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SPRING CREEK BAND - ABOUT 1914
Front Row left to right:
Rodney 'Pete' Matteson; Therol Matteson; unknown; perhaps John Matteson; Lon Matteson; unknown; Harold 'Jim' Matteson.
No one identified. Do you recognize anyone?
"The leader of the band was Alonzo 'Lon' Matteson. Lon played for inaugurals of some Presidents, also with bands in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Olean - wherever he was asked first.
Willie Patchen, who was one armed, played the big
Brass Drum. Archie Taylor played the Snare Drum. He couldn't march so
when they needed to, they got a Lobdell, a Civil War drummer, from
Garland. Charles Newman, Harry Johnson and Alton Pitt were
on solo and first cornet. Paul Kafferlin and Chris Rounds were on second cornet.
Chris was a brother-in-law of Nels Christensen. Therol Matteson played
the slide trombone. Will Morton played the valve trombone. Walter
Lamona played the upright alto horn. Clarence Lamona played the upright
alto horn. Dr. Paige played the B flat baritone clarinet, Crawford
Brundage played the E flat bass. Dr. Paige was a graduate of Buffalo
Conservatory of Music."
As told to Lillie Henry Tubbs, by Alton Pitt, revived by Betty Matteson Rhodes.
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