Our History: Clark sisters start a family tradition

By Kathy King Johnson

On Mother’s Day in 1923, “An Old-Fashioned Mother” opened at the Opera House. The cast was photographed on the front steps.

“The Mother’s Day Play Given at the City Opera House last Sunday evening by the Young Ladies of the St. Mary’s Church will be repeated at the Opera House on next Thursday evening May 24. If you did not see the first production, you will surely want to see this one.”

Jessie and Harriet Clark were teenagers who grew up on Cuyler Street in a family of eight children, daughters of Emma and Harry A. Clark. The girls attended St. Mary’s Church together and were members of the “Young Ladies Sodality,” a type of sorority or sisterhood of women who performed charitable work for the church. In this case, they put on a play to fundraise for their society.

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