Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952)
Part One of Three
|Agnes Catherine Gaffney
The book was published by J. Fischer & Bro., an American music publishing company established by brothers Joseph and Ignaz Fischer in 1864. Originally based in Toledo, Ohio, the brothers moved the company to New York City eleven years later. The company appears to have published mainly sacred and secular music for choral groups, with organ or piano accompaniment.
|Aunt Agnes’ hymnal of solos for high voice.
Inside the book is a dedication to Agnes from her sister, Elizabeth, whose nickname was Lyle:
|The first page, inside, is dedicated to Agnes by her sister Lyle.
|This page shows the publication date of 1894, in
New York and Toledo, Ohio, by J. Fischer & Bro.
|Vintage postcard of Saint Mary’s Church and School,
Singing in her church choir was one of the things Agnes would have been encouraged to do as an educator and influential member of her community. I can picture her, primly dressed, opening her book during Sunday Mass at Saint Mary’s Parish, which was right down the street from the Gaffney House. I can imagine her stepping forward for her solo, looking demurely down at her book and glancing up towards her family as she sang the Ave Maria in her soprano voice with all her heart. Maybe her dulcet voice was partly the reason this hymn was a Gaffney/McGinnis family favorite.
Also in this series about Agnes Gaffney:
- Part Two of Three: Mystery Monday: The Hotel LaRose
- Part Three of Three: Workday Wednesday: Agnes Gaffney, Teacher and Model of Virtue