Carl Venth, violinist and composer dies
On this day in 1938, violinist Carl Venth died in San Antonio after a distinguished career as a musician and composer. Born in Germany in 1860, he studied the violin at Cologne Conservatory. He came to America in 1880 and soon toured from Boston to St. Louis. In the late 1880s he organized the Venth Violin School in Brooklyn. Venth arrived in Texas in the early 1900s to direct the violin department of Kidd-Key College at Sherman. Thus he began three decades of musical service in the Lone Star State, including stints as the dean of fine arts at Texas Woman’s College (now Texas Wesleyan University) at Fort Worth and as head of the music department at the University of San Antonio. At the time of his death, Venth’s published work included 100 piano and violin pieces and songs.