Left: our house, circa 1890s (photo via Collection of Historic Richmond Town); right: boxer Al Roberts in 1919
The Staten Island Adonis
I’m no heavyweight, but this month (and last month) I’ve been pondering a formerly famous local boxer. This all started for me the morning I woke up with the idea that I should search for our address on Newspapers.com.
I’d noticed that, in turn-of-the-century social columns (and obituaries and crime reports), they were not shy about publishing a person’s address. At BEACH we live and work in a house that was built in 1890. Had anything newsworthy ever happened here?
Later that morning I learned that Al Roberts, “The Staten Island Adonis” once lived in our house. And the reason that newspapers were publishing his address (in December of 1920) was because he’d been arrested and charged with manslaughter. More on that part, later on… [Read more…]