Still in Susan’s Footsteps

April 25, 2014 § 6 Comments

While in New Orleans, I discovered that Susan spent a good deal of time in the Big Easy and was evidently very socially active there.  One of her visits was announced in the January 9, 1910, Daily Picayune :

Mrs. Susie Lawrence Dana of Springfield, Il., is spending a short time in New Orleans and after a short stay at the St. Charles Hotel, is the guest of her cousins, Mrs. George Halbert and Mrs. J. M. Latimer, 1511 Polymnia.

Photo and research by Gretchen Bonfert

Photo and research by Gretchen Bonfert

 

I couldn’t resist investigating, and, thanks to the helpful staff of the New Orleans Public Library, I discovered that Susan’s cousin’s home is still standing on a shady New Orleans street.  Of course, I got a picture to share with you. 

The fate of the St Charles Hotel was not as positive.  An urban shopping/office mall looms on the spot where the hotel once stood.  However, I did discover that it was an elegant place to stay in 1910.  Click here to read the fascinating history of the New Orleans St. Charles Hotel.

The news story that reveals most about Susan’s relationship with New Orleans was in the May 26, 1912, society column of the Daily Picayune. It read:

Cards have been received by friends in New Orleans announcing the marriage of Mrs. Susan Lawrence Dana to Mr. Lawrence Joergen-Dahl, on Tuesday, March 19, in Philadelphia, Pa. [For details, see Chapter 10 of Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House] At home after the 1st of December, Lawrence House, 327 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Ill. The bride, who has visited New Orleans a number of times, is the cousin of Mrs. George Halbert, Mrs. J.M. Latimer and Mrs. Elizabeth McAllister White. She is a very charming and cultured woman, and has traveled extensively in this country and abroad. Mr. and Mrs. Joergen-Dahl are traveling in Europe for the summer and will on their return go to Indianapolis, the latter’s home since her childhood. During her different visits to New Orleans the bride made a number of friends who will be greatly interested in the announcement of her marriage.

We can draw two conclusions from this story.  First, no proof reader at the Daily Picayune checked the reporter’s work.  If one had, Susan would not have been moved from Springfield to Indianapolis by the end of the paragraph.  Second, Susan certainly made an impression on New Orleans society.

 

 

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