"Lillie Mae Armstrong died Lillie Mae Smith in a Santa Rosa, CA nursing home. Family information says Lillie Mae Armstrong Cochran-Smith was born in the year 1879. Social Security Records show she was born 1875. After the death of the last child, Alice Cochran, in 1903, Lillie Mae Armstrong-Cochran left Garnett H. Cochran and divorced him. They lived in a cabin way up in the mountains. It was very far to the doctor, and according to Pearl Cochran, the baby was dead by the time they got to the doctor. Lillie Mae could just not bear to go back so she divorced. She then married Frank Jackson Smith in 7 Aug. 1904. Information provided by Pearl Helen Cochran to Nan Curtis."
See notes on his brother John Chute for references made in letters to Horace Walpole. One humorous note is John's grabbing Francis's wife Rebecca Osmond Chute (by then a widow) and installing her in the Vyne to protect his interests there, after the death of his elder brother Anthony. Anthony wasn't much liked by either John or Francis, and John didn't trust the other Chute family members to respect his inheritance after Anthony's death.
Charity Herbert is listed in IGI/#1903584 as "Charity Hubert".
"II. Richard, of Roxborough, in Kerry, who m. Jane, dau. of — Austen, Esq., of Waterfall, in the same county, and left one son and two daua., viz., Richard, who m. Miss Morris, of Ballybcggin, in Kerry, and has one son, George, and three daus."
Source: Burke, J. Bernard, Esq. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain And Ireland for 1852, Comprising Particulars of Upwards of 100,000 Individuals: Volume I, A-O, Colburn & Co., Publishers, Great Marlborough Street, London 1852. Page 221
Two sons, Maynard and Arthur may have died young, and the names of the three daughters are not known at this time.
... "Miss Mary Chute, Chaloner's Sister, is very shortly to become Mrs. Bramstone."
[Ed. Note: Possibly more "shortly" than she knew: the wedding had taken place over a month earlier, on September 24th. Two letters from Mary Chute's brother Chaloner to Jane's brother Edward Long, can be found in Chaloner's "Notes" section.
For many years we had strongly suspected that Charlton Chute of the "Juggling World" renown was Charlton Foster Chute, although without the middle name it needed to be confirmed. That these two were, in fact, the same individual has been confirmed by his grandson:
"RE: Charlton Foster Chute and his Jugglers World article ... this is in fact my maternal Grandfather Charlton Foster Chute. He was a man of many interests, among them magic and juggling, early printing presses and type, and early American tools and technology. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and an accomplished magician himself, doing cards, sleight of hand, silks, etc, and among my fondest memories are my birthdays when he would do a good 45 minute magic show. He was interested in juggling as many shows in the golden age of vaudeville often included both juggling and magic performance.
In his professional life he was an academic specializing in Public Administration. If you Google the name a variety of fairly obscure articles in various Public Administration journals appear. He taught for many years in the Graduate School of Public Administration at New York University. He resided in the 1940's up to about 1957 in the Philadelphia area, and worked for years on the revision of the home rule charter for the City of Philadelphia.
He moved to New Canaan, Connecticut in 1957 and stayed there until his death in 1984. He spent about a year in Hawaii after its admission to the US statehood working on a variety of local/state/governmental and public administration issues. Similarly he spent 6 to 9 months in the mid 1960's in Nigeria, advising on government and public administration policy.
He was born in the midwest and the family later moved to Los Angeles, California. His older brother Eugene Chute was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Eugene served in WWI in the American Expeditionary Force, in the Pay Department, Central Record Office.
Charlton Chute was truly a gentleman in the old school tradition. I cannot remember ever hearing him curse or bluster and was shocked and amazed the one and only time I ever saw him clear his throat and spit! (he had an awful cold at the time). He was certainly a great influence in my early life and contributed much to my appreciation of academic pursuits, love of books, and yes, a good magic show! He was married to Jesse Pearl Hill, who survived him, passing away in 1988. They had two children David Chute and my Mother, Diana Clara Chute, nee McGeorge, nee Elias, both of whom are alive and living in Connecticut."
