Donna Darling Collection – Part 85

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection with Donna in her fashion coat.

Donna Darling.

Bathing Beauties of Movies Here in Revue at the Lincoln.

Bathing girls from various California motion picture studios will make a personal appearance in a colorful Hollywood revue at the Lincoln. This revue is a clever musical and dancing number which will show patrons that these versatile girls can do other things than merely making poses before the camera. Miss Donna Darling, who comes direct from the Mack Sennet studios, is the charming star who introduces the bathing beauties dressed in bathing costumes dating from 1860 to the present day. Bettl [sic] Bryant is the “Miss America of 1925.’’ Bathing costumes of various countries and fashionable seashore centers are introduced. Chief among these number is Mildred O’Brian, who appears as the beauty from Palm Beach. Miss Darling’s life guards, Murry Earl and Al Ross, add comedy to the Egyptian dance, while Petite Clarice Allyn as the Chinese bathing girl enhances the program with clever toe dancing.

Elaborate costumes have been selected for this sparkling revue. The music is snappy and the production has brilliant scenic and lighting effects.

Key features:

  • The venue is the Lincoln; however, neither a city nor state is provided.
  • No date is provided; however, Betty Bryant is “Miss America of 1925” indicating that the show was in 1925.
  • Other cast members included
    • Betty Bryant
    • Mildred O’Brian
    • Murry Earl
    • Al Ross
    • Clarice Allyn

Analysis

Donna Darling and Girls is known to have played at the Lincoln Theatre in Belleville, Illinois, on 6 October 1925. She also played there in 1924 and 1926 with different shows, so the Lincoln Theatre in Belleville was well known to her.

The Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, IL) paper dated 6 October 1925, Page 9[i], mentions Donna Darling and girls in their “Song and Dance Revue” were at the Lincoln.

A further review of Genealogy Bank, Newspaper Archives, Elephind, Chronicling America, and the Byron Public Library District at Advantage Preservation failed to provide any additional potential venues for Donna at “the Lincoln” during 1925.

Conclusion

Tentatively, I ascribe this clipping to her playing at the Lincoln in Belleville, IL, on 6 October 1925.


Sources

[i] The Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Illinois) 06 Oct 1925, TuePage 9 – Via Newspapers.com.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 52

Griffin, Griffith (2), Gross, Guite, (Née Elwell, Darling)

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Margaret Louisa Guite, circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Miss Marguerite Guite, Queens Hospital,  Portland #288.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Margaret Louisa Guite, circa 1934

    Queen’s Hospital was located at 218 State, Portland.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Marguerite L. Guite as a student nurse at 218 State.
  • The 1936 Bangor City Directory lists Marguerite L Guite as a nurse in Portland but residing at 175 Grove. Also at 175 Grove is Frank J and Mary F Guite.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Marguerite L. Guite, the 26-year-old daughter of Frank J and Mary F Guite.
  • This is a photo of Marguerite about 1934 when she graduated from nursing school.

Family Search identifies Marguerite Louise Guite, born 25 February 1914, as ID GHN9-BF1. Four Ancestry trees refer to Margaret Louisa Guite

I have uploaded two photos of Marguerite to her Family Search Memories.

George W. and C. Dorothy (Clapp) Griffin, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Griffin, 505A Washington Ave #1036.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • George W. and C. Dorothy (Clapp) Griffin, circa 1937.

    The 1937 Portland city directory lists George @ and Clara D Griffin living at 505a Wash avenue, apt 6.

  • The 1940 US Census lists George W. and Clara D Griffin living at 63 Smith Street in South Portland. George was 52 and Clara was 38.
  • This is a photo of the couple about 1937.

Family Search identifies George Wesley Griffin, born 7 December 1884, as ID GZZN-4J8 and his wife Clara Dorothy Clapp, as ID LKNZ-54C. Twenty-three Ancestry Trees refer to George Wesley Griffin, born 7 December 1887; thirteen Ancestry Trees refer to D. Clara Clapp, wife of George Wesley Griffin.

I have uploaded two photos of the couple to his and her Family Search Memories.

Violet Gross (Née Elwell), circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, Mrs. Austin Gross 25 Lawn Ave. #191.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Violet Gross (Née Elwell), circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Austin H Gross and his wife Violet E, living at 25 Lawn Ave.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Austin and Violet Gross living at 25 Lawn. Both are 31 years old (born in 1899).
  • Based upon the photo number (#191), this is a photo of Violet about 1934.

