Florence Wilma Huber Darling (1908-1934)

52 Ancestors #16 – [Florence Wilma Huber Darling (1908-1934)

Bio – Florence Wilma Huber Darling

Florence Huber
Approx. 1924 (Age 16)
Florence was born on 23 April, 1908 in Wisconsin, the first
child of Johan (John) and Bertha Trümpi Huber.[i] At
the time her parents probably lived near Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin and
were part of the Swiss immigrant population in that area. [ii]
Shortly after her birth the Hubers moved to Elberta and
Josephine, Baldwin, Alabama where her brother Clarence was born a year and a
half later.[iii]  This
is a very unusual migration route and it prompted me to look further at
possible reasons for the relocation there. 
It appears that the Hubers had succumbed to advertising that was
targeted to the Swiss Colony folks in Wisconsin and Minnesota which provided
inexpensive trips to southern Alabama in February and March to promote land
sales.
By the time Florence was 12 the family had relocated back north, this time to Saginaw, Michigan. [iv] In the school year 1920-1921 she, and her brother Clarence, had perfect attendance, missing no days of school.[v]            
It is unclear how or where Florence met the divorcee, Robert
Harry Darling. Harry had been married in 1925 to Nora Glies and divorced in
1926.  He married Florence in 1929 and
located to  110 N. Fremont. Ross, Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania by the 1930 census time. 
It appears that the apartment that was at that location was replaced in
1950. Later in 1930, Florence had a daughter.
425 Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA
Today
Thanks to Google Maps
Florence died on 5 October 1934 of Bilateral Pyosalpinx,
Pelvic Cellulitis, cause undetermined. She lived at 423 Charles, Pittsburgh, PA
at the time of her death.[vi]
According to her death certificate she was buried at Zion
Memorial Cemetery. A Find-a-Grave photo request has gone unanswered since May
2013.

Further Research

Determine date for her marriage to Robert Harry Darling.
Get photo of her grave marker.

 Sources:

[i] Pennsylvania Death
Certificate, Certificate #89399. Florence Darling (Robt H. Darling – Informant).
[ii] 1905 Wisconsin
State Census, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Huber, John. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi­bin/sse.dll?
h=1552251&db=WIstatecen&indiv=try.
[iii] Lutheran
(Alabama), Baptism Certificate, Ancestry Family Trees
[iv] 1920 Census, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com,
James, Saginaw, Michigan – John Huber.
[v] Saginaw New
Courier, Genealogy Bank, 1921-07-21 – Page 11 – Nine Hundred Children in Rural
Schools Not Absent Nor Tardy in Past School Year. http://phw01.newsbank.com/cache/arhb/fullsize/pl_004152014_1553_00585_70.pdf.
[vi] Pennsylvania Death
Certificate, Certificate #89399. Florence Darling (Robt H. Darling –
Informant).

“Chin Chin” at the Majestic Theatre – Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada – Jan 7, 1920

Donna & “Chin Chin” Play the Majestic Theatre,” Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada – Jan 7, 1920

Lethbridge Daily Herald
January 3, 1920, Page 5
Courtesy: Our Future Our Past

Once again, thanks to “Our Future Our Past” and their newspaper archive, we learn that “Chin Chin” played in Lethbridge, Alberta on January 7th, 1920.

The pre-show advertising hype was certainly in place by January 3rd when an article about “Chin Chin” appeared in the Lethbridge Daily Herald on the “Drame – Vaudeville – Photoplays” page.[1] The article mentions Ethey Lawrence as Violet Band but not our Donna. Ther is, of course, an ad for the show as well.

In the paper the day before the show we see an article that explains how the girls for the show were selected and how some of the girls who couldn’t make the auditions had their “voices recorded on disk records” at various agencies and had the recordings sent to Charles Dillingham for consideration.

The Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theater Stage abt 1912
Courtesy Glenbow Museum Archives.

Although fairly small the Majestic Theatre was large considering the size of Lethbridge. With a population of 8,050 the theatre’s capacity was 1,150, That means that the theatre could held over 14% of the population of the town. As I mentioned, the stage was small, only 26×26 with footlights to backwall only 29 feet. [2] The stage certainly looks small from the photo from high in the nose-bleed seats.

The building was built in 1908 as the Griffiths Theatre. It became the Majestic in 1910 and Palm Dairy in 1938. It remained Palm Dairy until 1978 when it was destroyed by fire.[3] Today a strip mall containing the “5th Avenue Dental Centre is at the location in a new building.[4]

Next stop for the “Chin Chin” cast: Calgary, 141 miles north by train.

