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Bortles, Ada M. Crosby, 1854
    Died July 24, 1940

Ada M. Crosby was born in Stafford, Genesee County, New York, to Harvey and Elizabeth Crosby on February 21, 1854. She came to Albion with her parents at the age of eleven, and lived in Albion for a short time before moving to Springport, where she went to school. Ada then attended Albion College for one year.She married George W. Bortles in Springport on February 21, 1877. They moved to Albion in 1880. The Bortles had two children: a daughter who died in infancy, and a son who died in a train wreck in 1912. George, who worked for the Gale Manufacturing Company for 25 years, died in 1918. Ada was a member of the of First Methodist Church and a charter member of the Hannah Tracy Grant Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. When the Sheldon Memorial Hospital was built in 1924, Ada was solely responsible for the decorating and furnishing of the children’s room.She died in her house at 315 Michigan Avenue on July 24, 1940. She was survived by six nieces and nephews, including Darleen Wellington Miller.

Sources: Albion Evening Recorder, September 13, 1918;July 24, 1940;July 26, 1940

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.