James A. Herne
James A. Herne, born James Ahearn, was an American playwright and actor. Considered by some critics to be the American Ibsen, his controversial play Margaret Fleming is often credited with having begun modern drama in America, Herne was a Georgist and wrote Shore Acres to promote the political economy of Henry George. James Ahearn was born February 1,1839, in Cohoes and his parents were poor Irish immigrants who removed him from school at age thirteen to work in a brush factory. Herne decided to become an actor the next year but was twenty before he could join a traveling troupe and he made his debut in 1859 as George in a production of Uncle Toms Cabin in Troy, New York. He enjoyed modest success as a actor, appearing in Baltimore and Washington. He was the man for the Lucille Western Touring Company from 1865 to 1867. He was briefly married, in the early 1860s, to Lucilles sister Helen Western, Herne managed the Grand Opera House at 23rd and 8th Avenue in New York City for a season. He moved to San Francisco in 1870 to manage several other theaters, in San Francisco, he met David Belasco, with whom he collaborated on at least three of his plays.
He met and married his wife, actress Katherine Corcoran. The couple had five children, one son and four daughters, Dorothy, Julie and Julie were actresses. Herne was the first American playwright to incorporate dramatic realism and he ventured away from nineteenth century dramatic romance and melodrama. Much of Hernes work faded into obscurity in the twentieth century, however, he exerted a profound influence, directing American dramatic literature toward the depiction of complex socially realities. This was illustrated in his controversial play Margaret Fleming, the work singled him out as an influential figure in 19th-century drama. Hernes first successful play, Hearts of Oak, was written, after this, Herne focused mostly on writing. Of his plays, only a handful saw financial success in his lifetime and he continued to act, often in his own works, but in the plays of others. In 1897 Herne played Nathaniel Berry in Shore Acres at the Harlem Opera House and it was the sixth consecutive season that he portrayed this character.
James A. Herne died at his home,79 Convent Avenue, in Manhattan, New York City on June 2,1901 and he was first sickened two months earlier in Chicago, where he was appearing in his production Sag Harbor. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press,1940, James Ahearn Herne, Literature Resource Center
Sydney Hughes Greenstreet was a British actor who did not work in films until the age of 62, but enjoyed a run of notable hits in a Hollywood career lasting just eight years. He is best remembered for his Warner Bros. films with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre, which include The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1925. He portrayed Nero Wolfe on radio from 1950 to 1951, Greenstreet was born in Sandwich, the son of Ann and John Jarvis Greenstreet, a tanner. He left home at the age of 18 to make his fortune as a Ceylon tea planter and he began managing a brewery and, to escape boredom, took acting lessons. Greenstreets stage debut was as a murderer in a 1902 production of a Sherlock Holmes story at the Marina Theatre, Ramsgate and he toured Britain with Ben Greets Shakespearean company, and in 1905, he made his New York debut. Thereafter he appeared in plays as a revival of As You Like It in 1916 with revered actress Margaret Anglin. Greenstreet appeared in plays in Britain and America, working through most of the 1930s with Alfred Lunt.
Throughout his stage career, his parts ranged from comedy to Shakespeare. He refused until he was 62, in 1941, Greenstreet began working for Warner Bros. His debut film role was as Kasper Gutman co-starring with Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon, the film featured Peter Lorre, as the twitchy Joel Cairo, a pairing that would prove durable. In the last two in the list, and The Mask of Dimitrios, Greenstreet received top billing, near the end of his film career, Greenstreet played opposite Joan Crawford in Flamingo Road. After only eight years, Greenstreets film career ended with Malaya, in which he was billed third, after Spencer Tracy, in those eight years, he worked with stars ranging from Clark Gable to Ava Gardner to Joan Crawford. Author Tennessee Williams wrote his one-act play The Last of My Solid Gold Watches with Greenstreet in mind, during 1950-51, Greenstreet played Nero Wolfe on the NBC radio program, The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe, based loosely on the rotund detective genius created by Rex Stout.
