Queen Catherine Parr and Shakespeare

Last night I discovered there is going to be a Springfield City Hall meeting, where someone is presenting the case the name ‘Lane County’ should be changed. I suspect he is a Native American. Several years ago I stood before the Mayor of Springfield, and handed the City Council my proposal to change the name Franklin Street, to, Harry Lane, the grandson of Joseph Lane – who is the complete opposite of Joseph who was pro-Confederacy.

Here is the letter I sent to Ed Ray about the removal of the name Benton, from Benton Hall. Thomas HART Benton is my kin, and is in the same family tree as Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and Sir Richard Burton – two Shakespearean Actors. Ten days ago I discovered Joan Shakespeare married William HART. It is suggested all members of the HART family in America are kin to Shakespeare, whose kin were close to Queen Catherine Parr – and the Webb family, who are the subjects in my novel..

The Rose Amongst The Woodwose

On Thanksgiving, the former President entertained a White Supremist and a Anti-Semite to his home. This is CULTURE SHOCK – to the max! What went wrong? What I suggest, is that Governor Tina Kotek appoint a Commission to look into these Cultural matters. Is the Woke Movement causing a BAD REACTION across America? I suspect million of white people are REACTING to what they perceive are organized attacks on White Culture.

Many whites with white hair are upset with a black woman doing a victory dance in Ashland because she took over The Shakespeare Festival. She signed a atrocious Woke Manifesto that is a declaration of war – against the white race. This woman claims Old White-haired White Men are keeping change from happening. If they were just – moved out of the way. What she is talking about, is the removal of Old White History – on a continuous basis? We are all going to get old – eventually! But, hopefully white people will no longer hold on to their flawed history, and thus – have no legacy to leave their Heirs. Is this Deserved Justice?

My history book – will put the ownership of Oregon’s Literary in my Grand Family Trophy Room.. Liz Taylor’s uncle, Howard Young, was Ike’s best friend. He and Francis Taylor dealt in the art of Augustus John, who is the step-father of the author, Ian Fleming. Liz married into the Getty family, and is a famous Brand. The Shakespeare Brand – is not up for grabs! It is not – Forfeit!

Study the Eisenhower Presidency in comparison to the Trump Presidency. This is the way out of the ugly Dark Age we have blundered into. We must honor the legacies that are a blessing to all, and not a curse – forever.

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Howard Young revealed a little of his true feelings for the Lakeland area when, on election

“We implore the Lane County Board of Commissioners to work closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz to immediately change the name of Lane County, Oregon. We as citizens respect the sovereignty and dignity of the Kalapuya people and their heritage. 

Lane County is currently named for the racist Joseph Lane, who brutalized and killed many native civilians. Lane also ran as the pro-slavery vice-presidential candidate on the Southern Democratic ticket in 1860. 

We have a lot of work ahead of us – but changing the county name is long overdue for the health and integrity of our community, as well as our future. As citizens we ask that the name change reflect what was stolen from them as one small step toward reparations.

1,976 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500!

My Letter to Ed Ray

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press


To Ed Ray: President of Oregon State

Several months ago I began my response to you about giving a new name to Benton Hall that was named after my kin, Senator Thomas Hart Benton. My sister was a world famous artist that married Garth Benton. The artwork of Christine Rosamond Benton is found all over the world. As fate would have it, the beautiful images of Rosamond are very similar to the beautiful women Philip Boileau rendered. Philip is the son of Susan Benton, who held a salon in Paris, while her sister, Jessie, held one in San Francisco.  Jessie wrote the journals of her husband’s mapping of the Oregon Territory.


Who would suspect that the country bumpkin from Stratford on Avon would have any connection with a queen of England?  An intriguing web of relationships involving the Neville, Arden, Webb, and Green families reveals several connections between William Shakespeare’s family and Catherine Parr, last queen of Henry VIII.

The following is an additional attempt to explain these complicated relationships:

Sir John Alexander Webb, Knt  (1484-1516) = 1) Margaret Arden (1488-1548) 2) Alice                                                                                                                  Brueton (1450-1490)

            Mary Webb (1512-1550) = Robert Arden (1506-1556) Also = Agnes O’Dell/Hill

            Abigail Webb (1515-1595) = Richard Shakespeare (1512-1561)

                        John Shakespeare (1537-1601) = Mary Arden (1537-1601) D of Mary and Robert                                               Arden (1506-1556)  Sister of Margaret Webb = Sir Henry Alex Webb, I (1510-1544)

                                    William Shakespeare

            Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I (1510-1544) = 1) Margaret Arden (c 1538-1608) D of                                                  Robert (1506) and Mary Arden (1412).  Their son:  Alexander Webb, Jr (1559-1629)

                                                immigrated to America. 

Shakespeare and Queen Catherine Parr

Carol Curt Enos on Shakespeare and Queen Catherine Parr

Shakespeare and Queen Catherine Parr
Carol Curt Enos

                                    Shakespeare and Queen Catherine Parr

            Who would suspect that the country bumpkin from Stratford on Avon would have any connection with a queen of England?  An intriguing web of relationships involving the Neville, Arden, Webb, and Green families reveals several connections between William Shakespeare’s family and Catherine Parr, last queen of Henry VIII.

            Catherine Parr, born in 1512 or 1514 either at Kendal Castle, Kendal, Cumberland, or at Blackfriars in London, represents the religious controversy initiated by Henry VIII’s break with the Pope in 1534.  She was probably raised as Catholic by her mother, her father having died when Catherine was five years old.  She ultimately became devotedly Protestant and wrote two books on religion, Prayers or Meditations and The Lamentation of a Sinner, published while she was queen.  She was closely related to the Throckmortons of Coughton Court, a militant Catholic family that engaged in nearly every plot against Queen Elizabeth and James I.  Catherine’s determined Protestantism after 1543 was at odds with the Throckmorton side of her family as well as with the staunchly Catholic Ardens of Park Hall.

            Catherine’s second husband, Sir John Neville, 3rd Lord Latimer, was also a supporter of the Catholic Church.  He had opposed the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and in 1536 joined, perhaps reluctantly, in ‘The Pilgrimage of Grace,’ a Yorkshire uprising against Henry’s break with the Pope as well as social issues.  Lord Neville and Catherine then spent the next seven years, until his death, in disgrace and in some danger.  At one point, Catherine and Sir John’s children of a prior marriage were held hostage and their house was ransacked.  Physical and emotional strain over the penalties  Catholics endured  may have turned her from the Catholic faith in which she was raised in favor of the safety of the new state religion.

            After her marriage to Henry VIII in 1543, Catherine became embroiled in the controversy concerning the right of everyone to read and study the Bible.   She favored this right, a Protestant position, but conservatives in the Church of England, still essentially Catholic in Sacraments and ritual, warned that citizens would grow to think for themselves, lessening Henry VIII’s control.  She was accused of heresy, and Henry went so far as to sign the warrant for her arrest, but she managed to convince him that she was only trying to divert him from his physical pain with her theological arguments.

            To some of her very Catholic relatives, she surely was a heretic according to their  concept of the ‘true’ Catholic church as opposed to Henry’s new reformed church.  These family members (young William Shakespeare among them?) must have viewed her with a mixture of pride that their family could boast of their Queen of England, and shame at her turning away from the Catholic faith. 


            Catherine Parr ruled as Queen of England and Ireland from 1543 to 1547.  Her first husband, Sir Edward Burgh, died in 1533.  In 1534, she married, as his third wife, Sir John Neville 3rd Baron Latimer (1493–1543), her father’s second cousin.  He was a descendant of Ralph, 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife Joan Beaufort, the daughter of John of Gaunt.  The Neville connection then leads to Shakespeare’s family, the Ardens of Park Hall. Sir John had a brother, William Neville (1497-?), who married Elizabeth Greville (1501-1600).  This William and Elizabeth Neville were the parents of Richard Neville (1523-1590) who married Barbara Arden (1535-?), daughter of William Arden (1509-1545) and Elizabeth Conway.  Barbara Arden was the sister of Edward Arden (1542-1583) of Park Hall who was executed as a participant in the Somerville Plot instigated by his son-in-law, John Somerville.  Barbara Arden and Richard Neville were the parents of Edmund Neville (1555-1629) who claimed the hereditary title of Earl of Westmorland.  Sir John Neville and Catherine Parr, as aunt and uncle of Richard Neville, probably knew Richard and his future wife, Barbara Arden.  Mary Arden (1537-1608) was second cousin to Barbara Arden and Edward Arden, so it is probable that Shakespeare’s mother was acquainted with all of these relatives:  Barbara and Edward Arden, John Neville and Catherine Parr, and their nephew, Edmund Neville, purported Earl of Westmorland.  These relationships are outlined in the following table:

 ARDEN                                                                       NEVILLE

Walter Arden (1437-1502)

 John Arden (1467-1526)

 Thomas Arden (? 1563)                                                    William Neville (1497-1545) = Elizabeth                                                                     |                                                                               |               Greville.  William, brother

 William Arden  (d 1545) = Elizabeth Conway          |           of John Neville 1493-1543,                                                                    |                                                                               |               John Neville = Catherine                                                                    |                                                                                |                               Parr in 1533.

 Barbara Arden (b 1535) = Richard Neville (1523-1590)

Edmund Neville (1555-1629)

                                                Edward Arden (1533-1583)

 John Arden (1496-1526)

                Thomas 1469-1546)

                                Robert Arden (abt 1497-1556)

                                                Mary Arden Shakespeare (1537-1608)

                                                                William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

                William Arden (about 1479)

                Robert Arden about (1475-?)

                                                                (Numerous sources.  Most can be found in Tudor.com)

            If John Neville and his wife, Catherine Parr visited John’s nephew, Richard Neville, Richard would have been between 10 years of age when they married and around 20 when John Neville’s died in 1543.  Barbara Arden, Mary Arden’s cousin, was around 8 years old at this time, and Mary Arden, Shakespeare’s mother, would have been around 6 years old.   Even if they had not encountered each other personally, the families would have been aware of the relationships, and Mary Arden Shakespeare’s family were probably proud of their royal relative although they differed on religion.


            As noted, Shakespeare’s mother was distantly related to the very Catholic Throckmortons of Coughton Court via Edward Arden of Park Hall’s marriage to Mary Throckmorton (1543-1643).  Catherine Parr was a descendant of the Throckmortons through her mother, Maud (also known as Matilda) Green Parr (1492-1531), granddaughter of Sir Thomas Green and Matilda Throckmorton (1425- 1496).  Matilda was the sister of Thomas Throckmorton (1412-1472) of Coughton Court, who was both the great, great grandfather of Mary Throckmorton, Edward Arden’s wife, and the great uncle of Catherine Parr.  Catherine Parr’s great grandmother, Maude Throckmorton, was the daughter of Sir John Throckmorton and Eleanor de la Spine, Heiress of Coughton.  The relationship among these families is very difficult to untangle and probably more difficult to decipher from the evidence presented here.   However, the families would probably have understood and recognized the relationships.  The diagram below may add clarity.  These families clung to their Catholic faith and had to confront the political/religious conflict that began in Queen Catherine Parr’s day. 


[The first listing below:  Thomas Green 1369 to Matilda Throckmorton is questionable.  It cannot be verified in other sources.  This came from https://www.geni.com/people/Sir-Thomas-Green-Kt/6000000002916812069.]

Thomas Green (1369-1417) = 1) Ela Malorie 2) Matilda Throckmorton (est 1339-1399) 3) Mary                                                                                                                  Talbot (1383-1433)

            Sir Thomas Green (1400-1462) = 1) Lucy Zouche, 2) Philippa Ferrers, 3) Marina                                                                                                                 Bellers (c 1414-1489)

 (Sir Thomas was bro of Margaret Arderne (d 1412) = Richard Arderne (1382-1412)

                        Sir Thomas Green (1421-1462) = Maud (also known as Matilda) Throckmorton                                                                           (1425-1496) (Sister of Tho Throckmorton 1412-1472)

                                    Sir Thomas Green, Jr (1461-1506) = Tira Heaton and Lady Joan Fogge

                                                Maude Green (1495-1531) = Sir Thomas Parr (1484-1517)

 (Lady in waiting on Queen Katherine of Aragon)

                                                            Catherine Parr (1512-1548)


            Sir Thomas Throckmorton (1412-1472) = Margaret Olney

 (Bro of Maud Greene, (see above) wife of Sir Tho Green and great uncle of Catherine Parr.)

                        Robert Throckmorton (1451- 1518) = Elizabeth Baynan and Catherine Marrow

                                    George Throckmorton (1489- 1552) = Katherine Vaux 

                                                Robert Throckmorton (1513-1581)= Muriel Berkley

                                                            Mary Throckmorton (1531-1559) = Edward Arden


            Catherine Parr had a “trusty and well beloved servant, Sir Henry Alexander Webbe (1510-1544), gentleman, usher of her privy chamber” whose lands had been confiscated by Henry VIII during the suppression of the monasteries .  A letter Catherine Parr sent her council asking them to grant her friend, Sir Henry Webb, the lands and estates still exists.  He was also knighted by Queen Catherine and granted a Coat of Arms (Parr.  Complete Works and Correspondence, p 57).

