Category Archives: Vermont

1889 Ross Family Christmas in Rutland Vermont

Edith writes: “Dear Grace, – I will write you a few lines and tell you what I got Christmas. I got a lovely doll, a pair of kid gloves, a new dress, a paper knife, two St. Nicholas, a little … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Elijah Ross, paternal grandfather to Edith Vail Ross, had in his home library a large volume of poems by the Scottish author Robert Burns published in 1850. Elijah was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont in 1819 but after being orphaned very … Continue reading

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Striking A Deal- Piano Lessons for a Portrait

Family history often reduces people into short summaries and that was certainly the case for me with Edith and Paul’s legacies growing up. The short version of their lives was the flat “Edith sang. Paul played piano.” To my surprise … Continue reading

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Stage Names, Given Names – What is a Performer to do?!

Edith Vail Ross changed her mind several times about her personal and stage name. When she was young she wrote her name without reservation. In this sample she was twelve years old when she wrote a short letter to her … Continue reading

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Luna Park, Coney Island, 1903 – “…I guess I will”

1906 1908 Letter July 29, 1903 “My Dears: No letter from you today which I regret. It has been cloudy most of the day and warm and muggy. Very disagreeable. Catherine came down just as my lesson was over and … Continue reading

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O’Where, O’Where in the World Might the Photographs Be?

Somewhere in the world are dramatic photographs of a costumed Edith Vail Ross from the summer of 1903. From her descriptions to her parents it seems that at least 5 maybe 6 dramatic and costumed photo scenes were made. From … Continue reading

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Decorations on the Death of a Pope, 1903

In July 1903 Pope Leo XIII died in Rome. The Catholic Cathedrals and Churches in New York City marked the occasion with special decorations and services. While Edith Vail Ross and Miss Schirmer were not of the Catholic faith they … Continue reading

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