Greenstreet suffered from diabetes and Brights disease, a kidney disorder, five years after leaving films, Greenstreet died in 1954 in Hollywood due to complications from both conditions. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California, in the Utility Columbarium area of the Great Mausoleum and he was survived by his only child, his son, John Ogden Greenstreet, from his marriage to Dorothy Marie Ogden. Actor Mark Greenstreet is his great-nephew, the Lost One, A Life of Peter Lorre. – Contains a chapter on the friendship between Greenstreet and Peter Lorre
Lew Fields, born as Moses Schoenfeld, was an American actor, vaudeville star, theatre manager, and producer. Lew Fields was half of the comic duo Weber and Fields. Fields and Weber started performing in museums and variety houses in New York City, the young men had a Dutch act in which both portrayed German immigrants. Such dialect acts were extremely common at the time, the coming from the actors mangling of the English language. Crafty schemes of making it big in America, as well as the attempts of mere survival of immigrant poverty in America, were written into the script of these acts, the two toured successfully for many years, becoming one of the most popular and profitable acts in vaudeville. In 1896, the partners opened the Weber and Fields Music Hall, in the music halls casts were some of the greatest performers and comics on the American stage at that time, including Lillian Russell and Fenton, Fay Templeton, and DeWolf Hopper. Some of their routines were Pousse Cafe, Hurly Burly, Whirl-I-Gig, Fiddle-Dee-Dee, Hoity-Toity, Twirly Whirly, the duo separated in 1904, and Weber took over operations at the music hall.
Fields went on to many musicals. When Fields starred in the 1911 stage comedy, The Hen-Pecks, one of the comedians in the cast was Vernon Castle. In 1921, Fred Allen and Nora Bayes toured with Fields, during the tour the orchestra was conducted by 19-year-old Richard Rodgers, who in 1920 contributed songs with lyrics by Lorenz Hart to the Lew Fields production of Poor Little Ritz Girl. In 1923, Weber and Fields partnered yet again for a Lee DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film short and this film premiered at the Rivoli Theater in New York City on 15 April 1923. Three years later, the duo were among those supporting Will Rogers and their own NBC series followed in 1931. Weber and Fields reunited for the 27 December 1932 inaugural show at Radio City Music Hall, in the RKO Radio Pictures film, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Fields appeared as himself, re-enacting a slapstick comedy scene from The Hen-Pecks. They gave a cameo performance performing their routine in the 1940 movie Lillian Russell.
Lew Fields died in Beverly Hills, California on July 20,1941, Fields was the father of Dorothy and Joseph, all of whom enjoyed theatrical careers of their own. The backstage hostility in Neil Simons play and film The Sunshine Boys is reportedly based on Weber and Fields
Yolo County Courthouse
The building formerly known as the Yolo County Courthouse was a courthouse for the Superior Court of California in Yolo County in Woodland, California until 2015. The original building was erected in 1864, and was used for 37 years until condemned in 1911. The edifice, built in the location in 1917, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The land for the first courthouse was offered to the county supervisors by Frank Freeman and he offered an entire city block with the boundaries of Court, North and Third Streets. A builder named P. McManus was chosen for the construction and was hired on June 26,1863, for $24,250, the final result was a two story brick Italianate style edifice, $27,858 in the making. Not only was the amount more than what was expected. Subsequent earthquakes in 1892,1904, and 1906 weakened the integrity of the building. In 1908 one judge moved his court out of the due to odor in the building. The Yolo County Grand Jury, Board of Supervisors, and the California State Board of Health found the building unsanitary, on October 17,1911 the supervisors held a county-wide election to approve a $300,000 bond measure that would pay for the new courthouse to be built.
The measure lacked the consensus needed, and it was put up again in the election on December 28,1911. In the meantime, the court moved its offices, in 1916 the Board of Supervisors placed another measure on the ballot for $200,000. The citizens passed the measure and the old courthouse was demolished to make room for the construction of a new building, a ceremony was held with a crowd of 3,000, and the Grand Lodge of Masons of California laid the cornerstone of the new courthouse. All businesses and schools were closed for the celebration, william Henry Weeks, who completed several works in Woodland including the Woodland Public Library, was the architect and Robert Trost, from San Francisco, was the contractor. It is an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture style, the building was completed in 1917 and the price totaled $300,000. The courthouse was remodeled on the interior during the 1980s. The courthouse originally held other county offices, but as the courts have grown. Today it is still in use as a courthouse, but has exceeded its space limits and is looking for another site to locate to.
