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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 31, 1915.
PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN YEARS AGO RECALLS YOUNG MEN'S
CLUB ORGANIZED AT SALEM FOR ENTERTAINMENTS
Varied Initiation Ceremonies Characterized Home Amusement Club's Addition of Members Until Day When Circus Band Leader Reached Town and Musical Organization Was Formed, Later
Developing Into Minstre Company That Played at Outside Points and on Street, Where Crowds Always Were Attracted.
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Hack Row, Headlnar ft'rom Left to K isht Charles C. Barker, Non-U Brown, Thede Potter, WUUu Baxter, Rtchar d RelUy. Edg-u B. Piper, Oeorse Mack and William Galllher.
Reading; From Left to Right Eugene Ilolden, Harrr Keller, Roy Vlle, tieorge Morrla, Harvey Haatlnga, Charles Keller and William Dug an.
BKCAUSE there was then no place
in Salem, outside of the billiard
halls and saloons, where the older
boys of the community could mingle
socially, a group of 21 young men
banded themselves together in the
Autumn of 1882 in an organization
known as the Home Amusement Club
The charter members of the organi
zation were Roy Wiles, Charles C.
Barker, Harry and Edward Keller,
George Hoeye, Louis Stirtson, Lewis
Prettyman, "Jud" Catterlin. William
Skiff, Abraham Krazer, John Bowie,
Hunter Korsythe. Jay Smith. William
Dugan. Henry Brown, Edward Sorber,
Elmer Mallory, Thede Potter, Morris
Brown, Krank Conover and George
The ciubrooms were on the third
floor of the old Griswold block, at the
southwest corner of State and Com
mercial streets. The rooms were fur
nished modestly but neatly, with an
organ and a small library as feature
appointments. Cards and other games
were provided, but gambling and
liquors were absolutely prohibited. A
large hall adjoining the clubroom was
utilized for boxing, gymnasium exer
cises and dancing.
The name "Home Amusement Club"
was soon - abbreviated to "H. A. C.,'
and many of the subsequent members
of the club, as well as the general
public, perhaps never knew the real
name of the organization.
As a, source of fun when the club
was formally organized, a form of
initiatory proceedings was adopted,
and thereafter new members were
compelled to submit to it. The cere
monies were never alike twice, but
were adapted peculiarly for each of the
prospective members, and the sur
vivors of the original organization ad
mit that there was some strenuous
The last man initiated was usually
master of ceremonies for the next or
deal, and in trying to even up the score
he invariably "pulled off" freak "stunts"
that lingered for many a year In the
memories of those present
Band Entertainments Given.
During the Winter of 1882 and the
Spring of 1883 the H. A. C. enjoyed
great popularity and many new mem
bers were added, but interest waned
somewhat during the Summer months
and the club had to struggle to exist
for a time.
The next Fall, however, the original
H. A. C. band was organized from
among the club members. About that
time Dan Coetellos "nickel-plated" '
circus went into Winter quarters at
Koseburg, and John Coomer, leader of
the circus band, drifted into Salem.
Mr. Coomer, who was an expert cor
netist and leader, was employed as
leader of the H. A. C. band at a salary
of $100 per month.
- To meet the expense of $1500 or
$1800 a year it was necessary for the
band boys to give entertainments. The
practice meetings were held in the old
hall on Liberty street, between State
and Kerry streets, while the 'public
entertainments were given at the old
Reed's Opera-House. Many local ar
tists participated in these shows to
help the H. A. C. boys lift their debt.
- Patronage Keeps I p Organization.
After a time the club organization
became merged with the band and the
identity of the club ceased. Although
small in numbers and limited in
finances, the band progressed rapidly
under Mr. Coomer's leadership, and lib
eral patronage on the part of the public
kept the organization alive.
The band's first "pay" engagement
was in 1884, when it provided the-"orn-cial"
music for the St. Patrick's day
celebration and made good. Then fol
lowed many changes and additions to
the band, and by the close of 1884 the
organization ranked with any amateur
band in Oregon. Ultimately, Willis
McElroy, head of Portland's adminis
tration band, became leader of' the
H. A. C group.
Finally, to raise money to help de
fray additional expenses, several en
tertainers were recruited and minstrel
shows were staged. Theso shows were
not confined to Salem, for one trip was
made to Albany, where two shows were
given. Two shows were also given in
Shows Given at Other Towns.
