In 1893, 900 East Fillmore, now known as the Colorado Springs Omelette Parlor/O'Furry's was purchased and built as a retirement home for movie star, Ruth Etting and her husband Myrl Alderman, who also was a well-known pianist, singer and composer. They soon after turned it into a restaurant known as the T-Bone Club which they owned and operated until it eventually became the Hackney House. Both Ruth and Merle had performed in radio, and many clubs and at the Antlers Hotel. There was even a movie, "Love Me or Leave Me" starring Doris Day telling the life story of Ruth.
Ruth was born on November 23, 1897 in David City, Nebraska. She was one of the most popular singing stars of the late 1920's and early 1930's. Florenz Ziegfield, who glorified Ruth in the Follies, rated here as "the greatest singer of songs" that he had managed in a forty-year career. On radio she established herself as America's pre-eminent popular singer, continually voted in listener polls as the top female singer on the air. Even though radio and the recording industry were still in their early developing years, Ruth Etting recorded over two hundred songs. She appeared in six Broadway shows, made three major full-length movies and was the featured performer in thirty-five movie short subjects between 1928 and 1936.
In December 1938, she married pianist arranger Myrl Alderman. Ruth and Myrl Alderman lived in Colorado Springs in the house that is new the Colorado Springs Omelette Parlor. They opened it as a restaurant called the T-Bone Club, which they owned and operated until it eventually became The Hackney House. They performed in many clubs including The Antler's Hotel. Myrl Alderman died on November 16, 1966. Etting died in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1978, age eighty-one.