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Page 6 Wednesday, November 7, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner HenryFord's fiddler comes to Council By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 I found an article in a August 1930 Adams County Leader newspa- per that I thought was interesting, rm not sure if it sheds any light on the Oldtime Fiddlers' contests nationally and at Weiser, but I suppose, if the arti- cle is factual, what is men- tioned here might have started the movement. The article follows. "Famous fiddler to be heard" "Henry Ford prot6g6 hit Council this week and will be heard at People's Theatre two nights - will also play for club dance:' "The man who won Henry Ford, Thomas A. Edison and Harvey Firestone old time rid- dler's contest, Frank M. Herrington, has come to Council to spend a week or so camping in the cool places of the near- by canyons. Since 1924 Mr. Herrington has been Henry Ford's fiddler. Mr. Ford himself, is said to be an old time fiddler, that is hard to bet [beat?] but, Herrington can show Henry how to do it sci- entifically, artistically and absolutely correctly, so Henry passes the honors to Frank and adopts him as the champion old time fiddler." "To combat wild jazz and bring back the har- mony of the old days of real music Mr. Ford and his pals, Edison and Firestone, sponsored the fiddling contests and out of them came Herrington who was a personal friend of Henry Ford in Michigan before Henry's rise to wealth and fame:' And not only is Mr. Herrington a fiddler. He is a jig dancer, a contortion- ist and an athlete, despite his seventy years of age. "He is a unique char- acter. Claims to know as many as five thousand tunes according to the original music by heart, and can play most any of old time music that his audience may call for. He will have three- quarters of an hour for his part of the entertainment at the Peoples Theatre Friday and Saturday nights of this week. He has also consented to play for the Worthwhile Club carnival dance Tuesday evening of next week". "Quite a fellow Herrington" Aside from being the champion old time fiddler of the United States, E M. Herrington, now sojourn- ing in Council for a week, has been or is a lot of other things in the cham- pion or near-champion line". "He says he is that chap who was wide- ly advertised as "Kid Bailey" in the boxing world in years not so long ago. Kid Bailey may be remembered by the older school of boxing fans. He was a headliner in those days. But he does not care for boxing - he'd rather sing and play with the young peo- ple. He knows more Bible than most of the ordinary run of people and says he lives by its precepts the best he can. Likes the Bible way much better than the prize fighting way. But he does not advo- cate asking him to turn the other cheek too often. He might use prize fighting tac- tics." A separate arti- cle announced the Worthwhile Club Carnival Dance: "The women are in the forefront again, this time it's the Worthwhile club, putting on a car- nival and dance at the same time at Peoples the- atre next Tuesday night, August 5th." The paper said fiddler Herrington was to be "assisted by Charlotte Lemon and Alvin Osborne, piano and banjo." I find it curious that people in those days, and even before, usually capi- talized the first word of a name, but not the sec- ond -- Worthwhile club, Peoples theatre. They did that for rivers too - Weiser river, Snake river. Here's another of David MacGregor's photos with unidentified loggers. David thinks the man on the right might be Russell Smith. If anyone they know who these guys are, please let me know. Silver & Gold No lunch on Friday the 23Jzd How's the world treat- ing you? Sure hope it improves after Tuesday. I really don't have any- thing to complain about, but we are in big trouble if some changes aren't made. It's been a busy week for me. Marian, Patty and I went for a tour of the Temple on Friday, and Ray ]had an appointment with a doctor at the VA. I met up with Ray after we ladies and Craig and Gary went for lunch. The boys bought our lunch. Thank you guys... Had a very nice day. But was sure tired that night. I don't know why it seems like when I,go to Boise I am so tired for a day our two after that. Ray stopped to visit with Ralph and Phyllis in Weiser, and then he and I stopped again on the way home. Saturday was such a dreary day. Ray and I both napped. On Wednesday, Mary Ann and I both have appoint- ments in McCall in the morning, and in the after- noon I am going to the church to help tie a quilt. We are behind in our quilting, so need to get busy. Our quail were gone for a couple of days and I was worried about where they went, but as of yes- terday they are back and so are the doves. I love to watch them as they feed in our front yard. Now on to the news of the center. Of course each Tuesday is cards. Wednesday is exercise at 10:30, then lunch. The McCall bus will be going on the 17th of November. It leaves the center at 9:30 AM and is free. Thursday the 22nd of November is Thanksgiving, so that Friday the center will be closed. No lunch on Friday the 23rd. Our foot clinic is full for the 14th, but of course by the time you read this it will be over. It is kind of hard to always think a week ahead when I am writing this for the paper. We will be having our Bingo on the 9th at 7 p.m. Our blackout pot is 99 dollars. And after that Bingo we will suspend Bingo for a while because everyone is so busy dur- ing the holidays. So after the first of January we will start again. I will keep you up to date. This coming Thursday the 8th we will be making popcorn balls again. Irene has asked me to chair that project while she is gone. So look for me to make the rounds selling the balls. Probably on Friday. We have had to up the price because of the cost of supplies. Sorry about that but I understand they were really good. If you are not doing any- thing on Thursday after- By Shirley Wilson noon come help us make the balls. I'm sorry to say our food pantry didn't get much in the way of food from the food bank. The driver said their shelves were real low. We had fun on Halloween at the center. Some real cute costumes. I think Linnis and I won, and so did Shirley and Ed Garver. Ed made a real cute girl. He was wearing a wig and one of Shirley's dresses. Way to go Ed! Until next week, Hugs and Good wishes. @Doctor of Dental Surgery Advanced FAucation ifi General Densitry Post ,  - S o Adlunct Faculq' at Idaho State Umversltv AEG Dental lsidencv Full-Time Practice ser4ng Council and Cambridge since 2002 Pharmacy Technician CHILDREN! Ckeck it o00t!! Inside Adams County Health Center 205 N. Berkley, Council 208-253-4957 Monday Thursday 9am to 6pm Friday 9am to 5pm Closed for lunch from I pm to 2pm daily