The Caddo Herald
August 30, 1946
Minstrel Thursday Nite Drew a Large Audience
The minstrel show at the high school auditorium last Thursday night was a success both financially and artistically.
The end men kept the house in uproarious laughter: Jones Sharp, Bill Herman, James Broadhead, Bill Tharp, Hutchens, T. J. Witherspoon, Phillip Royal, Harold H. Huddleston, and Pop Gecks were it from start to finish.
Mrs. Maytubby sang “St. Louis Blues” and Mrs. Royal a lullaby. Mrs. Cassidy’s “Pistol Packin Mama” brought down the house.
The porter and chambermaid song of Gene Gecks and T. J. Witherspoon was a hit, as were the dances of Gene Gecks and J. C. Welter.
The three graces: Davey Call, John Long, and Charles Choate.
The minstrel was under direction of Mrs. Bernice Studebaker, of Philadelphia, daughter of Pop Gecks and Mrs. Gecks.
Mrs. Henry Bass did a fine piece of work at the piano, playing the songs and dances.
C. B. Welter and Bill Hamilton put their songs over in a big way.
One of the outstanding numbers was the dancing by four girls and Mr. Broadhead.
And we would not forget the grand opening number by little folks, directed by Mrs. Wilson.
Some 700 people assembled to and did thoroughly enjoy these Senegambian anctics.
Mr. Fox was interlocutor; few can excel him in this. A white man utterly surround by dark town belles and beaux. And Mrs. Fox reading. It was really something to write to the home folks about.