Edgar D. Croswell, 77, who as a New York State Police sergeant in 1957 spotted and broke up what authorities called the biggest meeting of organized-crime leaders then known, died Saturday of emphysema at his home in Johnson City, N.Y. He had become an authority on organized crime. In November 1957, he noticed out-of-town cars pulling up at the Apalachin, N.Y., home of Joseph Barbara Sr., a soft-drink bottler who had been a suspect in three murders. The sergeant checked with a butcher, who said Barbaras had ordered 200 pounds of steak and other meat delivered to the mansion. After some 40 Cadillacs, Lincolns and other luxury cars were parked there, approximately 60 guests, from New York City and parts of New Jersey, Ohio, California, Puerto Rico and Cuba, were taken in for questioning, including Vito Genovese, the reputed head of a New York City crime family. The meeting led to a dozen investigations. The episode was one of the first pointing to the existence of organized crime on a broad scale in this country.
Harwell Hamilton Harris, 87, an architect who helped create a distinctly American house style, died Sunday at his home in Raleigh, N.C. Lisa Germany, his biographer, said his contribution to American architecture was his melding of "the strict ideas of efficiency and modernism, that he learned from the Austrian architect Richard J. Neutra, with the warmth and natural organic ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright."