Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Arthur T. Colburn Yacht Tragedy - July 1901

1917 Advertisment

New York Times 20 July 1901

Mrs. Spankle was I believe Mrs. Madeline Spankle, Arthur Colburn's youngest and married daughter.

Phila Inquirer 11 Oct 1930 (Photo) below:

June 30, 2017

The Helena Daily Independent
(Helena, MT)
Sat., Oct 11, 1930
Pg. 3, Col. 5

Stockbroker Slain In
Office By a Customer

Philadelphia, Oct. 10 - Edwin W. Sprankle, a member of a
socially prominent suburban family and a confidential clerk of
Carstairs & Co., stock brokers, was shot to death today at the
company's offices by a former customer, who then shot himself,
dying later in a hospital.

Sprankle, who was 32, was shot three times while he talked with
the former customer, Adam Jakus, a barber of Oakview, a suburb.

James B. Carstairs, senior member of the brokerage firm, said
Jakus had closed out his account on Sept. 15 and received a
check for his balance. Carstairs said he was not known to have
had further dealings with the company and could offer no motive
for the shooting.

Police said Jakus had recently taken a friend to the company's
offices and the friend had lost heavily in the stock market
slump. They indicated the shooting might have resulted from an
argument over the friend's account.

Edwin was the s/o Walter Judson Sprankle & Madeline Colburn.
You may recall a story that Maureen found about Mrs. Walter
Sprankle surviving a tragic yacht accident in 1901.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fox's New American Theatre, Chestnut Street at 10th

I ran into this photo of the Fox theatre around 10th and Chestnut and listed as an image Circa 1885

This connected to the Old Illustrations page, Entry#447 showing some newspaper illustrations of a major fire at the Fox in 1877. Entry #447

Since the Geo History maps show a theater there up until 1910, I can only presume that the Fox was rebuilt after the fire in 1877.  Whether it was rebuilt exactly as before I cannot say. But the photo above seems to conform to the newspaper drawings.

The Circa 1885 may be mislabeled. Maybe a Fox Theatre picture before or after 1877 fire?