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RASK, MILDRED (Mildred Borghild Rask)
United States
Born 17 July 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio
Died 25 May 1998 in Shaker Heights, Ohio
Married Ervin Charles Pope on 8 September 1926 in Cleveland
Active circa 1919-25.

1919 Ohio State Champion

Mildred’s parents, Peter Rask and Christina Lien, were both from Norway. Her father’s surname was usually written ‘Räsk’.

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CANE, BARBARA
Australia (South Australia)

Played the 1946 Australian Championships-Cane lost her first match in all 3 events.

Miss Cane was from Adrossan, and later Sturt, a suburb of Adelaide. "A hitter who likes to get to the net", according to the Adelaide News (6 Nov 1946). In the RAAF.

A photo of Barbara in the 1946 Australian mixed doubles

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/128347189
 

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SMITH, THEODOSIA ("Theo")
United States
Born 25 February 1909 in Chicago, Illinois
Died 21 May 1971 in Santa Barbara, California
Married Thomas George McCissek February, 1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Active 1928-1941

Daughter of Theodore White Smith of Chicago and Pasadena

Competed in the 1930 and 1933-1936 US Nationals. Smith's singles record at Forest Hills was 4-5.

1935 Middle States Grass Courts champion.

Sources from the 1930s list her home as Pasadena, California.

The 1941 US Clay Court Championships was her last known event. At that time she resided in Chicago.

Sources:

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1954/02/25/page/35/article/disclose-marriage-of-theodosia-smith-in-las-vegas-nev

"Society Girls Taking Tennis in Serious Way" , Chicago Tribune, 25 July 1930
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1930/07/25/page/15/article/society-girls-taking-tennis-in-serious-way

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NEWBY, PEARL (Pearl Esther Newby)
United States
Born 28 January 1891 in Weaver, Iowa
Died 7 June 1978 in Burlington, Iowa
Married George Carl Zackert
Active circa 1918-25.

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MASON, MARY (Mary Shallcross Mason)
United States
Born 10 July 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky
Died 18 May 1988 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Married Captain Horace Harding on 17 June 1922
Active circa 1916-21.

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BROOKES, ELAINE (Elaine Gertrude Balcombe Brookes)
Australia
Born 1914 in South Yarra
Died 1986 in Dorset, England
Married (1) Reginald "Reggie" Frederick Bessemer Clark (1911-1952) on 07 January 1936 in Melbourne
Married (2) Frederick "Fred" G Roe in June of 1949 at Pancras, Middlesex

Daughter of Norman Brookes, the 1907 and 1914 Wimbledon champion from Australia.

The full scope of her tennis career is unclear; at the very least she played some minor events on the 1935 English summer circuit.

By the fall of 1935 she was engaged to Reginald Bessemer-Clark, heir to an English steel fortune. He competed at Wimbledon from 1937 to 1939. The couple made their home in London, England. Thir Son Anthony was born in February of 1940.

According to Tunney's book Winning From Down Under, during the war her spouse was a prisoner of war in Singapore. Elaine, who had a young son at the time, had an affair with the Australian Major General Richard Sutherland. Her employment for the General was used as a cover. He even made her a Major. Tunney describes her as "a Melbourne socialite" (p. 259) and, "a frivolous woman: (p 261). The relationship was frowned upon by the American General Douglass McArthur, and resulted in Sutherland getting sacked.

She obtained a divorce after the war and remarried.

Sources:

Winning From Down Under, by Noel Tunney. (Pages 259 to 265).

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=7019,1273082

http://boards.ancestry.com.au/thread...ia.vic.general (Date of Birth)
 

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BOECK, SIEGLINDE
Canada
[Active 1955-1959]

Played singles US Championships 1957 and 1958.

Ottawa Journal 18th August 1955 describes her as formerly of Bavaria now of Toronto. Ranked in Canadian top 10 1957 to 1959 but then of Montreal.

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WINN, CAROMA (Caroma C. Winn)
United States
Born circa 1892-1899 in Kansas (each census gives a different date!)
Died in 1940 in New Jersey.
[Active 1917-32]

A New york Metropolitan player who was RU in the 1918 US Indoor event. She competed at Forest Hills for much of the 1920s, but was unable to win a singles match there. Winn resided in New Yorj in 1910 but by 1920 lived in Orange, New Jersey.

As of 1930, Caroma Winn was living in Boonton, New Jersey, where she was working as a piano teacher.

Source:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=winn&GSfn=caroma&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=111462983&df=all&

The 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records provide different years of birth-though all state she was born in Kansas.

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REES, GWENDOLYN
United States
Born 05 April 1892 in Emporia, Kansas
Died April 1939 in Mission, Texas.
Married Charles P. Wagner in Saint Paul, Minnesota in late 1914/early 1915 (aged 22 at marriage)
[Active 1910-14.]

She was ranked #10 in the US for 1913.

Gwendolyn Rees’ father was from Wales; her mother was from Ohio.

Married by 1917, the 1920 census tells us she spoke Welsh and had sons named Rhys (b February 1918) William and Charles.

