Michael A. Crusham
Note: The Crusham family story continues at this point with Michael and Catherine's son, Michael Aloysius, who was my grandfather.
|Michael A. Crusham|
The directory listed Michael as being employed as a pressman. The duties of a pressman were to adjust the forms on the press, feed the paper, supply the ink, and regulate the press.
|Pressmen at work circa 1900|
Mayme was born in Cincinnati on 5 February 1890 to Peter Metz and Bridget Maher Metz. She was the second oldest of five children: Helen, born in 1888; Alice, born in 1892; Stella, born in 1893; and Walter, born in 1895. Peter Metz was born in Insheim, Germany in 1862, but emigrated to the United States with his mother and a few siblings in 1865 after his father died of a bee sting. Bridget was born in Wabash, Indiana in 1856.
The Metz family lived on Shady Avenue in Delhi at the time Mayme met Michael. She was working in a dressmaking shop. They married at Resurrection Church on 21 June 1911. Michael was 23 and Mayme was 21.
|Michael Crusham, Edward Crusham|
Mayme Metz, Stella Metz
The young couple first lived at 314 Stone, and Michael continued his work as a pressman. This is the residence where their first two children were born. Was life good to the newlyweds?