1) MAMIE C. BLOOMER was born December 1871 in Philadelphia, PA and moved with her parents to Atlantic City sometime in the late 1870s-early 1880s. When she was in her early 30s, she married the architect Joseph J. Lehrer, son of Lewis Lehrer and Mary Trainor. Since Mamie’s son, Charles John, was born in the summer of 1903, one can presume that her marriage to Joseph occurred a year earlier in 1902. Mamie died from tuberculosis on September 26, 1932. Cholly went to church every evening at 7:00 pm till the day he died, to pray for her.
Like Mamie, Joseph was born (1871) in Philadelphia, PA. In 1898, he left Philly in order to pursue a career in architecture in Atlantic City. How the couple met is unknown, but church is a strong possibility as both were Catholics. Indeed, Joseph had attended Catholic School in Philadelphia.
The two children of Mamie Bloomer and Joseph Lehrer are:
CHARLES JOHN ‘CHOLLY’ LEHRER, born June 26, 1903, Atlantic City, NJ; died December 30, 1968, Atlantic City, NJ.
JAMES LEHRER, born around 1904 in Atlantic City, NJ and died a year later from milk poisoning. He was interred in the Lehrer-Bloomer family plot in Pleasantville, NJ which his father, Joseph, and Mamie’s brother, Peter, had bought a year earlier.
Unfortunately, Mamie’s husband, Joseph Lehrer died of pulmonary tuberculosis during late January of 1909 when he was just 38, leaving the young Charles John without a father. Joseph was buried in the family plot in Pleasantville, NJ. The undertaker for Joseph’s funeral was Mrs. Joseph Gormley & Son of 1619 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. Years later, the Gormley Family would also attend to the burials of Charles John ‘Cholly’ and his wife, Ann Lehrer.
Mamie Bloomer was a Catholic Irishwoman, through and through. So, after Joe Lehrer died, she, along with her brothers Charles (divorced) and Jim (also divorced or separated), attended to the religious education of Cholly, Mamie’s only child to live to maturity. Until the day he passed away, Cholly went to church every evening at 7:00 to pray for his mother.
Cholly was but 5 years old when his father Joe died, so he did not have much to report of him, other than the fact that German was Joe’s household language, most unusual since the Lehrer Family had been in America since the mid 1800s. In addition, Cholly mentioned that his mother Mamie, spoke German, too. Mamie and Joe’s last residence was located at 711 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ.
Cholly died in 1969, believing that his father, Joe had attended Girard College (a high school in Philadelphia) but this has been disproved. One John Henry Leyrer did attend Girard, but his father was not Louis Lehrer, Joe’s father.
Some 23 years after the death of Joseph, Mamie also died of tuberculosis; she was buried on September 26, 1932, joining her husband and son, James, in the family plot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Her final years were reported by her daughter-in-law, Antoinette Matacia Lehrer, to be very unpleasant.
From the style of the rather ornate Lehrer-Bloomer Mr. Calvary Cemetery plot in Pleasantville, NJ, it would appear that these two families had a fair amount of money available to them when Joseph Lehrer and Peter Bloomer bought their double plot in 1903. Joseph Lehrer owned Lot 46, and Peter Bloomer owned Lot 41, both in Section 5. The purchase on December 7, 1903 coincided with the death of Peter’s father, Charles A. Bloomer, the father of Joseph Lehrer’s wife, Mamie.
2) CHARLES A. BLOOMER, JR. was born August 28, 1873 in Philadelphia, PA, and died in Atlantic City, NJ in late July of 1946. He was buried on July 24, 1946 in the family plot in Pleasantville, NJ.
In the US Census for Atlantic City of 1900, Charles Bloomer, still living with his parents and siblings, is reported to have already been married for a year, but his wife, Bella, is not mentioned in the census.
When it came to working for a living, Charles was versatile guy. Some of the jobs he held in Atlantic City are as follows:
1893: paper hanger
1894: shade hanger
1900: house painter (US Census)
1918-1925: motorman; i. e he drove a trolley on Atlantic City’s extensive system.
