Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Gerolstein in September ...

20 September. Sort of spring. The fields are not so soggy, and outdoor 'spring cleaning' has begun...

Down the back paddock the boys have been cutting up the remainder of the fallen trees: next winter's supply of firewood ...

Wendy's vegetable garden has been largely expanded to no less than a dozen planters ...

From this

To this

The waterways round here have not been well maintained, so in conjunction with Environment Canterbury we got cleaning ...

And where, you might ask, was I while all this activity was going on?  Why, where the boss always is!

And meanwhile, back in the front garden the tardy and sluggish signs of spring are showing just a tiny bit more. The magnolia has a few scraggy flowers (maybe it is saying 'Feed Me?), the rampant wisteria is sprouting multifold buds, the kowhai trees are in flower ...

Alas, no bellbirds nowadays. The peafowl and the paradise ducks and the pesky plovers have scared them all away ..

The azaleas are getting into full gear ..

The rose bushes are a mass of maroon sprouts ...

These huge sprawling trees -- whatever they are called -- just get bigger and yellower every year

The patio is covered with self-sown pansies of colours I am sure I never planted in the hanging baskets (very weeding intensive!). So why are the hanging baskets not giving forth? 

But my delight is my Charity bluebells (bulbs 10 for $10 and a good cause), planted by ME, mollycoddled and watched over by ME ..until finally the first flower has come forth ... what JOY!

I must swot up the life-cycle of the bluebell. Does the bulb proliferate? May I have a dell of bluebells next year ..

I shall have ask the Guardian of the Garden ...

But, first. I need a rest. All that work (by others) is tiring ...  How that? Well, you try opening your wallet umpteen times a day! Absolutely exhausting!

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Turkey Lurkey Time


What's that? On MY lawn ....

Ooooh, little brother be careful.... its not a peacock!

Its big and ... gobbles!

Look out! It's headed for the veggie garden, and Mr P is courting his concubines there!

Hecate! Quick. En garde. To the kitchen window ...

Send out the reinforcements!

It's all right Mr P.  We'll protect you ...

Phew, it's hard work keeping this place safe ..

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Der Frühling kommt ...




August 24 is surely verging on spring? I still need to stay rolled up in my duvet and minks till 9am.  Nearly every morn the untrodden fields are white with frost ... the fire is guttering ... the kitties are snuggling ... I am cuddling Schnidibumpfl .. until the dominatrix bladder drags me from his arms ...

But the sure clock of the seasons is our Mr P.  First touch of spring and, wham up he goes like a ramrod. His tail I mean. And the hens of the Gerolstein Girls Brigade stop being bossy best pals and start being coy would-be-concubines. Which involves noise.

Mr P is getting old and clumsy. He's broken one feather on Day 1.  Oh. Wellgunde and Woglinde are hidden behind his tail. He ... um .. operates from the rear.  Sorry mate. She's pretending to be not interested. But it is only day one.

There was just one hour yesterday when I could venture outside and make a very small beginning on preparing the vegetable garden for the forthcoming ('Komm! komm!) planting season. Wendy knocked the rest off this morning while I was still in front of the fire. 

The strawberry plants have survived the frosts. Some chunky leeks. Some spinach, and herbs ... I'm afraid I'm not horticultural ... will others come up again, or are they annuals? I buried a few squidgy tomatoes last autumn ... I collected a bottle full of basil seeds ....

Ah! I also planted in May some charity stall bulbs. Ten, I think. I don't have green fingers, so I counted it as a donation. The ground was soooo hard in what I thought was a nice sheltered spot under the trees ... with my duff hand, I could hardly break the surface. So I shoved them in as best I could and thought: we'll see. Well, eight seem to have come up! Little green shoots! I made something GROW ..

Some are a wee bit smothered in ground cover. But the ground cover has flowers. Violets! Mother's favourite flowers .. I remember buying violets on the ramparts of Tourettes-sur-Loup ...

We have a little dell between my bedroom and the (sometimes) raging torrent that is Saltwater Creek. It was once an mini-orchard: 20 years ago we had five kinds of fruit therefrom. Alas, the frequently overflowing Creek has drowned all but one tree ... I'm not a litigious fellow, but I think the Waimakariri Council owes me a new orchard. And a new sleepout. And a new garage. One night, after a bottle of something, I shall intent a process ..

