A tardy posting

Filed under: Family Events,Family Updates,New Clan Member,St Louis History — Chamberlain @ 7:29 pm
No. 222

There have been several newsworthy events since our last (alas, way back in January!) publication. At the very top of this list we are delighted to welcome our newest clansman James Stephen Forster, born one month ago, May 16, 2015, at 8:00 in the evening, apparently prosperous (7 lbs, 14 oz, or, for Lincoln Chafee supporters, 3.57204 kilos). Clan accolades are owed to Suzanne and Stephen, and also to grandparents Donna and Peter Forster, and Karen and Bill Skinner!


James Stephen Forster

James Stephen Forster

Next, we are happy to share some images from the recent wedding of Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente. This spectacular event took place in Coral Gables FL on March 26, 2015. Here is some context for the happy occasion, kindly provided by Barbara Gatch:

“Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente, who met at Harvard, were married on March 26, 2015 at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Florida , where Alex’s paternal grandparents live.

It was a joyous celebration of close friends from around the country, the de la Fuente and Gatch contingents and great Cuban food and music.

Alex and Emily continue to enjoy Seattle where Alex is an emergency room physician. Emily completed her doctorate in plant pathology from Washington State University and is teaching at Edmunds Community college.”


The ‘joyous’ aspect of this celebration is clearly on display in the following photos:


Doctors Emily and Alex

Emily and Alex

Emily and Attendants

Emily and Attendants

Emily and Proud Papa

Emily and Proud Papa


Bridesmaids Adrianna and Abigail with Emily

Gatch Contingent Laws, and Tatums (sans Patriarch Edward)

Gatch Contingent
Fehligs, Laws, and Tatums
(sans Patriarch Edward)

Calboy, Becky and Daisy Gatch

Calboy, Becky and Daisy Gatch

The Lord Chamberlain is hopeful that the new family Fuente connection includes access to the famed Fuente cigar factory in Cuba! Is Alex related to Arturo?

None Finer!

None Finer!

The clan wishes all the best to the newlywed Fuentes!

Next we have two news items from Betsy Barbieri. We send a belated congratulations to Betsy and Al on the marriage last fall (Oct 2014) of their daughter Cecelia Barbieri to Thomas Constantiello. Tom is the founder and owner of Consus Wealth Management LLC in Columbus OH. The wedding took place at the Old Cathedral in St Louis. Many thanks to Betsy for sending in this photo of the newlyweds:

Cecelia and Tom Constantiello Oct 2014

Cecelia and Tom Constantiello
Oct 2014


Betsy adds another heads up for the family:

SaveTheDate- 170 Mass


“I need your help to get the word out on your “Chambers web-site”. All family members are invited. It is good the Mullanphy descendants come because some people still think there are no Mullanphys left.

September 13th, 2015 is a celebration of the 170th anniversary of the founding of St. Vincent de Paul Society in the United States. Of course, Bryan Mullanphy and Dr. Moses Linton are the founders along with 11 other men.

Would you please post this information on the site. I will send the actual invitation in July.”

We look forward to getting more details about this celebration and will post them for the family.

We’ll end this posting with a request from Betsy for a missing Mullanphy photograph:

“One more item to put in your Ourrumpus Information.

We have pictures of each of our fore-bearers: Jane, Octavia, Catherine, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Bryan.

We do not have a photograph of ELLEN. She was the oldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Mullanphy. She died in 1827 in Paris.

I have asked different relatives to look in your old picture albums and see if you have it. There was a photograph or painting of her and it is said, the Chambers had it (that’s us).

I would like to make a copy of it for the Missouri Historical Society to complete the family portrait.


Once we have all of these images it would be nice to have them available for viewing in our Gallery.

Thanks to those who have contributed to today’s posting. Hope all will have a nice summer holiday!


Quarterly Update

Filed under: Family Events,Music,New Clan Member — Chamberlain @ 11:49 am

Here is a long overdue update on family goings-on over the past several months, and like our last posting, includes both glad and sad tidings. Thanks to a request for a notification (see below) from David Pentland, LC has been stirred from his hibernation.

First we must report our sad news. Alicia Salter informs us that Ray has developed a very serious neurological llness and is undergoing testing which is incomplete at this writing. We will all keep him and his family in our prayers and update you when we have more information from Alicia.

Our glad news is very happy indeed. If you have not learned of the newest clan member here he is:

Oliver Chambers Easthope

Oliver Chambers Easthope

The happy note from the Easthopes with Oliver’s specs:

“We are overjoyed to announce that Oliver Chambers Easthope was born on 1.15.15 at 5:35pm, measuring 6lbs 7oz and 20.5 inches. Henry is elated to be a big brother and we are thrilled to be settling in at home as a new family of four!

