The first is me with G. Oliver in front of the band shell in Two Harbors, Minn., about 30 miles north of Duluth. Two Harbors is home to one of the oldest continuously operating community bands in the state, behind Meire Grove (1883) and Carlisle (1894). I don’t know that G. Oliver ever played in Two Harbors, but I’m sure he would have known of the band, which organized in 1897.
|The Paul Gauche Memorial Band Shell in Thomas Owens Park.|
The second photo is of G. Oliver in Duluth’s courthouse square, where his St. Cloud Municipal Senior Boys’ band played a concert in 1934. The band was in town for the American Legion state convention, and playing in front of the courthouse was part of the two-day itinerary (I wrote about the band’s Duluth experiences earlier this summer in this post: Here’s to Happier Adventures in Duluth).
|G. Oliver in front of the St. Louis County-Duluth Courthouse, built in 1909.|
The nearby Soldiers and Sailors Monument was designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect of the Minnesota State Capitol – the same building where G. Oliver and his fellow Montana Cowboy Band members got trigger happy during the 1917 St. Paul Winter Carnival (an event I wrote about in this old blog post, Carnival Capers at the Capitol).
I realize I’m digressing a little here, but I can’t help it – I love cool old buildings and the connections they help me make to my family history.
|A close-up view of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.|