This Day in Dayton, 30 March

In the spring of 1853 Prof. Sharpe held a number of singing schools in various churches in Lafayette, and also one in the Presbyterian church in Dayton. On March 30, he held a concert in the new church in Dayton. The performers had previously given a performance in Lafayette, and apparently were not the Dayton class. The editor of the Courier reported on the event in the edition of April 1:

Our little neighbor, Dayton, eight or nine miles out on the plank road, is more of a place than we were wont to suppose, until taking a stroll through its streets and around its suburbs, yesterday afternoon. We do not know the number of its inhabitants, but they have certainly displayed commendable enterprise in public improvements, particularly in the line of churches. The town has five meeting, houses, and the new one recently completed by the New School Presbyterians, is a fine building, almost as good as the best of which Lafayette can boast. Having the pleasure to anticipate in Prof. Sharpe’s Concert, held in this new church last evening, we had an opportunity to examine the internal arrangement, which we found neat and well finished. The citizens of Dayton deserve great credit for their liberality in the erection of such a house.

...We learn that Mr. Sharpe's music class in Dayton, contemplate getting up a series of concerts on their own hook. The Professor says they have some capital voices among them, and with a little practice can give a creditable performance.

Susan ClawsonComment