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Lizzie Borden Ponderables

24 Aug

Have you ever wondered why:

Winnie French was so adamant to testify on behalf of Grace Howe & Helen Leighton at the Probate Hearing against Charles Cook’s claim of ownership of the Henry House?

Orrin Gardner had so little tribute in ink when he died, although it was highly deserved?

What specifically Bailey Borden sold of Lizzie & Emma’s possession in his Fall River store acquired from Hamilton Gardner?

Why there was so little reporting of Lizzie writing a blank check to Ernest Terry as she lay dying on her last day of life?  (All those people at the bank knew.)

Why Charles Cook parked his car in Lizzie’s garage and then charged the heating to her estate?

Why Ernest Terry went to work for Charles Cook after Lizzie died?

Why Grace Howe, with a keen eye for antiques, left so much of it?

Why so many of Lizzie’s good books ended up with Marian Reilly?

Well, I hope to have answers to some of this to post later.

Back home and much to catch up with.

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Note:   Some people wonder the same thing as stated in this comment I received from “Norman Pound”:

“Inquisitive thirst comes on strong as I wait for your book and/or screenplay! This theatrical passage is evidence that it is impossible to endure another year without the pleasure of your literary talent and aptitude for investigation collected in manuscript form. Us Lizzie lovers await, chatting numerously, “When Phaye? When?””

The answer is:  “I don’t do things in a hurry.”   ;)

There’s much to wonder about in the Lizzie Borden case, whether at its core or on the periphery.  Here’s just a few things:

Have you ever wondered if Lizzie knew Nance O’Neil had married Alfred Devereaux Hickman in 1916, becoming his second wife?   (A widower for only one year, his first wife died in 1915).

And, have you ever wondered if Lizzie went to any of those movies Nance O’Neil was in?  She certainly lived long enough to read, if not actually see, Nance’s transition from the theatre to the silent screen and then in speaking roles.

And – as to those movies – here’s an interesting tidbit:

John B. Colton (1889–1946),  was a New York dramatist whose plays include Nine Pine Street (1933), based on the Borden murder case.  (He also co-wrote Rain (1922), based on a Somerset Maugham story).   But here’s the thing – Colton co-wrote “Call of the Flesh”, a film featuring Nance O’Neil released August 16, 1930.  And less than 3 years later on April 27, 1933, Nine Pine Street premiered at the Longacre Theatre and starred Lillian Gish as “Effie Holden.”  It played for 28 performances and closed in mid May, 1933.  Do you wonder if  Colton spoke to Nance about Lizzie Borden and was thereby inspired to write Nine Pine Street?  Something to ponder.

Here’s what was going on around that time:

February 18, 1933 New York Magazine article on LMH “the mysterious alter ego of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
March 24, 1933 4th & Final Probate Court acctg. filed by Cook on Lizzie’s Will – period Nov. 28, 1932 thru March 3, 1933.
March 3, 1933 Grace Hartley Howe & Helen Leighton sign 4th & Final Account of Probate.
March 4, 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd U.S. president.
April 13, 1933 Emma’s estate sells Maplecroft.                                        (LR561)
April 27, 1933 The play: Nine Pine Street opens on Broadway at Longacre Theatre starring Lillian Gish as Lizzie Borden.

And here’s something else I have always wondered about:

Why didn’t Abby have Bridget fix eggs on that August 4, 1892 Thursday morning instead of the 5 day old cold mutton and mutton soup?  After all, Uncle John Morse had picked them up from Frederick Eddy at Andrew’s farm in Swansea just the evening before and brought them back per Andrew’s request.  Those eggs were most likely in the kitchen pantry Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  I wonder if Abby asked Andrew what he wanted for breakfast and suggested the eggs.  I wonder if Andrew, with both testeronic and assertive dominance said: “No.  I’ll be selling those eggs.  Serve the mutton.  Waste not, want not.”   If so, one cannot help but wince and sigh yet again for poor Abby.

Too bad Lizzie didn’t get up earlier.  Abby might have asked her what she wanted for BREAKFAST instead of (according to Lizzie’s Inquest Testimony) what she wanted for dinner, i.e., the noon day meal.  I wonder if Lizzie would have stomped her foot and said: “Mutton?!!  No!!! I want eggs!”

Just a few things to wonder about.  There’s more, but I’m out of time and American Idol is on with the results of the next four to get booted off.

Hmmm, something to ponder.

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8 responses to “Lizzie Borden Ponderables

  1. Elnora Croft

    August 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Being a relative of Lizzy and Emma Borden I feel that Emma did what ever she could to destroy the relationship that Abby built with Lizzy while Emma was away at boarding school.She disliked Abby in my eyes because when her very own mother Sarah died she made Emma promise to always take care of Lizzy and to not let her forget her.
    What I’d love to know is what made these two sisters separate years later and to never speak again…..

     
    • phayemuss

      August 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      You mean a descendent, right? So am I. We all are. I think they separated because Emma could not tolerate Lizzie’s association with theatrical types and general outlook on life compared to her own. Maybe she came to believe Lizzie did it.

       
  2. Mimi Foxmorton

    August 25, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Ohhhhh…..I *do* wonder sooooo much……….
    So fascinated with Lizzzie. Imagine knowing the true answers to these questions!
    Love visiting here. Such a wonderful blog!

    Have a pondering sort of weekend!

    Mimi
    Collage Pirate

     
  3. phayemuss

    August 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Yeah, Mimi – ain’t it a hoot of a case? 🙂

     
  4. home fabrics

    September 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    This is probably one of the coolest blogs I have come across, I am just so fascinated!

     
    • phayemuss

      September 10, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Well thank you. I’m glad you are enjoying it. 🙂

      -faye

       
  5. phayemuss

    March 12, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    Reblogged this on Tattered Fabric: Fall River's Lizzie Borden and commented:

    Originally posted August 24, 2012.

     
  6. Jersey

    June 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Who were Charles Cook & Marian Reilly??
    Never heard of them before –
    Love this site, and by the way I don’t believe Lizzie did it,
    but she may have had a suspicion as to who did!

     

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