J. Kamtman owned spring water company

October 16, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Jean Monroe Stork Kamtman, a former owner of a spring water company who also did volunteer work, died Oct. 1 of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 80.

She took over operation of the Chattolanee Spring Water Co., which she had inherited from her father, John W. Stork, in 1958. The Greenspring Valley company was founded in 1890 by her grandfather, William L. Stork, a lawyer and Civil War veteran.

Named Chattolanee, which meant pure water to the Native Americans who lived in the Greenspring Valley, the site at the intersection of Park Heights and Forest Park avenues once contained a posh summer hotel which was frequented during the Gay '90s and turn of the century by wealthy Baltimoreans who arrived by train and carriage to escape the heat of the city.

The four-story hotel, which housed 200 guests, closed in 1913 and was torn down 10 years later.

The bottled-water business continued after Mrs. Kamtman sold the company in 1967, ceasing operation in 1975 when the name only was sold to the Borden Polar Water Co.

A fifth great-granddaughter of President James Monroe, she appeared on "The Joan Rivers Show," with 25 other presidential descendants. "She was very proud of her Monroe association and was thrilled being on the show," recalled her son, Michael J. Kamtman of Winston-Salem, N.C.

"She had an uncanny ability to bump into celebrities and told stories about seeing Henry Fonda and his wife, Margaret Sullavan, dining in Marconi's. After spotting Rex Harrison on the street one day she said 'her life was never the same after that,' " he said.

She volunteered at Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children's Hospital and was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Baltimore Country Club.

A resident of the Ambassador Apartments in Guilford, Mrs. Kamtman was born and reared in Baltimore and was a 1932 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue, Baltimore.

Besides her son, survivors include her husband of 56 years, Bernard S. Kamtman, a retired insurance executive; a daughter, Sandra Monroe Stellman of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Pathfinder Village, RR 1, Box 32-A, Edmeston, N.Y. 13335.

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