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12 August 1866, NB Canada; parents b: Ireland (1900 USA Census)

Migrated to CA USA, 1890 from NB Canada.... worked his way west via laboring for the Union Pacific RR.... barbershop owner.... communicant at St Bernards RCCh, Eureka CA USA.... both Henry & Helen attended school.... could read/write, (1900 USA Census)....

Household also contained a Patrick Laverty (possible relative), woodsman, b: N. Ireland 1885, migrated to USA 1907 , single, age 25 years (1910), d: 19 August 1911, accidently in Del Norte Co.... and a Margaret Laverty, daughter of Henry James Laverty, who worked at Montgomery Wards (a department store).

From the voter rolls, 1896 : "Henry James Laverty, age 31 years, 5'7", Barber, Blue Lake Precinct, light complexion, grey eyes, dark hair, from New Brunswick, but born of American parents".

From grandson Gerald Clayton Laverty: " Henry James Laverty died of a ceberal hemorrage, at home, September 25, 1953. He was born August 12 1866. He was 87 years old at death and had been a normally healty person. He was a barber all his life. He owned a shop in Blue Lake, CA that burned down (the chair was saved). In Eureka, he ran a shop on 2nd St (no longer in existence) and cut hair until he was almost 80. He trained pheasant and duck hunting dogs, having 4 kennels in the backyard of the home on Hilsdale St in Eureka, where he resided since about 1906. He liked to hunt birds and visited card casinos to "kibitz".


Helen Douarin, 8 September 1897.... ( b: April 1877, CA; d: 3 October 1967, age 90 years, interred St Bernards RCCem, Eureka CA USA; parents b: France).... by Rev L Kennedy, St Bernards RCCh, Eureka CA.... witnesses: Charles Douvander & Vistorine Douarine


25 September 1953, cerebral hemorrage, age 87 years

4 Kids:

Edward Clyde, b: 10 May 1901, Blue Lake CA, bap: 2 June 1901, by Rev W Laffran, St Bernards RCCh, Eureka CA, sponsor: Dan McCahan & Nellie Powers; d: age 6 years, 19 November 1907, Blue Lake CA, cause: Brights Disease; interred Blue Lake Cem, Blue Lake CA

Gladys Louise, b: 3 April 1904, Blue Lake CA, bap: 2 October 1904, by Rev T Dermody, St Bernards RCCh, Eureka CA, sponsors: Robert Rousseau & Kate McCoy;.... worked as a "supporting actress" in the Hollywood "movies" during the late "silents" and "early "talkies" era; her stage/ film name was Jean Bary.

Her sister Peg (Billings) reports via her niece, Loreen (Eliason): "Saw my Aunt Peg yesterday. She said she did'nt think Gladys had made this particular film (Tangeled Trails, following) Of course we know that she did. I asked her how Aunt Gladys got to Hollywood and she replied, "on a bus". Aunt Peg is really dead pan. Anyway, apparently in those days a talent scout would come into an area and set up a play. Local aspiring actors would come and sign up for the play. Gladys was in the chorus line and she was selected to go on with the play to San Francisco. I asked Aunt Peg what Grandma and Granpa thought about that and she said she really did'nt know. That they did'nt talk about it but that she did'nt think they were very happy about it. She went on to San Fancisco on the train and then the play, or whatever it was, went onto Los Angeles and she went on with it and that was that. She was very young, just finished high school."

Futher from Loreen (Hamilton) .... "Aunt Gladys lived in Las Vegas. Her husband was a slot machine repairman and they were very much in love. I remember when they came to Eureka (CA) to visit my grandmother. Gladys was always so beautiful. She had the most beautiful eyes. Turquoise and hugh. I have a studio photo of her that I will reproduce as best I can and mail it to you. I have it framed and hanging on my wall. She had long blonde streaked hair and always wore a lot of Southwest jewelry. Her husband Bill had lots of hair. I remember that. He had premature grey hair and was very handsome."

At least one of her films, made in 1921, called "Tangled Trails" (aka Sands of Sacrifice) was produced by Neal Hart Productions & starred Neal Hart (also it included our Jean as "Mrs Hall") as a Northwest Mountie who sought out unscrupulous promoters who sold worthless mining stock. She , futher, worked for Lowe's Inc, Culver City CA, 1938. While working for Lowe's, she, then, resided at 840 South Hobart St Los Angeles CA..... Some of her other screen credits, according to "The Motion Picture Guide" were":

                        The Cock-Eyed World... Fanny (1929)                                                             
                        Why Leave Home (1929)... Jackie                                                                 
                        Lilies of the Fields (1930)... Gertie                                                            
                        Mothers Cry (1930)... Sadye                                                                     
                        Scarlet Pages (1930)... Carlotta                                                                 
                        Bright Lights (1931)... Violet Van Dam
                            aka Adventures in Africa
                        June Moon (1931)                                                                                 
                        Diamond Jim (1935)                                                                               
                        Florida Special (1936)                                                                          
                        After The Thin Man (1936)                                                 

                        (some available on video)                                                 

She is also noted in "WHO'S WHO'S HOLLYWOOD 1900-1976 by David Ragan" as one of the "LOST PLAYERS", that is one who is recognized as a legitimate actress but for which there is no "bio" available.

Purportedly she was instrumental in bringing Hollywood film stars Clark Gable & Carol Lombard together; also, she has reported that actress Jean Harlow had ermine toilet seats in her home.

