In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge.
I am still on the trail of the mysterious Mr. Jacob/Jack/Jacques Potts, who purportedly took part in Scotty Bowers’ first Hollywood tryst in a home on Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills in 1946. I have spent some time trying to determine the outlines of Potts’ life. And it hasn’t been easy.
For one thing, I haven’t been able to discover his birth and death dates, although we do know he retired from business in 1947, the year after his encounter with Bowers, so I suppose it’s safe to assume he might not have been at the peak of his manhood.
The fees charged for access to the Chicago Tribune’s archives are beyond the budget of the Daily Mirror, but Google’s news archives is a handy index to them. And we find several promising leads on someone who referred to himself as “Jacques of Chicago.”
Miss Vera Stock to Be Presented to Society Today
Chicago Tribune – Dec 12, 1923
With Mrs. Joseph Fish were Mir. and Mrs. Jacques Potts, John Charles Thomas, Dr. Charles R. Corsant, and William Jananshek. Mrs. NV. G. Jer rems, Miss …
Dearborn Seminary to Hold 43d Annual Meeting Today
Chicago Tribune – Jan 16, 1924
Joseph Fish, Mr. and Mrs! Frederick C. Letts, Mr. and Ars. Edward I. Fifleld, and Mrs. Jacques Potts. The ball will be given In the First Regiment armory, the music …
Yale Club Concert Gets New Year Eve Interest of Society
Chicago Tribune – Dec 31, 1924
Airs Jacob Baur and Mrs. Jacques Potts head the corn- . Mir. and Mrs. Arthur 0. Leonard Jr. of 4646 East 73d street, are receiving congratulations on the birth of …
Secrecy and Mystery Enshroud Plans for Pagan Ball Tonight
Chicago Tribune – Jan 9, 1925
Mrs. Charles King Corsant is in charge of tickets and invitations, Mrs. Edward ‘ Is bead of the supper committee, and Mrs. Jacques Potts and Mrs. Wal- ter S.
STAGE FAVORITES PREPARE FOR ACTORS’ EQUITY BALL
Chicago Tribune – Jan 24, 1925
Mrs. Jacques Potts, and Mrs. Charles King Corsant. All of the boxes and tables have been sold, but tickets may be obtained at the door for the affair
RED, WHITE AND BLUE CLUB BALL COLORFUL AFFAIR
Chicago Tribune – Nov 29, 1925
The Aed, White &nd Blue ban at the new ballroom of the Hotel Sher- man last night was as brilliant and , an affair as Its gay color scheme . Gaudy balloons of …
PLAN 6 STORY BUILDING FOR NORTH MICHIGAN
Chicago Tribune – Apr 27, 1928
BY AL CHASE. Upper Boul Mich 1s to have n new and distinctive addition to Its rapidly developing shopping row-a six story stone and granite structure, at No.
Social Life at Arizona Resort Is Highly Casual
Chicago Tribune – Dec 31, 1933
Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Potts, who arrived this week at the Arizona Bilt- more, are among those just sitting in the sun. Mrs. DA Crawford, an- other newcomer, …
Games of Long Ago Rage with Resort Crowd
Chicago Tribune – Jan 7, 1934
[Special.]–Perhaps it’s the good old days back again that makes some of the good old fashioned forms of entertainment so increasingly popular. At any rate both …
Edith Mason’s Plump Figure Principal Issue in Law Suit
Chicago Tribune – Jan 12, 1934
The opera singer had been sum- into court by Jacques, Inc., dressmakers at 545 … waist lines might change In slavish obedience to fashion, but hers never!
Display Ad 34 — No Title
Chicago Tribune – Sep 6, 1936
… clothes of piquant charm and true … clothes personally selected by IMVir. and Mrs. Jacques Potts, who have returned from Paris 545 3!i1 AVEN1U E NORTH.
Merchants Hail Tribune’s Show as Trail Blazer
Chicago Tribune – Oct 5, 1940
Others who made glowing com. ments yesterday are Mrs. Jacques Potts of Jacques, Inc.; Thomas Con- , president of John T. Shayne; Harry Auster, Chicago …
Classified Ad 6 — No Title
Chicago Tribune – Oct 13, 1942
Apply Jacques, Inc., 545 N. Michigan. FUR FINISHERS: EXPERIENCED. SOL A. SILVEY. 5124 W. Madison-st. GIRLS, 18-45 Light .: pack, cosmetics. Exper, not …
Hm. More digging seems to indicate that while he was in Los Angeles, Potts continued to operate a shop in Chicago, at 545 N. Michigan Ave.
Little buildings deserve big names
Chicago Tribune – Jun 10, 1990
… took over the marketing effort for the former Jacques store and headquarters at 545 N. Michigan Ave. The renovated 18500-square-foot, five-story building has …
Ah: Here’s the story, on the Tribune’s website.
Aha. And here we have 545 N. Michigan Ave., via Google’s Street View, built in 1928.
And then, rather curiously, we have a reference to a Mrs. Jacques Potts in the Dec. 11, 1969, issue of the Modesto Bee.
And that’s all the time we have for today. But what’s emerging is a picture of the mysterious Mr. Potts as a fellow who was fairly well to do, but presumably somewhat advanced in years by the time of the alleged encounter with Bowers in 1946. Pidgeon, born Sept. 23, 1897, would have been 48. Potts would most likely have been somewhat older.