Every once in a while, we discover Jamestown connections in the most unexpected places.
Sue Maden’s most recent discovery led her to the Three Stooges. Sue has been researching Dr. William Lincoln Bates’ background and career. Dr. Bates is best known as the founder of the Bates Sanitarium in Jamestown.
A member of the Three Stooges fan club (see The Stoogeum, a museum of Three Stooges memorabilia in Ambler, PA) identified an actress in a Three Stooges short film as Carrie Bates, also known as Kathryn Bates. His discovery led him Sue Maden and the Jamestown Historical Society. The short film was made in 1938 and is titled “Tassels in the Air”. It can be viewed at Hulu.com.
For a more detailed explanation of the connection of Three Stooges to Carrie Bates to Jamestown see Rosemary Enright’s article in the Jamestown Press.