Christmas and Relief Fund Benefit

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on December 11, 2014 with No Comments

This is another undated, unidentified article from the scrapbook. I estimate it was published around December 1928.

-1928 Deauville membership donation driveMISS LILLIAN RANDALL, hostess and Walter Gallagher, son of Billy, received at Monte Carlo.  Charley Hanson, Harry Keller, George Metzger, Jimmy Miller and Charley Farrell received and assisted the Deauville membership, and at the Broadway Gardens everybody received magnificently.


WALTER GALLAGHER gave $100 at Monte Carlo.  Mr. Hanson gave the same amount at Deauville.  So did Miss Ona Munson, Keith headliner, and at the Broadway Gardens old Billy Gallagher was persuaded to sing a song for the first time in twenty years — for $331 given by the members of the yacht club who had labored long and furiously, and by the waiters, the girls in the show there, the orchestra, even the cigarette girl, Mr. Gallagher’s son and Mrs. Gallagher, who gave $100.  And Mr. Gallagher gave another $100.

And Miss Corinne Barber, attended by Mrs. A. C. Riely, both of whom had previously contributed, gave $50 more.

It was a fine, human and remarkable demonstration — one of the finest incidents in the long and happy career of the Christmas and Relief Fund — the song and the manner in which everybody responded to the suggestion that Mr. Gallagher sing.

Broadway Broadcastings: Walter Gallagher Back

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on December 4, 2014 with No Comments

Another undated, unidentified article.  This one is probably from around 1928. 


by Alex Sullivan


Everyone is glad to see Walter Gallagher, handsome son of the famous Billy, back on the job as manager of the Monte Carlo.  Walter, who was a great athlete in his day, had been on a sic-months’ trip around the country.

“There’s only one Broadway — and one New York,” says Walter.

“I’ve been in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Frisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and many other high spots in the country — and just as Americans say about the United States as a whole when they return from tours abroad I say about trips throughout our country — away from New York.  The fellow who wrote the song, ‘When you leave New York, you’re only camping out,’ sure hit the nail on the head.”

-1928 Broadway Broadcastings - after Walter's 6 month tripOTHER NAMES IN THE ARTICLE:

Dan McKetrick
Gene Sennett
Charlie Henderson
Milton Wallace
John L. Sullivan
Andrew Mack
Jim Corbett

Monte Carlo by the Sea Opens!

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on November 27, 2014 with No Comments

This undated, unidentified article is likely from around July 1926. (See the ad I found in the Brooklyn newspaper at the bottom of this post)

1926 Monte Carlo by the Sea openingEverybody who is anybody in Yonkers was present at the Monte Carlo last night when 150 social and political lights of upper New York had a dinner there.

Billy Gallagher was in a real good mood with the big crowd present, so he took time to tell us all about his activities.

Sunday night, this week, Billy will open up his new place at Hollands Station, L. I., which will be knokn [sic] as Monte Carlo by the Sea.  It is right by the intersection of the new Cross Bay road and Beach Ninety-second street and Beach Channel, the busiest corner in the resort.

The place is all newly done over and has a seating capacity of 750 and a dance floor space enough for 300 couples.

He will take his whole crew down from the Monte Carlo, New York, which closes for the season this Saturday night.  “Big Tim” Reardon and Walter Gallagher will be in charge.

The entire Ed Hutchison revue, “That’s That,” the Four Diamonds and the Buffalodians Orchestra go down, too, and Billy expects to make it the smartest place on Long Island, as no other resort down there has as pretentious a revue as his.

Ad for Monte Carlo by the Sea - 11 Jul 1926

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 11, 1926, p. 3F below the fold


When Good Fellows Get Together

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on November 20, 2014 with No Comments

This is another undated, unidentified article from Pop’s scrapbook.  With the references to Jack Dempsey’s new nose and the mention of the new Monte Carlo restaurant, I’ve narrowed the time frame to around September/October 1924.

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's caption

A couple of things caught my eye in this one.

First, the artist got Pop’s name wrong – and wrote it as “John J Gallagher” (which has been corrected in pencil to “Walt”).  Oops.

Second, the artist is identified as “the Inimitable Sketchist” Ving Fuller of the Morning Telegraph.  I think that might be kind of a big deal.  He started out as a gag cartoonist for the Daily Graphic in the early 1920s.  After that, he became an animator and then went back to cartooning .  He eventually became the editor for New York Daily Mirror in the 1930s.  You can see more of his work here.

This cartoon pokes fun at Jack Dempsey when he had plastic surgery to repair his nose after so many beatings in the ring.  It was supposedly to fix a deformity in order to help his breathing, but he took some good-natured ribbing because he had also been appearing in several films to that point, which called into question his true motivation for having plastic surgery – either for the screen or to please his second wife, Estelle Taylor, a silent movie actress who played Miriam in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments in 1923.


Walter Gets Married

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on November 13, 2014 with No Comments

My aunt and I were searching for my great grandparents’ marriage certificate when we stumbled across this little tidbit:

It’s April 15, 1921 in New York City.  Walter Wiltze Gallagher marries Ruth Jean Arameta Olmstead.  Ruth was born in New York in 1901.  She is the daughter of Charles Olmstead (b. 1878 NY) and Nellie Smith (b. 1879 PA).

