Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
This is follow up research material to my Gordon-Schlichter Wedding piece. Out of curiosity and other research on material on a novel I want to write, I ran into follow up to the wedding piece. And it is not a very happy trail.
The groom James Lindsay Gordon died in 1904 at his residence of
|1903 lot map|
15 W 17 Street in NYC. Apparently he and Emily Adele had one child Edith Churchill Gordon born in 1900. That leaves a widow and a four year old child in a five year marriage. Then following the little out there mostly on the Gordon family genealogical sites, Emily Adele dies in 1908.
Which leaves the question, who raised Edith? The Schlichter grandparents and or friends and or family of the Gordons?
James was a brother of a famous lawyer, prolific writer and poet in the form of his older brother Armistead Churchill Gordon. The Armisteads and the Churchills are no doubt founding father names in Virginia history. The Churchill name may be related to the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill but it is closer in fact to the Kentucky Churchills as in Churchill Downs.
More on Edith shortly.
The photo above is an unidentified archive item. At first I thought it a good candidate for the Barton School on Frankford Avenue and Buckius Street in “Goosetown” or quasi-Harrowgate overlapping with Frankford in Philly.
Of course, it is three stories and not two as described in sporadic literature produced over the years by the Board of Education bureaucracy. That they added a third story between 1860 and 1905 is possible but it is only speculation on my part at this point in time. Something about the photo says that it might just be the old Barton School.
If so, then the house to the left of the photo would be the first Schlichter residence before the rope baron bought the school in 1905, knocked it down and then proceeded to build a large residence or mansion after a lifetime of pinching pennies and rewarding a lifetime of achievement and a rags to riches story with the Schlichter Rope Mill. That mill, one of two mills, also figures briefly in my novella Fresh Kills.
Enlarging the simple Quaker like farmhouse residence to that of some grand Queen Anne like residence would fit the time frame of having a daughter and grandchild moving back in and along with many famous and distinguished Southern relatives coming to visit James Lindsay Gordon’s only child Edith Churchill Gordon.
As for Edith, the next time she shows up is as the middle wife, number two of three, of a playboy husband Harry Hays Morgan Jr.. Harry had a rather lackluster career as a Hollywood extra in movies, no doubt hanging around for the next Beverly Hills Party to attend. His career ends in 1948, the same date noted as Edith Churchill Morgan’s year of death.
|Gloria left, Thelma right|
Edith depending on the timeline, was one time sister in law of her husband Harry’s some might say notorious twin sisters Thelma and Gloria. Thelma as the Viscountess Furness was Edward VIII’s last major mistress before Thelma introduced him to Wallis Simpson. We all know where that went.
Gloria Morgan married Reggie Vanderbilt and was involved in the big custody battle over little miss rich kid Gloria Vanderbilt, the latter Jeans Queen and mother of CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Oh the rich and famous.
My email address is located on the blog title page. Please feel free to write in regards to any thing, photos, research sources, related to the Schlichters of Philadelphia, James Lindsay Gordon, Edith Churchill Gordon or the Barton School.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
|Groom - James Lindsay Gordon, Assistant District Attorney NYC|
Graduate University of Virginia, Poet
|(NYT - April 21, 1899)|
Wedding Luncheon afterward at Schlichter Mansion - "Green Gables",
3836 Frankford Ave. Phila..
|Church of the Good Shepard, Cumberland St east of Frankford Ave, Phila |
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
London Coffee House - 2nd Street and High (Market) Street. Popular spot 1750s -1780s. All the Brit officers sipped coffee there during the occupation of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. 1830 illustration showing slave market day of those times. Coffee House was unofficial stock market, insurance, goods exchange of its day.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Benjamin Franklin's original House was torn down to make way for a street through the property in order to create and sell off lots for sale by Franklin's descendants.
House in photo on right center built over part of that original plot, perhaps reflects the original flavor and dimensions of that lost Ben Franklin Home.