Milestones, Oct. 2, 1939


Died. George Jean ("Big Frenchy") De Mange, 47, cagey onetime hoodlum, highjacker and bootlegger, latterly a millionaire Broadway restaurateur (The Club Argonaut, Park Avenue. Silver Slipper); of a heart attack; in Manhattan. As a Hudson Duster, Big Frenchy early opposed British-born Owen ("Owney") Madden's Gophers, later joined Owney in the liquor racket. In 1931 Owney scraped up $35,000 to ransom Big Frenchy when itchy-fingered Vincent Coll kidnapped him and threatened his life. Last week Owney was chief mourner at Big Frenchy's funeral, complete with six cars dripping with flowers.


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