Lucretia Cage (Harvey) (1881 - 1968)

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Nicknames: "Crete Harvey"
Birthplace: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
Death: Died in West Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Occupation: Society columnist
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Lucretia Cage (Harvey)

Gustavus' son, John Milton Cage (the composer's father) grew up in Denver. Rebellious, he showed a penchant for running away from home, but he fell in love with the pianist at his father's church, Lucretia "Crete" Harvey, and married her .. Crete worked as a club reporter and court reporter and sometimes wrote for The Los Angeles Times. (1)

"My mother was married twice before she married my father, but she never told me this until after he died. She couldn't remember her first husband's name." (2)

"My mother had a sense of society. She was the founder of the Lincoln Study Club, first in Detroit, then in Los Angeles. She became the Women's Club editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was never happy. When after Dad's death I said, "Why don't you visit the family in Los Angeles? You'll have a good time," she replied, "Now, John, you know perfectly well I've never enjoyed having a good time." When we would go for a Sunday drive, she'd always regret that we hadn't brought so-and-so with us. Sometimes she would leave the house and say she was never coming back. Dad was patient, and always calmed my alarm by saying, "Don't worry, she'll be back in a little while."" (3)


  1. No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33". By Kyle Gann.. Page 36, 37
  2. Kostelanetz, Richard. 2003. Conversing with John Cage, Routledge.. "Autobiography." Page 1.
  3. John Cage: An Autobiographical Statement. Southwest Review, 1991.


  1. 1900 United States Federal Census. Home in 1900: Kansas City Ward 3, Jackson, Missouri. Father born Illinois, Mother born Illinois. Head of household. Wife: Minnie. Children: Lucretia, Le Roy, Margaret, Phoebe, Kersey.
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Lucretia Cage's Timeline

September 4, 1881
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
September 5, 1912
Age 31
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
October 22, 1968
Age 87
West Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States