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The final photo taken of Dorothy Arnold before her mysterious disappearance
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26. The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold
Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold was a wealthy New York socialite. She was the daughter of perfume importer Francis Rose Arnold and his wife Mary Martha Parks Arnold, as far as anyone knew she had a happy home life.
On the morning of December 12, 1910, she left her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and told her mother that she was headed downtown to buy an evening dress. According to The New York Times, when her mother asked if she could accompany her daughter, Dorothy said “No. When I find the gown I want, I will telephone you and you can come down and see it.” When she left the house, she had over $30 in her pocket. In today’s currency, that would be more than $750. On her way down 5th Avenue, she stopped at a grocery store on 59th Street to buy some chocolate then at a bookstore on 27th Street where she bought a copy of Engaged Girl Sketches, the slightly humorous collection of short romantic stories.
Around the time when she bought the book, she ran into a friend from college, Gladys King. The two talked about a party that they had both been invited to, the same party that Dorothy was buying a dress for. Gladys left to meet her mother for lunch and Dorothy was never seen again.
Francis Arnold was reluctant to gain publicity over his daughter’s disappearance, and initially employed the help of private investigators. After those attempts were unsuccessful, the family filed a missing person report with the New York City Police Department in January 1911. Various theories, sightings, and rumors regarding Arnold’s disappearance circulated in the years and decades after she was last seen, but the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have never been resolved and her fate remains unknown.
1028DFNY - Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold
Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold circa 1910
''Missing Since: December 12, 1910
Location Last Seen: New York City, New York County, New York
Date of Birth: 1884 or July 1, 1885
Age: 25 years old
Height: 5' to 5'4"
Weight: 140-160 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown worn in a Pompadour.
Eye Color: Gray/blue''
''Clothing: A tailor-made blue serge coat suit, hip-length, cut in at waist, skirt cut straight. A black velvet hat lined in pale Alice blue and decorated with two blue roses, a jabot of white lace. Low black shoes, silk stockings. Tan gloves.
Jewelry: A gold ring ( two gold bands twisted together) and drop earrings of Lapis Lazuli, blue and plainly set.
Additional Personal Items: Imitation tortoise comb in hair, and a fancy barrette, dark brown and deeply carved. One long, very dark blue hatcomb, of Lapis Lazuli, Carried large black fox muff, fur tipped with white points. Carried also black cloth handbag containing between 20-30 dollars, and some personal cards.''
Bumping for Dorothy, today is her birthday.
Her boyfriend George died in 1938 but it looks his will was contested. This is odd, has anyone got an opinion on it?
Griscom's Estate (No. 2), 9 A.2d 345, 336 Pa. 422 – CourtListener.com
I'm not a legal expert, but it sounds like George's mother willed her estate in a trust to him and his father, to be passed on solely to George, Jr once his father died. The father passed in 1920, so it passed to George Jr. When George, Jr died, his mother's will also stipulated any remainder of her estate was to be passed on to his widow, and then from her, to their children. If he didn't have either, then the remainder was to go to her sister.
When George Jr died, it appears he didn't leave a will and had no widow or children, so the sister was bequeathed the remainder of the trust.
The executor of George, Jr. contested the sister getting the remainder of the mother's estate, stating it violated the rule against perpetuity, and it mentions he may have married someone born after his mother's death, voiding the rule. The court sided with the sister.
Maybe they couldn't prove he was married and had a widow or a family?
So I went down the rabbit hole of looking at New York Dec. 1910 newspapers available online from the Library of Congress. I looked at Dec. 1- Dec 11th papers. Probably trying to get inside Dorothy's mind and see if anything in those papers may have caught her interest.
As expected, numerous stores were having Christmas gift sales on items- " May we recommend the following for gift-giving" types of ads. Dorothy had about $35.00 with her. Velvet evening gowns were on sale at one store for $6.98, original cost $15.00. Other dresses and gowns were also on sale for $6.98. The outfit Dorothy was wearing when she disappeared was the absolute latest NYC style. Train tickets from NYC to "elsewhere" would have ranged from $1.50 for a basic ticket to $3.00 for a seat with extra leg room. An overnight berth with bed would have been $20-35.00 for a cross country trip.
Sarah Bernhardt was performing onstage and various papers had interviews with her. The play she was performing in attracted quite a bit of attention from the press, not only because Bernhardt was in it, but a male actor was portraying the Biblical Jesus on stage in New York for the first time ever. Hollywood silent movies could not hire scriptwriters fast enough to meet the demand . Many of those early writers were female. Dorothy may have seen an opportunity out West to pursue a writing career as a scriptwriter.
There was a "Cycling Carnival" featured in Madison Square Garden, with at least 3 well-known (male) cyclists participating. In the "Help Wanted" section, there was an ad requesting
someone " fluent in Italian to apply immediately" for a position as a teacher in a private New York school. Most of the other ads were for lady's maids or laundresses. IIRC, wasn't Dorothy fluent in French and Italian?
I don't know what languages she was fluent in, if any, but she majored in literature and language at Bryn Mawr college, according to her wiki page. I believe her love interest was in Italy at the time of her disappearance.
Dorothy has been missing for 111 years today.
Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold, 25
Missing since 12 December 1910
The Mysterious Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold