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Source: Musical Courier
Source type: magazine
Document type: news column
Document title: “Western New York”
Author(s): Riesberg, Katherine
Date of publication: 18 September 1901
Volume number: 43
Issue number: 12
Pagination: 28-29 (excerpt below includes only page 28)

Riesberg, Katherine. “Western New York.” Musical Courier 18 Sept. 1901 v43n12: pp. 28-29.
Bessie Greenwood; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); McKinley assassination; William J. Gomph.
Named persons
William J. Gomph; Bessie Greenwood; William McKinley.
Bessie Greenwood (below) is identified as being a coloratura soprano from Hornellsville, NY (p. 28).

The excerpt below comprises two nonconsecutive portions of the column. Omission of text within the excerpt is denoted with a bracketed indicator (e.g., [omit]).


Western New York [excerpt]

     Miss Greenwood had been engaged to sing at the fateful reception to President McKinley, and with her party stood but a few feet distant when the shots were fired.
     She was on the point of singing, had her music before her, when this startling interruption occurred. Of course, all was confusion and the day’s doings were abandoned. And so Miss Greenwood became an unexpected spectator of the dramatic scene.


     Prominent among the younger organists of Buffalo may be mentioned William Gomph, organist of Lafayette Church. His future, of course, is in no wise problematical, but is a matter which must necessarily be considered most promising. When the directors of the Pan-American Exposition selected Mr. Gomph as the official organist they could not have chosen a better one for the work. He is ever courteous to visiting organists, helpful at all times. [omit] September 6 Mr. Gomph had just finished playing an andante from a Bach sonata at the reception held by President McKinley when the tragic event of the attack on the President’s life occurred.



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