More on Marjorie Morris, the “Whoopee Party” Girl

I was trying to dig up a photo, or at least some more information on what happened to Marjorie. I was able to find two documents related to her on Ancestry.com.

The first one I found was a record of her crossing the Pacific as a passenger on the U.S.S. U.S.A.T. “Thomas”, which departed Manila on September 22nd, 1926 and arrived in San Francisco on October 19th, 1926 after stops in Chinwangtao, China and Nagasaki, Japan.

passenger manifest list of U.S. Citizens on the S.S. U.S.A.T. "Thomas" - 1926
passenger manifest list of U.S. Citizens on the S.S. U.S.A.T. “Thomas” – 1926
Morris family in passenger manifest (1926)
Morris family in passenger manifest (1926)

The Morris family was in the Philippines for Maj. Morris’ work as a doctor in the U.S. Army. This was mentioned in the previous story about Marjorie, as was this trip overseas. When she returned, she found her sweetheart, Stanley Nishwitz, had shipped off to Virginia Military Institute.

The ship that they were traveling on was a trasport ship and below is a brief description from Wikipedia.

Thomas made several trips to the Orient from New York via the Panama Canal, but was used mainly on the Manila run, stopping at Honolulu and Guam on the westward trip, and Nagasaki, Japan, and Chinwangtao, China, on the return voyage. She was the last of the more than 50 transports acquired by the U.S. Government in 1898 to remain in service and was eventually sold for scrap in July 1928.

U.S.S. U.S.A.T. in drydock for repairs - 1916 (Wikipedia)
U.S.S. U.S.A.T. in drydock for repairs – 1916 (Wikipedia)

Also, in the just-released 1940 U.S. Census, she is listed as being married to Daniel Sinclair, a civil engineer with the War Department. The two were living in Beaver, PA with their six-year-old daughter Cynthia (who might still be alive).

Daniel and Marjorie Sinclair household in the 1940 U.S. Census
Daniel and Marjorie Sinclair household in the 1940 U.S. Census

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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