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The Hatch family still has several treasures from the OH. They still live in Maine. I have a few bits of ephemera, see my Scollay Square website for my direct contact info, I’d love to chat with you, anyway, about your grandfather and the OH.
Ron, I have the answer! I found Richard, who is now retired and living in Florida. We spoke a short while ago and he confirms that yes, he did find the cornerstone and that he sold it – and its contents – to Frank Hatch. I’m sure you’ll agree that mean it is in very good hands, with a family that appreciates the value of the artifacts.
Ron, does it mention the contractor’s name?
Ron is correct. How can we fix this?
ATTENTION ALL OLD HOWARD DEVOTEES:
Help solve the Mystery of Buddy Wade
On page 240 of Stripper (Oxford University Press, 2004) Rachel Shteir wrote “Buddy Wade’s tap shoes caught fire, the sparks igniting her costume, and she burned to death one night at the Old Howard in Boston.”
Now Ms. Shteir is unable to recall the source of the story of this tragedy, nor can she remember the date it is alleged to have occurred, and she is unable to find the notes for this book, so I am asking for your help. If you remember when this incident took place, or if you knew Buddy Wade and can confirm (or deny) the facts of this story, I very much want to hear from you. Please email me today.
What makes the Palace even more important is that in a laboratory in the attic, Thomas Edison invented his first patented invention (the automatic vote counter) and Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson first heard the sound of a human voice over their invention, the telephone (that event is commemorated by a plaque that now sits in front of the JFK Federal Building.)
For more information on the Old Howard AND on Scollay Square’s other theaters, I invite you all to visit my Scollay Square web site at http://www.joeandnemo.com