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Lombardos & Freddie Kreitzer cross over in 1924

- January 23rd, 2013

lombardos border 1924 (1280x207) (1280x207)

U.S. border crossing information, viewed online via LPL’s Ivey Family London Room

JBNBlog’s efforts to make this slice of #ldnont history visible are still a work in progress. Anyway, it shows Carmen, Guy and Lebert Lombardo crossing into the U.S., likely on or about Feb. 18, 1924. The Londoners, three brothers & a good friend, were on their way to a gig in Cleveland that would keep them in the U.S.

Ever-helpful Ivey Family London Room staff detected the material seen here & it helped shape a My London written to see if a photo of Freddie & his mother Agnes (Jervis) Kreitzer could be directed to a family member. It produced many fascinating responses & that may happen.

Thanks to all who contributed & here are edited versions of some responses:

Dear friends of mine (both in their mid 80’s) tell me the story how the Guy Lombardo Band use to practice (probably gather around the piano) at their mothers house on Albert Street and how their aunt (mother’s sister) was asked by the band to accompany them as their pianist to New York City.  I guess she chose family over fame.There’s a plaque at the Labatt’s store at Richmond and Horton indicating that it sits on the site of the old Lombardo homestead.  Each time I visit this location with my friends I hear a story about the band and their aunt.

Agnes Jervis was my great grandmother Eliza Ann’s Jervis sister. There were 15 children in the family all born in Quebec City. Eliza Ann was the oldest, Agnes was the 14th. When my great grandmother married and moved to London it appears that 5 of the younger siblings came to the London area at the same time and lived with Eliza Yorick and her family in London.
The Jervis family carried the gene responsible for peroneal atrophy. Six of the children had the gene and passed it on to their families. Two sisters Victoria and Florence who came to London both died of the disease as well as gave it to there children. There was a study done on the family in 1926. It was published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 86, number 9, pages 613 to 617. The title is Inheritance of Peroneal Atrophy. It gives some family information if you know can connect the numbers to the names of the families.
I remember my father talking about Fred as they were the same age and grew up in the same area of London. Every time Guy Lombardo’s band was anywhere near London he would always go to see Fred.

I am the great grand daughter of Agnes Kreitzer. Uncle Fred and my mother Eva grew up together (being about the same age) in London. I was born in London, Ontario and moved to Windsor in 1951 when my father was transferred through the Bank of Commerce.

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2 comments

  1. Harley says:

    I was under the impression that the real Lombardo homestead was around the corner from the Labatt retail store, on Simcoe Street. Was told that sign was originally posted there but later moved to the store at the new home owner’s request.

  2. james.reaney says:

    It’s tough to read on the border crossing material but the Lombardo address is given as 153 Horton St.

    Here is what my much missed mentor the late Chris Doty has to say on dotydocs.theatreinlondon.ca about this Lombardo home (they had moved from 202 Simcoe St.). When Guy Lombardo was born in 1902, the family was living at 136 Queens Ave., Chris’s research says.

    Here is Chris:

    153 Horton Street (1912-1928)
    Guy’s third and final London home was near the corner of Richmond and Horton Streets. In the late 1940s Labatt’s brewing company demolished the house in order to build a retail beer store. A plaque was later installed . . . and the Lombardo brothers unveiled it in July of 1959. The plaque was later removed and refurbished when the company repainted the exterior of the building. It was re-dedicated on April 17, 2003.

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