And yet by any straightforward measure of compatibility—family background, interests, personality, ideas about a pleasant way to spend an afternoon—they seem to have very little in common. During his governorship, which ran from to , she often retreated to Miami while he was living in Tallahassee. In the Jackie Kennedy years, she might have gotten away with a smile, a few supporting speeches, and an appropriate cause or two.
But feminist resistance to the idea of wife as silent prop has in some ways put more pressure on a first lady to be serious and weighty and comfortable in front of the camera, giving someone like Columba no easy place to hide. Those who know her well paint her as the anti—Claire Underwood, the political spouse on House of Cards. And she is so not the clone. Who she is is a harder question, due in part to her reluctance to develop a public persona or talk to the press.
Bush loyalists bristle at the idea that Columba would have trouble fitting into the role of first lady in the White House. By all accounts, she advocates earnestly and effectively, visiting shelters, studying reports on addiction in adolescence, putting together exhibitions, and connecting donors with charities. And whether she likes it or not, what she does and how she feels will affect her husband as a person and as a candidate—and that interplay will be endlessly dissected.
She brings sanity into a world filled with politics. She is a major, integral part of his life. In , as a senior at Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, he took a class called Man and Society, which explored poverty, conflicts, and the dynamics of power. Jeb was from Texas and already studying Spanish. Along with 10 other classmates, he opted to skip the Boston winter. As Jeb tells the story, one day he saw year-old Columba across the plaza and it was love at first sight. She was not a society girl from Mexico City.
Relatives have described her as a free-spirit daughter of a divorced mother in a community where, in her own words, divorce was a sin. Schmitz needed a wingman for a double date and called Bump.
I asked Jeb by e-mail about their first encounters, because lightning seemed like a word out of a romance novel and not quite real. Here is how he elaborated:. For the last month of their field trip, the other Phillips Academy kids did not see much of John and Jeb. From the start, Jeb told his classmates that he was in love. At the end of the trip, he told them all he was not going home with them; instead he was taking Columba on a trip to Acapulco.
Before that Mexico trip, Jeb had been known in school as a good tennis player, an indifferent student, a bit of a bully, and a toker, a guy whose room you could go to in order to get high. Yet by the time Jeb returned to Andover, he had matured. He made the honor roll for the first time and shared a prize for a history paper. We figured he was just devoted to her. During the holidays in , he proposed to Columba, in Spanish, at a Mexico City restaurant.
She took a day to answer, then gave him a peace-symbol ring. Jeb did not introduce Columba to his father until a small dinner right before the wedding. Columba spoke no English, so parts of the service were conducted in Spanish. Colu would just sit, smile, and wonder. Various ideas about her have grown to fill that void. This is the ethnic flavor that has been mixed and remixed into many profiles over the years, typically written from afar.
She, too, was often described as shy. Friends of the Bush family tend to describe Columba in mystical or artistic terms. Towey went to look for her and found her kneeling at a side altar, quietly praying, and that image has stuck with him. A New York Times story in February described Columba as an artist, noting that she had just painted a picture of a cat. Britto says she does not paint cats, although he does. If Bill Clinton could be called the first black president, Jeb Bush could conceivably qualify as the first Hispanic one.
Twitter jeered. Bush decamped to Texas and the oil business. Jeb followed suit not only by moving to a new state but by adopting a foreign culture upon marrying his wife. After he graduated college with a degree in Latin American studies, he and Columba moved to Venezuela, where he became a vice president of the Texas Commerce Bank. Twenty years later, Jeb Bush became governor as Florida was changing, enabling him to add Central Americans and Puerto Ricans to his list of constituents and allies.
Jorge L. In April of last year, Jeb uttered perhaps his most memorable phrase to date.
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And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. In a biography of Columba written in Spanish by Beatriz Parga, whose title translates to Columba Bush: The Cinderella of the White House , Parga writes that her father caused the most painful memories of her life.
Her parents divorced in , when she was 10, and many press accounts have given the impression that she never saw her father after that. She locked herself in a bathroom, and when he left, she snuck off to the bus station and went back to Mexico. In fact, as Jeb was smoothly going native, her own cultural transition to Bushland was halting and bumpy. She became an American citizen, in , just so she could vote for her father-in-law for president. In , Jeb ran for governor against Lawton Chiles and lost. His wife, meanwhile, was home and overwhelmed with raising teenage children.
