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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 16, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Eric last modified Aug 15, 2014

Ron McCrea provides some more photos and insight into the article that appears today in the Madison Cap Times on the 100th anniversary of the Taliesin Tragedy. More after the jump... Ron writes: "The poignant photo of the Cheney children is something I discovered through detective work this year. It belongs to the daughter-in-law of the late Jessie Borthwick Pitkin, Mamah's niece. She shared it with me and also an earlier one (also attached), also...




 

 

Jessie Pitkin-EditRon McCrea provides some more photos and insight into the article that appears today in the Madison Cap Times on the 100th anniversary of the Taliesin Tragedy. More after the jump...

Cheney Children -- Edit

Ron writes:

"The poignant photo of the Cheney children is something I discovered through detective work this year. It belongs to the daughter-in-law of the late Jessie Borthwick Pitkin, Mamah's niece. She shared it with me and also an earlier one (also attached), also taken on the terrace of the Wright-designed Cheney House, showing 3-year-old Jessie being held by her father, Albert Pitkin, along with 1-year-old John Cheney. Albert gave up Jessie to the Cheneys to raise her after her mother, Jessie Octavia Borthwick Pitkin, died shortly after childbirth in 1901. I have one photo showing Jessie at Taliesin, probably in 1913. The lucky little girl did not go in 1914. I hope to tell the story soon of "The Girl Who Wasn't There." She grew up to become, among other things, the mother of the well-known Chicago jazz pianist Eddie Higgins."

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Ron also mentions that he will have a longer, different reflection on the murders appearing in an 8-page spread in the new summer issue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly. Make sure your a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to recieve it!

Photos courtesy Ron McCrea/Higgins Family


 

 

 
 
 

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