The new buildings architecture displays influences of Greek, and it features two full stories, as well as an attic and a basement
A brick is building material used to make walls and other elements in masonry construction. Traditionally, the term referred to a unit composed of clay. A brick can be composed of clay-bearing soil and lime, Bricks are produced in numerous classes, types and sizes which vary with region and time period, and are produced in bulk quantities. Two basic categories of bricks are fired and non-fired bricks, block is a similar term referring to a rectangular building unit composed of similar materials, but is usually larger than a brick. Lightweight bricks are made from expanded clay aggregate, fired bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials, sometimes referred to as artificial stone, and have been used since circa 5000 BC. Air-dried bricks, known as mudbricks, have an older than fired bricks. Bricks are laid in courses and numerous patterns known as bonds, collectively known as brickwork, the earliest bricks were dried brick, meaning that they were formed from clay-bearing earth or mud and dried until they were strong enough for use.
The oldest discovered bricks, originally made from shaped mud and dating before 7500 BC, were found at Tell Aswad, in the upper Tigris region, ceramic, or fired brick was used as early as 3000 BC in early Indus Valley cities. In pre-modern China, bricks were being used from the 2nd millennium BCE at a site near Xian, the carpenters manual Yingzao Fashi, published in 1103 at the time of the Song dynasty described the brick making process and glazing techniques in use. He had to know when to quench the kiln with water so as to produce the surface glaze, Early civilisations around the Mediterranean adopted the use of fired bricks, including the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The Roman legions operated mobile kilns, and built large brick structures throughout the Roman Empire, during the Early Middle Ages the use of bricks in construction became popular in Northern Europe, after being introduced there from Northern-Western Italy. An independent style of architecture, known as brick Gothic flourished in places that lacked indigenous sources of rocks.
Examples of this style can be found in modern-day Denmark, Poland. A clear distinction between the two styles developed at the transition to Baroque architecture. In Lübeck, for example, Brick Renaissance is clearly recognisable in buildings equipped with terracotta reliefs by the artist Statius von Düren, production of bricks increased massively with the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the rise in factory building in England. For reasons of speed and economy, bricks were increasingly preferred as building material to stone and it was at this time in London, that bright red brick was chosen for construction to make the buildings more visible in the heavy fog and to help prevent traffic accidents. The transition from the method of production known as hand-moulding to a mechanised form of mass-production slowly took place during the first half of the nineteenth century. His mechanical apparatus soon achieved widespread attention after it was adopted for use by the South Eastern Railway Company for brick-making at their factory near Folkestone, the Bradley & Craven Ltd ‘Stiff-Plastic Brickmaking Machine’ was patented in 1853, apparently predating Clayton
Downtown Winters Historic District
The district is the commercial center of Winters and includes commercial buildings built between the 1870s and 1912. Twenty buildings are included in the district, thirteen of which are contributing buildings, the most prominent building in the district is the DeVilbiss Hotel, which was built in 1899 and designed by A. A. The Bank of Winters Business Block, a 1904 structure located across from the hotel, is considered a centerpiece of the district. Two buildings in the date from the founding of Winters in the mid-1870s, the Opera House. The remaining buildings in the district were built in two waves, one in the 1890s and one from 1906 to 1912. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 2,1997
Helena Modjeska, whose actual Polish surname was Modrzejewska, was a renowned actress who specialized in Shakespearean and tragic roles. Helena Modjeska was born in Kraków, Poland, on October 12,1840 and her name was recorded at birth as Jadwiga Benda, but she was baptized Helena Opid, being given her godfather’s surname. The question of her origins is a complicated one, Modjeska’s mother was Józefa Benda, the widow of a prosperous Kraków merchant, Szymon Benda. In her autobiography, Modjeska claimed that her father was a musician named Michael Opid, while it is true that the Benda family did employ a music teacher named Michal Opid, who stood as Helena’s godfather, Opid was not the father of Józefa Benda’s two youngest children. There is evidence to suggest that Helena and her older brother Adolf were the results of an affair between Józefa and Prince Władysław Sanguszko, a wealthy and influential Polish nobleman. Also glossed over in Modjeskas autobiography were the details concerning her first marriage, to her former guardian, Gustave was an actor and the director of a second-rate provincial theater troupe.
