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The Icing on the Cake

The Icing on the Cake

Washington, D.C., circa 1930s. "Cronmiller, LeP., Jr., Mrs." Who can decipher this alphabet soup of a pastry? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


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My blood sugar spiked simply by looking at this cake.

LePage Cronmiller, USMC

The 1935 DC city directory lists a "LePage Cronmiller, Jr.," husband of a "Jean."

His occupation is "Lieut, USMC" and his address is 3726 Connecticut Avenue NW, Apt 404.

Going off of that, I found him (listed as single) in the 1930 Census living at the US Marine Camp, Prince William, Virginia, with a birthdate of 1900 in Maryland.

I then found his marriage record online - he was wed April 26, 1930, to a Jeanne Elizabeth Gravette at St John's Church in DC. Either someone goofed on the initials, a nickname is involved, or the "JWC" is supposed to represent somebody else.

It could well be something other than a wedding cake as well (the huge Marine Corps symbol in the center makes me believe the latter).

Jeanne was buried with LePage (who made his way up to Lieutenant Colonel, as per his gravestone).

I found a picture of Lt. Cronmiller from around 1927.

The last listing I can find (other then their deaths) is a news item from 1958 in Winter Haven, Florida, in the gossip column, when they were entertaining a General David O'Neil as a houseguest.

And finally, Lt. Col. Cronmiller's gravestone.

[Now that's what I call comprehensive! There was also a daughter, Jeanne (Juanita) Woodward Cronmiller -- our "JWC." - Dave]

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