Other variations of her name are incorrect.

An article from the Emporia Gazette on 22 April 1939 reports her death from a heart attack.

FORMER EMPORIAN DIES. News has been received by Emporia relatives of the death of Mrs. Gwendolyn Rees Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Rees, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Emporia. Mrs. Wagner died unexpectedly of a heart attack, Sunday. Funeral services and burial were at Mission Wednesday. Mrs. Wagner was born in Emporia, and moved from here when a child with her parents to St. Paul, Minn., and later to Texas. She is survived by three sons, Rhys, William and Charles Wagner.

Her great-great niece was able to add the following:


She was my great-great aunt, and I was named after her. Although it was initially reported that she died of a heart attack, the family lore has it that she died in a house fire. Her nephew, Evan Rees, just so happened to be flying that day, when he spotted the blaze. He couldn't get the plane on the ground fast enough. She passed away in 1939 and is buried in Mission, Texas.


Titles

Western Championships in 1910 and 1913
Northestern Championships in 1913

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SURBER, GRACE (Grace Pennington Surber)
United States
Born 14 January 1912 in New York
Died 06 October 1990 in Indian River, Florida
Did not marry.
Active 1929-1942

Ranked #17 in the US in 1932.

From Jackson Heights on Long Island, New York. Surber was Jewish.

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TARILTON, CARMEN
United States
Born 14 January 1897 in Georgia
Died 10 January 1987 in Ventura, California
Married William R. McKeon between 1930 and 1940
Active 1914-25.

Pacific Coast Doubles winner in 1914 and 1918.

Ranked #11 in the US for 1919, a position the New York Times evidently felt was too high, putting it down to "a concession to Western sentiment". Oakland was her home town in 1919.

Californian Top Ten Rankings

1920: #5
1921: #9

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DALY, STELLA (nee Stella A Oberlander)
United States
Born 1897 in Nebraska
Died ???? (alive in 1940 census)
Married Glenn Laverne Daly (1895-1981) on 23 September 1917
Active from at least 1916 to 1929.

After reaching the final in 1916 Stella won the Denver City Open Championship 1917,1924 and 1927 and a Mrs G. Daly was RU at the Colorado State Championships 1924 '25. They are one and the same.

She had a son named Glenn in 1937.

Name sometimes listed incorrectly as Overlander. This could be in error or an attempt to Anglicize a Germanic sounding name during World War One. Her father was born in Russia and her mother was Swedish.

Source:

https://books.google.com/books?id=9B08AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA403&lpg=PA403&dq=stella+daly+tennis&source=bl&ots=ZGe0T3TZfv&sig=hO8V7jf8tavO64l6H0LpFsyPh-M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RjiJVZTWBfbIsAStn6SoCw&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=stella daly tennis&f=false

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MILLER, ALICE
United States
Born 7 January 1893 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died 12 July 1972 in Shor, Wisconsin.
Married William Merrill Chester circa 1915
Active 1911-25.

Wisconsin State champion circa 1911. A Bryn Mawr graduate in 1915, she married soon after, serving in the France with her husband during World War I in 1917 and 1918.

Alice went on to be the first Gil Scouts commissioner for Wisconsin. She is best known for her work with the Girl Scouts. Camp Alice Chester is named in her honor.

Her daughter was very active in senior tennis.

Sources:

[Obituary]
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19720713&id=a3hQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uxEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7342,4018745&hl=en

http://www.brynmawr.edu/alumnae/bulletin/mcread.htm

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19110819&id=6B5QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dgoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6919,3782995&hl=en

http://www.vintagegirlscout.com/campWI.html


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SHARP, "JANE (Eleanor Jane Sharp)
United States
Born in 1913 in Pasadena, California
Died ????
Did not marry.
Height: 5' 2".
Active 1920-37.

Popularly known as Jane, this player turned professional in late 1935. Playing against Ethel Arnold, the ladies were part of Bill Tilden's pro tour.

Ranked #6 in the US for 1934. Jane's biggest title was taking the 1935 US Indoor crown.

[From the UP wires on 02 December 1935]

Jane Sharp Joins Pro Tennis Ranks
NEW YORK ( UP ) Jane Sharp of Pasadena , the nation s sixth ranking tennis star , has turned professional . Miss Sharp will make her first appearance in the money ranks Jan . 11 in New York against Mrs . Ethel Burkhardt Arnold , who forsook the amateur game several weeks ago . The pair then will team with Bill Tilden and other male professionals for a national tour . The five foot , two-inch Pasadena lass is national indoor champion

[A report on the pro tour where sharp faced hard hitting Arnold, who stood only 4 feet 9 inches]

Jane Sharp, 22, from Pasadena, also a firm hitter, now ranked #6 nationally. Allison Danzig, who watched her win the national indoor championship in New York in early 1935, lauded her skimming drives just over the net, her serving, and net play. That winter O’Brien and Tilden saw her compete in Memphis. Sharp had a self-reliant bent, having driven herself from place to place during her 1935 tennis odyssey. She was only a few inches taller than Arnold.


