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Edward S. Kremp

(1866- )

"Edward S. Kremp, lawyer, Reading, comes from an ancestry which had its origin in Alsace-Lorraine, several generations of the family having resided in Saar-Union, while under the jurisdiction of France, of which municipality his great-grandfather, John Kremp, a Chevalier de St. Louis (born Dec. 12, 1747, died Feb. 26, 1836), was Mayor from 1810 to 1819.

Xavier Kremp, grandfather of Edward S., was born April 13, 1791, and was a number of years municipal clerk of Saar-Union.

Dominic Kremp, son of Xavier, born June 18, 1832, came to America in June, 1850, taking up his residence in Reading, Berks Co., Pa. He dealt for many years in real estate but is now living retired. His wife was Matilda Leitham, Daughter of Martin Leitham, a prominent farmer of Bally, Berks country. To them were born three children: Mary E., Anna A., and Edward S.

Edward S. Kremp is a native of Reading, born Nov. 16, 1866. His early educational training was gained in the public schools of the city, and he later attended St. Vincent's College, at Latrobe, Pa., where he was graduated with first honors in 1886. Beginning the study of law in the office of Cyrus G. Derr, of Reading, he was admitted to the Bar in November, 1889, and has since continued to practice.

Mr. Kremp married, in 1890, Miss Elsie Boas, who comes from distinguished ancestry, being the daughter of Capt. E. P. Boas and Elizabeth Kupp, the latter the daughter of Major Henry S. Kupp, of Birdsboro, Berks county, who was provost marshal during the war of the Rebellion. Her mother, Rebecca (Morgan) Kupp, was a daughter of Colonel Morgan, the founder of Morgantown, Berks county, and the line here runs back to the Morgans of Revolutionary fame. To Mr. and Mrs. Kremp has been born one daughter, Augusta.

Mr. Kremp at one time owned the beautiful country seat known as 'Ravenswood' in the suburbs, which was built by him, and he is the author of 'Caws from Ravenswood,' a booklet of poems which appeared in December, 1895, and which two months thereafter was translated into German by Professor Wilhelm Hartman."

[Source: Morton L. Mongomery, Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania 208 (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909)(vol. 1)][Kremp served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Reading.]


Edward S. Kremp, Caws from Ravenswood (Reading, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1895)