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THE DAILY 3IISS(U:iUA.V, SUXDAY -MOHXlXfi, AUGUST 27, 19IG
Homer Cray Woods, manager of the
j,nv Hall Theater, has been a resi
lient of this city for seven years. He
was born near Audrain Co.. and va
named after the Sturgeon editor,
known over the entire state, Omar
Cray. When a young man, Woods
moved to Centralia. where he made
Ins home for many years.
While here, he began the study of
music, and had charge of bands in
this patt of the state for several
vt-ars Playing cornet, trombone, and
nass Mr Woods is a versatile mu-
kind that "Dare Devil Dick" used to
participate in. It is a roughness the
audience wants. And when William
Farnum's eyes begin to narrow and
his muscles twitch, one feels like
jumping up and running down to
help him only one knows he needs
no help. And when he picks up a
man in each hand and throws them
out of the window who can blame
the little ones for letting out an ap
In all his roughness there is not a
person in the world who could be
offended. The days of the "Diamond
Dick" Western plays arc passed. But
Farnum has a manner all his own.
One cannot help but feel that Far
num is today one of America's great
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HOMKK CRAY WOODS
small, a good oicliestra mail, and a
well-known band man. For years he
was "on the road." with some of the
larger shows. He was with the Sells
Show the year they were said to have
ii... l,ot band ever on the road. In
this organization he was the solo
bass player, and here he received the
first inspiration to become a theat
Had Charge of the
(lid M. Theater Here.
Leaving the "road." and coming to
Columbia. Mr. Woods took charge of
the old M. Theater, now out of busi
pictures, and after a time sold the
theater, and became manager of the
Star Theater, where he has been un
til the present time.
At the Star. Mr. Woods was af
filiated with O. H. Wilson and Tom
Hall, and out of this partnership, the
new Hall Theater has grown.
In order to secure the best that
can be had in the shape of pictures
and vaudeville. .Mr. Woods has made
numerous trips to the cities in behalf
of the new theater. It is his intention
ami desire to provide the city with
the best vaudeville and run the
house in city style.
Is Ytj Particular About
The Aits in His Theater.
He has the reputation of being very
particular about his acts and of clos
ing many of them. It is not his fault
if a bad act is shown in his house
for he is not usually there when it is
Mr. Woods has been one of the
leading citizens of this town, and has
a family of three children, which will
probably be musicians, if not theater
He has taken especial care in the
selection of the opening bill, and as
manager of one of the best playhouses
in the state, will do everything in his
power to keep the high standard of
excellence in the acts, that will be
necessary to show in the new theater.
WILLIAM KA1IMM IS ONE OK
AMEKH'.WS ItOICHEST ACTONS
Is Known as One of Hie Strongest
Actors in MoWmr Pictures in
the Tinted States.
There is not a person who attends
photoplay houses with any regularity
who is not familiar with William Far
num. one of America's greatest act
ors on the legitimate stage in years
gone by. and now a film favorite.
who will appear at the Hall Theater
Years ago Dust in Farnum startled
the theater-going public by his splen
did acting in "The Littlest Rebel."
Scarcely a person who saw Dustin
Farnum in that play did not leave
with tears in his or her eyes. "The
stage will never have another such
actor" was the sentiment expressed
by the public.
Hut. as is generally the case, the
public was wrong. The stage has
another such actor one who is con
sidered by many the superior of the
famous actor in "The Littlest Rebel."
That man is William Farnum. the
brother of Dustin Farnum.
Just as Dustin Farnum brought
tears to the eyes of his audience on
the legitimate, so William Farnum
brings admiration, sympathy, and ap
preciation into the hearts of the ones
who come to see him on the screen.
His brother, Dustin, is now also in the
"movies." The two look very much
alike and act very much alike. Hoth
are strong men strong in appear
ance, strong in character and strong
in their acting.
"Rough" is the word used by many
in describing William Farnum. He is
rough. He is one of the roughest act
ors in the business. But his rough
ness never offends. It is not the
Also Hid Part of the Mill Work Isn't
ecessjir to Leaie Citj to (Jet
All tiie lumber material, a part of
the mill work and all the material
that was used in the cement work that
you will see in the New Hall Theater
at the benefit performance tomorrow
night was furnished by the Howling
Lumber Company of Columbia. All of
which points to the fact that in the
erection of thoroughly modern struc
tures in this city, contractors do not
find it necessary to so out of Colum
bia to purchase the best material
The Rowling Lumber Company is
under the able management of C. C.
and W. C. Rowling, the sons of C- R.
Rowling, President of the F.xehange
National Rank. These young men
took charge of the business in Decem
ber l!iir. At that time the firm was
under the name of the McAllister Lum
ber Company, a business that has been
in existence in Columbia since lSfi.".
Ry reason of good management this
linn now claims the largest stock of
building material in Central -Missouri
and within the last nine months or
more the Rowling brothers, by clean,
honest farseeing business methods
have established a patronage not only
in Columbia and Roonc County but in
The principle of fair dealing that has
found its climax with the present
management of the firm always brings
the easterner back once he lias made
COXHE.YSEH FACTS ABOUT
THE .EW HALL THEATER
CE.NEKVL HARDWARE .SUPPLIED
BY THE MATHEWS COMPANY
Oldest Hardware Firm on in the City
Helped Build Theater W. I- llujs
.Much of the general hardware used
in the building of the Hall Theater
was furnished by the Mathews Hard
ware Company. Although this is one
of the oldest, perhaps the oldest hard
ware firm now in the city, it has been
in the hands of the present owner.
W. L. Hays, only two years.
Tiie present business was started
by l.awrence Mattthews in 184C. and
later was taken over by his son, the
late Charles Matthews. The firm was
incorporated at the Matthews Hard
ware Company in 1910. just a year be
fore the death of Charles Matthews.
From 1'Jll to 1911, Uie store was
run by the heirs of Charles Matthews.
In August just two years ago the busi
ness was taken over by the present
manager, W. Ij. Hays. Mr. Hays has
lived in Columbia since 1911, coming
to this city from Cooper County
The store has always kept a com
plete line of general hardware and un
der the new management has increas
ed the stock both in quantity and qual
ity. Such new lines as automobile
tires are now carried and in every
way the stock and equipment are kept
up to the best.
Here Is u Complete Description in
Figures of Columbia's New $
IHIO Mining- Picture Theater.
Curtain rises tomorrow night at S
Two special photoplays and vaude
ville will be shown.
Dr. L. M. Defoe, acting for the
Commercial Club, will be in charge.
K. W. Stephens will make an ad
dress. The cost of tickets at the Benefit
Monday night is $1.
Benefit tickets are good at any per
formance this week.
T. C. Hall of Moberly is the owner.
Homer Woods of Columbia the man
ager and 0. B. Wilson the builder.
Triangle, Fox, Blue Bird and
World-Brady pictures will be shown.
Interstate, Orpheum and W. V. M.
A. vaudeville circuits will be booked.
Begun. December 23, 1915.
Finished, August 2C, 1916.
Width, 70 feet.
Length, 110 feet.
Lumber, 42,000 feet.
Stone, S.000 cu. feet.
Bedford Rock, 94G yards.
Cement, 72.000 sacks.
.Marble, 1 car load.
Vails, 1,400 pounds.
Tiles. 14 car loads 3.000 to the
1'iasier, i car man.
Steel. 92 tons.
Finished lumber, 1 car load.
Length of stage, 33 feet.
Height of stage, 54 feet.
Width of stage, 71 feet.
Length of Auditorium, 71 feet.
Width of Auditorium. 70 feet.
Width of balcony, 70 feet.
Length of balcony. 45 feet.
I Exits. 12.
j Windows in Auditorium, 18.'
I Dressing rooms, C.
Heating and Cooling Svstem, Stude
fer. Rasement. 54 feet from top.
Auditorium. 41 feet high.
Mushrooms for carrying heat. 350.
Fans. 2 motor fans.
Down stairs floor, carries 90
pounds per square foot.
