DEATH NOTICE NOT INSERTED BY HER, SHE TELLS HERALD
Requests Publicity Given Her Case and Hope to Return to Syracuse When Health Improves.
EXPLAINS CLOSING OF HOME IN CITY
Stuffed Keyholes to Keep Out Draft, She Says — Husband Not Traveling in South.
Mrs. Mabel M. Wallace, discovered alive in Camden after the appearance of her obituary in local papers, gave a long interview to a Herald reporter Saturday, in which she denied all knowledge of the source of the notice.
Health Apparently Good.
Mrs. Wallace did not appear physically weak. However, she seemed to be laboring under a severe mental strain. The only time she smiled during her talk was when the conversation led to her husband.
The woman admitted stuffing cotton in the keyholes in the doors of her home, but declared it was only to keep out the draft. She also said it was she who took down the pictures from the wall of her home, but that she left them covered up on a bed.
The mysterious telephone call received by Mrs. Genevieve Searle, and also listened to by Chief Cadin, in which the woman on the Camden end said Mrs. Wallace was alive, was sent by Mr. Wallace’s sister, Mrs. Nellie McDaniel.
The woman whose death according to notices in local papers was said to have occurred in Camden, February 23d, was discovered at the McDaniel home by Deputy Sheriff Earl E. Paddock, Friday night. On his first visit, Mrs. McDaniel stated that she knew nothing concerning her sister, however the Sheriff was called back after threatening to appear with a court order the following morning.
Condition Looked Serious.
This time Mrs. Wallace made her appearance in her night clothing, and looked to be in serious condition, according to Sheriff Paddock.
Saturday morning a Herald reporter call at the McDaniel home. The woman who answered the door stood about 5 feet 7 inches in height, was dressed in brown calico with a working apron. She wore laced shoes and her hair was neatly done. She appeared as if she just came from work in the kitchen.
Addressed as Mrs. McDaniel the woman replied, “Mrs. McDaniel isn’t here now but I am her sister, Mrs. Wallace.”
The surprise was great as Mrs. Wallace had been described as seriously ill the night before and just able to leave her bed for a few minutes. At first sight she did not look as if she were seriously ill. During the talk however she showed signs of severe mental strain.
“What is all this notoriety about?” she asked. “I’m alive; what interest is it to the outside now?”
Something of the serious consequences which might result from the placing of the paid notice of her death in Syracuse papers, was hinted at.
May be Another.
“But what has that to do with me?” she asked. “I surely did not place the notice in the papers. Then it may have been another Mabel M. Wallace who died. The notice did not read that the woman was from Syracuse or that she died in Camden, N. Y. It just said Camden, it may be Camden, J. J.
“I know there is another Mabel M. Wallace for at one time by mistake $101 was deposited by this woman was placed to my credit in Syracuse banks.
“I have been with my sister since January 25th, when I left Syracuse. Early in February we went to Utica and rented rooms but returned here about a week ago. Since then I have been sick in bed, in fact I have been in ill health several years. I heard the conversation Mrs. McDaniel had with another Syracuse reporter yesterday and she did not say whether I was here or not. She just said she would give no information. I was upstairs at the time.
“The first we know of the ad appearing in the paper was when letters inquiring in to it were received from Mrs. Searle and another neighbor. At the time I didn’t care whether I was alive or not. In fat sometimes I wonder what is the use of living for I have been ill for several years.”
Questioned about her husband, Mrs. Wallace brightened. Smilingly she described him as “very good looking.”
Traveling in South.
Mrs. Wallace said her husband was traveling in the South and that she had not heard from him in a few weeks. Told that her husband was seen leaving the Fage avenue home two weeks ago, Mrs. Wallace showed interest and asked the name of the neighbor who saw him.
Before leaving the city Mrs. Wallace said she covered all her furniture and stuffed the keyholes. She said she did this to keep the draft out of the house. She says that she had the water and gas turned off and had the telephone temporarily discontinued expecting to stay in Camden for several weeks.
“I wish this publicity hadn’t started,” she remarked as she accompanied the reporter out on the front porch of the house, ” I am a great lover of my home and have never injured a soul. I want to return to Syracuse an expect to just as soon as I get in communication with my attorney who is Mr. Wallace’s brother- in-law in Albany.”
