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December 28, 1990
Services for Lavenia Hagner Sill, a retired switchboard operator, will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road.Mrs. Sill, who lived with her son in Ellicott City, died of a brain tumor Christmas Day at University Hospital. She was 78.She retired in 1977 from the accounting department of the Southland Corp. in Baltimore, where she had worked for 15 years.Mrs. Sill, formerly of Parkville, was born in Baltimore and attended public schools.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Sad to hear about Deanna Durbin's death this week at the age of 91. The Winnipeg-born Hollywood actress and singer was a terrific talent whose 1930s and '40s movies earned her enormous popularity (my late father was one of her biggest fans). Deanna Durbin became nearly as famous for her extraordinary retirement from show business in 1949 -- giving up everything to move to France with her third husband. She remained basically secluded for the rest of her long life. At the risk of seeming inappropriate, I thought you wouldn't mind if I devoted this installment of my Midweek Madness featurette to this endearing artist, especially since this clip manages to capture her operatic ability, charm and comedic flair all in one. This is a scene from her last film, "The Love of Mary" (1948)
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October 5, 2003
Carolyn Ann "Polly" Bailey, a career switchboard operator, died of cancer Wednesday at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville woman was 65. Born Carolyn Miller in Baltimore, Mrs. Bailey graduated in 1955 from Frederick Douglass High School. She took a job as a switchboard operator at Read's drugstore at Howard and Lexington streets, where she worked for three years. She then spent a decade as a switchboard operator at the Hochschild Kohn department store on Howard Street. Mrs. Bailey became an employee at Provident Hospital on Liberty Heights Avenue, where she worked for 10 years before the hospital merged with Lutheran Hospital to become Liberty Medical Center.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
Mary Aitken, a retired switchboard operator who taught music in Baltimore public schools, died of Alzheimer's disease March 28 at her home in the Ridervale section of Riderwood in Baltimore County. She was 89. Born Mary Wootsey Derr in Roanoke, Va., she was raised in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Maury High School in 1946. She moved to Baltimore and earned a teacher's degree in voice at the Peabody Conservatory in 1950. There she met her husband, Richard Aitken, a jazz pianist who played at the Prime Rib and the old Eager House.
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July 14, 2002
Gertrude A. Zemon, a homemaker and former hospital switchboard operator, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Milford Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Randallstown. She was 94. Gertrude Gaken was born and raised in East Baltimore and was a 1925 graduate of Western High School. After attending business school, Mrs. Zemon went to work as a switchboard operator at Sinai Hospital, then on East Monument Street. She worked there until 1935, when she married Sol Zemon, a wholesale hardware salesman for William H. Cole Co. He died in 1989.
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January 21, 2004
Grace W. Hastings, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator, died of heart failure Thursday at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. She was 98. She was born and raised Grace Lemmon on her family's Lisbon farm. She was a graduate of Howard County public schools and went to work for C&P in 1928 as a switchboard operator. She retired in 1963. A longtime resident of Baker Avenue in Catonsville, she was married in 1932 to Clifton Hastings, a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar motorman who died in 1975.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
Mary Aitken, a retired switchboard operator who taught music in Baltimore public schools, died of Alzheimer's disease March 28 at her home in the Ridervale section of Riderwood in Baltimore County. She was 89. Born Mary Wootsey Derr in Roanoke, Va., she was raised in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Maury High School in 1946. She moved to Baltimore and earned a teacher's degree in voice at the Peabody Conservatory in 1950. There she met her husband, Richard Aitken, a jazz pianist who played at the Prime Rib and the old Eager House.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Sad to hear about Deanna Durbin's death this week at the age of 91. The Winnipeg-born Hollywood actress and singer was a terrific talent whose 1930s and '40s movies earned her enormous popularity (my late father was one of her biggest fans). Deanna Durbin became nearly as famous for her extraordinary retirement from show business in 1949 -- giving up everything to move to France with her third husband. She remained basically secluded for the rest of her long life. At the risk of seeming inappropriate, I thought you wouldn't mind if I devoted this installment of my Midweek Madness featurette to this endearing artist, especially since this clip manages to capture her operatic ability, charm and comedic flair all in one. This is a scene from her last film, "The Love of Mary" (1948)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 22, 2011
Clara W. Armour, a retired switchboard operator and world traveler, died July 18 at Sinai Hospital from complications of a fall. The Windsor Mill resident was 93. The daughter of a farmer and a homemaker, Clara Wall was born in rural Rockingham, N.C., where she received her early education. When she was 13, she relocated with her family to Morristown, N.J., in 1931, and went to work as a domestic and caring for children. During World War II, she worked at nearby Picatinny Arsenal as a switchboard operator, and then became one of the first African-American switchboard operators when she took a job at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons, N.J. She moved to Dundalk in 1955 when her husband, a career Army officer, was transferred to Fort Holabird.
