|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1891|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1964|
Private, U.S. Army, World War I
Service No. 726953, Battery E, 64th Artillery, C.A.C.
Joseph E. McCrone was born on 3 September 1891 in Ohio. It is likely that he was born in the city of Lorain, Ohio as on the 1900 Federal Census Joseph lived there with his family. His father was named Michael McCrone born in January of 1862 in Kentucky. Both of Michael's parents were from Ireland. Joseph's mother was named Catharine and she was born in March of 1871 in Ireland along with both of her parents. She immigrated to the United States about 1878 or 1879 where about 1888 she married Michael McCrone.
Michael and Catharine were of Irish Catholic stock and started their family when their first child, a son named Andrew Joseph McCrone, was born on 20 October 1885. Joseph E. was born in September of 1891 followed by Mary in June of 1894 then Anna M. born in May of 1896 and Gertrude born in November of 1898, a son Clarence L. born about 1902 and lastly another son named William F. born about 1905. According to the 1900 Federal Census, Andrew worked as a laborer at a local shipyard, Joseph was in school and Michael supported his family by working as a molder helper likely in a steel mill. The family home was located at 536 Charles Street in Lorain, Ohio.
Joseph finished his schooling and then worked in a steel mill, just as his father did before him. He was a medium built young man with brown eyes and dark hair. At the time Joseph had to register for the Federal Draft on 5 June 1917 he worked in a rolling mill for the American Steel and Mill Company in Cleveland. He was single and still lived at home with his parents. This was located at 3761 E. 76th Street in Cleveland.
When he was ordered to report for duty in the National Army on 18 December 1917 he went to the Cleveland Armory and entered the Army where he was sent to serve in the 309th Company, Coast Artillery Corps at Camp Polk, Louisiana where he served until 16 January 1918. Camp Polk is located on the western side of Louisiana near the Texas state line and is presently an active Army base know now as the Fort Polk Joint Readiness Training Center, and is the home of the 4th Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division. According to the family while Joseph was at Camp Polk, his mother Catharine had sent him a cake or cookies there, but when it arrived it was full of ants.
The men of Battery E, 64th Artillery, C.A.C., primarily came from the various companies stationed at Jackson Barracks and Camp Nicholls, Louisiana and the balance came from Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, Dayton and Youngstown, Ohio men. McCrone was from the Cleveland area and that was how he became to be selected for duty in Battery E of the 64th Artillery.
Pvt. McCrone sailed with the 64th Artillery on 14 July 1918 and served overseas with them and returned to the states on 24 February 1919. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 3 April 1919. Joseph McCrone's step-grandson, Gilbert A. Sanow II, recalls that Joseph said "we were days from going to the front when the Armistice came." In the published pages of a very small book containing 16 pages and a complete roster of the men of Battery E along with the History of Battery E, 64th Artillery, Pvt. Joseph E. McCrone's name does appear.
After his duty in the Army Joseph returned to Cleveland to the family home on East 76th Street where he lived with his father and mother and siblings, Anna M. and Gertrude and younger brothers Clarence, and William. Michael his father was now working in a dry goods store and his two sisters Anna and Gertrude were both telephone operators for the local telephone company and Clarence was working possibly as a carpenter but William was still in school.
It is worth noting that next door to the Michael McCrone house there lived at 3759 E. 76th Street, Joseph's older brother, Andrew McCrone and his wife Anna. Andrew McCrone was a Cleveland Policeman and during WWI on 12 September 1918 Andrew registered for the Federal Draft. At that time Andrew and his wife lived at 3823 E. 78th Street in Cleveland, just a few blocks away from the McCrone family home on E. 76th Street. Andrew was a tall, medium build man with blue eyes and light hair. It is not known if Andrew ever served in the military during WWI.
By 1930 Joseph McCrone still lived in the family home at 3760 E. 76th Street. Michael his father, was working as a watchman in the dry good store and his mother Catharine had passed away by then. By 1930 his brother Andrew had moved away from the house next door. Joseph McCrone still worked in the steel mills and was still single. Joseph's younger sister, Anna M. still lived there and had the same phone operator job. Also in the family home lived Gertrude and her husband Herbert Murray who was a Cleveland Policeman and their 2-month old son Herbert Jr.
Joseph McCrone's step-grandson, Gilbert A. Sanow II goes on to say of his step-grandfather, "Sometime during the 1940's he married my twice-widowed grandmother, Louise Ditzler Mackert Clark, also of Cleveland. He worked until retirement at the US Steel works, in the coke plant, in Cleveland. He died in 1964 and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery." Gilbert continues, "Sometime after he passed, my grandmother loaned me the photo below and a copy of his discharge. I was able to obtain his WWI Victory Medal and later found a 64th C.A.C. collar disc. Unfortunately no other military artifacts of his exist today."
Joseph E. McCrone at the end of his life was in a long-term care facility in Avon, Ohio of heart failure and on 25 October 1964 at the age of 73 passed away there. His wife Louise, sister Ann (Dally) and brothers Clarence and William and step-daughter Eleanor Sanow were all still living at the time Joseph McCrone passed away. Both of his parents, brother Andrew and sisters Mary (Washington) and Gertrude (Murray) passed away before Joseph. His funeral Requiem Mass was held in the St. Christopher Church in Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He was buried in the Calvary Cemetery located in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, County, Ohio.
Plot: Section 22, Lot 789, Grave 1
Created by: Rob
Record added: Jan 14, 2011
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Added: Jan. 14, 2011