Oregon City Enterprise, March 24, 1876
Vivian-Kohler. This troupe of world-renowned artistes gave an entertainment at Pope’s Hall, in this city, on Tuesday night. Though the evening was fine and all circumstances favorable to giving them a full house, but a small audience was present, and this among the people who had crowded the rooms of Jacobs, the spiritualist, and gave the Lewis Brothers crowded houses for three successive nights. The entertainment, not withstanding the meager attendance, was extremely excellent, nor could one detect from the manner of the actors that they were not listened to by the largest audience in the world. After a piano overture by Prof. Waud, and a song by Mr. Campbell, well rendered, Mr. Kohler appeared and gave a solo on a cornet-a-piston and carbonicon. Prof. Waud playing a piano accompaniment. At first sight we were struck with the remarkable appearance of Mr. Kohler, with his well preserved physique, handsome intellectual face and golden gray hair and beard. There is something prepossessing in his appearance that it helps to prepare one for the exhibit of his
wonderful musical talents. His performances on the cornet, French Flageolet, concertina and tumbleronicon (tray of glasses filled with liquid) are pronounced by all perfect, and at least disclose a higher order of musical genius than was ever exhibited in our city before. The French flageolet played by him, gives forth notes as exquisitely sweet as are the warblings of the sweetest singing canary bird, each performance receiving rounds of the heartiest and most persistent encores.
When Vivian presented himself, he was enthusiastically encored. Many of those present had heard him before, and the applause with which he was received showed that his remarkable talents were appreciated. His songs and character sketches are unsurpassed, being fresh, new and perfect delineations. One can “write up” others, but not Vivian. He must be seen and heard to be appreciated. While upon the stage he kept the audience in a roar of laughter, and was called back again and again by repeated encores.
Mr. Campbell’s basso songs were excellent, and Mrs. Blake sang well, while Prof. Waud, at the piano, acquitted himself credibly, but all were so far surpassed by the principal actors, Vivian and Kohler, that we fear the rest of the troupe do not receive the credit due them. Vivian promises to give us another entertainment when he returns from up the valley, when admission will be reduced to a figure to allow everybody to attend, and give him such a house as he deserved. We hope he will not fail to come, and think we can warrant him a full house, after the good impression made by Tuesday night’s entertainment.
Oregon City Enterprise, March 23, 1906
Resurrection, Count Leo Tolstoi’s great dramatic play of Russian treachery, made famous by Miss Blanch Walsh and Esther Rujaero, will be presented by the N. Y. Empire Theatre Company at Shively’s Opera House Thursday and Saturday nights, March 22 and 24, with Miss Rujaero in the role as she appeared at the Empire Theatre in New York City. This is the first time the production has been west at popular prices and has met with great success. The crowded houses in Portland last week showing conclusively the strength of both Miss Rujaero and her talented company.
Oregon City Courier, March 23, 1916
Mrs. Norris, Playwright
Production from Pen of Local Woman is Presented by Children.
Mrs. J. W. Norris, wife of City Physician Norris, made her debut to county seat folk last week as the author of a play, and her drama was presented before the Woman’s club by a number of children. The title of the playlet, “Modernizing Grandma,” was most appropriate, and those who saw it and listened to its clever lines applauded the author heartily.
The play was presented at the “Baby Night” entertainment given by the Woman’s Club. Other features of the evening were songs by Mrs. W. C. Green, Mrs. C. F. Romig, Miss Matie Juhnke and Mrs. F. B. Schoenborn; and a debate between Mrs. F. J. Tooze and Mrs. J. R. Landborough on “Resolved, that the modern way of bringing up children is better than the old.”
Oregon City Enterprise, March 18, 1921
New Picture House Ready About May 30
The Liberty theater, new picture house now under construction and owned by W. A. Long, also owner of the Star, will be ready for the official opening about Decoration day, and and added attraction will be the feature of the opening. Work on the movie house is rapidly advancing and Monday the temporary foundations holding up the drying cement walls were removed.