Here are the names of the people that I would like to contact. If you
find your name on the list, I would be very grateful if you would write
to me. If you know someone on the list I would appreciate it if you
would see if you could get them to write me or give me their contact
information. Some of these people may have known Louis as "Duke" LaMoore
or Michael "Micky" Moore as Louis occasionally used those names. Many
of the people on this list may be dead. If you are a family member (or
were a very good friend) of anyone on the list who has passed away,
I would like to hear from you, too. Some of the names I have marked
with an asterisk (*), if there is anyone out there who knows anything
at all about these people I would like to hear it. You may either respond
in the space below or write to us at:
Louis L'Amour Biography Project
P.O. Box 41183
Pasadena, CA 91114-9183
Because of the many demands on our time we will no longer be responding
to fan mail sent to this address . . . it is for correspondence regarding
the biography only! Sorry.
J.E. Sparks - A special education teacher at Beverly Hills High School
in the 1960s and '70s. Any information on recordings of Louis
L'Amour that he made for his classes would be greatly appreciated.
Ted Nelson - took a trip to Wyoming with Louis back in the 1940s or
Bill and Nadine Hamon - Louis used to know them in Oklahoma City and
at one time they used to work a Fine Arts Institute in Omaha, NE.
Irving Kahn and Ben Lyon - Worked in Hollywood during the late 1940s.
Kathy Greenlaw - A friend of Louis' in the late 1940s.
Truman - of "Truman's," a restaurant in Westwood in the 1940s.
Tully Brown - Who had a position with the Wilshire Bank of America
Jack Berges - Had a store in Hollywood in the late 1940s.
Ed Roth - Who lived in Hollywood in the late 1940s and was often see
with a woman named Maxene.
Alphonso Bedoya - Actor. Best known for his role as "Goldhat" in The
Treasure of Sierra Madre. I'm looking for someone who knew him personally
in the '40s or '50s or if anyone knows if there has ever been a biography
done on him that details the same period.
Bob and Gail "Boots" Davis - Wasn't she in a western TV series? Louis
knew them in 1949.
Frank Godsoe - an Amarillo sports writer.
Harry Gilstrap - who flew to Tascosa with Louis in 1946.
Maggie Savage, Cully Richards, Joe Frisco, Cyril Smith, Sam Roberts,
Nicky Conners - I am looking for any of these people or anyone who personally
Al Holdcraft - a friend that Louis occasionally met in Hollywood in
Scotty - who worked for the "Citizen News"
Joe Zdana - who Louis knew in the late 1940s.
Becker - a friend of Louis and Joe's.
Welch - who took a trip with Louis in 1947.
Ray Gray - A policeman in L.A. as of 1949.
Bodil Mueller - A Danish actress Louis met in 1949.
Ed Jacobs - who was in the 670th Tank Destroyers with Louis and was
friends with him after the war in L.A.
Marcel Clower - who introduced Louis to Mauri Grashin.
Jim Hendryx, Charles N. Heckelmann, Mike Tilden, Jim O'Connell - Editors
from New York City.
Adolphe DeCastro - A friend of Louis' who wrote him some letters of
recommendation to various people in Mexico.
Marian Payne - Married a guy named Duane. Louis knew her in Oklahoma
in the mid to late 1930s. She moved to New York for awhile; she may
have lived in Wichita at some point.
Chaplain Phillips - Louis first met him at Fort Sill, then again in
Paris at the Place de Saint Augustine Officer's Mess. The first meeting
was in 1942 the second in 1945.
Anne Mary Bentley - Friend of Louis' from Oklahoma in the 1930s. Possibly
a musician of some sort. Lived in Denver for a time.
Pete Boering* - Born in the late 1890s. Came from Amsterdam, Holland.
His father may have been a ship's Captain. Louis and Pete sailed from
Galveston together in the mid 1920s.
Betty Brown - Woman that Louis corresponded with extensively while
in Choctaw in the late 1930s. Later she moved to New York. Jacques Chambrun*
- Louis' agent from the late 1930s through the late 1950s.
Des - his first name. Chambrun's assistant in the late 1940s or early
Joe Friscia* - One of two guys that joined Hagenbeck & Wallace circus
in Phoenix with Louis in the mid 1920s. They rode freights across Texas
and spent a couple of nights in the Star of Hope mission in Houston.
May have been from Boston.
Harry "Shorty" Warren* - Shipmate of Louis' in the mid 1920s. They
sailed from Galveston to England and back. Harry may have been an Australian.
Joe Hollinger* - Louis met him while with Hagenbeck & Wallace circus
where he ran the "privilege car". A couple of months later he shipped
out with Louis. This was in the mid 1920s.
Joe Hildebrand* - Louis met him on the docks in New Orleans in the
mid 1920s. Then ran into him later in Indonesia. Joe may have been the
First Mate and Louis Second Mate on a schooner operated by Captain Douglas.
