Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Lydia M. Cressman

Female 1906 - 1947  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name Lydia M. Cressman 
    Born May 1906  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Interesting accident, life story 
    Military WW2 nurse American Army 
    Religion 1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1921  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Misfortune 1947  Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in bus accident 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-167941P 
    Died 8 Apr 1947  Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Cause: accident 
    Buried 14 Apr 1947  Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I167941  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2020 

    Father David M. Cressman,   b. 9 Nov 1877, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1964, RR1, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Leah Martin,   b. 7 Mar 1878, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1931  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1903  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F5814  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MISS LYDIA CRESSMAN

      Elmira - April 8 An Elmira woman who served overseas as a war nurse with the United States Army was one of nine victims in last night's bus accident in Seattle, Wash., it was learned today.

      Relatives of Miss Lydia Cressman, Reg. N., were informed by telephone early this morning that she had been killed. The bus in which Miss Cressman was riding collided with an oil truck and plunged into a shall river on the outskirts of Seattle. Born in Elmira in 1905, Miss Cressman was the daughter of David Cressman and the late Leah Martin. Her father and stepmother were informed of the tragedy about 3 a.m. by a roommate of their daughter. After graduating from the Elmira schools, Miss Cressman did some practical nursing in the district for some time. In 1927 she left for the United States and worked for a time in hospitals in Quakertown and Souderton, Pa. Five years later she went to Philadelphia where she completed her training as a nurse while jointly concluding studies which would graduate her from high school.

      She attained both goals, being graduated from nursing school and high school studies in the same year. When the United States became involved in the war, Miss Cressman joined the nursing service, and was in the first convoy to leave the United States with assault troops for the North African invasion in the fall of 1942. During her overseas service she served for 18 months in Egypt. She had been taking a postgraduate course in Seattle when she was killed. Miss Cressman last visited her home here in September of 1945.

      Besides her father she is survived by two brothers, Enos of Stratford and Elam of Elmira; and three sisters, Saloma of Montreal, Annie, who is a missionary in Liberia, and Mrs. Mahlon Shantz of Breslau. The body is being returned here for burial, but funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

      \bThe Kitchener Daily Record 9 Apr 1947

  • Sources 
    1. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 15 page 6.

    2. [S350] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Daily Record 1919-1947, Obituary of Miss Lydia Cressman - 9 Apr 1947.

    3. [S1479] Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960, Death Registrationi of Lydia M. Cressman; GS Film number: 2032611 Digital Folder Number: 4223219 Image Number: 266 Reference ID: 316.
      Lydia M. Cressman, d. 7 Apr 1947 Seattle, King, Washington, aged 41y, 11m, 3d, d/o David M. Cressman & Lea Martin

    4. [S154] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Mennonite CC#4584 Internet Link.
      Cressman/ Lydia/ 1906-1947/ Salome/ 1918-1973/ In silence we remember

    5. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Sub Dist. 15 Page 7.

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 018897-03.
      David CRESSMAN, 25, farmer, Wilmot, Woolwich, s/o David CROSSMAN & Lydia MARTIN, married Leah MARTIN, 25, Woolwich, same, d/o Levi MARTIN & Barbara GINGRICH, witn: David CRESSMAN & Levi? MATHEWS, both of Woolwich, 13 Jan 1903 at Woolwich, (Mennonite)

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - May 1906 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1921 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed in bus accident - 1947 - Seattle, King, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: accident - 8 Apr 1947 - Seattle, King, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Apr 1947 - Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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