Taken from the Emmetsburg
Democrat, Thursday, January 9, 1936:
Picture of the
Emmetsburg Irish Players of 1908
Front Row: Michael Miller.
Center Row, left to right: Ed McEvoy, Atty M. J.
Brennan, John Nolan. Back Row, left to right:
Clem McNally, Anna Drummy, T. C. Nolan, Margaret McNally, Eugene Clennon,
(Picture loaned through Courtesy of Mrs. Alice
On March 17, 1908, the Irish players of
Emmetsburg presented their annual St. Patrick's Day play with an Irish
drama entitled "Shamrock & Rose". This production marked
the near end of the annual Irish affair which was one of the outstanding
annual events in earlier Palo Alto county history. Speaking of the
merits of the production and the ability of the various members of the
cast, the Democrat issued on March 25 of the same year, had the following to
"E. C. Clennon made a good
appearance as John Desmond". John Nolan as "Squire
Desmond" acted very cleverly. E. J. McEvoy as "Lieutenant
Doughlas" was equal to his part. M. J. Brennan made an ideal
"Captain Beck" the villian. Clem McNally as "Shaun
Carey" was remarkably clever and kept the audience in an uproar. T.
C. Nolan ws clever in the comedy part of "Barney O'Grady".
Michael Miller as "Thornton" did all that his character required.
Anna Drummy, (now Mrs. Fred McCarty), portrayed the heroine, "Rose
Fitzgerald" in a splendid manner while Miss Margaret McNally, (Mrs. J. J.
Clennon), showed dramatic talent as, "Nano Desmond".
Margaret Wells, as "Ileen O'Rourke", was lively and ready and played
the part with a real Irish brogue. Speciality numbers during during the
intermissions were presented by Margaret McNally, Ethel Doyle, E. C. CLennon,
Hugh Meade, Lewis Riehsen, C. J. Berger, Ruth O'Reilly and Michael Miller.
The annual St. Patrick's day play was
usually greeted by a large audience both afternoon and evening. The players
were generally directed by local teachers. They could always be depended
upon to handle the presentation in an admirable manner.
C. J. McNally is at present a moving
picture chain owner with headquarters at Sumner. Mrs. McCarty is well
known locally as is T. C. Nolan and John Nolan. Eugene Clennon is a
lawyer in New York City. M. J. Brennan is an attorney in Milwaukee, and
Michael Miller is a retired naval electrician now residing in San Diego,
California. E. J. McEvoy was former clerk of courts of Kossuth county
and passed away about a year ago. Mrs. J. J. Clennon is at present
residing at Sioux Falls and Margaret Wells now Mrs. Purser, lives in
Chicago. She and her husband write for a large publishing company.
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