Raymond L. Hoadley


Contributed by his great granddaughter Claire Tohill

Raymond Loomis Hoadley senior yearbook composite portrait, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1924. (Photo Credit: “U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012”; Yearbook Title: The Record; Year: 1924)

Raymond L. Hoadley was born July 15th 1900 in Earlville, New York. Located about 4 hours north of New York City, Earlville was an extremely small village of 1.1 square miles. At the age of 20, Raymond enrolled in the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he was involved in many social and academic societies. He also wrote a daily column for a campus magazine. His love for writing grew, and upon graduation he became a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the Brooklyn Eagle. While living in Brooklyn in 1930, he married Elizabeth Briggs and they had two children, Douglass and Gail. In 1940 he became the financial editor of the New York Herald Tribune. In his later years, he and his family retired to Fair Lawn, New Jersey until his passing in 1964.

History and Facilities of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Alabama

History and Facilities of the Bureau of Business Research. School of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama, 1941.

Found in the Hoole library archive of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, The History and Facilities of the Bureau of Business Research is a 111-page book published by the University of Alabama`s School of Commerce and Business Administration in 1941 and is composed of three parts: “Review of the First

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The Writer

“Raymond! What are you boys up to this evening? Hopefully no trouble?”

These kinds of inquisitions were always thrown towards my great grandfather by porch-sitting neighbors as he and his friends would scour the streets of their hometown on weekend nights in search of fun. During these outings,

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The Royal Signet

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“Raymond it is three in the morning! What are those incessant clicks and bells you`re making?” This is what my great grandfather heard most early mornings while he still lived at home with his family. Whenever he felt the creative urge to write, he always did—even if the noise of his typewriter was “incessant.”

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Guy Oscar Blackburn


sepia tone photograph of a handsome young man in a trenchcoat and wearing a fedora
Guy Blackburn’s circus pitch card, Seal Bros. Circus, 1934
(photo credit: family photo collection posted on Ancestry.com)

Contributed by his second cousin, once removed,

Karen Hollingsworth Gardiner

Guy Oscar Blackburn was born in 1910 in Alabama City, Alabama. He ran away and joined the circus in 1926. By 1934, he was a featured aerialist and female impersonator with Seal Bros. Wild Animal Circus, which had its winter quarters in Fredonia, Kansas. Guy last trouped with Dailey Bros. Circus in 1949. He died in 1955 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Rating Scale for Personal Appearance

Navratil, Lillian; Regina Friant; and Rosalie Rathbone. “Rating Scale for Personal Appearance.” The Manual Arts Press, 1936. 1632.002/27. University of Alabama Special Collections. “Carolyn Shepherd Price Home Economics Teaching Materials” collection; “Relationships—Personal” folder.

One culturally interesting item in the Hoole archives is a packet of ten identical “Rating Scales for Personal Appearance.” Each is a two-page handout (printed front and back) to be used not by students to rate themselves, but by home

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Soaring with the Circus: Depression-era Aerial Acts

In 1926, when 16-year-old Guy Oscar Blackburn crept out of Alabama City, Alabama, and joined the Christy Bros. travelling circus, his foremost thought was probably just to get out—to get away from small towns and small minds. Likely, he didn’t give much thought to what he might actually do with a travelling circus, but over the course of his subsequent 23-year circus career, he soared. Continue reading “Soaring with the Circus: Depression-era Aerial Acts”