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.