Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)
Col. Hopkins, veteran showman, passes away, p. 12
I 2 COL. HOPKINS, VETERAN SHOWMAN, PASSES AWAY Man Who Had Great Influence in Shaping Theatrical History in The West Expires in St. Louis.-Other News. BY BASIL WEBB. ST. LOUIS , Oct. 27-The tteatrical colons'of sc. Louis has been cast into a ta . uinn b the death of that grand old vet- eran actor Col. John D. Hop- kins. For the past few weeks hie had been lying at the Jewish hospi- tal in this city In a critical, condition and last Saturday his friends and anctors began realize that w- Lo end was m ar and at 4 p. mn. Sunday I passed away f'r the long r"t. For the 1ast two years t Ie had suffer- ed from per- nicious anae- mia and from The Late acute kidney John D. Hopkins. trouble but he had bravely rallied several times and Cwl. Hopkins always stated that he was in Ford's Theater tise night that President Lincoln was assassinated, and further that he was speaking to Wilkes Booth, the assassin, just an hour be- fore the tragedy occurred. The deceased was a member of the Masonic order and by his own request his body has been turned over to the local Masons who will transfer it to his own lodge in New York for the final obsequies. On Monday night, meetings were held by all the local theatrical guilds, in- cluding the I. A. T. S. E., the T. M. A., and the Billers and Billposters; to pass resolutions concerning the death of Col. Hopkins and for the purpose of condolence. On Monday at noon the managers of the various St. Louis the- aters met at Dan Fishell's office in the Garrick Theater for a similar purpose. Col. Hopkins powerfully influenced theatrical destinies in the Mississippi Valley in the last 25 years by introduc- ing the 10-20-30-cent policy, which Keith had originated in the East some years before that. Hopkins was the first and most suc- cessful imitator of the Keith scheme. He started as understudy for Keith at the Old People's Theater in Chicago and against Charlie Van Studdiford would be brought up at Clayton this week. It is reported that Miss Van Studdiford's attorneys brought a motion that the casesould be tried before Judge Wur- 'lemon in camera, buLt it is further an- neunced titat the court would not ac- s:cpt this suggestion of the attorneys and litigants and that the popular prima donna would have to take the wvitness s tand in front of tlae usual divorce-day array ofspectators. Up to the present time, howvever, no0 s teps have been taken to have the case dock- eted and it is rumored that unless Miss Van Studdiford has the case brou ght up this week tloat it will be dismissed. St. Louis has been definitely added to the list of cities to be visited by the Metropolitan Grand Opera Company. Andreas Dippel the manager of the company announces by his present ar- rangement he will be able to play a nine months' season instead of a five months' season as heretofore. Jessie Bell who was lately associated with the Vanity Fair Company is lying at the City Hospital ill with diphtheria. Vhile the company was playing at the Standard Theater in this city her son Hubert V. Bell was taken sick with diphtheria while stopping at Rillings Hotel. He was promptly moved to the City Hospital and when the company left town Miss Bell stayed behind. At first she was refused admission at the hospital to see her son but finally her pleas prevailed and while visiting her son she contracted the disease and now she is lying seriously ill but a few cots from her son who is rapidly re- covering. West End Heights, one of the popu- lar summer gardens in this city is to be sold under the hammer to satisfy a deed of trust held on the property and equipment by Louis Obert, presi- THE SHOW WORLD / ~ A' ~m.c.A D'Urbano and His Band, Now Making a Successful Tour of the United States. he himself expected to have lasted longer. Neither his wife or daughters were present at the last as the daugh- ters Eman and Ethel Hopkins left two weeks ago to rejoin their company at Spokane, Wash., despite their own wishes but at the urgent request of their father. And on Saturday night Mrs. Hopkins received a telephone mes- sage from Chicago to say that her mother Mrs. Mt. E. Belt was seriously ill and the late Col. Hopkins insisted that she go at once to her mother. Up to the end Col. Hopkins was full of his grim kind of humor and on Satur- day he offered to bet one of his friends Fifty to Five and put the money up that he would be dead on the following day. Shortly before going to the hospital Col. Hopkins announced that his age was 69 but it is tse opinion of most of his