And see? On the hardy but weakening cherry tree ... the first blossoms of spring!

This one is further away from the river ...

Outside my bedroom and the lounge French doors, we have a patio. The one where Mr P loves to fornicate. It is made of tiles, which means that, like a suburban drive, it needs a regular water-blast to keep it moss and weed free.  Well, I wasn't up to water-blasting this year ... but instead of weeds (well, as well as!) beautiful flowers .. violas? .. came up! All over the place!

I couldn't get down low enough to photograph these ..

Well, maybe it's pre-Spring ...

I'll go searching for buds next time it's warm!

Thursday, August 10, 2023

EMILY: does she need a nose-job?


I've had a rather up and down time through June and July. The perils of old age attacked me from all ends at once ...

Starting at the top and descending to others less photographable. But equally hard to get rid of. And all combining to make poor me a rather melancholy, sleepy (14 hours out of 24) and world-weary old man.

However, not all has been entirely woebegone these last two months, and our beloved Emily has given us a few thrills. Alas, she hasn't quite managed another win, but you couldn't really get much closer without clutching the candyfloss..

Addington 25 May. Fourth in a blanket finish beaten a head by the starry MAJESTIC LOVE

I think I can ... ach! not quite!

Ashburton 4 June. She hates Ashburton. I think I do too. She messed up. And the toilets (human) were dirty.

Addington 9 June. Ran on for a very fair fourth behind veteran MADELEINE STOWE and the extremely interesting (see later) MAKE MY SUNDON

Addington 25 June and 30 June. Two disappointing runs. What is wrong with her? Answer: she has/has had a virus. Antibiotic treatment, so no races.

She resumed in the semi-classic Darren de Filippi Memorial for junior drivers. A wish of trainer Howie's. Darren and he were friends. Oh dear, will a junior driver get her away? She often 'does her little dance' when the tapes fly. Anyway, I don't have a junior driver. But trainer Howie did. Tom Bamford is now my Junior Driver. He got the wee girl away perfectly, not even un petit pas de chat! she ran nicely, and finished 6th of 16 behind LIGHT OF THE MOON and GIFT CARD both of whom look like future top horses.

Was she coming back to her autumn form? Hopefully. Only one way to find out. 27 July. The public and tipsters thought she was a no-hoper. Fifteenth favourite in a field of 16. And Jimmy, our regular driver, was on a .. what? ... cruise?! Let the lad drive her! I harrumphed. But, once again, Howie had a better idea. His, and our dear late Murray's neighbour, at Motukarara is Steven McNally, the still young driver of 499 winners (one for me!).  Well, Steven got her away brilliantly from way out under the stands and she led the charge until WAIHEMO HANNAH dashed past her at un unwise rate. Perched on Hannah's wing was favourite GALLEON'S AMBASSADOR. But little EM put her back into it. She gobbled up the audacious Hannah ... but so did the AMBASSADOR .. EM gave chase. The fifteenth favourite conceded a matter of an inch to the fave at the line...   Steven 499.9wins!

Wendy, on a rare holiday, watched the race from the Shore's Tavern in Yamba, NSW. I gather she howled as loudly as I and my babysitters did at Addington. But when people realise 'you OWN that horse? WOW!' ...

She's back on form! Well, her crucial four-year old season is fleeting. But, best of all, she comes through her races in such lickety-split lead-me-to-the-next shape  ... So. Bring her out again a few days later! Errrm... Mobile start (yuk). Sprint (yuk). Oh pouff! programming! But we went. We came 4th, breaking the 2.30 mark, after being sadly hampered by poor 7-win WINNING BONES (who turned out to have palatal ulcers). Well, she's the only one of the trotters I have owned, apart from SEPPL, who has got near the 2.00MR. Oh, the runaway winner was TI AMO BELLE, the same filly who beat EMILY (yes, by a nose!) in her very first race!

Last week, Wendy was back home, and we were also back to real racing.  2600 metres. Standing start. Very even field. Steven in the sulky. And the punters seemed to have changed their evaluation of our girl. She ended up second favourite. Fickle, fickle, thy name is punter ... The betting was rather incomprehensible ... these are all nice horses but ... the computer at Addington almost tied itself in snakes as the 2nd favourite became momentarily the 7th favourite ...

