|Birth: ||May 6, 1860|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1919|
THREE KILLED BY TRAIN
Edward W. McCready, His Daughter and Her Nurse Slain When Locomotive Crashes Into Auto
Edward W. McCready, his daughter Suzanne and her nurse, Miss Henrietta V. Steinbach, were killed Saturday morning near the village of Westover, Md., at a railway crossing where the view was obstructed by a house and trees. A mail train struck their car, killing Mr. McCready and Miss Steinbach instantly and injuring his daughter Suzanne so seriously that she never regained consciousness and breathed her last at Crisfield, Md., half an hour later. There was no disfigurement.
The McCreadys had been visiting his mother in his old home town, Crisfield after a month spent at Ocean City, Md., and in cruising on Chesapeake Bay. Mrs. McCready had preceded the rest of the party to meet her sister, Miss Emily Pitkin.
On Saturday morning, Mr. McCready, his little daughter and Miss Steinbach had started for Atlantic City to rejoin Mrs. McCready. As they passed thru the little village, he had called cheerily to some old friends. After the accident those whom he had greeted and the train crew, who also were old friends, carried them back to Crisfield and Mrs. McCready and Miss Pitkin, as soon as they had arrived, arranged that they be taken to Philadelphia, where, after services at the Chelton Hills Cemetery, Mr. McCready and his daughter were cremated and Miss Steinbach was brought back to Chicago and later taken to L’Anse, Mich., for burial.
Those who were with Mrs. McCready at the services in Philadelphia were her sisters, Miss Emily Pitkin and Mrs. Malcolm Wallace; her brothers-in-law, Malcolm Wallace and Horace Poynter; Dr. R. R. Norris of Crisfield, Harold Rockwell of Oak Park and six of Mr. McCready’s most valued business associates. Ira McCready, who had gone to Crisfield, remained there with his mother, who was unable to go to Philadelphia.
Edward W. McCready was born near Crisfield, Md., May 6 1860, one of four sons of G. S. and Love (Ward) McCready. His father was a sturdy Scotch oysterman who, in the early days, build and sailed his own boats between Crisfield, New York and Baltimore. Later, as he prospered, he left the sailing to others and carried on his business at Crisfield, where he was always a progressive leader in all good enterprises in the community. It was from his father that Edward McCready inherited his love of the water and of boats and he was never so happy as when on cruise in the Mary Ann, where numbers of his Oak Park friends have enjoyed his hospitality on the beautiful waters of Chesapeake Bay.
Mr. McCready came to Chicago at the age of eighteen as shipping clerk for his uncle, R. W. McCready, owner of the R. W. McCready Cork Company, and upon the death of his uncle succeeded to the control of that company. In 1893 he came to Oak Park to live and on August 5, 1905, married Caroline Pitkin, daughter of the late Edward H. Pitkin. In 1908 they built their home at 231 North Euclid and on May 12, 1911, their daughter Suzanne was born.
Mr. McCready was a member of the Chicago Athletic, the South Shore Country, the Automobile, the Oak Park Country, and the River Forest Tennis clubs, and was one of the members of the first board of park commissioners of Oak Park.
—Oak Leaves (Oak Park, IL), 20 Sep 1919, pg. 15
McCREADY--Edward W. McCready and daughter, Suzane McCready, suddenly, Sept. 13 at Crisfield, Md. Services will be held Monday morning, Sept. 15, at Chelten Hills cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
--Chicago Tribune 15 September 1919, pg. 23
Parents: George S. McCready & Lovitha Ward
George Stephen McCready (1837 - 1914)
Lovey Ward McCready (1839 - 1863)
Caroline Estelle Pitkin McCready (1877 - 1957)
Suzanne McCready (1911 - 1919)*
Edward Washington McCready (1860 - 1919)
John Stephen McCready (1869 - 1905)**
Ira T. McCready (1871 - 1946)**
Chelten Hills Cemetery
Created by: Debbie B
Record added: Oct 01, 2010
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