Just recently I received the following email:
Googled this name on a Bridge Invitation for Mrs. Roy William Cooley from 1935. We took out an old bookshelf that was attached to the wall where we found the invitation in back laying against the baseboard. We are at 821 Forest Ave. near the Cooley's Michigan Ave place they live in the 30s according to your article. Thought you would get a kick out of it.
Bryan was correct - I did get a kick out of seeing the old invitation from Henrietta Cooley for her Luncheon-Bridge party 84 years ago:
As Bryan said, Roy and Henrietta Cooley had lived at 617 Michigan Avenue in Evanston but by 1935 they had moved to 3045 Normandy Place in Evanston:
|3045 Normandy Place, Evanston, Illinois|
I asked Brian if I could tell his story as a follow-up story on my blog to what I had originally written about Roy Cooley and he graciously gave his permission. The more I thought about the story the more I wondered who had misplaced their invitation to Henrietta Cooley's Luncheon-Bridge party. The occupant of 821 Forest may have received the invitation in the mail, or perhaps had a bridge party at her place where Henrietta Cooley handed out invitations to her upcoming soiree. I decided to see if I could figure out who had been living at 821 Forest in 1935 and had been invited to Henrietta Cooley's party. It turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated.
First of all I checked the Evanston Directory for 1935. Not the telephone directory but the Polk's Directory:
According to the Polk's Directory, the apartment building at 817-823 Forest Avenue was known as the Forest Crest Apartments. According to Polk's here's who was living there in 1935:
|1727 Grande Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|1238 Fourth Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|408 S. College Avenue, Aledo, Illinois|