Jersey native, Victor Hugo Bozardt (1885-1965), was
one of several members of the
Moonlight octet who
testified before the coroner’s jury in a manner
newspaper reporters described as rehearsed.
"Q. Did you see any curtain lowered?
A. No sir.
Q. Somebody carried you out?
A. I couldn't say that; some say I was blown out.
After the Iroquois he worked his way out of the
chorus and into small vaudeville parts in road
company productions of A Little of Everything
(described as a “merry musical skit”), The
Passing Show, Hanky Panky, Hurdy-Gurdy
Girl, Pleasure Seekers, Happiest Night
of His Life, The Tyrant, The
Nightingale and Mary’s Lamb.
Victor was the son of South Carolina and Connecticut
natives, Richard Arthur and Ida Bozardt. He lived
most of his life in the Hudson, New Jersey area.
His best years professionally were in the 1920s. By
1940 he was collecting tickets. He lived for twenty
years or more with a fellow theater person, Eva