Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Breaking Story! Mysterious H.D.B. identity discovered.

The sensational new book out, Singer Castle Revisited (page 124), exposed to world the mystery of the unknown "H.D.B." who wrote a history of "Dark Island" in the early 1920s for Marjorie Bourne (daughter of Commodore Frederick G. Bourne. F.G. Bourne had the castle built. She later owned the castle for many years and owned it when H.D.B.'s book was authored). The top picture above is of the printed inscription from this unknown author who only went by his initials. Who could it possibly be? No one knew; not the castle owners, nor even Bourne's descendants. The second photo is from the cover itself.

Hot off the press, it looks like the newer book has already inspired the discovery of this mystery person's identity. Kenneth Hard, grandson of F.G. Bourne, tells us that the super sleuth is his son, Gary S. Hard. In his research, Gary found a Dec. 4, 1926 New York Times article that reports about a "Henry D. Bradley of New York, who attended" Marjorie Bourne's marriage ceremony to Alexander D. Thayer in the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, "near Norristown" i.e., Gwynedd Valley PA.

As further evidence, Gary found a Dec. 16, 1973 New York Times article reporting the death of this H.D.B. It states: "Henry D. Bradley, president and retired publisher of the St. Joseph New Press and Gazette and a former director of the Associated Press died [Dec. 14, 1973] ... He was 80 years old." Included in an impressive list of credentials, the article states: "He was general manager of the Norristown (Pa.) Times Herald from 1924 to 1926".

This blog is the first outlet to reveal this exclusive breaking news to the world, which apparently has many afficiandos of the mysterious Dark Island lore in the Thousand Islands. Great work Gary!