Pittsburgh Courier, 2 June 1928.
This brief blurb intrigues me any number of ways:
(1) Ardeanur R. Smith? This is the first I’ve seen of a middle initial for Cousin Ardeanur.
(2) Smith? My grandmother said Ardeanur married somebody she ran off with when she was a teenager. However, every mention of her I’ve found dating before 1947 — and she is elusive in official records — names her as Smith, her maiden name. In her uncle John McNeely’s 1947 obituary, she’s a Hart for the first time. I have no idea what Mr. Hart’s first name was, where they married, or how long they stayed that way.
(3) Elocution? This may absolutely be a function of me failing to ask the right questions, but, as much as I heard about Wardenur playing the organ on the radio, I never heard my grandmother speak of Ardeanur’s singing or speaking career.
(4) And who was Ardeanur’s publicist that he or she managed to get her name and photo in the Pittsburgh Courier? And not for the last time.
(5) Staten Island?
(6) “Where a balcony fell at the closing session”?!?!?