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  • Bev Leinbach
    Dec 31, 2002
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      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
      for them.

      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?


      -----Original Message-----
      From: TJMarkle@... [mailto:TJMarkle@...]
      Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 10:30 AM
      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com; mandarin@...
      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
      new stuff.
      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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