William John Mauch ("Billy")
Born: 6 July 1921, Peoria, Illiniois
Died: 29 September 2006, Palatine, Illinois
Worked as child actor with identical twin brother, Bobby Mauch. They are best remembered for their performance in Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" which "stole the show" from Errol Flynn, Alan Hale and Claude Rains. Became a sound engineer.
From the September 30, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Jackie Morrow, after working in several of the "Penrod" series which starred our new pupils "The Mauch Twins" has also worked in "Boystown."
•YE OLDE TATTLER - - Billy and Bobby Mauch the latest cut-ups of Mar-Ken, wish to know why they were recently called "Confusion" ... Maybe Mr. Wilber could tell them.
From the October 13, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
•THINGS WE COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: Mauch Twins – Their giggle.
•The Mauch twins are trying very hard to get to school on time lately. Here's luck to them.
From the October 28, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
Billy Mauch is 10th Grade (Sophomore) Class Vice-President.
From the December 16, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR CHRISTMAS – Mauch Twins: Roughing in the woods
WHAT THEY WANT FROM SANTA CLAUS – Mauch Twins: Motor for a scooter-bike
From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
SNOOPER: What's the great secret the 12th grade has in store for the high-school. Bill and Bob Mauch, President of the senior grade, stated "Just wait and see, we promise to surprise even ourselves."
Seen stalking one field mouse while hunting were the Mauchs . . Well boys!!! Speaking of the Mauchs, Bob Mauch is reputed to play a spanking good game of Monopoly, so you monopoly fans take heed…
From the 1940 Mar-Ken Yearbook, as a Junior:
WILLIAM JOHN AND ROBERT MAUCH - - Billy and Bobby to you, were born July 6th in Peoria, Illinois. Billy likes to collect stamps while Bobby enjoys collecting curios. Both of these boys like football, women and the songs "Intermezzo" and "All the Things You Are". Billy hopes to be a doctor; Bobby wants to do something for mankind for which he shall be remembered.
Co-Vice President Junior Class, 1940.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
SNOOPER: Guest night at the Orpheum might have been called "Mar-Ken Night" one evening last week with the bright array of talent from "ye halls of learnin." Seen heartily enjoying themselves were Linda Ware, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis and those men about town the Mauchs.
From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•The Mauch twins rounded out the evenings entertainment with a duet and a song of their own composition at the Mar-Ken Get Acquainted Party given by the school faculty on the evening of September 27.
•Seniors – Class Officers Elected: Elected by a large vote, Bill and Bob Mauch have assumed the roll of Senior Class President for the year 1941.
From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•WHO'S WHO: Among the Seniors Are - The Presidents – Bill Mauch. Billy would like to be a doctor. Are you going to specialize in "heart" trouble, Billy? His hobbies are stamp collecting and photography. He's the other half when you find yourself seeing double.
•SENIOR DINNER PARTY: October 11, was the date of the first Senior activity of the term – attended by all members of the graduating class. / Given at the home of June Carlson and sponsored by the 12th grade officers, the evening was highlighted by "Charades" with Bill and Bob Mauch as Captains of competitive teams. / Particularly good pantomimes were provided by Tina Thayer enacting "Birth of a Nation," "Quality of mercy is not strained" by June Carlson; "To be or not to be," given by William John Bernard Mauch; "Grand Illusion" acted out by Janice Chambers. / Dancing and a buffet dinner were significant aspects of the festivity. Curfew hour was announced at 12:00 by those members of the faculty who had joined the party. / When interviewed by a reporter, Senior members stated: Bob Mauch - "Swell time"; Mary Alice Dill - "Terrific"; June Carlson – "I had a good time, hope everybody else did too"; David Tillotson – "Bill ate a lot."
•SNOOPER: Badminton games are again THE thing with Mar-Kenites and many students of the Senior class may be found at Jean Gordon's. Seen at Gordon adobe Monday evening were Ray Dixon, Bill and Jeanne Johnston, June Carlson and the Mauchs.
From the November 8, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•HALLOWEEN PARTY: … The floor show included tap dancing by Jeanne Johnston, dances by the De Clerq sisters and original songs by Linda Ware and the Mauchs. / The evening was highlighted by a dramatic play entitled "J.W. Rides Again" or "Empty Saddles." The case included the Mauchs, Jack Moran, and Bill Johnston. The melodrama practically brought down the house!!!
•SNOOPER: Viewing the cinema Saturday evening were Mildred Schenk and Bill Mauch. / Such Mar-Ken luminaries as Mary Alice Dill, Bill Johnston, June Carlson, the Machs, and Diana Patterson were seen chasing one very small turkey for the senior Halloween party - - your reporter hears tell fun was had by all but the turkey.
From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
THANKSGIVING PLANS: Mauchs – Going hunting!! (What for)
From the 1941 Mar-Ken Yearbook, as a Senior:
William Mauch. Being a twin presented a very interesting problem when the time came for the election of the Senior officers. Consequently, it all ended with two presidents in one. Bill is one of the two. He works hard for his class and plays hard on activities. All in all, he helps the class have a good time. As means of relaxation, music and photography get his vote. Next year he plans to go to Notre Dame and study for the medical profession.
Links to other resources about William John Mauch:
Internet Movie Database listing:
Bill Mauch in 2003
Also see Pat Conlin's scrapbook.