Epilogue

In 1883, Mamie became acquainted with a flautist, Mr. Charles W. Davis of Portsmouth, Ohio. They were married the same year; however their happiness was short-lived when after two-years of marriage, Mr. Davis died of consumption on July 7, 1885. They had no children.  After a few years, Mamie met Charles Modini-Wood.  Mr. Charles Wood sang at various points in Italy, France, the Islands of Java and Ceylon, Egypt, India and Australia, making a tour of the world. The strain of singing concerts all over the world was taking its toll so he went to Los Angeles to recover his health.

 

He arrived with glowing letters of introduction to the city’s most talented musical families: one such invitation was to William Perry’s grand mansion in Boyle Heights for dinner and a musicale given by his now famous daughter, Mamie Perry Davis. When she finished singing, Mr. Wood stood and applauded vigorously. Mamie personally thanked Mr. Wood for his gesture and asked if he could indulge her with a song. Mr. Wood’s performance not only impressed Mr. Perry’s guests but it also had a profound effect on Mamie. Mr. Perry subtly nudged his daughter with an elbow and whispered, “Don’t let this one get away, Mamie.” She didn’t. In 1888, she married Charles Modini-Wood.

 

They had four children together:  Elizabeth Marie Wood (1892 - 1975); Florence G. Wood (1893 - 1973); William Perry Wood (1896 - 1982); and Mona Chapman Wood (1903 - 1998).  Elizabeth Marie married James Langford Stack and had two sons, James Langford Stack, Jr. and Robert Langford-Modini Stack.  Robert Stack was one of Hollywood’s famous actors, who had several hit movies including The High and the Mighty (1954), Written on the Wind (1956), The Corrupt Ones (1967), Airplane! (1980) and Uncommon Valor (1983), and such television shows as the Untouchables and Unsolved Mysteries.