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In her childhood, another famous personality briefly lived in Ennis. But Ginger Rogers, the glamorous Hollywood star, didn’t come here willingly. In 1913, when she was only two years old, her father abducted her from Kansas City. Embroiled in a custody battle with his wife, Lela, William Eddins McMath struck out by rail with his daughter, Virginia, heading to join his family in Ennis. On landing at the depot, the future Ginger was whisked off in a cab with her father to his cousin’s house on Ennis’ south side. It was there, two months later, that Ginger’s mother finally tracked down her daughter. As Ginger related in her autobiography, her mother arrived at the station in Ennis in a frantic state. Luckily, she encountered the same taxi driver who had taken her estranged husband and daughter across town many weeks earlier. After being told the story of Ginger’s kidnapping, the cabbie agreed to help her retrieve her daughter and make a speedy getaway back to the station. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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