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Clan Colquhoun of North America Newsletter
April 2007

Here is Society President Jim Kilpatrick and his wife Becky at The Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival held in Elizabethton, TN each September. Our own Danny Potter organized this festival before he died in 2003. Jim writes: “You know that was the one Danny Potter founded, and every year the Clan Colquhoun is a front runner in the parade of tartans. Danny’s family has made it their annual get together. They present a "Danny Potter Service Award" to someone each year. (I received the first one) [in 2006]




Thanks to Burnie Cowan for representing us at the Salado (TX) Gathering of the Clans the second weekend in November. A few years ago Burnie wrote us:

“Almost thirty years ago, I joined the Clan Colquhoun of NA. A gentleman named Robert J. Calhoun of Upper Darby, PA was the convener. When he stopped, a gentleman named Larry Roberts of Savannah took over. At that time, I attended gatherings at Salado, Houston, and Waco, TX. My brother was a piper. (I had no ear for music so I participated in the Highland Games; Tossing the Caber, Putting the Stone, Tossing the Sheaf, and Throwing the Hammer). I had pretty good luck at the games and was Athlete of the Year at Salado and Waco. My family and I operated the Clan tent at Salado.”

After Burnie retired and moved back to central Texas in 2004 he found no one was setting up for Colquhoun at Salado that year and he volunteered to do it right then. He was able to take a space of another clan whose convener had cancelled due to illness.  Look for Burnie there again this November 9th - 11th 2007.

It’s a new year and Clan Colquhoun is eager to be represented at as many festivals and Highland Games as possible! Generally, the festivals start in the South as soon as Spring begins.

Floridians Chuck and Anne Stoodley like representing Clan Colquhoun at the Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival near Jacksonville.

Chuck also had the pleasure of presenting the “Immortal Memory” portion of his Burns Club celebration this year.


Clan Colquhoun will be Honored Clan at the Triad Highland Games near Greensboro, NC this year:


The Triad festival is the same weekend (May 4th) as the Savannah Scottish Games, and the editor of this newsletter will miss that event for the first time in many years since we’re needed at Triad. If you can help us put up a tent at Savannah, please contact us. The 6th Annual “Sgt. Rufus Calhoun Hodges Georgia Hussar Award” for Athlete of the Day will be presented at this event. This award was begun after the Sept. 11th attack in memory of the editor’s father. “R.C.” was in this Savannah National Guard unit when Pearl Harbor was attacked. They were immediately shipped out to New Guinea for the duration of WWII. Each year a photograph from their deployment is selected to backdrop a framed declaration of the award.       


At the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival Norman Bliss from Mystic, CT mans the Colquhoun tent. This year these games will be held May 19th.


These games are held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond. Norman acquired a new banner last year:

“($30.00 from with fast shipping, if anyone else is looking for a nice banner). I could use some tartan yardage for a tablecloth; know anyone who has some lightweight material?”

We’ve checked our resources from the Colquhoun HQ in GA, so if anyone knows, please forward that to us.

 That same weekend (May 19th) a Colquhoun tent will be manned at the Gatlinburg (TN) Scottish Festival by Cathy White and our president, Jim Kilpatrick.

The weekend of June 9th brings us to the Blairsville, GA games where we were honored Clan last year. The Grandfather Mountain Games, held the weekend of July 14th this year, are one of the biggest and oldest in the Southeast. We’ll be at both of these.

Corey Gilpatrick and his family usually sponsor two Colquhoun tents in New England for us: depending on scheduling they may be at the Southern New Hampshire festival at Silver Ranch, Route 124, Jaffrey, NH (across the road from Kimball Farm) weekend of June 2nd:

but Corey will definitely be at the Maine Highland Games:

the weekend of August 18th. Lois Seamon used to set up for us at these games and thanks Corey and his family for taking over that job so she can be a spectator and entertain her family at the festival.

[Steve & Liz Jones from Goreham, ME; Lois’ husband & Lois; Lois’ brother Al and sister in law Vivian Nichols from New Mexico at last years’ games]

Sharon Curtiss is a new member in the Kansas City area who would like to meet some other members. We currently don’t have a volunteer to set up for us at these games the weekend of June 8th:

If you’re planning to attend the KC games, please contact us to welcome our new member. We can put you in touch with Sharon and you can meet somewhere on the field. Better yet if you would like to man a tent at these games please contact us.

Mike Cahoon used to live in the Atlanta area and help out with the Stone Mountain festival each year. A while back Mike moved to Wyoming to be near his parents. He now represents us at the Jackson Hole, WY games, this year held the weekend of August 18th, and the Estes Park, CO games held September 6th -9th in 2007.


Mike poses with members of the El Jebel Shrine Pipe Band whose members wear the Colquhoun kilt!

We’re planning on attending the Charleston, SC games the weekend of September 15th. The Colquhoun tent at this festival is very aptly manned by Steve and Mary Hudson. We are also hoping to meet Susann Disbro Gilbert who is working on a biography about her relative who was a Silent Film star named…

Alice Calhoun.

Alice started her film career in 1919 (possibly as early as 1918 in a role not credited) and made her last film in 1934. Susann writes:

“Alice Beatrice Calhoun (nicknamed "ABC") was born on November 24, 1900 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Florence F. Payne and Joseph Chester Calhoun. She had one brother, Joseph Jr., who was not only a practicing attorney in Cleveland, but also a Danish and Norwegian consul.”

We’ve searched the “Glendex” (the index written by Glen Ethier and eight volunteers of the 4 volumes of Orval Calhoun’s Our Calhoun Family) and haven’t found an exact match for Alice’s ancestry there yet. If anyone recognizes Alice’s parents names, please let us know.

Alice was regarded among her peers as a professional. She was able to portray a personality over the Silent Screen that exuded a charm that warmed her audience to her. Letters sent to her active fan club were always personally answered. In the 49 films she made, Alice often played strong, successful characters. Some of the other professionals our members may recognize that Alice worked with are Oliver Hardy (“in two rare dramatic roles in Little Wildcat and One Stolen Night”), Rin Tin Tin, and the great character actor Alan Hale, Sr. who looks very similar to his son who played the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island. Alice had a savvy indication of how the city of Los Angeles would grow and built a movie theatre in 1925. Her Star is on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame and a plaque is outside the Alice Calhoun Chotiner Wing of the Los Angeles City of Hope biomedical research, treatment and educational institution that her husband financed in her honor. Alice died June 3, 1966 and rests at the Little Garden of Faithfulness at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Thanks to Susann Disbro Gilbert for this information and photos. Her website is:

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