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C.C. Dasham & Jeb Alexander

The torment and loneliness of homosexuality in a more repressive era is palpably evoked in this intense diary of Jeb Alexander aka Carter Newman Bealer. Jeb, who was an editor in a government office in Washington, D.C., bequeathed to his nephew Ina Russell 50 volumes of diaries from which she distilled Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945. Extending from the WWI armistice to the stock market crash to the defeat of fascism, this gracefully written diary includes myriad impressions of topical events and people. But the unifying thread is Jeb's love affairs, including his long time relationship with C. C. Dasham aka Isham W. Perkins, a state department employee. They probably met in 1925 when Dash moved to Washington to work as Librarian. They were together fro 40 years, from 1925 to 1965. Dash retired in 1967, 2 years after Jeb’s death and moved to Florida. (P: Carter N. Bealer, Paris, Summer, 1928)

Carter N. Bealer (Oct. 17, 1899, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA - May 11, 1965, District Of Columbia, USA) was an aspiring author and diarist who chronicled his life experence from 1912 to 1964. Moving to Washington, D.C. with his father and stepmother in 1908, he attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia from 1918 to 1922. Graduating from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1927, Bealer worked for many years as an Editor of government publications. He travelled abroad often, including a trip to Europe during the very outbreak of World War II. He was a great lover of literature and the theatre, and left a large collection to the Washington and Lee Library. He is buried at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA, Plot: Site 5, Block 16, Lot 314.


Isham W. Perkins at Notre Dame, Paris, 1928. Photo by Carter N. Bealer
The unifying thread of Jeb Alexander's diaries, are the love affairs, including his long time relationship with C. C. Dasham aka Isham W. Perkins, a state department employee. They probably met in 1925 when Dash moved to Washington to work as Librarian. They were together fro 40 years from 1925 to 1965. Dash retired in 1967, 2 years after Jeb’s death and moved to Florida. Jeb bequeathed the diaries to his nephew, Ina Russell, from which she distilled Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945.

Isham W. Perkins (Jan. 30, 1900, Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, USA - Jun. 15, 1976, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA), also know as "I.W." and "Perk" to his friends, was the son of George N. Perkins and Elizabeth Ada Purdy. Perk grew up primarily in Henderson, Tennessee, but moved with his family as a teenager to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he graduated from high school. He later attended Memphis State Teachers College in Memphis, Tennessee. 

In the 1920's Perk moved to Detroit, Michagan, where he worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and in 1925 moved to Washington, D.C. where he had a long career as a Librarian, first at the Department of Agriculture and later the Department of State. His obituary also states he worked for the U. S. Book Exchange at the Library of Congress. In 1955 he became a Librarian at Dunbarton Oaks Library in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1967.

Perk died of Heart Failure, according to his obituary, in the Washington Post, in Boca Raton, Florida. He was a avid traveler and was known to have visited North Africa at least once and Europe at least twice with his friend, Carter N. Bealer. He had a great appreciation of the arts and music and surrounded himself with creative friends during his five decades in Washington.

His remains were buried in his family plot in Henderson City Cemetery, Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, USA.

Further Readings:

Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945
Paperback: 285 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber (November 1993)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571198171
ISBN-13: 978-0571198177
Amazon: Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945

The torment and loneliness of homosexuality in a more repressive era is palpably evoked in this intense diary of Jeb Alexander (1899-1965), the pseudonym for Russell's uncle. Jeb, who was an editor in a government office in Washington, D.C., bequeathed to Russell 50 volumes of diaries from which she distilled this selection. Extending from the WW I armistice to the stock market crash to the defeat of fascism, this gracefully written diary includes myriad impressions of topical events and people like Will Rogers, Pola Negri, Thornton Wilder, Charles Lindbergh and others. But the unifying thread is Jeb's love affairs, including his long time relationship with C. C. Dasham, a state department employee. Readers are privy to Jeb's fears that he may be under police surveillance as a suspected "deviant" criminal, and to his distress over an unsympathetic society that allows him little happiness or peace of mind. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher