How things can change for the ukele …
“The Mikado” is Modernized
(The Daily Missourian, 29 May 1917)
“The Mikado,” the Gilbert and Sullivan opera given by the Christian College in the college auditorium last night, took on a modern turn when Benjamin Wood as Ko-Ko, Lord High Executioner, in his song on who should be killed, enumerated the Kaiser, LaFollette, Bryan, the college serenaders, those who play ukelele and the dean of the college, and several others who might be done away with and not be missed.
(The Evening Missourian, 24 February 1919)
About 350 guests attended the informal open house which was given at the Elks club Saturday Night … During the early part of the evening a musical program was given, consisting of vocal and ukelele numbers. The ukele [sic] orchestra was composed of … Christian College girls.
Ukelele Club at Christian
(The Evening Missourian, 21 October 1919)
Christian College ukelele club was organized last night with thirty-five members. Miss Pauline Dopheide has been chosen director. Miss Dopheide says the most popular music among the girls who play ukelele is “Take Me to the Land of Jazz”.
Flappers in the making?
BTW: Ukelele Ike (Cliff Edwards), ‘spent his early years’ in Hannibal, Missouri — see MISSOURI: A GUIDE TO THE “SHOW ME” STATE, pages 217-218.