This would have been in The East Indies in the later 1920s or early
1930s. Joe may have been an aircraft pilot and flown for Pan-Am in the
Turk Madden* - Louis knew him in Indonesia in the late 1920s or early
1930s. They may have spent some time around the "old" Straits Hotel
and the Maypole Bar in Singapore. Later on, in the states, Louis traveled
around with him putting on boxing exhibitions. Madden worked at an airfield
near Denver as a mechanic in the early 1930s. Louis eventually used
his name for a fictional character.
"Cockney" Joe Hagen* - Louis knew him in Indonesia in the late 1920s
or early 1930s. He may have been part of the Straits Hotel, Maypole
Bar crowd in Singapore.
Richard LaForte* - A merchant seaman from the Bay Area. Shipped out
with Louis in the mid 1920s.
Mason or Milton* - Don't know which was his real name. He was a munitions
dealer in Shanghai in the late 1920s or 1930s. He was killed while Louis
was there. His head was stuck on a pipe in front of his house as a warning
not to double cross a particular warlord.
Singapore Charlie* - Louis knew him in Singapore and served with him
on Douglas' schooner in the East Indies. Louis was second mate and Charlie
was bo'sun. He was a stocky man of indeterminate race and if I remember
correctly Dad told me he had quite a few tattoos. In the early 1930s
Louis helped get him a job on a ship in San Pedro, CA that was owned
by a movie studio.
Renee Semich - She was born Vienna (I think) and was going to a New
York art school when Louis met her. This was just before WWII. Her father's
family was from Yugoslavia or Italy, her mother from Austria. They lived
in New York, her aunt had an apartment overlooking Central Park. For
awhile she worked for a company in Waterbury, CT.
Aola Seery - Friend of Louis' from Oklahoma City in the late 1930s.
She was a member of the "Writer's Club" and I think she had both a brother
Enoch Lusk - Owner of Lusk Publishing Company in 1939, original publisher
of Louis' "Smoke From This Altar." Also associated with the National
Printing Company, Oklahoma City.
Helen Turner* - Louis knew her in late 1920s Los Angeles. Once a showgirl
with Jack Fine's Follies.
James "Jimmy" Eades - Louis knew him in San Pedro in the mid 1920s.
Frank Moran - Louis met him in Ventura when Louis was a "club second"
for fighters in the later 1920s. They also may have known each other
in Los Angeles or Kingman in the mid 1920s. Louis ran into him again
on Hollywood Blvd. late in 1946.
Jud and Red Rasco* -- Brothers, cowboys, Louis met them in Tucumcari
NM. Also saw them in Santa Rosa NM. This was in the early to mid 1920s.
Olga Santiago or Scarpone - friend of Louis from late 1940's Los Angeles.
Last saw her at a book signing in Thousand Oaks CA. She married a guy
named Ray Scarpone in the early fifties.
Jose Craig Berry - A writer friend of Louis' from Oklahoma City in
the late 1930s. She worked for a paper called the Black Dispatch.
Evelyn Smith Colt - she knew him in Kingman at one point, probably
the late 1920s. Louis saw her again much later at a Paso Robles book
Kathlyn Beucler Hays - Friend from Choctaw, taught school there in
the 1930s. Louis saw her much later at a book signing in San Diego.
Floyd Bolton* - A man from Hollywood that who came out to Oklahoma
to talk to Louis about a possible trip to Java to make a movie in 1938.
Lisa Cohn - reference librarian in Portland; family owned Cohn Bros.
furniture store. Louis knew her in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
Mary Claire Collingsworth - friend and correspondent from Oklahoma
in the 1930s.
C. A. Donnell - Guy in Oklahoma City in the early 1930s who rented
Louis a typewriter.
Captain Douglas* - Captain of a ship in Indonesia that Louis served
on. A three masted auxiliary Schooner.
Leonard Duks* - I think that this was probably a shortened version
of the original family name. A First Mate in the mid 1920s. I think
that he was a U.S. citizen but he was originally a Russian.
Maudee Harris - my Aunt Chynne's sister.
Parker LaMoore and Chynne Harris LaMoore* - Louis' eldest brother.
Parker was Secretary to the Governor of Oklahoma for awhile, then he
worked for the Scripts-Howard newspaper chain. He also worked with Ambassador
Pat Hurley. He died in the early 1950s. Chynne was his wife and she
lived longer than he did but I don't know where she lived after his
Mrs. Brown - Who worked for Parker LaMoore in the 1930s - the 1950s.
