The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Twenty-Eight


Fined, for Loud and Profane Language in Public

Fred E. Wright prominent theatrical producer sent his farce comedy “The Beauty Doctor” to the Opera House March 16,1906. This play with its intriguing title drew an audience into the house that completely filled every seat to witness this production with a title apart from the ordinary. The play and cast like all of the Wright productions was composed of high-class artists who gave the audience an opportunity to shout their approval at the amusing situations that occurred during the action of the play.

The new town administration on hearing numerous complaints of the loud and profane language in public and to the end this practice made an example of one J.E. Kinnen whom the police brought before Mayor McChang and after the testimony of the police the mayor fined Kinnen the sum of $20. Kinnen protested and demanded a hearing by council, who sustained the action of the mayor and Kinnen was reluctantly required to part with a considerable part of his roll, that greatly reduced his capital. 

Miss Florence Davis, supported by Elliot Dexter and a most capable company in the successful comedy drama entitled “The Player’s Maid” came to the Opera House March 24, 1906, and pleased an audience who proclaimed the star and her support in this pleasing play one of the very best attractions seen on the local stage. 

Thomas M. Hussion who came to the town with Captain Michael Donohue as an employee in the lumber business established by Mr. Donohue in 1874 died at his home on Wilford Street, March 25,1906. With the cessation of lumbering operations about Grafton. Mr. Hussion applied and was given employment by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in the welding department. At the death of Michael Moran who served as station baggage master for the company from for a half century and passed away in 1889. Hussion was appointed and served in this position until his death on the above date. He was one of the charter members of Grafton Lodge No. 308 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and served the order as its first tiler at its organization. His remains were interred in the old Catholic cemetery with the rites of the order of Elks. He married Miss Mary Madden of Grafton and their sons George and Charles Hussion are well known citizens of Grafton.

Victor Herbert’s famous musical opera “Babes In Toyland” came to the Opera House April 3,1906. This attraction carrying 60 people and complete scenic and stage effects and orchestra which doubled with the house organization in rendering the tuneful scores of that master Victor Herbert was the big occasion of the theatrical season of 1906 and as was expected the standing room sign was hung out early in the evening and the treasurer Tom Vance reluctantly turned away who desired admittance to witness this great stage attraction that perhaps was the outstanding musical event of the season. It was the largest money maker that came to the theatre in several theatrical seasons and paid both the company and house management a nice profit for the night of entertainment. The opera was revived and adapted for screen appearance and was shown at the Strand Theatre in Grafton recently.

Easter Sunday, April 14,1906, afforded the woman folks of Grafton to display their finery on the parade to the various houses of worship in the town. The styles in gowns and hats of that period would look utterly out of place among the fashions in this year of 1940 and probably cause the wearer of a costume or hat of the vintage 1906 embarrassment if she were to appear on the street today among the form revealing and abbreviated shirts, sock clad feet and trousered lasses of this age.

The Silorf Club lavishly entertained the members and guests at an Easter Monday dance and banquet. Brinkman hall was lavishly decorated for the occasion and the officers of the club saw to the entertainment of numerous guests from out of town and invited friends was fully taken care of. Vincent’s full orchestra rendered the music for the dance numbers and came in for lot of praise for the splendid program rendered.

Miss Eva Tanguay in her day and time one of the greatest actresses on the American stage portraying comedy roles and whose mimicry of celebrities made her outstanding came to the Opera House April 19,1906, presenting the comedy drama entitled “The Sambo Girl” written especially for her, which gave her full opportunity to portray in her own inimitable way that peculiar talent that was her very own. Sparkling wit, a fine singing voice, fine stage presence, never for a moment still, she kept the audience constantly amused during the town and a half hour performance. Her supporting company was above most plays of this character and the music and songs especially Miss Tanguay’s numbers were tuneful and catchy. All of the scenery and properties used in the production were carried by the company and gave the stage hands the opportunity to witness he play something which never often happened during the theatrical season as many productions required the constant changing of scenery for effects between and during an act which kept the flymen and loft riggers, electricians and scene shifters as well as the property boy bust at these tasks.

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