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Edmund A Kryss 2
Age in 1930: 40 2
18 Nov 1887 1
Adelaide, South Australia 1
Estimated Birth Year: 1890 2
04 Jun 1932 1
Fort Whipple Hospital, Prescott, Arizona, USA 1
Place: YAVAPAI County, Arizona 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: PRESCOTT JUSTICE PCT 2

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Suggested name: Kruss, Edmund Andreas Suggested birth info: Born 18 Nov 1887 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Captain Kryss Passes Beyond

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Evening Courier, Saturday, June 4, 1932

Edmund Andreas Kryss, well known in Prescott and Whipple, died at one-thirty o’clock this morning on Ward Four from injuries resulting from brilliant service overseas during the World war. He was forty-three years old.

Anticipating that he had not long to live, when he re-entered the hospital early in May, Captain Kryss told the hospital authorities  and also one of his closest friends, L. A. Fitzpatrick, manager of the Yavapai club, that he wanted to be buried in the Whipple cemetery.

In all probability there will be joint services early next week of the Prescott Elks Lodge , No. 330, of which he was a member,  and of the Ernest  A. Love post of the American Legion and the Fort Whipple chapter of the Disabled American Veterans of the  World war, with which he was also  affiliated with.

His military service extended from the Mexican border when Pancho Villa was giving so much trouble, to France and the Austrian frontier during the World war, in each instance as an aviator. For eight months in the great war he was attached to the air service of Italy as a representative of the United States army and for valorous duty on numerous dangerous but daring bombing raids over the Austrian lines he was made a chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy. The decree reads;

“His Majesty , Victor Emmanuel, 111, by the grace of God and the will of the nation King of Italy, Grand Master of the Order of the Crown of Italy, has signed the following decree:

“ ’On the recommendations of our minister, secretary of state  for foreign affairs , we have appointed and do appoint Edmund Kryss , captain of the American army, chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Italy, with the privilege of wearing the insignia prescribed for such knightly rank.

“‘The registrar of the order is charged with the execution of this decree which shall be recorded in the register of the order.

“’Given at Rome, October 2, 1919.’”

The decree is signed “V. Emmanuel,” countersigned by Tittoni and vised by P. Boselli. And then follows this inscription: “The registrar of the Order of the Crown of Italy declares that in execution of the foregoing esteemed royal order, the aforesaid Edmund Kryss was inscribed  in the roll of chevaliers (foreign) at No. 3554 (second series) and issues this diploma to him in attestation thereof. Rome, December 31, 1920. The registrar of the order, P. Boselli, the director, chairman of division one (signature illegible).”

Captain Kryss also held an “expert aviation” license from the Aero Club of America, sole representation of the Federation Aeronatique Internationale, under date of June 20, 1917, while a sergeant in the New York national guard.

He was born in Adelaide, Australia, November 18, 1888. In 1912 he came to the United States for the purpose of studying business methods and the intention of remaining in this country only two months but he never returned to his native land. Rather, he was naturalised in San Diego.

In October, 1915, he enlisted in the New York national guard, in New York city. His assignment was to the air service of the signal corps and in that capacity he was sent to the Mexican border. Later he was on detached service  as an instructor for the regular army in flying at North Island, San Diego. After the war broke out, or in March, 1918, he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the air corps of the regular army, served for a period in France, and then was attached to the Italian army for a period of eight months. Afterward he returned to France and then came directly to Fort Whipple for treatment. When Whipple was changed from an army hospital to a public health service hospital, Captain Kryss was sent to Fitzsimmons hospital just out of Denver. He received his army discharge May 29, 1920.

He then went to Chicago and attempted to work as a machinery salesman but his health would not permit such activities and he entered the Hines hospital in Chicago, thence to Letterman General hospital in San Francisco and, in 1924, back to Whipple for another four years.  In 1929 he came downtown  to live in the Hassayampa hotel  for more than a year and in December 1930 he removed his residence to the Yavapai club, where lived until the first part of last month, when he was forced to enter Whipple for the third time. His condition had then become serious and rapidly went from bad to worse. The last few days he had been unable to receive friends except for a couple or three minutes at a time.

Before his war service he was a truck salesman for the Packard Motor company in New York and Boston. He was married but divorced four years ago. His hobbies were fishing and hunting. A brother of Captain Kryss was killed in France while serving with the Australian army. Two sisters survive, Mrs. A. E. Freer of Walkerville, South Australia, and another whose name is not known here, who lives in Adelaide.

He had numerous friends, by nature he was quiet and unassuming, never complaining about his lot nor boasting of his valiant service to his adopted country.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889-1931) Thursday 14 February 1918


Mr. Edmund A. Kruss, eldest son of Mr. E. A. Kruss, of Carrington-street, Adelaide, is now an airman in America. Mr. Kruss was office secretary of the Sydney   Young Men's Christian Association, but   about six years ago he was induced by Mr. J. J. Virgo to proceed to America to gain further experience. For a couple of years he engaged in association work in New York but, having developed an interest in   mechanics he associated himself later with   a private aviation school in Minnesota, Long Island. He made many successful long distance flights between Philadelphia and New York and upon the Federal Government agreeing to give one candidate from   each state in the Union a special course in aerobautics at San Diego (Cal), Mr. Kruss    was selected as representative of New York State. Since then his record has been one of steady progress. He is senior civilian flying instructor at the San Diego school, the largest army school in the   United States, where 25 finished airmen are being turned out every week for service in France. Mr. Kruss has charge of the graduating class, and takes the graduates on the final long-distance flights across   country prior to their departure for the front. Mr. Kruss recently in a large battleplane, fitted with a 300 h. p. motor made a highly successful fight of 240 miles across the Rocky Mountains. This aeroplane he uses for training pupils in advanced flying. Mr. Kruss will probably proceed to France in   the spring in command of a flying section.


Fort Whipple, Arizona, USA




(From Tuesdays Daily.)

Change of the name of Arkansas?

NO, by gad!

But Captain Edmund Andreas Kruss that was is now Captain Edmund Andreas Kryss, and by a very simple process.

When the Air Service officer, now stationed at Whipple barracks leaves the service he intends to go into business. Moreover, he intends to make good. He does not aim to carry any more weight than the judges make him carry. That is why he petitioned the Superior Court of Yavapai County, State of Arizona for the right to change the spelling of his name and that of Elinor, his wife.

Listing his reasons in the application, the captain says: “To simplify the pronunciation, and to help me in business relationships. ‘Kruss’ is German and I want no Teutonism.”

The captain was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on November 18, 1888. He was naturalized at San Diego, California on February 19, 1918. “In law and in spirit I am an American,” he says. “I am free from ant Teutonic leanings, influences and sentiments.”

Judge Sweeney signed and order proclaiming that inasmuch as only the captain and his wife was concerned in this matter, he would authorize the changed spelling for the reasons set out in the petition, making but the one reservation that the change in name would in no way relieve the owner of from any financial or other responsibilities contracted under the old form of the name.

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