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Raymond Randoff SOOY  1880 - 1938

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

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

childrenno children


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
  • 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, ........


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

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
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)
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)
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)
dep. New York: .. Feb 1921
arr. Southampton: 27 Feb 1921
Laboratory Gramophone Company, Hayes, Middlesex

Raymond R. SOOY (41y)
+ Ruby SOOY (36y)
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
dep. New York: .. Feb 1922
arr. Southampton: 25 Feb 1922

Raymond R. SOOY (41y) (b. 22 Aug 1880, New Lisbon, NJ)
+ Ruby SOOY (38y) (b. 24 Dec 1884, Camden, NJ)
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)
2 Oct 1926, Cherbourg, FRANCE
8 Oct 1926, New York
res.: 14 Church Road, Merchantville, NJ


  • 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).


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