Marjorie Murphy (1909-2005)


Marjorie Platz was born on June 10, 1909 to Maximillian and Louise Platz in La Crosse. She graduated from La Crosse High School in 1927. She attended Connecticut College for Women for two years and graduated with honors from UW Madison. 

Married in 1934, she and her husband, Eugene Murphy, had three daughters and a son. Eugene ran Gateway Transportation Company in La Crosse. 

Her community activities included: La Crosse Garden Club, La Crosse Book Club and the Marquette University Women’s Advisory Board. 

Marjorie and Eugene kept up residences in La Crosse as well as Palm Beach, Florida.

She died on February 9, 2005 and is buried in La Crosse. 

Location: 126 15th Street South

1957: Family Home

2019: Private Residence

Dress: Formal dress worn by Marjorie Murphy at the Eisenhower Inaugural ball in 1957 

Label: “Elizabeth Arden/Elegance/New York”

Materials: Black lace, taffeta, net crinoline. 

From the collection of the La Crosse County Historical Society