February 16, 1882 – April 18, 1946
Born in Detroit, Allan Patton Wallace worked as a hardware clerk before moving at age 30 to Manhattan where he performed as a bit actor in five shows on Broadway from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s. The last decade of his life he resided in Traverse City where he was employed as a desk clerk at the Whiting Hotel. Wallace left a suicide note and stepped from a ledge at age 64.
Traverse City Record-Eagle, April 19, 1946
Looking for Uncle Allan: A Gay Odyssey
May 28, 1882 – July 1, 1928
A 1905 graduate of the University of Michigan, Avery Hopwood went on to enjoy a celebrated career as a playwright, once having four plays staged on Broadway simultaneously. With friend Carl Van Vechten, Hopwood experienced the homosexual underworld of New York in the 1910s and ‘20s. Much of his estate was bequeathed to fund annual literary awards for UM students.
New York Times, July 2, 1928
Michigan Daily, July 3, 1928