Catherine was quite petite, perhaps not even reaching five feet tall. She is shown in the center of the photo below with her daughter-in-law and two of her granddaughters. The photo gives perspective to Catherine's height.
|Catherine Colgan Crusham, center|
Michael and Catherine appeared before Herman Goebel, Probate Judge, on 6 July 1887 to apply for a marriage license. The Marriage Return at the bottom of the document indicates that Michael Cresham (interesting to note that his last name is misspelled) and Catherine Colgan were married on 21 July 1887 by John M. Mackey, a Catholic Priest. They may have been married at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral at 8th and Plum Streets as that is where John Mackey was assigned in 1887. Saint Peter first opened in 1845, and its single spire was the tallest man-made structure in the city for many decades. The church is located very near City Hall, and not too many blocks from where the Crusham and Colgan families lived, so it is very conceivable that this was the location of their marriage ceremony.
|Saint Peter in Chains|