|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2007|
Crosby, Hartley "Pete"
by Sharon (Crosby) DeJay
Hartley "Pete" Crosby was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on September 19, 1915. He and his family later moved to Oregon. During the Depression, Pete worked for the Conservation Corps in Oregon. His sister, Brownie and brother-in-law Charlie Bland, lived in Juneau. They convinced Pete and their sister, Thelma, brother-in-law A.W. "Bud" Boddy and their son Doug to come to Juneau. They arrived in Juneau on the passenger ship Northland in 1941. Pete went to work at the AJ Mine from 1941 to1942 as a crane operator.
During World War II, Pete joined the US Army. After basic training at Fort Chilkoot in Haines, he was stationed at Moses Point, Alaska and ran a Caterpillar keeping the airfield clear so planes could land and refuel. When he left Moses Point, Pete was stationed in Portland, Oregon, where he rode the trains as a M.P.
After the war, he returned to Juneau and went to work for the Corps of Engineers. When the Corps of Engineers closed in 1948, he went to work for the Juneau Police Department. He was a policeman until 1952. He then became a Deputy United States Marshal and traveled throughout Southeast Alaska.
In 1959, when Alaska became the 49th State, the Deputy U.S. Marshal's position was abolished. Governor Bill Egan asked Pete if he would be interested in applying for a position as a traveling magistrate. Pete applied for the position and was hired. At the time he was appointed Magistrate, it was not a requirement to be an attorney. As Traveling Magistrate he traveled again throughout Southeast Alaska hearing court cases. He was then appointed District Court Judge until his retirement in 1974. At the time of his retirement, Pete was one of two judges in Alaska that were not attorneys. After retirement, Pete still worked as a Pro Tem Judge filling in for various judges until 1985, when he permanently retired.
Outside of work Pete was very active in the Juneau BPOE Elks Club No. 420 where he is a lifetime member. He held various positions in the club and was Exalted Ruler from 1970 to 1971. He also served as President of the Alaska State Elks Association in 1988-89. He is also a member of Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 6.
Jean Lois Eby Crosby (1922 - 2006)
Note: The 1080th Memorial added to this cemetery. A small single plaque, in good condition as of May 2012..Photo taken in the COLD rain. Sorry it is a little blurred, my hands were shaking...
Alaskan Memorial Park
Created by: Judy Wendt
Record added: Dec 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101944662