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Newspaper Articles on Hibernian Hall Happenings
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; November 23, 1891
FOR THE POOR
The Ladies' Catholic Union Flower Show
There will be a flower show next Wednesday and Thursday evening at Hibernian Hall on Brady between Fourth and Fifth streets,
given by the Ladies' Catholic Union to raise funds for the support of the poor during the coming winter. Light refreshments
will be furnished. Admission for adults, 15 cents, for children, 10 cents. The public is invited to attend.
Davenport Morning Tribune; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; March 2, 1892
Work was commenced yesterday on the foundation for the new front to the Hibernian Hall.
The Davenport Tribune; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; May 18, 1892
The Old and the New
A large and old-fashioned brick building on Brady street, gable to the front, between Fourth and Fifth, standing far back
from the street, is labeled in large letters "Hibernian Hall." For many years this ancient but very respectable house, right
where a business block should stand, has been a source of grief to all progressive citizens. It was a church building in the
marts of commerce. The money changers were all around it. Finally, a disposition was made of the property, when the
congregation a short time ago erected a beautiful church building on the bluff. But, alas, in big letters on the building as
successor to the Christian or Disciples congregation which had worshipped there, was the brazen sign -- "Hibernian Hall."
Citizens then gave it up as to getting that old house out of the way. It might be a Hibernian Hall long as it was the
Christian Chapel, and the first was built there in 1844, and his house erected in 1855-6, as a then costly structure. But
the Hibernians are up with the spirit of the age, or with the progress of Brady street. As before noticed in the Tribune,
they are erecting a large brick business house, with two store rooms, right in the expansive front yard of the old chapel,
and yesterday the street walls were just beginning in their rise to obscure the high up sign of "Hibernian Hall." In a few
days the old church building and hall will be but a memory, lost to sight, yet still there and in the performance of honest
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; February 23, 1893
Will commence a brief course of
At Hibernian Hall, Monday Night, Feb. 27
Splendidly illustrated. Seats free first lecture.
Boys under 18 must have a written pass from
parents or teachers to vouch for their good
behavior, or they will not be admitted.
WHITHER ARE WE DRIFTING!
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; May 14, 1893
Herman Hartz, late of the firm of Rodler & Hartz, has purchased an interest with A.C,. Detrick, in the Hibernian hall barber
shop, 423 Brady street, and the new firm is Detrick & Hartz, and they invite their many friends to call and see them.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; January 17, 1894
They Hold a Meeting at Hibernian Hall Last Evening
There are quite a goodly number of horseshoers in Davenport, Rock Island and Moline, and they have a strong organization
known as the Tri-City Horse Shoers Protective association. The association is not as strong in this city as in those across
the Mississippi, and therefore steps are being taken to remedy this state of affairs.
Last evening at Hibernian hall there was an open meeting of the horseshoers of Davenport, at which plans for the betterment
of the organization were informally discussed. An effort will be made to get all Davenporters of the profession to unite for
mutual protection and benefit and establish good feeling and fellowship all around. Another open meeting will be held next
month at which it is hoped every shop will be represented.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; April 29, 1894
HARD TIMES PARTY
Last Monday night a Hard Times party was given at Hibernian hall. It was not a public affair by any means, but the young
ladies who issued the invitations were obliged to procure a ball to accommodate a large circle of friends.
The guests began to arrive about 8 o'clock. They did not come in carriages or even in street cars. The nature of the party
forbade that extravagance.
Misses Mary Dorgan, Mary Hayes, Alice Ryan, Mary Schneider and Mary Finch acted as reception committee. The heartiest
welcome was given to those who wore the oldest clothes. But one or two well-dressed persons were admitted on proof that they
meant no disrespect by such attire.
There is always an element of jollity in such a party, that is unattainable in anything except a picnic. Everybody doffs his
self-reserve with his good garments. It is quite impossible to feel dignified when you have a long, red flannel patch on
your trousers, or a hat without a crown, or a dress that has lost all idea of style.