[1] Our Future
Our Past
– Lethbridge Daily Herald, 3 January, 1920, Page 5.
[2] Julius
Cahn-Gus Hill Theatrical Guide 1913-14 – Lethbridge, Alberta
[3] The Galt Museum –
Archives re Majestic Theatre at 512 5 Avenue South in Lethbridge
 http://www.galtmuseum.com/permalinkA/11482/
[4] Google Maps for 516 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta

Martha Ann Bryan Long (1820-c.1900)

52 Ancestors #15 – Martha Ann Bryan Long (1820-c1900)

Bio –Martha Ann Bryan Long (1820-c.1900)

Martha Ann Bryan was born on the 24th of April,
1820, the fourth of nine children of John W Bryan and Cherry Price of Martin
County, North Carolina.
She grew up in Martin County.  When she was sixteen, her mother Cherry died.
Her father then married one of Cherry’s cousins.
In 1844 Martha married Samuel Aquilla Long, also of Martin
County.
Ariel view Conoho Creek on right.
Thanks to Google Maps.
In 1860,  the family
lived in District 9, Martin County, North Carolina and had a mail address of
Hamilton.  Apparently they lived about half way between
Goose Nest and Conoho Creek.  An area
that today is open farmland.
It isn’t clear, but it appears that Martha & Samuel may
have had 11 children.
1.    
John          b.
abt 1841
2.    
Joseph      b.
28 Mar 1844
3.    
William     b.
at 1845
4.    
Ann           b.
7 Jul 1846
5.    
Mary         b.
abt 1848
6.    
Sarah        b.
7 May 1850
7.    
Benjamin  b.
8 May 1852
8.    
Susan        b.
abt 1854
9.    
Martha     b.
abt 1856
10. Samuel     b. abt 1860
11. Jennie       b. 24 Jun 1962
A review of the 1860 and the 1870 Censuses indicates there
was only one Sam, or Samuel Long in Martin County. So I’m fairly certain that
the Samuel A Long from Martin County who fought in the Civil War was Martha’s
husband.  Certainly the  Civil War would have been a difficult time
for Martha with a husband and one or two teenage sons of service age.  Her husband, Samuel, served for the
Confederacy enlisting as a private and coming out of the war as a second Lieutenant.
 I am sure that Joseph served as
well.  I have a lot more research to
confirm their participation in the war.
General Hospital #24 (aka Moore’s Hospital)
In September of 1862, Martha’s husband Samuel donated one
barrel of vegetables to the Moore’s Hospital (aka General Hospital #24) in  Richmond, Virginia.  According to Civil War Richmond,
hospital #24 was a converted tobacco factory. The three-storied, flat-roofed,
brick building. Opened summer-1861 and was first used for Union prisoners. It
was taken over by North Carolina on 29 July 1864.

There is a “family Story”
regarding  Martha’s Civil war experience.
It is said, “that the family hid everything of value deep in the stored cotton.
The mules, horses, and cows were taken to the woods and tied, leaving only one
young horse, Hector, who had never been bridled. A Yankee officer strapped his
overcoat to the colt’s back and took him with them. That night he broke loose
and came home.
“Also related that the Yankees plundered the
house and took every feather bead to the yard where they had great fun cutting
them open and yelling “It’s snowing, it’s snowing.  They also cut the feet of the chickens, geese
and young pigs leaving them in great misery.”

It is notable that the 1880 census indicates Martha living without her husband, however, she is listed as married (not widowed). I’ve searched at length and have been unable to find her husband in the 1880 censuses anywhere, so I believe he passed before 1880.

I’m not sure when Martha Ann passed. It appears that she was alive in 1870 and 1880 censuses. She doesn’t show in the 1900 census that I can find, so I believe she died before 1900. The DAR Descendants database indicates that she died in Martin County but none of the entries indicate a death date. Likewise, she is not identified in Find-a-grave or Billion Graves.

We remember Martha Ann Bryan Long, my wife’s 2nd great grandmother as the 194th anniversary of her birth approaches next week.

List of Great Ancestors

Ann Debora Long 
Martha Ann Bryan
John W. Bryan
Lewis Bryan
Robert Bryan (the patriot)

Further Research
Finding a record of Martha Ann Bryan Long’s death and cemetery record.
Exploring the lives of her children in greater detail to find additional connections.

