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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Myron D. Smith (Madame Myron)

Alice Pettit Smith (Mrs. Myron D.,) vocalist, daughter of William S. and Amelia Ray Pettit, was born in Aliance, Ohio, and came with her parents to Creston, in 1885, which city is still her home.  In 1887 she was married to Myron D. Smith, cashier of the First National Bank of Creston.  In 1902, while visiting in Omaha, a friend persuaded her to have her voice tested, which she did, and it was discovered that she possessed a voice of unusual power and sweetness.  She studied two years in Omaha, and more than a year in New York, before going to London, where she spent ten months under George Henschel, one of the great masters.  She appeared at a number of private recitals and parlor concerts given at the homes of prominent society people in London.  Her first professional tour was with the Scottish Orchestra, composed of one hundred instruments.  As soloist of this orchestra she adopted the stage name, Madame Myron.  At the close of her tour she returned to her home in Creston, resolved that her professional career should be only secondary and incidental to her home, to this resolution she has adhered.  She was for one season soloist for the George Crampton Concert Co., touring the United States and Canada, and for one year was at the head of the Lyceum Grand Concert Co.  She has appeared many times in Iowa cities and elsewhere in oratorios, concerts and recitals, everywhere receiving the ovation which her art merits.  Her voice is a mezzo soprano of wide range and remarkable sweetness, and back of the voice, and speaking through it, is the soul of the fine woman, of whom Iowa is proud.



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