In 1856, Adelina Patti and Ole Bull appeared together in Fletcher’s Hall for a concert. Patti was just 13 years old at the time , but would become the world’s most acclaimed soprano of her time. The Minneapolis Journal described the visit:
The company came by stage from St. Paul on a hot July day. They had been journeying west for several weeks, and as one of them expressed it, had at last reached a jumping-off place. Miss Patti’s father accompanied the party.’
Ole Bull’s scrutiny of the floor resulted in the propping up of the floor; the supports being placed in Archie McGhee’s store so that the audience might not fall through.
The stage was located on the Helen Street side of the hall and in order to reach it the performers were obliged to walk a plank from their “dressing room” over the heads of part of the audience