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Arno, May

 Person

Born in Pitava, Russia to Saul and Chaya Shamus Charsky. Her mother died when she was young and she immigrated to America with a sister in the early 1880s to join her father and older sister Jennie Charsky at the Rosenheym Jewish agricultural colony in New Jersey. She then developed an interest in singing and acting. Under the stage name May Arno, she traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May's older sister Jennie married Dr. Charles Spivak and the couple moved to Denver, Colorado in 1896 for Jennie's health. May Arno married Dr. Herman Schwatt in [New York? Philadelphia? sources vary] who served as the Medical Superintendent of the Jewish Consumptives' relief Society (JCRS) from 1910 to 1915 and a few years after Dr. Spivak's death in 1927. While in Denver, May Arno opened the May Arno School of Music and Drama, a dramatic school for children, wrote articles and performed at JCRS and many functions in the Denver community. She died in February 1968.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

May Arno Schwatt Publications, 1928-1930

 File
Identifier: B002.05.0360.0013
Overview May Arno Charsky immigrated to America in the 1880s and developed an interest in singing and acting. Under the stage name May Arno, she traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May Charsky married Dr. Herman Schwatt in New York City (NY), who served as the Medical Superintendent of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society from 1910 to 1915 and a few years after Dr. Spivak's death in 1927. While in Denver May Arno Schwatt opened a...
Dates: 1928-1930

May Arno Schwatt Scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: B296
Overview May Arno Schwatt was born in Pltava, Russia to Saul and Chaya Shamus Charsky. May Arno Charsky immigrated to America in the 1880s and developed an interest in singing and acting. Under the stage name May Arno, she traveled as an actress and singer with a theater company in the early years of the twentieth century. May Charsky married Dr. Herman Schwatt in New York City (NY), who served as the Medical Superintendent of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society from 1910 to 1915 and a few years...
Dates: 1911-1930