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Catalog Number 11055-2455
Title Sheet Music, "Prairie Rose," by Jess Williams and Walter Dill
Object Name Music, Sheet
Description Sheet music for "Prairie Rose," by Walter Dill and Jess Williams. It's a waltz and published by J.W. Jenkins Sons Music Co. The front cover shoes a couple sitting at an open window looking out over water. Across the top is "Prairie Rose" in red and "by Jess Williams & Walter Dill" in black. Down the proper right side is "Waltz Song" in white. The inside cover has ads for "Memory's Garden" by Frances Alda, and "Adoration Walk" by Frank Magine, both are published by J.W. Jenkins Sons Music Co. The next three pages are the sheet music for "Prairie Rose." The back cover has two ads for music published by J.W. Jenkins Sons Music Co.: "Mean Blues" by Billy Smithe and Art Gillham, and "Come and Whisper Dear" by W. Elmer Keeton and Harold Powell.
Date 1924
Year Range from 1924
Year Range to 1924
Culture American
Material paper, ink
Artist Jess Williams
Made Williams, Jess, and J.W. Jenkins Sons Music co.
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Height (in) 12.25
Width (in) 9.25
People Williams, Jess L., 1892-1977
Dill, Walter
History Williams, Jess L. (b. 1892; d. 1977 Lincoln)

Williams moved to Lincoln in 1900. He operated an automotive spring business for 30 years. He was also a nationally-known pianist famous for his ragtime performances. In 1909 he met Scott Joplin, the great ragtime composer. Joplin joined the 17-year-old Williams and other members of the Lincoln Musicians' Union for a jam session. That experience shaped the rest of Jess Williams' life. Between 1920 and 1930 he wrote and published more than 20 songs. He played piano for the silent movies at the Lyric, Majestic, and Sun theatres in Lincoln. He also played the calliope for the local Masonic parades. In 1974 he competed at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO and won prizes. In 1976 he was invited to play in the Bicentennial Folklife Festival in Washington, D. C. sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.*
Credit line Nebraska State Historical Society Permanent Collection
Collection NSHS Permanent Collection