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Lizzie Borden & the Dutiful Escort

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Copy of 1892-1Lizzie Borden circa 1890

(Note: this image has not been photo-shopped by a  50 year old, financially strapped, unemployed spinster in Fall River).

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In various interviews at the time of the murders, Lizzie Borden had been described as “odd” by some who knew her.    During her younger years it has been said by Michael Martins, Curator of the Fall River Historical Society, she did not have the proper dresses to attend the elegant grand parties up on “the Hill”.  But it is now known Lizzie did attend some parties – according to the private journal of an old school chum of Lizzie’s – owned by an elderly descendant who is still living in Fall River.   However, there is nothing on record, as yet, of Lizzie ever having a boyfriend or romance during her teens and early twenties.  I suspect her alleged moodiness and being “odd” was…

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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Newspaper Reports When Lizzie and Emma Purchased “Maplecroft”

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maplecroftpenink1“Maplecroft” as it looked when Lizzie purchased it – showing shutters

Lizzie Borden was pronounced “Not Guilty” on June 20, 1893.  In less than two weeks, she and Emma were looking for a home “on the Hill” to purchase.  Within 3 weeks they had bought one, and less than a month later, they took possession.

The French Street home was not the first they considered, and when they did purchase #7 French Street, on August 10, 1893, they became the 3rd owner of the property.

July 1st  – less than 2 weeks after her acquittal this report on the Alfred Butterworth estate – neighbors weren’t happy with the prospect.  (Click on images for larger view and use “magnifying glass” feature).

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On July 6th came this report:

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Five days later – July 11th, the first report of the sale

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The next day – this report – The property sold for close…

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Posted by on March 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Anna & Laura Tirocchi – Dressmakers to the Elite

Reblogged from February, 2013

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The Prentice Mansion at 514 Broadway, Providence, site of the shop operated by sisters Anna and Laura Tirocchi from 1915 to 1947.

Anna Tirocchi

Anna & Laura Tirocchi were a famed and successful dressmaking sister team I  happened to come across because of my interest in a British t.v. series called The House of Elliot (apparently, partly based on the Tirocchis).

What a complete surprise it was to find her business was patronized by some  Braytons,  Mrs. Dwight Waring (daughter of  Lizzie’s defense attorney, Andrew Jennings) et.al. of Fall River.  And from Providence, we have Preston Gardner’s wife Mary, and daughter, Maude, all of whom received considerable money and jewelry from Emma’s Will.

Another notable from Providence is Mrs. William G. Thurber, whose husband was Vice President of  Tilden-Thurber, the store where Lizzie shoplifted two paintings on porcelain only 4 years after her acquittal.  An incident in which…

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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Louis McHenry Howe – Devotion vs Love

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(Reposted from 2009)

A study of the personal correspondence between Louis McHenry Howe and Grace Hartley Howe (second cousin to Lizzie Borden) cannot help but make one wonder if this man misplaced his unwavering devotion to President Franklin Roosevelt over the love for his own wife and family.  The letters reveal a man conflicted but unwilling to remove himself from the virtual shadow of  FDR where he relished being so close and so influential to the power on the throne.

Photo by Corbis

Julie M.  Fenster’s excellent book, FDR’s Shadow, is the first to reveal these letters stored at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, New York.  I went there to read them myself and came away with a few differing insights from Julie’s, but my mission was focused more on those letters between Louis and his wife than those between Louis and Franklin.

In the letters, time and…

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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

ANSWERS TO: Who, What, Where Am I? The Lizzie Borden Connection Quiz

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THE WINNER IS KEITH JUDSON OF RENO, NV.He answered 21 of 25 questions correctly.  He wins a copy of the Knowlton-Pearson correspondence.  Prior to publishing his first essay on the case, Edmund Pearson was given entre’ to the private correspondence of D.A. Hosea Knowlton by his son, Frank Knowlton.  Frank also arranged for Pearson to meet many of those still living in Fall River who knew Lizzie or were in some way involved in the case.  This is a seldom made available and most interesting collectible.

THE CORRECT ANSWERS ARE IN ITALICS BELOW:

Can you identify these images?  Can you tell what they are, where they are or who they are and their relevancy to Lizzie Borden?   If so, email me.  If you get a minimum of 12 of the 25 correct, I’ll send you a prize – a Bordenia collectible – valued at $25.00.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Carolyn Gage’s Plays on Nance O’Neil, Lizzie Borden and Bridget Sullivan

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Carolyn Gageis a prolific, award winning playwright who’s one-act plays are as captivating as she is.  A lovely human being, she exemplifies “Live Life Liberated” in word and deed as well as her joyful exuberance as illustrated in this image.

She has written a play of Nance O’Neil and her alleged laison with Lizzie Borden:

The Greatest Actress Who Ever Lived

Carolyn Gage in character as Bridget Sullivan for reading of her play, “Lace Curtain Irish”

Here’s the web page showing the dates and locations where these plays are being performed.  If you live anywhere near these locations, do yourself a favor and relish in the writing and performance of Carolyn Gage.

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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Lizzie Borden Link to JFK and Harry Truman

(Originally posted, May 3, 2011)

 

And there she is, the link – well, sort of a link:   Grace Hartley Howe, cousin to Lizzie Borden, sitting behind John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman.   1st Row: Governor Paul Dever, JFK, Truman, Eddie Doolan; 2nd Row: Tom Kitchen, Mary Kane, Grace, City Councilor John Arruda, and David Talbot.  This photograph was taken in Fall River in 1952 during JFK’s campaign for the Senate and is on display in the dining room cabinet at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum.  Grace died in 1955, three years after this photograph was taken.

Grace lived her last years at this cottage on Martha Street in Fall River.

It has a lovely view of the Taunton River, which would have been even more exposed in her time there.

When a boy, Fall River author Leonard Rebello (Lizzie Borden Past & Present) used to deliver papers to Grace here.  He never knew her connection to Lizzie Borden until he was doing research for his book.

Oak Grove Cemetery grave site of Cook and Mary Borden – Grace Borden Hartley Howe’s maternal grandparents.  (Right click for larger image)

Grace’s grandfather, Cook Borden, was a brother of Abraham Borden – Andrew Borden’s father.  Grace’s mother, Mary Borden Hartley, was named after Grace’s grandmother (Cook Borden’s wife).  Grace’s own daughter, Mary Hartley Baker, who died many years before Grace, was also named after *her* grandmother.  Mary’s son, (Grace’s grandson) Robert Baker, inherited family property in Westport and also much of Lizzie’s personal property – as did Grace’s own son, Hartley, which Grace had inherited from Lizzie.  When Hartley died in 1996, some of what *he* had was left to his wife, Rosella Hartley Howe.

Grace is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery with her husband, Louis McHenry Howe (d.1936

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized