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Descendants of Francis de Bourdon


4620. Benjamin Borden Mason

BIRTH: Family History by Catharine F.B. Mason & Family bible in poss. of T.Mason. Ben was asked by his father to leave home at age 13 and fend for himself. He did so!

MARRIAGE-DEATH: (Filed)R.L.Mason - copy of Virginia Marriage cert. line 37. Says he was a machinist. Ref: Florida Death Cert. # 1700.


I (T.Mason) met uncle Ben once in 1963. He as the oldest Mason son, gave me, the oldest grandson, the Mason family bible.

Marjorie Lee Mc Coy

DEATH: Cert. # 382 area # 214; ; State of California; ; copy in poss of T. Mason; NOTE: indicates cremated at Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, Virginia. An urn with her ashes was placed inside her husband's vault on an upper ledge.

7554. Eleanor "Nora" Lucy Mason

DEATH: letter from sister Kathleen Taylor in May 1995 that Nora died 2 years ago.

DEATH: Letter from Lou Anne (Mason) Hamel on 26Mar2001. EXTRACT: Eleanor died in Bethesda, Maryland, her home of many years. She was cremated and buried at West Point with her husband. I was her official guardian for about 3 1/2 years until she died. She had dementia.

Major General Alan Harrison Gerhardt

Was West Point Graduate. Maj,Gen - US Army. No children. Have picture in Benjamin Borden Mason's file of this couple as provided by Frank Wilson. His first marriage was to ____.

Who Was Who in America. Volume 7, 1977-1981. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1981

4621. Elizabeth Downing Mason

Family history & bible in poss. of T. Mason.

OCCUPATION: In 1946 was a computer operator in San Francisco.

"Lorraine was born in Galveston Texas, 1920 at St. Marys Orphanage. She was adopted at six months by Richard and Anna Held and lived on Western Ave. in Los Angeles, Calif. Milton Hunter was listed on her birth certificate but Lorraine never believed he was her father. She was convinced for many reasons that her real father was one John Suman who was the son-in-law of the Helds. In the 1900 U.S. census Emma E. Brown and Homer Brown lived in Tucson, Arizona. He worked as a conductor for the railroad. They had two daughters - Jeannette, age 4 and Grace age 2. In the 1920 census Emma Brown is married to Richard P. Held, a policeman, in Los Angeles with daughter Jennette Brown, age 21 who works as a stenographer for the R.R. In the 1930 U.S. Census, Richard P. Held and Anna E. Held (age 50) live in Los Angeles with their daughter Loraine age 10.

"John Suman was married to Grace Brown (Anna's daughter), but it seems that John (Jack) Suman had two children with Betty Mason. Their names were John Peterson and Lorraine Hunter Held. T.Mason had a personal interview with John "Jackie" Peterson to confirm information about his father.

"Anna Brown and her daughters along with the Sumans and the Masons were all residents of Tuscon and worked for the Railroad.

"Betty Mason kept John and gave up Lorraine. Lorraine's birth name was Mary Elizabeth Hunter but she always longed to know her parents. She felt that there would be no other reason for this older couple who had already raised children to have adopted this child from so far away if there weren't closer family ties involved."

William John Ahrens

Red note book of Catharine F.B.Mason lists family.

Was a railroad auditor, had beautiful handwriting and traveled extensively.

7555. Catharine "Kitty" Fauntleroy Ahrens

On July 1,1947, in settlement of Estate letter for Molly Ann Mason, record shows: To children of Mrs. Berry Peterson. Richard Lee Ahrens, Mrs. H.R. Watkins, Mr. Jack Peterson. In 1973 Sarah Heerman indicated "Kitty" had no issue.

Attended Stanford university. Was a secretary and bookeeper.

7557. John Philip Hunter Peterson

John is quoted in letter to Frank Wilson, Aug.1973 saying he was never adopted, just took the Peterson name.

BIOGRAPHY: John never had children. Worked in CCC in 1930's. In 1939 in U.S. Army in Corregidor, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Phillipines. His trade was tool engineering after the war.

RESEARCH: In T. Mason's first phone conversation with John Peterson in fall of 1985. He asked if I knew anything about his sister named Lorraine who had two children and had died at the age of 39. I phoned Lorraine's husband in 1987 (named Jim Canada) and pieced together a little more information. I'm sure more information is available.

Middleton Mark Millican Hunter

Listed as father of Lorraine on her death certificate.

Kenneth Berry Peterson

REFERENCE: Family history by Catharine F. Mason; ; ; ; NOTE: divorced Elizabeth in 1936. Jack Peterson indicated his mother and step-father separated in 1935 and divorced in 1940.

REF: 920.07;W628;v17 Who's Who in America 1932-33 by A.N.Marquis Co,Chicago, p 1827...
Peterson, K. Barry; Lawyer. b. Alamo, Ind 24 July 1891 s. Charles Arthur (M.D.) and Hannah N. Duckworth Peterson; A.B. Okla Univ. 1913; LLB Ariz. Univ 1920. M. Elizabeth Downing Mason of Tucson, Ariz. 15 Sep 1923; admitted to Okla bar 1915, and began practice at Tahlequah. Admitted to Arizona Bar 1921. County Attny, Pima, Az 1922-27; Attny Gen Az 1929-33. Served as 1st Lt. Cav. USA 1917-19. Unsuccessful cantidate AZ governor in 1932. Following this was some drinking, some disloyalty and his subsequent divorce. 1st Lt.Gov USA 1917-19. Member of: Disabled Veterans, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Alpha Delta, Democrat, Presbyterian, Odd Fellow, Elk.

Information sent to T.Mason on 27 Mar 2002 by John J. Mathews. "In 1933, as K. Berry Peterson finished his term as Arizona Attorney General, he became Assistant US Attorney for Arizona under my father, Clifton Mathews. I don't know what happened to Peterson when my father went on the Ninth US Court of Appeals bench in 1935."

4622. Sarah Yeiser Mason

Family History & Bible in poss. of T. Mason. Personal correspondence with T. Mason. Daughter, Catharine Anliss contacted Emma D. (Mason) Lindesmith of Sarah's death. Emma called J.M. Mason who told T. Mason in December 1980. In 1973, Frank Wilson was told that Sarah was a motion picture scriptwriter. The NY Times Index indicates she was given an Oscar in 1933 for an "Adaptation of Little Women."

As recalled from her brother John Mets, "Sarah worked at M.G.M. studios. Her husband, Victor Heerman, Sr., did direct the Marx Brothers' second feature film, "Animal Crackers", but that was based on their broadway show of the same name and was written by S. J. Perelman, Morrie Ryskind, and others. She wrote several pictures for Irene, Katharine Hepburn, and Ronald Colman. Doug Fairbanks Sr. was a next door neighbor of Victor and Sarah and I got to meet him - my first hero."

The Arizona Daily Star -- "Doug Fairbanks Aids Tucson Girl to Gain Fame in Movies"
  If you were very young and very beautiful and were constantly dreaming dreams, yet in reality were everlastingly pushing back and forth the carriage of a typewriter, and suddenly Douglas Fairbanks walked right into the midst of your dream, laying before you the splendors, of a new world, wouldn't you be sort of dazed? Well that is just what happened to Sarah Y. Mason and this is the story:
  It is against all laws of fiction to have the denouement of a story at the beginning, but this isn't fiction though the story of Sarah Mason is more enchanting than fiction, for it is of a girl who dreamed dreams and kept an ideal ever before her and at last realized the dream.
  "The, Broadway Melody" that is to open at the Rialto theater Tuesday will be a genuine treat for Tucsonians, and their pleasure and delight will be intensified when it is known that Sarah Y. Mason wrote the scenario for it, arranging and adapting the story to the screen. It is a story of Broadway theatrical life, its heartbreaks, its romance, its joy, replete with human interest and understanding. Not a little of the tremendous success of this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's sall talking, singing and dancing sensation is attributed to the pen of Sarah Mason - critics have given a great portion of the honors to her.

Beginning of Career
  To go back, now and gather up the threads that lead to the denouement is interesting. "When Dreams Come True," was the tuneful musical comedy that played in Tucson some few years ago, just at the time Douglas Fairbanks was finishing the last scenes of "Headin' South." He, weary after a hard day "shooting" scenes out on the desert chose the musical comedy for relaxation, while Sarah Mason, equally weary, from her day's task, likewise chose the same diversion. For Fairbanks the evening brought the discovery of a wonderful type of girl, a type he had been seeking for many months. For Sarah Mason that evening meant the beginning off a career.
  In his efforts to locate the girl who had attracted him by her almost startling beauty, Fairbanks caused a perfect whirlwind in Tucson the day following. "When Dreams Come True." Even the filming of the last scenes of "Headin' South" were held in abeyance while Fairbanks continued to search for her. He did not know her name but he was able to describe her perfectly. Finally she was discovered in the offices of Albert Steinfeld & Co. She was busily transcribing letters while all the while the lilting sweetness of the songs of "When Dreams Come True" trailed through here memory.

On Silver Screen
  No one was more surprised than she when a messenger brought her word that Fairbanks wished to confer with her. So long had it taken Fairbanks to find her that it was past noontime when the conference took place. The result is well known. She was engaged to go to Los Angeles with the Fairbanks company, the dominant idea being, that she was to be trained in the art of the silent drama. She left that very night with the Fairbanks company and became the envy and delight of her hosts of friends with whom she had grown up while attending the Tucson schools, later graduating from the Tucson high school.
  While in the Fairbanks studio she early grasped the most striking details of the underlying technique of the silent drama, and having always had an ambition to write, it appealed to her far more their becoming a movie star. All the dreams and ambitions of her years spent down on the desert were wafted back to her, for she saw the chance to make them live and breathe on the silver sheet.
  Having gained the entree to the most exclusive circles in movie land, Sarah Mason moved in a world of romance. Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Nazimova, May Allison, ZaSu Pitts and many other stars became every day acquaintances. She made her home at the Studio club in Hollywood, and as the days wore on into months she became a personality in the group of fascinating men and women who make up one of the greatest communities in the world.

On Ince Staff
  Having decided to go in for writing scenarios, no labor was too great, no care too unremitting, no perseverance too exacting. She never wavered, but even in the face of countless disappointments and discouragements kept steadily on. Two years were spent in mastering the details of the technique of continuity writing. After leaving the Fairbanks' studio she spent a short period in the Peralta studios, leaving there to become one of the staff in preparing work for King Vidor. Later on she obtained and enviable position on the staff of the Thomas Ince studios, where some of the greatest writers for the screen have had their opportunity.
  At the Brentwood studio. Sarah Mason spent several months and here was the beginning of a delightful acquaintance with ZaSu Pitts, one of the most novel and whimsical actresses of the screen. Both at this time were practically at the "brook and river meet" period of their careers and both were living at the Studio club. After Sarah Mason had completed the script for "Bright Skies" she became to ZaSu her most favorite continuity writer, and it was then that she conceived the idea of writing an original story especially for ZaSu. The idea grew and ripened and the result was the refreshing story of "The Heart of, Twenty" for which she also wrote the screen adaptation.

Signs Contract
  "The Heart of Twenty" was the first dream to come true. The script attracted considerable attention among producers and directors. Upon completion of the Brentwood contract Sarah Mason accepted a position on the staff of Metro, writing scenarios for May Allison. Step by step her reputation was growing in the cinema world and she was taking her place in the golden inner circle of successful scenario writers and of the very few who are able to write continuity, one of the most difficult arts of the profession.
  While completing the script of "Held in Trust," which Miss Mason adapted to the screen from the story of George Kibbe Turner, starring May Allison, Louis Selenic of the Selenic Pictures corporation, was in Los Angeles. In New York he had heard of Sarah Mason's work and from what he had been able to learn he knew her talent glinted promise. He had a conference with her, the culmination of which was the signing of a six-month contract to write continuity exclusively for Owen Moore, one of the stars of the Selenic corporation.
  The signing of the contract with Selenic meant New York, the dream and goal of all writers and actresses. Still moving in a world of dreams, Sarah Mason journeyed eastward in company with other notables of the cinema world. Months of unremitting labor were the toll, but in reality the scenarios of "The Poor Simp," and "The Chicken in the Case," featuring Owen Moore brought thousands of laughs to countless thousands of people who witnessed these wonderful comedies. In the fall of the year her contract with Selenic was renewed and other scripts followed for Owen Moore and Elaine Hammerstein, each bearing the distinguishing touch of her writing.

