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|Michel SCHREIBER ||Pierre Blanchar's birth citizenship|
Basically, Pierre Blanchar was not "Algerian-born", since he was from French parents who had moved to Algeria; it's definitely true he was born in Algeria, then a French colony; but given the fact the French never gave the French citizenship to Algerians, I think it's wrong to call him "Algerian-born". Thanks!
|Dave V||James Melton|
Singer James Melton returns to Ocala in 1931
By David Cook, Columnist, Ocala Star-Banner
The popular NBC radio singing star James Melton came back to Ocala in 1931. He was taking time off from his busy network schedule — three shows each week — to visit his mother, Mrs. Rosa Melton.
Ocalans had last heard the young tenor in a concert at the Temple Theatre under the sponsorship of the Ocala Woman's Club. The theater was located on Fort King, opposite today's City Hall. But Melton's classmates at Ocala High School recalled "Jimmy's" musical feats as a saxophone player during chapel programs a decade earlier.
Singing didn't become Melton's profession until he completed his studies in Nashville, Tenn. Those locals who knew him before his graduation from OHS in 1920 said he was always singing — beautifully. I know at least one old timer who can remember his high, sweet tenor voice.
Jimmy was singing on the General Motors program on Monday nights, on the Palmolive hour on Wednesdays, and the Salada Tea program on Thursdays. Despite this busy radio schedule, he was appearing in concerts and making phonograph records. He also was a member of the popular Reveliers Quartet.
By the time Melton visited Ocala in 1931, he had made two trips to Europe for concerts and was planning a third. He told a reporter for the Ocala Morning Banner, "I'm glad to be home."
His most popular recording at the time was "Hills of Home."
For his return to Ocala, Melton was accompanied by his wife, the former Marjorie McClure of Akron, Ohio. After Melton's death in 1961, Marjorie accompanied his body back to Ocala for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. After his spectacular successes, Melton's decline in the 1950s was something of a tragedy, not told to the public at the time.
His daughter, Margo Melton Nutt, born in 1942, the same year he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, has written an affectionate biography of her father. It is called "James Melton. The Tenor of his Times."
She gives his full story, including his birth in Moultrie, Ga.; the family's move to Citra, where his father, J.W., operated a sawmill; his education at Ocala High, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University; and his obsession with collecting vintage cars.
I never met Jimmy, although I heard a great deal about him in Moultrie, where I worked for a while, and back in Ocala. He was such an example of the small town guy who made it big in the city. I saw a couple of his vintage cars at the museum that used to be located on State Road 40, across from the old entrance to Silver Springs Attraction.
A great deal of attention in Ocala in early 1931 was about the completion of the 18-hole Ocala Highlands golf course in conjunction with the much expanded Highlands Hotel on Fort King near the intersection with what is now 36th Avenue.
The course was designed by E. Ellsworth Giles of Pittsburgh, and was built as a private course by the Pennsylvania-Florida Development Co. At the same time the course was being constructed, a 20-room addition to the company's hotel was being completed, including a clubhouse to serve golfing patrons.
The company had acquired the Ocala Highlands area in the 1920s and had elaborate plans to develop it as an upscale subdivision. The stock market crash and other economic disasters altered the scale of those plans. Despite the ensuing economic depression, the developer went ahead with plans for a full scale professional golf course.
Later, the city of Ocala would buy the course and change the entrance around to Silver Springs Boulevard. It would be operated in the future as a municipal course. The hotel, which the city did not buy, was demolished. The city added a tennis complex on Fort King.
About 1940, I joined a batch of other Ocala teenagers in learning the rudiments of caddying, since there was no such thing as golf carts in those days, at least not in Ocala. I rode my bike out to the Highland Hotel and got serious lessons from Mike Swisdack, the golf professional.
Mike was tough on us kids until we learned. I did very well on weekends, but I did learn that certain golfers did not feel any obligation to pay the caddy. I got stiffed more than once, and got a sadly distorted view of golfers in general.
A women's tournament brought my career as a caddy to an end. The drinking was quite heavy and my golfer couldn't find the fairway. We lost most of her balls in the rough. In no uncertain terms she told me how blind I was. I'd heard plenty of curse words before, but nothing as bad as her opinion of my inept caddying.
An avid Marion County historian, David Cook is a retired editor of the Star-Banner. He may be contacted at 237-2535.
Added by Dave V on Aug 18, 2013 9:51 AM
|Micah ||the chapel place|
is this a place where peoples ashes or cremains are placed or scattered?
Added by Micah on Aug 11, 2013 11:02 AM
|Kat Goy||Dorothy Coburn|
Dorothy Coburn was. Sister of the famous Hollywood photographer Robert Wallace Coburn.
Created by: Mark Masek
Record added: May 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53044625
Can you please add this info and give me credit? Her parents are
Created by: Tami G.
Record added: Aug 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75520865
Created by: Arborist
Record added: Dec 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63259410
Added by Kat Goy on Apr 05, 2013 1:46 PM
On your memorial page for Clare Eames you list an unknown burial. She died in England, and her brother Hamilton (who was residing in Cambridge at the time) had her interred in Richmond Cemetery (Richmond Surrey England). Her parents wanted to have her disinterred and returned to the family home in Cleveland, OH, but her brother was deemed next of kin under English Common Law and he refused to allow her to be disinterred.
If you have an account on Ancestry.com, you can find details in the databse of State Department Documents, "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974." The entry is filed under: Clare Jenness Eames Howard.
Added by AGState on Feb 16, 2013 5:51 AM
There's info about him here ...
You could perhaps update his marriage and children information. Thanks ... Mike M.
|Pasquale Di Filippo||Luigi Tenco|
Please amend the text as required. The new insertions are in CAPITAL LETTERS. Thank you!:
"Talented singer and songwriter who PRESUMABLY committed suicide in his hotel room after knowing that his song had been eliminated from the 17th edition of "Sanremo", the worldwide famous Italian song contest. During that time, RUMOURS HAD IT, he was romantically involved with singer/actress Dalida. Among his greatest hits are: "Quando," Vedrai, Vedrai" and "Ciao Amore Ciao."
In addition to the above, he was officially pronounced dead on 27 January 1967. Not on 26 as erroneously reported in the bio.
Please amend as indicated.
|Charles A. Lewis||Lorenzo Joseph Ioanni|
With all respect, although he was a warrior who gallantly gave his life for his adopted country, PFC Ioanni was not a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Please amend his bio accordingly.
|orleans||incorrect birth date for beverly bayne|
her grave marker says she was born in 1893 and not 1894 as is posted; here's the link
Added by orleans on Oct 07, 2012 10:56 PM
|orleans||re: an incorrect date for vera ralston|
your listing for vera ralston shows a year of birth as 1921 (wikipedia has it at 1919) however her headstone says she was born in 1923. please correct
here's the link
Added by orleans on Oct 07, 2012 1:00 PM
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