Sherman Billingsley
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Sherman Billingsley

Bootlegger + Restaurateur
Male
Born Mar 10, 1900

Sherman Billingsley was an American nightclub owner and former bootlegger who was the founder and owner of New York's Stork Club. John Sherman Billingsley was the youngest child of Robert Billingsley and Emily Collingsworth. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma on March 10, 1900. His parents had settled in Enid following the 1893 land run. The Billingsley children attended school in a one room schoolhouse, riding a horse to get to school.… Read More

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  • A Stork Rises From Its Ashes New York Times (Blog)
    Google News - Jun 16, 2011
  • Barbara Billingsley, Maternal Ideal On Tv In The 1950s, Dies At 94
    NYTimes - Oct 18, 2010
  • Paid Notice: Deaths Mohler, Barbara Billingsley
    NYTimes - Jan 31, 2010
  • New York Bookshelf/Nonfiction; Looking Down At A Terminal, Looking Up At A Bouncer
    NYTimes - Jul 27, 2003

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CHILDHOOD

1896 Birth John Sherman Billingsley was the youngest child of Robert Billingsley and Emily Collingsworth. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma on March 10, 1896. (In later years, Billingsley claimed to have been born in 1900, but this is refuted by both the 1930 census and the Social Security Death Index.) His parents had settled in Enid following the 1893 land run. … Read More

THIRTIES

1930 34 Years Old …  According to Ralph Blumenthal in his 2000 book, Stork Club, another New York nightclub owner named Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan, widely known as "Tex Guinan", introduced Billingsley to her friend, commentator Walter Winchell, in 1930. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1963 67 Years Old Billingsley offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the return of his son-in-law, Alexander I. Rorke, Jr., in 1963, when his plane disappeared over the Caribbean. … Read More
1966 71 Years Old Died on October 4, 1966.
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