COUNTESS LAVINIA MAGRI
When Showing in
num's N. Y. Museum
COUNTESS MAGRI BY
[Special Dispatch to the
25-Countess Lavinia Magri, Known as Mrs. Tom Thumb
Throughout the world by patrons of theatres and traveling
shows, and said to have been presented to more members of
royal families than any other person, died today at her home
in Warrenton village after a long illness. She was 78
Born in Middleboro, within
a short distance from the house in which she died, the
daughter of James S. and Hulda Bump, she attended school
here. When very young she made her first public
appearance with the Spaulding & Rogers boat shows in St.
Married at Age of 22
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Thumb
At the age of 22 she met
Charles Stratton, known to thousands as Gen. Tom Thumb.
They were married, after a brief courtship, at Grace Church,
New York. Soon afterward they appeared "as the
smallest couple in the world" at Barnum's museum on
A few years after the
couple formed a troupe with Commodore Nutt and Minnie
Warren, Mrs. Thumb's sister, and toured England and France.
In the former country the performers were presented to Queen
Victoria, and in the latter to Napoleon III. Following
a visit to Egypt the troupe toured the world. It had
been traveling constantly for four years, when Minnie Warren
died and the Thumbs and Commodore Nutt returned to America.
While Gen. and Mrs. Thumb
were playing in Milwaukee in 1883, he was taken sick and
brought to Middleboro. He died shortly afterward.
Mrs. Thumb then left the stage for a period of two years.
In 1885 she married Count Primo Magri, who survives her, in
Holy Trinity Church, New Your. They toured the country
with a new show company.
Count & Countess Magri 1909
Retired Some Years Ago
Count and Countess Magri
retired from the stage a number of years ago, although they
have appeared from time to time in local productions given
Countess Magri was a
member of E. W. Peirce post, W. R. C., of the town the order
of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Revol-ution.
She was for many years a Christian Scientist in faith.
She was especially fond of children and frequently stopped
to talk with them in theatres and on the street.
She had a great hobby for
thinking up mottoes. Her philosophy of life was: "My
life has been one of many hardships and deprivation of
seeming pleasures in the society of home, yet I felt it my
duty to fill my mission as I saw it-providing pleasure and
entertainment for men, women and children."