HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS – THE BEERYS

July 25, 2011

HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS

DIRECTORS!

by

Special Guest Blogger

Bob Siler

WALLACE BEERY

1916

ALVARADO STREET

The Beery family home where his parents and brothers, Noah and William, lived.

Wally and his young wife, Gloria Swanson, lived here shortly after getting married.

They were married until 1919.

(With Swanson)

NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

Beery and Swanson lived here in a bungalow village.

206 WEST 10th STREET – LOS ANGELES

ST. FRANCIS APARTMENTS

They also lived here.

1918

1636 1/2 KINGSLEY DRIVE – LOS FELIZ AREA

Wally and Gloria lived here.

1163 NORTH MARIPOSA AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Wally and Gloria lived in the same bungalow court as his brother, William C. Beery.

They may have already split up by September 1918.

1157 MARIPOSA AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Wally and Noah lived here with their parents.

1920s

NORTH CAHUENGA BOULEVARD

Wally may have lived on this street.

1923

1501 HAYWORTH AVENUE

1924

1346 HARPER AVENUE – WEST HOLLYWOOD

(AND WARING AVENUES)

 1926

2323 LORENZO DRIVE – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

2420 PILGRIMAGE TRAIL 1927

JANUARY 31, 1931

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER

WALLACE BEERY AND MARIE DRESSLER

Put their prints in cement

LATE 1920s – 1930s

921 N. ROXBURY

SILVER LAKE – HIGH SIERRAS

Beery had a two – story Lake Cabin here. In the 1930s it was smashed from an avalanche of snow.

816 ALPINE DRIVE – BEVERLY HILLS – LAST HOME

 Brother Noah died here in Wally’s arms, on April 1, 1946. Beery died here on

April 15, 1949.

FOREST LAWN, GLENDALE

 WALLACE BEERY IS SAID TO HAVE LIVED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

ECHO PARK AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Lived on this street with Swanson.

6250 FRANKLIN AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD

2210 NORTH BERKELEY AVENUE – LOS ANGELES

Besides being one of Hollywood’s major film stars, he was also one of the few film celebrities who was also a pilot. Between 1927 and 1939 he owned nine airplanes.

GRAND CENTRAL AIR TERMINAL – GLENDALE

Kept his planes here for over ten years.

(around 1929)

 1939

DGA – 11

 GEORGE H. ‘SLIM’ MAVES

George Maves, Pickwick Airways Pilot, Date Unknown

1133 GARDEN AVENUE – LOS ANGELES – LAST HOME

With wife, Cynthia

CYNTHIA D. MAVES

Cynthia D. Maves, Date & Location Unknown

 LYNN HAYES

1933 SELBY AVENUE – LOS ANGELES – LAST HOME

1930

On March 24, pilot George Maves was flying a plane owned by Beery with his wife, Cynthia, and pilot, Lynn Hayes as passengers when the plane crashed in the San Pasqual wash about twenty feet north of Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel and in a few moments was a mass of flaming wreckage….

Maves, his wife and Hayes were all killed. When it tried to land the plane nose dived and crashed. Beery was to have been on the plane but cancelled.

Undated News Photo, Ca. March 25, 1930

Above, from an undated news article published ca. March 25, 1930, a fragment of the photograph showing the scene of their crash. The fuselage tubing can be seen in the foreground of the image. The article states, “An aerial joyride yesterday afternoon resulted in the death of two men and a woman who had taken out the new six-place Travel-air [sic] monoplane belonging to Wallace Beery, the motion-picture actor, without, he said, his permission. The plane crashed in the San Pasqual wash about twenty feet north of Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel and in a few moments was a mass of flaming wreckage….

“The crash took place in full view of scores of motorists on Valley Boulevard and persons in front of shops along the highway. They hurried to the scene but were powerless to do anything, as the flames drove them back….

“Witnesses questioned by R.I. Hazen and L.J. Holoubeck, inspector of the United States Department of Commerce [and Register pilot] … agreed …. that the plane approached Valley Boulevard from the south at a low altitude, variously put at 300 to 600 feet, that it began to turn to the left, that the motor had been idling, that the pilot banked the plane, that just over the wash the plane fell off instead of coming out of the bank and then plunged, nose down, into the wash.”

Their flight condition sounds like whomever was flying the airplane got too slow, turned the airplane, and the angle of bank drove the stall speed up beyond their airspeed, resulting in a stall break and the classic stall-spin accident.

Regarding Beery, the article states, “When informed of the accident, Beery was much affected, as he had employed Maves for various periods totaling about a year and a half and had flown many hours with him.

“He was entirely unaware, until informed of the crash, he said, that Maves had taken the plane from its hangar at the United Airport in Burbank. Beery is himself a pilot, having 1700 hours of flying to his credit and he said Maves had been hired by him only to accompany him when he flew and to take care of the plane on the ground.

“Beery said he had flown the plane himself for five hours Sunday and apparently it was in excellent condition.”

Regardless, in the aftermath, “Examination of the wreckage disclosed that Maves and Hayes had been seated in the forward part at the dual controls and therefore it is not known which was flying the plane at the time of the accident. Mrs. Maves had been seated in the rear part of the cabin. A freak of the fire was that although nearly all the clothing had been burned off the men, a little bit of leather jacket which Maves had been wearing was found and in its pocket was a paper of safety matches which had not become ignited.”

And further, “Maves and his wife had been married only two months…. Hayes, who was 26 years of age, leaves a widow and two small children….”

Additional information from Russ Plehinger on August 20, 2009 states, “My files indicate 3/14/30 as date of death.
Lynn Hayes, killed with him, had been a refueling pilot on a 6/30/29 endurance flight made by [Register pilot] Leo Nomis. Hayes is not listed in my book as I discovered this info after publication. Somewhere I have a photo of him. Plane in photograph is a Buhl CA-3C Airsedan, possibly NC-6816 [see the airplane with Cynthia Maves standing in front of it, above].” Note the discrepancy in the date of death. The airplane record for NC9015 states that the airplane crashed on March 25, 1930. Can anyone CORROBORATE the date?

 NOAH BEERY SR.

1556 NORTH LABAIG AVENUE – LOS ANGELES 1917

6421 IVARENE AVENUE – LOS ANGELES 1920

1120 NORTH HUDSON AVENUE 1927

11912 MOORPARK STREET – STUDIO CITY 1930

FOREST LAWN – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

NOAH BEERY JR.

 14305 ROBLAR PLACE – SHERMAN OAKS – 1955

KEENE, CALIFORNIA

LAST HOME

FOREST LAWN – HOLLYWOOD HILLS

Bob Siler grew up in Burbank, not far from Universal Studios and Warner Brothers where they made his favorite monster movies.  A long-time fan of Westerns, he still has a hard time believing that the great John Wayne could die.  Bob has created many lists detailing where the famous and infamous lived, are buried, and the cars they drove.  He has recently completed this list of Western Stars homes after many years.  Burbank Bob now resides in Portland, Oregon.

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One Response to “HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS – THE BEERYS”

  1. Taylor said

    How did you acquire this information? My family lived at 2323 Lorenzo Drive (originally 2420 Pilgrimage Trail) starting in 1929. Family legend states they bought the home from Wallace Beery, and your information supports this. Please email me, thanks!

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