One of them had a drug problem—only years later did they publicly admit that it was their daughter, Noelle. George P. Raised Episcopalian, he converted to Catholicism, partly as a gesture of reconciliation with his wife. In , Jeb ran for governor again and won. This did not always go over well in a city much further culturally removed from Miami than the miles between them would suggest.
In , shortly after Jeb won the gubernatorial election, she faced public scrutiny. Returning to the U. A Bush spokesman at the time said she did not want her husband to know how much she had spent. I simply wanted to marry the man I loved. Noelle continued to struggle with addiction during this time. Eight months later, while at the center, she was found with a small piece of crack cocaine in her shoe and sentenced to 10 days in jail.
But she keeps her own heartaches private. In February, The Washington Post ran a story about more jewelry purchases. This time Columba did not apologize or sound wistful about her fate, and Jeb said nothing. Also, jewelry is loaded with relationship significance. Perhaps the Bushes, like many couples, were going through a bad stretch. Or perhaps Columba, despite not being much of a society wife, just has a hard time resisting sparkle. Old profiles of her mention high heels and Chanel.
Now 38, Noelle lives in Orlando, where she works at a software firm. By all accounts, she is okay but fragile. Still, throughout the fall, the sense that she was holding on to a veto lingered. The problem with this abbreviated version of the story is that it makes Columba sound like a lobbyist, or like Jeb—quick, decisive, a hard dealer. Friends say the process unfolded more organically, and poignantly. Family Mary Jane 'Jennie' Sheahan b. Warwick James Stokell Griffin Major b. George Malcolm Griffin b. Before Mr. Roe, P. No Bells. Raymond, Frank Griffin, and Vernon Hynas for riding their bicycles in the city on recent dates without having bells attached.
The many friends of Lieut. Frank Griflin will be glad to learn of his promotion to the rank of Captain. Griffin will be remembered as the manager of Messrs. Sands and M'Dougall's system department in this State. Griffin, 'Stanmore,' Burke-road, East Malvern, has been wounded third occasion , and admitted to hospital suffering from severe wound in head and left leg.
GRIFFIN has been dangerously wounded in the head, arm and leg after being on service for more than three years and a half, including Gallipoli and France. Private cablegrams state that all the above are now in hospital in England, and are making progress. Griffin, of "Stanmore," Westbury street, East St. No flowers. Sir,—The letters of Dr McArthur and "Observer," appearing on May 30 and 31 respectively touch on a subject of the greatest importance to orchardists.
Undoubtedly the present unsatisfactorty state of affairs, on the Melbourne market at least, has been largely if not entirely contributed to by the methods or rather lack of methods of the man who, having a few old miserable apple trees on his small farm, carts in a quantity of fruit on each visit made to the city, probably by-weekly. To prevent this type of person from playing havoc with the industry, I think some form of legistiation should be introduced.
These budding Rockefellers too, are mostly responsible for the flood of "windfalls" thrown on the market at the beginning of each season. Fancy windfalls, and Jonathans at that being put on the market in a season such is this. Early in February the Western Market was loaded with them to the detriment of prime quality earlier varieties. When are we going to organise and get the industry moving on sane business lines? Upper Beaconsfield, May Chandler yesterday to ask that a section of the Prince's Highway be taken over by the Country Roads Board. Left to right: Messrs. Alured Kelly, D. Councillor Bevan, Mr.
Knox, M. Walter, M. George Keys shire engineer , and Mr. Frank Griffin. Aldwinckle is entitled to prefer hardwood to softwood cases, but why adopt such a selfish attitude as to want to penalise further the great number of growers - probably a majority - who prefer softwood, in hoping that a further duty will be imposed on their importation? One reason advanced - that Victorian millers should be given a chance to show what they can do - sounds rather feeble when they have had the field entirely to themselves for more than 30 years and cannot yet produce anything better than that provided this season.
Aldwinckle has either been particularly fortunate in ob- taining perfect cases or else he is very easily satisfied. Why should a grower not use a softwood case if, in his opinion, it presents his product in a more attractive form? Whether the fruit brings more in one container that the other is beside the question. Naturally the user of the more expensive case hopes to obtain a better price. Many factors over which neither the grower nor agent has any control regulate the price realised on home markets.
