This letter was published in the Fairmont Sentinel on January 30, 1902. Publisher Frank Day used the Sentinel to do what he could to promote the success of the Fairmont Opera House's grand opening.

Fairmont's Duty

  • Every businessman in Fairmont should buy tickets to the opera house opening.
  • Every professional man in Fairmont should buy tickets to the opera house opening.
  • Every man who owns a thousand dollars worth of real estate in Fairmont should buy tickets to the opera house opening.
  • Every city and county official should buy tickets to the opera house opening.
  • Every school teacher in the Fairmont schools should buy tickets to the opera house opening.

Why?

  • Because the opera house was built not for profit but the use and benefit and pleasure and entertainment of all the people.
  • Because the men who put the money into the enterprise did so out of love for and pride in the town.
  • Because it is an institution every citizen feels proud of.
  • Because when visitors are here from abroad, among the first things we will exhibit in a spirit almost of vanity is "our new opera house."
  • Because but for the opera house Fairmont would today be without a suitable place for public entertainment.
  • Because $20,000 in cash has been spent in the building, which have been paid out in Fairmont and which directly or indirectly have benefitted every interest in the city.
  • Any Fairmonter included in the above list who does not buy one ticket or more isn't at heart much of a Fairmonter.