Mighty blizzard blankets Northeast | Turning Back the Pages

•100 years ago — Feb. 1914•

Play it one more time

There has been a dearth of amateur dramatic entertainment this winter in Warrensburgh, but “Brac, the Poorhouse Girl,” a comedy-drama, will be presented at the Warrensburgh Music Hall on Feb. 20 and 21, 1914 and there is expected to be a large turnout. Miss Mabel Winslow will play “Brac.“ John F. Burt will arrange the scenic features. Following the first performance on Friday night, there will be a dance for which Green and Tidmarch’s Orchestra will play. Refreshments will be served on stage at the hall.

The play was last presented in Warrensburgh on Feb. 12 and 13, 1889, just 25 years ago at Hockaday’s Hall for the benefit of the Cadet Band. Since that time the band is no more, actor J.H. Mixter has died and Hockaday Hall has been reduced to ashes in a midnight fire. At that performance Miss Maggie Fitzsimons played “Brac” and today she is the wife of attorney Thomas O’Connor of Waterford. Tickets are 50 cents for gentlemen and ladies are free. The money will go to the Warrensburgh School graduating class. (Note - How fun it would be if this play could be located and the Warrensburg School could find a copy of this fine old play and present it on stage once again to an appreciative Warrensburg audience. Three times in 125 years! It is indeed time to raise “Brac” once again from her dusty grave.

Mighty blizzard blankets Northeast

A snow storm which in widespread severity rivaled the big blizzard of March 12 and 13, 1888 began at 10 p.m. Feb. 12, 1914 and continued until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Like the great storm of ‘88 it covered the entire northeastern section of the United States and everywhere traffic of every description was paralyzed.

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