Josephine Esther Grabau

Female21 November 1907–4 December 1998

Brief Life History of Josephine Esther

When Josephine Esther Grabau was born on 21 November 1907, in New York City, New York, United States, her father, Amadeus William Grabau, was 37 and her mother, Mary Antin, was 26. She married Charles Kenneth Ross on 2 June 1937, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. She lived in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1935 and Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States in 1940. She died on 4 December 1998, at the age of 91.

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Charles Kenneth Ross
Josephine Esther Grabau
Marriage: 2 June 1937

Sources (6)

  • Josephine E Ross in household of Charles K Ross, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Josepha Esther Graban, "New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909"
  • Josephine Esther Grabav, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 June 1937Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

    Age 1

    Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

    1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

    Age 6

    At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.


    Age 24

    The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Gerhardt, Hans, Otto.

    German: habitational name from any of several places in north and eastern Germany named Grabau, from Slavic grab ‘hornbeam’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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