Best to all Chutes
Stephen Chute McGeorge
Charlton Foster Chute submitted a family data worksheet in June of 1951 in which he describes his occupation as "research to promote governmental efficiency and economy." Among his accomplishments are the creation of the "Philadelphia Home Rule Charter" in 1951, and a feasibility study on public assistance programs in Missouri. City directories from New Canaan, Connecticut indicate that he worked as a Professor at Resurrection College in Rye, New York and later at New York University.PHILADELPHIA HOME RULE CHARTER
This annotated edition of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, adopted by the electors of the City of Philadelphia on April 17, 1951, has been prepared and published primarily as an aid to the officials and employees of the City who are charged with carrying out its provisions. It is also intended as a guide to a better understanding of the Charter for the residents of the City and others who will be concerned with and interested in it ... The publication of this annotated edition was authorized by a resolution of the Charter Commission. It was prepared by the Legislative Draftsman of the Charter Commission under the direction of the Commission's Drafting Committee. The index was prepared by the Bureau of Municipal Research, as a public service.STAFF
GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS--THE KEY TO THE CHARTER VICTORY IN PHILADELPHIA, by Charlton F. Chute, Pennsylvania Economy League. 1951. 24 pp. [453-18] Contents: Speech to Government Public relations Association.
"A Well Balanced Public Assistance Program for Missouri--Is the Necessary Money Available?," Charlton F. Chute
HOW THEY STARTED JUGGLING by CHARLTON F. CHUTE
Juggler's Bulletin No. 29, February 1947 ... HOW THEY STARTED JUGGLING by CHARLTON F. CHUTE.
"There is an interesting variation in the way jugglers started tossing things around. Undoubtedly, a number like Tom Breen, grew up with parents who juggled and cannot recall the time when things were not being tossed and caught before their eyes. But most jugglers did not learn from their parents.
Nearly all of them started young, however. Cinquevalli, according to an old article in the Strand used to toss his slate and chalk high in the air when he was a school boy. As they came down he would catch the chalk and in three strokes write the letter "A" on the slate before it reached the ground. He later ran away from home to become a Professional gymnast.
According to an old interview, W. C. Fields thought that he must have seen a juggler in some show. At any rate, he says he began to juggle when he was twelve years old. "I started to juggle three apples" he said. "I meant to keep at it for a year, every day, but at the end of a year I was only fair, not good, so I took another year. Then I got a job in a vaudeville bill at five dollars a week, near my home in Philadelphia." It seems he became a tramp juggler not from choice, but because lack of money forced him to make his own props and wear threadbare clothes all of the time.
Rupert Ingalese (Paul Wingrave), in the introduction to his very fine little book on juggling, has a really remarkable bit of writing in which he tells how, as a small child in England, he saw his first juggler perform on a street corner, busking for his living. Ingalese resolved then and there to become a juggler.
Bobby May told me that he started to juggle when he was twelve years old after seeing the tramp juggling act of Phil LaTosca. He first taught himself the three ball shower and then the cascade. After considerable practice some boyhood friends prevailed on him to enter an amateur contest at a neighborhood movie house. He won the first prize of $3.00, which convinced him juggling was a good business. He then sought dates in and around his home town of Cleveland. While still in his teens he went to New York to join an English juggler as a full-time professional.
Charles Carrer says in his article in Popular Mechanics for July 1936, "I began juggling to improve my eyesight and this eventually led me into the entertainment field. Several years ago, while working in a factory in Switzerland, I suffered an eye strain and a specialist suggested I take up juggling in a mild form to strengthen my optic muscles. With this in mind, I began learning a few simple turns and within a few months I had progressed to the point where my services were in demand at company parties and church socials. In a short time my eye trouble disappeared, and I have never been bothered since. Glasses are a rarity among the followers of this lively art."
Lew Folds, in his recent Colliers article, tells how he became a professional dancer. It was his seventh dancing partner, it seems, who taught him to juggle three balls.
Art Jennings told me that he started to juggle when, as a magician, he decided to do the famous feat of passing the borrowed dollar bill into one of three oranges. In a few hours one night he taught himself how to do the three-ball cascade. He developed the moves, he says, by analyzing the way in which three tumblers somersault over each other.
Roger Montandon says he took up juggling when he decided he wanted to have a part in a high school variety show. Since jugglers were a rarity in that high school, he wrote away for a copy of Ingalese's book on juggling and taught himself enough in one summer to qualify for the show in the fall.
