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Donna Montran – Moss’s Broadway Theater, July-August 1920

Donna in New York City at Moss’s Broadway Theater, July 25 through August 29th, 1920 Donna finished her cross-country tour with “Chin Chin” in May of 1920. In early July, the New York Clipper reported that Donna had been engaged … Continue reading

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Albany Awakens to the Benefits of Exploitation

Donna in Albany, NY, at the Clinton Theater – Sep 20-26, 1920 Albany Awakens to the Benefits of Exploitation I was watching the live stream from RootsTech Friday.  Lisa Louise Cooke gave an awesome presentation on “Proven Methodology for Using Google for … Continue reading

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Donna at Pacy’s Garden Theatre – September 13-17, 1920

Donna in Baltimore, MD, at Pacy’s Garden Theatre – September 13-17, 1920 We know that Donna played at Henderson’s Theater on Coney Island earlier in the month. She then came to Pacy’s Garden Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. Advertising for the … Continue reading

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Donna in “Chin Chin” at the Empress Theatre, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada – January 5-6, 1920

Thanks to an article in the Calgary Daily Herald, I had known that “Chin Chin” played in Medicine Hat, Alberta sometime shortly before January 8, 1920[i]. I finally found an article regarding “Chin Chin” playing in Medicine Hat[ii]. We now … Continue reading

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She Kissed Politicians in 1915

The Massachusetts Republican leadership were all there. Several hundred had gathered at the Hotel Brenton near the shores of Bass Point. The year was 1915, and there were many issues to be discussed. Former Governor Foss was there, so was … Continue reading

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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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