Donna Darling Collection – Part 15

Treasure Chest Thursday

By Don Taylor

Donna Darling and Hollywood Motion Picture Bathing Beauties at the Apollo, 1 Feb 1925 in Peoria, IL

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at clippings from the Donna Darling Collection relating to her playing at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria, IL, in 1925.

Newspaper clipping - Ad - Apollo Theater showing Hollywood Motion Picture Bathing Beauties.Donna’s clippings from her time in Peoria are some of the most interesting clippings that I have. First, there is a list of her Bathing Beauties cast, a never seen before photo of Donna, and a good description of the show and what various individuals are doing. Second, there is something of a mystery for me to solve regarding the date she played in Peoria and the Apollo. Third, there is additional press about Donna and her troupe of beauties supporting the local American Legion. Finally, there is a mystery of the kidnapping of one of her cast members.

The Apollo advertisement provides the names of her entire cast and a claim to fame. They were:

  • Donna Darling – Mack Sennett’s Prize Winner
  • Betty Bryant – Miss America from Ziegfeld’s
  • Mildred O’Brian – From Sennett’s
  • Clarice Allyn – Christie Comedies
  • Alyce Louyse – Christie Comedies
  • Rose Lasgo – Acrobatic Dancing
  • Florence Rielliso – Spectacular Dancing
  • [Murray] Earle – Christie Comedies
  • [Al] Ross – Christie Comedies
  • Helen Dawn – Hollywood Society Girl

There is also an amazing clipping of Donna, leaning back showing a leg.

Hollywood Revue of
Bathing Beauties Is
Special at Apollo

Bathing beauties from various motion picture studios of California will appear in a special Hollywood revue at the Apollo theater for one week beginning Sunday, February 1. Miss Donna Darling, who features in this revue, is the well-known star from Sennett’s. She is the originator of the principal part of “Chin Chin,” the famous musical play. She has won beauty prizes in Boston, New. York and San Francisco. Her dancing is excellent and her lyrical songs are surpassed only by her clever and pleasing personality. She presents the bathing girls of 1860 and follows them to the present day when Betty Bryant in a crimson bathing suit represents “Miss America of Today.”

Bathers from various famous beaches appear in charming costumes. Clever Clarice Celynn [sic – s/b Allyn] represents the Chinese toe dancer. Allyce Louyse, the Hawaiian bather, and Mildred O’Brien from Christie, dance to snappy music preceding a spectacular balloo [sic] dance in the “Bathers from Mars.”

When Miss Darling left the coast she was followed by two life guards: Murray Earle, formerly a specialty dancer of “George White Scandals,” and Al Ross, late of Christie. These life guards are eccentric dancers who add comedy to the revue.

Special scenic and lighting effects elaborate this unusual attraction. The costumes are elaborate from the opening of the revue to its end, at which time Miss Darling appears in a rhinestone bathing suit.

“Fifth Avenue Models,” a picture completes the program.

Date Problem?

Second, I was a bit confused about the date of the show. Several clippings indicate the show began on February 1st, however, the movie that was playing with her show is identified in IMDb and Wikipedia has having been released on April 25, 1925, nearly three months after Donna’s playing.[i], [ii] It is unusual for a silent film to have been playing in a theater nine months after its release, so I was confused. I found that the British Film Institute indicates the film was released in 1924.  Finally, the December 3, 1924 issue of Los Angeles Times has a preview of the film released by Universal.[iii] I have also found it playing at several other theaters long before April 25th; so, I’m convinced that both IMDb and Wikipedia are incorrect in their release dates.

Beauties help American Legion

Third, there are two clippings relating to the ‘Bathing Beauties” helping the American Legion.

I just love photos and a photo of the girls from the revue in their bathing suits is fantastic.

“The above is a picture of Donna Darling, Mack Sennett’s prize winner, and eight other Hollywood bathing beauties who will auction tickets to “Buddies,” the American Legion comedy success, next Tuesday, beginning at 12 o’clock noon, in front of The Journal-Transcript building. “Buddies” will be staged by the Gifford Players at the Hippodrome theater all this week. The legion’s proceeds from all advance sale tickets will go toward a home for ex-service men. Donna Darling and her troupe of vamps are appearing at the Apollo theater this week in a song and dance revue.

Although it mentions Donna and eight others, sadly, there is only Donna and six others in the image.