The minstrel men were liberal with
their street concerts, and, consequently,
drew large crowds wherever they trav
eled. The receipts for the Salem shows
went into the general fund, but the
money taken in at the shows on the
road were divided among the members
of the troupe. Each member netted
the grand total of $16.50.
During the season that the minstrel
shows were given at Salem, Albany
and Eugene the members of the troupe
dressed up in their fanciest bib and
tucker one day and sat for a group
picture. The few copies of this picture
stili preserved by s"urvlvors give in
teresting sidelights on the styles of a
generation ago. . Several of the min
strel men are dead, but a major
ity are still In the land of the living.
George Morris, manager and trom
bone player, is now a merchant in
Marietta, O. : Charles C. Barker, treas
urer and alto, is in the insurance busi
ness in Portland; Edgar B. Piper, bass
horn soloist and interlocutor, resides
in Portland; George Mack, baritone,
violin player and orchestra leader, is
now a banker in Los Angeles; Richard
Reilly, cornet player' and leader for a
time, is an employe of the Oregon State
Hospital at Salem: Charles Jvelley,
tenor drum player, end man and clog
dancer, is now living in Portland; Harry
Keller, singer and fancy dancer, is
head of the drapery department of Meier
Sc. Frank Company; Norris Brown, alto,
a hardware merchant in Oakland, and
Thede Potter, tenor horn, manager of
a large gas range concern in Boston.
Roy Wiles, cornet player; William
Dugan, end man, and Harvey Hastings,
clarionet flayer, end man and clog
dancer, are dead. Eugene Haldou,
banjo player and end man, was a trav
eling minstrel man who drifted away
from Salem soon after tne shows. 1 ne
whereabouts of William Galliher, big
drum and piano player, and William
Baxter, singer and solo alto player, are
unknown to the members of the former
troupe now residing In Portland.
STAGES FIRST OFFERING
Miss Mildred Wilson Takes Lead in "Love Game" That Wins Audience on
First Appearance Music Also Written for Comedy.
ROSEBURG, Or.. Oct. 30. (Special.)
In the person of Miss Mildred
Wilson, the; highly-accomplished
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. G. Wilson,
of this city, Roseburg has produced its
The title of the pretty and enter
taining musical comedy written by Miss
Wilson is "Love Game." The many
clever situations injected into the per
formance of the three acts indicate
that the fair composer had a good idea
of what the amusement-loving public
desires. Humor, pathos and song com
bine to make "Love Game" a clever
and entertaining performance.
In addition to preparing the lines,
which voice some clever features here
tofore not introduced in musical
comedy, the music was written by Miss
Wilson. The songs are numerous and
catchy. The costuming of the char
acters also was worked out by the
fair authoress. Then there came the
scenery, which was painted in Port
land. The electrical effects are unusual
and the "tennis lawn" displays skill.
After years of hard work and pains
taking effort Miss Wilson produced her
play at the Antlers' Theater in Rose
burg recently before an audience that
filled the playhouse to capacity. Al
though the participants enjoyed only a
few rehearsals the performance brought
an avalanche of applause. Miss Wilson
assumed the leading role. Miss Wilson
plans to produce the play in Portland
at an early date and expects to be
seen in the leading role.
Miss Wilson is a daughter of Indian
Agent Wilson and Mrs. M. G. Wilson,
and is popular here. She is an accom
plished musician. Critics have praised
the music and the scenery.
Lectures for Mothers Will
Be Given at Courthouse.
Series of Free Talks on Care. Devel
opment and Education of Children
F mothers would know how to be
better mothers, how to give their
children just the right start in life,
instruction is offered in a series of
lectures and demonstrations to be given
' s . ' M 1 1
in the County Courthouse, room 320,
free of charge, on Friday afternoons
at 2:30 o clock.
This series is intended for parents
and others interested in the develop
ment, education, health and training
of young children, and will be given
under the auspices of the parents' edu
cational bureau of the Oregon Congress
The following talks are scheduled:
November 5, "Parental Education and
the Schools," Dr. H. D. Sheldon, of the
University of Oregon; - November 12.
Hygiene of the Expectant Mother and
Preparation for confinement," Dr. A. N.
