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Chalmers, Rose (Mrs. John G.) (Goshen, IN, Mar. 1, 1878--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 4, 1962). Mrs. Chalmers, then Rose Nusbaum, with her sister and two brothers, sang at the Indiana exhibition during the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 at the request of the governor of Indiana. The quartet was known as the "Hoosier Nightingales." Nusbaum completed her musical training at three Chicago music schools and then began touring the Chautauqua circuit in the early 1900s.

In Dubuque, Nusbaum headed the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE voice department for six years and performed as a soloist for the choir at WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. She also served as the director of the municipal chorus which sang at patriotic rallies at the GRAND OPERA HOUSE during WORLD WAR I.

In 1921 Nusbaum married John George CHALMERS. As residents of Dubuque's famed Octagon House, the Chalmers presided over some of the city's most festive occasions with as many as one hundred guests for tea and eighty guests for a dinner party.



"Mrs. Chalmers Dead at 84," Telegraph Herald, September 5, 1962, p. 17