Twelve year old Dorothy Chapman Bour (1891- ) was
the daughter of advertising salesman, Charles J.
Bour (1864-1940), and Carrietta C. Chapman Bour
(1861-1950), daughter of a Cassopolis, Michigan
shoemaker. The Bour family lived in the Woodlawn
area. Five years after the Iroquois Theater fire she
was a freshman at the University High School.
Dorothy's father had various business interests,
including outdoor advertising for with his brother,
John Bour, and ownership in a vending machine
company. In 1915 he went into the automobile
manufacturing business with Robert C. Davis, a
steamship engineer. The company, Bour-Davis Co.,
produced fewer than 300 cars during its two-year
Dorothy spent her adult life in the Miami, Florida
area where she married twice and bore two children.
Her first marriage, to Harold Purington Brown
(1892-1951), ended in divorce when he was wooed away
by another woman with cash flashing parents.
Dorothy brought a $350,000 alienation of affection
suit against her ex’s new in-laws for using monetary
gifts to lure him away for their daughter.
Her second husband, wed in 1941, was Roy L. Modlin.
Joey Graham might have been the thirteen-year-old
son of Patrick Graham (1856-) and Catherine Graham
(1857-) but there were at least six boys named
Joseph/Joe Graham living in Chicago in 1900, none on
Jeffrey Avenue where Joey was said to live in 1903.
I failed to learn the relationship between Dorothy
and Joey. Patrick Graham was a carriage painter but
Charles Bour was twelve years away from