by Josephine Eather
Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada, 22 May 1938
Mrs. Albertine McCabe Burdick celebrated her 85th birthday at her home in Eureka on March 24. She came here with a vaudeville show in 1886 and soon after that married T. A. Burdick of Eureka.
She jokingly said, “I came to Eureka to stay four weeks but instead stayed fifty-two years.”
Mrs. Burdick came to Reno with a troupe in the early ‘80s. She remembers “barnstorming” Reno when that city had only one hotel and one theater. She said the contrast between the pioneer Reno and its present appearance is remarkable.
Her father was a theatrical agent in San Francisco in the early days. He numbered among his friends Lawrence Barrett, John Drew, J. Booth, David Belasco and other prominent actors of that time. Many of these famous men were also known to Mrs. Burdick, who took a minor part in the “Ghost Show” with David Belasco.
When she was three years old Mrs. Burdick entered the Schmitt and Therese Dancing School on Stockton Street in San Francisco. At the age of five years she became a member of the Bingham Juvenile Company in San Francisco. Michel De Young, who in later years owned the Chronicle daily newspaper, was also a member of this juvenile troupe.
Could Do Anything
Albertine McCabe was a versatile actress for she was a good pianist, soprano singer and dancer, and she spoke the French, Italian, Russian and German languages. She says in those days an actress had to be able to do anything, even to cleaning the theater before a performance and seeing that the lamps had enough oil in them to last through the evening’s entertainment.
At eighteen years of age she and her sister were “barnstorming” northern California, Oregon and Vancouver, B.C. In those days the journey to coast cities must be made by boat as railroads were not as numerous as they are now. People coming to the theater to see a show brought their lanterns with them and in the smaller, more remote towns these lanterns were the only means of illumination. The stage curtains were sheets, a far cry from the velvet draperies of the modern theater.
Came to See Lights
She recalls how the audience would arrive at the old Baldwin Theater in San Francisco especially early right after the first electric lights were installed in order to watch the manager turn on the electric lights in the large chandeliers in the center of the auditorium. She sang soprano in a chorus for the first time at the old Maguire Theater in San Francisco when Chris Alpers was the impresario in the late ‘70s.
Sixty years later, in fact less than a year ago, Mrs. Burdick says she heard Chris Alpers sing over the radio. Previous to Mrs. Burdick’s appearance at the Maguire she had studied music at the Italian Conservatory in San Francisco. Later she sang masses at various churches in that city. As Albertine McCabe she was a member of the Crocker Gaton Dramatic Club and played in such plays as “East Lynne” and “Cinderella”.
She still cherishes a large make-up box which was brought to her by a friend from China when she was a girl and has carried it with her whenever she was touring the country as an actress and singer. She sang as a chorus girl in grand opera in the old California Theater on Bush Street in the Bay City. Once, when she was “barnstorming” in southern Arizona it was so hot her raincoat melted.
San Francisco Dangerous
Lincoln was assassinated when she was about ten years of age. She recalls how San Francisco was a dangerous place to live in at that time as political feeling ran high. So her father took his family to the country until the excitement wore off.
Mrs. Burdick came to Eureka with a theatrical troupe in 1877, soon after the “big flood” before the narrow gauge railroad was finished. She says bull-teams were still used here. She stayed in Eureka only a short while on her first trip but returned here in 1886 and has remained since then, with the exception of several short visits to California.
After her seventh child was born, Albertine McCabe Burdick again turned her attention to her profession. Coaching local amateurs for plays and teaching music occupied her time until recent years. In the late “nineties” she organized the “Base Range Dramatic Club” and later “The Red Rosette.” Announcements of plays given by these clubs may still be seen posted on the Eureka Sentinel printing office walls. Mrs. Burdick might well be called the originator of the “Litte Theater” movement in this community.
Her memory is still clear and she reads with intelligence. She began life in the horse-car days but accepts modern innovations, such as cars, airplanes and radios as naturally as the younger generation.
Born in San Francisco, Mrs. Burdick has become a loyal Nevadan, and from the wisdom of her 85 years believes the world is a better place to live in today, in spite of present national problems, than it was in her girlhood.
I was poking around on-line looking for some Pendley genealogical info, and came across a site posted by Roberlie Smith (http://www.geocities.com/roberlie/burdick3.html), consisting of notes compiled by Fran Anderson. The Burdick Family Assocition site was brought to my attention by Ron Schmurr; so you see, I've been in touch with a number of very helpful individuals. I've been working on my family's line for years, and am constantly dead-ended. Following is what I wrote to Fran Anderson. It will help to explain who I am and what I am trying to find:
I am the end of the line for Pendleys here in Dutchess County, NY. I am 47, and my father will soon be 82. All I know is that my great-great-grandfather was Martin Pendley, born in 1802 and buried in Pawling. I live in Holmes, which is within the Town of Pawling. I do not know where our Pendleys came from. The southern states have loads of Pendleys, but more recently I have learned that another set of Pendleys (actually Penley or Penly) also landed in Maine, at around the same time the others came ashore in the south.