To me, the best horse in the race was our old rival MAKE MY SUNDON. But no ... somebody brought out statistics and it was TK MEGASTAR (which won Heat 2, when TI AMO BELLE beat us for Heat 1 in the fabulous Rangiora trot series) who was favourite.  Anyway, we were at about $7.

The race itself was déja vu. Emily and Steven: great start. Field split in two, led of course by Emily. But the quartette de tête also included MAKE MY SUNDON (3/5 in the betting!). And surely enough, before long, that speedy 7 year-old zoomed to the front. 

But EMILY didn't give up!  The two of them neck-and-necked down the straight, Emily inching closer and closer. 

They hit the line together ... But oh no! When the judge's call came out we were second! Beaten --- you guessed it -- by a nose! Blurry Hell! Steven 499.99 wins!

I asked Howie, does our girl need a nose job?  Should I sacrifice a little of my Jewish nasal equipment?

Well, one more go, before she has a wee break. Off to the race track in 45 minutes. GALLEON'S AMBASSADOR is in the field again. And BROTHER LOVE, which won the Kurt Gänzl and Wendy Williams Trot at Rangiora three starts back ... 

It is nice to be in the swim when good horses go racing. And I think the best of this year's crop are very good.

PS Emily began strongly, found the lead and led the race to the turn. GALLEON'S AMBASSADOR toddled along behind. They came swooping at her in the final furlong and she, lacking just a smidgin of her recent sparkle, was beaten into fourth place. She now goes for a nice wee freshener, munching Motukarara daisies for 2-3 weeks, before starting her spring preparation ...  not TOO many daisies now, Emily!

The life and death of Agnes, and the rise of Wendy


In 2009, I sent a friend to the yearling sales to buy me a filly. Lovely horse, but alas AGNES DE GEROLSTEIN (named for my mother) didn't make it to a gold medal. After a crushing qually win, she managed 2 seconds, 2 thirds from 20 starts ... and I gave her away. 

Agnes headed on the line at Timaru

It was one of my 'retiring from racing' periods. AGNES found a wonderful home in North Auckland, and the new owners bred from her. Luck was not with them. The first foal died, the second qualified for Murray Edmonds, but proved to have a breathing problem .. 

But Craig and Suzy persisted and, yesterday, AGNES's third baby, filly WENDY'S SHADOW qualified on a breeze a Cambridge. Alas, AGNES didn't see it. She had been felled by the colic a year previously. Apart from WENDY (named for Wendy Williams, AGNES's trainer and carer of her pre-Northland life) she left two more orphans: filly RITORNA VINCITOR (by Vincent, and obviously named by me!) and colt GERALT (by Captain Crunch) sold at the yearling sales this year. So AGNES's family will live on ...

Here is WENDY coming in as a qualifier. I hope that rainbow portends something!

Monday, July 10, 2023

Cartesians: Who Did You Think You Were


Mid-July. Winter. Fire on. Below zero. Sun struggling to tear away the grey clouds ...  I think he may succeed. Eventually. (He did)

In the meanwhile ... let's find out if I can identify a few more C19th Cartesians. You never know!

Surprise.  Here is a bundle of names and numbers to add, mostly as headers, to the articles in the G&S Archive! Their D'Oyly Carte credits are listed on https://gsarchive.net/whowaswho/index.htm. Some of the lies and pretences have, hopefully, been here excised from 'accepted knowledge'!

Edwin Bowers EVE (b St Pancras 16 December 1849; d Hampshire 1887). By John ex Anne. Father died soon after his birth. Worked as a merchant's clerk when not chorussing.

Edward Hall DAVENPORT (b Handsworth 17 March 1855; d 1899) son of Henry J Davenport, floorcloth maker) and his wife Amelia. Husband of Florence Hennessy. Worked latterly as a newspaper reporter.

Henry George COLEMAN (b Birmingham 1849; Northampton 1935) son of shoemaker turned chapel-keeper William Coleman and his wife Ann Austin. Originally a collector for the waterworks. Married Elizabeth Mary Allen. Latterly became a manufacturer of toilet brushes, and by 1911 was a Superintendant of a Home for Crippled Boys.

