Irwin Rose

Monessen, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Mar 1967 (aged 60)
Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 71591755 · View Source
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Irwin Rose was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) to Ben (Bennie) Rosenbloom, a baker, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Goodman. Irwin's given name was Israel (Ezy) Rosenbloom. The Rosenblooms immigrated from Russia in 1903 with their three children: Rosa (Rose), Jacob (Jake), Morris. Irwin and William (Willie) were born in Monessen. By 1916, the family moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where Rose's father was part owner of Rosenbloom Brothers bakery and Rosie's Cafe.

Rose played saxophone and violin in several bands in the Pittsburgh area before coming to New York, where he worked in several bands, including the Ben Bernie Orchestra. Later on, Rose was leader of an orchestra at the Hotel Pierre for 15 years. Rose used his birth surname Rosenbloom until the late 1930s until after he moved from Pittsburgh, when he shortened it to Rose. Rose also was known for being a band leader in Baltimore, Maryland.

On June 9, 1936, Rose married the singer Vaughn DeLeath (1894- 1943), who was a well-known singer and composer in the 1910s and 1920s. The secret wedding ceremony took at Bel Air Methodist Episcopal church in Maryland. Vaughn was previously married to Leon Geer, an artist whom she married in 1924 and divorced in 1935.

On May 20, 1941, an uncontested divorce from Rose was granted to DeLeath, filed under the name Lenore Rosenbloom, in Reno, Nevada on grounds of extreme cruelty.

By the 1940s, Rose was manager of the Tune Toppers band, headed by renowned banjo player Eddie Peabody, until its members all joined the navy's submarine service in 1942. Rose then managed small band and "cocktail circuit" bookings for Consolidated Radio Artists, Inc. in Chicago (1944) and MCA (Music Corporation of America) in Detroit (1945).

In 1952, Rose rented the Circle-In-the-Square theater at Sheridan Square in New York City and produced off-Broadway plays and other live entertainment. Rose's home was in Stamford, Connecticut.

After 1952, Rose was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was the proprietor of a restaurant called the Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge, located at 900 State Road 84. Rose was also connected with the syndicate of real estate developer Stephen A. Calder, a legendary Fort Lauderdale land developer, including Coral Ridge and Calder Race Track.

Rose married Lydia Locke in Georgia in 1954, another secret wedding ceremony. With an eye on his new wife's still-sizable fortune, accumulated over Lydia's 6 (or more) marriages, and the long-unoccupied Locke Ledge mansion in Westchester, Rose saw an opportunity to open the inn and nightclub that he had always dreamed about.

Rose, however, had very little experience running a restaurant, aside from working in his family's Johnstown bakery and a few years managing the Driftwood in Fort Lauderdale. Rose asked his business-seasoned associate, Stephen Calder, to travel to Yorktown from Florida to survey the property's economic potential as a nightclub. Calder's candid assessment was that while the location was beautiful, it would be nuts to open a nightclub and restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Without much experience or a reasonable chance for success, Rose plowed ahead anyway.

By 1957, Rose and Lydia formed the Lydroe Realty company, which developed Lydia's Locke Ledge estate in Yorktown Heights into the Locke Ledge Inn. The restaurant and night club opened in 1958, with eight weeks preparation, and became a year-round establishment the following year.

Despite good food and Rose's experience in booking high quality entertainment, the inn's remote location proved unprofitable, as Mr. Calder had predicted, and the inn was sold after the 1964 season to a group headed Harry Lewis of White Plains. After the sale of the inn, the new owners renamed the property "Loch Ledge." Rose continued working for the Loch Ledge management in some capacity, attending Yorktown zoning board meetings on Lewis' behalf in matters related to the development of a golf course, ski runs, and swimming facilities.

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  • Created by: William Martin
  • Added: 18 Jun 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 71591755
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Irwin Rose (16 Jun 1906–Mar 1967), Find a Grave Memorial no. 71591755, citing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by William Martin (contributor 46930476) .