1921 Ruth Olmstead marriage #1


They were married at the Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan. It appears to be the first marriage for both of them.

1921 Marriage record - Transfiguration Church

Aside from being blindsided by this mysterious first marriage that no one had ever mentioned, something seemed weird about this union.  First, it’s in an Episcopal church instead of a Catholic church (even though there is a Roman Catholic church by the same name on the other side of town).  Neither of them were Episcopalian.  She was Presbyterian and he was Catholic.

So I did a little digging.  Walter was technically in the “restaurant business,” but was very closely affiliated with actors, dancers, and other entertainers.  Historically, theater folk were not felt to be worthy of Christian marriages and burials, so many churches turned them away.  But not the Church of the Transfiguration (the “little church around the corner”).  They were always a “church of inclusion.”  Even today, the church maintains close ties with the theatrical community.  Of course, I can only speculate that this has anything to do with the reason they were married there.  It’s still a neat story.

Here is the church today:


Unfortunately (but fortunately for me!), the marriage didn’t last long.  By 1922, Walter had remarried another woman: Ruth Burrows, and would go on to adopt my grandfather.  Ruth Olmstead remarried Joseph Cook in 1923 (and a Mr. Spafford sometime after that).  Locating those divorce records are on my to-do list, for sure.

I also have not found a marriage record for Walter’s marriage to Ruth Burrows, which is another mystery all its own.  This entire episode creates some questions that need answering: (1) was Walter still able to marry Ruth in the Catholic church? (2) since his first marriage (and subsequent apparent divorce) were not in the Catholic church, does that count?  I will have to consult the Catholic experts (my cousin) to see if I can get answers.


Steamship China Sets Precedent

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on November 6, 2014 with No Comments

I think this unidentified, undated article is from around 1924.  Also, I’m pretty sure the author, David, has a last name, but it wasn’t preserved in the scrapbook.


1924+ Steamship ChinaThe steamship China, which leaves this port on September 15 for the Orient, is to establish a precedent along lines of entertainment for its passengers, one which will open up another field for thespians, singers and dancers.  The ship will have its own revue aboard, a revue now in rehearsal at the Restaurant-Theatres, Inc., studios, which was recently incorporated, with W. J. Gallagher, owner of the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, as president and Ted Riley as managing director, to provide a national cabaret circuit.  With the sailing of the China, however, the organization becomes international in character.  Other vessels of the line, which leave fortnightly, are to have their own performers also.  Performances are to be given every afternoon and evening, as well as in theatres at all ports of call, which include Havana, Honolulu, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hongkong and Australian cities.  The revues are being written by Mr. Riley, with Frank Gillen taking care of the score.  Joe Mann will personally direct the first tour . . . The Marcellis Four, a quartet of dancers from France, have been put on at the Monte Carlo during the week, and it is doubtful if such versatility in the terpsichorean art has ever been seen in a Broadway restaurant.  They are equally at home in soft shoe, buck, waltzing, Russian, acrobatic and Apache dances.  The work of Edouard Burdy and Jenny Burdy stands out most prominent in the acrobatic whirls, while Andrew and Madeleine Bekkers excel in ballroom dances.  Mr. Gallagher and John Kennedy, his business representative, are very much pleased at the increasing amount of the Monte Carlo’s business.  Walter Gallagher, son of the former, who is following in his father’s footsteps, has been made floor manager of the restaurant.


Paul Geittner Receives Watch

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on October 30, 2014 with No Comments

This undated, unidentified article (most likely from around 1924, when Billy opened the Monte Carlo) shows why everyone loved Billy.

1924+ Paul Geittner gets pocket watch from Billy
Paul Geittner was recently the recipient of a handsome gift — a platinum open-face watch — from “Billy” Gallagher, proprietor of the Broadway Gardens, Broadway and 48th street, and the Monte Carlo, Broadway and 51st street, New York, with whom he became associated on August 1, at the latter establishment where he has general supervision over the dining room and kitchen.  The watch has the Gruen movement, and bears the monogramed [sic] initials of Mr. Geittner on the reverse side in small diamonds.  The gift was in the nature of a testimonial of appreciation for the assistance Mr. Geittner rendered the donor in opening the Monte Carlo, formerly the Club Maurice.

This platinum watch was probably similar to this one, which was sold by Gruen in 1924 to commemorate its 50th Anniversary … for $500.  That’s nearly $7,000 in today’s money.  No wonder Billy was always broke.

Gruen watch ad 1924


Walter and Joe Buy Supper Club

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on October 23, 2014 with No Comments

In 1923, Billy’s sons Walter and Joe jumped into the “biz” with both feet and purchased the Exclusive Supper Club in New York City.  Meanwhile, Billy’s getting some attention with renovations at the Broadway Gardens …

-1923 Walter Buys Supper Club with brother Joe Buy Supper Club.