Creadick; November 19. "Breast Feed
ing, Good and Bad When and How to
Wean," Dr. Jessie M. McGavin; Novem
ber 26, "Baby Foods Their Use and
Abuse," Dr. Allen P. Noyes; December
"Modified Milk When to Give It and
How to Make It." Dr. R. G. Hall: De
cember 10, "Some Educational Possi
bilities in Children's Toys," Dr. F. L.
Stetson, University of Oregon; Decem
ber 17. "The Child's Christmas in the
Clubwomen and presidents of Parent-
Teacher Circles are asked to attend
these lectures and give the invitation
to their neighbors.
Dr. R. G. Hall, who has arranged
the series, said of the lectures: "We
want mothers to attend and to realize
that children must be 'educated In
their very infancy." Some of the best
authorities on the subjects in the state
will give addresses.
The Thompson Parent-Teacher As
sociation will hold a meeting with a
programme on Tuesday. Albert Creitz
will play violin, numbers. Mrs. Bonnie
Merrill will read a paper, and there
will be specialties by the fourth grade
and other classes.
Albina Homestead Parent-Teacher
Association gave an interesting pro
gramme on Tuesday. The second B
grade children gave a dialogue and a
song . In Italian. The 9B pupils, in
cluding Herbert Jacobson, Delbert Ran
dall. Frank Thorn, Thomas Laman : and
Francis Reid, gave quotations. Marie
Passon sang, appearing in Dutch cos
tume, and Miss Steegner gave an ad
Woodlawn association will meet
Wednesday at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Millie
R. Trumbull will speak.
Woodstock had an excellent exhibit
of 300 articles on Tuesday. About 200
people attended the entertainment and
admired the children s work.
The monthly meeting of the Ken
nedy Parent-Teacher Association will
be held Wednesday at 3 o'clock. The
speaker will be Mrs. E. H. Frazell,
Her topic will be "There Is No Bad
Boy." A programme has been arranged
to be given by the pupils of the school,
a German dance being one of the num.
ber. The ways and means committee
has arranged a silver tea to follow
the meeting, to which it is hoped all
those present can remain.
Franklin High Parent-Teacher Asso
ciatlon will meet in the Richmond
School on Tuesday night.
Holman School's Junior exhibit . Fri
day, October 22, was one of the most
successful and largely attended affairs
in the history of the school.
Nearly 300 articles were on . display,
85 being chosen for the main exhibit
now being held at the Central Library.
During the evening an informal re
ception was tendered the new principal.
L. D. Roberts, and Mrs. Roberts.
Stephens Parent-Teacher Circle met
in the Assembly hall Thursday, Octo
ber 21. A programme consisting of mu
sic was rendered by pupils. An address
was given by Miss Grace De Graft. Mrs,
Hall resigned as president and Mrs.
Alta M. S. Crabtree was elected for the
Scholarship Loans Amount
Report of OrejEon Federation of
'Women's Club' Fond Show 92355
Ulsbamed lurlns Year.
RS. FREDERICK EGGERT, chair
man of the scholarship loan fund
of the Oregon Federation of Women's
Clubs, in her report at the State Fed
eration convention in Salem, stated that
the total loans disbursed since 1907
had amounted to $9450, and that there
is now on hand $596.71. Loans for the
year 1914-15 amounted to $2365.
In part Mrs. Eggert said:
Forty-seven clubs and a trio of Individ
uals have contributed $S14.o i, a Rain ol
four clubs, but in amount $37.79 lesa than
the previous year; but on the other hand
the receipts from payments on loans amount
to $133U.50. a sain of $4b9.00.
Our loans have exceeded tnose ot any
previous year, additional loans having; been
extended to eight (Xos. -7, 37. 47. i2, 57,
M, i J and Uu. amounting to $445, and
new loans as follow.: To the 60 beneficiaries
heretofore reported we have tnis year aaaea
25, maklnr bo young women who have been
aided from this fund. To this new iist
we have already loaned $iuiu, a total ox
loans additional and new of $23.5. and a
irand total of $1450 to So young women
from our first loan, September 14. lwoi.
up to date of this report, and, this from
an investment of $o9tu.21.
