We are including in our column today a picture of the Warsaw Cornet Band and a poem written by Earle H. Davenport in honor of that organization. We are indebted to Miss Leah Power for the picture and Mrs. R. O. Nusbaum for the poem.
The Warsaw cornet Band was organized in 1860 and for the next several decades was an outstanding musical organization in this area. The band probably reached its height of popularity about 1885. The personnel of the band changed from time to time which accounts for the fact that there are a few differences in names between the poem and the picture. We would guess that the picture was taken about 1890, while the poem describes the band as it was about 1884. Perhaps some of our readers can straighten us out on those dates.
The poem follows:
by Earle H. Davenport
I've heerd a lot of music in my lifetime you
They had no great director who wore medals
on his breast,
John Lathrop was the leader, played a silver
Hugh Hanna, he played the alto horn, believe
me he could play,
Charley Downs played the "tuby",
and I never envied him,
Horace Kegg played the big bass drum, and
my how he could beat it;
Charley Funk played the clarinet, and he could
make it toot,
Eli Snyder was drum major, majestic one, at
But all them days is past and gone, that band
don't play no more,
(Caption under the picture) The Warsaw Cornet Band about 1890 --In this picture the Warsaw Cornet Band is posing on the south side of the old Bash home which stood where the postoffice is now located. Standing from left to right: Austin C. Funk, Samuel Bearss, Logan Williams, William VanNess, High Hanna, Al Moreland, Eli Snyder, Elmer James, Charles A. Funk, Lee Nusbaum, Frank Manchester, George McConnell, William Reeves, Charles Grospitch, Press McFann. Kneeling: Horce Kegg, Will F. Power, Chester Snyder (child). Sitting on ground in front of drums. Ed (Skip) Milice.
(Picture from newspaper, to dark to reproduce)