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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Scottish DNA
« on: Wednesday 05 May 21 18:18 BST (UK)  »
If you used Ancestry for DNA testing, their most recent update seems to be heavy on Scottish results.  My husband & I both have no Scottish ancestors by the paper trail, and we both went from having little/no Scottish to having over 20% each.  I have heard of unexpected Scottish increases from other people.

United States of America / Re: New Jersey marriage abt 1870 please
« on: Tuesday 04 May 21 14:12 BST (UK)  »
There is a New Jersey marriage database for that time frame here -  I didn't see your people there.

The major Philadelphia newspapers are searchable here -  I didn't see her in them.

I have heard that people use the Family History Center's wifi from outside the building on their laptops to access things that are available there while they are closed.  It's probably beyond me technologically to figure out how to do that or what images it applies to, but apparently it's a thing.

You're welcome!  I think some of those links to the Monterey papers may be duds, as they're now asking me to log in.  The link to search the papers is here - - so that may work better.

Dorothy Sawvelle "Myrto" was held in jail because of a raid on her tavern in 1929.

Just found the answer to the Dundas question - Dan Dundas & Myrto Sawvelle got a marriage license in 1945 in San Francisco.

She circulated a petition about being a member of the Communist Party.

There is a Dorothy C. Sawvelle & Carl F. Sawvelle who divorced in San Francisco in 1928.  Maybe that's where the name Sawvelle mentioned above came from?  The filing for divorce was done under the name Dorothea in 1927.

She is very interesting.   ;D
A survivor of both the 1906 earthquake and subsequent great fire, 31 Alta traded hands several times prior to the 1920s but the most infamous inhabitant of throughout the last century was a reputed Russian noble, Myrtokleia Sawvelle who, according to David Myrick’s San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, converted the brick dining room and kitchen into a “night club.” Myrick reports that printed cards were sent to a prospective clientele announcing her Telegraph Hill Tavern as having “all the atmosphere of the Montmarte with a Marine view.”

According to Myrick, Myrtolkleia (who came to be known as Myrtle) served tea at two in the afternoon, followed by dinner at six and supper after ten; while a Sunday morning brunch was offered from eleven to two.

On that eventful night in February 1927, Myrtle’s guests must have been carousing on the balconies and howling at the moon late into the night. However, the neighbors on Telegraph Hill were not putting up with it that night. The constabulary were called, and the Black Maria arrived to escort Myrtle and her party to the city jail for the rest of early morning.

Myrtle not only had considerable skill in the culinary arts and the charm to be a gracious hostess, but she was also a pro at public relations. While the press headlined the story “Wild ‘Tea Party’ Raided”, her account painted for the reporters a not unusual evening of tea and art appreciation. Apparently, Myrtle was giving a private exhibition of a new work of art by Elwood Decker described as “an esoteric blue damsel charging through a red fog.”

    “We were sitting around admiring Elwood Decker’s new painting,” relates Myrtle Sawvelle’s account in the press. We weren’t even drinking anything but tea and I was making a pan full of biscuits for a little supper when the police came and made us all get in that black wagon. Some of the guests who arrived late were making quite a bit of noise but we didn’t realize that this was disturbing anybody, she said. We are going to start all over again with a tea room and this time there will be no nights in jail.”

— Myrtle Sawvelle

According to Myrick, it was not to be. Her food was exotic, her liquor was good — but her timing was poor because her teas were taking place during Prohibition. Her homemade brews landed her in jail again for 90 days, and she was promptly appointed jailhouse cook. Tackling her new job with gusto, Myrtle became the heroine of her fellow inmates. Her fellow prisoners never ate so well, in or out of jail, and it was a sad day when she was liberated. A year later, Myrtokleia retired to Carmel.

The hangouts were: the Casa Beguine, a wonderful restaurant then entering its decline — Mama and Papa Beguine were growing old, and their customers were deserting Bohemia for the Establishment; the Telegraph Hill Tavern, run by a great cook and great lover and bad poet, a lady who called herself Myrtokleia, after a character in The Songs of Bilitis

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