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Harold Salmon SOULÉ  1906 - 1968 PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Harold Salmon SOULÉ  1906 - 1968

aka Harold S. Soulé, H. S. Soulé, Harold Soulé, H. Soulé
nationality
occupation
birth 5 June 1906, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
baptism
death 7 July 1968, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
burial
remark (Oregon Death Index; death certificate: 10212)
marriage married ca. 1928:
Dorethy J. ........

b. <1910>, ........., Minnesota
d. ...........


marriage>
Ruth Marie LEFFINGWELL

b. 2/22 May 1918, ......., Illinois
d. 11 Oct 1984, Oregon City, Clackamas, OR

children
  • Marilyn Ruth

    b. 2 May 1942, San Diego, CA
    d. 2 Nov 2007, Aurora, Marion, Oregon

  • Sylvan Denise

    b. 13 July 1946, ......, San Bernardino, CA
    d. .........

  • Harold Sherman Jr.

    b. 10 Oct 1948, ....., San Bernardino, CA
    LIVING




PARENTS

father Howard Salmon SOULE

b. .. Apr 1864, Fairfield, Franklin, Vermont
d. .......

mother Ruth H. APLIN

b. .. May 1872, ...., CA
d. Before 1920

marriage they got married on in 1899
children
  • (Howard) Gordon Aplin

    b. 2 Feb 1902, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
    d. 18 Aug 1956, ......., Marion, Oregon (certificate: 9439

  • William Aplin

    b. 16 Feb 1904, ......., Oregon
    d. 12 Nov 1985, San Jose, Santa Clara, CA

  • Harold Salmon

    b. 5 June 1906, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
    d. 7 July 1968, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon


LIFE


started working for Gennett in 1926 (MacKenzie)
According to Rick Kennedy, Harold Soule replaced Wickemeyer in early 1927 (p. 131)
sound engineer Gennett (1927-....)
see:
Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy by Rick Kennedy, p. 41, 46, 131, 176 (Harold Soule), but as "Gordon" Soule on p. 175) (father: Howard Soule; Rootsweb)
Little Labels, Big Sound by Rick Kennedy/McNutt, p. 12 (Harold Soule)

"Harold Soule is now transmision engineer for Standard Sound Recording Company in New York City, having previously been connected with General Recording Studios."
(document on internet of late 1932)

"[Roy Edward] Leffingwell, who admired Smith's voice, had previously made recordings of the Gnostic Catholic Mass; this time his son-in-law Harold Soulé ran the recording equipment." (late Faebruary-early March 1939)
(online source: p. 260 of "The Unknown God: W. T. Smith and the Thelemites" by Martin P. Starr; page 259 is missing)

Roy Edward Leffingwell (b. 30 Nov 1886, Grand Rapids, MI - d. 20 Nov 1952, Los Angeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, CA; page 328-329 of The Unknown God)
Reea G. ...... - Leffingwell (b. 1891, ....., MI - d. 1978, ..........)
- Ray (b. Colorado)
- Flory (b. Ohio)
- Ruth Marie (b. Illinois)
Rancho Royal, Barstow, Mojave Desert, CA (53 D1)

1920 CENSUS (13 Jan 1920, Antelope, Kimball, Nebraska):
Roy E. LEFFINGWELL (33y) (Michigan) Accountant General
Emma S. (29y) (b. Michigan)
- Virginia (10y) Illinois
- Roy E. Jr. (8y) (b. Colorado)
- Florence (3y3m) (b. Ohio)
- Ruth (1y8m) (b. Illinois)
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1920 CENSUS (7 Jan 1920, The Dalles City, Wasco, OR):
Della WILDER/WILDES (55y; b. in California) Head; Divorced (formerly wife of brother of Howard)
- Howard S. SOULE (53y; b. in Vermont) widower / brother-in-law / piano tuner
= William SOULE (15y) nephew



1930 CENSUS (15 Apr 1930, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA):
Roy E. LEFFINGWELL (43y) (Michigan) musician composer music
Reea (=Emma?) (39y) (b. Michigan)
- Roy E. Jr. (18y) (b. Colorado)
- Flory (13y) (b. Ohio)
- Ruth Marie (11y) (b. Illinois)



1900 CENSUS (7 June 1900, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon):
father not mentioned; dead?
L. M. SHERMAN (64y) (b. .. Apr 1836)
children:
- Silas (b. Dec 1861) piano tuner
- Buell (b. Aug. 1862) lawyer
- Howard (b. Apr 1864) piano tuner
- Stanley (b. Aug. 1871) piano tuner
- Charles (b. Dec 1875) bookkeeper
- Marie (b. Aug 1870) music teacher
- Ruth (b. May 1872, California) daughter-in-law; Howard's wife



1910 CENSUS (19 Apr 1910, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon):
Howard SOULE (46y) (b. Vermont) pianotuner
Ruth H. ..... (38y)(b. California)
- Howard G. (= Gordon) (b. Oregon) (8y)
- William (b. Oregon) (6y)
- Harold (b. California) (3y)



1920 CENSUS (2 Jan 1920, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon):
Marie A. S. SOULE (41y) (b. Vermont) Head music teacher
Silas (60y) (b. Vermont) brother
Buell SOULE brother (57y) (b. Vermont) merchant music store
Stanley SOULE brother (55y) (b. Vermont) merchant music store
Lucinda M. SOULE mother (83y) (b. Vermont)
= Gordon A. SOULE nephew (17y) (b. Oregon) none
= Harold S. SOULE nephew (13y) (b. California) none



1930 CENSUS (9 Apr 1930, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon):
Marie A. S. SOULE (45y) (b. Vermont) Head instructor music
Buell S. SOULE brother (42y) (b. Vermont) salesmanm Piano Co.
Stanley SOULE brother (53y) (b. Vermont) salesman Piano Co.
= Gordon A. SOULE nephew (28y) (b. Oregon) pianist music



1930 CENSUS (.. April 1930, Manhattan, New York, NY):
Harold S. SOULE (23y) recording engineer Talking Pictures
Dorethy SOULE (20y)(b. <1910>, ......., Minnesota)
got married in <1928>



Harold and Ruth Marie SOULE may have lived in Los Angeles (CA) between 1940 and 1950
Oregon Death Index 1903-1998

5 June 1906 Harold is born in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, CA
Mother dies
In 1920 in Portland, OR
Father dies between 1920 and 1930.
In 1926 joins Gennett in Richmond Indiana
In 1927 becomes recording engineer
Ca. 1928 he marries Dorethy ....... from Minnesota
In 1930 Harold and Dorethy are living in New York.
Late 1932: "Harold Soule is now transmision engineer for Standard Sound Recording Company in New York City, having previously been connected with General Recording Studios."
Some time between 1932 and 1939 Harold relocates to California.
Ca 1941 marries Marie Ruth Leffingwell (CA)
In 1942 daughter Marilyn Ruth SOULE is born (San Diego, CA)
In July 1946 daughter Sylvan Denise SOULE is born in San Bernardino, CA
In Oct 1948 Harold Sherman SOULE Jr. is born also in San Bernardino, CA - d. ........)
Ca. 1960 Harold moves back to Oregon
In 6 Sept 1962 Harold Soule is living in Sandy, Multnomah, Oregon
Dies in 1968



NOTES

  • Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy. Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz by Rick Kennedy
  • Mark Rothko: A Biography by James E. B. Breslin
  • The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family and the Music That Shaped Their Lives by Ivan M. Tribe (University of Illinois Press)
  • Little Labels, Big Sound by Rick Kennedy & Randy McNutt
  • The Unknown God: W. T. Smith and the Thelemites by Martin P. Starr



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