Writing Constantly
  Romance was there too for the director for Owen Moore was none other than Victor Heerman and in the spring following her New York sojourn Sarah Mason and Victor Heerman were married in Los Angeles at the Church of the Angels.
  The years following have been replete with happiness and in shaping the beginnings of her two beautiful children's lives. Catherine Heerman is seven years old and promises to be as beautiful as her mother, while Victor Heerman Jr., is a sturdy little lad of three. Their home in Los Angeles is one of the most charming places imaginable. A lovely rambling house surrounded by a great garden where the children play all through the sunny days.
  In the past two years Sarah Mason has been writing constantly for the screen and is under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's. Just a short while before The Broadway Melody scrip she completed Jimmy Valentine, which like The Broadway Melody had its premiere at the Astor theater in New York.
Sarah Mason had a great opportunity presented to her when Douglas Fairbanks discovered her, but her tremendous success has been achieved out of an accumulation of dreams which were realized by intense work, unremitting labor and an indominable perseverance. Today she holds the enviable position of being one of the greatest scenario writers in the profession; and The Broadway Melody had done much to open the glory of her career.

LETTER: from nephew, Richard Leeson; ; ; in poss of T. Mason; EXTRACT: "Besides winning an academy award, she in collaboration with Uncle Victor and others, wrote original scenarios and adaptations on many popular movies of her time, such as "Stella Dallas" with Barbara Stanwyck, original script for "Little House Across the Bay" with George Raft, Alcotts "Little Men", "Little Women" plus many more. Aunt Sarah did several scenarios for Kathrine Hepburn's movies. By the way, I used to play chess with Aunt Sarah. I never won." Sometime about 1992, grandson John Koenig corresponded with Katherine Hepburn who was effusive in her praise of Victor, Sarah and their work.

BIOGRAPHY: From [HYPERLINK http://us.imdb.com/Name?Mason,+Sarah+Y ]
Writer - filmography (1950s) (1940s) (1930s) (1920s) (1910s)
1.Magnificent Obsession (1954) (earlier script)
2.Little Women (1949)
3.A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob, A (1941) (additional dialogue) (uncredited)
... aka Navy Steps Out, The (1941) (UK)
4.Golden Boy (1939)
5.Stella Dallas (1937)
6.Magnificent Obsession (1935)
7.Break of Hearts (1935)
8.Little Minister, The (1934)
9.Imitation of Life (1934) (uncredited)
10.Age of Innocence, The (1934)
11.Little Women (1933)
12.Chance at Heaven (1933)
13.Age of Consent, The (1932)
14.Shopworn (1932) (story)
15.Man in Possession, The (1931)
16.Girl Said No, The (1930)
17.Love in the Rough (1930)
18.They Learned About Women (1930)
19.Broadway Melody, The (1929) (continuity)
20.Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928)
21.Cradle Snatchers, The (1927)
22.Backstage (1927) (story)
23.One Hour of Love (1927)
24.Fools of Fashion (1926)
25.Modern Matrimony (1923)
26.Girl From Nowhere, The (1921)
27.Divorce of Convenience, A (1921)
28.Chicken in the Case, The (1921)
29.Leap Year (1921) (story)
... aka Skirt Shy (1921)
30.Poor Simp, The (1920) (scenario)
31.Held In Trust (1920)
32.Heart of Twenty (1920)
33.Bright Skies (1920)
34.Arizona (1918) (continuity)

In 1934 shared winning an Academy Award "Oscar" in the Category of "Best Writing, Adaptation" for "Little Women" (1933) with her husband, Victor Heerman.

From Kate Mason Hoover: A "continuity" person is the person who makes sure films make sense. For example making sure no one had on a wrist watch in a scene of Roman soldiers or to make sure that the characters are dressed the same if the scene is the same day. Aunt Sarah was the first. Actually, she created the concept of continuity in films. Every movie today has a crew of people to keep an eye on the consistency of things in films. If you watch a movie or TV show and notice that the character had his hat on in one shot, but not in another, the continuity people have missed it. Anyway, Aunt Sarah is in the Guinness Book of Movie records for this achievement!

