Monday, May 1, 2017

All The Russells Neatly In A Row

Just discovered that a picture of Agnes during her divorce proceedings against Jack Lee demonstrates the close knit Hollywood/New York City community.  It's this one:

Unbeknownst to me the woman standing with Agnes in this picture is none other than the baby sister of Rosalind Russell.  Her name is Elizabeth Roberta Russell and her nickname is Lee. She gave testimony on behalf on Agnes testifying to abuse witnessed at the hands of Jack Lee during the divorce trial....small, small world!

Found a snap of this with slightly different point of view in the L.A. Times May 1951 that identifies Elizabeth Russell as a witness on behalf of Agnes.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Twisting Road Continues

Today, while doing genealogy I discovered some interesting newspaper pieces.  For years I wondered how John and Mary could have gone to Reedsburg leaving Peggy behind in St. Louis.  I also wondered why Agnes would travel to St. Louis on hiatus from Muskingum.  Now I know why.

For years the progression of John Moorehead's churches included Hamilton, Ohio and St. Louis as well as Reedsburg and Dayton.  It's not quite as clean cut as all that though. Yes John Moorehead was the pastor of a church in each one of these cities but what isn't commonly known is that Moorehead and his family went back to St Louis after Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  I came across several articles that talked about his services at Carondelet in 1925. Another article that talks about the history of Carondelet stating that John H. Moorehead was pastor of the church from 1924 to 1928.  That means that Peggy moved with her parents from St Louis to Dayton Ohio in the fall of 1928 and would go on to commit suicide approximately 9 months later.

I found another interesting article that talks about Dr. Moorehead preaching the Thanksgiving service on November 21, 1926 at Lindenwood College. I made me wonder if perhaps Peggy may have attended Lindenwood. That's research for another time though.

Friday, November 25, 2016

What You Find When You Aren't Looking

I love this time of the year.  When you finally have time to just sit and spend time looking at all the stuff you haven't been able to read or paging through posts you've been pushing aside for months.  It takes days, hours, minutes and then it hits you between the eyes like a rock.

The woman on the right is Tanya Hills and the woman on the left is her twin sister Sandra.

It turns out that in August of this years it came to light that the two sisters were living in a conversion van in Sonoma County, California. It took me a few minutes to even grasp what I was looking at before I started reading the article.  As I read it I was touched.  It turns out that Tanya had suffered a brain injury and her sister had moved her in with her to look after her.  As I read I wondered what if anything Tanya would be will or able to tell anyone about Agnes. Then out of the blue during the middle of a conversation with Sandra, Tanya volunteered this:

"Tanya adds, "Agnes Moorehead, I met her at a play. She saw me and wanted me to be with her for the rest of her life."

I don't know about anyone else but it was kind of like "FINALLY."  I have no idea what Tanya's brain injury entailed or how it affects her but I do know that often memory is affected and that there are certain types of injury that affects the triggers that might normally stop us from saying something that we might not want to be known.  The fact that Tanya has been silent for all these years leads me to believe that perhaps this was the case with Tanya. I believe that what Tanya remembers is as lovely and peaceful as what she said.  I believe that the relationship was a loving one, maybe not physically but emotionally, and I believe it has sustained Tanya Hills for all these years.

This is the link and I'm just going to leave this here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

One Of Those Lovely Details

I was just looking at some records online and I found a sweet detail I wanted to share:

This is John Moorehead's signature on his 1911 application for a U.S. Passport

This is Agnes' autograph:

They both use an unconventional e in the last name before the regular e.  She did not learn that in school, she learned it from her father and that is a lovely detail.  I know how much she revered her father and this one little detail speaks volumes on her love for her father.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tediously. Anonymous

Once again thank you for the perfectly pointless waste of my time anonymous troll with nothing better to do than post a blazing piece writing proving that you have absolutely no command of the English language.  The word "yawn" was genius really. Never have I grasped a concept so quickly, not. Courtesy of you once again the comments will be limited to people with actual courage to express their opinion and sign their name to it. Tata darling and the best of luck with your one word sentence attempts.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Home Is

The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn New York
16 October 1932
Page 62

And the address is 41-42 44th Street Sunnyside.  The building is called the "Cambridge" and was built in 1931.  It is a building with 6 floors and 94 apartments.  I find this very interesting actually because I believe we've all seen the inside of this apartment in photographs taken in the 1930's.

See that molding at the top of the wall?

I'm sure it's the same molding and I believe it was taken in her apartment.  So we have seen the inside of this place before.

A Shotgun Wedding For Jack?

You do the math.  Jack Lee married his second wife, Joanna Jayne Johnson, on February 18, 1956 in Los Angeles.  Joanna and Jack's first child, a son, who was named after his father, was born on May 14, 1956 in Los Angeles. This means that Joanna was just slightly over 6 months pregnant when they got married.  Shot gun wedding perhaps?  It also means that Jack was a bad boy and more importantly Jack was an extremely fertile bad boy.  Within 3 years of their marriage there were 3 children born to them.  Agnes and Jack were married for almost, 1 month short actually, 20 years and there were zero children, zero.  Agnes and Jack talked openly about adopting in their 40's but the only child Agnes would ever have living in her home was a foster child.  What am I getting at?  Jack was apparently a man who did choose not to use protection, obviously since he had a woman pregnant before they were married. Yet there are no children for the 20 years of marriage with Agnes.  Either he was a zealot about using protection with Agnes or Agnes couldn't get pregnant or they didn't have sex at all.  The form of cancer Agnes died from most often strikes women who've never been pregnant.  As I said you do the math.