Ben Foster Obituary

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Ben Foster Obituary - 15 (Mon.). Annual dinner of the Vermont'...
15 (Mon.). Annual dinner of the Vermont' Society; Hotel Plaza, Man. 15 to 20 (Mon. to Sat., inc.). Forum on Foreign Affairs, under the auspices of the League of Nations Non-Partisan Association. Addresses by distinguished authorities each day between 10:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., at Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square South, Manhattan. 16 (Tues.). Urban Club Meeting; 2:30 P. M., Neighborhood Club, 104 Clark Street . 17 (Wed.). Annual business meeting and luncheon, Long Island Society, D. R.; Hotel Bossert 18-19 (Thurs.-Fri.). "All Around Kerry," ' benefit per- : formance of the Blind Players of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities; Academy of Music. 19 (Fri.). All-day conference of Kings County Clubs, L. I. Federation of Women's Clubs; 10:30 A. M. to 4:30 P. M Hotel St. George. 23, 25, 27 Polo Tournament; Riding and Driving Club. 2, 4, 6 Polo Tournament; Riding and Driving Club. 2 (Tues.) .Benefit performance for the Maternity Center Association and Center Shop Fashion Show; 49th St. Theatre, Man. 4 (Thurs.). Annual Carnival of the Fique Choral; Apollo ' Hall. 10 (Wed.). Dramatic Presentation by "The Brooklyn Heights Players." "The , Romantic Lady." - The Neighborhood Club, 104 Clark Street. -y-'-y-'.' - - -y ;-i -i'yy ' - lr: :'-yy.:yi-yy:ly''yr:'' 19, 20 (Fri.-Sat). "Believe It or Not" Poly Prep Alumni Show; evenings, Academy of Music, 19 (Fri.). Bazaar of the Mothers' Club of the Flatbush . School; afternoon and evening, Ralston Hall, 1603 Newkirk. Avenue. 23-24 (Tues.-Wed.) Fair by Plymouth Women's Guild , beginning with a dinner, 6.30 P. M., Plymouth Institute, Orange Street. 24 (Wed.). Annual dinner of Friends SchooLMothers Qub. 17 (Sat.). Annual Spring Breakfast of the Chaminade; Hotel Biltmore. 20-24 (Tues.-Sat.). Brooklyn Horse Showr Riding and Driving Club. . 4, 5, 6, 7 Week for the Blind; 106th Infantry Armory. Music 16 (Tues.) . Second concert of the season of the Apollo Qub; Mary Lewis, soloist; evening, Academy of Music. 21 (Sun.). Musicale by the Gordon Male Quartette; after-. noon, residence of Mrs. H. P. Van Benthuysen, 57-Downing Street. 28 (Sun.). Philharmonic Society of New York, 3:15 P.M., Brooklyn Academy of Music. 5 (Fri.). Third Mundell Morning; Heights Casino 16 (Tues.). Afternoon Musicale of the Chaminade; Hotel Bossert.- - 26 (Fri.). Evening Concert of the Mundell Choral Qub; Opera House, Academy of Music. 28 (Sun.). Philharmonic Society of New York,' 3:15 P.M.. Brooklyn Academy of Music. 14 (Wed.). Evening Choral Concert of the Chaminade J Academy of Music. Deaths Mr. Ben, Roosevelt Hospital, Thursday, January 28th. The death of Ben Foster, noted landscape artist, brings sorrow to his many old friends in Brooklyn for it will be . remembered that he lived for some time on Montague Street, although for the past twenty years he has made his home at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park. 'Ben Foster was born in North Anson, Maine, about seventy-five years ago. His father was a judge but died when Foster was only 13 years old; and from that time he had to leave school, so that all his culture was due to his own efforts and the inquiring mind with which he was endowed. For a time he was in the employ of J. B. Spelman and Sons, which . was the beginning , of the lifelong friendship . between Mr. Foster and Dr., and, Mrs. Clark Burnham, and ; the William : Spelmans. However, mercantile life was not suited to the young boy who felt the longing to paint stirring in him, and he left business to begin years of hard struggle, privation, and hunger which were crowned with such tremendous success before he died. He studied under : Abbott H. Thayer, who used to criticise his work every week. ' He used to get very much discouraged; but one day, after looking at Foster's work for a long time, Thayer put his hand on his shoulder and said, "Ben, you are one of us." ' That was the impulse the young man needed, and from that time he began to make a. success of his work. . Foster went to, France and studied with Merson and Morot. He was awarded the medal at the Chicago Exposition in (1893 and two years later received second honors for water color work at Cleveland. ' In 1900 Mr. Foster received the bronze medal at the - 1 Paris Exposition and in the following year he won the Webb Prize of the Society of American Artists