Notables March 2020

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

If you are interested in people who are famous, notable, noted, significant, important, historic, heroic, or otherwise fascinating, then the Notables Project might be for you! 

The idea behind this post is for anyone who needs help with connecting Notables to the tree to post to this thread and ask for help, or if you want to tell us whom you have successfully connected up, or if you want to join the Notables Project and get a badge.

Besides checking out the Notables Project page, don't forget to take a look at the Notables List page, where you can find lists of Notables who have profiles which aren't yet connected to the main tree. (For ideas on way to connect unconnected people and branches, see the Hints and Tips on the Connectors Chat page.)

Please remember to concentrate on those Notables who have already passed (died), so that we can see their profiles. If you create a profile for a living Notable, that profile WILL GO UNLISTED and no one can see it except for the PM and anyone on the trusted list!

And remember - Notables should have a Wikipedia page at the very least to qualify. And they should be DEAD! If you manage a profile for any living notable, would you please replace any Notables categories on that profile with [[Category:Living Notables]]? That could clear out a lot of profiles that people can't work on from the various Notables categories, and also keep all the living notables in one place to make them easy to find, should the need arise.

Deaths for February 2020

in The Tree House by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (779k points)

Since this is to be an Olympic year, here are the Olympic medalists who died last month:

That's a fairly "global" list.

Darn it - I forgot again!!

I am so sorry!!

 I have other committments for February, March and April - so I will be busy all month

Sorry scott!!
No worries Robynne! We'll give it another shot next month! :)

31 Answers

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Impressionist painters Frédéric Bazille and Gustave Caillebotte are now connected to the global tree.

Since Women's History Month is celebrated in a number of countries during March, I'll likely work on notable women for the remainder of the month.

by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (233k points)
Thanks Greg, it's good to see these two connected, especially Caillebotte, who is a favorite of mine.
I know I've heard of one of those two... maybe both. Not a big impressionist fan, but as I get older I'm learning to appreciate a wider range of art. Nice work in getting them connected!
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So I made a profile for a little-known French Olympian, Léon Binoche.

Léon's parents had met in Brazil where his French father was living for business. His mother was Brazilian. Léon was the 13th of their 14 children. He was probably named after Pope Leo XIII, who had been elected a few months before his birth.

A rugby union player, he played the 1900 Olympic tournament - actually the sport event held as part of the 1900 World's Fair - which France won. The event had little in common with what would be expected of an Olympic competition today. There were in fact only 3 teams in the tournament, and apparently the referee of the France-Germany match prolonged the match by 20 minutes to allow France to win!

Léon later became an industrialist and businessman. Two of his children had a remarkable life: his son, General François Binoche, was Compagnon de la Libération; and his daughter Antoinette, also a member of the Resistance, later became the very first woman to serve as Mayor of a Parisian arrondissement.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (332k points)
edited by Isabelle Martin
I love finding that Notable that's off in their own little corner of the world, and discovering that they had a very interesting life and even better that they have connections in the Tree. Thanks for connecting him!

As of today, Edith Piaf, Thérèse de Lisieux and Maurice Chevalier are connected to the global tree. And yes, I'm aware that they are remotely connected, Thérèse in particular. I'm sure these connections could be improved.

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I would like to join the notables and add my first cousin (five times removed) William Rufus King. William was Vice President of the United States. He was sworn in by a special act of congress, as he was forced to spend the winter in Cuba due to tuberculosis.He took the oath in Havana Cuba, March 4,1853
by Patricia Smith G2G1 (1.7k points)

Hello Patricia, 

There is already a profile for William Rufus King, see:

I'm sure you'll find another Notable to add, so I went ahead and added you to the project. Welcome to the Team!

You can always look the profile over and see if there are any updates or additional family members you'd like to add. I see no wife or child, but his profile says he was a confirmed bachelor.