Source : The Syracuse Herald, Sunday Morning, March 2, 1919
MRS. WALLACE FOUND AT HOME OF SISTER
Syracuse Woman, Whose Death Notice Had Been Twice Published, Discovered Seriously Ill After Search by Deputy Sheriff of Oneida County.
(By Staff Correspondent.)
Camden, March 1. — Mrs. Mabel Wallace of No. 128 Fag avenue, Syracuse, a notice of whose death was sent to two Syracuse newspapers on February 26th and 27th, was discovered on Friday evening by Deputy Sheriff E. E. Paddock of Oneida county seriously ill at the home o her sister, Mrs. Horace MacDaniels of Camden.
The notice read as follows:
“Wallace — In Camden, Sunday February 13th, 1919, Mabel M. Wallace.”
When Deputy Sheriff Paddock called at the home of Mrs. MacDaniels on Friday the latter declined to state where her sister was. She declared that it was no one’s business.
Leave to Get Court Order.
“Perhaps a court order which I will bring to-morrow morning will make you more talkative,” said the sheriff, and left the house. He had not yet reached his own door when Mrs. MacDaniels’s young son came rushing after him.
“My mother wants you to come back the house right away, said the boy.
“There’s no use in my going back there and wasting any more time,” said the sheriff.
“Mother says may be it might be worth your while to come. She might have something to tell you,” answered the boy, and Mr. Paddock returned with him, and followed the messenger into the MacDaniels living room where Mrs. MacDaniels and her husband sat.
Woman Sought is Ill.
“Just a moment, ” said Mrs. MacDaniels, and left the room. In a few moments she returned, half leading, half carrying a woman clad in a nightrobe, her hair streaming down her back. She swayed to and fro and was unable to stand on her feet without help. She looked terribly ill.
“Here’s the woman you’re looking for,” said Mrs. MacDaniels. “Here’s Mrs. Wallace.”
The sheriff spoke to Mrs. Wallace who demanded in a weak voice what interest her whereabouts were to the police or to anyone else.
“It’s because you put a notice of your own death in the papers,” said the deputy.
“That notice didn’t say anything about Syracuse, said Mrs. Wallace. “It didn’t say Camden, New York. It might have referred to another person entirely. There are other Mabel Wallaces.”
Asks Penalty For Crime.
She was silent for a moment. Then she asked:
“What will they do to the person who put that notice in the papers?”
“It’s a State prison offense,” said Mr. Paddock. The woman bent her head and seemed unable to speak. The she said,
“Just as soon as I am well enough I’ll consult an attorney and then I’ll go to Syracuse and straighten matters out.”
In the opinion of the sheriff Mrs. Wallace is seriously ill. It is the general belief among her friends here that she inserted the death notice in the hope that it would meet the eye of her husband who left his home in Syracuse early in January and whose whereabouts have been a subject of speculation to acquaintances of the family.
Source : The Syracuse Herald, Saturday Evening, March 1, 1919
(The Story Concludes : Death Notice Not Inserted By Her, She Tells Herald)
DEATH NOTICE IN HANDWRITING OF ‘DECEASED’ WOMAN FOLLOWING HER DISAPPEARANCE, MYSTIFIES POLICE
MRS. WALLACE REPORTED DEAD BUT RELATIVES DID NOT KNOW OF IT
Home on South Side Deserted and Keyholes Are Plugged With Cotton — Husband Also Missing.
A notice in the Syracuse paper of the death of Mrs. Mabel M. Wallace, following the disappearance of both Mrs. Wallace and her husband, Adelbert F. Wallace, presents a mystery which the police believe may lead to a suicide or even a possibly murder.
The advertisement in a local paper read:
“Died — In Camden, Sunday, Feb. 23d, 1919, Mrs. Mabel M. Wallace.”
Upon investigating, the police have learned that there is no record of the woman’s death in Camden, N.Y. A sister, whom Mrs. Wallace told neighbors she planned visiting, says that she has not seen Mrs. Wallace in several weeks.
KEY HOLES STOPPED UP WITH COTTON.
