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Sunday, July 15, 2012

News Article Gibson Co., TN

Russ FORTH, 33, actor, his wife, Irene, 24, and their daughter, 4, formerly of Evansville, Ind., were burned to death in a rooming house at Houston, Texas.

Source: Dyer Reporter (newspaper of Gibson County, TN), 17 Apr 1924, pg. 4.

- Submitted by Taneya Koonce.

Note: From the Browning Genealogical Online Database ~

Mr. Forth, wife and daughter died 01 Apr 1924 in an apartment building fire.  Russ jumped from the second story apartment followed by his wife who was holding the daughter.  They landed in a pile of bricks & glass badly burned.  He was the manager of a stock company playing in Houston.  Formerly, he was with the Orpheum Theater in Evansville.

Allan Forth, a brother died in Palisades Park, N. J. in 1953 at age 60.  Allan was born and raised in Evansville, member of theatrical family started at the old Orpheum Theater.  He managed, acted and produced vaudeville shows.  He had two brothers Russell and Ray who had died many years before him that also was in show business.

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