Family Search identifies Violet Elwell, wife of Austin H. Gross, as ID LT33-Z54.

Twenty-four trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Violet Estella Elwell, wife of Austin Harding Gross.

I have uploaded two photos of Violet to her Family Search Memories.

Bruce Griffith, circa 1936 (age 1).

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. William Griffith, 10 Fessenden St. #712.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Bruce Griffith, circa 1936 (age 1)

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists William A and Caroline R Griffith living at 10 Fessenden.

  • Ancestry Family Trees Identify William Albert Griffith and Caroline Rawson Darling as a couple with two children.
  • The 1940 US Census found William and Carolyn living in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, with their two sons, Bruce and Rex. Bruce was five, and Rex was nine months. It also indicates that the family was living in Portland, Maine, in 1935.
  • Based upon the photo ID Number (#712), the photo was taken about 1936.
  • This is a photo of Bruce Griffith when he was about a year old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Bruce Griffith, son of William and Caroline (Darling) Griffith. Likewise, Bruce doesn’t appear in any Ancestry Family Trees; however, his father is found in 25 trees.

I have added his photo to Dead Fred. 

Confirmed to be Bruce by a cousin who had seen this photo before.

Caroline (Darling) Griffith with son, Bruce, circa 1937.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. William Griffith & Baby, 10 Fessenden #1097.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Caroline (Darling) Griffith with son, Bruce, circa 1937.

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists William A and Caroline R Griffith living at 10 Fessenden.

  • Ancestry Family Trees Identify William Albert Griffith and Caroline Rawson Darling as a couple with two children.
  • The 1940 US Census found William and Carolyn living in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, with their two sons, Bruce and Rex. Bruce was five; Rex was nine months. The census also indicates that the family lived in Portland, Maine, in 1935.
  • Based upon the photo ID Number (#1097), the photo was taken about 1937.
  • This is a photo of Caroline Rawson (Darling) Griffith with her son Bruce Griffith when he was about two years old.

Family Search identifies Caroline Ranson Darling, wife of William Albert Griffith, as ID LR6W-KFF.  Caroline’s son does not appear to have a Family Search profile. Caroline Rawson Darling, born 4 December 1911, is identified in 24 Ancestry Trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Caroline and Bruce to Caroline’s Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified all six individuals; five of them had Family Search profiles, so I posted their photos to their Family Search One individual did not have a Family Search profile, so I posted his photo to Dead Fred.

For all of the Ethel Wight Collection analysis, please see here.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 40

Fitzgerald, Flagg, Flaherty (2), & Fleming(?)

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Olive Gertrude Flagg, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Gertrude Flagg, 73 Melbourne St, Portland – #644.”

Olive Gertrude Flagg, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory indicates that Olive G. Flagg lived at 73 Melbourne.
  • The 1940 U.S. Census enumerated Olive G. Flagg as a 55-year-old single school teacher.
  • The 1920 U.S. Census enumerated the 43-year-old school teacher living with her mother Lenora Flagg at 73 Melbourne.
  • I am sure this is Olive about 1936, when she was about 60 years old.

Family Search identifies Olive Gertrude Flagg, born 18 June 1876, as ID LHVN-C6P.

Olive does not seem to appear in any ancestry trees.

I have uploaded one photo of Olive to her Family Search Memories.

Hilda Cecile Fitzgerald (later Thibeault), circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Hilda Fitzgerald, 66 Brown St, Portland #581.

Hilda Cecile Fitzgerald (later Thibeault), circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1935 Portland High School yearbook shows the same photo associated with Hilda Cecile Fitzgerald.
    • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Hilda Fitzgerald living at 44 Brown. At the same address is Lottie Fitzgerald.
    • Hilda C Fitzgerald married Adrian R Thibeault in Portland on 29 June 1937.
    • S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, include a card for Adrian Robert Thibeault, born 28 July 1916, whose next of kin was Hilda Cecile Thibeault. They lived in New York in 1940. The Massachusetts Death Index indicates Adrian died on 11 November 1983.

I have been unsuccessful in finding Hilda in the 1920 or 1930 Census records. Also, I have been unsuccessful in finding Hilda (or Adrian) in the Family Search Family Tree. Likewise, I have been unsuccessful in finding Hilda in Ancestry family trees.

