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 Hubert T Morphy

Hubert T Morphy

Birth
Ireland
Death 26 Mar 1942 (aged 70)
Saugatuck, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Burial Fennville, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 101245646 · View Source
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Bert Morphy, Singer
At Luna Park, New York, on Decoration Day last, Bert Morphy, "the man who sings to beat the band," pitted his stentorian tones against those produced by the efforts of Lemlein's Military Band. . . .
. . . "Gentlemen, it has been said that I sing to beat the band. Be that as it may, I would think of me as the man who cooks to beat the band . . ." Morphy, it is said, comes by his cooking ability honestly, his father, the celebrated Colonel Alexander Morphy, crown solicitor for the counties of Kerry, Cork and Clare, having been the most famous epicure and amateur chef in all Ireland. The family is a noted one, the singer's elder brother being Major Henry J. Morphy, commanding the second battalion of the "Old Eighty-sixth," Roayl Irish Rifles. Bert's full name is Hubert Timothy John Aloysius Morphy, and he was educated at Lord Peter's College in Surrey.
When his father died young Morphy had to leave college and shift for himself. He went to Australia, but finding nothing there to his liking he decided to leave at once for America, without even waiting for his remittance from home. As he had no funds, he was obliged to stow away, and as luck would have it he chose the very boat on which Mme. Sarah Bernhardt and the Sells Brothers' circus were sailing. Since then Sarah has been a tent attraction herself.
As soon as the crew discovered him, Morphy, like all stowaways, was put to work and, by a fortunate chance, was placed in the cooks' galley. Then came the captain's birthday and Morphy volunteered to make a fine frosted cake. It was a wonder and the captain sent for the young man. He complimented him before all the passengers and asked:
"What else can you do?"
"I can sing a little," replied young Hubert modestly.
He sang so loudly and so well as to earn the enthusiastic applause of Mme. Bernhardt, and an offer from the Sells Brothers to join their big show and sing under canvas, which he did for three years.
Since that time he has sung with every band of prominence in the United States. For years he was a resident of Chicago where he became very popular, but two years ago left the Windy City for New York, where he has since lived.
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Married Bertha Donahue on 18 April 1894. They had one daughter, Lydelle Morphy McNulty, and were later divorced. He remarried to Lillian Dutering or McCormick on 26 Feb 1912. Bert died on 26 Mar 1942 at Saugatuck, Allegan, Michigan and was buried in Fennville Cemetery, Fennville, Allegan, Michigan.
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The Hood River News, (Hood River, Oregon), June 22, 1910, page 3, indicates Bert owned a ranch there.
Contributed by Jeffrey Bryant


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  • Added: 25 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101245646
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hubert T Morphy (21 Oct 1871–26 Mar 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101245646, citing Fennville Cemetery, Fennville, Allegan County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Scout (contributor 47319613) .