KofC 125 — Edward Everett Horton

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts leading up to the centennial in 2021 of the start of construction of the former Glens Falls Knights of Columbus hall. The building at the corner of Warren and Center streets is now the offices of the FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth law firm and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. 2021 also is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the local Knights of Columbus council.

It was movie night at the Glens Falls Knights of Columbus Council # 194 meeting at 8 p.m. on May 14, 1951.

After John J. Kenneally and W. Joseph M. McPhillips gave an update on the ongoing membership drive, Bernard M. Toomey showed a double feature that included “Head Man” with actor Edward Everett Horton.

Horton, a stage, film, radio and television comedy actor, was a long-time summer resident of Katskill Bay at Lake George.

Some of those attending movie night might have remembered when Horton performed live on the Knights of Columbus hall stage at the “All Star Night” variety show Aug. 13, 1945 to benefit Temple Beth-El of Glens Falls.

“Mr. Horton related to the attentive listeners his secret ambition to become a public speaker for the pure love of being the center of attraction,” wrote Post-Star reporter Patricia Spellman.

A capacity crowd of about 1,200 people attended the show that also featured Broadway actress Molly Picon and about 40 entertainers from the Scaroon Manor resort at Schroon Lake.

Sources: The Glens Falls Times May 11, 1951 ; The Post-Star Aug. 14, 1945

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