The keyholes in the doors of the Wallace home, No. 128 Fage avenue, were found stuffed with cotton when officers visited there this morning. Expecting to find Mrs. Wallace dead inside Detective Edward Smith broke down the door. Nobody was found inside and everything was in order. The only thing missing from the home was a picture of Mr. Wallace and another of his wife, which had adorned the walls.
The police investigation followed a report by Mrs. Genevieve Searles, woman officer, who is a friend of Mrs. Wallace and who during the Christmas holidays, received a postal card from the young woman mailed from Camden.
The death notice appeared in the Post-Standard on the morning of Wednesday, February 26. The newspaper office was called on the telephone and said that they believed the paid notice of Mrs. Wallace’s death was turned in by an undertaker.
Mrs. Searles and Detective Smith visited the Post-Standard and the copy of the ad was furnished. The writing corresponded with that on the postal card received by Mrs. Searles from Mrs. Wallace. It also corresponded with other samples of the missing woman’s handwriting.
Mrs. Wallace’s sister in Camden was later reached on the the telephone. She was as much surprised as Mrs. Wallace’s friends here to learn of her sister’s death.
She said that she had not seen the Syracuse woman in five weeks.. Mrs. Wallace was in Camden during the holidays, when she sent the postal card to Mrs. Searles. Undertakers in Camden were then reached by telephone, but they also were ignorant of the fact of Mrs. Wallace’s death, saying that to their knowledge nobody answering her description has been buried in Camden in the last few months.
Accompanied by Detective Smith, Mrs. Searles visited the Wallace home in Fage avenue. The curtains in the house were drawn. The front door was locked. The side door was also found locked and the keyhole was plugged with cotton. The rear door was also locked and the keyhole plugged.
Fearing that Mrs. Wallace had stopped up the doors in an attempt to asphyxiate herself, Detective Smith force entrance. There was nobody inside. A close inspection showed that the only thing missing in the house were the pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace. Mrs. Searles says that she has visited at the house many times and would know if anything else was gone.
Mr. Wallace is a traveling salesman and until the first of the year was employed by the Continental Can company. Nothing has been seen of him by his friends in the company since he severed his connection with the firm. Some say that he told of plans to establish a business in the West.
Mrs. Wallace was last seen by neighbors in Fage avenue several weeks ago. At that time she said that she was going to visit her sister in the North. Neighbors say that Mr. Wallace was seen as late as two weeks ago. At this time he is said to have visited the Fage avenue house and when he left he carried two suitcases.
Source : Syracuse Herald, Friday Evening, February 29, 2019
The story continues : MRS. WALLACE FOUND AT HOME OF SISTER
COMPANION HELD AFTER DEATH OF ARTHUR BOWE, 26
Other Witnesses Quizzed by District Attorney on Dance Hall Shooting.
Chester C. White, Employer of Dead Man, Says He Drew Gun in Self-defense.
Investigation today into the fatal shooting yesterday of Arthur Bowe, 26, or 211 North Edwards Avenue, Eastwood, by Chester C. White, 25, of 242 North Edwards Avenue, Let loose charges by Eastwood authorities that lawless conditions with which they have been unable to cope with there led directly to the tragedy.
Bowe, the father of two young children, was wounded while trying to act as peacemaker in a row in front of the Domino Inn, James Street and Stafford Avenue, at 3:40 o’clock yesterday morning. White fired the fatal shot while in a scuffle with Herman Staats, 24, of Camillus and Augustus HartKopf, 28, of Syracuse according to their lawyer.
Bowe and White had attended a dance earlier with their wives. The men continued the party after midnight at the inn, and White had a brush there after an accidental collision with a woman on the dance floor. The scuffle and it fatal outcome outdoors followed.
Shot Through Abdomen.
Bowe died in the Hospital of the Good Shepherd late yesterday afternoon, punctured through the abdomen by a .32-calibre revolver bullet which entered the left side and lodged just under the skin in the right hip. White was arrested soon after the shooting.
Besides Staats and Hartkopf, other witnesses at the district attorney’s office today included Beryl Dane, 32, Syracuse, Louis Kemper, 26, Camillus and Ernest Brandt, 27, Syracuse, all represented by F. A. Lyman as their lawyer. He insisted that his clients had not been drinking and that they had no woman in their party. Hartkopf danced with a woman acquaintance there., Lyman said, but the couple did not arrive together.
Staats pitched on White in front of the place when he saw Hartkopf and Bowed apparently squaring off for a fist fight., according to the lawyer’s version. Staats thought White was going to mix in a fight between Bowe and Hartkopf, Lyman said. White, who is proprietor of a James Street Bakery where Bowe was employed, is held. Two Eastwood witnesses are missing. Other witnesses have been allowed to go after making statements. District Attorney Malpass obtained an ante-mortem statement from Bowe.
Eastwood Officers Aroused.
The death of on resident and arrest of another has arousd Eastwood offcials. They charge that half a dozen establishments are brazenly selling booze day and night in James Street extension of the most fashionable Syracuse thoroughfare.
According to the combined stories of White and Bowe, who was able to tell something of the fight before he died, the two men went to Domino Inn shortly after midnight yesterday morning after the had taken their wives home from a dance at H…
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Source : Syracuse Herald, Monday Evening, November 24, 1924
NAKED MAN SCARES CHILDREN IN WOODS
Unknown Miscreant Terrorizes Residents of Teall, Paul and Peck Avenues
WOMAN HUNTS WITH WHIP
Two Little Girls Chased by Strange Character Flee to Their Homes – Others Report Seeing the Undressed Man – Neighborhood Pestered by Tramps.
Residents at the junction of Paul, Peck and Teall avenues are incensed at the acts of an unknown man who for several days has been suddenly appearing before children in the woods about that neighborhood only partially dressed.
On Tuesday afternoon, Helen Yorman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph T. Yorman of No. 137 Paul avenue, and Eva Harrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Harrington of Peck avenue, asked their parents if they could go and pick thimbleberries in a woods that runs near the junction of Teall and Peck avenue.
The request was granted and the two little girls, who are about 10 years old, started out on the journey. The children picked berries in the woods for some time and shortly after 4 o’clock in the afternoon they started back home with their baskets full.
When they had passed out of the woods and were walking along Teall avenue a man leaped out from among the bushes. He was nearly naked and motioned to the girls to come back. They children, terror-stricken, dropped their baskets and ran toward the Harrington home on Peck avenue.
Woman Took Whip in Hunt.
Hurrying into the house they told Mrs. Harrington what had happened. Mrs. Harrington took a long whip, which she thought would serve the purpose if the man was found, and started in search with the children. The place where the man jumped out from the underbrush was visited, but there was no person about or no clothes on the ground. Mrs. Harrington walked about the district for some time, but she could find no trace of the man.
The children were so frightened on sight of the naked individual that they could not render a very good description of him. However, they stated that he was more than six feet in height and wore glasses and a soft hat. They said that he didn’t speak to them, but that when they started to run the man followed them for a short distance along the side of the trees, making motions to them. Other children have reported seeing the miscreant in the woods at various times.
Mrs. Harrington said that she had lived on Peck avenue for a little more than a year. The neighbors had warned her of treacherous men who were in the habit of lounging along Teall avenue. She has relatives living on Manlius street and when going to their home often take a short cut. When asked if she was not afraid to go along the way alone and sometimes even at night, Mrs. Harrington replied :
“No, why should I?”
“What if the man should jump out into the road and stop your journey?”
“Well, I always carry a rawhide whip, and if the man gets in my way he will get one of the best beatings ever.”
Complain of Tramps
People in Teall avenue have complained of tramps making the district near Paul avenue a hangout. They come in troupes of four and five and make the fields their night lodging house. Some of them even come along in the day and, discovering a shady tree, take part of their clothes off and sleep for two and three hours. Most of them, if awake when women pass by, make remarks to them.
Within the last week on of these men approached two small girls who were walking along Manlius street. He walked up between them and started in a conversation. He showed them some lewd post cards and then asked one of the little girls for a kiss. The children became scared and ran away. The man also disappeared when a search was started.
The fathers of children in the neighborhood, where all of these incidents are taking place, have been discussing plans of getting rid of the men. It is said if one of them is caught a sound thrashing will be his pay.
Source : The Syracuse Herald Saturday Evening, August 5, 1911.