You might also consider joining the US President's Project, if profiles around the President and Vice-President interest you.
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Well, I started back on my Academy Award winners and working my way down through the list on any deceased winners. Made it to the 1969 presentations and found an Honorary Winner, Canadian Choreographer Onna White, who needed a profile. I'll see what I can do to get her updated and connected.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (779k points)
Onna's profile should be connected tomorrow. Her husband (an actor) was married to another actor Susan Luckey, who had a direct connection waiting for her way up the Luckey line. The links should update tonight.

Next up was Charles S. Boren, who won an Academy Award in 1973 for his role as an executive who handled fair labor relations in the motion picture industry. I was surprised that he has no Wikipedia page and very little information online about him at all. Essentially, he's on the fringe of notability, but at the moment, he doesn't qualify as a Notable. Wow.

But he's a winner of the award, so I've created him and connected him to the global tree.

Looking forward, I'm moving into the period where many of the winners are still alive. But I've got a few to still work on.

John Houseman (actor most well remembered for The Paper Chase)

Margaret Booth (actor I recall from the TV show Hazel)

Walter Lantz (who doesn't recall Woody Woodpecker?)

Hal Elias (Honorary award - will have to look him up)

Maureen Stapleton (I'll be surprised if she doesn't have a profile out there already)

Hal Roach (famous film producer)

Haing S. Ngor (actor, the Killing Fields)

Geraldine Page (actress, The Trip to Bountiful)

And so on... we'll see if I can make some progress on the new ones. At some point I'll need to return to the list to update existing ones too. Always something to work on around here.
John Houseman and a whole cluster of other Notables including silent film star Colleen Moore is now connected. There's a connection somewhere in the mix that I'm not pleased with at the moment, as there's a claim to a marriage that I can't find any evidence for. The profile states the reason for the connection is a book that I haven't read, so I'm not going to just toss it out since I'm not familiar with the evidence, but I really need to pursue this a bit further as something sounds a bit off about that one. Because of that, I took an extra step and found another connection and it should update tonight. I'm really glad this one worked out, as my first look (and second one too) at his profile gave me the feeling I might never connect him up. Glad I took another shot at it.
John Houseman, I haven't seen the profile you worked on, but I read your post about a marriage. He had two sons, one of whom, Sebastian, was my Godfather. He passed away around 2017. John Houseman was also the President of Juliard acting school, but you probably already know that. Sebastian Houseman was an amazing graphic artist and painter who lived in Sunapee, New Hampshire. I hope this helps. :D
+12 votes

I started a profile for the actor who played Bozo the Clown in the 1960's. He was born William Cohen and used the stage name of Bill Britten. There were several people with the name of William Cohen living in Philadelphia during the correct time frame with close birth dates but I believe the one I am working on has parents named Harry and Goldie. I did find an enlistment record but the birth date is off by a year and I am not sure about that one yet. This one may be a bit to connect.

by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Dale, I'm glad you mentioned that there were several, as I seem to recall something well over a year ago about someone else connecting Bozo to the tree. While I've got a number of bozos, nuts, and etc. in my tree (don't shake it too hard, they'll fall out), I don't think I have any close relationships to THE Bozo the Clown. (or one of the many as of yet).
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I was disappointed to find the profile for Ettore Boiardi has been red locked. He is a Notable and buried in the cemetery near my fathers house. his profile is here, . The profile was created in created in 2011 and I could add a great deal but it is locked, I could even stop by the cemetery and take some pictures but.......

I did send a trusted list request but the manager has not been active on WikiTree since November of 2016 so I do not hold out much hope there. I will wait and see.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)

I forgot to mention that he is better known as Chef Boyardee and actually had a restaurant, Il Giardino d'Italia in Cleveland, about 30 miles from my house.