On-line I have come across some references to Pendley graves in Connecticut, perhaps indicating a westward migration from Maine. I would love to know where Martin came from, and to connect him in with SOME branch of SOME Pendley line. Martin's wife was Lilius, PERHAPS with the maiden name of Penny. Penny was another surname I saw mixed in with the Burdicks in your notes, for what it's worth. Martin and Lilius had several offspring, but no one was very prolific, and out of the lot I am the only one carrying the name.
Here's a link to a Pendley family website that someone has put together: http://www.pendleyusa.com/. You'll see that I have my 2-cents there. Pendleys in these parts were rare. My genealogy initially took me to England, and to the American south, with seemingly no Pendleys in the north except for our little outpost in Pawling. I found a singular grave in Gerow cemetery just over the NYS border in New Fairfield, CT, for a Hannah Pendley, wife of John Pendley. Only Hannah has a stone, but the cemetery records indicate that John is there as well. In researching, I have found several references to a John Pendley here and there, but John is such a common first name, who knows if it's the same guy or several. It seems that John was a contemporary of Martin. I found a census record showing that there was a John Pendley in Pawling at one point.
I don't know any Burdicks, but I have little doubt that I am related to the set of Pendleys mentioned in your Burdick listing. My only faint memory was as a little kid, driving to Danbury over Joe's Hill Road, or maybe it's Federal Hill Road -- I'm not sure. There was an old farmhouse with a vegetable stand in front, which I recall the old-timers referring to as the Burdick house, and that there was some Pendley connection there, and a rumor that the Burdicks once had or may have had a Pendley family Bible. That's all I know. This Burdick-Pendley mix is why your notes immediately caught my attention.
There are two Pendley references in your listing. Edward Burdick, born 1859, married "Pendley", with no indication of a first name or of any offspring. His brother, Levi, born 1860, married Caroline (or "Carrie") Pendley. On one page it says Caroline was his first wife, and that his second wife was a Seneca Indian woman, whose union produced a daughter Leila. On the next page it's reversed, that the Indian woman was Levi's first wife, he fathered Leila, the wife died, and that he married Caroline Pendley in 1881. I would love to see the photo of Caroline and Leila that was mentioned in your notes. I would also like to find out the parents' and grandparents' names of Caroline and of Edward's "Pendley" wife. These Pendleys may have been linked to mine.
Of course I don't expect anyone to do any legwork for me, but I'd be most appreciative if you ever came across anything on Caroline's Pendley line, and any more info on the Pendley who Edward Burdick married.
The above explains all that I am able to explain. If you should ever come across any Pendley connections or information that might be of use to me, kindly let me know!
Antique Week, January 19, 1998
The following notice was written in 1865. This may be part of the problem in finding some ancestors...
OCUPSYSHUN - CENCUS TAKER.
I am a cencus taker for the city of Bufflow. Our city has groan very fast in resent years & now in 1865, it has become a hard & time consuming job to count all the peephill. There are not many that con do this werk, as it is nesessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot pursons still do not have. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is god spelling, for meny of the pephill to be counted can hardley speek inglish, let alon spell there names.
Last month, Arthur Haynes (email@example.com) looking for ties between the Burdicks and Wolcotts in his family in Charlestown and Wakefield. Valerie Burditt (firstname.lastname@example.org) wants to be sure that Arthur means Wakefield, RI and not Wakefield, MA. Valerie has also provided a large amount of information on Rhode Island cemeteries, which I have posted on burdickfamily.org, under "Research". Thanks! And don't forget, Valerie is trying to link her Burditt lineage. It is her understanding that her Burditt ancestor was from England in the 1630's and Robert was his name. Valerie also believes Robert Burditt owned the Manor Richmont or Aghavellan in Ireland. So if you can help her make the connection, please let her know.
Patricia Burton (email@example.com) has also sent some great informationabout Burdick buried in the Clifford, PA cemetery, which is mentioned in Nellie Johnson's book. This information is also listed on burdickfamily.org.
You may remember that in the last Newsletter there was a request for any family of Earl Burdick who lived in Colton, OR and was a World War II B-17 crewman. Thanks to Sarah Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), whose Burdick family lived in the Colton area. While not a direct relative, Sarah and her mother are sure Earl was part of their Burdick clan. They are having a family reunion this summer where the assembled masses might be able to shed some light on mystery Earl. Please Keep us posted, Sarah!
Sarah also has some sad news to pass along. Vincent Hale Burdick Jr., formerly of Colton, OR, passed away on July 1, at the age of 86, in Henderson, NV. He was born on April 12, 1919 and was the last Burdick in this particular line, as he had no children and only sisters. He was Sarah's great-uncle. He is survived by his sisters Viola Ruth and Martha May and was preceded in death by his sister Sarah Ellen (Sarah's namesake). He was the son of Vincent Hale Burdick (1894-1967) and Sarah Almira (Barnes) Burdick (1896-1971). Vincent, Sr. was the son of Edwin Elonzo Burdick (1859-1934) and Viola Elizabeth (Tidwell) Burdick (1870-1949), with a direct line back to Robert Burdick. Vincent Hale was a fighter pilot in WWII... thus ends another branch of the Burdick family tree.
