Mark Baber

The New York Times, 9 May 1912

The funeral of Isidor Straus, who died in the wreck of the Titanic, was
held at noon yesterday at the family residence, an old frame house at
105th Street and Broadway, which is one of the landmarks of early New
York. In order to avoid a great outpouring of many friends and admirers
of the late merchant and philanthropist, no publicity had been given to
the fact that the funeral was to take place, and only the members of the
Straus family attended. The services were conducted by the Rev. Dr.
Samuel Schulman, rabbi of Temple Beth-El, Fifth Avenue and Seventy-sixth
Street, according to the simple but impressive Hebrew ritual. The
interment was in the Beth-El Cemetery in Fresh Pond Road, Long Island.

It was explained at the Straus home that the funeral had been delayed
till yesterday in the hope that the body of Mrs. Straus, who went to
death with her husband on the Titanic, might be found, and a double
funeral be held. The entire lower floor of the Straus home was banked
yesterday with floral pieces sent by friends and business associates of
the dead man.

An impressive public civic memorial meeting for Mr. and Mrs. Straus will
be held at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, at which
Mayor Gaynor will be the honorary Chairman and Justice Samuel Greenbaum,
President of the Council of Jewish Communal Institutions, will preside.
The following will be the order of the exercises:

1. Organ Recital.
2. Song, "But the Lord is Mindful," Miss Mary Jordan.
3. Address by Justice Samuel Greenbaum.
4. Address by William J. Gaynor, Mayor of the City of New York.
5. Address by Andrew Carnegie.
6. Address by the Right Rev. Thomas F. Tailor, Bishop of Tennessee.
7. Address by Jacob H. Schiff.
8. Address by Miss Julia Richman.
9. Address by Charles S. Fairchild.
10. Song, "Oh Rest in the Lord," by Miss Mary Jordan.
11. Closing prayer by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Schulman.

The committee in charge of the memorial meeting consists of the
following: Samuel Greenbaum, Chairman; Felix M. Warburg, Secretary;
William J. Gaynor, Honorary Chairman; Dr. Cyrus Adler, E. C. Benedict,
Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, Robert W. De Forest, Benjamin Conroy, representing
employes of Abraham & Straus; Louis J. Chamansky, representing employes
of R. H. Macy & Co.; John Claflin, Dr. John H. Finley, Justice Samuel
Greenbaum, A. Augustus Healy, Henry Hentz, A. Barton Hepburn, Francis L.
Leland, Adolph Lewisohn, Seth Low, Wallace Macfarlane, Louis Marshall,
William G. McAdoo, Nathaniel Myers, John J. Miller, Adolph S. Ochs,
George Foster Peabody, Leopold Plaut, Jacob H. Schiff, Isaac N.
Seligman, Herman Sielcken, Herman Siegel, representing employes of L.
Straus & Sons; William A. Simonson, Louis Stern, Judge Mayer Sulzberger,
William Woodward, C. B. Webster, Felix M. Warburg, and Mrs. E. D. Jones.

Tickets for reserved seats at the meeting may be obtained from P.
Stewart, 52 William Street. The Georgia Society of New York has
selected a delegation to attend the meeting, and the employes of R. H.
Macy & Co., Abraham & Straus, and L. Straus & Sons will attend.

Dear Mark,

Thanks for posting the Straus article. The original Straus family home now longer exists - replaced by apartments. The Straus memorial fountain can be found just five blocks north of the original family residence on Broadway. There is also an Isidor and Ida Straus School located on Third Avenue and 95th Street. Surprisingly, I had never seen a reference to it and just happened to stumble onto it while having lunch across the street one afternoon years ago.

This particular report from the Times initially led me to Beth-El Cemetery in Queens to locate the Straus memorial about twenty years ago. Alas, Ken Straus told me at a TIS convention around the same time that Isidor was initially placed in a receiving vault at Beth-El until the construction of the elaborate Straus memorial at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx was completed.

I must say that the Straus family plot in Woodlawn is the most elaborate of the hundreds of Titanic graves I have ever visited over the past two decades - although the Harder mausoleum is a close second.

Thanks again for posting the funeral notice - was interesting to note that several members of Edgar Meyer's family attended the service as well.


Mike Findlay