All-night visit to casino

Here’s a brief article from the August 26 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star about the Prince of Wales winning at baccarat:

I can’t help but think that the modern-day press would be scandalized if the future King of England was found gambling in a casino. But, at the time, I guess this was just the sort of thing that people expected princes to be doing.

After a speed trial

Here’s another photo from the August 26 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

I’m not sure why British Flying Officer Waghorn was being carried ashore – the photo doesn’t say.

Richard Waghorn (1904-1931) went on to win the Schneider Trophy in 1929, awarded to the winner of a race for seaplanes and flying boats. When not flying, he was skiing: he placed second in a race in the 1930 British Ski Championship. He passed away when he lost control of an experimental Hawker Horsley biplane bomber that he was flying; he was able to parachute out, but was injured on landing.

Wreath and smile of victory

Here’s a photo from the August 26 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young woman who had just won a swimming event in Honolulu:

Josephine McKim (1910-1992) might have been living in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, at the time of this photograph, but she had been born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. She won the bronze medal in the 400-metre freestyle swim at the 1928 Olympic Games, and then was part of the gold medal winning team in the 4×100 freestyle relay in the 1932 Games.

After her swimming career, she ventured into movies and on the stage. She was the body double for Maureen O’Sullivan in a deleted nude swimming scene in Tarzan and His Mate (1934), and she appeared on Broadway from 1938 to 1942.

Defeating girl competitors

Here’s a photo from the August 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young man who was successful in a competition at the Canadian National Exhibition.

I might be imagining things, but I’m thinking that the caption writer was mocking Fred a bit here for having a hobby that was traditionally enjoyed by girls. But Fred Heagy appears to have done a whole lot of other things too.

A search for his name turned up an official CNE program from 1935 that includes him as the finalist in a piano competition:

There’s always the possibility that this was another Fred Heagy from Stratford, but I think this is the same person. Further searching led to references to Doctor Fred C. Heagy, who co-wrote a number of medical papers (including this one involving unanesthetized dogs), and to the Dr. Fred Heagy Bursary.

Kindly phone his present address

Here’s an entry from the Personals section of the August 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

I keep hoping to be able to use the Toronto city directories to trace one of these requests, but I’ve struck out yet again. I searched all of the directories from 1915 to 1931 – and 1910 as well, and there was no Mr. C. Gordon on St. Germain in any of them. So much for playing Internet detective.

Marathon swim winner

The August 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had several articles and pictures related to the women’s marathon swim that had taken place at the CNE the previous afternoon. The ten-mile event offered a $5000 prize to the winner (equivalent to nearly $75,000 in 2020 dollars). The winner, a woman from Philadelphia named Margaret “Marge” Ravior, took over five and a half hours to complete the swim.

The articles in that day’s paper had somewhat less than flattering comments about Ms. Ravior. For example, the front page article referred to her as a “large lady of few words”:

She was also referred to as a “big, broad-backed girl”. Another article made a point of listing her weight:

Moving over to the sports section, long-time sports editor Lou Marsh referred to her as “husky, game, and powerful”:

The paper included a photo of Ms. Ravior:

In one of the articles, Ms. Ravior was asked whether she would do this again. At the time, she said no, but she came back: she wound up winning the event three years in a row. (The 1932 event has already been mentioned in this blog here.)

Lou Marsh’s article speculated on whether Ms. Ravior would be married by this time next year, pointing out that her trainer, Bill Boggs, kissed her in front of the movie cameras. However, she wound up marrying Canadian swimmer George Young; the marriage did not last. I have no idea what happened to her after that.


The want ad section of the August 23 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this rather unusual Miscellaneous item:

Phrenology is a pseudoscience that claims that human traits can be determined by measuring the size of the bumps on the skull. Its popularity peaked from about 1810 to 1840.

The text of this ad is a little hard to follow, but it looks like if you cut out 100 photographs of people and 100 newspaper clippings of unfortunate events, you would get a free book from Prof. Cavanagh. I’m going to guess that it was about phrenology.

Since the Professor was obliging enough to include his address in his ad, I was able to trace him in the Toronto city directories. Francis J. Cavanagh (sometimes listed as Professor) was about at the end of his career by 1930; he appears in the 1930 and 1931 directories, but not after that. But he is listed in Toronto city directories for many years before that, going back into the 19th century; I found a listing for him in the 1885 directory. So he’d been studying bumps for a long time.

An interesting age

The August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this portrait of a three-year-old girl:

Sometime, I’m going to have to try to figure out when newspapers stopped printing the addresses of their photo subjects for fear of harassment.

The published address allowed me to trace Mr. C. G. McConnell. The 1928 city directory didn’t list his occupation, but later directories gave his name as Campbell G. McConnell, and revealed that he was a chartered accountant. The family eventually moved to 30 Roxborough Drive, where they lived for some years. (That address is now parkland.)

I looked in later directories to see if I could find any listings for Patsy or Patricia McConnell. I didn’t find any, but a Daily Star newspaper archive search turned up a notice of her wedding in the September 7 1946 edition:

And a Google search revealed that Mrs. Ross, as she became, passed away in 2017.

Married Japanese author

Here’s another photograph from the August 18 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

It had actually been a while since Gertrude Boyle Kanno (1878-1937) had been married to a Japanese author – she and poet Takeshi Kanno were wed in 1907 and divorced in 1915. She became famous for her portrait sculptures, including Albert Einstein, Isadora Duncan, Christy Mathewson, and both Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt.