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Lakeside Ballroom - Guttenberg, Iowa (north of Dubuque)

Please help us locate photos, articles, handbills, business cards, promotional materials and oral histories about MUSICIANS, BANDS, DANCEHALLS, OPERA HOUSES and THEATRES in Illinois and Iowa towns/counties along the Mississippi River from Dubuque to Davenport. There were many THEATRE ORCHESTRAS for plays and vaudeville acts that the Project would like to recognize. Updated Feb. 22, 2007.

Dance at the famous 1927 LAKESIDE BALLROOM in Guttenburg, Iowa on the Mississppi River north of Dubuque, Iowa-The LAKESIDE BALLROOM boasts the longest bar in Iowa!

The Soibelman Collection of Maurice Seymour and Radio Personalities

FACEMAKERS, INC. of Savanna, Illinois, the City of Promise!
 
From the New York Times in October, 2004:
 

Alan St. George, founder and president of Facemakers, Inc., has combined a classical training in art from The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, (Walt Disney attended as a youth) with a hobby of creating famous monsters of filmland make-up effects.  Without the benefit of any formal business training, education or experience, and heedless of his father's caution (a tool and die-maker from the Chicago suburbs) that "you can't eat costumes" he embarked at age 19 on a career in mascot-making that has endured for 32 years.  Begun in 1972, Facemakers, Inc., is now the premier mascot company in America, employing over 20 full-time employees in the rural town of Savanna, Illinois, and shipping "the world's largest selection of mascots" to every corner of the globe.  Clients include The White House, The Olympics, Disney, and thousands of high schools and universities.

St. George recalls the company's birth:  "One day I entered a costume contest at midnight, downtown Chicago at the old Oriental Theatre, staged to promote the opening of 'Tales from the Crypt.'  That was March 9, 1972.  I spent four hours turning myself into a werewolf with rubber prosthetic appliances that I had spent weeks sculpting, casting and coloring.  These I glued onto my face with spirit gum and surgical adhesive.  Layers of grease paint and crepe wool hair were added.  Then I completed the costume with a 70's disco shirt, black trousers, and special paws I had made out of surgeon's gloves, artificial fingernails and more hair and greasepaint.  I remember that the parking garage attendant, a 6'3" man of heavy build wouldn't come and park my car...he just literally hid behind one of the giant concrete supporting pillars.  Then at the theatre, the ticket-taker screamed and waved me in without selling me a ticket.  That built up my confidence.  When I came into the lobby, a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times posed me next to a coffin and snapped my picture.  It showed up in the newspaper the next day, under the headline, Monsters on Loose in Loop."  This was big stuff for a 19 year old kid from the suburbs.  The newspaper article landed me a job promoting the movie, "FROGS!" A terrible AIP film starring Ray Milland.  I made the frog costume for the promotion, and the rest is history."

 

Jack and Maude Brooks Tent Shows of Sabula, Iowa
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Jack and Maude Brooks Tent Shows, Drama, Vaudeville, Music, organized and based in (Mississippi River) the Island City of Sabula, Iowa

Sabula based actors/musicians Jack, Maude Tomlinson Brooks (Brooks Stock Company) and Henry Marshall's (Marshal Players) theatrical companies performed "tent shows" at Sabula Opera House and throughout the midwest for fifty years, read Prairie-Advocate-News story by Caralee Aschenbrenner, "Please Don't Quote Me."

Timberlake Playhouse of rural Mount Carroll, Illinois

The Grand Opera House in Dubuque, Iowa

A circa 1940 photo of Della Jackson Kirschner of Hanover, Illinois shows a Billy Bishop Orchestra handbill appearing at the Royal Palais. The handbill was posted in the window of the popular Alexandar Tavern in downtown Galena, Illinois.

JELLY ROLL MORTON AND HIS RED HOT PEPPERS handbill at the ROYAL PALAIS BALLROOM in Galena, Illinois on Tuesday, August 30, 1927; After selecting link to Monrovia Sound Studio, scroll down to the Galena Daily Gazette announcements and the JRM handbill for The Royal Palais Ballroom engagement.

August 30, 1927 - Galena, Illinois USA
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Learn about this MCA Victor Handbill from site above

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Clarence Zahina & His Barnstormers play Melody Mills Ballroom in East Dubuque circa 1955

Handbilled as "Northern Illinois' Most Beautiful Ball Room." Freeport Public Library reports: The Terra Aqua Gardens Ballroom began as open-air summer dance pavilion in the 1921, located on the banks of Yellow Creek on South Walnut Road, just south of Freeport. In 1925 a winter facility and restaurant were added. A September 21, 1932 Freeport newspaper article stated that the best of traveling bands and the principal Chicago and New York musical organizations appeared. Next, under a change of management, this establishment became the New Palms but apparently did not survive the Great Depression. Does any one have information or photos of the Mercury Ballroom in Freeport, Illinois or the old cheese factory dancehall at. Photo provided by Linda Weiand.

Photos mentioning the Lake Sisters, Michigan Ramona Dance Pavilion or later the Ramona Ballroom are courtesy of Jerdon Realty, Dowagiac, Michigan.  In 2005, the Ramona Ballroom is operated as a roller rink.

Wayne King and His Orchestra at the Silver Beach Amusement Park (Shadowland Ballroom) in St. Joseph, Michigan... Select the photo of the ballroom to expand it. One owner of the Shadowland Ballroom was from Southbend, Indiana

History from Sisters Lakes, Michigan

Courtesy Jerdon Realty of Dowagiac, Michigan
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Courtesy Jerdon Realty of Dowagiac, Michigan

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Courtesy Jerdon Realty, Dowagiac, Michigan

Victor 24140  LET'S PUT OUT THE LIGHTS (Ramona)  PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH
Victor 24202  EADIE WAS A LADY (v Ramona)  PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH
Victor 24202  YOU'RE AN OLD SMOOTHIE (vRamona)  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24268  WHAT HAVE WE GOT TO LOSE  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24268  TONYS WIFE  ROY BARGY & RAMONA
Victor 24277  I NEVER HAD AN EDUCATION  RAMONA & HER GRAND PIANO
Victor 24277  I HATE TO THINK THAT YOU'LL GROW OLD  RAMONA & HER GRAND PIANO
Victor 24303  STAY OUT OF MY DREAMS  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24303  NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24304  I'LL TAKE AN OPTION ON YOU  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24304  I'VE GOT TO SING A TORCH SONG  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24310  WAS MY FACE RED  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24316  RAISIN THE RENT  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24365  ARE YOU MAKING ANY MONEY (vRamona)  PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH
Victor 24384  WEEP NO MORE MY BABY  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24384  WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24389  YOU EXCITE ME  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24389  COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24408  AH THE MOON IS HERE  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24408  TURN BACK THE CLOCK  RAMONA
Victor 24440  I'M NO ANGEL  RAMONA & ROY BARGY
Victor 24440  I FOUND A NEW WAY TO GO TO TOWN  RAMONA & ROY BARGY
Victor 24445  ANNIE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24445  NOT FOR ALL THE RICE IN CHINA  ROY BARGY AND RAMONA
Victor 24453  LET'S BEGIN (vRamona Davies)  PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH
Victor 24453  THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND (vJF)  PAUL WHITEMAN PRESENTS RAMONA
Victor 24455  SOMETHING HAD TO HAPPEN (vRamona)  PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH

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Some ballrooms, dancehalls or dance pavillions by state...

Aragon Ballroom in Chicago

Trianon Ballroom in Chicago

The Detroit News: Detroit's Ballrooms

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During the Roaring 1920's and especially during the depression years of 1930-1946, dance and music was regular entertainment for families, teens and adults. Playing in a local band provided income to local musicians, vocalists and their families.

The introduction of phonographs from about 1900 and radio from about 1920 into the homes of millions of Americans made it possible for thousands of musicians and song writers to become popular regionally and nationally.

On Saturday nights, the small amount of furniture the average family owned was temporarily removed from the living room to hold a "house dance." This is how my grandmother, Viola Bailey met my grandfather, Wade Vernon Law, a drummer, in 1935 at Ralph and Frances Bailey's farm house. Viola Bailey, 17, was there to watch her brother's several children. Her brother Ralph Bailey played bass fiddle.

In fact, in cities and townships all over America, local orchestras promoted the era of popular dance and music. The excitement created during this era was similar to the fascination of television in the 1950's and the INTERNET from 1995 to the present.

Savanna,Illinois and the counties from Dubuque to Davenport were blessed with immigrant/ethnic musicians during their developing years between 1860 and 1950. View MUSICIAN/BAND/THEATRE THEME, Dubuque to Davenport, 1900 to 1950.

