DOVER – There was a further form of show carried out at the Opera House, an almost once-a-year custom that, after 1936, carried above into the existing Metropolis Hall auditorium. That was the “Irish” exhibit, sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Historical Order of Hibernians. On January 11, 1926, for instance, there was a presentation of “Shamrock and Rose,” with a close to capacity viewers, “just one of the ideal ever staged at the metropolis opera household”. 1 of the significant points was the rendition of “My Wild Irish Rose” (a music even now nicely recognized nowadays) by John Boyle, and a featured solo by Thomas J. Brennan, who “was obliged to answer to one particular of the extra hearty encores of the night.”
On March 17, 1927 (just took place to be St. Patrick’s Working day), there was a generation of a present with a various story line, “My Irish Rose,” again starring John Boyle, and with these types of names as Thomas McKernan, Albert Keenan, Andrew Miniter (as the laziest male in County Kildare), Susan McKenna, Molly Boyle, Mary Lawless, and James Quinn. And among Functions III and IV, a solo by Thomas Brennan, the identical Thomas Brennan who experienced, concerning final year’s exhibit and this, also appeared in the Jewish minstrel clearly show, “Levi’s Cabaret.” His tale is an exciting one.
He was born in Eire in 1886 and came to Dover with his moms and dads at 6 several years of age. Following attending university, he labored as a machinist for 20 many years at Kidder Push on Broadway, in advance of getting an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance policies Company. His first phase physical appearance was at age 9, and for the subsequent 40 years he entertained nearby audiences, “mentioned for responding to just about every simply call, with no imagined of payment or skilled gains … he assisted in more charitable capabilities than any other particular person in the heritage of Dover.”
He lived for a time at 8 Trakey St., but at the time of his unexpected loss of life at age 52, he and his spouse and children resided at 7 Watson Lane. His passing in late January of 1938 built the front webpage of Foster’s, together with published notices to members of the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, and VFW to assemble at their meeting halls so as to “proceed in a system” to the wake getting held at Brennan’s household. (Whilst there have been funeral administrators and “funeral properties,” it was a repeated prevalence that the wake, most likely additional so with Irish families, would be held in the home of the deceased.) A intensely attended funeral took location at St. Mary’s Church on Feb. 1. (There is an interesting parallel here: Tommy Makem, also born in Eire – and a cousin of the Boyles – arrived to Dover some 60 years soon after Brennan and became a musician with an international reputation. He also labored for a time soon after his arrival at Kidder Press.)
The director of these two and a variety of preceding reveals was Charles E. Cronin (the community paper reporting on “Shamrock and Rose” mentioned that Cronin “had extra new laurels to himself.”) He was born in Dover in 1890, and as observed in his obituary at age 90, he was “formerly a coach and director of a lot of area minstrel reveals and performs sponsored by area charitable organizations.” This was a little bit of an understatement, simply because Cronin, with no known formal musical or theater teaching, was accountable for dozens of productions, most likely even up to the 1960s. He attended St. Joseph’s Academy, Dover Substantial University, and Suffolk Law College, although he by no means pursued an lively lawful apply. He lived with his household at 31 Hanson St., never married, and for more than 45 decades was a very low-essential insurance policies salesman and true estate broker with an office environment in the Bracewell Block, again when it was an desirable two-tale 19th Century developing, the place Earcraft is today.
Charlie, as he was identified to everybody, was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and an Exalted Ruler of the Elks. For the duration of the to start with administration of Mayor Clyde Keefe (1934-35). he was appointed to the position of Dover’s Overseer of the Weak. But the paper also noted that he was identified for acquiring served for over 25 a long time as an usher at Sunday expert services at St. Joseph’s Church. There was a time when attendance at religious providers was really to the point that an “usher” had to scan the congregation for an empty seat or seats and quietly motion for some people today to slip more into the pew and beckon all those waiting to appear ahead for the vacant space. Times have improved.
An fascinating sidelight to the reveals themselves was the adverts that appeared in the systems – a considerably a lot more genteel approach to advertising than we expertise today:
“You are constantly welcome to roam via our displays without the need of insistence on purchasing. Our goods market for them selves” – Flowers Home furnishings Keep, 5-7 2nd Road.
“A contact from you to our store will absolutely be APPRECIATED No matter whether You Buy From Us or Not” – H.D. Freeman, footwear and apparel, 448 Central Avenue.
“When your prescriptions are still left with us for compounding, you are absolutely sure of competency” – Sherry’s Pharmacy, The Rexall Retail store, 4 3rd St.
“Our reputation is designed on High quality and Honest DEALINGS”, – The Neighborhood Retailer, B.D. O’Kane, Prop., 46 New York Street.
“We Purpose to Be sure to All people,” – Depot Square Fruit Store, 40 3rd Avenue.
The plans also supplied a choice of auto dealers: Studebakers at Mitchell’s Garage, Reo cars at McShane’s Garage, and Essex and Hudson motor autos at the New American Garage, 479 Central Avenue.
(A concept to any Dover “oldtimers” who may possibly have any theater or musical courses tucked absent in a scrapbook: the Library or the Woodman would love to have copies or make copies for the historic history.)
Tony McManus is a Dover indigenous. He is a previous trustee of the Woodman Institute and an beginner student of Dover’s previous. He can be reached at [email protected]