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Frank Piercy: Photographs

Frank Piercy: Photographs

Frank Piercy was a blacksmith who played amateur football in the Teesiders Minor League. He joined Middlesbrough in 1898 and two years later became a full-time professional. Syd King persuaded Piercy to join West Ham in 1904. The West Ham defence included Piercy, George Kitchen, David Gardner, Len Jarvis, Tommy Allison and Bill Wildman. During the 1906-07 season the team only conceded 41 goals in 38 games. Piercy was a regular member of the team for seven seasons: 33 (1904-05), 24 (1905-06), 37 (1906-07), 23 (1907-08), 26 (1908-09), 29 (1909-10) and 32 (1910-11). Piercy developed a reputation as a hard man. In a game against Swindon on 1st September, 1907, Piercy got involved in a fight with Charlie Bannister. As a result of the incident, Piercy received a four-week suspension. The FA decided that Bannister instigated the fight and he was banned for six weeks. Later that season Piercy was sent off for a bad tackle in a game against Millwall. One newspaper report claimed the Millwall player "left the field in an unconscious state". Piercy played in 214 Southern League games. Only Herbert Ashton (224) and Fred Blackburn (217) had a better record than Piercy. He was also the captain of West Ham between 1907 and 1911 when Tommy Randall took over the job. Injuries forced Piercy into retirement in 1912. Piercy was then appointed assistant trainer under Charlie Paynter. Frank Piercy died in 1931.

Pete (Frank Paul) Clements photographs: Photo 2

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Pete (Frank Paul) Clements photographs.

Photographs of Pete Clements with Pleasant View School teachers and Eldora Ski patrolmen.

Photo 1 - View of Principal Pete Clements believed to be sitting in front of Pleasant View School, May 1958.
Photo 2 - Principal and teachers of Pleasant View School, May 1958, (l-r) Pete Clements, Fresno McKay Winslett, Marjean Boyd, and Edith Oerman.
Photo 3 - View of Lake Eldora Ski Patrol members practicing a rescue operation. Pete Clements is second from the right (kneeling).

Frank Paul "Pete Clements, Jr. was born in New York in 1927 to Adelaide and Frank Paul Clements. After completing a BS in education at University of New Mexico on the G.I. Bill, Clements had his first teaching job in Colorado Springs in the early 1950s. Soon after, he moved to Boulder and became a teacher and principal at Pleasant View School from 1955-1958. In 1958 he met and married Doris Allen. After receiving an MA in history from the University of Colorado, in 1961 he took a job in Northern California. The family soon returned to Boulder and made their home on Juniper Avenue with their two children, and Clements began teaching at Centennial Junior High School.
While teaching, Clements also worked as a ski patrolman at Arapahoe Basin and Lake Eldora. He later became interested in back country mountaineering, and in 1974 he founded the first cross country ski patrol unit in the country, the Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol.
Clements retired from Boulder Valley School district in 1987 and turned his attention to music. He learned to play the banjo and, along with his wife Doris, helped to found Boulder Friends of Jazz, a club that met for jam sessions at Peggys Hi Lo. He also formed Rocky Mountain Banjos and Co., bringing together the best Front Range banjo players to make and record music.
In addition to music, Clements was a carpenter and took up wood carving in his retirement. He started a woodcarving group in Louisville called the Tri-City Carvers Club. Clements died in 2017 in California.
Written on back of photo 2: "F.P. Pete Clements Principal and taught grades 7-8. Winslett - grades 1-2, Boyd grades 3-4, Oerman grades 5-6."

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Mary Pearcey: A Female Jack the Ripper Suspect

Born in 1866, Mary Eleanor Wheeler eventually changed her name to Mary Pearcey. In 1890, she was charged, convicted, and hanged for the murder of a woman and her child. Some believe she was Jack the Ripper.

Some authors and criminologists suspect Mary Pearcey was Jack the Ripper. Image: Public Domain.

Background on Mary Pearcey

We know little about the early years of Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey. She was born in England around 1866. Her traceable history begins with her illicit connection to John Charles Pearcey, a local carpenter. Although Mary and John never married, she began using his surname as her own — and would continue to do so for the rest of her life.