Balcony floor, carries 125 pounds
per square foot.
Seating capacity, 1.291.
Seating capacity, downstairs, 783.
Stage men, 3.
.Main girder under balcony, 14.000
Other girders. 11,000.
Roof steel trusses, "l feet long,
and 7 feet deep.
Sheet metal, one car.
Three cars were needed to haul the
heating and cooling plant.
BARNES BROS. DECORATED
THE NEW HALL THEATER
Firm Is Composed of Two Brothers
Walter and William In Busi
ness Here II Years.
The contract for the decoration of
the new theater was given to the
Barnes Brothers. This firm is com
posed of two brothers, Walter and
William, and has been in business in
this city for 14 years. They were
both born in Columbia, and have
made this their home ever since.
For 17 years in the paint business,
these men have finished some of the
largest buildings of the city, and
many out of town contracts have been
given to them.
The Barnes Brothers painted the
courthouse, the State Veterinary
Building. Benton Hall, and the Stock
Judging Pavilion, besides many oth
ers. They have been at work on the
new theater for several weeks, and
are now adding the finishing touches,
that will complete the modern ap
pearance of this theater.
The theater is finished with Co
lumbus varnish, and is one of the
finest finishings to be had. It will
take many gallons to go over the
theater, but when the theater is open
ed on Monday night, everything will
NEWMAN HARDWARE COMPANY
FURNISHED MANY FIXTURES
Mr. Tjpton Returns to Fulton.
Mrs. W. W. Tipton went to Fulton
this morning after visting friends here.
Screws, Xails. Rolls, Taps ami Hal
con., Stairs Supplied ,- a Lend
ing Col ii in bia Firm.
The hardware material of the new
Hall Theater such things as are ne
cessary to hold your seat in place
the naiK screws, taps and bolts used
to make the stage, balcony steps, and
stairways of the new structure sub
stantial, were furnished largely by the
Xewman Hardware Company of Co
lumbia. The Xewman Hardware Companies
of Columbia, Moberly and Sedalia are
known over Central .Missouri as the
homes of the Keen Kutter Tools. Al
though the stores in the three dif
ferent towns are operated under the
.same firm name, they are individual
concerns. The Columbia store, as
well as tiie others, handles one of the
most complete and up-to-the-minute
stocks of hardware material that can
be found in any town in Missouri out
side of the larger cities.
The firm name of Xewman had its
origin about the year 1S41 when a
small store was started by A II. Xew
man, who is still living in Columbia.
The establishment made permanent
customers by the principle of a high
grade merchandist at the lowest pos
sible figure, the business continued to
grow until today the three stores are
a monument to the honest and fair
dealing methods of the founder. Walk
into the store here and you will see
upon the wall a sign bearing the
words. "One price, the lowest consis
tent with high quality." The hundreds
of patrons of the Columbia store have
come to know that there is something
in the name of Xewman that bespeaks
of fair dealing and courteous treat
ment at all times.
Furnishes- Hall Theater Seats.
The seats of the Hall Theater were
furnished and installed by the Amer
ican Seating Company. This company
personally superintends all install
ment of their output, and it is done by
The Painting of The
New Hall Theatre
WAS DONE BY
We use Southern Lead and Oil
and Columbus Varnish in our
work. Consult us for interior
and exterior decorating when you
build that house this fall. Our
work is satisfactory. The paint
ing of the Hall Theatre speaks
723 Wilkes Boulevard
GUY T. FELTY
Did the Contracting Work
New Hall Theatre
Among the many buildings we are work
ing on, or have recently completed are:
New High School, Bowling Green, Mo.
New Christian Church, Bowling Green,
Addition to Ward School, Bowling
Addition to Water & Light Plant, Co
Nelson Memorial Church, Boonville,
Delta Tau Delta House, Columbia,
Fredrick Dunlap Residence, Columbia,
Pi Beta Phi House, Columbia, Mo.
Catholic Church, Columbia, Mis
souri. Let us figure on your work, old or new. No
job too big nor none too small.
1305 Winsdor Street. Phone 1289 White