G.A.R. Veteran Drum Corps


G.A.R. Veteran Drum Corps


A group portrait of members of the Drum Corps for Oregon's Grand Army of the Republic veterans' organization around 1927. All of the men pictured here would have been veterans of the Civil War from the Union side. This photograph was taken in McMinnville, probably during a public event such as a parade or Fourth of July celebration. Most of the men hold snare drums of various sizes, with drumsticks; one stands behind a large bass drum. Their suits are dark, many decorated with ribbons and medals, and all but one wear dark, wide-brimmed hats. Several of the hats bear insignia. All of the men have mustaches and/or beards. The bass drum in the center front bears the legend 'Dept. of Oregon G.A.R., Veteran Drum Corps.' One man in the center back holds a United States flag aloft. A leafy tree branch hangs down over the group.
Transcription from back of photograph: Veteran Drum Corps. Taken in McMinnville, Oregon about 1927. Left to right. No. 1, E.B. Grant Durant, not regular. No. 2 W.N. Brooks ^died 1933. 3 Bascom, 4 McClehan, 5 John Kelly. 6 T.M. Kellogg, band leader. Between 5 & 6 is Henry Hopkins, a supply. 7 is W.H. Vauhn. 8 is Mchollan. 9 is D.J. Horseman. 10 J.T. Butler ^passed in 32, 11 is John Baldwin ^passed D 1932. 12 is Stockwel. Mr. Brooks ^passed in 33^ and Mr. Baldwin use their drum sticks they had used at Lincoln's funeral. This photo give by Mrs. S.L. Mizen, Mar. 23, 1934, who knew these drummers is 90 years old, was at the theatre when Pres. Lincoln was shot. She died in 1935-broken hip.

Date Created

circa 1927


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