Donna Darling Collection – Part 66

Rivoli Theatre – Portland, Oregon

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at two clippings from the Donna Darling Collection that relate to the Rivoli Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

From previous research, thanks to Genealogy Bank, I had learned that The Donna Darling Review with Sammy Clark played at the Rivoli Theatre in Portland from November 6th through the 8th. The Playbill is always great to see.

Next was a clipping “Donna Darling Revue Crest of Rivoli Bill,” which appears to be an advertising article. It reads, in part:

“Sammy Clark, the “anesthetic dancer,” with the Donna Darling Revue, is the brightest spot on the Rivoli bill this week. Sammy is one of those untamed spirits who dance for the pure joy of expression. His costume, a cloud of pink unmentionables, is peculiarly fit for his wild spirit.

“Donna Darling herself is a pretty miss with a nice voice for ballads. The rest of the company consists of an excellent pair of dancers and a whistling comedian. It is a clever act, and well staged.”

Conclusion

November 6-8, 1926 – The Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark played at the Rivoli Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Two Sisters & Two Others

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

This week’s Photo Identification Project items included two of my easiest finds and one of my most frustrating. First, there were three photos showing two sisters. Very easy to identify.  So was a class photo. The last photo I looked at was very frustrating.

Family Search

“Lilla Parmenter – Married Dr. Hayes” – Photo by H. M. Smith, 478 Congress St., Portland, ME.

Lilla Parmenter | married Dr. Hayes

This was one of my easiest identifications ever. A search for Lilla Parmenter with a spouse of Hayes on family search quickly found Lilla Sibley Parmenter, born 15 October 1870 who married Daniel William Hayes, MD, on 3 October 1898. Her timeline on Family Search did not indicate any time for her to live in Portland. A search of the Portland City Directories did not result in any results. However, Family Search did indicate she had a sister Clara Maria Parmenter. Posted to Family Search.

“Clara Parmenter” – Photo by H. M. Smith. 478 Congress St., Portland, ME.

Clara Parmenter 1Clara Maria Parmenter was born on 4 Feb 1873. She married Isaiah Greenleaf Elder on 15 Apr 1926 in Polk County, Florida.  The 1895 Portland City Directory does not list Clara, however the 1896 directory indicates that Miss Clara Parmenter was a nurse at Maine General Hospital.

So, I believe she located to Portland about 1895. Posted to Family Search.

“Clara Parmenter” – Hanson Studio, 12 Monument Square, Portland, ME.

Clara Parmenter 2The second photo of Clara is clearly much more recent than the first. She appears in the Portland City Directory under her maiden name until 1925. So, this photo must have been taken before that. Again, I was able to post the photo to Family Search.

Ancestry

“Florence Caroline (Dot) Wood, Rockland, Maine | Married William Smith of Bangor or Brewer 1923 – They have four children.” Class ’09.

Florence Caroline (Dot) Wood 1 This appears to be a 1909 photo of Florence Wood. My search quickly found that Florence married William Burke Smith on 16 October 1912 in Bangor. Her parents were Charles P Wood and Margery E. Britt. She was born 21 Jul 1891 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. She would have been 17 when this photo was taken. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a Family Search ID for the individual. I did find 15 trees on Ancestry which include her.

I sent the following message to the first five individual Ancestry public tree owners.

Greetings,

I recently acquired a 1909 photo of a young woman who is identified on the back of the photo as 1909 “Florence Caroline (Dot) Wood, Rockland, Maine | Married William Smith of Bangor or Brewer 1923 – They have four children.” I see that you have a tree which included Florence. If you are interested, there is a digital copy of the photo on my Flickr photostream (https://flic.kr/p/2iS8Lmn). If you are a direct descendant of Florence, I would like to reunite the photo with its family. – Don Taylor.

Dead Fred 

“Helen Doyal” – L & W.C. King Studio, Portland, ME.

Helen DoyalA search of the Portland City Directories found Miss Helen S. Doyle, a nurse at Maine General Hospital in 1895. (She was not in the 1894 directory.) She was also listed in the 1900 at 20 Hill and 1901 Directories as a nurse at 19 Ellsworth, however she does not appear in the 1900 Census. Searches at both Ancestry and Family search did not yield results for Helen Doyle/Doyal. A search of the census indicated there were 35 women with the Doyle surname, none of whom was Helen. Likewise  search of women named Helen, yielded 126 individuals, none of whom was a nurse nor lived near the hospital.

Finally, I was able to find the residents of both 20 Hill and 19 Ellsworth in the 1900 Census. Neither of them nor their neighbors had anyone enumerated that appears to be Helen.

Likewise, a search of Ancestry Trees failed to yield a Helen Doyle that was a reasonable candidate to be this Helen Doyal. I will post Helen to Dead Fred in hopes of a family member discovering her photo there.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identify them, I’d love to hear from you.

