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Fisk Notes (1 Mar 1907) – Part 2

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Fisk Notes

  • Mrs. H.F. Mitchell, wife of one of the members of the Senior Class, left for her home, Lake Providence, La., Monday night after a pleasant visit of more than two months.  Mrs. Mitchell made a host of friends while here and <…rest of blurb unreadable…>
  • Friday night, March 8, Miss Green, instructor in elocution, will give a recital in Memorial Chapel, assisted with musical numbers by Miss Flint.  Some time towards the last of March, Professor Andrews, of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, will give a recital in Memorial Chapel.  Professor Andrews has been here several times before, and the music lovers of Nashville need no introduction to him, nor do they need a second invitation to come and hear him.
  • Sunday morning, March 3, the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in Union Church.  Those to unite with the church are Mr. A.M. Lyle, of Tennessee, as associate member, and Miss Douglass E. Branson, of Arkansas, and Miss Desrette Hodges, of Illinois, on confession.  The pastor, Prof. C. W. Morrow, will preach.
  • The meeting of the Y.M.C.A. last Sunday was a missionary meeting.  It was in charge of Professor Waterman and Miss Rhulo.  The meeting on March 3 will be led by Mr. W.E. Key, of the Sophomore Class.
  • Last Sunday the Y.P.S.C.E. was led by Miss Ethel Glenn.
  • The Junior College Class will repeat the play, “Merchant of Venice,” in the near future for the benefit of Howard Chapel.
  • Miss Lizzie Wells, who is in the music department of Fisk University, will lead Christian Endeavor at Howard Chapel Sunday night.
  • Among the visitors who are to be with us next Wednesday are Rev. Frank Fitch, D.D., of Buffalo, N.Y., who will deliver the dedicatory address, Rev. Lewyllen Pratt, D.D., of Norwich Conn., Rev. Jas. Cooper, D.D., Secretary of the American Missionary Association, Rev. Jas. W. Bixter, D.D., of New London, Conn., and Mr. Frank Leavens, of Broadway Church, Norwich, Conn.
  • Miss Pearl Erwin left school last Saturday on account of illness.  She is expected to return in a few days.  Her home is in Bellbuckle, Tenn.
  • The members of the D.L.V. Decagynian and Tanner Art Clubs are concentrating their efforts towards furnishing their new club room.
  • Little Sonoma Talley, who was sick so long with scarlett fever, is well again, and Professor Talley is again performing his school duties.


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Fisk Notes (1 Mar 1907) – Part 1

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Fisk Notes

“Resolved, That government ownership of natural monopolies is best for the public good,” was the subject of an interesting debate in the Senior Class in Economics Monday and Tuesday.  Affirmative speakers: G.T. Overstreet and Miss Florence G. Jackson.  Negative: B.W. Payne and Miss M.M. Houston.

On the first day an hour and a half was taken up by the speakers in presenting their main arguments.  On the second day nearly an hour was taken up by Payne and Overstreet in rebuttal.  Both sides had spent much time and labor in preparing their arguments and the efficiency and weight of the arguments on both sides were shown by the fact that according to vote of the class the debate was practically a draw, four members of the class voting in favor of the negative and three members and Professor Morrow voting in favor of the affirmative.  Professor Scrinber, with her Sophmore Rhetorice <…>, visited the first day of the debate.

Other visitors were President Murrill, Miss Ballentine and Miss Boynton, and on the second day, Mr. J.C. Russell.  Miss Ross, the acting president of the class, was ill those two days and Mr. H.R. Merry was elected to preside, Mr. H.F. Mitchell was timekeeper.

Pearl High School Notes (1 Mar 1907)

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Pearl High School Notes

The regular Normal meeting of the city teachers took place in this building Tuesday, the 10th Inst.  The entire body of teachers was divided into two classes,  Prof. H.C. Weber, Superintendent of the city schools, made an interesting talk to the teachers, in which he advised them to teach the Manual Training as laid down in the Handbook on Manual Training.  He stated in his address that everything pointed to its introduction next year in the colored schools.  He then introduced Mr. Eugene Gillilland, who has charge of Manual Training in the white schools and Mr. D.M. Andrews, his assistant, to the teachers.  Mr. Gilliland was then placed in charge of the teachers of the higher grades and Mr. Andrews in charge of the lower grades.  Both of those professors gave a hasty and consise review of the Manual Training work as done by them in the white schools.

It is understood by your reporter that the Pearl High School will be made the Manual Training Center for the colored children.  It is current among the teaching fraternity that all the seventh and eighth grades in the city, and possibly the sixth grades also, will be transferred to this building and located here.  The primary grades already in the building will be sent to one of the new school to be erected, or to any of the old schools, which may be most convenient.  Just exactly how this will work, or what is to be done with the old teachers on the first floor of Pearl, your reporter has not heard.  It is believed , however, that the fertility power and resourcefulness of the Superintendent’s mind will suggest a plan which will be successful.

