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Willard J. Page ExhibitWith his wife Ethel, he went on-the-road in their "motor home" going from town to town showcasing his wares in the early 1900s. Willard J. Page traveled the Southwest bringing hustle and a clever marketing scheme that blended his artistic talent with a novel production style and demonstrated passion for capturing the American Wests's natural beauty. Setting up his easels on railroad platforms, he would paint his vision of the Southwest in an assembly-line production mode, and sell his "baggage-sized" original oils to train travelers eager to grab a memento... Read More
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The Grismers: A Dynamic Duo on the Stage of Howey’s Hall
By Tom Collins
In the 1880s, Prescott had only one “opera house,” the tiny theater on the second floor of the building designed and constructed by James Howey in 1879. Levi Bashford bought the building in 1880 and, in 1887, created a theater with a stage only 10 feet deep and about 30 feet wide. The seating capacity was about 250. Despite the cramped quarters, professional theater troupes occasionally performed there.
One such troupe was the renowned San Francisco Grismer-Davies Company, headed by the most respected duo in the city: Joseph R. Grismer and his lovely wife, Phoebe Davies. They arrived in Prescott via the Atlantic & Pacific Railway in January 1888 and presented a trio of melodramas: The Streets of New York, The Wages of Sin, and Called Back.Read More