The date of Modjeska’s marriage to Gustave is uncertain and she discovered many years that they had never been legally married, as he was still married to his first wife when they wed. Together the couple had two children, a son Rudolf, and a daughter Marylka, who died in infancy, Gustaw Zimajer used the stage name Gustaw Modrzejewski. It was the version of this name that Modjeska adopted when she made her stage debut in 1861 as Helena Modrzejewska. Later, when acting abroad, she used a version of her name. In her early Polish acting career, Modrzejewska played at Bochnia, Nowy Sącz, Przemyśl, Rzeszów, in 1862 she appeared for the first time in Lwów, playing in her first Romantic drama, as Skierka in Juliusz Słowackis Balladyna. From 1863 she appeared at Stanisławów and Czerniowce, in plays by Słowacki, in 1865 Zimajer tried to get her a contract with Viennese theaters, but the plan came to naught due to her poor knowledge of the German language. Later that year Helena left Zimajer, taking their son Rudolf, once there she accepted a four-year theatrical engagement.
In 1868 she began appearing in Warsaw, during her eight years there and her brothers Józef and Feliks Benda were well regarded actors in Poland. An incident illustrates the circumstances under which Polish society labored, at one of Modrzejewskas Warsaw performances, seventeen secondary-school pupils presented her with a bouquet of flowers tied with a ribbon in the red-and-white Polish national colors. The pupils were accused by the Russian Imperial authorities of conducting a patriotic demonstration and they were expelled from their school and banned from admission to any other school. One of the pupils, Ignacy Neufeld, subsequently shot himself, on September 12,1868, Modjeska married a Polish nobleman, Karol Bożenta Chłapowski. Best known in America as Count Bozenta, he was not a count and his family belonged to the untitled landed gentry
Harry Davenport (actor)
Harold George Bryant Harry Davenport was an American film and stage actor who worked in show business from the age of six until his death. After a long and prolific Broadway career, he came to Hollywood in the 1930s and appeared in films including Gone with the Wind and his specialty was playing grandfathers, judges and ministers. Bette Davis called Davenport without a doubt, the greatest character actor of all time, Davenport was born in Canton, where his family lived during the holidays. He grew up in Philadelphia and his sister was actress Fanny Davenport. He made his debut at the age of five in the play Damon. Davenport made his Broadway debut in 1894 and appeared there in numerous plays, Harry Davenport was one of the best-known and busiest old men in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s. He started his career at the age of 48. His film debut came in 1914 with silent film Too Many Husbands, that same year, he starred in Foggs Millions co-starring Rose Tapley. The film would go on to become the first in a series of silent comedy shorts, in addition, he directed eleven silent features during the pre-World War I era, including many of the films in the Mr.
and Mrs. Jarr series. Meade in Gone with the Wind and he had supporting roles in Alfred Hitchcocks thriller Foreign Correspondent, William A. Wellmans western The Ox-Bow Incident and in Kings Row with Ronald Reagan. Davenport played the grandfather of Judy Garland in Vincente Minnellis classic Meet Me in St. Louis and the great-uncle of Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple in The Bachelor and his last film, Frank Capras Riding High, was released after his death. Harry Davenport appeared until his death in over 160 films, asked why he made so many film at his age, he replied, I hate to see men of my age sit down as if their lives were ended and accept a dole. An old man must show that he knows his job and is no loafer, if he can do that, they can take their pension money and buy daisies with it. In 1913, he co-founded, along with actor Eddie Foy, the Actors Equity Association, the original organization, known as the White Rats, was spearheaded by Davenport. The actions of the association caused the closure of all the theatres on Broadway and he married Alice Davenport in 1893.
