November 12, 2015

July 27, 2015

November 29, 2014

November 25, 2014

Please reload

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!

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...

April 28, 2015

 

This post is about two men who were definitely connected to each other, but the question is: Did they have anything to do with Little Orphan Annie?

 

 

The first man pictured is the "ex-brother-in-law" of James Whitcomb Riley - Frank Payne (1862-1949). Frank was once mar...

April 23, 2015

The Hooiser Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, created the character Little Orphant Annie while visiting his father and step-mother in their home in Greenfield Indiana.  James' father, Reuben Riley, was living in what was known as the "Seminary Building," which had been conve...

April 8, 2015

 

An email from this website helped to fill in another - very interesting branch on Mary Alice Smith aka Little Orphan Annie's Tree.

 

Thanks to Amie Cox, who shared this information about her husband's family tree.  She has been researching her family's genealogy includi...

March 31, 2015

 

 

I hope you can follow me on this one - because I am trying to fill in some holes in Little Orphan Annie aka Mary Alice Smith's family tree - - and have uncovered some unique connections that may be very pertinent to the orphan girl's story . . .

 

Hopefully, you have r...

March 24, 2015

The Civil War started in 1861 and ended in 1865.  This epic war effected many people - and Mary Alice Smith, the real Orphan Annie, was no different. 

 

In 1861, she started out living with her Grandmother in the little town of Carrollton, Indiana.  By 1865, she wou...

Please reload

© 2023 by Glorify. Proudly created with Wix.com