Sunday, October 29, 2006
Wyoming Delaware Musical Prodigy ... 1900
This old newspaper clipping is from February 12, 1900, but no telling what newspaper it was clipped from. The print shows little Miss Della E. Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Simmons of Wyoming, Delaware. Little Della, as the clipping tells us, was a child prodigy with the violin. At only 4 1/2 years old, she began studying music under Miss Katharine Spencer of Dover, Delaware. By the age of 5, Della could play pieces that she had practiced but once, and made her solo debut before the Union Lodge, in the Hotel Richardson in Dover. "She astonished the Sons of Hiram".
I've not been able to find anything more about Della. Whatever happened to her and her violin? Would such a talent have simply faded into obscurity? Did she grow up, and did she continue to play? If you have a clue, please share it.
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