Haig* - his last name. Louis described him as a Scotsman, once an officer
in the British-India army. Louis says he was "an officer in one of the
Scottish Regiments." Louis knew him in Shanghai in the 1930s and we
don't know how old he would have been at the time. He may have been
involved in some kind of intelligence work. He and Louis shared an apartment
for awhile which seems to have been located just off Avenue King Edward
Lola LaCorne - who along with her sister and mother were friends of
Louis' in Paris during World War II. She later taught Literature at
the Sorbonne, had (hopefully still has) a husband named Christopher.
Dean Kirby - Pal from Oklahoma City in the late 1930s who seems to
be a copywriter or something of the sort. Might have worked for Lusk
Bunny Yeager - Girlfriend of Dean Kirby's from Oklahoma City. Not the
famous photographer for Playboy.
Virginia McElroy - Girl with whom Louis went to school in Jamestown.
Guardsman Penwill - A British boxer in the period between the mid 1920s
and the mid 1930s.
Arleen Weston Sherman - friend of Louis' from Jamestown, when he was
13 or 14. I think her family visited the LaMoore's in Choctaw in the
1930's. Her older sister's name is Mary; Parents' names are Ralph and
Harry Bigelow - Louis' knew him in Ventura. He had a picture taken
with Louis' mother Emily LaMoore at a place named Berkeley Springs around
1929. Louis may have known him at the Katherine Mine, near Kingman AZ
or in Oregon.
Tommy Pinto - boxer from Portland; got Louis a job at Portland Manufacturing.
Nancy Carroll - An actress as of 1933. Louis knew her from the chorus
of a show at the Winter Garden in New York and a cabaret in New Jersey
where she and her sister danced occasionally, probably during the mid
to late 1920s.
Judith Wood - Actress. Louis knew her in Hollywood in the late 1920s.
Stanley George - the George family relocated from Kingman AZ to Ventura
CA, possibly in the late 1920s.
Francis Lederer* - Actor that Louis knew in late 1920s Los Angeles.
I'm looking for anyone who knew him in Hollywood between 1926 and 1931.
Lt. Rix - who served in the 3622 Quartermaster Truck Co. in Europe
in 1944 - 45.
Pablo De Gantes* - Ex-soldier of fortune who occasionally wrote magazine
articles for Lands of Romance in the 1930s. This man used several names
and I believe he was actually a Belgian. He lived in Mexico at one time.
Lt. King - who traveled all they way from Camp Beale, California through
Camp Reynolds, Pennsylvania and on to England with Louis when he was
shipped overseas in early 1944.
K.C. Gibson or his two nephews - Louis met them when they picked him
up hitchhiking in October of 1924. They were crossing New Mexico and
Arizona bound for Brawly, CA.
Wilma Anderson - A friend of Louis' from Oklahoma who worked in the
Key campaign headquarters in 1938.
Johnny Annette - a boxer that Louis fought a bout with in Woodward,
Oklahoma (or Kansas) in the 1930s.
Harry Bell - A boxing promoter that Louis worked with in Oklahoma City
in the 1930s.
Joe Bickerstaff* - Also an occasional boxing promoter. Who knew Louis
in Klamath Falls in the late 1920s.
Pat Chaney - Friend of Louis' from Choctaw, Oklahoma in the late 1930s.
Mr. Lettsinger* - An older man that Louis knew in Klamath Falls, OR
in the late 1920s. I think that he was from the mid-west or south.
Tommy Danforth* - A boxing promoter from Prescott, AZ in the mid 1920s.
Was using the VA hospital at Ft. Whipple.
Ned DeWitt* - Knew Louis in Oklahoma in the 1930s, also a friend of
Austin Fullerton - who sold tickets for athletic events in Oklahoma
City in the late 1930s.
Martha Nell Hitchcock - A friend from Edmond, OK in the 1930s.
Tommy Tucker* - Boss Stoker on British Blue Funnel ships in the mid
1920s to mid 1930s period.
Dynamite Jackson* - An African-American fighter that Louis helped promote
in Oklahoma in the 1930s.
Orry Kelly - Designer in Hollywood, Louis knew him in the late 1940s.
Dorthy Kilgallen - a newspaper columnist who worked in LA in the 1950s.
We have several good accounts of her death and so are looking for someone
who actually knew her.
Henry Li - who Louis knew from 1943 when he was at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Savoie Lottinville* - of the University of Oklahoma.
Julio Lopez - who Louis worked for very briefly in Phoenix in the mid
Joe May - a rancher that Louis boxed with in Ft. Sumner New Mexico.
in the 1920s.
Ann Mehaffey - friend of Louis' from the time he spent at Camp Robinson,
Sam Merwin or Sam Mines* - who once worked with Leo Margulies at Standard
Jack Natteford - Screenwriter who worked with Louis in the 1950s
Joe Paskvan - once of the Oklahoma Writer's Project who Louis knew
in the late 1930s.
Billy Prince - Who went to sea in the late 1930s on the Wallace E.
Pratt, a Standard tanker.
