Meet fellow shipmates
With three hundred and fifty-six passengers on board, we do not have room to introduce you to all of your travelling companions. But, ninety days is a long time to generate long-lasting relationships, so feel free to introduce yourself to a few of your fellow shipmates.
Audrey "Lady Bob" Montgomery
The town of Beatty, Nevada, was founded at the turn of the century by Bob and Audrey Montgomery. Beatty and the surrounding area around Tonapah, NV quickly became a mining boom town. In February 1906, the Montgomerys sold off their interests in the once celebrated Shoshone-Montgomery Mine to steel magnate, Charles Schwab, for two million dollars. The couple separated and her husband remarried in New York City in 1912. Audrey took her half of the proceeds and used it to travel extensively throughout the world. "Lady Bob" loved to repeat the story how she had sat next to Lord Kitchener one night in Cairo while attending a 'Corps Diplomatique' banquet. She claims it was Lord Kitchener himself who christened her "Lady Bob". She died as she lived, passing away in Stockholm in July 1931 while on a tour of Europe.
Walter Foster and George Kleiser
Foster & Kleiser Outdoor Advertising was founded in 1901. Their prosperity lead to an aggressive expansion of their business, from the company's original roots in the Pacific Northwest to outdoor plants in Los Angeles, San Francisco and eastward toward the Atlantic seaboard. The name was changed from Patrick Media to Eller Media Co. In 1997, Eller Media Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, one of the world's largest media companies with 1,225 domestic radio stations in the United States and 240 radio stations internationally in 300 markets. Also, 37 television stations, over 900 international websites, not to mention being the world's largest concert promoter.
James Irvine's father was an Irish immigrant who arrived in San Francisco in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. James was himself in Southern California agriculture who supervised the expansion of his family's ranch land to 110,000 acres under cultivation in an area now known as Orange County. Ultimately, as Irvine advanced in age, he diversified his holdings and slowly converted his significant accumulation of personal wealth from individual ownership to the Irvine Foundation, currently having an estimated value of two billion dollars.
Ms DeBouchel was a divorcee from New Orleans, Louisiana, and quite well known at the time of the trip as having been a former fiancee of Asa Candler of Atlanta, Georgia. Candler is noted for having purchased the formula for Coca Cola from its inventor for $550 and structuring it into a major American corporation. Just days before their scheduled nuptials, Candler broke it all off. DeBouchel filed a 'Slander' and 'Breach of Promise' suit. The jury's thirty minute deliberation settled in favor of Chandler who passed away just six months prior to the beginning of the cruise.
The grandson of early missionaries to Hawaii, Harry was born in Makawao, Maui, schooled at Punahou in Honolulu, and ultimately earning his degree from M.I.T. in 1894. He served as president for a variety of local Hawaiian businesses. Harry and Ethel married in 1897. Their daughter, Frances, married J. Walter Cameron ultimately leading to the merging of the two family's financial interests as 'Maui Land and Pineapple Company.' The couple's grandson, Colin Cameron, became the founder of the 'Kapalua Bay Hotel & Villas' on Maui.
Carl C. Jantzen of Portland, Oregon was on board accompanied by his wife, Emma, their daughter, Oneita, and son, Carl Jantzen, Jr. Jantzen was one of the founders of Jantzen Knitting Mills, manufacturers of swim wear. In addition to Portland, the company had an additional mill in Vancouver, Canada at the time of the trip and initiating construction of another plant in Sydney, Australia. The company eventually fell out of favor and was picked up by Vanity Fair Corp in 1986, but even this merger became a disaster by 1995.
Louis Sloss listed his profession as a 'merchant', however, history indicates he was much more than this. Upon his graduation from Stanford University, Sloss became employed as an engineer for the Great Western Power Company. He quickly rose to Secretary of the Columbia Steel Company. By 1930, Sloss became Vice-President of the H.S. Crocker Co. headquartered in San Francisco, however, he passed away three years later in 1933 shortly after an operation.
