Little is known of the life of John Tormie, he is best known as the father of Pearl May Early (born Pearl May Tormie).
Pearly May Early was an American actress and songstress in the early 19th century. The Wooster native was born to Tormie a mere year before the tragic passing of her father. This passing clearly only served to embolden her drive for life. In her career Tormie would become known as the number one act of the Musical Comedy Company at the Bijou Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
She would go on to marry John Early and perform as a duo with her partner until gracing the silver screen beside famous musicians such as Bing Crosby and Mary Martin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey brothers and Benny Goodman.
She starred in films such as “Lady for a Night,” a drama starring John Wayne; the comedic “My Favorite Blonde,” starring Bob Hope; and “In Old California,” another John Wayne flick. Not to be outdone by anyone however, she also devoted time to helping her country by selling war bonds during World War II.
Pearl May is truly one of the most iconic individuals to ever come from Wooster, and the world would seldom know if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of her father and a landmark decision that altered the history of Wooster forever!