Biography of Mrs. Mary Gresmuck (w/o William)
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

MRS. MARY GRESMUCK, who resides at 7508 Star Avenue in the City of Cleveland, and who is an active and popular member of the Early. Settlers Association of Cuyahoga County, was born on a farm that is now included in the City of Cleveland and is a daughter of Patrick and Bridget Higgins, both of whom were honored pioneer citizens of Cuyahoga County at the time of their deaths. Patrick Higgins was born and reared in County Kildare, Ireland, and his daughter Mary, subject of this review, has no information indicating that any other member of the family than he ever came from the Emerald Isle to the United States. The schools of his native land afforded Patrick Higgins his early education, and he was a youth when he severed the ties that bound him to home and native land and set forth to seek his fortunes in the United States, he having, with a number of friends from Ireland, made the voyage across the Atlantic on a sailing vessel of the type common to that day. After remaining for a time in New York, Mr. Higgins made his way to Cleveland, much of the land now included in the city limits having then been farms and unimproved tracts, and Ohio had not yet gained any railroad facilities. Farmers, distant from Cleveland many miles, brought their farm produce to this city with wagons and teams, and from Cleveland the products were shipped by boat on the canals and the Great Lakes to distant markets. When railroad construction was instituted Mr. Higgins found employment in such construction work. He purchased a small farm somewhat more than two miles distant from the shore of Lake Erie, in Cuyahoga County, and this land, on which the family home was maintained many years, is now in the City of Cleveland and is well built up with houses and business blocks. Mr. Higgins continued his active association with railroad work during the remainder of his life, besides improving his farm and giving his supervision to its cultivation. He passed the closing period of his life in Cleveland, and both he and his wife were earnest communicants of the Catholic Church. Of the children, Mary, Mrs. Gresmuck, of this sketch, is the only daughter, and her brothers, Patrick, John, James and Thomas, are deceased.

Mary Higgins gained her early education in the parochial and public schools, and in Cleveland was solemnized her marriage to William Gresmuck, who was born in Germany, a son of Adam Gresmuck, and who was but two years old at the time of the family immigration to the United States, the home having been established in New York State, where he was reared to manhood and where he received his youthful education. When the Civil war was precipitated on a divided nation, Mr. Gresmuck promptly showed his loyalty to the Union by enlisting in Company F, Eleventh United States Infantry, and with this regiment of the Regular Army he participated in many engagements, including a number of the most important battles marking the progress of the great conflict between the states of the North and the South. He continued in service until the close of the war, and within a short time after receiving his honorable discharge he came to Cleveland and entered the United States postal service, in the capacity of city mail carrier. In this service he continued until his death, at the age of sixty nine years, and in his semi public service he formed a wide circle of acquaintances, among whom his popularity was unqualified. His religious faith was that of the Catholic Church, and he guided and guarded his life according to the Christian faith he thus professed. He marked his abiding interest in his old comrades by maintaining affiliation with the Grand Army of the Republic.

The memory of Mrs. Mary Gresmuck compasses much of the development and growth of Cleveland. Here she has always maintained her home, and here her circle of friends is limited only by that of her acquaintances. She is a devout communicant of St. Thomas Catholic Church, and is affiliated with the local organization of the Soldiers and Sailors Union. Her only surviving child, Frank, was reared and educated in Cleveland, and here he still resides. He served as a member of an Ohio volunteer regiment in the Spanish-American war.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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