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Eloise Ray (Landkrohn)

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Birthplace: Jewett, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Alexandria, VA, USA
Place of Burial: East Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jesse Charles (Karl) Landkrohn and Mary Jane Ryland Landkrohn
Wife of Robert Norton Ray
Mother of <private> Ray; <private> Engman (Ray); <private> Ray and <private> Engman (Ray)
Sister of Stillborn Son Landkrohn; Josephine Ray (Landkrohn); J. Karl Landkrohn and Xx Landkrohn

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About Eloise Ray

Eloise Landkrohn Ray

She was born in 1912 into what was considered a well to do family of the time. Her father was the Mayor of Jewett, Ohio and President of the Jewett Stamping & Enamel Company. In 1918, when she was 6, her father became treasurer of the Bellaire Enamel Co. and the family moved to Bellaire, OH where they lived in a large home high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River. Then in 1924, when she was 12, they moved again to Coshocton OH where her father headed up the Coshocton Glass Company. This was also the year (at age 12) that she learned to drive, in a time when this was not considered to be a woman’s activity. She learned, by leaning over the back of the front seat, and watching her father as he drove their Apperson Jackrabbit, the family’s open touring car. Eloise was always inquisitive and adventurous, not to mention brave. One day while in high school she played hookie and hid with a friend behind a grave stone in the South Lawn Cemetery while they watched Al Capone and 6 other members of his gang burry one of their women folk. She completed her high school years in Coshocton and the family was active and well positioned in the community. But hers was not to be a life of comfort without challenges. In facing these challenges she developed her wonderful sustaining strength of character and love of life and family.

In 1928 there was an industrial accident at Coshocton Glass. A Kiln blew up and 6 workers were seriously injured. Then came the Depression. Coshocton Glass went out of business. Her father covered all of the medical expenses of the injured employees, and then repaid all of his business investors in full. Her older sister Josephine was married in their family home to a New Englander, Harold Ray. Then, with little left monetarily, the family, (Eloise, with her father, mother, and younger brother J. Karl), left Ohio in a Model A Ford containing all of their remaining possessions. She and J. Karl rode in the rumble seat with the sewing machine and family sterling between them. They went to Florida where they stayed in Bradenton for 3 months with the family of her father’s sister, (Cora Riggs), who helped them get settled and reestablished.

The depression was in full swing and there was no such thing as social security or unemployment benefits. Eloise, who had been a student for one year at Brenau College in Gainsville GA, curtailed her education and went to work as a bar maid at Toddy’s in Bradenton Beach, FL to help support the family. She also drove her dad to the Bradenton Bridge daily at 11AM where he would fish, and picked him up at 5PM after he, hopefully, had caught their supper. Her mother learned many different creative ways to prepare fish meals. They rented a house and raised, plucked and dressed chickens which they sold to the Ringling Hotel in Sarasota. Eventually they were able to buy two small adjacent homes in Sarasota as a result of the Homestead Act, one of which they rented for income. Josephine and Harold introduced Eloise to Harold’s brother Bob and the two of them were smitten at first sight. They were married in 1935 and Eloise moved to Rhode Island. Two brothers had now married two sisters. Bob and Harold’s sister, Vivian, and Charlie Scanlan had also just been married.

The depression years were very difficult, and all three families lived in close proximity, and shared challenging experiences as they each attempted to gain a financial foothold. It was during this time that Uncle Charlie got a job at Standard Hardware Co. and convinced the owner that he could make lots of money if he sold parakeets. Now, Standard Hardware had very high ceilings with products stored on wall shelving that went from floor to ceiling. There were ladders on each wall which had wheels on the bottom and rollers that ran on a track at the top. One day the parakeets got loose in the store. Uncle Charlie was in big trouble, and that night the families came to the rescue. With no lights on in the store, Eloise, Josephine and Vivian rode on the tops of the ladders with nets, while Bob, Harold and Charlie shined flashlights on them and pushed the ladders back and forth below. Together, they caught the parakeets and saved Uncle Charlie’s job. This is just one example of how they always helped and stood by each other. These experiences together created the foundation of a very close knit relationship among the 3 families that lasted the rest of their lives.

During World War II, Bob joined the Navy and the family lived where he was stationed in Corpus Christi, TX. (Before the days of Air Conditioning). They lived in a small trailer that was leveled with jacks. At night gophers would often burrow under a jack, and one corner of the trailer would suddenly fall down, sending everything and everyone in the trailer flying.

After the war our families lived directly across the street from each other and cousins became more like brothers and sisters. Eloise loved sports and was an excellent swimmer. She taught all of us how to swim. In these times we didn’t have freezers or frozen foods. At Thanksgiving, Aunt Eloise’s turkey was being kept cold on her back porch and my dog, Champ, ate it. In 1952 she and my mother, Josephine, planned a trip to Florida with their children (2 sixteen year olds and 2 ten year olds) to visit their parents. Six of us, Aunt Eloise, Mother, Frank, Rob, Leila Jane and I, together with all of our clothing, food, sleeping bags and two pup tents headed for Florida in a little Nash Rambler station wagon. We had a trip none of us will ever forget with 4 sleeping in pup tents and two in the rambler wagon. We even survived a rain storm in Georgia, where a swamp area we didn’t know about, rose in the middle of the night, and flooded us out. The radio aerial became a cloths drying rack as we traveled on.

Eloise was a true homemaker. Her family was always her first concern and highest priority. She enjoyed sewing and needlework and became quite proficient in creating 3 dimensional decoupage projects, many of which, still adorn the walls of family members today.

In 1963 she learned she had a tumor at the base of her scull that had to be removed. The tumor was removed, but nerves were severed in the process, which left her with a loss of all sensation on the right side of her head. Though her senses of taste, feeling, sight, hearing and facial motion were permanently gone on that right side, she never let that slow her down or affect her wonderful upbeat disposition. At first she had trouble balancing or walking. So she went out and walked one mile a couple of times daily up and down the street. She said she walked like a drunk and the neighborhood dogs would bark at her. But she never gave up and continued until she could finally walk perfectly again. Subsequently, with determination, she also was able to drive again, and Uncle Bob bought her a (brighter than school bus yellow) new Plymouth to drive. She and Bob loved to go camping and at one point had a tent designed to be mounted on the top of the car. Then one day they found “Ralphy” a little 13’ Shasta trailer they towed happily behind the car where ever they traveled.

In 1977, when their son Rob lost his wife Lucille, in an auto accident in Washington, Uncle Bob and Aunt Eloise, who had lived in East Providence all of their married life, without hesitation, sold their home and moved to Alexandria, VA., where they lived with Rob, and Eloise stepped up to the plate, becoming a “second Mom” for her granddaughter Susan. She was there for Susan from Grade School to Adulthood. After Bob died in 1989, Eloise lived with Leila Jane, Ted, Kristen and Karen and was a volunteer in the Alexandria school system helping young children with their projects. During this period she also did extensive research on our family history and contributed significant historical information to our family tree. She never missed a family celebration or event and repeatedly traveled great distances (even into her 90’s) to be a part of these activities.

Eloise has given her “ALL” unselfishly and without hesitation to her family and friends all of her life. She has always acted according to what she felt was right, and never told others how she thought they should act. She has truly led by example. She has been a pillar in the structure of our family, and has shown courage and strength in instances and experiences most of us will never face.

We love you Aunt Eloise.

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Eloise Ray's Timeline

1912
November 30, 1912
Jewett, Ohio, United States
2010
March 24, 2010
Age 97
Alexandria, VA, USA
June 19, 2010
Age 97
East Providence, Rhode Island, United States