Anne, David, Henry & Oliver”

Such good news Anne and David. We hope to see Oliver out here at the Chambers’ headwaters soon!

Last Thanksgiving at Moone Athy, graciously hosted by Sarah Fehlig, we were fortunate to have several out of town family visitors, including Nick Salter, Lemoine and Sophie Skinner, and Sarah Law. A highlight of the day was a concert put on by Sarah Fehlig – a thank you is in order for all her work in printing up music for the family Chambers Chamber Orchestra, and for the collection and printing of the vocal parts as well.

Maestra Fehlig Conducts

Maestra Fehlig Conducts

String Section

String Section

Woodwind Section

Woodwind Section

Chamber Chorus

Chamber Chorus

Nick and Cousins

Nick and Cousins

Chorus Member Marianne Joy

Chorus Member Marianne Joy

Again thanks to all, especially the Fehligs, for making this a memorable Thanksgiving.

Congratulations are in order for David Pentland who sent this to the family:


“This is my new rugby team – I’m one of three founders, starting Dec 2014. We are based in Illinois near the Glen Carbon area. I’ll be the forwards coach (scrum coach). The Polk family has a great legacy of ruggers, I am proud to keep the tradition going. Could you please post my new Mercenaries rugby logo on ourrumpus? Just like all rugby teams we are always looking for players sponsors and fans.


Any of the younger men (sorry girls…) can contact Davey to join up! Uncle Bill Cromie will be proud of your commitment to the sport!

Till the next trickle down…


Bittersweet Family Notes

Filed under: Family Events,New Clan Member,Obituary,Wedding — Chamberlain @ 4:45 pm

We have some sad news from the UK. Alicia Salter reports that on Oct 6 Charlie Petre died peacefully in his sleep. Here is Alicia’s correspondence for the family:

I have some sad news to tell you as Charlie died very peacefully in his sleep early on Monday morning October 6th. It was a very merciful death. As I think you know he suffered a stroke 18 months ago, unfortunately a serious one and, although he could walk perfectly well and looked exactly the same, he never regained his speech. He did however recognise people and his response to any greeting was to raise his eyes to heaven!

He suffered a heart attack about three weeks ago and of course they could do nothing and he returned home again about ten days ago. By this time he was very weak and slept most of the time.
Mel has been absolutely amazing and has been a tower of strength. He has been nursed at home for nearly a year with 24 hour care in a beautiful room with a lovely view over the garden and all the dogs scampering about. He certainly appreciated his comfort but was pretty obstinate when it came to any therapies refusing very often to even try. To get him into a wheel chair so he could participate in any happening was a major difficulty. But then of course he loved it….

Mel has slept next door in the Drawing Room so as to give the nurses a good night’s sleep and has always been there if one went to visit to ease the visitor’s path. She was determined he shouldn’t die in hospital and has been so patient keeping everyone happy, often in a fraught situation.
The funeral is on Friday October 17th at Hook which is the church Granny Chichester built in 1956 or so. All the Petres have worshiped there for many years and it is the church Ray and I got married in.

With love


Here is a nostaglic flashback, a photo of Lemoine Skinner speaking with Charlie (to left) and the other Petre ‘War Orphans’ (Rocky and Alicia) at Lemoine and Grizelda’s wedding in 1941.


Thank you Alicia for notifying us about this loss. We extend our sympathy to Mel, Fenella, the entire Petre family and all the English cousins.

As this posting’s title suggests, there is also some good news as well as sad. We announce the eagerly anticipated arrival of a new clan member, indeed another Sarah Eliza. This time it is a Sarah Eliza O’Toole. She is reported to have arrived rather hurriedly at 7:30 PM on September 29 at the Wexford General Hospital.


What an adorably formidable namesake for Sarah Eliza Walsh! Congratulations Clare, Laurence, Darren and Maeve!



More Family Scholarship

Filed under: Kudos — Chamberlain @ 4:58 pm

From Mother to Son


The family printing presses continue to roll. Our newest book is From Mother to Son, the Selected Letters of Marie de l’Incarnation to Claude Martin, by Mary Dunn, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-938657-4, 2014. This publication is part of the Oxford series ‘Religions in Translation’, Anne Monius, Harvard Divinity School, series editor.

Mary Dunn’s achievement has family relevance on a number of levels. First, those of you who have been involved in the yearlong St Louis 250th Anniversary celebrations are aware of its explicit historical thrust to highlight, as Mary states, a French “counterpoint to the narrative weighted in favor of Plymouth Rock and the Puritans.” Mary’s Chouteau ancestry no doubt plays a role in her interest in the French perspective. Second, this book adds to the family’s existing scholarship on the history of New France (see posting #44, the Upper Country, a book by Claiborne Skinner).