Victor Eugene Heerman

BIOGRAPHY: From [HYPERLINK http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Heerman,+Victor ] by John Koenig. EXTRACT: He was one of four brothers. His mother was a theatrical costumer. His father abandoned the family. His mother moved the family to New York around the turn of the century to take a job as David Belasco's head costumer. Heerman moved to Los Angeles in 1911 to get into the movie business. He worked for Mack Sennett, among others, writing and directing two-reelers. While working for Douglas Fairbanks on a location shoot in Arizona on the film entitled "Arizona" (1918), he met Sarah Y. Mason, one of eleven children of a railroad employee. Mason wanted to join the production as an actress, but although quite beautiful, she couldn't act -- even though this was in the silent era. She did come to Hollywood as a kind of script girl - production assistant and parlayed that into a career as a writer with some 34 major film credits in a career that spanned over 20 years, working with some of the major figures in the motion picture business. Heerman and Mason were soon married and had two children, Catherine (born 2/5/22) (God parents Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks) and Victor Heerman, Jr. Heerman and Mason worked as a writing team (i.e., Oscar for best screenplay adaptation for "Little Women" in 1933. Heerman was also active as a director (i.e., "Animal Crackers").

DEATH: In a retirement and nursing facility for people who have worked in the motion picture industry.

Marriage Notes for Sarah Yeiser Mason and Victor Eugene Heerman

MARRIAGE: Bk 382-p.253 Los Angeles County Marriage Records.

4625. Catharine Fauntleroy Mason

Family bible & history in poss. of T. Mason

BIOGRAPHY: Interview with T. Mason, 1967; ; ; NOTES: Catharine went to Washington,D.C. after graduating from high school. Worked in civil service dept. Her 1st husband was a book binder in library in D.C. When she left him, she came back to Tucson. While Catharine was working she had left her baby with a woman to take care of her. The baby died of what the doctors determined was spinal meningites. She next worked for attorney as court reporter & stenographer. Joined WAC's and in exam found had Sitis Inversus (condition where all body organs are on the on opposite side of the body). Served in WWII 1943-1947. Was in Paris from 1945-47. After she left the WAC's she worked as secretary for Lennon Lights. Her 2nd husband was a salesman & later wrote columns for newspapers about the card game of bridge.

7565. Mary Catharine Gurnee

Name, birthplace and "death age is about two years" given by Catharine FB Mason in bibliographic info. - file RA Mason

Kenneth Williams

Kay divorced Catharine in October 1943. Catharine told T.Mason this in 1964.

4626. Margaret Gex Mason

Family History by Catharine F.B. Mason & Family bible in poss. of T. Mason. Was Episcopal.

Lloyd Steele Leeson

DEATH-OCCUPATION-MILITARY: Personal letter from his son to T. Mason; ; ; ; Note: Died of cancer. In 1919 was a partner for an auto agency in Ontario, Calif. Was real estate developer in Orange Co., CA. Owned a liquor store in 1972. Was in US Army in WW 1.

7567. Sallie Rae Leeson

Died of cancer at age 26.

4627. Philip Gray Mason

Family bible & history in poss of T.Mason. Divorced Nell Davis in 1939.

Philip later just separated, never divorced from Katharine Dumas.

Philip was a sailor in his young adulthood and lived in Russia for 5 years. He was later a book salesman and had a famous store for during the 1940s & 50s with Stanley Rose. He made some "Hollywood Ten" connections here.

See notes under Richard Lee Mason about Philip's name.

BIOGRAPHY: E-mail from Kate Mason Hoover to T.Mason 15 Jun 2001. EXTRACT: Recently, I got copies of dad's military discharge and found out he had won a Medal during WWII. He had been stationed in the Aluetians (sp?). He never talked about his time in war. I do know that Sarah has a copy of daddy's Communist Party card and his visa. He had said that he joined the party in the 20s because they would let him work with a camera and he wanted to learn. I do know he traveled all over Russia and Europe in the early 20s, working on ships and apparently escaping from Russia when things looked like civil war. I always wished I had had the nerve to ask him more about those years, but with Phil one just listened while he held court! I do have him on tape giving an interview to a writer about his political changes during his lifetime. Did you know that during the 1960s, daddy was the only registered Monarchist in the county of Los Angeles!! The Masons may have been a bit eccentric, but they were never dull! I also remember an actor friend of dad's (his name escapes me at the moment) telling me that dad taught him so much about the quality of gemstones that the actor got rich from dad's advice. Daddy changed quite a bit after Jimmy died. He was a bit quieter and kinder. It was in those years that I drove him around to see family the most. I think he was feeling his own mortality and needed to mend a few fences.

