Irene Castle

Irene Castle (1893 - 1969) was born Irene Foote in New Rochelle, New York. She and her first husband Vernon were a famous ballroom dancing team in the early 20th century. Vernon was killed in a plane crash in Texas while training American pilots for WWI. In November 1923, she married her third husband, Major Frederic McLaughlin the owner of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Irene designed the famous Blackhawk hockey jersey with unique black, red, and white stripes and with the head of Chief Blackhawk on the logo. In 1929, she wrote a letter to Clarence Darrow as Irene Castle McLaughlin asking his help with a "Dog Exemption Bill." She was an outspoken advocate for animal rights and in 1931 had an Illinois farmer arrested for abusing his hogs. He later sued her for false arrest and malicious prosecution. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. LC-DIG-ggbain-34024