            Sir Henry was born 11 May 1510, the son of Sir John Alexander Webb, Jr. (1484-1516) and Margaret Arden Webb.  His sister Abigail married Richard Shakespeare, and they were the parents of John Shakespeare, father of William Shakespeare.  Sir Henry married cousins, Margaret Arden and Grace Arden.  He and Margaret were the parents of Sir Alexander Webb, Jr., Kt (1559-1629), who immigrated to America.  He then married the cousin of his wife Margaret, Grace Webb, and they were the parents of Agnes O’Dell Hill Webb who married Robert Arden of Wilmcote (1506-1556), William Shakespeare’s grandfather.  Agnes became stepmother (although they were cousins) to Shakespeare’s mother after Robert Arden’s first wife, Mary Webb (1512-1550) died.  Little information is available about the Webb family, but because of their intricate intermarriage with the Catholic Ardens and Shakespeares, it is probably that they, too, were Catholic.  The Arden, Webbe, and Shakespeare families were very inbred as can be seen in the diagram of WEBBE/ARDEN/SHAKESPEARE families below.

            Henry Alexander Webbe even has a tenuous link with Shakespeare’s life in London:  through theater associate James Burbage and with Shakespeare’s patron and relative, Henry Wriothesley.  In 1922, Charlotte Stopes identified a link between Henry Wriothesley, Burbage and the Theatre, Burbage’s first theatre, built in 1576, and Susan Webbe, daughter of Sir Henry Alexander Webbe:  A close friend of Henry Wriothesley’s, the Earl of Rutland, [Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland (1576-1612)] had a town house on part of the old Holywell Priory Estates, of which the other part, granted to Henry Webbe, was eventually sold to Gyles Alleyn and let to James Burbage, who was then in trouble with his landlord (Stopes, The Third Earl of Southampton, 93).  Stopes identified Susan’s father, Sir Henry Alexander Webbe (1510-154), as “a servant of Queen Katharine” (Stopes, The Third Earl . . .486).  After Sir Henry died in 1544, his daughter, Susan, and her husband George Peckham, inherited his property in the old Holywell Priory.  George Peckham was a nephew of Thomas Wriothesley (1505- 1550) who opposed Queen Catherine Parr’s protestant theology.  Thomas was the grandfather of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624), friend and patron of Shakespeare.  The year after Sir Henry died, his daughter Susan and her husband George Peckham mortgaged the property to Christopher Alleyn and Alleyn’s son Giles.  Susan died in childbirth in December 1555, and after her death, George became a leader in an enterprise to allow Catholics to immigrate to the New World to avoid penalties imposed by the Elizabethan government.  In 1574 he joined with Sir Humphrey Gilbert in exploring and planning the settlement of Newfoundland.  Eventually, he was imprisoned in England as a recusant and died in 1608.  His attempts to relieve the repression of Catholics in England suggest that he, too, was a Catholic.  The perilous voyages of these explorers were precursors of the 1609 voyage that ran aground in the Bermudas and is thought to figure in Shakespeare’s Tempest.

             It seems more than coincidental that a member of Shakespeare’s Arden/Webbe family participated in the transfer of property for the building of the Theater.  Recall that Sir Henry’s wife was Grace Arden.  To take this a step further, because of Sir Henry Webbe’s close work association with Catherine Parr, it is probable that his wife, Grace Arden, and some of Grace’s family would have been acquainted with the future queen.  These Ardens, Sir Henry Alexander Webbe, and James Burbage were all citizens of Stratford on Avon who were well acquainted with each other.

            Shakespeare’s seeming knowledge of the lifestyle of the upper class is often questioned and regarded as incongruous with his somewhat lowly background in Stratford.  The families named here as connections to Shakespeare’s family were anything but lowly.

            A very brief summary of the Neville family’s lengthy history comes from Wikipedia: 

“The House of Neville (also the House of Nevill) is a noble house of early medieval origin, which was a leading force in English politics in the later Middle Ages. The family became one of the two major powers in northern England along with the House of Percy and played a central role in the Wars of the Roses.”  

Meg MeGath delineated the Green family’s many ties to past nobility:

            “Too name a few of the ancestors of Lord Green:”

  • Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, John I of England
  • Henry II of England
  • Henry I
  • Blanche de Brienne, granddaughter of Berenguela of Leon, Empress of Constantinople, herself the daughter of Alfonso IX, King of Leon and Berengaria of Castile [daughter of Eleanor of England, Queen consort of Castile].
  • Alfred ‘the great’, King of Wessex.[3] 
  • David I of Scotland via Dervorguilla, Lady of Galloway, granddaughter of David of Scotland
  • Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.
  • Louis VI

                        (Adapted from Tudorqueen6.  The Life and Family of Queen Katherine Parr


            Additionally, the Green family history from the 1200’s can be found in The Green Family Genealogy by Lois Case.  It names, among many other notables, Sir Henry de Greene (c 1310-1369), Lord Chief Justice of England and Lord Chancellor of England and largest landholder in England.  Case refers to Queen Catherine Parr as a member of the Green family:  “It might be interesting to add here that Henry VII’s son, Henry VIII, married as his sixth and last wife Lady Catherine of Parr, a daughter of the House of Greene, and she was the only one of Henry’s wives to survive the ordeal!”

            The Throckmorton family traced its history to the 12th century and had two baronetcies in two branches of the family.  The family lineage can be traced in tudorplace.com.  An example of many members of note is Robert Throckmorton of Coughton, born 1451, who was Privy Councilor to Henry VII.  Another was Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, born 1515, sewer in the household of Queen Catherine Parr, his cousin.  After 1544, following the death of Catherine, Sir Nicholas spent some years in the service of Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, the Duke of Richmond, and eventually served as Queen Elizabeth’s ambassador to France from 1559-1562.

            The Webbe family.  Sir Henry Alexander Webbe, servant to Queen Catherine Parr appears to be the most illustrious of the line of Webbes that can be traced back to Henry Webb (1350-1397?).  However, all of those listed from Henry Webb to Abigail Webb share the honor of being ancestors of William Shakespeare, for Abigail Webb, Sir Henry Alexander Webb’s sister, married Richard Shakespeare, and they were the parents of John Shakespeare, father of William (see table below).  They were also related to William’s mother, as detailed above.

                                                                                                            Henry Webb (1350-1397)

                                                                                                Geoffrey Webb (1372-?)

