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History Monday: Vaudeville Show in Columbia, 1914

By Mike Watson

There was a time, before television, even before radio broadcasts, there were live shows that traveled the country, entertaining the population in towns and cities, large and small. We all know that, I suppose, but it is interesting to look back at some of the entertainments of our ancestors, such as this event.

The first week of June, 1914 saw a theatrical troupe pull into Columbia. The Revere-Jackson Show, with fourteen vaudeville artists, set up shop--or rather, tents--to exhibit for a full week. The show opened on Monday night and continued through the upcoming Saturday night, with an "entire and complete change of program each night." Having been on tour for eleven years, the acts must certainly have been well honed. Doors opened at 7, for best seats, and the show began at 8.

The singing and acting were said by the local newspaper to be "first-class and the music is enchanting." The performances were "strictly a moral entertainment."

The show also boasted "moving pictures" as part of the program, with wholesome lessons drawn from them.

Other acts included: Dan Randall, America's foremost fun-maker; Misterious London, the greatest living magician and allusionist; the 3 Zarlingtons, comedy and novelty act; Baby Joe, the five-year-old wonder; Professor Johnson's challenge orchestra; Harry Beveridge, pride of the South, a corker in cork; and others.

Admission was 15 and 20 cents, and the show was given for the benefit of the Modern Woodman Lodge, of Columbia.

The Woodman of the World was/is a fraternal insurance order and is still active in many areas. The local group was initially organized in late 1905 and 1906. The Columbia Camp was No. 12502, and was very active for a number of years. There were other Camps in the county, including at Cane Valley, Gradyville, etc.

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