written by Joe Ganger, Nov 2000
One of the unusual things during magic week is that the Historical Society marks the graves of magicians buried at Lakeside Cemetery. Buried here are: Arthur Babbs, (1921-1987). Arthur's stage name was "Arturo." He had a shop in Ohio where he designed tricks. In later years he worked at Abbott Magic, building and designing tricks.
Bill Baird, (1914-1978), whose stage name was "The Magnificent Fraud." He was known for multiplying balls dexterity.
Harry Blackstone Jr. (1934-1997). Harry followed in his father's footsteps in becoming a magician of considerable renown. Recil Bordner, (1910-1981) owned and managed the Abbott Magic Company and was originally teamed with Percy Abbott. Peter Bouton, (1887-1968), was the look-alike brother of Harry (useful in magic). Harry Bouton, (1885-1965), who changed his name to Harry Blackstone. He became a well-known magician and brought Magic to Colon in 1926. For a time he was teamed up with Percy Abbott in the manufacturing and selling of magic tricks.
Ted Coppin, (1886-1942 ) and Della (1909-1977). Their stage names were "Ted and Sally Banks. Ted, Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin had a vaudeville act together. Ted was later the stage manager for Harry Blackstone Sr. Della was also part of the show.
Ricki Dunn, (1929-1999) was a comedian and thief as "America's Greatest Pickpocket." Vince Fabek, (1947-1991) was involved with magic, balloons and puppets. His stage name was "Holiday."
Karrell Fox, (1928-1998). His epitaph reads "It Was Fun." Was an integral part of the Magic Get-Together of Abbott's Magic.
Jack Gwynne, (1895-1969) and Anne (1896-1979), were "The Royal Family of Magic." Jack invented the "Temple of Benares." He was famous for the appearing stack of bowls!
John Jones, "Little Johnny" (1898-1995) He was the "Conjuring Humorist." His epitah reads: "Now I have to go and fool St. Peter." He worked with the USO in World War II and was a World War I veteran.
Inez Kitchen Blackstone (1889-1983). She, with Harry Blackstone Sr. brought magic to the village of Colon.
Skippy Lamore, (1893-1942) worked with vaudeville tent shows.
Robert Lund, (1925-1995), owned and operated the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan.
Fred Merrill, (1888-1976) was a juggler and magician.
Duke Stern, (1913-1973. He was famous for comedy magic. He worked for many years with Karrell Fox on the Magic Get-Together in Colon. Originally married a Colon girl.
Donald Watson (Monk), (1894-1981) A humorist, magician, and band-leader who once was teamed with a man named Benjamin Kubelsky (later called himself Jack Benny) in vaudeville. Monk was very active with the USO in World War II and was a World War I veteran. Maps are available at Abbott's and the Museum
Special 'thanks' to Joe Ganger who generously submitted this historical review for inclusion on the St Joseph Co., MI USGenWeb website