Thursday, September 11, 2014

PAGE 29 - Padded Red Silk Centrepiece, 14 tickets

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his late 1800s Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.  Page 29, contains a most unusual Musical item surrounded by tickets, including such diverse items as travel tickets and a church event... 
First, here's the centrepiece of this page on the right. Although challenging to read, it is much more challenging to understand!  I badly want to read what is on the glued-down side, but - Sigh.  Here's what is on this padded silk 'ticket':
Left side: 
 [large image of golden Harp]   MUSIC! 
[run on names]  ADELINA PATTI  CHRISTINA NILSSON and ALWINE VALERIA / have used, endorsed, and purchased / Frances Bros. / Upright Piano
Right side:
Willie Edouin SPARKS / in a / bunch of / [large image of Keys] / or the Hotel / Painted by / Roman Art Co. / 3 Union Square  
What on earth should I make of this-?  Clearly there was something inside this 'ticket' - perhaps an advertisement, a social event, a dinner, or...?  
Click on links for information on Victorian era bel canto singers Adelina Patti & Christina Nilsson; as well details about Willie Edouin and his "Sparks" - he was a comedian, writer, performer, and theatre manager, a very successful entertainer despite his disability of dwarfism.

Moving on to the list on the left side of the full page (click on links for information)
1.  Grand Concert / Given byMr. Marshall P. Wilder, / AT LYRIC HALL, / 6th Avenue, bet. 41st and 42d Sts. / Monday Evening, April 23d, 1883 / Concert commences at 8 P.M. precisely / ADMISSION,  *  *  *  *  *  50 Cts.

2.  Grand Masquerade Ball, / of the / New York Maennerchor, / at / Terrace Garden, / 58th Street, near Third Ave., / On Wednesday, February 21st, 1883. / Lady's Ticket.

3.   Centennial Anniversary / No 5 / MASTERS LODGE / March 5, 1868. / Admit One.   (Freemasons)

4.  Third Annual Ball / of the / MYSTIC TIE ASSOCIATION, / at Irving Hall, / Thursday Evening, Dec. 12TH, 1867. / Tickets, ONE DOLLAR.  (Freemasons)
Across the top of this page, are three or is it four travel tickets? Left is a ticket from Syracuse to Baldwinsville, a distance of about 6 miles., on the Del. Lack. & Western R.R. Oswego & Syracuse Division.  This is for the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company.  Next are two tickets together, one admitting bearer on IRON PIER, and the other for the Excursion, IRON STEAMBOAT CO. to New York.  (Click on 1.9 on Wikipedia for details.)    Finally, a ticket for STEAMER "St. John.", one passage to New York. This steamer travelled between New York City and Albany, the capital.

At the bottom are two odd tickets.  
On the left hand side, is an Admittance ticket to The Crescent Club (the top left shows a logo of C C initials).  Admit Mr. Jas Terwilliger (his father), Ladies;  Introduced by Mr. Chas Blackie. No date provided.  
On the right side is an admittance ticket to the Dedication of St. Joseph's Church, Roselle, N.J. / Centre Aisle   Pew No 8.  And hand-lettered on the side is the date: Sunday May 1, 1898.  My Grandmother Marguerite Josephine TERWILLIGER & Grandfather Charles Edward KUHN were married in this church in 1910.  

Top right of the page is a Special Excursion ticket for the New Jersey Southern Railway, June 23d, 1881, from West End to New York, and is sponsored by the 7th Regt N.G.S.N.Y. Veteran Association.   

Next are two railway tickets with no dates on them: Central Railroad of New Jersey, from Roselle, N.J. to Plainfield, N.J.  

Beside it is an Excursion Ticket on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR, Morris & Essex Div., Broad St. Newark to New York.  

Next is a pale blue ticket, the Madison Avenue Church of the Disciples, / Madison Avenue, Corner 45th Street / Rev. Geo. H. Hepworth, Pastor. / Sunday School Entertainment, / Tuesday Evening, December 17, 1878,/ At 7:45 P.M. / Tickets ... Twenty-five Cents.  [check the link - it's a phenomenal architectural 'white elephant']

Finally, the bottom right ticket from 1880 is the American Museum of Natural History / 8th Ave. and 77th St.  Central Park / AUTUMN RECEPTION / Tuesday, October 26th, 1880, from 2 to 5 P.M. /  Admit Jas. Terwilliger Esq [his father] and Ladies. / Compliments of the Trustees. The AMNH was established in 1869.  By the way, any time I find "Jas Terwilliger" it is invariably referring to my 2nd great-grandfather, James M. Terwilliger, who always signed himself "Jas", whereas his son, James Grover Terwilliger, always signed as "Grove Terwilliger", or J.G.

I hope you enjoyed travelling down this page.  It was quite a bit of work, and I managed to find information about many of the items.  Click through on the links for more details or photographs.  And if you have further information on any of these items/events, do let me know via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow, that's one of the best pages so far. The silk centerpiece is incredible.

    1. Thanks Jill - that's what I thought too. But I had hoped to figure out what was inside the gorgeous exterior... No information at all. But perhaps someone will recognize it and let me know, at some point in the future! Thanks for stopping by!