THE WEEKLY OUTLOOK — DEVOTED TO HOME & OUTING LIFE, LITERATURE, ART, MUSIC & THE DRAMA (Volume 1 — Number 8, August 29, 1896)
A fine lithographic portrait of D. N. Richardson graces page one of the Outlook this week, adding him to the cast of NOTABLES deemed worthy of the front page honor. Richardson came to Iowa in the 1850’s and entered the newspaper business, co-owning the Davenport Democrat and Leader with his brother, J.J. and acting as editor.
Guest author Octave Thanet (Alice French) wrote an artistic sketch of David Nelson Richardson for the Outlook calling him “a striking figure, a tall man with iron gray, closely trimmed beard, and air of distinction and a winning and approachable genius. He has the gift of telling a story, and an equal gift of appreciating anyone’s else [sic] good story. For many years Davenport has both loved and been proud of its most cosmopolitan citizen.” Richardson was a longtime regent of the State University [the University of Iowa in Iowa City], an omnivorous reader (per Miss French), and a world traveler.
We would be remiss if we did not mention that Alice Richardson-Sloane, one of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center benefactors, is the great-great granddaughter of Mr. Richardson.
MUSIC AND THE DRAMA
Tennessee’s Pardner will be the opening play of the season at the recently remodeled Burtis Opera House next week. Apparently the interior underwent a delightful change including improving its acoustic properties. Not a bad seat in the house now, they say.
Below is an image of page 7 of this week’s paper, just to give you a feeling for the advertising section put together by the Outlook team.
The veritable Wild West Show at the Fair and Exposition sounds exciting. Mrs. A. Seymour, Clairvoyant, Business Medium and Psychometrist guarantees your satisfaction. And take note of those cute kids looking through the chocolate box!
Future editions of the Outlook advertise a contest; win a $10 goldpiece and a chance to name the newest candy at Maehr’s. Just come up with a terrific new name. The winning name in April 1897? Farrago!!!