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Raymond Randoff SOOY  1880 - 1938   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Raymond Randoff SOOY  1880 - 1938

aka Raymond R. Sooy, R. R. Sooy, Raymond Sooy, R. Sooy
nationality
occupation
birth 22 Aug 1880, Pemberton (New Lisbon acc. to ELLIS ISLAND), Burlington, NJ
baptism
death 20 Dec 1938, Merchantville, New Jersey
burial
marriage married on 19 Aug 1903:
Ruby BEIDEMAN

b. 24 Dec 1884, Camden, NJ
d. ...............

childrenno children

PARENTS

father Ezekiel ("Zeke") SOOY

b. 24 Feb 1850, Pemberton, Burlington, NJ
d. ..............

mother Kitturah/Keturah R. PRICKETT

b. 22 March 1851, Stafford Twp, Ocean, NJ
d. ........

remark FAMILYSEARCH: household: mother Kitturah R. (PRICKETT) SOOY
remark in 1921-1922 lived in Merchantville, NJ
marriage got married about 1870
children
  • Jesse A.

    b. 20 July 1873, ....., NJ
    d. after 1938 (Raymond's obituary), ........

  • Harry Oliphant

    b. 11 Mar 1875, New Lisbon, NJ
    d. 24 May 1927, Oakland, CA

  • Raymond Randoff

    b. 22 Aug 1880, Pemberton/New Lisbon, NJ
    d. 20 Dec 1938, Merchantville, NJ

  • Charles Ewan

    b. 20 Aug 1885, Ewanville, NJ
    d. ..... 1945, ........


LIFE


188O CENSUS (5 June 1880, Pemberton, Burlington, NJ):
Ezekiel (30y)
Kitturah A. (29y)
- Jesse A. (8y)
- Harry O. (5y)
= Sarah H. (63y ; mother)



1900 CENSUS (7 June 1900, Smithville village, Eastampton, Burlington, NJ):
Thomas BARRY (37y; Sept 1862) machinist
Keturah R. BARRY (48y; March 1852)
- James BARRY (10y; Nov 1889)
- Raymond SOOY (19y; Aug 1880; stepson) machinist
- Charles SOOY (14y; Aug 1885; stepson) machinist




see:
WWI 1917-1918 Draft Reg. Cards
Machinist, Victor Talking Co.
430 Chambers Av., Camden, NJ


1920 CENSUS:
Sound recorder Mch. Co.



1930 CENSUS:
Manager RCA Victor



joined Victor in August 1903
recorded for GRAMCO in 1921 (in BA / CA matrix series)
Oakland recording lab VICTOR (1927) see: Harry SOOY
Website: Tim's Phonographs and Old Records (Victor in the West: The Oakland Pressing Plant by William J. Nicolson)
NYT article (21 Dec 1938)

[ELLIS ISLAND 1908/1921/1922: birthplace: New Lisbon]



On 24 September 1908 sailed from New York to Vera Cruz on SS "MEXICO".
Then by nighttrain to Mexico City



Raymond SOOY (28y) engineer
+ Ruby SOOY (23y) merchant
SS "MONTEREY"
12 Nov 1908, Vera Cruz, MEXICO
21 Nov 1908, New York



On 16 Jan 1909 sailed from New York to Havana, Cuba (Raymond's second recording expedition).



Raymond SOOY (28y)
+ Ruby SOOY (24y)
SS "SARATOGA"
13 Febr 1909, Havana, CUBA
17 Febr 1909, New York



On 20 Jan 1910 sailed on SS "VERDI" from New York to Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Via Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Santos, Brazil-Montevideo, Uruguay and arrived in Buenos Aires on 14 Febr 1910 (25 days on board ship).
Made 424 selections/recordings



Raymond SOOY (29y)
+ Mrs. Raymond SOOY (25y)
SS "VASARI"
10 Apr 1910, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
5 May 1910, New York


Passport Application No. 124525 (Washington)
(21 Dec 1920 - 30 Dec 1920)
to visit England and France



Raymond SOOY (40y)
+ Ruby SOOY (38y)
SS "ADRIATIC"
dep. New York: .. Feb 1921
arr. Southampton: 27 Feb 1921
Laboratory Gramophone Company, Hayes, Middlesex



Raymond R. SOOY (41y)
+ Ruby SOOY (36y)
SS "OLYMPIC"
30 Nov 1921, Southampton
6 Dec 1921, New York
residence: 205 Myrtle Ave., Merchantville, NJ



In Feb 1922 Raymond and Ruby Sooy again visited England:
Raymond R. SOOY
+ Ruby SOOY
SS "OLYMPIC"
dep. New York: .. Feb 1922
arr. Southampton: 25 Feb 1922
Laboratory



Raymond R. SOOY (41y) (b. 22 Aug 1880, New Lisbon, NJ)
+ Ruby SOOY (38y) (b. 24 Dec 1884, Camden, NJ)
SS "OLYMPIC"
12 April 1922, Southampton
19 April 1922, New York
residence: 205 Myrtle Ave., Merchantville, NJ



On 11 Sept 1926 Raymond makes his third trip to London, ENGLAND, to look over the Electrical recording of The Gramophone Company



Raymond SOOY (46y)
SS "BERENGARIA"
2 Oct 1926, Cherbourg, FRANCE
8 Oct 1926, New York
res.: 14 Church Road, Merchantville, NJ


NOTES

  • Memoirs of my Recording and Traveling Experiences for the Victor Talking Machine Company by Raymond Sooy (online David Sarnoff Library)
  • Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company, 1898-1925 by Harry O. Sooy (online David Sarnoff Library)
  • The Sooy Dynasty of Camden, New Jersey: Victor's First Family of Recording by Paul D. Fischer
  • "His Master’s Voice” In America by Frederick O.Barnum III (General Electric Company. Camden, New Jersey, 1991).



PHOTOS

From left to right: Joseph Pasternack, composer Victor Herbert, recording engineers Charles and Raymond Sooy.



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