This year a beneficanes have pursued
their studies at various Institutions as fol
lows: One each at Albion. Idaho. Normal :
Berkeley. Bryn M awr, Cambridge. Mass. t
Canltal Normal. Salem: Ellensbursr. ash
ingion .ormai ; foraona, camornin ; neeu
College and Summer School, Portland. Two
at business colleges. Portland; two at Ore
gon Agricultural College, four at University
or Oregon. Eugene, ana eignt at juonmoutn,
Ore eon. Normal
while the amount repaid on loans snouia
be, and is, steadily increasing, our treas
PIONEER MUSICIAV OK ORE
GON PASSES A WAV IN
urer is not convinced that the Increase is
rtniv nronortionate to the increasing loans
more and more Is the policy of the board
tending to th granting ot smauer loans.
im hurdpnrome to - the beneficiary and
easier of repayment. Nine have paid bal
ances due, amounting to $7 tit and closed
their accounts. maKinw tt in an wno nae
met thir indebtedness in full. Sixteen
have made partial payments, amounting
tn 7 at a. total of Slo30.oO for the year.
and a total of ?WS6..V0 which.- added to our
total contributions, amounts to u.im. l
Our treasurer's report shows a balance on
hand of $oH0.71, but th balance of loans
c-ranted and to be called for during the
current student year amounts to $1120.
S 023. 29 more than we have in tne treas
ury. Are we banking too much on your
Interest and generosity when we look to
you to supply the funds wherewith to make
our promises good?
Rereiut include ror 1 I ; :
Mrs. I E. Bourne $20.00
Sandy Woman's Club 5.0O
Pendleton Thursday Afternoon Club., lv.w
Portland Woman's Overlook Club . 10.00
Woodburn Woman's Club 10.00
Pendleton Current Literature Club... lO.ov
Junction Woman's Improvement Club 10.00
Portland Brooklyn Mothers' ana
Teachers' Association 8.00
McMinnville Civic Improvement Club 11.00
Roseburg '95 Mental Culture Club 28.00
La Grande Neighborhood Club 15.00
The Dalles Sorosis Club 21.00
Marshf eld Artistic Needle Workers... O.uu
Oak Grove Women's Social Service
Forest Grove Woman's Club U5.U0
Hillsboro Coffee Club ft. 30
Portland Shakespeare Club 30. OU
Mrs. J. A. Pettit 10.O0
Aurora Woman's Club 5.00
Tillamook Civio Improvement Club. 21.2
Portland Tuesday Afternoon Clnb.... 5.00
Dallas Woman's Club I....;... 20.50
Wasco Bay View Study Club.... 3.50
Astoria Heading Club d.ov
Lebanon Ladles' Civic Improvement
Hood River Woman's Club 27.00
Portland Woman's Club 100.00
Oswego Woman's Club 10.00
fort land Mount tscoit. Jientai culture
Greater Medford ciuo iu.vo
pwhprir civic-imorovement i:iud i . .u
Newberg Wednesday Club 7.50
Corvallis Woman's Club -3.UO
alem Woman s Club &O.UU
Ontario Woman's Club : B.OO
Jordan Valley Kill Kare Klub C.Ov
Rnscburi' Ladles' ' Auxiliary Commer
cial Club ju.vu
Jefferson Woman s ciuo i.itv
Eucene Eumatman ciun t.uv
nrfon fit v Woman's Club 30. OO
Sheridan Lacies- i-ucrary ioo i.av
Silverton Social Science Club 5.00
Kiine Fortniehtly Club ..lw.uu
Portland Council of Jewish Women... 50.00
Portland Grade Teachers' Association 25. uo
TTrtlnn Wnmnn's ' Club .
Cornelius t adles' improvement ciud. . w.vu
Portland State Woman's Press Club. 3.00
Portland-Corriente Club 10. OO
Mrs. W. H. Fear lo.0
John A. Glllla
SALEM. Or., Oct. 30. (Special.)
In the death of John A. Gilliam
at Oakesdale, Wash., October 23,
Oregon loses one of its pioneer
musicians. Mr. Gilliam first
made It possible for the organiza
tion of a band in Dallas. He was
the son of Andrew J. Gilliam, who
settled in Polk County in 1847.
He was born in Bridgeport,
Pork County. April 23, 1860. where
he resided until a few years ago.
Besides a widow and family re
siding in Oakesdale, Mr. Gilliam
is survived by three brothers. E.
E. Gilliam, of Salem: W. I. Gil
Ham, of Polk County, and N. B.
Gilliam, of Walla Walla. Wash.,
and two siKters, Mrs. Mary E.
