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post #8 of (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 2002, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Dates: June 20 to June 24
Venue: Philadelphia Country Club, Wissahickon Heights, (Chesnut Hill) Philadelphia
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=21)

Preliminary Round:

Gertrude Kimball d. Amy Williams 4-6 14-12 8-6**
Hilda Stone d. Elizabeth Beecroft 6-0 6-2 **
Miss Underhill d. Bertha Toulmin default
Bessie Moore d. Emily Neff 6-0 6-1
Helen Hellwig d. Elizabeth Slevin 6-2 6-0**

1st Round

Augusta Schultz d. Hattie Butler 2-6 6-2 6-2
Annabella Wistar d. Mary Calahan 6-1 6-2
Miss Bent d. Miss Hannis 6-2 7-5
Underhill d. [Kimble or Stone] ????

Aline Terry d. Josephine White 6-2 6-2
Hattie Beaumont d. Helen Day Harris 6-3 6-2
Moore d. Ethel Bankson 3-6 6-3 8-6
Hellwig d. [Kimball or Stone] ????


Schultz d. Wistar 6-3 6-1
Underhill d. Bent 4-6 6-4 9-7
Terry d. Beaumont 6-2 6-0
Moore d. Hellwig 7-5 1-6 6-4


Schultz d. Underhill 6-2 3-6 6-0
Terry d. Moore 6-3 4-6 6-4


Aline Terry d. Augusta Schultz 6-1 6-3


Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Helena Hellwig/Bessie Moore d Mary Calahan/Miss Hannis 6-0 6-0


Hattie Butler/Aline Terry d Ethel Bankson/Hattie Beaumont 6-3 6-0
Hellwig/Moore d. Elizabeth Slevin/Josephine White 6-1 6-2
Helen Day Harris/Miss Hood d Gertrude Kimble/Emily Neff 7-5 6-3
Augusta Schultz/Hilda Stone d. Amy Williams/Annabella Wistar 6-1 4-6 8-6


Butler/Terry d. Hellwig/Moore 8-6 6-3 9-7
Schultz/Stone d. Harris/Hood 1-6 6-0 6-3


Hattie Butler/Aline Terry d. Augusta Schultz/Hilda Stone 6-4 6-3


Mixed Doubles (Draw=11)

Preliminary Round

Augusta Schultz/John Talmadge-bye
Helen Day Harris/J Park Hood-bye
Hattie Butler/Philip Lansdale d. Elizabeth Beecroft/Rev [M] Michael 6-4 6-2
Ethel Bankson/Bobby Wilson d. Hilda Stone/Mr Prosser 3-6 6-1 6-2

Annabella Wistar/R. D. Brown d. Bessie Moore/Mr Johnston 6-8 7-5 6-3
Aline Terry/Howard Colby-bye
Amy Williams/Joseph Clark-bye
Ellen Roosevelt/Clarence Hobart-bye


Schultz/Talmadge d. Harris/Hood 6-4 6-4
Bankson/Wilson d Butler/Lansdale 6-2 6-3
Terry/Colby d. Wistar/Brown 7-5 6-3
Roosevelt/Hobart d. Williams/Clark 6-3 6-4


Bankson/Wilson d Schultz/Talmadge 6-4 5-7 6-4
Roosevelt/Hobart d. Terry/Colby 6-1 6-3


Ellen Roosevelt/Clarence Hobart d. Ethel Bankson/Robert N. Wilson 6-1 4-6 10-8


Draw Notes:

The finals are all on June 23. June 24 was given over to consolation events.

A mystery with the draw: Comments on 4 matches marked with an ** symbol in the draw

We know two women won preliminary matches but are never mentioned again! The two are

1. Gertrude Kimball--who won a 52 game marathon and is heard from no more. Did she default the next round due to exhaustion?
2. Hilda Stone--who is heard from no more in singles, but reaches the doubles final. Did she default in singles?
3. Hellwig d. Slevin is usually thought of as a first round match, but if it was a preliminary match it opens up two spaces for Kimble and Stone.
4. The two ** matches in the first round could then be defaults or, less likely, missing scores.

This is not a prefect solution to this draw mystery. At present it is an educated guess.

Mrs Elizabeth Beecroft played for the Steelton Club
Miss Bent came from the Steelton Club.
Hattie Butler is from Augusta, Georgia.
Gertrude Kimball played for Belmont CC. her name is variously given as Kimble or Kemble. Kimball is correct.
Emily Neff is also called Emma Neff by the Philadelphia Inquierer
Ruth Underhill attends Bryn Mawr College.

Missing Names

Miss Hannis
Miss Hood of the Philadelphia CC

R. D. Brown was from Germantown
Mr Clark
J Park Hood
Mr Johnston (possibly Dr R Johnson or Dr William Johnson)
Rev M Michael
Mr Prosser of the New York TC

Philip Lansdale was well known in the US Navy:



The New York Times
The New York Tribune
Philadelphia Inquirer.

[report on Cahill's illness]



A hot week and the absence of Mabel Cahill tamper down enthusiasm.

The Prelim match between Kemble-Williams set an early record for most games(in a 3 set match) at 50. The match lasted for over 4 hours.

The first shock of the tournament was delivered off the courts on the second day. The short notice in the New York Times reads, "It was said on the grounds yesterday that Miss Cahill would not be on hand to defend her title owing to the fact that she was not pleased with the manner in which she was treated last year." A differing account said she was ill. In either case this left the door to the title wide open.

Terry surprised Bessie Moore in the semifinals-towards the end of the third she had more stamina in reserve. By comparison the final was a breeze, as Terry clearly outclassed Schultz.

Miss Terry won the cup for 1 year and an enamel laurel wreath pin. Miss Schultz won a pair of opera glasses made of gold and pearl! In the doubles final Schultz's fine backhand elicited bouts of applause.

The ladies doubles winners got French traveling clocks, handy when playing away from home.

After the final, dinner was served at the club. In the evening "The grounds were illuminated by electric lights and Chinese lanterns ..."

The orchestra was stationed on the clubhouse porch and furnished the music. Dancing was indulged in all the evening and it was quite late when it was all over.


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