I have added two photos of her to Dead Fred.

I also uploaded one additional photo of Hilda Cecile Fitzgerald to my Flickr photostream.

Mary Patricia Flaherty, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Patricia Flaherty – State St. Hospital – #653.”

Mary Patricia Flaherty, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1933 Portland City Directory lists Patricia M. Flaherty as a student nurse at 109 Emery, residing in the same place.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Patricia M. Flaherty as a nurse at 15 Mellen, residing at the same location. The 1943 Directory indicates she was still a nurse at15 Mellen. The ’43 directory also shows that 15 Mellen Street housed Russell-Altenburg Co dental supplies.
  • A fifteen-year-old Mary P Flaherty lives with her parents Edward A. and Mary A. Flaherty on Sheridan during the 1930 Census.
  • Further research in Ancestry Family Trees discovered Mary Patricia Flaherty, born 1 March 1915. She was a Nurse living in Boston in 1940 and lived with her parents, Edward Augustus and Mary Agnes (Lee) Flaherty, in Portland during the 1930 census. A further look at her in Ancestry Trees yielded a photo of Mary Patricia. That photo looks very much like the same person just a few years older.
  • I am confident that this is a photo of Mary Patricia Flaherty (later Feeney) about 1936.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Mary Patricia Flaherty; however, her father, Edward Augustus Flaherty, is GS1Y-997, and her mother, Mary Agnes Lee, is ID  GS1Y-ZL8. Seventeen Ancestry Trees refer to Mary Patricia Flaherty, later Feeney.

I have uploaded two photos of Mary Patricia to Dead Fred.

Stephen J. Flaherty, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Stephen Flaherty, 24 High St, Portland #664.

Stephen J. Flaherty, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Stephen J and Pearl E Flaherty living at 24 High Street.
    • The 1940 U.S. Census lists Stephen J and Pearl E Flaherty living at 21 Grand Street in Portland. Stephen is 52 years old. Stephen was born in Maine.
    • New Hampshire Marriage records indicate Stephen J. Flaherty and Pearl E Caiazzo married on 25 October 1928 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His parents were John J and Mary (Foley) Flaherty. It was the second marriage for both of them. Pearl’s father’s name was Asa L. Smith
    • Maine Birth records indicate Stephen J. Flaherty was born on 26 December 1885.
    • I am sure this is Stephen J. Flaherty about 1935 when he was about 50 years old.

Family Search identifies Stephen J. Flaherty, born 26 December 1884 as ID GMT8-5VH.

Eighteen Ancestry trees refer to Stephen J. Flaherty.

I have uploaded one photo of Stephen to his Family Search Memories.

Unknown Child, possibly related to Mrs. George W. (Catherine E.) Fleming née Cockburn, circa 1936.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Geo W Flemming, 50 Bradley St, Portland # 1060 – DSCN3293PR.”

Unknown Child, possibly related to Mrs. George W. (Catherine E.) Fleming née Cockburn, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists George W. and Catherine E Fleming living at 50 Bradley St.
    • In 1930, there was a 33-year-old George W Fleming lodging at 37 Casco Street. He was a salesman in the radio industry. George was born in Massachusetts.
    • The 1932 Portland City directory indicated that George W Fleming was a salesman at 195 Forest Avenue. The various city directories suggest George and Catherine lived in Portland from 1932 until 1935.
    • George and Catherine E. Cockburn married on 6 June 1931 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. George was 34, and Catherine was 27. George was born in Manchester, and Catherine was born in Clinton, Mass. George’s parents were William K and Alice (Wiggins) Flemming. Catherine’s parents were William and Jessie (Spence) Cockburn.
    • The 1940 Census appears to find George W. Fleming, married, as a lodger in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. George’s wife and daughter do not appear on the page.
    • William Cockburn’s Naturalization Record indicates that Catherine E. Fleming was born in Clinton, Mass, on 13 July 1902 and resided in Bridgton, Maine, in 1937. Also living in Bridgton was her brother David H. Cockburn.
    • The 1940 Census enumerated Catherine Fleming living in Naples, Cumberland County, Maine. She was a teacher lodging with George and May Russell. No children were enumerated at that address.
    • I am very confident that Mrs. Geo. W. Flemming of 50 Bradley Street is Catherine Cockburn, daughter of William and Jessie (Spence) Cockburn. However, I can find no birth record for a child of George W. and Catherine E (Cockburn) Fleming. The child may be a niece or other close relative. Alternately, she could be their child who died young, but again, I can find no record of such a child.

