William George Crush


William George Crush

Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 12 Apr 1943 (aged 77)
Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Section F
Memorial ID 40023409 View Source
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He was the son of Charles Crush and Christinna Karbel. He worked for the railroad and staged a train wreck for a publicity stunt. The crash at Crush.


A native of Louisville Kentucky, born July 03, 1865, began his illustrious railroad career in 1888 at Louisville, at the age of 23, when he went to work for the auditor's office of the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad. Then within two years was transferred to Chicago.

He joined the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railway in 1893 as
General Passenger Agent for Texas, and made his home at Denison, then the general office and headquarters of the railroad. When headquarters were moved in 1895, to the Market Street Station in Dallas he moved with them. He was working out of that station when he staged the head-end collision and the train race for the mail contract.

By 1914 Mr. Crush was promoted to passenger agent for all Katy lines, and five years later became Passenger Traffic Manager of the railroad.

Crush was instrumental in persuading the railroad to erect the famous Highland Park Station in 1925, as a business booster, explaining that many travelers dreaded climbing the Union Terminal steps. There for saving many Dallas travelers a "tiring climb up the steps."

On Oct. 1, 1930 he was promoted to assistant to the Vice-
President in charge of traffic. A few years later he became Special Representative for the Katy in charge of the Highland Park Passenger Station.

After 51 years of railroading (forty-six of those years with the M. K.& T.), in 1940 at the age of 74 he retired from the railroad. After retirement he went to the station daily to meet the passenger trains.

He passed away Monday, April 12, 1943 at his home at 3816 Miramar St. Highland Park, Texas, he was interred April 15th at Calvary Hill Cemetery,3225 Lombardy Lane Dallas, Texas in section F, lot 11.

He was survived by one brother Ollie Frank Crush, of Colorado, three sisters, Mrs. Frank Harping (Anna M. Crush), Mrs. Lily Smith and Mrs. B. Spading (Mary Magdalene Crush) all of Kentucky, and his wife Katherine (Rosenbaum) Crush (Katy).
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  • Created by: RC H
  • Added: 29 Jul 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 40023409
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William George Crush (3 Jul 1865–12 Apr 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 40023409, citing Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by RC H (contributor 46949377) .