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Rose, Billy (06 September 1899–10 February 1966), songwriter, show business impresario, and philanthropist, was born on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of David Rosenberg, a button salesman, and Fannie Wernick. He was born William Samuel Rosenberg, according to most biographical sources, though one source states he adopted that name in school after being born Samuel Wolf Rosenberg. He grew up in the Bronx and attended public schools there, winning junior high school medals for sprinting and English. Medals and honors were important as proofs of stature and worth to Rose, who never grew taller than five feet three inches. In the High School of Commerce, he became an outstanding student of the Gregg system of shorthand, winning first a citywide competition (1917) and then a national competition (1918). In 1918 he left high school shortly before graduation to become head of the stenographic department of the War Industries Board, headed by ...

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Thurber, Jeannette Meyers (29 January 1850–02 January 1946), benefactor, impresario, and advocate of music, was born in New York City, the daughter of Henry Meyers (sometimes Meyer) and Anne Maria Coffin Price. Her father, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a wealthy amateur violinist. He encouraged his daughter’s musical education, privately in New York and at the Paris Conservatoire. She married Francis Beattie Thurber in 1869. He was a successful, well-to-do wholesale grocer, a lawyer, and an organizer in 1881 of the National Anti-Monopoly League, as well as a strong supporter of his wife’s causes in the arts. They were parents of three children....