Mary Porter Sesnon was born 1869 in Santa Cruz, California. Her pioneering parents were early major land owners along California's Central Coast . Mary became a patron of the arts and well known for her activity as a local benefactor. Her husband, William Sesnon, was originally scheduled to make the Millionaires Cruise, however, he passed away less than three months before the departure date. Ironically, Mary reportedly became ill during the last few ports of call and came under the care of the ship's surgeon, Dr. Leo Stanley. She soon died from an advanced case of pneumonia just twenty-five days after the SS Malolo returned home to San Francisco.
Born in Salem, Oregon, 'Chet' Murphy attended Stanford University where he gained west coast fame for being the school's star quarterback, as well as being named captain of the football team 1899 - 1900. After graduation, Murphy returned to Oregon and practiced law in the city of Portland. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Murphy acted as a Bankruptcy Judge.
Deane H. Dickason was born 1898 in Colorado. His presence on board as a lecturer during the 1929 trip will spark a whole new career for him the following year, working as a 'stringer', a freelance cinematographer of exotic travelogue films produced by William M. Pizor under the 'Ports-of-Call' series. Dickason's first wife, Sarah Crawford Rorer, typically accompanied him on his travels. Deane died from injuries sustained from a fall from a high wall while filming a sequence in China in 1953.
Besides his contribution of wonderful film footage, passenger Louis O. Normandin is the owner of one of America's oldest automobile dealerships. The family store’s origins began during the horse and buggy days of 1875. In 1906, the family expands their buggy operations to include the sale of horseless carriages on consignment. Their first 'modern' franchise, the 'Franklin', comes along in 1915. An original Franklin car purchased at their dealership can still be viewed in their showroom today, and an original 1882 Normandin buggy graces the roof of their modern showroom. The fifth generation of Normandins now run the successful ten-acre Chrysler Corp. dealership in San Jose.
Married to Frank Fuller, Jr. of San Francisco whose father was the founder of 'Fuller Paints'. Her husband was also locally known for his flying skills, having become the third winner of the famous 'Bendix Trophy' in 1933. The trophy was the grand prize awarded to the fastest pilot in an annual air race from Cleveland to Los Angeles. The first winner of the trophy was Jimmie Doolittle in 1931.
Frank was a last minute cancellation on the trip. His wife, Maybelle, was officially on board as Chairman of the Tree Planting Committee for the San Francisco Garden Club.
The Allyne Sisters were the spinster daughters of San Francisco oilman, John Allyne, a direct descendant of Governor Winslow, the first governor of Massachusetts, and the sisters claimed Leland Stanford as their uncle. Edith and Lucy were very generous, giving frequently to charities. At one time, their family owned many of the parcels of land along Green and Gough Streets in San Francisco. Upon the daughters passing, the family home was torn down and the large collection of contiguous properties were turned into a dedicated city park named after the Allyne Family.
Officially. Ida was travelling aboard the Malolo as the head delegate for the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce. She was considered to be a political pioneer having become a member of the Washington State Legislature having served for two consecutive terms. While in office, she served on several important committees, including Appropriations, Federal Regulations, Immigration, and Oversight of the State's Educational Institutions.
Milicent Yackey was a Journalist and Associate Editor for "The Ladies Home Journal", a position from which she had recently resigned from in order to take time off for the cruise. Yackey was quoted in Australian newspapers as saying "Home Economics offers the biggest opportunities in America for women with scientific training. Manufacturers realize they must rely on the woman's point-of-view, and on her approval to successfully market their goods."
Originally a native of Ireland, Mary became married to an Italian immigrant, Camille Solari. The couple opened a restaurant in San Francisco at the turn of the century. The restaurant received great fame during the city's Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The restaurant's new 'house specialty'that drew great crowds was their 'Crab Louie Salad'. Emille past away in 1917 and Mary was counted as one of the many widows on board the Malolo.
Russell Davidson was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1907. He was only twenty-two years old while working as a tour guide aboard the SS Malolo for the American Express Corp. The trip was an inspiration of a lifetime as Davidson spent the remainder of his life traveling and directing tours throughout the world. In 1954, he and fellow traveler, Bert Hemphill, created "The Travelers' Century Club", with exclusive membership restricted to individuals who could thoroughly document travels to a minimum of one hundred separate countries. Davidson passed away in 1987 and is buried in Ogden, Utah.
ATTENTION ALL PASSENGERS
Please drop-off all film rolls for development at the Purser's Office