I love getting emails like this. Last week, I heard from Apricot Irving from the Boise Voices project. Boise Voices is an oral history project that connects kids from Portland’s Boise neighborhood to the elders that lets them share and record stories on the history of the neighborhood.
The reason for Apricot’s email though was that she is discovered a cache of newspaper clippings and photographs of Allison Leroux [aka Allison LaRue] a dancer and performer in Portland in the 1950s.
According to Apricot [and the various clippings], Allison was a dancer at Amatos in the 1950s. She also performed with the Claydettes at the Monte Carlo. I’ve done posts on both of these nightclubs in the past.
Anyone out there know of Ms. LaRue’s whereabouts or want to share a memory?