A “Bit” of Looking Back – Chautauqua A Success (October, 1917)


Colonel George Adelbert Gearhart (1845 – 1926)
Photograph courtesy of Adrienne Duru

Chautauqua A Success 

Three Day Session Opened Yesterday With Large Attendance At Both Performances

From The Malakoff News
Thursday, October 25, 1917

The three-day Chautauqua, under the direction of Dr. W. G. G. Benway of the Radcliffe Circuit, opened yesterday afternoon and a large audience was present at the opening performance.

The first number on the program was the Lyric Glee Club, composed of four young men who rendered an interesting musical program that was enjoyed by all that heard them.  They concluded the afternoon performance with a comedy representing an old Pennsylvania Dutch school, which brought forth rounds of laughter from the young and old.

The gifted orator, Col. G. A Gearhart, was then introduced and delivered one of his famous lectures.  At night, the same people presented an entirely new program to a much larger audience than was present at the afternoon meeting.  Col. Gearhart’s subject at night was “The Coming Man.”  Those who failed to hear the Colonel yesterday missed a rare treat.  Both lectures were filled with helpful sayings that, if applied in everyday life, would make the world better.

This afternoon and tonight, the program consists of lectures by the director, Dr. W. G. G. Benway, and the musical numbers are being furnished by The Metropolitans, Edward Coleman, Miss Pattie Rude, and Alex Whitmire.

Tomorrow afternoon and night, the final numbers of the three-day program will be rendered by The Mysterious Milburns, magicians whose dexterity, mystery, and humor make up a delightful and fascinating program.  Also, Miss Mary Blankton, a reader of rare personality, real artistry, and keen intelligence.

Nothing has ever come to Malakoff that furnished more inspiration and pointed to higher ideals than is being done during these three days.  Yes, the Chautauqua is a success and it should be made a permanent feature in the social life of Malakoff.

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