Mary and Frank Hogg

That union didn’t last long, due to Mary’s numerous affairs. John would only put up with so much. Mary soon moved out of John’s home and moved into the lodgings of Frank Hogg. Her union with Frank was more harmonious, although both of them had affairs during their time together.

It soon became apparent that Frank was having affairs when he told Mary that one Phoebe Styles was pregnant with his child and that he would be marrying Phoebe.

Mary did not take this news well at first. But Frank promised that their sexual relationship would continue despite his marriage, so Mary was appeased. But not for long.

Frank Hogg and Phoebe Styles

Soon after Phoebe gave birth to a daughter, Mary decided she did not want to share Frank with anyone. Mary Pearcey may have envied Phoebe’s public position as Frank’s legal wife.

Phoebe knew of Mary, although it is not clear if she knew of Mary’s continuing sexual relationship with Frank.

Mary invited Phoebe to tea, and the two met up (with the baby) in Mary’s lodgings on October 24, 1890. In the middle of the afternoon, neighbors heard sounds coming from Mary’s home: screams and glass breaking and general chaos. One of the neighbors ran out of her home and called to Mary over the fence, asking if everything was all right. She received no response, and Mary’s house was quiet until darkness fell.

Discovery of the Murders

At 7:00 that same evening, a woman’s dead body was discovered carelessly tossed along some pavement near a rubbish heap. There were superficial wounds to the head and a deep and fatal slash across the throat. Soon after, the body of a baby was found, apparently smothered. Authorities determined the bodies were those of Phoebe and her baby.

Police Investigation and Trial

Because several people knew of the proposed tea at Mary’s, the police went to Mary’s house. They discovered bloodstains on the walls, on some clothing, and some cutlery. When asked where the blood had come from, Mary weakly replied that she had been killing mice. Police quickly arrested Mary.

Mary Pearcey (Illustrated Police News, 1890). Image: Public Domain.

The case was open and shut, and Mary was tried, convicted, and executed on December 23, 1890.

Cryptic Advertisement

Before she died, Mary Pearcey left an intriguing mystery. In her last days, she requested to place an ad in a Madrid newspaper that said:

M.E.C.P. Last wish of M.E.W. Have not betrayed.

She never confided the meaning of this cryptic message, and no one has ever come up with a clear theory. Is it a message to some kind of accomplice in the murders? And why Madrid, since it seems Mary had never left England in her life?

Some claim “M.E.C.P.” stands for “Mary Eleanor Charles Pearcey,” perhaps referring to her first love, John Charles Pearcey. The abbreviation “M.E.W.” is Mary’s maiden name, Mary Eleanor Wheeler.

Jack the Ripper Suspect

Mary rested in peace until 1939 when author William Stewart suggested that Mary was, in fact, Jack the Ripper. He pointed out the remarkable similarity of the throat wound inflicted on Phoebe to that of the Ripper victims. He also mentioned Mary’s impressive physique at Mary’s trial.

Some other Ripperologists postulate that a woman walking around Whitechapel at night with blood on her clothes would easily be dismissed as being a midwife. No less than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stated that Jack could have been a Jill.

An interesting hypothesis by a Jason Gonzalez and provided on Facebook suggests M.E.C.P. stood for the initials of Jack the Ripper victims:

Mary Jane Kelly
Elizabeth Stride
Catherine Eddowes
Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols

But Annie Chapman appears to be left out. If Gonzalez’s hypothesis is true, does this mean the police incorrectly attributed Annie Chapman’s murder to Jack the Ripper?

DNA Test Results

All this might have been considered absurd. That is, until 2006. DNA tests were conducted on saliva retrieved from the backs of stamps from some Ripper letters experts believe were genuinely sent from the killer. That new DNA evidence seems to indicate the stamps were, indeed, affixed by a woman.

Frank Jordinelli: Photo 1

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Photograph of Frank Jordinelli, an 1884 newspaper advertisement, a whiskey label and three pages of photocopied newspaper articles.

Photo 1 - 1884 advertisement cut from a newspaper.
Photo 2 - Whiskey label.
Photo 3 - Frank Jordinelli (on the right) and Mose Meyer, the last two living charter members of Boulder Lodge 566 B.P.O. Elks. After Frank's death, his longtime friend, Mose Meyer (of Meyer Brothers Clothiers), became the last living charter member of the Boulder Lodge 566 B.P.O. Elks.