Solvay Woman Topples Backwards From Car Into Coat Room, Thence Down Shaft.
LIFELESS ON THE FLOOR WHEN PHYSICIAN ARRIVES
Question Whether Elevator Door Was Closed – Victim’s Husband Recent Heir to Fortune of $40,000
Mr. Mary Dunn Mathews, 43, wife of Daniel C. Mathews of No. 130 Freeman avenue, Solvay, was instantly killed at 3:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon by falling off the elevator at the second floor of the Wieting Block, while the car was ascending, and into the pit of the building, at South Salina and West Water streets.
Her death was tragic and and the accident most peculiar.
In the car with Mrs. Mathews at the time were John J. Driscoll of No. 104 Tennyson avenue, janitor of the block, and another man and a boy.
With the three passengers aboard, Mr. Driscoll said he closed the door entering the elevator shaft, on the Water street side, and the car door on that side. He then stepped across the car to start it upwards. He stated positively that the door was closed tightly but as the car reached the second floor Mrs. Mathews fell through the door and into a coat room on the north side of the shaft.
Screamed as She Fell.
There is another door in the coat room opening from the elevator shaft, and it swung open under the woman’s weight. Mrs. Mathews screamed as she fell, as did the man and boy in the car. As the car went up the woman rolled out of the coat room doorway and dropped to the bottom of the elevator shaft, two floors below. Mr. Driscoll stopped the car, but it was too late.
George W. Garrett of No. 1138 South Salina street, for eighteen years agent of the block, rushed out of his office and into the basement. He was the first to reach Mrs. Mathews and to all appearances she was dead when he got to her.
Calling the engineer he lifted her out of the pit, with the engineer’s assistance, and then telephoned to the Hospital of the Good Shepherd for an ambulance. The ambulance surgeon pronounced Mrs. Mathews dead and the body remained in the basement of the building until Coroner George R. Kinne arrived and gave permission for its removal to Meagher & Cody’s undertaking rooms.
Coroner Kinne at once started an investigation, questioning both Mr. Driscoll and Mr. Garrett.
Running Car Two Days.
Mr. Driscoll, who has been janitor of the Wieting Block for a number of years, had been running the car two days, in the absence of the regular conductor, who is ill. “Mr. Driscoll was one of the most careful men who ever stepped into that car,” said Mr. Garrett after the accident. “He is positive that he closed the door. It is a folding door and the only solution we can offer is that the woman must have become faint and in falling against it forced it to slide open.
“Mr. Driscoll stopped the car withing two feet, but Mrs. Mathews went through the door of the cloak room and fell back under the floor of the elevator. The only opening in the coat room is into the elevator shaft. This room is used by the men to hang their coats in and it is probable that the door opening into this room was not latched. It was closed.”
After his investigation Coroner Kinne said,
“The theory is that Mrs. Mathews was startled as the car was started up and leaned against the door, grasping hold of the door to regain her balance. In doing so she probably opened the door and fell out. The clothes room door might have been closed, but I do not believe it was fastened. This door swings open. I believe internal injuries caused her death, but have ordered a post-mortem that we may know definitely.
Mr. Mathews was at work in the coal and wood yards of his cousin, James M. Mathews, at Solvay, when informed that his wife had been killed. He hurried to the undertaker’s rooms. The scene as he viewed his wife’s body was heartrending. “Now that we had everything to live for she has been taken away from me,” he cried.
Recently Inherited $40,000.
Mr. Mathews inherited something over $40,000 from the estate of John Davin of Liverpool, a relative, about one year ago. Last fall he and Mrs. Mathews made a two months’ trip to Kansas City, Kan., to visit Mr. Mathews’ brother, Hugh Mathews. Among the dead woman’s effects were found two $50 bills, which the husband said he had given her when they were in Chicago on their way home in November. For more than an hour efforts to console Mr. Mathews failed, until finally Rev. James F. O’Shea, his pastor arrived from Solvay. Miss Stella Dunn, a sister of Mrs. Mathews, collapsed when told of Mrs. Mathews’ death.