Miller, of Falls City. Or., and
Julia F. Frink, of Newberg, Or.
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with our double
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MR. FOSTER GOING EAST
PRESIDENT OP REED COLLEGE TO
LECTURE AND STUDY.
First Stop Will Be Made at Deuver,
Where He Will Speak: Before
State Teachers' Meeting.
President Foster, of Reed College,
will leave on an Eastern tour Novem
ber 2 to study the latest advances In
high education and college adminis
Harvard. Columbia and other East
ern institutions will be visited, but
President Foster will devote a part or
his time in delivering addresses and
lectures before Middle Western univer
sities, colleges and conventions.
His first stop will be at IJenver,
where he will speak at the state teach
ens' convention and Colorado College
from November 4 to 6.
On November 8 he will deliver a con
vocation address before Kansas State
College at Manhattan. Two days later
he will deliver another convocation ad
dress at the University of Indiana. He
will then address the Educational As
sociation of Louisville. Ky.. and attend
the convention of Urban universities at
On hie return he will give addresset
at Milwaukee-Downer College, the.
State Normal at Milwaukee and the As
sociation of Collegiate Alumnae.
He will return to Pkirtland on Decem
KNUDSEN'S CAREER VARIED
Late Seaman and Native of Germany
Survived by AVldow and Daughter.
Christian Knudsen. who died in this
city October 18 at the age of 74 years,
was a native of Germany, having been
born in Schleswts-Holstein.
At the age of 14 Mr. Knodsen went to
sea. which he followed for 14 years and
then located at San Francisco. From
there he was employed as an assayer
in the mines of Serra Gorda.
Upon leaving California in 1878 Mr.
Knudsen went to the Middle West and
there passed many years. He married
Miss Bernardina Kickoff. of Cedar
County. Nebraska, November 24. 1881,
and she still survives him.
Mr. Knudsen and his wife passed IT
years in Bismarck, N. D., and later
removed to the Pacific Coast, passing
most of the time since 1899 in Port
land. Mr. Knudsen left, beside a widow,
one daughter, Mrs. Irene Knudsen
VINCENT ASTOR BUILDS
FINE PRIVATE MARKET
Experiment Is Made Following Investigation of Situation as Member of
Mayor's Special Commission.
EW YORK, Oct. 30. (Special.)
Vincent Astor. who takes as
much interest in public affairs as
his father, the late John Jacob Astor,
was a member of a commission ap
pointed by Mayor Mitchel to examine
the market system of New York.
As a result of his observations, Mr.
Astor has just built on a prominent
Broadway corner what he intends as a
model for private markets in New
The architectural style is that of the
markets of Florence. The building has
white-tiled walls and tiled floors, glass
counters and enameled ice boxes. The
ligsiiting is from above.
There is a large refrigerating plant
in the building and all garbage is con
sumed in an incinerator on the
Total from clubs and Individuals. .$S14.57
Miss Nina Greathouse "Just adored
the West." so she gave up a good po
sition in a Southern college and came
here to live. Now she has taken up
the leadership of the Laurelhurst Study
Club. and when the organization meets
on Mondays in the Laurelhurst club
house it is Miss ureatnouse wno nas
charge of the programme. She is rap
idly making friends here among the
clubwomen and literary folk. Miss
Greathouse is a graduate of tffe Boston
School of Expression and she studied
in the American Academy of Dramatic
Art. S. H. Clark, of Chicago Univer
sity, regarded her as one of his star
Miss Greathouse recently appeared
before the Portland Grade Teachers'
Association and delighted them with
clever readings. She has two sisters
who are members, and was greeted as
"one of the family." Mrs. Dorothy
Bingham and Miss Gertrude Great
house are Miss Greathouse's sisters,
and Mrs. J. F. Greathouse, of Willam
ette Heights, is her mother. It was
to be near her relatives that she came
Miss Josephine Hammond, professor
of English at Reed College, author of
"Everywoman's Road" and head of the
Drama League, assists the Laurelhurst
Study Club every ednesday night by
giving a lecture in the clubhouse on
dramatic literature. The lectures are
free and - are events of artistic and
The regular business meeting of ?he
woman's department of the Rose'CKy
Park Club will be held on Monday at
2:30 o'clock In the Rose City l'a-k
clubhouse. . All members are asked to
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