Frank Jordinelli, born in Carbon, Italy, came to Marshall, south of Boulder, when he was thirteen and began working in the coal mines. He later opened a saloon in Boulder. When Boulder went dry in 1907, he moved to Louisville.
Max Meyer came to Colorado in the late 1890s and in 1897 engaged in the clothing busines with his brother Mose. They sold Meyer Brothers in 1912 and moved to Denver.

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There were TWO Frank Jordinelli's who came from Italy to Boulder County. One settled in Marshall in 1875 and was a coal miner his entire life (lived 1870-1964), the other arrived in Marshall in 1883 and later became a merchant (lived 1870-1958). These photographs and written material pertain to the later.

Mary Pearcey was born Mary Eleanor Wheeler in 1866. [3]

It has been erroneously stated that her father was a Thomas Wheeler who was convicted of and hanged for the murder of Edward Anstee. However, author Sarah Beth Hopton was unable to find any evidence of connection between the two people, and also found a retraction of the newspaper article in which the misinformation was first printed. [4]

Mary Wheeler took the name "Pearcey" from John Charles Pearcey, a carpenter with whom she had lived. [ citation needed ] He left her because of her infidelity. She later took up residence with a furniture remover, Frank Hogg, who had at least one other lover, Phoebe Styles. Styles became pregnant, and Hogg married her at Pearcey's urging. They lived in Kentish Town in London. Styles gave birth to a daughter also named Phoebe Hogg.

On 24 October 1890, Mrs. Hogg, with her baby, called on Pearcey at her invitation. At around 4:00 p.m., neighbours reportedly heard screaming and sounds of violence. That evening, a woman's corpse was found on a heap of rubbish in Hampstead. Her skull had been crushed, and her head was nearly severed from her body. A black perambulator was found about a mile away, its cushions soaked with blood. An eighteen-month-old child was found dead in Finchley, apparently smothered. After the adult body was initially speculated to be that of an 'unfortunate' in the press, it was eventually identified as Phoebe Hogg, with the toddler's body being that of her daughter. [5] Mary Pearcey had been seen pushing baby Tiggy's perambulator around the streets of North London after dark. The police searched her house, and found blood spatter on the walls, ceiling, a skirt & apron, as well as matted hair & blood on a fireplace poker and carving knife. [6] When questioned by the police she said that she, 'had a problem with mice and was trying to kill them'. Sir Melville Macnaghten wrote that Pearcey would later respond by chanting, "Killing mice, killing mice, killing mice!". [7]

Mary Pearcey was charged with murder. She maintained her innocence throughout the trial, but was convicted, and was hanged on 23 December 1890. [8]

Pearcey's murder case generated extraordinary press attention at the time. Madame Tussauds wax museum of London made a wax figure of Pearcey for their Chamber of Horrors exhibit, and also purchased the pram used in the murder and the contents of Pearcey's kitchen. When the Tussaud exhibit of these items opened, it attracted a crowd of 30,000 people. The noose used to hang Pearcey is on display at the Black Museum of Scotland Yard.

On 23 December 1890, Pearcey was hanged by James Berry. Berry noted her strong composure in the condemned cell, describing her as "the most composed person in the whole [execution] party."

When prompted to make a final statement Pearcey said, "My sentence is a just one, but a good deal of the evidence against me was false". At first she declined the assistance of female prison warders, but after further prompting, accepted their assistance saying, "Oh, well, if you don't mind going with me, I am pleased."

In his memoirs, Berry described Pearcey's execution as "quiet and painless." [9]

Mary Pearcey, like many other famous Victorian-era murderers, has been suggested as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper slayings. She was apparently the only female suspect mentioned at the time. [10] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, speculated at the time that the Ripper might have been female, as a woman could have pretended to be a midwife and be seen in public in bloody clothing without arousing suspicion or notice. [11] This theory was then expanded upon in 1939 by William Stewart in his book Jack the Ripper: A New Theory, which specifically named Pearcey in connection with the crimes. All evidence given is circumstantial, and there is no physical evidence or eyewitness reports linking Pearcey to the Ripper crimes.

