Eben E. Rexford

 © Photographed March 22, 2015
Shiocton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
44.44185,-88.579076

EBEN E. REXFORD
Author - Silver Threads Among The Gold
Born Johnsburg, New York
July 16, 1848
located in this vicinity in 1855
Died Shiocton
October 16, 1916
"To Everyone God Gives A
Share of Work
To Do Sometime, Somewhere."

The marker is located on northbound River Street / Wisconsin Highway 76, at its intersection with Oak Street, on the grounds of the First Congregational Church, at or near W7759 Oak Street, Shiocton, Wisconsin 54179.





 Eben E. Rexford
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Silver Threads Among the Gold

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold,
Shine upon my brow today,
Life is fading fast away.

Oh, my darling, you will be,
Always young and fair to me,
Oh, my darling, you will be
Always young and fair to me.

When your hair is silvery white,
And your cheeks no longer bright,
With the roses of the May,
I will kiss your lips and say,
Oh! My darling, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown!
Yes, my darling, mine alone,
You have never older grown!
Richard Jose, countertenor, made his first Victor disc on October 27, 1903: "Silver Threads Among the Gold," published in 1873, with music by Hart Pease Danks and lyrics by Eben Eugene Rexford. Victor executives hesitated paying $100 for Jose to record a song that was already old.

Jose was not the first to record "Silver Threads Among the Gold," but he was the first recording artist to enjoy success with the song (in the 1890s, it had been cut a few times on brown wax cylinders). Within a few years after Jose cut it, the song became an industry standard. Few songs have been covered by so many artists.




 With the Shiocton water tower in the distance.



The marker is located in Shiocton.

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