This school was favored with a visit from Mrs. F.G. Smith, the wife of the principal, last Thursday.  It has been a long time since Mrs. Smith has peeped in on the school, and she is invited to call again.

Miss Charlie Rosenerg and Miss Grace Frank, students of Fisk University, also honored us with a visit on Washington’s birthday. Those ladies visited every classroom and expressed themselves as surprised and benefited by what they saw.

Additional Information:

  • H C Weber, Superintendent of Schools, was Henry C. Weber, born abt. 1860 in Tennesse. His father was born in Germany, his mother in North Carolina.  He and wife Beulah (Beaumont) Weber, married around 1885, and had more than 6 children.  See the family in 1900 & 1910.
  • See previous post on Prof. F.G. Smith

Fisk University Blog

I often post news items that mention Fisk University and individuals associated with the school. If you have a current interest in Fisk, you should check out their blog at http://fiskuniversity.wordpress.com/

Merchant Of Venice Cast Members

In follow-up to the story from the Nashville Globe on the cast members of the Merchant of Venice, I took a look at the Fisk Catalog from 1912 to find out more on these students and where they ended up. Those from the cast listed in the catalog include these from the Class of 1908:

  • Duke of Venice — Matthew Vergil Boutte, B.S., Ph. G., Pharmaceutical Department, University of Illinois, 1911.  Teacher of Chemistry, Meharry Medical College, 639 Wetmore St., Nashville.
  • Bassanio — William Arthur MacIntyre, B.A., Student, Harvard Law School; 40 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Salario – Holcombe Sinclair Croswait, B.A., Railroad Service, 402 Rondo Street, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Salarino – Franklin Benjamin Murphy, B.S., Teacher Phillips University, Tyler Texas
  • Gratiano – St. Elmo Brady, B.A., Teacher, Tuskegee Institute, Ala.
  • Lorenzo – James Gillespie Brown, B.A., Student, University of Wisconsin, 821 Milton Street, Madison, Wis.
  • Shylock – Charles Campbell, B.A., Student, Law Department, University of Michigan; 1017 E. Catherine St., C.C.,  Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Tubal – William Biddle Merrill, B.A., Railroad Services, 4510 Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • Balthazaar – William Sylvester White, B.A., Ph. G, Pharmaceutical Department, University of Illinois, 1911, Clerk, Post Office, 644 Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • Norissa – Lilian Emmette Cashin, B.A., 509 Madison St., Decatur, Ala.
  • Jessica – Gertrude Sadie Glenn, B.A., Teacher, Howard Normal School (A.M.A.), Box 101, Cuthbert, Ga.

On my visit to Fisk recently, I learned about St. Elmo Brady – one of the buildings on campus is co-named after him. He was the first African-American to earn a PhD in chemistry.   Then, from my previous work on James C. Napier’s tree, I’d already learned about Lillian Cashin, she was a sister of the wife of JC’s nephew.

Merchant Of Venice

As published in the Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

The Merchant of Venice was presented at Fisk Memorial Chapel, by the Junior College Class last Friday, February 22.

The cast was as follows:
The Duke of Venice — M.V. Boutte
Antonio — James A. Myers
Bassanio — William A. Macintyre
Salario — Halcombe S. Crosthwait
Salarino — Benjamin F. Murphy
Gratiano — St. Elmo Brady
Lorenzo — James G. Browne
Shylock — Charles Campbell
Tubal — William B. Merrill
Lancelot Gobbo — Alfred G. King
Gobbo – Jack S. Binboy
Leonardo — Howard W. Warner
Balthazar — W. Sylvester White
Portia — Beatrice S. Flanders
Norissa — Lillian E. Cashin
Jessica — Gertrude L. Glenn

The chapel was filled with an attentive and appreciative audience. From the beginning to the end of the play the characters were stimulated by the attitude of their hearers. the personnel of the class, and the training given by Miss Green; the teacher of elocution, made anything but success impossible. Although some of the characters had few words to say, they were well said.

As friends to Antonio and Bassanio, Bardy as Gratiano, Murphy as Salarino, and Crosthwait as Solanio, sustained their characters well.

Boutte, as the Duke of Venice, was the impersonation of courtly grace. Brown, as Lorenzo, played the part of the successful lover admirably. As old Gobbio, Brayboy could scarely [sic] be surpassed.

While Miss Cashin, as Nerissa, charmed the audience with her dainty coyness. She showed herself a strategist of no mean degree. Miss Glenn, in the role of Jessica commanded the sympathy of all as she described her position in Shylock’s family, and their admiration for the way in which she got out of it.

The faithful Hebrew friend was well represented by Merrill, while White as Balthazar and Warner as Leonardo, were trustworthy helpers of Portin and Bassanio.

