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Theodore Andrew Lorch
Lorch Playing at Theatre

Former Springfield Man who is with Oliver Players at Chatterton (picture)

Local Man, Well Known in Theatrical World, is with Otis Oliver Players.

Theodore Lorch, one of the best known stars in the theatrical world, and a former Springfield man, is now playing at the Chatterton with the Otis Oliver Players. Lorch numbers his acquaintances in the city by the hundreds, and has numerous relatives residing here. During his engagement with the Oliver company he is staying with his aunt, Mrs. J.F. Maisenbacher, 1215 North Sixth Street. The Lorch family have been residents of Sangamon county for nearly one hundred years. Lorch's mother was Kate Girard.

Lorch senior was an employee of the Illinois Watch company for many years. When the actor was a mere boy, the family moved to Petrograd, then St. Petersburg, Russia, where they lived for eleven years, and where Theodore attended the Imperial gymnasium. When the family returned to Springfield, Lorch attended the McClernand school, and also Chicken's Business college. Later he worked in the secretary of state's office and enlisted with Company C, Fifth Illinois, when the Spanish-American war broke out.

Lorch's first theatrical experience was with the Harry Holden Comedy company. Then followed an engagement with Rose Stahl and William Bonell in "The American Gentleman," in which Loch played the gypsy. He was next with Julia Marlowe in "The Cavalier," and at twenty-three was starred in "Sherlock Holmes," playing Gillette's role. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was his next venture, and he played the dual personality part so well that he is considered a worthy successor to the late Richard Mansfield.

Three years were spent in "The Lieutenant and the Cowboy," a play specially written for him by Anthony Wills. For twelve years he has been playing leading parts with the best stock companies, and also had much vaudeville experience. Lorch has written several sketches and plays and will appear in his won act when he resumes his vaudevill work again.

His work as Inspector Burke in "Within the Law" and as Doctor Willoughby in "Stop Thief," has been hugely enjoyed by Springfield playgoers.

The Springfield Sunday Journal February 17 1918
Added by John B on Aug 20, 2014 12:43 PM
John B
Theodore Andrew Lorch
Theodore A. Lorch Dies in California

Actor was Native of Springfield

Springfield friends have received word of the death last Thursday at Camarillo, Calif., of Theodore A. Lorch, aged 68 years.

Mr. Lorch, a native of this city, in his early days was a star of such stage plays as "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Sherlock Holmes."

He first appeared on the vaudeville stage and later became a film charactor actor. In his boyhood he resided at the southeast corner of Eight St. and North Grand Ave.

Illinois State Journal Friday, Nov. 14, 1947
Added by John B on Aug 20, 2014 12:21 PM
John B
Theodore Andrew Lorch
Dear A.J. Marik:

Anna Marie Maisenbacher is my mothers maternal grandmother. Anna Marie Maisenbacher is the daughter of Leopoldine Gerard and John Frederic Maisenbacher. Leopoldine Gerard's younger sister is Catherine C. "Kate" Gerard Lorch.

I created a Find-A-Grave memorial for Catherine Gerard Lorch here: 134572649 and added pictures of Kate and Master Theodore Lorch from Russia. We also have "Theo"s silver spoon from Russia in 1881.

Anna Marie Maisenbacher took a lot of pictures and had her own darkroom. I have several photo albums and many negatives. I had the large format negatives digitally scanned.

Next, I will send you Theodore Lorch's mortuary from the Illinois State Journal. I also have his obituary from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

John Becker
Added by John B on Aug 20, 2014 12:15 PM

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