Guido Marburg

Guido Marburg

Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg, Germany
Death 24 Jul 1941 (aged 72–73)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 86331784 · View Source
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Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, July 25, 1941, Friday, p. 3:

Guido Marburg Is Dead After Long Illness – Was Member of Prominent Shreveport Family; Had Stage Career

Guido Marburg, a member of one of Shreveport's oldest and best-known families, died yesterday afternoon in a local sanitarium. He was 73 years old and had been in failing health for several years.

Funeral services will be held at the Osborn funeral chapel at 4 p.m. today with Dr. James M. Owens, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery.

Mr. Marburg is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Fletcher Marburg; a brother, Arnold Marburg, who lives in California; two sisters, Mrs. P. M. Piggott, Tulsa, Okla., and Miss Anita Marburg, Shreveport; a niece, Mrs. Clarence Hardy, Shreveport, and a nephew, Guido Piggott, Tulsa. Several nieces and nephews live in Philadelphia.

Pallbearers will be: Dudley Seay, Willis W. Newcomb, John McWilliams Ford, D. H. Perkins, Dolph Frantz, John Flournoy and Walter Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be all the old friends of the family.

Came Here in 1874

Mr. Marburg was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1868 and was brought to New Orleans by his family. His father entered the sugar exporting business and amassed a fortune which he later lost.

In 1874, the family came to Shreveport and has lived here ever since. Early in his life Mr. Marburg became interested in the theatre and appeared on the stage for several years. He adapted and translated plays from several languages.

For several years he and Mrs. Marburg lived in New York City. They returned here 15 years ago and Mr. Marburg for a time was interested in manufacturing. The period of his failing health followed.

Mr. Marburg was the subject of a feature article in the centennial edition of The Shreveport Times in 1935. The article recalled his association with some of the most famous names on Broadway.

His father came to Shreveport and with John W. Taber founded the first insurance agency in north Louisiana. Guido Marburg and Dudley Seay were office boys in that company.

He first became interested in the theatre through the performances at the Old Opera House where he wandered around back-stage. He was noticed by the actors and directors who came here and was offered parts in stock.

Played Supporting Roles

He played supporting roles for several companies, knew Edwin Booth and Joseph Jefferson, Maurice Barrymore and E. M. Holland. In a touring company Marburg, then 22 years old, played an 80-year-old servant and received excellent press notices.

He appeared in the supporting cast of Maude Adams' "The Bauble Shop" before retiring from the stage after several years behind the footlights. He entered the cattle and dairy business with his brother in Mexico City and there became interested in Spanish drama.

From that interest grew Marburg's translations of Spanish plays, published in the United States. He was signed by David Belasco to adapt a Spanish play for the American theatre. He later wrote several patriotic poems which received favorable attention.

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