These photographs were “rescued.” I’m hoping to return the photographs to the family and would appreciate you contacting me if you are a member of one of these families, or you know someone who is.

Three Nurses – Dinsmore, Horton, & Wright

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This was a frustrating week for my Photo Identification Project. There were three photos of women all wearing nurse caps and uniforms. All photos were taken at L & W.C. King Studio, Portland, ME.

Quickly, I found all three women at the Maine General Hospital in the 1895 Portland City Directory. I also found some of them for a couple of other years, but I was unsuccessful in finding any of them in 1894 (or earlier) or in 1899 (or later). I couldn’t find any of them in the 1900 Census. Further searches found candidate matches for two of them, but I found nothing on the third one. I am not confident enough on any of them to ascribe them to a Family Search ID, so I’m posting them to Dead Fred.

Dead Fred

“Nellie Dinsmore” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Nellie Dinsmore - Nurse - c.18951890, 1893, & 1894 – Portland City Directory – Not listed.
  • 1895, Pg xx – Dinsmore, Nellie M. Miss, nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. do.
  • 1898, Pg 756 – Dinsmore, Nellie M. Miss, Nurse, rms. 21 Wilmot
  • 1899, 1900 – Not listed.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore, born 1862 in Maine to Francis R and Sophronia (Tuttle) Dinsmore – Candidate.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore born 1868 in Maine to Joshua and Phoebe (Hawes) Dinsmore. She lived in Fairfield, Somerset County, Maine, in 1870 and in Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, in 1880 – Candidate.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore born 1870 in Carroll County New Hampshire. She married William Burroughs in 1901—Candidate.

“Margret Horton” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Margret Horton - Nurse - c. 18951890, 1894 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed
  • 1895, pg 406 – Horton, Margaret # Miss, nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. do.
  • 1897, Page 739 – Horton, Margaret E Miss, 20 Hill
  • 1898, Pg 757 – Horton, Margaret E Miss, 20 Hill
  • 1899 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.

A review of trees did not yield likely candidates for Margaret/Margret Horton.

“Harriet Wright” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Harriett Wright - Nurse - c. 18951894 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.
  • 1895, Pg 661 – Wright, Harriet M. Miss, Nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. Do.
  • 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.

There is a Harriett Maria Wright born 20 Nov 1873 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts who married William Burleigh in 1898 – Candidate.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm their identities, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the form below.

Six Photos – Four Women

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Six Photos – Four Women

A good week for my Photo Identification Project. Three individuals were identified but one person had a common name and couldn’t be distinguished from eight different people.

Family Search

Harriett (Reed) Shaw - 164 Oak Street, Bath, ME - Crop“Harriett (Reed) Shaw, 164 Oak Street, Bath, ME” – A quick check on Ancestry found that Harriet E Reed married John Shaw on 5 October 1898. She is person ID G3VG-WH7 on Family Search. The 1900 Census shows them living at 143 Oak Street, Bath. Also, the 1900 Census indicates that Harriet was born in August 1875. Finally, the 1910 Census indicates that John and Harriet are living at 164 Oak Street. So, I identify this photo as “Harriett (Reed) Shaw, taken by Holmes Studio in Bath, Maine sometime after 1900.” Her Family Search ID is G3VG-WH7.


“Etta Crowley” – There are were three photos of Etta Crowley.

Etta Crowley - Mother Later Married Mr. Spear 1 - Crop

Etta Crowley - Mother Later Married Mr. Spear - Crop

“Etta Crowley – Mother later married Mr. Spear” – There are two photos done by E.  J. Poisson, Leading Photographer, Westbrook, Maine, of Etta as a young girl.

 

 

Etta Crowley - Crop

The third photo in this group is “Etta Crowley” which was taken at Marshall Studio in Westbrook, Maine, when Etta was a young woman.  The 1900 Census finds Etta Crowley living with her mother, Helen Crowley, at the home of Lester Hoss on Cottage Avenue in Westbrook. Etta was born in 11 Feb 1892. I judge the two photos are of an eight or nine year old girl, so I date the two photos circa 1898.

Helen (Reynolds) Crowley (Etta’s mother)  married Benjamin F. Spear on 25 Jan 1902 in Portland, Maine which helps establish for a certainty that the photo is of Etta Crowley, the daughter of Helen Crowley. A further review of Etta Crowley on Family Search indicates her ID is LRMS-YB8​​


Mrs Effie Griffiths - Durham, N. H. - Crop“Mrs. Effie Griffiths – Durham, N. H.” – The photo is of a woman in her mid-30s to mid 40s. An Google search for “Effie Griffiths” and Durham, N.H. resulted in 10 results. The top one was M. Effie Griffiths born 2 Dec 1860 and died 21 Sep 1945. She is buried in the Griffith’s Cemetery in Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire. It appears she was the only Effie Griffiths in Durham during the 1900 Census. On Family Search she is Mary Effie Furber – LZXB-MG1.

