William Brey Gandy, Sr.
Dec. 26, 1859 — Nov. 14, 1920
William Gandy, Sr., at Lima, Installs Modern Picture Show Feature.
The Clarksburg Telegram., November 03, 1910
The Republican-Gazette, of Lima OH., tells as follows of a new venture by William Gandy, Sr., a former resident of Clarksburg, but now in business at Lima:
It was inevitable that a business which has become so vast as the exhibition of motion pictures, would give rise to constant competition to gain public favor by rendering the best possible service. American inventive genius has been at work.
The last word in motion picture service is the mirror screen, upon which the pictures are displayed.
Lima is the second place in Ohio to have this latest invention: and Dreamland is the theater where it may be seen.
Manager Gandy has had the matter under negotiation for some months with the Motion Picture Screen Co., a big firm of mirror manufacturers, located at Shelbyville, Ind. It involves a new investment of $500. The expenditure of such a sum merely to improve service to the public, proves enterprise and a desire to maintain in Lima the best standards.
The screen is a huge mirror of plate glass about half an inch thick, having a surface so etched with chemicals that it resembles ground glass, but is somewhat softer in tone. This screen weighs two tons and required a whole flat car to convey it. It required a whole flat car to convey it. It required the greatest care in erection. Dreamland has the exclusive right to use it in Lima.
The effects of this screen are marvelous. The pictures appear with wonderful depth and detail like living photographs; and they may be seen to advantage whether the spectator be near or far.
The installation of this improvement is the most important forward step recently take in Lima; and patrons of the theater will be astonished to observe the beauty it imparts. It is like gazing through a magic window upon living people and wonderful scenes in many places and lands.
Manager Gandy has also just installed a new Edison Lamp.
MR. GANDY IN ALASKA.
The Daily Telegram., October 08, 1915, pg 3
William B. Gandy, Sr., a former resident of this city and a brother of John P. Gandy, is at Juneau, Alaska.
A postal card just received from him states that he is feeling fine and having a wonderful trip. He says the weather is mild and all kinds of flowers are in full bloom like spring.
At Prince Rupert, B. C., he met the Hon. George C. Cole, of Weston, United States consul, with whom he had a very pleasant visit.
Mr. Gandy advises any one who can take the Alaskan trip.
He states that he is on the way farther north.
William P. Gandy
The Wheeling Intelligencer., November 16, 1920, pg 2
Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer.
Clarksburg, W. Va., Nov. 15 — After a lingering illness, W. B. Gandy Sr., 61, died last night at the home of a sister-in-law, Mrs. John P. Gandy, in this city. He was identified with a number of business enterprises here at different times, and for years was associated with his brother, the late John P. Gandy, in the provision business. Until recently he was the proprietor of a motion picture theater at Lima, OH. His funeral will take place here Wednesday afternoon.