Sources:
Census Records:

1850 Census – Martin, North Carolina; Roll: M432_636; Page: 426B.
1860 Census – District 9, Martin, North Carolina; Roll: M653_905; Page: 443.
1870 Census – Hamilton, Martin, North Carolina, Pages 59 & 60. 
1880 Census – Goose Nest, Martin, North Carolina, ED 103, Page 32. 

Daughters of the American Revolution Database,

Member # 639203 – Ancestor # A016279. Robert Bryan.
Member # 517846 – Ancestor # A016279. Robert Bryan.
Member # 597793 – Ancestor # A016279. Robert Bryan.

Hughes, S. J. N., & Martin County Historical Society (N.C.), Martin County Heritage (Williamston, NC, , 1980), Article # 89 – John Bryan Family.

Newspapers.Com – Semi-Weekly Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina) 10 Sep 1862, Page 1.
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Donna & “Chin Chin” Play “The Grand Theatre,” Calgary, Jan 8-10, 1920

Donna & “Chin Chin” Play “The Grand Theatre,” Calgary, Alberta, Canada -Jan 8-10, 1920

Sometimes a little mention, a tidbit, can open the way into finding a lot of new information. When Donna played in Grand Rapids there was a mention in the paper about the company having played in Calgary, Canada. So, I thought I’d see if I could find any Canadian newspapers that might help in the quest. 

Kenneth R Marks
“A long time ago”
One of my favorite sources for newspaper information is The Ancestor Hunt (http://theancestorhunt.com).  I checked there and sure enough, Kenneth Marks had an entry for Alberta Canada and lots of papers listed. I checked the links he had there that mentioned Calgary and didn’t find anything for the month and year I was looking for — Bummer. Although his links didn’t help this time, they usually do. 
When I poked around I found a site, “Our Future, Our Past” that had early Alberta Newspapers. Following the Early Alberta Newspapers link brought me to a couple searches, one papers by year, another by place. I figured that 1920 is the year I’m looking for so away I went. Wow.  Over thirty newspapers listed.  The dates threw me off for a second as they are listed dd/mm/yyyy but I got past that and jumped into “The Calgary Daily Herald.  Hummm… It was the Daily Herald, however only 10 papers were there for January, 1920.  I later learned that those were the pointers and the other papers were also there.

I clicked on the Friday, January 9th newspaper and began to peruse.  Wa-La!  there on page 14 was the now familiar Tom Brown Saxophone Clown photo and an article, “ACTOR HAS GOOD WORD TO SAY FOR RAILWAY SERVICE – Roy Binder, of “Chin Chin” Company, Strong for Canadians.” The article talks mostly about Roy’s thinking that the Canadian Railroad is better than the US railroads. The article also mentions that they (the “Chin-Chin” company) played in Lethbridge for two nights preceding. (Apparently the 6th & 7th) and in Medicine Hat. 

Page 16 had a fairly standard Chin Chin ad and that the show was playing at The GRAND. Then Page 26 had an article where Donna is called out.  
Calgary Daily Herald – Page 26
January 9, 1920
Courtesy: Our Future Our Past

Donna Montran, as the Goddess of the Lamp, has a splendid voice and sings sweetly, as does Ethyl Lawrence as Violet Bond.…

The article also mentions an “almost at capacity house.” Which got me to wonder what the capacity is.

The Grand Theatre, Calgary

Looking at the January 5th newspaper there was an ad that showed the show’s run for three days.

Calgary Daily Herald
January 5th, 1920, Page 10
Courtesy: Our Future Our Past

A Google search brought up the theater’s website and a Wikipedia entry. According to Wikipedia, The theater was built in 1912 with a capacity of 1300 seats and was the largest stage in Canada when it opened. It was very modern for its time, boasting 15 changing rooms below the stage with hot and cold running water and electric lights. In 1957 the Grand converted to a movie house. In 2005, the Grand was purchased and turned into a “culturehouse” for contemporary live arts. 

The Julius Cahn-Gus Hill Theatrical Guide and Moving Picture Directory for 1913-1914 indicates that the theater was much larger than the Wikipedia entry says, hosting 1590 seats — 913 on the lower floor, 280 balcony, 263 gallery, 68 loges, and 66 in boxes.  The stage was large, 36×36; the distance from the footlights to the back wall was 40 feet. The rigging loft was 75 feet up.  This was a very large theatre for a city with a population of only 30,000 (Drawing population of 60,000).  By comparison, the Lyric theatre only seated 980 and the Empire theatre only 700 people.

Theatre Junction Grand
Photo By Qyd [CC-BY-SA-3.0
via Wikimedia Commons
Today, Theatre Junction GRAND | Multidisciplinary Live Art is Western Canada’s oldest theatre and home to theatre, dance, music and film.
Chin Chin played the Grand Theater, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on January 8th, 9th, & 10th, 1920. 

Epilogue

Sadly, the “Our Future, Our Past” newspapers haven’t been OCRed, so the collection is not word searchable. However, it is an amazing collection and well worth looking at. Many thanks to the many folks at the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project for making the collection available.

Sources:

Calgary Daily Herald – January 5, 1920 via Our Future Our Past
Calgary Daily Herald – January 9, 1920 via Our Future Our Past
The Julius Cahn-Gus Hill Theatrical Guide and Moving Picture Directory, Volumes 16-17 (Google eBook), Page 694
Wikipedia: The Grand (Calgary) 

John Montran (c. 1874-bef.1911)

52 Ancestors # 14 – John Montran (c1874-bef. 1911)

John Montran is the most mysterious of my ancestors.  My grandmother, Madonna, never spoke of him and I didn’t have the where-with-all to ask her about him before she passed over. I didn’t know his first name until I received a copy of Donna’s application for a Social Security number.

When Madonna was married in 1911, she listed her father as Robert Montran and indicated that he was deceased. So, I’m not really certain if his name was John Robert or Robert John.

When Madonna’s mother married Max Fisher in 1897, she indicated her name as Ida B Montran Barber and she had been married one time before although reading the entry, the clerk may have written Montrani or possibly Montram.
Assuming that Ida married Montran before Madonna was born, Ida and John were probably married in 1892. I also assume that John was a contemporary of Ida, that is to say about the same age, that would put his birth about 1874.
In 1900, Madonna’s step-father was Max Fisher. He was identified as having been born in Wisconsin and Madonna’s father is identified as having been born in Michigan. In 1910, Madonna’s father was again identified as having been born in Michigan. Because her stepfather at that time, Jos Holdsworth, was born in New York, I am fairly sure that John Montran was born in Michigan.  However, the 1920 Census indicates that Madonna’s father was born in Pennsylvania. Madonna was on the road with the show “Chin Chin” at the time so the information was probably given by her grandmother, Sarah Barber, who may or may not have known for certain Madonna’s father’s birthplace.   Madonna was out of the country for the 1930 census so that census adds nothing additional.In searching a bit more for John Montran, I found that he was father of bride for “Mae Donna Montran” who was married on 24 Nov 1915 to Thomas Valentine Rooney in Waltham, MA.  This was a completely unknown marriage. It is interesting to note that it indicates that this was the first marriage for both. I guess Madonna was thinking it was her first US marriage or else she forgot about her 1911 marriage to Chester Fenyvessey in Canada.

John Montran

Born about 1874, probably in Michigan (possibly Pennsylvania).
Married Ida Barber about 1892, probably in Michigan.
Died before 1911, probably before 1897.

Further Research

Montran is an uncommon surname; so, when I do find something about Montran I get excited to investigate more. For example, in the 1920 San Francisco city directory indicates that a Maude Montran was living there and Maude was the widow of John F Montran. I didn’t find Maude in any earlier city directories or elsewhere.  I certainly can do much more research in this area.  As more and more birth, marriage, and death records, as well as newspapers come on-line I hope to find more about John Montran.

Sources

1900 Census, Ancestry.com, 1900; Manistee Ward 6, Manistee, Michigan; Roll: T623_728; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 36.
1910 Census, Ancestry.com, 1910; Detroit Ward 7, Wayne, Michigan;
Roll: T624_683; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0106; FHL microfilm: 1374696. Holdsworth, Ida – Head,
1920 Census, Ancestry.com, Manhattan Assembly District 13, New York, New York; Roll: T625_1209; Page: 24A; Sarah Barber Head
Form SS-5 – Application for an account number.  Donna Montran Kees
Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com.
Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 (Massachusetts, State Archives, Boston), Family Search, FHL microfilm 2411236, p 650 no 312. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4XD-X3L.
R.L. Polk & Co., City Directory – San Francisco – 1920 (San Francisco, H.S. Crocker Co, 1920), Internet Archives, Page 1157.