This photograph may be associated with the article, “MASSACRE HEARING SET: Death Charges Lodged Inquest Will Be Conducted Tomorrow in Slaying of Five on W.P.A. Job,” Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 1935: 18.
Commander Benjamin Orames, General Edward J. Higgins, Catherine Higgins, and Colonel Arthur Daniel Jackson of the Salvation Army stand in front of the train by which they arrived to Los Angeles. The men wear hats that read “Salvation Army” and uniforms. Catherine Higgins, Edward J. Higgins’s wife, holds a large bouquet of roses.
A group of unidentified members of the Lions Club stand on a train while waving goodbye as they depart for Mexico City. They hold a paper sign that reads in English “Headquarters Griffith Park Lions Club”. There is also a circular sign hanging from the train that reads “Lions International Fourth District”.
In 1935 the sisters, who had gained success in film and theater starring as the characters Eva and Topsy (a role which Rosetta played in blackface) were attempting to make a comeback after various personal and financial troubles.