Friday, August 23, 2013

More Mistakes about Hereward Carrington

Some more errors I find on websites about Hereward.

Hereward's brother was Hedley. Hereward lived with him as a boy in America and again after he returned to America after High School. [see 1900 MN census]

Hedley Vicars Carrington was born 7 FEB 1868 in England, and died Feb 21, 1923 in Portland, Oregon. [He did not die 1934 in Seattle, WA as is on some web sites.] - death index 1923 Portland, Or / His 1923 death date is from the Oregon State Death index, certificate 491. I recently found a rare photo which I believe is Hedley, perhaps the only remaining photo of him?

Hereward's full name - a 13 year old boy Hereward in one of his magic books signed his name Hereward H.L. Carrington and dated it 1894, he just dropped the middle names later is all. His full name was originally Hereward Hubert Lavington Carrington. Documents and a few friends of his say the same.

Hereward would cheat on his vegetarian and fruit claimed diet. Possibly because some restaurants would not have much choice. His friend Burling Hull reports Hereward would order chicken.

Hereward's diploma says its from Oskaloosa College and the PhD is in philosophy granted in 1918 - with this people should be able to find web links about the mill school connection and William Penn College bought the land as I recall and was not connected at all to the former mill school. Burling Hull, a famed magician and friend of Carrington, said Carrington had to write a paper and submit the fee and obtained the diploma. Despite this fact Carrington was highly self educated , he was a big reader with his own huge library. He supposedly could read, besides English, in 3 or more languages, he translated an Italian book with the help of his first wife. In high school he won honors in math and chemistry. His first job in New York was as an editor for Street and Smith pulp magazines. He could hold his own against other PhD's but likely felt self conscious without the degree himself. He often made a point of asking to be called Dr. Carrington. Burling Hull who had his own ego problems chuckled over this. It is possible Carrington got the mill school idea from his brother Fitzroy who obtained an honorary degree just before teaching at Harvard and becoming the print collection Museum curator in Boston. Houdini also publically revealed Hereward had a mill school degree when he was mad at him over the medium Margery.

I am still working on this biography and I still keep finding new important facts and history. It makes it hard to stop researching and write the book but that is my wish. I will try to add more blog postings as I go along. I know I have not posted in a while.

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