|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1903|
New York County
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 2004|
New Jersey, USA
Adella (Tiby) Martha Liebenow (1903-2004) aka Adele Liebenow, Youngest and Last Living Survivor of the General Slocum ship disaster of June 15, 1904 (b. November 28, 1903, possibly 133 East 125th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York, USA - d. Roseland, Essex County, New Jersey, 07069, USA) Social Security Number 139308225. Daughter of Anna C. X (1872-1957) and Paul Libenow (1871-1910). Her siblings include: Anna C. Liebenow (1901-1904) who died in the fire and is birth certificate number "1700" and death certificate number "3323"; and Helen Liebenow (1898-1904) who died in the fire and who's body was never identified and is buried in a mass grave with the other unidentified bodies. Helen's birth certificate is number "32329" and a death certificate may not have been issued. Two cousins and two aunts also perished in the fire. One of the relatives who died was Martha Liebenow (1875-1904) of 404 5th Street in Manhattan. Martha's death certificate is "3746". Adella's family was listed as living at 133 East 125th Street in the official register of General Slocum deaths. After the fire Adella was treated at Lebanon Hospital. After her father's death Anna moved the family to Watchung in Somerset County, New Jersey. Adella attended Plainfield High School, then studied education at Trenton Normal School, now known as the College of New Jersey. She taught for one year at Cleveland High School in Cranford then taught business administration at Plainfield High School from 1925 until 1961 when she retired. She married James Wotherspoon (1903-1982) and did not have children. Adella was cremated and her ashes buried alongside her husband's at the Wilson Memorial Union Church Cemetery in Watchung, New Jersey. The New-York Historical Society has her father's scrapbook and artifacts archived. Her obituary appeared in the New York Times.
A Watchung, NJ resident for over 93 years, Adella “Tibby” Wotherspoon, the widow of James Wotherspoon, passed away at the Berkeley Heights Convalescent Center on Monday, January 26, 2004. Tiby Wotherspoon celebrated the achievement of her 100th birthday on November 28, 2003. Born in New York City and named Adella Martha Liebenow. Tiby has an important place in New York City’s history, being the youngest survivor of the "General Slocum" steamboat disaster of June 15, 1904 and at her death was also the oldest survivor. Tiby and her mother moved to Watchung in July 1910. She attended Watchung Grammar School (in the building that is now the Watchung Arts Center) and then Plainfield High School where she graduated in 1921. She graduated in business education from Trenton Normal School (now Trenton State College) in 1924. She taught at Cleveland High School in Cranford, NJ from 1924-25. She then joined the Business Education Department of Plainfield High School in 1925 and taught there until her retirement in 1961. She joined Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung as a charter member in 1913 and was a member of the congregation until her death.
Tiby took a very active part in community affairs and activities. Her primary interest was in Garden Club activities. She was a member of the Garden Club of Watchung from 1961 until her death. She was club president twice, from 1966-1968 and from 1973-1974. She was a member of the Board of the Garden Club of New Jersey from 1969 to 1999 and a member of the Central Atlantic Regional Board of National Garden Clubs, Inc. from 1975 to 1995. She served on the Traffic Beautification Committee of the Borough of Watchung and was also a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Star Memorial Council. She had many other interests including the following, she was a long time member of the Plainfield Symphony Auxiliary and the Benevolent Circle King’s Daughters and was also a driver for the Plainfield Red Cross Motor Corps from 1942-1945. A memorial service celebrating Tiby Wotherspoon’s life will be held at Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung on Saturday, February 28th at 11:00 a.m. Donations, in lieu of flowers should be made to The Seeing Eye, PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375 or to the Wilson Memorial Church.
Somerset Hills Memorial Park
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Jun 15, 2004
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Adella last words regarding the tragedy"It was a real family occasion... It was rare in those days to get so much time off work so the adults must have been looking forward to the trip immensely. Later on my aunt said that everyone was so happy boarding ...(Read more)|
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