Besides her husband Mrs. Mathews is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Maude Dunn Hunter, wife of William Hunter of Caroline avenue, Solvay, Frances and Stella Dunn, who resided with her, and a brother living at Cleveland. The husband is a cousin of former Coroner Daniel F. Mathews. Detective Harvey Larum, detailed from Police Headquarters immediately after the woman met death, investigated, but did not appear fully convinced that the elevator door had been closed
SKULL FRACTURE CAUSED DEATH
No Sign of Illness Just Before Mrs. Mathews Fell, Verdict of Autopsy
Coroner’s physician, Archer D. Babcock, and Dr. Herman L. Weiskotten, pathologist, performed an autopsy last night at Meagher & Gocdy’s undertaking rooms to ascertain the exact nature of the injury which had caused Mrs. Mathews’ death. The autopsy was under direction of Coroner Kinne.
It disclosed a fracture at the base of the skull. This, Dr. Kinne said, produced a shock which had resulted in almost instant death. The post mortem showed nothing to indicate that Mrs. Mathews had been taken ill just before she went through the elevator doors.
Source : Syracuse Post Standard, March 18, 1910.
“She Wore Tights,” Says Clergyman, and Attacks Minstrel Performance from Pulpit – Receipts Doubled at Next Performance.
Dancer, a Syracuse Woman, Says She Didn’t Wear ‘Em – Leading Citizens Rush to Her Defense – Only Kicked as High as Elbow Is Testimony
There’s just as big a sensation in the unusually quiet little village of Parish as there would have been in the Pilgrim days if a Theda Bara had stalked into Plymouth and pulled off a Cleopatra stunt with Capts. John Smith and Myles Standish in the front row of the spectators’ seats. Mrs. Grundy is on the job in Parish all because of a minstrel show for the benefit of the Red Cross and critics declare one of the pretty feminine participants appeared in a costume that was “perfectly shocking, in fact scandalous.”
On the other hand, social and financial leaders of the town are flocking to the defense of Mrs. Jack Gillickson of No 529 Seymour street, Syracuse, the brunette beauty who is under fire.
Mrs. Gillickson a Syracusan.
Mrs. Gillickson, who is employed on the ribbon counter of the Metropolitan 25 and 50 cent store in South Salina street, has pretty thoroughly demonstrated she is able to take care of laying her own verbal barrage. Yesterday she scored heavily against what her champions term “the Parish poison gas attack,” by forty-two-centremeter statement gunfire in the form of a rebuke to the malcontents.
As the matter now stands, flanking movement on the part of critics have at least been met by strong offensives launched by Mrs. Gillicksons’s husband and dancing partner, Jack Gillickson – employed in the store room of the Hotel Onondaga in this city – and a host of staunch admirers, including many church people residing in Parish.
Storm Broke Sunday.
The storm broke last Sunday at 11:45 by the town ticker, when the Rev. William Hall, pastor of the Methodist church, diverged from the text and course of his prepared sermon of the day, to declare that the Ragtime minstrels, given under the auspices of the Nu club (young ladies) and held the preceding evening in Masonic hall for the benefit of the Red Cross, was “a disgrace and a scandal to the fair name of Parish.” When he got down to brass tacks and the compiling of a who’s who as offender, Mr. Hall let it be known that he was particularly displeased with the dancing act put on by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillickson. He asserted that both he and Mrs. Hall had attended the performance, and according to headquarters’ report as filed with Mrs. Gillickson, said the latter work tights, thereby bringing out expression of opinion on his part that fleshlings should be extremely taboo in Parish.
Sensation of Week.
Pastor Hall’s reference to the performance of the minstrels was the sensation of the week in Parish and promises to be talked about even up to the Fourth of July the way things now look. Friday night the show was repeated, this time for the war fund of the Y.M.C.A., and whereas it had only cleared about $55 on the first occasion, it then netted more that $100 for a most worthy cause. It is being whispered, however, that many strange faces were seen in Friday night’s audience and the impression prevails that admirers of tights and stage lingerie from adjacent towns, attracted by Pastor Hall’s remarks, bore down upon Parish with the view of taking in all the sights that were to be seen, instead of hitting the high spots in Syracuse for their entertainment.
Advertised the Show.