F. Tennyson Jesse, the British criminal historian, explained the theory in her study of Pearcey's case: "It was no wonder that, simultaneously with the discovery of the crime, legends should have sprung up around her figure. The rumour even arose that the notorious Jack the Ripper had been at work in the locality, and though this was quickly disproved, yet the violence and horror associated with the crime was such as to make it understandable how the rumour arose in the first place. Even in the earliest paragraphs which announced the discovery of the crime, several false statements were suggested." [12]

In May 2006, DNA testing of saliva on stamps affixed to letters allegedly sent by Jack the Ripper to London newspapers, and thought by some modern writers to be genuine, appeared to come from a woman. [11] [13] This led to extensive discussion of Pearcey and her crime in the global press.


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Searching for: Photographer Frank Gray – Dublin 1989 image set

‘I have been searching for a photographer from Scotland, Frank Gray. I was the editor of the official website for the late actress, Maureen O’Hara. She was also a good friend for over 20 years. I was very fortunate in my timing to have started the site “Maureen O’Hara Magazine” right at the same time she came out of retirement in 1991 to make “Only the Lonely” with John Candy.’

‘My story evolved into quite an adventure and suffice it to say that over this 20 year period I have accumulated thousands of images…but none so delightful as one taken by a Frank Gray. My Hollywood journalist friend, the late Angela Fox Dunn, went to Ireland in 1989 and spent a week with Maureen at her summer home in Glengarriff, Ireland. She commissioned a photographer in Dublin (Mr. Frank Gray) who did a photoshoot for Angela to use with several articles she subsequently published in “Star Magazine” here in the US.’

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Frank M. Downer family portraits: Photo 1

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Frank M. Downer family portraits

Portrait photographs of Frank M. Downer and two of his sons, Frank, Jr. and George.

Photo 1 - Frank Downer Sr.
Photo 2 - Frank Downer Sr. with three men.
Photo 3 - Group portrait of nine men, possibly in a meeting room.
Photo 4 - Frank Downer Jr.
Photo 5 - Frank Downer Jr. in a uniform.
Photo 6 - George Downer.
Photo 7 - Group of people on a hillside, none identified.

Frank M. Downer was a Longmont banker also town trustee, town clerk, and mayor. His wife was Mabel Fox Downer. He was appointed the first superintendent of the Denver Mint in 1907.

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Rare photo shows Billy the Kid and the man who shot him, experts say

A rare tintype photo of Billy the Kid may have been found. If the photo is authentic, it could be worth millions of dollars.

This photo provided by Frank Abrams shows what historians believe is a photo of outlaw Billy the Kid, second from left, and Pat Garrett, far right, taken in 1880. Frank Abrams, who bought the photo at a flea market says experts in forensics and facial recognition have verified the picture after several months of examination. (Photo: Courtesy of Frank Abrams via AP)

A flea market find could be one of the most historic photos of Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid, because of who is pictured with him.

The photo, purchased for $10 in North Carolina, shows what historians believe is Billy the Kid and Patrick Garrett. Garrett later became sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, and shot Kid in 1881.

North Carolina attorney Frank Abrams first came across the tintype photo in Asheville in 2011. Abrams bought the photo and hung it on his wall for several years until a 2015 TV program made him question if Garrett was in his photo.

After consulting with Robert Stahl, a retired professor emeritus at Arizona State University and Billy the Kid history buff, and various forensic experts, he's convinced he has two famous faces from the Old West in his photo.

"If I had known it was one of the most famous photos in history, I would have charged more for the room," Abrams told the BBC.

A Los Angeles forensic video expert said facial recognition software showed the men are most likely Garrett and Billy the Kid and a handwriting expert in Texas said a signature on the photo matched other documents by Garrett.

The photo, the only known image of Kid and Garrett together, is likely worth millions. A tintype photo of the Kid discovered in 2015 had an estimated worth of $5 million.

"One day it may end up at an auction house somewhere. We'll see what happens," Abrams told the AP. "Right now, that is not the first thing on my mind. I've always been somebody who's interested in history and background."

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