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  • ID: I402
  • Reference Number: 402
  • Name: Evebelle Ross PROUT
  • Name: Evebelle Ross GEIGER
  • Sex: F
  • Change Date: 04 APR 2003
  • Birth: 09 OCT 1894 in Zanesville, OH
  • Death: NOV 1980 in Coral Gables, FL
  • Note: Had no children.
  • Event: Event-Misc 1912
  • Note:
    Appeared in silent movie "The New Church Organ" cast as "snobbish Church girl". Plot Outline: An organ salesman falls in love with the organist's daughter. Cast: Beverly Bayne as Beverly Barlow, Francis X. Bushman as Austin Strong, Eva Prout as Snobbish Church Girl.

    Leading Players:
    Beverly Bayne
    Francis X. Bushman
    Eva Prout

    http://www.blockbuster.com/bb/movie/details/0,7286,VID-V+++266119,00.html?

    http://us.imdb.com/Credits?0221429

    http://www.cnmovies.com/_search/filmdetails.asp?ID=196660
  • DSCR: was described by James Thurber "She was beautiful as the Helens of Poe and Troy, graceful as Endymion etc. etc." and her voice "Keats' nightengale." 16 JUL 1918 1 2
  • Note:
    Excerpt from http://216.239.53.100/search?q=cache:5fQu1Vfa3yAC:www.salon.com/sex/feature/2002/02/12/love_letters/index1.html+eve+prout+james+thurber&hl=en&ie=UTF-8:

    James Thurber had an even tougher time courting young Eva Prout, who had the audacity to ignore his advances utterly. So he applied, perhaps inadvertently, another Dartnell rule, instructing copywriters to "Inject interesting personalities -- when you have them to write about. People are interested in other people. The more interesting the people, the more interested other people are in reading about them." Naturally, we've all seen testimonials before, and poetic evocations of figures from history, but James Thurber may hold something of a record in the following litany: "A woman is often a wonderful thing. And you are. But in you, as in all of them, is the indifference of Carmen, the joy in cruelty of Cleopatra, the tyrannical marble-heartedness of Katherine de Medici, and the cold glitter of all the passionless despots of men's warm souls since sex first originated -- since Eve broke the heart of humanity forever and laughed with sadistic joy at Adam sweating blood on the rack she made for him ..."
  • Event: Event-Misc 1911
  • Note:
    Appeared in silent movie "Little Red Riding Hood". There is also reference to a 1911 version of this movie starring Mary Pickford but it is likely not the same as this one Eve appeared in.

    LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1911/Essanay) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
    Based on the childrens fairytale.
    Cast: Eva Prout.
    A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

    http://us.imdb.com/Title?0208264

    http://216.239.53.100/search?q=cache:Z3PEX_FxvawC:www.kjenkins49.fsnet.co.uk/l.htm+%22little+red+riding+hood%221911+prout&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

    http://www.cnmovies.com/_search/persondetails.asp?id=214386
  • Event: Event-Misc 1914
  • Note:
    Appeared in the silent movie "The Perils of Pauline" according to this source but not listed in cast.

    http://216.239.53.100/search?q=cache:OMch4WiLcw4C:www.shortnorth.com/ThurberConnection.html+%22perils+of+pauline%22prout&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

    The only reference to "The Perils of Pauline" in this year are to a 20 part silent episodic series. It is, though, in the article referred to as a movie.

    I have found and ordered a video of "9 Chapters" of this series. It is unclear how many of the 20 episodes are included in it. Some websites infer that some or many of the episodes have been lost.

    I will watch it closely!
  • Event: Event-Misc 1911
  • Note:
    Appeared in "The Three Bears" (Goldilocks and the Three Bears), Essanay.

    http://www.cnmovies.com/_search/persondetails.asp?id=214386
    3
  • Event: Event-Misc 1912
  • Note:
    Appeared in "A Corner in Whiskers", Essanay. Leading Players:
    Eleanor Blanchard
    Dolores Cassinelli
    Billy Mason
    Eva Prout
    Mildred Weston

    http://www.cnmovies.com/_search/filmdetails.asp?ID=58401
  • Event: Event-Misc 1912
  • Note:
    Appeared in "The Thrifty Parson", Essanay. Leading Players:
    Beverly Bayne
    Eleanor Blanchard
    Charles Hitchcock
    Charles Huntington
    Howard Missimer
    Eva Prout
    John Steppling

    http://www.cnmovies.com/_search/filmdetails.asp?ID=285175
  • Event: Event-Misc ABT 1904 Sullivant School, Columbus, OH
  • Note: sang at a school Christmas Concert. James Thurber, even in 1937 remembered the day: "...once, in the 5th grade at Sullivant School, Miss Ferrell, teacher, she had a Xmas concert and Eva Prout, my girl, sang "Slumber Boat" and "Sing Me to Sleep"..." 4 5
  • Note: Great-grandaunt of researcher Rick Jackson.
  • Education: Third through 6th Grade. BET SEP 1903 AND 1907 Sullivant School, Columbus, OH 6
  • Education: Seventh and eigth grades. BET SEP 1907 AND 1909 Douglas School, Columbus, OH 7
  • Event: Event-Misc ABT 1901 Trinity Church, Columbus, OH
  • Note:
    A German choirmaster noticed her deep contralto voice and arranged for her to sing at Sunday evening mezzanine concerts in the downtown hotels.