Her marriage name was Jean or Gladys Jean Muir....lived as a housewife in Las Vegas NV for over 20 years with husband William V (Bill) Muir who, "adored her", was a slot machine mechanic (present where-abouts unknown, 2000).... they retired to 108 Wawona St, Pismo Beach CA....d: 28 September 1973 Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo Co, CA, age 69 years, terminal carcinomatosis, heavy smoker....interred from the Sunset Funeral Chapel in the Los Osos Memorial Park.... no known kids.... SSN: 549-12-5418.

Her "obit" in the San Luis Obispo County CA Telegram - Tribune on Monday, October 1, 1973 read:

"GLADYS MUIR--Graveside services for Gladys Jean Muir will be conducted Tuesday at 2 pm at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. The Rev. Father Shehan of St Patrick's Catholic in Arroyo Grande will officiate."

"Mrs Muir, 69, died Friday at her Pismo Beach home. She was born April 3, 1904, in Blue Lake and lived in the South County for more than a year."

"Survivors are the widower, William of Pismo Beach; a stepson William H Muir of South Lake; a sister Margaret Billings of Eureka; and a brother, Henry Laverty of San Francisco."

"Services are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Chapel, Grover City."

Henry (Hank) Joseph , b: 5 December 1905, Blue Lake CA, bap: 6 May 1906, by Rev L Kennedy, St Bernards RCC, Eureka CA, sponsors: Angus McMillan & Mary McMillan

Successful SF CA stockbroker/bond trader for 20 years at Dean Witter & Co, SF CA etal, Davis-Skaggs & Portsmouth Financial Services, after working his way through UC Berkeley CA as a cafeteria worker.... reportedly, at one time, "he was twice divorced and keeping company with a widow & did'nt want a ring in his nose".... m: Parilee Jane Thomson, 22 February 1934, dissolve 1936, one son: Gerald Clayton Laverty.... m: Geraldine (Perrera) Thom-Warden, 1945, dissolved 1962, 2 daughters: Aileen & Loreen.... & S/O Majorie Lee Jones who lived at (1969) 729 Bay St, SF.... at one time he worked as a liquor store clerk.... a woodsman.... a Birdeye distributor (Laverty & Mackey Co).... his son Gerald Clayton Laverty notes:" Hank was always an Elk and in SF went to the club almost every day. He played pinochle, bridge and golf.... He liked to visit the seashore to "clam", "mussel" or dive for abalone.... He liked to make bets on sports games and watch them on TV.... Sometimes he won several hundred dollars.... He played the stock market too.... All of his children were with him as he neared death.... He donated his body to UC Med Ctr and later he was cremated.... his ashes scattered into the sea by Loreen."

From the San Francisco Chronical 7 May 1989: "LAVERTY, HENRY JOSEPH**, May 4 , 1989; after a brief illness; age 83 years; native Californian; born in Blue Lake, grew up in Eureka and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1926; he worked most of his life in the investment business; during his career he had been a senior trader with Dean Witter, a trader with Davis Skaggs and a stock broker and investment consultant with Porthsmouth Financial services since 1983; he was also amember of the San Francisco Elks Club; he was lovingly remembered by his friend and companion of 21 years Majorie Lee Jones* of San Francisco; his sister Margaret Billings of Eureka; his son Gerald C Laverty of Santa Clara; his daughters Aileen Laverty Treadwell of San Rafael, Loreen MacCarthy of Forts Braggs; his grandchildren Alicia, James and Stephanie Laverty of Santa Clara, Aimee MacCarthy of Fort Braggs; and friends.

At Mr Laverty's request his body has been donated to UC Medical Center and there will be no services.

The family requests contributions or letters of support to organizations protecting the California coast from offshore drilling, to Planned Parenhood , or Guide Dogs for the Blind".

* Majorie Jones deceased 16 September 1997, San Rafael CA

** SSN: 557-07-9201

His son reports: " He just got tired and died. He was 6"1", 200 lbs. Throughout most of his life he was healthy. Suffered shingles at age 80 and renal failure a week before his death. He worked for Davis-Skaggs for about 30 years and still walked to and from work at age 83.":

3 Kids:

Gerald Clayton (Jerry) Laverty

m:Diane Lynn Berner (dissolved after 17 years),

3 kids:

Alicia Parilee (Laverty) Foley, b: 17 October 1969, m:Steven Foley, 16 August 1998

James Gerald, b: 7 February 1972, not married

Stephanie Irene (Laverty) Garcia, b: 22 October 1974, m:Michael Garcia, Las Vegas NV, 22 February 1991

;Michael Garcia Jr,
b: 26 December 1994

Nathaniel Garcia,
b: 3 February 1999

m:Loretta Adams, 3 December 1989 (dissolved after 9 years), no kids.

Aileen Laverty , b: 22 February 1946, Eureka CA; bap: RC; attended St Bernards School, Eureka CA; no kids; at age 26, m: James L Treadwell (age 34) in SF county on 19 December 1971 (dissolved), no kids

Loreen Laverty , b: 13 April 1948, Eureka CA; bap: RC; ownes a pub in Phillipsville CA; no kids; at age 29, m: Michael MacCarthy, age 30, in Marin county on 9 July 1979 (d: automobile accident); m: Richard Hamilton (dissolved, 1998), m: Gary Eliason, 23 September 2000 at the Harley-Davidson Wedding Chapel, Reno NV

Margaret (Billings), b: Blue Lake CA, m: Denver Billings; worked for Montgomery Wards, Firestone, Buran Equip & Ryan Plumbing & the Red Wood Shop (til 65 years old) (making lamp shades from redwood burl); at one time played golf & made ceramic pots


Ed Costello
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