Friday, August 15, 2014

Mrs. George N. Larven/Miss Minnie Glasgow Calling Card

This card is something of a mystery.  Is Mrs. George N. Larven the former Miss Minnie Glasgow or did someone just use the Larven calling card as scratch paper to jot down Minnie's name?

The only George N. Larven I've found appears in the 1860 Census for Maury County Tennessee, District 9. He is one month old and the entire family is incorrectly listed as "Laven."   His father, John Larven is 41 and a coach maker.  John Larven's personal estate was valued at $100 and he was born in New York. His wife is Sarah E. Larven, age 31, also of New York.  All of their children were born in Tennessee: Sarah M. age 10, John H. age 8, Mary E. age 6 and George N. was just 1 month old when the enumerator came by that day on June 20, 1860.  The post office was Columbia Tennessee.

A search of the 116 million Find-a-Grave records reveals just 9 Larvens, all buried in Molong, New South Wales, Australia.  Searches of all the usual search engines and genealogy sites were no help.

This may be the only thing left to let us know the Larven family existed.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monteagle Sunday School Assembly ca. 1885

Here's a ticket from about 1885 to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly.  For the price of $8, Fannie Moran paid for two classes: Primary Methods and Elocution.  The ticket was signed by T.H. Peebles, Treasurer of the Assembly.

The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly was founded in 1882 and is still in existence today!  In addition to their website they have a Facebook Page too.

Monday, August 4, 2014

One Night Only! Miss Clara Louise Kellogg

According to what I've been able to find in regards to Clara Louise Kellogg, she retired from singing in 1887 which means the playbill pre-dates 1887.  At the bottom it says Union City Times so I'm assuming this was the opening night performance for the new opera house in Union City Tennessee. :)

In addition to Clara Louis Kellog the other members of the company were Miss Carrie Morse, Mr. Henry Dickmann, Mr. William H. Lee and Mr. Charles E. Pratt.  Reserved seats $1.00, on sale at Polk's Drug Store Monday, November 3d.

Clara Louise Kellogg was an American Opera Singer born 1842 in South Carolina.  From an early age she enjoyed singing and playing the piano. The Kellog family moved to Connecticut when she was about five years old and moved again in 1857 to New York where she began studying voice at age 14.  She made her professional debut in Pittsburgh in 1860 as a "utility singer."    The following year she made her first appearance as Gilda in "Rigoletto."  She continued to have a successful career as a soprano travelling back and forth between Europe and the United States.  She married Carl Strakosh in 1886 and the following year retired as a professional singer.  She died May 3 1861 from Cancer in New Hartford, Connecticut.