Clara Deveine [DAVIE, Clare] (b Aberdeen September 17 September 1856 or 7; d Kensington 1945) by James Davie ex Clara Mackay. Illegitimate daughter 1877. Married Arthur du Pasquin Yates of the Carte Company, son of the well-known theatre author and manager Edmund Yates. A son was killed aged 21 in the great War, soon after the parents had separated (1910). Clare had a fine dozen years in the theatre, singing at the Philharmonic, with Joseph Eldred, with Emily Soldene at the Alhambra, with Edward Cotte in operetta, in several Carte tours (Saphir, Leila), and latterly in drama.

Clara Deveine

Lena DWELLY [DWELLY, Helena Toynbee] (b 123 Heyworth St, Everton 1874; d Golders Green 11 March 1951) draper's daughter. Married Arthur Maynard Crickett (draper).

Arthur de JONG (b 13 December 1866) Spent much time in South Africa as a producer and entrepreneur, and was latterly 'director of entertainments' at Hove. I see him in 1940 heading off on an umpteenth sea voyage to Cape Town ... in 1945 he is at his home in 25b Selbourne Rd, Hove, with one Alexandra Maude Deegan, housekeeper ..

Caroline de KOVRIGIN [WRIGHT, Caroline Gertrude] (b Marylebone 1861; d Bayswater 10 September 1935) dancer, elocutionist, vocalist, musichall performer, teacher in turn.

Maude DIGBY [VICKERY, Leonida Maude] (b St Helier, Jersey 6 May 1855; d Epping 1950). Daughters of 'l'écrivain de la Cour Royale'. Went to Australia, young, with her sister. They performed there successfully as Solange Novaro and Andrée Novaro. 'Solange' (ie Maude) married Frederick Henry Digby, editor of a Christchurch newspaper and the couple returned to Britain.

Solange Novaro

Louise de MERVALE [CHAMBERS, Louisa Margaret] (b Birmingham 6 October 1870) daughter of William (carriage dealer) and Louisa Jane Chambers, wife of Cartesian Thomas Lewis Campion. 

Louise de Mervale

Alice CARLE (b Portland, Maine 10 October 1855; d Portland, 28 August 1934) daughter of Charles Edward Carle and Sarah A née Shaw. Wife of Charles E Seaver of Cambridge, Mass.  Well-known contralto actress in American musical theatre.

Alice Carle

Nita or Annie COLE [COLE, Annie Gertrude] (b Shoreditch 1867; d 1 Durrington Avenue, Wimbledon, 2 November 1957) Daughter of Richard Townsend Clarke, cheesemonger's foreman, and a singer from an early age, 'Nita' married widowed stockbroker Egerton Harry John Clarke in 1893 and retired to a well-heeled future. The marriage was notable for the fact that Nita's witness for the occasion was Richard D'Oyly Carte.

Nita Cole

Edith [Gladys] COURTNEY (b 143 Grays Inn, Rd 2 May 1870; d Worthing 8 May 1942) A busy actress who sang on British and colonial stages for many years.

[Mary] Kathleen CORRI (b Shoreditch 20 January 1857; d Lambeth 1936) The original Phoebe of Billee Taylor, and a scion of an enormous British musical family. Her husband was a sometime hotel owner in Folkestone.

Joseph RITTE [RITTENBERG, Joseph] (b Edinburgh 24 April 1872; d Thorpe Bay 6 July 1950) chorister brother of the better-known 'Philip Ritte'.

Ernest F[rancis] LAWS (b Battersea, London 7 March 1881; d Vancouver, Canada 18 November 1954). Son of London metal worker, went on the stage in his teens in the provinces  The Adventures of Lady Ursula etc) as an actor, and with the aid of a stout baritone voice, played in The Emerald Isle (Earl of Fessenden, Black Dan) with the Carte/Greet company. He subsequently was seen on the road as the hero of the musical A Trip to Japan. He married Margaret Louise Madeline Hirschberg, from St Leonards, and their son Don was born in 1905, at which time Laws was still describing himself as 'actor'. He seems to have been the 'Laws' of quick-change musical act on the halls from 1905-1909. The family emigrated, soon after, to Canada where Laws worked as a land agent and occasional concert promotor. 

