RARA-AVIS: Re: Roger Torrey biography

From: Vladimir ( kerwud@yandex.ru)
Date: 20 Oct 2006

Thanks, Richard!!! Excellent information about Torrey. It's happiness that one more half- forgotten author will have the biography. With big gratitude Vladimir

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Moore" <moorich@...> wrote:
> I am just now catching up on posts after the Madison Bouchercon and
> lovely trip to Italy.
> In recent years I've received a great deal of information and
> of documents from Roger's half-brother Don Torrey. Don was a kid
> when Roger died in 1946 and he only learned about the connection
> a sister a few years after their father's death in 1967. Their
> common father had three wives with children by each and Roger came
> from the first marriage and Don from the third. The father never
> mentioned the first family to his third.
> I had anticipated Don's information being published as a part of a
> Torrey collection but that seems to have stalled. I will pull
> something together that will provide more detail but here are the
> basics.
> Roger Denzel Torrey was born in Michigan May 5, 1901 (or May 5,
> depending upon which records are believed) to Neil Baldwin Torrey
> Rose May Morey Torrey. Rose divorced Neil and moved to Klamath
> Falls, Oregon. Roger's mother married Harry Poole and together
> bought or built several theatres in the area that featured movies
> at least one had an orchestra and hosted vaudeville acts.
> to various published Klamath Falls histories, Roger played the
> and organ in the theaters and for a time was a manager of one of
> them. Roger's mother was a community leader in Klamath Falls and
> elected and served in the Oregon legislature from 1945 to 1947.
> Turned down for the U.S. Army because of his age, Roger crossed the
> border, lied about his age and claimed to have been born in St.
> New Brunswick, Canada. He took the oath on October 16, 1918 and in
> his enlistment papers his "Trade or calling" was listed as Logger.
> His army health records list him as 5 ft. 6 and 3/4 inches tall and
> weighing 122 pounds and he had brown hair and hazel eyes. His
> discharge certificate was signed at Vancover, BC and dated December
> 9, 1918.
> Roger did own the confectionary shop in 1930 with his then wife
> working as a sales clerk in the shop.
> Roger died in Broward County, Florida with the cause on his death
> certicate listed as "Acute intoxification (alcoholism)" and
> under "other conditions" was listed "cirrhosis of the liver." He
> living at 1009 SE 4th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his wife
> Helen. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Lauderdale. the
> death certificate lists his birth date as May 5, 1900. Family
> records place the year of birth at 1901.
> There's more detail that I hope to bring together in a longer
> Richard Moore

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