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The Crosby Family Papers include documents concerning Leonard Ezra Crosby (1836 -- 1917), Abbie (Lake) Crosby (? -- 1903), and their son Frederic C. Crosby (1862 -- ?). Leonard lived in Painesville, Ohio, for one year as a child and moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he lived for much of his young adult life. He was married to Abbie L. Lake in 1857 and the couple had two children, a daughter and a son, Frederic. Frederic, also a resident of Janesville, was adopted by the Crosbys in 1869 at the age of seven. In 1864, one year before the end of the Civil War, Leonard enlisted in the 42nd Wisconsin Volunteer Army and received an Honorable Discharge when the fighting ended. The Crosbys moved to Iowa in 1875, living in Austinville, Aplington, and Cedar Falls. As an adult, Frederic eventually settled in Coggon, Iowa, and invented The Crosby Sliding Door Jack, a device for opening and closing the sliding doors of railroad cars, securing a patent in 1925.
A. Neville, September 2005
The Cro sby Family Papers contain a certificate of adoption,
a United States patent, and a certificate of honorable discharge from
the volunteer army. Also included are photographs and advertisements for
The Crosby Sliding Door Jack, an obituary for Leonard Crosby, a small American
flag, and miscellany.
sby Family Papers contain a certificate of adoption, a United States patent, and a certificate of honorable discharge from the volunteer army. Also included are photographs and advertisements for The Crosby Sliding Door Jack, an obituary for Leonard Crosby, a small American flag, and miscellany.
were collected for the
University of Iowa Libraries by George S heets
in the late 1950s.
heets in the late 1950s.
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Certificate of adoption for Frederic(k) J. Coste (?) with letter from Rock County, Wisconsin judge, July 12,1869
Small silk American flag
Card with political song (Goodbye, Grover, Goodbye) and mathematical figures on the reverse
Obituary for Leonard Crosby, The Parkersburg Eclipse, November 1, 1917
Patent certificate for door jacks with patent application, Frederic C. Crosby, March 17, 1925
Soldiers discharge certificate for Leonard E. Crosby, June 29, 1865