Unique views over Westernport Port Phillip and Dandenongs 45 acres, orchard and valuable timber. Vacant possession. Auction 18th April. Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, [database on-line]. Mary Jane 'Jennie' Sheahan. With Francis Joseph Griffin Captain. Family Francis Joseph Griffin Captain b. At the invitation of Lt. Knox, a number of their friends from Upper Beaconsfield and the surrounding districts, and also Melbourne were present at the delightful dance held in the Assembly Hall, Upper Beaconsfield, on Friday evening, June The guest of the evening was Miss K.
Bird, cousin of the hostess, who is on a visit from England, and the dance was given in honor of her twenty-first birthday. The supper room of the hall was converted into a cosy lounge, with easy chairs, carpets, and a glowing fire. Bridge tables were provided for non-dancers. On a large table in the supper-room was arranged a buffet supper. The hall was gaily decked with cerise and violet streamers festooned from a centrepiece arranged with hoops of paper flowers of the same color and greenery.
Tall oriental lamps and festoons of greenery, with cerise flowers, made a very effective screen round the dias, on which the musicians were seated. Pinkerton of Berwick was responsible for the artistic decorations of the hall. At 10 p. After midnight a large birthday cake, with twenty-one candles burning brightly on it, was carried into the hall, and cut by Miss Bird. The hostess Mrs. Knox wore a gracefully draped frock of apricot changeable taffeta, caught at the side with monkey fur: she carried an Early Victorian posy of autumn tints. Miss K. Bird was dressed in dainty mauve taffeta, with panels of Valenciennes lace, and a deep collar of georgette edged with similar lace.
Among the guests present were. Tate, Messrs. Sturken, Bunt, Day, K. Pinkerton, J. Swords, R. Harris, blue marocain, with flowing ninon sleeves, blue wreath. Miss Margaret Crossley, mauve crepe de chine, satin waist-line caught with cabachon of violets. Beecham Scoresby , blue shot taffeta, draped skirt, caught at sicie with handsome cabachon of feathers.
Lister Scoresby , black crepe de chine, with jet trimmings. Frances, black tulle, beaded with jet and iridescent beads, beads over crepe de chine. John Sturken, brocaded crepe de chine, white waist-line finisher with pearl girdle, long ninon sleeves. Mrs Harvey Smith, black taffeta inlet with lace, finished at waist with gold and jet girdle. Bunt, black charineuse, with silver trimmings. James Wilson, black crepe de chene with steel trimmings. Anderson, blue shot taffeta, with pink flowers at waist and in hair. Miss Campbell, black crepe de chine with black lace. Miss Towl Melbourne , apricot charmeuse pointed skirt, finished at waist with same color.
Miss Cunningham, powder blue georgette Miss Walker, slate grey silk, black tulle sash, deep collar Maltese lace. Miss Peterson, eau-de-nil cachemire de sole. Miss Shorthouse, shot taffeta, pink finished with flowers at waist. Miss King, shot pink, with tulle trimmings. Mrs Cyril Davey, pretty white georgette, with pointed skirt over crepe de chine. Miss Ashley, black cachemire de sole panels of radium lace, finished at waist with fuchsia flower trimmings.
Miss D. Ashley, stamped mauve velvet, trimmings of silver and silver girdle. Miss Barker mauve taffeta silk, with pretty pointed skirt over trimmed underskirt. Miss R Gamble, fuchsia colored cachemire de sole. Miss Bunt, flame colored crepe de chine, Miss M. Bunt, turquoise blue crepe de chine. Miss Dayey, royal blue figured georgette, with side panel of steel color.
Miss M. Davey, jade green georgette, Miss McLean, black cachery re de sole, kingfisher blue let in at side. Miss N. McLean, mole cachemire de sole, sleeves of gold georgette, skirt caught with blue and gold cabachon. Miss Stenhouse, pale blue crepe de chine, with bead trimmings. Gamble, black crepe de chine. Jack Ashley, black and gold figured georgette.
Griffin, black charmeuse, with radium lace trimmings. Love, green and gold brocaded georgette. Mrs Hurditch, pink ninon, with pale blue finishings.
