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.
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.
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).
- Cops Bust Up “Whoopee” Party in Chevy Chase (1929) (ghostsofdc.org)
- Georgetown Football Victory Wins Bride for Student (ghostsofdc.org)
- Arrival of First Japanese Embassy at the Navy Yard (1860) (ghoststofdc.org)