1930: clerk in a bowling alley
1935: waiter at the Emerald Cafe
According to the Census for 1920, ‘Uncle’ Charles was the manager of a hotel in Atlantic City, this during the same time that he was a motorman on Atlantic City’s trolley system. Chick Lehrer, his great-nephew, remembers that during the 1940s Uncle Charles lived in a hotel on St. James Place.
The map above shows hotels on St. James Place in Atlantic City during the early 1900s. Chick Lehrer recalls that ‘Uncle’ Charles’ hotel was located in the vicinity of the Absequan Hotel Co. group. In fact, in 1925 one George Bloomer is mentioned in the Atlantic City Directory as the manager of the New Seacrest Hotel at 135 St. James Place. George’s relationship to Charles is still unknown.
In the 1930 US Census for Atlantic City, that is to say, at the start of the Great Depression, Charles was living with his sister Mamie and her son, Cholly, in Ventnor and Charles is listed as having taken up work as a clerk in a bowling alley.
3) PETER J. BLOOMER was born March 1875 in Philadelphia, PA. He is listed as a salesman in the 1900 US Census for Atlantic City. In 1905, he married Daisy who was born in 1882 in Philadelphia, PA. According to the US Census for 1910, Peter was now a house painter a job he maintained throughout his working life.
Daisy and Peter had one child, CHARLES BLOOMER, born 1906 in Atlantic City. Jeanne Bloomer appears to have been Charles’ wife. They had a daughter together. Charles was buried in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Pleasantville, NJ on December 14, 2003.
As mentioned earlier, Peter bought Lot 41 in Section 5 of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Pleasantville on December 7, 1903 to bury his father, Charles A. Bloomer, who had recently died. At the same time Joseph Lehrer, who was married to Peter’s sister Mamie, bought the adjoining Lot 46.
Peter died in 1917, shortly after the US had entered World War I, and was buried on August 05, 1917 in Pleasantville, NJ.
4) JAMES GILLESPIE BLAINE ‘JIM’ BLOOMER, the youngest among his siblings, was born in July 12, 1884 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jim was 9 years younger than the previous sibling, Peter, so perhaps there were additional Bloomer children in-between who had died. The US Census for 1900 reports that Jim had become a messenger. The Atlantic City directories indicate that Jim was selling cigars from 1909 through 1913.
It would appear that James Gillespie Blaine Bloomer was named after the American politician James Gillespie Blaine. In fact, a month before James Gillespie Blaine Bloomer’s birth (June of 1884) James Gillespie Blaine received the Republican nomination for President, but was defeated by Grover Cleveland, after a hot campaign, in which the personal character of both candidates was involved. Blaine then went abroad and remained several years. He, undoubtedly, could have had the nomination in 1888, but he urged the nomination of General Harrison. Blaine became President Harrison’s Secretary of State, March 5. 1889, and served until his resignation in the summer of 1892. He was urged to become a candidate against President Harrison in 1892, and probably could have received the nomination had he assented in season. His health, which had been delicate for two years, now began to fail, and he grew steadily worse until January 27, 1893, when, at his home at Washington, he died. Thus ended a remarkable record – one made brilliant by great attainments and flecked with human frailties and disappointed ambitions, and finally finished amid the sorrows and regrets of the whole country.
In 1913 Jim married ROSE , a jovial woman with a thick brogue who was born in Ireland, United Kingdom. They had but one child, Mary T. ‘May’ Bloomer, born in 1915, who married Charles ‘Cholly’ Hawley c. 1933. Cholly and May, in turn, had only one child, Joanne.
By the time of the US Census for 1920, Jim was working as a bookkeeper (clerk) in Atlantic City. For some unknown reason, he is listed as being single, having moved in with his brother Charles, their sister Mamie Bloomer Lehrer, and her son, Charles ‘Cholly’ Lehrer. Clearly Rose and James had broken up. By 1930 James was back living with his wife, Rose and daughter, May and working as a salesman at Homeland Tailors in Atlantic City. In 1935, Jim was still employed by the tailors; at the same time Rose was working in the housekeeping department at the Claridge hotel, and May had become a saleslady for James Salt Water Taffy.