They had one daughter, Dorothy Davenport, who became an actress. After divorcing Alice in 1896, he married actress Phyllis Rankin and they had three biological children, all actors, Ned Davenport, Ann Davenport, and Kate Davenport, and Harry adopted Phylliss son, Arthur Rankin. The 10 August 1949 Canton Sunday Telegram obituary noted that the couple were together until her death, contrary to reports that he divorced her, through his marriage to Phyllis, he was the brother-in-law of Lionel Barrymore, who was married at the time to Phyllis sister Doris
Yolo County, California
Yolo County, officially the County of Yolo, is a county located in the northern portion of the U. S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,849, Yolo County is included in the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is located in the Sacramento Valley, much of Yolo County remains a relatively rural agricultural region. In the original act of 1850 the name was spelled Yola, Yolo is a Native American name variously believed to be a corruption of a tribal name Yo-loy meaning a place abounding in rushes or of the name of the chief, Yodo, or of the village of Yodoi. Yolo County was one of the counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. The county is governed by a board of five district supervisors as well as the governments of its four incorporated cities, West Sacramento and Woodland. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,024 square miles. Transportation in Yolo County is based on a system of numbered county roads, the numbering system works in the following way, North–south roads have numbers from 41 to 117 and increase from west to east.
East–west roads have numbers from 1 to 38A, and from 151 to 161, each integer road number is generally one mile apart, with letters designating occasional roads less than one mile apart. County roads entering urban areas generally are named once they cross the city boundary, some examples include County Road 101 in Woodland being renamed Pioneer Ave and County Road 102 in Davis being named Pole Line Road. Yolobus runs buses throughout Yolo County and into Sacramento, and Sacramento International Airport, the University of California and the city of Davis jointly run Unitrans, a combination local city bus and campus shuttle. Fairfield-Suisun Transit Line 30 stops in Davis on its runs between Fairfield and Sacramento, amtrak has a station in Davis. It is 79 nautical miles northeast of San Francisco, and is centered in the California Central Valley, the following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense. Yolo is a strongly Democratic county in Presidential and congressional elections, the last Republican Presidential candidate to win a majority in the county was Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, which is the longest drought for Republicans in any California county.
However, some Republican Governors have carried Yolo county since then, in the United States House of Representatives, Yolo County is split between Californias 3rd and 6th congressional districts, represented by John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, respectively. In the California State Senate, the county is split between the 3rd and 6th Senate districts, represented by Bill Dodd and Richard Pan, respectively. In the California State Assembly, the county is split between the 4th and 7th Assembly districts, represented by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Kevin McCarty, respectively. In November 2008, Yolo was one of just three counties in Californias interior in which voters rejected Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage, Yolo voters rejected Proposition 8 by 58.4 percent to 41.6 percent
She had roles in live-action films, she was most active in radio programs. She was known for her voice and no-nonsense attitude. Two of her most famous roles were as Mrs. Felton was born in Salinas and her father, a doctor, died when she was seven years old. Shortly before her fathers death, Felton had performed in a benefit for victims of the Galveston Flood. Her singing and dancing attracted the attention of a manager of a show company that was playing in San Jose at the time. The manager spoke to Feltons mother, offering to give Felton a job with his company, since the family was experiencing difficult financial times with the loss of Feltons father, her mother contacted the road show manager. Felton quickly joined the cast of the show, growing up in the theater, in addition, she performed on radio as a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show and The Great Gildersleeve. Felton appeared in a role as the mother of Ruth Farley. The series starred Ray Bolger as Raymond Wallace, a man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances.
December Bride starred Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, Felton continued her Hilda Crocker role on the December Bride spin-off and Gladys, with Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. For her performance on December Bride, Felton was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1958 and she was the original voice of Pearl Slaghoople, voicing the character as a semi-regular on Hanna-Barberas The Flintstones from 1961–63. In 1963, in the finale of CBSs Dennis the Menace sitcom. In the story line, Mr. Wilson tries to convince Aunt Emma to leave her estate to him and his wife, Wilson becomes suspicious when Emma begins spending time with Dennis Mitchell. Potts in the film of William Inges Picnic and their son, Lee Carson Millar, Jr. appeared as an actor on a variety of television series between 1952 and 1967. Felton died of a stroke on the evening of December 14,1966 and she is interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
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Davis station (California)
Davis, formerly known as Davisville, is a train station in Davis, California. In 1871 the Cal-P was taken over by the Central Pacific Railroad, in 1914 the Central Pacific built a second depot, which was remodeled in 1986. The depot was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Davis was the seventh-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of about 1220 passengers daily. Today, the depot is in use by Amtrak and is maintained by the City of Davis, other ownership is the Union Pacific Railroad