Probably a merrier crowd never assembled in Hibernian hall on that night. Danciing was fast and furious. The quadrilles were
one round of laughter and frolic, until the sides of every person were sore from laughing. Then it was etiquet to sit on the
floor. You can't do this at an ordinary "biled-shirt" party, because you might soil your clothes. Pedestrians on the street
below paused and looked up apprehensively, and then got out from under, lest the building should fall. But it didn't.
After a number of waltzes, polkas and square dances, lots were drawn for partners to supper. Everyone was ready for supper
too. At a hard times party it is fashionable to have an appetite. The supper was excellent and was thoroughly appreciated,
judging by the few remnants left. Then the dancing was resumed and the guests lingered and lingered, for "just one more"
till it was almost time for breakfast.
A description of the costumes would be inadequate to the purpose. The public would not fully grasp the pictures. Take a
young man and clothe him in a ragged suit of misfit garments, with patches here and there, old brogans on his feet and a
shapeless hat on his head, and you have a fair sample of the gentlemen there. Then let a young lady assume a faded calico
dress that hangs like a bag on a pole, give her old shoes and a bonnet made when the world was young, and you have a fair
sample of the feminine contingent. Everybody laughed at everybody else.
Among those present in costume were:
Messrs. and Mesdames -
T.F. Halligan, Guy Ahrens, Will Lillis, Frank Harrison, J. Driscoll.
Ella McCortney, Jenny Marinan, Joe Purcell, Mamie Feeney, Lottie Kelly, Laura Kelly, Annie Gillon, Maggie Dwyer, Nellie
Nevins, Mame Lindley, Jennie Lillis, Minnie Sharon, Fannie Marinan, Kittie Purcell, Alice Connors, Mamie Connole, Mamie
Dorgan, Mary Hayes, Alice Ryan, Mary Finch, Mary Schneider, Mollie Leahy, Aggie Brennan, Alice Kane, Mamie Brennan, ____
Hodgson, Maggie Grady.
_____ Kelly, J.T. Hayes, John Ryan, Fred Sharon, J. Leonard, Thos. Murdock, Bert Horne, Richard Kelly, John Mullen, Art
Kelly, John Gorman, Ed. J. Dorgan, Chas. O'Hara, John Dorgan, M. Renihan, T. Feeney, Vincent Dorgan, Leo Wynes, Harry McGee,
James Brennan, John O'Conner, Robert Watters, Vestis Rohn, James Lindley, George Huot, Will Grady, James Dunn, D.C. Murphy,
Thos. Brehany, Prof. Thiedemann.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 26, 1894
The exhibit of china painting at the Hibernian hall is attracting a fine attendance.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; January 24, 1896
TURKISH BATH NOTES
P. Prosperi has secured the services of J.C. Fuller, former manager of the Palmer house, Chicago, Turkish bath rooms, and
Mr. Fuller will henceforth be found at Mr. Posperi's fine establishment in the Hibernian hall building on the East side of
Brady street, between Fourth and Fifth. Mr. Fuller is an experienced and skilled operator and his advent to Davenport will
be learned with pleasure by all devotees of the health-giving and refreshing system.
Special arrangements have been made also for ladies, and every Thursday henceforth will be ladies day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; April 19, 1896
The Turkish bath rooms at Hibernian hall have been remodeled and will be run on the sanitarium plan for ladies and gentlemen
and opened for business Monday.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; November 27, 1896
SALMAGUNDI PARTY TONIGHT
Tonight at Hibernian hall the second Salmagundi party under the auspices of the ladies of the Sacred Heart Relief society
will take place. The tables will be set and the progressive cinque party begin promptly at 8:30 o'clock. The entertainment
is to raise funds for charitable purposes.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; November 29, 1896
The ladies of Sacred Heart Relief Society gave the second of the series of entertainments that the society has planned for
the coming season. There was a good attendance and progressive cinque was the game of the evening and Hibernian hall, where
the party was given, was a scene of much gaity and levity. The young people who were present had a most enjoyable time and
the older ones were not barred by a long chalk from the roundedly of pleasures. Refreshments were served at the usual time
and music furnished a feature of the evenings entertainments. The object of the society is to give relief to the poor people
of Sacred Heart parish and a neat sum was realized which added to the sum secured by the former entertainment makes a good
The hall was beautifully decorated with flowers and made a very pleasing appearance. There were eleven tables of players in
the game of progressive cinque. Miss Jennie Kane, of Chicago, who is visiting her parents in Rock Island, won the ladies
prize, while J.W. Walsh and John Cody tied for the gentleman's prize and when the cards were cut to decide the tie the prize
fell to Mr. Walsh.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; August 24, 1897
Hibernian Hall Every Night This Week.