Walter Gallagher, floor manager of the Monte Carlo restaurant, owned by his father, William J. Gallagher, has branched out as a proprietor in partnership with his brother, Joseph M. Gallagher, of Broadway Gardens, in the Exclusive Supper Club, 117 West Forth-eighth street.  They bought out the interest of John Mulligan.  The two are planning to make it one of the best clubs of its kind in the city.  The club is attractively furnished and, despite its futuristic designs, presents a cozy, intimate appearance.  It has an ample dancing floor and a talented orchestra.  Walter Gallagher will remain at the Monte Carlo, however.

Panel Paintings Attractive.

Coincident with the unveiling of panel paintings in the rehabilitated and redecorated Broadway Gardens, 711 Seventh avenue, this week, Mrs. Oscar Bergstrom, of San Antonio, Texas, entertained a large number of friends after a swimming party in her Riverside Drive home, where there is a tank of no mean proportions.  At the same time, Mrs. John Brandeis and a party of friends from Omaha were guests of W. J. Gallagher, owner of the Gardens, which now presents a beautiful and distinctive appearance.  The paintings have red-headed nymphs for their subject and the artist has succeeded in bringing to the eye all the superlatives of facial beauty, figure and coloring.  Skillful manipulation of electric lights give the pictures an almost etheral [sic] look.

William J. Gallagher, of the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, entertained six Pacific Coast restaurateurs, here for a “look at what’s going on,” Friday night.  They were in search of innovations for their own establishments and, although the visit was planned as nothing more than a short visit or courtesy call, they stayed through the entire performance of Ted Reily’s new revue, “Livin’ High,” and watched carefully the work of Will Morrisey, popular producer and comedian, who now heads the revue, and who is the official host of the Monte Carlo.  The visitors congratulated both Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Reilly on the production.  Next to Mr. Morrisey, Evelyn Martin, the sensational dancer, came in for the most praise, with Donald Roberts.  Ottilie Corday, Lewis and Brown running her a close second.  The show has resulted in the “no more room” sign being displayed a short time after the theatres have ebeen [sic] emptied.  The dinners also have increased proportionately.


This is an announcement for the opening of Walter and Joe’s club.  Better get there early, they can only seat 150 people!

1923 09 20 Exclusive Supper Club invitation



New York Greatest Summer Resort in the Country

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on October 16, 2014 with 2 Comments

Unidentified, untitled, and undated newspaper article from Pop’s scrapbook.  Hard to argue with this sort of convincing evidence though.

1924+ NY is summer retreat Broadway GardensThat New York grew increasingly popular as a summer resort this year has been proven by John Dockney, manager of W. J. Gallagher’s Broadway Gardens, No. 711 Seventh avenue, who has just completed the compilation of a list of guests that have been added to the restaurant’s many patrons during the last three months “Fully sixty per cent of the new faces,” said Mr. Dockney, “came from out of town and about half of them from below the Mason-Dixon line.  Most of the regular patrons of every New York restaurant seek the mountains in the summer time, but business, on the whole, was far above the average of the dull season, because of the large increase in the number of persons spending their vacations here.”  Mr. Dockney believes that New York is the greatest summer resort in the country and cites railway figures to prove it.


Billy Named President of Stage Craft Restaurant Theatres, Inc.

Posted by Jenny Lanctot on October 9, 2014 with No Comments

Yet another unidentified, untitled, and undated article from Pop’s scrapbook.  I’ve narrowed the time frame down to sometime after 1924, since that’s when Billy borrowed the money to purchase the Monte Carlo on W. 51st Street.  I attempted to find a date of incorporation, but the Secretary of State’s online search didn’t recognize the name of the corporation, and the Secretary of State’s office was unable to locate the business when I called.  Unfortunately, they can only search for the exact spelling of the name of the business, and not by the name of the officers or any other search criteria.

1924+ Billy named president of Restaurant Theaters IncW. J. Gallagher, owner of the Monte Carlo Restaurant Theater, Broadway at Fifty-first street, has been elected president of a new corporation that has been formed to provide a national circuit of restaurant and theater revues as well as entertainers for banquets and other public functions.  Papers of incorporation which have just been signed by the Secretary of State show that the other officers are Ted Reily, vice president and general manager; J. M. Anderson, secretary and treasurer; Frank Gillen, director of the music department, and Harry Walker, casting director.  The majority of the stock is held by Mr. Gallagher.

The organization is called Stage Craft Restaurant Theatres, Inc., and will be very similar in its operations to circuits like that of B. F. Keith.  Restaurateurs, including many of the most important from Boston to Kansas City and from Montreal to New Orleans, were sounded out on the proposition and the response assures a wheel of at least sixteen spokes.  Four New York restaurants have already signed up, and there is a possibility of several more being added.  The circuit will begin operating the first week in September, rehearsals for several of the shows having already been started. … Frank Bleyler, whose voice has earned for him a place on par with John Steele, has joined the Monte Carlo comedy as juvenile.  Mr. Bleyler was with the “Blushing Bride” during its entire run at the Astor Theatre.  Several other new faces are being seen nightly at that popular resort, among them being Miss Lillian Randall as hostess.  Miss Randall was formerly of Rector’s and the Little Club.  Acting with her and in the same capacity is Miss Marian Taylor, late of the Winter Garden show, and others equally important.