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Harry Ding and William Lai

September 1, 2009

Harry Ding and William Lai and several other musicians from Portland, Oregon, performed on China Day. (See an earlier post.)

Ding and Lai were both offer jobs with high salaries with the Sullivan & Considine vaudeville circuit but chose to continue with their schooling. Harry Ding possessed a rare second bass voice. He performed in native costume and toured with the University of Oregon Glee Club.

William Lai, Oregonian Feb 7 1909

William Lai, Oregonian Feb 7 1909

William Lai was known for his remarkable sweet tenor voice. He performed with the University of Washington Glee Club. Ding and Lai both majored in Engineering and planned to go to China after graduating.

Sources: Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Nov 12, 1911, p.8; Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Feb 7 1909; Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Dec 17, 1910; Olympia Record, Olympia, Washington, Mar 30, 1912; all accessed from