Saturday, July 19, 2014

1890, Catholic Church Concert at the Opera House

I'm not sure which venue this playbill is for but there were several opera houses in northwest Tennessee including but not limited to Union City, Humboldt and Dresden.  However, it seems very possible the playbill is from a Nashville Opera House since the performers were Nashvillians.  

Performers:  
Mr. Justin Thatcher.  I believe this is the same Justin Thatcher that appears in the 1900 Census for Nashville. He's living with his father Justin M. Thatcher, age 65, born in England, widower.  Justin was 30 years old with a birth date of Jan 1870.  His occupation was vocal teacher.  In 1880 J.M. Thatcher is a General Agent for Adams Express and his wife is Jennie C. Thatcher, age 35. They also have a daughter named Grace E. age 10.   His father was a captain with Co. F 6th Ohio Infantry and is interred at Mt Olivet in Nashville with his wife.  Grace was a music teacher and married Henry DeBolt Cooper.  Justin moved to New York and died there October 20, 1915.  "Justin M. Thatcher, 35 years old, a musician, was found dead yesterday in his apartment at 500 West 177th Street.  An autopsy revealed that his death was due to fatty degeneration of the heart." New York Times, October 21, 1915.  The New York Death Index says he was 45, not 35.

Mr. Charles Washburn.  I believe this is Charles Campbell Washburn, born Dec. 15 1868 in Memphis and died April 30 1954 in Nashville.  He was the son of Cornelius Collins Washburn and Isora Elizabeth Blades.  He married Minnie Morgan in 1900 in Wilcox County Alabama.  The 1900 Census for Birmingham Alabama lists his occupation as musician.  He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville while his wife, Minnie, is at Camden Cemetery in Camden Alabama.

Mr. John Bordieser.  There is a John William Bordieser born about 1865 and died in 1895 in Nashville. All records indicate he was a bookkeeper but it's possible that was his "day" job while singing and music were his hobby.  He is interred at Mt. Olivet in Nashville.

Mrs. Katie O'Brien Gillespie.  I'm leaning toward this being the Katie Gillespie that appears in the 1900 Census with William B. Gillespie who was born May 1848 in Ohio.  Her death certificate lists her occupation as housewife and musician, daughter of Martha Fuller and unknown O'Brien. However, I did find a marriage for M.J. Fuller to John O'Brien in Rutherford County TN on January 26 1858. The 1900 Census also shows a Martha O living in the household and is William's mother-in-law.    It's interesting to note that a William B. Gillespie is boarding with Henry H. Barr and his adult children Bessie and Hugh in Nashville in 1920.  The Barr's are Moran relatives and Bessie Barr was a singer and actress.  It's odd though that Katie Gillespie is not listed even though she doesn't die until 1937.

Miss Levy.  Not enough information is given to do an adequate search for this person.

Mr. Henry Ashford.  Several Henry Ashford's appear in a search but not enough to narrow it down to a specific Ashford.

Music:
Flute Solo- The Nightingale


Stars of the Summer Night

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