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Collection Dorothy Brown Garrigus Papers
Title Dorothy Brown Garrigus Papers
Instructor in Voice 1936-1964
1894 to 1964
Accession number 09-12
Admin/Biographical History The note worthy items in this collection includes:

The file on programs prepared by Dorothy Garrigus contains her comments she was asked to prepare for concerts, recitals and speaking engagements.

The Ashland High School file represents her work with the May fiesta musical which she began with Dr. Pete of the Ashland City School in 1956.

Caption Dorothy Brown Garrigus
Catalog Number 09-12
Classification Ashland, Ohio music history
Dates of Accumulation 1934 to 1965
Dates of Creation 1934
Exhibit# 0
Imagefile 001\0912.JPG
Notes Inventory
Press releases 1963
Memorial service 14 June 1964
Dorothy Brown Garrigus fund
Programs prepared by D.G.
Ashland Presbyterian 1934
Ashland Presbyterian 1936
Ashland Presbyterian 1938
Ashland Presbyterian 1939
Ashland Presbyterian 1940
Ashland Presbyterian 1941
Ashland Presbyterian 1942
Ashland Presbyterian 1943
Ashland Presbyterian 1944
Ashland Presbyterian 1945
Ashland Presbyterian 1946
Ashland Presbyterian 1947
Ashland Presbyterian 1948
Ashland Presbyterian 1949
Ashland Presbyterian 1950
Ashland Presbyterian 1951
Ashland Presbyterian 1952
Ashland Presbyterian 1953
Ashland Presbyterian 1954
Ashland Presbyterian 1955
Ashland Presbyterian 1956
Ashland Presbyterian 1957
Ashland Presbyterian 1958
Ashland church no-date
Ashland College
Other programs 1938-39
Other programs 1940-49
Other programs 1950-55
Other programs 1956-59
Other programs 1961-62
Ashland Singers 1947-48
Ashland High School 1956-65
Wooster Presbyterian 1963-64
Programs involving Dorothy Garrigus
Programs no-date
Object Name Manuscript
People Dr. Louis Pete
Scope & Content Biography

Dorothy Brown [Garrigus] was born in Indianapolis July 9, 1898, the daughter of William E. and Mabel Bartley Brown. A few years later they moved to Bloomington, Illinois their home. At fifteen she became organist for the Grace Methodist Church, continuing through her high school and college days at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she graduated in 1919. While still in high school, she played accompaniments for leading singers of the area, and was active throughout her school years in music and drama. Mrs. Garrigus died Sunday, May 3, 1964.

The marriage of Dorothy Brown in 1921 to Woodford Garrigus led to experience as organist, and sometimes choir director, at the First Congregational Church of Moline, Illinois; the Broadway Presbyterian Church of Toledo; the First Congregational of Mansfield; and the Point Breeze Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

Two children were born in Toledo; Woodford (Bill), who now teaches geography at University of Victoria. He married Donna Logue of Marcellus, N.Y., and they have four children. And Patricia, who married Philip Porter of Sunapee, N.H., they have three children. He teaches geography at the University of Minnesota; Mrs. Porter is director of music and the choirs, and organist, for the First Congregational Church of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

In 1931, the final move was made to Ashland, Mrs. Garrigus became organist for the Congregational Church, which soon merged with the First Presbyterian, where she continued for over 25 years as director of music. Later she directed the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Wooster and became a member of the church.

In 1934, she bought a cottage in the Seagle Colony, and most of the summer months were spent there from then on. She studied with one of the greatest voice teachers Oscar Seagle, and was an accompanist in his studio. Since his death in 1945, his work has been continued and the activities of his Colony broadened by his son, John Seagle. Many Ashlanders and others have shared in the stimulation of The Seagle Colony.

For 28 years, Mrs. Garrigus was an instructor in voice on the faculty of Ashland College. She also had studios in The Ashland Senior High and Junior High Schools.

She was a leader in the Ashland Musical Clubs, and active in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, serving on the board of directors and as president of the North Central District, and had been chairman of several state committees. She was active in the Ashland Garden Club and Kappa Delta.

She was for many years a soprano soloist; always from her teens an accompanist on piano and organ; long a choir director, and above all in later years, a teacher, directing her energies largely to building the voices of young people, and trying with her music and experience and talent to help them toward happier and more useful lives.

Her last year was an epic about which a book should be written--a year of triumph and tragedy; with the tragedy kept far in the background right up to the end.

Subjects Ashland, Ohio
Ashland College
Ashland High School, Ashland, Ohio
Ashland First Presbyterian Church, Ashland, Ohio
System of arrangement One record storage box.