Honolulu Star-Bulletin August 11-December 10, 1925
- Just began reading a fresh batch of microfilm from the 1925 Star-
Bulletin. The first roll yielded only a mention that Frances
Parkinson Keyes was presented a copy of DB's "Leaves from a Grass
House" ["Hut" as printed by the S-B!] by the Ladies Reading Club at
Schofield Barracks. And there was a nice editorial about carrying
forward the name "Royal Hawaiian" for a new hotel at Waikiki.
Then, just as I was about to give up on that roll, whammo! This
story appears on August 27, page 1:
Don Blanding to
Wed Miss Norton,
Honolulu Artist and Poet
Betrothed to Bishop
The engagement of Don Blanding, well known and popular Honolulu
artist and poet, to Miss Ruth Norton is being told to their friends
Miss Norton is also well known locally and recently accepted a
position as ethnologist at the Bishop Museum. Blanding is the author
of "Paradise Loot," "Leaves From a Grass House," and other books of
verse, and is a prominent illustrator. He directed the production of
the musical comedy revue, "Tropic Topics," which was a tremendous
success several months ago when put on by members of the Junior
League, and has also trained and costumed pageants for several Quat'z
The wedding will probably be in the fall and next year Blanding and
his bride plan on taking a trip to the South Seas. Miss Norton's
mother is arriving in a week.
Miss Norton was formerly the wife of Dr. Stevenson Smith, head of the
psychology department of the University of Washington and an eminent
scholar. During the college year, 1923-24, when on leave of absence
from his own university, Dr. Smith joined the faculty of the
University of Hawaii, where he did experiment work and presented work
of great interest. The Smiths were divorced in April of this year,
at Seattle, and Mrs. Smith resumed her maiden name.
OK, we know that DB was still a bachelor when he left Honolulu for
Hollywood in early 1926, so further reading should be interesting!
Also, "Leaves From a Grass House" (1923) and "Paradise Loot" (May
1925) are the only books of verse credited to DB as of August 1927.
Does this story suggest there are other early books to be found, or
is this just a copy editor's error?
I think Smith Hall on the UW campus is named for Dr. Stevenson Smith;
the psych department is in that building.
Off to the library again this afternoon ....
- Cadia...what a find!
I will try and find out all I can on Ruth Norton. Too bad she had
such a common name. That's twice he was engaged to be married and
didn't go through with it...ten years earlier he was engaged to Majel