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Donna Montran Biplane Flights – 1915

UPDATED 29 October 2015 On July 22, 1915, (Page 8) The Boston Glove reported:  TO FLY OVER COMMON Miss Donna Montran Expects to Drop Pennants and Tickets for Show From Biplane, Miss Donna Montran, one of the pretty “belles of … Continue reading

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The meetings of Dick Brown – Donna, Dorothy, & Cecelia

The most fascinating stories in our family histories are often about how and where our ancestors met. These stories are often lost in just a couple generations. We, obviously, know where and when we met our spouses and often know … Continue reading

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Russell Harrison Kees (1899-1982)

Sometimes it is as important to research someone not related by blood because they are a big part of your family’s history.  This is the case of my mother’s and my uncle’s stepfather Russell Harrison Kees. We don’t know how … Continue reading

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Donna – A “Cabaret Girl” in Panama.

We know that Grandpa Dick (Clifford/Richard Brown/Durand) was in the Army in the late 1920s and early 1930s and was stationed in Panama where he and Donna met. We don’t know exactly when Donna and her husband Sammy Amsterdam went … Continue reading

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Donna at the Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, August 9-21, 1920

Background I have long been looking for when Donna made the shift from being in the “Chin Chin” production to being in the “California Bathing Beauties.” The last “Chin Chin” production that I know of was on May 21, 1920 … Continue reading

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Donna in Fort Wayne, IN, at the Majestic Theatre – February 15, 1920

This week I did more background research regarding Donna’s career with the “Chin Chin” production. I still haven’t determined dates or venue for their Minneapolis showing (other than late January to early February, 1920). I did, however, find where the … Continue reading

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Memories – Kid Shows and Poker with Grandma.

By Don Taylor I’ll admit it. I grew up with television.  Every morning it was TV time.  During the summer, and other times when there wasn’t school, it was TV for lunch (“Lunch with Casey” comes to mind), too. And, … Continue reading

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Road Trip & [Clifford] Dick Brown in Corozal, Canal Zone, Panama.

I have never been on a genealogical research trip.  Certainly, I’ve had a desire to go to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the National Archives in Washington … Continue reading

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Donna in Logansport, IN, at the Nelson Theatre – February 19, 1920

I haven’t discovered where the “Chin Chin” cast were immediately before they arrived at the Nelson Theatre in Logansport, Indiana on February 19th. We know they were in Madison, WI for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, but are still unsure where … Continue reading

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Donna in Madison, WI, at the Fuller Theater – Valentine’s Day – 14 Feb 1920

After having played the Grand Theatre in Eau Claire, on the 12th and the Myers Theater in Janesville on the 13th, the “Chin-Chin” backtracked the short 40 miles to Madison to play the Fuller Theater. The only railroad, of the … Continue reading

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