friends that lito was considerably older than this. Col. Hopkins enjoyed a long and varied career in the show business. He was interested in the East in theatrical affairs before the war in Providence, R. I., and it was not till 1880 that he came West. His first venture in this city was at the old Pope's Theater which was on the site at present occupied by the Century Theater. He inaugurated a new style of entertainment by pre- senting drama with vaudeville numbers between the acts. He also did away with the orchestra and substituted a piano in its place. Later on he met with better success when he ran this kind of "continuous" show at the Grand Opera House. He was also associated with theaters and stock companies in the various large cities of the West. After the cyclone in St. Louis in con- junction with Anton C. Stuever he op- erated Forest Park Highlands in this city and later this company obtained possession of parks in Memphis, Louis- ville and Kansas City. He made a lot of money touring the country with Hop- kin's Transoceanic Company. In his earlier career Col. Hopkins was associated with P. T. Barnum and he always claimed that he made a great financial start by selling biographies of that master showman. Near-Tragedy in Omaha. OMAHA, Oct. 25.-The Orpheum theater came within an ace of being the scene of a shooting affair on Sunday night, Oct. 24. Seated in the rear row of the parquet was a man with another man's wife. At intervals another man, raised it to one of the best paying prop- erties in Chicago. From Chicago he came to St. Louis, and began the 10-20-30-cent game at the Old Pope Theater with phenomenal suc- cess. He made Sunday theater-going re- spectable and a habit with people, who, before Isis coming would never have thoughtof goingto a show onthatday. In tlis way hoe laid the foundation for the highly profitable Sunday theatrical business which the Imperial, Grand Opera House and Havlin's have enjoyed for years and enjoy now, so that the Sunday revenue often pays the bills for the week, and the rest is "velvet." He was also the founder of the sum- mer garden business in St. Louis, and built up both the Suburban Garden and Forest Park Highland, on what he was pleased to term a "shoe-string," His 10-20-30-cent was a "continuous" show, drama and vaudeville between the acts, and it was through the latter that he made his great reputation as a vaude- ville impressarioe. For the drama he cared but little, and it made no differ- ence to him, if Jessaline Rogers had to study 25,000 words every week in a new piece or Ralph Stuart "kicked" be- cause his salary was inadequate to the measure of applause he was getting from the audience. Vaudevillewas the main point with him, and he "coined" va udeville performers from the ranks of the legitimate, as the literateur coins words afser he has exhausted those in the dictionary. Pauline Hall was one whom Col. Hopkins trans- planted from opera to the vaudeville stage. The remains were sent overthe Wa- bash from this city today, and the fu- neral train is scheduled to arrive in Jersey City, Thursday at 5 p.m. Inter- ment will be in the old cemetery at Noosup, Conn., in a grave beside that of the aged showman's mother. The burial will be under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. Grace Van Staddiford is playing a week's engagement atthe Century The- ater and it has been expected that the case for divorce which she is bringing the woman's husband, would walk rap- idly up behind the pair enjoying the show, fumble at his hip-pocket, and then retreat hastily, taking a door-check from the door-keepex. This was re- peated many times, the excited individ- ual leaving the theater for a time but always coming back hurriedly, appar- dent of the Obert Brewing Company. The management of tie resort were be- set by financial difficulties last season and were unable to meet their obliga- tions. West End Heights is situated just west of Forest Park Highlands and las always been handicapped by insuf- ficient street car service, since it has always seemed that the Transit Com- pony gave the Highlands toe best of the deal. During the Worlds Fair at St. Louis this resort made a lot of money but the next season business fell off till the management secured the ser- vice of Ethel Fuller as star at the dra- matic theater. For two seasons Miss Fuller worked wonders there and things looked prosperous. In 1907 during the middle of the season Miss Fuller had a little trouble with the management and she cancelled her contract. Miss Tabis Magrane was engaged in her place and the season ended with the matagement