Charlotte Susan "Susie" Boorem was the first child of John Boorem and his first wife Jane. Her mother died from childbirth complications in 1874 and it was Susie who stepped in and assumed many of her mother's duties is raising her younger siblings Agnes and Hooker. John Boorem remarried in 1879/80, and information from the 1880 census tells us by then 17 year old Susie was working in "the shoe peg factory," living with the family of Joseph Carlton, instead of with her father and step-mother. The factory is mentioned in "History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania" by Alfred Mathews, R.T.Peck & Co., Philadelphia, 1886, as follows:
"E. Dunbar & Co. built a shoe-peg factory at Mountainhome in 1868. It was sold to C.W. Decker, who changed it to a cloths-pin factory in 1880. The mill contains three sets of machines and employs twenty-five persons when in operation."
In the early 1880s Susie married Irish immigrant William Surplus (1860-1944) and they eventually settled in the village of Gouldsboro, Wayne County, Pa. They had a total of six children, although only three, Clarence, Willard and Paul, would live to maturity. In Gouldsboro William's occupation was a railroad engineer. A tragedy befell the family when William and Susie's oldest son, 17 year old Herbert, was accidentally run over and killed by a train that was being driven by his own father, who was unaware of his son's presence on the tracks. Relatives say that Susie never recovered from the death of her son, and she carried the burden with her for the remainder of her life. Susie, her husband and her children are all buried in the cemetery at Gouldsboro. The large white house adjacent to the cemetery is where the Surplus family resided for many years.
*Much of the information above was provided by Susie and Agnes' nieces Dorothy Boorem Thomas-Kott and Ann Boorem Dawson, daughters of brother Hooker Boorem. Other information taken from research by Jeffrey L. Thomas, Dorothy's grandson.
Below: Agnes (left), Susie (center) & Laura (right) Boorem
Below: The Surplus Plot at the family cemetery in Gouldsborb, Wayne Co., Pa
(photographs taken Aug 2014 by Jeffrey L. Thomas)
Obituary of Susie Boorem Surplus
Susie Boorem Surplus Death Certificate
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