Thursday, August 6, 2015

Julia May Olmsted

Julia May Olmsted was my Paternal Grandmother of wife of half 1st cousin 2x removed.

Yes and I am not going to even attempted to explain that confusing mess. We are related none the less.

Julia was born 26 May 1849 in Kendall,  Lafayette, WI.  She died 1 June 1888 in Grand Meadow, Cherokee, IA

Her parents were Nathan Olmsted born 17 Oct 1812 in Davenport, NY He died 5 April 1898 in Belmont, WI, his wife was Magdalena Teneyck born 15 Jan 1813 in Lebanon, NY. Died 16 Mar 1898 in Belmont, WI.

Nathan Olmsted was the postmaster in Kendall, WI he settled there soon after the founder James Kendle SR.


1880 U.S. Federal Census Grand Meadow, Cherokee, Iowa
Julia married Thomas Jefferson White he was born 1 Oct 1843 in Elk Grove, Lafayette, WI & died 19 Jul 1926 in Cherokee, IA

They had 5 children:

1) Nathan Arthur White b 7 Aug 1875 in Lafayette, WI
d 15 Dec 1968 in Nebraska City, NE

2) Magdalene White b 26 Oct 1878 in Cherokee, IA
d 4 Aug 1964 in Cherokee, IA

3) Rosa Edith White b 10 Nov 1881 in Cherokee, IA d 2 Feb 1882 in Cherokee, IA

4) Thomas Charles White b 16 Jun 1883 in Cherokee, IA d 21 Jan 1968 in Cherokee, IA

5) Bessie May White b 24 May 1888 in Cherokee, IA
d 1 Feb 1973 in Monona, IA 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ann Sothern: North Dakota Women's Series

Ann Sothern was absolutely a very glamorous dame (As they would say back then). She was born Harrette Arlene Lake on 22 Jan 1909 in Valley City, ND. She was married twice and had one child. She died 15 Mar 2001 in Ketchum, ID. She was 92 years old.

She was married twice and had a daughter.

I had a hard time picking out which photo's I wanted to post of her, they are all so delicious.

Her career took off as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead like "I Love Lucy" she bleached her hair blonde and became a bombshell. After working for MGM and Broadway she signed on with Columbia Pictures for Lets Fall in Love in 1933, the following year she stared in Kid Millions 1934. Columbia dropped her after running several "B" movies, in 1938 she left RKO after doing Trade Winds which got her a contract with MGM and she made several more movies and then in 1958 her own show, The Ann Sothern Show, it ran until 1961.

She was close friends with Lucille Ball, here's a wonderful link all about them.

I enjoyed this link so much I just know you will too.

Now enjoy the photo's I picked of this strikingly beautiful Gal.

Abyssinia ( 1930's slang for I will be seeing you)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Jan Maxwell: North Dakota Women's Series

She has been a 5 time Tony Award nominee, won 2 Drama Desk Awards.

Jan Maxwell made her Broadway debut in 1989.
She was born in Fargo, ND on 20 Nov 1956.

She was in Something Sweet in 2000, Gossip Girl in 2007, The Divide in 2014. Her television career consisted of Law & Order 1994-2003 and the Good Wife in 2014.

She is married to Robert Emmet Lunney and they have son.

She was the Broadway version of "City Of Angeles" One of my favorite movies.

She received her first Tony nomination in 2005 for the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her other nominations were for Coram Boy in 2007, Lend Me A Tenor and The Royal Family both in 2010, and Follies in 2012. Her nominations in two separate categories in 2010, made her only the fourth actress to achieve two nominations in a single year. Her 2012 nomination for "Follies" made her only the second actress to receive a Tony nomination in all four acting categories. Her other Broadway credits include, Dancing At Luqhnasa(1992), A Dolls House (1997), The Sound Of Music (1998) and The Dinner Party (2001).

