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 Katherine R. Schaub

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Katherine R. Schaub

Birth
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 18 Feb 1933 (aged 30)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot L-89-1
Memorial ID 88188588 View Source
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Katherine worked in a radium dial painting factory that made the first watches with illuminated dials. To keep their paintbrushes well pointed, the all-female painting staff would put the brush tip in their mouths. Katherine and a number of the women she worked with became the first recorded American industrial poisoning incidents on modern safety records. The radioactive material eventually built up in the bodies of the women and nearly all died of radioactive poisoning.

Katherine offered her life to science in the hope that a cure for the co-victims of radium poisoning could be found. She and Grace Fryer were among the first 'Radium Girls'.


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Gravesite Details 30 years, 11 months, 8 days; lived in Roseland, NJ

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John Smolarek
  • Added: 7 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 88188588
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/88188588/katherine-r.-schaub : accessed ), memorial page for Katherine R. Schaub (10 Mar 1902–18 Feb 1933), Find a Grave Memorial ID 88188588, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave (contributor 8) .