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Info on Hal Bumbaugh

Unread post by greta de groat » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:44 pm

Hi all,

I'm working on a project at Stanford, and i'm trying to identify whether the sound engineer Hal Bumbaugh (1901-1980) is the same Hal/Harold Bumbaugh who was a Stanford student in 1924, and is pictured here in a series of several shots with Lloyd Nolan: http://insight.stanford.edu/luna/servle ... rch=Search and in this article on a "Stanford movie" in the campus newspaper
https://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bi ... xIN-------

Does anyone recognize him? Googling around with various searches hasn't uncovered a connection. I've found the Hollywood Hal in FamilySearch, IMDB, and random searches but nothing to connect him to Stanford, though he appears to be the right age. All i've been able to find of the Stanford Hal is a notice in the Shield of the Phi Kappa Psi that he'd gotten an electrical engineering job with Standard Oil of California in 1924.

By the way, i don't suppose the lady with him, Margaret/Peggy Richardson, ended up in Hollywood too? Can't find either name in IMDB.

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Re: Info on Hal Bumbaugh

Unread post by MaryGH » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:09 pm

Do you happen to know what his middle name is?

I found the following:

From Oakland Tribune, CA, February 15, 1924

Engineering (Mechanical) Harold L Bumbaugh, Los Angeles, one of 74 who graduated from Stanford in 1924.

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http://maryhaberstroh.com/wp-content/up ... 5_1924.pdf
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Unread post by MaryGH » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:36 pm

I answered my own question, his middle initial is L.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/853 ... l-bumbaugh
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Unread post by Rick Lanham » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:55 pm

I looked the other day, but didn't find this newspaper item:

It gives a mother's initials and some locations to keep in mind; assuming this Harold did enter Stanford as planned:

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Lemon Grove is a community east of San Diego and Coronado is Coronado Island right next to San Diego.
It's from the San Diego Union Sunday, Aug 17, 1919 San Diego, CA Page: 40
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Unread post by Rick Lanham » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:16 pm

But the sound engineer's mother seems to be an Emma:

1938 Los Angeles City Directory:

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I don't see a connection, so far.

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Unread post by MaryGH » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:38 pm

I could not find an obit at Newspapers.com.

Seeing you are at Stanford, maybe see if you can access an alumnus publication for Stanford 1980 around the time he died. That might have more info.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:40 pm

Rick Lanham wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:16 pm
But the sound engineer's mother seems to be an Emma:

1938 Los Angeles City Directory:

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I don't see a connection, so far.

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The sound engineer has the same middle initial, though as the Stanford student. According to the California Death Index the L is for Lorah, which is also on the draft registration, giving George as the closest relative but saying he was born in 1898. He's working for Marconi at the Call Building in San Francisco, but says he's a student.

No connection to an I.N. Bumbaugh and he's born in Montana, not Oklahoma.

I found another Harold Bumbaugh in the Bay Area at the time and of about the same age, showing as a boarder in Oakland in the 1920 census, but born in California and working as a clerk. His draft registration shows his middle name as Callen. Surprisingly, his mother is named Emma A. Bumbaugh, and she lives in Santa Rosa. He's a clerk for the American Can Company and was already living in Oakland by 1918. So i don't think he's the Stanford student. Oddly, those are the only 2 things i find for him, i don't see him in earlier or later censuses. I don't see Harold L. in the 1920 census for that matter.

I found the 1924 Stanford directory online, and it shows Harold L. (Engineering) PKP. I'll see if i can find one of the later alumni publications, but it looks like those are mostly stored off campus.

Any other ideas? I hoped to find a brief bio in Lantern somewhere but i didn't find anything.

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Unread post by Harold Aherne » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:42 pm

There must have been at least two Harold Bumbaughs of approximately the same age during this period. One is enumerated as a 9-year-old in Santa Rosa, CA in the 1910 census with parents Charles M. and Emma A. (Ancestry has the surname as "Rumbaugh", but the census sheet clearly shows a capital B.) He's almost certainly the same person as Harold Callen Bumbaugh, who was born 14 August 1900. Whatever became of him, he evidently didn't die in California, as he's nowhere to be found in the state's death records that cover 1905-1997. He also isn't in the SSDI.

Harold Lorah Bumbaugh, on the other hand, has a birthdate of 1 March, with the year given as both 1898 and 1900. (1901 seems unlikely, as HLB registered for the draft in September 1918, and males born after 1 September 1900 were exempt.) In any case, HLB did indeed attend Stanford; this fact is noted on a 1920 patent application for a vaporizer:
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I would consider it a safe bet that the Stanford student and the sound engineer are the same person.

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Unread post by Brooksie » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:11 am

Bingo! I've found the connection. Google Books has a Stanford alumni publication online, and though only a snippet is available, it's enough to confirm that the Stanford Bumbaugh is the one who went to Hollywood:

"Hal Bumbaugh, '24, after having been loaned to Paramount Studios, is now back with the General Service Studios, Hollywood, as a sound mixer."

The publication is the The Stanford Illustrated Review, Volume 40, Issue 6, of 1939 - see https://books.google.com.au/books?id=nv ... hDoAQgtMAE.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:32 pm

Harold, Brooksie, my hat is off to you! Thanks so much for tracking down the connection. I spent a lot of time searching but didn't uncover those pieces. I'll add the information to his library record so we don't have to do this all over again next time we look for him.

Interesting seeing such early pictures of Lloyd Nolan. Wonder if he was in the "Stanford movie" too, since he was in the same photo shoot.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:44 pm

While assisting a colleague (who was working on Peggy/Margaret Richardson), i ran across another article on the 1924 Stanford movie
https://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bi ... xIN-------

So Lloyd Nolan was indeed in it. Apparently it was called "Stanford Days," and i found a few other articles in the Stanford Daily mentioning screenings, plus a brief mention of it in The Stanford Album: A Photographic History, 1885-1945 in Google Books and another brief mention in a 1994 article in the Stanford Daily, https://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bi ... 118-01.2.3#

I see it's not in IMDB, so it's not in the credits for either Nolan or Bumbaugh. Sadly, i can see no evidence that it exists in any form.

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