Al and Armine had a home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Karen and I hope to
visit in Jan or Feb (depending on schedules.
It is still in the Trust of Ouida Ball, who was Al�s second wife. In 1970,
she still had all of Armine�s personal things and was trying to find a place
It is Milo Shepard of the Jack London Ranch who told me they think something
happened to her. He was younger than her, so it must be from what he heard
growing up on the London Ranch. I hope to go to the Huntington Library in
Feb. &/or March to look over Charmian London�s diaries. They may shed some
light on the subject. I am also looking for dates when Don and Armine visited
the London Ranch in Sonoma County, Ca.
Anyone in our group live in Nevada? I am looking for information on the
Flying Flapjack Ranch outside of Lovelock, Na, which Armine, Al and Don
visited in 1938. Also, Armine�s brother Errol was the manager of the polo
pony�s on the Bing Crosby Ranch outside Elko, Na���does anyone know anything
about this or if Armine and Don visited him there?
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 10:30 AM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] tj stuff
I will be on line with this email address until 1/3/03. By then I'll
have a new address and a new computer on line. I'll rejoin the group with my
Also, I did a little extra research on Armine Von Tempski. She and her
husband, Al Ball, lived with DB during DB's hayday in Carmel. I got
microfiche from the Fresno Bee and LA Times for the purpose of gleaning any
new info regarding her death in Fresno at the age of 44.
What I learned was that she was there for a speaking engagement for a
Congregational Church group. It was honoring a prior committment she had
made. She was very ill with a bad cold/flu but came up anyway to meet her
obligation. She was staying at The Californian Hotel. (I have family in
Fresno, and will check with them to see if that Hotel is still there). While
there she met three women (names unknown) in her room, probably from the
church. She was too ill to speak and had decided to return to her husband
and their home in Manhatten Beach. Her husband had been phoning her with no
response the next morning and someone from the Hotel entered the room and
found her dead.
The LA Times reported much the same except that they indicated that it
was a heart attack that killed her based on an autopsy.
I searched through the papers through the end of December and found no
more information on her or her death.
I'm not sure where Manhatten Beach is...NY?.....Calif?......not up on my
I was particularly interested in Armine as she is frequently mentioned
in Carmel with DB. She sure was a beautiful woman. I've read two of her
books and she was really great! I had researched her because there were some
rumors from somewhere that she died of mysterious circumstances and might
have been murdered. I don't see that unless there were further
investigations somewhere. Does anyone have any info on DB's response (if
any) to her death? They were close while in Carmel up through 1940 when DB
left Carmel. I wonder if he attended the funeral..........tj
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