What a joy this little lady is and what a long list of achievements. I am bursting with pride that a fellow North Dakotan as such talent. I am so please to see she will be doing more in the future.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dorothy Stickney: North Dakota Women Series

Dorothy, who was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, studied acting in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety in a Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; he was among the first 10 elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. She attended the North Western Dramatic School in Minneapolis and was one of the four singer/dancer "Southern Belles" in vaudeville. Her initial failure to obtain acting roles in New York in the 1920s led her to write a poem "You're Not the Type" published in Liberty magazine. Her 1926 Broadway debut was a bit part in "The Squall" after which she often played character roles as an eccentric. She created the role of Mollie Molloy (who jumps out the window) in "The Front Page." Other plays included "Chicago," "Another Language," and "On Borrowed Time." "Life With Father," written by her husband, was turned down by everyone (including Lunt and Fontanne), so she and Howard played the parts in summer stock, bringing it finally to Broadway's Empire Theater on 8 Nov 1939. It closed seven years and 3,224 performances later, still the longest running non-musical on Broadway. When the Empire was demolished they put two salvaged orchestra seats in their East Side town house; she died there, aged 101.

My most favorite of her movies is the Uninvited

I just adore her, and she lived such a full life of 101, amazing I tip my hat to you Dorothy. (She shares my grandmother's first name, who was also an amazing Lady).

If you get a chance to see some of her film please do TMC plays them and so does MeTv on the Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Peggy Lee: North Dakota Women Series

Peggy Lee was born as Norma Deloris Egstrom on 26 May 1920 in Jamestown, ND. She died of a heart attack on 21 Jan 2002 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA.

She began her career singing American Jazz, she wrote songs and was an actress. She even wrote poetry. She could do it all.

She sand with the Benny Goodman Band!!!!

She was the 7th child of 8 children born to Olof Egstrom an station agent for Midland Continental Railroad, and his wife Selma Amelia Anderson.

Peggy was first on the radio at KOVC station in Valley City, ND, then she had her own series.

In 1942 she got her #1 hit "Somebody Else Taking MY Place"

If your a Disney fan you may remember the hit Lady & The Tramp. Peggy sang that song for Walt.

Here's the link for Lady & The Tramp video

What a lady and what a legend...Another proud moment for us North Dakotan's  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Gabby West: Women of North Dakota Series

Gabby West was born on 5 March 1985 in Los Angles, CA; she graduated from Century High School in Bismarck, ND in 2003. She attended one semester at North Dakota State University, majoring in English Literature , and a year at a university in Bozeman, MT. In 2005 she was a production assistant on the TV mini-series Into The West. In 2006, she played Suzy in the short film New Beginnings. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue an acting career.That same year she also appeared in the short film Linda, as in Beautiful and was a production assistant for the film 3:10 To Yuma.
In 2008, she guest starred on Tim and Eric Nite Live while being a production assistant for both the TV mini-series Comanche Moon and the film Appaloosa. In 2009, she appeared in Bruno as a German and then was cast out of 36,000 applicants on VH 1's reality series Scream Queens and later won a role in the 2010 horror film Saw 3D. West was originally cast in the 2011 remake of Fright Night but she dropped the role, telling Dread Central, "I was cast in Fright Night (the remake), but unfortunately the role changed, and what they wanted me to do, I wasn't willing to do". West was cast in the Tim Sullivan  segment of I was a Teenage Werebear, She plays Peggy Lou a "60′s era, Sandra Dee character who goes crazy"
As of currently I could not find out much more about her.

I am huge fan of Horror movies and yes I own all the "Saw" movies. I must say I loved 3:10 To Yuma, I own it. Thought she did great job acting in that one. Look forward to seeing what else she stars in.

Kam Haskin : Women of N.D. Series

Kam Haskin was born 8 May 1973 in Grand Forks, ND. She is well known for her role on Sunset Beach, 7th Heaven and The Prince & Me.
She began her career as a model, traveling to both Greece and Japan for a variety of photo shoots.

The oldest child of Karen and Daryl Heskin, Kam graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1991, and occasionally does work as a substitute teacher. She is also a 
writer living in Los Angeles who originally hails from the red state of Colorado. Over the past two years, she has written a comedic screenplay, a series of sardonic cartoons about the entertainment industry, as well as starting a humorous op-ed blog on a variety of topics called She is also a contributor to Genlux Magazine and has been referred to as a con-temporized Candace Bushnell.

Her mother was an actress also and I tried to find out more about her but was unable to at this time.

She beautiful and smart I wish her all the best in her successes. Hope to see her in a few more movies in the future.