                                                                                    John Webb (1402?-1455?)

                                                                        William Webb (1425-1495?)

                                                            John Webb (1450-?)

                                                John Alexander Webb (1484-?)

                                    Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I (1510-1544)

                                    {Abigail Webb (1515-1595)  Sister of Sir Henry                     

                        John Shakespeare (1535-1601) = Mary Arden (1537-1608)                                          William Shakespeare (1564-1616)  

                                                (Adapted from http://fabpedigree.com/s041/f376196.htm)

The following is an additional attempt to explain these complicated relationships:

Sir John Alexander Webb, Knt  (1484-1516) = 1) Margaret Arden (1488-1548) 2) Alice                                                                                                                  Brueton (1450-1490)

            Mary Webb (1512-1550) = Robert Arden (1506-1556) Also = Agnes O’Dell/Hill

            Abigail Webb (1515-1595) = Richard Shakespeare (1512-1561)

                        John Shakespeare (1537-1601) = Mary Arden (1537-1601) D of Mary and Robert                                               Arden (1506-1556)  Sister of Margaret Webb = Sir Henry Alex Webb, I (1510-1544)

                                    William Shakespeare

            Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I (1510-1544) = 1) Margaret Arden (c 1538-1608) D of                                                  Robert (1506) and Mary Arden (1412).  Their son:  Alexander Webb, Jr (1559-1629)

                                                immigrated to America. 

                                                Grace Arden (1512- 1539) D of Thos Arden, sister of Robert Arden (1506-                                                            1556).  1st cousin of her husband.

                                                                Agnes O’Dell/Hill Webb = Robert Arden (1506) His 2nd wife

            The Arden family is one of only three families in England that can trace its lineage to before the time of William the Conqueror (James Lees-Milne.  Burke’s Peerage/Burke’s Landed Gentry, volume 1, as cited in Wikipedia, Arden family).  The extensive biographical sketches of earls and noteworthy members of the family can be found in A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain by John Burke, pp 637-640.

            To judge from the ties the country bumpkin’s parents had with old, powerful families of the upper classes and with Queen Catherine Parr, it should come as no surprise that William Shakespeare understood their demeanor and language well enough to incorporate it convincingly in his plays.  Shakespeare’s family surely was proud to be acquainted with and related to royalty, although for her Catholic relatives, Queen Catherine Parr must have epitomized the religious conflict that was to plague the country until the Roman Catholic Relief Act, passed by Parliament in 1829.

                                                Works Consulted or Cited

Burke, John.  A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain by John            (See Wikipedia)

Case, Lois.  The Green Family Genealogy  January 20, 2015. Carl J. Case,            Ph.D., ed, 16   Sunburst Lane, Allegany, NY 14706. ccase@sbu.edu

Enos, Carol Curt.  “WEBBE/ARDEN/SHAKESPEARE Families.”  Shakespeare’s Cheshire and            Lancashire Connections and His Tangled Family Web.  Parker, Colorado: Outskirts     Press, 2016.

Fab Pedigree.  http://fabpedigree.com/s041/f376196.htm

Lees-Milne James Burke’s Peerage/Burke’s Landed Gentry, volume 1.  (See Wikipedia)

Parr, Catherine.  Complete Works and Correspondence.  Janel Mueller, ed.  Chicago:  UP,


Stopes, Charlotte Carmichael.  The Third Earl of Southampton.  Cambridge UP, 1922.

Tudor.com  The Life and Family of Queen Katherine Parr

                                    https://tudorqueen6.com/2012/09/24/family-of-queen-                                                                                                                                 katherine-parr-

Wikipedia, Arden family.  Reference to article by James Lees-Milne in the 18th edition of       Burke’s Peerage/Burke’s Landed Gentry, volume 1.

  Wikipedia     https://tudorqueen6.com/2012/09/24/family-of-queen-katherine-parr-

                       The Webb Family Roots in America

The Webb surname traces it’s origins to the 14th century in England.   Webb is a quite common name throughout southwestern part of that nation. The Webb families are primarily concentrated in the English Counties of Somerset, Wiltshire, Hants, Suffolk, Norhampton and Worchestershire. The name Webb literally means “one who weaves” or “weaver”.   A great many Webbs migrated to America when the colonies offered good wages to men with craft skills and to those who would build a new life. In 1790, when president George Washington authorized the first Census, there were 395 Webb families listed with an average of 5.7 members per family.  There were also 1864 adult and single Webbs not member of these households.   These were primarily young men seeking their fortunes on the frontier.   A later count, taken in 1960, revealed that the Webb name is the 121st most common name in America. At that time there were approximately 148,000 adult Webbs in the United States. (Source , the Webb Family, published by the American Genealogical Research Institute, 1973)

Most of the WEBB family in the Southern States, including my branch, was originally from Dorset, one of the shires in England. For nearly two hundred years the WEBBs had resided in this place before Alexander Webb Jr., with his four sons, came to Boston, MA in the early 1600s.    Alexander and his brothers had become quite wealthy land owners in England.   Alexander sold his portion of the Webb estate for a large sum of money prior to his departure.   This English property was inherited through their ancestor, Sir Henry Alexander Webb.   A copy of the letter which Catherine Parr sent her Council (Cabinet Ministers) asking them to grant her beloved friend, Sir Henry Alexander Webb, the lands and estates that had been mentioned for him is still in existence.  These lands had been confiscated by the King at the suppression of the monasteries and were located in Dorsetshire, England.   In later years they became of value to the children who came to America.

Sir Henry Alexander Webb was usher in the Privy Council of Catherine Parr, Queen Regent of Britian in the 16th century. Catherine Parr, 6th Queen of Henry VIII of England, tactful, kindly woman to whose influence her stepchildren, the future sovereigns Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I owed much.   Among the few existing documents connected with the regency of Catherine Parr was one while Henry VIII was conducting the siege of Boulogne in 1544 AD.   There is in the Crotonain Collections a letter to her council headed: Katherine, Queen Regent, K.P. in favor of her trusty and well beloved servant, Henry Alexander Webb, gentleman, usher of her Privy Chamber.”   The letter is in regard to some grants and privileges to Henry Alexander Webb, but which have not been fulfilled.   It concludes “we most heartily desire and pray you to be favorable to him at this our earnest request. Given under my Hand and Signet, at my Lord, the King’s Majesty’s Honor of Hampton Court, the 23d of July and the 36th of his Highness most noble Reign.”