Countess Dulong de Rosney (Toni Morgan)* - who Louis knew from France
in the mid 1940s.
Dot and Truitt Ross - Brother and sister that Louis knew in Oklahoma
in the 1930s.
Mary Jane Stevenson - A friend of Louis' from LA in the late 1940s.
Orchid Tatu - who lived in Sparta, Wisconsin in mid 1940s.
Florence Wagner - Wife of Rob Wagner of Rob Wagner's Script
Doris Weil - a roomer in the flat where Louis lived in the late 1940s
Anyone who served on S.S. Steel Worker between 1925 and 1930. In particular
Captain C. C. Boase, 2nd Mate Ralph Jones, 3d Mate Raymond Cousins,
Radio Operator Stanley Turbervil, Carpenter George Mearly, Bo'sun H.
Allendorf, Chief Engineer C. B. Dahlberg, 1st Asst Eng. O. E. Morgan,
2nd Asst Eng. W. Haynes, 3d Asst Engineers George G. Folberth & William
Stewart, Oilers A Chagnon & A. Kratochbil, Firemen William Hohroien,
J. Perez, Manfrido Gonzales, John Fennelly & E. G. Burnay, Wipers A.
Sanchez, J. J. Dalmasse & F. Clifford, Steward J. Shiel, Messmen Dean
Bender, William Harvey & J. H. Blomstedt, Able Bodied Seamen Ernest
Martin, Chris Moore, Karl Erickson, Steve Schmotzer, Michael Llorca,
Louis Armand, Joseph Morris, Herbert Lieflander, William Reichart &
H. F. Waite.
Anyone familiar with Singapore in the late 1920s, the old Straits Hotel,
and the Maypole Bar.
Anyone who is very knowledgeable in the military history, and/or politics
in western (Shansi, Kansu, and Sinkiang provinces) China in 1928-36.
I am also looking for seamen who served on the following ships - The
Catherine G. Sudden between 1925 and 1936. The Yellowstone between 1925
and 1936. The S.S. Steadfast between 1924 and 1930. The Annandale, a
four masted bark, between 1920 and 1926. The Randsberg, a German freighter,
between 1925 and 1937.
Anyone who knows anything about an old square-rigged sailing vessel
called the "Indiana" that was used in movies in the 1920s and '30s.
This ship was docked at San Pedro.
Anyone who knows anything about the following boxers - Jonny "Kid"
Stopper, Jack Horan, "Kid" Yates, Butch Vierthaler (Bill Thaler). Ira
O'Neil, Jimmy Roberts, Jimmy Russo, Jack McGraf, or Jackie Jones - Guys
that Louis met in Phoenix in October of 1924. None of these men was
born after 1909.
Anyone who knows anything about a fight (I assume with small arms)
between two trading schooners that was stopped by a British warship
near Pinaki in the South Pacific. This would have been between 1926
Anyone from the family or group that Louis guided around Egypt sometime
between 1926 and 1937. Although he very much looked the part Louis finally
admitted that he wasn't a real guide and that he'd been using a tour
book from a library to learn about where he was taking them. They may
have been staying at Shepherd's. Some or all of the party were Americans
and there may have been as many as 12 of them.
Anyone who might know about a flight that Louis took across Africa
with a French officer with stops at Taudeni and Timbuktu. This would
have been between the mid 1920s and late 1930s.
Anyone familiar with an island in the Spratly group called Itu Aba.
Anyone who knows anything about a very short lived magazine published
in Oklahoma City in 1936 called Uptown Magazine.
Anyone who knows if Norman Foster and Rex Bell (George Francis Beldam)
ever went to sea during the 1920s or early 1930s.
Anyone who knows where the personal and business papers of B. P Schulberg
(not Budd) and Sam Katz are archived. Both of these men worked at Paramount
Publix Pictures. The period that I am interested in is the late 1920s
to the early 1930s.
Anyone familiar with the Royal Government Experimental Hospital in
I would like to hear from men who served in the following military
units - The 3622 Quartermaster Truck Company between June of 1944 and
December of 1945. The 3595 Quartermaster Truck Company after October
1945 and before January 1946. The 670th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in
1943 at Camp Hood, Texas. The 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp
Phillips, Kansas in 1943.
Soldiers or Officers who - Took basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas
between September 1942 and January 1943. Took winter training at Camp
McCoy, Wisconsin and near Land o' Lakes and Watersmeet in the northern
Michigan peninsula between October 1943 and February 1944. Remembers
Louis in early 1944 when he was staying at the St Francis Hotel and
the Belleview in San Francisco. During this time he worked at the Oakland
Air Base, and Fort Mason, CA. Later he was at Camp Beale, CA.
Anyone who worked with the Oklahoma WPA Writers Project.
Any recordings that anyone knows about of any of Louis' speeches.
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