Otis Albert Vroom married Susan Eliza Caffey 3 October 1906

Otis Albert Vroom was born 1 January 1884 in Philadelphia, the first child of Otis Albert Vroom and Florence Mary Hay.  Otis Senior was born in Nova Scotia, and came to Philadelphia after his father died.  He invented the “Vroom’s American scientific system of dress making.”  The Vroom family moved to the country at the urging of his physician, and raised Otis and the other children there.

In 1900, the Vroom family lived on Linden Avenue in Doylestown PA.  Otis’ father was a conductor on the Willow Grove trolley line.  Otis and his brother Frederick were in school.  Otis became a physician.

The Bucks County Gazette, reported on Oct 5, 1906 – Dr. Otis Vroom of Richboro and Miss Sue E. Caffey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Caffey, of this place, were married here on Wednesday evening by Rev. R.W. Cobb.

A year later, on 5 July 1907 the Gazette reported:  Dr Otis Albert Vroom Jr of Richboro has opened an office here. On May 28, 1909 the Gazette reported: A daughter was born to Dr. and Mrs. Otis A. Vroom Jr, of East State Street, Thursday morning.

Otis’ father died in 1910 from tuberculosis. 

The 1910 census lists Otis and family at 47 North State Street in Doylestown.  Otis was working as a physician.  The family moved to Philadelphia and Otis registered for the WW1 draft there on 12 September 1918.  His address was 7967 Oxford, and his contact person was his wife, Susan Eliza Vroom.  The card describes him as medium height, stout build, brown hair and eyes.  Although Otis registered, he was not called to serve. 

In 1920, the family still lived at 7967 Oxford in Philadelphia.  The household included daughters Florence, Hannah, and Alberta, as well as Otis’ mother-in-law Hannah Caffey. 

In 1930, Otis and family still lived at 7967 Oxford, and Otis listed his occupation as doctor, with a general practice.  Two more daughters joined the family – Susan and Charlotte.  Hannah Caffey was still in the household as well. 

Otis registered for WW2, in the “old men’s draft”.  He still lived at 7967 Oxford, and listed his nearest relative as Susan, his wife.  He was described as 5’11”, 190 pounds, blue eyes and gray hair.   

This draft card is the last record I have for Otis and Susan.  I have not located death records for them.




  1. October 3, 2011 at 11:07

    This is very interesting…the ‘Vroom’s American scientific system of dress making’…

    Do you mention this in another post?

    I’d love to know what it is…Karin

  2. sooze471 said,

    October 3, 2011 at 12:17

    Hi Karin
    The story of Otis Sr will come out on October 18, but the short answer is that I Googled it, and found references to his book, but not a copy to buy, or even an on-line version that I could read. It appears that the University of Connecticut holds a copy. It refers to a dress cutting system.

    Mrs Vroom was a dress-maker, and I’ll bet she was the woman behind the man…


    • October 4, 2011 at 08:38

      Have I told you how amazing I think it is that you write these every day?

      OK…I’m looking forward to reading October 18th… 🙂

  3. sooze471 said,

    October 4, 2011 at 08:44

    My brother e-mailed U-Conn yesterday to see if he could get a scanned copy of the book. He’s guessing that the copyright would have expired. We’ve found librarians to be great help, so we’ll see what response we get. He dug a little deeper and it looks like it is not available on inter-library loan, so this is the best bet.


  4. Alan said,

    February 10, 2012 at 11:44

    Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery Co, PA (findagrave.com) has the following gravestone:
    OTIS A. M.D. 1884-1963
    SUSAN E. 1883-1962
    CHARLOTTE V. ALVAREZ 1934-1986 (sic!)
    ALBERTA V. GRAVATT 1918-2005
    I realized that Charlotte’s DOB didn’t correspond to Census records, so I checked the Social Security Death Index on familysearch and got DOB of 24 Jan 1924 and DOD of Oct 1986; for Alberta, they had DOB of 15 Jan 1918 and DOD of 17 Apr 2005.

    • sooze471 said,

      February 10, 2012 at 11:55

      Thanks for the info – I will update my records. Find-A-Grave has so many new records coming in all the time. I need to remind myself to check back regularly. This is the second time in two days that this resource has provided the death information for family members, as well as information regarding married names for the daughters.


  5. Eric Haussmann said,

    September 12, 2014 at 19:43

    Otis and Susan are my great-grandparents. Hannah Marie Vroom was my grandmother. She married William Max Haussmann, also of Philadelphia (Rockledge), in June 1933. He was an architect, receiving a degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Beaver College, studying music. She went by “Marie.” They settled in Arlington, Virginia where they raised two children, my father and his sister. An interesting story of the Vroom family — they originally settled in New Amsterdam in the 1600s. They became Tory, loyal to the British Crown, and when the Revolution was over, they accepted the invitation from Canada, and emigrated to Nova Scotia.

  6. Alan Dinn said,

    September 13, 2014 at 05:40

    According to an obituary in the Journal of the American Medical Association, issue of 5 October 1963, Dr. Vroom died on 1 May of that year.

  7. Alan Dinn said,

    January 24, 2017 at 11:12

    According to an obituary in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 5 Oct 1963, Dr. Otis Vroom died on 1 May 1963.

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