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3999Re: Orre Nobles & DB

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  • Cadia Los
    May 2, 2006
      Hello, all ...

      The small book by Erna Tilley, "In Remembrance of Orre Nelson Nobles,
      1894-1967, and the Paths of Friendship," privately printed about 1970
      or 1971 is a good resource on both Orre Nobles and DB.

      In a message here last June, I mentioned that some photos of Orre
      Nobles, including one of Erna and DB at Olympus Manor, may be in a
      collection at the University of Washington. This is true. The
      collection, apparently donated by Erna Tilley, contains 12 photos
      from c. 1920 to 1950. A biographical note reads in part:

      "During the early 1920s, he and his family created Olympus Manor, a
      successful artist colony located on the shore of Hood Canal at Union
      [Mason County] where painters, musicians, writers, sculptors and
      dancers gathered to pursue their creative aspirations. Nobles
      designed a grand music room in 1923 in order to enlarge the family
      house. [This music room opened in the summer of 1925.]

      The photo of DB with Erna Tilley was taken about 1935.

      There's some question as to Nobles' dates of birth and death. The
      bio note states that he was born in Minnesota on April 18, 1894, and
      died in Seattle at his home Windy Cliff on December 14, 1967.
      However, the SSDI gives his DOB as April 18, 1895, and his DOD as
      December 15.

      ~~Cadia
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