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April 17, 2005
Agnes L. Murphy, a retired telephone company worker, died Monday at St. Agnes HealthCare after being injured in a fall at her home. She was 81 and had lived for more than four decades in Linthicum. Born in Baltimore and raised on Hollins Street, she attended the old St. Martin's Academy. In 1941, she began working for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator at its Gilmor Street exchange. She was later a payroll and desk clerk and retired in 1985 from the Inner Harbor office.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2011
Clara W. Armour, a retired switchboard operator and world traveler, died July 18 at Sinai Hospital from complications of a fall. The Windsor Mill resident was 93. The daughter of a farmer and a homemaker, Clara Wall was born in rural Rockingham, N.C., where she received her early education. When she was 13, she relocated with her family to Morristown, N.J., in 1931, and went to work as a domestic and caring for children. During World War II, she worked at nearby Picatinny Arsenal as a switchboard operator, and then became one of the first African-American switchboard operators when she took a job at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons, N.J. She moved to Dundalk in 1955 when her husband, a career Army officer, was transferred to Fort Holabird.
NEWS
January 21, 2004
Grace W. Hastings, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator, died of heart failure Thursday at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. She was 98. She was born and raised Grace Lemmon on her family's Lisbon farm. She was a graduate of Howard County public schools and went to work for C&P in 1928 as a switchboard operator. She retired in 1963. A longtime resident of Baker Avenue in Catonsville, she was married in 1932 to Clifton Hastings, a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar motorman who died in 1975.
NEWS
October 5, 2003
Carolyn Ann "Polly" Bailey, a career switchboard operator, died of cancer Wednesday at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville woman was 65. Born Carolyn Miller in Baltimore, Mrs. Bailey graduated in 1955 from Frederick Douglass High School. She took a job as a switchboard operator at Read's drugstore at Howard and Lexington streets, where she worked for three years. She then spent a decade as a switchboard operator at the Hochschild Kohn department store on Howard Street. Mrs. Bailey became an employee at Provident Hospital on Liberty Heights Avenue, where she worked for 10 years before the hospital merged with Lutheran Hospital to become Liberty Medical Center.
NEWS
July 14, 2002
Gertrude A. Zemon, a homemaker and former hospital switchboard operator, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Milford Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Randallstown. She was 94. Gertrude Gaken was born and raised in East Baltimore and was a 1925 graduate of Western High School. After attending business school, Mrs. Zemon went to work as a switchboard operator at Sinai Hospital, then on East Monument Street. She worked there until 1935, when she married Sol Zemon, a wholesale hardware salesman for William H. Cole Co. He died in 1989.
NEWS
December 28, 1990
Services for Lavenia Hagner Sill, a retired switchboard operator, will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road.Mrs. Sill, who lived with her son in Ellicott City, died of a brain tumor Christmas Day at University Hospital. She was 78.She retired in 1977 from the accounting department of the Southland Corp. in Baltimore, where she had worked for 15 years.Mrs. Sill, formerly of Parkville, was born in Baltimore and attended public schools.
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