There is also a simple, follow-up article which states:

Bathing Beauties
Sell 224 Tickets
For Legion’s Show

Pedestrians who passed by The Journal office today noon failed to resist the beauty and smiles of the “Bathing Beauties” who are now playing at a Peoria theater, and who proved themselves good saleswomen. During their brief selling campaign today, they sold 224 tickets for “Buddies,” the show now playing at the Hippodrome theater for the benefit of Peoria Post No. 2, American Legion. The position left vacant by Helen Dawn, who is missing from the cast, is being taken by Mildred O’Brien. No trace of the Dawn girl has been found, according to members of the troupe.

The last sentence of the above article brings me to the kidnapping of Helen Dawn. I’ll post about that next week in Part 16 of the Donna Darling Collection.


Sources

[i] Internet: IMDb – Fifth Avenue Models (1925) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015803/

[ii] Internet: Wikipedia – Fifth Avenue Models https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Avenue_Models

[iii] The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Wed, Dec 3, 1924 · Page 58 (Pre-view section page 11) – Accessed via Newspapers.com – https://www.newspapers.com/image/158829161

Probate Record – Ezra Sanford – Sales Paper – Part 2 of 2

Transcription Tuesday
Brown/Sanford
Transcription by Don Taylor

(See Part 1 of 2 here)

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

This week, for “Transcription Tuesday,” I continue looking at the Probate Record for Ezra Sanford of Bennington County, Vermont[i], who died in 1813. The “Sales Papers” consisted of a cover page and two handwritten pages. The cover page indicated that this was the “Division of Ezra Sanford Estate. Recorded Book 5th Page 234 to 237 by Jona E Robinson, Register.” It also indicates that it was received, examined, allowed and ordered to be recorded on October 4th, 1813.

Page 2 of the Sales Papers:

There up ?? brook to the foot of the Ridge, there over the ridge
on her Mama;s East line to Timothy Barbers land, thence East
ward on ?? Barber & Isaac Henshals Line to Road at the foot
of the Ridge, thence up the North line of the Road to the Road
that leads Northward to Isaac Heshels & thence Northward
on the West Line of ?? Road to the ??? began at.

We also set to Lucy Sanford the following piece of Land, beginning
at a stake on the south side of the road in the East Line
of the old Williams Lot so called, thence on the East Line of
?? Lot southword to Josiah Wentwout Northward corner
& so in southward on ?? Wistcounts line to Benjamin Bakers Land
Thence on ?? Barber Land westward to the Road thence North
aly on the Road to Timothy Barber Land thence Eastward
by an ?? Timothy Line to the Mill Brook thence down
the mill brook to the Mill, thence on the Mill lane to
the road, then easterly on the south side of the road to the
first bound, also we set to Lucy thirty acres of wood
land lying on the south side of the wood lot & east
of the line that leads by Elis Dunhams lying in a regular
form __ __ __ __

Ezra Sanford had received one thousand
one hundred and thirty three dollars and ninety in credits
Electa Sanford had received sixty five dollars & forty seven
cents in advance.
Sally Sanford had received seventy nine dollars and thirty three cents
& Lucy Sanford had received sixty-one dollars and eighty three cents —

??? 20th September 1813 we have attended to the business
of our appointment and decided the landed estate of Ezra
Sanford late of Pownal deceased as above described & have also
dre?? the personal estate amongst the widow and lawful
heirs.

We the undersigned ??? { Jos?? Blackinton }
our ratification to this division by { Jebadiah Faunhan }
countersigning the same { Isaac Kimbell }

Mercy Sanford
Sally Sanford
Lucy Sanford
Ezra Sanford

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Comments:

Paragraphs above are mine for my clarity, not the original writer.

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Facts I learned

  • Ezra Sanford left a large estate, many parcels of land and over $1000 in cash.
  • Lucy Sanford inherited two pieces of land.
  • Ezra, Electa, Sally, and Lucy all received money.
  • I noted: Electa did not sign the division agreement.
  • Mercy, Sally, Lucy, and Ezra were all living on 20 Sep 1813.

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NOTE:  The Cambridge Dictionary defines “transcribe” as to “make a complete written record of spoken or written words.” My transcriptions are seldom perfect but I do my best to convert handwritten documents into typed words for my genealogical purposes.  If you see anything that I have incorrect or can interpret the words I have ??ed, please let me know your thoughts via the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.


Sources

[i] Ancestry.com. Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Vermont, Bennington County, Bennington District, Probate Records; Author: Vermont. Probate Court (Bennington District); Probate Place: Bennington, Vermont – Entry for Ezra Sanford Probate – Page 16 (00404).

