I first discovered that my great-grandfather was a musician via the Rochester City Directories, which the Monroe County Public Library has made available on line. He is listed as a musician in 1902, then from 1910-1918, and as a shoemaker before and after 1902, then as of September of 1918. The only time his employment address was listed was 1914-1917 (282 West Main Street, which was the Empire Theatre).
As I stated in my previous post, George seemed to get his first taste of performing while attending Our Lady of Victory School. In 1890, he performed in “Le Distrait”, and in 1891 he played Brun, King of the Gnomes in “The Interviewer and the Faries”, which was an operetta.
Like George, his younger brothers Albert and Eugene also became musicians and seemed to be more successful at it. (More on them in future posts!)
I had no idea what kind of a musician he was until I came across a 1902 ad in the Wayne County Review (which I found on http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html , an awesome source for New York State newspapers). He was a pianist, just like his future wife Bertha and his son!
In a Google Books search (“Catalog of Copyright Entries: Musical Compositions, Part 3, Volume 22, Issue 1”) I found that he wrote the melody to an unpublished song in 1927 called “Stop Time Buck Dance”.
I have no idea how he and my great-grandmother Bertha met, but I like to think that perhaps music had something to do with it. Did they sit side by side at the piano, singing songs? I’ll never know, but it is a nice mental picture.