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Poultney, George W. (b. 1885 or 6) | Saint Mary's College Archives

Name: Poultney, George W. (b. 1885 or 6)
Variant Name: Arthur Denvir


Historical Note:

George W. Poultney was a student of the Brickpile (Oakland Campus) era in 1895 or 1896 until 1905. He was born and raised in San Francisco His father was a  resident student at the San Francisco campus and graduated in 1876. Poultney was one of the oldest surviving graduates of the Brickpile, until his death.

During his years at SMC, he was the first editor of sports in the 1903-1904 Collegian. He was an outstanding athlete at SMC and joined the San Francisco Coast League in 1904, but now they are named the Seals, and he was the last living member of this team. He was in baseball until 1906 but his desire began to change to pursuing a career on stage.  At the Brickpile he was a good pianist with a good voice and was part of the SMC 1904 Orchestra, and because of this he joined San Francisco’s Tivoli Opera Company.

In 1910 he left for New York and stayed there for about ten years and starred in light operas for the famed Shuberts. In 1920 he returned to San Francisco with all the manuscripts of all the shows he appeared in with Victor Herbert, Dekoven, Offenbach, and every Gilbert and Sullivan operatta. Eventually Poultney gave his collection to the University of San Francisco knowing that it was worth thousands of dollars, many years later after he left the New York stage.

After his marriage in 1920, he became a prohibition agent and then he became a bails bondsman with Tom and Pete McDonough. Soon after he went to work for the US Marshall. He still did participate in some stage acting because Clarence Kolb and Max Dill persuaded Poultney to join them in their opera/play of “The High Cost of Living”.  During his last years he owned a hotel called the Continental in San Francisco, and continued having contact with the Christian brothers at SMC, and Brother Cormac of the Archives.

He lived through the 1904 earthquake in San Francisco.

Joined the Tivoli Opera House in 1906 and later left for New York to perform in operas on stage.

Stage directed a French opera/play called La Poupee, renaming it Toymaker in 1935.

Wrote a number of operas and plays and music.

Performed in a number of plays/operas and in musicals.






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