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1930

Came to Kansas City at the age of 17 [1]at the Pantages making $10 a week. Went to $15 at the Gayety [2]. Worked with Joe Yule and Bozo Nelson a one of The Three Bananas" [3]

Gayety manager - Jimmy Nixon

1931 11/01 - Gayety opens first stock burlesque production "High Heels". Maurice W. Cain Columbia producer. Joe Yule. [4]
1932

01/03 - "(Tommy) "Bozo" Snyder at Gayety" with Joe Yule. [5]

01/24 - "Hinda Wausau at Gayety" Red Skelton listed in the company. [6]


02/02 - Edna starts Walkathon at the El Torreon.

02/21 - Gayety "The Follies of Pleasure". New member, Betty Andrews. [7]

02/28 - Gayety "Bathing Beauties" with new players, Buster Phillips and Al LeRoy. [8]

03/06 - Gayety "Band Box Revue" [9]

03/13 - Gayety "The Baby Vamp" [10]

03/20 - Gayety "Powder Puff Frolics" [11]

05/30 - Walkathon ends after 117 days. [12]

06/01 - Married: Richard Red Skelton and Edna Stillwell. 

1942 08/01 - Bond-selling tour in Kansas City, Ft. Riley [13]
1949 05/?? [14] - Municipal Auditorium. [1]
1950 06/?? - Kansas City Centennial Celebration
1955 09/14 - Arrived at the Union Station on a special Santa Fe train with his wife, Georgia, and a staff of seven other people. On a promotional tour from Los Angeles to New York. Dedicated "Our House" youth center, visit the Children's Mercy Hospital, Junior Chamber of Commerce, on television KCMO-TV and received the key to the city. Was in Wichita the day before. [15]
1975 11/06 - Gold Buffet, music director, Manny Harmon. Unlite London Tower cigar. Remembers going to Kranoss's Cigar Store in Vincennes at age 8 or 9, medicine shows at age 10, Hettner's showboat Goldenrod on the Ohio and Mississippi at age 14.
1985 09/14 - Starlight Theatre [16]
1992 [17]


Edna Stillwell - Lived with mother at 3828 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO.


Gayety

El Torreon


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kansas City Star, 9/14/1955
  2. Kansas City Star, 11/06/1975
  3. Kansas City Star 08/01/1942
  4. "The Gayety Ready to Open" KC Star 11/01/1931 pg. 9D
  5. KC Star 01/03/1932
  6. KC Star 01/24/1932 pg. 7D
  7. Kansas City Star, 2/21/1932
  8. Kansas City Star, 2/28/1932
  9. KC Star 03/06/1932
  10. KC Star 03/13/1932
  11. KC Star 03/20/1932
  12. KC Times, 05/30/1932
  13. Kansas City Star, 08/03/1942
  14. 05/13/1949 radio program
  15. Truman Library
  16. ticket stub from JJ Jones.
  17. JJ Jones

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