My branch of the Webb family migrated from Massachusetts to Virginia and later to North Carolina to become early settlers of what is now Rutherford County, NC and Greenville County, SC.    As early as 1810 this group of Webbs moved to East Tennessee where I found my 4th great grandfather, John Roach Webb, living in Grainger County, TN with two of his brothers, James and Larkin.    John later moved with his family to Blount County, TN.    My branch  descends from John’s son, William E. Webb, who resided in Blount, Monroe and McMinn Counties in the early to mid 1800s.

My  Oklahoma branch of Webb’s  originates with Isaac Franklin Webb, who was born in McMinn County, TN in 1869. “Ike”, grandson of William E. Webb and son of James Pleasant Webb, was the only one of his family to leave Tennessee and head westward.  He was in Lamar County, TX by 1890 and in McMillian, Indian Territory by 1892. Family rumors suggest that Ike was on the run, having killed a man in a fight.   My research confirms that Ike was indeed the only one of his immediate family to leave Tennessee, probably about the year 1890.   His mother, brother Henry and sister Esther were in McMinn County as late as 1910.   Ike never returned to, or ever saw his family in Tennessee after moved to Oklahoma.   It is possible, however, that Ike knew Webb relatives in Lamar and Milam Counties in Texas.   Webb families in these Texas counties have close ties to East Tennessee and are descended from the same Webb ancestors only a few generations before.   Family tales suggest a relation to Webbs in Hugo, OK, which were the same family that resided in Paris, Lamar County, TX.

Address to The City Club of Eugene

Posted on October 4, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

Queen Elizabeth Going Aboard The Golden Hind

White found himself trapped in England by the invasion of the Spanish

Manchese and Manteo.

Wanchese, Manteo

To the City Club of Eugene

A Report on Joseph Lane and His Ancestors

by John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Today is the Day of Atonement. Six days after reading your discussion about changing the name of Lane County, I read that Sir Francis Drake offered Sir Ralph Lane one of his ships for further exploration of the Virginia Coast. If it were not for a hurricane, then the ancestors of Joeph Lane would be listed amongst the Explorers of the New World. Why doesn’t the State of Oregon own this history?

Joseph and Polly Lane are content to die in Roseburg – in obscurity! Did they hope the Lane Family history would die with them? Polly Lane married Nathaniel Hart after being rescued by the Thomas Hart family, who are my kin via Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who was the first proprietors of the Oregon Territory. His name was removed from a building on the campus of Oregon State – after a team of Historians ruled him a racist, a pro-slavery murderer of Native Americans – who invented Manifest Destiny. Wrong. Sir Ralph Lane sent a letter to Richard Hakluyt informing him of his written account of the Roanoke Colony. I suspect he bid Queen Elizabeth to establish a American Base for Pirates to deplete the Habsburg Empire of Incan and Aztec gold – that could have ended up buried on Oak Island. Drake gave Lane shallow draft boats after he returned from a raid.

” In 1563 he entered the service of Queen Elizabeth I as equerry and did a variety of court tasks, including searching Breton ships for illegal goods in 1571. In general, however, Lane was better suited as a soldier than as a courtier. After serving as sheriff of County Kerry, Ireland, from 1583 to 1585, he was invited by Sir Walter Raleigh to command an expedition to America. He sailed on 9 Apr. 1585 under Sir Richard Grenville, with whom he soon began to quarrel. Towards the end of June, they arrived at Wococon on the North Carolina Outer Banks and established a colony with Lane as governor.”

It is alleged Drake brought The Golden Hind into a bay in Oregon. I am now looking at the real possibility that Drake drafted the English citizens of Roanoke to go on more raids. A hurricane came upon them when ships were being loaded for the voyage to England. Journals were thrown overboard, along with the valuable pearl the Native gave Lane. Really? The Roanoke Colony – vanished!

They say Drake was looking for The Fountain of Youth – also! What about sea route to India? Did Drake sail the Columbia that Lewis and Clark Explored? Did the Queen’s Knight found a colony in Oregon – that Joseph Lane learned about, when he was a mere boy? Why did Polk appoint Lane the first governor of Oregon? Why wasn’t he elected? England was making claims to Oregon. Did they know the history of Ralph Lane – and Richard Hakluyt? England was going to come to the aid of the Confederacy. What if General Lee – won? I am kin to Lee, the Virgina General. Did his family know the history of Sir Ralph Lane, and, they had their eye on the Oregon Territory? The British have good – and long memories. A Lord, is a land owner. These knights were given permission to grab all lands – not owned by a Christian!

On this day, October 4, 2022, I beseech the City Club of Eugene help me find funding for my mountainous study. I see a team of nine people. From coast to coast, the Lane family fought a war against Native Americans. Let us establish an accurate record of this – once and for all! The black woman that took over the Oregon Shakespeare festival has misused this history – in my opinion. Two years ago I founded the Oregon Shakespeare Society because I am kin to the Bard via the Webb family who came over with the Pilgrims. I began a story of the colony they founded. Jesse lane was born at Jamestown. I may have discovered who wrote the famous plays. I found a contender – in my tree!

Two days ago I bid Christine Drazen to put together a panel of learned Christians to study the Koran’s written testimony about Jesus speaking in his cradle – when he was just born! Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother’s womb – after she went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Is it possible, that those who knew John’s Baptism – would not know death? Consider Lasarus. Did John know the secret of the Fountain of Eternal Life? Was he the second coming of Elijah? Yes, and as a minister of the Radio Church of God, founded by Herbert Armstrong, I have proven this. Consider….Elijah’s Chair, and that it was John who spoke when he was eight days old.

Many loyal Americans are asking that Republicans speak up – and condemn Trump – who will not concede. His racist threat against McConnel and Elaine Chow was typical of the language used against Native Americans – and Chinese immigrants. The death threat is typical, too, aimed at whites who were on the cusp, and did not want to go along with the Extermination plan. I demand Franklin Graham condemn Trump, the same way he condemned the present Governor of Oregon. Graham said Brown did not know Jesus, and, was not a Christian. He used Brown when he came to our State to garnish Christian votes for the Republican Party – only! I became a Republican twelve years ago because my kin, John Fremon, founded the Abolitionist party that has been taken over by neo-Confederates!

Get out! Get out of my families party – now!

Below is the resting place of John’s remains in the Grand Mosque in Damascus. He is being worshipped by Muslims.


John Presco ‘The End Time Elijah’

Copyright 2022

“Trump used a racial slur in a post on his Truth Social website Friday, calling Chao McConnell’s “China-loving wife, Coco Chow.” He also said McConnell had a “death wish” for backing “Democrat-sponsored bills,” in the same post.