The character of Shylock is one that is usually held up as a model of avarice and cruelty, yet as one listened to Campbell’s outburst of pent up feeling in his first talk with Antonio and in his subsequent talk with Salanio and Salarino, he was compelled to see as the Jew saw, and feel as the Jew felt. The audience showed its appreciation of his efforts in the stillness which pervaded the house during his speeches, and the hearty applause which followed them.

Miss Flanders, as Portia, the lover of Poria, the judge, was thoroughly enjoyable. In the court scene, and where Bassanio made his choice of the caskets, her rendition of the two parts showed her fine interpretation of the different characters.

As the devoted friend or lover, McIntyre as Bassanio posed equally as well. Possessed of a deep, rich voice, knowing well how to use it, he was intently followed in his love passages and in his words of cheer and comfort to his friend Antonio.

The experience of Antonio with the Jew was well set forth by Myers. As the generous friend, the pleading debtor, or the unfortunate one resigned to his fate, he was able to represent each character in his own inimitable way.

The members of the class have worked long and faithfully, and success crowned their efforts. The proceeds of the entertainment will go to the library which Fisk hopes to have in the near future.

{related post — see what happened to the cast members]

A True Friend of the Race

Nashville Globe
22 Feb 1907

Prof. Helen C. Morgan, a teacher at Fisk University who has labored there for nearly thirty-eight years, is the guest of the Principle and Mrs. Washington at their home, “The Oaks,” having come here to see something of the work of the school on the first vacation she has had since her connection with the University. She bears the further and unique distinction of not having missed a recitation until her present absence, since being at Fisk. Miss Morgan spoke for a few minutes to the teachers and students at the regular evening service in teh Chapel last Sunday. — Tuskegee (Ala.) Student.

Frances Williard Memorial

Nashville Globe
22 Feb 1907

The women of the colored W.C.T.U. met in Howard Congregational Church Sunday afternoon to rejoice over the Segregation Bill, which removes saloons from the vicinity of our two universities dear to our hear, Fisk & Walden. Now it will be a delight to live in the suburbs, as the saloon nuisance will be removed.

Mrs. C.H. Phillips gave an address on The Life and Influence of Frances Williard, also a glimpse of “Rest Cottage” built by Miss Williard. Impassioned speeches were made in the discussion, which followed by Miss Nannie Perkins, who took the ground that the bitter taste alone of beer makes it replsive to children and they would never drink it if their parents did not encourage it by example. She owes her abhorrence to all such habits from the example and training of her sainted mother.

Mrs. Sawyers spoke of her love for the work and her intention of sticking to the W.C.T.U. Mrs. Clark and others spoke on the coming W.C.T.U. convention to Nashville.

After Rev. Mr. Bond’s instructive remarks on the temperance legislation, Mrs. John Work said that the recent great crime was fostered by the drink habit. She then sang feelingly, “We’ll overcome some day.” Mrs. Phillips; Chairman of the Committee on Homes for the Convention, calls a mass meeting the third Sunday in March. The Sarah J. Early section will discuss the “cigarette habit.”

Signed by the Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. D.W. Crutcher.

City Items – Feb 22, 1907 (Part 2)

Nashville Globe – City Items (Part 2)
February 22, 1907

  • Mrs. Sophia Cannon, of Ninth street, who was reported very ill last week, is much better.
  • Mrs. Mattie Statton, of Berry street, who was on the sick list last week, is able to be out again.
  • Miss Bessie Whiten, of Ohio, is in the city on business, stopping with Mrs. Elam on Smiley street, East Nashville. She will be here until March.
  • The sermon preached by Rev. Fields at the First Baptist Church, East Nashville, Sunday, was very much enjoyed by the members.
  • Rev. Goodall was in Clarksville last week.
  • One of the most charming occasions of the season was a valentine reception given by a jolly little crowd of East Nashville girls at the residence of Miss Viola Bibbs, on Webster street, last week.
  • Shirley Nichols, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nora Nichols, of Crooked street, is on the sick list this week with malarial fever.
  • Miss Mary Walker, of 410 Ninth avenue North, is on the sick list, not being able to be about her duties in the music room.
  • Dr. and Mrs. R.H. Boyd, of 523 Second avenue, North, are both on the sick list this week.  Dr. Boyd is convalescing, while Mrs. Boyd at this writing is still in bed.
  • Miss Josie Joyce, of Manchester, Tenn., an ardent supporter of the Globe, was in Nashville last Sunday and took advantage to have the Globe sent to her Manchester address, where she hopes to keep up with the news of Nashville.
  • Tickets for Prince Herman’s special engagement at Meharry Auditorium Friday night, March 8th, may be had at the One Cent Savings Bank, 411 Fourth avenue, North, Wilson’s Drug Store, University street, and Crescent Drug Store, Main street, East Nashville.
  • Miss Bessie L. Woodford, who resides at 1036 Sixteenth avenue, North, has been seriously ill.  The doctors pronounced it heart disease, but she shows signs of rapid improvement.  Although not able to be out of bed, it is her desire to see many of her friends.
  • Mrs. M.L. Foston, of 1509 Harding street, is another one of the cold sufferers of North Nashville; but this has not detained her from being about the house during the week.
  • Miss Susie A. Webb, of 8711 Wabash avenue, Chicago, who is a native Tennessee girl and who visited her sister in East Nashville last fall, writes that through the columns of the Globe she is able to keep up with all that is going on in Nashville.  If she misses the paper one week she feels like coming back South.
  • Mr. H.C. Scarlett is one of the prominent seniors at the Meharry Medical College.  It is learned from different sources that Mr. Scarlett will possibly locate, after he has finished in his old home at Waycross, Ga., where is his much admired and holds a good reputation.
  • Mrs. Chas. A. Kelly, of Clarksville, Tenn., a prominent secretary of one of the leading lodges, is expected to arrive in Nashville within a few days on business connected with the organization.
  • A party of ladies last week, who have been in Nashville for some time, went on an inspecting tour of the various publishing houses.  In the party were Mrs. A.T. Cooper, wife of Rev. Cooper, Miss E.B. Williams, and Mrs. M.L. Gallaway.  They expressed themselves as well pleased with the remarkable progress being made in Nashville.  These remarks were made to a Globe reporter, who chanced to see them just as they were completing their trip.

