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Historian Esther Cramer dies, leaves legacy in local history

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La Habra Historian & Author Esther Cramer, 85,  passed away Sunday at Keck Hospital of  USC  after a  long bout with cancer.  Esther loved life. She was the author of the books La Habra, the pass through the hills: the formative years of a Southern California community from 1769, and Brea: The City of Oil, Oranges, and Opportunity. The historian was one of the most loved and fascinating people in La Habra. Her husband for 63 years Stan Cramer passed away recently. He was also a “giver.”   and involved in the community.
Ruth Pearce  said, “Esther will always be remembered as a charming lively lady. Thankfully her intelligence and interest in the history of La Habra led to  the founding of the  museum and what better legacy could one leave.  She was never conceited or in it for herself “
Kent Roberts, president of the La Habra Old Settlers Historical Society said, “She always amazed me when I asked her about an old house. Esther would tell me not only who lived in the there, but also about each child and where they went to college!
To say we will miss her is an understatement.  She will be treasured forever.”
Eunice Launer Harris lived across the street from Esther for many years and were dear friends.  She noted Esther could do anything. She even made her own wedding dress.  Esther was always busy and always planning. Eunice's  daughter Janet Harris Toknovich, who was Esther’s flower girl, said Esther  inspired her and many others. Kitty Zoeter said her death was a great loss to La Habra.
Esther told me she was   so happy  when the museum opened and she could get all the stuff from under her bed. She always dropped everything when anyone called and had a question about La Habra..always ready to communicate and always willing to share everything. ..Esther made a difference and will be so missed! Memorial pending.
Story by Susan Gaede


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