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HULBERT, "BETTY" RUTH (Elizabeth Ruth Hulbert)
United States
Born May 7, 1923, in Missouri
Died March 20, 2004, in Orlando, Florida
Married Harvey T. James 31 May 1947 in Coral Gables, Florida.
[Active 1940-1950]

Originally from St Louis in Missouri, she became a Florida resident after attending the University of Miami in the 1940s.

Sources:

Southern Cross*June 28, 1947*Page 12


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Harvey James was a pro (American) football player and coach:

Their engagement was announced in March of 1947, which mentioned that they set a date one year from then. I guess they moved it up...
 

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WARD, ALICE (Alice Elizabeth Ward)
New Zealand
Born ????
Died 17 September 1966
Married Arnott John Fernie in 1909
[Active circa 1905-1914]

Part of the Kiwi contingent that toured Australia in 1909

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marriage June 30, 1909
 
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CARPENTER, VIRGINIA
United States
Born in 1903 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
Died 17 December 1993 in Havre de Grace, Maryland
Married (1) Alfred Reeves Hunter; died 1962
Married (2) Retired Brigadier-General Nicholas Biddle; died 1977
Active circa 1920-25.

Virginia Carpenter was the daughter of the lawn tennis player Joseph R. Carpenter, Jr., who won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Championships in 1910 together with Hazel Hotchkiss.

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She and partner Anne Page reached the semifinals of the women's doubles at the 1934 Middle States Sectional Championships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Source: "Philadelphia Inquirer" newspaper, 11 September 1934.
 

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BERNHARD, HELEN (Helen Irene Bernhard)
United States
Born circa 1922
Married James George Whiteaker in February 1945 in California
[Active 1937-1943]

The New Yorker saw her career peak in the late 30s and early 1940s. Her backhand was her best shot, with the forehand the weaker wing. She was best on slower surfaces-hitting powerful ground strokes off both ends. The addition of a drop shot around 1941 made her even more dangerous.

Her lack of net skills was a handicap, and vs the very best net rushers on grass her game could become erratic and the groundies lost their length.

Bernhard won the US Girls title in 1938 and 1939. As she left the juniors the Eastern star went from strength to strengh. In 1940 she fell in the quarterfinals to #1 seed Alice Marble 6-2 6-3. The next year she was seeded #4, falling to Margaret Osborne 6-3 6-1. 1942 saw her best effort at the Nationals. Helen stretched serve and volleyer Louise Brough 5-7 6-4 6-2 in the semifinals.

In 1943 she graduated from Cornell University and her engagement was announced to navy ensign James Whiteacker. Both may have contributed to a decline in her tennis that year. Helen had earlier attended the University of Southern California.

She dropped off the tennis scene after 1943. An article from January 1945 in the New York Times stated, "she spent most of 1944 in California." A wedding date was planned for the summer of 1943, but the war may have delayed the date. Her move to California was for reasons of the heart, as her fiance was stationed there in the navy.

US Nationals Record (played 1937 to 1943 )

Singles: 14 wins-7 losses (QF in 1940 and 1941, 1942 SF)

US Rankings

1939:#4
1940: #8
1941: #6
1942: #4
1943: #8

Titles:

1939-Seabright

1943-New York State




Sources:

"Helen I. Bernhard Prospective Bride", 14 February 1943, New York Times

Marriage notice from American Lawn Tennis, page 37, June 1945 issue.


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She was born before September 1921 as the "Philadelphia Inquirer" noted in September 1934 that she was 13 years old.
 

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IRWIN, NINA (Nina G Irwin)
United States
Born 26 June, 1927 in New York
Died 13 April, 1999
Married Lester H. Russell Jr. (April 08 1923-), circa 1949
[Active 1942-1953]

She was daughter of Natasha (maiden name unknown) a tennis player born in Russia circa 1906 and married to Nichols Irwin. Her mother took tennis lessons from Dr Johnson, mentor of Althea Gibson. Nina was one of the few white members of the integrated Cosmopolitan Club. She lost to Althea Gibson in the 1942 final of the Cosmopolitan Club Championships.
Note that the 1942 Gibson-Irwin match was a girls' final, not the final of the women's event, which was won by Lillian Van Buren. It's not clear from the newspaper record that there was a girls' tournament--it may have been more like an exhibition match between the two best junior players around.

 

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MCGOLDRICK, "EDIE" (nee Edythe Sullivan)
United States
Married David Michael McGoldrick (7 May 1931-7 Feb 2003), 1954

Edie made her mark as a tennis administrator, heading up the USTA women's tour in opposition to the Slims tour in 1973. Her efforts earned her the USTA Service Bowl award in 1973. She was also the Wightman Cup Captain.
Born 1932 (after June 1)
Died June 1, 2020

 

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HUFF, IDA (nee Ida Wilson)
United States
Born June 22, 1883
Died July 3, 1972, in California
Married Matthew Brooks Huff, Snr., circa 1903
[Active as early as 1920 and as late as 1924]

A child, Matthew Brooks Huff, Jnr., was born on November 5, 1905. Matthew Brooks Huff, Snr., died in 1928.

