Draper Family Album

Photo album of the Draper Family. Click on “Read More” to see the pictures…

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Burrage House in Redlands California

These are scans from a family album belonging to Harriette Draper. There are 84 photographs dating from 1905 to 1916 showing the Burrage House in Redlands California.

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The Burrage Memorial is Online

The Burrage Memorial was published in 1877. Written by Alvah A Burrage, the books presents “a genealogical history of the descendants of John Burrage who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1637”. It starts with Robert Burrage who died in 1559 in Norfolk, England and finishes with glimpses of numerous Burrages living in the 1870’s.

Albert Cameron Burrage is mentioned – his birth in 1859 is recorded on page 177. Much more amusing is the account of his father, George Sanderson Burrage, who (on page 84) “seemed doomed by the Fates not to meet with success commensurate to his ambition, his worth or his ability”. It seems the Fates were much kinder to George’s son.

The book was put on line by Brigham Young University. It is a quick and fun read.

Photos of the Koudachev House in St Petersburg

IMGP020257 Bolshaya Morskaya

Photos of the Koudachev house belonging to Prince Serge Wladimirovitch Koudachev are available at:


Countess Vera Maximilianovna Nieroth

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Countess Vera Maximilianovna Nieroth – wife of Prince Serge Wladimirovitch KOUDACHEV and mother of Myra Armour.

Colored photograph and full length portrait in court dress.

Myra Armour Portrait

Myra Armour

Myra Armour Рborn Princess Maria Sergu̩ievna Koudachev.

Drawing by Olive Sewall in 1921.

Norman Armour – Watercolor Portrait – 1952

Norman Armour

A watercolor portrait of Norman Armour painted in Nassau, Bahamas in 1952.

Unfortunately there are a lot of reflections due to the glass. One day I will take a better picture.

Ocean’s 11 – New York Times – Allison Armour



Ocean’s 11 – New York Times
At the turn of the 20th century, when the American economy was in one of its epic periods of wealth creation, Europe still had an aristocracy worthy of the name, and flaunting wealth was much in fashion, yacht racing was in its golden age. In 1904, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, himself an ardent if not overscrupulous yachtsman, offered a solid gold cup for a trans-Atlantic race from Sandy Hook, N.J., to the Lizard, near the tip of Cornwall in England. The race began on May 18, 1905, so that the kaiser could present the cup to the winner at the Kiel Week regatta in mid-June. That suited his propaganda purposes as well; he was hoping to present the cup to himself, having entered his schooner Hamburg. But it meant racing across the always dangerous Atlantic in often tricky late-spring conditions.

The challenge quickly attracted 11 boats, ranging in size from the full-rigged ship Valhalla, at 245 feet over all and 648 tons, to the tiny (relatively speaking) Fleur de Lys, at a mere 108 feet and 86 tons. The owners of this fleet were as varied as the boats themselves, except, of course, for the fact that they were all rich. Besides the kaiser, the owners included two British peers: Lord Brassey, the son of a man who had made a vast fortune building railroads; and the 26th Earl of Crawford, the holder of one of the most ancient titles in Europe. Among the American owners were the meatpacking heir Allison Armour, the banker Edmond Randolph, the steel heir Edward Coleman and Wilson Marshall, the heir to a New York streetcar fortune.

Chile Copper Company Bowl 1914

CCC Commemorative Bowl 1914

CCC Commemorative Bowl 1914

Chile Copper Co.
First Copper Produced
Experimental Plant

approximately 10 cm diameter and 7.5 cm high
CCC Commemorative Bowl 1914 – full size image

President Eisenhower to President Armas – June 3, 1955

http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/presidential-papers/first-term/documents/1453.cfm – Dear Mr. President: I was extremely gratified to receive your letter of May ninth commending the services of Ambassador Norman Armour.

It was with much regret that I learned from Mr. Armour that he felt the time had come for him to relinquish his duties. I was pleased, however, by his assurance that the initial steps of the economic program in Guatemala were well under way. I recognize, of course, that much remains to be done in order to carry out successfully the plans your government developed during these past critically important months for overcoming the economic emergency brought about by Communist intervention in Guatemala.

I assure you that in the devoted effort of your Government to improve the welfare of the people of Guatemala, you can count on the same friendly cooperation of the United States as was manifested by Ambassador Armour with such distinction and wisdom.