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Re: “The Peabody Theater in 1943

The first listing for it in the City Directory is 1927, and it was owned by John W. Eaton, whose residence was on Peabody Ave. In 1944, Eaton was convicted of manslaughter for the death of maintenance man Elroy Curry, who died in the Aug. 17, 1943 fire at the theater.

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Posted by Phoebe on 09/29/2013 at 7:28 PM

Re: “The Great Snake Debate

Ugh. I wish this would go away. It pains me to see animals in distress, as this one certainly is. This is an embarrassment to Memphis.

Posted by Phoebe on 08/02/2011 at 7:19 PM

Re: “The Craver Family's Unusual Birth Announcement

I found a Horace A. Craver (single) who died in Texas in 1970. This link should work, though you'll have to search the page for the name...…

Posted by Phoebe on 03/22/2011 at 9:43 AM

Re: “The Craver Family's Unusual Birth Announcement

Dang it. The link didn't work.

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Posted by Phoebe on 03/22/2011 at 9:23 AM

Re: “The Craver Family's Unusual Birth Announcement

They got married in 1933 and her maiden name was Spierburg...…

Posted by Phoebe on 03/22/2011 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The Craver Family's Unusual Birth Announcement

It looks like Horace A. Craver bought 1900 Mignon in 1933 ... and for some reason Dallas S. Craver was unmarried by 1938 according to this:…

Posted by Phoebe on 03/22/2011 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

From the Commercial Appeal Streetscapes

By Ann Meeks

30 June 1994

The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN

This street was named for Epping Forest Manor, the 284-acre estate of Mr. and Mrs. Berry Boswell Brooks.

Brooks was a world-famous big-game hunter and photographer, naturalist and cotton merchant. He was born in Senatobia, Miss., in 1902, and his father was sheriff of Tate County, Miss. The family moved to Memphis when Brooks was 12.

He attended Washington and Lee University and entered the cotton business in 1922 as a $25-a-month clerk. He retired as head of his own cotton company in 1972.

Brooks was the first American to be accepted into the International Hunting Hall of Fame, and his animal trophies in the Berry B. Brooks African Hall at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum were the favorite attractions for thousands of Memphians and Mid-Southerners for many years. He remarked about the sadness he sometimes felt in collecting animals but said he tried to make every animal he ever collected immortal by giving it to the museum.

In his later years, he preferred to capture the animals he hunted in photographs and he was a popular Goodwyn Institute lecturer, using his pictures as illustrations.

Brooks and his wife, Virginia, purchased the major portion of their estate - 202 acres - in 1948. Their home was named Epping Forest Manor in honor of Virginia Brooks's ancestor, Col. Joseph Ball, grandfather of George Washington. His Lancaster County seat was named for Epping Forest, the royal hunting preserve, owned by the English Crown. Brooks and his wife kept peacocks and raised cattle on the estate.

In 1972, they sold the major portion of the farm to Cook Investment Properties Inc. and Allen & O'Hara Inc. for development of a multipurpose project, to include single-family, townhouse, apartment and commercial properties, built with an old English theme.

The Brooks property was bounded on the north by James Road, on the west by Highland, and on the east by a north bend of the Wolf River. The new development was named Epping Forest and the north-south street running through the development was named Epping Way. It extends south from James Road and is east of Windermere Drive.

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Posted by Phoebe on 02/15/2011 at 3:31 PM

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