Doug Couden says that he got started in juggling about the time he was in the third or fourth grade. He saw a performer on the stage do a shower with three balls. "After the show I picked up three rocks and in about ten minutes I found I could shower them very well." Several years later he was dumbfounded when he saw a performer do a cascade with five balls, as up to that time he had never even seen a three ball cascade.
Bert Hansen has one of the most interesting stories on how he became a juggler. Here is what Bert says. "When I was a youngster my mother occasionally juggled for me (she had learned it in Denmark - apparently as a game - because I've since met several Danish women that could handle four and one that did five.) My father told me about a man that did a balancing act and passed the hat (so I worked out with a broom). A minstrel show arrived in town with a hoop roller (believe his name was Hutton), so I got an old bicycle rim. Shortly after this the Nashville students played in my home town featuring Coy Herndon (colored hoop roller), so I added another bicycle rim and four wire troops (for four hoop spins). Saw several small shows with wire walkers who did a little juggling, so I added a slack wire."
My friends Dick McKinney and Paul Limerick, who grew up in rural Missouri, both say that thirty or forty years ago all of the boys in grade school knew how to do a three-ball cascade! I cannot recall seeing anyone in public school who could juggle three balls. A friend, however, who has just returned from Japan tells me that he saw some Japanese girls nine or ten years old who walked along a road juggling four beanbags and chanting a little rhyme as they tossed them, probably similar to the rhymes little girls in this country sing as they jump rope. Doubtless, some Bulletin readers who have made a special study of juggling history like Tom Breen, Larry Weeks, or Jack Greene could add to the interesting `subject of "How They Started Juggling".
JUGGLER'S BULLETIN Number 21 June 1946
SHOOTIN' THE BREEZE by ROGER
Well, we're in the groove again - late as usual. But at least we'll get out with the latest Get-To-Gether dope. Bob Blau reporting on the S.A.M. meet in Washington D.C. writes, "In addition to my brother Herbert who accompanied me on the trip, those present were, Frank Portillo, Lou Meyer, Chas Carrer & Dell O'Dell, Leo Rullman, Joe Fleckenstein, and Doc Baldwin. We all got out on the lawn of the Wardman Park Hotel and had a real jam session as I had taken my props with me. A lot of pictures were taken, both movies and snap. The St. Louis meet was attended by all the above jugglers with the exception of Leo Rullman, and in addition Charlton Chute, Richard McKinney, and Art Jennings were present ...
Charlton Chute passes on the valuable info that back copies of magazines can often be bought from H.W. Wilson Company, 950 University, New York-52, N.Y. or F.W. Faxon, 83 Francis, Back Bay, Boston, Mass. Chute also types that Royal American Shows (carnival) has an excellent juggler this season. He'd like to know when devil sticks were first used in this country, who was the first to juggle cigar boxes, and who was the first to use the mouthstick. How about these-Breen, Lind, Weeks, et al? ...The Annual Award idea has been shelved. Bob Blau heading for D.C. instead of St. Louis, sez he enjoyed tossing 'em around with the Elgins in Houston. New sub and juggling fan Charlton F. Chute sends in a cover-up gag, "You see, I carry my own scenery. That was one of the drops." ...
"iv. Emma Jane, b. March 13, 1849; m. Andrew A. Keene4 (Amaziah Almon3 Sprague2 Sprague1), of Poland, Me., and is foreman in a shoe manufactory, Haverhill, Mass.
1. George Alfred, b. May 14, 1874; jeweler in Haverhill."
Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 146.
"ELLEN Hodsdon8 (1037), b. in Poland, Me.; m. Amaziah Keene ; they live in West Poland, Me. Children :
1044. Alford B. Keene9 b. Aug. 31, 1850; d.
1045. Andrew A. Keene9 +
1046. Orren A. Keene9 +
1047. Rollin A. Keene9 +
1048. Frank S. Keene9 +
1049. Emma E. Keene9 +
1050. Jesse L. Keene9 +
ANDREW A. Keene9 (1045), b. in Poland, Me., Sept. 18, 1852; m. Emma Chute. Child:
1065. George Keene10 +
Source: Hodgdon, Andrew Jackson, The Descendants of Nicholas Hodsdon-Hodgdon of Hingham, Mass, and Kittery, Maine, 1635-1904, Edited By Almira Larkin White of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Nicholas "The Printer", Haverhill, Mass. 1904. Pages 102-104.