Looking for Modesta de Bolle who married Beverly Carradine, the parents of Josephine Carradine, my Grandmother
My Grandmother, Josephine Carradine, was one of Beverly Carradine's last children of his second wife, Modesta de Bolle. Josephine loved music, and studied the piano and eventually performed Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony under Rudolf Ganz as a young teenager, while still living at home. But her father Beverly's Holiness ministry and writings had a big influence on her spiritual life, which is of course, deeply connected to living life as an artist. She stopped playing secular classical music and began to play religious music only, and religion, presumably her father's version of it, was her law. (However, during the years when I was engaged to a Hungarian violinist, he actually came to visit me in Canada during one of her few visits to our home in Toronto. She must have been in her 80's. The date was around 1975. She and Robert Muller played together, a Chaconne originally written for Violin and Organ. And then she played (showing off!) parts of a piano version of Bach's Chaconne for violoin and piano, before she then returned to the hymns that she normally played for us.)
The religious convictions of Beverly Carradine have played the major role in his daughter Josephine's life, her daughter Barbara's life, and in my life. Barbara married a Plymouth Brethern "preacher/writer" who loved the arts but I became a violinist.
My mother tells riotous tales told to her by her mother Josephine , of her and her husband Elliot Dixon's (St. Louis surgeon)large formal dinner parties (they lived with servants in St. Louis) of visiting aunts throwing butterballs at each other, of the two children (Barbara and Betty (married Leake))waking up from the party noise and one falling into the toilet, walking down the great stairs around the dinner party holding a dripping wet nightgown over her arm, and with her little finger, pointing to all of the gentlemen saying carefully: "Either you, or you, or you, or you, left the seat of the toilet open and I fell in."
Aunt Virginia Carradine was a writer, teacher, artist who eventually went to teach at Sophie Newcombe College in New Orleans. She must have married a Carradine, because I'm not sure of where she is in the family picture. I have her Citrine gold ring. There is/was a foot of her papers on archive at Sophie Newcombe College before the hurricane. I'm not sure whether that still exists. Aunt Lulu or Aunt Gundy ? was not well mentally I understood.
Josephine's husband was Elliot Dixon, a nephew? of a well-loved and well-known educator who began Sophie Newcombe College in New Orleans. Elliot was a St. Louis surgeon who lost his family wealth during the depression and died leaving Josephine alone with two daughters.
Josephine then moved to New York (I wonder if she met William Reed Carradine there, John's father, the son of Beverly Carradine and his first wife? Was this why she chose New York City? Otherwise it was a strange choice for a single parent to make in the 30's.