dorthy is a door that led to the little room where she’d sit during the sermon and where Glen would sit with John Janacek, the radio engineer, during the service, after giving the opening line to the radio audience and waiting to give the closing line for the broadcast.

“Welcome to the radio broadcast of the Sunday morning worship service of the United Church in Big Rapids, Michigan” began the service.

“This concludes today’s broadcast from the United Church in Big Rapids, Michigan” concluded it.

From Glen: October 2015 " 5'2" mother played high school basketball in Iowa nearly a hundred years ago. In that era, women weren't allowed to run the whole length of the court. Mom was a "side center", which meant that her job, on her end of the court, was to guard the opposing team's center, who towered over her at a typical height of 5'10". She had two teammates on her end of the court and three on the other, for a total of six players on the floor from each team at any time. Later, when she taught high school for a few years, she coached a girls' basketball team..."

From Glen: November 2015 "...Dorothy, played the guitar to accompany singing at the revival meetings where Grandma Crammond preached. Sometimes she and her little sister Mickey would play the piano, but there wasn’t always a piano. Grandpa Crammond, who also played piano very well, would lead the singing and sometimes play trombone. He might have also played piano during the revival meetings, although I don’t remember Mom mentioning that. When the three women sang trios, Grandma Crammond sang the melody, Mickey sang the middle harmony, and [Dorothy] sang the lowest part. Even as an adult, Mickey felt most at home musically singing a middle harmony part."

This picture was probably taken on the front steps of Grandma Crammond’s house in Lansing. [Glen] hadn’t been born yet, and Dave and Jim were around 9 and 11. {Dorothy on the left, Grandma Crammond right, Dave center top, and Jim front}

July 1949 Jimmy, Dorothy, Dave in the back and Perry B, Eva, Charles E in the front.

This picture has no identification on the back, but it appears to be an accordion and piano recital by the pupils of Professor Charles Chester CRAMMOND (back row, right). Dorothy is 3rd from left in the front row, Margaret Maureen is next to her, 2nd from the left. It may be Margaretha at the far left in the front row.

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