I have touched on my maternal grand uncle's (through marriage) time on stage, singing and dancing in vaudeville shows. Curiosity and fascination with the subject have driven me down the proverbial rabbit hole looking for additional vaudeville information. Subscribing to the historical newspaper option through ancestry has given me the material I needed.
I have covered Mont's family life with his parents, wife and children. Also his two composed, copywritten songs and his book, Song of Heaven in other blogs. This one focuses on his vaudeville year from June 1907 to June 1908.
To date I have no known knowledge as to whether Mont sang in the school or church choir, played an instrument in the school or town band or entertained his family, friends or schoolmates with singing and dancing. At age twenty-two he made the decision to go on the vaudeville circuit, first as a solo act and then joining Charles Hasty's Vaudeville Company for several months. I have culled the information from various newspaper articles and The Billboard. I had hoped to add a photo of each theater; however, have not been too successful. The venues have either burned down or have been renamed.
I have mentioned this story my mother told me in a previous blog. Back in the 1930's, the Stark family would gather at Mom's Aunt Dorothy's apartment and Uncle Mont would entertain singing and running is fingers up and down the player piano while a piano roll was playing. As a kid, she thought this to be hilarious. Little did she know Mont WAS an entertainer when he was 22 and 23.
This is probably a slim outline of Mont's vaudeville career. He undoubtedly performed in many other venues and most weeks during the year. This is what I was able to find researching in newspapers and on line.
Mont Mettie Munger, performing high class singing and dancing at the Crystal Theatre, June 20, 21 and 22, 1907.
There is almost a month and a half from September 10- November 4, 1907, where I was unable to find any mention of Mont and vaudeville. Perhaps he took a break from the circuit. Perhaps he left the Hasty Company and was reestablishing himself as a single act. The next newspaper mention of him is as an act; however, not with the Hasty Company.
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