Dead Fred

Annie Williams - Crop“Annie Williams of Bath” – The photo is of a woman probably in her 30s taken at the Longfellow Gallery in Portland, ME. My review of the Portland City Directories indicate that the Longfellow Gallery existed in Portland between 1900 and 1912 (No entries for the Gallery in the 1898 or earlier nor in the 1914 City Directories or later), so I’ll date the photo circa 1906.

 Possible Candidates:

  • Annie M Williams, born ca. 1853, living in Bath Ward 3, during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born ca. 1870, wife of Harry Williams, living in Bath, Ward 1 during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born ca. 1871, wife of Edward Williams, living in South Portland during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born September 1872, daughter of William A Williams, living in Portland during the 1900 Census.
  • Annie A Williams (born ca. 1873) who married James Sawyer on 24 Dec 1903. She was 18.
  • Annie K Williams, born ca. 1873 living in Portland, Ward 2, during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Laura Williams (born ca. 1873) who married Fred Everett Walker on 22 October 1902. She was 29.
  • Annie N Williams, born ca. 1873, wife of Robert Williams, living in Portland, Ward 3 during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie E Williams, born Nov 1879 who lived in Bath, Ward 1 during the 1900 Census.
  • Annie M Williams, born May 1897, daughter of Daniel F Williams living in Portland, Ward 1

The woman looks younger than 47 to me, so I’m confident it is not Annie M. Williams born, ca. 1853. And the woman appears to me to be older than 15, so it couldn’t be Annie M Williams, born May 1897.  That leaves eight candidates who were born between 1870 and 1879, any of whom could be this Annie Williams.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identities of them, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the form below.

Five Women – Four Identified

Farrington, Lane, Mills, & Perry Identified

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Very good week for my Photo Identification Project. Four individuals were identified, however, one was not.

Family Search

Katie Farrington who married Starrett of Warren, Maine“Katie Farrington – Who married Starrett of Warren, Maine.”

There is a Katie Ella Farrington (of Gardner) who married Henry Vaill Starrett (of Warren) on January 1, 1901, in Gardner. Katie was 36 at the time of the marriage. I believe this photo to be of Katie, probably in 1900. See photo at Family Search.

Edith H Lane
“Edith H Lane.” No studio, date, or location information. However, this appears to be the Edith H Lane, born June 1871 of Simeon and Mary Lane who lived in Brownfield, Oxford County, Maine. She married Frederick W. Jameson on 28 December 1914.  This appears to be a photo of this Edith H Lane. See her photo at Family Search.

Miss Mills - Nurse“Miss Mills – Nurse” was taken at Hanson Studio, 12 Monument Square in Portland, Maine.

A look at the 1899 Portland City Directory discovered a Miss Inez L. Mills that was a nurse at 597 Congress, boarded the same place. I saw no other nurses with the Mills surname. It appears that Miss Mills was a nurse in Portland from 1898 to 1905. The 1920 Census finds the 47-year-old Inez living in Portland at 684 Congress Street and working as a registered nurse for the Red Cross. The 1880 Census finds Inez living with her parents Melvin J. and Abby Mills in Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine. Finding no other “Miss Mills” that was a nurse in the Portland area, I am confident this is Inez L. Mills. Inez Luella Mills (1872-1944). See her photo at Family Search.

Agnes Perry“Agnes Perry” – The photo is that of a young woman taken at Merrill Studio, Rockland, Maine. There is no date nor any other information. A search for “Agnes Perry” Rockland Maine provided a link to Agnes Mae (Perry) Radley on Find-a-Grave. It said This Agnes was born 2 Aug 1891 in Rockland, Knox County Maine. She married Franklin Leroy Radley in 1912. A search for her on Family Search found her with her parents in Rockland during the 1900 and boarding at 58 Camden Street in Rockland during the 1910 Census. A wider search indicated no other Agnes Perry’s in Maine during this period, so I’m sure this is the correct Agnes Perry. Agnes Mae (Perry) Radley, (1891-1963). See her photo at Family Search.

Unidentified

Unknown Woman - Corson Studio, Madison, METhe last photo I looked at this week was of a woman standing. No name, no date, the only identifying items is that the photo was taken at Corson Studio in Madison, Maine. I posted a copy of the photo to the Madison Maine Historical Society Facebook page and asked if anyone can recognize the person.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help identify or confirm their identities, I would love to hear from you. Please use the form below.