The Herald-Examiner published a photo of Georgette Bauerdorf with a question mark, one of its visual cliches of the 1940s, Oct. 13, 1944.
The investigation revealed that the young woman found face-down in the bathtub at 8493 Fountain Ave., was Georgette Bauerdorf, who was born in New York on May 6, 1924. Her father was George F. Bauerdorf and her mother was Constance Bauerdorf. She had an older sister, Constance Ann Bauerdorf, born May 1, 1920 (d. 2014).
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A search of newspaper clippings reveals a series of men living in the New York area named George F. Bauerdorf. It is tempting to assume that they are related because their dates overlap. However, I’m unable to confirm this lineage without a making long detour into the realm of genealogy.
George F. Bauerdorf, who died April 5, 1893, at the age of 65, lived at 167 Ocean Ave., Jersey City, according to the New York Herald. (Via Fultonhistory.com).
Another George F. Bauerdorf, who died Dec. 6, 1897, at the age of 42, lived in New York at 302 E. 83rd St.. (New York Herald, Dec. 9, 1897, via Fultonhistory.com). This George Bauerdorf would have been born about 1856, when the previous George Bauerdorf was about 28.
An ad for George F. Bauerdorf in the New York Times, March 11, 1923, via Fultonhistory.com.
According to the New York Sun, Jan. 9. 1932, George F. Bauerdorf was in business with Charles R. Bauerdorf. (Via Fultonhistory.com).
Georgette Bauerdorf spent her early years in New York and attended St. Agatha’s School for Girls. But after her mother’s death in 1935, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her father eventually remarried.
The Marlborough School for Girls, 5029 W. 3rd St.
While her older sister was a graduate of the Gardner School for Girls, a prominent New York institution, news accounts say that Georgette attended the Marlborough School for Girls and the Westlake School for Girls.
Westlake School for Girls, Aug. 26, 1928, in The Times.
Founded in 1904 in the Westlake Park area, the Westlake School for Girls had by 1928 relocated to 700 N. Faring Road, Holmby Hills.
The Westlake School for Girls emblem.
Georgette Bauerdorf wears a Westlake School for Girls blazer in a photo from the Herald Examiner collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Another undated photo shows Georgette Bauerdorf in a Westlake School for Girls blazer, from the Herald Examiner collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.
To be continued.