I found his wife has an Open profile that was an Orphan. I adopted that one and can work on connecting her to make the connection when his profile is eventually opened.
Dale, did you start the Nonresponsive Profile Manager process? Paul is usually really quick to open those.
I sent a private message to the PM as a first step, but I would agree with Dale - if the PM has been out of circulation for that long, we might as well proceed immediately to the unresponsive process.
OK - if Dale hasn't already submitted one, I just did. Thanks for the suggestion Karen!
Karen and Scott, I sent a message to the PM 3 days ago and posted comments in the appropriate places at that time. I did not file the unresponsive PM form yet, I was waiting until the 7 days was up but I am not against it happening sooner. I have a lot I could add to the profile because he lived most of his life near where I live and there are a lot of local sources available.
The profile has been opened and I will try ro work on it later today.
His profile and all of those for his family are now open. I will go to the cemetery and take some pictures ASAP but anyone who wishes to improve and connect his profile please jump in. I am having a bit of a problem with his Italian Roots.
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I created profiles for Dan Rice and his wife Ada (Bousman).  They became quite wealthy, got into horse racing (one of their horses won the Kentucky Derby, ridden by Willie Shoemaker), and then were major philanthropists in the Chicago region.  

Ada is interesting, it appears she's the child of teenage parents who maintained a connection for some time but might not have ever married. Eventually they married other people.  So it looks like Ada came from humble beginnings, and was apparently working as a cashier at a candy shop when she married Dan, perhaps that's how they met.  Oddly I couldn't find a find-a-grave or obituary for anybody in this extended family, Ada or Dan's side, although there are articles about their farm and their donations.  A account might help.  Their one son may or may not have been adopted and may or may not have died in 1990, both of those events have conflicting records.

I went back a generation or two, but couldn't hook up to the global tree.  I'm not sure if I'll work on it any more, I don't have a personal connection to them, mostly I was just interested to see if they were related to a different Rice family I know (apparently not).  The profiles aren't real polished, if somebody wants to take them over, I'd be fine with that.
by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 4 (40.5k points)
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I ended up creating a profile for Hector Seymour Peter MonroBaron Monro of Langholm, as part of connecting his wife. Unfortunately, i've only been able to find secondary sources for him so far. (Lots of them, but still only secondary sources.) It's going to take somebody who has access to Scottish sources to add anything primary, I think.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (316k points)

While working on yet another Welch, I came across a whole line of baronets, none of whom were on WikiTree, and only three of whom were on, so I've added them. The seventh and last was George Alan Thomas, who also turns out to be related (by his second great grandfather's second marriage) to Admiral John Montagu, another notable.

(I think the network effect must be starting to kick in, because I'm finding additional connections for already connected branches all the time these days.)

I hear you Greg! I occasionally go back to some Notables that I abandoned awhile back and discover new connections that I either couldn't see before or maybe new sources open up new opportunities. Either way, it's nice to be able to add new branches in there.
+11 votes

Washing machine challenge! 

 I connected Louis Cassius Upton, one of the founders of the Whirlpool Corporation along with other members of his family. They are related to a famous model of the same name, and also related by marriage to Aubrey McClendon, who we connected yesterday.

Back in 2018, I connected Frederick Louis Maytag, one of the founders of the Maytag Corporation.

Maytag was acquired by Whirlpool in 2006.

by Mark Burch G2G6 Mach 7 (75k points)
Very nice one (or two), Mark!
+10 votes

I have successfully connected up Jimmy Bancks, Australian cartoonist and creator of Ginger Meggs. Still more work needed on Jimmy's profile, though!

by Clare Spring G2G6 Mach 2 (25.2k points)
I'm a comic book fan, so this got my attention. I will admit that I'm not familiar with his work, but I recognize the style. I'm willing to bet that some of his early work sells for a pretty good amount.
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I just saw the Swedish-French actor Max von Sydow (such a German noble name) died. He was an Oscar Nominee twice.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (378k points)

Saw the thread on it - looks like Dale created a profile into a tree that had already been built for him. Kind of cool actually.

He is connected but there could be some work to be done better on his profile.
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I'm working on the Australian Army nurses who were murdered in 1942 in the Bangka Island Massacre (  Some of them are notable for what they did during their captivity and after the war.  Hoping to have them connected shortly.  Teddy Flack (, Australia's first Olympic gold medallist, is connected.

by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
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Cecilia Parker was a Canadian-born American film actress. She was best known for portraying Marian Hardy, the sister of Andy Hardy in eleven of the Andy Hardy film series.