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1923 U.S. Ranking: #15.
 

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GARDNER, KATHERINE (Katherine Lucretia Gardner)
United States
Born 21 June 1901 in New York
Died 15 January 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Never married
[Active in 1919-1926]

A member of the West Side Tennis Club in New York City. She was from Long Island.

Freshman at Bryn Mawr in 1919, graduating in 1922.
Girls champion in 1919 at Philadelphia. She last competed at the US Nationals in 1925. The was doubles RU in the US Women's Indoors in the spring of 1925.

Ranked #17 in the US for 1924 and listed as being from Buffalo. She also lived in the Cambridge and Boston area of Massachusetts.

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It's "Katharine" not "Katherine".

1923 U.S. ranking: #18.
 

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GARTNER, OTTILIE(Ottilie Gaertner)
United States
Born 01 June 1906 in Boston
Died in June 1991
Did not marry.
Active circa 1925-39.

Gartner lost in the first round at the 1935 US Nationals in Forest Hills. Ottilie Gaertner’s father was a native of Russia.

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She played the 1923 U.S. National Indoor Championships.
 

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NEELY, CARRIE (Carrie Blair Neely)
United States
Born January 24, 1876 in Chicago, Illinois
Died November 29, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois
Career Span circa 1899-1918

Carrie Neely was the daughter of John Neely and Mary Neely (née Crosby).

She was educated at the Dearborn Seminaryin Chcago, a city she called home all her life.

Neely won the Niagara International Tennis Tournament in 1902.

In 1907, she reached the women's singles final of the US Women's National Championship, where she was beaten by Evelyn Sears.

She also won the mixed doubles in 1898, and won the women's doubles on three occasions (1903, 1905 and 1907).

Titles: 1902-Niagara International; 1907-Middle States Championships, Western Championships; 1910-Illinos State. Western Championships

Carrie made another lasting contribution to Chicago in the form of her sampler collection, which she willed to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry upon her death. Her two major interests were tennis and the construction of furniture by hand. Her tennis trophies are in the possession of the Chicago Historical Society.

Carrie in 1905





Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Neely

THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY SAMPLERS Part I
She was still active in 1923 as she played singles at the Illinois State Championships.
 

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SHAW, MABEL (Mabel Ann Shaw)
Australia (Victoria)
Born 1867 in St Kilda, Melbourne
Died 25 July 1914 in Mosman, Sydney
Married Percy Brerton Colquhoun, 30 April 1897 in Melbourne

Victorian champion of 1890s. She was a second cousin of George Bernard Shaw and, with her sister Phenie, one of the foremost lady players; in 1885-96 they won eight Victorian and ten New South Wales titles. 1 daughter, 1 son.

Many sources list Mabel's middle name as Anne.

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SHAW, “PHENIE” (Harriet Josephine Shaw)
Australia (Victoria)
Born 1865 in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Died 14 October 1958 in Victoria
Married Edgar Ward-Thomas 27 November 1896

Sometime doubles partner of her younger, and more successful, sister Mabel.

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Phenie won the 1885, 1887, and 1890 Victorian Singles

Phenie's bio is a little bit understated, compared to Mabel's
 
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ROBINSON, BERYL
Bermuda
Married Cape, between July 1927 and 1930
[Active 1920s-30s.]

Mary Gray, a pioneer of tennis in Bermuda, was her aunt. In 1927 the New Yotk Times refers to her as "the former champion of Bermuda."

Also Beryl's mother (Mrs R.G. Robinson, wife of Commander Robinson, R.N. killed in WWI) was a tennis player. Mrs Robinson's niece, Mrs Guy Ridgway, was a player.

Beryl played in the US in 1927 in the Metropolitan Indoors in New York.

A son of Beryl was named Colin.



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Mary Gray was her great aunt. Beryl had a tennis-playing sister who married Malcolm Graham.
 

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ROBINSON, BERYL
Bermuda
Married Cape, between July 1927 and 1930
[Active 1920s-30s.]

Mary Gray, a pioneer of tennis in Bermuda, was her aunt. In 1927 the New Yotk Times refers to her as "the former champion of Bermuda."

Also Beryl's mother (Mrs R.G. Robinson, wife of Commander Robinson, R.N. killed in WWI) was a tennis player. Mrs Robinson's niece, Mrs Guy Ridgway, was a player.

Beryl played in the US in 1927 in the Metropolitan Indoors in New York.

A son of Beryl was named Colin.



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She married J. P. Ingpen in August 1927 in England according to the 7 August 1927 issue of the "Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily" in Bermuda. Where did her Cape marriage information come from?
 
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