Hear Prof. Wm. Windsor, LL. B., Ph.D., the world's most eminent, Phrenologist in his grand course of FREE LECTURES TONIGHT.
Prof. Windsor will delineate the characters of prominent citizens selected by the audience every night, producing
astonishment and roars of laughter.
How to Be Healthy.
MATRIMONY: How to Select a Husband or Wife. Electric and Magnetic Affinities explained. Scientific definition of love.
Prof. Windsor will introduce several beautiful young ladies, representing different types, and select husbands for them
from the audience.
TO LADIES ONLY: "Health, Happiness and Beauty."
This course of lectures is an EDUCATION IN ITSELF. Do not miss a single night.
Prof. Windsor can be consulted during the say from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at his office in HIBERNIAN HALL.
Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; July 7, 1898
A.A. Mallon Gives an Interesting Impromptu Program.
There was a meeting of the ladies' auxiliary of the A.O.H. at Hibernian hall last night. After the business of the evening
had been disposed of a number of gentlemen who had also been holding a meeting in the hall were called in and all were given
a treat which was as delightful as unexpected.
A.A. Mallon, actor and comedian, who has been in the city for the past two or three weeks, and who was one of the members of
the old joint stock companies organized here away back in the sixties was introduced. To say that the audience was delighted
would be expressing it rather tamely. He gave them a program, devised on the spur of the moment that the equal of which has
rarely been seen in this city.
Mr. Mallon opened with a short "actor talk" on the late Edwin Booth and then gave an imitation of Booth in the closet scene
from Hamlet. It was a wonderful piece of work and those present who had seen Booth in his palmy days say that they could
almost see him again before them. From this he turned to a bit of pantomine or "silent acting" from a little French drama,
the plot of which is laid in Monte Carlo. It was a very clever thing and excited the applause of the audience time and
again. It remained for his comic sketches however, to take the audience by storm. It was an illustration of how different
people "popped the question."
The sketches included the English marine, the French dancing master, the German, the Irishman, the colored man, the Jew, the
actor, the Chinaman and the Yankee. It was a laugh from the beginning to the end.
The closing and special piece of the evening was an imitation of the two great American stars, Booth and Lawrence Barrett in
the quarrel scene between Brutus and Cacius from Julius Caesar. The reading was superb and brought forth the highest praise
of the actor's worth and ability.
An amusing incident occurred while the actor was doing the "silent acting." The colored Light Guard band which was
accompanying a colored trolley party about the three cities, stepped in front of the hall to give them a serenade. The music
was not of the "shivery, deep villain" character, but drowned even the acting. Solemnly the actor turned to the place where
the L.R. should be and in stentorian tones called out, "Mr. Stage Manager, ring down the curtain please, the orchestra is
late with the overture."
Davenport Republican; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; November 24, 1898
GEN. GEDDES CIRCLE
At Hibernian hall last evening was held the annual dance of the Gen. Geddes Circle ladies of the G.A.R. The attendance was
good though happily not so great as to place the merry dancers under the inconvenience attendant upon an overcrowded hall.
The excellent quality of those upon the floor was a noticeable feature ofthe event. The ladies that had the dance in charge
deserve great credit for the manner in which it was conducted. Refreshments were served free during the evening. Albert
Petersen furnished a spring orchestra for the occasion. Geo. Welsh was floor manager. The committees are as follows:
Arrangements - Mrs. Hewes, Mrs. Lager, Mrs. Karwath, Mrs. Alvord.