From the dust jacket:


“This truly extraordinary collection of letters between Marie de l’Incarnation and her son Claude Martin, could not have been curated, translated, and introduced to the English-speaking world more expertly. Dunn’s introduction is brilliant, promoting a richer awareness of how mystical journeys are deeply enmeshed in earthly relationships – in this case, relationships between France and the New World, Catholics and Iroquois, and most provocatively and indeed startlingly, between a mother and the son she abandons…” Brenna Moore, author of Raïssa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival (1905-1945).

For those of us educated by the les Mesdames du Sacre Coeur, early grade school descriptions of the torture of the French Jesuits by the Iroquois remain deeply imprinted in memory. Marie’s correspondence with her son will bring back these memories in vivid detail.

We are accumulating quite a collection of books by family members. On art and architecture we have Four Emperors and an Architect by Alicia Salter. In North American history we have the aforementioned The Upper Country by Claiborne Skinner. Recent St Louis history and pop culture is the subject of Tom Dunn’s Admiral, and now we add religious history to the mix. Ideal gifts for friends and relatives to keep in mind at Christmastime.

Congratulations Mary!


A Note from Eleanor

Filed under: Family Updates — Chamberlain @ 8:19 pm

In keeping with Eleanor’s Independence Day newsletter tradition I am posting at her request her 2014 submission. As most of you know her news is of great sadness but has the promise of much happiness as well.



It is with a deep and wide sorrow that this letter comes to you from our family.

On May 4, while Ralph was returning from a bike ride, he collapsed on a bike trail and died from sudden cardiac arrest. Naturally our lives have been turned upside down and transformed in ways that are still unfathomable.

In much happier news:
Manning married his beloved Mary Elliott “Mel” McKetta on January 19th in Red Rock Canyon, NV. They have bought a house in Washington, DC and will be moving there from Austin, TX. Manning begins a Masters program as a McCourt Fellow at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Their dogs, Oogie and Harley, are about to become bona fide city dogs.

Powell bought a house last August and moved into it after living in a downtown loft for four years. He will marry Danielle Reust on August 30th in St. Louis. Yadi, their now six month old yellow lab puppy, joined the family last March. To the delight of all, he provides comedic relief to everyone around him.” Powell is working with his Crushed Red partner to expand in St. Louis and franchise the restaurant.

Graham left Build-a-Bear Workshop in January and began work with Momentum Worldwide in February. His title is: Senior Account Executive, Growth and Development – North America. After living with roommates for almost two years, he has just moved into a one-bedroom apartment, within biking distance of his new workspace.

All three boys and their ladies are traveling to Tuscany in July, gratis Ralph’s sister, Karen. Their Kalish first cousins will join them there for a week.

Ralph and Eleanor would have celebrated their 35th anniversary in September and had already purchased plane tickets for a two-week trip to Paris and the Normandy beaches of World War II and the Impressionists. Eleanor continues to enjoy volunteering with the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC). On occasion, Yadi comes for the day, weekend and later this month, he will come for a week+. He will be receiving intensive swimming lessons.

We hope that this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying your summer. Please don’t be a stranger if you happen to find yourselves close to/or in St. Louis.


SGP Advances

Filed under: New Clan Member — Chamberlain @ 10:49 pm

Announcing two major breakthroughs in the Skinner Genome Project, one on each coast. Listing them in chronological order, from East Coast to West:

May 31, 2014: Christina and William Skinner proudly present their daughter Emma Louise.

Emma Louis Skinner, b 31 May 2014 NYC

Emma Louis Skinner,
b 31 May 2014 NYC

Grandmother Karen with  E.L.

Grandmother Karen with E.L.

Grandpa and E.L.

Grandfather Bill and E.L.

Neither grandparent appears too displeased with this turn of events. Word has it that Emma Louise insisted the family move from Manhattan to nearby Bronxville. Father Will reported to have said she will not be allowed back into Manhattan until she is 30! Congratulations to Will and Christina. We hope Emma L will be touring the Midwest before too long.

June 6 2014: Now moving on out to California, Kate Skinner and Duncan Manning are married in San Francisco.

Kate and Duncan tie knot

Kate and Duncan tie knot

Manning and Skinner Families at scene

Manning and Skinner families

One happy couple

One happy couple

Tersh and Kathy Skinner hosted a small reception after the ceremony but have requested that everyone save the date next June 6th, 2015, for a family-wide celebration at Moone Athy Farm. Duncan and Kate met while students at St John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and shortly will be moving to the Big Apple where Duncan will be working for Standard and Poor’s Financial Services. The family wishes the new couple the very best!


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