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Little German Band

Albion’s Little German Band was a group that was quite popular in the area before the turn of the century.The photo below was taken in Jackson after an engagement there. The drummer, Moses Haven, had punched a hole in the group’s drum so they borrowed theG.A.R. drum. Back row, left to right: Fred Peabody, former Albion fire chief, with his E flat cornet; Jim Brooks, a laborer; LenFarwell, a Duck Lake truck farmer who later operated a pool and billiard hall in Albion; LeonardFox, who with his brother John G. operated a saloon; unidentified; John Peajohn (a Frenchman); August Arndt (1865-1930), father of Fred Arndt. Front row, left to right: Fred Clark, a former Albion City marshal and father of Mrs. Bessie Henderson; unidentified; Fred Goodenow (snare drum); Herman Behling, a South Albion farmer; Moses Haven, a laborer who used to cut grass, mix concrete, and lay bricks; Elmer Peachey (died in 1933), who used to tend the steam engine for the old Albion Milling Company owned by Jesse Crowell.

The Little German Band, ca. 1890.

Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.