I created a profile for her, Parker-35542, but could use help in connecting her. Thanks,


by Anonymous Magyar G2G6 Mach 1 (18.4k points)
she is connected via her husband
Thanks for making the connection.
I have used so many of your profiles to connect others (non-notables) to the tree, it was nice to return the favor.
Nice work to both of you!!
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From the "notorious" side of notables, I have connected David Lind of the Wonderland Gang. David was a biker and career criminal, part of an crime ring peddling drugs and burglarizing homes in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and very early 1980s. With the assistance of porn star John Holmes, Lind and his gang associates robbed nightclub mogul/underworld figure Eddie Nash. Two days later, most of the gang was found bludgeoned to death in their home. Lind survived because he was snorting cocaine in a hotel with a male prostitute at the time. He testified against Nash and Nash's associates, but they were acquitted of the murders in 1991. Lind himself died 4 years later.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (133k points)

I see your mass murder with striated lead pipe and raise you one Kentucky Cannibal! Levi Boone Helm was a serial killer with a taste for human flesh.

As I always say, if your family tree doesn't have at least one cannibal in it, what is even the point?
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I started working on the 4 students killed at Kent State on May 4 1970. They all have wikipedia pages and at least a couple should be somewhat easy to connect. Their profiles are,

Feel free to jump in, I am trying to connect them by May.  A strange thing I found in my research is that Scheuer-124 was killed on her parents wedding anniversary.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+7 votes

Needed a palate cleanser profile to do and I'd been watching the old 1950's television show Peter Gunn lately - so I tried Craig Stevens, but he was already done. So I picked Lola Albright. She turns out to have a lot of family tree information that could be put together fairly quickly (I did have to connect a number of dots, but overall it was a very satisfying journey) and I've set her up and connected her to the global tree through several different connections.

I do recall her as Edie Hart in Peter Gunn (of course), but apparently she played numerous parts here and there and even was nominated for an Emmy. She was apparently a quite private person and rarely granted interviews, but what I was able to read showed she seemed to be an interesting person.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (779k points)
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Another rock star connected today! Robbin Crosby, best known as the guitarist of 80's hair rockers Ratt (♫ out on the streets, that's where we'll meet... ) is now connected to the Tree.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (133k points)

Awesome! He is my 11th cousin.  I extended his tree on the Relf line. He had some distinguished ancestors:

His 9th GGF was William Nickerson II, a Puritan immigrant and one of the "Pioneers of Chatham." 

His 4th GGF was Jesse Bledsoe, US Senator from Kentucky (1813-1814).

And there is yet another Notable that I am cousin to

Robbin and Dale are 16th cousins once removed.

Nice work, Jessica! I do recall that song. Back in the big hair days of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
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I am currently working on Ernst Jokl, internationally known pioneer in sports medicine. 

He is only the third Jokl so not seeing much luck connecting him on that front, figured I could see if there is a connection via his wife or children.

From a notable project standpoint does it matter that his wikipedia page is established in German and not in English?

by Kristin Anderson G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)
No, that does not matter. A Wikipedia-page in any language is ok.
+6 votes

Notables in the news:

* People who already have WikiTree profiles. 

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (316k points)

Mark Blum passed away March 25. known for his roles in Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee.

Joe Diffie died March 29. He was a country singer and songwriter.

+7 votes
I have started the profile for Lyle Wagonner. Wagonner-8

Feel free to add info.
by Kathryn Penner G2G5 (5.7k points)
Oh - I didn't realize that he'd passed away! I remember him best from Wonder Woman as "Steve Trevor".
Just as a follow up, he's connected to the global tree now and actually has a New Netherland connection, which pleasantly surprised me.

I have submitted a merge request as my original profile was created with a typo and the name was misfiled.


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