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No. 12: Reconnecting with old friends Paul Bunyan and Babe in Bemidji
|Paul Bunyan and Babe date back to 1937; G. Oliver directed Bemidji bands from 1919-1923.|
No. 11: Admiring himself at the Beltrami County History Center
|G. Oliver with his 1922 Bemidji Boys’ Band|
No. 10: Along the Bemidji lake front, circa 1900 (via the history center exhibit)
|Before G. Oliver’s time as director, band concerts were held along the lakeshore.|
No. 9: Surrounded by descendants at the Riggs Family Picnic
No. 8: With his mini me, Griffin — or is it the other way around?
No. 7: Goofing at the Drake Tent at the 2014 Iowa State Fair
|G. Oliver, Oberlin grad, class of 1892; Steve, Drake grad, class of 1990|
No. 6: Strolling the grounds of the 1909 Iowa State Fair
|G. Oliver played cornet in an Iowa regimental band at the 1910 State Fair.|
No. 5: Visiting the Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago
|G. Oliver’s future wife, Islea, attended the World’s Fair with her parents and sister.|
No. 4: Admiring the Bean and the contrast between old and new in Millenium Park
|G. Oliver studied violin in Chicago in 1894.|
No. 3: Touring the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
|G. Oliver and his Montana Cowboy Band performed in the auditorium lobby in 1912.|
No. 2: Shopping for music at the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave.
|G. Oliver studied cornet under Chicago bandmaster A.F. Weldon.|
No. 1: Pondering the quote in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building
|The historic 10-story building was designed specifically for working artists – people like G. Oliver!|