Rockford Germania Gesang Verein – Jan. 1883

“The benefit concert and ball given by the Germania last evening at Metropolitan Hall, was a good success. The crowd in attendance was large and of exceptional good character.  After half past eight the concert commenced, consisting of singing from the Swedish quartette and a dozen of the best singers in the Germania.  The singing of the quartette was excellent and heartily applauded by the appreciative audience. The quartette received the hearty thanks of the Germania society for their kindness and good music. The German singers were not behind them in the excellence of their music, a notable selection being the piece sung by them at the Garfield memorial service,  The concert lasted about an hour, after which the impatient dancers became possessed of the floor and tripped the light fantastic to the music furnished by Dedrickson’s orchestra of seven pieces.  The managers cleared nearly a hundred dollars by the scheme, which will be sent to the sufferers of the Rhine floods.  The committee by whom the arrangements were made, and who so skillfully carried the progamme through, consisted of the following gentlemen: Messrs. Charles Mayers, George Schmalz, Albert Mayers, Anton Gillardon, Peter Bahm and William Storch.”

Source: The Rockford Daily Register, January 17, 1883

Rockford Germania Gesang Verein – Jan. 1883

“The annual masquerade given by the Germania last evening at Metropolitan hall was a complete success, both as far as the enjoyment of the patrons is concerned as well as the financial gain to the society.  The hall was thronged with merry dancers, and many fantastic costumes were noted. Shortly after ten o’clock the prizes were awarded to the dancers who were costumed the best.  Miss Mary Wolff, of Jefferson, Wis., as “Topsy,” took the first prize of $5, Miss Smith of Beloit, took a prize of $3 for the most elegant costume, and Anton Maffaoli received $2 for the most comical make-up. Much of the credit for the success of the masquerade is due to the efforts of the committee of arrangements, consisting of Messrs. B. Spranger, John Schmauss, Chris Kessner, William Olson and Albert Myer.”

Source: The Rockford Daily Register Jan. 2, 1883


Rockford Germania Gesang Verein – Dec. 1882

“The funeral of the late John M. Henry was held Sunday afternoon at the German Lutheran Church, of which deceased was a member. The services were quite largely attended. the Rockford Germania Gesang Verein being present in a body, and marching to the grave preceded by the Forest City band.”

Source: Rockford Weekly Gazette Dec. 27, 1882