Last week, we had a rare success story – and an unexpected find.
I was in Sauk Centre, the hometown of author Sinclair Lewis (best known for his novel Main Street), working on a travel story for the Star Tribune. I had lunch with my parents, and then my mom and I explored the downtown while my dad met with a friend. I decided to stop in at the Sauk Centre Area Historical Society to see if they had a photo of a boys’ band from 1927.
The society is located in the lower level of the Bryant Library, which Lewis frequented as a boy.
|“To the Bryant Library ... with lively memory of the days when its books were my greatest achievement.”|
The society’s director, Marilyn Uhlenkamp, was out for the day, so I filled out a form explaining what I was seeking. She called me the next day. Yes, she had a photo of the band, from May 1927.
|A photo of the 1927 Sauk Centre Boys’ Band, with names of all the members.|
She mailed me a copy of the band photo, and the Sauk Centre Herald article from July 27, 2010, about the man, Wayne Luedtke, who played the clarinet and is pictured in the photo. He joined the band in 1927 and stayed in it through 1930.
I hope to contact him to find out more about his experience, and to see if he remembers G. Oliver’s early involvement with the band.