You Never Know Until You Ask

You Never Know Until You Ask

In his research, John Apple went about finding information on the composer of “Cascades in the Sunlight,” recently announced by Michael’s Music Service. Well, he got some terrific information in a very helpful response from an archivist librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. There was not room in the music for an article, so I included a few facts on the page for the restoration. Here in the blog, though, I have the room to present everything, and I hope you enjoy reading about another American organist who deserves to be remembered.

Subject: re: Contact Us: Howard Sylvester Savage
Date:      Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:44:20 -0500
From:     Sarah Hull

Dear Mr. Apple,
Thank you for contacting Plainfield Public Library. In the time we are permitted to search without charge, we were able to locate the following information for you regarding Howard S. Savage:
His obituary from the Courier News on July 17, 1969, page 30 (attached)
Three photos of him from three Plainfield High School yearbooks (1956, 1958, and 1959 – all attached). There are no actual photographs of him in our collection.

He was president of the Plainfield Musical Club from 1943 to 1945. There is one photo of that Club, but I do not think he is in it (we think it is circa 1930s). You can see it here:
Finally, we have a folder of his sheet music. I have scanned the covers of 5 selected pieces for you (attached).

If we can be of further assistance, please refer to our Research Request Form, available online here:

Sarah Hull, Archivist
Head of Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections
Plainfield Public Library <>
800 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-1111 ext. 136
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