City Items – Feb 22, 1907 (Part 1)

Nashville Globe – City Items (Part 1)
February 22, 1907

  • The Households of Ruth, the ladies department of the Odd Fellows, had their installation in the Odd Fellows hall on Spring street, East Nashville, Monday night. After a business meeting it was turned over to a committee and it proved one of the most enjoyable social gatherings of the season. The tables were elaborately decorated in ferns and palm, and a four course menu was served.
  • Mr. Frank Carter, of Ohio, accompanied by his wife, is in the city, the guests of his mother, Mrs. Ella Carter of Lischey Avenue.
  • Mr. George Darden, of Williams street, is suffering from a sprained ankle caused by a fall.
  • Mrs. Julia Bosley, of St. Louis, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Kennedy, who live across the new bridge on Hyde’s Ferry Pike. She has been out of the city for twenty years. Mrs. Bosley is the sister of Mr. Fred Bains.
  • Mrs. Annie Hatcher has been very sick for two weeks at her residence, 62 Green street.
  • Miss Alberta R. Harrison, of 1226 Fourth avenue, South, was very much delighted over the birthday present which she received from her little niece Alberta Bell Porter, of Chicago, Ill.
  • Miss Bettie E. Allen, of Twenty-first avenue, entertained in honor of a few friends last Thursday evening. The features of the evening were whist and other games. The parlor was beautifully arrayed in palms and vines. Among those present were Johnnie Avy and Lizella, of Murfreesboro, Kate Boze, Julia McChristine, Daisy McRoberts, Messrs. R.M. Mason, Arthur Harris, John Massey, John McCoy, Dr. Johnson. A two-course menu was served.
  • Miss Daisy Roberts left Nashville Saturday in route to Algood, Tenn., where she will attend the bedside of her father, who is very sick.
  • The Marechal Niel Club held a pleasant meeting Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Julia Flagg, at her home on Eighth street. They added three new members to the club. The Flagg home was beautified with ferns, and refreshments were served during the fine social hours. Interesting topics were brought before the club and matters of general interest discussed.
  • Col. B.F. Johnson, Uniform Rank, K. of P., of Chattanooga, Tenn., spent last Friday in the city attending the meeting of the Endowment Board of the Knights of Pythias.
  • Mrs. Cage Cannon, who has been ill, is able to be out again.
  • Mr. N.N. Reynolds, of Pulaski, spent Friday and Saturday in the city. Mr. Reynolds is Grand Lecturer for the Court of Calanthe and reports that the order is progressing.
  • Mr. B.J. Fernandis, of Memphis, spent three days in the city last week attending the regular quarterly meeting of the Endowment Board of the Knights of Pythias.
  • President Merrill, of Fisk University, addressed the congregation after the regular sermon at the First Street Baptist Church Sunday morning. The sermon, which was a very powerful one, was preached by the pastor, Rev. W.S. Ellington.
  • Miss Mamie L. Alexander, of Providence, Tenn., spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Matilda Alexander, of 704 Ewing avenue.
  • Mrs. Marie Ransoms, of William street, gave an elegant luncheon Tuesday evening, her guests including Mrs. A. Julius Williams, Mrs. Mabel Overton, Mrs. C. McGavock, and Mrs. Mamie Turner. The table was radiant in decorations, the table having a centerpiece of a cluster of crimson & purple.