Future Redlands Bowl attendant featured in 1922 recital – Redlands Daily Facts

June 19, 1922

Fine Arts students in recital

The University of Redlands College of Fine Arts has the largest classes in the institution’s history this year, and 18 of the students were heard at the annual recital at the Methodist Church on Saturday evening, a large company of interested musicians and friends gathered to enjoy the splendid program.

A number of students who appeared have been studying for two or more years and their progress and development in all areas has been most remarkable. Everything was played out with delicious ease.

The program opened with two piano numbers, Prelude and Fugue by Bach and an Etude by Chopin, by Miss Ruth Grinnell. Miss Grinnell also appeared in an organ number later that evening.

Other piano numbers on the program were by Miss Christine Springston, who gave her college graduation recital last week, Miss Nancy Cavanaugh, Miss Joyce Yoder, who performed Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’, Miss Iola Stower, who performed Rachmaninoff’s “Polichinelle”, and Miss Deidamina Netherton, who performed Chopin’s Scherzo in C sharp minor.

This photo from the AK Smiley Public Library Archives shows the Redlands Amphitheater, later known as Redlands Bowl, circa 1916, looking much like it did when Ruth Grinnell began accompanying the Community Sings in 1924 In 1930, the shell of the group was replaced by the Prosellis (coined word meaning
This photo from the AK Smiley Public Library Archives shows the Redlands Amphitheater, later known as Redlands Bowl, circa 1916, looking much like it did when Ruth Grinnell began accompanying the Community Sings in 1924 In 1930, the band’s shell was replaced by the Prosellis (a coined word meaning “before the seats”), a gift from Clarence and Florence White. (Courtesy of AK Smiley Public Library Heritage Hall)

Both Miss Yoder and Miss Netherton are girls from the Redlands, who will no doubt take their place in the musical life of the community upon graduation.

Editor’s note: Ruth Grinnell was at the end of her second year at the University of Redlands when she performed Bach and Chopin at the June 1922 recital by university music students. Two years later, when her graduation from the University of Redlands was only about a month old, she secured her place in Redlands history by accompanying the first Community Sing at the Redlands Amphitheater (known more later the Redlands Bowl) in July 1924, the start of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival.

This photo from the AK Smiley Public Library Archives is a portrait of Ruth Grinnell Fowler by Redlands photographer Wm. Elmer Kingham.  The photo is from 1944, two decades after Ruth Grinnell graduated from the University of Redlands and began accompanying the Community Sings to the Redlands Bowl.  (Courtesy of AK Smiley Public Library Heritage Hall)
This photo from the AK Smiley Public Library Archives is a portrait of Ruth Grinnell Fowler by Redlands photographer Wm. Elmer Kingham. The photo is from 1944, two decades after Ruth Grinnell graduated from the University of Redlands and began accompanying the Community Sings to the Redlands Bowl. (Courtesy of AK Smiley Public Library Heritage Hall)

She married Orland J. Fowler in the 1930s, and as Ruth Grinnell Fowler continued to accompany Summer Music Festival’s Community Sings until 1978. She was also a music teacher at a San Bernardino public school.

June 19, 1922

Professor Marsh will lead a boys’ choir

Professor Charles H. Marsh, of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Redlands, will be in charge of music and the Trinity Episcopal Church Boys Choir from July 1, it has been announced . Professor Marsh has just accepted the position left vacant by the resignation of Harl McDonald, who left to study in Europe.

Professor Marsh will play the organ and will also lead the boys’ choir, said to be one of the most successful in this section.

June 20, 1922

Prominent artists invited here

Miss Thekla Mertens, a well-known interior designer from Los Angeles, and Julian Harrison, a painter, also from that city, are the guests of Professor and Mrs. Charles Marsh of Fern and Fourth. They have just completed work on a beautiful new theater in Hollywood where they have made panels depicting the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Visitors enjoy the university’s closing events, including the Zanja Fiesta last night.

June 20, 1922

Install showers in Sylvan Park

Dr. JA Shreck, Superintendent of Christian Sunday School, has placed showers or outdoor showers at Sylvan Park for the children of Redlands at his own expense.

While Dr. Shreck was out east last summer he saw these outdoor showers in several of the large parks there and the kids enjoyed them more than the pools and they are much more hygienic. It consists of a system of overhead pipes with fine holes that spray a thin stream of water over children playing in the sand below them.

The showers have been installed in Sylvan Park and will be used for the first time tomorrow when the Christian Sunday School holds its annual picnic there. All other children are welcome to use it tomorrow. Wear your bathing suit.

June 22, 1922

Sunday School Christian Picnic

About 200 Christian Sunday School members enjoyed a picnic in Sylvan Park yesterday afternoon and evening. The children gathered at an early hour to enjoy baseball and water sports and dinner was served at 7 p.m.

During the hour, Lloyd Childers of the Sunday School baseball team presented the silver cup won by the Christian team in interchurch league games. Acceptance was by EG Freel. The evening ended with games on the lawns under the supervision of department superintendents.

June 22, 1922

Young musician to study in the east

Miss Geneva Costello, one of Redlands’ promising young musicians, graduating from high school this year, will leave town on August last for the east. She will enter the New England Conservatory in Boston in the fall to study piano, organ and harmony with Wallace Goodrich, and is unlikely to return until she completes her course.

Miss Costello studied harmony and composition with Harl McDonald and organ with Ray Hastings and Ernest Douglas of Los Angeles. She will be accompanied by her father, J. Costello, who will visit the east shortly before returning home.

Editor’s Note: Geneva Costello, a 1922 graduate of Redlands High School, was later Geneva Mills, a longtime piano and organ teacher in Redlands and mother of Ray Mills, who was Redlands Fire Chief in the 1980s and was a Redlands Man of the An.

June 24, 1922

Eight people from the Redlands on the train from New Orleans

When boarding the train for New Orleans last Saturday, eight people from the Redlands found themselves in the same car and enjoyed the trip together to the city of Louisiana, according to word just received by HG Clement whose family is with the party. It includes Harl McDonald, Mrs George Bunnell, Miss Flora Cook, Miss Miriam Scott, Mrs Clement, Miss Dorothy and Gail Clement and Robert Clement.

Flood conditions were so bad in the south that the train was delayed 12 hours from Houston to Fort Worth, detouring.

Miss Scott and Miss Cook traveled overland to Washington, DC, from New Orleans and the other members of the group sailed to New York on Wednesday.