Cole’s Comedians

Anticipation.  From the April 20, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard, page 5:
Cole’s Comedians come to our town well recommended from other towns where they have been.  The company is composed of ladies and gentlemen and all members of the company are stars in their lines of work.  Don’t fail to see them at Cook’s opera house, April 23.  Admission, children under 12 years 10 cents; general admission 20 cents; reserved seats 25 cents.  Reserved seats now on sale at Opera House Pharmacy.

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Messrs. J. F. Cook, W. T. Bohannan, Chas. Beverlin and Walter Sandifer drove down to Graham, last Friday night to witness the performance of Cole’s Comedians.  They report a good, clean, entertaining program.

Further incentive could be found on page 8:

One lady is admitted free with one reserved seat ticket to Cole’s Comedians on their first night, April 23.  Reserved seats at Opera House Pharmacy.

If you miss going to see Cole’s Comedians you will regret it, as this is one of the best shows on the road, and everything is up to date, moral and refined.  Remember the date.  April 23.  Admission 10 and 20 cents; reserved seats 25 cents, at Opera House Pharmacy.

Cole’s Comedians & Vaudeville Co. will be at Cook’s opera house, next Monday April 23.  If you can’t laugh don’t go.

More hilarity was promised in the April 27 edition:
Friday night Coles Comedians have secured the services of Mr. Walter Sandifer who will endeavor to give a correct imitation of the Skidmore Quartette.  This is one of the neatest and funniest specialties ever introduced in Skidmore.  Mr. Sandifer as an entertainer has few equals, and no superiors.  Be sure and come out to see Coles’ Big Show, Friday night.

Also from the April 27, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard:

Cole’s Comedians, the company which has been holding the boards at Cook’s opera house, this week, has played to small houses on account of the inclement weather which has prevailed since the company came to Skidmore.  There are two engagements yet, tonight and tomorrow night.  The company is composed of Frank Cole, manager; Miss Nellie Cole, serpentine dancer; Chas. H. King, original king of banjo and comedian; Geo. Weaver, vocal soloist; J. F. Lovely, mind reader; Jack Wilson, Pianist; and John B. Roberts, all-around musician.

In the next week’s edition, the paper reported on Mr. Lovely’s mind reading prowess.  From the May 4, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 3:

An interesting spectacle was witnessed in town Saturday afternoon.  Mr. J. F. Lovely, who is with Cole’s Comedians, gave an example of his powers as a mind reader.  B. E. Wood and J. F. Cook addressed a letter, put it in a box at the post office, locked the box and hid the key.  During all this time Mr. Lovely was blindfolded.  When the men returned, he started with Mr. Cook on one side and Mr. wood on the other holding his wrists, to find the key.  He found it in the dining room of Yetter & Yetter’s confectionery and then proceeded with it to the post office where he hastily located the proper box, selected the letter from among a dozen others and delivered it to Mr. Fount Stults, to whom it was addressed.  He did the whole thing in less than five minutes.

Cole’s Comedians provided other forms of entertainment, too.  Also from the May 4 edition, page 1:
Miss Bessie Gray received the ring, last Saturday night, she being the winning candidate as the most popular young lady, and Helen Wade received the baby ring as the prettiest baby.  These presents were given by Cole’s Comedians who filled a six nights engagement at Cook’s opera house.

Mr. King’s musical skills made the paper (May 4, page 3):

By special request, Mr. Chas. H. King, “original king of the banjo,” gave a second rendition of his “Imitation of Trinity Church Chimes,” at the show Saturday night.  Mr. King says he has played before the Royal House of England.  If there is anything he can do, it is play the banjo.