Beloved Woman Answers Call

The funeral of Mrs. Fannie M. Walling, who passed away Saturday night, was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence at the corner of Sacramento and Locust streets.

The deceased was aged 65 years, three months and eleven days and leaves a son, Bert Walling’ a mother, Mrs. Catherine Rutledge; a sister, Mrs. A.J. Larson and a granddaughter, Nadine Walling. Interment was in Lodi cemetery, Rev. Stevens officiating.

O.H. Wells was in charge of the funeral.

Mrs. Walling was a pioneer resident of Lodi and her death came as a shock to her relatives and many friends. She was beloved by all who knew her.

Source: The Lodi Sentinel Feb. 27, 1923.

A Rare Treat

Something good at the Opera House Saturday night, September 28th. Following the so called wild west show that was in town recently, Manager Walling has gone to the trouble and expense of securing for his patrons a true representation of what a real Wild West Show is. To-night he will exhibit 3000 feet of film depicting in vivid colors and with startling accuracy the various scenes of a camp round-up at Cheyenne, Wyoming, which was reviewed and participated in by ex-President Roosevelt. Nothing short of the real thing can bring so vividly before an audience the stirring scenes of the races and sports that always accompany a big round-up. Manager Walling is alive to all the possibilities of such a gathering, and is to be congratulated on having secured one of the best films that has ever been shown in Lompoc.

Go to the Opera House to-night and enjoy the real thing, while Walling’s orchestra discourses music such as you seldom hear outside of the great cities.

Source: Lompoc Journal, September 28, 1912.


Miss Margery Walley and Mr. Ersel Lyman Walling, both of this city, were united in marriage at Santa Barbara Tuesday, Rev. Goodridge of the Presbyterian church performing the ceremony at the parsonage. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Walley, and the bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Walling, managers of the opera house. Both of the contracting parties are young people well known here who have the best wishes of a host of friends for a happy and prosperous wedded life.

Source: Lompoc Journal, September 24, 1910.

Girls Posing as Men Held as Capital Robbers

Ada Randall and Eleanor Walling, a pair of young women masquerading as men, who were arrested recently in San Francisco on suspicion of robbery, are believed by the Sacramento police to have committed several robberies in that city. Proprietors of three drug stores partially identified the girls as the “young men” who held up their place of business.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 1932.

Flapper Bandit Quits Prison With Earnings

Bakersfield, Calif.—Eleanor Walling, flapper bandit convicted here five years ago of bank robbery, has been released from San Quentin penitentiary on parole. A violin player, former vaudeville performer and expert needlewoman, Eleanor left the gate guarding the somber pile of stone with a smile, her violin and a package of her needlework, surprisingly intricate in design, under her arm. She had just told good-by to Clara Phillips, with whom she had roomed and engaged in amateur theatricals in the prison in the women’s ward.

In the warden’s office she received quite a sum of money. During the five years in prison she had created beautiful things of fine linen and many pieces of her needlework had been purchased here. The money was saved for her.

Source: Santa Ynez Valley News, December 27, 1929.

“Flapper Bandit” Is Released from Prison

SAN QUENTIN, Oct. 15.—After serving five years of an indeterminate sentence for burglary, Eleanor Walling, the bobbed-hair “flapper bandit” of Kern county, is out on parole.

The long, dreary period in the “pen” had failed to dim Eleanor’s smile. When the order of parole became effective three days she left the prison with her violin andwith a package of fine needlework, specimens of her skill acquired while in custody.

She was given an indeterminate sentence of from five years to life after she confessed to helping several men companions hold up the State Bank of Taft and escape with a large sum of money.

Source: Lompoc Review, October 22, 1929.

3 Criminals Seek Parole Next Sunday

Eleanor Walling, Girl Bandit, L.A. Dynamiter and Oakland Abductor to Appear Before Board at Prison

SAN QUENTIN, July 23.—Cases of three of California’s most notorious criminals will be threshed out when the board of prison directors meets here next Sunday to consider the applications of Eleanor Walling, girl bandit, Matthew A. Schmidt, Los Angeles dynamiter, and Purnell Knudsen, Oakland abductor and bandit, for parole, and fixing of indeterminate sentences.

Knudsen was sentenced from one to fifty years for his participation in the mistreatment of Violette French, 16, Fremont High school student, whom Knudsen and two companions, Joason [sic] and Ben Jeffreys abducted in an automobile November 5, 1922. The three first held up Miss French’s companion, Louis Vincent, 18, a Technical High school student, as he was walking home with Miss French, seized her and dragged her into their automobile.

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San Quentin Women In Vaudeville Show

SAN QUENTIN, Dec. 28.—A vaudeville show, originated and presented by women inmates of the prison, was presented before officials of the institution last night.

A “flapper bandit” provided the music; Clara Phillips, hammer slayer, danced and tooted a saxophone, and a forger in a pink dress attempted a recitation. Dorothy Mackaye, actress, who was convicted of concealing the facts of her husband’s murder, acted as the schoolmistress in a carefully rehearsed country school act.

Among other principals were Myrtle Kinney, famous woman burglar; Eleanor Walling, girl bandit; Erna Janoschek, baby slayer, and Louise Peete.

Source: San Bernardino County Sun, December 29, 1928.

Women Murderers Star When Prison “Follies” Is Shown

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29.—Starting “Life’s Misfits” the “San Quentin Follies” played a one-night stand.

Against a prison background, women who have killed for love and for money found an hour’s forgetfulness in the annual Christmas show last night.

An actress who is paying the penalty imposed by a just tribunal for concealing the facts regarding her husband’s death in a fight with her lover, was the central figure. A woman who murdered the girl who trifled with her husband’s love, danced and played the saxophone.

The famous “flapper bandit” provided the music. A girl who killed her aged benefactress was the comedian. And the prima donna is a woman convicted of the most cold-blooded murders in California.

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