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The 1912 Glee Club Tour

Written By: Phillip Stone - Jul• 17•12

Recently a few copies of the Journal made their way to my desk, and I spotted this story about the Glee Club’s annual concert tour of South Carolina in March-April 1912, a hundred years ago.  Many alumni of the 1950s remember fondly their tours, so it was nice to see that it had a longer history than that.

Members of the 1912 Glee Club

The Wofford College Glee Club made a circuit of the lower part of the state on its fifth annual tour, leaving Spartanburg on the 27th of March. The first stop was Columbia, where a concert was given at Columbia College. All looked forward to this date, for it stood for a great good time in their calendar. We were not disappointed, for, as usual, the Columbia College girls gave us a “lovely” reception, even though the “refreshments” did not arrive until the crowd was leaving.. “The State” gave us a fine write-up, and many extra copies of this paper were secured to send to the girls we left behind us.

Florence was the next stop. This hustling town gave us a royal welcome and a packed house—the largest we had on the trip. Just before the concert each member of the club was given a carnation, with the request that they wear them. Of course we were “dee-lighted.”

Dillon.—What pen can do justice to the hospitality and kindliness of the Dillon folk? Their homes were thrown open to us; we verily believe their hearts, too, or at least some, judging from the long faces of some members of the club when leaving. The boys gave a great concert here, and the singing of “Little Waters” of the song, “I’ve a Longing in My Heart for You, Louise,” was given with unusual expression.

Leaving Dillon about 7 p.m., we reached Latta in time to enjoy a good supper and be in our places for the concert on schedule time. The concert given in Latta was the very best of the eight concerts given. We were greeted by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

Monday night we captivated the Marion people. They had already won us by their whole-souled reception of us. The young ladies gave the club a reception after the concert, which was greatly enjoyed.

A committee of ladies met us at Bennettsville, and sent us to our homes. There we met with the old-time hospitality again—rides, drives, and, as the little folk say, “the mostest good things to eat!” A number of our old Wofford boys were out to hear us and pronounced our concert the best ever given by the Glee Club. It was here that one of our boys learned about a bird—one of the rare kind. For further information, see one of the Seniors. And, by the way, the newest place to purchase a collar button is in a hardware store.

Our entertainment was given in the auditorium of the graded school building, a most excellent hall, and of course we tried our hardest to please.

Leaving Bennettsville at 7 a.m. Wednesday, we reached Union on the “Carolina Special” at 4 p.m. The Union people were clever, and entertained us in great style. Here we struck a carnival in full blast.

We reached the “Burg” Thursday near noon, a tried, happy set, each avowing it to be the greatest trip yet. Thursday evening we gave our home concert. Of that, one of our papers said the following :

“WOFFORD BOYS GOOD SONGSTERS

“After a complete tour of the state, where it won laurels by splendid work, the Wofford Glee Club returned to the city and on last night delighted a large house in the Wofford chapel. The club has been organized about four years, and almost from the beginning its success has been complete. This year it ranks along with the best that the college has sent out, and the programs that are being rendered are very novel and up-to-date.

“Mrs. [A. G.] Rembert, who has been the directress for this season, is highly elated over the success of the boys. She deserves much credit for the high class entertainments that are being given.

“The programme last night was opened with the song, ‘Old Gold and Black.’ In response to the encores received from this selection, the club sang ‘Sleep, Baby, Sleep,’ and this caused another outburst and the boys were compelled to sing again. The quartette next sang the ‘Jolly Four,’ which is a humorous composition and calculated to wake one up.

“Among the songs given during this part of the programme, `Every Little Movement,’ Alexander’s Rag Time Band’ and `We All Have Troubles of Our Own’ were the best. ‘The Monkey kissed the Baboon’s Sister’ was a correct imitation of the jungle land, and the only thing lacking was the dialect.’Good Bye’ was the last song on this programme, which closed the delightful evening.”

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