Kevin Harcourt (email@example.com) is the gg-grandson of William Mansfield Burdick Harcourt is looking for any relatives. His g-grandfather was Albert Valentine Harcourt, his grandfather was Albert Vincent Harcourt and his father was Stanley Martin Harcourt. Kevin would love to get in contact with any of his relatives, and so would I! I know you Harcourts are hiding out there somewhere! Thanks for checking in, Kevin.
Dana Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org) has run into a brick wall. Her grandmother, Mary Agnes Burdick, passed away before she was born. Mary Agnes was born 08-14-1879. Dana thinks Mary Agnes' mother was Elizabeth Burdick (she doesn't know Elizabeth's maiden name) and she has no idea who her grandmother's father was, although she knows he was born in New York, and Elizabeth was born in Maine. Mary Agnes Burdick married Alanson Dewitt Richardson, they had five children. Harold Burdick Richardson, Mildred Lydia Richardson, Donald Dewitt Richardson, Jack Flarence Richardson (Dana's dad) and Elizabeth Janet Richardson. Dana was also told that her great-grandparents were Mormons. Mary Agnes had two sisters, Lydia and Laura. Laura married Edward Blaylock and Lydia married Harry Stockwell. If you know this line, please contact Dana. Thanks.
In the spirit of cross-family assistance, let's see if we can help Sandra Barkley (email@example.com). She is seeking any information about the Hurtado family of Ashaway, Rhode Island. Mary Wells Clarke, daughter of Corydon and Harriet(Saunders) Clarke, married Juan/John Phillipe Hurtado, Jr. If you know this family, please contact Sandra.
George Mason (GMason3815@aol.com) is seeking information about Perrin and ??? (Clark) Burdick. Perrin's firm, Burdick and Fresby was the forerunner of the American Molasses Co. and he was a highly respected citizen, a churchman and a father of sixteen children, only six of whom lived to adulthood and three boys who served in the Civil War. Perrin sounds like an intersting fellow, who argued with President Lincoln not to shoot his son, Albert, as a deserter. If you know more about this branch, please contact George!
Vincent & Elizabeth Mendoza (Nickie2920@aol.com) are seeking information about Elizabeth's Burdick family. Her father was Robert Lee Burdick, b. May 25, 1922, in Ironwood, MI, b. November 18, 1975, in Redwood City, CA. In addition to Elizabeth, Robert had 5 other children, all girls. Barbara Ann and Mary from his first wife, Barbara Jean, Patricia, Elizabeth and Tracie from his second wife. Robert lived in Duluth, MN as a young child and moved to Washington state as a teen, lived in North Dakota, Minnesota and California as an adult. Robert Lee's parents were Robert Oscar Burdick and Winnifred (Winnie) "Crambelt" (Soundex also matches "Cramblet"). 1930 census lists the family in Spokane, Washington, lists Robert Oscar's age as 40, birthplace as Wisconsin, his father's birthplace as New York, and his mother's birthplace as Wisconsin. Winnie's age was 35, birthplace is listed as Wisconsin, father's in Ohio, and mother's in Pennsylvania. If you know more, please contact Vincent and Elizabeth.
Scott6153@aol.com (Scott6153@aol.com) is seeking information about Betty Lou Burdick, Alfred Burdick, Arthur Burdick, James Burdick, all of the South Bend, Indiana or Grand Rapids Michigan area. Spouse names of Leah Whetstone, Maude Smith. These people were born anywhere from 1900+.
Martha Kalnin Diede (firstname.lastname@example.org) has hit a brick wall in her research, by the name of Kathleen Elizabeth Burdick/Berdick Jordan (b. 1885-1887 [Clarendon, Texas], d. 1976 [Seattle, Washington]). Kathleen's father was John Burdick, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Martha has found her listed as a married woman in Census records, and Martha's grandmother (Delma Kathleen) told stories about “Grandma (Amelia Pearl?; Pearl R?) Burdick.” John Burdick, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin m. Amelia Pearl(?) Pearl R. Ross, from Owentown, Kentucky. They had at least 5 daughters, including Kathleen Elizabeth Burdick, who moved from Texas to Montana between 1885 or 1887 when she was born and 1905 when she married William M. Jordan. Kathleen (Kate) and William had 5 daughters, Marguerite P. (b. 1906), Lillian W. (b. 1907), Delma K. (b. 1911), Grace E. (b. 1915), and Joyce (Billie) (b. 1927). All but Billie were born in Great Falls, Montana. Please e-mail Martha if you know anything about members of this family. Thanks.
Finally, Scott Bill Hirst (email@example.com), our totally plugged-in genealogist friend in Rhode Island, wants to make us aware that there is a new Sprague Family database available on-line. Wow! What a data base! Makes me jealous. Take a look for yourself, http://www.sprague-database.org/. There are 47 Burdick family members listed there.