father, Frank Jandrew* (1880-1946), was a stage
carpenter. He was among those in the Mr. Bluebeard
company held in Chicago to testify before the grand
jury. His testimony was not reported in newspapers,
probably because his observations duplicated those
of other stage workers.
Frank's wife, Louise, was a chorus girl who
performed for a few years under the stage name,
Louise Elton. The pair married in April, 1903 and
lived at 345 East 31st Street in Manhattan.
Louise gave birth to a baby boy in mid December,
1903, while Frank was in Chicago with the Mr.
Bluebeard company. Though Frank was not permitted to
return to New York with the company immediately
after the Iroquois fire, Louise attended the
homecoming party when the Bluebeard company's train
arrived. While there she spoke to a newspaper
reporter and in a thoughtless moment joked that they
were going to name their infant, “Frank Bluebeard
Jandrew." (I found no evidence that they did so.)
Louise died in 1909 and their son, Francis Jandrew
Jr., died of spinal meningitis a few months later at
Frank Jandrew was one of twelve or thirteen children
born to Alexander Jandrew (1857-1920) and Anna Pack Jandrew (1860-1921),
several of whom worked as carpenters and
electricians in NYC theaters in the early 1900s. In 1898, prior to beginning his
carpentry career, Frank served in the U.S. army
during the Spanish American war. He remarried after
Louise's death, and was widowed once again, then
between 1920 and 1930 married and divorced. A son,
Theodore, was born in 1914 of the second marriage.
Louise performed in the
chorus of “The Social Whirl” in 1906 and in 1908 in
a stock company with Lulu Glaser at the Lyric
Theater in New York. In 1909 she performed in the
chorus of “The Belle of Brittany” and may be among
the performers in the accompanying picture. A
descendent reports that Louise died when gangrene
set in to a leg broken during a Broadway
performance. It is not yet known if Belle of
Brittany was the production.
Louise G. Lewis Jandrew (c1887-1909) was the oldest
of three children born to Ethel Temple (1870-1931) and
Louis Lewis. Ethyl and Louis divorced and with
her second husband, a New York City policeman,
Stephen Frahm, Ethyl bore two more children, one of
whom, Gladys E. Frahm (1899-1992) - would
produce a grandson who became an actor, Keith Rice.
In 1906 Louise and her mother were shopping at the
NYC branch of the Chicago-born Siegel-Cooper
department store. Mortar vibrated loose from the
interior walls of an elevator shaft, fell down
through the wire mesh ceiling of the elevator car in
which Ethel was riding, fell through the mesh onto
on Ethel's head and briefly knocked her unconscious.
She suffered various neural injuries and two suits
were brought against Siegel-Cooper; one for her
injuries and another for her husband's loss of a
companion. The cases were found in their favor but
the appeal went to the New York supreme court and
the awards were reduced from $20,000 to $7,000.