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Mary Krane Derr

multi‐instrumental musician, teacher, and orchestra conductor, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. Some sources give her birth year as 1885; however, according to U.S. census data, it was most likely 1882. Her mother, Betty Anderson, was born March 1849 in Virginia. Little is known about Hallie Anderson's father except that he was also a Virginia native. When Hallie was three, the family migrated to New York City. As a child, Hallie took public school and private music lessons. She received classical training at the New York German Conservatory of Music. Although it did not record her occupation, the 1900 census noted that Hallie's mother was a widow who could neither read nor write, and who had seven living children. Betty Anderson was then living with three of her children, all of whom could read and write: Charles (born Sept. 1872), a waiter; John ...


Devra Hall Levy

bassist, personal manager, record and concert producer, was born in New Orleans, the only child of Laura Hagen, a midwife, and John Levy, a railroad stoker in New Orleans, who later worked as a stockyard laborer in Chicago. Part of the great northern migration during and after World War I, the Levy family moved to Chicago in 1919.

A well intentioned teacher told Levy to get a job at the post office so that he d have a secure future but he had bigger ideas he imagined himself sitting behind a big desk He didn t know what he d be doing at that desk but he knew that he would be in business Levy was an entrepreneur before the word became popular Without completing high school he did work for brief time at the post office throwing mail and as a special delivery messenger but ...