Katharine Wheelock Dumas

SOURCE: Lucy Roome wrote T.Mason in 1973. QUOTE: Katharine was born to Ray Hoover WHELLOCK and was later adopted in 1935 by her mother's 2nd husband, James. She never divorced Philip Mason, just separated, and not legally at that. No one could live with "irrational" Philip.

DEATH: E-mail from Kate Mason Hoover to T.Mason on 15Jun2001. "Mom came to live with me in 1997. I am in Norman, Oklahoma."

7569. James Dumas Mason

DEATH: Letter from Lucy to T.Mason; ; (filed R. Mason); NOTES: Studied anthropology 3 years at U.C.L.A. Was a postman, then became a stockbroker in Long Beach, Calif. Was very bright.

4628. Emma Drury Mason

Family bible records & history by Catharine F.B. Mason. File

BIOGRAPHY: Letter written by Emma D. Lindesmith to Frank W. Wilson on 16 Nov 1973, copy in possession of T. Mason. "My own early education was very sketchy. From one little town to another, and in many of the towns we were the only white children. The "We" were Philip, me, Mary and Jack). Mary and Jack being the youngest can speak Mexican like natives while I can speak a little and have almost forgotten that now. I think that is one reason my own children were good students. They knew I had not had the opportunity, and they wanted to take advantage of their chances to learn. At age fourteen, my freshman year, my parents sent me to State college in New Mexico. Philip also went there, when I was fifteen, and in my Sophomore year. He was two years ahead of me. He finished his education in Valpariso, Ind. I stayed with a family friend in Tucson for my Junior year. I did not graduate from High School. Instead I came up here to L.A. and for six months stayed with my sister Sarah, and her husband Victor, who were very wonderful to me. After that I stayed at the Hollywood Studio Club, which was only for young girls interested in pictures or writing, or anything to do with the picture business. During this period I worked in mob scenes at the studios. I then went back to Amado for a few months to help my mother with her sister, (my Aunt Emma) who by that time was in very bad health. She was put in a home in L.A. and I came back up here then. In 1925 I tried out as a dancer for the West Coast show of "No, No, Nanette" and went on the road with that. [Insert from Elone, "Mother and Daddy met when they both worked in Desert Song, which opened in Los Angeles in the late 1920s."] That is where I met Lindy, but we were just friends then. From "Nanette" I went in several different shows, "Hit the Deck", "Good News" and "The Desert Song." From there I worked for Columbia Studio, United Artist, Paramount, R.K.O., Fox studio & Warner Bros. I was under contract at Fox studio for a year. I was the end girl in the front line in the shows. and in the dance numbers assigned wherever my size suited the director. Lindy and I were married in 1930, and I doubt you would remember, but am sure you heard about the big depression. It became necessary for me to go on a Franchon and Marco tour. Lindy was supposed to get the job of Prop. man on the following show so we could be together week ends. He never got it, and that was the only thing wrong on the phamphlet I sent you Honoring Lindy. Lindy was elected Sec. of Local #33 and while he is supposed to have retired, he still goes in three days a week, to help out. We did not have Elone until we had been married six years. One thing I want to make "perfectly clear." The dancers, chorus girls, ladies of the ensemble or whatever you want to think of them as, were not like the Las Vegas women or the dancers on TV now.
I played St. Lewis (I don't remember what theatre, and I'm sure now it must be very old, or perhaps torn down) in the Fanchon and Marco show I was with. There was no air-conditioning then, and I must say it was very, very hot. I also worked with Betty Grable, while at Fox Studio. She was from your city. Some eight or ten years younger than I, but a very sweet girl, and remainded so even after her success. I remember her Mother with her all the time (typical Stage Mother) but nice, and it seems to me she had a limp, so may have had polio, when younger.

DEATH: Daughter, Jeanne quoted information from death certificate in her possession to T. Mason on 16May1998.

Francis Elone Lindesmith

I.A.T.S.E. Local No. 33 Testimonial Dinner - February 8, 1970 Honoring Mr. E.F. "Lindy" Lindesmith.

