Gossip Columns, c. 1920

You never know, in this type of research, what clues you might come across.  When searching for Charles David Komaroff, I came upon a clipping from the February 18, 1920 San Francisco Chronicle column Personals and Hotel Gossip, announcing that along with Pierre S. du Pont and Mrs. du  Pont et al, “C. D. Komaroff and D. McColl, importers and exporters, Shanghai, and party” had also registered at the Hotel St. Francis the previous day.  My research showed that in fact, he, his wife and their two children had left Shanghai January 25, arrived in Vancouver and Seattle on February 9,  in-transit to New York by way of San Francisco.  Donald McColl, a notable Scottish passenger, had been the General manager of the Shanghai Street Railway, and was traveling on the Empress of Asia with his two grown daughters and the Komaroff family.

© 2012 Copyright Billie Elias


About Billie Tekel Elias

Author of upcoming book, Pearl's Party...and you're invited.
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6 Responses to Gossip Columns, c. 1920

  1. Jacqi says:

    Just found your blog via GeneaBloggers. Enjoyed what I saw. Looking forward to reading more!

  2. A. Lynch says:

    Hi! Just found your blog via GeneaBloggers. I have been working on family history for years but haven’t started to blog about it. Will be checking back and may decide to take the plunge myself.

    • billietoy says:

      Good luck, if you decide to go for it. I have certainly found the research on my own family to be extremely rewarding. Some of the people 100 years ago were doing things that would be considered amazing by today’s standards.

  3. I love the old newspapers with the local ‘gossip’ news. They are so fun to read.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  4. Jim Sanders says:

    Welcome to Geneabloggers.

    Newspapers are one of my favorite sources for genealogy.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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