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Edward Everett Curtis

Death: May 10, 1927 (68)
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Father of Jessie Ann Wilson

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From "History of Pittsburgh and Environs: From Prehistoric Days to the Beginning of the American Revolution" by George T. Fleming, 1922:

Edward Everett Curtis, one of the leading undertakers of Pittsburgh, Pa., was born in Edwardsburg, Cass county, Mich., June 9, 1848, and is a son of William Martin and Elsie Ann (Krome) Curtis. His father was a man of considerable prominence as a decorator.

The family removing to South Bend, Ind., when Mr. Curtis was a child, it was there that he received his education, first in in the public schools of South Bend, then later, being graduated from Notre Dame University, in 1865. The trend of his ambition as a boy was doubtless governed by the fact that his maternal grandfather, and also a maternal great-uncle, were successful undertakers. John J. Hotailing, the great-uncle, was one of the very early undertakers in this country, coming from Holland in 1792, and John E. Krome, his maternal grandfather, came to New York City from Holland, in 1809, later removing to Edwardsburg, Mich., where he was a pioneer in this business.

A number of years before his education was completed, at the age of fourteen, Mr. Curtis begant o learn undertaking with his grandfather, and was associated with him for a considerable time. In 1881 he came to Potter county, Pa., where he located for some time. In 1914 he was induced to locate in Pittsburgh, and here he has developed a very large and successful business, receiving the patronage of the leading families. During his entire career he has kept abreast of the times, and has the most modern facilities and equipment for undertaking and funeral directing.

Mr. Curtis is a member of the National Funeral Directors' Association, and of the Pennsylvania branch of that organization. Fraternally, he holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Maccabees, of which he is past commander; the Knights of Malta; and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wilkingsburg Lodge, No. 577. By political affiliation he is a Republican, and his favorite relaxation is motoring. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.

On May 9, 1878, Mr. Curtis married Lillian C. Reynolds, of Kosciusko county, Ind., who died July 28, 1914, leaving five children:

1. Grace Elsie, who was educated in the Potter county (Pa.) public schools; married Norman J. Young, whose family came to this State in 1825, and they have three children: Cecil Mary, wife of Joseph P. Pool, and has one child, Richard; Herbert N., and Matthew N., the latter two being in school.

2. Mary Ethel, also educated in the Potter county schools; married David J. Patterson, and has three children: William H., Margery, and Curtis.

3. Frances J., whose education was the same as that of her elder sisters; married Harry C. Yon, and has two daughters: Lillian and Betty J.

4. Edward D., who was educated in the Wilkingsburg schools; married Estella Mahle, and has two daughters: Mary Caroline, and Dorothy Lillian.

5. Jessie Ann, who was also educated in Wilkinsburg; married Charles E. Wilson, of Pittsburgh, and has four children: Thomas, Lucille, Jean, and Edward Everett, 2nd.

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