+ Maude Verne Losey 1877 – 1953

Born: Mar 1877 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Parents: William Frederick Losey c1843-1885  and Sarah Catharine Katherine “Kate” Calyer 1845-1942

Siblings: Frederick W. Losey 1869-1924; Belle Losey 1873-after 1940; two unnamed children born 1876 and 1880; Clyde Frederick Losey 1881-1953

Married: Oscar Talbot Oram 1878-1943 on 9 Jul 1903 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Offspring: John Samuel Oram II 1903-1959; Kathyrne Belle Oram 1905-1988; unnamed daughter and Marjorie Verne Oram 1909-1909

Died: 22 Mar 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Maude’s life from records available via the internet 

Maude, sometimes Maud was born in the Brooklyn area of Cleveland, Ohio where in the 1870 census her father William, a Veteran of the Civil War worked in a saw mill.  Three of Maude’s grandparents had been born in New York State and her maternal grandfather was from England. See this part of the website for Maude’s parents and ancestors.

By the 1900 census widowed Kate was living with her four offspring at 56 Arlington Street. Maude was a telephone operator.

In 1903 Maude married Oscar Oram.  Like his brother Arthur and uncle James Henry Oram Oscar became an alcoholic. The probate documents associated with John Samuel “BaBa” Oram’s will shows that Maude had been appointed his guardian by 1914.  Otherwise records appear to show Oscar running the family business John S Oram & Co until his death. We do not know how much of the time Oscar was able to do this and how much time Maude had to cover for him.

Maude survived Oscar by ten years and died at their martial home 1896 E 86th Street on 22 March 1953. The newspaper announcement was:

Oram, Maude Y., beloved wife of the late Oscar T., mother of Mrs. Katherine O. Diss [sic] and John S. Oram, sister of Clyde Losey, grandmother of Maude Eileen [sic], Craig O. Diss and John Samuel Oram[III], at her residence, 1896 E. 86th St., Mar. 22. Friends may call at The Wm. Abel & Sons Co. Funeral Home, 15333 Euclid Ave., near Shaw, where services will be held Wednesday, Mar. 25, at 2 p. m.

Maude was not buried in the Oram lot at Lake View.  Burial unknown in 2015.

Ellen’s memories of Ninny:

I’m sure Maude (nee Losey) Oram, my Grandmother and Kathryne Oram Diss’ Mother, was a very strong woman as she had to become Oscar Oram’s Guardian; date unknown. I was never aware of any struggles on her part as all I ever felt was warmth and love in her presence — actually — I still do when remembering her.

My memories of my Grandmother are wonderful. My Brother and I would get to visit her on E 86th St. —usually separately as Craig and I were 5 years apart and I’m sure we would have been a ‘pain in the neck’ if we had been there together!:)

Maude’s Grandmotherly name to us was “Ninny”. She’d play cards w me (Crazy 8’s, Go Fish); walk up to the Knickerbocker Theater to watch my first ‘Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein’ movie; wake up for homemade oatmeal and milk with a little coffee which I’m sure my parents didn’t know. We would visit the ‘Farm’ on Worrell Rd in Willoughby, Ohio, where her Brother, Clyde and his wife, Bess lived as well as her son John S. Oram 2, wife, Margaret (Stubby) & Grandson Sammy lived across the street in a renovated barn that was beautiful!

I do remember being terribly devastated when Mom and Dad came home one night to say that she had died. That year ahead in my first year at Shaker Jr Hi — was extremely hard (grades suffered etc). Honestly, that heartbreak still remains when ‘going back’ to that time.

As an adult, I would take my 3 young Nieces to the Farm to hike the land and stream behind the property. I don’t know which of the families owned the property (whether Oram or Losey). Ironically, as it turned out, my Brother and my nieces didn’t live far away (Gates Mills). I also visited the Farm when returning to Cleveland in 1988 and found the memories still ‘alive’.

All those cherished times and memories continue to stay foremost in my heart to this day. I am glad to share them now.

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