The Thomas G. Johnson/Thoen Family Geneology:Information about Randine Thoen
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Randine Thoen (b. January 12, 1878, d. March 22, 1961)Randine Thoen (daughter of Christian Knutson Thoen and Birgit Olsdatter Teigen) was born January 12, 1878, and died March 22, 1961 in Bozeman, Montana.She married James E O'Brien in Chicago, Ilinois.
Notes for Randine Thoen:
Randa and her husband Jim entered show business separately around the turn of the century.Randa was a ring girl for John L Sullivan's bare-knuckled boxing matches.Jim had a vaudevile comedy act and was looking for a partner when he met Randa.Together under the name of "Temple and O'Brien" (Irene Temple and Jim O'Brien) they enjoyed a big-time career from 1909 until vaudeville died out in the late 1920's.Temple and O'Brien was one of the top singing and dancing teams in the nation.They did all the big houses from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York and Paris and shared the stage with Will Rogers, Irene and Vernon Castle and other famous performers of the era.They felt the highlight of their career was entertaining the troops in France during WWI.
On retiring in the late 20's, Rand and Jim co-managed a hotel in Detroit Michigan for a number of years.
Randa and Jim were in their 70's when I (Tom Johnson) knew them in the late 40's and early 50's.They left their job in Detroit and had retired to a small house in Glenwood, Minnesota, where my Grandfather, Olof, lived.Jim used to love showing me tricks that he would pull out of a steamer trunk he kept in the living room.
I loved Randa.....When I knew her as a kid she looked like a throwback to the 1920's; her clothing andhair hadn't changed styles since the flapper era.....a near perfect image of Betty Boop.She loved to laugh and dance and didn't mind at all spending time with us little kids.
Ref: Bozeman, Montana news paper, March 1961; Viola-Thoen Keller; Pope County Museum
More About Randine Thoen:
Baptism: March 31, 1878, Pastor Lars S. Markhus, Big Grove Lutheran Church.
Burial: 1961, Glenwood, Minnesota.
Confirmation: September 10, 1893, Pastor Nils J. Giere, Big Grove Lutheran Church.
More About Randine Thoen and James E O'Brien:
Marriage: Chicago, Ilinois.