Mrs Blanche Greenfield

Blanche Greenfield

Mrs Leo David Greenfield (Blanche Strouse) was born in Manhattan, New York on 21 February 1867.

She was the daughter of Henry Strouse (b. 1851) and Hannah Mork (1846-1914). Her father, a merchant, hailed from Germany whilst her mother was a native of Kentucky born to German parents and they had married in Jefferson, Kentucky on 28 May 1863. She had two siblings, her elder sister Tillie (b. 1864, later Mrs Max Thorn) and younger brother William (b. 1876).

Blanche appears with her family on the 1880 census living in New York City. She was married in Manhattan on 5 May 1887 to Leo David Greenfield (b. 19 July 1863), a furrier born in New York City to Bohemian parents. Their only child, William Bertram, was born on 11 May 1888. The small family lived together with Blanche's mother in Manhattan, appearing there on both the 1900 and 1910 census records and Leo ran Leo D. Greenfield & Co Inc., a manufacturer of ladies' fur garments.

The Greenfields were frequent travellers and Blanche boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her son William who had been in Europe on business. They held ticket number PC 17759 which had cost £63, 7s, 2d and occupied cabins D-10/12. On the night of the sinking they were rescued in lifeboat 7, the first lifeboat to leave the ship.

Upon arrival in New York, one step that Mrs Greenfield took, out of respect for those lost, was to postpone her silver wedding celebrations planned for 5 May.

For the rest of her life Blanche was haunted by the screams of those who died in the icy waters and her exposure to the icy elements in the North Atlantic affected her hearing in later years. Undeterred by her experiences though, she continued to travel frequently and one voyage in 1921 was aboard Olympic. Other ships she travelled aboard included Amerika, Lafayette and several trips aboard Leviathan.

By the 1915 Blanche and her husband had relocated from Manhattan and made their home at 52 Summit Drive, Far Rockaway in Queens. She was widowed on 27 November 1934 and returned to Manhattan where she died on 5 November 1936. Blanche and her husband are buried at the Salem Field Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA



Anne Greenfield
William Greenfield playing the piano.
William Greenfield
William and Blanche Greenfield holding Williams daughter Anne.
Lola Stern : William Greenfields Mother In Law
William Greenfield and his wife Flora Greenfield.
Mrs. William Greenfield (Flora Stern) as a young woman.
Mother of Blanche Greenfield
Greenfield family.
Blanche Greenfield

Articles and Stories

New York Times (1936) 
New York Times (1912) 
New York Times (1912) 


Gavin Bell, UK
Nell Greenfield (Daughter of William Greenfield)
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
City of New York Certificate Of Death
New York Times, 6 November 1936, Death Notice
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2018) Blanche Greenfield Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #141, updated 21st September 2018 05:19:20 AM)

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