FRANK ALLWORTH, A FAMED U.S. ACTOR, AND HIS BROTHER, PERCY WEBB, BORN HERE - THEIR SISTER, MRS. M E. DANIELS, FORMERLY MABEL WEBB WRITES FASCINATING LETTER ABOUT ST. THOMAS OF THREE-QUARTERS OF A CENTURY AGO.
“My first recollection of St. Thomas was the day I decided to take my baby brother, Percy Webb, on a sled to my father’s china store, in the old Claris opera house block in Talbot street, from our home in Medcalfe street, where I was born,” writes Mrs. M. E. Daniels, a practicing nurse in Los Angeles, California. “We had our two dolls made from long stockings.”
As we reached the Michigan Central Railroad tracks at the Medcalfe street crossing a train was almost upon us. The street covered with snow and ice went downgrade into the tracks. I stuck my foot under a rail and laid my head on the sleigh to keep my little brother and the sled from slipping and the train passed over us. People on the other side of the crossing stood in horror, expecting us to be torn to pieces; but I got up and trotted on with the sleigh and my little brother to N. Webb’s China Hall. You saw that sign advertising my father’s business on the rail fences all over the country.
“I recall on Sunday, in July 1885, of father taking me to see Jumbo’s body lying beside the Grand Trunk tracks, with a large piece of flesh torn from one huge leg.”
opened had your little brother in it.”
A Great Actor
“How I adored my little brother,” Mrs. Daniels continues. Frank Webb, who became a great actor under the professional name of Frank Allworth. Years later as I sat in a box in the Mason Opera House in Los Angeles, to see the play, “It pays To Advertise,” Frank Allworth, the star of a hundred Broadway plays gave his usual marvelous performance. I think of his passing later on the stage in Philadelphia in the arms of Lenore Ulrich, his leading lady. That made the front page news of the world and came over the March of Time film in 1936 of Frank Allworth in action. Recordings of his magnificent voice are in the archives of the Lambs Club in New York City, also that film for future generations to hear and see. He was another St. Thomas boy who made good on the stage.
Submitted by; Mary E. Young, Santa Rosa, Ca. December 1986