The Southern California land boom of the 1890's failed to bring many people into the San Fernando Valley and when E. F. Lindesmith was born on November 8, 1896, near Lankershim (which is now North Hollywood), the valley was still a farm community filled with open fields and expansive walnut groves. It was a lonely place for a boy to grow up and Lindy built his own railroad in the front yard of his father's farm to attract the few children in the area. The farmhouse still stands on Alameda across from Disney Studios.
When Lindy's uncle founded The Valley News and Green Sheet in 1911, Lindy worked part time on the paper. It was this early exposure to journalism and his love of books about history and travel which led Lindy to decide upon a teaching career and in 1914, upon graduating from Burbank High School, he crossed the dusty pass which led into Los Angeles and enrolled at State Normal School.
His dream of teaching was almost a reality until his sense of humor got in the way. His imitations and impressions of celebreties delights his fellow students, but his school supervisor had her doubts - especially when she caught him doing his Charlie Chaplin routine in his practice class - and she decided the school system didn't need a comedian teacher. Lindy got the message, left State Normal and in 1916, got a job with a small local company in Lankershim owned by a man named Carl Laemmle.
Lindy worked for two years in the Prop Department at Universal, but his interest in travel and his curiosity about the outside world, led him to Alaska where he absorbed the sights and sounds - and since he worked in a fish cannery - the smells of this still rugged frontier.
When he returned to the United States, he was finnally accepted into the Army and immediately sent to Camp Kearney where he learned the care and feeding of latrines. After the Armistice, he returned to Universal and worked in various department within the studio.
In 1921, Lindy joined Albertson and McCloon and soon became head property man on such show as "Singing Vine", "Lady Be Good", and "Irene". Five years later he joined "No, No, Nanetti", where he met his future wife, Emma Drury Mason. But Miss Mason said, "no, no", and after the show closed, Lindy moved on to "Green Hat", ... Desert Song", and "New Moon".
Then in 1928, one of Lindy's boyhood dream became a reality. He sailed to Tahiti, dived for pearls, discovered paradise and beachcombed six months. When he returned to the United States, he joined Fanchon and Marco and rediscovered Miss Mason. This time Emma Dee said 'yes' and they were married in June 1930.
In 1931, while working at Gross Scenic Studio, Lindy was elected to the office of Recordiing Secretary of Local #33, and for the next 38 year devoted his time and energies to the Union through his dedicated work as Secretary, then Treasure in the office. In 1968 he received his gold membership card for fifty years in the Union.
In 1969, Lindy decided not to run again for office and his presence will be missed, but he assures one and all that he is not retiring and will be there to help out when needed. Knowing Lindy's dislike for flamboyant accolades, we can only wish him the very best of luck in the coming years and simply say, "Thank You, Lindy."

Daughter Elone always thought he was elected Sec/Treasurer in 1936, the year she was born. Carey McWilliams's book, "Southern California: Island in the Land" discusses the reform movement in California's Theater Unions, which until the mid '30s were pretty corrupt. Francis was elected as part of the Reform tickets, and re-elected each term until he retired in 1970; Elone remembers being pregnant when they went to his retirement affair and Tim was born in 1970.

4629. Mary Price Mason

Family bible & history in poss. of T. Mason

4630. John Mets Mason

BIOGRAPHY: Family history by Catharine Mason in poss. of T. Mason. Born in Arizona Territory one year before statehood.

SCHOOLING: Attended University of Arizona, Tucson 3 1/2 years.

DEATH: T. Mason was called by his mother who said that his dad had passed away on Sunday at 4:10 P.M. mountain standard time. Dad had lapsed into a coma on the previous Friday afternoon.

