From the Joplin Globe of January 11, 1924, p. 2:
In last night’s smoker, a number of professional performers gave an elaborate program.’ Songs by Miss Babe Neef, the ‘Irish Nightingale”, so pleased the- listeners that thunderous applause greeted the end of each selection. Miss Rue Arland, the “Blue Streak of Blue,” could not present enough encores of her specialty dancing. Her singing and dancing proved to be a “true hit.” No less entertaining were songs by O. H. Blanchard and Opal Wolfenbarger. Blanchard also entertained with a number of monologues. The “biggest hit” of all, at least the chief object of attraction, was “Baby Coleen Neef.” The 2-year-old sister of “The Irish Nightingale” proved she could follow her “big sister” in the singing line, not to mention her ‘ability to dance. Local talent was brought into play during the smoker and six “lusty voices” presented a number of “songs and other noises classified as songs.”
“Babe Neef” was my grandmother’s stage name. O. H. Blanchard was my grandfather. “Baby Coleen Neef” was my mom’s stage name. As you can see, they played all the bright lights.