REV. W. A. NICHOLAS SUPERINTENDENT
COMEDY SHOW SPONSORED BY AMERICAN LEGION OPENS
Comedy show sponsored by American Legion on March 31, 1933 in Abilene, Texas
This article and photo sent in to Web Site by Mike Ziegenhagen, Abilene, Texas
Abilene, Texas, March 31, 1933
Appear In Clever Review -- Among the Abilene business men who will doff their dignity and appear in a clever skit, "Beaus and Belles of Grandma's Time," part of the American Legion show tonight and Friday night, are H. P. Schienberg, left in photo, and Rev. W. A. Nicholas. Schienberg, dressed in the costume of a New York Bowery girl, will dance an interpreetation of the Bowery waltz. Rev. Nicholas is to be seen as the Floradora boy.
Members of Parramore Post, American Legion, welcomed the fair weather today.
With an excellent cast of home town talent ready to depict a clever comedy. "Henry's Wedding," the organization expects to succeed in a third attempt to raise funds to pay for a highway beautification program it sponsored. Two previous projects "flopped" on account of inclement weather.
"Henry's Wedding" will be seen three times, in matinee performance today at 4 0'clock, and evening presentations tonight and Friday night at 8: o'clock Maurine Lawson is director general.
Tickets may be secured from legionaires, members of the cast or a group of young women listed with the local employment bureau. The latter today were canvassing the city, and they will receive 20 per cent of all sales they make. Tickets may be exchanged for reserved seats, without added charge, at the Jack Linton Drug company. Adult admission is 50 cents. Matinee tickets for children are 10 cents.
Business Men In Skit
Hightlight of the added attractions will be a skit. "Beaus and Belles of Grandma's Time," in which a large number of local business men will be seen in 18th century types. One man will depict the flapper of 1890. He is W. A. "Bill" Ward, who last night stopped the dress rehersal when he appeared for the first time in complete costume -- baby rompers. H. P. Schienberg will be the Bowery girl; Leon Stevenson, "Sheik of the Chicago World's Fair;" J. D. Moore, "Joe the Life-guard ;" G. B. Tittle, "High Stepping Johnny;" J. W. Weems, "Sweet Old Fashioned Girl;" E. M. Overshiner, "Miss Hoopskirt;" E. N. Compere, "Beau Brummell;" George Morris, "Annie, the Bathing Beauty;" Rev. W. A. Nicholas, "Floradora Boy;" and Dan Laughter, "Floradora Beauty;" and numerous others.
The skit will be given as part of the entertainment at the wedding of Uncle Henry, main character in the play, "Henry's Wedding." Other snappy features are "The Mystic Shrine," presenting members of a negro spritual organization in testimonials, and musical and dance numbers by a young girls chorus and Irene Jay dance pupils.
Carole Paulk Ziegenhagen's Page -- Photo of a little orphan girl Rev. Nicholas handed out to people, and has a message on back of card, sent in by Carole Paulk Ziegenhagen, Abilene, Tx., --- newspaper articles about Rev. Nicholas.
Adoptee, John DeBusk -- On 12 February 1933, I was found in a pasteboard box about ten miles west of Abilene, Texas. I have several Abilene newspaper articles on this page about this event.
Photo Sent In By Ann Crum -- Ann has reported to this Web Site this is a orphans home of W. A. Nicholas in Abilene, Tx in about 1930, sent in by Ann Crum, Killen, AL
Old Magazine Article -- Magazine article with photos written about Rev. Nicholas in 1947. This article and photos sent in by adoptee, Billie Wayne Parker, Tahoka, Texas.
Our Photos -- Photos of the W. A. Nicholas Orphans Home in Abilene, Tx --- Brother Nicholas' office --- his grave site in the old cemetery near downtown in Abilene --- Carole Paulk Ziegenhagen's Mother.
About Nicholas J. Crain Crain assumed Superintendent of The WTCA & W in the early 1950s. He took the place of Brother Nicholas when the old gentleman became too old to operate the organization.
TxCARE -- TxCARE Adoption Search Registry, is a free service provided for all family members separated by adoption.
Cyndi's List of Genelogy Sites on the Internet. Cyndi has more than 123,550 links with an excellent Category for adoption.