In this cabinet card image, we see two Battle Creek bandsmen modeling their uniforms. It is possible that these are the same uniforms that the band was reported to have purchased in 1908.

A hand-written note on the back of the cabinet card identifies the musicians with the following inscription:

"Johnny Jones / Henry G. Burt / Band uniforms / Battle Creek, Iowa."

Related images: Battle Creek Fourth of July parade 1908, Battle Creek Military Band

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The Battle Creek Times, May 7, 1908

The Battle Creek Military Band is now composed of 25 members and are coming to the front in cyclone fashion. They will be on hand on the 4th of July with some surprisingly good stuff and they intend to spring new uniforms for the admiring gaze of the gentler sex. Of course, the boys say that they are getting uniforms for purely business reasons, etc, etc, but they are all young men and this is spring and “In the Spring, the young mans’ fancy lightly turns to thots of – pleasing the fair ones."

 

The Battle Creek Times, June 4, 1908

Battle Creek’s Band Report.

Below we publish the secretary’s report of the Battle Creek Millitary [sic] Band for the first six months ending June 2nd, 1908. It can be seen that the boys have spent a good sum of money in getting into shape and they should be given all encouragement possible by the citizens of the town.

  • Total am’t rec’d from members as entry fees, dues and fines…..$164.45
  • Paid for instructor…………………………………....................………….$105.00
  • Paid for music, postage, and other incidental expenses………..… $44.40
  • Total am’t paid out………………………………………..................………$149.40
  • Am’t on hand June 2d…………………………………………................…..$15.05

Besides the above expenses the boys have purchased about $235 worth of instruments and supplies and have ordered uniforms amounting to $120 making a total of about $570 which the members alone have given...

1908 Newspaper Accounts

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