Elizabeth Crosby was born in Springport, Michigan, on November 7, 1862. Her family moved to Hart, Michigan, and resided there for several years while her father, Amos Crosby, served as probate judge. The family eventually moved to Albion where Elizabeth graduated from Albion High School in 1879 and attended Albion College before becoming a teacher in the rural area schools. Elizabeth’s father died when she was a young woman and she “shouldered the burden of heading the household.” She worked for a time in Duluth, Minnesota; as a stenographer in Toledo; and as a teller in the Albion State Bank until it closed in 1931. While working on April 4, 1929, she was witness to a spectacular bank robbery.The day after her 98th birthday, Elizabeth voted in the 1960 presidential election. She remained active, reading several books a week and keeping up with world events. When she died in 1961 at the age of 98, it was believed that she was the oldest female resident in Albion at that time.
Sources: Albion Recorder, April 5, 1961;Journal of Albion, April 8, 1961
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.
Elizabeth H. Crosby taught history and grammar in the Albion Public Schools from 1883-84 until 1902-03. She was a familiarfacet Albion High School for many years, and had complete discipline in her classroom. She was an 1879 graduate ofAlbion High School for many years, and had complete discipline in her classroom. She was an 1879 graduate of Albion High School, and attended Albion College before beginning her teaching career. After leaving the teaching profession, “Lizzie,” as she was known, became a cashier at the Albion State Bank. she was Albion’s oldest woman when she died at the age of 98 on April 4, 1961.
Source: Frank Passic. A History of the Albion Public Schools. Albion, Michigan: E. Weil Publishing Services. 1991.