|Captain Edward Gifford Crosby
1842 – 1912
|Catherine Elizabeth Halstead Crosby
1847 – 1920
|Harriette Rebecca Crosby
1872 – 1941
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|E. G. Crosby (1), 1892 - 1910||E. G. Crosby (2), 1910 - 1918||E. G. Crosby (3), 1923 - 1931|
In 1912, Edward and Catherine Crosby were vacationing in Europe with their daughter, Harriette, who had spent the previous two years studying music in Paris. The three of them boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first-class passengers. Mr. and Mrs. Crosby were registered in cabin B-22 while Harriette occupied B-26. Crosby lost his life in the sinking; Catherine and Harriette survived and were rescued in lifeboat #7. Catherine Crosby's account of the events on the night of the sinking, as detailed in the affidavit she submitted to the United States Senate Inquiry, can be read on the Titanic Inquiry Project web site.
Edward Crosby’s body was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett (No. 269) and transported to Halifax where it was delivered to Howard G. Kelley, an officer of the Grand Trunk Railway, who had traveled to Halifax to arrange transportation for the remains of another Titanic victim – Grand Trunk president Charles Hays. The funeral for Captain Crosby was held in Milwaukee on May 7, 1912, aboard the Nyack, flagship of the Crosby Transportation Company fleet. Memorial services were also held in Grand Haven and Muskegon. Crosby’s body was cremated and his ashes were interred at the newly built Fairview Mausoleum in Milwaukee. After her death in 1920, Catherine Crosby was entombed beside her husband. Their daughter Harriette, who died in 1941, was also entombed there. The Crosby’s son, Frederick, who had not accompanied his parents on the ill-fated trip, succeeded his father as president of the company and eventually sold the business in 1927. He died in Rhode Island in 1966 and is not buried with the family.
The stately marble and granite Fairview Mausoleum, which had been intended to provide perpetual care for nearly 1,000 deceased, began experiencing financial problems in the 1950s. Conditions continued to worsen over the following decades to the point that the building could not be saved. The City of Milwaukee inherited the deteriorating mausoleum in 1995 and spent $1.8 million to relocate the remains of the Crosby family along with 996 others from the crumbling Gothic structure to Section 11 of Graceland Cemetery in Glendale, Wisconsin, in October 1997. The mausoleum was soon razed; a fire station and small park now occupy the location.
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|Fairview Mausoleum, 1996||Memorial at Graceland Cemetery||Milwaukee Engine Company 35|