I think my identifications are right. It is hard to be sure when part-time old-time thespians used different names, ages, occupations, husbands and wives et al on various documents. And it is so easy, 150 years on, to make a mistake. I think I have just found a booboo in an identification I made last year ...

It came about thus. I realised that I had never investigated the why and what of the fine singer Charles ROWAN who was prominent in the British musical theatre in the 1880s and 1890s. His performance cv began in 1880, as a tenor with a variety of Minstrel and Diorama troupes in England and Ireland. By 1881 he had moved into comic opera appearing in the provinces is Les Cloches de Corneville, La Princesse de Trébizonde, and La Mascotte. While appearing in the last-named, he was summoned to the Savoy (August 1883) to dep for Durward Lely as Tolloller in Iolanthe. Within weeks, he had married (29 September 1883), and begun a good stint with the Carte companies, playing the tenor roles in Princess Ida, The Sorcerer, Trial by Jury and The Mikado over several seasons.

Charles Rowan

During that time he had a daughter. I was sure it was the right Charles Rowan when I saw that the child was christened Ida. Ida Minna. Minna? But his wife was Emily. Emily Lewis Toplis. Well, she was born that way. But the 1891 census lists her as 'Minna'. Wait a minute ... MINNA LEWIS Rowan?  And who do we have in the Carte company ... Miss Minna Louis. Umm. And Mrs Rowan is an 'actress'?  Indeed. I think I've nailed that one!

Charles worked on through the 80s, co-producing and starring in touring productions of Nell Gwynne, Les Manteaux noirs, La Mascotte, Olivette playing with the Vokes Family, and in the 90s moving into musical comedy -- Morocco Bound, The New Barmaid, Newmarket ...

Minna died in the saddle, as a clever character actress, in 1900. Charles ... Well, when Ida married in 1917 she said her father was deceased. Well, lots of brides have said that, truthfully or no. Usually when the parents' marriage has split up. I don't know.

Further found facts about Charles. Son of Henry Rowan, Birmingham/Sheffield silversmith. Family all silversmiths/metalworkers ..

This is a page in progress.

I need help.

Gimme ....

Reginald CROMPTON (b Almondbury, 14 July 1870; d 12a New North Rd, Exeter 10 December 1945) Solicitor turned singer/actor with considerable success. Less success as a husband.

Isabella Laura CROMBIE (b Sunderland 12 August 1904; d Sunderland 2003) wife of William Alan E Ward of the Carte organisation.

Oh, I thought I'd done Isabelle MUNCEY (eig Isabella) (b Hoxton 9 February 1859; d Cheltenham 13 August 1950). Eldest daughter of Stevenage builder Thomas Muncey and his wife Harriet née Weston. There were heaps of siblings. 

Ah! I see why I held back. Cheltenham 1877. 'Mrs Muncey 'a vocalist well-known in private circles of the Metropolis ..' Mrs? Isabella was single and a teenager. 'Mrs Parker Muncey' singing 'The Jewel Song'? Er .... 'pupil of Signor Giveedoni'? Who? I think that's 'Gilardoni'. And again, singing 'Softly Sighs'? It is not she. This lady was singing in 1871 when Isabella was a pre-teen. Wipe her. Red Herring.

Our Isabelle started singing in her teens and was apparently a chorister and understudy for Carte in The Sorcerer (Mrs Partlett, Spectre Knight). Thereafter, she went out with Mrs Paul playing second to her in A Battle Royal and as Lucy Lockit to her Macheath in The Beggar's Opera and alongside her in her troupe through Southend, Sheffield et al in company of Fred Clifton, Rutland Barrington, and Emily Cross. After Mrs Paul's death, she returned to Gilbert and Sullivan in the Imperial Theatre production of HMS Pinafore, playing Hebe, following up in the role of Cunégonde in Vasseur's Marigold and then as Madame Pompéry in May Bulmer's seasons of Le Voyage en Chine at the Connaught and the Phil.

