Don Blanding in Carmel, 1944; DB's mother in Hawaii 1917
- Hello, all ...
Just a couple of tantalizing tidbits to start the New Year:
I've started reading September and Octoner 1917 Star-Bulletin and
discovered a social note from October 6 indicating that poi supper
was given in honor or DB's mother on September 29, 1917. The item
indicated she was "visiting her son for the winter."
Probably a good thing she planned a long stay -- the Matson ships,
and others, were about to be commandeered by the government for
Yesterday, I was at the postcard club meeting and one of the members
happened to mention that she had met DB in July 1944 when she was a
young bride in Carmel (her husband was stationed at Fort Ord). She
said he was very nice, signed books for her, and even invited the
young couple to his home. I believe she said she encounted DB on
several occasions in July and August 1944.
First I've heard of DB living again in Carmel!
I'll try to get more details at the postcard show later this month.
Happy New Year!
Don arrived in Carmel on February 28, 1944...and stayed until
November of that year. I believe Edythe Hope Genee was there for a
spell during that time as well.
- Hello, Keith ...
Thanks for the info ...what is your source? Do you know exactly
where DB was living in Carmel?
I'm looking forward to having my postcard friend jot down some of her
memories of DB in Carmel. Since she visited his home, there's a
chance she may have the address.
We all discussed this about 2-3 years ago, so I'll have to go
through my notes from then. Tom, didn't we establish the fact that
Don stayed in the house in '44 that is now the Vagabond's House Inn
in Carmel? I was told the famous profile photograph of Don on the
typewriter was taken in Carmel in '44.
I think I have some Blanding columns from 1944 in the Carmel Pine
Cone and a few letters sent from that period, from a PO Box. I'll
try and dig them up this week.
I did a search on this website and came up with the following
message from Jim Whiteley in Aug. 2000:
In a letter to Lucille Henderson, August 10, 1944 (the return address
is Drawer U, Carmel, Calif.) Don mentions Vagabond's House:
Helen Spencer is carrying on the business, but Bob has been in
the Army, mostly at Camp Hulen down near the Gulf (and is it hot and
muggy THERE), and very homesick. I live around the corner from what
was Vagabond's House. Helen has made it over to suit them..which is
right and proper, but it is not remotely my Vagabond's House any
longer..but I never did do any regretting. It served its purpose,
and I often go in and out of the house quite forgetting that it was
ever mine. We never really own anything anyhow, and the sooner we
learn that the better off we'll be, especially in human relations.
There's a horrible murder case pending here right now , due to
possessiveness of a human life.
I also just dug up an article from the Monterey Peninsula Herald on
March 2, 1944:
DON BLANDING IS BACK IN CARMEL -- AND VERY GLAD OF IT
The article indicated that he was back to stay, indefinately (or at
least for a few months.) I'll see what other info I have in my files.
- When I was comparing the famous photo of Don at the typewriter I was looking at the window behind him and the structure of room #5 of the Vagabond House Inn and it looks remarkably similar to this day to the image in this photo. I decided it must have been taken in this room after looking at everything I could. The current Pine Cone Reporter, Margo, also said it looked remarkably similar. She took several photo's toward the window with me sitting in the approximate location of DB, but it is at best an educated guess. The photo appears in his 1950 book, A Grand Time Living. It would be interesting to know the name of the photographer, that might help date the photo etc. I'm looking through my Pine Cone articles and the scrapbook I own to see if I can put better dates on this. Don came in and out of Carmel regularly to visit friends and promote his newest book. I don't believe he ever owned another house in Carmel after selling to the Spencers. DB was definetely with EHG during this time and she also frequented Carmel. I was told by a Mrs. Brown (in her 90's now), previous owner of the Vagabond House Inn that EHG and DB were quite an item in Carmel and that they frequently stayed at the Vagabond House Inn. But, she owned it in the early 50's not the 40's. The Inn is not too far from Don's Vagabond House and could qualify as being "right around the corner". I'm not so certain that EHG and DB would have been so friendly in 1944 as to stay in the same room. I sort of doubt that. Thats all I know of, coming off the top of my head right now.
From: keith2draw <keith2draw@...>
Sent: Jan 6, 2005 7:21 AM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Don Blanding in Carmel, 1944
I did a search on this website and came up with the following <BR>
message from Jim Whiteley in Aug. 2000:<BR>
In a letter to Lucille Henderson, August 10, 1944 (the return address<BR>
is Drawer U, Carmel, Calif.) Don mentions Vagabond's House:<BR>
Helen Spencer is carrying on the business, but Bob has been in<BR>
the Army, mostly at Camp Hulen down near the Gulf (and is it hot and<BR>
muggy THERE), and very homesick. I live around the corner from what<BR>
was Vagabond's House. Helen has made it over to suit them..which is<BR>
right and proper, but it is not remotely my Vagabond's House any<BR>
longer..but I never did do any regretting. It served its purpose,<BR>
and I often go in and out of the house quite forgetting that it was<BR>
ever mine. We never really own anything anyhow, and the sooner we<BR>
learn that the better off we'll be, especially in human relations.<BR>
There's a horrible murder case pending here right now , due to<BR>
possessiveness of a human life.<BR>
I also just dug up an article from the Monterey Peninsula Herald on <BR>
March 2, 1944:<BR>
DON BLANDING IS BACK IN CARMEL -- AND VERY GLAD OF IT<BR>
The article indicated that he was back to stay, indefinately (or at <BR>
least for a few months.) I'll see what other info I have in my files.<BR>
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