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Elsie Barge

Elsie Barge
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Elsie Barge, from a 1922 publication
Elsie Thomas Barge

October 12, 1898
Cordele, Georgia, USA
DiedDecember 16, 1962
Jackson, Mississippi
Other namesElsie Barge Wilson, Elsie Barge Hennington
Occupation(s)Pianist, music educator, clubwoman

Elsie Barge (October 12, 1898 – December 16, 1962) was an American pianist, music educator, and clubwoman.

Early life

Elsie Thomas Barge was born in Cordele, Georgia and raised in Brookhaven, Mississippi,[1][2] the daughter of Thomas Cicero Barge and Laura Douglas Wilkins Barge. Her father was a businessman.[3][4] Both of her parents were from Georgia. Her grandfather James Madison Barge was a Confederate States Army veteran of the American Civil War. As a young woman, she performed with her younger sister Frances, a violinist.[5]

Barge graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1914.[6] She studied piano with Theodor Bohlmann of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,[7] and with Harold von Mickwitz and Rudolph Ganz in Chicago.[8]


Barge was a concert pianist and performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Eugène Ysaÿe.[9] She accompanied singers including Frances Ingram.[5][10] She was a piano teacher at the Chicago Musical College,[11] and at Stuart Hall in Virginia.[8] She ran a music school,[12] was a Baptist church music director,[13] and arranged and performed in musical programs in St. Petersburg, Florida, from 1928 into the 1930s.[14][15]

Later in life, Barge taught music in the schools of Brookhaven.[16] She was also a speaker for the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board.[17] She organized the Fine Artists Series in Brookhaven, and founded the town's music club.[3] She was active in the Mississippi Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs,[18][19] and the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs.[20][21] A scholarship to attend the latter federation's Transylvania Music Camp was named for Barge.[3]

Personal life

Elsie Barge married twice, first to Scottish-born Chicago press agent Gardner Frederick Wilson in 1925.[1][22] They had a daughter, Patrycia (1926–2000).[23] She married again to chiropractor Morris Cook Hennington Sr.[24] Elsie Barge Hennington died in 1962, aged 64 years, at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.[16][25]


  1. ^ a b "Griefs and Thrills of the Runaway Bride's Solo Honeymoon". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 1925-03-01. p. 122. Retrieved 2021-01-29 – via
  2. ^ "Lovely Tribute to Elsie Barge". Brookhaven Semi Weekly Leader. March 5, 1921. p. 4. Retrieved January 29, 2021 – via
  3. ^ a b c "Hennington Funeral Held in Brookhaven". Clarion-Ledger. 1962-12-19. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  4. ^ "Barge Services Held Downstate". Clarion-Ledger. 1940-05-15. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-01-31 – via
  5. ^ a b "Miss Elsie Barge, Artist, Presents Musical Program at Baptist Church". Brookhaven Semi Weekly Leader. January 14, 1920. p. 4. Retrieved January 29, 2021 – via
  6. ^ "Brookhaven to Honor Class of '14". Clarion-Ledger. 1954-10-17. p. 9. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  7. ^ "At the Cincinnati Conservatory". The Musical Monitor. 6: 677. August 1917.
  8. ^ a b "Elsie Barge". Music News. 14: 28. March 10, 1922.
  9. ^ "Second Number Whitworth Artist Course 1920-'21". Brookhaven Semi Weekly Leader. February 5, 1921. p. 4. Retrieved January 29, 2021 – via
  10. ^ "Frances Ingram Well Advertised". Musical Courier. 81: 44. December 2, 1920.
  11. ^ "Chicago Summer Master Schools Open with Large Enrollments". Musical Courier. 87: 44. July 5, 1923.
  12. ^ "Elsie Barge Has Recital". Tampa Bay Times. 1929-04-14. p. 12. Retrieved 2021-01-29 – via
  13. ^ "Elsie Barge Opens Her Music School for Second Season". Tampa Bay Times. 1929-10-06. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-01-29 – via
  14. ^ "Program Tonight at Pennsylvania" The Evening Independent (March 4, 1930): 5. via Google News
  15. ^ "Musical Program is Presented to Senior High School Classes". The Evening Independent. February 21, 1929. p. 4. Retrieved January 29, 2021 – via Google News.
  16. ^ a b "Dr. Elsie Hennington is Buried". Enterprise-Journal. 1962-12-18. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  17. ^ "Magnolia Planning Hospitality Week". Clarion-Ledger. 1951-05-23. p. 17. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  18. ^ "District Four, BPW Club, Holds Annual Meeting". Clarion-Ledger. 1950-10-27. p. 11. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  19. ^ "Magnolia B. & P. W. Club Officers". Enterprise-Journal. 1951-07-11. p. 1. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  20. ^ "Music Festival is Underway at Woman's College". Hattiesburg American. 1951-03-03. p. 12. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  21. ^ "147 Young Pianists Register for Festival". Clarion-Ledger. 1952-03-07. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  22. ^ "G. F. Wilson, 54, Game Commission Adman, is Dead". The Tampa Tribune. 1951-03-28. p. 2. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  23. ^ "On Honeymoon". Chicago Tribune. 1946-07-15. p. 19. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  24. ^ "Dr. M. C. Hennington Sr. Dies". Enterprise-Journal. 1965-03-22. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
  25. ^ "Dr. Hennington Dies Sunday". Columbian-Progress. 1962-12-20. p. 16. Retrieved 2021-01-30 – via
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