|Davis Opera House|
It turns out that Clinton did have an opera house, but not in the sense we currently envision. The following is the result of Mary's investigation.
|A clothing store on the first floor of the Davis block|
|Lillian Russell - Clinton native.|
Many well known musicians, and actors performed on the stage of The Davis Opera House, including the international stage star, Lillian Russell. Ms. Russell was a Clinton native, born Helen Louise Leonard, whose father was the editor of The Clinton Herald. It is said that she commanded $5,000 per week. Do you think she was paid that at The Davis or would she have given them a discount for old times sake?
Now that I know how grand and extraordinarily large the Clinton Opera House was, I've decided that I don't really think my g-g aunt Gussie and her female singing group performed there, but possibly the music hall on the second floor which no doubt played to a smaller and more casual crowd. I'll bet they attended performances at the Opera House, though.
Thank you again to Mary for her curious mind and for sharing her findings with me. What still seems unusual to me is that the Opera House was located on the third and fourth floors of a building rather than a stand alone building. Would they have had elevators? ----No, probably not.