The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Thirty-Two

Glass Plant In Operation

Fred E. Wright’s pastoral production “York State Folks” that made such a favorable impression that the previous season came to the Opera House for a return engagement November 30,1906 and was greeted by the same enthusiastic reception as on the first showing. 

The large glass plant in East Grafton begins operations with 180 employees at midnight November 29th. This industry, the largest industry outside the shops of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, built entirely by local money starts its career under the most favorable circumstances and in time should provide quite a volume of wages to employees most of which will go to the local merchants for their needs and prove a boom in stimulating trade. 

A new repertoire company with Chester DeVonde as manager and leading man come to the Opera House December 3-8, 1906 and scores a decided success for the week at cheap prices. 

Grafton Lodge No. 308 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks conducted their annual Lodge of Sorrow in the Opera House Sunday afternoon, December 1, 1906. Hon. John J. Coniff, member of Wheeling Lodge No. 28, delivered the Memorial address on this occasion. Sidney H. Sommerville paid a beautifully worded tribute to the three members who died during the year. He recalled the passing of Thomas M. Hussion, one of the charter members of Grafton Lodge and who served as the societies first tiler and the third local member of the order who convened with the others 11 years previous to organize Grafton Lodge No. 308. The officers of the lodge conducted the exercises and Misses Anna Remlinger, Flora Hamilton and Jessie V. Ferrel had part in the vocal program with Vincent’s orchestra as accompanists to the singers. 

The story of New England life, “Quincy Adams Sawyer,” returned to the Opera House for the second showing, December 11, 1906, and repeated the success of the former visit of this popular play. 

Professor Henry Pracht entertains his present and former scholars of his dancing classes and to which he issued invitations to the parents of his pupils and a number of his personal friends to a Grand Christmas Night Ball in Brinkman Hall December 25,1906.

These Christmas Night festivities that had their beginning at the time the Hall was erected in 1876 was an annual event among the people of German nationally who kept alive the customs of their native land at the Yuletide season at these festivities they brought with them to this country, and at which utmost good feeling and gaiety prevailed. The German is a songful soul and takes delight in singing the songs of his homeland and dancing steps of his youth the waltz, polka and schottische he danced with his sweetheart in the land across the Rhine. They never failed to invite many of their Irish friends to these festivities arranged dances on the program suited to their style od dancing so that they too might enter into the spirit of the occasion and the strains of the Irish Washerwoman and I’m Lauterbach were equally enjoyed by both nationalities. It was a pleasure to the onlooker at these festivities to watch an elderly couple with his partner forget their age and whose nimble feet kept perfect time to the music of the dance. But now, all are gone who kept alive those joyous occasions and the old hall whose wall echoed back the sounds of mirth and music is silent and deserted, the glory that once belonged to it has gone and no longer echoes back the sounds of other years. 

Miss Eva Tanguay, that effervescent and sparkling stage favorite, doubtless the most versatile woman on the American stage in her time came for her second visit to the Opera House December 28,1906, and presented her newest amusing vehicle entitled “The Janitor” to a large and pleased audience. Miss Tanguay had trouble with her audience during the performance in the Grand Opera House at Fairmont and declared she would ring down the curtain if an attempt was made by the sheriff on Marion County to attach the night’s receipts. On being assured this matter would be taken care of by the local management, Miss Tanguay proceeded with her performance to the delight and amusement of her audience.

The Scilorf Club entertained their members and friends New Year’s eve December 31, and danced the old year out and at the sounds of the hundreds of locomotives whistles in the railroad yards proclaiming the birth of the new year the dancers paused to greet their partners and friends and wish them all the happiness and good cheer of the coming year. Vincent and his great orchestra struck up the strain “Shall Old Acquaintances Be Forgot” and the assemblage took up the words and sang them to the end. 


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