All in all, it is regarded that the Methodist minister certainly advertised the show and added materially to Y.M.C.A. coffers. It also became known yesterday that Pastor Hall and Mrs. Gillickson’s stepbrother, according to letters just received in this city, indulged in a very heated session following the close of the former’s sermon last Sunday. On that occasion, it is claimed, the stepbrother gave the minister “a piece of his mind,” or “balling out,” as some have alluded to it, he will not soon forget. Others have since pointed out that whereas Mr. Hall scored Mrs. Gillickson, in their opinion he would have been more justified if he had launched his broadside against the fair members of the Nu club who, they assert, appeared in bloomers minus skirts, while on the other hand, Mrs. Gillickson was well supplied with draperies. It was also brought out that many of the dainty bloomer girls are 21 years old or thereabouts, and on the whole, well developed for their years.
Did She Wear ’em or Not?
Figuratively speaking of figures, however, Parish is agog with debate waxing heated as to whether Mrs. G. did wear ’em or did not. Pastor Hall declared that she did – and that they were pink and scandalous. Mrs. Gillickson got after the minister and other critics when she learned what has transpired by forwarding the following statement to Parish :
“Syracuse, N.Y., April 10, 1918.
To Whom it May Concern:
I, the undersigned, wish to make a public and complete denial of the Rev. Mr. Hall’s statements in regard to my costume worn the evening of the Red Cross entertainment. I did not wear tights , and furthermore can say, I hope the entire public will never see anything more shocking. Any one who felt ill at ease had a perfect right to leave the hall – the doors were plenty large and I am sure they would have been allowed to go without any trouble.
I wish the public do know I came here to do what I could to help the boys over there, and everyone who had anything to do with the entertainment felt the same way. And should one of your sons or brothers fall on the field and a bandage of bed be purchased with the money received in Paris at that minstrel be used for their comfort – how many will condemn? My best advice to those who feel it their duty to criticize is to put their shoulder to the wheel and help a good cause along, and let the other fellow do the knocking.
MRS JACK GILLICKSON.”
Discussion More General.
Yesterday the matter had reached the stage where discussion became even more general. Rev. Mr. Hall was reported to be out of town, with the chances looming of his not returning until Monday, but Mrs. Hall gave her version of what transpired at the Saturday night show. She said:
“I don’t care what that woman says. I attended the show with my husband and thoroughly agree with him that her costume was truly shocking. It was extremely immodest. If she did not wear tights, as she says, she certainly wore pink stockings and her dress only reached to her knees. She did not take part in last nights’ show and I do not wonder that she did not appear here. It is very probably she discovered Parish does not like this sort of thing.”
Others Do not Agree.
The Halls’ views are by no means shared by the residents of the town in general. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mosher, for instance, dissent and are not backward in letting people know they do not share in such criticism of Mrs. Gillickson. Moreover, Mr. Mosher is one of the big men of Parish and his wife is very prominent socially. Both yesterday rose to the dense of Mrs. Gillickson. Mr. Mosher said:
“All this is due to two or three prudes we have here. Mrs. Gillickson’s costume was modest and her dancing was modest. I am astounded that criticism has since arose as to her act. She is one of our Parish girls despite the fact that she is now residing in Syracuse. She was brought up here and for some years she and her husband have taken part in various amateur shows here. Time and time again they have given their services and aided in making church events successful. I cannot speak too highly of them.
Only Pink Stockings.
“Mrs. Gillickson wore pink stockings and bloomers and a heavy skirt that had innumerable ruffles on it. It was the kind of skirt you see on the stage. I’ve described it from a man’s standpoint. The women folks could probably tell you more about it. Why, a fellow up here complained that she kicked as high as her elbow, when everyone knows that the regular stage dancer kicks higher than her head.
“The Nu Club that gave the show, is a sewing club. Its members are aiding the Red Cross and it is made up of Parish young women. All the members of of the faculty of the high school took part in the show. There are only about three people in town who have had anything adverse to say in the way of criticism and its unfortunate that this has occurred.”
