Isidor Straus

Isidor Straus

Mr Isidor Straus, 67, was born in Rhenish Bavaria on 6th February, 1845. In 1854 he emigrated to the United States settling, with his family, in the town of Talbotton, Georgia. Straus' father (Lazarus Straus) established a dry-goods business called "L. Straus & Company." and Isidor is listed in the 1860 census as being a clerk at this store. Between 1656 and 1861 he was educated at the Collinsworth Institute in Talbotton. In 1862, the Straus family moved to Columbus and Lazarus Straus opened another dry-goods business. Isidor went to work for a company that engaged in blockade running for the Confederate States (it was the time of the American Civil War). After the war, Isidor moved to New York and with his brother Nathan, became involved in the firm of R.H. Macy & Co. Finaly acquiring ownership of the firm in 1896. In addition to his business enterprise he served as a Congressman for New York State between 1895 and 1897.

Early in April 1912 Isidor, his wife Ida and their daughter Beatrice had travelled to Europe on the HAPAG Liner Amerika, it was their custom to travel by German steamer wherever possible.

For their return (Beatrice was absent) they boarded the Titanic at Southampton, travelling with them were Isidor's manservant John Farthing and Ida's newly employed maid Ellen Bird. The Straus's occupied cabins C-55-57 (ticket number PC 17483, £221 15s 7d).

Isidor Straus and his wife both died in the disaster. The body of Mr Straus was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#96).

NO. 96 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 65 - FRONT GOLD TOOTH (Partly) - GREY HAIR AND MOUSTACHE

CLOTHING - Fur-lined overcoat; grey trousers, coat and vest; soft striped shirt; brown boots; black silk socks.

EFFECTS - Pocketbook; gold watch; platinum and pearl chain; gold pencil case; silver flask; silver salts bottle; £40 in notes; £4 2s 3d in silver.

FIRST CLASS - NAME - ISADOR STRAUSS

Isidor Straus was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.


Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA

40,000 people gathered for the couple's memorial service which was held in New York City. Eulogies read included one by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Two years later a second service was held to inaugurate Straus Square on Broadway and 107th Street.

Notes
Some sources indicate that Straus was initially buried at Beth-El Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. but later moved to Woodlawn Cemetery where a private mausoleum was constructed.
A Freshman Dormitory in Harvard Yard is named after them: Straus Hall.

References and Sources

U.S. Census 1860
The Straus Family Historical Society
William Davidson A Rockaway in Talbot: Travels in an Old Georgia County. Vol. I (1983) and IV (1990).
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 15, 1912 and April 16, 1912
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).

Newspaper Articles

Unidentified Newspaper BRIDE WALKS BESIDE CASKET OF HUSBAND
New York Times (7 February 1893) JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AND ISIDOR STRAUS TALKED OF
New York Times (11 February 1893) FAVORS ISIDOR STRAUS
New York Times (2 April 1893) NOW ABRAHAM & STRAUS
New York Times (29 October 1893) BUSINESS MEN OF NEW-YORK---ISIDOR STRAUS
New York Times (29 October 1893) Isidor Straus
New York Times (18 January 1907) A DAY'S WEDDINGS
New York Times (9 January 1911) AIDS FIGHT FOR LONGER PIERS
Chicago American (16 April 1912) 300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS
New York Times (16 April 1912) STRAUS A FAMOUS MERCHANT
Excelsior (17 April 1912) Portraits of famous Titanic passengers
New York Times (17 April 1912) Straus's Secretary Waits All Night
New York Times (18 April 1912) NATHAN STRAUS TOLD
CAPT. R. [sic] H. ROSTRON Washington Herald (19 April 1912) CAPT. ROSTRON TELLS OF RESCUE
The Toronto Daily Star (19 April 1912) LAST MAN TO LEAVE TITANIC WAS COLONEL GRACIE, U.S.A.
Mrs. Churchill Candee Washington Herald (19 April 1912) MRS. CANDEE LAUDS MAJ. BUTT'S HEROISM
The Evening Post (19 April 1912) The Sad "Might Have Beens"
North American (20 April 1912) BARBER THROWN FROM TITANIC AS IT SANK
New York Times (20 April 1912) JESSE STRAUS TO HURRY HOME
New York Times (20 April 1912) Memorial Notice (1)
L'Excelsior (20 April 1912) Mrs Straus would not leave her husband
From L'Excelsior, 20 April 1912
New York Times (21 April 1912) COMFORT FOR OSCAR STRAUS
New York Evening Journal (21 April 1912) MAYOR HAS TRIBUTE FOR ISIDOR STRAUS
New York Times (21 April 1912) Memorial Notice for Isidor and Ida Straus
The New York Times (21 April 1912) MOST OF THE CREW SAIL
New York Times (21 April 1912) PEACE MEN MOURN THEIR LOSS
New York Times (21 April 1912) TRIBUTE TO STRAUS PAID IN SYNAGOGUES
New York Times (22 April 1912) Memorial Notice
New York Times (23 April 1912) PHILADELPHIA SURVIVORS ILL
New York Times (23 April 1912) STEAD PROPHESIED A VIOLENT DEATH
New York Times (26 April 1912) MR. STRAUS'S HORSE DEAD
Standard Union (4 May 1912) FUNERAL OF HERO OF LOST TITANIC
New York Times (4 May 1912) Memorial Notice (3)
New York Times (4 May 1912) STRAUS MEMORIAL MEETING
(8 May 1912) ISIDOR STRAUS BURIED IN BETH EL CEMETERY
New York Times (8 May 1912) Memorial Notice (6)
New York Times (9 May 1912) FUNERAL OF ISIDOR STRAUS
New York Times (27 May 1912) SYNAGOGUE UNVEILS A STRAUS WINDOW
New York Times (3 July 1912) BIG ASTOR TAX FOR STATE
New York Times (25 November 1912) DAUGHTERS OF JACOB HONOR IDA STRAUS
New York Times (5 December 1912) COL. GRACIE DIES, HAUNTED BY TITANIC
The Washington Times (7 December 1912) COL. GRACIE IS BURIED IN GARB WORN ON TITANIC
New York Times (21 March 1913) STRAUS FOUNTAIN AWARD TO LUKEMAN
New York Times (16 April 1913) STRAUS MEMORIALS HELD
New York Times (9 June 1913) MACY & CO. EMPLOYES GIVE STRAUS TABLET
New York Times (11 August 1913) $4,427,608 ESTIMATE OF STRAUS ESTATE
New York Times (15 April 1914) TRIBUTE TO TITANIC DEAD
New York Times (29 April 1914) MRS. STRAUS LEFT $319,940
New York Times (14 April 1915) TO UNVEIL STRAUS FOUNTAIN

Images

King's Notable New Yorkers Isidor and Nathan Straus
Isidor Straus studio portrait
From 'Sinking of the Titanic'
Straus Letter
Straus memorial
Straus Memorial Dedication
Straus Memorial in New York City
Straus Park
San Francisco Examiner (1912) Mrs and Mrs Straus
(1912) Isidor Straus (1)

Miscellaneous

Charles Spedding Near tragedy on the seas for Straus Family
Charles Spedding Radios from notable passengers
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Credits

Peter Saal
Ryan B. Elswick
Michael A. Findlay, USA
William L. Phillips
Lewis O Powell IV

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