Recently a very kind member of the Eaton County Genealogical Society located a copy of a newspaper article that very nicely compliments the article recently written by Frank Passic, Albion Historian.Thank you Sheila!
Reprinted from the OLIVET OPTIC August 31, 1972 (almost exactly 30 years to the date of this follow-up message posting!)...
"Burt Oxby kindly submitted this interesting picture which he thinks was taken about 1901 or 1902.The group is the Partello Band, which, like the settlement it was named for, has now faded into memory, but enjoyed much prominence in its day.
Members of the band shown here were (back row, left to right), Walter (Gordon) Raymond, Frank Sheldon, Fay Starks, Rollow Bennet, and James Wilbur, center row, Floyd Raymond, Earl Wood, and Sylvester Galusha, front row, Vern Thomas, Clyde Butterfield, Frank Starks, John Dewey, and Elmer Pugh (spelled Rugh?).
The band played for theatrical groups in the Marshall opera house and also entertained frequently for various social functions in Olivet.Burt, although not pictured here, was a member of the band almost from its beginning, joining the group when he was about 12 years old and progressing from playing cymbals, to alto horn, to trombone and finally to coronet.Today [my note: in 1972] he is the only living member of the band.
He most vividly remembers the band's first second-hand uniforms -- Burt, at age 12, marched beside 6' 4" Walter (Gordon) Raymond, creating quite a comical picture as Burt's coattails dragged the ground and Walter's ended about in the middle of his back!" [end of text]
Partello is located south of Olivet, just over the border into Calhoun County.
Jack L. Sheldon, Jr. Mesa, Arizona (formerly of Owosso, MI)