Zula Fisher Lauded in Theater Role
Hey, hey, and happy 2016 to family and familiars.
Two things that keep me returning to genealogy — no matter the gaps between hits on the blog odometer — are the stories (confirming old ones, uncovering new ones) and the mysteries (solving an old one, unearthing a new one).
This week, by virtue of some spurts of research spawned by arctic temps here in the western outpost of Foutz- and Leydom, I’ve got some new tidbits to share.
Today we visit with a teenage Great-Grandmother Zula Lucrece (Fisher) Ley, circa 1913.
As a New Philadelphia, Ohio, high school senior, Zula was noted in her yearbook entry for her participation in basketball and the senior play. But a (remarkably) lengthy write-up in the Daily Times shared some interesting details of her role.
Subbed after Classmate’s Sister’s Death
“Real stars uncovered in playlet,” the headline reports, and the article goes on for a full, front-page column, then jumps to more on page 5.
Even my indulgent newspaper editors probably would have red-penned me to death were I to have pulled that almost a hundred years later.
We learn more about Zula’s role about 2/3 of the way down. From the Saturday, May 24, 1913 edition:
Miss Zula Fisher deserved much credit. Miss Fisher portrayed the part of Miss Mayne Hensel, leading lady in the junior class play. The part was to have been taken by Miss Martha Swearingen, but on account of the death of Miss Swearingen’s sister she was unable to take part. Miss Fisher was notified only Friday morning that she was to take the part and had only one day to prepare it. If one had not known, it could never had been told as she spoke her lines and acted as though she had been practicing a month.
A nice little nugget, in a story of otherwise merely contemporary value, that shines a little light on Zula’s budding character.
No surprise, then, that she grew into a local teacher well-known and beloved by pupils over the following years. And also sheds light on another surprising tid bit I’ll share Tuesday.