Category Archives: Malcolm Whitman

Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (The End)

From my “Over the Hill” series. Adeline Easton, Jennie’s grandmother, wore a lavender satin brocade gown and a matching lavender bonnet. She was accompanied by Templeton’s wife, Helene Irwin, attired in a turquoise satin gown with an ecru lace overdress … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (8)

From my “Over the hill” series. At night noon on July 16, 1912, a caravan of limousines arrived at St. Matthews in San Mateo. Jennie, whose fortune was now estimated at $15 million, stepped out of the third automobile wearing … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (7)

From my “Over the Hill” series. Coinciding with her wedding, Jennie was anointed as one of Four Hundred Ultra Fashionables in Americaby author C.W. deLyon Nicholla. Her wedding would set an incredible standard. Two years earlier Empire Mine heir William … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (6)

As a leader of the young social set, Jennie occasionally displayed a devil-may-care attitude. After a round of golf at the Burlingame Country Club in 1911, she and a girlfriend sped away in an automobile, drive 35 mph through the … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (5)

When her dear friend Janetta McCook Whitman passed away on the East Coast, Jennie began spendin time with the widower who would become her husband, Malcolm Douglas Whitman. Both athletic, Jennie preferred golf to Malcolm’s tennis. A Harvard graduate, he … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (4)

Soon after Jennie’s 24-year-old sister, Mary, wife of an East Coast political figure, was killed in an automobile accident on Long Island. Now $2 million richer from her sister’s estate, Jennie traveled to England with a letter of credit, covering … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (3)

Uplands healthful surroundings were not helping Frederick Crocker. Several months after moving to Hillsborough he died of kidney disease. The Peninsula reacted to his death as if he had been royalty. All of the Southern Pacific stations were draped in … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: The County Witnesses Royal Wedding (2)

The County Witnesses Peninsula’s Royal Wedding Even though Jennie Crocker could afford to lose her famous $35,000 pearl necklace (which was later found), her wealth could not protect her from the constant intrusion of death. The day after her birth … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 1912: County Witnesses Royal Wedding (1)

Written in 1997, this story is part of my “Over the Hill” series. The County Witnesses Peninsula’s Royal Wedding Dodging the pressing crowd anxious to witness a royal 1912 Peninsula wedding, 25-year-old Hillsborough heiress Jennie Adeline Crocker rushed into the … Continue reading

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