As expected, Arnold won their opener. The score was fairly close, 6-4 6-4. Ethel’s firm, accurate forehand kept Sharp largely on the defensive although, according to Merrihew, Sharp’s stroke technique was superior. Herald-Tribune writer Al Laney agreed that Sharp seemed the more graceful, the better player, and like Merrihew noted that Sharp tried to exploit the supposedly weaker, backhand side of Arnold. But Ethel’s backhand held up well and indeed added to her edge in power. The venerable Laney noted that the two women made a pleasant picture moving on the green canvas, but he also complained that the match itself seemed "a lot of purposeless banging of the ball, with not much intelligent maneuvering."
The tour went on to small crowds as neither woman was a household name and Tilden had no proper foe. Jane was injured and hospitalized in St Louis on April 20, 1937-quitting the tour.

Later in the year Sharp rejoined Tilden to play in Japan. In front of large crowds she played about 7 matches vs Sanae Okada, winning 4 out of 7 encounters. Their first match on October 9 drew 9,000 fans.



At Pinehurst in April of 1935-Sharp is on the left vs Penelope McBride after the match




Sources:

http://www.tennisserver.com/lines/lines_04_07_25.html (Discusses the pro tour)

http://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bin/stanford?a=d&d=stanford19350301-01.2.73&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------# (includes an AP photo)

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OKADA, SANAE (岡田 早苗 in Japanese)
Japan
Born 31 May 1913 in Tokyo, Japan
Died 01 July 2011 in Tokyo, Japan
Married Inoue circa 1937
Active 1933-1959

A women's tennis pioneer as the first female pro in Japan.

Playing "soft ball" tennis as a youth, a game unique to Japan with a soft rubberized ball, she soon gravitated to traditional tennis. From 1933 to 1935 she was the finalist at the All-Japan Championships, losing to Japanese #1 Mikiko Hayashi in 1933 and 1934.

She was engaged to marry Davis Cup star and world top tenner Jiro Satoh. Sato committed suicide by jumping overboard an ocean liner in April of 1934. The opposition of her family to the wedding may have contributed to Satoh's depression.

In October of 1936 the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper organized the "Japan-US international tennis game". It feautered pro Bill Tilden's troupe. Tilden brought Jane Sharp with him, and her home nation picked the young Obata as her foil. She proved a worthy foe, winning 3 of 7 matches vs Jane on slow clay courts. 9,000 saw their opening math in Tokyo.

Playing Sharp meant turning pro-something no Japanese female had ever done.

Sometime after the tour Sanae wed a Mr Inoue. She was eventually reinstated as an amateur, ending her career in 1959 with 6 All-Japan doubles titles. Sanae never could win the All-Japan singles. The closest she came was as a finalist for the 4th and final time in 1947.

All-Japan Doubles titles


1934, 1935, 1946, 1947, 1956, 1959)

Mrs Inoue played tennis well into her nineties.


Sources:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/井上早苗 [Japanese wiki entry]

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/1187116

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19340407&id=bEBVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=65QDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7075,3438842&hl=en
 

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LAUDERBACH, MARJORIE (Marjorie Leona Lauderbach)
United States
Born 30 November 1916 in Sickles, Gratiot, Michigan
Died 13 July 2014 in Garden Grove, Orange County, California
Married (1) Walter E. Blair after August 1936 and by 1939
Married (2) Kenneth Ranney by 1958.
[Active circa 1936-45, entered a local Southern California event in 1958.]

Southern California Ranking


1935: #10
1939: #7 (as Mrs Blair)

During her prime playing years Lauderbach resided in Santa Ana, California. She was attending UCLA in 1936.

She entered a Southern California event as late as 1958.

[From her Obituary]

Ranney, Marjorie, of Garden Grove passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday night, July 13, 2014. Marjorie was born November 30, 1916. She was predeceased by son, Terry Blair; brother, Victor Lauderbach (Hong); brother-in-law, Bud Sanders. She is survived by her son, David (Lorraine and children, Travis & Jordan); son, Gil (Diane, and children, Jill & Gina); daughter, Sylvia; daughter-in-law, Nancy Blair (children, Jack, Aaron, & Sonja); brother, Leon Lauderbach (Lorraine); sister, Ruthie Sanders; nieces, nephews and great grandchildren as well as many friends. During her early years as an adult she was the women's tennis champion of Orange County. After the death of her second husband, Kenneth, she moved to India for the next 20 years. As she got older she would spend six months in India and six months here in her home in Garden Grove, but her heart was still in India. Over the years, she made many friends from all around the world, and they would say the world is a better place because of her. For the last 8 years, Marge has been living a simple life in a caregiving home; she recently had another stroke and finally made it to the other side, and we offer her loveness, good wishes, fond memories, and great blessings. A special thanks to Nida Jenkins and all of her staff at Jessica Manor who took such great care of her these last 8 years.

Published in Orange County Register on July 18, 2014

Source:

http://obits.ocregister.com/obituari...?pid=171770840

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