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Kirkwood, black velvet draped frock caught at sides with jet or naments. McBride, black crepe de chine, with jet girdle. Fung, black crepe de chine. Miss Lockey, royal blue figured georgette. George Malcolm Griffin.
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Lance-Bombardier G. Griffin, died of illness, February 18, Field Regiment Association. Kamarooka, Beaconsfield Upper. Dorothy, and Bill. Upper Beaconsfield. VX, died New Guinea. February 18, Inserted by Flo. February 18, , loved cousin of Flo, Dorothy, and Bill. Citations [ S62 ] Western Australian Government.
Rev Thomas William Greenwood. With Jane Greenwood. With Grace Greenwood. Family Jane Lee b. Thomas Edwin Greenwood b. Dec , d. Feb The Rev. Greenwood, of Chelsea, has accepted a call from the Beaconsfield and district Congregational Church, and expects to begin his work in July. On Friday, a fire, which had been burning in the scrub, fanned by a strong north wind, menaced the residence of Mr.
McMillan, and in response to a call for help, about 50 men were soon engaged in a fierce fight to save the house and outbuildings. This they managed to do, and the fire then jumped the main road and threatened the residence of the Misses McLean; a break was burned, and the house was safe. Blair, Boker and Gilpin, and a number of others were in danger. A large band of willing workers managed to save the houses, but unfortunately they could not save the fine lemon orchard of Mr.
McMillan, which was destroyed, also a week-end residence of Mr. The heat was so great when the place got alight that it was im possible to get near it. In the after noon a sudden change of wind to the south caused the township to be menaced, and a desperate call for help was sent out, and in reply volunteers from Berwick, Narre Warren and Dandenong came to augment the local Bush Fire Brigade, until there were over men, under the direction of Constable Barrett, and other leaders, engaged in the desperate effort to save the homes of Madame Montigue, Messrs.
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Ellis, Claydon, Wright, Binding and Brown. Here it was that anxiety was felt for one band who had become surrounded by flames, but they managed to get clear, although some of them succumbed to heat and smoke after getting out. The fine garden and plantation of Major Campbell was swept by the fire, despite the efforts of the workers, and hundreds of pounds worth of valuable plants and trees were destroyed, and the fine house was only saved by the superhuman efforts of the fire fighters.
Ellis had the fence and pavilion attached to his tennis court destroyed, and the fire swept through his orchard, only being stopped within a few feet of the house. The house of Mr. Wright was saved by burning a break, as was Mr. A large body of men were rushed out, and the fire was got under control before very much damage was done.
Love, but it was kept out, and, with the exception of the loss of some fencing, not very much damage was done. Greenwood and Mrs. Greenwood have gone to Dromana for their annual holiday. Smith, of North Clyde, has generously offered to conduct services for Mr.
Greenwood during his absence. With Rev Thomas William Greenwood. Family Rev Thomas William Greenwood b. Mrs Greenwood had been seriously ill for 18 months, but it is hoped that the operation will be the means of restoring her to health. Buried at Burwood Cemetery 8. Helen Lesley Hughes. Hudson, Upper Beaconsfield. William Harland 'Bill' Hudson. The ceremony will be performed by Mr. Ewert, M. Reginald Hawkins Hughes. With Annie Grace Hughes. With Alison Evelyn Langford. Family Annie Grace Langford b. Constance Vyvyan Hughes b. Gwynneth Hughes b.
A marriage which created a good deal of interest amongst residents of this district took place on Wednesday, 19th inst. The wedding took place at St. James' Church of England, Malvern. Mr and Mrs Hughes will reside at Swift's Creek. The bride was organist at Holy Trinity Church of England for some years, and is being succeeded in this work by her.
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We join with their many friends in tendering Mr and Mrs Hughes our congratulations and good wishes. Constance Vyvyan Hughes. Brown at Melbourne Grammar chapel officiated yesterday at the marriage of Constance Vyvyan, daughter of Mr. Hughes, with Bernard Cassian, son of Mrs. Crotty, Kew, and the late Canon Crotty. The bride, who wore a gown of white crepe, was at tended by Miss Margaret Mclntyre. Muyong, Longreach, Queensland - a son. Henry Harland 'Harry' Hudson. Family Beatrice Jeannie Treloar b. Bernard Lionel Hudson b. Beatrice Jeannie Treloar.