She took part in the tour of George Fox's operetta The Captain of the Guard (the other contralto was Lucy Franklein of the Carl Rosa), then in another tour by a company playing The Beautiful Galatea, The Waterman, Prizes and Blanks et al before returning to the D'Oyly Carte management to play Iolanthe's Fairy Queen and Lady Jane et al, on tour. At, if my identification is correct, at the ripe age of 24. Age don't show when you are a fairy. 

Oddly, she doesn't seem to have gone on from there. She played Fairy in pantos at Cardiff 1885, Babes in the Wood), and Exeter (1886, Humpty Dumpty), took part in the tryout tourlet of the comic opera The Royal Watchman (11 April 1887). It ended 7 May. And there, I wot, ended the stage career of Miss Muncey. From 28 June, she was Mrs Thomas John Glover ...

If it were she. I know, I know ... its a 99.9% yes, BUT I don't have paperproof ... 

You need paperproof, because oh! how folk lie. My next fabulous fibber is the lady who worked (see G&S archive) as Lena LEIBRANDT [NASH-LEIBRANDT, Helena Woodley] (b Hereford 15 August 1874; d London 1949). Her grave stone insists she was born in 1883. She'd been insisting something of the sort for several decades, since her second marriage to a much younger man.

Helena's father's name was John Tullock NASH (b 11 April 1829; d 57 Somerlyton Rd, Brixton 3 February 1906. His wife was Eleanor Maria(n) Townshend SMITH (1847-1918) daughter of the Exeter Catghedral Orgnaist, George Townshend Smith. Dina Margaretta LEIB(B)RANDT was his Dutch South African mother. Mr Nash was an army officer in India and South Africa, and wrote clear-eyed books about his experiences -- Volunteering in India, Men of the Mutiny, Fighting with the Bengal Yeomen Cavalry -- which are still in print today. As the Nash family travelled to his army postings. it grew Alice (1865), Clayton (Darjeeling 1867), Norman (1871 Hereford), William and George (Kensington, 1873) and then Helena ... It seems that they part of the family which was not on service resided with the widowed Reverend Robert Dixon MA, formerly of the Cathedral School, then of Aylesbeare Vicarage (d 13 February 1893) whose wife had been Eleanor's sister, Ada Blanche Townsend Smith.

So we move on after a pause to say the family historians have made a bronosaurus's breakfast of this family ... one had Helena Woodley Nash and Lena 

So. Lina or Lena otherwise Helena. Clearly, given the Smith family's musical background some of the children must have had a leaning towards the arts? Yes. There is 20 year-old Lena singing in a concert mounted by the charlatan Charles Bishenden at the Exeter Working Men's Club in 1894. There's brother Clayton, active with the local amateur operatics until he weds and scoots off to South Africa. Lina rose to a principal role as Chopinette in Paul Jones, but it was agreed 'her voice is not strong'. However, she was decidedly pretty.

Under such circumstances, you might have expected the 26 year-old Lena, having decided to go on the stage, to turn up in the line at the Gaiety rather than the Savoy, but the Savoy it was who hired her and at the Savoy and its subsequent Adelphi season under William Greet that she played from 1900-1903. During that time she married the company's fine baritone Marcellus Raymond 'Jack' Morand (16 December 1901), and later bore him a daughter Mary Ursula (17 July 1906-1923). Morand had a good career as an actor and singer. Lena walked across a few years of stages in some fine dresses ... and began discovering the highlife which Exeter and the vicarage had not offered. The 'highlife' was a married (to a Rt Hon) and retired army officer and Nottingham MP from Basildon Park, James Archibald Morrison, with money to spend and passion not quite spent. There were divorces all round ... 

Lena did well out of it. She picked up Sir Edward Cripps, stockbroker, eleven years her junior and, to all evidence, lived happily ever after, as Lady Cripps. Her husband outlived her by half a dozen years, until 1955. Morand did all right too. He got £5,500 damages ... Mr Morrison lived on, with a poppy and a lily ...

Edward Kelly LYSTER (b London 1847; d Hanwell 10 June 1895) son of Irish house-painter Henry Lyster and his wife Bridget. Died in the Hanwell lunatic asylum still professing to be a professional vocalist.

Henry Joshua NEGUS (b Godmanchester 4 June 1851; d Leeds 21 December 1909) painter and vocalist.