Margaret Lambe’s Prayer Book

Mini-Review of CamScanner

Treasure Chest Thursday
Darling/McAllister/Lambe

By Don Taylor

CamScanner LogoI love software that helps digitize documents nicely. Some time ago I added CamScanner by INTSIG Information Co., Ltd to my phone. It allows a person to take a photo of a document with your phone. Once the photo is taken you select the area you desire and the software automagically adjusts the photo to be a flat image. That way you don’t have to be exactly centered over a document. That can really help if a flash is needed or if the pages can’ It is easy to transfer the image to your computer via the internet. The only problem with the software I’ve found is operator error. When my wife and I were visiting my wife’s mother I used CamScanner to “scan” some pages from Margaret Lambe’s Prayer Book. I took the photos, cropped them, then moved on. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the images on a much larger screen that I saw my operator error.  I had cropped the photos too close and missed some detail. Not so badly that I can’t use the images, but badly enough to remind myself that it is easy to crop the photos too severely and I need to be more careful.

On the same day that Margaret Lambe received a Bible from she also received “The Book of Common Prayer.” The inscription in the prayer book is much more legible than it was in her Bible and clearly shows it was received from Rev. Wm Cassidi. (I’ve adjusted the person in the post about the Bible to reflect the name more legible in this image.) The bad part is that through operator error, I cut off the “e” in Lambe and the “di” in Cassidi. Oops.

Having a small Bible and a “Book of Common Prayer” was an important part of the religious life of 19th Century parishioners in the Church of England and I’m sure these two books were important gifts to the 17-year-old Margaret.

Inscription - Book of Common Prayer to Margaret Lambe
Inscription – Book of Common Prayer to Margaret Lambe

The Inscription reads:

Margaret Lambe
With the best
Wishes of
The Rev. Wm Cassidi
Grindon
April 30, 1877.

I am still unclear what “Grindon” is or what it means. Had I seen only this inscription, I would have surmised it was the Reverend’s surname. However, the Bible inscription appears to be something separate from his surname so I’m still confused.  have some difficulty making out some of the words, and have tried my best. I’m not confident of Mr. McCassidi’s first name nor of the word below the line.

Like the Bible, on a second inscription page, it shows the book went to

Elizabeth Darling Kemon
Born March 22, 1906
granddaughter of
Margaret Lamb

Again, Elizabeth had no children, so she passed it on to the “niece of Betty Kemon.”

Conclusion

  • I need to be more careful when cropping images using CamScanner.
  • Sometimes two inscriptions by the same person in two places can help reading and transcribing transcriptions.

Probate Record – Ezra Sanford – Sales Paper – Part 1 of 2

Transcription Tuesday
Brown/Sanford
Transcription by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, for “Transcription Tuesday,” I am looking at the Probate Record for Ezra Sanford of Bennington County, Vermont[i], who died in 1813. The “Sales Papers” consisted of a cover page and two handwritten pages. The cover page indicated that this was the “Division of Ezra Sanford Estate. Recorded Book 5th Page 234 to 237 by Jona E Robinson, Register.” It also indicates that it was received, examined, allowed and ordered to be recorded on October 4th, 1813.

Page 1 of the Sales Papers;

We set off to the widow Mercy Sanford one piece of Pasture
Land lying east and adjoining the road which leads from the schoo
house to Isaac Kimbals & bounded East & North on the Widow
Cartwrights thirds containing about two acres, also a Meadow
lot containing about nine acres bounded as follows beginning
at a pine stump baked standing on the bank of the Branch
Brook thence E/O South to the Mill Brook thence uh the
Mill Brook to the foot of the Ridge, then on the line of the
lot Ezra Sanford bought of Jones Barber to Timothy Bar-
-ber land, then on Timothy Barber North line to the Middle
of the Branch Brook, thence down ?? Brook to the bound
began at; also the home lot containing about 27 Acres, born
did as follows beginning at the corner of the road by the
School house, thence down the road westward 68 Rods to the
East Line of the William Lot so called, thence southward on
the old william east line 82 Rods to Josiah Westcoats North
West Corner thence Eastward on ?? Westcoats Line to the road 22
Rods, thence Northward on the Road to the place began at, also
a wood lot on the East side of the Road containing about 15
acres lying on the North part of ??wood lot & ins to contain all
that remains after spliting off thirty acres on the south part off
?? Lot.