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Richard Hakluyt – Wikipedia

Ralph Lane, 1530?-1603

Sir Ralph Lane (ca. 1530-October 1603), first governor of “Virginia,” was born in Lympstone, Devonshire, England, the son of Sir Ralph Lane (d. 1541) and his wife Maud Parr (daughter of William Lord Parr) of Northamptonshire. He is believed to have been a cousin of Edward Dyer, the poet. In 1563 he entered the service of Queen Elizabeth I as equerry and did a variety of court tasks, including searching Breton ships for illegal goods in 1571. In general, however, Lane was better suited as a soldier than as a courtier. After serving as sheriff of County Kerry, Ireland, from 1583 to 1585, he was invited by Sir Walter Raleigh to command an expedition to America. He sailed on 9 Apr. 1585 under Sir Richard Grenville, with whom he soon began to quarrel. Towards the end of June, they arrived at Wococon on the North Carolina Outer Banks and established a colony with Lane as governor.

After Grenville departed for England in August, the colony moved to Roanoke Island where it remained for the next eight months. As supplies became scarce, the colony was plagued with bickering and quarrels among its members and with the natives. Lane reportedly was not diplomatic in dealing with the Indians and often reacted violently to provocation. He quarreled with Wingina, an Indian chief, who was attempting to organize neighboring tribes to attack Lane’s group. Lane solved this problem by killing Wingina on 10 June 1586 before the surrounding tribes convened and then managed to disperse the rest of the group. The next day, 11 June, Sir Francis Drake arrived and promised to leave men, supplies, and a ship. However, a hurricane blew the ship out to sea and plans were changed. Lane, discouraged, decided to return to England. In the frenzied rush to be gone, three colonists, exploring up-country, were left behind, and in an effort to lighten the ship’s load, valuable records were destroyed or thrown over-board. Lane returned to England on 27 July 1586 and never again commanded a colonial expedition, probably to the benefit of everyone. Ironically, Grenville’s relief squadron arrived shortly after Drake sailed for home, causing widespread criticism of Lane for leaving Virginia when he did. It has even been suggested that Lane’s distrust of Grenville led to his abandoning the colony.

It is thought (without much proof) that Lane was the first to introduce tobacco to England. Following his return, Lane set down a “Discourse on the First Colony,” which was sent to Sir Walter Raleigh and later printed in Richard Hakluyt’s Principall Navigations (1589). Afterwards, Lane wrote another treatise on his experiences as a colonial commander and sent it to Lord Burghley on 7 Jan. 1592. In it he emphasized the need for strict discipline to avoid illness among the soldiers.

Among the colonists of this Virginia expedition were John White, an artist, and Thomas Harriot, a mathematician, who took meticulous notes and made remarkably accurate drawings of the wildlife, fauna, and natives of the New World. These efforts have been preserved in their book, A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, published in 1588 and 1590. Lane wrote the foreword to this book.

After Lane’s return to England, he performed a series of petty tasks for the court, including in 1588 the office of muster-master of the camp at West Tilbury in Essex and the next year as muster-master general of the army on the Spanish and Portuguese coast. In January 1592 he took the post of muster-master general and clerk of the check in Ireland. He remained in that country for the rest of his life.

Lane apparently never married but continued, as he had throughout his career, to beg favors from the well-placed for himself and his relatives. On 15 Oct. 1593 he was knighted by the lord deputy of Ireland, Sir William Fitzwilliam. In 1594 Lane was badly wounded in an Irish rebellion. He never regained his strength and his office was generally neglected during the last years of his life. Edward E. Hale summed up his career: “He seems to have been an eager courtier, a bold soldier, a good disciplinarian, an incompetent governor, a credulous adventurer, and on the whole, though not a worthless, an unsuccessful man.”

How Oregon named a county after a Confederate sympathizer – OPB

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Two Treaties of General Joseph Lane and Chief Jo, Rogue River – QUARTUX (ndnhistoryresearch.com)

Ralph Lane and Pemisapan: Chronicle of a Death Foretold (ebrary.net)

A Rose Among The Woodwoses

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

A Rose Among The Woodwoses


John Gregory Presco

Copyright 2019

Chapter One


Lady Mary Wilson Webb, inherited the job of  keeping the fire lit below deck. All those who had gone before her, had failed. The fire tendered in a square iron tray, held together with rivets, then filled with sand, had become the altar of the Pilgrims. It, and the black pot hung on a trident, was watched most of the day by the lost souls packed under the creaking and leaking timbers. Moving about was almost impossible. Everyone was frozen in their place. But for the brave excursions above, met by some tempest, and cold sea spray, the wayfarers relieved themselves in a vile oaken bucket that was too close for comfort.  Bible’s were taken out from under pillows when a lady went to tithe the Oaken Monster as they called it. Reading verses aloud, was the polite thing to do.

Tiring of the gory and bloody Biblical tales, that increased the Cargo Dread, the men brought out their bawdy jokes that they had memorized and gathered since their school days. The women pretended they ne’er heard a one. But, that guarded secret was soon out. And, a new kind of boredom set in. It was dreadful. Ones farting was amplified in the silence. The women ran out of perfume. Everyone got to know what a women really smelled like, including the women! Everyone was grateful for the occasional flying fish that was thrown in the pot, to cook all day, like temple incense.

The Royal Janitor


John Presco

Copyright 2022

In thirty minutes Victoria and Miriam would be landing in Eugene Oregon. Our intelligence agents for BAD (the British Anglian Directive) were in shock and had been ever since the Librarian at Wormsley had shown Victoria the ancient genealogy of Shakespeare and the Bard’s Will that left everything to his grandson, Hart.

“There’s a Hart in my family tree!” The head of BAD exclaimed. I am kin to the Hart family of Connecticut, and possibly Sir Isaac Hull, a Captain of the U.S.S. Constitution.”

Polly Lane Married Nathanial Hart

Posted on February 5, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

Hart, Benton, Boone Brothers

Posted on February 7, 2017by Royal Rosamond Press


This morning I discovered the wife of Joseph Lane, and grandmother of Harry Lane, married Nathanial Hart who is kin to Thomas Hart who is kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the father of Jessie Benton, who married, John Fremont ‘The Pathfinder’ who was the first Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. These folks are in my Family Tree via my niece, Drew Benton. The Hart and Lane families are related. This is why John Breckenridge chose Joseph Lane as his running mate. The Hart family of Kentucky were partners of Daniel Boone. They owned over a million acres. If the Confederacy had won the Civil War, the Oregon Territory would belong to this family. Now I understand why Senator Benton played both sides of the street. His genetics couldn’t lose. This is America’s foremost family. Slavery was trying to take hold in Oregon.

