The daughter and heiress of Richard Teller Crane of Chicago, founder of Crane Plumbing, Mrs. Kate Crane Gartz was a leader of the Socialist movement and philanthropist. She was active in many fields, being one of the founders of the Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Civil Leage and the American Civil Liberties Union. She built a kindergarten and financed a clinic for the Pasadena Home for the Aged.
Mrs. Gartz wrote and published several collections of verse as well as travel books and collections of letters which she wrote in support of civil liberty causes.
She held famous salons in her home, with participation from such notables as Albert Einstein and Upton Sinclair. Her lifelong interest in Socialism and international politics sprung from her early work with Jane Addams, founder of Hull House.
She wed her husband, Adolph Frederick Gartz (1861-1930) in Chicago in 1888. The Gartz family came to Pasadena following the tragic death of two young daughters in the 1903 Iroquois theater disaster in Chicago. Two children, Miss Gloria Crane Gartz and Crane Gartz, were with her at the time of her death. In addition to her children, Mrs. Garz leaves three sisters, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Adolph Frederick Gartz
1861–1930 (m. 1888)
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