    Mother agrees to local vaudeville theater, the Keith, manager for Eva to debut there.

    During week at the Keith was heard by booking agent of another theater circuit and began summer performances.
    8
  • Event: Event-Misc BET 1901 AND 1907
  • Note: Each summer toured and sang professionally, returning to school each fall. 3
  • Event: Event-Misc ABT 1912
  • Note: Appeared in Essanay silent film Cinderella. 3
  • Event: Event-Misc 1912
  • Note:
    Appeared in Essanay Film "The Girls of Grassville":
    LC Control Number: 89714474
    Summary: Tom Carver is returning to Grassville after eight years, taking his four pals for a visit. The boys decide to pull a prank on Tom's old sweetheart, Rose, and her four friends. They write five identical letters proposing marriage, sign Tom's name to all of them, and send one to each girl. Of course the girls see through the plot immediately and turn the tables on the fellows. They pull a prank or two of their own, but in the end they make up, pair up and are all married in a happy ceremony with the Grassville folks giving them a rousing send-off.

    Related Titles: Grassville girls, Progress of Grassville

    Notes: Copyright: no reg.
    In all secondary sources the title appears as: The Grassville girls.
    Title found on one interior title is: The progress of Grassville.
    Most cast members visually identified; confirmed in Blum's A pictorial history of the silent screen, p. 29.
    End title and parts of picture lacking; nitrate deterioration printed through.
    NCN000101; The Girls of Grassville; Dawson No231.
    Reference sources used: Moving picture world, v. 14, p. 165; A pictorial history of the silent screen, p. 29; American film-index 1908-1915.
    Cast: Billy Mason (Tom Carver), Beverly Bayne (Rose), Dolores Cassinelli, E.H. Calvert, Whitney Raymond, Eva Prout, Lily Branscombe, Charles Hitchcock, William Bailey.
    9
  • Event: Event-Misc 1966
  • Note: Made her last visit to Columbus. 10
  • Event: Event-Misc 1973 Coral Gables, FL
  • Note: Interviewed by OSU's Dr. Lewis Branscomb. 10
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    Father: Richard Cincinnatus PROUT b: 18 JUL 1851 in Cincinnati, OH
    Mother: Belle Brandon BROWN b: 10 AUG 1858 in or 1859, Cincinnati?

    Marriage 1 Ernest Bailey GEIGER b: 04 FEB 1900 in Zanesville, OH
    • Married: 28 APR 1924 in Muskingum, OH
    • Note: Kinney Bio shows 30 Apr.
    • Event: Event-Misc 1939
    • Note: Retired from show business and moved from Zanesville to Coral Gables Florida. 10
    • Divorced: 09 OCT 1946 in Miami, FL
    • Note: Final Decree of Divorce filed. Eve was Plaintiff. 11

    Sources:
    1. Title: Letter from James Thurber To Elliott Nugent, Recipient: Elliott Nugent
      Abbrev: Thurber - letter to Nugent
      Author: James Thurber
      Publication: 16 Jul 1918
      Note:
      This letter is referred to in Bernsteins Thurber Bio
    2. Title: The Short North Gazette: The Thurber Connection
      Abbrev: Thurber - Short North Gazette
      Author: Tom Thomson
      Publication: Feb 2003
      Note:
      Online archives http://www.shortnorth.com/ThurberConnection.html
      Page: 67
    3. Title: James Thurber, His Life and Times
      Abbrev: Thurber by Kinney
      Author: Compiler: Harrison Kinney
      Publication: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995
      Page: 206
    4. Title: The Short North Gazette: The Thurber Connection
      Abbrev: Thurber - Short North Gazette
      Author: Tom Thomson
      Publication: Feb 2003
      Note:
      Online archives http://www.shortnorth.com/ThurberConnection.html
      Page: 26
    5. Title: Letter from James Thurber to John and Donia McNulty, Recipient: John and Donia Mcnulty
      Abbrev: Thurber - letter to McNultys
      Author: James Thurber
      Publication: 21 Nov 1937
      Note:
      This letter is cited in Thurber, A Biography.
    6. Title: James Thurber, His Life and Times
      Abbrev: Thurber by Kinney
      Author: Compiler: Harrison Kinney
      Publication: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995
      Page: 1080
    7. Title: James Thurber, His Life and Times
      Abbrev: Thurber by Kinney
      Author: Compiler: Harrison Kinney
      Publication: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995
      Page: 1081
    8. Title: James Thurber, His Life and Times
      Abbrev: Thurber by Kinney
      Author: Compiler: Harrison Kinney
      Publication: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995
      Page: 205
    9. Title: Library of Congress, Url: www.loc.gov
      Abbrev: LOC
    10. Title: James Thurber, His Life and Times
      Abbrev: Thurber by Kinney
      Author: Compiler: Harrison Kinney
      Publication: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1995
      Page: 1096
    11. Title: Divorce - Final Decree
      Abbrev: Divorce Doc.
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