Arthur Moreland, Bobby Newcomb and Luke Schoolcraft

April 8, 2013

three well known American minstrels, left to right: Arthur Moreland (12 November 1847 – 17 November 1915), Bobby Newcomb (13 November 1847 – 1 June 1888), Luke Schoolcraft (14 November 1847 – 10 March 1893)
(photos: unknown, USA, 1870s/1880s)

‘In the passing of Arthur Moreland last month there departed the third and last member of a trio of once famous burnt cork artists who were prominent in minstrelsy for many years.
‘A peculiar coincidence was the fact that Mr. Moreland, Bobby Newcomb and Luke Schoolcraft, who had played together many times on the same bill, were born on three successive days in 1847.
‘Arthur Moreland was one of the greatest of interlocutors. Bobby Newcomb ranked with the greatest neat song and dance men in minstrelsy. As for Luke Schoolcraft, he was inimitable as a negro delineator. We have never seen his equal, nor is it likely we ever shall.’
(The New York Clipper, Xmas edition, New York, Saturday, 25 December 1915, p.43)

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‘NEW YORK, Nov. 18 [1915]. – Arthur Moreland, widely known among the Elks throughout the United States as editor and publisher of the Elks’ Antler, leading publication of the order, died in this city today. Death was caused by gangrene.’
(Fairbanks Daily Times, Fairbanks, Alaska, Friday, 19 November 1915, p.1e)

‘HARVEY NEWCOMB, better known as “Bobby” Newcomb, aged forty-two years a leading variety and minstrel performer, died on the 1st [June 1888] at Tacoma, W.T.’
(The New Era, Humeston, Iowa, Wednesday, 6 June 1888, p.2c)

‘Luke Schoolcraft Dead.
‘CINCINNATI, March 13 [1893] – At 11 o’clock last night Luke Schoolcraft, the famous comedian, died. He was a member of the Russell Comedy company and played at the Walnut street theater last night.’
(Middletown Daily Times, Middletown, New York, Monday, 13 March 1893, p.1d)


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