Florence Violet May DALY (b Dublin c 1862; d Tonbridge Wells 18 December 1927) Daughter of engineer Richard Daly. Married the well-known composer of ballad music, Hermann Löhr. 12 June 1897 she promoted her own concert with guests Marie Duma, Kennerley Rumford, Joseph O'Mara, Alice Davies et al, under the management of Napoleon Vert.

[ADAM] CLINTON ELDER (b Detroit 28 September 1864; d Ypsilanti 18 December 1939)

Born in Wayne, Michigan one of the children of a Scottish gilder and merchant, Adam Elder (1816-1875), he took to music early on and was a member of the Ideal Opera Company, behind Agnes Huntingdon in the mid-1880s (Florac in The Musketeers). He subsequently became the tenor of St Thomas's, Fifth Avenue, increasingly well-regarded and well-paid, singing in concerts, at private parties, in the surrounding towns and I spy him in 1891 at an Irish concert at Steinway Hall.  In that same year, he took a brief trip to London, with his new bride, banker's daughter and musician Fannie née Bogardus, and there he appeared at a concert given by the inevitable Fanny Ronalds, alongside Nordica, Medora Henson, Lucille Saunders et mostly American al.

Back in America, he rejoined Miss Huntington, playing Philip in Captain Thérèse and Rufino in Paul Jones for a long tour before he and Fanny returned to Ypsilanti to take over the music at the local Methodist Church.

In 1894 he appeared as Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia (Ltd), as well as François in Madeleine, Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse, Reginald in Westward Ho! all at the Boston Tremont, before following Camille D'Arville to New York for the remade A Daughter of the Revolution and more successfully as the tenor (Honoré) of an American adaptation of Le Roi Carreau with Francis Wilson and Christie Macdonald. Half a King proved a winner on the touring circuits

In the following years, Elder appeared in vaudeville, in opera at the Castle Square (Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse, Valentine in Olivette, Jacquino in Fidelio, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Fritellini in La Mascotte, Eugene in Erminie atque atque) where one of his roles was the Defendant in Trial by Jury, alongside Lizzie McNicholl and Edward P Temple.

Stints in The French Maid, and Princess Chic with Christie McDonald, a visit to the Casino Theatre for more Erminie with the classic cast of Wilson, Dixey, Pauline Hall and Jennie Weathersby ... and, in 1900, a date at the not yet posh Metropolitan Opera House to share Ralph Rackstraw and Arturo ...

In 1901 he played summer season, with his wife, at Uhrig's Cave ..

The socially-acceptable couple then moved to St Louis ('the leading tenor of St Louis') where he joined the St Thomas Second Baptist Church Choir. He continued to sing for many years, while teaching and concerting. 

Latterly the couple moved to Wyandotte and environs. Fannie died in 1936 (Battle Creek) and Elder, in Ypsilanti, three years later.

And on they come ....

John Henry JUPP (b Arundel 1857; d London 1 January 1919). Son of a labourer, worked early on as a gardener, tenor Jupp joined the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte in 1884. In 1886 he went on tour with Cornélie d'Anka in La Grande-Duchesse, Madame Favart and La Fille de Madame Angot, then joined Violet Melnotte for The Lily of Léoville. In 1889 he returned to Carte for The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard (Leonard), but seems to have left the company before his marriage in 1893 to Alice Maude ROE (b Lambeth 1864; d London 31 March 1949), a former principal with  the Children's Pinafore (Hebe) and the Children's Cloches de Corneville (Germaine). Alice would sing with the Carl Rosa (Siegrune in Valkyrie) and the spouses toured for several years with a 'Royal Court Combination' (bass: George A Fox) purveying operatic selections in halls and music halls, before John Henry switched to beerselling and tobacconisting, in the favoured tradition of the clapped-out singer.

Edith Maud QUARRY (b 1872; d Bournemouth 17 July 1956) called for investigation when a present-day distant relative mentioned her on the Sullivan site as such. The G&S Archive had only her Cartesian credits, so I peeked. Daughter of a bank clerk named Pythagoras Quarry, she worked in the post office as a telegraphist before joining the Carte companies. In 1897 she toured in The Geisha before marrying Herbert Victor Merton [Russell] Cotes, son of a commercial knight, Sir Merton Cotes, of the Bath Hotel, Bournemouth. Hotel and marriage both prospered and Edith was latterly apparently known as 'Lady Russell-Cotes'.

