Chapter Two Hundred-Eighty-Nine

Woman's Club Concert

The Woman’s Club entertained with one of their artistic and pleasing concerts in the Opera House November 23, 1903. The officers of this musical organization were Mrs. A.S. Warder, president, Mrs. C.F. Schroeder and Mrs. J C. Newham, vice-presidents, Mrs. Charles Pilson, secretary, and Mrs. M.J. Parsons, treasurer. The members of the club were:


Mrs. Walter Bateman, Mrs. G.A. Bolden, Miss Gertrude Brinkman, Mrs. W.C. Byers, Mrs. H.C. Chadduck, Mrs. E.F. Clark, Miss Anna Dorsey, Miss Clara Flanagan, Mrs. Hayward Fleming;


Miss Flo Hamilton, Mrs. W.P. Hendrickson, Mrs. J.W. Hughes, Mrs. O.C. Jefferys, Miss Star Kenneth, Miss Mary Leeds, Miss Bessie Magill, Mrs. J.C. Newham, and Mrs. A.R. Warden.


The program given on this occasion by thus talented group of women opened with a chorus of the club entitled “A Night Of Joy” followed by a piano soloist who brilliantly rendered the composition “If I Were King.” A quartette of mixed voices composed of Mrs. C.F. Schroeder, Mrs. James B. Moran, Mrs. A.R. Warden, and Mrs. William P. Hendrickson sang a very beautiful number entitled “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes.” A duet arranged for four hands at the piano entitled “Grand Divertissement” was brilliantly executed by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Parsons. The song “In The Gloaming” arranged for eight voices sang by Mrs. Byers, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Moran, Mrs. Newham, Mrs. Warden and Mrs. Warder, whose voices blended beautifully in rendering the grandest ballad then in vogue. Mrs.G. A. Bloden, in a clear and sweet soprano voice, sang a solo entitled “Anchored”. A composition arranged for two pianos and eight hands entitled “The Calif Of Bagdad” was rendered with perfect timing by Miss Brinkman, Miss Dorsey, Miss Leeds and Mrs. Moran.


The song “Italia from the Opera Lucrezia Borgia” was rendered by the members of the club. A quartette arranged for four voices entitled “Snowflakes” was sang by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Parsons, Mrs. Schroeder, and Miss Magill. A piano solo entitled “Fantasia from Faust” was beautifully executed by Mrs. O.C. Jefferys, Mrs. Walter Bateman whose high soprano voice was charmingly suited to the song “The Nightingale’s Trill” she contributed as a solo. A piano duet arranged four hands entitled “March Triumphale” was brilliantly executed by those two talented members Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Chadduck.


Miss Flo Hamilton gave the song “Sing On” as a solo which this noted young woman rendered in a manner that brought her an encore from the audience. A composition from the opera. “William Tell,” arranged for two pianos and eight hands were given by Mrs. Moran, Mrs. Jefferys, Miss Flanagan and Miss Leeds that was one of the high lights of the entertainment. A descriptive song entitled “Little Boy Blue” was a pleasant diversion from the classics and gave the audience a glimpse of the happenings that befell the hero of the nursery rhyme which was interpreted by Mrs. Byers, Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Warder to the accompaniment of Miss Leeds at the piano. The curtain fell on the last note of “The Soldiers Chorus from the Opera Faust” to end one of the best and most musical concerts given by the local society under the direction of that talented directress, Mrs. James B. Moran, whose ability as a musician and director of choral and instrumental music stamped her as an artist of the highest ability.


“Trinity Chimes,” a very beautiful production came to the Opera House December 7, 1903, and delighted a very good audience followed by a western thriller entitled “The Heart of Texas” on December 13, On December 18 an old friend, Clarence Bennett, brought his own production, “A Royal Salve,” to the theatre. This melodrama dealing with the life among the Aztec Indians long before the settlement of the United States was interesting from a historical standpoint in depicting the life among that long extinct race of people.


Christmas week was a sad one for the family of. Charles Good of South Grafton, when young William, their only son on his way home attempted to board a freight train on the Grafton and Belington division of the Baltimore and Ohio and missed his footing and fell beneath the wheels of the moving train on December 27, 1903, killing the44 lad instantly.


The death of many lads from the practice of boarding moving trains in past years never seems to have heeded by other lads who persistently climbed aboard fast moving trains with disastrous results and the practice ceased when the railroads engaged police to keep train riders off the company’s property.


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