Richard Porter ASHE Jnr
- Born: 4 Jul 1860, San Francisco, California, USA
- Marriage (1): Amy Isabella CROCKER in Dec 1882
- Marriage (2): Emily Louise CHAPMAN on 22 May 1905 in Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
- Died: 23 Dec 1929, San Francisco, California, USA aged 69
- Buried: Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California
Cause of his death was Cerebral hemorrhage.
Another name for Richard was Porter.
Richard Porter was known as Porter, and appears to have had an interesting life. He married Amy (later changed to Aimée) Isabella Crocker (1863 - 1941) and they scandalized the family in 1882 by eloping. When they went for their honeymoon, they were involved in a serious train crash. Porter exhibited a great deal of cool heroism when the train carriages burned after the crash. After pulling his wife and her maid through the window of the sleeper, he rescued ex-Gov. DOWNEY from between broken timbers, thus saving his life.
Porter and Amy had a daughter, Alma, who appears to have later changed her name to Gladys. Rumored to have married Miss Crocker for the family riches, Amy soon grew weary of her groom, who spent plenty of time and money at the racetrack. The marriage soon went south and in April 1887, Ashe marched into the Crocker Mansion and marched out with his daughter, who was being watched by relatives while her mother and grandmother were out of town. Ashe and the child holed up in the St. Elmo Hotel on Main Street for a couple of days until a judge formally ordered he hand the child over to the Crockers. Ashe claimed he was protecting his daughter from her unfit mother, while Amy claimed her husband was attempting to gain leverage over her by imprisoning the child. Ultimately, grandma took Alma to live in Europe until she was old enough to decide which parent she preferred to live with. The Ashe-Crocker union was officially dissolved a few months later, and Amy (later going by Aimée) would ignore the incident altogether in her 1936 memoir … "And I'd Do it Again". A number of newspaper articles were written on the matter.
Extract from Voter Registration
Name: Richard Porter Ashe
Est. DoB: 1860
Date: 9 August 1890
Place: Atwater, Merced, California, USA
Extract from "The Wasp: San Francisco" dated 20 June 1891
Last Saturday evening a "Scrap of Paper" was presented to the play-loving people of the town. It was a great event. A special excursion on a special fleet of yachts was organized in San Francisco, and many devotees of the drama made the trip for the pleasure of being present at the debut of Porter Ashe. Mr. Ashe made, in the language of the dramatic critic, "A decided hit". Edgar Mizner and Elmer Du Pue likewise distinguished themselves in the cast with Porter Ashe. If this development shall continue there will be no necessity for sending to New York and London for great combinations to fill our temples of amusement. Porter Ashe is on the list of Western stars, and of this fact let managers be cognizant and let the wires tell it to Lilly in London.
Extract from the "San Francisco Blue Book and Pacific Coast Elite Directory" (1893)
Pacific Union Club:
Member: Ashe, R. Porter
The Bohemian Club:
Member: Ashe, R. Porter
Extract from "The Wasp" dated 22 April 1905
It was rather a foregone conclusion that Porter should marry a lady of wealth if he ever married again, as he is one of those peculiarly constituted individuals who cannot support two on an income insufficient for one. Porter has got along bravely on the salary of an assistant district attorney, but it must have been a fearful ordeal for a man who was once a prince of high rollers, with jockeys on his pay-roll receiving the salaries of Cabinet Ministers. Being an admirer of female beauty, as becomes the scion of a family distinguished for brave and manly qualities, he has not been altogether inattentive to the fair sex, though precluded from matrimony. He has flitted from wealthy widow to wealthy divorcee, and divorcee to widow. His first wife had a great deal of money, and Porter, to do him justice, saw that she lived in a style befitting her wealth. All the Ashe boys have married women with fortunes. Mr. Will Ashe it was who married the wealthy Miss Peters of Stockton, and they live on a large ranch in Sonoma County, where Will Ashe is a gentleman farmer. They have been spending the winter in town. Gaston Ashe married a Spanish heiress, whose father had a large property in Monterey county, and the Gaston Ashes live in Sausalito. Mrs Norman McLaren did not marry a fortune, and Miss Betty Ashe has gone in for nursing and charity. They are all exceedingly popular and jolly, and have lots of friends.
Extract from "The Wasp" dated 27 May 1905
The Marriage of Porter Ashe
With the ease acquired by practice, R. Porter Ashe, that versatile and popular citizen, has twiced fooled the gossips of San Francisco -- first by the announcement about a month ago of his engagement to Mrs Emily Rathburn, a wealthy widow of Bethlehem, Pa., and again by the news of his marriage in the East last Monday, May 22nd, to the lady. Of course, one with a good deal of experience at Cupid's Court acquires a certain finesse in love affairs, but it takes a hard-headed lawyer to keep people on the qui vive regarding a wedding, even while the groom is at the very altar. Mr. Ashe's first wife was Miss Amy Crocker, a great heiress, whose shekels the sportive Porter caused to fly in many directions -- principally the race track. His rich wife and he parted, which, in view of her subsequent matrimonial exploits, was not remarkable, as she has since divorced another lively husband and married a third. As soon as the novelty wears off she 'whistles them down the wind', and they pack their valises and go. The latest Mrs Ashe is a preposessing woman, and always well gowned. No doubt she will be able to use her wealth to good advantage in establishing a home in San Francisco, where a warm welcome awaits her.
Extract from "The San Francisco Social Register" of November 1908
Ashe, Mr & Mrs Richard Porter, Jr. -- Maiden name of Mrs Ashe was Rathbum, Emilie Chapman
Clubs: Bohemian and Family.
Extract from US Passport Application
Name: R. Porter Ashe
Birth Date: 4 July 1860
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Residence: San Francisco, California
Passport Issue Date: 5 Sep. 1918
Purpose of Passport: Red Cross work in France and Great Britain
Father's Name: Richard Porter Ashe
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Extract from "The San Francisco Social Register" of 1919
Ashe, Mr & Mrs Richard Porter (Rathbun -- Emily Chapman)
Clubs: Family, Olympic, Francisca.
Address: San Rafael, California (Mr. Ashe at the American Red Cross in France).
Died 23 December 1929. Richard Porter Ashe, 68, lawyer, sportsman, of the family for which Asheville, N. C., was named, nephew of famed Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first husband of famed Aimee Crocker (now Princess Galitzine), owner of famed Racehorse Geraldine (46 sec. half mile, Chicago, 1891), discoverer of Boxer Jim Corbett, oldtime member of California's Bohemian Club; at San Francisco; of apoplexy.
Extract from "The San Franciscan" (1930)
January 1930: R. Porter Ashe, who of all San Franciscans deserves a monument for his contribution to its traditions, by Zoe Battu.
That R. Porter Ashe, who died within the month, should be stricken with apoplexy while playing bridge, was somehow symbolical of the man and his life.
NB: The full article can be read at:
Richard married Amy Isabella CROCKER, daughter of Judge Edwin Bryant CROCKER and Margaret RHODES, in Dec 1882. (Amy Isabella CROCKER was born on 5 Dec 1863 in Sacramento, California, USA, died on 7 Feb 1941 in Hotel Savoy Plaza, New York, USA and was buried in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, California, USA.)
Richard next married Emily Louise CHAPMAN on 22 May 1905 in Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA. (Emily Louise CHAPMAN was born on 29 Oct 1867 in Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA.)