I will collect here all the information known about Adele Mary “Bio” Terrill De Casseres as time and opportunity allows.

Lake Crystal, Minnesota


Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1926, Part 1


“The Star Baby, a Fantasy in One Act” from Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [C] Group 3. Dramatic Composition and Motion Pictures. (link)


$60,000 ESTATE Indian Princess’ Kin Leaves Legacy To UA

The granddaughter of an Indian princess has left almost her entire estate, approximately $60,000, to the University of Arizona. Mrs. Bio De Casseres, who lived at 2215 E. 3rd St., was born on the Lake Crystal Reservation in Minnesota, the granddaughter of Stephen Mack who was the first white settler in Illinois, She died Feb. 15 at the age of 88 years. Because her grandmother was an Indian princess named Ho- iKHie-gah, daughter of a Potto- watornie chief. Mrs. Dt Casseres willed that the legacy be set up by the University of Arizona tor undergraduate American Indian students. . IN ADDITI0N to.the,-scholar- ship fund tor ‘the university, Mrs. De Casseres left $12,500 to be distributed among six personal friends. In Rockton, 111., today there to the Ho-no-ne-gah High School and a park and a museum (the oU Mack home) that bear her name. Mrs. De Casseres, in her will, directed that her household furniture, paintings, portraits, and other personal items be- ; . presented to the Rockton Township Historical Society for no-ne-gah and Stephen Mack Museum.” Mrs. De Casseres came to Tucson in 1946 following the death of her husband in 1945. She was married in 1920 to Benjamin De Casseres, a newspaperman who wrote a column for Hearst’s New York Journal. INCLUDED a m o n g their many friends and acquaintances in the literary world were H.L. Mencken, Don Marquis, Bugs Baer and Hype Igoe. Eugene O’Neill was a frequent guest in their New York home at the time his two plays, “Marco’s Millions” and “Strange Interlude,” were running on Broadway. William Randolph Hearst was a personal friend. Mrs. De Casseres’ will was admitted to probate on March 6. The trust department of the Southern Arizona Bank Trust Co. is handling details involved “the u*e and benefit of the Ho- in settling the estate^

The Curse of the Misbegotten
xviii: The Rejected Family

His curiosity as to what the future held for him kept mounting all spring. He asked Bio De Casseres to conduct a long-distance reading of his palm. She was to imagine looking at his palm at 11: 30 P.M. on April 1, which was 6:30 P.M., New York time. When, he mainly wanted to know, was he going to have the peace for which he craved with all his heart and mind? In May Bio told him that everything would be all right. She repeated what she had told him in New York — that when he reached the age of forty-one he would have a new life. O’Neill seemed to set great store by this. He was going to have his inner self freed from the dead at forty-one and be consciously alive in his new self. He would be, as he had once told Dr. Lyman, “liberated and reborn.”

Agnes was granted her divorce on the afternoon of July 2. Three weeks later, on July 22, 1929, Eugene O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey Barton were married in a civil ceremony in Paris. “Grand news!” he cabled Lawrence Langner of the Theatre Guild. Later, he told him that the “French civil ceremony proved to be quite impressive — we like it, felt it meant something — not like our buy-a-dog-license variety in U.S.” He wrote Benjamin De Casseres on July 26 that the peace that De Casseres’ wife, Bio, had promised him was now due to set in. He wrote Horace Liveright that now that the excitement was over he’d be getting down to hard work again.

Other purchasers include Bio De Casseres and a New York Russian Jew (friend of De Casseres) whose name temporarily eludes me. This Jew has several of the best landscapes, done about the same time as “Beyond Cathay”.