Howard “Mel” Melson by Gene Gordon

Howard Melson, Gone But Never Forgotten   From TOPS Magazine, January 1961, by Gene Gordon:  “Magicians are always intimating that the spirits do return to the scenes of their past triumphs. If such a thing is possible, then our new … Continue reading

Hugh Frisbie on Monk Watson

     My Time With Monk Watson!   By Hugh Frisbie: ”Like most boys in Colon, Michigan after WWII we biked, fished, swam, played baseball and watched or sold popcorn at magic shows. But mostly knew “Monk” as the magician that … Continue reading

Madame Marantette

Emma Peek, aka “Madame Marantette” By Linda Wilbur Due to an extraordinary family intermarriage pattern, I am related in four different ways to Emma Peek (1849 – 1922), born in 1849 to John G. and Matilda (RICHARDS) Peek of Mendon, … Continue reading

Kempton Komedy Kompan, Ralph Clement

Kempton Komedy Kompany   From the Colon Express newspaper, March 29, 1967, by Ralph  Clement: “THE KEMPTON KOMEDY KOMPANY – The beautiful new Hill’s Opera House was opened in 1897-98 and not many seasons later the Kempton Komedy Kompany was … Continue reading

Interview With Skippy LaMore

Troupes Are Called Rural “Opera Houses”   COLON, Michigan, April 19, 1941 – Show-wagon wheels again are rolling. Throughout the rural communities of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, five established dramatic companies which last year played to 600,000 persons once more are … Continue reading

Minstrel Show Change 1940

LIONS CLUB MINSTREL SHOW CHANGED TO TUESDAY   From the Colon Express newspaper, October 31, 1940: “The date of the Lions Club Minstrel Show has been changed from Friday night, November 8, to Tuesday night, November 5th.  This change was … Continue reading

Lamore’s and Watson in Lions Minstrel 1940

THE LAMORE’S AND MONK WATSON ASSIST IN LIONS MINSTREL   From the Colon Express newspaper, October 24, 1940: “The script is written, the rehearsals are under way, and the Lions Club Minstrel, to be presented at Hill’s Opera House on … Continue reading

Caroline Merrill

Caroline E. Merrill     From the February 1991 issue of TOPS magazine. “Caroline E. Merrill, 90, of Colon, died January 16,1991 in the Sturgis, MI. hospital. She was born May 31, 1900 in Columbus, OH. She was the daughter … Continue reading

Kemton Komedy Kompany by Monk Watson

Kempton Komedy Company       Colon Express, March 17, 1965, By Monk Watson: “When you try to write about people who have gone for such a long time you just have to make a few mistakes. So, if I … Continue reading

Abbott’s 10th Get Together by Mel Melson

Abbott’s Tenth Get-Together   TOPS Magazine, July 1943, by Mel Melson: “To tell the truth, this is a story I did not think I would be writing this year, but so many fellows wrote in saying they were planning their … Continue reading