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Milestones, Jul. 20, 1931

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Married. Max Baer, 22, heavyweight boxer, loser of a 20-rouncl decision to Paulino Uzcudun last fortnight; and Mrs. Dorothy Dunbar Wells, 38, divorced cinemactress; in Reno. Said she: ‘If he insists on following the light game, I’m going to see that he gets the proper instruction.” Said Mother (Dora) Baer: “Why she’s old enough to be Maxie’s mother!”

Married. Rudy Vallée, 29, redheaded, crooning orchestra leader; and Fay Webb, 23, slender, beauteous, brunette daughter of Chief of Police Clarence Webb of Santa Monica, Calif.; secretly; in West Orange, N. J. In 1928 Crooner Vallée was married for three weeks to a Mrs. Leonie Cauchois McCoy. He took Mrs. Vallee No. 2 to live in a six-room apartment at No. 55 Central Park West, Manhattan. Two days after the wedding they gave a press reception. Excerpts:

“Those who will not be interested in me after my marriage will be insignificant in number. … It wasn’t sex appeal over the radio, it was just musical ability. . . . I’ve just signed a $150,000 contract for the coming year. Does that look like lessened popularity?”

“He is just an ordinary man to me.”Acquitted. George Noel Keyston. 40, onetime president of San Francisco Stock Exchange, senior partner of Leib. Keyston & Co.: of charges of conspiracy to violate the National Banking Act.

Birthdays. John Davison Rockefeller (92 ), George Eastman (77), Nikola Tesla (75—sec p. 27).

Died. Samuel J. Tilden Straus Jr., 19, Harvard junior, son of Board Chairman Straus of S. W. Straus & Co. and S. W. Straus Investing Corp., Chicago; of injuries sustained in an automobile accident; near Dodge City, Kan. Accompanied by two other Harvardmen, he was on his way to Arizona for summer vacation when three tires blew out simultaneously.

Died. Dr. Rene Jacquemaire Clemenceau,35,grandson of the late great Georges, Wartime premier of France; from an infection incurred while attending a patient; in Paris. For being “a victim of science” he received the Cross of the Legion of Honor on his deathbed.

Died. Dr. Lars Olof Jonathan Söderblom. 65. Archbishop of Upsala. Primate of the Lutheran Church in Sweden, winner of the 1930 Nobel Peace Prize; of heart disease; in Upsala. Long a crusader for world peace, he believed it could be secured by unifying Christian denominations. In 1925 he summoned the Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work at Stockholm (leader of U. S. delegation was Dr. Samuel Parkes Cadman), expounded his plan of “Evangelical Catholicity.”

Died. Richard Rowland Hunt, 69, Manhattan architect, son of the late famed

Architect Richard Morris Hunt; in Manhattan. From a small sketch left by his father he completed the new wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of his work: Quintard and Hoffman Halls at the University of the South; “Idle Hour,” country home of the late William Kissam Vanderbilt; “Castle Gould” on the estate of Howard Gould.

Died. George Montagu Bennett, Earl of Tankerville, 79, sometime sailor, soldier, singer, evangelist, cowpuncher; after a brief illness; in Chatton, England. As an associate of the late Evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody, he made a tour of England which admirers declared “reduced the population of Hell by a million souls.” In 1912 he removed his son, Lord Ossulston, from Eton, enrolled him in a Boston school, explained that he wanted him educated “in a world where everyone worked.’

Died. Jean-Louis Forain, 79. painter, caricaturist, president of the Society of French Humorists; in Paris. Son of a house painter, he refused to paint houses, preferring people. For his obstinacy he was sent to a Parisian school to be disciplined. He failed to be disciplined, spent most of his time in the Louvre copying masterpieces. His first drawing appeared in 1876 in La Cravache. Later he became a regular, favorite contributor of Le Figaro, Le Rire, Le Courrier Francais. During the Dreyfus agitation in 1898 he helped found the anti-Semitic periodical Psst. Art critics know him well for his work in water color, pastels, oils, but like to praise him more for his corrosive wit, best expressed in his economically-stroked drawings. Said he when asked how he worked with his characters: ”I interrogate them. They answer me.” He was a member of the Royal Academy, a commander of the Legion of Honor. During the War he won the Croix de Guerre.

Died. John Brisben Walker, 83, long-time (pre-Hearst) editor and publisher of Cosmopolitan Magazine, onetime editor of the Washington Daily Chronicle; in Brooklyn, N. Y.

Died. Joseph Newton Hemphill, 84, retired U. S. rear admiral, member of the Constitution’s crew when she was still in active service under sail; after long illness; in Washington, D. C. Hot controversy surrounded him when, shifted from command of the Kearsarge, he took with him a punch bowl presented by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1903 to the Kearsarge’s “captain, officers and crew.” In 1867 he was on the Monongahela when a West Indian earthquake-tidal wave swept her through the streets of Fredericksted, St. Croix.

Died. Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson, 93, mother of Samuel Sidney McClure who long edited and published McClure’s Magazine and founded the McClure Syndicate (first newspaper syndicate in the U. S.); of old age; in Middletown. Conn.

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