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Creator Fuller, Shirley Jessica
Title Shirley Jessica Fuller scrapbook.
Dates of Creation 1890-1898.
Physical Description 1 folder
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Shirley Jessica Fuller Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings that document noteworthy personal and family events, as well as social activities occurring in the Madison, Wis. area in the 1890s. There are several articles concerning the opening of the Fuller Opera House in 1890, which was owned and operated by Fuller's parents, Edward M. and Jessica Haskell Fuller. Included are numerous articles concerning musical and theatrical artists who performed there, and at Chicago's Grand Opera House. There are many articles concerning Fuller's social activities, including descriptions of dances, balls, teas, and similar events that were attended by young upper-class Madison residents of the period. Most of the loose clippings in the accompanying folder concern American troop activities in the Spanish American War in 1898.
Admin/Biographical History Shirley Jessica Fuller Hobbins was born on May 20, 1877 to Edward Morris and Jessica Haskell Fuller. The Fullers were a prominent Madison family who built and ran the Fuller Opera House on West Mifflin Street on the Capitol Square. Edward Fuller's father, also named Edward Fuller, owned Fuller and Johnson Machine Shop, and assisted his son in the construction of the Opera House. Jessica Fuller was born July 24, 1852 in Toledo, Ohio to Edward and Charlotte Williams Haskell. She was a trained operatic singer who studied under Mme. Pauline Viardo in Paris and Vannchim in Florence, Italy. She performed with the Walter Damrosch Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. She married Edward Fuller in Chicago, Ill. on June 13, 1875 and then moved to Madison. The Fullers lived on an estate on Madison's east shore of Lake Mendota, in what is now Maple Bluff. Their estate was widely known by its Indian name of "Cheemunk," but later came to be called Fuller's Woods.

On August 14, 1902, Shirley Jessica Fuller married Louis Hobbins. The couple had one daughter, who became Mrs. Dean Frasche. Mrs. Hobbins died on February 2, 1964 after a long illness.
Archival History Presented by Harold Kubly, Madison, Wisconsin, February 26, 1990. 1990.004
People Fuller, Jessica Haskell
Fuller, Edward M.
Fuller, Shirley Jessica
Subjects Opera houses
Theatrical productions
Social life & customs
Dance parties
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Fuller Opera House (Madison, Wis.)
Local Search Terms Spanish American War
Hobbins, Shirley
Object Name Scrapbooks
Call Number ARM 90-01
Catalog ID Number 1990.004.0001