Florence PLOWDEN [EGERTON Serena Ann] (b Lyndhurst, Hants x 11 May 1851; d St Leonards on Sea 15 February 1890) is listed in the G&S Archive, apparently without singing, because she appeared in a forepiece in a Carte tour in early days. Daughter of a labourer/mail carrier from Hampshire, she was married at 19 to clerk John Robinson (b Clifton Lodge x 30 June 1849; d London 14 December 1882). The pair then went on the stage, under the names of Florence Plowden and Vyner Robinson and soon won engagements at a number of London theatres and in good tours. If their theatrical success was good, health was not. Vyner died aged just 33 and Florence retired to the seaside where she became a leading light in local amateur theatricals until her premature death from pneumonia aged 38.

William PLIMMER (b Birmingham 1854) was the first son (of a bunch) of a Birmingham tin plate worker, Thomas Plimmer and his wife Agnes née Bryan, and he followed his father into the metal trade, married ?Mary Ann ?Francis/Phillips (1876) of Birmingham and then ... gave up metal for the stage. His singing career seems to have been largely as a Carte chorister (1881-1887) before his premature death in ?1888.

Another who seems to have died young was teenaged Alice PILON (b 11 January 1868) who sang with the company in 1886. She died in 1888, at the age of 20.

Reginald Alfred Scrope QUENTIN [DAVIES, Reginald Scrope] toured with the Carte in 1902.  He was born in 1873 and married Carte chorine Julia Margaret Willis (b Nenagh Tipperary 13 September 13 September 1876; d Battersea 14 July 1954). They both continued working, she gave birth to a son, Aubrey, in Blackpool (why?) 28 May 1903 and other children thereafter... and through his lifetime he went under various versions of his putative name. Oh, the original Scrope Davies was a crony of the Byron-Shelley gang of dandies, so Reggie either had an ambitious mamma or changed his name for the stage.   Reggie was alive in 1911 and dead in 1939 ....  but by 1907 they were scraping the bowl:

No, that is not our Muriel Harding!

Clarence [William] HUNT (b Sutherland House, Walworth x 26 March 1862; d London Dec 1919-Jan 1920). Son of Dr Richard Hunt, and his wife Sarah Davis née Cathrall, he was evidently not the Clarence Hunt who ran concerts with a Mr Sparrow at Shoreditch and Southend in the 1870s. However Mr Clarence Hunt (tenor) did appear on the Pier at Southend in 1880. Our Clarence appeared in La Vie Parisienne at the Avenue, in Boccaccio, The Pet of Newmarket, Indiana, as Twitcher in the Sims Reeves Beggar's Opera, as Pomponio in La Béarnaise, Barbe-Bleu (1888) and in the latter year married Alice Russell who would bear him a number children.
He played Petit-Pierre in the long Carl Rosa tour of Paul Jones, and in 1892 Pietro in Horace Sedger The Mountebanks before featuring in Allwood's The Piper of Hamelin and Solomon's Sandford and Merton at the Comedy Theatre.  Thereafter he worked as a composer and arranger for pantomime and burlesque, directed and managed various companies, as listed in the Archive. 
In October 1916 and again in 1917 he was admitted to the Lambeth workhouse, his second son was killed at Flanders in 1917, wife Alice died in 1919 and Clarence only months later ... 

John Whitney (b Holborn c1825; d unknown) was one of the eight children of an elder John Whitney (shoemaker) and his wife, Maria.  He began working in his father's trade, married the daughter (Elizabeth Mocroft) of another local cordwainer, and then threw in shoes and took up singing. In 1864 he was singing with Harry Templeton's blackface minstrel troupe, in 1867-8 he was the tenor of a glee party at Gatti's Music Hall, in 1872-3 he was featured tenor ('admirable voice') and sometime chairman at the Star Music Hall, in 1874 he appeared at the Albert Hall in Irish concerts ... and finally he ended up as a chorister with Carte. In the 1891 census he ('widower') dubs himself 'stage manager' ... after which I lose him ...