John Presco

13. Nathaniel HART. Died About 1820 in Henderson, Henderson Co. KY. He married Mary “Polly” PIERCE. Died 10 Aug 1870 in Douglas, Oregon. Buried in OR. They had the following children:

  1. Nathaniel HART

Saturday, August 20, 1870 Oregon State Journal (Eugene, OR) Volume: 7 Issue: 27 Page: 3

We hear that Mrs. Gen. Lane died at her home in Douglas county, near Roseburg this week. She has been in feeble health for a number of years. Contributed by Jeanie Sawyer* ———————

When Polly was young she witnessed her family killed in an Indian Massacre, this was about 1810-1812 along the Ohio River most likely in Kentucky. She jumped into a canoe and floated down the river to John Hart and Patience Lanes cabin. She was about 10-12 years of age. The Harts raised her, after they found Polly’s family had been killed. Which included her mother, step father by the name of Pierre, two younger siblings. Her older brother was never found.

Polly fist married Nathaniel Hart in 1820 in Henderson Co, KY. He died in 1820 along with his father John Hart. John is buried at the Book Cemetery in Henderson Co, KY. Polly and Nathaniel had one child named Nathaniel Hart JR. The Hart’s raised him.

In 1821 Polly married Joseph Lane, son of John Lane and Elizabeth Street. Polly and Joseph went on to have 8 children. They lived in Vanderburgh Co, Indiana and then later moved to Douglas Co, Or where they both died and our buried.

Bio by Heather W Bowers


  1. John B. HART. Born About 1763/1764 in NC. Died After Oct 1821 in Henderson, KY. Buried in Book Cemetery, Henderson Co., Henderson, KY. He married Patience LANE, 1785 in Johnson, NC. Born 28 Mar 1765 in Wake, NC. Died in Henderson, KY. Buried in Book Cemetery Henderson KY. They had the following children:
  1. Nathaniel HART
  2. Thomas HART
  3. John Jackson HART
  4. Ann or Nancy Morgan HART
  5. Kezia HART
  6. Rebecca HART
  7. Susannah or Susan HART
  8. Rhoda HART
  9. Mary HART
  10. Benjamin Franklin HART
  11. Amelia HART

Getty Family Invested In Shakespeare

Posted on September 30, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press

It’s 6:30A.M. and I awoke with a ZARDOZ hangover – to read this!

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S. Howard Young, Art Dealer, Friend of Eisenhower, Is Dead

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S. Howard Young, one of the world’s wealthiest art dealers, died yesterday in his galleries in the Pierre Hotel after a brief illness. He was 94 years old on May 22.

Mr. Young was a close friend of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was a great uncle of the actress Elizabeth Taylor. Her father, Francis Taylor, had been Mr. Young’s only partner in a 75‐year career. Mr. Taylor, who died in 1968, was Mr. Young’s nephew.

The art dealer was a resident of Miami Beach and had sum mer homes in Ridgefield, Conn., and Minocqua, Wis.

It was during a weekend visit with Mr. Young at Ridgefield in 1952 that General Eisenhower, then president of Columbia University, decided to enter the Presidential race. Also present were Bob Considine and Frank Farrell, the newspaper colum nists.


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Mr. Considine advised the General that the Hearst news papers would support the Re publican nomination of Gen. Douglas MacArthur against Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. Mr. Farrell told the general that he thought the Scripps Howard newspapers’ editors might be willing to support him.

Soon afterward, Mr. Young arranged a reception here in the St. Regis Hotel for 200 guests. There the General ex changed views with the late Roy W. Howard, head of Scripps‐Howard. The organiza tion, in an unusual move, agreed to support the General before the convention.

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Offered an Embassy

Mr. Young was with the gen eral on Election Night in No vember of 1952. When the voting trend became apparent, the general remarked, “Looks as though I’m going to be the next President.” Mr. Young re plied, “Yes, and it looks as though I have lost my best fishing and shooting partner.”

The general smiled and asked, “Where do you want to be an ambassador, Howard?”

Mr. Young shook his head and replied, “How about me being your ambassador to Boulder Junction [Colorado] or Minocqua or Woodruff in Wis consin?”

The art dealer’s house in Wisconsin is on a ridge over looking a lake. The General liked to swim there, but after his heart attack he was unable to handle the steep 140 ‐foot climb back to the house.

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As a surprise for his friend, Mr. Young built a four‐passen ger funicular between the house and the diving board. Five years ago Mr. Young got into the funicular to descend to the lake. Partway down, the cable slipped and the car crashed, rocketing Mr. Young 24 feet into a tree. His only injury was a cut scalp.

Over the years the General gave three of his paintings to his friend, and last summer Mr. Young gave the paintings and the General’s letters to the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kan.

Left Home at 10

Stephen Howard Young was born in Belle Center, Ohio, on May 22, 1878, the oldest son of Philip Young, a highway con struction supervisor, and the former Mary Funk.

At the age of 10, the young ster left home and started his career with a laundry and a newspaper route.

Although he had little formal education, he was an omnivo rous reader. It was not until just a few months ago that his eyes became oversensitive to light on a printed page. He ac quired an Oxonian command of English, a cosmopolite’s sense of humor and a reputation as a raconteur.

At 15, he became interested in chromolithography and sold prints in the Midwest. By the age of 18 he had amassed a fortune of $400,000. It was 1896, the year a panic of major proportions shook the nation, and the young man lost every thing in it.

He started over again, this time with oil paintings. He sought out good portrait artists, read obituary notices, obtained photographs of deceased mem beers of affluent families, had oil portraits painted and sold them to the families at $2,000 each.


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One day a woman showed, him some catalogues of well known art works and asked him to try to buy some for her, offering a commission of $300 for each purchase. This began his career as an art dealer.

When he was 22 he met and married Mabel Rosemund of Springfield, Ill. Mrs. Young died in 1955. There were no children. During their early married life, they lived in St. Louis. There Mr. Young learned of a man who wanted to buy a Frederic Remington painting. Mr. Young then owned Reming ton’s “The Overland Stage” and took it to his prospect.

En route, he got into a poker game with three oilmen, Harry Sinclair, Frank Phillips and Bill Skelly. They became close friends and Mr. Young became a highly successful investor in oil.

Mr. Sinclair told Mr. Young that he and his business be longed in New York. He gave him a check to set up here, taking an I.O.U. in return. Mr. Young never cashed the check, but he took the advice and moved his galleries.

Mr. Young also bought Florida Power & Light stock after a visit to Florida in 1915, when he foresaw the Miami area’s growth as a resort and bought a home there.