in this city. He was the winner of the Carnegie Prize of the National Academy of Design in 1906 and the Airman Prize of the National Academy in 1917. Mr. Foster was . a -member of the National Institute of ' Arts and Letters, the American Water Color Society, the New York Water Color Club, the Luxembourg, Paris; the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran and National Art galleries at Washington and many others. He was the Art Critic ; on the ' New York Evening Post for many years where his dry wit had many occasion in v which to shine forth. Perhaps the thing that made him happiest was his beauti- ' ful old-fasioned country home in Cornwall Hollow, Conn. , Where he drove a horse and kept the old time spirit in every way; and there, he was near his beloved Mount Titus and Rattlesnake Mountain that he has painted so often. - The funeral services were held at the National Art Club and prominent artists and close personal friends acted as honorary pallbearers. Lord Mrs. John Bradley, died at Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday, " February 3rd. To the older residents of the Heights this was quite a shock. Mrs. Lord was better known as Mrs. Carl De Silver, whose home was formerly at Pierrepont and Hicks Streets, i where during the Golden Age of the Heights she and Mr. De Silver dispensed a lavish and gracious hospitality. ' She was a leader in all the great social happenings and was . one of the favorites of the young people of that day who always rejoiced to see her on the receiving line, and her grace and tact many a time relieved the embarrassment of some trembling debutante who took her society obligations and deportment much more seriously than do our young people of today. . Her immediate neighbors on the three other corners were the McLeans, Nichols and Ropes, all of whom kept open house, making this particular location the real centre of the social life of the Heights. Mrs. De Silver was one of .that circle of Heights women who not only looked but really were charming, and whether at home or abroad was a constant reminder to all who met her, that the Heights was par excellence a centre of unselfish kindness to all who were fortunate enough to be taken into its somewhat exclusive embrace, As those who were then young, but ere now classed among the aged, look back, a feeling of thank-, fulness fills their hearts that they were privileged to know , .' and love many charming women among whom Mrs. Lord was a distinguished figure. Reynolds Mr. Charles G., of 190 Argyle Road, for 30 years v one of the best-known builders in this boro, died on Saturday ... at his home. . He was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn. Mr. Reynolds - built about 500 apartments and private dwellings during his long career as a builder, and the homes he built are being resold today in many Instances upon his .reputation as the builder. He was a member of the Madison Gub and the Knights of Columbus. Most of his building operations were confined to the Bushwick and Bedford , sections, and at one time he owned the entire block on Nostrand Avenue between Atlantic Ayenue and Pacific Street. He owned considerable property at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Myra Campbell Reynolds; two ; sons, Charles G. Reynolds, Jr., and Arthur E. Reynolds, and four daughters, Mrs. Thomas J. Sefton, Evelyn, Dorothy and Marion Reynolds. He was the brother of M. T. Reynolds, Cassie G. Reynolds, Mrs. J. D. Nunan and George G. Reynolds. A mass of requiem will be held at St. Gregory's . R. C. Church, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. ' Robbins Serena, who passed away in Washington, D. C.,' on February 6th, was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, making her home at 114 Sixth Avenue. Her father was the' late Aaron S. Robbins, of the firm of Calhoun, Robbins ';& Co'., of New York City. Though Miss Robbins, on account of ill health, had been residing in Washington for the past four years, she steadfastly " maintained all her ' activities ui" Brooklyn. She was devoted to opera, was one of the directors of the Master School of Music, and interested in the Music School Settlement, the Apollo. Club and kindred organizations. She attended the Brooklyn Heights Seminary and was a member of the Alumnae Club, the Brooklyn

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  1. Brooklyn Life and Activities of Long Island Society,
  2. 13 Feb 1926, Sat,
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