We also set to Electa Miller the following
discarded piece of land, beginning on the west side of the
Road in the Widow Cartwrights South Line, thence running
westward to the southwest corner of the widow cartwrights
lot, thence on the west line of ?? Lot 24 Rods to Isaac
Kimbals Land, thence westward and Northward on Isaac Kim
bale land to the center of the Brook, thence up the Mid-
-dle of the brook 63 Rods to a pine stump marked stand
-ing on the Bank, thence E to S. to the Mill Brook, thence
up the Mill Brook one Rod, thence eastward to the
West side of the Road, one Rod southward from the place
began at, thence Northward one Rod to the place of begin
-ning.

We set to Sally Sanford the following piece of
land, beginning at Electa Millers South East corner thence West
ward on ?? Electa South line to the Middle of Mill brook

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Comments:

Paragraphs above are mine for my clarity, not the original writer.

All dates based upon signed date (on page 2) of 20 September 1813.

Ezra Sanford Probate - Sales Papers, Page 1
Ezra Sanford Probate – Sales Papers, Page 1

Facts I learned
http://www.onegreatfamily.com

  • The Widow Mercy Sanford inherited several pieces of land from the estate of Ezra Sanford.
  • Electa married (Unknown) Miller before 20 September 1813.
  • Electa inherited a piece of land.
  • Sally Sanford was unmarried in 20 September 1813.
  • Sally inherited a piece of land.
  • Based upon this record I am changing Sarah Sanford’s preferred name to Sally and making Sarah an “also known as.”

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NOTE:  The Cambridge Dictionary defines “transcribe” as to “make a complete written record of spoken or written words.” My transcriptions are seldom perfect but I do my best to convert handwritten documents into typed words for my genealogical purposes.  If you see anything that I have incorrect or can interpret the words I have ??ed, please let me know your thoughts via the Contact Form at the bottom of the page.

http://www.onegreatfamily.com


Sources

[i] Ancestry.com. Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Vermont, Bennington County, Bennington District, Probate Records; Author: Vermont. Probate Court (Bennington District); Probate Place: Bennington, Vermont – Entry for Ezra Sanford Probate – Page 16 (00404).

Part 2 of 2

Ezra Sanford and the 1840 Census

Census Sunday
Don Taylor

One of my goals is to follow an ancestor through all of the Census. Because only the head of the household is identified in the 1840 and earlier censuses it can sometimes be difficult to assure the correct family is identified. I love when a census record confirms what I think I know about a family.

Starting with what I think I knew, that Ezra Sanford came to Saline, Washtenaw County Michigan about 1837 and lived there until about 1845.  Sure enough, I found him in the 1840 Census.[i]

Then, I associated what I think were family members to individuals in the census record. That can help assure that the family is the correct family. In the case of Ezra Sanford I found the following in the 1840 Census:

Ezra Sanford in 1840 Census

The following table shows the age groups of people in the Ezra Sanford household and the number in each group.  Comments include the name of the children believed to be Ezra’s children and how they would fit into his 1840 household with their expected ages.

Age Group                     No.       Comments

MALE < 5                       2          George (4), Charles (2)

MALE 5-10                     2          John (9), Orio (5)

MALE 10-15                   1          Amos (13)

MALE 15-20                   2          William (17), Henry (16)

MALE 20-30                   –

MALE 30-40                   –

MALE 40-50                   1          Ezra (47)

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Female 5-10                   1          Ann Maria (10)

Female 30-40                  1          Almira (36)

Ezra’s son Ezra was living in a separate household in Woodstock Township, Lenawee County, Michigan during the 1840 Census apparently with his wife and three children.[ii]

I enter the wife and children into my database with a residence the same as the head of the household and a comment. For example, I would enter Amos into my database with a Residence:

Date: 1 Jun 1840

Location: Saline Township, Washtenaw, Michigan

Description (or Comment): Believed to be the male 10-15 in household of Ezra Sanford.

Source (abbreviated): 1840 Census – Ezra Sanford – Saline Township, Washtenaw, Michigan.

Conclusion

When I believe I know the makeup of a family and find the head of household in the 1840 (or earlier) census, I try to identify all the individuals who may be in the household and ascribe them to specific individuals.


SOURCES

[i] “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHYX-63Z : 15 August 2017), Ezra Sandford, Saline Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States; citing p. 140, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 211; FHL microfilm 14,797.

[ii] “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHB9-8MK : 15 August 2017), Ezra Sanford, Woodstock Township, Lenawee, Michigan, United States; citing p. 124, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 207; FHL microfilm 14,796.