In later years, James and Rose never appeared together, Rose having taken up residence in Chester PA with her daughter May’s family, who also had a summer home in Longport, NJ.
No year of death has yet been found for James; he is presumed to have been buried in the Bloomer-Lehrer family plot in Pleasantville.
The grandchildren of Charles A. Bloomer, Sr. and his wife, Rose
MARY T. ‘MAY’ BLOOMER (b. 1911; d. September 8, 2000 Chester PA), the only daughter of James Bloomer and his wife, Rose, married CHARLES ‘CHOLLY’ HOWLEY (b. July 25, 1914 Chester PA; d. March 7, 2005) around 1933. The couple’s only child was Joanne Howley.
Charles ‘Charley’ Howley was born in Chester to John and Hannah Gavigan Howley. His siblings were: Kathryn, Gertrude, and John. His father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother, in County Donegal, Ireland. In the US Census for 1940, Charley and his wife, Mary ‘May’ Bloomer Howley were living in Atlantic City on Maryland Avenue just a block away from May’s cousin, Cholly Lehrer and his wife, Ann who resided above McGurk’s Tavern on the corner of New Jersey and Atlantic Avenues. During that period, Charley was the manager of the tobacco department at a local drug store.
After WW II, May and Charlie moved to Chester, PA, where their daughter Joanne was born; but they continued to visit Atlantic City each summer, subletting an apartment in Chelsea Village. In time, May and Charley bought a summer home in Longport at the tip of Absecon Island. May’s mother, Rose Bloomer, lived with them during this latter period. Born in Ireland, Rose Bloomer in her twilight years still had a brogue so thick ya could cut it with a knife!
Like her cousins Chick and Ernie Lehrer, Joanne Howley (May and Charley’s daughter) attended Catholic Grammar School, and from her experiences there with the good Sisters, created the hilarious personage of the ever-so-cruel nun, Sister Mary Vaccination Needle! Joanne is married to James ‘Jim’ Moretti who owns a prominent plumbing business in Media PA. They have 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and a great-grandaughter.
The Children of JOANNE HOWLEY ( b. 1941; m. 1961) AND JAMES ‘JIM’ MORETTI, SR:
DEBRA ‘DEBBIE’ MORETTI
JAMES ‘JIM’ MORETTI, JR.
CHARLES ‘CHOLLY’ JOHN LEHRER, the son of Mamie Bloomer and Joseph Lehrer, was born on June 26, 1903 in Atlantic City, NJ, He married ANTOINETTE ‘ANN’ MATACIA during the year 1930 in Charlottesville, VA. The latter was the sole daughter of Agostino Matacia and Rosina Demma.
An electrician by trade, ‘Cholly’ was also, an also excellent carpenter and painter. Superintendent of Garden State Construction Co. from c. 1946 until his death, Cholly handled all estimates for the company. As subcontractor to the Atlantic City Electric Company, Garden State Construction Company was one of the companies which built the electrical grid for South Jersey during the post WW II years. Prior to the Great Depression of the 1930s, Cholly had worked for Paramount Pictures in the eastern US, wiring theaters for sound and lighting. During the war years, he was involved in the construction and maintenance of the Radar Station in Cape May. NJ.
The children of Charles John Lehrer and Antoinette Matacia are:
CHARLES-DAVID JOSEPH LEHRER, born October 09, 1940, Atlantic City
ERNEST VINCENT LEHRER, born January 06, 1945, Atlantic City
After 10 years of suffering from lack of breath due to emphysema, Cholly died from a heart attack on December 30, 1968 in Atlantic City, NJ. He was buried on January 03, 1969 in the family plot in Pleasantville, NJ. His wife, Antoinette, died a year later and was buried next to Cholly on April 23, 1970.