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Thursday, August 20, 2015

the Cherry Sisters

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception


People loved to hate the Cherry Sisters, whose vaudeville show at the turn of the last century was so awful that they were known as "the world's worst sister act." 

The sisters lived on a farm near Marion, and times were tough after their parents died and their brother, Isaac, ran away. 

Addie, Jessie and Effie, left to right above, made their stage debut at the Marion Opera House in 1893. Lizzie joined them occasionally. Ella took care of the farm. 

The women sang songs they wrote themselves and recited poetry and essays. After intermission they presented an operetta, "The Gypsy's Warning." 

Audiences found the entertainment so abominable they booed and hissed, and threw fruit and vegetables. Eggs, tomatoes and cabbages were favorite missiles. continue

The Cherry Sisters: From the Cornfields to Court


The Celebrated Cherry Sisters
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Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Addie, Jessie & Effie

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Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Effie Cherry

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Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Effie and Addie Cherry as they appeared when they were the toast of the nation. From "As Time Goes By"
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