aying broken about even. Next year Dave Russell assumed man- agement of the theater and hired a more or less satisfactory stock com- pany but everything was against him, the Oberts who controlled the park were extremely adverse tospendingany moneyand t strtreet carfacilties were bad and the consequence was that money waslost. Last season theOberts made asenseless contract with the Op- penheimer Bros. who attempted to put on Weber and Field productions with aninferior companyin aninferior man- nor the consequence was that the Oberts were extremely heavy losers. This laststraw broke the camel's back and now the park is to be sold to the highest bidder. With anyone who has any knowledge of the show business to ru n the garden there is no doubt but that it might be a great money maker. Benjamin Schurmacher, attorney, who is trustee in the deed of trust was or- dered to foreclose the mortgage. He has advertised a sale of the property at public vendue. This report flies partly within the city and partly in the county. The city portion will be auc- tioned November 12 at the St. Louis Court House, and the county portion on November 12, at Clayton. ently watching the couple In the rear seats. The door-keeper at the Orpheum says he noticed the man's crazy actions and felt that something out of the or- dinary was brewing. Next morning's paper told how the Orpheum escaped a nasty scene. The mysterious man left the theater before The Downs Obsequies. TORONTO. Can., Oct. 2.-The fu- neral sernces , th ate Martin J Downs were St. Fau church ti city, last 1ai'.- da. The a termen Av, W nade at Michael's cei ecery. The were four ca' 4 riage loads floral tribute The funer4 services Wer ta r ge la da tt tended and aIaI- ty carriages accompanio the remaans t the b as grounds. T 1-7 were made aup of Toronto' most repreo sentative tlo _________ atrical men. Among those Martiu.Ownls- present at the funeral services were General Agent E C. Knupp and wife, John D. Carey, Harry B. Potter, F. J. Walker and Wife of Erie, Pa., John E. Ogden, S. Waxel' baum of Erie, Pa., and l. J. Dowling of the Centropolis Hotel, Kansas City, 110 The deceased is survived by a widow, a son and five stepchildren. It is un- derstood that Mr. Downs left a will, but up to the time of filing this dis- patch the same has not been probated; It is generally believed, however, that the Cole Brothers' Shows will continue next season under the management Of the son, James Downs. John E. Ogden, manager of the Cole Brothers' Show Annex, visited relatives in Chicago last Saturday, fllwingi return from Toronto, Can., where he at- tended the funeral services of the late Martin J. Downs. He left this City Sunday for his home in Norfolk, VS where he will spend the winter month Mr. Ogden has acted as manager of side shows for Downs for the past eight years. the performtince was over and laid In waiting for the couple in the mouthOf a dark alley. Without warning he dar ed out and opened fire from an auto' matic revolver, four shots taking effect in the luckless man who waS with the woman.-SMITH. I I mn hitlaw'Oc 013 October' Cook Brings Wealth, CLEVELAND, O., Oct.27. s::t interesting the way in which i M. Gray got control of the lecture of Dr. Cook, the arcticeporer. Gray chanced to be dining with Mr. Bril1 Dr. Cook's backer, on the nigbthe news of Cook's return was receiveI Gray realized the Possibilities of a lecture tour andumade ggesti Bradley, as a result of whiiekBrade cabled Cook to make no arra~geets foraetour ithoutconsulting hieith Bradley's endorsement, Gray was able to close a contract with Dr. Cook It1 said that Gray and his paraserore gathering in about $2,00 daily nie .Sa. 1,01ais. 51,5 rWeltaes'aidoiI been $15,000 for a single ag bae YOUNG. nht, Hackett's Mother Dies Mrs. Clara C. Hackett, motherao James K. Hackett, the actor, died i New York Wednesday, accordin do telegram received at Powers' ntheatr where Mr. Hackett has been playicatr Mrs. Hackett was 70 years old,nd until last year was in the habitao traveling around the country with her son. At one time she was a popula actress. She was the widow of Janer Henry Hackett, who had been regarded as America's greatest Falstaff, On the receipt of the news James X Hackett left for New York. The mat. inee performance of "Samson" s abandoned. Powers' theater was closed until Friday evening. Acrobats in Town. Warren and Francis, novelty acro- batic song and dance artists, after a successful trip through the middlewest have returned to Chicago to slend a week arranging for their winter's book. Ing. The team has made good and is getting good time. 7.