One of his worst mistakes, Mr. Young once recalled, was buying a Van Gogh painting in Rotterdam in the early 1930’s for $5,000 and selling it soon afterward for $10,000. The same painting brought $850,000 at a recent Parke‐Bernet auction.

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Mr. Young engaged in spec tacular art duels with Sir Joseph Duveen, his most serious com petitor. He had uncanny luck in guessing when Sir Joseph was obligated to buy a painting and often, without reason, would force the bid up.


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In a 1928 auction Mr. Young stopped bidding on Gains. borough’s “The Harvest Wag on” at $350,000. Sir Joseph bought it for $360,000.

Perhaps Mr. Young’s biggest achievement in art was his dis covery of the lost El Greco en titled “Christ Healing the Blind.” It was attributed to Tin toretto when Mr. Young bought it at an auction. He had it authenticated at The Prado, in Madrid. The painting is now in the Charles Wrightsman col lection.

On one occasion he bought a painting of the Duchess‐Coun tess of Sutherland, supposed to have been a Romney, and sold it to Lawrence P. Fisher of Detroit, for $150,000. When it was learned that the real por trait was still held by the Suth erland family and that the painting he had bought was a copy, Mr. Young returned Mr. Fisher’s money and got his own back from the sellers.

Mr. Young was a horseman, a golfer, an archer and a skeet shot prize‐winner as well as a hunter and fisherman.

He was a founder of the Minocqua Country Club and a member, of the Turf & Field Clubs at the Hialeah, and Gulf Stream tracks. He also was one of the earlier members of the Indian Creek Club, and he belonged to the Surf Club and the Bath Club. In New York be was a member of the Metro politan Club and the Lotos Club.

His only survivor is a sister in Detroit.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 A.M. in the William E. Hamilton Fu neral Chapel in Detroit.

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It wasn’t until the will of S. Howard Young was made public on Aug. 15, 1972, that residents of the Lakeland area began to understand how deeply this man loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the people who reside within its boundaries.

On that day in 1972 they learned that Howard Young had bequeathed approximately $20 Million dollars for a health center so that the area would have the finest facilities and continue to attract outstanding doctors of the caliber that had joined the staff of the first hospital–Lakeland Memorial Hospital.

The will further stated that the “net income is to be paid in perpetuity to the hospital to be used for its own general purposes and that $7 Million dollars be used only for the purpose of constructing, equipping, furnishing and opening a new main hospital.”

Indeed, Howard Young had a love affair with the Lakeland area that spanned some 65 years, and the impact of the love was reaffirmed on Saturday, June 18, 1977, with the dedication of the Howard Young Medical Center. It will continue to be reaffirmed, ad infinitum, through its operation.

Stephen Howard Young was born in Belle Center, Ohio, on May 22, 1878, the eldest of five children who would eventually comprise the family of Philip and Mary Funk Young. His father was a highway construction supervisor.

It seemed as if Howard Young was born with great ambition. His mother soon realized that his ambitions far surpassed anything that Belle Center had to offer, and so it was with her blessing that he left his home at age 10 to make his way in the world.

His business career began simply, delivering for both a laundry and a paper route. When he was 15 years of age he turned to chromolithography (the process of lithographing in colors), a relatively new innovation in 1893. His first operation was in Anderson, Ind., and as his business flourished he opened offices in Cincinnati and Lima, Ohio, plus Peoria, Ill.

By 1896, at the age of 18, Howard Young had amassed a fortune of $400,000. This was also the year of the panic and he lost it all.

He began again…

By now he had decided his future lay in oil paintings. He contracted for the services of several prominent portrait artists in the area. Then, following an obituary notice, he would contact the family and sell them oil paintings from the snapshots they provided of the deceased. They sold at $2,000 each.

One of his clients then asked him to select and buy paintings for her home, paying a commission of $300 for each one. This moved Howard Young into a career as an art dealer.

In 1900, Young married Mabel Rosemund of Springfield, Ill., and moved to St. Louis where he established his headquarters. His wife preceded him in death in 1955. There were no children of the marriage.

His business continued to flourish. Then one day he learned of a man in Bartlesville, Okla., who was looking for a Remington to purchase.

Young had one and he was immediately off to Oklahoma. While there he played poker with Harry Sinclair, Frank Phillips and Bill Skelly, and a new chapter in his career opened–investments. It opened with investments in oil.

In St. Louis, Young became friendly with the Busch and Lambert families. He bought shares of Anheuser-Busch stock that he never sold. He was a wise investor and unloaded a great deal of stock just before the crash in 1929. His one regret was that he sold his IBM stock too soon, for although he made a fine profit, it was nothing compared to what it would have been if he had held it.

He was as wise in his art dealings as he was investing. His greatest achievement was his discovery of the “Lost El Greco”–“Christ Healing The Blind.” This painting now hangs in the Metropolitan Art Museum.

In his art dealings, Young had one regret. He bought a Van Gogh for $5,000, sold it for $10,000, and shortly before his death it sold for $850,000.

In 1907, Howard Young developed a nervous ailment. His doctors recommended a summer vacation in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and thus began his love affair with Lakeland area.

Howard Young was an art dealer for 75 years. His only partner was his nephew, Francis Taylor–Elizabeth Taylor’s father, who died in 1968.

He did have a multitude of friends and he considered Dwight D. Eisenhower one of his closest. He played an instrumental part in Eisenhower’s entering the 1952 presidential race. He arranged a reception for Eisenhowers with Scripps Howard newspaper executives and it was at this reception that Ike obtained their support. Without this, he probably never would have entered politics.

Howard Young revealed a little of his true feelings for the Lakeland area when, on election night, after learning of his victory, Eisenhower turned to him and asked him where he would like to be ambassador. Young’s reply–“in Minocqua, Woodruff and Boulder Junction.”

In later years, after Eisenhower had suffered his heart attack. Young built a special track down the hill from his home to the lake. Its car carried Eisenhower for his daily swims that he loved so well. Without it, Ike could not have negotiated the steep hill.

During their years of friendship, Eisenhower presented Howard Young with three of his signed paintings. These, along with their correspondence, were donated to the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas.

Young was an avid sportsman. He loved golf and founded the Minocqua Country Club, and he was an excellent skeet shooter; but hunting and fishing were probably his favorite spots. He kept homes in Florida and Connecticut, but Minocqua was his favorite retreat, for here he could indulge in all his favorite sports.

Howard Young died at the age of 94 on June 23, 1972. He died among his favorite art treasures in his galleries in the Hotel Pierre in New York City. His remains lie in Detroit…but his heart and memories are alive in the Lakeland area.

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