|Birth: ||Feb., 1857|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 1909|
Son of Judge John Gontrum, who owned a large estate in the Gardenville area of what is now northeast Baltimore, and Caroline Kinzle, daughter of Jacob Kinzle, who was an early secretary of Jerusalem Ev. Luth. Church, Gardenville; graduated from St. John's College, Annapolis; studied law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1880; became a widely respected local lawyer; abt. 1885 married Mary H. Biddison (b. April 1866), daughter of Thomas C. Biddison; children: Elizabeth C., John B., Edwin K., Thomas M., Julia M.
John F. Gontrum Jr. was a lawyer with literary tastes. He wrote a number of poems, several of which were published during his lifetime. "'The Old Bridle Path' and Other Poems" was published posthumously.
"Still the stream of memory surges / To the place where oft I stood, / Where the bridle path emerges / From the shadows of the wood."
--from "The Old Bridle Path"
NOTE: Thanks to Gale Cottrell for the information that Gontrum's son Thomas had his father's remains reinterred at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, in 1970. Gontrum was originally interred here in the Biddison Family Cemetery, near the Gontrum home, between Belair Road and Walther Avenue. In recent years, the Waltherson improvement Association has taken the cemetery under its wing and staged regular cemetery clean-ups of this long-neglected bit of northeast Baltimore history.
Mary Helen Gontrum (1866 - 1945)
Biddison Family Cemetery
Created by: waldonia
Record added: Apr 30, 2009
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