In either event, without determining a name or relationship for the child, I am unable to post the photo to Family Search or Dead Fred. Besides this image, I also uploaded this image to my Flickr Photostream.

Conclusion

  • I fully identified two individuals whose photos I posted to Family Search
  • I identified two individuals without Family Search profiles, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred.
  • I failed to identify one child’s photo; consequently, I only posted her photo here and to my Flickr Photostream.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

Rose – Surname Saturday

By Don Taylor

Surname Origin

The surname Rose can be of English, Scottish, Irish, French, Danish, and German origin. It could relate to a physical place where wild roses grew, a hereditary sign, or even the nickname for a person with a Rosy complexion.

I am yet to determine an immigrant Rose ancestor, so it is unclear which of the many Rose origins relate to my wife’s Rose ancestors.

Geographical

The United States includes the most people with the Rose surname, with England and Germany distant second and third. In terms of frequency, Jamaica has the highest proportion of the Rose surname globally, with 1 in 338 having the surname.

In the United States, California has the greatest number of people, over 21,000, with the Rose surname. West Virginia has the greatest proportion, with one in 673 people having the Rose surname.

Direct Rose Ancestors

According to Ancestry, in 1840, the greatest number of Roses lived in New York. There were only 91 Rose heads of households in North Carolina in 1840. Elizabeth had married long before then, so she wouldn’t have been counted as a Rose then.

All of our known Rose ancestors were born in North Carolina. Elizabeth and William senior died in North Carolina. William Rose, Jr. appears to have died in Georgia.

Direct William Rose Descendants

William Rose was born in 1733. He married Mary (LNU) on 27 January 1758 in Halifax County, North Carolina. They had at least two children, including 4th great-grandfather William Rose. William died in 1785 in Halifax County, North Carolina.

Both William Rose, Sr., and his son, William Rose, Jr., were patriots during the Revolutionary War. DAR Ancestor Numbers A206187 and A206765.

I have 176 known descendants of William Rose in my Howell-Darling research.

Surnames include:

      • Boseman
      • Capel
      • Clement
      • Cuthrell
      • Fizur
      • Hallmark
      • Hockaday
      • Howell
      • Johnson
      • Powell
      • Rose
      • Vincent
      • Welch

I only have three photographs of William Rose’s descendants. All are from his Howell descendants.

Peter Fletcher Howell (1842-1924)
James Dallas Howell (1879-1964)
Photo of Clarence Fletcher Howell
Clarence Fletcher Howell (1918-1999)

Sources:

  • Ancestry Surname Page: Rose.
  • Forebears Surnames Page: Rose.
  • Genealogy Bank Page: Rose.
  • Ancestry – Don Taylor’s Howell-Darling-2020 tree on Ancestry, accessed 5 February 2021.
  • DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Descendants List, DAR, DAR – Nat’l #: 986074 – Ancestor #: A206765 – William Rose, Sr., William Rose, Jr.

  • DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Descendants List, DAR, DAR – Nat’l #: 874114 – Ancestor #: A206187 – William Rose, Jr.

Don’s Genealogy News – 31 January 2021

Genealogy

Photo Friday

Ethel Wight Collection

I posted Part 14 – Dow, Downs, Dresser, Drown, & Duddy. I also received some great feedback on the Carol L. Dow photo.

Blanchard Project

Blanchard-Washburn

Posted Searching for Mary Washburn’s Parents

Scarborough Historical Society

I posted the 1954 Scarborough Annual Report to Archive.Org and Digital Maine.

Maine Genealogical Society

Greater Portland Chapter

The next Chapter meeting will be via Zoom on 6 February at 1:00 PM. Please email to request the connection link and passcode

Conferences

If you haven't registered for RootsTech - February 25 to 27 - yet, I highly recommend doing so. The registration is FREE.  https://www.rootstech.org/.  They have also linked with Family Search to provide "Relatives at Root Tech," where you can learn of other people who are attending RootsTech. I've registered for Connect and have learned there will be at least 76 relatives at RootsTech. By the way, there are over 139,000 people registered for RootsTech. It is going to be Genealogical Fun.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) - Virtual conference - April and May 2021. E-Zine at https://nergc.org/e-zines/

Have a great week,
- Don Taylor