Some area barns, dancehalls, ballrooms, opera houses and theatres where concerts and dances were held are listed:

Carroll County:
Nile's Barn, Marcus;
Brigham's Market, north of Marcus
Dancehall  in the Old Cheese at Loran

Wacker:
Dancehall at Wacker

Savanna:
The Minuet Ballroom--Sweetest Ballroom East of Iowa City, above Jimmy Ballas' Tavern on Main Street, Savanna
The National Armory AMVETs; (might have been the same room as the Minuet Ballroom)
The Pulford Opera House or Pulford's Palace
or same also known as The Odd Fellow's Hall
Dancehall above the old Boat House at Marquette Park
May's Paddock Room and May's Melodeon
Canavan's Caravan
Cain's Casino
Runyan's Rendezvous
Ginie's Garden
The Hob Knob
Meeker's Supper Club
Savanna Moose Hall
The Webb Theatre
Dancehall at Chestnut Park

Jo Davies County:
Kennedy's Barn, Pleasant Hill
Massbach, Dancehall in the Old Cheese Factory

Hanover:
The Brown Derby, south of Hanover
The Wagon Wheel, Terrapin Ridge (Elizabeth)
Galena:
The Royal Palais (famous big bands that played: Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Art Kassel Orchestra, Tiny Hill Orchestra, Billy Bishop Orchestra, Wayne King and Orchestra)
East Dubuque:
Melody Mill
Dubuque:
Dubuque Fairgrounds Ballroom
Fairyland Ballroom
Green Mill
Moonlight Gardens, Dubuque
Crystal Ballroom, Dubuque

Other nearby ballrooms and dancehalls frequented by Carroll, Jo Davies & Jackson County Dancers:
Mooney Hollow Opry - Green Island, Iowa - still open in 2007
Clinton, Iowa
Modernistic Ballroom, Clinton
Curtis Club, Clinton
Golden Pheasant, Clinton
Shattuck's Casino

Freeport, Illinois:
Northern Star, Freeport
The Terra Aqua Gardens/The New Palms Ball Room
The Mercury Ballroom

Albany/Cordova, Illinois
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Sandland Dancehall (rural Albany per Mrs. Bob (Joyce) Mitchell of Savanna)

Rockford:
Angla Terry Ballroom

Galesburg, Sterling and Peoria
Roof Gardens (were apparently established in all three cities)
Lincoln Tavern near Sterling
Peer Marquette, Peoria

Southwest Wisconsin:
Ballrooms in Dickeyville, Lancaster, Boscobel, Soldiers Grove and La Crosse.

Iowa:
Ida Grove (Iowa) Skate Palace, Band-Tuxedo Junction of Sioux City on August 28, 2001.

Famous Ballrooms around the mid-west that were occasionally frequented by area dancers: (note: many are engagements where Wayne King and Orchestra played).
Peony Park in Omaha
Playmoor in Kansas City
Iroquois Gardens in Louisville, KY
Eastwood Gardens in Detroit, MI
Lincoln Turnpike Casino, Lincoln, NE
Elitches Gardens and Lakeside Park, Denver, CO 

Other dancehalls around the Midwest were:
Webster Hotel, Chicago
Jeffrey Tavern, Chicago
New Albert Auditorium
The Elms, Excelsior Springs, Missouri 

On November 21, 1999 Charles Nast, a retired Savanna bartender and manager of the Moose Hall, recalled that in the late 1930's and early 1940's he and friends often drove to Galena and East Dubuque to dances at The Royal Palais and Moonlight Gardens.

Mr. Nast remembered that three big name orchestras that played frequently were Lawrence Welk, Art Kassel and Tiny Hill.

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6/27/05 Valencia Ballroom in Waukegan, Illinois, courtesy of Artist Marshall Philyaw of Round Lake, Illinois
 
6/27/05 Hello -
      Am sending, as an attachment, a photo of a rather large painting I recently completed of the old Valencia Ballroom in Waukegan, Illinois, which flourished briefly from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s. Many well known bands played there, including Wayne King and Ray Miller.  As can be seen on the marquee, the ballroom was anticipating a visit from Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. The Valencia eventually became the Times (movie) theater, and is now just a parking lot.....
      
Marshall Philyaw
Round Lake, Illinois

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