The Erie Railroad All Stars
From the November, 1926 issue of Erie Railroad Magazine:
The career of retired Susquehanna Shops General Foreman O.H. Simmons was profiled, including his reminiscences of the early days of shop bands at Susquehanna:
"The Erie shops in the old days sported a good brass band. The leader was John Chance, who played the cornet. O.H. Simmons blew the baritone horn. During the first Lincoln presidential campaign, in 1860, the Erie shop band often wore rubber boots to parade through the mud of Main street.
"There was always a lot of unleashed music among the shopmen, and about 1880 the spirit moved for the formation of an orchestra which used to 'meet around' at members' houses for practice. The orchestra comprised O.H. Simmons, H. Warner, J. Hawthorn, violins; T. Hassett, J. Fitzsimmons, cornets; C. Bartram, 'Johnny' Powell, J. Ring, clarinets; V. Blackburn, flute; J. Medway, cello; T. Springsteen, trombone; with Mrs. Mooney on the piano."
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