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Welcome to my website!  If you are interested in anything about Orphan Annie - this is the place to look!  I have been researching Mary Alice Smith - the real Orphan Annie and the Little Orphant Annie character in all her permutations since 2005.  My goal is to eventually write a book about this research.  However, I thought that people might be interested in finding out what I find out as my research progresses.  So I try to post to this site on a weekly basis - usually at the beginning of the week.  You can also follow me on Facebook! 

 

If you have some information that you feel can help me on my research - be sure to send me a message on my Tip Line in the About section. Thanks for visiting!

November 29, 2015

 

Mary Alice Smith - who is the real Little Orphant Annie - had three half siblings.  You can read more about her two older siblings in an earlier post from this year.  However, this particular post will focus on Mary Alice's youngest sister - Susan V. Smith. 

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November 12, 2015

 

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time - - you will know that the name of the REAL "Little Orphan Annie" was really - Mary Alice Smith.   She was a little girl who came to live in the home of Reuben and Elizabeth Riley in Greenfield, Indiana in 1861-6...

August 17, 2015

 Well - let me say this - - in the light of the information that I received from the files from National Archives - it was $110.00 well spent. 

 

This pertains to family information on Mary Alice Smith - who was the real person that inspired James Whitcomb Riley to...

July 27, 2015

Well - I have officially requested my first set of records from the National Archives!

 

The National Archives is the repository for all of the old military records for the Civil War - including pension files.  I have always delayed in getting records from the National A...

July 7, 2015

I attended the unveiling of a James Whitcomb Riley mural on the old Southside of Indianapolis on Sunday, June 28th - and ran into this gentleman - Eric Grayson, film historian and restorer at that event. 
 

I had corresponded with Eric several years ago about a variety...

June 5, 2015

Indianapolis artist and illustrator, Johnny Gruelle, would be sitting at his desk at home working.  His young daughter Marcella came into the room with a rag doll that she had found after rummaging through the attic.  Due to the age and sun exposure - the doll had lost...

May 31, 2015

Mary Alice Smith was the little girl who came to live at the Riley Home and inspired the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, to write the poem, "Little Orphant Annie."  When Mary Alice came to the Riley home she was presented to the family as being 14, and being an orp...

May 24, 2015

 

In 1918, a silent film would premier with the title, "Little Orphant Annie."  This would be the very FIRST of many Annie renditions; however, it is different from all of the rest.  This film would solely be based on the James Whitcomb Riley poem, "Little Oprhant Annie...

May 15, 2015

 

In Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana  - there is a stone that sits in Falls Park that marks the spot of an important event in American History.  Three white men where hung in that spot for killing Indians.  This was the first time in United States history that white...

When I first started looking into making the connections between one Little Orphant Annie character and the other - it was not lost on me that the creator of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip - Harold Gray - had the same last name as the real Little Orphant Annie who...

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