XENIA — Miss Jean Cherry was a noted composer, author and multi-talented musician. She studied voice in Paris and New York City and was accepted by the Metropolitan Opera, but declined in order to return to Xenia where she served as Choir director of the First United Presbyterian Church. She wrote over 100 compositions, many of which were sung by the choir. She was awarded an honorary degree of Sacred Music in 1950 from Monmouth College in Illinois.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and weekly historical columnist.