Mrs. Florence Mosher, wife of Robert Mosher and acknowledged leader of the Parish society, wrote Mrs. Gillickson a letter of sympathy yesterday and stands by her in the present line-up of conflicting opinions. She also stated that every effort had been made to have the Gillicksons take part in the show of Friday night but they refused to appear. Mrs. Gillickson was seen last yesterday at her place of employment by a Sunday Herald reporter She said:
“It is almost unbelievable there should be any criticism by minister or anyone else of my costume or act. I did not don tights. Mrs. Charles Allen, wife of a very prominent coal dealer in Parish, assisted me in dressing and she will confirm the statement that I did not wear them. It is true that I wore pink stockings. However, I had on bloomers and besides these wore three petticoats, all ruffles, and a skirt as well. The Nu club girls wore only bloomers and laid aside skirts during their part of the performance. Neither did I do any high kicking as has been asserted. My husband was my partner and we just did some fancy dancing. I went out to Parish to help the boys who are fighting for liberty and justice. We paid our own fares and gave our services without it costing the club one cent. During the past week we were daily deluged with letters requesting that we be certain to appear a the Friday night show, but in view of the fact Pastor Hall made the statements berating us, felt it best not do so. I shall certainly never again face a Parish audience after all this unjustified criticism.”
Parish Views on Costume Worn by Mrs. Gillickson
By the Minister’s Wife.
How Mrs. William Hall, wife of the Rev. William Hall, pastor of the Methodist church of Parish, regards Mrs. Gillickson’s minstrel show costume:
“I don’t care what that woman may say in explanation of things. My husband and myself certainly regarded her costume as shocking. It was extremely immodest. If she did not wear tights, as she says, she certainly wore pink stockings and her skirts were up to her knees.”
By a Leading Citizen
What Herbert Mosher, leading citizen of Parish, says of Mrs. Gillicksons’s furbelows and dance:
“Only one or two prudes have found fault. Mrs. Gillickson wore bloomers and a heavy skirt, I should say from a mans’s standpoint. There were lots of ruffles on it. She had on pink stockings. One fellow out here complained that she kicked as high as her elbow, whereas stage dancing isn’t considered the real thing unless they kick over their heads.”
By Mrs. Gillickson
What she did wear, according to Mrs. Gillickson’s own version:
“I had on bloomers and wore pink stockings. I dd not wear tights as some people have claimed. I also wore a skirt of the stage type and three petticoats with deep ruffles. I just went through a simple dance with my husband as my partner and did not high kicking.”
By Her Husband
This from Jack Gillickson:
“My wife and I will never sing in Parish again or dancer there either. We gave our services entirely free to aid a good cause and it is unfortunate that all this tempest in a teapot has been raised.”
Source : Syracuse Herald, April 14, 1918
Urge Police Throw Guard Around Area
Puncture Believed to Be Maniac, Police Told
Brief Case Stolen
Same Man Slashed 25 Tires Some Time Thursday Night
Residents of the Shotwell Park section are up in arms today with demands that police throw a net about that vicinity and round up the vandal who is puncturing automobile tires with an ice pick.
Last night there were two garages entered and 17 tires punctured by the marauder, believed to be somewhat of a maniac. The night before last the vandal perforated 25 tires.
The victims last night were E.R. Bishop, 158 Shotwell Park; J. J. MacWilliams, 170 Shotwell Park, and Charles E. Lipe, 710 Rugby Road.
Mr. Bishop’s garage was forced open, the five tires on his car badly punctured. The cars owned by Mr. MacWilliams and Mr. Lipe, both in a garage at the rear of the MacWilliams’ home, has six tires each deflated. All 12 tires badly punctured.
Mr. MacWilliams said his dog barked during the night, probably at the time the vandal was at work, but no attention was paid to it as they thought the animal might be barking at a passing car.
Two brief cases, containing papers of no value to anyone but the owner, were taken from Mr. MacWilliams car but tools and other valuables about the garage were untouched.
Thursday night the same vanndal punctured 25 tires on cars owned by R. L. Manning, executive of L. C. Smith & Corona Typewriter Company, Lawrence Witherill of Witherill’s store, and Paul Jordan, head of the firm Harris, Forbes & Company, all residents in the Shotwell Park section.
Policy say the vandal must be demented. They can figure no reason for his action and a close guard will be kept about the Shotwell area in an effort to track him down.
Source : Syracuse Herald, October 27, 1928