OBITUARY: Tucson Star; 1911-1998; 13 Jan 1998; ; Copy in poss of T. Mason; NOTES: Authored by wife, Ruth A. Mason:
MASON, John (Jack), born April 26, 1911 in Tucson, Arizona territory, died 11 Jan 1998 after several years of suffering from Alzheimers Disease. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth A. of Tucson; one son, Terry (Carol) of Bountiful, UT; and two grandchildren, Vicky of Bountiful, UT and Tim (Kathy) of Logan, UT. Jack was the youngest and last survivor of 11 brothers and sisters. His father and mother, Richard Lee Mason and Catharine F. Borden Mason were pioneers of southern Arizona where his father worked as dispatcher and agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. After graduating from Florence High School, Jack worked for the Piggly Wiggly store in Los Angeles for a couple of years before attending the University of Arizona, majoring in Spanish and Accounting. He and Ruth, a teacher at Hayden, AZ, were married in 1936. Jack was office manager of Mammoth St. Anthony, Ltd. at Tiger, AZ from 1936 to 1940 when he went to work for Kennecott Corp. in Hayden. His voluntary military service with the Navy in 1944 was short-lived due to a back injury. He was honorably discharged from San Diego Naval Base. From 1945 to 1947 he was employed as traveling auditor in Mexico for the American Smelting & Refining Co. and chief clerk of Carbonifera de Sabinas Rosita, Coah., Mexico for the following six years. In 1953 the family moved back to the states to send Terry to high school. Jack then worked for Phelps Dodge Corp. in Douglas until he retired in 1976. Jack was an avid sports fan, especially of golf, college football and basketball, and a great booster for the Arizona Wildcats. He was always proud of his native Arizona status. Crematory arrangements have been made with Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. No services will be held.

Ruth Allen Thomas

BIRTH: Delayed Oklahoma birth certificate in J.M.Mason file #1998-171.

EDUCATION: After graduating from High School, attended 3 yrs - Edmond (Okla) Central St. Teacher's College. Then attended 1/2 year Arizona State University (Tempe) to become certified Elementary Teacher.

Born in See Chapel Farming Community, Grady Co., Oklahoma-southeast of Brady
Lindsay, OK-2 years High School-Garvin Co.
Chickasha, OK, Grady Co.-1 yr. High School
Edmond, OK-3 years-off and on-college
Tempe, AZ-1 semester of College
Hayden, AZ-before and after marriage
Tiger, AZ-about 4 yrs. after Jack & Ruth were married
Los Angeles, CA-about 8 months
Hayden, AZ-until Jack got job as traveling auditor in Mexico
Santa Eulalia Obispo, Chihuahua, Mexico-6 months
Mammoth, AZ-one school term
Rosita, Coah., Mexico-six years
Chandler, AZ-Oct. thru May
Prescott, AZ-6 weeks or so
Tucson, AZ-6 weeks or so
Douglas, AZ-three different homes there in 24 years
Green Valley, AZ-four years
Tucson, AZ-three or four years
Lake Havasu City, AZ-about 4 years
Kingman, AZ-about 4 years
Tucson, AZ-Retired assisted Living & Care Home until Jack died-1998
Salt Lake City, UT-1998-2000

COMMENT: By T. Mason; In August of 1997, husband (John Mets) seemed to be so confused from Alzheimer's disease that he was admitted to a closed unit in Valley Manor nursing home in Tucson. While he was there for two months, Mom could not be consoled, so at the end of October, Terry, Carol & Vicky went to Tucson and helped her move to Bluefield Care Home in Tucson where both she and Dad could be in the same room. Dad was much more comfortable, had better medical care and "Mama" was right by his side until he died. She had been such a devoted wife during their marriage and was so sacrificing, tender and strong during the last eight years that Dad suffered from dementia.

TRIBUTE: The Daily Dispatch, 23 Jun 1975; "The Sand Trap" by Billie Jay; Douglas Golf Club;
  EXTRACT: Ruth Mason has long been a dedicated member of the women golfers. She has held all offices, served as chairwoman of every committee and Ruth has always accepted any job given to her and done it so beautifully that it is extremely difficult to follow in her footsteps.
Ruth carries a low golf handicap and is always a competitive golfer striving not only to improve hew own game but encouraging each of us to do the same. I think Ruth would rather win a "speck" than win the hole, and she can be seen with her tape measure making sure of a short or long distance on the green.
  Ruth is an artist in anything she does - decorating, sewing, painting, planning table decorations or designing favors. She is an avid bridge player and will play on a moments notice. She enjoys bird watching and probably knows the names and habits of more birds than any other bird watcher in Douglas.

DEATH: A poem:
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
She's gone! her spirit's gone,
Upward on angel pinion borne;
She's gone, to mingle with the blest
In Heaven, her everlasting rest.
Weep not for her, ye family dear,
Though she has gone and left you here;
Though it gives you pain,
Your loss in her eternal gain.
Thou, bowed with care;
Remember thou canst meet her there.
Though long her life, her work was done,
And Death has claimed her as his own;
But death was to this noble mom,
The portals of eternal joy.