Reception - Mrs. W.B. Flanagan, Mrs. F. Tillotsen, Mrs. S.A. Wood, Mrs. L. Welch.
Invitation - Mr. Frank Tillotson, Mr. Joe Fisher, Mr. W.B. Flanagan, Mr. Sackett, Mrs. Wm. Smith, Mrs. Fisher.
Davenport Republican; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; March 17, 1901
HIBERNIAN HALL PROGRAM
This Evening's Entertainment In Honor of St. Patrick Will Be a Fine One
St. Patrick's Day will be appropriately celebrated this evening by a public entertainment at Hibernian hall, given under the
auspices of the A.O.H. and the ladies' auxiliary of that organization. The program, to hear which the public is cordially
invited, will consist of addresses and musical selections, and will be excellent throughout. Rev. J.F. Lockney, of Rock
Island, and E.M. Sharon and A.P. McGuirk of this city will be the speakers. Piano solos will be played by Miss Mary Croak,
E.C. McCormick, Mae Michell, Eugene Kelly and Mary Gordon. Vocal solos will be presented by Bowman J. Eldridge, Alice
O'Connor and Mlle. Orme. Messrs. O'Connor, Lindley and Oakes will sing the trio "Oh, Restless Sea."
Mlle. Ilda Orme, one of the vocal soloists, is a professional singer and a well known composer of songs, who is visiting in
the city, and has consented to appear on this occasion. She will sing "Wearing of the Green," and a potpourri of popular
songs. She has had 18 of her compositions accepted by publishers in the past ten months, the best known being "A Lesson in
Davenport Republican; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; March 18, 1902
HE PRAISED THE IRISH
GEO. W. SCOTT CREDITS THEM WITH GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS
Hibernian hall was beautifully decorated last evening in a manner appropriate to St. Patrick's day. The walls were festooned
with green bunting and decorated with immense shamrocks cut out of paper. A picture of St. Patrick hung at the rear of the
platform and over it a motto in huge letters of gold and written in the Irish tongue. Translated it meant "A Thousand
Welcomes." Rev. Father Davis, who presided at the meeting, said 'this motto was one that hung over the door of the homes of
the Irish before the English began making trouble there.
Rev. Father Davis Presided
Rev. Father Davis made an address at the opening of the meeting and his remarks at this time as well as those he made during
the course of the entertainment when he was announcing the numbers of the program were greatly enjoyed.
A music and literary program of merit was a part of the exercises. An incident of it was the violin playing of Miss McNevin
who was accompanied on the piano by Prof. Ernst Otto. At the conclusion of the rendition of a piece in response to an encore
Miss McNevin was presented with a beautiful bouquet, carried forward by John Crowley.
The Three Addresses.
Three addresses were the chief features of the evening. One of these was delivered by E.M. Sharon on the work of St.
Patrick, the second was by Geo. W. Scott on the subject of the Irishmen in America and the third was by Henry Vollmer on the
struggle of the Boer republics...
Davenport Republican; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; February 21, 1903
ENJOYABLE CARD PARTY OF KNIGHTS OF MATTHEW
The Knights of Father Mathem gave a card party at Hibernian hall last evening. There were about 100 couples in attendance
and everyone enjoyed a very pleasant evening. C.E. Johnson captured the gent's first prize, and Miss Meenan of Rock Island
Tri-City Star; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; September 20, 1904
CARD PARTY LAST EVENING AT HIBERNIAN HALL
The ladies of Sacred Heart cathedral gave a card party last evening at Hibernian hall for the purpose of raffling off a
diamond ring, for which tickets were sold at a social early in the summer. Those in charge of the affair were Miss Theresa
Sharon, Mrs. Fred Niels and Mrs. Lewis. Mr. T. Kunrath was the fortunate winner of the ring. Cinch was the game of the
evening and the ladies' prize going to Miss Alma Gerwe, and the gentleman's prize to Mr. Harry McFarland. The raffling
committee were composed of Messrs. John Shields, John O'Keefe and John Jones.
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